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  ASEAN LEAGUE   



ASEAN League round 18 best performance: Tiras Wade - by Eurobasket News

American forward Tiras Wade (200-F-81, agency: Interperformances) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for KL Dragons, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 18.
The 30-year old player had a double-double of 27 points and 13 rebounds, while his team crushed Bangkok C. (#6, 6-11) with 23-point margin 107-84. KL Dragons maintains the 4th position in ASEAN League . KL Dragons 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 9-9 record. In the team's last game Wade had a remarkable 64.3% from 2-point range. He turned to be KL Dragons' top player in his first season with the team. Former University Louisiana at Lafayette star has very solid stats this year. Wade is league's best scorer averaging so far 25.3ppg. Wade is in league's top in assists (3rd best: 4.5apg) and averages impressive 57.9% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 26-year old American Nick Fazekas (211-F-85) of league's leader Petron Blaze. Fazekas had a very good evening with a double-double of 23 points and 19 rebounds. It was enough for Petron Blaze to edge the lower-ranked Singapore S. (#5, 7-10) 68-64. Of course Petron Blaze still keep the league's top spot. His team has currently 15-4 record. Fazekas is a newcomer at Petron Blaze, but is already one of team's top players.

Third on the list of top players last round was another KL Dragons' star - American center Brian Williams (208-C-87, agency: VVG Sports). Williams showcased his all-around game by recording 20 points, fourteen rebounds (!!!) and eight assists in the last round. He was another key player of KL Dragons, helping his team with a 107-84 easy win against slightly lower-ranked Bangkok C. (#6, 6-11). KL Dragons needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 9 victories and 9 lost games. Williams has a great season in ASEAN League. After 12 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 19.0ppg (5th best) and rebounds with 14.8rpg (2nd best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Jonathan Jones (211-C-79) of Saigon H. - 21 points, 12 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Travis George (206-PF-85) of Bangkok C. - 18 points and 8 rebounds
6. Jahmar Thorpe (198-F-84) of Saigon H. - 16 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists
7. Donald Dulay (173-G-80) of Singapore S. - 17 points, 4 rebounds and 7 assists
8. Louis Graham (205-F/C-84) of Singapore S. - 19 points and 12 rebounds
9. Nakiea Miller (204-C-79) of Philip.Patriots - 17 points and 9 rebounds
10. Gentry Lewis (206-F/C-81) of Bangkok C. - 21 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists

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



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  BELGIUM   

Standings - Division I

D1 Standings
 1. Spirou 21-8 
 2. Antwerp 19-8 
 3. Oostende 18-10 
 4. Aalstar 16-13 
 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 32

Apr. 27: Spirou - Aalstar 68-64
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. Mallet, Spirou15.1 
 5. Black, Antwerp14.3 
 6. Freeman, Leuven14.0 
 7. Broyles, Spirou13.9 
 8. Taylor, M.Hainaut13.9 
 9. Haynes, Gent13.7 
 10. Love, Verviers-Pe.13.7 
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, Aalstar6.0 
 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. Bosco, Gent1.9 
 5. Hopkins, Antwerp1.9 
 6. Wilson, Antwerp1.9 
 7. Mallet, Spirou1.8 
 8. Muya, Liege1.8 
 9. Bostic, Liege1.7 
 10. Haynes, Gent1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Salah MEJRI
  Antwerp
  (216-C-86)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Mejri, Antwerp2.6 
 2. Riddick, Spirou1.7 
 3. Jennings, Liege1.5 
 4. Young, Aalstar0.9 
 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 



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  BOSNIA   


Hamdo Fraljak out with KK BOSNA ASA! - by Chris Mathieu


Coach Hamdo Fraljak was forced out as coach with KK BOSNA ASA! The board of directors asked for and received the resignation of Coach Hamdo Fraljak today. The board was unhappy with the league 6 results of the team going 1-9 bottom of the standing. More egregious was the lack of playing time for young players on the team after it was obvious the team had no chance of reaching the finals. The rift that developed between the popular Dzenan Rahimic and coach Fraljak was the first step in the path that led to his eventual dismissal.



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  BULGARIA   


Evtimov and Chalon will play for FIBA EuroChallenge Cup - by Vladi Lazarova

Ilian Evtimov (201-F-83, agency: Interperformances, college: N.Carolina St.) will play at FIBA EuroChallenge final on Sunday. His French team Elan Chalon defeated Russian Triumph 84-69 at the second semifinal in Debrecen, after in first the host squad Szolnoki Olaj lost in drama 60-64 from Turkish powerhouse Besiktas.

Evtimov was in the starting line-up for his team and even the presence of Chalon at the final on Sunday can be taken for a small gift for his 29th birthday, which is today. The season is very good for Ilian in France so far and he already won the National Cup a month ago. Now there is another Cup close to his hands.



Nikolov and Szolnoki lost in drama at the semifinals of FIBA EuroChallenge - by Vladi Lazarova

Szolnoki Olaj dropped dramatically at the semifinals of FIBA EuroChallenge after 60-64 from Turkish powerhouse Besiktas. In front of more than 4000 fans in Debrecen the hosts didn't give up to the end, but fell at the last minute of the game.

The best player for Szolnoki once again this season was Bulgarian Hristo Nikolov (200-F-85, agency: Global Sports Plaza). He scored 13 points, including three decisive 3-pointers. 200 cm tall forward brought Szolnoki back in the game in the last quarter, but that wasnt enough for the team.

'I'm disappointed. I wanted to make happy all these people in the stands. They live for basketball. We missed a great chance, but the truth is that at the end Besiktas was the better team and they deserved more than us to win', said 26-years old Nikolov.



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  CANADA   


Raptors pick up option on coach Dwayne Casey - by Eurobasket News

The Toronto Raptors have picked up the option on the contract of head coach Dwayne Casey, extending his deal through the 2013-14 season.

The Raptors finished Casey's first season at 23-43, fourth in the Atlantic Division and one game ahead of last-place New Jersey. Toronto won more games in the just-completed shortened season than in the full regular-season campaign of 2010-11 (22-60).

'Dwane did a terrific job this year of adhering to our plan of growth and development for this young team,' said Raptors general manager Bryan Colangelo in a statement Friday. 'We set out to change the culture and improve defensively, and he orchestrated both progressions in an impressive fashion.'

The Raptors finished among the top-10 in points allowed, opponent field-goal percentage and three-point field goal percentage this season after ranking in the bottom third of all three categories in 2010-11.

Casey, known for his defensive schemes, joined the Raptors after three seasons as an assistant with Dallas. The Mavericks won the NBA title in his final year with the club.

He also was an assistant with the Seattle SuperSonics from 1994-2005, then spent a year and a half as head coach of the Minnesota Timberwolves. Casey's brief tenure in Minnesota included a record of 33-49 during the 2005-06 season -- his only full year on the job. He was fired after a 20-20 start the following year.

Courtesy of www.miamiherald.com



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  CHINA   


NBA Stars Arrived in China - by Robert Wang

Former NBA super stars, Denis Rodman, Allen Iverson (184-G-75, college: Georgetown) and Shawn Kemp, etc arrived in China yesterday. Scottie Pippen and White Chocolate Jason Williams did not show up because they have family issues. These stars would attend a tournament in China against some chinese teams (CBA) like the champion team Bei Jing, Shan Xi team and Shan Dong team and China Junior National team. As we all knew Stephon Marbury was in Bei Jing last season and lead team to the CBA champion. This would bring a lot fun to the fans in Bei Jing and would play a different type of games there. It also seemed that Iverson might want a job in China next season because S. Marbury played very well in China in the past three years and most former NBA stars heard about it. As for Denis Rodman and Shawn K, i think the job chance is little for them becuase their age prob.. Maybe some teams might talk to them about this issue. Wish to see more NBA players in China in the future.


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  CZECH REPUBLIC   

Stats Leaders - NBL

Points Per Game
 Peter SEDMAK
  USK Praha
  (207-C-85)
  Avg: 19.7
 1. Sedmak, USK Praha19.7 
 2. Pope, Chomutov19.6 
 3. McFadden, Usti n.18.2 
 4. Grant, Levice17.9 
 5. Lowery, Chomutov17.6 
 6. Hruban, USK Praha16.7 
 7. Houska, BK Decin15.4 
 8. Arnold, BK Pardu.14.9 
 9. Meno, Svitavy14.8 
 10. Stanek, Chomutov14.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Stanislav VOTROUBEK
  USK P.
  (212-C-81)
  Avg: 8.8
 1. Votroubek, USK P.8.8 
 2. Pesic, Inter B.8.6 
 3. Meno, Svitavy8.4 
 4. Gottselig, Usti n.8.0 
 5. Arnold, BK Pardu.7.9 
 6. Naymick, CEZ N.7.6 
 7. Gadri-N., BK Prost.7.5 
 8. Peterson, BK Prost.7.4 
 9. Modric, Levice7.2 
 10. Gavran, Inter B.6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Emanuel UBILLA
  Inter B.
  (188-G-86)
  Avg: 5.3
 1. Ubilla, Inter B.5.3 
 2. Deloach, Svitavy5.1 
 3. Sotnar, USK Praha4.7 
 4. Wright, NH Ostrava4.6 
 5. Wright, Chomutov4.6 
 6. Vrubl, Plzen4.4 
 7. Lawrence, CEZ N.4.1 
 8. McFadden, Usti n.4.1 
 9. Sirina, B&W Opava4.1 
 10. Barnes, BC Kolin4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Rashaan AMES
  BC Kolin
  (184-PG-78)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Ames, BC Kolin2.7 
 2. Ubilla, Inter B.2.5 
 3. Wright, Chomutov2.4 
 4. McFadden, Usti n.2.3 
 5. Wright, NH Ostrava2.1 
 6. Lowery, Chomutov1.9 
 7. Klecka, B&W Opava1.9 
 8. Sirina, B&W Opava1.8 
 9. Pumprla, CEZ N.1.8 
 10. Abrams, CEZ N.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Andrew NAYMICK
  CEZ N.
  (211-C-85)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Naymick, CEZ N.1.7 
 2. Hughes, NH Ostrava1.3 
 3. Miklosik, B&W O.1.3 
 4. Gadri-N., BK Prost.1.2 
 5. Williams, BK Decin1.0 
 6. Grant, Levice0.9 
 7. Pumprla, CEZ N.0.9 
 8. Arnold, BK Pardu.0.9 
 9. Reese, Usti n.0.9 
 10. Meno, Svitavy0.8 


BC Kolin shock BK Pardubice to reach the Semifinals - by Eurobasket News

BK Pardubice - BC Kolin 78-79 (2-3)

BC Kolin shock BK Pardubice to reach the Semifinals. The guests trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 11-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 79-78. 24 personal fouls committed by BK Pardubice helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The former international swingman Stefan Licartovsky (196-84) stepped up and scored 16 points and 9 rebounds for the winners and American point guard Rashaan Ames (184-78, college: Shaw) chipped in 17 points and 7 rebounds. International forward Petr Bohacik (204-85) responded with 21 points and 7 rebounds and American power forward Marcus Arnold (207-84, college: Illinois, agency: Stanley International) scored 16 points and 8 rebounds. Five BC Kolin and four BK Pardubice players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
BK Pardubice: P.Bohacik 21+7reb, M.Hampton 18+4reb, M.Arnold 16+8reb+1ast, O.Peterka 11+3reb, J.Cernosek 5+7reb+2ast, M.Carnecky 3+6reb+3ast
BC Kolin: R.Ames 17+7reb+1ast, S.Licartovsky 16+9reb+1ast, C.Barnes 14+6reb+3ast, R.Field 12+4reb+2ast, D.Machac 10+7reb+2ast, J.Jelinek 5+3reb
gschID: 175587



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  DENMARK   

Stats Leaders - Basketligaen

Points Per Game
 Ryan WHITE
  Aalborg
  (177-PG-88)
  Avg: 24.9
 1. White, Aalborg24.9 
 2. Harris, Horsens IC24.6 
 3. Henry, Naestved22.1 
 4. Alexander, Bakken21.5 
 5. Rutherford, SISU21.0 
 6. Curry, Aabyhoj20.7 
 7. Bishop, Aalborg19.0 
 8. Rasmussen, Vaerl.18.8 
 9. Sprinker, Vaerlose17.3 
 10. Dennis, SISU16.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 D''Mario CURRY
  Aabyhoj
  (201-F-85)
  Avg: 11.6
 1. Curry, Aabyhoj11.6 
 2. Bishop, Aalborg11.3 
 3. Glynn, Naestved10.4 
 4. St.John, Horsens10.2 
 5. Vinson, Svendborg9.0 
 6. Phillips, Aabyhoj8.6 
 7. Osgood-R., Vaerlose8.4 
 8. Benjamin, Horsholm8.3 
 9. Ba, Falcon8.2 
 10. Rutherford, SISU8.0 
Assists Per Game
 Davor SATTLER
  Horsens IC
  (185-G-86)
  Avg: 5.4
 1. Sattler, Horsens IC5.4 
 2. Henry, Naestved5.1 
 3. White, Aalborg4.9 
 4. Delk, Vaerlose4.6 
 5. Colman, Svendborg4.4 
 6. McFarlane, Falcon3.9 
 7. Fields, Falcon3.9 
 8. Nielsen, SISU3.6 
 9. Curry, Aabyhoj3.5 
 10. Darboe, Svendborg3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Corin HENRY
  Naestved
  (180-PG-88)
  Avg: 3.4
 1. Henry, Naestved3.4 
 2. Wire, Vaerlose2.9 
 3. White, Aalborg2.8 
 4. Dennis, SISU2.6 
 5. Bishop, Aalborg2.3 
 6. Fields, Falcon2.1 
 7. Sattler, Horsens IC2.0 
 8. Nielsen, SISU1.9 
 9. McFarlane, Falcon1.8 
 10. Curry, Aabyhoj1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Bonell COLAS
  Horsholm
  (205-F-82)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Colas, Horsholm1.7 
 2. Curry, Aabyhoj1.7 
 3. Christoffers., Bak.1.7 
 4. Phillips, Aabyhoj1.6 
 5. Bishop, Aalborg1.6 
 6. Vinson, Svendborg1.2 
 7. Sprinker, Vaerlose1.2 
 8. Marinkovic, Horsho.1.1 
 9. Eleraky, Aalborg0.9 
 10. Johansen, Naestv.0.9 



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  D-LEAGUE   


John Lucas III Enjoying Career Season in NBA - by Surujh Roopnarine

John Lucas (5'11''-PG-82, college: Oklahoma St.) III just finished his 2011-12 regular season with the Chicago Bulls in impressive fashion; a game-high 25 points off the bench as Chicago cruised into the playoffs with a 107-75 home victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers.
This capped off a regular season for Lucas which saw him play in 49 games, averaging 7.5 points, 1.6 rebounds and 2.2 assists while shooting 39.9% from the field, 39.3% from three and 87.5% from the line, all career bests.
This from the 29-year old Lucas who spent the majority of the 2010-11 season in China playing for the Shanghai Dongfang Sharks. The last time Lucas played even close to this many NBA games, he was a 24-year old second-year player with the Houston Rockets. In the 2006-07 season he appeared in 47 games for the Rockets, but averaged just over eight minutes a game as a reserve. His role this year has been drastically different however. A reserve for the Bulls, Lucas has shown the ability to direct an offense, dominating for stretches as evidenced by his four 20+ point outings this season, while more than holding his own on the defensive end despite being listed at 5-11. A fierce competitor, Lucas also made a name for himself this offseason during the lockout. As NBA stars like John Wall, Carmelo Anthony and Kevin Durant dominated the headlines, Lucas was right there alongside at a lot of the same New York City summer tournaments, including a memorable 60 point performance against Durant at the Pro City summer tournament in August. Lucas shot 22-for-41 from the field and made 6-of-19 3-pointers. He was 10-of-11 from the free throw line and had four assists as his club fell to Durants.
The son of former NBA coach John Lucas, the former Oklahoma State star spent two seasons in the NBA D-League, first his rookie season in 2005-06 with the Tulsa 66ers and then the 2008-09 season with the Colorado 14ers, whom he helped lead to the D-League championship.
In 56 career D-League games, Lucas averaged 16.2 points, 2.4 rebounds and 4.4 assists while shooting 50.0% from the field. After spending roughly a month with the Bulls during the 2010-11 season, Lucas signed as a free-agent prior to the start of this lockout-shortened season and has proven to be a valuable contributor to the Eastern Conferences #1 seed heading into the playoffs. After logging eight total minutes of action in 2 previous playoff games with Houston, expect a few big things from the smallest players on the court.



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  ESTONIA   

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Reinis STRUPOVICS
  Valga
  (192-G-87)
  Avg: 20.9
 1. Strupovics, Valga20.9 
 2. Raadik, Parnu18.1 
 3. Raley-Ross, Tln K.17.3 
 4. Soo, Rapla16.8 
 5. Cipruss, Tarvas16.6 
 6. Raap, Parnu16.2 
 7. Veideman, Tartu U.15.6 
 8. Pilk, TTU15.3 
 9. Hallik, Tarvas14.4 
 10. Akenparg, TTU14.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kaspars CIPRUSS
  Tarvas
  (210-C-82)
  Avg: 10.3
 1. Cipruss, Tarvas10.3 
 2. Cricelli, Valga8.4 
 3. Fedortchuk, Tln K.8.2 
 4. Raadik, Parnu7.8 
 5. Arnold, TTU7.6 
 6. Shaw, Tln Kalev7.4 
 7. Ringmets, Rapla6.8 
 8. Pilk, TTU6.6 
 9. Fall, Kalev/Cramo6.5 
 10. Allingu, Tartu U.6.3 
Assists Per Game
 Edgars CUNDA
  Valga
  (196-G-84)
  Avg: 4.5
 1. Cunda, Valga4.5 
 2. Laane, Rapla4.3 
 3. Sokk, Tartu Ulikool4.1 
 4. Kriisa, Tarvas3.6 
 5. Pilk, TTU3.6 
 6. Sirsnins, Tarvas3.6 
 7. Dorbek, Tarvas3.3 
 8. Raap, Parnu3.3 
 9. Sokk, Kalev/Cramo3.0 
 10. Keedus, TTU3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Edgars CUNDA
  Valga
  (196-G-84)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Cunda, Valga2.5 
 2. Raley-Ross, Tln K.2.2 
 3. Laane, Rapla2.2 
 4. Veideman, Tartu U.2.1 
 5. Leppik, Tartu Ulik.2.0 
 6. Kaldre, Rapla2.0 
 7. Dorbek, Tarvas1.9 
 8. Raap, Parnu1.8 
 9. Skele, Kalev/Cramo1.8 
 10. Cricelli, Valga1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Bamba FALL
  Kalev/Cramo
  (216-C-86)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Fall, Kalev/Cramo1.7 
 2. Raadik, Parnu1.4 
 3. Amis, Tartu Ulikool1.2 
 4. Fedortchuk, Tln K.1.0 
 5. Ulyanko, Kalev/Cr.0.7 
 6. Toome, Kalev/Cramo0.6 
 7. Veski, Tarvas0.5 
 8. Hallik, Tarvas0.5 
 9. Keedus, TTU0.4 
 10. Makke, TTU0.4 


KML Round 2 of Semi-Finals - by Eurobasket News

Rapla - Tartu Ulikool 72-81

Tartu Ulikool claimed the second straight win over Rapla. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Rapla won third quarter 16-14. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Tartu Ulikool won last quarter 24-16. Rapla was plagued by 27 personal fouls down the stretch. International guard Sten-Timmu Sokk (181-89) orchestrated the victory by scoring 27 points and 4 assists. American forward Bill Amis (205-87, college: Hawaii) contributed with 15 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. The former international forward Andre Parn (200-77) replied with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 10 rebounds and swingman Sven Kaldre (197-91) added 14 points in the effort for Rapla. Four Rapla players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Rapla: A.Parn 19+10reb+1ast, S.Kaldre 14+4reb+3ast, J.Soo 14+3reb+1ast, I.Kajupank 13+2reb+1ast, R.Ringmets 5+2reb+1ast, A.Antson 3+2reb+2ast
Tartu Ulikool: S.Sokk 27+4reb+4ast, B.Amis 15+6reb+1ast, M.Doronin 12+5reb, V.Kriisa 7+1reb+2ast, V.Allingu 6+9reb+1ast, T.Eichfuss 6+5reb+1ast
gschID: 174705


Tarvas - Kalev/Cramo 65-66

Kalev/Cramo went 2-0 up on Tarvas following a tough road win. The guests trailed by 6 points after three quarters before their 26-19 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Kalev/Cramo dominated on the defensive end, holding BC Rakvere to just 7 points in first quarter. 25 personal fouls committed by BC Rakvere helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was the former international guard Tanel Sokk (184-85) who scored 18 points. Belarusian power forward Pavel Ulyanko (204-79) chipped in 12 points and 9 rebounds. Kalev/Cramo's coach Aivar Kuusmaa used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Latvian center Kaspars Cipruss (210-82, agency: Interperformances) produced 9 points and 14 rebounds and Latvian point guard Rinalds Sirsnins (186-85, agency: Promotex) added 17 points respectively for the hosts.
Top scorers:
Tarvas: R.Sirsnins 17+1reb+2ast, R.Hallik 11+4reb+2ast, K.Cipruss 9+14reb+1ast, J.Vahter 8+3reb+1ast, T.Oja 7+1reb, J.Umbrasko 7+9reb
Kalev/Cramo: T.Sokk 18+3reb+3ast, P.Ulyanko 12+9reb+1ast, B.Fall 11+8reb, G.Dorbek 9+5reb+1ast, A.Skele 6+8reb, G.Arbet 4+3reb
gschID: 174706



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  EUROCHALLENGE   

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Jovo STANOJEVIC
  Karsi.
  (208-C-77)
  Avg: 20.3
 1. Stanojevic, Karsi.20.3 
 2. Copeland, Aalstar20.1 
 3. Chatman, Karsiyaka20.0 
 4. Mensah-Bonsu, Bes.17.8 
 5. Schilb, Chalon17.7 
 6. Trotter, Szolnok16.4 
 7. Holland, Roanne16.4 
 8. Roll, Antwerp15.8 
 9. Brown, EWE Baskets15.8 
 10. Jefferson, Triumph15.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Pops MENSAH-BONSU
  Besik.
  (206-F-83)
  Avg: 11
 1. Mensah-Bonsu, Bes.11.0 
 2. Arnold, BK Pardu.8.4 
 3. Bader, Szolnok8.4 
 4. Stanojevic, Karsi.7.9 
 5. Young, Aalstar7.8 
 6. Jefferson, Triumph7.7 
 7. Karaman, Karsiyaka7.3 
 8. Mejri, Antwerp7.2 
 9. Dagli, Besiktas7.0 
 10. Jackson, Aalstar6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Jared JORDAN
  Telekom .
  (188-PG-84)
  Avg: 8.8
 1. Jordan, Telekom8.8 
 2. Holston, Art.Drag.6.3 
 3. Tchicamboud, Cha.5.2 
 4. Slagter, Leiden4.8 
 5. Schilb, Chalon4.7 
 6. Trotter, Szolnok4.6 
 7. Delaney, Chalon4.4 
 8. Brown, EWE Baskets4.3 
 9. Diabate, Roanne4.0 
 10. McKee, Triumph3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Kenny HASBROUCK
  EWE B.
  (191-G-86)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Hasbrouck, EWE B.2.1 
 2. de Jong, Leiden1.8 
 3. Holston, Art.Drag.1.8 
 4. Young, Ventspils1.7 
 5. Schilb, Chalon1.6 
 6. Muirhead, BK Pardu.1.6 
 7. Kotas, BK Pardubi.1.6 
 8. Chatman, Karsiyaka1.6 
 9. Ikonic, Karsiyaka1.5 
 10. Delaney, Chalon1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Tony GAFFNEY
  Teleko.
  (204-F-84)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Gaffney, Teleko.2.1 
 2. Mejri, Antwerp1.8 
 3. Mensah-Bonsu, Bes.1.0 
 4. Hilliman, Leiden1.0 
 5. Young, Aalstar1.0 
 6. Meiers, Ventspils0.9 
 7. Soloviev, Triumph0.8 
 8. Pospisil, BK Pardu.0.8 
 9. de Jong, Leiden0.7 
 10. Antonov, N.Novgo.0.7 


Final Four: Besiktas and Chalon enter the title game - by Eurobasket News

Szolnok - Besiktas 60-64
Besiktas outclass Szolnoki Olaj in Debrecen in the first Semifinal game of EuroChallenge. The Turkish team won 64:60 and advanced to the Final. Szolnoki Olaj started better and thanks to 3500 fans took 17:13 after the first 10 minutes. Gay scored for 17:13 and Marton Bader (212-C-80, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group) posted two for 24:20 early in the second. Ersin Dagli (203-F/C-81, agency: Interperformances, college: Alabama) however replied with 4 consecutive points to bring the lead at 29:26 and then Pops Mensah-Bonsu (206-F-83, agency: SportsTalent, college: G.Washington) closed the half at 33:30. No matter how hard the hosts tried to take the lead in the third quarter they could not. Besiktas Milangaz finished the third frame with 6-0 run to enjoy 47:40 after thirty minutes. Only at the end of the game Mills tied the score at 56:56. He made it also 60:62, but then Arroyo scored two free throws for the final success. Erceg top-scored for the winners with 17 points and Hawkins as well as Pops Mensah-Bonsu posted 13 points each. Ersin Dagli followed them with 8 points and 13 rebounds. Nikolov replied with 13 points in the losing effort, while Marton Bader collected 11 points and 14 boards. Horvath notched 10 and Mills added 9.

Chalon - Triumph 84-69
Chalon advanced to the Final of the EuroChallenge. The French side beat Russian Triumph 84:69 in Debrecen. The game was mostly controlled by Chalon/Saor. Triumph Lyubertsy was better in third quarter 19-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. It was a great shooting night for Chalon/Saor especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 57.1 percentage. Blake Schilb (200-F/G-83, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices, college: Loyola, IL) stepped up and scored 29 points and 5 rebounds, while Alade Aminu (207-C/F-87, college: Georgia Tech) chipped in 14 points and 10 rebounds. Lauvergne collected 12 points and 8 rebounds and Delaney added 9. At the losing side Davon Jefferson (204-F-86, college: USC) responded with 26 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists and Kyle Landry (207-C/F-86, college: N.Arizona) scored 14 points and 9 rebounds. Artem Kuzyakin (201-G-80) and Karasev delivered 9 points each.



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  FINLAND   

Stats Leaders - Korisliiga

Points Per Game
 Tim BLUE
  KTP
  (205-F-84)
  Avg: 23.2
 1. Blue, KTP23.2 
 2. Zeno, Nilan Bisons19.6 
 3. Crocker, KTP19.3 
 4. Beidler, Kauhajoki19.2 
 5. Durham, Salon Vilp.18.9 
 6. Brooks, Namika L.18.6 
 7. Holloway, Salon V.18.3 
 8. Hannah, Kauhajoki18.3 
 9. Newson, Kataja18.1 
 10. Tiedeman, LrNM.17.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 John FIELDS
  Salon Vilpas
  (205-F-88)
  Avg: 12.2
 1. Fields, Salon Vilp.12.2 
 2. Durham, Salon Vilp.11.2 
 3. Blue, KTP10.4 
 4. Williams, Pyrinto10.2 
 5. Beidler, Kauhajoki9.8 
 6. Zeno, Nilan Bisons8.6 
 7. Newson, Kataja8.5 
 8. McDade, Nilan B.8.3 
 9. Brown, Kouvot8.1 
 10. Hamm, LrNM.7.8 
Assists Per Game
 Malik MOORE
  Namika L.
  (192-G-77)
  Avg: 5.2
 1. Moore, Namika L.5.2 
 2. Haynes, LrNM.4.8 
 3. Ivey, Nilan Bisons4.8 
 4. Hannah, Kauhajoki4.5 
 5. Sarcevic, KTP4.3 
 6. Williams, Pyrinto4.2 
 7. Walker, Kataja3.7 
 8. Virtanen, Kataja3.7 
 9. Zeno, Nilan Bisons3.5 
 10. Nikkarinen, Kouvot3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Kelly BEIDLER
  Kauhajoki
  (199-F-88)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Beidler, Kauhajoki2.3 
 2. Moore, Korihait2.2 
 3. Williams, Pyrinto2.1 
 4. Williams, Pyrinto1.9 
 5. Holloway, Salon V.1.8 
 6. Haynes, LrNM.1.7 
 7. Sarcevic, KTP1.7 
 8. Jordan, Kouvot1.6 
 9. Newson, Kataja1.6 
 10. Moore, Namika L.1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Kelly BEIDLER
  Kauhajoki
  (199-F-88)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Beidler, Kauhajoki1.9 
 2. Fields, Salon Vilp.1.8 
 3. Blue, KTP1.4 
 4. Williams, Pyrinto1.0 
 5. Lehtoranta, Kataja0.9 
 6. Zeno, Nilan Bisons0.9 
 7. Mottola, ToPo0.8 
 8. Hamm, LrNM.0.8 
 9. Jones, Nilan Bisons0.7 
 10. McDade, Nilan B.0.6 


KORISLIIGA: Kataja made it to the Finals - by Rauno Hurmalainen

Korisliiga, semi-finals, Game # 4: Kataja (Joensuu) has made it to the Finals - like last season. Tonight Kataja visited in Helsinki and crushed Torpan Pojat 66-85 (34-51). Quarters: 15-28, 19-23, 12-18, 20-16. Practically the game was over in 20 minutes. Kataja was better in everything. Some spectators were asking during the half time: How it was possible Kataja lost at home last Wednesday by 39 points!? Kataja - ToPo 3-1. Jared Newson (195-G/F-84, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Tenn-Martin) and Sami Lehtoranta (205-C/F-79) were Kataja's key players this time. ToPo had again only two players over 10 pts.
In Tampere local Pyrinto defeated Bisons (Loimaa) 90-69 (48-31). Quarters: 23-16, 25-15, 21-23, 21-15. This result means these two teams are tied 2-2 now and Game # 5 will be needed. The winner of coming Sunday 'fight' will meet Kataja in the Finals. Bisons will have the home court advantage - if there is any home court advantage at all? Pyrinto succeeded especially in defense tonight. Sharpshooters Mikko Koivisto (194-G-87, college: NC-Greensboro) (0 pts) and Matti Nuutinen (200-F-90) (6 pts) were guarded very well this time. And Kenneth Lowe (192-G-80, college: Purdue) was finally on his own level. Lowe scored game high 26 pts.

ToPo - Kataja 66-85 (34-51). (Justin Hawkins 17, Ronnie Clark 10, Eero Lehtinen 8 - Jared Newson 17/7, Juho Nenonen 16, Sami Lehtoranta 15. A: 1241).
Pyrinto - Bisons 90-69 (48-31). (Kenneth Lowe 26, Damon Williams 16/11/5a, Antero Lehto 12 - Ryan McDade 23, Ville Makalainen 14, Martin Zeno 12/7, Jeb Ivey 11. A: 1156).



Joensuun Kataja advanced to the Finals - by Eurobasket News

ToPo - Kataja 66-85 (1-3)

Joensuun Kataja advanced to the Finals after the win in Game 4. The game was mostly controlled by Joensuun Kataja. Torpan Pojat was better in fourth quarter 20-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The winners were led by American swingman Jared Newson (195-84, college: Tenn-Martin, agency: Pro One Sports) who scored that evening 17 points and 7 rebounds and the former international power forward Sami Lehtoranta (205-79) supported him with 15 points and 5 rebounds. Four Joensuun Kataja players scored in double figures. Even 17 points by American forward Justin Hawkins (201-85, college: N.Mexico St., agency: Two Points) did not help to save the game for Torpan Pojat. His fellow American import swingman Ronald Clark (196-81, college: Colorado St., agency: Interperformances) added 10 points for lost side.
Top scorers:
ToPo: J.Hawkins 17+2reb+3ast, R.Clark 10+3reb+1ast, E.Lehtinen 8+1reb, K.Muurinen 7+5reb+1ast, H.Mottola 6+3reb+3ast, T.Heinonen 6+4reb
Kataja: J.Newson 17+7reb+1ast, J.Nenonen 16+2reb, S.Lehtoranta 15+5reb+1ast, B.Walker 10+4reb+1ast, A.Kanervo 9+1reb+1ast, P.Virtanen 6+3ast
gschID: 175585


Pyrinto - Nilan Bisons 90-69 (2-2)

The series is tied at 2-2. The game was mostly controlled by Tampereen Pyrinto. Loimaan Korikonkarit managed to win third quarter 23-21. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Tampereen Pyrinto had a 29-17 advantage in offensive rebounds. It was a great shooting night for Tampereen Pyrinto especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 55.6 percentage. Americans were the main players on the court. Worth to mention a great performance of forward Damon Williams (201-73, college: Colorado St.-Pueblo, agency: Two Points) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 16 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists and guard Kenneth Lowe (192-80, college: Purdue) who added 26 points and 4 assists (on 11-of-14 shooting from the field) during the contest. Tampereen Pyrinto's coach Pieti Poikola felt very confident that he used 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the losing side forward Ryan McDade (201-80, college: N.Arizona) responded with 23 points and 6 rebounds and guard Martin Zeno (196-85, college: Texas Tech) scored 12 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. Four Loimaan Korikonkarit players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Nilan Bisons: R.McDade 23+6reb, V.Makalainen 14+2reb+1ast, M.Zeno 12+7reb+4ast, J.Ivey 11+4reb+3ast, M.Nuutinen 6+2reb+1ast, C.Jones 2+4reb
Pyrinto: K.Lowe 26+1reb+4ast, D.Williams 16+11reb+5ast, A.Lehto 12+1reb, J.Niemi 9+3reb, A.Nikkila 8+7reb+1ast, O.Ahvenniemi 6+3reb
gschID: 175586



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  FRANCE   

Standings - ProA

ProA Standings
 1. Gravelines 25-3 
 2. Chalon 22-5 
 3. Orleans 18-9 
 4. Le Mans 17-11 
 5. Nancy 16-11 
 6. Paris-Levallois 16-11 
 7. Roanne 15-12 
 8. Cholet 14-13 
 9. Dijon 14-14 
 10. Nanterre 13-14 
 11. Strasbourg 13-15 
 12. ASVEL 12-16 
 13. Poitiers 9-19 
 14. Le Havre 8-19 
 15. Pau-Lacq-Orthez 6-22 
 16. Hyeres-Toulon 2-26 

Regular Season: Round 28

Apr. 27: Gravelines - Poitiers 88-64
Apr. 27: Dijon - Le Mans 72-63
Apr. 27: ASVEL - Pau-Lacq-Orthez 72-53
Apr. 27: Hyeres-Toulon - Strasbourg 69-88
Apr. 28: Le Havre - Roanne
Apr. 28: Nancy - Orleans
Apr. 28: Cholet - Chalon
Apr. 28: Nanterre - Paris-Levallois


Stats Leaders - ProA

Points Per Game
 Eric CHATFIELD
  Paris-.
  (191-G-79)
  Avg: 20.1
 1. Chatfield, Paris-.20.1 
 2. Rochestie, Le Mans17.8 
 3. Hughes, Hyeres-T.17.2 
 4. Gipson, Pau-Lacq.17.1 
 5. Williams, Paris-.17.1 
 6. Schilb, Chalon16.6 
 7. Hamilton, Paris-.16.5 
 8. Causeur, Cholet16.2 
 9. Cox, Le Havre15.9 
 10. Delaney, Chalon15.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Chinemelu ELONU
  Pau-Lacq.
  (206-F/C-87)
  Avg: 8.1
 1. Elonu, Pau-Lacq.8.1 
 2. Hamilton, Paris-.8.0 
 3. Akingbala, Nancy7.8 
 4. Greer, Strasbourg7.1 
 5. Nsonwu-Amadi, Roa.7.0 
 6. Vebobe, Cholet7.0 
 7. Armstrong, AS.7.0 
 8. Aminu, Chalon6.8 
 9. Falker, Cholet6.7 
 10. Camara, Le Havre6.4 
Assists Per Game
 Kareem REID
  Hyeres-Toulon
  (178-PG-75)
  Avg: 7.5
 1. Reid, Hyeres-Toulon7.5 
 2. Rochestie, Le Mans6.4 
 3. Wise, Le Havre5.6 
 4. Pellin, Orleans5.3 
 5. Dixon, Dijon5.1 
 6. Linehan, Nancy5.0 
 7. Schilb, Chalon4.9 
 8. Barrett, Roanne4.9 
 9. Gipson, Pau-Lacq.4.6 
 10. Cox, Le Havre4.3 
Steals Per Game
 Andrew ALBICY
  Gravelines
  (178-PG-90)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Albicy, Gravelines2.4 
 2. Dobbins, Poitiers2.2 
 3. Wise, Le Havre2.0 
 4. Riley, Nanterre2.0 
 5. Linehan, Nancy1.9 
 6. Pellin, Orleans1.8 
 7. Gipson, Pau-Lacq.1.6 
 8. Acker, Le Mans1.6 
 9. Dixon, Dijon1.6 
 10. Melody, Dijon1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Alexis AJINCA
  Strasbourg
  (215-C-88)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Ajinca, Strasbourg2.1 
 2. Gobert, Cholet1.4 
 3. Falker, Cholet1.4 
 4. Hamilton, Paris-.1.2 
 5. Akingbala, Nancy1.2 
 6. Elonu, Pau-Lacq.1.1 
 7. Akpomedah, Grave.1.0 
 8. Issa, Gravelines1.0 
 9. Williams, Paris-.0.9 
 10. Armstrong, AS.0.9 


Standings - ProB

ProB Standings
 1. Limoges 25-6 
 2. Boulazac 22-9 
 3. Chalons-Reims 21-10 
 4. Maurienne 21-11 
 5. Fos Ouest 20-12 
 6. Bordeaux 19-13 
 7. Boulogne 17-15 
 8. Evreux 16-16 
 9. Lille 16-16 
 10. Bourg 15-16 
 11. St Vallier 15-17 
 12. Antibes 14-18 
 13. Nantes 13-18 
 14. Le Portel 12-20 
 15. Rouen 12-20 
 16. Denain 11-21 
 17. Quimper 9-23 
 18. Vichy 7-24 
 19. St Etienne 0-0 

Regular Season: Round 32

Apr. 27: Evreux - St Vallier 88-68
Apr. 27: Maurienne - Lille 86-82
Apr. 27: Antibes - Rouen 82-90
Apr. 27: Le Portel - Fos Ouest 76-71
Apr. 27: Bordeaux - Quimper 74-60
Apr. 27: Denain - Boulogne 112-105
Apr. 28: Bourg - Limoges
Apr. 28: Nantes - Chalons-Reims
Apr. 28: Vichy - Boulazac


Stats Leaders - ProB

Points Per Game
 Jason SIGGERS
  Rouen
  (189-SG-85)
  Avg: 18.4
 1. Siggers, Rouen18.4 
 2. Brown, Maurienne17.7 
 3. Davis, Le Portel17.0 
 4. McCray, Boulogne16.3 
 5. Wood, Evreux16.2 
 6. Paelay, Quimper15.7 
 7. Monroe, Boulazac15.5 
 8. Kante, Denain15.3 
 9. Gay, Fos Ouest15.3 
 10. Carter, Chalons-.15.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Christophe MASSIE
  Limoges
  (206-C/F-77)
  Avg: 11.6
 1. Massie, Limoges11.6 
 2. Wood, Evreux11.0 
 3. Rossiter, Denain9.9 
 4. Monroe, Boulazac9.4 
 5. Osby, Maurienne9.3 
 6. Barro, Bourg8.6 
 7. Daniels, Chalons-.8.6 
 8. Badiane, Nantes8.1 
 9. Allen, Antibes8.1 
 10. Brown, Maurienne7.8 
Assists Per Game
 Ronnie TAYLOR
  Le Portel
  (188-PG-81)
  Avg: 6.7
 1. Taylor, Le Portel6.7 
 2. Mullins, Chalons-.5.6 
 3. Rowland, Evreux5.5 
 4. Copeland, Bourg5.3 
 5. Darnauzan, Mauri.5.2 
 6. Patiejunas, Rouen4.9 
 7. Darrigand, Bordeaux4.9 
 8. Denave, St Vallier4.9 
 9. Mouillard, Quimper4.4 
 10. Eito, Vichy4.4 
Steals Per Game
 Armand CHARLES
  Nantes
  (193-SF-83)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Charles, Nantes2.4 
 2. McCray, Boulogne2.4 
 3. Shiloh, St Vallier2.0 
 4. Mullins, Chalons-.1.9 
 5. Paelay, Quimper1.9 
 6. Allen, Antibes1.8 
 7. Rowland, Evreux1.8 
 8. Eito, Vichy1.8 
 9. Driss, Bordeaux1.8 
 10. Daniels, Chalons-.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Sherman GAY
  Fos Ouest
  (201-PF-82)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Gay, Fos Ouest1.8 
 2. Jefferson, Vichy1.7 
 3. Badiane, Antibes1.6 
 4. Osby, Maurienne1.5 
 5. Massie, Limoges1.0 
 6. McKenzie, Boulazac0.9 
 7. Fields, Nantes0.9 
 8. Daniels, Chalons-.0.9 
 9. Ford, Bordeaux0.9 
 10. Adjiwanou, Boula.0.8 


Standings - N1

NM1 Standings
 1. St Quentin 25-7 
 2. Orchy 24-8 
 3. Souffel 23-8 
 4. Roche 23-9 
 5. Charleville 23-9 
 6. Blois 22-10 
 7. Cognac 20-12 
 8. Sorgues 18-14 
 9. Brest 18-15 
 10. Challans 15-17 
 11. Angers BC 49 15-18 
 12. Lievin 15-18 
 13. Chartres 14-18 
 14. Rueil 14-18 
 15. Clermont 8-25 
 16. Montbrison 6-26 
 17. Le Puy 5-28 
 18. CFBB 2-30 

Regular Season: Round 33

Apr. 27: Roche - Le Puy 86-62
Apr. 27: Clermont - Brest 81-84
Apr. 27: Angers BC 49 - Lievin 70-57
Apr. 28: Orchy - Charleville
Apr. 28: CFBB - Souffel
Apr. 28: St Quentin - Chartres
Apr. 28: Cognac - Montbrison
Apr. 28: Challans - Rueil
Apr. 28: Blois - Sorgues

Round 31

Apr. 24: CFBB - Chartres 56-85


Stats Leaders - N1

Points Per Game
 Ville KAUNISTO
  Blois
  (204-F-82)
  Avg: 18
 1. Kaunisto, Blois18.0 
 2. Bigote, Cognac17.3 
 3. Petrovic, Orchy16.8 
 4. Pridotkas, Brest16.4 
 5. Bluntt, Orchy16.3 
 6. Thomas, Roche16.3 
 7. Herard, Challans16.2 
 8. Almanson, Challans16.0 
 9. Pearson, Angers B.15.8 
 10. Belser, Charlevil.15.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ville KAUNISTO
  Blois
  (204-F-82)
  Avg: 11.5
 1. Kaunisto, Blois11.5 
 2. Jaiteh, CFBB10.0 
 3. Caskill, Cognac9.7 
 4. Pearson, Angers B.8.7 
 5. Sanborn, Lievin8.1 
 6. Aubry, Montbrison8.0 
 7. Lesieu, St Quentin7.9 
 8. Avramovic, Chart.7.8 
 9. McClark, Clermont7.7 
 10. Toney, Charleville7.7 
Assists Per Game
 Johan RATHIEUVILLE
  Brest
  (177-G-85)
  Avg: 6.5
 1. Rathieuville, Brest6.5 
 2. Calvez, Charleville5.3 
 3. Daube, Le Puy5.2 
 4. Tillon, Montbrison5.1 
 5. Godin, Cognac5.1 
 6. Brochard, Blois4.8 
 7. Ball, St Quentin4.5 
 8. Barbry, Orchy4.4 
 9. Cortey, Clermont4.3 
 10. Dessart, Lievin4.2 
Steals Per Game
 Aurelien TOTO N''KOTE
  Roche
  (194-F-79)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Toto N''Kote, Roche2.2 
 2. Pistre, Charleville2.1 
 3. Calvez, Charleville2.1 
 4. Bichard, St Quentin1.8 
 5. Ball, St Quentin1.7 
 6. Davis, Blois1.7 
 7. Daube, Le Puy1.6 
 8. Godin, Cognac1.6 
 9. Cretaux, Lievin1.5 
 10. Dessart, Lievin1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Jacques ALINGUE
  Souffel
  (201-F-88)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Alingue, Souffel1.8 
 2. N''Diaye, Souffel1.7 
 3. Davis, Blois1.4 
 4. Sanborn, Lievin1.4 
 5. Caskill, Cognac1.4 
 6. Diame, Rueil1.2 
 7. Morin, CFBB1.1 
 8. Traore, Angers B.1.1 
 9. Tornato, Blois1.0 
 10. Jaiteh, CFBB1.0 


Eurochallenge Final Four: Chalon advanced to the Final - by Eurobasket News

Chalon - Triumph 84:69

Chalon advanced to the Final of the EuroChallenge. The French side beat Russian Triumph 84:69 in Debrecen.
The game was mostly controlled by Chalon/Saor. Triumph Lyubertsy was better in third quarter 19-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. It was a great shooting night for Chalon/Saor especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 57.1 percentage. Blake Schilb (200-F/G-83, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices, college: Loyola, IL) stepped up and scored 29 points and 5 rebounds, while Alade Aminu (207-C/F-87, college: Georgia Tech) chipped in 14 points and 10 rebounds. Joffrey Lauvergne (210-F-91) collected 12 points and 8 rebounds and Malcolm Delaney (191-G-89, college: Virginia Tech) added 9. At the losing side Davon Jefferson (204-F-86, college: USC) responded with 26 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists and Kyle Landry (207-C/F-86, college: N.Arizona) scored 14 points and 9 rebounds. Artem Kuzyakin (201-G-80) and Sergey Karasev (201-F-93) delivered 9 points each.

Chalon: Blake Schilb 29, Alade Aminu 14+10rebs, Joffrey Lauvergne 12+8reb, Malcolm Delaney 9
Triumph: Davon Jefferson 26+9rebs, Kyle Landry 14+9rebs, Artem Kuzyakin 9, Sergey Karasev 9



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Bo McCalebb selected the top FYR Macedonian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Bo McCalebb
Bo McCalebb
   #1. This week's number one is an international point guard Bo McCalebb (183-85, college: New Orleans). He led Montepaschi Siena to a victory over the closely-ranked Scavolini Pesaro (18-11) 85-81 in the Italian SerieA in Thursday night's game. McCalebb was MVP of the game. He recorded 21 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists and made 2 blocks in 36 minutes on the court. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. 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. McCalebb has relatively good stats this year: 13.9ppg, 2.6rpg, 3.2apg, 1.5spg, 2FGP: 62.2%(117-188), 3FGP: 36.5% and FT: 77.2% in the 28 games he played so far. He is a naturalized American. Despite McCalebb played previously for the USA national team, he is currently a member of the FYR Macedonian senior national team. Strangely McCalebb has never played in FYR Macedonia.

Pero Antic
Pero Antic
   #2. Second place goes to an international forward Pero Antic (210-82, agency: Beo Basket). He was the main contributor in Olympiacos' victory against the eighth-ranked PAOK (10-14) crushing them 81-53 in the Greek A1 last Thursday. Antic was the best player in that game. He recorded 18 points and grabbed 9 rebounds. 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 season Antic averages: 7.3ppg, 4.7rpg, 2FGP: 55.1%(43-78), 3FGP: 30.8% and FT: 78.9%. He has a dual citizenship: FYR Macedonian and Bulgarian. Despite Antic played previously for the Bulgarian national team, he is currently a member of the FYR Macedonian senior national team.

Marques Green
Marques Green
   #3. The FYR Macedonian player who performed third best last week abroad was former international point guard Marques Green (167-82, college: St.Bonaventure), who plays in the Italian SerieA. Green could not help Air Avellino (13-17) in their last game. Despite his very good performance Air Avellino was crushed 109-79 on the road by the leading Montepaschi Siena. Green was the top scorer with 25 points. He also added 5 rebounds and dished 6 assists (went 9 for 9 at the free throw line !!!) in 40 minutes. It was Air Avellino's fifth consecutive loss in a row. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. Green is currently ninth on the list of top scorers and also on the list of best passers (first place). He has individually a very good year with high stats. Green averages: 15.6ppg, 4.5rpg, 6.2apg, 2.4spg, 2FGP: 41.1%, 3FGP: 39.1% and FT: 86.4% in the 30 games. He is a naturalized American. Despite Green played previously for the USA national team, he played also for the FYR Macedonian national team in 2010. Apparently Green has never played in FYR Macedonia.

Jeremiah Massey
Jeremiah Massey
   #4. Forward Jeremiah Massey (202-82, college: Kansas St.) contributed to Lokomotiv's victory against the second-ranked Spartak St.Petersburg (11-5) 69-60 in the VTB United League in Friday night's game. He scored 9 points and grabbed 10 rebounds. Lokomotiv Kuban (9-7) is placed fourth in group B. Massey is currently sixth on the league's list of best rebounders. He has very reliable stats this season: 13.1ppg, 6.4rpg, 1.2apg and 1.4spg. Massey is a naturalized American. Despite he played previously for the USA national team, Massey is currently in the FYR Macedonian national team roster. Interesting that he has never played in FYR Macedonia.

Vojdan Stojanovski
Vojdan Stojanovski
   #5. International guard Vojdan Stojanovski (193-87) contributed to a 1-point BC Donetsk's victory against the eighth-ranked Dnipro (21-18) 76-75 in the Ukrainian Superleague last Thursday. Stojanovski was the top player that evening. He scored 15 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 24 minutes. BC Donetsk (31-8) is placed first in the Superleague. It was his team's 13th consecutive victory in a row. This year Stojanovski has relatively solid stats: 10.8ppg, 2.9rpg, 2.4apg and 1.2spg in the 18 games. Despite he played previously for the USA national team, Stojanovski is currently in the FYR Macedonian national team roster.

Predrag Samardziski
Predrag Samardziski
   #6. Center Predrag Samardziski (214-86, also represented by Beo Basket) was not able to help Lietuvos rytas (18-4) in their game against Siauliai (16-6) in the Lithuanian LKL. He recorded 8 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. Lietuvos rytas was defeated 74-65 on the opponent's court by the lower-ranked Siauliai (#3). Samardziski's overall stats this season are: 7.6ppg, 4.7rpg and 1.2apg. Despite he played previously for the USA national team, Samardziski is also an international player who is currently on the senior FYR Macedonian National Team roster.

Vlado Ilievski
Vlado Ilievski
   #7. International point guard Vlado Ilievski (189-80, another player represented by Beo Basket) is a teammate of previously mentioned Jeremiah Massey and both played together in the last VTB United League game. Ilievski contributed to Lokomotiv's victory against the second-ranked Spartak St.Petersburg (11-5) 69-60. He scored 9 points in 21 minutes. This year Ilievski's overall stats are: 6.7ppg, 1.1rpg, 2.3apg and 1.2spg in the 10 games. Despite he played previously for the Slovenian national team, Ilievski is currently in the FYR Macedonian national team roster.

Darius Washington
Darius Washington
   #8. Point guard Darius Washington (188-85, college: Memphis), who plays in the Turkish TBL was not able to secure a victory for Turk Telekom (12-17) in their last game on Saturday. Despite his good performance Turk Telekom was defeated 83-71 in Bursa by the higher-ranked Tofas (#8). Washington was the second best scorer with 14 points. He also added 3 assists. Washington's team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And now that game is quite important. This season Washington has very high stats. He averages: 16.6ppg, 3.7rpg, 4.2apg and 1.2spg. Washington is a naturalized American. Despite he played previously for the USA national team, Washington is currently in the FYR Macedonian national team roster. However he has never played in FYR Macedonia.

Kiril Pavlovski
Kiril Pavlovski
   #9. International center Kiril Pavlovski (210-85, agency: Global Sports Plaza) couldn't help Chernomorets (3-25) in their game against Rilski Sportist (5-19) in the Bulgarian NBL, despite his very good performance on Wednesday night. Pavlovski had a double-double by scoring 16 points and getting 11 rebounds. He also added 2 blocks in 33 minutes. But the bottom-ranked Chernomorets was crushed 102-70 at home by the higher-ranked (#6) Rilski Sportist. It was Chernomorets' fourth consecutive loss in a row. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be important. It's Pavlovski's first season with the team. Pavlovski is currently fifth on the list of top scorers and also on the list of best rebounders (second place). He has very impressive stats this year: 15.9ppg, 9.7rpg and 1.1bpg in the 27 games. Despite Pavlovski played previously for the USA national team, he is currently in the FYR Macedonian national team roster.

Blagoj Janev
Blagoj Janev
   #10. Forward Blagoj Janev (203-84, college: New Hampshire) couldn't help Thor Thorl (15-7) in their game against Grindavik (19-3) in the Icelandic Express League. Despite his very good performance in Monday night's game Janev was the top scorer with 17 points. He also added 4 rebounds and 2 blocks. Janev has reliable stats this season: 15.0ppg, 6.1rpg and 1.2apg. Despite he played previously for the Australian U21 national team, Janev is also an international player who is currently on the senior FYR Macedonian National Team roster.

   #11. International forward Damjan Stojanovski (197-87) managed to help Lukoil Academik Sofia in a victory against the sixth-ranked Balkan crushing them 98-49 in the Bulgarian NBL last Wednesday. He recorded only 2 points in 19 minutes. This year Stojanovski's total stats are: 6.6ppg, 2.6rpg, 1.2apg and 1.2spg in the 26 games. He plays currently for the FYR Macedonian national team.

   #12. International forward Jovan Zdravevski (197-80) couldn't help Stjarnan in their game against Grindavik in the Icelandic Express League. Zdravevski cannot count Thursday's game as one of the best ones. He recorded only 3 points. His team was edged 79-77. Zdravevski has averaged so far 9.9ppg, 3.5rpg and 1.6apg. He is also in the roster of the FYR Macedonian national team.



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D1 Stats Leaders

Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1 Etsina,Bonguema 18.0
2 Mangama, IZO BB 16.3
3 Junior Kopia, Bong. 16.2
4 Otombo, Stade Mandji 15.5
5 Moukaga Atsu, Manga 15.0
6 Essono Mve, Toungui 14.8
7 Kouzou, Manga 14.5
8 Nkoma, Olympic 13.5
9 Nollet,IZO BB 13.1
10 Arnaud,Toungui 12.8
Rebounds Per Game
1 Koumen, Manga 6.6
2 Essono Mve, Toungui 6.0
3 Masrabe, Manga BB 5.0
Assists Per Game
1 Nze Digondi, Manga 3.0
2 Ndong, Bonguema 2.5
3 Ndong, Stade Mandji 1.5
Blocks Per Game
1 Essono Mve, Toungui 0.8
2 Junior Kopia, Bong. 0.7
3 Berthold, Engong BB 0.7


GABON/CUP OF GABON (Mouila) - Results of Day 3 (Thursday, 26 April 2012) - by Rodrigue Olivier Kassa

GABON/CUP OF GABON (Mouila) - Results of Day 3 (Thursday, 26 April 2012)

SOMO B - OLYMPIC MANDJI: ........... 77-56
TOUNGUI BB - RANGERS: ................ 65-49
STAGE MANDJI - BABB: ................... 82-62
MANGA BB - BONGUEMA: ................ 55-52

In the women

NDELLA BB - SOMO B : .................... 67-52

Program of the semi finals this Friday, April 27, 2012

18:00 : TOUNGUI BB (LBV) - STAGE MANDJI (POG) / (V1)
20:00 : SOMO B (LBV) - MANGA BB (Moanda) / (V2)

Final program of tomorrow Saturday, April 28, 2012

18:00: NDELLA BB (LBV) SOMO B (LBV) / (Ladies)
20:00: V1 - V2




Cup Gabon, Mouila 24-28 April 2012/players and officials - by Rodrigue Olivier Kassa

Cup Gabon, Mouila 24-28 April 2012

The number of players and officials

Officials:


Commissioners:
Louamba Baleketa Blaise, Boukandou Bndicta, Wora Hermine lafleur, Mavoungou Bayonne Roger, Mambana Eugne,
Referees : Bilala Eric, Mouandza, Koudou Jacques, Okili SolangePoutha Chrisanthe, Ango, Banzouzi Brenger, Bvita Narcisse, Nzame Essia Sandra, Lmiguy Laurel, Tapoyo Ernesto, Aworet christelle, Essingone Herv.

Coaches: Arimbi Nkolo Jean Martin, Antchouet Gustave, Bouanga Thierry (Colonel), Kombila E., Nguembhyt Guy, Oganda Michael, Ibama H. G., Pono David, Mboumba Patrick, Gondjout Didier, Meni, Boussougou Antoine, , Anguil Serge, Divingou Alain

Club : TOUNGUI BB (Libreville)
4-Ramamo
5-Ossami Axe
6-Edouba
7-Messi Junior
8-Owoula
9-Miyadiambou Ronald
10-Zogning Ella Jacques
11-Bouli Armand
12-Rteno Fanga Jason
13-Nziengui Mathieu
14-Essono Mv Lerry
15-Fabre Lionel
Coach : Arimbi Nkolo Jean Martin

Club: RANGERS BB (Libreville)
4-Avah
5-Ngoua Gildas
6-Nkoul
7-Malanda
8-Reagan Stb
9-Obame Obame Freddy
10-Messeb
11-Ondo
12-Antchouet Gustave (cap)
13-Ngoua Obame
14-Nziba Yann
Coach : Antchouet G

Club : Stade Mandji ( Port Gentil)
4-Mabogha
5-Otombo Doudou
6-Ombola
7-Ndong Avah
8-Mebaley
9-Obame
10-Okeley Yoric
11-Assoumou
12-Nkondi
13-Moudanga
14-Osseni
Coach : Bouanga Thierry (Colonel)

Club : BABB (Port Gentil)
4-Moutoumouneni
5-Engone Nz
6-Muzady
7-Rakomba
8- Mbongo
9-Divoungui
10-Nz Mey
11-Kadr
12-Makounguila
Coach : Kombila E

Club : As de lEstuaire (Libreville)
4-Kombila Bertin
5-Mba Ndong G
6-Ambourouet Ambroise
7-Nzeng Gabin
8-Tchoua Pierrot
9-Mezui Abessolo Yvan
Coach : Nguembhyt Guy


Club : Espoir BC (Libreville)
4-Ondo
5-Ndikouedi
6-Boussougou Cdric
7-Boulingui Wolfgang
8-Ngomo K
9-Obame
10-Muanda
11-Nguema Ekoh Gaylor
12-Ndoundou Phili
13-Boungouer A.
14-Dinda
Coach :Oganda Michael

Club : Manga BB (Moanda)
4-Lindem W.
5-Moukaga Atsu Rodrigue
6-Koussou A.
7-Koumen R.
8-Moudamba M.
9-Landji G.
10-Mouandza M.
11-Masrab Johd
12-Madama S.
13-Nz Digondi
14-Amadou
15-Bitgh Y.
Coach : Ibama H. G.

Club : Olympique Mandji (Port Gentil)
4-Mbone Orph
5-Kassa Brice
6-Moupassi S.
7-Daumas J.L.
8-Ngoutsi J.
9-Nkoma Yeno Gilles (cap)
10-Makanda P.
11-Meni G.
12-Boundou Kabrel
13-Mougala K.
14-Asseko Willy
15-Ogowet A.
Coach : Pono David

Club : Engong BB (Oyem)
4-Engo Mba
5-Moutombo Bbina
6-Eya
7-Ondo
8-Kabya Rahim
9-Ditengo
10-Obiang Mba
11-Nkoulou
12-Ondo L.
13-Obame (cap)
14-Otogo
Coach : Mboumba Patrick

Club : Bonguema BB (Mouila)
Club : IZO BB ( Lambarene)




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Ryan Richards joins Sokhumi - by Eurobasket News

Sokhumi strengthened their roster prior to the start of playoffs. They agreed on terms of contract with Ryan Richards (212-C/F-91, agency: Interperformances). The deal is meant till the end of the season. Ryan Richards started the season in Switzerland. He played for Lugano Tigers in LNA. The centre averaged 11.2 points, 6.7 boards per game. Ryan Richards however left the team in February. Previously the centre had stints with Gran Canaria and Real Madrid junior teams, Dexia Mons-Hainaut, Virtus Bologna, Monthey. He was drafted by the Spurs in 2010. Ryan Richards has been the member of British National Team since 2011.


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Raphael Wild Stays With The Schwelmer Baskets - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber


Keeping players and building for the future isnt the only importnat thing in keeping a team intact, but keeping a head coach can also be beneficial for growth as PRO B team Schwlmer Baskets showed today by announcing that Raphael Wilder will continue to be on the sideline. Last season Wild led his team to a fifth place and 15-9 record and will be coaching his sixth season this season. Wilder showed the club early on that they could trust him by leading the team into the PRO B and in his second season led the team to a fifth place and the club lost to Hannover in the playoffs. 'We are happy that we could keep the successful coach here. In his five years here, he has mastered 129 wins and only 30 loses. We are sure that he will be successful again this upcoming season', stressed manager Marvin Eberle. 'It is nice to be a another season in the PRO B. The league is always getting stronger and more professional and I am looking forward to the challenge. I hope that we will continue to get the support from fans and sponsors to be successful. I hope that we will get even more fans show out home games will be sold out', added Raphael Wilder er.

Source: Schwelmer Baskets



Will Jared Jordan-Tony Gaffney Ally-Opp One Last Time Against The Fraport Skyliners April 28th? - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

This season in the Beko BBL, there have been numerous new players that have dazzled the fans week in and week out with their spectacular play this season like never before giving the league a special spice like EWE Baskets Oldenburg Bobby Brown with his hot shooting and nonstop penetration driving the opponents defense as crazy as Kim Kardashian does Paris Hilton, Fraport Skyliner Jermareo Davidson being able to take his fade away jumper over any defender with as much ease as Kevin Mchale used to do it back with the Boston Celtics or FC Bayern Munich center Jared Homan who at times looks as expressionless on the court as ex President Aberham Lincoln, but he able to consistently be a force under the boards with his stellar play. It isnt always only single individuals that the fans come to see but also dynamic duos like Jared Jordan and Tony Gaffney (204-F-84, college: Massachusetts) from the Telekom Baskets Bonn. Jordan is the top assist man in the Beko BBL who also goes by Mr pass and could probably make the perfect pass even if he was high in the stands in the Telekom dome having a bag of pop corn in his right hand while Tony Gaffney has the unique distinction of being a player who has been a Laker and Celtic, but never played a single game for either club. What this dynamic duo does frequently and well is giving the fans a dose of ally-opp stew making that game so much more delectable for the fans. For Bonn fans, they can only hope that the duo of Jordan-Gaffney will not ally-op for the last time this season against the Fraport Skyliners April 30th. Ex Skyliner Ilian Evtimov got a close hand look what these two Americans are capable of. When you have a point guard like Jared Jordan, he can get the ball anytime anywhere, and then when you add the athleticism of Gaffney it is a great combination. It becomes natural. They did burn us a few times. Gaffney caught a few very difficult passes and made incredible dunks. It often happens when you least expect it. Gaffney is a very good and athletic player. He likes to play on his athletic skills. If there is a ball up it is likely he will catch it and try to dunk it. They have a good combination because they know each other well. Plus Jared Jordan really knows the game. He knows how to pass the ball as good as anybody I have played with. He reminds of Adam Emmenecker. I have never got an ally op dunk, my teammates know to find me at what I do best, shooting the three. Oh and it is worth more points by the way, Joked Chalon forward Ilian Evtimov.

Since head coach Michael Koch has had free reigns of gobbling up players each new season, his trust in American players and their abilities has been as strong as the Boston Bruins belief that their 2011 Stanley Cup win was no fluke and waiting another 39 years for the next one is out of the question, American singer Rihanna confident that her new album Talk Talk talk with hit single Take A Bow is a track that many people will rap about for years to come or Lindsay Lohan somehow not abruptly disappearing, but continuing to hang around in the news showing her support for legend Marilyn Monroe in her own essay for a new coffee book. In the last five years with 60 players on the roster, Koch has picked 35 Americans. It has been no secret that Michael Koch Has had faith in the Americans the last years as much as Skyliner fans have seeing Quantez Robertson take new athletic and breathtaking lift offs to the basket this season, Bastian Schweinsetiger doing some more trick shots with the basketball, or Dashaun Wood feeding Derrick Allen an ally-op pass, but being rejected from behind at the second from Super Tez Robertson. However after not reaching the playoffs last season for only the second time in their basketball existence, the German coach decided to go in another direction supplementing the roster with only three Americans which could give the few Mcdonalds in the Rhine city less business now with less of an influx of Americans playing there. For some Americans going to Mcdonalds is about as regular as Germans going to the beer garden, going to Mallorca for vacation for driving a Volkswagen and sometimes when your in a new country and are shy and see the big yellow arches, one just cant resist. I actually only visit Mcdonalds about once a month in Europe, but I think the Americans rather have a greasy Big Mac and French fries then good tasty Wiener Schnitzel, smiled Steven Wright who is earning his bucks in Finland this season. With less Americans and players from other countries, there might be an influx to taste the real German classic food. The Mcdonalds might be down, but the Wiener Schnitzel will be up, laughed EnBW Ludwigsburg Mark Dorris.

The Telekom Baskets Bonn have been in the playoffs since 1997 almost as often as Allen Iverson said Practice in his infamous press conference as the club of coach Michael Koch missed just two times in 2005 and in 2011, but have the cruel distinction of not being able to win the big title losing five finals and two cup finals that brings back memories to the NFL Buffalo Bills of the 90s as they perished in four Superbowl finals. The Telekom Baskets Bonn were BBL finalists in 1997,1999, 2001, 2008 and 2009 and Cup finalists in 2005 and 2009. If you lose one final, try try again and if you lose a second consecutive final try try again, but if you reach a third final then the team has to finally win or forever be classified as the German basketball version of the Buffalo Bills football team that had the distinction of being second way too many times. A Michael Phelps has never worried about being second since he has won 11 gold medals at the Olympics, two bronze medals, but no silver medals. Being second hurts about as much as catching someone cheating, but in the BBL with guys coming and going, the trademark of always finishing second shouldnt really effect a team mentally as much as one might think. I dont think that it takes a toll on the team. Teams are usually building new teams each year. But with Bonn that has kept a good core of guys from the last years, that should help the team more than hurt it when it comes to winning a title, added ex Gloria Giants Duesseldorf guard Steven Wright.

However Last season was a season to forget for the Telekom Baskets Bonn as they finished in 13th place with a record of 14-20. It is always difficult enough to be known as a team not being able to win a title, but not reaching the playoffs is about as unexpected as Bayern Munich soccer team losing games at the moment, Paris Hilton refraining from wearing big sunglasses anywhere as tha fetish seems to have returned to her, or Boris Becker ever forgetting what happened in a London hotel closet. Bonn had a very talented team last season with seven Americans and at times were carried in many games by the trio of Nic Wise, Folarian Campbell and Jeremy Hunt that averaged 38 points out of the team total 71 points per game, however the team play just wasnt consistent enough. They had some great individual players, but they just didnt seem to gell last season, added ex Phoenix Hagen guard Mark Dorris. Their biggest wins last season have been against BG Goettingen, The EWE Baskets Oldenburg and The Artland Dragons. A big five game winning streak in December helped the team in the first half, but in the second half of the season the team seemed to falter as they finished the season from February to May with a 2-12 record and raised many questions. I think that they had too many players that wanted to much for themselves than for the team, remembered ex Tuebingen guard Steven Wright. In those 12 games, the team lost only three games by less than five points and lost the rest pretty easily.

With the misfortune of last year, the club decided to revamp and made a total facelift saying farewell to 10 players. They kept the support and back bone of the team with Beko BBL dinosaur Chris Ensminger and young Germans Fabian Thulig and Jonas Wohlfarth-Bottermann. The team also kept long time coach Michael Koch who keeps the patience and trust of management and has a contract until 2013. The team brought in versatile power forward Tony Gaffney who has been with the Boston Celtics and Assist magnet Jared Jordan who returns back to the club after a year in Greece to round out the American trio. To help fill the void of new extra Americans, the team got two players from Lithuvania with Simonas Serapinas and Benas Veikalis and Zvonko Buljan. Koch also has trust in Germans Daniel Hain and Andrej Mangold. Koch works now with a 10 man roster and sees his switch from American ball to European ball as positive. It is easier to integrate Europeans into a team than it is Americans who tend to think I before we, stressed Michael Koch. This season, the Telekom Baskets started off hot winning their first five games including home games against FC Bayern Munich and the EWE Baskets Oldenburg. Soon after followed a five game losing streak where they lost three homes games in a row. Since then they have been a very up and down team never having more than a three game winning streak. Their biggest wins of the season since Christmas have been home games against Alba Berlin and the Artland Dragons. They were able to sweep the season series with Oldenburg. Their biggest problem has simply been depth. They have a very thin roster and the recent removal of Zvonko Buljan wont help their run in the playoffs if they make it.

The club did a fantastic job complementing the team with 38 year old 209cm center veteran Chris Ensminger in 2009-2010 and has returned for a third season and just keeps going is as known in the BEKO BBL as jiffy popcorn in the states. He is a BBL statesman that has won two BBL titles with Bamberg in 2005 and 2007, had season double double averages in the BBL with ppg and rpg from 2001-2005. He always gives 100% with relentless hard work under the hoop and one has to look closely for him to sneak a smile during a game. He is a strong center with fantastic rebound-skills, can score from the low-post. He is right handed, but shoots FTs with the left hand. His biggest success was with Bamberg, but he also played in Paderborn and MBC. Before he came to Germany, he played in the NCAA with Valparaiso from 1992-1996. Then he got his first experience as a professional basketball player in Portugal, France and New Zealand. Last season for Bonn, he played EuroCup: 5 games: 16.0ppg, 10.0rpg, 1.0apg, FGP: 50.0%, FT: 75.0%; German League: 35 games: 12.8ppg, Reb-2 (8.5rpg), 1.1apg, FGP: 54.9%, FT: 74.0%. Ensminger may be 37, but his intelligence may out weigh his talent. Ensminger plays so hard and is always in the right position on the boards. He wont out jump anyone, but he is pretty smart, stressed Quentin Pryor. Former teammate Steve Wright has fond memories of the native from Ohio as they were played together in Paderborn. Chris is smarter than his opponents and always puts himself in the right position. He is extremely disciplined and is a leader. I dont think there is really a way to stop him as he is very consistent. He was like a big brother for me and when he gave me advice I listened, added ex New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig guard Steven Wright. The game of Ensminger also seems to have a special taste as he is always a joy to watch. His hook shot at the 2010 BEKO BBL Allstar game was very nice. He has an old school game so I wasnt shocked when I saw it. He seems to have a bag of shots like that, commented Quentin Pryor. Alex King played two seasons with the veteran that plays like a 28 year old. He is one of the best centers in the league and can do it all under the hoop, pass, and use both hands. He is just a complete player. Of the court he is a quiet player, but one that you can talk to. I have a lot of respect for him, expressed Alex King.

The team also brought back Jared Jordan who is a 27 year old 188cm point guard from Hartford that understands how to run a team. Has great court vision and leadership. He played at Marist from 2003-2007 and finished his last two seasons as the top assist man in the NCAA with 8,5a nd 8,7apg. He was drafted by the Los Angeles Clippers in the second round in 2007. He never played in the NBA, but was always very close as he visited training camps with The New York Knicks in 2007 and New Orleans Hornets in 2008. Before coming to Bonn in 2009, he played for top team Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius (Lithuania-LKL) and had a stint in the D-league for Rio Grande Valley Vipers (D-League): 36 games: 10.9ppg, 3.8rpg, Assists-2 (9.0apg), 2.0spg, FGP: 45.9%, 3PT: 28.0%, FT: 70.3%. In his first season with Bonn, he played EuroCup: 5 games: 6.4ppg, 3.4rpg, 4.4apg, FGP: 37.9%, 3PT: 10.5%, FT: 80.0%; German League: 37 games: 9.0ppg, 4.2rpg, Assists-4 (5.3apg), FGP: 43.4%, 3PT: 32.1%, FT: 76.8%. Last season, he played for VAP Kolossos Rodou (Greece-A1, starting five): 27 games: 6.3ppg, 2.6rpg, Assists-1 (5.5apg), FGP: 52.3%, 3PT: 23.2%, FT: 56.0%. The club also welcomed American Tony Gaffney who is a 26 year old 204cm forward from Berkley, Massachusetts that is a playing his first season in Germany. He is a forward who brings a high level of energy and athleticism to any teams he joins. He is a tenacious rebounder and great defender. He was the Atlantic 10 Conference defensive player of the year in 2008-09, and one of the nation's leading shot-blockers. He played at Boston University from 2004-2006, before heading west to Amherst to play for Massachusetts (NCAA). In his senior year, he played 30 games: 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%: Finished career at UMass ranked seventh all-time in blocks (174).In 2009-2010, he got some experience in Israel before joining the Boston Celtics in April 2010. In 2010-2011, he started with the Boston Celtics, but moved to the Turk Telekom Ankara (Turkey-TBL): Turkish League: 8 games: 6.0ppg, 2.4rpg, FGP: 63.0%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 80.0%; EuroChallenge: 3 games: 8.0ppg, 4.7rpg, 1.0spg; left in Jan.'11, same month acquired by Utah Flash (D-League): 38 games: 10.3ppg, 6.8rpg, 2.3apg, 1.4spg, Blocks-4 (2.3bpg), FGP: 55.9%, 3PT: 27.8%, FT 66.7%. The team brought in American Taylor Battle in December and he has been a real spark off the bench. He is a 23 year old 183cm guard from Albany, New York. He is a good shooting guard with the body of a point guard. Has great shooting range, but size makes him more adequate to European leagues than NBA. He played at Penn State from 2007-2011 and in his senior year played 34 games: 20.2ppg, 4.4rpg, 2.9apg, FGP: 42.3%, 3PT: 36.9%, FT: 74.9%. Last summer he took part at the Portsmouth Invitational Tournament (Pre-NBA Draft): 3 games: 12.0ppg, 3.7rpg, 4.3apg, 1.0spg. He was NIT champion with Penn State in 2009. He started his rookie season with Cholet Basket (France-ProA) French League: EuroCup: 2 games: 2.5ppg, 2.0rpg, 1.5apg, 1.0spg; Euroleague Qualifying Round: 1 game: 23pts, 1reb

The team brought in some real European flair and experience with Simonas Serapinas who is a 29 year old 197cm forward from Lithuania that is a A versatile, gifted swing man who gives his best in outside shooting. Can spend time in the 2 and 3 positions, playes very well without the ball. Thanks to his strong body, he could play even Power forward if needed. He hasplayed in countries like Greece, Ukraine, Poland and Italy. He played for top teams B.C. Zalgiris Kaunas, Aris Thessaloniki and Azovmash Mariupol. He has 53 Euroleague games under his belt, and has won titles in Lituvania and Poland and played at the 2005 European championships where Germany got silver. Last season, he played for Cimberio Varese (Italy-SerieA): 7 games: 3.4ppg, 1.9rpg. The team also acquired Benas Veikalis from Lithuania who is a 28 year old 192 cm guard. He first got experience in the States playing for Metropolitan St. (NCAA2) the same schhol where TBB Trier guard John Bynum played. He played for Nevezis Kedainiai (LKL) from 2007-2009 and the last two seasons for BK Prostejov (Czech Rep.-NBL) where last season he played EuroChallenge: 14 games: 15.7ppg, 2.9rpg, 2.0apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 53.0%, 3PT: 43.5%, FT: 85.7%; Czech Rep. League: 44 games: 13.9ppg, 2.9rpg, 1.7apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 49.5%, 3PT-2 (47.1%), FT: 81.3%.

The team also has their healthy core of young Germans to fill out the roster. The oldest of the bunch is Daniel Hain who is playing his first season in Bonn. After starting his career in 2003 with ETB Essen, and played for Herten from 2004-2007. He then played for the EWE Baskets Oldenburg from 2007-2011 helping win the 2009 Beko BBL title. Who could forget him being the shadow of Pascal Roller during the 2009 playoffs covering him on the court. With Oldenburg, he played 95 Beko BBL games, nine Eurocup games, six Eurocup games and five Eurochallenge games. The team also signed 24 year old 190cm Andrej Magold, who might get his first real chance in Bonn. He has bounced around German yin the last years playing regionalliga basketball with Hannover and TB Oldenburg and then playing second division ball with FC Bayern Munich from 2007-2009. In 2009-2010, he played for UBC Hannover Tigers (ProA, starting five): 25 games: 8.5ppg, 3.1rpg, 3.0apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 45.7%, 3PT: 35.7%, FT: 69.1%. last season, he played for the Artland Dragons Quakenbrueck (1.Bundesliga): 26 games: 0.5ppg; also a license to play for SC Rasta Vechta (ProB): 2 games: 1.5ppg, 4.0rpg, 2.5apg, 1.0spg. The team also return Fabian Thulig who is a 22 year old 196cm forward who has been with the club since 2006. He made his debut in the Beko BBL in 2008 at age 18. He has been brought along slowly, but has been developing well. Last season, he played 26 games Beko BBL games averaging 2.8ppg, 1.5rpg; EuroChallenge: 6 games: 4.5ppg; also played at Dragons Rhoendorf (ProA)15 games: 9.7ppg, 4.1rpg, 2.2apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 46.7%, 3PT: 25.0%, FT: 78.0%. Jonas Wolfarth-Botterman is a 21 year old 207cm center that has been with the club since 2007. Last season he played 4 Beko BBL games averaging 1.5ppg, 1.8rpg; also have a license to play at Dragons Rhoendorf (ProA) playing 29 games: 12.8ppg, 7.9rpg, Blocks-1 (2.1bpg), FGP: 54.9%, 3PT-1 (50.0%), FT: 44.9%.

. In the last five seasons, The Deutsche Bank Skyliners only have a 5-12 record. It doesnt matter if Frankfurt played at the old gym or in the new arena, Frankfurt is 0-9 in this time. The last time, The Deutsche Bank Skyliners won in Bonn, New England patriot Tom Brady had not sipped champagne yet as a third Super Bowl winner, Jurgen Klinsmann was still coach of the German national soccer team, Paul Potts was still selling cell phones and singing in front of the mirror and the terrifying Tsunami was only a few days old as Frankfurt won in Bonn on January 1st 2005 with a 79-67 win as Chris Williams exploded with 27 points and 16 rebounds.Last season the Skyliners lost a tight 92-89 game shortly before the new year as Nic wise took control in crunch time.The 20 point, eight rebound and seven assist performance didnt help in the losing cause from Dashaun Wood. Frankfurt got revenge in the return date in the Ballsporthalle as they took apart Bonn 78-60 as Dashaun Wood led all scorers with 20 points and no Bonn player scored in double figures. In their first meeting this season, the Telekom Baskets Bonn won 79-64 as Bonn was leading 41-34 at halfzime and had a strong 22-12 third quarter that iced the cake for the win. Simonas Serapinas Led Bonn with 20 points, while the two ex Skyliners Justin Gray contributed 21 points and Jon Leuer 16 points. Frankfurt shot under 40% and were out rebounded badly.

The Fraport Skyliners will have 40 minutes to prove in Bonn that the last four months since the win in Hagne have meant something where they have totally revamped their defense and made it one of the best in the Beko BBL. That is going to be a real war in Bonn. These are the type of games that players live for. I would like to see it, but I will be having a game myself. I think that both teams match up well, warned Lou Campbell. Frankfurt will want some revenge from the first meeting this season where they lost at home. We lost to them by 20 points early in the season. We will have to come ready to play. That team is a lot more than just Jared Jordan, Tony gaffney and Chris Ensminger, warned Jimmy Mckinney. Jacob Burtschi was still in Spain when these two teams met earlier in the season. It is win or go home. I am looking forward to playing against Tony Gaffney. He is the motor of the team.I like playing against the best, but I will have to play a lot better than against Tuebingen, added Jacob Burtschi. We will have to give 100 from the jump ball, warned Quantez Robertson. In order to avoid a meeting with Bamberg in the first round of the Beko BBL playoffs, the Fraport Skyliners could end up in seventh place with a win in Bonn and Braunschweig loss in Berlin and possibly meet Alba Berlin or ratiopharm Ulm. The Telekom Baskets Bonn host the Fraport Skyliners April 28 at 20:00.





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Zeljiko Obradovic: ''We have the opportunity to win again''. - by Diamadis Farmakis

Zeljko Obradovic , the coach of six times Euroleague champion Panathinaikos, spoke to the official site of the Turkish Arilines Euroleague, about the upcoming final four. Coach Obradovic, shared his thoughts about the big challenge he has in front of him, with his team, to succeed back to back Euroleague titles for the first time.

Here is the interview of Mr Obradovic:

Hi Zeljko. This is your team's first chance to truly defend the title and repeat as champion. What does going for two Euroleague trophies in a row mean to Zeljko Obradovic?
'We are very happy right now, all of us, because last summer was a difficult one in which we didn't know what kind of team we could build. We made a few changes, of course, but our nucleus stayed. So we are happy now to have this opportunity to win again. After we won the title in 2000, we also played another final in 2001 in the SuproLeague, but with two competitions that year in Europe, it wasn't the same. This time, after all our problems last summer, I am very happy to be where we are. The team responded, and we have this opportunity.'

Let's talk about this season. Again, Panathinakos had to suffer as champion to survive. Was the suffering good preparation for this Final Four?
'Ha, ha! I don't remember any time we haven't suffered, in all these 20 years! Sooner or later, you have to suffer: that's life as a coach in sports. You have to suffer to win something important. None have been won easily. This year, it was suffering against Maccabi to the end. They beat us in Athens and went ahead in Game 3. The fourth game was very equal, but we won in Tel Aviv. And the last one, when it seemed we had it in our pocket, we let it get away and the season went down to the very last play. That's basketball. You have to suffer.'

Now to the Final Four, which seems to have it all, except Maccabi. How good can the Final Four with Barca, Panathinaikos, CSKA and Olympiacos be?
'This is the same Final Four as Berlin in 2009, the same four teams, and that was great, too. The semifinals are switched this time. Then it was us against Olympiacos and CSKA against Barcelona. Now it's the opposite; we play CSKA and Olympiacos plays Barcelona. What I have no doubt about is that these are the best four teams in Europe right now. It's going to be the Final Four that everyone wants. I believe that as we are talking now, many days before it starts. Then, we will see in what condition the teams are a few days before it starts. We've started playing the Greek League playoffs, but our team is not at a Final Four level yet. In two and a half weeks, I hope we'll be in condition to try to play against CSKA.'

What makes this CSKA team special?
'It's a super team that has great players for every position and a great coach who handles the team well. They are great attacking players first. On defense, they are doing great work with the things that seem right for the type of players they have. But on offense, they have everything, tons of individual talent. At the same time, however, they play like a team. That's important. None of them plays for himself. They play like a team, and that's why they've been so good all year.'

What advantage do players like Dimitris Diamantidis, Mike Batiste, Kostas Tsartsaris and Sarunas Jasikevicius and their many titles give Panathinaikos against such a powerful team as CSKA?
'I am very happy because I have spent years and years with these players. They have to be an example for the others and calm our team before we go to Istanbul. They have a lot a lot of experience, and they have to use it. There is no doubt that experience and winning means something, for both players and teams.'

Speaking of those players being around so long and your 13 consecutive years with Panathinaikos. How much does loyalty, as opposed to continuity, mean to a winning club like Panathinaikos?
'I believe it is very important. Our coaches and players here have been together many years. I am with Dimitris Itoudis, my assistant coach, 13 years. With Kostas Tsartsaris 10 years, Mike Batiste nine, Dimitris Diamantidis eight, Saras four. It adds a lot to a team. It's logical to have to change players, too, but if you have players who you know for that long, it makes things easier. We know very well what it means to defend our colors. I am very proud of my players and of those guys especially, because they have done everything for Panathinaikos. Whatever happens, I will thank them forever for all they've done for me.'

There's a 50-percent chance of Panathinaikos playing Olympiacos on Sunday. If you make the final, do you prefer to play Olympiacos or Barcelona?
'I have no preference. Like I said before, the game for me is against CSKA. Let's hope we make the final. If so, it doesn't matter who we play.'

Would it be perfect for you to win the seventh Euroleague title for Panathinaikos and your ninth in the city where everything started for you, Istanbul?
'Anywhere would be beautiful, ha, ha! I'll accept winning it in any country, any city, because just winning again would be phenomenal. It's going to be difficult, but since we're in Istanbul this year, OK, let it be there.'



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Rozzell's 29 points and 5 assists give him Player of the Round award - by Eurobasket News

22-year old guard Brandon Rozzell (187-G-89) had a great game in the last round for Leeuwarden and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Round 4 award (Second Stage).
He had the game-high 29 points adding four rebounds and five assists for Leeuwarden in his team's victory, helping them to outclass Den Bosch (1-2) with 30-point margin 91-61. Leeuwarden has 1-2 record in Group A. In the team's last game Rozzell had a remarkable 66.7% from 2-point range and got three three-pointers out of 6 attempts. He just recently signed at Leeuwarden, being already a very valuable addition to the team. Brandon Rozzell averages this season 14.4ppg.

Second best performed player last round was Kenrick Zondervan (206-F/C-85, agency: Court Side) of Zwolle. He is a forward in his first season at Zwolle. In the last game Zondervan recorded impressive double-double of 18 points and 13 rebounds. It was enough for Zwolle to edge Nijmegen (0-3) in overtime by 1 point 95-94. Zwolle has 2-1 record in Group B. Zondervan is a newcomer at Zwolle and despite he is not a team leader yet, every game he becomes more reliable player. Hopefully performances like the last one will happen more often.

Third place about best performers goes to another Zwolle's star - forward Gerald Robinson (204-F-84, agency: Court Side). Robinson scored 21 points and grabbed fourteen rebounds (!!!). He was another key player of Zwolle, helping his team with a 95-94 overtime win against Nijmegen. Robinson has a great season in Holland. After 27 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 8.3rpg (3rd best). Gerald Robinson has also Dutch passport and can play in the league with a status of domestic player.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Markel Humphrey (198-F-87) of Nijmegen - 28 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Mark Sanchez (201-F-87) of Leeuwarden - 12 points, 13 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Manny Adako (203-F-87) of Leeuwarden - 20 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Lucas Hargrove (198-F-88) of Nijmegen - 21 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists
8. Henry Bekkering (198-F-85) of Nijmegen - 13 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Maurice Acker (173-PG-87) of Nijmegen - 19 points, 4 rebounds and 7 assists
10. Damon Huffman (187-G-85) of Zwolle - 20 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists

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



Aaron Doornekamp selected the top Dutch playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Aaron Doornekamp
Aaron Doornekamp
   #1. This week's number one is an international forward Aaron Doornekamp (198-85, agency: Interperformances), who plays in the Italian SerieA. Doornekamp could not help Otto Caserta (12-17) in their last game on Sunday. Despite his good performance Otto Caserta was badly defeated 84-66 on the road by the higher-ranked CS Bologna (#6). Doornekamp was the top scorer with 13 points. He also added 2 shots. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. This season Doornekamp averages: 7.1ppg, 4.5rpg, 1.5spg, 2FGP: 44.4%, 3FGP: 44.3% and FT: 81.1%. He has a dual citizenship: Canadian and Dutch. Despite Doornekamp played previously for the Canadian national team, he is currently a member of the Dutch senior national team.

Henk Norel
Henk Norel
   #2. Second place goes to former international power forward Henk Norel (212-87). Norel was not able to help FIATC Joventut (14-17) in their game against Lagun Aro GBC (17-14) in the Spanish ACB, despite his good performance on Sunday night. He scored 10 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 21 minutes. But FIATC Joventut lost 85-90 in San Sebastian to the higher-ranked (#8) Lagun Aro GBC. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. It's Norel's fourth season with the team. This year Norel's overall stats are: 6.7ppg, 4.4rpg and FT: 75.0% in the 25 games he played so far. Despite he played previously for the Canadian national team, Norel played also for the Dutch national team in 2010.

Kim Tillie
Kim Tillie
   #3. The Dutch player who performed third best last week abroad was former international forward Kim Tillie (210-88, agency: Priority Sports, college: Utah). He was not able to secure a victory for ASVEL (12-16) in their game against Poitiers (9-19) in the French ProA. Tillie scored 9 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. But ASVEL was defeated 73-62 on the opponent's court by the lower-ranked Poitiers (#13). There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be important. Tillie has relatively good stats this season: 11.3ppg, 4.9rpg, 1.3apg, 2FGP: 52.4%, 3FGP: 12.5% and FT: 73.8%. He is another player who holds two passports: Dutch and French. Despite Tillie played previously for the French national team, he played also for the Dutch national team in 2010.

Devon Van Oostrum
Devon Van Oostrum
   #4. Guard Devon Van Oostrum (190-93) couldn't help CB Tarragona 2017 (11-23) in their game against Canarias (26-8) in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division), despite his very good performance last Friday. Van Oostrum was the second best scorer with 17 points in 24 minutes. But CB Tarragona 2017 lost 98-111 in Tenerife to the leading Canarias. It was CB Tarragona 2017's sixth consecutive loss in a row. The Regular Season already ended. It's Van Oostrum's first season with the team. This year his total stats are: 6.0ppg, 1.7rpg and 2.3apg in the 32 games. Van Oostrum has both Dutch and British nationalities. Despite he played previously for the British national team, Van Oostrum is currently in the Dutch national team roster.

Matthew Otten
Matthew Otten
   #5. International guard Matthew Otten (196-81, agency: R.H.Consultancy, college: San Francisco St.) couldn't help Liverpool Mersey Tigers (10-20) in their game against Glasgow Rocks (16-14) in the British BBL. Despite his very good performance on Friday night He was the second best scorer with 18 points. The Regular Season already ended. This season Otten has relatively solid stats: 11.0ppg, 4.4rpg, 1.5apg and 1.1spg. He is a naturalized American. Despite Otten played previously for the USA national team, he is currently in the Dutch national team roster.

Roeland Schaftenaar
Roeland Schaftenaar
   #6. Power forward Roeland Schaftenaar (211-88, college: Oregon St.) couldn't help UB La Palma (19-15) in their game against Lobe Huesca (13-21) in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division), despite his good performance in Friday night's game. Schaftenaar was the second best scorer with 11 points. He also added 3 steals in a mere 18 minutes. But UB La Palma was crushed 71-49 on the opponent's court by the much lower-ranked (#15) Lobe_Huesca. It was UB La Palma's sixth consecutive loss in a row. The Regular Season already ended. Schaftenaar has reliable stats this year: 12.0ppg, 5.8rpg, 1.1apg and 1.1spg in the 33 games. Despite he played previously for the USA national team, Schaftenaar is also a former international player as he played for the Dutch senior team two years ago.

Robin Smeulders
Robin Smeulders
   #7. International forward Robin Smeulders (208-87, agency: Court Side, college: Portland) couldn't help EWE Baskets (15-18) in their game against New Yorker Phantoms (17-15) in the German BBL. He cannot count Sunday's game as one of the best ones. Smeulders scored only 2 points. EWE Baskets was defeated 99-85 in Braunschweig by the higher-ranked New Yorker Phantoms (#7). His team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And now that game is quite important. Smeulders has averaged so far 4.6ppg and 3.9rpg. He is also Dutch national team player.

Kasper Averink
Kasper Averink
   #8. Point guard Kasper Averink (183-93) managed to help BC Prievidza in a victory against the league leader Komarno (22-10) 69-61 in the Slovakian Extraliga on Wednesday night. Averink recorded only 3 points in 3 minutes on the court. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. BC Prievidza (22-10) is placed second in the Extraliga. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. Averink has averaged so far 4.2ppg and 1.1rpg in the 35 games. He plays currently for the Dutch U18 national team.

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

   #1. Daniel Kickert (208-C-83, college: St.Mary's, CA) led PGE Turow to a victory over the fourth-ranked Anwil (5-5) crushing them 85-63 in the Polish PLK in Wednesday night's game. He was MVP of the game. Kickert scored 19 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in 31 minutes. PGE Turow Zgorzelec (2-8) is placed sixth in Group A. It's Kickert's first season with the team. He has individually a very good year with high stats. Kickert averages: 15.2ppg and 4.3rpg in the 35 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Australian and Dutch. Despite Kickert's Dutch passport, he currently plays for the Australian national team and is not eligible to play for the Dutch team.



Lasaulec Aris stay alive with miracle win - by Fred Roggen

Lasaulec Aris came up with the much needed Win against EiffelTowers Den Bosch 91-61, as they are fighting for a semi-final playoff spot.

Man did those boys play a great game. This is a important win after two defeats in stage two of the playoffs. Brandon Rozzell (187-G-89, college: VCU) is back in full effect and lead his team to a victory.
Lasaulec Aris pulled off a great win, and they did it with defense, they had the game for the most part and just when it looked like the EiffelTowers were going to pull off, Lasaulec Aris used a 10-0 run in the second half to pull away from EiffelTowers Den Bosch, switching the momentum back into Lasaulec Aris favour.
A match-high 29 points from Brandon Rozzell and 20 points from Manny Adako (203-F-87, agency: Court Side, college: Northeastern) helped Lasaulec Aris to an unlikely victory.



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Eurochallenge Final Four: Besiktas outclass Szolnoki in Debrecen - by Eurobasket News

Szolnoki Olaj-Besiktas Milangaz 60:64

Besiktas outclass Szolnoki Olaj in Debrecen in the first Semifinal game of EuroChallenge. The Turkish team won 64:60 and advanced to the Final.
Szolnoki Olaj started better and thanks to 3500 fans took 17:13 after the first 10 minutes. Gay scored for 17:13 and Marton Bader (212-C-80, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group) posted two for 24:20 early in the second. Ersin Dagli (203-F/C-81, agency: Interperformances, college: Alabama) however replied with 4 consecutive points to bring the lead at 29:26 and then Pops Mensah-Bonsu (206-F-83, agency: SportsTalent, college: G.Washington) closed the half at 33:30. No matter how hard the hosts tried to take the lead in the third quarter they could not. Besiktas Milangaz finished the third frame with 6-0 run to enjoy 47:40 after thirty minutes. Only at the end of the game Julien Mills (193-G/F-85, college: Ball St.) tied the score at 56:56. He made it also 60:62, but then Arroyo scored two free throws for the final success.
Zoran Erceg (210-C/F-85) top-scored for the winners with 17 points and David Hawkins (194-G-82, college: Temple) as well as Pops Mensah-Bonsu posted 13 points each. Ersin Dagli followed them with 8 points and 13 rebounds. Hristo Nikolov (200-F-85, agency: Global Sports Plaza) replied with 13 points in the losing effort, while Marton Bader collected 11 points and 14 boards. Akos Horvath (193-G/F-81) notched 10 and Julien Mills added 9.

Szolnoki Olaj: Hristo Nikolov 13, Marton Bader 11+14 rebs, Akos Horvath 10, Julien Mills 9
Besiktas Milangaz: Zoran Erceg 17, David Hawkins 13, Pops Mensah-Bonsu 13+13 rebs, Ersin Dagli 8+13 rebs



JKSE stays in the Top Division - by Tamas Deri

On tuesday night the final game of the playout-series was played in Jaszbereny. It was for both teams the most important game of the season and the newcomer of the league could use the home-court advantage winning 92:71. With winning the series the team of JKSE kept itself in the top league of our country while the 4-times champion ZTE KK will be forced to play in the 2nd division.

Jaszberenyi KSE - Zalakeramia ZTE KK 92-71
(29-19, 25-15, 19-20, 19-17)
Jaszbereny, Att.: 690, Referees: Foldhazi T., Papp P., Bognar T. (Hartyani)
JKSE: Kyle Austin (203-F-88, college: Cal-Riverside) 15/9, Jibril Hodges (188-G-84, college: Long Beach St.) 17/12, Mate Medve (197-G-89) 10, Horti 2, Rastko Dramicanin (207-C-86, agency: BeoExcell) 31, Fulop -, Helmeczi 3, Szogi 5, Borszeki 3/3, Antal 4, Wehner 2
ZTE KK: Thomas Kelley (188-G-77, agency: TSS Management, college: Michigan St.) 15/3, Gaspar 8/6, Whitworth 11/9, Toth G. 10/3, Esian Henderson (204-F/C-86, college: Central Mo.) 11/3., Bodor 2, Vertetics 6/6, Kinter 2, Baki 3/3, Kerkai -, Kertesz 3/3



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Albany adds Lane too - by Gianni Pascucci

Forward Evan Lane (6'8''-F, college: St.Rose, NY) has rejoined the Albany Legends after playing this past winter with the Washington Generals of Harlem Globetrotter's fame. A two year Albany Legends and member of the 2010 IBL Championship team, Lane has played in 36 games with the Legends, averaging 5.2 ppg and 3.7 rebounds per game.


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Energy roster set for season opener vs. Orlando - by Kip Leonetti

The 15-man roster has been set and the Edmonton Energy are now on their way to Orlando to take on the Venom, April 27-28, 2012. The team, led by head coach Dave Youngs, will open up their 2012 campaign against an Orlando squad full of southern talent and a developing program similar to what we are producing in the Edmonton community.

The 2012 roster is highlighted by returning guard Stephen Sir (6'5''-G-82, college: N.Arizona), four-time IBL All-star Lee Scruggs (6'11''-F/C-79, college: Georgetown), and University of Saskatchewan standout and 2011 IBL All-Star Troy Gottselig (6'8''-F-87).

New to the team this year, locals Daniel Boticki (6'4''-G-81, college: Idaho St.), Jesse Reimink (6'4''-F), recent University of Alberta grad Daniel Ferguson, and former University of Calgary Dino Robbie Sihota (6'6''-F-87) among other top talents from across North America.

The Edmonton Energy will play their first games at their new home, the Saville Community Sports Centre, on May 4-5, 2012. The Jersey G-Force will battle the Energy in their home opener weekend. Friday and Saturday's games are both 7:30pm start times.



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  ICELAND   

Stats Leaders (Men)

Points Per Game
 Robert JARVIS
  IR
  (180-G-87)
  Avg: 24
 1. Jarvis, IR24.0 
 2. Govens, Thor Thorl23.3 
 3. Echols, Njardvik22.4 
 4. Walkup, Fjolnir22.2 
 5. Holmes, Njardvik21.9 
 6. Bullock, Grindavik21.2 
 7. Cole, Keflavik21.0 
 8. Sovic, IR20.5 
 9. O''Neil, Fjolnir20.2 
 10. Brown, KR20.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Quincy HANKINS-COLE
  Snaef.
  (203-F-90)
  Avg: 13
 1. Hankins-Cole, Snae.13.0 
 2. Hairston, Thor T.12.3 
 3. Echols, Njardvik11.1 
 4. Smith, Haukar10.7 
 5. Tratnik, Valur10.4 
 6. Cole, Keflavik10.3 
 7. Walkup, Fjolnir10.1 
 8. Bullock, Grindavik9.8 
 9. Lindmets, Stjarnan8.6 
 10. Magnusson, KR8.3 
Assists Per Game
 Giordan WATSON
  Grindavik
  (178-G-85)
  Avg: 7.2
 1. Watson, Grindavik7.2 
 2. Shouse, Stjarnan7.1 
 3. Miller, Tindastoll6.0 
 4. Hall, Snaefell5.5 
 5. Govens, Thor Thorl5.1 
 6. Brown, KR4.7 
 7. Fridriksson, Njard.4.5 
 8. O''Neil, Fjolnir4.5 
 9. Parker, Keflavik4.0 
 10. Arnarson, IR3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Travis HOLMES
  Njardvik
  (193-G-86)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Holmes, Njardvik2.9 
 2. Allen, Tindastoll2.8 
 3. Cothran, Stjarnan2.7 
 4. Gunnarsson, Kefla.2.3 
 5. Miller, Tindastoll2.2 
 6. Govens, Thor Thorl2.2 
 7. Hall, Snaefell2.2 
 8. Parker, Keflavik2.2 
 9. Shouse, Stjarnan2.0 
 10. Watson, Grindavik1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Junior HAIRSTON
  Thor T.
  (203-F-84)
  Avg: 3.7
 1. Hairston, Thor T.3.7 
 2. Smith, Haukar3.6 
 3. Tratnik, Valur2.2 
 4. Lindmets, Stjarnan1.3 
 5. Ferguson, KR1.1 
 6. Holmes, Njardvik1.0 
 7. Cole, Keflavik1.0 
 8. Gudbrandsson, Kefl.1.0 
 9. Barja, Haukar0.9 
 10. Magnusson, KR0.9 


Express L. Round 2 of Finals. Grindavik take 2-0 lead - by Eurobasket News

Thor Thorl - Grindavik 64-79

Grindavik gained 2-0 advantage in the Finals after celebrating a road win over Thor Thorl. The game without a history. Grindavik led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. American forward J'Nathan Bullock (196-87, college: Cleveland St., agency: Pro One Sports) orchestrated the victory by scoring 27 points and 9 rebounds. The former international swingman Thorleifur Olafsson (192-84) contributed with 16 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. American guard Darrin Govens (185-88, college: St.Joseph's) replied with 15 points, 6 rebounds, 6 assists and 5 steals and FYR Macedonian-Australian forward Blagoj Janev (203-84, college: New Hampshire) added 15 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Thor Thorl.
Top scorers:
Thor Thorl: B.Janev 15+6reb+3ast, D.Govens 15+6reb+6ast, D.Hilmarsson 11+6reb+4ast, B.Ragnarsson 9+1reb+1ast, G.Jonsson 7+8reb+2ast, J.Henley 5+8reb
Grindavik: J.Bullock 27+9reb+1ast, T.Olafsson 16+7reb+5ast, J.Olafsson 11+6reb+3ast, S.Thorsteinsson 9+4reb+1ast, P.Axel Vilbergsson 9+7reb+2ast, R.Pettinella 5+4reb+3ast
gschID: 175478



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Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Yanuar DWI PRIASMORO
  Bima S.
  (178-SG-89)
  Avg: 16.5
 1. Dwi Priasmor., Bim.16.5 
 2. Ferdiansyah, Stadi.15.0 
 3. Wisnu, Satria Muda14.0 
 4. Nagata, Pacific13.7 
 5. Rizky Ardian., Bim.13.4 
 6. Sapto, Muba H.12.9 
 7. Ahmad, Satria Muda11.7 
 8. Regowo, Aspac11.6 
 9. Prawiro, Aspac11.4 
 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, Aspac8.8 
 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. Muharri, CLS K.3.5 
 4. Purwanto, Pelita J.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.2.3 
 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. Sunarya, Muba H.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. Gunawan, Satya W.1.6 
 5. Arizki, Aspac1.6 
 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 2 of Semi-Finals. Aspac joins Satria Muda in Grand Final - by Eurobasket News

Aspac - Pelita Jaya 71-49

Aspac overcame Pelita Jaya in the second game of the semifinals to advance into Final. The game without a history. Aspac led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Pelita Jaya to just 3 points in second quarter. Aspac held Pelita Jaya to an opponent 20.6 percent shooting from the field compared to 34.9 percent accuracy of the winners. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Aspac made 7 blocks. International swingman Xaverius Prawiro (184-86) orchestrated the victory by scoring 27 points. International point guard Dirk Gerungan (182-87) contributed with 8 points and 4 assists for the winners. The former international guard Erick Sebayang (180-83) replied with 13 points and 5 rebounds and center Fidyan Dini (195-83) added 8 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Pelita Jaya. 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:
Aspac: X.Prawiro 27+4reb, R.Effendi 8+6reb, D.Gerungan 8+4reb+4ast, I.Thoyib 7+9reb, P.Regowo 6+5reb+3ast, S.Harun Nurman 5+5reb
Pelita Jaya: E.Sebayang 13+5reb+1ast, F.Dini 8+7reb, A.Chandra 6, D.Aryo Dewanto 5+4reb+2ast, A.Poedjakesuma 4+5reb, P.Indrawan 4+6reb+1ast
gschID: 175668



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Behdad Sami to Aisa Basket: - 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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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.23.8 
 3. Sanders, Hapoel Y.23.1 
 4. Clinch, Lev H.22.7 
 5. Ginyard, Ironi N.21.6 
 6. Daniel, Ironi K-A21.5 
 7. Hall, Macc.B.Y.21.2 
 8. Clemente, Kiryat T.21.0 
 9. Bet-Yosef, Macc.B.20.7 
 10. Laing, Elitzur Ya.20.6 
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.3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Nate MILLER
  Macc.B.Y.
  (193-G-87)
  Avg: 3
 1. Miller, Macc.B.Y.3.0 
 2. Bet-Yosef, Macc.B.2.9 
 3. Hofman, Elitzur2.7 
 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 


National League Round 1 of Semi-Finals - by Eurobasket News

Macc.B.Yaakov - Elitzur Yavne 87-81

Maccabi Beer Yaakov surged ahead in the semifinal series versus Elitzur Yavne beating them in the opener. Elitzur Yavne was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. They outrebounded Elitzur Yavne 51-32 including 20 on the offensive glass. 28 personal fouls committed by Elitzur Yavne helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Nate Miller (193-87, college: Bowling Green) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 32 points and 15 rebounds. The former international power forward Chris Watson (200-75, college: Niagara) contributed with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. American swingman Brian Laing (195-85, college: Seton Hall, agency: I.D.S. Law) answered with 19 points and swingman Elad Hofman (192-85) added 10 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists in the effort for Elitzur Yavne. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Macc.B.Yaakov: N.Miller 32+15reb+2ast, Y.Bet-Yosef 19+5reb+5ast, C.Watson 18+12reb+2ast, D.Housman 11+5reb+2ast, T.Atlas 3+2reb, I.Buchman 2+4reb+2ast
Elitzur Yavne: B.Laing 19+4reb, N.Golan 16+2reb+2ast, A.Cohen 11+7reb+1ast, E.Hofman 10+7reb+4ast, Z.Volfer 9+5reb+2ast, Y.Levi 8+5reb
gschID: 175403


Hapoel T-A - Ironi Nes-Ziona 80-60

Hapoel Tel-Aiv celebrated the opening win in the series versus Ironi Nes-Ziona. The game was mostly controlled by Hapoel Tel-Aviv. Ironi Nes-Ziona was better in second period 17-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Hapoel Tel-Aviv dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to Ironi Nes-Ziona's 34 and made 17-of-20 charity shots (85.0 percent) during the game. Hapoel Tel-Aviv had a 33-20 advantage in offensive rebounds. American Curtis Kelly (205-88, college: Kansas St.) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 12 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) for the winners and point guard Bar Timor (191-92) chipped in 18 points and 5 rebounds. Hapoel Tel-Aviv's coach Erez Edelshtein allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. At the losing side American swingman Bilal Benn (196-86, college: Niagara) responded with 10 points and 8 rebounds and the other American import forward Gabe Blair (203-87, college: Wichita St.) scored 14 points and 7 rebounds.
Top scorers:
Hapoel T-A: C.Kelly 18+12reb+1ast, B.Timor 18+5reb+2ast, J.Skjoldebrand 12+5reb+1ast, G.Eytan 7+1reb+4ast, A.Zelkovits 6+2reb, D.Stitt 6+4reb+1ast
Ironi Nes-Ziona: G.Blair 14+7reb, T.Michael Dunne 11+1reb+1ast, B.Benn 10+8reb+3ast, D.Assaf 9+4reb+3ast, O.Flaisher 5+1reb+1ast, R.Zehavian 5+2reb+2ast
gschID: 175402



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stats leader

Points Per Game
 Bernardo MUSSO
  Napoli
  (192-G-86)
  Avg: 19.8
 1. Musso, Napoli19.8 
 2. Evangelisti, Recan.17.0 
 3. Portannese, Torino16.4 
 4. Poltroneri, Perugia16.2 
 5. Prandin, Casalp.15.2 
 6. Rugolo, San Severo14.9 
 7. Benevelli, Orlandi.14.6 
 8. Tagliabue, Ruvo14.5 
 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. Benevelli, Orlandi.8.0 
 7. Gandini, Trieste7.9 
 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. Traini, Recanati3.9 
 4. Marino, Treviglio3.9 
 5. Stanic, Fabriano3.6 
 6. Circosta, Anagni3.5 
 7. Guarino, Ferentino3.4 
 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. Bertolazzi, Omegna2.9 
 4. Iardella, Fabriano2.9 
 5. Rivali, Santarcang.2.8 
 6. Rossi, Chieti2.8 
 7. Mei, Comsum.it SI2.8 
 8. Portannese, Torino2.7 
 9. Musso, Napoli2.7 
 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 


Virtus Bologna will keep Head Coach Alessandro Finelli - by Eurobasket News

Alessandro Finelli will remain a Head Coach of Virtus Bologna in 2012/13 season. President of the club Claudio Sabatini confirmed that the team will resign their Head Coach for another year (Bolognabasket). Finelli took over the team last summer. They currently have 17-12 record in SerieA and booked a spot for the Playoffs. Before Virtus Bologna, Alessandro Finelli worked with Trenkwalder Reggio Emilia. However, he spent just one month with the club. From 2007 to 2009, he coached Montegranaro in SerieA. Finelli also has experience from Montecatini, Pavia, Ferrara, Imola and Livorno. He used to coach Fortitudo Bologna cadet and junior teams.
Claudio Sabatini also said that he will advice new ownership to keep Giuseppe Poeta (190-G-85) and Angelo Gigli (209-F/C-83).



Nazionale A Round 2 of 1/8 Finals - by Eurobasket News

1/8 Finals
Latina Basket - Ferentino 91-89

Ferentino cut a 18-point halftime deficit to two at the end of the game. Latina Basket made 21-of-24 free shots (87.5 percent) during the game. The best player for the winners was the former international point guard Riccardo Serena (181-82) who scored 19 points and 5 assists. Naturalized Serbian forward Marko Micevic (198-89) chipped in 17 points. Guard Francesco Guarino (182-79) produced 22 points and 4 assists (was perfect 10-for-10 from the free throw line !!!) and guard Fabio Marcante (196-80, agency: Players Group) added 11 points and 5 rebounds respectively for the guests. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game.
Top scorers:
Ferentino: F.Guarino 22+4reb+4ast, S.Parrillo 13+2reb+1ast, F.Marcante 11+5reb+3ast, M.Carrizo 11+3reb+2ast, L.Panzini 11+1reb, A.Iannuzzi 11+2reb
Latina Basket: R.Serena 19+4reb+5ast, M.Micevic 17+3reb+1ast, G.Gazzotti 12+6reb+1ast, A.Quarisa 11+3reb+1ast, R.Tavernelli 11+6reb+1ast, R.Romano 11+2reb
gschID: 175387


Orlandina - Recanati 88-80

The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Recanati won third quarter 25-23. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Orlandina forced 20 Recanati turnovers and outrebounded them 40-27 including 25 on the defensive glass. Forward Nicholas Crow (199-89) scored 25 points and 6 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and forward Andrea Benevelli (202-85, agency: Two Points) chipped in 18 points and 10 rebounds during the contest. Guard Andrea Traini (-93) responded with a double-double by scoring 12 points, 6 rebounds, 10 assists and 4 steals and guard Marco Evangelisti (198-84) scored 14 points. Four Orlandina and five Recanati players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Recanati: M.Evangelisti 14+4reb, P.Chiarello 14+4reb, A.Traini 12+6reb+10ast, A.Cecchetti 12+1reb, S.Centanni 11+1reb+1ast, M.Pierangeli 9+3reb
Orlandina: N.Crow 25+6reb+1ast, A.Benevelli 18+10reb+1ast, G.Zampolli 17+2reb+2ast, L.Bisconti 12+9reb+2ast, D.Bonacini 9+3reb+4ast, F.Pellegrino 3+7reb
gschID: 175388


Casalpusterlengo - Trento 73-79

The guests took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 27-20. But Casalpusterlengo won second period 19-17. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The former international forward Walter Santarossa (200-78) notched 19 points and 4 assists to lead the effort and forward Davide Pascolo (200-90) supported him with 12 points and 8 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field). Five Trento players scored in double figures. Even a double-double of 17 points and 12 rebounds by forward Giampaolo Ricci (200-91) did not help to save the game for Casalpusterlengo. Guard Roberto Prandin (188-86, agency: Two Points) added 15 points for the hosts.
Top scorers:
Casalpusterlengo: G.Ricci 17+12reb+2ast, R.Prandin 15+4reb+2ast, M.Venuto 11+1reb+1ast, A.Chiumenti 8+3reb, P.Biligha 6+4reb, R.Castelli 6+4reb
Trento: W.Santarossa 19+2reb+4ast, M.Negri 17+3reb, L.Conte 14+2reb+1ast, D.Pascolo 12+8reb, A.Forray 11+5reb+4ast, M.Pazzi 6+6reb+1ast
gschID: 175385


Treviglio - Torino 71-61

The hosts trailed by 4 points after three quarters before their 21-7 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Treviglio dominated on the defensive end, holding Torino to just 7 points in fourth quarter. They made 20-of-26 free shots (76.9 percent) during the game. Torino was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. The best player for the winners was naturalized Argentinian swingman Augustin Fabi (199-91) who scored 19 points and 6 rebounds. Guard Tommaso Marino (190-86, agency: Interperformances) chipped in 17 points and 4 assists. Guard Marco Portannese (192-89, agency: Players Group) produced a double-double by scoring 17 points and 13 rebounds and the former international forward Cristiano Masper (208-73) added 18 points and 7 rebounds respectively for the guests.
Top scorers:
Torino: C.Masper 18+7reb+1ast, M.Portannese 17+13reb+1ast, D.Parente 6+5reb+5ast, M.Giadini 5+7reb+1ast, F.Conti 5, L.Fontecchio 4+3reb
Treviglio: A.Fabi 19+6reb+1ast, T.Marino 17+3reb+4ast, A.Vitale 11+4reb+1ast, J.Borra 9+7reb+1ast, N.Cazzolato 9+8reb+2ast, G.Zanella 4+10reb
gschID: 175386


Play-out
Castelletto - Santarcangelo 76-83

The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Castelletto won fourth quarter 23-20. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Santarcangelo made 17-of-20 free shots (85.0 percent) during the game. They also forced 21 Castelletto turnovers. Strangely Castelletto outrebounded Santarcangelo 40-19 including a 13-2 advantage in offensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was guard Matteo Palermo (190-91) who scored 15 points and 4 steals. point guard Eugenio Rivali (178-86, agency: Two Points) chipped in 15 points and 4 assists. Center Matteo Raminelli (203-83) produced a double-double by scoring 20 points, 13 rebounds and 4 blocks and the former international swingman Simone Cotani (201-81) added 18 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists respectively for the hosts. Five Santarcangelo and four Castelletto players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Castelletto: M.Raminelli 20+13reb, S.Cotani 18+6reb+4ast, C.Villani 12+6reb+2ast, F.Dri 11+5reb, S.Ferrarese 8+6reb+2ast, J.Zacchetti 7+1reb+1ast
Santarcangelo: A.Ancellotti 18+2reb, E.Rivali 15+2reb+4ast, G.Broglia 15+2reb, M.Palermo 15+3reb+3ast, M.Bonaiuti 10+1reb+1ast, J.Silimbani 6+3reb+1ast
gschID: 175392


Matera - San Severo 73-53

The game was mostly controlled by Matera. Mazzeo San Severo was better in third quarter 21-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Mazzeo San Severo to just 7 points in second quarter. Matera shot 62.8 percent from the field. It was a great shooting night for Matera especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 52.6 percentage. The best player for the winners was the former international swingman Andrea Pilotti (196-80, agency: Players Group) who scored 17 points (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Center Raffaele Martone (207-90) chipped in 8 points and 7 rebounds. Forward Francesco Amoroso (202-78) produced 19 points (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line) and swingman Giovanni Rugolo (196-81) added 11 points and 4 steals respectively for the guests. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
San Severo: F.Amoroso 19+3reb+1ast, G.Rugolo 11+2reb, I.Scarponi 8+2reb, M.Poluzzi 5+2reb, F.Candido 5+3reb, R.Marzoli 3+2reb
Matera: A.Pilotti 17+3reb+2ast, A.LaGioia 16, G.Cantagalli 11+3reb+3ast, S.Vico 9+4reb, R.Martone 8+7reb+2ast, P.Aprea 7
gschID: 175390


Ruvo - Fabriano 46-63

The game without a history. Fabriano led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Fabriano forced 19 Ruvo turnovers. The best player for the winners was forward Alessio Iardella (187-88) who scored 24 points and 5 steals. Forward Giorgio Sgobba (202-92) chipped in 19 points. Marco Tagliabue (206-86) produced a double-double by scoring 17 points and 15 rebounds and guard Tommaso Laquintana (183-95) added 15 points and 6 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Ruvo's coach Giulio Cadeo rotated ten players seeing no chance for a win.
Top scorers:
Ruvo: M.Tagliabue 17+15reb, T.Laquintana 15+6reb+1ast, P.de Martino 5, G.Tomasiello 4+3reb+1ast, G.Valesin 2+2reb+1ast, D.Merletto 2+1reb
Fabriano: A.Iardella 24+3reb+1ast, G.Sgobba 19+3reb, C.Fontani 9+6reb+1ast, G.Castelletta 4+4reb, D.Liberati 4+3reb+1ast, L.Usberti 2+4reb+3ast
gschID: 175391


Comsum.it SI - Firenze 65-67

The guests were tied after three quarters but managed to speed up in last quarter eventually winning the game. Comsum.it SI was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. Forward Stefano Spizzichini (202-90) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 10 rebounds. point guard Diego Monaldi (190-93) contributed with 18 points for the winners. Center Amedeo Tessitori (205-94) replied with 14 points and 7 rebounds and guard Nicola Mei (186-85) added 13 points and 4 steals in the effort for Comsum.it SI.
Top scorers:
Comsum.it SI: A.Tessitori 14+7reb, N.Mei 13+4reb+2ast, S.Bonfiglio 12+3reb+3ast, S.Simeoli 8+6reb, A.Colli 7+11reb, G.Spizzichini 6+4reb+1ast
Firenze: D.Monaldi 18+2reb+2ast, S.Spizzichini 16+10reb, F.Bellina 10+2reb+1ast, A.Capitanelli 8+9reb+1ast, A.Amici 6+2reb, D.Lamma 4+3reb
gschID: 175389



Polonara's 34-point game gives him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

20-year old forward Achille Polonara (203-F-91) put on an amazing game in the last round for Banca Tercas and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 31.
He had the game-high 34 points adding nine rebounds and two assists for Banca Tercas in his team's victory, helping them to beat Fabi Shoes (11-18) 99-93. The game rather meaningless between the teams, which do not have any influence on the top of the standings. Banca Tercas is placed at 15th position in Italian league. Banca Tercas is rather a weak team placed in lower part in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 11-18 record. In the team's last game Polonara had a remarkable 100.0% from 2-point range. He has many years of experience at Banca Tercas, through which he has constantly improved. Achille Polonara averages this season 7.6ppg.

Second best performed player last round was Dejan Ivanov (205-F/C-86, agency: Beo Basket) of Fabi Shoes. He is Bulgarian forward in his 3rd season at Fabi Shoes. In the last game Ivanov recorded impressive double-double of 21 points and 12 rebounds. Bad luck as Fabi Shoes lost that game 93-99 to slightly higher-ranked Banca Tercas (11-18). The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the title. Fabi Shoes dropped in the standings to second-to-the-bottom (16th) position. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 11-18 record. Ivanov is one of the most experienced players at Fabi Shoes and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to guard Travis Diener (184-PG-82) of Banco di Sard. (#5). Diener scored 17 points and passed twelve assists (!!!). He was a key player of Banco di Sard., leading his team to a 104-97 win against the lower-ranked Angelico BI (#14, 12-17). Banco di Sard. needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 18 victories and 11 lost games. Diener has a great season in Italy. After 27 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 14.4ppg (4th best) and assists with 5.4apg (2nd best). He also has FGP: 51.0% and 3PT: 42.1%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Andre Smith (203-F-85) of Otto Caserta - 21 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
5. David Lighty (195-G/F-88) of Vanoli CR - 21 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Bo McCalebb (183-PG-85) of Montepaschi - 21 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Tadija Dragicevic (206-F/C-86) of Angelico BI - 22 points and 7 rebounds
8. Aubrey Coleman (193-G-87) of Angelico BI - 25 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Angelo Gigli (209-F/C-83) of CS Bologna - 18 points and 12 rebounds
10. Daniel Hackett (198-G-87) of Scavolini PS - 11 points, 4 rebounds and 6 assists

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



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  JORDAN   


ASU take 2-0 lead in the Final - by Eurobasket News

Orthodox - ASU 93:96 (OT)

ASU gained 2-0 lead in the championship series. They outgunned Orthodox in the overtime tonight to make another step towards the title. Wesam Al-Sous (181-G-83) knocked down 31 points to pace the winners.
Orthodox got to the better start. They built a 22:16 lead after ten minutes. Orthodox mainained the lead throughout the next two periods. They piled up a 61:51 advantage with ten minutes left in regulation. ASU however erased the deficit in the fourth term. They drew things level and forced the game into overtime. ASU gained momentum and sealed the victory in the extra period. Mohammad Hadrab (203-F-84) accounted for 18 points, while Islam Abbaas (203-C-80) contributed 15 points in the victory. Zaid Abbas (203-F-83) replied with 30 points for Orthodox. Fares Saqf-AlHait (195-F-87, college: Calumet) had 21 points in the loss.
The third game of the series is scheduled for Monday.

Orthodox: Zaid Abbas 30, Fares Saqf-AlHait 21
ASU: Wesam Al-Sous 31, Mohammad Hadrab 18, Islam Abbaas 15



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  KAZAKHSTAN   

Stats Leaders

D1 Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1 Kuzniecow, Almaty 14.9
2 Tsvektovich, Astana 14.6
3 Korshunov, Barsy 14.4
4 Antonets, Barsy 14.0
5 Mikheyev, Tobol 13.1
Rebounds Per Game
1 Malyshev, Kaspyi 7.7
2 Evstigneev, Barsy 6.3
3 Gavrilov, Barsy 5.4
4 Chakich, Astana 5.3
5 Mikheyev, Tobol 5.0
Steals Per Game
1 Marshall, Astana 2.0
2 Karimullin, Kaspyi 1.6
3 Pashkov, Almaty 1.5
4 Ismailov, Tobol 1.4
5 Adiev, Kaspyi 1.4


Asia-Basket.com All-Kazakhstan League Awards 2011-12 - by Eurobasket Center

All-Kazakhstan League 1st Team 2011-2012
#s#
Rawle Marshall
Marshall
Jerry Johnson
Johnson
Evgeni Isakov
Isakov
Dmitriy Gavrilov
Gavrilov
Eric Williams
Williams
#e#5

Finals MVP: Rawle Marshall (201-G-82) of BC Astana
Player of the Year: Jerry Johnson (183-G-82) of BC Astana
Guard of the Year: Jerry Johnson (183-G-82) of BC Astana
Forward of the Year: Evgeni Isakov (203-F-82) of Barsy Atyrau
Center of the Year: Eric Williams (206-C-84) of BC Astana
Coach of the Year: Matteo Boniciolli of BC Astana

1st Team
G: Jerry Johnson (183-82) of BC Astana
G: Rawle Marshall (201-82) of BC Astana
F: Evgeni Isakov (203-82) of Barsy Atyrau
F: Dmitriy Gavrilov (203-86) of Barsy Atyrau
C: Eric Williams (206-84) of BC Astana



BC Astana claim D1 title - by Eurobasket News

BC Astana - Barsy Atyrau 113:72

BC Astana celebrated the D1 trophy. They outgunned Barsy Atyrau for the third straight win and swept the championship series. Rawle Marshall (201-G-82, college: Oakland) led the winners scoring impressive 32 points.
BC Astana strongly entered the game. They quickly piled up a comfortable 10-point lead 23:13. BC Astana controlled the tempo in the second term. They finished the half up by 12 points 49:37. The tempo remained high in the second half. BC Astana dominated every facet of the encounter. They never allowed Barsy Atyrau to revive intrigue cruising to the victory at the end. Yargaliev provided 22 points for the winners. Goran Cakic added 12 points, while Jerry Johnson (183-G-82, agency: Beo Basket, college: Rider) notched 11 points for the champions.
The league named the Top players of the championship after the game.
Best Guard - Jerry Johnson
Best Forward - Evgeni Isakov (203-F-82)
Best Centre - Eric Williams (206-C-84, college: Wake Forest).



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  LUXEMBOURG   


Jairo Delgado expected to rejoin Etzella - by Eurobasket News

Jairo Delgado (190-G/F-85) is expected to change the team in the next season. The forward is set to return to Etzella. Jairo Delgado played for Etzella in 2003/2011 seasons. However he moved to T71 Dudelange at the start of the current season. The forward averaged 11.4 points, 3.8 rebounds and 1.7 assists per game in Diekirch League. Eurobasket.com named Jairo Delgado into Luxembourg League All-Newcomers Team back in 2005. He also received All-Luxembourg League Honourable Mention in 2008 and 2009. The forward has been the member of Luxembourg National Team since 2007. He participated at Qualifications to European Championship in Division B 2011. Jairo Delgado posted 5.3 points, 2.0 boards and 1.0 steal per game.


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Amara Sy selected the top Malian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Amara Sy
Amara Sy
   #1. This week's number one is an international forward Amara Sy (202-81), who plays in the French ProA. He could not help Entente Orleans 45 (18-9) in their last game. Despite Sy's very good performance Entente Orleans 45 was edged 64-61 on the road by the lower-ranked (#9) JSF Nanterre. He was the top scorer with 15 points. Sy also added 5 rebounds and made 2 blocks in 33 minutes on the court. It was Entente Orleans 45's first loss after three consecutive victories. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Sy has relatively good stats this year: 12.4ppg, 5.8rpg, 2.1apg, 1.1spg, 2FGP: 51.8%, 3FGP: 28.1% and FT: 83.8% in the 27 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Mali and French. Despite Sy played previously for the French national team, he is currently a member of the Mali senior national team.

Yohann Sangare
Yohann Sangare
   #2. Second place goes to an international guard Yohann Sangare (193-83) is a teammate of previously mentioned Amara Sy and both played together in the last French ProA game. Sangare. He was not able to help Entente Orleans 45 (18-9) in their game against JSF Nanterre (13-14). Sangare scored 6 points, had 4 boards, passed 3 assists and added 4 steals. Entente Orleans 45 was edged 64-61 in Nanterre by the lower-ranked JSF Nanterre (#9). This season Sangare averages: 5.3ppg, 2.6rpg, 3.5apg, 1.4spg, 2FGP: 48.8%, 3FGP: 10.8% and FT: 81.7%. He is another player who holds two passports: Mali and French. Despite Sangare played previously for the French national team, he is currently a member of the Mali senior national team.

Souarata Cisse
Souarata Cisse
   #3. The Mali player who performed third best last week abroad was former international swingman Souarata Cisse (197-86), who plays in the French ProA. Cisse was not able to secure a victory for Hyeres-Toulon (2-25) in their last game. Despite his very good performance the bottom-ranked Hyeres-Toulon was crushed 112-66 in Le Mans by the much higher-ranked (#4) Le Mans. Cisse was the top scorer with 21 points in 32 minutes. It was Hyeres-Toulon's 19th consecutive loss in a row. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. This year Cisse's overall stats are: 8.1ppg, 1.4rpg, 1.5apg, 2FGP: 47.8%, 3FGP: 30.6% and FT: 72.2% in the 25 games. Similarly like Sangare and Sy above he has both Mali and French nationalities. Despite Cisse played previously for the French U20 national team, he played also for the Mali national team in 2008.

Mamoutou Diarra
Mamoutou Diarra
   #4. Forward Mamoutou Diarra (200-80, agency: Two Points) faced previously mentioned Amara Sy in the French ProA last game. Diarra was the major contributor in a JSF Nanterre's surprising victory against the third-ranked Entente Orleans 45 (18-9) 64-61. He scored 12 points and had 4 steals. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be important. Diarra's total stats this season are: 8.7ppg, 2.7rpg and 1.4apg. Similarly like three previous players above, he also holds two passports: Mali and French. Despite Diarra played previously for the French national team, he is currently in the Mali national team roster.

Sambou Traore
Sambou Traore
   #5. An experienced international power forward Sambou Traore (199-79) led Limoges CSP Elite to a victory against the 12th-ranked Olympique Antibes (14-17) 92-82 in the French ProB (second division) last Saturday. Traore recorded 13 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in a mere 18 minutes. 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. So now every game will be extremely important. This year Traore's total stats are: 8.5ppg, 4.3rpg and 1.3apg in the 30 games. He holds both Mali and French passports. Despite Traore played previously for the French national team, he is currently in the Mali national team roster.

Mahamadou Drame
Mahamadou Drame
   #6. Shooting guard Mahamadou Drame (188-86), who plays in the French ProB (second division) couldn't help Nantes (13-13) in their last game on Friday. Despite Drame's good performance Nantes was defeated 74-70 on the opponent's court by the higher-ranked Fos_Ouest (#5). He recorded 10 points. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. Drame has averaged so far 6.8ppg, 2.0rpg and 1.5apg. Despite he played previously for the French national team, Drame is also an international player who is currently on the senior Mali National Team roster.

Modibo Niakate
Modibo Niakate
   #7. International guard Modibo Niakate (185-81, college: Cleveland St.), who plays in the French NM1 (third division) couldn't help Rueil (14-18) in their last game. Despite his good performance Rueil was edged 68-65 in Lievin by the higher-ranked (#10) Basket. Niakate scored 11 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 24 minutes. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. It's Niakate's first season with the team. This year he has relatively solid stats: 11.3ppg, 2.4rpg and 2.3apg in the 22 games. Despite Niakate played previously for the French national team, he is currently in the Mali national team roster.

Tahirou Sani
Tahirou Sani
   #8. Forward Tahirou Sani (204-85) contributed to Blois' victory against the closely-ranked Charleville-Mezieres (23-9) 85-77 in the French NM1 (third division) last Saturday. Sani scored 8 points. ADA Blois Basket (22-10) is placed sixth in the NM1. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. Sani has averaged so far 8.5ppg and 3.5rpg. Despite he played previously for the French national team, Sani is currently in the Mali national team roster.

Dramane Diarra
Dramane Diarra
   #9. International power forward Dramane Diarra (203-80, college: Kansas St.) managed to help Saint Vallier Basket Drome in a victory against one of league's weakest teams JA Vichy (7-24) crushing them 91-71 in the French ProB (second division) on Saturday night. He recorded only 2 points and added 5 assists in 16 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. Diarra has averaged so far 5.9ppg and 2.8rpg in the 21 games. He is also in the roster of the Mali national team.

Mahmoud Diakite
Mahmoud Diakite
   #10. Swingman Mahmoud Diakite (197-86, college: Wyoming) couldn't help Stade Clermont (8-24) in their game against Chartres (14-18) in the French NM1 (third division). Diakite scored 8 points and grabbed 4 rebounds (was perfect 6-for-6 from the free throw line). Stade Clermont was crushed 95-61 on the opponent's court by the higher-ranked Chartres (#13). It was Stade Clermont's ninth consecutive loss in a row. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. Diakite has averaged so far 8.1ppg and 3.6rpg. Despite he played previously for the French national team, Diakite is also an international player who is currently on the senior Mali National Team roster.

   #11. Former international center Nouha Diakite (207-80, college: Louisville) faced previously mentioned Dramane Diarra in the French ProB last game. Diakite couldn't help JA Vichy in their game against Saint Vallier. He recorded only 4 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 12 minutes. His team was badly defeated by 20 points 91-71. Diakite has averaged so far 2.3ppg and 2.5rpg in the 18 games. He used to play for the Mali national team three years ago.

   #12. Former international forward Mamoudou Sy (196-83, college: Cowley County CC) is a teammate of previously mentioned Tahirou Sani and both played together in the last French NM1 game. Sy contributed to Blois' victory against the closely-ranked Charleville-Mezieres 85-77. He scored only 3 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Sy has averaged so far 5.6ppg and 2.4rpg. He used to play for the Mali national team back in 2009.



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Gustavo Ayon selected the top Mexican playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Gustavo Ayon
Gustavo Ayon
   #1. This week's number one is former international power forward Gustavo Ayon (209-85, college: San Jose St.). He led New Orleans Hornets to a 2-point victory against the Golden State Warriors (23-43) 83-81 in the NBA in Tuesday night's game. Ayon recorded 13 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists and made 4 blocks in 29 minutes on the court. The New Orleans Hornets have rather weak 21-45 record this season. The Regular Season already ended in the NBA. It's Ayon's first year with the team. This season he averages: 5.9ppg, 4.9rpg, 1.4apg, 2FGP: 53.8% and FT: 61.9% in the 54 games he played so far. Ayon played for the Mexican senior national team two years ago.

Paul Stoll
Paul Stoll
   #2. Second place goes to an international point guard Paul Stoll (178-85), who plays in the Venezuelan LPB. He could not help Gigantes (0-3) in their last game on Thursday. Despite Stoll's very good performance the third-placed Gigantes was defeated in an overtime 113-105 at home by the second-ranked Trotamundos in the Group A. He recorded a double-double by scoring 26 points and making 10 passes. Stoll is ranked ninth on the list of the top scorers in the league and also on the list of best passers (first place). He has individually a very good season with high stats. Stoll averages: 17.2ppg, 2.2rpg, 7.6apg, 4.2spg. He is a naturalized American. Despite Stoll played previously for the USA national team, he is currently a member of the Mexican senior national team. Stoll used to play for Algodoneros de La Comarca - Torreon in Mexican league.

Noe Alonzo
Noe Alonzo
   #3. The Mexican player who performed third best last week abroad was former international forward Noe Alonzo (200-83, college: Grand Canyon), who plays in the Puerto Rican BSN. He was not able to help Caciques (6-19) in their last game. Despite Alonzo's very good performance the bottom-ranked Caciques was badly defeated 96-80 on the road by the higher-ranked (#4) Capitanes. He was the top scorer with 22 points. Alonzo also added 3 assists in 33 minutes. It was Caciques' third consecutive loss in a row. Alonzo has relatively good stats this year: 12.1ppg, 2.7rpg, 1.4apg, 2FGP: 52.1%, 3FGP: 42.4% and FT: 83.7% in the 16 games. Despite he played previously for the USA national team, Alonzo played also for the Mexican national team in 2010.

Mark Sanchez
Mark Sanchez
   #4. Forward Mark Sanchez (201-87, agency: Court Side, college: Boise St.) led Leeuwarden to an easy victory against the second-ranked Den Bosch (1-2) crushing them 91-61 in the Dutch Eredivisie in Thursday night's game. He recorded a double-double by scoring 12 points and getting 13 rebounds. It was the game of the round between two top 3 ranked teams in Group A. Lasaulec Aris Leeuwarden (1-2) is placed third. They ended the series of three consecutive loses. Sanchez's team will play only one more game in the Second Stage. And that game will be critical. Sanchez is ranked second on the list of the best rebounders in the league. He has very reliable stats this season: 12.7ppg, 8.7rpg and 1.9apg. Sanchez is a naturalized American. Despite he played previously for the USA national team, Sanchez is currently in the Mexican national team roster. He used to play for Lobos Grises de la UAD Durango in Mexican league.

Other top Mexican players, who play abroad:

Earl Watson (185-PG-79) plays for Utah Jazz in the NBA
Eduardo Najera (202-F-76) plays for Charlotte Bobcats in the NBA
Roman Martinez (201-F-88) plays for Gran Canaria 2014 in Spanish ACB
Romel Beck (203-G/F-82) plays for Ikaros in Greek A1
Diego Gonzalez (175-PG-84) plays for Aguada in Uruguayan LUB
Adam Parada (213-C-81) plays for Alaska Aces in Filipino PBA
Elijah Flores (G) plays for Houston Express in the UBA
Geoffrey Renon (208-C-91) plays for Vendee Challans in French NM1
Enrico Tucker (183-PG-86) plays for Perla Harghitei in Romanian Div.A
Michal Honzak (182-PG-94) plays for BK Kondori Liberec in Czech Republic 1Liga
Jesus Guerrero plays for Leeds Carnegie in British EBL

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



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Nikola Pekovic selected the top Montenegrin playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Nikola Pekovic
Nikola Pekovic
   #1. This week's number one is an international center Nikola Pekovic (210-86, agency: Beo Basket). He led Minnesota Timberwolves to a victory over the Detroit Pistons (25-41) 91-80 in the NBA in Thursday night's game. Pekovic was MVP of the game. He scored 23 points and grabbed 9 rebounds in 32 minutes on the court. The Minnesota Timberwolves have 26-40 record this season. The Regular Season already ended in the NBA. Pekovic has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 13.9ppg, 7.4rpg, 2FGP: 56.4%(256-454) and FT: 74.3% in the 47 games he played so far. Pekovic is currently a member of the Montenegrin senior national team.

Sasha Pavlovic
Sasha Pavlovic
   #2. Second place goes to former international swingman Sasha Pavlovic (200-83). He was the main contributor in a Boston Celtics' victory against the Miami Heat (46-20) 78-66 in the NBA last Tuesday. Pavlovic was the best player in that game. He recorded 16 points. The Boston Celtics have 39-27 record this season. There are only two games left until the end of the NBA Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. It's Pavlovic's first year with the team. Pavlovic's overall stats this season are: 2.7ppg, 1.6rpg, 2FGP: 47.1%, 3FGP: 29.3% and FT: 37.5%. He has a dual citizenship: Montenegrin and Serbian. Despite Pavlovic played previously for the Serbian national team, he played also for the Montenegrin national team in 2008.

Vladimir Dragicevic
Vladimir Dragicevic
   #3. The Montenegrin player who performed third best last week abroad was an international power forward Vladimir Dragicevic (206-86), who plays in Russia. Dragicevic could not help Spartak St.Petersburg (11-5) in their last game. Despite his very good performance the second-placed Spartak St.Petersburg lost 60-69 on the road to the lower-ranked (#4) Lokomotiv in the group B of VTB United League. Dragicevic had a double-double by scoring 19 points and getting 10 rebounds in 26 minutes. It was Spartak St.Petersburg's third consecutive loss in a row. It's Dragicevic's first season with the team. He has relatively good stats this year: 10.7ppg, 5.3rpg, 2FGP: 62.3%(76-122) and FT: 57.7% in the 17 games. Despite Dragicevic played previously for the Serbian national team, he is currently a member of the Montenegrin senior national team.

Nikola Vucevic
Nikola Vucevic
   #4. Forward Nikola Vucevic (208-90, college: USC) was not able to help the Philadelphia 76ers (35-31) in their game against the Detroit Pistons (25-41) in the NBA. Vucevic scored 9 points and grabbed 12 rebounds. But the Philadelphia 76ers were crushed 108-86 in Detroit by the Pistons. They ended the series of three consecutive victories. There are only two games left until the end of the NBA Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. Vucevic's overall stats this season are: 5.5ppg and 4.8rpg. Despite he played previously for the Serbian national team, Vucevic is currently in the Montenegrin national team roster.

Bojan Subotic
Bojan Subotic
   #5. International power forward Bojan Subotic (206-90), who plays in the Serbian A League was not able to secure a victory for Zvezda (0-0) in their last game. Despite his very good performance Zvezda lost 83-87 in Novi Sad to the lower-ranked (#4) Vojvodina in the SuperLiga group. Subotic was the top scorer with 18 points. He also added 3 steals in 26 minutes. This year Subotic's overall stats are: 7.1ppg and 2.1rpg in the seven games. Despite he played previously for the Serbian U20 national team, Subotic is currently in the Montenegrin national team roster.

Omar-Sharif Cook
Omar-Sharif Cook
   #6. Point guard Omar-Sharif Cook (186-82, also represented by Beo Basket, college: St.John's) contributed to a Armani Milano's victory against the tenth-ranked Lottomatica Roma (13-17) 91-78 in the Italian SerieA on Wednesday night. He recorded 11 points, 4 rebounds and 9 assists. EA7 Emporio Armani Milano (19-10) is placed third in the SerieA. It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be important. Cook is currently fourth on the list of best passers. His total stats this season are: 7.9ppg, 3.0rpg, 5.0apg and 1.3spg. Cook is a naturalized American. Despite he played previously for the USA national team, Cook is also an international player who is currently on the senior Montenegrin National Team roster. Strangely he has never played in Montenegro.

Suad Sehovic
Suad Sehovic
   #7. International swingman Suad Sehovic (197-87) was the major contributor in Budivelnyk's victory against the seventh-ranked BC Odessa (22-17) 88-73 in the Ukrainian Superleague in Friday night's game. Sehovic scored 18 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in 33 minutes. Budivelnyk Kyiv (30-9) is placed second in the Superleague. This year Sehovic has relatively solid stats: 10.5ppg, 5.8rpg and 1.3spg in the 44 games. Despite he played previously for the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team, Sehovic is currently in the Montenegrin national team roster.

Nikola Mirotic
Nikola Mirotic
   #8. Power forward Nikola Mirotic (207-91) managed to help Real Madrid to win against one of league's weakest teams Asefa Estudiantes (9-21) 85-80 in a derby game in the Spanish ACB last Sunday. He scored only 4 points, had 9 rebounds and made 2 blocks. 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 extremely important. Mirotic's total stats this season are: 8.6ppg and 4.5rpg. He plays currently for the Montenegrin national team.

Milko Bjelica
Milko Bjelica
   #9. International center Milko Bjelica (207-84, another player represented by Beo Basket) couldn't help Caja Laboral (21-10) in their game against Regal FC Barcelona (26-5) in the Spanish ACB. Bjelica recorded 8 points in 19 minutes. Caja Laboral lost 89-97 in Barcelona to the leading Regal FC. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. This year Bjelica's total stats are: 7.8ppg and 3.4rpg in the 28 games. Despite he played previously for the Serbian national team, Bjelica is currently in the Montenegrin national team roster.

Branko Cuic
Branko Cuic
   #10. An experienced guard Branko Cuic (197-78) helped Timisoara edge the seventh-ranked CSM Bucuresti (19-9) 77-76 in the Romanian Division A in Thursday night's game. He recorded 14 points, 8 rebounds, 3 assists and 3 steals. BC Timisoara (21-7) is placed second in the Division A. Cuic has averaged so far 9.6ppg, 5.8rpg and 4.9apg. Despite he played previously for the Serbian national team, Cuic is also an international player who is currently on the senior Montenegrin National Team roster.

   #11. Former U21 international point guard Goran Martinic (184-87, agency: BeoExcell), who plays in the Romanian Division A couldn't help CSM Bucuresti (19-9) in their last game. Despite his very good performance CSM Bucuresti lost 64-78 on the opponent's court to the second-ranked Timisoara. Martinic was the top scorer with 23 points. He also added 4 assists in 37 minutes. Martinic is ranked third on the list of the top scorers in the league with 23.0ppg. This year he also averages: 3.0rpg, 5.3apg and 1.6spg in the 34 games. Despite Martinic played previously for the Serbian national team, he is currently in the Montenegrin U21 national team roster.

   #12. Former international center Radomir Marojevic (207-81), who plays in the Serbian A League couldn't help Vojvodina (5-4) in their last game on Sunday. Despite Marojevic's good performance Vojvodina (#4) was defeated 76-64 in Kragujevac by the leading Radnicki in the SuperLiga group. He scored 11 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Marojevic has averaged so far 5.8ppg and 2.2rpg. Despite he played previously for the Serbian national team, Marojevic is currently in the Montenegrin national team roster.

   #13. Former international forward Ivan Ivanovic (206-80, another player represented by Beo Basket) helped Gaz Metan win their game against the eighth-ranked Rovinari 83-72 in the Romanian Division A in Thursday night's game. He recorded 14 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 26 minutes. Ivanovic has reliable stats this year: 14.0ppg, 6.0rpg and 2.4apg in the 30 games. Despite he played previously for the Serbian national team, Ivanovic is currently in the Montenegrin national team roster.

   #14. International forward Milos Borisov (201-85) helped Banca Tercas win their game against one of league's weakest teams Fabi Shoes Montegranaro 99-93 in the Italian SerieA last Wednesday. He recorded 13 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. Borisov has averaged so far 9.8ppg and 5.1rpg. Despite he played previously for the Serbian national team, Borisov is currently in the Montenegrin national team roster.

   #15. International guard Boris Bakic (194-86, another player represented by Beo Basket) helped Radnicki Kragujevac win their game against the sixth-ranked BKK Radnicki 88-76 in the Serbian A League on Thursday night. He scored 12 points in a mere 17 minutes. Bakic has averaged so far 9.7ppg, 3.1rpg and 1.8apg in the nine games. Despite he played previously for the Serbian national team, Bakic is currently in the Montenegrin national team roster.



Interview with Nebojsa Nele Nikovic, head coach of U17 New Zealand National Team and assistant coach of Harbour Heat (NBL) - by Darko Pekic

Nebojsa Nele Nikovic is a young Montenegrin who is trying to build up his coaching career in New Zealand, the country known for it's ragby national team, cricket and....basketball! Because of its remoteness, it was one of the last lands to be settled by humans. Let's hear what Nebojsa has to say about this beautiful country not very well known in this part of Europe..

Hello Nele, tell us a few words about your beginnings. Where did you start to play basketball?

Greetings to you and to all the readers. I have started playing basketball when I was about 10 years old. It all began with me trying to emulate Drazen Petrovic (196-G-64) using the very popular Tigar basketball at my own home court in Zeta and on my school courts in Zabjelo. This turned out to be an everyday activity ever since, which then led me to play for KK Buducnost youth age groups. Throwing football in the mix under legendary youth coach Sanjo for FK Buducnost pioneers, and athletics (high jump and long jump), I have developed a solid field / court vision together with proper feet movement that helped me expand on other dimensions necessary for the game of basketball. Shortly after, I had a chance to watch the NBA playoffs in the early 90s and have immediately fell in love with then Phoenix Suns and Chicago Bulls. It didnt take me long to realise that basketball will become my lifestyle.

Coming to New Zealand, I have played for the then-unique Premier Basketball Academy at Selwyn College, coached by
Thomas Baldwin , New Zealands ex-national head coach. After college, due to academic engagements and a lack of exposure, I was able to commit to basketball on only part-time basis and play in the CBL (2nd Division). Realising the playing days are passing by, I have turned to coaching in 2005.

You are currently the only Montenegrin in New Zealand top division (NBL), serving as an assistant coach with the Harbour Heat. Your team did not start the season well and you are struggling right now in the top division. How good is your team? Do you think you will be able to avoid relegation?

Actually, the Heats head coach, Alex Stojkovic , is born in Germany but is of Montenegrin origin (Bar). Before us, the current Tall Blacks coach Nenad Vucinic (originally from Prcanj) was the coach of NBLs Nelson Giants team.

This year, Harbour Heat is in a rebuild mode. We have quite a few young but talented players. The game quality is not lacking overall but it does come in patches due to their inexperience. So far, we are happy with the progress which should hopefully translate to a much stronger team for the upcoming seasons. There are no relegations in NBL (havent been for a number of years now) which takes away the added pressure and allows us to focus on rebuilding. It is worth mentioning that we have the youngest team in the history of NZ NBL this season, averaging just over 21 years of age.


Last year you started the season as an assistant coach in one of the top teams in New Zealand- Auckland Pirates. How important was that experience for your further career? How did you get a chance to join them?

I have actually started my NBL coaching career with Auckland Stars in 2009. The team has changed owners and therefore the name so it became the Auckland Pirates in 2011. As I was involved in coaching youth groups at both Associations and at Basketball New Zealand camps, I have received a call from Auckland Stars general manager expressing interest in my services and offering me an assistant coaching position which I have, of course, accepted.

The experience was invaluable as I was around the coaching great
Kenneth Stone and the legendary NZ NBL / ANBL (Australia) and Tall Blacks players, Dillon Boucher (196-F-75) and Casey Frank (203-F-77, college: N.Arizona). You can certainly pick up a lot from these individuals.

In August you joined your current team as a head coach in the 2nd division and you won promotion with them. You must have surprised some people in New Zealand?

We have done really well in the CBL (2nd Division). The season was a good insight for us as to whether we are ready for the NBL. The success has convinced our board, CEO and stakeholders that it is time to go a step above and join the NBL.

How good is the league actually? People in this part of the world do not know much about basketball in New Zealand. We tend to link New Zealand with some other sport, rugby for example.

The league is doing really well considering the lack of investments and the popularity of rugby, cricket and netball. NBL is a semi-professional league but its quality can be ranked quite high. The playing season is short, 3 months, with 2 imports allowed to play per season, per team. The league consists of 8-10 teams, depending on the present clubs situations and their inclusion / exclusion by the NBL board.

The Tall Blacks, New Zealands National Team, is doing very well so basketball can safely be labeled as the most successful sport in New Zealand if we take into consideration the success Tall Blacks are having when versing the basketball-power countries during qualifications. New Zealand is ranked #18 in the world, in-between Slovenia and Croatia.

In your team there are three American players and it seems that the league is overloaded with Americans. Since you know well the level of basketball here in Montenegro, do you think there is a chance that we will see one day a player from Montenegro in NBL?

Most coaches in New Zealand have contacts in the U.S hence the large number of Americans playing in the league. My intentions are to bring Montenegrin players over here. I have been in touch with few of them so the chances are high of that happening in the near future. Obviously, as you said earlier, players / coaches / agents, are not familiar with basketball in New Zealand so hopefully my insight will be of help to them.

People probably do not know that you are also the head coach of U17 New Zealand National Team. Are there any interesting kids in that generation. What are your plans for the future?

Yes, I am the head coach of the U17 New Zealand National Team, which participates in a FIBA Youth Oceania (Continental) Tournament in late November (held in Australia) so we are currently preparing for it. We have a few exciting players with various skill-sets so we are certainly anticipating an interesting event.

Representing New Zealand is a proud moment for me so the intention is to pursue this opportunity further and grow as a national coach.

What type of basketball do you prefer as a coach? Are you a typical former Yugoslavian coach who likes to see his team play hard defense or you are oriented toward more attractive basketball?

Perhaps a mix of both considering Yugoslavia played attractively of offense also. I am leaning more toward defensive engagements with strong emphasis on decision making and team play. As a player, I was more of a steal guy in defense and an assist man in offense. Both of those skills deviate from standard basketball teachings so as a coach, I had to adapt to what is common, i.e. collective effort on defense and a set-play execution in offense. I do like to run structured fast-breaks and secondary offenses, using only a few offensive sets based on motion principles. I guess for style comparison, you could say I resemble Svetislav Pesic (agency: Interperformances ) and Milan Minic 's way of teaching.

Do you follow the league in Montenegro?

Yes I do and have been in the past as well. The recent surprise with Sutjeska beating Buducnost was interesting to watch. I am a Buducnost fan but enjoy the way Lovcen plays a lot. Mornar has been performing to their usual, especially this season. Ulcinj is a surprise and Podgorica look to have a good future in-front of them. During my last trip to Montenegro, I have visited KK Podgoricas facilities before they were built and was impressed with the level of detail and development the club is pushing for.

Would you like to coach a team from your home country one day?

Yes, most definitely. I thought about it and was often trying to picture myself running training sessions using English and Montenegrin terminology. I am sure it would be challenging but I have played in Podgorica, lived there for a long time and believe the assimilation period would not take long. With the right opportunity presented, I would give it a go.

Thank you Nele for the interview. Eurobasket.com wishes you all the best!

Likewise. It was my pleasure. Cheers for the opportunity!



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Jeremy Lin outsells Kobe Bryant, LeBron James on NBA's best-selling jersey list - by Eurobasket News

With the last games of the regular season Thursday night, the NBA released its traditional jersey sales rankings, based on sales at its online store and its temporary store in Manhattan. And while Chicago Bulls guard Derrick Rose (6'3''-G-88, college: Memphis) takes the No. 1 spot for the first time in his career, the bigger story is former undrafted D-Leaguer Jeremy Lin (6'3''-PG-88, college: Harvard) cracking the list at No. 2, beating out the likes of Kobe Bryant (6'6''-G-78), LeBron James (6'8''-F-84) and his teammate, Carmelo Anthony (6'8''-F-84, college: Syracuse).

That's taking into account the fact that Lin jerseys didn't even hit the market until mid-February and the sales ranking started in April 2011. But when Lin did start lighting it up for the New York Knicks, boy did the masses buy his gear. Not only did New Yorkers embrace 'Linsanity' but people around the world inspired by the Harvard graduate's rise to fame also bought his jersey. And one can't discount his Asian heritage helping things along, driving international sales to NBAStore.com and other retailers.

How big of an upset is it to beat out Bryant, who came in No. 3 this year? In the past 12 years, Bryant has finished the regular season atop the NBA jersey rankings six times, including three out of the last five years coming into this year. When Anthony returned to the lineup, Linsanity started to wane and soon a season-ending knee surgery had some stores discounting his gear by as much as 90 percent.

Following Rose, Lin and Kobe, LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony rounded out the top five. The Heat's Dwyane Wade finished sixth, reigning league MVP Dirk Nowitzki finished seventh, while Kevin Durant, Blake Griffin and Rajon Rondo rounded out the top 10.

While a star player on a new team often leads to that player rising on the jersey sale list, only Lin and Chris Paul, who finished No. 15, played on new teams this season. Dwight Howard hurt by being undecided about his destination, and the fan's fear of investing in a jersey that would soon become obsolete, led to him slipping on the list from ninth last year to 14th this year.

The most heavily sold team was the Bulls, followed by the Knicks, Lakers, Heat, Mavericks and Celtics.



Top 15 most popular NBA jerseys:

1. Derrick Rose, Bulls
2. Jeremy Lin, Knicks
3. Kobe Bryant, Lakers
4. LeBron James, Heat
5. Carmelo Anthony, Knicks
6. Dwyane Wade, Heat
7. Dirk Nowitzki, Mavericks
8. Kevin Durant, Thunder
9. Blake Griffin, Clippers
10. Rajon Rondo, Celtics
11. Amar'e Stoudemire, Knicks
12. Ray Allen, Celtics
13. Paul Pierce, Celtics
14. Dwight Howard, Magic
15. Chris Paul, Clippers

Courtesy of http://sports.yahoo.com



Raptors pick up option on coach Dwayne Casey - by Eurobasket News

The Toronto Raptors have picked up the option on the contract of head coach Dwayne Casey, extending his deal through the 2013-14 season.

The Raptors finished Casey's first season at 23-43, fourth in the Atlantic Division and one game ahead of last-place New Jersey. Toronto won more games in the just-completed shortened season than in the full regular-season campaign of 2010-11 (22-60).

'Dwane did a terrific job this year of adhering to our plan of growth and development for this young team,' said Raptors general manager Bryan Colangelo in a statement Friday. 'We set out to change the culture and improve defensively, and he orchestrated both progressions in an impressive fashion.'

The Raptors finished among the top-10 in points allowed, opponent field-goal percentage and three-point field goal percentage this season after ranking in the bottom third of all three categories in 2010-11.

Casey, known for his defensive schemes, joined the Raptors after three seasons as an assistant with Dallas. The Mavericks won the NBA title in his final year with the club.

He also was an assistant with the Seattle SuperSonics from 1994-2005, then spent a year and a half as head coach of the Minnesota Timberwolves. Casey's brief tenure in Minnesota included a record of 33-49 during the 2005-06 season -- his only full year on the job. He was fired after a 20-20 start the following year.

Courtesy of www.miamiherald.com



It's official: Rondo is 2011-12 NBA assist king - by Eurobasket News

When you're 26 years old, it's hard to see the historically cool dynamic of doing what so few have ever done before you.

Rajon Rondo (6'1''-PG-86, college: Kentucky) came into Thursday's game against the Milwaukee Bucks having already secured the NBA's assists title this season.

Following Boston's 87-74 win over the Bucks, Rondo left no doubt about who the best passer in the NBA is this season as he tallied 15 assists with one turnover in just 25 minutes.

Bucks coach Scott Skiles, who set an NBA record by dishing out 30 assists in one game, is among the many impressed with Rondo's playmaking ability.

'He plays at his pace,' Skiles said. 'Even if you're doing a good job, it's hard to get it out of his pace. That's the pace that he plays at. He's always seen the floor well and he made some nice passes.'

Celtics head coach Doc Rivers has not spent a lot of time concerning himself with Rondo's impressive assists numbers.

With Rondo having missed the previous four games with a back injury, Rivers was more concerned on Thursday with his conditioning.

'He just needed his wind,' Rivers said. 'That's why we played him.'

While the back still has some soreness, Rondo seems determined to play through it.

'I plan on playing as much as possible,' he said.

And lately, he has been playing at a level that's seldom seen in Boston - or any NBA city for that matter.

By finishing the season as the NBA's assists leader, he becomes the first Celtic to do so since Bob Cousy in 1960.

'It's a great accomplishment, very humbling,' Rondo said. 'I gotta thank my teammates personally, they are the ones that made the shots.'

But it's Rondo who finds a way of getting them the ball exactly where they need it in order to be effective.

That knack for making the right play more often than not is among the many reasons why Rondo continues to build a strong case for being the best point guard this franchise has had since Cousy.

And to now have one more thing in common with the Hall of Famer only adds more credence to Rondo steady climb atop the list of great Celtics players.

Rondo acknowledged achieving a feat that had not been done since Cousy more than 50 years ago is special.

'It means a lot,' Rondo said. 'Cousy has always had great things to say about me. I would be honored if he could present me with a ball if I got one (for the assists title).'

Courtesy of www.necn.com



Sources: Larry Bird gives Simon go-ahead to plan for his departure - by Eurobasket News

Pacers president Larry Bird wants owner Herb Simon to plan for his departure after the season and has told several friends in the NBA that he's decided to leave, two people familiar with the situation told CBSSports.com Thursday.

Bird, 55, had an agreement with Simon to remain team president through the end of the season and decide his future then. The Hall of Famer has been clear in conversations with friends that Simon does not need to wait any longer before formally considering candidates to replace him, one of the sources said.

Bird is said to be '100 percent' certain he's leaving after the most successful season of the Pacers' post-Palace brawl rebuilding, one of the sources said, but has been extremely guarded publicly about his intentions. The Pacers (42-24) have been one of the surprise teams of the lockout-shortened season, securing the No. 3 seed in the East and hosting the Magic in the first round beginning Saturday.

The New York Post reported last month that Bird had decided not to return, but Bird had since stated publicly that he hadn't made up his mind and hadn't yet informed colleagues of his decision at that point.

Which approach Simon takes in planning for a post-Bird front office will be interesting. The owner has been pleased with the progress under Bird and GM David Morway, and former Trail Blazers GM Kevin Pritchard has been a positive addition to the front office. Morway also has a contract that expires after the season, and Pritchard has an open-ended agreement.

Former Pacers president Donnie Walsh, who has received permission from the Knicks to speak with other teams about front-office positions, would be a natural fit to lead the front office if Simon opts to stay the course with the existing structure beneath Bird. Walsh, 71, is said to want to explore a possible return to the Pacers before entertaining other GM openings.

Bird has been the Pacers' president since 2003, when he shared the decision-making responsibilities with Walsh until Walsh left to become Knicks president in 2008. Walsh had been in the Pacers' front office since 1986, leading Indiana to 16 playoff appearances in 17 years.

Courtesy of www.cbssports.com



More concerns for the Bulls and Luol Deng as the situation in South Sudan worsens - by Chris Mathieu

It has been a difficult roller coaster of a season for the Chicago Bulls and Luol Deng (6'9''-F-85, agency: Interperformances, college: Duke) this season so far. Injuries and a compressed schedule has proven to tax the team to the limits, the team has responded and played better than expected given the circumstances.

Luol Deng has experienced a similar roller coaster ride himself, from the thrill of leading England to the Olympics this summer, joined by fellow NBA players Ben Gordon and B.J. Mullens , to a serious wrist injury that threatened to curtail his season in the beginning, being named an NBA All-star to now trying to win his first NBA championship and dispatching the rival Heat in the playoffs (as an expected matchup seems likely).

None of that compares to the situation he and his family is facing in South Sudan. From first becoming a refugee and moving to England as a young child and then onto the US for high school basketball, then college and the NBA, Luol has seen a lot in the world from his experiences moving around the globe. He admitted it was a big relief last year when his family was able to return to South Sudan and the country was granted independence. He admitted it was a big relief knowing that his family was at home and happy for the first time in a long time.

Now the situation is devolving and border fighting is threatening to ignite an all-out war between the former united country which is now bordering countries that share and compete for oil resources. The rhetoric and previous experiences between these former countrymen guarantee that if there is war it will be bloody and brutal.

The concern this situation raises is similar to what happened when Yugoslavia was breaking up in the 1990's. Many NBA players of that generation from the former Yugoslavia have admitted the situation at home proved to be a tremendous distraction for them and their fellow former countrymen. You can't help but wonder if the situation is the same for Luol as he fights through a torn ligament in his wrist and trying to win that elusive first NBA title. The pain in his wrist can't compare to the burden he may have to carry in his heart while he awaits to see what happens in his former homeland, were his family live today.

For the Bulls, the season of distraction may have added the hardest one yet to overcome, as Luol is the glue that has kept the Bulls together all season long. The engine that drives the team (Derrick Rose) has missed a large portion of this taxing season Luol has been key in keeping the team together this season.



Milwaukee Bucks 2012 season recap - by Chris Mathieu

The Milwaukee Bucks came into the season with high expectations (for them) of making the playoffs this season. Even though the team spent a lot of money bringing in free agents moving some pieces the team struggled through injuries and inconsistent play. Stephen Jackson proved to be a cancer to the team both on and off the court, his inability to get along with coach Skiles and his inability to show up to practice on time led to phantom injuries and a situation where the team had no choice but to trade him. The team ended up making a blockbuster trade for Monta Ellis that left the team with an extremely small backcourt of 6'1' Brandon Jennings (6'0''-PG-89) and 6'2' Monta Ellis. This situation will have to be rectified in the offseason as there is no way they will continue to run with a backcourt of two smallish combo guards.

The worst situation to come out of the season was the idea planted in Brandon Jennings that he is an all-star who just needs a bigger stage and better team to display his real talent. After three years in the league there is no doubt as to what Jennings is, a streaky guard who struggles to run a team and is just as likely to shoot you out of a game as shoot you into it. The biggest need for the team is a talent upgrade at center, shooting guard and possibly small forward.

5 YEAR BUCKS DRAFT REVIEW: The Bucks have struggled mightily in the draft for years picking underachieving, under talented Yi Jainlain hoping that marketing and sales would be worth his talent shortcomings. The team had to know his actual age and talent level and competition he faced in China. The next year they wasted another top pick on Joe Alexander an athletic player who had one of the lowest basketball IQs I have ever seen. That along with his lack of work ethic doomed him from the beginning. Jennings turned out to be a good pick were they selected him, his first three weeks in the NBA however when he went off for over 50 against an inferior Raptors team (remember what Kobe did to that team?) and then he almost had a triple double, cemented unrealistic expectations into the minds of Bucks fans. The next year the Bucks continued to choose another athletic player with an incredibly low basketball IQ in Larry Sanders (6'11''-F-88, college: VCU). The Bucks never seem to learn from their mistakes as they did the same thing this season choosing athletic forward Tobias Harris (6'8''-F-92, college: Tennessee) who started back to back games in the season and averaged .5 points in those two starts. Milwaukee has done a much better job finding talent in the second than the first round of the last five drafts.

2011 1 (10) Jimmer Fredette (traded for Tobias Harris) Tobias showed little as a rookie, even on a team that was struggling to put live bodies on the court at times. GRADE: D
2011 2 (40)
Jon Leuer: Displayed the shooting touch to play in the league for a long time, needs to add weight and at least become a below average defender. He was attacked every time he stepped on the court. GRADE:C
2010 1 (15) Larry Sanders: Has been a complete bust that regressed in his second season in the league, hard to imagine because he showed so little as a rookie. GRADE: D
2010 2 (37) Darington Hobson: Never showed NBA talent. GRADE: F
2010 2 (44)
Jerome Jordan: Never showed NBA talent. GRADE: F
2010 2 (47)
Tiny Gallon: Never showed NBA talent. GRADE: F
2009 1 (10)
Brandon Jennings: Came into the league with much fanfare, has failed to get markedly better in three years in the league. GRADE: C+
2009 2 (41) Jodie Meeks: A streak shooter who has found a niche coming off the bench for the 76ers. GRADE: C+
2008 1 (8) Joe Alexander: A volume shooter in college who parlayed (much like Tyrus Thomas) an outstanding NCAA tournament run into being over drafted into the NBA. Never displayed the talent or commitment to be able to compete in professional basketball, Joe isn't even in a significant league in Europe. GRADE: F-
2008 2 (37)
Luc Mbah a Moute: Played well and was a surprise, gained a long term contract this offseason and responded by digressing defensively, his bread and butter. GRADE: C+
2007 1 (6) Jianlian Yi: Barley hanging on in the league glued to the bench of the Dallas Mavericks. Overrated from the beginning, his softness and lack of work ethic doomed him from the beginning. The fact that he was three years older than his stated age inflated his numbers while playing in China against inferior competition. GRADE:D
2007 2 (56)
Ramon Sessions: A quality guard who has found a home starting for the LA Lakers. GRADE: A

Shocking as it seems, the Bucks have held the rights to three of the best players of all time at their positions. Karim Abdul-Jabar, Dirk Nowitzki and Ray Allen all are some of the best players of all time and they all have either played for the team or were drafted by them. There was nothing the Bucks could do about Karim, he wanted out of Milwaukee and forced the trade. Ray would have played for the Bucks forever if the team would have only had the foresight to see what kind of a player they had in him. Ray has turned out to be one of the top shooting guards of all time. Dirk is the kind of star that would have been willing to play for the Bucks forever if only the team had the intention of keeping him instead of swinging a deal for a bad, overweight and now dead Robert Traylor.

Monta Ellis Hasn't played well for the Bucks, mostly due to the fact he hasn't played in a structured team environment in his career. The lack of practice time and the fact that he has had to guard shooting guards with the Bucks hasn't helped his transition. If the team is able to move Brandon Jennings and he buys in on Skiles basketball program he will have a chance to succeed. GRADE: C

Brandon Jennings A very disappointing season for Brandon as this was his third season and he has failed to improve markedly in any of his seasons. What you see with Brandon is what you will get, poor shot selection, average, uninterested defense and the inability to run offense and get his teammates easy shots. The worst part is he has bought in on the idea that he is a star that needs out of Milwaukee. Brandon isn't even a top 10 point guard in the NBA. GRADE: C-

Carlos Delfino Carlos had a widely inconsistent season like a lot of his teammates; he is a streak shooter who struggles to play well if his shot isn't falling. He is a nice compliment who does a little of everything well and would be a decent bench player on a quality team. GRADE: C-

Drew Gooden He played well and kept the team competitive with the injuries to Bogut and the rest of the team. The problem with Drew is he is a small forward in a centers body. All of his offense starts out near the three point line and if his shot isn't falling he doesn't do anything else to help the team. His defense is almost nonexistent as well. GRADE: B-

Ersan Ilyasova Had a monstrous year for the team in his free agent year. He kept the team competitive and had some of the best games in the team's history including a 20 point 20 rebound game. He needs to be resigned, but not at a ridiculous price. GRADE: A

Mike Jr. Dunleavy A streak shooter who played well for the team at times, his ability to see the floor and make plays make him an offensive weapon a luxury most teams didn't have. His softness and streak shooting is the reason why he has bounced around the league in his career. GRADE: C

Luc Mbah a Moute Signed to a big free agent contract in the offseason Luc suffered through injuries and his defense suffered as a result. Not having a center like Bogut next to him exposed his weakness when guys went right at him. Luc's reputation as a defender was hurt this season as he didn't have a very good season and teams exposed his lack of quality team defense, Skiles lost confidence in him as the season wore on. It will be interesting to see if he can bounce back next season. GRADE: D

Beno Udrih (6'5''-PG-82) Another streak shooter on a team filled with the same type of streaky players. Beno played well at times and was a steadying influence with the second unit. GRADE: C

Shaun Livingston Shaun started out playing well for the team and was an early surprise. He wore down as the season went along and was exposed as a slow defender without a lot of range on his shot. He eventually fell out of the rotation and favor with the team. GRADE: D

Ekpe Udoh A physically gifted big man with shot blocking and rebounding ability, his lack of strength and shooting limit him. Has talent and potential, it will be interesting to see if he can realize any of it while in Milwaukee. GRADE: C-

Jon Leuer He surprised with his early season shooting, his atrocious defense eventually caused him to get glued to the bench with the Bucks, when his is paired with a shot blocking big man who can erase some of his mistakes he can prove to be effective offensively, otherwise his defensive shortcomings prove to be too much. Still for a second round draft he surprised with his effective offensive game. GRADE: C-

Tobias Harris Tobias was given a chance to start when injuries piled up and he showed nothing for the team. He got most of his points in garbage time and seemed to struggle to grasp the mental aspects of playing structured team basketball. A good athlete he played slower than his athleticism would suggest. Needs to put in the time and work in the summer and the summer league and come back strong next year. Players like him suffered from the lack of summer league and practice time due to the NBA lockout. Tobias is a very young player who still has room to grow. GRADE: F

Larry Sanders Larry looks like a complete bust, on a team that needed help from its big men he struggled to show development in his second year in the league. He didn't show any improvement from his rookie season. Even though he is a shot blocker he lacks size to keep players from attacking the rim and is more of a weak side help shot blocker. His lack of shooting range, size and rebounding exposed him as a weakness every time he stepped on the court. Teams dared Larry to shoot and he almost never was able to make him pay. Larry is another good athlete who struggles with the mental aspects of the game. Larry Sanders mistake of getting into a fight with the Pacers when the season was on the line and getting suspended was inexcusable. GRADE: F

Jon Brockman A highly regarded high school big man, he offers nothing more than strong picks and hard fouls. The upside to him is he knows were to stand on the court and play within an offense. GRADE: F

Andrew Bogut Andrew suffered from another bad break with his latest injury. Frustration for him grew with the teams handling of his injuries and lack of support behind the scenes. He quietly asked for a received a trade which looks to benefit the team long term. GRADE: C+

Stephen Jackson A tough situation for the team as he dogged it with fake injuries, missed practices and games in order to orchestrate a trade from the team. He feuded with Coach Scott Skiles and undermined the whole organization. Behind the scenes he played a locker room lawyer whose actions are felt within the organization to this day. On the upside picking him up allowed them to trade two bad contracts (John Salmons and Corey Maggette) for one, his. GRADE: D

Coach Scott Skiles : Same complaints about him exist to this day; he is a rigid taskmaster who gives little sympathy to player complaints. The upside is he is one of the best X and O coaches in the league whose teams play tough defense. His offensive coaching is underrated; the fact he kept the Bucks in the race to the end needs to be commended as well. GRADE: C



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Standings Men

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

Regular Season: Round 9

Apr. 25: Bay Hawks - Wellington S. 97-80
Apr. 27: Wellington S. - Hub Jets 93-98
Apr. 25: Auckland P. - Harbour H. 91-75
Apr. 27: Southland S. - Taranaki MA 77-91
Apr. 25: Nelson G. - Taranaki MA 72-75
Apr. 28: OceanaGold N. - Taranaki MA
Apr. 28: Southland S. - Nelson G.
Apr. 28: Bay Hawks - Hub Jets
Apr. 29: OceanaGold N. - Nelson G.


Lemanis deserves plaudits - by Mike Lacey

On the face of it an ANBL coaching record of 122-104 doesn't appear anything special but these figures conceal a remarkable achievement masterminded by NZ Breakers coach Andrej Lemanis who has just overseen back to back championship wins by the New Zealand Breakers.
Appointed as head coach in 2005 after serving a seven year apprenticeship as assistant coach with the Townsville Crocodiles, Lemanis inherited a team low on confidence, ability and support. Undeterred, he set about rebuilding the team and surprisingly jettisoned established internationals Pero Cameron and Dillon Boucher as a new team culture was sought. Nothing much changed initially as a 9-23 season was followed by a marginally improved 11-22 record.
However, the credibility of the coach and the organisation were moving in the right direction as was evidenced by the arrival of experienced Aussie Tony Ronaldson and arguably New Zealand's best player Kirk Penney in 2007.Ronaldson instilled a winning attitude in particular making the Breakers a tougher proposition on the road. Phill Jones and Paora Winitana were also welcomed back into the fold and although the team didn't set the world alight they did make the play-offs for the first time and enjoy their first winning season (17-15).
A measure of the increased credibility of the coach and club was the arrival in the following season of CJ Bruton, still the number one Australian point guard and importantly a winner of three Championship rings. Another championship winner Dillon Boucher was welcomed back to the fold and helped form a resolute, talented core of Ronaldson, Forman, Penney, Jones, Boucher, Bruton, Henare and Rickert. Once again the play-offs were reached but the Breakers were seen off in the semi finals by eventual champions the Melbourne Tigers.
All but Jones were retained for the 2009-2010 season but things didn't go to plan as, despite a six game winning streak to close the regular season, the play offs were missed by a single victory. A team stacked with internationals were expected to do better and many in the media and fan base began to question the ability of Lemanis to get the best out of the squad.
Importantly for Lemanis the Board and management at the Breakers felt otherwise and not only publically backed their man but gave him a couple of quality imports in Gary Wilkinson and Kevin Braswell to work with. Former favourite Mika Vukona replaced the retiring Tony Ronaldson and equally significantly young home grown players began to make an impression. Corey Webster and BJ Anthony had their moments but it was Tom Abercrombie who was to really caught the eye.
The Breakers opened the 2010-11season with five straight wins and hardly looked back as they wrapped up the minor premiership with a month of the regular season still to go. However, when the opening home game of the three game semi final series against the Perth Wildcats was comprehensively lost 78-101 at the North Shore Events Centre the Breakers season appeared in tatters and once again Lemanis coaching was under scrutiny. The coach and his team led by inspirational performances from Penney and Vukona bounced back to beat Perth on their home court, see them off in game three and then defeat the Cairns Taipans 2 games to 1 in the Grand Final, securing a first ANBL Championship for the NZ Breakers, Lemanis becoming just the fourth person to ever win a Championship both as a coach and player.
Lemanis faced the 2011-12 season without the services of the talented Kirk Penney who decided to ply his trade in Spain. Tom Abercrombie replaced Penney in the starting line up and the unknown but talented Cedric Jackson came in for Kevin Braswell. Jacksons signing proved to be a coup as did that of Daryl Corletto, unwanted by the Melbourne Tigers. Once again the team got off to a fine start winning three of their first four games, all on the road but despite the start, most doubted that the feats of the previous season could be repeated. However the day by day, game by game attitude of Lemanis thought otherwise and despite various setbacks including having his 10 contracted players all fit and available for just six games the 21-7 regular season record was outstanding. This record was recognised as Lemanis received the Coach of the Year Award, arguably a year late. The play offs mirrored those of the previous year as the first semi final game was lost at home against Townsville Crocodiles before the series was won 2-1 and a ferocious Grand final series against Perth Wildcats was won by the same margin despite Tom Abercrombie playing limited minutes due to a serious ankle injury. Witnessed by a crowd of 9,280 a record for a game of basketball in New Zealand, the game three 79-73 victory was a special night for all associated with the Breakers and Andrej Lemanis in particular, who became only the fifth coach to win back to back ANBL Championships.
So the122-104 may be nothing special but the 51-17 record of the last two seasons is quite remarkable.




Thomas Abercrombie selected the top New Zealander playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Thomas Abercrombie
Thomas Abercrombie
   #1. This week's number one is an international swingman Thomas Abercrombie (198-87, agency: Priority Sports, college: Washington St.). He led New Zealand Breakers to a victory against the closely-ranked Perth Wildcats (19-9) 79-73 in the Australian NBL in Tuesday night's game. Abercrombie scored 12 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 33 minutes on the court. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. New Zealand Breakers (21-7) are placed first in the NBL. It was his team's sixth consecutive victory in a row. It's Abercrombie's fourth season with the team. He is ranked ninth on the list of the top scorers in the league with 15.2ppg. Abercrombie also averaged so far 4.6rpg, 1.6apg, 2FGP: 47.3%, 3FGP: 43.4% and FT: 73.9% in the 33 games he played so far. Ex-Waikato Pistons player is currently a member of the New Zealand senior national team.

Alex Pledger
Alex Pledger
   #2. Second place goes to an international center Alex Pledger (213-87, college: Belm.Abbey) is a teammate of previously mentioned Thomas Abercrombie. But that was another game of his team in Australian NBL which we would like to mention. Pledger, who plays in the Australian NBL. He could not help New Zealand Breakers (21-7) in their last game on Friday. Despite Pledger's good performance the league leader New Zealand Breakers were edged 87-86 on the road by the second-ranked Perth Wildcats. He scored 14 points. This season Pledger averages: 8.6ppg, 5.3rpg, 2FGP: 58.7%(121-206). He is in the roster of the New Zealand senior national team.

Mika Vukona
Mika Vukona
   #3. The New Zealand player who performed third best last week abroad was an international forward Mika Vukona (198-82) is a teammate of previously mentioned Thomas Abercrombie and both played together in the last Australian NBL game. Vukona managed to help New Zealand Breakers in a victory against the closely-ranked Perth Wildcats (19-9) 79-73. He scored only 4 points, had 7 boards, passed 3 assists and added 6 steals in 24 minutes. This year Vukona's overall stats are: 8.5ppg, 6.1rpg, 2.0apg, 1.1spg, 2FGP: 53.2% and FT: 68.8% in the 34 games. He has a dual citizenship: Fijian and New Zealand. Ex-New Zealand Breakers player is also a member of the New Zealand senior national team.

Brendon Polyblank
Brendon Polyblank
   #4. An experienced swingman Brendon Polyblank (197-78, college: Texas St.), who plays in the Swiss LNA was not able to help one of league's weakest teams Fribourg (4-1) in their last game on Wednesday. Despite Polyblank's good performance Fribourg was defeated 77-67 in Lugano by the leading Tigers. He was the second best scorer with 13 points. Polyblank also added 4 rebounds. It's Polyblank's first season with the team. His total stats this year are: 9.1ppg, 3.5rpg and 1.7apg. Polyblank is another player who holds two passports: British and New Zealand. Despite he played previously for the British national team, Polyblank is currently in the New Zealand national team roster.

Dillon Boucher
Dillon Boucher
   #5. Former international forward Dillon Boucher (196-75) is a teammate of previously mentioned Thomas Abercrombie. He played also in the last Australian NBL game facing Alex Pledger (above) in the other team. Boucher was not able to secure a victory for New Zealand Breakers (21-7) in their game against Perth Wildcats (19-9). He did not have that impressive stats last Friday. Boucher scored only 2 points and added 3 passes in 18 minutes. The league leader New Zealand Breakers were edged 87-86 in Perth by the second-ranked Wildcats. Boucher has been at the team for four years. This season his total stats are: 2.3ppg, 3.8rpg and 2.5apg in the 34 games. Boucher used to play for the New Zealand national team five years ago.

Leon Henry
Leon Henry
   #6. Swingman Leon Henry (200-85, college: S.Idaho JC) is a teammate of previously mentioned Thomas Abercrombie. He played also in the last Australian NBL game facing Dillon Boucher (above) in the other team. Henry couldn't help New Zealand Breakers (21-7) in their game against Perth Wildcats (19-9). He did not beat the league record on Friday evening. Henry scored only 2 points. The league leader New Zealand Breakers were edged 87-86 in Perth by the second-ranked Wildcats. Henry has averaged so far 2.8ppg and 2.8rpg. He is an international player who is currently on the senior New Zealand National Team roster.

Other top New Zealand players, who play abroad:

Kirk Penney (196-G-80) plays for Baloncesto Fuenlabrada in Spanish ACB
Benny Anthony (198-F-88) plays for New Zealand Breakers in Australian NBL
Jeremiah Trueman (206-F/C-87) plays for Perth Wildcats in Australian NBL
Aron Baynes (208-C-86) plays for Ikaros in Greek A1
Pani Patu (192-G/F) plays for Bankstown Bruins in Australian ABA
Tyrone Davey (188-G-86) plays for Parramatta Wildcats in Australian ABA
Simon Bennett (188-G-85) plays for Willich in German Regionalliga
Mark Jones (197-F/G-83) plays for Willetton Tigers in Australian SBL



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Solomon Alabi's double-double lands him Player of the Week award among Nigerians playing currently abroad - by Eurobasket Center

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

Solomon Alabi
Solomon Alabi
   #1. This week's number one is former U19 international center Solomon Alabi (216-88, college: Florida St.). Alabi led Toronto Raptors to an easy victory against the New Jersey Nets (22-44) crushing them 98-67 in the NBA last Thursday. He recorded a double-double by scoring 11 points and getting 19 rebounds. Alabi also added 3 blocks. The Toronto Raptors have rather weak 23-43 record this season. It was his team's first victory after four consecutive loses. The Regular Season already ended in the NBA. This season Alabi averages: 2.5ppg, 3.6rpg, 2FGP: 36.1% and FT: 87.5%. Despite he played previously for the USA national team, Alabi played also for the Nigerian U19 national team in 2007.

Ike Diogu
Ike Diogu
   #2. Second place goes to former international power forward Ike Diogu (204-83, college: Arizona St.). He led Capitanes to a victory over the league outsider Caciques (6-19) 96-80 in the Puerto Rican BSN on Saturday night. Diogu was MVP of the game. He had a double-double by scoring 30 points and getting 12 rebounds in 31 minutes. Capitanes de Arecibo (14-10) is placed fourth in the BSN. Diogu has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 18.8ppg, 8.8rpg, 2.4apg, 2FGP: 58.1%(36-62), 3FGP: 37.5% and FT: 72.2% in the five games he played so far. Diogu has a dual citizenship: Nigerian and American. Despite he played previously for the USA national team, Diogu played also for the Nigerian national team in 2007.

Alade Aminu
Alade Aminu
   #3. The Nigerian player who performed third best last week abroad was former international power forward Alade Aminu (207-87, college: Georgia Tech). He was the major contributor in Chalon/Saor's victory against the closely-ranked Triumph Lyubertsy (3-3) 84-69 in the EuroChallenge in Friday night's game. Aminu recorded a double-double by scoring 14 points and getting 10 rebounds. He also added 2 blocks; quite an impressive performance considering it's only Aminu's third season in pro basketball. It was the game of the round between two top 2 ranked teams in group J. ES Chalon-Sur-Saone (3-3) is placed first. Aminu has relatively good stats this season: 12.1ppg, 6.6rpg, 2FGP: 52.2%, 3FGP: 33.3% and FT: 68.6%. Despite he played previously for the USA national team, Aminu played also for the Nigerian national team in 2003.

Ekpe Udoh
Ekpe Udoh
   #4. Power forward Ekpe Udoh (208-87, college: Baylor) contributed to a Milwaukee Bucks' victory against the Toronto Raptors (23-43) 92-86 in the NBA last Monday. He scored 11 points, had 5 rebounds and made 3 blocks in 29 minutes. The Milwaukee Bucks have 31-35 record this season. The Regular Season already ended in the NBA. This year Udoh's overall stats are: 5.7ppg, 4.7rpg, 1.1apg and 1.6bpg in the 23 games. Despite he played previously for the USA national team, Udoh is currently in the Nigerian national team roster.

Akinlolu Akingbala
Akinlolu Akingbala
   #5. Former international center Akinlolu Akingbala (208-83, college: Clemson), who plays in the French ProA 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). Akingbala was the second best scorer with 13 points. He also added 7 rebounds. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. It's Akingbala's fourth season with the team. Akingbala is currently third on the list of best rebounders and also on the list of best blockers (fifth place). He has very reliable stats this season: 12.6ppg, 7.8rpg and 1.2bpg. Despite Akingbala played previously for the USA national team, he is currently in the Nigerian national team roster.

Oritseweyinmi Efejuku
Oritseweyinmi Efejuku
   #6. Guard Oritseweyinmi Efejuku (196-86, college: Providence) was the main contributor in Indios' victory against the closely-ranked Capitanes (14-10) 83-78 in the Puerto Rican BSN in Tuesday night's game. Efejuku was the best player in that game. He scored 23 points, had 4 boards, dished 6 assists and stole 6 balls in 32 minutes; not bad, considering it's only Efejuku's third season in pro basketball. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Indios de Mayaguez (19-7) 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. This year Efejuku has relatively solid stats: 13.9ppg, 3.5rpg, 2.9apg and 1.2spg in the 20 games. Despite he played previously for the Jamaican national team, Efejuku is also a former international player as he played for the Nigerian senior team three years ago.

Uche Nsonwu-Amadi
Uche Nsonwu-Amadi
   #7. An experienced former international power forward Uche Nsonwu-Amadi (208-78, agency: Beo Basket, college: Wyoming) faced previously mentioned Akinlolu Akingbala in the French ProA last game. Nsonwu-Amadi helped Chorale de Roanne win their n overtime game against the closely-ranked Sluc Nancy (16-11) 83-75. He recorded a double-double by scoring 11 points and getting the same number of rebounds. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be important. Nsonwu-Amadi belongs to league's best rebounders and is ranked #5. This season he has very good stats: 11.1ppg and 7.0rpg. Despite Nsonwu-Amadi played previously for the Jamaican national team, he is currently in the Nigerian national team roster.

Adeola Dagunduro
Adeola Dagunduro
   #8. best in steals with 2.6spg. This year his other stats are: 12.0ppg, 3.8rpg and 2.2apg in the 26 games. Despite Dagunduro played previously for the Jamaican national team, he is currently in the Nigerian national team roster.

Tony Skinn
Tony Skinn
   #9. Former international guard Tony Skinn (185-83, college: George Mason) was not able to help Ironi Ashkelon (10-15) in their game against Maccabi T-A (23-2) in the Israeli Premier League. Despite his very good performance in Thursday night's game Skinn was the second best scorer with 18 points. He also added 4 rebounds and dished 5 assists. Skinn's team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And now that game is quite important. Skinn has reliable stats this season: 10.4ppg, 2.3rpg, 2.9apg and 1.7spg. He is another player who holds two passports: Nigerian and American. Despite Skinn played previously for the USA national team, he is currently in the Nigerian national team roster.

Derrick Obasohan
Derrick Obasohan
   #10. Forward Derrick Obasohan (199-81, also represented by Beo Basket, college: Texas Arlington) was not able to secure a victory for FIATC Joventut (14-17) in their game against Lagun Aro GBC (17-14) in the Spanish ACB, despite his very good performance last Sunday. Obasohan was the second best scorer with 15 points in 30 minutes. But FIATC Joventut lost 85-90 in San Sebastian to the higher-ranked (#8) Lagun Aro GBC. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. It's Obasohan's first season with the team. This year his total stats are: 9.4ppg, 2.1rpg and 1.3apg in the 31 games. Obasohan has both American and Nigerian nationalities. Despite he played previously for the USA national team, Obasohan is also an international player who is currently on the senior Nigerian National Team roster.

   #11. International forward Ime Udoka (198-77, agency: Priority Sports, college: Portland St.) couldn't help UCAM Murcia in their game against Meridiano Alicante in the Spanish ACB. Despite his very good performance on Thursday night He recorded 14 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. Udoka's stats this season are: 11.8ppg, 4.7rpg, 1.8apg and 1.4spg. He also holds two passports: Nigerian and American. Despite Udoka played previously for the USA national team, he is currently in the Nigerian national team roster.

   #12. International power forward Chinemelu Elonu (206-87, college: Texas A&M) couldn't help Pau-Lacq-Orthez in their game against Gravelines-Dunkerque in the French ProA, despite his very good performance in Saturday night's game. Elonu was the second best scorer with 15 points. He also added 9 rebounds in 21 minutes. But his team was badly defeated by 17 points 88-71. Elonu is ranked first on the list of the best rebounders in the league with 8.1rpg. He also averaged so far 10.3ppg and 1.1bpg in the 28 games. Despite Elonu played previously for the USA national team, he is currently in the Nigerian national team roster.

   #13. International power forward Olasumbo Atoyebi (203-88, college: Elon) couldn't help Lan Mobel ISB in their game against Fontedoso Carrefour in the Spanish LEB Silver (third division). Despite his very good performance last Friday Atoyebi recorded a double-double by scoring 24 points and getting 11 rebounds. Atoyebi is ranked second on the list of the top scorers in the league and also on the list of best rebounders (second place). This season he has very high stats. Atoyebi averages: 16.7ppg and 8.4rpg. Despite he played previously for the USA national team, Atoyebi is currently in the Nigerian national team roster.

   #14. Former international swingman Ebi Ere (195-81, college: Oklahoma) couldn't help Blusens Monbus in their game against Asefa Estudiantes in the Spanish ACB, despite his good performance on Wednesday night. He was the top scorer with 12 points. Ere also added 6 rebounds in 25 minutes. But his team was badly defeated by 17 points 79-62. He has averaged so far 8.1ppg and 2.2rpg in the 31 games. Ere holds both American and Nigerian passports. Despite he played previously for the USA national team, Ere is currently in the Nigerian national team roster.

   #15. Former international power forward Olaseni Lawal (208-86, college: Wayne St., MI) helped CB Clavijo win their game against the closely-ranked Girona FC 90-85 in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division) in Friday night's game. Lawal recorded a double-double by scoring 12 points and getting 16 rebounds. He also added 2 blocks. Lawal is currently first on the list of best rebounders and also on the list of best blockers (second place). He has averaged so far 9.1ppg, 10.6rpg and 1.7bpg. Worth to mention he played also at Eurobasket Summer League, which helped him get the job in pro basketball. Despite Lawal played previously for the USA national team, he is currently in the Nigerian national team roster.

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

   #1. Ben Uzoh (191-PG-88, college: Tulsa) led Toronto Raptors to an easy victory against the New Jersey Nets (22-44) crushing them 98-67 in the NBA in Thursday night's game. He had a triple-double by scoring 12 points, grabbing 11 rebounds and passing 12 assists in 46 minutes. The Toronto Raptors have rather weak 23-43 record this season. It was his team's first victory after four consecutive loses. The Regular Season already ended in the NBA. This year Uzoh averages: 4.8ppg, 3.9rpg and 3.7apg in the 16 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Nigerian and American.



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Gary Forbes selected the top Panamanian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Gary Forbes
Gary Forbes
   #1. This week's number one is an international swingman Gary Forbes (201-85, college: Virginia). He was the major contributor in a Toronto Raptors' victory against the New Jersey Nets (22-44) crushing them 98-67 in the NBA in Thursday night's game. Forbes scored 23 points, had 6 rebounds and dished 3 assists in 41 minutes on the court. The Toronto Raptors have rather weak 23-43 record this season. It was his team's first victory after four consecutive loses. The Regular Season already ended in the NBA. It's Forbes' first year with the team. This season he averages: 6.6ppg, 2.1rpg, 1.1apg, 2FGP: 44.4%, 3FGP: 34.5% and FT: 72.5% in the 48 games he played so far. Forbes is a naturalized American. Despite he played previously for the USA national team, Forbes is currently a member of the Panamanian senior national team. Strangely he has never played in Panama.

Levour Warren
Levour Warren
   #2. Second place goes to former international forward Levour Warren (196-81, agency: SportsTalent, college: S.Carolina), who plays in the Croatian A1. Warren could not help Cedevita (8-3) in their last game on Friday. Despite his good performance the second-placed Cedevita was edged 79-76 in a derby game by the leading Cibona in the Championship Group. Warren recorded 11 points and grabbed 9 rebounds. There are only three games left until the end of the Second Stage. So now every game will be critical. It's Warren's first season with the team. He has relatively good stats this year: 11.6ppg, 4.5rpg, 1.5apg, 1.3spg, 2FGP: 63.2%(36-57), 3FGP: 28.6% and FT: 91.4%(32-35). Warren is a naturalized American. Despite he played previously for the USA national team, Warren played also for the Panamanian national team in 2005. Apparently he has never played in Panama.

Danilo Pinnock
Danilo Pinnock
   #3. The Panamanian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international guard Danilo Pinnock (196-83, college: G.Washington). Pinnock led Capitanes to a victory against the league leader Indios (19-7) 68-64 in the Puerto Rican BSN on Thursday night. He had a double-double by scoring 12 points and getting 14 rebounds. Pinnock also added 3 assists in 29 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Capitanes de Arecibo (14-10) is placed fourth in the BSN. Pinnock is ranked fifth on the list of the best passers in the league and also on the list of most steals (second place). He has very reliable stats this year: 14.5ppg, 6.2rpg, 4.8apg, 1.8spg, 2FGP: 49.8%, 3FGP: 32.8% and FT: 76.3% in the 24 games. Pinnock is a naturalized American. Despite he played previously for the USA national team, Pinnock is currently a member of the Panamanian senior national team. He used to play for Toros de Chorrillo in Panamanian league.

Jose Lloreda
Jose Lloreda
   #4. Power forward Jose Lloreda (201-80, agency: Paris Global Sports, college: LSU) contributed to Atleticos' victory against one of league's weakest teams Brujos (8-18) 84-78 in the Puerto Rican BSN in Thursday night's game. Lloreda recorded a double-double by scoring 15 points and getting 13 rebounds. He also added 5 assists. Atleticos de San German (13-10) is placed fourth 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. This season Lloreda has relatively solid stats: 12.1ppg, 11.1rpg and 1.9apg. Despite he played previously for the USA national team, Lloreda is currently in the Panamanian national team roster.

Michael Hicks
Michael Hicks
   #5. An experienced international swingman Michael Hicks (194-76, college: Texas A&M-CC) contributed to a Sigma Barcellona's victory against the tenth-ranked Prima Veroli (11-15) 82-71 in the Italian Lega2 (second division) last Sunday. He recorded 18 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists and 3 steals in 25 minutes. Sigma Barcellona (16-11) is placed fifth in the Lega2. Hicks' team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And now that game is quite important. Hicks has reliable stats this year: 12.8ppg, 4.0rpg, 1.2apg and 1.3spg in the 26 games. Despite he played previously for the USA national team, Hicks is currently in the Panamanian national team roster.

Leonardo Pomare
Leonardo Pomare
   #6. Forward Leonardo Pomare (203-86, agency: Top Notch Sports, college: San Diego) helped Hamamatsu Phoenix win their game against the ninth-ranked Takamatsu FA (2-48) crushing them 120-64 in the Japanese BJ League on Saturday night. He recorded a double-double by scoring 18 points and getting 12 rebounds. Pomare also added 2 blocks; quite an impressive performance considering it's only his third season in pro basketball. Hamamatsu-Higashi Mikawa Phoenix (35-15) is placed first in Eastern group. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be important. Pomare's overall stats this season are: 6.6ppg and 5.5rpg. He is a naturalized American. Despite Pomare played previously for the USA national team, he is also an international player who is currently on the senior Panamanian National Team roster. Pomare used to play for Fieras de Cocle in Panamanian league.

Gabriel Giron
Gabriel Giron
   #7. International forward Gabriel Giron (192-88) helped Frayles de Guasave edge the league outsider Coras de Tepic (1-23) 91-89 in the Mexican CIBACOPA in Friday night's game. He scored 17 points, grabbed 5 boards, passed 5 assists and added 3 steals in 32 minutes. Frayles de Guasave (12-12) is placed fifth in the CIBACOPA. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. Giron has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 16.3ppg, 4.8rpg, 2.5apg and 1.2spg in the 23 games. Despite Giron played previously for the Mexican university national team, he is currently in the Panamanian national team roster.

Dionisio Gomez Camargo
Dionisio Gomez Camargo
   #8. Forward Dionisio Gomez Camargo (203-80, college: Arkansas) led Shiga L-Stars to a victory over the fourth-ranked Niigata Albirex (27-23) 81-74 in the Japanese BJ League last Saturday. Gomez Camargo was MVP of the game. He recorded 17 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. Shiga Lakestars (33-17) are placed fourth in Western group. It was his team's ninth consecutive victory in a row. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. Gomez Camargo averaged so far 12.5ppg, 8.3rpg and 1.9apg. Despite he played previously for the Mexican national team, Gomez Camargo is currently in the Panamanian national team roster.

Other top Panamanian players, who play abroad:

Ruben Garces (206-C/F-73) plays for Capitanes in Puerto Rican BSN
Jamaal Levy (206-C-83) plays for Lanus in Argentinian LigaA
Josimar Ayarza (205-F-87) plays for Club 9 in Argentinian LigaA
Antonio Garcia (203-F/C-76) plays for Bigua in Uruguayan LUB
Jamahr Warren (194-G/F-79) plays for Bigua in Uruguayan LUB
Ruben Douglas (193-G-79) plays for Usak in Turkish TB2L
Isaac St.Rose (190-G/F-83) plays for Barva in Costa Rican LBS

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



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  PHILIPPINES   

PBA Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Denzel BOWLES
  B-Meg L.
  (208-F/C-89)
  Avg: 25.7
 1. Bowles, B-Meg L.25.7 
 2. Harvey, Talk N Te.20.6 
 3. Parada, Alaska Ac.19.3 
 4. Baguio, Alaska Ac.18.2 
 5. Cardona, Meralco17.8 
 6. Vroman, Ginebra16.6 
 7. Tenorio, Alaska A.15.3 
 8. Miller, Barako Bull14.9 
 9. Castro, Talk N Te.14.3 
 10. Yap, B-Meg Llam.14.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Donnell HARVEY
  Talk N Text
  (203-F/C-80)
  Avg: 16.1
 1. Harvey, Talk N Te.16.1 
 2. Parada, Alaska Ac.14.1 
 3. Vroman, Ginebra12.0 
 4. Bowles, B-Meg L.12.0 
 5. Thoss, Alaska Aces8.2 
 6. Hatfield, Ginebra7.2 
 7. Cardona, Meralco6.8 
 8. Williams, Talk N.6.3 
 9. Hugnatan, Meralco6.1 
 10. Pingris, B-Meg L.5.8 
Assists Per Game
 Chris ROSS
  Meralco .
  (185-G-85)
  Avg: 7.8
 1. Ross, Meralco7.8 
 2. Tenorio, Alaska A.5.6 
 3. Alapag, Talk N Te.5.5 
 4. Cortez, Ginebra5.4 
 5. Helterbrand, Gineb.5.2 
 6. Vroman, Ginebra4.1 
 7. Custodio, Alaska A.3.8 
 8. Miller, Barako Bull3.7 
 9. Urbiztondo, B-Meg3.4 
 10. Castro, Talk N T.3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Chris ROSS
  Meralco .
  (185-G-85)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Ross, Meralco1.8 
 2. Harvey, Talk N Te.1.6 
 3. Vroman, Ginebra1.4 
 4. Reyes, Talk N Text1.4 
 5. Custodio, Alaska A.1.3 
 6. Helterbrand, Gineb.1.3 
 7. Tenorio, Alaska A.1.1 
 8. Cortez, Ginebra1.1 
 9. Urbiztondo, B-Meg1.0 
 10. Dillinger, Talk N.1.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Jackson VROMAN
  Ginebra .
  (208-C/F-81)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Vroman, Ginebra2.4 
 2. Parada, Alaska Ac.2.0 
 3. Bowles, B-Meg L.1.8 
 4. Eman, Alaska Aces1.3 
 5. Harvey, Talk N Te.1.1 
 6. Thoss, Alaska Aces1.1 
 7. Pingris, B-Meg L.0.8 
 8. Williams, Talk N.0.7 
 9. Aguilar, Talk N.0.5 
 10. Taulava, Meralco0.5 


B-Meg regains upperhand - by Eurobasket News

B-Meg Llam. - Talk N Text 91-87
B-Meg hardly showed discouragement from its sorry Game Two defeat, coming out Friday night with a renewed energy and outlasting Talk n Text, 91-87, in a nip-and-tuck battle for the 2-1 advantage in the PBA Commissioner's Cup Finals. Denzel Bowles (208-F/C-89, college: JMU) best typified the character displayed by the Llamados, bucking early foul trouble situation to put B-Meg back in the lead in the series. Bowles, cinch to win the Best Import award Sunday, powered his way to 28 points, including 10 he made after having picked a fifth foul with 5:58 left to play. He personally kept the Tropang Texters at bay with four important foul shots at the finish. 'He's a mature young man at 22,' said B-Meg coach Tim Cone to end all his praises to his import for this particular game watched by a crowd of over 14,000 at the Smart Araneta Coliseum. 'Denzel came back with a monster game. He made the big shots. He showed maturity, not picking up his sixth foul until only four seconds left in the game,' Cone said earlier. James Yap (191-F/G-82), Josh Urbiztondo and Peter Simon (186-G-82) were also right there in the battle for B-Meg, combining for an impressive 10-of-18 three-point shooting. 'We really tried to be right-minded, approaching it as Game One of the finals, not Game Three. The guys did a good job doing that, showing no discouragement from Game Two,' said Cone. Talk n Text coach Chot Reyes, meanwhile, took Jimmy Alapag and Ranidel de Ocampo to task for their Game Three loss. 'We're not gonna beat B-Meg unless Ranidel and Jimmy came back from their early vacation,' said Reyes. 'Josh Urbiztondo and Marc Pingris (195-C-81) were disabusing Jimmy and Ranidel. Ranidel didn't even take a single two-point shot. Jimmy couldn't make his shots. That's too much load for Ryan Reyes and Jayson Castro to carry,' Reyes added. Donnell Harvey (203-F/C-80, college: Florida), Reyes, Castro and Ali Peek carried the cudgels for the Texters as they fought the Llamados through 10 deadlocks and 17 lead changes before losing it in the end. The Texters were fighting to salvage the game when Bowles canned in four important charities in the last 23 seconds. Bowles had given B-Meg a four-point lead at 90-86 when he eventually fouled out, baited by Alapag while taking a three-point attempt with 4.9 ticks left. Talk n Text's chance didn't improve as Alapag muffed his first charity. He knocked in the second one and deliberately missed the third, hoping Talk n Text get the offensive rebound for a chance to tie from beyond the arc. But Rafi Reavies cleared the board to settle the outcome of the game. 'We can beat them with a full roster not with a depleted lineup,' insisted Reyes. De Ocampo took only two field goal attempts - both from beyond the arc -- in 23 minutes of action while Alapag bled for his points on 2-of-13 shooting. Clamping down on one another on defense, the Llamados edged the Texters, 37-36, at the turn - the lowest scoring first half in the series. It was a tight first-half battle with neither team leading by more than five. The Llamados were holding a five-point margin at 36-31 before Peek and Reyes gave the Texters a 5-1 windup to make it a one-point game at halftime. The Llamados found a good rhythm at the start of the third quarter, opening a 59-52 lead, but the Texters were quick to make a countermove, racing ahead, 64-62, going into the final canto. (SB) *Courtesy of www.pba.ph



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  POLAND   

DBE Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Walter HODGE
  Zastal ZG
  (183-PG-86)
  Avg: 19
 1. Hodge, Zastal ZG19.0 
 2. Michalak, LKS Lodz17.2 
 3. Corbett, Siarka J.16.1 
 4. Miller, Siarka J.15.9 
 5. Kulig, PBG Basket15.7 
 6. Micic, PBG Basket15.7 
 7. Koszarek, Trefl S.15.7 
 8. Dylewicz, Trefl So.15.7 
 9. Weeden, Polpharma15.4 
 10. Kickert, PGE Turow15.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Darrell HARRIS
  Kotwica
  (208-F/C-84)
  Avg: 11.6
 1. Harris, Kotwica11.6 
 2. Lawal, Zastal ZG10.2 
 3. Hrycaniuk, Asseco8.5 
 4. Dluski, LKS Lodz8.1 
 5. Burgess, Trefl S.8.0 
 6. Archibeque, Zastal7.5 
 7. Doaks, Siarka J.7.3 
 8. Simmons, Polpharma7.2 
 9. Turek, Trefl Sopot7.1 
 10. Bartosz, PBG Bas.7.1 
Assists Per Game
 Robert SKIBNIEWSKI
  Slask W.
  (182-G-83)
  Avg: 7.4
 1. Skibniewski, Slask7.4 
 2. Hodge, Zastal ZG6.0 
 3. Blassingame, Assec.5.9 
 4. Koszarek, Trefl S.5.2 
 5. Wilczek, AZS P.5.2 
 6. Milicic, AZS K.5.0 
 7. Burrell, Energa C.4.8 
 8. Miller, Siarka J.4.7 
 9. Moore, PGE Turow4.6 
 10. Micic, PBG Basket4.5 
Steals Per Game
 Krzysztof SZUBARGA
  Anwil
  (182-G-84)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Szubarga, Anwil1.8 
 2. Skibniewski, Slask1.6 
 3. Koszarek, Trefl S.1.5 
 4. Sapp, Kotwica1.5 
 5. Tiller, Siarka J.1.5 
 6. Hodge, Zastal ZG1.4 
 7. Miller, Siarka J.1.4 
 8. Dabrowski, Polph.1.4 
 9. Ponitka, AZS P.1.4 
 10. Kinnard, Anwil1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Callistus EZIUKWU
  AZS K.
  (208-F/C-85)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Eziukwu, AZS K.1.8 
 2. Burgess, Trefl S.1.6 
 3. Harris, Kotwica1.6 
 4. Kesicki, Kotwica1.4 
 5. Karnowski, Siarka1.2 
 6. Morrison, Energa C.1.2 
 7. Lawal, Zastal ZG1.1 
 8. Mladenovic, Slask1.1 
 9. Lauderdale, PGE T.1.1 
 10. Doaks, Siarka J.1.0 



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  PUERTO RICO   

Standings - BSN

BSN Standings
 1. Mayaguez 19-7 
 2. Quebradillas 15-10 
 3. Bayamon 15-11 
 4. Arecibo 14-10 
 5. San German 14-12 
 6. Guaynabo 11-15 
 7. Guayama 8-18 
 8. Humacao 6-19 

Regular Season: Round 25

Apr. 26: San German - Guayama 84-78
Apr. 26: Mayaguez - Arecibo 64-68
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 German21.3 
 3. Sensley, Humacao19.7 
 4. Dalmau, Bayamon19.7 
 5. Ayuso, Arecibo19.2 
 6. Ramos, Quebradillas18.4 
 7. Vassallo, Guaynabo16.4 
 8. Powell, Guayama16.1 
 9. Smith, Mayaguez15.5 
 10. Maye, Guaynabo15.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Mike HARRIS
  San German
  (198-F-83)
  Avg: 10.3
 1. Harris, San German10.3 
 2. Thornton, Guayama9.2 
 3. Ramos, Quebradillas9.2 
 4. Powell, Guayama9.2 
 5. Sensley, Humacao9.0 
 6. Sweetney, Bayamon8.6 
 7. Burgess, Guaynabo8.4 
 8. O''Bryant, Mayaguez8.2 
 9. Shannon, Quebradil.8.1 
 10. Pinkney, San G.7.2 
Assists Per Game
 Filiberto RIVERA
  San German
  (190-PG-82)
  Avg: 5.7
 1. Rivera, San German5.7 
 2. Smith, Mayaguez5.7 
 3. Guzman, Guaynabo5.5 
 4. Pagan, Guayama4.9 
 5. Pinnock, Arecibo4.8 
 6. Garcia, Humacao4.2 
 7. Dalmau, Bayamon4.1 
 8. Cruz, Quebradillas3.7 
 9. Rodriguez, San G.3.3 
 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. Cotto, Mayaguez1.3 
 5. Figueroa, Guaynabo1.3 
 6. Thornton, Guayama1.3 
 7. Sensley, Humacao1.3 
 8. Ramirez, Mayaguez1.3 
 9. Strong, San German1.2 
 10. Efejuku, Mayaguez1.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Mamadou LAMIZANA
  Bayamon
  (207-F/C-81)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Lamizana, Bayamon2.2 
 2. O''Bryant, Mayaguez1.8 
 3. Thornton, Guayama1.7 
 4. Shannon, Quebradil.1.6 
 5. Burgess, Guaynabo1.4 
 6. Powell, Guayama1.3 
 7. Harris, San German1.2 
 8. Ramos, Quebradillas1.2 
 9. Aubry, Arecibo1.1 
 10. Smith, Mayaguez0.9 


Indios to get native reinforcements for the playoffs: - by Marcos Carlo

Indios de Mayaguez is getting native reinforcements for the end of the regular season and the start of the playoffs with the arrival of Ramon Clemente (200-PF-85, college: Wichita St.), Kevin Hamilton (193-G-84, agency: Limelight Hoops, college: Holy Cross) and Ricardo Sanchez (212-C-87).

Clemente averaged 21 points and 14.6 rebounds for Kiryat Tivon of the Israeli National League. His strength inside is needed by Mayaguez, especially for the playoffs.

Hamilton played in Germany for Bayreuth and only played three games due to injury.

Sanchez played for Estudiantes in Argentina and had a good season. Mayaguez will need his perimeter scoring.

Mayaguez already secured first place in the standings.




Capitanes beat leader, then lose by 33: - by Luis Modestti

Capitanes de Arecibo defeated tournament leader Indios de Mayaguez 68-64 as Larry Ayuso, Ike Diogu and Danilo Pinnock led then with 12 points each.

Arecibo controlled most of the game but lost some defensive intensity and Mayaguez came close to a win.

Mayaguez was led by Andres Ortiz who netted 14 points.

Then on Friday they lost to Vaqueros de Bayamon 80-47. Bayamon was led by Michael Sweetney (203-F-82, college: Georgetown) who had 17 points and 13 rebounds.

Arecibo had Rick Apodaca with 15 points. Arecibo has a 14-11 record and a tight schedule has affected them.

In other games over the last two days San German defeated Guayama on Thursday by the score of 84-78. Humacao surprised Quebradillas on Friday by winning 83-74.



Bayamon signs Ayarza: - by Luis Modestti

Vaqueros de Bayamon announced the signing of Panamanian national team forward Josimar Ayarza (205-F-87, college: S.Mississippi).

He is expected to join Vaqueros during the playoffs as they have to start the process of getting a visa for entering the island. He will give them some depth inside.

Ayarza played college ball in the United States as he performed for two years in Southern Mississippi. He inked a deal with 9 de Julio in Argentina and averaged 14.6 points and 4.4 rebounds in 38 games.

Bayamon already has Michael Sweetney and Herve Lamizana as their imports.



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  ROMANIA   

Standings - D2

Div.B Standings
Seria 1
 1. Steaua Turabo II 13-2 
 2. Ploiesti II 10-5 
 3. Rapid B. 10-5 
 4. BCM U 2 Pitesti 9-6 
 5. A.Vlaicu Buc. 3-12 
 6. CS Amicii 0-15 
Seria 2
 1. CSU Galati 12-2 
 2. Farul Const. 12-3 
 3. CS Concordia 11-4 
 4. BT Bucuresti 4-10 
 5. Ph. Galati 4-11 
 6. CSM Focsani 1-13 
Seria 3
 1. Gaz Metan II 11-0 
 2. Ph. Brasov 7-4 
 3. CS Vabova 6-5 
 4. T.Mures II 3-8 
 5. Brasov 1-11 
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 5

Apr. 26: Ph. Galati - CS Concordia 87-91
Apr. 26: T.Mures II - Ph. Brasov 82-85
Apr. 26: Farul Const. - CSU Galati 78-93
Apr. 26: Ploiesti II - BCM U 2 Pitesti 78-84
Apr. 26: Rapid B. - Steaua Turabo II 57-92
Apr. 26: CS Amicii - A.Vlaicu Buc. 48-88
Apr. 26: Gaz Metan II - Brasov 20-0
Apr. 26: BT Bucuresti - CSM Focsani



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  RUSSIA   

Stats Leaders - Superleague A

Points Per Game
 Davon JEFFERSON
  Triumph
  (204-F-86)
  Avg: 20.8
 1. Jefferson, Triumph20.8 
 2. Rush, Krasnie Kril.16.6 
 3. Beverley, Spart.16.1 
 4. Thomas, Spartak-.15.3 
 5. McKee, Triumph14.7 
 6. Massey, Lokomotiv14.6 
 7. Fridzon, Khimky13.7 
 8. Karasev, Triumph13.6 
 9. Victor, Spartak-.13.3 
 10. Labovic, Krasnie13.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jeremiah MASSEY
  Lokomotiv
  (202-F-82)
  Avg: 8.1
 1. Massey, Lokomotiv8.1 
 2. Victor, Spartak-.7.8 
 3. Jefferson, Triumph7.5 
 4. Landry, Triumph6.4 
 5. Baxter, Enisey6.0 
 6. Khryapa, CSKA6.0 
 7. Veremeenko, Unics6.0 
 8. Beverley, Spart.5.9 
 9. Kirilenko, CSKA5.8 
 10. Savenkov, Sparta.5.8 
Assists Per Game
 Aaron MILES
  Krasnie Krilya
  (186-G-83)
  Avg: 6
 1. Miles, Krasnie Kri.6.0 
 2. Teodosic, CSKA5.3 
 3. Beverley, Spart.5.1 
 4. Thomas, Spartak-.4.7 
 5. Samoylenko, Unics4.7 
 6. Halperin, Spart.4.4 
 7. McKee, Triumph4.4 
 8. Planinic, Khimky4.4 
 9. Rush, Krasnie Kril.3.4 
 10. Khryapa, CSKA3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Patrick BEVERLEY
  Spart.
  (185-PG-88)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Beverley, Spart.2.4 
 2. Massey, Lokomotiv2.2 
 3. Baburin, Spartak-.2.1 
 4. Thomas, Spartak-.2.1 
 5. Planinic, Khimky1.7 
 6. Halperin, Spart.1.7 
 7. Jefferson, Triumph1.6 
 8. Lyday, Unics1.5 
 9. Khryapa, CSKA1.4 
 10. Chalmers, Lokom.1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Andrei KIRILENKO
  CSKA
  (205-F-81)
  Avg: 1.2
 1. Kirilenko, CSKA1.2 
 2. Jefferson, Triumph1.2 
 3. Vasiliev, Krasni.0.9 
 4. Likhodey, Spart.0.9 
 5. Traore, Lokomotiv0.8 
 6. Kikanovic, Enisey0.8 
 7. Savenkov, Spartak.0.8 
 8. Lavrinovic, CSKA0.8 
 9. Baxter, Enisey0.7 
 10. Monya, Khimky0.7 


Eurochallenge Final Four: Chalon advanced to the Final - by Eurobasket News

Chalon - Triumph 84:69

Chalon advanced to the Final of the EuroChallenge. The French side beat Russian Triumph 84:69 in Debrecen.
The game was mostly controlled by Chalon/Saor. Triumph Lyubertsy was better in third quarter 19-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. It was a great shooting night for Chalon/Saor especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 57.1 percentage. Blake Schilb (200-F/G-83, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices, college: Loyola, IL) stepped up and scored 29 points and 5 rebounds, while Alade Aminu (207-C/F-87, college: Georgia Tech) chipped in 14 points and 10 rebounds. Joffrey Lauvergne (210-F-91) collected 12 points and 8 rebounds and Malcolm Delaney (191-G-89, college: Virginia Tech) added 9. At the losing side Davon Jefferson (204-F-86, college: USC) responded with 26 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists and Kyle Landry (207-C/F-86, college: N.Arizona) scored 14 points and 9 rebounds. Artem Kuzyakin (201-G-80) and Sergey Karasev (201-F-93) delivered 9 points each.

Chalon: Blake Schilb 29, Alade Aminu 14+10rebs, Joffrey Lauvergne 12+8reb, Malcolm Delaney 9
Triumph: Davon Jefferson 26+9rebs, Kyle Landry 14+9rebs, Artem Kuzyakin 9, Sergey Karasev 9



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  SPAIN   

Standings - LEB Gold

LEB Gold Standings
 1. Canarias 26-8 
 2. Burgos 22-12 
 3. Navarra 21-13 
 4. Menorca 21-13 
 5. Melilla 20-14 
 6. Lleida 20-14 
 7. Breogan 19-15 
 8. La Palma 19-15 
 9. Caceres 18-16 
 10. Knet Clavijo 18-16 
 11. Palencia 18-16 
 12. Girona 16-18 
 13. Mallorca 15-19 
 14. Leon 15-19 
 15. Huesca 13-21 
 16. CB Tarragona 11-23 
 17. Clinicas Rincon 7-27 
 18. Granada 7-27 

Regular Season: Round 34

Apr. 27: Melilla - Girona 98-70
Apr. 27: CB Tarragona - Canarias 98-111
Apr. 27: Navarra - Menorca 89-79
Apr. 27: Breogan - Burgos 80-71
Apr. 27: Mallorca - Leon 78-70
Apr. 27: Knet Clavijo - Caceres 76-94
Apr. 27: Palencia - Lleida 73-71
Apr. 27: Clinicas Rincon - Granada 71-60
Apr. 27: Huesca - La Palma 71-49


Stats Leaders - LEB Gold

Points Per Game
 Troy DEVRIES
  Melilla
  (193-G-82)
  Avg: 19.1
 1. DeVries, Melilla19.1 
 2. Witt, Knet Clavijo18.2 
 3. Feldeine, Breogan17.9 
 4. Quezada, Leon16.5 
 5. Franklin, Huesca16.2 
 6. Bivia, Mallorca16.0 
 7. Fernandez, Granada15.7 
 8. Moss, Palencia15.4 
 9. Antelo, Caceres15.3 
 10. Detrick, Lleida15.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Olaseni LAWAL
  Knet Clavijo
  (208-F/C-86)
  Avg: 10.6
 1. Lawal, Knet Clavijo10.6 
 2. Diouf, Palencia8.8 
 3. Donaldson, Canarias8.8 
 4. Kuzmin, Clinicas.8.6 
 5. Starosta, Navarra8.4 
 6. Sikma, La Palma7.8 
 7. Mortellaro, Leon7.7 
 8. Williams, Caceres7.6 
 9. Fernandez, Granada7.6 
 10. Antelo, Caceres7.6 
Assists Per Game
 Oscar ALVARADO
  La Palma
  (184-PG-91)
  Avg: 6.1
 1. Alvarado, La Palma6.1 
 2. Bivia, Mallorca5.1 
 3. Witt, Knet Clavijo4.5 
 4. Norris, Lleida4.3 
 5. Lopez, Burgos4.0 
 6. Perez, Menorca3.8 
 7. Bernabe, Leon3.7 
 8. Sabat, Canarias3.6 
 9. DeVries, Melilla3.4 
 10. Quezada, Leon3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Alexander FRANKLIN
  Huesca
  (196-PF-88)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Franklin, Huesca2.5 
 2. Toledo, Burgos2.2 
 3. Bernabe, Leon2.0 
 4. Xavier, Palencia2.0 
 5. Norris, Lleida1.9 
 6. Alonso, Mallorca1.8 
 7. Abrines, Clinic.1.8 
 8. Green, Mallorca1.8 
 9. Rost, Canarias1.7 
 10. Guerra, Granada1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Ognen KUZMIN
  Clinicas.
  (215-C-90)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Kuzmin, Clinicas.2.1 
 2. Lawal, Knet Clavijo1.7 
 3. Diouf, Palencia1.6 
 4. Green, Mallorca1.3 
 5. Odiakosa, Melilla1.1 
 6. Samb, Granada1.1 
 7. Coleman, Girona1.1 
 8. Olmos, Caceres1.1 
 9. Antelo, Caceres1.0 
 10. Donaldson, Canari.0.9 


Standings - LEB Silver

LEB Silver Standings
 1. Andorra 19-5 
 2. Ourense 17-7 
 3. Prat Juventud 15-9 
 4. Las Rozas 15-9 
 5. Coruna 13-11 
 6. Barca Regal II 13-11 
 7. Aurteneche M. 13-11 
 8. Lan Mobel ISB 12-12 
 9. Avila 11-13 
 10. Oviedo CB 8-16 
 11. Plasencia 8-16 
 12. Tenerife 7-17 
 13. Gandia Basquet 5-19 

Regular Season: Round 26

Apr. 27: Plasencia - Gandia Basquet 84-71
Apr. 27: Oviedo CB - Barca Regal II 83-79
Apr. 27: Aurteneche M. - Ourense 81-76
Apr. 27: Avila - Lan Mobel ISB 75-70
Apr. 27: Tenerife - Andorra 68-78
Apr. 27: Coruna - Las Rozas 68-76


Stats Leaders-LEB Silver

Points Per Game
 Alfredo OTT
  Lan M.
  (193-G-83)
  Avg: 17.6
 1. Ott, Lan M.17.6 
 2. Atoyebi, Lan M.16.7 
 3. Todorovic, Prat J.16.6 
 4. Monroe, Tenerife16.5 
 5. Salson, Las Rozas15.3 
 6. Eriksson, Barca R.15.2 
 7. Balmon, Las Rozas13.9 
 8. Ausina, Aurtenec.13.7 
 9. Oha, Gandia Basqu.13.1 
 10. Elias, Tenerife13.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Alex THOMPSON
  Aurtenec.
  (208-F-85)
  Avg: 8.5
 1. Thompson, Aurtene.8.5 
 2. Atoyebi, Lan M.8.4 
 3. Balmon, Las Rozas8.3 
 4. Elias, Tenerife8.3 
 5. Todorovic, Prat J.8.1 
 6. Monroe, Tenerife7.7 
 7. Ausina, Aurtenec.7.5 
 8. Ortega, Oviedo CB7.2 
 9. Miller, Gandia B.6.9 
 10. Adams, Coruna6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Federico BAVOSI
  Andorra
  (184-PG-81)
  Avg: 5.8
 1. Bavosi, Andorra5.8 
 2. Ibargutxi, Lan M.4.6 
 3. Guigou, Tenerife4.1 
 4. Alvarado, Gandia B.3.5 
 5. Vilanova, Prat J.3.4 
 6. Llorente, Avila3.3 
 7. Ugrinoski, Las R.3.1 
 8. Faner, Plasencia3.1 
 9. Perez, Barca R.3.0 
 10. Robles, Plasencia2.8 
Steals Per Game
 Alfredo OTT
  Lan M.
  (193-G-83)
  Avg: 3
 1. Ott, Lan M.3.0 
 2. Faner, Plasencia2.9 
 3. Bavosi, Andorra1.7 
 4. Guigou, Tenerife1.7 
 5. Barcelo, Aurtenec.1.6 
 6. Elias, Tenerife1.5 
 7. Balmon, Las Rozas1.5 
 8. Ros, Plasencia1.5 
 9. Arcelus, Aurtenec.1.5 
 10. Forbes, Coruna1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Marko TODOROVIC
  Prat J.
  (203-F-92)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Todorovic, Prat J.1.6 
 2. Mbaye, Barca R.1.6 
 3. Marti, Prat J.1.4 
 4. Thompson, Aurtene.1.1 
 5. Flis, Andorra1.0 
 6. Serrano, Lan M.1.0 
 7. Iglesias, Plasencia0.9 
 8. Miller, Gandia B.0.9 
 9. Olaizola, Lan M.0.9 
 10. Brigman, Prat J.0.8 


Estudiantes bring back Louis Bullock - by Eurobasket News

Estudiantes signed Louis Bullock (185-G-76, college: Michigan). The guard was linked with the team several weeks ago. However Louis Bullock suffered an injury at the first training and was released by the team. Now he seems fully recovered and Estudiantes decided to resign the guard. The guard spent the last season also in Spain. He played for Cajasol Sevilla. Louis Bullock tallied 11.8 points, 1.8 assists, 1.3 rebounds and 1.3 steals per game in EuroCup. In ACB his stats read 12.1 points, 2.3 assists, 1.4 rebounds and 1.0 steal per appearance. He helped Cajasol Sevilla reach EuroCup Final in 2011. Previously Louis Bullock had stints with Real Madrid, Pennsylvania Valley Dawgs, Unicaja Malaga, Milano and Verona. Eurobasket.com named Louis Bullock into ULEB Cup All-Imports Team in 2007. Year before the guard made it into Euroleague All-Imports Team. Louis Bullock used to be the member of USA U22 National Team.
Louis Bullock is expected to debut for Estudiantes as soon as on Sunday against Manresa.



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  SUDAN   


More concerns for the Bulls and Luol Deng as the situation in South Sudan worsens - by Chris Mathieu

It has been a difficult roller coaster of a season for the Chicago Bulls and Luol Deng (6'9''-F-85, agency: Interperformances, college: Duke) this season so far. Injuries and a compressed schedule has proven to tax the team to the limits, the team has responded and played better than expected given the circumstances.

Luol Deng has experienced a similar roller coaster ride himself, from the thrill of leading England to the Olympics this summer, joined by fellow NBA players Ben Gordon and B.J. Mullens , to a serious wrist injury that threatened to curtail his season in the beginning, being named an NBA All-star to now trying to win his first NBA championship and dispatching the rival Heat in the playoffs (as an expected matchup seems likely).

None of that compares to the situation he and his family is facing in South Sudan. From first becoming a refugee and moving to England as a young child and then onto the US for high school basketball, then college and the NBA, Luol has seen a lot in the world from his experiences moving around the globe. He admitted it was a big relief last year when his family was able to return to South Sudan and the country was granted independence. He admitted it was a big relief knowing that his family was at home and happy for the first time in a long time.

Now the situation is devolving and border fighting is threatening to ignite an all-out war between the former united country which is now bordering countries that share and compete for oil resources. The rhetoric and previous experiences between these former countrymen guarantee that if there is war it will be bloody and brutal.

The concern this situation raises is similar to what happened when Yugoslavia was breaking up in the 1990's. Many NBA players of that generation from the former Yugoslavia have admitted the situation at home proved to be a tremendous distraction for them and their fellow former countrymen. You can't help but wonder if the situation is the same for Luol as he fights through a torn ligament in his wrist and trying to win that elusive first NBA title. The pain in his wrist can't compare to the burden he may have to carry in his heart while he awaits to see what happens in his former homeland, were his family live today.

For the Bulls, the season of distraction may have added the hardest one yet to overcome, as Luol is the glue that has kept the Bulls together all season long. The engine that drives the team (Derrick Rose) has missed a large portion of this taxing season Luol has been key in keeping the team together this season.



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  SWITZERLAND   


Fribourg Olympic keeps Jonathan Kazadi until 2015 - by Luca Maffioli

Benetton Fribourg Olympic announced signing of a two-year contract extension with Jonathan Kazadi (195-G-91). The Swiss guard will stay in Olympic until 2014-2015 season. Kazadi arrived in Fribourg in 2006. In this season the 21-years old player appeared 24 times in Swiss LNA averaging 7.8 points, 4.0 rebounds and 2.1 assists. He is also a member of Swiss National Team.


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  TAIWAN   


Jeremy Lin outsells Kobe Bryant, LeBron James on NBA's best-selling jersey list - by Eurobasket News

With the last games of the regular season Thursday night, the NBA released its traditional jersey sales rankings, based on sales at its online store and its temporary store in Manhattan. And while Chicago Bulls guard Derrick Rose (6'3''-G-88, college: Memphis) takes the No. 1 spot for the first time in his career, the bigger story is former undrafted D-Leaguer Jeremy Lin (6'3''-PG-88, college: Harvard) cracking the list at No. 2, beating out the likes of Kobe Bryant (6'6''-G-78), LeBron James (6'8''-F-84) and his teammate, Carmelo Anthony (6'8''-F-84, college: Syracuse).

That's taking into account the fact that Lin jerseys didn't even hit the market until mid-February and the sales ranking started in April 2011. But when Lin did start lighting it up for the New York Knicks, boy did the masses buy his gear. Not only did New Yorkers embrace 'Linsanity' but people around the world inspired by the Harvard graduate's rise to fame also bought his jersey. And one can't discount his Asian heritage helping things along, driving international sales to NBAStore.com and other retailers.

How big of an upset is it to beat out Bryant, who came in No. 3 this year? In the past 12 years, Bryant has finished the regular season atop the NBA jersey rankings six times, including three out of the last five years coming into this year. When Anthony returned to the lineup, Linsanity started to wane and soon a season-ending knee surgery had some stores discounting his gear by as much as 90 percent.

Following Rose, Lin and Kobe, LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony rounded out the top five. The Heat's Dwyane Wade finished sixth, reigning league MVP Dirk Nowitzki finished seventh, while Kevin Durant, Blake Griffin and Rajon Rondo rounded out the top 10.

While a star player on a new team often leads to that player rising on the jersey sale list, only Lin and Chris Paul, who finished No. 15, played on new teams this season. Dwight Howard hurt by being undecided about his destination, and the fan's fear of investing in a jersey that would soon become obsolete, led to him slipping on the list from ninth last year to 14th this year.

The most heavily sold team was the Bulls, followed by the Knicks, Lakers, Heat, Mavericks and Celtics.



Top 15 most popular NBA jerseys:

1. Derrick Rose, Bulls
2. Jeremy Lin, Knicks
3. Kobe Bryant, Lakers
4. LeBron James, Heat
5. Carmelo Anthony, Knicks
6. Dwyane Wade, Heat
7. Dirk Nowitzki, Mavericks
8. Kevin Durant, Thunder
9. Blake Griffin, Clippers
10. Rajon Rondo, Celtics
11. Amar'e Stoudemire, Knicks
12. Ray Allen, Celtics
13. Paul Pierce, Celtics
14. Dwight Howard, Magic
15. Chris Paul, Clippers

Courtesy of http://sports.yahoo.com



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  TURKEY   

TB2L Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Tyrone NELSON
  Akhisar Bld
  (206-F-85)
  Avg: 21.7
 1. Nelson, Akhisar Bld21.7 
 2. Jackson, Balikesir19.4 
 3. Gray, Baskent19.1 
 4. Delic, Genc Telekom18.5 
 5. Waller, Gaziantep18.5 
 6. Carter, Tire Gucu18.4 
 7. Pilgrim, Pamukkale18.1 
 8. Williams, Gelisim17.2 
 9. Taggart, TED I.16.4 
 10. Dobie, Selcuk Uni.15.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Tyrone NELSON
  Akhisar Bld
  (206-F-85)
  Avg: 11.6
 1. Nelson, Akhisar Bld11.6 
 2. Jackson, Balikesir11.6 
 3. Pilgrim, Pamukkale10.2 
 4. Kolaric, Istanbul.10.0 
 5. Gray, Baskent9.7 
 6. Can, Pertevniyal8.4 
 7. Taggart, TED I.8.2 
 8. Ozseven, TED I.8.0 
 9. Ozdemir, Vestel7.9 
 10. Pastal, Usak7.7 
Assists Per Game
 Admir KAN
  Istanbulspor
  (185-G-83)
  Avg: 6.4
 1. Kan, Istanbulspor6.4 
 2. Eryuz, Gaziantep5.4 
 3. Sinanoglu, Final G.5.2 
 4. Rizvanoglu, Genc T.5.1 
 5. Eris, Istanbul B.B.5.0 
 6. Bayraktar, Tire G.4.8 
 7. Bayrak, Usak4.6 
 8. Yikilmaz, Pertevni.4.5 
 9. Dobie, Selcuk Univ.4.5 
 10. Kavaklioglu, Opti.4.4 
Steals Per Game
 Matthew PILGRIM
  Pamukkale
  (203-F-87)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Pilgrim, Pamukkale2.7 
 2. Yavuklu, Basken.2.5 
 3. Akcay, Balikesir2.0 
 4. Nelson, Akhisar Bld1.9 
 5. Carter, Tire Gucu1.7 
 6. Okkali, Final Genc.1.7 
 7. Waller, Gaziantep1.6 
 8. Mentese, Gelisim1.6 
 9. Dobie, Selcuk Univ.1.6 
 10. Ogut, Genc Telek.1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Ismail CEVIK
  Selcuk Univ.
  (206-F-81)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Cevik, Selcuk Univ.1.5 
 2. Ozseven, TED I.1.3 
 3. Gray, Baskent1.3 
 4. Washington, Gelisim1.3 
 5. Pilgrim, Pamukkale1.2 
 6. Tekin, Pertevniyal1.2 
 7. Pasco, Vestel1.2 
 8. Kaplan, Gaziantep1.1 
 9. Brown, TED I.1.1 
 10. Garrison, Maliye1.0 


Eurochallenge Final Four: Besiktas outclass Szolnoki in Debrecen - by Eurobasket News

Szolnoki Olaj-Besiktas Milangaz 60:64

Besiktas outclass Szolnoki Olaj in Debrecen in the first Semifinal game of EuroChallenge. The Turkish team won 64:60 and advanced to the Final.
Szolnoki Olaj started better and thanks to 3500 fans took 17:13 after the first 10 minutes. Gay scored for 17:13 and Marton Bader (212-C-80, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group) posted two for 24:20 early in the second. Ersin Dagli (203-F/C-81, agency: Interperformances, college: Alabama) however replied with 4 consecutive points to bring the lead at 29:26 and then Pops Mensah-Bonsu (206-F-83, agency: SportsTalent, college: G.Washington) closed the half at 33:30. No matter how hard the hosts tried to take the lead in the third quarter they could not. Besiktas Milangaz finished the third frame with 6-0 run to enjoy 47:40 after thirty minutes. Only at the end of the game Julien Mills (193-G/F-85, college: Ball St.) tied the score at 56:56. He made it also 60:62, but then Arroyo scored two free throws for the final success.
Zoran Erceg (210-C/F-85) top-scored for the winners with 17 points and David Hawkins (194-G-82, college: Temple) as well as Pops Mensah-Bonsu posted 13 points each. Ersin Dagli followed them with 8 points and 13 rebounds. Hristo Nikolov (200-F-85, agency: Global Sports Plaza) replied with 13 points in the losing effort, while Marton Bader collected 11 points and 14 boards. Akos Horvath (193-G/F-81) notched 10 and Julien Mills added 9.

Szolnoki Olaj: Hristo Nikolov 13, Marton Bader 11+14 rebs, Akos Horvath 10, Julien Mills 9
Besiktas Milangaz: Zoran Erceg 17, David Hawkins 13, Pops Mensah-Bonsu 13+13 rebs, Ersin Dagli 8+13 rebs



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  UKRAINE   

Stats Leaders - Men

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


Superleague Round 5 of Quarter-Finals. Budivelnyk reach semifinals - by Eurobasket News

Budivelnyk - BC Odessa 88-73

Budivelnyk made it into the semifinals following a tough win in the fifth game of the series against BC Odessa. The hosts were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Budivelnyk made 16-of-20 free shots (80.0 percent) during the game. The best player for the winners was Montenegrin-Bosnian swingman Suad Sehovic (197-87) who scored 18 points and 8 rebounds. Dominican guard Luis Flores (188-81, college: Manhattan) chipped in 20 points (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field). Four Budivelnyk players scored in double figures. Budivelnyk's coach Zvezdan Mitrovic used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American guard Justin Love (189-78, college: St.Louis) produced 23 points and 7 rebounds and Vincentian center Shawn King (208-82, college: ORU) added 15 points and 7 rebounds respectively for the guests.
Top scorers:
Budivelnyk: L.Flores 20+2ast, S.Sehovic 18+8reb, M.Anisimovas 13+5reb+3ast, Z.Morley 12+4reb+3ast, J.McClinton 9+5reb+1ast, A.Agafonov 6+6reb+2ast
BC Odessa: J.Love 23+7reb+1ast, S.King 15+7reb+1ast, E.Annenkov 9+1ast, J.Rowe 7+2reb+5ast, D.Korshuk 6+5reb, S.Koval 5+1ast
gschID: 175581



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BBL Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Demarius BOLDS
  MK Lions
  (190-G-84)
  Avg: 24.3
 1. Bolds, MK Lions24.3 
 2. Chapman, Newcastl.20.9 
 3. Bell, Plymouth R.20.5 
 4. Brown, Cheshire.19.9 
 5. Freeman, Worceste.19.5 
 6. Gordon, Worceste.19.0 
 7. Langhurst, Sheffie.18.9 
 8. Smith, Newcastl.18.8 
 9. Rundles, Leiceste.18.4 
 10. Green, Glasgow17.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Daniel NORTHERN
  MK Lions
  (206-F/C-85)
  Avg: 12.1
 1. Northern, MK Lions12.1 
 2. Williams, Plymouth11.3 
 3. Schneck, Cheshire.11.2 
 4. Tuck, Sheffield S.10.8 
 5. Dobbins, Sheffield10.4 
 6. Gordon, Worceste.9.8 
 7. Cricelli, Mersey T.9.0 
 8. Thomson, Newcastl.8.9 
 9. Cole, Cheshire Jets8.8 
 10. Hardy, Leicester8.4 
Assists Per Game
 Ayron HARDY
  Leicester R.
  (195-F-88)
  Avg: 4.9
 1. Hardy, Leicester R.4.9 
 2. Brown, Cheshire.4.8 
 3. Prezzie-Blue, Worc.4.7 
 4. Bolds, MK Lions4.7 
 5. Green, Glasgow4.5 
 6. Rundles, Leiceste.4.3 
 7. Flournoy, Newcastl.4.3 
 8. Bailey, Mersey Tig.4.2 
 9. Patton, Sheffiel.4.2 
 10. Bucci, Durham W.3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Demarius BOLDS
  MK Lions
  (190-G-84)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Bolds, MK Lions2.9 
 2. Hardy, Leicester R.2.6 
 3. Brown, Cheshire.2.2 
 4. Gause, Newcastl.1.9 
 5. Smith, Newcastl.1.8 
 6. Capocci, Durham W.1.8 
 7. Bell, Plymouth R.1.5 
 8. Cricelli, Mersey T.1.5 
 9. Elderkin, Durham W.1.5 
 10. Lasker, Guildfor.1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Bill COLE
  Cheshire Jets
  (205-F-89)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Cole, Cheshire Jets2.3 
 2. Northern, MK Lions1.9 
 3. Dobbins, Sheffield1.5 
 4. Royster, Leiceste.1.3 
 5. Gordon, Worceste.1.2 
 6. Williams, Plymouth1.1 
 7. Hardy, Leicester R.1.0 
 8. Smith, Newcastl.0.7 
 9. Rowe, Plymouth R.0.7 
 10. Hesson, Mersey T.0.6 


BBL Round Up Friday 27 April - by Paul Nilsen

The BBL Championship Play-off quarter finals moved into full swing on Friday night as the Newcastle Eagles and Jelson Homes DMU Leicester Riders picked up comfortable first leg victories heading into Sunday's return games.

The BBL League champion Eagles bought their main starters back into the fray and the fans at Sport Central were treated to a comfortable 93-56 victory over the Guildford Heat, while the Riders take a 16 point lead into their second leg with the One Health Sharks Sheffield after they defeated the Sharks 76-92 at the EIS, Sheffield.

Joe Chapman (193-G-84, agency: I.D.S. Law, college: Marquette) 33 point haul for the Eagles was the standout performance for the League champions as they lead for the vast majority of the game, leading by as many as 37 points at the end of the contest off the back of six points from Andrew Thomson and a huge three-pointer from Chapman to seal the game for the Eagles and give them confidence heading to Surrey Sports Park on Sunday afternoon for the return leg.

In the other contest, the Riders started strongly and 7-0 runs at the end of the first and sexond quarters helped the visitors take a 20 point advantage at 31-51 at the half. The second half saw the Riders continued to extend their advantage and a 6-0 run at the start of the final quarter gave the visitors their biggest lead of the contest at 54-84.

The Sharks ended the contest the stronger and gave themselves a chance as they ended the game with a 22-8 burst to trim the deficit back to 16 points heading into the second leg at Loughborough on Sunday evening.



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Standings - LPB

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

Second Stage: Round 2

Apr. 27: Guaiqueries - Bucaneros 74-77 OT
Apr. 27: Gigantes - Trotamundos 74-68
Apr. 26: Gigantes - Trotamundos 105-113 OT
Apr. 28: Guaiqueries - Bucaneros


Stats Leaders - LPB

Points Per Game
 Donald SIMS
  Gaiteros
  (185-PG-87)
  Avg: 24.1
 1. Sims, Gaiteros24.1 
 2. Holland, Toros23.1 
 3. Pena, Toros21.4 
 4. Romero, Trotamun.20.8 
 5. Rodgers, Marinos20.1 
 6. Adams, Guaiqueries18.9 
 7. Hickerson, Bucan.18.1 
 8. Edwin, Gaiteros17.5 
 9. Stoll, Gigantes16.8 
 10. Millsap, Guaros16.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Shaun PRUITT
  Trotamun.
  (208-C-85)
  Avg: 9.5
 1. Pruitt, Trotamun.9.5 
 2. Braggs, Gaiteros9.3 
 3. Fuller, Panteras9.2 
 4. Urbina, Toros8.5 
 5. Gransberry, Cocod.7.7 
 6. Sucre, Marinos7.7 
 7. Lugo, Guaiqueries7.3 
 8. Colmenares, Cocod.7.3 
 9. Warner, Bucaneros7.1 
 10. Feeley, Gigantes7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Paul STOLL
  Gigantes
  (178-PG-85)
  Avg: 7.4
 1. Stoll, Gigantes7.4 
 2. Vargas, Marinos5.8 
 3. Cubillan, Trotamun.5.3 
 4. Guillent, Bucaneros4.6 
 5. Guillent, Guaros4.3 
 6. Elliott, Cocodrilos4.2 
 7. Pena, Toros4.1 
 8. Braggs, Gaiteros4.1 
 9. Sims, Gaiteros3.5 
 10. Adams, Guaiqueries3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Paul STOLL
  Gigantes
  (178-PG-85)
  Avg: 4.3
 1. Stoll, Gigantes4.3 
 2. Pena, Toros2.8 
 3. Guillent, Bucaneros2.8 
 4. Vargas, Marinos2.6 
 5. Elliott, Cocodrilos2.6 
 6. Sims, Gaiteros2.5 
 7. Adams, Guaiqueries2.5 
 8. Horton, Panteras2.3 
 9. Cubillan, Trotamun.2.2 
 10. Perez, Trotamund.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Ryan MOSS
  Marinos
  (200-F/C-74)
  Avg: 2
 1. Moss, Marinos2.0 
 2. Graterol, Cocodril.1.6 
 3. Lugo, Guaiqueries1.6 
 4. Osorio, Panteras1.5 
 5. Hardin, Marinos1.4 
 6. Romero, Trotamun.1.3 
 7. Warner, Bucaneros1.1 
 8. Pruitt, Trotamun.1.0 
 9. Marriaga, Marinos0.9 
 10. Gransberry, Cocod.0.8 


Venezuelans Abroad - Deninson Rodriguez Burguillos commits to Georgia State (NCAA) - by Francisco Vega

Barquisimeto, Venezuela.- Venezuelan PF Dennison Rodriguez (202-F-89), who had been playing Junior College Basketball (JUCO) for the Casper Thunderbirds in Wyoming for the past two seasons, commited to play for Georgia State Panthers in Division 1 NCAA College Basketball in the 2012-2013 season.

Rodriguez Burguillos averaged 5.6 points and 3.9 rebounds per game in his second season for Casper and has shown great skills to grab rebounds and attempt mid range shots. He's perceived as a good fit for defensive purposes.

He'll be joining at least 6 more Venezuelans for in NCAA's Division 1. Gregory Echenique (205-C-90) of the Creighton Blue Jays, Danny Herrera (193-F-92), who just requested a transfer from the Duquesne Dukes, and newcomers Anthony Perez (203-F-93) of Ole Mississippi, Juan Coronado (198-F-90) of Liberty, Michael Carrera (198-F-93) and Kevin Portillo, whom have not decided which college to attend, will be playing next season.



Venezuela's U15 Team is getting ready for South American Championship - by Francisco Vega

Barquisimeto, Venezuela.- Venezuela's U15 Team is getting ready to play in the ABASU's U15 South American Championship, to be played in Maldonado, Uruguay, from May 13th till the 19th.

The team is coached by Nelson Solorzano, who's assisted by Alfredo Madrid, and is working out two sessions a day in Barquisimeto, at Napoleon Rodriguez Arena. They're completing a three-week concentration prior to their trip to Uruguay with a group of 17 players. They have agreed to play friendly matches against local adult teams and Lara State's U18 team.

'Our main goal is to advance to the U16's FIBA Americas Tournament, to be played in 2013, since it's been a while since our last good participation in this cathegory', said Solorzano to the Ministry of Sports's press department.

Solorzano has coached other young teams before, such as the U18 Senior National Team that played in the Bolivarian Games in Bolivia (2009) and the South American Games of Medellin, Colombia (2010).

Venezuela has finished in fourth place in the two past editions of the U15 South American Championship. They will try to overcome their lack of height with good pressure on defense and speed to attack.

Players who've earned a spot in the list are Jose Sanabria (Aragua), Jellfre Leon (Bolivar), Jose Serrano (Carabobo), Adrian Espinoza, Ronaskys Vargas and Carlos Torres (Distrito Capital), Jose Pabon and Arturo Arrieta (Lara), Daniel Garmendia, Luis Hurtado, Cristian Mendoza and Andres Gonzalez (Merida), Sergio Mijares and Leifer Fernandez (Miranda), Jose Barreto (Monagas) and Raul Millan (Sucre).

In Uruguay, the current champions, Argentina, will face Paraguay, Chile and Venezuela in Group B, while Group A will be played by Uruguay, Brazil, Peru, Colombia and Ecuador. The only absent team will be Bolivia this time.




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Women News


BC Vienna 87 claim AWBL Bronze - by Eurobasket News

UBBC - BC Vienna 87 36:59

BC Vienna celebrated the Bronze medals in the AWBL championship. They overcame UBBC in the decisive third game of the consolation final series. Agnes Roth (185-F/C-86) knocked down 16 points to pace the visitors.
BC Vienna gained a 15:10 lead ten minutes into the game. They stretched the margin to as many as 15 points at halftime 29:14. BC Vienna maintained the lead throughout the third quarter. The visitors entered the fourth frame up by as many as 18 points. UBBC had little to answer with in the final period as they scored only 10 points and had to surrender at the end. Pia Zderadicka (175-G/F-91) provided 10 points, while Simona Wagner (192-C-95) had 9 points in the victory. Katrin Bock (168-G-92), Francisca Donders (170-G-89), Kolin and Newertal all nailed 6 points each in the loss.

UBBC: Katrin Bock 6, Francisca Donders 6
BC Vienna 87: Agnes Roth 16, Pia Zderadicka 10, Simona Wagner 9



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Yelena Leuchanka celebrate top achievement abroad - by Eurobasket News

Yelena Leuchanka (196-C-83, college: W.Virginia) celebrate top achievement abroad as her UMMC swept the Final series in Russia and won 2011/2012 title in the country. They edged Spartak Vidnoye 89:64 to win the series 3-0. The latter managed to win third quarter 22-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Spartak Vidnoye 42-21 including a 23-11 advantage in offensive rebounds. Candace Parker led her team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 11 rebounds. Sandrine Gruda helped adding 23 points and 7 rebounds, while Yelena Leuchanka had 7 points and 8 rebounds. The best for the losing side was Candice Dupree with 22 points and Becky Hammon scored 7 points and 5 assists.
Yelena Leuchanka rejoined UMMC Ekaterinburg (Russia-PBL, starting five) in the start of the year and in Euroleague averaged 5.6ppg, 5.1rpg, FGP: 41.2%, 3PT: 25.0%, FT: 70.0%. In the local League she had 8.5 points per game.



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Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Adrienne JOHNSON
  Dunav 8806
  (182-F-89)
  Avg: 26.3
 1. Johnson, Dunav 88.26.3 
 2. Ward, Levski23.3 
 3. Dorogobuzova, Nef.21.6 
 4. Topalova-S., Monta.19.1 
 5. Pasheva, Slavia18.8 
 6. Makarieva, Montana16.3 
 7. Dubrovina, Neftoch.15.8 
 8. Allen, Dunav 880615.5 
 9. Farrell, Rilski S.15.3 
 10. Stanoeva, Beroe14.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Anne FARRELL
  Rilski S.
  (187-C-88)
  Avg: 9.6
 1. Farrell, Rilski S.9.6 
 2. Dorogobuzova, Nef.9.3 
 3. Johnson, Dunav 88.8.8 
 4. Topalova-S., Monta.8.6 
 5. Makarieva, Montana8.5 
 6. Doychinova, Levski8.1 
 7. Ward, Levski7.6 
 8. Delcheva, Slavia7.3 
 9. Simeonova, Montana6.4 
 10. Minkova, Dunav6.2 
Assists Per Game
 Diana NAYDENOVA
  Levski
  (171-G-73)
  Avg: 5.2
 1. Naydenova, Levski5.2 
 2. Vrancheva, Montana5.0 
 3. Pasheva, Slavia4.6 
 4. Dubrovina, Neftoch.4.5 
 5. Peeva, Neftochimic4.3 
 6. Djikova, Rilski S.3.6 
 7. Djambazka, Levski3.3 
 8. Kostova, Dunav 88.3.2 
 9. Stanoeva, Beroe 073.0 
 10. Allen, Dunav 88062.9 
Steals Per Game
 Olga DUBROVINA
  Neftochi.
  (170-G-87)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Dubrovina, Neftoch.2.6 
 2. Vrancheva, Montana1.9 
 3. Naydenova, Levski1.9 
 4. Johnson, Dunav 88.1.8 
 5. Nikolova, Slavia1.7 
 6. Rudeva, Rilski S.1.7 
 7. Kostova, Dunav 88.1.7 
 8. Allen, Dunav 88061.7 
 9. Djikova, Rilski S.1.7 
 10. Koeva, Beroe 071.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Natalia TOPALOVA-SHOPOVA
  Montan.
  (186-F-80)
  Avg: 0.9
 1. Topalova-S., Monta.0.9 
 2. Makarieva, Montana0.9 
 3. Dorogobuzova, Nef.0.7 
 4. Mihalkova, Montana0.6 
 5. Asenova, Slavia0.6 
 6. Voynova, Dunav 88.0.5 
 7. Kaloferova, Beroe0.5 
 8. Johnson, Dunav 88.0.5 
 9. Ivanova, Levski0.5 
 10. Ward, Levski0.5 


Dunav dethrones Neftochimic, wins NBL title - by Eurobasket News

NBL Finals, Game 4: Neftochimic - Dunav 8806 52-67 (1-3)

Dunav is the new champion of Bulgaria. They cruised past Neftochimic on the road tonight 52-67 winning the Finals with almost perfect 3-1. Dunav failed in Game One at home, but managed to beat their rival three consecutive times after that. Dunav dominated on the defensive end, holding Neftochimic to just 6 points in third quarter. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Adrienne Johnson (182-89, college: Louisiana Tech, agency: LBM Management) who helped to win the game recording 34 points (!!!) and 6 rebounds (made all of her eight free throws). Swingman Violina Kocheva (176-91) contributed with 10 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Dunav 8806's coach Georgi Bojkov used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Ukrainian-Russian guard Anna Sokolan (178-84) replied with 16 points and the former international guard Silvia Peeva (172-79) added 7 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals in the effort for Neftochimic. Dunav was the NBL regular season champion with 22-2 record. They eliminated Levski with 3-1 in the Semis. Last time Dunav was the Bulgarian champ in 2008. Neftochimic celebrated in 2009, 2010 and last season as well. It is important to mention that Dunav also won the Cup this year.

Neftochimic: A.Sokolan 16+3reb+3ast, G.Kostova 10+4reb+1ast, A.Miteva 9+3reb+1ast, S.Peeva 7+7reb+4ast, K.Dorogobuzova 6+7reb, M.Zhelyazkova 4+5reb+1ast
Dunav 8806: A.Johnson 34+6reb+1ast, V.Kocheva 10+9reb+4ast, H.Minkova 8+11reb+2ast, C.Allen 6+4reb+2ast, Z.Kostova 5+2reb+4ast, D.Voynova 2+1reb



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Pilypaitis Courtnay wins another title abroad - by Eurobasket News

Courtnay Pilypaitis (185-G-88, college: Vermont) wins another title abroad with her Lithuanian VICI. After the Baltic League title, the team added tonight the win in the League.
VICI Aistes lift up the trophy as they won the Final series over Kibirkstis-Tiche. The decisive game brought 94:65 win for the favorites that proved their Regular Season unbeaten record.
VICI Aistes led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 68 of its points in the paint compared to Kibirkstis-Tiche's 32. They outrebounded Kibirkstis-Tiche 47-33 including 16 on the offensive glass. VICI Aistes looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. Vita Kuktiene stepped up and scored 17 points and 5 rebounds for the winners and Amanda Kemezys chipped in 16 points and 6 rebounds. Courtnay Pilypaitis collected 12 points and 6 rebounds. Kristina Vengryte responded with 18 points and Sakellie Daniels scored 9 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists.
VICI-Aistes finished the Regular Season with 28-0 record, while Kibirkstis-Tiche second with 18-10 record. The latter looked however fantastic in the Play-off series and managed to beat the favorites twice.



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  FRANCE   


Marielle Amant and Tatyana Troina set to join Nantes - by Eurobasket News

Nantes continue to build the roster for the next season. We already announced the arrival of Isis Arrondo (166-G-89). Now Nantes are close to landing Marielle Amant (191-F/C-89) and Tatyana Troina (188-F-81, college: S.Carolina).
Tatyana Troina spent the last season in native Belarus. The forward played for Gorizont Minsk. She tallied 12.6 points, 6.9 rebounds, 3.9 assists and 1.9 steals per game in EuroCup. In BWBL Tatyana Troina posted 16.5 points, 7.0 rebounds, 1.5 steals and 1.0 assist per appearance. Previously Tatyana Troina had stints in Russia, Romania, Israel, Latvia, Poland and Turkey. She has been the member of Belarusian National Team since 2004.
Marielle Amant played for Bourges this season. She averaged 3.8 points and 3.1 rebounds per game in Euroleague. In LFB her stats read 4.6 points, 3.8 rebounds per appearance. Marielle Amant used to play for U18 and U20 French National Teams. She also was the member of French National Team in 2010.



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  FYR MACEDONIA   


Baden is the first finalist - by Eurobasket News

First games of the FYR Macedonian Semifinals for women were played yesterday. Baden handed 82-74 loss to Krosig winning the series with perfect 2-0. It means that Baden already advanced to the Finals and now waits for the winner of Vigor - Klubski series. It is important to mention that Baden started the Semis against Krosig with 1-0 thanks to victories during the regular season.
In the other game, Vigor destroyed Klubski 74-41 for 1-0 lead. Andrijana Leskaroska (171-G-89) led the hosts with 20 points and Slavica Dimovska (177-G-85) helped with 18 points, plus 5 rebounds. Visitors got Vanesa Vasilevska (180-F-92) 13 points and 7 rebs. Teams started this series from zero as they played 1-1 during the regular season. Klubski was the only team who managed to beat Vigor at that phase. Game Two is scheduled for Sunday and Klubski will be the host.



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  ICELAND   


Helena Sverrisdottir wins two trophies in Slovakia - by Eurobasket News

Former Icelandic National Team member Helena Sverrisdottir (185-F/G-88, college: TCU) had a wonderful season in Slovakia. She helped her team Good Angels to defend both trophies in the country. They blasted MBK Ruzmberok with 3-0 in the Playoff Finals. Good Angels closed the season without a single loss and they also were perfect in Slovakian Cup. Helena Sverrisdottir joined the club last summer from the Texas Christian University. She averaged 13 points, 3.6 rebounds and 3.1 assists in Extraliga. Eurobasket named Sverrisdottir All-Slovakian Extraliga 2nd Team -12 and also Slovakian Extraliga All-Imports Team -12. Before Good Angels and TCU, Helena Sverrisdottir was a member of Haukar. She spent several years with them. They won D1 title twice and Sverrisdottir was named Eurobasket.com All-Icelandic D1 Player of the Year -06. She was also All-Icelandic D1 Domestic Player of the Year twice.


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  INDONESIA   

Standings

WNBL Standings
 1. Mojang 0-0
 2. Sahabat S. 0-0
 3. Sritex DS 0-0
 4. Surabaya F. 0-0
 5. Tomang Sakti 0-0



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  LATVIA   


Lauma Reke's double-double lands her Player of the Week award among Latvians playing currently abroad - by Eurobasket Center

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

Lauma Reke
Lauma Reke
   #1. This week's number one is former University international power forward Lauma Reke (185-86, college: St.Peter's). She led Orvieto to a victory over the 13th-ranked Viterbo (5-21) crushing them 76-37 in the Italian A2 (12th division) in Sunday night's game. Reke was MVP of the game. She had a double-double by scoring 20 points and getting 11 rebounds. Reke also added 5 assists and 3 steals in 29 minutes on the court. Ceprini Costruzioni Orvieto (18-8) is placed fifth in South group. Her team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And that game will be critical. It's Reke's first season with the team. This year Reke averages: 9.8ppg, 5.8rpg, 1.7spg, 2FGP: 43.1%, 3FGP: 28.2% and FT: 76.8% in the 24 games she played so far. She played for the Latvian university national team five years ago.

Zane Tamane
Zane Tamane
   #2. Second place goes to an international center Zane Tamane (200-83, agency: LBM Management, college: W.Illinois). Tamane contributed to Fenerbahce's victory against the league leader Galatasaray (24-5) 96-86 in a derby game in the Turkish TKBL last Thursday. She recorded 12 points and added 4 passes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Fenerbahce Spor Kulubu (19-3) is placed first in the TKBL. It was her team's third consecutive victory in a row. Tamane's overall stats this season are: 8.5ppg, 5.1rpg, 1.5apg, 1.1bpg, 2FGP: 65.7%(88-134) and FT: 72.6%. She is in the roster of the Latvian senior national team.

Aija Putnina
Aija Putnina
   #3. The Latvian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international power forward Aija Putnina (192-88, agency: Josep and Nicolas). Putnina was the major contributor in a VICI Aistes' victory against the closely-ranked Olimpia GrGAU (4-2) 83-72 in the Baltic League on Friday night. She recorded 13 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists in a mere 18 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 2 ranked teams in group C. VICI Aistes Kaunas (4-2) is placed first. This year Putnina's overall stats are: 9.5ppg, 5.9rpg, 1.3apg, 3FGP: 46.2%(6-13) and FT: 84.2% in the eight games. She is also a member of the Latvian senior national team.

Zane Jakobsone
Zane Jakobsone
   #4. Forward Zane Jakobsone (180-85, also represented by Josep and Nicolas, college: Houston), who plays in the Spanish LF2 (12th division) could not help Arxil Pontevedra (9-16) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Jakobsone's very good performance the tenth-placed Arxil Pontevedra was defeated 65-58 on the road by the higher-ranked Pabellon Ourense (#9) in the Group A. She was the top scorer with 20 points. Jakobsone also added 7 rebounds. Her team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And now that game is very crucial. Jakobsone has relatively good stats this season: 12.8ppg and 4.8rpg. She is also Latvian national team player.

Ieva Veinberga
Ieva Veinberga
   #5. International forward Ieva Veinberga (183-84), who plays in the Italian A2 (12th division) was not able to help Udine (14-12) in their last game. Despite Veinberga's very good performance Udine (#6) lost 49-57 on the opponent's court to the leading Vigarano in the North group. She was the top scorer with 19 points in 22 minutes. They ended the series of three consecutive victories. Veinberga's team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And now that game is quite important. This year Veinberga has relatively solid stats: 12.6ppg, 7.4rpg and 1.8spg in the 25 games. She plays currently for the Latvian national team.

Dace Brumermane
Dace Brumermane
   #6. Power forward Dace Brumermane (187-81, another player represented by Josep and Nicolas), who plays in the French LF2 (12th division) was not able to secure a victory for Dunkerque (10-15) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Brumermane's very good performance Dunkerque was defeated 69-54 at home by the second-ranked Toulouse. She was the top scorer with 15 points. Brumermane also added 7 rebounds. Her team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And now that game is extremely important. Brumermane is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's her fifth year in Dunkerque's roster. Brumermane is the league's top scorer. She has individually a very good season with high stats. Brumermane averages: 19.9ppg, 8.5rpg and 1.6apg. She is a former international player as she played for the Latvian senior team eleven years ago.

Ieva Kulite
Ieva Kulite
   #7. Former U18 international center Ieva Kulite (191-88) couldn't help Wildcats Wolfenbuettel (16-6) in their game against BC Pharmaserv Marburg (12-10) in the German DBBL. Kulite scored 9 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 21 minutes. But the league leader Wildcats Wolfenbuettel lost 65-74 in Marburg to the lower-ranked (#4) BC Pharmaserv. This year Kulite's total stats are: 7.2ppg, 5.1rpg and 1.4apg in the 25 games. She used to play for the Latvian U18 national team six years ago.

Zenta Melnika
Zenta Melnika
   #8. Center Zenta Melnika (197-91, agency: FCM) managed to help Cras Taranto to win against the closely-ranked Lucca (21-7) crushing them 71-37 in the Italian A1 last Saturday. Melnika scored only 3 points and grabbed 8 rebounds. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Cras Taranto (20-2) is placed first in the A1. It was her team's ninth consecutive victory in a row. Melnika has averaged so far 1.6ppg and 3.4rpg. She used to play for the Latvian U20 national team back in 2010.

Ieva Kublina
Ieva Kublina
   #9. International center Ieva Kublina (193-82, college: Virginia Tech) contributed to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Mondeville (15-11) crushing them 67-47 in the French LFB on Saturday night. Kublina scored only 4 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 12 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Cercle Jean Mace Bourges (22-4) is placed first in the LFB. It was her team's 16th consecutive victory in a row. Kublina has averaged so far 4.2ppg and 4.9rpg in the 28 games. She is also in the roster of the Latvian national team.

Zane Eglite
Zane Eglite
   #10. Guard Zane Eglite (169-84) couldn't help S. La Spezia (18-8) in their game against Ragusa (22-4) in the Italian A2 (12th division). Eglite scored 9 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. But S. La Spezia (#4) was defeated 61-55 on the opponent's court by the leading Ragusa in the South group. Her team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. Eglite has averaged so far 5.9ppg, 3.5rpg and 1.8spg. She is an international player who is currently on the senior Latvian National Team roster.

   #11. Former University international forward Dita Liepkalne (185-87, college: Hawaii) contributed to Cortegada's victory against the sixth-ranked Codigalco Carmelitas 67-53 in the Spanish LF2 (12th division) last Saturday. Liepkalne scored 7 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 25 minutes. Liepkalne has averaged so far 7.8ppg, 5.4rpg and 1.7apg in the 25 games. She used to play for the Latvian university national team five years ago.

   #12. Former international point guard Rima Valentiene (170-78) is a teammate of previously mentioned Aija Putnina. But that was another game of her team in Baltic League which we would like to mention. Valentiene contributed to a VICI Aistes' victory against the leader Gorizont 79-66. She recorded only 3 points. Valentiene has averaged so far 4.0ppg and 1.9rpg. She used to play for the Latvian national team back in 2007.

   #13. International swingman Aija Veiksane (186-86, college: Rhode Island) couldn't help the league outsider Alvargomez Guadalajara in their game against ADBA in the Spanish LF2 (12th division). Veiksane scored only 4 points in 23 minutes. Her team lost 67-76. Veiksane has averaged so far 6.7ppg and 3.7rpg in the 25 games. She is also Latvian national team player.

   #14. Former U20 international center Viktorija Nazarova (184-84) couldn't help Biassono in their game against San Martino in the Italian A2 (12th division). Nazarova cannot count Saturday's game as one of the best ones. She scored only 2 points. Her team was badly defeated by 17 points 62-45. Nazarova has averaged so far 3.8ppg, 3.7rpg and 1.1spg. She used to play for the Latvian U20 national team back in 2004.



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  LITHUANIA   

Stats Leaders - LMKL

Points Per Game
 Gintare PETRONYTE
  Kibirk.
  (196-C-89)
  Avg: 19.5
 1. Petronyte, Kibirk.19.5 
 2. Zemantauskai., Sir.16.8 
 3. Alminaite, Sirenos15.5 
 4. Vengryte, Kibirk.15.2 
 5. Panasiuk, Ruta S.15.2 
 6. Svaryte, LK.15.0 
 7. Kinkeviciene, Sudu.14.9 
 8. Melnikova, Suduva14.9 
 9. Milieskiene, Lemmi.14.8 
 10. Baliutaviciu., Ru.14.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Gintare PETRONYTE
  Kibirk.
  (196-C-89)
  Avg: 14.7
 1. Petronyte, Kibirk.14.7 
 2. Baliutaviciu., Rut.9.8 
 3. Alminaite, Sirenos9.5 
 4. Grigalauskyt., Lem.8.6 
 5. Taraseviciut., Sir.8.3 
 6. Balciunaite, LKKA-.8.1 
 7. Svaryte, LK.7.8 
 8. Budryte, Utena7.8 
 9. Melnikova, Suduva7.5 
 10. Galdikaite, Kibir.6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Sakellie DANIELS
  Kibirk.
  (170-G-84)
  Avg: 6.2
 1. Daniels, Kibirk.6.2 
 2. Zygelyte, Utena5.3 
 3. Ziuzkova, Ruta S.5.1 
 4. Pilypaitis, VICI A.3.8 
 5. Kinkeviciene, Sudu.3.6 
 6. Likhtarovich, VICI3.4 
 7. Sharovka, Lemminka.3.3 
 8. Zemantauskai., Sir.3.1 
 9. Okockyte, VICI A.2.9 
 10. Petronyte, Kibirk.2.7 
Steals Per Game
 Sakellie DANIELS
  Kibirk.
  (170-G-84)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Daniels, Kibirk.3.3 
 2. Milieskiene, Lemmi.3.1 
 3. Sharovka, Lemminka.3.1 
 4. Kinkeviciene, Sudu.2.8 
 5. Pilypaitis, VICI A.2.8 
 6. Ziuzkova, Ruta S.2.6 
 7. Marmiene, LK.2.4 
 8. Briedyte, Utena2.3 
 9. Balciunaite, LKKA-.2.2 
 10. Petronyte, Kibirk.2.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Kristina ALMINAITE
  Sirenos
  (204-C-90)
  Avg: 3.7
 1. Alminaite, Sirenos3.7 
 2. Petronyte, Kibirk.3.2 
 3. Maltseva, Suduva1.0 
 4. Vengryte, Kibirk.1.0 
 5. Melnikova, Suduva0.8 
 6. Palaimaite, Utena0.8 
 7. Sipaviciute, VICI0.7 
 8. Kapylova, Ruta S.0.7 
 9. Grigalauskyt., Lem.0.6 
 10. Likhtarovich, VIC.0.6 


VICI Aistes lift up the trophy - by Eurobasket News

VICI Aistes - Kibirkstis-Tiche 94:65 (3-2)

VICI Aistes lift up the trophy as they won the Final series over Kibirkstis-Tiche. The decisive game brought 94:65 win for the favorites that proved their Regular Season unbeaten record.
VICI Aistes led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 68 of its points in the paint compared to Kibirkstis-Tiche's 32. They outrebounded Kibirkstis-Tiche 47-33 including 16 on the offensive glass. VICI Aistes looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. Vita Kuktiene (186-F-80) stepped up and scored 17 points and 5 rebounds for the winners and Amanda Kemezys (192-C-87, college: St.Louis) chipped in 16 points and 6 rebounds. Kristina Vengryte (190-C-81) responded with 18 points and Sakellie Daniels (170-G-84, college: Charlotte) scored 9 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists.
VICI-Aistes finished the Regular Season with 28-0 record, while Kibirkstis-Tiche second with 18-10 record. The latter looked however fantastic in the Play-off series and managed to beat the favorites twice.



Ausra Bimbaite 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.

Ausra Bimbaite
Ausra Bimbaite
   #1. This week's number one is an international shooting guard Ausra Bimbaite (178-82), who plays in the Russian PBL. She could not help Dynamo Kursk (13-5) in their last game. Despite Bimbaite's good performance Dynamo Kursk lost 70-75 on the road to the lower-ranked (#4) Nadezhda Orenburg. She recorded 10 points, 5 assists and 5 steals in 34 minutes on the court. Bimbaite is currently fifth on the league's list of most steals with 2.1spg. She also averaged so far 8.8ppg, 3.3rpg, 2.9apg, 2FGP: 38.4%, 3FGP: 26.1% in the 23 games she played so far. Bimbaite is currently a member of the Lithuanian senior national team.

Giedre Paugaite
Giedre Paugaite
   #2. Second place goes to an international center Giedre Paugaite (192-90), who plays in the French LFB. She was not able to help Mondeville (15-11) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Paugaite's good performance Mondeville was badly defeated 67-47 on the opponent's court by the leading Bourges. She was the second best scorer with 10 points. Paugaite also added 5 rebounds. It's Paugaite's first season with the team. Paugaite is ranked first on the list of the best blockers in the league. This season she averages: 9.2ppg, 5.9rpg, 1.1spg, 2FGP: 42.6% and FT: 69.8%. Paugaite is in the roster of the Lithuanian senior national team.

Marina Solopova
Marina Solopova
   #3. The Lithuanian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international swingman Marina Solopova (180-90). She was the major contributor in an Union Hainaut's victory against the closely-ranked Basket Landes (13-13) 50-46 in the French LFB on Tuesday night. Solopova scored 11 points and added 4 assists in 33 minutes. Union Saint-Amand Porte du Hainaut (14-12) is placed sixth in the LFB. It was her team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. Solopova has relatively good stats this year: 10.5ppg, 2.6rpg, 2.6apg, 1.5spg, 2FGP: 43.4%, 3FGP: 26.2% and FT: 84.1% in the 29 games. She is also a member of the Lithuanian senior national team.

Dovile Miliauskaite
Dovile Miliauskaite
   #4. Forward Dovile Miliauskaite (187-89, college: Towson) contributed to an easy victory against the eighth-ranked Irlandesas (15-12) 70-51 in the Spanish LF2 (12th division) in Saturday night's game. Miliauskaite scored 6 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. Moguerza Real Canoe N.C. (20-7) is placed third in Group B. Her team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And that game will be critical. Miliauskaite's overall stats this season are: 8.4ppg and 6.8rpg. She used to play for the Lithuanian U20 national team back in 2009.

Lina Brazdeikyte
Lina Brazdeikyte
   #5. An experienced former international forward Lina Brazdeikyte (185-74) was not able to secure a victory for SIG (9-17) in their game against CFBB (2-30) in the French LF2 (12th division). Brazdeikyte recorded 7 points and had 3 steals in 36 minutes. SIG was badly defeated 58-40 in Paris by the much lower-ranked (#18) CFBB. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. This year Brazdeikyte has relatively solid stats: 12.1ppg, 2.7rpg, 1.2apg and 1.3spg in the 21 games. She used to play for the Lithuanian national team five years ago.

Other top Lithuanian players, who play abroad:

Sandra Linkeviciene (176-G-82) plays for UMMC Ekaterinburg in Russian PBL
Egle Sulciute (190-PF-85) plays for Galatasaray in Turkish TKBL
Agne Abromaite (190-C/F-79) plays for Kayseri in Turkish TKBL
Gabriele Narviciute (187-F-90) plays for Basket Parma in Italian A1
Kristina Cesnaviciute (203-C-83) plays for Meccanica NB in Italian A2
Greta Luksyte (177-G-87) plays for Leeds Carnegie in British EBL
Orinta Kavaliauskaite (177-G-82) plays for Liffey Celtics in Irish Superleague



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Zenith Bank WBL: First Deepwater beat First Bank to title - by Olusegun Ikuesan

With a phase left in the Nigeria Basketball Federation (NBBF) Zenith Bank Women Basketball League, defending champion First Deepwater basketball club Thursday put paid to the ambition of former champion First Bank basketball club of wrestling the league title it lost seasons ago with a 69-63 points win in the second phase of the league in Ilorin, Kwara State.

The defending champion rose from a 33-35 points lose at halftime break to push back the Elephant Girls in the third and fourth quarters by 14-09 and 22-19 for a final scores of 69-63 points to beat the bankers yet to a third straight title.

Results of some other games played Thursday in Ilorin Immigration basketball club of Kano went down to FCT Angels basketball club of Abuja by 37-54 points; Plateau Rocks basketball club of Jos also kissed the court with a 46-50 points lose to Delta Force basketball club of Asaba while Sunshine Angels basketball club of Akure had the better of AHIP by 69-48 points.

Action continue Friday with four game on the bill, Immigration will do battle against city rival AHHIP; Customs will have its hands full when it confront Sunshine Angels; Plateau Rocks takes on defending champion First Deepwater basketball club in the last game of the day.



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  POLAND   

Stats Leaders - PLKK

Points Per Game
 Geraldine ROBERT
  Lotos G.
  (184-F-80)
  Avg: 17.3
 1. Robert, Lotos G.17.3 
 2. Pawlak, Widzew15.5 
 3. Sepulveda, Energa15.4 
 4. Jankowska, Widzew15.3 
 5. Sissoko, Artego B.15.3 
 6. Kobryn, Wisla C.14.7 
 7. Skobel, Gorzow14.5 
 8. Lavender, CCC P.14.5 
 9. Maksimovic, Energa14.4 
 10. Anderson, Lotos14.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Melissa DALEMBERT
  LKS S.
  (191-F-87)
  Avg: 10.1
 1. Dalembert, LKS S.10.1 
 2. Ellis, Odra Brzeg9.7 
 3. Dosty, ROW Rybnik9.7 
 4. Sissoko, Artego B.8.8 
 5. Jankowska, Widzew8.5 
 6. Robert, Lotos G.8.3 
 7. Lavender, CCC P.8.2 
 8. Maksimovic, Energa7.6 
 9. Henry, Lotos Gdyn.7.6 
 10. Mrozinska, MUKS P.7.5 
Assists Per Game
 Sharnee ZOLL
  CCC P.
  (170-PG-86)
  Avg: 6.2
 1. Zoll, CCC P.6.2 
 2. Metcalf, Energa T.4.9 
 3. Rack, ROW Rybnik4.8 
 4. Raymond, LKS S.4.5 
 5. Taylor, Artego B.4.2 
 6. Colson, Lider P.4.1 
 7. Jalcova, Lotos G.3.5 
 8. Kochubei, Odra B.3.3 
 9. Holt, Lider P.3.2 
 10. Phillips, Wisla C.3.2 
Steals Per Game
 Agnieszka SKOBEL
  Gorzow
  (179-F-89)
  Avg: 3
 1. Skobel, Gorzow3.0 
 2. Makowska, MUKS P.2.6 
 3. Robert, Lotos G.2.4 
 4. Kochubei, Odra B.2.2 
 5. Freeman, Tecza L.2.1 
 6. Owczarzak, MUKS P.2.1 
 7. Rack, ROW Rybnik1.9 
 8. Phillips, Wisla C.1.9 
 9. Taylor, Artego B.1.9 
 10. De Mondt, Wisla C.1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Agnieszka MAJEWSKA
  CCC P.
  (195-C-82)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Majewska, CCC P.2.2 
 2. Valentine, ROW R.1.4 
 3. Jankowska, Widzew1.3 
 4. Johnson, Gorzow1.3 
 5. Urbaniak, Tecza L.1.2 
 6. Mistygacz, Inea A.1.0 
 7. Oha, Lider P.1.0 
 8. Dosty, ROW Rybnik0.9 
 9. Kobryn, Wisla C.0.9 
 10. Pawlak, Widzew0.9 


Energa Torun won the Bronze medals in PLKK - by Eurobasket News

Energa Torun won the Bronze medals in PLKK as they won the series over Lotos Gdynia 3-1. The team finished an outstanding season in the country.
At first in Game 3 Lotos Gdynia edged Energa Torun 85:72. It was a great evening for Geraldine Robert (184-F-80) who led her team to a victory scoring 22 points and 7 rebounds. Jolene Anderson helped adding 18 points and 7 rebounds. The best for the losing side was Julie Page (188-F/C-83, college: E.Washington) with 19 points and Bridgette Mitchell (183-G/F-87, college: Duke) produced a double-double by scoring 13 points and 10 rebounds.
Tonight Energa Torun won over Lotos Gdynia 77:67. The game was mostly controlled by Energa Torun. Lotos Gdynia was better in third quarter 22-12. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Energa Torun won last quarter 25-17. Julie Page led her team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 10 rebounds. Bridgette Mitchell contributed with 17 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Constance Jinks (170-PG-81, agency: Merit Sports, college: UNLV) answered with 17 points and Geraldine Robert added 12 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Lotos Gdynia.



Wisla Can-Pak is one step from triumph - by Eurobasket News

FINAL
CCC Polkowice - Wisla Can-Pak 58-59 (0-3)

Wisla Can-Pak is one step from triumph after 59:58 win in Game 3. The guests trailed by 8 points after three quarters before their 16-7 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Wisla Can-Pak dominated on the defensive end, holding CCC Polkowice to just 7 points in fourth quarter. The best player for the winners was American center Taj McWilliams-Franklin (189-70, college: St.Edward's, agency: Josep and Nicolas) who had a double-double by scoring 12 points and 11 rebounds. The former international center Ewelina Kobryn (193-82) chipped in 16 points and 9 rebounds. Wisla Can-Pak's coach Jose Ignacio Hernandez used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. At the other side the best for losing team was American center Jantel Lavender (193-88, college: Ohio St.) who recorded 15 points and 8 rebounds and Montenegrin power forward Iva Perovanovic (189-83) added 13 points and 6 rebounds respectively.
Top scorers:
Wisla Can-Pak: E.Kobryn 16+9reb, T.McWilliams-Franklin 12+11reb+2ast, A.De Mondt 12+3reb+3ast, P.Pawlak 8+2reb+1ast, A.Dabovic 3+1ast, N.Powell 2+3reb
CCC Polkowice: J.Lavender 15+8reb+1ast, I.Perovanovic 13+6reb, E.Maltsi 12+2reb+1ast, S.Zoll 8+2reb+8ast, A.Bibrzycka 6+4reb+2ast, V.Musina 2+1reb+2ast
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  RUSSIA   

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Crystal LANGHORNE
  Dynamo M.
  (188-F/C-86)
  Avg: 21.1
 1. Langhorne, Dynamo21.1 
 2. Toliver, Dynamo M.18.1 
 3. Gruda, UMMC18.1 
 4. Brunson, Nadezhda.16.3 
 5. Dupree, Spartak14.7 
 6. Parker, UMMC14.6 
 7. Augustus, Spartak14.5 
 8. Davenport, Cheva.14.1 
 9. Myasoedova, Dynam.13.9 
 10. Petrakova, Dynam.13.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Crystal LANGHORNE
  Dynamo M.
  (188-F/C-86)
  Avg: 10.5
 1. Langhorne, Dynamo10.5 
 2. Brunson, Nadezhda.8.5 
 3. Parker, UMMC8.3 
 4. Psareva, Spartak N.8.2 
 5. Myasoedova, Dynam.8.1 
 6. Stepanova, UMMC7.5 
 7. Veremeenko, Nadez.7.4 
 8. Vodopiyanova, Dyn.6.6 
 9. Petrakova, Dynamo6.5 
 10. Gruda, UMMC6.5 
Assists Per Game
 Sue BIRD
  UMMC
  (175-G-80)
  Avg: 4.9
 1. Bird, UMMC4.9 
 2. Hammon, Spartak4.7 
 3. Toliver, Dynamo M.4.7 
 4. Johnson, Dynamo K.3.8 
 5. Skerovic, Spartak3.6 
 6. Moore, Chevakata3.3 
 7. Khrustaleva, Dynam.3.2 
 8. Nolan, UMMC3.0 
 9. Bimbaite, Dynamo K.2.9 
 10. Abrikosova, Spart.2.8 
Steals Per Game
 Natalia VODOPIYANOVA
  Dynamo K.
  (188-F-81)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Vodopiyanova, Dyn.2.9 
 2. Kolosovskaia, Dyna.2.7 
 3. Sumets, Energy I.2.3 
 4. Moore, Chevakata2.2 
 5. Bimbaite, Dynamo K.2.1 
 6. Douglas, Nadezhda.2.1 
 7. Nolan, UMMC1.9 
 8. Toliver, Dynamo M.1.9 
 9. Bird, UMMC1.8 
 10. Mishkareva, Dynam.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Anastasiya VEREMEENKO
  Nadezhda.
  (194-C-87)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Veremeenko, Nadez.1.6 
 2. Myasoedova, Dynam.1.5 
 3. Lisina, Dynamo K.1.4 
 4. Stepanova, UMMC1.3 
 5. Osipova, Spartak1.3 
 6. Kuzina, Spartak0.9 
 7. Parker, UMMC0.9 
 8. Shamanina, Spart.0.8 
 9. Petrakova, Dynamo0.8 
 10. Vodopiyanova, Dy.0.8 


UMMC swept the Final series, won 2011/2012 title - by Eurobasket News

UMMC swept the Final series and won 2011/2012 title in the country. They edged Spartak Vidnoye 89:64 to win the series 3-0. The latter managed to win third quarter 22-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Spartak Vidnoye 42-21 including a 23-11 advantage in offensive rebounds. Candace Parker (193-F/C-86, college: Tennessee) led her team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 11 rebounds. Sandrine Gruda (193-C-87) helped adding 23 points and 7 rebounds. The best for the losing side was Candice Dupree (188-F/C-84, agency: LBM Management, college: Temple) with 22 points and Becky Hammon scored 7 points and 5 assists.
Nadezhda Orenburg meanwhile won the Bronze medals of the League. In the third game they overcame 79:65. It was an exceptional evening for Rebekkah Brunson (191-F/C-81, agency: LBM Management, college: Georgetown) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 33 points and 10 rebounds. Katie Douglas (185-G/F-79, college: Purdue) accounted for 10 points, 9 rebounds and 8 assists for the winning side. Temeka Johnson (160-PG-82, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: LSU) came up with 19 points and 6 rebounds and Anna Petrakova (189-PF-84) added 18 points and 5 rebounds respectively for Dynamo Kursk in the defeat.



Natalia Vieru ends impressive season in Slovakia, wins Player of the Year - by Eurobasket News

Natalia Vieru (197-C-89) and her team Good Angels Kosice won the double in Slovakia this season. They smashed MBK Ruzomberok with perfect 3-0 in the Finals and finished the season with perfect record in Extraliga. Earlier this season, Good Angels also won the Slovakian Cup. Natalia Vieru joined the club last summer and it was a great move. She averaged 15 points and 7 rebounds in Slovakian league. The Russian National Team member also added 9.9 ppg and 7.9 rpg for 16 games in Euroleague. For her impressive performance in Extraliga, Natalia Vieru is awarded with Eurobasket.com All-Slovakian Extraliga Player of the Year -12. She was also named Best Center and First Team. Before Good Angels, Natalia Vieru played for Spartak Vidnoe Moscow Region. She is active member of the Russian National Team since 2010 and before that Vieru played for NT youth selections.


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Miljana Bojovic wins another trophy in Slovakia - by Eurobasket News

Miljana Bojovic (181-G-87) had a great season with her team Good Angels Kosice. They managed to defend the Slovakian league title with perfect 3-0 against MBK Ruzomberok in the Playoff Finals. In third meeting, which was played on Wednesday, Good Angels celebrated huge 72-41 home win to defend the trophy. Bojovic scored 7 points for her team. Miljana Bojovic shined in Game Two of the Finals. She had 15 points and 8 assists, while Ruzomberok celebrated as a guest 65-77. In Game One, the Serbian guard had 4 points and 7 assists. Miljana Bojovic joined Good Angels in December of 2009. So far they won three league tiles and three Cup trophies together. This season Bojovic averaged 7.9 points, 6.3 assists and 2.5 rebounds in Slovakia. She also added 8.4 ppg, 5 rpg and 2.8 apg for 16 Euroleague games.


23 candidates for the Serbian National Team named - by Eurobasket News

Head Coach of the Serbian National Team Marina Maljkovic named 23 candidates for the EuroBasket 2013 Qualifications (check the list below). First 15 players with start the preparation on April 28 and later 8 more players will join them on May 6. Serbias rivals in qualifications are Poland, Montenegro, Switzerland and Estonia. Two best teams will book a spot for the Eurobasket.

15 players who starts preparations on April 28:
Tijana Ajdukovic (197-C-91, agency: Regeneracom Sports) (Hemofarm)
Sasa Cadjo (178-G-89) (Hemofarm)
Milica Dabovic (175-PG-82) (Partizan)
Natasa Djordjevic (178-G-85) (Partizan)
Milica Ivanovic (Vozdovac)
Nevena Jovanovic (179-G-90) (Radivoj Korac)
Jefimija Karakasevic (191-C-89) (Vodovac)
Milica Micovic (182-G-84, agency: Players Group) (Pozzuoli)
Dunja Prcic (181-G-87) (Partizan)
Tamara Radocaj (170-PG-87) (Partizan)
Iva Roglic (189-PF-88) (Partizan)
Nevena Saponjic (186-C-85) (Timisoara)
Maja Skoric (184-F-89) (Miskolc)
Natasa Krnjetin (180-G-88) (Hemofarm)
Biljana Stjepanovic (189-C-87) (Radivoj Korac)

8 players who will join on May 6:
Kristina Baltic (187-F/C-90, agency: Regeneracom Sports) (Maribor)
Dajana Butulija (176-SG-86) (Partizan)
Ana Dabovic (183-G/F-89) (Wisla Cam-Pak)
Sara Krnjic (193-C-91) (Uniqua EuroLeasing)
Jelena Maksimovic (192-C-82) (Energa Torun)
Marina Mandic (181-G-83) (Hemofarm)
Ivanka Matic (195-F/C-79, agency: LBM Management) (Galatasaray MP)
Jelena Milovanovic (190-F-89) (Spartak W MR)

The National Team will play few friendly games during the preparations. Among their rivals will be Slovenia and Germany. The qualifications start on June 13 and last game is scheduled for July 14. Serbia will play against Montenegro in Round One. After that, Serbia will take on Switzerland, Poland and Estonia.



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Laskova closes down career of professional player - by Barbora Stuchlikova

Lucia Laskova (187-F/C-80) decided to conclude her career in MBK Ruzomberok, where she had been introduced to senior basketball by the legendary coach Natalia Hejkova . She was a member of Euroleague champions squad in 1999 and 2000.
Besides success in Euroleague, Lucia Laskova also grabbed several titles with MBK Ruzomberok in Slovak league and added two more in Slovenia with ZKK Merkur Celje. In following years she settled in France as a player of F.C. Lyon and later Roche Vendre. Lucia Laskova returned back to Slovakia in 2009 wearing jersey of BSS Kosice, ZBK Whirpool Poprad and MBK Ruzomberok respectively. She closed down season 2011-12 averaging 5,3 points and 2,6 rebounds per game in Slovak Extraliga and 7, 0 points and 3,2 rebounds in EuroCup.
In Slovak NT, Lucia Laskova joined the squad for Eurobasket 2003 and 2009 (in 2005 and 2007 Slovakia didn't qualify to the tournament). She also led the team as a captain in qualification for Eurobasket 2011 and helped Slovakia to advance to Poland. After that she closed down her career in NT and in 2012 she announces the end of her career in professional basketball.
Lucia Laskova says: I've decided to retire from basketball basically due to my health my body just told me it was time to end. I want to thank everyone, who has helped me in my career and I wish young players a lot of success in basketball. In the following days, Im going to decide, what direction my life will take. But definitely, Id like to continue working in basketball and coach children in my hometown Lucenec.



Carnoka retires from basketball at the age of 25 - by Barbora Stuchlikova

Only 25-year-old Jana Carnoka (175-G-87) of Good Angels Kosice has terminated her career due to health complications, especially those connected with back pains. Carnoka started the professional career in Banska Bystrica in 2002. In 2005 she moved to Kosice and won 7 titles with the local team. Due to health complications in this season she participated just in six Euroleague games, where she averaged 0,7 points and 0,5 rebounds per game. In her farewell match in finals of Slovak Extraliga she managed one point for the champions. Carnoka had the opportunity to play in Slovak NT at Eurobasket 2009 and also in following qualifiers for Eurobasket 2011. Her next goal is to finish her studies at a university.


Bucakova retires from basketball - by Barbora Stuchlikova

Slovak guard and the captain of MBK Ruzomberok Slavka Frniakova-Bucakova (167-PG-79) announced retirement from basketball. As well as Lucia Laskova (187-F/C-80), also Bucakova decided to conclude her career in MBK Ruzomberok, where she had been introduced to senior basketball by the legendary coach Natalia Hejkova . She was also a member of Euroleague champions squad in 1999 and 2000.
Bucakova returned to the team in 2009. In previous years she had played in Brno (Czech Republic), where she had accomplished two titles, Polkowice (Poland), Kosice (Slovakia) three titles, and Challes Les Eaux (France). This season she helped MBK Ruzomberok to advance to quarterfinals of EuroCup (with 6,4 points and 2,5 rebounds per game) and finals in Slovak Extraliga (averaging 6,5 points and 1,2 rebounds), where the squad lost to her former team from Kosice.
In NT, Bucakova claimed first huge success in 1997 at Youth Olympic Games in Brazil leading Slovak junior squad toward a triumph over Brazil in a game for third place. She grabbed a chance to play in Slovak senior NT in 1999 as well as in 2000, when she became a member of Slovak Olympic team.
In the future, Bucakova would like to focus more on her family.