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  ABA   



Long Beach from WCBL to ABA - by Gianni Pascucci

The American Basketball Association (ABA) announced this week that it has added Long Beach, CA to its growing list of expansion teams for next season. 'Another great addition to the powerful Southern California Division,' stated Joe Newman , ABA CEO. 'Long Beach was a great ABA city prior to the team moving to Bakersfield CA and entering the NBA Development League. And it will be again under the leadership of Tony Farmer (6'10''-F/C-70, college: Nebraska) and Giovanni Pierce , both of whom have long and distinguished basket ball and business backgrounds - and excellent ABA experience too.'
Tony Farmer is a well know veteran basketball player who played in the NBA and Europe for 16 years. He played with the LA Lakers, Miami Heat, Charlotte Hornets and Golden State Warriors as well as in France, Italy, Greece, Spain, Russia and Puerto Rico.
He is one of the principals at 'Blacksteet Sports & Entertainment' in which athletes utilize their in-house resources to the highest extend possible and provides them with contract negotiations, career management, legal representation, financial planning, marketing and business management expertise. Tony also has a weekly radio show called 'The Comeback' that features celebrities and athletes. (www.thecomebackshow.com ). 'As an experienced basketball owner, I will oversee the basketball operations - and I know that we will have a very competitive team in one of the ABA's best divisions,' added Farmer.
Giovanni Pierce aka 'Coach Gio' is a native of Long beach and an alumni of Saint Anthony's School and Pacific Coast School of Law in Long Beach. He is currently a Corporate Administrator/Compliance Officer at Pacific Pioneer Insurance Company and deals with government agencies like the Department of Insurance in all 50 states and Secretary of State concerning corporate structures and other regulatory requirements. He has been coaching since 1997 including Cahr High School, S & P Basketball.
'The idea of owning an ABA team in Long Beach is a dream come true,' stated Pierce. 'But it is a challenge that Tony and I are looking forward to. Our goal is simple to support and continue mentoring Long Beach city and surrounding city youth, teen and college players. We ate going to be a force to be reckoned with, you can be sure of that.'
Farmer and Pierce are now running together the Long Beach Rockets of the WCBL that, according with mr Farmer statements to Usbasket.com, could be the nucleus of the future ABA team with the probable addition of Keith Closs, Juaquin Hawkins, and others.
For more information, email tony.farmer@gmail.com or gpierce@pacpioneer.com



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  ACPBL   


Beltway geared up for Play-offs - by Justin Moore

Pro Basketball Pro Basketball The Beltway Bombers Pro Basketball Team are gearing up for the 2012 ACPBL play-offs This Sunday,April 29th at The College of Southern Maryland in La Phata MD Tip-Off is 7:00 pm Its there last home game of the season as they awake the winner of The Toms River Shooters and the North Jersey Pros. The Bombers are ready and have all there big guns loaded lead by MVP candidate Hugh Jones (6'5''-G/F-80) high flying Antonio Haymon (6'7''-F-88, college: Lee), shot blocker Travis Hyman (7'0''-F/C-87, college: Bowie St.), Rogers Barnes (6'4''-G/F-86, college: Morgan St.),Evan Martin (6'0''-PG-83, college: WesleyJamaal Wise (6'6''-F-83, agency: Prossin Sports Management, college: Rhode Island), David Bailey (6'9''-F-83, college: Prince George CC) and Steven Miles (6'3''-G-81, college: American), Coach Chaz Dudley is ready to make a championship run.


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  ALBANIA   


Tirana advanced to the Final - by Eurobasket News

Tirana advanced to the Final as they swept the Semifinal series against Teuta. After a comfortable 92:43 win, the favorites added 100:60 in Game 2. Vllaznia meanwhile tied the series against Basket Kamza after 65:64 thriller in Game 2. The decisive game will be played on April 27th.


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  ALGERIA   


GSP top league - by Eurobasket News

After triumphing in their two early encounters, GS Petroliers now occupy the top of the tables of the Algeria super division basketball championship.
They crushed Olympique Batna 101-58 and IR Bordj Bou Arreridj 110-70. The leaders take on OM Bel-Abbes April 27 before beginning preparations for the Arabic basketball tournament to take place in Kuwait. GSP will also brace up for a training session by the Algeria national basketball team billed from April 29 to May 8.
Courtesy of: StarAfrica.com



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  ARGENTINA   

Stats Leaders - LigaA

Points Per Game
 Joe SMITH
  La Union
  (193-G-77)
  Avg: 17.3
 1. Smith, La Union17.3 
 2. Gutierrez, Obras16.6 
 3. Villegas, Sionista16.6 
 4. McHopson, Quilm.16.3 
 5. OBannon, Boca Jrs16.1 
 6. DeGroat, Olimpico.15.8 
 7. Martinez, San M.15.6 
 8. Pittman, Libertad.15.5 
 9. Meyinsse, Wuber-.15.3 
 10. Quinteros, Regat.15.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jack Michael MARTINEZ
  San M.
  (203-F/C-81)
  Avg: 12.4
 1. Martinez, San M.12.4 
 2. Battle, Libertad S.9.9 
 3. Davis, GECR I.9.5 
 4. Sandes, Sionista9.1 
 5. Lloreda, Olimpico.8.8 
 6. Gutierrez, Obras8.3 
 7. Williams, Quimsa7.6 
 8. DeGroat, Olimpico.7.5 
 9. Truscott, Quilm.7.3 
 10. Rollins, Sionista7.1 
Assists Per Game
 Facundo CAMPAZZO
  Penarol
  (179-PG-91)
  Avg: 6.1
 1. Campazzo, Penarol6.1 
 2. Sanchez, Wuber-.5.5 
 3. Stanic, Boca Jrs5.5 
 4. Cequeira, Sionista4.8 
 5. Martinez, Regat.4.7 
 6. Laprovittola, Lanus3.8 
 7. Victoriano, San M.3.7 
 8. Sucatzky, Atenas3.7 
 9. Labaque, Atenas3.4 
 10. Osimani, Obras3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Facundo CAMPAZZO
  Penarol
  (179-PG-91)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Campazzo, Penarol2.3 
 2. Lescano, Atenas2.3 
 3. Quinteros, Regat.1.8 
 4. Moldu, Olimpico LB1.7 
 5. McHopson, Quilm.1.6 
 6. Sanchez, Wuber-.1.5 
 7. Ciorciari, GECR I.1.5 
 8. Stanic, Boca Jrs1.4 
 9. DeGroat, Olimpico.1.4 
 10. Torre, Club 91.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Robert BATTLE
  Libertad S.
  (204-C-81)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Battle, Libertad S.1.5 
 2. Rollins, Sionista1.2 
 3. Clancy, Club 91.2 
 4. Meyinsse, Wuber-.1.2 
 5. Gutierrez, Obras1.1 
 6. Matthews, Quilm.1.0 
 7. Roe, Regatas C.1.0 
 8. Garces, Atenas0.9 
 9. Rollins, San M.0.9 
 10. Humphrey, Atenas0.9 


Liga A Semifinals: Libertad grabs 83-86 road win against Penarol in Game One - by Eurobasket News

Penarol - Libertad 83-86

Libertad did a great job against Penarol in Game One of the Liga A Semifinals. Visitors grabbed very valuable 83-86 road victory for 1-0 lead in the series. Alejandro Alloatti (203-F/C-84) stepped up for Libertad with double-double of 20 points and 13 rebounds. Joshua Pittman (197-F-76, agency: Dream Team Management, college: NC-Asheville) (6 rebs) and Jonatan Treise (186-PG-85) (5 as) also scored 20 points each. In the loosing squad, Marcos Mata (201-F-86) responded with 17 points and 14 rebounds. Kyle Lamonte (191-G-84, college: William Carey) and Facundo Campazzo (179-PG-91) had 15 points apiece. Quarters: 22-20, 22-23, 16-20, 23-23. The format is best-of-five and second game is scheduled for Friday. Penarol will be the host once again. After that the series goes to Libertad's home court.

Penarol: Marcos Mata 17+14 boards, Kyle Lamonte 15, Facundo Campazzo 15
Libertad: Alejandro Alloatti 20+13 boards, Joshua Pittman 20+6 boards, Jonatan Treise 20+5 as



Union Progresista advances to TNA Finals - by Eurobasket News

Fourth game of TNA Semifinals between Monte Hermoso Basket and Union Progresista was played last night. Visitors grabbed 78-82 victory closing the series with almost perfect 1-3. It means that Union Progresista advanced to TNA Finals and now waits for the winner of Obera TC Argentino series. The score is currently 2-1 for Argentino. Obera will host Game Four on Friday. Lisandro Rasio (197-F/C-90) was a key player of Union Progresista last night as he collected 21 points and 14 rebounds. Victor Hugo Cajal (179-G-80, agency: Dream Team Management) scored 20 points and Cesar Avalle (189-G-85) followed with 17. For the hosts, Byron Johnson (201-F/C-80, agency: Dream Team Management, college: Belm.Abbey) replied with double-double of 23 points and 11 rebs. Pablo Gil (188-G-78) and Lucas Barlasina (194-G-82) scored 14 points each. Quarters: 17-18, 19-26, 13-19, 29-19. It will be another best-of-five series in TNA Finals.


Buenos Aires Metopolitan League 2012 - by Facundo Iatzky

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

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



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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.


Round 18: No surprise as #1 Petron Blaze defeats Singapore Slingers - by Eurobasket News

The games are now more important than at the beginning of the Regular Season. We may still expect few shocking results in upcoming 3 rounds.

ASEAN League top team - Filipino Petron Blaze (15-4) added another victory to their record on Wednesday. This time they beat fifth ranked Singapore Singapore Slingers (7-10) in Manila 68-64. The hosts trailed by 10 points after three quarters before their 24-10 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Petron Blaze made 7 blocks. American forward Nick Fazekas (211-85, college: Nevada) had a double-double by scoring 23 points and 19 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and guard Chris Banchero (185, college: Seattle Pacific, agency: VVG Sports) chipped in 13 points and 5 assists during the contest. The best for the losing side was American power forward Louis Graham (205-84) with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 12 rebounds. Petron Blaze have an impressive six-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 15-4 record. Singapore Slingers at the other side keep the fifth place with ten games lost. Petron Blaze are looking forward to face Bangkok Cobras (#6) at home in the next round where they are favorite. Singapore Slingers will play against Saigon Heat and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game in Bangkok supposed to be also worth to mention about. Fourth ranked Malaysian KL Dragons (9-9) played at the court of 6th ranked Thailand Bangkok Cobras (6-11). KL Dragons smashed Bangkok Cobras 107-84. American forward Tiras Wade (200-81, college: La-Lafayette, agency: Interperformances) notched a double-double by scoring 27 points, 13 rebounds and 8 assists to lead the effort and Brian Williams supported him with 20 points, 14 rebounds and 8 assists. Even 21 points and 7 rebounds by American power forward Gentry Lewis (206-81, college: Philander Smith) did not help to save the game for Bangkok Cobras. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. KL Dragons moved-up to third place, which they share with Satria Muda. Bangkok Cobras at the other side keep the sixth position with 11 games lost. They share it with Saigon H.. KL Dragons will play against league's second-placed Philippine Patriots in Manila in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Bangkok Cobras will play on the road against the league's leader Petron Blaze (#1) in Manila and hope to get back on the winning track.

In the last game of round 18 Saigon H. lost to Philip.Patriots on the opponent's court 70-76.


Petron Blaze - Singapore S. 68-64

ASEAN League top team - Filipino Petron Blaze (15-4) added another victory to their record on Wednesday. This time they beat fifth ranked Singapore Singapore Slingers (7-10) in Manila 68-64. The hosts trailed by 10 points after three quarters before their 24-10 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Petron Blaze made 7 blocks. American forward Nick Fazekas (211-85, college: Nevada) had a double-double by scoring 23 points and 19 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and guard Chris Banchero (185, college: Seattle Pacific, agency: VVG Sports) chipped in 13 points and 5 assists during the contest. The best for the losing side was American power forward Louis Graham (205-84) with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 12 rebounds and Filipino guard Donald Dulay (173-80) scored 17 points, 7 assists and 5 steals. Petron Blaze have an impressive six-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 15-4 record. Singapore Slingers at the other side keep the fifth place with ten games lost. Petron Blaze are looking forward to face Bangkok Cobras (#6) at home in the next round where they are favorite. Singapore Slingers will play against Saigon Heat and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Singapore S.: L.Graham 19+12reb+1ast, D.Dulay 17+4reb+7ast, K.Jeffers 14+10reb+2ast, V.Canta 4+3reb+4ast, P.Matialakan 4+3reb+1ast, W.Long Wong 3+1reb+2ast
Petron Blaze: N.Fazekas 23+19reb+3ast, C.Banchero 13+2reb+5ast, D.Crews 11+7reb+1ast, J.Mar Fajardo 9+4reb, L.Avenido 8+4reb+4ast, F.Baguion 2+1reb+1ast
gschID: 166973


Philip.Patriots - Saigon H. 76-70

Very expected game in Manila where 7th ranked Vietnamese Saigon Heat (6-11) was defeated by second ranked Filipino Philippine Patriots (14-4) 76-70. However just six-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Saigon Heat won third quarter 21-18. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Philippine Patriots forced 20 Saigon Heat turnovers. Americans were the main players on the court. Swingman Anthony Johnson (197-79, college: La-Lafayette, agency: Interperformances) notched 19 points and 5 assists to lead the effort and center Nakiea Miller (204-79, college: Iona) supported him with 17 points and 9 rebounds. Philippine Patriots' coach used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Even a double-double of 21 points and 12 rebounds by center Jonathan Jones (211-79, agency: TSS Management) did not help to save the game for Saigon Heat. Forward Jahmar Thorpe (198-84, college: Houston) added 16 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists. Philippine Patriots maintains second position with 14-4 record behind leader Petron Blaze. Saigon Heat lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the sixth place with 11 games lost. They share the position with Bangkok C.. Philippine Patriots will play against KL Dragons (#4) in Kuala Lumpur in the next round. Saigon Heat will play on the road against Singapore Slingers and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Saigon H.: J.Jones 21+12reb+2ast, J.Thorpe 16+10reb+5ast, R.Sanz 11+3reb+1ast, J.Smith 8+7reb+5ast, M.Trieu 8+2reb+3ast, N.Javier 6+4reb+2ast
Philip.Patriots: A.Johnson 19+3reb+5ast, N.Miller 17+9reb, A.Vergara 11+2reb+6ast, F.Adriano 7+1reb+1ast, A.Ramos 6+3reb, J.Fernandez 5+3reb+1ast
gschID: 166971


Bangkok C. - KL Dragons 84-107

The game in Bangkok supposed to be also worth to mention about. Fourth ranked Malaysian KL Dragons (9-9) played at the court of 6th ranked Thailand Bangkok Cobras (6-11). KL Dragons smashed Bangkok Cobras 107-84. The game without a history. KL Dragons led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. KL Dragons outrebounded Bangkok Cobras 47-25 including a 32-12 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was a great shooting night for KL Dragons especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 57.9 percentage. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 31 assists comparing to just 12 passes made by Bangkok Cobras' players. Bangkok Cobras were plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. American forward Tiras Wade (200-81, college: La-Lafayette, agency: Interperformances) notched a double-double by scoring 27 points, 13 rebounds and 8 assists to lead the effort and the other American import center Brian Williams (208-87, college: Tennessee, agency: VVG Sports) supported him with 20 points, 14 rebounds and 8 assists. Even 21 points and 7 rebounds by American power forward Gentry Lewis (206-81, college: Philander Smith) did not help to save the game for Bangkok Cobras. American-Guyanese Travis George (206-85) added 18 points and 8 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. KL Dragons moved-up to third place, which they share with Satria Muda. Bangkok Cobras at the other side keep the sixth position with 11 games lost. They share it with Saigon H.. KL Dragons will play against league's second-placed Philippine Patriots in Manila in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Bangkok Cobras will play on the road against the league's leader Petron Blaze (#1) in Manila and hope to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Bangkok C.: G.Lewis 21+7reb+2ast, T.George 18+8reb, M.Cruz 15+3reb+7ast, J.Reyes 9, R.Kruatiwa 8, K.Wanna 6+1ast
KL Dragons: T.Wade 27+13reb+8ast, B.Williams 20+14reb+8ast, P.Cabahug 17+2reb+2ast, S.Fai Loh 12, B.Guganeswaran 9+4reb+6ast, N.Belasco 6+7reb+3ast
gschID: 166972



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  AUSTRALIA   

Standings - ABA

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

Regular Season: Round 6

BIG V

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

Central ABL

Apr. 25: Forestville E. - W.Adelaide B. 78-79
Apr. 28: Eastern M. - South.Tigers
Apr. 28: N.Adelaide R. - Sturt S.
Apr. 28: Norwood F. - S.Adelaide P.
Apr. 28: C.District L. - Woodville W.
Apr. 29: Eastern M. - Norwood F.
Apr. 29: S.Adelaide P. - Forestville E.
Apr. 29: Sturt S. - South.Tigers
Apr. 29: W.Adelaide B. - C.District L.

SEABL

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

WARATAH

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


NSW Metro claim national U18 championship - by Eurobasket News

U18 AJC Men's competition

In a dramatic finish to the 2012 U18 AJC mens competition, the NSW Metro team clinched back-to-back titles by defeated Victoria Metro by just one point, 56-55 in the final game of the tournament.

In a low-scoring, defensive-oriented contest, the VICs took an early 13-9 lead after one quarter, extending that by another point to lead 32-27 at the half.

They call the third quarter the championship quarter for a reason, and NSW Metro lifted in this term, outscoring the VICs 18-9 to take a four point lead into the final term.

VIC Metro fought hard in the last quarter but could not get over the top of their opponent, NSW Metro sealing the National title.

For NSW Metro, Mirko Djeric showed why he is a star of the future dropping 18 points, while Nicholas Duncan also had 18 points to go with 18 rebounds.

For Victoria Metro, Dante Exum finished with 24 points, while Jack Purchase (201-F-95) added 11 points.
Courtesy of: http://www.basketball.net.au



Australiabasket.com All-Australian NBL Awards 2011-12 - by Hugh McAuliffe

All-Australian NBL 1st Team 2011-2012
#s#
Kevin Lisch
Lisch
Jamar Wilson
Wilson
Cedric Jackson
Jackson
Gary Wilkinson
Wilkinson
Julian Khazzouh
Khazzouh
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Player of the Year: Kevin Lisch (188-G-86) of Wildcats
Guard of the Year: Kevin Lisch (188-G-86) of Wildcats
Forward of the Year: Gary Wilkinson (204-F/C-82) of Breakers
Center of the Year: Julian Khazzouh (209-C-86) of Kings
Domestic Player of the Year: Julian Khazzouh (209-C-86) of Kings
Import Player of the Year: Kevin Lisch (188-G-86) of Wildcats
Rookie of the Year: Anatoly Bose (200-G/F-88) of Kings
Defensive Player of the Year: Damian Martin (188-PG-84) of Wildcats
Coach of the Year: Rob Beveridge of Wildcats

1st Team
PG: Jamar Wilson (185-84) of Taipans
G: Cedric Jackson (191-86) of Breakers
G: Kevin Lisch (188-86) of Wildcats
F/C: Gary Wilkinson (204-82) of Breakers
C: Julian Khazzouh (209-86) of Kings

2nd Team
G: Adam Gibson (188-86) of Blaze
G/F: Peter Crawford (193-79) of Crocodiles
F/G: Thomas Abercrombie (198-87) of Breakers
F: Mark Worthington (202-83) of Blaze
C/F: Cameron Tragardh (209-83) of Tigers

Honorable Mention
Adris Deleon (180-G-84) of Blaze
Edward Gill (184-PG-78) of Crocodiles
Damian Martin (188-PG-84) of Wildcats
Jesse Wagstaff (203-F-86) of Wildcats
Daniel Johnson (212-C-88) of 36ers

All-Domestic Players Team
G: Adam Gibson (188-86) of Blaze
G: CJ Bruton (188-75) of Breakers
F/G: Thomas Abercrombie (198-87) of Breakers
C/F: Cameron Tragardh (209-83) of Tigers
C: Julian Khazzouh (209-86) of Kings

All-Imports Team
PG: Jamar Wilson (185-84) of Taipans
G: Cedric Jackson (191-86) of Breakers
G: Kevin Lisch (188-86) of Wildcats
F: Diamon Simpson (201-87) of 36ers
F/C: Gary Wilkinson (204-82) of Breakers



Clarke dissects the 36ers season - by Hugh McAuliffe

It was another disappointing year for the Adelaide 36ers, who picked up their second wooden spoon in three years.

Since 2007, the four-time NBL champions have played just one playoff game, a 30-point thrashing from New Zealand in 2009 and have not won in the post-season since their 2002 championship.

The 2011/12 season was marred by injuries, final-quarter fade-outs, poor defence and 10 home losses. Rare highlights included two wins in Perth and the outstanding offensive development of Daniel Johnson (212-C-88, college: Pepperdine).

Coach Marty Clarke takes a look back over the season:

Marty, whats your assessment of the season?
It was certainly disappointing we didnt convert more opportunities into wins. I thought we were in position to win games on several occasions and werent able to get over the line.

Do you take some positives out of it?
The improvement of DJ was great, and he was rewarded with the NBL's Most Improved Player award. Everard Bartlett (198-G-86) came in part-way through the year and slotted in well to finish runner-up in the leagues Rookie of the Year award.

Also, the ability to get Mitchell Creek (197-F/G-92) lots of court time as well as lots of meaningful assignments. He defended anywhere from shooting guard to power forward, and often drew the best player from the other team.

Last off-season you identified mobility at power forward and experience as areas you needed to improve. Did injuries rob you of your solutions to those issues?
Absolutely. John Williamson is a multi-faceted four-man who could guard anywhere from three to five, and he would have been able to switch on-ball screens. Diamon Simpson (201-F-87, college: St.Mary's, CA) had a great year but he didnt have the same flexibility as John, so we had to change the way we played a little bit.

Theres no doubt the injuries to Adam (Ballinger) and Crossy (Nathan Crosswell) really hurt us. You lose two 32-year-olds with probably 20 years' experience in the national league you dont have a pool of players you can trade for and unfortunately we couldnt replace those guys.

It seems you decided to play a more up-tempo style this season.
We wanted to get out and run and press a bit more. But in the back half of the year we really looked to improve our halfcourt defence. I think we achieved that. Early in the year we put up numbers and gave up numbers, you cant do one without the other.

Why did your defence struggle when you were playing at a high pace?
Initially we just couldnt contain the ball. Its OK to press but when the first line of the press gets broken youve got to pull up the ball and stop it. I think we didn't play physically enough we made some adjustments in that area and became a bit more of a defensive presence.

Where did the defensive improvement come from?
One of those was having Mitch defending point guards. We thought he was able to do a better job staying in front of the ball so we werent giving up so many scores early in the shot clock. And part of it just comes from work, you put the work in and figure out how you can best defend the two big things in our game, which are dribble penetration and ball screens.

Are you looking to find a balance between the two next season?
Well certainly look to push the ball, its part-and-parcel of the league. Its a smaller league compared to some internationally, so you need to be able to run and you need to be able to defend everyone has to be able to defend the ball.

So whats the criteria for recruits? Athletes? defenders?
Certainly athletes. The big thing in this league is youve got to have at least two guys on the floor who can create off the dribble, get into creases and create for themselves or teammates.

Can you explain the 36ers last-quarter fade-outs? They have been happening for several years now
It becomes a bit of a self-fulfilling prophecy. Whether its just self-belief or whether its young bodies getting worn down over the course of a 40-minute game, thats the difference between where we are and where we want to be. We put ourselves in situations to be successful, we just werent able to come up with the goods.



Mills carries shortened roster to Spurs 50th win - by Eurobasket News

By far, the best moment of Boris Diaw's season came on March 23, when the Spurs offered him a lifeboat from a sinking ship in Charlotte.

Now, Diaw is ready to enjoy the spoils of leaving the NBAs worst team for one of its best.

After the Spurs closed the season with a 107-101 victory over Golden State on Thursday at Oracle Arena that was mostly an afterthought, it was time for the playoffs.

Its the best thing there is to do, Diaw said. Its so different from the regular season. Different atmosphere, different energy. Im definitely ready for that.

The Spurs, No. 1 seed in the Western Conference, will open their first-round series with eighth-seeded Utah at noon Sunday at the AT&T Center.

Before they could get to that, however, there was the nuisance of Thursdays game at Oracle Arena against a Golden State team that played just seven players and started an NBA-record five rookies.

Patrick Mills (183-PG-88, college: St.Mary's, CA) notched career highs with 34 points and 12 assists to lift the short-handed Spurs to their 10th consecutive victory and 50th of the season.

With it, the Spurs extended their string of 50-win seasons to an NBA-record 13 in a row, breaking a tie with the Los Angeles Lakers. That it came in a 66-game lockout-shortened season was remarkable.

Starting at small forward for resting rookie Kawhi Leonard, James Anderson had a career-high 19 points, while DeJuan Blair chipped in 22.

You dont really expect anything less than guys to go out and play hard, said Mills, who eclipsed his previous scoring best of 27 points set the night before at Phoenix. Thats the thing about this team. Everyones going to go out and give 100 percent.

The Spurs closed the campaign on a 10-game winning streak, giving them three in the same season for the first time in franchise history. They also posted a pair of 11-game streaks earlier this season.

The Spurs (50-16) finish tied with Chicago for the best record in the NBA. The Bulls would own home-court advantage in a hypothetical NBA Finals matchup, thanks to a head-to-head tiebreaker.

With Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili not to mention coach Gregg Popovich ostensibly watching back home in San Antonio, the Spurs swept the two-game trip under acting coach Mike Budenholzer.

Nursing a left shoulder stinger, reserve guard Gary Neal also stayed home.

With losing in the Warriors best interest for lottery-ball reasons, coach Mark Jackson trotted out a lineup better suited for the Las Vegas Summer League.

Utah owns Golden States first-round pick in the June draft, protected through the top seven. The worse the Warriors record, the better the odds they lose the pick.

Perhaps not coincidentally, Golden State started five rookies, becoming the first NBA team in the modern era to do so, and played just two veterans.

The Spurs coaching staff had begun pulling film on the Jazz even before the matchup was made official. What jumped out most were the Jazz big men, Al Jefferson and Paul Millsap.

Obviously, they played well to earn that eight spot, said Budenholzer, whose team won three of four meetings with Utah during the regular season. Theyre big, theyre physical. They pound it inside. Theyre a very good team. Theres a lot of things were going to have to deal with.

Over the next couple of days, well get a lot more familiar with them.

For the Spurs, the best part of the season starts now.

Courtesy of http://blog.mysanantonio.com



NBL Finals crowds up significantly - by Eurobasket News

Crowds for the recently completed National Basketball League Finals series more than doubled the attendance at last seasons iiNet NBL Championship post-season, Basketball Australia has announced.

All three games of the recent NBL Grand Final series between the New Zealand Breakers and Perth Wildcats were total sell-outs, while 54,696 people flocked to see the nine NBL Finals games at an average of over 6,000 people at each game.

That is more than twice the total number of fans that attended the 2011 NBL Finals series, when 26,066 people tasted the post-season action. In total, 579,839 people attended iiNet NBL Championship games in season 2011/12.

The growth in Finals attendance follows the recent announcement that the average NBL attendance at regular season games had grown for the third straight season in a row.

Crowds at NBL regular season matches this season rose by 3% over the 2010/11 campaign.

Over the past three seasons the average NBL regular season crowd has grown each year, with a total growth of 20% in crowds across the league since the 2009/10 season.

Basketball Australia Chairman Kristina Keneally said the huge crowds at the Finals helped cap off what was an immensely successful 2011/12 campaign.

We couldnt have asked for a better way to finish the season than with three amazingly close and emotional games of basketball played before capacity crowds in Auckland and Perth, said Ms. Keneally. The atmosphere at the games was simply phenomenal and I have no doubt we will have converted lots of people who were previously just casual fans into ardent supporters through the course of the Grand Final series.

This season we have once again seen significant growth across the board for the NBL in all major key performance areas. Ms. Keneally added. That is a terrific indicator of the buoyant health of the league and sets us up perfectly to capitalise on that growth next season. We have already renegotiated an improved TV contract with our Australian broadcast partner TEN through the 2014/15 season and the majority of our major corporate partners are already confirmed in long-term agreements. It is a truly exciting time for the NBL and we have good reason for optimism.

The 2012/13 iiNet NBL Championship season is expected to tip-off in early October 2012.

Courtesy of NBL



Melbourne Tigers release Cam Tragardh and Dan Dillon - by Eurobasket News

The tumultuous times continue down at Tigerland for Melbourne's sole NBL representative side. The side has announced that MVP candidate Cameron Tragardh (209-C/F-83, college: ORU), along with Daniel Dillon (194-G/F-86, college: Arizona) who was poached from the Cairns Taipans last off-season, have been released from their contracts at the request of their agent. The club has stuck by former owner Seamus Mcpeake's words when Luke Nevill was released from his deal to go to Russia last year, 'Player development is high on the agenda here at the Tigers and if players get the chance to take a step up in their playing career we have been, and will continue to be, willing to accommodate the request', McPeake had said in 2011.

New Melbourne Tigers Director of Basketball Chris Anstey said the club accomodated the request of the players.

'It is disappointing to lose two quality players in Daniel & Cameron however the club, where possible, will always try to act in the players best interest', Anstey said. 'When speaking with our players I have made it clear we want players who want to be here and are absolutely committed to the Melbourne Tigers', Anstey added.

Tragradh seemed to fall out of favor with current head coach Trevor Gleeson late in the season, the power forward was benched for the Tigers remaining games. The pair will now become two of the more highly sought after free-agents with both Wollongong and Adelaide already mentioned as possible destinations.

Courtesy of http://starting5.com.au



Central ABL: Men's Previews - Round 4 - by Eurobasket News

Forestville Eagles (2-1, 2nd) v West Adelaide Bearcats (2-1, 3rd)
Wednesday April 25, 5.00pm at Wayville


After shock losses in Round 3, the Forestville Eagles and West Adelaide Bearcats will be back in business for their Match of the Round Anzac Day battle at Wayville.

The Eagles went down 72-73 to the Woodville Warriors in overtime, with Adam Doyle missing the go-ahead field goal in the final three seconds. They also had the opportunity to win the game in regulation, but Rashad Tucker turned the ball over with four seconds left.

In the absence of Majok Deng, the Eagles led by as many as 12 in the third quarter, but let their opponents back into the game due to their poor shooting. As a team, the Eagles shot a season-low 32 per cent from the field. Trent Fildes (197-F-88, college: Georgia Coll.) and Brad Sullivan were the high point men, finishing with 16 each, along with 14 rebounds between them. Tucker was held to just 11 points, but picked up 14 boards.

The Bearcats became the first team to lose to South this season, going down 70-84. They led by two with a little over eight minutes remaining, but were destroyed 9-25 the rest of the way. For the third consecutive week, the Bearcats failed to make more than half of their foul shots, missing eight of their 15 attempts. In contrast, the Panthers shot 82 per cent from the charity stripe.

Blake Truslove (204-C-79) nailed all three of his free throw attempts, and finished with a 19 point, 14 rebound double-double. Junior Salters registered 17 points and 14 rebounds, but shot just 7/21 from the field and 1/6 from the line.

The Eagles and Bearcats have fought some close battles in recent times. The Eagles won two of the three matches last season, including the Preliminary Final at Pasadena.

The Bearcats have struggled to score this season, putting up just 72 ppg this season. The Eagles are averaging over 90 ppg, and scored 97 against Sturt in their last home match.

The Bearcats beat the Warriors when the Eagles could not, but in their home building, the Eagles should have too much offensive fire power and pick up win number three.

Eastern Mavericks (0-3, 10th) v Southern Tigers (1-2, 7th)
Saturday April 28, 8.15pm at Adelaide Hills


The Southern Tigers were 1-2 when they last visited the Eastern Mavericks. Once again, they will visit the Adelaide Hills with a 1-2 record, although they will be hoping for a better result than last time.

The Tigers dropped both matches against the Mavericks last season, including a 78-88 defeat early in the piece. They enter this match on the back of an 82-83 loss to Norwood, after falling asleep in the final two and a half minutes, conceding 11 points to zero. On Norwoods final possession, they gave up two offensive rebounds and then a three-pointer to Todd Matthews.

The Tigers lost in spite of outshooting their opponents from every area on the floor. Tyler Tanis (188-G-88, college: Hope) backed up his 47 point game from Round 2 with another 20, while Michael Florance had 17 points and 7 rebounds.

The Mavericks will be playing for their first win in 2012. Last week, they went down to ladder-leaders North Adelaide 80-63. The positive for the Mavs was they finished the game strongly, scoring the final nine points. Stuart Breheny was the shining light with 19 points and 6 rebounds.

If the game is to be decided in the final couple of minutes, then based on Round 3, the Mavericks will like their chances. However, the Tigers loss will have stung very badly, so expect them to burst out of the blocks and make sure of the victory.

North Adelaide Rockets (3-0, 1st) v Sturt Sabres (1-2, 8th)
Saturday April 28, 8.15pm at Adelaide Hills


The leagues only unbeaten team, the North Adelaide Rockets, host the Sturt Sabres on Saturday, who have not lost at Hillcrest since July 19, 2008.

The Rockets have in fact struggled to make their home a fortress in recent times, however, if Round 2 is anything to go by, their fans should be in for some happier times this season.

The Norwood Flames, like the Sabres, have found Hillcrest a happy hunting ground in recent times, but were blown away 60-105.

The Rockets have not let their success get to their heads. Last week, they earnt a 23-12 quarter-time advantage against Eastern, before cruising to a 17 point win.

In his first game for the club, import Edward Millard (198-F, agency: 22ft, college: Lynn) let the scoring with 22 points on 9/17 shooting. Josh Bond finished with 16 points on 6/8 shooting, including 3/5 from beyond the arc.

The Sabres looked like they were heading for a fifth straight defeat, dating back to last seasons finals. They trailed Centrals 30-40 during the third quarter, before outscoring them 42-19 in the final 16.40 of the match.

The Sabres shot just 10 per cent from downtown and 50 per cent from the foul-line, but connected on 45 per cent of their field goal attempts and outrebounded the Lions 48-37. Tim Klaosen top-scored with 23 points on 10/18 shooting, while Tom Daly was one assist off a triple-double (14 points, 12 rebounds, 9 assists). Stefan Wright added 16 points and 11 rebounds.

The Sabres appear to be a Jekyll-and-Hyde club right now. So far this season, they have gone through phases of domination, but there are also times when they cannot put the ball in the hoop. In contrast, the Rockets know how to get the job done, and have a variety of players who can step up.

Ultimately, the Rockets should win this game comfortably and make it 4-0.

Norwood Flames (2-1, 5th) v South Adelaide Panthers (1-2, 9th)
Saturday April 28, 8.15pm at Mars


Could 130 seconds of never-say-die basketball have turned the Norwood Flames season upside-down? How about the final eight minutes from the South Adelaide Panthers? Round 4 could be a defining week for both teams when they square off at Mars.

Coming off a disastrous loss to North Adelaide, the Flames looked dead and buried against the Southern Tigers, a club who they outscored by 77 points over two matches last season. However, the Flames showed why they were a top two side in 2011, producing a stunning comeback.

Keith Krauses trey with 2.10 remaining had the Flames back in it at 75-82, before burying another on their next offensive possession. Krause (19 points, 5 rebounds) then pulled in a defensive rebound after two unsuccessful attempts from Southerns Michael Florance, before Dillon Ford (180-G-84) (9 points) cut the gap to two.

On Southerns next offence, Reece Turner came up short, before Codey Ellison fouled Owen Giovine on the rebound. Giovine missed both free throws, but recovered his own miss. After Krause failed to convert the second chance opportunity, Daniel Webber got the offensive rebound, before Todd Matthews (21 points, 7 rebounds, 5 assists, 4 steals) nailed a triple for an unbelievable victory.

Meanwhile, the Panthers are coming off their first win in 2012, and they likewise completed it in style. The Panthers scored 25 points to nine in the final 7.52 and defeated the previously unbeaten Bearcats 84-70. The Panthers scored five extra points from the foul-line and 15 more from beyond the arc.

The Panthers had five double-digit scorers, including Kyle Howe Tipene (14 points, 5 rebounds), Thomas McKenzie (13 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists), Damian Scanlon (13 points, 4 assists), Jordan Robertson (12 points, 7 rebounds) and Patrick Mattson (12 points, 8 rebounds).

The last time they met, The Flames Andrew Webber, who is yet to suit up this season, scored a CABL record 51 points in a 107-73 victory at Marion. The Flames also won the corresponding encounter at Mars.

Expect this to be a competitive game, although the Flames should get the job done on their home floor

Central District Lions (1-2, 6th) v Woodville Warriors (2-1, 4th)
Saturday April 28, 8.15pm at Starplex


The Central District Lions will be hoping to avenge their disappointing Round 3 loss to Sturt when they host the Woodville Warriors on Saturday.

The Lions led Sturt for a large proportion of last weeks trip to Pasadena, but blew a double digit second half advantage to lose 59-72. Kyle Miller was again lethal with 22 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists. Luke Frost and Lachlan Parker scored 10 each.

The Warriors love to get the job done by the lousiest of margins. Both their wins this year have been by a solitary point, including an overtime triumph over reigning champions Forestville last week. The hero was Jarrod Graves, who only scored six points on the night, but hit the game-winner in the final five seconds of overtime.

Zane Reeves continued his strong start to the season with 18 points and 7 rebounds, while Puff Summers had his best game since joining from Ireland with 12 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists.

Two of the Warriors final three victories in 2011 were by one point also, one of which was a 72-71 win over Centrals at Starplex in the final game of the season. Ironically, their only other winning margin was 11 points!

Although the Warriors are higher up the ladder, the Lions have been playing some competitive basketball, matching it with two of last years finalists for long periods. However, the Lions have not beaten the Warriors since June 20, 2009.

It is likely this game will go down to the wire, where the Warriors experience and recent success in close games could be critical.

By James Woite
Courtesy of: http://www.centralabl.com.au/



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  AUSTRIA   

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Stjepan STAZIC
  BC Vienna
  (199-G-78)
  Avg: 26.3
 1. Stazic, BC Vienna26.3 
 2. Drenovac, Arkadia23.0 
 3. Reed, Oberwart19.9 
 4. Shaw, Oberwart18.3 
 5. Shavies, Furstenf.18.1 
 6. Curry, Gmunden17.4 
 7. Djuric, Gussing17.2 
 8. Fears, Kapfenberg17.2 
 9. Matthews, BC Vi.17.2 
 10. Stegnjaic, UBSC G.17.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Joe WERNER
  Wels
  (201-C-84)
  Avg: 9.4
 1. Werner, Wels9.4 
 2. Gordon, Kapfenberg8.7 
 3. Oppland, Gmunden7.9 
 4. Reed, Oberwart7.8 
 5. Ware, Furstenfeld7.2 
 6. Skurdauskas, Arkad.7.2 
 7. Moric, UBSC G.7.1 
 8. Nelson, Kapfenberg7.1 
 9. Chappell, Klostern.6.9 
 10. Lamesic, Wels6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Benedikt DANEK
  Arkadia
  (176-PG-86)
  Avg: 6.9
 1. Danek, Arkadia6.9 
 2. Fears, Kapfenberg6.4 
 3. Shavies, Furstenf.5.9 
 4. Schreiner, Kapfe.5.3 
 5. Klepeisz, Gussing5.1 
 6. Curry, Gmunden4.9 
 7. Stazic, BC Vienna4.7 
 8. Schaal, UBSC G.4.4 
 9. Grum, UBSC G.3.9 
 10. Pryor, Wels3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Jeremy FEARS
  Kapfenberg
  (196-G-85)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Fears, Kapfenberg2.5 
 2. Shavies, Furstenf.2.3 
 3. Matthews, BC Vi.2.0 
 4. Pryor, Wels1.9 
 5. Schreiner, Kapfe.1.9 
 6. Toroman, BC Vienna1.9 
 7. Brown, Wels1.8 
 8. O''Neal, Furstenfeld1.5 
 9. Mayer, Gmunden1.5 
 10. Danek, Arkadia1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Gary WARE
  Furstenfeld
  (205-F/C-83)
  Avg: 1.1
 1. Ware, Furstenfeld1.1 
 2. Scott, Gussing0.9 
 3. Skurdauskas, Arkad.0.8 
 4. Koch, Gussing0.7 
 5. Arnold, Gmunden0.7 
 6. Kohlmaier, Wels0.7 
 7. Brown, Wels0.7 
 8. Moric, UBSC G.0.6 
 9. Rizvic, Oberwart0.6 
 10. Nelson, Kapfenbe.0.5 


A Bundesliga Semifinals: First games (best-of-five) - by Eurobasket News

Klosterneub. - Kapfenberg 65-69 (0-1)
The guests were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. American forward Larry Gordon (196-F-87, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: Cal Poly Pomona) fired a double-double by scoring 14 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. His fellow American import power forward Demetrius Nelson (203-86, college: Citadel, agency: Court Side) chipped in 9 points and 13 rebounds. Four Kapfenberg Bulls players scored in double figures. Bosnian power forward Ramiz Suljanovic (206-79) produced 16 points and 7 rebounds and American power forward Jason Chappell (208-83, college: Wisconsin) added 10 points and 12 rebounds respectively for lost side.
Top scorers:
Kapfenberg: D.Mayes 18+2reb+2ast, L.Gordon 14+11reb+3ast, C.Gray 11+5reb, T.Schreiner 10+3reb+2ast, D.Nelson 9+13reb, S.Knabl 5+2reb
Klosterneub.: R.Suljanovic 16+7reb+1ast, J.Chappell 10+12reb+1ast, C.Nagler 10+3reb+5ast, M.Lanegger 9+6reb+4ast, C.Bobb 8+2ast, L.Sallomon 5+2reb
gschID: 175337


Gmunden - Wels 87-84 OT (1-0)
The hosts trailed by 4 points after three quarters before their 17-13 charge, which allowed them to tie the game at the end of regular time and get a 3-point victory in overtime. Gmunden Swans outrebounded Raiffeisen Wels 48-33 including a 19-8 advantage in offensive rebounds. Raiffeisen Wels were plagued by 29 personal fouls down the stretch. The game was dominated by American players. Forward Dan Oppland (203-84, college: Valparaiso, agency: SportsTalent) fired a double-double by scoring 21 points and 19 rebounds for the winners. Guard Morris Curry (178-87, college: Providence) chipped in 31 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Swingman Quentin Pryor (193-83, college: Morehead St., agency: Court Side) produced 15 points and 7 assists and guard Todd Brown (196-87, college: Wright St.) added 21 points (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) respectively for lost side. Four Gmunden Swans and five Raiffeisen Wels players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Gmunden: M.Curry 31+5reb+4ast, D.Oppland 21+19reb+3ast, F.Schoeninger 14+2reb+1ast, E.Murati 13+8reb+4ast, M.Oppland 4+2reb, M.Mayer 4+10reb+3ast
Wels: T.Brown 21+3reb+1ast, Q.Pryor 15+4reb+7ast, A.Farokhmanesh 11+2ast, R.Vieider 11+9reb, D.Lamesic 10+6reb+5ast, J.Werner 10+4reb+3ast


Second games - Sunday.



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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 14-13 
 6. M.Hainaut 13-15 
 7. Gent 10-18 
 8. Liege 9-18 
 9. Verviers-Pep. 5-22 

Regular Season: Round 31

Apr. 25: Aalstar - Oostende 85-71
Apr. 25: Leuven - Liege 74-76
Apr. 25: Antwerp - Gent 71-68
Apr. 25: M.Hainaut - Spirou 62-89

Regular Season: Round 32

Apr. 27: Spirou - Aalstar
Apr. 28: Gent - Leuven
Apr. 28: Antwerp - Liege
Apr. 28: Oostende - Verviers-Pep.


Stats Leaders - Division I

Points Per Game
 Christopher COPELAND
  Aalstar
  (203-F-84)
  Avg: 21
 1. Copeland, Aalstar21.0 
 2. Bostic, Liege16.4 
 3. Lojeski, Oostende15.1 
 4. Black, Antwerp14.3 
 5. Broyles, Spirou14.3 
 6. Freeman, Leuven14.0 
 7. Taylor, M.Hainaut13.9 
 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, Leuven3.4 
 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. Hopkins, Antwerp1.9 
 5. Wilson, Antwerp1.9 
 6. Bosco, Gent1.9 
 7. Muya, Liege1.8 
 8. Bostic, Liege1.7 
 9. Slaughter, M.Hai.1.5 
 10. Cage, M.Hainaut1.5 
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. De Zeeuw, Vervier.0.5 


Christopher Copeland claims Belgian D1 weekly honour - by Eurobasket News

American Christopher Copeland (203-F-84) had an amazing evening in the last round for Aalstar and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 31.
The 27-year old forward had a double-double of 37 points and ten rebounds, while his team beat Oostende (#3, 18-10) 85-71. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. Aalstar maintains the 4th position in Belgian D1. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Aalstar will need more victories to improve their 16-12 record. In the team's last game Copeland had a remarkable 56.3% from 2-point range. It's his second year at Aalstar and it's hard to imagine this team without him. University of Colorado graduate has very impressive stats this year. Copeland is league's best scorer averaging so far 21.0ppg. Copeland is in league's top in and averages solid 56.8% FGP and 42.9% from behind 3-point line.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 23-year old guard Geoffrey Hockins (188-G-88) of Liege. Hockins impressed basketball fans with 28 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists. It was enough for Liege to edge the higher-ranked Leuven (#5, 14-13) by 2 points 76-74. Liege's 8th position in the standings has not changed. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 9-18 record. Hockins is well-known by Liege fans and he already established his position as one of team's most reliable players.

The third best performed player last round was American Timothy Black (178-PG-81, agency: Limelight Hoops) of second-ranked Antwerp. Black scored 17 points and grabbed five rebounds. He was a key player of Antwerp, leading his team to a 71-68 win against the lower-ranked Gent (#7, 10-18). Antwerp needs these victories very badly if they think about taking over top position in the standings. Their record at this point is 19 victories and 8 lost games. Black has a great season in Belgium. After 27 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 14.3ppg (4th best) and assists with 3.0apg (4th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Stefon Jackson (196-G-85) of Aalstar - 16 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Terrence Jennings (205-F-88) of Liege - 12 points and 12 rebounds
6. Jorn Steinbach (181-PG-89) of Aalstar - 14 points, 3 rebounds and 5 assists
7. Graham Brown (205-C-84) of Gent - 17 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Christopher Booker (208-F/C-81) of Oostende - 11 points, 14 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Brent Wright (203-F/C-78) of Oostende - 18 points and 4 rebounds
10. Adeola Dagunduro (196-G-86) of Leuven - 14 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists

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



D1 Round 31: Antwerp Giants edge Optima Gent by three points - by Eurobasket News

The Regular Season in D1 is slowly approaching the end. But there may be still some important changes in the final standings in the last 5 rounds.

Seventh-ranked Optima Gent (10-18) made lots of trouble for second ranked Antwerp Giants (19-8) on Wednesday. Antwerp Giants managed to secure only three-point victory 71-68. However their fans expected much easier game. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Optima Gent. Optima Gent trailed by 12 points after 3 quarters before a 26-17 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 68-71 at the end of the game. Antwerp Giants made 23-of-28 free shots (82.1 percent) during the game. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Antwerp Giants made 8 blocks. 24 personal fouls committed by Optima Gent helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The game was dominated by American players. point guard Timothy Black (178-81, college: Barton, NC, agency: Limelight Hoops) fired 17 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Guard Bryan Hopkins (183-83, college: SMU) chipped in 14 points. Antwerp Giants' coach Eddy Casteels used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Center Graham Brown (205-84, college: Michigan) produced a double-double by scoring 17 points and 10 rebounds for lost side. Antwerp Giants maintains second place with 19-8 record behind leader Spirou. Optima Gent at the other side keeps the seventh position with 18 games lost. Antwerp Giants are looking forward to face Belgacom Liege (#8) at home in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Optima Gent will play against Leuven Bears and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Important game to mention about took place in Leuven. Eighth ranked Belgacom Liege (9-18) saved a 2-point victory on the road edging 5th ranked Leuven Bears (14-13) 76-74 on Wednesday evening. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Leuven Bears. Worth to mention a great performance of guard Geoffrey Hockins (188-88) who helped to win the game recording 28 points and 6 rebounds. Terrence Jennings contributed with 12 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. Nigerian guard Adeola Dagunduro (196-86, college: Nebraska) answered with 14 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists for Leuven Bears. Belgacom Liege maintains eighth place with 9-18 record. Leuven Bears at the other side keep the fifth position with 13 games lost. Belgacom Liege will play against league's second-placed Antwerp Giants on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Leuven Bears will play against Optima Gent and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Very important is a road loss of third ranked Base Oostende (18-10) against fourth ranked Okapi Aalstar (16-12) on Wednesday night. Visiting Base Oostende was defeated by Okapi Aalstar in Aalst 85-71. The game was also dominated by American players. It was a great evening for Christopher Copeland who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 37 points (!!!) and 10 rebounds. At the losing side Christopher Booker responded with a double-double by scoring 11 points and 14 rebounds. Base Oostende's coach rotated ten players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Okapi Aalstar maintains fourth place with 16-12 record. Loser Base Oostende keeps the third position with ten games lost. Okapi Aalstar will meet league's leader Spirou Charleroi on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Base Oostende will play against VOO Verviers-Pepinster and hope to secure a win.
Leader Spirou Charleroi delivered the twentiethth victory. This time they crushed 6th ranked Belfius Mons-Hainaut (13-15) 89-62 in Quaregnon. It was a quality performance for Christopher Hill who led the winners and scored 18 points (made all of his seven free throws). The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Defending champion maintains first place with 20-8 record. Belfius Mons-Hainaut at the other side keeps the sixth position with 15 games lost. Spirou Charleroi's next round opponent will be Okapi Aalstar (#4) at home.



M.Hainaut - Spirou 62-89

Leader Spirou Charleroi delivered the twentiethth victory. This time they crushed 6th ranked Belfius Mons-Hainaut (13-15) 89-62 in Quaregnon. The game without a history. Spirou Charleroi led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 23-of-27 charity shots (85.2 percent) during the game. Spirou Charleroi forced 19 Belfius Mons-Hainaut turnovers. 25 personal fouls committed by Belfius Mons-Hainaut helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a quality performance for American guard Christopher Hill (191-83, college: Michigan St.) who led the winners and scored 18 points (made all of his seven free throws). International forward Christophe Beghin (207-80, agency: Court Side) accounted for 17 points (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) for the winning side. American forward Ahmad Nivins (206-87, college: St.Joseph's) came up with 14 points and 7 rebounds and the other American import guard Quincy Taylor (196-82, college: UAB) added 13 points respectively for Belfius Mons-Hainaut in the defeat. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Defending champion maintains first place with 20-8 record. Belfius Mons-Hainaut at the other side keeps the sixth position with 15 games lost. Spirou Charleroi's next round opponent will be Okapi Aalstar (#4) at home.
Top scorers:
M.Hainaut: A.Slaughter 15+1reb+2ast, A.Nivins 14+7reb+1ast, Q.Taylor 13+3reb+2ast, I.Maras 10+5reb, A.Libert 6+1reb+1ast, S.Foster 4+3reb
Spirou: C.Hill 18+4reb+2ast, C.Beghin 17+3reb+1ast, C.Green 15+5reb, D.Mallet 15+1reb+4ast, T.Shengelia 6+7reb, D.Broyles 5+2reb+2ast
gschID: 132453


Aalstar - Oostende 85-71

Very important is a road loss of third ranked Base Oostende (18-10) against fourth ranked Okapi Aalstar (16-12) on Wednesday night. Visiting Base Oostende was defeated by Okapi Aalstar in Aalst 85-71. The hosts were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Okapi Aalstar made 17-of-22 free shots (77.3 percent) during the game. The game was also dominated by American players. It was a great evening for forward Christopher Copeland (203-84, college: Colorado) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 37 points (!!!) and 10 rebounds. Guard Stefon Jackson (196-85, college: UTEP) helped adding 16 points and 7 rebounds. At the losing side power forward Christopher Booker (208-81, college: Purdue) responded with a double-double by scoring 11 points and 14 rebounds and power forward Brent Wright (203-78, college: Florida) scored 18 points. Four Base Oostende players scored in double figures. Base Oostende's coach rotated ten players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Okapi Aalstar maintains fourth place with 16-12 record. Loser Base Oostende keeps the third position with ten games lost. Okapi Aalstar will meet league's leader Spirou Charleroi on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Base Oostende will play against VOO Verviers-Pepinster and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Oostende: B.Wright 18+4reb+1ast, D.Drobnjak 16+3reb+1ast, M.Lojeski 12+3reb+3ast, C.Booker 11+14reb+2ast, Q.Serron 8+5reb+2ast, K.Winston 4+5reb+2ast
Aalstar: C.Copeland 37+10reb+2ast, S.Jackson 16+7reb+2ast, J.Steinbach 14+3reb+5ast, C.Young 8+6reb, A.Gaddefors 7+2reb, K.Kruger 3
gschID: 132454


Antwerp - Gent 71-68

Seventh-ranked Optima Gent (10-18) made lots of trouble for second ranked Antwerp Giants (19-8) on Wednesday. Antwerp Giants managed to secure only three-point victory 71-68. However their fans expected much easier game. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Optima Gent. Optima Gent trailed by 12 points after 3 quarters before a 26-17 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 68-71 at the end of the game. Antwerp Giants made 23-of-28 free shots (82.1 percent) during the game. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Antwerp Giants made 8 blocks. 24 personal fouls committed by Optima Gent helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The game was dominated by American players. point guard Timothy Black (178-81, college: Barton, NC, agency: Limelight Hoops) fired 17 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Guard Bryan Hopkins (183-83, college: SMU) chipped in 14 points. Antwerp Giants' coach Eddy Casteels used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Center Graham Brown (205-84, college: Michigan) produced a double-double by scoring 17 points and 10 rebounds and guard Michael Jenkins (191-86, college: Winthrop) added 17 points and 5 rebounds respectively for lost side. Antwerp Giants maintains second place with 19-8 record behind leader Spirou. Optima Gent at the other side keeps the seventh position with 18 games lost. Antwerp Giants are looking forward to face Belgacom Liege (#8) at home in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Optima Gent will play against Leuven Bears and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Gent: G.Brown 17+10reb+2ast, M.Jenkins 17+5reb+2ast, M.Haynes 15+4reb+1ast, B.Heinle 5+6reb+2ast, L.Bosco 5+2reb, S.Geukens 5+1reb
Antwerp: T.Black 17+5reb+3ast, B.Hopkins 14+4reb+1ast, S.Mejri 10+2reb, D.Wilson 9+5reb+1ast, J.Vaughn 7+4reb, R.Moors 7+2reb+1ast
gschID: 132455


Leuven - Liege 74-76

Important game to mention about took place in Leuven. Eighth ranked Belgacom Liege (9-18) saved a 2-point victory on the road edging 5th ranked Leuven Bears (14-13) 76-74 on Wednesday evening. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Leuven Bears. Leuven Bears were ahead by 6 points after three quarters before a 26-18 charge of Belgacom Liege, which allowed them to win the game. Worth to mention a great performance of guard Geoffrey Hockins (188-88) who helped to win the game recording 28 points and 6 rebounds. American forward Terrence Jennings (205-88, college: Louisville) contributed with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. Nigerian guard Adeola Dagunduro (196-86, college: Nebraska) answered with 14 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists and Samoan-American power forward John Tofi (203-84, college: UTEP) added 15 points in the effort for Leuven Bears. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Belgacom Liege maintains eighth place with 9-18 record. Leuven Bears at the other side keep the fifth position with 13 games lost. Belgacom Liege will play against league's second-placed Antwerp Giants on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Leuven Bears will play against Optima Gent and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Leuven: B.Freeman 18+1reb, J.Tofi 15+4reb+2ast, A.Dagunduro 14+5reb+4ast, I.Hanavan 13+3reb, N.Marnegrave 6+1reb+3ast, M.McGhee 5+8reb+2ast
Liege: G.Hockins 28+6reb+2ast, G.Muya 13+5reb+3ast, J.Bostic 12+5reb+2ast, T.Jennings 12+12reb, D.Waters 5+4ast, P.Gillet 3+4reb+1ast
gschID: 132456



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  BENIN   


Protestant Schools basket tourney ends on Saturday - by Eurobasket News

The finals of the 11th edition of the tournoi de basket-ball du Complexe scolaire Protestant (CSP) will take place Saturday 28 in Cotonou, Benin.
The teams qualified for the finals are Complexe scolaire Protestant and Collge Notre-Dame des Aptres, for the ladies.
Courtesy of: StarAfrica.com



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Round 10: League Six is over, Playoff Semifinals set - by Eurobasket News

Round 10 of the Bosnian top division for men was completed last night. The League Six is over and Semifinals are set. Siroki WWin is the regular season champion with 9-1 record. Igokea outplayed them on Tuesday 76-75, but it was not enough for the home squad and Siroki ended as No.1. Milos Komatina (205-FC-84) was a key player in Igokea with 28 points and 5 rebounds. Visitors got 16 points from Jakov Vladovic (186-PG-83) and 14 from Fran Pilepic (192-G-89).
In the other games of Round 10, Varda outplayed Bosna 76-66 getting 15 points and 10 rebounds from Darko Damjanovic (203-F/C-91). Also Mladost registered key win against Capljina 98-88. Ranko Velimirovic (205-C/F-72, agency: Beo Basket) top-scored in victory with 22 points.
Siroki, Igokea, Mladost and Varda advanced to the Playoff Semifinals. The format is best-of-three and first games are scheduled for Saturday. Pairs are Siroki - Varda and Igokea - Mladost. Siroki and Igokea will host Game One. Second games will most probably be played on Tuesday.

League Six - Round 10
Apr. 24, 2012 Igokea-Siroki WWin 76-75
Apr. 24, 2012 Varda HE-Bosna 76-66
Apr. 25, 2012 Mladost-Capljina 98-88

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



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Standings

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

Regular Season: Round 8

Apr. 25: Police - Spartans 66-64
Apr. 27: BDF V - Cadets
Apr. 28: Splinters - Saints
Apr. 28: Flames - Saints
Apr. 28: Police - Spartans



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Government enhances recreational facilities on Virgin Gorda - by David Edole

ROADTOWN Tortola BVI, April 25th, 2012 Residents in Virgin Gorda (VG) can look forward to improved recreational and sporting facilities as Government has inked two contracts for their design and enhancement.

On April 24, Minister for Education and Culture Honourable Myron V. Walwyn signed a petty contract with Mr. Dion Stoutt of STO Enterprises, for the design, engineering and development of a Recreation Park in Virgin Gorda in the amount of $68,500 and for the architectural design, surveying and engineering services for the covering of the VG Basketball court in the amount of $62,500.

Both design works commenced today and are expected to be completed by June 25, 2012.

The scope of works for the enhancement of the Virgin Gorda Basketball Court include the drawing and design of a proper covering to completely cover the existing basketball court, the creation of more seating capacity and upgrades to the restroom facility and the concession stand. The drawings will also incorporate proper lighting for the court and mechanical requirements to improve the scoreboard equipment.

The scope of works for the design of the Virgin Gorda recreational facility include the development of the land space into a park to include a Gazebo, playground equipment, landscape, proper and adequate parking, fencing, a restroom facility, site lighting and picnic and party facilities.

Minister for Health and Social Development Honourable Ronnie W. Skelton witnessed Minister Walwyns signature while Finance and Planning Officer in the Ministry of Education and Culture Mrs. Jovita Scatliffe witnessed the architect, Mr. Stoutts, signature.

Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Education and Culture Dr. Marcia Potter and Territorial Representative Mr. Archibald Christian were also in attendance.

The signing of the design and architectural works for the Virgin Gorda Recreational Facility and Basketball court is in keeping with Governments commitment to enhance the Territorys recreation facilities as they improve the quality of life for Virgin Islands residents.




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  CAMEROON   

Standings

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



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Third round results from Congo - by Kristian Santiago

The Congolese league is into full spin and here are the results from the third round:

Avenir de Rail Brazzaville - Etoile du Congo 56-53
InterClub Brazaville - Patronage Sainte-Anne II 106-12
CARA - Patronage Sainte-Anne I 74-82
Diables Noirs - Anges-Noirs 65-56
Etoile du Congo - R.C.O 79-98
Avenir de Rail Brazzaville - InterClub Brazaville 50-65



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Rabbits are alive in Ligaen Finals - by Eurobasket News

Ligaen Finals, Game 5: Bakken - Svendborg 63-65 (3-2)

Game Five of the Ligaen Finals was played last night. Bakken Bears had a chance to win the title in the front of their fans, but Svendborg Rabbits didn't let them to do it. The Rabbits grabbed 63-65 road victory and stayed alive in the series. The score is 3-2 for Bakken now and format is best-of-seven. Sixth game is scheduled for Monday and Svendborg will be the host. They will try to force crucial Game Seven. At the other hand, Bakken will try to win end this series. Bakken trailed by 11 points after 3 quarters before a 24-15 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 63-65 at the end of the game. The former international guard Adama Darboe (190-86) stepped up and scored 15 points and 9 rebounds for the winners and the former international guard Chanan Colman (191-84, college: Chipola) chipped in 16 points. American guard Joshua Alexander (193-87, college: SF Austin) responded with 19 points and 5 rebounds and the former international power forward Nicolai Iversen (205-80, college: San Jose City JC) scored 7 points and 7 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game.

Bakken: J.Alexander 19+5reb+1ast, C.Nielsen 13+3reb, N.Iversen 7+7reb+3ast, C.Christoffersen 6+7reb, M.Kristensen 6+3reb, F.Nielsen 4+4reb+3ast
Svendborg: C.Colman 16+4reb+2ast, A.Darboe 15+9reb+2ast, M.Plannthin 9+4reb+2ast, D.Vinson 8+6reb+2ast, M.Kingsley 7+3reb+1ast, M.Mariegaard 5+5reb+1ast



Randers wins First Division title - by Eurobasket News

2011/12 season in Danish First Division for men is over. Randers won the title with perfect 2-0 in the Finals. They registered 69-55 home win against Virum in Game One, which was played last Saturday. It was best-of-three series and Randers cruised past Virum in the second game (Wednesday) 73-84 to grab the trophy. It was a road win for Randers. Both teams will compete next season in Ligaen.
Randers was the regular season champion in First Division with 19-3 record. They eliminated Glostrup in the Quarterfinals with perfect 2-0. Later Randers edged Koge BK with 2-0 in the Semis. Finalist Virum was No.3 in the regular season and later eliminated Aarhus BF and Lemvig.



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Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Blake AHEARN
  Reno B.
  (188-PG-84)
  Avg: 23.8
 1. Ahearn, Reno B.23.8 
 2. Almond, Maine RC23.4 
 3. Emmett, Reno B.23.1 
 4. Dentmon, Austin T.22.0 
 5. Millsap, Los A.19.9 
 6. Efevberha, Iowa E.19.6 
 7. Mitchell, Sioux F.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.10.1 
 6. Foote, Springfield9.0 
 7. Criswell-L., Austi.8.9 
 8. Williams, Texas L.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. Owens, Tulsa 66ers1.9 
 8. Greene, Los A.1.9 
 9. Curry, Springfield1.9 
 10. Saunders, Rio G.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 


Eric Musselman named D-League coach of year - by Eurobasket News

Los Angeles D-Fenders head coach Eric Musselman was today named the winner of the Dennis Johnson Coach of the Year award, as voted by his fellow NBA Development League head coaches.

Musselman helmed a Los Angeles team that recorded an NBA D-League record 38 victories during the 2011-12 regular season en route to a Western Conference Championship and the first overall seed in the 2012 NBA D-League Playoffs presented by BBVA.

Musselmans D-Fenders are undefeated in postseason play, and have a chance to secure the 2012 NBA D-League Championship over the Austin Toros tonight in the second game of the best-of-three NBA D-League Finals presented by BBVA. Tip-off is set for 10:00 p.m. ET.

During his first year with the team, Musselman oversaw the development of six top NBA D-League prospects who earned a total of eight GATORADE Call-Ups to the NBA this season, including the 2012 NBA D-League All-Star MVP Gerald Green, now of the New Jersey Nets and Houston Rockets guard Courtney Fortson, who both signed contracts for the remainder of the season with their NBA teams.

Musselmans D-Fenders led the League in rebounding percentage (.572) and held their opponents to a League-low 44 percent from the field, while its 48 percent from the field was good for second best in the League.

Erics deep knowledge of the game and his unparalleled passion have been evident every step of the way for the D-Fenders this season, said Chris Alpert, Vice President of Basketball Operations and Player Personnel for the NBA D-League. Not only was Eric able to achieve a level of on-court success our League has never seen before, he was able to do it while developing top NBA D-League prospects into current NBA contributors. I offer my hearty congratulations to him on a season well done.

The award is named in honor of the late Dennis Johnson, NBA Legend and former Austin Toros head coach who was enshrined in the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame in August 2010. In his playing career, Johnson won three NBA titles with the Boston Celtics and Seattle SuperSonics, played in five NBA All-Star games and was named to the All-Defensive First Team six times. He served as interim head coach of the Los Angeles Clippers in 2002, and was in his third season coaching in the NBA D-League when he passed away.

Courtesy of www.insidehoops.com



Iowa Energy forward Moses Ehambe receives 2012 Jason Collier Sportsmanship Award - by Eurobasket News

Iowa Energy forward Ehambe Moses Randall (6'6''-G/F-86, college: ORU) is the recipient of the 2012 Jason Collier Sportsmanship Award, as voted on by the 16 NBA Development League head coaches, it was announced today. The award honors the player who best represents the ideals of character and conduct on and off the court.

A four-year NBA D-League veteran, Ehambe averaged 12.8 points, 2.7 rebounds and 26.9 minutes in 46 games, 26 starts, during the 2011-12 campaign. The 6-6, 215-pound swingman out of Oral Roberts led the Energy in scoring six times, including back-to-back 30-plus point games on Dec. 1 and 3.

'Moses is a consummate professional, an exemplary teammate and valuable member of the Energy and NBA D-League families,' said Chris Alpert, Vice President of Basketball Operations and Player Personnel for the NBA D-League. 'His continued commitment to being an ambassador of the game on and off the court is apparent in his deep respect for his teammates, opponents and referees as well as his passion for being a productive member of the Des Moines community. I congratulate Moses on another successful season on the court and for his unwavering dedication as a role model in our League.'

The name of the Sportsmanship Award was changed in 2006 to honor former NBA D-League, Houston Rockets and Atlanta Hawks center Jason Collier, who passed away suddenly on Oct. 15, 2005. Collier was a 2003-04 All-NBA D-League First Team selection as a member of the Fayetteville Patriots, but more importantly was a player and person who exemplified the qualities of a faithful teammate, husband, father, son, brother and friend. He was ready to begin his sixth NBA season at the time of his death.

Ehambe joins Larry Owens (Tulsa, 2011), Andre Ingram (Utah Flash, 2010), Will Conroy (Albuquerque, 2009), Billy Thomas (Colorado, 2008), Roger Powell (Arkansas, 2007) and Ime Udoka (Fort Worth, 2006) as recipients of the award since it was renamed in Collier's honor.

Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com



Toros ties Finals series against D-Fenders - by Eurobasket News

Los Angeles D. - Austin T. 94-113
After a fourth quarter collapse that led to an overtime loss against the Los Angeles D-Fenders in the Finals opener, the Austin Toros made sure that there will be a Game 3 on Saturday. The Toros opened the game strong, and finished the first quarter leading 30-15. The D-Fenders cut the lead to 38-49 at halftime, but Austin pulled away in the third, outscoring Los Angeles 30-20 and entered the fourth quarter with a 79-58 advantage. Julian Wright (6'8''-F-87, college: Kansas) and league MVP Justin Dentmon (6'0''-G-85, college: Washington) led the Toros with 26 points apiece, Terrance Woodbury (6'7''-G/F-86, college: Georgia) added 17, while Ronald Murray (6'4''-G-79, college: Shaw) chipped in 16 points in the series tying 113-94 victory. Malcolm Thomas (6'9''-C-88, college: San Diego St.), who grabbed a Finals record 25 rebounds in Game 1, led the D-Fenders with 18 points and 14 boards, Orien Greene (6'4''-G-82, college: La-Lafayette) added 17 points and eight rebounds, and Elijah Millsap (6'6''-G-87, agency: Interperformances, college: UAB) was held to 14 points after exploding for 33 points in the series opener. The Toros and D-Fenders will meet again Saturday for the winner take all NBA D-League championship title match. *Courtesy of http://fanvsfan.com



Lakers recall Christian Eyenga from D-League - by Eurobasket News

The Los Angeles Lakers have recalled guard/forward Christian Eyenga (6'7''-G-89) from the Los Angeles D-Fenders of the NBA Development League, it was announced today by General Manager Mitch Kupchak.

Acquired from the Cleveland Cavaliers on March 15 along with Ramon Sessions in exchange for Luke Walton and Jason Kapono, Eyenga has yet to play for the Lakers this season. In six regular season games with the D-Fenders, Eyenga averaged 12.2 points, 5.0 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 1.3 blocks and 33.0 minutes, before helping the D-Fenders reach the D-League finals, where they currently hold a 1-0 lead over the Austin Toros.

The 30 th overall pick by Cleveland in the 2009 NBA Draft, Eyenga played in six games for the Cavaliers this season averaging 1.5 points and 2.0 rebounds in 13.8 minutes. Eyenga also played in 12 games for the Canton Charge this season, where he averaged 10.0 points, 4.3 rebounds and 1.2 assists in 26.2 minutes.

Courtesy of www.insidehoops.com



Charge's Campbell is becoming D-League success story - by Eurobasket News

Less than a year ago, TJ Campbell (5'9''-PG-88, college: Portland) thought maybe a return to football was his best chance at pro athlete status.

Now, the Charge point guard has positioned himself for a possible NBA opportunity, maybe in the near future.

Life can change quickly in the NBA Development League. Campbell is an example of the positive the league can do for a young, inexperienced player.

Campbell, a strong, explosive athlete in a 5-foot-9, 190-pound package, recently finished what amounted to his rookie season of pro basketball. The Phoenix native averaged 12.6 points and 5.2 assists while shooting 41.5 percent from the 3-point line and 83.9 percent from the foul line in the regular season. He was the only Charge player to play in all 50 regular-season and six playoff games during Cantons inaugural campaign.

But it was his play after the Jan. 25 trade of veteran Keith McLeod, when the Charge basically handed Campbell the reins, that truly showed his potential.

Campbell averaged 16.0 points and 6.8 assists over the final 26 regular-season games all starts. He carried a heavy load in terms of ball-handling and minutes played and became one of the leagues top point guards, leading No. 7 seed Canton to the semifinals.

It was just a matter of confidence and getting more comfortable being in the spotlight and being the leader, said the laid-back Campbell, who was averaging 9.0 points and 3.5 assists at the time of the McLeod trade. At the beginning of the year, I was still trying to get a feel for the game and being the leader of the team.

Go back to last summer, and he was at a crossroad.

Campbell had just finished his first season in pro basketball. It wasnt a positive experience. He played a grand total of seven games between Australia and Turkey. Down under, his team signed the reigning league MVP early on and Campbell soon was gone. In Turkey, he came to his team late and never found a niche.

Campbell returned to America facing a summer of uncertainty.

The lockout was going on and everything was slow, he said. No teams were really looking at me for overseas or the NBA. You could say I got a little depressed. I was thinking, Damn, what am I gonna do?

So it actually crossed my mind that I could go back and play football.

Campbell was an outstanding slot receiver at Phoenixs Sunnyslope High School, where he totaled 2,055 yards and 20 touchdowns rushing and receiving as a senior and gained first-team all-state honors. His squatty, muscular frame actually looks more suited for football.

Campbell considered walking-on a college football team somewhere before deciding to stay with hoops.

Good thing I stuck it out, he said with a smile.

The Charge drafted Campbell in the fourth round, 49th overall, in November. After two months of up-and-down play, he began to open eyes. He scored 31 points in his first game after the McLeod trade and never looked back.

The University of Portland product went on to hit a game-winning jumper in the closing seconds of a March win against Maine and two dramatic 3-pointers to force overtime in Cantons Game 1 semifinal win against Austin last week.

Theres a reason he was picked 49th, Charge general manager Wes Wilcox said. Hes probably a kid thats been overlooked the majority of his life as a basketball player just because hes short in stature. But hes not short in substance.

It would not be a surprise to see Campbell get invited to play on an NBA summer league team and be in someones training camp next fall. If he returns to the D-League a possibility that he is open to the Charge retain his rights. He also will have overseas options.

I think Id stick it out (for an NBA opportunity). At the same time, Im open to the idea of going overseas, Campbell said. Definitely my goal is to make it to the NBA. Thats always been my dream. But I have to stay open minded.

A pure shooter and slick ball-handler, Campbell plans to work on finishing in traffic this summer. He knows longer, more athletic players await in NBA lanes.

Campbells development is an on-going process, but Wilcox feels it is headed in the right direction.

T.J. had great moments where he showed really how good he could be, but then also faced some guys who showed him, Hey, the next level is another step from what youve done, Wilcox said. T.J. being confronted with that reality, while still having the level of success he did that translated into wins for us, is invaluable experience. Its the heart and soul of the D-League.

Im hopeful T.J. has a great summer and gets opportunities with some NBA teams. You never know when opportunity lines up with preparedness.

Courtesy of www.cantonrep.com



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Ivkovic: we must be proud of ourselves - by Kostas Papadopoulos

Dusan Ivkovic (agency: Beo Basket ), coach of Olympiacos Piraeus, gave an interesting interview at the official site of Euroleague, referring to both Final 4 of Instabul and generally this season so far.
Last year at this time there was disappointment at Olympiacos. Now, it's like a great surprise. What made the difference between then and now?
D.I.: 'I think that we had a great team last season with great creators like Milos Teodosic (195-G-87), Theodoros Papaloukas (200-PG-77, agency: FCM) and Vassilis Spanoulis (193-G-82, agency: Beo Basket), in his first year with us. It was possibly the best team in Europe, but we lost against Montepaschi in the playoffs for one reason, I think, that our great players never put aside their egos to serve the team. The main difference this season is that we have a younger team, but we play together as one. We had lot of problems before the season, when our owners were ready to leave and we had to reduce our budget. But even though some people may see us as a surprise, I believe that we deserve to be in the Final Four.'
The roster is almost completely different from last year. At what point during this season did you start to think that this team had the potential to reach the Final Four?
D.I.: 'Well, we grew up as a team step by step and played better and better. I believe so. Right after the Top 16 Draw, I told everyone that qualifying to the playoffs would be a great success. When we survived and had to play against Siena, I thought 'great, this is a chance for us to take revenge from last season's loss'. Still, we had to go step by step the whole way. I think that my team still has a lot of room for improvement. We can grow as a team even more.'
You developed many young players during this season. What convinced you that players like Evangelos Mantzaris (196-G-90), Konstantinos Sloukas (197-G-90) and others could compete now in the Euroleague?
D.I.: 'Look, to become a competitive player in the Euroleague, you need experience in the competition. With Evangelos Mantzaris, we didn't have any experience in the beginning of the season, but now he has become one of our key players. Konstantinos Sloukas had a lot of international experience at youth levels and was a European winner with his national team, knows how to play under pressure and that is a big advantage for him. Konstantinos Sloukas, Evangelos Mantzaris and Kostas Papanikolaou (204-F-90) give us a lot of energy, not only in games, but also in practice. They are great kids who have improved their game and will keep doing so in the future.'
You got the last two pieces to the puzzle with Joey Dorsey (206-C/F-83, college: Memphis) and Acie Law (190-G-85, agency: Priority Sports, college: Texas A&M) before the Top 16. How important have they been to the team's success?
D.I.: 'I think they have been very important for us. Joey was our opponent with Caja Laboral [in the regular season] and even though he didn't play much, I liked his physical skills and the way he reacted on the court. He was completely different than our big players like Andreas Glyniadakis (215-C-81, agency: Beo Basket) and Lazaros Papadopoulos (210-C-80). I think he has been a key player for us on defense. He has helped us to improve our defense a lot. As for Acie Law, this guy is extremely professional and has a great personality. Both of them are great people and have been absolutely welcomed to our team.'
Of course, Vassilis Spanoulis has been the team leader from day one. What makes him the perfect kind of star for a team like this one?
D.I.: 'Do not forget that Vassilis had to undergo serious surgery this summer and by mid-December, he had a complicated injury; the ligament in his ankle was broken. He told me: 'Coach, don't worry. I will be back for the Top 16.' What I am trying to say is that he is a different player. For sure, all the teams have their main target on defense on him, but he is a leader with a lot of patience. I am happy that I can count on a star like Vassilis.'
Looking ahead to the semifinal, FC Barcelona Regal has one of the best defenses in Euroleague history. How do you attack such a defense?
D.I.: 'Well, our philosophy is very simple. I think that we have the potential to play at their same defensive level. In one game, at the Final Four, I expect a lot from Barcelona and its coach. We are a younger team, but we have to play with a lot of intensity, especially on defense. We will try to run the floor like Spanish teams traditionally do. Everybody say that the Spanish League is one of the fastest in the world. We will try to play good defense and run.'
Barcelona also has the Euroleagues top all-time scorer, Juan Carlos Navarro (192-G-80). How can you contain him?
D.I.: 'I like Juan Carlos Navarro very, very much. Juan Carlos Navarro fights all the time and gives everything for his team, but the way he played at the Eurobasket 2011 in Lithuania with his national team, especially in the final round... I enjoyed it! After seeing that, every player who has the opportunity to guard him has a big challenge ahead of him. It is really difficult to guard a big star like Juan Carlos Navarro. Everybody needs to give their best, not only against Juan Carlos Navarro, but against everyone and we must be proud of ourselves.'
Kyle Hines (198-F-86), your top rebounder, gives away 10 cm to the Barcelona big men. Is that a concern or has he proven that he can use his smaller size to his advantage?
D.I.: 'I was lucky that we played against Brose Baskets last season! I saw Kyle and believe me now, he is smaller than any other center in the Euroleague, but Kyle is really competitive, has a great personality and is hard-working. I believed that if Charles Barkley (198-F-63, college: Auburn), with his size, was able to be a great power forward in the NBA, Kyle can do the same with his size in Europe.'
The other semifinal is between teams you have faced multiple times this season, CSKA in the Euroleague and Panathinaikos in Greece. How do you see that game?
D.I.: 'Both are really, really good teams. Not only did I face CSKA this season, but I coached them for three seasons and made it to the Final Four three times. Of course, CSKA has an advantage this season, which is having a player like Andrei Kirilenko (205-F-81). All of CSKA's big star players, Andrei Kirilenko is the real leader in that team. Don't you forget that Panathinaikos is the reigning champion and has a great coach in Zeljko Obradovic . They have been together for many years and have achieved great things. Players like Dimitris Diamantidis (196-G-80) and Mike Batiste (203-F-77, college: Arizona St.) will not give CSKA any advantage.'
Some say this is one of the greatest seasons in your long and successful coaching career. Do you agree or will it depend on how the team does at the Final Four?
D.I.: 'You know, some people have told me that already, that this was my best season. When you speak about the coaching, people always take into account whether you win the title or not. I think that what we said here in the beginning of Olympiaco's preseason is that everyone had to enjoy our season. I have enjoyed this season and done my best to help this time play good basketball. If we manage to do everything we can, I will enjoy even more. I don't think that it depends on the results we get at the Final Four.'

Courtesy of Euroleague.net



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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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Up 20 in the 4th............ - by Corey Belser

What a weekend.... I slept zero hours, and unfortunately it wasn't from celebrating! Instead, I was damaged by the image of watching a 20pt lead in the 4th quarter slowly eaten away, to just 4pts. I watched as ADA Blois Basket's flame became a blaze, and their momentum grew to unstoppable. Easily the worst loss I have ever experienced as a player, and the biggest come back I have ever witnessed! Still Shocked!!! Worse, is the fact that just three weeks ago we where sitting pretty, in 1st place and hopes to win it all! Now we are currently in 4th place with a two game losing streak and no chance to win the regular season championship at this point. It started last weekend vs Saint-Quentin Basket-Ball when Jimmal Ball (178-G-78, agency: ACMT, college: Akron) hit a running floater with just seconds left in the game to take a one point lead. That would be the start to our current demise. Here's the video:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OWRG1mFJu40&feature=youtu.be and this weekend it was the 20pt fourth quarter lead we lost in just 10 minuets! I suppose I prefer the latter of the two. Season's always have there ups and downs, for both players and teams and unfortunately we are down right now. Timing is everything, and with just two weeks left before the playoffs, we need to get our a%$'s back on track and get our momentum and motivation going into the playoffs. I am looking forward to the challenge!

As for Zoi Dimitrakou (188-F-87, agency: Josep and Nicolas), my beautiful balling Greek fiance, who also played here in Charleville this season. Her season has been officially over for a few weeks and she's been in the gym everyday since! She's preparing for this summer's European Championship with the women's Greek National Team! It's actually been a crazy week for Zoi, she finally decided to sign back in France for next year! So, I am happy to be the first to announce she'll be playing Euroleague basketball in Bourges France next season! Cercle Jean Mace Bourges is one of France's top women's teams and big step for her career. The craziness this week came when she found out that the LA Sparks and Washington Mystics where interested in her attending their training camps. She actually decided to pass due to her commitment to her national team, but I think WNBA will be in her near future! I feel like a proud parent!

Thanks for reading, and stay tuned till next time, as the season wraps up here in France.

Signing out Corey Belser (200-F-82, college: San Diego)



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Stats Leaders - Superleague

Points Per Game
 Dime TASOVSKI
  Lirija
  (200-F-80)
  Avg: 19.2
 1. Tasovski, Lirija19.2 
 2. Radunovic, Lirija17.7 
 3. Tasovski, Rabotnic.17.7 
 4. Radulovic, Vardar17.5 
 5. Jelesijevic, Kuman.17.1 
 6. Gecevski, MZT S.16.3 
 7. Karadzovski, Torus15.9 
 8. Janjusevic, Kuman.15.3 
 9. Trajkovski, Torus15.1 
 10. Georgievski, Vard.15.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Dustin MITCHELL
  Lirija
  (206-F/C-87)
  Avg: 8.2
 1. Mitchell, Lirija8.2 
 2. Gecevski, MZT S.8.1 
 3. Reynolds, Torus S.7.6 
 4. Radunovic, Lirija7.3 
 5. Cekovski, MZT S.7.3 
 6. Nikolovski, Feni I.6.9 
 7. Jelesijevic, Kuman.6.6 
 8. Dahlman, MZT S.6.6 
 9. Mikic, Kumanovo6.6 
 10. Trajkovski, Torus6.5 
Assists Per Game
 Carlos MORBAN
  Lirija
  (187-G-82)
  Avg: 4.4
 1. Morban, Lirija4.4 
 2. Karadzovski, Torus3.8 
 3. Petrovski, Rabotni.3.6 
 4. Mijajlovic, MZT S.3.6 
 5. Kostoski, Kumanovo3.4 
 6. Tasevski, Vardar3.2 
 7. Frye, Feni Indistr.3.2 
 8. Samardziev, Feni I.3.1 
 9. Dimitrovski, Kozuv3.0 
 10. Cekovski, MZT S.2.8 
Steals Per Game
 Jarrid FRYE
  Feni Indistrija
  (194-G/F-85)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Frye, Feni Indistr.2.1 
 2. Tasovski, Rabotnic.2.0 
 3. Radunovic, Lirija1.8 
 4. Tasovski, Lirija1.5 
 5. Morban, Lirija1.4 
 6. Dimitrovski, Kozuv1.3 
 7. Tasevski, Vardar1.2 
 8. Tomasevic, Kozuv1.2 
 9. Kostoski, Kumanovo1.2 
 10. Filipovic, Lirija1.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Nemanja JELESIJEVIC
  Kumanovo
  (210-C/F-79)
  Avg: 1.4
 1. Jelesijevic, Kuman.1.4 
 2. Chappell, ABA S.1.2 
 3. Kralevski, Vardar1.1 
 4. Trajkovski, Torus1.1 
 5. Avramovski, Lirija1.0 
 6. Reynolds, Torus S.0.9 
 7. Cole, Rabotnicki0.9 
 8. Mitchell, Lirija0.7 
 9. Knezevic, Feni I.0.7 
 10. Tasovski, Rabotni.0.7 


28 candidates for FYROM National Team named - by Eurobasket News

Head Coach of the FYROM National Team Marjan Lazovski named 28 candidates for the 2012 FIBA World Olympic Qualifying Tournament. The list includes five naturalized Macedonians: Bo McCalebb (183-PG-85, college: New Orleans) (Montepaschi), Kennedy Winston (198-F-84, college: Alabama) (Oostende), Jeremiah Massey (202-F-82, college: Kansas St.) (Lokomotiv Kuban), Darius Washington (188-PG-85, college: Memphis) (Turk Telekom) and Marques Green (167-PG-82, college: St.Bonaventure) (Avelino). Only one of them will make to the roster for Caracas.

Other candidates are: Vlado Ilievski (Lokomotiv Kuban), Ognjen Stojanovski (MZT), Damjan Stojanovski (Lukoil Akademik), Vojdan Stojanovski (Donetsk), Pero Antic (Olympiacos), Todor Gecevski (MZT), Gjorgi Cekovski (MZT), Predrag Samardziski (Lijetuvos Ritas), Kiril Nikolovski (Feni), Darko Sokolov (Feni), Dime Tasovski (Lirija), Jane Petrovski (Rabotnicki), Aleksandar Kostoski (Kumanovo), Ivica Dimceski (Torus), Dimitar Mirakovski (Rabotnicki), Marko Simonovski (Feni), Gorjan Markovski (Torus), Bojan Trajkovski (Torus), Bojan Krstevski (Torus), Nikola Karakolev (Torus), Riste Stefanof (Ilysiakos), Todd Zafirovski (Duke) and Stojan Gjuroski (Lousiana Tech).

The Olympic Qualifying Tournament starts on July 2 in Caracas, Venezuela. In the first game Macedonians will meet Angola. After that they will play against New Zealand. 12 teams will participate at this tournament, but only 3 of them will make it to the Olympics. FYROM booked a spot for the Olympic Qualifying Tournament thanks to their great performance last summer in Lithuania. Macedonians were the most pleasant surprise of the EuroBasket and they reached Semifinals.



Superleague Finals: First win for Feni Industrija (1-2, best-of-five) - by Eurobasket News

Game 2: Feni Indistrija - MZT Skopje 84-65 (1-2)

The game without a history. Feni Indistrija led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 44 of its points in the paint compared to MZT Skopje's 22. The best player for the winners was the former international guard Darko Sokolov (190-86) who scored 23 points. International power forward Kiril Nikolovski (210-88) chipped in 13 points and 9 rebounds. Four Feni Indistrija players scored in double figures. Feni Indistrija's coach Emil Rajkovic used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. International center Todor Gecevski (209-77, agency: Interperformances) produced a double-double by scoring 24 points and 10 rebounds and the former international power forward Gjorgi Cekovski (203-79, agency: New Trend Agency) added 8 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists respectively for the guests.
Top scorers:
Feni Indistrija: D.Sokolov 23+4reb+1ast, K.Nikolovski 13+9reb+1ast, D.Knezevic 12+2reb+2ast, M.Gjurov 11+1reb, D.Radulovic 11+2reb+4ast, I.Lilov 6+3reb+1ast
MZT Skopje: T.Gecevski 24+10reb+1ast, C.Davis 13+8reb, G.Cekovski 8+10reb+5ast, I.Mijajlovic 7+5reb+2ast, O.Stojanovski 7+3reb+3ast, T.Grncarov 3+2reb



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  GABON   

Standings

D1 Standings
Group A
 1. Toungui 10-0
 2. Manga BB 6-2
 3. IZO BB 3-7
 4. Bonguema 2-6
 5. BA BB 1-7
Group B
 1. Somo B 10-0
 2. Stade Madji 6-2
 3. Engong 4-6
 4. Hope BC 3-7
 5. Olympic 1-9


GABON - National Championship Elite / Results after 12 days - by Rodrigue Olivier Kassa

GABON - National Championship Elite / Results after 12 days

Pool A:
1st : Toungui BB, 10-0
2nd: Manga BB, 6-2
3rd: IZO BB, 3-7
4th: Bonguema, 2-6
5th: BA BB, 1-7

Pool B:
1st: Somo B, 10-0
2nd: Mandji Stadium, 6-2
3rd: Engong BB, 4-6
4th: Hope BC, 3-7
5th: Olympic Mandji, 1-9

Toungui BB (Libreville) and Somo B (Libreville) stand out in their
respective pool but nothing is settled yet ...

The National Championship Elite knows that a truce will continue next
week after the Gabon Cup currently taking place in Mouila in the south
country.

by KASSA Rodrigue Olivier



GABON-National Championship Elite Men: Player stats after 12 games - by Rodrigue Olivier Kassa

GABON-National Championship Elite Men:
Player stats after 12 games
Source: FEGABAB

Top Scorers:
1st: Engone ETSINA Gael (Bonguema) ...... ...18.0 points
2nd: MANGAMA Privat (IZO BB) .................. 16.3 points
3rd: Junior Kopia Brice (Bonguema) ............ 16.2 points
4th: OTOMBO Doudou (Stade Mandji) ......... .15.5 points
5th: MOUKAGA ATSU Rodrigue (Manga) .... 15.0 points
6th: ESSONO MVE Lerry (Toungui) .............. 14.8 points
7th: HAKEEM Kouzou (Manga) ...................... 14.5 points
8th: Gilles Nkoma (Olympic) .......................... 13.5 points
9th: Fabrice Nollet (IZO BB) .......................... 13.1 Points
10th: Bouli Arnaud (Toungui) ........................ 12.8 Points

Best Playmakers:
1st: NZE DIGONDI Jacques (Manga) ........................ 3.0 assists
2nd: Steve Samuel NDONG (Bonguema) .................. 2.5 assists
3rd: NDONG Avah Etienne (Stade Mandji) ................ 1.5 assists

Best Rebounders:
1st: Raymond KOUMEN (Manga) ......................... 6.6 rebounds
2nd: ESSONO MVE Lerry (Toungui BB) ............... 6.0 rebounds
3rd: MASRABE Jhod (Manga BB) ........................ 5.0 rebounds

Best Blocker:
1st: ESSONO MVE Lerry (Toungui BB) ................. 0.8 block
2nd: Kopia Junior Brice (Bonguema) .................... 0.7 block
3rd: BERTHOLD Ritch (Engong BB) ...................... 0.7 block

by KASSA Rodrigue Olivier



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  GERMANY   

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, MBC17.5 
 7. Roessler, Karlsruhe17.1 
 8. Mason, Webmoebel17.1 
 9. Lipke, Leitershofen16.4 
 10. Howard, Karlsruhe16.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Justin HOWARD
  Karlsruhe
  (208-C-81)
  Avg: 10.3
 1. Howard, Karlsruhe10.3 
 2. Alawoya, Braves8.5 
 3. Uskoski, Kirchheim8.2 
 4. Richardson, Leiter.7.9 
 5. Black, Jena7.7 
 6. Gerwig, Cuxhaven7.6 
 7. Shaw, Chemnitz7.6 
 8. Harris, Cuxhaven7.3 
 9. Webb, Crailsheim7.2 
 10. Moore, Karlsruhe7.1 
Assists Per Game
 Ahmad SMITH
  Kirchheim
  (194-G-84)
  Avg: 6.4
 1. Smith, Kirchheim6.4 
 2. Jeka, Braves5.2 
 3. Johnson, Chemnitz5.0 
 4. Rice, Cuxhaven4.9 
 5. Chavis, NBC4.3 
 6. Burgess, Heidelberg4.3 
 7. Holcomb Faye, MBC4.3 
 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. Harris, NBC1.4 
 9. Alawoya, Braves1.4 
 10. Williamson, Ehing.1.4 
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 


Baptist comes back to Crailsheim Merlins - by Eurobasket Center

Crailsheim Merlins (ProA) strengthened their roster with addition of 25-year old American forward Billy Baptist (196-F-87, college: Quincy). It's actually Baptist's comeback to Crailsheim as he played here before. In his first game he scored 14 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. Despite his good performance his new team lost to MBC 95-99. Baptist played most recently at Kankakee County Soldiers (IBA) in the U.S. He graduated Quincy University in 2010 and it will be his second season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Fabian Villmeter and Marco Voeller are leaving Langen - by Moritz Korff

2. Bundesliga Pro B team TV Langen has parted company with Fabian Villmeter, the Giraffes announced. Villmeter served as the Langen head coach since 2008. Also forward Marco Voeller (201-F-89), who averaged 14.7 points, 7.2 rebounds and 2.3 assists per contest for Langen during the 2011-12 Pro B season, will leave the club after seven years. The 23-year-old will reportedly join Langen's local rival Hanau White Wings.


Rich Melzer (New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig) At This Point In The Season, Everyone Is Our Enemy - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Rich Melzer is a 32 year old 203cm forward/center from Minneapolis, Minnesota that is playing his first season for the New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig. He played at : Wisconsim-River Falls (NCAA3) from 2000-2004. In his 8 year professional basketball career, he has played in countries like New Zealand, France, Israel and Australia. He had his first tour of duty in Germany in the 2007-2008 season with Artland Dragons Quakenbrueck (Germany-1.Bundesliga): ULEB Cup: 2 games: 5.5ppg, 2.0rpg; German League: 1 game: 11pts, 2reb, 1steal. In his rookie season, he took part at the Washington Wizards training camp. Last season he played for Hapoel Holon (Israel-Premier League, starting five): 30 games: 16.8ppg, 6.7rpg, 1.6apg, FGP: 48.6%, 3PT: 27.3%, FT: 75.3%. He spoke to Eurobasket after the big 83-74 win against the Telekom Baskets Bonn and securing a playoff place.


Congrats on the big 83-74 win at home against the Telekom Baskets Bonn. The first step for the playoffs is successful. Did the team feel more or less pressure having to play at home despite having to win anyway?

I don't believe we're giving in to the pressure at this point as a team. We were all very confident and ready to win this game no matter where we played. We've been really trying hard to implement a theme of 'togetherness,' in our group. When everyone knows they can rely on the man next to him no matter what the situation, it takes some of the pressure off of all of us. Hats off to my teammates as everyones made an effort to buy into it and its starting to show.

The game was very tight in the first half as the game was deadlocked at 35-35 at halftime. What was giving the Phantoms the biggest problems on the court for the inability to have more of a lead?

Bonn came out in the first half with guns blazin'. They were making everything it seemed, especially from outside the arc. However, we knew it was going to be tough for them to keep up at that pace with such accuracy for entire game. At half-time, for us it was just about sustaining their first couple runs and then trying to give em a difficult evening for the rest of the game.

What did Sebastian Machowski tell the Phantoms to do better in the second half?

It seemed coach knew as well as we did that it was just a good first half for them and we were still tied despite not playing that great. We didn't necessarily start the game as we'd hoped, nonetheless, he was as certain as we were we'd play better in the second half, and he just continued to encourage us to play harder and do whatever it takes to secure a playoff spot.

Braunschweig exploded for 28 points in the third quarter and never looked back. What was key in the third quarter for gaining control of the game?

Again, its all about playing together! Defensively, offensively, its contagious when you make the extra effort to make your teammates better. We don't have any more time to improve this season. We must at all costs begin and continue to play our best basketball of the season right now. I believe we almost had 7 or 8 players in double figures. That'll be a must if we're going to compete and have success in the playoffs. We have so many weapons in our group and last night everyone contributed.


How important was the production of Branko Jorovic who not only helps out with his three point shooting, but was a force under the boards?


Branco has been rebounding his ass off as of late and shooting the lights out. He's in a good rhythm right now and everyone sees it and knows how vital he is to our teams success. He's playing his best ball at the time we need him to most and its fun to watch and be a part of. He's literally good at everything on the basketball court.



Do you think that the short bench of Bonn might have pooped out the starters more?

I think they've maybe exhausted Gaffney a bit as he's their only true power-forward. He's tough so I know he can manage, but there is little rotation for them without Buljan. It could definitely play a role I guess.



What last minute tip can you give the Fraport Skyliners for their do or die game on Saturday in Bonn?

No tips my man! At this point in the season everyone is our enemy. Granted we feel we're better matched with Ulm so a 7th seed would be in our favor. Either way, we're entering the post-season with every intention of winning no matter who we play.


The Phantoms have nice memories of the last game in Berlin winning to reach the cup. Can the Phantoms win again and what will be key in getting the win?

We can win again, absolutely. We wouldn't compete if we didn't think so. However, beating Berlin at their place twice is going to be a difficult feat. Nonetheless the keys will be defending them well inside and out as they have strong players all over the board. All of us must be greatly in sync towards accomplishing our goal of winning in Berlin.

Was the NBA 7 game suspension for Metta World Peace fair or should it have been more?

Look, anyone who didn't know David Stern was going to hand out a 5 to 10 game suspension for that isn't really following the game closely enough. Fair or not, I can't really say. But the game is physical and gets dirty, and sometimes people react emotionally at the wrong time. Its definitely unsportmanlike on many levels. He's not goona win any academy awards for trying to convince us it was an accident. Sorry Meta.

What has been the worst cheap shot foul that you have ever seen in the NBA?

Oooooo, good question. Meta World Peace's doesn't even crack the top 50 most unsportsmanlike fouls in my book. I would say with absolute certainty the Rudy Tomjonavich incident where he got sucker punched by Kermit Washington in L.A.

What was the last DVD movie that you saw?

Last DVD I just watched was the Expendables with Stallone and the whole crew. Great cast in that movie of action heroes!

Thanks Rich for the chat.



Rich Melzer (New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig) At This Point In The Season, Everyone Is Our Enemy - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Rich Melzer (203-F/C-79, agency: Court Side, college: Wisc.-RiverFal.) is a 32 year old 203cm forward/center from Minneapolis, Minnesota that is playing his first season for the New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig. He played at : Wisconsim-River Falls (NCAA3) from 2000-2004. In his 8 year professional basketball career, he has played in countries like New Zealand, France, Israel and Australia. He had his first tour of duty in Germany in the 2007-2008 season with Artland Dragons Quakenbrueck (Germany-1.Bundesliga): ULEB Cup: 2 games: 5.5ppg, 2.0rpg; German League: 1 game: 11pts, 2reb, 1steal. In his rookie season, he took part at the Washington Wizards training camp. Last season he played for Hapoel Holon (Israel-Premier League, starting five): 30 games: 16.8ppg, 6.7rpg, 1.6apg, FGP: 48.6%, 3PT: 27.3%, FT: 75.3%. He spoke to Eurobasket after the big 83-74 win against the Telekom Baskets Bonn and securing a playoff place.

Congrats on the big 83-74 win at home against the Telekom Baskets Bonn. The first step for the playoffs is successful. Did the team feel more or less pressure having to play at home despite having to win anyway?


I don't believe we're giving in to the pressure at this point as a team. We were all very confident and ready to win this game no matter where we played. We've been really trying hard to implement a theme of 'togetherness,' in our group. When everyone knows they can rely on the man next to him no matter what the situation, it takes some of the pressure off of all of us. Hats off to my teammates as everyones made an effort to buy into it and its starting to show.

The game was very tight in the first half as the game was deadlocked at 35-35 at halftime. What was giving the Phantoms the biggest problems on the court for the inability to have more of a lead?

Bonn came out in the first half with guns blazin'. They were making everything it seemed, especially from outside the arc. However, we knew it was going to be tough for them to keep up at that pace with such accuracy for entire game. At half-time, for us it was just about sustaining their first couple runs and then trying to give em a difficult evening for the rest of the game.


What did Sebastian Machowski tell the Phantoms to do better in the second half?

It seemed coach knew as well as we did that it was just a good first half for them and we were still tied despite not playing that great. We didn't necessarily start the game as we'd hoped, nonetheless, he was as certain as we were we'd play better in the second half, and he just continued to encourage us to play harder and do whatever it takes to secure a playoff spot.

Braunschweig exploded for 28 points in the third quarter and never looked back. What was key in the third quarter for gaining control of the game?

Again, its all about playing together! Defensively, offensively, its contagious when you make the extra effort to make your teammates better. We don't have any more time to improve this season. We must at all costs begin and continue to play our best basketball of the season right now. I believe we almost had 7 or 8 players in double figures. That'll be a must if we're going to compete and have success in the playoffs. We have so many weapons in our group and last night everyone contributed.

How important was the production of Branko Jorovic who not only helps out with his three point shooting, but was a force under the boards?



Branco has been rebounding his ass off as of late and shooting the lights out. He's in a good rhythm right now and everyone sees it and knows how vital he is to our teams success. He's playing his best ball at the time we need him to most and its fun to watch and be a part of. He's literally good at everything on the basketball court.

Do you think that the short bench of Bonn might have pooped out the starters more?

I think they've maybe exhausted Gaffney a bit as he's their only true power-forward. He's tough so I know he can manage, but there is little rotation for them without Buljan. It could definitely play a role I guess.

What last minute tip can you give the Fraport Skyliners for their do or die game on Saturday in Bonn?

No tips my man! At this point in the season everyone is our enemy. Granted we feel we're better matched with Ulm so a 7th seed would be in our favor. Either way, we're entering the post-season with every intention of winning no matter who we play.

The Phantoms have nice memories of the last game in Berlin winning to reach the cup. Can the Phantoms win again and what will be key in getting the win?

We can win again, absolutely. We wouldn't compete if we didn't think so. However, beating Berlin at their place twice is going to be a difficult feat. Nonetheless the keys will be defending them well inside and out as they have strong players all over the board. All of us must be greatly in sync towards accomplishing our goal of winning in Berlin.

Was the NBA 7 game suspension for Metta World Peace fair or should it have been more?

Look, anyone who didn't know David Stern was going to hand out a 5 to 10 game suspension for that isn't really following the game closely enough. Fair or not, I can't really say. But the game is physical and gets dirty, and sometimes people react emotionally at the wrong time. Its definitely unsportmanlike on many levels. He's not goona win any academy awards for trying to convince us it was an accident. Sorry Meta.

What has been the worst cheap shot foul that you have ever seen in the NBA?

Oooooo, good question. Meta World Peace's doesn't even crack the top 50 most unsportsmanlike fouls in my book. I would say with absolute certainty the Rudy Tomjonavich incident where he got sucker punched by Kermit Washington in L.A.

What was the last DVD movie that you saw?

Last DVD I just watched was the Expendables with Stallone and the whole crew. Great cast in that movie of action heroes!

Thanks Rich for the chat.



Tony Gaffney (Telekom Baskets Bonn) Is Like A Modern Day Paul Revere With A Celtic Pride Ribbon - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

After the satisfying 79-63 win against The Fraport Skyliners and 4th win in a row to start the season for The Telekom Baskets Bonn, Tony Gaffney (204-F-84, college: Massachusetts) exited the locker room not jumping around enjoying the moment like an overzealous Terrell Owens, but being relaxed and soaking in the moment mentally and before talking to the media, he politely excused himself because he had to exit the catacomb of the arena and visit the some 100 Bonn fans who had made the 1.30 hour journey to cheer their team on. Gaffney isnt your typical American that might think first about himself and start talking about himself into some microphones, but he is a guy that knows what is proper and first thinks about how he can make others happy first, before soaking up some glory. In a way, Gaffney is like a modern day Paul Revere who was known for his help and midnight run for alerting colonial forces of the approaching British forces before the battles of Lexington and Concord April 7th 1775. Both were from the Boston area and Gaffney is the kind of guy that wants to help out on the court and make his teammates better. In the last five years, Bonn head coach Michael Koch had hauled in 35 Americans out of a total 60 players and often received very strong individual players, but often more interested in their own stats than the good of the team. Gaffney seems to be the complete opposite as his unselfishness is as normal as teammate 2007 NBA Draft Pick Jared Jordan looking to set up a teammate than shoot. He likes the extra pass. If he is directly under the basket, but someone else is just a bit closer to the basket, he wont hesitate to make an extra extra pass, commented Telekom Baskets Bonn sport director Andreas Bottcher. His mentality also seems to be totally anti American when it comes to his focus especially off the court in Germany. Tony always wants to learn. He is always focused in life and totally open minded. He is not your typical American that might sleep to 12, but he gets up early has breakfast and asks himself what will I do today. He is totally accepted by the team, is always trying to help the younger players and could stay in the gym until midnight, stressed Telekom Baskets Bonn sport director Andreas Bottcher.

Gaffney had helped his Team Bonn any which way helping dispose of The Fraport Skyliners by scoring 13 points, hauling in six rebounds, dishing out three assists and swatting away two balls. He harmonized very well with Beko BBL dinosaur Chris Ensminger and Zvonk Buljan in the zone. He had very fierce and intense duels with 2011 NBA Draft pick Jon Leuer and once even blocked the American getting a Ferris Bueller type snare from the Minnesota native, but the utmost respect. Gaffney was more athletic than I thought. He is very quick off his feet and it was fun going up against him, stressed Skyliner forward Jon Leuer. Skyliner point guard Justin Gray showed more of his downtown shooting than slick penetration in the zone, because he always had to have the 204cm Gaffney in the corner of his eye as his long arms were everywhere. Gaffney is so athletic and has so much energy in the way he goes for a rebound. He is a high energy player and very good defender. He also has a jumper something he has worked on. He is an all around very good player, stressed Charlotte North Carolina native Justin Gray. The life of Jared Jordan is made a lot easier when he can use a blind understanding of just throwing the ball up to the rim and have a Gaffney and Ensminger be able to finish and has nothing but praise for the 25 year old. He plays with so much energy, is a team player and is all about winning, warned Jared Jordan.

Gaffney is from Berkely, Massachusetts and played at Prep school Northfield Mount Hermon. He then played at Boston University in 2004 until 2006 before transferring to Massachusetts (NCAA) and playing there from 2006-2009. After playing 35 games in 2007-2008 averaging : 3.2ppg, 4.8rpg,he exploded in his senior year playing 30 games averaging 11.5ppg, RebA10-2 (10.2rpg), 1.7apg, StealsA10-2 (2.0spg), BlocksNCAA-3 (3.8bpg), FGP: 54.2%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 64.6%: He finished his career at UMass ranked seventh all-time in blocks (174). He then started his professional basketball career in 2009-2010 and might be the only player to have been with two of the most traditional basketball teams in the world Los Angeles Lakers and Boston Celtics and never have played a single professional game. In the fall of 2009, Gaffney was the last player waived after playing seven preseason games averaging 3,0ppg, 1,7rpg in 7,7 minutes. Gaffney gave his all with the Lakers, but it just wasnt to be. When he met with Lakers coach Phil Jackson it was obvious that it was a difficult decision for the team. They treated me very well, They were very open to me. They told me how I was going to stay in this league. They showed me the ropes. Im grateful for that. We talked for about half an hour and they explained the situation to me and how they wanted to keep me and finances just werent in my favor, which was understandable because this is one of the biggest businesses in the world, he said. As a rookie I got to see that first hand, which is kind of cool, added Tony Gaffney. The American then had a short stint with Altshuler Saham Galil Gilboa in Israel, but was soon back in the States and with his home team the Boston Celtics.

Gaffney was signed in April 2010 by NBA record champion Boston Celtics for the playoff roster, but he was injured and the only services he could give was being the best patriot cheerleader that he could be. His sights were set on getting healthy and having another shot in the fall at cracking the roster. During the 2010 NBA finals, Gaffney was unable to really help give the Celtics any tactical tips about his ex team Lakers. Its tough because when you have such a knowledgeable coaching staff, theyve been in this game a long time, they know everything there is to know, as does every other coaching staff in this league. Any little pointers I can give, or anything like that, Im more than happy to. Im just blessed to be in this situation, stressed Tony Gaffney. Despite not being able to play, he did show a comical side. I told them that Kobe was very very good, said the American. During the summer, Gaffney got fit and ready for a new chance with the Boston Celtics in the 2010-2011 season. However his dream of strapping on the green were squashed as he got added competition and put into a dead end. The Celtics signed Shaq, Jermaine o Neal and Delonte West and it was obvious that there would be no room for me, added Tony Gaffney. The American kept his head on his shoulder and went to Europe to play for Turk Telekom Ankara (Turkey-TBL) playing 8 games averaging 6.0ppg, 2.4rpg, FGP: 63.0%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 80.0%. He also played EuroChallenge playing 3 games averaging 8.0ppg, 4.7rpg, 1.0spg. He then left Turkey and went back to the States to play for the Utah Flash (D-League) playing 38 games averaging 10.3ppg, 6.8rpg, 2.3apg, 1.4spg, Blocks-4 (2.3bpg), FGP: 55.9%, 3PT: 27.8%, FT: 66.7%.

Gaffney is playing his first season with The Telekom Baskets Bonn and currently with one game to go in the season and the Beko BBL playoffs on the line averaging 12,9ppg, 5,8rpg, 1,5apg and is leading the league in blocks with 1,8 in 32 games. From his previous experience and stats, it was obvious why Bonn hauled in the Boston sports fan. He is a very good player. He likes to attack the hoop, always helps rebound and is one of the fastest position four players in the league. He never stands around and is one of the most effective players. He is also very versatile plays the four when Ensminger is on the court and the five when Buljan is on the court, added Andreas Bottcher. Bonn has had many talented and successful power forwards in the last years with Aleksander Nadjfeji, Brandon Bowmann and Ronald Dupree, but none add up to the talent of Gaffney. We have had some good four men in Bonn, but never had such a good shot blocker like Gaffney. He has such long arms and can do so much on defense. He is a huge enrichment for the Beko BBL. I almost forgot, you should watch him dribble on the fast break, smiled Andreas Bottcher. Bottcher also has sprouted big words about the future of the American and is sure that the name Gaffney will become a household name in Europe soon. I predict that Gaffney is in the notebooks of the big teams in Europe, stressed Andreas Bottcher. For anyone that hails from Americas number one sports town Boston, it is something special to be a Boston Celtic fan and even more special having played for the Bean town team. Gaffney probably not only slept in Celtic bed sheets and wore a Larry Bird jersey as a kid, but he has Celtic pride in his blood. He has experienced Celtic tradition as a fan and player and will never lose that. He has the right character to be able to take that Celtic pride and let it benefit his play wherever he is. A quote that the American believes in is from Randy Pauch which states that Brick walls are there for a reason. The brick walls are not there to keep us out. The brick walls are there to show how badly we want something. Because the brick walls are there to stop the people who dont want something badly enough. They are there to keep out the other people. Gaffney knows that Bonn isnt the limit. He will enjoy his time in Bonn and always give 100%. He knows exactly what he has in Bonn, warned Andreas Bottcher. Gaffney is the complete package with a special Celtic pride ribbon and just might be the best Bonn present this year getting and with a do or die game at home against the Fraport Skyliners this Saturday is looking to give the fans a big present back by leading the team into the playoffs.



Cory Abercrombie Reamins With NBC - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber


PRO A team NBC have announced today that Cory Abercrombie (201-F/C-85, college: Independence CC) will be kept on board for next season. The 26 year old 201cm power forward will be playing his second season in Nurnberg. Last season, he played 26 games averaging 12,4ppg and 5,8rpg. 'I feel very comfortable in Nurnberg. Nurnberg is a great city and I have grown to love it here', stated Abercrombie. The club is also happy that they were able to keep the American. 'Every coach needs a player like him. He jumps after every ball no matter how difficult it is and always tries to get every rebound. That is exactly what I await from him this season. He is a real energy package that infects his teammates', added NBC head coach Martin Ides.

Source:NBC



ProA Round 3 of Semi-Finals - by Eurobasket News

MBC - Crailsheim 99-95 OT (2-1)

Crailsheim Merlins were trailing by 3 points at halftime but managed to get 5-point lead after three quarters before a 19-14 charge of Mitteldeutscher BC, which allowed them to tie the game at the end of regular time. They were better in overtime eventually winning that period 16-12. Mitteldeutscher BC made 36-of-46 free shots (78.3 percent) during the game. Crailsheim Merlins were plagued by 33 personal fouls down the stretch. The game was dominated by American players. The best player for the winners was guard Robert Holcomb Faye (185-84, college: Radford) who scored 22 points and 5 assists. Forward Arizona Reid (196-86, college: High Point) chipped in 20 points and 7 rebounds. Holcomb Faye is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. At the other side the best for losing team was guard Mark Hill (180, college: CS Northridge) who recorded 18 points and forward Billy Baptist (196-87, college: Quincy) added 14 points and 6 rebounds respectively. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Crailsheim Merlins' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
MBC: R.Holcomb Faye 22+3reb+5ast, A.Reid 20+7reb, J.Collins 12+8reb, S.Leutloff 11+7reb+1ast, L.Hinnant 10+1reb+1ast, S.Wachalski 9+11reb
Crailsheim: M.Hill 18+3reb+2ast, A.Cook 15+4reb+1ast, B.Baptist 14+6reb+1ast, J.Buck 12+7reb+1ast, J.Dunbar 11+1reb, B.Lischka 9+2reb
gschID: 175331


Kirchheim - Duesseldorf 76-72 (3-0)

The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 32-18. But Gloria Giants won second period 19-12. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Kirchheim Knights won last quarter 18-15. They made 21-of-25 free shots (84.0 percent) during the game. The best player for the winners was American forward Devin Uskoski (198-85, college: Rocky Mountain) who scored 18 points and 9 rebounds. His fellow American import guard Ahmad Smith (194-84, college: St.Bonaventure) chipped in 8 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists. Four Kirchheim Knights players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was American-Liberian forward Patrick Flomo (203-80, college: Ohio) who recorded 16 points (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) and American guard Aubrey Reese (183-78, college: Murray St., agency: Interperformances) added 13 points and 4 assists respectively. Gloria Giants' coach tried various players' combinations and tested in total twelve players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game.
Top scorers:
Kirchheim: D.Uskoski 18+9reb+2ast, S.Adeberg 12+1reb, N.Menck 12+5reb, C.Brooks 10+4reb+2ast, A.Smith 8+6reb+6ast, R.Tomasevic 6+1ast
Duesseldorf: P.Flomo 16+2reb+3ast, A.Reese 13+3reb+4ast, M.Petric 10+1reb+1ast, R.Keerles 8+6reb, Q.Lollis 8+6reb+1ast, C.Bennett 7+1reb+3ast
gschID: 175332



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  GREECE   

Stats Leaders - A1

Points Per Game
 Nestoras KOMMATOS
  Marousi
  (203-F-77)
  Avg: 20.4
 1. Kommatos, Marousi20.4 
 2. Christmas, AGOR18.6 
 3. Gagaloudis, Marousi15.6 
 4. Charalampidi., KAO.15.6 
 5. Beck, Ikaros14.8 
 6. Dikoudis, PAOK14.7 
 7. James, Aris14.5 
 8. Taylor, Kavala13.9 
 9. Baynes, Ikaros13.6 
 10. Wright, AGOR13.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Aron BAYNES
  Ikaros
  (208-C-86)
  Avg: 8.7
 1. Baynes, Ikaros8.7 
 2. Haritopoulos, Maro.7.6 
 3. NaNa, Ilysiakos7.5 
 4. Stepheson, Panio.7.3 
 5. Kommatos, Marousi6.6 
 6. Symtsak, Kavala6.4 
 7. O''Bryant, Kavala5.9 
 8. Tapoutos, Aris5.8 
 9. Dorsey, Olympiacos5.7 
 10. Ceranic, KAOD5.7 
Assists Per Game
 Yannis GAGALOUDIS
  Marousi
  (192-G-78)
  Avg: 6
 1. Gagaloudis, Marousi6.0 
 2. Spanoulis, Olympia.4.8 
 3. Diamantidis, Panat.4.7 
 4. Charalampidi., KAO.4.3 
 5. Xanthopoulos, Pani.4.3 
 6. Wright, AGOR4.1 
 7. James, Aris4.1 
 8. Thompson, Ilysi.3.5 
 9. Calathes, Panathin.3.3 
 10. Jasikevicius, Pan.3.2 
Steals Per Game
 Zack WRIGHT
  AGOR
  (188-G-85)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Wright, AGOR2.5 
 2. James, Aris1.9 
 3. Thompson, Ilysi.1.7 
 4. Calathes, Panathin.1.7 
 5. Hatten, Kolossos1.6 
 6. Christmas, AGOR1.6 
 7. Dorsey, Olympiacos1.5 
 8. Logan, Panathin.1.5 
 9. Gagaloudis, Marousi1.5 
 10. Perperoglou, Pana.1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Patrick O''BRYANT
  Kavala
  (213-C-86)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. O''Bryant, Kavala1.5 
 2. Muldrow, Aris1.3 
 3. Petway, AGOR1.3 
 4. Elegar, Marousi1.1 
 5. Hines, Olympiacos1.0 
 6. Michel, KAOD0.9 
 7. Stepheson, Panio.0.9 
 8. Vougioukas, Panat.0.9 
 9. Baynes, Ikaros0.7 
 10. Tsontzos, Marousi0.7 


Hellenic U15 National Team Roster for the 2012 - by Eurobasket Center

Ilias Theodoridis (190-G-97) of Irakleio OAA
Dimitris Fragkiadakis (194-F-97) of Irakleio OAA
Vassilis Mouratos (193-F-97) of Ag. Anargiroi
Dimitris Papadimitriou (200-F-97) of Marousi BC
Lefteris Chrysos (190-G-97) of Marousi BC
Alexandros Karabelas (183-PG-97) of AONA
Antonis Pefanis (179-G-97) of Proteas Voulas
Nikos Diplaros (186-F-97) of Sporting Patron
Spyros Kanellopoulos (204-C-97) of Sporting Patron
Thanassis Douzidis (180-PG-97) of AGEH Gymnastikos Halkida
Antonis Koniaris (183-PG-97) of PAOK Thessaloniki
Dimitris Flionis (186-PG-97) of Aris Thessaloniki
Nikolaos Mitakidis (202-C-97) of Mas Mantoulidis
Antonis Gavezos (199-F-97) of Mas Mantoulidis
Vassilis Christidis (193-F-98) of Mas Mantoulidis
Georgios Moutsiopoulos (195-F-97) of Filippos Veroias
Anastasios Pashalidis (190-G-98) of GS Megas Alexandros
Ioannis Karasimos (190-G-98) of AS Dioskouroi Kozanis

Head Coach: George Limniatis
Coach Assistant: Giorgos Doxakis



Ivkovic: we must be proud of ourselves - by Kostas Papadopoulos

Dusan Ivkovic (agency: Beo Basket ), coach of Olympiacos Piraeus, gave an interesting interview at the official site of Euroleague, referring to both Final 4 of Instabul and generally this season so far.
Last year at this time there was disappointment at Olympiacos. Now, it's like a great surprise. What made the difference between then and now?
D.I.: 'I think that we had a great team last season with great creators like Milos Teodosic (195-G-87), Theodoros Papaloukas (200-PG-77, agency: FCM) and Vassilis Spanoulis (193-G-82, agency: Beo Basket), in his first year with us. It was possibly the best team in Europe, but we lost against Montepaschi in the playoffs for one reason, I think, that our great players never put aside their egos to serve the team. The main difference this season is that we have a younger team, but we play together as one. We had lot of problems before the season, when our owners were ready to leave and we had to reduce our budget. But even though some people may see us as a surprise, I believe that we deserve to be in the Final Four.'
The roster is almost completely different from last year. At what point during this season did you start to think that this team had the potential to reach the Final Four?
D.I.: 'Well, we grew up as a team step by step and played better and better. I believe so. Right after the Top 16 Draw, I told everyone that qualifying to the playoffs would be a great success. When we survived and had to play against Siena, I thought 'great, this is a chance for us to take revenge from last season's loss'. Still, we had to go step by step the whole way. I think that my team still has a lot of room for improvement. We can grow as a team even more.'
You developed many young players during this season. What convinced you that players like Evangelos Mantzaris (196-G-90), Konstantinos Sloukas (197-G-90) and others could compete now in the Euroleague?
D.I.: 'Look, to become a competitive player in the Euroleague, you need experience in the competition. With Evangelos Mantzaris, we didn't have any experience in the beginning of the season, but now he has become one of our key players. Konstantinos Sloukas had a lot of international experience at youth levels and was a European winner with his national team, knows how to play under pressure and that is a big advantage for him. Konstantinos Sloukas, Evangelos Mantzaris and Kostas Papanikolaou (204-F-90) give us a lot of energy, not only in games, but also in practice. They are great kids who have improved their game and will keep doing so in the future.'
You got the last two pieces to the puzzle with Joey Dorsey (206-C/F-83, college: Memphis) and Acie Law (190-G-85, agency: Priority Sports, college: Texas A&M) before the Top 16. How important have they been to the team's success?
D.I.: 'I think they have been very important for us. Joey was our opponent with Caja Laboral [in the regular season] and even though he didn't play much, I liked his physical skills and the way he reacted on the court. He was completely different than our big players like Andreas Glyniadakis (215-C-81, agency: Beo Basket) and Lazaros Papadopoulos (210-C-80). I think he has been a key player for us on defense. He has helped us to improve our defense a lot. As for Acie Law, this guy is extremely professional and has a great personality. Both of them are great people and have been absolutely welcomed to our team.'
Of course, Vassilis Spanoulis has been the team leader from day one. What makes him the perfect kind of star for a team like this one?
D.I.: 'Do not forget that Vassilis had to undergo serious surgery this summer and by mid-December, he had a complicated injury; the ligament in his ankle was broken. He told me: 'Coach, don't worry. I will be back for the Top 16.' What I am trying to say is that he is a different player. For sure, all the teams have their main target on defense on him, but he is a leader with a lot of patience. I am happy that I can count on a star like Vassilis.'
Looking ahead to the semifinal, FC Barcelona Regal has one of the best defenses in Euroleague history. How do you attack such a defense?
D.I.: 'Well, our philosophy is very simple. I think that we have the potential to play at their same defensive level. In one game, at the Final Four, I expect a lot from Barcelona and its coach. We are a younger team, but we have to play with a lot of intensity, especially on defense. We will try to run the floor like Spanish teams traditionally do. Everybody say that the Spanish League is one of the fastest in the world. We will try to play good defense and run.'
Barcelona also has the Euroleagues top all-time scorer, Juan Carlos Navarro (192-G-80). How can you contain him?
D.I.: 'I like Juan Carlos Navarro very, very much. Juan Carlos Navarro fights all the time and gives everything for his team, but the way he played at the Eurobasket 2011 in Lithuania with his national team, especially in the final round... I enjoyed it! After seeing that, every player who has the opportunity to guard him has a big challenge ahead of him. It is really difficult to guard a big star like Juan Carlos Navarro. Everybody needs to give their best, not only against Juan Carlos Navarro, but against everyone and we must be proud of ourselves.'
Kyle Hines (198-F-86), your top rebounder, gives away 10 cm to the Barcelona big men. Is that a concern or has he proven that he can use his smaller size to his advantage?
D.I.: 'I was lucky that we played against Brose Baskets last season! I saw Kyle and believe me now, he is smaller than any other center in the Euroleague, but Kyle is really competitive, has a great personality and is hard-working. I believed that if Charles Barkley (198-F-63, college: Auburn), with his size, was able to be a great power forward in the NBA, Kyle can do the same with his size in Europe.'
The other semifinal is between teams you have faced multiple times this season, CSKA in the Euroleague and Panathinaikos in Greece. How do you see that game?
D.I.: 'Both are really, really good teams. Not only did I face CSKA this season, but I coached them for three seasons and made it to the Final Four three times. Of course, CSKA has an advantage this season, which is having a player like Andrei Kirilenko (205-F-81). All of CSKA's big star players, Andrei Kirilenko is the real leader in that team. Don't you forget that Panathinaikos is the reigning champion and has a great coach in Zeljko Obradovic . They have been together for many years and have achieved great things. Players like Dimitris Diamantidis (196-G-80) and Mike Batiste (203-F-77, college: Arizona St.) will not give CSKA any advantage.'
Some say this is one of the greatest seasons in your long and successful coaching career. Do you agree or will it depend on how the team does at the Final Four?
D.I.: 'You know, some people have told me that already, that this was my best season. When you speak about the coaching, people always take into account whether you win the title or not. I think that what we said here in the beginning of Olympiaco's preseason is that everyone had to enjoy our season. I have enjoyed this season and done my best to help this time play good basketball. If we manage to do everything we can, I will enjoy even more. I don't think that it depends on the results we get at the Final Four.'

Courtesy of Euroleague.net



Reds and Greens are 2-0 up in the Semis (best-of-five) - by Eurobasket News

Olympiacos - Panionios 90-65 (2-0)
The game was mostly controlled by Olympiacos. Panionios managed to win second period 24-22. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Panionios to just 6 points in first quarter. Olympiacos forced 22 Panionios turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. 25 personal fouls committed by Panionios helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. International guard Vassilis Spanoulis (193-82, agency: Beo Basket) orchestrated the victory by scoring 21 points and 7 assists (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line). American power forward Joey Dorsey (206-83, college: Memphis) contributed with 4 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Serbian forward Stevan Nadjfeji (202-79, agency: FCM) replied with 13 points and 5 rebounds and American guard Jon Diebler (198-88, college: Ohio St.) added 10 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Panionios. 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:
Olympiacos: V.Spanoulis 21+3reb+7ast, M.Gecevicius 10+3reb+1ast, K.Hines 9+3reb+2ast, P.Antic 8+2reb, M.Keselj 8+1reb, G.Printezis 7+1reb+1ast
Panionios: S.Nadjfeji 13+5reb+2ast, W.Keys 13+3reb, J.Diebler 10+5reb+2ast, Z.Sarikopoulos 8+2reb+1ast, S.Ioannou 7+2reb+1ast, G.Athanasoulas 4+1reb+2ast
gschID: 175570


Panathinaikos - Kolossos 102-71 (2-0)
The game without a history. Panathinaikos led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 62 of its points in the paint compared to Kolossos' 38. They outrebounded Kolossos 38-25 including 23 on the defensive glass. Panathinaikos players were unselfish on offense dishing 30 assists. Australian center Aleks Maric (211-84, college: Nebraska) scored 16 points and 6 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) to lead the charge for the winners and Lithuanian guard Sarunas Jasikevicius (192-76, college: Maryland) chipped in 14 points and 7 assists during the contest. Four Panathinaikos players scored in double figures. American guard Marcus Hatten (186-80, college: St.John's) responded with 17 points and forward Antonis Asimakopoulos (204-76) scored 5 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Panathinaikos: A.Maric 16+6reb, S.Jasikevicius 14+7ast, P.Kalathis 12+6reb+1ast, S.Smith 11+4reb+1ast, D.Diamantidis 10+5ast, D.Logan 9+1ast
Kolossos: M.Hatten 17+1reb+3ast, A.Tsamis 13+4reb+1ast, K.Charissis 13+3reb, S.Hopson 9+4reb+4ast, G.Georgalis 6+2reb, A.Asimakopoulos 5+9reb+4ast

Third games - Saturday.
Panionios and Kolossos will be the hosts. Reds and Greens are one win away from the Finals.



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Standings - Eredivisie

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

Second Stage: Round 4

A

Apr. 26: Leeuwarden - Den Bosch 91-61

B

Apr. 26: Zwolle - Nijmegen 95-94 OT

Second Stage: Round 5

A

Apr. 28: Den Bosch - Leiden

B

Apr. 29: Nijmegen - Groningen


Eredivisie Round 4 of Second Stage - by Eurobasket News

Nijmegen (#3) forced the game against Zwolle (#2) into an overtime, but lost by one point 94-95 on Thursday night. Worth to mention a great performance of Gerald Robinson who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 21 points and 14 rebounds. Zwolle maintains second position in Group B with 2-1 record having just -1 point less than leader Groningen. Nijmegen at the other side still closes the standings with three games lost. Zwolle will have a break next round. Nijmegen will play at home against the league's leader Groningen in Groningen and hopes to get finally their first victory.

The most impressive performance of 4th round was 29 points and 5 assists by Brandon Rozzell of Leeuwarden.


Group A
Leeuwarden - Den Bosch 91-61

We could consider it a predictable result in the game between close teams when third ranked Leeuwarden (1-2) crushed at home their biggest opponent Den Bosch (1-2) 91-61 on Thursday. The hosts trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 62-31 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Leeuwarden made 27-of-34 free shots (79.4 percent) during the game. Leeuwarden had a 36-19 advantage in offensive rebounds. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Brandon Rozzell (187-89, college: VCU) who helped to win the game recording 29 points and 5 assists. Nigerian forward Manny Adako (203-87, college: Northeastern, agency: Court Side) contributed with 20 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Four Leeuwarden players scored in double figures. American point guard Frank Turner (178-88, college: Canisius, agency: Court Side) replied with 11 points and 6 assists and his fellow American import forward Tai Wesley (200-86, college: Utah St.) added 9 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists in the effort for Den Bosch. Leeuwarden left bottom position moving up to second place in Group A, which they share with defeated Den Bosch. Leeuwarden will have a break next round. Den Bosch will play at home against the league's leader Leiden and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Leeuwarden: B.Rozzell 29+4reb+5ast, M.Adako 20+7reb+3ast, L.Jeter 13+4reb+6ast, M.Sanchez 12+13reb+2ast, A.Dawson 8+5reb, S.Poels 6+8reb+1ast
Den Bosch: F.Turner 11+3reb+6ast, R.Jansen 9+4reb+1ast, T.Wesley 9+6reb+4ast, D.Gonzalvez 8+2reb, P.Van Paassen 7+5reb, S.Wessels 6+5reb
gschID: 174856


Group B
Zwolle - Nijmegen 95-94 OT

Nijmegen (#3) forced the game against Zwolle (#2) into an overtime, but lost by one point 94-95 on Thursday night. The hosts trailed by 4 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 4-point lead at the halftime then Nijmegen managed to tie the game at the end of regular time. However that was Zwolle who were better in overtime eventually winning that period 16-15. They made 28-of-37 free shots (75.7 percent) during the game. Nijmegen was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a great performance of international forward Gerald Robinson (204-84, college: Tenn-Martin, agency: Court Side) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 21 points and 14 rebounds. Power forward Kenrick Zondervan (206-85, college: Cent.Florida, agency: Court Side) contributed with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 13 rebounds for the winners. American forward Markel Humphrey (198-87, college: Marshall) replied with 28 points and 7 rebounds and his fellow American import forward Lucas Hargrove (198-88, college: Auburn) added 21 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists in the effort for Nijmegen. Five Zwolle and four Nijmegen players scored in double figures. Zwolle maintains second position in Group B with 2-1 record having just -1 point less than leader Groningen. Nijmegen at the other side still closes the standings with three games lost. Zwolle will have a break next round. Nijmegen will play at home against the league's leader Groningen in Groningen and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Zwolle: G.Robinson 21+14reb, D.Huffman 20+4reb+3ast, K.Zondervan 18+13reb+1ast, C.Wells 16+3reb+4ast, N.Hulzebos 15+3ast, A.Saaka 5+7reb+4ast
Nijmegen: M.Humphrey 28+7reb+2ast, L.Hargrove 21+6reb+4ast, M.Acker 19+4reb+7ast, H.Bekkering 13+9reb+3ast, T.Vermeulen 9+5reb+1ast, D.Van Der Horst 2+1reb
gschID: 174857



Best players of Dutch Eredivisie round 3 (Second Stage) - by Eurobasket News

Experienced American Alex Wesby (196-G-80, agency: R.H.Consultancy) had an amazing evening in the last round for Groningen and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Round award for round 3 (Second Stage). The 31-year old guard had the game-high 24 points adding three rebounds and two assists for Groningen in his team's victory, helping them to beat Zwolle (1-1) 78-63. Groningen has perfect 2-0 record in Group B. In the team's last game Wesby had a remarkable 90.0% from 2-point range. He turned to be Groningen's top player in his first season with the team. Temple University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Wesby is in league's top in points (7th best: 14.6ppg) and averages solid 61.4% FGP and 43.4% from behind 3-point line.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 29-year old former international power forward Patrick Hilliman (206-F/C-82, agency: R.H.Consultancy) of Leiden. Hilliman impressed basketball fans with 14 points and 9 rebounds. Of course he lead Leiden to another comfortable win outscoring Leeuwarden (0-2) 87-55. His team has extremely good start of the Second Stage. They won both games so far in Group A. Hilliman is a newcomer at Leiden and despite he is not a team leader yet, every game he becomes more reliable player. Hopefully performances like the last one will happen more often.

The third best performed player last round was another Groningen's star - American Jason Dourisseau (196-G-83). Dourisseau scored 13 points and grabbed ten rebounds. He was another key player of Groningen, helping his team with a 78-63 easy win against Zwolle. Dourisseau has a very solid season. In 30 games in Holland he scored 11.9ppg. He also has 6.2rpg and FGP: 54.3%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Gabe Kennedy (205-F/C-81) of Leiden - 14 points and 5 rebounds
5. David Bell (186-G-81) of Groningen - 17 points, 3 rebounds and 4 assists
6. Amu Saaka (198-F-88) of Zwolle - 12 points and 7 rebounds
7. Jevohn Shepherd (196-F-86) of Leiden - 16 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Mohammed Kherrazi (200-F-90) of Leiden - 9 points and 3 rebounds
9. Avis Wyatt (211-F/C-84) of Groningen - 3 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists
10. Terry Sas (197-F-86) of Leiden - 11 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists

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



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A Division Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Justin INGRAM
  FS Debre.
  (185-PG-85)
  Avg: 24.6
 1. Ingram, FS Debre.24.6 
 2. Ciric, PVSK P.22.0 
 3. Timberlake, Falco-.21.3 
 4. Raivio, Kaposvari21.1 
 5. Austin, Jaszberenyi20.8 
 6. Ivosev, Szedeak20.4 
 7. Schachtner, FS Deb.20.1 
 8. Doyne, PVSK P.20.1 
 9. Levy, Szedeak19.1 
 10. Dramicanin, Jaszb.18.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Miklos SZABO
  FS Debrecen
  (206-F/C-86)
  Avg: 10.4
 1. Szabo, FS Debrecen10.4 
 2. Miskovic, Marso N.9.6 
 3. Fey, Kaposvari9.1 
 4. Pantelic, Falco-Sz.9.0 
 5. Raivio, Kaposvari8.7 
 6. Ivosev, Szedeak8.6 
 7. Townes, Kormend8.6 
 8. Bader, Szolnok8.5 
 9. Austin, Jaszberenyi8.1 
 10. Egemonye, Soproni8.1 
Assists Per Game
 Laszlo KALMAN
  Falco-Sz.
  (186-G-72)
  Avg: 6.6
 1. Kalman, Falco-Sz.6.6 
 2. Wilson, Kaposvari5.9 
 3. Simon, Albacomp5.8 
 4. Ingram, FS Debre.5.7 
 5. Trotter, Szolnok5.6 
 6. Williams, Atomeromu5.5 
 7. Thomas, Soproni4.6 
 8. Fekete, Marso N.4.6 
 9. Drahos, Szedeak4.3 
 10. Hodges, Jaszbere.4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Stefan FEKETE
  Marso N.
  (188-G-86)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Fekete, Marso N.2.7 
 2. Drahos, Szedeak2.6 
 3. Austin, Jaszberenyi2.5 
 4. Trotter, Szolnok2.4 
 5. Ingram, FS Debre.2.4 
 6. Raivio, Kaposvari2.3 
 7. Wittmann, Kecsk.2.3 
 8. Perine, ZTE K.2.2 
 9. Ivosev, Szedeak2.2 
 10. Toth, PVSK P.2.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Darian TOWNES
  Kormend
  (208-F/C-84)
  Avg: 2
 1. Townes, Kormend2.0 
 2. Pantelic, Falco-Sz.1.6 
 3. Keller, Albacomp1.4 
 4. Egemonye, Soproni1.0 
 5. Levy, Szedeak1.0 
 6. Ivosev, Szedeak0.9 
 7. Morgen, Atomeromu0.9 
 8. Chism, Albacomp0.9 
 9. Miskovic, Marso N.0.8 
 10. Fey, Kaposvari0.8 


Kormend eliminates Atomeromu, advances to Semifinals - by Eurobasket News

Playoff Quarterfinals, Game 5: Kormend - Atomeromu 87-82 (3-2)

Fifth crucial game of the Playoff Semifinals between Kormend and Atomeromu was played last night. The home squad was better 87-82 winning the series with 3-2. It means that Kormend advanced to the Semis and now waits for the winner of Falco - Soproni series. The score is 2-2 at this moment. The hosts trailed by 3 points at the halftime before their 53-45 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. 28 personal fouls committed by Atomeromu helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The game was dominated by American players. The best player for the winners was forward Rashad Bell (201-82, college: Boston U.) who scored 21 points, 8 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals. Power forward Darian Townes (208-84) chipped in 18 points and 6 rebounds. Nick Williams (192-83, college: Cincinnati, agency: Beo Basket) produced 20 points and 7 rebounds and guard Lorenzo Williams (191-84, college: Rice, agency: Court Side) added 14 points and 4 assists respectively for the guests. Five Atomeromu players scored in double figures. Kormend finished regular season as No.4. They had 19-7 record. Semifinals format is also best-of-five.

Kormend: R.Bell 21+8reb+4ast, D.Townes 18+6reb, I.Nemeth 18+2reb+3ast, D.Mladenovic 9+2reb+4ast, G.Fodor 7+2reb+1ast, J.Eilingsfeld 6+2reb
Atomeromu: N.Williams 20+7reb, L.Williams 14+2reb+4ast, T.Frost 12+6reb, D.Vojvoda 11+2reb+1ast, T.Kaman 10+8reb+1ast, F.Morgen 9+4reb



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  IBL   


Tapscott is Player of the Week, four teams open this weekend - by Eurobasket News

Salem Soldiers forward Chehales Tapscott (6'5''-F-90) is the winner of the IBL's first Player of the Week award of the 2012 season after a dominating performance against the Bellingham Slam last weekend.

Tapscott spoiled Bellingham's home debut on Saturday, scoring 32 points on 14-of-18 shooting from the floor in helping the Soldiers to a 112-105 win, marking the first victory for the new Salem team.

'With our first game on the road, getting a double-double felt great. But I know I have to keep playing hard and playing my game, which is playing each possession hard out there, explained Tapscott. 'We're trying to win it all.'

'The Soldiers are very excited to have one of our own receiving the first Player of the Week designation. We knew the league would fit him perfect, his talent, skills and heart he shows in the game,' shared Salem Head Coach Price Johnson, who was clearly pleased with what he saw out of the former Portland State product.

Salem is back in action this Saturday, as they travel to Vancouver to play the Volcanoes in their first game since winning the 2012 IBL Championship last July. The Soldiers first home game is set against the same Volcanoes squad on Friday, May 18 at 7pm at the Salem Hoop.

Four More Teams Start This Weekend

After an exciting opening weekend that saw the Olympia Reign debut on their new home court at the Little Creek Casino and the Salem Soldiers pick up their first win against the perennial powerhouse Bellingham Slam, four more teams are set to tip off their seasons this weekend.

On Friday, the Portland Chinooks head up I-5 to Bellingham to take on a Slam team that is looking to rebound from a rare home loss last Saturday. Slam coach Rob Ridnour is sure to have his players ready and motivated to avoid losing back-to-back games at Whatcom Pavilion for the first time since 2007.

The Chinooks, led by Head Coach Terrance Dickens, will be bringing with him his usual assortment of top-end talent, including 2012 IBL All-Stars David Lucas, Brian Morris and Mac Cooper.

Also on Friday, the Orlando Venom and Edmonton Energy will kick off a two-game set at the Winter Park Community Center in the first regular season action for both teams.

Edmonton will be looking to make it one step further this season after losing in the IBL Championship game last season and returns the core of last year's talented squad, including guard Rashaun Broadus, wings Curtis Nash and Andrew Parker, and posts Troy Gottselig and Lee Scruggs.

New Energy Head Coach Dave Youngs likes his teams chances, stating 'I am expecting to have a team to contend for the championship. I think we will be able to do different things as these guys are very good players with lots of basketball experience.'

For the Venom, Head Coach Barry Mestel has also put together a top-notch roster, headlined by 7-foot Bahamian center Gjio Bain, who comes to the Venom with overseas experience in Span and Iran. Guard Iren Rainey, who comes from Cheyney State University and the prestigious Oak Hill Academy, could light things up in the backcourt.

On Saturday, the Vancouver Volcanoes return to their home court at Clark College to defend their 2011 IBL championship and with much of the team still intact, they have a great shot at making a run at a second straight title.

Also on Saturday evening is a match-up between Olympia and Portland, with the Reign looking to pick up their first win and the Chinooks eager to play their first home game at the 212 Sports Complex in Clackamas.

Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com



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  INDONESIA   

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Yanuar DWI PRIASMORO
  Bima S.
  (178-SG-89)
  Avg: 16.5
 1. Dwi Priasmor., Bim.16.5 
 2. Ferdiansyah, Stadi.15.0 
 3. Wisnu, Satria Muda14.0 
 4. Nagata, Pacific13.7 
 5. Rizky Ardian., Bim.13.4 
 6. Sapto, Muba H.12.9 
 7. Regowo, Aspac11.7 
 8. Ahmad, Satria Muda11.7 
 9. Chandra, Pelita J.11.4 
 10. Pamungkas, Satya11.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Galank GUNAWAN
  Satria M.
  (194-PF-87)
  Avg: 10.5
 1. Gunawan, Satria M.10.5 
 2. Regowo, Aspac8.9 
 3. Thoyib, Aspac8.2 
 4. Heryadi, Muba H.7.8 
 5. Yanto, NSH G.7.1 
 6. Sitepu, Satria M.7.0 
 7. Rizky Ardian., Bim.6.9 
 8. Nasution, Satya W.6.6 
 9. Wuwungan, Satya W.6.6 
 10. Wisnu, Satria Muda6.4 
Assists Per Game
 Denny SARTIKA
  Bima Sakti
  (175-PG-80)
  Avg: 4.4
 1. Sartika, Bima Sakti4.4 
 2. Gerungan, Aspac3.8 
 3. Purwanto, Pelita J.3.6 
 4. Muharri, CLS K.3.5 
 5. Widyanto, Pacifi.3.3 
 6. Yusran, Stadium3.0 
 7. Husnuzan, NSH G.2.8 
 8. Ahmad, Satria Muda2.6 
 9. Wijaya, Garuda2.5 
 10. Wisnu, Satria Muda2.4 
Steals Per Game
 Dimaz MUHARRI
  CLS K.
  (181-PG-85)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Muharri, CLS K.2.8 
 2. Purwanto, Pelita J.2.8 
 3. Sartika, Bima Sakti2.4 
 4. Poedjakesuma, Peli.2.4 
 5. Wijaya, Garuda2.2 
 6. Ferdiansyah, Stadi.2.2 
 7. Ahmad, Satria Muda2.1 
 8. Sapto, Muba H.2.0 
 9. Uniputty, Comfor.2.0 
 10. Rizky Ardian., Bi.1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 R RUSLAN
  Stadium .
  (197-C-89)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Ruslan, Stadium2.5 
 2. Thoyib, Aspac2.2 
 3. Sitepu, Satria M.2.0 
 4. Arizki, Aspac1.7 
 5. Gunawan, Satya W.1.6 
 6. Indrawan, Pelita J.1.3 
 7. Teguh, Muba H.1.2 
 8. Damanik, NSH G.1.2 
 9. Listiyono, Pacifi.1.1 
 10. Wuwungan, Satya1.0 


NBL Round 1 of Semi-Finals. Satria Muda reach Final - by Eurobasket News

Garuda - Satria Muda 45-61

Satria Muda rallied past Garuda to advance into NBL Final. It looked good early as Garuda took an 4-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Satria Muda had a 20-10 second period charge getting the lead and Garuda was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 45-61. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Garuda to just 7 points in fourth quarter. Satria Muda forced 29 Garuda turnovers. Garuda was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. The former international point guard Faisal Julius Ahmad (179-PG-81) stepped up and scored 16 points, 5 assists and 4 steals for the winners and guard Arki Wisnu (187-88) chipped in 15 points. At the losing side the former international point guard Wendha Wijaya (181-82) responded with 10 points and guard Hendru Ramli (188-88) scored 13 points. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest.
Top scorers:
Garuda: H.Ramli 13+4reb, W.Wijaya 10+4reb+3ast, I.Budianto 8+3reb, H.Agustinus 5+4reb+1ast, F.Minallah 4+6reb, V.Nolland 2+4reb+1ast
Satria Muda: F.Julius Ahmad 16+4reb+5ast, A.Wisnu 15+2reb+2ast, W.Situmorang 10+3reb+1ast, B.Siregar 9+4reb, C.Ronaldo Sitepu 5+3reb+1ast, F.Susanto 2
gschID: 175568


Pelita Jaya - Aspac 58-40

Pelita Jaya forced the second game in the semifinals against Aspac beating those in the opener. The game was mostly controlled by Pelita Jaya. Aspac managed to win third quarter 14-13. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Pelita Jaya held Aspac to an opponent 24.2 percent shooting from the field compared to 36.9 percent accuracy of the winners. Pelita Jaya looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of center Fidyan Dini (195-83) who helped to win the game recording 18 points and 5 rebounds. The former international point guard Kelly Purwanto (177-83) contributed with 8 points, 5 assists and 4 steals for the winners. The former international center Isman Thoyib (202-84) answered with 8 points and 7 rebounds and Rizky Effendi (187-88) added 10 points in the effort for Aspac. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Aspac: R.Effendi 10+3reb, I.Thoyib 8+7reb, A.Arizki 4+7reb+1ast, K.Akbar 4+5reb+1ast, D.Gerungan 4+2reb+1ast, A.Joko 3
Pelita Jaya: F.Dini 18+5reb, K.Purwanto 8+3reb+5ast, Y.Mardiyansyah 6+3reb, A.Poedjakesuma 6+8reb, P.Indrawan 6+4reb+2ast, D.Aryo Dewanto 4+5reb+2ast
gschID: 175567



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  IRAN   


Mahram and Foolad Mahan go 2-0 in the semifinal series - by Eurobasket News

Mahram celebrated back-to-back victories in the opening games of the semifinal series versus Azad. Mahram earned a 113:95 victory in Game 1. Samad Nik Khahbahrami (198-F-83) stepped up with 26 points to lead the winners. Amir Seddighi contributed 23 points for Mahram. Reza Khabbazan notched 18 points, while Mousa Nabipour (213-C-83) accounted for 16 points in the losing effort.
The second game finished with Mahram claiming a 97:81 victory. Samad Nik Khahbahrami and Hamed Afagh provided 26 points each to lead the charge. Mahdi Kamrani (185-PG-82) contributed 16 points in the winning case. Mousa Nabipour replied with 27 points for Azad.
Foolad Maham surprised Petrochimi twice to appear one win shy of the Finals. The first game ended with Foolad Maham claiming an 82:75 victory. Rashad Anderson (195-G/F-83, agency: Interperformances, college: Connecticut) nailed 20 points in the victory. Jonas Lalezadeh replied with 14 points for Petrochimi.
Foolad Maham then celebrated an 84:73 home win to take 2-0 lead. Asghar Kardoust (212-C-86) stepped up with 26 points and 12 rebounds in the win. Rashad Anderson was helpful adding 20 points for the winners. Joseph Forte (193-G-81, college: N.Carolina) replied with 20 points for Petrochimi. Saeid Davarpanah (191-G/F-87) netted 16 points in the loss.



The first Iranian to play in the US Bahdad Sami: - by Ahmad Kerdi


Here we have a catch-up interview with Behdad Sami (183-G-86, college: Linn Benton CC), who became the worlds first pro Iranian basketball player to play at any level in the USA when he signed with the Georgia Gwizzlies back in 2007. Since then, Behdad has played professionally in 4 countries as well as a couple other stints in the American Basketball Association, and NBA-DLeague workout camps prior to playing in Portugal last season.

How has your career progressed since it began in 2007?

Well, it has definitely been a tough road. No one sees the underdog story and especially what happens behind the scenes. Everyone always sees NBA players and it looks so magical, yet no one pays attention to the sacrifices, dedication, and tough route us overseas ball players take. Its not easy to just get up and leave, and be gone 6-9 months out of each year, but I do it to eventually reach my main goal of the NBA. Ive had some bumps in the road but I cannot complain. Im living my dream of playing basketball for a job, travel the world, and meet people who I consider friends, that I would have never knew existed.

What happened in Portugal? You started the season on a high note, but comparing stat wise to your previous years, it wasnt as good of a season.

Portugal was a roller coaster ride for me. I came in to a team who had just been moved up to the pro league. I wanted to bring all the leadership and skill to help them win as many games as possible. Prior to coming to Portugal, I was having difficulties with my shin, what I assumed was shin splits. Starting the season, I had a couple great games. I felt very comfortable with how I was playing and my stats at the beginning. As the season went on, my shin got progressively worse and it was to the point that before each game and practice, I was taking 4-6 ibuprofens each practice/game day. My shin started heavily affecting my gameplay. There were moments where I couldnt even jump a couple inches off my right leg. However, despite all the pain I was in, I practiced and played everyday and still gave my all. I dont make excuses for my gameplay, and I will admit, I had a bad season last year, but what basketball player hasnt had a bad season? Im looking forward to playing next season and playing the way I know I can, which is at the highest level.

Why didnt you play this 2011/12 season, any specific reason?

YES!!! Besides the NBA lockout domino effect, the main reason I couldnt play is my shin. As I mentioned before, my shin was terrible while I was in Portugal. Little did I know that the ENTIRE season in Portugal, I was playing on a broken shin! When I got back to Los Angeles, I went to one of the best soft tissue specialist in the nation and after a couple MRIs, CT-Scans, and X-rays, the results showed that I not only played my entire season in Portugal on an actual broken shin, but had 5-8 individual stress fractures to go along with it. The worst part was finding out that I could have actually snapped my shin in half and ended my career, thank God that didnt happen. Im currently being treated everyday and doing major physical therapy getting myself back to 100%. Due to this injury, I had to turn down deals from Germany, Mexico, and a couple other countries this last year. I didnt want to play and risk not only having a bad season, but having a career ending injury.

So what are your plans now? What will you do once your shin is healed?

The most important thing is that Im 100% healthy before I contact agents and teams. I want to be able to give them 100% of me and not be limited to what I can do. Im currently feeling better everyday and will be season ready by July and I plan on making a huge comeback, not only for myself, but for my career. I dont like the stats I put up last year especially when I know I can play 10x better than that, broken shin or not. My goal is to get signed to a high level team, and do what I know I can, which is help lead my team to victory. I plan to keep working hard and taking it day by day until I get my chance to get back out there and eventually get to the NBA stage.



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  IRELAND   

Standings - EBS Division I

Division 1 Standings
Group A
 1. Ballon 14-1
 2. Titans BC 11-4
 3. Maree 9-5
 4. Ballina 4-9
 5. Portlaoise 3-10
Group B
 1. St.Mary's 11-3
 2. Blue Demons 6-7
 3. Kilkenny 6-7
 4. Neptune 3-10
 5. St.Brendan 1-12


Mihajlo Pesic's double-double lands him Player of the Week award among Irish playing currently abroad - by Eurobasket Center

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

Mihajlo Pesic
Mihajlo Pesic
   #1. This week's number one is an international power forward Mihajlo Pesic (206-81, agency: Court Side). Pesic led Inter Bratislava to a 1-point victory over the seventh-ranked BK Loko Plzen (10-30) 61-60 in the Czech Republic NBL last Wednesday. He was MVP of the game. Pesic recorded a double-double by scoring 21 points and getting 12 rebounds. He also added 3 blocks. BK Inter Bratislava (10-30) is placed sixth in A2 group. It's Pesic's first season with the team. Pesic is ranked second on the list of the best rebounders in the league. He has very reliable stats this season: 12.2ppg, 8.6rpg, 2FGP: 48.6% and FT: 62.8%. Pesic has a dual citizenship: Irish and Serbian. Despite he played previously for the Serbian national team, Pesic is currently a member of the Irish senior national team.

Colin O'Reilly
Colin O'Reilly
   #2. Second place goes to former international forward Colin O'Reilly (200-84, college: Post). He led Cheshire Jets to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Sheffield One Health Sharks (13-17) crushing them 98-77 in the British BBL on Sunday night. O'Reilly had a triple-double by scoring 17 points, grabbing 10 rebounds and passing 10 assists in 38 minutes. Cheshire Jets (13-17) is placed sixth in the BBL. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. They will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And that game will be critical. O'Reilly has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 17.4ppg, 7.3rpg, 3.7apg, 2FGP: 50.2%, 3FGP: 39.7% and FT: 74.6% in the 27 games he played so far. Despite O'Reilly played previously for the Serbian national team, he played also for the Irish national team in 2009.

Bryan Mullins
Bryan Mullins
   #3. The Irish player who performed third best last week abroad was former international point guard Bryan Mullins (185-87, college: S.Illinois), who plays in the French ProB (second division). Mullins could not help Chalons-Reims (21-10) in their last game on Friday. Despite his good performance Chalons-Reims was edged 76-75 at home by the much lower-ranked ALM Evreux (#11). Mullins recorded 10 points and added 5 assists. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. Mullins belongs to league's best passers (ranked #2) and also on the list of most steals (fifth place). His overall stats this season are: 9.5ppg, 2.3rpg, 5.6apg, 1.9spg, 2FGP: 46.4%, 3FGP: 35.9% and FT: 68.8%. Mullins is a naturalized American. Despite he played previously for the USA national team, Mullins played also for the Irish national team in 2009. Strangely he has never played in Ireland.

Donnie McGrath
Donnie McGrath
   #4. Guard Donnie McGrath (193-84, college: Providence) was not able to help Tezenis Verona (12-14) in their game against MarcoPoloShop.it (8-18) in the Italian Lega2 (second division). McGrath recorded 5 points and added 3 passes in 23 minutes. Tezenis Verona lost 81-91 on the road to the league outsider (#15) MarcoPoloShop.it. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be important. This year McGrath's overall stats are: 4.0ppg, 1.3rpg and 1.3apg in the six games. He is a naturalized American. McGrath used to play for the Irish national team back in 2008. Apparently he has never played in Ireland.

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

   #1. Levon Kendall (209-F-84, college: Pittsburgh) led Blusens Monbus to a victory over the closely-ranked Gran Canaria 2014 (12-19) crushing them 65-45 in the Spanish ACB in Saturday night's game. He was MVP of the game. Kendall had a double-double by scoring 16 points and getting 10 rebounds in 34 minutes. Blusens Monbus Obradoiro CAB (11-20) is placed 16th in the ACB. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. This year Kendall averages: 9.2ppg and 5.9rpg in the 31 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Canadian and Irish. Despite Kendall's Irish passport, he currently plays for the Canadian national team and is not eligible to play for the Irish team.

Other top Irish players, who play abroad:

Andrew James Ogilvy (211-C-88) plays for Valencia Basket in Spanish ACB
Steven Hale (200-F-75) plays for Chorale de Roanne in French ProA
Conor Grace (210-F-82) plays for Uppsala Basket in Swedish Basketligan
Allen Conlan (196-F-74) plays for Xion Dukes in Austrian A Bundesliga
Ian O'Boyle (191-G-84) plays for Hub Jets in New Zealand NBL
Tony McCrory (199-G/F-77) plays for Starwings in Swiss LNA
James Kelly (183-G-87) plays for Killamarsh Derbyshire Arrows in British EBL2
Timothy Collins (171-G-85) plays for SW Slammers in Australian SBL
Tom Sheehey (204-F-65) plays for Fabriano in Italian B dilettanti
Mark Donnelly (196-G-75) plays for New Jersey Shorecats in the USBL

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



National Area Intermediate Championships - by Patrick Maher


BUSY SCHEDULE FOR ARENA THIS WEEKEND

25 April 2012

The National Basketball Arena will play host to the return of the National Area Intermediate Championships (NAIC) this weekend along with two international friendlies featuring Irelands Under-16 Boys & Girls.

The National Intermediate Championships, which is being organised by the National Area Boards Committee, provides an opportunity for players to play in a national competition who do not feature in either the National League or National Cup competitions.

The Mens competition consists of teams from the Dublin, Cork, Basketball Northern Ireland, North East, Galway, Kilkenny/South East and Midlands regions, while the womens section includes the likes of Dublin, Cork, Midlands, Kilkenny/South East, Galway and North East regions.

Meanwhile, an action packed weekend at Basketball HQ will also include two international friendlies, which will feature Irelands Under-16s Boys clash with Wales, while Irelands Under-16 Girls will take on Scotland. (Schedule below)

The international games will be played in honour of the late Jim Lay, a Scottish coach who had a huge impact on Irish basketball and Stuart Robbins, a former Welsh international who made a huge impression in his time with SuperLeague outfit UL Eagles.

Admittance to the two friendly games will be free of charge.

National Area Intermediate Championships
Saturday, April 28th (National Basketball Arena)
09:30, Dublin Men v Midlands Men;
09:30, BNI Men v North East Men;
10:30, South East Men v Galway Men;
10:30, Midlands Women v North East;
11:30, Dublin Women v Galway;
11:30, North East v Midlands;
12:30, Cork Men v Galway Men;
12:30, South East Women v North East Women;
13:30, Dublin Women v Cork Women;
13:30, BNI Men v Midlands Men;
14:30, Cork Men v South East Men;
14:30, South East Women v Midlands Women;
15:30, Galway Women v Cork Women;
15:30, Dublin Men v BNI Men;

Sunday, April 29th (National Basketball Arena)
FINALS

International Schedule

Saturday, April 28th (National Basketball Arena)

STUART ROBBINS BOYS INTERNATIONAL 2012
18:00 Ireland 1996 Cadet V Wales 1996 Cadet (National Basketball Arena)

JIM LAY GIRLS INTERNATIONAL 2012
20:00 Ireland 1996 Cadette V Scotland 1996 Cadette (National Basketball Arena)

Courtesy Shane Whelan : www.basketballireland.ie



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  ISRAEL   

Stats Leaders - National League

Points Per Game
 Errick MCCOLLUM
  Hapoel K.
  (185-G-88)
  Avg: 24.4
 1. McCollum, Hapoel K.24.4 
 2. Miller, Macc.B.Y.23.5 
 3. Sanders, Hapoel Y.23.1 
 4. Clinch, Lev H.22.7 
 5. Hall, Macc.B.Y.22.0 
 6. Ginyard, Ironi N.21.6 
 7. Daniel, Ironi K-A21.5 
 8. Clemente, Kiryat T.21.0 
 9. Bet-Yosef, Macc.B.20.8 
 10. Laing, Elitzur Ya.20.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ramon CLEMENTE
  Kiryat T.
  (200-PF-85)
  Avg: 14.6
 1. Clemente, Kiryat T.14.6 
 2. Thondique, Hapoel13.2 
 3. Turner, Hapoel Y/M11.2 
 4. Moses, Hapoel K/S10.7 
 5. Blair, Ironi N.9.3 
 6. Daniel, Ironi K-A9.3 
 7. Webb, Ironi R.9.3 
 8. Traimel, Ironi N.9.0 
 9. Bacon, Elitzur Ram.8.8 
 10. Sanders, Hapoel Y.8.6 
Assists Per Game
 Ilan NANIKASHVILI
  Ironi K.
  (187-G-79)
  Avg: 7.7
 1. Nanikashvili, Iron.7.7 
 2. Berkowitz, Elitzu.6.8 
 3. Bannister, Ironi R.6.7 
 4. Sukar, Hod Hashar.6.6 
 5. Eliyahu, Ironi N.6.6 
 6. Bet-Yosef, Macc.B.5.2 
 7. Assaf, Ironi N.5.2 
 8. Gonzalez, Hod H.4.9 
 9. Rub, Lev Hasharon4.7 
 10. Miller, Macc.B.Y.3.9 
Steals Per Game
 Yoad BET-YOSEF
  Macc.B.
  (182-PG-87)
  Avg: 3
 1. Bet-Yosef, Macc.B.3.0 
 2. Miller, Macc.B.Y.2.9 
 3. Hofman, Elitzur2.8 
 4. Benn, Ironi N.2.5 
 5. Sanders, Hapoel Y.2.4 
 6. Gonzalez, Hod H.2.3 
 7. Eliyahu, Ironi N.2.3 
 8. Berkowitz, Elitzu.2.2 
 9. McCollum, Hapoel K.2.2 
 10. Davidi, Ironi R.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Lenny DANIEL
  Ironi K-A
  (201-F-87)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Daniel, Ironi K-A2.6 
 2. Kelly, Hapoel T-A2.2 
 3. Johnson, Hod H.2.0 
 4. Blair, Ironi N.1.8 
 5. Clemente, Kiryat T.1.4 
 6. Thondique, Hapoel1.4 
 7. Webb, Ironi R.1.4 
 8. Bacon, Elitzur Ram.1.3 
 9. Naor, Hapoel T-A1.0 
 10. Younger, Ironi K-A0.9 


Bernie Fine lands consulting job with Israeli team - by Eurobasket News

Former Syracuse assistant basketball coach Bernie Fine has a new job.

The 66-year-old Fine has been hired as a consultant by the Maccabi 'Bazan' Haifa franchise of the Israeli Basketball Super League. The team made the announcement Thursday.

Fine will be based in the U.S. and will consult on player personnel decisions and help in the search for a new coach.

Fine has strong ties to Israeli basketball. He coached the U.S. Maccabiah team to a silver medal at the 1993 World Maccabiah Games.

Fine, who coached at Syracuse under Jim Boeheim for just over 35 years, was fired in November after two former team ball boys accused him of sexually abusing them more than 20 years ago.

Fine has denied the allegations and has not been charged.

Courtesy of http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com



Afik Nissim selected the top Israeli playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Afik Nissim
Afik Nissim
   #1. This week's number one is an international point guard Afik Nissim (180-81, agency: Beo Basket). He led Krka to a 1-point victory against the third-ranked Helios (6-3) 77-76 in the Slovenian Telemach League in Wednesday night's game. Nissim scored 13 points and had 3 steals in 29 minutes on the court. It was the game of the round between two top 3 ranked teams in Group Championship. 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. And that game will be critical. This year Nissim averages: 8.6ppg, 1.6rpg, 3.7apg, 2FGP: 54.8%, 3FGP: 26.3% and FT: 84.2% in the nine games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Israeli and French. Despite Nissim played previously for the French national team, he is currently a member of the Israeli senior national team.

Robert Rothbart
Robert Rothbart
   #2. Second place goes to former international center Robert Rothbart (217-86). Rothbart led Union Olimpija to an easy victory against the sixth-ranked Sentjur (0-9) 80-65 in the Slovenian Telemach League last Wednesday. He scored 11 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. Union Olimpija Ljubljana (7-2) is placed second in Championship Group. Rothbart's team will play only one more game in the Second Stage. And now that game is very crucial. Rothbart's overall stats this season are: 4.2ppg, 2.4rpg, 2FGP: 75.0% and FT: 42.9%. He is another player who holds two passports: Bosnia and Herzegovina and Israeli. Despite Rothbart played previously for the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team, he played also for the Israeli national team in 2010.

Omri Casspi
Omri Casspi
   #3. The Israeli player who performed third best last week abroad was an international swingman Omri Casspi (204-88), who plays in the NBA. Casspi could not help the Cleveland Cavaliers (21-44) to beat the Washington Wizards (19-46). He scored 8 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 25 minutes. The Cleveland Cavaliers lost 85-96 on the road to the Wizards. It was Cavaliers' third consecutive loss in a row. Casspi's team will play only one more game in the NBA Regular Season. And now that game is quite important. Casspi has relatively good stats this year: 7.1ppg, 3.5rpg, 2FGP: 45.7%, 3FGP: 32.1% and FT: 68.5% in the 65 games. Despite he played previously for the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team, Casspi is currently a member of the Israeli senior national team.

Chanan Colman
Chanan Colman
   #4. Guard Chanan Colman (191-84, college: Chipola), who plays in the Danish Ligaen was not able to help one of league's weakest teams Svendborg (23-4) in their last game on Monday. Despite his very good performance Svendborg was crushed 93-62 at home by the leading Bakken. Colman was the top scorer with 19 points. He also added 3 passes. Colman is ranked fifth on the list of the best passers in the league. He has individually a very good season with high stats. Colman averages: 16.0ppg, 4.1rpg, 4.5apg and 1.1spg. He has both Israeli and Danish nationalities. Despite Colman played previously for the Danish national team, he is currently in the Israeli national team roster.

Yotam Halperin
Yotam Halperin
   #5. International guard Yotam Halperin (196-84) was not able to secure a victory for Spartak St.Petersburg (11-5) in their game against Lokomotiv (9-7) in the VTB United League. Halperin recorded 7 points in 31 minutes. The second-placed Spartak St.Petersburg lost 57-71 in Kuban to the lower-ranked (#4) Lokomotiv in the group B of VTB United League. It was Spartak St.Petersburg's third consecutive loss in a row. This year Halperin's overall stats are: 8.9ppg, 2.0rpg, 4.1apg and 1.1spg in the 14 games. Despite he played previously for the Danish national team, Halperin is currently in the Israeli national team roster.

Gal Mekel
Gal Mekel
   #6. Point guard Gal Mekel (192-88, college: Wichita St.) couldn't help Benetton Treviso (12-17) in their game against Montepaschi Siena (21-7) in the Italian SerieA. He scored 5 points and added 3 passes. Benetton Treviso was crushed 90-67 in Siena by the leading Montepaschi. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be important. It's Mekel's first season with the team. Mekel's total stats this year are: 6.2ppg, 2.1rpg and 3.4apg. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Israeli National Team roster.

Ram Elias-Pour
Ram Elias-Pour
   #7. U20 international center Ram Elias-Pour (208-93) managed to help Landstede Basketbal Zwolle in a victory against the third-ranked Nijmegen (0-2) 86-80 in the Dutch Eredivisie in Thursday night's game. Elias-Pour recorded 5 points in 7 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 3 ranked teams in Group B. Landstede Basketbal Zwolle (1-1) is placed second. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. There are only two games left until the end of the Second Stage. This year Elias-Pour's total stats are: 1.8ppg and 1.8rpg in the 11 games. He is also Israeli U20 national team player.

Other top Israeli players, who play abroad:

Facundo Sucatzky (175-PG-72) plays for Atenas in Argentinian LigaA
Yaniv Green (206-C/F-80) plays for Banca Tercas in Italian SerieA
Oded Brandwein (188-G-88) plays for Kotwica in Polish PLK
Jason Thomas (191-G-82) plays for Boras Basket in Swedish Basketligan
Guy Aud (182-G-89) plays for Licher Baeren in German ProB
Shawn Weinstein (186-G-85) plays for Barako Bull in Filipino PBA
Or Sela (180-G-84) plays for Charlottenburg in German Regionalliga
Aner Levron (192-G-84) plays for TuS Makkabi Frankfurt in German 2.Regionalliga

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



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Standings - SerieA

SerieA Standings
 1. Montepaschi 22-7 
 2. Bennet Cantu 19-10 
 3. Armani Mit 19-10 
 4. Scavolini PS 18-11 
 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. 26: Scavolini PS - Montepaschi 81-85
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

Regular Season: Round 32

Apr. 29: Angelico BI - Bennet Cantu
Apr. 29: Umana Venezia - Benetton TV
Apr. 29: Montepaschi - Banco di Sard.
Apr. 29: CS Bologna - Scavolini PS
Apr. 29: Fabi Shoes - Otto Caserta
Apr. 29: Cimberio VA - Vanoli CR
Apr. 29: Armani Mit - Banca Tercas
Apr. 29: Acea Roma - Novipiu CM


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.16.9 
 4. Diener, Banco d.16.7 
 5. Dean, Sidigas AV16.3 
 6. Hickman, Scavolin.16.1 
 7. Shakur, Novipiu CM16.0 
 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.2.6 
 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. Hickman, Scavolin.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. Slokar, Acea Roma0.9 
 8. Bourousis, Armani0.9 
 9. Brunner, Bennet C.0.9 
 10. Viggiano, Benetto.0.8 


stats leader

Points Per Game
 Bernardo MUSSO
  Napoli
  (192-G-86)
  Avg: 19.8
 1. Musso, Napoli19.8 
 2. Evangelisti, Recan.17.1 
 3. Portannese, Torino16.4 
 4. Poltroneri, Perugia16.2 
 5. Prandin, Casalp.15.2 
 6. Rugolo, San Severo14.9 
 7. Tagliabue, Ruvo14.5 
 8. Benevelli, Orlandi.14.5 
 9. Mei, Comsum.it SI14.3 
 10. Ferrarese, Castel.14.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Emanuele ROSSI
  Chieti
  (208-C-82)
  Avg: 12.7
 1. Rossi, Chieti12.7 
 2. Iannilli, Napoli9.9 
 3. Tagliabue, Ruvo8.7 
 4. Baldi Rossi, Perug.8.1 
 5. Borra, Treviglio8.1 
 6. Gandini, Trieste7.9 
 7. Benevelli, Orlandi.7.9 
 8. Simeoli, Comsum.i.7.8 
 9. Raminelli, Castell.7.5 
 10. Tessitori, Comsum.7.5 
Assists Per Game
 Bernardo MUSSO
  Napoli
  (192-G-86)
  Avg: 4.2
 1. Musso, Napoli4.2 
 2. Bertolazzi, Omegna4.2 
 3. Marino, Treviglio3.9 
 4. Stanic, Fabriano3.6 
 5. Circosta, Anagni3.5 
 6. Guarino, Ferentino3.4 
 7. Traini, Recanati3.4 
 8. Santolamazza, Ana.3.2 
 9. Ferrarese, Castell.3.0 
 10. Vico, Matera3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Roberto MAGGIO
  Pavia
  (183-G-90)
  Avg: 3
 1. Maggio, Pavia3.0 
 2. Malamov, Anagni2.9 
 3. Iardella, Fabriano2.9 
 4. Bertolazzi, Omegna2.9 
 5. Rivali, Santarcang.2.8 
 6. Rossi, Chieti2.8 
 7. Mei, Comsum.it SI2.8 
 8. Musso, Napoli2.7 
 9. Portannese, Torino2.7 
 10. Maiocco, Pavia2.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Andrea CAPITANELLI
  Firenze
  (203-C-86)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Capitanelli, Firen.2.1 
 2. Ancellotti, Santar.1.7 
 3. Borra, Treviglio1.5 
 4. Raminelli, Castell.1.1 
 5. Cazzaniga, Pavia1.1 
 6. Pascolo, Trento1.1 
 7. Candido, San Seve.1.0 
 8. Cotani, Castelletto1.0 
 9. Rossi, Chieti0.9 
 10. Benevelli, Orland.0.9 


Marco Belinelli selected the top Italian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Marco Belinelli
Marco Belinelli
   #1. This week's number one is an international guard Marco Belinelli (196-86). He led New Orleans Hornets to a 2-point victory over the Golden State Warriors (23-42) 83-81 in the NBA in Tuesday night's game. Belinelli was MVP of the game. He recorded 23 points, 4 rebounds, 4 assists and 3 steals in 35 minutes on the court. The New Orleans Hornets have rather weak 21-44 record this season. Belinelli's team will play only one more game in the NBA Regular Season. And that game will be critical. Belinelli has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 11.9ppg, 2.6rpg, 1.5apg, 2FGP: 44.4%, 3FGP: 37.6% and FT: 78.3% in the 65 games he played so far. Belinelli is currently a member of the Italian senior national team.

Danilo Gallinari
Danilo Gallinari
   #2. Second place goes to an international forward Danilo Gallinari (208-88, agency: Players Group). He led Denver Nuggets to a victory over the Orlando Magic (37-28) crushing them 101-74 in the NBA last Sunday. Gallinari was the best player in that game. He scored 17 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. The Denver Nuggets have 37-28 record this season. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. They will play only one more game in the NBA Regular Season. And now that game is very crucial. It's Gallinari's first year with the team. This season Gallinari has very high stats. He averages: 14.5ppg, 4.8rpg, 2.7apg, 2FGP: 46.4%, 3FGP: 32.8% and FT: 87.1%. Gallinari is in the roster of the Italian senior national team.

Leandro Garcia Morales
Leandro Garcia Morales
   #3. The Italian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international guard Leandro Garcia Morales (186-80, college: Texas A&M), who plays in the Venezuelan LPB. He could not help Cocodrilos (1-1) in their last game. Despite Garcia Morales' very good performance the first-placed Cocodrilos was edged 76-75 at home by the second-ranked Guaiqueries in the Group B. He was the top scorer with 19 points in 35 minutes. They ended the series of three consecutive victories. Garcia Morales has relatively good stats this year: 13.0ppg, 2.0rpg, 3.0apg, 2.0spg in the three games. He has a dual citizenship: Italian and Uruguayan. Despite Garcia Morales played previously for the Uruguayan national team, he is currently a member of the Italian senior national team.

Marcelinho Huertas
Marcelinho Huertas
   #4. Point guard Marcelinho Huertas (191-83, agency: Edge Sports) managed to help Regal FC Barcelona to win against the 11th-ranked Unicaja Malaga (14-16) crushing them 89-57 in the Spanish ACB in Sunday night's game. Huertas scored only 4 points. Regal FC Barcelona (25-5) is placed first in the ACB. It was his team's sixth 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. It's Huertas' first season with the team. His overall stats this year are: 8.1ppg, 2.8rpg and 3.2apg. Huertas is another player who holds two passports: Brazilian and Italian. He is also Italian national team player.

Jayson Granger
Jayson Granger
   #5. International guard Jayson Granger (186-89) was the major contributor in an Asefa Estudiantes' victory against the closely-ranked Blusens Monbus (11-20) 79-62 in the Spanish ACB last Wednesday. He recorded 14 points, 4 rebounds and 7 assists in 23 minutes. Asefa Estudiantes Madrid (9-21) is placed second from the bottom (#17) in the ACB. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be extremely important. Granger is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his sixth year in Asefa Estudiantes' roster. Granger is ranked fifth on the list of the best passers in the league with 3.8apg. This year he also averages: 10.4ppg, 4.5rpg and 1.4spg in the 29 games. Granger has both Uruguayan and Italian nationalities. Worth to mention Granger played also at Eurobasket Summer League, which helped him get the job in pro basketball. Despite he played previously for the Uruguayan national team, Granger is currently in the Italian national team roster.

Anthony Dobbins
Anthony Dobbins
   #6. Guard Anthony Dobbins (194-81, college: Richmond) contributed to Poitiers' victory against the closely-ranked ASVEL (11-16) 73-62 in the French ProA on Saturday night. He scored 8 points, had 11 boards, passed 5 assists and added 4 steals. Union Poitiers Basket 86 (9-18) is placed 13th in the ProA. It was his team's first victory after three consecutive loses. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. Dobbins' overall stats this season are: 7.4ppg, 6.2rpg, 4.3apg and 2.3spg. He is a naturalized American. Despite Dobbins played previously for the USA national team, he is also a former international player as he played for the Italian senior team three years ago. Dobbins used to play for Banca Nuova Trapani in Italian league.

Mauricio Aguiar
Mauricio Aguiar
   #7. Former international forward Mauricio Aguiar (197-83, also represented by Players Group) contributed to Hebraica's victory against the third-ranked Malvin (0-0) 79-71 in a derby game in the Uruguayan LUB in Friday night's game. He scored 16 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 39 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 3 ranked teams in Serie 1. Hebraica Macabi (9-1) is placed first. It was his team's ninth consecutive victory in a row. Aguiar has very impressive stats this year: 17.2ppg, 3.0rpg and 2.9apg in the 40 games. Despite he played previously for the Uruguayan national team, Aguiar is currently in the Italian national team roster.

Cristopher Mortellaro
Cristopher Mortellaro
   #8. Power forward Cristopher Mortellaro (206-82, college: Drury), who plays in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division) was not able to help Baloncesto Leon (15-18) in their last game on Friday. Despite his good performance Baloncesto Leon was defeated 76-65 on the road by the league outsider Clinicas Rincon (#18). Mortellaro recorded a double-double by scoring 14 points and getting 10 rebounds. His team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. This season Mortellaro has relatively solid stats: 11.0ppg and 7.7rpg. He is a naturalized American. Despite Mortellaro played previously for the USA national team, he is currently in the Italian national team roster. Mortellaro used to play for Sicc BPA Jesi in Italian league.

Dimitri Lauwers
Dimitri Lauwers
   #9. Former international guard Dimitri Lauwers (187-79) contributed to a Base Oostende's victory against the league leader Spirou Charleroi (20-8) 85-81 in the Belgian D1 on Saturday night. He scored only 2 points in 12 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Telenet Oostende (18-10) is placed third in the D1. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. This year Lauwers' overall stats are: 1.0ppg and 1.5rpg in the two games. He used to play for the Italian national team eleven years ago.

Ryan Pettinella
Ryan Pettinella
   #10. Power forward Ryan Pettinella (206-84, college: Cincinnati) helped Grindavik win their game against the closely-ranked Thor Thorl (15-7) 93-89 in the Icelandic Express League in Monday night's game. Pettinella recorded 8 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. U.M.F. Grindavik (19-3) is placed first in the Express League. Pettinella's total stats this season are: 5.5ppg, 4.5rpg and 1.2apg. He is a naturalized American. Despite Pettinella played previously for the USA national team, he is also an international player who is currently on the senior Italian National Team roster. Pettinella used to play for Premiata Montegranaro in Italian league.

   #11. International point guard Federico Bavosi (184-81) was not able to secure a victory for River Andorra in their game against Barca Regal II in the Spanish LEB Silver (third division). He cannot count Friday's game as one of the best ones. Bavosi recorded only 3 points and added 9 assists in 21 minutes. His team lost 88-93. Bavosi is ranked first on the list of the best passers in the league and also on the list of most steals (fourth place). He has very reliable stats this year: 10.3ppg, 3.0rpg, 6.0apg and 1.6spg in the 23 games. Bavosi plays currently for the Italian national team.

   #12. Former international forward Nicolas Borsellino (202-86) faced previously mentioned Mauricio Aguiar in the Uruguayan LUB last game. Borsellino couldn't help Malvin in their game against Hebraica. He cannot count Friday's game as one of the best ones. Borsellino scored only 2 points. His team was defeated 79-71. Borsellino's total stats this season are: 9.0ppg, 6.6rpg and 1.5apg. He used to play for the Italian national team back in 2000.



SerieA Round 31: Montepaschi Siena defeats Scavolini Pesaro in the game between Top 4 teams - by Eurobasket News

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

An interesting game for Montepaschi Siena (22-7) which played road game in Pesaro against 4th placed Scavolini Pesaro (18-11). First ranked Montepaschi Siena managed to get a 4-point victory 85-81. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Scavolini Pesaro. The guests trailed by 2 points at the halftime before their 47-41 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. 25 personal fouls committed by Scavolini Pesaro helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of American-FYR Macedonian point guard Bo McCalebb (183-85, college: New Orleans) who helped to win the game recording 21 points (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Australian center David Andersen (212-80) contributed with 16 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Montepaschi Siena's coach Simone Pianigiani used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. American guard James White (199-84, college: Cincinnati, agency: Court Side) answered with 20 points and 9 rebounds for Scavolini Pesaro. Montepaschi Siena have a solid series of four victories in a row. Defending champion maintains first place with 22-7 record. Scavolini Pesaro at the other side keeps the fourth position with 11 games lost. They share it with Banco di Sard.. Montepaschi Siena are looking forward to face Banco di Sard. (#5) in Sassari in the next round. Scavolini Pesaro will play on the road against CS Bologna and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Seventeenth-ranked Novipiu CM (6-23) used its home court advantage to challenge seventh ranked CS Bologna (17-12) in Casale. The visitors from Bologna managed to secure only three-point victory 80-77. However their fans expected much easier game. It was a great evening for international guard Giuseppe Poeta (190-85) who led his team to a victory scoring 25 points and 4 assists. Angelo Gigli helped adding 18 points and 12 rebounds. At the losing side American swingman Ricky Minard (196-82, college: Morehead St.) responded with 17 points. Novipiu CM's coach Andrea Valentini rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. CS Bologna moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Umana Venezia. Novipiu CM lost sixth consecutive game. Newly promoted team stay dead last with 23 lost games. CS Bologna will play against higher ranked Scavolini Pesaro (#4) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Novipiu CM will play against Lottomatica Roma (#10) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
A very close game took place in Caserta between Otto Caserta and Umana Venezia. Fifteenth ranked Otto Caserta (12-17) got a very close home victory over higher ranked Umana Venezia (17-12). Otto Caserta managed to escape with a 3-point win 83-80 on Wednesday evening. It was quite big embarassment for the guest team. It was an exceptional evening for Andre Smith who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 10 rebounds. Szymon Szewczyk came up with 14 points for Umana Venezia in the defeat. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Otto Caserta moved-up to twelfth place, which they share with Benetton TV and Angelico BI. Loser Umana Venezia dropped to the sixth position with 12 games lost. They share it with CS Bologna. Otto Caserta will meet Fabi Shoes Montegranaro (#16) on the road in the next round. Umana Venezia will play against Benetton Treviso (#13) and hope to secure a win.
The game between thirteenth ranked Vanoli-Braga (13-17) and 10th ranked Air Avellino (13-17) in Cremona ended with biggest points difference. Vanoli-Braga outscored guests from Avellino 83-55. David Lighty fired 21 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Vanoli-Braga's coach Attilio Caja felt very confident that he used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Vanoli-Braga have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to ninth place, which they share with Sidigas AV and Acea Roma. Air Avellino lost fifth consecutive game. Vanoli-Braga's next round opponent will be higher ranked Cimberio Varese (#8) on the road and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.

Other games in round 31 were not that significant. Fabi Shoes was beaten by Banca Tercas on the road 99-93. Banco di Sard. won against Angelico BI on its own court 104-97. Cimberio VA managed to outperform Benetton TV in Varese 71-55. Acea Roma recorded a loss to Armani Mit at home 78-91.
The most impressive performance of 31th round was 34 points (!!!) and 9 rebounds by Achille Polonara of Banca Tercas.


Banca Tercas - Fabi Shoes 99-93

There was a small surprise when sixteenth ranked Banca Tercas (11-18) beat 14th ranked Fabi Shoes Montegranaro (11-18) in Teramo 99-93. The game without a history. Banca Tercas led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Banca Tercas outrebounded Fabi Shoes Montegranaro 38-27 including 27 on the defensive glass. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 24 assists. Forward Achille Polonara (203-91) fired 34 points (!!!) and 9 rebounds (on 13-of-14 shooting from the field) for the winners. American point guard Dee Brown (185-84, college: Illinois) chipped in 18 points and 4 assists. Bulgarian power forward Dejan Ivanov (205-86, agency: Beo Basket) produced a double-double by scoring 21 points and 12 rebounds and the former international point guard Fabio Di Bella (187-78) added 18 points and 6 assists respectively for lost side. Five Banca Tercas and four Fabi Shoes Montegranaro players scored in double figures. Banca Tercas have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to fifteenth place, which they share with Fabi Shoes. Fabi Shoes Montegranaro lost fourth consecutive game. Banca Tercas' next round opponent will be higher ranked Armani Milano (#3) on the road and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Fabi Shoes: D.Ivanov 21+12reb+2ast, J.McNeal 19+3reb+2ast, F.Di Bella 18+1reb+6ast, I.Zoroski 13+2reb+4ast, C.Karl 8+4reb, V.Mazzola 8+3reb
Banca Tercas: A.Polonara 34+9reb+2ast, D.Brown 18+4reb+4ast, M.Borisov 13+6reb+2ast, B.Brown 12+7reb+2ast, V.Amoroso 10+5reb+3ast, B.Cerella 7+4reb+5ast
gschID: 150875


Banco di Sard. - Angelico BI 104-97

Very expected game when 11th ranked Angelico Biella (12-17) lost to sixth ranked Banco di Sard. (18-11) in Sassari 97-104. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Angelico Biella won third quarter 29-25. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Banco di Sard. players were unselfish on offense dishing 30 assists comparing to just 14 passes made by Angelico Biella's players. American point guard Travis Diener (184-82, college: Marquette) fired a double-double by scoring 17 points and 12 assists for the winners. His fellow American import guard Drake Diener (196-81, college: De Paul, agency: Priority Sports) chipped in 17 points and 6 assists. American guard Aubrey Coleman (193-87, college: Houston, agency: Two Points) produced 25 points and Serbian power forward Tadija Dragicevic (206-86, agency: Beo Basket) added 22 points and 7 rebounds respectively for lost side. Five Banco di Sard. and four Angelico Biella players scored in double figures. Banco di Sard. moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Scavolini PS. Angelico Biella at the other side dropped to the twelfth position with 17 games lost. Banco di Sard.'s next round opponent will be league's leader Montepaschi Siena on the road and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Angelico Biella will play against the league's second-placed Bennet Cantu (#2).
Top scorers:
Angelico BI: A.Coleman 25+4reb+3ast, T.Dragicevic 22+7reb+1ast, J.Pullen 20+1reb+5ast, G.Jurak 16+5reb+2ast, A.Miralles 9+7reb, M.Lagana 3
Banco di Sard.: T.Diener 17+3reb+12ast, D.Diener 17+3reb+6ast, T.Easley 16+6reb+2ast, B.Sacchetti 13+3reb+4ast, Q.Hosley 11+6reb+4ast, V.Plisnic 10+8reb+1ast
gschID: 150876


Otto Caserta - Umana Venezia 83-80

A very close game took place in Caserta between Otto Caserta and Umana Venezia. Fifteenth ranked Otto Caserta (12-17) got a very close home victory over higher ranked Umana Venezia (17-12). Otto Caserta managed to escape with a 3-point win 83-80 on Wednesday evening. It was quite big embarassment for the guest team. The hosts trailed by 3 points after three quarters before their 29-23 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Otto Caserta outrebounded Umana Venezia 38-26 including 18 on the offensive glass. It was an exceptional evening for American forward Andre Smith (203-85, college: N.Dakota St.) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 10 rebounds. Croatian center Andrija Stipanovic (209-86) accounted for 20 points and 11 rebounds for the winning side. Polish center Szymon Szewczyk (209-82) came up with 14 points and American point guard Alvin Young (188-75, college: Niagara) added 12 points respectively for Umana Venezia in the defeat. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Otto Caserta moved-up to twelfth place, which they share with Benetton TV and Angelico BI. Loser Umana Venezia dropped to the sixth position with 12 games lost. They share it with CS Bologna. Otto Caserta will meet Fabi Shoes Montegranaro (#16) on the road in the next round. Umana Venezia will play against Benetton Treviso (#13) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Umana Venezia: G.Rosselli 15+3reb+1ast, S.Szewczyk 14+4reb+3ast, K.Kee Clark 12+4reb+1ast, A.Young 12+4reb+3ast, D.Magro 10+2reb, T.Bowers 9+5reb
Otto Caserta: A.Smith 21+10reb+2ast, A.Stipanovic 20+11reb, G.Maresca 15+5reb+1ast, A.Collins 11+2reb+4ast, A.Doornekamp 8+5reb+1ast, A.Righetti 4+3reb
gschID: 150877


Vanoli CR - Sidigas AV 83-55

The game between thirteenth ranked Vanoli-Braga (13-17) and 10th ranked Air Avellino (13-17) in Cremona ended with biggest points difference. Vanoli-Braga outscored guests from Avellino 83-55. Air Avellino was ahead by 2 points at the halftime before a 48-18 second half run of Vanoli-Braga. They dominated down low during the game scoring 50 of its points in the paint compared to Air Avellino's 24. Vanoli-Braga forced 21 Air Avellino turnovers. American swingman David Lighty (195-88, college: Ohio St.) fired 21 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Belgian point guard Beye Tabu-Eboma (190-85) chipped in 14 points and 4 assists. Vanoli-Braga's coach Attilio Caja felt very confident that he used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American-FYR Macedonian point guard Marques Green (167-82, college: St.Bonaventure) produced 10 points and 6 rebounds and Slovenian-Croatian forward Jurica Golemac (209-77, agency: Beo Basket) added 9 points and 4 assists respectively for lost side. Vanoli-Braga have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to ninth place, which they share with Sidigas AV and Acea Roma. Air Avellino lost fifth consecutive game. Vanoli-Braga's next round opponent will be higher ranked Cimberio Varese (#8) on the road and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Sidigas AV: V.Gaddefors 10+2reb+3ast, M.Green 10+6reb+3ast, J.Golemac 9+4reb+4ast, L.Johnson 8+6reb+1ast, R.Slay 8+8reb, A.Infanti 6+2reb
Vanoli CR: D.Lighty 21+6reb+2ast, B.Tabu-Eboma 14+2reb+4ast, D.Cinciarini 11+1reb+1ast, M.Milic 10+5reb+2ast, M.Tusek 7+7reb, J.Rich 7+8reb+2ast
gschID: 150872


Benetton TV - Cimberio VA 55-71

Rather predictable result when eighth ranked Cimberio Varese (15-14) won against on the road 12th ranked Benetton Treviso (12-17) 71-55. The game was mostly controlled by Cimberio Varese. Benetton Treviso was better in second period 19-13. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. American guard Phil Goss (186-83, college: Drexel) fired 16 points and 6 assists for the winners. Estonian forward Kristjan Kangur (201-82) chipped in 14 points and 9 rebounds. American forward Marcus Goree (201-77, college: W.Virginia) produced 11 points and 6 rebounds and naturalized American forward Jeffrey Viggiano (197-84, college: Massachusetts) added 11 points and 6 rebounds respectively for lost side. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Benetton Treviso's coach tested ten players seeing no chance for a win. Cimberio Varese maintains eighth place with 15-14 record. Benetton Treviso at the other side keeps the twelfth position with 17 games lost. Cimberio Varese's next round opponent will be Vanoli-Braga (#9) in Cremona. Benetton Treviso will play on the road against Umana Venezia.
Top scorers:
Benetton TV: J.Thomas 12+3reb, M.Bulleri 12+2reb, J.Viggiano 11+6reb, M.Goree 11+6reb, G.Cuccarolo 4+2reb, S.Becirovic 3+4reb+2ast
Cimberio VA: P.Goss 16+3reb+6ast, Y.Diawara 16+3reb, K.Kangur 14+9reb+1ast, T.Rannikko 10+4ast, D.Fajardo 8+7reb+1ast, R.Stipcevic 5+5reb+3ast
gschID: 150873


Novipiu CM - CS Bologna 77-80 OT

Seventeenth-ranked Novipiu CM (6-23) used its home court advantage to challenge seventh ranked CS Bologna (17-12) in Casale. The visitors from Bologna managed to secure only three-point victory 80-77. However their fans expected much easier game. The guests were tied after three quarters and then recorded another tie at the end of regular time. They eventually won an overtime period 11-8. Novipiu CM was plagued by 27 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a great evening for international guard Giuseppe Poeta (190-85) who led his team to a victory scoring 25 points and 4 assists. The former international power forward Angelo Gigli (209-83) helped adding 18 points and 12 rebounds. At the losing side American swingman Ricky Minard (196-82, college: Morehead St.) responded with 17 points and Serbian power forward Oliver Stevic (204-84, agency: Beo Basket) scored 12 points and 9 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field). Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Novipiu CM's coach Andrea Valentini rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. CS Bologna moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Umana Venezia. Novipiu CM lost sixth consecutive game. Newly promoted team stay dead last with 23 lost games. CS Bologna will play against higher ranked Scavolini Pesaro (#4) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Novipiu CM will play against Lottomatica Roma (#10) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Novipiu CM: R.Minard 17+3reb+2ast, O.Stevic 12+9reb, S.Gentile 12+5reb+3ast, M.Janning 10+5reb+2ast, S.Pierich 9+1reb, J.Hukic 7+3reb+1ast
CS Bologna: G.Poeta 25+2reb+4ast, A.Gigli 18+12reb, P.Koponen 17+1reb+1ast, C.Douglas-Roberts 10+2reb, L.Vitali 5+6reb, V.Sanikidze 4+12reb+1ast
gschID: 150874


Scavolini PS - Montepaschi 81-85

An interesting game for Montepaschi Siena (22-7) which played road game in Pesaro against 4th placed Scavolini Pesaro (18-11). First ranked Montepaschi Siena managed to get a 4-point victory 85-81. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Scavolini Pesaro. The guests trailed by 2 points at the halftime before their 47-41 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. 25 personal fouls committed by Scavolini Pesaro helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of American-FYR Macedonian point guard Bo McCalebb (183-85, college: New Orleans) who helped to win the game recording 21 points (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Australian center David Andersen (212-80) contributed with 16 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Montepaschi Siena's coach Simone Pianigiani used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. American guard James White (199-84, college: Cincinnati, agency: Court Side) answered with 20 points and 9 rebounds and the other American import point guard Ricky Hickman (189-85, college: NC-Greensboro) added 20 points in the effort for Scavolini Pesaro. Four Scavolini Pesaro players scored in double figures. Montepaschi Siena have a solid series of four victories in a row. Defending champion maintains first place with 22-7 record. Scavolini Pesaro at the other side keeps the fourth position with 11 games lost. They share it with Banco di Sard.. Montepaschi Siena are looking forward to face Banco di Sard. (#5) in Sassari in the next round. Scavolini Pesaro will play on the road against CS Bologna and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Scavolini PS: J.White 20+9reb+1ast, R.Hickman 20+2reb+2ast, J.Jones 16+8reb, D.Hackett 11+4reb+6ast, D.Cavaliero 8+2reb+4ast, T.Lydeka 6+1reb
Montepaschi: B.McCalebb 21+4reb+3ast, D.Andersen 16+7reb+4ast, N.Zisis 10+4reb+1ast, R.Kaukenas 9+1reb, K.Lavrinovic 8+2reb+1ast, S.Stonerook 8+6reb+1ast
gschID: 150870


Acea Roma - Armani Mit 78-91

Not a big story in a game when 9th ranked Lottomatica Roma (13-17) lost at home to third ranked Armani Milano (19-10) 91-78. Armani Milano shot the lights out from three nailing 12 long-distance shots on high 57.1 percentage. American guard Malik Hairston (198-87, college: Oregon) fired 19 points for the winners (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). American-Montenegrin point guard Omar-Sharif Cook (186-82, college: St.John's, agency: Beo Basket) chipped in 11 points and 9 assists. Armani Milano's coach Sergio Scariolo allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American guard Clay Tucker (196-80, college: Wisc.-Milwaukee, agency: Pro One Sports) produced 16 points and 4 assists and the other American import forward Jarvis Varnado (206-88, college: Mississippi St.) added 15 points and 5 rebounds respectively for lost side. Four Armani Milano and five Lottomatica Roma players scored in double figures. Armani Milano have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Bennet Cantu. Lottomatica Roma lost third consecutive game. They keep the ninth position with 17 games lost. Armani Milano's next round opponent will be Banca Tercas (#15) in Teramo which should be an easy win for them. Lottomatica Roma will play at home against Novipiu CM (#17) in Casale.
Top scorers:
Acea Roma: C.Tucker 16+3reb+4ast, J.Varnado 15+5reb, L.Datome 13+3reb+2ast, N.Gordic 13+1reb+3ast, M.Kakiouzis 11+4reb+2ast, M.Mordente 9+1reb
Armani Mit: M.Hairston 19+4reb+2ast, I.Bourousis 19+4reb, A.Gentile 12+2reb, O.Cook 11+4reb+9ast, S.Mancinelli 7+6reb+4ast, N.Melli 6+1reb+1ast
gschID: 150871



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  IVORY COAST   


Pape-Philippe Amagou selected the top Ivorian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Pape-Philippe Amagou
Pape-Philippe Amagou
   #1. This week's number one is former international guard Pape-Philippe Amagou (185-85, agency: Beo Basket), who plays in the French ProA. Amagou could not help Sluc Nancy (16-11) in their last game on Saturday. Despite his good performance Sluc Nancy was defeated in an overtime 83-75 on the road by the lower-ranked Chorale de Roanne (#7). Amagou scored 10 points. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Amagou has relatively good stats this season: 10.4ppg, 1.9rpg, 2.3apg, 3FGP: 37.6% and FT: 82.5%. He has a dual citizenship: Ivorian and French. Despite Amagou played previously for the French U20 national team, he played also for the Ivorian national team in 2010.

Mamadou Lamizana
Mamadou Lamizana
   #2. Second place goes to an international power forward Mamadou Lamizana (207-81, agency: Top Notch Sports, college: Rutgers). Lamizana led Vaqueros to an overtime victory against the closely-ranked Mets (11-15) 80-71 in the Puerto Rican BSN on Friday night. He had a double-double by scoring 14 points and getting the same number of rebounds. Lamizana also added 3 blocks in 41 minutes. Vaqueros de Bayamon (15-11) is placed third in the BSN. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. Lamizana is currently first on the list of best blockers with 2.2bpg. This year his other stats are: 11.0ppg, 5.7rpg, 1.8apg, 2FGP: 46.5%, 3FGP: 31.3% and FT: 67.8% in the 23 games he played so far. Lamizana is another player who holds two passports: Ivorian and French. Despite he played previously for the French national team, Lamizana is currently a member of the Ivorian senior national team.

Mamadi Diane
Mamadi Diane
   #3. The Ivorian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international swingman Mamadi Diane (196-86, college: Virginia). He was not able to help Ventspils (15-1) in their game against Liepaja (17-9) in the Latvian LBL. Diane recorded only 4 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. Ventspils was edged 74-73 at home by the leading Liepaja. This season Diane averages: 8.9ppg, 2.0rpg, 1.3apg, 1.3spg, 2FGP: 52.5%, 3FGP: 37.5% and FT: 73.3%. He has both Guinean and Ivorian nationalities. Diane is also a member of the Ivorian senior national team.

Mouloukou Diabate
Mouloukou Diabate
   #4. Point guard Mouloukou Diabate (183-87) faced previously mentioned Pape-Philippe Amagou in the French ProA last game. Diabate managed to help Chorale de Roanne Basket in a victory in overtime against the closely-ranked Sluc Nancy (16-11) 83-75. He scored only 3 points and added 5 assists in 23 minutes. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be important. This year Diabate's overall stats are: 7.0ppg, 2.9rpg, 4.0apg and 1.3spg in the 23 games. He also holds two passports: Ivorian and French. Diabate is also Ivorian national team player.

Francis Koffi
Francis Koffi
   #5. Former international forward Francis Koffi (202-81, college: Fresno St.) was the major contributor in Ourense's victory against the ninth-ranked Fontedoso Carrefour (10-13) 69-51 in the Spanish LEB Silver (third division) on Friday night. He recorded 16 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. Aquas De Sousas Club Ourense Baloncesto (15-13) is placed in the LEB Silver. Koffi's team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And now that game is quite important. This season Koffi has relatively solid stats: 12.8ppg, 5.9rpg and 1.1spg. He has French and Ivorian nationalities. Despite Koffi played previously for the French national team, he is currently in the Ivorian national team roster.

Mickael Toti
Mickael Toti
   #6. Point guard Mickael Toti (181-87) led Saint Vallier to an easy victory against one of league's weakest teams JA Vichy (7-24) crushing them 91-71 in the French ProB (second division) in Saturday night's game. Toti recorded 14 points, 4 assists and 3 steals in 20 minutes. Saint Vallier Basket Drome (15-16) is placed ninth in the ProB. It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. This year Toti's total stats are: 3.1ppg, 1.2rpg and 1.8apg in the 29 games. Despite he played previously for the French U18 national team, Toti is also an international player who is currently on the senior Ivorian National Team roster.

Mohamed Kone
Mohamed Kone
   #7. International center Mohamed Kone (211-81, college: Valparaiso) contributed to a Meridiano Alicante's victory against the closely-ranked Assignia Manresa (14-16) 76-70 in the Spanish ACB last Sunday. He scored only 4 points. Lucentum Alicante (16-13) is placed eighth in the ACB. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. It's Kone's first season with the team. Kone has averaged so far 4.6ppg and 3.5rpg. He is also Ivorian national team player.

Jonathan Kale
Jonathan Kale
   #8. Forward Jonathan Kale (203-85, college: Providence) was not able to secure a victory for Lleida Basquet (20-13) in their game against Melilla Baloncesto (19-14) in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division). Kale scored 6 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in only 12 minutes. Lleida Basquet was edged 61-58 on the opponent's court by the lower-ranked (#7) Melilla_Baloncesto. His team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. Kale has reliable stats this year: 11.5ppg and 5.3rpg in the 33 games. He holds both American and Ivorian passports. Despite Kale played previously for the USA national team, he is currently in the Ivorian national team roster.

Frejus Zerbo
Frejus Zerbo
   #9. Former international center Frejus Zerbo (205-89) helped Limoges CSP Elite win their game against the 12th-ranked Olympique Antibes (14-17) 92-82 in the French ProB (second division) in Saturday night's game. Zerbo recorded only 2 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Limoges CSP Elite (25-6) is placed first in the ProB. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. Zerbo has averaged so far 2.2ppg and 3.0rpg. He used to play for the Ivorian national team two years ago.

Wilfrid Aka
Wilfrid Aka
   #10. An experienced swingman Wilfrid Aka (192-79) faced previously mentioned Mickael Toti in the French ProB last game. Aka couldn't help JA Vichy (7-24) in their game against Saint Vallier (15-16). He cannot count Saturday's game as one of the best ones. Aka recorded only 2 points and added 3 assists in 15 minutes. JA Vichy was badly defeated 91-71 in Saint Vallier by the much higher-ranked (#9) Saint Vallier. It was JA Vichy's fifth consecutive loss in a row. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. Aka has averaged so far 7.3ppg, 3.0rpg and 1.4apg in the 30 games. He is a former international player as three years ago he still played for the Ivorian senior national team.

   #11. International forward Ismael N'Diaye (197-82, college: FIU) couldn't help Boncourt in their game against Monthey in the Swiss LNA. N'Diaye cannot count Thursday's game as one of the best ones. He scored only 2 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. His team was defeated 83-68. N'Diaye's stats this season are: 12.6ppg, 4.4rpg, 3.0apg and 1.8spg. He plays currently for the Ivorian national team.

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

   #1. Walter Hodge (183-PG-86, college: Florida) led Zastal ZG to an overtime victory over the fifth-ranked Energa Czarni (3-7) 97-92 in the Polish PLK in Sunday night's game. He was MVP of the game. Hodge recorded 31 points (!!!), 9 assists and 4 steals in 41 minutes; quite an impressive performance considering it's only his third season in pro basketball. Zastal Zielona Gora (6-4) is placed third in Group A. Hodge is currently first on the league's list of top scorers and also on the list of best passers (second place). He has individually a very good year with high stats. Hodge averages: 19.3ppg, 2.9rpg, 6.1apg and 1.4spg in the 36 games he played so far. He has also Puerto Rican passport.



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  JAMAICA   


Roy Hibbert selected the top Jamaican playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Roy Hibbert
Roy Hibbert
   #1. This week's number one is former international center Roy Hibbert (218-86, college: Georgetown), who plays in the NBA. He could not help the Indiana Pacers (42-24) in their last game. Despite Hibbert's good performance the Indiana Pacers were edged in an overtime 109-106 on the road by the Philadelphia 76ers. He recorded 11 points, 7 rebounds, 3 assists and made 2 blocks in 34 minutes on the court. The Regular Season already ended in the NBA. It's Hibbert's fourth season with the team. Hibbert is ranked fifth on the list of the best blockers in the league with 2.0bpg. He also averaged so far 12.8ppg, 8.8rpg, 1.7apg, 2FGP: 49.8% and FT: 71.1% in the 65 games he played so far. Hibbert is a naturalized American. Despite he played previously for the USA national team, Hibbert played also for the Jamaican national team in 2010.

Samardo Samuels
Samardo Samuels
   #2. Second place goes to former international power forward Samardo Samuels (206-89, college: Louisville). He led Cleveland Cavaliers to a victory against the New York Knicks (35-30) 98-90 in the NBA last Friday. Samuels scored 15 points and blocked 2 shots; quite an impressive performance considering it's only his second season in pro basketball. The Cleveland Cavaliers have rather weak 21-44 record this season. Samuels' team will play only one more game in the NBA Regular Season. And that game will be critical. It's Samuels' first year with the team. This season he averages: 5.4ppg, 3.4rpg, 2FGP: 45.3% and FT: 69.8%. Despite Samuels played previously for the USA national team, he played also for the Jamaican national team in 2009.

Oritseweyinmi Efejuku
Oritseweyinmi Efejuku
   #3. The Jamaican player who performed third best last week abroad was former international guard Oritseweyinmi Efejuku (196-86, college: Providence). Efejuku led Indios to a victory over the closely-ranked Capitanes (13-10) 83-78 in the Puerto Rican BSN on Tuesday night. He was MVP of the game. Efejuku scored 23 points, had 4 boards, dished 6 assists and stole 6 balls in 32 minutes; not bad, considering it's only his third season in pro basketball. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Indios de Mayaguez (19-6) is placed first in the BSN. 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 is very crucial. Efejuku has relatively good stats this year: 14.0ppg, 3.3rpg, 2.9apg, 1.2spg, 2FGP: 57.2%(87-152), 3FGP: 22.9% and FT: 74.7% in the 19 games. He has a dual citizenship: Nigerian and Jamaican. Despite Efejuku played previously for the Nigerian national team, he played also for the Jamaican national team in 2009.

Kimany Ffriend
Kimany Ffriend
   #4. An experienced center Kimany Ffriend (211-77, agency: Court Side, college: Nebraska), who plays in the Spanish ACB was not able to help Baloncesto Fuenlabrada (12-19) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Ffriend's good performance Baloncesto Fuenlabrada was edged 80-78 in Zaragoza by the higher-ranked CAI Zaragoza (#9). He was the second best scorer with 14 points. Ffriend also added 5 rebounds and made 2 blocks. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be important. Ffriend's overall stats this season are: 10.0ppg and 5.0rpg. Despite he played previously for the Nigerian national team, Ffriend is currently in the Jamaican national team roster.

Adrian Uter
Adrian Uter
   #5. Former international power forward Adrian Uter (201-84, agency: Gross Zeev ISA, college: Hofstra) was the main contributor in a 1-point Maccabi Rishon's victory against the eighth-ranked Ironi Ashkelon (10-15) 62-61 in the Israeli Premier League last Sunday. He was the best player in that game. Uter scored 13 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 30 minutes. Maccabi Rishon Le-Zion (15-10) is placed third in the Premier League. His team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And now that game is quite important. Uter is ranked third on the list of the best blockers in the league with 1.6bpg. This year he also averages: 13.6ppg, 7.1rpg, 2.4apg and 1.7spg in the 25 games. Uter is a naturalized American. Despite he played previously for the USA national team, Uter is currently in the Jamaican national team roster.

Maurice Bailey
Maurice Bailey
   #6. Guard Maurice Bailey (183-81, college: Sacred Heart) contributed to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Latvijas Universitate (12-14) crushing them 114-68 in a derby game in the Latvian LBL on Wednesday night. He recorded 6 points and added 4 assists. VEF Riga (15-1) is placed second in the LBL. It was his team's ninth consecutive victory in a row. Bailey's overall stats this season are: 7.6ppg, 2.9rpg and 3.5apg. He is a naturalized American. Despite Bailey played previously for the USA national team, he is also a former international player as he played for the Jamaican senior team two years ago.

Garry Gallimore
Garry Gallimore
   #7. Former international guard Garry Gallimore (192-84) was the major contributor in a CSM Bucuresti's victory against the second-ranked Timisoara (21-7) 92-80 in the Romanian Division A in Wednesday night's game. Gallimore scored 21 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 31 minutes. CS Municipal Bucuresti (19-9) is placed seventh in the Division A. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. Gallimore is currently ninth on the league's list of top scorers with 17.9ppg. He also averaged so far 4.5rpg, 2.1apg and 1.2spg in the 34 games. Despite Gallimore played previously for the Canadian university national team, he is currently in the Jamaican national team roster.

Jermaine Bucknor
Jermaine Bucknor
   #8. Forward Jermaine Bucknor (199-83, college: Richmond), who plays in the German BBL was not able to secure a victory for s Oliver Baskets (20-13) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Bucknor's good performance s Oliver Baskets was defeated in an overtime 91-80 in Ludwigsburg by the much lower-ranked EnBW (#15). He was the top scorer with 14 points. Bucknor also added 4 rebounds. His team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. Bucknor's overall stats this season are: 6.7ppg and 2.9rpg. Despite he played previously for the Canadian national team, Bucknor is currently in the Jamaican national team roster.

Sherman Gay
Sherman Gay
   #9. Former international power forward Sherman Gay (201-82, college: Loyola Mary) contributed to a Fos Ouest's victory against the 13th-ranked Nantes (13-18) 74-70 in the French ProB (second division) on Friday night. He was the top player that evening. Gay recorded 21 points, 7 rebounds and 2 blocks in 34 minutes. Fos Ouest Provence Basket (20-11) is placed fifth in the ProB. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. Gay is ranked first on the list of the best blockers in the league with 1.8bpg. This year his other stats are: 15.4ppg, 6.1rpg and 1.1apg in the 31 games. Gay is a naturalized American. Despite he played previously for the USA national team, Gay is currently in the Jamaican national team roster.

Corey Muirhead
Corey Muirhead
   #10. Forward Corey Muirhead (198-83, college: W.Carolina) couldn't help BK Pardubice (24-12) in their game against BC Kolin (22-24) in the Czech Republic NBL. He scored 8 points and grabbed 10 rebounds. The fourth-placed BK Pardubice was defeated 83-76 in Kolin by the lower-ranked BC Kolin (#5) in the A1 group. It's Muirhead's first season with the team. This year Muirhead has relatively solid stats: 10.4ppg, 5.9rpg, 1.9apg and 1.1spg. Despite he played previously for the Canadian national team, Muirhead is also a former international player as seven years ago he still played for the Jamaican senior national team.

   #11. Former international forward Ronald Yates (201-83, college: St.Peter's), who plays in the Swiss LNA couldn't help one of league's weakest teams Fribourg (4-1) in their last game. Despite his very good performance Fribourg lost 67-77 in Lugano to the leading Tigers. Yates was the top scorer with 17 points. He also added 4 rebounds in 29 minutes. Yates has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 15.3ppg, 6.1rpg, 2.2apg and 1.3spg in the 30 games. Yates is a naturalized American. Despite he played previously for the USA national team, Yates is currently in the Jamaican national team roster.

   #12. Former international center Kevin Young (206-84, college: Missouri) couldn't help Aishin Sea Horses in their game against Toyota Alvark in the Japanese JBL. He scored 8 points, had 10 rebounds and made 2 blocks. His team were defeated 69-61. Young's overall stats this season are: 8.3ppg and 6.6rpg. Despite he played previously for the USA national team, Young is currently in the Jamaican national team roster.

   #13. Former international center Jerome Jordan (213-86, college: Tulsa) managed to help New York Knicks in a victory against the New Jersey Nets 104-95 in the NBA in Wednesday night's game. He recorded only 2 points in 2 minutes on the court. This year Jordan's overall stats are: 1.5ppg and 1.2rpg in the 20 games. He used to play for the Jamaican national team six years ago.

   #14. Former international point guard Bryan Bailey (185-80, college: Bucknell) helped Artland Dragons win their game against the closely-ranked Eisbaeren Bremerhaven 91-76 in the German BBL last Saturday. Bailey scored only 2 points and added 3 assists. His total stats this season are: 6.3ppg and 2.2apg. Bailey is a naturalized American. He used to play for the Jamaican national team back in 2006.

   #15. International forward Ryan Reid (203-86, college: Florida St.) couldn't help Mets in their game against Vaqueros in the Puerto Rican BSN. Reid recorded only 4 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 14 minutes. His team lost in an overtime 71-80. This year his total stats are: 2.0ppg and 4.0rpg in the five games. Reid is a naturalized American. He is also in the roster of the Jamaican national team.



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Best Kenyan high school-players to play in tournament in the U.S. - by Kristian Santiago

Twelve players have been selected by U.S. scouts to compete in an international tournament in San Diego in June.
Coached by Smarts Olumbo and George Mayienga, the players will go up against teams from the U.S., Mexico, Germany and Spain.

The Roster:

Omari Mulumba (Laiser Hill)
Bull Bior (Laiser Hill)
Mwalimu Heri (Laiser Hill)
Eric Mutoro (Laiser Hill)
Martin Mugambi (Upper Hill)
Joseph Ongoro (Upper Hill)
Adrian Odhiambo (Upper Hill)
Oscar Muge (Maseno School)
James Wanjara (Maseno School)
Michael Maete (Alliance)
Hatib Rajab (Shimba Hills)
Victor Nyagudi (St Mary's)



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Standings - Superleague

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


Trepca gets to the Cup Final - by Dren Shporta

Trepca's players, have shown to the champions Sigal Prishtina that they are very strong, and if they find a chance they could destroy the opponent. That happened to Arben
Krasniqi's boys last night when they lost to Trepca in the first match of Cup Final Four.

Trepca has won against Sigal Prishtina with 87-76 result. Drilon Hajrizi (208-C-91) was again the man of the match for Mitrovica greens. He scored 27 points to break Sigal Prishtina and to leave
than without a first trophy of the season. He was also helped from international duo of Jaleel Nelson (18 points) and Emir Zimic (12 points, 5 blocks) to brake Trepca.

At the opponents from the capital, Siga Prishtina, nothing has worked as it should, while the main resistance to Neven Plantak boys came from John Gilchrist and Geral Inman with 24
and 13 points scored respectively.

Tonight is in programme the next semifinal match between Peja and Bashkimi. The winner will meet, in Cup Final, Trepca. Peja is the last team that have won the Kosovo Cup. They
have beat Sigal Prishtina in last year's final.



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AlSahel wins Kuwaiti Federation Basketball Cup 2012 - by Eurobasket News

AlSahel wins Kuwaiti Federation Basketball Cup 2012 as in the Final they edged AlJahra 92:79. The game was played at Hall AlNasar. In the game for the third place Kazma overcame AlQadsia 83:80.


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Saldus celebrate Bronze in LBL D2 - by Eurobasket News

Saldus earned the Bronze medals in the LBL Second Division. They overcame Liepaja 2 in the consolation final series. Saldus claimed two victories in a row to sweep the series. Janis Licitis (199-C-84) stepped up with 32 points and 12 rebounds to pace Saldus to the decisive 84:76 win tonight.
Saldus led by six points after the opening frame 25:19. But Liepaja 2 took over in the next two periods. They erupted for 44 points to narrow the deficit and eventually spur ahead. The visitors entered the final frame up by one point 63:62. But Saldus however responded with a 22:13 run in the final quarter to snatch a tough win at the end. Marcis Kenavs (192-F/G-89) notched 12 points, while Edgars Buikis (180-G-84) posted 10 points, 9 assists and 7 boards in the victory. Roberts Krastins (196-F-94) replied with 21 points and 9 rebounds for Liepaja 2. Renars Magone (201-F-92) chipped in 15 points in the loss.



Rinalds Sirsnins selected the top Latvian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Rinalds Sirsnins
Rinalds Sirsnins
   #1. This week's number one is former international point guard Rinalds Sirsnins (186-85, agency: Promotex), who plays in the Estonian KML. He could not help BC Rakvere (19-9) in their last game. Despite Sirsnins' very good performance BC Rakvere lost 84-92 on the road to the lower-ranked (#3) Kalev/Cramo. He was the top scorer with 26 points. Sirsnins also added 5 assists (made all of his eight free throws) in 32 minutes on the court. It was BC Rakvere's first loss after four consecutive victories. Sirsnins is currently fourth on the league's list of best passers with 3.7apg. He also averaged so far 13.1ppg, 3.1rpg, 1.5spg, 2FGP: 40.6%, 3FGP: 42.0% and FT: 86.1% in the 14 games he played so far. Sirsnins played for the Latvian senior national team two years ago.

Armands Skele
Armands Skele
   #2. Second place goes to former international guard Armands Skele (192-83) faced previously mentioned Rinalds Sirsnins in the Estonian KML last game. Skele led Kalev/Cramo to a victory over the closely-ranked BC Rakvere (19-9) 92-84. He was MVP of the game. Skele recorded 19 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists. This season Skele averages: 8.8ppg, 3.6rpg, 2.9apg, 1.9spg, 2FGP: 51.7%, 3FGP: 42.4% and FT: 41.2%. He played for the Latvian national team in 2009.

Kaspars Cipruss
Kaspars Cipruss
   #3. The Latvian player who performed third best last week abroad was former international center Kaspars Cipruss (210-82, agency: Interperformances) is a teammate of previously mentioned Rinalds Sirsnins and both played together in the last Estonian KML game. Cipruss, who plays in the Estonian KML. He was not able to help BC Rakvere (19-9) in their last game. Despite Cipruss' very good performance BC Rakvere lost 84-92 in Tallinn to the lower-ranked (#3) Kalev/Cramo. He had a double-double by scoring 19 points and getting 10 rebounds in 36 minutes. Cipruss is ranked fourth on the list of the top scorers in the league and also on the list of best rebounders (first place). He has individually a very good year with high stats. Cipruss averages: 16.8ppg, 10.2rpg, 2FGP: 65.6%(185-282), 3FGP: 25.0% and FT: 70.6% in the 30 games. He played for the Latvian national team four years ago.

Rolands Freimanis
Rolands Freimanis
   #4. Power forward Rolands Freimanis (207-88, agency: Players Group), who plays in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division) was not able to secure a victory for Girona FC (18-8) in their last game on Friday. Despite Freimanis' very good performance Girona FC was defeated 90-85 in Logrono by the lower-ranked CB Clavijo (#9). He was the top scorer with 23 points. Freimanis also added 7 rebounds and dished 5 assists. His team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And that game will be critical. Freimanis has relatively good stats this season: 13.0ppg and 5.9rpg. He is also Latvian national team player.

Juris Umbrasko
Juris Umbrasko
   #5. An experienced former international swingman Juris Umbrasko (197-79) is a teammate of previously mentioned Rinalds Sirsnins. He played also in the last Estonian KML game facing Kaspars Cipruss (above) in the other team. Umbrasko, who plays in the Estonian KML couldn't help BC Rakvere (19-9) in their last game. Despite his very good performance BC Rakvere lost 84-92 in Tallinn to the lower-ranked (#3) Kalev/Cramo. Umbrasko recorded 17 points in 33 minutes. This year Umbrasko has relatively solid stats: 11.3ppg, 4.1rpg, 1.8apg and 1.3spg in the 26 games. He used to play for the Latvian national team four years ago.

Janis Blums
Janis Blums
   #6. Guard Janis Blums (190-82) contributed to a Gescrap BB's victory against the ninth-ranked CAI Zaragoza (15-16) 68-57 in the Spanish ACB on Wednesday night. Blums recorded 7 points. 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. So now every game is very crucial. It's Blums' fourth season with the team. His overall stats this year are: 6.0ppg and 1.3rpg. Blums is an international player who is currently on the senior Latvian National Team roster.

Raitis Grafs
Raitis Grafs
   #7. Former international center Raitis Grafs (208-81, college: Valparaiso) helped Siauliai win their game against the closely-ranked Lietuvos rytas (18-4) 74-65 in the Lithuanian LKL in Tuesday night's game. He recorded 10 points in 25 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. BC Siauliai (16-6) is placed third in the LKL. It was his team's seventh consecutive victory in a row. This year Grafs' overall stats are: 7.6ppg and 3.4rpg in the eight games. He used to play for the Latvian national team two years ago.

Mareks Jurevicus
Mareks Jurevicus
   #8. Swingman Mareks Jurevicus (197-85) was the main contributor in an Assi Ostuni's victory against the closely-ranked S.Antimo (9-17) 75-69 in the Italian Lega2 (second division) last Sunday. Jurevicus was the best player in that game. He recorded 18 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. Assi Basket Ostuni (11-15) is placed 11th in the Lega2. They ended the 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 Jurevicus' first season with the team. Jurevicus has reliable stats this year: 13.6ppg, 4.3rpg, 1.8apg and 1.2spg. He plays currently for the Latvian national team.

Kaspars Kambala
Kaspars Kambala
   #9. Former international center Kaspars Kambala (206-78, agency: Alti Sport, college: UNLV), who plays in the Turkish TBL couldn't help Turk Telekom (12-17) in their last game. Despite Kambala's good performance Turk Telekom lost 71-83 in Bursa to the higher-ranked (#8) Tofas. He scored 10 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 21 minutes. Kambala's team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And now that game is quite important. Kambala averaged so far 10.8ppg and 4.8rpg in the 28 games. He used to play for the Latvian national team three years ago.

Edgard Jeromanovs
Edgard Jeromanovs
   #10. Point guard Edgard Jeromanovs (186-86) was the major contributor in a Norrkoping Dolphins' victory against the league leader Sodertalje Kings (23-13) 79-70 in the Swedish Basketligan in Thursday night's game. Jeromanovs scored 14 points. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Norrkoping Dolphins (23-13) is placed second in the Basketligan. Jeromanovs' total stats this season are: 9.8ppg, 2.8rpg, 3.6apg and 1.5spg. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Latvian National Team roster.

   #11. Former international guard Kristaps Valters (190-81) couldn't help Unicaja Malaga in their game against Regal FC Barcelona in the Spanish ACB. Valters scored 5 points in 5 minutes. His team was crushed by 32 points 89-57. This year Valters' total stats are: 9.7ppg, 1.6rpg and 2.4apg in the 27 games. He used to play for the Latvian national team three years ago.

   #12. Former international swingman Gary Gandel (203-80), who plays in the Israeli National League (second division) couldn't help Hod Hasharon (13-13) in their last game on Thursday. Despite Gandel's very good performance Hod Hasharon was defeated 99-94 at home by the second-ranked Beer Yaakov. He was the second best scorer with 19 points. Gandel also added 7 rebounds and dished 5 assists. This season Gandel has very high stats. He averages: 16.9ppg, 7.7rpg, 3.2apg and 1.7spg. Despite Gandel played previously for the Israeli national team, he is currently in the Latvian national team roster.

   #13. Former international forward Arturs Brunins (198-82) couldn't help Neptunas in their game against Siauliai in the Lithuanian LKL. Brunins scored 9 points in only 11 minutes. His team lost 92-102. Brunins has averaged so far 5.0ppg and 2.6rpg in the 25 games. Despite he played previously for the Israeli national team, Brunins is currently in the Latvian national team roster.

   #14. International forward Mareks Mejeris (207-91, also represented by Players Group) faced previously mentioned Rolands Freimanis in the Spanish LEB Gold last game. Mejeris helped CB Clavijo win their game against the closely-ranked Girona FC 90-85. He scored 10 points, had 4 rebounds and dished 4 assists. Mejeris has averaged so far 2.9ppg and 1.9rpg. Despite he played previously for the Israeli national team, Mejeris is currently in the Latvian national team roster.

   #15. Former U20 international forward Agnis Cavars (198-86) managed to help Mitteldeutscher BC Weissenfels in a victory against the closely-ranked Crailsheim Merlins crushing them 98-68 in the German ProA (second division) on Friday night. Cavars recorded only 3 points in 5 minutes on the court. This year Cavars averages just 3.3ppg in the 16 games. Worth to mention he played also at Eurobasket Summer League, which helped him get the job in pro basketball. He used to play for the Latvian U20 national team six years ago.



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Standings - Division A

Div.A Standings
 1. Champville 27-3 
 2. Al Riyadi 25-4 
 3. Anibal 18-11 
 4. Sagesse 16-14 
 5. Moutahed 13-17 
 6. Byblos 10-19 
 7. Bejjeh 8-18 
 8. Hoops 6-23 

Semi-Finals: Round 1

Apr. 26: Al Riyadi - Anibal 68-77
Apr. 27: Champville - Sagesse


Anibal upset Riyadi and win the first semi final game. - by Rabih Khoury

In the first game of the semi finals, Anibal put an extraordinary show to upset the Asian and Lebanese champions Riyadi. The visitors got an early 11-0 lead when Riyadi where out of focus in the first minutes of the game. Riyadi never lead in the game, and Anibal showed a great team work with all their players scoring, rebounding and assisting. Riyadi new comer, Andre Emmet couldn't fill Dewarick Spencer's place, even tough he had a great scoring night with 25pts but Spencer was a better fit for Riyadi because he can play on the PG position and can shoot more. Anibal will play the second game at home on saturday. Ghaleb Rida (192-G-81) had a great night, leading his team with 20pts. The stats are below:

Thursday April 26: Game 1

Riyadi 68-77 Anibal
Q1: 13-28, Q2: 31-43, Q3: 51-62, Q4: 68-77

Riyadi:
-Andre Emmett 25Pts, 3Rbs, 2Ass (11/22 FG + 1/4 3's + 2/2 FT) (Added 1 Steal + 5 TO) in 38 min
-Ismail Ahmad 18Pts, 6Rbs, 4Ass (8/18 FG + 1/7 3's + 1/2 FT) (Added 4 Steals + 4 TO & 1 Block) in 40 min
-Joe Vogel 10Pts, 5Rbs, 2Ass (4/10 FG + 2/6 3's) (Added 3 Blocks) in 28 min
-Jean Abdel Nour 6Pts, 4Rbs (3/5 FG + 0/2 3's) (Added 1 TO) in 27 min
-Omar Turk 5Pts, 5Rbs, 2Ass (1/1 FG + 1/1 3's + 2/2 FT) (Added 1 Steal + 1 TO) in 17 min
-Ali Mahmoud 2Pts, 2Rbs, 4Ass (1/4 FG + 0/3 3's) (Added 3 Steals + 2 TO) in 37 min
-William Pharis 2Pts, 1Ass (1/3 FG + 0/1 3's) in 7 min

Anibal:
-Ghaleb Reda 20Pts, 1Rbs, 1Ass (7/14 FG + 4/5 3's + 2/2 FT) (Added 3 Steals + 4 TO) in 36 min
-Leroy Hurd 18Pts, 7Rbs, 3Ass (6/14 FG + 2/7 3's + 4/5 FT) (Added 1 Steal + 3 TO & 1 Block) in 36 min
-Charles Tabet 14Pts, 4Rbs, 1Ass (6/9 FG + 2/2 FT) (Added 1 Steal) in 20 min
-Jay Youngblood 13Pts, 3Rbs, 5Ass (5/11 FG + 2/5 3's + 1/2 FT)
-Rodrigue Akl 6Pts, 8Rbs, 9Ass (3/6 FG + 0/1 3's) (Added 3 Steals + 3 TO) in 34 min
-Roy Samaha 2Pts, 2Rbs, 2Ass (1/2 FG + 0/2 FT) in 14 min
-Mazen Mneimneh 2Pts, 4Rbs (1/1 FG) (Added 1 TO) in 13 min
-Bachir Ammoury 2Pts, 2Rbs (1/2 FG) (Added 2 TO) in 9 min



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RKL Standings

RKL Standings
 1. Sakiu 22-4
 2. Taurages 22-4
 3. Plunges SM 21-5
 4. Birstono 17-9
 5. Klaipedos LCC 14-12
 6. Raseiniai 13-13
 7. Siauliu raj. 13-13
 8. Telsiu 13-13
 9. Siauliu S-A 12-14
 10. Panevezio B-A 12-14
 11. Neringos 10-16
 12. Birzu 9-17
 13. Kretinga 3-23
 14. Gargzdu 1-25
East
 1. Traku 16-2
 2. Alytus 15-3
 3. Elektrenu 14-4
 4. Zalgiris-Sabonio 2 13-5
 5. Prienu 7-11
 6. Liet.kur.rinktine 7-11
 7. Ignalinos 6-12
 8. M.Kadis 5-13
 9. Vilniaus k.m. 1-17
West
 1. Kauno Radijas 14-4
 2. KM Tornado 14-4
 3. Akmenes 13-5
 4. Pasvalio 11-7
 5. Kupiskio 10-8
 6. Kauno 10-8
 7. Panevezio O-K 7-11
 8. Anyksciu 6-12
 9. Jonavos 4-14
 10. Panevezio 1-17


Donatas Motiejunas selected the top Lithuanian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Donatas Motiejunas
Donatas Motiejunas
   #1. This week's number one is an international power forward Donatas Motiejunas (213-90, agency: Interperformances). He was the major contributor in an Asseco Prokom's victory against the second-ranked AZS Koszalin (22-16) crushing them 103-79 in the Polish PLK in Monday night's game. Motiejunas scored 23 points, grabbed 5 boards, handed out 5 passes and blocked 2 shots in 31 minutes on the court. It was the game of the round between two top 3 ranked teams in Group A. Asseco Prokom Gdynia (8-2) is placed first. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. It's Motiejunas' first season with the team. He has individually a very good year with high stats. Motiejunas averages: 17.5ppg, 6.8rpg, 1.3apg, 1.6spg, 2FGP: 51.2%, 3FGP: 34.2% and FT: 67.2% in the 12 games he played so far. He is currently a member of the Lithuanian senior national team.

Donatas Zavackas
Donatas Zavackas
   #2. Second place goes to former U20 international forward Donatas Zavackas (203-80, college: Pittsburgh). Zavackas led VEF Riga to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Latvijas Universitate (12-14) crushing them 112-47 in a derby game in the Latvian LBL last Friday. He scored 20 points, grabbed 8 boards, dished 3 assists and stole 4 balls. VEF Riga (15-1) is placed second in the LBL. It was his team's ninth consecutive victory in a row. Zavackas has relatively good stats this season: 13.0ppg, 6.9rpg, 2.3apg, 1.6spg, 2FGP: 62.5%(15-24), 3FGP: 58.1%(18-31) and FT: 76.9%. He played for the Lithuanian U20 national team in 2000.

Sarunas Jasikevicius
Sarunas Jasikevicius
   #3. The Lithuanian player who performed third best last week abroad was an experienced international guard Sarunas Jasikevicius (192-76, college: Maryland). Jasikevicius led Panathinaikos to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Kolossos (16-8) crushing them 102-71 in the Greek A1 on Thursday night. He scored 14 points and added 7 passes in a mere 18 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Panathinaikos Athens (22-2) is placed second in the A1. It was his team's eighth consecutive victory in a row. This year Jasikevicius' overall stats are: 8.4ppg, 3.2apg, 2FGP: 58.0%(65-112), 3FGP: 46.4%(26-56) and FT: 75.0% in the 28 games. He is also a member of the Lithuanian senior national team.

Ksistof Lavrinovic
Ksistof Lavrinovic
   #4. Center Ksistof Lavrinovic (210-79) led Montepaschi Siena to an easy victory against the 11th-ranked Air Avellino (13-17) crushing them 109-79 in the Italian SerieA in Thursday night's game. Lavrinovic scored 11 points and grabbed 9 rebounds. Montepaschi Siena (22-7) is placed first in the SerieA. It was his team's fourth 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. Lavrinovic is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fifth year in Montepaschi Siena's roster. His total stats this season are: 9.6ppg and 5.4rpg. Lavrinovic is also Lithuanian national team player.

Linas Kleiza
Linas Kleiza
   #5. Former international forward Linas Kleiza (203-85, college: Missouri), who plays in the NBA could not help the Toronto Raptors (23-43) in their last game. Despite his very good performance the Toronto Raptors lost 86-92 on the road to the Milwaukee Bucks. Kleiza was the second best scorer with 15 points. He also added 9 rebounds in 29 minutes. It was Raptors' fourth consecutive loss in a row. The Regular Season already ended in the NBA. This year Kleiza has relatively solid stats: 9.7ppg and 4.1rpg in the 49 games. He used to play for the Lithuanian national team two years ago.

Ramunas Siskauskas
Ramunas Siskauskas
   #6. Guard Ramunas Siskauskas (197-78) contributed to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Khimky (15-3) 91-72 in the Russian PBL on Tuesday night. Siskauskas scored 9 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. 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 now that game is very crucial. Siskauskas has been at the team for five years. His total stats this season are: 7.1ppg, 2.1rpg, 1.5apg and 1.1spg. Siskauskas is a former international player as he played for the Lithuanian senior team two years ago.

Antanas Kavaliauskas
Antanas Kavaliauskas
   #7. Former University international center Antanas Kavaliauskas (208-84, also represented by Interperformances, college: Texas A&M) is a teammate of previously mentioned Donatas Zavackas and both played together in the last Latvian LBL game. Kavaliauskas led VEF Riga to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Latvijas Universitate (12-14) crushing them 112-47 in a derby game. He scored 16 points and grabbed 9 rebounds in a mere 19 minutes. Kavaliauskas has reliable stats this year: 12.3ppg, 5.3rpg and 1.2apg in the 12 games. He used to play for the Lithuanian university national team five years ago.

Darjus Lavrinovic
Darjus Lavrinovic
   #8. Center Darjus Lavrinovic (212-79) is a teammate of previously mentioned Ramunas Siskauskas. But that was another game of his team in Russian PBL which we would like to mention. Lavrinovic contributed to an easy victory against the eighth-ranked Krasnie Krilya (7-11) crushing them 98-63. He scored 8 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. CSKA Moscow (17-1) is placed first in the PBL. It was his team's 13th consecutive victory in a row. Lavrinovic's total stats this season are: 7.9ppg and 3.9rpg. He plays currently for the Lithuanian national team.

Martynas Gecevicius
Martynas Gecevicius
   #9. International guard Martynas Gecevicius (193-88) contributed to an easy victory against the fifth-ranked Panionios (14-10) 83-67 in a derby game in the Greek A1 on Tuesday night. Gecevicius recorded 10 points in 20 minutes. Olympiacos S.F.P. Pireus (23-1) is placed first in the A1. It was his team's 20th consecutive victory in a row. This year Gecevicius' total stats are: 8.3ppg, 1.4rpg and 1.1apg in the 24 games. He is also in the roster of the Lithuanian national team.

Martynas Pocius
Martynas Pocius
   #10. Guard Martynas Pocius (196-86, another player represented by Interperformances, college: Duke) contributed to a 3-point Real Madrid's victory against the tenth-ranked Assignia Manresa (14-17) 96-93 in the Spanish ACB in Thursday night's game. Pocius recorded 8 points and added 3 assists. Real Madrid (24-7) is placed second in the ACB. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be important. Pocius has averaged so far 6.2ppg and 1.9rpg. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Lithuanian National Team roster.

   #11. International guard Rimantas Kaukenas (192-77, college: Seton Hall) is a teammate of previously mentioned Ksistof Lavrinovic. However that was another game of his team in Italian SerieA which brought him to that list. Kaukenas contributed to a Montepaschi Siena's victory against the closely-ranked Scavolini Pesaro 85-81. He recorded 9 points in 15 minutes. Kaukenas' stats this year are: 11.1ppg, 1.8rpg and 1.4apg in the nine games. He plays currently for the Lithuanian national team.

   #12. International guard Benas Veikalas (192-83, college: Metro St.) led Telekom Baskets to a victory over one of league's weakest teams LTi 46ers crushing them 76-56 in the German BBL on Saturday night. Veikalas was MVP of the game. He scored 14 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. Veikalas averaged so far 13.3ppg, 3.5rpg and 1.8apg. He is also in the roster of the Lithuanian national team.

   #13. Former University international center Michailis Anisimovas (214-84), who plays in the Ukrainian Superleague was not able to help Budivelnyk (30-9) in their last game. Despite Anisimovas' very good performance Budivelnyk was edged in an overtime 99-98 in Odessa by the lower-ranked (#7) BC Odessa. He scored 15 points in a mere 19 minutes. Anisimovas averaged so far 10.4ppg and 3.8rpg in the 42 games. Despite he played previously for the Ukrainian national team, Anisimovas is currently in the Lithuanian university national team roster.

   #14. Former international forward Mantas Griskenas (200-85, college: Wichita St.) helped Sodertalje Kings win their game against the closely-ranked Norrkoping Dolphins 96-78 in the Swedish Basketligan last Tuesday. He recorded 20 points and grabbed 8 rebounds. Griskenas averaged so far 12.3ppg, 5.6rpg and 1.2apg. Despite he played previously for the Ukrainian national team, Griskenas is currently in the Lithuanian national team roster.

   #15. Former international power forward Tautvydas Lydeka (208-83) helped Scavolini Pesaro win their game against the closely-ranked Banco di Sardegna Sassari 89-81 in the Italian SerieA on Sunday night. He scored 9 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 26 minutes. Lydeka has averaged so far 7.8ppg and 4.9rpg in the 29 games. Despite he played previously for the Ukrainian national team, Lydeka is currently in the Lithuanian national team roster.



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Standings - Nationale 2

N2 Stage Two Standings
Play-offs
 1. Contern 23-2
 2. Black Star 20-5
 3. Bascharage 15-10
 4. BC Mess 14-11
 5. Grengewald 13-12
 6. Racing 10-15
Play-out
 1. Mondorf 12-12
 2. Red Miners 10-14
 3. Kordall Steelers 3-21
 4. Pall Aren 3-21
Stage One Standings


AB Contern name Brian Carroll head coach - by Eurobasket News

AB Contern will have a change on the bridge. Brian Carroll will take over the team in the next season. He will replace Mark Reed . Brian Carroll worked with Grengewald and Soleuvre previously. AB Contern spent the last season in the second league. However they managed to win promotion to Diekirch League.
AB Contern will be also reinforced by Laurent Majerus (203-C-90). The centre spent one season overseas studying in Canada. In 2009/10 season Laurent Majerus tallied 3.1 points and 2.5 rebounds per game for AB Contern. He has also been the member of Luxembourg National Team since 2010.



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Madagascar/U-22 Basket ball tournament: Analamanga achieve hat trick - by Eurobasket News

The U-22 male Basketball club, Analamanga has won the youths national basketball challenge that ended last weekend at the Mahamasina sports complex. It is the third consecutive title for the boys of Analamanga who defeated Bongolava 78-77. Meanwhile, in the ladies, the title was won by Boeny. They beat the female side of Analamanga 72-48. Ronald Rakotondriambelo and Jeanne Razafindrasoa were elected best players of the tournament while Amoronis Tojo Valimbavaka was made highest goal scorer. The best fair play prize was attributed to Atsimo-Andrefana club while the coach the male side of Boeny was elected best coach.
The coach of Analamanga, Bayard Razafindralambo described his teams victory as wonderful despite the recent recruitment of new players.
On his part, the coach of the ladies of Boeny, Hyacinthe Andrianjafy lauded the efforts of his players and pledged another win at the 4th edition of the competition.

Courtesy of: StarAfrica.com



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Standings - 1A

1A Stage Two Standings
S-League
 1. Buducnost 9-1
 2. Mornar Bar 7-3
 3. Sutjeska 6-4
 4. Lovcen 4-6
 5. Teodo Tivat 2-8
 6. Ulcinj 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

Semi-Finals: Round 1

May. 2: Buducnost - Lovcen
May. 2: Mornar Bar - Sutjeska


Superleague regular season is over, Buducnost is No.1 - by Eurobasket News

Regular season in Montenegrin top division for men is officially over. Buducnost Voli is No.1 with almost perfect 9-1 record. In the last round they handed huge 100-53 loss to Sutjeska. Vladimir Mihailovic (193-G-90) nailed 17 points for the hosts and Jermaine Anderson (188-G-83, college: Fordham) had 12. Vladan Jocovic (211-C-82) delivered 16 points for the guests. Also in the last round, Mornar Bar was better than Teodo 88-70 and Ulcinj outplayed Lovcen 78-72. Buducnost, Mornar, Sutjeska and Lovcen advanced to the Playoff Semifinals. The format is best-of-three. Pairs are Buducnost - Lovcen and Mornar - Sutjeska. Buducnost and Mornar will have a home court advantage in their series.
Before the Montenegrin league Semifinals, Buducnost Voli will play at the Final Four Tournament of Adriatic league. They will meet Maccabi on Saturday.

Round 10
Apr. 25: Ulcinj - Lovcen 78-72
Apr. 24: Mornar Bar - Teodo Tivat 88-70
Apr. 24: Buducnost - Sutjeska 100-53


Final standings
1. Buducnost 9-1
2. Mornar Bar 7-3
3. Sutjeska 6-4
4. Lovcen 4-6
5. Teodo Tivat 2-8
6. Ulcinj 2-8



Nikola Pekovic is the new Timberwolves all-time single-season FG% record holder - by Darko Pekic

Nikola Pekovic (210-C-86, agency: Beo Basket) finished his second NBA season with a 56.1 Field Goal Percentage - 3rd in NBA for 2012. He will finish as the Minnesota Timberwolves all-time single-season FG% record holder passing Kevin Garnett (211-F-76) (52.6% in 2005).

Pekovic who is the product of Jadran Vujacic and KK Junior basketball school completed the season with career highs in various cathegories. He averaged 13.8 ppg and 7.3 rpg in 46 games. He started the season in Partizan Belgrade where he also had solid numbers and after the end of lock out he moved back to United States. Pekovic is a regular member of the Montenegrin National Team but he will probably not be able to help his national team in the European qualification battle next summer (ankle surgery).



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Standings

NBA Standings
Eastern Conference
Atlantic Div.
 1. Boston C. 39-27
 2. New York K. 36-30
 3. Philadelph.76 35-31
 4. Toronto R. 23-43
 5. New Jersey N. 22-44
Central Div.
 1. Chicago B. 50-16
 2. Indiana P. 42-24
 3. Milwaukee B. 31-35
 4. Detroit P. 25-41
 5. Cleveland C. 21-45
Southeast Div.
 1. Miami Heat 46-20
 2. Atlanta H. 40-26
 3. Orlando M. 37-29
 4. Washington W. 20-46
 5. Charlotte B. 7-59
Western Conference
Northwest Div.
 1. Oklah.City T. 47-19
 2. Denver N. 38-28
 3. Utah Jazz 36-30
 4. Portland TB 28-38
 5. Minnesota T. 26-40
Pacific Div.
 1. LA Lakers 41-25
 2. LA Clippers 40-26
 3. Phoenix Suns 33-33
 4. Golde State W. 23-43
 5. Sacramento K. 22-44
Southwest Div.
 1. San Antonio S. 50-16
 2. Memphis G. 41-25
 3. Dallas M. 36-30
 4. Houston R. 34-32
 5. N.Orleans H. 21-45

Regular Season: Round 120

Apr. 26: Toronto R. - New Jersey N. 98-67
Apr. 26: Utah Jazz - Portland TB 96-94
Apr. 26: Memphis G. - Orlando M. 88-76
Apr. 26: Boston C. - Milwaukee B. 87-74
Apr. 26: Houston R. - N.Orleans H. 84-77
Apr. 26: Charlotte B. - New York K. 84-104
Apr. 26: Sacramento K. - LA Lakers 113-96
Apr. 26: Detroit P. - Philadelph.76 108-86
Apr. 26: Chicago B. - Cleveland C. 107-75
Apr. 26: Atlanta H. - Dallas M. 106-89
Apr. 26: Washington W. - Miami Heat 104-70
Apr. 26: Minnesota T. - Denver N. 102-131
Apr. 26: Golde State W. - San Antonio S. 101-107

1/8 Finals: Round 1

East

Apr. 28: Chicago B. - Philadelph.76
Apr. 28: Miami Heat - New York K.
Apr. 28: Indiana P. - Orlando M.
Apr. 29: Atlanta H. - Boston C.

West

Apr. 28: Oklah.City T. - Dallas M.
Apr. 29: San Antonio S. - Utah Jazz
Apr. 29: LA Lakers - Denver N.
Apr. 29: Memphis G. - LA Clippers


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. Cousins, Sacramen.11.0 
 5. Humphries, New J.11.0 
 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: 11.7
 1. Rondo, Boston C.11.7 
 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. Miller, Denver N.6.7 
Steals Per Game
 Chris PAUL
  LA Clippers
  (183-PG-85)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Paul, LA Clippers2.5 
 2. Conley, Memphis G.2.2 
 3. Rubio, Minnesot.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. Hibbert, Indiana P.2.0 
 5. Jordan, LA Clippers2.0 
 6. Gasol, Memphis G.1.9 
 7. Bynum, LA Lakers1.9 
 8. Smith, Atlanta H.1.8 
 9. Biyombo, Charlott.1.8 
 10. Jefferson, Utah1.7 


Beno Udrih will pick up $7 million player option - by Eurobasket News

Earlier this season, Beno Udrih (6'5''-PG-82) said he might not pick up the $7.32 million option on his contract for next season.

At the time, Udrih was obviously upset about his lack of playing time. Today, he still isnt exactly a happy camper, especially considering hes averaging only 18 minutes a game compared to 35 minutes last season when he played for Sacramento.

But Udrih fully realizes his market value has taken a major hit and that he wouldnt come anywhere close to making $7 million as an unrestricted free agent this summer.

As such, Udrih, the Bucks second-highest paid player, said he will pick up the player option for next season.

Courtesy of www.journaltimes.com



Warriors G Stephen Curry underwent ankle surgery, out 3-4 months - by Eurobasket News

Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (6'3''-PG-88, college: Davidson) underwent ankle surgery on Wednesday and is expected to be able to resume basketball activities in 3-4 months.

The Associated Press has the details.

Arthroscopic surgery on Stephen Curry's troublesome right ankle Wednesday revealed a stable ankle with no structural damage. The Warriors said the operation performed by Dr. Richard Ferkel in Southern California consisted of cleaning out loose debris and scar tissue and deemed the operation successful.

The surgery went about as well as we could have hoped for entering the procedure, Ferkel said in a statement. We were pleased that the surgery was limited to simply a cleaning out procedure and I anticipate that he'll be ready before for the start of training camp.

Curry sprained his ankle multiple times this season after spending the 2011 lockout rehabilitating from a previous surgery on the ankle, which addressed a tendon issue. He appeared in just 26 games for the Warriors this season and hasn't played since Mar. 11.

His early recovery timeline should have him ready to go by 2012 training camp. That's huge because the Warriors are his team now following a trade deadline move that sent fellow starting guard Monta Ellis to the Milwaukee Bucks in a package that garnered center Andrew Bogut in return. One of the league's best pure shooters, Curry has star potential if he can ever stay on the court.

Curry, 24, averaged 14.7 points, 5.3 assists, 3.4 rebounds and 1.5 steals per game for the Warriors this season, his third year in the NBA. The Warriors are 23-42 on the year and have been eliminated from the 2012 NBA playoffs for some time.

Courtesy of www.cbssports.com



Camby lists Rockets as first choice in upcoming free agency - by Eurobasket News

Houston at top of Camby's list

Marcus Camby (6'11''-C/F-74, college: Massachusetts) said he expects to have options as a free agent. But after roughly six weeks with the Rockets, he considers them his first choice.

'I would like to be here, but I understand the NBA is a business', the center said. 'A lot of suitors are going to be trying to reach out. This is where I want to be. So hopefully, we can make something work.'



No playoffs, no gain for players

With his team having failed to finish among the top eight in the Western Conference, coach Kevin McHale rues the fact the Rockets wont get the valuable experience that comes with playing in the postseason.

The frustrating part is we didnt finish the season off with what we had to do to get in the playoffs, McHale said. We should be practicing, playing tomorrow and being excited to get in a playoff series and feel what that is like. We should feel the heat of going against one of the top seeds in their building. Thats how you get better. Until you go do that, theres no experience like actually doing it.



An opportunity to clear bench

The Rockets expect to finish the season Thursday with Chandler Parsons (shoulder) and Marcus Camby (back) out, along with Kyle Lowry and Kevin Martin. The absences could mean extended playing time for rookie Marcus Morris and the Rockets NBA Development players.

Well play some different lineups, play some different guys, try to incorporate some of the new guys a little bit, said coach Kevin McHale.



Winning record within reach

With the Rockets at 33-32, players said Wednesdays practice, the last of the season, was business as usual, other than the handful of players sitting out and the taking of the team photo beforehand.

We still want to finish strong and get this last win for our fans, guard Courtney Lee said.

Courtesy of http://blog.chron.com



Paul Pierce sprains his left big toe - by Eurobasket News

Boston Celtics forward Paul Pierce (6'7''-F/G-77, college: Kansas) knocked down his first two shots and then headed to the locker room less than three minutes into Thursday night's finale against the Milwaukee Bucks with what the team said was a sprained left big toe.

Pierce returned in the second quarter but did not play in the second half. He came out for warmups and then headed to the locker room.

He was replaced by Mickael Pietrus at the 9:43 mark. Pietrus did Pierce one better, making his first three shots.

The Celtics open their first-round playoff series against the Atlanta Hawks on Sunday.

Courtesy of ESPN



David Lee faces surgery on torn abdominal muscle - by Eurobasket News

Warriors forward David Lee (6'9''-F-83, agency: Priority Sports, college: Florida) will have surgery to repair a torn abdominal muscle Thursday, a day after Stephen Curry had ankle surgery and a day before Andrew Bogut has surgery.

Lee has missed the past seven games with what the Warriors' medical staff diagnosed as a strained groin and a stress reaction. He flew to Philadelphia and met Wednesday with Dr. William Meyers, who said Lee needed surgery.

Curry has missed 40 games with five separate severe sprains of the right ankle he had surgically repaired in May. He had an exploratory procedure performed by Dr. Richard Ferkel on Wednesday in Van Nuys (Los Angeles County).

The surgery revealed a stable ankle with no structural damage and consisted of cleaning out loose debris and scar tissue, the Warriors said. Curry could be cleared for on-court activities in three or four months.

'The surgery went about as well as we could have hoped for,' Ferkel said.

Ferkel also will perform an arthroscopic procedure on Bogut's ankle on Friday. The center hasn't played since fracturing his left ankle Jan. 25.

Courtesy of www.sfgate.com



Deron Williams said seeing Nets Brooklyn arena this week helped put him in good mood - by Eurobasket News

Deron Williams (6'3''-PG-84, college: Illinois) was in a good mood before the Nets' shootaround today at the Air Canada Centre - perhaps the happiest he's been all season long. The long, frustrating season ends tonight for the Nets and Williams, and there's a certain 'last day of school'' feeling around the team, which closes the regular season tonight against the Toronto Raptors.

But it may not be just that feeling that has Williams in a good mood. Part of the reason the free agent-to-be is feeling good apparently stems from a visit he made to Brooklyn Tuesday with teammate Jordan Farmar and Nets general manager Billy King. The three visited the still-under-construction Barclays Center, where the Nets will play next season and Williams admitted he was impressed with what he saw.

'It was great, it was great,'' Williams said of the new arena. 'Its definitely taking shape. It was looking nice, its going to be a special arena.''

Williams said seeing the arena -- he tweeted pictures of the inside of it -- helped put him in a better mood and helped the Nets' case to re-sign him this summer.

'Ive got some big decisions to make,'' he said. 'I think going to Brooklyn helped me see the vision again, so well see what happens.''

He was asked if there were times during the season when he lost that vision of the Nets' future.

'Oh yeah,'' he said. 'There were times this year where it was difficult to see. Very much so, especially when youre on the court.''

Williams also said he spoke to his friend, Dwight Howard, the day Howard had back surgery to repair a herniated disc.

'Hes doing good,'' Williams said of Howard. 'He's sore, hes in bed. He wants to get up out of bed. But back surgery, I think you got to stay in bed for a little bit.''

Williams said he thinks Howard is definitely out for the Summer Olympics in London, and admitted there is concern about how Howard will recover from his operation.

'Back surgerys always tough, depending on what it is,'' Williams said. 'Im not too familiar with what hes had. D-Steve (DeShawn Stevenson) had back surgery and he talked about it, you know he didnt really jump the same after that.

'Dwights a little different specimen, though.''

Williams will miss his fifth straight game with a sore right calf, and he's not the only one sitting out. Shelden Williams (hyperextended right knee) will miss his fourth straight game, and also out are Kris Humphries (sore right big toe) and Gerald Wallace (tight left hamstring). The Nets will dress the minimum eight players for the game. Sundiata Gaines, MarShon Brooks, Gerald Green, DeShawn Stevenson and Jordan Williams will start; Anthony Morrow, Armon Johnson and Johan Petro are available off the bench.

Courtesy of www.nj.com



Charlotte Bobcats are worst NBA team ever - by Eurobasket News

Michael Jordan's (6'7''-F-63, college: N.Carolina) No. 23, long synonymous with greatness, now has a completely different meaning for him.

As Jordan watched from his luxury box Thursday night, his Charlotte Bobcats lost their 23rd consecutive game and finished the lockout-shortened season with the worst winning percentage in NBA history (.106). That means the man recognized globally as the greatest basketball player ever is the not-so-proud owner of the worst NBA team ever.

A spectacular resume that includes six NBA championships and five league MVP awards would also include one very forgettable season for the record book.

The previous record was set 39 years ago when, in a full season, the 1972-73 Philadelphia 76ers finished 9-73 (.110).

After Thursday's 104-84 loss to the New York Knicks, the Bobcats finished a with a woeful 7-59 win-loss record and they are every bit as bad as the numbers indicate.

They're last in league scoring and shooting percentage. They lost 22 games by 20 points or more. It's hard to decide what's worse, their offense or their defense.

This year's Bobcats were everything Jordan wasn't as a player unproductive, uncompetitive and unwatchable.

Jordan told the Charlotte Observer newspaper this week that he knew this was going to be a trying year, but didn't expect it would be this bad.

'But did we want to chase the most pingpong balls (in the May 30 draft lottery)? No way,' Jordan told the newspaper. 'Ever since I've owned the team I think we've made some very positive moves on the business side. We had to make a difficult decision to turn over the talent. This year the talent we had didn't respond, but that doesn't cause me to turn my back on the plan.'

While Jordan was sticking to his plan, the Bobcats were painful to watch.

No one on the roster comes close to having Jordan's charisma not to mention his ability to dominate. They lack a face for the franchise, at least on the court.
And all that's on Jordan.

His reputation as an executive continues to take hit after hit, just the way he used to make game-winning shot after shot.

Jordan's questionable decision-making has landed the Hall of Famer at the center of a debate about which former star turned NBA executive has done the worst job.

Jordan spent a season-and-a-half in Washington as team president and later as a part-time player. And while the Wizards were attractive at the box office, they were horrible as a team and owner Abe Pollin ultimately fired Jordan.

Jordan was criticized for trading Juwan Howard and Richard Hamilton, drafting Kwame Brown with the No. 1 overall pick and signing Larry Hughes to a big contract. He resurfaced as a minority owner with the Bobcats in 2006 and assumed control of basketball decisions under the watch of former team owner Bob Johnson.

Yet poor personnel decisions continued to plague him.

The Bobcats swung and missed on draft picks Adam Morrison and Alexis Ajinca. They traded away a first-round pick to get Tyrus Thomas, who's been a flop and is still owed $26 million over the next three seasons.

The Bobcats managed to reach the playoffs two years ago under Jordan who became majority owner in March 2010 but after being swept in four games by the Orlando Magic he decided to blow up the roster and start over.

The top six players from that team Stephen Jackson (San Antonio), Gerald Wallace (New Jersey), Raymond Felton (Portland), Boris Diaw (Sacramento), Nazr Mohammed (Oklahoma City) and Tyson Chandler (New York) have been either traded or waived.

'We were vying for that eighth and ninth spot and we looked at that and said, 'How can we get to be one of those one, two, three or four teams?'' Jordan said in December. 'To do that, you have to grab assets and that's what we did. We had to create flexibility.'

At the time, Jordan asked fans to be patient, knowing it would take time to reload, but even he couldn't have imagined this big of a mess.

'I think this is not a wasted season because who knows how good we can be?' Jordan said before it started. 'We've got some good pieces that can help us get to the playoffs. I'm not waiting until next year. I think we have a good quality basketball team this year.'

The won-loss column says otherwise.

Jordan led the Bulls to an NBA-record 72 wins during the 1995-96 regular season. Meanwhile, the Bobcats are 185-290 in six seasons under Jordan and have only made the postseason once. They've never won a playoff game.
Charlotte became the butt of jokes this season.

'It has been tough, but we are just trying to move forward,' guard D.J. Augustin said before Thursday's loss. 'Many people are laughing at us and making (the losing streak) as a joke, but we take it very seriously. We are just trying to stay positive and play hard until the end.'

Even Jordan's friends and colleagues have been critical of his job performance.

'I don't know if he has hired enough people around him who he will listen to,' NBA analyst Charles Barkley said during a radio interview on ESPN. 'One thing about being famous is the people around you. You pay all their bills so they very rarely disagree with you because they want you to pick up the check. They want to fly around on your private jet so they never disagree with you. I don't think Michael has hired enough people around him who will disagree.'

One thing everyone can agree on: This was not a season the Bobcats want to remember.

Courtesy of www.guardian.co.uk



OKC's James Harden cleared to play in Playoffs - by Eurobasket News

Oklahoma City Thunder guard James Harden (6'5''-G-89, college: Arizona St.) has officially been cleared to play in the playoffs.

According to Thunder Head Coach Scott Brooks, Harden passed all NBA concussion tests and evaluations on Wednesday.

Harden will not play in Wednesday's final regular season game against the Denver Nuggets, but now that he has the NBA's clearance, he will be available to play in the playoffs.

The 6'5 guard suffered a concussion in the second quarter of Sunday's game against the Lakers when L.A. forward Metta World Peace violently struck Harden in the head with his elbow after celebrating his dunk. World Peace was issued a flagrant foul two and ejected from the game.

On Tuesday, the league suspended Metta World Peace for seven games without pay for the flagrant foul.

Since being hit in the head during the game, Harden was listed as day-to-day until Coach Brooks made the announcement in a pre-game interview on Wednesday.

Courtesy of www.newson6.com



Kevin Durant wins NBA scoring title, again - by Eurobasket News

The Los Angeles Lakers sat out Kobe Bryant (6'6''-G-78) from Thursday's regular-season finale at the Sacramento Kings, and that locked up the NBA scoring title for Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant (6'9''-G/F-88, college: Texas) for the third year in a row.

Durant would have won anyway if Bryant, having recently come back from a right shin injury, had scored 37 or fewer points. Against the Kings, who knows, maybe Bryant claims his third scoring title. He scored 38 or more points seven times this season.

Instead, Durant ends the regular season at 28.0 points per game to Bryant's 27.9. Durant sealed it with a 32-point effort in 40 minutes Wednesday's 106-101 road loss to the Denver Nuggets.

Bryant is not the only Laker sitting it out. In addition to suspended forward Metta World Peace, center Andrew Bynum and forward Pau Gasol also will rest ahead of the Lakers' start to the postseason Sunday at home.

Los Angeles will open against the Nuggets or the defending champion Dallas Mavericks, who knocked out the Lakers last postseason. The Lakers took the season series 3-1 against Denver and 4-0 against Dallas.

The Thunder will open the postseason against one of the same two teams and won the season series against both, 2-1 against Denver and 3-1 against Dallas.

Courtesy of www.floridatoday.com



Exciting Thursday (13 games): Regular season is over - by Eurobasket News

Detroit P. - Philadelph.76 108-86
Ben Gordon (6'2''-G-83, college: Connecticut) scored 26 points, including eight 3-pointers, to help the Detroit Pistons rout the short-handed Philadelphia 76ers 108-86 Thursday night in the season finale. Philadelphia entered the game with a mathematical chance at the Eastern Conference's seventh seed, but didn't make much of an effort. Elton Brand, Andre Iguodala, Thaddeus Young and Lou Williams all sat out the game in order to rest for Saturday's postseason opener against top-seeded Chicago. Spencer Hawes led the 76ers with 16, while Jodie Meeks had 15. The night was filled with tributes to Detroit's Ben Wallace, who announced his retirement earlier in the season. Wallace, who set an NBA record for games by an undrafted player, finished with seven points and a season-high 12 rebounds. Wallace left the game late in the third quarter, but checked back in for the final 90 seconds as the crowd chanted 'We Want Ben!' The Pistons led 26-15 lead after the first quarter and blew the game open in the second. Detroit tied an NBA record with 11 3-pointers in the quarter, including a franchise-record seven from Gordon, and led 65-43 at halftime. Gordon hit another long jumper at the end of the third quarter - his first 2-point shot of the game - to give the Pistons a 86-66 advantage heading into the final 12 minutes. *Courtesy of www.ktvn.com

Boston C. - Milwaukee B. 87-74
Ryan Hollins (6'11''-C-84, college: UCLA) for a number of stretches on Thursday, was the best player on the floor. That tells you all you need to know about the Boston Celtics' 87-74 win over Milwaukee, a game in which the Bucks had nothing to gain or lose -- and for the most part, played that way. Meanwhile, the Celtics had a slim chance of gaining home court advantage in the first round of the playoffs with a win and a loss by Atlanta, but the Hawks were able to beat defending NBA champion Dallas Mavericks and will host Games 1 and 2 of their first round playoff series with the Celtics which begins in Atlanta on Sunday. In addition to the win, the Celtics showed tangible signs of getting most of the gang back healthy for what they anticipate will be a long playoff run. Mickael Pietrus and Rajon Rondo each returned to the lineup, and showed no signs of rust despite the lengthy lay-off. Pietrus made his first three shots, and finished with nine points. And Rondo delivered yet another double-digit assist game with 15. Rondo, the NBA's leader in assists this season, has now had 10 or more assists in 24 straight games -- five short of tying the record set by Utah's John Stockton in 1992. Boston's Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett did start the game, but both spent the entire second half on the bench. The C's got a bit of a scare in the first half when Pierce had to leave the game with a left big toe injury that was expected to keep him out for the rest of the game. Instead, Pierce returned and ultimately wound up playing about six minutes, tallying 12 points on 5-for-7 shooting. Garnett was on the floor for 11 minutes, missing five of his six shot attempts. While the Celtics are closer to being whole heading into the playoffs, there's still a big piece of their roster -- Ray Allen -- still missing. He has now missed nine straight with a right ankle injury, which has put his availability for the playoffs very much in doubt. But that's what made these games near the end of the season so valuable for Boston. While most of the games that played extended minutes in the last week or so probably won't see nearly as much time in the playoffs, it's a good sign that they were ready to play when given an opportunity. 'We don't know who will be in the rotation for the playoffs,' said Celtics guard Keyon Dooling. 'At the end of the day, they may need us for three minutes, four minutes here or there. We want to be able to contribute, whether it's on the defensive end, in the hustle category, whether we have to make a shot, whatever it is you have to be mentally tuned in and focused and you can't think about your own personal situation. You have to be bigger than that. That's what's different about this team. That's what's so awesome about this team. It's all about progressing.' *Courtesy of www.csnne.com

Sacramento K. - LA Lakers 113-96
DeMarcus Cousins (6'11''-C/F-90, agency: SportsTalent, college: Kentucky) had 23 points and 19 rebounds, Tyreke Evans scored 17 points and the Sacramento Kings beat the Los Angeles Lakers' backups 113-96 Thursday night in the regular-season finale for both teams. Kobe Bryant sat out along with four other Lakers' starters, conceding the NBA scoring title to Oklahoma City's Kevin Durant. He needed 38 points to boost his average above Durant's 28 points per game. Instead, Bryant decided to rest up for another championship chase. Los Angeles opens its first-round playoff series Sunday at home against Denver. Sacramento finished 22-44 in the lockout-shortened season. At the very least, Kings fans have the promise of the franchise staying in the city next year - but nothing more. The atmosphere in Sacramento had a remarkably different feel than last season's Lakers-Kings finale. At that game on April 13, 2011, the Kings seemed destine to relocate to Anaheim. Many fans, arena workers and team personnel cried. A few thousand stayed in protest - shouting 'Here we stay!' - for almost an hour after the game, and players returned to the floor to thank them all in what felt like goodbye. In many ways, little else has changed. The Maloof family that owns the Kings backed out of a tentative $391 million deal for a new arena with the city. Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson and the owners are again talking, with another meeting scheduled Friday, but the future offers no guarantee. Brothers George and Joe Maloof sat courtside for the finale instead of leaving the seats to Lakers fans as the family did a year ago. Johnson sat across from the visitor's bench, and it was an otherwise normal night from the announced crowd of 16,281. While the doom and gloom of the town's only professional team leaving has somewhat subsided with the Kings promising to stay next season, it still lingers until a deal is signed and a new arena is constructed. The Lakers are in quite a different mix. Phil Jackson is gone, and Mike Brown is ready for his first playoff run as Los Angeles' coach. With a roster recovering from injuries and Metta World Peace serving the first of his seven-game suspension for elbowing Thunder guard James Harden in the head, nobody quite knows what to expect in the postseason from this Lakers lineup. The second string they sent out in Sacramento had no chance. Josh McRoberts had 16 points and nine rebounds and Ramon Sessions scored 14 to lead Los Angeles, also playing without Pau Gasol and Andrew Bynum in game that was never close - or contested. Sacramento led 35-21 in the final seconds of the first quarter until Sessions - the only regular Lakers starter in the lineup - swished a 3-pointer in front of a charging Jimmer Fredette. The Kings built a 56-39 lead in the second quarter during a spurt highlighted by Terrence Williams' one-handed slam over Jordan Hill, and the rest was a formality. And exactly why Bryant decided to rest. Bryant, who missed seven games with a bruised left shin before playing the previous two, averaged 27.9 points per game while playing 58 games this season. Durant won the scoring title for the third straight year while playing all 66 contests, capping the regular season with 32 points in a win over the Kings a night earlier that forced Bryant to respond big in Sacramento. Already an NBA MVP, two-time scoring champion and winner of five NBA titles, Bryant has bigger goals to chase at age 33. That time starts Sunday. *Courtesy of www.cbsnews.com

Washington W. - Miami Heat 104-70
Playing without their Big Three, the Miami Heat suffered their worst defeat of 2011-2012 with a 104-70 loss to the Washington Wizards in the regular-season finale Thursday night. With their first playoff game just two days away, Miami coach Erik Spoelstra rested LeBron James, Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh for the second straight game. The Heat are locked into the Eastern Conference's second playoff spot and will open the postseason Saturday against the New York Knicks. Maurice Evans (6'5''-G-78, college: Texas) had a season-high 18 points, Nene and Kevin Seraphin each scored 15, and John Wall had seven points and 12 assists for the Wizards, who closed the season with their first six-game win streak since Nov. 11-21, 2007. With a lineup featuring only one usual starter - Mario Chalmers - the Heat had only two players in double figures: Norris Cole had 14 and Eddy Curry 10. *Courtesy of www.cbsnews.com

Minnesota T. - Denver N. 102-131
Javale McGee (7'0''-C-88, college: Nevada) scored 19 points to help the Denver Nuggets lock down the sixth seed in the Western Conference playoffs with a 131-102 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Thursday night. Arron Afflalo scored 18 points and Danilo Gallinari had 17 points for the Nuggets, who won their fourth straight game and eighth in their last 10 as they surge into the postseason. The Nuggets will face the third-seeded Los Angeles Lakers in the first round. Nikola Pekovic had 18 points and 10 rebounds and J.J. Barea had 20 points and five assists for the Timberwolves, who will miss the playoffs for the seventh consecutive season. The Wolves lost 13 of their last 14 games of the season. The Nuggets entered the game needing a win or a loss by Dallas in Atlanta to lock down the No. 6 seed in the West. Had they lost and Dallas won in Atlanta, the Nuggets would have faced No. 2 seed Oklahoma City in the first round. It's not immediately clear if getting the sixth seed was a good thing for Denver. The Nuggets lost three of their four meetings with the Lakers this season and have never beaten them in six previous playoff series, the last one being a loss in the 2009 Western Conference finals. Denver does seem to be playing some of its best basketball after a rough couple of weeks integrating McGee in the trade that sent longtime center Nene to Washington. The super-athletic McGee has scored in double figures in the last four games and his 19 points on Thursday night were his most in a Nuggets uniform. The outcome on Thursday night wasn't in doubt for very long. Coach George Karl rested forward Al Harrington, who has a strained right knee. But he played all the other regulars in their final tuneup, and the Nuggets were off and running from the start. They outscored the Timberwolves 16-4 to start the second quarter, opening up a 45-29 lead that was never really threatened. Denver shot 63 percent and out-rebounded the Wolves 48-29. Wolves coach Rick Adelman has been very unhappy with how his young team has responded to a rash of injuries to starters Ricky Rubio (knee), Kevin Love (concussion) and Luke Ridnour (ankle). Adelman went through a similar situation in Houston when stars Tracy McGrady and Yao Ming were lost. 'We never had a downer like we had here,' Adelman said. 'That's something we have to look at.' Most of the Wolves wore headbands in warmups and in the game, a tribute to veteran center Brad Miller, who is retiring after 14 seasons in the league. But that was about all the interest they showed in being on the floor on Thursday night. Miller air-balled two shots in the first quarter and had an ugly turnover, but he did hit a 3-pointer in the fourth and got a hearty cheer from the sparse home crowd. He finished with four points, four rebounds and four assists. Miller left the game with five minutes to go, getting a standing ovation from the crowd and breaking into tears on the bench when he was swarmed by teammates. *Courtesy of www.startribune.com

Charlotte B. - New York K. 84-104
The Charlotte Bobcats couldn't even beat a Knicks team resting most of its starters, finishing with the worst winning percentage in NBA history after a 104-84 loss on Thursday night. J.R. Smith (6'6''-G-85) scored 22 points for the Knicks, who pulled away in the second half to clinch the Eastern Conference's No. 7 seed and a first-round playoff matchup against No. 2 Miami beginning Saturday. Gerald Henderson had 21 points for the Bobcats, whose 23rd consecutive loss left them with a winning percentage of .106 (7-59) in the lockout-shortened season. The record was set 39 years ago, when the 1972-73 Philadelphia 76ers finished 9-73 (.110) in a full regular season. The Knicks held out Carmelo Anthony, Tyson Chandler and Baron Davis, while Amare Stoudemire had 21 points over two quarters. With owner Michael Jordan watching from a box, the Bobcats played nearly even with the Knicks in the first half, leading twice and only trailing 46-44 at halftime. Charlotte's biggest lead came in the closing minutes of the first quarter, with Bismack Biyombo's dunk with 5:05 remaining putting the Bobcats up 14-11. But the Knicks closed the period with a 12-6 run to go up 23-20. Charlotte would lead once more in the second quarter, with DeSagana Diop's layup with 9:28 left capping a five-point run to put the Bobcats up 25-23. However, the Knicks responded with six straight points, going ahead 29-25 on Smith's dunk with 8:14 left. Charlotte managed to tie the score three times in the final minutes of the second quarter, the last at 41-41 with 1:56 left on Henderson's layup. But Smith hit a 3-pointer 17 seconds later to put the Knicks ahead, and Jerome Jordan followed with a jumper to give New York a two-point halftime edge. However, Stoudemire asserted himself in the third quarter, scoring 11 points in the period as the Knicks pushed their lead into double digits. New York would take its biggest lead late in the fourth quarter, with Jordan's fast-break dunk with 4:38 remaining putting the Knicks up 99-76. Josh Harrellson added 18 points, Jordan 13 and Iman Shumpert 12 for New York. Mike Bibby also had 12 assists. Kemba Walker had 13 points, D.J. Augustin 12 and D.J. White added 11 for Charlotte. *Courtesy of http://abclocal.go.com

Golde State W. - San Antonio S. 101-107
Patrick Mills (6'0''-PG-88, college: St.Mary's, CA) had career highs of 34 points and 12 assists, DeJuan Blair added 22 points and 13 rebounds, and the short-handed San Antonio Spurs beat the Golden State Warriors 107-101 on Thursday night. James Anderson added 19 points for San Antonio (50-16), which finished with the best record in the Western Conference despite having one of the league's oldest rosters. The Spurs host Utah in the first round of the playoffs beginning Sunday. Mills took over the scoring load for San Antonio after the team sent its Big Three of Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili and Tony Parker home on Wednesday to rest for the postseason. Coach Gregg Popovich also missed the finale while tending to a personal matter. The Warriors, decimated by injuries, were also short-handed and became the first NBA team in modern history to start five rookies in one game. With all of the inexperience on the court - San Antonio started four players with two years or less in the NBA - the game got sloppy at times. Mills, who previously played in Portland before joining the Spurs in the offseason, was one of the few players who stood out. He scored 14 points in the first quarter, then made three key baskets in the final four minutes, including a clinching 19-foot fadeaway jumper with 14 seconds left to help San Antonio sweep the three-game series. Mills' big night came 24 hours after he set his previous career high of 27 points in the Spurs' 110-106 win over Phoenix. Now the Spurs can turn their attention to the postseason and a march toward a fifth NBA title. Golden State, on the other hand, is focused on the draft lottery. The Warriors (23-43) tied New Jersey for the seventh-worst record in the NBA. A draw will be held Friday to determine which team gets the higher seeding. In Golden State's case, it could mean the difference between retaining its first-round pick in the draft or losing it to the Utah Jazz. The Warriors need all the help they can get after becoming the first team in more than 40 years to start five rookies. Already missing point guard Stephen Curry (ankle surgery), forward David Lee (abdominal surgery) and center Andrew Bogut (ankle), Golden State also held out forward Dorell Wright (right ankle sprain), center Andris Biedrins (mild concussion) and guard Nate Robinson (hamstring) in the finale. Coach Mark Jackson, who played 17 seasons in the NBA, might have been tempted to suit up, so thin was the Warriors' roster. Instead, Jackson fielded a unit of guards Klay Thompson and Charles Jenkins, forwards Chris Wright and Jeremy Tyler, and Mickell Gladness at center. Thompson, Jenkins and Tyler are all Warriors draft picks, while Wright was a training camp invitee and Gladness joined the team after signing a 10-day contract earlier this month. *Courtesy of http://abcnews.go.com

Memphis G. - Orlando M. 88-76
Marc Gasol (7'0''-C-85, agency: Interperformances) scored 22 points, Rudy Gay added 20 and the Memphis Grizzlies claimed the No. 4 seed in the Western Conference playoffs with an 88-76 win over the short-handed Orlando Magic on Thursday night. O.J. Mayo had 15 points and Zach Randolph, returning to the starting lineup, finished with 13 points and 12 rebounds for Memphis, which won its sixth straight and 11th in 13 games. The Grizzlies also have won a franchise-best 11 straight home games and will open the playoffs at home Sunday against the Los Angeles Clippers, who dropped to the fifth seed with the Memphis victory. Hedo Turkoglu, playing for the first time in 10 games because of a facial fracture, led the Magic with 18 points, hitting 7 of 13 shots. Justin Harper scored 16 points and Von Wafer added 11, although he was 4 of 13 from the floor. The Magic rested all their starters after earning the No. 6 seed in the East. The fourth seed marked the highest season finish in Memphis franchise history, and the first time the Grizzlies have held homecourt advantage in the opening round. The Grizzlies made sure early that they were staying home for the first two games of the playoffs. Memphis scored the first eight points of the game, had a 27-9 lead after one and built the advantage to as many as 24 before carrying a 54-30 lead into the break. Gay was 6 of 8 from the field, his only two misses coming from outside the arc, for 15 points, while Gasol had 12 points. No Orlando player was in double figures, Harper leading the Magic with nine points. The Magic were limited to 35 percent shooting while committing 10 turnovers, leading to 17 Memphis points. That shooting percentage included missing 11 of 13 from 3-point range. Memphis wasn't much better at 2 for 9 from long range, but the Grizzlies controlled the boards 27-13. The Grizzlies outrebounded the Magic 45-34 overall. Memphis tried to coast home too early. Orlando opened the second half with a 21-4 run, knocking the lead down to 58-51 after Turkoglu connected on a 3-pointer, giving him eight early points in the third quarter. That was close enough to remind Memphis it was playing for homecourt advantage. The Grizzlies answered by closing the period with a 9-3 run and carried a 67-54 lead into the final quarter. Memphis held a double-digit lead throughout the fourth, and by the time the reserves hit the floor with about 3 minutes left, the Grizzlies faithful were on their feet in preparation for the opening round, chanting 'Beat L.A.' *Courtesy of www.startribune.com

Utah Jazz - Portland TB 96-94
Rookie Alec Burks (6'6''-G-91, college: Colorado) scored 18 points and NBA Slam Dunk champ Jeremy Evans led a 10-0 fourth-quarter run as the playoff-bound Utah Jazz beat the Portland Trail Blazers 96-94 Thursday night. Utah finished the season on a five-game winning streak and will face top-seeded San Antonio in a first-round Western Conference matchup starting Sunday. J.J. Hickson scored 20 points and Jonny Flynn added 18 to lead the injury-depleted Blazers, who didn't qualify for the postseason for the first time since the 2007-08 season. Evans rarely plays but saw extensive action as Jazz coach Tyrone Corbin played his starters sparingly. Evans finished with 13 points, 10 rebounds and three blocks. Josh Howard added 12 points and six rebounds in his most extensive action for Utah since undergoing knee surgery in late March. Wesley Matthews had a chance to win it for Portland but his 3-pointer missed with 2.4 seconds left. Corbin sat power forward Paul Millsap as a precaution so he would be rested for the playoff-savvy Spurs. Three other starters exited in the first quarter. Still, it was enough to beat the Blazers, who are but a shell of the team they once were. Portland's season started with the retirement of All-Star guard Brandon Roy and another injury to former No. 1 overall draft pick Greg Oden, and was interrupted by several major trades, the firing of coach Nate McMillan and injuries to top players such as LaMarcus Aldridge. While Portland figures out how to shake off one of the most disappointing seasons in recent history, the Jazz appear headed in the right direction after crumbling down the stretch last year following the abrupt retirement of Hall of Fame coach Jerry Sloan and trade of superstar point guard Deron Williams. Utah has been forced to playoff mode early, knowing it needed to win most of its games down the stretch to grab the eighth and final berth in the West. Thursday, it was a chance to get players like Howard and reserves some action, and let the fans enjoy the Jeremy Evans show. Ironically, an April 2 meeting in Portland helped Utah turn its season around. The Jazz were down 14 in the first half when Corbin inserted his Big Three lineup - with 6-10 Derrick Favors playing alongside 6-10 center Al Jefferson and the 6-8 Millsap moving to small forward. The trio sparked a 19-point turnaround that has Corbin relying on it more and more, and even considering using it to start games. Favors made only his ninth start of the season Thursday, but in the first 12 minutes, had eight points, five rebounds, a block, assist and highlight-reel dunk. He would finish with 15 points and five rebounds. In the second quarter, the Blazers used an 11-4 run to tie the score at 27 behind Kurt Thomas and Flynn. Jazz reserves brought Utah back, with NBA D-League call-up Blake Hearn and Evans scoring five apiece in the quarter as Utah took a 47-40 lead into the break. Thomas' 19-footer put Portland back in front 79-78 with 10:40 remaining, and Matthews' 3-pointer made it 84-80. Portland led 88-84 before Utah went on a 10-0 run. Howard tied it at 88 on a 5-foot bank shot with 5:18 remaining, and back-to-back high-flying jams by Evans gave Utah a 90-88 lead. *Courtesy of www.cbsnews.com

Houston R. - N.Orleans H. 84-77
Houston Rockets lottery pick Marcus Morris didn't have the type of rookie season he had hoped for. The former Kansas star was able to end his disappointing year on a high note after hitting the go-ahead 3-pointer in Houston's 84-77 victory over the New Orleans Hornets on Thursday night in the season finale for both teams. Chase Budinger (6'7''-F-88, college: Arizona) scored a season-high 27 points for the Rockets. 'I thought Marcus played better,' Houston coach Kevin McHale said. 'I just think he's going to get better. It was just a rough situation with him not getting to play much. I like him and I think he's got a chance to help us.' Morris, who spent time in the NBA's D-League, appeared in just 16 games and averaged 2.1 points for the Rockets this season. 'It was fun to go out there and play a little bit,' said Morris, who finished with seven points, five rebounds, a block and a steal in about 21 minutes. 'This was a big learning experience. I didn't get to play much this year. I've got to work hard in the offseason and make sure this doesn't happen again.' The Hornets closed the season in last place in the Southwest Division but finished strong, winning eight of their last 13 games. That was little consolation to New Orleans, which was in the playoffs last season. 'I told our guys: 'If you feel relieved right now, then you're not the kind of guys that I want to be around,'' coach Monty Williams said. 'I really enjoyed being in the playoffs last year. It's a little tough right now.' Houston finished one spot above New Orleans in the standings with a 34-32 record after a late-season collapse that cost the team a playoff spot. 'There's no way we shouldn't be in the playoffs this weekend, but we're not,' McHale said. 'That's the bottom line.' The Hornets were led by Jerome Dyson, who had 15 points, and Darryl Watkins, who added 13. Watkins also had three steals to set career highs in both points and steals. Samuel Dalembert had 11 points and 11 rebounds for Houston, and Courtney Lee had 10 points. Houston took an 80-77 lead - its first of the game - on the 3-pointer by Morris with 1:18 remaining. A dunk by Budinger had tied it about a minute earlier. Greg Smith had a follow dunk after the 3-pointer by Morris to push the lead to 82-77 and Goran Dragic added a pair of free throws after a missed 3 by Greivis Vasquez. The Rockets started the fourth quarter strong, scoring the first eight points to tie the game at 71 with about seven minutes left. The Hornets missed six shots and had three turnovers in that stretch. Houston opened the second half with a 14-5 run, which included seven straight points from Lee, to tie it at 47-all with 8 1/2 minutes left in the third quarter. Lee and Budinger both hit 3s in that span to help the Rockets. The Hornets answered with an 11-3 spurt to get back on top 58-50 about three minutes later. Budinger scored Houston's next six points, while New Orleans managed only a basket, to close the gap to four points. But Thomas got hot for the Hornets soon after that, scoring six straight points to make it 68-59 with about two minutes left in the quarter. A 3-pointer by Vasquez as time expired in the third quarter left New Orleans ahead 71-63 entering the fourth quarter. New Orleans scored the first nine points of the second quarter to extend its lead to 29-12. The Rockets finally got their offense going after that and had cut the lead to 42-33 at halftime. The Hornets led 20-12 after the first quarter behind 11 points from Dyson. Houston's 12 first-quarter points and the 33 the team had at the half were both season lows. Their 26.7 percent first-half field goal percentage was also a season worst. *Courtesy of www.chron.com

Chicago B. - Cleveland C. 107-75
John Lucas (5'11''-PG-82, college: Oklahoma St.) scored a career-high 25 points, Joakim Noah had 13 points and 13 rebounds, and the Chicago Bulls clinched the top overall seed in the NBA playoffs with a 107-75 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Thursday night. With the No. 1 seed in the East already in hand and the playoffs beginning on Saturday, Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau took no chances in the regular-season finale. He rested Derrick Rose, Luol Deng and Kyle Korver. Chicago will host Philadelphia on Saturday. Tristan Thompson scored 13 points for the Cavaliers, who lost four straight games to end the season, their second straight last-place finish in the Central Division. Kyrie Irving, who had a late-season sprained right shoulder and is recovering from the flu, did not play. The Bulls outrebounded Cleveland 60-38. Despite being short-handed, the Bulls controlled most of the game. They led 58-45 at halftime behind nine points and eight rebounds from Noah, and Lucas' nine points. Carlos Boozer scored the first six points of the third quarter and Chicago extended the lead to 66-47. The Bulls could have also clinched home-court advantage throughout the postseason with a Spurs' loss to the Warriors, but didn't need the help. Lucas' 3 increased the lead with 3:53 to go and Jimmy Butler had tip to make it 99-69. With the game well in hand, fans started chanting for Brian Scalabrine with 8 minutes to go. He finally entered the game with 2:59 to a loud ovation. He made a jumper to a standing ovation with 25 seconds left. Rose, the reigning NBA MVP, sat for the 27th time in 66 games this season. He has missed games with a bad back, sore groin, sprained ankle and the latest a foot injury, but Thibodeau said Rose will be ready for the playoffs. Antawn Jamison, who will become a free agent, scored 12 points in what likely will be his final game for Cleveland. *Courtesy of www.ktvn.com

Atlanta H. - Dallas M. 106-89
Josh Smith (6'9''-F-85) scored 23 points and the Atlanta Hawks clinched home-court advantage in the first round of the playoffs, racing to a 23-point lead in the opening quarter on the way to a 106-89 victory over the Dallas Mavericks in the regular-season finale Thursday night. The Hawks (40-26) wrapped up the fourth-best record in the East and host Boston on Sunday. The defending NBA champion Mavericks (36-30) open the playoffs Saturday at Oklahoma City. Atlanta pounced on the Mavericks right from the tip, making 16 of 23 shots (69.6 percent) in the opening period. Smith had the outside jumper working and seemed to be everywhere, scoring 12 points, grabbing seven rebounds, dishing out five assists and making a steal. A 28-7 run, capped by Willie Green's 3-pointer, pushed the lead to 36-13. Dirk Nowitzki led the Mavericks with 22 points. The Hawks led 60-44 at halftime and held off a brief spurt by the Mavericks at the start of the third quarter, capping a season in which Atlanta improved on its winning percentage from 2011 even after losing All-Star center Al Horford early in the lockout-shortened year. Horford, who is still recovering from pectoral surgery, has ruled himself out for the Boston series but still hopes to play if the Hawks advance from the opening round for the fourth year in a row. The team hasn't gotten past the second round since moving to Atlanta in 1968. Dallas wasn't nearly as dominant coming off its first NBA title, finishing far behind the top seeds in the West, San Antonio and Oklahoma City. With only its first-round opponent in doubt, the Mavericks had little to play for in Atlanta -- and their performance reflected it. Jeff Teague added 17 points for the Hawks, Joe Johnson had 15 and Kirk Hinrich contributed 12. Smith finished with nine rebounds and seven assists. With the home court no longer in doubt, Atlanta was finally able to rest its starters in the final quarter. Green scored 11 points, Ivan Johnson finished with 10 and the Hawks got 33 points overall from their reserves. Rodrigue Beaubois scored 13 points for Dallas. Jason Terry had 11. *Courtesy of www.boston.com

Toronto R. - New Jersey N. 98-67
Ben Uzoh (6'3''-PG-88, college: Tulsa) had 12 points, a career-high 12 assists and 11 rebounds for his first career triple-double, and the Toronto Raptors routed New Jersey 98-67 in Thursday night's season finale, a loss that slightly improves the Nets' chances in the NBA draft lottery. Uzoh's triple-double was the first by a Toronto player since Alvin Williams did it against Atlanta on March 23, 2001. Ed Davis had a career-best 24 points to go with 12 rebounds, Gary Forbes had 23 points and Alan Anderson scored 20 as Toronto snapped a four-game skid and beat New Jersey for the ninth time in 12 meetings north of the border. Solomon Alabi had 19 rebounds for the Raptors. Anthony Morrow and Armon Johnson each had 11 points, and Gerald Green and Jordan Williams added 10 apiece as the Nets lost their fifth straight and set a season low for points. The defeat ensured the Nets will finish last in the Atlantic division, one game behind Toronto. Uzoh entered the fourth quarter needing six points, two rebounds and one assist to complete the triple-double. After getting the assists and boards, he finished the job by throwing down a breakaway dunk with 6:19 to play, putting Toronto up 86-50. Neither team was close to full strength in a forlorn finale. Deron Williams (right calf), Gerald Wallace (left hamstring) and Kris Humphries (right foot) were among the seven Nets players sidelined by injury. Toronto was without five players, including DeMar DeRozan (left ankle) and Aaron Gray (back), as well as long-term absentees Andrea Bargnani, shut down for the year with a sore left calf, and Jerryd Bayless, out with a torn muscle in his left side. In all, only seven of Toronto's nine healthy players made it onto the court. Amir Johnson and Linas Kleiza both dressed but did not play. Anderson made a trio of 3-pointers as the Raptors opened a 17-2 lead with 7:27 left in the first, but New Jersey cut it to 26-15 after one. Forbes scored eight points in the second, Davis and Anderson had six each and the Raptors pulled away to lead 54-27 at the half. New Jersey shot just 4 for 19 in the quarter. Alabi and Davis each scored eight points in the third as Toronto widened its advantage, taking a 73-43 lead into the fourth. *Courtesy of www.ktvn.com



2012 Playoffs: First round schedule - by Eurobasket News

Here is the complete schedule and national television & radio arrangements for the 2012 NBA playoffs.


WESTERN CONFERENCE - FIRST ROUND

San Antonio vs. Utah
Game 1 - Sun. April 29, Utah at San Antonio, 1 p.m. ET, ESPN
Game 2 - Wed. May 2, Utah at San Antonio, 7 p.m., TNT
Game 3 - Sat. May 5, San Antonio at Utah, 10 p.m., TNT
Game 4 - Mon. May 7, San Antonio at Utah, TBD
Game 5 * Wed. May 9, Utah at San Antonio, TBD
Game 6 * Fri. May 11, San Antonio at Utah, TBD
Game 7 * Sun. May 13, Utah at San Antonio, TBD

Oklahoma City vs. Dallas
Game 1 - Sat. April 28, Dallas at Oklahoma City, 9:30 p.m., ESPN
Game 2 - Mon. April 30, Dallas at Oklahoma City, 9:30 p.m., TNT
Game 3 - Thu. May 3, Oklahoma City at Dallas, 9:30 p.m., TNT
Game 4 - Sat. May 5, Oklahoma City at Dallas, 7:30 p.m., TNT/R
Game 5 * Mon. May 7, Dallas at Oklahoma City, TBD
Game 6 * Thu. May 10, Oklahoma City at Dallas, TBD
Game 7 * Sat. May 12, Dallas at Oklahoma City ,TBD, TNT

L.A. Lakers vs. Denver
Game 1 - Sun. April 29, Denver at L.A. Lakers, 3:30 p.m., ABC/R
Game 2 - Tue. May 1, Denver at L.A. Lakers, 10:30 p.m., TNT
Game 3 - Fri May 4, L.A. Lakers at Denver, 10:30 p.m., ESPN
Game 4 - Sun. May 6, L.A. Lakers at Denver, 9:30 p.m., TNT
Game 5 * Tue. May 8, Denver at L.A. Lakers, TBD
Game 6 * Thu. May 10, L.A. Lakers at Denver, TBD
Game 7 * Sat. May 12, Denver at L.A. Lakers, TBD, TNT

Memphis vs. L.A. Clippers
Game 1 - Sun. April 29, L.A. Clippers at Memphis, 9:30 p.m., TNT
Game 2 - Wed. May 2, L.A. Clippers at Memphis, 9:30 p.m., TNT
Game 3 - Sat. May 5, Memphis at L.A. Clippers, 4:30 p.m., ESPN
Game 4 - Mon. May 7, Memphis at L.A. Clippers, TBD
Game 5 * Wed. May 9, L.A. Clippers at Memphis, TBD
Game 6 * Fri. May 11, Memphis at L.A. Clippers, TBD
Game 7 * Sun. May 13, L.A. Clippers at Memphis, TBD


EASTERN CONFERENCE - FIRST ROUND

Chicago vs. Philadelphia
Game 1 - Sat. April 28, Philadelphia at Chicago, 1 p.m., TNT
Game 2 - Tue. May 1, Philadelphia at Chicago, 8 p.m., TNT
Game 3 - Fri. May 4, Chicago at Philadelphia, 8 p.m., ESPN
Game 4 - Sun. May 6, Chicago at Philadelphia, 1 p.m., ABC
Game 5 * Tue. May 8, Philadelphia at Chicago, TBD
Game 6 * Thu. May 10, Chicago at Philadelphia, TBD
Game 7 * Sat. May 12, Philadelphia at Chicago, TBD, TNT

Miami vs. New York
Game 1 - Sat. April 28, New York at Miami, 3:30 p.m., ABC/R
Game 2 - Mon. April 30, New York at Miami, 7 p.m., TNT
Game 3 - Thu. May 3, Miami at New York, 7 p.m., TNT
Game 4 - Sun. May 6, Miami at New York, 3:30 p.m., ABC/R
Game 5 * Wed. May 9, New York at Miami, TBD
Game 6 * Fri. May 11, Miami at New York, TBD
Game 7 * Sun. May 13, New York at Miami, TBD

Indiana vs. Orlando
Game 1 - Sat. April 28, Orlando at Indiana, 7 p.m., ESPN
Game 2 - Mon. April 30, Orlando at Indiana, 7:30 p.m., NBA TV
Game 3 - Wed. May 2, Indiana at Orlando, 7:30 p.m., NBA TV
Game 4 - Sat. May 5, Indiana at Orlando, 2 p.m., ESPN
Game 5 * Tue. May 8, Orlando at Indiana, TBD
Game 6 * Fri. May 11, Indiana at Orlando, TBD
Game 7 * Sun. May 13, Orlando at Indiana, TBD

Boston vs. Atlanta
Game 1 - Sun. April 29, Boston at Atlanta, 7 p.m., TNT
Game 2 - Tue. May 1, Boston at Atlanta, 7:30 p.m., NBA TV
Game 3 - Fri. May 4, Atlanta at Boston, 7:30 p.m., ESPN2
Game 4 - Sun May 6, Atlanta at Boston, 7 p.m., TNT
Game 5 * Tue. May 8, Boston at Atlanta, TBD
Game 6 * Thu. May 10, Atlanta at Boston, TBD
Game 7 * Sat. May 12, Boston at Atlanta, TBD, TNT

* if necessary
All times are Eastern
TBD - To Be Determined
R - ESPN radio



Phoenix Suns' Steve Nash has time to mull options for his future - by Eurobasket News

Suns guard Steve Nash (6'3''-PG-74, college: Santa Clara) has spent plenty of time this season emphasizing that he did not have the time to think about what would happen in free agency when he had a team to galvanize and rally.

Now he has nothing but time to ponder his future. Nash is out of basketball for the season but won't become an unrestricted free agent until July 1.

'I have to sit down and really put pen to paper and first evaluate situations and then evaluate or prepare for eventualities,' Nash said. 'What could possibly happen in the free-agent period, the domino effect, the likelihood of so many players. It is a little tricky. I think you can prepare the best you can and catalog possibilities so you're prepared for things that can happen.'

The tricky part is that Nash said he will consider staying in Phoenix but the first week of July is limited to negotiations and verbal commitments with a moratorium on signings until July 8. In order to stay with the Suns, Nash has stated that he wants to see the Suns make roster upgrades and get a three-year contract. In turn, any free agent interested in playing alongside Nash, even at 38, would want to know where his commitment lies, unless he also is a point guard.

'I'll start to kind of put together a picture of what opportunities will be out there and what situations would fit me well and what situations I would add a lot to,' Nash said of the next two months. 'Phoenix would be one of those for sure. I think I'll take the opportunity to evaluate whatever opportunities are out there and take my time.'

When Nash was last a free agent in 2004, the process moved quickly without many teams involved. The Suns visited Nash on the first day of contact talks and Jerry Colangelo made Nash a take-it-or-leave-it offer that Dallas owner Mark Cuban would not match and Nash committed. This time, he figures to explore his possibilities more and that could include teams like Dallas, Toronto and Portland.

Nash may be dismayed with the Suns' dropoff in talent from when he led them to three conference finals but he is close to the athletic trainers, enjoys coach Alvin Gentry's system and is embedded in the community after two stays totaling 10 years.

'I definitely want to improve but I think the Suns have maintained that it is a year in transition and that they were waiting for the summer to do some things,' Nash said. 'They have a chance to do some good things. I'll definitely be considering that intensely.'

Courtesy of www.azcentral.com



Lakers recall Christian Eyenga from D-League - by Eurobasket News

The Los Angeles Lakers have recalled guard/forward Christian Eyenga (6'7''-G-89) from the Los Angeles D-Fenders of the NBA Development League, it was announced today by General Manager Mitch Kupchak.

Acquired from the Cleveland Cavaliers on March 15 along with Ramon Sessions in exchange for Luke Walton and Jason Kapono, Eyenga has yet to play for the Lakers this season. In six regular season games with the D-Fenders, Eyenga averaged 12.2 points, 5.0 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 1.3 blocks and 33.0 minutes, before helping the D-Fenders reach the D-League finals, where they currently hold a 1-0 lead over the Austin Toros.

The 30 th overall pick by Cleveland in the 2009 NBA Draft, Eyenga played in six games for the Cavaliers this season averaging 1.5 points and 2.0 rebounds in 13.8 minutes. Eyenga also played in 12 games for the Canton Charge this season, where he averaged 10.0 points, 4.3 rebounds and 1.2 assists in 26.2 minutes.

Courtesy of www.insidehoops.com



Home finale a likely farewell for Cleveland Cavaliers veterans Antawn Jamison, Anthony Parker - by Eurobasket News

In all probability, Antawn Jamison (6'9''-F-76, college: N.Carolina) and Anthony Parker (6'5''-G/F-75, college: Bradley) will be introduced as Cavaliers for the last time to fans at The Q on Wednesday night.

Jamison, 35, is headed to free agency. Parker, 36, is likely bound for retirement. But the lessons they have taught the Cavaliers' youngsters about professionalism and dealing with adversity will endure for seasons to come. They have fulfilled one of the toughest tasks in pro sports: serving as veteran leaders on losing and rebuilding teams.

Many fans don't want to hear about it -- they want high draft picks to replace past-their-prime players -- but coach Byron Scott and rookies Kyrie Irving and Tristan Thompson appreciate what Jamison and Parker did for them this season.

'This is one of the few places ... never had to worry about the locker room with those guys,' Scott said. 'They made sure that the young guys understood every day what we had to do.

'Even going through what we went through last year, those guys kept the locker room intact. Invaluable. If this is their last game here ... I can't say enough about both of those guys.'

Irving, the presumptive NBA rookie of the year, entered the league with Parker and Jamison in the locker room. Eight years earlier, LeBron James walked into the same room inhabited by Ricky Davis. The leadership on James' first Cavs team (2003-04) was so bad they made a midseason deal to acquire Eric Williams, who became the team's most respected voice five minutes after he arrived from Boston.

General Manager Chris Grant knew the importance of surrounding Irving and Thompson with the right veterans while not overpaying for them. It's why he re-signed Parker for one season in December. At All-Star weekend in Orlando, the Cavaliers rookies -- who participated in the skills competitions -- were making unsolicited comments about the mentorship of Parker, Jamison and Anderson Varejao.

'[Jamison] has always had my back,' Irving said. 'We are going to lose some games, but if you play hard every single time out you can look at yourself in the mirror and say you gave it your all. That's what it is about.

'AP taught me how to be a professional and how to carry myself. He's a really humble guy who I like to emulate.'

Parker has played through a painful season which saw him sidelined with back and sternum injuries. He's averaged seven points in 25.4 minutes while committing just one turnover per game. The club obviously needs an upgrade at shooting guard, but Parker set a good example for his impressionable teammates.

'I'm a big believer in walking the walk before you talk the talk,' said Parker, the team's union representative. 'That saying actions speak louder than words is true. You can say whatever you want to say, but if somebody looks at you and you're contradicting yourself with your actions ...

'Every day Twan and I are the first ones on the court shooting. Those kind of things, just being consistent and being professional. Anyone can do it once or twice, but doing it over and over again is why guys have the longevity that they do.'

Jamison, a finalist for the NBA Sportsmanship Award, concedes a 40-106 record since the start of the 2010-11 season has taken its toll. He was billed as a get-over-the-hump piece when the Cavaliers acquired him near the end of the 2009-10 season. But after the club flamed out in the postseason and LeBron James left for Miami, Jamison was left to absorb two years of steady losing.

He entered last off-season unsure of his role. Jamison regretted how he handled his benching early in the 2010-11 season in favor of J.J. Hickson and vowed to help mentor Thompson regardless of his minutes.

In a condensed season when injury and fatigue have victimized many, the club's second-oldest player has started in every game except one. Scott actually rested Jamison during the Cavs' recent back-to-back-to-back games.

He leads the team in playing time (33.4 minutes) and ranks second in scoring (17.4 points). He relieved pressure from Irving by giving the Cavs' a second legitimate scoring option. Jamison also was the club's most outspoken player after losses, the veteran not afraid to chide the team for a lack of effort, focus or urgency.

'I always go back to when I was a rookie and I had guys to help me out,' Jamison said. 'I realized the importance of that. When I came back and realized what we had and how the young guys were receptive to me and willing to learn and willing to be the best player they could possibly be, it just made it easier for me.'

Even as both Parker and Jamison prepare to say goodbye to the organization, they plan to follow the progress of the young players who looked to them under trying circumstances.

'I'm anxious to see the next 4-5 years how things turn out with Kyrie and Tristan,' Jamison said. 'Hopefully I had an impact as far as teaching them some things on and off the court, how to do things the right way and going out there and competing for 48 minutes.'

Courtesy of www.cleveland.com



World Peace on elbow: 'It was bad timing' - by Eurobasket News

Los Angeles Lakers forward Metta World Peace (6'7''-G/F-79, college: St.John's) faced the media on Wednesday for the first time since the NBA announced he would be suspended seven games for striking the Oklahoma City's James Harden in the head with his elbow.

'It was bad timing for me and then, physically, it was bad timing for Mr. Harden,' World Peace said after practice was over. 'Who can write up a left-hand dunk and then all of the sudden somebody is right behind you? It's hard to draw that up and to plan something like that. It was just the worst timing for me.'

World Peace echoed his previous statements expressing apologies to Harden and the Thunder organization, but has not reached out to Harden personally since the elbow incident on Sunday that left Harden with a concussion.

'Through a third party, I got wind that he was OK,' World Peace said. 'We're probably going to see each other in the playoffs, potentially, so I really didn't want to do any direct calls. Stay competitive. But, through a friend, he said he was doing OK.'

He added he has a pre-existing relationship with the L.A.-native Harden from playing pick-up basketball with him during the summer.

World Peace expressed surprise over the severity of his punishment in a new installment of his podcast, 'Mettaphorically Speaking: The Ron & Metta Show,' released on Wednesday, but avoided commenting on his suspension with reporters after practice.

'If I start talking about that, I'm going to open myself up for excuses and I'm not one to give excuses,' World Peace said. 'So, it's hard for me to speak about the (amount of) games (I was suspended).'

World Peace took to Twitter on Wednesday to respond to media opinions that he should have received a longer suspension.

'Can magic johnson,jon barry and steven A compare my accidental elbow to the Luis scola face step and the Blake griff take down..?' World Peace tweeted.

'Shaq ,How can u comment on elbows.. What about the punch you threw at brad miller. And the elbows at dikembe and the prizbilla concussion?' World Peace wrote in another tweet.

The tweets were later deleted, but World Peace also posted a blog on his website -- ronartest.com -- that he titled 'When Two Powerhouses Collide.'

'When two power houses collide there will be player confrontation... At this point it's most important to stay on the floor and not do anything to get ejected,' World Peace wrote. 'When you get players that are capable of being ejected, that player has to be aware of the opponent trying to get under his skin.... This type of competition makes for great entertainment.'

He ended the five-paragraph entry, by saying: 'When two power houses collide you will be enthralled by its art form.'

World Peace did talk about his reaction to seeing the replay of his elbow to Harden late in the second quarter of the Lakers' eventual 114-106 double-overtime win over the Thunder.

'It was a brutal elbow,' World Peace said. 'When I seen it, I was like, 'Ugh,' immediately.'

NBA commissioner David Stern said Wednesday the elbow was 'recklessly thrown' and World Peace's history absolutely weighed into the suspension.

Stern said during a conference call that he took many things into account, including World Peace's numerous past troubles. World Peace, who changed his name from Ron Artest, received an 86-game suspension in 2004 -- the longest ban for an on-court incident in NBA history -- for jumping into the stands at the Palace of Auburn Hills in the Detroit suburbs to fight fans.

'In fact, if it had been somebody that got tangled up and threw an errant elbow, would that have been different than this? You bet it would have been,' Stern said.

'It's really very serious stuff and it does take in account the fact that the perpetrator is who he is and has the record that he has, and this called for in our view a very stiff penalty and we think that seven games, which only includes one regular-season game, is such a stiff penalty.'

World Peace maintained he did not know that Harden was behind him when he swung his elbow and that the contact was unintentional. He reminisced about the three dunks he had in the first half leading up to his ejection almost reverently, trying to explain just how excited he was leading up to the moment of the elbow following his third dunk over Kevin Durant.

'Kevin had no chance,' World Peace said. 'Bumped him out of the way, went up, dunked and at that point, I was just way too emotional. It seemed like anger but it was a lot of passion involved. But it was erratic. It was erratic fire, it was erratic passion. It was way too much. Way too much ...

'It definitely wasn't meant to hit him how I hit him. That's the best way I could describe those sequence of plays and the erratic passion.'

Stern was clear that he didn't buy World Peace's explanation that he accidentally struck Harden, who has not been able to return while awaiting clearance after concussion testing.

'I believe that it was recklessly thrown and I believe that in looking at the replays again and again that he should have known that James was up against him, and some would argue that he had to have known,' Stern said.

When asked by a reporter if he 'lost it' at the time of the elbow, World Peace said, 'I didn't lose it.'

'During that possession there was so much passion and a lot of people are going to mistake the Metta World Peace name,' he said. 'When I'm out on that court, that passion is bottled up.'

World Peace seemed to express almost as much remorse about his own misfortune of having to sit out when he was starting to play his best basketball of the season.

The 13-year veteran is averaging just 7.7 points on 39.4 percent shooting for the season, but had upped those numbers to 14.1 points on 47.3 percent shooting in 13 games in April.

'The way I'm feeling right now, (I am) back to that elite level,' World Peace said. 'It's funny because a lot of guys that was able to guard me early, they have no chance now. They can't guard me. My game's feeling great. It's just the worst timing for me right now, but I'm happy that James is OK.'

Stern said he felt that seven games now, knowing only one of them will be in the regular season, was a move severe penalty than if it came during another part of the season.

'I think the seven was larger than some people might have thought just from an elbow, and I think that in many cases people who thought that this was so horrible that it should result in a lifetime ban,' he said. 'But at the end of the day, I have to close the door and say, 'OK, what is justice here and what's fairness here,' and I came up with seven.'

Courtesy of ESPN



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Northwestern adds Louisville transfer Swopshire, 7-footer Olah for next season - by Eurobasket News

Northwestern has added Louisville transfer Jared Swopshire (6'8''-F-89) and incoming freshman Alexandru Olah (6'10''-C-93) for next season.

Swopshire averaged 3.3 points and 2.8 rebounds as a senior last season after sitting out the previous year because of a groin injury that required surgery. He is graduating this spring and is transferring because Louisville does not have an open scholarship available. He will be eligible to play next season.

A 7-foot center from Romania, Olah helped lead Traders Point Christian Academy to two consecutive Indiana Christian Schools state championships. He averaged 18.5 points, 13.1 rebounds and 4.6 blocks as a senior. Olah also led Romania in scoring, blocked shots and rebounding at the 2011 FIBA U18 European Championship in Bulgaria.

Northwestern announced the additions on Wednesday.

Courtesy of www.washingtonpost.com



Kermit Davis agrees to 5-year extension with MTSU - by Eurobasket News

Coach Kermit Davis has agreed to a five-year contract extension with Middle Tennessee that runs through the 2016-17 season.

Athletic director Chris Massaro announced the deal on Wednesday, saying continuity is the best way for the Blue Raiders to accomplish their goals.

Davis took the Blue Raiders to a school-record 27 wins this season and was the Sun Belt Conference coach of the year. The Blue Raiders lost to Minnesota in the National Invitation Tournament in the quarterfinals after a big win at Tennessee.

Davis now is Middle Tennessee's winningest coach after 10 seasons.

Counting this spring, the last 23 players to finish their eligibility under Davis will graduate from Middle Tennessee.

The deal still must be approved by the Tennessee Board of Regents.

Courtesy of http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com



NCAA considers delaying some academic changes - by Eurobasket News

The NCAA may give certain colleges, future recruits and junior-college transfers more time to comply with its new academic standards.

The board of directors is scheduled to hear a recommendation Thursday that would give low-resource schools, primarily historically black colleges and universities, an additional year to meet new minimum Academic Progress Rate standards that will be tied to postseason eligibility. The NCAA's Committee on Academic Performance is making the proposal, though it is unclear whether a vote will be taken this week.

'When you look at a BCS program and the level of resources they have and the staffing they have, it's a very, very different model,' NCAA President Mark Emmert told The Associated Press on Wednesday, explaining the reason for a possible change.

Most schools must meet one of two requirements to be eligible for postseason play during the 2012-13 and 2013-14 school years: A four-year APR average of 900 or a 930 average on the school's two most recent reports. By 2014-15, schools that fall below 930 would have to hit 940 on their two-year scores to be eligible. In 2015-16, the two-year average disappears and schools must have a 930 average over the four-year period.

If the proposal is adopted, low-resource schools would have more leeway.

Though they must still meet the four-year average of 900 for the next two seasons, their APR score would have to hit only 910 in 2014-15 and 920 in 2015-16. They wouldn't have to hit 930 until 2016-17, and the two-year averages would not count.

The NCAA defines low-resource schools as those ranked in the bottom 15 percentile, based on an overall average of institutional spending per student, athletic expenses per student-athlete and the average Pell Grant per student. Schools that play in the Football Bowl Subdivision are barred from appearing on the list.

Emmert said the NCAA has offered to provide more money to low-resource schools for academic improvements.

There is almost certainly going to be some pushback from prominent programs, though.

School officials at three-time national champion Connecticut have already said that their men's basketball team would be ineligible for the 2013 NCAA tourney based on its current APR scores.

Earlier this month, the NCAA denied the Huskies' request for a waiver next season. Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy called the rejection 'absolutely outrageous' and members of the state's congressional delegation are asking Congress to further examine the NCAA's policy.

'As we have stated in the past, we feel that this year's scores should we taken into account for the 2013 tournament,' school spokesman Mike Enright said Wednesday.

University of Hartford President Walter Harrison, who chairs the academic committee, has said the governing body would consider adjusting reporting dates to allow schools to use scores from the 2010-11 and 2011-12 academic year.

But Emmert didn't sound optimistic about that prospect. In fact, Emmert said, neither he nor the board is worried about schools challenging any moves, including potential litigation through the court system if the new policy is approved.

'If there's concern on the board, they haven't mentioned it to me,' Emmert said. 'I think the board feels very comfortable with where they are on the 930 mark.'

That's not the only potential change.

In October, the board agreed to raise eligibility standards for incoming freshmen and junior college transfers. Starting in the fall of 2015, high school seniors are required to have a 2.3 GPA and complete 10 of their 16 core courses before their senior year. Starting in 2013-14, junior college transfers would need a 2.5 GPA and could only count two physical education credits toward their initial eligibility.

If the board approved the new recommendations, those requirements also would each be delayed one year.

'What we've found is that this is a bigger task than everyone anticipated. It's a shocking world when high school counselors have 200 or 300 students per counselor, and we want to give every student fair notice,' Emmert said. 'There is no thought anywhere of reducing those standards. The commitment to these standards is rock solid.'

There are even bigger discussion items on Thursday's agenda, too.

The board will hear recommendations to re-instate the $2,000 per athlete stipend toward what the NCAA deems the full cost-of-attendance -- money that covers more than tuition, room and board, books and fees. That legislation was passed in October but was suspended two months later after more than 100 schools attempted to override the board's vote.

Emmert expects the new proposal to be voted on in August.

'We remain committed to expanding the miscellaneous expense allowance, so the debate is how to implement it and what does it look like,' Emmert said. 'I think we're still going to wind up with something that provides that option to the universities.'

In addition, the board will hear reports from groups trying to revise the massive rulebook, change the penalty structure and put more representatives on the infractions committee. Those three areas could dramatically overhaul how the NCAA polices member schools.

The proposed three-tier penalty structure would help investigators act on the most egregious accusations, and expanding the number of committee members could speed up the enforcement process.

Those proposals also are not expected to be voted on until August.

'All of us -- me, the membership, the public at large, coaches and athletes -- want swifter action,' Emmert said. 'If the committee on infractions functions more like a federal court of appeals you have more members, but they don't have to hear every case. You have more people working on a case at a time and you can resolve cases a lot more quickly.'

Courtesy of www.cbs8.com



Iona's Machado wins Haggerty Award - by Eurobasket News

Iona guard Scott Machado (6'1''-G-90), who led the nation in assists, is the winner of the Haggerty Award, presented to the outstanding college basketball player in the New York area.

The 6-foot-1 senior averaged 13.6 points and 9.9 assists last season and was the first player to have more than 300 assists (327) in a season since 1993. He finished his career with 880 assists, 18th on the career list.

He was to receive the award Thursday night at the 79th annual dinner hosted by the NIT and the Metropolitan Basketball Writers Association.

He is fifth Iona player to win the award and first since Steve Burtt in 1984.

Joining Machado on the All-Met first team are Michael Glover of Iona, Moe Harkless of St. John's, Julian Boyd of LIU-Brooklyn, and Jordan Theodore and Herb Pope of Seton Hall.

Courtesy of http://online.wsj.com



NCAA approves delay on academic components - by Eurobasket News

The NCAA's Division I Board of Directors agreed Thursday to give some schools an additional year to meet new, more rigorous academic standards tied to postseason eligibility.

Low-resource institutions won't have to hit the four-year average of 930 on the Academic Progress Rate until 2016-17, one year later than all other schools. And though the two-year averages will be waived for the low-resource schools, all institutions must maintain a four-year average of 900 to be eligible for championship events each of the next two seasons.

In a statement issued Thursday, NCAA President Mark Emmert said the governing body had an 'obligation' to help those schools make a successful transition.

But NCAA critics believe the delay will only prolong an inevitable push to do anything to keep athletes eligible.

'I think what the lower-resource schools are going to do is turn into more eligibility brokers where they'll advance academic support in some areas but the main goal will be to keep kids eligible,' said David Ridpath, an assistant professor in sports administration at Ohio University and past president of the NCAA-watchdog The Drake Group.

'I think when you look at it, the focus of NCAA athletics at any school is to keep kids eligible, so you see kind of a path of least resistance toward eligibility,' he added, explaining the numbers can be skewed by the degrees and courses student-athletes pursue and even the professors they take.

Board members headed home after the quarterly meeting and were not immediately available for comment.

The 18-0 vote revises the legislation that was originally approved in October. That measure established two requirements to be eligible for postseason play in 2012-13 and 2013-14: A four-year APR average of 900 or a 930 average on the school's two most recent reports. By 2014-15, schools that fall below 930 would have to hit 940 on their two-year scores to be eligible. In 2015-16, the two-year average disappears and schools must have a 930 average over the four-year period.

Now low-resource schools, primarily historically black colleges and universities, must maintain a four-year mark of 900 each of the next two seasons. The cutline increases to 910 in 2014-15, 920 in 2015-16 and 930 in 2016-17. Two-year averages would not matter. They will also be required to submit a 'meaningful APR improvement plan.'

Low-resource schools are defined by the NCAA as those ranked in the bottom 15 percentile, based on the combined average of institutional spending per student, athletic expenses per student-athlete and the average Pell Grant per student. Football Bowl Subdivision cannot make the list.

The APR is calculated by adding the number of points accrued each semester by scholarship athletes on each team. The athlete receives one point per semester for staying in school and another point each semester for remaining eligible.

'It's important to look at a variety of options and be as deliberative as we can to ensure our actions facilitate success, not limit it,' Emmert said in the statement.

Tougher requirements have already made an impact at Connecticut.

School officials have already said their two most recent APR scores would keep the men's basketball team out of next year's tournament. Earlier this month, the three-time national champs lost an appeal to count this year's scores in the two-year average, numbers that will not be final until the end of the school year but would likely make them eligible. Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy called the rejection 'absolutely outrageous' and members of the state's congressional delegation are asking Congress to further examine the NCAA's policy.

On campus, school leaders remain hopeful that the NCAA will change its mind.

But Ridpath doesn't expect the ban to be lifted.

'UConn's case is probably final, though I will say it's interesting that UConn is the first big-time school that is really going to see an APR penalty,' he said. 'I think if most coaches can reach that Holy Grail, winning a national championship, they'll take that trade-off and I think that's what happened at UConn. UConn is now going to get 'punished' and I don't think that's going to change.'

Emmert said Wednesday that neither he nor the board is worried about schools challenging the measures, even through court litigation where the governing body has had a spotty record.

'If there's concern on the board, they haven't mentioned it to me,' he said. 'I think the board feels very comfortable with where they are on the 930 mark.'

The board also approved a one-year delay on tougher standards for incoming freshmen.

In October, the board increased the minimum GPA from 2.0 to 2.3 and said incoming freshmen needed to complete 10 of their required 16 core courses before their senior year of high school. That was originally set to go into effect in 2015. Now, it will be pushed back to 2016.

'We want to give young people a fair chance to meet the new standards by taking core academic courses early in their high school career,' board chairwoman Judy Genshaft said in a statement. 'The presidents have every confidence that future student-athletes will do the work necessary to be academically successful in college.'

But the board rejected a proposal for a one-year delay on tougher standards for junior college transfers. That means, starting in 2013-14, junior college transfers must have a 2.5 GPA and could only count two physical education credits toward their initial eligibility at a four-year school.

Board members also heard three proposals regarding the $2,000 stipend toward what the NCAA calls the full cost-of-attendance - money that goes beyond tuition, room and board, books and fees. That legislation was approved in October but was suspended in December after more than 100 schools asked for an override vote.

The proposals would:

- Allow each school to provide up to $2,000 whether on full or partial scholarships, though the money would be limited to the proportional cost of a full scholarship;

- Base eligibility for the stipend on demonstrated need as established by the Free Application for Student Financial Assistance;

- Allow each school to use the student-athlete opportunity fund to pay out the $2,000. Schools could then supplement those funds by up to $2,000 per scholarship.

Emmert has said he and the board still want to implement the stipend. No vote is expected before the board's August meeting, when the board could also take action on an edit of the massive rulebook and a new penalty structure.

Courtesy of http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com



Remaining UConn players want Calhoun to return - by Eurobasket News

Connecticut basketball captain Shabazz Napier (6'0''-G-91) says the return of coach Jim Calhoun next year would send a strong message to players who have decided to stay in Storrs despite being barred from the 2013 NCAA tournament.

Napier and five teammates represented the program at the state Capitol's annual Husky Day on Thursday. Calhoun was not in attendance. Five underclassmen have announced plans to transfer or enter the NBA draft.

Napier told The Associated Press that he believes coach Calhoun doesn't want to leave the program with a bad ending, and is loyal to his players.

Napier says he's also hopeful that the NCAA will revisit its Academic Progress Rate this summer and allow UConn to use its most recent scores, which would allow the Huskies to qualify for the tournament.

Courtesy of www.cbssports.com



Bernie Fine lands consulting job with Israeli team - by Eurobasket News

Former Syracuse assistant basketball coach Bernie Fine has a new job.

The 66-year-old Fine has been hired as a consultant by the Maccabi 'Bazan' Haifa franchise of the Israeli Basketball Super League. The team made the announcement Thursday.

Fine will be based in the U.S. and will consult on player personnel decisions and help in the search for a new coach.

Fine has strong ties to Israeli basketball. He coached the U.S. Maccabiah team to a silver medal at the 1993 World Maccabiah Games.

Fine, who coached at Syracuse under Jim Boeheim for just over 35 years, was fired in November after two former team ball boys accused him of sexually abusing them more than 20 years ago.

Fine has denied the allegations and has not been charged.

Courtesy of http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com



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Jerome Alexander Named ECAC Metro Region Second Team All-Star - by Joan Manuel Sanchez

New York, N.Y. The Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference (ECAC) has announced that John Jay men's basketball player, Jerome Alexander (6'4''-G/F) has been named a Metro Regional second team All-Star for the 2011-12 season.

The award is latest of a collection for Alexander who has already garnered a City University of New York Athletic Conference (CUNYAC) first team All-Star and a National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) Atlantic District second team All-Star.

Alexander averaged 26.4 points per game, which led the team and conference, and ranked him fourth in NCAA Division III this season.

He shot 82 percent (169-for-206) from the free throw line and averaged 3.2 assists per game to lead the team in those categories.

Courtesy: Bloodhounds Athletics



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  NEW ZEALAND   

Standings Men

NBL Standings
 1. Bay Hawks 9-1 
 2. Auckland P. 9-2 
 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. 2-8 

Regular Season: Round 9

Apr. 25: Bay Hawks - Wellington S. 97-80
Apr. 25: Auckland P. - Harbour H. 91-75
Apr. 25: Nelson G. - Taranaki MA 72-75
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.


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Nick HORVATH
  Hub Jets
  (208-F/C-81)
  Avg: 24.1
 1. Horvath, Hub Jets24.1 
 2. Gurley, Wellington24.0 
 3. Jones, Nelson G.23.5 
 4. Wright, OceanaGo.23.1 
 5. Braswell, Southlan.22.2 
 6. Tisby, OceanaGo.21.7 
 7. Pace, Hub Jets21.6 
 8. Hudson, Taranaki.21.3 
 9. Bartlett, Bay H.21.0 
 10. Leasure, Taranaki.21.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Nick HORVATH
  Hub Jets
  (208-F/C-81)
  Avg: 16.4
 1. Horvath, Hub Jets16.4 
 2. Tisby, OceanaGo.11.7 
 3. Atkinson, Harbo.9.8 
 4. Abney, Southland9.6 
 5. Johnson, Bay Hawks8.9 
 6. Muhammad, Aucklan.8.8 
 7. Frank, Wellington8.7 
 8. Wright, OceanaGo.8.6 
 9. Harrison, Nelson G.8.4 
 10. Pace, Hub Jets7.6 
Assists Per Game
 Jason CROWE
  Wellington S.
  (193-G-76)
  Avg: 9.4
 1. Crowe, Wellington9.4 
 2. Tait, Auckland P.7.8 
 3. Dickel, OceanaGo.6.4 
 4. Jones, Nelson G.5.2 
 5. Wright, OceanaGo.4.2 
 6. Pace, Hub Jets4.1 
 7. Kenny, Bay Hawks4.1 
 8. Bailey, Harbour H.4.0 
 9. Braswell, Southlan.3.9 
 10. Hudson, Taranaki.3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Kevin BRASWELL
  Southlan.
  (188-G-79)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Braswell, Southlan.2.6 
 2. Crowe, Wellington2.4 
 3. Wright, OceanaGo.2.2 
 4. Leasure, Taranaki.2.2 
 5. Pace, Hub Jets2.0 
 6. Gurley, Wellington2.0 
 7. Dickel, OceanaGo.1.9 
 8. Muhammad, Aucklan.1.9 
 9. Bailey, Harbour H.1.8 
 10. Tait, Auckland P.1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Michael HARRISON
  Nelson G.
  (206-F/C-84)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Harrison, Nelson G.2.4 
 2. Tisby, OceanaGo.1.7 
 3. Trousdell, Wellin.1.1 
 4. Atkinson, Harbo.1.1 
 5. Wright, OceanaGo.1.1 
 6. Abney, Southland1.0 
 7. Muhammad, Aucklan.0.9 
 8. Frank, Wellington0.8 
 9. Cartwright, Auckla.0.7 
 10. Newbold, Auckland.0.7 



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  OLYMPIC GAMES   


David Blatt names preliminary roster for Olympic Qualifying Tournament - by Eurobasket News

David Blatt named the Russian National Team preliminary roster. Sixteen players will prepare for the Olympic Qualifying Tournament. The event is slated to take place in Venezuela from 2nd through 8th of July. The first training camp for Russian NT is scheduled for 31st of May.
These are the names:
Semen Antonov (202-PF-89, agency: RU-Basket Management)
Sergey Bykov (190-G-83)
Eugeny Voronov (193-G-86)
Andrey Vorontsevich (204-C-87)
Maxim Grigoryev (195-G-90)
Sergey Karasev (201-F-93)
Sasha Kaun (211-C-85)
Andrei Kirilenko (205-F-81)
Timofey Mozgov (216-C-86, agency: Ryzhov Stanislav)
Sergey Monya (203-F-83)
Anton Ponkrashov (200-G-86)
Vitaly Fridzon (195-G-85, agency: Alti Sport)
Dmitry Khvostov (191-G-89)
Viktor Khryapa (204-F/G-82)
Alexey Shved
Artem Yakovenko (205-F/C-88, agency: RU-Basket Management).
The first training camp will be held in Moscow. The team then gather again on 3rd of June in Slovenia. Russia will play two friendly games against FYR Macedonia and Greece on June 14th and 16th. Later the team will move to the USA for the final training camp. Three test games are scheduled for June 25th, 27th and 28th. Russia will face Great Britain, Lithuania and Great Britain again respectively.
Russia got into Group C at the Olympic Qualifying Tournament. They will face Venezuela and South Korea.



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  PHILIPPINES   

PBA Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Earl BARRON
  Meralco .
  (212-C-81)
  Avg: 29.5
 1. Barron, Meralco29.5 
 2. David, Powerade T.27.1 
 3. Bowles, B-Meg L.25.5 
 4. Harvey, Talk N Te.20.6 
 5. Parada, Alaska Ac.19.3 
 6. Baguio, Alaska Ac.18.2 
 7. Cardona, Meralco17.8 
 8. Lassiter, Powerade.17.7 
 9. Jones, Powerade T.17.5 
 10. Caguioa, Ginebra16.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Dwayne JONES
  Powerade T.
  (211-C-83)
  Avg: 17.9
 1. Jones, Powerade T.17.9 
 2. Harvey, Talk N Te.16.2 
 3. Barron, Meralco15.6 
 4. Parada, Alaska Ac.14.1 
 5. Vroman, Ginebra12.0 
 6. Bowles, B-Meg L.11.9 
 7. Thoss, Alaska Aces8.2 
 8. Hatfield, Ginebra7.2 
 9. Cardona, Meralco6.8 
 10. Caguioa, Ginebra6.4 
Assists Per Game
 Chris ROSS
  Meralco .
  (185-G-85)
  Avg: 7.8
 1. Ross, Meralco7.8 
 2. Casio, Powerade T.7.2 
 3. Alapag, Talk N Te.5.8 
 4. Tenorio, Alaska A.5.6 
 5. Cortez, Ginebra5.4 
 6. Helterbrand, Gineb.5.2 
 7. Vroman, Ginebra4.1 
 8. Custodio, Alaska A.3.8 
 9. Miller, Barako Bull3.7 
 10. Lassiter, Powerad.3.6 
Steals Per Game
 Chris ROSS
  Meralco .
  (185-G-85)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Ross, Meralco1.8 
 2. Harvey, Talk N Te.1.6 
 3. Reyes, Talk N Text1.4 
 4. Vroman, Ginebra1.4 
 5. Helterbrand, Gineb.1.3 
 6. Lassiter, Powerade.1.3 
 7. Custodio, Alaska A.1.3 
 8. Tenorio, Alaska A.1.1 
 9. Cortez, Ginebra1.1 
 10. Dillinger, Talk N.1.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Dwayne JONES
  Powerade T.
  (211-C-83)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Jones, Powerade T.2.8 
 2. Vroman, Ginebra2.4 
 3. Parada, Alaska Ac.2.0 
 4. Bowles, B-Meg L.1.5 
 5. Eman, Alaska Aces1.3 
 6. Barron, Meralco1.1 
 7. Thoss, Alaska Aces1.1 
 8. Harvey, Talk N Te.1.0 
 9. Lassiter, Powerade.0.9 
 10. Pingris, B-Meg L.0.8 


Castro helps TNT tie Commissioner's Cup title series with B-MEG - by Eurobasket News

Talk N Text - B-Meg Llam. 104-102
Jayson Castro (173-PG-86), ineffective in the finals opener, made the shots that mattered most to help Talk 'N Text escape with a 104-102 win over B-MEG to tie their best-of-seven title series in the 37th PBA Commissioner's Cup Wednesday night at the Smart Araneta Coliseum. Castro, with the Llamados holding on to a 99-94 lead with one minute and 38 seconds remaining, scored six straight points including the three-pointer that gave the Tropang Texters the lead for good at the 35-second mark of the fourth. Both teams exchanged misses in a 20-second span with B-MEG import Denzel Bowles (208-F/C-89, college: JMU) committing a costly turnover that could have changed the outcome of the match. Bowles, after grabbing the rebound off Kelly Williams' second missed free throw attempt, forgot that B-MEG still has a full time-out left and opted to throw an outlet pass to an already running Peter Simon (186-G-82). Talk 'N Text reinforcement Donnell Harvey (203-F/C-80, college: Florida) managed to block Bowles' pass to Simon with Ryan Reyes (188-G-83, college: Cerritos JC) picking up the loose ball. Reyes got fouled to stop the clock and made both free throws to give the Texters a three-point lead, 102-99, 8.2 ticks left. Bowles split his free throws at the other end with Jimmy Alapag (177-PG-77, college: CS San Bernar.), who was limited to three points the entire game, sealing Talk 'N Text's win with a pair of free throws at the other end. Castro scored 23 markers on 10-of-12 shooting from the stripe to support Harvey's 29-point and 14-rebound performance. B-MEG's loss wasted Bowles' game-high 33 points and 13 rebounds and James Yap's 25 markers on 5-of-8 clip from the three-point range. The Llamados fell behind early in the match with the Texters opening with a 5-0 run before settling for a 24-16 spread after 12 minutes of play. Both teams battled through several scoring spurts and lead changes up until the final two minutes where B-MEG squandered a five-point lead and Castro carrying Talk 'N Text on his shoulders. - JVP, GMA News *Courtesy of www.pba-online.net



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  POLAND   


Zastal Zielona Gora keeps Piotr Stelmach until 2014 - by Eurobasket News

Zastal Zielona Gora announced signing of a two-year contract extension with Piotr Stelmach (205-F-84, agency: BeoExcell, college: Mississippi St.). It means that the Polish forward will stay with the club until the end of the 2013/14 season. Stelmach joined Zastal last summer. He appeared 34 times in PLK so far averaging 9.9 points, 4.1 rebounds and 1.4 assists. The team fights to reach the Semifinals. They finished regular season as No.3. Piotr Stelmach spent last season with PBG Basket Poznan. He had 9.5 ppg and 3.4 rpg for 27 games with them. From 2008 to 2010, he was a member of SKK Kotwica Kolobrzeg. Stelmach also has experience from Prokom Trefl Sopot and SMS PZKosz Warka. He graduated at the Mississippi State University in 2007.


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  PUERTO RICO   

Standings - BSN

BSN Standings
 1. Mayaguez 19-6 
 2. Quebradillas 15-10 
 3. Bayamon 15-11 
 4. Arecibo 13-10 
 5. San German 13-12 
 6. Guaynabo 11-15 
 7. Guayama 8-17 
 8. Humacao 6-19 

Regular Season: Round 24

Apr. 23: Bayamon - San German 86-94
Apr. 25: Humacao - Bayamon 82-87
Apr. 24: Arecibo - Mayaguez 78-83
Apr. 25: Guaynabo - Quebradillas 68-81
Apr. 24: Guayama - Guaynabo 109-88

Regular Season: Round 25

Apr. 26: San German - Guayama
Apr. 27: Arecibo - Bayamon
Apr. 27: Quebradillas - Humacao


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. Dalmau, Bayamon19.7 
 5. Ayuso, Arecibo19.6 
 6. Ramos, Quebradillas18.4 
 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. Thornton, Guayama9.2 
 4. Ramos, Quebradillas9.2 
 5. Sensley, Humacao9.0 
 6. Sweetney, Bayamon8.6 
 7. Burgess, Guaynabo8.4 
 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, Bayamon4.1 
 8. Cruz, Quebradillas3.7 
 9. Rodriguez, San G.3.4 
 10. Rivera, Mayaguez3.2 
Steals Per Game
 Donta SMITH
  Mayaguez
  (201-G-83)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Smith, Mayaguez2.3 
 2. Pinnock, Arecibo1.8 
 3. Mojica, Bayamon1.6 
 4. Ramirez, Mayaguez1.4 
 5. Strong, San German1.3 
 6. Cotto, Mayaguez1.3 
 7. Figueroa, Guaynabo1.3 
 8. Sensley, Humacao1.3 
 9. Thornton, Guayama1.3 
 10. Efejuku, Mayaguez1.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Mamadou LAMIZANA
  Bayamon
  (207-F/C-81)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Lamizana, Bayamon2.2 
 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, Quebradillas1.2 
 8. Powell, Guayama1.1 
 9. Aubry, Arecibo0.9 
 10. Santiago, Arecibo0.9 


Atleticos land Barron: - by Luis Modestti

Atleticos de San German landed former NBA center Earl Barron (212-C-81, college: Memphis). He is expected to join the team this week.

Barron played this season with the Golden State Warriors where he only appeared for two games. He then moved to the Philippines to play for Meralco Bolts where he averaged 29.5 points and 15.6 rebounds in ten games.

He is expected to cover the center position and be a presence inside in a team that already has Jose Jaime Lloreda and Mike Harris as their imports.

San German has a 13-12 record and are fourth overall in rebounding and last in blocks.



Harris number one in Puerto Rico for Round 24 - by Eurobasket News

American forward Mike Harris (198-F-83) put on an extraordinary performance in the last week for San German, receiving a Latinbasket.com Player of the Round award for week 24.
The 28-year old player had a double-double of 33 points and 13 rebounds, while his team beat Bayamon (#3, 15-11) 94-86. San German maintains the 5th position in Puerto Rican BSN. San German is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 13-12 record. In the team's last game Harris had a remarkable 70.6% from 2-point range. He just recently signed at San German, being already a very valuable addition to the team. Former Rice University star has very solid stats this year. Harris. Harris is in league's top in points (2nd best: 21.6ppg) and averages impressive 1.2bpg and 58.1% FGP.

The second best player in last week's games was 28-year old American Josh Powell (206-F-83, agency: Strategic Sports) of Guayama. Powell had a very good evening with a double-double of 34 points and 14 rebounds. Of course he lead Guayama to another comfortable win outscoring slightly higher-ranked Guaynabo (#6, 11-15) 109-88. Guayama's 7th position in the standings has not changed. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 8-17 record. Powell is one of the most experienced players at Guayama and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 17.0ppg (#7). He also registered 9.6 boards per game.

Third on the list of top players last week was American center Patrick O'Bryant (213-C-86) of league's top team Mayaguez. O'Bryant scored 22 points and grabbed sixteen rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of Mayaguez, leading his team to a 83-78 win against #4 ranked Arecibo in a game of the week. Mayaguez confirms their top position in the standings. Their record at this point is 19 victories and 6 lost games. O'Bryant has a great season in Puerto Rico. After 24 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 8.2rpg (8th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Michael Sweetney (203-F-82) of Bayamon - 20 points, 13 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Daniel Santiago (216-C-76) of Arecibo - 20 points and 15 rebounds
6. Oritseweyinmi Efejuku (196-G-86) of Mayaguez - 23 points, 4 rebounds and 6 assists
7. Peter John Ramos (222-C-85) of Quebradillas - 20 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Al Thornton (203-F-83) of Guayama - 31 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists
9. Shavlik Randolph (208-F-83) of Quebradillas - 18 points and 9 rebounds
10. Jose Lloreda (201-F/C-80) of San German - 18 points and 12 rebounds

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



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Standings - D2

Div.B Standings
Seria 1
 1. Steaua Turabo II 12-2 
 2. Ploiesti II 10-4 
 3. Rapid B. 10-4 
 4. BCM U 2 Pitesti 8-6 
 5. A.Vlaicu Buc. 2-12 
 6. CS Amicii 0-14 
Seria 2
 1. Farul Const. 12-2 
 2. CSU Galati 11-2 
 3. CS Concordia 10-4 
 4. Ph. Galati 4-10 
 5. BT Bucuresti 4-10 
 6. CSM Focsani 1-13 
Seria 3
 1. Gaz Metan II 9-0 
 2. Ph. Brasov 6-4 
 3. CS Vabova 6-4 
 4. T.Mures II 2-7 
 5. Brasov 1-9 
Seria 4
 1. Timba Timis. 11-1 
 2. MP Timisoara 6-6 
 3. U.Mobitel II 5-7 
 4. CSM 2 Oradea 5-7 
 5. West Olympia 3-9 

Second Stage: Round 4

Apr. 25: BT Bucuresti - Ph. Galati 94-91
Apr. 25: Steaua Turabo II - BCM U 2 Pitesti 80-63
Apr. 25: CSM Focsani - CSU Galati 73-93
Apr. 25: Timba Timis. - CSM 2 Oradea 73-59
Apr. 25: U.Mobitel II - West Olympia 64-47
Apr. 25: MP Timisoara - U.Mobitel II 60-62
Apr. 25: A.Vlaicu Buc. - Ploiesti II 53-83
Apr. 25: CS Concordia - Farul Const. 44-65
Apr. 25: Rapid B. - CS Amicii 20-0



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David Blatt names preliminary roster for Olympic Qualifying Tournament - by Eurobasket News

David Blatt named the Russian National Team preliminary roster. Sixteen players will prepare for the Olympic Qualifying Tournament. The event is slated to take place in Venezuela from 2nd through 8th of July. The first training camp for Russian NT is scheduled for 31st of May.
These are the names:
Semen Antonov (202-PF-89, agency: RU-Basket Management)
Sergey Bykov (190-G-83)
Eugeny Voronov (193-G-86)
Andrey Vorontsevich (204-C-87)
Maxim Grigoryev (195-G-90)
Sergey Karasev (201-F-93)
Sasha Kaun (211-C-85)
Andrei Kirilenko (205-F-81)
Timofey Mozgov (216-C-86, agency: Ryzhov Stanislav)
Sergey Monya (203-F-83)
Anton Ponkrashov (200-G-86)
Vitaly Fridzon (195-G-85, agency: Alti Sport)
Dmitry Khvostov (191-G-89)
Viktor Khryapa (204-F/G-82)
Alexey Shved
Artem Yakovenko (205-F/C-88, agency: RU-Basket Management).
The first training camp will be held in Moscow. The team then gather again on 3rd of June in Slovenia. Russia will play two friendly games against FYR Macedonia and Greece on June 14th and 16th. Later the team will move to the USA for the final training camp. Three test games are scheduled for June 25th, 27th and 28th. Russia will face Great Britain, Lithuania and Great Britain again respectively.
Russia got into Group C at the Olympic Qualifying Tournament. They will face Venezuela and South Korea.



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Kigali Out of Inter-Cities Hoops Tournament - by Eurobasket News

A text message from the Kicukiro District Mayor Jules Ndamage to head coach of the Kigali City Council team Cliff Owuor yesterday morning confirmed the city's non-participation at the ongoing Inter-cities basketball tournament in Kampala.

Part of the message read, 'I think it is impossible to go to Kampala because of preparation modalities which have delayed. Say sorry to our players. I will find time to talk to them.'

This makes it a decade since Kigali last participated in the annual tournament that is organised by cities from over four countries across the zone to promote regional integration through sports, in this case basketball.

'It is a disappointment that we are going to miss out on this tournament because we really wanted to take part and actually win the trophy,' a sad Owuor told Times Sport.

The 12-man team that started preparations for this tournament over a month ago comprised of six national team players and clearly had a chance of lifting this title but, unfortunately, they have to wait for yet another year.

The tournament, which started yesterday in Kampala, has attracted more than 12 teams in the men and women's categories from different cities around the region including defending champions Nairobi, Dar-es-salaam, Mogadishu, Mbeya, Moyo, Gulu, Mukono, Mombasa, hosts Kampala and Hanshirya from Somalia.

According to the event chief organiser in Kampala who is also an official in the Kampala City Council Authority (KCCA), Kigali's absence from the tournament is a disappointment.
Courtesy of: The New Times



Local Basketball Body Braced for Fresh Faces - by Eurobasket News

NATIONAL basketball governing body Ferwaba leadership will have new faces on Sunday after the General Assembly ordered for fresh elections as opposed to filling the posts of top officials who have resigned.

Former hoops federation president Eric Kalisa, first vice president Henry Munyengabe and legal Advisor Shema Maboko resigned last year citing personal reasons.

As a result, second vice president in the previous administration, Albert Kayiranga was tasked to head the body on a temporary basis until the vacant positions were filled.

But in a stormy meeting held at the weekend, to set a date for the elections, representatives of local clubs, requested the remaining officials to resign so that new leaders elected.

Although he did not initially agree with the decision, interim president Kayiranga conceded and resigned together with the remaining officials to pave way for new elections due this Sunday at Amahoro stadium.

'Members from the General Assembly argued that it would be good to fulfill the vacant positions because mixing new people and the ones who are already in the administration wouldn't be a good idea.

I thought this argument was weak but we accepted their position and resigned,' said Kayiranag, who is also the head of sports at National University of Rwanda.
Courtesy of: The New Times



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Standings - A Liga

A Standings
SuperLiga
 1. Radnicki K. 7-2 
 2. Partizan 7-2 
 3. Crvena Zvezda 5-4 
 4. Vojvodina 5-4 
 5. Radnicki Basket 5-4 
 6. BKK Radnicki 3-6 
 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. 26: Vojvodina - Crvena Zvezda 87-83
Apr. 25: Mega Vizura - Radnicki Basket 86-70
Apr. 26: BKK Radnicki - Radnicki K. 76-88

Second Stage: Round 10

May. 9: Hemofarm - Vojvodina
May. 9: Crvena Zvezda - BKK Radnicki
May. 9: Radnicki K. - Mega Vizura
May. 9: Radnicki Basket - Partizan


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.4.6 
 4. Jovic, Sloga4.3 
 5. Milisavljevi., Meg.4.2 
 6. Stefanovic, Smede.4.1 
 7. Miljenovic, Mega V.4.0 
 8. Drca, OKK Beograd3.8 
 9. Rakic, Sloboda Uzi.3.8 
 10. Mitrovic, OKK B.3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Negoslav GACIC
  BKK Radnicki
  (193-G-)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Gacic, BKK Radnicki3.1 
 2. Jovic, Sloga2.6 
 3. Boltic, BKK R.2.3 
 4. Bojovic, Zeleznicar2.0 
 5. Dundjerski, Vojvo.2.0 
 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 


Superleague Round 9: Zvezda loses to Vojvodina - by Eurobasket News

Vojvodina - Crvena Zvezda 87-83
The game between third ranked Zvezda (5-4) and fifth ranked Vojvodina (5-4) was the most important one in the last round on Thursday night. Zvezda was defeated by Vojvodina in a tough game in Novi Sad 83-87. The hosts trailed by 8 points after first quarter, but they rallied back winning two of next three quarters and won the game by 4 points. Vojvodina shot the lights out from three sinking 12 long-distance shots on high 52.2 percentage. 24 personal fouls committed by Zvezda helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a good game for forward Strahinja Milosevic (203-F-85) who led his team to a victory with 14 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. Power forward Dragan Zekovic (210-87, agency: Interperformances) contributed with 16 points for the winners. Montenegrin power forward Bojan Subotic (206-90) answered with 18 points (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field) and guard Filip Covic (180-89, agency: Interperformances) added 13 points and 5 assists in the effort for Zvezda. Four Vojvodina and five Zvezda players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Vojvodina moved-up to third place, which they share with Crvena Zvezda and Radnicki Basket. Vojvodina is looking forward to face Hemofarm (#8) in Vrsac in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Zvezda's supporters also look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Beograd BKK Radnicki.
Top scorers:
Crvena Zvezda: B.Subotic 18+2reb, F.Covic 13+5ast, O.Thomas 11+4reb+2ast, P.Popovic 10+4reb, A.Milutinovic 10+5reb+1ast, S.Lesic 7+3reb+1ast
Vojvodina: R.Markovic 17, D.Zekovic 16+4reb+1ast, S.Milosevic 14+8reb+4ast, S.Dundjerski 13+1reb+2ast, O.Kuzeta 7+2ast, V.Ivelja 7+1reb
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