EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 4/29/2012 1:04:01 AM

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  ADRIATIC LEAGUE   


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 David SIMON
  Radnicki K.
  (207-C-82)
  Avg: 19.4
 1. Simon, Radnicki K.19.4 
 2. Kasun, KK.17.9 
 3. Scott, Radnicki K.17.5 
 4. Simon, KK.15.0 
 5. Pilepic, Siroki W.14.8 
 6. Prepelic, Helios14.2 
 7. Pasalic, Helios14.0 
 8. Macvan, Partizan13.3 
 9. Pavkovic, Radnicki13.2 
 10. Barbour, Cibona12.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Boris SAVOVIC
  Hemofarm
  (206-F-87)
  Avg: 11.4
 1. Savovic, Hemofarm11.4 
 2. Macvan, Partizan8.5 
 3. Kasun, KK.8.3 
 4. Scott, Radnicki K.6.6 
 5. Pavic, Krka6.5 
 6. Simon, Radnicki K.6.5 
 7. Pasalic, Helios6.2 
 8. Omic, Zlatorog6.2 
 9. Bilan, Cedevita5.4 
 10. Popovic, Crvena Z.5.3 
Assists Per Game
 Steven MARKOVIC
  Radnicki K.
  (190-G-85)
  Avg: 7
 1. Markovic, Radnicki7.0 
 2. Pavkovic, Radnicki7.0 
 3. Vladovic, Siroki W.5.0 
 4. Vujasinovic, Zlato.4.7 
 5. Papaloukas, Macca.4.2 
 6. Mulaomerovic, KK Z.3.9 
 7. Simon, KK.3.8 
 8. Popovic, Crvena Z.3.5 
 9. Draper, Cedevita3.5 
 10. Gay, Helios3.3 
Steals Per Game
 D.J. GAY
  Helios
  (183-G-89)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Gay, Helios1.9 
 2. Markovic, Radnicki1.7 
 3. Dragic, Krka1.7 
 4. Simon, KK.1.6 
 5. Papaloukas, Macca.1.6 
 6. Dasic, Union Olimp.1.5 
 7. Ramljak, Siroki W.1.5 
 8. Draper, Cedevita1.5 
 9. Scott, Radnicki K.1.4 
 10. Ohayon, Maccabi1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 David SIMON
  Radnicki K.
  (207-C-82)
  Avg: 1.4
 1. Simon, Radnicki K.1.4 
 2. James, Maccabi T-A1.4 
 3. Savovic, Hemofarm1.0 
 4. Hendrix, Maccabi1.0 
 5. Ilic, Crvena Zvezda0.9 
 6. Thompson, Union O.0.9 
 7. Scott, Radnicki K.0.8 
 8. Collins, Siroki W.0.7 
 9. Pasalic, Helios0.7 
 10. Omic, Zlatorog0.7 


Maccabi and Cedevita to fight for the title - by Eurobasket News

Adriatic league Semifinals are played tonight in Tel Aviv. Cedevita and Maccabi Electra eliminated their rivals and advanced to the Big Final. Cedevita dethroned the defending champion Partizan 68-56. The Serbian powerhouse won last five Adriatic league titles, but they are out of the Finals this year. At the other hand, it will be the first time for Cedevita to fight for the title. In the other Semis, Maccabi was too strong for Buducnost 82-60. The Big Final will start on Monday at 20:15h.

Cedevita - Partizan 68-56
Cedevita shined in the last ten minutes to secure the victory in this game. Quarters: 14-15, 20-17, 17-14, 17-10. 27 personal fouls committed by Partizan helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American forward Haywood Owens (204-F-79, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Texas) stepped up and scored 18 points and 5 rebounds for the winners and forward Miro Bilan (213-89) chipped in 15 points. At the losing side center Miroslav Raduljica (213-88) responded with 15 points and 7 rebounds and guard Dragan Milosavljevic (198-89) scored 8 points and 5 rebounds.
Top scorers:
Cedevita: H.Owens 18+5reb, M.Bilan 15+4reb, M.Car 10+1reb, D.Draper 8+5reb+2ast, V.Vukusic 5+3reb+1ast, I.Opacak 5+1reb+2ast
Partizan: M.Raduljica 15+7reb, D.Milosavljevic 8+5reb, V.Lucic 8+2reb+2ast, D.Kecman 7+3reb+1ast, M.Macvan 6+4reb+1ast, D.James 4+2reb+1ast
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Maccabi T-A - Buducnost 82-60
The game was totally controlled by Maccabi T-A. They dominated down low during the game scoring 58 of its points in the paint compared to Buducnost's 32. They outrebounded Buducnost 39-22 including a 27-14 advantage in defensive rebounds. Maccabi T-A players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. They brought some defensive toughness making 7 blocks. Power forward Lior Eliyahu (206-85, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices) nailed 18 points and 9 rebounds for the winning side and American swingman Keith Langford (193-83, college: Kansas) accounted for 17 points. Center Bojan Dubljevic (205-91, agency: Beo Basket) came up with 17 points and Serbian forward Cedomir Vitkovac (201-82, agency: Beo Basket) added 11 points and 6 rebounds respectively for Buducnost in the defeat.
Top scorers:
Maccabi T-A: L.Eliyahu 18+9reb+2ast, K.Langford 17+3reb+2ast, D.Blu 13+1reb, D.Smith 9+5reb+3ast, R.Hendrix 6+5reb+1ast, T.Papaloukas 6+3reb+3ast
Buducnost: B.Dubljevic 17+4reb+1ast, C.Vitkovac 11+6reb+2ast, A.Popovic 9+2reb+1ast, V.Mihailovic 8+2ast, B.Krstovic 7+1ast, M.Milosevic 7+4reb+1ast



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  ARGENTINA   


Pioneros too strong for La Union at Liga Americas Final Four - by Eurobasket News

La Union - Pioneros 70-88

Pioneros did a great job in the first game of the Liga Americas Final Four. The Mexican squad cruised past La Union 70-88 for 1-0 record. Argentineans are the hosts of this even, but they started with 0-1. Jovan Harris (191-G/F-81, college: USF) top-scored in victory with 16 points. Forrest Fisher (193-G-80) had 14, while Horacio Llamas (212-C-73) and Robert Hornsby (196-F/C-82, college: Troy) added 12 points each. In the loosing squad, Gregory Lewis (198-F-78, agency: Dream Team Management, college: Winthrop) had 13 points and 8 rebounds. Ariel Pau (186-G-84) and Joe Smith (193-G-77, agency: Priority Sports, college: Al.-Huntsville) also had 13 points apiece. Pioneros had a wonderful start making 9-22 lead in the first ten minutes. La Union cut the margin to 10 points in Q2, but Pioneros shined after the breather again jumping to plus 18. They had no troubles to keep that lead for rest of the way. Today, Pioneros will meet Uniceub/BRB. La Union will play against Obras.

La Union: Gregory Lewis 13+8 boards, Ariel Pau 13, Joe Smith 13
Pioneros: Jovan Harris 16, Forrest Fisher 14, Horacio Llamas 12, Robert Hornsby 12



Obras beats Uniceub/BRB 73-63 - by Eurobasket News

Obras - Uniceub/BRB 73-63

Obras was better than Uniceub/BRB 73-63 in Game One of the Liga Americas Final Four. The game was played last night and Argentinean squad now has 1-0 record at this event. Tony Washam (200-F-82, college: St.Vincent) was their leading player. He had 23 points and was the top-scorer of this game. Juan Gutierrez (205-F/C-83) had 15 points and 8 rebounds, Martin Osimani (194-G-81, college: Duquesne) followed with 14 pts and 9 rebs, while Julio Mazzaro (190-G-79) added 11 points in this victory. At the other side, Arthur Silva (199-F/G-82) was better than the others with 18 points. Welington Dos Santos (185-PG-81) (5 as) and Alex Ribeiro (191-G-80, agency: Interperformances) (8 rebs) netted 13 and 11 points respectively. Quarters: 13-18, 15-11, 26-20, 19-14. Obras will meet La Union today. Uniceub/BRB will play against Pioneros.

Obras: Tony Washam 23, Juan Gutierrez 15+8 boards, Martin Osimani 14+9 boards, Julio Mazzaro 11
Uniceub/BRB: Arthur Silva 18, Welington Dos Santos 13+5 as, Alex Ribeiro 11+8 boards



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  ASEAN LEAGUE   

Standings

O Standings
 1. Petron Blaze 16-4 
 2. Philip.Patriots 14-4 
 3. Satria Muda 10-9 
 4. KL Dragons 9-9 
 5. Singapore S. 7-10 
 6. Saigon H. 6-11 
 7. Bangkok C. 6-12 
 8. Thailand S. 5-14 

Regular Season: Round 19

Apr. 28: Petron Blaze - Bangkok C. 91-77
Apr. 28: Satria Muda - Thailand S. 73-63
Apr. 29: Philip.Patriots - KL Dragons
Apr. 29: Singapore S. - Saigon H.



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  AUSTRALIA   

Standings - SBL

SBL Standings
 1. Lakeside L. 9-0 
 2. Wanneroo W. 6-2 
 3. Perth R. 6-2 
 4. Mandurah M. 6-2 
 5. Cockburn C. 4-3 
 6. Perry Lakes H. 4-4 
 7. Geraldton B. 4-4 
 8. Willetton T. 4-5 
 9. Stirling S. 4-5 
 10. Goldfield G. 3-5 
 11. East Perth E. 3-6 
 12. Rockingham F. 2-7 
 13. Kalamunda E.S. 1-7 
 14. SW Slammers 1-7 

Regular Season: Round 7

Apr. 27: Kalamunda E.S. - Stirling S. 87-107
Apr. 27: Rockingham F. - Perry Lakes H. 130-111
Apr. 27: Lakeside L. - Willetton T. 104-97
Apr. 28: Perth R. - Geraldton B.
Apr. 28: Goldfield G. - SW Slammers
Apr. 28: Wanneroo W. - East Perth E.
Apr. 28: Mandurah M. - Cockburn C.
Apr. 28: Perry Lakes H. - Kalamunda E.S.
Apr. 28: Stirling S. - Rockingham F.
Apr. 29: Cockburn C. - Geraldton B.


SBL: Senators add New Zealand International - by Eurobasket News

The Senators have added size, skill and experience to their young roster with the addition of New Zealand International Karlene Kingi (188-C-85) to their line up.

Kingi was a late clearance and played against the Perth Redbacks last Saturday helping her new team almost cause a near upset before going down by 4 points.

The 63 post player will be with the Senators until International commitments with New Zealand come calling in May. Depending on how Kingi and her National teammates perform in their pre-Olympic qualifiers, she may be lost to the Senators for the rest of the season.

The 26 year old had previously been home in New Zealand working individually with male players due to the non-existence of regular womens basketball league in her native country.

Head coach Vlad Alava was pleased to have secured Kingi, even with National team commitments beckoning during the season.

Karlene was actually an option that we looked at earlier in the season but at the time it wasnt viable with her studies back in NZ. Then it opened up again as an option last week and I jumped at the chance to get her here.

When a post player of International experience becomes an option, its not just the quality of the player in games but also the opportunity to see her at practice and the learning experience the other girls can get that Im looking forward too. She will be terrific for our young group.

Alava said that the opportunity to play games and complete individuals in preparation for the Olympic qualifiers were the main motivators for Kingi in coming across to Perth.

We will do what we have too to ensure that Karlene is in the best shape she can be physically and skills wise to make the NZ National team. From there the rest is up to her, her teammates and coaches with regards to London.

Article by Stirling Senators



Lightning strike in overtime (Friday night wrap) - by Eurobasket News

An epic over-time clash between the Lakeside Lightning and the Willetton Tigers has lead the Lightning to their ninth consecutive win of the season.

The teams were tied with 90 points at the end of the fourth quarter and continued to over-time where the undefeated Lightning triumphed 104-97 in front of a vocal crowd.

An unstoppable force for the Lightning was star import Luke Payne (188-G-85, college: USC Upstate) with an incredible 40 points, five rebounds and six assists.

Payne went head to head with Tiger's import Robert Kampman (203-F-82, college: Wichita St.) who in 51 minutes on court produced 33 points and nine rebounds.

In a shock upset bottom of the ladder Rockingham Flames took down last years grand finalists Perry Lakes Hawks 130-111.

The Flames had their first win of the season last week and backed that effort up with their second consecutive victory.

Rockingham relied heavily on constant offensive pressure from imports James Booyer (203-F-86, college: IUPUI) (26 points) and Percell Coles with 29 points, four rebounds and 16 assists.

The Stirling Senators ended their three game losing streak to smash the Kalamunda Eastern Suns 107-87 adding to the Suns three game losing streak.

The 20 point victory was largely thanks to Senator's import Adhar Mayen (203-F-89, college: Hawaii) (24 points, seven rebounds) and the consistently impressive Michael Jones with 24 points and six rebounds.

A shake up in the women's league had the Tigers take down the previously undefeated Lightning 89-75.

The Tigers were led by stars Jasmine Hooper (20 points, seven rebounds and five assists) and Melissa Marsh who finished with 22 points, seven rebounds and eight assists.

The Senators continued their five game losing streak going down to the Suns 84-67 and the Hawks came back from last weeks loss hungry, knocking down the Flames 67-59 despite a strong performance from Rockingham's Emma Cannon (32 points, 16 rebounds).

Article by Hannah Coleman
Courtesy of: SBL



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  AZERBAIJAN   


Jaycee Carroll receive Azerbaijan passport - by Eurobasket News

Jaycee Carroll (188-PG-83, agency: Priority Sports) receive Azerbaijan passport and will play for the National team. Recently it was announced that Azerbaijan confirmed Niklas Caner-Medley in the National team roster. Levent Turknas, the President of the basketball Federation and Elhan Aliyev, the Main Coach of the team came back from Russia with positive news that time.
Jaycee Carroll is playing for Real Madrid this season. He tallied 12.0 points, 2.6 rebounds and 1.2 assists per game in ACB. In Euroleague the guard delivers 14.2 points, 2.6 rebounds per game.
Jaycee Carroll exploded recently with 36 points in the Spanish League. At the Regular Season 25 Real overcame Zaragoza 85:71. Jaycee Carroll added 5 rebounds and 2 steals to his points. Jaycee Carroll will play as Bosman player in Liga Endesa.



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  BALTIC LEAGUE   

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Denzel BOWLES
  Siauliai
  (208-F/C-89)
  Avg: 19.3
 1. Bowles, Siauliai19.3 
 2. Cipruss, Tarvas18.3 
 3. Mayo, Liepaja16.2 
 4. Amis, Tartu Ulikool15.9 
 5. Hallik, Tarvas15.2 
 6. Veideman, Tartu U.14.3 
 7. Vasylius, Siauliai14.3 
 8. Karasev, Triumph14.3 
 9. Lucas, Valmiera14.3 
 10. Young, Ventspils14.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kaspars CIPRUSS
  Tarvas
  (210-C-82)
  Avg: 9.8
 1. Cipruss, Tarvas9.8 
 2. McClure, Kedainiai9.3 
 3. Arnold, TTU7.7 
 4. Bowles, Siauliai7.4 
 5. Johnson, Naglis P.7.1 
 6. Rozitis, Valmiera6.9 
 7. Amis, Tartu Ulikool6.3 
 8. Delas, Baltai Kaun.6.2 
 9. Fall, Kalev/Cramo6.1 
 10. Joneliunas, Sakal.6.0 
Assists Per Game
 Rashaun BROADUS
  Siauliai
  (183-PG-84)
  Avg: 4.5
 1. Broadus, Siauliai4.5 
 2. Maceina, Juventus4.3 
 3. Ezerskis, Lietkabe.4.3 
 4. Kulagin, Triumph3.8 
 5. Rinkevicius, Nagli.3.8 
 6. McKee, Triumph3.8 
 7. Lucas, Valmiera3.8 
 8. Janavicius, Baltai3.7 
 9. Kadziulis, Rudupis3.5 
 10. Mayo, Liepaja3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Tywain MCKEE
  Triumph
  (188-PG-86)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. McKee, Triumph2.8 
 2. Virsis, Valmiera1.8 
 3. Keedus, TTU1.8 
 4. Akenparg, TTU1.8 
 5. Janavicius, Baltai1.7 
 6. Long, Siauliai1.7 
 7. Young, Ventspils1.7 
 8. Hughes, Pieno Z.1.6 
 9. Skele, Kalev/Cramo1.6 
 10. Matulionis, Lietk.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Bamba FALL
  Kalev/Cramo
  (216-C-86)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Fall, Kalev/Cramo2.4 
 2. Rozitis, Valmiera2.1 
 3. Gumeniuk, Juventus1.6 
 4. Johnson, Naglis P.1.5 
 5. Amis, Tartu Ulikool1.2 
 6. Leiteris, Liepaja1.1 
 7. Staniulis, Lietkab.1.0 
 8. Morgan, Pieno Z.1.0 
 9. Jefferson, Triumph0.9 
 10. Toome, Kalev/Cra.0.9 


Zalgiris and Lietuvos Rytas advance into championship game - by Eurobasket News

Zalgiris - Siauliai 117-64
Zalgiris became the first Baltic League finalists. They thrashed Siauliai at the Siauliai Arena in the Final Four opener tonight. Six player scored in double digits for Zalgiris. Paulius Jankunas (205-F-84, agency: Alti Sport) stepped up with 21 points for the winners. Zalgiris left the hosts stunned in the first ten minutes. The Kaunas powerhouse went on a 31:12 run to secure a comfortable advantage. Zalgiris maintained the pressure in the second frame. They unloaded 31 points more in the second period to establish a 62:37 halftime lead. Zalgiris showed impressive consistency as they fired 31 points in the third term and secured an insurmountable 43-point lead at the final intermission. Siauliai never recovered allowing Zalgiris to cruise to the victory. Tadas Klimavicius (204-F-82, agency: Interperformances) posted 19 points and 10 rebounds, while Milovan Rakovic (208-C-85) added 13 points in the win. Rashaun Broadus (183-PG-84, college: BYU) responded with 14 points for Siauliai. Cam Long (193-G-88, agency: KMG Sports Management, college: George Mason) netted 10 points in the loss.

VEF Riga - Lietuvos rytas 61-89
Lietuvos Rytas joined their archrivals Zalgiris in Baltic League Final. The Vilnius powerhouse eased past VEF Riga in the semifinal in Siauliai tonight. Dovydas Redikas (193-G-92) knocked down 16 points to lead the winners. VEF Riga will take on Siauliai in the consolation final tomorrow. Lietuvos Rytas entered the game aggressively. The Lithuanian team knocked down 27 points in the opening quarter to ensure an 8-point lead. Lietuvos Rytas stretched the lead in the second frame. They accumulated a 47:31 halftime advantage. VEF Riga struggled to stay within any hopeful distance from their opponents. Lietuvos Rytas easily surpassed 20-point lead mark and gained a 71:46 advantage with one period remaining. VEF Riga never recovered in the final stanza as Lietuvos Rytas marched to the win at the end. Lawrence Roberts (206-F/C-82, college: Mississippi St.) accounted for 14 points for the Lithuanian team. Predrag Samardziski (214-C-86, agency: Beo Basket) added 12 points for the winners. Kaspars Berzins (213-F/C-85) answered with 11 points for VEF Riga. Antanas Kavaliauskas (208-C-84, agency: Interperformances, college: Texas A&M) had 10 points in the loss.



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  BELARUS   

Standings - Premier League

Premier Standings
Championship
 1. Minsk-2006 29-1 
 2. Grodno-93 25-5 
 3. Rubon 14-16 
 4. Minsk-2006 II 10-20 
Play-Out
 1. SBK Osipovichi 14-16 
 2. BGUIR-RTI 13-17 
 3. Sozh Gomel 0-30 
Stage One Standings

Second Stage: Round 6

Championship

Apr. 27: Rubon - Minsk-2006 II 99-66
Apr. 27: Minsk-2006 - Grodno-93 106-63

Play-Out

Apr. 28: SBK Osipovichi - Sozh Gomel 85-49
Apr. 27: SBK Osipovichi - Sozh Gomel 105-33

Quarter-Finals: Round 1

May. 4: Grodno-93 - Sozh Gomel
May. 4: Rubon - BGUIR-RTI
May. 4: Minsk-2006 II - SBK Osipovichi


Stats Leaders - Premier League

Points Per Game
 Ronaldas RUTKAUSKAS
  Minsk-.
  (203-F-92)
  Avg: 19.7
 1. Rutkauskas, Minsk.19.7 
 2. Sitnik, SBK O.16.9 
 3. Matyukevych, Grod.15.4 
 4. Ignatchik, Minsk-.14.9 
 5. Maze, Minsk-200614.5 
 6. Sugoniako, BG.14.1 
 7. Mishukov, SBK O.13.9 
 8. Charykau, SBK O.13.7 
 9. Knox, Minsk-200613.6 
 10. Patupchyk, Sozh13.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Pavel BLIZNETS
  Sozh Gomel
  (205-C-94)
  Avg: 11.7
 1. Bliznets, Sozh Gom.11.7 
 2. Rutkauskas, Minsk.9.3 
 3. Zakhar, BG.8.8 
 4. Krisevich, Minsk-.7.9 
 5. Mishukov, SBK O.7.8 
 6. Drobyshevski., Soz.6.7 
 7. Ovsepian, Rubon6.6 
 8. Kojenets, Minsk.6.4 
 9. Matyukevych, Grod.6.2 
 10. Knox, Minsk-20066.0 
Assists Per Game
 Siarhei CHARYKAU
  SBK O.
  (184-PG-82)
  Avg: 6.6
 1. Charykau, SBK O.6.6 
 2. Kuzmin, Grodno-935.2 
 3. Shustau, Minsk-20.5.0 
 4. Akulich, Rubon4.9 
 5. Maze, Minsk-20064.2 
 6. Kudrautsau, Minsk.4.0 
 7. Papruha, BG.2.9 
 8. Ignatchik, Minsk-.2.8 
 9. Korzh, Grodno-932.6 
 10. Sitnik, SBK O.2.3 
Steals Per Game
 Siarhei CHARYKAU
  SBK O.
  (184-PG-82)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Charykau, SBK O.2.8 
 2. Zakhar, BG.2.4 
 3. Akulich, Rubon2.3 
 4. Ovsepian, Rubon2.1 
 5. Papruha, BG.2.0 
 6. Sitnik, SBK O.2.0 
 7. Sapegin, Rubon1.8 
 8. Patupchyk, Sozh G.1.7 
 9. Malkov, Rubon1.6 
 10. Yafremov, Grodn.1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Andrei MASTOU
  Grodno-93
  (202-F-84)
  Avg: 0
 1. Mastou, Grodno-930.0 
 2. Akulich, Rubon0.0 
 3. Malyavko, Minsk-20.0.0 
 4. Syrovatko, Grodn.0.0 
 5. Malkov, Rubon0.0 
 6. Sugoniako, BG.0.0 
 7. Malakhau, Minsk-20.0.0 
 8. Stankevich, Sozh0.0 
 9. Lashkevich, Minsk.0.0 
 10. Skidan, SBK O.0.0 


Premier League Round 6: Minsk-2006 defeats Grodno-93 in the game between Top 4 teams - by Eurobasket News

The Second Stage in Premier League just ended. Coincidentally all hosts won their games.

An interesting game for Minsk-2006 (29-1) which hosted in Minsk second-best Grodno-93 (25-5). First ranked Minsk-2006 had an easy win 106-63. The hosts trailed by 7 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 12-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 106-63. Minsk-2006 dominated down low during the game scoring 60 of its points in the paint compared to Grodno-93's 34. Minsk-2006 forced 20 Grodno-93 turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. It was a good game for American guard Bobby Maze (191-86, college: Tennessee) who led his team to a victory with 15 points and 8 assists. Russian forward Aleksandr Fomin (207-86, agency: Interperformances) contributed with 19 points for the winners. Ukrainian guard Stanislav Ovdeenko (192-84) replied with 15 points for Grodno-93. Grodno-93's coach Andrei Vasileuka gave up on the game allowing to play eleven players seeing no chance for a win. Defending champion maintains first position in League with 29-1 record. Grodno-93 at the other side keeps the second place with five games lost.
An interesting game for Rubon (14-16) which hosted in Vitebsk one of their biggest challengers Minsk-2006 II (10-20). Third ranked Rubon had an easy win 99-66. Point guard Artem Malkov (185-88) scored 18 points and 4 assists to lead the charge for the winners and Dimitri Sivalko chipped in 17 points and 6 rebounds during the contest. The best for the losing side was guard Valentin Ignatchik (192) with 24 points. Rubon maintains third position in League with 14-16 record having just 0 victories less than leader SBK Osipovichi. Newly promoted Minsk-2006 II keeps the fourth place with 20 games lost.
An interesting game for SBK Osipovichi (14-16) which hosted in Osipovichi 3rd ranked Sozh Gomel (0-30). First ranked SBK Osipovichi had an easy win 105-33. Kiril Sitnik notched 26 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists and 7 steals to lead the effort. Even 9 points and 5 rebounds by Yahor Patupchyk did not help to save the game for Sozh Gomel. SBK Osipovichi maintains first position in League with 14-16 record. Loser Sozh Gomel still closes the standings with 30 games lost.
An interesting game for SBK Osipovichi (14-16) which hosted in Osipovichi 3rd ranked Sozh Gomel (0-30). First ranked SBK Osipovichi had an easy win 85-49. The best player for the winners was Kiril Sitnik who scored 23 points and 8 rebounds. SBK Osipovichi maintains first position in League with 14-16 record. Sozh Gomel at the other side still closes the standings with 30 games lost.



Group Championship
Minsk-2006 - Grodno-93 106-63

An interesting game for Minsk-2006 (29-1) which hosted in Minsk second-best Grodno-93 (25-5). First ranked Minsk-2006 had an easy win 106-63. The hosts trailed by 7 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 12-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 106-63. Minsk-2006 dominated down low during the game scoring 60 of its points in the paint compared to Grodno-93's 34. Minsk-2006 forced 20 Grodno-93 turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. It was a good game for American guard Bobby Maze (191-86, college: Tennessee) who led his team to a victory with 15 points and 8 assists. Russian forward Aleksandr Fomin (207-86, agency: Interperformances) contributed with 19 points for the winners. Five Minsk-2006 players scored in double figures. Ukrainian guard Stanislav Ovdeenko (192-84) replied with 15 points and Ukrainian center Vadim Matyukevych (208-80) added 13 points in the effort for Grodno-93. Grodno-93's coach Andrei Vasileuka gave up on the game allowing to play eleven players seeing no chance for a win. Defending champion maintains first position in League with 29-1 record. Grodno-93 at the other side keeps the second place with five games lost.
Top scorers:
Minsk-2006: A.Fomin 19+4reb+1ast, A.Kudrautsau 15+3reb+6ast, B.Maze 15+4reb+8ast, J.Knox 13+6reb, J.Sinica 12+3reb+2ast, A.Lashkevich 10+8reb
Grodno-93: S.Ovdeenko 15+1reb+2ast, V.Matyukevych 13+4reb, D.Kuzmin 12+1reb+2ast, E.Ivanov 6+5reb, K.Yafremov 6+7reb+3ast, V.Korzh 4+3reb+1ast
gschID: 173765


Rubon - Minsk-2006 II 99-66

An interesting game for Rubon (14-16) which hosted in Vitebsk one of their biggest challengers Minsk-2006 II (10-20). Third ranked Rubon had an easy win 99-66. The game without a history. Rubon led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They also forced 24 Minsk-2006 II turnovers. Point guard Artem Malkov (185-88) scored 18 points and 4 assists to lead the charge for the winners and forward Dimitri Sivalko (199-85) chipped in 17 points and 6 rebounds during the contest. Four Rubon players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was guard Valentin Ignatchik (192) with 24 points and center Vladimir Krisevich (210) produced a double-double by scoring 11 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists. Rubon maintains third position in League with 14-16 record having just 0 victories less than leader SBK Osipovichi. Newly promoted Minsk-2006 II keeps the fourth place with 20 games lost.
Top scorers:
Rubon: A.Malkov 18+4reb+4ast, S.Sapegin 18+3reb+1ast, D.Sivalko 17+6reb+1ast, A.Dziarzhautsau 11+5reb, P.Karasevich 10+6reb+1ast, D.Akulich 9+4reb+7ast
Minsk-2006 II: V.Ignatchik 24+3reb, V.Krisevich 11+10reb+4ast, L.Malakhau 7+1reb+2ast, V.Nakic 6+2reb+2ast, A.Sharamet 6+3reb, Y.Kurapau 4+2reb
gschID: 173763


Group Play-Out
SBK Osipovichi - Sozh Gomel 105-33

An interesting game for SBK Osipovichi (14-16) which hosted in Osipovichi 3rd ranked Sozh Gomel (0-30). First ranked SBK Osipovichi had an easy win 105-33. The game without a history. SBK Osipovichi led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Sozh Gomel to just 6 points in second quarter. SBK Osipovichi dominated down low during the game scoring 60 of its points in the paint compared to Sozh Gomel's 28. SBK Osipovichi forced 26 Sozh Gomel turnovers and outrebounded them 51-34 including a 39-27 advantage in defensive rebounds. SBK Osipovichi looked well-organized offensively handing out 32 assists comparing to just 6 passes made by Sozh Gomel's players. Guard Kiril Sitnik (190-89) notched 26 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists and 7 steals to lead the effort and guard Ilya Sharipov (197-91) supported him with 14 points, 13 rebounds and 4 assists. Four SBK Osipovichi players scored in double figures. Even 9 points and 5 rebounds by point guard Yahor Patupchyk (186-94) did not help to save the game for Sozh Gomel. Center Pavel Bliznets (205-94) added 4 points and 10 rebounds. SBK Osipovichi maintains first position in League with 14-16 record. Loser Sozh Gomel still closes the standings with 30 games lost.
Top scorers:
SBK Osipovichi: K.Sitnik 26+6reb+4ast, A.Svirydov 20+5reb+3ast, S.Charykau 18+2reb+10ast, I.Sharipov 14+13reb+4ast, Y.Mishukov 10+6reb+1ast, V.Skidan 6+7reb
Sozh Gomel: Y.Patupchyk 9+5reb+3ast, D.Fedorovskiy 6+2reb, D.Kasenkau 6+7reb, S.Bondar 4+2reb, A.Shestilovskiy 4+2reb+1ast, P.Bliznets 4+10reb
gschID: 173764


SBK Osipovichi - Sozh Gomel 85-49

An interesting game for SBK Osipovichi (14-16) which hosted in Osipovichi 3rd ranked Sozh Gomel (0-30). First ranked SBK Osipovichi had an easy win 85-49. The game without a history. SBK Osipovichi led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. SBK Osipovichi forced 25 Sozh Gomel turnovers and outrebounded them 49-34 including 19 on the offensive glass. The best player for the winners was guard Kiril Sitnik (190-89) who scored 23 points and 8 rebounds. The former international point guard Siarhei Charykau (184-82, college: Yakima Valley CC) chipped in 19 points and 9 assists. Five SBK Osipovichi players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was forward Dmirtiy Fedorovskiy (196-93) who recorded 14 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists and center Pavel Bliznets (205-94) added 9 points and 12 rebounds respectively. SBK Osipovichi maintains first position in League with 14-16 record. Sozh Gomel at the other side still closes the standings with 30 games lost.
Top scorers:
SBK Osipovichi: K.Sitnik 23+8reb+2ast, S.Charykau 19+3reb+9ast, I.Sharipov 12+12reb+1ast, Y.Mishukov 11+14reb+1ast, A.Svirydov 11+1reb+2ast, D.Zaitsev 4+3reb+2ast
Sozh Gomel: D.Fedorovskiy 14+7reb+4ast, P.Bliznets 9+12reb+1ast, D.Kasenkau 8+7reb+1ast, A.Shestilovskiy 8+2reb+3ast, S.Bondar 6+3reb+1ast, Y.Patupchyk 4+2reb+2ast
gschID: 173766



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  BELGIUM   

Standings - Division I

D1 Standings
 1. Spirou 21-8 
 2. Antwerp 20-8 
 3. Oostende 19-10 
 4. Aalstar 16-13 
 5. Leuven 14-13 
 6. M.Hainaut 13-15 
 7. Gent 10-18 
 8. Liege 9-19 
 9. Verviers-Pep. 5-23 

Regular Season: Round 32

Apr. 28: Oostende - Verviers-Pep. 89-72
Apr. 27: Spirou - Aalstar 68-64
Apr. 28: Antwerp - Liege 64-48
Apr. 29: Gent - Leuven


Stats Leaders - Division I

Points Per Game
 Christopher COPELAND
  Aalstar
  (203-F-84)
  Avg: 21
 1. Copeland, Aalstar21.0 
 2. Bostic, Liege16.3 
 3. Mallet, Spirou15.1 
 4. Lojeski, Oostende15.0 
 5. Black, Antwerp14.3 
 6. Freeman, Leuven14.0 
 7. Taylor, M.Hainaut13.9 
 8. Love, Verviers-Pep.13.9 
 9. Broyles, Spirou13.9 
 10. Haynes, Gent13.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Graham BROWN
  Gent
  (205-C-84)
  Avg: 8
 1. Brown, Gent8.0 
 2. Love, Verviers-Pep.7.9 
 3. Young, Aalstar7.3 
 4. Mejri, Antwerp7.2 
 5. McLean, Leuven6.9 
 6. Merriex, Verviers.6.8 
 7. Mukubu, Verviers.6.8 
 8. Booker, Oostende6.1 
 9. Jackson, Aalstar6.0 
 10. Bostic, Liege5.7 
Assists Per Game
 Dominic WATERS
  Liege
  (185-PG-86)
  Avg: 4.2
 1. Waters, Liege4.2 
 2. Djordjevic, Ooste.3.7 
 3. Marnegrave, Leuven3.4 
 4. Black, Antwerp3.1 
 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. Black, Antwerp2.2 
 3. Mukubu, Verviers.2.2 
 4. Hopkins, Antwerp2.0 
 5. Bosco, Gent1.9 
 6. Wilson, Antwerp1.9 
 7. Mallet, Spirou1.8 
 8. Muya, Liege1.7 
 9. Bostic, Liege1.7 
 10. Slaughter, M.Hai.1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Salah MEJRI
  Antwerp
  (216-C-86)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Mejri, Antwerp2.5 
 2. Riddick, Spirou1.7 
 3. Jennings, Liege1.5 
 4. Love, Verviers-Pep.1.0 
 5. Young, Aalstar0.9 
 6. Booker, Oostende0.8 
 7. Copeland, Aalstar0.6 
 8. Vaughn, Antwerp0.6 
 9. Nivins, M.Hainaut0.6 
 10. De Zeeuw, Vervier.0.5 



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  BOTSWANA   

Standings

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

Regular Season: Round 8

Apr. 25: Police - Spartans 66-64
Apr. 27: BDF V - Cadets 59-64
Apr. 28: Splinters - Saints
Apr. 28: Flames - Saints
Apr. 28: Police - Spartans



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  BRAZIL   

Standings - BNL

NBB Standings
 1. S.Jose/Unimed 23-5
 2. Pinheiros/Sky 21-7
 3. Flamengo 21-7
 4. Uniceub/BRB 21-7
 5. Unitri/Universo 18-10
 6. Itabom/Bauru 17-11
 7. Paulistano 17-11
 8. Cia do Terno 14-14
 9. Winner/Limeira 13-15
 10. Vivo/Franca 13-15
 11. Liga Sorocaba 11-17
 12. Tijuca TC 9-19
 13. Minas 9-19
 14. Araraquara 2-26
 15. Vila Velha 1-27

Quarter-Finals: Round 1

Apr. 27: Cia do Terno - Pinheiros/Sky 96-80
Apr. 27: Vivo/Franca - S.Jose/Unimed 77-92
Apr. 28: Unitri/Universo - Flamengo
May. 4: Itabom/Bauru - Uniceub/BRB


Mogi sign player from argentina and brazilian returns from Syria - by Paulo Freire

The Gremio Mogi das Cruzes/Unip team announced the hiring of two players for the Super Cup Brazil.
The players are, the Argentine playmaker guard Juan Manuel Rivero (191-G-85) and the Brazilian center who was playing in Syria, Eder Arjo Gorges (212-C/F-81, college: Walsh, OH).
'They are specific reinforcements to the Super Cup Brazil. They will be at the disposal of coach next week. hese two players are going to increase and qualify our roster during the matches. 'explained the Director Ewerton Komatsubara.

The Argentine Juan Manuel Rivero has 27 years old, height 1.91cm and for the last two years played for the Athens, Crdoba, in Argentina.
The other enhancement is the center of 31 years old, Eder Arjo Gorges has features of strength, the big man of 2.12cm tall also shows shooting quality. He was playing for seven years outside the country, playing in Europe and in the East. He has been playing in Syria for the Al Jalaa team in the last 4 years. Eder is already in So Paulo and until Monday (30) must be present to train camp.



Obras beats Uniceub/BRB 73-63 - by Eurobasket News

Obras - Uniceub/BRB 73-63

Obras was better than Uniceub/BRB 73-63 in Game One of the Liga Americas Final Four. The game was played last night and Argentinean squad now has 1-0 record at this event. Tony Washam (200-F-82, college: St.Vincent) was their leading player. He had 23 points and was the top-scorer of this game. Juan Gutierrez (205-F/C-83) had 15 points and 8 rebounds, Martin Osimani (194-G-81, college: Duquesne) followed with 14 pts and 9 rebs, while Julio Mazzaro (190-G-79) added 11 points in this victory. At the other side, Arthur Silva (199-F/G-82) was better than the others with 18 points. Welington Dos Santos (185-PG-81) (5 as) and Alex Ribeiro (191-G-80, agency: Interperformances) (8 rebs) netted 13 and 11 points respectively. Quarters: 13-18, 15-11, 26-20, 19-14. Obras will meet La Union today. Uniceub/BRB will play against Pioneros.

Obras: Tony Washam 23, Juan Gutierrez 15+8 boards, Martin Osimani 14+9 boards, Julio Mazzaro 11
Uniceub/BRB: Arthur Silva 18, Welington Dos Santos 13+5 as, Alex Ribeiro 11+8 boards



Sao Jose open playoff campaign with victory - by Eurobasket News

Sao Jose/Vinac opened their playoff campaign with a comfortable win. The regular season champions took care of Vivo/Franca 92:77 on the road in the quarterfinal series opener. Dede Stefanelli (196-F/G-84) and Murilo Becker (210-C/F-83) provided 17 points and 7 rebounds each to lead the winners. Sao Jose/Vinac stormed into the game. The visitors unloaded 44 points in the first half to pile up a 20-point halftime advantage. Vivo/Franca stopped the rot in the third period but did not manage to restore the intrigue. Sao Jose/Vinac stayed well in control over the last two periods cruising to the victory at the end. Chico Delben (202-F/C-83) knocked down 15 points for the winners. Edward Basden (196-G/F-83, agency: Interperformances, college: Charlotte) answered with 14 points for Vivo/Franca. Marcio Dornelles (194-F-75) had 13 points in the loss.
Joinville surprised Pinheiros/Sky 96:80 in their quarterfinal series opener. Kojo Mensah (185-PG-85, agency: Interperformances, college: Duquesne) and Rashad Bishop (198-F-88, college: Cincinnati) notched 23 points apiece for the hosts. Joinville erupted for 29 points in the starting frame to build a 16-point advantage. Pinheiros/Sky immediately bounced back narrowing the deficit at 5-point mark at halftime. But Joinville were back in control after the main break and raced to the victory at the end. Shilton Santos (198-F/C-82) chipped in 15 points for the hosts. Pinheiros/Sky answered with 21 points from Marquinhos Vieira (207-F-84). Paulinho Boracini (183-G-84) provided 16 points in defeat.



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  CROATIA   

A1 Standings

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

Second Stage: Round 11

Championship

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

Play-Out

Apr. 28: Alkar Sinj - Kvarner 2010 90-76
Apr. 28: Borik - Darda 84-70
Apr. 29: Dubrovnik - Krizevci

Round 14

Apr. 29: Cibona - KK Zagreb CO


Stats Leaders - A1

Points Per Game
 Ivan MIMICA
  KK Split
  (193-G-80)
  Avg: 19.5
 1. Mimica, KK Split19.5 
 2. Ross, Jolly18.4 
 3. Ceskovic, Kvarner17.7 
 4. Simovic, Kvarner15.3 
 5. Stimac, Svjetlost15.1 
 6. Sobin, KK Split15.0 
 7. Vrbanc, Zadar14.7 
 8. Kruslin, Zabok14.3 
 9. Grgat, Krizevci14.2 
 10. Drezga, Borik13.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ive IVANOV
  Zadar
  (201-C-85)
  Avg: 7.3
 1. Ivanov, Zadar7.3 
 2. Stimac, Svjetlost7.1 
 3. Simovic, Kvarner7.0 
 4. Cinac, Kvarner 20107.0 
 5. Peraica, Darda6.6 
 6. Zupic, Alkar Sinj6.6 
 7. Sobin, KK Split6.6 
 8. Vujcic, KK Split5.9 
 9. Grgat, Krizevci5.8 
 10. Mrva, Jolly5.7 
Assists Per Game
 Josip GLAVINIC
  Krizevci
  (192-G-82)
  Avg: 5.1
 1. Glavinic, Krizevci5.1 
 2. Vujcic, KK Split4.9 
 3. Ross, Jolly4.6 
 4. Blajic, Kvarner4.2 
 5. Subotic, KK Split4.2 
 6. Kostomaj, Svjet.3.8 
 7. Ceskovic, Kvarner3.1 
 8. Tomas, Zabok3.1 
 9. Kruslin, Zabok2.7 
 10. Bubalo, Alkar Sinj2.7 
Steals Per Game
 Ronald ROSS
  Jolly
  (188-G-83)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Ross, Jolly2.9 
 2. Bicvic, Darda2.0 
 3. Kostomaj, Svjet.1.9 
 4. Blajic, Kvarner1.8 
 5. Stimac, Svjetlost1.6 
 6. Puljko, Jolly1.5 
 7. Ivanov, Zadar1.5 
 8. Mimica, KK Split1.5 
 9. Sarlija, Borik1.5 
 10. Sobin, KK Split1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Filip KRALJEVIC
  Zabok
  (214-F-89)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Kraljevic, Zabok1.9 
 2. Sarlija, Borik1.3 
 3. Bubalo, Zabok1.1 
 4. Vujcic, KK Split1.1 
 5. Zupic, Alkar Sinj1.1 
 6. Vukovic, KK Split0.8 
 7. Sobin, KK Split0.7 
 8. Buva, Krizevci0.7 
 9. Kastropil, Zadar0.6 
 10. Diminic, Dubrovnik0.5 


Cedevita eliminates Partizan in Adriatic league Semis - by Eurobasket News

Adriatic league, Semifinals: Cedevita - Partizan 68-56

The game between Cedevita and Partizan in Tel Aviv just ended. Cedevita celebrated 68-56 victory and advanced to the Big Final. It means that Partizan is dethroned after five years of domination in this competition. Cedevita now waits for the winner of Maccabi Electra - Buducnost game. Cedevita shined in the last ten minutes to secure the victory in this game. Quarters: 14-15, 20-17, 17-14, 17-10. 27 personal fouls committed by Partizan helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American forward Haywood Owens (204-F-79, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Texas) stepped up and scored 18 points and 5 rebounds for the winners and forward Miro Bilan (213-F-89) chipped in 15 points. At the losing side center Miroslav Raduljica (213-C-88) responded with 15 points and 7 rebounds and guard Dragan Milosavljevic (198-G-89) scored 8 points and 5 rebounds. As mentioned above, Partizan won last five Adriatic league titles. Cedevita will play in the final for the first time in its history.

Cedevita: H.Owens 18+5reb, M.Bilan 15+4reb, M.Car 10+1reb, D.Draper 8+5reb+2ast, V.Vukusic 5+3reb+1ast, I.Opacak 5+1reb+2ast
Partizan: M.Raduljica 15+7reb, D.Milosavljevic 8+5reb, V.Lucic 8+2reb+2ast, D.Kecman 7+3reb+1ast, M.Macvan 6+4reb+1ast, D.James 4+2reb+1ast



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  D-LEAGUE   

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Blake AHEARN
  Reno B.
  (188-PG-84)
  Avg: 23.8
 1. Ahearn, Reno B.23.8 
 2. Almond, Maine RC23.4 
 3. Emmett, Reno B.23.1 
 4. Dentmon, Austin T.22.2 
 5. Millsap, Los A.20.0 
 6. Efevberha, Iowa E.19.6 
 7. Mitchell, Sioux F.19.6 
 8. Gilder, Sioux F.19.2 
 9. Ubiles, Dakota W.19.2 
 10. Smith, Springfiel.18.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Marcus LEWIS
  Tulsa 66ers
  (203-F/C-86)
  Avg: 12.7
 1. Lewis, Tulsa 66ers12.7 
 2. Harangody, Canton11.7 
 3. Butch, Bakersfi.10.4 
 4. Dawson, Austin T.10.2 
 5. Thomas, Los A.10.1 
 6. Foote, Springfield9.0 
 7. Williams, Texas L.8.9 
 8. Criswell-L., Austi.8.9 
 9. Reid, Tulsa 66ers8.6 
 10. Horner, Springfi.8.4 
Assists Per Game
 Walker RUSSELL
  Ft.Wayne.
  (183-G-82)
  Avg: 9.9
 1. Russell, Ft.Wayne.9.9 
 2. Conroy, Rio G.9.0 
 3. Daniels, Texas L.8.7 
 4. Curry, Springfield6.3 
 5. Wise, Bakersfield6.2 
 6. Fortson, Los A.5.9 
 7. Stinson, Iowa E.5.8 
 8. Bailey, Idaho S.5.8 
 9. Baker, Dakota W.5.7 
 10. Bozeman, Reno B.5.5 
Steals Per Game
 Marqus BLAKELY
  Sioux F.
  (196-F-89)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Blakely, Sioux F.2.2 
 2. Coleman, Sioux F.2.2 
 3. Smith, Springfield2.2 
 4. Fortson, Los A.2.1 
 5. Millsap, Los A.2.0 
 6. Hannah, Dakota W.2.0 
 7. Curry, Springfield1.9 
 8. Greene, Los A.1.9 
 9. Owens, Tulsa 66ers1.9 
 10. Saunders, Rio G.1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Hamady N''DIAYE
  Maine R.
  (213-C-87)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. N''Diaye, Maine R.3.2 
 2. Foster, Idaho S.2.9 
 3. Williams, Texas L.2.5 
 4. Saunders, Rio G.2.3 
 5. Daniels, Erie B.2.1 
 6. Thomas, Los A.1.8 
 7. Hill, Maine RC1.8 
 8. Ojougboh, Tulsa1.7 
 9. Strong, Iowa E.1.6 
 10. Blakely, Iowa E.1.5 


Dentmon, Austin top Los Angeles for D-League crown - by Eurobasket News

Los Angeles D. - Austin T. 110-122
The 2012 NBA D-League Most Valuable Player Justin Dentmon (6'0''-G-85, college: Washington) scored a team-high 30 points as the Austin Toros defeated the Los Angeles D-Fenders, 122-110, in the 2012 NBA Development League Finals. Eric Dawson (6'9''-F-84, college: Midwestern St.) poured in a double-double with 21 points and 10 rebounds while Julian Wright (6'8''-F-87, college: Kansas) and Brad Wanamaker added 19 and 18 points, respectively. The Toros dropped the first game of the three-game series, but battled back with two straight victories to claim the title. Mardy Collins (6'6''-G-84, college: Temple) scored a game-high 31 points for the NBADL regular season champions. Los Angeles recorded a D-League record 38-12 mark this season, but dropped two straight to finish the season as runner-up. The Toros jumped out to an early 18-8 lead and led by as many as 14 in the first before the D-Fenders battled back to trail by just six after one. The Austin lead teetered around 10 for the majority of the second until Kareem Rush (6'6''-F-80, agency: Priority Sports, college: Missouri) buried a three-pointer with under 10 seconds left to bring Los Angeles within 67-60 heading into the locker room. Los Angeles trailed by 12 with just under three minutes left in the third before closing the frame with an 8-2 swing to pull within 94-88 after three. Five straight to start the fourth had Los Angeles within one, 94-93, but a 6-0 response from Austin had the lead back at seven. An Elijah Millsap (6'6''-G-87, agency: Interperformances, college: UAB) jumper had the D-Fenders back within three just past the midpoint of the frame, but a 7-2 swing found the Toros' lead back to eight, 113-105. The D-Fenders pulled within 115-110 with 2:41 left, but wouldn't score again as the Toros held on for the victory. *Courtesy of www.chicagotribune.com



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Superleague Standings

Superleague Standings
 1. Al Ahly 3-0 
 2. Al Gezira 3-1 
 3. Al Ittihad 3-1 
 4. Somouha 2-1 
 5. Sporting 2-2 
 6. Zamalek 1-2 
 7. Geish Army 0-3 
 8. Al Olympi 0-4 

Regular Season: Round 4

Apr. 28: Al Gezira - Sporting 78-80
Apr. 28: Al Olympi - Al Ittihad 77-94
Apr. 28: Somouha - Zamalek
Apr. 28: Geish Army - Al Ahly



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Standings - ProA

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

Regular Season: Round 28

Apr. 28: Le Havre - Roanne 96-62
Apr. 27: Gravelines - Poitiers 88-64
Apr. 28: Nanterre - Paris-Levallois 83-77
Apr. 28: Nancy - Orleans 73-83
Apr. 27: Dijon - Le Mans 72-63
Apr. 27: ASVEL - Pau-Lacq-Orthez 72-53
Apr. 27: Hyeres-Toulon - Strasbourg 69-88

Regular Season: Round 29

May. 5: Hyeres-Toulon - Le Havre
May. 5: Le Mans - Pau-Lacq-Orthez
May. 4: Dijon - Cholet
May. 5: Paris-Levallois - Gravelines
May. 5: Poitiers - Nancy
May. 4: Roanne - Nanterre
May. 5: Strasbourg - Orleans
May. 5: Chalon - ASVEL


Stats Leaders - ProA

Points Per Game
 Eric CHATFIELD
  Paris-.
  (191-G-79)
  Avg: 19.9
 1. Chatfield, Paris-.19.9 
 2. Rochestie, Le Mans17.8 
 3. Hughes, Hyeres-T.17.2 
 4. Gipson, Pau-Lacq.17.1 
 5. Williams, Paris-.17.0 
 6. Hamilton, Paris-.16.7 
 7. Schilb, Chalon16.6 
 8. Causeur, Cholet16.2 
 9. Cox, Le Havre15.8 
 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, Nancy7.9 
 4. Greer, Strasbourg7.1 
 5. Vebobe, Cholet7.0 
 6. Armstrong, AS.7.0 
 7. Nsonwu-Amadi, Roa.7.0 
 8. Aminu, Chalon6.8 
 9. Falker, Cholet6.7 
 10. Camara, Le Havre6.3 
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, Orleans5.2 
 5. Dixon, Dijon5.1 
 6. Linehan, Nancy5.1 
 7. Barrett, Roanne4.9 
 8. Schilb, Chalon4.9 
 9. Gipson, Pau-Lacq.4.6 
 10. Cox, Le Havre4.5 
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. Shuler, Nancy1.7 
 8. Gipson, Pau-Lacq.1.6 
 9. Nelson, Cholet1.6 
 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. Akingbala, Nancy1.2 
 5. Hamilton, Paris-.1.1 
 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 26-6 
 2. Boulazac 23-9 
 3. Chalons-Reims 22-10 
 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. St Vallier 15-17 
 11. Bourg 15-17 
 12. Antibes 14-18 
 13. Nantes 13-19 
 14. Le Portel 12-20 
 15. Rouen 12-20 
 16. Denain 11-21 
 17. Quimper 9-23 
 18. Vichy 7-25 
 19. St Etienne 0-0 

Regular Season: Round 32

Apr. 27: Evreux - St Vallier 88-68
Apr. 27: Maurienne - Lille 86-82
Apr. 28: Bourg - Limoges 83-88
Apr. 27: Antibes - Rouen 82-90
Apr. 28: Vichy - Boulazac 76-77
Apr. 27: Le Portel - Fos Ouest 76-71
Apr. 27: Bordeaux - Quimper 74-60
Apr. 28: Nantes - Chalons-Reims 54-75
Apr. 27: Denain - Boulogne 112-105

Regular Season: Round 33

May. 4: Bordeaux - Lille
May. 5: Boulazac - Evreux
May. 5: Boulogne - St Vallier
May. 5: Bourg - Antibes
May. 4: Fos Ouest - Vichy
May. 5: Limoges - Maurienne
May. 4: Chalons-Reims - Le Portel
May. 5: Quimper - Nantes
May. 5: Rouen - Denain


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. Carter, Chalons-.15.5 
 8. Kante, Denain15.3 
 9. Monroe, Boulazac15.3 
 10. Gay, Fos Ouest15.3 
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. Daniels, Chalons-.8.7 
 7. Barro, Bourg8.5 
 8. Allen, Antibes8.1 
 9. Badiane, Nantes7.9 
 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-.5.7 
 3. Rowland, Evreux5.5 
 4. Copeland, Bourg5.3 
 5. Darnauzan, Mauri.5.2 
 6. Denave, St Vallier4.9 
 7. Patiejunas, Rouen4.9 
 8. Darrigand, Bordeaux4.9 
 9. Eito, Vichy4.5 
 10. Mouillard, Quimper4.4 
Steals Per Game
 Chris MCCRAY
  Boulogne
  (196-G/F-84)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. McCray, Boulogne2.4 
 2. Charles, Nantes2.4 
 3. Shiloh, St Vallier2.0 
 4. Paelay, Quimper1.9 
 5. Eito, Vichy1.9 
 6. Mullins, Chalons-.1.9 
 7. Rowland, Evreux1.8 
 8. Driss, Bordeaux1.8 
 9. Allen, Antibes1.8 
 10. Choquet, Fos Oue.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. Daniels, Chalons-.0.9 
 7. Fields, Nantes0.9 
 8. McKenzie, Boulazac0.9 
 9. Ford, Bordeaux0.9 
 10. Adjiwanou, Boula.0.8 


Standings - N1

NM1 Standings
 1. St Quentin 26-7 
 2. Orchy 25-8 
 3. Souffel 24-8 
 4. Roche 23-9 
 5. Blois 23-10 
 6. Charleville 23-10 
 7. Cognac 21-12 
 8. Sorgues 18-15 
 9. Brest 18-15 
 10. Challans 16-17 
 11. Angers BC 49 15-18 
 12. Lievin 15-18 
 13. Chartres 14-19 
 14. Rueil 14-19 
 15. Clermont 8-25 
 16. Montbrison 6-27 
 17. Le Puy 5-28 
 18. CFBB 2-31 

Regular Season: Round 33

Apr. 28: St Quentin - Chartres 97-76
Apr. 28: Blois - Sorgues 97-64
Apr. 28: Orchy - Charleville 92-76
Apr. 28: Cognac - Montbrison 91-69
Apr. 27: Roche - Le Puy 86-62
Apr. 27: Clermont - Brest 81-84
Apr. 28: Challans - Rueil 71-68
Apr. 27: Angers BC 49 - Lievin 70-57
Apr. 28: CFBB - Souffel 44-76

Round 31

Apr. 24: CFBB - Chartres 56-85

Regular Season: Round 34

May. 5: Souffel - Clermont
May. 5: Montbrison - Angers BC 49
May. 5: Brest - St Quentin
May. 5: Chartres - Blois
May. 5: Rueil - Roche
May. 5: Challans - Lievin
May. 5: Le Puy - CFBB
May. 5: Charleville - Cognac
May. 5: Sorgues - Orchy


Stats Leaders - N1

Points Per Game
 Ville KAUNISTO
  Blois
  (204-F-82)
  Avg: 18
 1. Kaunisto, Blois18.0 
 2. Bigote, Cognac17.3 
 3. Petrovic, Orchy16.7 
 4. Bluntt, Orchy16.5 
 5. Pridotkas, Brest16.4 
 6. Thomas, Roche16.3 
 7. Herard, Challans16.0 
 8. Almanson, Challans15.9 
 9. Pearson, Angers B.15.8 
 10. Belser, Charlevil.15.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ville KAUNISTO
  Blois
  (204-F-82)
  Avg: 11.5
 1. Kaunisto, Blois11.5 
 2. Jaiteh, CFBB9.9 
 3. Caskill, Cognac9.6 
 4. Pearson, Angers B.8.7 
 5. Sanborn, Lievin8.1 
 6. Aubry, Montbrison8.1 
 7. Lesieu, St Quentin7.9 
 8. McClark, Clermont7.7 
 9. Avramovic, Chart.7.7 
 10. Toney, Charleville7.6 
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, Montbrison5.2 
 5. Godin, Cognac5.1 
 6. Brochard, Blois5.0 
 7. Barbry, Orchy4.5 
 8. Ball, St Quentin4.4 
 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. Calvez, Charleville2.1 
 3. Pistre, Charleville2.0 
 4. Bichard, St Quentin1.8 
 5. Ball, St Quentin1.7 
 6. Davis, Blois1.7 
 7. Godin, Cognac1.6 
 8. Daube, Le Puy1.6 
 9. Merie, Chartres1.6 
 10. Bertorelle, Cognac1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Jacques ALINGUE
  Souffel
  (201-F-88)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Alingue, Souffel1.7 
 2. N''Diaye, Souffel1.7 
 3. Caskill, Cognac1.4 
 4. Sanborn, Lievin1.4 
 5. Davis, Blois1.4 
 6. Diame, Rueil1.2 
 7. Traore, Angers B.1.1 
 8. Morin, CFBB1.1 
 9. Tornato, Blois1.0 
 10. Jaiteh, CFBB1.0 


Orleans eye Terence Dials - by Eurobasket News

Orleans eye Dials Terence (206-F/C-83, college: Ohio St.) to replace for David Monds (205-F-83, college: Oklahoma St.). The latter is out for the rest of the season.
Dials Terence played for Hebei Springs (China-NBL, starting five) in 2011. In 14 games he averaged 19.2ppg, 11.6rpg, 1.5spg, FGP: 57.7%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 51.6%. The season 2011-2012 started for Pure Youth Construction (Taiwan-SBL, starting five), but left in Dec.'11. He erupted with 20 points and 19 rebounds in the opener and then produced 14 points and 7 rebounds against Dacin Tigers.
David Monds started the season 2011-2012 for Entente Orleans 45 (France-ProA). He averaged 10.2 points per game in 27 games. In his last game he scored 6 points and had the same number of rebounds.



ProB, Round 32: Limoges secures first place, wins promotion for ProA - by Eurobasket News

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

Eighteenth-ranked JA Vichy (7-25) gave a tough game to second ranked Boulazac Basket (23-9) on Saturday. The visitors from Boulazac managed to secure only one-point victory 77-76. However their fans expected much easier game. The guests were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Boulazac Basket made 18-of-20 free shots (90.0 percent) during the game. 24 personal fouls committed by JA Vichy helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of American Ryan Ayers (201-86, college: Notre Dame) who helped to win the game recording 24 points and 8 rebounds (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line) and the other American import Amadi McKenzie (201-86) who added 21 points and 9 rebounds during the contest. Boulazac Basket's coach Sylvain Lautie used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. point guard Antoine Eito (186-88) responded with 14 points, 5 rebounds, 9 assists and 4 steals. Boulazac Basket maintains second position with 23-9 record having just three points less than leader Limoges. JA Vichy lost sixth consecutive game. They keep the eighteenth place with 25 games lost. Boulazac Basket are looking forward to face ALM Evreux (#8) at home in the next round where they are favorite. JA Vichy will play against Fos Ouest (#5) and is hoping to prove to their fans that they can break losing series.
ProB top team - Limoges CSP Elite (26-6) added another victory to their record. This time they beat tenth ranked JL Bourg (15-17) 88-83. The winners were led by American power forward Christophe Massie (206-C/F-77, agency: Court Side, college: Memphis) (206-77, college: Memphis, agency: Court Side) who had that evening a double-double by scoring 23 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists and Kyle McAlarney supported him with 14 points and 4 assists. Even 22 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists by American guard Jimmy Baxter (198-80, college: S.Florida, agency: Court Side) did not help to save the game for JL Bourg. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Limoges CSP Elite have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 26-6 record. JL Bourg at the other side keeps the tenth place with 17 games lost. They share the position with St Vallier. Limoges CSP Elite will play against Aix-Maurienne (#4) in Aix-les-Bains in the next round. JL Bourg will play at home against Olympique Antibes (#12) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
An interesting game took place in Le Portel where higher ranked Fos Ouest (20-12) was upset on the court of fourteenth ranked Le Portel (12-20) 76-71 on Friday. The best player for the winners was Nigel Wyatte who had a double-double by scoring 19 points and 13 rebounds. Mamadou Dia produced 15 points and 7 rebounds for the guests. Le Portel maintains fourteenth position with 12-20 record, which they share with Rouen. Loser Fos Ouest keeps the fifth place with 12 games lost. Le Portel will meet higher ranked Chalons-Reims (#3) on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Fos Ouest will play against JA Vichy and hope to secure a win.
An interesting game took place in Denain where higher ranked SO Maritime Boulogne (17-15) was upset on the court of sixteenth ranked Denain Voltaire (11-21) 112-105. Juwann James orchestrated the victory by scoring 31 points and 7 rebounds. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Newly promoted Denain Voltaire maintains sixteenth position with 11-21 record. SO Maritime Boulogne at the other side keeps the seventh place with 15 games lost. Denain Voltaire's next round opponent will be higher ranked SPO Rouen (#15) on the road and it may be quite challenging game.
An interesting game took place in Antibes where 12th ranked Olympique Antibes (14-18) was upset on its own court by fifteenth ranked SPO Rouen (12-20) 90-82 on Friday. Worth to mention a great performance of Pierric Poupet who helped to win the game recording 18 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals. SPO Rouen moved-up to fourteenth place, which they share with Le Portel. Loser Olympique Antibes keeps the twelfth position with 18 games lost. SPO Rouen will face Denain Voltaire (#16) at home in the next round.

There were no shocking results in the other games in round 32: Lille lost to Maurienne on the opponent's court 82-86. Nantes was outscored by Chalons-Reims in a home game 54-75. Quimper recorded a loss to Bordeaux on the road 74-60. Evreux crushed St Vallier on its own court 88-68.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 38 points (!!!) and 10 rebounds by Wilbert Brown of Maurienne.



Maurienne - Lille 86-82
Very expected game in Aix-les-Bains where 8th ranked Lille Metropole (16-16) was defeated by fourth ranked Aix-Maurienne (21-11) 86-82 on Friday. However just four-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. The hosts trailed by 5 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 5-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 86-82. Aix-Maurienne made 27-of-35 free shots (77.1 percent) during the game, while Lille Metropole only scored eleven points from the stripe. Lille Metropole was plagued by 30 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a great performance of American Wilbert Brown (199-84, college: Niagara, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 38 points (!!!) and 10 rebounds and naturalized Cameroonian Joachim Ekanga-Ehawa (188-77) who added 12 points during the contest. American Steve Smith (200-81, college: Iona, agency: Top Notch Sports) responded with 15 points and 5 rebounds and power forward Nicolas Taccoen (203-86) scored 12 points and 6 rebounds. Both coaches allowed to play bench players in such tough game. Aix-Maurienne have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain fourth position with 21-11 record. Lille Metropole lost third consecutive game. They keep the eighth place with 16 games lost. Aix-Maurienne will face league's leader Limoges CSP Elite on the road in the next round and it may be the game of the week. Lille Metropole will play against Bordeaux (#6) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Maurienne: W.Brown 38+10reb+2ast, J.Ekanga-Ehawa 12+2reb+2ast, D.Tucker 11+2reb+2ast, S.Darnauzan 9+1reb+5ast, G.Clerc 7+5reb+3ast, B.Osby 5+8reb+1ast
Lille: S.Smith 15+5reb, N.Taccoen 12+6reb, S.Bradford 11+3reb+1ast, J.MBida 9+5reb, C.Marshall 9+4reb, J.Sauret 8+3reb+3ast


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Le Portel - Fos Ouest 76-71
An interesting game took place in Le Portel where higher ranked Fos Ouest (20-12) was upset on the court of fourteenth ranked Le Portel (12-20) 76-71 on Friday. The hosts trailed by 2 points after three quarters before their 28-21 charge, which allowed them to win the game. The best player for the winners was American power forward Nigel Wyatte (204-81, college: Wagner, agency: Court Side) who had a double-double by scoring 19 points and 13 rebounds. The other American import point guard Ronnie Taylor (188-81, college: NC-Greensboro, agency: Court Side) chipped in 17 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Naturalized Senegalese power forward Mamadou Dia (202-78) produced 15 points and 7 rebounds and American guard Richard Roby (198-85) added 14 points and 5 rebounds respectively for the guests. Four Le Portel and five Fos Ouest players scored in double figures. Le Portel maintains fourteenth position with 12-20 record, which they share with Rouen. Loser Fos Ouest keeps the fifth place with 12 games lost. Le Portel will meet higher ranked Chalons-Reims (#3) on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Fos Ouest will play against JA Vichy and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Le Portel: N.Wyatte 19+13reb+1ast, R.Taylor 17+6reb+4ast, C.Davis 10+4reb+3ast, B.Mangin 10+3ast, M.Labeyrie 10+3reb+1ast, M.N'Diaye 8+5reb+1ast
Fos Ouest: M.Dia 15+7reb+2ast, R.Roby 14+5reb+3ast, S.Gay 13+7reb+1ast, E.Choquet 12+1reb+5ast, B.Clark 11+5reb+4ast, K.Atamna 6+7reb
gschID: 140278


Nantes - Chalons-Reims 54-75
Very predictable result when third ranked Chalons-Reims (22-10) smashed on the road 13th ranked Nantes (13-19) 75-54 on Saturday. The game without a history. Chalons-Reims led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Nantes to just 7 points in third quarter. Chalons-Reims made 20-of-23 free shots (87.0 percent) during the game. They also forced 21 Nantes turnovers. Nantes was plagued by 27 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a great performance of American Nate Carter (198-83, college: Oklahoma) who helped to win the game recording 19 points and 5 rebounds and American-Irish point guard Bryan Mullins (185-87, college: S.Illinois) who added 19 points and 6 assists (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line) during the contest. Naturalized American guard David Fergerson (185-78, college: St.Louis) responded with 6 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists and Senegalese power forward Malick Badiane (211-84) scored 10 points. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Chalons-Reims maintains third position with 22-10 record having four points less than leader Limoges. Loser Nantes keeps the thirteenth place with 19 games lost. Chalons-Reims will face Le Portel (#14) at home in the next round which should be another easy win for them. Nantes will play against Quimper UJAP.
Top scorers:
Chalons-Reims: N.Carter 19+5reb+2ast, B.Mullins 19+6ast, C.Daniels 10+13reb+1ast, R.Mels 9+4reb+1ast, K.Corre 8+2reb+2ast, G.Chathuant 6+6reb+3ast
Nantes: M.Badiane 10+4reb+2ast, M.Drame 8+1reb, O.Bardet 7+3reb, E.Mendy 7+2reb+2ast, D.Fergerson 6+6reb+5ast, A.Charles 4+2reb+2ast
gschID: 140279


Vichy - Boulazac 76-77
Eighteenth-ranked JA Vichy (7-25) gave a tough game to second ranked Boulazac Basket (23-9) on Saturday. The visitors from Boulazac managed to secure only one-point victory 77-76. However their fans expected much easier game. The guests were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Boulazac Basket made 18-of-20 free shots (90.0 percent) during the game. 24 personal fouls committed by JA Vichy helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of American Ryan Ayers (201-86, college: Notre Dame) who helped to win the game recording 24 points and 8 rebounds (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line) and the other American import Amadi McKenzie (201-86) who added 21 points and 9 rebounds during the contest. Boulazac Basket's coach Sylvain Lautie used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. point guard Antoine Eito (186-88) responded with 14 points, 5 rebounds, 9 assists and 4 steals and American center Marvin Jefferson (206-86, college: Idaho) scored 13 points and 9 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Boulazac Basket maintains second position with 23-9 record having just three points less than leader Limoges. JA Vichy lost sixth consecutive game. They keep the eighteenth place with 25 games lost. Boulazac Basket are looking forward to face ALM Evreux (#8) at home in the next round where they are favorite. JA Vichy will play against Fos Ouest (#5) and is hoping to prove to their fans that they can break losing series.
Top scorers:
Boulazac: R.Ayers 24+8reb, A.McKenzie 21+9reb, Y.Gaillou 12+4reb, D.Monroe 10+9reb+3ast, A.Kerckhof 8+3reb+9ast, M.Cheriet 2+2reb+1ast
Vichy: A.Eito 14+5reb+9ast, M.Guichard 14+1reb, M.Jefferson 13+9reb+1ast, D.Coleman 11+1reb+2ast, O.Ikuesan 9+4reb+1ast, N.Diakite 7+3reb
gschID: 140280


Denain - Boulogne 112-105
An interesting game took place in Denain where higher ranked SO Maritime Boulogne (17-15) was upset on the court of sixteenth ranked Denain Voltaire (11-21) 112-105. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 31-26. But SO Maritime Boulogne won second period 24-20. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Denain Voltaire shot 63.9 percent from the field and had 28 for 38 from the free-throw line, while SO Maritime Boulogne only scored ten points from the stripe. 31 personal fouls committed by SO Maritime Boulogne helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American power forward Juwann James (198-87, college: JMU) orchestrated the victory by scoring 31 points and 7 rebounds. The other American import power forward Ryan Rossiter (204-89, college: Siena) contributed with a double-double by scoring 26 points and 11 rebounds (on 12-of-13 shooting from the field) for the winners. American swingman Chris McCray (196-84, college: Maryland, agency: VVG Sports) replied with 24 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists and naturalized Portuguese power forward Fernando Raposo Laurencio (206-89) added 17 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for SO Maritime Boulogne. Four Denain Voltaire and five SO Maritime Boulogne players scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Newly promoted Denain Voltaire maintains sixteenth position with 11-21 record. SO Maritime Boulogne at the other side keeps the seventh place with 15 games lost. Denain Voltaire's next round opponent will be higher ranked SPO Rouen (#15) on the road and it may be quite challenging game.
Top scorers:
Denain: J.James 31+7reb+3ast, R.Rossiter 26+11reb+2ast, L.Kante 19+3reb, N.Rohnert 18+7reb+4ast, X.Gaillou 6+2reb+6ast, F.Minet 5+1reb+2ast
Boulogne: C.McCray 24+5reb+4ast, C.Rouse 18+4reb, J.Mathis 17+2reb, F.Raposo Laurencio 17+7reb+2ast, J.Rousselle 14+2reb+3ast, Z.Bah 9+1reb+6ast
gschID: 151912


Antibes - Rouen 82-90
An interesting game took place in Antibes where 12th ranked Olympique Antibes (14-18) was upset on its own court by fifteenth ranked SPO Rouen (12-20) 90-82 on Friday. Olympique Antibes trailed by 19 points after 3 quarters before a 26-15 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 82-90 at the end of the game. SPO Rouen made 18-of-20 free shots (90.0 percent) during the game. Worth to mention a great performance of guard Pierric Poupet (191-84) who helped to win the game recording 18 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals and forward Samba Dia (201-84, college: West Plains JC) who added 16 points and 5 rebounds during the contest. Four SPO Rouen players scored in double figures. The former international point guard Steeve Essart (180-78) responded with 17 points and 6 assists and swingman Lesly Bengaber (197-79) scored 9 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists. SPO Rouen moved-up to fourteenth place, which they share with Le Portel. Loser Olympique Antibes keeps the twelfth position with 18 games lost. SPO Rouen will face Denain Voltaire (#16) at home in the next round.
Top scorers:
Rouen: P.Poupet 18+5reb+4ast, S.Dia 16+5reb+2ast, C.Bronchard 16+4reb+1ast, J.Siggers 14+1reb+1ast, L.Chelle 9+1reb, A.Dunn 9+9reb+1ast
Antibes: S.Essart 17+3reb+6ast, C.Brown 16+1reb+2ast, M.Badiane 12+7reb+1ast, L.Bengaber 9+11reb+4ast, F.Prenom 8+5reb, J.Allen 7+5reb+1ast
gschID: 140273


Bordeaux - Quimper 74-60
Not a big story in a game when 17th ranked Quimper UJAP (9-23) was defeated on the road by sixth ranked Bordeaux (19-13) 74-60 on Friday. The game was mostly controlled by Bordeaux. Quimper UJAP was better in fourth quarter 19-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 18-of-22 free shots (81.8 percent) during the game. Worth to mention a great performance of American power forward Kurt Cunningham (204-87, college: Boise St.) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 10 points and 14 rebounds and the other American import power forward John Ford (207-78, college: Colorado St.) who added 16 points and 7 rebounds during the contest. Four Bordeaux players scored in double figures. Liberian-American Pele Paelay (193-84, college: Co.Carolina, agency: Two Points) responded with 16 points and 4 steals and American guard Adam McCoy (195-86, college: N.Texas) scored 16 points. Bordeaux have a solid four-game winning streak. Newly promoted Bordeaux maintains sixth position with 19-13 record. Loser Quimper UJAP keeps the seventeenth place with 23 games lost. Bordeaux will face Lille Metropole (#9) at home in the next round. Quimper UJAP will play against Nantes (#13).
Top scorers:
Bordeaux: O.Bassett 18+1reb, J.Ford 16+7reb+1ast, S.Driss 10+6reb+6ast, K.Cunningham 10+14reb+1ast, J.Nzeulie 6+3reb+3ast, B.Elisabeth-Mesnager 4+2reb
Quimper: P.Paelay 16+3reb+3ast, A.McCoy 16+1reb+1ast, N.Roche 9+6reb+1ast, A.Salmon 8+9reb, G.Lessort 4+3reb, W.Molas 4+5reb+4ast
gschID: 140274


Bourg - Limoges 83-88
ProB top team - Limoges CSP Elite (26-6) added another victory to their record. This time they beat tenth ranked JL Bourg (15-17) 88-83. The guests were tied after three quarters but managed to speed up in last quarter eventually winning the game. Limoges CSP Elite made 23-of-28 charity shots (82.1 percent) during the game. They also forced 19 JL Bourg turnovers. It was a great shooting night for Limoges CSP Elite especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 56.3 percentage. JL Bourg was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. The winners were led by American power forward Christophe Massie who had that evening a double-double by scoring 23 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists and the other American import guard Kyle McAlarney (185-87, college: Notre Dame) supported him with 14 points and 4 assists. Even 22 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists by American guard Jimmy Baxter (198-80, college: S.Florida, agency: Court Side) did not help to save the game for JL Bourg. Guard Jesse Delhomme (191-85) added 10 points and 5 assists for the hosts. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Limoges CSP Elite have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 26-6 record. JL Bourg at the other side keeps the tenth place with 17 games lost. They share the position with St Vallier. Limoges CSP Elite will play against Aix-Maurienne (#4) in Aix-les-Bains in the next round. JL Bourg will play at home against Olympique Antibes (#12) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Limoges: C.Massie 23+11reb+4ast, R.Desroses 15+3reb+3ast, J.Gomis 14+1reb+2ast, K.McAlarney 14+3reb+4ast, N.Boungou Colo 9+4reb+2ast, J.Mipoka 7
Bourg: J.Baxter 22+6reb+4ast, O.Barro 12+5reb+1ast, C.Ferchaud 12+1reb+2ast, J.Delhomme 10+4reb+5ast, R.Chery 9+6reb+1ast, J.Volcy 8+4reb+1ast
gschID: 140275


Evreux - St Vallier 88-68
Everything could happen at the game between two tied teams. Both eleventh ranked ALM Evreux and 9th ranked Saint Vallier had identical 15-16 record. This time ALM Evreux used a home court advantage and outscored the opponent from Saint Vallier 88-68 on Friday night. The game was mostly controlled by ALM Evreux. Saint Vallier was better in fourth quarter 22-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. ALM Evreux looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Drake Reed (192-87, college: Austin Peay St.) who helped to win the game recording 26 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists and the other American import power forward Jeremiah Wood (200-85, agency: Court Side) who added 16 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists during the contest. Four ALM Evreux players scored in double figures. American point guard Kyle Shiloh (191-85, college: Nevada) responded with 13 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists and power forward Harry Disy (201-84, college: Louisiana Tech) scored 18 points. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. ALM Evreux (16-16) moved-up to eighth place, which they share with Lille. Loser Saint Vallier dropped to the tenth position with 17 games lost. ALM Evreux will face league's second-placed Boulazac Basket on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Saint Vallier will play against SO Maritime Boulogne (#7).
Top scorers:
Evreux: D.Reed 26+5reb+4ast, J.Wood 16+6reb+7ast, A.Rowland 14+3reb+6ast, G.Florimont 11+5reb, L.Konate 9+4reb, G.Costentin 5+4reb+4ast
St Vallier: H.Disy 18+4reb+2ast, K.Shiloh 13+9reb+5ast, F.Tortosa 12+2reb, D.Diarra 8+2reb, M.Toti 5+1reb, L.Prowell 4+6reb+1ast
gschID: 140276



French ProB round 32 best performance: Wilbert Brown - by Eurobasket News

American power forward Wilbert Brown (199-PF-84, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices) put on an amazing game in the last round for Maurienne, receiving a Eurobasket.com ProB Player of the Week award for round 32.
The 27-year old player had a double-double of 38 points and 10 rebounds, while his team edged out Lille (#9, 16-16) 86-82. Maurienne maintains the 4th position in French ProB. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Maurienne will need more victories to improve their 21-11 record. In the team's last game Brown had a remarkable 62.5% from 2-point range. He turned to be Maurienne's top player in his first season with the team. Former Niagara University star has very solid stats this year. Brown is in league's top in points (2nd best: 17.7ppg) and averages impressive 54.4% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 22-year old American Ryan Rossiter (204-F/C-89) of Denain. Rossiter had a very good evening with a double-double of 26 points and 11 rebounds. Of course Denain cruised to a 112-105 relatively comfortable win over the higher-ranked Boulogne (#7, 17-15). Denain's 16th position in the standings has not changed. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 11-21 record. Rossiter is a newcomer at Denain, but is already one of team's top players.

Third on the list of top players last round was another Denain's star - American forward Juwann James (198-F/C-87). James got into 30-points club by scoring 31 points in the last round. He went also for seven rebounds . He was another key player of Denain, helping his team with a 112-105 win against the higher-ranked Boulogne (#7, 17-15). The chances of Denain not to end season at such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 21 games, recording just eleven victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, James could try to bring Denain's a little bit higher in the standings. James has a very solid season. In 31 games in France he scored 15.0ppg. He also has 6.2rpg, 3.2apg and FGP: 58.9%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Christophe Massie (206-C/F-77) of Limoges - 23 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists
5. Nigel Wyatte (204-C/F-81) of Le Portel - 19 points and 13 rebounds
6. Ryan Ayers (201-SF-86) of Boulazac - 24 points and 8 rebounds
7. Nate Rohnert (197-G-87) of Denain - 18 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists
8. Antoine Eito (186-PG-88) of Vichy - 14 points, 5 rebounds and 9 assists
9. Nate Carter (198-PF-83) of Chalons-Reims - 19 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Bryan Mullins (185-PG-87) of Chalons-Reims - 19 points and 6 assists

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



French NM1 round 33 best performance: Lavar Simmons - by Eurobasket News

Bahamas power forward Lavar Simmons (201-F/C-83) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Roche, receiving a Eurobasket.com NM1 Player of the Week award for round 33.
The 28-year old player had a double-double of 17 points and 11 rebounds, while his team crushed Le Puy (#17, 5-28) with 24-point margin 86-62. Roche is placed at 4th position in French NM1. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Roche will need more victories to improve their 23-9 record. It was one of impressive evenings for Simmons as usually he does not deliver so high stats. Lavar Simmons averages this season 10.9ppg and 6.6rpg.

The second best player in last round's games was 29-year old Finnish Ville Kaunisto (204-F-82) of Blois. Kaunisto had a very good evening with a double-double of 18 points and 11 rebounds. Of course he lead Blois to another comfortable win outscoring the lower-ranked Sorgues (#8, 18-15) 97-64. This victory allowed Blois to move up to 5th position in . His team lost some distance to top teams. But 23-10 record is not bad and everything may still change. Kaunisto is a newcomer at Blois, but is already one of team's top players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 18.0ppg (#1). He also registered 11.5 boards per game.

Third on the list of top players last round was forward Julien Doreau (200-F-83) of Brest (#9). Doreau scored 26 points and grabbed six rebounds. He was a key player of Brest, leading his team to a 84-81 win against the lower-ranked Clermont (#15, 8-25). Brest needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams in . Their record at this point is 18 victories and 15 lost games. Doreau has a very solid season. In 31 games in France he scored 10.4ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Jonathan Tornato (210-C-89) of Blois - 19 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Benjamin Thomas (181-G-82) of Roche - 24 points, 3 rebounds and 5 assists
6. Tafari Toney (203-C/F-86) of Charleville - 24 points and 6 rebounds
7. Ian Caskill (207-C-81) of Cognac - 17 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Marcus Jackson (202-F-82) of Clermont - 13 points and 13 rebounds
9. Guillaume Merie (198-F-83) of Chartres - 16 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Mahmoud Diakite (197-G/F-86) of Clermont - 20 points and 4 rebounds

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



ProA Round 28: Top-ranked Gravelines-Dunkerque wins another game, secures first place - by Eurobasket News

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

ProA top team - Gravelines-Dunkerque (25-3) had no problems winning another game on Friday and secured first place before the Playoffs. This time they crushed thirteenth ranked Poitiers (9-19) 88-64. The game without a history. Gravelines-Dunkerque led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international center Ludovic Vaty (206-88, college: Moraine Valley CC) who helped to win the game recording 10 points and 5 assists. Swingman Pape Sy (201-88) contributed with 12 points for the winners. The former international power forward Pape Badiane (207-80, college: Cleveland St.) replied with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 13 rebounds for Poitiers. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Gravelines-Dunkerque have an impressive ten-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 25-3 record. Poitiers at the other side keeps the thirteenth place with 19 games lost. They share the position with Le Havre. Gravelines-Dunkerque are looking forward to face Paris-Levallois (#6) on the road in the next round where they are favorite. Poitiers will play against Sluc Nancy (#5) and is hoping to prove to their fans that the loss was just an accident.
The game in Nancy was also worth to mention about. Third ranked Entente Orleans 45 (19-9) played at the court of 5th ranked Sluc Nancy (16-12). Entente Orleans 45 defeated Sluc Nancy 83-73. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Cedrick Banks (190-81, college: Ill.-Chicago, agency: Higher Vision Sports) who helped to win the game recording 16 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists and Maleye N'Doye who added 21 points during the contest. At the losing side American guard Jamal Shuler (191-86) responded with a double-double by scoring 27 points and 10 rebounds. Entente Orleans 45 maintains third position with 19-9 record having six points less than leader Gravelines. Sluc Nancy lost fourth consecutive game. Defending champion keeps the fifth place with 12 games lost. They share the position with Paris-Levallois. Entente Orleans 45 will play against Strasbourg IG (#11) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Sluc Nancy will play against Poitiers (#13) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Worth to mention about the upset in a game between Paris-Levallois (16-12) and JSF Nanterre (14-14), which took place in Nanterre. Higher ranked Paris-Levallois lost to tenth ranked JSF Nanterre in a road game 77-83 on Saturday. The winners were led by William Daniels who scored that evening 22 points. Even 22 points and 7 rebounds by Lamont Hamilton did not help to save the game for Paris-Levallois. Paris-Levallois' coach Christophe Denis rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. JSF Nanterre have an impressive six-game winning streak. They moved-up to ninth place, which they share with Dijon. Paris-Levallois lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the fifth position with 12 games lost. They share it with Nancy. JSF Nanterre will meet higher ranked Chorale de Roanne (#7) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Paris-Levallois will play against the league's leader Gravelines-Dunkerque having rather not much hope for a victory.
Another upset was a game between Chorale de Roanne (15-13) and STB Le Havre (9-19), which took place in Le Havre. Higher ranked Chorale de Roanne was outleveled in a road game by fourteenth ranked STB Le Havre 96-62. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Chorale de Roanne. Christophe Leonard fired 14 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. STB Le Havre's coach Jean Manuel Sousa felt very confident that he used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. STB Le Havre moved-up to thirteenth place, which they share with Poitiers. Chorale de Roanne at the other side keeps the seventh position with 13 games lost. STB Le Havre's next round opponent will be bottom-ranked Hyeres-Toulon (#16) on the road.
Another upset was a game between Le Mans (17-11) and JDA Dijon (14-14), which took place in JDA Dijon. Higher ranked Le Mans lost to tenth ranked JDA Dijon in a road game 63-72 on Friday. It was a very good performance for Bobby Dixon who helped to win the game recording 19 points and 5 assists. JDA Dijon have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to ninth place, which they share with Nanterre. Loser Le Mans keeps the fourth position with 11 games lost. JDA Dijon will face higher ranked Cholet (#8) at home in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Le Mans will play against Pau-Lacq-Orthez (#15).

In the last two games of round 28 Pau-Lacq-Orthez was smashed by ASVEL on the road 72-53. Bottom-ranked Hyeres-Toulon was destroyed by Strasbourg on its own court 69-88.


ASVEL - Pau-Lacq-Orthez 72-53
No shocking result in a game when twelfth ranked ASVEL (12-16) crushed 15th ranked Pau-Lacq-Orthez (6-22) in Villeurbanne 72-53 on Friday. The game without a history. ASVEL led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 50 of its points in the paint compared to Pau-Lacq-Orthez's 28. It was a very good performance for naturalized Trinidad and Tobago guard Leo Westermann (198-92, agency: Beo Basket) who helped to win the game recording 18 points, 8 rebounds and 8 assists. The former international guard Edwin Jackson (191-89) contributed with 19 points and 4 assists (made all of his eight free throws) for the winners. Four ASVEL players scored in double figures. Slovenian forward Marko Maravic (201-79) replied with 8 points and 7 rebounds and the former international power forward Claude Marquis (204-80, agency: Prossin Sports Management) added 9 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Pau-Lacq-Orthez. Pau-Lacq-Orthez's coach Jean-Francois Laulhe tested eleven players seeing no chance for a win. ASVEL maintains twelfth position with 12-16 record. Pau-Lacq-Orthez lost eighth consecutive game. They keep the fifteenth place with 22 games lost. ASVEL will face league's second-placed Chalon/Saor on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Pau-Lacq-Orthez will play against Le Mans (#4) having rather not much hope for a victory.
Top scorers:
Pau-Lacq-Orthez: J.Morency 12+4reb+1ast, C.Marquis 9+8reb+1ast, M.Maravic 8+7reb+3ast, R.Lesca 7+3reb+3ast, A.Mendy 6+4reb+1ast, F.Lesca 6+2reb+2ast
ASVEL: E.Jackson 19+2reb+4ast, L.Westermann 18+8reb+8ast, H.Armstrong 11+7reb+1ast, D.Thompson 10+5reb+2ast, D.Haritopoulos 7+7reb+1ast, K.Tillie 4+4reb+1ast
gschID: 133711


Nanterre - Paris-Levallois 83-77
Worth to mention about the upset in a game between Paris-Levallois (16-12) and JSF Nanterre (14-14), which took place in Nanterre. Higher ranked Paris-Levallois lost to tenth ranked JSF Nanterre in a road game 77-83 on Saturday. The hosts trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 51-44 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. The winners were led by American forward William Daniels (203-86, college: Rhode Island) who scored that evening 22 points and guard Xavier Corosine (184-85) supported him with 18 points and 4 assists. Even 22 points and 7 rebounds by American power forward Lamont Hamilton (208-84, college: St.John's) did not help to save the game for Paris-Levallois. His fellow American import forward Jawad Williams (204-83, college: N.Carolina) added 15 points and 5 rebounds for lost side. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Paris-Levallois' coach Christophe Denis rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. JSF Nanterre have an impressive six-game winning streak. They moved-up to ninth place, which they share with Dijon. Paris-Levallois lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the fifth position with 12 games lost. They share it with Nancy. JSF Nanterre will meet higher ranked Chorale de Roanne (#7) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Paris-Levallois will play against the league's leader Gravelines-Dunkerque having rather not much hope for a victory.
Top scorers:
Paris-Levallois: L.Hamilton 22+7reb+3ast, J.Williams 15+5reb, E.Chatfield 14+2reb+2ast, D.Noel 10+3reb+3ast, T.Meacham 8+4reb+4ast, J.Aka 5+1reb+1ast
Nanterre: W.Daniels 22+3reb, X.Corosine 18+2reb+4ast, M.Judith 17+3reb+2ast, S.Brun 10+6reb+1ast, D.Garrett 6+5reb+5ast, M.Diarra 6+4reb
gschID: 133713


Le Havre - Roanne 96-62
Another upset was a game between Chorale de Roanne (15-13) and STB Le Havre (9-19), which took place in Le Havre. Higher ranked Chorale de Roanne was outleveled in a road game by fourteenth ranked STB Le Havre 96-62. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Chorale de Roanne. The game without a history. STB Le Havre led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 22-of-27 charity shots (81.5 percent) during the game, while Chorale de Roanne only scored one point from the stripe. They outrebounded Chorale de Roanne 39-26 including 26 on the defensive glass. STB Le Havre players were unselfish on offense dishing 23 assists. 25 personal fouls committed by Chorale de Roanne helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Forward Christophe Leonard (199-90) fired 14 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. American-Venezuelan guard John Cox (195-81, college: USF) chipped in a double-double by scoring 12 points and 10 assists. Five STB Le Havre players scored in double figures. STB Le Havre's coach Jean Manuel Sousa felt very confident that he used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Nigerian power forward Uche Nsonwu-Amadi (208-78, college: Wyoming, agency: Beo Basket) produced 10 points and 7 rebounds and guard Philippe Braud (194-85) added 14 points respectively for lost side. STB Le Havre moved-up to thirteenth place, which they share with Poitiers. Chorale de Roanne at the other side keeps the seventh position with 13 games lost. STB Le Havre's next round opponent will be bottom-ranked Hyeres-Toulon (#16) on the road.
Top scorers:
Roanne: P.Braud 14+2reb+1ast, D.Page 11+4reb+2ast, U.Nsonwu-Amadi 10+7reb+2ast, J.Holland 8+5reb+3ast, R.Wright 6+2reb+7ast, G.Lawal 5+4reb
Le Havre: A.Wiggins 19+5reb, C.Leonard 14+9reb+1ast, G.Jenkins 13+3reb+1ast, J.Cox 12+2reb+10ast, B.Boddicker 11+3reb+4ast, K.Houston 10+1reb+4ast
gschID: 133708


Dijon - Le Mans 72-63
Another upset was a game between Le Mans (17-11) and JDA Dijon (14-14), which took place in JDA Dijon. Higher ranked Le Mans lost to tenth ranked JDA Dijon in a road game 63-72 on Friday. The hosts trailed by 16 points after three quarters before their 37-12 charge, which allowed them to win the game. JDA Dijon forced 23 Le Mans turnovers. It was a very good performance for American point guard Bobby Dixon (178-83, college: Troy, agency: Beo Basket) who helped to win the game recording 19 points and 5 assists. The other American import forward Rob Lewin (201-80, college: Troy) contributed with 6 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. American point guard Taylor Rochestie (185-85, college: Washington St.) replied with 15 points and Brazilian power forward Joao Paulo Batista (207-81, college: Gonzaga) added 12 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Le Mans. JDA Dijon have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to ninth place, which they share with Nanterre. Loser Le Mans keeps the fourth position with 11 games lost. JDA Dijon will face higher ranked Cholet (#8) at home in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Le Mans will play against Pau-Lacq-Orthez (#15).
Top scorers:
Le Mans: T.Rochestie 15+2reb+3ast, J.Paulo Batista 12+7reb, M.Sommerville 8+7reb, A.Acker 8+1reb+3ast, H.Kahudi 7+2reb+2ast, C.Kahudi 5+4reb
Dijon: B.Dixon 19+3reb+5ast, D.Melody 10+1reb+2ast, T.Rupert 8+2reb, S.Marshall 8+1reb, J.Leloup 8+1reb+1ast, R.Lewin 6+8reb+1ast
gschID: 133709


Nancy - Orleans 73-83
The game in Nancy was also worth to mention about. Third ranked Entente Orleans 45 (19-9) played at the court of 5th ranked Sluc Nancy (16-12). Entente Orleans 45 defeated Sluc Nancy 83-73. The game was mostly controlled by Entente Orleans 45. Sluc Nancy was better in fourth quarter 22-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Entente Orleans 45 players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Cedrick Banks (190-81, college: Ill.-Chicago, agency: Higher Vision Sports) who helped to win the game recording 16 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists and Senegalese forward Maleye N'Doye (203-80, college: Furman) who added 21 points during the contest. Five Entente Orleans 45 players scored in double figures. At the losing side American guard Jamal Shuler (191-86) responded with a double-double by scoring 27 points and 10 rebounds and naturalized Ivorian guard Pape-Philippe Amagou (185-85, agency: Beo Basket) scored 16 points. Entente Orleans 45 maintains third position with 19-9 record having six points less than leader Gravelines. Sluc Nancy lost fourth consecutive game. Defending champion keeps the fifth place with 12 games lost. They share the position with Paris-Levallois. Entente Orleans 45 will play against Strasbourg IG (#11) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Sluc Nancy will play against Poitiers (#13) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Nancy: J.Shuler 27+10reb+3ast, P.Amagou 16+2reb+3ast, R.Kurz 10+2reb, A.Moerman 7+1reb, J.Linehan 5+6reb+8ast, K.Grant 4+2reb+1ast
Orleans: M.N'Doye 21+3reb, C.Banks 16+6reb+4ast, A.Sy 13+4reb+3ast, M.Pellin 12+4reb+4ast, Y.Sangare 11+2reb+5ast, B.Greene 4+5reb+1ast
gschID: 133710


Gravelines - Poitiers 88-64
ProA top team - Gravelines-Dunkerque (25-3) had no problems winning another game on Friday. This time they crushed thirteenth ranked Poitiers (9-19) 88-64. The game without a history. Gravelines-Dunkerque led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international center Ludovic Vaty (206-88, college: Moraine Valley CC) who helped to win the game recording 10 points and 5 assists. Swingman Pape Sy (201-88) contributed with 12 points for the winners. Four Gravelines-Dunkerque players scored in double figures. The former international power forward Pape Badiane (207-80, college: Cleveland St.) replied with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 13 rebounds and American forward Antonio Grant (198-76, college: S.Carolina, agency: Interperformances) added 15 points in the effort for Poitiers. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Gravelines-Dunkerque have an impressive ten-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 25-3 record. Poitiers at the other side keeps the thirteenth place with 19 games lost. They share the position with Le Havre. Gravelines-Dunkerque are looking forward to face Paris-Levallois (#6) on the road in the next round where they are favorite. Poitiers will play against Sluc Nancy (#5) and is hoping to prove to their fans that the loss was just an accident.
Top scorers:
Poitiers: A.Grant 15+2reb+2ast, P.Badiane 13+13reb+1ast, E.Fournier 12+2reb+3ast, A.Dobbins 7+6reb+2ast, P.Guillard 6+6reb+1ast, M.Fall 4+1reb
Gravelines: R.Jomby 14+4reb, P.Sy 12+4reb+2ast, L.Vaty 10+4reb+5ast, D.Issa 10+6reb, J.Reynolds 8+1reb+5ast, J.Edwards 8+6reb+4ast
gschID: 133706


Hyeres-Toulon - Strasbourg 69-88
Very expected game when 16th ranked Hyeres-Toulon (2-26) was smashed at home by eleventh ranked Strasbourg IG (13-15) 88-69 on Friday. The game without a history. Strasbourg IG led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 58 of its points in the paint compared to Hyeres-Toulon's 38. Strasbourg IG looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. Quite impressive performance for the former international center Alexis Ajinca (215-88, agency: Priority Sports) who helped to win the game recording 26 points and 5 rebounds. American point guard Kevin Anderson (182-88, college: Richmond) contributed with 11 points, 9 assists and 4 steals for the winners. Strasbourg IG's coach Vincent Collet used an eleven-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. American power forward Rick Hughes (204-73, college: Thomas More, agency: Interperformances) replied with 18 points and 8 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) and Senegalese forward Mouhammad Faye (208-85, college: SMU) added 17 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Hyeres-Toulon. Strasbourg IG maintains eleventh position with 13-15 record. Hyeres-Toulon lost twentiethth consecutive game. They stay dead last with 26 lost games. Strasbourg IG will face higher ranked Entente Orleans 45 (#3) at home in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Hyeres-Toulon will play against STB Le Havre (#14) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Hyeres-Toulon: R.Hughes 18+8reb, M.Faye 17+5reb+1ast, P.Morlende 9+2reb+3ast, S.Cisse 8+1reb+3ast, S.Fein 7+2reb+3ast, L.Labeyrie 5+1reb
Strasbourg: A.Ajinca 26+5reb+1ast, H.Invernizzi 11+1reb, K.Anderson 11+4reb+9ast, R.Greer 9+2reb+2ast, C.Oliver 9+6reb+2ast, N.de Jong 8+3reb+1ast



NM1 Round 33: No surprise as #1 Saint-Quentin defeats Chartres - by Eurobasket News

There will be only one (last) round of the Regular Season in NM1.

NM1 top team - Saint-Quentin (26-7) had no problems winning another game on Saturday. This time they crushed thirteenth ranked Chartres (14-19) 97-76. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Chartres. The hosts trailed by 2 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 1-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 97-76. It was a great shooting night for Saint-Quentin especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 53.3 percentage. American guard Keonta Howell (193-85, college: Toledo) stepped up and scored 17 points for the winners and forward Julien Lesieu (199-83) chipped in 13 points and 9 rebounds. Saint-Quentin's coach Sebastien Lambert felt very confident that he used 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The best for the losing side was forward Guillaume Merie (198-83) with 16 points and 8 rebounds. Saint-Quentin have an impressive series of eight victories in a row. They maintain first place with 26-7 record. Newly promoted Chartres keeps the thirteenth position with 19 games lost. They share it with Rueil. Saint-Quentin are looking forward to face Etendard de Brest (#9) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Chartres will play against Blois (#5) and is hoping to prove to their supporters that the loss was just an accident.
Fifteenth-ranked Stade Clermont (8-25) gave a tough game to ninth ranked Etendard de Brest (18-15). The visitors from Brest managed to secure only three-point victory 84-81. However their fans expected much easier game. Forward Julien Doreau (200-83) nailed 26 points and 6 rebounds for the winning side and Rafael Lopez accounted for 14 points and 9 rebounds. American forward Marcus Jackson (202-82, college: Marquette) came up with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 13 rebounds for Stade Clermont in the defeat. Etendard de Brest moved-up to eighth place, which they share with Sorgues. Stade Clermont lost their tenth game in a row. They keep the fifteenth position with 25 games lost. Etendard de Brest will play against league's leader Saint-Quentin at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Stade Clermont will play against Souffelweyersheim (#3) in Souffel. and hopes to get back on the winning track.
A very close game took place in Challans between Vendee Challans and Rueil. Tenth ranked Vendee Challans (16-17) got a very close home victory over 13th ranked Rueil (14-19). Vendee Challans managed to escape with a 3-point win 71-68 on Saturday evening. The best player for the winners was Fabien Herard who scored 11 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was Cedric Mansare who recorded 21 points and 5 rebounds. Vendee Challans maintains tenth place with 16-17 record. Newly promoted Rueil keeps the thirteenth position with 19 games lost. They share it with Chartres. Vendee Challans will meet at home Lievin Basket (#12) in the next round. Rueil will play against Roche and hope to secure a win.
Sixth ranked Blois (23-10) crushed at home 8th ranked Sorgues (18-15) by 33 points 97-64, which is the biggest margin this round. It was a good game for Ville Kaunisto who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 18 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line). Coach Hugues Occansey's team controlled all game and the coach could let to play 10 players and allowed the starting five to rest. The victory was the fifth consecutive win for Blois. They moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Charleville. Sorgues lost their third game in a row. They keep the eighth position with 15 games lost. Blois' next round opponent will be Chartres (#13) on the road and are hoping to win another game. Sorgues will play against the league's second-placed Orchesien BC (#2) in Orchies.

There were no shocking results in the rest of the games of round 33: Lievin lost to Angers BC 49 on the opponent's court 57-70. Bottom-ranked CFBB was outscored by Souffel in a home game 44-76. Montbrison was rolled over Cognac on the road 91-69. Roche crushed Le Puy on its own court 86-62. Charleville was beaten by Orchy in Orchies 92-76. Bottom-ranked CFBB was destroyed by Chartres at home 56-85.


Clermont - Brest 81-84

Fifteenth-ranked Stade Clermont (8-25) gave a tough game to ninth ranked Etendard de Brest (18-15). The visitors from Brest managed to secure only three-point victory 84-81. However their fans expected much easier game. Stade Clermont was tied at the half but could not keep up in last two quarters eventually losing the game. Forward Julien Doreau (200-83) nailed 26 points and 6 rebounds for the winning side and Spanish center Rafael Lopez (204-86) accounted for 14 points and 9 rebounds. Five Etendard de Brest players scored in double figures. American forward Marcus Jackson (202-82, college: Marquette) came up with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 13 rebounds and naturalized Mali swingman Mahmoud Diakite (197-86, college: Wyoming) added 20 points respectively for Stade Clermont in the defeat. Etendard de Brest moved-up to eighth place, which they share with Sorgues. Stade Clermont lost their tenth game in a row. They keep the fifteenth position with 25 games lost. Etendard de Brest will play against league's leader Saint-Quentin at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Stade Clermont will play against Souffelweyersheim (#3) in Souffel. and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Clermont: M.Diakite 20+4reb+1ast, M.Jackson 13+13reb+1ast, X.Delarue 13+6reb+3ast, J.Cortey 8+2reb+8ast, B.Matanga 7+4reb, S.Belghazi 6+5reb+1ast
Brest: J.Doreau 26+6reb+3ast, J.Lupot 15+3reb+5ast, R.Lopez 14+9reb+1ast, C.Eleka 10+5reb, A.Liorel 10+3reb+8ast, B.Vounang 6+5reb+2ast
gschID: 147206


Blois - Sorgues 97-64

Sixth ranked Blois (23-10) crushed at home 8th ranked Sorgues (18-15) by 33 points 97-64, which is the biggest margin this round. The game without a history. Blois led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They shot 62.5 percent from the field and made 19-of-22 charity shots (86.4 percent) during the game. Blois players were unselfish on offense dishing 31 assists comparing to just 14 passes made by Sorgues' players. It was a good game for Finnish forward Ville Kaunisto (204-82) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 18 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line). Center Jonathan Tornato (210-89) contributed with 19 points and 5 rebounds (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field) for the winners. Four Blois players scored in double figures. Coach Hugues Occansey's team controlled all game and the coach could let to play 10 players and allowed the starting five to rest. Forward Vincent Ateba (195-85, college: Missouri So.) answered with 10 points and Serbian forward Slobodan Ocokoljic (204-80, college: Weber St.) added 9 points in the effort for Sorgues. The victory was the fifth consecutive win for Blois. They moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Charleville. Sorgues lost their third game in a row. They keep the eighth position with 15 games lost. Blois' next round opponent will be Chartres (#13) on the road and are hoping to win another game. Sorgues will play against the league's second-placed Orchesien BC (#2) in Orchies.
Top scorers:
Sorgues: V.Ateba 10+4reb+1ast, S.Ocokoljic 9+4reb+1ast, C.Dos Santos 9+3reb, A.Thinon 8+1reb+2ast, S.Mekdad 7+1reb+2ast, Y.Bassine 6+1reb+3ast
Blois: J.Tornato 19+5reb+2ast, V.Kaunisto 18+11reb+4ast, D.Davis 15+1reb+5ast, T.Sani 13+4reb+1ast, G.Staelens 12+3reb+4ast, G.Tacita 11+1ast
gschID: 147207


Angers BC 49 - Lievin 70-57

There was a minor upset when 10th ranked Lievin Basket (15-18) was defeated on the road by twelfth ranked Angers BC 49 (15-18) 70-57. It was a very close game until the last quarter, when Angers BC 49's pressure prevailed and they won that period 29-18 extending their advantage to 13 points. 26 personal fouls committed by Lievin Basket helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a good game for forward SyPir Traore (204-85) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 15 rebounds. Guard Thibaut Lonzieme (195-89) contributed with 16 points (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field) for the winners. Naturalized American forward Antwon Hoard (199-72, college: Murray St., agency: ACMT) answered with 13 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists and American center Tyler Sanborn (209-88, college: Guilford, agency: Strategic Sports) added 13 points and 10 rebounds in the effort for Lievin Basket. Angers BC 49 moved-up to eleventh place, which they share with Lievin. Angers BC 49's next round opponent will be Montbrison (#16) on the road which should be theoretically an easy game.
Top scorers:
Lievin: A.Hoard 13+8reb+5ast, T.Sanborn 13+10reb+1ast, S.Cretaux 12+1reb, V.Mendy 6+9reb+1ast, V.Lehut 6+2ast, M.Hachi 3+2reb
Angers BC 49: T.Lonzieme 16+4reb+2ast, S.Traore 13+15reb+3ast, O.Sulpice 12+3reb+2ast, P.Drouault 10+1reb+3ast, A.Fellah 9+2reb+4ast, T.Pearson 8+11reb+3ast
gschID: 147208


CFBB - Souffel 44-76

Very predictable result in Paris where third ranked Souffelweyersheim (24-8) smashed bottom-ranked CFBB (2-31) 76-44. The game without a history. Souffelweyersheim led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding CFBB to just 6 points in third quarter and to 14 points in second half. It was a great shooting night for Souffelweyersheim especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 61.5 percentage. It was a good game for forward Jason Bach (198-87) who led his team to a victory with 12 points and 5 assists. Naturalized Chadian forward Jacques Alingue (201-88) contributed with 11 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Power forward Mouhammadou Jaiteh (201-94) answered with 5 points and 9 rebounds and guard Boris Dallo (193-94) added 9 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for CFBB. CFBB's coach Jacques Commeres gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. Souffelweyersheim maintains third place with 24-8 record having just three points less than leader St Quentin. CFBB lost their third game in a row. They stay dead last with 31 lost games. Souffelweyersheim's next round opponent will be Stade Clermont (#15) at home which should be another easy win for them. CFBB will play against Le Puy ASMB in Le Puy en Velay and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
CFBB: B.Dallo 9+5reb, A.Chassang 9+1reb+1ast, Y.Morin 8+1reb+2ast, M.Jaiteh 5+9reb+1ast, D.Inglis 5+6reb, A.Pesquerel 4+1reb
Souffel: J.Begarin 13+4reb+1ast, J.Bach 12+4reb+5ast, J.Alingue 11+9reb, S.Kancel 10+3reb, J.Tschamber 8+1reb+1ast, F.Broliron 8+2reb+2ast
gschID: 147201


St Quentin - Chartres 97-76

NM1 top team - Saint-Quentin (26-7) had no problems winning another game on Saturday. This time they crushed thirteenth ranked Chartres (14-19) 97-76. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Chartres. The hosts trailed by 2 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 1-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 97-76. It was a great shooting night for Saint-Quentin especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 53.3 percentage. American guard Keonta Howell (193-85, college: Toledo) stepped up and scored 17 points for the winners and forward Julien Lesieu (199-83) chipped in 13 points and 9 rebounds. Saint-Quentin's coach Sebastien Lambert felt very confident that he used 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The best for the losing side was forward Guillaume Merie (198-83) with 16 points and 8 rebounds and Serbian center Ljubomir Avramovic (201-79) scored 15 points and 7 rebounds. Five Saint-Quentin and four Chartres players scored in double figures. Saint-Quentin have an impressive series of eight victories in a row. They maintain first place with 26-7 record. Newly promoted Chartres keeps the thirteenth position with 19 games lost. They share it with Rueil. Saint-Quentin are looking forward to face Etendard de Brest (#9) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Chartres will play against Blois (#5) and is hoping to prove to their supporters that the loss was just an accident.
Top scorers:
Chartres: G.Merie 16+8reb+3ast, L.Avramovic 15+7reb+2ast, M.Vasic 15+4reb+2ast, Z.Bojovic 13+4reb+1ast, M.Ipouck 7+5reb, A.Barakaou 4+1reb
St Quentin: K.Howell 17+3reb+3ast, J.Ball 14+3ast, J.Lesieu 13+9reb, K.Bichard 13+2reb+2ast, D.Williams 11+6reb+3ast, O.Romain 11+1reb+1ast
gschID: 147202


Cognac - Montbrison 91-69

Not a big story in a game when 16th ranked Montbrison (6-27) was rolled over on the road by seventh ranked Cognac (21-12) 91-69. It looked good early as Montbrison took an 1-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Cognac had a 29-13 second period charge getting the lead and Montbrison was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 69-91. They outrebounded Montbrison 41-29 including a 15-4 advantage in offensive rebounds. Cognac players were unselfish on offense dishing 24 assists. It was a good game for American center Ian Caskill (207-81, college: JMU) who led his team to a victory with 17 points and 9 rebounds. Sadio Doucoure contributed with 13 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Four Cognac players scored in double figures. Cognac had such big advantage that coach Philippe Maucourant felt comfortable to give the chance to play for 10 players saving starting five for next games. American power forward James St Robert (203-86, college: Dowling) answered with 22 points and forward Regis Aubry (199-82) added 16 points and 9 rebounds in the effort for Montbrison. The victory was the third consecutive win for Cognac. Newly promoted Cognac maintains seventh place with 21-12 record. Montbrison lost their fourth game in a row. Montbrison at the other side, also newcomer in the league, keeps the sixteenth position with 27 games lost. Cognac's next round opponent will be higher ranked Charleville-Mezieres (#6) on the road and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Montbrison will play against Angers BC 49 (#11).
Top scorers:
Montbrison: J.St Robert 22+4reb+2ast, R.Aubry 16+9reb+2ast, B.Tillon 11+5reb+6ast, S.Salvis 5+1reb+1ast, K.Mondesir 4+4reb+1ast, A.Dumoulin 4+3reb+2ast
Cognac: I.Caskill 17+9reb+2ast, M.Bigote 17+3ast, S.Doucoure 13+6reb+2ast, C.Bertorelle 11+4reb+4ast, M.Buval 10+6reb+1ast, A.Lema 7+6reb+3ast
gschID: 147203


Challans - Rueil 71-68

A very close game took place in Challans between Vendee Challans and Rueil. Tenth ranked Vendee Challans (16-17) got a very close home victory over 13th ranked Rueil (14-19). Vendee Challans managed to escape with a 3-point win 71-68 on Saturday evening. Rueil was trailing by 4 points at halftime but managed to get 3-point lead after three quarters before a 23-17 charge of Vendee Challans, which allowed them to win the game. The best player for the winners was forward Fabien Herard (198-79) who scored 11 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists. point guard Sebastien Cherasse (184-84) chipped in 15 points. At the other side the best for losing team was forward Cedric Mansare (196-85) who recorded 21 points and 5 rebounds and naturalized Serbian center Streten Cabarkapa (204-84) added 11 points and 9 rebounds respectively. Five Vendee Challans and four Rueil players scored in double figures. Vendee Challans maintains tenth place with 16-17 record. Newly promoted Rueil keeps the thirteenth position with 19 games lost. They share it with Chartres. Vendee Challans will meet at home Lievin Basket (#12) in the next round. Rueil will play against Roche and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Rueil: C.Mansare 21+5reb+1ast, S.Cabarkapa 11+9reb+2ast, K.Gourari 11+5reb+4ast, G.Mdivani 11+8reb+2ast, M.Diame 5+7reb+1ast, G.Duro 4+2reb+1ast
Challans: S.Cherasse 15+2reb+2ast, M.Boutry 14+3reb, J.Almanson 13+3reb+1ast, F.Herard 11+8reb+6ast, N.Gouacide 11+4reb+1ast, R.Boissie 5+3reb
gschID: 147204


Roche - Le Puy 86-62

Everything went according to plan when fifth ranked Roche (23-9) outscored at home 17th ranked Le Puy ASMB (5-28) 86-62. The game was mostly controlled by Roche. Le Puy ASMB was better in second period 16-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Roche forced 19 Le Puy ASMB turnovers and outrebounded them 43-29 including a 33-22 advantage in defensive rebounds. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 23 assists. It was a good game for guard Benjamin Thomas (181-82) who led his team to a victory with 24 points and 5 assists (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field). Bahamas power forward Lavar Simmons (201-83, college: Master's) contributed with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. Four Roche players scored in double figures. Forward Yohann Smail (197-90) answered with 21 points and 7 rebounds and guard Remi Martin (189-82) added 11 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Le Puy ASMB. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. The victory was the ninth consecutive win for Roche. They moved-up to fourth place. Le Puy ASMB lost their third game in a row. They keep the seventeenth position with 28 games lost. Roche's next round opponent will be Rueil (#14) on the road and are hoping to win another game. Le Puy ASMB will play against CFBB in Paris and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Le Puy: Y.Smail 21+7reb, R.Martin 11+5reb+1ast, M.Gotagni 11+4reb, A.Daube 8+7ast, Y.Jacques 5+4reb, P.Gauthier 2
Roche: B.Thomas 24+3reb+5ast, L.Simmons 17+11reb+1ast, A.Toto N'Kote 12+3reb+6ast, M.Diallo 10+3reb+5ast, S.Hermenier 9+7reb, F.Bateko 8+1reb+1ast
gschID: 147205


Orchy - Charleville 92-76

There was no surprise in Orchies where 5th ranked Charleville-Mezieres (23-10) was defeated by second ranked Orchesien BC (25-8) 92-76. The game was mostly controlled by Orchesien BC. Charleville-Mezieres was better in third quarter 24-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Charleville-Mezieres 38-24 including a 27-15 advantage in defensive rebounds. Orchesien BC players were unselfish on offense dishing 24 assists comparing to just 9 passes made by Charleville-Mezieres' players. It was a good game for American guard Jahsha Bluntt (198-84, college: Delaware St., agency: David Lee services) who led his team to a victory with 22 points and 8 rebounds. Swingman David Cilly (196-81) contributed with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. American-British power forward Tafari Toney (203-86, agency: JEMsports) answered with 24 points and 6 rebounds and American forward Corey Belser (200-82, college: San Diego) added 13 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Charleville-Mezieres. Four Orchesien BC and five Charleville-Mezieres players scored in double figures. The victory was the sixth consecutive win for Orchesien BC. They maintain second place with 25-8 record behind leader St Quentin. Charleville-Mezieres lost their third game in a row. They keep the fifth position with ten games lost. Orchesien BC's next round opponent will be Sorgues (#8) on the road which should be theoretically an easy game. Charleville-Mezieres will play against Cognac and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Charleville: T.Toney 24+6reb+1ast, C.Belser 13+6reb+2ast, F.Bourdillon 12+3reb+1ast, N.Racon 10+2reb+2ast, C.Guillarme 10+2reb+2ast, D.Pistre 5+2reb+1ast
Orchy: J.Bluntt 22+8reb+1ast, O.Gouez 14+4reb, D.Petrovic 14+5reb+1ast, D.Cilly 12+10reb+1ast, A.Belkessa 12+4reb, E.Barbry 6+3reb+7ast
gschID: 147200


Round 31
CFBB - Chartres 56-85

No shocking result in a game in Paris where thirteenth ranked Chartres (14-19) outleveled bottom-ranked CFBB (2-31) 85-56. The game was mostly controlled by Chartres. CFBB was better in third quarter 18-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. It was a good game for forward Guillaume Merie (198-83) who led his team to a victory with 20 points. Serbian center Ljubomir Avramovic (201-79) contributed with 17 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Four Chartres players scored in double figures. Guard Boris Dallo (193-94) answered with 13 points and center Alexandre Chassang (199-94) added 16 points in the effort for CFBB. CFBB's coach Jacques Commeres gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. Newly promoted Chartres maintains thirteenth place with 14-19 record, which they share with Rueil. CFBB lost their third game in a row. They stay dead last with 31 lost games. Chartres' next round opponent will be higher ranked Blois (#5) at home and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. CFBB will play against Le Puy ASMB (#17) in Le Puy en Velay and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
CFBB: A.Chassang 16+2reb, B.Dallo 13+4reb+3ast, A.Racine 11+4reb+1ast, D.Inglis 6+3reb+1ast, M.Jaiteh 4+6reb, P.Rigot 2+1ast
Chartres: G.Merie 20+4reb+2ast, L.Avramovic 17+7reb+1ast, M.Vasic 17+3reb, Z.Bojovic 10+3reb+3ast, G.Lemon 8+5reb+3ast, M.Ipouck 6+2reb+2ast
gschID: 174729



Leo Westermann's 18 points and 8 assists give him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

19-year old guard Leo Westermann (198-G-92, agency: Beo Basket) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for ASVEL and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 28.
He had the game-high 18 points adding eight rebounds and eight assists for ASVEL in his team's victory, helping them to crush Pau-Lacq-Orthez (#15, 6-22) with 19-point margin 72-53. The game rather meaningless between the teams, which do not have any influence on the top of the standings. ASVEL maintains the 12th position in French league. ASVEL is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 12-16 record. In the team's last game Westermann had a remarkable 77.8% from 2-point range. It's his second year at ASVEL and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Leo Westermann averages this season 8.9ppg.

Second best performed player last round was Lamont Hamilton (208-C/F-84) of Paris-Levallois. He is American in his 3rd season at Paris-Levallois. In the last game Hamilton recorded impressive 22 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists. Bad luck as Paris-Levallois lost that game 77-83 to the lower-ranked Nanterre (#9, 14-14). Paris-Levallois managed to keep the same 6th spot in the standings. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 16-12 record is not bad and everything may still change. Hamilton is one of the most experienced players at Paris-Levallois and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 16.7ppg (#6). He also registered 8.0 boards per game.

Third place about best performers goes to guard Jamal Shuler (191-G-86) of Nancy (#5). Shuler scored 27 points and grabbed ten rebounds. Despite Shuler's great performance Nancy lost 73-83 to slightly higher-ranked Orleans (#3, 19-9). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. The last thing Nancy needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 16 victories and 12 lost games. Shuler has a very solid season. In 28 games in France he scored 13.5ppg. He also has 4.9rpg and FGP: 51.4%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Alexis Ajinca (215-C-88) of Strasbourg - 26 points and 5 rebounds
5. Rick Hughes (204-C/F-73) of Hyeres-Toulon - 18 points and 8 rebounds
6. John Cox (195-G-81) of Le Havre - 12 points, 2 rebounds and 10 assists
7. Edwin Jackson (191-G-89) of ASVEL - 19 points, 2 rebounds and 4 assists
8. Christophe Leonard (199-F-90) of Le Havre - 14 points and 9 rebounds
9. Pape Badiane (207-C/F-80) of Poitiers - 13 points and 13 rebounds
10. Marc Judith (192-G-87) of Nanterre - 17 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists

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



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  GABON   


CUP GABON: Analysis and commentary of Men Semifinals this Friday, April 27, 2012 - by Rodrigue Olivier Kassa

CUP GABON: Analysis and commentary of Men Semifinals this Friday, April 27, 2012

TOUNGUI BB (LBV) - STADE MANDJI (POG):.... 55-63
SOMO B (LBV) - MANGA BB (Moanda):........... 56-52

Final today saturday,April, 2012 at 20:00 : STADE MANDJI (POG) - SOMO B (LBV)

The stats on the brand of two teams (of 4 games) are:


SOMO B: 4-0, 188PM, 149PE, + 35
STADE MANDJI: 4-0, 224PM, 189PE, +38

Logically STADE MANDJI should win this final 3 points and be crowned champion in 2012 succeeding MANGA BB thank the coach MAVOUNGOU BAYONNE was eliminated ...

The finals in ladies and men we will designate the representative of Gabon for African competitions starting in July ...



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  GERMANY   

Standings - 1. Bundesliga

BBL Standings
 1. Brose Baskets 30-4 
 2. Ratiopharm 27-7 
 3. ALBA 26-8 
 4. Art.Dragons 24-10 
 5. B.Muenchen 22-12 
 6. s.Oliver Baskets 20-14 
 7. Telekom Baskets 18-15 
 8. NY Phantoms 17-16 
 9. Fraport SKY 17-17 
 10. EWE Baskets 16-18 
 11. Bremerhaven 16-18 
 12. Walter Tigers 15-19 
 13. Bayreuth 12-22 
 14. TBB Trier 11-23 
 15. Phoenix Hagen 11-23 
 16. EnBW L'burg 10-24 
 17. LTi 46ers 9-25 
 18. Goettingen 4-30 

Regular Season: Round 34

Apr. 28: Ratiopharm - s.Oliver Baskets 91-65
Apr. 28: B.Muenchen - Bremerhaven 86-73
Apr. 28: TBB Trier - Goettingen 85-83
Apr. 28: Phoenix Hagen - LTi 46ers 85-72
Apr. 28: EWE Baskets - EnBW L'burg 84-77
Apr. 28: Telekom Baskets - Fraport SKY 81-62
Apr. 28: ALBA - NY Phantoms 79-64
Apr. 28: Walter Tigers - Art.Dragons 74-85
Apr. 28: Brose Baskets - Bayreuth 102-65

Quarter-Finals: Round 1

May. 3: Brose Baskets - Telekom Baskets
May. 3: Ratiopharm - NY Phantoms
May. 5: Art.Dragons - B.Muenchen
May. 6: ALBA - s.Oliver Baskets


Stats Leaders - 1.Bundesliga

Points Per Game
 Bobby BROWN
  EWE Baskets
  (188-G-84)
  Avg: 16.9
 1. Brown, EWE Baskets16.9 
 2. Tucker, Brose B.15.6 
 3. Holston, Art.Drag.15.5 
 4. Wood, ALBA15.4 
 5. Swann, Ratiopharm15.3 
 6. Ensminger, Teleko.15.0 
 7. Jonusas, Phoenix14.8 
 8. Peavy, Art.Dragons14.6 
 9. Bryant, Ratiopharm14.5 
 10. Carter, Phoenix14.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 John BRYANT
  Ratiopharm
  (208-C-87)
  Avg: 9.4
 1. Bryant, Ratiopharm9.4 
 2. Chubb, EWE Baskets8.5 
 3. Ensminger, Teleko.7.7 
 4. Homan, B.Muenchen7.4 
 5. Zirbes, TBB Trier7.1 
 6. Troutman, B.Mue.7.0 
 7. Tucker, Brose B.7.0 
 8. Evans, Goettingen6.6 
 9. Watts, Ratiopharm6.6 
 10. Ovcina, LTi 46ers6.5 
Assists Per Game
 Jared JORDAN
  Telekom .
  (188-PG-84)
  Avg: 8.2
 1. Jordan, Telekom8.2 
 2. Holston, Art.Drag.5.9 
 3. Brewer, Bremerha.5.1 
 4. Wood, ALBA4.9 
 5. Everett, Bremerha.4.9 
 6. Brown, EWE Baskets4.7 
 7. Joyce, TBB Trier4.4 
 8. Hamann, B.Muenchen4.4 
 9. Campbell, Walter T.4.1 
 10. Bauscher, Goett.3.9 
Steals Per Game
 Nate LINHART
  TBB Trier
  (201-F-86)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Linhart, TBB Trier1.7 
 2. Kramer, s.Oliv.1.6 
 3. Trice, Ratiopharm1.4 
 4. Redding, Walter T.1.4 
 5. Gibson, Fraport SKY1.4 
 6. Bernard, LTi 46ers1.4 
 7. Holston, Art.Drag.1.4 
 8. Dorris, EnBW L.1.4 
 9. Carter, Phoenix1.3 
 10. Gaffney, Teleko.1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Tony GAFFNEY
  Teleko.
  (204-F-84)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Gaffney, Teleko.1.8 
 2. Davidson, Fraport1.7 
 3. Looby, EnBW L.1.6 
 4. Ibekwe, Bayreuth1.6 
 5. Homan, B.Muenchen1.4 
 6. Slaughter, Brose B.1.2 
 7. King, Art.Dragons1.2 
 8. Pleiss, Brose B.1.2 
 9. Bryant, Ratiopharm1.2 
 10. Constantine, Phoe.0.9 


Stats Leaders - 2.Bundesliga

Points Per Game
 Martin SAMARCO
  Karlsruhe
  (191-G-85)
  Avg: 20.8
 1. Samarco, Karlsruhe20.8 
 2. McKiver, Braves20.2 
 3. Alexander, ETB W.18.5 
 4. Reese, Duesseldorf17.9 
 5. Hassan, Leitersh.17.6 
 6. Reid, MBC17.3 
 7. Roessler, Karlsruhe17.1 
 8. Mason, Webmoebel17.1 
 9. Lipke, Leitershofen16.4 
 10. Howard, Karlsruhe16.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Justin HOWARD
  Karlsruhe
  (208-C-81)
  Avg: 10.3
 1. Howard, Karlsruhe10.3 
 2. Alawoya, Braves8.5 
 3. Uskoski, Kirchheim8.2 
 4. Richardson, Leiter.7.9 
 5. Black, Jena7.7 
 6. Gerwig, Cuxhaven7.6 
 7. Shaw, Chemnitz7.6 
 8. Harris, Cuxhaven7.3 
 9. Moore, Karlsruhe7.1 
 10. Webb, Crailsheim7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Ahmad SMITH
  Kirchheim
  (194-G-84)
  Avg: 6.4
 1. Smith, Kirchheim6.4 
 2. Jeka, Braves5.2 
 3. Johnson, Chemnitz5.0 
 4. Rice, Cuxhaven4.9 
 5. Holcomb Faye, MBC4.4 
 6. Burgess, Heidelberg4.3 
 7. Chavis, NBC4.3 
 8. Reese, Duesseldorf4.0 
 9. Williamson, Ehingen3.9 
 10. Diggs, Webmoebel3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Gary JOHNSON
  Chemnitz
  (188-PG-82)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Johnson, Chemnitz2.2 
 2. Bowlin, Leitershof.2.0 
 3. Matthews, Ehingen1.9 
 4. Brooks, Kirchheim1.9 
 5. Rice, Cuxhaven1.8 
 6. Capel, Cuxhaven1.6 
 7. Alexander, ETB W.1.5 
 8. Harris, NBC1.4 
 9. Alawoya, Braves1.4 
 10. Smith, Kirchheim1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Dmitriy CHEREMNYKH
  Braves
  (213-C-78)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Cheremnykh, Braves1.6 
 2. De Michael, NBC1.4 
 3. Williamson, Ehingen1.2 
 4. Zipser, Heidelberg1.0 
 5. Howard, Karlsruhe0.9 
 6. Harris, Cuxhaven0.9 
 7. Flomo, Duesseldorf0.9 
 8. Lawson, Chemnitz0.9 
 9. Schoo, Heidelberg0.8 
 10. Buechert, Ehingen0.8 


John Bynum (TBB Trier) I Expected A Lot More This Season After The Success We Had The Year Before - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

John Bynum (191-G-78, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: Metro St.) is a 34 year old 191 cm guard from Visalia California that will commence his second season with TBB Trier. He is a good fighter, fast and good in offensive playing. He is great athlete who shoot the ball with consistency from 3 and finish with authority on the break. He is a tremendous defender on the ball. He played college basketball at College of the Sequoias Junior College:from 1996-1998 and then transferred to Metropolitan St. (NCAA2): and played there from 1998-2000. He started his professional basketball career in 2001 in the Uk for the Solent Stars (United Kingdom-NBLConf): 31 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assist. In 2002-2003, came his first tour of duty in Germany for BSG Grevenbroich (Germany-Regionalliga): 24.7ppg, 9.2rpg, 6.7apg, 3.5spg. In 2003-2004, he played for the Ulriken Eagles (Norway-BNLO): Regular Season: 14 games: 20,1ppg, 8,1rpg, 2,5apg, 2,9spg, 0,4bpg.In 2004-2005, he was back in Germany playing for BSG Grevenbroich (Germany-2. can Bundesliga): 30 games: Score-5 (26.0ppg), 7.7rpg, Ast-4 (5.4apg), 1.7spg, 2FGP: 55.5%, 3FGP: 33.3%, FT: 63.6%. In 2005-2006, he played for InterCollege Etha Engomis (Cyprus-A1): only pre-season, then joined COOCOON Baskets Weiden (Germany-2.Bundesliga, starting five): 8 games: 15.6ppg, 5.9rpg, 2.0apg, 1.6spg, 2FGP: 51%, left in Jan.'06 and later that month signed at Eisbaeren Bremerhaven (Germany-1.Bundesliga): 21 games: 7.8ppg, 2.6rpg, 1.8apg, 2FGP: 56.5%. In 2006-2007, he played for the Eisbaeren Bremerhaven (Germany-1.Bundesliga): 31 games: 5.7ppg, 2.0rpg, 2.2apg, 2FGP: 43.1%, 3FGP: 25.0%, FT: 55.9%. In 2007-2008, he played for USC Heidelberg (Germany-ProA, starting five): 14 games: 14.4ppg, 4.4rpg, Assists-5 (4.6apg), 2.3spg, 2FGP: 54%, 3FGP: 27.3%, FT: 58.5%, left in Jan.'08 due to shoulder injury, in Feb.'08 moved to Digibu Baskets Paderborn (Germany-1.Bundesliga, starting five): 13 games: 6.3ppg, 3.0rpg, 2.4apg, 2FGP: 51.8%, 3PT: 14.3%, FT: 70.0%. In 2009-2010, he played in the PRO A for Proveo Merlins Crailsheim (Germany-ProA, starting five): 27 games: 16.9ppg, 7.1rpg, Assists-3 (5.4apg), 1.1spg, FGP: 51.8%, 3PT: 25.0%, FT: 62.8%. Last season with TBB Trier, he played 35 games: 6.9ppg, 3.7rpg, 1.5apg, FGP: 47.9%, 3PT: 24.0%, FT: 64.3%. He sat down with eurobasket before the last regular season game against BG Goettingen.

One last game to go in the regular season against BG Goettingen. How happy are you that the season is finally ending?


I wouldn't say I am happy that the season is over but at the same time it hasn't been the season I saw myself being a part of and I am very disappointed in the way the season turned out because I expected a lot more This season after the success we had the year before.

If you could ask God how to cure this seasons TBB Trier disease of losing close games what would you ask him?


Well there are a lot of things that I could ask for and a lot of things that uncurable for sure. But one thing I would definitely ask for was believing. I felt that we lacked the confidence of coming back when we got down. Anytime we got down in a game I don't ever think we had that urgency or we believed that we could come back and win a close game.

You played in the last loss in Ulm. How are you feeling again physically??

I am fine everything is back to normal and it felt good being back on the court even if I didn't play as much as I wanted to.

What is your memory of the 70-61 win in Goettingen this season?


I just remember us getting a lead early and holding them off later in the game. It was real early in the season and they have made some changes since that first time we saw them.

BG Goettingen have their last game in the Beko BBL before going down and will be motivated to end their run in the league with a win. What will be key in getting the win?


I just think we have to play hard and believe that we can win. We have two sides to this team and if we go out and play with confidence then I believe we should get the result we want.

Was the seven game suspension for Metta World Peace enough for his elbow on James Harden or too lenient?


I really thought he deserved more. If Andrew Bynum got five games for that action against JJ Barrea then Meta World Peace deserved at least a ten game suspension.

What remains the most vioelnt blow that you have ever seen in the NBA in the last years?

I haven't saw too many but one that I did like was when Chris child's socked Kobe in his jaw, that was my favorite one. Lol

What was the last DVD movie that you saw?


Thousand words with Eddie Murphy

Thanks John for the chat.



Josh Young (Walter Tigers Tuebingen) We Lost Some Games We Could Of Won Which Was The Difference For Not Making The Playoffs - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Joshua Young (185-PG-88, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Drake) is a 23 year old 185cm guard from Lawton, Oklahoma. He played at Drake from 2006-2010. In his senior year, he played 32 games: 14.4ppg, 3.9rpg, 2.7apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 44.0%, 3PT: 35.8%, FT: 73.0%. Last season he came to Germany and played for Bayer Giants Leverkusen (Germany-ProB, starting five): 11 games: 26.7ppg, 6.4rpg, 3.0apg, 2.3spg, FGP: 45.2%, 3PT: 45.3%, FT: 79.0%. He spoke to Eurobasket before the last regular season game against the Artland Dragons

The Walter Tigers Tuebingen have had some big wins this season, but where would you rate the win in Frankfurt?


I would have to say that was one of our more impressive wins this season. Frankfurt has really been on a roll this second half of the season and its never easy to steal one on the road from such a good team.

The team rebounded well after the six game losing streak to start the season. What do you think was key in the last two months for the team not reaching the Beko BBL playoffs?


We lost a few games that we could have won. Every game is important when trying to make postseason play. Those few games turned out the be the difference.

The Tigers close out the regular season at home against the Artland Dragons. What is your memory of the 108-103 loss at Artland earlier in the season?

I remember we got off to a great start and really controlled the game for the most part. They made a run and forced OT and we never rebounded after that.

David Holston had 26 points and 10 assists in that loss. Have the teams started to read his game better in the last months?

The more you see a player play, the more chances you have to scout his game and come up with ways to stop him from being effective. I think his injury also slowed him up a bit.

What will be key in getting the win at home?

We have to control the tempo and do a great job defensively, both inside and on the perimeter. If we can do that, and control the boards, we will put ourselves in a good position.

Was the seven game suspension for Metta World Peace enough for his elbow on James Harden or too lenient?


Being from Oklahoma, we would have liked to see him serve more of a sentence for that; but I think if its what the NBA deemed to be fair, it will have to work.

What remains the most violent blow that you have ever seen in the NBA in the last years?

The shot that Jermaine O'Neal gave that Pistons fan in The Palace has to be up there.

What was the last DVD movie that you saw?

I just watched Date Night, pretty funny.

Thanks Josh for the chat.





Dane Watts (ratiopharm Ulm) Scoring Over 70 Points Is Part Of Our Game - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Dane Watts (203-F-86, agency: Pro One Sports) is a 25 year old 203cm forward from Warrensburg, Missouri. He is playing his first season for ratiopharm Ulm. He played at Creighton (NCAA) from 2004-2008 with NBA player Anthony Tolliver. In his senior year, he played 33 games: 11.3ppg, 6.4rpg, 1.0apg, FGP: 53.4%, 3Pts: 42.5%, FT: 71.8%. In 2008, he came to Germany and started his professional basketball career with EnBW Ludwigsburg (Germany-1.Bundesliga, starting five): 32 games: 8.9ppg, 3.8rpg, FGP-1 (68.4%), 3PT: 30.8%, FT: 68.7%. In 2009-2010, he came to The Walter Tigers Tuebingen playing 34 games: 10.2ppg, 5.4rpg, 1.5apg, FGP: 57.1%, 3PT: 37.6%, FT: 71.0%. Last season for Tuebingen, he played 33 games: 13.7ppg, Reb-4 (7.6rpg), 1.1apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 57.9%, 3PT: 36.7%, FT: 54.5%; in May'11 moved to Hyeres-Toulon Var Basket (France-ProA): 3 games: 7.0ppg, 6.3rpg, 1.7apg, 1.0spg. At Creighton, he won awards such as MVC Tournament Winner -05, 07, MVC All-Freshman Team -05, MVC Regular Season Runner-Up -07, and MVC Tournament Semifinals -08. He spoke to eurobasket before their game against the s.Oliver Baskets Wurzburg April 28th.

How important was the close 78-77 win against TBB Trier last weekend? ratiopharm Ulm seems to be ready for the post season mentally.

It was important for us to get the W to stay in the 2nd spot, we have been in numerous close games this year and our team confidence has grown in each one,


The next game is against the s.Oliver Baskets Wurzburg. What is your memory of the bitter 61-59 loss in Wurzburg earlier this season?

The game was in Wurzburg, it was ugly, physical with a lot of fouls which is how they want to play. They were able to tip in a rebound with a few secs left to win.

What is your opinion on how the s.Oliver Baskets Wurzburg have been labeled a dirty team this season?

I have only seen them play against us but I know they like to use all of their fouls.

Will you be surprised if any team gets over 70 points? What will be key in escaping with a win?

Scoring over 70 is part of our game, we need to push the pace and limit their transition buckets to get the win in the Ratiopharm Arena.

How important is that this game will have real playoff atmosphere in it?

It is important to continue to build for postseason play, also to protect our home court.

Would the Fraport Skyliners be a club you would like to see in the first round? Jimmy Mckinney has stated that teams are afraid of their defense

It doesn't matter who we play although a lot of teams seem to think they want to match up with us?

Was the seven game suspension for Metta World Peace enough for his elbow on James Harden or too lenient?

I can't say if it was too lenient or not, it puts the Lakers is a tough position in the first round and costs him some money. Hope that Harden regains his high level of play for the Thunder in the playoffs.

What remains the most vioelnt blow that you have ever seen in the NBA in the last years?

Kobe getting 2 pieced by Chris Childs

What was the last DVD movie that you saw?

Good Deeds

Thanks Dane for the chat.



Darryl Webb (Crailsheim Merlins) Game 4 Will Come Down To Who Wants It More - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Darryl Webb (198-F-88, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Indiana, PA) is a 24 year old 198cm forward from Elkridge, Maryland. He is playing his first season in Germany in the PRO A for the Crailsheim Merlins. He played at Indiana, PA (NCAA2) from 2007-2011 playing a total of 126 NCAA 2 games. In his senior season, he played 32 games: 17.4ppg, 10.1rpg, 1.6apg, 1.5bpg, FGP: 49.6%, 3Pts: 29.1%, 72.6%. He helped carry the Crailsheim Merlins past the Webmoebel Baskets in game 4 with 39 points. He spoke to eurobasket about game 4 against MBC.

Crailsheim is down 2-1 to MBC. How tough was it sitting out game three due to sickness?

It was very tough to sit out of that game especially since we should have stolen that game on the road. At one point I thought about just suiting up and playing, but I just couldnt do it.

Game 3 was a close game. Do you think that if you had played that you might have been the difference in the team winning?

I think if I would have played I would have made a difference especially with coming up with some key rebounds, also the foul situation was pretty crazy so I could have been an extra body since our whole roster was in foul trouble that game.

Does the scouting get easier in a 5 game series with each new game or can the opponent still hit you with surprises?

The scouting does get easier somewhat but you never know its the playoffs and there will always be surprises. MBC has thrown a lot of different defensive looks our way and weve adjusted but I think game 4 will come down to who wants it more.

Billy Baptist had a strong game in the game three loss. How important has he been this season?

Hes been a very important part in our teams success this season with what all he can do. He can create, has a good mid-range jumper, and he can rebound very well.

Crailsheim have the home court in game 4. MBC Had very good production from many players.
What will be key in forcing a game 5?

For us forcing a game 5 were going to have to hit shots, rebound and get out on the fast break every chance we get. Also we have to force them into taking bad shots.

Were you surprised that the Kirchheim Knights swept the Gloria Giants Duesseldorf?

A little bit surprise I thought maybe they would at least get one game in that series since they knocked out Chemintz in the first round.

Can the Dallas Mavericks upset the Oklahoma Thunder?

The Thunder is too young and athletic for Dallas but if they can force Durant and especially Westbrook to take bad shot like they have been lately I think Dallas has a chance, but the team winning it all will be the Lakers!

What other upsets do you see happening in the first round of the NBA playoffs?

I think the Spurs better be careful playing against Utah in the first round that could be an upset happening also I have the Knicks beating the Heat in the first round.

What was the last DVD movie that you saw?

I havent watched any movies lately just watching TV shows, and watching the NBA.

Thanks Darryl for the chat.



Brose Baskets won the Regular Season with 30-4 record - by Eurobasket News

The Regular Season in BBL just ended. The round 34 was rather boring as all games ended with very predictable results.

BBL top team - Brose Baskets (30-4) had no problems winning another game on Saturday. This time they crushed thirteenth ranked BBC Bayreuth (12-22) in Bamberg 102-65. The game without a history. Brose Baskets led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Brose Baskets outrebounded BBC Bayreuth 35-23 including 28 on the defensive glass. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 27 assists comparing to just 12 passes made by BBC Bayreuth's players. 24 personal fouls committed by BBC Bayreuth helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American forward Anthony Leon Tucker (198-85, college: Texas) had a double-double by scoring 25 points and 11 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and the other American import point guard Julius Jenkins (187-81, college: Georgia South, agency: Pro One Sports) chipped in 17 points and 4 assists during the contest. At the losing side Nigerian-American forward Ekenechukwu Ibekwe (206-85, college: Maryland) responded with 19 points. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Defending champion maintains first position with 30-4 record. BBC Bayreuth lost third consecutive game. They keep the thirteenth place with 22 games lost.
Eighteenth-ranked BG Goettingen (4-30) gave a tough game to fourteenth ranked TBB Trier (11-23). TBB Trier managed to secure only two-point victory 85-83. However their fans expected much easier game. The former international forward Philip Zwiener (198-85) notched a double-double by scoring 22 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists to lead the effort and Maik Zirbes supported him with 13 points and 7 rebounds. Even 20 points and 9 rebounds by Zimbabwean power forward Vitalis Chikoko (207-91) did not help to save the game for BG Goettingen. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. TBB Trier maintains fourteenth position with 11-23 record, which they share with Phoenix Hagen. BG Goettingen lost sixth consecutive game. They stay dead last with 30 lost games.

There were no shocking results in the other games in round 34: LTi 46ers lost to Phoenix Hagen on the opponent's court 72-85. Walter Tigers unfortunately lost to Art.Dragons in a home game 74-85. s.Oliver Baskets were rolled over Ratiopharm on the road 65-91. B.Muenchen defeated Bremerhaven on its own court 86-73. NY Phantoms was beaten by ALBA in Berlin 79-64. EWE Baskets won against EnBW L'burg at home 84-77. Fraport SKY was outscored by Telekom Baskets on the opponent's court 81-62.


Phoenix Hagen - LTi 46ers 85-72

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 17th ranked LTi 46ers' (9-25) road loss to sixteenth ranked Phoenix Hagen (11-23) 72-85. The game without a history. Phoenix Hagen led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Strangely LTi 46ers outrebounded Phoenix Hagen 33-20 including a 16-3 advantage in offensive rebounds. They shot the lights out from three nailing 13 long-distance shots on high 59.1 percentage. LTi 46ers were plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. Lithuanian forward Zygimantas Jonusas (200-82) notched 23 points and 6 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) to lead the effort and American guard Davin White (186-81, college: CS Northridge) supported him with 20 points and 6 assists. Even 14 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists by Bosnian power forward Elvir Ovcina (210-76, college: Syracuse, agency: Interperformances) did not help to save the game for LTi 46ers. American guard Wayne Bernard (190-81, college: Davidson, agency: Interperformances) added 19 points and 5 rebounds for lost side. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Phoenix Hagen have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to fourteenth place, which they share with TBB Trier. LTi 46ers lost third consecutive game. They keep the seventeenth position with 25 games lost.
Top scorers:
Phoenix Hagen: Z.Jonusas 23+6reb+2ast, D.White 20+1reb+6ast, B.Kruel 20+3reb+1ast, T.Blackwood 11+2reb+5ast, E.Seward 4+1reb+1ast, M.Antonio Carter 4+3reb+4ast
LTi 46ers: W.Bernard 19+5reb+2ast, E.Ovcina 14+7reb+5ast, B.Stewart 11+4reb+2ast, K.Archibong 10+11reb, C.Prewitt 7+2reb, R.Pilcevic 5+1reb+3ast
gschID: 133395


Walter Tigers - Art.Dragons 74-85

Very predictable result in Tuebingen where fourth ranked Artland Dragons (24-10) defeated 12th ranked Walter Tigers (15-19) 85-74. It looked good early as Walter Tigers took an 9-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Artland Dragons took control and eventually winning the game that evening by 11 points. They made 20-of-25 charity shots (80.0 percent) during the game. Walter Tigers were plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. American center Darren Fenn (208-80, college: Canisius, agency: Limelight Hoops) notched a double-double by scoring 13 points and 10 rebounds to lead the effort and American-Puerto Rican forward Nathan Peavy (203-85, college: Miami, OH) supported him with 11 points, 8 rebounds and 4 blocks. Even 18 points and 9 rebounds by Bosnian forward Adnan Hodzic (203-88, college: Lipscomb) did not help to save the game for Walter Tigers. American guard Vaughn Duggins (190-87, college: Wright St.) added 14 points and 4 assists for lost side. Five Artland Dragons and four Walter Tigers players scored in double figures. Artland Dragons have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain fourth position with 24-10 record. Walter Tigers at the other side keep the twelfth place with 19 games lost.
Top scorers:
Art.Dragons: B.Thomas 13+2reb+2ast, D.Fenn 13+10reb+2ast, A.Hess 13+2reb, G.Gruenheid 13+7reb+1ast, D.Holston 12+3reb+5ast, N.Peavy 11+8reb+3ast
Walter Tigers: A.Hodzic 18+9reb+3ast, V.Duggins 14+2reb+4ast, R.Redding 14+2reb, J.Young 11+2reb+5ast, T.Nash 8+5reb+1ast, R.Spoden 5+1reb
gschID: 133396


Ratiopharm - s.Oliver Baskets 91-65

Not a big story in a game when 6th ranked s Oliver Baskets (20-14) were rolled over on the road by second ranked ratiopharm Ulm (27-7) 91-65. The game was mostly controlled by ratiopharm Ulm. s Oliver Baskets was better in fourth quarter 28-25. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. ratiopharm Ulm made 17-of-19 charity shots (89.5 percent) during the game. Americans were the main players on the court. Guard Isaiah Swann (188-85, college: Florida St.) notched 18 points and 6 assists to lead the effort and center John Bryant (208-87, college: Santa Clara) supported him with 14 points and 6 rebounds. Four ratiopharm Ulm players scored in double figures. Even 9 points and 9 rebounds by guard Chris Kramer (191-88, college: Purdue) did not help to save the game for s Oliver Baskets. point guard John Little (180-84, college: N.Iowa) added 14 points for lost side. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. ratiopharm Ulm maintains second position with 27-7 record having just three points less than leader Brose Baskets. Newly promoted s Oliver Baskets keep the sixth place with 14 games lost.
Top scorers:
Ratiopharm: I.Swann 18+3reb+6ast, J.Bryant 14+6reb, K.Nankivil 12+4reb+3ast, P.Guenther 11+1reb+1ast, S.Betz 10+7reb+1ast, S.Esterkamp 7+6reb+1ast
s.Oliver Baskets: J.Little 14+2reb, C.Kramer 9+9reb+2ast, R.Harris 8+1reb, B.Jacobson 7+3reb+1ast, J.Boone 6+5reb, O.Clay 5+2reb
gschID: 133397


B.Muenchen - Bremerhaven 86-73

Everything went according to plan when fifth ranked Bayern Muenchen (22-12) beat at home 10th ranked Eisbaeren Bremerhaven (16-18) 86-73. Eisbaeren Bremerhaven was ahead by 5 points at the halftime before a 48-30 second half run of Bayern Muenchen. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 23 assists. Americans were the main players on the court. Forward Chevon Troutman (202-81, college: Pittsburgh) notched 18 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists to lead the effort and guard Je'Kel Foster (191-83, college: Ohio St.) supported him with 15 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Even 16 points and 7 rebounds by forward Jason Cain (208-85, college: Virginia) did not help to save the game for Eisbaeren Bremerhaven. Guard Anthony Smith (196-86, college: Liberty, agency: Pro One Sports) added 16 points for lost side. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Bayern Muenchen have an impressive six-game winning streak. Newly promoted Bayern Muenchen maintains fifth position with 22-12 record. Eisbaeren Bremerhaven at the other side keeps the tenth place with 18 games lost. They share the position with EWE Baskets.
Top scorers:
B.Muenchen: J.Homan 19+3reb+2ast, C.Troutman 18+9reb+5ast, J.Foster 15+5reb+4ast, J.Wallace 7+5ast, J.Jagla 7+5reb+2ast, D.Greene 6+2reb+1ast
Bremerhaven: J.Cain 16+7reb, A.Smith 16+4reb+2ast, A.Canty 12+3reb+1ast, M.Smith 8+9reb+1ast, C.McNaughton 6+3reb+1ast, Z.Peacock 6+3reb
gschID: 133398


ALBA - NY Phantoms 79-64

There was no surprise when 7th ranked New Yorker Phantoms (17-16) were defeated on the road by third ranked ALBA Berlin (26-8) 79-64. The game was mostly controlled by ALBA Berlin. New Yorker Phantoms was better in second period 20-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded New Yorker Phantoms 41-25 including 28 on the defensive glass. The former international forward Yassin Idbihi (208-83, college: Buffalo) notched a double-double by scoring 18 points and 12 rebounds to lead the effort and American guard Kyle Weaver (198-86, college: Washington St., agency: Interperformances) supported him with 9 points and 10 rebounds. Even 14 points and 4 assists by American guard LaMarr Greer (196-76, college: Florida St.) did not help to save the game for New Yorker Phantoms. Center Nick Schneiders (221-84, college: USC Upstate, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) added 8 points for lost side. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. ALBA Berlin maintains third position with 26-8 record having four points less than leader Brose Baskets. New Yorker Phantoms at the other side dropped to the eighth place with 16 games lost.
Top scorers:
ALBA: Y.Idbihi 18+12reb+2ast, H.Schaffartzik 16+2reb+1ast, D.Wood 12+2reb+1ast, K.Weaver 9+10reb+2ast, B.Taylor 9+3reb+3ast, D.Allen 8+5reb+1ast
NY Phantoms: L.Greer 14+2reb+4ast, M.Umeh 9+2reb+1ast, N.Schneiders 8+4reb, R.Melzer 7+2reb+1ast, K.Visser 6+1reb+1ast, N.Mittmann 6+3reb+2ast
gschID: 133391


EWE Baskets - EnBW L'burg 84-77

No shocking result in a game in Oldenburg where eleventh ranked EWE Baskets (16-18) won against 15th ranked EnBW Ludwigsburg (10-24) 84-77. EnBW Ludwigsburg was ahead by 5 points at the halftime before a 31-15 third quarter run of EWE Baskets. They made 20-of-20 charity shots (100 percent !!!) during the game. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists. American guard Bobby Brown (188-84, college: CS Fullerton, agency: Priority Sports) notched a double-double by scoring 16 points and 10 assists (made all of his eight free throws) to lead the effort and the other American import guard Rickey Paulding (196-82, college: Missouri, agency: Pro One Sports) supported him with 20 points and 4 assists. Four EWE Baskets players scored in double figures. Even 17 points and 6 rebounds by American forward Matt Howard (203-89, college: Butler) did not help to save the game for EnBW Ludwigsburg. Bosnian center Ermin Jazvin (210-80) added 10 points and 8 rebounds for lost side. EnBW Ludwigsburg's coach rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. EWE Baskets moved-up to tenth place, which they share with Bremerhaven. EnBW Ludwigsburg at the other side dropped to the sixteenth position with 24 games lost.
Top scorers:
EWE Baskets: K.Hasbrouck 23+2reb, R.Paulding 20+4reb+4ast, B.Brown 16+3reb+10ast, A.Chubb 10+9reb+2ast, M.Majstorovic 7+7reb+4ast, R.Burrell 4+1reb
EnBW L'burg: A.Harris 19, M.Howard 17+6reb+2ast, E.Jazvin 10+8reb+2ast, J.Greer 8+4reb+2ast, A.Fisher 8+1reb+2ast, M.Dorris 5+3reb+5ast
gschID: 133392


TBB Trier - Goettingen 85-83

Eighteenth-ranked BG Goettingen (4-30) gave a tough game to fourteenth ranked TBB Trier (11-23). TBB Trier managed to secure only two-point victory 85-83. However their fans expected much easier game. The hosts were already 12 points ahead after 3 quarters before a 29-19 BG Goettingen's run in the last quarter cut the lead to 85-83 at the end of the game. They outrebounded BG Goettingen 37-23 including a 28-16 advantage in defensive rebounds. BG Goettingen was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. The former international forward Philip Zwiener (198-85) notched a double-double by scoring 22 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists to lead the effort and the former international center Maik Zirbes (205-90) supported him with 13 points and 7 rebounds. Five TBB Trier players scored in double figures. Even 20 points and 9 rebounds by Zimbabwean power forward Vitalis Chikoko (207-91) did not help to save the game for BG Goettingen. American guard Matt Bauscher (188-85, college: Boise St., agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) added 23 points for lost side. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. TBB Trier maintains fourteenth position with 11-23 record, which they share with Phoenix Hagen. BG Goettingen lost sixth consecutive game. They stay dead last with 30 lost games.
Top scorers:
TBB Trier: P.Zwiener 22+10reb+4ast, M.Zirbes 13+7reb+1ast, J.Washington 13+1reb+1ast, D.Joyce 13+1reb+3ast, N.Linhart 11+5reb+2ast, J.Bynum 6+5reb
Goettingen: M.Bauscher 23+1reb+2ast, V.Chikoko 20+9reb+1ast, S.Evans 9+4reb+2ast, M.Weber 8+2reb, P.Horne 8+2reb+3ast, D.Tucker 7+2reb+1ast
gschID: 133393


Telekom Baskets - Fraport SKY 81-62

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 9th ranked Deutsche Bank Skyliners' (17-17) road loss to eighth ranked Telekom Baskets (18-15) 62-81. The game without a history. Telekom Baskets led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Americans were the main players on the court. Center Chris Ensminger (209-73, college: Valparaiso, agency: Limelight Hoops) notched 23 points and 5 rebounds to lead the effort and forward Tony Gaffney (204-84, college: Massachusetts) supported him with 14 points and 12 rebounds. Five Telekom Baskets players scored in double figures. Even 18 points and 8 rebounds by forward Jermareo Davidson (208-84, college: Alabama) did not help to save the game for Deutsche Bank Skyliners. Guard Quantez Robertson (189-84, college: Auburn) added 11 points and 5 rebounds for lost side. Telekom Baskets have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to seventh place. Deutsche Bank Skyliners at the other side keep the ninth position with 17 games lost.
Top scorers:
Telekom Baskets: C.Ensminger 23+5reb+1ast, T.Gaffney 14+12reb+2ast, J.Jordan 13+4reb+6ast, B.Veikalas 12+2reb+1ast, T.Battle 10+1reb+3ast, A.Mangold 4+4reb+2ast
Fraport SKY: J.Davidson 18+8reb, J.McKinney 13+4reb+1ast, Q.Robertson 11+5reb+3ast, J.Burtschi 9+6reb+4ast, M.Nolte 4+1reb, D.Gibson 4+3reb+3ast
gschID: 133394


Brose Baskets - Bayreuth 102-65

BBL top team - Brose Baskets (30-4) had no problems winning another game on Saturday. This time they crushed thirteenth ranked BBC Bayreuth (12-22) in Bamberg 102-65. The game without a history. Brose Baskets led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Brose Baskets outrebounded BBC Bayreuth 35-23 including 28 on the defensive glass. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 27 assists comparing to just 12 passes made by BBC Bayreuth's players. 24 personal fouls committed by BBC Bayreuth helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American forward Anthony Leon Tucker (198-85, college: Texas) had a double-double by scoring 25 points and 11 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and the other American import point guard Julius Jenkins (187-81, college: Georgia South, agency: Pro One Sports) chipped in 17 points and 4 assists during the contest. Five Brose Baskets players scored in double figures. At the losing side Nigerian-American forward Ekenechukwu Ibekwe (206-85, college: Maryland) responded with 19 points and American forward Tyler Smith (201-86, college: Tennessee) scored 11 points and 5 rebounds. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Defending champion maintains first position with 30-4 record. BBC Bayreuth lost third consecutive game. They keep the thirteenth place with 22 games lost.
Top scorers:
Brose Baskets: A.Leon Tucker 25+11reb, J.Jenkins 17+1reb+4ast, C.Jacobsen 12+5reb+2ast, B.Roberts 12+5ast, T.Pleiss 12+7reb+1ast, M.Slaughter 10+2reb+2ast
Bayreuth: E.Ibekwe 19+4reb, T.Smith 11+5reb+3ast, B.Wyrick 11+3reb+2ast, K.Hamilton 6+1reb+4ast, R.Veideman 6+1reb, S.Schmitz 5+1reb
gschID: 133390



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Stats Leaders - A1

Points Per Game
 Nestoras KOMMATOS
  Marousi
  (203-F-77)
  Avg: 20.4
 1. Kommatos, Marousi20.4 
 2. Christmas, AGOR18.6 
 3. Charalampidi., KAO.15.6 
 4. Gagaloudis, Marousi15.6 
 5. Beck, Ikaros14.8 
 6. Dikoudis, PAOK14.7 
 7. James, Aris14.5 
 8. Taylor, Kavala13.9 
 9. Baynes, Ikaros13.6 
 10. Wright, AGOR13.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Aron BAYNES
  Ikaros
  (208-C-86)
  Avg: 8.7
 1. Baynes, Ikaros8.7 
 2. Haritopoulos, Maro.7.6 
 3. NaNa, Ilysiakos7.5 
 4. Stepheson, Panio.7.3 
 5. Kommatos, Marousi6.6 
 6. Symtsak, Kavala6.4 
 7. O''Bryant, Kavala5.9 
 8. Tapoutos, Aris5.8 
 9. Ceranic, KAOD5.7 
 10. Dorsey, Olympiacos5.7 
Assists Per Game
 Yannis GAGALOUDIS
  Marousi
  (192-G-78)
  Avg: 6
 1. Gagaloudis, Marousi6.0 
 2. Spanoulis, Olympia.5.0 
 3. Diamantidis, Panat.4.6 
 4. Charalampidi., KAO.4.3 
 5. Xanthopoulos, Pani.4.3 
 6. James, Aris4.1 
 7. Wright, AGOR4.1 
 8. Thompson, Ilysi.3.5 
 9. Calathes, Panathin.3.2 
 10. Jasikevicius, Pan.3.1 
Steals Per Game
 Zack WRIGHT
  AGOR
  (188-G-85)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Wright, AGOR2.5 
 2. James, Aris1.9 
 3. Thompson, Ilysi.1.7 
 4. Calathes, Panathin.1.7 
 5. Christmas, AGOR1.6 
 6. Logan, Panathin.1.5 
 7. Dorsey, Olympiacos1.5 
 8. Hatten, Kolossos1.5 
 9. Gagaloudis, Marousi1.5 
 10. Davis, Aris1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Patrick O''BRYANT
  Kavala
  (213-C-86)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. O''Bryant, Kavala1.5 
 2. Petway, AGOR1.3 
 3. Muldrow, Aris1.3 
 4. Elegar, Marousi1.1 
 5. Hines, Olympiacos1.0 
 6. Michel, KAOD0.9 
 7. Stepheson, Panio.0.9 
 8. Vougioukas, Panat.0.9 
 9. Tsontzos, Marousi0.7 
 10. Dorsey, Olympiacos0.7 


Standings - A2

A2 Standings
 1. Panelefsiniakos 22-6 
 2. Apollon Patras 20-8 
 3. AEK 18-10 
 4. Ikaroi Serron 18-10 
 5. Nea Kifisia 16-12 
 6. OFI 15-13 
 7. Arkadikos 15-13 
 8. Lavrio 15-13 
 9. Doxa Lefkadas 14-14 
 10. Ermis Lagkada 13-15 
 11. Amyntas Dafnis 13-15 
 12. Pagrati 12-16 
 13. Periko/Arhelaos 12-16 
 14. Perama Ermis 11-17 
 15. Panerythraikos 10-18 
 16. AEK/Argous 0-28 

Regular Season: Round 28

Apr. 28: Ikaroi Serron - Ermis Lagkada 91-68
Apr. 28: Periko/Arhelaos - Amyntas Dafnis 87-77
Apr. 28: OFI - Nea Kifisia 86-81
Apr. 28: Pagrati - Arkadikos 73-70
Apr. 28: AEK - Doxa Lefkadas 73-54
Apr. 28: Perama Ermis - Panelefsiniakos 72-83
Apr. 28: Panerythraikos - Apollon Patras 62-83
Apr. 28: AEK/Argous - Lavrio 102-107

Regular Season: Round 29

May. 5: Doxa Lefkadas - AEK/Argous
May. 5: Ermis Lagkada - Lavrio
May. 5: Amyntas Dafnis - AEK
May. 5: Nea Kifisia - Periko/Arhelaos
May. 5: Arkadikos - OFI
May. 5: Apollon Patras - Pagrati
May. 5: Panelefsiniakos - Panerythraikos
May. 5: Ikaroi Serron - Perama Ermis


Stats Leaders - A2

Points Per Game
 Alex STEVOVIC
  AE.
  (191-G-90)
  Avg: 19.8
 1. Stevovic, AE.19.8 
 2. Argyropoylos, Apol.19.4 
 3. Totsios, Ikaroi S.18.5 
 4. Iliadis, Ermis L.17.9 
 5. Pettas, Doxa L.17.2 
 6. Psileas, Lavrio17.1 
 7. Gizogiannis, Arkad.16.9 
 8. Nikitakis, Nea K.16.5 
 9. Vasilopoulos, AEK16.3 
 10. Kyriakopoulo., Pa.16.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Vladimir PETROVIC-STERGIOU
  Apollo.
  (198-F/G-77)
  Avg: 8.5
 1. Petrovic-S., Apoll.8.5 
 2. Gizogiannis, Arkad.8.5 
 3. Sklavos, AEK7.8 
 4. Krolo, Apollon Pat.7.7 
 5. Toutziarakis, OFI7.6 
 6. Lolas, Amyntas7.5 
 7. Nisiotis, Ermis L.7.2 
 8. Simeonidis, Ikaroi7.1 
 9. Macheras, Panery.7.0 
 10. Despos, AEK6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Leonidas ZOUPAS
  Amyntas .
  (182-G-82)
  Avg: 6
 1. Zoupas, Amyntas6.0 
 2. Papadakis, Arkad.5.7 
 3. Koronidis, Perama5.2 
 4. Vasilopoulos, AEK5.2 
 5. Nikou, Panelefs.5.2 
 6. Kaberidis, Ikaroi4.7 
 7. Makris, Pagrati4.6 
 8. Argyropoylos, Apol.4.6 
 9. Kekelis, Ermis L.4.2 
 10. Panagakis, OFI3.9 
Steals Per Game
 Darrel LEWIS
  OFI
  (192-G-76)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Lewis, OFI1.9 
 2. Vavatsikos, AEK/A.1.8 
 3. Pettas, Doxa L.1.8 
 4. Tsiotras, Arkadikos1.7 
 5. Nikitakis, Nea K.1.7 
 6. Magounis, Panele.1.6 
 7. Kallianotis, Paner.1.5 
 8. Margaritis, Ikaroi1.5 
 9. Totsios, Ikaroi S.1.5 
 10. Argyropoylos, Apo.1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Sotiris KATOUFAS
  Panery.
  (206-F-79)
  Avg: 1.2
 1. Katoufas, Panery.1.2 
 2. Karadolamis, OFI1.1 
 3. Libaris-P., Doxa L.1.1 
 4. Toutziarakis, OFI1.0 
 5. Koutroulias, Pagra.0.9 
 6. Krolo, Apollon Pat.0.7 
 7. Margaritis, Ikaroi0.7 
 8. Koukounias, Nea K.0.6 
 9. Noeas, AEK0.6 
 10. Anagnostopou., Er.0.6 


Alex Stevovic's triple-double lands him A2 Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

Talented naturalized Serbian Alex Stevovic (191-G-90) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for AEK/Argous and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com A2 Player of the Week award for round 28.
The 21-year old guard recorded a triple-double of 37 points addeding also twelve rebounds and ten assists, while his team lost the game against Lavrio (#8, 15-13) 102-107. AEK/Argous maintains the 16th position in Serbian A2. They are still not able to win a single game in the league yet. The season is in a full swing, so it's only a dream for the team to make it into top half of the standings. For contrary they may face relegation if the situation turns from bad to worse. AEK/Argous have already lost 28 games and recorded no victories. In the team's last game Stevovic had a remarkable 61.1% from 2-point range. He turned to be AEK/Argous' top player in his first season with the team. Stevovic has impressive league stats. He is league's best scorer averaging so far 19.8ppg. Stevovic

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 33-year old guard Kostas Totsios (191-G-78) of Ikaroi Serron. Totsios impressed basketball fans with 25 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists. Of course he lead Ikaroi Serron to another comfortable win outscoring the lower-ranked Ermis Lagkada (#10, 13-15) 91-68. Ikaroi Serron's 4th position in the standings has not changed. His team's 18-10 record is not bad at all. Totsios is one of the most experienced players at Ikaroi Serron and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 18.5ppg (#3).

The third best performed player last round was Alexandros Raptis (200-F-81) of Pagrati (#12). Raptis showcased his all-around game by recording 20 points, seven rebounds and four assists in the last round. He was a key player of Pagrati, leading his team to a 73-70 win against the higher-ranked Arkadikos (#7, 15-13). The chances of Pagrati ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 16 games, recording just twelve victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Raptis could help Pagrati to bring them higher in the standings. Raptis has a very solid season. In 28 games in Greece he scored 9.8ppg. He also has 5.7rpg and FGP: 58.0%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Giannis Kakiouzis (205-F-78) of Lavrio - 18 points, 2 rebounds and 5 assists
5. Michalis Perakis (207-C-84) of Lavrio - 23 points and 7 rebounds
6. Gianni Vavatsikos (201-F-90) of AEK/Argous - 21 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists
7. Dimitris Karadolamis (204-F-87) of OFI - 16 points and 8 rebounds
8. Christos Petrodimopoulos (209-C/F-80) of Nea Kifisia - 18 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Thodoris Panaras (195-F-77) of Periko/Arhelaos - 18 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists
10. Andronikos Gizogiannis (200-F/C-83) of Arkadikos - 11 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists

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



A1: Olympiacos is the first finalist, Kolossos beats Panathinaikos in Game 3 - by Eurobasket News

Panionios - Olympiacos 66-87 (0-3)
Olympiacos advanced to A1 Finals. The Reds cruised past Panionios as a guest 66-87 winning the series with perfect 3-0. They now wait for the winner of Kolossos - Panathinaikos series. Olympiacos was the regular season champion and will have a home court advantage in the Finals. The format is best-of-five. Olympiacos led from the first minutes against Panionios and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists comparing to just 9 passes made by Panionios' players. It was a good game for international guard Vassilis Spanoulis (193-82, agency: Beo Basket) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 10 assists. American forward Kyle Hines (198-86) contributed with 15 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Four Olympiacos players scored in double figures. American point guard William Keys (188-77, college: N.Mexico St.) answered with 18 points and international guard Vasilis Xanthopoulos (187-84, agency: FCM) added 5 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists in the effort for Panionios.
Top scorers:
Olympiacos: G.Printezis 17+4reb, K.Papanikolaou 16+4reb, V.Spanoulis 16+1reb+10ast, K.Hines 15+5reb+2ast, J.Dorsey 6+6reb+2ast, M.Gecevicius 5+2reb+5ast
Panionios: W.Keys 18+3reb+2ast, G.Athanasoulas 11, V.Kavvadas 9+4reb, J.Diebler 6+2reb, V.Xanthopoulos 5+6reb+5ast, N.Barlos 5+4reb
gschID: 175674


Kolossos - Panathinaikos 73-68 (1-2)
Panathinaikos was ahead by 2 points after three quarters before a 23-16 charge of Kolossos, which allowed them to win the game. The hosts came to 1-2 now and extended the series for at least one more game. It will be played on Monday and Kolossos will be the host. The Greens still needs one win for the Finals.



A2 Round 28: Leader Panelefsiniakos get another victory - by Eurobasket News

There are only two more rounds left in the Regular Season in A2. There were many interesting games last round. The round ended with favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

Leader Panelefsiniakos delivered the twentieth second win on Saturday night. This time they beat 14th ranked Perama Ermis (11-17) 83-72. Perama Ermis was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. Panelefsiniakos looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists comparing to just 11 passes made by Perama Ermis' players. Guard Giannis Kyriakopoulos (185-G-83) fired 22 points and 7 assists for the winners. Forward Nikos Mantzioris (197-83) chipped in 14 points and 10 rebounds. Forward Dionis Karabatsos (204-94) produced 13 points and 9 rebounds for lost side. Panelefsiniakos maintains first position with 22-6 record. Newly promoted Perama Ermis keeps the fourteenth place with 17 games lost. Panelefsiniakos are looking forward to face Panerythraikos (#15) in New Eritrea in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Perama Ermis will play on the road against Ikaroi Serron in Serres and is hoping to prove to their fans that this time they can win.
Bottom-ranked AEK/Argous (0-28) tried to put together a comeback for its first victory of the season, but they fell short in the 107-102 loss to ninth ranked Lavrio (15-13) in Argous. Worth to mention a great performance of center Michalis Perakis (207-84) who helped to win the game recording 23 points and 7 rebounds. Giorgos Tirlas contributed with 17 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Lavrio's coach Christos Serellis used entire bench in such tough game. Naturalized Serbian guard Alex Stevovic (191-90) replied with a triple-double by scoring 37 points (!!!), 12 rebounds and 10 assists for AEK/Argous. Lavrio moved-up to sixth place, which they share with OFI and Arkadikos. AEK/Argous at the other side still closes the standings. Lavrio will play against Ermis Lagkada (#10) in Lagadas in the next round. AEK/Argous will play on the road against Doxa Lefkadas (#9) and hopes to get finally their first victory.
The game in Heraklion was also quite interesting. 5th ranked Nea Kifisia (16-12) played at the court of seventh ranked OFI (15-13). OFI managed to secure a 5-point victory 86-81 on Saturday. Worth to mention a great performance of Dimitris Karadolamis who helped to win the game recording 16 points and 8 rebounds. At the losing side Savas Nikitakis responded with 24 points and 4 assists (made all of his ten free throws !!!). Nea Kifisia's coach Elias Papatheodorou rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. OFI moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Arkadikos and Lavrio. Nea Kifisia at the other side, also newcomer in the league, keeps the fifth position with 12 games lost. OFI will meet Arkadikos (#7) in the next round. Nea Kifisia will play against Periko/Arhelaos in Perikos and hope to secure a win.
A very interesting game took place in Athens. It ended with only three-point defeat on the road of higher ranked Arkadikos (15-13) to twelfth ranked Pagrati (12-16) 73-70 on Saturday evening. The winners were led by Alexandros Raptis who scored that evening 20 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. Pagrati have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain twelfth position with 12-16 record, which they share with Periko/Arhelaos. Arkadikos at the other side keeps the sixth place with 13 games lost. Pagrati's next round opponent will be league's second-placed Apollon Patras on the road and they do not belong to the favorites in that game.
The game with biggest result difference took place in Serres. Local Ikaroi Serron (18-10) outscored 10th ranked Ermis Lagkada (13-15) 91-68 on Saturday night. Kostas Totsios fired 25 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Ikaroi Serron have a solid four-game winning streak. They moved-up to third place, which they share with AEK. Loser Ermis Lagkada keeps the tenth position with 15 games lost. Ikaroi Serron will face Perama Ermis (#14) at home in the next round which should be another easy win for them. Ermis Lagkada will play against Lavrio (#8) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

Rest of the games of round 28 were quite predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
Amyntas Dafnis was defeated by Periko/Arhelaos in Perikos 87-77. Panerythraikos was smashed by Apollon Patras at home 62-83. Doxa Lefkadas was destroyed by AEK on the opponent's court 73-54.


Periko/Arhelaos - Amyntas Dafnis 87-77
There was a minor upset in Perikos where 11th ranked Amyntas Dafnis (13-15) was defeated by thirteenth ranked Periko/Arhelaos (12-16) 87-77 on Saturday. The game without a history. Periko/Arhelaos led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 19-of-23 free shots (82.6 percent) during the game. Guard Kostas Bechlivanis (180-74) fired 27 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Forward Thodoris Panaras (195-77) chipped in a double-double by scoring 18 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists. Four Periko/Arhelaos players scored in double figures. Guard Thodoris Vardianos (193-78) produced 21 points (made all of his twelve free throws !!!) and guard Leonidas Zoupas (182-82) added 9 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists respectively for lost side. Periko/Arhelaos moved-up to twelfth place, which they share with Pagrati. Loser Amyntas Dafnis dropped to the tenth position with 15 games lost. Periko/Arhelaos will face higher ranked Nea Kifisia (#5) in Athens in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game.
Top scorers:
Periko/Arhelaos: K.Bechlivanis 27+5reb+1ast, T.Panaras 18+10reb+4ast, P.Martzos 13+5reb, D.Marmarinos 12+10reb+1ast, G.Foutsitzis 6+3reb, N.Bochoridis 5
Amyntas Dafnis: T.Vardianos 21+3reb+1ast, F.Pagonis 14+1reb+2ast, L.Zoupas 9+6reb+5ast, B.Samothrakis 7+3reb, D.Chilaris 7+3reb, S.Tsougarakis 7+5reb+2ast
gschID: 138539


OFI - Nea Kifisia 86-81
The game in Heraklion was also quite interesting. 5th ranked Nea Kifisia (16-12) played at the court of seventh ranked OFI (15-13). OFI managed to secure a 5-point victory 86-81 on Saturday. The hosts trailed by 2 points after three quarters before their 26-19 charge, which allowed them to win the game. OFI made 20-of-22 free shots (90.9 percent) during the game. Worth to mention a great performance of forward Dimitris Karadolamis (204-87, agency: FCM) who helped to win the game recording 16 points and 8 rebounds and power forward Dimitris Katiakos (205-87) who added 14 points during the contest. Five OFI players scored in double figures. At the losing side guard Savas Nikitakis (184-76) responded with 24 points and 4 assists (made all of his ten free throws !!!) and power forward Christos Petrodimopoulos (209-80, agency: FCM) scored 18 points and 6 rebounds. Nea Kifisia's coach Elias Papatheodorou rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. OFI moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Arkadikos and Lavrio. Nea Kifisia at the other side, also newcomer in the league, keeps the fifth position with 12 games lost. OFI will meet Arkadikos (#7) in the next round. Nea Kifisia will play against Periko/Arhelaos in Perikos and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
OFI: D.Karadolamis 16+8reb+1ast, D.Katiakos 14+4reb+2ast, A.Sizopoulos 14+2reb+2ast, D.Lewis 12+5reb+1ast, N.Orfanos 11+1ast, K.Balafas 10+1reb+2ast
Nea Kifisia: S.Nikitakis 24+2reb+4ast, C.Petrodimopoulos 18+6reb+2ast, M.Kolokas 13+9reb+3ast, T.Sioutis 9+10reb, F.Moschovitis 8+1reb+4ast, S.Diamantopoulos 7+3reb+1ast
gschID: 138540


Pagrati - Arkadikos 73-70
A very interesting game took place in Athens. It ended with only three-point defeat on the road of higher ranked Arkadikos (15-13) to twelfth ranked Pagrati (12-16) 73-70 on Saturday evening. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Arkadikos won fourth quarter 19-12. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The winners were led by forward Alexandros Raptis (200-81) who scored that evening 20 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists and guard Sakis Veskoukis (195-80) supported him with 15 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. Even 11 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists by power forward Andronikos Gizogiannis (200-83, agency: FCM) did not help to save the game for Arkadikos. Forward Panagiotis Ifantis (203-80, agency: FCM) added 16 points (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) for lost side. Pagrati have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain twelfth position with 12-16 record, which they share with Periko/Arhelaos. Arkadikos at the other side keeps the sixth place with 13 games lost. Pagrati's next round opponent will be league's second-placed Apollon Patras on the road and they do not belong to the favorites in that game.
Top scorers:
Pagrati: G.Dimakos 20+4reb+1ast, A.Raptis 20+7reb+4ast, S.Veskoukis 15+7reb+5ast, A.Antonakis 8+4reb+3ast, A.Koutroulias 7+4reb+4ast, C.Vidalis 3+1reb+2ast
Arkadikos: S.Gizogiannis 16+5reb+1ast, P.Ifantis 16+4reb+2ast, A.Gizogiannis 11+9reb+6ast, P.Kosanovic 9+4reb, M.Papadakis 6+1reb+4ast, T.Tsiotras 6+4reb+2ast
gschID: 138541


Panerythraikos - Apollon Patras 62-83
No shocking result in a game in New Eritrea where second ranked Apollon Patras (20-8) smashed 15th ranked Panerythraikos (10-18) 83-62 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Apollon Patras. Panerythraikos was better in fourth quarter 23-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Guard Nikos Argyropoylos (188-78) fired 21 points and 4 assists for the winners (made all of his seven free throws). Naturalized Serbian swingman Vladimir Petrovic-Stergiou (198-77, agency: BeoExcell) chipped in 13 points and 7 rebounds. Center Kostas Macheras (205-85, agency: FCM) produced 10 points and 8 rebounds and guard Giannis Rodostoglou (197-83) added 10 points and 5 rebounds respectively for lost side. Four Panerythraikos players scored in double figures. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Apollon Patras maintains second position with 20-8 record having just two points less than leader Panelefsiniakos. Panerythraikos lost sixth consecutive game. They keep the fifteenth place with 18 games lost. Apollon Patras will face Pagrati (#12) in Athens in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Panerythraikos will play on the road against the league's leader Panelefsiniakos in Eleusina.
Top scorers:
Apollon Patras: N.Argyropoylos 21+4reb+4ast, V.Petrovic-Stergiou 13+7reb+2ast, I.Lianos 11+5reb+2ast, D.Virijevic 9+4reb, I.Krolo 9+6reb, S.Daniil 8+2reb
Panerythraikos: N.Pritsos 11+4reb, T.Kallianotis 10+4reb+1ast, G.Rodostoglou 10+5reb+3ast, K.Macheras 10+8reb, A.Michaloglou 9+4reb+1ast, S.Kontoudis 4+2reb+2ast
gschID: 138542


Perama Ermis - Panelefsiniakos 72-83
Leader Panelefsiniakos delivered the twentieth second win on Saturday night. This time they beat 14th ranked Perama Ermis (11-17) 83-72. Perama Ermis was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. Panelefsiniakos looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists comparing to just 11 passes made by Perama Ermis' players. Guard Giannis Kyriakopoulos (185-83) fired 22 points and 7 assists for the winners. Forward Nikos Mantzioris (197-83) chipped in a double-double by scoring 14 points and 10 rebounds. Forward Dionis Karabatsos (204-94) produced 13 points and 9 rebounds and forward Leonidas Skoutaris (198-77, college: Cleveland St.) added 19 points respectively for lost side. Five Panelefsiniakos and four Perama Ermis players scored in double figures. Panelefsiniakos maintains first position with 22-6 record. Newly promoted Perama Ermis keeps the fourteenth place with 17 games lost. Panelefsiniakos are looking forward to face Panerythraikos (#15) in New Eritrea in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Perama Ermis will play on the road against Ikaroi Serron in Serres and is hoping to prove to their fans that this time they can win.
Top scorers:
Panelefsiniakos: G.Kyriakopoulos 22+2reb+7ast, N.Mantzioris 14+10reb+2ast, V.Koukouravas 12+3reb+6ast, V.Giannoulakos 12+3reb, N.Voulgaris 10+5reb+2ast, T.Konstantakopoulos 5+4reb+1ast
Perama Ermis: L.Skoutaris 19+3reb, D.Kapiniaris 16+2reb+3ast, D.Karabatsos 13+9reb, M.Milicevic 11+5reb+2ast, K.Paschalis 6+5reb+2ast, D.Tsarouchas 3+3reb
gschID: 138543


AEK - Doxa Lefkadas 73-54
Very expected game in Athens where 8th ranked Doxa Lefkadas (14-14) was rolled over by third ranked AEK (18-10) 73-54 on Saturday. The game without a history. AEK led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They also forced 19 Doxa Lefkadas turnovers. Guard Fotis Vasilopoulos (187-86) fired 17 points and 7 assists for the winners. Guard Antonis Mantzaris (196-86) chipped in 16 points. Guard Nektarios Marousits (194-89) produced 13 points (made all of his seven free throws) and forward Vasilis Vagenas (202-80) added 7 points and 6 rebounds respectively for lost side. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. AEK have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain third position with 18-10 record having four points less than leader Panelefsiniakos, which they share with Ikaroi Serron. Newly promoted Doxa Lefkadas dropped to the ninth place with 14 games lost. AEK's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Athens to the arena Amyntas Dafnis.
Top scorers:
AEK: F.Vasilopoulos 17+2reb+7ast, A.Mantzaris 16+4reb, V.Sklavos 12+5reb+1ast, N.Kourtis 6+4reb, D.Despos 6+6reb+3ast, A.Falekas 5+2ast
Doxa Lefkadas: N.Marousits 13+4reb+1ast, O.Matenidis 10+1reb+1ast, V.Ekine 9+2reb, V.Vagenas 7+6reb+1ast, A.Vournas 6+5reb+3ast, K.Tsotsos 6+3reb+1ast
gschID: 138536


AEK/Argous - Lavrio 102-107
Bottom-ranked AEK/Argous (0-28) tried to put together a comeback for its first victory of the season, but they fell short in the 107-102 loss to ninth ranked Lavrio (15-13) in Argous. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But AEK/Argous won third quarter 33-24. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Lavrio players were unselfish on offense dishing 38 assists comparing to just 18 passes made by AEK/Argous' players. Worth to mention a great performance of center Michalis Perakis (207-84) who helped to win the game recording 23 points and 7 rebounds. Swingman Giorgos Tirlas (197-80) contributed with 17 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Lavrio's coach Christos Serellis used entire bench in such tough game. Naturalized Serbian guard Alex Stevovic (191-90) replied with a triple-double by scoring 37 points (!!!), 12 rebounds and 10 assists and forward Gianni Vavatsikos (201-90) added 21 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists in the effort for AEK/Argous. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Lavrio moved-up to sixth place, which they share with OFI and Arkadikos. AEK/Argous at the other side still closes the standings. Lavrio will play against Ermis Lagkada (#10) in Lagadas in the next round. AEK/Argous will play on the road against Doxa Lefkadas (#9) and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Lavrio: M.Perakis 23+7reb+1ast, N.Psileas 23+1reb+2ast, G.Kakiouzis 18+2reb+5ast, G.Tirlas 17+7reb+3ast, D.Giannakopoulos 10+4reb+4ast, G.Psomaderis 7+6reb+2ast
AEK/Argous: A.Stevovic 37+12reb+10ast, G.Vavatsikos 21+7reb+4ast, G.Flevaris 17+3reb+1ast, V.Stateras 14+3reb+2ast, G.Vourdoulas 13+2reb+1ast, G.Koukounias 0
gschID: 138537


Ikaroi Serron - Ermis Lagkada 91-68
The game with biggest result difference took place in Serres. Local Ikaroi Serron (18-10) outscored 10th ranked Ermis Lagkada (13-15) 91-68 on Saturday night. The game without a history. Ikaroi Serron led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Ikaroi Serron outrebounded Ermis Lagkada 42-23 including a 34-14 advantage in defensive rebounds. Ermis Lagkada was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. Guard Kostas Totsios (191-78) fired 25 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Forward Filipp Simeonidis (204-80, agency: Court Side) chipped in 17 points and 8 rebounds. Five Ikaroi Serron players scored in double figures. Center Giorgos Anagnostopoulos (207-80) produced 14 points and the former international guard Savvas Iliadis (192-79) added 10 points respectively for lost side. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Ikaroi Serron have a solid four-game winning streak. They moved-up to third place, which they share with AEK. Loser Ermis Lagkada keeps the tenth position with 15 games lost. Ikaroi Serron will face Perama Ermis (#14) at home in the next round which should be another easy win for them. Ermis Lagkada will play against Lavrio (#8) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Ikaroi Serron: K.Totsios 25+5reb+2ast, G.Theodorakos 17+5reb, F.Simeonidis 17+8reb+2ast, H.Voivatopoulos 12+4reb+1ast, S.Kaberidis 12+4reb+8ast, P.Gripsios 3+5reb
Ermis Lagkada: G.Anagnostopoulos 14+4reb, S.Iliadis 10+2reb+2ast, H.Plioukas 9+1ast, N.Gamouras 8+4reb+1ast, S.Nisiotis 8+3reb, G.Kaiklis 5
gschID: 138538



39th Greek U21 league: Top six - Day 1 - by Chris Mammides

During the first day of the final round of the top six teams for the 39th U21 competition, which takes place in Kavala, the results were as follows:
Ikaros Kallitheas - Mantoulidis 78-69

Panathinaikos Athens - AGS Ioanninon 81-45
SFK Perikos/Arhelaos - Ergotelis Crete 51-67


Ikaros Kallitheas - Mas Mantoulidis 78-69
In the derby of the opener, the team of Coach Tsaousidis, Ikaros Kallitheas having in a great afternoon the Talented Larentzakis beat the team of Coach Dimitris Nikolaidis , Mas Mantoulidis with 78-69 in a game which was a derby from the early beginning until the end and the score is quite plasmatic as the two teams was match closer than the final eight points. Ikaros Kallitheas succeeded a crucial series of 18-6 from the 13th to the 20th minute which gave them the momentum of the game and remained until the very end.
Quarters: 19-20, 39-34, 57-50, 78-69
Top scorers:
Ikaros Kallitheas: Giannoulis Larentzakis (196-G/F-93) 26, Andreas Oikonomopoulos (206-F-94) 12, Kefalas 14
Mas Mantoulidis: Dimitrios Siologkas (199-F-94) 13, Apostolos Naoumis (196-G-93) 20, Diamantis Slaftsakis (198-F/G-94) 18.


Panathinaikos Athens - AGS Ioanninon 81-45
In the second game of the premier day the team of Head Coach Papadopoulos, Panathinaikos Athens had no problems against AGS Ioanninon and thrashed the team of Coach Tsoukanelis with 81-45. There was a great gap in the quality and the talent of the two teams as from the team of Ioannina only Dimitrios Mantzios (95) was able to become a thread for the Greens, as last seasons top performer of the team, Anagnostakis was not at his best. On the other hand, from the team of Panathinaikos Athens, Thodis, Drakopoulos, Gontikas, Fotios Zoumpos (191-G-93) and Giannis Dimakopoulos (213-C-94) ended the game with double digits while another five players added their name in the scoring list.
Quarters: 18-8, 40-20, 59-32, and 81-45
Top Scorers:
Panathinaikos Athens: Thodis 16, Drakopoulos 10, Gontikas 10, Giannis Dimakopoulos 10, Fotios Zoumpos 15.
AGS Ioanninon : Anagnostakis 10, Dimitrios Mantzios 14

SFK Perikos/Arhelaos - Ergotelis Crete 51-67

On the last game of the premier the team of Ergotelis Crete beat the surprise of this top 6, SFK Perikos/Arhelaos with 51-67. The first period belonged to the team of Coach Hatzioannou, SFK Perikos/Arhelaos and ended with 16-10. On the second period though the star and top performer of the islanders of Ergotelis Crete (is also a member of the Mens team) Christos Skanadalos did an amazing comeback and by the end of the half time Ergorelis took the lead with 25-26. The momentum changed teams, and with the duet Kroustallakis and Skandalos helped their team and their head coach Christodoulou to end the game and put a stepping stone for their first victory.
Quarters: 16-10, 25-26, 38-47, 51-67
Top scorers:
SFK Perikos/Arhelaos: Stathis Tamouridis (186-G-93) 11, Anagnostou 11, Kostas Fakopoulidis (200-G-95) 9 and Thanasis Kontses (200-G-94) 8
Ergotelis Crete: Spanos 10, Christos Skandalos 23, Michalis Kroustallakis (200-F-95) 19



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Standings - Eredivisie

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

Second Stage: Round 5

A

Apr. 29: Den Bosch - Leiden

B

Apr. 28: Nijmegen - Groningen 86-77



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Hordur Axel Vilhjalmsson to top league Germany - by Siggi Hjorleifsson

Hordur Vilhjalmson the Icelandic National team guard and his Pro A team in Germany MBC will play in BBL next year. After they beat Crailsheim 75-84 their spot in BBL was secured
Vilhjalmsson scored 5 points, grabbed 2 rebound, made 3 assist and stole 2 balls.
Not as good result for Icelandic players in Spain. CAI Zaragoza lost to Gescrap BB 57-68.
Jon Stefansson 13 points, 3 boards 2 assist and a steal
Assignia Manresa lost to real Madrid 93-96. Haukur Palsson played 8 minute, did not score but had 1 assist and 1 rebounds



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  INDONESIA   


ASEAN League: Warriors hold off Slammers - by Eurobasket News

Indonesia Warriors - Thailand Slammers 73:63

Indonesia Warriors posted the 10th win in the ASEAN League season to remain in the third position in the ladder. They toppled visiting Thailand Slammers behind 24 points and 10 rebounds from Evan Brock (204-F-84, college: Alabama). The Slammers slipped at 5-14 record suffering the fifth loss in a row.
The hosts cleared off early in the game. They gained a 20:13 lead ten minutes into the game. The Warriors maintained the lead throughout the second quarter. They registered a 41:33 halftime lead. The teams traded baskets throughout the third frame as the Warriors secured an 8-point advantage with a quarter remaining 57:49. The hosts did not allow the Slammers any closer in the final term and celebrated victory at the end. Stanley Pringle (184-PG-87, college: Penn St.) notched 12 points, while Mario Wuysang (176-PG-79) contributed 11 points for the Warriors. Christopher Garnett (211-C-80, college: Indiana SE) answered with 23 points for the Slammers. Calvin Williams (206-F-87, college: SE Missouri St.) produced 16 points and 13 boards in the loss.

Indonesia Warriors: Evan Brock 24+10 boards, Stanley Pringle 12, Mario Wuysang 11
Thailand Slammers: Christopher Garnett 23, Calvin Williams 16+13 boards



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  ISRAEL   


Maccabi Electra advances to Adriatic League Finals - by Eurobasket News

Maccabi T-A - Buducnost 82-60

Maccabi Electra blasted Buducnost tonight in Tel Aviv 82-60 and advanced to Adriatic League Finals. The Israeli powerhouse will meet Cedevita in the battle for the title. Cedevita eliminated defending champion Partizan 68-56. The Big Final starts on Monday at 20:15h. The game was totally controlled by Maccabi T-A. They dominated down low during the game scoring 58 of its points in the paint compared to Buducnost's 32. They outrebounded Buducnost 39-22 including a 27-14 advantage in defensive rebounds. Maccabi T-A players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. They brought some defensive toughness making 7 blocks. Power forward Lior Eliyahu (206-F/C-85, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices) nailed 18 points and 9 rebounds for the winning side and American swingman Keith Langford (193-G/F-83, college: Kansas) accounted for 17 points. Center Bojan Dubljevic (205-C-91, agency: Beo Basket) came up with 17 points and Serbian forward Cedomir Vitkovac (201-F-82, agency: Beo Basket) added 11 points and 6 rebounds respectively for Buducnost in the defeat. Maccabi was the regular season champion in Adriatic league with 24-2 record. They will have a chance on Monday to win the title in the front of their fans. Buducnost will now focus to Montenegrin League Finals.

Maccabi T-A: L.Eliyahu 18+9reb+2ast, K.Langford 17+3reb+2ast, D.Blu 13+1reb, D.Smith 9+5reb+3ast, R.Hendrix 6+5reb+1ast, T.Papaloukas 6+3reb+3ast
Buducnost: B.Dubljevic 17+4reb+1ast, C.Vitkovac 11+6reb+2ast, A.Popovic 9+2reb+1ast, V.Mihailovic 8+2ast, B.Krstovic 7+1ast, M.Milosevic 7+4reb+1ast



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  IVORY COAST   


Abc boss reveals target - by Eurobasket News

The new president of the Abidjan Basketball Club (ABC), Coulibaly Siaka has expressed the sides aim to become the best in Africa.
Granting an interview, Mr. Coulibaly said the title of African champions in female basketball will confirm their supremacy in the country. He recalled that the objective of ABC when it was 25 years ago was to build up a powerful and respected basketball club, able to defend the countrys image in continental competitions. A new coach, Igor Kovacevic has been appointed to help ABC reach their target. The club has won the Abidjan national basketball tournament six times.

Courtesy of: StarAfrica.com



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Bashkimi Surprises Peja - by Dren Shporta

Orange boys from Prizren, have surprised Peja in semi-final of Kosovo Cup. They have won in overtime 83-75. The match in regular time finished 73-73.

Samir Shaptahovic (174-G-81), was the main contributor in this match. He scored 26 points and added 5 assists, to be the main scorer of the match
In Pejas team only Dustin Scott has made some resistance to Rejhan Palamars team. Scott scored 19 points, which were not enough to qualify Peja to the final of Kosovo Cup.

Bashkimi will meet Trepca in the final. The last time that Bashkimi won the Kosovan Cup was in 2001. While Trepca didnt won a trophy since 2004. The match will be played in Karagac court in Peja.




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Baltic League: Lietuvos Rytas too good for VEF Riga - by Eurobasket News

Lietuvos Rytas - VEF Riga 89:61

Lietuvos Rytas joined their archrivals Zalgiris in Baltic League Final. The Vilnius powerhouse eased past VEF Riga in the semifinal in Siauliai tonight. Dovydas Redikas (193-G-92) knocked down 16 points to lead the winners. VEF Riga will take on Siauliai in the consolation final tomorrow.
Lietuvos Rytas entered the game aggressively. The Lithuanian team knocked down 27 points in the opening quarter to ensure an 8-point lead. Lietuvos Rytas stretched the lead in the second frame. They accumulated a 47:31 halftime advantage. VEF Riga struggled to stay within any hopeful distance from their opponents. Lietuvos Rytas easily surpassed 20-point lead mark and gained a 71:46 advantage with one period remaining. VEF Riga never recovered in the final stanza as Lietuvos Rytas marched to the win at the end. Lawrence Roberts (206-F/C-82, college: Mississippi St.) accounted for 14 points for the Lithuanian team. Predrag Samardziski (214-C-86, agency: Beo Basket) added 12 points for the winners. Kaspars Berzins (213-F/C-85) answered with 11 points for VEF Riga. Antanas Kavaliauskas (208-C-84, agency: Interperformances, college: Texas A&M) had 10 points in the loss.

Lietuvos Rytas: Dovydas Redikas 16, Lawrence Roberts 14, Predrag Samardziski 12
VEF Riga: Kaspars Berzins 11, Antanas Kavaliauskas 10



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Standings

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

Finals: Round 2

Apr. 28: Uniceub/BRB - Pioneros 74-73
Apr. 28: Obras - La Union


Final Four: Pioneros and Obras celebrate in Day One - by Eurobasket News

La Union - Pioneros 70-88
Pioneros did a great job in the first game of the Liga Americas Final Four. The Mexican squad cruised past La Union 70-88 for 1-0 record. Argentineans are the hosts of this even, but they started with 0-1. Jovan Harris (191-G/F-81, college: USF) top-scored in victory with 16 points. Forrest Fisher (193-G-80) had 14, while Horacio Llamas (212-C-73) and Robert Hornsby (196-F/C-82, college: Troy) added 12 points each. In the loosing squad, Gregory Lewis (198-F-78, agency: Dream Team Management, college: Winthrop) had 13 points and 8 rebounds. Ariel Pau (186-G-84) and Joe Smith (193-G-77, agency: Priority Sports, college: Al.-Huntsville) also had 13 points apiece. Pioneros had a wonderful start making 9-22 lead in the first ten minutes. La Union cut the margin to 10 points in Q2, but Pioneros shined after the breather again jumping to plus 18. They had no troubles to keep that lead for rest of the way. Today, Pioneros will meet Uniceub/BRB. La Union will play against Obras.

La Union: Gregory Lewis 13+8 boards, Ariel Pau 13, Joe Smith 13
Pioneros: Jovan Harris 16, Forrest Fisher 14, Horacio Llamas 12, Robert Hornsby 12



Obras - Uniceub/BRB 73-63
Obras was better than Uniceub/BRB 73-63 in Game One of the Liga Americas Final Four. The game was played last night and Argentinean squad now has 1-0 record at this event. Tony Washam (200-F-82, college: St.Vincent) was their leading player. He had 23 points and was the top-scorer of this game. Juan Gutierrez (205-F/C-83) had 15 points and 8 rebounds, Martin Osimani (194-G-81, college: Duquesne) followed with 14 pts and 9 rebs, while Julio Mazzaro (190-G-79) added 11 points in this victory. At the other side, Arthur Silva (199-F/G-82) was better than the others with 18 points. Welington Dos Santos (185-PG-81) (5 as) and Alex Ribeiro (191-G-80, agency: Interperformances) (8 rebs) netted 13 and 11 points respectively. Quarters: 13-18, 15-11, 26-20, 19-14. Obras will meet La Union today. Uniceub/BRB will play against Pioneros.

Obras: Tony Washam 23, Juan Gutierrez 15+8 boards, Martin Osimani 14+9 boards, Julio Mazzaro 11
Uniceub/BRB: Arthur Silva 18, Welington Dos Santos 13+5 as, Alex Ribeiro 11+8 boards



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Baltic League: Zalgiris storm past Siauliai to reach Final - by Eurobasket News

Zalgiris - Siauliai 117:64

Zalgiris became the first Baltic League finalists. They thrashed Siauliai at the Siauliai Arena in the Final Four opener tonight. Six player scored in double digits for Zalgiris. Paulius Jankunas (205-F-84, agency: Alti Sport) stepped up with 21 points for the winners.
Zalgiris left the hosts stunned in the first ten minutes. The Kaunas powerhouse went on a 31:12 run to secure a comfortable advantage. Zalgiris maintained the pressure in the second frame. They unloaded 31 points more in the second period to establish a 62:37 halftime lead. Zalgiris showed impressive consistency as they fired 31 points in the third term and secured an insurmountable 43-point lead at the final intermission. Siauliai never recovered allowing Zalgiris to cruise to the victory. Tadas Klimavicius (204-F-82, agency: Interperformances) posted 19 points and 10 rebounds, while Milovan Rakovic (208-C-85) added 13 points in the win. Rashaun Broadus (183-PG-84, college: BYU) responded with 14 points for Siauliai. Cam Long (193-G-88, agency: KMG Sports Management, college: George Mason) netted 10 points in the loss.

Zalgiris: Paulius Jankunas 21, Tadas Klimavicius 19+10 boards, Milovan Rakovic 13
Siauliai: Rashaun Broadus 14, Cam Long 10



Baltic League: Lietuvos Rytas too good for VEF Riga - by Eurobasket News

Lietuvos Rytas - VEF Riga 89:61

Lietuvos Rytas joined their archrivals Zalgiris in Baltic League Final. The Vilnius powerhouse eased past VEF Riga in the semifinal in Siauliai tonight. Dovydas Redikas (193-G-92) knocked down 16 points to lead the winners. VEF Riga will take on Siauliai in the consolation final tomorrow.
Lietuvos Rytas entered the game aggressively. The Lithuanian team knocked down 27 points in the opening quarter to ensure an 8-point lead. Lietuvos Rytas stretched the lead in the second frame. They accumulated a 47:31 halftime advantage. VEF Riga struggled to stay within any hopeful distance from their opponents. Lietuvos Rytas easily surpassed 20-point lead mark and gained a 71:46 advantage with one period remaining. VEF Riga never recovered in the final stanza as Lietuvos Rytas marched to the win at the end. Lawrence Roberts (206-F/C-82, college: Mississippi St.) accounted for 14 points for the Lithuanian team. Predrag Samardziski (214-C-86, agency: Beo Basket) added 12 points for the winners. Kaspars Berzins (213-F/C-85) answered with 11 points for VEF Riga. Antanas Kavaliauskas (208-C-84, agency: Interperformances, college: Texas A&M) had 10 points in the loss.

Lietuvos Rytas: Dovydas Redikas 16, Lawrence Roberts 14, Predrag Samardziski 12
VEF Riga: Kaspars Berzins 11, Antanas Kavaliauskas 10



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T71 Dudelange claim Coupe de Luxembourg title - by Eurobasket News

T71 Dudelange - Sparta 82:62

T71 Dudelange clinched the Luxembourg Cup title. They overcame Sparta Bertrange in the Final tonight. Frank Muller (194-F/C-88, college: Cuesta JC) was unstoppable for T71 scoring 28 points and pulling down 16 rebounds in the victory.
T71 set the tone early in the game. They unloaded 25 points in the opening quarter to build a 10-point lead. T71 Dudelange stretched the lead in the second quarter. They held Sparta to just 5 points in the term to establish a 20-point halftime advantage. T71 Dudelange maintained the lead throughout the third term. They ensured a comfortable 63:42 cushion with ten minutes left. Sparta did not manage to threaten the deficit and had to surrender at the end. Tom Schumacher (190-G-87, college: Cal.Baptist) provided 19 points, while Gilles Ruffato (181-PG-85) added 9 points in the win. Larrie Smith (198-F-75, college: Tenn Tech) answered with 16 points and 8 rebounds for Sparta. Thomas Dreesen (199-F-88, agency: Court Side) and Xavier Engel (185-G-88) had 13 points apiece in the loss.

T71 Dudelange: Frank Muller 28+16 boards, Tom Schumacher 19, Gilles Ruffato 9
Sparta: Larrie Smith 16, Thomas Dreesen 13, Xavier Engel 13



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Standings - CIBACOPA

CIBACOPA Standings
 1. Hermosillo 21-4 
 2. Guaymas 19-6 
 3. Tijuana 19-6 
 4. Nogales 13-12 
 5. Guasave 12-13 
 6. Cananea 11-14 
 7. Los Mochis 11-14 
 8. Culiacan 9-16 
 9. Navolato 8-17 
 10. Tepic 2-23 

Regular Season: Round 25

Apr. 27: Navolato - Nogales 93-95
Apr. 27: Guaymas - Tijuana 86-70
Apr. 27: Cananea - Los Mochis 124-111
Apr. 27: Hermosillo - Guasave 102-87
Apr. 27: Tepic - Culiacan 100-95

Regular Season: Round 27

May. 1: Guaymas - Tepic
May. 1: Cananea - Culiacan
May. 1: Tijuana - Hermosillo
May. 1: Guasave - Nogales
May. 1: Los Mochis - Navolato


CIBACOPA Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Rob ROBINSON
  Culiacan
  (203-F-87)
  Avg: 23.2
 1. Robinson, Culiacan23.2 
 2. McCullough, Nogales22.7 
 3. Thomas, Cananea21.0 
 4. Carter, Guasave20.6 
 5. Selleaze, Navolato20.6 
 6. Wiley, Los Mochis19.8 
 7. Habel, Guaymas18.2 
 8. Johnson, Guaymas18.2 
 9. Gibson, Navolato18.0 
 10. Harris, Cananea17.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Deangelo RILEY
  Tepic
  (205-C-)
  Avg: 11.2
 1. Riley, Tepic11.2 
 2. Sanders-F., Nogales8.9 
 3. Selleaze, Navolato8.9 
 4. Robinson, Culiacan8.2 
 5. Lopez, Hermosillo7.8 
 6. Zamora, Culiacan7.7 
 7. Strobbe, Nogales7.2 
 8. Wiley, Los Mochis7.1 
 9. Moore, Guasave7.0 
 10. Morrison, Tijuana6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Tayloe TAYLOR
  Los Mochis
  (191-G-86)
  Avg: 5.9
 1. Taylor, Los Mochis5.9 
 2. Nungaray, Guaymas5.6 
 3. Monreal, Hermosillo5.3 
 4. Riley, Tepic4.1 
 5. Harris, Cananea4.0 
 6. Pulido, Culiacan3.7 
 7. McSwine, Navolato3.5 
 8. Heredia, Nogales3.2 
 9. Buelna, Guasave3.2 
 10. Quintero, Tijuana3.2 
Steals Per Game
 Matthew GIBSON
  Navolato
  (196-G-84)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Gibson, Navolato1.7 
 2. Buelna, Guasave1.7 
 3. Riley, Tepic1.6 
 4. Pulido, Culiacan1.5 
 5. Thomas, Cananea1.5 
 6. Heredia, Nogales1.3 
 7. Giron, Guasave1.2 
 8. Monreal, Hermosillo1.2 
 9. Reatiga, Navolato1.2 
 10. Carter, Guasave1.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Deangelo RILEY
  Tepic
  (205-C-)
  Avg: 3.8
 1. Riley, Tepic3.8 
 2. Zamora, Culiacan1.4 
 3. Habel, Guaymas1.3 
 4. Robinson, Culiacan1.1 
 5. Wiley, Los Mochis1.0 
 6. Johnson, Guaymas0.8 
 7. McCullough, Nogales0.8 
 8. Verdugo, Navolato0.7 
 9. Giron, Guasave0.6 
 10. Cuen, Los Mochis0.6 


CIBACOPA Round 25: Tijuana Zonkeys lose to Ostioneros de Guaymas in the game between Top 4 teams - by Eurobasket News

The game between Top Four teams took place in Guaymas. Third ranked host Ostioneros de Guaymas (19-6) defeated their biggest opponent Tijuana Zonkeys (19-6) 86-70. It ended at the same time the eight-game winning streak of Tijuana Zonkeys. The game was mostly controlled by Ostioneros de Guaymas. Tijuana Zonkeys managed to win third quarter 22-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Ostioneros de Guaymas made 17-of-21 free shots (81.0 percent) during the game. American point guard Myron Allen (182-PG-79, college: Lee JC) stepped up and scored 22 points and 5 assists for the winners and his fellow American import guard Haakim Johnson (201-87, college: Pikeville) chipped in 20 points and 6 rebounds. At the losing side American forward Darnell Hugee (201-85, college: Prairie View A&M, agency: Higher Level Sports) responded with 25 points and 7 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Ostioneros de Guaymas moved-up to second place, which they share with Tijuana. Ostioneros de Guaymas is again looking forward to face Tijuana Zonkeys (#3) at home in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Tijuana Zonkeys will have a break next round.
Bottom-ranked Coras de Tepic managed to get a second victory, breaking the series of six consecutive loses. This time they won against eighth-ranked Caballeros de Culiacan 100-95. American center Deangelo Riley (205, college: Azusa Pacific) nailed a triple-double by scoring 27 points, 10 rebounds and 11 assists for the winning side and Ray Reese accounted for 30 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists. American forward Rob Robinson (203-87, college: Robert Morris, agency: SDJ Sports) came up with 42 points (!!!) (on 16-of-21 shooting from the field) for Caballeros de Culiacan in the defeat. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. Coras de Tepic maintains tenth place with 2-23 record. Caballeros de Culiacan at the other side keeps the eighth position with 16 games lost. Coras de Tepic will again play against higher ranked Caballeros de Culiacan (#8) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Caballeros de Culiacan will have a break next round.
CIBACOPA top team - Rayos de Hermosillo (21-4) managed to deliver another win on Friday. This time they beat fifth ranked Frayles de Guasave (12-13) 102-87. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Frayles de Guasave. Rayos de Hermosillo have an impressive series of nine victories in a row. They maintain first place with 21-4 record. Loser Frayles de Guasave keeps the fifth position with 13 games lost. Rayos de Hermosillo will again meet at home Frayles de Guasave (#5) in the next round. Frayles de Guasave will have a break next round.
The game in Cananea was also worth to mention about. 6th ranked Pioneros Los Mochis (11-14) played at the court of seventh ranked Mineros de Cananea (11-14). Mineros de Cananea defeated Pioneros Los Mochis 124-111. Worth to mention a great performance of Franco Harris who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 24 points, 5 rebounds and 10 assists. Mineros de Cananea's coach allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Defending champion moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Los Mochis. Pioneros Los Mochis lost their third game in a row. Mineros de Cananea's next round opponent will be again Pioneros Los Mochis (#7) at home.
Ninth-ranked Garra Canera de Navolato (8-17) gave a tough game to fourth ranked Fuerza Guinda Nogales (13-12) on Friday. The visitors from Nogales managed to secure only two-point victory 95-93. However their fans expected much easier game. O'Louis McCullough stepped up and scored 33 points (!!!) and 5 rebounds for the winners. Fuerza Guinda Nogales maintains fourth place with 13-12 record. Loser Garra Canera de Navolato keeps the ninth position with 17 games lost. Fuerza Guinda Nogales will have a break next round. Garra Canera de Navolato will play again at home against Fuerza Guinda Nogales (#4).


Navolato - Nogales 93-95
Ninth-ranked Garra Canera de Navolato (8-17) gave a tough game to fourth ranked Fuerza Guinda Nogales (13-12) on Friday. The visitors from Nogales managed to secure only two-point victory 95-93. However their fans expected much easier game. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Garra Canera de Navolato won fourth quarter 26-20. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Fuerza Guinda Nogales shot 62.7 percent from the field and made 16-of-19 free shots (84.2 percent) during the game. They shot the lights out from three sinking 15 long-distance shots on high 53.6 percentage. American swingman O'Louis McCullough (198-82, college: Francis Marion) stepped up and scored 33 points (!!!) and 5 rebounds for the winners and international forward Michael Strobbe (201-85) chipped in 20 points and 4 assists. At the losing side American forward Charles Moore (201-86, college: S.Arkansas) responded with 22 points and 9 rebounds and the other American import guard Matthew Gibson (196-84) scored 24 points and 5 assists (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field). Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Fuerza Guinda Nogales maintains fourth place with 13-12 record. Loser Garra Canera de Navolato keeps the ninth position with 17 games lost. Fuerza Guinda Nogales will have a break next round. Garra Canera de Navolato will play again at home against Fuerza Guinda Nogales (#4).
Top scorers:
Navolato: M.Gibson 24+1reb+5ast, R.Selleaze 22+4reb+4ast, C.Moore 22+9reb+1ast, F.Verdugo 13+5reb+3ast, C.Uribe 4+1reb+1ast, J.Angel Reatiga 4+6reb+6ast
Nogales: O.McCullough 33+5reb+2ast, M.Strobbe 20+3reb+4ast, B.Heredia 17+1reb+4ast, M.Gale 15+1reb+2ast, K.Davis 8+3reb+1ast, J.Mercado 2+3reb


gschID: 171198


Cananea - Los Mochis 124-111
The game in Cananea was also worth to mention about. 6th ranked Pioneros Los Mochis (11-14) played at the court of seventh ranked Mineros de Cananea (11-14). Mineros de Cananea defeated Pioneros Los Mochis 124-111. The game was mostly controlled by Mineros de Cananea. Pioneros Los Mochis was better in second period 27-25. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Mineros de Cananea shot 64.5 percent from the field. They shot the lights out from three nailing 13 long-distance shots on high 61.9 percentage. Mineros de Cananea players were unselfish on offense dishing 23 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of naturalized American guard Franco Harris (183-83, college: Boise St.) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 24 points, 5 rebounds and 10 assists. American guard Cheyenne Moore (198-84, college: Georgetown, KY) contributed with 34 points (!!!) for the winners. Mineros de Cananea's coach allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American forward Devon Pearson (198-84, college: SMU) answered with a double-double by scoring 36 points (!!!) and 14 rebounds and the other American import forward Seth Scott (208-81, college: Portland St.) added 29 points and 6 rebounds (made all of his seven free throws) in the effort for Pioneros Los Mochis. Five Mineros de Cananea and four Pioneros Los Mochis players scored in double figures. Defending champion moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Los Mochis. Pioneros Los Mochis lost their third game in a row. Mineros de Cananea's next round opponent will be again Pioneros Los Mochis (#7) at home.
Top scorers:
Los Mochis: D.Pearson 36+14reb+2ast, S.Scott 29+6reb, T.Taylor 16+4reb+4ast, C.M. Toussaint 14+3reb+5ast, L.Felipe Diaz 8+2reb, J.Favela 6+1reb+4ast
Cananea: C.Moore 34+3reb+2ast, F.Harris 24+5reb+10ast, D.Thomas 22+6reb+4ast, J.Casillas 20+1reb+4ast, J.Arturo Farrera Chantiri 12+9reb+1ast, A.Pettaway 10+3reb
gschID: 171195


Hermosillo - Guasave 102-87
CIBACOPA top team - Rayos de Hermosillo (21-4) managed to deliver another win on Friday. This time they beat fifth ranked Frayles de Guasave (12-13) 102-87. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Frayles de Guasave. Rayos de Hermosillo have an impressive series of nine victories in a row. They maintain first place with 21-4 record. Loser Frayles de Guasave keeps the fifth position with 13 games lost. Rayos de Hermosillo will again meet at home Frayles de Guasave (#5) in the next round. Frayles de Guasave will have a break next round.
gschID: 171196


Tepic - Culiacan 100-95
Bottom-ranked Coras de Tepic managed to get a second victory, breaking the series of six consecutive loses. This time they won against eighth-ranked Caballeros de Culiacan 100-95. Caballeros de Culiacan was ahead by 8 points after three quarters before a 33-20 charge of Coras de Tepic, which allowed them to win the game. Coras de Tepic had a 28-16 advantage in offensive rebounds. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 31 assists. American center Deangelo Riley (205, college: Azusa Pacific) nailed a triple-double by scoring 27 points, 10 rebounds and 11 assists for the winning side and his fellow American import forward Ray Reese (196-87, college: Tulsa, agency: David Lee services) accounted for 30 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists. Four Coras de Tepic players scored in double figures. American forward Rob Robinson (203-87, college: Robert Morris, agency: SDJ Sports) came up with 42 points (!!!) (on 16-of-21 shooting from the field) and the former international center Rodrigo Zamora (206-86, college: Montana St.) added 8 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists respectively for Caballeros de Culiacan in the defeat. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. Coras de Tepic maintains tenth place with 2-23 record. Caballeros de Culiacan at the other side keeps the eighth position with 16 games lost. Coras de Tepic will again play against higher ranked Caballeros de Culiacan (#8) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Caballeros de Culiacan will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Culiacan: R.Robinson 42+3reb, V.Avila 10+5reb+1ast, R.Lopez 10+3reb+2ast, J.Manuel Gutierrez 8+2reb+1ast, R.Zamora 8+5reb+4ast, R.Navarro 6+1reb+4ast
Tepic: R.Reese 30+8reb+6ast, D.Riley 27+10reb+11ast, K.Young 23+4reb+2ast, E.Swanson 12+4reb+10ast, J.Orduno 8+2reb, S.Lugo 0+2ast
gschID: 171197


Guaymas - Tijuana 86-70
The game between Top Four teams took place in Guaymas. Third ranked host Ostioneros de Guaymas (19-6) defeated their biggest opponent Tijuana Zonkeys (19-6) 86-70. It ended at the same time the eight-game winning streak of Tijuana Zonkeys. The game was mostly controlled by Ostioneros de Guaymas. Tijuana Zonkeys managed to win third quarter 22-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Ostioneros de Guaymas made 17-of-21 free shots (81.0 percent) during the game. American point guard Myron Allen (182-79, college: Lee JC) stepped up and scored 22 points and 5 assists for the winners and his fellow American import guard Haakim Johnson (201-87, college: Pikeville) chipped in 20 points and 6 rebounds. At the losing side American forward Darnell Hugee (201-85, college: Prairie View A&M, agency: Higher Level Sports) responded with 25 points and 7 rebounds and point guard Luis Ramirez (180-82) scored 15 points and 5 assists. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Ostioneros de Guaymas moved-up to second place, which they share with Tijuana. Ostioneros de Guaymas is again looking forward to face Tijuana Zonkeys (#3) at home in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Tijuana Zonkeys will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Tijuana: D.Hugee 25+7reb+2ast, C.Tate 15+4reb+1ast, L.Ramirez 15+2reb+5ast, M.Morrison 9+7reb, A.Solares 6+6reb+1ast, G.Lira 0+1reb
Guaymas: M.Allen 22+4reb+5ast, H.Johnson 20+6reb+1ast, H.Carrillo 9+5reb+1ast, J.Habel 8+6reb+2ast, J.Sanchez 8+1reb, R.Benitez 7+6reb+2ast



Pioneros too strong for La Union at Liga Americas Final Four - by Eurobasket News

La Union - Pioneros 70-88

Pioneros did a great job in the first game of the Liga Americas Final Four. The Mexican squad cruised past La Union 70-88 for 1-0 record. Argentineans are the hosts of this even, but they started with 0-1. Jovan Harris (191-G/F-81, college: USF) top-scored in victory with 16 points. Forrest Fisher (193-G-80) had 14, while Horacio Llamas (212-C-73) and Robert Hornsby (196-F/C-82, college: Troy) added 12 points each. In the loosing squad, Gregory Lewis (198-F-78, agency: Dream Team Management, college: Winthrop) had 13 points and 8 rebounds. Ariel Pau (186-G-84) and Joe Smith (193-G-77, agency: Priority Sports, college: Al.-Huntsville) also had 13 points apiece. Pioneros had a wonderful start making 9-22 lead in the first ten minutes. La Union cut the margin to 10 points in Q2, but Pioneros shined after the breather again jumping to plus 18. They had no troubles to keep that lead for rest of the way. Today, Pioneros will meet Uniceub/BRB. La Union will play against Obras.

La Union: Gregory Lewis 13+8 boards, Ariel Pau 13, Joe Smith 13
Pioneros: Jovan Harris 16, Forrest Fisher 14, Horacio Llamas 12, Robert Hornsby 12



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Maccabi Electra advances to Adriatic League Finals - by Eurobasket News

Maccabi T-A - Buducnost 82-60

Maccabi Electra blasted Buducnost tonight in Tel Aviv 82-60 and advanced to Adriatic League Finals. The Israeli powerhouse will meet Cedevita in the battle for the title. Cedevita eliminated defending champion Partizan 68-56. The Big Final starts on Monday at 20:15h. The game was totally controlled by Maccabi T-A. They dominated down low during the game scoring 58 of its points in the paint compared to Buducnost's 32. They outrebounded Buducnost 39-22 including a 27-14 advantage in defensive rebounds. Maccabi T-A players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. They brought some defensive toughness making 7 blocks. Power forward Lior Eliyahu (206-F/C-85, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices) nailed 18 points and 9 rebounds for the winning side and American swingman Keith Langford (193-G/F-83, college: Kansas) accounted for 17 points. Center Bojan Dubljevic (205-C-91, agency: Beo Basket) came up with 17 points and Serbian forward Cedomir Vitkovac (201-F-82, agency: Beo Basket) added 11 points and 6 rebounds respectively for Buducnost in the defeat. Maccabi was the regular season champion in Adriatic league with 24-2 record. They will have a chance on Monday to win the title in the front of their fans. Buducnost will now focus to Montenegrin League Finals.

Maccabi T-A: L.Eliyahu 18+9reb+2ast, K.Langford 17+3reb+2ast, D.Blu 13+1reb, D.Smith 9+5reb+3ast, R.Hendrix 6+5reb+1ast, T.Papaloukas 6+3reb+3ast
Buducnost: B.Dubljevic 17+4reb+1ast, C.Vitkovac 11+6reb+2ast, A.Popovic 9+2reb+1ast, V.Mihailovic 8+2ast, B.Krstovic 7+1ast, M.Milosevic 7+4reb+1ast



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Morocco hosts youth basketball tournament - by Eurobasket News

By Naoufel Cherkaoui

RABAT, April 20, 2012 (Magharebia)

University basketball teams from Lebanon, France, Germany and Guinea converged on Morocco last week for the 3rd edition of the TIBU-Maroc international tournament.

The event was organised by the Morocco chapter of the International University Basketball Association, with the support of the Ministry of Youth and Sport, the Moroccan Royal Basketball Federation and the US embassy in Rabat.

This annual league is still the most important event to be organised by our association, which includes a group of university students, Mohamed Amine Zeriat, President of TIBU Maroc told Magharebia at the event conclusion on April 13th.

Our goal is to encourage university basketball and womens basketball, and also to spread the noble values of sports among young people, he added.

The event is divided into five pivots: sports contest, in which 12 teams, including four womens teams, took part, he went on.

Were now contacting universities in other countries, including Russia and Spain, to invite them to take part in the next edition, Zeriat added.

US Ambassador to Morocco Samuel Kaplan said, We admire the work of this association, especially its work to help young people develop their abilities. The US government believes in the ability of sports to teach youths of various social classes the values of teamwork, helping others and leadership.

Chaimae Legdali, person in charge of communication in the association, said that the radiance of the event is growing thanks to the experience we have acquired, and also thanks to the increasing number of participating countries and the increasing number of young people who follow the events.

Omar Laroussi, a player representing the National School of Commerce and Management in Settat, said: There was good level and wonderful rivalry between players in the matches of this event.

The organisation was very good given the experience that the organising association has acquired, Laroussi added. Meanwhile, the popularity of basketball is expanding in Morocco. The league has enabled us to learn about other cultures in the framework of current openness in Morocco. It has also enabled us to acquire sports experiences through competition against some local and foreign teams.

For his part, Carl Sfeir, a Lebanese player, told Magharebia that the league was held in a wonderful atmosphere and with good organisation. The competition was fierce, and the league has witnessed good level given the level of participating teams.
Courtesy of: moroccoworldnews.com



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Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Kevin DURANT
  Oklah.Ci.
  (206-G/F-88)
  Avg: 28
 1. Durant, Oklah.Ci.28.0 
 2. Bryant, LA Lakers27.9 
 3. James, Miami Heat27.2 
 4. Love, Minnesota T.26.0 
 5. Westbrook, Oklah..23.7 
 6. Anthony, New Y.22.4 
 7. Wade, Miami Heat22.0 
 8. Rose, Chicago B.21.9 
 9. Ellis, Golde S.21.9 
 10. Aldridge, Portlan.21.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Dwight HOWARD
  Orlando M.
  (211-C-85)
  Avg: 14.5
 1. Howard, Orlando M.14.5 
 2. Love, Minnesota T.13.4 
 3. Bynum, LA Lakers11.8 
 4. Cousins, Sacramen.11.0 
 5. Humphries, New J.11.0 
 6. Griffin, LA Clipp.10.9 
 7. Gasol, LA Lakers10.4 
 8. Gortat, Phoenix10.0 
 9. Noah, Chicago B.9.9 
 10. Chandler, New Y.9.8 
Assists Per Game
 Rajon RONDO
  Boston C.
  (185-PG-86)
  Avg: 11.7
 1. Rondo, Boston C.11.7 
 2. Nash, Phoenix Suns10.7 
 3. Paul, LA Clippers9.1 
 4. Calderon, Toron.8.8 
 5. Williams, New J.8.7 
 6. Rubio, Minnesot.8.2 
 7. Wall, Washington W.8.0 
 8. Rose, Chicago B.7.9 
 9. Parker, San A.7.7 
 10. Miller, Denver N.6.7 
Steals Per Game
 Chris PAUL
  LA Clippers
  (183-PG-85)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Paul, LA Clippers2.5 
 2. Rubio, Minnesot.2.2 
 3. Conley, Memphis G.2.2 
 4. James, Miami Heat1.9 
 5. Allen, Memphis G.1.8 
 6. Millsap, Utah Jazz1.8 
 7. Rondo, Boston C.1.8 
 8. Kidd, Dallas M.1.8 
 9. Wade, Miami Heat1.7 
 10. Ariza, N.Orleans1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Serge IBAKA
  Oklah.Ci.
  (208-C/F-89)
  Avg: 3.7
 1. Ibaka, Oklah.Ci.3.7 
 2. McGee, Washingt.2.5 
 3. Howard, Orlando M.2.1 
 4. Hibbert, Indiana P.2.1 
 5. Jordan, LA Clippers2.0 
 6. Bynum, LA Lakers1.9 
 7. Gasol, Memphis G.1.9 
 8. Smith, Atlanta H.1.8 
 9. Biyombo, Charlott.1.8 
 10. Brand, Philadelph.1.7 


Bulls go down in the first round! They win the game but lose the playoffs! Derrick Rose out for the rest of the season! - by Chris Mathieu

Bulls go down in the first round! They win the game but lose the playoffs! Derrick Rose out for the rest of the season!
The Bulls won their first home game of the playoff easily against the 76ers 103-91. The team however was dealt a death blow to their title hopes when Derrick Rose tore his ACL on a drive to the hoop with only 80 seconds left in the game and the Bulls winning by 12 points. The decision to keep Derrick in the game when they were up by so much will be the question that haunts the team for the next year or until they win a title. It will also bring Coach Thibadeau hard charging coaching style of pushing players to their limits into question once again.
Derricks violent playing style, extreme speed and leaping ability also played a role in his downfall this season. He can start and stop unlike anyone else in the NBA which made him so dangerous but also led to a lot of stress on his muscle, joints and bones. This style and the extreme nature of the shortened season finally caught up to him it seems.
Even before these injuries this season it looked like Rose wasnt going to have a long career and would be on the downside of it by the age of 28 based upon his style of play, now it will be interesting to see how he will push himself when he returns next season. Also if he will be able to regain his speed and explosiveness in the future, it often takes a year even after returning to the court to regain your strength and explosiveness after such a devastating injury. It also makes the Charlotte Bobcats pick they received in the Tyrus Thomas trade even more invaluable if they will need to replace their star in a few years.
The Bulls should still have enough firepower to get past the 76ers in the first round. For the Bulls to beat either the Celtics or Pacers (most likely second round opponents) will prove more of a challenge this season. Getting past the Heat however now appears to be impossible. The best they can hope for is a Boston Miami matchup in the second round and a win by the Celtics and then beat the Celtics in the Eastern Conference Finals. It appears to be a long shot for that to happen, however.
The Bulls victory on Sunday sure feels like a loss to me.

Derrick Rose (6'3''-G-88, college: Memphis) It seems may have reached his peak at the age of 23.



Magic shock Pacers 81-77 in Game 1 - by Eurobasket News

The Orlando Magic entered Indianas building as huge underdogs and walked out talking trash.

Jason Richardson (6'6''-G-81, college: Michigan St.) and Jameer Nelson (6'0''-PG-82, college: St.Joseph's) scored 17 points apiece to help sixth-seeded Orlando, playing without Dwight Howard (6'11''-C-85), surprise the third-seeded Pacers 81-77 in Game 1 of the first-round Eastern Conference playoff series on Saturday night.

'Yall look real stunned,' Magic center Glen Davis (6'9''-F-86, college: LSU), Howard's replacement, yelled at the crowd as he left the court. 'Yall look real stunned.'

Howard, the Magics leading scorer and the leagues top rebounder, will miss the rest of the season after having back surgery. The Magic played defense Howard would have been proud of down the stretch, overcoming a seven-point deficit by holding the Pacers scoreless for the final 4:05.

'Were all we got,' said Davis, who had 16 points and 13 rebounds. 'Were not trying to impress the doubters or make them believe. Only if we believe. When we believe, theres unlimited things that we can do. Weve been through a lot mentally, physically. Weve overcame and did a great job out there today.'

Orlando coach Stan Van Gundy was fine with the chatter about his teams chances. Before the game, he joked that the best prediction he had heard was the Magic losing in five games. He quickly followed that by saying opinions don't matter.

His team backed him up.

Orlando took a 68-67 lead on a dunk by Earl Clark (6'9''-F-88, college: Louisville) with 9:41 remaining, but the Pacers held the Magic scoreless for nearly five minutes to take a 75-68 lead.

A 3-pointer by Richardson cut Indianas lead to 77-75. The Pacers missed 3-pointers on three consecutive possessions, and Danny Granger missed two free throws with 1:14 left. Richardson made another 3-pointer to give the Magic a 78-77 lead with 1:04 to play.

'With Dwight being out, the 3-point line is what we had to take care of, and we didnt,' Pacers guard Paul George (6'9''-G/F-90, agency: Priority Sports, college: Fresno St.) said.

Granger missed in close, and Orlando snagged the rebound. Nelson was fouled and made two free throws with 24.5 seconds left to give the Magic an 80-77 lead.

Darren Collison (6'0''-PG-87, college: UCLA) missed a shot from near the free throw line, and Orlando rebounded. Clark missed two free throws with 12.1 seconds remaining, giving Indiana one more chance. Indiana barely got the ball inbounds, then Granger traveled with 7.5 seconds remaining. J.J. Redicks free throw at the other end finished the scoring.

'This team is full of talented players who can play hard,' Orlando forward Ryan Anderson said. 'Thats a great mix and we have each others backs. Everybody says that, you know, the underdog thing and stuff. We dont believe it. We dont look into that at all. We know how we can play and we know how good we are.'

David West scored 19 points, Granger added 17 and Roy Hibbert had eight points, 13 rebounds and nine blocks for the Pacers.

'In one game, you give up what you played all season for,' West said. 'We talked about how good this team was, how dangerous they were in shooting the ball. They got us.'

Indiana coach Frank Vogel expected Orlandos offensive style, which focuses on spacing the floor and shooting 3-pointers, to present a challenge. Orlando led the league in 3-pointers made and attempted during the regular season and was third in percentage (.375).

He was right.

Orlando fell behind by 10 in the first quarter before rallying in the second. A 3-pointer by Richardson gave Orlando a 43-40 lead, and the Magic increased that lead to 49-42 on a bucket by Nelson. The Magic led 51-44 at halftime, taking the air out of a crowd that showed up with high expectations. The Pacers made numerous atypical mistakes; among them, shooting just 9 for 15 from the free throw line.

Indiana opened the second half on an 8-2 run that included a 3-pointer and a fadeaway by Granger. George Hill was fouled on a 3-pointer, and he made all three free throws to finally give Indiana a 58-57 edge and bring the crowd back into the game.

Andersons 3-pointer in the final minute of the quarter, his first of the game, gave the Magic a 64-63 lead at the end of period. Indiana held Orlando to 13 points on 6-for-19 shooting in the period, but couldnt support its good defense with offensive production in the fourth. Indiana shot 30 percent in the final 12 minutes and 35 percent overall.

'We definitely let this one get away,' George said. 'We went through a stretch of a lot of in and out shots.'

Game 2 will be Monday night in Indianapolis.

'It is huge, to go out there and get Game 1 in their place,' Davis said. 'Now their backs against the wall and theyve got to win Game 2. Were trying to get every game we can. Were not trying to slow down. Were not trying to be complacent.'

Indiana doesnt plan to fall behind 2-0.

'We need to be sharper on reads offensively and execute in crunch time,' Vogel said. 'I have every bit of confidence we will bounce back.'

Courtesy of http://bostonherald.com



Game One: Rose injured late as Bulls beat 76ers 103-91 - by Eurobasket News

Derrick Rose (6'3''-G-88, college: Memphis) scored 23 points before being helped off the court late in the game with an injured left knee, casting a major cloud over the Chicago Bulls 103-91 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers in Saturdays playoff opener.

Rose crumbled to the ground after he drove the lane with about 1:20 left and the Bulls leading by 12. He was going for a layup when he came to a jump-stop and seemed to change his mind, passing off to a teammate before an awkward landing.

Team medical personnel immediately rushed out and tended to Rose for several minutes as he was writhing in pain near the baseline before helping him to the locker room. TNT reported on air that he was being taken to the hospital.

Coach Tom Thibodeau said he wasnt sure of the extent of the injury and was awaiting test results. Asked why he was still in the game, Thibodeau pointed out that the lead had shrunk from 20 midway through the fourth.

'I dont work backward like you guys do,' Thibodeau said. 'The score was going the other way.'

Veteran guard Richard Hamilton (6'7''-G-78, college: Connecticut) defended the decision, saying, 'Philly was making a run. In playoff basketball, you never want to give a team confidence. ... When you have a team down, you have to try to keep them down. They made a little run so we needed guys that could put the ball in the basket.'

Losing Rose would obviously be a huge blow for a team that made the conference finals last season and captured the top overall seed for the second straight year.

He was finally playing more like the reigning MVP after missing 27 games during the regular season with various injuries and struggling down the stretch in the regular season.

He found his touch after a slow start in this game and also contributed nine rebounds and nine assists. Hamilton added 19 points, Luol Deng (6'9''-F-85, agency: Interperformances, college: Duke) scored 17 and Joakim Noah (6'11''-F/C-85, college: Florida) (12 points, 13 rebounds) had a double-double for Chicago.

Elton Brand (6'8''-F-79, college: Duke) led Philadelphia with 19 points. Jrue Holiday (6'3''-PG-90, college: UCLA) scored 16, and Thaddeus Young (6'8''-F-88, college: Georgia Tech) had 13 points. Chicago product Evan Turner scored 12 and was booed mercilessly after acknowledging he thought the Miami Heat would be a tougher first-round matchup.

Well, he might want to reconsider that after this one.

The Bulls simply overwhelmed the Sixers and looked like a team gearing up for another big run after losing to Miami in the conference finals last season. They earned home-court advantage throughout the playoffs for the second straight year and sure looked like a championship contender in this one, right until the end.

Roses injury sent a major chill through the arena. The Bulls were 18-9 without him this season, but they know they need their star if theyre going to make a run at the title.

'Your heart goes out to him,' Kyle Korver said. 'Its been a hard year. With all the work that he puts in and the kind of person he is, to see this happen stinks. Its a sad win.'

Rose hit just 1 of 7 shots in the first quarter but went on a tear late in the second as the Bulls took a 53-42 lead to the locker room. He then scored eight in the third and hit two 3-pointers to help Chicago stay in control, even though things did get a little heated.

That happened when Noah got fouled by Turner trying to put back Dengs miss with 4:36 left in the quarter. Hamilton started jawing with Turner. Rose and Brand got involved, too.

Fans, meanwhile, started chanting 'MVP! MVP!' in a nod to the rivalry between Rose and Turner that dates to their high school days. When the dust cleared, Hamilton, Brand and Rose all got technicals, and Noah hit 1 of 2 foul shots to make it 69-55.

Hamilton added two more free throws on the next possession to boost the lead to 16. After the Sixers pulled within eight, Korver nailed a 3 to start a 12-2 run that stretched into the fourth and made it 84-66.

Courtesy of www.sltrib.com



Durant game-winner lifts Thunder past Mavs, 99-98 - by Eurobasket News

Kevin Durant (6'9''-G/F-88, college: Texas) scored 25 points and hit the game-winning jumper from the foul line with 1.5 seconds left to lift the Oklahoma City Thunder to a 99-98 victory over the Dallas Mavericks on Saturday night in Game 1 of their first-round playoff series.

Durant maneuvered to the free throw line and got off a high-arcing shot over Shawn Marion that hit off the front of the rim and then off the backboard before falling through.

The defending NBA champion Mavericks, who were out of timeouts, could not get a shot off before the buzzer.

Dirk Nowitzki (7'0''-F-78) scored 11 of his 25 points in the final 5 minutes and hit two free throws with 9 seconds left to put Dallas ahead. Jason Terry (6'2''-PG-77, college: Arizona) added 20 points and Marion scored 17.

Russell Westbrook (6'3''-PG-88, college: UCLA) led the Thunder with 28 points and Serge Ibaka (6'10''-C/F-89) chipped in 22 points and five blocks.

James Harden scored 19 in his first game since suffering a concussion when the Los Angeles Lakers' Metta World Peace hit him with an elbow last Sunday and earned a seven-game suspension.

The second-seeded Thunder played catch-up most of the night and had to wipe away a 94-87 deficit in the final 2 minutes to come away with the win. Durant capped a string of seven straight Oklahoma City points on a right-handed slam with 1:27 remaining.

Dallas went back ahead with an out-of-control possession, with Harden knocking the ball away from Jason Kidd and then Nowitzki losing it, too, before Vince Carter missed a desperation baseline jumper. Ian Mahinmi rebounded the miss and got fouled, stepping to the line to hit two free throws with 1:03 to play.

Durant drove to set up Ibaka's three-point play at the other end, bumping the Thunder ahead 97-96. Nowitzki committed a turnover and Durant missed along the baseline before the two All-Stars came through in the clutch with Durant getting the last chance.

Durant, who hit the third and most recent buzzer-beater in his career to beat Dallas in the fourth game of the regular season, had another dramatic shot in store.

Considering his dominance in last year's West finals, when he averaged 32.2 points, Nowitzki had been relatively quiet until the final 5 minutes. That's when he put Dallas in control with a personal 7-1 run, finished off by his three-point play that made it 92-85 with 3:23 to go.

He then answered Westbrook's layup with a foul line jumper to restore the seven-point advantage, but it didn't prove to be enough.

The Mavs had eliminated the Thunder in five games in last year's Western Conference finals, winning both games in Oklahoma City and overcoming fourth-quarter deficits of 15 and eight points in the final two games.

This time, the roles were reversed.

The Mavericks opened an early eight-point lead as Durant missed his first four shots, only to give it back when Durant hit his next three to fuel a 12-3 comeback. The game continued to swing back and forth, with Terry hitting a 3-pointer and a banked-in jumper during a string of nine straight points to make it 35-27 after a rare Nowitzki basket.

Ibaka had a pair of two-handed slams during Oklahoma City's immediate 10-1 response, only for Dallas to recover for a 51-48 halftime lead.

Another 9-0 burst, featuring Terry's fourth 3-pointer, gave Dallas a 73-66 edge in the final minute of the third quarter.

Nowitzki, like Durant, came out cold and missed his first four shots and seven of his first nine. He even missed a first-quarter free throw, a rare sight in last year's West finals when he went 59 for 61 at the line and made all 24 of his attempts to set an NBA record in Game 1.

Courtesy of http://abcnews.go.com



James scores 32, Heat roll by Knicks 100-67 - by Eurobasket News

LeBron James (6'8''-F-84) dropped to the floor holding the back of his head, grimacing and then staggering a bit when he reached his feet.

A few moments later, he was fine.

And a few moments after that, the Miami Heat had complete control of Game 1 against the New York Knicks.

James scored 32 points after shooting 10 for 14 from the field, and the Heat rode the strength of what became a 32-2 run to easily beat the Knicks 100-67 on Saturday, striking first in the series between clubs that waged classic annual battles from 1997 through 2000 and are meeting for the first time since.

Dwyane Wade (6'4''-G-82, college: Marquette) added 19 points in his first game back after dislocating his left index finger.

'Our guys had a noticeable look in their eyes the last 24 hours,' Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. 'We wanted to get back to the basics and play to our identity. For the most part, we were able to do that by being aggressive.'

No, this wasn't redemption for falling short in last season's finals.

But for James and the Heat, it sure was a fine start.

'I'm a different player this year, a different person this year compared to last year,' James said. 'I've waited to get back to the postseason, prepared myself all season, throughout the offseason to get back to this point.'

It was physical, it was heated - and it was one-sided. New York's 67 points matched a franchise playoff low.

Mario Chalmers (6'1''-PG-86, college: Kansas) finished with 11 points and nine assists for Miami, which turned 27 New York turnovers into a franchise playoff-record 38 points. The Knicks were called for 21 fouls in the first half, Miami enjoying a 28-5 advantage in free throws attempted in the first 24 minutes alone, and center Tyson Chandler sent James flying with what was called a flagrant foul as the Heat were blowing the game open.

J.R. Smith (6'6''-G-85) scored 17 for the Knicks, who lost Iman Shumpert (6'5''-G-90, college: Georgia Tech) to a torn knee ligament and have dropped 11 straight playoff games dating back to 2001. Carmelo Anthony (6'8''-F-84, college: Syracuse) missed 12 of 15 shots and finished with 11 points and 10 rebounds, and Baron Davis added 10 points for New York.

It was the worst playoff loss for the Knicks since a 126-85 defeat at Chicago on April 25, 1991.

'This series is not over,' Knicks forward Amare Stoudemire said. 'We've got to learn from our mistakes today and get ready for Monday.'

The series isn't, but Shumpert's is. The Knicks said the rookie guard also tore a lateral meniscus and would miss approximately six to eight months. Even before an MRI at a hospital, Anthony said what was obvious to anyone who saw Shumpert take a non-contact tumble in the third quarter.

'We know Shump is not going to be with us,' Anthony said.

Maybe it was ironic that this game took a turn when someone who helped doom Miami in last season's finals sent the two-time MVP flying.

Chandler - who helped Dallas win the 2011 title over Miami - set a back pick near midcourt with 1:34 left in the half, and James never saw it coming. The original call was a flagrant-2 against Chandler, which would have meant an automatic ejection. After review, it was downgraded to a flagrant-1, so Chandler could stick around for the rest of the debacle.

Given that he spent Friday and Saturday fighting the flu, Chandler would have probably rather left anyway.

'They played really well,' Knicks coach Mike Woodson said, 'and we played awful.'

An awful 9 minutes for the Knicks decided this one.

After all, this is a Heat-Knicks playoff series. It's almost required to have emotions boil over.

With Jeff Van Gundy and Alonzo Mourning in the building - remember, the former Knicks coach once tugged on the Heat center's leg during one memorable Miami-New York playoff dustup - along with Knicks assistant general manager Allan Houston, he of the game-winner to eliminate the Heat from the last playoffs following a lockout-shortened season of 1999, things got heated once again.

There were early hints that tensions were high, like Stoudemire and Udonis Haslem getting double-technicals after jawing back and forth with 4:10 left in the opening quarter. A few minutes later, after Shane Battier committed a hard foul on Anthony - who missed his first seven shots - Davis ran about 50 feet to give Battier a light shove.

That was all little stuff, compared to what was coming. Said Woodson: 'All hell broke loose.'

Mike Miller's 3-pointer with 2:22 left in the half capped a run of 13 straight points by the Heat, and they were just getting started.

After making both free throws awarded for the Chandler foul, James banked in a 20-footer from the left wing while getting hit by Smith 10 seconds later for what became a five-point possession for Miami.

'I thought it was a legal pick, honestly,' Chandler said.

And James still wasn't done, first hitting a fadeaway with 48 seconds left, then a layup while getting hit by Jared Jeffries with 3 seconds left in the half.

'Spectacular,' Spoelstra said of James' flurry. 'His play spoke for itself. It seemed on both ends of the court he had his hands on every single play, in some form or another.'

The run then was 24-2. The lead was 54-31. For good measure, the Heat scored the first eight points of the third quarter as well, making it 62-31.

'Very eager to start this series off right,' Heat forward Chris Bosh said.

A bad day got even worse for the Knicks midway through the third.

Shumpert - who started the final 17 games of the regular season after Jeremy Lin had knee surgery - was carried off the court by teammates after going down in almost the exact spot as where the Chandler-James collision took place.

Shumpert was bringing the ball up the right sideline and tried to dribble behind his back when he pulled up and immediately grabbed at his left knee. He was brought into the Knicks' locker room for evaluation, and as he was lifted from the floor Anthony looked at the scoreboard, shaking his head in disbelief.

Absolutely everything was going Miami's way.

'We're just trying to play our game,' Wade said, 'trying to come out and take care of business.'

James provided the exclamation point with 1.4 seconds left in the third quarter.

He made a 3-pointer over Anthony, and then got the fourth quarter off. Through three quarters, the entire Knicks roster had only outscored James by 15, and Miami took an 81-47 lead into the final 12 minutes.

'I think the Miami Heat right now are feeling great about their performance,' Stoudemire said. 'Which they should.'

Courtesy of www.ktvn.com



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  NEW ZEALAND   

Standings Men

NBL Standings
 1. Bay Hawks 10-1 
 2. Auckland P. 9-2 
 3. Taranaki MA 7-7 
 4. Hub Jets 5-4 
 5. Wellington S. 5-6 
 6. Nelson G. 5-6 
 7. Southland S. 4-8 
 8. OceanaGold N. 3-8 
 9. Harbour H. 2-8 

Regular Season: Round 9

Apr. 25: Bay Hawks - Wellington S. 97-80
Apr. 28: Bay Hawks - Hub Jets 95-79
Apr. 27: Wellington S. - Hub Jets 93-98
Apr. 25: Auckland P. - Harbour H. 91-75
Apr. 28: OceanaGold N. - Taranaki MA 81-90
Apr. 28: Southland S. - Nelson G. 79-90 OT
Apr. 27: Southland S. - Taranaki MA 77-91
Apr. 25: Nelson G. - Taranaki MA 72-75
Apr. 29: OceanaGold N. - Nelson G.


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Akeem WRIGHT
  OceanaGo.
  (200-F/G-84)
  Avg: 22.9
 1. Wright, OceanaGo.22.9 
 2. Jones, Nelson G.22.8 
 3. Braswell, Southlan.22.5 
 4. Tisby, OceanaGo.22.2 
 5. Horvath, Hub Jets22.0 
 6. Hudson, Taranaki.21.9 
 7. Leasure, Taranaki.21.8 
 8. Pace, Hub Jets21.0 
 9. Bartlett, Bay H.20.7 
 10. Tait, Auckland P.20.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Nick HORVATH
  Hub Jets
  (208-F/C-81)
  Avg: 15.2
 1. Horvath, Hub Jets15.2 
 2. Tisby, OceanaGo.12.2 
 3. Abney, Southland10.6 
 4. Atkinson, Harbo.9.8 
 5. Johnson, Bay Hawks9.0 
 6. Muhammad, Aucklan.8.8 
 7. Frank, Wellington8.5 
 8. Wright, OceanaGo.8.3 
 9. Harrison, Nelson G.8.3 
 10. Pace, Hub Jets7.9 
Assists Per Game
 Jason CROWE
  Wellington S.
  (193-G-76)
  Avg: 9.5
 1. Crowe, Wellington9.5 
 2. Tait, Auckland P.7.8 
 3. Dickel, OceanaGo.6.4 
 4. Jones, Nelson G.5.3 
 5. Pace, Hub Jets4.7 
 6. Kenny, Bay Hawks4.3 
 7. Braswell, Southlan.4.2 
 8. Wright, OceanaGo.4.1 
 9. Bailey, Harbour H.4.0 
 10. Hudson, Taranaki.3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Kevin BRASWELL
  Southlan.
  (188-G-79)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Braswell, Southlan.2.8 
 2. Crowe, Wellington2.4 
 3. Leasure, Taranaki.2.2 
 4. Wright, OceanaGo.2.1 
 5. Muhammad, Aucklan.1.9 
 6. Dickel, OceanaGo.1.9 
 7. Bailey, Harbour H.1.8 
 8. Pace, Hub Jets1.7 
 9. Ross, OceanaGold1.5 
 10. Kenny, Bay Hawks1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Michael HARRISON
  Nelson G.
  (206-F/C-84)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Harrison, Nelson G.2.3 
 2. Tisby, OceanaGo.1.5 
 3. Wright, OceanaGo.1.2 
 4. Atkinson, Harbo.1.1 
 5. Trousdell, Wellin.1.0 
 6. Abney, Southland1.0 
 7. Muhammad, Aucklan.0.9 
 8. Frank, Wellington0.8 
 9. Cartwright, Auckla.0.7 
 10. Prewster, Southla.0.7 



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  PHILIPPINES   


ASEAN League: Petron Blaze gain 16th win - by Eurobasket News

Petron Blaze - Bangkok Cobras 91:77

Petron Blaze consolidated their leading position in ASEAN League season. They sealed the 16th win beating visiting Bangkok Cobras. Nick Fazekas (211-F-85, college: Nevada) accounted for 25 points and 15 rebounds for the winners.
The Cobras recorded a 22:18 lead after ten minutes of action. But the Blaze turned things around in the second period. The hosts took over scoring 26 points and established a 44:38 halftime lead. The teams exchanged baskets throughout the third term. The Cobras cut the deficit by one point to trail by 5 at the final break 60:65. But Petron Blaze went on a 26:17 run in the final period to seal the victory at the end. Chris Banchero (185-G, agency: VVG Sports, college: Seattle Pacific) provided 22 points, while Leo Avenido (186-G-78) contributed 13 points in the win. Gentry Lewis (206-F/C-81, college: Philander Smith) answered with 20 points and 17 rebounds for the Cobras. Marvin Cruz (173-G-84) chipped in 16 points in the loss.

Petron Blaze: Nick Fazekas 25+15 boards, Chris Banchero 22, Leo Avenido 13
Bangkok Cobras: Gentry Lewis 20+17 boards, Marvin Cruz 16



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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. Koszarek, Trefl S.15.8 
 6. Kulig, PBG Basket15.7 
 7. Micic, PBG Basket15.7 
 8. Dylewicz, Trefl So.15.6 
 9. Weeden, Polpharma15.4 
 10. Kickert, PGE Turow15.3 
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. Bartosz, PBG Bask.7.1 
 10. Turek, Trefl Sopot7.1 
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.5.3 
 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. Sapp, Kotwica1.5 
 4. Tiller, Siarka J.1.5 
 5. Ponitka, AZS P.1.4 
 6. Hodge, Zastal ZG1.4 
 7. Koszarek, Trefl S.1.4 
 8. Dabrowski, Polph.1.4 
 9. Miller, Siarka J.1.4 
 10. Wilczek, AZS P.1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Callistus EZIUKWU
  AZS K.
  (208-F/C-85)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Eziukwu, AZS K.1.8 
 2. Burgess, Trefl S.1.6 
 3. Harris, Kotwica1.6 
 4. Kesicki, Kotwica1.4 
 5. Karnowski, Siarka1.2 
 6. Morrison, Energa C.1.2 
 7. Lawal, Zastal ZG1.1 
 8. Mladenovic, Slask1.1 
 9. Lauderdale, PGE T.1.1 
 10. Doaks, Siarka J.1.0 


Stats Leaders - 1Liga

Points Per Game
 Lukasz PACOCHA
  AZS S.
  (182-G-82)
  Avg: 18.5
 1. Pacocha, AZS S.18.5 
 2. Woloszyn, MKS D.17.8 
 3. Niesobski, Sudety16.7 
 4. Kostrzewski, Start16.0 
 5. Jarecki, P.Cuk.15.3 
 6. Mazur, Polonia14.8 
 7. Lewandowski, P.Cuk.14.0 
 8. Donigiewicz, Rosa14.0 
 9. Zytko, P..13.6 
 10. Pluta, MOSiR K.13.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Krzysztof MIELCZAREK
  AZS S.
  (198-G/F-81)
  Avg: 11.8
 1. Mielczarek, AZS S.11.8 
 2. Luszczewski, Start9.8 
 3. Wilczek, Sokol Lan.9.4 
 4. Mikolajko, Polonia7.9 
 5. Wilusz, Sudety7.1 
 6. Grudzinski, Spojnia7.0 
 7. Malewski, Znicz B.7.0 
 8. Misiewicz, Znicz B.6.9 
 9. Zielinski, MKS D.6.8 
 10. Klima, Sokol Lanc.6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Michal MUSIJOWSKI
  Polonia
  (180-G-89)
  Avg: 5.5
 1. Musijowski, Polonia5.5 
 2. Grochowski, MKS D.5.3 
 3. Basinski, SKK S.4.9 
 4. Zytko, P..4.6 
 5. Michalski, Start L.4.1 
 6. Ochonko, Spojnia4.1 
 7. Kardas, Rosa Radom4.0 
 8. Brek, AZS Kutno3.9 
 9. Wojcicki, SKK S.3.6 
 10. Szumelda-K., Znic.3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Lukasz ZYTKO
  P..
  (181-G-81)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Zytko, P..3.5 
 2. Mielczarek, AZS S.3.1 
 3. Szumelda-K., Znicz3.0 
 4. Niesobski, Sudety2.9 
 5. Lewandowski, P.Cuk.2.8 
 6. Sulinski, Znicz B.2.7 
 7. Pisarczyk, Sokol L.2.5 
 8. Szpyrka, Start G.2.5 
 9. Basinski, SKK S.2.5 
 10. Czubek, Znicz B.2.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Artur DONIGIEWICZ
  Rosa R.
  (185-G-84)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Donigiewicz, Rosa2.1 
 2. Niesobski, Sudety1.8 
 3. Zytko, P..1.8 
 4. Klima, Sokol Lancut1.8 
 5. Oczkowicz, MOSiR K.1.7 
 6. Wojdyla, Start G.1.6 
 7. Wojcicki, SKK S.1.6 
 8. Aleksandrowi., Sta.1.6 
 9. Grochowski, MKS D.1.6 
 10. Malecki, AZS Kut.1.6 


2Liga Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Jakub KAROLAK
  Novum Lublin
  (196-G/F-93)
  Avg: 21.9
 1. Karolak, Novum Lub.21.9 
 2. Kowalewski, AZS U.21.4 
 3. Peciak, MKS L.19.9 
 4. Lapinski, Zyrardow.19.8 
 5. Sobilo, Pulaski Wa.19.7 
 6. Swiech, MKS S.19.4 
 7. Kuczynski, Tur B.18.8 
 8. Zurawski, Open F.18.6 
 9. Ejsmont, GKK G.18.6 
 10. Majewski, PWiK P.18.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Mateusz SZWED
  Zyrardow.
  (197-C-91)
  Avg: 12.8
 1. Szwed, Zyrardow.12.8 
 2. Zabielski, Tur B.11.8 
 3. Cygan, Unia Tarnow10.8 
 4. Niedzwiedzki, WKK10.4 
 5. Kwandrans, MKS L.9.8 
 6. Mis, Handlopex AZS9.8 
 7. Fras, Trefl I.9.8 
 8. Zurawski, Open F.9.7 
 9. Sobkowiak, AZS P.9.1 
 10. Kuczynski, Tur B.9.0 
Assists Per Game
 Marcin STOKLOSA
  Open F.
  (188-G-77)
  Avg: 10.7
 1. Stoklosa, Open F.10.7 
 2. Paszkiewicz, PWiK6.8 
 3. Hybiak, AZS P.6.4 
 4. Wluczynski, Ksieza.6.2 
 5. Jarosz, MKS S.5.8 
 6. Gospodarek, Novum5.5 
 7. Grzelinski, WKK O.5.4 
 8. Rapucha, Tur B.5.2 
 9. Kindlik, MKS L.5.2 
 10. Lipinski, Nysa K.5.1 
Steals Per Game
 Marcin STOKLOSA
  Open F.
  (188-G-77)
  Avg: 5
 1. Stoklosa, Open F.5.0 
 2. Rapucha, Tur B.4.4 
 3. Bojko, Wilki Morsk.4.3 
 4. Jarosz, MKS S.4.2 
 5. Misztela, UMKS P.4.0 
 6. Adamczyk, Pulaski3.8 
 7. Chojecki, Zyrardow.3.8 
 8. Zych, Unia Tarnow3.8 
 9. Wrobel, GTK G.3.6 
 10. Gospodarek, Novu.3.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Tomasz ZYCH
  Unia Tarnow
  (188-G-87)
  Avg: 3
 1. Zych, Unia Tarnow3.0 
 2. Lewandowski, Astor.2.8 
 3. Szewczyk, Unia T.2.3 
 4. Paszkiewicz, PWiK2.2 
 5. Fediuk, UKS S.2.2 
 6. Kunc, Staco M.2.2 
 7. Misztela, UMKS P.2.2 
 8. Hybiak, AZS P.2.1 
 9. Bojko, Wilki Morsk.2.1 
 10. Labedz, Rosa I.2.1 


Open Pleszew fate - consecutive season without the promotion - by Maciej Paszyn

Three seasons, three strong rosters, three million zlotys (more than one milion USD), three big chances and... three defeats. The second-division team KS Open Florentyna Pleszew then again wasted its promotion prospects to the first league. Starting from season 2009/10 the chief sponsor started investing giant like to conditions 2 Liga money into the team from KS Open Florentyna Pleszew. Thanks to the generosity of Mr Tomasz Nowaczyk - the owner of the net of computer megastores Open-IT - each time a 2liga 'Dream Team' has been built up in which among others players appeared with the former extraleague and reliable 1 liga players. Unfortunately in each of these three seasons in the inexplicable way the team has always lost in the crucial moment of the season - that is at the end of the round play-off. In season 2009 / 10 Open lost the finale in his group with strong AZS Radex Szczecin in order later to fall in additional tournament against SKK Siedlce. Season later Open lost in the same moment in the end with the Jelenia Gra having at one's disposal bigger budget than its opponent repeatedly, and next as this way as a year before can'ted cope in additional championships losing this time with Polski Cukier SIDEn Torun. In this season team from KS Open Florentyna Pleszew although he lost no match in the regular season, came off already in the semi-final of his group losing with Universyty team - AZS PP Poznan. A main reason of the defeat was as excessive making conditional the game of the team on her chief leader - of Marcin Stoklosa (188-G-77) - which already at the beginning of the second semi-final match caught a knee injury.

In this moment management from KS Open Florentyna Pleszew are giving some thought to the future of the team. The eccentric sponsor which already a year ago after the defeat wanted definitively to retreat from sponsoring the club this time is more toned down in his statements. One thing is certain - in this moment a peace is needed for this team, because if three past constant years are showing changes of all roster even for huge money, aren't bringing the success.



PLK Round 3 of Quarter-Finals - by Eurobasket News

PGE Turow - Anwil 86-58

PGE Turow registered the second straight win over Anwil. The game was mostly controlled by PGE Turow. Anwil was better in third quarter 21-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Anwil 35-24 including 26 on the defensive glass. It was a good game for Australian-Dutch center Daniel Kickert (208-83, college: St.Mary's, CA) who led his team to a victory with 19 points. American guard Ronald Moore (183-88, college: Siena) contributed with 11 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. The former international guard Krzysztof Szubarga (182-84) answered with 11 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists and American power forward Corsley Edwards (205-79, college: Cent.Conn.St.) added 13 points in the effort for Anwil. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games.
Top scorers:
PGE Turow: D.Kickert 19+4reb+1ast, M.Chylinski 13+2reb+2ast, R.Moore 11+8reb+5ast, G.Gustas 11+2reb+2ast, A.Lee 10+1reb+2ast, A.Cel 8+1reb+2ast
Anwil: C.Edwards 13+3reb, N.Lewis 12+3reb+1ast, K.Szubarga 11+5reb+5ast, D.Berisha 10+1reb+2ast, J.Allen 4+6reb+2ast, L.Majewski 3+1reb+1ast
gschID: 174756


Slask Wroclaw - Trefl Sopot 76-71

Slask returned the lead in the series beating Trefl Sopot in Wroclaw. The hosts trailed by 5 points at the halftime before their 43-33 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. The best player for the winners was the former international guard Robert Skibniewski (182-83) who scored 11 points, 7 rebounds and 9 assists. American-Puerto Rican guard Paul Graham (196-85, college: Florida Atlantic, agency: Beo Basket) chipped in 16 points. At the other side the best for losing team was the former international guard Lukasz Koszarek (187-84) who recorded 17 points and 6 assists and American power forward John Turek (205-83, college: Nebraska) added 16 points and 8 rebounds respectively. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Slask Wroclaw: P.Graham 16+3reb+3ast, A.Mladenovic 14+4reb+1ast, S.Bogavac 13+8reb+1ast, R.Skibniewski 11+7reb+9ast, P.Buczak 8+5reb, B.Diduszko 5+2reb+2ast
Trefl Sopot: L.Koszarek 17+4reb+6ast, J.Turek 16+8reb, F.Dylewicz 14+6reb+1ast, L.Wisniewski 12+4reb+5ast, A.Waczynski 5+6reb+6ast, S.Kuzminskas 4+3reb
gschID: 174757


Energa Czarni - Zastal ZG 79-70

Energa Czarni registered the second win over Zastal Zielona Gora. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 16-9. But Zastal ZG won second period 24-18. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Energa Czarni won last quarter 25-18. They dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to Zastal ZG's 34 and made 19-of-25 charity shots (76.0 percent) during the game. Energa Czarni had a 28-17 advantage in offensive rebounds. It was an exceptional evening for American point guard Stanley Burrell (190-84) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 10 assists. Canadian center Scott Morrison (212-86, college: Portland St.) accounted for 18 points and 6 rebounds (perfect from the field making all seven shots !!!) for the winning side. The former international forward Marcin Sroka (200-81, agency: Promotex) came up with 14 points and 5 rebounds and American forward Thomas Mobley (195-81, college: Charleston) added 12 points respectively for Zastal ZG in the defeat.
Top scorers:
Energa Czarni: S.Burrell 18+2reb+10ast, S.Morrison 18+6reb+2ast, D.Weaver 12+5reb, D.Hinson 9+4reb+3ast, K.Roszyk 6+4reb, Z.Bialek 6+4reb+1ast
Zastal ZG: M.Sroka 14+5reb, T.Mobley 12+4reb+1ast, P.Stelmach 11+3reb+1ast, W.Hodge 9+2reb+2ast, U.Mirkovic 7+5reb+2ast, M.Flieger 7+2reb+2ast
gschID: 174754


AZS Koszalin - Asseco Prokom 86-81

AZS Koszalin held off Asseco Prokom at home court to narrow the deficit in the series. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Asseco Prokom won third quarter 28-21. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when AZS Koszalin won last quarter 21-17. They made 18-of-22 free shots (81.8 percent) during the game. It was a great evening for naturalized Croatian guard Igor Milicic (194-76, agency: Alti Sport) who led his team to a victory scoring 25 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line). The former international center Rafal Bigus (215-76, college: Villanova) helped adding 9 points and 9 rebounds. The best for the losing side was American guard Jerel Blassingame (175-81, college: UNLV) with 24 points and 5 assists and international center Adam Hrycaniuk (206-84, college: Cincinnati, agency: Alti Sport) produced a double-double by scoring 13 points and 11 rebounds. Asseco Prokom's coach tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
AZS Koszalin: I.Milicic 25+7reb+4ast, L.McIntosh 10+1reb, J.Montgomery 10+5reb+1ast, R.Bigus 9+9reb, M.Jarmakowicz 9+4reb+1ast, C.Eziukwu 8+1reb
Asseco Prokom: J.Blassingame 24+3reb+5ast, A.Hrycaniuk 13+11reb+1ast, D.Motiejunas 10+5reb+2ast, L.Seweryn 8+2reb+1ast, F.Dmitriev 6+3reb+1ast, P.Szczotka 6+4reb+3ast
gschID: 174755



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

Start Gdynia - Znicz Basket 68-57

Start Gdynia shot down Znicz Basket at home court to take the lead in the semifinal series. The game was mostly controlled by Start Gdynia. MKS Znicz Basket was better in third quarter 12-10. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Start Gdynia made 16-of-20 charity shots (80.0 percent) during the game. They also forced 19 MKS Znicz Basket turnovers. Start Gdynia brought some defensive toughness making 9 blocks. Forward Tomasz Wojdyla (201-77) nailed a double-double by scoring 15 points and 10 rebounds for the winning side and guard Piotr Smigielski (190-89) accounted for 14 points. Forward Przemyslaw Szymanski (198-84) came up with 15 points and forward Andrzej Misiewicz (201-84, college: Daytona Beach CC) added 6 points and 9 rebounds respectively for MKS Znicz Basket in the defeat.
Top scorers:
Start Gdynia: T.Wojdyla 15+10reb+2ast, P.Smigielski 14+2reb+1ast, T.Andrzejewski 9+3reb+1ast, G.Mordzak 8+1reb+3ast, M.Kostrzewski 6+6reb+1ast, M.Malczyk 6+5reb+1ast
Znicz Basket: P.Szymanski 15+3reb+1ast, M.Szumelda-Krzycki 11+2reb+2ast, A.Sulinski 11+2reb, A.Czujkowski 7+6reb+2ast, A.Misiewicz 6+9reb+1ast, M.Matuszewski 5+1reb+1ast
gschID: 175604


Rosa Radom - MKS DG 80-79

Rosa Radom held off MKS Dabrowa Gornicza for 1-0 lead in the series. MMKS Dabrowa Gornicza cut a 13-point halftime deficit to one at the end of the game. Rosa Radom forced 22 MMKS Dabrowa Gornicza turnovers. Strangely MMKS Dabrowa Gornicza outrebounded Rosa Radom 43-28 including a 15-4 advantage in offensive rebounds. Guard Artur Donigiewicz (185-84) stepped up and scored 22 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners and guard Piotr Kardas (182-78) chipped in 14 points and 4 assists. Four Rosa Radom players scored in double figures. At the losing side point guard Grzegorz Grochowski (178-93) responded with 14 points, 9 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals and center Piotr Zielinski (198-83) scored 21 points and 7 rebounds.
Top scorers:
Rosa Radom: A.Donigiewicz 22+9reb+4ast, P.Kardas 14+1reb+4ast, J.Zalewski 14+4reb, M.Kosinski 14+3reb+2ast, H.Radke 8+2reb+1ast, T.Pisarczyk 6+6reb
MKS DG: P.Zielinski 21+7reb, L.Szczypka 19+3reb+4ast, G.Grochowski 14+9reb+5ast, P.Zmarlak 9+5reb, R.Kulikowski 6+9reb, L.Grzegorzewski 5+3reb+2ast
gschID: 175605



Maciej Lampe's 31 points make him top Polish player abroad of the week - by Eurobasket Center

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

Maciej Lampe
Maciej Lampe
   #1. This week's number one is an international center Maciej Lampe (210-85), who plays in the Spanish ACB. He could not help Caja Laboral (21-10) in their last game. Despite Lampe's very good performance Caja Laboral lost 89-97 on the road to the leading Regal FC Barcelona. He was the top scorer with 31 points. Lampe also added 5 rebounds and 3 assists in 31 minutes on the court. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Lampe has relatively good stats this year: 12.4ppg, 4.5rpg, 2FGP: 57.0%(53-93), 3FGP: 38.5% and FT: 62.5% in the 11 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Polish and Swedish. Despite Lampe played previously for the Swedish national team, he is currently a member of the Polish senior national team.

Marcin Gortat
Marcin Gortat
   #2. Second place goes to an international center Marcin Gortat (213-84), who plays in the NBA. Gortat was not able to help the Phoenix Suns (33-33) in their last game on Saturday. Despite his very good performance the Phoenix Suns were defeated 118-107 at home by the Denver Nuggets. Gortat recorded a double-double by scoring 18 points and getting 11 rebounds. He also added 3 blocks. The Regular Season already ended in the NBA. Gortat has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 15.4ppg, 10.0rpg, 1.5bpg, 2FGP: 55.7%(427-767) and FT: 64.9%. Despite Gortat played previously for the Swedish national team, he is currently a member of the Polish senior national team.

David Logan
David Logan
   #3. The Polish player who performed third best last week abroad was former international guard David Logan (184-82, college: Indianapolis). Logan led Panathinaikos to a victory over the seventh-ranked Aris (11-13) crushing them 88-65 in the Greek A1 on Saturday night. He was MVP of the game. Logan scored 13 points in a mere 16 minutes. Panathinaikos Athens (22-2) is placed second in the A1. It was his team's eighth consecutive victory in a row. It's Logan's first season with the team. This year his overall stats are: 9.7ppg, 1.2rpg, 1.4apg, 1.5spg, 2FGP: 52.5%, 3FGP: 37.7% and FT: 81.4% in the 27 games. Logan is a naturalized American. Despite he played previously for the USA national team, Logan played also for the Polish national team in 2009. He used to play for WTK Anwil Wloclawek in Polish league.

Michal Ignerski
Michal Ignerski
   #4. Forward Michal Ignerski (207-80, agency: Stanley International, college: Mississippi St.), who plays in the Russian PBL was not able to secure a victory for Lokomotiv (9-9) in their last game on Tuesday. Despite Ignerski's very good performance Lokomotiv was crushed 101-75 in Kazan by the lower-ranked Unics (#6). He scored 15 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. The Regular Season already ended. Ignerski's total stats this season are: 6.5ppg and 3.3rpg. Despite he played previously for the USA national team, Ignerski is currently in the Polish national team roster.

Thomas Kelati
Thomas Kelati
   #5. International swingman Thomas Kelati (195-82, agency: Beo Basket, college: Washington St.), who plays in the Russian PBL couldn't help one of league's weakest teams Khimky (15-3) in their last game. Despite his good performance Khimky was badly defeated 91-72 in Moscow by the leading CSKA. Kelati was the top scorer with 12 points in 20 minutes. They ended the series of ten consecutive victories. His team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And now that game is very crucial. This year Kelati's total stats are: 4.9ppg and 2.0rpg in the 17 games. He is another player who holds two passports: Eritrean and Polish. Despite Kelati played previously for the Eritrean national team, he is currently in the Polish national team roster.

Szymon Szewczyk
Szymon Szewczyk
   #6. Center Szymon Szewczyk (209-82) couldn't help Umana Venezia (17-12) in their game against Otto Caserta (12-17) in the Italian SerieA. Despite his very good performance on Wednesday night Szewczyk was the second best scorer with 14 points. He also added 4 rebounds, 3 assists and made 2 blocks. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be important. Szewczyk is currently third on the list of best blockers. He has very reliable stats this season: 12.5ppg, 5.9rpg, 1.2apg and 1.2bpg. Despite Szewczyk played previously for the Eritrean national team, he is also an international player who is currently on the senior Polish National Team roster.

Bradd Wierzbicki
Bradd Wierzbicki
   #7. International guard Bradd Wierzbicki (191-85, college: Queens, NY) was the main contributor in a Jelson Homes DMU Leicester City Riders' victory against the eighth-ranked Guildford Heat (12-18) 90-72 in the British BBL in Saturday night's game. Wierzbicki was the best player in that game. He recorded 25 points and added 4 passes in 32 minutes. Jelson Homes DMU Leicester City Riders (22-8) is placed second in the BBL. Wierzbicki's team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And now that game is quite important. Wierzbicki has very impressive stats this year: 17.3ppg, 2.5rpg, 3.0apg and 1.1spg in the 33 games. He is a naturalized American. Despite Wierzbicki played previously for the USA national team, he is currently in the Polish national team roster.

Gal Mekel
Gal Mekel
   #8. Point guard Gal Mekel (192-88, college: Wichita St.) couldn't help Benetton Treviso (12-17) in their game against Montepaschi Siena (22-7) in the Italian SerieA. Mekel scored 5 points and added 3 passes. Benetton Treviso was crushed 90-67 in Siena by the leading Montepaschi. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. Mekel has averaged so far 6.2ppg, 2.1rpg and 3.4apg. He plays currently for the Polish national team.

Jakub Parzenski
Jakub Parzenski
   #9. U20 international power forward Jakub Parzenski (212-91) managed to help Canadian Solar Bologna in a victory against the 12th-ranked Otto Caserta (12-17) 84-66 in the Italian SerieA on Sunday night. Parzenski scored only 2 points in 2 minutes on the court. It was his first game for CS Bologna this season. His team is placed sixth in the SerieA. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. Parzenski is also in the roster of the Polish U20 national team.

Robert Tomaszek
Robert Tomaszek
   #10. Forward Robert Tomaszek (204-81, agency: Limelight Hoops, college: Texas Tech) couldn't help s Oliver Baskets (20-13) in their game against EnBW Ludwigsburg (10-23) in the German BBL. He cannot count Saturday's game as one of the best ones. Tomaszek scored only 2 points. s Oliver Baskets was defeated in an overtime 91-80 in Ludwigsburg by the much lower-ranked EnBW (#15). His team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. Tomaszek has averaged so far 3.1ppg and 2.4rpg. He is a former international player as eight years ago he still played for the Polish senior national team.



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

Group A
Astoria Bydg. - Ksiezak Lowicz 90-78

Astoria Bydgoszcz outscored Ksiezak Lowicz to enter the Finals. The game was mostly controlled by Astoria Bydg.. Ksiezak Lowicz managed to win fourth quarter 30-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Astoria Bydg. dominated down low during the game scoring 58 of its points in the paint compared to Ksiezak Lowicz's 38. Astoria Bydg. forced 29 Ksiezak Lowicz turnovers and outrebounded them 45-32 including a 33-19 advantage in defensive rebounds. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Astoria Bydg. made 7 blocks. The best player for the winners was forward Dorian Szyttenholm (194-83) who scored 20 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. Guard Mateusz Bierwagen (194-88) chipped in 16 points and 9 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was forward Kacper Kromer (204-87) who recorded a double-double by scoring 10 points and 13 rebounds and guard Rafal Wojciechowski (188-85) added 17 points (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) respectively. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Astoria Bydg.: D.Szyttenholm 20+7reb+4ast, M.Bierwagen 16+9reb+1ast, F.Czyznielewski 11+10reb, P.Lewandowski 10+6reb+2ast, A.Barszczyk 10+4reb+4ast, S.Laydych 9+7reb+1ast
Ksiezak Lowicz: R.Wojciechowski 17+4reb+1ast, B.Wluczynski 16+3reb+2ast, T.Nogalski 12+4reb+3ast, A.Rajkowski 10+4reb, K.Kromer 10+13reb, D.Janiak 8+1reb+1ast
gschID: 175601


Group B
BM Wegiel Stal - AZS AWF K-ce 71-62

BM Wegiel Stal will play in the next stage of the tournament after they knocked down AZS Katowice. The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 23-11. But AZS AWF K-ce won third quarter 19-12. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. BM Wegiel Stal shot the lights out from three nailing 13 long-distance shots on high 52.0 percentage. They brought some defensive toughness making 8 blocks. It was a good game for power forward Lukasz Olejnik (203-79) who led his team to a victory with 21 points and 6 rebounds. Guard Marcin Dymala (185-90) contributed with 11 points, 8 rebounds, 6 assists and 5 steals for the winners. Forward Kamil Nowak (196-88) answered with 24 points and forward Tomasz Milewski (202-78) added 7 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists in the effort for AZS AWF K-ce.
Top scorers:
BM Wegiel Stal: L.Olejnik 21+6reb, M.Kalowski 16+4reb+2ast, M.Dymala 11+8reb+6ast, M.Zebski 9+2reb+3ast, J.Dryjanski 7+6reb+1ast, T.Cielebak 4+5reb
AZS AWF K-ce: K.Nowak 24+4reb, M.Dziemba 14+4reb, M.Ecka 11+3reb+2ast, T.Milewski 7+10reb+5ast, M.Dziemba 2+2reb+2ast, P.Jurczynski 2+4reb+3ast
gschID: 175602


Slask II W. - Pogon Prudnik 84-56

Slask II Wroclaw held off Pogon Prudnik to advance into Finals. The game was mostly controlled by Slask II W.. Pogon Prudnik managed to win fourth quarter 23-21. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Slask II W. dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to Pogon Prudnik's 34. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Slask II W. made 14 blocks. It was a great evening for the former international forward Radoslaw Hyzy (203-77) who led his team to a victory scoring 17 points and 6 rebounds. Forward Mateusz Platek (193-86) helped adding 9 points and 14 rebounds. Four Slask II W. players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was forward Jaroslaw Pawlowski (194-80) with a double-double by scoring 18 points, 10 rebounds and 6 blocks and guard Krzysztof Chmielarz (185-88) scored 6 points and 5 rebounds. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games.
Top scorers:
Slask II W.: R.Hyzy 17+6reb+1ast, M.Lopatka 16+7reb, A.Grygiel 10+4reb, A.Mroczek-Truskowski 10+3reb+1ast, M.Platek 9+14reb+1ast, R.Glapinski 9+2reb+2ast
Pogon Prudnik: J.Pawlowski 18+10reb+1ast, T.Madziar 11, M.Lepczynski 6+4reb, K.Chmielarz 6+5reb+1ast, T.Lakis 5+2reb+2ast, B.Trytek 4+5reb
gschID: 175603



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  PORTUGAL   

Stats Leaders - UZO Liga

Points Per Game
 Nate BOWIE
  Terceira.
  (183-G-86)
  Avg: 19.1
 1. Bowie, Terceira.19.1 
 2. Murphy, Terceira.18.6 
 3. Addison, Sampaense18.2 
 4. Stempin, Porto F.17.6 
 5. Scott, Benfica17.3 
 6. Franklin, Lusitania17.2 
 7. Nevels, Terceira.16.9 
 8. Morris, Vitoria SC16.5 
 9. Mills, Lusitania15.6 
 10. Balseiro, Sampa.15.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Brian MORRIS
  Vitoria SC
  (205-F-87)
  Avg: 11
 1. Morris, Vitoria SC11.0 
 2. Lee, Ovarense9.9 
 3. Nevels, Terceira.9.6 
 4. Fonseca, Vitoria SC9.2 
 5. Addison, Sampaense8.3 
 6. Djukic, Ginasio8.2 
 7. Cunha, Vitoria SC7.9 
 8. Momplasir, Lusitan.7.9 
 9. Gunter, CAB M.7.9 
 10. Stempin, Porto F.7.6 
Assists Per Game
 Mario FERNANDES
  CAB M.
  (176-PG-82)
  Avg: 6.5
 1. Fernandes, CAB M.6.5 
 2. Sing, Sampaense5.9 
 3. Blanks, Vitoria SC5.4 
 4. Reveles, Sampaense5.3 
 5. Barbosa, Ovarense4.5 
 6. Ferreira, Ginasio4.4 
 7. Manarte, Ovarense4.1 
 8. Fechas, Barcelos4.1 
 9. Bowie, Terceira.4.1 
 10. Minhava, Benfica4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Jaime SILVA
  CAB Madeira
  (187-PG-80)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Silva, CAB Madeira3.2 
 2. Balseiro, Sampa.2.3 
 3. Fernandes, CAB M.2.3 
 4. Cunha, Vitoria SC2.0 
 5. Kenon, CAB Madeira1.9 
 6. Andrade, Porto F.1.9 
 7. Silva, Barcelos1.8 
 8. Bessa, Vitoria SC1.8 
 9. Jackson, CAB M.1.8 
 10. Shetzer, CAB M.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Durrell NEVELS
  Terceira.
  (198-F-86)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Nevels, Terceira.2.8 
 2. Momplasir, Lusitan.1.9 
 3. Johnson, Porto F.1.2 
 4. Gunter, CAB M.1.0 
 5. Silva, Barcelos1.0 
 6. Addison, Sampaense0.8 
 7. Ehiagwina, Ginasio0.8 
 8. Coelho, CAB M.0.8 
 9. Doliboa, Benfica0.8 
 10. Howell, Academica0.7 


Proliga Round 3 of Quarter-Finals. Alges make it into semifinals - by Eurobasket News

Sangalhos - Alges 67-68

Alges booked the next round appearance with a road win over Sangalhos. The hosts were trailing by 4 points at halftime but managed to get 1-point lead after three quarters before a 19-17 charge of Alges, which allowed them to win the game. They dominated down low during the game scoring 48 of its points in the paint compared to Sangalhos' 24. The best player for the winners was American forward DeSean White (203-86, college: Northwood, FL) who had a double-double by scoring 27 points and 18 rebounds. Angolan forward Sergio Correia (197-85) chipped in 14 points and 7 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was swingman Emanuel Silva (188-79) who recorded 11 points and 8 rebounds and guard Jorge Seabra (174-81) added 10 points and 8 assists respectively. Five Sangalhos players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Alges: D.White 27+18reb+2ast, S.Correia 14+7reb+2ast, J.Manuel 7+1reb+2ast, S.Santos 7+3reb, D.Vieira 6+2reb, A.Pires 6+3reb+6ast
Sangalhos: N.Bizarro 15+4reb, A.Duarte 14+2reb+2ast, E.Silva 11+8reb+2ast, J.Seabra 10+2reb+8ast, L.Fonte 10+7reb+3ast, J.Carmo 7+2reb+1ast
gschID: 174808


Fisica - Angra 81-73

Fisica toppled Angra to take 2-1 lead in the series. Angrabasket was ahead by 2 points after three quarters before a 26-16 charge of Fisica, which allowed them to win the game. They outrebounded Angrabasket 35-24 including 26 on the defensive glass. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 24 assists. It was a good game for Edson Rosario who led his team to a victory with 24 points and 4 assists. Naturalized Mozambican guard Ricardo Rodrigues (185-81) contributed with 12 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists for the winners. Four Fisica players scored in double figures. Naturalized Angolan guard Joao Pereira (186-83) answered with 28 points and American power forward Terrence Mack (198-84, college: Rhode Island) added 15 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists in the effort for Angrabasket.
Top scorers:
Fisica: E.Rosario 24+1reb+4ast, J.Cardoso 13+8reb+1ast, B.Freire 13+4reb+3ast, R.Rodrigues 12+6reb+7ast, M.Salvador 8+5reb+2ast, C.Dias 7+9reb+4ast
Angra: J.Pereira 28+1reb, F.Gomes 18+3reb+1ast, T.Mack 15+7reb+5ast, P.Loth 8+6reb+7ast, D.Gibson 2+1reb+4ast, J.Paulo Avila 2+6reb+2ast
gschID: 174809


Galitos-Tley - Illiabum 62-53

Galitos-Tley held off Illibaum at home court to secure 2-1 advantage. Illiabum was trailing by 6 points at halftime but managed to get 2-point lead after three quarters before a 21-10 charge of Galitos-Tley, which allowed them to win the game. It was a great evening for forward Rui Quintino (196-83) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 18 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists. Jose Ferreira helped adding 15 points and 10 rebounds. The best for the losing side was American-Liberian forward Kadiri Richard (203-80, college: Virginia Union) with 8 points and 15 rebounds and naturalized American power forward Calvin Clemmons (203-81, college: Charlotte) scored 15 points and 7 rebounds.
Top scorers:
Galitos-Tley: R.Quintino 18+11reb+5ast, J.Ferreira 15+10reb+1ast, A.Coelho 13+2reb+3ast, T.Magalhaes 8+7reb+1ast, F.Pinheiro 5+1reb+3ast, D.Neves 2
Illiabum: C.Clemmons 15+7reb, P.Azevedo 14+1ast, K.Richard 8+15reb+1ast, J.Figueiredo 6+3reb+2ast, M.Mota 5+1reb+2ast, P.Morgado 3+1reb+1ast
gschID: 174807


Electrico FC - Oliveirense 79-72



gschID: 174810



Diego Cavaco selected the top Portuguese players playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Diego Cavaco
Diego Cavaco
   #1. This week's number one is an experienced former international forward Diego Cavaco (200-79), who plays in the Argentinian LigaA. Cavaco could not help Regatas Corrientes (15-15) to beat Obras (20-10). He scored 9 points. But Regatas Corrientes was defeated 80-71 on the road by the much higher-ranked Obras (#3). It's Cavaco's first season with the team. This year Cavaco averages: 6.8ppg, 2.6rpg, 2FGP: 42.5%, 3FGP: 42.5% and FT: 75.5%. He has a dual citizenship: Portuguese and Argentinian. Despite Cavaco played previously for the Argentinian national team, he played also for the Portuguese national team in 2009.

Robert Fultz
Robert Fultz
   #2. Second place goes to former international point guard Robert Fultz (189-82, agency: Interperformances). Fultz managed to help Banca Tercas Teramo in a victory against one of league's weakest teams Fabi Shoes Montegranaro (11-18) 99-93 in the Italian SerieA on Wednesday night. He recorded 5 points and added 6 assists in 26 minutes. Banca Tercas Teramo (11-18) is placed 15th in the SerieA. 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 critical. This year Fultz's overall stats are: 9.7ppg, 1.7rpg, 3.0apg, 2FGP: 41.7%, 3FGP: 37.9% and FT: 89.3% in the 23 games he played so far. He is another player who holds two passports: Portuguese and Italian. Fultz played for the Portuguese national team in 2003.

Claudio Fonseca
Claudio Fonseca
   #3. The Portuguese player who performed third best last week abroad was an international center Claudio Fonseca (206-89). He contributed to a Plasencia Extremadura's surprising victory against the fourth-ranked Las Rozas (15-9) 81-80 in the Spanish LEB Silver (third division) in Friday night's game. Fonseca recorded only 4 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. Plasencia Extremadura (8-16) is placed 11th in the LEB Silver. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. The Regular Season already ended. Fonseca's total stats this season are: 6.4ppg, 5.4rpg, 2FGP: 44.4% and FT: 58.8%. He is also a member of the Portuguese senior national team.

Nuno Pedroso
Nuno Pedroso
   #4. Guard Nuno Pedroso (187-79, also represented by Interperformances) helped Milton Keynes Lions win their game against the closely-ranked Durham Wildcats (6-15) 96-91 in the British BBL last Saturday. Pedroso recorded only 4 points in 18 minutes. Marshall Milton Keynes Lions (10-20) is placed ninth in the BBL. The Regular Season already ended. This year Pedroso's total stats are: 8.4ppg, 3.6rpg and 3.1apg in the 31 games. He is also Portuguese national team player.

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

   #1. Fernando Raposo Laurencio (206-C/F-89), who plays in the French ProB (second division) could not help SO Maritime Boulogne (17-15) in their last game. Despite his very good performance SO Maritime Boulogne lost 105-112 on the road to the much lower-ranked (#16) Denain Voltaire. Raposo Laurencio scored 17 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 30 minutes. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Raposo Laurencio has relatively good stats this year: 10.9ppg and 6.9rpg in the 32 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Portuguese and French. Despite Raposo Laurencio's Portuguese passport, he previously played for the French U20 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Portuguese team.

Other top Portuguese players, who play abroad:

Keith Williams (195-F-67) plays for Air Avellino in Italian SerieA
Philippe Da Silva (192-G-79) plays for Paris-Levallois in French ProA
Luis Costa (193-F-78) plays for Libolo in Angolan Division I
Armando Costa (192-G-83) plays for 1 De Agosto in Angolan Division I
Pedro Bastos (184-G-94) plays for Petroleos in Angolan Division I
Arnaldinho Filho (187-G-78) plays for Tijuca TC in Brazilian NBB
Manuil De Souza (212-C-79) plays for Vila Velha in Brazilian NBB
Jonathan Fedor (205-C-68) plays for Olympique Antibes in French ProB
Jonah Callenbach (192-C/F-93) plays for Fontedoso Carrefour in Spanish LEB Silver
Mark Ramos (182-G-76) plays for Snaefell in Icelandic Express L.

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



CAB Madeira withdraw from LPB semifinals - by Eurobasket News

CAB Madeira announced their withdrawal from LPB semifinals. The team cited the financial difficulties as the main reason for the move. CAB Madeira reported inability to finance the travel to Porto for the opening games of the semifinal series. Portuguese Basketball Federation has reacted immediately. They issued the statement that confirm the withdrawal and automatically sent FC Porto Ferpinta into LPB Finals.


LPB Round 1 of Semi-Finals. Lusitania gain lead - by Eurobasket News

Benfica - Lusitania 76-78

Lusitania continued to impress fans and experts in Portugal. They extended their impressive winning run in playoffs beating Benfica in the semifinal series opener. Benfica was trailing by 1 point at halftime but managed to get 7-point lead after three quarters before a 21-12 charge of Lusitania, which allowed them to win the game. Worth to mention a great performance of American point guard Ricky Franklin (185-87, college: Wisc.-Milwaukee) who helped to win the game recording 19 points and 5 rebounds. His fellow American import forward Brian Mills (203-88, college: Mercer) contributed with 22 points for the winners. American forward Seth Doliboa (203-80, college: Wright St., agency: Hart Sports Mngm) answered with a double-double by scoring 10 points and 13 rebounds and the former international center Elvis Evora (205-78) added 16 points and 6 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) in the effort for Benfica. Four Lusitania and five Benfica players scored in double figures. Benfica's coach Carlos Lisboa rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
Benfica: E.Evora 16+6reb+1ast, T.Scott 13+2reb+3ast, M.Norris 12+2reb+3ast, J.Gomes 10+4reb, S.Doliboa 10+13reb+1ast, H.Evans 8+3reb
Lusitania: B.Mills 22+3reb, R.Franklin 19+5reb+2ast, A.Sobrinho 18+1reb+4ast, M.Momplasir 11+7reb+1ast, M.Camara 8+6reb+1ast, D.Tavares 0
gschID: 175558



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Standings - BSN

BSN Standings
 1. Mayaguez 20-7 
 2. Bayamon 16-12 
 3. Arecibo 15-11 
 4. Quebradillas 15-11 
 5. San German 15-12 
 6. Guaynabo 11-15 
 7. Guayama 8-19 
 8. Humacao 7-20 

Regular Season: Round 25

Apr. 26: San German - Guayama 84-78
Apr. 27: Quebradillas - Humacao 74-83
Apr. 26: Mayaguez - Arecibo 64-68
Apr. 27: Arecibo - Bayamon 47-80

Regular Season: Round 27

Apr. 29: San German - Guaynabo
Apr. 29: Mayaguez - Quebradillas
Apr. 30: Guaynabo - Humacao
Apr. 30: Quebradillas - Arecibo


Stats Leaders - BSN

Points Per Game
 Al THORNTON
  Guayama
  (203-F-83)
  Avg: 25.6
 1. Thornton, Guayama25.6 
 2. Harris, San German21.4 
 3. Sensley, Humacao19.7 
 4. Dalmau, Bayamon18.9 
 5. Ramos, Quebradillas18.4 
 6. Ayuso, Arecibo18.3 
 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: 10.1
 1. Harris, San German10.1 
 2. Thornton, Guayama9.4 
 3. Powell, Guayama9.2 
 4. Ramos, Quebradillas9.2 
 5. Sensley, Humacao9.0 
 6. Sweetney, Bayamon8.6 
 7. Burgess, Guaynabo8.4 
 8. O''Bryant, Mayaguez8.3 
 9. Shannon, Quebradil.8.1 
 10. Pinkney, San G.7.2 
Assists Per Game
 Donta SMITH
  Mayaguez
  (201-G-83)
  Avg: 5.7
 1. Smith, Mayaguez5.7 
 2. Rivera, San German5.6 
 3. Guzman, Guaynabo5.5 
 4. Pagan, Guayama5.0 
 5. Pinnock, Arecibo4.7 
 6. Garcia, Humacao4.3 
 7. Dalmau, Bayamon4.0 
 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, Arecibo1.7 
 3. Mojica, Bayamon1.6 
 4. Sensley, Humacao1.3 
 5. Figueroa, Guaynabo1.3 
 6. Thornton, Guayama1.3 
 7. Ramirez, Mayaguez1.3 
 8. Rivera, San German1.3 
 9. Dalmau, Bayamon1.2 
 10. Efejuku, Mayaguez1.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Mamadou LAMIZANA
  Bayamon
  (207-F/C-81)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Lamizana, Bayamon2.4 
 2. O''Bryant, Mayaguez1.8 
 3. Shannon, Quebradil.1.6 
 4. Thornton, Guayama1.6 
 5. Burgess, Guaynabo1.4 
 6. Powell, Guayama1.3 
 7. Harris, San German1.2 
 8. Aubry, Arecibo1.2 
 9. Ramos, Quebradillas1.2 
 10. Smith, Mayaguez0.9 


Jose Juan Barea selected the top Puerto Rican playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Jose Juan Barea
Jose Juan Barea
   #1. This week's number one is an international point guard Jose Juan Barea (181-84, college: Northeastern), who plays in the NBA. Barea could not help the Minnesota Timberwolves (26-40) in their last game on Thursday. Despite his very good performance the Minnesota Timberwolves were crushed 131-102 on the road by the Denver Nuggets. Barea was the top scorer with 20 points. He also added 5 passes. The Regular Season already ended in the NBA. It's Barea's first season with the team. Barea has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 11.3ppg, 2.8rpg, 5.7apg, 2FGP: 41.2%, 3FGP: 37.6% and FT: 77.6%. Despite Barea played previously for the USA national team, he is currently a member of the Puerto Rican senior national team.

Walter Hodge
Walter Hodge
   #2. Second place goes to an international point guard Walter Hodge (183-86, college: Florida). Hodge led Zastal ZG to an overtime victory over the fifth-ranked Energa Czarni (3-7) 97-92 in the Polish PLK on Sunday night. He was MVP of the game. Hodge recorded 31 points (!!!), 9 assists and 4 steals in 41 minutes; not bad, considering it's only his third season in pro basketball. Zastal Zielona Gora (6-4) is placed third in Group A. Hodge is ranked first on the list of the top scorers in the league and also on the list of best passers (second place). He has very impressive stats this year: 19.0ppg, 2.8rpg, 6.0apg, 1.4spg, 2FGP: 48.9%, 3FGP: 31.9% and FT: 86.6% in the 37 games he played so far. Hodge has a dual citizenship: Ivorian and Puerto Rican. Despite he played previously for the Ivorian national team, Hodge is currently a member of the Puerto Rican senior national team.

Carlos Arroyo
Carlos Arroyo
   #3. The Puerto Rican player who performed third best last week abroad was an experienced international guard Carlos Arroyo (188-79, college: FIU). He led Besiktas to a victory over one of league's weakest teams Trabzonspor (6-23) 81-77 in the Turkish TBL in Sunday night's game. Arroyo was the best player in that game. He scored 17 points and added 6 assists (was perfect 5-for-5 from the free throw line). Besiktas Milangaz Istanbul (22-7) is placed fourth in the TBL. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. They will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And that game will be critical. Arroyo is currently seventh on the list of best passers. He has very reliable stats this season: 14.0ppg, 2.4rpg, 4.5apg, 2FGP: 33.0%, 3FGP: 47.4%(27-57) and FT: 89.1%. Despite Arroyo played previously for the Ivorian national team, he is currently a member of the Puerto Rican senior national team.

Darnell Hinson
Darnell Hinson
   #4. Point guard Darnell Hinson (186-80, college: Northeastern St.) was the main contributor in an overtime Energa Czarni's victory against the third-ranked Zastal ZG (6-4) 70-64 in the Polish PLK last Tuesday. Hinson was the top player that evening. He scored 25 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 34 minutes. Energa Czarni Slupsk (3-7) is placed fifth in Group A. They ended the series of seven consecutive loses. Hinson has relatively good stats this year: 12.3ppg, 2.9rpg and 1.8apg in the 35 games. He is another player who holds two passports: Puerto Rican and American. Despite Hinson played previously for the USA national team, he is currently in the Puerto Rican national team roster. Hinson used to play for Grises de Humacao in Puerto Rican league.

Nathan Peavy
Nathan Peavy
   #5. Former international forward Nathan Peavy (203-85, college: Miami, OH) was the major contributor in an Artland Dragons' victory against the closely-ranked Eisbaeren Bremerhaven (13-7) 91-76 in the German BBL on Saturday night. He scored 15 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Artland Dragons Quakenbrueck (23-10) is placed fourth in the BBL. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. They will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And now that game is very crucial. Peavy belongs to league's top scorers and is ranked #8. This season he has very good stats: 14.7ppg, 6.3rpg and 1.7apg. Peavy has both American and Puerto Rican nationalities. Despite he played previously for the USA national team, Peavy is currently in the Puerto Rican national team roster. He used to play for Vaqueros de Bayamon in Puerto Rican league.

Rafael Perez
Rafael Perez
   #6. Swingman Rafael Perez (193-82, agency: Paris Global Sports) contributed to an overtime Trotamundos' victory against the third-ranked Gigantes (1-3) 113-105 in the Venezuelan LPB in Thursday night's game. Perez was the top player that evening. He scored 30 points (!!!), grabbed 4 boards, dished 3 assists and stole 4 balls in 40 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 3 ranked teams in Group A. Trotamundos de Carabobo (1-1) is placed second. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. Perez has very impressive stats this year: 16.0ppg, 2.3rpg, 1.8apg and 2.0spg in the 18 games. Despite he played previously for the Venezuelan national team, Perez is also a former international player as he played for the Puerto Rican senior team two years ago.

Paul Graham
Paul Graham
   #7. International guard Paul Graham (196-85, agency: Beo Basket, college: Florida Atlantic), who plays in the Polish PLK was not able to help Slask Wroclaw (25-13) in their last game on Wednesday. Despite his good performance the first-placed Slask Wroclaw was defeated 86-77 in Sopot by the second-ranked Trefl in the Group B. Graham was the second best scorer with 14 points. He also added 6 rebounds and dished 5 assists. This season Graham has relatively solid stats: 14.3ppg, 2.6rpg, 2.8apg and 1.2spg. He also holds two passports: Puerto Rican and American. Despite Graham played previously for the USA national team, he is currently in the Puerto Rican national team roster. Graham used to play for Indios de Mayaguez in Puerto Rican league.

Guillermo Diaz
Guillermo Diaz
   #8. Shooting guard Guillermo Diaz (188-85, college: Miami, FL) contributed to Armia's victory against the closely-ranked Olimpi (16-4) 78-66 in a derby game in the Georgian Superleague on Saturday night. He recorded 14 points and added 5 passes in 33 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. BC Armia Tbilisi (20-0) is placed first in the Superleague. So far his team won all twenty games in the Regular Season. They will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And now that game is quite important. Diaz belongs to league's most steals and is ranked #5 with 2.0spg. This year his other stats are: 12.5ppg, 3.5rpg and 2.5apg in the 15 games. Despite Diaz played previously for the USA national team, he is currently in the Puerto Rican national team roster.

Andres Rodriguez
Andres Rodriguez
   #9. International point guard Andres Rodriguez (184-81, college: American) was not able to secure a victory for Blusens Monbus (11-20) in their game against Asefa Estudiantes (9-21) in the Spanish ACB. Despite his good performance in Wednesday night's game Rodriguez was the second best scorer with 10 points. He also added 4 assists. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be important. Rodriguez is currently fifth on the list of best passers. His overall stats this season are: 3.8ppg, 2.0rpg, 3.8apg and 1.2spg. Despite Rodriguez played previously for the USA national team, he is currently in the Puerto Rican national team roster.

Kevin Hamilton
Kevin Hamilton
   #10. Guard Kevin Hamilton (193-84, agency: Limelight Hoops, college: Holy Cross) couldn't help BBC Bayreuth (12-21) in their game against Bayern Muenchen (21-12) in the German BBL. Hamilton scored only 4 points and added 4 assists in 29 minutes. BBC Bayreuth lost 59-68 in Muenchen to the much higher-ranked (#5) Bayern. His team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. This year Hamilton's overall stats are: 9.7ppg, 4.0rpg and 4.0apg in the three games. He holds both American and Puerto Rican passports. Hamilton is a former international player as two years ago he still played for the Puerto Rican senior national team. He used to play for Fajardo in Puerto Rican league.

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

   #1. TreVon Hughes (183-PG-87, agency: Edge Sports, college: Wisconsin), who plays in the Lithuanian LKL could not help one of league's weakest teams Pieno Zvaigzdes (13-9) in their last game. Despite his very good performance Pieno Zvaigzdes was badly defeated 89-72 on the road by the higher-ranked (#4) Rudupis. Hughes was the top scorer with 35 points in 35 minutes; quite an impressive performance considering it's only his second season in pro basketball. Hughes is ranked third on the list of the top scorers in the league and also on the list of most steals (first place). He has very reliable stats this year: 15.0ppg, 3.4rpg, 2.8apg and 2.1spg in the 22 games he played so far. Hughes has a dual citizenship: Puerto Rican and American. Strangely he has never played in Puerto Rico.



Thornton's double-double lands him Player of the Round award - by Eurobasket News

28-year old forward Al Thornton (203-F-83) had an amazing evening in the last week for Guayama and receives a Latinbasket.com Player of the Round 26.
He had a double-double of 42 points and 15 rebounds, while his team lost overtime game against Arecibo (#3, 15-11) 99-107. Guayama maintains the 7th position in Puerto Rican league. Too late to salvage the team, which is currently ranked such low. They already lost 19 games and recorded just eight victories. In the team's last game Thornton had a remarkable 60.0% from 2-point range. He just recently signed at Guayama, being already a very valuable addition to the team. Florida State University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Thornton is league's best scorer averaging so far 24.9ppg. Thornton is in league's top in rebounds (2nd best: 9.2rpg) and averages solid 1.7bpg and 52.6% FGP.

Second best performed player last week was Richard Chaney (196-G-84) of San German. He is naturalized American guard in his first season at San German. In the last game Chaney recorded impressive double-double of 18 points and 10 rebounds. It was enough for San German to edge the lower-ranked Humacao (#8, 7-20) by 5 points 83-78. San German's 5th position in the standings has not changed. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 15-12 record is not bad and everything may still change. Chaney is one of the most experienced players at San German and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Ike Diogu (204-F/C-83) of Arecibo (#3). Diogu scored 19 points and grabbed thirteen rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of Arecibo, leading his team to a 107-99overtime win against the lower-ranked Guayama (#7, 8-19). Arecibo needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 15 victories and 11 lost games. Diogu has a very solid season. In 5 games in Puerto Rico he scored 18.8ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Patrick O'Bryant (213-C-86) of Mayaguez - 15 points, 11 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Gilbert Brown (198-F-87) of Humacao - 21 points and 3 assists
6. Mike Harris (198-F-83) of San German - 23 points and 6 rebounds
7. Filiberto Rivera (190-PG-82) of San German - 14 points, 3 rebounds and 4 assists
8. Daniel Santiago (216-C-76) of Arecibo - 19 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Jeffrion Aubry (205-C-76) of Arecibo - 9 points, 10 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Omar Alvarado (180-PG-83) of Humacao - 19 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists

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



Michael Sweetney gets MVP of the Round award for Puerto Rican BSN - by Eurobasket News

American Michael Sweetney (203-F-82) had a very impressive game in the last week for league's second-best Bayamon and that's him to receive a Latinbasket.com Player of the Round 25 award.
The 29-year old forward had a double-double of 17 points and thirteen rebounds, while his team outclassed Arecibo (#4, 14-11) with 33-point margin 80-47. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. Bayamon is placed at 2nd position in Puerto Rican BSN. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Bayamon will need more victories to improve their 16-11 record. Sweetney just recently signed at Bayamon, being already a very valuable addition to the team. Georgetown University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Sweetney is in league's top in rebounds (6th best: 8.6rpg) and averages solid 50.7% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last week's games was 28-year old American forward Shavlik Randolph (208-F-83) of Quebradillas. Randolph impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 24 points and 13 rebounds. Bad luck as Quebradillas lost that game 74-83 to the lower-ranked Humacao (#8, 7-19). This loss caused Quebradillas to drop to 3rd position in the standings. His team's 15-11 record is not bad at all. Randolph is one of the most experienced players at Quebradillas and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

The third best performed player last week was American Al Thornton (203-F-83) of Guayama (#7). Thornton scored 25 points and grabbed eight rebounds. Despite Thornton's great performance Guayama lost 78-84 to slightly higher-ranked San German (#5, 14-12). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of Guayama not to end season at such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 18 games, recording just eight victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Thornton could try to bring Guayama's a little bit higher in the standings. Thornton has individually a great season in Puerto Rico. After 26 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 24.9ppg (best scorer) and rebounds with 9.2rpg (2nd best). He also has 1.7bpg and FGP: 52.6%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Mike Harris (198-F-83) of San German - 16 points, 12 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Noe Alonzo (200-F-83) of Humacao - 24 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Jose Lloreda (201-F/C-80) of San German - 15 points, 13 rebounds and 5 assists
7. Danilo Pinnock (196-G-83) of Arecibo - 12 points, 14 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Ike Diogu (204-F/C-83) of Arecibo - 12 points, 11 rebounds and 6 assists
9. Filiberto Rivera (190-PG-82) of San German - 17 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists
10. Gilbert Brown (198-F-87) of Humacao - 17 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists

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



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Stats Leaders - Superleague A

Points Per Game
 Davon JEFFERSON
  Triumph
  (204-F-86)
  Avg: 20.8
 1. Jefferson, Triumph20.8 
 2. Rush, Krasnie Kril.16.2 
 3. Beverley, Spart.15.8 
 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, Krasnie13.1 
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. Beverley, Spart.6.1 
 6. Baxter, Enisey6.0 
 7. Khryapa, CSKA6.0 
 8. Veremeenko, Unics6.0 
 9. Kirilenko, CSKA5.8 
 10. Savenkov, Sparta.5.8 
Assists Per Game
 Aaron MILES
  Krasnie Krilya
  (186-G-83)
  Avg: 5.9
 1. Miles, Krasnie Kri.5.9 
 2. Teodosic, CSKA5.3 
 3. Beverley, Spart.4.9 
 4. Samoylenko, Unics4.7 
 5. Thomas, Spartak-.4.7 
 6. Halperin, Spart.4.6 
 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: 2.3
 1. Beverley, Spart.2.3 
 2. Massey, Lokomotiv2.2 
 3. Baburin, Spartak-.2.1 
 4. Thomas, Spartak-.2.1 
 5. Halperin, Spart.1.7 
 6. Planinic, Khimky1.7 
 7. Jefferson, Triumph1.6 
 8. Lyday, Unics1.5 
 9. Rush, Krasnie Kril.1.5 
 10. Victor, Spartak-.1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Andrei KIRILENKO
  CSKA
  (205-F-81)
  Avg: 1.2
 1. Kirilenko, CSKA1.2 
 2. Jefferson, Triumph1.2 
 3. Likhodey, Spart.0.9 
 4. Vasiliev, Krasni.0.8 
 5. Savenkov, Spartak.0.8 
 6. Kikanovic, Enisey0.8 
 7. Traore, Lokomotiv0.8 
 8. Lavrinovic, CSKA0.8 
 9. Baxter, Enisey0.7 
 10. Monya, Khimky0.7 


Timofey Mozgov selected the top Russian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Timofey Mozgov
Timofey Mozgov
   #1. This week's number one is an international center Timofey Mozgov (216-86, agency: Ryzhov Stanislav). He led Denver Nuggets to an easy victory against the Minnesota Timberwolves (26-40) crushing them 131-102 in the NBA in Thursday night's game. Mozgov scored 15 points, had 4 rebounds and made 2 blocks in only a mere 13 minutes on the court. The Denver Nuggets have 38-28 record this season. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. There are only two games left until the end of the NBA Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. It's Mozgov's first year with the team. This season he averages: 5.4ppg, 4.1rpg, 2FGP: 52.6% and FT: 68.4% in the 44 games he played so far. Former BC Khimky Moscow starter played for the Russian senior national team years ago.

Aleksandr Fomin
Aleksandr Fomin
   #2. Second place goes to University international forward Aleksandr Fomin (207-86, agency: Interperformances). Fomin led Minsk-2006 to a victory over the second-ranked Grodno-93 (25-5) crushing them 106-63 in the Belarusian Premier League last Friday. He was MVP of the game. Fomin scored 19 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. It was the game of the round between two top 3 ranked teams in group Championship. BK Minsk-2006 (29-1) is placed first. It was his team's sixth consecutive victory in a row. The Second Stage already ended. Fomin has relatively good stats this season: 11.0ppg, 3.8rpg, 2FGP: 58.5%(55-94), 3FGP: 14.3% and FT: 80.8%. He is in the roster of the Russian university national team.

Raul Lopez
Raul Lopez
   #3. The Russian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international guard Raul Lopez (183-80), who plays in the Spanish ACB. Lopez could not help Gescrap BB (18-13) to beat Valencia Basket (18-13). He scored 9 points and added 3 passes in 16 minutes. But Gescrap BB was edged 66-63 on the road by the lower-ranked (#6) Valencia Basket. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. It's Lopez's first season with the team. This year Lopez's overall stats are: 6.4ppg, 1.4rpg, 1.5apg, 2FGP: 53.1%, 3FGP: 42.9% and FT: 82.1% in the 30 games. He is also a member of the Russian senior national team.

Fedor Dmitriev
Fedor Dmitriev
   #4. Forward Fedor Dmitriev (205-84, agency: Alti Sport) was not able to help Asseco Prokom (8-2) in their game against AZS Koszalin (22-16) in the Polish PLK. Dmitriev scored 6 points. The first-placed Asseco Prokom was defeated 86-81 in Koszalin by the second-ranked AZS Koszalin in the Group A. Dmitriev's total stats this season are: 4.3ppg and 1.3rpg. He used to play for the Russian national team back in 2006.

Dmitry Flis
Dmitry Flis
   #5. Former international center Dmitry Flis (203-84), who plays in the Spanish LEB Silver (third division) was not able to secure a victory for River Andorra (20-10) in their last game. Despite Flis' very good performance River Andorra lost 88-93 in Barcelona to the lower-ranked (#6) Barca Regal II. He had a double-double by scoring 17 points and getting 10 rebounds in 25 minutes. The Regular Season already ended. Flis is currently fifth on the league's list of best blockers with 1.0bpg. This year he also averages: 10.3ppg and 5.7rpg in the 24 games. Flis has a dual citizenship: Russian and Spanish. Despite he played previously for the Spanish national team, Flis is currently in the Russian national team roster.

Albert Kuppe
Albert Kuppe
   #6. Forward Albert Kuppe (195-88) contributed to an easy victory against the third-ranked SC Rasta Vechta (17-7) 76-61 in the German ProB (third division) on Saturday night. He scored 9 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. It was the game of the round between two top 3 ranked teams in Group South. BiG Oettinger Rockets Gotha (17-5) is placed first. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. This season Kuppe has relatively solid stats: 11.8ppg and 2.9rpg. Despite he played previously for the German U18 national team, Kuppe is also a former international player as he played for the Russian senior team six years ago.

   #7. Former international center Dmitri Lipovtsev (207-86) contributed to a 2-point Musson's victory against the closely-ranked Aviastar (23-13) 83-81 in the Ukrainian Higher League (second division) in Saturday night's game. He scored 16 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 28 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Musson Symferopil (29-7) is placed second in the Higher League. It was his team's sixth consecutive victory in a row. The Regular Season already ended. Lipovtsev belongs to league's top scorers and is ranked #9 with 14.5ppg. He also averaged so far 5.1rpg, 1.4apg and 1.7spg in the 27 games. Despite Lipovtsev played previously for the German national team, he is currently in the Russian national team roster.

Igor Chumichev
Igor Chumichev
   #8. Center Igor Chumichev (209-89, agency: RU-Basket Management), who plays in the Ukrainian Higher League (second division) couldn't help BK Kremen (19-17) in their last game on Sunday. Despite Chumichev's very good performance BK Kremen was defeated 83-72 in Lutsk by the leading VolinBasket. He was the second best scorer with 17 points. Chumichev also added 9 rebounds. The Regular Season already ended. Chumichev has reliable stats this season: 13.0ppg and 4.8rpg. Despite he played previously for the German national team, Chumichev is currently in the Russian national team roster.

Andrei Olbrecht
Andrei Olbrecht
   #9. An experienced former international swingman Andrei Olbrecht (202-71) managed to help SBK Osipovichi in a victory against the third-ranked Sozh Gomel (3-21) crushing them 105-33 in the Belarusian Premier League on Friday night. He scored 5 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 16 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 3 ranked teams in group Play-Out. SBK Osipovichi (14-16) is placed first. Olbrecht's team will play only one more game in the Second Stage. And now that game is quite important. Olbrecht is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his eighth year in SBK Osipovichi's roster. This season his total stats are: 7.5ppg, 4.9rpg and 1.9apg in the 18 games. Olbrecht used to play for the Russian national team six years ago.



CSKA open Semifinals with the victory - by Eurobasket News

CSKA open Semifinals with the victory over Lokomotiv. The winner of the Regular Season beat the 4th team 94:87.
CSKA started with 27-25 and pushed the tempo later in the half. The hosts erupted with 26-14 to take 53:39 halftime advantage. Moreover CSKA added 22-19 in the third quarter for 75:58 lead after thirty minutes. Lokomotiv meanwhile won the last stanza 29-19 and reduced the game to 7 points.
Shved top-scored for the winners with 13 points, while Milos Teodosic (195-G-87), Sasha Kaun (211-C-85) and Krstic added 11 apiece. K.C. Rivers (196-G/F-87, college: Clemson) replied with 24 points in the losing effort. Sergey Bykov (190-G-83) and Traore posted 12 each, while Ignerski posted 10.
Unics meanwhile overcame Spartak-Primorye 72:62 in the series for 5-8 places. The teams exchanged the victories in the first two quarters and only in the second half the team from Kazan proved their ambitions for higher places. Terrell Lyday (190-G-79, college: BYU) top-scored for the winners with 23 points and Henry Domercant (192-G-80, college: E.Illinois) added 19. Golyakhov replied with 13 points in defeat.



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Rocks lose 84-79.. Need to win by 6 on Sunday to qualify for the Semi-Finals - by Eurobasket News

Rocks lose 84-79 in Plymouth and now need to win by 6 in order to get through to the Semi-Finals of the BBL Playoffs.

UCP Marjon Plymouth Raiders 84 (23, 53, 62) (Bell 26, P Williams 19, Ojo 15)

Glasgow Rocks 79 (28, 54, 67) (Green 27, Wedemire 12, Harrison 12)


A strong fourth quarter performance from UCP Marjon Plymouth Raiders saw them overcome Glasgow Rocks 84-79 in the first leg of their BBL Playoff Quarter Final, to take a 5 point lead into Sundays second leg in Glasgow.

Jeremy Bell (183-G-83, college: Williams Baptist) led the Raiders scorers with 26 points while Paul Williams scored 19 points and pulled down 14 boards, including some key offensive rebounds in the final quarter. Rocks Mychal Green led all scorers in the game with 27 points and also grabbed 10 rebounds to complete a double-double.

The teams started out fairly evenly until the Rocks went on a 15-6 run that had them leading 22-13. Paul Williams and-one play brought Raiders back to within five, before both sides scored their final six points of the quarter off four three-pointers to make the score 28-23 after 1 quarter with the Rocks having made 4/5 3-point attempts.

The next eight minutes saw the Raiders pull back, as Jeremy Bell contribute 13 points without missing a shot, and the team as a whole made four three-pointers without a miss to briefly take the lead at 50-48. A Gareth Murray (201-F-84, agency: Prossin Sports Management, college: Kalamazoo Valley CC) 3 pointer put Glasgow back in front, though Lehmon Colbert (198-F-88, college: Jacksonville) was able to make an and-one play to reduce the Rocks lead to 54-53 at the break.

The scoring slowed in the third period as the Rocks defence limited Plymouth to making 3 of 13 shots and 2 free throws for 9 points total, with both Gareth Murray and DeAundre Cranston blocking shots. The Raiders defence also limited the Rocks shooting, keeping them to making 1/6 3-point attempts after making 6/11 in the first half and 13 points overall to make. Narrowly outscoring the Raiders in the close quarter put the Rocks up 67-62 after 3 quarters.

The fourth quarter saw the Raiders take charge of the game, crashing the boards to outrebound their opponents 17-5 in the quarter. Paul Williams pulled down 6 boards for them and Tomas Janusauskas grabbed a further 5. They opened the period with a 13-4 charge to take a 75-71 lead. Mychal Green briefly had the Rocks level once more but 2 second chance points each for Paul Williams and Tomas Janusauskas and a three-pointer from Michael Ojo put the Raiders up 82-77. A pair of Andrew Wedemire free throws reduced that to 82-79 before Sterling Davis missed a potential game-tying 3-point shot for the Rocks. Paul Williams scored the last two points of the game off a putback to secure an 84-79 victory for Plymouth.

The two sides face each other in the second leg on Sunday at Kelvin Hall, with the game tipping off at 5PM.
Courtesy of: http://www.glasgowrocks.co.uk



Fury look for Peak Practice - by Eurobasket News

Falkirk's Clark Eriksson Fury are just one match away from the men's Scottish National League play-off final but must keep their focus in Friday's Final 4's second leg against St Mirren Reid Kerr College.
Fury hold an 11-point lead from last weekend's first leg in Linwood which they won 91-80 and seek to complete the job on their home court at the Mariner Centre.
The prize is a final place against either City of Edinburgh Kings or Glasgow University at The Peak in Stirling on May 5 as part of Basketball Scotland's end-of-season spectacular.
Victory over St Mirren would give Fury some revenge for losing to them in the Scottish Cup final earlier in the season and give them a chance of silverware after finishing runners-up to City of Edinburgh in the regular season.
Head coach John Bunyan knows his players will need a repeat performance if they are to progress to the final.
'I was happy with the way we played in the first leg as we were 17 points up at the half and were 21 points ahead at one stage before they hit a few three-pointers to cut the deficit,' he said.
'But 11 points is not insurmountable and that can easily be wiped out in a game of basketball. So there is still work to be done but, hopefully, in front of a good crowd at the Mariner Centre, we can finish the job.
'We beat St Mirren twice by 12 points in the league but we just didn't play well in the cup final.
'I knew the Final 4's would offer close matches and that showed with City of Edinburgh only beating Glasgow University by four points in the first leg of their tie and I believe the students were 15 points up at one stage.
'They have some good shooters and can cause you problems so I think that whichever of the four teams get through, it will make a good final.
'I think the play-offs have been great. Play-offs are a feature of basketball, whether it is in Europe, the NBA or in the college game so it extends the Scottish season and that can only be good.'
Point guard Jonny Bunyan, who will play for Glasgow Rocks at Plymouth Raiders in the BBL Play-offs on Thursday, and Roni Gordon hit 50 points between them in the first leg and will be the main threat to St Mirren.
City of Edinburgh and Glasgow University lock horns again on Saturday with the capital side hoping home advantage will be enough to see them through to the final.
The women's final, also at The Peak on May 5, will feature Edinburgh Kool Kats and Glasgow Rocks. Kool Kats came through their Final 4's match with local rivals Polonia Phoenix over two legs after winning the away tie 59-53. Phoenix won the second leg at Portobello High 53-51 but it was not enough to turn the tables.
Glasgow Rocks had an easier time, beating St Mirren Reid Kerr College 81-59 and 78-42 to qualify by 58 points on aggregate.

Fixtures: Basketball Scotland National League Play-offs: Senior Men: Final 4's: Second Leg: Fri Apr 27: Clark Eriksson Fury (91) v St Mirren Reid Kerr College (80), Mariner Centre, Falkirk (8pm); Sat Apr 28: City of Edinburgh Kings (74) Glasgow University (70), Portobello High School (3pm- Time TBC)

Article by Roddy Mackenzie, Final Whistle Media



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Boniface Ndong's double-double lands him Player of the Week award among Senegalese players playing currently abroad - by Eurobasket Center

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

Boniface Ndong
Boniface Ndong
   #1. This week's number one is an experienced former international center Boniface Ndong (213-77). He led Regal FC Barcelona to a victory over the 12th-ranked Unicaja Malaga (14-17) crushing them 89-57 in the Spanish ACB in Sunday night's game. Ndong was MVP of the game. He had a double-double by scoring 21 points and getting 12 rebounds. Ndong also added 2 blocks in 24 minutes on the court. Regal FC Barcelona (26-5) is placed first in the ACB. It was his team's seventh 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. This year Ndong averages: 9.8ppg, 6.6rpg, 2FGP: 61.1%(110-180) and FT: 66.7% in the 26 games he played so far. He played for the Senegalese senior national team three years ago.

Maleye N'Doye
Maleye N'Doye
   #2. Second place goes to an international forward Maleye N'Doye (203-80, college: Furman). N'Doye was the main contributor in a Entente Orleans 45's victory against the closely-ranked Sluc Nancy (16-12) 83-73 in the French ProA last Saturday. He was the best player in that game. N'Doye recorded 21 points. Entente Orleans 45 (19-9) is placed third in the ProA. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. N'Doye's overall stats this season are: 8.9ppg, 2.4rpg, 1.1apg, 2FGP: 57.0%(45-79) and FT: 81.3%. He is in the roster of the Senegalese senior national team.

Babacar Niang
Babacar Niang
   #3. The Senegalese player who performed third best last week abroad was an international power forward Babacar Niang (207-91). Niang contributed to an easy victory against the league outsider Hyeres-Toulon (2-26) crushing them 112-66 in the French ProA on Saturday night. He scored 6 points and grabbed 12 rebounds in 16 minutes. Le Mans Sarthe Basket (17-11) is placed fourth in the ProA. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be important. It's Niang's fourth season with the team. This year Niang's overall stats are: 4.0ppg, 6.0rpg and FT: 66.7% in the two games. He has a dual citizenship: Senegalese and French. Despite Niang played previously for the French U20 national team, he is currently a member of the Senegalese senior national team.

Bamba Fall
Bamba Fall
   #4. Center Bamba Fall (216-86, college: SMU) contributed to a 1-point Kalev/Cramo's victory against the closely-ranked BC Rakvere (19-9) 66-65 in the Estonian KML in Friday night's game. Fall scored 11 points, grabbed 8 rebounds and made 2 blocks. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. BC Kalev/Cramo Tallinn (23-5) is placed third in the KML. It's Fall's first season with the team. Fall is currently first on the league's list of best blockers. His total stats this season are: 8.6ppg, 6.5rpg and 1.7bpg. Despite Fall played previously for the French national team, he is currently in the Senegalese national team roster.

Babacar Camara
Babacar Camara
   #5. Former international center Babacar Camara (211-81, college: CS Fullerton) contributed to an easy victory against the second-ranked Osaka Evessa (33-17) 79-64 in the Japanese BJ League last Sunday. Camara was the top player that evening. He had a double-double by scoring 20 points and getting 12 rebounds in 28 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 3 ranked teams in group Western. Kyoto Hannaryz (33-17) is placed third. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be extremely important. This year Camara's total stats are: 8.8ppg and 5.4rpg in the 31 games. Despite he played previously for the French national team, Camara is currently in the Senegalese national team roster.

Sitapha Savane
Sitapha Savane
   #6. Forward Sitapha Savane (202-78, college: Navy) contributed to a Gran Canaria 2014's victory against the league outsider Blancos de Rueda (7-24) 64-59 in the Spanish ACB on Wednesday night. He recorded 8 points. C.B. Gran Canaria 2014 (12-19) is placed 13th in the ACB. They ended the series of four consecutive loses. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. Savane has been at the team for eight years. Savane has averaged so far 4.9ppg and 2.3rpg. Despite he played previously for the Spanish national team, Savane is also a former international player as he played for the Senegalese senior team three years ago.

Mouhammad Faye
Mouhammad Faye
   #7. International forward Mouhammad Faye (208-85, college: SMU), who plays in the French ProA could not help Hyeres-Toulon (2-26) in their last game. Despite his very good performance the bottom-ranked Hyeres-Toulon was badly defeated 88-69 at home by the higher-ranked (#11) Strasbourg IG. Faye was the second best scorer with 17 points. He also added 5 rebounds (made all of his six free throws) in 27 minutes; quite an impressive performance considering it's only Faye's second season in pro basketball. It was Hyeres-Toulon's 20th consecutive loss in a row. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. Faye has relatively good stats this year: 11.3ppg, 4.8rpg and 1.4apg in the 26 games. Despite he played previously for the Spanish national team, Faye is currently in the Senegalese national team roster.

Mamadou Dia
Mamadou Dia
   #8. Power forward Mamadou Dia (202-78), who plays in the French ProB (second division) was not able to help Fos Ouest (20-12) in their last game on Friday. Despite his very good performance Fos Ouest was defeated 76-71 on the road by the much lower-ranked Le Portel (#14). Dia was the top scorer with 15 points. He also added 7 rebounds. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. Dia is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his sixth year in Fos Ouest's roster. Dia has averaged so far 8.3ppg and 3.8rpg. Despite he played previously for the French national team, Dia is currently in the Senegalese national team roster.

De Sagana Diop
De Sagana Diop
   #9. Former international center De Sagana Diop (213-83) was not able to secure a victory for the Charlotte Bobcats (7-59) in their game against the Sacramento Kings (22-44) in the NBA. He cannot count Sunday's game as one of the best ones. Diop scored only 2 points, grabbed 4 rebounds and dished 3 assists in 11 minutes. The Charlotte Bobcats were crushed 114-88 in Sacramento by the Kings. It was Bobcats' 23rd consecutive loss in a row. The Regular Season already ended in the NBA. Diop has averaged so far 1.1ppg and 3.1rpg in the 27 games. He used to play for the Senegalese national team three years ago.

Moussa Badiane
Moussa Badiane
   #10. Center Moussa Badiane (205-81, college: E.Carolina), who plays in the French ProB (second division) couldn't help Olympique Antibes (14-18) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Badiane's good performance Olympique Antibes was defeated 92-82 in Limoges by the leading CSP Elite. He was the top scorer with 13 points. Badiane also added 8 rebounds and 2 blocks. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. Badiane is currently third on the list of best blockers. He has very reliable stats this season: 11.2ppg, 5.9rpg, 1.2apg, 1.6bpg and 1.6spg. Despite Badiane played previously for the French national team, he is also a former international player as three years ago he still played for the Senegalese senior national team.

   #11. Former international forward Jules Aw (200-86) helped Geneve Lions win their game against the closely-ranked Monthey 74-71 in the Swiss LNA last Saturday. Aw recorded 14 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 21 minutes. He has averaged so far 9.6ppg, 6.6rpg and 1.4apg in the 25 games. Despite Aw played previously for the Swiss national team, he is currently in the Senegalese national team roster.

   #12. International power forward Babacar Toure (205-85) is a teammate of previously mentioned Jules Aw. But that was another game of his team in Swiss LNA which we would like to mention. Toure, who plays in the Swiss LNA couldn't help one of league's weakest teams Geneve Lions (18-6) in their last game on Wednesday. Despite his good performance Geneve Lions was defeated 70-55 on the opponent's court by the second-ranked Monthey. Toure recorded a double-double by scoring 10 points and getting 13 rebounds. Toure is currently first on the league's list of best rebounders and also on the list of best blockers (first place). This season he has very good stats: 11.6ppg, 9.8rpg, 1.7apg, 2.2bpg and 1.4spg. Despite Toure played previously for the Swiss national team, he is currently in the Senegalese national team roster.

   #13. International power forward Malick Badiane (211-84) couldn't help Nantes in their game against Fos Ouest in the French ProB (second division), despite his very good performance in Friday night's game. Badiane was the second best scorer with 13 points. He also added 5 rebounds in 33 minutes. But his team lost 70-74. This year Badiane has relatively solid stats: 12.5ppg, 7.9rpg and 1.2apg in the 18 games. Despite he played previously for the Swiss national team, Badiane is currently in the Senegalese national team roster.

   #14. Former U18 international power forward Ousmane Barro (207-84, college: Marquette) couldn't help JL Bourg in their game against Limoges CSP Elite in the French ProB (second division). Despite his good performance last Saturday He scored 12 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. Barro is currently seventh on the league's list of best rebounders. He has very solid stats this season: 14.8ppg, 8.5rpg, 1.3apg and 1.4spg. Despite Barro played previously for the Swiss national team, he is currently in the Senegalese U18 national team roster.

   #15. Former U18 international power forward Moustapha N'Diaye (202-84) couldn't help Le Portel in their game against SPO Rouen in the French ProB (second division), despite his very good performance on Saturday night. N'Diaye recorded 13 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 20 minutes. But his team was edged 85-82. He has averaged so far 5.4ppg and 3.4rpg in the 30 games. Despite N'Diaye played previously for the French national team, he is currently in the Senegalese U18 national team roster.



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OKK Beograd open International Tournament basketball of the Moroccan Sahara - by Eurobasket News

OKK Beograd open International Tournament basketball of the Moroccan Sahara with 2 victories and advanced to the semis.
In Day 1 the OKK Beograd overcame USM Mounastir 79:75. The Serbian team started with 19-17 and added massive 21-12 in the second frame. The Tunisian side however replied with 27-20 in the third quarter and looked better at the end. Both sides however notched 19 points each in the last quarter for the final result. Stanoje Knezevic (202-PF-89) top-scored for the winners with 20 points and Filip Sepa (198-SG-90, agency: Beo Basket) netted 16. Luka Milojevic (193-G-91) followed them with 14 points.
In Day 2 OKK Beograd overcame AS Sale from Morocco 85:80. The African team looked better in the first half and celebrated a 41:35 victory after two quarters. The Serbian team however looked better in the second half and reached the second victory. Stanoje Knezevic paced all the winners with 28 points.



Milos Teodosic selected the top Serbian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Milos Teodosic
Milos Teodosic
   #1. This week's number one is an international guard Milos Teodosic (195-87). He led CSKA Moscow to a victory against the closely-ranked Lokomotiv (9-9) 94-87 in the Russian PBL in Friday night's game. Teodosic recorded 11 points and added 6 assists in 27 minutes on the court. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. CSKA Moscow (17-1) is placed first in the PBL. It was his team's 13th consecutive victory in a row. Teodosic is currently second on the league's list of best passers with 5.3apg. He also averaged so far 8.6ppg, 2.4rpg, 2FGP: 46.9%, 3FGP: 36.7% and FT: 94.3%(33-35) in the 17 games he played so far. Teodosic is currently a member of the Serbian senior national team.

Zoran Erceg
Zoran Erceg
   #2. Second place goes to former international power forward Zoran Erceg (210-85). He led his Turkish team Besiktas to a victory over the closely-ranked Szolnok (3-3) 64-60 in the EuroChallenge last Friday. Erceg was MVP of the game. He recorded 17 points and grabbed 9 rebounds. It was the game of the round between two top 2 ranked teams in group K. Besiktas Milangaz Istanbul (4-2) is placed second. Erceg has relatively good stats this season: 11.3ppg, 5.1rpg, 1.1apg, 2FGP: 58.0%(40-69), 3FGP: 26.3% and FT: 76.7%. He played for the Serbian national team in 2009.

Nenad Krstic
Nenad Krstic
   #3. The Serbian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international center Nenad Krstic (213-83) is a teammate of previously mentioned Milos Teodosic and both played together in the last Russian PBL game. Krstic was the major contributor in a CSKA Moscow's victory against the closely-ranked Lokomotiv (9-9) 94-87. He recorded 11 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in only a mere 14 minutes. This year Krstic averages: 9.8ppg, 3.7rpg, 2FGP: 58.3%(49-84) and FT: 64.4% in the 13 games. He is also a member of the Serbian senior national team.

Dusko Savanovic
Dusko Savanovic
   #4. Power forward Dusko Savanovic (204-83, agency: Beo Basket) was the main contributor in a 2-point Anadolu Efes' victory against the closely-ranked Fenerbahce Ulker (20-9) 69-67 in a derby game in the Turkish TBL in Sunday night's game. Savanovic was the best player in that game. He scored 17 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Anadolu Efes Istanbul (23-6) is placed third in the TBL. Savanovic's team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And that game will be critical. This season Savanovic has relatively solid stats: 12.9ppg, 5.4rpg and 1.3apg. He is also Serbian national team player.

Sasha Pavlovic
Sasha Pavlovic
   #5. International swingman Sasha Pavlovic (200-83) contributed to a Boston Celtics' victory against the Miami Heat (46-20) 78-66 in the NBA last Tuesday. Pavlovic was the top player that evening. He recorded 16 points in 23 minutes. 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 is very crucial. It's Pavlovic's first year with the team. This season Pavlovic's overall stats are: 2.7ppg and 1.6rpg in the 45 games. He has a dual citizenship: Montenegrin and Serbian. Despite Pavlovic played previously for the Montenegrin national team, he is currently in the Serbian national team roster.

Ivan Radenovic
Ivan Radenovic
   #6. Forward Ivan Radenovic (208-84, college: Arizona) helped BC Donetsk win their game against the eighth-ranked Dnipro (21-18) 82-78 in the Ukrainian Superleague on Monday night. Radenovic scored 15 points and grabbed 8 rebounds. BC Donetsk (31-8) is placed first in the Superleague. It was his team's 13th consecutive victory in a row. Radenovic has reliable stats this season: 12.8ppg, 6.3rpg, 2.0apg and 1.1spg. Despite he played previously for the Montenegrin national team, Radenovic is also a former international player as he played for the Serbian senior team two years ago.

Milovan Rakovic
Milovan Rakovic
   #7. Former international center Milovan Rakovic (208-85) helped his Lithuanian team Zalgiris win their game against the league leader Siauliai (16-4) crushing them 117-64 in the Baltic League in Saturday night's game. He recorded 13 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in a mere 16 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. B.C. Zalgiris Kaunas (0-0) is placed in the Baltic League. This year Rakovic's total stats are: 6.5ppg and 2.5rpg in the two games. Despite he played previously for the Montenegrin national team, Rakovic is currently in the Serbian national team roster.

Aleksandar Rasic
Aleksandar Rasic
   #8. Guard Aleksandar Rasic (194-84, also represented by Beo Basket) helped his Lithuanian team Lietuvos rytas win their game against the closely-ranked Khimky (12-4) crushing them 103-78 in the VTB United League last Saturday. He scored 10 points and added 5 assists. Lietuvos rytas Vilnius (10-6) is placed third in group B. Rasic has averaged so far 4.6ppg, 1.4rpg and 2.5apg. Despite he played previously for the Montenegrin national team, Rasic is currently in the Serbian national team roster.

Boris Savovic
Boris Savovic
   #9. International forward Boris Savovic (206-87, another player represented by Beo Basket) helped Galatasaray win their double overtime (!!!) game against the 11th-ranked Erdemir (12-18) 85-81 in the Turkish TBL on Saturday night. He scored 12 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 28 minutes. Galatasaray Medical Park Istanbul (24-5) is placed first in the TBL. Savovic's team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And now that game is quite important. Savovic has averaged so far 5.7ppg and 2.5rpg in the 14 games. Despite he played previously for the Montenegrin U20 national team, Savovic is currently in the Serbian national team roster.

Uros Lucic
Uros Lucic
   #10. Center Uros Lucic (207-83) helped Krka win their game against the fifth-ranked Elektra (4-6) crushing them 84-52 in the Slovenian Telemach League in Saturday night's game. He was the top player that evening. Lucic scored 13 points and grabbed 9 rebounds. Krka Novo Mesto (8-2) is placed first in Championship Group. It was his team's sixth consecutive victory in a row. The Second Stage already ended. Lucic has averaged so far 7.0ppg and 4.6rpg. Despite he played previously for the Montenegrin national team, Lucic is also a former international player as five years ago he still played for the Serbian senior national team.

   #11. University international center Vladimir Stimac (208-87, agency: Interperformances) helped Olin Edirne win their game against the sixth-ranked Karsiyaka crushing them 90-70 in the Turkish TBL last Sunday. He was the top player that evening. Stimac had a double-double by scoring 21 points and getting 16 rebounds in 28 minutes. Stimac is ranked second on the list of the best rebounders in the league with 10.0rpg. This year he also averages: 15.2ppg and 1.4apg in the 29 games. Despite Stimac played previously for the Montenegrin national team, he is currently in the Serbian university national team roster.

   #12. Former University international power forward Tadija Dragicevic (206-86, another player represented by Beo Basket), who plays in the Italian SerieA could not help Angelico Biella (12-17) in their last game on Wednesday. Despite Dragicevic's very good performance Angelico Biella was defeated 104-97 on the road by the much higher-ranked Banco di Sardegna Sassari (#5). He was the second best scorer with 22 points. Dragicevic also added 7 rebounds. His stats this season are: 10.7ppg, 6.5rpg, 1.5apg and 1.2spg. Despite Dragicevic played previously for the Montenegrin national team, he is currently in the Serbian university national team roster.

   #13. An experienced former international guard Ivan Zoroski (195-79), who plays in the Italian SerieA was not able to help Fabi Shoes Montegranaro (11-18) in their last game. Despite Zoroski's very good performance Fabi Shoes Montegranaro lost 66-73 in Cremona to the much higher-ranked (#9) Vanoli-Braga. He was the top scorer with 24 points in 32 minutes. Zoroski's stats this year are: 15.0ppg, 2.9rpg, 3.0apg and 1.4spg in the 28 games. Despite he played previously for the Montenegrin national team, Zoroski is currently in the Serbian national team roster.

   #14. Former international center Jovo Stanojevic (208-77, another player represented by Beo Basket) faced previously mentioned Vladimir Stimac in the Turkish TBL last game. Stanojevic, who plays in the Turkish TBL was not able to secure a victory for Karsiyaka (18-11) in their last game on Sunday. Despite his good performance Karsiyaka was badly defeated 90-70 at home by the much lower-ranked Olin Edirne (#14). Stanojevic was the top scorer with 14 points. He averaged so far 15.0ppg, 5.8rpg and 2.1apg. Despite Stanojevic played previously for the Montenegrin national team, he is currently in the Serbian national team roster.

   #15. Former international center Damir Latovic (204-80) couldn't help AGOR in their game against Panionios in the Greek A1, despite his very good performance on Friday night. Latovic was the second best scorer with 15 points. He also added 6 rebounds in 25 minutes. But his team lost 67-74. Latovic has averaged so far 8.0ppg and 4.4rpg in the 26 games. Despite he played previously for the Montenegrin national team, Latovic is currently in the Serbian national team roster.



Cedevita eliminates Partizan in Adriatic league Semis - by Eurobasket News

Adriatic league, Semifinals: Cedevita - Partizan 68-56

The game between Cedevita and Partizan in Tel Aviv just ended. Cedevita celebrated 68-56 victory and advanced to the Big Final. It means that Partizan is dethroned after five years of domination in this competition. Cedevita now waits for the winner of Maccabi Electra - Buducnost game. Cedevita shined in the last ten minutes to secure the victory in this game. Quarters: 14-15, 20-17, 17-14, 17-10. 27 personal fouls committed by Partizan helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American forward Haywood Owens (204-F-79, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Texas) stepped up and scored 18 points and 5 rebounds for the winners and forward Miro Bilan (213-F-89) chipped in 15 points. At the losing side center Miroslav Raduljica (213-C-88) responded with 15 points and 7 rebounds and guard Dragan Milosavljevic (198-G-89) scored 8 points and 5 rebounds. As mentioned above, Partizan won last five Adriatic league titles. Cedevita will play in the final for the first time in its history.

Cedevita: H.Owens 18+5reb, M.Bilan 15+4reb, M.Car 10+1reb, D.Draper 8+5reb+2ast, V.Vukusic 5+3reb+1ast, I.Opacak 5+1reb+2ast
Partizan: M.Raduljica 15+7reb, D.Milosavljevic 8+5reb, V.Lucic 8+2reb+2ast, D.Kecman 7+3reb+1ast, M.Macvan 6+4reb+1ast, D.James 4+2reb+1ast



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Standings - 1A

Telemach Standings
Championship Group
 1. Krka 8-2 
 2. Union Olimpija 7-3 
 3. Helios 6-4 
 4. Zlatorog 5-5 
 5. Elektra