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  ARGENTINA   



Obras wins Group E of Liga Americas, advances to Final 4 - by Eurobasket News

Obras won the Group E of Liga Americas with perfect 3-0 record and booked a spot for the Final Four. The Argentinean squad outplayed Pioneros on Sunday 84-76 to end as No.1. Both squads had 2-0 before this meeting, so Pioneros finished as the second ranked team of this pool and also booked a spot for the final tournament. Both teams have said they will seek to host the final round, which due to the bidding process has been rescheduled to be played in April 27 to 29. Alexis Elsener (196-G-88) led Obras in scoring with 21 points, while Tony Washam (200-F-82, college: St.Vincent) added 16 points and 10 rebounds. Juan Gutierrez (205-F/C-83) scored 12 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. Jovan Harris had 19 points for Pioneros and Orlando Mendez-Valdez added 11 pts, plus 6 rebounds. Brody Angley also scored 11 pts for the Mexicans. Quarters: 19-22, 18-19, 23-16, 24-19.
In the second game, Obras handed 101-78 loss to Bucaneros. Tony Washam exploded with 37 points and 8 rebounds (valuation 38). He made 9 of 12 attempts from behind the arc. Juan Gutierrez had double-double of 21 points and 13 rebounds. At the other side, LeRoy Hickerson responded with 20 points and 5 rebs, and Sek Henry had 12 points, plus 5 assists. Quarters: 21-20, 32-22, 22-19, 26-17.
In the opening game of Group E, Itabom/Bauru faced with huge 38-74 loss against Obras. Tony Washam had 18 points and 5 rebounds in this huge win. Juan Gutierrez scored 11 points and grabbed 6 rebounds, while Darren Fells (201-F/C-86, college: Cal-Irvine) added 10 points and also 6 rebs. In Itabom/Bauru, Andrezao de Sousa (6 rebs) and Larry Taylor scored 7 points each. Quarters: 14-23, 10-15, 6-17, 8-19.



Torneo federal playoffs - by Facundo Iatzky

After the end of regular season, these will be the playoffs of torneo federal, where 16 teams will look for the promotion to TNA.

North zone:
Hindu Resistencia - Adelante Reconquista
brown san vicente - santa rita esquina
La union colon - social las brenas
Talleres Tafi viejo - union santa fe

South zone:
Barrio Parque Cordoba - Velez Sarsfield
San lorenzo Chivilcoy - facundo La rioja
independiente Tandil - anzorena Mendoza
Instituto Cordoba - Villa mitre

The first round of playoffs is to the best of 3 games.



Luis Scola selected the top Argentinian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Luis Scola
Luis Scola
   #1. This week's number one is former international power forward Luis Scola (206-80), who plays in the NBA. He could not help the Houston Rockets (28-25) in their last game. Despite Scola's very good performance the Houston Rockets lost 81-90 on the road to the Dallas Mavericks. He was the top scorer with 22 points. Scola also added 8 rebounds and dished 4 assists in 35 minutes on the court. It's Scola's fifth season with the team. He has individually a very good year with high stats. Scola averages: 15.8ppg, 6.5rpg, 2.0apg, 2FGP: 50.1% and FT: 75.9% in the 53 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Argentinian and Spanish. Despite Scola played previously for the Spanish national team, he played also for the Argentinian national team in 2010.

Emanuel Ginobili
Emanuel Ginobili
   #2. Second place goes to an experienced international guard Emanuel Ginobili (198-77, agency: Interperformances). Ginobili led San Antonio Spurs to a victory over the Sacramento Kings (18-34) 117-112 in the NBA last Wednesday. He was MVP of the game. Ginobili recorded 20 points and added 5 assists. The San Antonio Spurs have a solid 36-14 record this season. It was his team's seventh consecutive victory in a row. Ginobili is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his tenth year in Spurs' roster. This season he has very high stats. Ginobili averages: 12.8ppg, 3.2rpg, 4.7apg, 2FGP: 56.9%(58-102), 3FGP: 47.0%(39-83) and FT: 85.7%. He is another player who holds two passports: Argentinian and Italian. Despite Ginobili played previously for the Italian national team, he is currently a member of the Argentinian senior national team.

Pablo Prigioni
Pablo Prigioni
   #3. The Argentinian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international guard Pablo Prigioni (191-77). Prigioni contributed to an easy victory against one of league's weakest teams Asefa Estudiantes (7-19) 89-74 in the Spanish ACB on Sunday night. He scored 13 points, made 4 passes and 3 steals in 29 minutes. Caja Laboral Vitoria (19-8) is placed third in the ACB. It's Prigioni's first season with the team. Prigioni is currently first on the list of most steals with 2.0spg. This year his other stats are: 6.8ppg, 3.3rpg, 3.6apg, 2FGP: 59.6%(34-57), 3FGP: 28.2% and FT: 86.0% in the 27 games. Prigioni has both Italian and Argentinian nationalities. Despite he played previously for the Italian national team, Prigioni is currently a member of the Argentinian senior national team.

Leonardo Mainoldi
Leonardo Mainoldi
   #4. Forward Leonardo Mainoldi (203-85), who plays in the Spanish ACB was not able to help Baloncesto Fuenlabrada (10-16) in their last game on Saturday. Despite his good performance Baloncesto Fuenlabrada was badly defeated 82-63 in Santoago de Comp by the lower-ranked Blusens Monbus (#15). Mainoldi was the top scorer with 14 points. He also added 7 rebounds (went 6 for 6 at the free throw line). Mainoldi has been at the team for four years. Mainoldi's overall stats this season are: 10.0ppg and 6.0rpg. Similarly like Prigioni and Ginobili above he also holds two passports: Argentinian and Italian. Despite Mainoldi played previously for the Italian national team, he is currently in the Argentinian national team roster.

Andres Nocioni
Andres Nocioni
   #5. International forward Andres Nocioni (199-79) is a teammate of previously mentioned Pablo Prigioni. But that was another game of his team in Spanish ACB which we would like to mention. Nocioni was not able to secure a victory for Caja Laboral (19-8) in their game against Meridiano Alicante (15-12), despite his good performance last Sunday. He scored 10 points in only 14 minutes. It was his first game for Caja Laboral this season. But Caja Laboral was edged 72-71 in Alicante by the lower-ranked (#7) Meridiano. Similarly like three previous players above, Nocioni holds both Italian and Argentinian passports. Despite he played previously for the Italian national team, Nocioni is currently in the Argentinian national team roster.

Bernardo Musso
Bernardo Musso
   #6. Guard Bernardo Musso (192-86) couldn't help Napoli (26-7) in their game against Casalpusterlengo (18-15) in the Italian Nazionale A (third division). Despite his very good performance on Sunday night He was the top scorer with 28 points. Musso also added 8 boards, passed 5 assists and added 3 steals. His team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And that game will be critical. Musso is the league's top scorer and also on the list of best passers (second place). This season he has very high stats. Musso averages: 19.8ppg, 6.6rpg, 4.2apg and 2.7spg. Despite he played previously for the Italian national team, Musso is also an international player who is currently on the senior Argentinian National Team roster.

Carlos Delfino
Carlos Delfino
   #7. International guard Carlos Delfino (198-82) couldn't help the Milwaukee Bucks (24-28) in their game against the New York Knicks (27-26) in the NBA. He scored 5 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 14 minutes. The Milwaukee Bucks lost 80-89 in New York to the Knicks. Delfino has relatively good stats this year: 9.4ppg, 4.0rpg, 2.4apg and 1.6spg in the 47 games. He is also Argentinian national team player.

Marcos Casini
Marcos Casini
   #8. Point guard Marcos Casini (188-80) couldn't help Givova Scafati (16-9) in their game against Prima Veroli (11-13) in the Italian Lega2 (second division). Despite his very good performance last Sunday Casini was the top scorer with 21 points. He also added 4 rebounds. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. Casini's overall stats this season are: 8.2ppg, 2.6rpg and 1.2spg. Despite he played previously for the Italian national team, Casini is currently in the Argentinian national team roster.

Hernan Jasen
Hernan Jasen
   #9. International guard Hernan Jasen (199-78) contributed to Cajasol's victory against one of league's weakest teams Asefa Estudiantes (7-19) 77-64 in the Spanish ACB on Sunday night. He scored 11 points in 23 minutes. Cajasol Banca Civica Sevilla (14-13) is placed eighth in the ACB. This year Jasen's overall stats are: 6.0ppg, 3.5rpg and 1.1apg in the 27 games. Despite he played previously for the Italian national team, Jasen is currently in the Argentinian national team roster.

Silvio Gigena
Silvio Gigena
   #10. Forward Silvio Gigena (200-75) couldn't help Bari (15-18) in their game against Perugia (16-16) in the Italian Nazionale A (third division). Despite his very good performance in Sunday night's game He recorded a double-double by scoring 25 points and getting 13 rebounds (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line). Gigena's team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And now that game is quite important. This season Gigena has relatively solid stats: 10.3ppg and 4.6rpg. Despite he played previously for the Italian national team, Gigena is also an international player who is currently on the senior Argentinian National Team roster.

   #11. International guard Federico Van Lacke (191-80) contributed to a FIATC Joventut's victory against the league outsider Blancos de Rueda 83-73 in the Spanish ACB last Sunday. He scored 11 points and added 3 assists (went 6 for 6 at the free throw line) in 22 minutes. This year Van Lacke's total stats are: 7.9ppg, 2.7rpg and 2.4apg in the 27 games. Despite he played previously for the Italian national team, Van Lacke is currently in the Argentinian national team roster.

   #12. Former international guard Antonio Porta (187-83, agency: Players Group) couldn't help Tezenis Verona in their game against Enel Brindisi in the Italian Lega2 (second division). Despite his very good performance on Sunday night He was the top scorer with 16 points. Porta also added made 5 passes and 3 steals. Porta is currently third on the league's list of best passers. He has very reliable stats this season: 14.7ppg, 3.8rpg, 4.6apg and 2.2spg. Despite Porta played previously for the Italian national team, he is currently in the Argentinian national team roster.

   #13. Former international guard Sebastian Vico (190-86, also represented by Players Group) was the main contributor in Matera's victory against the second-ranked Torino 82-66 in the Italian Nazionale A (third division) in Sunday night's game. Vico was the best player in that game. He scored 20 points, had 6 rebounds, passed 5 assists and added 3 blocks in 36 minutes. Vico has reliable stats this year: 14.0ppg, 3.5rpg, 3.0apg and 2.4spg in the 31 games. Despite he played previously for the Italian national team, Vico is currently in the Argentinian national team roster.

   #14. Former international forward Mario Jose Ghersetti (201-81) helped Centrale Latte win their game against the closely-ranked Enel Brindisi 81-71 in the Italian Lega2 (second division) last Sunday. He recorded 15 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. Ghersetti averaged so far 14.8ppg, 6.2rpg and 2.3spg. Despite he played previously for the Italian national team, Ghersetti is currently in the Argentinian national team roster.

   #15. Former international guard Javier Bulfoni (192-76) faced previously mentioned Leonardo Mainoldi in the Spanish ACB last game. Bulfoni helped Blusens Monbus win their game against the closely-ranked Baloncesto Fuenlabrada 82-63. He scored 10 points in 29 minutes. Bulfoni has averaged so far 7.8ppg and 1.3rpg in the 26 games. Despite he played previously for the Italian national team, Bulfoni is currently in the Argentinian national team roster.



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ASEAN League round 14 best performance: Kyle Jeffers - by Eurobasket News

American center Kyle Jeffers (207-C-85) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Singapore S., receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 14.
The 26-year old player had a double-double of 17 points and 20 rebounds, while his team beat KL Dragons (#3, 7-7) 81-70. Singapore S. is placed at 5th position in ASEAN League . Singapore S. is rather a weak team placed in lower part in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 6-9 record. Jeffers just recently signed at Singapore S., being already a very valuable addition to the team. Kyle Jeffers averages just after three games 16.7ppg and 14.3rpg.

The second best player in last round's games was 24-year old American Calvin Williams (206-F-87) of Thailand S.. Williams had a very good evening with a double-double of 27 points and 20 rebounds. Bad luck as Thailand S. lost that game 68-89 to the higher-ranked Philip.Patriots (#1, 12-2). Thailand S. managed to keep the same 7th spot in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 5-10 record. Williams is one of the most experienced players at Thailand S. and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 21.6ppg (#6). He also registered 14.4 boards per game.

Third on the list of top players last round was American Steve Thomas (204-C/F-81) of Satria Muda (#4). Thomas scored 19 points and grabbed seventeen rebounds (!!!). Despite Thomas' great performance Satria Muda lost 69-71 to #2 ranked Petron Blaze. But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates especially in such crucial game. The chances of Satria Muda ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 8 games, recording just seven victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Thomas could help Satria Muda to bring them higher in the standings. Thomas has a great season in ASEAN League. After 15 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 16.5ppg (3rd best) and rebounds with 15.1rpg (#1 in league). He also has 1.5bpg and FGP: 54.7%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Nakiea Miller (204-C-79) of Philip.Patriots - 17 points, 15 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Jonathan Smith (206-F-82) of Satria Muda - 14 points and 17 rebounds
6. Anthony Johnson (197-G/F-79) of Philip.Patriots - 23 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists
7. Devon Sullivan (201-G/F-86) of KL Dragons - 16 points and 7 rebounds
8. Jarrid Famous (210-F/C-88) of Petron Blaze - 20 points and 7 rebounds
9. Louis Graham (205-F/C-84) of Singapore S. - 24 points and 9 rebounds
10. Christopher Garnett (211-C-80) of Thailand S. - 15 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists

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



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David Andersen's double-double lands him Player of the Week award among Australians playing currently abroad. - by Eurobasket Center

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

David Andersen
David Andersen
   #1. This week's number one is former international center David Andersen (212-80), who plays in Italy. Andersen could not help Montepaschi Siena (4-2) in their last game on Friday. Despite his very good performance the first-placed Montepaschi Siena was defeated 76-69 on the road by the second-ranked Olympiakos in the group F of Euroleague. Andersen recorded a double-double by scoring 15 points and getting 11 rebounds. It's Andersen's first season with the team. Andersen is currently fourth on the league's list of best rebounders. He has very reliable stats this season: 11.7ppg, 6.2rpg, 2FGP: 45.5%, 3FGP: 33.3% and FT: 73.8%. Despite Andersen played previously for the USA national team, he played also for the Australian national team in 2010.

Joe Ingles
Joe Ingles
   #2. Second place goes to an international swingman Joe Ingles (203-87, agency: Priority Sports). Ingles contributed to a Regal FC Barcelona's victory against the sixth-ranked Valencia Basket (15-12) 76-72 in the Spanish ACB on Sunday night. He scored 6 points, had 5 rebounds and dished 6 assists in 26 minutes. Regal FC Barcelona (22-5) is placed first in the ACB. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. This year Ingles averages: 5.6ppg, 1.8rpg, 1.8apg, 2FGP: 51.6%, 3FGP: 41.9% and FT: 76.5% in the 20 games he played so far. Despite he played previously for the USA national team, Ingles is currently a member of the Australian senior national team.

Daniel Kickert
Daniel Kickert
   #3. The Australian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international center Daniel Kickert (208-83, college: St.Mary's, CA), who plays in the Polish PLK. He was not able to help PGE Turow (1-5) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Kickert's very good performance PGE Turow (#6) was defeated 87-83 in Zielona Gora by the higher-ranked Zastal ZG (#3) in the Group A. He was the top scorer with 21 points. Kickert also added 4 rebounds. There are only four games left until the end of the Second Stage. So now every game will be critical. Kickert is currently ninth on the league's list of top scorers. He has individually a very good season with high stats. Kickert averages: 15.2ppg, 4.0rpg, 2FGP: 61.8%(139-225), 3FGP: 36.6% and FT: 83.0%. He has a dual citizenship: Australian and Dutch. Despite Kickert played previously for the Dutch national team, he is currently a member of the Australian senior national team.

Andrew James Ogilvy
Andrew James Ogilvy
   #4. Center Andrew James Ogilvy (211-88, college: Vanderbilt) led his Spanish team Valencia Basket to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Buducnost (3-3) crushing them 85-63 in the Eurocup last Tuesday. Ogilvy scored 11 points, grabbed 5 rebounds and made 2 blocks in a mere 16 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 2 ranked teams in group I. Valencia Basket (6-0) is placed first. So far his team won all six games in the Quarter-Finals. This year Ogilvy's overall stats are: 9.5ppg and 3.3rpg in the eight games. He is another player who holds two passports: Australian and Irish. Despite Ogilvy played previously for the Irish national team, he is currently in the Australian national team roster.

Nathan Jawai
Nathan Jawai
   #5. Former international power forward Nathan Jawai (208-86, college: Midland CC), who plays in the Russian PBL was not able to secure a victory for Unics Kazan (5-8) in their last game on Sunday. Despite Jawai's good performance Unics Kazan was crushed 89-65 in St.Petersburg by the higher-ranked Spartak (#5). He scored 10 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. Jawai's total stats this season are: 7.0ppg and 3.3rpg. Despite he played previously for the Irish national team, Jawai is currently in the Australian national team roster.

Rhys Carter
Rhys Carter
   #6. Point guard Rhys Carter (190-84) led Uppsala Basket to a victory over the closely-ranked Boras Basket (21-15) 87-74 in the Swedish Basketligan in Saturday night's game. He was MVP of the game. Carter recorded 22 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals in 34 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Uppsala Basket (21-15) is placed fourth in the Basketligan. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. Carter belongs to league's best passers (ranked #4) and also on the list of most steals (third place). He has very impressive stats this year: 15.9ppg, 4.1rpg, 5.7apg and 2.5spg in the 40 games. Despite Carter played previously for the Irish national team, he is also a former international player as he played for the Australian senior team three years ago.

Patrick Mills
Patrick Mills
   #7. Former international point guard Patrick Mills (183-88, college: St.Mary's, CA) helped San Antonio Spurs win their game against the Sacramento Kings (18-34) 117-112 in the NBA last Wednesday. Mills recorded 7 points. The San Antonio Spurs have a solid 36-14 record this season. It was his team's seventh consecutive victory in a row. This season Mills averages only 3.5ppg. Despite he played previously for the Irish national team, Mills is currently in the Australian national team roster.

Ater Majok
Ater Majok
   #8. Forward Ater Majok (208-87, college: Connecticut) helped Nitra win their game against the closely-ranked Prievidza (22-10) 79-72 in the Slovakian Extraliga on Saturday night. He scored 18 points, grabbed 5 rebounds and made 2 blocks in 33 minutes; not bad, considering it's only Majok's second season in pro basketball. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. BK SPU Bemaco Nitra (21-11) is placed third in the Extraliga. Majok belongs to league's best rebounders (ranked #7) and also on the list of best blockers (second place). This year he has very good stats: 10.8ppg, 8.0rpg, 1.3apg and 2.6bpg in the 37 games. Despite Majok played previously for the Irish national team, he is currently in the Australian national team roster.

Lee Jeka
Lee Jeka
   #9. Former international guard Lee Jeka (187-83, agency: Limelight Hoops) was the major contributor in a Saar-Pfalz Braves' victory against the league outsider Leitershofen (7-21) 99-85 in the German ProA (second division) in Saturday night's game. Jeka scored 22 points, had 6 rebounds and dished 7 assists. Saar-Pfalz Braves (8-20) is placed second from the bottom (#14) in the ProA. They ended the series of three consecutive loses. The Regular Season already ended. Jeka is ranked second on the list of the best passers in the league. He has very solid stats this season: 14.9ppg, 2.5rpg and 5.2apg. Despite Jeka played previously for the British national team, he is currently in the Australian national team roster.

Matt Nielsen
Matt Nielsen
   #10. An experienced power forward Matt Nielsen (208-78, agency: Beo Basket) managed to help BC Khimky Moscow Region in a victory against the sixth-ranked Krasnie Krilya (7-8) 79-68 in the Russian PBL last Sunday. Nielsen scored only 2 points in 15 minutes. BC Khimky Moscow Region (13-2) is placed second in the PBL. It was his team's eighth consecutive victory in a row. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be important. This year Nielsen's total stats are: 3.0ppg, 2.7rpg and 1.8apg in the 11 games. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Australian National Team roster.

   #11. International forward David Barlow (205-83, college: Metro St.) helped UCAM Murcia win their game against the tenth-ranked CAI Zaragoza 76-62 in the Spanish ACB on Sunday night. Barlow scored 7 points, had 7 rebounds and dished 4 assists. Barlow has averaged so far 7.9ppg and 4.8rpg. Despite he played previously for the British national team, Barlow is currently in the Australian national team roster.

   #12. International forward Brad Newley (201-85, also represented by Beo Basket) is a teammate of previously mentioned Andrew James Ogilvy and both played together in the last Eurocup game. Newley helped his Spanish team Valencia Basket win their game against the closely-ranked Buducnost crushing them 85-63. He scored only 4 points in 14 minutes. Newley has averaged so far 4.5ppg, 2.3rpg and 1.1apg in the eight games. He is also in the roster of the Australian national team.

   #13. Former international guard Steven Markovic (190-85) helped Radnicki Kragujevac win their n overtime game against the eighth-ranked Mega Vizura 97-94 in the Serbian A League last Sunday. Markovic scored 8 points and added 7 assists. Markovic has averaged so far 9.7ppg and 4.3apg. Despite he played previously for the Serbian national team, Markovic is currently in the Australian national team roster.

   #14. Former international guard John Fitzgerald (193-84, college: Lindsey Wilson) was the main contributor in Malbas' victory against the ninth-ranked IK Eos crushing them 98-58 in the Swedish Basketettan (second division) on Sunday night. He was the best player in that game. Fitzgerald recorded 18 points, 8 rebounds, 5 assists and 5 steals (made all of his six free throws) in 32 minutes. Fitzgerald is currently second on the list of top scorers and also on the list of best passers (fourth place). He has very impressive stats this year: 26.1ppg, 9.1rpg, 4.6apg and 4.2spg in the 21 games. Despite Fitzgerald played previously for the Serbian national team, he is currently in the Australian national team roster.

   #15. Former U21 international forward Blagoj Janev (203-84, college: New Hampshire) helped Thor Thorl win their game against the closely-ranked Snaefell 82-77 in the Icelandic Express League in Friday night's game. Janev recorded 12 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists. This season he has very high stats. Janev averages: 15.3ppg and 6.5rpg. Despite he played previously for the FYR Macedonian national team, Janev is currently in the Australian U21 national team roster.

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

   #1. Kyrie Irving (191-G-92, college: Duke), who plays in the NBA could not help the Cleveland Cavaliers (17-33) in their last game. Despite his very good performance the Cleveland Cavaliers were crushed 121-84 on the road by the Milwaukee Bucks. Irving was the top scorer with 29 points. He also added 5 assists in 32 minutes; quite an impressive performance considering it's only Irving's third season in pro basketball. It was Cavaliers' seventh consecutive loss in a row. Irving has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 18.9ppg, 4.0rpg and 5.7apg in the 45 games he played so far. Irving is a naturalized American. Despite his Australian passport, Irving previously played for the USA U18 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Australian team. Strangely he has never played in Australia.



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Austrian All Star Game Roster - by Stefan Prager

The regular season in Austria came to an end on Sunday. So with the playoffs in sight, starting Sunday, it's time for a short break and the ABL All Star Day. Event organizers expect up to 5000 spectators. At the same time the so called 'Wiener Osterturnier', Europes biggest youth tournament, is going down as well.

Jean Francois (197-F-80, agency: I.D.S. Law, college: Georgia South) (197-F-80, agency: I.D.S. Law, college: Georgia South) of BC Vienna received the most votes by fans, Deteri Mayes earns his 11th All Star nomination in Austria. Here are the rosters for the game that will take place in Vienna.

Austrian All Stars:

Starting 5 (Fan Voting):

Moritz Lanegger (190-G-90, agency: Interperformances) (Xion Dukes Klosterneuburg)
Thomas Klepeisz (188-G-91) (Carefuel Gssing Knights)
Romed Vieider (196-F-91) (WBC Raiffeisen Wels)
Davor Lamesic (203-F-83, agency: Interperformances) ( (WBC Raiffeisen Wels)
Aleksandar Djuric (210-F/C-82) ( (Carefuel Gssing Knights)

Bench (Coaches):

Thomas Schreiner (195-G-87, agency: Dynamics Global Management) (ece Bulls Kapfenberg)
Matthias Mayer (204-C/F-81) (Allianz Swans Gmunden)
Stjepan Stazic (199-G-78, agency: World Sport Agency) (BC Vienna)
Benedikt Danek (176-PG-86) (Arkadia Traiskirchen Lions)
Martin Speiser (202-F-83) (UBC St. Plten)

Deteri Mayes (189-G-74, agency: Court Side, college: Murray St.) (ece Bulls Kapfenberg, injured replacement for Richard Poiger (202-F-87) of Allianz Swans Gmunden)
Hannes Ochsenhofer (186-G-85)r (Oberwart Gunner, injured replacement for Christoph Nagler (196-G-84) of Xion Dukes Klosterneuburg)

Coaches: Werner Sallomon & Neno Asceric

International All Stars:

Starting 5 (Fan Voting):

Jean Francois (BC Vienna)
Curtis Bobb (198-G/F-78, college: Utah St.) (Xion Dukes Klosterneuburg)
Ali Farokhmanesh (183-PG-88, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: N.Iowa) (WBC Raiffeisen Wels)
Joe Werner (201-C-84, college: Wisc.-La Cros.) (WBC Raiffeisen Wels)
Gary Ware (205-F/C-83, agency: TSS Management, college: Purdue) (BSC Raiffeisen Panthers Frstenfeld)

Bench (Coaches):

Jeremy Fears (196-G-85, college: Bradley) (ece Bulls Kapfenberg)
Ramiz Suljanovic (206-F/C-79) (Xion Dukes Klosterneuburg)
Dan Oppland (203-F-84, agency: SportsTalent, college: Valparaiso) (Allianz Swans Gmunden)
Morris Curry (178-G-87, college: Providence) (Allianz Swans Gmunden)
Joe Dean Shaw (199-F-87, college: Nevada) (Oberwart Gunners)
Samo Grum (193-G/F-79) (UBSC Raiffeisen Graz)
Anthony Shavies (191-G-83, agency: Interperformances, college: Missouri St.) (BSC Raiffeisen Panthers Frstenfeld, injured replacement for Quentin Pryor (193-G/F-83, agency: Court Side, college: Morehead St.) of WBC Wels)

Coaches: Matthias Fischer & Pete Miller

Dunking Contest:

Robert Arnold (198-F-88, college: Boise St.) (Allianz Swans Gmunden)
Bryant Matthews (201-G/F-82, agency: Court Side, college: Virginia Tech) (BSC Raiffeisen Panthers Frstenfeld)
Larry Gordon (196-F-87, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: Cal Poly Pomona) (ece Bulls Kapfenberg, defending champion)
Todd Brown (196-G-87, college: Wright St.) (WBC Raiffeisen Wels)
Jeremy Fears (196-G-85, college: Bradley) (ece Bulls Kapfenberg, defending champion)
Michael Hauer (201-F-89) (Amstetten Falcons)

Three Point Shootout:

Stefan Ulreich (184-G-85) (BK Mattersburg Rocks,
defending champion)
Stjepan Stazic (199-G-78, agency: World Sport Agency) (BC Vienna)
Curtis Bobb (198-G/F-78, college: Utah St.) (Xion Dukes Klosterneuburg)
Ali Farokhmanesh (183-PG-88, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: N.Iowa) (WBC Raiffeisen Wels)
Morris Curry (Allianz Swans Gmunden)
Deteri Mayes (189-G-74, agency: Court Side, college: Murray St.) (ece Bulls Kapfenberg)
Thomas Schreiner (195-G-87, agency: Dynamics Global Management) (ece Bulls Kapfenberg)
Stefan Kerschbaummayr (183-G-84) (Amstetten Falcons)
Annika Pansy (173-G-88) (UBI Graz)
Petra Steger (177-SG-87) (Flying Foxes)
Jurica Blazevic (193-F) ( Arkadia Traiskirchen Lions)



Benjamin Ortner selected the top Austrian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Benjamin Ortner
Benjamin Ortner
   #1. This week's number one is former international power forward Benjamin Ortner (206-83, college: Metro St.), who plays in the Italian SerieA. He could not help Benetton Treviso (11-14) in their last game. Despite Ortner's good performance Benetton Treviso was edged in an overtime 102-99 on the road by the higher-ranked (#10) Lottomatica Roma. He scored 14 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in 28 minutes on the court. Ortner has relatively good stats this year: 11.2ppg, 5.7rpg, 1.1apg, 1.2spg, 2FGP: 63.2%(74-117) and FT: 71.4% in the 15 games he played so far. He played for the Austrian senior national team five years ago.

Jason Detrick
Jason Detrick
   #2. Second place goes to an international guard Jason Detrick (198-80, agency: Court Side, college: Oklahoma). Detrick led Lleida Basquet to a victory over the closely-ranked Menorca Basquet (19-11) 84-75 in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division) last Friday. He was MVP of the game. Detrick scored 18 points and added 3 passes (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line). CE CIP Lleida Basquetbol (19-11) is placed fifth in the LEB Gold. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. It's Detrick's first season with the team. He has individually a very good year with high stats. Detrick averages: 15.4ppg, 3.6rpg, 1.8apg, 2FGP: 49.3%, 3FGP: 34.0% and FT: 75.0%. He is a naturalized American. Despite Detrick played previously for the USA national team, he is currently a member of the Austrian senior national team. Detrick used to play for UBC Stahlbau Oberwart Gunners in Austrian league.

Anton Maresch
Anton Maresch
   #3. The Austrian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international guard Anton Maresch (192-91, agency: Two Points). He was the major contributor in a River Andorra's victory against one of league's weakest teams Las Rozas (8-16) 83-74 in the Spanish LEB Silver (third division) on Friday night. Maresch scored 18 points in 31 minutes. B.C. River Andorra (20-10) is placed in the LEB Silver. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. This year Maresch's overall stats are: 7.1ppg, 2.5rpg, 2FGP: 49.4%, 3FGP: 34.1% and FT: 70.6% in the 21 games. Despite he played previously for the USA national team, Maresch is currently a member of the Austrian senior national team.

Matej Kljaic
Matej Kljaic
   #4. Forward Matej Kljaic (193-91) was not able to help Svjetlost (0-4) in their game against KK Zagreb CO (3-1) in the Croatian A1. His contribution was not very remarkable in Saturday's game. Kljaic recorded only 3 points. The eighth-placed Svjetlost was crushed 113-62 at home by the higher-ranked KK Zagreb CO (#4) in the Championship Group. So far Svjetlost lost all four games in the Second Stage. Kljaic's total stats this season are: 4.4ppg and 1.1apg. He used to play for the Austrian U16 national team back in 2007.

Ivan Djerman
Ivan Djerman
   #5. Former international forward Ivan Djerman (203-83), who plays in the Luxembourg Diekirch League was not able to secure a victory for Amicale (10-13) in their last game. Despite Djerman's good performance Amicale lost 71-78 on their home court in Steinsel to the leading T71 in the 1-6 places group. He was the second best scorer with 13 points. Djerman also added 6 rebounds and 3 assists in 37 minutes. There are only three games left until the end of the Second Stage. So now every game will be important. This year Djerman has relatively solid stats: 14.8ppg, 8.8rpg and 1.5apg in the 24 games. He has a dual citizenship: Croatian and Austrian. Despite Djerman played previously for the Croatian national team, he is currently in the Austrian national team roster.

Other top Austrian players, who play abroad:

Hermann Opoku (205-F/C-86) plays for BK Pardubice in Czech Republic NBL
Rasid Mahalbasic (210-F/C-90) plays for Zlatorog in Slovenian Telemach League
Peter Klemm (197-F-85) plays for Tuebingen II in German Regionalliga
Michael Kaiser (195-G-82) plays for TS Longhorns Herzogenaurach in German Regionalliga
Gunther Zajic (183-G-85) plays for Werne in German Regionalliga
Alexander Schreiner (208-C-90) plays for Bamberg in German 2.Regionalliga
Hansjorg Schuetzinger (190-G/F-90) plays for Birsfelden in Swiss 1LN



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Ryan Moss selected the top Bahamian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Ryan Moss
Ryan Moss
   #1. This week's number one is an experienced former international power forward Ryan Moss (200-74, college: UALR). Moss led Marinos to a victory against one of league's weakest teams Panteras (6-20) 99-91 in the Venezuelan LPB last Thursday. He scored 12 points, had 6 rebounds and made 2 blocks. Marinos de Anzoategui (24-8) is placed first in the LPB. Moss is currently first on the list of best blockers. This season he averages: 7.0ppg, 4.4rpg, 2.0bpg. Despite Moss played previously for the USA national team, he played also for the Bahamas national team in 2004.

Rashad Moss
Rashad Moss
   #2. Second place goes to former international forward Rashad Moss (203-86, college: UALR), who plays in the Mexican CIBACOPA. Moss could not help Pioneros Los Mochis (5-9) in their last game. Despite his very good performance Pioneros Los Mochis was crushed 98-71 on the road by the leading Ostioneros de Guaymas. Moss was the second best scorer with 17 points. He also added 7 rebounds (was perfect 5-for-5 from the free throw line) in 32 minutes. It was Pioneros Los Mochis' fourth consecutive loss in a row. Moss has relatively good stats this year: 14.6ppg, 6.6rpg, 2FGP: 51.9% and FT: 89.5% in the five games he played so far. Despite he played previously for the USA national team, Moss played also for the Bahamas national team in 2004.

Bennet Davis
Bennet Davis
   #3. The Bahamas player who performed third best last week abroad was former international forward Bennet Davis (206-84, agency: KMG Sports Management, college: Northeastern), who plays in the Japanese BJ League. Davis was not able to help Niigata Albirex (24-20) in their last game on Monday. Despite his good performance the third-placed Niigata Albirex was edged 73-72 in Fukuoka by the lower-ranked Rizing (#5) in the Eastern group. Davis was the second best scorer with 12 points. He also added 9 rebounds. Davis' overall stats this season are: 7.4ppg, 6.3rpg, 1.2apg, 2FGP: 42.3% and FT: 71.4%. Worth to mention he played also at Eurobasket Summer League, which helped him get the job in pro basketball. Despite he played previously for the USA national team, Davis played also for the Bahamas national team in 2004.

Dynile Forbes
Dynile Forbes
   #4. Guard Dynile Forbes (188-86, college: La-Monroe) was not able to secure a victory for Leyma Basquet (12-9) in their game against Fontedoso Carrefour (9-12) in the Spanish LEB Silver (third division). He scored 9 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 24 minutes. But Leyma Basquet lost 53-61 in Avila to the lower-ranked (#9) Fontedoso Carrefour. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. This year Forbes has relatively solid stats: 11.2ppg, 2.9rpg and 1.5spg in the 19 games. Despite he played previously for the USA national team, Forbes is currently in the Bahamas national team roster.

Lavar Simmons
Lavar Simmons
   #5. Former international power forward Lavar Simmons (201-83, college: Master's) contributed to an easy victory against the league leader Charleville-Mezieres (21-7) crushing them 79-56 in the French NM1 (third division) on Saturday night. He recorded 8 points and grabbed 8 rebounds. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Union Al Roche - Case Metropole Basket (0-0) is placed in the NM1. It's Simmons' first season with the team. Simmons has reliable stats this year: 10.9ppg and 6.4rpg. Despite he played previously for the USA national team, Simmons is currently in the Bahamas national team roster.

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

   #1. Klay Thompson (198-G-90, college: Washington St.), who plays in the NBA could not help the Golden State Warriors (20-31) in their last game. Despite his very good performance the Golden State Warriors were edged 104-101 on the road by the Los Angeles Lakers. Thompson scored 20 points, had 5 rebounds and dished 7 assists in 38 minutes; quite an impressive performance considering it's only his third season in pro basketball. It was Golden State Warriors' fifth consecutive loss in a row. It's Thompson's first year with the team. Thompson has relatively good stats this season: 10.7ppg, 2.0rpg and 1.8apg in the 51 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Bahamas and American. Despite Thompson's Bahamas passport, he previously played for the USA U19 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Bahamas team.

Other top Bahamas players, who play abroad:

Magnum Rolle (211-C/F-86) plays for Atlanta Hawks in the NBA
Jamaal Douglas (201-F-85) plays for Bohemios in Uruguayan LUB
Anwar Ferguson (213-C-81) plays for Correcaminos in Mexican LNBP
Mitchell Johnson (196-F-85) plays for Panteras in Mexican LNBP
Robert Nortmann (198-F) plays for Dalhousie University in Canadian university league CIS
Kyle Edwards (208-C-80) plays for Ferrol in Spanish EBA
Jaraun Burrows (203-F-85) plays for Starwings in Swiss LNA
Urit Kelly (197-F-74) plays for Eivissa in Spanish EBA
Trevor Harvey (211-C-80) plays for Widad Safrou AC de Casablanca in Moroccan D1

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



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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. Vasylius, Siauliai14.6 
 7. Veideman, Tartu U.14.3 
 8. Lucas, Valmiera14.3 
 9. Karasev, Triumph14.3 
 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. Johnson, Naglis P.7.5 
 5. Bowles, Siauliai7.4 
 6. Rozitis, Valmiera6.9 
 7. Amis, Tartu Ulikool6.3 
 8. Delas, Baltai Kaun.6.2 
 9. Fall, Kalev/Cramo6.1 
 10. Willard, Ventspils5.9 
Assists Per Game
 Rashaun BROADUS
  Siauliai
  (183-PG-84)
  Avg: 4.6
 1. Broadus, Siauliai4.6 
 2. Maceina, Juventus4.3 
 3. Ezerskis, Lietkabe.4.3 
 4. Kulagin, Triumph3.8 
 5. Lucas, Valmiera3.8 
 6. McKee, Triumph3.8 
 7. Rinkevicius, Nagli.3.8 
 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. Akenparg, TTU1.8 
 3. Keedus, TTU1.8 
 4. Virsis, Valmiera1.8 
 5. Young, Ventspils1.7 
 6. Janavicius, Baltai1.7 
 7. Long, Siauliai1.7 
 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. Johnson, Naglis P.1.7 
 4. Gumeniuk, Juventus1.6 
 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 


Semifinalists are set in Elite Division - by Eurobasket News

Ventspils - Lietuvos rytas 63-73

Lietuvos Rytas advanced into Final Four. They swept the series versus Ventspils. The game was mostly controlled by Lietuvos rytas. Ventspils was better in fourth quarter 21-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Ventspils to just 5 points in first quarter. Ventspils were plagued by 28 personal fouls down the stretch. Center Jonas Valanciunas (210-C-92) scored 14 points and 8 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and forward Mindaugas Katelynas (206-83, college: Chattanooga) chipped in 14 points during the contest. American point guard Todd Abernethy (185-84, college: Mississippi) responded with 9 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists and his fellow American import point guard Steven Gray (195-89, college: Gonzaga) scored 14 points.
Top scorers:
Ventspils: S.Gray 14+1reb+1ast, A.Berzins 11+5reb, M.Diane 9+3reb+1ast, T.Abernethy 9+8reb+5ast, M.Meiers 8+3reb, R.Zakis 4+3reb
Lietuvos rytas: J.Valanciunas 14+8reb+1ast, M.Katelynas 14+4reb+1ast, R.Seibutis 13+2reb+2ast, A.Rasic 12+1reb, T.Rice 9+5reb+2ast, S.Babrauskas 7+4reb+3ast
gschID: 171426


VEF Riga - Kalev/Cramo 84-78

VEF Riga overcame Kalev/Cramo in the decisive third game of the series to advance into Final Four. The hosts trailed by 9 points after first quarter, but they rallied back and won the game by 6 points. VEF Riga made 26-of-32 free shots (81.3 percent) during the game, while Kalev/Cramo only scored eight points from the stripe. They outrebounded Kalev/Cramo 34-21 including 25 on the defensive glass. Kalev/Cramo was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. Forward Kristaps Janicenoks (196-83) scored 22 points to lead the charge for the winners and guard Sandis Valters (193-78) chipped in 18 points during the contest. Belarusian power forward Pavel Ulyanko (204-79) responded with 15 points and 6 assists and Senegalese center Bamba Fall (216-86, college: SMU) produced a double-double by scoring 13 points and 10 rebounds. Four VEF Riga and five Kalev/Cramo players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Kalev/Cramo: G.Arbet 16+2reb+2ast, P.Ulyanko 15+2reb+6ast, B.Fall 13+10reb, A.Skele 12+3reb+1ast, T.Sokk 12+2reb+6ast, G.Dorbek 6+2ast
VEF Riga: K.Janicenoks 22+4reb+3ast, S.Valters 18+2reb+1ast, A.Kavaliauskas 16+3reb, K.Berzins 10+7reb, D.Zavackas 6+5reb+1ast, C.Millage 5+4reb+6ast
gschID: 173317


Zalgiris - Rudupis 85-67

Zalgiris sealed the next stage birth edging Rudupis at home court. The hosts trailed by 7 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 10-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 85-67. Zalgiris dominated on the defensive end, holding Rudupis to just 5 points in second quarter. They outrebounded Rudupis 42-25 including a 32-16 advantage in defensive rebounds. Lithuanian guard Mantas Kalnietis (196-86, agency: Interperformances) scored 12 points and 6 assists to lead the charge for the winners and forward Paulius Jankunas (205-84, agency: Interperformances) chipped in 8 points and 8 rebounds during the contest. Forward Arnas Labuckas (205-87, agency: Interperformances) responded with 17 points and 5 rebounds and forward Simas Buterlevicius (200-89) scored 12 points and 5 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest.
Top scorers:
Rudupis: A.Labuckas 17+5reb+3ast, S.Buterlevicius 12+5reb+1ast, A.Milaknis 11+1ast, P.Butkevicius 8+1reb, P.Ivanauskas 7+1reb+3ast, E.Zelionis 4+2reb
Zalgiris: M.Kuzminskas 12+3reb+1ast, M.Kalnietis 12+1reb+6ast, M.Popovic 11+2reb+3ast, T.Delininkaitis 9+1reb+4ast, P.Jankunas 8+8reb, V.Lipkevicius 7+2reb+1ast
gschID: 171424


Kalev/Cramo - VEF Riga 79-76 OT

Kalev/Cramo made it 1-1 in the quarterfinal series versus VEF Riga. It looked good early as VEF Riga took an 3-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Kalev/Cramo had a 22-13 second period charge getting the lead. Then VEF Riga managed to tie the game at the end of regular time, but lost overtime period 6-9. Guard Gert Dorbek (194-85) notched 13 points and 8 rebounds to lead the effort and swingman Gregor Arbet (194-83) supported him with 17 points and 5 rebounds. Five Kalev/Cramo players scored in double figures. Even 16 points and 4 assists by American guard Curtis Millage (185-81, college: Arizona St.) did not help to save the game for VEF Riga. Lithuanian forward Donatas Zavackas (203-80, college: Pittsburgh) added 9 points and 9 rebounds for the guests. VEF Riga's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
VEF Riga: C.Millage 16+2reb+4ast, S.Valters 15+1ast, A.Kavaliauskas 12+5reb+1ast, D.Bertans 10+2reb, D.Zavackas 9+9reb+2ast, G.Jahovics 4+11reb+1ast
Kalev/Cramo: G.Arbet 17+5reb, P.Ulyanko 14+6reb+1ast, G.Dorbek 13+8reb+3ast, J.Toome 11+6reb+1ast, T.Sokk 11+1reb+4ast, A.Skele 7+4reb+3ast
gschID: 171425


Challenge
Tarvas - Lietkabelis 74-89

Lietkabelis earned the a comfortable margin in the first leg of the title series. The game without a history. Lietkabelis led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 42 of its points in the paint compared to BC Rakvere's 22. 24 personal fouls committed by BC Rakvere helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Guard Sarunas Vasiliauskas (188-89, agency: Alti Sport) scored 22 points to lead the charge for the winners and center Vaidas Cepukaitis (207-89, agency: Interperformances) chipped in 17 points and 7 rebounds during the contest. Lietkabelis' coach Gintaras Leonavicius used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Latvian point guard Rinalds Sirsnins (186-85) responded with a double-double by scoring 16 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists and Latvian swingman Juris Umbrasko (197-79) scored 19 points. Five Lietkabelis and four BC Rakvere players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Tarvas: J.Umbrasko 19+2reb+2ast, R.Sirsnins 16+10reb+4ast, M.Dorbek 13+2reb+3ast, K.Cipruss 12+8reb+1ast, R.Hallik 9+7reb, J.Vahter 5+2reb
Lietkabelis: S.Vasiliauskas 22+3reb+2ast, V.Cepukaitis 17+7reb+2ast, E.Ezerskis 15+4reb+1ast, A.Drungilas 12+8reb+2ast, O.Matulionis 11+4reb+1ast, K.Babkauskas 5
gschID: 171918


Naglis Palangos - Sakalai 67-83

Sakalai stepped closer to the Challenge Cup Bronze following a confident win over Naglis Palangos. The game was mostly controlled by Sakalai. Naglis Palangos was better in second period 25-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Sakalai won last quarter 26-11. They dominated down low during the game scoring 52 of its points in the paint compared to Naglis Palangos' 28. Forward Arnas Butkevicius (199-92) scored 10 points and 9 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and guard Laurynas Samenas (192-88) chipped in 15 points during the contest. Four Sakalai players scored in double figures. Sakalai's coach Kazys Maksvytis allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Guard Mindaugas Reminas (190-86) responded with 23 points and 6 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) and point guard Tomas Rinkevicius (178-78) scored 14 points and 4 assists.
Top scorers:
Naglis Palangos: M.Reminas 23+6reb+1ast, T.Rinkevicius 14+2reb+4ast, V.Peciukas 8+4reb+3ast, R.Pickett 8+6reb+3ast, A.Montrimavicius 6+1reb+1ast, P.Kleiza 5+3reb
Sakalai: L.Samenas 15+4reb+1ast, A.Gydra 14+2reb, A.Butkevicius 10+9reb+2ast, P.Joneliunas 10+3reb, R.Matulis 10+1reb+1ast, A.Kiausas 8+4reb+1ast
gschID: 171976


Lietkabelis - Tarvas 71-82

Tarvas outscored Lietkabelis away from home but it was not enough as the hosts clinched Challenge Cup trophy. The guests trailed by 3 points at the halftime before their 43-29 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. BC Rakvere made 25-of-30 free shots (83.3 percent) during the game. They also forced 19 Lietkabelis turnovers. Lietkabelis were plagued by 27 personal fouls down the stretch. Latvian center Kaspars Cipruss (210-82, agency: Interperformances) had a double-double by scoring 30 points and 15 rebounds (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field) to lead the charge for the winners and center Reinar Hallik (208-84) chipped in 18 points and 5 rebounds during the contest. Center Adomas Drungilas (203-90) responded with 13 points and 9 rebounds and guard Edgaras Stanionis (193-88) scored 13 points and 6 rebounds. Four Lietkabelis players scored in double figures. Lietkabelis' coach Gintaras Leonavicius tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game.
Top scorers:
Lietkabelis: E.Stanionis 13+6reb+2ast, A.Drungilas 13+9reb, G.Staniulis 12+5reb, S.Vasiliauskas 11+3reb+2ast, O.Matulionis 10+7reb, E.Ezerskis 6+2reb+9ast
Tarvas: K.Cipruss 30+15reb+1ast, R.Hallik 18+5reb, R.Sirsnins 14+2reb+2ast, J.Umbrasko 8+2reb+1ast, M.Dorbek 7+2reb, J.Vahter 3+5reb+1ast
gschID: 172601



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  BELARUS   

Standings - Premier League

Premier League Standings
 1. Minsk-2006 23-1 
 2. Grodno-93 21-3 
 3. Rubon 13-11 
 4. BGUIR-RTI 9-14 
 5. Minsk-2006 II 9-15 
 6. SBK Osipovichi 8-15 
 7. Sozh Gomel 0-24 

Regular Season: Round 23

Mar. 30: Sozh Gomel - Minsk-2006 69-110
Apr. 2: Minsk-2006 - Rubon 118-72
Mar. 30: Grodno-93 - Minsk-2006 II 108-73
Apr. 3: BGUIR-RTI - SBK Osipovichi


Stats Leaders - Premier League

Points Per Game
 Ronaldas RUTKAUSKAS
  Minsk-.
  (203-F-92)
  Avg: 20.1
 1. Rutkauskas, Minsk.20.1 
 2. Sitnik, SBK O.16.8 
 3. Ignatchik, Minsk-.14.7 
 4. Patupchyk, Sozh G.14.3 
 5. Knox, Minsk-200613.8 
 6. Sugoniako, BG.12.7 
 7. Yafremov, Grodn.12.6 
 8. Drobyshevski., Soz.12.5 
 9. Svirydov, SBK O.12.4 
 10. Kojenets, Minsk.12.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Pavel BLIZNETS
  Sozh Gomel
  (205-C-94)
  Avg: 11.3
 1. Bliznets, Sozh Gom.11.3 
 2. Rutkauskas, Minsk.10.0 
 3. Zakhar, BG.9.2 
 4. Krisevich, Minsk-.8.2 
 5. Drobyshevski., Soz.6.8 
 6. Kojenets, Minsk.6.6 
 7. Ovsepian, Rubon6.6 
 8. Knox, Minsk-20065.7 
 9. Yafremov, Grodn.5.5 
 10. Lashkevich, Minsk.5.1 
Assists Per Game
 Dzmitry KUZMIN
  Grodno-93
  (196-G-75)
  Avg: 5.1
 1. Kuzmin, Grodno-935.1 
 2. Akulich, Rubon4.6 
 3. Kudrautsau, Minsk.3.9 
 4. Papruha, BG.3.3 
 5. Korzh, Grodno-932.8 
 6. Ignatchik, Minsk-.2.8 
 7. Sitnik, SBK O.2.4 
 8. Shestilovski., Soz.2.0 
 9. Sapegin, Rubon2.0 
 10. Nakic, Minsk-20062.0 
Steals Per Game
 Dmitri AKULICH
  Rubon
  (192-G-86)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Akulich, Rubon2.3 
 2. Papruha, BG.2.2 
 3. Zakhar, BG.2.2 
 4. Ovsepian, Rubon2.1 
 5. Sitnik, SBK O.1.9 
 6. Sapegin, Rubon1.9 
 7. Malkov, Rubon1.8 
 8. Yafremov, Grodn.1.7 
 9. Patupchyk, Sozh G.1.7 
 10. Kudrautsau, Minsk.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Aliaksandr MINAYEU
  Minsk-20.
  (189-PG-93)
  Avg: 0
 1. Minayeu, Minsk-20.0.0 
 2. Mastou, Grodno-930.0 
 3. Zakhar, BG.0.0 
 4. Malyavko, Minsk-20.0.0 
 5. Yafremov, Grodn.0.0 
 6. Malkov, Rubon0.0 
 7. Verevkin, Rubon0.0 
 8. Malakhau, Minsk-20.0.0 
 9. Vashkevich, Minsk-.0.0 
 10. Lashkevich, Minsk.0.0 


Artsiom Parakhouski selected the top Belarusian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Artsiom Parakhouski
Artsiom Parakhouski
   #1. This week's number one is an international center Artsiom Parakhouski (211-87, college: Radford). He was the major contributor in Budivelnyk's victory against the tenth-ranked Kryvbasbasket (14-23) 88-87 in the Ukrainian Superleague in Monday night's game. Parakhouski recorded 15 points and added 3 assists in a mere 19 minutes on the court; quite an impressive performance considering it's only his second season in pro basketball. Budivelnyk Kyiv (28-7) is placed first in the Superleague. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. This year Parakhouski averages: 8.4ppg, 4.4rpg, 1.3bpg, 2FGP: 60.3%(79-131) and FT: 64.6% in the 25 games he played so far. He is currently a member of the Belarusian senior national team.

Vitali Liutych
Vitali Liutych
   #2. Second place goes to U20 international swingman Vitali Liutych (198-92). Liutych led Siauliai to a victory against the tenth-ranked Sakalai (5-15) 84-70 in the Lithuanian LKL last Friday. He scored 14 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. BC Siauliai (13-6) is placed fourth in the LKL. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. It's Liutych's first season with the team. Liutych's overall stats this year are: 4.6ppg, 2.4rpg, 2FGP: 77.8%(21-27) and FT: 56.3%. He is in the roster of the Belarusian U20 national team.

Pavel Ulyanko
Pavel Ulyanko
   #3. The Belarusian player who performed third best last week abroad was an experienced former international power forward Pavel Ulyanko (204-79), who plays in Estonia. Ulyanko could not help Kalev/Cramo (12-7) in their last game. Despite his very good performance the fourth-placed Kalev/Cramo lost 78-84 on the road to the higher-ranked VEF Riga in the group 1 of Baltic League. Ulyanko was the second best scorer with 15 points. He also added made 6 passes and 3 steals in 32 minutes. It was Kalev/Cramo's third consecutive loss in a row. Ulyanko has relatively good stats this year: 10.6ppg, 5.0rpg, 1.6apg, 1.4spg, 2FGP: 45.8%, 3FGP: 44.1% and FT: 70.3% in the 22 games. He played for the Belarusian national team four years ago.

Vladimir Veremeenko
Vladimir Veremeenko
   #4. Forward Vladimir Veremeenko (208-84, agency: RU-Basket Management), who plays in the Russian PBL was not able to help Unics Kazan (5-8) in their last game on Sunday. Despite Veremeenko's good performance Unics Kazan was crushed 89-65 in St.Petersburg by the higher-ranked Spartak (#5). He scored 10 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be important. Veremeenko is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fourth year in Unics Kazan's roster. Veremeenko's overall stats this season are: 8.2ppg and 4.8rpg. He has a dual citizenship: Belarusian and Russian. Despite Veremeenko played previously for the Russian national team, he is currently in the Belarusian national team roster.

Heorhi Kandrusevich
Heorhi Kandrusevich
   #5. Former international forward Heorhi Kandrusevich (198-78, agency: New Trend Agency) contributed to an easy victory against the 12th-ranked Mykolaiv (11-25) 93-76 in the Ukrainian Superleague last Thursday. Kandrusevich scored 12 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 27 minutes. Ferro-ZNTU Zaporozhye (22-14) is placed fourth in the Superleague. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be extremely important. Kandrusevich has been at the team for four years. This season his overall stats are: 9.4ppg, 3.2rpg and 1.5apg in the 30 games. Despite Kandrusevich played previously for the Russian national team, he is currently in the Belarusian national team roster.

Sergey Karpov
Sergey Karpov
   #6. Forward Sergey Karpov (200-80), who plays in the Russian Superlaegue (second division) was not able to secure a victory for Sojuz Zaretchny (6-22) in their last game on Sunday. Despite Karpov's very good performance the bottom-ranked Sojuz Zaretchny was badly defeated 88-71 at home by the second-ranked Ataman. He was the top scorer with 28 points. Karpov also added 3 passes. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. Karpov's total stats this season are: 9.5ppg and 2.1rpg. Despite he played previously for the Russian national team, Karpov is also a former international player as he played for the Belarusian senior team two years ago.

Valentin Yurchyk
Valentin Yurchyk
   #7. Former international forward Valentin Yurchyk (207-87) couldn't help BC Nizhny Novgorod (2-13) in their game against CSKA Moscow (13-1) in the Russian PBL. He scored 7 points in only 9 minutes. The bottom-ranked BC Nizhny Novgorod was crushed 97-53 in Moscow by the leading CSKA. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. This year Yurchyk averages only 2.8ppg in the four games. Despite he played previously for the Russian national team, Yurchyk is currently in the Belarusian national team roster.

Dzianis Korshuk
Dzianis Korshuk
   #8. Forward Dzianis Korshuk (202-78, also represented by New Trend Agency) contributed to an easy victory against the league outsider Halychyna (7-29) crushing them 92-72 in the Ukrainian Superleague last Wednesday. He scored 7 points. BC Odessa (21-15) is placed sixth in the Superleague. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. Korshuk's total stats this season are: 7.2ppg, 3.3rpg and 1.4apg. Despite he played previously for the Russian national team, Korshuk is currently in the Belarusian national team roster.

Mikalai Aliakseyeu
Mikalai Aliakseyeu
   #9. International center Mikalai Aliakseyeu (212-78, agency: TSS Management, college: Buffalo) couldn't help Targu Mures (3-0) in their game against Rovinari (16-12) in the Romanian Division A. He scored 5 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 15 minutes. The league leader Targu Mures lost 80-85 on the opponent's court to the much lower-ranked (#8) Rovinari. Aliakseyeu's team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. This year Aliakseyeu's total stats are: 4.5ppg and 2.8rpg in the 25 games. He is also in the roster of the Belarusian national team.

Vladi Yeremishin
Vladi Yeremishin
   #10. Power forward Vladi Yeremishin (201-84), who plays in the Israeli National League (second division) couldn't help Lev Hasharon (7-17) in their last game on Tuesday. Despite Yeremishin's good performance Lev Hasharon was defeated 89-82 in Kfar Saba by the one of league's weakest teams Hapoel (#13). He scored 13 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. Yeremishin has averaged so far 5.7ppg and 4.3rpg. Despite he played previously for the Israeli university national team, Yeremishin is also an international player who is currently on the senior Belarusian National Team roster.

   #11. International guard Valery Gandlin (191-86), who plays in the Israeli National League (second division) couldn't help one of league's weakest teams Kiryat Tivon (12-12) in their last game. Despite his good performance Kiryat Tivon was edged 80-78 on their home court in Kiryat Tivon by the higher-ranked (#5) Hapoel Afula. Gandlin scored 11 points in 27 minutes. This year Gandlin has relatively solid stats: 12.4ppg, 1.4rpg and 2.5apg in the eight games. Despite he played previously for the Israeli national team, Gandlin is currently in the Belarusian national team roster.

   #12. Former international forward Aliaksandr Pustahvar (201-85, another player represented by RU-Basket Management) is a teammate of previously mentioned Valentin Yurchyk and both played together in the last Russian PBL game. Pustahvar couldn't help BC Nizhny Novgorod in their game against CSKA Moscow. He cannot count Sunday's game as one of the best ones. Pustahvar scored only 3 points. His team was crushed by 44 points 97-53. This season Pustahvar averages just 1.1ppg. He used to play for the Belarusian national team back in 2010.



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Standings - Division II

D2 Standings
 1. Waregem 20-6
 2. Gembo 19-7
 3. Kangar.-Boom 19-7
 4. Fleurus 19-7
 5. Excelsior 16-10
 6. St-Niklase 15-11
 7. Sprimont 14-12
 8. Essor Charleroi 13-13
 9. Sint-Jan Ant. 13-13
 10. M.Hainaut II 11-14
 11. Liege II 10-15
 12. De Westhoek 4-22
 13. Gistel 4-22
 14. Melsele 4-22

Regular Season: Round 27

Mar. 31: Waregem - Liege II 99-60
Apr. 1: Gembo - Sint-Jan Ant. 87-104
Mar. 30: Fleurus - Excelsior 84-69
Apr. 1: Gistel - Essor Charleroi 80-86
Mar. 31: Melsele - Kangor.-Boom 71-109
Mar. 30: M.Hainaut II - De Westhoek 62-57
Mar. 30: Sprimont - St-Niklase 100-78


Axel Hervelle selected the top Belgian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Axel Hervelle
Axel Hervelle
   #1. This week's number one is an international forward Axel Hervelle (205-83). He was the major contributor in a Gescrap BB's victory against the 13th-ranked Gran Canaria 2014 (11-16) 78-72 in the Spanish ACB in Sunday night's game. Hervelle scored 10 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 28 minutes on the court. Gescrap Bizkaia Bilbao Basket (15-12) is placed fifth in the ACB. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. This year Hervelle averages: 5.0ppg, 3.5rpg, 2FGP: 47.6%, 3FGP: 30.8% and FT: 51.6% in the 21 games he played so far. He is currently a member of the Belgian senior national team.

Ryan Hoover
Ryan Hoover
   #2. Second place goes to an experienced international guard Ryan Hoover (188-74, agency: SportsTalent, college: Notre Dame). Hoover led Fileni BPA to a victory against one of league's weakest teams S.Antimo (8-16) 89-77 in the Italian Lega2 (second division) last Sunday. He scored 20 points. Fileni BPA Jesi (13-11) is placed seventh in the Lega2. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. It's Hoover's first season with the team. Hoover has relatively good stats this year: 12.0ppg, 3.1rpg, 2.1apg, 1.4spg, 2FGP: 27.6%, 3FGP: 43.5% and FT: 96.5%(55-57). He is a naturalized American. Despite Hoover played previously for the USA national team, he is currently a member of the Belgian senior national team. Strangely Hoover has never played in Belgium.

Sam Van Rossom
Sam Van Rossom
   #3. The Belgian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international guard Sam Van Rossom (188-86), who plays in the Spanish ACB. He could not help CAI Zaragoza (14-13) to beat UCAM Murcia (9-18). Van Rossom scored 5 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 25 minutes. CAI Zaragoza lost 62-76 on the road to the lower-ranked (#16) UCAM Murcia. This year Van Rossom's overall stats are: 6.8ppg, 3.0rpg, 2.7apg, 2FGP: 56.7%(38-67), 3FGP: 32.4% and FT: 69.2% in the 27 games. He is also a member of the Belgian senior national team.

Marcus Faison
Marcus Faison
   #4. Guard Marcus Faison (196-78, college: Siena) contributed to Kryvbasbasket's victory against one of league's weakest teams Cherkasy (8-28) 93-79 in the Ukrainian Superleague in Tuesday night's game. Faison scored 15 points, grabbed 5 rebounds and dished 4 assists. Kryvbasbasket-Lux Kryvyi Rih (14-23) is placed tenth in the Superleague. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. Faison's total stats this season are: 7.8ppg, 4.6rpg, 1.8apg and 1.5spg. He is a naturalized American. Despite Faison played previously for the USA national team, he is currently in the Belgian national team roster. Faison used to play for TEC Spirou Charleroi in Belgian league.

Beye Tabu-Eboma
Beye Tabu-Eboma
   #5. International point guard Beye Tabu-Eboma (190-85) contributed to a 3-point Vanoli-Braga's victory against the closely-ranked Otto Caserta (10-15) 77-74 in the Italian SerieA last Sunday. He scored 12 points in 26 minutes. Vanoli-Braga Cremona (10-16) is placed 15th in the SerieA. This year Tabu-Eboma has relatively solid stats: 10.1ppg, 3.7rpg, 2.9apg and 1.2spg in the 26 games. Despite he played previously for the USA national team, Tabu-Eboma is currently in the Belgian national team roster.

Aleksander Lichodzijewski
Aleksander Lichodzijewski
   #6. Center Aleksander Lichodzijewski (202-84) was not able to help PBG Basket (10-24) in their game against Slask Wroclaw (21-13) in the Polish PLK. He scored 6 points, had 11 boards, dished 3 assists and stole 3 balls. The seventh-placed PBG Basket was defeated 78-73 at home by the leading Slask Wroclaw in the Group B. It was PBG Basket's third consecutive loss in a row. There are only four games left until the end of the Second Stage. So now every game will be important. Lichodzijewski has reliable stats this season: 11.6ppg, 5.5rpg and 1.4apg. Despite he played previously for the Polish national team, Lichodzijewski is also a former international player as he played for the Belgian senior team four years ago.

Yannick Driesen
Yannick Driesen
   #7. Former international center Yannick Driesen (215-88) was not able to secure a victory for Asefa Estudiantes (7-19) in their game against Cajasol (14-13) in the Spanish ACB. Driesen scored 6 points in only 13 minutes. Asefa Estudiantes lost 64-77 in Sevilla to the much higher-ranked (#8) Cajasol. It was Asefa Estudiantes' third consecutive loss in a row. This year Driesen's total stats are: 5.6ppg and 2.3rpg in the 20 games. Worth to mention he played also at Eurobasket Summer League, which helped him get the job in pro basketball. Despite he played previously for the Polish national team, Driesen is currently in the Belgian national team roster.

Dimitri Jorssen
Dimitri Jorssen
   #8. Power forward Dimitri Jorssen (212-79, college: Utah St.) contributed to Soleuvre's victory against the second-ranked Heffingen (9-14) 94-87 in the Luxembourg Diekirch League last Friday. He recorded 20 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. It was the game of the round between two top 3 ranked teams in group 7-10 places. AS Soleuvre (12-11) is placed second. Jorssen's team will play only one more game in the Second Stage. And now that game is quite important. Jorssen belongs to league's best blockers and is ranked #5. He has individually a very good season with high stats. Jorssen averages: 17.1ppg, 8.0rpg and 1.4apg. Despite he played previously for the Polish national team, Jorssen is currently in the Belgian national team roster.

Christopher Jones
Christopher Jones
   #9. Former international guard Christopher Jones (188-90), who plays in the Luxembourg Diekirch League couldn't help Amicale (10-13) in their last game. Despite his good performance Amicale lost 71-78 on their home court in Steinsel to the leading T71 in the 1-6 places group. Jones recorded 11 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists in 25 minutes. There are only three games left until the end of the Second Stage. Jones is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his sixth year in Amicale's roster. He is ranked first on the list of the most steals in the league with 2.5spg. This year Jones' other stats are: 11.8ppg, 5.1rpg and 2.4apg in the 23 games. Despite he played previously for the Luxembourg national team, Jones is currently in the Belgian national team roster.



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Decision coming soon on Bosnian Point Guard position for the National Team! - by Chris Mathieu

Decision coming soon on Bosnian Point Guard position for the National Team!
It appears the poorly kept secret is out; Bosnian National Team is looking at a few options for the point guard position on the National Team of BiH! Henry Domercant had possibly his best year in Europe this season but is getting older and the team is looking to possibly add some new legs to the team. Most likely candidates are Aaron Jackson and Tyrese Rice both would be excellent additions to the team. A breakdown of the three candidates


Aaron Jackson (193-G-86, college: Duquesne) Aaron Jackson Aaron had a breakout season in Spain and has excellent size and skill. He is a deadly shooter from the outside with a veterans game and the ability to run and team and get it into its offense. He would be a tough matchup for any team in Europe especially on a team with Mirza Teletovic.

Tyrese Rice (185-PG-87, agency: Priority Sports, college: Boston Coll.) Tyrese Rice Tyrese had a breakout season in Lithuania a ultra-quick point guard who led a surprising team from Lithuanian team this season. His combination of speed and ability to break down defenses is nearly impossible to defend. If you are not a disciplined defensive team he has the ability to kill you.

Henry Domercant (192-G-80, college: E.Illinois) had his best season as pro but isnt really a point guard even though he has a good handle. His cant really get his team into their offensive sets and struggles when they put a lot of pressure on his ball handling. He is still a very good player but needs someone next to him who can help distribute the ball.



D2 A1 Liga playoffs starting soon! - by Chris Mathieu

D2 A1 Liga playoffs starting soon!
D2 Bosnian playoffs start soon and it is looking like these four teams are going to fight it out for a chance to move up to D1 next year. Kakanja has the best chance to advance as they are undefeated this year. KK Gradina upgraded their team with the surprising first year player Nermin Hujdurovic who was seasoned in the US collegiate basketball system and played well in division 1 this year and recently signed with the team to boost their playoff chances. It is nearly impossible to get any info on Division two basketball in BiH even from the teams websites. Even more embarrassing is the fact D2 leader Kakanj doesnt even have a website anymore because it appears they didnt pay their web hosting fees!
KK KAKANJZ The team is put together with veteran division one talent and looks like an impossible out in this years playoffs barring an injury.
KK SPARS SARAJEVO Possibly the most talented team in Bih they recently gained clearance for the ultra-talented point guard Aleksej Nikolic. They are extremely young but rival Siroki Wwin talent wise.
KK GRADINA KOTEX TESANJ Safet Rizvanovic can score points in bunches and can win a game by himself. Hujdurovic will be a tough player to defend for these other teams in the playoffs.
PLAY OFF IPSA SARAJEVO A decent team with some veteran D1 castoffs and reject prospects, still has enough talent to prove a challenge in the playoffs.



Ante Masic's 37 points make him top Bosnia and Herzegovina player abroad of the week - by Eurobasket Center

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

Ante Masic
Ante Masic
   #1. This week's number one is an international forward Ante Masic (200-85, agency: Interperformances), who plays in the Croatian A1. Masic could not help KK Zagreb CO (3-1) in their last game on Tuesday. Despite his very good performance the fourth-placed KK Zagreb CO was crushed 106-78 at home by the higher-ranked KK Split (#3) in the Championship Group. Masic was the top scorer with 37 points. He also added 5 rebounds. But the season is still in it's first stage and everything can happen. Masic has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 16.7ppg, 3.0rpg, 2FGP: 62.5%, 3FGP: 52.9%(9-17) and FT: 81.3%. Despite Masic played previously for the Croatian national team, he is currently a member of the Bosnia and Herzegovina senior national team.

Bojan Bogdanovic
Bojan Bogdanovic
   #2. Second place goes to an international swingman Bojan Bogdanovic (203-89). Bogdanovic led Fenerbahce Ulker to a victory over the 13th-ranked Olin Edirne (7-18) crushing them 81-48 in the Turkish TBL on Saturday night. He was MVP of the game. Bogdanovic recorded 23 points and added 3 assists in 28 minutes. Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul (19-6) is placed fourth in the TBL. It was his team's seventh consecutive victory in a row. Bogdanovic has relatively good stats this year: 14.7ppg, 2.4rpg, 1.8apg, 2FGP: 59.1%(81-137), 3FGP: 37.1% and FT: 83.0% in the 25 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Bosnia and Herzegovina and Croatian. Despite Bogdanovic played previously for the Croatian national team, he is currently a member of the Bosnia and Herzegovina senior national team.

Mirza Teletovic
Mirza Teletovic
   #3. The Bosnia and Herzegovina player who performed third best last week abroad was an international forward Mirza Teletovic (206-85, agency: Beo Basket). Teletovic was the main contributor in a Caja Laboral's victory against one of league's weakest teams Asefa Estudiantes (7-19) 89-74 in the Spanish ACB in Sunday night's game. He was the best player in that game. Teletovic scored 22 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. Caja Laboral Vitoria (19-8) is placed third in the ACB. It's Teletovic's sixth season with the team. He is currently second on the league's list of top scorers and also on the list of best rebounders (fourth place). This season Teletovic has very high stats. He averages: 17.3ppg, 7.6rpg, 1.1apg, 2FGP: 52.6%, 3FGP: 36.8% and FT: 72.4%. Despite Teletovic played previously for the Croatian national team, he is currently a member of the Bosnia and Herzegovina senior national team.

Mirza Begic
Mirza Begic
   #4. Center Mirza Begic (217-85) contributed to a Real Madrid's victory against the ninth-ranked Unicaja Malaga (14-13) 64-51 in the Spanish ACB last Sunday. Begic was the top player that evening. He scored 14 points, had 7 rebounds and made 4 blocks in 27 minutes. Real Madrid (21-6) is placed second in the ACB. Begic is ranked fourth on the list of the best blockers in the league with 1.6bpg. This year he also averages: 5.8ppg and 4.3rpg in the 26 games. Begic is another player who holds two passports: Bosnia and Herzegovina and Slovenian. Despite he played previously for the Slovenian national team, Begic is currently in the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team roster.

Zoran Planinic
Zoran Planinic
   #5. International guard Zoran Planinic (199-82) helped Khimky win their game against the sixth-ranked Krasnie Krilya (7-8) 79-68 in the Russian PBL on Sunday night. He was the top player that evening. Planinic scored 14 points, had 6 boards, dished 6 assists and stole 3 balls. BC Khimky Moscow Region (13-2) is placed second in the PBL. It was his team's eighth consecutive victory in a row. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Planinic is ranked fifth on the list of the best passers in the league. He has very reliable stats this season: 13.3ppg, 4.3rpg, 4.5apg and 1.6spg. Planinic has both Croatian and Bosnia and Herzegovina nationalities. Despite he played previously for the Croatian national team, Planinic is currently in the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team roster.

Nihad Djedovic
Nihad Djedovic
   #6. Forward Nihad Djedovic (196-90, also represented by Beo Basket) helped Galatasaray win their game against the fifth-ranked Besiktas (18-7) 92-81 in a derby game in the Turkish TBL in Monday night's game. He was the top player that evening. Djedovic recorded 17 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists in 35 minutes. It was his first game for Galatasaray this season. His team is placed first in the TBL. Despite Djedovic played previously for the Croatian national team, he is also an international player who is currently on the senior Bosnia and Herzegovina National Team roster.

Damir Markota
Damir Markota
   #7. International power forward Damir Markota (210-85) is a teammate of previously mentioned Ante Masic. But that was another game of his team in Croatian A1 which we would like to mention. Markota helped KK Zagreb CO win their game against the eighth-ranked Svjetlost (0-4) crushing them 113-62. He was the top player that evening. Markota recorded 26 points (!!!) and grabbed 6 rebounds. KK Zagreb Croatia Osiguranje (3-1) is placed fourth in Championship Group. This season Markota has very high stats. He averages: 18.0ppg, 5.5rpg and 1.3apg. Despite Markota played previously for the Croatian national team, he is currently in the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team roster.

Kenan Bajramovic
Kenan Bajramovic
   #8. Forward Kenan Bajramovic (206-81) helped Banvit BK win their game against the ninth-ranked Turk Telekom (11-14) 82-76 in the Turkish TBL on Sunday night. Bajramovic had a double-double by scoring 13 points and getting 10 rebounds in 24 minutes. Banvit Basketbol Kulubu (20-5) is placed third in the TBL. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. This year Bajramovic has relatively solid stats: 10.8ppg, 4.8rpg and 1.5apg in the 24 games. Despite he played previously for the Croatian national team, Bajramovic is currently in the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team roster.

Henry Domercant
Henry Domercant
   #9. International guard Henry Domercant (192-80, college: E.Illinois), who plays in Russia was not able to help Unics Kazan (3-3) in their last game on Tuesday. Despite his very good performance Unics Kazan (#2) was defeated 67-56 on the road by the leading Regal FC Barcelona in the group G of Euroleague. Domercant was the top scorer with 19 points. Domercant is currently third on the list of top scorers. This season he has very high stats. Domercant averages: 15.5ppg, 3.7rpg and 1.6apg. He is a naturalized American. Despite Domercant played previously for the USA national team, he is currently in the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team roster. Strangely Domercant has never played in Bosnia.

Zlatko Jovanovic
Zlatko Jovanovic
   #10. Point guard Zlatko Jovanovic (181-84, another player represented by Beo Basket) helped Timisoara win their game against the closely-ranked Ploiesti (19-8) 99-92 in the Romanian Division A last Saturday. He was the top player that evening. Jovanovic scored 27 points (!!!) and added 3 assists (was perfect 5-for-5 from the free throw line) in 37 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. BC Timisoara (21-7) is placed second in the Division A. His team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And now that game is very crucial. Jovanovic has very impressive stats this year: 16.6ppg, 2.2rpg, 5.1apg and 1.1spg in the 26 games. Despite he played previously for the USA national team, Jovanovic is also a former international player as three years ago he still played for the Bosnia and Herzegovina senior national team.

   #11. An experienced former international guard Damir Mulaomerovic (195-74, agency: FCM) is a teammate of previously mentioned Ante Masic and both played together in the last Croatian A1 game. Mulaomerovic, who plays in the Croatian A1 was not able to secure a victory for KK Zagreb CO (3-1) in their last game on Tuesday. Despite his very good performance KK Zagreb CO (#4) was crushed 106-78 on their home court in Zagreb by the higher-ranked KK Split (#3) in the Championship Group. Mulaomerovic was the second best scorer with 15 points. He also added 4 rebounds and dished 6 assists. Mulaomerovic's overall stats this season are: 7.0ppg, 2.3rpg and 3.3apg. Despite he played previously for the Croatian national team, Mulaomerovic is currently in the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team roster.

   #12. Former international shooting guard Ivan Opacak (201-80), who plays in the Croatian A1 couldn't help Cedevita (3-1) in their last game. Despite his very good performance Cedevita (#2) lost 69-76 in a derby game to the leading Cibona in the Championship Group. Opacak was the top scorer with 17 points (went 5 for 5 at the free throw line) in 27 minutes. Opacak has reliable stats this year: 11.5ppg and 1.8rpg in the four games. Despite he played previously for the Croatian national team, Opacak is currently in the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team roster.

   #13. Former international guard Matija Ceskovic (192-81, agency: Court Side) helped Kvarner 2010 win their game against the fifth-ranked Borik Puntamika 77-74 in the Croatian A1 last Wednesday. He was the top player that evening. Ceskovic scored 27 points (!!!) and added 4 assists. Ceskovic is currently second on the list of top scorers and also on the list of best passers (fifth place). This season he has very high stats. Ceskovic averages: 18.6ppg, 1.7rpg, 3.4apg and 1.5spg. Despite he played previously for the Croatian national team, Ceskovic is currently in the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team roster.

   #14. International guard Ernest Bremer (194-80, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: St.Bonaventure) couldn't help Armani Milano in their game against Vanoli-Braga in the Italian SerieA. He scored 9 points, grabbed 6 rebounds and dished 4 assists in 24 minutes. His team lost 73-77. Bremer's stats this year are: 10.5ppg, 3.4rpg and 3.3apg in the eight games. He is a naturalized American. Despite Bremer played previously for the USA national team, he is currently in the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team roster. Bremer used to play for Bosna ASA BH Telecom Sarajevo in Bosnia and Herzegovina league.

   #15. International center Stanko Barac (217-86) helped Anadolu Efes win their game against the 14th-ranked Antalya 77-70 in the Turkish TBL in Saturday night's game. He recorded 10 points. Barac's overall stats this season are: 7.9ppg and 3.6rpg. Despite he played previously for the Croatian national team, Barac is currently in the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team roster.

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

   #1. Goran Suton (209-C-85, college: Michigan St.) led Cibona to a victory over the second-ranked Cedevita (3-1) 76-69 in a derby game in the Croatian A1 in Wednesday night's game. He was MVP of the game. Suton had a double-double by scoring 27 points and getting 10 rebounds. He also added and 6 steals in 28 minutes; quite an impressive performance considering it's only Suton's third season in pro basketball. It was the game of the round between two top 3 ranked teams in Group Championship. KK Cibona VIP Zagreb (4-0) is placed first in Championship Group. So far his team won all four games in the Second Stage. But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen. Suton has relatively good stats this year: 13.8ppg, 8.3rpg and 2.0spg in the four games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Bosnia and Herzegovina and Croatian. Despite Suton's Bosnia and Herzegovina passport, he previously played for the Croatian national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Bosnia and Herzegovina team.



Nihad Djedovic shines in his Galatasaray debut - by Eurobasket News

Nihad Djedovic (196-F-90, agency: Beo Basket) had an amazing debut for his new team Galatasaray. The Bosnian scoring machine paced Galata to 92-81 victory in a derby game against Besiktas. Djedovic stepped up with 17 points and was the best scorer in his team. He also added 5 assists and 4 rebounds. Thanks to this victory Galatasaray stays on top of the TBL standings, together with Anadolu Efes. Both teams have 21-4 record. Nihad Djedovic signed for Galatasaray last week from Acea Roma. He tallied 11.6 points, 3.8 rebounds and 1.6 assists per game in SerieA. Previously Nihad Djedovic had stints with UCAM Murcia, Obradoiro, Cornella, Barcelona and Bosna ASA BHT. Eurobasket.com named Nihad Djedovic All-Bosnia and Herzegovina League Player of the Year in 2007. He was also trumped All-Spanish LEB Silver Bosman Player of the Year in 2009. The forward is the member of Bosnia and Herzegovina National Team. He participated at 2011 EuroBasket. Nihad Djedovic posted 10.6 points, 4.8 rebounds and 1.2 assists per game in Lithuania. He played for Bosnian youth National Teams in the past.


League Six, Round 3: Igokea and Siroki stay perfect - by Eurobasket News

Igokea and Siroki WWin stay on top of the standings after three rounds of League Six. Igokea cruised past Varda on Saturday 39-65 getting 16 points from each Milos Komatina (205-FC-84) and Milan Dozet (204-SF-79). Nenad Djurdjevic (180-PG-87) had 8 points for the hosts, who faced with the second defeat and now have 1-2 record.
Siroki WWin handed 80-63 loss to Mladost for 3-0 score. Boris Barac (204-F-92) exploded for the hosts with 25 points and 8 rebounds. Visitors got 12 points and 8 boards from Milan Kezic (196-F-86). Mladost slipped to 1-2.
In the last game of Round Three, Bosna escaped with tiny 92-90 home win against Capljina. Both teams had 0-2 before this meeting. Sindis Demic (192-SF-83) scored 30 points for Bosna and Ramo Rizvic (200-F-87) had 23 points, plus 7 boards. Marko Jagodic Kuridza (204-C-87) answered with monster double-double of 27 points and 18 rebs.
Round Four is scheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday.



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Hilario Nene's double-double lands him Player of the Week award among Brazilians playing currently abroad. - by Eurobasket Center

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

Hilario Nene
Hilario Nene
   #1. This week's number one is former international center Hilario Nene (207-82), who plays in the NBA. He could not help the Washington Wizards (12-41) in their last game. Despite Nene's very good performance the Washington Wizards lost 89-93 on the road to the Indiana Pacers. He had a double-double by scoring 16 points and getting 13 rebounds (was perfect 6-for-6 from the free throw line) in 33 minutes on the court. Nene has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 14.8ppg, 9.3rpg, 2.2apg, 2FGP: 55.4%(36-65) and FT: 70.8% in the six games he played so far. Nene played for the Brazilian senior national team five years ago.

Vitor Faverani
Vitor Faverani
   #2. Second place goes to former international center Vitor Faverani (211-88), who plays in the Spanish ACB. He was not able to help Valencia Basket (15-12) in their last game on Sunday. Despite Faverani's very good performance Valencia Basket was defeated 76-72 in Barcelona by the leading Regal FC. He was the second best scorer with 16 points. Faverani also added 4 rebounds and made 2 blocks. Faverani's overall stats this season are: 7.1ppg, 3.4rpg, 2FGP: 57.1%(52-91), 3FGP: 18.8% and FT: 65.1%. He played for the Brazilian national team in 2007.

Marcelinho Huertas
Marcelinho Huertas
   #3. The Brazilian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international point guard Marcelinho Huertas (191-83, agency: Edge Sports). Huertas was the major contributor in a Regal FC Barcelona's victory against the closely-ranked Unics Kazan (3-3) 67-56 in the Euroleague on Tuesday night. He scored 9 points and added 4 assists in 23 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 2 ranked teams in group H. Regal FC Barcelona (6-0) is placed first. So far his team won all six games in the Quarter-Finals. Huertas is currently fourth on the league's list of best passers with 4.6apg. This year his other stats are: 8.1ppg, 2.2rpg, 1.1spg, 2FGP: 55.7%(34-61), 3FGP: 43.1% and FT: 83.3% in the 19 games. Huertas has a dual citizenship: Brazilian and Italian. Despite he played previously for the Italian national team, Huertas is currently a member of the Brazilian senior national team.

Tiago Splitter
Tiago Splitter
   #4. Power forward Tiago Splitter (211-85, agency: Interperformances) contributed to a San Antonio Spurs' victory against the Indiana Pacers (31-21) 112-103 in the NBA in Saturday night's game. He recorded 10 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. The San Antonio Spurs have a solid 36-14 record this season. It was his team's seventh consecutive victory in a row. It's Splitter's first year with the team. Splitter has relatively good stats this season: 9.2ppg, 5.1rpg and 1.2apg. He is another player who holds two passports: Brazilian and Spanish. Despite Splitter played previously for the Spanish national team, he is currently in the Brazilian national team roster.

Leandrinho Barbosa
Leandrinho Barbosa
   #5. Former international point guard Leandrinho Barbosa (190-82) led Indiana Pacers to an easy victory against the Miami Heat (37-14) 105-90 in the NBA last Monday. Barbosa scored 14 points in a mere 15 minutes. The Indiana Pacers have 31-21 record this season. This year Barbosa's overall stats are: 6.9ppg, 1.7rpg and 1.2apg in the nine games. Despite he played previously for the Spanish national team, Barbosa is currently in the Brazilian national team roster.

Rafael Hettsheimer
Rafael Hettsheimer
   #6. Center Rafael Hettsheimer (206-86), who plays in the Spanish ACB was not able to secure a victory for CAI Zaragoza (14-13) in their last game on Sunday. Despite his very good performance CAI Zaragoza was defeated 76-62 in Murcia by the lower-ranked UCAM (#16). Hettsheimer was the top scorer with 17 points. He also added 8 rebounds. Hettsheimer is currently sixth on the list of top scorers. He has very reliable stats this season: 14.7ppg and 6.7rpg. Despite Hettsheimer played previously for the Spanish national team, he is also an international player who is currently on the senior Brazilian National Team roster.

Joao Paulo Batista
Joao Paulo Batista
   #7. Former international power forward Joao Paulo Batista (207-81, college: Gonzaga) helped Le Mans win their game against the 13th-ranked Poitiers (8-16) 83-75 in the French ProA in Saturday night's game. Batista scored 10 points, had 8 rebounds and made 2 blocks in 21 minutes. Le Mans Sarthe Basket (16-8) is placed fifth in the ProA. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. Batista is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fourth year in Le Mans' roster. This season he has relatively solid stats: 14.3ppg, 5.8rpg and 1.5apg in the 24 games. Despite Batista played previously for the Spanish national team, he is currently in the Brazilian national team roster.

Hatila Passos
Hatila Passos
   #8. Center Hatila Passos (211-86, college: N.Mexico St.) led Hebraica to an easy victory against the leader Aguada (8-2) crushing them 85-60 in the Uruguayan LUB last Friday. Passos recorded a double-double by scoring 18 points and getting 19 rebounds. It was the game of the round between two top 3 ranked teams in Serie 1. Hebraica Macabi (9-1) is placed first. It was his team's ninth consecutive victory in a row. Passos belongs to league's best rebounders and is ranked #6. This season he has very good stats: 14.7ppg and 11.6rpg. Despite Passos played previously for the Spanish national team, he is currently in the Brazilian national team roster.

Raul Neto
Raul Neto
   #9. International point guard Raul Neto (186-92) managed to help Lagun Aro Gipuzkoa BC in a victory against the 12th-ranked Assignia Manresa (12-15) 79-74 in the Spanish ACB on Sunday night. Neto scored 5 points and added 6 assists in 15 minutes. Lagun Aro Gipuzkoa BC (16-11) is placed fourth in the ACB. This year Neto's total stats are: 5.7ppg, 1.9rpg and 2.0apg in the 27 games. He is also in the roster of the Brazilian national team.

Rafael Freire
Rafael Freire
   #10. Point guard Rafael Freire (188-92) helped Meridiano Alicante edge the third-ranked Caja Laboral (19-8) 72-71 in the Spanish ACB in Sunday night's game. Freire scored 7 points. Lucentum Alicante (15-12) is placed seventh in the ACB. Freire has averaged so far 5.8ppg, 1.6rpg and 1.6apg. Despite he played previously for the Spanish national team, Freire is also an international player who is currently on the senior Brazilian National Team roster.

   #11. Former international center Paulo Prestes (210-88) couldn't help Pieno Zvaigzdes in their game against Baltai Kaunas in the Lithuanian LKL. He scored 5 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 15 minutes. His team lost 71-79. Prestes has averaged so far 6.0ppg and 5.2rpg in the five games. He used to play for the Brazilian national team three years ago.

   #12. Former international swingman Jonathan Tavernari (198-87, college: BYU), who plays in the Italian Lega2 (second division) couldn't help Tuscany Pistoia (16-9) in their last game on Sunday. Despite Tavernari's good performance Tuscany Pistoia was badly defeated 95-76 in Barcellona by the lower-ranked Sigma (#5). He scored 10 points. Tavernari has averaged so far 9.7ppg, 3.7rpg and 1.7spg. Despite he played previously for the Italian national team, Tavernari is currently in the Brazilian national team roster.

   #13. Former international power forward Bruno Cavalcante (201-91, college: Peninsula JC) helped CAB Madeira win their game against one of league's weakest teams Terceira Basket crushing them 94-65 in the Portuguese LPB in Wednesday night's game. He scored 8 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 36 minutes. Cavalcante has averaged so far 1.7ppg and 2.1rpg in the 20 games. Despite he played previously for the Italian national team, Cavalcante is currently in the Brazilian national team roster.

   #14. Former international center Guilherme Gitterer (204-85), who plays in the Spanish LEB Silver (third division) couldn't help Gandia Basquet (5-16) in their last game on Saturday. Despite his very good performance Gandia Basquet was badly defeated 80-62 at home by the much higher-ranked Prat Juventud (#3). Gitterer was the top scorer with 15 points. He also added 7 rebounds. Gitterer has averaged so far 6.6ppg and 5.8rpg. Despite he played previously for the Spanish national team, Gitterer is currently in the Brazilian national team roster.

   #15. International center Lucas Nogueira (213-92) couldn't help Asefa Estudiantes in their game against Cajasol in the Spanish ACB. He scored only 4 points in 6 minutes on the court. His team lost 64-77. Nogueira has averaged so far 4.0ppg and 2.3rpg in the three games. He is also in the roster of the Brazilian national team.



Itabom/Bauru fails to reach final stage of Liga Americas - by Eurobasket News

Itabom/Bauru outplayed Bucaneros on Sunday 83-80 and avoided last place in Group E of the Liga Americas. Both teams had 0-2 before this meeting and both failed to reach the Final Four Tournament. Douglas Nunes (201-C-87) shined for the winners with 31 points and 11 rebounds (valuation 30). Gui Deodato (190-F-91) had 17 points and 6 rebs, while Larry Taylor (185-G-80, college: Missouri Western), was close to triple-double adding 14 points, 10 assists and 6 rebounds. In Bucaneros, Emilio Taboada delivered 18 points and Alejandro Barrios had 14. Quarters: 18-21, 14-14, 26-20, 25-25.
In the second game, Itabom/Bauru failed against Pioneros 68-73. Pioneros got 15 points and 5 rebounds from Christopher Hernandez. Ike Ofoegbu (10 rebs) and Robert Hornsby (8 rebs) helped their team with 13 points each. Itabom/Bauru got 26 points from Larry Taylor, while Jefferson Agba (209-F/C-80, college: Embry Riddle) (5 rebs) and Gui Deodato stopped to 12 points apiece. Quarters: 15-17, 18-14, 16-18, 19-24.
In the opening game of Group E, Itabom/Bauru faced with huge 38-74 loss to Obras. Tony Washam had 18 points and 5 rebounds in this huge win. Juan Gutierrez scored 11 points and grabbed 6 rebounds, while Darren Fells added 10 points and also 6 rebs. In Itabom/Bauru, Andrezao de Sousa (198-C-90) (6 rebs) and Larry Taylor scored 7 points each. Quarters: 14-23, 10-15, 6-17, 8-19.



Fab Melo will not return to Syracuse - by Eurobasket News

According to Draft Express, Fabricio Melo (7'0''-C-90) has signed with an agent and will not return to Syracuse next season. They tweeted, 'Fabricio Melo has signed with Arn Tellem, according to multiple sources, which means he obviously isn't returning to Syracuse, as expected.'

The news comes as a surprised to know one given the eligibility issues he's had this season. There are also rumors that his family could use some financial assistance. An NBA contract would certainly allow Melo to do that.

Fab is projected as a first round draft pick. You can't teach his size, and his potential is through the roof.

His departure leaves a hole in the middle for the Orange. That hole will likely be filled by Christmas, Keita, Coleman, or Nerlens Noel should he choose Syracuse.

Courtesy of www.nationoforange.com



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NBL Canada awards handed out at All-Star Breakfast - by Eurobasket News

The National Basketball League of Canada handed out two business awards, nine player awards and two playoff awards at the inaugural All-Star Breakfast in Halifax.

'We're pleased with the success of the League's inaugural season both on and off the court,' said Andre Levingston, NBL Canada President & CEO. 'These awards are an opportunity to celebrate our teams, executives and players, who have stepped up to the plate to make the 2011-12 season one that we can all be proud of.'

The Summerside Storm's Duncan Shaw picked up the Ian Fowler Executive of the Year award. Shaw led the Summerside through their inaugural season, bringing 56,467 fans through the Credit Union Place with an average of over 2,800 per game.

Shaw and his team ensured that the community was their main focus, visiting basketball fans from tip to tip on the Island, reading to almost 1000 children through their literacy program and helping to raise nearly $20,000 for a variety of local charities.

'This is fantastic, we have a fantastic group. My co-owner Darren, our staff, our players, our fans and our fan support has been incredible,' said Shaw. 'It means a lot to us because Billy Schurman, our GM, is a dear friend of Ian Fowler's, so it's very personal to us and we can't thank the League enough.'

Inaugural NBL Canada Champions, the London Lightning, were named Expansion Franchise of the Year for their exceptional club performance. General Manager Taylor Brown was integral to London's successful first season.

With their remarkable community engagement and support, the Lightning also drew over 2,000 fans per game and over 5,000 in game 5 of the finals, turning the Hockey town of London into basketball believers.

'It was an unbelievable season for the Lightning, we're extremely pleased with how the city embraced our team, and with the level of play and competition,' said Lightning Owner, Vito Frijia 'It was an unbelievable season and we can't wait for season two.'

All-Star Captains Joey Haywood (6'1''-G-84) from the Halifax Rainmen and Eddie Smith (6'2''-G-83, college: Ill.-Springfield) from the London Lightning each picked up an award.

Smith took home the Sixth Man of the Year award after starting in less than 50% of the games played and averaged 17.2 points per game for London, and led the Lightning with 60 steals in the regular season.

Haywood, a Vancouver native picked up the Canadian of the Year award for his impressive performance with the Halifax Rainmen this season with 13.9 points per game and 90 assists.

Al Stewart (5'10''-G-83, college: Drake) of the Summerside Storm was awarded Defensive Player of the Year, for his exception performance.

The Oshawa Power's Brandon Robinson (6'6''-F-89, college: Clayton St.) picked up Rookie of the Year. With 19.9 points per game and 715 total points for the 2011-12 season, Robinson was the League's top scorer and was also one of four players to be named NBL Canada Player of the Week multiple times.

NBL All-Playoff First Team includes: Gabe Freeman (6'6''-F-85, college: Costa Mesa JC), London Lightning; Eddie Smith, London Lightning; Chris Hagen, Halifax Rainmen; Royce Parran, Quebec Kebs and

Tim Ellis, London Lightning

NBL All-Playoff First Team includes: Tyrone Levett (6'5''-F-80, college: Alabama St.), Halifax Rainmen; Shamari Spears, London Lightning; Jermaine Blackburn, Saint John Mill Rats; Ralphy Holmes (6'4''-G-79, college: CS Fullerton), Quebec Kebs; and Shawn Daniels, London Lightning

Previously announced winners were London Lightning's Micheal Ray Richardson as Coach of the Year and Gabe Freeman as Rogers Communications Inc. MVP Regular Season and the Playoff MVP.

Also mentioned:

First Team All-NBL Canada includes Saint John's Anthony Anderson (5'11''-G-81, college: Massachusetts), London's Gabe Freeman, Quebec's Ralphy Holmes, Summerside's Mike Williams (6'7''-F/C-85, college: Cincinnati) and Halifax's Lawrence Wright (6'5''-F-84, college: Bradley).

Second Team All-NBL Canada includes London's Tim Ellis, Oshawa's Omari Johnson, Moncton's Trayvon Lathan, Halifax's Tyrone Levett and Oshawa's Brandon Robinson.

First team All-Defence includes Summerside's Al Stewart, London's Gabe Freeman, Quebec's James 'Boo' Jackson, Halifax's Tyrone Levett and Summerside's Mike Williams.

Second Team All-Defence includes Moncton's Boubacar Coly, London's DeAnthony Bowden, Halifax's Joey Haywood, Quebec's Ralphy Holmes and Moncton's Sylvania Watkins.

The inaugural All-Star game tips-off at 1PM AST today. For more information on the League's inaugural All-Star weekend, presented by Rogers Communications Inc., visit nblallstar.ca.


NBL Canada 2011-12 Awards

Ian Fowler Executive of the Year Award: Duncan Shaw, Summerside Storm

Selected by the Commissioner
Expansion Franchise Of The Year: London Lightning

Selected by President & CEO and Chief Operating Officer.
Coach of the Year: Micheal Ray Richardson, London Lightning
Awarded to the coach who wins the playoffs.


Player Awards:

Voted on by all seven NBL Canada Head Coaches.

Rogers Communications Most Valuable Player, Regular Season
Gabe Freeman, London Lightning

Sixth Man Of The Year (Started In Less Than 50% Of Games Participated)
Eddie Smith, London Lightning

Canadian Of The Year
Joey Haywood, Halifax Rainmen

Defensive Player Of The Year
Al Stewart, Summerside Storm

Rookie Of The Year
Brandon Robinson, Oshawa Power

First Team All-NBL Canada:
Anthony Anderson, Saint John Mill Rats
Gabe Freeman, London Lightning
Ralphy Holmes, Quebec Kebs
Mike Williams, Summerside Storm
Lawrence Wright, Halifax Rainmen

Second Team All-NBL Canada:
Tim Ellis, London Lightning
Omari Johnson, Oshawa Power
Trayvon Lathan, Moncton Miracles
Tyrone Levett, Halifax Rainmen
Brandon Robinson, Oshawa Power

First Team All-Defence:
Al Stewart, Summerside Storm
Gabe Freeman, London Lightning
James Jackson (6'9''-F-81, college: E.Michigan), Quebec Kebs
Tyrone Levett, Halifax Rainmen
Mike Williams, SUmmerside Storm

Second Team All-Defence:
Boubacar Coly, Moncton Miracles
DeAnthony Bowden, London Lightning
Joey Haywood, Halfiax Rainmen
Ralphy Holmes, Quebec Kebs
Sylvania Watkins, Moncton Miracles



Playoff Awards:

Playoff MVP: Gabe Freeman, London Lightning

NBL ALL-PLAYOFF FIRST TEAM
Gabe Freeman, London Lightning
Eddie Smith, London Lightning
Chris Hagen, Halifax Rainmen
Royce Parran, Quebec Kebs
Tim Ellis, London Lightning

NBL ALL-PLAYOFF SECOND TEAM
Tyrone Levett, Halifax Rainmen
Shamari Spears, London Lightning
Jermaine Blackburn, Saint John Mill Rats
Ralphy Holmes, Quebec Kebs
Shawn Daniels, London Lightning

Courtesy of NBL Canada



Team Haywood wins inaugural NBL Canada All-Star Game - by Eurobasket News

Team Haywood won the National Basketball League of Canada Rogers All-Star Game by a score of 164-155 in front of 2,603 fans.

Leading Team Haywood was the Oshawa Powers Brandon Robinson (6'6''-F-89, college: Clayton St.) with 38 points. Robinson was named the Most Valuable Player of the All-Star game. The Moncton Miracles Trayvon Lathan (6'7''-G-84, college: Chowan) had 27 points in Team Haywoods win, followed by Tyrone Levett (6'5''-F-80, college: Alabama St.) with 24.

Winning MVP of anything is a really great feeling, but winning the honour among players as talented as those we saw here today is extra special, said Robinson, Participating in All-Star Weekend was a great opportunity for me.

The Halifax Rainmens Lawrence Wright (6'5''-F-84, college: Bradley) led Team Smith with 29 points, followed by captain Eddie Smith (6'2''-G-83, college: Ill.-Springfield) with 19. NBL Canada MVP Gabe Freeman (6'6''-F-85, college: Costa Mesa JC) chipped in with 18 points, while Morgan Lewis added 16.

NBL Canada wishes to thank All-Star Weekend title sponsor, Rogers Communications Inc., for their dedication and support to making the weekend a tremendous success.

Courtesy of NBL Canada



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Dimayor Finals: Liceo is close to the title - by Daniel Valencia

CD Liceo Mixto de Los Andes took a huge lead in the Finals series against CD Universidad de Concepcion after weekend victories at home. On saturday night, Liceo took a big lead in the first half (55-33) and never looked back. The americans Dadridge and Wilkerson combined for 49 points. On sunday, Liceo dominated the game and despite the fourth quarter comeback from the visitors (31-21), they took the win. Anthony Danridge and Patricio Briones combined for 30 points in the victory.

Game 3

Liceo Mixto 104 - CD Universidad de Concepcion 76
Lic
: Anthony Danridge 28 pts. Howard Wilkerson 21 pts.
Ucon: Jason Keep 22 pts. Jorge Vasquez 13 pts.

Game 4

Liceo Mixto 91 - CD Universidad de Concepcion 84
Lic
: Anthony Danridge 20 pts. Patricio Briones 19 pts.
Ucon: Evandro Arteaga 21 pts. Jason Keep 19 pts.

Game 5 of the series will be played on wednesday night.



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Standings - D1

LBS Standings
 1. Barva 8-0
 2. Coopenae-USJ 7-1
 3. Sanatura D. 6-2
 4. Cartago 5-3
 5. Limon 3-5
 6. Liceo 2-6
 7. Grupo Babel 1-7
 8. Escazu 0-8


Barva ends first phase undefeated - by Gianni Pascucci

Ferreteria Brenes Barva, named 'hexacampenes' due to the last six seasons triumphs in a row, have ended undefeated the first phase of LBS-First Division. But the the record of Barva is now 8-0, after another win on the road, 105-72 over Limon. The other results of the 8th round were Liceo - Sanatura 63-101, Cartago - Perez Zeledon 92-82 and USJ ARBA - Escazu 90-52.
At the end of first phase, Luis Loria (190-G/F-85) (190-G/F-85), from Escazu, was the league top scorer with 15,0ppg and Yackie Acuna (190-F-80), from Perez Zeledon, was the best 3pts shooter



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Standings - NBL

NBL Standings
A1
 1. CEZ Nymburk 31-2 
 2. BK Prostejov 24-10 
 3. BK Decin 23-11 
 4. BK Pardubice 23-11 
 5. BC Kolin 22-22 
 6. USK Praha 16-17 
A2
 1. NH Ostrava 26-14 
 2. Levice 18-22 
 3. Svitavy 18-22 
 4. Chomutov 16-24 
 5. Usti n/Labem 15-25 
 6. Inter Bratislava 10-30 
 7. Plzen 10-30 
 8. B&W Opava 9-31 
Stage Two Standings

Second Stage: Round 8

A1

Mar. 31: USK Praha - BK Prostejov 83-82
Mar. 31: BK Pardubice - BC Kolin 79-73 OT
Mar. 31: CEZ Nymburk - BK Decin 73-28

A2

Mar. 28: NH Ostrava - Usti n/Labem 91-73
Mar. 31: Usti n/Labem - Levice 87-73
Mar. 28: Plzen - Chomutov 79-74
Mar. 31: Svitavy - Plzen 78-58
Mar. 28: Levice - Inter Bratislava 78-56
Mar. 31: Inter Bratislava - B&W Opava 68-85
Mar. 28: B&W Opava - Svitavy 66-75
Mar. 31: Chomutov - NH Ostrava 57-84

Second Stage: Round 9

Apr. 4: BK Pardubice - USK Praha
Apr. 3: BC Kolin - CEZ Nymburk
Apr. 4: BK Decin - BK Prostejov


Stats Leaders - NBL

Points Per Game
 Peter SEDMAK
  USK Praha
  (207-C-85)
  Avg: 20
 1. Sedmak, USK Praha20.0 
 2. Pope, Chomutov19.6 
 3. Grant, Levice18.8 
 4. McFadden, Usti n.18.5 
 5. Wright, Chomutov17.9 
 6. Hruban, USK Praha17.6 
 7. Lowery, Chomutov17.6 
 8. Houska, BK Decin15.4 
 9. Arnold, BK Pardu.15.0 
 10. Wilson, CEZ N.14.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Stanislav VOTROUBEK
  USK P.
  (212-C-81)
  Avg: 9.2
 1. Votroubek, USK P.9.2 
 2. Meno, Svitavy8.4 
 3. Pesic, Inter B.8.1 
 4. Gottselig, Usti n.8.0 
 5. Naymick, CEZ N.7.9 
 6. Arnold, BK Pardu.7.8 
 7. Gadri-N., BK Prost.7.6 
 8. Peterson, BK Prost.7.4 
 9. Houska, BK Decin7.0 
 10. Gavran, Inter B.6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Emanuel UBILLA
  Inter B.
  (188-G-86)
  Avg: 5.3
 1. Ubilla, Inter B.5.3 
 2. Deloach, Svitavy5.1 
 3. Wright, NH Ostrava4.8 
 4. Sotnar, USK Praha4.7 
 5. Vrubl, Plzen4.6 
 6. Wright, Chomutov4.6 
 7. Barnes, BC Kolin4.2 
 8. Ames, BC Kolin4.0 
 9. Sirina, B&W Opava4.0 
 10. Pope, Chomutov3.9 
Steals Per Game
 Rashaan AMES
  BC Kolin
  (184-PG-78)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Ames, BC Kolin2.7 
 2. Ubilla, Inter B.2.5 
 3. Wright, Chomutov2.4 
 4. McFadden, Usti n.2.2 
 5. Wright, NH Ostrava2.1 
 6. Klecka, B&W Opava1.9 
 7. Sirina, B&W Opava1.9 
 8. Lowery, Chomutov1.9 
 9. Pumprla, CEZ N.1.8 
 10. Abrams, CEZ N.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Andrew NAYMICK
  CEZ N.
  (211-C-85)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Naymick, CEZ N.1.6 
 2. Miklosik, B&W O.1.4 
 3. Gadri-N., BK Prost.1.3 
 4. Hughes, NH Ostrava1.2 
 5. Reese, Usti n.1.0 
 6. Williams, BK Decin1.0 
 7. Grant, Levice1.0 
 8. Arnold, BK Pardu.0.8 
 9. Pumprla, CEZ N.0.8 
 10. Meno, Svitavy0.8 


NBL Round 8 of Second Stage - by Eurobasket News

BC Kolin (#5) forced the game against BK Pardubice (#4) into an overtime, but lost by six points 73-79 on Saturday night. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of BC Kolin. The game was dominated by American players. The best player for the winners was Maurice Hampton who scored 17 points. BK Pardubice (23-11) moved-up to third place in A1, which they share with BK Decin. BC Kolin at the other side keeps the fifth position with 22 games lost. BK Pardubice will face USK Praha (#6) at home in the next round. BC Kolin will play against the league's leader CEZ Nymburk.

Rest of the games of round 8 were quite predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
In A1 BK Prostejov was defeated by USK Praha in a road game 83-82. CEZ Nymburk smashed BK Decin at home 73-28.
In A2 Svitavy won against B&W Opava on the opponent's court 75-66. Levice outscored Inter Bratislava in a home game 78-56. Usti n/Labem recorded a loss to NH Ostrava on the road 91-73. Plzen defeated Chomutov on its own court 79-74. Plzen was smashed by Svitavy in Svitavy 78-58. Chomutov was destroyed by NH Ostrava at home 57-84. Levice unfortunately lost to Usti n/Labem on the opponent's court 73-87. Inter Bratislava recorded a loss to B&W Opava in a home game 68-85.
The best stats of 8th round was 29 points and 6 rebounds by Stanislav Votroubek of USK Praha.


Group A1
USK Praha - BK Prostejov 83-82

There was an upset when second-ranked BK Prostejov (24-10) was edged on the road by sixth ranked USK Praha (16-17) 83-82 on Saturday. BK Prostejov was trailing by 3 points at halftime but managed to get 4-point lead after three quarters before a 28-23 charge of USK Praha, which allowed them to win the game. The best player for the winners was the former international forward Vojtech Hruban (202-89) who scored 21 points. Forward Jiri Slavik (203-89) chipped in 14 points. Four USK Praha players scored in double figures. American power forward Travis Peterson (208-85, college: Samford, agency: Edge Sports) produced 22 points and 7 rebounds and Slovenian point guard Matej Venta (187-84) added 13 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists respectively for the guests. USK Praha maintains sixth position in A1 with 16-17 record. BK Prostejov at the other side keeps the second place with ten games lost. USK Praha will face higher ranked BK Pardubice (#4) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. BK Prostejov will play against BK Decin and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
BK Prostejov: T.Peterson 22+7reb+1ast, J.Smith 15+3reb+4ast, M.Venta 13+7reb+4ast, B.Gadri-Nicholson 7+7reb+2ast, V.Bratcenkov 7+5reb, D.Pandula 7+1ast
USK Praha: V.Hruban 21+3reb, P.Sedmak 16+2reb+1ast, J.Slavik 14+4reb+2ast, S.Votroubek 12+7reb, M.Mares 8+5reb+1ast, M.Sotnar 5+3reb+9ast
gschID: 168597


CEZ Nymburk - BK Decin 73-28

No shocking result in a game when first ranked CEZ Nymburk (31-2) smashed at home 3rd ranked BK Decin (23-11) 73-28 on Saturday. The game without a history. CEZ Nymburk led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding BK Decin to just 3 points in second and fourth quarters and to 12 points in second half. CEZ Nymburk held BK Decin to an opponent 18.0 percent shooting from the field compared to 46.8 percent accuracy of the winners. CEZ Nymburk had a 35-24 advantage in offensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was American forward Lamayne Wilson (204-80, college: Troy) who scored 20 points and 5 rebounds. The former international power forward Petr Benda (203-82, agency: Court Side) chipped in 8 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. Bosnian forward Admir Alic (198-84) produced 8 points and 5 rebounds and the former international center Jakub Houska (206-82) added 2 points and 8 rebounds respectively for the guests. 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 in A1 with 31-2 record. BK Decin at the other side keeps the third place with 11 games lost. CEZ Nymburk will face BC Kolin (#5) on the road in the next round. BK Decin will play against the league's second-placed BK Prostejov and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
BK Decin: A.Alic 8+5reb, J.Boyer 4+2reb, J.Bejcek 3, M.Soukup 3+6reb, T.Pomikalek 2+5reb, L.Stria 2+2reb+1ast
CEZ Nymburk: L.Wilson 20+5reb, A.Abrams 9+1reb+3ast, A.Naymick 8+7reb, L.Sokolovsky 8+3reb+1ast, P.Benda 8+8reb+4ast, P.Pumprla 7+3reb+3ast
gschID: 168598


BK Pardubice - BC Kolin 79-73 OT

BC Kolin (#5) forced the game against BK Pardubice (#4) into an overtime, but lost by six points 73-79 on Saturday night. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of BC Kolin. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But BC Kolin won third quarter 19-9. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening, at least not yet. The game turned upside-down in the last quarter, where BC Kolin used huge pressure winning it 17-10 getting a tie at the end of regular time. They lost eventually overtime period 6-12. BK Pardubice forced 20 BC Kolin turnovers. BC Kolin was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. The game was dominated by American players. The best player for the winners was Maurice Hampton (188-84, college: Austin Peay St., agency: Two Points) who scored 17 points. Power forward Marcus Arnold (207-84, college: Illinois, agency: Stanley International) chipped in 13 points and 8 rebounds. Arnold is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Four BK Pardubice players scored in double figures. Guard Chadwick-Farrell Barnes (190-83, college: New Orleans) produced 19 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals and point guard Rashaan Ames (184-78, college: Shaw) added 16 points, 5 rebounds, 6 assists and 6 steals respectively for the guests. BK Pardubice (23-11) moved-up to third place in A1, which they share with BK Decin. BC Kolin at the other side keeps the fifth position with 22 games lost. BK Pardubice will face USK Praha (#6) at home in the next round. BC Kolin will play against the league's leader CEZ Nymburk.
Top scorers:
BC Kolin: C.Barnes 19+5reb+4ast, R.Ames 16+5reb+6ast, D.Machac 14+8reb+1ast, S.Licartovsky 9+2reb+1ast, S.Zuzak 6+3reb+1ast, R.Field 5+12reb
BK Pardubice: M.Hampton 17+4reb+3ast, Z.Pospisil 15+4reb+1ast, M.Arnold 13+8reb, T.Toth 11+3reb+1ast, J.Cernosek 9+6reb+1ast, P.Bohacik 7+8reb
gschID: 168599


Group A2
B&W Opava - Svitavy 66-75

Very expected game when 8th ranked B&W Opava (9-31) was defeated at home by third ranked Basketbal Svitavy (18-22) 75-66 on Wednesday. B&W Opava trailed by 16 points after 3 quarters before a 22-15 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 66-75 at the end of the game. The best player for the winners was Polish center Pawel Mroz (215-84) who scored 25 points (on 10-of-11 shooting from the field). Congolese-French forward Boris Meno (203-83, college: Davidson, agency: Two Points) chipped in a double-double by scoring 16 points and 10 rebounds. Forward Jakub Blazek (203-80) produced 8 points and 13 rebounds and guard Petr Dokoupil (191-88) added 15 points and 6 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Basketbal Svitavy moved-up to second place in A2, which they share with Levice. B&W Opava lost third consecutive game. They keep the eighth position with 31 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
B&W Opava: P.Dokoupil 15+6reb+1ast, P.Strnisko 11+2reb, R.Klecka 10+4reb+2ast, J.Blazek 8+13reb+1ast, J.Dihel 7+3reb+1ast, J.Sirina 6+1reb+1ast
Svitavy: P.Mroz 25+4reb+1ast, B.Meno 16+10reb+2ast, M.Deloach 8+7reb+8ast, L.Moravec 7+1reb+1ast, T.Macela 6+2reb+1ast, T.Teply 5+5reb+1ast
gschID: 168650


Levice - Inter Bratislava 78-56

Rather predictable result when second ranked Levice (18-22) outscored at home 6th ranked Inter Bratislava (10-30) 78-56 on Wednesday. The best player for the winners was American-German forward Adam Waleskowski (204-82, college: Florida St., agency: Court Side) who scored 19 points and 9 rebounds. American guard Keaton Grant (193-86, college: Purdue) chipped in 15 points and 8 rebounds. Four Levice players scored in double figures. Irish-Serbian power forward Mihajlo Pesic (206-81, agency: Court Side) produced a double-double by scoring 11 points and 11 rebounds and Puerto Rican-American guard Emanuel Ubilla (188-86, college: Fair Dickinson) added 12 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists respectively for the guests. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Levice maintains second position in A2 with 18-22 record having eight points less than leader NH Ostrava, which they share with Svitavy. Inter Bratislava lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the sixth place with 30 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Inter Bratislava: E.Ubilla 12+5reb+4ast, M.Pesic 11+11reb+1ast, S.Gavran 10+4reb, J.Musil 8+1ast, T.Durana 4+1reb, A.Kuffa 4+3reb
Levice: A.Waleskowski 19+9reb, K.Grant 15+8reb, M.Bernard 10+2reb+1ast, S.Modric 10+5reb+1ast, D.Marek 8+5ast, R.Urland 5
gschID: 168651


NH Ostrava - Usti n/Labem 91-73

Not a big story in a game when 5th ranked BK Usti nad Labem (15-25) was defeated on the road by first ranked NH Ostrava (26-14) 91-73 on Wednesday. NH Ostrava had a 36-24 advantage in offensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was power forward Martin Gniadek (202-90) who had a double-double by scoring 18 points and 10 rebounds. American center James Hughes (211-83, college: N.Illinois, agency: I.D.S. Law) chipped in 19 points and 7 rebounds. NH Ostrava's coach used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American forward Brad Reese (198-88, college: Texas Tech, agency: TM Sports) produced 15 points and 9 rebounds and power forward Jaroslav Tyrna (208-86, college: New Orleans) added 11 points and 8 rebounds respectively for the guests. Five NH Ostrava and four BK Usti nad Labem players scored in double figures. NH Ostrava have an impressive 13-game winning streak. They maintain first position in A2 with 26-14 record. Newly promoted BK Usti nad Labem keeps the fifth place with 25 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Usti n/Labem: B.Reese 15+9reb+1ast, T.McFadden 13+3reb+3ast, S.Reinberger 12+5reb, J.Tyrna 11+8reb+2ast, J.Holanda 6+2reb, T.Hruby 6+6reb
NH Ostrava: J.Hughes 19+7reb+1ast, M.Gniadek 18+10reb, L.Jurecka 14+1reb+1ast, R.Luettgerodt 11+4reb+1ast, D.Wright 10+4reb+9ast, S.Manousos 7+5reb+1ast
gschID: 168652


Plzen - Chomutov 79-74

There was a small surprise when seventh ranked BK Loko Plzen (10-30) won against at home 4th ranked Levharti Chomutov (16-24) 79-74 on Wednesday. BK Loko Plzen dominated down low during the game scoring 60 of its points in the paint compared to Levharti Chomutov's 40. They outrebounded Levharti Chomutov 46-35 including 37 on the defensive glass. Levharti Chomutov was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. The best player for the winners was forward Ladislav Toth (196-83) who had a double-double by scoring 19 points and 12 rebounds. Forward Ladislav Pecka (197-91) chipped in a double-double by scoring 20 points and 11 rebounds (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field). American guard Rob Lowery (188-87, college: Dayton) produced 17 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists and forward Jakub Krakovic (205-90) added 19 points and 5 rebounds respectively for the guests. Four Levharti Chomutov players scored in double figures. BK Loko Plzen moved-up to sixth place in A2, which they share with Inter Bratislava. Newly promoted Levharti Chomutov keeps the fourth position with 24 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Chomutov: J.Krakovic 19+5reb+2ast, R.Lowery 17+7reb+6ast, P.Pope 12+10reb+2ast, V.Sucharda 10+5reb+1ast, P.Hemmy 7+1reb+1ast, Z.Hanzlik 3+3reb+3ast
Plzen: L.Pecka 20+11reb+1ast, L.Toth 19+12reb+1ast, S.Vrubl 11+3reb+9ast, F.Smid 9+7reb+1ast, J.Suchy 8+1reb, J.Kovanda 6+6reb
gschID: 168653


Svitavy - Plzen 78-58

There was no surprise when 7th ranked BK Loko Plzen (10-30) was crushed on the road by third ranked Basketbal Svitavy (18-22) 78-58 on Saturday. The game without a history. Basketbal Svitavy led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Basketbal Svitavy outrebounded BK Loko Plzen 52-39 including a 39-27 advantage in defensive rebounds. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Basketbal Svitavy made 7 blocks. The best player for the winners was Congolese-French forward Boris Meno (203-83, college: Davidson, agency: Two Points) who had a double-double by scoring 10 points and 11 rebounds. point guard Tomas Macela (179-88) chipped in 8 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists. Forward Ladislav Pecka (197-91) produced 12 points and 6 rebounds and power forward Jaroslav Kovanda (204-82) added 10 points and 7 rebounds respectively for the guests. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Basketbal Svitavy moved-up to second place in A2, which they share with Levice. Loser BK Loko Plzen dropped to the sixth position with 30 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Plzen: L.Pecka 12+6reb, J.Kovanda 10+7reb, M.Kozlik 7+8reb+2ast, K.Ausprunk 7+3reb, T.Kubiznak 6+1reb, F.Smid 5+4reb
Svitavy: J.Sedlak 15+5reb+1ast, B.Meno 10+11reb+2ast, M.Deloach 8+5reb+2ast, T.Macela 8+5reb+8ast, L.Sindelar 8+5reb, P.Milos 8+2reb
gschID: 168654


Chomutov - NH Ostrava 57-84

No shocking result in a game when first ranked NH Ostrava (26-14) smashed on the road 4th ranked Levharti Chomutov (16-24) 84-57 on Saturday. The guests trailed by 16 points after three quarters before their 84-57 charge, which allowed them to win the game. NH Ostrava forced 23 Levharti Chomutov turnovers and outrebounded them 35-22 including 26 on the defensive glass. The best player for the winners was point guard Adam Ciz (190-91) who scored 11 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Greek power forward Savvas Manousos (208-85) chipped in 14 points and 7 rebounds. Forward Jakub Krakovic (205-90) produced 17 points and 6 rebounds and center Jan Stepanek (204-83) added 14 points respectively for the hosts. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. NH Ostrava have an impressive 13-game winning streak. They maintain first position in A2 with 26-14 record. Newly promoted Levharti Chomutov keeps the fourth place with 24 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Chomutov: J.Krakovic 17+6reb+3ast, J.Stepanek 14+1reb, F.Sahan 8+2reb, Basta 7+1reb+2ast, J.Kozubik 4+4reb, M.Jakes 4+1reb+2ast
NH Ostrava: S.Manousos 14+7reb, A.Ciz 11+6reb+4ast, M.Gniadek 10+6reb, M.Stuchly 9, R.Luettgerodt 8+2reb+1ast, J.Aleksejevs 8+6reb
gschID: 168655


Usti n/Labem - Levice 87-73

There was a minor upset when second-ranked Levice (18-22) was defeated on the road by fifth ranked BK Usti nad Labem (15-25) 87-73 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by BK Usti nad Labem. Levice was better in fourth quarter 16-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. BK Usti nad Labem made 23-of-29 free shots (79.3 percent) during the game. The best player for the winners was American guard Thaddeus McFadden (188-87, college: Fairmont St., agency: Stanley International) who scored 18 points and 7 assists. Forward Stepan Reinberger (200-81) chipped in 14 points and 8 rebounds. Five BK Usti nad Labem players scored in double figures. American guard Keaton Grant (193-86, college: Purdue) produced 16 points and 8 rebounds and British center Michael Bernard (205-78, college: S.Florida) added 11 points respectively for the guests. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Newly promoted BK Usti nad Labem maintains fifth position in A2 with 15-25 record. Loser Levice keeps the second place with 22 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Levice: K.Grant 16+8reb+2ast, M.Bernard 11+4reb+1ast, J.Vojtek 10+3reb, C.Hallett 9+1reb+1ast, A.Waleskowski 7+3reb, S.Galvez E. 6+2reb+3ast
Usti n/Labem: T.McFadden 18+3reb+7ast, S.Reinberger 14+8reb+1ast, B.Reese 12+4reb, T.Hruby 11+5reb+1ast, J.Tyrna 10+10reb+1ast, J.Holanda 8+1reb+2ast
gschID: 168656


Inter Bratislava - B&W Opava 68-85

There was a small surprise when eighth ranked B&W Opava (9-31) beat on the road 6th ranked Inter Bratislava (10-30) 85-68 on Saturday. The guests trailed by 11 points after first quarter, but they stormed back and won the game by 17 points. B&W Opava dominated on the defensive end, holding Inter Bratislava to just 5 points in third quarter. They made 25-of-31 free shots (80.6 percent) during the game. B&W Opava forced 26 Inter Bratislava turnovers. Inter Bratislava was plagued by 30 personal fouls down the stretch. The best player for the winners was forward Martin Vanak (200-87) who scored 26 points and 5 rebounds. Forward Jakub Blazek (203-80) chipped in 17 points and 5 rebounds. Irish-Serbian power forward Mihajlo Pesic (206-81, agency: Court Side) produced a double-double by scoring 15 points and 10 rebounds and Bosnian center Stjepan Gavran (206-78) added 16 points respectively for the hosts. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. B&W Opava maintains eighth position in A2 with 9-31 record. Inter Bratislava lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the sixth place with 30 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Inter Bratislava: S.Gavran 16+4reb+3ast, M.Pesic 15+10reb+1ast, E.Ubilla 9+3reb+6ast, M.Zilik 8+3reb+1ast, M.Trivunovic 7+1reb, A.Kuffa 5+3reb
B&W Opava: M.Vanak 26+5reb, J.Blazek 17+5reb+3ast, R.Klecka 10+4reb+1ast, J.Sirina 8+10ast, P.Dokoupil 8+4reb+3ast, M.Galata 7+2reb
gschID: 168657



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  DENMARK   

Stats Leaders - Basketligaen

Points Per Game
 Ryan WHITE
  Aalborg
  (177-PG-88)
  Avg: 24.9
 1. White, Aalborg24.9 
 2. Harris, Horsens IC24.6 
 3. Alexander, Bakken22.5 
 4. Henry, Naestved21.9 
 5. Rutherford, SISU21.0 
 6. Curry, Aabyhoj20.7 
 7. Bishop, Aalborg19.0 
 8. Rasmussen, Vaerl.18.8 
 9. Sprinker, Vaerlose17.3 
 10. Kingsley, Svendbo.16.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 D''Mario CURRY
  Aabyhoj
  (201-F-85)
  Avg: 11.6
 1. Curry, Aabyhoj11.6 
 2. Bishop, Aalborg11.3 
 3. Glynn, Naestved10.6 
 4. St.John, Horsens10.2 
 5. Phillips, Aabyhoj8.6 
 6. Vinson, Svendborg8.4 
 7. Osgood-R., Vaerlose8.4 
 8. Benjamin, Horsholm8.3 
 9. Ba, Falcon8.2 
 10. Johansen, Naestv.8.1 
Assists Per Game
 Davor SATTLER
  Horsens IC
  (185-G-86)
  Avg: 5.4
 1. Sattler, Horsens IC5.4 
 2. Henry, Naestved5.1 
 3. White, Aalborg4.9 
 4. Delk, Vaerlose4.6 
 5. Colman, Svendborg4.4 
 6. Fields, Falcon3.9 
 7. McFarlane, Falcon3.9 
 8. Darboe, Svendborg3.6 
 9. Nielsen, SISU3.6 
 10. Curry, Aabyhoj3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Corin HENRY
  Naestved
  (180-PG-88)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Henry, Naestved3.5 
 2. Wire, Vaerlose2.9 
 3. White, Aalborg2.8 
 4. Dennis, SISU2.6 
 5. Bishop, Aalborg2.3 
 6. Fields, Falcon2.1 
 7. Sattler, Horsens IC2.0 
 8. Nielsen, SISU1.9 
 9. Curry, Aabyhoj1.8 
 10. McFarlane, Falcon1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Bonell COLAS
  Horsholm
  (205-F-82)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Colas, Horsholm1.7 
 2. Curry, Aabyhoj1.7 
 3. Phillips, Aabyhoj1.6 
 4. Christoffers., Bak.1.6 
 5. Bishop, Aalborg1.6 
 6. Vinson, Svendborg1.3 
 7. Sprinker, Vaerlose1.2 
 8. Marinkovic, Horsho.1.1 
 9. Eleraky, Aalborg0.9 
 10. Delk, Vaerlose0.8 


Bears eliminate Horsens, advance to Ligaen Finals - by Eurobasket News

Bakken - Horsens IC 93-85 (3-0)
Bakken Bears celebrated third straight win against Horsens ending the series with perfect 3-0. It means that the Bears advanced to Ligaen Finals and now they wait for the winner of Svendborg - Nastved series. It looked good early as Horsens IC took an 13-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Bakken took control and eventually winning the game that evening by 8 points. Horsens IC was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a quality performance for American guard Joshua Alexander (193-87, college: SF Austin) who led the winners and scored 48 points (!!!) and 9 rebounds. The former international power forward Nicolai Iversen (205-80, college: San Jose City JC) accounted for 16 points and 10 rebounds for the winning side. Bakken's coach Philip Dejworek allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American forward Will Harris (198-86, college: Albany) came up with 37 points (!!!), 8 rebounds and 4 assists (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line) and Slovenian guard Davor Sattler (185-86, agency: Global Sports Plaza) added 12 points and 7 assists respectively for Horsens IC in the defeat. Baken Bears are the defending champions. They already won the Cup trophy this season.
Top scorers:
Bakken: J.Alexander 48+9reb+3ast, N.Iversen 16+10reb+1ast, A.Jakobsen 14+6reb+4ast, C.Christoffersen 8+4reb+1ast, M.Dejworek 5+4reb, J.Jensen 2+1reb
Horsens IC: W.Harris 37+8reb+4ast, D.Sattler 12+3reb+7ast, C.Lindberg 12+1reb, H.Schur 8+5reb, M.Sakne 6+2reb, M.St.John 6+15reb




Svendborg - Naestved 79-69 (2-1)
Svendborg is one win away from the Finals. Fourth game is scheduled for Thursday and Nastved will be the host. If necessary, teams will meet again on April 9. The hosts were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. It was a great evening for the former international guard Adama Darboe (190-86) who led his team to a victory scoring 22 points. American forward Matthew Kingsley (206-86, college: SF Austin) helped adding 21 points and 5 rebounds (on 10-of-12 shooting from the field). The best for the losing side was the former international power forward Peter Johansen (205-80) with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 10 rebounds and American forward Jordan Glynn (200-89, college: SF Austin, agency: I.D.S. Law) produced a double-double by scoring 14 points and 13 rebounds. Four Naestved players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Svendborg: A.Darboe 22+2reb+2ast, M.Kingsley 21+5reb, C.Colman 10+4reb+8ast, C.Magaard 9+4reb, D.Vinson 7+5reb+1ast, M.Plannthin 5+4reb+2ast
Naestved: P.Johansen 21+10reb+2ast, C.Henry 18+2reb+5ast, J.Glynn 14+13reb, N.Brasas 11+3reb+1ast, L.Hoirup 3+1reb+1ast, M.Hoirup 2+1reb



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Standings - LIDOBA

SRT Standings
 1. Plaza 8-3 
 2. Capitanes 7-2 
 3. CDP 5-5 
 4. GUG 4-6 
 5. Cupes 3-6 
 6. Sameji 3-8 

Regular Season: Round 10

Apr. 3: GUG - Capitanes
Apr. 3: Plaza - CDP
Apr. 4: CDP - GUG
Apr. 4: Sameji - Plaza



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2011-12 Eurocup Coach of the Year: Jure Zdovc, Spartak St. Petersburg - by Eurobasket News

Euroleague Basketball is honored to announce that Jurij Zdovc of Spartak St. Petersburg, who took his team all the way from the qualifying round to the finals, has been chosen as the 2011-12 Eurocup Coach of the Year. In his first season on Spartak's bench, Zdovc has led the club to the Eurocup Finals in Khimki, Russia on April 14 and 15, with the chance to lift its first continental trophy since 1975. Spartak had a near-perfect Eurocup season, sweeping its qualifying-round series and winning its regular season and Last 16 groups, losing just one game out of 14. Spartak went on to finish the job by becoming the first team to sweep its two-game quarterfinals series, reaching the finals with a superb 15-1 record since the start of the qualifying rounds. Zdovc has been able to put together a team in which everyone has played a key role throughout the season. He has also turned Spartak into the best defensive team in the competition, allowing just 65.8 points per Eurocup game, and the second in the competition's decade-long history to reach the semifinals with just one defeat.

As such, Zdovc becomes the fourth winner of the annual award, which was introduced in the 2008-09 season. The previous winners were Oktay Mahmuti of Benetton Basket in 2009, Ilias Zouros of Panellinios in 2010 and Aleksandar Petrovic of Cedevita Zagreb last season.

The Eurocup Coach of the Year is part of an expanded awards structure meant to enhance the recognition of the finest Eurocup players and coaches for their efforts throughout the season. Euroleague Basketball and its in-house experts will also select the 2011-12 Eurocup Rising Star, as well as players for the All-Eurocup first and second teams and the Eurocup MVP. The Eurocup Finals MVP award will go the best player at that event as voted by accredited journalists in attendance during the title game.

Coach Zdovc, who signed a three-year deal with Spartak last summer, quickly made Spartak take care of business in the Eurocup Qualifying Round, downing Cypriot League champion Etha Engomi 59-60 in Game 1 and sweeping the series with a 83-64 road triumph behind 26 points from Patrick Beverley. Spartak went on to win all six of its regular season games despite being in a tough group featuring two teams from last season's Eurocup Finals - Cedevita of Croatia and Benetton Basket of Italy - and an emerging power like FC Bayern Munich of Germany. Loukas Mavrokefalidis had 23 points to lead Spartak to a 78-87 road win against Benetton. Spartak clinched first place with a 68-73 win against Cedevita with 16 points from Vladimir Dragicevic. Spartak advanced to play in a balanced Last 16 group featuring Buducnost Voli of Montenegro, Banvit BK of Turkey and Krka Novo Mesto of Slovenia. Spartak beat Buducnost 57-65 in its Last 16 opener behind 25 points from Beverley and then Banvit 80-71 with 29 points from Mavrokefalidis as both players earned weekly MVP honors. Two victories over Krka featured outstanding defense and a balanced offense. By the time Spartak downed Buducnost 70-64 in Game 5, it had clinched first place in its Last 16 group. In the quarterfinals, Spartak was the only team to win Game 1 on the road, beating Czech powerhouse CEZ Nymburk 64-68 behind 19 points from Beverley. Spartak completed its road to the Eurocup Finals with a no-doubt-about-it 86-71 home triumph against Nymburk as Yotam Halperin shined with 19 points and 7 assists. Spartak's only defeat came in Last 16 Game 6, when the team had already clinched first place. Nonetheless, its 15-1 record now makes Spartak just the second team with only one defeat heading into the Eurocup semifinals, after 2007-08 champion DKV Joventut Badalona of Spain.

Zdovc, age 45, knows what it means to be successful in European and world basketball. As a player, Zdovc won the Euroleague title with Limoges of France in 1993, as well as EuroBasket and a World Championships titles with the former Yugoslavia. As a head coach, Zdovc had a strong start, leading Split to the Croatian Cup title in 2004. He also coached Geoplin Slovan of Slovenia, Iraklis in Greece and Bosna ASA BH Telecom Sarajevo, which he led to the Bosnia and Herzegovina League title in 2008. Zdovc then joined Union Olimpija, where he had previously played for 11 seasons. In his three seasons on the Olimpija bench, Zdovc led the team to a Slovenian League title, three Slovenian Cup trophies, an Adriatic League title game and a Euroleague Top 16 appearance between 2009 and 2011. Now, the best might be yet to come for Zdovc, who has Spartak just two victories away from lifting the Eurocup trophy, which would also take Spartak to the 2012-13 Turkish Airlines Euroleague!



Previous winners of the Coach of the Year award:
2010-11 Aleksandar Petrovic - Cedevita Zagreb
2009-10 Ilias Zouros - Panellinios BC
2008-09 Oktay Mahmuti - Benetton Basket

Courtesy of www.eurocupbasketball.com



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Fenerbahce bring in Morris Finley - by Eurobasket News

Fenerbahce strengthened their backcourt. They agreed on terms of contract with Morris Finley (180-G-81, agency: Two Points, college: UAB). The guard has not yet played this season. Last season Morris Finley spent in Italy. He played for Armani Jeans Milano. The guard posted 11.0 points, 3.2 assists, 1.7 rebounds and 1.1 steals per game in Euroleague. In SeriaA Morris Finley registered 9.4 points, 2.7 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.2 steals per appearance. Previously Morris Finley had stints with Montepaschi Siena, Rieti, Liege Basket, Olimpia Larisa, Mornar Bar. Morris Finley was Italian League, Cup and SuperCup winner. He also played in Belgian League semis with Liege.


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Ville Kaunisto extends with Blois - by Eurobasket News

Ville Kaunisto (204-F-82) has agreed on terms of contract extension with Blois. The Finnish forward joined the NM1 side during the season. He averages 18.5 points, 11.8 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.5 steals per game in NM1 League. He helped Blois at 18-10 record in the 7th current position in the league. Last season Ville Kaunisto played for Kouvot. His stats read 13.9 points, 10.6 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 1.1 steals per appearance. Eurobasket.com named the forward All-Finnish Korisliiga Domestic Player of the Year. Previously Ville Kaunisto had stints with Oviedo, Tarragona, BBC Nyon, Sevilla, Qalat Caja Sol, Limoges, Jesi, Fribourg, Salon Vilpas and Turku. The forward was the member of Finnish National Team in 2003 and 2004. Eurobasket.com named Ville Kaunisto All-French N1 Bosman Player of the Year in 2006.


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Stats Leaders - Superleague

Points Per Game
 Dime TASOVSKI
  Lirija
  (200-F-80)
  Avg: 19.2
 1. Tasovski, Lirija19.2 
 2. Tasovski, Rabotnic.17.7 
 3. Radunovic, Lirija17.7 
 4. Radulovic, Vardar17.5 
 5. Jelesijevic, Kuman.17.1 
 6. Karadzovski, Torus16.4 
 7. Gecevski, MZT S.16.1 
 8. Georgievski, Vardar15.5 
 9. Janjusevic, Kuman.15.3 
 10. Trajkovski, Torus15.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Dustin MITCHELL
  Lirija
  (206-F/C-)
  Avg: 8.2
 1. Mitchell, Lirija8.2 
 2. Reynolds, Torus S.7.7 
 3. Gecevski, MZT S.7.6 
 4. Cekovski, MZT S.7.3 
 5. Radunovic, Lirija7.3 
 6. Dahlman, MZT S.7.0 
 7. Nikolovski, Feni I.6.9 
 8. Jelesijevic, Kuman.6.6 
 9. Mikic, Kumanovo6.6 
 10. Knezevic, Feni I.6.5 
Assists Per Game
 Carlos MORBAN
  Lirija
  (187-G-82)
  Avg: 4.4
 1. Morban, Lirija4.4 
 2. Petrovski, Rabotni.3.6 
 3. Karadzovski, Torus3.6 
 4. Mijajlovic, MZT S.3.5 
 5. Kostoski, Kumanovo3.4 
 6. Tasevski, Vardar3.3 
 7. Frye, Feni Indistr.3.2 
 8. Samardziev, Feni I.3.2 
 9. Tomasevic, Kozuv2.9 
 10. Dimitrovski, Kozuv2.9 
Steals Per Game
 Dime TASOVSKI
  Rabotnicki
  (200-F-80)
  Avg: 2
 1. Tasovski, Rabotnic.2.0 
 2. Frye, Feni Indistr.2.0 
 3. Radunovic, Lirija1.8 
 4. Tasovski, Lirija1.5 
 5. Morban, Lirija1.4 
 6. Tasevski, Vardar1.3 
 7. Dimcevski, Torus S.1.3 
 8. Tomasevic, Kozuv1.2 
 9. Kostoski, Kumanovo1.2 
 10. Dimitrovski, Kozuv1.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Nemanja JELESIJEVIC
  Kumanovo
  (210-C/F-79)
  Avg: 1.4
 1. Jelesijevic, Kuman.1.4 
 2. Chappell, ABA S.1.2 
 3. Trajkovski, Torus1.1 
 4. Kralevski, Vardar1.1 
 5. Avramovski, Lirija1.0 
 6. Cole, Rabotnicki0.9 
 7. Radunovic, Lirija0.7 
 8. Mitchell, Lirija0.7 
 9. Knezevic, Feni I.0.7 
 10. Gecevski, MZT S.0.7 



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Omar Khanani Interview - by Daniel Poerschke

Omar Khanani (182-G-85, college: Texas Coll.) is a british-american point guard, who played for the Aschersleben Tigers BC in the 1. Regionalliga North this season. Eurobasket.com Germany had the chance to sit down with Omar and speak about his first season in Germany.

1. Tell us a little bit about yourself and your basketball background.
My name is Omar Khanani, I am from Durham, NC where basketball is very big as I live right between UNC and Duke. My basketball career started my last year in prep school where I attended Laurinburg Institute where my team won the 2003 National Championship and as a whole was 16 NCAA 1 players! Several play everywhere pro from the NBA to all over Europe. I attended University of New Orleans which was Div 1 at the time then due to a coaching change I transferred to Texas College so I wouldnt have to sit out. After college I started my professional career where I played in England and Dubai my 1st season. Then the following season I started off in Greece A1 but left due to some financial issues which is normal there now, then went back to Dubai for an arab cup tourney and finished the season in Iceland. Then this season which I just finished here in Germany.

2. How did the season go with the Aschersleben Tigers?
My season with ASL Tigers was ok, but could have been better as I started off strong as we won the 1st game and played well thru my 1st three games as I was averaging about 17ppg and 4apg. And then I got a very bad ankle injury which limited me a lot, but I tried to play thru it which may have not been the smartest thing to do but I wanted to help my team. We finished 2nd to last and its a possibility we may get moved down or possibly stay due to some things. But overall was a good experience as I learned a lot on and off the court.

3. Compare Germany to the other countries you have played before.
Ive played all over as I said before and Germany was a decent league, my goal was to use this experience in Germany as stepping stone to get back to playing in a higher league, as maybe I lost some credibility in Europe after playing in the middle east. So I just want to prove I can be affective here in Europe as I showed that in Iceland and here in Germany before I was injured. Its beneficial to play here also because of the unlimited Bosman rule as I have both american and british passports. One thing I can say about Germany is that the fans here are very passionate about basketball, which made the games fun. I think people underestimate because its in the 3rd league but there is some good players here who will be playing in higher league sooner or later, which I hope to too.

4. What are your summer plans?
My summer plans are to first get healthy, which is more important than anything. Then after that I will have to get back to working out hard and prepare for the next season, as I work with a great basketball coach in Bob Mackinnon who is the head coach of the Springfield Armor in the NBDL and probably will be on a NBA sideline soon as a coach as he knows how to prepare us (other pros) the proper way for the upcoming season and gets the best out of us. I will also attend the Scorers 1st showcase in Las Vegas, July 13-15th.

5. What can you bring to the table for possible new clubs for next season?
I think I can bring different things to a team for next season, I can play both guard positions and have proved I can be effective at either, and Im just looking for an opportunity to play at a higher level again as I have before. With me you will get a player who will work as hard as anyone day in and day out and with my experiences I know I can help a team anywhere. Basketball is all about opportunity and being in the right situation, prime example look at Jeremy Lin!



The Fighting Lion Jacob Burtschi Carries The Fraport Skyliners Past ratiopharm Ulm 77-64 - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

In the last years when contemplating about the Schwaben club ratiopharm Ulm, one usually had the big all American smile of Mike Taylor in their thoughts, Coleman Collins being the basketball version of GQ, Robin Benzing being able to fine tune his game for two seasons there like a rookie race horse or Dru Joyce and Romeo Travis having to dig out Lebron James antidotes from their times at St Marys high school in Ohio. However times have changed as these people are all gone and usually around this time at the beginning of April, ratiopharm Ulm was usually sleep walking somewhere in the middle of the standings starting to book their flights back home and breaking in a few chic Ulm cafes. However this season ratiopharm Ulm have been having a Cinderella type season being a force in the Beko BBL and fighting to keep their second place standing. The Eric Chadfield buzzer beater may be five and half years old, but ratiopharm Ulm met a very focused Fraport Skyliners who were as ready as Jimmy Mckinney always is with his Mizzou Tiger scowl as they were able to dismantle the club of Thorsten Leibenath 77-64. Besides the big win players were able to reflect after the win the amazing transformation that ratiopharm Ulm has undergone in the last year. Jacob Burtschi (198-F-84, college: Air Force) who played like a fighting lion was all smiles after the game and was just waiting for his dinner reward as this Lion had once again played to the limit helping any which way he could on the court. Nobody expected this team to be in second place at this time. They have added great players and each guy knows his role and they are always ready to play, stressed ex Phoenix Hagen forward Jacob Burtschi (198-F-84, college: Air Force). Dane Watts always looks like he could grace the cover of GQ has seen the transformation this season from day one. The success has to do with a different philosophy and that defense first has been instilled. We play team defense, work together well and just have good character guys on the team, expressed ex Walter Tiger Tuebingen forward Dane Watts. Skyliner captain Marius Nolte didnt as he was still nursing an injury, but had only the utmost respect for ratiopharm Ulm. I always like looking back on the games against Ulm especially the hard fought battles in the Kuhberg gym. The secret is that each player knows his role and coach Leibenath has done a fine job putting his signature on the style of play. He really has done a great job forming this team, expressed Skyliner captain Marius Nolte.

With only six games to play, the Fraport Skyliners were in desperate need to continue their winning streak in order to keep their hopes alive for a playoff berth and showed from the start that the five day training camp in Mallorca, Spain would play dividends as they almost played a complete game. We had fun in the sun in Mallorca, but it was a good time to refocus and get ready for this run for the playoffs. We made a first step with this big win. We controlled the game for the most part. We let them cut it down to eight points in the fourth quarter, but we then stepped it up hitting some big three pointers and then run out the clock, stressed Jacob Burtschi (198-F-84, college: Air Force). Even before the big win against ratiopharm Ulm, the Fraport Skyliners displayed toughness winning in Artland and the added training camp in Mallorca was probably used more for the team to come together a bit more on and off the court. There really wasnt any secret. We didnt just sit in the sun, but practiced hard, were focused and did team building things and that showed on the court today, stressed Texas native Devin Gibson. For Ratiopharm Ulm, they were looking to rebound after their close three point loss to Bamberg in the cup semi final, but their six game winning streak was snapped as they were never able to find a consistent offensive rhythm against the Fraport Skyliners. Frankfurt played very physical from the start. We werent mentally in the game in the first half. We gambled a lot with zone, but it didnt work in our favor. In the fourth quarter, Frankfurt hurt us with their shooting and Tommy Mason Griffin was missed today, stressed ratiopharm Ulm head coach Thorsten Leibenath.

Before a Beko BBL game, it is always entertaining to see and observe how the players prepare or even when they are chatting it up with their opponents. Per Guenther who had a big game was very calm and focused before the game and first had a long conversation with Skyliner reserve player Fabian Franke. Both were sitting on chairs at mid court and they looked more like content fans getting ready for a game and waiting for the popcorn to arrive then two guys about to battle. After Franke had had his chat dose, it was time for German national player Tim Ohlbrecht to take a seat next to Guenther as they might had been talking about the upcoming summer in the German national team. Two ex Walter Tiger Tuebingen players Johannes Herber and Dane Watts might have been chatting about beards and the best places to surf. Finally the game started as 4,870 were in the arena as the Fraport Skyliners didnt take long going on a massive 14-3 run. The Fraport Skyliners found their rhythm on offense rapidly and played with a high intensity. Ohlbrecht hit on a mini hook shot, Quantez Robertson with a three pointer from downtown, Ohlbrecht with a dunk off the pick and roll, Burtschi caught a Tez and hit with a fade away jumper, Thompson made a three pointer and Super Tez stole the ball at center court from Isaiah Swann sprinting in for a dunk. Ratiopharm Ulm werent really shocked as they had seen film of Frankfurt and knew what they were capable of, but morever just seemed angry. The Frankfurt defense wasnt allowing ratiopharm Ulm to get into their comfort zone playing aggressive defense and forcing Ulm to difficult shots and many turnovers. In the last few minutes, ratiopharm Ulm was able to find their rhythm closing out the first quarter with a 10-7 run to trail 19-13. Ulm got two big three pointers from Steve Esterkamp and Isaiah Swann while the Fraport Skyliners got a Thompson three pointer and Jermario Davidson mid range jumper. Ex BG Goettingen guard Rocky Trice hit a fade away at the of the first quarter. ratiopharm Ulm started with a one-three-one zone which didnt work. Frankfurt was playing a very good inside o game and werent allowing easy points. Frankfurt was doing a good job on John Bryant forcing turnovers on their pressure, stated Fraport Skyliner PRO B player Jan Novak.

In the second quarter, ratiopharm Ulm kept fighting to come back exerting extra energy, but the Fraport Skyliners quickly showed that they always had answer when the opponent was getting to close by hitting the clutch shots. Ratiopharm Ulm got a quick burst of energy at the start going on 1 6-2 run to cut the Frankfurt lead to 21-19. German national player Guenther who is known for his penetration attacks scored inside while ex Creighton forward Dane Watts scored on a hook shot after getting his blocked ball back and scoring inside as he waited for Davidson to commit jumping up. A quick 5-0 run by Johannes Herber was able to partially hinder the Ulm start as he hit from downtown and then got out behind the transition defense retrieving a perfect feed from Devin Gibson as Frankfurt led 26-19. However then it was Per Guenther again scoring consecutive baskets gliding past usual sharp defender Devin Gibson for two points and then nailing a catch and pop jumper as ratiopharm Ulm trailed only 26-24. The 5-0 runs continued as now it was Jacob Burtschi (198-F-84, college: Air Force) that broke the back of ratiopharm Ulm as he hit a three pointer over Keaton Nankivil and then some how barreled over John Bryant for a bucket as Frankfurt led 31-24. ratiopharm Ulm continued to fight taking advantage of some costly Frankfurt turnovers going on a 5-0 run to cut the Frankfurt lead to 33-27 as Bryant hit a step back fade away jumper which looked like a bigger version of Dirk Nowitzki was on the court and Watts made a runner over Burtschi. Frankfurt then broke the zone with crisp ball movement as Burtschi connected from outside and Per Guenther punished Frankfurt with his quickness going for a lay up as Frankfurt was too lax in coming back as Frankfurt still led 36-29. Frankfurt was never able to get past a 10 point lead as after Thompson hit for a floater, Bryant closed out the second quarter with a lay in and tip in as ratiopharm Ulm trailed only 38-33. Frankfurt missed a few open shots, but still had a lot of support from many players. Burtschi really stepped up in the quarter and Guenther was doing his best to keep Ulm in the game, added Jan Novak. The Fraport Skyliners were shooting 52% from the field and 40% from the three point line while ratiopharm Ulm was shooting 50% from the field and 38% from the three point line. Ratiopharm Ulm had the 16-13 rebound edge, but had 11 turnovers while Frankfurt had only seven turnovers.

The Fraport Skyliners came out of the half time talk with Muli Katzurin gunning going on a 12-3 run to lead 50-36. Thompson showed the best example of unlimited self confidence as he hurriedly hit a three pointer. The kind of shot where Katzurin may have scolded him if he hadnt hit the shot. Frankfurt then showed their best ball movement of the afternoon in ala Bamberg manner as Jimmy Mckinney who had been quiet in the first half dropped a three pointer and then scored from the corner. Frankfurt continued moving the ball as if there was no tomorrow as now it was time for Burtschi to show his shooting talent as he connected. Ratiopharm Ulm then found some daylight going on a 6-0 run to cut the Frankfurt lead to 50-42 as Bryant scored inside with his left hand and Rocky Trice scored two mid distance jumpers from almost the same spot on the floor. Ratiopharm Ulm seemed like they were winning some momentum back, but then got hit for three buckets as Frankfurt closed out the game with a 8-0 run to lead 58-42 after 30 minutes. Thompson was found open on the wing as he nailed a mid distance jumper, Davidson scored inside and Herber swished a three pointer from the corner. Our defense was key in the third quarter. We got off running scoring on the fast break. We do a good job scoring off good defense, stressed Skyliner guard Devin Gibson. The Fraport Skyliners were shooting 51% from the field and 50% from the parking lot while ratiopharm Ulm was shooting 44% from the field and 33% from the parking lot. Frankfurt had the rebound edge 24-23 and only nine turnovers while ratiopharm Ulm had 14 turnovers.

Jacob Burtschi (198-F-84, college: Air Force) may be a Skyliner fighting lion, but ratiopharm Ulm also have their own fighting lions and it was apparent that they wouldnt back down like a helpless baby lion left astray by its mother, but come out with a big roar like the king of the jungle and claw their way back into the game and did with a timely 8-0 run to cut the Frankfurt lead to 58-50. Bryant scored with one of his typical lay ins inside and Swann nailed a bomb from downtown and scored on free throws. Defensive errors hurt us and Ulm caught us not having fluency on offense, stressed Devin Gibson. However instead of backing down now, it seemed like the Fraport Skyliners were able to shift a gear higher as they put on a shooting clinic for the fans. Mckinney then nailed a wild three pointer with two seconds on the shot clockas he did a slick cross over on Sebastian Betz shooting over him which was met by another Swann three pointer as Frankfurt still led 60-53. However a back breaking 9-3 by the Fraport Skyliners demoralized ratiopharm Ulm as Frankfurt led 69-56 in the crunch time. Frankfurt got three point gems from Thompson, Mckinney and Robertson. We tried to mix it up with zone but the yhad great ball movement and they made their shots, stressed John Bryant. After a Mckinney runner, ratiopharm Ulm unleashed one last bubble of energy going on an important 5-0 run as Dane Watts hit a three pointer and Swann scored inside cutting the Frankfurt lead to 71-62 with less than two minutes to play. A few more free throws at the end and a crushing Super Tez Robertson dunk closed out a huge 77-64 win by the Fraport Skyliners. Their energy and physicality was the difference today. A very good team outplayed us today, explained John Bryant. ratiopharm Ulm is a good team and there is a reason that they are in second place. The went on a run, but we did good job hitting our three pointers against the zone and we then ran out the clock, added Jacob Burtschi (198-F-84, college: Air Force).

The Fraport Skyliners were led by Michale Thompson with 16 points (4/4 three pointers). Jacob Burtschi (198-F-84, college: Air Force) produced 15 points, seven rebounds and two assists and was flattered by the compliment Alba Berlin head coach Gordon Herbert gave him for being a player he could always use on his team and that he is a fighting pig who does all the dirty work. That is a nice compliment from him. There maybe a lot more athletic players in this league, but I will never let another player out hustle me, stressed Jacob Burtschi (198-F-84, college: Air Force). Jimmy Mckinney added 13 points and four assists. Quantez Robertson added 11 points, three rebounds and three assists. Ratiopharm Ulm was led by isaiah Swann with 17 points. John Bryant contributed 13 points and 12 rebounds. Dane Watts added 12 points and Per Guenther chipped in with 10 points and four assists. Ratiopharm Ulm didnt shoot all that bad with 42% from the field and 41% from outside, but the Fraport Skyliners shot out the lights when they needed to finishing with 49% from the field and 50% from outside. You have to give the Frankfurt offense credit. Every guy seemed to step it up and whoever was next in line knocked down the shot, stressed Dane Watts. Our ball movement was very good and we did good job finding open man against their zone, stressed Devin Gibson. Since the start of December 2011, the Fraport Skyliners started to step up their defense and in the last five games have given up only 65 points per game. So often opponents dont even give the Skyliner defense the deserved credit saying the lack of production was due to missed shots. No team really will give the other team credit, but moreover reflecting more on their team inability to shoot well. But we pressure well forcing the opponent to take deep shots. The most important thing is that we know that we played good defense, warned Jacob Burtschi (198-F-84, college: Air Force). Some players do realize that its good defense that beats them. It is tough to play against the physical Frankfurt defense. They bump the cutting players and its just hard to get a rhythm, added John Bryant. Even though both teams are in the stretch run of the season, the most important thing on their basketball agenda tonight will be the 2012 NCAA final. It didnt really matter which player you asked, but the same team was on every ones mind winning the title. Kentucky will beat Kansas. Coming from Missouri, it has to be like that, smiled Dane Watts. Kentucky will win, I played in their conference, joked Quantez Robertson. i want Kansas to win, but Kentucky is too strong, warned Jacob Burtschi (198-F-84, college: Air Force). The Fraport Skyliners next travel to the EWE Baskets Oldenburg on April 7th



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  GREECE   

Div.B Standing

B Standings
 1. Aiolos Trikallon 23-2 
 2. Filathlitikos 22-3 
 3. Niki Volou 17-8 
 4. Irakleio 17-8 
 5. Agia Paraskevis 16-9 
 6. Koroivos 14-11 
 7. Egaleo 12-13 
 8. Diagoras 12-13 
 9. Stratoni 11-14 
 10. Doukas 11-14 
 11. Near East 11-14 
 12. MENT 11-14 
 13. Iraklis 8-17 
 14. Aias Evosmou 7-18 
 15. Anagennisi 7-18 
 16. Halkidona 1-24 

Regular Season: Round 25

Apr. 1: Egaleo - Diagoras 91-75
Apr. 1: Irakleio - Niki Volou 90-88
Apr. 1: Near East - Iraklis 90-85
Apr. 1: Anagennisi - Koroivos 82-77
Apr. 1: Stratoni - Aias Evosmou 80-72
Apr. 1: Doukas - Aiolos Trikallon 68-77
Apr. 1: MENT - Filathlitikos 67-77
Apr. 1: Halkidona - Agia Paraskevis 0-20

Regular Season: Round 26

Apr. 8: Iraklis - Doukas
Apr. 8: Aias Evosmou - Near East
Apr. 8: Diagoras - Stratoni
Apr. 8: Niki Volou - Egaleo
Apr. 8: Aiolos Trikallon - Halkidona
Apr. 8: Agia Paraskevis - MENT
Apr. 8: Filathlitikos - Anagennisi
Apr. 8: Koroivos - Irakleio


Budget reduction does not lower the expectations at Olympiakos - by George Fragkos

Last summer, when the Angelopoulos family announced their decision to stop investing in Olympiakos S.F.P. Pireus, almost everybody believed that the Pireus team will be unable to challenge for titles any more. After a brief check for the next buyer of their shares, the family decided to keep the club reducing the budget a lot, as nobody expressed any interest to become the next investor.

This turn of things did not seem to change anything and the basketball experts predicted a very mediocre season for the Reds despite the fact that Dusan Ivkovic (agency: Beo Basket ) and Vasilis Spanoulis stayed in Pireus. The players that the club obtained were not as highly paid as those of the previous years and this led the vast majority to the conclusion that Olympiakos will not be able to match Panathinaikos and the other European clubs.

More than seven months later, the Angelopoulos family, Dusan Ivkovic and the youngsters of Olympiakos won the bet they placed against the odds. The team reached the Greek Cup final losing the trophy by just one point, made it to the Euroleague Final Four and is currently topping the A1 table which gives them an advantage for the playoffs. Of course, this may have not happened if Panagiotis and Giorgos Angelopoulos had not decided to strengthen the team a bit more signing Acie Law and Joey Dorsey during the season but that is something that no one can be certain about. In any case, the amount of money spent this year is considerably less than that of the previous ones.

Regardless of what is going to happen in the end, this situation at Olympiakos is a lesson for most of the teams not only in Greece, but also in Europe. Financially, this is a very difficult period for the whole continent and the clubs do not have the ability to spend as much as they did in the past. For this reason they should realize that money is not the only way to create a powerful team. Hard work in the court alongside with good scouting can do wonders and may be the only different option nowadays to keep a basketball team at the highest level. That is what the Angelopoulos brothers and Ivkovic did and the results are absolutely backing their choice.



Esperos Patras is heading to the Second Division - by Diamadis Farmakis

Esperos Patras, who plays in the thrid division of Greek basketball, is ready to make some history. The team from Patras, leads the south group 1, of the third division, 3 points ahead from the second team, only four rounds before the end. It's the great favorite for the rise to the next category.

Esperos had never before passed the third Division and it seems that this is the wright time to make the next step, at the top of Greek basketball.

The coach of the team, Makis Giatras, made a team full of players, natives of Patra and from the academies of Esperos and this was a wise move to do.


For the round 18 of south group 1, Esperos won Olimpioniki, 88-61, having six players in double figures.

In this race for the championship, Esperos had from the begining, three basic oponents from Athens: Krono Agiou Dimitriou, Xolargo and Ioniko N.F.


The standings of the top four teams, after 18 rounds, are:

1. Esperos AOPA Patras 17-1

2. Kronos Ag. Dimitriou 14-4

3. Xolargos 14-3

4. Ionikos 14-3



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  HOLLAND   


PromotieDivisie Scores Round 24: Binnenland gets 1st loss, things done changed - by Terry Cooper

Binnenland hopes of an undefeated season were crushed as they lost on the road to Lamin Sawaneh (188-G-89) and VBC Akrides in a game that was more important to Akrides than Binnenland. The loss brought the first place team back to reality and should prepare them even more for the play-offs coming soon. With the other three spots that were open for grabs, there has been quite a shift in standings as BC Amsterdam has secured the number two seed while currently the Cangaroes, De Hoppers,and Z&Z2 are fighting for the final two spots. With on two games remaining, every game is crucial and more important than the next to get seeds 3&4. On the lower part of the standings, it seems that the Jugglers are a one-n-done in the promotie as winning 3 games will not be enough while BV Hoofddorp has slumped that it is a battle to the end for Rotterdam2 and Hoofddorp to stay in the league. It seems like a soap opera as drama and suspense is coming from both sides of the standings. The final weeks of regular season is going to be a thriller like it always is at this time of the season. Stay Tuned!!!

Week 24 Scores:

BV Hoofddorp - De Hoppers 75-87
Goba - Cangeroes 57-108
Red Giants - ZZ Leiden2 74-55
Almonte - Rotterdam2 63-55
VBC Akrides - Binnenland 81-72
Groene Uilen - Punch 54-61
Jugglers - BC A'dam 67-106
VBC Akrides - Red Giants 69-85
Almonte - ZZ Leiden2 70-63



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  HUNGARY   

Standings - A Division

A Division Standings
 1. Falco-Szova 22-3 
 2. Szolnok 21-4 
 3. Albacomp 20-5 
 4. Kormend 18-7 
 5. Atomeromu 17-8 
 6. Kecskemeti 14-11 
 7. PVSK Pannon 13-12 
 8. Soproni 11-14 
 9. Kaposvari 10-15 
 10. FS Debrecen 8-17 
 11. Szedeak 7-18 
 12. Marso NYKK 7-18 
 13. Jaszberenyi 6-19 
 14. ZTE KK 1-24 

Regular Season: Round 25

Mar. 31: Soproni - Marso NYKK 88-64
Mar. 31: Szolnok - Kormend 83-77
Mar. 31: Kecskemeti - Jaszberenyi 82-70
Mar. 31: Atomeromu - Albacomp 71-66
Mar. 31: PVSK Pannon - Szedeak 110-92
Mar. 31: Falco-Szova - Kaposvari 105-75

Regular Season: Round 26

Apr. 4: Albacomp - Szolnok
Apr. 4: Jaszberenyi - Kormend
Apr. 4: FS Debrecen - Atomeromu
Apr. 4: Kaposvari - Kecskemeti
Apr. 4: Szedeak - ZTE KK
Apr. 4: Marso NYKK - Falco-Szova
Apr. 4: Soproni - PVSK Pannon



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  ICELAND   

Stats Leaders (Men)

Points Per Game
 Robert JARVIS
  IR
  (180-G-87)
  Avg: 24
 1. Jarvis, IR24.0 
 2. Govens, Thor Thorl23.1 
 3. Echols, Njardvik22.4 
 4. Walkup, Fjolnir22.2 
 5. Holmes, Njardvik21.9 
 6. Bullock, Grindavik21.0 
 7. Cole, Keflavik20.7 
 8. Sovic, IR20.5 
 9. O''Neil, Fjolnir20.2 
 10. Parker, Keflavik19.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Junior HAIRSTON
  Thor T.
  (203-F-84)
  Avg: 13.2
 1. Hairston, Thor T.13.2 
 2. Hankins-Cole, Snae.12.8 
 3. Echols, Njardvik11.1 
 4. Smith, Haukar10.7 
 5. Tratnik, Valur10.4 
 6. Walkup, Fjolnir10.1 
 7. Cole, Keflavik10.0 
 8. Bullock, Grindavik9.9 
 9. Lindmets, Stjarnan8.7 
 10. Magnusson, KR8.1 
Assists Per Game
 Justin SHOUSE
  Stjarnan
  (180-G-81)
  Avg: 7.4
 1. Shouse, Stjarnan7.4 
 2. Watson, Grindavik6.7 
 3. Miller, Tindastoll6.0 
 4. Hall, Snaefell5.6 
 5. Govens, Thor Thorl4.7 
 6. Brown, KR4.5 
 7. Fridriksson, Njard.4.5 
 8. O''Neil, Fjolnir4.5 
 9. Parker, Keflavik4.0 
 10. Arnarson, IR3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Travis HOLMES
  Njardvik
  (193-G-86)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Holmes, Njardvik2.9 
 2. Allen, Tindastoll2.8 
 3. Cothran, Stjarnan2.6 
 4. Hall, Snaefell2.4 
 5. Parker, Keflavik2.4 
 6. Gunnarsson, Kefla.2.3 
 7. Brown, KR2.2 
 8. Shouse, Stjarnan2.2 
 9. Miller, Tindastoll2.2 
 10. Govens, Thor Thorl1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Junior HAIRSTON
  Thor T.
  (203-F-84)
  Avg: 3.8
 1. Hairston, Thor T.3.8 
 2. Smith, Haukar3.6 
 3. Tratnik, Valur2.2 
 4. Lindmets, Stjarnan1.1 
 5. Holmes, Njardvik1.0 
 6. Gudbrandsson, Kefl.1.0 
 7. Barja, Haukar0.9 
 8. Valdimarsson, Stja.0.9 
 9. Thorsteinsso., Gri.0.9 
 10. Magnusson, KR0.9 


CAI Zaragoza keeps Jon Stefansson - by Eurobasket News

CAI Zaragoza announced the extension of the contract with Jon Stefansson (196-G-82). The new deal is meant for two seasons. The Icelandic guard joined CAI Zaragoza at the start of the season. He averaged 7.8 points, 2.4 rebounds and 1.9 assists per game in ACB. Last season Jon Stefansson spent in CB Granada. His stats read 10.3 points, 2.2 boards and 1.6 assists per appearance. Previously Jon Stefansson had stints with Benetton Treviso, KR, Lottomatica Roma, Pamesa Valencia, Napoli, Dynamo Saint Petersburg, TBB Trier. Eurobasket.com named Jon Stefansson All-Icelandic League Player of the Year in 2002 and 2009. The guard was the member of Icelandic National Team in 2000/09 seasons. He participated at Fiba Europe League All-Star Game in 2005.


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  INDONESIA   

Standings - IBL

NBL Standings
 1. Satria Muda 25-4 
 2. Aspac 25-5 
 3. Garuda 23-7 
 4. Pelita Jaya 22-7 
 5. CLS Knights 19-10 
 6. Muba Hangtuah 16-13 
 7. Stadium Jak. 16-13 
 8. Bima Sakti 10-18 
 9. Pacific Caesar 9-21 
 10. Comfort Mobile 6-24 
 11. Satya Wacana 4-26 
 12. NSH GMC Riau 1-28 

Regular Season: Round 48

Apr. 2: Satria Muda - NSH GMC Riau 73-41
Apr. 2: Bima Sakti - Comfort Mobile 65-26
Apr. 2: Garuda - Satya Wacana 61-44

Regular Season: Round 49

Apr. 3: Comfort Mobile - Aspac
Apr. 3: Pelita Jaya - Pacific Caesar
Apr. 3: CLS Knights - Stadium Jak.
Apr. 3: Muba Hangtuah - Bima Sakti


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Yanuar DWI PRIASMORO
  Bima S.
  (178-SG-89)
  Avg: 16.3
 1. Dwi Priasmor., Bim.16.3 
 2. Ferdiansyah, Stadi.15.2 
 3. Nagata, Pacific14.1 
 4. Wisnu, Satria Muda13.8 
 5. Rizky Ardian., Bim.13.5 
 6. Sapto, Muba H.12.6 
 7. Chandra, Pelita J.12.2 
 8. Prawiro, Aspac12.2 
 9. Ahmad, Satria Muda12.1 
 10. Regowo, Aspac11.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Galank GUNAWAN
  Satria M.
  (194-PF-87)
  Avg: 10.8
 1. Gunawan, Satria M.10.8 
 2. Regowo, Aspac8.7 
 3. Thoyib, Aspac8.2 
 4. Yanto, NSH G.7.8 
 5. Heryadi, Muba H.7.7 
 6. Sitepu, Satria M.7.5 
 7. Rizky Ardian., Bim.7.4 
 8. Nasution, Satya W.7.0 
 9. Wuwungan, Satya W.6.6 
 10. Wisnu, Satria Muda6.6 
Assists Per Game
 Denny SARTIKA
  Bima Sakti
  (175-PG-80)
  Avg: 4.1
 1. Sartika, Bima Sakti4.1 
 2. Gerungan, Aspac4.0 
 3. Muharri, CLS K.3.5 
 4. Purwanto, Pelita J.3.5 
 5. Widyanto, Pacifi.3.3 
 6. Yusran, Stadium2.5 
 7. Uniputty, Comfor.2.5 
 8. Ahmad, Satria Muda2.5 
 9. Wilopo, Muba H.2.4 
 10. Wijaya, Garuda2.4 
Steals Per Game
 Kelly PURWANTO
  Pelita J.
  (177-PG-83)
  Avg: 3
 1. Purwanto, Pelita J.3.0 
 2. Poedjakesuma, Peli.2.8 
 3. Muharri, CLS K.2.7 
 4. Sartika, Bima Sakti2.3 
 5. Ferdiansyah, Stadi.2.3 
 6. Wijaya, Garuda2.2 
 7. Uniputty, Comfor.2.1 
 8. Ahmad, Satria Muda2.0 
 9. Sapto, Muba H.2.0 
 10. Sunarya, Muba H.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 R RUSLAN
  Stadium .
  (197-C-89)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Ruslan, Stadium2.5 
 2. Thoyib, Aspac2.3 
 3. Sitepu, Satria M.2.1 
 4. Arizki, Aspac1.7 
 5. Gunawan, Satya W.1.6 
 6. Teguh, Muba H.1.3 
 7. Damanik, NSH G.1.3 
 8. Indrawan, Pelita J.1.2 
 9. Sasmito, Pacific1.1 
 10. Listiyono, Pacifi.1.1 


Indonesian NBL round 47 best performance: Merio Ferdiansyah - by Eurobasket News

Shooting guard Merio Ferdiansyah (176-SG-85) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Stadium Jak., receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 47.
The 26-year old player was the main contributor (27 points, three rebounds) to his team's victory, helping them to outclass NSH GMC Riau (#12, 1-27) with 27-point margin 91-64. Stadium Jak. maintains the 7th position in Indonesian NBL. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Stadium Jak. will need more victories to improve their 16-13 record. In the team's last game Ferdiansyah had a remarkable 55.6% from 2-point range and got five three-pointers out of 8 attempts. He turned to be Stadium Jak.'s top player in his first season with the team. Merio Ferdiansyah has solid league stats. He is in league's top in points (2nd best: 15.2ppg) and averages impressive 2.3spg.

The second best player in last round's games was 31-year old former international power forward Dian Heryadi (194-F/C-80) of Muba Hangtuah. Heryadi had a very good evening with a double-double of 20 points and 13 rebounds. Bad luck as Muba Hangtuah was edged by slightly higher-ranked CLS Knights (#5, 19-10) 56-53. Muba Hangtuah managed to keep the same 6th spot in the standings. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 16-13 record is not bad and everything may still change. Heryadi is well-known at Muba Hangtuah and is a proven leader in his second season with the team.

Third on the list of top players last round was former international center Agustinus Indrajaya (191-C-83) of CLS Knights (#5). Indrajaya scored 15 points and grabbed ten rebounds. He was a key player of CLS Knights, leading his team to a 56-53 win against slightly lower-ranked Muba Hangtuah (#6, 16-13). CLS Knights needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 19 victories and 10 lost games. Indrajaya has a very solid season. In 33 games in Indonesia he scored 8.4ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Andi Poedjakesuma (187-F-80) of Pelita Jaya - 12 points, 10 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Hendrik Agustinus (203-C-82) of Garuda - 18 points and 4 rebounds
6. Wendha Wijaya (181-PG-82) of Garuda - 12 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Ryan Febriyan (194-PF-87) of NSH GMC Riau - 16 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Max Yanto (215-C-83) of NSH GMC Riau - 11 points and 7 rebounds
9. Mohammad Wicaksono (189-SG-89) of Stadium Jak. - 6 points, 2 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Randolph Ariestedes (197-PF-87) of Stadium Jak. - 14 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists

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



NBL Round 48: Satria Muda keeps a leadership position - by Eurobasket News

The Regular Season in NBL is slowly approaching the end. But there may be still some important changes in the final standings in the last 6 rounds. Coincidentally all hosts won their games.

The game had a very big importance for second-ranked Satria Muda as it allowed them to take a leadership position. Satria Muda smashed 12th ranked NSH GMC Riau in Jakarta 73-41. The game without a history. Satria Muda led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding NSH GMC Riau to just 5 points in fourth quarter. Satria Muda dominated down low during the game scoring 50 of its points in the paint compared to NSH GMC Riau's 30. Satria Muda forced 24 NSH GMC Riau turnovers and outrebounded them 44-24 including a 20-8 advantage in offensive rebounds. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Satria Muda made 7 blocks. The best player for the winners was guard Arki Wisnu (187-88) who scored 11 points, 9 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals. Galank Gunawan (194-87) chipped in 8 points and 15 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was center Max Yanto (215-83) who recorded 12 points and 8 rebounds. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. As mentioned above they are alone now at the top position. NSH GMC Riau lost twentieth fifth consecutive game. They stay dead last with 28 lost games. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
The game with biggest result difference took place in Sakti. Local Bima Sakti (10-18) outscored 10th ranked Comfort Mobile (6-24) 65-26. It was a good game for Bima Rizky Ardiansyah (182-90) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 13 rebounds. Yanuar Dwi Priasmoro contributed with 17 points for the winners. Rendra Rudini (192-89) replied with 5 points and 11 rebounds for Comfort Mobile. 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. Bima Sakti maintains eighth position with 10-18 record. Comfort Mobile at the other side keeps the tenth place with 24 games lost. Bima Sakti will play against higher ranked Muba Hangtuah (#6) in Pandang in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Comfort Mobile will play at home against the league's second-placed Aspac (#2) where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.

In the last game of round 48 Satya Wacana was defeated by Garuda in Bandung 61-44.
The best stats of 48th round was 7 points, 9 rebounds, 6 assists and 5 steals by Octoviano Sura of Garuda.


Bima Sakti - Comfort Mobile 65-26

The game with biggest result difference took place in Sakti. Local Bima Sakti (10-18) outscored 10th ranked Comfort Mobile (6-24) 65-26. Bima Sakti dominated on the defensive end, holding Comfort Mobile to just 3 points in second quarter and to 12 points in second half. Bima Sakti held Comfort Mobile to an opponent 16.2 percent shooting from the field compared to 42.4 percent accuracy of the winners. It was a good game for Bima Rizky Ardiansyah (182-90) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 13 rebounds. Yanuar Dwi Priasmoro (178-89) contributed with 17 points for the winners. Rendra Rudini (192-89) replied with 5 points and 11 rebounds and Gabriel Sitaniapesy (185-85) added 6 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Comfort Mobile. 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. Bima Sakti maintains eighth position with 10-18 record. Comfort Mobile at the other side keeps the tenth place with 24 games lost. Bima Sakti will play against higher ranked Muba Hangtuah (#6) in Pandang in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Comfort Mobile will play at home against the league's second-placed Aspac (#2) where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.
Top scorers:
Bima Sakti: Y.Dwi Priasmoro 17+2reb, B.Rizky Ardiansyah 13+13reb+1ast, S.Cahyadi 8+2reb, M.Indra 7+4reb+1ast, U.Gendro Maryono 6+4reb, G.Sudrajat 5+4reb
Comfort Mobile: G.Sitaniapesy 6+7reb, R.Rudini 5+11reb+1ast, P.Susanto 4+8reb, R.Orlando Uniputty 4+4reb+4ast, H.Kurniawan 3+4reb, R.Ongkowijoyo 2+2reb
gschID: 166184


Satria Muda - NSH GMC Riau 73-41

The game had a very big importance for second-ranked Satria Muda as it allowed them to take a leadership position. Satria Muda smashed 12th ranked NSH GMC Riau in Jakarta 73-41. The game without a history. Satria Muda led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding NSH GMC Riau to just 5 points in fourth quarter. Satria Muda dominated down low during the game scoring 50 of its points in the paint compared to NSH GMC Riau's 30. Satria Muda forced 24 NSH GMC Riau turnovers and outrebounded them 44-24 including a 20-8 advantage in offensive rebounds. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Satria Muda made 7 blocks. The best player for the winners was guard Arki Wisnu (187-88) who scored 11 points, 9 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals. Galank Gunawan (194-87) chipped in 8 points and 15 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was center Max Yanto (215-83) who recorded 12 points and 8 rebounds and Ryan Febriyan (194-87) added 10 points respectively. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. As mentioned above they are alone now at the top position. NSH GMC Riau lost twentieth fifth consecutive game. They stay dead last with 28 lost games. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Satria Muda: B.Siregar 12+2reb, A.Wisnu 11+9reb+5ast, C.Ronaldo Sitepu 9+5reb+2ast, S.Liogu 8+3reb, G.Gunawan 8+15reb+1ast, W.Situmorang 7+1ast
NSH GMC Riau: M.Yanto 12+8reb, R.Febriyan 10+1reb, S.Agustinus 7+1reb+2ast, R.Israelli 4+4reb, I.Husnuzan 4+4reb, A.Pamungkas 2+1reb+2ast
gschID: 166185


Garuda - Satya Wacana 61-44

There was no surprise in Bandung where 11th ranked Satya Wacana (4-26) was defeated by fourth ranked Garuda (23-7) 61-44. The game was mostly controlled by Garuda. Satya Wacana was better in third quarter 13-12. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Garuda dominated down low during the game scoring 40 of its points in the paint compared to Satya Wacana's 18. Garuda forced 26 Satya Wacana turnovers. They brought some defensive toughness making 9 blocks. It was a good game for Octoviano Sura (190-84) who led his team to a victory with 7 points, 9 rebounds, 6 assists and 5 steals. Forward Christ Gideon (188-84) contributed with 15 points and 4 steals (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line) for the winners. Guard Respati Pamungkas (180-91) replied with 15 points and 6 rebounds and forward Eko Wiratama Nasution (195-90) added 8 points and 10 rebounds in the effort for Satya Wacana. Garuda moved-up to third place. Satya Wacana lost sixth consecutive game. They keep the eleventh position with 26 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Garuda: C.Gideon 15+4reb+2ast, H.Agustinus 12+5reb+1ast, W.Wijaya 10+4reb+5ast, N.Fritzgerald 7+3reb, O.Sura 7+9reb+6ast, H.Ramli 6+2reb+1ast
Satya Wacana: R.Pamungkas 15+6reb+2ast, E.Wiratama Nasution 8+10reb, M.Ramadhan 6+5reb, Y.Sua 6+4reb+1ast, A.Abraham 4+2reb+1ast, J.Lolowang 4+3reb+2ast
gschID: 166186



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  IRAN   


WABA League: Riyadi take lead in title series - by Eurobasket News

Riyadi - Mahram 91:87

Riyadi grabbed the lead in the WABA League championship series. The defending champions held off visiting Mahram in the opener tonight. Dewarick Spencer (193-G-82, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: Arkansas St.) unloaded 39 points and issued 7 assists to lead the charge.
Riyadi grabbed the initiative early on. They posted a 23:18 advantage ten minutes into the encounter. Riyadi maintained the advantage throughout the second quarter. The Lebanese team established a comfortable 52:40 halftime advantage. The margin grew to 14 points midway through the third period. Mahram however refused to surrender. They narrowed the deficit within 9 points at the final intermission. Mahram got within a single point in the fourth term. But Dewarick Spencers offensive excellence carried Riyadi to the victory. Ahmed Moneim (205-C-76) contributed 16 points and 11 rebounds, while William Pharis (206-F/C-81, agency: Pro Management Agency, college: Arkansas) and Jean Abdel Nour (198-F/G-83, agency: Pro Management Agency) finished with 12 points apiece for the winners. Pape Sow (207-F-81, college: CS Fullerton) responded with 22 points and 10 rebounds for Mahram. Nikoloz Tskitishvili (212-C/F-83) notched 21 points and 7 caroms in the loss.

Riyadi: Dewarick Spencer 39, Ahmed Moneim 16+11 boards, William Pharis 12, Jean Abdel Nour 12
Mahram: Pape Sow 22+10 boards, Nikoloz Tskitishvili 21



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  ISRAEL   

Standings - BSL

Premier League Standings
 1. Maccabi T-A 18-2 
 2. Galil Gilboa 14-7 
 3. Maccabi Rishon 13-8 
 4. Hapoel J-M 12-9 
 5. Hapoel Holon 12-9 
 6. Maccabi Ashdod 11-10 
 7. Ironi Ashkelon 10-10 
 8. Elitzur Netanya 8-13 
 9. B.C. Habikaa 7-13 
 10. Bnei Hasharon 6-15 
 11. Maccabi Haifa 3-18 

Regular Season: Round 23

Apr. 1: Maccabi Haifa - Maccabi Ashdod 99-100
Apr. 2: Maccabi Rishon - Hapoel Holon 90-84
Apr. 1: Bnei Hasharon - Elitzur Netanya 84-80
Apr. 1: Galil Gilboa - Hapoel J-M 67-69

Regular Season: Round 24

Apr. 5: B.C. Habikaa - Bnei Hasharon
Apr. 8: Elitzur Netanya - Maccabi Haifa
Apr. 8: Ironi Ashkelon - Hapoel Holon
Apr. 8: Hapoel J-M - Maccabi Rishon
Apr. 8: Maccabi T-A - Galil Gilboa


Loto League Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Adrian BANKS
  Elitzur .
  (191-G-86)
  Avg: 21.9
 1. Banks, Elitzur21.9 
 2. Landesberg, Macca.20.6 
 3. Crawford, Maccab.20.5 
 4. Carter, Bnei H.20.3 
 5. Lewis, Hapoel Holon19.6 
 6. Asbury, Elitzur18.8 
 7. Delaney, B.C. H.18.0 
 8. Travis, Galil Gilb.18.0 
 9. Dunn, Bnei Hashar.17.5 
 10. Bradley, Maccabi17.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Bryant DUNSTON
  Hapoel H.
  (202-F/C-86)
  Avg: 9.9
 1. Dunston, Hapoel H.9.9 
 2. Rosefelt, Bnei H.8.7 
 3. Duncan, Maccabi8.3 
 4. Bowman, Maccabi8.1 
 5. Tyus, Maccabi8.0 
 6. Asbury, Elitzur7.8 
 7. Killingswort., Iro.7.4 
 8. Uter, Maccabi7.1 
 9. Kitchen, Maccabi7.1 
 10. Dowell, B.C. H.7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Moran ROTH
  Hapoel Holon
  (183-PG-82)
  Avg: 8.1
 1. Roth, Hapoel Holon8.1 
 2. Tapiro, Maccabi7.3 
 3. Carter, Bnei H.6.9 
 4. Jackson, Maccabi5.5 
 5. Thomas, Galil Gilb.5.1 
 6. Ohayon, Maccabi4.7 
 7. Mitchell, Ironi A.4.6 
 8. Delaney, B.C. H.4.3 
 9. Limonad, Ironi A.4.2 
 10. Lifshitz, Elitzu.4.2 
Steals Per Game
 Raviv LIMONAD
  Ironi A.
  (192-G-84)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Limonad, Ironi A.2.1 
 2. Campbell, Elitzu.2.1 
 3. Kitchen, Maccabi2.0 
 4. Ohayon, Maccabi1.9 
 5. Robinson, B.C. H.1.9 
 6. Ben-Chimol, Maccab.1.9 
 7. Berkowitz, Ironi A.1.9 
 8. Mitchell, Ironi A.1.8 
 9. Yavzuri, Galil Gil.1.8 
 10. Delaney, B.C. H.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Jarvis VARNADO
  Hapoel J.
  (206-F-88)
  Avg: 2
 1. Varnado, Hapoel J.2.0 
 2. Dunston, Hapoel H.1.8 
 3. Uter, Maccabi1.8 
 4. James, Maccabi T-A1.6 
 5. Hendrix, Maccabi1.3 
 6. Tyus, Maccabi1.2 
 7. Randle, Hapoel J-M1.1 
 8. Sullivan, Hapoel H.1.1 
 9. Powell, Maccabi Ha.1.0 
 10. Bowman, Maccabi0.9 


Premier League Round 23: Hapoel J-M edges Galil Gilboa by two points - by Eurobasket News

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

The most exciting game of round 23 in the Premier League took place in Galil. This derby game ended with only two-point home defeat of second-ranked Galil Gilboa (14-7) to fifth ranked Hapoel J-M (12-9) 69-67 on Sunday evening. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Galil Gilboa. The guests trailed by 3 points at the halftime before their 33-28 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. The game was dominated by American players. The best player for the winners was guard D.J. Strawberry (196-85, college: Maryland) who scored 28 points and 7 rebounds. Forward Brian Randle (203-85) chipped in 13 points and 6 rebounds. Hapoel J-M's coach used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Romeo Travis (200-84, college: Akron) produced a double-double by scoring 20 points and 12 rebounds for the hosts. Hapoel J-M moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Hapoel Holon. Galil Gilboa at the other side keeps the second position with seven games lost. Hapoel J-M is looking forward to face higher ranked Maccabi Rishon (#3) in Rishon Le-Zion in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Galil Gilboa will play on the road against the league's leader Maccabi T-A in Tel-Aviv and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Rishon Le-Zion. Third ranked Maccabi Rishon faced 4th placed Hapoel Holon. Host Maccabi Rishon (13-8) defeated guests from Holon (12-9) 90-84. American forward Brandon Bowman (204-84, college: Georgetown) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 25 points and 12 rebounds. Adrian Uter contributed with 11 points, 13 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. American guard Ron Lewis (193-84, college: Ohio St.) answered with 16 points and 6 assists for Hapoel Holon. Maccabi Rishon have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain third place with 13-8 record having four points less than leader Maccabi T-A. Hapoel Holon at the other side keeps the fourth position with nine games lost. They share it with Hapoel J-M. Maccabi Rishon will play against Hapoel J-M (#4) in Jerusalem in the next round. Hapoel Holon will play on the road against Ironi Ashkelon and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Eleventh-ranked Maccabi Haifa (3-18) made lots of trouble for seventh ranked Maccabi Ashdod (11-10) on Sunday. The visitors from Ashdod managed to secure only one-point victory 100-99. However their fans expected much easier game. It was a great evening for Josh Carter who led his team to a victory scoring 25 points. Carlos Powell responded with 23 points and 7 assists (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field). Maccabi Haifa's coach Rami Hadar rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Maccabi Ashdod moved-up to sixth place. Maccabi Haifa lost fifteenth consecutive game. They stay at the bottom position with 18 games lost. Maccabi Ashdod will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Maccabi Haifa will play against Elitzur Netanya (#8) and hope to secure a win.

In the last game of round 23 Elitzur Netanya was defeated by Bnei Hasharon in Hod Hasharon 84-80.
The best stats of 23th round was 28 points and 15 rebounds by Isaac Rosefelt of Bnei Hasharon.


Galil Gilboa - Hapoel J-M 67-69

The most exciting game of round 23 in the Premier League took place in Galil. This derby game ended with only two-point home defeat of second-ranked Galil Gilboa (14-7) to fifth ranked Hapoel J-M (12-9) 69-67 on Sunday evening. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Galil Gilboa. The guests trailed by 3 points at the halftime before their 33-28 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. The game was dominated by American players. The best player for the winners was guard D.J. Strawberry (196-85, college: Maryland) who scored 28 points and 7 rebounds. Forward Brian Randle (203-85) chipped in 13 points and 6 rebounds. Hapoel J-M's coach used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Romeo Travis (200-84, college: Akron) produced a double-double by scoring 20 points and 12 rebounds and power forward Joseph Jones (204-86, college: Texas A&M) added 19 points and 5 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) respectively for the hosts. Hapoel J-M moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Hapoel Holon. Galil Gilboa at the other side keeps the second position with seven games lost. Hapoel J-M is looking forward to face higher ranked Maccabi Rishon (#3) in Rishon Le-Zion in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Galil Gilboa will play on the road against the league's leader Maccabi T-A in Tel-Aviv and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Hapoel J-M: D.Strawberry 28+7reb, B.Randle 13+6reb, Y.Naimy 10+1reb+5ast, R.Bradley 5+3reb+1ast, D.Grunfeld 4+1ast, G.Israeli 4+4ast
Galil Gilboa: R.Travis 20+12reb+3ast, J.Jones 19+5reb+3ast, D.Yavzuri 11+3reb+3ast, C.Thomas 8+4ast, C.Fells 6+4reb+2ast, I.Kozikaro 2+3reb
gschID: 173567


Maccabi Haifa - Maccabi Ashdod 99-100

Eleventh-ranked Maccabi Haifa (3-18) made lots of trouble for seventh ranked Maccabi Ashdod (11-10) on Sunday. The visitors from Ashdod managed to secure only one-point victory 100-99. However their fans expected much easier game. The guests trailed by 5 points after three quarters before their 28-22 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Maccabi Ashdod made 20-of-24 free shots (83.3 percent) during the game. Maccabi Ashdod outrebounded Maccabi Haifa 35-23 including 17 on the offensive glass. It was a great evening for American swingman Josh Carter (201-88, college: Texas A&M) who led his team to a victory scoring 25 points. The former international point guard Dror Hagag (178-78) helped adding 21 points and 5 assists. American forward Carlos Powell (199-83, college: S.Carolina) responded with 23 points and 7 assists (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) and the other American import forward Tyler Wilkerson (202-88, college: Marshall) scored 21 points and 5 rebounds. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Maccabi Haifa's coach Rami Hadar rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Maccabi Ashdod moved-up to sixth place. Maccabi Haifa lost fifteenth consecutive game. They stay at the bottom position with 18 games lost. Maccabi Ashdod will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Maccabi Haifa will play against Elitzur Netanya (#8) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Maccabi Ashdod: J.Carter 25+2reb+3ast, D.Hagag 21+3reb+5ast, A.Tyus 15+11reb, J.Duncan 13+3reb+2ast, M.Tapiro 12+6reb+3ast, D.Gor Arie 5+4reb+1ast
Maccabi Haifa: C.Powell 23+1reb+7ast, T.Wilkerson 21+5reb+1ast, S.Landesberg 17+6reb+3ast, J.Smith 12+3reb+1ast, A.Ben-Chimol 12+1reb+8ast, S.Farine 10
gschID: 173568


Maccabi Rishon - Hapoel Holon 90-84

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Rishon Le-Zion. Third ranked Maccabi Rishon faced 4th placed Hapoel Holon. Host Maccabi Rishon (13-8) defeated guests from Holon (12-9) 90-84. Hapoel Holon was ahead by 9 points at the halftime before a 25-8 third quarter run of Maccabi Rishon. They made 29-of-35 charity shots (82.9 percent) during the game, while Hapoel Holon only scored ten points from the stripe. They outrebounded Hapoel Holon 36-25 including 16 on the offensive glass. Hapoel Holon was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. American forward Brandon Bowman (204-84, college: Georgetown) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 25 points and 12 rebounds. Jamaican-American power forward Adrian Uter (201-84, college: Hofstra, agency: Gross Zeev ISA) contributed with a double-double by scoring 11 points, 13 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. American guard Ron Lewis (193-84, college: Ohio St.) answered with 16 points and 6 assists and the other American import power forward Bryant Dunston (202-86) added 13 points and 12 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) in the effort for Hapoel Holon. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Maccabi Rishon have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain third place with 13-8 record having four points less than leader Maccabi T-A. Hapoel Holon at the other side keeps the fourth position with nine games lost. They share it with Hapoel J-M. Maccabi Rishon will play against Hapoel J-M (#4) in Jerusalem in the next round. Hapoel Holon will play on the road against Ironi Ashkelon and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Maccabi Rishon: J.Crawford 26+1reb+1ast, B.Bowman 25+12reb, D.Kitchen 18+4reb+3ast, A.Uter 11+13reb+5ast, A.Ben David 5+5reb+6ast, N.Hanochi 3
Hapoel Holon: T.Mitchell 18+5reb+1ast, R.Lewis 16+4reb+6ast, S.Daniel 14+2ast, P.Sullivan 14+3reb, B.Dunston 13+12reb, O.Shaashoua 6+1reb+10ast
gschID: 173565


Bnei Hasharon - Elitzur Netanya 84-80

There was a minor upset in Hod Hasharon where 8th ranked Elitzur Netanya (8-13) was defeated by tenth ranked Bnei Hasharon (6-15) 84-80 on Sunday. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Elitzur Netanya won third quarter 22-18. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Bnei Hasharon made 22-of-28 free shots (78.6 percent) during the game, while Elitzur Netanya only scored six points from the stripe. They outrebounded Elitzur Netanya 46-31 including 16 on the offensive glass. It was a great evening for naturalized American power forward Isaac Rosefelt (205-85, college: St.Thomas) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 28 points and 15 rebounds (on 11-of-14 shooting from the field). American point guard Tweety Carter (180-86, college: Baylor) helped adding 14 points and 14 assists. American forward Brian Asbury (200-86, college: Miami, FL) responded with 22 points and 9 rebounds and the other American import guard Adrian Banks (191-86, college: NW Mississippi CC) scored 20 points. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Bnei Hasharon maintains tenth place with 6-15 record. Loser Elitzur Netanya keeps the eighth position with 13 games lost. Bnei Hasharon will meet higher ranked B.C. Habikaa (#9) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Elitzur Netanya will play against Maccabi Haifa and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Bnei Hasharon: I.Rosefelt 28+15reb+1ast, K.Lawson 14+7reb, T.Carter 14+14ast, L.Dunn 13+10reb+1ast, J.Williams 9+8reb+2ast, G.Lavie 6+6reb+2ast
Elitzur Netanya: B.Asbury 22+9reb, A.Banks 20+2reb+1ast, W.Carter 14+8reb+1ast, L.Lifshitz 12+2reb+9ast, Y.Orland 6+2reb+3ast, E.Campbell 4+7reb+2ast
gschID: 173566



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  ITALY   

Standings - B1

Nazionale Standings
Div.North-East
 1. Trieste 23-10 
 2. Trento 23-10 
 3. Perugia 16-17 
 4. Santarcangelo 13-20 
 5. Firenze 11-22 
 6. Comsum.it SI 11-22 
Div.North-West
 1. Omegna 29-4 
 2. Torino 20-13 
 3. Treviglio 19-14 
 4. Casalpusterlengo 18-15 
 5. Pavia 17-16 
 6. Castelletto 12-21 
Div.South-East
 1. Chieti 17-16 
 2. Recanati 17-16 
 3. Bari 15-18 
 4. San Severo 14-19 
 5. Fabriano 8-25 
 6. Ruvo 3-30 
Div.South-West
 1. Napoli 26-7 
 2. Orlandina 20-13 
 3. Ferentino 20-13 
 4. Latina Basket 16-17 
 5. Matera 15-18 
 6. Anagni 14-19 

Regular Season: Round 33

Apr. 2: Ferentino - Perugia 99-77
Apr. 1: Anagni - Santarcangelo 88-85
Apr. 1: Matera - Torino 82-66
Apr. 1: Ruvo - Pavia 75-78
Apr. 1: Napoli - Casalpusterlengo 74-79
Apr. 1: San Severo - Trento 69-74
Apr. 1: Orlandina - Treviglio 67-51
Apr. 1: Recanati - Omegna 64-72
Apr. 1: Fabriano - Castelletto 63-89
Apr. 1: Latina Basket - Firenze 61-73
Apr. 1: Bari - Comsum.it SI 55-71
Apr. 1: Chieti - Trieste 53-64

Round 22

Mar. 29: Anagni - Trento 58-72

Round 23

Mar. 29: Recanati - Matera 103-98
Mar. 29: Orlandina - Fabriano 100-65

Regular Season: Round 34

Apr. 15: Trieste - Matera
Apr. 15: Firenze - Bari
Apr. 15: Santarcangelo - Ferentino
Apr. 15: Casalpusterlengo - Chieti
Apr. 15: Treviglio - Latina Basket
Apr. 15: Pavia - Anagni
Apr. 15: Trento - Napoli
Apr. 15: Omegna - Orlandina
Apr. 15: Castelletto - Ruvo
Apr. 15: Torino - San Severo
Apr. 15: Comsum.it SI - Recanati
Apr. 15: Perugia - Fabriano


stats leader

Points Per Game
 Bernardo MUSSO
  Napoli
  (192-G-86)
  Avg: 19.8
 1. Musso, Napoli19.8 
 2. Evangelisti, Recan.17.7 
 3. Portannese, Torino16.3 
 4. Poltroneri, Perugia15.8 
 5. Prandin, Casalp.15.0 
 6. Ferrarese, Castell.14.9 
 7. Rugolo, San Severo14.6 
 8. Mei, Comsum.it SI14.4 
 9. Carrizo, Ferentino14.3 
 10. Tagliabue, Ruvo14.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Emanuele ROSSI
  Chieti
  (208-C-82)
  Avg: 12.7
 1. Rossi, Chieti12.7 
 2. Iannilli, Napoli9.7 
 3. Tagliabue, Ruvo8.5 
 4. Borra, Treviglio8.3 
 5. Baldi Rossi, Perug.8.0 
 6. Benevelli, Orlandi.8.0 
 7. Gandini, Trieste8.0 
 8. Simeoli, Comsum.i.7.9 
 9. Iannuzzi, Ferentino7.6 
 10. Tessitori, Comsum.7.4 
Assists Per Game
 Matteo BERTOLAZZI
  Omegna
  (181-G-79)
  Avg: 4.2
 1. Bertolazzi, Omegna4.2 
 2. Musso, Napoli4.2 
 3. Stanic, Fabriano3.6 
 4. Circosta, Anagni3.5 
 5. Guarino, Ferentino3.3 
 6. Santolamazza, Ana.3.2 
 7. Ferrarese, Castell.3.1 
 8. Vico, Matera3.0 
 9. Zanelli, Orlandina2.8 
 10. Parente, Torino2.8 
Steals Per Game
 Roberto MAGGIO
  Pavia
  (183-G-90)
  Avg: 3
 1. Maggio, Pavia3.0 
 2. Bertolazzi, Omegna3.0 
 3. Malamov, Anagni2.9 
 4. Rivali, Santarcang.2.9 
 5. Iardella, Fabriano2.8 
 6. Mei, Comsum.it SI2.8 
 7. Rossi, Chieti2.8 
 8. Portannese, Torino2.7 
 9. Maiocco, Pavia2.7 
 10. Musso, Napoli2.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Andrea CAPITANELLI
  Firenze
  (203-C-86)
  Avg: 2
 1. Capitanelli, Firen.2.0 
 2. Ancellotti, Santar.1.8 
 3. Borra, Treviglio1.5 
 4. Pascolo, Trento1.1 
 5. Gandini, Trieste1.0 
 6. Candido, San Seve.1.0 
 7. Cazzaniga, Pavia1.0 
 8. Cotani, Castelletto1.0 
 9. Raminelli, Castell.1.0 
 10. Benevelli, Orland.0.9 


Best players of Italian SerieA round 27 - by Eurobasket News

Greek Ioannis Bourousis (212-C-83, agency: FCM) had an amazing evening in the last round for Armani Mit and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 27.
The 28-year old center had a double-double of 27 points and twelve rebounds, while his team beat Umana Venezia (15-10) 79-70. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. Armani Mit is placed at 3rd position in Italian SerieA. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Armani Mit will need more victories to improve their 15-10 record. In the team's last game Bourousis had a remarkable 76.9% from 2-point range. It was one of impressive evenings for him as usually he does not deliver so high stats. Ioannis Bourousis averages this season 11.3ppg and 6.5rpg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 23-year old American forward Jarvis Varnado (206-F-88) of Acea Roma. Varnado impressed basketball fans with 20 points and 9 rebounds. It was enough for Acea Roma to edge slightly lower-ranked Benetton TV (#12, 11-14) in overtime by 3 points 102-99. The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the title. But Acea Roma managed to improve slightly their position in standings taking 10th place. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 12-14 record. Varnado is one of the most experienced players at Acea Roma and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

The third best performed player last round was American Marcus Goree (201-F-77) of Benetton TV (#12). Goree scored 25 points and grabbed five rebounds. Despite Goree's great performance Benetton TV lost 99-102in overtime to slightly higher-ranked Acea Roma (#10, 12-14). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of Benetton TV ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 14 games, recording just eleven victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Goree could help Benetton TV to bring them higher in the standings. Goree has a very solid season. In 11 games in Italy he scored 14.7ppg. He also has 5.5rpg, FGP: 51.3% and 3PT: 55.9%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Aubrey Coleman (193-G-87) of Angelico BI - 25 points and 3 rebounds
5. Andrija Stipanovic (209-C-86) of Otto Caserta - 12 points and 12 rebounds
6. Dejan Ivanov (205-F/C-86) of Fabi Shoes - 14 points and 12 rebounds
7. Andre Smith (203-F-85) of Otto Caserta - 15 points and 10 rebounds
8. Drake Diener (196-G-81) of Banco di Sard. - 21 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Giuseppe Poeta (190-G-85) of CS Bologna - 15 points, 3 rebounds and 7 assists
10. Coby Karl (196-G-83) of Fabi Shoes - 15 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists

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



Best players of Italian Lega2 round 26 - by Eurobasket News

American Leemire Goldwire (182-PG-85, agency: Interperformances) had an amazing evening in the last round for Centrale Latte and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Lega2 Player of the Week award for round 26.
The 26-year old playmaker had the game-high 26 points adding five rebounds and six assists for Centrale Latte in his team's victory, helping them to beat MarcoPoloShop (#15, 7-17) 93-84. Centrale Latte maintains the 6th position in Italian Lega2. Centrale Latte is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 13-11 record. In the team's last game Goldwire had a remarkable five three-pointers out of 6 attempts. He turned to be Centrale Latte's top player in his first season with the team. University of North Carolina - Charlotte graduate has very impressive stats this year. Goldwire is in league's top in assists (8th best: 3.1apg) and averages solid 2.3spg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 31-year old Canadian forward Philip Martin (202-F-80) of Sigma Barcel.. Martin impressed basketball fans with 19 points and 5 rebounds. Of course he lead Sigma Barcel. to another comfortable win 95-76 over the higher-ranked Giorgio Tesi PT (#2, 16-9) being unquestionably team leader. Sigma Barcel.'s 5th position in the standings has not changed. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 15-10 record is not bad and everything may still change. Martin is a newcomer at Sigma Barcel. and despite he is not a team leader yet, every game he becomes more reliable player. Hopefully performances like the last one will happen more often.

The third best performed player last round was former international center Michele Maggioli (212-C-77) of Fileni BPA (#7). Maggioli showcased his all-around game by recording 20 points, eleven rebounds (!!!) and six assists in the last round. He was a key player of Fileni BPA, leading his team to a 89-77 win against the lower-ranked S.Antimo (#14, 8-16). Fileni BPA needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 13 victories and 11 lost games. Maggioli has a great season in Italy. After 24 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 18.1ppg (6th best) and rebounds with 8.1rpg (2nd best). He also has 1.5bpg and FGP: 62.0%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. James Thomas (203-F/C-80) of Givova Scafati - 17 points, 13 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Terrence Roderick (196-G/F-88) of MarcoPoloShop - 31 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists
6. Ryan Thompson (198-G-89) of Centrale Latte - 22 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Alan Voskuil (191-G-86) of Morpho Basket - 26 points, 3 rebounds and 4 assists
8. Jeff Brooks (203-F-89) of Fileni BPA - 18 points and 12 rebounds
9. Antonio Porta (187-G-83) of Tezenis Verona - 16 points, 2 rebounds and 5 assists
10. Dawan Robinson (189-G-82) of Trenkwalder - 19 points and 6 rebounds

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



Nazionale A Round 33 results and stats - by Eurobasket News

There will be only one (last) round of the Regular Season in Nazionale A. There was no lack of interesting games this round. The round ended with defeat of the leader, favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

The most crucial game of the last round was another loss of Chieti (17-16) at the home court on Sunday night. Hosts were defeated by Trieste (23-10) 64-53. The guests were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Trieste made 19-of-24 free shots (79.2 percent) during the game. 25 personal fouls committed by Chieti helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The former international point guard Marco Carra (185-80) stepped up and scored 16 points for the winners and Innocenzo Ferraro (200-82) chipped in 11 points and 7 rebounds. Trieste's coach Eugenio Dalmasson used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The best for the losing side was forward Roberto Feliciangeli (203-74) with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 13 rebounds. Trieste have a solid series of four victories in a row. They maintain first place with 23-10 record, which they share with Trento. Chieti lost third consecutive game. Newly promoted team still keeps top position with 16 games lost. They share it with Pavia and Recanati. Trieste is looking forward to face Matera (#5) at home in the next round. Chieti will play against Casalpusterlengo (#4) and is hoping to win this game.
Important game to mention about took place in Anagni. Sixth ranked Anagni (14-19) saved a 3-point victory at home edging 4th placed Santarcangelo (13-20) 88-85 in the game for the fourth place. The former international guard Riccardo Santolamazza (195-83) nailed 24 points and 4 assists (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) for the winning side and Valerio Circosta accounted for 17 points. Forward Giorgio Broglia (198-86) came up with 19 points for Santarcangelo in the defeat. Anagni moved-up to fourth place, which they share with San Severo. Newly promoted Santarcangelo keeps the fourth position with 20 games lost. Anagni will play against Pavia (#5) on the road in the next round. Santarcangelo will play against Ferentino and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Sixth-ranked Ruvo (3-30) gave a tough game to fifth ranked Pavia (17-16) in Ruvo di Puglia on Sunday. The visitors from Pavia managed to secure only three-point victory 78-75. However their fans expected easier game. The best player for the winners was Roberto Cazzaniga who scored 19 points and 7 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was Marco Tagliabue who recorded a double-double by scoring 27 points and 14 rebounds. Ruvo's coach Giulio Cadeo rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Pavia have a solid series of three victories in a row. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with Chieti and Recanati. Ruvo lost twelfth consecutive game. They keep the sixth place with 30 games lost. Pavia will meet at home Anagni (#6) in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Ruvo will play against Castelletto and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Very important is a road loss of second ranked Torino (20-13) against fifth ranked Matera (15-18) on Sunday night. Visiting Torino was defeated by Matera in Matera 82-66. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Torino. It was a good game for Sebastian Vico who led his team to a victory with 20 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. Matera's coach Francesco Ponticiello allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Matera moved-up to third place, which they share with Bari. Torino at the other side keeps the second position with 13 games lost. Matera's next round opponent will be league's leader Trieste on the road and it will be for sure the game of the week. Torino will play against Mazzeo San Severo and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Very important is a home loss of third ranked Bari (15-18) against sixth ranked Comsum.it SI (11-22) on Sunday night. Host Bari was defeated by Comsum.it SI in 71-55. Andrea Colli stepped up and scored 17 points and 5 assists for the winners. Bari's coach Giovanni Putignano tested ten players seeing no chance for a win. Comsum.it SI moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Firenze. Bari lost fifth consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the third position with 18 games lost. Comsum.it SI will face league's second-placed Recanati at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Bari will play against Firenze and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

There were no shocking results in the rest of the games of round 33: Omegna won against Recanati on the opponent's court 72-64. Fabriano was outscored by Castelletto in a home game 63-89. Perugia was rolled over Ferentino on the road 99-77. Latina Basket was defeated by Firenze on its own court 61-73. Casalpusterlengo beat Napoli in a road game 79-74. Orlandina won against Treviglio at home 67-51. Trento managed to outperform San Severo on the opponent's court 74-69. Anagni recorded a loss to Trento in a home game 58-72. Fabriano was crushed by Orlandina on the road 100-65. Recanati beat Matera on its own court 103-98.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 28 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists by Bernardo Musso of Napoli.


Recanati - Omegna 64-72

The game between closely ranked teams ended with second-best Recanati's (17-16) home loss to first ranked Omegna (29-4) 64-72 on Sunday. Recanati trailed by 15 points after 3 quarters before a 23-16 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 64-72 at the end of the game. Omegna had a 26-14 advantage in offensive rebounds. Guard Andrea Saccaggi (192-89, agency: Interperformances) stepped up and scored 16 points and 4 assists for the winners and forward Stefano Masciadri (200-89) chipped in 11 points and 9 rebounds. Omegna's coach Giampaolo Di Lorenzo used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. The best for the losing side was guard Marco Evangelisti (198-84) with 17 points and forward Attilio Pierini (201-81) scored 5 points and 11 rebounds. Omegna have an impressive series of six victories in a row. They maintain first place with 29-4 record which they share with defeated Recanati. Loser Recanati still keeps top position with 16 games lost. Omegna will face league's second-placed Orlandina at home in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Recanati will play against Comsum.it SI in Siena.
Top scorers:
Omegna: A.Saccaggi 16+1reb+4ast, T.Raspino 15+4reb+1ast, S.Masciadri 11+9reb, P.Paci 9+3reb, M.Toure 9+2reb+1ast, F.Prelazzi 6+4reb+1ast
Recanati: M.Evangelisti 17+1reb, S.Centanni 12+2ast, A.Cecchetti 6+5reb, A.Pierini 5+11reb, P.Chiarello 5+2reb+1ast, M.Ceron 3+2reb+2ast
gschID: 135954


Fabriano - Castelletto 63-89

We could consider it a predictable result in the game between close teams when sixth ranked Castelletto (12-21) smashed on the road 5th ranked Fabriano (8-25) 89-63 on Sunday. The game without a history. Castelletto led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They shot the lights out from three sinking 13 long-distance shots on high 52.0 percentage. Point guard Simone Ferrarese (182-87) stepped up and scored 16 points and 6 assists for the winners and swingman Christian Villani (200-82) chipped in 18 points and 5 rebounds. Castelletto's coach Alessandro De Pol felt very confident that he used 10 players and allowed the starting five to rest. The best for the losing side was forward Giorgio Sgobba (202-92) with 17 points and 6 rebounds and guard Cosimo Fontani (195-89) scored 15 points. Five Castelletto and four Fabriano players scored in double figures. Castelletto maintains sixth place with 12-21 record. Fabriano lost seventh consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the fifth position with 25 games lost. Castelletto will face Ruvo (#6) in Ruvo di Puglia in the next round. Fabriano will play on the road against Perugia and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Castelletto: C.Villani 18+5reb+3ast, S.Ferrarese 16+4reb+6ast, M.Raminelli 14+10reb, F.Dri 13+2reb, A.Piazza 11+3reb+4ast, L.Marmugi 8+5reb+1ast
Fabriano: G.Sgobba 17+6reb+1ast, A.Iardella 17+2reb+1ast, C.Fontani 15+4reb+1ast, G.Castelletta 12+7reb+1ast, S.Piermartiri 2+2reb+1ast, N.D'Arrigo 0
gschID: 135955


Matera - Torino 82-66

Very important is a road loss of second ranked Torino (20-13) against fifth ranked Matera (15-18) on Sunday night. Visiting Torino was defeated by Matera in Matera 82-66. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Torino. The game without a history. Matera led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. It was a great shooting night for Matera especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 58.8 percentage. 24 personal fouls committed by Torino helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a good game for naturalized Argentinian guard Sebastian Vico (190-86, agency: Players Group) who led his team to a victory with 20 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. Power forward Cristiano Grappasonni (204-72) contributed with 17 points and 6 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) for the winners. Four Matera players scored in double figures. Matera's coach Francesco Ponticiello allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Guard Marco Portannese (192-89, agency: Players Group) answered with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 13 rebounds and naturalized San Marino Federico Tassinari (195-77, agency: Players Group) added 21 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Torino. Matera moved-up to third place, which they share with Bari. Torino at the other side keeps the second position with 13 games lost. Matera's next round opponent will be league's leader Trieste on the road and it will be for sure the game of the week. Torino will play against Mazzeo San Severo and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Matera: S.Vico 20+6reb+5ast, C.Grappasonni 17+6reb, A.LaGioia 14+2reb, G.Cantagalli 13+2reb+1ast, A.Pilotti 9+2reb+1ast, P.Aprea 5
Torino: F.Tassinari 21+6reb, C.Masper 12+3reb, M.Portannese 12+13reb+3ast, L.Fontecchio 6+4reb, D.Parente 5+1reb+2ast, M.DeFant 5+1reb
gschID: 135956


Bari - Comsum.it SI 55-71

Very important is a home loss of third ranked Bari (15-18) against sixth ranked Comsum.it SI (11-22) on Sunday night. Host Bari was defeated by Comsum.it SI in 71-55. The game was mostly controlled by Comsum.it SI. Bari was better in third quarter 21-10. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 22-of-28 free shots (78.6 percent) during the game. Comsum.it SI forced 29 Bari turnovers. Bari was plagued by 27 personal fouls down the stretch. Forward Andrea Colli (203-88, agency: Players Group) stepped up and scored 17 points and 5 assists for the winners and guard Nicola Mei (186-85) chipped in 22 points and 4 steals. The best for the losing side was forward Marco Cardillo (196-85) with 16 points and 5 rebounds and center Domenico Morena (210-70) scored 14 points. Bari's coach Giovanni Putignano tested ten players seeing no chance for a win. Comsum.it SI moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Firenze. Bari lost fifth consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the third position with 18 games lost. Comsum.it SI will face league's second-placed Recanati at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Bari will play against Firenze and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Comsum.it SI: N.Mei 22+1reb+2ast, A.Colli 17+4reb+5ast, G.Spizzichini 9+2reb+3ast, S.Bonfiglio 9+4reb+6ast, M.Cucco 5+1reb+1ast, A.Tessitori 5+5reb+2ast
Bari: M.Cardillo 16+5reb+3ast, D.Morena 14+4reb+1ast, M.Bona 10+4reb+4ast, D.Barozzi 6+5reb+1ast, F.Mian 5+1reb+3ast, A.Ruggiero 2+7reb+1ast
gschID: 135957


Ferentino - Perugia 99-77

There was a minor upset when 3rd placed Perugia (16-17) was rolled over on the road by third ranked Ferentino (20-13) 99-77 on Monday. The game was mostly controlled by Ferentino. Perugia was better in fourth quarter 22-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Ferentino shot the lights out from three sinking 15 long-distance shots on high 60.0 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists comparing to just 8 passes made by Perugia's players. Naturalized Argentinian swingman Manuel Carrizo (198-80, agency: Players Group) stepped up and scored 21 points and 4 assists for the winners and guard Francesco Guarino (182-79) chipped in 9 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists. Four Ferentino players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was Davide Poltroneri (195-85) with 25 points and 5 rebounds and point guard Giacomo Chiatti (183-86) scored 12 points and 5 rebounds. Perugia's coach Andrea Fabrizi gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. Ferentino moved-up to second place, which they share with Orlandina and Torino. Loser Perugia keeps the third position with 17 games lost. Ferentino will face Santarcangelo (#4) in Sant'Arcangelo in the next round. Perugia will play against Fabriano and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Ferentino: M.Carrizo 21+4reb+4ast, F.Ihedioha 15+3reb+2ast, F.Gagliardo 14+4reb+2ast, S.Parrillo 12+4ast, A.Iannuzzi 10+10reb, F.Guarino 9+7reb+6ast
Perugia: D.Poltroneri 25+5reb+1ast, T.De Min 13+3reb, G.Chiatti 12+5reb+1ast, M.Caroldi 9+5reb+1ast, S.Bonamente 9+3reb, F.Baldi Rossi 4+5reb+2ast
gschID: 135958


Chieti - Trieste 53-64

The most crucial game of the last round was another loss of Chieti (17-16) at the home court on Sunday night. Hosts were defeated by Trieste (23-10) 64-53. The guests were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Trieste made 19-of-24 free shots (79.2 percent) during the game. 25 personal fouls committed by Chieti helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The former international point guard Marco Carra (185-80) stepped up and scored 16 points for the winners and Innocenzo Ferraro (200-82) chipped in 11 points and 7 rebounds. Four Trieste players scored in double figures. Trieste's coach Eugenio Dalmasson used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The best for the losing side was forward Roberto Feliciangeli (203-74) with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 13 rebounds and the former international center Emanuele Rossi (208-82) scored 11 points and 8 rebounds. Trieste have a solid series of four victories in a row. They maintain first place with 23-10 record, which they share with Trento. Chieti lost third consecutive game. Newly promoted team still keeps top position with 16 games lost. They share it with Pavia and Recanati. Trieste is looking forward to face Matera (#5) at home in the next round. Chieti will play against Casalpusterlengo (#4) and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Trieste: M.Carra 16+3reb+1ast, I.Ferraro 11+7reb, M.Ruzzier 10+1reb+1ast, L.Zaccariello 10+6reb, A.Scutiero 5, L.Gandini 4+8reb
Chieti: R.Feliciangeli 18+13reb+2ast, E.Rossi 11+8reb+1ast, A.Raschi 10+4reb, F.Gialloreto 5+3reb+2ast, M.Diomede 5+3reb, A.Iannone 2
gschID: 135959


Latina Basket - Firenze 61-73

We could consider it a predictable result in the game between close teams when fifth ranked Firenze (11-22) beat on the road 4th placed Latina Basket (16-17) 73-61 on Sunday. The game was mostly controlled by Firenze. Latina Basket was better in fourth quarter 16-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Swingman Alessandro Amici (200-91) stepped up and scored 15 points and 7 rebounds for the winners and point guard Diego Monaldi (190-93) chipped in 13 points. Four Firenze players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was naturalized Serbian forward Marko Micevic (198-89) with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 10 rebounds and forward Giulio Gazzotti (202-91) scored 9 points and 8 rebounds. Firenze have a solid series of three victories in a row. Newly promoted Firenze maintains fifth place with 11-22 record, which they share with Comsum.it SI. Loser Latina Basket dropped to the third position with 17 games lost. Firenze will face higher ranked Bari (#3) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Latina Basket will play against Treviglio and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Firenze: A.Amici 15+7reb+1ast, F.Bellina 13+4reb+1ast, D.Monaldi 13+2reb+3ast, S.Spizzichini 12+3reb, A.Capitanelli 7+5reb+1ast, A.Giampaoli 6+4reb
Latina Basket: M.Micevic 13+10reb+1ast, R.Serena 10, G.Gazzotti 9+8reb, T.Plateo 9+3reb+1ast, T.Milani 6, R.Tavernelli 5+1reb+1ast
gschID: 135948


Anagni - Santarcangelo 88-85

Important game to mention about took place in Anagni. Sixth ranked Anagni (14-19) saved a 3-point victory at home edging 4th placed Santarcangelo (13-20) 88-85 in the game for the fourth place. Santarcangelo was ahead by 13 points after three quarters before a 31-15 charge of Anagni, which allowed them to win the game. The former international guard Riccardo Santolamazza (195-83) nailed 24 points and 4 assists (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) for the winning side and guard Valerio Circosta (188-87, agency: Two Points) accounted for 17 points. Forward Giorgio Broglia (198-86) came up with 19 points and point guard Eugenio Rivali (178-86, agency: Two Points) added 15 points respectively for Santarcangelo in the defeat. Anagni moved-up to fourth place, which they share with San Severo. Newly promoted Santarcangelo keeps the fourth position with 20 games lost. Anagni will play against Pavia (#5) on the road in the next round. Santarcangelo will play against Ferentino and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Anagni: R.Santolamazza 24+2reb+4ast, V.Circosta 17+4reb+1ast, D.Corral 12+9reb, L.Ciribeni 8+1reb+2ast, N.Benedusi 7+4reb, M.Baroncelli 7+2reb+1ast
Santarcangelo: G.Broglia 19+4reb+1ast, E.Rivali 15+4reb+2ast, M.Palermo 15+4reb, L.Pesaresi 9+1reb, A.Ancellotti 7+10reb, J.Silimbani 7+1reb
gschID: 135949


Napoli - Casalpusterlengo 74-79

There was a minor upset when leader Napoli (26-7) was defeated at home by fourth ranked Casalpusterlengo (18-15) 79-74 on Sunday. The guests trailed by 5 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 3-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 79-74. Casalpusterlengo forced 21 Napoli turnovers. Power forward Alberto Chiumenti (204-87, agency: Players Group) stepped up and scored 21 points and 7 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) for the winners and guard Roberto Prandin (188-86, agency: Two Points) chipped in 21 points. The best for the losing side was naturalized Argentinian guard Bernardo Musso (192-86) with 28 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists and center Andrea Iannilli (207-84) produced a double-double by scoring 19 points and 10 rebounds. Casalpusterlengo maintains fourth place with 18-15 record. Newly promoted Napoli still keeps top position with seven games lost. Casalpusterlengo will face league's leader Chieti at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Napoli will play against the league's second-placed Trento and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Casalpusterlengo: A.Chiumenti 21+7reb+2ast, R.Prandin 21+2reb+2ast, F.Loschi 11+4reb+1ast, R.Casagrande 8+4reb+2ast, R.Castelli 8+2reb+1ast, M.Contento 7+1reb+3ast
Napoli: B.Musso 28+8reb+5ast, A.Iannilli 19+10reb+2ast, S.Gatti 11+5reb, N.Sabbatino 6+2reb+1ast, P.Rotondo 4+3reb, N.Bastone 2+1reb
gschID: 135950


Orlandina - Treviglio 67-51

Everything could happen at the game between two tied teams. Both second ranked Orlandina and 3rd placed Treviglio had identical 19-13 record. This time Orlandina used a home court advantage and won against the opponent from Treviglio 67-51 on Sunday night. The game without a history. Orlandina led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 20-of-24 free shots (83.3 percent) during the game. Orlandina outrebounded Treviglio 45-32 including a 30-18 advantage in defensive rebounds. Treviglio was plagued by 28 personal fouls down the stretch. Forward Andrea Benevelli (202-85, agency: Two Points) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 11 rebounds for the winners and the former international power forward Luca Bisconti (206-82) chipped in 18 points and 7 rebounds. The best for the losing side was guard Niccolo Cazzolato (191-89) with 14 points and power forward Gabriele Zanella (204-81) scored 8 points and 5 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Newly promoted Orlandina maintains second place with 20-13 record having just -3 point less than leader Napoli, which they share with Ferentino and Torino. Loser Treviglio keeps the third position with 14 games lost. Orlandina will face league's leader Omegna on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Treviglio will play against Latina Basket and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Orlandina: L.Bisconti 18+7reb+2ast, A.Benevelli 17+11reb+1ast, N.Crow 7+7reb+1ast, G.Zampolli 6+5reb+2ast, F.Pellegrino 6+4reb+1ast, D.Bonacini 5+2reb+2ast
Treviglio: N.Cazzolato 14+2reb+1ast, A.Vitale 8+2ast, G.Zanella 8+5reb+1ast, A.Fabi 7+4reb+1ast, J.Borra 5+8reb+1ast, S.Tomasini 3+3reb
gschID: 135951


Ruvo - Pavia 75-78

Sixth-ranked Ruvo (3-30) gave a tough game to fifth ranked Pavia (17-16) in Ruvo di Puglia on Sunday. The visitors from Pavia managed to secure only three-point victory 78-75. However their fans expected easier game. The guests trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 9-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 78-75. The best player for the winners was power forward Roberto Cazzaniga (205-78) who scored 19 points and 7 rebounds. Guard Roberto Maggio (183-90) chipped in 14 points and 6 assists. Four Pavia players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was Marco Tagliabue (206-86) who recorded a double-double by scoring 27 points and 14 rebounds and Simone Zanotti (206-92) added 14 points and 6 rebounds respectively. Ruvo's coach Giulio Cadeo rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Pavia have a solid series of three victories in a row. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with Chieti and Recanati. Ruvo lost twelfth consecutive game. They keep the sixth place with 30 games lost. Pavia will meet at home Anagni (#6) in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Ruvo will play against Castelletto and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Pavia: R.Cazzaniga 19+7reb+2ast, R.Maggio 14+4reb+6ast, R.Pederzini 14+1ast, L.Furlanetto 14+3reb+1ast, S.Borgna 9+2reb, F.Maiocco 5+3reb+4ast
Ruvo: M.Tagliabue 27+14reb+2ast, S.Zanotti 14+6reb+1ast, A.Liguori 10+6reb+1ast, G.Tomasiello 8+2reb+3ast, D.Merletto 5+3reb+6ast, D.Karadzic 5+4reb+4ast
gschID: 135952


San Severo - Trento 69-74

Rather expected game when 4th placed Mazzeo San Severo (14-19) was defeated at home by second ranked Trento (23-10) 74-69 on Sunday. Mazzeo San Severo trailed by 12 points after 3 quarters before a 26-19 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 69-74 at the end of the game. The former international forward Walter Santarossa (200-78) stepped up and scored 14 points for the winners and naturalized Argentinian point guard Andres Forray (187-86) chipped in 8 points and 5 rebounds. The best for the losing side was center Fulvio Candido (208-83) with 16 points and 8 rebounds and forward Francesco Amoroso (202-78) scored 14 points and 9 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Trento have a solid series of three victories in a row. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with Trieste. Mazzeo San Severo lost third consecutive game. They keep the fourth place with 19 games lost. Trento will face league's leader Napoli at home in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Mazzeo San Severo will play against the league's second-placed Torino and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Trento: M.Negri 14, W.Santarossa 14+3reb, L.Conte 11+3reb+2ast, M.Pazzi 11+4reb, A.Forray 8+5reb+3ast, M.Spanghero 6+1reb+2ast
San Severo: I.Scarponi 17+3reb, F.Candido 16+8reb+1ast, F.Amoroso 14+9reb+2ast, G.Rugolo 11+2reb+3ast, R.Marzoli 6+3reb, F.Lovatti 5+3reb
gschID: 135953


Round 22
Anagni - Trento 58-72

Rather predictable result when second ranked Trento (23-10) defeated on the road 6th ranked Anagni (14-19) 72-58 on Thursday. The game was mostly controlled by Trento. Anagni was better in third quarter 17-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Center Marco Pazzi (203-79) stepped up and scored 13 points and 8 rebounds for the winners and forward Davide Pascolo (200-90) chipped in 9 points and 10 rebounds. The best for the losing side was forward Jacopo Pozzi (200-87, agency: Two Points) with 19 points and 6 rebounds and naturalized Argentinian center Diego Corral (205-86, agency: Players Group) scored 12 points and 9 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Trento have a solid series of three victories in a row. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with Trieste. Loser Anagni dropped to the fourth place with 19 games lost. Trento will face league's leader Napoli at home in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Anagni will play against Pavia and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Trento: M.Pazzi 13+8reb+1ast, M.Spanghero 12+3reb+1ast, M.Negri 10, W.Santarossa 10+6reb, A.Forray 9+4reb+1ast, L.Conte 9+4reb+1ast
Anagni: J.Pozzi 19+6reb, D.Corral 12+9reb, M.Baroncelli 7+1reb, N.Benedusi 6+3reb, V.Circosta 5+2reb+4ast, R.Santolamazza 4+3reb+6ast
gschID: 171999


Round 23
Orlandina - Fabriano 100-65

Not a big story in a game when 5th ranked Fabriano (8-25) was rolled over on the road by second ranked Orlandina (20-13) 100-65 on Thursday. The game without a history. Orlandina led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 68 of its points in the paint compared to Fabriano's 36 and made 17-of-22 free shots (77.3 percent) during the game. Orlandina forced 20 Fabriano turnovers and outrebounded them 40-14 including a 15-2 advantage in offensive rebounds. Center Niccolo Damiani (204-90, agency: Interperformances) stepped up and scored 13 points and 9 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) for the winners and center Francesco Pellegrino (210-91) chipped in 11 points and 8 rebounds. Five Orlandina players scored in double figures. Orlandina's coach Giovanni Perdichizzi felt very confident that he used 10 players and allowed the starting five to rest. The best for the losing side was forward Alessio Iardella (187-88) with 14 points and 4 assists and power forward Luca Usberti (201-73) scored 15 points. Newly promoted Orlandina maintains second place with 20-13 record having just -3 point less than leader Napoli, which they share with Ferentino and Torino. Fabriano lost seventh consecutive game. Fabriano at the other side, also newcomer in the league, keeps the fifth position with 25 games lost. Orlandina will face league's leader Omegna on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Fabriano will play against Perugia (#3) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Orlandina: D.Bonacini 14+4ast, L.Bisconti 14+3reb+2ast, A.Benevelli 14+4reb, N.Damiani 13+9reb+1ast, G.Zampolli 13+3reb+2ast, N.Crow 11+7reb
Fabriano: L.Usberti 15+2ast, A.Iardella 14+3reb+4ast, G.Sgobba 12+3reb, C.Fontani 9, E.Rossi 8, D.Liberati 5+1reb
gschID: 170577


Recanati - Matera 103-98

Everything went according to plan when second ranked Recanati (17-16) beat at home 5th ranked Matera (15-18) 103-98 on Thursday. The hosts trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 47-41 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Recanati shot the lights out from three sinking 13 long-distance shots on high 56.5 percentage. Matera was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. Guard Marco Ceron (195-92) stepped up and scored 28 points for the winners and forward Attilio Pierini (201-81) chipped in 18 points and 8 rebounds. The best for the losing side was the former international swingman Andrea Pilotti (196-80, agency: Players Group) with 36 points (!!!) and 5 rebounds (on 13-of-17 shooting from the field) and power forward Cristiano Grappasonni (204-72) scored 20 points and 6 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Recanati keeps a position of league leader, which they share with Chieti and Pavia. Loser Matera dropped to the third place with 18 games lost. Recanati will face Comsum.it SI (#6) in Siena in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Matera will play on the road against the league's leader Trieste and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Recanati: M.Ceron 28+3reb+2ast, M.Evangelisti 20+1reb+4ast, A.Pierini 18+8reb, M.Pierangeli 12+2reb+1ast, P.Chiarello 10+2reb+2ast, R.Fossati 8+4reb+2ast
Matera: A.Pilotti 36+5reb+1ast, C.Grappasonni 20+6reb+2ast, G.Cantagalli 19+4reb+2ast, S.Vico 12+3reb+6ast, A.LaGioia 9+1reb+2ast, P.Aprea 2+1reb+3ast
gschID: 170578



Matteo Boniciolli gets 2-year contract extension from BC Astana, Kazakhstan - by Eurobasket News

Matteo Boniciolli (agency: Beo Basket) extended his stay in Kazakhstan for two more years. The Italian specialist penned contract extension with BC Astana which will keep him in the club until the end of the 2013/14 season. Boniciolli took over the newly formed team last summer and won the Kazakhstan Cup with them. They currently have perfect 20-0 record in the league. Astana also competed in VTB United League this season. They registered 7 wins in 16 games. Matteo Boniciolli worked with Lottomatica Roma from December of 2009 until January of 2011. Before that, he coached La Fortezza Bolona one season and managed to win the EuroChallenge title with them. In was in 2008/09. In 2008, Boniciolli won the Italian Cup with Air Avelino and was named Eurobasket.com All-Italian SerieA Coach of the Year -08. He reached SerieA Finals with Fortitudo in 2002 and Belgian Cup Finals with Oostende in 2004. In the past, Matteo Boniciolli worked with Teramo, Udine and Italian cadet NT. He was coach assistant of the senior NT from 1996 to 2001.


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Standings - BJ League

BJ Standings
Eastern
 1. Hamamatsu P. 30-13 
 2. Akita NH 27-19 
 3. Niigata Albirex 24-20 
 4. Toyama Grouses 23-21 
 5. Sendai 89ers 23-21 
 6. Yokohama BC 22-21 
 7. Shinshu BW 17-27 
 8. Chiba Jets 16-28 
 9. Iwate Big Bulls 14-32 
 10. Saitama Bron. 12-31 
Western
 1. Okinawa GK 34-12 
 2. Osaka Evessa 30-14 
 3. Shiga L-Stars 28-16 
 4. Kyoto Hannar. 28-16 
 5. Fukuoka Rizing 28-16 
 6. Shimane SM 24-21 
 7. Miyazaki SS 20-24 
 8. Oita H.Devils 18-25 
 9. Takamatsu FA 2-43 

Regular Season: Round 50

Apr. 2: Shinshu BW - Takamatsu FA 92-81
Apr. 2: Miyazaki SS - Osaka Evessa 90-93
Apr. 2: Hamamatsu P. - Akita NH 82-71
Apr. 2: Saitama Bron. - Sendai 89ers 82-69
Apr. 2: Kyoto Hannar. - Okinawa GK 79-75
Apr. 2: Fukuoka Rizing - Niigata Albirex 73-72
Apr. 2: Oita H.Devils - Shiga L-Stars 70-87
Apr. 2: Toyama Grouses - Shimane SM 70-75

Regular Season: Round 51

Apr. 7: Akita NH - Yokohama BC
Apr. 7: Sendai 89ers - Hamamatsu P.
Apr. 7: Shinshu BW - Oita H.Devils
Apr. 7: Shiga L-Stars - Fukuoka Rizing
Apr. 7: Kyoto Hannar. - Miyazaki SS
Apr. 7: Osaka Evessa - Niigata Albirex
Apr. 7: Shimane SM - Chiba Jets
Apr. 7: Takamatsu FA - Saitama Bron.
Apr. 7: Okinawa GK - Toyama Grouses


BJ League Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Michael PARKER
  Shimane SM
  (202-F-81)
  Avg: 23
 1. Parker, Shimane SM23.0 
 2. Hargrow, Chiba J.21.5 
 3. Palmer, Fukuoka21.1 
 4. Cummings, Oita H.20.9 
 5. Flowers, Saitama20.8 
 6. Staten, Chiba Jets20.8 
 7. Mims, Sendai 89ers19.3 
 8. Fitzgerald, Sendai19.0 
 9. Raivio, Shinshu BW18.8 
 10. Burrell, Yokohama.18.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Chris HOLM
  Niigata Albirex
  (212-C/F-84)
  Avg: 14.9
 1. Holm, Niigata Albi.14.9 
 2. Hamilton, Fukuok.11.0 
 3. Rickert, Kyoto H.10.9 
 4. Staten, Chiba Jets10.8 
 5. Malloy, Iwate B.10.5 
 6. Mims, Sendai 89ers10.4 
 7. Searcy, Toyama G.10.1 
 8. Blackledge, Osaka10.0 
 9. Burrell, Yokohama.10.0 
 10. Okosa, Okinawa GK9.8 
Assists Per Game
 Kenny SATTERFIELD
  Saitam.
  (188-PG-81)
  Avg: 6.7
 1. Satterfield, Saita.6.7 
 2. Gardener, Akita NH5.6 
 3. Takushi, Oita H.5.4 
 4. Shimura, Sendai5.4 
 5. Dixon, Hamamats.5.2 
 6. Yamamoto, Shima.5.1 
 7. Dukes, Sendai 89e.4.7 
 8. Yamamoto, Iwate B.4.4 
 9. Namizato, Okina.4.3 
 10. Staten, Chiba Je.4.2 
Steals Per Game
 Jamel STATEN
  Chiba Jets
  (198-G-83)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Staten, Chiba Jets2.8 
 2. Palmer, Fukuoka2.6 
 3. Parker, Shimane SM2.5 
 4. Smith, Takamats.2.1 
 5. Humphrey, Saitama2.0 
 6. Lyons, Miyazaki SS2.0 
 7. Klaiber, Iwate B.2.0 
 8. Joho, Toyama G.1.9 
 9. Dixon, Hamamats.1.9 
 10. Hamilton, Fukuok.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Jeral DAVIS
  Shimane SM
  (216-C-84)
  Avg: 3.8
 1. Davis, Shimane SM3.8 
 2. Blackledge, Osaka3.0 
 3. Singleton, Sendai3.0 
 4. Broxsie, Chiba Jets2.5 
 5. Blackledge, Hamama.2.4 
 6. Mims, Sendai 89ers1.6 
 7. Hughes, Shinshu BW1.5 
 8. Marshall, Osaka E.1.5 
 9. Moliva, Chiba Jets1.4 
 10. Dukes, Sendai 89.1.3 


Japanese BJ League round 50 best performance: Michael Parker - by Eurobasket News

American forward Michael Parker (202-F-81) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Shimane SM, receiving a Asia-basket.com BJ League Player of the Week award for round 50.
The 30-year old player was the main contributor (31 points, seven rebounds and three assists) to his team's victory, helping them to beat Toyama Grouses (#4, 23-21) 75-70. Shimane SM maintains the 6th position in Japanese BJ League. Shimane SM 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 24-21 record. Parker turned to be Shimane SM's top player in his first season with the team. Former Evergreen State College star has very solid stats this year. Parker is league's best scorer averaging so far 23.0ppg. Parker is in league's top in and averages impressive 2.5spg and 55.8% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 22-year old American Devin Searcy (208-F/C-89, agency: Pro One Sports) of Toyama Grouses. Searcy had a very good evening with a double-double of 19 points and 23 rebounds. Bad luck as Toyama Grouses lost that game 70-75 to slightly lower-ranked Shimane SM (#6, 24-21). Toyama Grouses managed to keep the same 4th spot in the standings. His team's 23-21 record is not bad at all. Searcy is a newcomer at Toyama Grouses, but is already one of team's top players.

Third on the list of top players last round was American Chris Holm (212-C/F-84) of Niigata Albirex (#3). Holm scored 15 points and grabbed nineteen rebounds (!!!). Despite Holm's great performance Niigata Albirex lost 72-73 to slightly lower-ranked Fukuoka Rizing (#5, 28-16). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The last thing Niigata Albirex needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 24 victories and 20 lost games. Holm has a great season in Japan. After 44 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 14.9rpg (#1 in league).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Ricky Woods (194-F/G-84) of Akita NH - 26 points, 13 rebounds and 6 assists
5. Michael Bell (206-F-82) of Osaka Evessa - 17 points, 14 rebounds and 4 assists
6. Jeral Davis (216-C-84) of Shimane SM - 15 points and 20 rebounds
7. Nyika Williams (203-C-87) of Takamatsu FA - 25 points and 12 rebounds
8. Jeffrey Parmer (203-F-85) of Hamamatsu P. - 28 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Tyler Hughes (213-F-84) of Shinshu BW - 13 points and 15 rebounds
10. Johnny Dukes (203-F-84) of Sendai 89ers - 32 points, 4 rebounds and 5 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)



BJ League Round 50 results and stats - by Eurobasket News

The games at this stage are more interesting as they can be crucial for the final standings in Regular Season. Despite we already know who is stronger and who is weaker, there may be still last minute susprises and upsets. The fans could enjoy quite many interesting games in the last round. The round ended with defeat of the leader and favorites losing the games.

The most crucial game of the last round was another loss of top-ranked Okinawa GK (34-12) on the court of fourth ranked Kyoto Hannar. on Monday night. Visitors were defeated by Kyoto Hannar. 79-75. The hosts trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 43-38 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. American Lee Cummard (201-85, college: BYU, agency: Priority Sports) orchestrated the victory by scoring 16 points and 8 rebounds. The other American import guard Jermaine Boyette (188-78, college: Weber St., agency: SportsTalent) contributed with 15 points for the winners. Guard Naoto Kosuge (187-82) replied with 19 points for Okinawa GK. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Kyoto Hannar. (28-16) moved-up to third place, which they share with Shiga L-Stars and Fukuoka Rizing. Okinawa GK lost third consecutive game. They still keep top position with 12 games lost. Kyoto Hannar. is looking forward to face Miyazaki Shining Suns (#7) at home in the next round. Okinawa GK will play against Toyama Grouses (#4) and is hoping to win this game.
Seventh-ranked Miyazaki Shining Suns (20-24) used its home court advantage to challenge second ranked Osaka Evessa (30-14). The visitors from Osaka managed to secure only three-point victory 93-90. However their fans expected much easier game. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Miyazaki Shining Suns. Haitian-American swingman Bobby St.Preux (196-80, college: N.Kentucky, agency: KMG Sports Management) scored 26 points and 9 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and Michael Bell chipped in 17 points, 14 rebounds and 4 assists during the contest. American forward O'Neal Mims (208-83, college: Angelo St.) responded with a double-double by scoring 20 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists. Osaka Evessa maintains second position with 30-14 record having six points less than leader Hamamatsu P. Miyazaki Shining Suns at the other side keep the seventh place with 24 games lost. Osaka Evessa will play against Niigata Albirex (#3) at home in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Miyazaki Shining Suns will play against Kyoto Hannar. (#4) and hope to get back on the winning track.
Third-ranked Niigata Albirex (24-20) was very close to win a game against fifth ranked Fukuoka Rizing (28-16) on Monday. Fukuoka Rizing managed to secure only one-point victory 73-72. However their fans expected easier game. Kevin Palmer notched a double-double by scoring 20 points and 11 rebounds to lead the effort. Even a double-double of 15 points and 19 rebounds by Chris Holm did not help to save the game for Niigata Albirex. Niigata Albirex's coach Matt Garrison tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Fukuoka Rizing moved-up to third place, which they share with Shiga L-Stars and Kyoto Hannar. Loser Niigata Albirex keeps the third position with 20 games lost. Fukuoka Rizing will meet Shiga L-Stars (#3) on the road in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Niigata Albirex will play against the league's second-placed Osaka Evessa and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
An interesting game for Hamamatsu Phoenix (30-13) which hosted in Mikawa second-ranked Akita Happinets (27-19). First ranked Hamamatsu Phoenix managed to get a 11-point victory 82-71. American players dominated the game. The best player for the winners was Jeffrey Parmer who scored 28 points and 8 rebounds. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Hamamatsu Phoenix have an impressive six-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with 30-13 record. Akita Happinets at the other side keep the second place with 19 games lost. Hamamatsu Phoenix's next round opponent will be Sendai 89ers (#5) on the road. Akita Happinets will play against Yokohama BC.
The game in Oita was also quite interesting. Third ranked Shiga L-Stars (28-16) played at the court of 8th ranked Oita Heat Devils (18-25). Shiga L-Stars did not have too big problems and got a relatively easy victory 87-70 on Monday. American players dominated also this game. Josh Peppers orchestrated the victory by scoring 20 points and 9 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field). Shiga L-Stars' coach Al Westover used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. Shiga L-Stars have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain third position with 28-16 record having eight points less than leader Hamamatsu P., which they share with Kyoto Hannar. and Fukuoka Rizing. Loser Oita Heat Devils keep the eighth place with 25 games lost. Shiga L-Stars will face Fukuoka Rizing (#5) at home in the next round. Oita Heat Devils will play against Shinshu BW in Nagano and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

There were no big surprises in other games of round 50: Sendai 89ers was beaten by Saitama Bron. on the road 82-69. Toyama Grouses lost to Shimane SM on its own court 70-75. Takamatsu FA unfortunately lost to Shinshu BW in Nagano 81-92.
The most impressive performance of 50th round was 31 points and 7 rebounds by Michael Parker of Shimane SM.


Kyoto Hannar. - Okinawa GK 79-75

The most crucial game of the last round was another loss of top-ranked Okinawa GK (34-12) on the court of fourth ranked Kyoto Hannar. on Monday night. Visitors were defeated by Kyoto Hannar. 79-75. The hosts trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 43-38 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. American Lee Cummard (201-85, college: BYU, agency: Priority Sports) orchestrated the victory by scoring 16 points and 8 rebounds. The other American import guard Jermaine Boyette (188-78, college: Weber St., agency: SportsTalent) contributed with 15 points for the winners. Guard Naoto Kosuge (187-82) replied with 19 points and American Anthony McHenry (202-83, college: Georgia Tech) added 11 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Okinawa GK. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Kyoto Hannar. (28-16) moved-up to third place, which they share with Shiga L-Stars and Fukuoka Rizing. Okinawa GK lost third consecutive game. They still keep top position with 12 games lost. Kyoto Hannar. is looking forward to face Miyazaki Shining Suns (#7) at home in the next round. Okinawa GK will play against Toyama Grouses (#4) and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Kyoto Hannar.: L.Cummard 16+8reb+3ast, J.Boyette 15+2reb+3ast, N.Nakamura 13+5reb, B.Camara 9+6reb+3ast, Y.Inoue 8+2reb+2ast, K.Setoyama 7+2reb+1ast
Okinawa GK: N.Kosuge 19+2reb+1ast, D.Sneed 11+6reb, A.McHenry 11+5reb+2ast, J.Newton 9+5reb+2ast, D.Larkai 8+4reb+1ast, T.Yonamine 6+3reb+2ast
gschID: 142262


Fukuoka Rizing - Niigata Albirex 73-72

Third-ranked Niigata Albirex (24-20) was very close to win a game against fifth ranked Fukuoka Rizing (28-16) on Monday. Fukuoka Rizing managed to secure only one-point victory 73-72. However their fans expected easier game. Niigata Albirex trailed by 11 points after 3 quarters before a 20-10 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 72-73 at the end of the game. Strangely Niigata Albirex outrebounded Fukuoka Rizing 52-35 including a 21-8 advantage in offensive rebounds. American swingman Kevin Palmer (198-87, college: Texas A&M-CC, agency: VVG Sports) notched a double-double by scoring 20 points and 11 rebounds to lead the effort and the other American import swingman Carlos Dixon (201-81, college: Virginia Tech, agency: Top Notch Sports) supported him with 17 points and 6 rebounds. Even a double-double of 15 points and 19 rebounds by American power forward Chris Holm (212-84, college: Vermont) did not help to save the game for Niigata Albirex. Bahamas forward Bennet Davis (206-84, college: Northeastern, agency: KMG Sports Management) added 12 points and 9 rebounds for the guests. Niigata Albirex's coach Matt Garrison tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Fukuoka Rizing moved-up to third place, which they share with Shiga L-Stars and Kyoto Hannar. Loser Niigata Albirex keeps the third position with 20 games lost. Fukuoka Rizing will meet Shiga L-Stars (#3) on the road in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Niigata Albirex will play against the league's second-placed Osaka Evessa and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Fukuoka Rizing: K.Palmer 20+11reb+1ast, A.Takeno 18+2reb+1ast, C.Dixon 17+6reb+2ast, M.Kano 5+1ast, T.Rintaro 5+1reb, J.Dearman 5+2reb+1ast
Niigata Albirex: C.Holm 15+19reb, B.Davis 12+9reb+1ast, Y.Ikeda 9+1reb, D.Gordon 8+6reb+3ast, S.Komatsu 8+1reb+1ast, E.Maxey 6+7reb
gschID: 142263


Oita H.Devils - Shiga L-Stars 70-87

The game in Oita was also quite interesting. Third ranked Shiga L-Stars (28-16) played at the court of 8th ranked Oita Heat Devils (18-25). Shiga L-Stars did not have too big problems and got a relatively easy victory 87-70 on Monday. The game was mostly controlled by Shiga L-Stars. Oita Heat Devils was better in third quarter 24-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. American players dominated also this game. Forward Josh Peppers (201-85, college: Cent.Florida, agency: Court Side) orchestrated the victory by scoring 20 points and 9 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field). Forward Ray Nixon (203-84, college: Wisconsin, agency: Top Notch Sports) contributed with 13 points for the winners. Shiga L-Stars' coach Al Westover used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. Guard Wendell White (198-84, college: UNLV, agency: Top Notch Sports) replied with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 11 rebounds and forward Taj Finger (203-86) added 16 points and 9 rebounds in the effort for Oita Heat Devils. Shiga L-Stars have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain third position with 28-16 record having eight points less than leader Hamamatsu P., which they share with Kyoto Hannar. and Fukuoka Rizing. Loser Oita Heat Devils keep the eighth place with 25 games lost. Shiga L-Stars will face Fukuoka Rizing (#5) at home in the next round. Oita Heat Devils will play against Shinshu BW in Nagano and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Shiga L-Stars: J.Peppers 20+9reb, Y.Okada 13+3reb+2ast, R.Nixon 13+4reb+2ast, B.Markson 9+1reb+2ast, J.Ashby 9+4reb+2ast, K.Hatano 8+2reb
Oita H.Devils: W.White 19+11reb+1ast, T.Finger 16+9reb, N.Takushi 14+3reb+7ast, T.Cummings 8, M.Lottich 7+7reb+3ast, M.Ohara 4+2reb+5ast
gschID: 142264


Miyazaki SS - Osaka Evessa 90-93

Seventh-ranked Miyazaki Shining Suns (20-24) used its home court advantage to challenge second ranked Osaka Evessa (30-14). The visitors from Osaka managed to secure only three-point victory 93-90. However their fans expected much easier game. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Miyazaki Shining Suns. Miyazaki Shining Suns were ahead by 4 points at the halftime before a 45-38 second half run of Osaka Evessa. Haitian-American swingman Bobby St.Preux (196-80, college: N.Kentucky, agency: KMG Sports Management) scored 26 points and 9 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and American forward Michael Bell (206-82, college: Florida Atlantic) chipped in 17 points, 14 rebounds and 4 assists during the contest. American forward O'Neal Mims (208-83, college: Angelo St.) responded with a double-double by scoring 20 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists and guard Oishi Shinnosuke (174-87) scored 22 points and 5 rebounds. Four Osaka Evessa and five Miyazaki Shining Suns players scored in double figures. Osaka Evessa maintains second position with 30-14 record having six points less than leader Hamamatsu P. Miyazaki Shining Suns at the other side keep the seventh place with 24 games lost. Osaka Evessa will play against Niigata Albirex (#3) at home in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Miyazaki Shining Suns will play against Kyoto Hannar. (#4) and hope to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Osaka Evessa: B.St.Preux 26+9reb, M.Bell 17+14reb+4ast, M.Obuchi 16+2reb+5ast, C.Aoki 11+1reb+1ast, S.Konno 10, K.Tyner 9+2reb+5ast
Miyazaki SS: O.Shinnosuke 22+5reb+1ast, O.Mims 20+11reb+4ast, T.Shimizu 11+3reb+5ast, T.Ito 11+2reb+1ast, L.Witcher 10+3reb+2ast, D.Dora 10+13reb+4ast
gschID: 142265


Saitama Bron. - Sendai 89ers 82-69

There was a surprise result when tenth ranked Saitama Broncos (12-31) beat at home higher ranked Sendai 89ers (23-21) 82-69 on Monday. The game was mostly controlled by Saitama Broncos. Sendai 89ers was better in fourth quarter 17-12. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Saitama Broncos shot the lights out from three sinking 14 long-distance shots on high 63.6 percentage. American forward Jayme Miller (203-85) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 10 rebounds. Guard Yasuaki Arai (180-83) contributed with 15 points and 4 assists for the winners. Five Saitama Broncos players scored in double figures. American forward Johnny Dukes (203-84, college: San Bernardino CC) replied with 32 points and 5 assists and his fellow American import forward Daniel Fitzgerald (206-84, college: Marquette) added 17 points in the effort for Sendai 89ers. Saitama Broncos maintains tenth position with 12-31 record. Loser Sendai 89ers dropped to the fourth place with 21 games lost. Saitama Broncos will face higher ranked Takamatsu FA (#9) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Sendai 89ers will play against the league's leader Hamamatsu Phoenix (#1) and will have a slim chance for a victory.
Top scorers:
Saitama Bron.: J.Miller 15+10reb+1ast, Y.Arai 15+2reb+4ast, J.Flowers 13+3reb+2ast, Y.Kitamuki 12+3reb+4ast, J.Humphrey 12+4reb+1ast, J.Porter 6+8reb
Sendai 89ers: J.Dukes 32+4reb+5ast, D.Fitzgerald 17+4reb, T.Komoda 7+2reb+3ast, F.Toncinic 6+5reb, R.Singleton 4+7reb, H.Kusaka 3+4reb
gschID: 142260


Hamamatsu P. - Akita NH 82-71

An interesting game for Hamamatsu Phoenix (30-13) which hosted in Mikawa second-ranked Akita Happinets (27-19). First ranked Hamamatsu Phoenix managed to get a 11-point victory 82-71. Hamamatsu Phoenix made 24-of-30 charity shots (80.0 percent) during the game. 26 personal fouls committed by Akita Happinets helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American players dominated the game. The best player for the winners was forward Jeffrey Parmer (203-85, college: Florida Atlantic, agency: Dynamics Global Management) who scored 28 points and 8 rebounds. Guard Jermaine Dixon (191-87, college: Pittsburgh, agency: VVG Sports) chipped in 26 points and 5 assists. Swingman Ricky Woods (194-84, college: SE Louisiana) produced a double-double by scoring 26 points, 13 rebounds and 6 assists and forward E.J. Drayton (204-82, college: Charlotte, agency: Strategic Sports) added 12 points respectively for the guests. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Hamamatsu Phoenix have an impressive six-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with 30-13 record. Akita Happinets at the other side keep the second place with 19 games lost. Hamamatsu Phoenix's next round opponent will be Sendai 89ers (#5) on the road. Akita Happinets will play against Yokohama BC.
Top scorers:
Hamamatsu P.: J.Parmer 28+8reb+2ast, J.Dixon 26+3reb+5ast, L.Blackledge 16+10reb+1ast, W.Arnold 5+3reb+3ast, M.Ohguchi 5+4reb+1ast, A.Ohta 3+5reb
Akita NH: R.Woods 26+13reb+6ast, E.Drayton 12+4reb+2ast, K.Swanston 9+4reb, K.Shoji 8+1ast, M.Kearse 7+5reb+3ast, Y.Kikuchi 6+1reb
gschID: 142261


Toyama Grouses - Shimane SM 70-75

There was a minor upset when 4th ranked Toyama Grouses (23-21) lost at home to sixth ranked Shimane Magic (24-21) 75-70 on Monday. The guests trailed by 4 points after three quarters before their 25-16 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Shimane Magic dominated down low during the game scoring 62 of its points in the paint compared to Toyama Grouses' 40. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Shimane Magic made 7 blocks. Americans were the main players on the court. Forward Michael Parker (202-81, college: Evergreen St.) orchestrated the victory by scoring 31 points and 7 rebounds. Center Jeral Davis (216-84) contributed with a double-double by scoring 15 points, 20 rebounds and 4 blocks for the winners. Davis is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top summer league for players who want to play basketball overseas. Power forward Devin Searcy (208-89, college: Dayton, agency: Pro One Sports) replied with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 23 rebounds and forward Ira Brown (193-82, college: Gonzaga, agency: SDJ Sports) added 17 points in the effort for Toyama Grouses. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Shimane Magic have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain sixth position with 24-21 record. Loser Toyama Grouses keep the fourth place with 21 games lost. Shimane Magic will face Chiba Jets (#8) at home in the next round. Toyama Grouses will play against the league's leader Okinawa GK (#1).
Top scorers:
Shimane SM: M.Parker 31+7reb+3ast, J.Davis 15+20reb, B.Puckett 11+3reb+2ast, J.Nakama 10+2reb+3ast, K.Yamabuchi 4+4reb+1ast, E.Yamamoto 2+2reb+8ast
Toyama Grouses: D.Searcy 19+23reb+3ast, M.Joho 17+4reb+1ast, I.Brown 17+4reb+1ast, T.Mito 13+4reb+3ast, K.Takano 2+3reb, R.Horikawa 1+2reb+3ast
gschID: 142258


Shinshu BW - Takamatsu FA 92-81

Rather predictable result when seventh ranked Shinshu BW (17-27) won against 9th ranked Takamatsu FA (2-43) in Nagano 92-81 on Monday. Takamatsu FA was trailing by 2 points at halftime but managed to get 3-point lead after three quarters before a 32-18 charge of Shinshu BW, which allowed them to win the game. Shinshu BW outrebounded Takamatsu FA 42-28 including 31 on the defensive glass. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Shinshu BW made 8 blocks. American power forward Lee Roberts (201-87, college: Findlay, OH) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 11 rebounds. The other American import guard Derek Raivio (190-84, college: Gonzaga) contributed with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 10 assists for the winners. STVn center Nyika Williams (203-87, college: Pacific) replied with a double-double by scoring 25 points and 12 rebounds and American power forward Paul Butorac (208-83, college: E.Washington) added 17 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Takamatsu FA. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Shinshu BW maintains seventh position with 17-27 record. Takamatsu FA lost eleventh consecutive game. They keep the ninth place with 43 games lost. Shinshu BW will face Oita Heat Devils (#8) at home in the next round. Takamatsu FA will play against Saitama Broncos and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Shinshu BW: L.Roberts 21+11reb+1ast, D.Raivio 18+1reb+10ast, E.Morris 15+8reb+2ast, T.Hughes 13+15reb, T.Saito 10+2reb+2ast, T.Goya 7+2reb+6ast
Takamatsu FA: N.Williams 25+12reb, P.Butorac 17+7reb, H.Kikuchi 15+4reb+1ast, M.Suzuki 10+1reb+6ast, S.Takada 8+2reb+2ast, K.Tsutsumi 6+1reb+8ast
gschID: 142259



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JPL Round 14 (End of Regular Season) : Kofer Yoba finishes on the Lead - by Omar Shafaamri

Al-Riyadi/Aramex 80 - 94 ASU
(Q1:25-23 / Q2:21-22 / Q3:20-25 / Q4:14-24)

Al-Riyadi/Aramex:
4. Ahmad Al-Duweiri - 18 Points / 14 rebounds / 1 assist / 1 steal / 1 Block-Shot / 4 DUNKs !!!... (in 30min.)
5. Majdi Al-Ghazzawi - Did not play
6. Fadi Al-Saqqa - 8 Points (2 Three-points) / 1 Rebound / 2 assists / 2 steals ... (in 20min.)
7. Ammar Jabri - 2 Points / 2 Rebounds / 2 assists / 2 steals ... (in 15min.)
8. Issa Kamel - 22 Points (2 Three-points) / 3 Rebounds / 3 assists / 3 steals ... (in 30min.)
9. Ahmad Obeid - 0 Points ... (in 8min.)
10. Yazan Al-Taweel - 3 Points (1 Three-points) / 3 rebounds / 2 assists ... (in 15min.)
11. Ammar Bostami - 0 Points / 1 rebound / 1 steal ... (in 15min.)
12. Faisal Khair - 3 Points (1 Three-points) / 1 rebound ... (in 7min.)
13. Ali El-Zubi - 14 Points (2 Three-points) / 6 rebounds / 8 assist !!! / 2 Steels / 2 Bloc-Shots ... (in 30min.)
14. Ali Jamal - 10 Points / 7 rebounds / 3 Bloc-Shots ... (in 30min.)
15. Mohammad Jamal - Did not play (Injured)
Coach: Motasem Salameh

ASU :
4. Ghazi Alnaber - 2 Points / 1 assists / 1 steal ... (in 8min.)
5. Muneer Idais - Did not play
6. Ahmad Nofal - Did not play
7. Mohammad Shaher - 5 Points / 5 rebounds / 1 steal ... (in 12min.)
8. Osama Al-Faraj - Did not play (Injured)
9. Mohammad Azzazi - 6 Points (2 Three-points) / 2 rebounds / 3 steals ... (in 20min.)
10. Abdullah Abu-Qoura - 6 Points / 3 rebounds / 1 steal / 1 Block-Shot ... (in 15min.)
11. Wesam Al-Sous - 11 Points (1 Three-points) / 4 rebounds / 9 assists !!! / 2 steal ... (in 30min.)
12. Mahmoud Abdeen - 15 Points (3 Three-points) / 4 rebounds / 2 assists / 2 steal ... (in 30min.)
13. Mousa Al-Awadi - 21 Points (2 Three-points) / 6 rebounds / 5 assists / 4 steals ... (in 30min.)
14. Mohammad Hamdan - 16 Points (2 Three-points) / 5 rebounds / 2 assist / 1 steal / 1 Block-Shot / 3 DUNKs ... (in 30min.)
15. Islam Abbas - 12 Points / 6 rebounds / 2 assists ... (in 25min.)
Coach: Montaser Abu-Altaieb
* The game witnessed a high level of Competition, and some great basketball skills, with (18 Three-Pointers, 39 Assists, 7 Block-Shots & 7 DUNKS) over all.

College 31 - 59 Kofer Yoba
(Q1:6-22 / Q2:6-12 / Q3:7-11 / Q4:12-14)

College:
4. Ahmad Al-Sokkari - Did not play
5. Anan Al-Momani - 7 Points / 4 Rebounds / 1 steal ... (in 25min.)
6. Robeen Abu-Lail - 0 Points / 2 rebounds / 2 assists ... (in 20min.)
7. Riyad Aesh - Did not play
8. Qais Weld-Ali - 2 Points / 2 rebounds / 2 steals ... (in 20min.)
9. Thaer Abu-Khadra - 3 Points (1 Three-points) / 1 rebound / 1 assist / 2 steals ... (in 25min.)
10. Omar Darweesh - 1 Point / 5 rebounds / 1 steal ... (in 25min.)
11. Mohammad Lasawi - Did not play
12. Abdullatif Al-Qadoumi - Did not play
13. Ahmad Kanaan - 6 Points (1 Three-points) / 2 rebounds / 1 steal ... (in 25min.)
14. Ibrahim Maswadeh - 7 Points (2 Three-points) / 9 Rebounds / 1 assist / 1 steal ... (in 30min.)
15. Raed Ouweis - 5 Points (1 Three-points)/ 3 rebounds / 1 assist / 1 Dunk ... (in 30min.)
Coach: Fadi Yaghmour

Kofer Yoba:
5. Nidal Alshareef - 9 Points (1 Three-points) / 3 Rebounds / 3 Assists / 1 steals ... (in 30min.)
6. Fadel Al-Najjar - 7 Points (1 Three-points) / 10 Rebounds / 3 Assists ... (in 30min.)
7. Ahmad Al-Hamarsheh - Did not play
8. Ahmad Shaker - 3 Points (1 Three-points) / 6 Rebounds / 6 assists / 5 steal ... (in 25min.)
9. Khaldoun Abu-Ruqayyiah - 9 Points (1 Three-points) / 8 Rebounds / 1 assist / 1 Block-shot ... (in 35min.)
10. Ayioub Khalifah - 0 Points / 1 assist ... (in 2min.)
11. Malek Khashan - 23 Points / 4 rebounds / 3 assists / 2 steals ... (in 35min.)
12. Ibrahim Bassam - 8 Points / 5 Rebound / 1 assist / 2 Block-Shots ... (in 30min.)
13. Hani Al-Faraj - Did not play
14. Ahmad Haboush - 0 Points / 7 rebounds ... (in 13min.)
Coach: Haitham Daher

Al-Wehdat 61 - 64 Al-Jaleel
(Q1:12-17 / Q2:23-11 / Q3:14-11 / Q4:12-25)

Al-Wehdat:
4. Hisham Altoukhi - 3 Points / 2 steals ... (in 15min.)
5. Mohammad Nouwara - 6 Points (1 Three-points) / 1 rebound / 1 steal ... (in 20min.)
6. Ali Saleh - 11 Point (3 Three-points) / 3 assists (in 15min.)
7. Mohammad Ideais- 5 Points / 1 Rebound / 3 assists / 2 steals (in 20min.)
8. Ibrahim Albarahmeh - 0 Points / 1 Rebound / 2 assists / 1 steal (in 15min.)
9. Zaid Alsahouri - 3 Points / 1 assist (in 20min.)
10. Rami Alkhatib - 0 Points / 2 rebounds / 1 steal (in 15min.)
11. Muneer Al-Salous - 6 Points / 8 rebounds / 1 assist / 1 steal (in 15min.)
12. Yousef Abu-Wazaneh - 8 Points / 8 rebounds / 1 Block-shot (in 20min.)
13. Ahmad Alkhatib - 9 Points / 6 rebounds / 1 assist / 2 steal / 1 Block-shot (in 15min.)
14. Bassam Darraj - 4 Point / 3 rebounds / 1 steal (in 15min.)
15. Mousa Mutleq - 6 Points / 2 rebounds / 2 assist / 1 steal (in 15min.)
Coach : Yousef Abu-Baker

Al-Jaleel :
4. Ibrahim Al-Naser - 2 Points / 6 rebounds / 1 steal ... (in 30min.)
5. Mostafa Mansour - 29 Points (2 Three-points) / 6 rebounds / 1 steal / 1 block-shot ... (in 40min.)
6. Amjad Jbara - 11 point (1 Three-points) / 4 rebounds/ 2 assists / 1 steal ... (in 30min.)
7. Yazan Haddad - 9 Points (1 Three-points)/ 1 Rebounds / 2 assist / 1 steals ... (in 25min.)
9. Abdallah Fatouhi - 5 Points / 1 assist ... (in 25min.)
10. Hamzah Alzoubi - 0 Points / 3 rebounds / 3 assists / 1 steal ... (in 25min.)
11. Ammar Al-Shareeki - Did not play
12. Ahmad Al-Moumani - 2 Points / 8 Rebounds / 2 steals / 1 Block-shot ... (in 25min.)
13. Mohammad Bakeer - Did not play
14. Issa Al-Moghrabi - Did not play
15. Odai Abu-Qamar - 6 points (1 Three-points) / 9 rebounds / 1 assist ... (in 25min.)
Coach: Ibrahim Al-Asous

Al-Ashrafiyeh 42 - 91 Orthodox

Regular Season Standings:
1. Kofer Yoba
2. ASU
3. Orthodox
4. Riyadi
5.Wehdat
6.College
7. Jalil
8. Ashrafeyyeh
** Jalil & Ashrafeyyeh officialy regulated to the 2nd Division while Kofer Yoba, ASU, Orthodox and Riyadi advances to the Final Four.

Final 4 (First Round)
09.04.2012 Kofer Yoba vs.Riyadi
10.04.2012 ASU vs. Orthodox

*Stats: Courtesy of JNBT Page




JPL Round 14 Best Performance: Ahmad Dwairi - by Omar Shafaamri

Ahmad Dwairi put an extraordinary performance in JPL Round 14 despite the loss of Riyadi against ASU to gain Asia-Basket.com Best Performance Prize, Ahmad is one of the best young talented Pivots in Jordan with a bright Future due to his Size and Talent. His Teammate Ali El-Zu'bi made a great game and proved himslef as a Key Player in Coach Motassem Salameh Plans on the court. From north of Jordan and specifically Irbid raise a new star called Mostafa Mansour who led his relegated team Jalil to a moral win over Wehdat with the highest scored points from a Single Player in the League (29 Pts), may be we will see him next season with a big elite club.

1.Ahmad Al Dwairi (210-C-93) (Riyadi) - 18 Points / 14 rebounds / 1 assist / 1 steal / 1 Block-Shot / 4 DUNKs
2. Ali El-Zubi (184-G-89) (Riyadi)- 14 Points (2 Three-points) / 6 rebounds / 8 assist !!! / 2 Steels / 2 Block-Shots
3. Mostafa Mansour (192-F-90) (Jalil) - 29 Points (2 Three-points) / 6 rebounds / 1 steal / 1 block-shot
4. Wesam Al-Sous (181-G-83) (ASU) - 11 Points (1 Three-points) / 4 rebounds / 9 assists !!! / 2 steals
5. Issa Kamel (195-F-83) (Riyadi) - 22 Points (2 Three-points) / 3 Rebounds / 3 assists / 3 steals
6.Malek Khashan (185-G-85) (Kofer Yoba) - 23 Points / 4 rebounds / 3 assists / 2 steals
7. Mohammad Hadrab (203-F-84) (ASU) - 16 Points (2 Three-points) / 5 rebounds / 2 assist / 1 steal / 1 Block-Shot / 3 DUNKs

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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BC Astana keeps Branko Cvetkovic for 2012/13 - by Eurobasket News

BC Astana kept another player for the next season. After Rawle Marshall (201-G-82, agency: Beo Basket, college: Oakland), who signed a one-year contract extension recently, the team announced signing of another one-season deal with Branko Cvetkovic (200-G/F-84, agency: Beo Basket). Astana also kept its Head Coach Matteo Boniciolli (agency: Beo Basket) for the next two years. Cvetkovic appeared 13 times in VTB United Legaue this season averaging 14.2 points, 3.8 rebounds and 1.4 assists. Astana registered 7 wins in 16 games. In domestic championship the team has impressive 20-0 record. Branko Cvetkovic joined Astana last summer from BC Donetsk. With Donetsk he was the regular season champion in Ukraine and later reached Playoff Finals. Cvetkovic was named Eurobasket.com All-Ukrainian Superleague Bosman Player of the Year -11. He was also awarded with Eurobasket.com All-Ukrainian Superleague 1st Team -11. In the past, Cvetkovic played for Scavolini, FMP Zeleznik, Zaragoza, Panionios and Girona. Cvetkovic played for the Serbian National Team in 2007 and 2008.


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Peja assures third place - by Dren Shporta

Peja has won against Bashkimi and with 3-1 lead against oranges have assured the third place in classification. The yellows from Peja have won with 9 points difference, 86-77, and now have 15 victories registered in BKT Superliga.

Mario Edwards (191-G, college: Co.Carolina) and Mirza Ahmetbasic were unstoppable at Ivica Marics team. They scored from everywhere and created difference in the game when needed. Mario Edwards scored 23 while Mirza Ahmetbasic added 22 points in the night. Heavy center, Blerim Mazreku, added 14 points and blocked Bashkimis duo Rolando Little and Charles Bronson.

Peja in the second half of the season has the great record of 8 victories and only one defeat. They started the second part of the season with 7-7 record and now they have
achieved 15-8. They have defeated twice Sigal Prishtina and Bashkimi, while the only defeat was registered against league leaders, Trepca.




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LBL Standing

LBL Standings
 1. Liepaja 16-8 
 2. VEF Riga 14-1 
 3. Ventspils 14-1 
 4. Valmiera 12-13 
 5. LU 12-13 
 6. Jelgava 11-14 
 7. Jurmala 9-16 
 8. Turiba 9-17 
 9. U18 1-15 

Regular Season: Round 26

Apr. 1: LU - Liepaja 91-96
Mar. 30: Ventspils - Turiba 91-53
Apr. 1: VEF Riga - U18 90-58
Apr. 2: Jurmala - Valmiera 80-72
Mar. 28: Ventspils - VEF Riga 66-77

Regular Season: Round 27

Apr. 4: VEF Riga - Jurmala
Apr. 7: Liepaja - LU
Apr. 10: Liepaja - Ventspils


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Ernests KALVE
  Valmiera
  (200-F-87)
  Avg: 18.8
 1. Kalve, Valmiera18.8 
 2. Peiners, LU18.4 
 3. Mayo, Liepaja18.1 
 4. Lucas, Valmiera17.1 
 5. Krumins, Jelgava16.5 
 6. Ozols, Jurmala16.4 
 7. Mediss, Turiba15.5 
 8. Young, Ventspils14.5 
 9. Kravcenko, Liepaja14.1 
 10. Dargais, LU13.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ervins JONATS
  Jurmala
  (199-F-91)
  Avg: 9.7
 1. Jonats, Jurmala9.7 
 2. Willard, Ventspils8.5 
 3. Rozitis, Valmiera8.0 
 4. Dargais, LU7.9 
 5. Berzins, VEF Riga7.8 
 6. Mednis, Turiba6.7 
 7. Kalve, Valmiera6.3 
 8. Nelson, Jelgava6.1 
 9. Butjankovs, Valmi.6.0 
 10. Timma, Liepaja5.7 
Assists Per Game
 Josh MAYO
  Liepaja
  (182-G-87)
  Avg: 5
 1. Mayo, Liepaja5.0 
 2. Lucas, Valmiera4.5 
 3. Kravcenko, Liepaja4.0 
 4. Coders, Jurmala3.7 
 5. Krumins, Jelgava3.2 
 6. Peiners, LU3.1 
 7. Silavs, Jelgava3.1 
 8. Gray, Ventspils3.0 
 9. Antrops, Turiba2.4 
 10. Vitols, LU2.4 
Steals Per Game
 Zanis PEINERS
  LU
  (203-G-90)
  Avg: 2
 1. Peiners, LU2.0 
 2. Kanbergs, Jelgava1.8 
 3. Osins, LU1.8 
 4. Gray, Ventspils1.8 
 5. Mayo, Liepaja1.7 
 6. Kosuskins, Jurmala1.5 
 7. Young, Ventspils1.5 
 8. Timma, Liepaja1.5 
 9. Krumins, Jelgava1.4 
 10. Piternieks, Turiba1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Jekabs ROZITIS
  Valmiera
  (206-F/C-86)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Rozitis, Valmiera1.7 
 2. Berzins, VEF Riga1.2 
 3. Ozols, Jurmala0.9 
 4. Leiteris, Liepaja0.8 
 5. Plivda, LU0.8 
 6. Jonats, Jurmala0.8 
 7. Rubenis, LU0.6 
 8. Duselis, Jelgava0.6 
 9. Meiers, Ventspils0.6 
 10. Berzins, Ventspils0.5 


Standings - LBAL

LBL2 Standings
 1. Barons kvartals 28-2 
 2. BK VEF 26-3 
 3. Liepaja-2 25-4 
 4. Saldus 21-8 
 5. VEF Kadeti 17-12 
 6. RSU 16-11 
 7. VA 16-14 
 8. DSN 15-13 
 9. BS Riga 14-13 
 10. Livani 9-19 
 11. Ogres 8-19 
 12. Valmiera BSS 8-20 
 13. Jelgava/LLU 8-21 
 14. Cesis 8-22 
 15. Gulbene 6-23 
 16. Ridzene 4-25 

Regular Season: Round 36

Apr. 2: BS Riga - Barons kvartals 83-100
Apr. 3: BK VEF - Ogres
Apr. 4: Gulbene - BS Riga
Apr. 4: DSN - Ridzene
Apr. 5: Barons kvartals - Cesis
Apr. 5: RSU - Valmiera BSS
Apr. 6: Liepaja-2 - DSN
Apr. 3: Valmiera BSS - VEF Kadeti


Lietuvos Rytas complete Baltic League Final Four picture - by Eurobasket News

Ventspils - Lietuvos Rytas 63:73

Lietuvos Rytas advanced into Baltic League Final Four. They overcame Ventspils in Latvia tonight to complete the picture. Mindaugas Katelynas (206-F-83, college: Chattanooga) and Jonas Valanciunas (210-C-92) stepped up with 14 points each to pace the winners.
Lietuvos Rytas silenced the hosts in the opening quarter. The Lithuanian team limited the hosts to just 5 points to take a 13-point lead at the first break. Ventspils struggled to adjust their offence as they faced a 14-point deficit at halftime 20:34. The teams traded baskets throughout the third term as Lietuvos Rytas easily maintained the advantage. Ventspils increased the tempo in the fourth frame but it was too late as Lietuvs Rytas cruised to the win at the end. Renaldas Seibutis (195-G-85) had 13 points, while Rasic contributed 12 points for the winners. Steven Gray (195-PG-89, college: Gonzaga) answered with 14 points for Ventspils. Arturs Berzins (204-C-88, agency: FCM) chipped in 11 points in the loss.

Ventspils: Steven Gray 14, Arturs Berzins 11
Lietuvos Rytas: Mindaugas Katelynas 14, Jonas Valanciunas 14, Renaldas Seibutis 13



LBL Round 26: VEF Riga hands first defeat to Ventspils - by Eurobasket News

There will be only one (last) round of the Regular Season in LBL. There were many interesting games last round. The round ended with loss of the undefeated team, derby games and favorites losing the games.

Undefeated Ventspils (14-1) recorded its first loss at the home court on Wednesday night. Hosts were defeated by third ranked VEF Riga (14-1) 77-66. The game was mostly controlled by VEF Riga. Ventspils managed to win second period 17-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Ventspils 34-23 including 21 on the defensive glass. The best player for the winners was American guard Curtis Millage (185-81, college: Arizona St.) who scored 12 points and 4 assists. Lithuanian center Antanas Kavaliauskas (208-84, college: Texas A&M, agency: Interperformances) chipped in 10 points and 7 rebounds. American guard Jahmar Young (196-86, college: N.Mexico St.) produced 22 points and 6 rebounds for the hosts. Ventspils' coach Gundars Vetra rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. VEF Riga have an impressive eight-game winning streak. Defending champion moved-up to second place, which they share with defeated Ventspils. VEF Riga is looking forward to face Jurmala (#7) at home in the next round where they are favorite. Ventspils will play against the league's leader Liepaja (#1) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Riga. First ranked Liepaja faced 4th ranked Latvijas Universitate. Guests from Liepaja (16-8) defeated host Latvijas Universitate (12-13) 96-91. Guard Martins Kravcenko (192-85) orchestrated the victory by scoring 25 points and 8 assists. Josh Mayo contributed with 23 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Guard Zanis Peiners (203-90, agency: Interperformances) replied with 23 points and 6 assists for Latvijas Universitate. Liepaja have an impressive seven-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 16-8 record. Latvijas Universitate at the other side keeps the fourth place with 13 games lost. They share the position with Valmiera. Liepaja will play against Ventspils (#3) at home in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Latvijas Universitate will play again against the league's leader Liepaja and hopes to get back on the winning track.
An interesting game where host Jurmala (#8) won against higher ranked Valmiera 80-72 on Monday evening. Atis Ozols scored 21 points and 6 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners. Janis Porzingis responded with 29 points and 5 rebounds. Jurmala (9-16) moved-up to seventh place. Valmiera lost sixth consecutive game. They keep the fourth position with 13 games lost. They share it with LU. Jurmala will meet league's second-placed VEF Riga on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Valmiera will have a break next round.
The game with biggest result difference took place in Ventspils. Local Ventspils (14-1) outscored 7th ranked Turiba (9-17) 91-53. Martins Laksa notched 21 points and 6 rebounds to lead the effort. Ventspils' coach Gundars Vetra felt very confident that he used 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Ventspils maintains second position with 14-1 record having eleven point less than leader Liepaja, which they share with VEF Riga. Turiba lost fourth consecutive game. They dropped to the eighth place with 17 games lost. Ventspils' next round opponent will be league's leader Liepaja on the road and it will be for sure the game of the week.
Another interesting game was a derby match between two local teams from Riga: VEF Riga (#3) and U18 (#9). VEF Riga (14-1) smashed visiting U18 (1-15) by 32 points 90-58. The best player for the winners was Janis Berzins who scored 20 points and 6 rebounds. U18's coach gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. VEF Riga have an impressive eight-game winning streak. Defending champion moved-up to second place, which they share with Ventspils. Newly promoted U18 stay at the bottom position with 15 games lost. VEF Riga will face Jurmala (#7) at home in the next round where they are favorite.



Jurmala - Valmiera 80-72

An interesting game where host Jurmala (#8) won against higher ranked Valmiera 80-72 on Monday evening. The hosts trailed by 5 points at the halftime before their 40-27 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Jurmala forced 19 Valmiera turnovers. Forward Atis Ozols (198-81) scored 21 points and 6 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and forward Ervins Jonats (199-91) chipped in 15 points and 12 rebounds during the contest. Four Jurmala players scored in double figures. The former international forward Janis Porzingis (201-82, agency: Interperformances) responded with 29 points and 5 rebounds and American guard Jai Lucas (177, college: Texas) scored 9 points and 6 assists. Jurmala (9-16) moved-up to seventh place. Valmiera lost sixth consecutive game. They keep the fourth position with 13 games lost. They share it with LU. Jurmala will meet league's second-placed VEF Riga on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Valmiera will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Jurmala: A.Ozols 21+6reb+2ast, E.Jonats 15+12reb+1ast, J.Kosuskins 12+5reb+4ast, D.Coders 10+6ast, R.Vaikulis 9+3reb, R.Liepa 6+3reb+1ast
Valmiera: J.Porzingis 29+5reb+1ast, E.Elksnis 10+2reb, J.Lucas 9+3reb+6ast, O.Virsis 9+6reb+2ast, V.Iljins 6+4reb, A.Butjankovs 5+7reb
gschID: 172086


VEF Riga - U18 90-58

Another interesting game was a derby match between two local teams from Riga: VEF Riga (#3) and U18 (#9). VEF Riga (14-1) smashed visiting U18 (1-15) by 32 points 90-58. The game without a history. VEF Riga led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. The best player for the winners was swingman Janis Berzins (201-93, agency: Players Group) who scored 20 points and 6 rebounds. Guard Ivars Zvigurs (195-95) chipped in 14 points and 5 rebounds. Four VEF Riga players scored in double figures. Forward Armands Ginters (193-95) produced 12 points and 5 rebounds and guard Edgars Stelmahers (185-94) added 9 points respectively for the guests. U18's coach gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. VEF Riga have an impressive eight-game winning streak. Defending champion moved-up to second place, which they share with Ventspils. Newly promoted U18 stay at the bottom position with 15 games lost. VEF Riga will face Jurmala (#7) at home in the next round where they are favorite.
Top scorers:
VEF Riga: J.Berzins 20+6reb+1ast, I.Zvigurs 14+5reb+3ast, T.Cain 13+5reb+2ast, M.Bailey 12+3reb+5ast, D.Geks 10+4reb+1ast, A.Pasecniks 9+8reb+1ast
U18: A.Ginters 12+5reb+3ast, K.Muiznieks 10+2reb+1ast, E.Stelmahers 9+4reb+3ast, E.Endzels 8+1reb+4ast, R.Adins 7+5reb+2ast, I.Gromovs 6+4reb
gschID: 172084


LU - Liepaja 91-96

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Riga. First ranked Liepaja faced 4th ranked Latvijas Universitate. Guests from Liepaja (16-8) defeated host Latvijas Universitate (12-13) 96-91. The guests were already 13 points ahead after 3 quarters before a 31-23 Latvijas Universitate's run in the last quarter cut the lead to 96-91 at the end of the game. Liepaja shot the lights out from three nailing 13 long-distance shots on high 52.0 percentage. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists. Guard Martins Kravcenko (192-85) orchestrated the victory by scoring 25 points and 8 assists. American guard Josh Mayo (182-87, college: Ill.-Chicago) contributed with 23 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Guard Zanis Peiners (203-90, agency: Interperformances) replied with 23 points and 6 assists and guard Kristaps Dargais (195-90) added 24 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Latvijas Universitate. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Liepaja have an impressive seven-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 16-8 record. Latvijas Universitate at the other side keeps the fourth place with 13 games lost. They share the position with Valmiera. Liepaja will play against Ventspils (#3) at home in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Latvijas Universitate will play again against the league's leader Liepaja and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Liepaja: M.Kravcenko 25+4reb+8ast, J.Mayo 23+6reb+2ast, T.Leiteris 13+4reb, A.Helmanis 13+2reb+3ast, A.Bricis 8+3reb+4ast, P.Pastusena 5+2reb+2ast
LU: K.Dargais 24+5reb+2ast, Z.Peiners 23+3reb+6ast, M.Vitols 13, I.Aizpurs 10+3reb+1ast, Z.Plivda 9+8reb+2ast, A.Osins 8+1reb+1ast
gschID: 172085


Ventspils - VEF Riga 66-77

Undefeated Ventspils (14-1) recorded its first loss at the home court on Wednesday night. Hosts were defeated by third ranked VEF Riga (14-1) 77-66. The game was mostly controlled by VEF Riga. Ventspils managed to win second period 17-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Ventspils 34-23 including 21 on the defensive glass. The best player for the winners was American guard Curtis Millage (185-81, college: Arizona St.) who scored 12 points and 4 assists. Lithuanian center Antanas Kavaliauskas (208-84, college: Texas A&M, agency: Interperformances) chipped in 10 points and 7 rebounds. Four VEF Riga players scored in double figures. American guard Jahmar Young (196-86, college: N.Mexico St.) produced 22 points and 6 rebounds and the former international power forward Ronalds Zakis (207-87) added 12 points and 5 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Ventspils' coach Gundars Vetra rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. VEF Riga have an impressive eight-game winning streak. Defending champion moved-up to second place, which they share with defeated Ventspils. VEF Riga is looking forward to face Jurmala (#7) at home in the next round where they are favorite. Ventspils will play against the league's leader Liepaja (#1) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
VEF Riga: K.Berzins 12+4reb+2ast, C.Millage 12+4reb+4ast, D.Zavackas 11+3reb, A.Kavaliauskas 10+7reb+3ast, S.Valters 9+2reb+1ast, G.Jahovics 9+3reb+1ast
Ventspils: J.Young 22+6reb+1ast, R.Zakis 12+5reb, S.Gray 11+3reb+2ast, M.Laksa 7, M.Diane 4, M.Meiers 4+1reb+1ast
gschID: 172082


Ventspils - Turiba 91-53

The game with biggest result difference took place in Ventspils. Local Ventspils (14-1) outscored 7th ranked Turiba (9-17) 91-53. The game without a history. Ventspils led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 46 of its points in the paint compared to Turiba's 16. They outrebounded Turiba 44-27 including a 32-18 advantage in defensive rebounds. Ventspils players were unselfish on offense dishing 23 assists comparing to just 8 passes made by Turiba's players. Forward Martins Laksa (200-90, agency: FCM) notched 21 points and 6 rebounds to lead the effort and international center Arturs Berzins (204-88, agency: FCM) supported him with 11 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists. Four Ventspils players scored in double figures. Ventspils' coach Gundars Vetra felt very confident that he used 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Even 10 points and 7 rebounds by guard Krists Piternieks (202-87, agency: Dynamics Global Management) did not help to save the game for Turiba. Guard Martins Steinbergs (188-90, agency: FCM) added 16 points for the guests. Ventspils maintains second position with 14-1 record having eleven point less than leader Liepaja, which they share with VEF Riga. Turiba lost fourth consecutive game. They dropped to the eighth place with 17 games lost. Ventspils' next round opponent will be league's leader Liepaja on the road and it will be for sure the game of the week.
Top scorers:
Ventspils: M.Laksa 21+6reb, M.Diane 15+1reb+4ast, S.Gray 15+1reb+3ast, A.Berzins 11+9reb+5ast, R.Zakis 9+4reb, M.Meiers 5+4reb+2ast
Turiba: M.Steinbergs 16+3reb, K.Piternieks 10+7reb+3ast, U.Strauss 8+5reb, M.Rudmiezis 6+3reb+3ast, R.Mednis 6+3reb, M.Vinauds 4+1reb+1ast
gschID: 172083



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  LEBANON   


WABA League: Riyadi take lead in title series - by Eurobasket News

Riyadi - Mahram 91:87

Riyadi grabbed the lead in the WABA League championship series. The defending champions held off visiting Mahram in the opener tonight. Dewarick Spencer (193-G-82, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: Arkansas St.) unloaded 39 points and issued 7 assists to lead the charge.
Riyadi grabbed the initiative early on. They posted a 23:18 advantage ten minutes into the encounter. Riyadi maintained the advantage throughout the second quarter. The Lebanese team established a comfortable 52:40 halftime advantage. The margin grew to 14 points midway through the third period. Mahram however refused to surrender. They narrowed the deficit within 9 points at the final intermission. Mahram got within a single point in the fourth term. But Dewarick Spencers offensive excellence carried Riyadi to the victory. Ahmed Moneim (205-C-76) contributed 16 points and 11 rebounds, while William Pharis (206-F/C-81, agency: Pro Management Agency, college: Arkansas) and Jean Abdel Nour (198-F/G-83, agency: Pro Management Agency) finished with 12 points apiece for the winners. Pape Sow (207-F-81, college: CS Fullerton) responded with 22 points and 10 rebounds for Mahram. Nikoloz Tskitishvili (212-C/F-83) notched 21 points and 7 caroms in the loss.

Riyadi: Dewarick Spencer 39, Ahmed Moneim 16+11 boards, William Pharis 12, Jean Abdel Nour 12
Mahram: Pape Sow 22+10 boards, Nikoloz Tskitishvili 21



Anibal pass Sagesse easily before meeting Champville wednesday - by Rabih Khoury

In the 2nd game for Anibal in the Final 8 Retour round, Anibal had a very easy win over Sagesse (102-83) in their home court in Ghazir. From the beginning, Anibal controlled the game and defensively stopped most Sagesse's offensive options, made the steals and scored the transition baskets. Big respect for all Anibal players and coaching staff who showed big responsibility and made the desired victory that all Anibal fans were waiting for.

Huge numbers for Anibal, FG 40/82 (49%)- 3 points shots 12/28 (43%)-Free Throws 10/17 (59%)- Rebounds (48)- Assists (26)- Turn Overs (16).

In this way, Anibal ended the series this season with Sagesse with 3-1 For Anibal and their next meeting will be in the 2012-2013 Season.

Anibal now is still in the 3rd sport with (17W-8L)

Anibal 102-83 Sagesse

Q1: 32-14, Q2: 50-26, Q3: 79-50, Q4: 102-83

Stats:

Anibal:

-Jay Youngblood 25Pts, 7Rbs, 8Ass (11/17 FG + 1/3 3's + 2/5 FT) (Added 1 Steal + 3 TO & 1 Block) in 36 min

-LeRoy Hurd (202-F/G-80, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: UTSA) 21Pts, 8Rbs, 3Ass (8/11 FG + 4/6 3's + 1/2 FT) (Added 4 Steals + 1 TO) in 32 min

-Ghaleb Reda 19Pts, 5Rbs, 8Ass (8/20 FG + 3/9 3's) (Added 1 Steal + 5 TO) in 32 min

-Mazen Mneimneh 12ts, 7Rbs, 3Ass (4/13 FG + 2/4 3's + 2/2 FT) (Added 2 Steals + 4 TO & 1 Block) in 24 min

-Bachir Ammoury 11Pts, 3Rbs (4/6 FG + 1/3 3's + 2/2 FT) in 16 min

-Rodrigue Akl 5Pts, 2Rbs, 2Ass (2/4 FG + 1/3 3's) (Added 2 Steals) in 16 min

-Roy Samaha 4Pts, 3Rbs, 1Ass (2/4 FG + 0/2 FT) (Added 2 TO) in 14 min

-Charles Tabet 3Pts, 9Rbs (0/4 FG + 3/4 FT) (Added 4 Blocks) in 14 min

-G.Choueiry 2Pts (1/1 FG) in 1 min

Sagesse:

-Nate Johnson 40Pts, 10Rbs, 3Ass (12/28 FG + 1/4 3's + 15/16 FT) (Added 2 Steals + 4 TO) in 40 min

-Joey Accaoui 12Pts, 6Ass (4/12 FG + 1/4 3's + 3/4 FT) in 27 min

-Jad Bitar 10Pts, 7Rbs, 1Ass (5/9 FG) (Added 1 Steal + 4 TO & 1 Block) in 32 min

-Brandon Crump 9Pts, 6Rbs, 3Ass (4/10 FG + 0/2 3's + 1/4 FT) (Added 4 Steals + 2 TO & 4 Blocks) in 24 min

-Mohamad Fahes 7Pts, 4Rbs (3/6 FG + 1/1 FT) (Added 1 Block) in 14 min

-Joe Ghattas 3Pts, 1Rbs (1/4 FG + 0/1 3's + 1/2 FT) (Added 1 TO) in 16 min

-Charbel Sokhen 2Pts, 3Rbs (1/2 FG) in 10 min





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  LIGA AMERICAS   

Standings

Liga Americas Standings
Group E
 1. Obras 3-0 
 2. Pioneros 2-1 
 3. Itabom/Bauru 1-2 
 4. Bucaneros 0-3 
Group F
 1. Arecibo 0-0 
 2. Cocodrilos 0-0 
 3. La Union 0-0 
 4. Uniceub/BRB 0-0 
Stage One Standings

Second Stage: Round 1

Mar. 30: Pioneros - Bucaneros 89-81
Apr. 1: Bucaneros - Itabom/Bauru 80-83
Apr. 1: Pioneros - Obras 76-84
Mar. 31: Itabom/Bauru - Pioneros 68-73
Mar. 30: Itabom/Bauru - Obras 38-74
Mar. 31: Obras - Bucaneros 101-78

Second Stage: Round 2

Apr. 13: La Union - Arecibo
Apr. 13: Cocodrilos - Uniceub/BRB
Apr. 14: La Union - Uniceub/BRB
Apr. 14: Arecibo - Cocodrilos
Apr. 15: Arecibo - Uniceub/BRB
Apr. 15: Cocodrilos - La Union


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Tony WASHAM
  Obras
  (200-F-82)
  Avg: 22.6
 1. Washam, Obras22.6 
 2. Hickerson, Bucan.16.3 
 3. Nunes, Itabom/B.16.2 
 4. Hornsby, Pioneros16.0 
 5. Harris, Pioneros16.0 
 6. Taylor, Itabom/B.12.8 
 7. Gutierrez, Obras12.2 
 8. Elsener, Obras11.3 
 9. Mazzaro, Obras11.2 
 10. Guevara, Bucaner.10.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 LeRoy HICKERSON
  Bucan.
  (196-G-82)
  Avg: 7.3
 1. Hickerson, Bucan.7.3 
 2. Nunes, Itabom/B.7.3 
 3. Gutierrez, Obras7.0 
 4. Washam, Obras6.8 
 5. Field, Obras6.3 
 6. Agba, Itabom/Bauru6.0 
 7. de Sousa, Itabom/.5.8 
 8. Fells, Obras5.8 
 9. Elsener, Obras5.2 
 10. Julio, Bucaneros5.0 
Assists Per Game
 Alejandro KONSZTATD
  Obras
  (190-G-89)
  Avg: 5.7
 1. Konsztatd, Obras5.7 
 2. Taylor, Itabom/B.4.2 
 3. Guevara, Bucaneros3.5 
 4. Mazzaro, Obras2.8 
 5. Cedeno, Bucaneros2.8 
 6. Harris, Pioneros2.7 
 7. Hernandez, Pioneros2.5 
 8. Meza Rogel, Pione.2.0 
 9. Hickerson, Bucan.1.7 
 10. Angley, Pioneros1.5 
Steals Per Game
 Alexis ELSENER
  Obras
  (196-G-88)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Elsener, Obras3.2 
 2. Washam, Obras1.8 
 3. Deodato, Itabom/B.1.7 
 4. Taylor, Itabom/B.1.4 
 5. Guevara, Bucaneros1.3 
 6. Konsztatd, Obras1.3 
 7. Fells, Obras1.2 
 8. Hornsby, Pioneros1.2 
 9. de Sousa, Itabom/.1.2 
 10. Hernandez, Pioner.1.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Heberth BAYONA
  Bucaneros
  (210-C-78)
  Avg: 1.2
 1. Bayona, Bucaneros1.2 
 2. Hickerson, Bucan.0.8 
 3. Hornsby, Pioneros0.8 
 4. de Sousa, Itabom/.0.8 
 5. Gutierrez, Obras0.8 
 6. Fells, Obras0.7 
 7. Mosso, Itabom/B.0.5 
 8. Barrios, Bucaneros0.5 
 9. Espinoza, Obras0.3 
 10. Ofoegbu, Pioneros0.3 


Group E: Obras and Pioneros head to Final Four Tournament - by Eurobasket News

THIRD GAMES
Pioneros - Obras 76-84
Obras won the Group E of Liga Americas with perfect 3-0 record and booked a spot for the Final Four. The Argentinean squad outplayed Pioneros on Sunday 84-76 to end as No.1. Both squads had 2-0 before this meeting, so Pioneros finished as the second ranked team of this pool and also booked a spot for the final tournament. Both teams have said they will seek to host the final round, which due to the bidding process has been rescheduled to be played from April 27 to 29. Alexis Elsener (196-G-88) led Obras in scoring with 21 points, while Tony Washam (200-F-82, college: St.Vincent) added 16 points and 10 rebounds. Juan Gutierrez (205-F/C-83) scored 12 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. Jovan Harris (191-G/F-81, college: USF) had 19 points for Pioneros and Orlando Mendez-Valdez (185-G-86, college: W.Kentucky) added 11 pts, plus 6 rebounds. Brody Angley (180-PG-86, agency: JEMsports, college: Santa Clara) also scored 11 pts for the Mexicans. Quarters: 19-22, 18-19, 23-16, 24-19.

Bucaneros - Itabom/Bauru 80-83
Itabom/Bauru outplayed Bucaneros on Sunday 83-80 and avoided last place in Group E of the Liga Americas. Both teams had 0-2 before this meeting and both failed to reach the Final Four Tournament. Douglas Nunes (201-C-87) shined for the winners with 31 points and 11 rebounds (valuation 30). Gui Deodato (190-F-91) had 17 points and 6 rebs, while Larry Taylor (185-G-80, college: Missouri Western) was close to triple-double adding 14 points, 10 assists and 6 rebounds. In Bucaneros, Emilio Taboada (191-F-82) delivered 18 points and Alejandro Barrios (205-C-79) had 14. Quarters: 18-21, 14-14, 26-20, 25-25.


SECOND GAMES

Itabom/Bauru - Pioneros 68-73
Pioneros got 15 points and 5 rebounds from Christopher Hernandez (188-PG-83, college: Stanford). Ike Ofoegbu (205-F-85, agency: Paris Global Sports, college: SMU) (10 rebs) and Robert Hornsby (196-F/C-82, college: Troy) (8 rebs) helped their team with 13 points each. Itabom/Bauru got 26 points from Larry Taylor, while Jefferson Agba (5 rebs) and Gui Deodato stopped to 12 points apiece. Quarters: 15-17, 18-14, 16-18, 19-24.

Obras - Bucaneros 101-78
Tony Washam exploded with 37 points and 8 rebounds (valuation 38). He made 9 of 12 attempts from behind the arc. Juan Gutierrez had double-double of 21 points and 13 rebounds. At the other side, LeRoy Hickerson (196-G-82, college: Cumberlands) responded with 20 points and 5 rebs, and Sek Henry (193-G-87, college: Nebraska) had 12 points, plus 5 assists. Quarters: 21-20, 32-22, 22-19, 26-17.


FIRST GAMES

Itabom/Bauru - Obras
38-74
Tony Washam had 18 points and 5 rebounds in this huge win. Juan Gutierrez scored 11 points and grabbed 6 rebounds, while Darren Fells (201-F/C-86, college: Cal-Irvine) added 10 points and also 6 rebs. In Itabom/Bauru, Andrezao de Sousa (198-C-90) (6 rebs) and Larry Taylor scored 7 points each. Quarters: 14-23, 10-15, 6-17, 8-19.

Pioneros - Bucaneros 89-81
Robert Hornsby stepped up for Pioneros with 21 points. Jovan Harris followed him with 17, while Orlando Mendez-Valdez helped with 13 points in this victory. In the loosing squad, Luis Julio (201-F/C-80) shined with 20 points and 9 rebounds. Sek Henry also scored 20 points and Emilio Taboada stopped to three less. Quarters: 17-19, 15-18, 22-19, 35-25.



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Lietuvos Rytas complete Baltic League Final Four picture - by Eurobasket News

Ventspils - Lietuvos Rytas 63:73

Lietuvos Rytas advanced into Baltic League Final Four. They overcame Ventspils in Latvia tonight to complete the picture. Mindaugas Katelynas (206-F-83, college: Chattanooga) and Jonas Valanciunas (210-C-92) stepped up with 14 points each to pace the winners.
Lietuvos Rytas silenced the hosts in the opening quarter. The Lithuanian team limited the hosts to just 5 points to take a 13-point lead at the first break. Ventspils struggled to adjust their offence as they faced a 14-point deficit at halftime 20:34. The teams traded baskets throughout the third term as Lietuvos Rytas easily maintained the advantage. Ventspils increased the tempo in the fourth frame but it was too late as Lietuvs Rytas cruised to the win at the end. Renaldas Seibutis (195-G-85) had 13 points, while Rasic contributed 12 points for the winners. Steven Gray (195-PG-89, college: Gonzaga) answered with 14 points for Ventspils. Arturs Berzins (204-C-88, agency: FCM) chipped in 11 points in the loss.

Ventspils: Steven Gray 14, Arturs Berzins 11
Lietuvos Rytas: Mindaugas Katelynas 14, Jonas Valanciunas 14, Renaldas Seibutis 13



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Pioneros advance to Liga Americas Final Four - by Eurobasket News

Pioneros booked a spot for the Final Four tournament of Liga Americas, despite 76-84 loss to Obras on Sunday. Obras won the Group E with perfect 3-0 record and of course also booked a spot for the Final Four. Both squads had 2-0 before this meeting, so Pioneros finished as the second ranked team of this pool. Both teams have said they will seek to host the final round, which due to the bidding process has been rescheduled to be played in April 27 to 29. Alexis Elsener led Obras in scoring with 21 points, while Tony Washam added 16 points and 10 rebounds. Juan Gutierrez scored 12 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. Jovan Harris (191-G/F-81, college: USF) had 19 points for Pioneros and Orlando Mendez-Valdez (185-G-86, college: W.Kentucky) added 11 pts, plus 6 rebounds. Brody Angley (180-PG-86, agency: JEMsports, college: Santa Clara) also scored 11 pts for the Mexicans. Quarters: 22-19, 19-18, 16-23, 19-24.
In the second game, Pioneros was better than Itabom/Bauru 73-68. Pioneros got 15 points and 5 rebounds from Christopher Hernandez (188-PG-83, college: Stanford). Ike Ofoegbu (205-F-85, agency: Paris Global Sports, college: SMU) (10 rebs) and Robert Hornsby (196-F/C-82, college: Troy) (8 rebs) helped their team with 13 points each. Itabom/Bauru got 26 points from Larry Taylor, while Jefferson Agba (5 rebs) and Gui Deodato stopped to 12 points apiece. Quarters: 17-15, 14-18, 18-16, 24-19.
In Game One, Pioneros handed 89-81 loss to Bucaneros. Robert Hornsby stepped up for Pioneros with 21 points. Jovan Harris followed him with 17, while Orlando Mendez-Valdez helped with 13 points in this victory. In the loosing squad, Luis Julio shined with 20 points and 9 rebounds. Sek Henry also scored 20 points and Emilio Taboada stopped to three less. Quarters: 17-19, 15-18, 22-19, 35-25.



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MNE Play-Out League 3 Round : Easy win for Danilovgrad , Podgorica win in derby game - by Dragan Scepanovic

Danilovgrad Centar 83:62 (14:18, 15:11, 22:12, 32:21)
Danilovgrad . City SC in Danilovgrad.Spect:100.Reff: Popovic, Sanjevic (Podgorica) and Filipovcc (Nisic).
DANILOVGRAD: Ratkovic 17, Jovovic 3, Vukovic, Ademovic 10, Djerkovcc, Skendzic, Igor Kunjic (199-F-87) 21, Kavaric 9, Stojanovic, Cebalovic 1, Mrdak 11,Patkovic 11.
CENTAR: Zlajic 9, Radovic, Fisik 9, M. Femic 16, Rakocevic 2, Knezevic, R. Femic 3, Jang 11, Joksimovic 10, Topuzovic 2, Tosic.

ABS Primorje Podgorica 83:93 (21:21, 20:25, 19:18, 23:29)
H.Novi: SC in Igalo.Spect: 50.Reff: Raicevic (Bijelo Polje), Janjusevic (Niksic), Lakicevic (Budva).
ABS PRIMORJE: Stefan Arapovic (191-G/F-90) 14, Goran Bulatovic (184-G-88) 17, Ivan Misinezovic (188-G-93), Denis Arapovic (188-G-92) 1, Rajko Krivokapic (199-F-85), Devrnja 12, M. Bulatovic 2, Kovacevic 10, Radak 12, Jovan Bacovic (197-F-86) 14, Brajovic, Roganovic.
PODGORICA: Djurovic 22, Femic 7, Drobnjak, Bogojevic 21, Vusovic, Marko Koljevic (191-G-90) 19, Gavranic 6, Ljeskovic, Nicaj 16, Ljubenkovic 2, Milickovic, Draskovic.



Micov pause one month - by Dragan Scepanovic

After the victory of Teramo, coach of basketball club Cantu announced that the former player of Buducnost from Podgorica Vladimir Micov (203-F-85, agency: Beo Basket) has to have surgery on the knee. Brilliant winger had a good season i Italy in which the Italian team managed to get hold of the Euroleague Top 16 phase. The operation will be performed on the knee on Tuesday and club expect that Micov will pause for about a month.


MNE S-League 3 Round : Buducnost win in derby, important win for Mornar and Sutjeska - by Dragan Scepanovic

Lovcen - Buducnost Voli 54:70 (19:16, 7:16, 10:23, 18:15)
Cetinje - SC Lovcen. Spect: 500. Reff: Dragojevic (Podgorica), Rutesic (Niksic), Kicovic (Bar).
Lovcen: Stojanovic 6, Djokovic 6, Marko Milosevic (202-SF-84) 3, Nikola Pavlicevic (192-SG-88), Masan Vrbica (187-G-94) 13, Borilovic 2, Koprivica, Lopicic 16, Ivan Zejak (203-SF-87) 6, Milic, Kusovac 2, Latkovic.
Buducnost Voli: Mihailovic 10, M. Popovic 3, Milosevic 15, Radovic, Vitkovac 10, Dubljevic 10, A. Popovic 5, Ivanovic, Anderson 7, Nikolic 2,Mugosa 4, Boldin 4.

Mornar - Ulcinj 76:62 (16:15, 20:15, 17:14, 23:18)
Bar - SC: Topolica.Spect: 300. Reff: Vojinovic (Niksic), Koljensic (Podgorica), Savovic (Podgorica).
Mornar: Pajovic 2, Damjanovic 10, Kasalica, Ivanovic 3, Skot 7, Jelenic 9, Mikovic 2, Sekulovic 5, Pavic 8, Vujosevic 2, Filip Barovic (208-F/C-90) 15, Singteri 13.
Ulcinj: Latkovic 7, Djurisic 16, Kopitovic, Klikovac, Djeljosevic, Lalovic 6,Boban Medenica (204-F-87) 15, Unkasevic 3, Taflaj, Tepavcevic 6, Markasevic, Djurkovic 9.

Teodo - Sutjeska 80:88 (19:17, 23:22, 22:20, 16:29)
Tivat - SC: Zupa. Spect: 500. Reff: Sundic (Podgorica), Kaludjerovic (Niksic), Muhadinovic (Cetinje).
Teodo: Marko Mijovic (188-G-87) 8, Danilovic 4, Stanicic 2, Aleksandar Radulovic (207-C-84) 7, Radonjic, Marko Calic (195-G/F-86) 9, Boskovic 16, Vucinovic, Marinov, Marko Ljujic (205-C-90) 4, Milosevic 30, Lucic.
Sutjeska: Kovac 2, Zarubica, Vranjes 24, Jovanovic, Grabovica 10, Popovic 12, Zarko Dragicevic (188-G-81) 6, Jocovic 11, Gajovic 11, Kuveljic, Andrija Pejovic (205-C-83) 12, Krivokapic.



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Standings

NBA Standings
Eastern Conference
Atlantic Div.
 1. Boston C. 30-22 
 2. Philadelph.76 29-23 
 3. New York K. 27-26 
 4. New Jersey N. 19-35 
 5. Toronto R. 18-35 
Central Div.
 1. Chicago B. 42-13 
 2. Indiana P. 31-21 
 3. Milwaukee B. 25-28 
 4. Detroit P. 19-33 
 5. Cleveland C. 17-33 
Southeast Div.
 1. Miami Heat 37-14 
 2. Orlando M. 32-21 
 3. Atlanta H. 31-23 
 4. Washington W. 12-41 
 5. Charlotte B. 7-43 
Western Conference
Northwest Div.
 1. Oklah.City T. 40-13 
 2. Denver N. 29-24 
 3. Utah Jazz 28-26 
 4. Minnesota T. 26-29 
 5. Portland TB 24-30 
Pacific Div.
 1. LA Lakers 33-20 
 2. LA Clippers 32-21 
 3. Phoenix Suns 26-26 
 4. Golde State W. 20-31 
 5. Sacramento K. 19-34 
Southwest Div.
 1. San Antonio S. 36-14 
 2. Dallas M. 30-24 
 3. Memphis G. 29-22 
 4. Houston R. 29-25 
 5. N.Orleans H. 13-40 

Regular Season: Round 96

Apr. 2: Washington W. - Milwaukee B. 98-112
Apr. 2: Portland TB - Utah Jazz 97-102
Apr. 2: Chicago B. - Houston R. 93-99
Apr. 2: Oklah.City T. - Memphis G. 88-94
Apr. 2: Dallas M. - LA Clippers 75-94
Apr. 2: Sacramento K. - Minnesota T. 116-108

Regular Season: Round 97

Apr. 3: Cleveland C. - San Antonio S.
Apr. 3: Toronto R. - Charlotte B.
Apr. 3: Miami Heat - Philadelph.76
Apr. 3: Sacramento K. - Phoenix Suns
Apr. 3: Indiana P. - New York K.
Apr. 3: Detroit P. - Orlando M.
Apr. 3: Memphis G. - Golde State W.
Apr. 3: LA Lakers - New Jersey N.


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Kobe BRYANT
  LA Lakers
  (198-G-78)
  Avg: 28.1
 1. Bryant, LA Lakers28.1 
 2. Durant, Oklah.Ci.27.5 
 3. James, Miami Heat26.5 
 4. Love, Minnesota T.26.5 
 5. Westbrook, Oklah..24.4 
 6. Rose, Chicago B.22.8 
 7. Wade, Miami Heat22.8 
 8. Ellis, Golde S.21.9 
 9. Williams, New J.21.6 
 10. Aldridge, Portlan.21.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Dwight HOWARD
  Orlando M.
  (211-C-85)
  Avg: 14.5
 1. Howard, Orlando M.14.5 
 2. Love, Minnesota T.13.6 
 3. Bynum, LA Lakers11.9 
 4. Varejao, Clevelan.11.5 
 5. Cousins, Sacramen.11.1 
 6. Griffin, LA Clipp.10.9 
 7. Humphries, New J.10.9 
 8. Gasol, LA Lakers10.5 
 9. Gortat, Phoenix9.9 
 10. Smith, Atlanta H.9.8 
Assists Per Game
 Steve NASH
  Phoenix Suns
  (190-PG-74)
  Avg: 11.3
 1. Nash, Phoenix Suns11.3 
 2. Rondo, Boston C.11.0 
 3. Calderon, Toron.8.8 
 4. Paul, LA Clippers8.8 
 5. Williams, New J.8.6 
 6. Rubio, Minnesot.8.2 
 7. Parker, San A.8.0 
 8. Rose, Chicago B.8.0 
 9. Wall, Washington W.7.8 
 10. Conley, Memphis G.7.3 
Steals Per Game
 Chris PAUL
  LA Clippers
  (183-PG-85)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Paul, LA Clippers2.4 
 2. Conley, Memphis G.2.4 
 3. Rubio, Minnesot.2.2 
 4. James, Miami Heat1.9 
 5. Shumpert, New Y.1.8 
 6. Iguodala, Philadel.1.8 
 7. Lowry, Houston R.1.8 
 8. Ariza, N.Orleans H.1.7 
 9. Rondo, Boston C.1.7 
 10. Teague, Atlanta1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Serge IBAKA
  Oklah.Ci.
  (208-C/F-89)
  Avg: 3.4
 1. Ibaka, Oklah.Ci.3.4 
 2. McGee, Washingt.2.5 
 3. Howard, Orlando M.2.1 
 4. Jordan, LA Clippers2.1 
 5. Bynum, LA Lakers2.0 
 6. Hibbert, Indiana P.1.9 
 7. Smith, Atlanta H.1.9 
 8. Biyombo, Charlott.1.8 
 9. Dalembert, Houst.1.8 
 10. Gasol, Memphis G.1.8 


Reggie Miller Headlines HOF 2012 Class - by Miguel Rivera

Longtime Indiana Pacers' shooting guard Reggie Miller (6'7''-G-65, college: UCLA) is one of the newest members of the Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame. The announcement was made live from New Orleans, LA, site of tonight's Men's College basketball National Championship game. Here's a look at this year's inductees...

Reggie Miller: 18-year career, all with the Indiana Pacers. Average 18.2 points per game over his career. Played in one NBA Finals and 5 All-Star games. Second all-time in 3-pointers made, 2560. 1996 Olympic gold medalist; 1994 World Championship gold medalist.

Don Nelson: NBA's All-time winningest coach with 1335 career wins as a head coach. 3-time NBA Coach of the Year.

Ralph Sampson: 3-time College Player of the Year out of the University of Virginia. #1 overall pick in the 1983 NBA Draft. 4-time NBA All-Star.

Other inductees: Two-time Olympic gold medalist Katrina McClain. Basketball official and coordinator Hank Nichols. College and NBA Star Jamaal Wilkes. First professional women's basketball team, All American Red Heads. Also, Mel Daniels, Don Barksdale, Lidia Alexeeva, Chet Walker and Phil Knight.



Stan Van Gundy to leave Orlando Magic after this season? - by Eurobasket News

Stan Van Gundy's days with the Orlando Magic may be numbered. The Magic might decide to part ways with Van Gundy after the season in an effort to appease Dwight Howard (6'11''-C-85). However, Orlando may not have the opportunity to fire the 52-year-old head coach.

A growing number of people within the organization believe that Van Gundy will quit after the season, mainly because he doesnt want to go through the Howard circus again next season. Sources close to the situation say that Van Gundy was ready for the organization to move Howard at the trade deadline so that the franchise could move on and once again focus on winning games. Hes not interested in going through that drama again next season.

Van Gundy would be one of the top coaches on the market and would have no problem finding a job elsewhere. The New York Knicks and Portland Trail Blazers are two teams that would likely throw a lot of money at Van Gundy this offseason.

Whether Van Gundy quits or gets fired, one name that has come up as a possible replacement in Orlando is Nate McMillan. As ESPNs Marc Stein wrote on Friday, McMillan is someone that the Magic would target should Van Gundy leave. Howard would be behind the hiring since the two men have gotten to know each other during their time with Team USA.

There have been rumblings that Howard presented the front office with a list of coaches that hed like them to pursue this summer, which lends credence to the idea that Van Gundy is gone after this season.

Courtesy of www.hoopsworld.com



Kobe Bryant calls his critics 'idiots' - by Eurobasket News

Kobe Bryant (6'6''-G-78) laughed off criticism from analysts and bloggers worldwide about his woeful 3/21 shooting night against the New Orleans Hornets a few days ago. Kobe missed his first 15 shots and was scorless through the first three quarters before hitting a couple of clutch shots that iced the game.

Bryant, often a target for criticism because of his shot selection, spoke after notching his 112th career 40-point game against the Warriors yesterday and called those critics 'idiots.'

Kobe says social media such as Twitter and Facebook has given every armchair critic a voice, laughing when told his missed shots against the Hornets had become a Twitter trending topic.

'It's always interesting to hear people talk after a game like that, like I'm done and all this stuff,' Bryant said. 'The amount of idiots that live out here after 16 years is baffling. I guess people just get dumber over the years.'

'I guess on Twitter you don't have to respond to idiots, do you? You can block them, right?'

Courtesy of http://starting5.com.au



Paul, Pierce named NBA Players of the Week - by Eurobasket News

Los Angeles Clippers guard Chris Paul (6'0''-PG-85, college: Wake Forest) and Boston Celtics forward Paul Pierce (6'7''-F/G-77, college: Kansas) were named the NBA Players of the Week for games played through April 1.

Paul guided the Clippers to a 4-0 record as they earned their first five-game winning streak since November 2006. He recorded 25 points and 10 assists against the Hornets, his former team, on March 26 and averaged 21.5 points per contest through the week. He tied his season-high with 15 assists against the Suns on March 28.

The Celtics also won all four games during the week, led by Pierce, who averaged nearly six points above his season-average with 25.0 points per game, including a season-high 36 in a 102-95 win over Charlotte on March 26. He scored a team-high 23 points as Boston won its fifth straight game against the Southeast Division-leading Miami Heat on April 1.

Other nominees for the Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Week were Boston's Kevin Garnett, Detroit's Tayshaun Prince, the Clippers' Blake Griffin, New Jersey's Deron Williams, New York's Carmelo Anthony and Oklahoma City's Russell Westbrook.

Courtesy of www.miamiherald.com



Jeremy Lin has successful knee surgery - by Eurobasket News

The Knicks confirmed Monday that Jeremy Lin (6'3''-PG-88, college: Harvard) had undergone successful surgery to repair the meniscus in his left knee Monday at the Hospital for Special Surgery in Manhattan.

The team said he would be out approximately six weeks.

Lin posted a picture of himself in what looked like a hospital bed on Facebook around 5:30 p.m. Monday.

He also posted the message: Praise God for a successful surgery! Now on the road to recovery! Lets gooo. Much love to all the fans for your support and kind words.

Lin, who started 25 games this season, was averaging 14.6 points and 6.1 assists. The rehabilitation from the surgery would keep Lin off the court through the end of the season on April 26, and possibly through the playoffs.

Courtesy of www.nydailynews.com



Monday's games review (6): Clippers win 6th in a row, 94-75 at Mavericks - by Eurobasket News

Dallas M. - LA Clippers 75-94
Randy Foye (6'3''-G-83, college: Villanova) had 28 points with a career-high eight 3-pointers and the Los Angeles Clippers won their sixth consecutive game, 94-75 over the Dallas Mavericks on Monday night for their longest winning streak in two decades. Blake Griffin (6'10''-F-89, college: Oklahoma) had 15 points and 16 rebounds for the Clippers, who last won six in a row in March 1992. Griffin had scored 20 points in each of the previous six games, but still had his 33rd double-double this season. After Brandan Wright's tip-in capped an 8-0 run for the Mavericks to get within 76-62 with about 7 1/2 minutes left, Foye responded with a 3-pointer. Jason Terry then made another basket for Dallas, only to have Foy make another 3, his eighth to match the franchise record. Foye was 10-of-19 shooting, including 8 of 15 on 3s. Quentin Richardson made 8 of 11 3-pointers while scoring 36 points for the Clippers at Boston on Feb. 4, 2004. Caron Butler, part of the Mavericks' championship team last season, had 13 points for the Clippers, who had lost 10 consecutive games in Dallas since 2006. Nick Young had 10 points. Dirk Nowitzki (7'0''-F-78) led the Mavericks with 19 points, while Jason Terry had 15. Los Angeles entered the game fourth in the Western Conference, just ahead of the defending NBA champions. Had the playoffs been starting, it would have been a first-round game - in Los Angeles. Good thing for the Mavericks there are still more than three weeks left in the regular season. The Mavs, who lost two of three in the regular season against the Clippers, slipped to sixth place in the Western Conference. They are a half-game behind Memphis, who they play twice in their next three games, including Wednesday night at home. Dallas was without veteran guard Jason Kidd (strained right groin) and forward Lamar Odom (stomach illness). Kidd isn't expected to play this week, meaning he could miss his third four-game stretch this season. As usual, Griffin had some highlight dunks. He punctuated his night with a high-flying gem in the closing minutes. Griffin's first dunk came 5 minutes into the game, when Butler had a steal and pass to Griffin for a breakaway slam. Griffin made the shot even as Delonte West, filling in as the starter for Kidd, reached over and slapped down on his head. A couple of minutes later, after a turnover by Foye, Nowitzki had a finger-roll layup to tie the game at 11. The Clippers then went ahead to stay on a tip-in by DeAndre Jordan and Butler's short bank shot. A 3-pointer by Foye stretched the lead to 25-15 with less than 2 minutes left in the first quarter. Young's only points before a late 3-pointer had been seven in a row in a 75-second span midway through the second quarter for a 35-23 Clippers lead. Dallas had only 33 points at halftime, its second-lowest scoring first half of the season. Things got no better to start the second half. Vince Carter drove for what he thought was a layup, but he was called for charging against Griffin. While Carter ran down the court in disbelief, replays showed that Griffin appeared to have his feet set. Butler then hit a 3-pointer over Carter, and Foye drove for a layup high off the glass to push the lead to 52-35. *Courtesy of http://abcnews.go.com

Sacramento K. - Minnesota T. 116-108
Tyreke Evans (6'6''-PG-89, college: Memphis) is still making the adjustment from point guard to small forward for the Sacramento Kings. But Evans certainly looked comfortable Monday night. He had 24 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists for the Kings, who topped the slumping Minnesota Timberwolves 116-108. Evans was the NBA's Rookie of the Year two seasons ago and had an injury-plagued season a year ago when his stats dropped. He has been tentative at times this season after coach Keith Smart inserted rookie Isaiah Thomas at point guard and Evans became the starting small forward. Yet Evans was anything but tentative against the injury-plagued Timberwolves. He played with the abandon of his rookie season, driving fearlessly to the basket on the fast break and often times scoring before the Timberwolves had a chance to slow him down. 'I'm trying to get used to it,' Evans said about playing small forward. 'It's up to me to be aggressive and to keep attacking. When I rebound I just get a head start and just kind of open up things because they close the paint.' While Evans continues to search for a consistent perimeter shot, his ability to penetrate defenses remains a strength. He did it repeatedly against the Timberwolves, who lacked a defensive presence inside. Evans made 8 of 14 shots, hit 8 of 11 free throws, and had two steals and only one turnover in 38 minutes. Despite his ball-handling duties being diminished in the normal flow of the offense, Smart still wants the creative Evans to be an offensive facilitator. 'I still put him in a position to be a playmaker,' Smart said. 'Tonight was a game where he could push it up and make plays. He's a small forward with point guard skills.' The Kings opened the fourth quarter with an 11-0 run, aided by a pair of baskets from Evans, and never trailed the rest of the way. Sacramento entered the game having lost five of six. The Kings made their free throws in the closing minute to secure the victory and move to 14-12 at home this season. 'They started out fast in the fourth quarter, and then we cut it to a reasonable deficit,' Kevin Love said. 'But it was too late at the end. Everyone seems to be hurt right now and that's been tough for us.' Love had 23 points and seven rebounds for the Timberwolves, who lost their third straight and fourth in five games. Rotating defenders, the Kings played tough defense on Love through three quarters. But the All-Star forward got going in the fourth when he scored 11 points. 'They have injuries, but Minnesota still had some talented players, and Kevin Love is one of them,' Smart said. 'We tried to make sure he didn't have a big game to beat us.' Nikola Pekovic (6'11''-C-86, agency: Beo Basket) had 17 points, Luke Ridnour had 13 and Brad Miller had 11 points and six assists for Minnesota, which has seen its playoffs hopes dwindle since losing starting point guard Ricky Rubio last month to a season-ending knee injury. The Timberwolves are 4-10 in Rubio's absence. Minnesota trails Houston, which holds the eighth spot in the Western Conference. 'I'm not worried about the playoffs. We do have to turn this thing around,' Minnesota coach Rick Adelman said. 'We are not going to give up on this season. We have to turn this season around with the people we have right now.' DeMarcus Cousins had 20 points and nine rebounds for the Kings. Jimmer Fredette had 19 points, one below his season high. Isaiah Thomas had 17 points and five assists. Terrence Williams had 12 points and 12 rebounds. Williams has been a consistent contributor since being signed to a 10-day contract on March 21. The versatile guard/forward has earned consistent minutes and last week the Kings signed him for the remainder of the season. 'He's a player that you don't have to depend on him scoring or doing one thing, he does them all-rebounds, passes, scores and defends,' Thomas said. 'He's one of the most complete players in this league and you need somebody like that on your team to help you win games.' Fouled on a 3-point attempt with 1:50 left, Love made all three free throws to bring the Timberwolves within 109-104. But Minnesota could not get closer in losing to the Kings for the second time on the road after defeating them twice at home. Leading by one heading into the fourth quarter, the Kings ran off 11 straight points and took a 98-86 lead when Fredette connected on a 3-pointer at the 8:01 mark. The Timberwolves missed their first six shots in the fourth and also committed several turnovers. It didn't help the Timberwolves that Love picked up his fourth foul with just under nine minutes left in the third quarter. Love went to the bench, but not before arguing the call and earning a technical foul. The Minnesota bench got thinner when Ridnour was in pain near his basket after suffering a sprained right ankle. He had to be helped off the court with under a minute to play in the third and never returned. Miller started at center for the Timberwolves and scored all 11 of his points in the first quarter. It was the first start this season for the veteran center, who played six years with the Kings. Before the game, Miller shook hands with Kings owner Gavin Maloof who was at a courtside seat. He was greeted warmly by Sacramento fans in the pregame introductions as well. 'It was nice to come back, I have a lot of great memories here,' Miller said. 'This is my home. As soon as the season is over, this is where I'll live. I wanted to get the win, but we weren't able to tonight. But it does feel good to at least come back here and play one last time and contribute.' *Courtesy of http://sports.yahoo.com

Portland TB - Utah Jazz 97-102
Paul Millsap (6'7''-F-85, college: Louisiana Tech) had 31 points, including a go-ahead dunk with 1:11 left, and pulled down 11 rebounds to help the Utah Jazz snap a three-game losing streak with a 102-97 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers on Monday night. The Jazz held a 94-90 lead with 5 minutes to go, but LaMarcus Aldridge hit two straight jumpers to close the gap for the Blazers. Wesley Matthews (6'5''-G-86, college: Marquette) made a 3-pointer for a 97-94 Blazers lead, but Al Jefferson hit a short jumper to pull the Jazz within one before Millsap's dunk gave Utah back the lead. Jamaal Tinsley's steal on a Portland inbound pass led to another dunk for Millsap to make it 100-97 and the Blazers couldn't catch up. Matthews led the Blazers with 33 points and Aldridge added 27. All Jefferson had 13 points and 10 rebounds for the Jazz, who avoided matching their longest losing streak of the season. Utah dropped four straight from Feb. 19-28. Portland led by as many as 14 in the first half but Utah pulled ahead with a 16-0 run bridging halftime. The Jazz were hurt when they lost Devin Harris to a sprained left ankle in the first half. The starting point guard was averaging 10.1 points and 4.9 assists for Utah going into the game. Tinsley started in the second half in Harris' place. Portland, coming off a 119-106 victory over Minnesota the night before, was without Jamal Crawford, who has tendinitis in his right knee. But the Blazers did see the return of Joel Przybilla, who sat out against the Timberwolves because of a right knee sprain. Portland went up early, taking a 27-17 lead on Aldridge's dunk off an alley-oop from Matthews. Luke Babitt hit a 3-pointer that extended the lead to 43-29. The Jazz closed the gap as the half wound down, pulling to 57-54 at the break. Utah opened the second half on a 10-0 run, going up 64-57 on Millsap's long jumper. The Jazz stretched the lead to as many as 11 but Portland rallied to pull within 71-69 on a dunk by Aldridge. J.J. Hickson's dunk got the Blazers as close as 79-78, but the Jazz kept Portland at bay to take an 83-78 lead going into the fourth quarter. Matthews hit a 3-pointer to pull Portland to 87-85 with 7:54 left. *Courtesy of www.ktvn.com

Chicago B. - Houston R. 93-99
The Chicago Bulls went more than a year without dropping consecutive regular-season games, a run that ended with a rather disappointing effort. Goran Dragic (6'5''-PG-86) scored 21 points, Luis Scola (6'9''-F/C-80) added 18 points and 12 rebounds, and the Houston Rockets rallied to beat Chicago 99-93 Monday night. The Bulls had gone a franchise-record 86 regular-season games without dropping two in a row, second only to Utah's 95-game run in the late 1990s. But after getting mauled by Oklahoma City, they fell again for the second time in as many days, dropping a wild game that saw several major swings in momentum. When it was over, coach Tom Thibodeau was seething. 'I felt like we let go of the rope,' he said. Never mind that the Bulls still boast the league's best record, with Oklahoma City losing to Memphis. The killer instinct that carried Chicago wasn't there this time. The Bulls hadn't dropped two straight in the regular season since Feb. 5-7 last season, when they fell at Golden State and Portland, and they sure seemed to be in control of this one until everything unraveled. The Rockets trailed by as much as 15 in the first half and were down 13 in the third, but two big runs turned this one around. A 14-1 binge tied it at 62 late in the quarter, and they had a 17-2 burst that started in the final minute of the third and gave them an 84-72 lead. 'We got better stops,' Rockets coach Kevin McHale said. 'We were more active on the defensive end. We chased better on (Richard) Hamilton and (Kyle) Korver.' Chase Budinger chipped in with 13 points, hitting three big 3-pointers early in the fourth. Courtney Lee scored 13, and Marcus Camby had 12 points and 11 rebounds to help the Rockets bounce back from an overtime loss to Indiana on Sunday. Luol Deng led Chicago with 24 points, while Carlos Boozer scored 16 points and grabbed 13 rebounds. Joakim Noah added 15 points, nine rebounds and four blocks, but it was another rough outing for the Bulls. They probably could have used Derrick Rose, but their All-Star guard missed his 11th straight game because a right groin injury. Then again, the Bulls dismissed that as a convenient excuse. 'They got guys out, too,' Deng said. And the Bulls are 14-7 without Rose, so they've been winning when he's not in the lineup. They also got Hamilton back from a 14-game absence because of a sprained and bruised right shoulder, but he finished with just six points-all in the early going. Hamilton also had five of Chicago's 19 turnovers. The turnovers clearly stood out to Thibodeau. He repeated that word early in his postgame news conference-'turnovers, turnovers, turnovers, turnovers, turnovers,' he said-and kept harping on the sloppy play. 'We lost the last two games because of our mistakes,' he said. The Bulls appeared to be in good shape, leading 61-48 after Boozer's finger roll 4 1/2 minutes into the third. But the Rockets answered Boozer's layup by scoring 14 of the next 15 points, tying it at 62 on Camby's jumper with about three minutes left. Then, with under a minute left in the quarter, Patrick Patterson scored on a reverse layup and Earl Boykins hit a 16-footer to send Houston into the fourth quarter with a 71-70 lead and start that 17-2 run. It included three 3s by Budinger in the opening minutes of the period, the third making it 84-72. 'Coach said to be ready for that quick swing and be locked in and I was able to knock them down,' Budinger said. *Courtesy of http://ca.sports.yahoo.com

Washington W. - Milwaukee B. 98-112
All it took was a big first quarter to set the tone against a depleted and taxed Wizards team. Milwaukee used a 22-8 run to sprint out to a 28-19 lead after one. The Wizards came close a couple of times after that, but did not have enough firepower to challenge the Bucks and fell 112-98 at Verizon Center before 16,234. The Wizards were coming off a hard fought 99-92 loss at Toronto Sunday night, and the back-to-back games seemed to show in those crucial first 12 minutes Monday. 'I thought tonight our legs looked heavy,' Wizards coach Randy Wittman admitted. 'In the stretch we are going through, not to make excuses, but that is going to happen. So, we got to get ourselves back energized with a day off (Tuesday), leading into three in a row coming up.' The Bucks also began the second half on fire thanks to Brandon Jennings. Held to one field goal on 1-for-7 in the first half, the Oak Hill Academy product erupted for 17 of his team-high 19 points in the third quarter to extend Milwaukee to an 83-69 advantage. But to start the fourth frame, the Wizards grabbed a 9-2 spurt to cut the Bucks advantage to 85-78 on a Roger Mason Jr.'s 25-foot three pointer with 9:41 remaining. Mason knew that was a big moment, similar to when Washington cut the lead to 55-53 to start the third quarter. But each time Milwaukee had the answer. 'It was (a big moment),' Mason Jr. said. 'We hit a three there and got it to seven. They called a good timeout. They went on a spree there and they extended the lead. Every time we got (close) to the lead they came back.' The Wizards have lost seven of their last eight games, and have won just one game at home since March 7. The defensive streak of holding opponents under triple digits ended at nine games. It was the most points that Washington had yielded at home since the March 5 120-100 loss to Golden State. Wizards guard John Wall, who tallied 14 points, grabbed six rebounds and dished out nine assists, said it is never easy to go through a stretch like this, even with big men Nene and Trevor Booker nursing plantar fasciitis injuries. 'It is tough right now,' Wall said. 'You can't say any excuses for anybody being injured. Guys have been stepping up. They have been playing good. Tonight, we didn't have the energy. They outplayed us.' Jennings' seven field goals marked one of six Milwaukee players who scored in double figures, pulling the Bucks within three wins of the .500 mark (25-28), and within two games of the New York Knicks for the final playoff spot. Monta Ellis (6'4''-G-85) and Mike Jr. Dunleavy (6'9''-G/F-80, college: Duke) each poured in 17, but the most surprising line for Bucks' followers might have been the 15 points, eight rebounds, five assists and one block from former Baylor forward Ekpe Udoh. But in the end, more often than not, Wizards guards Wall and Jordan Crawford (game-high 23 points) drove in the lane and found very few options and their shots were misdirected, blocked or altered, derailing any chance this team on this night would stop a hot Milwaukee squad. *Courtesy of http://washington.cbslocal.com

Oklah.City T. - Memphis G. 88-94
O.J. Mayo (6'5''-G-87, college: USC) scored 22 points, including a key 3-pointer with 17 seconds left, and the Memphis Grizzlies prevented Oklahoma City from tying for the NBA's best record by beating the Thunder 94-88 on Monday night. Oklahoma City had pulled within a game of league-leading Chicago by blowing out the Bulls a day earlier, but the Grizzlies took the lead just after halftime and hung on to snap the Thunder's six-game winning streak. Tony Allen (6'4''-G-82, college: Oklahoma St.) added 15 points and Marc Gasol scored 13 for the Grizzlies, who were without starting point guard Mike Conley for a second straight game because of a sore right ankle. Kevin Durant led the Thunder with 21 points and Russell Westbrook scored 19, with 12 coming as Oklahoma City tried to rally in the fourth quarter. The two teams that last year produced an epic seven-game Western Conference semifinal series -- including a triple-overtime game and one with a single overtime -- went right down to the wire again. Oklahoma City nearly erased a nine-point deficit in the final 3 minutes before Mayo connected on a 3-pointer from the right wing with two seconds left on the shot clock to bump the Memphis lead to 90-86. After a pair of free throws by Westbrook, Zach Randolph answered with two of his own with 13 seconds remaining. Durant's 3-pointer with 6 seconds left was off target, and Allen hit two free throws to seal it with four ticks left. The Grizzlies, enduring a grueling stretch in their schedule, won for the fourth time in five games. Memphis is in the midst of playing nine out of 11 games on the road and Monday's game also opened the team's only back-to-back-to-back stretch this season. Memphis allowed Oklahoma City a season-low two fast-break points -- coming on Westbrook's free throws with 1:12 remaining. Westbrook, who had missed 10 of his first 12 shots, drove for a basket to start a run of eight straight Thunder points. Serge Ibaka scored underneath with 7:05 left to get Oklahoma City within 75-74, then missed a free throw that could have tied it. Gasol answered with a basket from the right block and the Grizzlies were able to restore their nine-point lead with a 12-4 run, going up 87-78 after Randolph's basket inside with 3:16 to play. Memphis then went nearly 3 minutes without scoring as the Thunder closed within one again following Ibaka's jumper and then a string of six straight free throws -- with Westbrook hitting the last of his four in a row with 39 seconds remaining. Oklahoma City, which won Game 7 on its home court in the West semifinals, had won all three previous meetings this season by a total of 15 points. The Grizzlies sustained an early 12-0 Oklahoma City run and kept it tight despite shooting only 31 percent in the first half. Memphis even led in the final minute before Thabo Sefolosha's 3-pointer from the right side gave the Thunder a 44-42 edge at halftime. Gay and Gasol scored back-to-back baskets to start the second half, and Memphis continued to pull away before building its lead to 75-66 after a string of five straight points by Mayo. The last came on a free throw following Thunder coach Scott Brooks' third technical foul of the season with 10:03 remaining, one possession after officials overruled an initial decision to grant Harden three free throws and instead gave the Thunder the ball on the sideline. *Courtesy of www.boston.com



Jason Kidd discusses future - by Eurobasket News

After this season, Jason Kidd (6'4''-PG-73, college: California) will become an unrestricted free agent and weigh all of his options. While he would love to re-sign with the Dallas Mavericks, the 39-year-old point guard will listen to pitches from other teams and decide what move is best for him.

There arent many starting-caliber point guards in this years free agent class so Kidd will likely receive interest from a number of teams looking to upgrade the position and add a veteran leader to the locker room. Kidd doesnt know what will happen this summer, but hes open to anything.

Well see what happens, Kidd told HOOPSWORLD. [Ill go to] whatever team wants me. I would love to end my career in Dallas, but well see what happens this offseason.

In recent years, Kidds numbers have dropped significantly, but he is still able to impact games with his excellent playmaking skills and decision making. He understands that his career is nearing an end, but he wants to win as many games as possible before he has to walk away from the game he loves.

I want to keep playing until I cant play anymore, which could be very soon, Kidd said with a laugh. The big thing for me is I love playing the game. I love doing whatever I can to help my team win. Until that point comes the end Ill keep trying to do that.

There has been a lot of talk about the Mavericks pursuing unrestricted free agent Deron Williams this summer. If the Mavericks were able to land Williams, he would take Kidds place in the starting lineup. However, Dallas signing Williams doesnt necessarily mean that Kidd is gone. He has many friends in the organization and sources close to Kidd say that he wouldnt be opposed to playing a lesser role next season. While he could still start for other teams in the league, he may be fine coming off the bench for the Mavericks and mentoring Williams for a few more seasons.

Once his playing days are over, Kidd wants to become a general manager. He would rather evaluate talent and build a team than stay on the bench and coach the next generation of players.

I would like to go upstairs, Kidd said. Id like to be the person who puts all of the pieces together. Well see if that works out.

For now, Kidd is focused on winning his second championship. While this Mavericks team seems to have taken a step back from last season, Kidd believes they are still legitimate contenders. Dallas currently holds the fifth seed in the Western Conference, with a 30-23 record.

We have all of the pieces to be successful here, Kidd said. We just have to be mentally tough and understand that our defense is going to play a big part if we want to have any success.

Kidd isnt sure what his future holds, but hes looking forward to exploring his opportunities this summer.

Courtesy of www.hoopsworld.com



Reggie Miller leads Hall of Fame class of 2012 - by Eurobasket News

Reggie Miller (6'7''-G-65, college: UCLA) rode his sister's coat-tails all the way to the Hall of Fame.

The five-time All-Star joined longtime NBA coach Don Nelson and college standout Ralph Sampson on Monday as part of a 12-member class that will be inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in September. Miller's sister, Cheryl, was enshrined in 1995.

Miller was at home when he received the call a couple days ago that he had gained entrance to the exclusive club. He quickly called his sister, one of the pioneers of the women's game.

'I can still hear her screaming in my ear,' Miller said with a smile.

Miller often recalls the story about how his sister would beat him in games of one-on-one growing up. It wasn't until he'd grown to 6-foot-7 and could block Cheryl's shot that they finally quit playing those driveway pick-up games.

'She was a role model. She is a role model. She set the bar high for the family,' Miller said, 'and I'm just glad I'm on her coat-tails, dragging me along to the Hall of Fame.'
Miller certainly earned the trip in his own right.

After a standout career at UCLA, he became one of the best perimeter shooters in the history of the game. He was part of the 1996 gold medal-winning Olympic team and played more games with one franchise than any player except John Stockton and Karl Malone.

He also caused untold fits for the New York Knicks, for years the biggest rival of his Pacers.

The night at Madison Square Garden that Miller scored an improbable eight points in 8.9 seconds, almost single-handedly winning Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinals, is chronicled in the Peabody Award-winning documentary, 'Winning Time: Reggie Miller vs. the New York Knicks.'

'To be a part of this exclusive club is pretty special,' Miller said.

The club in Springfield, Mass., now includes two-time Olympic gold medalist Katrina McClain, four-time NBA champion Jamaal Wilkes, longtime college referee Hank Nichols and the All-American Red Heads -- the female version of the Harlem Globetrotters.

The newcomers were joined by five members of the class who already had been announced: Nike co-founder Phil Knight, ABA star Mel Daniels, seven-time NBA All-Star Chet Walker, Olympian Don Barksdale and Lydija Alexeeva, who led the Soviet Union to two Olympic gold medals.

The class will be inducted during a ceremony scheduled for Sept. 7.

'I was sitting on my back porch, smoking a cigar, when I got the call,' said Nelson, a five-time NBA champion as a player and the winningest coach in league history.

'It was a great moment for me. I'm the luckiest man in the world,' Nelson said. 'I've been involved with the game of basketball for over 60 years, and I've never had a bad day, even when we lost games. They've all been great days.'

The 7-foot-4 Sampson was one of the most dominant college players in history, a three-time national player of the year who led Virginia to the Final Four. He was the first overall pick in the NBA draft and a four-time All-Star before injuries finally slowed his career.

McClain was dealing with her kids at home when she learned she had been inducted in the Hall of Fame. The two-time All-American at Georgia helped the United States win Olympic gold in 1988 and 1996, and the bronze medal in 1992, blazing a trail for future WNBA stars.

The son of a Baptist minister, Wilkes was a two-time NCAA champion with UCLA and a three-time NBA All-Star. His jumper was so smooth that announcer Chick Hearn called it a '20-foot layup.'

Nichols refereed 10 Final Fours and six national championship games before coordinating officials for the NCAA, while the All-American Red Heads entertained millions of fans over the course of six decades, breaking untold social barriers along the way.

'It's a very special time for people who have been involved in the game for a long time to be in the presence of those who have already been in inducted into the Hall of Fame,' Hall of Fame chairman Jerry Colangelo said.

Louisville coach Rick Pitino, whose team was ousted by Kentucky in the Final Four on Saturday night, was among the finalists who were passed over by the committee. Also missing out were four-time All-Star Maurice Cheeks, former Celtics and Rockets coach Bill Fitch, four-time All-Star Bernard King and longtime college and NBA coach Dick Motta.

Courtesy of www.thestarpress.com



Spurs' Popovich, Bulls' Thibodeau cited as Coaches of the Month - by Eurobasket News

The NBA announced via press release Monday (Tuesday, PHL time) that San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich and Chicago Bulls mentor Tom Thibodeau have been named as NBA Western Conference Coach of the Month and NBA Eastern Conference Coach of the Month, respectively, for March.

Under the veteran Popovich, the Spurs posted a 12-3 record during the month, best in the Western Conference. During that span, San Antonio managed a seven-game streak and won nine of their squad's last 10 encounters, with the normally defense-first squad norming 107.1 points per game, best in the league.

Thibodeau on the other hand, guided his Bulls to a league-best 13-3 mark, including a perfect 6-0 tally on the road. Known for his ability to teach defense as an assistant coach, Thibodeau has carried that over to Chicago, as his charges have held opponents to just 43 percent shooting from the field, a league-best mark. He also recorded his 100th career win in a blowout victory on March 19 (March 20, PHL time) against the Orlando Magic, becoming the fastest coach in NBA history to notch 100 victories.

Also considered for the monthly prize were Oklahoma City Thunder coach Scott Brooks and Doc Rivers of the Boston Celtics.

Courtesy of www.gmanetwork.com



Agent says no buyout for Shawne Williams - by Eurobasket News

Chris Haynes of CSNNW.com reports that Portland Trail Blazers forward Shawne Williams (6'9''-F/C-86, college: Memphis) does not plan to accept a buyout.

'We talked about the possibility of a buyout, but we decided it just wouldn't make sense for us,' Williams' agent Happy Walters told CSNNW.com. 'Shawne is continuing to rehab right now and he's excited to be a Blazer.'

On March 19, Blazers Acting GM Chad Buchanan hinted that a buyout might not be in the future after initial reports indicated the team would pursue that path.

'We're still open on Shawne,' he said. 'We're not necessarily committed to buying him out at this point. He has another three weeks on crutches, recovering from his foot injury. He can't do any rehab for another three weeks. We'll probably bring him in and help him with his rehab. Get to know him a little bit and make a decision at that point.'

Williams has a player option for $3.1 million next season according to StoryTellersContracts.com.

Courtesy of www.blazersedge.com



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Team Haywood wins inaugural NBL Canada All-Star Game - by Eurobasket News

Team Haywood won the National Basketball League of Canada Rogers All-Star Game by a score of 164-155 in front of 2,603 fans.

Leading Team Haywood was the Oshawa Powers Brandon Robinson (6'6''-F-89, college: Clayton St.) with 38 points. Robinson was named the Most Valuable Player of the All-Star game. The Moncton Miracles Trayvon Lathan (6'7''-G-84, college: Chowan) had 27 points in Team Haywoods win, followed by Tyrone Levett (6'5''-F-80, college: Alabama St.) with 24.

Winning MVP of anything is a really great feeling, but winning the honour among players as talented as those we saw here today is extra special, said Robinson, Participating in All-Star Weekend was a great opportunity for me.

The Halifax Rainmens Lawrence Wright (6'5''-F-84, college: Bradley) led Team Smith with 29 points, followed by captain Eddie Smith (6'2''-G-83, college: Ill.-Springfield) with 19. NBL Canada MVP Gabe Freeman (6'6''-F-85, college: Costa Mesa JC) chipped in with 18 points, while Morgan Lewis added 16.

NBL Canada wishes to thank All-Star Weekend title sponsor, Rogers Communications Inc., for their dedication and support to making the weekend a tremendous success.

Courtesy of NBL Canada



NBL Canada awards handed out at All-Star Breakfast - by Eurobasket News

The National Basketball League of Canada handed out two business awards, nine player awards and two playoff awards at the inaugural All-Star Breakfast in Halifax.

'We're pleased with the success of the League's inaugural season both on and off the court,' said Andre Levingston, NBL Canada President & CEO. 'These awards are an opportunity to celebrate our teams, executives and players, who have stepped up to the plate to make the 2011-12 season one that we can all be proud of.'

The Summerside Storm's Duncan Shaw picked up the Ian Fowler Executive of the Year award. Shaw led the Summerside through their inaugural season, bringing 56,467 fans through the Credit Union Place with an average of over 2,800 per game.

Shaw and his team ensured that the community was their main focus, visiting basketball fans from tip to tip on the Island, reading to almost 1000 children through their literacy program and helping to raise nearly $20,000 for a variety of local charities.

'This is fantastic, we have a fantastic group. My co-owner Darren, our staff, our players, our fans and our fan support has been incredible,' said Shaw. 'It means a lot to us because Billy Schurman, our GM, is a dear friend of Ian Fowler's, so it's very personal to us and we can't thank the League enough.'

Inaugural NBL Canada Champions, the London Lightning, were named Expansion Franchise of the Year for their exceptional club performance. General Manager Taylor Brown was integral to London's successful first season.

With their remarkable community engagement and support, the Lightning also drew over 2,000 fans per game and over 5,000 in game 5 of the finals, turning the Hockey town of London into basketball believers.

'It was an unbelievable season for the Lightning, we're extremely pleased with how the city embraced our team, and with the level of play and competition,' said Lightning Owner, Vito Frijia 'It was an unbelievable season and we can't wait for season two.'

All-Star Captains Joey Haywood (6'1''-G-84) from the Halifax Rainmen and Eddie Smith (6'2''-G-83, college: Ill.-Springfield) from the London Lightning each picked up an award.

Smith took home the Sixth Man of the Year award after starting in less than 50% of the games played and averaged 17.2 points per game for London, and led the Lightning with 60 steals in the regular season.

Haywood, a Vancouver native picked up the Canadian of the Year award for his impressive performance with the Halifax Rainmen this season with 13.9 points per game and 90 assists.

Al Stewart (5'10''-G-83, college: Drake) of the Summerside Storm was awarded Defensive Player of the Year, for his exception performance.

The Oshawa Power's Brandon Robinson (6'6''-F-89, college: Clayton St.) picked up Rookie of the Year. With 19.9 points per game and 715 total points for the 2011-12 season, Robinson was the League's top scorer and was also one of four players to be named NBL Canada Player of the Week multiple times.

NBL All-Playoff First Team includes: Gabe Freeman (6'6''-F-85, college: Costa Mesa JC), London Lightning; Eddie Smith, London Lightning; Chris Hagen, Halifax Rainmen; Royce Parran, Quebec Kebs and

Tim Ellis, London Lightning

NBL All-Playoff First Team includes: Tyrone Levett (6'5''-F-80, college: Alabama St.), Halifax Rainmen; Shamari Spears, London Lightning; Jermaine Blackburn, Saint John Mill Rats; Ralphy Holmes (6'4''-G-79, college: CS Fullerton), Quebec Kebs; and Shawn Daniels, London Lightning

Previously announced winners were London Lightning's Micheal Ray Richardson as Coach of the Year and Gabe Freeman as Rogers Communications Inc. MVP Regular Season and the Playoff MVP.

Also mentioned:

First Team All-NBL Canada includes Saint John's Anthony Anderson (5'11''-G-81, college: Massachusetts), London's Gabe Freeman, Quebec's Ralphy Holmes, Summerside's Mike Williams (6'7''-F/C-85, college: Cincinnati) and Halifax's Lawrence Wright (6'5''-F-84, college: Bradley).

Second Team All-NBL Canada includes London's Tim Ellis, Oshawa's Omari Johnson, Moncton's Trayvon Lathan, Halifax's Tyrone Levett and Oshawa's Brandon Robinson.

First team All-Defence includes Summerside's Al Stewart, London's Gabe Freeman, Quebec's James 'Boo' Jackson, Halifax's Tyrone Levett and Summerside's Mike Williams.

Second Team All-Defence includes Moncton's Boubacar Coly, London's DeAnthony Bowden, Halifax's Joey Haywood, Quebec's Ralphy Holmes and Moncton's Sylvania Watkins.

The inaugural All-Star game tips-off at 1PM AST today. For more information on the League's inaugural All-Star weekend, presented by Rogers Communications Inc., visit nblallstar.ca.


NBL Canada 2011-12 Awards

Ian Fowler Executive of the Year Award: Duncan Shaw, Summerside Storm

Selected by the Commissioner
Expansion Franchise Of The Year: London Lightning

Selected by President & CEO and Chief Operating Officer.
Coach of the Year: Micheal Ray Richardson, London Lightning
Awarded to the coach who wins the playoffs.


Player Awards:

Voted on by all seven NBL Canada Head Coaches.

Rogers Communications Most Valuable Player, Regular Season
Gabe Freeman, London Lightning

Sixth Man Of The Year (Started In Less Than 50% Of Games Participated)
Eddie Smith, London Lightning

Canadian Of The Year
Joey Haywood, Halifax Rainmen

Defensive Player Of The Year
Al Stewart, Summerside Storm

Rookie Of The Year
Brandon Robinson, Oshawa Power

First Team All-NBL Canada:
Anthony Anderson, Saint John Mill Rats
Gabe Freeman, London Lightning
Ralphy Holmes, Quebec Kebs
Mike Williams, Summerside Storm
Lawrence Wright, Halifax Rainmen

Second Team All-NBL Canada:
Tim Ellis, London Lightning
Omari Johnson, Oshawa Power
Trayvon Lathan, Moncton Miracles
Tyrone Levett, Halifax Rainmen
Brandon Robinson, Oshawa Power

First Team All-Defence:
Al Stewart, Summerside Storm
Gabe Freeman, London Lightning
James Jackson (6'9''-F-81, college: E.Michigan), Quebec Kebs
Tyrone Levett, Halifax Rainmen
Mike Williams, SUmmerside Storm

Second Team All-Defence:
Boubacar Coly, Moncton Miracles
DeAnthony Bowden, London Lightning
Joey Haywood, Halfiax Rainmen
Ralphy Holmes, Quebec Kebs
Sylvania Watkins, Moncton Miracles



Playoff Awards:

Playoff MVP: Gabe Freeman, London Lightning

NBL ALL-PLAYOFF FIRST TEAM
Gabe Freeman, London Lightning
Eddie Smith, London Lightning
Chris Hagen, Halifax Rainmen
Royce Parran, Quebec Kebs
Tim Ellis, London Lightning

NBL ALL-PLAYOFF SECOND TEAM
Tyrone Levett, Halifax Rainmen
Shamari Spears, London Lightning
Jermaine Blackburn, Saint John Mill Rats
Ralphy Holmes, Quebec Kebs
Shawn Daniels, London Lightning

Courtesy of NBL Canada



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Top 25 - Men

TOP25 Standings
 1. Kentucky 16-0 (33-2) 
 2. Syracuse 17-1 (32-2) 
 3. Missouri 14-3 (30-4) 
 4. N.Carolina 14-2 (30-5) 
 5. Michigan St. 13-5 (27-7) 
 6. Kansas 14-2 (27-6) 
 7. Ohio St. 13-5 (28-7) 
 8. Duke 13-3 (27-7) 
 9. Baylor 10-6 (27-7) 
 10. Florida St. 12-4 (25-9) 
 11. Marquette 14-4 (26-7) 
 12. Murray St. 15-1 (30-1) 
 13. Michigan 13-5 (24-9) 
 14. Wisconsin 12-6 (25-9) 
 15. Georgetown 12-6 (23-8) 
 16. Indiana 11-7 (26-8) 
 17. Louisville 10-8 (27-9) 
 18. Wichita St. 16-2 (27-5) 
 19. Creighton 13-3 (28-5) 
 20. Vanderbilt 10-6 (25-10) 
 21. N.Mexico 10-4 (27-6) 
 22. San Diego St. 10-4 (26-8) 
 23. UNLV 9-5 (26-8) 
 24. St.Mary's, CA 14-2 (27-5) 
 25. Florida 10-6 (24-10) 

Finals: Round 1

Apr. 2: Kentucky - Kansas 67-59


Stats Leaders - NCAA1

Points Per Game
 J''Covan BROWN
  Texas
  (185-G-90)
  Avg: 20.1
 1. Brown, Texas20.1 
 2. Robinson, Kansas17.7 
 3. Denmon, Missouri17.6 
 4. Page, Oklahoma St.17.1 
 5. Taylor, Kansas16.6 
 6. Pledger, Oklahoma16.2 
 7. McGruder, Kansas S.15.8 
 8. English, Missouri14.5 
 9. Ratliffe, Missouri13.9 
 10. Jackson, Baylor13.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Thomas ROBINSON
  Kansas
  (205-F-91)
  Avg: 11.9
 1. Robinson, Kansas11.9 
 2. White, Iowa St.9.3 
 3. Jones, Baylor7.6 
 4. Ratliffe, Missouri7.5 
 5. Acy, Baylor7.4 
 6. Osby, Oklahoma7.3 
 7. Samuels, Kansas S.6.6 
 8. Ejim, Iowa St.6.6 
 9. Withey, Kansas6.3 
 10. Henriquez, Kansas5.8 
Assists Per Game
 Phil PRESSEY
  Missouri
  (177-PG-91)
  Avg: 6.4
 1. Pressey, Missouri6.4 
 2. Grooms, Oklahoma6.0 
 3. Jackson, Baylor5.9 
 4. Kabongo, Texas5.2 
 5. White, Iowa St.5.0 
 6. Taylor, Kansas4.8 
 7. Harris, Texas A&M4.1 
 8. Brown, Texas3.8 
 9. Johnson, Kansas3.5 
 10. Dixon, Missouri3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Phil PRESSEY
  Missouri
  (177-PG-91)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Pressey, Missouri2.1 
 2. Jackson, Baylor1.8 
 3. Denmon, Missouri1.5 
 4. Page, Oklahoma St.1.5 
 5. Harris, Texas A&M1.4 
 6. Johnson, Kansas1.4 
 7. English, Missouri1.3 
 8. Kabongo, Texas1.3 
 9. Walton, Baylor1.3 
 10. Taylor, Kansas1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Jeff WITHEY
  Kansas
  (213-C-90)
  Avg: 3.6
 1. Withey, Kansas3.6 
 2. Henriquez, Kansas2.4 
 3. Acy, Baylor1.8 
 4. Jurick, Oklahoma.1.7 
 5. Chapman, Texas1.6 
 6. Cobbins, Oklahoma.1.5 
 7. Jefferson, Baylor1.2 
 8. Moore, Missouri1.2 
 9. Osby, Oklahoma1.0 
 10. Ratliffe, Missouri1.0 


Kentucky holds off Kansas to win eighth national title - by Eurobasket

No matter where Anthony Davis (6'10''-F-93) and his buddies go to make their millions, their ol' Kentucky home will long remember this championship season.
The Wildcats hit the jackpot with their lottery picks Monday night, ignoring Davis' bad shooting night and parlaying a roster full of NBA talent into a 67-59 victory over Kansas for the team's eighth national title -- and its first since 1998.
The one-and-doners did it in a wire-to-wire victory -- a little dicey at the end -- to cap a season in which anything less than bringing a title back to the Bluegrass State would have been a downer. They led coach John Calipari to his first title in four trips to the Final Four with three different schools.
Doron Lamb (6'4''-G-91), a sophomore with first-round-draft-pick possibilities, led the Wildcats (38-2) with 22 points, including back-to-back 3-pointers that put them up by 16 with 10 minutes left.
The Jayhawks (32-7), kings of the comeback all season, fought to the finish and trimmed that deficit to five with 1:37 left. But Kentucky made five free throws down the stretch to seal the win
Davis' fellow lottery prospect, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (6'7''-F-93), was another headliner, creating space for himself to score all 11 of his points in the first half.
Davis, meanwhile, might have had the most dominating six-point night in the history of college basketball. He finished with 16 rebounds, six blocks, five assists and three steals -- and made his only field goal with 5:13 left in the game. It was a surefire illustration of how the 6-foot-10 freshman can exert his will on a game even on a rare night when the shot isn't falling.
Helps when you've got teammates like this. Davis is the likely first pick in the draft should he choose to come out, and Kidd-Gilchrist won't be far behind. Another first-round prospect, freshman Marquis Teague (6'2''-G-93), had 14 points. And yet another, sophomore Terrence Jones (6'9''-F-92), had nine points, seven rebounds and two of Kentucky's 11 blocked shots.
Kansas also has a lottery pick in AP All-American Thomas Robinson (6'9''-F-91). But he was harassed all night by Davis and Jones and finished with 18 points and 17 rebounds on a frustrating evening nonetheless.
The Jayhawks won the 'B' League this year, as Calipari avenged a final-game loss to Bill Self back in 2008 when Cal was coaching the Tigers. Not a bad season in Lawrence, though, considering where KU began.
Kansas lost four of its top five scorers off last year's roster. There were times early in the season when Self and his old buddy and mentor, Larry Brown, would stand around at practices and wonder if this was a team that could even make the tournament. It did. Won its eighth straight conference title, too.
None of this, however, was for the faint of heart. The Jayhawks trailed by double digits in three of their five tournament games leading to the final and played every game down to the wire. They fell behind by 18 late in the first half of this one and this time, there was no big comeback to be made; not against these guys.

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Self is Naismith Coach of Year - by Rick Ross

Curtesy of SICNN.COM

Kansas coach Bill Self , previously awarded Sporting News' Coach of the Year honors,
added to his hardware collection Sunday when he was voted
Naismith Men's College Basketball Coach of the Year.

Self, whose Jayhawks will play Kentucky in the NCAA championship game Monday night,
becomes the third Kansas coach to win the award from the
Atlanta Tipoff Club, joining Larry Brown (1988) and Roy Williams (1997).

Bill Self led Kansas to another Big 12 regular season title. (AP Photo)Self beat out Syracuse's Jim Boeheim,
Kentucky's John Calipari and Missouri's Frank Haith for the Naismith award,
which was voted on by a nationwide panel of journalists, coaches and administrators.

This is a terrific honor. When you think of postseason awards, anything that has
(James) Nasmiths name in front of it is a huge award and certainly I'm very proud of this, Self said in a statement.
It is a reflection of how our team performed all year long.
There are so many good coaches out there to choose from but I am honored they picked me.

Self, in his ninth season at KU, led the Jayhawks to a 31-7 record and a record eighth consecutive
Big 12 regular-season title. He is 269-52 at KU and 476-157 overall, including the 2008 national championship.



Canisius hires former URI coach Jim Baron - by Eurobasket News

Jim Baron is returning to western New York to face the familiar challenge of rebuilding a struggling men's basketball program - this time at Canisius College.

The midtown-Buffalo-based school announced Monday that Baron had signed a five-year contract and will be formally introduced at a news conference on Tuesday. The move comes a month after Baron was fired after 11 years at Rhode Island following a 7-24 finish this season.

Despite the Rams' recent struggles, Baron was a three-time Atlantic-10 Conference coach of the year at Rhode Island, enjoyed six 20-win seasons and in 2010 led the program to a final four NIT berth.

The 58-year-old returns to familiar territory, having previously coached and played at St. Bonaventure, located a 90-minute drive from Buffalo. He also opened his coaching career in nearby Rochester. Overall, Baron has a 390-367 career record, and earned two NCAA tournament berths, in 1991 at St. Francis, Pa., and in 2000 at St. Bonaventure.

At Canisius, Baron replaces Tom Parrotta, who was fired last month after a 5-25 finish and after going 64-121 over six seasons. And he inherits a perennial loser, as the Golden Griffins have gone 114-217 over the past 11 years, including 60-138 in Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference games.

'We have hired a man who has a proven track record of building successful basketball programs and developing young men,' athletic director Bill Maher said. 'Our goal is to win the MAAC Championship.'

A winning season would be a step forward for a Golden Griffins program that hasn't enjoyed one since going 20-11 in 2000-01. Canisius hasn't been a basketball power since the mid-1990s, when Michigan coach John Beilein led the Golden Griffins to three straight postseason berths, including an NCAA appearance in 1996.

Baron was immediately pegged as one of the frontrunners for the job, and he spent part of last week touring Canisius' campus and meeting with school officials.

On the bright side, he takes over a team that returns all five starters and will include three promising transfers who will be eligible to play this season.

Baron is best known in the area for his nine-year tenure in rebuilding St. Bonaventure where he led the Bonnies to two NIT appearances and their NCAA tournament berth in 2000 - the program's first in 22 years.

'I'm tremendously excited about the prospect of working with Jim to restore Golden Griffin basketball to glory,' school president John Hurley said.

Courtesy of http://online.wsj.com



Dozens arrested in Lexington following Kentucky's championship - by Eurobasket News

Police reported numerous small fires and dozens of arrests near Kentucky's campus after the Wildcats defeated Kansas on Monday night to capture another NCAA title.

Fans filled the streets near the Lexington campus within minutes of the championship game's conclusion late Monday. They jumped up and down, screamed, sprayed beer and waved Kentucky flags.

Lexington police had arrested several dozen people by the time the game had been over only a few minutes, police spokeswoman Sherelle Roberts said late Monday.

'We're seeing fires being lit and things of that nature,' Roberts said, adding that people had set couches and at least one car on fire.

A car crashed into the patio area at a bar and grill where some people were dining, but the metal-and-brick wall kept the vehicle from getting onto the patio, she said. She didn't have information about injuries.

Police had also handed out numerous citations, many for alcohol-related offenses, Roberts said.

'I think that we're taking a more zero-tolerance approach,' she said. 'That has a part to play in it, but also people started celebrating much earlier than they did on Saturday. The amount of time to become intoxicated and the amount of time for us to be in contact with these intoxicated people has increased.'

About two hours after the game, Roberts said police had arrested people for charges such as criminal mischief, disorderly conduct, alcohol intoxication and setting fires. She said officers were still making arrests but didn't have a precise estimate. She said police had used some pepper spray to break up fights.

Battalion Chief Ed Davis of the Lexington Division of Fire and Emergency Services said about 40 fire runs had been made in the area where fans had gathered. One was a garage fire, but the rest were smaller nuisance fires involving couches or bedding, he said.

'And it's still going on as we speak,' he said Tuesday morning. Davis knew of no fire-related injuries.

Emergency medical workers transported about 20 people to hospitals for treatment, mostly minor, he said. A lot of them were people who were intoxicated, while some had been hit by thrown objects or been involved in fights, Davis said.

The situation was similar to Saturday's celebrations that resulted in several small fires, Davis said, although the area was more widespread Monday.

'There are literally thousands of people downtown everywhere,' he said a couple after the game was over. 'Ninety-nine percent are doing what they're supposed to.'

For their part, revelers said the post-game celebration was a far cry from the weekend mayhem. They credited heavy security.

'It was much worse Saturday,' said 20-year-old Miranda Snow, who recalled seeing couch fires and other blazes two nights earlier.

Police had said they would be prepared following the mayhem that accompanied the Wildcats' win over cross-state rival Louisville on Saturday night. Rowdy fans torched couches and turned over cars that night.

After Kentucky sealed its win Monday night in New Orleans, fans back home streamed out of bars to fill the intersection of Euclid and Woodland streets, some throwing beer cans into the air. Police in riot gear looked on but kept their distance at that corner.

Some revelers even stopped officers and asked to get photos taken with them and to shake hands. Officers happily obliged.

Students weren't the only ones celebrating.

The revelers included Marie Allison, a 1968 UK graduate who was wearing a blue Final Four shirt. She recalled the last championship in 1998 and said, 'This night is terrific. It's even better than back then.'

Meanwhile, Kansas fans in downtown Lawrence took their team's loss to Kentucky in stride Monday night as they poured onto Massachusetts Street amid random cries of 'Rock Chalk Jayhawk,' with many proclaiming their pride in a team that wasn't picked to finish in the top three in the Big 12 Conference.

Storekeepers said basketball fans - students and older residents alike - began crowding the entertainment strip of bars, restaurants and specialty shops near the Kansas campus, well before 5 p.m. in anticipation of the game against the heavily favored Wildcats.

'It's OK, because look how far they made it,' Jobi Pierson, 51, from McLouth, about 20 minutes from Lawrence, said as the final seconds ticked away from Kansas' national title hopes. 'No matter what, they did well. I feel proud of them and I'm happy with what they've done.'

A heavy police presence - one police officer estimated about 250, but told a reporter 'that's not enough' - emerged at halftime and set up in groups of six along street corners to deter troublemakers. That included 70 Kansas Highway Patrol troopers brought in from across the state.

A mass of red and blue-clad basketball fans spilled into the street afterward, bringing traffic to a standstill.

In Kentucky, police earlier Monday had forcefully warned Wildcat fans that a repeat of the dangerous weekend celebrations around the Lexington campus wouldn't be tolerated.

Lexington Police Chief Ronnie Bastin said some revelers Saturday night acted in a 'dangerous and criminal' way by setting fires, overturning cars and hurling bottles into the air. Police used pepper spray in small amounts for crowd control after thousands of rowdy fans swarmed into the streets.

Officers made more than 30 arrests near the UK campus Saturday night for arson, criminal mischief and disorderly conduct, and authorities were expecting more arrests from that night's revelry. Police showed the media photos of people in Saturday night's crowds who have been targeted for arson and assault charges once they are identified. Bastin had said patrols would be beefed up for Monday's game.

University of Kentucky President Eli Capilouto also issued a warning Monday ahead of the game, saying the rowdy behavior detracted from the success of the players 'who have worked tirelessly to represent UK at a national level.'

University officials warned students that aside from criminal charges, students could face suspension or expulsion for bad behavior.

UK's campus was peaceful Monday afternoon, but excitement was in the air as blue-clad fans and students eagerly anticipated Kentucky's first trip to the title game in 14 years.

Shouts of 'Go Cats!' and honking horns were already audible near the campus' main library in the early afternoon.

Across the street, sophomore Colby Myers and a friend were constructing a humorous tribute to Kentucky star forward and AP Player of the Year Anthony Davis. In the front yard of the Farmhouse Fraternity on Hilltop Avenue, they were sticking black plastic forks in the ground in the shape of Davis's bushy eyebrows - which Myers and other fans endearingly call Davis's 'unibrow.'

In Louisville, home of the University of Louisville Cardinals, Kentucky Wildcats fans out filled bars and celebrated as the game neared an end Monday night.

'This is huge, this is unbelievable,' UK fan Jeff Douglas told WAVE-TV. 'I can't believe we got past Louisville and I just want to beat Kansas so bad.'

Things were going so well for Kentucky that one Cats fan even looked on one of the team's chief rivals with fondness.

'I'm not a Cardinal fan, but I'm glad that they were there with us. It made it magical, and frankly if they would have won, I would have been rooting for them, so it's about bringing it back to the state where basketball is king,' Billy Wade told the station.

Courtesy of http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com



Carolina's Marshall wins Cousy Award - by Eurobasket News

North Carolina's Kendall Marshall (6'3''-PG-91) has been selected as the winner of the Bob Cousy Award, presented annually to the top point guard in the nation.

Marshall is the third North Carolina player to claim the honor, following Raymond Felton in 2005 and Ty Lawson in 2009.

The sophomore helped the Tar Heels to a record of 32-6, but his season came to an abrupt end after the third round of the NCAA Tournament when a fractured bone in his right wrist forced him to the bench. North Carolina won its first game without Marshall, but lost to Kansas in the regional final.

Marshall led the nation in assists with an ACC single-season record 351, and averaged 8.1 points with 9.8 assists in 36 games. He had 17 double-figure assist games and set an ACC Tournament record with 31 assists in three games.

'Kendall had one of the finest season-long performances by a point guard that I can remember, so it is fitting for him to win the Bob Cousy Award,' said North Carolina head coach Roy Williams in a statement. 'He made it almost routine to have a game with 10 or more assists, something that just doesn't happen on a regular basis. He is a coach's dream -- the way he runs the team on the floor, exemplifies great leadership and makes each of his teammates better. He set standards that will be hard for college point guards to match in years to come.'

The other finalists were Isaiah Canaan (6'0''-G-91) of Murray State, Matthew Dellavedova (6'4''-G-90) of Saint Mary's, Weber State's Damian Lillard (6'2''-G-90) and Kansas' Tyshawn Taylor (6'3''-G-90).

Courtesy of www.foxnews.com



Jim Christian leaves TCU to take Ohio U. job - by Eurobasket News

It's not often that a coach would leave a BCS-level job for one in the Mid-American Conference, but that's what Jim Christian has decided to do.

Christian is leaving TCU for Ohio, according to multiple reports. A formal announcement is expected Tuesday.

The move was made possible by Ohio officials almost doubling the salary of former coach John Groce, who just last week left to take the Illinois vacancy. Christian now will earn $600,000 per year, just a $10,000 raise from what he made at TCU.

Christian could be getting out of TCU while the getting is good. He is just 56-73 in four seasons with the Horned Frogs but is coming off 18-15 season in the Mountain West. However, the competition gets tougher next season when TCU enters the Big 12.

It's also a homecoming of sorts for Christian. He spent six seasons coaching nearby Kent State, and his wife, Patty, is an Ohio U. alum. The couple has three small children and a lot of family in the region, according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

Christian was wildly successful in his first MAC stint at Kent State, leading the Golden Flashes to six 20-win seasons, including three NIT appearances and two in the NCAA Tournament.

He will have a tough act to follow in Groce, who led the Bobcats to a 29-8 record this season and to two NCAA Tournament wins (over Michigan and South Florida) before falling to North Carolina in the Sweet 16

Although Christian's hiring has not been made official, he met with the Ohio players Monday, and only star point guard D.J. Cooper missed the meeting. Cooper was out of town and said he would meet with his new coach sometime after he returns to campus late Monday night.

'I don't know him,' Cooper told The Athens Messenger. 'I hear he's a good guy and has been really successful in the MAC, but that's about it at this point.

'I'm trying to make sure I'm doing everything I can to take care of my own future.'

Courtesy of http://aol.sportingnews.com



CMU hires Keno Davis as basketball coach - by Eurobasket News

Central Michigan is hiring Keno Davis as its new basketball coach.

An athletic department spokesman says CMU will hold a news conference Tuesday afternoon to introduce Davis, who replaces Ernie Zeigler at the helm. Zeigler was fired last month after back-to-back 21-loss seasons.

CBSSports.com first reported Davis' hiring.

Davis was the AP's national coach of the year in 2008 when he was at Drake. He then went to Providence, where he coached three seasons before being fired last March.

Davis went 19-14 and reached the NIT in his first season at Providence, but the Friars went 8-28 in Big East play over the next two seasons.

Courtesy of www.turnto10.com



Anthony Davis wins Naismith Trophy - by Eurobasket News

Kentucky star Anthony Davis (6'10''-F-93) has won the Naismith Trophy for mens college player of the year.

Davis is the first player from Kentucky to win the award and the second freshman, joining Texas Kevin Durant in 2007. He is the first Naismith Trophy winner from the Southeastern Conference since LSUs Pete Maravich in 1970.

The 6-foot-10 Davis is averaging a team-high 14.4 points, 10.2 rebounds and 4.6 blocked shots per game heading into the national championship Monday night against Kansas. He also was voted The Associated Press Player of the Year.

The Atlanta Tipoff Club announced the Naismith winner on Sunday.

Michigan States Draymond Green, Creightons Doug McDermott and Kansas Thomas Robinson also were up for the honor.

Courtesy of http://newyork.cbslocal.com



Davis, Wildcats not ready for NBA decision yet - by Eurobasket News

Kentucky potentially has three NBA lottery picks, five that could go in the first round.

When they might enter the draft is still up in the air.

Anthony Davis (6'10''-F-93), Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (6'7''-F-93), Darius Miller (6'8''-G-90), Doron Lamb (6'4''-G-91) and Terrence Jones were all noncommittal about their plans for next season after the Wildcats beat Kansas 67-59 Monday night for their eighth national championship.

Davis, the Most Outstanding Player, likely would be the first overall pick in the draft if he comes out.

'I'm going to wait, sit down with my coach, sit down with my family, what the best decision is for me,' said Davis, who scored just six points, but had 16 rebounds, six blocked shots, five assists and three steals.

Kansas forward Thomas Robinson, a unanimous first-team All-American, has said he would wait until after the season to decide if he will leave for the NBA. Center Jeff Withey and guard Elijah Johnson, the two other Jayhawks who might consider leaving, said they both expect to be back next season.

The NCAA and NBA differ on when a player must decide whether he's returning to school or going to the pro ranks.

Last April, the NCAA Division I Legislative Council adopted a proposal that requires student-athletes who declare they're interested in the NBA draft to remove their name from pro consideration before the first day of the spring National Letter of Intent signing period that begins April 11, nearly a month earlier than the previous deadline.

The new deadline gives players just four days to review recommendations from the NBA's undergraduate advisory committee, a group of NBA team executives who offer a private projection of the player's draft status.

NBA teams can't workout underclassmen until they are notified by the league about who is eligible for the draft after the NBA's April 29 deadline for early entry eligibility.

The new dates mean players may be able to say they're returning to school to satisfy the NCAA requirement, only to later declare their eligibility and leave before the NBA's deadline. Kentucky coach John Calipari said recently he's not a fan of the dueling dates and that he's only interested in the NBA one.

'We're not going to worry about the (NCAA) date. Our guys will tell me when they want to tell me ... whenever the date is to make a decision by the NBA standards,' Calipari said. 'That's the only one we're going to the think about. So if they want to wait to make a decision by the (29th) when they have to by the NBA, that's when they'll make it.

'We're not even ... I don't even know the other date, nor do I care.'

Courtesy of www.nola.com



Terrence Ross opts for NBA - by Eurobasket News

Terrence Ross (6'6''-G) will enter the NBA draft, the school announced Sunday.

The sophomore guard plans to hire an agent, meaning he cannot return to the Huskies.

'I discussed the pros and the cons with my family and I just think this is a great step for me and it's time for me to take my game to the next level,' Ross said in a statement released by the school. 'On the court, off the court, with school and in life...it's just been a real blessing to consider myself a Husky and get to where I am right now.'

Ross averaged 16.4 points and 6.4 rebounds for Washington, but came up big in the postseason. During the Huskies' run in the NIT, Ross averaged 25.0 points and 5.5 rebounds. He also knocked down 15 3-pointers during the tournament, shooting 40.5 percent from behind the arc.

The 6-6 guard shot 51.8 percent from the field during the season. He ranked among Pac-12 leaders in eight categories: points (16.4, 4th), rebounds (6.4, 6th), offensive rebounds (5.1, 3rd), free throw percentage (.766, 11th), steals (1.3, 12th), three-point field goal percentage makes (.371, 14th) and blocks (0.9, 13th).

'He was refreshing to coach because of his humility and team-first attitude,' coach Lorenzo Romar said. 'We wish him well and anticipate that he will have an excellent NBA career.'

ESPN's Chad Ford ranks Ross 20th on his top 100 NBA list. Draft Express projects he'll be the No. 18 pick, while ESPN and NBADraft.net believe he'll be taken at No. 19.

Ross earned first team All-Pac-12 honors in 2012 and led Washington in scoring, tallying 574 total points - tied for 9th most in UW single-season history. He also was second on the team in minutes, rebounds, steals, 3-point makes, 3-point field goal percentage and blocks.

The Huskies could learn in the next few days if freshman Tony Wroten Jr. will also leave and enter the NBA draft.

Courtesy of http://seattletimes.nwsource.com



Fab Melo will not return to Syracuse - by Eurobasket News

According to Draft Express, Fabricio Melo (7'0''-C-90) has signed with an agent and will not return to Syracuse next season. They tweeted, 'Fabricio Melo has signed with Arn Tellem, according to multiple sources, which means he obviously isn't returning to Syracuse, as expected.'

The news comes as a surprised to know one given the eligibility issues he's had this season. There are also rumors that his family could use some financial assistance. An NBA contract would certainly allow Melo to do that.

Fab is projected as a first round draft pick. You can't teach his size, and his potential is through the roof.

His departure leaves a hole in the middle for the Orange. That hole will likely be filled by Christmas, Keita, Coleman, or Nerlens Noel should he choose Syracuse.

Courtesy of www.nationoforange.com



Texas' Brown to enter NBA draft - by Eurobasket News

Like so many of his predecessors, J'Covan Brown (6'1''-G-90) decided one season of carrying the Texas Longhorns' offense was enough.

Brown, a junior guard who led the Big 12 in scoring this season, announced Monday he will forgo his final year of eligibility and enter the NBA draft. He becomes the 11th UT player in the last 10 years to leave school early, and next year will mark the 11th consecutive season in which the Longhorns have a new leading scorer.

'There were a lot of reasons to come back to school next year,' Brown, 22, said in a statement released by UT. 'But the time has come for me to pursue a career in professional basketball and take care of my daughter, Jordyn. This has been a difficult decision, but it is the best decision for myself and my family.'

Courtesy of www.chron.com



Mississippi State hires Clemson assistant Ray - by Eurobasket News

Clemson is in the market for an assistant basketball coach.

Associate head coach Rick Ray is headed to Starkville where he will take over the Mississippi State program.

'I'm happy for Rick and his wife, Breyana,' said Clemson head coach Brad Brownell.

'We appreciate all of the things that they've done over the last two years to help our players and our entire basketball program at Clemson. We wish them nothing but the best.

'We will begin our search for a replacement very soon.'

Ray came to Clemson after a four-year stint as a Purdue assistant.

Courtesy of www.wltx.com



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Gurley number one in New Zealand for round 5 - by Eurobasket News

American guard Anthony Gurley (190-G-88, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Wellington S., receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 5.
The 23-year old player was the main contributor (33 points, six rebounds and two assists) to his team's victory, helping them to outclass Harbour H. (#8, 2-5) with 37-point margin 121-84. Thanks to this victory Wellington S. moved-up to the 4th position in the New Zealand NBL. Wellington S. 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 3-3 record. In the team's last game Gurley had a remarkable 62.5% from 2-point range and got five three-pointers out of 7 attempts. He just recently signed at Wellington S., being already a very valuable addition to the team. Former University of Massachusetts star has very solid stats this year. Gurley is in league's top in points (4th best: 24.0ppg) and averages impressive 54.4% FGP and 41.7% from behind 3-point line.

The second best player in last round's games was 37-year old British guard Phill Jones (196-G-74) of Nelson G.. Jones had a very good evening with 39 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists. Bad luck as Nelson G. lost that overtime game 88-94 to league's leader Bay Hawks (#1, 5-0). This loss caused Nelson G. to drop to 5th position in the standings. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 2-2 record is not bad and everything may still change. Jones is a newcomer at Nelson G., but is already one of team's top players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 24.8ppg (#1). He also recorded 5.5 assists per game.

Third on the list of top players last round was American guard Kevin Braswell (188-G-79, agency: Priority Sports) of Southland S. (#9). Braswell showcased his all-around game by recording 25 points, seven rebounds and seven assists in the last round. He was a key player of Southland S., leading his team to a 108-99 win against Harbour H. (2-5). Southland S. can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have extremely bad season and 2-5 record places them at the very bottom of the standings. Too bad for Braswell he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Braswell has individually a great season in New Zealand. After only 7 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 22.3ppg (7th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Jason Crowe (193-G-76) of Wellington S. - 17 points, 7 rebounds and 12 assists
5. Zack Atkinson (206-F/C-86) of Harbour H. - 15 points, 14 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Darryl Hudson (196-G-85) of Taranaki MA - 22 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists
7. Link Abrams (195-F-73) of Taranaki MA - 20 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Lawrence Abney (203-F-77) of Southland S. - 19 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Zack Atkinson (206-F/C-86) of Harbour H. - 19 points and 18 rebounds
10. Dion Prewster (195-G/F-91) of Southland S. - 13 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists

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



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Central Division
 1. Cent.Illinois D. 18-1 
 2. Sauk Valley P. 13-6 
 3. Chicago M. 9-10 
 4. St. Louis P. 4-13 
 5. Indiana D. 3-14 
Eastern Division
 1. Rochester R. 17-2 
 2. Scranton/W-B 9-10 
 3. Dayton A.S. 5-10 
 4. Lake Michigan 4-13 

Regular Season: Round 12

Central

Mar. 24: Chicago M. - St. Louis P. 88-83
Mar. 25: St. Louis P. - Indiana D. 130-125 OT
Mar. 23: Cent.Illinois D. - St. Louis P. 123-94
Mar. 24: Cent.Illinois D. - Indiana D. 122-89
Mar. 25: Sauk Valley P. - Chicago M. 107-89
Mar. 23: Chicago M. - Sauk Valley P. 100-123

Eastern

Apr. 1: Rochester R. - Scranton/W-B 117-120
Mar. 25: Lake Michigan - Dayton A.S. 102-107

Semi-Finals: Round 1

Apr. 5: Scranton/W-B - Cent.Illinois D.
Apr. 6: Sauk Valley P. - Rochester R.



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  PHILIPPINES   

PBA Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Nick FAZEKAS
  Petron B.
  (211-F-85)
  Avg: 30.6
 1. Fazekas, Petron B.30.6 
 2. Barron, Meralco29.1 
 3. David, Powerade T.27.1 
 4. Crews, Rain o.27.0 
 5. Bowles, B-Meg L.26.5 
 6. Cardona, Meralco20.7 
 7. Douthit, Air21 E.20.3 
 8. Harvey, Talk N Te.20.2 
 9. Parada, Alaska Ac.20.1 
 10. Vroman, Ginebra20.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Marcus DOUTHIT
  Air21 E.
  (210-C/F-80)
  Avg: 20.3
 1. Douthit, Air21 E.20.3 
 2. Harvey, Talk N Te.18.8 
 3. Fazekas, Petron B.18.4 
 4. Jones, Powerade T.17.9 
 5. Barron, Meralco15.9 
 6. Crews, Rain o.15.4 
 7. Parada, Alaska Ac.15.2 
 8. Vroman, Ginebra13.4 
 9. Bowles, B-Meg L.11.9 
 10. Santos, Petron B.11.1 
Assists Per Game
 Chris ROSS
  Meralco .
  (185-G-85)
  Avg: 7.8
 1. Ross, Meralco7.8 
 2. Casio, Powerade T.7.2 
 3. Alapag, Talk N Te.6.6 
 4. Cabagnot, Petron6.4 
 5. Tenorio, Alaska A.5.8 
 6. Helterbrand, Gineb.5.4 
 7. Hubalde, Air21 E.4.8 
 8. Cortez, Ginebra4.6 
 9. Vroman, Ginebra4.6 
 10. Castro, Talk N T.3.9 
Steals Per Game
 Chris ROSS
  Meralco .
  (185-G-85)
  Avg: 2
 1. Ross, Meralco2.0 
 2. Vroman, Ginebra1.3 
 3. Castro, Talk N Te.1.3 
 4. Custodio, Alaska A.1.3 
 5. Reyes, Talk N Text1.3 
 6. Lassiter, Powerade.1.3 
 7. Douthit, Air21 E.1.2 
 8. Barroca, B-Meg L.1.2 
 9. Dillinger, Talk N.1.2 
 10. Urbiztondo, B-Meg1.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Dwayne JONES
  Powerade T.
  (211-C-83)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Jones, Powerade T.2.8 
 2. Vroman, Ginebra2.4 
 3. Fazekas, Petron B.2.3 
 4. Douthit, Air21 E.2.2 
 5. Parada, Alaska Ac.2.1 
 6. Santos, Petron B.1.8 
 7. Bowles, B-Meg L.1.8 
 8. Crews, Rain o.1.6 
 9. Eman, Alaska Aces1.3 
 10. Thoss, Alaska Ac.1.2 


Meralco stuns B-Meg, one away from Semis - by Eurobasket News

Personally challenged by their top boss in practice Saturday, the Meralco Bolts didnt disappoint in the game Sunday.

Ill be in the dugout after the game, Meralco owner Manny V. Pangilinan told the Bolts.

Taking it rightly as Pangilinan's marching order, the Bolts fought with great resolve throughout as they blasted the B-Meg Llamados, 103-81, in the opener of their PBA Commissioners Cup best-of-three quarterfinal showdown at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

Essentially, we played basketball with a big emphasis on defense from opening the tip till the end. We played hard and were just so focused, said Meralco coach Ryan Gregorio.

The Bolts did play tough defense especially in the crunch, limiting the Llamados to four points in the last eight minutes of the game.

Offensively, Earl Barron (212-C-81, college: Memphis) and Mark Cardona (180-G/F-81) showed the way as the Bolts led from start to finish, winning their first-ever post-elim game in lopsided fashion.

This is a first playoff win for us in five conferences. Its an enormous breakthrough for this franchise, said Gregorio.

But we know that a best-of-three isnt win by one game. After taking a shower, well focus again for Wednesday, Gregorio added.

The Bolts go for the clincher in Game Two set at 5:15 p.m. Wednesday in the same venue.

Meralco hardly gave B-Meg a chance in Game One, coming out smoking and opening a huge 23-point spread right in the first half.

B-Meg actually waged a chase in the second half but the Bolts made a key move before the Llamados could turn the tide.

As the Llamados closed in at 77-80, Cardona spearheaded a spirited 18-to-nothing run to scuttle B-Megs bid.

The Llamados missed five attempts, committed three errors and coach Tim Cone incurred two technical fouls as the Bolts unleashed their decisive assault.

Earl Barron led all scorers with 34 points with Cardona adding 22, taunting the crowd each time he made a big shot.

Asi Taulava also played big, churning out double-double numbers with 12 points and 13 rebounds.

It turned out a blessing in disguise that I didnt use that much Asi early in the tourney. Hes got a lot of gas, said Gregorio. Hes incredible because hes not just helping on
defense but scoring and rebounding in double figures.

Taulava had a big hand defensively as the Bolts held Denzel Bowles (208-F/C-89, college: JMU) down to 18 points and seven rebounds.

Going down the drain was James Yap (191-F/G-82)s first 20-point outing in the conference. (SB)



The scores:

MERALCO 103 - Earl Barron 34, Mark Cardona 22, Ross 12, Taulava 12, Mercado 10, Macapagal 8, Hugnatan 5,
Timberlake 0, Borboran 0.

B-MEG 81 - James Yap 21, Denzel Bowles 18, Simon 12, Devance 9, Urbiztondo 5, De Ocampo 5, Pingris 4, Barroca 3,
Intal 2, Reavis 2, Burtscher 0, Villanueva 0.

Quarters: 32-19, 54-38, 77-69, 103-81

Courtesy of www.pba.ph



Veterans step up as Barako Bull take Game One from Alaska - by Eurobasket News

Barako Bull coach Junel Baculi has doubts about his new import's readiness to play. But he has not an ounce of uncertainty among his veterans.

'I'm in good hands with these players,' said Baculi after their come-from-behind win.

The Energy's more seasoned players did not disappoint, showing their vintage style of play in conspiring for a 103-90 win over Alaska Wednesday at the start of their PBA Commissioner's Cup best-of-three quarterfinals series at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

Ronald Tubid (186-G-81) scattered 24 points in just three quarters of play, his best game in a Barako Bull uniform, while Danny Seigle (198-F/G-76, college: Wagner), Don Allado, Willie Miller , Leo Najorda and Dorian Pena made significant contributions for the Energy in overcoming a lackluster debut by new import Chukwunike Okosa.

'He is not yet acclimatized to the system of play in the PBA,' said Baculi of the 6-foot-10 Nigerian, who came in last Wednesday and went scoreless in just 11 minutes of action. He played for only two minutes in the second quarter before being benched for good.

'Making it harder for him is that these are the playoffs and playoffs in the PBA are tough. If you're not cut out for these you will not survive,' added Baculi, baring they are still trying to bring back Rodney White, who averaged a conference-leading 29.8 points, 13.2 rebounds, 5.8 assists in the five games he played here before being forced to attend to his ailing father back home.

Yet the Energy still managed to fashion the win. A similar one on Wednesday will push them to the best-of-five semifinals against early qualifier and defending champion Talk N Text.

Alaska coach Joel Banal is not about to throw in the towel, maintaining his team will bounce back.

'They made some adjustments and we were not able to counter. We hope to do a better job of making counters on Wednesday,' said Banal.

Baculi said he is in 'good hands' with his more experienced players. '

'I don't want to take away anything from our veterans,' he stated. 'I've been telling them, 'It's playoff time, time for you to shine.' Reminders lang naman, because they are veterans. They've been there, they know how it is in the playoffs.'

Danny Seigle came off the bench to add a personal conference-high 21 points and also became the 34th and latest member of the 2,000 defensive rebounds club with his six boards, four of them defensive, while Allado added 16 and nine. Miller and Najorda combined for 26 points while Pena snatched a team-high 12 rebounds.

Cyrus Baguio (188-G-80) scored a team-high 20 points, LA Tenorio (178-G-84) 19 and rookie Marnel Baracael 18 for Alaska, which drew only 11 points from import Adam Parada.

The seven-foot Mexican also had 14 rebounds but he visibly faded in the late goings, just when Najorda and Danny Seigle spearheaded a Barako attack that led to a 93-82 spread. Najorda's baseline jumper and Wynne Arboleda's drive gave the Energy their first 13-point lead at 99-86, a difference they maintained in the game's final two minutes.

Ronald Tubid was not fielded back in during the fourth period, but his job was practically done after Barako Bull went into the quarter with a 79-74 lead.

'The idea was to stay close or get the lead going to the fourth period. We were not able to do either of those,' bared Banal.

Ronald Tubid had 10 points in the third canto while Allado and Miller combined for 13 in the Energy's fightback from a 56-58 deficit and into a sizable 73-66 lead.

A portent of things to come was delivered by Allado, who boomed in a heave from just inside mid-court to cap the Energy's surge from two early 14-point deficits and into a 48-47 edge at the half. (NC)



The scores:

BARAKO BULL 103 - Ronald Tubid 24, Danny Seigle 21, Allado 16, Miller 14, Najorda 12, Pena 8, Arboleda 6,
Gatumbato 2, Okosa 0, Weinstein 0, Pennisi 0.

ALASKA 90 - Cyrus Baguio 20, LA Tenorio 19, Baracael 18, Parada 11, Thoss 10, Custodio 8, Eman 2, Gonzales 2,
Salamat 0, Bugia 0.

Quarterscores: 17-27, 48-47, 79-74, 103-90

Courtesy of www.pba.ph



PBA Roundup: Mar. 28-31, 2012 - by Enzo Flojo

TALK N TEXT TROPANG TEXTERS over PETRONBLAZE BOOSTERS, 107-80
The Talk n Text Tropang Texters kept their dominating performance in the 2012 Commissioners Cup, repulsing the Petron Blaze Boosters to secure elimination-round top honors for the fifth time in the last six conferences. The Texters left nothing to chance, pummeling the Boosters for a league-best 7-2 win-loss record.

The Boosters lost their last four outings, sending them to a poor 3-6 wind-up tied with the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters and the Air21 Express in the bottom. Petron went 0-2 with Will McDonald and, like last year, failed to advance to the Commissioners Cup playoffs. Injuries to Jay Washington, Rabeh Al-Hussaini, Dondon Hontiveros and Chris Lutz obviously took their toll on Petron.

Talk n Text simply outclassed Petron with the Texters imposing their game, outscoring the Boosters, 16-6, on fastbreaks and, 20-12, on second-chance points. Jason Castro topscored for the Texters with 19 points while playing off the bench. Jared Dillinger, Donnell Harvey, Jimmy Alapag and Kelly Williams added at least 10 points each for the Texters who, with their early semis entry, will get at least a 10-day rest.

TNT 107 - Castro 19, Dillinger 16, Harvey 15, Alapag 11, Williams 10, Aguilar 9, Reyes 7, Fonacier 6, Carey 6, De Ocampo 5, Gamalinda 3, Raymundo 0.
PBB 80 - Mc Donald 20, Santos 16, Yeo 11, Miranda 11, Ildefonso 6, Guevarra 4, Tugade 4, Al-Hussaini 2, Reyes 2, Lanete 2, Cabagnot 2, Rizada 0.
QS: 26-21, 49-39, 82-63, 107-80

BGY. GINEBRA KINGS over AIR21 EXPRESS, 103-87
Ginebra already had its own motivation against Air21 Wednesday and didn't need the Expresss Ogie Menor to add on to it. But Menor did, and the result was the Kings getting fired up even more for a victory that assured the Kings a playoff spot for an automatic semifinals slot in the PBA Commissioner's Cup.

Barangay Ginebra did not lose composure despite a fracas involving Menor, who was reactivated only last Friday in the course of Air21's 91-101 loss to Meralco. Menor, relegated to reserve status just before the team formerly known as Shopinas.com wound up its winless debut in the Philippine Cup, again showed his toughie side by incurring the ire of Kings import Jackson Vroman with a hard bump in the last 45 seconds of the second period.

The hard-nosed guard got a technical for that and was again teed up and promptly ejected following a confrontation with Ginebra forward Willie Wilson and assistant coach Allan Caidic while the teams were on their way to their respective dugouts at halftime.

Barangay Ginebra seemed to have gotten stoked up even more due to the incidents, putting on a mighty second half show that resulted in as much as a 22-point fourth quarter lead for the perennial crowd favorites.

Vroman did not see action in the last 25 minutes of the game but the Kings' locals, led by Mike Cortez, proved up to the task of carrying on the fight enroute to their third straight win ending the nine-game eliminations. The victory jacked Ginebra's win-loss record to 6-3, tying it with B-Meg.

Barangay Ginebra's win also meant Barako Bull nabs No. 5 and will be playing off in the best-of-three quarterfinals against No. 4 seed Alaska. The No. 3 seed takes on the winner of the do-or-die playoff, set also Friday, for No. 6 between Powerade and Meralco.

Marcus Douthit scored 19 points and grabbed 23 reboundes for Air21, which absorbed its fourth straight loss and wound up at 10th and last place for the second straight conference. RJ Jazul also finished with 19 points, anchored on six triples, while Nelbert Omolon, James Sena and Ren-Ren Ritualo each had at least 10 points for the Express.

All of their collective efforts, however, paled to the more balanced attack of their Ginebra counterparts. Vroman scattered 19 points and 13 rebounds while Cortez had 18 points and a game-high 9 assists. Mark Caguioa's 13 points was the only other double-digit output by a King, but eight of the nine other players fielded by Tanquingcen scored and five of those had at least eight each.

BGK 103 - Vroman 19, Cortez 18, Caguioa 13, Ababou 9, Raymundo 9, W. Wilson 8,
Villanueva 8, Hatfield 8, Labagala 6, J. Wilson 3, Canaleta 2, Mamaril 0.
A21 87 - Douthit 19, Jazul 19, Omolon 15, Sena 11, Ritualo 10, Hubalde 7, Isip 4, Escobal 2, Sison 0, Espiritu 0, Menor 0, Duncil 0.
QS: 26-25, 53-42, 78-67, 103-87

MERALCO BOTLS over POWERADE TIGERS, 102-98
Earl Barron delivered 33 points and grabbed 18 rebounds Friday night, hitting two free throws in the closing seconds that completed a resurrection of sorts for the Meralco Bolts.

The Bolts nearly blew a 13-point third quarter advantage, but hung on to eliminate the Tigers and catch the last bus to the quarterfinals, cramming themselves into the only available playoff space left.

They will face the loser of the Barangay Ginebra-B-Meg playoff in a three-game mini-series starting Sunday at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.

Three men, basically, alternated on guarding Powerade leading scorer Gary David Mark Macapagal, Sol Mercado and Mac Cardona and the result was revealing: 11 of 14 missed 3-point attempts and 8 of 10 bricks from within the arc for David.

MB 102- Barron 33, Cardona 24, Taulava 16, Ross 12, Mercado 9, Hugnatan 4, Borboran 2, Macapagal 2, Timberlake 0.
POW 98- Jones 20, Lassiter 20, David 20, Casio 14, Anthony 13, Kramer 5, Lingganay 4, Calimag 2, Vanlandingham 0, Allera 0, Cruz 0.
QS: 23-16, 45-43, 75-66, 102-98.

BGY. GINEBRA KINGS over B-MEG LLAMADOS, 93-84
Barangay Ginebra top gun Mark Caguioa came crashing down in a nasty accident in the third quarter and never came back. This served no problem for the Kings, though, with reserve forward KG Canaleta picking up the slack.

Canaleta played his best game in a Ginebra uniform in an opportune time, leading the Kings to a come-from-behind win over the B-Meg Llamados in their battle for an outright semifinal passage in the PBA Commissioners Cup.

With Canaleta leading their charge, the Kings outmaneuvered and outgunned the Llamados in the fourth quarter for the crucial win sending them to an early Final Four entry together with top seed Talk N Text. B-Meg settled for third seeding in the playoffs, requiring the team to go through the quarterfinals versus Meralco. They begin their best-of-three showdown Sunday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

Canaleta put in his biggest output in a Ginebra jersey with 25 points, providing the Kings a huge lift as they overcame double-digit deficits in the first half and pulled through with plenty to spare. The Kings were still lagging behind at 72-74 before unleashing a mind-boggling 19-2 run to turn things around.

Ginebra did the trick with Caguioa on the dugout being attended for a nasty cut on the right eyelid he sustained on a fall early in the third quarter. Caguioa played only 22 minutes, getting five points, two assists and one rebound against four turnovers.

BGK 93 - Canaleta 25, Vroman 15, Cortez 15, Ababou 9, Hatfield 8, Labagala 5, Caguioa 5, J. Wilson 4, Mamaril 4, W. Wilson 2, Raymundo 1, Villanueva 0.
BML 84 - Yap 18, Bowles 12, Simon 11, Urbiztondo 10, De Ocampo 10, Devance 9, Intal 6, Pingris 4, Barroca 2, Reavis 2, Acuna 0.
QS: 17-27, 40-43, 64-68, 93-84

BARAKO BULL ENERGY over ALASKA ACES, 103-90
Barako Bull coach Junel Baculi has doubts about his new import's readiness to play, but he has not an ounce of uncertainty with his veterans.

The Energy's more seasoned players did not disappoint, showing their vintage style of play in conspiring for a win over Alaska Wednesday at the start of their PBA Commissioner's Cup best-of-three quarterfinals series.

Ronald Tubid scattered 24 points in just three quarters of play, his best game in a Barako Bull uniform, while Danny Seigle, Don Allado, Willie Miller , Leo Najorda and Dorian Pena made significant contributions for the Energy in overcoming a lackluster debut by new import Reggie Okosa.

Seigle came off the bench to add a personal conference-high 21 points and also became the 34th and latest member of the 2,000 defensive rebounds club with his six boards, four of them defensive, while Allado added 16 and nine. Miller and Najorda combined for 26 points while Pena snatched a team-high 12 rebounds.

Cyrus Baguio scored a team-high 20 points, LA Tenorio 19 and rookie Marnel Baracael 18 for Alaska, which drew only 11 points from import Adam Parada. The seven-foot Mexican also had 14 rebounds, but he visibly faded in the late goings, just when Najorda and Seigle spearheaded a Barako attack that led to a 93-82 spread.

BBE 103 - Tubid 24, Seigle 21, Allado 16, Miller 14, Najorda 12, Pena 8, Arboleda 6,
Gatumbato 2, Okosa 0, Weinstein 0, Pennisi 0.
ALA 90 - Baguio 20, Tenorio 19, Baracael 18, Parada 11, Thoss 10, Custodio 8, Eman 2, Gonzales 2, Salamat 0, Bugia 0.
QS: 17-27, 48-47, 79-74, 103-90

MERALCO BOLTS over B-MEG LLAMADOS, 103-81
Personally challenged by their top boss in practice Saturday, the Meralco Bolts didnt disappoint in the game Sunday.

Ill be in the dugout after the game, Meralco owner Manny V. Pangilinan told the Bolts.

Taking it rightly as Pangilinan's marching order, the Bolts fought with great resolve throughout as they blasted the B-Meg Llamados in the opener of their PBA Commissioners Cup best-of-three quarterfinal showdown.

Offensively, Earl Barron and Mark Cardona showed the way as the Bolts led from start to finish, winning their first-ever post-elim game in lopsided fashion. Meralco hardly gave B-Meg a chance in Game One, coming out smoking and opening a huge 23-point spread right in the first half.

Barron led all scorers with 34 points with Cardona adding 22, taunting the crowd each time he made a big shot. Asi Taulava also played big, churning out double-double numbers with 12 points and 13 rebounds.

Taulava had a big hand defensively as the Bolts held Denzel Bowles down to 18 points and 7 rebounds. Going down the drain was James Yaps first 20-point outing in the conference.

MB 103 - Barron 34, Cardona 22, Ross 12, Taulava 12, Mercado 10, Macapagal 8, Hugnatan 5, Timberlake 0, Borboran 0.
BML 81 - Yap 21, Bowles 18, Simon 12, Devance 9, Urbiztondo 5, De Ocampo 5, Pingris 4, Barroca 3, Intal 2, Reavis 2, Burtscher 0, Villanueva 0.
QS: 32-19, 54-38, 77-69, 103-81

Source: Unless otherwise specified, game recaps were compressed and compiled from PBA.ph




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  POLAND   

DBE Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Walter HODGE
  Zastal ZG
  (183-PG-86)
  Avg: 18.7
 1. Hodge, Zastal ZG18.7 
 2. Koszarek, Trefl S.16.2 
 3. Corbett, Siarka J.16.1 
 4. Miller, Siarka J.15.7 
 5. Kulig, PBG Basket15.7 
 6. Edwards, Anwil15.5 
 7. Weeden, Polpharma15.4 
 8. Micic, PBG Basket15.2 
 9. Kickert, PGE Turow15.2 
 10. Dylewicz, Trefl S.14.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Darrell HARRIS
  Kotwica
  (208-F/C-84)
  Avg: 11.6
 1. Harris, Kotwica11.6 
 2. Lawal, Zastal ZG10.2 
 3. Burgess, Trefl S.8.0 
 4. Dluski, LKS Lodz7.9 
 5. Eziukwu, AZS K.7.7 
 6. Archibeque, Zastal