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  ABA   



Jacksonville advances to ABA Final Four - by Gianni Pascucci

On Saturday, March 31 night, the Jacksonville Giants defeated, 102-99 on the road the Chicago Steam, a team that was undefeated on his court. Thanks to this win, the Giants advanced to the ABA Final Four in St.Petersburg on April 9.


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  ARGENTINA   


TNA, North and South Semis: First games, no mercy for guests - by Eurobasket News

TNA Semifinals started last night. Top four teams of Group North and South met in Game One of their best-of-five series.
In Group North, Union Progresista celebrated 106-96 victory against San Isidro for 1-0 lead. Cesar Avalle (189-G-85) scored 20 points for the winners and Alex Aleksandrowicz (200-C-79) added 18 points, plus 8 rebounds. Obera TC also registered home victory last night, but its rival was Union Sunchales, 86-69. Lucas Gornatti (188-G-82) top-scored for Obera with 21 points.
In Group South, Ciclista handed 81-60 loss to MH Basket. Gordon James (198-F-79, college: Bridgeport) was a key player in victory with 18 points and 8 boards. Also in this group, Argentino was better than Alianza Viedma 91-78. The home squad got 21 points and 7 rebounds from Eduardo Spalla (197-F-89, agency: Dream Team Management).
Second games are scheduled for Thursday and same teams will be the hosts.



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  ASEAN LEAGUE   

Standings

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

Regular Season: Round 15

Apr. 4: Saigon H. - Satria Muda 88-86
Apr. 4: Bangkok C. - Philip.Patriots 78-84
Apr. 7: Thailand S. - Saigon H.
Apr. 8: KL Dragons - Petron Blaze



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  AUSTRALIA   

Stats Leaders - NBL

Points Per Game
 Jamar WILSON
  Taipans
  (185-PG-84)
  Avg: 17.3
 1. Wilson, Taipans17.3 
 2. Lisch, Wildcats17.2 
 3. Johnson, 36ers16.5 
 4. Wilkinson, Breakers16.5 
 5. Deleon, Blaze16.4 
 6. Khazzouh, Kings16.4 
 7. Tragardh, Tigers16.3 
 8. Abercrombie, Break.15.6 
 9. Bose, Kings15.5 
 10. Crawford, Croco.14.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Julian KHAZZOUH
  Kings
  (209-C-86)
  Avg: 10.8
 1. Khazzouh, Kings10.8 
 2. Holmes, Crocodiles9.0 
 3. Simpsons, 36ers8.6 
 4. Grant, Kings8.1 
 5. Johnson, 36ers7.7 
 6. Crosswhite, Taipa.7.7 
 7. Bose, Kings6.7 
 8. Worthington, Blaze6.3 
 9. Vukona, Breakers6.2 
 10. Hudson, Blaze6.1 
Assists Per Game
 Cedric JACKSON
  Breakers
  (191-G-86)
  Avg: 6.3
 1. Jackson, Breakers6.3 
 2. Gibson, Blaze4.6 
 3. Bruce, Kings4.4 
 4. Gill, Crocodiles3.7 
 5. Martin, Hawks3.6 
 6. Martin, Wildcats3.5 
 7. Dillon, Tigers3.4 
 8. Ubaka, Tigers3.3 
 9. Warren, 36ers3.2 
 10. Deleon, Blaze3.1 
Steals Per Game
 Cedric JACKSON
  Breakers
  (191-G-86)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Jackson, Breakers2.5 
 2. Martin, Wildcats2.1 
 3. Deleon, Blaze1.5 
 4. Robbins, Wildcats1.5 
 5. Gill, Crocodiles1.4 
 6. Tovey, Wildcats1.3 
 7. Mims, Crocodiles1.3 
 8. Lisch, Wildcats1.1 
 9. Crawford, Croco.1.1 
 10. Gibson, Blaze1.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Julian KHAZZOUH
  Kings
  (209-C-86)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Khazzouh, Kings2.1 
 2. Simpsons, 36ers1.5 
 3. Grant, Kings1.4 
 4. Nevill, Wildcats1.2 
 5. Johnson, 36ers1.0 
 6. Abercrombie, Break.0.9 
 7. Martin, Wildcats0.9 
 8. Crosswhite, Taipa.0.9 
 9. Forman, Hawks0.8 
 10. Pledger, Breakers0.8 


Semi Final G2 Report: Blaze hold off Wildcats, stay alive - by Eurobasket News

The Blaze's NBL championship hopes remain alive after surviving a Perth Wildcats onslaught to claim a nail-biting 72-70 win on the Gold Coast on Wednesday night.

The Queensland club surrendered a 20-5 first-quarter lead and then several seven-point advantages as the six-time champions came at them again and again.

Controversially, Perth's Shawn Redhage (203-F-81, college: Arizona St.) was called for an offensive foul and his successful basket waived away with less than 30 seconds left, before Adam Gibson (188-G-86) and Jason Cadee (186-G-91) both made 1-of-2 from the charity stripe to maintain a two-point Blaze lead.

The game still hung in the balance until the final buzzer when a desperate Damian Martin (188-PG-84, college: Loyola Mary) heave went wide to hand Gold Coast victory.

Hudson showed he had come to play with a monster dunk to open the game, while Worthington stroked an open three-pointer as Gold Coast set up their 15-point advantage.

That lead was slashed to just three points at quarter-time as Perth capitalised on a spate of Blaze turnovers and fouls - including an unsportsmanlike from Stephen Hoare and a technical on Worthington.

Gold Coast streaked ahead again before Perth cut the margin to just one with little more than two minutes remaining in the second term.

But six straight points from Adris Deleon (180-G-84, college: E.Washington), the defensive pressure from the Gold Coast bigs and a buzzer-beater from Jason Cadee put the home team ahead 45-38 at half-time.

The Wildcats to again close within one point in the third quarter through Matthew Knight (204-F/C-85, college: Loyola Mary) 's hustle, but the desperate Blaze still held a 60-57 lead heading into the final quarter.

The Wildcats had two chances to edge in front with just over three minutes left in the game, but Luke Nevill travelled on his way to the basket and then put a foot on the line with the ball in hand.

The Gold Coast's crowd had their hearts in their mouths in the dying seconds, but Martin missed and the Blaze now face a deciding semi final in Perth on Saturday night.

Gold Coast Blaze 72 (Deleon 15, Petrie 12, Hudson 11, Worthington 11, Goulding 11)
Perth Wildcats 70 (Martin 14, Knight 14, Redhage 11)

Crowd: 3144 At Gold Coast Convention & Exhibition Centre

Courtesy of NBL
(www.nbl.com.au)



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  BARBADOS   

Standings

Premier L. Standings
 1. Lakers 14-2
 2. Warriors 13-3
 3. Cavaliers 11-5
 4. Warrens 11-5
 5. Pinelands 10-6
 6. Sonics 9-7
 7. Bulls 7-9
 8. Senators 6-10
 9. Patriots 5-11
 10. City United 4-12
 11. Tridents 3-13
 12. Cougars 3-13


Warrens win in League thriller - by Eurobasket

Peter Alleyne's (197-F-76) retirement sure wasnt a long one.
Shorter still was his comeback.
Twenty minutes into his Premier League return and basketballs Most Valuable Player was probably already ruing the decision, having been ejected at half-time of Warrens 66-65 thriller over Pinelands at the Barbados Community College Sunday.
It was just one of a couple of shocking developments of what seemed to be another dreary triple-header when Nicholls Baking Company Cougars started with a routine 36-point win against schoolboys.
But basketball wasnt to be without its April Fools drama, as Alleyne, 35, stunningly ended his three-month retirement by suiting up for Warrens league-opener.
And his was one of three unexpected appearances, with veteran teammates Pearson Griffith (208-C-81, college: Murray St.) and Kevin Austin (77) also turning out after both were non-committal about playing in the off-season.
However, they were the ones who got the real surprise.
Alleyne was astonishingly thrown out of the game at intermission after getting into a dispute with referee Sade Clarke over warming up with the game ball his clubs lone basketball.
More stunning still was Warrens response.
With Griffith scoring on a series left-hand hooks and free throws, Warrens went on a 24-10 run, turning a 31-28 deficit into a 52-41 cushion as Pinelands struggled.
The Pine rallied by scoring the last six points of the period though, before swingman Ramon Simmons (193-F-86) went on a fourth quarter tear to lock the scores at 62 with less than two minutes to play.
It was a highlight reel of the ages, with Simmons scoring Pinelands last 14 points of the game hitting six straight free throws at one point before adding a pull-up jumper and a contested three-pointer.
But Austin answered with a short bank shot while Dario Cumberbatch sank a pair of crucial free throws to reopen a four-point Warrens lead (66-62) with one minute left.
And Griffith very nearly threw away that lead with a subsequent turnover, but there was only .3 of a second left on the clock after Simmons last triple. Griffith finished with 17 points and Austin added ten while Simmons led the Pine with a game-high 33 points.
In the night cap, Jamar King led five players in double digits with 18 points as the defending league champions Lumber Company Lakers thrashed Clapham Bulls 74-48 in a rematch of last years finals.
The short-handed, seven-man Bulls side actually led their league-opener following an encouraging 17-9 start to the contest. But veteran centre Sydney Rowe (203-C-72) went down with an injury and the champs rattled off 21 straight points in the ensuing second as part of a 32-9 second-quarter blitz (44-28).
That cushion soon became a 58-35 rout in the third after Ian Alexander (198-F) got away for a pair of layups and a backbreaking triple before Andre Lockhart (183-G-86, college: Queens, NC) added a pull-up jumper of his own.
Lockhart and Omari Corbin ended with 13 points apiece, Alexander scored 11 while Mark Bridgeman netted ten.
For Clapham, Halley Franklyn had 20 points and ten rebounds, and Sean Parris added 13 points and 12 boards.
Earlier, small forward Adrian Stewart (188-G-71) scored a season-high 36 points while Adrian Catlyn had 13 of his 21 in the second quarter of Cougars 97-61 blowout of Co-operators General Tridents. Forward Aamir Morris scored 17 for the schoolboys, who trailed from pillar to post.

Courtesy of Nation News



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  BELARUS   

Standings - Premier League

Premier League Stage Two Standings
Championship
 1. Minsk-2006 23-1
 2. Grodno-93 21-3
 3. Rubon 13-11
 4. Minsk-2006 II 9-15
Play-Out
 1. BGUIR-RTI 9-15
 2. SBK Osipovichi 9-15
 3. Sozh Gomel 0-24
Stage One Standings

Regular Season: Round 23

Apr. 3: BGUIR-RTI - SBK Osipovichi 71-83
Mar. 30: Sozh Gomel - Minsk-2006 69-110
Apr. 2: Minsk-2006 - Rubon 118-72
Mar. 30: Grodno-93 - Minsk-2006 II 108-73

Second Stage: Round 1

Championship

Apr. 6: Minsk-2006 II - Minsk-2006
Apr. 6: Rubon - Grodno-93

Play-Out

Apr. 6: Sozh Gomel - BGUIR-RTI
Apr. 7: Sozh Gomel - BGUIR-RTI



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Standings - Division I

D1 Standings
 1. Antwerp 17-7 
 2. Spirou 17-7 
 3. Oostende 16-8 
 4. Aalstar 14-10 
 5. M.Hainaut 12-12 
 6. Leuven 12-12 
 7. Liege 8-15 
 8. Gent 8-17 
 9. Verviers-Pep. 4-20 

Regular Season: Round 27

Apr. 4: Liege - Verviers-Pep. 78-69
Apr. 4: Antwerp - Oostende 77-70
Apr. 4: Gent - Aalstar 65-64
Apr. 4: Leuven - M.Hainaut 64-74

Regular Season: Round 28

Apr. 12: Spirou - Antwerp
Apr. 14: Gent - Liege
Apr. 14: Verviers-Pep. - Aalstar
Apr. 14: Oostende - M.Hainaut


Stats Leaders - Division I

Points Per Game
 Christopher COPELAND
  Aalstar
  (203-F-84)
  Avg: 20.3
 1. Copeland, Aalstar20.3 
 2. Bostic, Liege16.4 
 3. Lojeski, Oostende15.1 
 4. Taylor, M.Hainaut14.6 
 5. Black, Antwerp14.0 
 6. Haynes, Gent13.8 
 7. Green, Spirou13.7 
 8. Broyles, Spirou13.4 
 9. Freeman, Leuven13.3 
 10. Love, Verviers-Pe.13.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Graham BROWN
  Gent
  (205-C-84)
  Avg: 8.1
 1. Brown, Gent8.1 
 2. Love, Verviers-Pep.7.4 
 3. Mejri, Antwerp7.4 
 4. McLean, Leuven7.0 
 5. Young, Aalstar6.9 
 6. Mukubu, Verviers.6.6 
 7. Merriex, Verviers.6.6 
 8. Booker, Oostende5.9 
 9. Jackson, Aalstar5.9 
 10. De Zeeuw, Vervier.5.8 
Assists Per Game
 Dominic WATERS
  Liege
  (185-PG-86)
  Avg: 4.1
 1. Waters, Liege4.1 
 2. Djordjevic, Ooste.3.6 
 3. Marnegrave, Leuven3.5 
 4. Bosco, Gent3.2 
 5. Slaughter, M.Hai.3.1 
 6. Black, Antwerp3.1 
 7. Bostic, Liege2.8 
 8. Taylor, M.Hainaut2.7 
 9. Winston, Oostende2.5 
 10. Steinbach, Aalstar2.5 
Steals Per Game
 Adeola DAGUNDURO
  Leuven
  (196-G-86)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Dagunduro, Leuven2.4 
 2. Black, Antwerp2.2 
 3. Mukubu, Verviers.2.0 
 4. Wilson, Antwerp1.9 
 5. Bosco, Gent1.8 
 6. Bostic, Liege1.7 
 7. Muya, Liege1.7 
 8. Haynes, Gent1.6 
 9. Steinbach, Aalstar1.5 
 10. Slaughter, M.Hai.1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Salah MEJRI
  Antwerp
  (216-C-86)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Mejri, Antwerp2.3 
 2. Riddick, Spirou1.8 
 3. Jennings, Liege1.7 
 4. Love, Verviers-Pep.1.0 
 5. Young, Aalstar0.9 
 6. Booker, Oostende0.7 
 7. Nivins, M.Hainaut0.6 
 8. Vaughn, Antwerp0.6 
 9. Mukubu, Verviers.0.5 
 10. Copeland, Aalstar0.5 


D1 Round 27: Antwerp Giants keep a leadership position - by Eurobasket News

The game had a very big importance for second-ranked Antwerp Giants as it allowed them to take a leadership position. Antwerp Giants defeated 3rd placed Base Oostende at home 77-70. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Base Oostende. It was a key game for the top position in the league. Base Oostende trailed by 12 points after 3 quarters before a 22-17 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 70-77 at the end of the game. Antwerp Giants made 22-of-25 free shots (88.0 percent) during the game. 25 personal fouls committed by Base Oostende helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a great evening for American guard Michael Roll (196-87, college: UCLA) who led his team to a victory scoring 22 points and 5 rebounds. Tunisian center Salah Mejri (216-86) helped adding 9 points and 10 rebounds. The best for the losing side was Slovenian forward Dragisa Drobnjak (200-77, agency: Beo Basket) with 15 points. Antwerp Giants have a solid series of three victories in a row. As mentioned above they are at the top of the standings, which they share with Spirou. Base Oostende at the other side keeps the third place with eight games lost. Base Oostende will play next round against Belfius Mons-Hainaut trying to get back on the winning streak. Antwerp Giants will try to continue on its current victory against second ranked Spirou Charleroi on the road.
Important game to mention about took place in Gent. Eighth ranked Optima Gent (8-17) saved a 1-point victory at home edging 4th placed Okapi Aalstar (14-10) 65-64 on Wednesday evening. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Okapi Aalstar. It was an exceptional evening for American center Graham Brown (205-84, college: Michigan) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 13 rebounds. Michael Jenkins accounted for 15 points. American power forward Nate Fox (206-77, college: Maine, agency: Pro One Sports) came up with 11 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists for Okapi Aalstar in the defeat. Optima Gent maintains eighth place with 8-17 record. Okapi Aalstar at the other side keeps the fourth position with ten games lost. Optima Gent will play against higher ranked Belgacom Liege (#7) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Okapi Aalstar will play against VOO Verviers-Pepinster and hopes to get back on the winning track.
5th ranked Leuven Bears (12-12) were defeated at home by sixth ranked Belfius Mons-Hainaut (12-12) with the biggest margin this round 74-64 on Wednesday night. The best player for the winners was Ahmad Nivins who scored 19 points and 9 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was Niels Marnegrave who recorded 12 points and 4 assists. Belfius Mons-Hainaut moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Leuven. Leuven Bears lost third consecutive game. Belfius Mons-Hainaut will meet higher ranked Base Oostende (#3) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Leuven Bears will have a break next round.

In the last game of round 27 bottom-ranked Verviers-Pep. lost to Liege on the opponent's court 69-78.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 21 points and 9 assists by Dominic Waters of Liege.


Leuven - M.Hainaut 64-74

5th ranked Leuven Bears (12-12) were defeated at home by sixth ranked Belfius Mons-Hainaut (12-12) with the biggest margin this round 74-64 on Wednesday night. The game was mostly controlled by Belfius Mons-Hainaut. Leuven Bears managed to win fourth quarter 22-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Belfius Mons-Hainaut forced 22 Leuven Bears turnovers. The best player for the winners was American forward Ahmad Nivins (206-87, college: St.Joseph's) who scored 19 points and 9 rebounds. His fellow American import guard Quincy Taylor (196-82, college: UAB) chipped in 17 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was guard Niels Marnegrave (191-87) who recorded 12 points and 4 assists and American guard Brandon Freeman (191-83, college: UALR, agency: Court Side) added 13 points respectively. Belfius Mons-Hainaut moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Leuven. Leuven Bears lost third consecutive game. Belfius Mons-Hainaut will meet higher ranked Base Oostende (#3) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Leuven Bears will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
M.Hainaut: A.Nivins 19+9reb+1ast, Q.Taylor 17+5reb+4ast, A.Slaughter 10, S.Foster 8+2reb+2ast, I.Maras 8+5reb+3ast, L.Giancaterino 4+1reb
Leuven: B.Freeman 13+2reb+2ast, N.Marnegrave 12+3reb+4ast, J.Tofi 9+3reb, I.Hanavan 9+3reb+1ast, J.McLean 8+4reb, J.Terrell 6+9reb+1ast
gschID: 132440


Gent - Aalstar 65-64

Important game to mention about took place in Gent. Eighth ranked Optima Gent (8-17) saved a 1-point victory at home edging 4th placed Okapi Aalstar (14-10) 65-64 on Wednesday evening. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Okapi Aalstar. Okapi Aalstar was tied at the half but could not keep up in last two quarters eventually losing the game. It was an exceptional evening for American center Graham Brown (205-84, college: Michigan) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 13 rebounds. His fellow American import guard Michael Jenkins (191-86, college: Winthrop) accounted for 15 points for the winning side. Four Optima Gent players scored in double figures. American power forward Nate Fox (206-77, college: Maine, agency: Pro One Sports) came up with 11 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists and American-Lithuanian power forward Christopher Young (206-79, college: Michigan, agency: Court Side) added 15 points and 9 rebounds respectively for Okapi Aalstar in the defeat. Optima Gent maintains eighth place with 8-17 record. Okapi Aalstar at the other side keeps the fourth position with ten games lost. Optima Gent will play against higher ranked Belgacom Liege (#7) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Okapi Aalstar will play against VOO Verviers-Pepinster and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Gent: M.Jenkins 15+3reb+2ast, G.Brown 14+13reb+1ast, M.Haynes 12+5reb+3ast, B.Heinle 10+8reb+2ast, L.Bosco 6+2reb+3ast, S.Geukens 4+2reb+1ast
Aalstar: C.Young 15+9reb, N.Fox 11+9reb+4ast, S.Jackson 10+4reb+3ast, A.Gaddefors 8+2reb+1ast, J.Holiday 6+2reb+2ast, K.Kruger 6+2reb+2ast
gschID: 132437


Liege - Verviers-Pep. 78-69

Rather expected game when 9th ranked VOO Verviers-Pepinster (4-20) was defeated on the road by seventh ranked Belgacom Liege (8-15) 78-69 on Wednesday. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 24-16. But VOO Verviers-Pepinster won second period 19-18. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The best player for the winners was American point guard Dominic Waters (185-86, college: Portland St.) who scored 21 points and 9 assists. The former international forward Pierre-Antoine Gillet (202-91) chipped in a double-double by scoring 11 points and 12 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was international forward Maxime De Zeeuw (205-87) who recorded 16 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists and naturalized DR Congolese swingman Wen Boss Mukubu (198-83, college: UAB, agency: SportsTalent) added 10 points and 13 rebounds respectively. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Belgacom Liege maintains seventh place with 8-15 record. VOO Verviers-Pepinster lost fourth consecutive game. They stay dead last with 20 lost games. Belgacom Liege will meet Optima Gent (#8) on the road in the next round. VOO Verviers-Pepinster will play against Okapi Aalstar and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Liege: D.Waters 21+3reb+9ast, T.Jennings 16+6reb+1ast, J.Bostic 12+5reb+1ast, P.Gillet 11+12reb, X.Collette 7+1reb, G.Muya 7+3reb+2ast
Verviers-Pep.: M.De Zeeuw 16+9reb+4ast, J.Love 14+5reb+1ast, J.Beal 12+3reb+1ast, W.Boss Mukubu 10+13reb+2ast, T.Thompson 8+4reb+1ast, B.Merriex 7+2reb+2ast
gschID: 132438


Antwerp - Oostende 77-70

The game had a very big importance for second-ranked Antwerp Giants as it allowed them to take a leadership position. Antwerp Giants defeated 3rd placed Base Oostende at home 77-70. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Base Oostende. It was a key game for the top position in the league. Base Oostende trailed by 12 points after 3 quarters before a 22-17 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 70-77 at the end of the game. Antwerp Giants made 22-of-25 free shots (88.0 percent) during the game. 25 personal fouls committed by Base Oostende helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a great evening for American guard Michael Roll (196-87, college: UCLA) who led his team to a victory scoring 22 points and 5 rebounds. Tunisian center Salah Mejri (216-86) helped adding 9 points and 10 rebounds. The best for the losing side was Slovenian forward Dragisa Drobnjak (200-77, agency: Beo Basket) with 15 points and American forward Kennedy Winston (198-84, college: Alabama) scored 13 points and 6 rebounds. Four Base Oostende players scored in double figures. Antwerp Giants have a solid series of three victories in a row. As mentioned above they are at the top of the standings, which they share with Spirou. Base Oostende at the other side keeps the third place with eight games lost. Base Oostende will play next round against Belfius Mons-Hainaut trying to get back on the winning streak. Antwerp Giants will try to continue on its current victory against second ranked Spirou Charleroi on the road.
Top scorers:
Antwerp: M.Roll 22+5reb+2ast, B.Hopkins 14+2reb+2ast, T.Black 11+2reb+2ast, J.Vaughn 9+4reb, S.Mejri 9+10reb+1ast, R.Biggs 6+2reb+1ast
Oostende: D.Drobnjak 15+3reb+2ast, K.Winston 13+6reb+1ast, D.Djordjevic 10+1reb+2ast, M.Lojeski 10+6reb+1ast, V.Petrovic 8+1reb, B.Wright 8+3reb
gschID: 132439



Division II regular season is now over and play-off seeds are set - by Bert Larsimont

The regular season in Division II is now over and play-off seeds are now set. After a season full of suspense, Bent Schoenen Waregem with top rebounders Ahmet Gueye (203-C/F-82, college: Hawaii) and Bart Samaey (199-C-87) finished first with 20 wins and 6 losses. Despite difficult games last February and March, including some losses at Excelsior Brussels (86-81), against Kangoeroes Boom (75-88) and at CEP Fleurus (66-62), BS Waregem of coach Sven Declercq managed to keep the lead they deserved after having had an excellent first half of the season. Some signs of nervousness were nevertheless shown during the last few weeks (Arne Steinbach injured, Thomas Van De Vondel unusually having technical foul, etc.) and BS Waregem will now have a few days to recover before starting the play-off quarter final series on April 11th. The tremendous hard work also achieved by Stijn Dhondt (197-F-79, college: Boston U.) and Olivier Foucart (195-G-84) should allow them to remain top favourites in the play-offs.

Behind BS Waregem, three teams finished with a record of 19 wins and 7 losses at the end of the regular season: Gembo BBC of top scorers Domien Loubry (186-G-85) and Nick Celis (194-G-88) was ranked second, CEP Fleurus with its wonderful local fans ended at third rank and the 2011-12 Belgian Cup quarter-finalist BBC Kangoeroes Boom earned the fourth spot.

Gembo BBC of coach Stefan Sappenberghs seemed strong when playing home at the Sporthal Luisbekelaar in Borgerhout this season. The Gembo boys had hard time on the last day of the regular season (one large loss 87-104 at home against neighbouring team Sint-Jan Basket Antwerpen) but observers count on them to be back on the right track when the play-off will start next week. Gembo fans will wear tee-shirts especially customized for the play-offs to start next week.

Just like in 2008, the CEP Fleurus' guys of coach Tom Poppe , who announced his departure at the end of the season (he should be replaced by Paul Vervaeke at the Salle Andre Robert in Fleurus next season), will do all they can to win the title again. Led by fantastic and spectacular players such as Christian Ilongo (194-F-85) and Christian Manzanza (193-F-85, college: Peninsula JC), very efficient guards like Ludovic Pourtoit (182-G-88), Mitchel Gorremans (190-G-85) and Witse Van Schil (188-G-83) as well as experienced shooters like Jeremy Vanesse (198-F-80) and former Union Mons Hainaut forward Thomas Bauwens (192-F-86), the whole CEP team always played with confidence this season. Even the young local players can be of help in the money time. And the loss of Amaury Marion (196-F-91) who took the decision to go on with his studies in the Saint-Louis, Missouri area in the middle of the season did not alter CEP fans' optimism. The fantastic CEPmen (the actual name of the CEP Fleurus' supporters) can literally push their favourite team to the victory when it plays in the mythic little gym of Fleurus.

Defending champions of BBC Kangoeroes Boom also built a team that could win the title again this year. The accident of their Nigerian center Leigh Enobakhare (206-C-86, he fell heavily on the floor and could not move anymore) during a regular season game against BS Waregem last November is now an old story. The team of coach Paul Vervaeke and experienced players Kristof Ongenaet (203-F-85, college: Syracuse), Sebastien Vermeulen (207-F/C-81), Kevin Jonniaux (198-G-83) and Thomas Foucart (195-F-84) concluded the regular season in a strong manner. They were simply undefeated last March.

Royal Aera Excelsior Brussels of coach Serge Crevecoeur was ranked fifth and had a 16-10 record. The players of Excelsior Brussels looked tired in the last few games and recorded a few unexpected losses against Sint-Jan Basket Antwerpen, Point Chaud Sprimont, Union Mons Hainaut II and CEP Fleurus. Several injuries also made it difficult for the Brussels' team to finish strongly. They will need to recover by the time the play-off quarter-final series will start. Top rebounders Emmanuel Mampuya (200-F-79) and Sam Semijejero (196-F/C-77) cannot wait for the play-off to begin and they should do their best to push Excelsior Brussels to the top.

K.Sint-Niklase Condors with a 15-11 record, Essor Charleroi with a 14-12 record and Point Chaud Sprimont with a 14-12 record as well are the last three teams that will join the play-off race. K.Sint-Niklase Condors and Point Chaud Sprimont are the two Cinderella stories of the current Division II season. The Condors of coach Steve Ibens went from Division III to the upper division in April 2011 and, from then on, have shown a real team spirit to finish at sixth rank. Working and playing as a team is the Condors' true strength in this 2011-12 season. Point Chaud Sprimont, the other unexpected Division II play-off qualified team, has reached the eighth spot thanks to their home court advantage. Coach Pascal Horrion also did a tremendous job at the head of this Liege region's team. Besides Frederic Delsaute (191-F-86), a few young talents also proved to be excellent scorers for Point Chaud Sprimont. Finally, last year's surprising Division II play-off finalist Essor Charleroi finished seventh this season and also earned a play-off seed. For a while, Essor of coach Pascal Chouli has missed their star Randy Oveneke (201-F-86, who has held a double licence allowing him to play for Essor in Division II as well as for Belgacom Spirou in Euroleague earlier this season). Oveneke got injured during the Euroleague game between Spriou Charleroi and Partizan Belgrade played on December 8th, 2011. Nevertheless, Essor Charleroi could always count on Dieter Souveryns (194-G-83), the team's best scorer and also current Division II top scorer with 25.25 ppg.

In the weak underbelly of the 2011-12 Division II rankings, you can find the disappointing team of Sint-Jan Basket Antwerpen (ninth) but also the two Ethias League's farm teams of Belfius Union Mons Hainaut II (tenth with a 11-15 record) and Belgacom Liege Basket II (eleventh with a 10-16 record). BBC De Westhoek Zwevezele saved its season by finishing at the twelfth rank thanks to an important win away in Basics Melsele on March 11th. The Sint-Jan staff fired Eric Rogiers a few weeks before the end of the season and was replaced by very experienced Tony van den Bosch . Meanwhile, Belgacom Liege Basket II took the decision not to align its Division II team in 2012-13 anymore. The club will focus more on its BDL-Belgian Development League's team (see more info on this competition here) and will include young talents Maxime Gaudoux (200-F-90) and Yoann Hertay (178-PG-90) in the Division I roster (both finishing their studies).

Both bottom teams relegated in Division III are BC Duva Fruit Gistel Oostende and Basics Melsele. BC Gistel Oostende of coach Peter Castelein will end up in lower division despite many efforts with a young team (average age of 21) helped by experienced players Raimondas Petrauskas (200-F-79, college: American) and Stefan Popovski-Turanjanin (202-F-93, agency: Beo Basket). In Basics Melsele, various changes during the season and the experience of Hugo Sterk (193-G/F-82, college: Santa Monica CC), Butch Tshomba (198-G/F-75, college: Missouri St.) and Constantin Mukole Tshimuanga (C-86, college: Howard) did not help. The loss of US player Broderick Bobb (202-C-75, college: Abil.Christian) who had a heart attack and fell on the floor after hitting the ground during the warm-up session just before the game against BC Gistel Oostende last February was also a shock in Melsele. He has put an end to his career due to hart arythmia. Nevertheless, the good news of Eric Struelens' arrival as head coach in Melsele (to replace Wim Van Britsom) could be a boost for next season.

To be noted: the Ethias League's President Patrick Wijns hoped to see a Division II team ask for a Division I licence but none of them (although Excelsior Brussels, Kangoeroes Boom and Sint-Jan Anwterp showed some interests in doing so) will eventually apply for it. Moreover, current Ethias League's participant Optima Gent will not renew the professional experience and, no matter what, will join Division II next season. More than ever, the Ehias League should become a competition played with only eight clubs.

Division II play-off series and schedule:


Quarter-finals:


11/04/2012 20:30 Point Chaud Sprimont vs. Bent Schoenen Waregem (A)
11/04/2012 20:45 Essor Charleroi vs. Gembo BBC (B)
10/04/2012 20:30 K. St Niklase Condors vs. CEP Fleurus (C)
11/04/2012 20:45 R. Aera Exc. Bruxelles vs. BBC Kangoeroes Boom (D)

13/04/2012 20:30 Bent Schoenen Waregem vs. Point Chaud Sprimont (A)
13/04/2012 20:30 Gembo BBC vs. Essor Charleroi (B)
13/04/2012 20:45 CEP Fleurus vs. K. St Niklase Condors (C)
13/04/2012 20:45 BBC Kangoeroes Boom vs.R. Aera Exc. Bruxelles (D)

If needed:

15/04/2012 16:00 Bent Schoenen Waregem vs. Point Chaud Sprimont (A)
15/04/2012 15:00 Gembo BBC vs. Essor Charleroi (B)
15/04/2012 17:00 CEP Fleurus vs. K. St Niklase Condors (C)
15/04/2012 16:00 BBC Kangoeroes Boom vs. R. Aera Exc. Bruxelles (D)

Semi-finals:

17 or 18/04/2012 Winner D vs. Winner A
17 or 18/04/2012 Winner C vs. Winner B

19 or 20/04/2012 Winner A vs. Winner D
19 or 20/04/2012 Winner B vs. Winner C

If needed:

21 or 22/04/2012 Winner D vs. Winner A
21 or 22/04/2012 Winner C vs. Winner B

Play-off finals: game one on 24 or 25/04/2012, game two on 26 or 27/04/2012 and (if needed) game three on 28 or 29/04/2012.



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BECOL BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT BREAKS FOR EASTER!!! - by David Magana

The BECOL Basketball Tournament continued at the Falcon Field this past Friday night, as the newcomers in the Under 18 division, Spurs (3 0) continued its dominance, defeating Ball Starz (2 2) by the score of 42 40. With the win, Spurs is the only undefeated team in the Under 18 division. They were lead by Michael Lyons and Shane Nunez who sank 12 and 10 points respectively, while Roy Zuniga and Justin Awe were the top scorers for Ball Starz with 11 and 9 points respectively. In the old man division, JCF (2 1) defeated Esperanza (1 2) 59 51 to claim the #1 spot going into the Easter Break. JCF was lead by Karim Juan with 20 points, while Lupito Acosta and Desmond Decky Berry contributed 14 and 12 points respectively. In a losing effort, Kaino Green had the game high with 26 points, while Jason Wade netted 8 points. In the nightcap, the defending champs, Western Warriors (1 2) was able to register their first win of the season, as they held off the young Galen team (2 2) 66 58. Western Warriors was lead by Emerson King with 24 points, while Ivan Flowers and Keith Acosta (193-G/F-76, college: Tex.A&M-Comm.) added 17 and 14 points respectively. In the loss, Galen was lead by Jamal Harris who scored 12 points, while Elvis Zui Usher and Stephen Williams (188-G-83) netted 11 points apiece.

On Saturday night, the Under 18 defending champs Benque Eagles (3 1) came determined to make up for their 2 point heart breaker the week before, as they defeated the other Benque team, Mount Carmel (0 3) by the score of 56 38. Benque Eagles was lead by Akeem Watters and Nigel Martinez who scored 22 and 8 points respectively, while Mount Carmel was lead by Charles Ponce and Darwin Quetzal who sank 21 and 13 points respectively. In the U21 division, the 2 undefeated teams met to see who would be the team to watch in this division, as Young Money (2 0) defeated the strong JDB Ballers (2 1) squad 58 55. With the win, Young Money remains the only undefeated team in the U21 division. They were lead by Dijon McNabb who scored the game high with 22 points, while Johann Cutto Bermudez and Edgar Mitchell chipped in with 14 and 12 respectively. In the loss, JDB Ballers was lead by Jarrel Bird Velasquez and Shimeon Simpson, who sank 17 and 15 points respectively. In the Senior Division, E-3 (2 2) came out with all intentions to undo their 2 game losing streak, crushing the winless BNE Oilers (0 3) 66 48. E-3 was lead by Elroy Shabba Willis who had the game high with 19 points, while Shannon Guzman and Regis Morris tallied 10 points apiece. In a losing effort, Lester Cadle (188-G-80) and Akeem Watters scored 10 and 9 points respectively for BNE Oilers.

Due to the Easter Holidays, there will be no games this coming Friday and Saturday, April 6 & 7. Below are the standings.



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Standings PBL

ECL Standings
 1. Pros 5-1
 2. Bluebirds 4-2
 3. Hurricanes 3-3
 4. Scanners 3-3
 5. Storm 2-4
 6. Legends 1-5


Determination pays off for undefeated CedarBridge Academy - by Eurobasket News

CedarBridge Academy varsity coach Ricky Watts gave rave reviews of his teams season after their title triumph in the Bermuda Secondary School Federation (BSSF) high school basketball league.

Watts side, who had lost the previous two finals in heartbreaking fashion, made good their pursuit of the elusive basketball title, beating Saltus 57-27 in the finals.

CedarBridge ended the season undefeated, sweeping aside all in their way in pre-season right up to the BSSF varsity title game.

The children made it easy for me, their hunger and determination to win made coaching them a lot easier opposed to them not tuning in from the beginning of the season, said Watts.

I dont deserve any of the credit for the season because it they really didnt need to be told anything, and they came up against some good teams, but this is by far the best team have had so far.

Our players started four years ago and have stayed together, lost back to back title games and then last year we lost a heartbreaker to Warwick Academy, so it wasnt hard to motivate them to get what they felt was theirs.

The motto of defence wins championships rang clear with the side, who used defence to spark their offence, winning each game by an average margin of 25.

The likes of Phillip Burgess, George Fubler, Kevon Castro and others were more than up to the task of staking a claim for the title.

Although CedarBridge had beaten Saltus twice already in the regular season, the coach made sure his players didnt let their foot off the pedal prior to the clash.

The finals was a good win over Saltus, they worked hard and the only thing I told them to do was to play and not look at the scoreboard, said Watts.

Their motivation came from within and defensively shutting some teams down to just 17 points while we scored roughly 60 per game, so the margin of victory reflects how intense the guys were.

There werent any close games, the closest anyone got to us was by 25 points, that is how focused they were, Phillip Burgess, George Fubler, Kevon Castro and the boys lined up every night to win.

We had beaten them twice already in the season and we didnt want them to think it would a walk in the park, and I ended up taking them to the game just before tip off so they wouldnt be in the mindframe that its an easy game.

The was a lot of pageantry and screaming going on and I didnt want them to get involved in the hype and to just play basketball.

Our cheerleaders were at every game to give us support so I have to thank them, as well as teachers who came out to root for us.

Courtesy of www.royalgazette.com



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Standings - BIH League

D1 Standings
League 6
 1. Igokea 4-0 
 2. Siroki WWin 4-0 
 3. Mladost 2-2 
 4. Varda HE 1-3 
 5. Bosna 1-3 
 6. Capljina 0-4 
Places 7-14
 1. Leotar 14-10 
 2. Servitium 10-14 
 3. Hercegovac 10-14 
 4. Borac Nektar 8-16 
 5. Zrinjski HT 8-16 
 6. Vogosca 8-16 
 7. Brotnjo 7-17 
 8. Celik 5-19 
Stage One Standings

Second Stage: Round 4

Apr. 3: Igokea - Capljina 95-73
Apr. 4: Mladost - Bosna 89-78
Apr. 3: Varda HE - Siroki WWin 58-78

Second Stage: Round 5

Apr. 7: Siroki WWin - Igokea
Apr. 7: Bosna - Varda HE
Apr. 7: Capljina - Mladost


Aaron Jackson rejects BiH offer! - by Chris Mathieu


In what can only be considered a setback for Bosnia Aaron Jackson has rejected the offer to become a naturalized player for BiH. He instead will try for NBA dreams....

'We received an official response from this player which is grateful for the trust, but in which it is stated that this summer, wants to dedicate performances in NBA summer leagues that it could eventually lead to the strongest basketball league of the world,' he told SportSport.ba General Secretary of our Union, Harun Mahmutovic adding.
'We were somewhat surprised and disappointed by this decision, because we really laid a lot of hope that this player would soon be put on the national team jersey. What's done is done, we go further, look no further. We have interests and constantly have calls in our office. Qualifications can reported to have two naturalized players with matches to be played only one. For the EP, but can apply only one. When it comes to Domercant, we call it for this summer and have already submitted our selection.
There are good news Nemanja Mitrovic has agreed to play for our selection and it will appear this summer at the reunion where they will try to qualify for the qualifiers. It is the son of Bosnia national player, Miroljub Mitrovica.He played for the American University of Portland, and for him they were interested in the representation of Canada. '



Zlatko Jovanovic rules in Romania - by Miljan Veskovic

Zlatko Jovanovic (181-PG-84, agency: Beo Basket) is having a great season in Romania. His team is performing above all expectations and he is the true leader on the floor. In a derby game against CSU Asesoft Ploiesti his team BC Timisoara recorded a victory 99-92 and Jovanovic had a fabulos night with 27 points and 3 assist. He nailed 6 three pointers and led his team to important victory. This season he is averaging 16.6 points, 5.1 assists and 1.1 steals per game. Currently BC Timisoara is lying on the top of the league table and one round till the end of the regular season they have great chances to get the pole position for the playoffs.


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Districts 2 and 3 share the spoils! - by David Edole

SEA COWS BAY, Tortola, VI --As the Tre Erickson District BD Basketball League rolled into Sea Cows Bay on Monday April 2, 2012, the hosts U13s claimed a win, but the U16s went down fighting.

Carl Alexander played a pivotal role for District 3 in the 30-28 win scoring 8 points and picking up 3 rebounds. Timothy McLean added 6 points, 4 rebounds and 1 steal.

District 2 had been held scoreless in the 1st quarter, but bounced back to make the half time score 12-13 in their favour. District 3 pulled ahead in the third and held on for the 2 point victory.

District 2 were led by Cymoi George and Dmoi Hodge who both had 10 points, 2 rebounds and 1 steal.

In the evenings second game, U16s Jmoi Liburd and Romain Minott combined for 28 of District 2s point in a 45-37 win against their District 3 counterparts.

District 2 were pretty much in control of the game from the start with the points margin never getting closer than 4. The 1st quarter ended 14-8 to D2 and at half time the margin had increased to 23-14.

In the third, District 3 mounted a comeback reducing the deficit to 31-27, but when it mattered most District 2 had too much shooting power.

Liburd added 4 rebounds and 3 steals to his nights work and Minott 2 rebounds.
For District 3 Justin Solomon scored 16 points with 2 rebounds and 3 steals, Nathan Rodney added 7 points 7 rebounds and 1 steal.

In games held over the past weekend and in the U10s Division, District 9 defeated district 2, 11 3. Samoiri Leonard scored 4 points, 3 rebounds and Jason Levon 3 points, 1 rebound and 1 steal. For District 2, Makelsha Lanns scored 3 points.
District 5 defeated District 4, 22 7. JQuan Bodkin picked up 8 points, 4 rebounds and 1 steal, whilst TQuan Bodkin had 6 points, 4 rebounds and 1 steal. For District 4, Jomoi Levons scored 7 points, 4 rebounds and 4 steals.

District 8 defeated District 3, 9 7. Makimbo top scored with 4 points, 6 rebounds and 1 steal. Donaldson 4 points, 3 rebounds and for District 3, Kiandre Clarke scored 3 points and 2 rebounds.

In the Under 13 age group, District 4 defeated District 6 23 13 with Ryan Richardson scoring 6 points, 1 rebound and making 1 steal. Renrick Massac added 4 points and 1 steal. For District 6, Kavin Robin scored 6 points, 3 rebounds and Kajero Ronmey 3 points and 3 rebounds.

District 8 defeated District 3, 23 4, with Lenroy grant scoring 8 points and 2 steals, Akeem Bradshaw 4 points, 6 rebounds and 3 steals. Carl Alexander scored 3 points, 4 rebounds and 2 steals for District 3 and Gianni Maduro 1 point and 3 rebounds.

In the Under 16 Division, District 9 defeated District 8 45 19. Lishaquah Fahie recording 10 points, 1 rebound, 2 steals and Khyron Frett 6 points, 2 rebounds and 4 steals. Elvette Dore top scored for District 8 with 8 points, 6 rebounds and 1 steal. Damian Hooper added 5 points, 4 rebounds and 9 steals.

District 7 defeated District 3, 27 25. For District 7, Eric Albert had 10 points, 1 rebound and 1 steal and Colen Corea 7 points, 2 rebounds and 2 steals. For District 3, Nathan Rodney scored 13 points, 6 rebounds and 2 steals and Nikal Todman added 4 points, 2 rebounds and 3 steals.



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Bulgarian All-Star Game 2012 Schedule - by Maria Mitzova

Dear Basketball Friends,

Bulgarian HDI All-Star Game organizing committee would like to present you with the Schedule for the upcoming Event.
SportLab, Bulgarian Basketball Federation and National Basketball League would love to see many of our neighboring countries representatives in Sofia for one of the biggest sport events ever held in Bulgaria.

Bulgarian All-Star Days 2012 Sofia April 6-7
Armeec Arena , 1 Asen Yordanov blvd., Sofia 1113

April 5th
15.00 Press conference with HDI All-Star Game Special Guest Dennis Rodman;
Autograph Session with Dennis Rodman;

April 6th
18.30 (Local time) - Junior All-Star Game a selection of the best Bulgarian players, born 1992, 1993 and 1994;

April 7th
16.30 HDI All-Star Game 2012 Special Guest of the Event Dennis Rodman;
Half time show: All-Star Contests: 3-point Shootout, Slam Dunk Contest, Skills Challenge;

Additional Information:

Tickets for the HDI All-Star Game are sold online at http://www.eventim.bg/bg/biletni_kasi/bulgaria/

Apply for Media Credentials ASAP - office@all-star.bg
All-Star Game Partner Hotel is Hotel Metropolitan, special price package could be received if asked;

ALL-STAR CAMP with Dennis Rodman

Two-day junior camp will be hosted during the All-Star Days in Armeec Arena.
Coaches: Dennis Rodman and 4 Bulgarian coaches;
Price: 149 Euro (Includes full board, t-shirt, souvenirs, Rodman autograph, ticket for All-Star Game)
Sign in for the camp at 0885 22 13 12 or camp@all-star.bg. More info at - http://www.all-star.bg/camp.html

You are welcome to contact me for additional information.



Beroe ends perfect season in Division A, wins promotion for NBL - by Eurobasket News

Beroe will compete next season in the Bulgarian top division for men - NBL. The team from Stara Zagora is the winner of 2011/12 Division A with perfect 18-0 record. In the last game of the season Beroe trashed Dunav 122-52. The hosts had 63-22 lead already at the halftime. Milen Dimitrov (204-F/C-88) top-scored for the hosts with 20 points (7 rebounds). Atanas Radev (200-F-81) and Todor Tenev (205-C-83) had double-doubles of 19 points and 12 rebounds each. Radev was the MVP of this meeting with valuation 34. Radev and Dimitrov were the best players of Beroe this season. Each of them had about 16 ppg and 8 rpg. The second ranked team of Division A is Overgas, third is Academik BL, while fourth place belongs to Academik PL. All three teams have 12-6 record.

Final Division A Standings
1. Beroe 18-0
2. Overgas 12-6
3. Academik BL 12-6
4. Academik PL 12-6
5. Cherno More U18 9-9
6. Dunav 2007 8-10
7. Vidabasket 7-11
8. Chavdar 6-12
9. Shumen 3-15
10. Balkan II 3-15



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Standings

National League Standings
 1. ESSO Blazers 5-0
 2. Shining Stars 4-2
 3. Wolves 3-3
 4. Warriors 2-3
 5. Philippines 0-6


KPMG U14: Tarpon Academy are champions - by Eurobasket News

Christopher Lopez, Bryce Thompson and Collin Barrett led the charge for Wahoo while Arin Taylor, Lloydell Williamson, Cameron Hydes and Azeem Burton led the way for Tarpon. Tarpon only led by 3 points at the end of the 3rd quarter, but exploded offensively in the 4th quarter; scoring 17 points and holding Wahoo to only 6 for a final score of 39-25 in favor of Tarpon.

The finals MVP was Arin Taylor of Tarpon Academy who finished with 11 points, 4 assists and 3 steals; Cameron Hydes added 4 points, 8 rebounds and 3 steals.

For Wahoo: Christopher Lopez finished with 8 points, 4 rebounds and 4 steals.

Courtesy of www.sportingpulse.com



D1: Esso Blazers have perfect score after 7 rounds - by Eurobasket News

Seven games of the Cayman Islands Division One for seniors are already played. Esso Blazers are No.1 with perfect 5-0 record. The Blazers were free in Round 7, but will activate again in Round 8, which is scheduled for April 7. Their rival will be the second ranked Shining Stars Childhood Care and Education Center. Blazers will be the hosts.

D1 Standings
1. Esso Blazers 5-0
2. Shining Stars Childhood Care and Education Center 4-2
3. DHL Wolves 3-3
4. Dominos Warriors 2-3
5. Moneygram Philippines 0-6

Round 7 - April 1
Shining Stars Childhood Care Education Center - DHL Wolves 86-79
Dominos Warriors - Moneygram Philippines 69- 64

Round 8 - April 8
DHL Wolves - Dominos Warriors
Esso Blazers - Shining Stars Childhood Care and Education Center



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A1 Standings

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

Second Stage: Round 5

Championship

Apr. 3: Zabok - KK Split 91-101
Apr. 4: KK Zagreb CO - Cedevita 87-95 OT
Apr. 3: Zadar - Cibona 74-84
Apr. 3: Jolly - Svjetlost 70-60

Play-Out

Apr. 4: Alkar Sinj - Darda 86-81
Apr. 4: Krizevci - Kvarner 2010 82-74
Apr. 4: Dubrovnik - Borik 75-56

Second Stage: Round 6

Apr. 6: Cibona - KK Split
Apr. 6: Svjetlost - Zabok
Apr. 6: Cedevita - Jolly
Apr. 6: Zadar - KK Zagreb CO


Stats Leaders - A1

Points Per Game
 Ivan MIMICA
  KK Split
  (193-G-80)
  Avg: 20.2
 1. Mimica, KK Split20.2 
 2. Ceskovic, Kvarner19.1 
 3. Ross, Jolly18.1 
 4. Vrbanc, Zadar15.6 
 5. Simovic, Kvarner15.4 
 6. Sobin, KK Split14.7 
 7. Peraica, Darda14.4 
 8. Kruslin, Zabok14.3 
 9. Grgat, Krizevci14.1 
 10. Budimir, Darda13.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Teo SIMOVIC
  Kvarner .
  (205-C-84)
  Avg: 7.6
 1. Simovic, Kvarner7.6 
 2. Ivanov, Zadar7.4 
 3. Zupic, Alkar Sinj6.9 
 4. Sobin, KK Split6.8 
 5. Cinac, Kvarner 20106.6 
 6. Peraica, Darda6.6 
 7. Kastropil, Zadar5.9 
 8. Sarlija, Borik5.7 
 9. Vrsaljko, Jolly5.7 
 10. Grgat, Krizevci5.7 
Assists Per Game
 Josip GLAVINIC
  Krizevci
  (192-G-82)
  Avg: 4.9
 1. Glavinic, Krizevci4.9 
 2. Ross, Jolly4.3 
 3. Subotic, KK Split3.8 
 4. Blajic, Kvarner3.7 
 5. Kostomaj, Svjet.3.6 
 6. Ceskovic, Kvarner3.5 
 7. Tomas, Zabok2.8 
 8. Bubalo, Alkar Sinj2.8 
 9. Kruslin, Zabok2.7 
 10. Dosen, Dubrovnik2.5 
Steals Per Game
 Ronald ROSS
  Jolly
  (188-G-83)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Ross, Jolly2.8 
 2. Kostomaj, Svjet.2.2 
 3. Bicvic, Darda2.1 
 4. Blajic, Kvarner1.7 
 5. Zadnik, Zadar1.6 
 6. Ceskovic, Kvarner1.6 
 7. Mimica, KK Split1.6 
 8. Krapic, Zadar1.5 
 9. Ivanov, Zadar1.5 
 10. Sobin, KK Split1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Marino SARLIJA
  Borik
  (207-F/C-89)
  Avg: 1.4
 1. Sarlija, Borik1.4 
 2. Kraljevic, Zabok1.3 
 3. Zupic, Alkar Sinj1.2 
 4. Bubalo, Zabok1.1 
 5. Vukovic, KK Split0.8 
 6. Buva, Krizevci0.8 
 7. Kastropil, Zadar0.7 
 8. Sobin, KK Split0.6 
 9. Diminic, Dubrovnik0.5 
 10. Cakarun, Borik0.5 


A1 (second stage): Round 5 review - by Eurobasket News

The fans could enjoy quite many interesting games in the last round. The round ended with defeat of the leader, extra overtimes and derby games.

Group Championship
hID: 171807


Jolly - Svjetlost 70-60
Everything could happen in Sibenik at the game between two tied teams. Both seventh ranked Jolly and bottom-ranked Svjetlost had identical 0-4 record. This time Jolly used a home court advantage and beat the opponent from Slavonski Brod 70-60 on Tuesday night. The hosts trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 11-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 70-60. Jolly forced 19 Svjetlost turnovers. American guard Ronald Ross (188-83, college: Texas Tech) orchestrated the victory by scoring 21 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Forward Mate Mrva (195-83) contributed with 11 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Jolly's coach Hrvoje Vlasic used entire bench and allowed the starting five to rest. Guard Pankracije Barac (196-81, agency: Court Side) answered with 18 points and 7 rebounds and Slovenian guard Tadej Kostomaj (186-87) added 14 points and 10 rebounds in the effort for Svjetlost. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Jolly (1-4) left bottom position moving up to sixth place in Championship Group, which they share with Zabok. It was Svjetlost's fifth loss in a row. They still closes the standings with five games lost. Jolly will face league's second-placed Cedevita in Zagreb in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Svjetlost will play at home against Zabok (#6) in Zabok and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Jolly: R.Ross 21+5reb+4ast, P.Vrlika 11+2reb, M.Mrva 11+8reb+1ast, S.Rezic 10+5reb, D.Vrsaljko 6+5reb, L.Katura 5+4reb+2ast
Svjetlost: P.Barac 18+7reb+2ast, L.Samadan 16+3reb+1ast, T.Kostomaj 14+10reb+2ast, K.Gamma 10+5reb+1ast, M.Matasovic 2+2reb, M.Karlovic 0
gschID: 171808


Zabok - KK Split 91-101
Rather expected game when 6th ranked Zabok (1-4) lost at home to third ranked KK Split (4-1) 101-91 on Tuesday. Zabok was trailing by 11 points at halftime but managed to get 1-point lead after three quarters before a 35-24 charge of KK Split, which allowed them to win the game. KK Split outrebounded Zabok 31-19. Zabok was plagued by 30 personal fouls down the stretch. The former international guard Srdan Subotic (193-80) orchestrated the victory by scoring 25 points and 5 assists. Swingman Josip Sobin (203-89) contributed with 28 points and 5 rebounds (on 14-of-18 shooting from the field) for the winners. The former international guard Ivan Tomas (193-81) answered with 20 points and 7 assists and forward Ivan Perincic (208-77) added 11 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Zabok. Four KK Split and five Zabok players scored in double figures. KK Split have a solid series of four victories in a row. They moved-up to second place in Championship Group, which they share with Cedevita. Loser Zabok keeps the sixth position with four games lost. KK Split will face league's leader Cibona in Zagreb in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Zabok will play on the road against Svjetlost (#8) in Slavonski Brod and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
KK Split: J.Sobin 28+5reb+1ast, S.Subotic 25+4reb+5ast, I.Mimica 15+1reb+1ast, T.Dijan 11+5reb+4ast, N.Vujcic 8+8reb+7ast, F.Najev 7+1reb+2ast
Zabok: I.Tomas 20+3reb+7ast, D.Basic 12+1ast, R.Lez 12+3ast, F.Kraljevic 11+4reb+2ast, I.Perincic 11+7reb, S.Jankovic 11+1reb+1ast



KK Zagreb CO - Cedevita 87-95 OT
Marino Bazdaric (197-G/F-78) shined for the winners with 20 points. Damir Markota (210-C/F-85, agency: World Sport Agency) had 24 points and 12 rebounds in loss. Cedevita 4-1, Zagreb 3-2.
Top scorers:
Cedevita: M.Bazdaric 20+4reb+1ast, D.Draper 19+4reb+5ast, H.Owens 15+4reb, L.Warren 13+9reb+4ast, M.Smodis 11+3reb, M.Bilan 8+3reb+1ast
KK Zagreb CO: D.Markota 24+12reb+2ast, K.Simon 20+9reb+5ast, A.Masic 15+3reb+2ast, D.Mulaomerovic 8+2reb+8ast, M.Halilovic 8+1reb, D.Rancic 6+2reb+1ast


Zadar - Cibona 74-84
Rather predictable result when leader Cibona (5-0) won against on the road 5th ranked Zadar (2-3) 84-74 on Tuesday. The guests were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Cibona forced 19 Zadar turnovers. Zadar was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. American-Lebanese swingman Antwain Barbour (196-82, college: Kentucky, agency: Court Side) orchestrated the victory by scoring 18 points (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). The former international center Goran Suton (209-85, college: Michigan St.) contributed with 14 points for the winners. Four Cibona players scored in double figures. Center Ive Ivanov (201-85) answered with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 10 rebounds and the former international guard Goran Vrbanc (194-84) added 18 points and 4 assists in the effort for Zadar. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Cibona have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They maintain first place in Championship Group with 5-0 record. Loser Zadar keeps the fifth position with three games lost. Cibona will face KK Split (#3) at home in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Zadar will play against KK Zagreb CO and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Cibona: A.Barbour 18+1reb, G.Suton 14+4reb, K.El-Amin 12+1reb+1ast, D.Rudez 12+3reb+1ast, Z.Wright 8+6reb+2ast, A.Zizic 8+2reb
Zadar: G.Vrbanc 18+4reb+4ast, I.Ivanov 15+10reb+1ast, D.Reed 13+1reb+2ast, A.Delas 8+2reb, A.Krapic 6, M.Ramljak 4+5reb+3ast


gschID: 171806


Play-Out
Dubrovnik - Borik 75-56
We cannot really consider it an upset in the game between close teams when 5th ranked Borik Puntamika (5-9) was outscored on the road by sixth ranked Dubrovnik (5-9) 75-56 on Wednesday. The game was mostly controlled by Dubrovnik. Borik Puntamika was better in second period 15-13. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Bosnian forward Toni Bizaca (202-82) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 25 points and 10 rebounds. Ivan Begic contributed with 14 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Marijan Cakarun (-90) answered with 12 points and 5 rebounds and Serbian forward Petar Maric (206-87, college: Lincoln Trail CC) added 13 points in the effort for Borik Puntamika. Borik Puntamika's coach rotated twelve players seeing no chance for a win. Dubrovnik moved-up to fifth place in Play-Out, which they share with Borik. Borik Puntamika lost fifth consecutive game. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Dubrovnik: T.Bizaca 25+10reb+2ast, I.Begic 14+5reb, M.Peric 10, M.Hajdic 9+9reb, F.Karac 2+2reb, M.Diminic 1+1reb
Borik: P.Maric 13+1reb+3ast, M.Cakarun 12+5reb+1ast, L.Drezga 9+3reb+2ast, M.Jurjevic 7+4reb+1ast, M.Sarlija 4+2reb, M.Pesut 3+2ast
gschID: 171855


Alkar Sinj - Darda 86-81
Everything went according to plan when second ranked Alkar Sinj (9-5) defeated at home 4th placed Vrijednosnice OS (6-8) 86-81 on Wednesday. The hosts trailed by 4 points after three quarters before their 28-19 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Swingman Franjo Bubalo (194-88) orchestrated the victory by scoring 19 points. Guard Roko Rogic (185-92) contributed with 17 points and 4 assists for the winners. Four Alkar Sinj players scored in double figures. Alkar Sinj's coach Stipe Blajic used an eleven-player rotation in such tough game. Bosnian center Mato Peraica (203-81) answered with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 13 rebounds and forward Antonio Bicvic (199-82) added 25 points (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field) in the effort for Vrijednosnice OS. Alkar Sinj keeps a position of Play-Out leader, which they share with Kvarner 2010. Loser Vrijednosnice OS keeps the fourth place with eight games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Alkar Sinj: F.Bubalo 19+1reb+3ast, R.Rogic 17+1reb+4ast, S.Tesija 11+3reb, Z.Zupic 10+9reb+1ast, S.Modric 9+6reb, J.Lozancic 9+2reb+1ast
Darda: A.Bicvic 25+4reb+2ast, M.Peraica 19+13reb, M.Mandic 12+2reb+3ast, I.Milenkovic 8+6reb, F.Kordic 5+3reb+3ast, D.Meznaric 4+1reb+2ast
gschID: 171856


Krizevci - Kvarner 2010 82-74

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of top-ranked Kvarner 2010 (9-5) on the court of third ranked Krizevci on Wednesday night. Visitors were defeated by Krizevci 82-74. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Kvarner 2010. Kvarner 2010 trailed by 11 points after 3 quarters before a 25-22 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 74-82 at the end of the game. Krizevci made 18-of-21 free shots (85.7 percent) during the game. Power forward Mladen Gligora (204-82, agency: Court Side) orchestrated the victory by scoring 14 points and 6 rebounds. The former international power forward Ivan Grgat (210-74, agency: Court Side) contributed with 17 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Naturalized Bosnian guard Matija Ceskovic (192-81, agency: Court Side) answered with 24 points and 4 assists and forward Dino Cinac (198-88) added 15 points and 9 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) in the effort for Kvarner 2010. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Newly promoted Krizevci maintains third place in Play-Out with 8-6 record having just -12 point less than leader Cibona. Kvarner 2010 at the other side still keeps top position with five games lost. They share it with Alkar Sinj. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Krizevci: I.Grgat 17+5reb+1ast, I.Mikulic 17+2reb, M.Gligora 14+6reb+3ast, J.Glavinic 8+3reb+6ast, I.Buva 8+7reb+1ast, A.Hrkac 7+3reb+1ast
Kvarner 2010: M.Ceskovic 24+2reb+4ast, D.Cinac 15+9reb, T.Simovic 10+2reb+2ast, A.Boban 9, Z.Pehar 4+4reb+1ast, M.Juricic 3+4reb+1ast



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  CUBA   

Standings - LSB

LSB Standings
 1. Ciego de Avila 21-7
 2. Capitalinos 20-8
 3. Camaguey 17-11
 4. Matanzas 14-14
 5. Villa Clara 13-15
 6. Guantanamo 12-16
 7. Pinar 9-18
 8. Santiago 5-22



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  CYPRUS   


Keravnos and Etha are 1-2 - by Dr. Nasios Orinos

Great game at Strovolos indoor arena. Both teams, Keravnos and Etha, had passion and battled well.

Moore and Frazier led all scorers with 20 points each and Keravnos rolled to its 1st win, 87-72 over Etha. For the winners Moore added 9 assists and Hatcher added another 9 points.

Keravnos won all quarters but Etha was in the game until the end and fought well.

Once more, Keravnos's 3-Americans (Hatcher, Moore, Frazier) scored a total of 49 points, well above their average (39) and led Keravnos to the victory.

In the loosing squad, Watkins had 17 points and King added 14.



Finals: Game 3 - Keravnos beat Etha 87-72 and remains in the game - by Chris Mammides

After a great game by the American duet Marcus Moore (198-G-80, college: Washington St.) and Winsome Frazier (193-F/G-82, college: Mississippi St.), Keravnos Strovolou refreshed its hopes for the something more than the Cyprus Cup. The team of Coach Yiannaras was (after many weeks) once more the good solid team we knew from the regular season. With control basketball, good and solid peripheral offense and decent offence the team of Keravnos showed that he will fight until the very end. The Strovolos team's performance had nothing to do with the previous two games and even though the turnovers are still a a big number for Yiannaras team (total of 19 against 23 of Etha), Keravnos never lose the leading role in the game (once the score was 25-25) and took the deficit with as many as +18 (62-44 at the 25th minute of the game)

About the game now, Keravnos in the first period showed his aggressiveness in this do or die game for Panagiotis Yiannaras troops, while Intercollege Etha was a bit 'cooler' that than the previous two games with the air of the 2 positive results in hand.
In the first period, Keravnos with Winsome Frazier and Vesselovs in the leading roles took an early lead of +6 (14-8) in the first five minutes, before Cup and Darryl Watkins (211-C-84, college: Syracuse) balance the game to bring it to its minimum 17-16 in less than 2 minutes to end the period with 24-20 after Dragicevics and Manataches solid performance.


The 2nd period started with Etha being more aggressive than ever and with Michael King (193-G-78, college: G.Washington) scoring against his ex team for the 24-25 being the one and only time when Etha took the lead which lasted only 7 as Winsome Frazier who was amazingly good tonight, succeeded a goal-foul right after. Keravnos did a solid 8-0 in the next 2 minutes to bring the score with a safety belt 32-25 and some seconds after 34-25, Etha remain pointless for nearly 3 minutes to score its second basket 5.30 before the end. Winsome Frazier with his 13th point brought the score for the first time to a double digit difference for his team (37-27 at 4.27 to the end f the first half). But the next seconds were dramatic for Keravnos (and probably the turning point of the game) as Hatcher received a foul and a technical call from the referees and with 4 fouls left the game very early, it is worth to remind our readers that Hatcher was the top scorer in the game 2 nights ago, for Keravnos. The score went from 40-29 in just 2 minutes to 41-35, with Ethas come back being mostly due to Jackson and Darryl Watkins. The first half ended with 48-40 as Marcus Moore succeeded the last shot for three replying in Tatts previous three pointers that was a basket of psychology for Keravnos.

The 3rd period begun with Winsome Frazier and Marcus Moore increasing the deficit for their team to +13, 53-40 in a little bit less than 2 minutes from the start, to increase it even more to +16, in less than 3 minutes with Winsome Frazier already scoring his 18th point with nearly perfect stats. Ethas time out didnt help a lot as Keravnos players were playing their last card for this season ,so with Marcus Moore in the leading role they brought the score to its maximum +18, 62-44, with 4.35 remaining to the end of the period. Djiganovic and Ken Tutt (185-PG-84, college: ORU) cut the deficit a bit before Marcus Moore increase it once more to +16 and then +18 with Trisokkas. Michael King was the reason of a last 0-8 for the visiting site of Etha as the American reached the 12 points but missed the last three pointers to bring his team even closer. The result at the end of the period was 68-58.

The 4th period started with Winsome Fraziers last basket In the game to reach the 20 points and take the score to +12, 70-58 before Ethas 0-5 cut the deficit to 7. Marcus Moore was there once more unlike the previous two games against the same team, to increase the deficit to 72-63, reaching his 18th point in the game. From that point and on a continuous monologue for the players of Keravnos started and with an awesome 17-9 at the last 8 minutes, Keravnos breath a bit before travel back to Ethas home court for another do or die game in a couple of days.

Some numerical facts of this game were as follows:
Points by turnovers: Keravnos 31 vs Etha 9
Markus Marcus Moore and Massamba had 7 turnovers each!
Darryl Watkins had a 37.5% in the free throws with 3/8
The Assist/turnover ratio was: Keravnos - 15/19, Intercollege ETHA 9/23
Etha dashed down 10 rebounds more than Keravnos 23-33 while Keravnos stole the ball 5 times more than Etha 10-5.
Top scorers:
Keravnos: Marcus Moore 20 points, 9 assists, 3 rebounds and 1 steal, Winsome Frazier 20 points, 4 rebounds and 3 steals
ETHA: Darryl Watkins 17 points, 9 rebounds, Michael King 14 points and 6 rebounds, Ken Tutt 12 points and 4 rebounds.



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  CZECH REPUBLIC   

Standings - NBL

NBL Standings
A1
 1. CEZ Nymburk 32-2 
 2. BK Decin 24-11 
 3. BK Prostejov 24-11 
 4. BK Pardubice 24-11 
 5. BC Kolin 22-23 
 6. USK Praha 16-18 
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 9

Apr. 4: BK Pardubice - USK Praha 92-56
Apr. 4: BK Decin - BK Prostejov 77-71
Apr. 3: BC Kolin - CEZ Nymburk 66-75

Second Stage: Round 10

Apr. 7: USK Praha - BK Decin
Apr. 6: BK Prostejov - BC Kolin
Apr. 6: CEZ Nymburk - BK Pardubice
Apr. 10: USK Praha - CEZ Nymburk


Stats Leaders - NBL

Points Per Game
 Peter SEDMAK
  USK Praha
  (207-C-85)
  Avg: 19.8
 1. Sedmak, USK Praha19.8 
 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. Meno, Svitavy14.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Stanislav VOTROUBEK
  USK P.
  (212-C-81)
  Avg: 9.1
 1. Votroubek, USK P.9.1 
 2. Meno, Svitavy8.4 
 3. Pesic, Inter B.8.1 
 4. Gottselig, Usti n.8.0 
 5. Arnold, BK Pardu.7.8 
 6. Gadri-N., BK Prost.7.5 
 7. Naymick, CEZ N.7.5 
 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. Wright, Chomutov4.6 
 6. Vrubl, Plzen4.6 
 7. Barnes, BC Kolin4.1 
 8. Sirina, B&W Opava4.0 
 9. Lawrence, CEZ N.3.9 
 10. George, Svitavy3.9 
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. Lowery, Chomutov1.9 
 7. Klecka, B&W Opava1.9 
 8. Sirina, B&W Opava1.9 
 9. Pumprla, CEZ N.1.9 
 10. Deloach, Svitavy1.6 
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. Williams, BK Decin1.0 
 6. Reese, Usti n.0.9 
 7. Grant, Levice0.9 
 8. Houska, BK Decin0.8 
 9. Pumprla, CEZ N.0.8 
 10. Arnold, BK Pardu.0.8 


NBL Round 9: BK Decin defeats BK Prostejov in the game between Top 4 teams - by Eurobasket News

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

An interesting game for BK Decin (24-11) which hosted in Decin second-best BK Prostejov (24-11). Third ranked BK Decin managed to get a 6-point victory 77-71. The hosts were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. It was a good game for Bosnian forward Admir Alic (198-84) who led his team to a victory with 21 points and 5 rebounds. International power forward Pavel Houska (204-84) contributed with 14 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. American center Bertengeh Gadri-Nicholson (208-83, college: Denver) answered with 18 points and 7 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) for BK Prostejov. BK Decin moved-up to second place, which they share with BK Pardubice and BK Prostejov. BK Decin is looking forward to face USK Praha (#6) on the road in the next round. BK Prostejov will play against BC Kolin (#5) and is hoping to win this game.
NBL top team - CEZ Nymburk (32-2) managed to deliver another win. This time they beat fifth ranked BC Kolin (22-23) 75-66. The former international power forward Petr Benda (203-82, agency: Court Side) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 15 rebounds for the winners and Pavel Pumprla chipped in 14 points, 8 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals. The best for the losing side was Slovakian guard Roman Marko (195-86) with 14 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Defending champion maintains first place with 32-2 record. BC Kolin at the other side keeps the fifth position with 23 games lost. CEZ Nymburk will play against BK Pardubice (#4) at home in the next round. BC Kolin will play against BK Prostejov and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game between fourth ranked BK Pardubice (24-11) and 6th ranked USK Praha (16-18) in Pardubice on Wednesday ended with biggest points difference. BK Pardubice outscored guests from Praha 92-56. Maurice Hampton nailed 31 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists for the winning side. Jiri Slavik came up with 11 points and 5 rebounds for USK Praha in the defeat. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. BK Pardubice moved-up to second place, which they share with BK Decin and BK Prostejov. Loser USK Praha keeps the sixth position with 18 games lost. BK Pardubice will meet league's leader CEZ Nymburk on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. USK Praha will play against the league's second-placed BK Decin (#2) and hope to secure a win.

The most impressive performance of 9th round was 35 points (!!!), 6 rebounds and 4 assists by Riley Luettgerodt of NH Ostrava.


Group A1
BK Pardubice - USK Praha 92-56

The game between fourth ranked BK Pardubice (24-11) and 6th ranked USK Praha (16-18) in Pardubice on Wednesday ended with biggest points difference. BK Pardubice outscored guests from Praha 92-56. The game without a history. BK Pardubice led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 60 of its points in the paint compared to USK Praha's 38. They outrebounded USK Praha 48-25 including a 36-21 advantage in defensive rebounds. BK Pardubice looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists comparing to just 10 passes made by USK Praha's players. American Maurice Hampton (188-84, college: Austin Peay St., agency: Two Points) nailed 31 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists for the winning side and the former international power forward Zbynek Pospisil (205-81) accounted for 20 points and 8 rebounds (perfect from the field making all nine shots !!!). Four BK Pardubice players scored in double figures. Forward Jiri Slavik (203-89) came up with 11 points and 5 rebounds and Slovakian center Peter Sedmak (207-85) added 13 points respectively for USK Praha in the defeat. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. BK Pardubice moved-up to second place, which they share with BK Decin and BK Prostejov. Loser USK Praha keeps the sixth position with 18 games lost. BK Pardubice will meet league's leader CEZ Nymburk on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. USK Praha will play against the league's second-placed BK Decin (#2) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
BK Pardubice: M.Hampton 31+7reb+5ast, Z.Pospisil 20+8reb+3ast, P.Bohacik 11+10reb, J.Cernosek 11+3reb+1ast, H.Opoku 10+6reb, O.Peterka 7+5reb
USK Praha: P.Sedmak 13+2reb+1ast, S.Votroubek 12+4reb, J.Slavik 11+5reb+1ast, J.Stariat 9+3reb, M.Mares 5+2reb, M.Sotnar 2+2reb+4ast
gschID: 168600


BC Kolin - CEZ Nymburk 66-75

NBL top team - CEZ Nymburk (32-2) managed to deliver another win. This time they beat fifth ranked BC Kolin (22-23) 75-66. It looked good early as BC Kolin took an 9-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then CEZ Nymburk took control winning next two quarters and eventually winning the game that evening by 9 points. They dominated on the defensive end, holding BC Kolin to just 7 points in second quarter. The former international power forward Petr Benda (203-82, agency: Court Side) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 15 rebounds for the winners and the former international forward Pavel Pumprla (200-86) chipped in 14 points, 8 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals. Four CEZ Nymburk players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was Slovakian guard Roman Marko (195-86) with 14 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists and forward David Machac (204-80) scored 16 points and 6 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Defending champion maintains first place with 32-2 record. BC Kolin at the other side keeps the fifth position with 23 games lost. CEZ Nymburk will play against BK Pardubice (#4) at home in the next round. BC Kolin will play against BK Prostejov and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
CEZ Nymburk: P.Benda 17+15reb, P.Pumprla 14+8reb+4ast, M.Lenzly 13+8reb+3ast, E.Lawrence 11+3reb+3ast, A.Abrams 9+2reb, L.Palyza 6+3reb+1ast
BC Kolin: D.Machac 16+6reb+1ast, R.Marko 14+7reb+4ast, C.Barnes 11+3reb+1ast, M.Hubalek 5+1reb, R.Field 5+10reb, J.Jelinek 5+5reb
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BK Decin - BK Prostejov 77-71

An interesting game for BK Decin (24-11) which hosted in Decin second-best BK Prostejov (24-11). Third ranked BK Decin managed to get a 6-point victory 77-71. The hosts were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. It was a good game for Bosnian forward Admir Alic (198-84) who led his team to a victory with 21 points and 5 rebounds. International power forward Pavel Houska (204-84) contributed with 14 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. American center Bertengeh Gadri-Nicholson (208-83, college: Denver) answered with 18 points and 7 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) and the other American import power forward Travis Peterson (208-85, college: Samford, agency: Edge Sports) added 9 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for BK Prostejov. BK Decin moved-up to second place, which they share with BK Pardubice and BK Prostejov. BK Decin is looking forward to face USK Praha (#6) on the road in the next round. BK Prostejov will play against BC Kolin (#5) and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
BK Decin: A.Alic 21+5reb+2ast, P.Houska 14+5reb+1ast, J.Houska 14+1reb+1ast, L.Sanders 8+1reb+5ast, L.Stria 7+4reb+5ast, M.Soukup 6+3reb+1ast
BK Prostejov: B.Gadri-Nicholson 18+7reb+3ast, J.Smith 16+1reb+3ast, D.Pandula 11+3reb+2ast, K.Svrdlik 9+5reb, T.Peterson 9+8reb+3ast, J.Bohacik 5
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  DENMARK   


First division: Semifinals are set - by Eurobasket News

The Semifinals games in Danish first division are set. Lemvig, Virum, Randers and Koge BK eliminated their rivals in the QFinals and now prepare for the Semis, which start on April 11. The format is best-of-three and pairs are Lemvig - Virum and Randers - Koge.
Lemvig, Randers and Koge eliminated their rivals with perfect 2-0 in the Quarterfinals. Lemvig was better than Aarhus BF in two games, while Randers edged Glostrup. Koge outplayed Stevnsgade twice, while the only series which went to Game Three was Amager - Virum. Randers was the regular season champion in D1 with 19-3 record. Amager was No.2 with 18-4. It means that these two teams will have a home court advantage in the Semifinals. As mentioned above, teams will meet on April 11 and later on April 14. If necessary, third crucial games will be played on April 18.

Quarter-Finals - Game 1
Mar. 27, 2012 Amager BK-Virum80-78
Mar. 28, 2012 Randers-Glostrup86-84
Mar. 28, 2012 Lemvig-Aarhus BF62-60
Mar. 29, 2012 Koge BK-Stevnsgade80-77

Quarter-Finals - Game 2
Mar. 31, 2012 Virum-Amager BK74-64
Mar. 31, 2012 Glostrup-Randers92-98
Apr. 1, 2012 Aarhus BF-Lemvig61-65
Apr. 1, 2012 Stevnsgade-Koge BK80-89

Quarter-Finals - Game 3
Apr. 3, 2012 Amager BK-Virum76-79

Semi-Finals - Game 1
Apr. 11, 2012 Lemvig-Virum
Apr. 11, 2012 Randers-Koge BK



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  D-LEAGUE   

Standings

D-League Standings
East Conference
 1. Dakota W. 28-20 
 2. Erie Bay H. 27-21 
 3. Springfield A. 27-21 
 4. Canton C. 26-22 
 5. Iowa E. 25-23 
 6. Maine RC 19-29 
 7. Sioux Falls S. 14-34 
 8. Ft.Wayne MA 13-35 
West Conference
 1. Los Angeles D. 36-12 
 2. Austin T. 32-16 
 3. Bakersfield J. 28-20 
 4. Texas L. 24-24 
 5. Tulsa 66ers 23-25 
 6. Rio Grande VV 23-25 
 7. Reno B. 20-28 
 8. Idaho S. 19-29 

Regular Season: Round 72

Apr. 4: Canton C. - Ft.Wayne MA 94-98
Apr. 3: Iowa E. - Bakersfield J. 87-90
Apr. 4: Los Angeles D. - Reno B. 111-98
Apr. 2: Dakota W. - Bakersfield J. 111-92
Apr. 4: Austin T. - Texas L. 110-90
Apr. 3: Erie Bay H. - Springfield A. 110-108
Apr. 3: Dakota W. - Sioux Falls S. 102-96

Regular Season: Round 73

Apr. 6: Erie Bay H. - Canton C.
Apr. 6: Maine RC - Tulsa 66ers
Apr. 6: Ft.Wayne MA - Dakota W.
Apr. 6: Sioux Falls S. - Iowa E.
Apr. 6: Rio Grande VV - Reno B.
Apr. 6: Texas L. - Los Angeles D.
Apr. 6: Austin T. - Springfield A.
Apr. 6: Idaho S. - Bakersfield J.


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Morris ALMOND
  Maine RC
  (198-F/G-85)
  Avg: 24
 1. Almond, Maine RC24.0 
 2. Ahearn, Reno B.23.8 
 3. Emmett, Reno B.23.1 
 4. Dentmon, Austin T.22.8 
 5. Costner, Los A.20.9 
 6. Ubiles, Dakota W.20.2 
 7. Efevberha, Iowa E.19.7 
 8. Mitchell, Sioux F.19.6 
 9. Millsap, Los A.19.5 
 10. Green, Los A.19.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Marcus LEWIS
  Tulsa 66ers
  (203-F/C-86)
  Avg: 12.6
 1. Lewis, Tulsa 66ers12.6 
 2. Harangody, Canton12.2 
 3. Dawson, Austin T.10.5 
 4. Thomas, Los A.9.3 
 5. Criswell-L., Austi.8.9 
 6. Foote, Springfield8.8 
 7. Williams, Texas L.8.7 
 8. Horner, Springfi.8.5 
 9. Goldcamp, Erie B.8.5 
 10. Reid, Tulsa 66ers8.4 
Assists Per Game
 Walker RUSSELL
  Ft.Wayne.
  (183-G-82)
  Avg: 9.9
 1. Russell, Ft.Wayne.9.9 
 2. Conroy, Rio G.9.0 
 3. Daniels, Texas L.8.5 
 4. Wise, Bakersfield6.4 
 5. Curry, Springfield6.3 
 6. Stinson, Iowa E.5.9 
 7. Fortson, Los A.5.9 
 8. Baker, Dakota W.5.9 
 9. Bailey, Idaho S.5.7 
 10. Brazelton, Erie B.5.6 
Steals Per Game
 Marqus BLAKELY
  Sioux F.
  (196-F-89)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Blakely, Sioux F.2.1 
 2. Fortson, Los A.2.1 
 3. Coleman, Sioux F.2.1 
 4. Hannah, Dakota W.2.1 
 5. Smith, Springfield2.0 
 6. Saunders, Rio G.1.9 
 7. Curry, Springfield1.9 
 8. Owens, Tulsa 66ers1.9 
 9. Millsap, Los A.1.9 
 10. Bobbitt, Idaho S.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Will FOSTER
  Idaho S.
  (226-C-88)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Foster, Idaho S.2.9 
 2. Williams, Texas L.2.5 
 3. Saunders, Rio G.2.3 
 4. Thomas, Los A.2.1 
 5. Daniels, Erie B.2.1 
 6. Hill, Maine RC1.8 
 7. Dawson, Austin T.1.6 
 8. Ojougboh, Tulsa1.6 
 9. Dove, Dakota W.1.5 
 10. Blakely, Iowa E.1.5 


Los Angeles D-Fenders lands Williams - by Eurobasket Center

Los Angeles D-Fenders strengthened their roster with addition of 28-year old power forward Justin Williams (206-F/C-102kg-84, college: Wyoming). In In his first game he didn't score any points. Williams played most recently at Hapoel Migdal Jerusalem (Israel). He helped them to make it to the semifinals. Williams is a very experienced player. He played also pro basketball in China, Israel and Turkey. Williams graduated University of Wyoming in 2006 and it will be his sixth season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Latest games - by Eurobasket Center

Los Angeles D. - Reno B. 111-98
The Reno Bighorns visited the first-place Los Angeles D-Fenders with an eight-man roster Wednesday night, putting up a strong effort but eventually falling short, 111-98. Eric Devendorf led the Bighorns with a season-high 26 points on 8-of-11 shooting and adding three steals, while Antoine Wright had 21 points, eight assists and seven rebounds. The D-Fenders were paced by Elijah Millsap's (6'6''-G-87, agency: Interperformances, college: UAB) 32 points. The Bighorns used strong three-point shooting in the first half to keep the game close, going into halftime notched 51-51 after scoring 31 second quarter points. But the D-Fenders eventually clamped down on defense, holding the Bighorns to 47 second half points and scoring on numerous transition opportunities. The Bighorns shot 43.4 percent from the field, including 41.2 percent on three-pointers. Mo Charlo (6'7''-F-83, college: Nevada) posted the game's only double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds and David Harrison scored 15 points on 7-of-9 shooting. Will Blalock played over 45 minutes in the game and had 12 points, seven assists and seven rebounds. The Bighorns now travel to Rio Grande Valley to play their final two games of the season against the Vipers on April 6 and 7 at the State Farm Arena. *Courtesy of www.kolotv.com

Dakota W. - Bakersfield J. 111-92
For most of the season, the question was whether the Dakota Wizards were good enough to make the D-League playoffs. A more appropriate question now is whether theyre good enough to be D-League champions. The Wizards looked the part Monday, clinching a postseason berth with an impressive 111-92 win over the Bakersfield Jam. The Wizards (27-20) have now won seven of their last eight games and pulled into a tie for first place in the East Conference. Weve got three games left, and we just want to keep on playing our game, said Wizards guard Stefhon Hannah (6'1''-G-85, college: Missouri), who had 24 points and 11 assists. Its Wizards basketball boxing out, rebounding the ball and keep sharing the ball. If we do that, everything else will fall in place. The D-League standings are so tight the Wizards could still easily drop to seventh. But right now they are in a dead heat with Springfield atop the East. Their final three games are against the two teams with the worst records in the D-League at home against Sioux Falls tonight, then two in Fort Wayne. The East Conference champ will get the No. 2 seed, behind West winner Los Angeles, which has the best overall record. We clinched tonight, but its so big to finish the regular season strong, Wizards coach Nate Bjorkgren said. Theres a big difference between a two seed and a five seed. We want homecourt advantage for as long as we can. The Wizards nearly led wire-to-wire, but there were some anxious moments in the third. Edwin Ubiles had the hot hand early, scoring 13 of his 15 points in the first quarter. That helped Dakota build an advantage that reached 13 points in the first half. But Bakersfield made a run, taking its first lead of the game (64-63) when Travis Leslie scored on a lob with 5:48 to go in the third. The teams traded the lead once more before the Wizards went ahead for good. But it wasnt until a few minutes later that the Wizards went for the throat. Dakota went on a 15-0 run over the last 2:31 of the third period, blowing the lead out to 88-71. After lay-ups by Tommy Smith and Hannah, Taylor Griffin (6'8''-F-86, college: Oklahoma) hit a 3-pointer. Then the Wizards guards took over. Baker hit a long 2 and followed it up with a three-point play. Then with time winding down in the quarter, Hannah lost the ball, chased it down at halfcourt and swished a 3 at the buzzer. Our guys just started being more aggressive and attacking off made and missed baskets, Bjorkgren said. Then they started spreading it around. When a team is really in attack mode, its tough to slow down, because the players are so good. Hannah, who had been named the D-League performer of the week earlier in the day, has developed a lethal chemistry with Baker. The veteran point guard complemented Hannah with 21 points on 9-for-11 shooting and six rebounds. Were both point guards, and its like pick your poison, Hannah said. He can bring it up. I can bring it up. He can shoot the ball. I can shoot the ball. The way were playing right now, its so unselfish, its scary. That resulted in plenty of big dunks for Chris Wright. The rookie forward, on assignment from the Golden State Warriors, had 19 points and six rebounds. Griffin scored 11, while Marcus Dove (6'9''-F-85, college: Oklahoma St.) contributed 10 points and 11 rebounds. The Jam was led by Trey Johnson (6'5''-G-84, college: Jackson St.), who came off the bench to score 16 points. Long-time former Wizard Renaldo Major (6'7''-F-82, agency: Edge Sports, college: Fresno St.) chipped in 10. With a playoff berth secured, the Wizards can now turn their focus squarely on winning the conference. Its been addressed since Day 1 thats been the goal, Bjorkgren said. If you attack that goal, then other things can happen. Courtesy of http://bismarcktribune.com

Dakota W. - Sioux Falls S. 102-96
The Dakota Wizards played from behind for the first three quarters of play and did not take their first lead until the 11:07 mark of the fourth. They outscored the visiting Sioux Falls Skyforce 23-14 in the fourth to squeak out a 102-96 victory. Dakota now holds the top spot in the Eastern Conference and the number 2 spot in the overall standings. Leo Lyons came off the bench to score 15 points and grab 9 rebounds to lead the Wizards. Sioux Falls took advantage of the Dakota Wizards flat start to jump out to a 17-6 lead half way through the first quarter. Former Dakota Wizards player, Curtis Withers, led the way for the Skyforce scoring 10 of his 22 points in the first. Sioux Falls pushed their lead to 17 early in the second on a Trey Gilder (6'9''-F-85, college: Northwestern St.) jam. The two teams traded buckets and Sioux Falls led 61-50 at the half. Dakota came out more aggressive in the third and cut the Sioux Falls lead to four (74-70) on a Stefhon Hannah 3-pointer with 5:50 left in the quarter. Sioux Falls pushed their lead back up to eight, but Dakota finished the quarter on a 7-2 run to head into the fourth quarter down three points, 79-82. Dakota took their first lead of the game on a Leo Lyons lay-up early in the fourth quarter and held Sioux Falls to 25% shooting from the floor to close out the 102-96 victory. Stefhon Hannah scored a team-high 16 points in the win. Marcus Dove (6'9''-F-85, college: Oklahoma St.) finished with another double-double scoring 13 points and grabbing 12 rebounds. Marqus Blakely (6'5''-F-89, college: Vermont) led the Skyforce with a game-high 24 points on 10-19 shooting from the field. Trey Gilder chipped in 20 points in the loss Dakota now stands at 28-20 on the season and with a Springfield loss now have sole possession of 1st place in the East. Sioux Falls drops to 14-34 on the season. Courtesy: Scott Woodmansee, Dakota Wizards (via www.keloland.com)

Iowa E. - Bakersfield J. 87-90
Juan Pattillo (6'6''-F-88, college: W.Kentucky) made two clutch free-throws in the final seconds of the game to seal a Bakersfield Jam (28-20) victory over the Iowa Energy (25-23) by a final score of 90-87. Bakersfield led by ten at halftime (55-45), but Iowa rallied in the second half and had a chance to take the lead in with under ten seconds to play. With the Jam clinging to a 88-87 lead, Iowa's Michael Efevberha (6'7''-G-84, college: CS Northridge) pulled up from the free throw line only to have his shot deflected by Bakersfield's Renaldo Major. Iowa fouled Juan Pattillo, who made two free throws to extend the Jam lead to 90-87 with 1.0 seconds left. After an Energy timeout, Moses Ehambe had a look at the basket from the top of the key, but the shot was off target as the buzzer sounded. Bakersfield made 57.1% of their attempts from beyond the arc in the game compared to Iowa's 26.3% from three-point range. Jeremy Wise (6'3''-G-86, agency: Strategic Sports, college: S.Mississippi) and reserve Juan Pattillo led the Jam in scoring with 22 points each. Brian Butch (6'11''-C/F-84, agency: Edge Sports, college: Wisconsin) recorded his eight double-double of the season with 14 points and 13 rebounds. Michael Efevberha led the Energy with 31 points while Paul Harris (6'4''-F/G-86, college: Syracuse) added 14 points off the bench. Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com

Canton C. - Ft.Wayne MA 94-98
The Canton Charge suffered their fourth-straight defeat at the hands of the Fort Wayne Mad Ants, 98-94, at the Civic Center on Wednesday night. The loss drops Canton to 26-22 with a pair of games remaining in the regular season, both against Erie. Fort Wayne improves their record to 13-35 on the year, but the Charge finish with the edge in the season series 4-3. The Charge held an 85-77 lead with 7:48 left in the game before Fort Wayne went on an 11-2 run to tie it, with Cameron Jones (6'4''-G-89, college: N.Arizona) scoring five points during that run. Canton missed five consecutive shots as Fort Wayne then pulled ahead for a 94-91 advantage with 1:38 left to play. The Mad Ants had an opportunity to put the game away at the free-throw line, but missed five consecutive attempts at one point. The Charge, however, struggled to get shots to fall as they missed seven out of their last eight and were 6-of-25 for 24% from the field over the entire fourth quarter. Luke Harangody (6'7''-F-88, agency: Priority Sports, college: Notre Dame) finished with 20 points and 11 rebounds in 40 minutes for his ninth double-double in just his 14 th game with the Charge this season. Antoine Agudio provided 15 points on 6-of-10 shooting with four assists and two steals in 39 minutes. Dante Milligan added a solid effort of six points, 11 rebounds, two steals and three blocks in just 24 minutes. T.J. Campbell contributed 16 points, six assists and two steals in 44 minutes. Jones finished with a team-high 20 points on 8-of-12 shooting in 22 minutes off the bench for the Mad Ants. Ron Howard had 14 points with five rebounds and three steals in 35 minutes from the point position. Stephen Graham added 15 points and four assists with five turnovers 26 minutes. Vernon Macklin, on assignment from the Detroit Pistons, had eight points, 12 rebounds, five assists and two steals in 36 minutes. Canton will head to Erie for the penultimate game of the regular season for a matchup with the BayHawks at 7:00 p.m. this Friday night. The Charge can clinch a playoff berth in their first-ever season in the D-League with a victory Friday over the BayHawks or a loss by the Texas Legends, who also play on Friday. *Courtesy of www.wane.com

Erie Bay H. - Springfield A. 110-108
Too big. Too strong. Too much Joey Graham (6'7''-G/F-82, college: Oklahoma St.) all night long. The former NBA player knocked down a game-winning jumper with 0.6 seconds left to give the Erie BayHawks a jolting 110-108 win against the Springfield Armor Tuesday night before 2,149 fans at Tullio Arena. 'Coach (Jay Larranaga) drew up a great play,' said Graham, who scored a team-high 23 points. 'He knew I was being aggressive all game. He knew that he was going to foul me or I was going to hit the shot. I had enough confidence. It went in.' Armor guard Lance Hurdle (6'2''-G-87, college: Miami, FL) missed a game-winning 3-pointer at the buzzer as Erie nearly blew a 14-point second-half lead. 'It felt good,' Hurdle said. 'Just went in and out. I would have rather air balled it than it go in and out like that. Those are tough misses.' With the win, Erie (27-21) not only tied Springfield (27-21), but owns the head-to-head tiebreaker against the Armor. The BayHawks went 3-2 against Springfield this season. With the Iowa Energy losing Tuesday, the BayHawks clinched a playoff spot for the third time in four D-League seasons. The BayHawks' final two games are against Canton. The BayHawks are 5-2 since acquiring Graham out of the D-League player pool. In Tuesday's win, he grabbed seven rebounds and shot 8-of-14 from the field. His final make was the biggest. 'He's a man,' Larranaga said. ' (We) just wanted to give him the ball.' On an isolation play, Graham faced up Springfield guard L.D. Williams (6'4''-G-88, college: Wake Forest), who often takes on the challenge of making a defensive stop. 'I tried to cut off his right hand,' Williams said. 'He just made a tough shot.' With the clock winding down, Graham dribbled to his right and made a contested 16-foot jumper over Williams. 'He fouled me twice on it,' Graham said. 'If I wasn't strong enough to get through that, I might have shied away and faded away from that contact, but I went pretty strong on the sweep through and finished the shot. He did foul me twice, just for the record.' After a Springfield timeout, the Armor took the ball out on the right sideline. Hurdle sprung free and took a fading 3-pointer, but missed it at the buzzer. 'I thought it was down,' said Armor coach Bob McKinnon, who was an assistant at Mercyhurst College. 'I thought everybody in the building thought it was down. Sometimes the basketball gods don't allow you to put that one down.' The BayHawks trailed by one at halftime, 54-53, despite shooting 2-of-11 from 3-point range. Kyle Goldcamp (6'10''-F-86, college: Gannon) had 18 of his 19 points in the first half to lead Erie. Courtesy of www.goerie.com

Austin T. - Texas L. 110-90
Julian Wright (6'8''-F-87, college: Kansas) scored a season-high 24 points and the Austin Toros tied their regular-season record for victories by defeating the Texas Legends 110-90 on Wednesday night at Cedar Park Center. Former Longhorn Cory Joseph (6'3''-PG-91, college: Texas) had 21 points and six assists for Austin. He scored 12 points in the first quarter as the Toros took a 32-17 lead. Josh Davis added a season-high 15 points and Eric Dawson had his 22nd double-double of the season with 13 points and 13 rebounds. The Toros reached the 100-point mark for the 13th consecutive game. Sean Williams led the Legends with 20 points and 13 rebounds. *Courtesy of www.statesman.com



Flip Murray joins Austin Toros of D-League, Da'Sean Butler waived - by Eurobasket Center

The Austin Toros announced the addition of NBA veteran guard Ronald 'Flip' Murray (6'4''-G-79, college: Shaw). Murray will wear jersey number 24. Da'Sean Butler (6'7''-F-88, agency: KMG Sports Management, college: W.Virginia) has been waived due to injury.

Murray has played in the NBA eight seasons, starting in 2002-03 with the Bucks and averaging 9.9 points, 2.4 rebounds and 1.8 assists in 487 games with multiple teams including the SuperSonics, Cavaliers, Pistons, Pacers, Hawks, Bobcats and Bulls. Murray was the NCAAs Division II Player of the Year during his senior season at Shaw. Most recently, Murray played professionally in Turkey.

The Toros host the Texas Legends tonight and the Springfield Armor Friday night at Cedar Park Center for the final two regular season home games. Both games tip-off at 7:30 pm. Fans attending tonights game can view the Aflac NASCAR #99 inside the arena and the first 500 fans attending Friday nights game will receive a free cinch bag courtesy of Multimedia Games in exchange for one non-perishable food item that will be donated to Caritas.

Courtesy of www.insidehoops.com



BayHawks beat Armor at buzzer - by Eurobasket News

Too big.

Too strong.

Too much Joey Graham (6'7''-G/F-82, college: Oklahoma St.) all night long.

The former NBA player knocked down a game-winning jumper with 0.6 seconds left to give the Erie BayHawks a jolting 110-108 win against the Springfield Armor Tuesday night before 2,149 fans at Tullio Arena.

'Coach (Jay Larranaga) drew up a great play,' said Graham, who scored a team-high 23 points. 'He knew I was being aggressive all game. He knew that he was going to foul me or I was going to hit the shot. I had enough confidence. It went in.'

Armor guard Lance Hurdle (6'2''-G-87, college: Miami, FL) missed a game-winning 3-pointer at the buzzer as Erie nearly blew a 14-point second-half lead.

'It felt good,' Hurdle said. 'Just went in and out. I would have rather air balled it than it go in and out like that. Those are tough misses.'

With the win, Erie (27-21) not only tied Springfield (27-21), but owns the head-to-head tiebreaker against the Armor. The BayHawks went 3-2 against Springfield this season.

With the Iowa Energy losing Tuesday, the BayHawks clinched a playoff spot for the third time in four D-League seasons.

The BayHawks' final two games are against Canton.

The BayHawks are 5-2 since acquiring Graham out of the D-League player pool. In Tuesday's win, he grabbed seven rebounds and shot 8-of-14 from the field.

His final make was the biggest.

'He's a man,' Larranaga said. ' (We) just wanted to give him the ball.'

On an isolation play, Graham faced up Springfield guard L.D. Williams (6'4''-G-88, college: Wake Forest), who often takes on the challenge of making a defensive stop.

'I tried to cut off his right hand,' Williams said. 'He just made a tough shot.'

With the clock winding down, Graham dribbled to his right and made a contested 16-foot jumper over Williams.

'He fouled me twice on it,' Graham said. 'If I wasn't strong enough to get through that, I might have shied away and faded away from that contact, but I went pretty strong on the sweep through and finished the shot. He did foul me twice, just for the record.'

After a Springfield timeout, the Armor took the ball out on the right sideline. Hurdle sprung free and took a fading 3-pointer, but missed it at the buzzer.

'I thought it was down,' said Armor coach Bob McKinnon, who was an assistant at Mercyhurst College. 'I thought everybody in the building thought it was down. Sometimes the basketball gods don't allow you to put that one down.'

The BayHawks trailed by one at halftime, 54-53, despite shooting 2-of-11 from 3-point range. Kyle Goldcamp (6'10''-F-86, college: Gannon) had 18 of his 19 points in the first half to lead Erie.

Courtesy of www.goerie.com



Jamario Moon is Player of the Month (March) - by Eurobasket News

Los Angeles D-Fenders forward Jamario Moon (6'8''-F-80, college: Meridian CC) was today named NBA Development League Player of the Month for games played in March. The honor is the first of Moon's career and the second for a D-Fender this season, with Brandon Costner earning the award for games played in November and December.

Moon, led Los Angeles to an 8-1 record in March, helping the team to clinch the top spot in the Western Conference. During the month, he averaged 16.9 points, 8.3 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 36.6 minutes. He was the team's high scorer and rebounder twice last month, scoring in double figures in eight of nine games, including an NBA D-League season-high 26 points to go with 10 rebounds in a 117-89 win over the Reno Bighorns on March 28. For the month, he shot 52 percent from the floor, 37 percent from three-point range and 82 percent from the line.

Thirteen additional players earned honorable mention accolades. They include: Austin's Eric Dawson, Bakersfield's Renaldo Major, Canton's Luke Harangody, on assignment from the Cleveland Cavaliers, Dakota's Stefhon Hannah, Erie's Kyle Goldcamp, Fort Wayne's Vernon Macklin, on assignment from the Detroit Pistons, Idaho's Marcus Banks, Iowa's Mike Efevberha, Maine's Morris Almond, Springfield's JamesOn Curry, Sioux Falls' Trey Gilder, Texas' Dan Gadzuric, and Tulsa's Jerome Dyson.

Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com



Jam edge Energy in Iowa - by Eurobasket News

Juan Pattillo (6'6''-F-88, college: W.Kentucky) made two clutch free-throws in the final seconds of the game to seal a Bakersfield Jam (28-20) victory over the Iowa Energy (25-23) by a final score of 90-87.

Bakersfield led by ten at halftime (55-45), but Iowa rallied in the second half and had a chance to take the lead in with under ten seconds to play. With the Jam clinging to a 88-87 lead, Iowa's Mike Michael Efevberha (6'7''-G-84, college: CS Northridge) pulled up from the free throw line only to have his shot deflected by Bakersfield's Renaldo Major. Iowa fouled Juan Pattillo, who made two free throws to extend the Jam lead to 90-87 with 1.0 seconds left. After an Energy timeout, Moses Ehambe had a look at the basket from the top of the key, but the shot was off target as the buzzer sounded. Bakersfield made 57.1% of their attempts from beyond the arc in the game compared to Iowa's 26.3% from three-point range.

Jeremy Wise (6'3''-G-86, agency: Strategic Sports, college: S.Mississippi) and reserve Juan Pattillo led the Jam in scoring with 22 points each. Brian Butch (6'11''-C/F-84, agency: Edge Sports, college: Wisconsin) recorded his eight double-double of the season with 14 points and 13 rebounds.

Michael Efevberha led the Energy with 31 points while Paul Harris (6'4''-F/G-86, college: Syracuse) added 14 points off the bench.

Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com



Wizards rally past Skyforce - by Eurobasket News

The Dakota Wizards played from behind for the first three quarters of play and did not take their first lead until the 11:07 mark of the fourth. They outscored the visiting Sioux Falls Skyforce 23-14 in the fourth to squeak out a 102-96 victory. Dakota now holds the top spot in the Eastern Conference and the number 2 spot in the overall standings. Leo Lyons came off the bench to score 15 points and grab 9 rebounds to lead the Wizards.

Sioux Falls took advantage of the Dakota Wizards flat start to jump out to a 17-6 lead half way through the first quarter. Former Dakota Wizards player, Curtis Withers, led the way for the Skyforce scoring 10 of his 22 points in the first. Sioux Falls pushed their lead to 17 early in the second on a Trey Gilder (6'9''-F-85, college: Northwestern St.) jam. The two teams traded buckets and Sioux Falls led 61-50 at the half.

Dakota came out more aggressive in the third and cut the Sioux Falls lead to four (74-70) on a Stefhon Hannah (6'1''-G-85, college: Missouri) 3-pointer with 5:50 left in the quarter. Sioux Falls pushed their lead back up to eight, but Dakota finished the quarter on a 7-2 run to head into the fourth quarter down three points, 79-82. Dakota took their first lead of the game on a Leo Lyons lay-up early in the fourth quarter and held Sioux Falls to 25% shooting from the floor to close out the 102-96 victory.

Stefhon Hannah scored a team-high 16 points in the win. Marcus Dove (6'9''-F-85, college: Oklahoma St.) finished with another double-double scoring 13 points and grabbing 12 rebounds.

Marqus Blakely (6'5''-F-89, college: Vermont) led the Skyforce with a game-high 24 points on 10-19 shooting from the field. Trey Gilder chipped in 20 points in the loss

Dakota now stands at 28-20 on the season and with a Springfield loss now have sole possession of 1st place in the East. Sioux Falls drops to 14-34 on the season.

Courtesy: Scott Woodmansee, Dakota Wizards (via www.keloland.com)



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Standings - LIDOBA

SRT Standings
 1. Plaza 8-3 
 2. Capitanes 7-2 
 3. CDP 6-5 
 4. GUG 4-6 
 5. Cupes 3-6 
 6. Sameji 3-9 

Regular Season: Round 11

Apr. 8: CDP - Cupes
Apr. 8: Sameji - Capitanes
Apr. 10: GUG - Sameji
Apr. 10: Capitanes - CDP
Apr. 11: Plaza - Cupes


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

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

Sammy Mejia
Sammy Mejia
   #1. This week's number one is former international guard Sammy Mejia (198-83, college: De Paul). He contributed to an easy victory against the league outsider BC Nizhny Novgorod (2-13) crushing them 97-53 in the Russian PBL in Sunday night's game. Mejia scored 8 points and added 3 passes in 16 minutes on the court. CSKA Moscow (13-1) is placed first in the PBL. It was his team's ninth consecutive victory in a row. It's Mejia's first season with the team. This year he averages: 4.0ppg, 1.8rpg, 2FGP: 53.8% and FT: 75.0% in the five games he played so far. Mejia played for the Dominican Republic senior national team seven years ago.

Adris Deleon
Adris Deleon
   #2. Second place goes to former international guard Adris Deleon (180-84, college: E.Washington), who plays in the Australian NBL. He could not help one of league's weakest teams Gold Coast Blaze (17-11) in their last game on Sunday. Despite Deleon's very good performance Gold Coast Blaze was defeated 85-70 on the road by the second-ranked Perth Wildcats. He was the top scorer with 23 points. Deleon also added 5 rebounds and 3 assists. Deleon belongs to league's top scorers (ranked #3) and also on the list of most steals (fourth place). He has individually a very good season with high stats. Deleon averages: 16.5ppg, 4.5rpg, 3.2apg, 1.5spg, 2FGP: 45.0%, 3FGP: 36.6% and FT: 79.3%. He played for the Dominican Republic national team in 2005.

Luis Flores
Luis Flores
   #3. The Dominican Republic player who performed third best last week abroad was former international guard Luis Flores (188-81, college: Manhattan). Flores led Budivelnyk to a 1-point victory against the tenth-ranked Kryvbasbasket (14-23) 88-87 in the Ukrainian Superleague on Monday night. He recorded 12 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 24 minutes. 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. Flores has relatively good stats this year: 12.2ppg, 3.5rpg, 1.5apg, 2FGP: 42.6%, 3FGP: 55.6% and FT: 70.6% in the six games. He played for the Dominican Republic national team seven years ago.

Ricardo Greer
Ricardo Greer
   #4. An experienced swingman Ricardo Greer (197-78, college: Pittsburgh), who plays in the French ProA was not able to help Strasbourg IG (10-14) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Greer's very good performance Strasbourg IG was edged 66-65 on the opponent's court by the leading Gravelines-Dunkerque. He was the top scorer with 16 points. Greer also added 8 rebounds. Greer is ranked fourth on the list of the best rebounders in the league. He has very reliable stats this season: 13.9ppg, 7.4rpg, 3.8apg and 1.5spg. Greer has a dual citizenship: Dominican Republic and American. Despite he played previously for the Dominican Rep. national team, Greer is currently in the Dominican Republic national team roster. Strangely he has never played in Dominican Republic.

Jack Michael Martinez
Jack Michael Martinez
   #5. Former international power forward Jack Michael Martinez (203-81, agency: Paris Global Sports) led San Martin Corrientes to a victory against the closely-ranked Olimpico de La Banda (11-19) 78-71 in the Argentinian LigaA last Tuesday. Martinez recorded 14 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists in 34 minutes. San Martin Corrientes (8-22) is located at the very bottom in the LigaA. Martinez is currently first on the list of best rebounders with 12.3rpg. This year he also averages: 15.1ppg and 2.3apg in the 21 games. Despite Martinez played previously for the Dominican Rep. national team, he is currently in the Dominican Republic national team roster.

Emmanuel Quezada
Emmanuel Quezada
   #6. Point guard Emmanuel Quezada (188-85, college: USF) was the major contributor in a Baloncesto Leon's victory against the 15th-ranked CB Tarragona 2017 (11-19) 83-74 in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division) on Friday night. Quezada scored 18 points and added 6 passes; quite an impressive performance considering it's only his third season in pro basketball. Baloncesto Leon (14-15) is placed 11th in the LEB Gold. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. Quezada is ranked fifth on the list of the top scorers in the league. This season he has very high stats. Quezada averages: 16.4ppg, 3.0rpg and 3.4apg. He is another player who holds two passports: Dominican Republic and American. Despite Quezada played previously for the Dominican Rep. national team, he is also a former international player as he played for the Dominican Republic senior team seven years ago. Apparently Quezada has never played in Dominican Republic.

James Feldeine
James Feldeine
   #7. Former international guard James Feldeine (193-88, college: Quinnipiac) contributed to a Leche Rio Breogan's victory against the fourth-ranked Girona FC (18-8) 69-64 in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division) in Saturday night's game. He scored 15 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 32 minutes; not bad, considering it's only Feldeine's second season in pro basketball. Leche Rio Breogan Lugo (17-13) is placed eighth in the LEB Gold. It was his team's sixth consecutive victory in a row. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be important. Feldeine is currently third on the list of top scorers with 17.1ppg. He also averaged so far 4.0rpg, 1.9apg and 1.2spg in the 30 games. Feldeine has both American and Dominican Republic nationalities. Despite he played previously for the USA national team, Feldeine is currently in the Dominican Republic national team roster. Interesting that he has never played in Dominican Republic.

Francisco Garcia
Francisco Garcia
   #8. Swingman Francisco Garcia (201-81, college: Louisville) was not able to secure a victory for the Sacramento Kings (19-35) in their game against the New Jersey Nets (19-36) in the NBA. Garcia cannot count Saturday's game as one of the best ones. He recorded only 2 points. The Sacramento Kings were defeated 111-99 in New Jersey by the Nets. Garcia has been at the team for seven years. Garcia's overall stats this season are: 4.7ppg and 1.9rpg. He used to play for the Dominican Republic national team back in 2005.

Alejandro Salas Flores
Alejandro Salas Flores
   #9. Former international forward Alejandro Salas Flores (204-81, college: E.Oklahoma St. JC) couldn't help Vaqueros (9-7) in their game against Quebradillas (8-8) in the Puerto Rican BSN. Salas Flores recorded 6 points and grabbed 9 rebounds in 26 minutes. Vaqueros was edged 76-74 on the opponent's court by the lower-ranked (#6) Quebradillas. This year Salas Flores' overall stats are: 9.1ppg and 6.0rpg in the 16 games. He also holds two passports: Dominican Republic and American. Despite Salas Flores played previously for the Dominican Rep. national team, he is currently in the Dominican Republic national team roster. Salas Flores used to play for Metros de Santiago in Dominican Republic league.

Sean Ogirri
Sean Ogirri
   #10. Guard Sean Ogirri (188-86, college: Wyoming) is a teammate of previously mentioned James Feldeine and both played together in the last Spanish LEB Gold game. Ogirri helped Leche Rio Breogan win their game against the fourth-ranked Girona FC (18-8) 69-64. He scored 10 points, had 5 rebounds and dished 3 assists. This season Ogirri has relatively solid stats: 12.1ppg, 2.2rpg and 2.7apg. Despite he played previously for the Dominican Rep. national team, Ogirri is also a former international player as seven years ago he still played for the Dominican Republic senior national team.

   #11. Former international power forward Larry Turner (210-82, agency: Strategic Sports, college: Tennessee St.) managed to help Toyama Grouses in a victory against the sixth-ranked Shimane Magic 72-61 in the Japanese BJ League last Saturday. He recorded only 4 points and grabbed 11 rebounds in 25 minutes. This year Turner's total stats are: 5.8ppg, 6.7rpg and 1.2bpg in the 42 games. He holds both American and Dominican Republic passports. Turner used to play for the Dominican Republic national team seven years ago. However he has never played in Dominican Republic.

   #12. Former international power forward Josh Asselin (211-78, agency: Duran International, college: Michigan) couldn't help Assignia Manresa in their game against Lagun Aro GBC in the Spanish ACB. Asselin cannot count Sunday's game as one of the best ones. He scored only 3 points. His team was defeated 79-74. Asselin has reliable stats this season: 12.6ppg and 4.2rpg. He holds both American and Dominican Republic passports. Asselin used to play for the Dominican Republic national team back in 2006. He played also for Naco in Dominican Republic league.

   #13. Former international swingman Jeff Greer (196-79, college: Rutgers) couldn't help EnBW Ludwigsburg in their game against New Yorker Phantoms in the German BBL. Greer scored 7 points in 30 minutes. His team lost 73-87. Greer has averaged so far 7.8ppg, 4.0rpg and 2.0apg in the 22 games. He holds both American and Dominican Republic passports. Despite Greer played previously for the Dominican Rep. national team, he is currently in the Dominican Republic national team roster. Greer used to play for Cocolos de San Pedro de Macoris in Dominican Republic league.

   #14. Former international guard Ruben Guillandeaux (198-88, college: La Salle) helped Ourense win their game against the league outsider Plasencia Extremadura 76-61 in the Spanish LEB Silver (third division) last Sunday. He scored only 4 points. Guillandeaux has averaged so far 8.7ppg, 1.9rpg and 1.7apg. He holds both American and Dominican Republic passports. Guillandeaux used to play for the Dominican Republic national team back in 2009.

   #15. Former international guard Carlos Morban (187-82, agency: Global Sports Plaza, college: FIU) couldn't help one of league's weakest teams Lirija in their game against Feni Indistrija in the FYR Macedonian Superleague. Morban cannot count Saturday's game as one of the best ones. He recorded only 2 points and added 4 assists in 31 minutes. His team lost 80-84. Morban is ranked first on the list of the best passers in the league and also on the list of most steals (fifth place). He has averaged so far 9.5ppg, 3.6rpg, 4.4apg and 1.4spg in the 27 games. Morban used to play for the Dominican Republic national team three years ago.



SRT: GUG beats No.1 Plaza in overtime - by Eurobasket News

Nine Rounds of the SRT are already played. Plaza holds the first position in the standings with 8-3 record. In their latest game Plaza failed against GUG in overtime, but despite this defeat remained No.1 in the league. GUG celebrated 92-88 home victory. Ollie Bailey (201-F-85, college: Oklahoma City) shined for the hosts with 34 points. Quentin Smith (205-C-77, agency: Scenic Sports Group, LLC., college: Mississippi St.) helped his team with 14 points and Benjamin Colon (201-F-84, college: Florida CCJ) added three less. In the loosing squad, Edward Santana (203-F-80) top-scored with 27 points. Luis Cabrera (180-PG-80) and Tayron Thomas (191-PG-84, college: Philadelphia) had 18 and 12 points respectively. As mentioned above, Plaza has 8-3 record now now, while GUG slipped to 4-6. Also in the last round, Cupes celebrated 91-96 road win against Sameji. Cupes improved to 3-6. On April 1, CDP was better than Sameji 99-90. CDP 6-5, Sameji 3-9.


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Standings - KML

KML Standings
 1. Tartu Ulikool 25-3
 2. Kalev/Cramo 23-5
 3. Tarvas 19-9
 4. Rapla 14-14
 5. TTU 12-16
 6. Tln Kalev 12-16
 7. Parnu 4-24
 8. Valga 3-25

Regular Season: Round 27

Mar. 28: Tln Kalev - Rapla 99-72
Mar. 30: Tarvas - TTU 91-76
Mar. 27: Tartu Ulikool - TTU 84-75
Mar. 30: Valga - Parnu 83-85 OT
Apr. 4: Kalev/Cramo - Tartu Ulikool 74-76

Quarter-Finals: Round 1

Apr. 6: Tarvas - Tln Kalev
Apr. 8: Rapla - TTU


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Reinis STRUPOVICS
  Valga
  (192-G-87)
  Avg: 20.9
 1. Strupovics, Valga20.9 
 2. Raadik, Parnu18.1 
 3. Raley-Ross, Tln K.17.2 
 4. Soo, Rapla17.0 
 5. Cipruss, Tarvas16.7 
 6. Raap, Parnu16.2 
 7. Pilk, TTU15.9 
 8. Veideman, Tartu U.15.6 
 9. Hallik, Tarvas14.8 
 10. Akenparg, TTU14.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kaspars CIPRUSS
  Tarvas
  (210-C-82)
  Avg: 10.2
 1. Cipruss, Tarvas10.2 
 2. Cricelli, Valga8.4 
 3. Fedortchuk, Tln K.8.2 
 4. Arnold, TTU8.2 
 5. Raadik, Parnu7.8 
 6. Ringmets, Rapla7.6 
 7. Shaw, Tln Kalev7.5 
 8. Pilk, TTU6.7 
 9. Fall, Kalev/Cramo6.4 
 10. Allingu, Tartu U.6.4 
Assists Per Game
 Edgars CUNDA
  Valga
  (196-G-84)
  Avg: 4.5
 1. Cunda, Valga4.5 
 2. Laane, Rapla4.1 
 3. Sokk, Tartu Ulikool3.9 
 4. Pilk, TTU3.6 
 5. Kriisa, Tarvas3.6 
 6. Dorbek, Tarvas3.4 
 7. Raap, Parnu3.3 
 8. Keedus, TTU3.2 
 9. Veideman, Tartu U.2.8 
 10. Raley-Ross, Tln K.2.8 
Steals Per Game
 Edgars CUNDA
  Valga
  (196-G-84)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Cunda, Valga2.5 
 2. Laane, Rapla2.3 
 3. Raley-Ross, Tln K.2.2 
 4. Veideman, Tartu U.2.1 
 5. Kaldre, Rapla2.1 
 6. Leppik, Tartu Ulik.2.0 
 7. Skele, Kalev/Cramo1.9 
 8. Dorbek, Tarvas1.9 
 9. Raap, Parnu1.8 
 10. Cricelli, Valga1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Bamba FALL
  Kalev/Cramo
  (216-C-86)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Fall, Kalev/Cramo1.7 
 2. Raadik, Parnu1.4 
 3. Amis, Tartu Ulikool1.2 
 4. Fedortchuk, Tln K.1.1 
 5. Toome, Kalev/Cramo0.7 
 6. Veski, Tarvas0.5 
 7. Makke, TTU0.5 
 8. Ulyanko, Kalev/Cr.0.5 
 9. Hallik, Tarvas0.5 
 10. Shaw, Tln Kalev0.4 


Janar Talts selected the top Estonian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Janar Talts
Janar Talts
   #1. This week's number one is an international center Janar Talts (206-83). He led Cimberio Varese to a victory against the closely-ranked Banco di Sardegna Sassari (15-10) 85-79 in the Italian SerieA in Sunday night's game. Talts scored 13 points, had 8 boards, passed 4 assists and added 3 steals in 23 minutes on the court. Cimberio Varese (13-12) is placed eighth in the SerieA. This year Talts averages: 5.2ppg, 3.8rpg, 2FGP: 73.5%(50-68), 3FGP: 17.4% and FT: 51.5% in the 25 games he played so far. He is currently a member of the Estonian senior national team.

Kristjan Kangur
Kristjan Kangur
   #2. Second place goes to an international forward Kristjan Kangur (201-82) is a teammate of previously mentioned Janar Talts and both played together in the last Italian SerieA game. Kangur contributed to a Cimberio Varese's victory against the closely-ranked Banco di Sardegna Sassari (15-10) 85-79. He scored 10 points and grabbed 8 rebounds. Kangur has relatively good stats this season: 11.7ppg, 5.7rpg, 1.8apg, 1.6spg, 2FGP: 54.3%, 3FGP: 40.7% and FT: 80.3%. He is in the roster of the Estonian senior national team.

Rait Keerles
Rait Keerles
   #3. The Estonian player who performed third best last week abroad was former international forward Rait Keerles (201-80). Keerles was the major contributor in a 2-point Gloria Giants' victory against the closely-ranked Science City Jena (14-14) 69-67 in the German ProA (second division) on Saturday night. He scored 17 points and grabbed 5 rebounds (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line) in 24 minutes. Gloria Giants Duesseldorf (15-13) is placed sixth in the ProA. Keerles' team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And that game will be critical. It's Keerles' first season with the team. This year he has relatively solid stats: 12.4ppg, 5.5rpg, 1.2apg, 2FGP: 54.8%, 3FGP: 22.0% and FT: 79.5% in the 28 games. Former BC Kalev Tallinn starter played for the Estonian national team two years ago.

Renato Lindmets
Renato Lindmets
   #4. Forward Renato Lindmets (198-84, college: Westfield St.) helped Stjarnan win their game against the league leader Keflavik (21-7) 95-87 in the Icelandic Express League in Friday night's game. Lindmets recorded 7 points, 10 rebounds, 4 assists and made 2 blocks. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Stjarnan (14-8) is placed fourth in the Express League. Lindmets is currently fourth on the list of best blockers. He has individually a very good season with high stats. Lindmets averages: 16.6ppg, 8.6rpg and 2.1apg. He is a naturalized American. Despite Lindmets played previously for the USA national team, he is currently in the Estonian national team roster. Lindmets used to play for BC Rakvere Tarvas in Estonian league.

Rain Veideman
Rain Veideman
   #5. International guard Rain Veideman (192-91), who plays in the German BBL could not help BBC Bayreuth (11-18) to beat Artland Dragons (20-9). He did not have that impressive stats last Sunday. Veideman scored only 2 points in 13 minutes. BBC Bayreuth was badly defeated 82-63 on the road by the much higher-ranked (#4) Artland Dragons. It was BBC Bayreuth's third consecutive loss in a row. This year Veideman's overall stats are: 6.7ppg, 2.0rpg, 1.8apg and 1.3spg in the nine games. He plays currently for the Estonian national team.

Other top Estonian players, who play abroad:

Siim-Sander Vene (203-F-90) plays for VEF Riga in Latvian LBL
Siergiej Babenko (208-F/C-61) plays for Ironi Ashkelon in Israeli Premier League
Remy Pold (198-G-92) plays for Jelson Homes DMU Leicester City Riders in British BBL
Artur Surov (216-C-83) plays for Torpan Pojat in Finnish Korisliiga
Kent Vene (192-F-94) plays for Zalgiris-Sabonio in Lithuanian NKL
Heiko Rannula (186-G-83) plays for Garonne in French NM2
Madis Shumanov (207-C-88) plays for Bodfeld Baskets in German 2.Regionalliga



KML Round 27 of Regular Season - by Eurobasket News

KML regular season just ended. Tartu Ulikool claimed the top position in the standings.



Valga (#8) forced the game against KK Parnu (#7) into an overtime, but lost by two points 83-85 on Friday night. The game took place in Valga. But the guests from Parnu were better at the end. It was a great evening for Rannar Raap who led his team to a victory scoring 29 points, 7 rebounds, 7 assists and 5 steals. Valga's coach Varis Krumins rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. KK Parnu maintains seventh place with 4-24 record. Valga lost twelfth consecutive game. They stay dead last with 25 lost games.

The most impressive stats of the last round was 20 points and 12 rebounds by Matt Shaw of Tln Kalev.


Valga - Parnu 83-85 OT

Valga (#8) forced the game against KK Parnu (#7) into an overtime, but lost by two points 83-85 on Friday night. The game took place in Valga. But the guests from Parnu were better at the end. The guests trailed by 4 points after three quarters before their 22-18 charge, which allowed them to tie the game at the end of regular time and get a 2-point victory in overtime. KK Parnu forced 25 Valga turnovers. It was a great evening for swingman Rannar Raap (189-92) who led his team to a victory scoring 29 points, 7 rebounds, 7 assists and 5 steals. Power forward Taavi Hamarsalu (199-89) helped adding 18 points and 7 rebounds. The best for the losing side was Latvian guard Reinis Strupovics (192-87) with 22 points and 4 assists and Latvian center Lauris Blaus (204-90, agency: FCM) produced a double-double by scoring 17 points, 10 rebounds and 5 blocks. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Valga's coach Varis Krumins rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. KK Parnu maintains seventh place with 4-24 record. Valga lost twelfth consecutive game. They stay dead last with 25 lost games.
Top scorers:
Parnu: R.Raap 29+7reb+7ast, T.Hamarsalu 18+7reb+1ast, T.Raadik 12+10reb+3ast, E.Tamsalu 11+2reb+2ast, R.Karner 7+4reb, M.Paasoja 4+7reb+2ast
Valga: R.Strupovics 22+3reb+4ast, L.Blaus 17+10reb+2ast, K.Pullisaar 13+1reb+4ast, V.Vares 10+11reb+4ast, R.Petersonig 8+7reb+2ast, M.Allorg 5+2reb
gschID: 165914


Kalev/Cramo - Tartu Ulikool 74-76

Rather expected game in Tallinn where 3rd placed Kalev/Cramo (23-5) was edged by first ranked Tartu Ulikool (25-3) 76-74 on Wednesday. The guests trailed by 10 points after three quarters before their 24-12 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Kalev/Cramo was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a great evening for international guard Sten-Timmu Sokk (181-89) who led his team to a victory scoring 20 points and 4 assists. American forward Bill Amis (205-87, college: Hawaii) helped adding 14 points and 10 rebounds. Five Tartu Ulikool players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was Latvian guard Armands Skele (192-83) with 14 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists and international forward Joosep Toome (202-85) scored 8 points and 9 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Tartu Ulikool have a solid series of four victories in a row. They maintain first place with 25-3 record. Kalev/Cramo lost third consecutive game. Defending champion keeps the third position with five games lost.
Top scorers:
Tartu Ulikool: S.Sokk 20+4reb+4ast, B.Amis 14+10reb+1ast, V.Allingu 11+3reb, M.Doronin 10+9reb, V.Kriisa 10+8reb+3ast, S.Leppik 9+2reb
Kalev/Cramo: A.Skele 14+7reb+6ast, P.Ulyanko 10+3reb, T.Sokk 9+2reb+3ast, B.Fall 8+10reb, J.Toome 8+9reb+1ast, K.Kitsing 8+5reb
gschID: 165915


Tartu Ulikool - TTU 84-75

Rather predictable result when first ranked Tartu Ulikool (25-3) defeated at home 5th ranked TTU (12-16) 84-75 on Tuesday. TTU trailed by 13 points after 3 quarters before a 22-18 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 75-84 at the end of the game. It was a great evening for the former international guard Silver Leppik (188-83) who led his team to a victory scoring 19 points. International power forward Rain Raadik (208-89) helped adding 11 points and 9 rebounds. Tartu Ulikool's coach Gert Kullamae used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The best for the losing side was forward Illimar Pilk (195-88) with 12 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists (went 12 for 12 at the free throw line !!!) and the former international power forward Kristjan Makke (205-81, college: W.Illinois) scored 12 points and 9 rebounds. Four Tartu Ulikool and five TTU players scored in double figures. Tartu Ulikool have a solid series of four victories in a row. They maintain first place with 25-3 record. TTU at the other side keeps the fifth position with 16 games lost.
Top scorers:
Tartu Ulikool: S.Leppik 19+1reb+3ast, T.Kurbas 11+4reb+1ast, R.Raadik 11+9reb+2ast, B.Amis 10+4reb, M.Doronin 9+6reb, K.Saage 8+2reb+1ast
TTU: K.Akenparg 18+1reb, I.Pilk 12+7reb+5ast, K.Makke 12+9reb, K.Keres 11+4reb+1ast, M.Kaja 11+6reb, E.Keedus 7+2ast
gschID: 165911


Tln Kalev - Rapla 99-72

There was a minor upset in Tallinn where 4th placed Rapla (14-14) was rolled over by sixth ranked Tln Kalev (12-16) 99-72 on Wednesday. The game was mostly controlled by Tln Kalev. Rapla was better in fourth quarter 22-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Tln Kalev forced 23 Rapla turnovers. It was a great evening for American forward Matt Shaw (203-88, college: UNLV) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 12 rebounds. His fellow American import guard Brandis Raley-Ross (188-87, college: S.Carolina) helped adding 11 points and 6 rebounds. Four Tln Kalev players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was swingman Sven Kaldre (197-91) with 21 points and center Rauno Nurger (207-93) scored 11 points and 9 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. Tln Kalev have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They moved-up to fifth place, which they share with TTU. Rapla lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the fourth position with 14 games lost.
Top scorers:
Tln Kalev: M.Shaw 20+12reb, R.Roos 13+1ast, R.Suija 12+2reb+2ast, A.Fedortchuk 11+4reb+1ast, B.Raley-Ross 11+6reb+3ast, R.Prii 10+1reb
Rapla: S.Kaldre 21+3reb, R.Nurger 11+9reb, R.Laane 9+1reb+3ast, J.Soo 8+3reb+1ast, R.Ringmets 6+4reb, M.Jurtom 5
gschID: 165912


Tarvas - TTU 91-76

Everything went according to plan when second ranked BC Rakvere (19-9) beat at home 5th ranked TTU (12-16) 91-76 on Friday. The game was mostly controlled by BC Rakvere. TTU was better in third quarter 22-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. It was a great evening for forward Janis Vahter (195-86) who led his team to a victory scoring 15 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. Latvian point guard Rinalds Sirsnins (186-85) helped adding 19 points and 5 rebounds. Five BC Rakvere players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was forward Kiur Akenparg (190-88) with 22 points and forward Illimar Pilk (195-88) scored 9 points and 8 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. BC Rakvere have a solid series of four victories in a row. They maintain second place with 19-9 record having six points less than leader Tartu Ulikool. TTU at the other side keeps the fifth position with 16 games lost.
Top scorers:
Tarvas: R.Sirsnins 19+5reb+2ast, T.Oja 15+5reb+3ast, J.Vahter 15+8reb+4ast, M.Dorbek 14+6reb+2ast, R.Hallik 11+3reb+5ast, K.Rinaldo 5
TTU: K.Akenparg 22+3reb, K.Makke 11+8reb+1ast, E.Keedus 11+2reb+5ast, I.Pilk 9+8reb+3ast, K.Keres 8+2reb, S.Raudla 6+3reb+3ast
gschID: 165913



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2011-12 Eurocup Rising Star Trophy winner: Jonas Valanciunas, Lietuvos Rytas - by Eurobasket News

Euroleague Basketball is pleased to announce Jonas Valanciunas (210-C-92) of Lietuvos Rytas as the fourth annual winner of the Eurocup Rising Star Trophy. The 19-year-old center has put together a tremendous season for his club, controlling the paint on both ends of the floor to help Rytas reach the 2012 Eurocup Finals. The Eurocup Rising Star Trophy recognizes the most outstanding player in the competition who was younger than 22 on July 1 of the summer before the season started. Motiejunas, who will turn 20 years on May 6, has shown maturity beyond his years, changing games on defense, while posting quite productive numbers on offense. He has led Rytas in rebounds, blocks and performance index ranking, and tied for second in scoring all in just 24 minutes per game. In the overall standings, the big man ranked second in index (16.9) and rebounding (7.9 rpg.) and fourth in blocks (1.6 bpg.). Simply put, Valanciunas has dominated the Eurocup like few his age ever have. His productivity and talent combined with his role in leading Rytas so deep into the competition make Valanciunas the natural choice as the 2011-12 Eurocup Rising Star!

The Rising Star Trophy is part of an expanded awards structure launched before the 2008-09 season to enhance the recognition of the finest Eurocup players for their efforts on the basketball court throughout the season. Apart from the Eurocup Rising Star, Euroleague Basketball and its in-house experts also select the All-Eurocup first and second teams and the Eurocup MVP. Additionally, the Eurocup Finals MVP award will go the best player at that event as voted by accredited journalists in attendance during the title game. The Euroleague previously announced Jure Zdovc of Spartak St. Petersburg as the 2011-12 Eurocup Coach of the Year.

Valanciunas came off a great summer, in which he led the Lithuanian under-19 team to the gold medal at the World Championships and also played for Lithuanias senior national team at EuroBasket 2011. Already a basketball icon in Lithuania, Valanciunas then helped L. Rytas to finish the Eurocup Regular Season undefeated with some stellar performances along the way, especially in front of his fans at Siemens Arena. He had 12 points and 8 rebounds against Azovmash and did even better 13 points and 11 rebounds in 19 minutes against Le Mans. He even raised his playing level in the Last 16 stage, especially after Rytas's opening loss against Lokomotiv Kuban. He had 17 points and 10 rebounds against Benetton and barely missed another double-double 12 points and 9 boards against Alba Berlin. When Rytas faced a make-or-break road game in Treviso, Valanciunas delivered with 17 points on 7-of-9 shooting and 7 rebounds in a critical 74-80 win. Valanciunas continued to shine with team highs of 14 points, 8.5 rebounds and a 22.5 index in the two-game quarterfinals series against BC Donetsk to secure a berth at the Eurocup Finals. This far he has averaged 11.3 points on 64.1% shooting, 80% free throw shooting, 7.9 rebounds, 1.6 blocks and 3.5 fouls drawn in this Eurocup season.

Valanciunas joins Victor Claver of Power Electronics Valencia, Milan Macvan of Hemofarm Vrsac and Donatas Motiejunas of Benetton Basket Bwin on the list of player to win the prestigious Eurocup Rising Star Trophy. He also becomes the youngest player to receive the honor. Now, Valanciunas aims to join Claver, whom he will square off against in the Eurocup semifinals, as the only players to lift the Eurocup title after becoming the Eurocup Rising Star. Valanciunas will finish his spectacular Eurocup season by leading Rytas into the 2012 Eurocup Finals in Khimki, Russia on April 14 and 15.

Previous winners of the Rising Star award:
2010-11 Donatas Motiejunas - Benetton Basket
2009-10 Victor Claver - Valencia Basket
2008-09 Milan Macvan - KK Hemofarm

Courtesy of www.eurocupbasketball.com



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Sonny Weems officially leaves Zalgiris - by Eurobasket News

Sonny Weems (198-G/F-86, college: Arkansas) and Zalgiris agreed on terms of contract termination. The guard sustained a season-ending injury days last week and decided to return to the USA. Sonny Weems joined the Kaunas team at the beginning of the season. He averaged 15.5 points, 5.0 rebounds and 1.3 assists per game in Euroleague. In VTB League Sonny Weems posted 10.3 points, 4.1 rebounds and 2.0 assists per appearance. The guard also delivered 9.0 points, 3.0 rebounds and 1.5 steals in Baltic League. In LKL his stats read 10.0 points, 4.1 rebounds, 1.4 steals and 1.8 assists. Sonny Weems helped Zalgiris win Lithuanian Cup title. Previously Sonny Weems played in the NBA for the Nuggets and the Raptors. He was also D-League champion together with the Colorado 14ers in 2009.


Perkins Pao Inks Game 5, Barcelona Wins Title - by David Pick

All eyes will be watching OAKA Arena in Athens, Greece tonight where a decisive win-or-go-home Euroleague quarter-finals Game 5 between Greek host Panathinaikos and Israeli Maccabi Tel-Aviv will kick off an intense battle.

For this most unusual fifth game, Eurobasket teamed up with
Doron Perkins, recently one of Maccabi's most dominant guards and a yellow-and-blue fan favorite, who analyzed Tel-Aviv's potential for winning the series, and explained why he thinks Spanish Barcelona, will be crowned Euroleague champs.

Do-or-Die

'Game 5's are always the toughest throughout any series. I think Panathinaikos has a better chance of winning and advancing to the Final Four because they're playing at home and they will get the benefit of the calls from the referees, so in a sense, they have the advantage. Still, it all comes down to one game so anything can happen.'

X-Factor

'The X-Factor for Maccabi is
David Blu. He's one of the best shooters in Europe and the only pure shooter on the team. Blu's ability to knock down shots can also spread the floor for the guards. Tel-Aviv also has Guy Pnini who shoots well, but he's hasn't been playing much lately. It's known that when Blu plays well, Maccabi's chances of winning dramatically increase.'
Game Strategy

'If Maccabi's looking to beat Pao on the road, they have to play like they did in Game 2 and that means one thing RUN. Pao is a team of great shooters that doesnt take a lot of bad shots so you need to run against them at all times. If the pace of the game slows down, it'll benefit the home team.
In order for Maccabi to play the run-and-gun style of basketball, they need two things. First,
Richard Hendrix has to start. Rich has been playing extremely well this season and therefore, bringing Sofoklis Schortsanitis off the bench would be more efficient since the game slows down down the stretch, allowing Sofo to have a much bigger impact both on offense and defense.
Second,
Yogev Ohayon needs to play exactly like he's been until now. Going up against Sarunas Jasikevicius and Dimitris Diamantidis he has nothing to lose. He doesnt need to play better then he already is. I've played against Yogev for three consecutive years and he's one of the toughest guys out there who does a lot of little things that make the difference. He's the guy that could get the 'W' for Maccabi but it's all a matter of whether he'll have enough confidence and aggressiveness from the perimeter.'

Euroleague Final Four

'Regardless of who wins Game 5, Barcelona and CSKA will make the finals but I have to go with Barcelona to win it all. Basketball wise, they're the best team that matches up pretty well with CSKA and can cause them a lot of problems.'


Jeremy Pargo

'I still hear that Maccabi fans are disappointed with Jeremy's decision to leave Israel, but I always supported the choices he's made. His dream was always to play in the NBA and regardless, I think the NBA system suits his style of play a lot better than Europe.
People can't compare his success overseas to how he's playing in the league. I dont think anyone expected him to come in and average 20 points and game his rookie year, yet he's in a good situation on a good team. He's a backup point guard and when he played early in the season he did well, so I believe he's in a good fit and he needs to keep working hard.'


Cantu/Tel-Aviv/Siena

'There's no hard feeling between me and Maccabi's management. I really wasnt ready when they were looking for a player and I made the right decision sitting out.
In Cantu, Coach Trinchieri pushes me and has a lot of confidence in my game, and I believe it will pay off very soon. In the Italian league we play back-to-back games versus Milan and Siena so things should get interesting.
I believe that Olympiakos' series win over Siena opened the eyes of some of our guys, who now know we can beat them. Our team is very different team from Siena. Our bigs are very dominant but not as athletic as their guys and the best way to beat them is utilizing your athletic players and switching on defense.'



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Standings - Korisliiga

Korisliiga Standings
 1. Kataja 31-9 
 2. Nilan Bisons 28-12 
 3. Pyrinto 28-12 
 4. Kauhajoki 23-17 
 5. ToPo 21-19 
 6. KTP 18-22 
 7. LrNMKY 17-23 
 8. Salon Vilpas 16-24 
 9. Kouvot 14-26 
 10. Korihait 13-27 
 11. Namika Lahti 11-29 

Regular Season: Round 44

Apr. 4: Nilan Bisons - KTP 94-91
Apr. 4: Kauhajoki - Kouvot 93-80
Apr. 4: ToPo - Korihait 91-98
Apr. 4: Pyrinto - Salon Vilpas 81-65
Apr. 4: Namika Lahti - LrNMKY 103-83

Quarter-Finals: Round 1

Apr. 10: Kauhajoki - ToPo
Apr. 10: Kataja - Salon Vilpas
Apr. 10: Nilan Bisons - LrNMKY
Apr. 10: Pyrinto - KTP


Stats Leaders - Korisliiga

Points Per Game
 Tim BLUE
  KTP
  (205-F-84)
  Avg: 23.3
 1. Blue, KTP23.3 
 2. Zeno, Nilan Bisons20.0 
 3. Crocker, KTP19.3 
 4. Beidler, Kauhajoki19.3 
 5. Durham, Salon Vilp.18.7 
 6. Newson, Kataja18.7 
 7. Hannah, Kauhajoki18.7 
 8. Holloway, Salon V.18.6 
 9. Brooks, Namika L.18.6 
 10. Ivey, Nilan Bisons18.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 John FIELDS
  Salon Vilpas
  (205-F-88)
  Avg: 12.4
 1. Fields, Salon Vilp.12.4 
 2. Durham, Salon Vilp.11.2 
 3. Blue, KTP10.7 
 4. Beidler, Kauhajoki10.0 
 5. Williams, Pyrinto9.5 
 6. Newson, Kataja8.8 
 7. Zeno, Nilan Bisons8.5 
 8. McDade, Nilan B.8.3 
 9. Brown, Kouvot8.1 
 10. Hamm, LrNM.7.8 
Assists Per Game
 Malik MOORE
  Namika L.
  (192-G-77)
  Avg: 5.2
 1. Moore, Namika L.5.2 
 2. Ivey, Nilan Bisons4.8 
 3. Haynes, LrNM.4.8 
 4. Hannah, Kauhajoki4.5 
 5. Williams, Pyrinto4.3 
 6. Sarcevic, KTP4.2 
 7. Virtanen, Kataja4.1 
 8. Walker, Kataja3.9 
 9. Nikkarinen, Kouvot3.4 
 10. Holloway, Salon V.3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Kelly BEIDLER
  Kauhajoki
  (199-F-88)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Beidler, Kauhajoki2.3 
 2. Williams, Pyrinto2.3 
 3. Moore, Korihait2.2 
 4. Williams, Pyrinto2.0 
 5. Holloway, Salon V.1.8 
 6. Haynes, LrNM.1.7 
 7. Newson, Kataja1.6 
 8. Jordan, Kouvot1.6 
 9. Sarcevic, KTP1.5 
 10. Moore, Namika L.1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Kelly BEIDLER
  Kauhajoki
  (199-F-88)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Beidler, Kauhajoki1.9 
 2. Fields, Salon Vilp.1.9 
 3. Blue, KTP1.5 
 4. Zeno, Nilan Bisons1.0 
 5. Williams, Pyrinto0.9 
 6. Lehtoranta, Kataja0.8 
 7. Jones, Nilan Bisons0.8 
 8. Hamm, LrNM.0.7 
 9. Newson, Kataja0.7 
 10. Ahvenniemi, Pyrin.0.7 


Eurobasket.com All-Finnish 1st Division Awards 2011-2012 - by Rauno Hurmalainen

Eurobasket.com All-Finnish 1st Division 1st Team 2012
#s#
Walter Baxley
Baxley
Benzor Simmons
Simmons
Gerald January
January
Brian Moultrie
Moultrie
Kenneth Cooper
Cooper
#e#5

Player of the Year: Walter Baxley (193-G-84) of Lapua
Guard of the Year: Walter Baxley (193-G-84) of Lapua
Forward of the Year: Gerald January (201-F/C-88) of BC Nokia
Center of the Year: Kenneth Cooper (208-C-87) of SayRi
Import Player of the Year: Walter Baxley (193-G-84) of Lapua
Domestic Player of the Year: Timo Riihela (193-G-80) of BC Nokia
Defensive Player of the Year: Baboucarr Bojang (204-F-80) of Huima
Coach of the Year: Ville Tuominen of BC Nokia

1st Team
G: Walter Baxley (193-84) of Lapua
G: Benzor Simmons (196-88) of Porvoon Tarmo
F/C: Gerald January (201-88) of BC Nokia
C/F: Brian Moultrie (198-87) of FoKoPo
C: Kenneth Cooper (208-87) of SayRi

2nd Team
G: Timo Riihela (193-80) of BC Nokia
G: Sami Ikavalko (188-89) of FoKoPo
F: Tracy Robinson (201-86) of FoKoPo
F/C: Eze Andrews (201-83) of Ura Basket
F: Baboucarr Bojang (204-80) of Huima

Honorable Mention
HL Coleman (202-F-74) of FoKoPo
Aubrey Conerly (182-G-83) of SayRi
Joni Harjula (189-G-83) of Pyrinto
Shawn Henderson (190-G-88) of Porvoon Tarmo
Villematti Kopio (182-PG-92) of Tapiolan Honka
Tero Laitinen (201-F-87) of Tapiolan Honka
Treylon Manning (176-PG-85) of Huima
Jarno Nissinen (195-F-77) of Porvoon Tarmo
Lloyd Phillips (178-PG-85) of Tapiolan Honka
Lance Storrs (195-G-89) of Jyvaskyla
Darren Townes (201-F-86) of BC Nokia
Tuomas Viertola (196-F-90) of Huima
Eric Williams (198-F-85) of Lapua

All-Domestic Players Team
G: Timo Riihela (193-80) of BC Nokia
G: Sami Ikavalko (188-89) of FoKoPo
F: Tuomas Viertola (196-90) of Huima
F: Jarno Nissinen (195-77) of Porvoon Tarmo
F: Tero Laitinen (201-87) of Tapiolan Honka

All-Imports Team
G: Walter Baxley (193-84) of Lapua
F/C: Gerald January (201-88) of BC Nokia
F: Tracy Robinson (201-86) of FoKoPo
C/F: Brian Moultrie (198-87) of FoKoPo
C: Kenneth Cooper (208-87) of SayRi



KORISLIIGA: The regular season is over - by Rauno Hurmalainen

Korisliiga, round 40/40: The regular season is over. The eight best teams made it to the play-offs, three teams, YMCA Lahti, Korihait (Uusikaupunki) and Kouvot (Kouvola) can start the summer vacation. No big upsets tonight. Bisons (Loimaa) defeated KTP (Kotka) 94-91 (47-45) and saved position # 2 though Pyrinto (Tampere) had the same 28-12 record. Kataja won the regular season with 31-9 record. Tonight's scoring machine was American G Malik Moore (192-G-77, agency: Prossin Sports Management, college: Amer.Internat.), who led YMCA Lahti to 103-83 (55-44) victory over YMCA Lappeenranta. Moore scored 34 points (1 - 6/10, 2 - 8/11, 3 - 4/5) and outscored The Player of March, DeAndre Haynes (187-G-84, agency: Court Side, college: Kent St.) by 16 pts. Haynes averaged last month 14,9 ppg - 4,9 rpg - 8,4 apg and 2,1 spg. Regular season leading scorer is Tim Blue (205-F-84, college: Middle Tenn.St.) (KTP), who averaged 23,28 ppg in 40 contests. Martin Zeno (196-G-85, college: Texas Tech) (Bisons) netted 20,00 ppg and was second. The best Finnish scorer was Roope Ahonen (187-PG-90, agency: FCM) (13,72 ppg), but there were 24 American players ahead of him. The leading rebounder is John Fields (205-F-88, college: Tennessee) (Vilpas). Fields grabbed 471 rbs in 38 games (12,39 rpg).
So, the play-off-games will start on Tuesday, April 10 with these pairs and games: Kataja vs Vilpas, Bisons vs YMCA Lappeenranta, Pyrinto vs KTP and Karhu vs ToPo.

Bisons - KTP 94-91 (47-45). (Martin Zeno 23/8, Mikko Koivisto 19, Matti Nuutinen 11 - Tim Blue 28/15, Tony Crocker 19, Jeremy Williams 14. A: 696).
Pyrinto - Vilpas 81-65 (44-28). (Antwine Williams 20, Kenneth Lowe 14, Damon Williams 13/11/6a - Allen Durham 25, John Fields 14/9, Emmanuel Holloway 12. A: 822).
Karhu - Kouvot 93-80 (43-44). (Kelly Beidler 26/11, Casey Reed 23, Ilkka Vuori 10 - Anthony Brown 21, Josh Gonner 17/8, Antoine Jordan 9. A: 571).
YMCA Lahti - YMCA LPR 103-83 (55-44). (Malik Moore 34, Brant Bailey 26/8, Ryan Brooks 20 - Lawrence Hamm 18/9, DeAndre Haynes 18, Tyler Tiedeman 16. A: 604).
ToPo - Korihait 91-98 (47-54). (Justin Hawkins 32/10, Hanno Mottola 20, Timo Heinonen 10 - Nigel Moore 24/10, Cedric Latimer 23, Jonathan Heard 17/5a. A: 836).



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

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

Sasu Salin
Sasu Salin
   #1. This week's number one is an international point guard Sasu Salin (190-91). He led Union Olimpija to a victory over the second-ranked Helios (2-1) 65-59 in the Slovenian Telemach League in Sunday night's game. Salin was MVP of the game. He scored 13 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 22 minutes on the court. It was the game of the round between two top 3 ranked teams in Group Championship. Union Olimpija Ljubljana (3-0) is placed first in Championship Group. So far his team won all three games in the Second Stage. But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen. This year Salin averages: 9.0ppg, 2.3rpg and FT: 66.7% in the three games he played so far. He is currently a member of the Finnish senior national team.

Petteri Koponen
Petteri Koponen
   #2. Second place goes to an international guard Petteri Koponen (194-88). Koponen was the major contributor in a CS Bologna's victory against the 13th-ranked Angelico Biella (11-15) 62-53 in the Italian SerieA last Sunday. He scored 13 points. Canadian Solar Bologna (15-10) is placed seventh in the SerieA. It's Koponen's fourth season with the team. Koponen has relatively good stats this year: 13.0ppg, 3.1rpg, 2.6apg, 2FGP: 47.6%, 3FGP: 35.8% and FT: 79.5%. He is in the roster of the Finnish senior national team.

Ville Kaunisto
Ville Kaunisto
   #3. The Finnish player who performed third best last week abroad was former international forward Ville Kaunisto (204-82). Kaunisto contributed to a 1-point Blois' victory against the closely-ranked Cognac (18-11) 83-82 in the French NM1 (third division) on Tuesday night. He had a double-double by scoring 25 points and getting 12 rebounds in 40 minutes. ADA Blois Basket (19-10) is placed sixth in the NM1. Kaunisto is ranked first on the list of the top scorers in the league and also on the list of best rebounders (first place). He has individually a very good year with high stats. Kaunisto averages: 18.7ppg, 11.8rpg, 2.5apg, 1.5spg, 2FGP: 58.3%(179-307), 3FGP: 39.7% and FT: 64.2% in the 29 games. He played for the Finnish national team eight years ago.

Teemu Rannikko
Teemu Rannikko
   #4. Guard Teemu Rannikko (188-80) contributed to a Cimberio Varese's victory against the closely-ranked Banco di Sardegna Sassari (15-10) 85-79 in the Italian SerieA in Sunday night's game. Rannikko scored 6 points, made 3 passes and 5 steals. Cimberio Varese (13-12) is placed eighth in the SerieA. Rannikko's overall stats this season are: 8.2ppg, 1.7rpg, 3.2apg and 1.5spg. He is also Finnish national team player.

Tuukka Kotti
Tuukka Kotti
   #5. International power forward Tuukka Kotti (205-81, college: Providence), who plays in the Italian Lega2 (second division) could not help Aget Imola (9-15) in their last game. Despite Kotti's good performance Aget Imola lost in an overtime 77-81 at home to the higher-ranked (#8) Morpho Basket. He had a double-double by scoring 10 points and getting 12 rebounds. Kotti also added 2 blocks in 36 minutes. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. It's Kotti's first season with the team. This year his overall stats are: 9.1ppg, 6.7rpg and 1.5spg in the 24 games. Kotti plays currently for the Finnish national team.

Shawn Huff
Shawn Huff
   #6. Swingman Shawn Huff (198-84, college: Valparaiso), who plays in the Italian Lega2 (second division) was not able to help MarcoPoloShop.it (7-17) in their last game on Sunday. Despite his good performance the bottom-ranked MarcoPoloShop.it was defeated 93-84 on the road by the much higher-ranked Centrale Latte (#6). Huff scored 11 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. This season Huff has very high stats. He averages: 15.6ppg and 6.8rpg. Huff is an international player who is currently on the senior Finnish National Team roster.

Kristjan Rinaldo
Kristjan Rinaldo
   #7. Former international swingman Kristjan Rinaldo (195-91) managed to help BC Rakvere Tarvas in a victory against the closely-ranked TTU (12-14) 91-76 in the Estonian KML in Friday night's game. He scored 5 points in 10 minutes. BC Rakvere Tarvas (19-8) is placed second in the KML. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. The Regular Season already ended. This year Rinaldo averages only 2.9ppg in the 18 games. He used to play for the Finnish national team nine years ago.

Mikko Riipinen
Mikko Riipinen
   #8. Point guard Mikko Riipinen (177-87) helped Norrkoping Dolphins win their game against the seventh-ranked 08 Stockholm (17-19) 77-67 in the Swedish Basketligan last Tuesday. Riipinen scored only 2 points. Norrkoping Dolphins (2-4) is placed second in the Basketligan. Riipinen has been at the team for four years. This season he averages just 1.0ppg. Riipinen used to play for the Finnish national team back in 2009.

Other top Finnish players, who play abroad:

Raymond Hinge plays for Galil Gilboa in Israeli Premier League
Joonas Caven (210-C/F-93) plays for FIATC Joventut in Spanish ACB
Roberto Alexander Mantovani (200-F-94) plays for AEK in Cypriot Division A
Gerald Lee (208-F-87) plays for Prima Veroli in Italian Lega2
Rasmus Roslund (192-G-88) plays for Srbija in Swedish Basketettan
Antti Ranta (190-F-87) plays for Nottingham Hoods in British EBL3



Joensuun Kataja wins the Regular Season with 31-9 record - by Eurobasket News

The Regular Season in Korisliiga just ended.

Sixth-ranked KTP-Basket (18-22) was very close to win a game against second ranked Loimaan Korikonkarit (28-12) on Wednesday. Loimaan Korikonkarit managed to secure only three-point victory 94-91. However their fans expected much easier game. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of KTP-Basket. The hosts trailed by 8 points after first quarter, but they rallied back winning next two quarters and won the game by 3 points. Loimaan Korikonkarit forced 19 KTP-Basket turnovers. 28 personal fouls committed by KTP-Basket helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American guard Martin Zeno (196-85, college: Texas Tech) orchestrated the victory by scoring 23 points, 8 rebounds, 4 assists and 5 steals. International guard Mikko Koivisto (194-87, college: NC-Greensboro) contributed with 19 points for the winners. American forward Tim Blue (205-84, college: Middle Tenn.St.) replied with a double-double by scoring 28 points, 15 rebounds and 4 blocks for KTP-Basket. Loimaan Korikonkarit have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 28-12 record having just three points less than leader Kataja, which they share with Pyrinto. KTP-Basket at the other side keeps the sixth place with 22 games lost.
Bottom-ranked Namika Lahti managed to get a eleventh victory. This time they outleveled seventh-ranked LrNMKY 103-83. It's especially surprising that the victory came too easily and 20-point difference proves that Namika Lahti was well-prepared to that game. American players dominated the game. Worth to mention a great performance of guard Malik Moore (192-77, college: Amer.Internat., agency: Prossin Sports Management) who helped to win the game recording 34 points (!!!), 6 rebounds and 5 assists and Brant Bailey who added 26 points and 8 rebounds during the contest. Forward Lawrence Hamm (198-84, college: Towson, agency: Court Side) responded with 18 points and 9 rebounds. Namika Lahti maintains eleventh position with 11-29 record. LrNMKY at the other side keeps the seventh place with 23 games lost.
Worth to mention about the upset in a game between Torpan Pojat (21-19) and UU-Korihait (13-27), which took place in Helsinki. Higher ranked Torpan Pojat lost at home to tenth ranked UU-Korihait 91-98 on Wednesday. The winners were led by Nigel Moore who had that evening a double-double by scoring 24 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists. Even a double-double of 32 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists by Justin Hawkins did not help to save the game for Torpan Pojat. UU-Korihait maintains tenth position with 13-27 record. Loser Torpan Pojat keeps the fifth place with 19 games lost.
The game between third ranked Tampereen Pyrinto (28-12) and 8th ranked Salon Vilpas (16-24) in Tampere ended with biggest points difference. Tampereen Pyrinto beat guests from Salon 81-65. American players dominated also this game. The best player for the winners was Damon Williams who had a double-double by scoring 13 points, 11 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 blocks. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Tampereen Pyrinto have a solid three-game winning streak. Defending champion moved-up to second place, which they share with Nilan Bisons. Salon Vilpas lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the eighth position with 24 games lost.

In the last game of round 44 Kouvot was beaten by Kauhajoki on the road 93-80.


Kauhajoki - Kouvot 93-80

No shocking result in a game when fourth ranked Kauhajoen Karhu (23-17) beat 9th ranked Kouvot (14-26) in Kauhajoki 93-80. Kouvot was ahead by 1 point at the halftime before a 50-36 second half run of Kauhajoen Karhu. They also forced 21 Kouvot turnovers. American players dominated also this game. The best player for the winners was forward Kelly Beidler (199-88, college: Mt.St.Mary's, agency: R.H.Consultancy) who had a double-double by scoring 26 points and 11 rebounds. Forward Casey Reed (197-86, college: Seattle Pacific) chipped in 23 points and 7 rebounds. Guard Josh Gonner (188-82, college: S.Carolina) produced 17 points and 8 rebounds and forward Anthony Brown (203-86, college: Oklahoma St., agency: KMG Sports Management) added 21 points (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field) respectively for the guests. Kauhajoen Karhu maintains fourth position with 23-17 record. Kouvot at the other side keeps the ninth place with 26 games lost.
Top scorers:
Kauhajoki: K.Beidler 26+11reb+2ast, C.Reed 23+7reb+2ast, I.Vuori 10+2reb+1ast, A.Huuskonen 8+2reb+1ast, J.Eskola 8+1reb, H.Hirvikoski 7+1ast
Kouvot: A.Brown 21+4reb, J.Gonner 17+8reb+2ast, A.Jordan 9+6reb+1ast, T.Hirvonen 9+2reb+1ast, T.Rintala 6+3reb, A.Perttu 5+3reb
gschID: 141841


Pyrinto - Salon Vilpas 81-65

The game between third ranked Tampereen Pyrinto (28-12) and 8th ranked Salon Vilpas (16-24) in Tampere ended with biggest points difference. Tampereen Pyrinto beat guests from Salon 81-65. The game was mostly controlled by Tampereen Pyrinto. Salon Vilpas was better in third quarter 25-22. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Tampereen Pyrinto made 25-of-30 charity shots (83.3 percent) during the game. They brought some defensive toughness making 10 blocks. American players dominated also this game. The best player for the winners was forward Damon Williams (201-73, college: Colorado St.-Pueblo, agency: Two Points) who had a double-double by scoring 13 points, 11 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 blocks. Forward Antwine Williams (192-75, college: N.Colorado, agency: Prossin Sports Management) chipped in 20 points and 5 rebounds. Four Tampereen Pyrinto players scored in double figures. Forward Allen Durham (198-88, college: Grace Bible) produced 25 points and 8 rebounds and forward John Fields (205-88, college: Tennessee) added 14 points and 9 rebounds respectively for the guests. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Tampereen Pyrinto have a solid three-game winning streak. Defending champion moved-up to second place, which they share with Nilan Bisons. Salon Vilpas lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the eighth position with 24 games lost.
Top scorers:
Pyrinto: A.Williams 20+5reb+1ast, K.Lowe 14+3reb+1ast, D.Williams 13+11reb+6ast, A.Nikkila 11+8reb, J.Niemi 9+3reb, A.Lehto 8+1reb+2ast
Salon Vilpas: A.Durham 25+8reb+1ast, J.Fields 14+9reb, E.Holloway 12+4reb+2ast, R.Ahonen 7+3reb+2ast, J.Kataja 3+5reb+1ast, M.Ahokas 2+1reb
gschID: 141842


ToPo - Korihait 91-98

Worth to mention about the upset in a game between Torpan Pojat (21-19) and UU-Korihait (13-27), which took place in Helsinki. Higher ranked Torpan Pojat lost at home to tenth ranked UU-Korihait 91-98 on Wednesday. Torpan Pojat trailed by 11 points after 3 quarters before a 26-22 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 91-98 at the end of the game. UU-Korihait forced 23 Torpan Pojat turnovers. They shot the lights out from three sinking 16 long-distance shots on high 51.6 percentage. The winners were led by American swingman Nigel Moore (195-81, college: Alabama A&M) who had that evening a double-double by scoring 24 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists and forward Cedric Latimer (198-87, college: St.Francis, PA, agency: Two Points) supported him with 23 points. Five UU-Korihait players scored in double figures. Even a double-double of 32 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists by American forward Justin Hawkins (201-85, college: N.Mexico St.) did not help to save the game for Torpan Pojat. The former international power forward Hanno Mottola (209-76, college: Utah) added 20 points and 7 rebounds for the hosts. UU-Korihait maintains tenth position with 13-27 record. Loser Torpan Pojat keeps the fifth place with 19 games lost.
Top scorers:
Korihait: N.Moore 24+10reb+4ast, C.Latimer 23+4reb+3ast, J.Heard 17+7reb+5ast, P.Rainamaa 16+5reb+1ast, M.Jalonen 16+1reb+1ast, N.Malinen 2+2reb
ToPo: J.Hawkins 32+10reb+4ast, H.Mottola 20+7reb+3ast, T.Heinonen 10+7reb+2ast, C.Lindbom 9+3reb+1ast, S.Niskanen 8+4reb, T.Iisalo 5+1reb+3ast
gschID: 141843


Nilan Bisons - KTP 94-91

Sixth-ranked KTP-Basket (18-22) was very close to win a game against second ranked Loimaan Korikonkarit (28-12) on Wednesday. Loimaan Korikonkarit managed to secure only three-point victory 94-91. However their fans expected much easier game. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of KTP-Basket. The hosts trailed by 8 points after first quarter, but they rallied back winning next two quarters and won the game by 3 points. Loimaan Korikonkarit forced 19 KTP-Basket turnovers. 28 personal fouls committed by KTP-Basket helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American guard Martin Zeno (196-85, college: Texas Tech) orchestrated the victory by scoring 23 points, 8 rebounds, 4 assists and 5 steals. International guard Mikko Koivisto (194-87, college: NC-Greensboro) contributed with 19 points for the winners. American forward Tim Blue (205-84, college: Middle Tenn.St.) replied with a double-double by scoring 28 points, 15 rebounds and 4 blocks and his fellow American import swingman Tony Crocker (201-87, college: Oklahoma) added 19 points and 9 rebounds in the effort for KTP-Basket. Loimaan Korikonkarit have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 28-12 record having just three points less than leader Kataja, which they share with Pyrinto. KTP-Basket at the other side keeps the sixth place with 22 games lost.
Top scorers:
Nilan Bisons: M.Zeno 23+8reb+4ast, M.Koivisto 19+1reb+1ast, M.Nuutinen 11+3reb+2ast, J.Ivey 10+3reb+1ast, C.Jones 9+2reb+1ast, V.Makalainen 8+2reb+4ast
KTP: T.Blue 28+15reb+1ast, T.Crocker 19+9reb+3ast, J.Williams 14+6reb, M.Pounds 7+1ast, J.Lehtoranta 6+1reb, B.Sarcevic 6+4reb+7ast
gschID: 141844


Namika Lahti - LrNMKY 103-83

Bottom-ranked Namika Lahti managed to get a eleventh victory. This time they outleveled seventh-ranked LrNMKY 103-83. It's especially surprising that the victory came too easily and 20-point difference proves that Namika Lahti was well-prepared to that game. The game without a history. Namika Lahti led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 21-of-26 charity shots (80.8 percent) during the game. American players dominated the game. Worth to mention a great performance of guard Malik Moore (192-77, college: Amer.Internat., agency: Prossin Sports Management) who helped to win the game recording 34 points (!!!), 6 rebounds and 5 assists and forward Brant Bailey (202-77, college: Wisc.-Stevens Point) who added 26 points and 8 rebounds during the contest. Bailey is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Four Namika Lahti players scored in double figures. Forward Lawrence Hamm (198-84, college: Towson, agency: Court Side) responded with 18 points and 9 rebounds and guard DeAndre Haynes (187-84, college: Kent St., agency: Court Side) scored 18 points and 6 rebounds. Namika Lahti maintains eleventh position with 11-29 record. LrNMKY at the other side keeps the seventh place with 23 games lost.
Top scorers:
Namika Lahti: M.Moore 34+6reb+5ast, B.Bailey 26+8reb, R.Brooks 20+4reb+2ast, R.Suonio 10+2reb+3ast, J.Vanttaja 9+6reb+1ast, O.Aalto 4+4reb
LrNMKY: D.Haynes 18+6reb+3ast, L.Hamm 18+9reb+3ast, T.Tiedeman 16+5reb+1ast, H.Valimaa 9+3reb+1ast, M.Ojala 8+3reb+1ast, T.Kulha 8+1reb
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Joakim Noah's double-double lands him Player of the Week award among French playing currently abroad - by Eurobasket Center

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

Joakim Noah
Joakim Noah
   #1. This week's number one is an international power forward Joakim Noah (211-85, college: Florida). He was the major contributor in a Chicago Bulls' victory against the Detroit Pistons (20-33) 83-71 in the NBA in Friday night's game. Noah had a double-double by scoring 19 points and getting 12 rebounds. He also added 4 assists and 2 blocks in 32 minutes on the court. The Chicago Bulls have quite an impressive 42-13 record this season. It's Noah's fifth year with the team. Noah has relatively good stats this year: 9.9ppg, 9.8rpg, 2.6apg, 1.4bpg, 2FGP: 49.5% and FT: 74.7% in the 53 games he played so far. He is a naturalized American. Despite Noah played previously for the USA national team, he is currently a member of the French senior national team. Strangely Noah has never played in France.

Tony Parker
Tony Parker
   #2. Second place goes to an international point guard Tony Parker (183-82). He led San Antonio Spurs to a victory against the Phoenix Suns (27-26) 107-100 in the NBA last Tuesday. Parker scored 24 points, had 4 rebounds and dished 7 assists. The San Antonio Spurs have a solid 37-14 record this season. It was his team's eighth consecutive victory in a row. It's Parker's first year with the team. He has individually a very good season with high stats. Parker averages: 19.3ppg, 2.9rpg, 7.9apg, 2FGP: 49.4%, 3FGP: 26.4% and FT: 79.5%. Despite he played previously for the USA national team, Parker is currently a member of the French senior national team.

Nicolas Batum
Nicolas Batum
   #3. The French player who performed third best last week abroad was an international forward Nicolas Batum (201-88). He contributed to a Portland Trail Blazers' victory against the Minnesota Timberwolves (26-29) 119-106 in the NBA on Sunday night. Batum scored 24 points, grabbed 5 rebounds and made 2 blocks in 34 minutes. The Portland Trail Blazers have 24-30 record this season. Batum has very impressive stats this year: 14.1ppg, 4.4rpg, 1.3apg, 1.1bpg, 2FGP: 48.9%, 3FGP: 39.4% and FT: 84.2% in the 52 games. Despite he played previously for the USA national team, Batum is currently a member of the French senior national team.

Ali Traore
Ali Traore
   #4. Center Ali Traore (207-85, agency: Beo Basket, college: S.Idaho JC) led his Russian team Lokomotiv to a victory over the closely-ranked Khimky (5-1) 81-77 in the Eurocup in Tuesday night's game. He was MVP of the game. Traore scored 22 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. It was the game of the round between two top 2 ranked teams in group L. Lokomotiv Kuban (4-2) is placed first. It's Traore's first season with the team. Traore is currently third on the league's list of top scorers and also on the list of best rebounders (third place). This season he has very high stats. Traore averages: 15.3ppg and 7.1rpg. Despite he played previously for the USA national team, Traore is currently in the French national team roster.

Nando De Colo
Nando De Colo
   #5. International guard Nando De Colo (202-87), who plays in the Spanish ACB could not help Valencia Basket (15-12) in their last game. Despite his very good performance Valencia Basket lost 72-76 on the road to the leading Regal FC Barcelona. De Colo was the top scorer with 18 points. He also added made 3 passes and 5 steals in 31 minutes. They ended the series of four consecutive victories. De Colo is ranked ninth on the list of the top scorers in the league and also on the list of most steals (fourth place). He has very reliable stats this year: 13.5ppg, 3.0rpg, 2.7apg and 1.5spg in the 27 games. Despite De Colo played previously for the USA national team, he is currently in the French national team roster.

Rodrigue Beaubois
Rodrigue Beaubois
   #6. Guard Rodrigue Beaubois (186-88, agency: Court Side) helped Dallas Mavericks win their game against the Houston Rockets (29-25) 90-81 in the NBA on Tuesday night. Beaubois scored 14 points and added 5 passes. The Dallas Mavericks have 30-24 record this season. This year Beaubois has relatively solid stats: 9.0ppg, 2.8rpg, 2.7apg and 1.2spg. Despite he played previously for the USA national team, Beaubois is also an international player who is currently on the senior French National Team roster.

Kevin Seraphin
Kevin Seraphin
   #7. International power forward Kevin Seraphin (205-89), who plays in the NBA was not able to help the Washington Wizards (12-41) in their last game. Despite his very good performance the Washington Wizards lost 92-99 in Toronto to the Raptors. Seraphin was the second best scorer with 16 points. He also added 7 rebounds in 35 minutes. This year Seraphin's overall stats are: 5.7ppg, 4.2rpg and 1.2bpg in the 44 games. Despite he played previously for the Guyanese national team, Seraphin is currently in the French national team roster.

Johan Petro
Johan Petro
   #8. Center Johan Petro (214-86) helped New Jersey Nets win their game against the Sacramento Kings (19-35) 111-99 in the NBA last Saturday. He recorded 12 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists and made 2 blocks. The New Jersey Nets have rather weak 19-36 record this season. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. Petro's total stats this season are: 4.1ppg and 3.8rpg. Despite he played previously for the Guyanese national team, Petro is currently in the French national team roster.

Boris Diaw
Boris Diaw
   #9. International power forward Boris Diaw (203-82) is a teammate of previously mentioned Tony Parker. But that was another game of his team in NBA which we would like to mention. Diaw helped San Antonio Spurs win their game against the Cleveland Cavaliers (17-34) crushing them 125-90. He recorded 6 points, 6 rebounds and 9 assists in 25 minutes. The San Antonio Spurs have a solid 37-14 record this season. It was his team's eighth consecutive victory in a row. This year Diaw's total stats are: 3.0ppg, 4.0rpg, 3.2apg and 1.3spg in the six games. Despite he played previously for the Guyanese national team, Diaw is currently in the French national team roster.

Mickael Gelabale
Mickael Gelabale
   #10. Forward Mickael Gelabale (201-83, also represented by Court Side) helped Khimky win their game against the sixth-ranked Krasnie Krilya (7-8) 79-68 in the Russian PBL in Sunday night's game. He scored 10 points. 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. Gelabale has averaged so far 4.0ppg and 2.8rpg. Despite he played previously for the Guyanese national team, Gelabale is also an international player who is currently on the senior French National Team roster.

   #11. International power forward Ronny Turiaf (208-83, agency: Priority Sports, college: Gonzaga) helped Miami Heat win their game against the Philadelphia 76ers 99-93 in the NBA last Tuesday. He recorded 6 points, 6 rebounds and 2 blocks in 23 minutes. Turiaf has averaged so far 3.7ppg and 3.9rpg in the seven games. Despite he played previously for the Guyanese national team, Turiaf is currently in the French national team roster.

   #12. Former international forward Yakhouba Diawara (201-82, college: Pepperdine) helped Cimberio Varese win their game against the closely-ranked Banco di Sardegna Sassari 85-79 in the Italian SerieA on Sunday night. He scored 19 points. This season Diawara has very high stats. He averages: 15.1ppg, 5.5rpg, 1.7apg and 1.6spg. Despite Diawara played previously for the Guyanese national team, he is currently in the French national team roster.

   #13. Former international point guard Afik Nissim (180-81, another player represented by Beo Basket) helped Krka win their game against the sixth-ranked Sentjur 88-74 in the Slovenian Telemach League in Wednesday night's game. Nissim scored 8 points and added 6 passes in 24 minutes. Nissim has averaged so far 6.3ppg, 2.0rpg and 4.7apg in the three games. Despite he played previously for the Israeli national team, Nissim is currently in the French national team roster.

   #14. Former U20 international guard Thomas Heurtel (188-89) was not able to secure a victory for Caja Laboral in their game against Meridiano Alicante in the Spanish ACB. He scored 9 points. His team was edged 72-71. Heurtel has averaged so far 4.4ppg, 1.2rpg and 1.7apg. Despite he played previously for the Israeli national team, Heurtel is currently in the French U20 national team roster.

   #15. International power forward Ian Mahinmi (206-86) is a teammate of previously mentioned Rodrigue Beaubois. However that was another game of his team in NBA which brought him to that list. Mahinmi managed to help Dallas Mavericks in a 2-point victoryagainst the Orlando Magic 100-98. He scored only 4 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 19 minutes. Mahinmi has averaged so far 6.2ppg and 4.8rpg in the 51 games. He is also in the roster of the French national team.



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Jusuf El Domiaty Joins The Eisbaeren Bremerhaven - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber


The Eisbaeren Bremerhaven announced today that a new face has joined the team with Jusuf El Domiaty (189-G-90, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) in a test phase until the end of the season. Jusuf El Domiaty (189-G-90, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) is a 21 year old 189cm German that has PRO B and Beko BBL experience. He comes from cooperation partner Cuxhaven Bascats (PRO A) where he played 28 games averaging 11,3ppg, 1,9rpg and 1,8apg. The reason why he can join the Eisbaeren is because he had been registered with the Eisbaeren before the Feb 28 player signing deadline. 'The first impression of Jusuf is very positive. He had a very good season in Cuxhaven and now has the chance for higher tasks. This is a great solution for everyone involved and a good example of a functioning cooperation', stressed Eisbaeren head coach Douglas Spradley (agency: Limelight Hoops ). El Domiaty played for the Spot Up Medien Baskets Braunschweig from 2006-2011 playing a total of 74 PRO B games and 13 Beko BBL games.

Source: Eisbaeren Bremerhaven





Murat Didin (Gloria Giants Duesseldorf) We Are Expecting To Win The Series Against BV Chemnitz - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Murat Didin (agency: Interperformances ) is in his second full season as head coach of TheGloria Giants Duesseldorf. He coached the Deutsche Bank Skyliners for four seasons and reached the playoffs each season. In 2005, his team lost a hard fought five game series battle to Bamberg in the BBL finals and in 2008, he lost in the semi finals to The Telekom baskets Bonn and in 2009 in the Quarterfinals to eventual BBL champion EWE baskets Oldenburg. He had a 12 year playing career from 1970-1982 in Turkey. He played 12 times for the junior national team and four times for the senior national team of Turkey. He started his coaching career in 1982. He has coached 14 teams in his career including VIP Rimini in Italy and top Turkish teams Galatasaray, Fenerbache, Ulker Istanbul and Besiktas Istanbul. He spoke to Eurobasket before the start of the PRO A playoffs against BV Chemnitz.

How did you experience the last game day in the PRO A?

We beat Science City Jena in a tight game. With a loss they wouldnt have made the playoffs, but because USC Heidelberg lost to Ehingen, they stayed in the playoffs to play MBC.

Everyone says how tight the Beko BBL is, but the PRO A is also tight isnt it?


Yes it is MBC had 5 loses, Kirchheim and Chemnitz had 10 loses, Crailshiem had 11 loses, Paderborn 12, Duesseldorf 13 and Essen and Jena 14 loses. All these teams are strong and we will need a lot of energy in each game to win against BV Chemnitz.


How is Aubrey Reese coming along?

He is doing better. He didnt play the last nine weeks, but has been practicing for the last three weeks. He has to go step by step to find his rhythm. I think he will play three minutes in each quarter and get more minutes as the series goes on.

What can we await from the PRO A playoff series Duesseldorf-BV Chemnitz?


We are expecting to win this series. I think that we have a deeper roster and more experience. I think that we have a good chance to get past them and even get past the next series. Then after that we will be playing the Skyliners again.

What will be key to getting past BV Chemnitz in a five game series?


We have to improve on defense. They have some good shooters that can create their own shot. We will have to be more consistent and play with a high intensity.

How important has Quandre Lollis been?


He has been playing very well and his experience is very important. I coached him in Turkey winning a cup title and he won with Alba Berlin and last season helped a Lega 2 team advance to the first league in Italy.

How important has Patrick Flomo been?


He has been a big help and his experience is a big factor.

Duesseldorf has 6 Germans. How have they been developing?


All have developed well. Phillip Friedel had some misfortune with his injury which was stretched to nine weeks. Maxi Brauer and Marc Liyanage also have developed well.

How much do you miss Sean Evans?

He is a good athlete that can rebound well, but we were looking more for a Chris Oliver type player that can shoot and pass. Evans did not fit with us.

How difficult is it being coach and CEO with the Gloria Giants Duesseldorf?

It has been very difficult. I have never been a boss before. The club needed to make a lot of changes before the season making a better structure. We have had a good budget this season, but it wasnt my aim to become the boss, but I am giving my best.

Will the Fraport Skyliners make the playoffs?

I think that they will make the playoffs. I will be watching them during the playoffs.

Thanks Bubba for the chat



The Walter TIgers Tuebingen Give Vaughn Duggins Contract Extension - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber



The Walter Tigers Tuebingen continue to show the Beko BBL that they are doing something positive in terms of building for the future by already keeping their third player for the next season as Vaughn Duggins (190-G-87, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Wright St.) got a contract extension after Tyrone Nash (203-F-88, college: Notre Dame) and Joshua Young (185-PG-88, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Drake) for next season. Duggins is a Beko BBL rookie who played one season together with 2011 Beko BBL MVP Dashaun Wood at Wright State and hasshown this season that he has gotten used to the Beko BBL quickly as he is averaging 12,7ppg, 3,1rpg and 2,1apg. 'Vaughn has already shown in his first season that he is a very good player. He is an excellent scorer and aggressive defender. He will have even a more important role next season and we are convinced that we can take the next step. Any coach would be proud to have aplayer like that', stressed Walter Tigers Tuebingen head coach Igor Perovic . The 24 year old 190cm shooting guard from Indiana is happy to be staying in Tuebingen. 'Tuebingen is an ideal spot for me to gain experience. The fans have supported us even in tough times and I am happy that I can continue playing for them. The fact that Tyrone and Josh also stayed supported me in staying as well', added Vaughn Duggins (190-G-87, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Wright St.).


Source: Walter TIgers Tuebingen



Hendrik Bellscheidt Stays With BSV Wulfen - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber


PRO B team BSV Wulfen announced today that Hendrik Bellscheidt (193-G-90) will remain with the club for the next season. Bellscheidt is a 21 year old 193cm guard that averaged 7,3ppg, 3,0rpg and 1,0apg in 24 games. His best game was against Vechta where he contributed 18 points and during the season he scored in double figures 7 times. 'I feel very comfortable playing in Wulfen and I am happy about staying another year. It just makes so much fun playing for the fans who support us so much. I want to continue to develop and be an importnat factor in our game. Reaching the playoffs is my minimal goal', stressed Hendrik Bellscheidt (193-G-90).

Source: BSV Wulfen





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Stats Leaders - A1

A1 Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1 Kommatos, Marousi 20.4
2 Christmas, AGOR 18
3 Roby, Peristeri 16.4
4 Charalambidis, KAOD 16.1
5 Gagaloudis, Marousi 15.6
6 Beck, Ikaros 15.5
7 Dikoudis, PAOK 15
8 Tapoutos, Aris 14.6
9 James, Aris 14.5
10 Taylor, Kavala 14
11 Baynes, Ikaros 13.8

Rebounds Per Game
1 Baynes, Ikaros 8.9
2 Haritopoulos, Marousi 7.6
3 NaNa, Ilysiakos 7.5
4 Stepheson, Panio. 7.1
5 Kommatos, Marousi 6.6
6 Tapoutos, Aris 6.3
7 Symtsak, Kavala 6.2
8 O'Bryant, Kavala 5.9
9 Boykin, Kolossos 5.8
10 Scott, Peristeri GS 5.7

Assists Per Game
1 Gagaloudis, Marousi 6
2 Spanoulis, Olympiakos 5.1
3 Diamantidis, Panath. 4.6
4 Charalampidi., KAO. 4.4
5 Wright, AGOR 4.1
6 James, Aris 4.1
7 Xanthopoulos, Panio. 4.1
8 Thompson, Ilysi. 3.5
9 Tsamis, Kolossos 3.2
10 Calathes, Panathin. 3.2

Steals Per Game
1 Wright, AGOR 2.5
2 James, Aris 1.9
3 Calathes, Panathin. 1.8
4 Logan, Panathin. 1.7
5 Thompson, Ilysi. 1.7
6 Christmas, AGOR 1.6
7 Gagaloudis, Marousi 1.5
8 Hatten, Kolossos 1.5
9 Kommatos, Marousi 1.4
10 Demertzis, Marousi 1.3

Blocks Per Game
1 O'Bryant, Kavala 1.5
2 Muldrow, Aris 1.4
3 Petway, AGOR 1.2
4 Elegar, Marousi 1.1
5 Hines, Olympiakos 1
6 Stepheson, Panio. 0.9
7 Michel, KAOD 0.9
8 Vougioukas, Panath. 0.9
9 Giddens, PAOK 0.7
10 Tsontzos, Marousi 0.7




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Athletes Auction, - by Fred Roggen

I had a chance to talk with Jaron Reddy of Athletes Auction, a marketplace for players and clubs. Athletes Auction is an online platform where pro basketball players can manage their careers and clubs can save 50% on annual agency fees. They are FIBA certified and offer all the benefits of a regular agency.
Athletes Auction stands for market transparency and provides legally approved paperwork.
In this interview Jaron explains why they have set up this concept and how player and clubs benefit.
Check out their website here: http://athletesauction.com/

Where did the concept of Athletes Auction originate?
We both worked for EiffelTowers Den Bosch. I was responsible for marketing, Remco was involved with recruiting and talent development. Basically, we combined our skills and came up with this concept. From our experiences, we both feel the current market has become somewhat shady. We stand for tranparency, and believe in the power of modern day media and communications. We provide a tool kit to handle business.

The name Athletes Auction is unusual, is there some significance behind that?
The name is significant because it describes exactly what is. A marketplace, where players can indicate their desired season salary and clubs can submit bids for the services of these players. Independently, transparently and discretely.

What is the difference between the existing agencies and your new concept?
We can represent both player and club in the same way a traditional agency does. We provide officially approved paperwork and can support both parties in any dispute. The main difference is that we leave contract negotiations to player and club, by providing an online bidding platform.

In your opinion, what are the benefits of using this platform for players and Clubs?
The benefits for clubs are obvious. On average, clubs can save 50% on annual agency fees. A club official has direct contact with players, we take out the middle men. Bidding is discrete; only the player in question can view a submitted bid. Players benefit because they can showcase their skills to a broader audience than the average agency network. They have the means to interact directly with club officials. And last but not least: players are not dependent on the efforts of agents. They manage and market their own careers. We provide the infrastructure: username and password, profile information including desired salary, video & photo gallery and social media.

How do you market your business?
We firmly believe in this concept and approach players and club officials mainly through social media. We're on Twitter (@athletesauction), have a Facebook page (facebook.com/athletesauction) and you can reach us both on LinkedIn. It's a whole new ball game and we realise it's a big switch for everybody involved, but we feel it's time for a change. Because both parties benefit.

Todays social media connects people with no face-to-face contact, your business puts people together face to face, was that deliberate?
Why not use social media to bring people closer together? These days, an online platform is all players and club executives really need. Its the new way. People are even buying property online. So why not land a basketball deal?!



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Standings - A Division

A Division Standings
 1. Falco-Szova 23-3 
 2. Albacomp 21-5 
 3. Szolnok 21-5 
 4. Kormend 19-7 
 5. Atomeromu 18-8 
 6. Kecskemeti 14-12 
 7. PVSK Pannon 13-13 
 8. Soproni 12-14 
 9. Kaposvari 11-15 
 10. FS Debrecen 8-18 
 11. Szedeak 8-18 
 12. Marso NYKK 7-19 
 13. Jaszberenyi 6-20 
 14. ZTE KK 1-25 

Regular Season: Round 26

Apr. 4: Marso NYKK - Falco-Szova 92-105
Apr. 4: FS Debrecen - Atomeromu 92-101 OT
Apr. 4: Szedeak - ZTE KK 91-77
Apr. 4: Soproni - PVSK Pannon 90-75
Apr. 4: Albacomp - Szolnok 78-71
Apr. 4: Jaszberenyi - Kormend 71-82
Apr. 4: Kaposvari - Kecskemeti 62-59


A Division Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Justin INGRAM
  FS Debre.
  (185-PG-85)
  Avg: 24.6
 1. Ingram, FS Debre.24.6 
 2. Ciric, PVSK P.22.5 
 3. Timberlake, Falco-.22.2 
 4. Raivio, Kaposvari21.1 
 5. Austin, Jaszberenyi20.8 
 6. Ivosev, Szedeak20.4 
 7. Schachtner, FS Deb.20.1 
 8. Doyne, PVSK P.20.0 
 9. Levy, Szedeak19.1 
 10. Bell, Kormend19.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Miklos SZABO
  FS Debrecen
  (206-F/C-86)
  Avg: 10.4
 1. Szabo, FS Debrecen10.4 
 2. Miskovic, Marso N.9.6 
 3. Pantelic, Falco-Sz.9.2 
 4. Fey, Kaposvari9.1 
 5. Raivio, Kaposvari8.7 
 6. Bader, Szolnok8.6 
 7. Ivosev, Szedeak8.6 
 8. Townes, Kormend8.5 
 9. Egemonye, Soproni8.2 
 10. Austin, Jaszberen.8.1 
Assists Per Game
 Laszlo KALMAN
  Falco-Sz.
  (186-G-72)
  Avg: 7.1
 1. Kalman, Falco-Sz.7.1 
 2. Wilson, Kaposvari5.9 
 3. Simon, Albacomp5.8 
 4. Williams, Atomeromu5.7 
 5. Ingram, FS Debre.5.7 
 6. Trotter, Szolnok5.5 
 7. Thomas, Soproni4.8 
 8. Fekete, Marso N.4.6 
 9. Drahos, Szedeak4.3 
 10. Hodges, Jaszbere.4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Stefan FEKETE
  Marso N.
  (188-G-86)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Fekete, Marso N.2.7 
 2. Drahos, Szedeak2.6 
 3. Austin, Jaszberenyi2.5 
 4. Trotter, Szolnok2.4 
 5. Ingram, FS Debre.2.4 
 6. Raivio, Kaposvari2.3 
 7. Doyne, PVSK P.2.2 
 8. Perine, ZTE K.2.2 
 9. Ivosev, Szedeak2.2 
 10. Wittmann, Kecsk.2.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Darian TOWNES
  Kormend
  (208-F/C-84)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Townes, Kormend2.1 
 2. Pantelic, Falco-Sz.1.7 
 3. Keller, Albacomp1.5 
 4. Levy, Szedeak1.0 
 5. Egemonye, Soproni1.0 
 6. Morgen, Atomeromu1.0 
 7. Chism, Albacomp1.0 
 8. Ivosev, Szedeak0.9 
 9. Miskovic, Marso N.0.8 
 10. Bell, Kormend0.8 



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Dave Youngs announced as new Energy Head Coach - by Kip Leonetti

The Edmonton Energy has announced the selection of Dave Youngs as the teams Head Coach going into the 2012 International Basketball League season.

Youngs is a well-respected member of Edmonton's coaching fraternity, having served as Head Coach at Ross Shepard High School since 1992, winning numerous Alberta Provincial Championships and helping develop many standout players, including Stephen Sir, Jermaine Bucknor and Mangisto Arop. He was twice named Alberta's Coach of the Year in 2000 and 2004.

Prior to joining the coaching ranks, Youngs enjoyed a fine career as a Golden Bear at the University of Alberta in the late 1980's, where he finished among the school's career leaders in three point shooting and was named as the top defensive player in the Canada West Conference.

Youngs, who views this opportunity as a learning experience, is not completely unfamiliar with the professional coaching ranks as he served as an Assistant Coach for the Energy during the 2010 season, helping the team to a 14-6 record.

''I am a coach who likes to keep control of the ball and get the shots we need to be successful,'' commented Youngs. ''I am excited to see how I will have to adjust the way I do things with older players. I believe communication and getting the guys to buy into what we are doing is going to be key.''

Youngs already feels confident about the Energys chances this season, stating ''I am expecting to have a team to contend for the championship. In order for us to win we will have to establish an inside game on offense and play really tough defensively.''

''I think we will be able to do different things as these guys are very good players with lots of basketball experience,'' concluded Youngs.

Energy General Manager Rick Stanley was pleased to be able to attract a leader as talented as Youngs to serve as the team's new head man, and admitted his surprise that another team hadnt chosen him first.

''In my mind we now have the coach that we set out to get when this whole process began,'' beamed Stanley. ''He carries a strong torch in this community and through his playing days with the Golden Bears and his mentorship and leadership as a coach and teacher we could not be happier.''

Joining Youngs on the sideline will be Mike Hansen, who adds extra credibility to the coaching staff as the current Head Coach for the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology and formerly of Lethbridge College, where he was named Alberta's Coach of the Year in 2011.

The Energy open the 2012 IBL season with a pair of road games in Orlando on April 27 and 28, before returning home to play their first game at the GO Centre on May 4 at 7 p.m. against the Jersey G-Force.

For more information on the Energy or to purchase tickets, visit their website at www.edmontonnrg.com.



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Standings - IBL

NBL Standings
 1. Satria Muda 26-4 
 2. Aspac 26-5 
 3. Garuda 24-7 
 4. Pelita Jaya 23-7 
 5. CLS Knights 21-10 
 6. Muba Hangtuah 17-13 
 7. Stadium Jak. 16-14 
 8. Bima Sakti 10-19 
 9. Pacific Caesar 9-23 
 10. Comfort Mobile 6-25 
 11. Satya Wacana 4-27 
 12. NSH GMC Riau 1-29 

Regular Season: Round 50

Apr. 4: Satria Muda - Satya Wacana 76-69
Apr. 4: Pacific Caesar - CLS Knights 39-85
Apr. 4: NSH GMC Riau - Garuda 33-73

Regular Season: Round 51

Apr. 5: Bima Sakti - NSH GMC Riau
Apr. 5: Muba Hangtuah - Satria Muda
Apr. 5: Aspac - Pelita Jaya
Apr. 5: Stadium Jak. - Comfort Mobile


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Yanuar DWI PRIASMORO
  Bima S.
  (178-SG-89)
  Avg: 16.6
 1. Dwi Priasmor., Bim.16.6 
 2. Ferdiansyah, Stadi.15.3 
 3. Nagata, Pacific14.0 
 4. Wisnu, Satria Muda13.9 
 5. Rizky Ardian., Bim.13.5 
 6. Sapto, Muba H.12.9 
 7. Chandra, Pelita J.12.2 
 8. Ahmad, Satria Muda12.0 
 9. Regowo, Aspac11.9 
 10. Prawiro, Aspac11.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Galank GUNAWAN
  Satria M.
  (194-PF-87)
  Avg: 10.6
 1. Gunawan, Satria M.10.6 
 2. Regowo, Aspac8.8 
 3. Thoyib, Aspac8.2 
 4. Heryadi, Muba H.7.9 
 5. Yanto, NSH G.7.6 
 6. Sitepu, Satria M.7.4 
 7. Rizky Ardian., Bim.7.3 
 8. Nasution, Satya W.6.8 
 9. Wisnu, Satria Muda6.6 
 10. Wuwungan, Satya6.6 
Assists Per Game
 Denny SARTIKA
  Bima Sakti
  (175-PG-80)
  Avg: 4.2
 1. Sartika, Bima Sakti4.2 
 2. Gerungan, Aspac4.0 
 3. Purwanto, Pelita J.3.5 
 4. Muharri, CLS K.3.5 
 5. Widyanto, Pacifi.3.2 
 6. Yusran, Stadium2.5 
 7. Ahmad, Satria Muda2.4 
 8. Wilopo, Muba H.2.4 
 9. Husnuzan, NSH G.2.4 
 10. Uniputty, Comfor.2.4 
Steals Per Game
 Kelly PURWANTO
  Pelita J.
  (177-PG-83)
  Avg: 3
 1. Purwanto, Pelita J.3.0 
 2. Muharri, CLS K.2.8 
 3. Poedjakesuma, Peli.2.7 
 4. Sartika, Bima Sakti2.3 
 5. Ferdiansyah, Stadi.2.3 
 6. Wijaya, Garuda2.2 
 7. Uniputty, Comfor.2.1 
 8. Sunarya, Muba H.2.0 
 9. Sapto, Muba H.2.0 
 10. Ahmad, Satria Mu.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 R RUSLAN
  Stadium .
  (197-C-89)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Ruslan, Stadium2.6 
 2. Thoyib, Aspac2.3 
 3. Sitepu, Satria M.2.0 
 4. Arizki, Aspac1.7 
 5. Gunawan, Satya W.1.6 
 6. Teguh, Muba H.1.3 
 7. Damanik, NSH G.1.2 
 8. Indrawan, Pelita J.1.2 
 9. Listiyono, Pacifi.1.1 
 10. Sitaniapesy, Comf.1.0 


NBL Round 50: Satria Muda keeps a leadership position - by Eurobasket News

The games are now more important than at the beginning of the Regular Season. We may still expect few shocking results in upcoming 4 rounds.

The game had a very big importance for second-ranked Satria Muda as it allowed them to take a leadership position. Satria Muda defeated 11th ranked Satya Wacana in Jakarta 76-69. The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 24-13. But Satya Wacana won second period 23-18. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Satria Muda won last quarter 22-16. They dominated down low during the game scoring 58 of its points in the paint compared to Satya Wacana's 38. Satria Muda forced 19 Satya Wacana turnovers. 25 personal fouls committed by Satya Wacana helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Guard Arki Wisnu (187-G-88) had a double-double by scoring 18 points, 5 rebounds and 10 assists to lead the charge for the winners and international power forward Christian Ronaldo Sitepu (200-86) chipped in 18 points and 6 rebounds during the contest. Guard Respati Pamungkas (180-91) responded with 15 points and 4 assists. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Satria Muda have a solid three-game winning streak. As mentioned above they are alone now at the top position. Satya Wacana lost seventh consecutive game. They keep the eleventh place with 27 games lost. Satya Wacana will have a break next week, which should allow them to rest in order to get back on the winning path. Satria Muda will try to continue on its current victory against sixth ranked Muba Hangtuah in Pandang.
9th ranked Pacific Caesar (9-23) was outscored at home by fifth ranked CLS Knights (21-10) with the biggest margin this round 85-39. The former international center Agustinus Indrajaya (191-83) notched 10 points and 7 rebounds to lead the effort and Wijaya Saputra supported him with 9 points. Even 12 points by forward Gege Nagata (185-88) did not help to save the game for Pacific Caesar. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. CLS Knights have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain fifth position with 21-10 record. Pacific Caesar lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the ninth place with 23 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.

In the last game of round 50 Garuda destroyed NSH GMC Riau on the opponent's court 73-33.


NSH GMC Riau - Garuda 33-73

Very expected game when 12th ranked NSH GMC Riau (1-29) was crushed at home by fourth ranked Garuda (24-7) 73-33. The game without a history. Garuda 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 first quarter and to 12 points in first half. Garuda held NSH GMC Riau to an opponent 24.4 percent shooting from the field compared to 41.4 percent accuracy of the winners. Garuda forced 27 NSH GMC Riau turnovers and outrebounded them 47-23 including a 20-6 advantage in offensive rebounds. Nico Fritzgerald (186-81) notched 12 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists to lead the effort and guard Hendru Ramli (188-88) supported him with 16 points. Even 4 points and 8 rebounds by power forward Boy Damanik (192-76) did not help to save the game for NSH GMC Riau. Ryan Febriyan (194-87) added 9 points 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. Garuda moved-up to third place. NSH GMC Riau lost twentieth sixth consecutive game. They stay dead last with 29 lost games. Garuda will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. NSH GMC Riau will play on the road against Bima Sakti (#8) to get more than just one victory in their record.
Top scorers:
NSH GMC Riau: R.Febriyan 9+1reb+1ast, H.Nurdiansyah 8+2reb, M.Yanto 4+2reb, B.Damanik 4+8reb+1ast, R.Israelli 3+2reb+1ast, I.Husnuzan 3+2reb+5ast
Garuda: H.Ramli 16+4reb+3ast, M.Dhiya 12+8reb, N.Fritzgerald 12+8reb+4ast, I.Budianto 10+1ast, F.Minallah 8+7reb, C.Gideon 5+7reb+3ast
gschID: 166191


Pacific Caesar - CLS Knights 39-85

9th ranked Pacific Caesar (9-23) was outscored at home by fifth ranked CLS Knights (21-10) with the biggest margin this round 85-39. The game without a history. CLS Knights led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Pacific Caesar to just 7 points in second and fourth quarters. CLS Knights dominated down low during the game scoring 50 of its points in the paint compared to Pacific Caesar's 22. CLS Knights forced 24 Pacific Caesar turnovers and outrebounded them 35-21 including 27 on the defensive glass. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 23 assists comparing to just 8 passes made by Pacific Caesar's players. The former international center Agustinus Indrajaya (191-83) notched 10 points and 7 rebounds to lead the effort and Wijaya Saputra (184-85) supported him with 9 points. Even 12 points by forward Gege Nagata (185-88) did not help to save the game for Pacific Caesar. Guard Handoyo Saputro (184-88) added 9 points 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. CLS Knights have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain fifth position with 21-10 record. Pacific Caesar lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the ninth place with 23 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Pacific Caesar: G.Nagata 12+2reb+1ast, H.Saputro 9+2reb, H.Listiyono 5+1reb+2ast, P.King Dhay 3+3reb, E.Sasmito 3+8reb, I.Pranoto 2
CLS Knights: A.Indrajaya 10+7reb+3ast, D.Muharri 10+3reb+2ast, W.Saputra 9+4reb+3ast, E.Koswara 8, F.Freddy 8+3reb, H.Sudjana 8+2reb+6ast
gschID: 166192


Satria Muda - Satya Wacana 76-69

The game had a very big importance for second-ranked Satria Muda as it allowed them to take a leadership position. Satria Muda defeated 11th ranked Satya Wacana in Jakarta 76-69. The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 24-13. But Satya Wacana won second period 23-18. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Satria Muda won last quarter 22-16. They dominated down low during the game scoring 58 of its points in the paint compared to Satya Wacana's 38. Satria Muda forced 19 Satya Wacana turnovers. 25 personal fouls committed by Satya Wacana helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Guard Arki Wisnu (187-88) had a double-double by scoring 18 points, 5 rebounds and 10 assists to lead the charge for the winners and international power forward Christian Ronaldo Sitepu (200-86) chipped in 18 points and 6 rebounds during the contest. Guard Respati Pamungkas (180-91) responded with 15 points and 4 assists and forward Luthfianes Gunawan (181-89) scored 10 points and 9 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Satria Muda have a solid three-game winning streak. As mentioned above they are alone now at the top position. Satya Wacana lost seventh consecutive game. They keep the eleventh place with 27 games lost. Satya Wacana will have a break next week, which should allow them to rest in order to get back on the winning path. Satria Muda will try to continue on its current victory against sixth ranked Muba Hangtuah in Pandang.
Top scorers:
Satya Wacana: Y.Sua 15+2reb+2ast, R.Pamungkas 15+3reb+4ast, L.Gunawan 10+9reb+1ast, J.Hasoloan 8+4reb, J.Lolowang 8+3reb+3ast, F.Nugroho 5+6reb+1ast
Satria Muda: C.Ronaldo Sitepu 18+6reb+1ast, A.Wisnu 18+5reb+10ast, W.Situmorang 10+3reb, V.Michel 8, F.Julius Ahmad 8+1ast, S.Liogu 4+1reb
gschID: 166193



Heryadi's double-double lands him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

31-year old power forward Dian Heryadi (194-F/C-80) put on an amazing game in the last round for Muba Hangtuah and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 49.
He had a double-double of 14 points and 14 rebounds, while his team beat Bima Sakti (#8, 10-19) 73-65. Muba Hangtuah maintains the 6th position in Indonesian league. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Muba Hangtuah will need more victories to improve their 17-13 record. It's Heryadi's second year at Muba Hangtuah and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Heryadi has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in rebounds (4th best: 7.9rpg).

Second best performed player last round was Pringgo Regowo (190-F-87) of top-ranked Aspac. He is a forward in his second season at Aspac. In the last game Regowo recorded impressive double-double of 14 points and 11 rebounds. Of course he lead Aspac to another comfortable win outscoring the lower-ranked Comfort Mobile (#10, 6-25) 77-38. This victory allowed Aspac to move up to 1st position in the standings. His team lost just five games this season, while they won 26 matches. Regowo is well-known at Aspac and he already established his position as one of the team's leaders. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 11.9ppg (#9). He also registered 8.8 boards per game.

Third place about best performers goes to another Muba Hangtuah's star - forward Ary Sapto (188-F-80). Sapto scored 22 points and grabbed eleven rebounds (!!!). He was another key player of Muba Hangtuah, helping his team with a 73-65 win against slightly lower-ranked Bima Sakti (#8, 10-19). Muba Hangtuah needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 17 victories and 13 lost games. Sapto has a great season in Indonesia. After 35 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 12.9ppg (6th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Andi Poedjakesuma (187-F-80) of Pelita Jaya - 19 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
5. F Freddy (192-C-86) of CLS Knights - 6 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Ary Chandra (182-F-84) of Pelita Jaya - 14 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Yanuar Dwi Priasmoro (178-SG-89) of Bima Sakti - 27 points
8. Sugiharto Cahyadi (176-PG-85) of Bima Sakti - 13 points and 4 rebounds
9. Merio Ferdiansyah (176-SG-85) of Stadium Jak. - 20 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Tony Agus (191-PF-86) of CLS Knights - 16 points and 7 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)



ASEAN League: Saigon Heat completes comeback to tame Warriors - by Eurobasket News

Saigon Heat - Indonesia Warriors 88:86

Saigon Heat made a miraculous comeback in the final seconds of their game against Indonesia Warriors and sealed an incredible victory at the end. The Heat came back from an 8-point deficit with 30 seconds remaining to shock the visitors and gained the fifth win in the season. Jahmar Thorpe (198-F-84, college: Houston) came up with crucial shots late in regulation to seal the win for the Heat.
Indonesia Warriors led by three points after ten minutes of action 27:24. But the Heat managed to pull ahead for a narrow 46:44 halftime lead. The Warriors took over after the big break. They secured a 4-point lead into the final stanza. The Warriors seemed on their way to another victory as they piled up an 8-point lead with 30 seconds remaining. But the hosts fully capitalized on free throws misses from Salangsang and Mario Wuysang to erase the deficit. Jahmar Thorpe then made a big play to win the clash for the home team. He finished with 23 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists for the Heat. Jonathan Jones (211-C-79, agency: TSS Management) added 19 points and 15 boards in the victory. Steve Thomas (204-C/F-81, college: Middle Tenn.St.) responded with 21 points, 14 boards and 5 assists for the Warriors. Jonathan Smith (206-F-82, college: Bowie St.) added 19 points in the loss.

Saigon Heat: Jahmar Thorpe 23, Jonathan Jones 19+15 boards, Robert Sanz (191-G/F-81) 17
Indonesia Warriors: Steve Thomas 21+14 boards, Jonathan Smith 19



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  ISRAEL   


Best players of Israeli Premier League round 23 - by Eurobasket News

Naturalized American Isaac Rosefelt (205-C/F-85) had an amazing evening in the last round for Bnei Hasharon and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 23.
The 26-year old had a double-double of 28 points and fifteen rebounds, while his team edged out Elitzur Netanya (#8, 8-13) 84-80. Bnei Hasharon maintains the 10th position in American Premier League. The season is in a full swing, so it's only a dream for the team to make it into top half of the standings. For contrary they may face relegation if the situation turns from bad to worse. Bnei Hasharon have already lost 15 games and recorded just six victories. It was one of impressive evenings for Rosefelt as usually he does not deliver so high stats. University of St.Thomas graduate has very impressive stats this year. Rosefelt is in league's top in rebounds (2nd best: 8.7rpg) and averages solid 68.1% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 27-year old American forward Brandon Bowman (204-F-84) of Maccabi Rishon. Bowman impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 25 points and 12 rebounds. It was enough for Maccabi Rishon to edge slightly lower-ranked Hapoel Holon (#5, 12-9) by 6 points 90-84. Maccabi Rishon's 3rd position in the standings has not changed. His team's 13-8 record is not bad at all. Bowman is a newcomer at Maccabi Rishon and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders.

The third best performed player last round was American Romeo Travis (200-PF-84) of second-ranked Galil Gilboa. Travis scored 20 points and grabbed twelve rebounds (!!!). Despite Travis' great performance Galil Gilboa lost 67-69 to #4 ranked Hapoel J-M. 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 last thing Galil Gilboa needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 14 victories and 7 lost games. Travis has a great season in Israel. After 20 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 18.0ppg (8th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Bryant Dunston (202-F/C-86) of Hapoel Holon - 13 points and 12 rebounds
5. D.J. Strawberry (196-G-85) of Hapoel J-M - 28 points and 7 rebounds
6. Carlos Powell (199-F-83) of Maccabi Haifa - 23 points and 7 assists
7. Alex Tyus (203-F-88) of Maccabi Ashdod - 15 points and 11 rebounds
8. Adrian Uter (201-F/C-84) of Maccabi Rishon - 11 points, 13 rebounds and 5 assists
9. Dror Hagag (178-PG-78) of Maccabi Ashdod - 21 points, 3 rebounds and 5 assists
10. Josh Carter (201-F/G-88) of Maccabi Ashdod - 25 points, 2 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)



Israeli National League round 25 best performance: Kobi Izik - by Eurobasket News

Power forward Kobi Izik (204-F/C-83) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Kiryat Tivon, receiving a Eurobasket.com National League Player of the Week award for round 25.
The 28-year old player was the main contributor (39 points, six rebounds and six assists) to his team's victory, helping them to beat Lev Hasharon (#14, 7-18) 96-90. Kiryat Tivon maintains the 6th position in Israeli National League. Kiryat Tivon is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 13-12 record. In the team's last game Izik had a remarkable 85.7% from 2-point range. He has many years of experience at Kiryat Tivon, through which he has constantly improved. Kobi Izik averages this season 14.5ppg and 5.2rpg.

The second best player in last round's games was 24-year old American Marcus Ginyard (196-G/F-87) of Ironi Nahariya. Ginyard had a very good evening with 27 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists. Of course Ironi Nahariya cruised to a 96-84 relatively comfortable win over slightly higher-ranked Elitzur Ramla (#9, 11-14). The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the title. Ironi Nahariya keeps 10th position. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 10-15 record. Ginyard is a newcomer at Ironi Nahariya, but is already one of team's top players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 21.6ppg (#6). He also registered 7.2 boards per game.

Third on the list of top players last round was American forward Anthony Johnson (203-F-88) of Hod Hasharon (#7). Johnson got into 30-points club by scoring exactly 30 points in the last round. He went also for nine rebounds . He was a key player of Hod Hasharon, leading his team to a 94-91overtime win against slightly higher-ranked Ironi Nes-Ziona (#5, 14-11). Hod Hasharon needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 13 victories and 12 lost games. Johnson has a very solid season. In 25 games in Israel he scored 16.0ppg. He also has 7.8rpg, 2.1bpg and FGP: 53.7%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Nir Golan (180-G-86) of Elitzur Yavne - 25 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists
5. Errick McCollum (185-G-88) of Hapoel K/S - 27 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists
6. Eric Traimel (201-F-88) of Ironi Nahariya - 23 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Gabe Blair (203-F-87) of Ironi Nes-Ziona - 24 points, 12 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Nate Miller (193-G-87) of Macc.B.Yaakov - 24 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists
9. Lenny Daniel (201-F-87) of Ironi K-A - 25 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Grady Reynolds (198-F-80) of Lev Hasharon - 24 points and 11 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)



Perkins Pao Inks Game 5, Barcelona Wins Title - by David Pick

All eyes will be watching OAKA Arena in Athens, Greece tonight where a decisive win-or-go-home Euroleague quarter-finals Game 5 between Greek host Panathinaikos and Israeli Maccabi Tel-Aviv will kick off an intense battle.

For this most unusual fifth game, Eurobasket teamed up with
Doron Perkins, recently one of Maccabi's most dominant guards and a yellow-and-blue fan favorite, who analyzed Tel-Aviv's potential for winning the series, and explained why he thinks Spanish Barcelona, will be crowned Euroleague champs.

Do-or-Die

'Game 5's are always the toughest throughout any series. I think Panathinaikos has a better chance of winning and advancing to the Final Four because they're playing at home and they will get the benefit of the calls from the referees, so in a sense, they have the advantage. Still, it all comes down to one game so anything can happen.'

X-Factor

'The X-Factor for Maccabi is
David Blu. He's one of the best shooters in Europe and the only pure shooter on the team. Blu's ability to knock down shots can also spread the floor for the guards. Tel-Aviv also has Guy Pnini who shoots well, but he's hasn't been playing much lately. It's known that when Blu plays well, Maccabi's chances of winning dramatically increase.'
Game Strategy

'If Maccabi's looking to beat Pao on the road, they have to play like they did in Game 2 and that means one thing RUN. Pao is a team of great shooters that doesnt take a lot of bad shots so you need to run against them at all times. If the pace of the game slows down, it'll benefit the home team.
In order for Maccabi to play the run-and-gun style of basketball, they need two things. First,
Richard Hendrix has to start. Rich has been playing extremely well this season and therefore, bringing Sofoklis Schortsanitis off the bench would be more efficient since the game slows down down the stretch, allowing Sofo to have a much bigger impact both on offense and defense.
Second,
Yogev Ohayon needs to play exactly like he's been until now. Going up against Sarunas Jasikevicius and Dimitris Diamantidis he has nothing to lose. He doesnt need to play better then he already is. I've played against Yogev for three consecutive years and he's one of the toughest guys out there who does a lot of little things that make the difference. He's the guy that could get the 'W' for Maccabi but it's all a matter of whether he'll have enough confidence and aggressiveness from the perimeter.'

Euroleague Final Four

'Regardless of who wins Game 5, Barcelona and CSKA will make the finals but I have to go with Barcelona to win it all. Basketball wise, they're the best team that matches up pretty well with CSKA and can cause them a lot of problems.'


Jeremy Pargo

'I still hear that Maccabi fans are disappointed with Jeremy's decision to leave Israel, but I always supported the choices he's made. His dream was always to play in the NBA and regardless, I think the NBA system suits his style of play a lot better than Europe.
People can't compare his success overseas to how he's playing in the league. I dont think anyone expected him to come in and average 20 points and game his rookie year, yet he's in a good situation on a good team. He's a backup point guard and when he played early in the season he did well, so I believe he's in a good fit and he needs to keep working hard.'


Cantu/Tel-Aviv/Siena

'There's no hard feeling between me and Maccabi's management. I really wasnt ready when they were looking for a player and I made the right decision sitting out.
In Cantu, Coach Trinchieri pushes me and has a lot of confidence in my game, and I believe it will pay off very soon. In the Italian league we play back-to-back games versus Milan and Siena so things should get interesting.
I believe that Olympiakos' series win over Siena opened the eyes of some of our guys, who now know we can beat them. Our team is very different team from Siena. Our bigs are very dominant but not as athletic as their guys and the best way to beat them is utilizing your athletic players and switching on defense.'



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  ITALY   


Reyer Venezia agrees contract extension with Andrea Mazzon - by Eurobasket News

According to La Gazzetta dello Sport, Reyer Venezia and Andrea Mazzon agreed a contract extension until the end of the 2014/15 season. Reportedly, the deal will be official in the next few days. The Italian specialist took over Venezia in January of 2010. He got a two-year extension at the end of the 2009/10 season. Last season Venezia reached Lega Due Finals and earned a promotion for SerieA. They also reached Lega Due Cup Semifinals. This season (so far) Umana Venezia registered 15 wins in 25 games and currently shares third place in SerieA with Milano, Sassari, Scavolini and CS Bologna. Before Venezia, Andrea Mazzon worked with Aris Thessaloniki and Upim Bologna. He also has experience from Napoli, Imola, Jesi and Panionios. He worked with Verona in the past. In 1997, with Mash Jeans Verona, Mazzon was named Italian A1 Coach of the Year -97. They won the Radivoj Korac Cup. With Aris, Mazzon reached ULEB Cup Finals in 2006.


Bargnani hits game-winning shot in Raptors 92-87 win over Bobcats - by Eurobasket News

When the three-point shot stopped falling, Andrea Bargnani (209-F/C-85) settled into the post to take advantage of a favourable matchup down low.

That decision ultimately led the Toronto Raptors to their first winning streak in more than two months.

Bargnani had a game-high 30 points and hit the pivotal jumper with 26.9 seconds remaining as Toronto defeated the Charlotte Bobcats 92-87 Tuesday night, giving the Raptors consecutive victories for the first time since Jan. 23-25.

More astonishingly, it also gave Toronto its first back-to-back wins at the Air Canada Centre since Dec. 1-3, 2010 a span of 59 home games.

With the Raptors (19-35) ahead 88-87 following a long D.J. Augustin three-pointer, Bargnani drove and hit a turnaround hook shot over Byron Mullens for his eighth and ninth points of the quarter.

Mullens then airballed a three-point attempt and Bargnani finished things off with free throws, helping Toronto polish off an impressive 3-2 homestand.

Raptors head coach Dwane Casey said the call to send Bargnani into the paint came after he had struggled from beyond 20 feet for most of the night

'I thought his outside shot wasn't really falling so we tried to mix it up, give him the balance of inside and outside,' Casey said. 'He did a great job of getting his back to the basket and going at Mullens in the post.'

Bargnani said he doesn't mind drifting in from the perimeter if the situation calls for it.

'I feel comfortable either inside or outside, it depends on who's guarding me,' said Bargnani, who shot 11-for-22 from the floor and scored the Raptors' final nine points of the game. 'Coach is very good at finding the right situation, either inside or outside.'

DeMar DeRozan scored 16 of his 20 points in the second half, driving to the hoop with regularity after being held to just two shots in the opening 24 minutes.

'I said, 'We're going to get you going in the second half,' and he did,' said Casey. 'He did a great job of attacking again, (of finding) balance between attacking and outside shots and did a great job for us in the third quarter.'

Mullens led the way with 20 points for the Bobcats (7-44), who have dropped eight straight. Augustin chipped in with 18 after being a late scratch from the starting lineup with right knee tendinitis.

Bobcats rookie guard Kemba Walker said Bargnani's performance, particularly down the stretch, made the difference.

'Every time we made a shot, he came down and made a big play,' said Walker. 'That was really the key to their win.'

As with Sunday's victory over the Washington Wizards, Casey found plenty of areas for improvement beginning with the 17 offensive rebounds his club allowed to a Bobcats team that ranks fourth-last in the NBA in that category. But he applauded his team's efforts in holding Charlotte to just 40.3 per cent from the field.

'I thought everybody came into tonight, fought and scrapped,' he said.

Courtesy of www.winnipegfreepress.com



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  JORDAN   


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 relegated to the 2nd Division while Kofer Yoba, ASU, Orthodox and Riyadi advances to the Final Four.

Final 4 (First Round)
05.04.2012 Kofer Yoba vs.Riyadi at 18:00
05.04.2012 ASU vs. Orthodox at 18:00

*Stats: Courtesy of JNBT Page




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Ulug Kacaniku is a newcomer at Istanbulspor - by Eurobasket Center

Istanbulspor (TB2L) added to their roster 27-year old swingman Ulug Kacaniku (202-G/F-85). In his first game he scored 24 points and grabbed 8 rebounds. Despite his good performance his new team lost to Optimum TED 78-83. Kacaniku played most recently at Sigal Prishtina (Kosovo). He played also pro basketball in Germany.

Eurobasket Data Center



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Big Losses for Qadsia - by Jasmien Nanhekhan

Big losses for Al-Qadsia

First loss for the team was losing Abdullah Al Sarraf (190-F-82, agency: Pro Management Agency) who is now recovering from his injury.
Next to this Al Qadsia has released Lee Benson (208-F/C-73, agency: Paris Global Sports, college: Brown Mackie) who was number one in blocks and rebounds.
Lee Benson: 'Too bad that the players did not give me a chance to show that I am a scorer; this could have definitely made a difference in the games.
Qadsia decided to bring back Joel Box (205-C-84, agency: Pro Management Agency, college: Quincy) who has played for Al-Qadsia before; this could be a plus since he knows most of the players and their mentality.



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LBL Standing

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

Regular Season: Round 27

Apr. 4: VEF Riga - Jurmala 117-61
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: 9.3
 1. Jonats, Jurmala9.3 
 2. Willard, Ventspils8.5 
 3. Rozitis, Valmiera8.0 
 4. Dargais, LU7.9 
 5. Berzins, VEF Riga7.6 
 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, Jurmala3.6 
 5. Krumins, Jelgava3.2 
 6. Silavs, Jelgava3.1 
 7. Peiners, LU3.1 
 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. Gray, Ventspils1.8 
 4. Osins, LU1.8 
 5. Mayo, Liepaja1.7 
 6. Young, Ventspils1.5 
 7. Timma, Liepaja1.5 
 8. Kosuskins, Jurmala1.4 
 9. Krumins, Jelgava1.4 
 10. Ozols, Jurmala1.4 
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 27-3 
 3. Liepaja-2 25-4 
 4. Saldus 21-8 
 5. VEF Kadeti 18-12 
 6. RSU 16-11 
 7. DSN 16-13 
 8. VA 16-14 
 9. BS Riga 14-14 
 10. Livani 9-19 
 11. Ogres 8-20 
 12. Valmiera BSS 8-21 
 13. Jelgava/LLU 8-21 
 14. Cesis 8-22 
 15. Gulbene 7-23 
 16. Ridzene 4-26 

Regular Season: Round 36

Apr. 4: Gulbene - BS Riga 85-78
Apr. 2: BS Riga - Barons kvartals 83-100
Apr. 3: BK VEF - Ogres 76-62
Apr. 3: Valmiera BSS - VEF Kadeti 62-84
Apr. 4: DSN - Ridzene 104-58
Apr. 5: Barons kvartals - Cesis
Apr. 5: RSU - Valmiera BSS
Apr. 6: Liepaja-2 - DSN



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  LEBANON   


Lebanese Div.A round 10 (Second Stage) best performance: Nathanel Johnson - by Eurobasket News

American forward Nathanel Johnson (199-F-77) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Sagesse, receiving a Asia-basket.com Player of the Week award for round 10 (Second Stage).
The 34-year old player had a double-double of 40 points and 10 rebounds, while his team The game was between two of the league's top four teams. Sagesse maintains the 4th position in Lebanese Div.A. Sagesse is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. But it was their 14th lost game this season out of 26 games. Johnson turned to be Sagesse's top player in his first season with the team. Former University of Louisville star has very solid stats this year. Johnson is in league's top in points (5th best: 22.9ppg), assists (6th best: 4.8apg) and averages impressive 52.7% FGP and 45.3% from behind 3-point line.

The second best player in last round's games was -year old American Billy McShepard (208-F) of Hoops. McShepard had a very good evening with a double-double of 29 points and 13 rebounds. Of course Hoops cruised to a 84-76 relatively comfortable win over the higher-ranked Byblos (#5, 10-15). Despite this victory they still are the league outsider. 19 lost games are too many comparing to just six victories Hoops managed to get this Second Stage. McShepard is one of the most experienced players at Hoops and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third on the list of top players last round was American guard Jasmon Youngblood (195-G-84) of Anibal (#3). Youngblood showcased his all-around game by recording 25 points, seven rebounds and eight assists in the last round. He was a key player of Anibal, leading his team to a 102-83 easy win against #4 ranked Sagesse in a game of the week. Anibal needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 17 victories and 8 lost games. Youngblood has a great season in Lebanon. After 22 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 21.6ppg (6th best). He also has 2.9spg, 1.2bpg and FGP: 64.5%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Chudney Gray (188-G-78) of Byblos - 29 points and 6 assists
5. Ahmad Ismail (205-F-76) of Al Riyadi - 12 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists
6. Damond Williams (197-G-80) of Hoops - 18 points, 15 rebounds and 5 assists
7. Jean Abdel Nour (198-F/G-83) of Al Riyadi - 25 points and 5 rebounds
8. LeRoy Hurd (202-F/G-80) of Anibal - 21 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Marcus Haislip (208-F-80) of Champville - 27 points and 10 rebounds
10. Patrick Bou Abboud (199-F-87) of Bejjeh - 15 points, 13 rebounds and 7 assists

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



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Sonny Weems officially leaves Zalgiris - by Eurobasket News

Sonny Weems (198-G/F-86, college: Arkansas) and Zalgiris agreed on terms of contract termination. The guard sustained a season-ending injury days last week and decided to return to the USA. Sonny Weems joined the Kaunas team at the beginning of the season. He averaged 15.5 points, 5.0 rebounds and 1.3 assists per game in Euroleague. In VTB League Sonny Weems posted 10.3 points, 4.1 rebounds and 2.0 assists per appearance. The guard also delivered 9.0 points, 3.0 rebounds and 1.5 steals in Baltic League. In LKL his stats read 10.0 points, 4.1 rebounds, 1.4 steals and 1.8 assists. Sonny Weems helped Zalgiris win Lithuanian Cup title. Previously Sonny Weems played in the NBA for the Nuggets and the Raptors. He was also D-League champion together with the Colorado 14ers in 2009.


2011-12 Eurocup Rising Star Trophy winner: Jonas Valanciunas, Lietuvos Rytas - by Eurobasket News

Euroleague Basketball is pleased to announce Jonas Valanciunas (210-C-92) of Lietuvos Rytas as the fourth annual winner of the Eurocup Rising Star Trophy. The 19-year-old center has put together a tremendous season for his club, controlling the paint on both ends of the floor to help Rytas reach the 2012 Eurocup Finals. The Eurocup Rising Star Trophy recognizes the most outstanding player in the competition who was younger than 22 on July 1 of the summer before the season started. Motiejunas, who will turn 20 years on May 6, has shown maturity beyond his years, changing games on defense, while posting quite productive numbers on offense. He has led Rytas in rebounds, blocks and performance index ranking, and tied for second in scoring all in just 24 minutes per game. In the overall standings, the big man ranked second in index (16.9) and rebounding (7.9 rpg.) and fourth in blocks (1.6 bpg.). Simply put, Valanciunas has dominated the Eurocup like few his age ever have. His productivity and talent combined with his role in leading Rytas so deep into the competition make Valanciunas the natural choice as the 2011-12 Eurocup Rising Star!

The Rising Star Trophy is part of an expanded awards structure launched before the 2008-09 season to enhance the recognition of the finest Eurocup players for their efforts on the basketball court throughout the season. Apart from the Eurocup Rising Star, Euroleague Basketball and its in-house experts also select the All-Eurocup first and second teams and the Eurocup MVP. Additionally, the Eurocup Finals MVP award will go the best player at that event as voted by accredited journalists in attendance during the title game. The Euroleague previously announced Jure Zdovc of Spartak St. Petersburg as the 2011-12 Eurocup Coach of the Year.

Valanciunas came off a great summer, in which he led the Lithuanian under-19 team to the gold medal at the World Championships and also played for Lithuanias senior national team at EuroBasket 2011. Already a basketball icon in Lithuania, Valanciunas then helped L. Rytas to finish the Eurocup Regular Season undefeated with some stellar performances along the way, especially in front of his fans at Siemens Arena. He had 12 points and 8 rebounds against Azovmash and did even better 13 points and 11 rebounds in 19 minutes against Le Mans. He even raised his playing level in the Last 16 stage, especially after Rytas's opening loss against Lokomotiv Kuban. He had 17 points and 10 rebounds against Benetton and barely missed another double-double 12 points and 9 boards against Alba Berlin. When Rytas faced a make-or-break road game in Treviso, Valanciunas delivered with 17 points on 7-of-9 shooting and 7 rebounds in a critical 74-80 win. Valanciunas continued to shine with team highs of 14 points, 8.5 rebounds and a 22.5 index in the two-game quarterfinals series against BC Donetsk to secure a berth at the Eurocup Finals. This far he has averaged 11.3 points on 64.1% shooting, 80% free throw shooting, 7.9 rebounds, 1.6 blocks and 3.5 fouls drawn in this Eurocup season.

Valanciunas joins Victor Claver of Power Electronics Valencia, Milan Macvan of Hemofarm Vrsac and Donatas Motiejunas of Benetton Basket Bwin on the list of player to win the prestigious Eurocup Rising Star Trophy. He also becomes the youngest player to receive the honor. Now, Valanciunas aims to join Claver, whom he will square off against in the Eurocup semifinals, as the only players to lift the Eurocup title after becoming the Eurocup Rising Star. Valanciunas will finish his spectacular Eurocup season by leading Rytas into the 2012 Eurocup Finals in Khimki, Russia on April 14 and 15.

Previous winners of the Rising Star award:
2010-11 Donatas Motiejunas - Benetton Basket
2009-10 Victor Claver - Valencia Basket
2008-09 Milan Macvan - KK Hemofarm

Courtesy of www.eurocupbasketball.com



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  MEXICO   

Standings - CIBACOPA

CIBACOPA Standings
 1. Hermosillo 12-3 
 2. Tijuana 11-3 
 3. Guaymas 11-4 
 4. Nogales 11-5 
 5. Cananea 7-8 
 6. Culiacan 6-9 
 7. Guasave 6-9 
 8. Navolato 6-10 
 9. Los Mochis 5-10 
 10. Tepic 0-14 

Regular Season: Round 15

Apr. 3: Culiacan - Tepic 91-86
Apr. 2: Nogales - Navolato 90-83
Apr. 3: Los Mochis - Cananea 87-90
Apr. 3: Tijuana - Guaymas 85-79
Apr. 3: Nogales - Navolato 81-77
Apr. 3: Guasave - Hermosillo 76-81

Regular Season: Round 17

Apr. 10: Guasave - Guaymas
Apr. 10: Cananea - Tijuana
Apr. 10: Nogales - Culiacan
Apr. 10: Navolato - Hermosillo
Apr. 10: Los Mochis - Navolato


CIBACOPA Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 O''Louis MCCULLOUGH
  Nogales
  (198-G/F-82)
  Avg: 22.3
 1. McCullough, Nogales22.3 
 2. Selleaze, Navolato20.0 
 3. Robinson, Culiacan20.0 
 4. Wiley, Los Mochis19.7 
 5. Thomas, Cananea19.6 
 6. Quintero, Tijuana18.3 
 7. Gibson, Navolato17.7 
 8. Harris, Cananea17.6 
 9. Clay, Los Mochis17.0 
 10. Giron, Guasave16.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jamil TERRELL
  Tepic
  (200-F/C-80)
  Avg: 10.7
 1. Terrell, Tepic10.7 
 2. Selleaze, Navolato9.6 
 3. Clay, Los Mochis9.4 
 4. Sanders-F., Nogales9.1 
 5. Robinson, Culiacan8.7 
 6. Lopez, Hermosillo7.9 
 7. Zamora, Culiacan7.7 
 8. McCullough, Nogales7.3 
 9. Wiley, Los Mochis6.9 
 10. Little, Hermosillo6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Hector NUNGARAY
  Guaymas
  (178-PG-78)
  Avg: 6
 1. Nungaray, Guaymas6.0 
 2. Taylor, Los Mochis5.8 
 3. Monreal, Hermosillo5.0 
 4. Pulido, Culiacan3.5 
 5. Quintero, Tijuana3.4 
 6. Heredia, Nogales3.2 
 7. Harris, Cananea3.1 
 8. McCullough, Nogales3.1 
 9. McSwine, Navolato2.8 
 10. Gibson, Navolato2.8 
Steals Per Game
 Derek THOMAS
  Cananea
  (193-F-84)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Thomas, Cananea1.9 
 2. Buelna, Guasave1.5 
 3. Monreal, Hermosillo1.4 
 4. Gibson, Navolato1.4 
 5. Heredia, Nogales1.3 
 6. Giron, Guasave1.2 
 7. Pulido, Culiacan1.2 
 8. Reatiga, Navolato1.2 
 9. Holloway, Guaymas1.0 
 10. Habel, Guaymas1.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Sylvester SEAY
  Tijuana
  (208-F-85)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Seay, Tijuana1.8 
 2. Habel, Guaymas1.2 
 3. Clay, Los Mochis1.1 
 4. Zamora, Culiacan1.1 
 5. Johnson, Guaymas1.0 
 6. Robinson, Culiacan0.9 
 7. Terrell, Tepic0.8 
 8. Wiley, Los Mochis0.8 
 9. Carrillo, Guaymas0.8 
 10. McCullough, Nogal.0.7 


Coras de Tepic sign Sergio Lugo - by Eurobasket Center

Coras de Tepic signed Sergio Lugo. In his first game he scored 12 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. Despite his good performance his new team lost to Culiacan 86-91. Lugo played most recently at Soles de Mexicali (LNBP). Tepic has poor 0-14 record in the league.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Zamora number one in Mexico for round 15 - by Eurobasket News

Naturalized American center Rodrigo Zamora (206-C-86) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Culiacan, receiving a Latinbasket.com Player of the Round 15.
The 25-year old player had a double-double of 21 points and 12 rebounds, while his team beat Tepic (#10, 0-14), the league's bottom-ranked team 91-86. Culiacan is placed at 6th position in American CIBACOPA. Culiacan is rather a weak team placed in lower part in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 6-9 record. Zamora just recently signed at Culiacan, being already a very valuable addition to the team. Former Montana State University star has very solid stats this year. Zamora is in league's top in rebounds (8th best: 7.4rpg) and averages impressive 55.5% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 25-year old American Tayloe Taylor (191-G-86) of Los Mochis. Taylor had a very good evening with a double-double of 28 points and 10 assists. Bad luck as Los Mochis was edged by the higher-ranked Cananea (#5, 7-8) 90-87. This loss caused Los Mochis to drop to 9th position in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 5-10 record. Taylor is one of the most experienced players at Los Mochis and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third on the list of top players last round was another Los Mochis' star - American forward Brandon Wiley (198-F-88). Wiley scored 24 points and grabbed ten rebounds. Despite Wiley's great performance Los Mochis lost 87-90 to the higher-ranked Cananea (#5, 7-8). But his team cannot count on just these two top stars as they also need help of the other teammates. The chances of Los Mochis not to end season at such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 10 games, recording just five victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Wiley could try to bring Los Mochis' a little bit higher in the standings. Wiley has individually a great season in Mexico. After 14 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 19.4ppg (5th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Charles Moore (201-F-86) of Guasave - 16 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Markhuri Sanders-Frison (200-C-88) of Nogales - 18 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Matthew Gibson (196-G-84) of Navolato - 26 points, 3 rebounds and 4 assists
7. Roburt Sallie (196-G-86) of Cananea - 19 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Markhuri Sanders-Frison (200-C-88) of Nogales - 10 points, 18 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Rob Robinson (203-F-87) of Culiacan - 19 points and 11 rebounds
10. Emmanuel Little (196-F-85) of Hermosillo - 18 points and 8 rebounds

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



CIBACOPA Round 15: Ostioneros de Guaymas lose the game and top position - by Eurobasket News

There was a change at the CIBACOPA leadership position after last games. Round 15 most important game was a defeat of league's leader Ostioneros de Guaymas (11-4). They were defeated by third ranked Tijuana Zonkeys (11-3) 85-79 on Tuesday night. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Ostioneros de Guaymas. It was a key game for the second position in the league. The hosts trailed by 3 points at the halftime before their 49-40 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. It was a great evening for American power forward Cyrus Tate (203-85, college: Iowa, agency: Edge Sports) who led his team to a victory scoring 21 points and 6 rebounds. His fellow American import swingman Marcus Morrison (198-84, college: Middle Tenn.St.) helped adding 14 points and 6 rebounds. Tijuana Zonkeys' coach Luis Lopez used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The best for the losing side was American forward Jerome Habel (208-85, college: San Diego St.) with 15 points and 7 rebounds. Tijuana Zonkeys have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They moved-up to second place. Ostioneros de Guaymas at the other side dropped to the third position with four games lost. They were replaced at the leadership position by Hermosillo. Ostioneros de Guaymas will play next round against Coras de Tepic trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Tijuana Zonkeys will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game.
Important game to mention about took place in Los Mochis. Fifth ranked Mineros de Cananea (7-8) saved a 3-point victory on the road edging 8th ranked Pioneros Los Mochis (5-10) 90-87 on Tuesday evening. Americans were the main players on the court. It was an exceptional evening for guard Kwan Waller (180-89, college: Ky Wesleyan) who led the winners and scored 25 points. Roburt Sallie accounted for 19 points and 8 rebounds (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line). Mineros de Cananea's coach allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. Guard Tayloe Taylor (191-86, college: Livingstone) came up with a double-double by scoring 28 points, 7 rebounds and 10 assists for Pioneros Los Mochis in the defeat. Defending champion maintains fifth place with 7-8 record. Pioneros Los Mochis lost their fifth game in a row. They dropped to the ninth position with ten games lost. Mineros de Cananea will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Pioneros Los Mochis will play again at home against Mineros de Cananea (#5) and hope to get back on the winning track.
Bottom-ranked Coras de Tepic (0-14) is still winless. This time they lost on the road their 14th consecutive match to ninth ranked Caballeros de Culiacan (6-9) 91-86 on Tuesday evening. The best player for the winners was Rodrigo Zamora who had a double-double by scoring 21 points, 12 rebounds and 4 blocks. Caballeros de Culiacan's coach Jonathan Meza used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. At the other side the best for losing team was Larry Morinia who recorded 20 points and 4 assists. Caballeros de Culiacan moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Guasave. Coras de Tepic lost their fourteenth game in a row. They still closes the standings with 14 games lost. Caballeros de Culiacan will again meet at home bottom-ranked Coras de Tepic (#10) in the next round. Coras de Tepic will play against Ostioneros de Guaymas and hopes to get finally their first victory.
The game in Guasave was also worth to mention about. Second ranked Rayos de Hermosillo (12-3) played at the court of 6th ranked Frayles de Guasave (6-9). Rayos de Hermosillo managed to secure a 5-point victory 81-76. Americans were the main players on the court also this time. It was a good game for Emmanuel Little who led his team to a victory with 18 points and 8 rebounds. Rayos de Hermosillo's coach Dan Tacheny allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. The victory was the fourth consecutive win for Rayos de Hermosillo. They keep a position of league leader. Frayles de Guasave at the other side keeps the sixth place with nine games lost. Rayos de Hermosillo will have a break next round. Frayles de Guasave will play again at home against the league's leader Rayos de Hermosillo (#1).
Fourth ranked Fuerza Guinda Nogales (11-5) beat at home 7th ranked Garra Canera de Navolato (6-10) by 7 points 90-83, which is the biggest margin this round on Monday night. The game was dominated by American players. Worth to mention a quality performance of Markhuri Sanders-Frison who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 10 points and 18 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. The victory was the sixth consecutive win for Fuerza Guinda Nogales. They maintain fourth place with 11-5 record. Garra Canera de Navolato lost their fifth game in a row. They dropped to the eighth position with ten games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.

In the last game of round 15 Navolato lost to Nogales on the opponent's court 77-81.


Nogales - Navolato 81-77

Rather expected game when 7th ranked Garra Canera de Navolato (6-10) was defeated on the road by fourth ranked Fuerza Guinda Nogales (11-5) 81-77 on Tuesday. The hosts trailed by 6 points after three quarters before their 24-14 charge, which allowed them to win the game. It was a great evening for American center Markhuri Sanders-Frison (200-88, college: California, agency: VVG Sports) who led his team to a victory scoring 18 points and 9 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field). International forward Michael Strobbe (201-85) helped adding 15 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. The best for the losing side was American forward Ronald Selleaze (197-76, college: CSU Bakersfield, agency: Dream Team Management) with 21 points and 9 rebounds (went 11 for 11 at the free throw line !!!) and the other American import guard Matthew Gibson (196-84) scored 17 points and 5 assists. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Garra Canera de Navolato's coach tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. The victory was the sixth consecutive win for Fuerza Guinda Nogales. They maintain fourth place with 11-5 record. Garra Canera de Navolato lost their fifth game in a row. They dropped to the eighth position with ten games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Nogales: M.Sanders-Frison 18+9reb+2ast, B.Heredia 16+2reb+3ast, M.Strobbe 15+7reb+4ast, O.McCullough 14+4reb+2ast, C.Estrada 10+1reb, R.Jarvis 6+4reb+2ast
Navolato: R.Selleaze 21+9reb, M.Gibson 17+3reb+5ast, J.Inzunza 14+1reb+3ast, F.Verdugo 10+5reb+2ast, D.McSwine 7+3reb, C.Dominguez 6+3reb
gschID: 171149


Los Mochis - Cananea 87-90

Important game to mention about took place in Los Mochis. Fifth ranked Mineros de Cananea (7-8) saved a 3-point victory on the road edging 8th ranked Pioneros Los Mochis (5-10) 90-87 on Tuesday evening. Pioneros Los Mochis were ahead by 1 point at the halftime before a 22-16 third quarter run of Mineros de Cananea. Americans were the main players on the court. It was an exceptional evening for guard Kwan Waller (180-89, college: Ky Wesleyan) who led the winners and scored 25 points. Guard Roburt Sallie (196-86, college: Memphis) accounted for 19 points and 8 rebounds (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line) for the winning side. Four Mineros de Cananea players scored in double figures. Mineros de Cananea's coach allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. Guard Tayloe Taylor (191-86, college: Livingstone) came up with a double-double by scoring 28 points, 7 rebounds and 10 assists and forward Brandon Wiley (198-88, college: Idaho) added 24 points and 10 rebounds respectively for Pioneros Los Mochis in the defeat. Defending champion maintains fifth place with 7-8 record. Pioneros Los Mochis lost their fifth game in a row. They dropped to the ninth position with ten games lost. Mineros de Cananea will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Pioneros Los Mochis will play again at home against Mineros de Cananea (#5) and hope to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Cananea: K.Waller 25+2reb+3ast, R.Sallie 19+8reb+2ast, F.Harris 18+2reb+3ast, D.Thomas 12+7reb+4ast, J.Arturo Farrera Chantiri 6+3reb, J.Casillas 4
Los Mochis: T.Taylor 28+7reb+10ast, B.Wiley 24+10reb, R.Moss 12+6reb+2ast, J.Favela 8+3reb+2ast, E.Cuen 7+4reb+3ast, A.Verdugo 4+1reb+1ast
gschID: 171146


Guasave - Hermosillo 76-81

The game in Guasave was also worth to mention about. Second ranked Rayos de Hermosillo (12-3) played at the court of 6th ranked Frayles de Guasave (6-9). Rayos de Hermosillo managed to secure a 5-point victory 81-76. It looked good early as Frayles de Guasave took an 1-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Rayos de Hermosillo had a 18-16 second period charge getting the lead and Frayles de Guasave was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 76-81. Rayos de Hermosillo made 16-of-20 charity shots (80.0 percent) during the game. Americans were the main players on the court also this time. It was a good game for forward Emmanuel Little (196-85, college: N.Dakota) who led his team to a victory with 18 points and 8 rebounds. Forward Patrick Sanders (198-85, college: Cal-Irvine) contributed with 20 points for the winners. Little is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top summer league for players who want to play basketball overseas. Rayos de Hermosillo's coach Dan Tacheny allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. Guard Russell Carter (196-85, college: Notre Dame) answered with 24 points and forward Charles Moore (201-86, college: S.Arkansas) added 16 points and 8 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) in the effort for Frayles de Guasave. The victory was the fourth consecutive win for Rayos de Hermosillo. They keep a position of league leader. Frayles de Guasave at the other side keeps the sixth place with nine games lost. Rayos de Hermosillo will have a break next round. Frayles de Guasave will play again at home against the league's leader Rayos de Hermosillo (#1).
Top scorers:
Hermosillo: P.Sanders 20+3reb+1ast, E.Little 18+8reb, J.Lopez 12+7reb+1ast, S.Coleman 9+9reb, S.Monreal 8+7reb+4ast, J.Camacho 6+2reb+1ast
Guasave: R.Carter 24+3reb+1ast, C.Moore 16+8reb+2ast, G.Giron 9+7reb+1ast, S.Spicer 8+7reb, A.Izaguirre 8+3reb+5ast, V.Buelna 6+4reb+6ast
gschID: 171147


Culiacan - Tepic 91-86

Bottom-ranked Coras de Tepic (0-14) is still winless. This time they lost on the road their 14th consecutive match to ninth ranked Caballeros de Culiacan (6-9) 91-86 on Tuesday evening. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Coras de Tepic won fourth quarter 22-19. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Coras de Tepic 45-24 including a 31-18 advantage in defensive rebounds. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Caballeros de Culiacan made 8 blocks. The best player for the winners was the former international center Rodrigo Zamora (206-86, college: Montana St.) who had a double-double by scoring 21 points, 12 rebounds and 4 blocks. American forward Rob Robinson (203-87, college: Robert Morris, agency: SDJ Sports) chipped in a double-double by scoring 19 points and 11 rebounds. Caballeros de Culiacan's coach Jonathan Meza used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. At the other side the best for losing team was American guard Larry Morinia (180-80, college: Montana St., agency: ProSportsCareers) who recorded 20 points and 4 assists and the other American import center Deangelo Riley (205, college: Azusa Pacific) added 17 points, 6 rebounds and 5 blocks respectively. Four Caballeros de Culiacan and five Coras de Tepic players scored in double figures. Caballeros de Culiacan moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Guasave. Coras de Tepic lost their fourteenth game in a row. They still closes the standings with 14 games lost. Caballeros de Culiacan will again meet at home bottom-ranked Coras de Tepic (#10) in the next round. Coras de Tepic will play against Ostioneros de Guaymas and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Culiacan: R.Lopez 24+4reb, R.Zamora 21+12reb+2ast, R.Robinson 19+11reb, R.Navarro 11+5reb+4ast, A.Oupoh 6+4reb+1ast, J.Manuel Gutierrez 5+1reb+2ast
Tepic: L.Morinia 20+1reb+4ast, D.Riley 17+6reb, M.Ayala 15+2reb, M.Henderson 14+6reb, S.Lugo 12+5reb, M.Chavez 5+1reb+2ast
gschID: 171148


Nogales - Navolato 90-83

Fourth ranked Fuerza Guinda Nogales (11-5) beat at home 7th ranked Garra Canera de Navolato (6-10) by 7 points 90-83, which is the biggest margin this round on Monday night. The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 29-20. But Garra Canera de Navolato won second period 20-18. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Fuerza Guinda Nogales had a 25-13 advantage in offensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. The game was dominated by American players. Worth to mention a quality performance of center Markhuri Sanders-Frison (200-88, college: California, agency: VVG Sports) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 10 points and 18 rebounds. Swingman O'Louis McCullough (198-82, college: Francis Marion) helped adding 19 points and 6 assists. Five Fuerza Guinda Nogales players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was guard Matthew Gibson (196-84) with 26 points and 4 assists and forward Ronald Selleaze (197-76, college: CSU Bakersfield, agency: Dream Team Management) scored 22 points and 7 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. The victory was the sixth consecutive win for Fuerza Guinda Nogales. They maintain fourth place with 11-5 record. Garra Canera de Navolato lost their fifth game in a row. They dropped to the eighth position with ten games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Nogales: R.Jarvis 20+2reb+2ast, M.Strobbe 20+3reb+1ast, O.McCullough 19+4reb+6ast, B.Heredia 14+2reb+7ast, M.Sanders-Frison 10+18reb+3ast, V.Rojo 7+1ast
Navolato: M.Gibson 26+3reb+4ast, R.Selleaze 22+7reb+2ast, F.Verdugo 11+1ast, J.Inzunza 9+5reb+2ast, D.McSwine 6+6reb+1ast, J.Pablo Mora 5+3reb+3ast
gschID: 171144


Tijuana - Guaymas 85-79

There was a change at the CIBACOPA leadership position after last games. Round 15 most important game was a defeat of league's leader Ostioneros de Guaymas (11-4). They were defeated by third ranked Tijuana Zonkeys (11-3) 85-79 on Tuesday night. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Ostioneros de Guaymas. It was a key game for the second position in the league. The hosts trailed by 3 points at the halftime before their 49-40 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. It was a great evening for American power forward Cyrus Tate (203-85, college: Iowa, agency: Edge Sports) who led his team to a victory scoring 21 points and 6 rebounds. His fellow American import swingman Marcus Morrison (198-84, college: Middle Tenn.St.) helped adding 14 points and 6 rebounds. Tijuana Zonkeys' coach Luis Lopez used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The best for the losing side was American forward Jerome Habel (208-85, college: San Diego St.) with 15 points and 7 rebounds and point guard Hector Nungaray (178-78) scored 17 points. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Tijuana Zonkeys have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They moved-up to second place. Ostioneros de Guaymas at the other side dropped to the third position with four games lost. They were replaced at the leadership position by Hermosillo. Ostioneros de Guaymas will play next round against Coras de Tepic trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Tijuana Zonkeys will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game.
Top scorers:
Tijuana: C.Tate 21+6reb+2ast, M.Morrison 14+6reb+3ast, D.Hugee 14+3reb+4ast, A.Solares 11+6reb+1ast, O.Quintero 9+6reb+4ast, L.Ramirez 9+3ast
Guaymas: H.Nungaray 17+3reb+3ast, J.Habel 15+7reb+3ast, F.Benitez 14+6reb, H.Johnson 11+6reb+5ast, H.Carrillo 8+3reb+2ast, A.Pedroza 6+1reb+2ast
gschID: 171145



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  MOLDOVA   

Standings

D1 Standings
 1. Donbasket 13-0 
 2. Gamma 9-3 
 3. PGU-SDUSHOR 8-5 
 4. UASM 8-5 
 5. Fireball 6-6 
 6. Politech 3-10 
 7. ASEM 3-10 
 8. Soroka 2-11 



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  MONTENEGRO   

Standings - 1A

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

Second Stage: Round 4

Play-Out

Apr. 4: KK Podgorica - Danilovgrad 83-79
Apr. 4: Jedinstvo - ABS Primorje 76-62
Apr. 4: Centar BP - Mogren 20-0

S-League

Apr. 4: Ulcinj - Sutjeska 72-81
Apr. 4: Buducnost - Teodo Tivat 108-62
Apr. 7: Mornar Bar - Lovcen



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  NBA   

Standings

NBA Standings
Eastern Conference
Atlantic Div.
 1. Boston C. 30-23 
 2. Philadelph.76 29-25 
 3. New York K. 27-27 
 4. Toronto R. 20-35 
 5. New Jersey N. 19-37 
Central Div.
 1. Chicago B. 42-13 
 2. Indiana P. 33-21 
 3. Milwaukee B. 26-28 
 4. Detroit P. 20-33 
 5. Cleveland C. 17-35 
Southeast Div.
 1. Miami Heat 39-14 
 2. Orlando M. 32-22 
 3. Atlanta H. 32-23 
 4. Washington W. 12-42 
 5. Charlotte B. 7-45 
Western Conference
Northwest Div.
 1. Oklah.City T. 40-14 
 2. Denver N. 29-25 
 3. Utah Jazz 28-27 
 4. Minnesota T. 26-30 
 5. Portland TB 25-30 
Pacific Div.
 1. LA Lakers 35-20 
 2. LA Clippers 32-22 
 3. Phoenix Suns 28-26 
 4. Golde State W. 21-32 
 5. Sacramento K. 19-35 
Southwest Div.
 1. San Antonio S. 38-14 
 2. Dallas M. 31-24 
 3. Memphis G. 30-23 
 4. Houston R. 29-25 
 5. N.Orleans H. 14-40 

Regular Season: Round 98

Apr. 4: Miami Heat - Oklah.City T. 98-93
Apr. 4: Washington W. - Indiana P. 96-109
Apr. 4: Dallas M. - Memphis G. 95-85
Apr. 4: Minnesota T. - Golde State W. 94-97
Apr. 4: N.Orleans H. - Denver N. 94-92
Apr. 4: Boston C. - San Antonio S. 86-87
Apr. 4: Philadelph.76 - Toronto R. 78-99
Apr. 4: Atlanta H. - Charlotte B. 120-93
Apr. 4: LA Clippers - LA Lakers 108-113
Apr. 4: Milwaukee B. - Cleveland C. 107-98
Apr. 4: Utah Jazz - Phoenix Suns 105-107
Apr. 4: Portland TB - New Jersey N. 101-88

Regular Season: Round 99

Apr. 5: Orlando M. - New York K.
Apr. 5: Chicago B. - Boston C.
Apr. 5: Detroit P. - Washington W.
Apr. 5: Sacramento K. - LA Clippers


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Kobe BRYANT
  LA Lakers
  (198-G-78)
  Avg: 28.1
 1. Bryant, LA Lakers28.1 
 2. Durant, Oklah.Ci.27.6 
 3. James, Miami Heat26.9 
 4. Love, Minnesota T.26.5 
 5. Westbrook, Oklah..24.4 
 6. Rose, Chicago B.22.8 
 7. Wade, Miami Heat22.7 
 8. Ellis, Golde S.21.9 
 9. Aldridge, Portland.21.6 
 10. Williams, New J.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. Humphries, New J.11.0 
 7. Griffin, LA Clipp.11.0 
 8. Gasol, LA Lakers10.5 
 9. Gortat, Phoenix9.9 
 10. Chandler, New Y.9.8 
Assists Per Game
 Steve NASH
  Phoenix Suns
  (190-PG-74)
  Avg: 11.2
 1. Nash, Phoenix Suns11.2 
 2. Rondo, Boston C.11.0 
 3. Paul, LA Clippers9.0 
 4. Calderon, Toron.8.9 
 5. Williams, New J.8.6 
 6. Rubio, Minnesot.8.2 
 7. Rose, Chicago B.8.0 
 8. Parker, San A.7.8 
 9. Wall, Washington W.7.7 
 10. Lowry, Houston R.7.2 
Steals Per Game
 Mike CONLEY
  Memphis G.
  (186-PG-87)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Conley, Memphis G.2.4 
 2. Paul, LA Clippers2.3 
 3. Rubio, Minnesot.2.2 
 4. James, Miami Heat2.0 
 5. Rondo, Boston C.1.8 
 6. Westbrook, Oklah..1.8 
 7. Shumpert, New Y.1.8 
 8. Millsap, Utah Jazz1.8 
 9. Lowry, Houston R.1.8 
 10. Allen, Memphis G.1.7 
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. Gasol, Memphis G.1.9 
 7. Hibbert, Indiana P.1.9 
 8. Dalembert, Houst.1.8 
 9. Smith, Atlanta H.1.8 
 10. Udoh, Golde S.1.7 


Player Scores 100 Points in FIBA Asia Game - by Miguel Rivera

via ESPN.com

Mohammad El Akkari joined the exclusive 100-point-game club when he scored 113 in a Lebanese league game Tuesday.

Akkari, who came into the game averaging only 7.6 points per game in 23 contests, made 40-of-69 shots, including 32-of-59 3-pointers, according to fibaasia.net. He made only one free throw.

'Thank god for this performance. I think it's all a result of my practice,' Akkari said, according to fibaasia.net. 'I also want to thank my coach for letting me play that long and all my teammates for helping.'

Records show that this was the first 100-point performance in an official game in any league of the FIBA Asia National Federations.

According to fibaasia.net, 100 points have been scored in a game in Asia twice: Lou Salvador had 116 for the Philippines against China in the 1923 Far Eastern Games and Jeron Teng scored 104 points in a high school game in the Philippines.

Akkari, a 27-year-old who has spent seven seasons with the Tripoli club, joins that group and legendary Wilt Chamberlain, who scored 100 points for the Lakers against the Knicks in 1962. Chamberlain, though, made 28 free throws in that game.

'He's a phenomenal but very underrated shooter,' Moutahed coach Ahmad Fadel said of Akkari. 'He puts in a lot of hard work in practice. I am not surprised.'

Moutahed won the Lebanese Division A League Final Eight game against Bejjeh173-141.



Irving to miss some time with shoulder sprain. - by Bryan Floyd

The obvious choice for rookie of the year Kyrie Irving (6'3''-G-92, college: Duke) will be out for the rest of week and maybe more. Irving played last night and did end up playing 30 minutes, but he was definitely not himself. His numbers were down across the board and this explains why he struggled so much. The Cavs are officially calling the injury a sprained shoulder and that is all of the information they have provided thus far. The Cavs will give Irvings minutes to NBDL callup Donald Sloan since they are still missing Daniel Gibson as well. In Sloan's only other start this season, he put up 10 points, seven rebounds, four assists and two steals.


Tuesday's games review (8): Lakers blow big lead, hold off Nets 91-87 - by Eurobasket News

Detroit P. - Orlando M. 102-95
Early last season, the Orlando Magic came into the Palace with four key players sidelined because of a stomach virus. They beat the Pistons anyway-so when Orlando arrived short-handed again Tuesday night, Detroit's Tayshaun Prince reminded his teammates. 'I brought that up,' Prince said. 'When guys are out, you can't say, 'OK, this is going to be an easy night for us, and we should be able to do whatever we want.' So I let that be known to those guys before the game.' Heeding Prince's warning, the Pistons pulled away in the fourth quarter for a 102-95 victory over Orlando. Greg Monroe (6'11''-C-90, college: Georgetown) had 22 points and 11 rebounds, and Ben Gordon (6'2''-G-83, college: Connecticut) added 18 points for Detroit. The Magic were without starters Dwight Howard, Jameer Nelson and Ryan Anderson because of injuries. 'All you can do is play against the guys that they put in front of you,' Detroit coach Lawrence Frank said. 'We did enough good things to come out with the win.' Prince and Jason Maxiell scored 15 points apiece, and Jonas Jerebko contributed 13 for the Pistons. Detroit shot 12 of 18 from the field in the fourth quarter. Glen Davis, who started at center in Howard's place, led Orlando with a career-high 31 points. The Magic have lost four straight, equaling their longest skid of the season. 'We don't play any defense. Dwight would obviously help, but we don't guard,' Magic coach Stan Van Gundy said. 'We don't guard when Dwight is on the floor and we don't guard when Dwight is off the floor. If that doesn't change in the next three weeks, we aren't going anywhere.' Orlando managed only four offensive rebounds without Howard, who was out with back spasms. Nelson had a sore left calf and Anderson has been bothered by a sprained right ankle. Detroit guard Rodney Stuckey missed the game with a sore left hamstring. The Pistons led 50-47 at halftime and scored the first eight points of the third quarter, taking an 11-point lead on two free throws by Monroe. Orlando rallied quickly and even took the lead before the quarter was over. It was 74-all heading into the fourth. Detroit opened the final quarter with seven straight points-a 3-pointer by Jerebko and baskets by Monroe and Brandon Knight. The Pistons then pushed their advantage into double digits again, eventually leading 91-78 after a baseline shot by Jerebko. It was 93-87 when Monroe made a tough catch inside and had his layup roll around the rim and in, causing Van Gundy to grab the back of his head in exasperation. Prince's putback made it 97-89-with Howard's absence hurting Orlando until the very end. Maxiell gave Detroit a lift with his energy, opening the game with a dunk and making a nice play in the third quarter when he saved a ball from going out of bounds at the offensive end and then took a pass for a layup. Monroe, meanwhile, was an efficient 9 of 11 from the field. The 6-foot-11 center made an athletic play in the third when he came up with a steal at midcourt and went all the way for a breakaway dunk and a 68-61 lead. 'That's his signature move,' Frank joked. 'It's a surprise. We unleash it in the second half.' Frank then began mimicking a baseball coach giving signals to a batter. 'We're going to have to change the call,' Frank said. 'He's getting too good at it.' *Courtesy of http://ca.sports.yahoo.com

LA Lakers - New Jersey N. 91-87
Kobe Bryant (6'6''-G-78) scored 24 points and rattled home a 3-pointer with 6.8 seconds left, and the Los Angeles Lakers blew every bit of a 17-point lead before holding on for a 91-87 victory over the New Jersey Nets on Tuesday night. Pau Gasol (7'0''-F/C-80) had 22 points and 12 rebounds, and Ramon Sessions had 19 points and 11 assists as the Lakers put an ugly finish on their 11th victory in 15 games despite never trailing in their eighth consecutive win over the Nets. Los Angeles led by 12 early in the fourth quarter, but Deron Williams led an 18-6 run for New Jersey, tying it on a 3-pointer with 1:29 left. Bryant made a long jumper moments later, and the Lakers controlled the ball for 52 straight seconds during the final minute with an offensive rebound and an out-of-bounds deflection. Bryant then made his third 3-pointer, beating the shot clock with a rattling shot, and Williams missed his own 3-point attempt. Williams scored 20 points, Gerald Wallace had 19, and Kris Humphries added 18 points and 15 rebounds amid steady boos for the Nets, whose first three-game winning streak of the season ended. *Courtesy of www.ktvn.com

Memphis G. - Golde State W. 98-94
O.J. Mayo (6'5''-G-87, college: USC) scored 19 points, Mike Conley (6'1''-PG-87, college: Ohio St.) added 18 and the Memphis Grizzlies overcame a lackluster performance with a fourth-quarter rally to defeat the Golden State Warriors 98-94 on Tuesday night. Golden State led by 12 early in the fourth quarter, but Memphis went on a 13-0 run to erase the advantage and fight to their third straight win. Dante Cunningham scored 13 points, hitting all six of his shots for Memphis. Marc Gasol added 12, Rudy Gay finished with 11 points, despite going 3 of 13 from the field, and Gilbert Arenas scored 10 points, going 4 for 4 from the field. David Lee scored 22 points to lead the Warriors, who lost their sixth straight. Nate Robinson scored 18 and Brandon Rush added 13 on 4 of 7 from the field. The Grizzlies won the game by outscoring Golden State 28-15 in the final period, shooting 70.5 percent. The fourth-quarter rally was keyed by Cunningham, who had nine in the period, and Mayo who scored six. Memphis was coming off a 94-88 win at Oklahoma City on Monday - a victory that seemed to provide a new momentum. But for the first three quarters, the Warriors appeared to be the ones in line for the playoffs, instead of hoping for good draft position. The game started pretty ugly. The Warriors missed nine of their first 10 shots, and both teams ended the first quarter hitting 9 of 24 from the field. The offense picked up in the second as Lee was effective for the Warriors, while Memphis was relying on balanced scoring. Golden State, which started three rookies - Klay Thompson, Jeremy Tyler and Charles Jenkins - went to their veterans to take a second-quarter lead. Lee's basket with 2.4 seconds left in the half gave him 14 points and tied the game at 50 at the break. Conley, who hit 5 of 7 shots including 2 of 3 outside the arc, had 12 for Memphis. The Warriors extended the lead to nine in the middle stages of the third as the Grizzlies continued to look lethargic. Mayo hit back-to-back 3-pointers to pull Memphis close, but Robinson answered with consecutive long-range jumpers to provide the Warriors a buffer. That helped Golden State carry a 79-70 lead into the final quarter, and a 3-pointer by Rush on the Warriors' initial possession of the fourth gave them the first double-digit lead of the game. The lead reached 86-74 on another Robinson basket with just over 10 minutes to play before the Grizzlies began their comeback. *Courtesy of www.foxnews.com

Sacramento K. - Phoenix Suns 100-109
Phoenix Suns star Steve Nash (6'3''-PG-74, college: Santa Clara) controlled the game when it mattered most, making big shots and finding open teammates in the fourth quarter with the game in doubt. It's a trait the veteran All-Star point guard has exhibited throughout his NBA career, and he did it one more time Tuesday night against the Sacramento Kings. Marcin Gortat (7'0''-C-84) had 20 points and 10 rebounds and Nash added 18 points and 12 assists and the Suns held off the Kings for a 109-100 victory. It was a key victory for Phoenix, which is trying to move up in the standings with 13 games remaining, including six of the next seven on the road. The Suns won their second straight and third in four games to move over the .500 mark (27-26) for only the third time this season. The Suns moved within 1 games of Houston for the Western Conference's eighth and final playoff berth. 'We know every game is critical,' Suns coach Alvin Gentry said. 'You have to treat every game like a playoff game. This group understands that urgency.' It was Nash helping to push the lead to double digits in the fourth quarter when the Kings kept hanging around, hoping they could get a win on a night when they didn't play well. Sacramento even had a one-point lead early in the fourth quarter that didn't last long. After getting a rest for the first half of the fourth quarter, Nash entered the game with 6:25 remaining and was key in a 12-2 run that put Phoenix ahead 101-90. He made a 3-pointer and followed with an off-balance shot in the lane. A basket by Channing Frye gave the Suns an 11-point lead with 4:05 remaining. Nash had seven points and three assists in the fourth. Nash also got Phoenix back on track in the second quarter when it squandered much of its 17-point lead but managed to go into halftime ahead by eight, thanks in part to Nash. 'I wouldn't call it a good win, but it was one we needed,' said Jared Dudley, who scored 15 points. 'They kept making runs at us and twice Steve Nash had to step in and come to the rescue and bail us out.' The Suns won despite the play of DeMarcus Cousins. He scored a career-high 41 points and had 12 rebounds for the Kings, who have lost three of four. Cousins said Nash was the difference-maker. 'All the credit goes to Steve. He's an incredible player and he knows how to run his team. He sits on the sidelines, rests up a little bit, and then comes back in to [get] you. He doesn't take a lot of shots until the end of the game. He's a tough matchup.' Matched up most of the game against Gortat, Cousins made 16 of 25 shots, had five offensive rebounds and added two assists. 'He's good because he doesn't care,' Gortat said. 'He doesn't care if he turns the ball over, doesn't care if he misses on a bad shot, he just keeps playing. He's really talented. I got frustrated early and he got going and had confidence all game. I did a terrible job on him.' Isaiah Thomas had 25 points and seven assists, and Terrence Williams had another big game off the bench with a season-high 16 points, six rebounds and five assists. Michael Redd had 16 points and both Frye and Jared Dudley had 15 for Phoenix. Shannon Brown had 12 points for the Suns. Redd scored three quick baskets to begin the fourth quarter, stretching the Suns' lead to 87-82 with just under 10 minutes left. But three straight baskets by Cousins pulled Sacramento within 89-88. 'We knew we were going to get their best basketball,' Kings coach Keith Smart said. 'We have to look at games like this as our playoffs.' The Suns maintained the lead in the third quarter despite having no answer for Cousins. The Kings' center had 13 points and eight rebounds, yet Sacramento still trailed 79-78 heading the fourth. Nash began looking for his shot more in the third quarter when he had seven points and three assists for Phoenix, which was outscored 27-20. Gortat had 13 points and eight rebounds in a first-half matchup with Cousins. The Suns led by as many as 17 points in the second quarter and took a 59-51 advantage into halftime. *Courtesy of www.cbssports.com

Indiana P. - New York K. 112-104
Danny Granger (6'8''-F-83, agency: Priority Sports, college: N.Mexico) scored 27 points, including 14 in the final quarter, to help the Indiana Pacers rally for a 112-104 victory against the New York Knicks in a National Basketball Association Eastern Conference contest. Granger hit three 3-pointers as the Pacers outscored the Knicks 40-17 in the fourth quarter last night at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis. He connected on a total of five of eight 3-point attempts. The Pacers (32-21) are in third place in the conference, nine games behind the Chicago Bulls. The Knicks (27-27) are 14 1/2 games behind Chicago in the eighth and final playoff spot. Paul George scored 18 points, including 12 in the final period, for the Pacers -- who trailed 59-51 at halftime and 87-72 at the end of the third quarter. Carmelo Anthony had 39 points and 10 rebounds and Landry Fields added 15 points for the Knicks. At AmericanAirlines Arena in Miami, LeBron James (6'8''-F-84) scored a season-high 41 points to rally the Heat to a 99-93 win against the Philadelphia 76ers. The Heat (38-14) clinched a playoff berth with the win and improved their NBA-best home record to 22-2. *Courtesy of www.bloomberg.com

Cleveland C. - San Antonio S. 90-125
Danny Green (6'6''-G/F-87, college: N.Carolina) wasn't looking for vengeance or payback on the Cavaliers. He got some anyway. Green scored 19 points against a Cleveland team that released him last season, Tony Parker (6'0''-PG-82) added 19 and the San Antonio Spurs coasted to their eighth straight win, 125-90 over the lifeless Cavs, who have lost eight in a row and were blown out at home again. Green played his rookie season for Cleveland, which cut him at the end of training camp in 2011. He's found a new home with the Spurs, who built a 22-point lead in the first half and rested Parker, Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili for most of the fourth quarter while pushing their lead to 37. 'It does mean a little something to me because this was my first team,' Green said. 'It's nice, but that's not the important thing for me. It's more important that we continue to get better. We want to keep winning going into the playoffs.' Rookie Kyrie Irving scored 13 points for the Cavs in his return after missing one game with a sprained right shoulder. But even with their best player back, Cleveland dropped its eighth straight and followed up a 37-point loss at home to Milwaukee with a 35-point setback. Coach Byron Scott fears his team may have given up. 'I worry more when me as a coach and my coaching staff want it more than my players. That's when I start to worry,' Scott said. 'And I'm getting worried.' Antawn Jamison had 15 points for the Cavs, who have dropped 17 of 21 and lost their past seven by an average of 22.3 points. Cleveland has now lost home games by 39, 37 and 35 points this season. 'We gotta turn it up as best we can,' said Irving, who played with a protective brace on his shoulder. 'What it boils down to is we just have to go out there and play. We all get paid to do this at a really high level. I feel like sometimes sitting there watching or being out there that our competitive level doesn't match other teams. 'We just have to pick it up.' The Spurs began a 16-games-in-23-days stretch to finish the lockout-shortened regular season, a grueling finish before the playoffs for any team, and especially for one with so many veterans. San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich wants to rest his regulars as much as possible and a date with the Cavs provided the perfect opportunity to sit his starters. Duncan and Parker played only 23 minutes and Manu Ginobili 18, giving the Spurs' 'Big Three' a chance to get ready for Wednesday's game in Boston. 'Obviously, we're on a back-to-back and we got a little rest for the second game,' said Duncan, who took just six shots. 'Perfect scenario? Pretty close.' Reserve guard Patty Mills scored a season-high 20 for San Antonio, which has won 11 of 12 and taken a comfortable hold on the No. 2 spot in the Western Conference behind Oklahoma City. Green spent much of the pregame visiting with former Cavs teammates, Scott and arena employees, offering a handshake and hug to people he used to see on an almost daily basis. In the first half, he seemed intent on showing Cleveland what they gave up. Green, who scored just 40 points in 20 games in his season with the Cavs, made four 3-pointers and scored 16 points to help the Spurs open a 60-41 lead at the break. The 6-foot-6 swingman has gone from being a Cleveland castoff to a starter with the Spurs, who have again gone under the radar but are playing as well as any team in the league. 'We had no expectations for him at the beginning of the season,' Parker said of Green. 'He's playing great in our system. He's knocking down shots and playing great defense. Sometimes I can relax a little when he takes over at point guard. I like Danny.' After a 3-pointer by Jamison tied it 16-all in the first quarter, the Spurs went to work. San Antonio reeled off 16 straight points in less than three minutes and Parker picked up a second personal foul on Irving, who went to the bench with 3:32 left. When the Cavs scored four quick points to open the second, Popovich called a timeout and spent the break ripping into his players, particularly Mills, who gave up an easy layup. The Spurs responded to the tongue lashing as Green hit a pair of 3-pointers to help open a 53-31 lead. Parker scored six straight during a 12-2 run in the third and James Anderson, who didn't play at all in the first half, closed the quarter with a 3 from the right corner to put San Antonio ahead 90-63. Scott could only squirm in his chair during the fourth quarter as the Spurs reserves maintained the huge lead. After cooling down in the locker room, Cleveland's coach didn't hold back in his assessment of a team showing little fight. 'We have to compete, it's that simple,' he said. 'If we don't do that, we have no chance. You have to play flawless basketball, but we're not giving ourselves an opportunity to be in a game or win a game because we're not competing at a high level. 'We can't compete one night and the next night not compete at all and the next night compete. That inconsistency is not going to cut it.' *Courtesy of www.the-press-news.com

Toronto R. - Charlotte B. 92-87
When the three-point shot stopped falling, Andrea Bargnani (6'10''-F/C-85) settled into the post to take advantage of a favourable matchup down low. That decision ultimately led the Toronto Raptors to their first winning streak in more than two months. Bargnani had a game-high 30 points and hit the pivotal jumper with 26.9 seconds remaining as Toronto defeated the Charlotte Bobcats 92-87 Tuesday night, giving the Raptors consecutive victories for the first time since Jan. 23-25. More astonishingly, it also gave Toronto its first back-to-back wins at the Air Canada Centre since Dec. 1-3, 2010 a span of 59 home games. With the Raptors (19-35) ahead 88-87 following a long D.J. Augustin (5'11''-PG-87, college: Texas) three-pointer, Bargnani drove and hit a turnaround hook shot over Byron Mullens for his eighth and ninth points of the quarter. Mullens then airballed a three-point attempt and Bargnani finished things off with free throws, helping Toronto polish off an impressive 3-2 homestand. Raptors head coach Dwane Casey said the call to send Bargnani into the paint came after he had struggled from beyond 20 feet for most of the night 'I thought his outside shot wasn't really falling so we tried to mix it up, give him the balance of inside and outside,' Casey said. 'He did a great job of getting his back to the basket and going at Mullens in the post.' Bargnani said he doesn't mind drifting in from the perimeter if the situation calls for it. 'I feel comfortable either inside or outside, it depends on who's guarding me,' said Bargnani, who shot 11-for-22 from the floor and scored the Raptors' final nine points of the game. 'Coach is very good at finding the right situation, either inside or outside.' DeMar DeRozan scored 16 of his 20 points in the second half, driving to the hoop with regularity after being held to just two shots in the opening 24 minutes. 'I said, 'We're going to get you going in the second half,' and he did,' said Casey. 'He did a great job of attacking again, (of finding) balance between attacking and outside shots and did a great job for us in the third quarter.' Mullens led the way with 20 points for the Bobcats (7-44), who have dropped eight straight. Augustin chipped in with 18 after being a late scratch from the starting lineup with right knee tendinitis. Bobcats rookie guard Kemba Walker said Bargnani's performance, particularly down the stretch, made the difference. 'Every time we made a shot, he came down and made a big play,' said Walker. 'That was really the key to their win.' As with Sunday's victory over the Washington Wizards, Casey found plenty of areas for improvement beginning with the 17 offensive rebounds his club allowed to a Bobcats team that ranks fourth-last in the NBA in that category. But he applauded his team's efforts in holding Charlotte to just 40.3 per cent from the field. 'I thought everybody came into tonight, fought and scrapped,' he said. Courtesy of www.winnipegfreepress.com

Miami Heat - Philadelph.76 99-93
LeBron James arrived at work a little earlier than usual on Tuesday, warming up more than three hours before tip-off with hopes of finding his rhythm. With Dwyane Wade (6'4''-G-82, college: Marquette) out, Miami needed some extra offense - and James delivered. James scored 14 straight Miami points in the fourth quarter and finished with a season-high 41, helping the Heat clinch a playoff spot with a 99-93 win over the Philadelphia 76ers. It was the 16th straight home win for Miami, which has won its last 11 regular-season games against the 76ers. The Heat also moved within 2 1/2 games of Chicago in the race for the Eastern Conference's best record. 'It was a grind,' Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. 'No question, it was a grind.' Mario Chalmers had 19 points, Chris Bosh scored 17 and Udonis Haslem grabbed 11 rebounds for Miami, which improved to 9-1 without Wade this season. Wade sat with a bruised left knee, leaving his status for Wednesday's showdown with Oklahoma City in some doubt. Evan Turner scored 26 points for Philadelphia, which fell 1 games behind Boston in the Atlantic Division. Lou Williams scored 18, Spencer Hawes added 12 and Andre Iguodala had 11 before leaving in the third quarter with a left eye contusion. It was just the fourth time in 24 games this season that the 76ers shot at least 45 percent and lost. 'We got right there. ... We just couldn't get over that hump,' Williams said. James scored 21 points after Iguodala - who was the primary defender on him - departed with 4:42 left in the third quarter. Iguodala was holding the ball as Chalmers tried swiping it away, but only wound up connecting with the face of the 76ers' guard. Iguodala went to the floor in pain, holding the area around his left eye, then eventually made his way to the Philadelphia bench and locker room with part of his face covered by a towel. 'I thought my eye was gone,' Iguodala said. 'It was hurting really bad. I had a really bad headache for about 10 minutes.' When Iguodala left, Miami led 68-64. Soon, the Heat had their biggest lead. James had six points in a quick 8-2 spurt that pushed Miami's edge to 76-66 with 2:23 left in the third. Midway through the fourth, the 76ers said Iguodala had a left eye contusion and his return was questionable. Williams' jumper with 2:27 left got Philadelphia within three, the closest margin since early in the third quarter. But James made a pair of jumpers, and then came, as he put it, 'probably the biggest play of the game.' He missed a fadeaway, and Shane Battier - who started in Wade's place - sprawled out to control the rebound and extend Miami's possession. A few seconds later, Chalmers found James for an alley-oop dunk that put the Heat up 92-85 with 1:27 left and all but sealed the win. 'Right after it happened, I went straight to Shane and told him it was a huge play,' James said. 'It was a big play. The dunk, it was the easy part, honestly.' Besides the Battier-for-Wade move, the Heat made another change to the starting lineup, with Ronny Turiaf starting at center over Joel Anthony. Before the game, Sixers coach Doug Collins lamented how his team had the misfortune of playing Miami twice already this season in games immediately following Heat losses. And in both of those games, Miami made statements - winning 99-79 on Feb. 3, then running out to a ridiculous 57-30 halftime lead on March 16 before escaping with an 84-78 victory. And with the combination of the loss in Boston on Sunday, and the looming Wednesday game with Oklahoma City, Collins figured the Heat would try to put the 76ers away early. Of course, when he said that, he also thought Wade would be playing. Philadelphia led 54-51 at the break, then lost the lead for good while being outscored 25-16 in the third quarter. It was Miami's biggest third-quarter win since outscoring New York 29-19 in that period on Feb. 23. 'To start the third, we were careless,' Collins said. 'We turned the ball over. We didn't have the crisp passing that we had during the first half.' *Courtesy of www.foxnews.com



Steve Nash wants three-year deal, says back is great - by Eurobasket News

Steve Nash (6'3''-PG-74, college: Santa Clara) of the Phoenix Suns is 38 years old, and he's not getting any younger. But it's hard to notice that when you watch it on the floor. Nash has performed at an All-Star level, piling up 11.3 assists per game while averaging 12.7 points per game and shooting 53.7% from the field and 38.9% from three. Despite his age, Nash seems to be producing as well as he ever as in the most efficient manner possible.

It should come as no surprise he wants to stay in the league. It might be a bit of a surprise how long he plans on staying. Marc Stein of ESPN reports that Nash wants to play into his 40s, and he wants his new deal to reflect that come time for free agency.

Nash, who turned 38 in February, also told ESPN.com in a phone interview before Tuesday night's game in Sacramento he intends to 'sign for three more years this summer' and play beyond his 40th birthday when he either inks a new deal to stay with the Suns or finds a new team via free agency.

Responding to a New York Post report in Tuesday's editions which described the condition of Nash's back as 'bad as it has ever been,' Nash strongly disputed such suggestions. He expressed great satisfaction with the way his health has held up through the rigors of a lockout-compacted schedule that called for 66 regular-season games in a span of about 120 days.

It's a tall order, but if Nash is healthy and he stays this productive, I doubt it'd be hard for any team to turn down three years of one of the greatest point guards ever playing the way he's been playing.

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Cavs' Gibson has season-ending surgery on torn ankle tendon - by Eurobasket News

Cleveland Cavaliers guard Daniel Gibson (6'3''-PG-86, college: Texas) underwent season-ending surgery to repair a torn tendon in his left foot/ankle on Monday.

The procedure was performed at the Southern California Orthopedic Institute in suburban Los Angeles by Dr. Richard Ferkel.

Gibson originally hurt the ankle during a March 19 game against the New Jersey Nets, and x-rays taken at the time were negative. However, the affected area did not respond well to treatment given during the remainder of the club's road trip, which took Cleveland to Atlanta and Orlando.

A Texas product in his sixth NBA campaign, Gibson is averaging 7.5 points, 2.9 rebounds and 2.2 assists in 35 games this year.

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Lakers fine Andrew Bynum - by Eurobasket News

The Los Angeles Lakers imposed fines on Andrew Bynum (7'0''-C-87, agency: David Lee services) for committing numerous infractions, which includes skipping a meeting with general manager Mitch Kupchak a reliable league source disclosed Tuesday.

The 24-year-old Bynum was fined an undisclosed amount after violating the teams rules and regulations over the past few weeks. According to the source, Bynum has been a problematic for the Lakers since participating in his first All-Star game.

Bynums recent behavior reportedly drew the ire of his teammates and head coach Mike Brown, who benched the All-Star center after taking an ill-advised trey in the Lakers victory over the Golden State Warriors last week.

On Sunday, Bynum left the game and did not return after tweaking his left ankle in another Lakers win against the Warriors. Although he considered the injury not a big deal, the center is expected to miss Tuesdays ballgame against the New Jersey Nets.

I cant play, Bynum told ESPN Tuesday. Hopefully [Wednesday against the Clippers].

Bynum, averaging career-high 17.9 points, 11.9 rebounds and 2 blocks per game this season, has been a huge factor for the Lakers as they try to make another strong push for the playoffs.

However, his shaky behavior in the Lakers locker room could revive the possibility of him being traded next offseason.

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NBA draft lottery moving to New York - by Eurobasket News

After years of taking that winding drive along New Jersey Route 3 to have their fortunes determined by ping-pong balls in a drum, the 14 teams that miss out on the playoffs this season will be taking a journey to a different location in hopes of altering the course of their respective franchises.

The NBA is moving the draft lottery to New York, according to multiple league sources. Since 1994, the NBA has held the draft order drawing for the teams that failed to make the postseason at its studios in Secaucus, N.J. But the league laid off more than 100 employees and shut down one of its two offices in Secaucus last summer, creating an opening for a new venue.

The lottery will be held on May 30 and the location in New York will be announced in the next few weeks.

The Wizards (12-41) will be heading to the lottery for the fourth consecutive season. They made the trip to Secaucus in 12 of the past 17 years, winning the No. 1 overall pick in 2001 (Kwame Brown) and 2010 (John Wall).

Kentucky big man Anthony Davis, the most outstanding player in the NCAA tournament, is expected to be the top overall pick in the draft, which will be held on June 28 at Prudential Center in Newark, N.J.

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Stern still hopes for change to draft age rule - by Eurobasket News

David Stern would love a system in which Anthony Davis (6'10''-F-93) and the rest of Kentucky's freshmen stars were required to try to repeat.

Instead, the NBA commissioner could end up calling Davis' name in June as the first pick in the draft.

The league wasn't able to change its draft eligibility rules during collective bargaining last year. The rules require an American player to be 19 years old and a year out of high school. The players' association would only agree to form a committee to discuss changes, and is unlikely to consent to an increase without some concession from owners.

While Stern says the NBA 'would love to add a year,' he's pleased that the age limit, instituted in 2005, has kept NBA scouts out of high school gyms.

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Eric Gordon returning for just his third game with Hornets - by Eurobasket News

Finally, Eric Gordon (6'4''-G-88, college: Indiana) will be back in uniform for the New Orleans Hornets, and his success - and the NBA-owned franchise's ability to re-sign him this offseason - could go a long way in determining if the Chris Paul trade was the right move.

Gordon, 23, who was acquired in the trade that sent Paul to the Los Angeles Clippers before the season, will play against the Denver Nuggets on Wednesday for the first time since Jan. 4.

Gordon, scheduled to make $5.1 million this season, will play in just his third game for the Hornets. He is playing under his rookie deal contract, wasn't able to work out an extension to his liking with the league-owned club at this season's deadline and will become a restricted free agent. The team can match any offers to retain him.

'Probably?' said Hornets general manager Dell Demps, who laughed heartily and showed a hint of sarcasm when asked by USA TODAY Sports earlier this season how important it is to retain Gordon. 'I think we want to keep him.'

The 6-3 shooting guard hit the winning shot in the season opener Dec. 26, against the Phoenix Suns, but also bruised his right knee. He came back Jan. 4 against the Philadelphia 76ers, scoring 22 points in a 101-93 loss, but that was it and he went ahead with arthroscopic surgery Feb. 14 to 'clean up' the knee.

'He's a young guy. He's going to keep getting better and better,' Demps said. 'We look forward to being a part of his growth.'

After Tuesday's practice, coach Monty Williams didn't indicate if Gordon would start or if his minutes would be limited.

Marco Belinelli, who started at shooting guard for the 2010-11 season, has filled in during Gordon's absence. Belinelli is averaging 11.8 points and shooting 42% from the field.

Gordon has averaged 18.1 points and shot 45.1% for his career, and the Hornets (13-40) certainly could use his perimeter punch. Entering Tuesday they were the second-worst scoring team in the NBA at 88.9 points per game.

Courtesy of www.usatoday.com



Wednesday's games review (12): Heat win 17th straight at home, top Thunder 98-93; Lakers beat Clippers 113-108 - by Eurobasket News

LA Clippers - LA Lakers 108-113
Kobe Bryant (6'6''-G-78) willed the Los Angeles Lakers to a crucial victory over the Clippers, who won style points with some flashy plays but couldn't overcome a well-rested Andrew Bynum (7'0''-C-87, agency: David Lee services). Bynum scored 36 points after missing a game with a sprained left ankle, Bryant added 31 and the Lakers won 113-108 on Wednesday night to widen their Pacific Division lead to 2 1/2 games over the second-place Clippers. The Lakers also snapped the Clippers' winning streak at six, the franchise's best in 20 years. 'Kobe didn't want to lose,' Bynum said. 'We are fighting for a playoff spot. They are one game behind us, so we had to get this win.' By taking two out of three against their Staples Center co-tenants, the Lakers also earned the head-to-head tiebreaker in a game that could help decide the division winner and playoff seeding in the West. The division winner will likely earn the No. 3 seed behind Oklahoma City and San Antonio. 'They're going to make spectacular plays, but we talked about playing poised and composed,' Bryant said. 'They have so many weapons. But it's not any different than some of the other top teams that we face in the league. The crowd obviously gave them a lot of energy and their bench gave them a lot of energy, but we maintained our composure and made big plays.' Former Laker Caron Butler scored 28 points to lead six Clippers in double figures. Chris Paul added 22 points and 16 assists, Blake Griffin had 15 points and 14 rebounds, and DeAndre Jordan had 11 points and 13 rebounds for the West's fourth-place team, the designated home team in this matchup. 'Ain't no moral victories around here,' Paul said. 'They won the game and that's that.' Ramon Sessions added 16 points and eight assists for the Lakers, who won their fourth in a row. 'We miscommunicated a lot of times, worried about Kobe a little too much and we were giving up layups to Sessions,' Paul said. Bynum bounced back with an offensive performance that was one point off his season high after injuring his ankle Sunday and running afoul of the front office with some questionable on-court behavior. 'It hurts a little bit, especially on spin moves,' Bynum said. 'I found more little things out there that hurt so I tried to stay away from them. As the game progresses, the pain subsides.' With the Lakers clinging to a two-point lead, Bryant hit a jumper over Randy Foye to make it 110-106 with 24 seconds left. Paul missed a jumper and Griffin was called for a loose ball foul on Pau Gasol, who made one of two free throws with 18 seconds left. 'Both teams really wanted it,' former Clipper and current Laker Steve Blake said. 'It was physical and both teams were changing their game plans on the fly and it was fun to be out there.' Griffin's tip drew the Clippers within three, but Nick Young fouled Matt Barnes, who made both free throws. Paul's turnover and foul gave the Lakers the ball with 4 seconds to go, ending the Clippers' chances to win the season series for the first in 19 years. 'Our defense wasn't as good as we'd like it to be and that was part of the problem,' Paul said. 'We sort of gave up everything. They had 63 in the first half. Kobe was shooting a lot early. He had it going and so did Bynum.' The Clippers trailed by 11 to start the fourth and scored the first eight points to get to 92-89. Young had nine of their first 12 points. Eric Bledsoe hit a 3-pointer to get the Clippers to 98-96. The final 7 minutes were a four-point game. Paul's jumper tied it at 102 and the Clippers took their first lead, 104-103, since early in the game on Jordan's hook. Bryant scored over Butler and then Metta World Peace stole the ball from Paul. Bynum got fouled and made one of two free throws to put the Lakers back in front, 106-104. After consecutive turnovers by both teams, Sessions scored on a driving layup with 47 seconds left to keep the Lakers ahead by four. 'We had a couple key turnovers and they made the bigger plays at the end of the game,' said Paul, who had two of the Clippers' four turnovers in the final 2:45. 'We got to learn how to win these games and close these out. It was a good learning process for us because this is how the playoffs are.' The Lakers led 73-61 early in the third quarter. The Clippers rallied on a 12-5 run that cut their deficit to five points. Griffin soared to dunk one-handed over Gasol, who argued that Griffin had fouled him with the monster move that sent Gasol staggering toward the floor. But Griffin drew the foul and missed the free throw. 'I really didn't see the ball when it went in. I was on my (rear),' Gasol said. 'It happened too quick. I don't have a great desire to watch it (again).' Griffin hoped it would give the Clippers some much-needed momentum. 'It was exciting,' Paul said, 'but at the end of the day we lost. Who cares?' Jordan dunked to reinvigorate the crowd and Butler scored the final five points in the spurt. But the Lakers answered with a 14-8 run to end the third up 92-78. Bynum had seven points and Bryant six. 'It looked like his ankle wasn't giving him any problems,' Griffin said. Jordan made a great play after trying to save the ball from going out of bounds with a leap over the courtside seats. His save got intercepted by the Lakers, but he climbed back over the seats and took off running. He dashed up behind Sessions and poked the ball away, leading to a 3-pointer by Butler to end the third. *Courtesy of www.newsobserver.com

Milwaukee B. - Cleveland C. 107-98
Monta Ellis (6'4''-G-85) scored 16 of his 30 points in the final 5 minutes, helping the Milwaukee Bucks fend off a Cleveland team missing Kyrie Irving for a 107-98 victory Wednesday night. Brandon Jennings scored 19 points, and Ersan Ilyasova added 18 for Milwaukee. The Bucks have won four of their past five to close within a game of New York for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. The Knicks were off Wednesday. Anthony Parker had a season-high 27 points for the Cavaliers, who have lost nine straight and 12 of 13. Cleveland looked lost at times without Irving, who reinjured his sprained right shoulder Tuesday night in a blowout loss to San Antonio. Cavaliers coach Byron Scott said before the game that he has considered shutting Irving down for the final few weeks of the season. Antawn Jamison scored 17 points for Cleveland on 6-of-17 shooting. It was the first of five straight home games for the Bucks - and that isn't necessarily a good thing, given the fact that the Bucks are 13-12 at home, even after starting the season 7-2. Wednesday night's win might not have happened without the late scoring surge by Ellis, who had Milwaukee's last eight baskets beginning at the 4:30 mark. Ellis and Jennings provided an early highlight midway through the third quarter, when Ellis came up with a steal, charged out on a fast break and flipped the ball up for an alley-oop slam by Jennings. Milwaukee led 79-68 going into the fourth. Alonzo Gee scored on a putback to cut the lead to nine early in the fourth, but Milwaukee answered with an 8-0 run that included a pair of layups by Jennings. Cleveland answered with a 7-0 run and trailed by 10 with 6:20 left, and cut the lead to six at 93-87 on Jamison's 3-pointer. Ellis answered with a driving layup - the second basket in his late scoring spurt - and took over from there, knocking down six more jumpers to end the game. Milwaukee appeared to have the game under control early on. With the Bucks already leading by 11 early in the second quarter, backup forward Larry Sanders played a critical role in an 8-0 run. Sanders drove for a layup, then blocked Omri Casspi's shot on the other end, allowing the Bucks to get out on a fast break. Beno Udrih hit a pull-up jumper. Sanders then came up with another block, this time on Lester Hudson, leading to a layup by Mike Dunleavy. After another empty possession by the Cavaliers, Dunleavy scored again, giving Milwaukee a 37-18 lead with 8:38 left before halftime. The Bucks led 53-39 at the half - the 11th time they've scored 50-plus points in the first half in their last 12 games. *Courtesy of www.wisn.com

Utah Jazz - Phoenix Suns 105-107
Steve Nash (6'3''-PG-74, college: Santa Clara) scored only 13 points but hit two shots in the final 14 seconds and the Phoenix Suns won their seventh straight meeting against Utah, 107-105 on Wednesday night to jump over the Jazz in the Western Conference playoff race. The Suns (28-26) are in ninth place, a half-game ahead of the Jazz (28-27) and a game behind Denver, which lost Wednesday at New Orleans, and idle Houston. Phoenix also owns the tiebreaker with the Jazz. Paul Millsap led Utah with 25 points and had a chance to force overtime, but his putback came just after the buzzer. Michael Redd led the Suns with 19 points. Redd and Sebastian Telfair, who had nine points, combined for 14 points during a 14-2 run fourth-quarter run that put Phoenix up 97-87 with 6:43 remaining. Nash also had nine assists. Millsap brought Utah back, even stealing the ball from Nash. Nash made amends, hitting the winner with 1.7 seconds left. Nash looked as if he might be the goat after he had the ball stolen by Millsap, then committed a clear-path foul with 34 seconds left and Phoenix up by three. Millsap made just one of two free throws, but Al Jefferson hit a jumper that tied it at 103 with 28 seconds left. Nash responded with a 15-foot jumper with 14 seconds left. Jefferson tied it again after Millsap fed him for an easy layup with 9.4 seconds left, only see Nash get the ball in the lane and hit the jumper with 1.7 seconds remaining. C.J. Miles' last-ditch shot was well short, but Millsap grabbed it and put it in. Officials reviewed the play and determined it was after the buzzer. Utah has 11 games remaining, with lowly Golden State up Friday night before a home-and home series with San Antonio, then a three-game trip starting April 11 in Houston. The Jazz also close out the regular season with four of five games at home, where they are 19-8. The Suns have a seemingly tougher road. Nine of Phoenix's remaining games are against teams that would be in the playoffs if they started today. They'll face the Jazz again on April 24 in Salt Lake City. The Jazz had another slow start, falling behind by eight in the first quarter and nine in the second only to go on a 12-5 run and pull to 58-56 at the break. The Suns had six 3-pointers in the first half, and held a 32-30 advantage in points in the paint. They opened the second half on a 10-2 run to surge ahead 68-58. Gordon Hayward, who started 6 of 9, hit his second 3-pointer to pull Utah within five at 68-65. And Miles' jam off an alley-oop pass from Earl Watson cut it to 3 again, but Nash hit back-to-back 3-pointers. Watson, starting in place of injured point guard Devin Harris, brought the Jazz back. He blocked a shot and fed Hawyard for a jumper, and Hayward added a driving layup late as the Jazz finished the quarter down 83-80. Miles finished with 22 points, and Hayward had 20 points and 10 rebounds. The Suns also hit 13 3-pointers to just three by the Jazz, with Nash, Redd and Channing Frye making three apiece. *Courtesy of www.cbssports.com

Philadelph.76 - Toronto R. 78-99
Best team in the Atlantic Division was a nice title for three months. The Philadelphia 76ers wanted more. A winning record for the first time in seven seasons. A top-four seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs. All of those goals are slipping out of reach for the Sixers. Andrea Bargnani (6'10''-F/C-85) scored 24 points and DeMar DeRozan had 18 to lead the Toronto Raptors to their third straight win, 99-78 over the Sixers on Wednesday night. Back in January, the Sixers thumped Toronto 97-62 en route to a sizzling 20-9 start. Those days are over for the fading franchise. Elton Brand and Jrue Holiday had 20 points in Philadelphia's eighth loss in the last 12 games. The Sixers (29-25) lost their grip on first place in the Atlantic - and end the season with a stretch of nine road games over the final 11 that could jeopardize a playoff spot. The good times are gone in Philadelphia and the sub-.500 Raptors were the latest team to roll over the Sixers. The Sixers' second-half fade reached a low point in the fourth when they scored only four points in the first 7 minutes of the quarter. They missed 13 straight shots in the fourth and scored only 22 points in the second half. The seven points in the fourth were a team-record low for a fourth quarter dating back to the 1954-55 season. 'I really don't have anything,' coach Doug Collins said. 'I don't know what to say.' Both teams played the night before, but while the Raptors beat Charlotte, the Sixers lost a tough one in Miami. The Raptors got hot in the fourth, shooting 50 percent, while the Sixers missed 17 of 20 shots. Led by Ed Davis' 14 rebounds, the Raptors outrebounded the Sixers 46-29. 'I think this has been a tough season on the players, I really do,' Collins said. 'I don't think there's any question there's a lot of fatigue. I don't deny that.' Bargnani's soft mid-range jumper stretched Toronto's lead to 11 points and the Raptors were on their way to their ninth road win this season. The Raptors had opened up the game on 3s in the third. Alan Anderson snapped a tie game with one to make it 65-62 and Bargnani hit one as part of a rare four-point play for a 73-66 lead. The Raptors took an eight-point lead into the fourth and squashed a Sixers team devoid of the fun and sweet shooting that was so much a part of their mid-winter romp. 'It was just an excellent team effort. Guys stayed together,' Raptors coach Dwane Casey said. 'We had every excuse in the world coming in on the back-to-back, and this team beat us by 30 last time.' Andre Iguodala left Tuesday's game against Miami with a left eye bruise and wore protective goggles in the first half against the Raptors. He was scoreless and ditched them at the break when they became a nuisance. He wasn't much better without them, scoring six points. He was booed when he fired up an airball late in the fourth. Igudoala has never really been embraced by the fans and didn't help the relationship when he told Sports Illustrated: 'In Philly, it's not about who you are, it's about what you do for us. You could be the worst person in the world, but if you score a lot of points or win a championship, you can murder somebody.' Iguodala said he was just using a 'figure of speech' to describe the mood of the Philly fans. 'It's just the way the media works,' he said. Collins brushed off the comments. 'With Dre, he's just not a guy who's going to say a lot of warm and fuzzy things,' he said. 'That's just not what he does.' The Sixers are 9-16 after the 20-9 start. He didn't do much of anything in the first half. Holiday made his first eight shots for the Sixers, a run that included a 3 to end the first half for a 56-55 lead. Bargnani scored seven points in third and was aided by a strong effort out of Aaron Gray was enough to give the Raptors and rare winning streak. Jose Calderon briefly left after Brand accidentally elbowed him in the right eye. Calderon returned with his eye bandaged - and nailed a 3 late in the fourth. He had 12 points and 13 assists. 'I felt good out there and I wanted to give it a try after the stitched me up,' he said. *Courtesy of www.chron.com

Boston C. - San Antonio S. 86-87
Paul Pierce (6'7''-F/G-77, college: Kansas) got the shot he wanted. Tim Duncan got the result. Duncan prevented Pierce from driving to the basket, forcing him to take a fadeaway jumper that clanged off the rim at the buzzer and the San Antonio Spurs held on for their ninth straight win, 87-86 over Boston on Wednesday night. 'It was make or miss. I just didn't want him to go by me,' said Duncan, who had 10 points and 16 rebounds. 'To be honest with you, he probably got the shot he wanted.' Pierce had 15 points and 10 rebounds, but he couldn't maneuver into open space after Boston inbounded the ball with 7.9 seconds left. The 6-foot-11 Duncan stayed on him, forcing the 6-foot-7 Pierce to step back near the top of the key for a floater. 'I think I got to a good place. Just missed the shot,' Pierce said. 'These things are not really pre-scriped. You get into pressure situations, sometimes they make and sometimes they don't.' Danny Green scored 14 points, and Gary Neal had 13, including a 3-pointer with 2 minutes left that put the Spurs back in front after they blew a 17-point, first-half lead. Rajon Rondo had 17 points and 11 assists for Boston, which had won five in a row. Avery Bradley scored 19 points off the bench for Boston, and Kevin Garnett had 16 points, seven rebounds and five assists. Ray Allen returned after missing six games with a sore right ankle and added seven rebounds and five points, including a 3-pointer in the final minute that brought Boston within a point. Green missed for San Antonio and Garnett got the rebound, but the Celtics couldn't convert. 'We were trying to get a Duncan-on-Paul matchup because we thought we had the speed advantage,' Celtics coach Doc Rivers said. 'But his step-back is what he wants.' The Celtics trailed 77-70 with 8:20 left before scoring 13 of the next 17 points to take the lead. San Antonio, which averaged 107 points in the first eight games of its winning streak, had 59 in the first half and 28 in the second. 'It was a tale of two halves,' Bonner said. 'We weren't as sharp and didn't make as many shots in the second half, but we still played good defense, we rebounded the ball, kept us in it and made a few plays down the stretch to pull out the win.' It was 36-all when the Spurs scored 12 consecutive points, including back-to-back 3-pointers from Matt Bonner. After Bradley snapped the string with a jumper, San Antonio rattled off another seven in a row to make it 55-38. Boston cut it to 11 points by the end of the half and got within four in the third, holding the Spurs to nine points in the quarter. It was two points early in the fourth, and San Antonio led 77-70 before Garnett hit a pair of free throws, Rondo stole the ball and fed it to Bradley for a layup and then Garnett hit a layup to make it a one-point game. *Courtesy of http://sports.yahoo.com

N.Orleans H. - Denver N. 94-92
Eric Gordon (6'4''-G-88, college: Indiana) scored 15 points in his first action in three months, capping the performance with two free throws in the final seconds to lift the New Orleans Hornets to a 94-92 victory over the Denver Nuggets on Wednesday night. Trevor Ariza scored 15 points, and Chris Kaman added 14 points and 10 rebounds for New Orleans. The Hornets had six players score in double figures, including all five starters. Ty Lawson scored 22 points for Denver, which tied it at 92 on Al Harrington's 3 from the corner with 10 seconds left, only to see Gordon bait Arron Afflalo into a foul on an up-fake near the lane with 2 seconds left. Gordon was returning from a right knee bruise that required arthroscopic surgery. Afflalo finished with 15 points and a career-high seven assists, and Harrington scored 14 points. New Orleans surged into the lead, never to trail again, when Kaman hit a jumper and Smith scored twice during a 6-0 run to open the second half. Soon after, Gordon, who had missed his first four field goals, hit a 3 and added a free throw to give New Orleans a 55-48 lead. Denver pulled as close as 59-58 on Harrington's fast-break layup after a New Orleans turnover, but the Hornets wound up making nine of their first 11 shots in the third quarter, including a driving layup and 3 in succession by Gordon that made it 68-59. The Hornets matched their largest lead when Gordon's free throw made it 86-75 with 6:51 to go, but New Orleans went into a shooting slump, missing nine of its last 11 shots and nearly losing the lead. Afflalo started Denver's comeback when he scored inside as he was fouled for a three-point play. Kenneth Faried then dunked and followed that with a three-point play of his own on a reverse layup as he was fouled. Denver late closed to 89-87 on Jordan Hamilton's reverse layup with 3:06 left before New Orleans got a little breathing room on Ariza's free throw and Kaman's putback of Gordon's miss to make it 92-87 and set up the tense finish. The Nuggets had to play most of the fourth quarter without Andre Miller, who was ejected when he was called for a flagrant-2 foul on Carl Landry. Miller threw a forearm into Landry's ribs under the basket as the New Orleans forward tried to finish a fast break. Landry stayed down on the baseline receiving treatment for several minutes but remained in the game while officials confirmed the call on video review. Landry finished with 12 points, Greivis Vasquez had 11 points and 10 assists, and Jason Smith added 10 points to go with a steal on the final play of the game, preventing Denver from getting off a final shot for the tie or win. Faried had 13 points for the Nuggets. After making only two of their first 16 shots and falling behind by 11 in the first quarter, the Nuggets shot 17 of 24 for the rest of the first half. Lawson scored twice and Afflalo hit a 3 as Denver used an 11-0 run to tie it at 18 late in the first quarter. The Nuggets wound up taking their first lead when Lawson converted a three-point play after hitting a jumper while being fouled to make it 36-33. Denver never led by more than 3 points, however, and New Orleans briefly went back in front when Kaman's dunk and inside basket made it 45-44. The Nuggets regained the lead on Lawson's free throws, taking a 46-45 lead into halftime. *Courtesy of www.foxnews.com

Dallas M. - Memphis G. 95-85
Dirk Nowitzki (7'0''-F-78) scored 23 points, grabbed 10 rebounds and the Dallas Mavericks used a big fourth-quarter run to get a 95-85 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies on Wednesday night. Shawn Marion scored 10 of his 16 points when the Mavericks went ahead with a 21-4 run over a 7-minute span in the fourth quarter to take control. It was the first of two games in four days between the teams that are in a virtual tie for fifth place in the Western Conference standings. They play again Saturday in Memphis, a night after both play different teams. Dallas (31-24) had dropped to sixth place behind Memphis after a 95-74 loss Monday night at home against the fourth-place Los Angeles Clippers. The Grizzlies (30-23) had won five of six games, including road games against division leaders Oklahoma City and the Los Angeles Lakers. Before playing again, Memphis is at Miami on Friday, when Dallas hosts Portland. O.J. Mayo had 17 points to lead Memphis, which had balanced scoring as seven players scored at least eight points. Memphis had a 73-68 lead after Quincy Pondexter's three-point play with 10 minutes left. He moved between Nowitzki and Lamar Odom to grab an offensive rebound and was fouled making the putback shot. He then added the free throw. Jason Terry's long jumper started the game-turning run and his inbound pass to Marion for a strong layup got the Mavericks within one point. After Gilbert Arenas came up short on a shot, he fouled Marion on the other end. Marion hit both free throws for a 74-73 lead with 8 minutes left, butting the Mavericks ahead to stay. Arenas then had a shot blocked by Terry, and Nowitzki made two free throws before Marion's layup for a 10-0 Dallas spurt. Mayo, who scored nine of his points in the fourth quarter, ended the Dallas run with a driving layup. The Grizzlies were within 80-77 after two free throws by Mayo. But Nowitzki responded with a 3-pointer and Terry had a steal that led to a layup by Marion, who ended the 21-4 spurt with a breakaway slam dunk with 3 minutes left. Terry finished with 15 points while West had 14 on 6-of-7 shooting. Ian Mahinmi had 10 rebounds. Mike Conley had 11 points for Memphis. Marc Gasol had 10 points and 10 rebounds. Memphis led 46-36 when Conley made a 21-foot jumper with 3:24 left in the first half before Dallas cut its largest deficit with a 9-1 run. Odom, back after missing Monday night's game with a stomach illness, made a short turnaround hook shot that finally dropped after rattling around the rim. West then had a pair of long jumpers before blocking a shot. That led to a putback layup by Nowitzki that got Dallas within 47-45 with a minute left. After Nowitzki pushed through Mayo while Rudy Gay tried to swat the ball away to make a basket, the Mavericks' All-Star head-butted the ball after it went through the hoop and shouted out in frustration. Gay hit a 19-foot turnaround in the final second for a 51-47 halftime lead. *Courtesy of www.ktvn.com

Portland TB - New Jersey N. 101-88
The Trail Blazers have alternated wins and losses for the past 10 games, which is not exactly getting them to the playoffs. 'We gotta figure it out,' guard Raymond Felton said about the team's seesaw stretch. 'We gotta figure out how to go on a roll for like five games.' But time is running out for Portland, which rallied with a 17-3 run after falling behind in the fourth quarter to beat the New Jersey Nets 101-88 on Wednesday night. LaMarcus Aldridge (6'11''-F/C-85, college: Texas) had 24 points and nine rebounds for the Blazers, who led by as many as 16 points in the third quarter before a late surge put New Jersey in front in the fourth. Nicolas Batum added 20 points and 10 rebounds. Batum said the Blazers are still working for the playoffs, even though they were 3 1/2 games back of eighth-place Denver in the Western Conference with just 11 games left. 'That's the goal for us,' Batum said. 'It's why we play the game.' Portland's turnaround came when Kris Humphries was called for goaltending on J.J. Hickson, making it 86-85 for the Blazers with 5:16 left. Batum added a 3-pointer to extend it and New Jersey never recovered. The Blazers (26-29) have gone 6-6 over the past 12 games under interim coach Kaleb Canales, who took over when Nate McMillan was fired at the trade deadline. Portland hasn't won back-to-back games since January. Humphries had 21 points and 11 rebounds for the Nets (19-37), who were coming off a 91-87 loss to the Lakers the night before. Nets guard Deron Williams was a late scratch because of the stomach flu, disappointing Blazers fans who are hoping the team will target him this summer in free agency. Williams is leading the Nets with 21.6 points per game. Gerald Wallace was traded to the Nets from the Blazers at the deadline, the same day the Blazers fired McMillan. Wallace was greeted by cheers from the fans at the Rose Garden during pre-game introductions. 'It felt good. I didn't want to hear any boos, so I was glad for the cheers,' he said. But after averaging 20.3 points and nine rebounds over his past three games, Wallace had eight points and nine rebounds against his former team. Coach Avery Johnson said the Nets tried to keep things simple without Williams. 'They came out like a team desperate to make the playoffs, and they put us on our heels,' Johnson said. 'But then, because this team is not a bunch of quitters, they fought some more and we get the game back and we're battling. Then we just kind of ran out of gas.' The Blazers saw the return of Jamal Crawford, who missed Portland's 102-97 loss to Utah on Monday with right knee tendinitis. Portland jumped to a 21-13 lead early, but the Nets rallied to go ahead 23-21 on two consecutive 3-pointers from DeShawn Stevenson. The Blazers pulled back in front 41-32 on Aldridge's layup and free throw late in the second quarter, but a late run by the Nets narrowed it to 46-44 at the half. Aldridge went on a tear to start the second half, giving the Blazers a 64-48 lead on a fast-break dunk and a tip-in. Luke Babbitt closed the third quarter with a 3-pointer to make it 76-64. The Nets chipped away at Portland's lead and Anthony Morrow's jumper with 8:32 left tied the game at 80-all before Gerald Green's running layup gave New Jersey the lead. The Nets clung to the lead until Humphries goaltending call and Portland took off. 'Defense was huge in those five minutes,' Batum said of the final run. 'Control the rebounds, give them one shot every time, no second shot, no second-chance points. And don't let them score in the paint. So we controlled the pain. On offense, the last five minutes we just made good decisions.' Morrow and Green each finished with 20 points for the Nets. *Courtesy of Yahoo

Atlanta H. - Charlotte B. 120-93
Josh Smith (6'9''-F-85) tallied 24 points and pulled down nine rebounds as the Hawks dominated the lowly Bobcats 120-93 at Philips Arena on Wednesday. 'We're playing for something and we have to keep focused,' remarked Smith. 'We can't have any let downs. With 13 or 14 games left in the season, we've got to finish out strong going into the playoffs.' Jeff Teague and Willie Green scored 17 points apiece, Joe Johnson added 16 and Marvin Williams finished with 14 off the bench for the Hawks, who had lost three of four coming into the contest. Atlanta now sits just a half-game behind the idle Orlando Magic for the fifth spot in the East and remains 1 1/2 games in back of Indiana, which won on Wednesday, for the third position. Kemba Walker paced the Charlotte offense with 21 points and Gerald Henderson added 15 for the Bobcats, as they continue to struggle, dropping their ninth straight contest. 'Well it's hard,' said Bobcats head coach Paul Silas about his team being the only team in the NBA with a single-digit win total. 'You have to look at what you have. I hate losing. I never lost like this before in my life. It is difficult' Teague and Smith accounted for 19 of the Hawks 27 first quarter points to help the home team take a 27-25 edge after one. Atlanta scored the first six points of the second quarter and held a 14 point advantage after Smith reeled off a personal 7-0 run to push the margin to 48-34 with just under five minutes left until halftime. Walker quelled the run with a three-pointer and added a jumper shortly after to cut the difference to 11, but the Hawks outscored the visitors 11-5 down the stretch to take a 61-44 lead into the locker room. Atlanta quickly pressed the lead above 20 as Kirk Hinrich connected on a three-pointer and Smith finished an alley-oop to make it 66-44 less than two minutes into the third. The Bobcats got as close as 17 late in the third, but trailed 89-70 heading into the final frame. The lead reached 30 on Williams' jumper just passed the midway point of the fourth and the Hawks cruised the rest of the way. *Courtesy of www.foxnews.com

Miami Heat - Oklah.City T. 98-93
LeBron James (6'8''-F-84) had 34 points and 10 assists, Dwyane Wade scored 19 points and the Miami Heat avenged a loss at Oklahoma City last week, rallying to beat the Thunder 98-93 on Wednesday night for their 17th straight home victory. Mario Chalmers scored 13 points, and Chris Bosh had 12 for Miami, which trailed by 11 in the first half before a comeback fueled in part by Russell Westbrook pulling James down from behind on a fast break in the second quarter. Kevin Durant scored 30 points for Oklahoma City, and Westbrook added 28, but shot 9 for 26. James Harden had 12 for the Thunder, who lost despite holding Miami to 37 percent shooting. The win moved Miami (39-14) within two games of Chicago (42-13) in the race for the NBA's best record. Oklahoma City fell to 40-14. Durant could have given Oklahoma City the lead with 1:30 left, backing down James and then trying a turnaround from the left side. His shot was way off, hitting the top of the backboard. Bosh, who had been 3 for 13 to that point, made a jumper on the next Miami possession to make it 96-93. Kendrick Perkins then missed two free throws with 43.6 seconds left, the first Thunder misses from the line all night after starting 18 of 18. And after James couldn't connect on the ensuing Miami trip, it was still a one-possession game. The Thunder called a timeout with 19.5 seconds left and went for the quick 3, Durant's try hitting the front of the rim and going out of bounds. Wade made a pair of foul shots, stretching the lead to five, and it was soon over. *Courtesy of http://abcnews.go.com

Minnesota T. - Golde State W. 94-97
Kevin Love (6'10''-C-88, college: UCLA) and the Minnesota Timberwolves don't appear to have much left in the tank. Golden State's Charles Jenkins is just getting warmed up. David Lee had 31 points and eight rebounds, and Jenkins scored seven of Golden State's final nine points to help the Warriors rally from a 20-point deficit to top the reeling Timberwolves 97-94 on Wednesday night. Jenkins finished with 19 points and seven assists and Richard Jefferson scored 13 of 5-of-7 shooting for the Warriors, who snapped a six-game losing streak. They trailed by 20 with less than two minutes to play in the first half, but outscored Minnesota 40-19 over the next eight minutes of game time. The Warriors led by 10 with seven minutes to play, but the Wolves tied it with 90 seconds to go. Then Jenkins, a virtually unknown rookie second-round draft pick from Hofstra, scored on a driving layup with 20 seconds to go to put the Warriors up for good. 'I've always practiced those situations as a kid,' Jenkins said. 'I think every kid practices the five-four-three-two-one or taking the big shot.' Jenkins has started five of the past six games with star guard Stephen Curry out because of another ankle injury, and he's responded in a major way. He had 27 points and six assists against Portland on March 25, then 18 points and 12 assists against the Nets on March 30. He went 8 of 13 from the field on Wednesday, getting to the rim at will against the Wolves. 'I continue to be pleased. I'm not surprised because he's a gamer,' Warriors coach Mark Jackson said. 'He's a guy that works his tail off, competes, defends, not afraid to get into the paint area, made plays and was one of the best players on the floor tonight.' Love had 29 points and 12 rebounds and Wayne Ellington scored 10 of his 17 points in the fourth quarter for the Timberwolves, who have lost four in a row and five of their past six to fall out of playoff contention. J.J. Barea had 15 points and eight assists in his return from a six-game absence due to a bruised thigh. But he also committed seven of Minnesota's 19 turnovers. 'We deserved every boo we got,' Love said. Barea's 3-pointer from the elbow tied it at 94 with 1:24 to play, but playing with the bravado his coach did during a brilliant NBA career, Jenkins drove to the basket and somehow scooped a shot in for a 96-94 lead. 'Those are game-winning plays and that's what you have to have,' Wolves coach Rick Adelman said. 'We were doing that before and we're not doing that now.' The Wolves had a chance to tie it with 0.7 seconds left, but Love's 3 at the buzzer was just short. Ricky Rubio (torn left ACL), Nikola Pekovic (right ankle), Michael Beasley (left big toe) and Barea have all missed big chunks of time in March with injuries and Luke Ridnour (sprained right ankle) was the latest to go down on Monday. But the Wolves were still 4 games back of Houston for the eighth spot in the West heading into the day. Love leads the league in minutes played and said 'everybody's tired at this point.' But Adelman didn't want to hear fatigue mentioned when the Warriors were playing the second game of a back-to-back. 'It's inexcusable,' Adelman said. 'I just don't understand what was going through our minds, especially the situation we're in. If we're not tougher mentally than that, then we're going to have a hard time. We're going to have a hard time.' The Warriors showed little interest in the early going, settling for jumper after jumper. They scored six points in the first eight minutes of the second quarter and were down 49-29 after Ellington's 3-pointer with 1:53 to play in the half. Then, seemingly out of nowhere, the Warriors came alive. They scored 10 straight points in less than a minute to cut the halftime deficit to 12, then poured it on with a 38-point third period. Klay Thompson started knocking down those jumpers that were missed early in the game, and Lee's work on the boards helped offset Love's usual dominance. 'We could've very easily folded the tent,' Jackson said. 'Give our guys credit, they bounced back, they made plays, the third quarter was huge for us.' *Courtesy of www.ktvn.com

Washington W. - Indiana P. 96-109
Danny Granger (6'8''-F-83, agency: Priority Sports, college: N.Mexico) scored 20 points, and the Indiana Pacers won their third straight Wednesday night by shooting a season-high 58 percent in a 109-96 victory over the Washington Wizards. Darren Collison added 17 points and 11 assists, Tyler Hansbrough and Leandro Barbosa scored 14 points apiece, and Roy Hibbert had 13 points for the Pacers, who have won eight of 11 to move into third place in the Eastern Conference. The Pacers were hot in the first quarter (87 percent from the field), cold in the second (33 percent), hot in the third (73 percent) and did just enough to pull away in the fourth (40 percent). They blew a 12-point first-quarter lead and trailed by one early in the third before Granger reasserted himself, teaming with Hansbrough and Collison to swing the momentum. Collison's 21-foot jumper in the final second gave Indiana an 86-74 lead going into the final period, starting a 13-6 run that essentially decided the game. Jordan Crawford scored 28 points, Kevin Seraphin had a career-high 19 points and added 10 rebounds, and John Wall added 13 points for the Wizards, who have lost eight of nine and again went with a young lineup without injured forwards Nene and Trevor Booker. Both players missed their third straight game with plantar fasciitis in the left foot. The Pacers started 6 for 6 from the field until Granger finally missed the mark with a jump shot with 5:56 to play in the first quarter. By the end of the period, Indiana was 14 for 16 from the field and 8 for 8 from the free throw line, with Granger scoring 13. Indiana was making so many shots that the team didn't have an individual offensive rebound until Lou Amundson's put-back dunk on a fast break with 8:56 to go in the half. It seemed like a monumental slump when the Pacers missed four straight shots, and Amundson missed a dunk later in the quarter. It also didn't help that Hibbert picked up two offensive fouls about a minute apart, sending him to the bench for the rest of the half. But the Wizards are too raw and inexperienced to keep pace on most nights, and this was no exception. Crawford was again streaky -- he had 16 in the first quarter and tailed off from there. Wall was again inconsistent -- 4 for 15 from the field with five turnovers and just three assists. Seraphin was again strong inside, and recent acquisitions Cartier Martin and Brian Cook had nice moments, but not enough to make up the difference, especially on defense. The Pacers' shooting percentage was the highest allowed by Washington this season. *Courtesy of www.boston.com



Nets let Deron Williams 'play assistant GM', but it isn't enough to keep him from free agency - by Eurobasket News

Unsolicited opinions via social media havent helped the New Jersey Nets cause in keeping Deron Williams (6'3''-PG-84, college: Illinois). Neither does the unofficial title of team assistant GM. And fans can forget about playing the loyalty card, for it won't stop Williams from hitting the free-agent market this summer.

People get traded all the time, Williams told Yahoo! Sports. They dont get backlash as an organization. If [players] leave, we are not loyal, we are ungrateful. People say stuff to me on Twitter. They already think Im gone. They are out there bashing me, saying to me Im a traitor.

I didnt ask to be here. I got traded. I didnt come here being a free agent. This is the first time that Im a free agent in my career.

Sounds like Williams is ready for free agency, although he hasnt ruled out the Nets.

He probably would have re-signed if the Nets had dealt for the Orlando Magics Dwight Howard before the March 15 trade deadline. While Howard was intrigued by New Jersey, the NBAs most dominant center ultimately opted in to his contract for at minimum next season with the Magic.

Its a decision he made for himself, Williams said. I really have no comment on it. He did what was best for him. I respect that. Im still friends with him.

Oh yeah, it definitely would have changed things. Ive already made it known that if he would have come I probably would have stayed.

The All-Star was drafted third overall by the Jazz in 2005 and became one of the leagues best point guards. The Jazz werent confident they could re-sign Williams long-term and were nervous he would bolt as a free agent if he exercised an opt-out in his contract in 2012. Utah protected itself by trading Williams to the Nets on Feb. 23, 2011, for then-rookie Derrick Favors, guard Devin Harris, two first-round picks and cash.

A stunned Williams arrived in New Jersey with immediate hope from the rebuilding Nets to eventually re-sign long-term. The Nets failed to land a marquee free agent in the 2010 class highlighted by James, Chris Bosh, Dwyane Wade, Joe Johnson, Amare Stoudemire and Carlos Boozer. New Jersey also failed in its hopes to land then-Denver Nuggets forward Carmelo Anthony, who was dealt to the New York Knicks last season. With a new arena to be unveiled in Brooklyn next season, the Nets were desperate to land a star and rolled the dice on Williams.

Now theyre looking at a precarious summer. Whats their sales pitch to Williams?

New Jerseys roster has talent in oft-injured Brook Lopez, rookie Marshon Brooks and veteran newcomer Gerald Wallace. The Nets get to keep the 2012 first-round pick they traded to the Portland Trail Blazers for Wallace if it is a top-three selection. The Barclays Center opens next season. Williams appears to have a solid relationship with general manager Billy King and coach Avery Johnson. The Nets could also make a draft day trade to woo Williams prior to the official start of free agency.

I want to win. At the end of the day, Im not getting any younger, Williams said. Ill be 28 when I sign this next deal. I have to look for the best situation for me.

King says another drawing card for Williams is influence on constructing the teams roster.

Hes been involved in the process since December, King said. We talked about, This is Plan A and this is Plan B and C.

In training camp he was in my office after practice every day just sitting there. He calls himself, the assistant GM.

As a free agent, expect Williams to have a strong suitor from his hometown Dallas Mavericks. The reigning NBA champions will have the money this summer to offer Williams a big contract to join forces with All-Star Dirk Nowitzki. Williams says loved ones back home wouldnt mind seeing him return.

But those voices dont carry significant weight considering Williams has a reputation of not being swayed by the masses. He was the only American NBA star to play overseas during the lockout, suiting up in Turkey, and he left Texas after high school to play at Illinois.

No pressure. They know its my decision, Williams said. People know how I am so theyre not going to say anything to me. Theyd definitely love for me to play [in Dallas]. I know that. Ive known that my whole career. The fans on Twitter, a lot of Dallas fans on Twitter, tell me to come back home. Well see.

Williams doesnt appear stressed about the situation. The Nets should be since a lot is at stake. No Williams probably means no All-Star will help open the new building in Brooklyn. No Williams means the gamble to acquire Wallace, who has a players option for $9.5 million next season, didnt work and they lost a potential high first-round pick in the process. No Williams means the Nets gave up Favors and the third overall pick in last years draft (Utah rookie center Enes Kanter) for nothing.

Through all the risk, Johnson and King maintain hope.

Hes been to our [arena] site. He knows what the vision is. Maybe we give him a reminder every now and then, but he knows where were headed, Johnson said.

Said King: [Williams] and I were at [the arena site] in May just looking at the dirt. He doesnt want to go back down there until its done.

Time will tell if Williams returns to Barclays Center as a Net or a booed visitor.

Courtesy of Yahoo! Sports



Bulls GM sees new Tom Thibodeau deal - by Eurobasket News

Chicago Bulls general manager Gar Forman said Tuesday that talks to extend the contract of coach Tom Thibodeau were initiated before the season and were tabled, but they'll resume once the season is over.

ESPN.com's Marc Stein reported Friday that associates of Thibodeau insist the coach is dismayed because he hasn't been offered a lucrative extension. Thibodeau had no head coaching experience before signing a modest two-year deal with the Bulls before the 2010-11 season. The Bulls hold an option for the 2012-13 season.

'To us it's a non-issue,' Forman said on 'The Carmen, Jurko & Harry Show' on ESPN 1000. 'Obviously we think very, very highly of Tom and his staff. Jerry (Reinsdorf) even come out and said it, we're hopeful Tom will be our coach here for a long, long time.

'We actually this fall initiated extension talks with Tom, and they were very productive. And then the season started and as you guys know the season has been extremely hectic ... I know Tom and his staff and our staff we all wanted to concentrate on the season, so we decided at that time to table it, but they had been very productive up to that point. And we'll get back to talking about an extension when the season is over.'

Thibodeau downplayed the story when asked about it after Friday's win over the Detroit Pistons.

'I don't know where that's coming from,' Thibodeau said. 'I'm not worried about any of that stuff. I'm under contract. I'm fine with everything here.'

Thibodeau is a strong candidate to become the first person ever to repeat as NBA coach of the year. The Bulls own the best record in the league despite playing 21 games without MVP Derrick Rose.

A very popular coach among his players, Thibodeau's unhappiness with his contract has been an open secret in team circles, according to Stein and other outlets.

When reached Friday, Reinsdorf told ESPNChicago.com's Melissa Isaacson that he stands by what he said previously to the Chicago Tribune, which is that he hopes Thibodeau will be with the Bulls beyond his current contract.

'He doesn't talk about that stuff, but we need to get him an extension ASAP,' Bulls forward Carlos Boozer said Friday. 'He wouldn't talk about that stuff, but we know how great he's done for us and what he's meant for our team and the system he's putting us in and the way he's been able to manage (the season). This is a tough season -- 66 games crunched into like four months.

'I thought he's been a great manager for us; like baseball, he's done a great job of pushing us when we need to be pushed, of taking his foot off the gas pedal when we need some rest, and our record reflects that. At the same time, he's still teaching us the right things. And obviously, that's the coach we all want to play for til we finish.'

Forman doesn't anticipate a problem hammering out the extension.

'Tom has done a great job with our team,' Forman said. 'The biggest thing is Tom wants to be here, he wants to be the coach of the Bulls, and we want Tom here to be the coach of the Bulls, so usually when the objective is the same for both sides it's going to hopefully be pretty easy to get something worked out.'

Courtesy of ESPN



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  NCAA1   


NABC Division I All-District 1 - by Simas

1st Team
Scott Machado of Iona
Mike Glover of Iona
Rakim Sanders of Fairfield
OD Anosike of Siena
Darryl Partin of Boston U.

2nd Team
Erik Etherly of Loyola (MD)
Gerardo Suero of Albany (NY)
George Beamon of Manhattan
Derek Needham of Fairfield
Bryan Dougher of Stony Brook



Illini center Meyers Leonard declares for NBA Draft - by Eurobasket News

Illinois men's basketball center Meyers Leonard (7'1''-C-92) will not be a part of the team next season.

The sophomore announced Monday evening that he will forgo his final two seasons with the Illini and declared for the NBA Draft.

This was a very difficult decision because I love the University of Illinois, Leonard said in a press release. But I feel the timing is right for me to follow my dream of playing in the NBA and having the opportunity to provide for my mom and family.

Leonards mom suffers from back problems, and her health was widely considered to be a determining factor on whether he would stay at Illinois.

The Robinson, Ill., native averaged 13.6 points and 8.2 rebounds per game as a staple of the Illini offense down low. He fared well on the defensive end as well, averaging 1.9 blocks per game, which was the best in the Big Ten.

Last summer, Leonard was a member of the USAs U-19 squad, which competed at the 2011 FIBA World Championship in Latvia. He averaged 6.9 points and 5.2 rebounds per game.

On March 19, Leonard and teammate Brandon Paul submitted their names to the NBAs Undergraduate Advisory Committee to gauge interest from teams.

Paul has not announced whether he will stay, and the deadline to maintain collegiate eligibility is April 10.

The NBA Draft will take place June 28, and Leonard plans to finish the spring semester while preparing for it, according to a statement released by the team.

Last season, freshman Jereme Richmond left Illinois and declared for the NBA Draft, but after he missed team workouts leading up to the end, he was not selected.

Leonard is projected by many media outlets to be a top-20 pick in June and could find himself in the top 15.

In the statement, Leonard thanked the Orange and Blue and fans for their support.

It starts with Coach Weber, who has always believed in me, Leonard said. He taught me so much about the game of basketball and helped me mature as both a player and a person. I will miss all my teammates; weve been through so much together, and I consider them my brothers.

The future is bright here and under the direction of Coach Groce, I know theyll be successful. Finally, I want to thank the fans for their incredible support. It was a dream come true to represent my state school and play at the Assembly Hall.

I will always be an Illini.

Courtesy of www.dailyillini.com



University of Washington: Wroten entering 2012 NBA draft - by Eurobasket News

Freshman Tony Wroten (6'5''-G-93) will hire an agent and enter the 2012 NBA Draft ending his brief but historic career at the University of Washington.

The 6-foot-5 guard out of Seattle's Garfield High School is the second Husky in the last 48 hours to throw their name into the NBA Draft. Sophomore Terrence Ross declared his intentions on Sunday.

'I have been talking with my friends and family and I just felt like this was the right time,' Wroten said of his decision that he decided to announce on the same day of his mother Shirley's birthday. 'I love the University of Washington, but I just feel that it's best for me to make the jump.'

The Huskies will lose their steals leader, second leading scorer and second leading assists man in Wroten. He also attempted 33 percent of the team's free throws.

Wroten was the Pac-12 Freshman of the Year and was a first team All-Pac-12 selection in 2012. He was one of five finalists for the Wayman Tisdale Freshman of the Year award.

In his one season at Washington, Wroten set numerous Husky freshman records: most points (559), scoring average (16.0 ppg), assists (130) and steals (66). He ranked fifth in the conference in scoring, eighth in assists (3.7 apg), second in steals (1.9 spg) and was sixth overall in offensive rebounds per game (2.3).

His scoring average was fifth among all Division I freshmen, second among first-year players from the 'power' conferences.

He helped Washington to a 24-11 record and 14-4 mark in conference action, including the Pac-12 regular season championship.

Besides his family, Wroten consulted fellow Seattle-are basketball players Jamaal Crawford, Nate Robinson, Will Conroy and Isaiah Thomas.

'They all said the same thing,' Wroten, who is cousins with Robinson, said. ''Take your time and do what is best for you. This is a life-changer.''

Wroten is the second UW freshman to declare for the NBA after their freshman year, joining Spencer Hawes (2007).

Currently, six players who played under Lorenzo Romar are in the NBA. Hawes (Philadelphia) is joined by Quincy Pondexter (Memphis), Robinson (Golden State), Thomas (Sacramento), Jon Brockman (Milwaukee) and Justin Dentmon (San Antonio).

'Husky fans are the best in the nation and I would not trade my experience here for any other college,' Wroten continued. 'It was great that I stayed home and I know the University of Washington will always be by my side.'

Courtesy of www.gohuskies.com



Obama congratulates Calipari on Kentucky's championship - by Eurobasket News

President Barack Obama has called coach John Calipari to congratulate the University of Kentucky men's basketball team on winning the NCAA championship.

Obama told Calipari that 'his team played with class and dignity and that it was a great game to watch.' Calipari passed the phone to center Anthony Davis and the president congratulated Davis, a Chicago native, for earning the Most Outstanding Player award at the Final Four.

Kentucky defeated Kansas 67-59 Monday night to win the school's eighth NCAA championship.

Obama commended Calipari on his first NCAA championship and said he looks forward to congratulating the entire team in person and receiving his own Wildcats' jersey at the White House.

Courtesy of http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com



Michigan State's Nix suspended indefinitely following drug arrest - by Eurobasket News

Michigan State center Derrick Nix (6'9''-C-90) has been suspended indefinitely from the basketball team after his arrest early Tuesday on suspicion of operating a vehicle with any presence of drugs and possession of marijuana.

Nix was arrested about 12:20 a.m. Tuesday, according to a district court in East Lansing.

'Based on the information we have received, Derrick Nix has been suspended indefinitely from our basketball team, and his future with our program is uncertain,' coach Tom Izzo said in a statement. 'He made an irresponsible decision that has put his future with our program in serious jeopardy.'

Nix averaged 8.1 points this season as a junior and his improvement was a big reason why Michigan State tied for first in the Big Ten and won the conference tournament. The Spartans lost in the NCAA round of 16.

The 6-foot-9 Nix was part of a solid nucleus of players expected to return in 2012-13, including point guard Keith Appling, fellow center Adreian Payne and guard Branden Dawson, whose freshman season was cut short by a left knee injury. If Nix misses an extended period of time or is dismissed from the team permanently, Payne will likely shoulder more responsibility inside. Payne started 36 games this season, averaging 7.0 points.

Nix made great strides recently after poor conditioning had been holding him back. Nix trimmed down to 267 pounds for preseason practices after weighing as much as 340 and rejuvenated his career during his junior season.

Courtesy of http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com



Damian Lillard to leave Weber State for NBA draft - by Eurobasket News

Weber State guard Damian Lillard (6'2''-G-90) will bypass his final year of eligibility and declare for the NBA draft after one of the best individual seasons in school history.

Lillard, 21, is a former Oakland High standout.

He finished second in the country in scoring, averaging 24.5 points, five rebounds and four assists en route to his second Big Sky MVP award.

The 6-foot-3 Lillard is considered one of the nation's top point guards and projected to go as high as No. 9 in June's draft.

Lillard finished his career No. 2 on Weber State's all-time scoring list with 1,934 points. His 784 points and 94 three-pointers were Wildcat single-season records.

He scored in double figures in all 32 games this season.

Courtesy of www.sfgate.com



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  NEW ZEALAND   

Standings Men

NBL Standings
 1. Auckland P. 6-2 
 2. Bay Hawks 5-0 
 3. Hub Jets 3-1 
 4. OceanaGold N. 3-3 
 5. Wellington S. 3-3 
 6. Nelson G. 2-3 
 7. Taranaki MA 2-5 
 8. Harbour H. 2-5 
 9. Southland S. 2-6 

Regular Season: Round 6

Apr. 4: Southland S. - OceanaGold N. 74-85
Apr. 4: Auckland P. - Nelson G. 101-93
Apr. 5: Taranaki MA - Nelson G.
Apr. 6: Wellington S. - Taranaki MA


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Akeem WRIGHT
  OceanaGo.
  (200-F/G-84)
  Avg: 24.7
 1. Wright, OceanaGo.24.7 
 2. Hudson, Taranaki.24.2 
 3. Gurley, Wellington24.0 
 4. Braswell, Southlan.21.1 
 5. Tait, Auckland P.21.0 
 6. Tisby, OceanaGo.20.8 
 7. Leasure, Taranaki.20.3 
 8. Bradshaw, Southlan.19.3 
 9. Abney, Southland18.4 
 10. Muhammad, Auckla.17.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Antoine TISBY
  OceanaGo.
  (203-F/C-83)
  Avg: 12.3
 1. Tisby, OceanaGo.12.3 
 2. Atkinson, Harbo.10.6 
 3. Johnson, Bay Hawks9.8 
 4. Abney, Southland9.6 
 5. Wright, OceanaGo.9.2 
 6. Muhammad, Aucklan.8.8 
 7. Frank, Wellington8.5 
 8. Young, Bay Hawks7.6 
 9. Abdelhamid, Tarana.7.5 
 10. Crowe, Wellington7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Jason CROWE
  Wellington S.
  (193-G-76)
  Avg: 9.2
 1. Crowe, Wellington9.2 
 2. Tait, Auckland P.7.2 
 3. Dickel, OceanaGo.7.0 
 4. Bailey, Harbour H.4.9 
 5. Kenny, Bay Hawks4.6 
 6. Wright, OceanaGo.4.5 
 7. Young, Bay Hawks4.4 
 8. Hudson, Taranaki.4.3 
 9. Braswell, Southlan.3.9 
 10. Muhammad, Auckla.3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Jason CROWE
  Wellington S.
  (193-G-76)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Crowe, Wellington3.3 
 2. Braswell, Southlan.2.8 
 3. Wright, OceanaGo.2.5 
 4. Tait, Auckland P.2.3 
 5. Muhammad, Aucklan.2.2 
 6. Bailey, Harbour H.2.1 
 7. Gurley, Wellington2.0 
 8. Dickel, OceanaGo.1.8 
 9. Tisby, OceanaGo.1.8 
 10. Kenny, Bay Hawks1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Antoine TISBY
  OceanaGo.
  (203-F/C-83)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Tisby, OceanaGo.2.5 
 2. Wright, OceanaGo.1.5 
 3. Frank, Wellington1.2 
 4. Abney, Southland1.1 
 5. Atkinson, Harbo.0.9 
 6. Cartwright, Auckla.0.8 
 7. Trousdell, Wellin.0.8 
 8. Prewster, Southlan.0.7 
 9. Smith, Harbour H.0.6 
 10. Newbold, Auckland.0.6 



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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, Meralco30.2 
 3. David, Powerade T.27.1 
 4. Crews, Rain o.27.0 
 5. Bowles, B-Meg L.26.0 
 6. Douthit, Air21 E.20.3 
 7. Vroman, Ginebra20.1 
 8. Parada, Alaska Ac.19.4 
 9. Cardona, Meralco19.2 
 10. Baguio, Alaska A.18.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Marcus DOUTHIT
  Air21 E.
  (210-C/F-80)
  Avg: 20.3
 1. Douthit, Air21 E.20.3 
 2. Fazekas, Petron B.18.4 
 3. Jones, Powerade T.17.9 
 4. Barron, Meralco16.1 
 5. Crews, Rain o.15.4 
 6. Parada, Alaska Ac.14.7 
 7. Vroman, Ginebra13.4 
 8. Bowles, B-Meg L.11.8 
 9. Santos, Petron B.11.1 
 10. Thoss, Alaska Ac.8.7 
Assists Per Game
 Chris ROSS
  Meralco .
  (185-G-85)
  Avg: 8.2
 1. Ross, Meralco8.2 
 2. Casio, Powerade T.7.2 
 3. Alapag, Talk N Te.6.6 
 4. Cabagnot, Petron6.4 
 5. Tenorio, Alaska A.5.5 
 6. Helterbrand, Gineb.5.4 
 7. Hubalde, Air21 E.4.8 
 8. Cortez, Ginebra4.6 
 9. Vroman, Ginebra4.6 
 10. Yeo, Petron Blaze3.9 
Steals Per Game
 Chris ROSS
  Meralco .
  (185-G-85)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Ross, Meralco1.9 
 2. Lassiter, Powerade.1.3 
 3. Custodio, Alaska A.1.3 
 4. Vroman, Ginebra1.3 
 5. Reyes, Talk N Text1.3 
 6. Castro, Talk N Te.1.3 
 7. Dillinger, Talk N.1.2 
 8. Urbiztondo, B-Meg1.2 
 9. Cabagnot, Petron1.2 
 10. Tenorio, Alaska A.1.2 
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 Aces1.5 
 10. Thoss, Alaska Ac.1.2 


Playoff Quarterfinals: Both series go to decisive Game Three - by Eurobasket News

Alaska Aces - Barako Bull 99-92
Like B-Meg earlier in the night, Alaska Milk fought gallantly to stay alive, sending the PBA Commissioner's Cup quarterfinals to a double-knockout finish on Easter Sunday. The Aces forced a one-game standoff with the Barako Bull Energy by riding a decisive third-quarter romp on the way to a 99-92 victory Wednesday. 'Overall team effort enabled us to stay alive. Now, we have to be smart in using the next three days to rest and prepare for Sunday,' said Alaska coach Joel Banal. 'We have to be ready for Gabe Freeman (198-F-85, college: Costa Mesa JC) 's breakout game if we're to make the next round,' Banal added. The Aces handled Freeman well in his Barako Bull debut, holding him scoreless in the middle quarters. While clamping down on the former two-time Best Import winner, the Aces made a decisive run in the third period and went on to bounce back from their sorry 90-103 defeat in Game One Sunday. 'Gabe Freeman arrived just last night (Tuesday night). He had no benefit of a practice with Barako. For sure, he'll already blend with them by the next game, and we have to be ready for that,' said Banal. Alaska starters LA Tenorio (178-G-84), Cyrus Baguio (188-G-80), Sonny Thoss, Mac Baracael and Adam Parada all put in double-digit outputs and Sam Eman, Wesley Gonzales, Bonbon Custodio and Jayr Reyes had their help coming off the bench. 'Total team effort talaga both on defense and offense ang pinakita ng team tonight,' said Banal. Tenorio topscored with 22 points with Baguio adding 20, Thoss, 17, Baracael 16 and Parada 12. The Alaska import also hauled down 10 rebounds. Freeman, who took over from Reggie Okosa (208-F/C-80, agency: Top Notch Sports, college: La Salle), paced Barako with 22 though he went scoreless in the second and third periods. He also plucked 17 boards. The two teams fought through four deadlocks and eight lead changes before the Aces took command in the third quarter and held on to the finish. Barako even enjoyed a six-point lead in the first quarter, 34-28, with Freeman coming out strong and pouring in 10 points in the first 12 minutes of play. The Aces seized control while holding Freeman scoreless in the next two quarters. Baracael and Tenorio scored seven apiece while Thoss added six as the Aces outscored the Energy, 29-15, in the third quarter. The two teams knock each out Sunday for the right to play the Talk n Text Tropang Texters in the Final Four. (SB) *Courtesy of www.pba.ph

Meralco Bolts - B-Meg Llam. 85-95
B-MEG had an easy time taking Mark Cardona (180-G/F-81) out of the game Wednesday. The rest of Meralco proved to be another matter, however, and the Llamados went through the wringer before fashioning a 95-85 victory that sent their PBA Commissioner's Cup quarterfinals series into a deciding game at the Smart Araneta Coliseum. Marc Pingris (195-C-81), Denzel Bowles (208-F/C-89, college: JMU) and Joshua Urbiztondo (183-G-83, college: Fresno Pacific) set the tone for the Llamados in the highly physical confrontation while PJ Simon took the lead in the mop-up operations as they levelled the best-of-three duel at one game apiece and set up the rubber on Easter Sunday also at the Big Dome. 'We established our physical presence early and I think that was the key,' said B-Meg head coach Tim Cone moments after the victory that avenged their 81-103 loss in the opener last Sunday. Cardona got thrown out just 70 seconds into the game, but it still took B-Meg a lot of doing as it had to withstand the loss of Bowles to fouls with still 2:03 left and Meralco's gritty fightback. The Bolts seemingly have the momentum on their side after charging back to within eight from as much as a 26-point deficit. Chris Ross' layup off his own steal even trimmed the deficit to just 85-91, before B-Meg's defense kicked in anew and held Meralco scoreless in the final 70 seconds. Simon and Pingris, meanwhile, canned a charity each before Simon practically finished the job with a fastbreak layup, only 37 ticks remaining. 'The game was in doubt until PJ's breakaway layup,' admitted Cone. 'It was anybody's game until then. They really did a great job of coming back.' Sunday's deciding game should be no different from the most recent one that netted the protagonists a total 54 fouls called, almost double of Game 1's 29. 'I was telling my players, this was the easy game,' , stated Cone. 'The next one is gonna be harder. I think they will play really physical, we'll see. I think they're gonna respond as well.' Following their opening loss, Cone lashed out at the referees and promptly received a call from PBA commissioner Chito Salud. He did not delve on the officiating Wednesday, but warned of another tough match Sunday. 'It will be a matter of who gets out first. That's gonna be the battle on Sunday,' stressed Cone. Pingris, who saw just 11 minutes of action in Game 1, played 29 Wednesday and scored a team-high 21 points on top of nine rebounds. It was his highest scoring output over the last three seasons. 'He played limited minutes in Game 1 because we felt going small was the way to come back and it did bring us back,' said Cone of Pingris. 'But this time we got him in the gameplan and he was awesome. He just has great character to play that hard, to play that well. He was a big presence in all facets of the game. We found a role for him, something he could hang on and do and he played it to the hilt.' Pingris actually started out guarding Cardona, but Urbiztondo made his teammate's job easier by first inciting Cardona to a technical foul before the prolific guard got ejected by slamming his hand on Bowles while they were sprawled under the Meralco basket. 'When you hit somebody in the face... it was the right call. It certainly wasn't our fault,' noted Cone. Bowles added 20 and 11, with Simon and Urbiztondo combining for 28 points. Earl Barron did not buy a single early basket in the face of Bowles' defense but still finished with a personal conference-high 39 points and 18 rebounds, with 17 of his points coming in the third period that brought Meralco within 68-76. Sol Mercado added 11 of his 18 in that period and Cardona's main replacement, Mark Macapagal (188-G-79), seven of his nine that whittled B-Meg's lead that stood at 26 points twice, the last at 40-14, and 52-29 at the half. B-Meg built up the cushion it would need later on by opening up with a 17-2 lead, Meralco's lone basket courtesy of Bowles' goal tending on Cardona's drive that led to them being tangled up underneath. (NC) *Courtesy of www.pba.ph



ASEAN League: Patriots bring win from Bangkok - by Eurobasket News

Bangkok Cobras - Philippine Patriots 78:84

Philippine Patriots celebrated the 13th win in ASEAN League season. They stunned Bangkok Cobras away from home to improve at 13-2 record on top of the standings. Nakiea Miller (204-C-79, college: Iona) stepped up with 25 points and 11 rebounds for the winners.
The Cobras got to almost a perfect start. They enjoyed a 24:18 lead after ten minutes of action. The Patriots however took over in the second frame. The league leaders held the hosts 13 points and secured a 6-point lead at the interval 43:37. The teams increased the tempo in the third quarter. The Patriots and the Cobras exchanged baskets throughout the frame but the visitors managed to secure a 6-point lead heading into the fourth frame. Marvin Cruz (173-G-84) denied the deficit midway through the final term 75:75. But the Patriots held their opponents to just three points in the reminder of the contest and celebrated a well-deserved win at the end. Anthony Johnson (197-G/F-79, agency: Interperformances, college: La-Lafayette) fired 22 points, while Angelus Raymundo (196-C) added 12 points for the winning side. Ratdech Kruatiwa (191-G/F-85) answered with 17 points and 12 rebounds, while Marvin Cruz finished with 17 points for the Cobras.

Bangkok Cobras: Ratdech Kruatiwa 17+12 boards, Marvin Cruz 17
Philippine Patriots: Nakiea Miller 25+11 boards, Anthony Johnson 22, Angelus Raymundo 12



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  POLAND   

Standings - DBE

PLK Standings
Group A
 1. Asseco Prokom 5-2 
 2. Trefl Sopot 5-2 
 3. Zastal ZG 4-3 
 4. Anwil 3-4 
 5. Energa Czarni 2-4 
 6. PGE Turow 1-5 
Group B
 1. Slask Wroclaw 22-13 
 2. AZS Koszalin 18-16 
 3. Kotwica 17-18 
 4. Siarka Jezioro 15-19 
 5. Polpharma 13-20 
 6. PBG Basket 11-24 
 7. AZS PW 10-24 
 8. LKS Lodz 6-28 
Stage One Standings

Second Stage: Round 7

Group A

Apr. 4: Asseco Prokom - Zastal ZG 77-69
Apr. 4: Anwil - Trefl Sopot 54-67
Apr. 4: PGE Turow - Energa Czarni

Group B

Apr. 4: Slask Wroclaw - Kotwica 95-68
Apr. 4: AZS PW - PBG Basket 72-89
Apr. 5: Siarka Jezioro - Polpharma
Apr. 4: AZS Koszalin - LKS Lodz


DBE Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Walter HODGE
  Zastal ZG
  (183-PG-86)
  Avg: 18.6
 1. Hodge, Zastal ZG18.6 
 2. Corbett, Siarka J.16.1 
 3. Koszarek, Trefl S.16.1 
 4. Miller, Siarka J.15.7 
 5. Kulig, PBG Basket15.7 
 6. Micic, PBG Basket15.4 
 7. Weeden, Polpharma15.4 
 8. Edwards, Anwil15.3 
 9. Kickert, PGE Turow15.2 
 10. Turek, Trefl Sopot15.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Darrell HARRIS
  Kotwica
  (208-F/C-84)
  Avg: 11.7
 1. Harris, Kotwica11.7 
 2. Lawal, Zastal ZG10.2 
 3. Burgess, Trefl S.8.0 
 4. Dluski, LKS Lodz7.9 
 5. Eziukwu, AZS K.7.7 
 6. Turek, Trefl Sopot7.1 
 7. Simmons, Polpharma7.1 
 8. Archibeque, Zastal7.1 
 9. Doaks, Siarka J.7.0 
 10. Bartosz, PBG Bas.6.7 
Assists Per Game
 Robert SKIBNIEWSKI
  Slask W.
  (182-G-83)
  Avg: 7.4
 1. Skibniewski, Slask7.4 
 2. Hodge, Zastal ZG6.0 
 3. Koszarek, Trefl S.5.1 
 4. Moore, PGE Turow5.0 
 5. Milicic, AZS K.5.0 
 6. Wilczek, AZS P.4.9 
 7. Miller, Siarka J.4.7 
 8. Burrell, Energa C.4.6 
 9. Micic, PBG Basket4.6 
 10. Sapp, Kotwica4.3 
Steals Per Game
 Krzysztof SZUBARGA
  Anwil
  (182-G-84)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Szubarga, Anwil1.8 
 2. Skibniewski, Slask1.6 
 3. Sapp, Kotwica1.5 
 4. Ponitka, AZS P.1.4 
 5. Koszarek, Trefl S.1.4 
 6. Miller, Siarka J.1.4 
 7. Kinnard, Anwil1.4 
 8. Brown, Kotwica1.4 
 9. Cesnauskis, Energa1.3 
 10. Comagic, PBG B.1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Callistus EZIUKWU
  AZS K.
  (208-F/C-85)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Eziukwu, AZS K.1.7 
 2. Burgess, Trefl S.1.6 
 3. Harris, Kotwica1.5 
 4. Kesicki, Kotwica1.4 
 5. Morrison, Energa C.1.3 
 6. Lauderdale, PGE T.1.2 
 7. Mladenovic, Slask1.1 
 8. Lawal, Zastal ZG1.1 
 9. Karnowski, Siarka1.1 
 10. Turek, Trefl Sopot1.0 


Sad ending of the story of coach Starcevic in Politechnika - by Maciej Paszyn

The actual collapse of the AZS Politechnika Warszawa team lasts. After transferring a few key players, the team parted with the head coach Mladen Starcevic . Reason - lack money in the club.
Mr. Mladen Starcevic joined the club up in 2006 (contemporary name Polonia 2011 ) when the newly established team made its debut in 2 liga Practising exclusively young, gifted players (assisted one experienced post up player Leszek Karwowski) he managed to be promoted within three seasons to a Polish extra league (promotion for two levels). In the meantime Mladen Starcevic brought such basketball players up as: Tomasz Snieg (190-PG-89), Dardan Berisha (192-G-88, agency: INVICTUS Sports Group), Mateusz Bartosz (203-F-87)z, Mateusz Ponitka (196-G-93), Michal Michalak (194-G-93), Piotr Pamula (195-G-90) or Jaroslaw Mokros (201-F-90)
In this season the coach stayed in the club in spite of considerable delays in payments dating back to a few months. All the more words of the president about 'for giving the chance previous 2nd coach' sound as the weak joke. Dismissing the coach is de facto ultimate capitulation of the club which in this moment has a composition of the 1 liga average team.




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Standings - BSN

BSN Standings
 1. Mayaguez 12-3 
 2. Bayamon 9-7 
 3. Arecibo 9-8 
 4. San German 8-8 
 5. Guaynabo 8-8 
 6. Quebradillas 8-8 
 7. Guayama 5-10 
 8. Humacao 4-11 

Regular Season: Round 15

Apr. 3: Humacao - Guaynabo 90-88 OT
Apr. 2: Mayaguez - Bayamon 85-73
Apr. 3: Arecibo - Quebradillas 74-71

Regular Season: Round 17

Apr. 7: Mayaguez - San German
Apr. 7: Humacao - Quebradillas
Apr. 8: Guayama - Mayaguez
Apr. 8: Guaynabo - Bayamon


Stats Leaders - BSN

Points Per Game
 Al THORNTON
  Guayama
  (203-F-83)
  Avg: 25.1
 1. Thornton, Guayama25.1 
 2. Ayuso, Arecibo20.2 
 3. Dalmau, Bayamon19.1 
 4. Ramos, Quebradillas18.8 
 5. Hodge, Humacao18.0 
 6. Rivera, San German17.6 
 7. Maye, Guaynabo17.4 
 8. Smith, Mayaguez16.6 
 9. Pinnock, Arecibo15.5 
 10. Galindo, Guayama15.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Al THORNTON
  Guayama
  (203-F-83)
  Avg: 9.5
 1. Thornton, Guayama9.5 
 2. Ramos, Quebradillas9.4 
 3. Burgess, Guaynabo8.9 
 4. Narvaez, Guaynabo8.7 
 5. O''Bryant, Mayaguez8.6 
 6. Shannon, Quebradil.8.2 
 7. Sweetney, Bayamon7.9 
 8. Pinkney, San G.7.4 
 9. Smith, Mayaguez7.1 
 10. Hodge, Humacao6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Donta SMITH
  Mayaguez
  (201-G-83)
  Avg: 5.9
 1. Smith, Mayaguez5.9 
 2. Rivera, San German5.9 
 3. Cruz, Quebradillas5.3 
 4. Pagan, Guayama4.5 
 5. Guzman, Guaynabo4.3 
 6. Pinnock, Arecibo4.2 
 7. Williams, Quebradi.4.1 
 8. Dalmau, Bayamon4.1 
 9. Hodge, Humacao4.0 
 10. Rivera, Mayaguez3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Donta SMITH
  Mayaguez
  (201-G-83)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Smith, Mayaguez2.7 
 2. Ramirez, Mayaguez1.7 
 3. Pinnock, Arecibo1.6 
 4. Thornton, Guayama1.5 
 5. Mojica, Bayamon1.4 
 6. Strong, San German1.4 
 7. Figueroa, Guaynabo1.3 
 8. Hodge, Humacao1.3 
 9. Williams, Quebradi.1.3 
 10. Ortiz, Mayaguez1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Mamadou LAMIZANA
  Bayamon
  (207-F/C-81)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Lamizana, Bayamon2.5 
 2. O''Bryant, Mayaguez1.7 
 3. Thornton, Guayama1.7 
 4. Shannon, Quebradil.1.6 
 5. Burgess, Guaynabo1.5 
 6. Santiago, Arecibo1.1 
 7. Ramos, Quebradillas1.1 
 8. Smith, Mayaguez1.1 
 9. Valenzuela, Humac.1.0 
 10. Aubry, Arecibo0.9 


Piratas and Vaqueros make changes: - by Luis Modestti

Piratas de Quebradillas:

Rolando Hourruitiner resigned as head coach of Piratas de Quebradillas. He decided to leave the job because of differences with team ownership.

Hours later Piratas de Quebradillas announced Leonel Arill as the new head coach and carlos Calcano as his assistant. They are expected to make their debut tonight.

Vaqueros de Bayamon:

Vaqueros released Dominican forward Alejandro Flores (204-F-81, college: E.Oklahoma St. JC). He played 16 games and averaged 9.1 points and 6 rebounds.

The league announced a four game suspension for guard Christian Dalmau because of an incident with a referee in the game against Guayama.



Julian Sensley gets MVP of the Week award for Puerto Rican BSN - by Eurobasket News

German-American Julian Sensley (206-F-82, agency: VVG Sports) had an amazing evening in the last week for Humacao and that's him to receive a Latinbasket.com Player of the Week award for week 15.
The 29-year old forward had a double-double of 39 points and thirteen rebounds, while his team edged out Guaynabo (#5, 8-8) in overtime 90-88. Humacao maintains the 8th position in Puerto Rican BSN. The season is in a full swing, so it's only a dream for the team to make it into top half of the standings. For contrary they may face relegation if the situation turns from bad to worse. Humacao have already lost 11 games and recorded just four victories. In the team's last game Sensley had a remarkable eight three-pointers out of 13 attempts. He just recently signed at Humacao, being already a very valuable addition to the team. Julian Sensley averages this season 20.3ppg and 8.7rpg.

The second most remarkable performance in last week's games was 28-year old American guard Danilo Pinnock (196-G-83, agency: SportsTalent) of Arecibo. Pinnock impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 16 points and 10 rebounds. It was enough for Arecibo to edge the lower-ranked Quebradillas (#6, 8-8) by 3 points 74-71. This victory allowed Arecibo to move up to 3rd position in the standings. His team's 9-8 record is not bad at all. Pinnock is one of the most experienced players at Arecibo and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 15.4ppg (#9). His other stats are also decent: 6.4rpg and 4.1apg.

The third best performed player last week was former international guard Roberto Jose Hatton (187-PG-76) of Guaynabo (#5). Hatton showcased his all-around game by recording 14 points, six rebounds and nine assists in the last week. Despite Hatton's great performance Guaynabo lost 88-90in overtime to the lower-ranked Humacao (#8, 4-11). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The last thing Guaynabo needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 8 victories and 8 lost games. Hatton has a very solid season. In 14 games in Puerto Rico he scored 9.1ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Donta Smith (201-G-83) of Mayaguez - 13 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Manuel Antonio Narvaez (211-C-81) of Guaynabo - 9 points and 12 rebounds
6. Peter John Ramos (222-C-85) of Quebradillas - 19 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists
7. Oritseweyinmi Efejuku (196-G-86) of Mayaguez - 16 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists
8. Chris Burgess (209-C-79) of Guaynabo - 4 points and 20 rebounds
9. Mamadou Lamizana (207-F/C-81) of Bayamon - 14 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
10. James Maye (201-G/F-81) of Guaynabo - 21 points and 9 rebounds

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



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Standings

Div.A Standings
 1. Gaz Metan 22-5
 2. Timisoara 21-7
 3. U.Mobitel.CN 20-8
 4. Ploiesti 20-8
 5. Oradea 20-8
 6. Targu Mures 19-9
 7. CSM Bucuresti 19-9
 8. Rovinari 16-12
 9. Pitesti 14-14
 10. CSU Sibiu 13-15
 11. Craiova 9-19
 12. Giurgiu 8-20
 13. Dinamo B. 7-21
 14. Perla Harghitei 2-26
 15. Politehnica 0-28
Folded
 1. Otopeni 4-11

Regular Season: Round 30

Apr. 4: Perla Harghitei - Giurgiu 89-96
Apr. 4: Gaz Metan - Pitesti 89-80
Apr. 4: CSU Sibiu - U.Mobitel.CN 87-89
Apr. 4: Targu Mures - Timisoara 85-77
Apr. 4: Ploiesti - CSM Bucuresti 85-66
Apr. 4: Dinamo B. - Oradea 77-99
Apr. 4: Politehnica - Rovinari 55-97

Quarter-Finals: Round 1

Apr. 11: Gaz Metan - Rovinari
Apr. 11: Timisoara - CSM Bucuresti
Apr. 11: U.Mobitel.CN - Targu Mures
Apr. 11: Ploiesti - Oradea


Stats Leaders - Men

Points Per Game
 Jaytonah WISSEH
  CSU Sibiu
  (185-G-88)
  Avg: 23.5
 1. Wisseh, CSU Sibiu23.5 
 2. Durham, Dinamo B.23.3 
 3. Martinic, CSM B.23.0 
 4. Krstanovic, U.Mobi.21.3 
 5. Dykes, U.Mobite.21.0 
 6. Mitchell, Gaz Metan18.6 
 7. Sims, Giurgiu18.3 
 8. Gallimore, CSM B.18.2 
 9. Ross, Craiova18.0 
 10. Haymon, Dinamo B.17.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Allen DURHAM
  Dinamo B.
  (198-F-88)
  Avg: 13.7
 1. Durham, Dinamo B.13.7 
 2. Kinloch, Pitesti9.3 
 3. Carutasu, CSM B.9.3 
 4. McKenzie, CSM B.9.0 
 5. Krstanovic, U.Mobi.8.9 
 6. Nicoara, Gaz Metan8.6 
 7. Dies, Perla Harghi.8.3 
 8. Steffel, Rovinari8.2 
 9. Riley, CSU Sibiu8.1 
 10. Vlaicu, Giurgiu7.7 
Assists Per Game
 Jaytonah WISSEH
  CSU Sibiu
  (185-G-88)
  Avg: 7.3
 1. Wisseh, CSU Sibiu7.3 
 2. Maric, Oradea6.3 
 3. Cooley, Targu M.6.2 
 4. Vlahovic, Ploiesti5.8 
 5. Tomeljak, Gaz M.5.6 
 6. Sims, Giurgiu5.5 
 7. Nikolic, Rovinari5.5 
 8. Howell, Gaz Metan5.3 
 9. Jovanovic, Timisoa.5.1 
 10. Martinic, CSM B.5.1 
Steals Per Game
 Jaytonah WISSEH
  CSU Sibiu
  (185-G-88)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Wisseh, CSU Sibiu2.9 
 2. Cooley, Targu M.2.6 
 3. Howell, Gaz Metan2.1 
 4. Tucker, Perla H.2.1 
 5. Dykes, U.Mobite.2.0 
 6. Hurjui, Politehnica1.9 
 7. Mitchell, Gaz Metan1.9 
 8. Nicolae, Politehni.1.8 
 9. Hargrove, Ploiesti1.8 
 10. Archie, Timisoara1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Kaylone RILEY
  CSU Sibiu
  (203-C-88)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Riley, CSU Sibiu1.8 
 2. McKenzie, CSM B.1.7 
 3. Tibirna, Otopeni1.7 
 4. Kinloch, Pitesti1.4 
 5. Dies, Perla Harghi.1.4 
 6. Mijovic, U.Mobite.1.1 
 7. Durham, Dinamo B.1.1 
 8. Albijanic, Ploiesti1.0 
 9. Dragusin, Gaz M.1.0 
 10. Lazar, Oradea0.9 


CS Gaz Metan Medias wins the Regular Season - by Eurobasket News

The Regular Season in Div.A just ended.

The most important game in the last round took place in Mures between second ranked Timisoara (21-7) and seventh ranked Targu Mures (19-9) on Wednesday night. Timisoara was defeated by Targu Mures in a tough game on the road 77-85. Timisoara was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. The best player for the winners was American guard Calvin Watson (197-85, college: N.Texas, agency: Court Side) who scored 23 points and 6 rebounds. The other American import forward Jason Forte (196-84, college: S.Mississippi) chipped in 18 points and 9 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was Croatian swingman Ivan Siriscevic (198-87) who recorded 22 points and 9 rebounds (on 9-of-10 shooting from the field). Targu Mures moved-up to sixth place, which they share with CSM Bucuresti. Timisoara at the other side keeps the second position with seven games lost.
Leader Gaz Metan delivered the twentieth second victory. This time they beat 9th ranked Pitesti (14-14) 89-80 in Medias. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Pitesti. It was a good game for American forward Deven Mitchell (197-84, agency: Interperformances) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 26 points and 14 rebounds. Ivan Ivanovic contributed with 17 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. American forward Damien Kinloch (203-80, college: Tenn Tech) replied with 21 points and 6 rebounds for Pitesti. Gaz Metan maintains first position with 22-5 record. Pitesti at the other side keeps the ninth place with 14 games lost.
Bottom-ranked Politehnica (0-28) tried to put together a comeback for its first victory of the season, but they fell short in the 97-55 loss to eighth ranked Rovinari (16-12) in Iasi on Wednesday evening. Brice Kabengele-Kalala scored 21 points and 5 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners. The best for the losing side was Madalin Nicolae with 15 points and 6 rebounds. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Rovinari have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain eighth position with 16-12 record. Loser Politehnica still closes the standings with 28 games lost.
Tenth-ranked CSU Sibiu (13-15) made lots of trouble for third ranked U-Mobitelco (20-8). The visitors from Cluj managed to secure only two-point victory 89-87. However their fans expected much easier game. Kyndall Dykes notched 33 points (!!!), 6 rebounds and 8 assists (went 9 for 9 at the free throw line !!!) to lead the effort. U-Mobitelco have a solid four-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains third position with 20-8 record having just one points less than leader Gaz Metan, which they share with Oradea and Ploiesti. CSU Sibiu lost sixth consecutive game. They keep the tenth place with 15 games lost.

Rest of the games of round 30 were quite predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
Giurgiu defeated Perla Harghitei in a road game 96-89. Dinamo B. was smashed by Oradea at home 77-99. CSM Bucuresti was destroyed by Ploiesti on the opponent's court 85-66.


Politehnica - Rovinari 55-97

Bottom-ranked Politehnica (0-28) tried to put together a comeback for its first victory of the season, but they fell short in the 97-55 loss to eighth ranked Rovinari (16-12) in Iasi on Wednesday evening. The game without a history. Rovinari 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 Politehnica's 34 and made 17-of-22 free shots (77.3 percent) during the game. They outrebounded Politehnica 41-29 including a 35-21 advantage in defensive rebounds. The former international guard Brice Kabengele-Kalala (196-81) scored 21 points and 5 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and Czech power forward David Steffel (212-85) chipped in 17 points and 8 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field) during the contest. Four Rovinari players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was forward Madalin Nicolae (197-84) with 15 points and 6 rebounds and guard Ionut Hurjui (188) scored 11 points, 5 assists and 4 steals. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Rovinari have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain eighth position with 16-12 record. Loser Politehnica still closes the standings with 28 games lost.
Top scorers:
Rovinari: B.Kabengele-Kalala 21+5reb+3ast, D.Steffel 17+8reb+2ast, P.Troupe 13+1ast, A.Gliga 11+2reb+1ast, L.Darby 11+8reb+4ast, S.Nikolic 9+7reb+5ast
Politehnica: M.Nicolae 15+6reb, I.Hurjui 11+3reb+5ast, V.Cobzaru 8+4reb, C.Amarghioalei 7+2reb, V.Popovici 5+6reb+2ast, A.Chidiu 4
gschID: 139102


Perla Harghitei - Giurgiu 89-96

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 14th ranked Perla Harghitei's (2-26) home loss to thirteenth ranked Giurgiu (8-20) 89-96. Perla Harghitei was ahead by 5 points at the halftime before a 58-46 second half run of Giurgiu. Serbian power forward Zoran Milovic (204-77) notched 25 points and 5 rebounds to lead the effort and center Catalin Vlaicu (203-86) supported him with 17 points and 9 rebounds. Even 20 points and 5 rebounds by American forward Ashley Champion (197-81, college: Chattanooga, agency: Court Side) did not help to save the game for Perla Harghitei. His fellow American import guard Christopher Long (187-87, college: Elon, agency: KMG Sports Management) added 17 points and 6 assists. Five Giurgiu and four Perla Harghitei players scored in double figures. Perla Harghitei's coach Botond Laszlofy rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Giurgiu moved-up to twelfth place. Perla Harghitei lost twelfth consecutive game. They keep the fourteenth position with 26 games lost.
Top scorers:
Giurgiu: Z.Milovic 25+5reb+2ast, C.Vlaicu 17+9reb+1ast, K.Sims 16+2reb+8ast, B.Burrell 15+8reb+1ast, D.Bivolaru 11+4reb+1ast, D.Powell 6+2reb+1ast
Perla Harghitei: D.Erceg 20+4reb, A.Champion 20+5reb+2ast, C.Long 17+1reb+6ast, E.Dies 10+8reb+4ast, Z.Samuila 9+1reb+3ast, C.Jakab 7+5reb+3ast
gschID: 139100


Gaz Metan - Pitesti 89-80

Leader Gaz Metan delivered the twentieth second victory. This time they beat 9th ranked Pitesti (14-14) 89-80 in Medias. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Pitesti. Pitesti was tied at the half but could not keep up in last two quarters eventually losing the game. They outrebounded Pitesti 43-17 including a 20-7 advantage in offensive rebounds. Pitesti was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a good game for American forward Deven Mitchell (197-84, agency: Interperformances) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 26 points and 14 rebounds. Montenegrin-Serbian forward Ivan Ivanovic (206-80, agency: Beo Basket) contributed with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. American forward Damien Kinloch (203-80, college: Tenn Tech) replied with 21 points and 6 rebounds and Montenegrin guard Darko Vujacic (199-79) added 21 points in the effort for Pitesti. Gaz Metan maintains first position with 22-5 record. Pitesti at the other side keeps the ninth place with 14 games lost.
Top scorers:
Gaz Metan: D.Mitchell 26+14reb+3ast, I.Ivanovic 17+10reb+2ast, I.Zigeranovic 14+3reb, I.Dragusin 9+6reb+1ast, I.Tomeljak 9+3ast, T.Nicoara 7+3reb
Pitesti: D.Kinloch 21+6reb, D.Vujacic 21+3ast, O.Calota 18+1reb+2ast, S.Popovic 9+2reb, U.Velickovic 6+3reb, A.Negut 3+1reb
gschID: 139101


CSU Sibiu - U.Mobitel.CN 87-89

Tenth-ranked CSU Sibiu (13-15) made lots of trouble for third ranked U-Mobitelco (20-8). The visitors from Cluj managed to secure only two-point victory 89-87. However their fans expected much easier game. The guests were tied after three quarters but managed to speed up in last quarter eventually winning the game. American Kyndall Dykes (190-87, college: New Orleans, agency: Edge Sports) notched 33 points (!!!), 6 rebounds and 8 assists (went 9 for 9 at the free throw line !!!) to lead the effort and Serbian center Zoran Krstanovic (204-82) supported him with 14 points and 17 rebounds. Dykes is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Even 22 points, 5 rebounds, 9 assists and 4 steals by American-Liberian guard Jaytonah Wisseh (185-88, college: LIU Brooklyn) did not help to save the game for CSU Sibiu. Russian-German forward Nikita Khartchenkov (200-87) added 30 points and 5 rebounds. Five U-Mobitelco and four CSU Sibiu players scored in double figures. U-Mobitelco have a solid four-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains third position with 20-8 record having just one points less than leader Gaz Metan, which they share with Oradea and Ploiesti. CSU Sibiu lost sixth consecutive game. They keep the tenth place with 15 games lost.
Top scorers:
U.Mobitel.CN: K.Dykes 33+6reb+8ast, V.Mijovic 16+6reb+2ast, Z.Krstanovic 14+17reb, M.Paul 13+2reb+2ast, J.LaGrange 10+3reb+3ast, D.Lawrence 3+1reb+2ast
CSU Sibiu: N.Khartchenkov 30+5reb, J.Wisseh 22+5reb+9ast, C.Craciun 14+4reb, C.Scott 11+8reb, K.Riley 6+5reb+2ast, D.Austin 3+2reb+1ast
gschID: 139097


Dinamo B. - Oradea 77-99

No shocking result in a game when fifth ranked Oradea (20-8) smashed on the road 12th ranked CS Dinamo Bucuresti (7-21) 99-77. The game was mostly controlled by Oradea. CS Dinamo Bucuresti was better in second period 25-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Oradea dominated down low during the game scoring 72 of its points in the paint compared to CS Dinamo Bucuresti's 48. They outrebounded CS Dinamo Bucuresti 48-31 including 23 on the offensive glass. Oradea players were unselfish on offense dishing 26 assists. Serbian forward Milos Pesic (205-84) notched a double-double by scoring 21 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists to lead the effort and the former international power forward Laszlo Lazar (210-87) supported him with 14 points and 9 rebounds. Oradea's coach Christian Achim felt very confident that he used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Even 18 points by guard Andrei Badila (190-84) did not help to save the game for CS Dinamo Bucuresti. Forward Dan Ioan (196-91) added 19 points. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Oradea have an impressive eight-game winning streak. They moved-up to third place, which they share with Ploiesti and U.Mobitel.CN. CS Dinamo Bucuresti lost eighth consecutive game. Newly promoted team dropped to the thirteenth position with 21 games lost.
Top scorers:
Oradea: M.Pesic 21+10reb+6ast, S.Lupusavei 15+2reb+2ast, S.Topchov 14+7reb, L.Lazar 14+9reb+3ast, M.Markovic 14+6reb+3ast, B.Tibirna 10+7reb+2ast
Dinamo B.: D.Ioan 19+4reb+1ast, A.Badila 18+4reb+3ast, I.Pirlog 14+4reb+3ast, B.Sandu 12+6reb+3ast, B.Aktas 10+4reb+5ast, A.Sipos 4+5reb+1ast
gschID: 139098


Targu Mures - Timisoara 85-77

The most important game in the last round took place in Mures between second ranked Timisoara (21-7) and seventh ranked Targu Mures (19-9) on Wednesday night. Timisoara was defeated by Targu Mures in a tough game on the road 77-85. Timisoara was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. The best player for the winners was American guard Calvin Watson (197-85, college: N.Texas, agency: Court Side) who scored 23 points and 6 rebounds. The other American import forward Jason Forte (196-84, college: S.Mississippi) chipped in 18 points and 9 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was Croatian swingman Ivan Siriscevic (198-87) who recorded 22 points and 9 rebounds (on 9-of-10 shooting from the field) and the former international forward Bogdan Popescu (200-78, college: Alaska-Fairb.) added 17 points and 9 rebounds respectively. Five Targu Mures and four Timisoara players scored in double figures. Targu Mures moved-up to sixth place, which they share with CSM Bucuresti. Timisoara at the other side keeps the second position with seven games lost.
Top scorers:
Targu Mures: C.Watson 23+6reb+2ast, J.Forte 18+9reb+1ast, J.Cooley 15+1reb+4ast, L.Dumitru 13+6reb+1ast, V.Stanescu 11+7reb+2ast, F.Lapuste 3+3reb
Timisoara: I.Siriscevic 22+9reb+2ast, B.Popescu 17+9reb+1ast, D.Archie 14+3reb+2ast, Z.Jovanovic 10+3reb+5ast, R.Sarovic 5+4reb+1ast, B.Cuic 4+4reb+3ast
gschID: 139095


Ploiesti - CSM Bucuresti 85-66

Everything could happen at the game between two tied teams. Both fourth ranked Ploiesti and 6th ranked CSM Bucuresti had identical 19-8 record. This time Ploiesti used a home court advantage and rolled over the opponent from Bucuresti 85-66. The game was mostly controlled by Ploiesti. CSM Bucuresti was better in fourth quarter 22-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Ploiesti forced 23 CSM Bucuresti turnovers. Serbian power forward Vladimir Tica (208-81, agency: