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  ADRIATIC LEAGUE   



An assault on Red Star player Omar Thomas took place in a night club in Belgrade - by Rado Markovic Hribernik

On wednesday night there was an assault on Omar Thomas (197-F-82, college: UTEP) in one of the Belgrade's night clubs. In the club called Plastik a group of young guys attacked Crvena Zvezda Beograd player and beat him also with a bottle and brass knuckles. Fortunately, the player did not suffer any heavy injury, but his appearance in the upcoming game against Partizan in the 5th round of the serbian Superleague on sunday remains uncertain.


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  ALGERIA   

Standings

D1 Standings
 1. GS Petroliers 20-2 
 2. CSMC 19-4 
 3. WA Boufarik 17-5 
 4. Trefle BB Blida 16-7 
 5. Skikda 15-9 
 6. CRB Dar El-B. 14-9 
 7. NAH Dey 11-12 
 8. O Batna 11-13 
 9. US Setif 10-13 
 10. Arreridj 10-13 
 11. MS Cherchell 8-14 
 12. CRB Temouch. 8-15 
 13. Sidi-bel-Abbes 8-15 
 14. USM Blida 7-15 
 15. Staoueli 6-15 
 16. Annaba 2-21 

Regular Season: Round 24

Apr. 7: Staoueli - Sidi-bel-Abbes
Apr. 7: GS Petroliers - Skikda
Apr. 7: CRB Temouch. - WA Boufarik
Apr. 7: CRB Dar El-B. - O Batna
Apr. 7: NAH Dey - Arreridj
Apr. 7: CSMC - Trefle BB Blida
Apr. 7: MS Cherchell - US Setif
Apr. 7: USM Blida - Annaba


Round 23 results - by Eurobasket News

Groupe Sportif Petrolier enjoy 20-2 record on top, however the team did not play in Round 23. The most exciting game of round 23 in the D1 took place in Batna. This derby game ended with only two-point defeat on the road of second-ranked CSMC to O Batna 91-89 on Tuesday evening. Batna maintains eighth place with 11-13 record. CSMC at the other side keeps the second position with four games lost.
Important game to mention about took place in Blida. NAH Dey saved a 3-point victory on the road edging Trefle BB Blida 78-75. NAH Dey have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain seventh place with 11-12 record. Trefle BB Blida lost fourth consecutive game.
Bottom-ranked Annaba managed to get a second victory, breaking the series of two consecutive losses. This time they won against MS Cherchell 65-54. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of MS Cherchell. Annaba maintains sixteenth place with 2-21 record.
CRB Dar El-B. played at the court of Skikda as the latter managed to secure a 8-point victory 81-73. Skikda moved-up to fifth place. CRB Dar El-B. at the other side dropped to the sixth position with nine games lost. Sidi-bel-Abbes saved a 2-point victory at home edging 13th ranked USMB 65-63. In the last two games of round 23 Staoueli lost to Arreridj on the opponent's court 77-87. US Setif managed to outperform CRB Temouch. in a home game 86-83.



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  ARGENTINA   

Stats Leaders - LigaA

Points Per Game
 Joe SMITH
  La Union
  (193-G-77)
  Avg: 17.3
 1. Smith, La Union17.3 
 2. Gutierrez, Obras17.0 
 3. Villegas, Sionista16.6 
 4. McHopson, Quilm.16.3 
 5. Matthews, Quilm.16.0 
 6. DeGroat, Olimpico.15.8 
 7. OBannon, Boca Jrs15.8 
 8. Martinez, San M.15.6 
 9. Pittman, Libertad.15.5 
 10. Gutierrez, Penarol15.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jack Michael MARTINEZ
  San M.
  (203-F/C-81)
  Avg: 12.4
 1. Martinez, San M.12.4 
 2. Battle, Libertad S.10.0 
 3. Garces, Atenas9.4 
 4. Davis, GECR I.9.3 
 5. Sandes, Sionista9.1 
 6. Lloreda, Olimpico.8.8 
 7. Gutierrez, Obras8.5 
 8. Williams, Quimsa7.6 
 9. DeGroat, Olimpico.7.5 
 10. Truscott, Quilm.7.3 
Assists Per Game
 Facundo CAMPAZZO
  Penarol
  (180-G-91)
  Avg: 6.3
 1. Campazzo, Penarol6.3 
 2. Sanchez, Wuber-.5.5 
 3. Stanic, Boca Jrs5.5 
 4. Cequeira, Sionista4.8 
 5. Martinez, Regat.4.8 
 6. Laprovittola, Lanus3.8 
 7. Sucatzky, Atenas3.7 
 8. Victoriano, San M.3.7 
 9. Osimani, Obras3.5 
 10. Labaque, Atenas3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Facundo CAMPAZZO
  Penarol
  (180-G-91)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Campazzo, Penarol2.3 
 2. Lescano, Atenas2.3 
 3. Quinteros, Regat.1.7 
 4. Moldu, Olimpico LB1.7 
 5. McHopson, Quilm.1.6 
 6. Sanchez, Wuber-.1.5 
 7. Treise, Libertad S.1.4 
 8. Stanic, Boca Jrs1.4 
 9. Torre, Club 91.4 
 10. Ciorciari, GECR I.1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Robert BATTLE
  Libertad S.
  (204-C-81)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Battle, Libertad S.1.5 
 2. Clancy, Club 91.2 
 3. Rollins, Sionista1.2 
 4. Meyinsse, Wuber-.1.2 
 5. Gutierrez, Obras1.1 
 6. Roe, Regatas C.1.1 
 7. Matthews, Quilm.1.0 
 8. Rollins, San M.0.9 
 9. Garces, Atenas0.9 
 10. Ayarza, Club 90.9 



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  AUSTRALIA   

Standings - SBL

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

Regular Season: Round 4

Apr. 5: Willetton T. - Cockburn C. 84-85
Apr. 5: Stirling S. - Lakeside L. 83-116
Apr. 5: Mandurah M. - SW Slammers 105-87
Apr. 7: Geraldton B. - Goldfield G.
Apr. 7: SW Slammers - Perth R.
Apr. 7: Rockingham F. - Willetton T.
Apr. 7: Kalamunda E.S. - East Perth E.
Apr. 7: Perry Lakes H. - Wanneroo W.


SBL:Lightning thrash shocking Senators - by Eurobasket News

Lakeside's imposing men's State Basketball League form continued on Thursday with a 33 point annihilation of a hugely disappointing John Hughes Stirling Senators side.

The Senators were woeful in the 116-83 home loss, thoroughly outclassed by a Lightning team which stayed top of the table and improved to a 5-0 record with the win.

So impressive was Lakeside and so poor was Stirling that the margin didn't even truly convey how one-sided the match was, with the result beyond reasonable doubt just five minutes into the second quarter when the visitors led by 30 points.

Despite the absence of Lightning centre Jarrad Prue, who is expected back next week from his hamstring injury, the Senators were dominated on the boards 31-12 in the first half and outscored in the paint 28-14 before the main break.

The hosts lost the final rebound count 53-30, simply outnumbered and outhustled on the boards by Lakeside at nearly every contest, while making it to the free-throw line just eight times compared to the Lightning's 29.

Incredibly, it was the 2011 minor premier's third win by 30 or more this season and Lakeside coach Andy Stewart was understandably delighted with the effort.

'That's the best game we've played this season. We've beaten teams by big margins before but that was the best team we've beaten by so much,' he said.

'To have all the guards come in and help with the boards with Prue out and the youngsters like Simon Lokan to step up was awesome.'

Lightning import Luke Payne starred before half-time but was rarely sighted after the break although he still finished with 23 points, while Brad Jackson had a game-high 26 from just 23 minutes.

Lokan also played a crucial role filling in for Prue in the starting line-up, putting up 15 points and 10 rebounds thanks to his dominant first quarter effort.

There were few noteworthy individual efforts for the Senators though, with Adhar Mayen (203-F-89, agency: EM-PA, college: Hawaii) (12 points) and James Elliott (203-F) (11) the only two to reach double figure points in their third loss from six games.

Earlier, the Lightning's women also maintained their unbeaten start with a comprehensive 79-60 triumph against Stirling.

Lakeside established a double figure lead shortly before half-time and never let its advantage drop below 10 after the break as it cruised to its fourth straight win.

Courtney Byrnes (G-93) was outstanding for the Lightning, finishing with 23 points, while Emily Fielding (17 points) and Jessica Seyler (12 points and 12 rebounds) also impressed.

The Senators' loss, which came despite the best efforts of Lauren Jeffers (22 points), saw their record worsen to 1-4.

Article by Jacob Kagi at Warwick Leisure Centre



SBL:Cougars down Tigers in thrilling southern derby - by Eurobasket News

The Cockburn Cougars have claimed a hard fought 85-84 victory over the Southlands Boulevrade Willetton Tigers in their round four Mens SBL clash played at the Willetton Basketball Stadium on Thursday night.

In what turned out to be a thrilling finale, it took until the last three seconds of the game before the winner was revealed with Brian Carlwell (210-C-87, college: San Diego St.) knocking down two free-throws after being fouled by Robert Kampman while attempting to drop in what would have been the game winning basket off the glass.

Carlwell finished with 21 points and 17 rebounds, while Damien Scott (194-G-92) and Jeremiah Wilson topped scored for Cockburn with 24 points and eight rebounds.

Best for the Tigers in defeat were, Kampman (29 points, 9 rebounds), Ephrem Davis (18 points, 15 rebounds) and Tevin Jackson (12 points).

Both teams came into the match with winning form, the Tigers having stunned the Wanneroo Wolves while the Cougars too good at home against the Rockingham Flames.

The home side were on the board first through Kampman, who knocked down a three-pointer, while the visitors relied on Scott from the charity stripe with Grant Davey and Sheldon McIntyre both missing from close range.

Having flown in only a few hours before the game, Wilson chimed in with a big dunk only for Shamus Ballantyne to respond at the other end with back-to-back baskets as the home side moved out to a 10-point quarter time lead.

The highlights reel went into overdrive in the second term as McIntyre was fouled attempting to beat the offensive block provided by Ian Callaghan at the top of the keyway.

Cockburn then looked to rally against the run of play with Davis providing a strong rebound and basket despite Carlwell missing several shots, including a three pointer in open space. Cassir though had no problems nailing a long-range bomb before Wilson, with the ally-oop, and Scott, a coast-to-coast, defensive rebounded for a layup at the other end.

The home side took an 11-point lead into half time though were forced to watch on as Wilson, Scott and Davey combined to not only reel in the deficit but help the visitors take an unlikely slender lead midway through the third quarter.

With Davis, Cassir and Adam Nener both missing shots in close and from long range, it allowed the Cougars to outscore the Tigers 28-17 and level the scores at 61-all with a quarter remaining.

Carlwell used his bulky frame to advantage as the Cougars nudged ahead again early in the final term, while a Wilson three-point play from the top of the arc seemed to silence the parochial crowd.

The Tigers rallied through Davis to regain the lead once more before McIntyre nailed a three-pointer to level scores once again. A fifth personal foul on McIntyre sent Cassir to the line for two free throws before a series of time-out, along with the Carlwell foul determined the game in the closing seconds.

The Tigers are in action again on Saturday night away to the Flames, while the Cougars host the South West Slammers on Friday week April 13.

Earlier in the evening, the Lady Tigers kept their Cougar counterparts winless with a comfortable 100-70 victory.

Jasmine Hooper led all scorers in the match with 33 points (eight rebounds and four steals) for Willetton, ably assisted by skipper Mel Marsh (29 points, 7 rebounds) and Emma Lobb (9 points, 6 rebounds).

Best for Cockburn in defeat were, Stephanie Jones (32 points, 9 rebounds), Taryn Priestly (10 points, 6 assists) and Chelsea Evans (10 points).

Cockburn led by six points at quarter time with Jones lighting up the floor with 10 points for the visitors.

Alyce Roberts fell awkwardly early in the second quarter but rebounded well to assist Jones with a monster three pointer from the sideline over Marshs steal attempt.

A layup under the basket by Hargreaves helped the home side stay within reach of the Cougars midway through the second term before the hot-hands of Hooper and Marsh guided the home side back from the brink of a double-digit deficit to a five-point lead by the half time.

With Marsh and Emma Lobb gathering in offensive rebounds to assist Hooper, Cortney Hargreaves and Ella Kennedy, the margin quickly blew out to 16 points in the shadows of three quarter time.

Priestly gave it everything, frustrated at yet another defeat as she put her body on the line in the third term, though she was unable to stop a final quarter rout as the home side outmuscled their opponents to reach the century with just over a minute to play.

Article by Adam McBride at Willetton Basketball Stadium



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  AUSTRIA   


All Star Day...Let's get ready to rumble! Playoffs! - by Anthony Shavies


I give props where props are due. So congrats to the Austrian Basketball League for a great All Star Day. They put on a well organized and very entertaining event.
I had a great time at the All Star game. The best part of All Star games is getting a chance to hang out with all the other players. I also had a really great time playing with the other International All Stars. I really enjoyed playing with Jeremy Fears and Ali Farokhmanesh, my fellow graduates of the Missouri Valley Conference.
All-Star Day is over and it's time for business. The playoffs start on Sunday and the Panthers are excited. For us (Panthers) it didn't matter who we would face in the quarter-finals. We just wanted to play. We know it's going to be a tough series no matter what, we just have to stick to what works for us.
The playoffs will be very fun to watch. There are plenty of interesting match ups.
Shout Outs:
S/O to Markus Carr for putting on a great event Wednesday night
S/O to all the All Stars and all the people I kicked it with Wednesday
S/O to 'The Legend' DT Mayes always good to run into him
S/O to Dominik Mllner, I appreciate all the help on Wednesday
S/O to all the teams in the playoffs, good luck and 'let's get ready to rumblllllllllllle'
Joke Time:
There's two muffins in an oven, one says to the other
'Man, it's hot in here!'
The other muffin replies
'hey! A talking muffin'
BOOM!



All-Star Game 2012: International All-Stars team grabs 103-105 OT win, Anthony Shavies MVP - by Eurobasket News

Austrian All-Stars - International All-Stars 103-105 OT

Austrian All-Star Game 2012 was played last night. International All-Stars team grabbed 103-105 overtime victory against the Austrian All-Stars squad. It was a real spectacle and fans could enjoy watching the best players of Austrian league this season. Anthony Shavies (191-G-83, agency: Interperformances, college: Missouri St.) led the winners in scoring with 19 points and he dished out 6 assists. Joe Werner (201-C-84, college: Wisc.-La Cros.) had double-double of 16 points and 15 rebounds, while Jeremy Fears (196-G-85, college: Bradley) and Joe Dean Shaw (199-F-87, college: Nevada) netted 14 points each. Stjepan Stazic (199-G-78, agency: World Sport Agency) responded with 33 points and 8 rebounds for Austrian All-Stars team. Thomas Schreiner (195-G-87, agency: Dynamics Global Management) was close to triple-double with 17 points, 9 assists and 7 rebounds, and Aleksandar Djuric (210-F/C-82) added 15 pts, plus 14 boards. Quarters: 10-10, 33-37, 71-73, 95-95, 103-105 OT. Anthony Shavies was named MVP of this event. Todd Brown won the Dunking Contest. Ali Farokhmanesh was the winner of 3-point Shootout Contest.

Austrian All-Stars: Stjepan Stazic 33+8 boards, Thomas Schreiner 17+9 as+7 boards, Aleksandar Djuric 15+14 boards
International All-Stars: Anthony Shavies 19+6 as, Joe Werner 16+15 boards, Jeremy Fears 14, Joe Dean Shaw 14



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  BALTIC LEAGUE   

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Denzel BOWLES
  Siauliai
  (208-F/C-89)
  Avg: 19.3
 1. Bowles, Siauliai19.3 
 2. Cipruss, Tarvas18.3 
 3. Mayo, Liepaja16.2 
 4. Amis, Tartu Ulikool15.9 
 5. Hallik, Tarvas15.2 
 6. Vasylius, Siauliai14.6 
 7. Veideman, Tartu U.14.3 
 8. Lucas, Valmiera14.3 
 9. Karasev, Triumph14.3 
 10. Young, Ventspils14.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kaspars CIPRUSS
  Tarvas
  (210-C-82)
  Avg: 9.8
 1. Cipruss, Tarvas9.8 
 2. McClure, Kedainiai9.3 
 3. Arnold, TTU7.7 
 4. Bowles, Siauliai7.4 
 5. Johnson, Naglis P.7.1 
 6. Rozitis, Valmiera6.9 
 7. Amis, Tartu Ulikool6.3 
 8. Delas, Baltai Kaun.6.2 
 9. Fall, Kalev/Cramo6.1 
 10. Joneliunas, Sakal.6.0 
Assists Per Game
 Rashaun BROADUS
  Siauliai
  (183-PG-84)
  Avg: 4.6
 1. Broadus, Siauliai4.6 
 2. Maceina, Juventus4.3 
 3. Ezerskis, Lietkabe.4.3 
 4. Kulagin, Triumph3.8 
 5. Rinkevicius, Nagli.3.8 
 6. McKee, Triumph3.8 
 7. Lucas, Valmiera3.8 
 8. Janavicius, Baltai3.7 
 9. Kadziulis, Rudupis3.5 
 10. Mayo, Liepaja3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Tywain MCKEE
  Triumph
  (188-PG-86)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. McKee, Triumph2.8 
 2. Virsis, Valmiera1.8 
 3. Akenparg, TTU1.8 
 4. Keedus, TTU1.8 
 5. Long, Siauliai1.7 
 6. Janavicius, Baltai1.7 
 7. Young, Ventspils1.7 
 8. Hughes, Pieno Z.1.6 
 9. Skele, Kalev/Cramo1.6 
 10. Matulionis, Lietk.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Bamba FALL
  Kalev/Cramo
  (216-C-86)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Fall, Kalev/Cramo2.4 
 2. Rozitis, Valmiera2.1 
 3. Gumeniuk, Juventus1.6 
 4. Johnson, Naglis P.1.5 
 5. Amis, Tartu Ulikool1.2 
 6. Leiteris, Liepaja1.1 
 7. Staniulis, Lietkab.1.0 
 8. Morgan, Pieno Z.1.0 
 9. Jefferson, Triumph0.9 
 10. Toome, Kalev/Cra.0.9 


Baltic League Challenge Cup: Sakalai clinch Bronze - by Eurobasket News

Sakalai - Naglis Palangos 71:64

Sakalai celebrated the Bronze medals at Baltic League Challenge Cup. They overcame Naglis Palangos at home court to climb on the pedestal. Paulius Joneliunas (211-C-84, college: American) stepped up with 14 points and 10 rebounds to lead the effort.
Sakalai enjoyed a 16-point lead after a road game. They boosted it to 19 points after the opening period of the home clash. Sakalai arrived at halftime up by 7 points 36:29. Naglis Palangos managed to surge ahead in the third frame. The visitors accumulated a narrow 2-point advantage 53:51 heading into the fourth stanza. But it was not enough as Sakalai quickly gained back control and rallied to a confident win at the end. Arnas Butkevicius (199-F-92) scored 12 points, while Laurynas Samenas (192-G-88) added 9 points for the winners. Rico Pickett (192-G-89, college: Manhattan) responded with 17 points and 7 rebounds for Palanga. Mindaugas Reminas (190-G-86) and Antanas Montrimavicius (199-F-87) finished with 14 points each in the loss.

Sakalai: Paulius Joneliunas 14+10 boards, Arnas Butkevicius 12, Laurynas Samenas 9
Naglis Palangos: Rico Pickett 17, Mindaugas Reminas 14, Antanas Montrimavicius 14



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  BARBADOS   


Bright outlook for junior basketball - by Eurobasket News

Boys rookie head coach Zahir Motara, and his seasoned girls counterpart, Cosmo Edwards, are both encouraged by their teams prospects ahead of this summers Caribbean Basketball Under-16 Championships following last Saturdays first practice sessions.

The two were speaking in light of the adequate turnout for Saturday mornings open training at Springer Memorial, where a combined 48 juniors participated in on-court drills.

I am encouraged at what I have seen. of course, there is a lot of work ahead but right now we have to keep it basic to bring them up to a certain level, said Edwards of the players.

Every session we will be trying to bring them closer to what we want them to do and get them closer to eventual game situations. however, the drills are currently just basic passing, dribbling and other fundamental stuff.

From early though, I can see we mostly have to improve on our shooting, ball-handling and the basic knowledge of the game, he added.

Barbados have not attended a regional junior tournament since the boys finished a disappointing seventh at the 2005 Under-19 competition in Trinidad.

But local basketball president Derrick Garrett had long committed to sending two teams to this years tournament in Puerto Rico, especially in light of the senior teams recent struggles.

And with the likes of Womens League point guard Ashlee Daniel, along with Intermediate players Nikolai Burton and Andrew Ifill, Motara believed the returns from both teams should be encouraging.

There is always talent, its just all about how hard the players are willing to work and push themselves in becoming the best they can be, said Motara.

The open sessions are expected to continue for the girls on Wednesday at Springer Memorial before both squads return to the same venue on Saturday morning for the first cuts.

Source: NationNews



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  BELARUS   

Standings - Premier League

Premier Standings
Championship
 1. Minsk-2006 24-1 
 2. Grodno-93 22-3 
 3. Rubon 13-12 
 4. Minsk-2006 II 9-16 
Play-Out
 1. BGUIR-RTI 10-15 
 2. SBK Osipovichi 9-15 
 3. Sozh Gomel 0-25 
Stage One Standings

Second Stage: Round 1

Championship

Apr. 6: Minsk-2006 II - Minsk-2006 83-120
Apr. 6: Rubon - Grodno-93 69-72

Play-Out

Apr. 6: Sozh Gomel - BGUIR-RTI 53-83
Apr. 7: Sozh Gomel - BGUIR-RTI


Stats Leaders - Premier League

Points Per Game
 Ronaldas RUTKAUSKAS
  Minsk-.
  (203-F-92)
  Avg: 20.1
 1. Rutkauskas, Minsk.20.1 
 2. Sitnik, SBK O.16.7 
 3. Matyukevych, Grod.15.7 
 4. Mishukov, SBK O.15.3 
 5. Ignatchik, Minsk-.14.7 
 6. Patupchyk, Sozh G.14.0 
 7. Knox, Minsk-200613.8 
 8. Sugoniako, BG.13.3 
 9. Yafremov, Grodn.12.8 
 10. Kojenets, Minsk.12.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Pavel BLIZNETS
  Sozh Gomel
  (205-C-94)
  Avg: 11.8
 1. Bliznets, Sozh Gom.11.8 
 2. Rutkauskas, Minsk.9.5 
 3. Zakhar, BG.8.9 
 4. Mishukov, SBK O.8.3 
 5. Krisevich, Minsk-.8.1 
 6. Drobyshevski., Soz.6.7 
 7. Ovsepian, Rubon6.6 
 8. Matyukevych, Grod.6.6 
 9. Kojenets, Minsk.6.5 
 10. Yafremov, Grodn.5.7 
Assists Per Game
 Dzmitry KUZMIN
  Grodno-93
  (196-G-75)
  Avg: 5.1
 1. Kuzmin, Grodno-935.1 
 2. Charykau, SBK O.4.7 
 3. Akulich, Rubon4.7 
 4. Kudrautsau, Minsk.3.9 
 5. Papruha, BG.3.0 
 6. Ignatchik, Minsk-.2.8 
 7. Korzh, Grodno-932.7 
 8. Sitnik, SBK O.2.3 
 9. Vergun, Minsk-20062.2 
 10. Sapegin, Rubon2.1 
Steals Per Game
 Siarhei CHARYKAU
  SBK O.
  (184-PG-82)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Charykau, SBK O.2.4 
 2. Zakhar, BG.2.3 
 3. Akulich, Rubon2.3 
 4. Ovsepian, Rubon2.1 
 5. Papruha, BG.2.1 
 6. Sitnik, SBK O.2.0 
 7. Sapegin, Rubon1.8 
 8. Yafremov, Grodn.1.7 
 9. Malkov, Rubon1.7 
 10. Patupchyk, Sozh1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Aliaksandr MINAYEU
  Minsk-20.
  (189-PG-93)
  Avg: 0
 1. Minayeu, Minsk-20.0.0 
 2. Akulich, Rubon0.0 
 3. Matyukevych, Grod.0.0 
 4. Zaitsev, SBK O.0.0 
 5. Mastou, Grodno-930.0 
 6. Volodkin, BG.0.0 
 7. Malyavko, Minsk-20.0.0 
 8. Verevkin, Rubon0.0 
 9. Malkov, Rubon0.0 
 10. Vashkevich, Minsk.0.0 



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Standings - BNL

NBB Standings
 1. S.Jose/Unimed 22-5 
 2. Pinheiros/Sky 21-6 
 3. Flamengo 21-6 
 4. Uniceub/BRB 19-6 
 5. Unitri/Universo 18-10 
 6. Paulistano 17-11 
 7. Itabom/Bauru 15-10 
 8. Cia do Terno 14-14 
 9. Winner/Limeira 13-15 
 10. Vivo/Franca 13-15 
 11. Liga Sorocaba 10-17 
 12. Minas 9-17 
 13. Tijuca TC 9-19 
 14. Araraquara 2-26 
 15. Vila Velha 1-27 

Regular Season: Round 29

Apr. 5: S.Jose/Unimed - Cia do Terno 93-82
Apr. 5: Pinheiros/Sky - Paulistano 82-87
Apr. 5: Unitri/Universo - Vivo/Franca 80-68
Apr. 5: Araraquara - Winner/Limeira 78-89
Apr. 5: Tijuca TC - Flamengo 76-83
Apr. 6: Uniceub/BRB - Minas
Apr. 6: Liga Sorocaba - Itabom/Bauru
Apr. 7: S.Jose/Unimed - Pinheiros/Sky
Apr. 8: Itabom/Bauru - Minas
Apr. 10: Itabom/Bauru - Uniceub/BRB


Paulistano upset Pinheiros/Sky on the road - by Eurobasket News

Paulistano came up with the most surprising result of the round as they upset the league leading Pinheiros/Sky 87:82 on the road. Alex Oliveira (194-F-83) stepped up with 25 points to pace the visitors. Paulistano managed to come back from behind in the fourth term and forced the game into overtime. The visitors unloaded 17 points in the extra period and sealed the victory at the end. Adriano Machado (208-C-83) and Elinho Corazza (193-G-89, college: Miami Dade CC) added 14 points each for the winners. Shamell Stallworth (196-SG-80, agency: Interperformances, college: USF) accounted for 18 points for Pinheiros/Sky.
Sao Jose/Vinac capitalized on Pinheiros/Sky loss to clear off on top of the standings. They held off Joinville 93:82 to improve at 22-5 record. Murilo Becker (210-C/F-83) erupted for 33 points and 10 rebounds to lead the effort. Dede Stefanelli (196-F/G-84) added 21 points for Sao Jose. The hosts took a 30:12 lead after the opening quarter and never looked back again. Luiz Felipe Lemes (193-G-80, college: BYU) had 18 points in defeat.
Flamengo registered the 21st win as they outgunned Tijuca 83:76. Caio Silveira nailed 24 points to lead the winners. Hayes contributed 16 points in the victory.
Uberlandia took care of visiting Vivo/Franca 80:68. Robert Day (197-F-82, college: W.Oregon) stepped up with 24 points for the hosts. Robby Collum (185-G-81, college: W.Michigan) chipped in 16 points for Uberlandia. Marcio Dornelles (194-F-75) answered with 17 points for Vivo/Franca.



Official: Syracuse's Fab Melo to enter NBA draft - by Eurobasket News

Syracuse center Fabricio Melo (7'0''-C-90) is entering the NBA draft after a breakout season in which he twice was held out because of eligibility issues.

The 7-foot sophomore from Brazil made the announcement Thursday. He averaged 7.8 points and 5.8 rebounds for Syracuse (34-3) this past season. He led the Big East in blocks per game and was named the conference's defensive player of the year.

'Being able to play professional basketball has been my dream since I first starting playing this game and now I have the opportunity to accomplish that dream,' Melo said in a statement. 'Coach (Jim) Boeheim and the rest of the Syracuse staff have helped me develop as a player and as a man, and I will always be appreciative for what they've done for me.'

Melo missed three games in late January due to an academic issue, was reinstated, and just before the start of the NCAA tournament was ruled ineligible again and did not play another game.

The Orange, the East's top seed, still advanced to the round of eight before a loss to Ohio State deprived them of a berth in the Final Four.

Melo had 88 blocks this season for Syracuse, which was ranked No. 1 for six weeks. The Orange opened the season with 20 straight wins before losing 67-58 at Notre Dame without Melo. Syracuse then won 11 in a row.

Melo was just one of several storylines in an Orange season that won't soon be forgotten. It began with the dismissal of associate head coach Bernie Fine after two former ballboys accused him of sexually molesting them in the 1980s. While charges have yet to be filed against Fine, he was fired in late November. Boeheim and the university are also facing a defamation suit filed by the ballboys - Bobby Davis and stepbrother Mike Lang.

Despite the issues, the Orange finished 17-1 in conference play.

Courtesy of http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com



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Lilov hero for Macedonian Feni Industri - by Vladi Lazarova

Bulgarian National team player Ivan Lilov (196-F/G-88) made a great job for his Macedonian club Feni Industri and thanks to him the club qualified for Balkan League Final Four in Israel. 24-years old guard scored an amazing three pointer in the last second of the game against Mornar and Feni won the battle 83:82. Lilov finished with 21 points and 5 assists and was chosen for Man of the match. Macedonian champion for 2011 Feni will face Bulgarian silver medalist for the last season Levski in the first semifinal of BIBL. Hapoel (Tel Aviv) and Gailil Gilboa will meet in the other. This year BIBL Final Four is in Gan Ner (21-23 April).





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  CROATIA   

A1 Standings

A1 Standings
Championship Group
 1. Cibona 6-0 
 2. Cedevita 4-1 
 3. KK Split 4-2 
 4. KK Zagreb CO 3-2 
 5. Zadar 2-3 
 6. Jolly 1-4 
 7. Zabok 1-5 
 8. Svjetlost 1-5 
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. 7: Cedevita - Jolly
Apr. 7: Zadar - KK Zagreb CO


Stats Leaders - A1

Points Per Game
 Ivan MIMICA
  KK Split
  (193-G-80)
  Avg: 19.8
 1. Mimica, KK Split19.8 
 2. Ceskovic, Kvarner19.1 
 3. Ross, Jolly18.1 
 4. Vrbanc, Zadar15.6 
 5. Simovic, Kvarner15.4 
 6. Sobin, KK Split14.8 
 7. Stimac, Svjetlost14.5 
 8. Peraica, Darda14.4 
 9. Kruslin, Zabok14.3 
 10. Grgat, Krizevci14.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Teo SIMOVIC
  Kvarner .
  (205-C-84)
  Avg: 7.6
 1. Simovic, Kvarner7.6 
 2. Stimac, Svjetlost7.5 
 3. Ivanov, Zadar7.4 
 4. Zupic, Alkar Sinj6.9 
 5. Sobin, KK Split6.8 
 6. Peraica, Darda6.6 
 7. Cinac, Kvarner 20106.6 
 8. Kastropil, Zadar5.9 
 9. Sarlija, Borik5.7 
 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 Split3.9 
 4. Blajic, Kvarner3.7 
 5. Kostomaj, Svjet.3.7 
 6. Ceskovic, Kvarner3.5 
 7. Tomas, Zabok2.9 
 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.2.1 
 3. Bicvic, Darda2.1 
 4. Blajic, Kvarner1.7 
 5. Ceskovic, Kvarner1.6 
 6. Zadnik, Zadar1.6 
 7. Mimica, KK Split1.5 
 8. Sobin, KK Split1.5 
 9. Tomas, Zabok1.5 
 10. Ivanov, Zadar1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Marino SARLIJA
  Borik
  (207-F/C-89)
  Avg: 1.4
 1. Sarlija, Borik1.4 
 2. Kraljevic, Zabok1.2 
 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 



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Winners take all, Anagennises Yermasogias makes the double - by Michael Aristidou


Anagennises Yermasogias is the new cup holder of men competition division B in Cyprus league. Anagennises Yermasogias also won the championship this year in the league succeeding the double for the first time in their history.

In the cup final they won in an exciting game Olympos Aglantzias 58-52. In the game the winning part never lost the lead having Iraklis Pittakas (194-F-84) (MVPof the final) in great night. Olympos Aglantzias was following the score and fight well but they lost after all.


Kypros Grigoriou (193-G-84) was the first scorer of Anagennises Yermasogias scoring 12 points and Sofokleous had 12 for Olympos Aglantzias


Quarters: 13-11, 27-24, 43-40, 58-52

Anagennises Yermasogias: Sofokleous, Kypros Grigoriou 12, Ioannides 9, Charalampous 10, Koltsidas, Pittakas 10 (2), Ventrenka 10 (1), Hatzivassiliou 7

Olympos Aglantzias: A. Pantziaros 9 (2), Ioannou, Kypros Grigoriou 10 (2), Sisou 8 (2), Iosifidis,Antoniou, K.Pantziaros 6, Sofokleous 12, Mistrilidis 2, Konstantinidis 5 (1)



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Standings - NBL

NBL Standings
A1
 1. CEZ Nymburk 33-2 
 2. BK Prostejov 25-11 
 3. BK Decin 24-11 
 4. BK Pardubice 24-12 
 5. BC Kolin 22-24 
 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 10

Apr. 6: BK Prostejov - BC Kolin 93-63
Apr. 6: CEZ Nymburk - BK Pardubice 91-77 OT
Apr. 7: USK Praha - BK Decin
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. Wilson, CEZ N.15.0 
 10. Arnold, BK Pardu.15.0 
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. Naymick, CEZ N.7.5 
 7. Gadri-N., BK Prost.7.4 
 8. Peterson, BK Prost.7.3 
 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. Sirina, B&W Opava4.0 
 8. Barnes, BC Kolin4.0 
 9. George, Svitavy3.9 
 10. Pope, Chomutov3.9 
Steals Per Game
 Rashaan AMES
  BC Kolin
  (184-PG-78)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Ames, BC Kolin2.6 
 2. Ubilla, Inter B.2.5 
 3. Wright, Chomutov2.4 
 4. McFadden, Usti n.2.2 
 5. Wright, NH Ostrava2.1 
 6. Klecka, B&W Opava1.9 
 7. Pumprla, CEZ N.1.9 
 8. Sirina, B&W Opava1.9 
 9. Lowery, Chomutov1.9 
 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. Pumprla, CEZ N.0.9 
 8. Grant, Levice0.9 
 9. Houska, BK Decin0.8 
 10. Meno, Svitavy0.8 



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Standings

D-League Standings
East Conference
 1. Dakota W. 29-20 
 2. Springfield A. 28-21 
 3. Canton C. 27-22 
 4. Erie Bay H. 27-22 
 5. Iowa E. 25-24 
 6. Maine RC 20-29 
 7. Sioux Falls S. 15-34 
 8. Ft.Wayne MA 13-36 
West Conference
 1. Los Angeles D. 37-12 
 2. Austin T. 32-17 
 3. Bakersfield J. 28-21 
 4. Texas L. 24-25 
 5. Tulsa 66ers 23-26 
 6. Rio Grande VV 23-26 
 7. Reno B. 21-28 
 8. Idaho S. 20-29 

Regular Season: Round 73

Apr. 6: Austin T. - Springfield A. 99-110
Apr. 6: Idaho S. - Bakersfield J. 96-80
Apr. 6: Sioux Falls S. - Iowa E. 120-97
Apr. 6: Rio Grande VV - Reno B. 111-124
Apr. 6: Erie Bay H. - Canton C. 103-114
Apr. 6: Ft.Wayne MA - Dakota W. 101-104
Apr. 6: Maine RC - Tulsa 66ers 100-99
Apr. 6: Texas L. - Los Angeles D. 100-104

Regular Season: Round 74

Apr. 7: Maine RC - Tulsa 66ers
Apr. 7: Canton C. - Erie Bay H.
Apr. 7: Ft.Wayne MA - Dakota W.
Apr. 7: Sioux Falls S. - Austin T.
Apr. 7: Rio Grande VV - Reno B.
Apr. 7: Iowa E. - Los Angeles D.
Apr. 7: Texas L. - Springfield A.
Apr. 7: Idaho S. - Bakersfield J.


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Morris ALMOND
  Maine RC
  (198-F/G-85)
  Avg: 23.8
 1. Almond, Maine RC23.8 
 2. Ahearn, Reno B.23.8 
 3. Emmett, Reno B.23.1 
 4. Dentmon, Austin T.22.8 
 5. Costner, Los A.20.7 
 6. Ubiles, Dakota W.20.1 
 7. Efevberha, Iowa E.19.7 
 8. Mitchell, Sioux F.19.6 
 9. Millsap, Los A.19.5 
 10. Gilder, Sioux F.19.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Marcus LEWIS
  Tulsa 66ers
  (203-F/C-86)
  Avg: 12.6
 1. Lewis, Tulsa 66ers12.6 
 2. Harangody, Canton12.3 
 3. Dawson, Austin T.10.6 
 4. Thomas, Los A.9.3 
 5. Criswell-L., Austi.8.9 
 6. Foote, Springfield8.8 
 7. Williams, Texas L.8.8 
 8. Reid, Tulsa 66ers8.6 
 9. Horner, Springfi.8.5 
 10. Goldcamp, Erie B.8.4 
Assists Per Game
 Walker RUSSELL
  Ft.Wayne.
  (183-G-82)
  Avg: 9.9
 1. Russell, Ft.Wayne.9.9 
 2. Conroy, Rio G.9.0 
 3. Daniels, Texas L.8.7 
 4. Wise, Bakersfield6.3 
 5. Curry, Springfield6.2 
 6. Stinson, Iowa E.5.9 
 7. Fortson, Los A.5.9 
 8. Baker, Dakota W.5.8 
 9. Bailey, Idaho S.5.8 
 10. Dentmon, Austin5.5 
Steals Per Game
 Marqus BLAKELY
  Sioux F.
  (196-F-89)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Blakely, Sioux F.2.2 
 2. Coleman, Sioux F.2.2 
 3. Hannah, Dakota W.2.2 
 4. Fortson, Los A.2.1 
 5. Smith, Springfield2.1 
 6. Curry, Springfield1.9 
 7. Saunders, Rio G.1.9 
 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. Strong, Iowa E.1.6 
 9. Ojougboh, Tulsa1.5 
 10. Benson, Sioux F.1.5 


Texas Legends Re-Acquire Sean Williams - by Surujh Roopnarine

The Texas Legends announced the acquisition of former NBA forward Sean Williams (6'10''-F-86, college: Boston Coll.). Williams returned to the legends in time for last night's 90-110 loss to the Austin Toros. In his return to the legends, the former Boston College standout played 30 minutes, scoring 20 points to go along with 13 rebounds and two blocked shots.
A three-year NBA player, Williams averaged 4.2 points, 3.3 rebounds, and 1.2 blocks in 134 games with the New Jersey Nets and Dallas Mavericks (eight games with Dallas this season). In 25 games with the Legends prior to last night, Williams had averaged 14.9 points, 8.7 rebounds, and 2.5 blocks per game. Over his career in the D-League, Williams has averaged 14 points, 9 rebounds and 2.9 blocks per game in 82 career games.



Grizzlies re-assign Josh Selby to Bighorns - by Eurobasket News

The Memphis Grizzlies have re-assigned rookie guard Josh Selby (6'2''-G-91, college: Kansas) to the Reno Bighorns for the third time this season, it was announced Thursday. This marks the fifth NBA player assignment to the Bighorns this season.

Selby has played in 23 games with the Grizzlies this season averaging 2.5 points, 1.2 assists, 0.6 rebounds and 0.3 steals per game. His NBA season was highlighted on December 30 against the Houston Rockets when he had nine points, seven assists and two rebounds in 26 minutes of play.

Selby has previously played six games with the Bighorns this season, averaging 22.7 points, 6.0 rebounds, 3.8 assists and 1.2 steals per game. In his last game with the Bighorns on March 30 against the Idaho Stampede, he posted a triple-double with season-highs in points (32), rebounds (10) and assists (10).

Drafted in the second round (49th overall) of the 2011 NBA Draft out of Kansas, Selby rejoins former Kansas Jayhawk center Paul Mokeski, head coach of the Bighorns. Selby played one year for the Jayhawks, averaging 7.9 points, 2.2 assists and 2.2 rebounds in 26 games.

In his senior year of high school, Selby attended Lake Clifton High School and averaged 32 points, seven assists, five rebounds and two steals per game. He was ranked the top prospect out of high school by Rivals.com and was named the 2010-11 NCAA Preseason Rookie of the Year.

Selby will take the court with the Bighorns when they travel Rio Grande Valley for a two-game series against the Vipers on April 6 and 7 at the State Farm Arena.

Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com



Courtney Fortson Assigned to Rio Grande Valley - by Surujh Roopnarine

The Houston Rockets have assigned guard Courtney Fortson (5'11''-PG-88, college: Arkansas) to the Rio Grande Valley Vipers, the Rockets' NBA Development League affiliate.
This is Fortson's first career assignment and the 62nd of the 2011-12 NBA season.
Fortson, who earned a GATORADE Call-Up to the Rockets from the Los Angeles D-Fenders on March 17, has appeared in five games for Houston this year, averaging 2.8 points, 1.2 rebounds and 7.2 minutes. During a previous stint in the NBA, Fortson appeared in four games for the L.A. Lakers. In nine total NBA games this season, he is averaging 3.4 points, 1.6 rebounds, 1.0 assists and 9.1 minutes.
Prior to his call-ups, Fortson appeared in 29 games for the D-Fenders, averaging 17.0 points, 5.9 assists, 4.3 rebounds and 34.3 minutes.
Fortson, 5-11, began his professional career last season in Romania with BC Steaua Turabo Bucuresti, before joining the Reno Bighorns for five games at the end of the 2010-11 campaign. Drafted in the 5th round, by the Los Angeles D-Fenders in the 2011 NBA D-League Draft, Fortson earned All-SEC 2nd Team honors in 2012 after completing his final season at Arkansas with averages of 17.9ppg, 5.2rpg, 5.7apg and 1.4spg while shooting FGP: 36.1%, 3PT: 31.3%, FT: 75.9% over 18 games.



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  DOMINICA   


Dominica Basketball selects interim board to govern the sport until 2014 - by Eurobasket News

The Dominica Amateur Basketball Association held its Annual General Meeting yesterday , Monday April 2, 2012. At that meeting we had the Presidents and Treasurer Reports. The President Mr. Dave Baron also confirmed that he will be resigning from the post , also indicating the unwillingness to continue in their respective position until 2013 were V/President Ryan Anslem, Roddi Deschamps, Damien Sorhaindo and Earl Mathew.

The following persons volunteered and indicated their willingness to be part of the Executive Board to manage the affairs of basketball until 2013, when elections will called to meet the requirements of DABA international affiliation which are Federation of International Basketball, FIBA Americas and Caribbean Basketball Confederation. These persons are,

1. Mickey Joseph
2. Gary Benjamin
3. Allan Morris
4. Tito AAron
5. Dunstan Peters
6. Michael Peter
7. Lindson Lynch
8. Mr. Vidal

Mickey Joseph was selected as The Chairman (President) of the board , the other positions will selected at the first board meeting which is schedule for next week. The board will also like to ask teams to begin the registration and the tentative date for the opening of the season is this month.
Courtesy of: caribbeanbasketball.com



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Fedombal and FIBA Americas united for the future of Dominican Basketball - by Eurobasket News

The Secretary General of FIBA Americas, Mr. Alberto Garcia, and the President of the Dominican Republic Basketball Federation (Fedombal), Mr. Rafael Uribe, gave a press conference this past Friday to the press in the federal offices of the Virgilio Travieso Soto Sport Palace.

The Argentine Garcia and the Dominican Uribe explained in great detail some aspects that are going to be discussed this Saturday in the special assembly that has been organized to present the FIBA Americas / Fedombal 2020 Vision Program.

The presentation is scheduled to take place in the Mauricio Baez club Auditorium, at 11:00 AM and it will be attended by delegates of the 32 associations that make up Fedombal, and other important directives.

Along with Garcia, Mr. Nestor Rodriguez, Development Manager of FIBA Americas will also be present to talk to the delegates.

Uribe pointed to the press that this Saturday there will be discussions on several topics that deal with the implementation of the FIBA Americas / Fedombal 2020 Vision Program, that is dedicated to the solidification of administrative, technical and directive oriented aspects, along with the massification of the sport throughout the country.

This Saturday we will be very specific in the details of the Program, and the different ways of executing them for the development of the sport in the Dominican Republic. FIBA Americas is extra preoccupied with helping in the growth of all National Federations within our jurisdiction., said Alberto Garcia.

He also said that FIBA Americas has selected five countries to start the Program, and that the Dominican Republic is one of them along with Brasil, Mexico, Puerto Rico, and Venezuela.

The presentation will also address player development strategies and the creation of schools for coaches and referees.

The press conference was attended also by Jose Esteban Borrome, Cesar Perez Samboy y Saturnino Martinez, Fedombal Directives.

Source: Fedombal



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  EGYPT   


3 games - by Khaled El Saied

3 games took place today in the first round in the playoffs of the mortabet League in Tanta Al Ettahad defeated Zamalek 85/54 while Ahly defeated Gezira 67/62 finally Smouha beat Sporting 78/72, Ahly and Gezira was a tough game Kerdany and Sherif Genedy did a good game scoring all the time against Ahly while best players in Ahly was Ghannam and Haitham and Elgammal Ahly played tough defense but Genedy was hustling all the time and Kerdany did a good job playing almost all the game 35 years veteran is dominating against Ahly giants


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  ESTONIA   

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Reinis STRUPOVICS
  Valga
  (192-G-87)
  Avg: 20.9
 1. Strupovics, Valga20.9 
 2. Raadik, Parnu18.1 
 3. Raley-Ross, Tln K.17.2 
 4. Soo, Rapla17.0 
 5. Cipruss, Tarvas16.9 
 6. Raap, Parnu16.2 
 7. Pilk, TTU15.9 
 8. Veideman, Tartu U.15.6 
 9. Hallik, Tarvas14.5 
 10. Akenparg, TTU14.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kaspars CIPRUSS
  Tarvas
  (210-C-82)
  Avg: 10.3
 1. Cipruss, Tarvas10.3 
 2. Cricelli, Valga8.4 
 3. Fedortchuk, Tln K.8.3 
 4. Arnold, TTU8.2 
 5. Raadik, Parnu7.8 
 6. Ringmets, Rapla7.6 
 7. Shaw, Tln Kalev7.4 
 8. Pilk, TTU6.7 
 9. Allingu, Tartu U.6.4 
 10. Fall, Kalev/Cramo6.4 
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. Skele, Kalev/Cramo2.8 
 10. Veideman, Tartu U.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. Dorbek, Tarvas2.0 
 7. Leppik, Tartu Ulik.2.0 
 8. Skele, Kalev/Cramo1.9 
 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 



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  EUROCUP   


2011-12 Eurocup MVP: Patrick Beverley, Spartak St. Petersburg - by Eurobasket News

Euroleague Basketball is pleased to announce that Patrick Beverley (185-PG-88, college: Arkansas) of Spartak St. Petersburg has been selected as the Eurocup MVP for the 2011-12 season. Beverley, 23, has dominated throughout the season to lead his team to the best record and a spot in the Eurocup Finals. He has seemingly done it all for Spartak, leading the team in scoring, steals and performance index rating and placing second in rebounds, assists and three-pointers made for a team that led the competition in defense and a lost only one game. In fact, his 2 steals per game led the Eurocup, he was tied for second in index rating and at just 1.85 meters, Beverley was the shortest player in the competition to average more than 4 rebounds per game. Though Beverley is one of many big names on the Spartak roster three different Spartak players earned weekly MVP honors this season his ability to contribute in many ways ensured that Beverley had an impact in every game. His overall excellence and consistency for such an elite team made Beverley an ideal choice as Eurocup MVP.

The Eurocup MVP is part of an awards structure that recognizes the finest Eurocup players for their efforts on the basketball court throughout the season. Beverley's selection was made by a panel of Euroleague Basketball's in-house experts based on his and his team's performance during the Eurocup regular season, Last 16 and quarterfinals rounds. Statistics and performance index ratings were taken into consideration for the award, but did not alone determine the winner. Beverley joins 2011 MVP Dontaye Draper of Cedevita Zagreb, 2010 MVP Chuck Eidson of Lietuvos Rytas and 2009 MVP Marko Banic of Bizkaia Bilbao Basket on a select list of Eurocup stars to win the award.

Even before opening night Beverley was proving himself to be Spartaks go-to guy. He netted 26 points in the return leg of the Eurocup Qualifying Round series against ETHA Engomi to lead Spartak into the competition. Then Beverley went for 21 in a 73-56 rout of last seasons third-placed team, Cedevita, in Week 1. Even when his shot wasnt falling, Beverley found ways to contribute, like in regular season Week 6 when he had 10 assists and 8 rebounds plus 4 points in a 97-77 victory over Benetton Basket. Beverley started the Last 16 in style with 25 points and 4 assists in a 57-65 win at KK Buducnost Voli for which he snagged weekly MVP honors. Beverley went for 19 points on 9-of-10 free throw shooting in a 70-64 win over Buducnost in Last 16 Week 5 to clinch first place in Group K. In the quarterfinals, it was again Beverley that set the tone for success with 19 points, 3 assists and 3 steals in a 64-68 victory at CEZ Nymburk that set the stage for a home win one week later to send Spartak to Khimki. In all he averaged a 16.9 performance index rating, 12.9 points, 4.1 rebounds, 3.8 assists and 2 steals over 30 minutes in 14 games for Spartak.

Beverley joins a list of 2011-12 award winners that includes the best players and coaches in the Eurocup this season. Jonas Valanciunas of Lietuvos Rytas was selected as the 2011-12 Eurocup Rising Star Trophy winner. Beverleys coach, Jure Zdovc, was named Eurocup Coach of the Year. Beverley also highlighted the All-Eurocup First Team alongside fellow stars Zoran Planinic of BC Khimki, Nik Caner-Medley of Valencia Basket and Valanciunas and Ronnie Seibutis of Rytas. The All-Eurocup second team features Beverleys backcourt mate at Spartak, Yotam Halperin, as well as Ramel Curry of BC Donetsk, Pavel Pumprla of CEZ Nymburk, Jeremiah Massey of Lokomotiv Kuban and Bojan Dubljevic of Buducnost. The last of the awards, the Eurocup Finals MVP trophy, will go to the best player at that event as voted by accredited journalists in attendance during the title game.

Previous winners of the MVP award:
2010-11 Dontaye Draper - Cedevita Zagreb
2009-10 Marko Banic - Bizkaia Bilbao Basket
2008-09 Chuck Eidson - Lietuvos Rytas

Courtesy of www.eurocupbasketball.com



Eurocup Surprise of the Year: BC Donetsk - by Uygar Karaca

We completed a whole season in Eurocup and now waiting for the Final Four. However, there were some teams worth mentioning although they did not reach the semifinals. I chose one team as the surprise of the year because may be literally nobody expected that they will come until the last match of quarterfinals. Last year it was Cedevita Zagreb who made people surprised with a small budget and claimed the third place. This year, Turkish team Banvit played the most important match of the club history against Lokomotiv Kuban to make the quarterfinal playoffs and they lost. Gravelines made a magnificent start to the season with only 1 loss from the first 6 matches but totally collapsed at the second stage. Look at Lokomotiv Kuban, who improved last years score when they make the Eurochallenge finals and this time, they managed to beat Khimki in the second match in the quarter finals but not with the needed point differential. Also Buducnost, nearly made a comeback to their glorious European days, with a consistent strategy and a great coach combined with great mixture of exciting youngsters and experienced veterans but Valencia was so powerful against them. So the winner was, according to me, naturally, BC Donetsk; the only team that Gravelines could not beat in the first stage.

BC Donetsk, once the great Shakhtar, was virtually disappeared from basketball scene internationally until 2006. That year, the ex-player of the club, Valeriy Plekhanov decided to revive the club and became the first president of the new era. Started from the third league of Ukraine, the club jumped the stairs upwards quickly and found itself in Ukraine Superleague in the beginning of 2008-2009 season. Now, the big player Konstantin Galenkin was the best in the Higher League but in the Superleague the team needed some more. Bigger coach as Igors Miglinieks, bigger foreign talents as Demetrius Alexander, Anthony Tucker (USA) or Andres Rodriguez (Puerto Rico) means bigger investments and it worked on the court. The team lost only to Azovmash in the 2009 Superleague finals. Next year, Ramunas Butautas was the coach and Artur Drozdov, Bruno Sundov along with Ricardo Marsh and Mark Perry were added. It was the first year where the team played in Eurochallenge, but in the middle of the season Donetsk lost main financial source and the club declared bankruptcy in Jan 2010 and along with coach Drazen Anzulovic, all the players were left free.

It was not, however, the end. At the end of the season, people from Donetsk did not bear the possibility that they will not have a basketball team in the future. With the initiate of Party of Regions, a political party that has a strong base in Donetsk, with the support of youth basketball clubs in the region, they made a comeback to Superleague.

This year, the European adventure for Donetsk started again. Second year coach Sasa Obradovic, along with his assistant Milenko Bogicevic, welcomed the Serbian National Team condition coach Dusan Markovic. The new sports director was from BC Kyiv, the club of ex USSR star Alexander Volkov, Oleksiy Yefimov. Although he is 26 years, old, he already tasted Super League Finals excitement.

The season started at Kopaonic Mountains, the famous winter tourism center in Serbia with important additions and the underdogs started to show their skills. They started the Eurocup campaign with 1 loss in 6 matches including wins against Hapoel Jerusalem, Cibona and Gravelines. The main actors were Vule Avdalovic, the Serbian starting point guard. In 2010-2011, he was the brain of Cholet in Euroleague after all those experience included Eurobasket with Serbia & Montenegro. He leaded the offense as well as defense with his high basketball IQ. Ex Partizan player Ivan Radenovic, who then became a college boy for Arizona, knows what a ULEB Cup final by the days from Girona. Ramel Curry proved his skills already in Azovmash and the stood as most reliable scoring option. Vyacheslav Kravtsov dominated center with locked out NBA player Darnell Jackson. Young players like Dmytro Gliebov or Oleksandr Lypovyy were the unsung heroes and provided important bench support especially with the defense. Not forget mentioning Michael Lee, who is having best of his European career after making it to the Serbian league semifinals with Radnicki.

The most important thing was all together, they played as a unit and thats the way how they were able to stay undefeated at home in Europe and managed to give Khimki Moscow, the Final Four contender first Eurocup defeat of the season. After advancing from the Top 16 group which included out of form Asvel and Aris; the next rival was Lietuvos Rytas. Lithuanian giants built a team for Euroleague and made an impressive defense in the decisive minutes of the first game held in Vilnius. 11 point difference was some hard to get over so, despite a good play and victory 80:78 at Donetsk, their first Eurocup campaign was finished.

After all, coach Obradovic says that he was very happy with the European adventure, especially for a team that experiences this for the first season. Mircea Lucescu, the Romanian coach made Shakhtar remember how powerful they were once and made them the UEFA Cup Champions in football and may be that is what Obradovic has his mind. This year, nobody could predict that we could go that high but next year, we will have more respect from the opponents. he says. He is not as cool as Lucescu on the court, sometimes he yells on players; not for personal offenses but because he is a man, who always thinks about basketball and works for his club with 100% devotion.

As I have mentioned above, the manager Yefimov has an important experience with BC Kyiv. He defines Obradovic as a tough coach, who gives importance to rules and structures. Therefore, every player in this team, need to have a strong character among with his basketball skills. Im quite sure that almost all our foreigners could have much better statistic in any other club, but in BC Donetsk they must to work in system, because we dont want to be totally depended from one or two players. So, in our roster there is no place for selfish players. he summarizes the priorities of the club: team comes first and no players absence should matter much.

What is more, it is worth mentioning that there is a great love for basketball in Donetsk it seems. The tickets of the second match against Rytas in the quarterfinals were all sold out 4 days before the match day. It can be considered a story of success as a city who has already established fan bases for football (Shakhtar) and ice hockey (Donbass).

To conclude, the mission of Donetsk is not over. Their next goal will be to fight for the Ukrainian title. Big budget teams like Azovmash and Budivelnik are not easy to rule out so the fight will be tough. We dont know how far this team will go in the near future but we need to congratulate them. Hope to see more new faces fighting for Final Four sports in the next season



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  FRANCE   

Standings - ProA

ProA Standings
 1. Gravelines 22-3 
 2. Chalon 20-5 
 3. Orleans 17-8 
 4. Le Mans 16-8 
 5. Nancy 16-9 
 6. Paris-Levallois 15-9 
 7. Roanne 12-12 
 8. Cholet 11-13 
 9. Nanterre 11-14 
 10. ASVEL 11-14 
 11. Dijon 11-14 
 12. Strasbourg 10-14 
 13. Poitiers 8-16 
 14. Le Havre 8-16 
 15. Pau-Lacq-Orthez 6-18 
 16. Hyeres-Toulon 2-23 

Regular Season: Round 25

Apr. 6: Chalon - Nanterre 99-109 OT
Apr. 6: ASVEL - Hyeres-Toulon 92-68
Apr. 6: Gravelines - Nancy 83-61
Apr. 3: Orleans - Dijon 82-55
Apr. 7: Le Havre - Strasbourg
Apr. 7: Poitiers - Paris-Levallois
Apr. 7: Le Mans - Cholet
Apr. 7: Pau-Lacq-Orthez - Roanne


Stats Leaders - ProA

Points Per Game
 Eric CHATFIELD
  Paris-.
  (191-G-79)
  Avg: 20.4
 1. Chatfield, Paris-.20.4 
 2. Rochestie, Le Mans18.3 
 3. Williams, Paris-.17.2 
 4. Hamilton, Paris-.17.1 
 5. Gipson, Pau-Lacq.17.0 
 6. Causeur, Cholet16.2 
 7. Cox, Le Havre15.8 
 8. Delaney, Chalon15.8 
 9. Schilb, Chalon15.8 
 10. Wise, Le Havre15.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Lamont HAMILTON
  Paris-.
  (208-C/F-84)
  Avg: 8.3
 1. Hamilton, Paris-.8.3 
 2. Elonu, Pau-Lacq.8.3 
 3. Akingbala, Nancy7.6 
 4. Greer, Strasbourg7.4 
 5. Nsonwu-Amadi, Roa.7.2 
 6. Aminu, Chalon7.0 
 7. Armstrong, AS.7.0 
 8. Vebobe, Cholet6.6 
 9. Falker, Cholet6.5 
 10. Camara, Le Havre6.4 
Assists Per Game
 Kareem REID
  Hyeres-Toulon
  (178-PG-75)
  Avg: 7.6
 1. Reid, Hyeres-Toulon7.6 
 2. Rochestie, Le Mans6.4 
 3. Wise, Le Havre5.6 
 4. Linehan, Nancy5.3 
 5. Pellin, Orleans5.2 
 6. Dixon, Dijon4.9 
 7. Barrett, Roanne4.9 
 8. Schilb, Chalon4.8 
 9. Gipson, Pau-Lacq.4.6 
 10. Albicy, Gravelines4.2 
Steals Per Game
 Andrew ALBICY
  Gravelines
  (178-PG-90)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Albicy, Gravelines2.5 
 2. Riley, Nanterre2.0 
 3. Wise, Le Havre2.0 
 4. Pellin, Orleans1.9 
 5. Linehan, Nancy1.9 
 6. Melody, Dijon1.7 
 7. Acker, Le Mans1.7 
 8. Gipson, Pau-Lacq.1.6 
 9. Dixon, Dijon1.6 
 10. Nelson, Cholet1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Rudy GOBERT
  Cholet
  (212-C-92)
  Avg: 1.3
 1. Gobert, Cholet1.3 
 2. Falker, Cholet1.3 
 3. Akingbala, Nancy1.2 
 4. Elonu, Pau-Lacq.1.1 
 5. Hamilton, Paris-.1.0 
 6. Issa, Gravelines1.0 
 7. Williams, Paris-.1.0 
 8. Jackson, Roanne0.9 
 9. Akpomedah, Grave.0.9 
 10. Daniels, Nanterre0.8 


Standings - ProB

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

Regular Season: Round 29

Apr. 6: Fos Ouest - Denain 88-64
Apr. 6: Maurienne - Evreux 80-82
Apr. 6: Bourg - Nantes 72-60
Apr. 7: Boulazac - Quimper
Apr. 7: Boulogne - Le Portel
Apr. 7: Lille - Vichy
Apr. 7: Limoges - Chalons-Reims
Apr. 7: Rouen - Bordeaux
Apr. 7: St Vallier - Antibes


Stats Leaders - ProB

Points Per Game
 Jason SIGGERS
  Rouen
  (189-SG-85)
  Avg: 18.4
 1. Siggers, Rouen18.4 
 2. Davis, Le Portel17.6 
 3. McCray, Boulogne17.1 
 4. Brown, Maurienne17.0 
 5. Wood, Evreux16.5 
 6. Denave, St Vallier16.4 
 7. Paelay, Quimper15.8 
 8. Osby, Maurienne15.7 
 9. Monroe, Boulazac15.7 
 10. Cunningham, Borde.15.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Christophe MASSIE
  Limoges
  (206-C/F-77)
  Avg: 11.6
 1. Massie, Limoges11.6 
 2. Wood, Evreux11.5 
 3. Rossiter, Denain9.6 
 4. Osby, Maurienne9.6 
 5. Monroe, Boulazac9.6 
 6. Daniels, Chalons-.8.5 
 7. Barro, Bourg8.5 
 8. Allen, Antibes8.3 
 9. Badiane, Nantes8.3 
 10. Brown, Maurienne7.8 
Assists Per Game
 Ronnie TAYLOR
  Le Portel
  (188-PG-81)
  Avg: 7
 1. Taylor, Le Portel7.0 
 2. Rowland, Evreux5.5 
 3. Mullins, Chalons-.5.4 
 4. Copeland, Bourg5.3 
 5. Darnauzan, Mauri.5.3 
 6. Patiejunas, Rouen5.1 
 7. Darrigand, Bordeaux5.1 
 8. Mouillard, Quimper4.7 
 9. Denave, St Vallier4.7 
 10. Rousselle, Boulog.4.3 
Steals Per Game
 Chris MCCRAY
  Boulogne
  (196-G/F-84)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. McCray, Boulogne2.4 
 2. Charles, Nantes2.3 
 3. Shiloh, St Vallier2.1 
 4. Eito, Vichy1.9 
 5. Allen, Antibes1.9 
 6. Rowland, Evreux1.9 
 7. Paelay, Quimper1.9 
 8. Mullins, Chalons-.1.9 
 9. Driss, Bordeaux1.7 
 10. Choquet, Fos Oue.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Sherman GAY
  Fos Ouest
  (201-PF-82)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Gay, Fos Ouest1.8 
 2. Jefferson, Vichy1.6 
 3. Osby, Maurienne1.4 
 4. Fields, Nantes1.0 
 5. Massie, Limoges1.0 
 6. Ford, Bordeaux1.0 
 7. McKenzie, Boulazac1.0 
 8. Daniels, Chalons-.0.9 
 9. Barrett, St Vallier0.9 
 10. Dunn, Rouen0.8 


Injury will keep Renaud Brocheray out for the rest of the season - by Eurobasket News

Injury will keep Renaud Brocheray (203-F-80) out for the rest of the season as the player will not be able to recover. The French Forward can not help his Denain ASC Voltaire in the rest of the games.
In 2010-2011 he joined Denain ASC Voltaire (NM1, starting five) and in 34 games averaged 12.4ppg, 7.6rpg, 1.2apg, FGP: 55.7%, 3PT: 39.6%, FT: 75.0%. In 2011-2012 continued with Denain ASC Voltaire (NM1) and had 7.8 points per game. In his top game he recorded 19 points as Denain overcame Fos Ouest 97:95 early in November. The hosts started the game strong with 31-18, but Fos Ouest won the second period 24-16. Denain needed 24-22 in the third quarter to seal the victory. Renaud Brocheray added 9 rebounds and 3 assists to his 19 points.
Denain keep the 18th position with 10-18 record so far. The team will play Fos Ouest tomorrow.



Jonathan Aka extended with Poitiers - by Eurobasket News

Jonathan Aka (203-PF-86) extended with Poitiers. The French player moved to the team in January and averages 4.0 points per game.
In Jan.'12 moved to Union Poitiers Basket 86 (ProA) from JA Vichy Val d'Allier Auvergne basket. In his top games he recorded 12 points twice. In the last one Poitiers outlasted Cholet in overtime by eight points 85-77. The game took place in Cholet. But the guests from Poitiers were better at the end. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Cholet. The guests trailed by 2 points at the halftime before their 23-13 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to tie the game at the end of regular time. The best player for the winners was international swingman Evan Fournier who scored 21 points, while Jonathan Aka added 12 points.
In 2005 Jonathan Aka was a French U20 National Team member. He participated at the European Championships U20 in Moscow -05 and averaged 2.0ppg, 1.6rpg.



Jean-Richard Volcy joins Bourg - by Eurobasket News

Jean-Richard Volcy (203-F-82, college: N.Michigan) joins Bourg and will stay with the French team until April 28th. The American player moves from Quebec Kebs.
In 2009-2010 he played for BBC Monthey (Switzerland-LNA, starting five) and in 32 games averaged 17.4ppg, 8.8rpg, 2.9apg, Steals-3 (2.6spg), 1.0bpg, FGP-3 (66.5%), 3PT: 34.5%, FT: 85.1%. In 2010-2011 moved to Quimper UJAP (France-ProB, starting five) and showed 12.0ppg, 5.9rpg, 2.1apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 53.7%, 3PT: 34.2%, FT: 77.0%.
The season 2011-2012 started for Quebec Kebs (NBL, starting five) and showed 11.2ppg, 6.1rpg, 2.5apg, FGP: 52.7%, 3PT: 33.7%, FT: 73.3%. He participated at the NBL Canada All Star Game -12 and reached
NBL Canada Semifinals -12. In his top game he recorded 30 points and 6 rebounds as Quebec Kebs lost to Halifax on Febriary 23rd.
Jean-Richard Volcy is added to the roster in order to overcome the injuries of Moses Sonko and Jamelle Cornley.
Bourg beat today Nantes 72:60. Their next opponent will be Bordeaux on April 13th.



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  GEORGIA   

Highest League Standing

Superleague Standings
 1. Armia 19-0 
 2. Olimpi 16-3 
 3. Kutaisi 15-4 
 4. MIA Academy 11-8 
 5. Dinamo Tbilisi 10-9 
 6. Sokhumi 10-9 
 7. TSU Tbilisi 7-12 
 8. Samedicino 7-13 
 9. STU Tbilisi 5-14 
 10. Rustavi 3-16 
 11. Batumi 2-17 

Regular Season: Round 21

Apr. 6: Olimpi - Samedicino 96-76
Apr. 6: Armia - Sokhumi 89-69
Apr. 6: TSU Tbilisi - MIA Academy 77-65
Apr. 5: Batumi - Rustavi 73-82
Apr. 6: Dinamo Tbilisi - STU Tbilisi 102-81

Regular Season: Round 22

Apr. 20: Kutaisi - Batumi
Apr. 21: MIA Academy - Rustavi
Apr. 21: Armia - Olimpi
Apr. 21: TSU Tbilisi - Dinamo Tbilisi
Apr. 21: Sokhumi - STU Tbilisi


Geogian Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Larry BLAIR
  MIA Academy
  (183-G-84)
  Avg: 26.2
 1. Blair, MIA Academy26.2 
 2. Carter, Dinamo T.22.6 
 3. Parghalava, Sokhu.21.6 
 4. Patsatsia, Sokhumi20.9 
 5. Keshelava, Batumi17.9 
 6. Thomas, Armia17.1 
 7. Khmelidze, Rustavi16.6 
 8. Niniashvili, TSU T.16.4 
 9. Sanadze, Dinamo T.16.1 
 10. Mikeladze, Batumi15.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Keyon CARTER
  Dinamo T.
  (203-F-88)
  Avg: 13.4
 1. Carter, Dinamo T.13.4 
 2. Patsatsia, Sokhumi9.9 
 3. Matiashvili, Kutai.9.5 
 4. Milutinovic, Olimpi9.4 
 5. Hoger, Olimpi9.0 
 6. Keshelava, Batumi8.9 
 7. Machaladze, STU T.8.3 
 8. Niniashvili, TSU T.8.1 
 9. Atuashvili, Sokhumi7.5 
 10. Kjellbom, Armia7.5 
Assists Per Game
 Giorgi GAMQRELIDZE
  Olimpi
  (183-G-86)
  Avg: 8.9
 1. Gamqrelidze, Olimpi8.9 
 2. Chitashvili, TSU T.6.6 
 3. Blair, MIA Academy6.4 
 4. Mikeladze, Batumi5.5 
 5. Parghalava, Sokhu.5.4 
 6. Artsividze, Rustavi5.0 
 7. Tsekvava, Kutaisi4.8 
 8. Pashayev, Kutaisi3.9 
 9. Matiashvili, Kutai.3.8 
 10. Patsatsia, Sokhu.3.7 
Steals Per Game
 Larry BLAIR
  MIA Academy
  (183-G-84)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Blair, MIA Academy3.5 
 2. Kokhreidze, TSU T.2.5 
 3. Ramishvili, Batumi2.4 
 4. Patsatsia, Sokhumi2.0 
 5. Diaz, Armia2.0 
 6. Machaladze, STU T.2.0 
 7. Chitashvili, TSU T.1.9 
 8. Antadze, STU T.1.9 
 9. Mikeladze, Batumi1.8 
 10. Carter, Dinamo T.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Joakim KJELLBOM
  Armia
  (213-C/F-79)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Kjellbom, Armia1.8 
 2. Matiashvili, Kutai.1.3 
 3. Atuashvili, Sokhumi1.2 
 4. Milutinovic, Olimpi1.2 
 5. Hoger, Olimpi1.1 
 6. Machaladze, STU T.1.0 
 7. Shermadini, TSU T.0.9 
 8. Antadze, STU T.0.8 
 9. Eliashvili, Batumi0.8 
 10. Ilic, Samedicino0.8 


Superleague Round 21: Armia beats Sokhumi in a derby game - by Eurobasket News

There will be only one (last) round of the Regular Season in Superleague. The round was rather attractive and full of interesting results. The round ended with derby games and favorites losing the games.

The most exciting game was a derby match between two local teams from Tbilisi: Armia (#1) and Sokhumi (#5). Armia (19-0) crushed visiting Sokhumi (10-9) by 20 points 89-69. Sokhumi was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Armia made 7 blocks. The best player for the winners was American point guard Ben Woodside (180-85, college: N.Dakota St., agency: Priority Sports) who had a double-double by scoring 19 points, 9 rebounds and 10 assists. His fellow American import Will Thomas (203-86, agency: Two Points) chipped in 16 points and 7 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was international guard Levan Patsatsia (198-88, college: Troy) who recorded 21 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Undefeated Armia have an impressive series of nineteen victories in a row. Defending champion maintains first place with 19-0 record. Sokhumi lost third consecutive game. They keep the fifth position with nine games lost. They share it with Dinamo Tbilisi. Armia's supporters look forward to another derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Tbilisi Olimpi.
Another exciting game was again a derby between two teams from Tbilisi: TSU (#8) and MIA (#4). TSU (7-12) won against visiting MIA (11-8) 77-65. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of MIA. It was a good game for guard Beqa Chikviladze (195-91) who led his team to a victory with 28 points, 5 assists and 5 steals. Vakhtang Chkareuli contributed with 24 points (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field) for the winners. Center Beka Bekauri (207-91) answered with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 14 rebounds for MIA. MIA's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. TSU moved-up to seventh place. MIA at the other side keeps the fourth position with eight games lost. TSU's supporters look forward to another derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Tbilisi Dinamo Tbilisi.
Another exciting game was again a derby match of two local teams from Tbilisi: Olimpi (#2) and Samedicino-Academia (#7). Olimpi (16-3) crushed visiting Samedicino-Academia (7-13) by 20 points 96-76. Georgi Tsintsadze stepped up with a double-double by scoring 14 points, 7 rebounds and 11 assists for the winners. The best for the losing side was Akaki Dvalishvili with a double-double by scoring 15 points, 13 rebounds and 5 assists. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The victory was the fifth consecutive win for Olimpi. Newly promoted Olimpi maintains second place with 16-3 record having just three points less than leader Armia. Samedicino-Academia lost their third game in a row. They dropped to the eighth position with 13 games lost. Olimpi's supporters look forward to another derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Tbilisi to the arena Armia.
Bottom-ranked Energy Invest managed to get the second consecutive victory. This time they won against tenth-ranked Batumi 82-73. Luka Khmelidze nailed a double-double by scoring 16 points, 9 rebounds and 10 assists for the winning side. Energy Invest (3-16) moved-up to tenth place. Batumi lost their fifth game in a row. They dropped to the bottom position with 17 games lost. Energy Invest's next round opponent will be higher ranked MIA (#4) in Tbilisi and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Batumi will play on the road against Kutaisi (#3).
The game with biggest result difference took place in Tbilisi. Local Dinamo Tbilisi (10-9) outscored 9th ranked STU (5-14) 102-81 on Friday night. The best player for the winners was Keyon Carter who had a double-double by scoring 30 points and 15 rebounds. STU's coach gave up on the game allowing to play eleven players seeing no chance for a win. Dinamo Tbilisi moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Sokhumi. STU lost their ninth game in a row. Newly promoted team keeps the ninth position with 14 games lost. Dinamo Tbilisi's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Tbilisi to the arena TSU.

The best stats of 21th round was 19 points, 18 rebounds and 6 blocks by Milan Oluic of Dinamo Tbilisi.


Armia - Sokhumi 89-69

The most exciting game was a derby match between two local teams from Tbilisi: Armia (#1) and Sokhumi (#5). Armia (19-0) crushed visiting Sokhumi (10-9) by 20 points 89-69. Sokhumi was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Armia made 7 blocks. The best player for the winners was American point guard Ben Woodside (180-85, college: N.Dakota St., agency: Priority Sports) who had a double-double by scoring 19 points, 9 rebounds and 10 assists. His fellow American import Will Thomas (203-86, agency: Two Points) chipped in 16 points and 7 rebounds. Five Armia players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was international guard Levan Patsatsia (198-88, college: Troy) who recorded 21 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists and center Sergo Atuashvili (223-85, agency: Kotnik Sports Agency) added 15 points and 9 rebounds respectively. Armia have an impressive series of nineteen victories in a row. Defending champion maintains first place with 19-0 record. Sokhumi lost third consecutive game. They keep the fifth position with nine games lost. They share it with Dinamo Tbilisi. Armia's supporters look forward to another derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Tbilisi Olimpi.
Top scorers:
Armia: B.Woodside 19+9reb+10ast, G.Diaz 17+1reb+1ast, W.Thomas 16+7reb+1ast, J.Richardson 14+6reb+1ast, J.Kjellbom 10+7reb+1ast, A.Boisa 9+4reb+1ast
Sokhumi: L.Patsatsia 21+5reb+4ast, S.Atuashvili 15+9reb, G.Jgerenaia 12+6reb+1ast, L.Parghalava 8+5reb+5ast, I.Chlaidze 5+2reb+1ast, R.Rogava 4+1reb+1ast
gschID: 166631


TSU Tbilisi - MIA Academy 77-65

Another exciting game was again a derby between two teams from Tbilisi: TSU (#8) and MIA (#4). TSU (7-12) won against visiting MIA (11-8) 77-65. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of MIA. The game without a history. TSU led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They also forced 24 MIA turnovers. Strangely MIA outrebounded TSU 47-26 including a 31-19 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was a good game for guard Beqa Chikviladze (195-91) who led his team to a victory with 28 points, 5 assists and 5 steals. Forward Vakhtang Chkareuli (196-91) contributed with 24 points (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field) for the winners. Center Beka Bekauri (207-91) answered with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 14 rebounds and the former international center Davit Imnadze (208-85) added 8 points and 9 rebounds in the effort for MIA. MIA's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. TSU moved-up to seventh place. MIA at the other side keeps the fourth position with eight games lost. TSU's supporters look forward to another derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Tbilisi Dinamo Tbilisi.
Top scorers:
TSU Tbilisi: B.Chikviladze 28+4reb+5ast, V.Chkareuli 24+3reb+1ast, M.Chitashvili 17+6reb+3ast, D.Khizanishvili 3+2reb+1ast, S.Shermadini 2+3reb+1ast, V.Beruashvili 2+1reb
MIA Academy: M.Bokolishvili 12+1reb+3ast, B.Bekauri 12+14reb+2ast, A.Moody 10+4reb+2ast, D.Imnadze 8+9reb, J.Tubbs 7+2reb, I.Londaridze 5+5reb
gschID: 166632


Batumi - Rustavi 73-82

Bottom-ranked Energy Invest managed to get the second consecutive victory. This time they won against tenth-ranked Batumi 82-73. Batumi was ahead by 5 points after three quarters before a 25-11 charge of Energy Invest, which allowed them to win the game. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. Guard Luka Khmelidze (195-92) nailed a double-double by scoring 16 points, 9 rebounds and 10 assists for the winning side and guard Revaz Chachanidze (183-90) accounted for 21 points and 7 rebounds. The former international forward Lasha Keshelava (200-81) came up with a double-double by scoring 23 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists and forward Avtandil Eliashvili (200-89) added 13 points and 15 rebounds respectively for Batumi in the defeat. Four Energy Invest and five Batumi players scored in double figures. Energy Invest (3-16) moved-up to tenth place. Batumi lost their fifth game in a row. They dropped to the bottom position with 17 games lost. Energy Invest's next round opponent will be higher ranked MIA (#4) in Tbilisi and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Batumi will play on the road against Kutaisi (#3).
Top scorers:
Rustavi: R.Baakashvili 23+3reb+1ast, R.Chachanidze 21+7reb+3ast, L.Khmelidze 16+9reb+10ast, T.Toudjani 10+14reb+1ast, D.Artsividze 8+4reb+3ast, D.Gugava 4+2reb+1ast
Batumi: L.Keshelava 23+11reb+4ast, A.Eliashvili 13+15reb+2ast, I.Mikeladze 12+1reb+5ast, I.Maisuradze 11+5reb+5ast, N.Ramishvili 10+5reb+5ast, G.Revazashvili 4+5reb
gschID: 166628


Dinamo Tbilisi - STU Tbilisi 102-81

The game with biggest result difference took place in Tbilisi. Local Dinamo Tbilisi (10-9) outscored 9th ranked STU (5-14) 102-81 on Friday night. The game without a history. Dinamo Tbilisi led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 66 of its points in the paint compared to STU's 44 and made 24-of-29 free shots (82.8 percent) during the game. They outrebounded STU 51-31 including a 34-18 advantage in defensive rebounds. Dinamo Tbilisi looked well-organized offensively handing out 29 assists comparing to just 16 passes made by STU's players. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Dinamo Tbilisi made 8 blocks. The best player for the winners was American forward Keyon Carter (203-88, college: ODU) who had a double-double by scoring 30 points and 15 rebounds. Serbian center Milan Oluic (210-84) chipped in a double-double by scoring 19 points, 18 rebounds and 6 blocks (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line). Five Dinamo Tbilisi players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was guard George Khaniashvili (194-89) who recorded 28 points and 6 rebounds and forward Zviad Antadze (198-88, college: Monroe Coll.) added 15 points and 5 rebounds respectively. STU's coach gave up on the game allowing to play eleven players seeing no chance for a win. Dinamo Tbilisi moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Sokhumi. STU lost their ninth game in a row. Newly promoted team keeps the ninth position with 14 games lost. Dinamo Tbilisi's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Tbilisi to the arena TSU.
Top scorers:
Dinamo Tbilisi: K.Carter 30+15reb+3ast, M.Oluic 19+18reb+3ast, A.Zecevic 16+3reb+7ast, I.Lezhava 14+6reb+6ast, I.Keidia 12+4reb+5ast, I.Alkhanaidze 8+3reb+1ast
STU Tbilisi: G.Khaniashvili 28+6reb, Z.Antadze 15+5reb+2ast, L.Nozadze 13+4reb+1ast, G.Tetelashvili 9+3reb+7ast, G.Kopaliani 7+2reb, A.Dzidziguri 7+1reb+4ast
gschID: 166629


Olimpi - Samedicino 96-76

Another exciting game was again a derby match of two local teams from Tbilisi: Olimpi (#2) and Samedicino-Academia (#7). Olimpi (16-3) crushed visiting Samedicino-Academia (7-13) by 20 points 96-76. The game was mostly controlled by Olimpi. Samedicino-Academia managed to win second period 27-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Olimpi dominated down low during the game scoring 68 of its points in the paint compared to Samedicino-Academia's 44. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 36 assists comparing to just 14 passes made by Samedicino-Academia's players. International guard Georgi Tsintsadze (192-86) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 14 points, 7 rebounds and 11 assists for the winners and the former international guard Giorgi Gamqrelidze (183-86, agency: Interperformances) chipped in 9 points, 5 rebounds and 12 assists. The best for the losing side was power forward Akaki Dvalishvili (206-90) with a double-double by scoring 15 points, 13 rebounds and 5 assists and guard Mikheil Chochua (193-87) scored 18 points and 5 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The victory was the fifth consecutive win for Olimpi. Newly promoted Olimpi maintains second place with 16-3 record having just three points less than leader Armia. Samedicino-Academia lost their third game in a row. They dropped to the eighth position with 13 games lost. Olimpi's supporters look forward to another derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Tbilisi to the arena Armia.
Top scorers:
Olimpi: I.Hoger 16+10reb, G.Tsintsadze 14+7reb+11ast, I.Milutinovic 13+9reb+1ast, N.Tutus 11+4reb+3ast, G.Gamqrelidze 9+5reb+12ast, I.Todorovic 9+3reb+1ast
Samedicino: M.Chochua 18+5reb+3ast, F.Samojlovic 15+3reb+2ast, A.Dvalishvili 15+13reb+5ast, N.Ilic 9+7reb+2ast, K.Tomaradze 9+10reb+1ast, G.Shvangiradze 5
gschID: 166630



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Eurobasket.com All-Regionalliga West Awards 2011-2012 - by Moritz Korff




#s#

T.J. Smith
Smith
Dave Boykin
Boykin
Tim Schonborn
Schonborn
Robert Franklin
Franklin
Marko Samanovic
Samanovic
#e#1

Player of the Year: Robert Franklin (195-F-81, college: N.Mexico Highlands) of Recklinghausen
Domestic Player of the Year: Tim Schonborn (191-G-90) of Dortmund
Bosman Player of the Year: Gregory Ktistou (186-G-79, college: Carthage) of Hagen
Defensive Player of the Year: Ryon Howard (198-F-84, college: Sacred Heart) of Bochum
Most Improved Player of the Year: Olaf Rosteck (200-C-91) of Iserlohn
Newcomer of the Year: Niklas Geske (175-G-94) of Dortmund
Coach of the Year: Georg Kleine of Recklinghausen

1st Team
G: T.J. Smith (188-G-84) of Dortmund
G: Dave Boykin (193-G) of Willich
G/F: Tim Schonborn (191-G-90) of Dortmund
F: Robert Franklin (195-F-81) of Recklinghausen
C: Marko Samanovic (206-C-85) of Werne

2nd Team
G: Will Figures (175-PG-87, college: N.Colorado) of Iserlohn
G: Gregory Ktistou (186-G-79, college: Carthage) of Hagen
F: Antonio Houston (196-G/F-88, college: Catawba) of Grevenbroich
F: Ryon Howard (198-F-84, college: Sacred Heart) of Bochum
F/C: Marcus Ligons (201-F-84, college: Chadron St.) of Hagen-Haspe

Honorable Mention
Marc Sola (185-G-85) of Schalke
Devon Baker (185-G-87, college: Northwestern St.) of Salzkotten
Stefano Garris (200-G/F-79) of Salzkotten
Brett McKnight (198-F, college: Akron) of Schalke
Goetz Twiehoff (196-F-85) of Grevenbroich

All-Domestic Players Team
G: Mirko Bregulla (184-G-78) of Recklinghausen
G/F: Stefano Garris (200-G/F-79) of Salzkotten
G/F: Tim Schonborn (191-G-90) of Dortmund
F: Goetz Twiehoff (196-F-85) of Grevenbroich
C: Olaf Rosteck (200-C-91) of Iserlohn

The votes have been made by coaches of the RLW teams plus a vote made by Eurobasket.com



Will Any Dirty Work Players Surface For The EWE Baskets Oldenburg In The Last Month? - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Life can always have unexpected turns like winning that so much desired lottery, getting that pay raise despite less than adequate work effort or for example being able to get along with the father in law as Ben Stiller does in the Fockers after many years, but in the basketball world unforeseen events also occur at any moment like a Ron Artest changing his name to World Peace, a Kobe Bryant actually getting benched or how brilliantly Beko BBL team ratiopharm Ulm has mastered the season after Mike Taylor with a rapid resurgence and having such a sweet Cinderella season with midnight about as far away as Paris Hilton is from ever taking a ride in a taxi. One could also say that the unpredictable has happened in Oldenburg this season where a potential top 3 team before the season has fallen to position 9 with the opportunity of the playoffs slowly eroding in the spring moonlight. The club felt a change was needed so successful pooh bah Predrag Krunich had to pack his bags, but even since this event, the team only has a 2-3 record and continuing questions linger about what is wrong with this 2009 beko BBL champion. The current season despite ex NBA player Bobby Brown who doesnt listen to Dont be cruel shouts or a stellar supporting cast has been as surprising with their record much as the many top seed upsets at the 2012 NCAA tournament or The Artist winning at the 2012 Academy awards as a black and white film in an era where high tech and 3D production rule as much Lionel Messi currently does on the soccer pitch. On Easter Sunday, kids can be trading easter eggs, but Skyliner forward Jacob Burtschi (198-F-84, college: Air Force) who does the less desired dirty work on the court is a guy that wont ge lost among the trading easter eggs on Sunday, because he will only wear the Frankfurt blue and white. 'It has been a very disappointing season for Oldenburg which is probably one of the reasons why Predrag Krunich had to go. It is never good to get 5 star type players. You also need guys who will do the dirty work which they dont have at the moment. It could be very tight for them reaching the playoffs. It depends how the other opponents due in the playoff race', commented Lti Giessen 46er Achmadschah Zazai.

Since their amazing 2009 Beko BBL title where they beat Bonn in a nail biting 5th game 71-70, the team has reached the playoffs the last two years, but for fans and critics have stayed behind their expectations losing in the quarterfinals of the playoffs each time. Last season, the EWE Baskets Oldenburg finished the season in sixth place with a record of 20-14. The teams biggest wins last season were sweeping the Artland Dragons and wins against Frankfurt, Bremerhaven and Goettingen, but were swept by Bamberg and Alba Berlin. Oldenburg had done a good job again with getting strong individual players, but had no real knowledge of team basketball. In the Beko BBL playoffs, the EWE Baskets Oldenburg showed a spirited fight against 8 time Beko BBL champion Alba Berlin coming back after being in the hole 0-2, they won the next two games including an exciting 80-79, win in game 4, but then had no power left in their thunderbird wings as they were destroyed 99-68 in the 0-2 arena.

After a serious house cleaning last year, they have felt content to do it again this season as 10 players left. The first order of business was keeping 29 year old Rickey Paulding (12.8ppg, 4.0rpg, 2.4apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 53.6%, 3PT: 30.6%, FT: 79.5%)who will be playing his 5th season in Oldenburg, brought back 28 year old 207cm Serb Miljan Mastorovic who played in the ACB last season for Assignia Manresa playing 33 games: 6.9ppg, 4.3rpg, 1.0bpg, FGP: 49.2%, 3PT: 32.9%, FT: 64.9% who was the three point killer who was instrumental in the 2009 championship for Oldenburg and 24 year old 208cm German /Dutch Robin Schmeulders (: EuroCup: 6 games: 5.3ppg, 1.8rpg, FGP: 55.0%, FT: 83.3%; German League: 17 games: 2.6ppg, 1.6rpg). Just looking at their roster, you know that they will be at the top. They will belong to the top, warned Skyliner sport director Kamil Novak. This season, they have brought in strong players again led by Bobby Brown who brings 108 NBA games experience. The club hopes some of his albatross magic from the 2008 Beko BBL title will still be with him and rub off on the Thunderbirds team. One never knows exactly what Skyliner head coach Muli Katzurin is thinking, but his eye brows rose after describing the unending capabilities of Oldenburg. Oldenburg have improved their inside game. Oldenburg is aiming high and are a top 4 team for me. They are simply impressive on paper, warned Muli Katzurin. Oldenburg will be very solid this season. The addition of Brown gives them a steady scoring pg, and Chubb brings a low post pressence and a very good leader on and off the court. They will have a lot of success, warned John Bynum.

With so much hype before the season, the EWE Baskets simply havent been a consistent force in the Beko BBL this season. After starting off the season with a two game winning streak, they then lost three games in a row. They have had two three games winning streaks, but simply too little to be able to compete with the Bambergs, Berlins or Ulms this season. Since the new year, the team has a weak 5-9 record. One of their biggest problems has been their lack of being able to beat any top playoff teams. They lost the season series to the Artland Dragons where David Holston was able to lead his team clearly over ex NBA player Bobby Brown a shis team. The club was unable to beat Bamberg or Alba Berlin or ratiopharm Ulm. Their biggest wins were against FC Bayern Munich and Bremerhaven. The team continues to be an enigma. Losing in Wurzburg can always happen, but only scoring 42 points when it avergaes 80 points a game just forces the basketball follower to say WOW. In the next game, they score 89 points against one of the top defensive teams in the league with the Brose Baskets Bamberg. They have a pretty easy schedule left in the last five games with only two playoff teams, but then again the inconsistency of this team will most likely bring hardship then the desired wonder.

One of the biggest signings this summer in the Beko BBL was Bobby Brown. Brown is a 28 year old 188cm guard from Los Angeles that is a very athletic combo guard with great scoring and leaping ability. He brings 108 NBA games experience having played for the Kings, Timberwolves, Hornets and Clippers. Last season, he played for Asseco Prokom Gdynia (Poland-PLK): 4 games: 23.8ppg, 3.0rpg, 4.3apg, 1.8spg; Polish League: Euroleague: 6 games: 10.7ppg, 1.0rpg, 1.8apg, FGP: 38.1%, 3PT: 25.0%, FT: 87.5%; Polish League: VTB League: 5 games: 12.6ppg, 2.0rpg, 2.2apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 38.5%, 3PT: 26.7%, FT: 56.3%; left in Dec.'10, same month moved to Aris Thessaloniki (Greece-A1, starting five): Greek League: 29 games: 11.3ppg, 2.5rpg, 3.0apg, FGP: 42.6%, 3PT: 32.5%, FT: 67.9%; EuroCup: 9 games: 14.2ppg, 2.6rpg, 3.3apg, FGP: 53.4%, 3PT: 36.7%, FT: 75.0% . The club hopes some of his Albatross magic from the 2008 Beko BBL title will still be with him and rub off on the Thunderbirds team. Brown has a nice resume. He won his only time in Germany with Alba Berlin and he will want it again with Oldenburg. He is a top level player with NBA experience. He is tough to guard and with all the players around him like Paulding makes it all the more difficult, stressed Muli Katzurin. When Skyliner captain Marius Nolte hears the name Bobby Brown only the basketball player comes to mind. Brown is an excellent player and his name stands for success. We will see how well he can lead Oldenburg. When I hear his name I dont think about the singer Bobby Brown. That is not my kind of music, joked Marius Nolte. Bobby Brown the singer comes to mind for sure, but when you step on the court all the thoughts about the singer go to rest because his game does the talking. As far as the song goes I would say my prerogative cause at times it seems that he does what he wants to do, joked John Bynum.

The EWE Baskets Oldenburg added a lot of substance this summer getting some ex Beko BBL players with Adam Chubb and Ronald Burrell. Chubb is a 30 year old 208cm power forward/center from Harrisburg, Pennsylvania that is a Very athletic big man, runs the floor extremely well. Sound fundamental player who has good hands, fine low-post presence and is a good passer to players who are open or cutting to the basket. Can defend a center in the low-post as well as a power forward perimeter player. He will be starting his 8th professional season and 6th in Germany.After starting his professional basketball career in Korea in 2004, he then played in Germany for Giessen, Bremerhaven, Artland and Alba Berlin before getting some valuable experience last season for CAI Zaragoza (Spain-ACB): 34 games: 7.4ppg, 3.9rpg, FGP: 52.0%, FT: 69.4%. He won a Beko BBL cup for Artland and Alba Berlin. Ronald Burrell is a 28 year old 204cm power forward from Montclair, New Jersey. After an NCAA career at North Carolina-Greensboro, he came to Europe in 2005 to France to play for Levallois SCB. He then came to Germany and played for Rhein Energy Cologne and the Telekom Baskets Bonn. He then played for Polish Euroleague team Asseco Prokom Gdynia winning 3 Polish titles and amassing 45 Euroleague games. Last season, he played Euroleague: 9 games: 3.7ppg, 3.4rpg; Polish League: 34 games: 5.8ppg, 4.3rpg, FGP: 52.8%, 3PT: 14.3%, FT: 73.8%. The team also got talented Kenny Hasbrouck who is a 25 year old 191 cm guard from Capital heights, Maryland who is a smooth, mature, creative off guard, plays game with great confidence, composure and pace, tremendous all-around talent with great leadership qualities and is a big game player. The American played at Siena and will be playing his third professional season after playing in the D-league and last season playing for the Miami heat in preseason before playing for Meridiano Alicante in the ACB playing 20 games: 10.8ppg, 2.0rpg, 1.8apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 44.6%, 3PT: 35.3%, FT: 74.3%.

Predrag Krunic mostly has had the right feel for getting the right players from the east block and might have found another player with Sead Sehovic who is a 22 year old 199cm forward that is most likely the most talented young player in Montenegro for his At 201cm he plays equally well at PG, SG, and SF. Can dunk the basketball almost from the free throw line at age of 17. Has great handles for his size and can score from anywhere on the court. Can shoot in transition, off the dribble, and off the catch. He played for top Montenegro team BC Buducnost Podgorica since 2007 and last season played Adriatic League: 26 games: 5.9ppg, 1.8rpg, FGP: 53.8%, 3PT: 30.0%, FT: 77.6%; Euroleague Qualifying Round: 2 games: 8.5ppg, 1.5rpg. The club also hauled in Germans Jannik Fresse and Christopher Razis. Freese who is 211cm is a Beko BBL veteran at the age of 25.He played many years in Braunschweig, but never getting a real chance to showcase his talent until he got to Giessen in 2008. In the last 3 years, he played 76 beko BBL games and last season averaged 4,1ppg and 2,7rpg. The team also brought in Razis who is a 22 year old 193cm guard that was born in Switzerland, but also has the Cyprus citizenship. He is a point guard who can play at the off guard as well. Nice ball handler with good Point guard abilities. He has very high level Basketball IQ, he can always find the open man in offence. He can hit the 3-pointer as well as the two pointer from any given spot in the court. Christopher has excellent attitude on and off the floor. He is very coach able and basketball lover he can work out many hours per day as he really targets the sport and he sees him self seriously into the court, in the short term future. He is persistence and always optimist in and out of the court. He is perfectionist and tries always to get the maximum out of his ability. He needs to improve his defense, especially on the man-to-man. Last season, he played for Keravnos Strovolou (Cyprus-Division A): Cyprus League: 2 games: 0pts, 1.5rpg; : EuroChallenge Qualifying Round: 2 games: 0pts, 2.5rpg, 1.5apg, in Nov.'10 moved to Ydra Asfalistiki ENAD Agios Dometios (Cyprus-Division A): 10 games: 3.8ppg, 1.9rpg, 3.0apg, 1.0spg.
The team recently signed Jay-R Strowbridge who is a 24year old guard from Ardmore, Alabama. He played NCAA ball at Nebraska, Jacksonville State and Oregon playing a total of 102 NCAA games. He started this season as a rookie in the D-League for the Rio Grande Valley Vipers averaging 8,8ppg, 2,0apg and 3,5rpg.

Since the 2005-2006 season, The Deutsche Bank Skyliners have a weak 6-8 record against The EWE Baskets Oldenburg. In the 2005-2006 season, even five years later stick in the minds of many as in the 98-75 loss in Oldenburg saw Malick Badiane get ejected after kicking a chair and in the last game of the season, Frankfurt had to win to stay in the league and did 70-58 thanks to 22 points from American Kavossy Franklin. In the 2006-2007 season, won the season series with a 80-70 win in Oldenburg and a 76-70 win at home despite 30 points from Ricky Paulding.In the 2007-2008 season, the teams split the season series as Derrick Allen combined for 48 points in the two games. In the 2008-2009 season, the teams split the season series as Frankfurt totally crushed Oldenburg 84-53 at home, but lost 66-58 on the road. Oldenburg got the last laugh in the quarterfinals of the playoffs winning the series 3-1. In 2009-2010, Frankfurt lost a nail bitter in Oldenburg 63-61 and 75-69 at home despite 26 points from Derrick Allen.Last season, The two teams split the season series with Frankfurt losing abitter 70-67 game which they led for most of the game, but let it slip away at the end while they won at home 76-71 fueled by 24 points by Dashaun wood. This season, the two teams met in the first game of the season as Oldenburg jumped all over Frankfurt 72-53 as Frankfurt had a horrible shooting day as Oldenburg was led by 17 points by Ronald Burrell.

This will be a very intense battle as both teams are fighting for the playoff places. The Fraport Skyliners finally want to win again as they have lost the last 6 games in Oldenburg dating back to the fall of 2006 where they won for the last time. The Fraport Skyliners will be looking for their third win in a row while the EWE Baskets Oldenburg are looking for their second win in a row Frankfurt is unbelievably deep and solid at each position and if they can get their ball movement going at any time, then they will put many points on the board. Key to winning the game will be keeping Bobby Brown in check and controlling the rebounds which should be a strength with so many bigs, stressed TBB Trier guard John Bynum. This will be a big game with two teams fighting for the playoffs. This is a must win situation as both teams will give their all. We have to continue to defend well and keep an eye out for Bobby Brown and Adam Chubb, stressed Skyliner forward Jacob Burtschi (198-F-84, college: Air Force). If Frankfurt can continue to play physical and defend well then they will have good chances to win. It will be a tough game and Frankfurt will have to out play them, added ratiopharm Ulm forward Dane Watts. Oldenburg has the talent of a final 4 team with good quality players. We will need to stop Bobby Brown. It is never easy to play there, but it will be a tough game, but we will give our best. Stated Fraport Skyliners head coach Muli Katzurin. The EWE Baskets Oldenburg host the Fraport Skyliners on April 7th.





Germany U18 selection win the third straight game - by Eurobasket News

Germany U18 selection win the third straight game before the home Albert Schweitzer Tournament. At first the European team overcame Australia U18 68:67 and then edged USA U18 95:66. Last night Germany U18 added the third straight win over New Zealand U18 79:46.
Germany started with 19-10 and dominated the court. They produced a 25-13 in the second quarter and enjoyed 44:23 halftime lead. New Zealand started to play better in the second half and responded with 17-14 in the third stanza. Germany meanwhile had an easy 21-6 in the last quarter to seal the victory.
Maurico Marin top-scored for the winners with 18 points and Stefan Wess (203-F) netted 17. Kalidou Diouf (198-F/C-94) delivered 10 and David Taylor notched 7.
Albert Schweitzer Tournament will start tomorrow, April 7th.



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Standings - A1

A1 Standings
 1. Olympiakos 22-1 
 2. Panathinaikos 20-2 
 3. Kolossos 16-7 
 4. Panionios 14-8 
 5. AGOR 14-9 
 6. Kavala 12-11 
 7. Aris 11-12 
 8. PAOK 10-14 
 9. KAOD 9-14 
 10. Ilysiakos 7-16 
 11. Ikaros 7-17 
 12. Peristeri GS 6-17 
 13. Marousi 1-23 

Regular Season: Round 25

Mar. 24: KAOD - Marousi 96-58
Apr. 5: Olympiakos - Kavala 85-60
Mar. 24: Kolossos - Peristeri GS 83-53
Mar. 24: Ikaros - PAOK 82-64
Mar. 24: Aris - AGOR 78-60
Apr. 8: Panionios - Panathinaikos


Stats Leaders - A1

Points Per Game
 Nestoras KOMMATOS
  Marousi
  (203-F-77)
  Avg: 20.4
 1. Kommatos, Marousi20.4 
 2. Christmas, AGOR18.0 
 3. Charalampidi., KAO.16.1 
 4. Gagaloudis, Marousi15.6 
 5. Beck, Ikaros15.5 
 6. Dikoudis, PAOK15.0 
 7. Tapoutos, Aris14.6 
 8. James, Aris14.5 
 9. Taylor, Kavala13.9 
 10. Baynes, Ikaros13.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Aron BAYNES
  Ikaros
  (208-C-86)
  Avg: 8.9
 1. Baynes, Ikaros8.9 
 2. Haritopoulos, Maro.7.6 
 3. NaNa, Ilysiakos7.5 
 4. Stepheson, Panio.7.1 
 5. Kommatos, Marousi6.6 
 6. Tapoutos, Aris6.3 
 7. Symtsak, Kavala6.0 
 8. O''Bryant, Kavala5.9 
 9. Boykin, Kolossos5.8 
 10. Scott, Peristeri5.7 
Assists Per Game
 Yannis GAGALOUDIS
  Marousi
  (192-G-78)
  Avg: 6
 1. Gagaloudis, Marousi6.0 
 2. Spanoulis, Olympia.4.9 
 3. Diamantidis, Panat.4.6 
 4. Charalampidi., KAO.4.4 
 5. Wright, AGOR4.1 
 6. James, Aris4.1 
 7. Xanthopoulos, Pani.4.1 
 8. Thompson, Ilysi.3.5 
 9. Tsamis, Kolossos3.2 
 10. Calathes, Panathi.3.2 
Steals Per Game
 Zack WRIGHT
  AGOR
  (188-G-85)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Wright, AGOR2.5 
 2. James, Aris1.9 
 3. Calathes, Panathin.1.8 
 4. Logan, Panathin.1.7 
 5. Thompson, Ilysi.1.7 
 6. Christmas, AGOR1.6 
 7. Hatten, Kolossos1.5 
 8. Gagaloudis, Marousi1.5 
 9. Kommatos, Marousi1.4 
 10. Taylor, Kavala1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Patrick O''BRYANT
  Kavala
  (213-C-86)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. O''Bryant, Kavala1.5 
 2. Muldrow, Aris1.4 
 3. Petway, AGOR1.2 
 4. Elegar, Marousi1.1 
 5. Hines, Olympiakos1.0 
 6. Stepheson, Panio.0.9 
 7. Michel, KAOD0.9 
 8. Vougioukas, Panat.0.9 
 9. Giddens, PAOK0.7 
 10. Tsontzos, Marousi0.7 


Another dominant perfomance by Dimitris Diamantidis, in the EL quartefinals, game 5 - by Diamadis Farmakis

Dimitris Diamantidis (196-G-80), put last night another great basketball show, helping six times European champion Panathinaikos reach the Euroleague final four.

Diamantidis was everywhere in the court of the sell - out OAKA arena and when it mattered the most, down the stretch, he made the game winning free throw, which gave the third win to the ''Greens''.

''3D'' Diamantidis, awarded as the MVP of the game 5, with a memorable perfomance.


25 points (one short from his career best), 6 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 steals, 1 block, were some of his outstanding statistic numbers, last night.


He also set a single game playoff record with 15 free throws made, including the game winner, with 5 seconds left.
Lastly, he added an index rating perfomance of 34, the best in his 8 year Euroleague career.

Diamantidis, was as big as ever at the end, scoring 7 points, in the final 70 seconds, getting the steal in the games final play.


Now, Panathinaikos will have to face CSKA Moscow, in the semifinal, at the Sinan Erdem Arena in Instanbul.


The Greek team will try to be the first team to achieve ''back to back'' Euroleague titles, since Maccabi did it, in 2004,2005.



Reds blast Kavala 85-60 in Round 25, stay on top - by Eurobasket News

Olympiakos - Kavala 85-60

Olympiakos was too strong for Kavala on Thursday night celebrating 85-60 home victory. It was the postponed game of Round 25. The Reds stay on top of A1 standings with almost perfect 22-1 record. Olympiakos took control on its rival from the beginning and never looked back. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Kavala to just 7 points in first quarter. Olympiakos made 16-of-17 charity shots (94.1 percent) during the game. Worth to mention a great performance of international forward Kostas Papanikolaou (204-F-90) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 22 points and 10 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). International guard Konstantinos Sloukas (197-G-90) contributed with 16 points and 6 assists for the winners. American guard Michael Taylor (188-G-86, agency: Priority Sports, college: Iowa St.) answered with 12 points and Aleksandar Damjanovic (206-C/F-73) added 14 points in the effort for Kavala. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. The victory was the nineteenth consecutive win for Olympiakos. As mentioned above, they maintain first place with 22-1 record. Kavala at the other side keeps the sixth position with 11 games lost. Olympiakos' supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Athens to the arena Ilysiakos. The second ranked Panathinaikos will play its Round 25 game on Sunday. PAO currently has 20-2 record in the league. Last night they eliminated Maccabi Electra and booked a spot for the Euroleague Final Four. Earlier, Olympiakos eliminated Montepaschi and there is a possibility that Greens and Reds meet in the Big Euroleague Final in Istanbul.

Olympiakos: K.Papanikolaou 22+10reb, K.Sloukas 16+6ast, G.Printezis 12+1reb+1ast, K.Hines 9+2reb+1ast, E.Mantzaris 5+3reb+5ast, M.Gecevicius 5
Kavala: A.Damjanovic 14+3reb, M.Taylor 12+4reb+2ast, N.Angelopoulos 10+3reb+2ast, C.Stefanidis 6+1reb, S.Karapostolou 5+3reb+3ast, V.Symtsak 4+1reb



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Stats Leaders (Men)

Points Per Game
 Robert JARVIS
  IR
  (180-G-87)
  Avg: 24
 1. Jarvis, IR24.0 
 2. Govens, Thor Thorl23.4 
 3. Echols, Njardvik22.4 
 4. Walkup, Fjolnir22.2 
 5. Holmes, Njardvik21.9 
 6. Bullock, Grindavik21.0 
 7. Cole, Keflavik21.0 
 8. Sovic, IR20.5 
 9. O''Neil, Fjolnir20.2 
 10. Parker, Keflavik19.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Quincy HANKINS-COLE
  Snaef.
  (203-F-90)
  Avg: 13
 1. Hankins-Cole, Snae.13.0 
 2. Hairston, Thor T.12.9 
 3. Echols, Njardvik11.1 
 4. Smith, Haukar10.7 
 5. Tratnik, Valur10.4 
 6. Cole, Keflavik10.3 
 7. Walkup, Fjolnir10.1 
 8. Bullock, Grindavik9.9 
 9. Lindmets, Stjarnan8.7 
 10. Magnusson, KR8.1 
Assists Per Game
 Justin SHOUSE
  Stjarnan
  (180-G-81)
  Avg: 7.2
 1. Shouse, Stjarnan7.2 
 2. Watson, Grindavik6.7 
 3. Miller, Tindastoll6.0 
 4. Hall, Snaefell5.5 
 5. Govens, Thor Thorl4.6 
 6. Fridriksson, Njard.4.5 
 7. O''Neil, Fjolnir4.5 
 8. Brown, KR4.5 
 9. Parker, Keflavik4.0 
 10. Gunnarsson, Kefla.3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Travis HOLMES
  Njardvik
  (193-G-86)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Holmes, Njardvik2.9 
 2. Allen, Tindastoll2.8 
 3. Cothran, Stjarnan2.8 
 4. Gunnarsson, Kefla.2.3 
 5. Brown, KR2.2 
 6. Parker, Keflavik2.2 
 7. Shouse, Stjarnan2.2 
 8. Miller, Tindastoll2.2 
 9. Hall, Snaefell2.2 
 10. Govens, Thor Thorl1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Junior HAIRSTON
  Thor T.
  (203-F-84)
  Avg: 3.9
 1. Hairston, Thor T.3.9 
 2. Smith, Haukar3.6 
 3. Tratnik, Valur2.2 
 4. Lindmets, Stjarnan1.2 
 5. Gudbrandsson, Kefl.1.0 
 6. Holmes, Njardvik1.0 
 7. Cole, Keflavik1.0 
 8. Thorsteinsso., Gri.0.9 
 9. Magnusson, KR0.9 
 10. Barja, Haukar0.9 


Express L. Round 3 of Quarter-Finals - by Eurobasket News

Thor Thorl - Snaefell 72-65

Thor Thorl booked their spot in the semis following a tough home win over Snaefell. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 20-13. But Snaefell won second period 20-17. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Thor Thorl won last quarter 20-15. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Thor Thorl made 9 blocks. It was a good game for American guard Darrin Govens (185-G-88, college: St.Joseph's) who led his team to a victory with 21 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists. FYR Macedonian-Australian forward Blagoj Janev (203-84, college: New Hampshire) contributed with 19 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Four Thor Thorl players scored in double figures. American forward Quincy Hankins-Cole (203-90) answered with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 17 rebounds and forward Jon Olafur Jonsson (199-81) added 20 points and 11 rebounds in the effort for Snaefell.
Top scorers:
Thor Thorl: D.Govens 21+8reb+5ast, B.Janev 19+7reb+1ast, D.Hilmarsson 11+3reb+3ast, J.Hairston 10+15reb+1ast, G.Erlendsson 6+2reb, G.Jonsson 5+7reb+4ast
Snaefell: J.Olafur Jonsson 20+11reb+1ast, Q.Hankins-Cole 20+17reb+3ast, M.Hall 12+1reb+3ast, H.Gunnarsson 7+3reb+2ast, O.Torfason 2+3reb, P.Sigurgeirsson 2+3reb+4ast
gschID: 173644


Stjarnan - Keflavik 94-87 OT

Stjarnan needed overtime to finally prove their strength against Keflavik and reach the semifinal stage. The hosts trailed by 8 points after three quarters before their 24-16 charge, which allowed them to tie the game at the end of regular time and get a 7-point victory in overtime. Stjarnan outrebounded Keflavik 49-32 including 35 on the defensive glass. It was a good game for American guard Justin Shouse (180-81, college: Mercyhurst) who led his team to a victory with 25 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line). American-Estonian forward Renato Lindmets (198-84, college: Westfield St.) contributed with 25 points, 9 rebounds and 4 blocks for the winners. American forward Jarryd Cole (200-88, college: Iowa, agency: JEMsports) answered with a double-double by scoring 27 points, 12 rebounds and 5 blocks and the other American import guard Charles Parker (193-85, college: Millersville) added 24 points, 9 rebounds and 7 assists in the effort for Keflavik. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Stjarnan: R.Lindmets 25+9reb+2ast, J.Shouse 25+9reb+6ast, M.Valdimarsson 20+9reb+2ast, K.Cothran 10+8reb+4ast, J.Zdravevski 9+3reb+3ast, F.Helgason 3+10reb+1ast
Keflavik: J.Cole 27+12reb+3ast, C.Parker 24+9reb+7ast, M.Gunnarsson 12+6reb+2ast, V.Valsson 10+1reb+3ast, A.Jonsson 5+4reb+3ast, H.Halldorsson 5+2ast
gschID: 173645



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Standings - IBL

NBL Standings
 1. Satria Muda 27-4 
 2. Aspac 26-6 
 3. Garuda 25-7 
 4. Pelita Jaya 24-7 
 5. CLS Knights 22-10 
 6. Muba Hangtuah 18-14 
 7. Stadium Jak. 17-14 
 8. Bima Sakti 11-20 
 9. Pacific Caesar 9-24 
 10. Comfort Mobile 6-26 
 11. Satya Wacana 4-28 
 12. NSH GMC Riau 1-30 

Regular Season: Round 52

Apr. 6: Garuda - Bima Sakti 73-64
Apr. 6: Pacific Caesar - Muba Hangtuah 60-80
Apr. 6: Satya Wacana - CLS Knights 38-73

Regular Season: Round 53

Apr. 7: Satria Muda - Pelita Jaya
Apr. 7: Comfort Mobile - Garuda
Apr. 7: Stadium Jak. - Satya Wacana
Apr. 7: NSH GMC Riau - Aspac


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Yanuar DWI PRIASMORO
  Bima S.
  (178-SG-89)
  Avg: 16.8
 1. Dwi Priasmor., Bim.16.8 
 2. Ferdiansyah, Stadi.15.7 
 3. Wisnu, Satria Muda13.8 
 4. Nagata, Pacific13.7 
 5. Rizky Ardian., Bim.13.5 
 6. Sapto, Muba H.12.7 
 7. Chandra, Pelita J.12.1 
 8. Ahmad, Satria Muda12.1 
 9. Regowo, Aspac11.7 
 10. Pamungkas, Satya11.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Galank GUNAWAN
  Satria M.
  (194-PF-87)
  Avg: 10.5
 1. Gunawan, Satria M.10.5 
 2. Regowo, Aspac8.8 
 3. Thoyib, Aspac8.2 
 4. Heryadi, Muba H.7.8 
 5. Sitepu, Satria M.7.4 
 6. Yanto, NSH G.7.3 
 7. Rizky Ardian., Bim.7.2 
 8. Wisnu, Satria Muda6.6 
 9. Wuwungan, Satya W.6.6 
 10. Nasution, Satya6.6 
Assists Per Game
 Denny SARTIKA
  Bima Sakti
  (175-PG-80)
  Avg: 4.6
 1. Sartika, Bima Sakti4.6 
 2. Gerungan, Aspac3.9 
 3. Purwanto, Pelita J.3.5 
 4. Muharri, CLS K.3.5 
 5. Widyanto, Pacifi.3.3 
 6. Yusran, Stadium2.7 
 7. Husnuzan, NSH G.2.5 
 8. Uniputty, Comfor.2.4 
 9. Wijaya, Garuda2.4 
 10. Ahmad, Satria Mu.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 Sakti2.4 
 5. Ferdiansyah, Stadi.2.3 
 6. Wijaya, Garuda2.1 
 7. Ahmad, Satria Muda2.0 
 8. Sunarya, Muba H.2.0 
 9. Uniputty, Comfor.2.0 
 10. Sapto, Muba H.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 R RUSLAN
  Stadium .
  (197-C-89)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Ruslan, Stadium2.7 
 2. Thoyib, Aspac2.2 
 3. Sitepu, Satria M.2.0 
 4. Arizki, Aspac1.7 
 5. Gunawan, Satya W.1.6 
 6. Teguh, Muba H.1.3 
 7. Indrawan, Pelita J.1.2 
 8. Damanik, NSH G.1.2 
 9. Listiyono, Pacifi.1.1 
 10. Sasmito, Pacific1.0 


NBL Round 52: CLS Knights roll over Satya Wacana by 35 points - by Eurobasket News

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

The game between 11th ranked Satya Wacana (4-28) and fifth ranked CLS Knights (22-10) in Salatiga on Friday ended with biggest points difference. Guests from Surabaya outscored Satya Wacana 73-38. 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 Satya Wacana to just 5 points in fourth quarter. CLS Knights forced 24 Satya Wacana turnovers. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international center Agustinus Indrajaya (191-C-83) who helped to win the game recording 13 points. The former international Andrie Ekayana (182-82) contributed with 8 points and 4 assists for the winners. Center Firman Nugroho (201-90) replied with 6 points and 10 rebounds for Satya Wacana. 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 four-game winning streak. They maintain fifth position with 22-10 record. Satya Wacana lost eighth consecutive game. They keep the eleventh place with 28 games lost. CLS Knights will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Satya Wacana will play on the road against Stadium Jakarta (#7) and is hoping to prove to their fans that they can break losing series.

In the last two games of round 52 Bima Sakti was beaten by Garuda on the road 73-64. Pacific Caesar was destroyed by Muba Hangtuah on its own court 60-80.
The most impressive performance of 52th round was 21 points and 11 rebounds by Adhi Prasetyo of Muba Hangtuah.


Satya Wacana - CLS Knights 38-73

The game between 11th ranked Satya Wacana (4-28) and fifth ranked CLS Knights (22-10) in Salatiga on Friday ended with biggest points difference. Guests from Surabaya outscored Satya Wacana 73-38. 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 Satya Wacana to just 5 points in fourth quarter. CLS Knights forced 24 Satya Wacana turnovers. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international center Agustinus Indrajaya (191-83) who helped to win the game recording 13 points. The former international Andrie Ekayana (182-82) contributed with 8 points and 4 assists for the winners. Center Firman Nugroho (201-90) replied with 6 points and 10 rebounds and guard Adheska Abraham (179-91) added 9 points in the effort for Satya Wacana. 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 four-game winning streak. They maintain fifth position with 22-10 record. Satya Wacana lost eighth consecutive game. They keep the eleventh place with 28 games lost. CLS Knights will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Satya Wacana will play on the road against Stadium Jakarta (#7) and is hoping to prove to their fans that they can break losing series.
Top scorers:
Satya Wacana: A.Abraham 9+3reb, J.Lolowang 8+1reb+1ast, Y.Sua 6+1ast, F.Nugroho 6+10reb, J.Hasoloan 4+6reb, L.Gunawan 4+6reb+1ast
CLS Knights: A.Indrajaya 13+4reb+2ast, S.Febiansyakh 11+1reb, T.Agus 11+2reb, A.Ekayana 8+3reb+4ast, J.Jeffry 8+2reb+3ast, H.Sudjana 6+3reb+2ast
gschID: 166198


Garuda - Bima Sakti 73-64

No shocking result in a game when fourth ranked Garuda (25-7) beat 8th ranked Bima Sakti (11-20) in Bandung 73-64 on Friday. The hosts trailed by 2 points at the halftime before their 41-30 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Garuda dominated down low during the game scoring 52 of its points in the paint compared to Bima Sakti's 28. They outrebounded Bima Sakti 40-20 including a 14-3 advantage in offensive rebounds. It was a very good performance for the former international center Hendrik Agustinus (203-82) who helped to win the game recording 20 points and 7 rebounds. Indra Budianto (181-83) contributed with 15 points for the winners. Garuda's coach Wan Amran used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Yanuar Dwi Priasmoro (178-89) replied with 18 points and point guard Denny Sartika (175-80) added 5 points, 5 rebounds and 9 assists in the effort for Bima Sakti. Garuda have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to third place. Bima Sakti at the other side keeps the eighth position with 20 games lost. Garuda are looking forward to face Comfort Mobile (#10) in Jakarta in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Bima Sakti will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Bima Sakti: Y.Dwi Priasmoro 18+4reb+1ast, B.Rizky Ardiansyah 15+3reb, M.Indra 7+2reb+2ast, H.Gunawan 7+2reb, U.Gendro Maryono 6+1reb, G.Sudrajat 5+1ast
Garuda: H.Agustinus 20+7reb+3ast, I.Budianto 15+3reb, C.Gideon 8+6reb+2ast, V.Nolland 7+3reb+1ast, N.Fritzgerald 6+1reb+2ast, H.Ramli 6+4reb+1ast
gschID: 166199


Pacific Caesar - Muba Hangtuah 60-80

Rather expected game when 9th ranked Pacific Caesar (9-24) was smashed by sixth ranked Muba Hangtuah (18-14) in Surabaya 80-60 on Friday. The game without a history. Muba Hangtuah led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 56 of its points in the paint compared to Pacific Caesar's 34. They outrebounded Pacific Caesar 39-28 including 30 on the defensive glass. It was a very good performance for center Adhi Prasetyo (194-93) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 21 points and 11 rebounds (on 10-of-12 shooting from the field). Forward Ahmad Junaidi (188-90) contributed with 8 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Center Eko Sasmito (188-85) replied with 17 points and 5 rebounds and center Hery Listiyono (191-86) added 10 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Pacific Caesar. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Muba Hangtuah maintains sixth position with 18-14 record. Pacific Caesar lost sixth consecutive game. They keep the ninth place with 24 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Pacific Caesar: E.Sasmito 17+5reb+1ast, M.Fauzia 11+2reb+1ast, H.Listiyono 10+6reb+1ast, D.Galih 7+4reb+2ast, D.Yulyanto 4+3reb, Bisih 3
Muba Hangtuah: A.Prasetyo 21+11reb+1ast, A.Sapto 12+4reb+1ast, R.Santo Yunarto 10+2reb+1ast, T.Wilopo 8+2reb+3ast, A.Junaidi 8+7reb+5ast, D.Heryadi 6+7reb+4ast
gschID: 166200



Best players of Indonesian NBL round 51 - by Eurobasket News

Merio Ferdiansyah (176-SG-85) had an amazing evening in the last round for Stadium Jak. and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 51.
The 26-year old shooting guard had the game-high 29 points adding five rebounds and two assists for Stadium Jak. in his team's victory, helping them to outclass Comfort Mobile (#10, 6-26) with 52-point margin 95-43. Stadium Jak. maintains the 7th position in Indonesian NBL. Stadium Jak. 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 17-14 record. In the team's last game Ferdiansyah had a remarkable seven three-pointers out of 11 attempts. He turned to be Stadium Jak.'s top player in his first season with the team. Ferdiansyah has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in points (2nd best: 15.7ppg) and averages solid 2.3spg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 35-year old power forward Boy Damanik (192-F/C-76) of NSH GMC Riau. Damanik impressed basketball fans with 19 points and 9 rebounds. Bad luck as NSH GMC Riau was edged by the higher-ranked Bima Sakti (#8, 11-19) 70-67. NSH GMC Riau are still at the very bottom. 30 lost games are too many comparing to just one victory NSH GMC Riau managed to get this year. Damanik is a newcomer at NSH GMC Riau and despite he is not a team leader yet, every game he becomes more reliable player. Hopefully performances like the last one will happen more often.

The third best performed player last round was Denny Sartika (175-PG-80) of Bima Sakti (#8). Sartika scored 4 points and passed twelve assists (!!!). He was a key player of Bima Sakti, leading his team to a 70-67 win against the lower-ranked NSH GMC Riau (#12, 1-30). The chances of Bima Sakti not to end season at such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 19 games, recording just eleven victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Sartika could try to bring Bima Sakti's a little bit higher in the standings. Sartika has individually a great season in Indonesia. After 30 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in assists with 4.4apg (best passer).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Chandra Nurhadi Yusran (173-PG-83) of Stadium Jak. - 13 points, 4 rebounds and 8 assists
5. Yanuar Dwi Priasmoro (178-SG-89) of Bima Sakti - 22 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists
6. Reza Israelli (182-SF-82) of NSH GMC Riau - 16 points and 10 rebounds
7. Agustinus Sigar (180-G-79) of Muba Hangtuah - 21 points and 3 rebounds
8. Fidyan Dini (195-C-83) of Pelita Jaya - 16 points and 11 rebounds
9. Ryan Febriyan (194-PF-87) of NSH GMC Riau - 13 points and 7 rebounds
10. Andi Poedjakesuma (187-F-80) of Pelita Jaya - 11 points and 5 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)



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U18 WABA Championship: Iran claim second straight win in Tripoli - by Eurobasket News

Iran U18 - Syria U18 64:56

Iranian U18 National Team celebrated the second win in a row at the start of 13th WABA Championship in Tripoli. They overcame Syria to stay undefeated. Five teams are fighting for the top three places to qualify for U18 Asia Championship to be held in Mongolia in August. Top three teams will be decided on the aggregate result from both 12th and 13th WABA Championships.
Iran and Syria stayed neck and neck throughout the first half. Iran ensured a narrow 30:28 lead at the big break. The teams stayed close throughout the third term. They entered the final stanza tied at 49. Iran however managed to clear off late in regulation. They capped it on an 11:4 run to seal the victory.
Iran will have a bye on Friday, while Syria will look for their first win taking on Yemen.



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Italy U18 beat Porto Sant'Elpidio Basket in a test game - by Eurobasket News

Italy U18-Porto Sant'Elpidio Basket 56:49

Italy U18 beat Porto Sant'Elpidio Basket in a test game before heading to Germany. The Junior team celebrated a 56:49 win.
It was a preparation game for the Italian U18 team before the tournament in Germany. Tomorrow they will start Albert Schweitzer Tournament 2012 against Israel U18. Another opponents in the group will be France and Argentina. In total there are 16 International teams.
In the game versus Porto Sant'Elpidio Basket Mirco Turel (192-G-94) top-scored with 16 points. Francesco Candussi (211-F/C-94) posted 10 and Fontecchio added 9. Tombolini ended up with 16 points in the losing effort. Albertini netted 11, while Mirko Polidori (192-G-77) posted 10.

Italy: Bianchi, Bartoli, Francesco Candussi 10, Laquintana, Rovere, Rodriguez Made 5, Mirco Turel 16, De Angelis, Imbro' 8, Fontecchio 9, Di Prampero, Landi ne, Benvenuti, Tessitori 6, Pipitone, Procacci 2.
Porto Sant'Elpidio: Mirko Polidori 10, Tombolini 16, Marota, Albertini 11, Ferroni 2, Sagripanti 6, Vecchi, Carletti 2, Stacchetti, Pallotti 2.



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Saitama Broncos farewell to Kenny Satterfield - by Eurobasket News

Saitama Broncos farewell to Kenny Satterfield (188-PG-81, agency: Scenic Sports Group, LLC., college: Cincinnati) as the former NBA point guards second season in the bj-league has come to an end. The American player has left the Saitama Broncos and was to fly back to the United States on Thursday.
Early in August 2011 Saitama Broncos announced signing of a one year contract with 30-year old American guard Kenny Satterfield. It was his second season at Saitama Broncos. While playing 11 games for Osaka Evessa last season his stats were: 8.9ppg, 5.9rpg, 5.7apg and 1.2spg. Before he landed in Osaka he played for Saitama, when he averaged 19.9ppg, 6.7apg. He finished as the best assistant and third best scorer of the season.
In 2010-2011 for Saitama Broncos (Japan-BJ League, starting five) he became the third top-scorer of the league with 19.9ppg), 7.3rpg, Assists-1 (6.7apg), Steals-3 (1.9spg), FGP: 47.3%, 3PT: 27.0%, FT: 69.4%. In 2011 he was named Asia-Basket.com All-Japanese BJ League 2nd Team -11, Asia-Basket.com Japanese BJ League All-Defensive Team -11, Japanese BJ League Western Division Regular Season Runner-Up -11, Japanese BJ League Western Division Finalist -11 and reached Japanese BJ League Semifinals -11.
In 2011-2012 for Saitama Broncos (Japan-BJ League) his stats read 12.7 points per game.



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U18 WABA Championship: Yemen gain first win in Tripoli - by Eurobasket News

Yemen U18 - Jordan U18 61:55

Yemen posted the first win at the 13th WABA Championship in Tripoli. They overcame Jordan to improve at 1-1 record. Five teams are fighting for the top three places to qualify for U18 Asia Championship to be held in Mongolia in August. Top three teams will be decided on the aggregate result from both 12th and 13th WABA Championships.
Yemen started the game strongly. They accumulated a 23:9 lead ten minutes into the game. Yemen maintained the lead throughout the second quarter. They registered a 40:29 halftime lead. Jordan adjusted their defence in the third term. They managed to narrow the deficit to a single point 47:48 at the final intermission. Jordan pulled in front for a 51:48 lead midway through the final stanza. But Yemen bounced back late in regulation and escaped with a tough win at the end. Hani Al-Debashi posted 17 points for Yemen. Aiman Sadakah (186-F-94) contributed 15 points and 9 rebounds in the victory. Bader Khatib responded with 17 points for Jordan. Sa'ad Al Momani finished with 12 points in the loss.

Yemen U18: Hani Al-Debashi 17, Aiman Sadakah 15, Mohammed Al-Sahuli 8
Jordan U18: Bader Khatib 17, Sa'ad Al Momani 12



Zaid Abbas makes it to All-Chinese CBA 3rd Team - by Eurobasket News

Zaid Abbas (203-F-83) makes it to All-Chinese CBA 3rd Team as the awards were announced today.
The Jordanian player had a fantastic season with Fujian XX. This season he averaged 16.8 points per game and 14.5 rebounds. In the last game of the Regular Season Xinjiang Flying overcame Fujian SBS XunXin in Urumqi 104-79. American center Will McDonald replied with a double-double by scoring 32 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists.Jordanian forward Zaid Abbas added 18 points and 17 rebounds in the effort for Fujian SBS XunXin.
In his top game Zaid Abbas erupted with 29 points and 20 rebounds. That time his side lost a thriller to TianJin R. The latter celebrated a 114:11 victory on January 11th.
Recently Zaid Abbas is playing for Orthodox Amman.



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Standings - Superleague

SuperLeague Standings
 1. Trepca 22-2
 2. Sigal Prishtina 21-3
 3. Peja 16-8
 4. Bashkimi 13-11
 5. Kolegji Univer. 9-15
 6. Kosova 6-18
 7. Futura 5-19
 8. Drita 4-20

Regular Season: Round 24

Apr. 5: Bashkimi - Kolegji Univer. 93-92
Apr. 5: Drita - Peja 81-109
Apr. 5: Futura - Sigal Prishtina 78-116
Apr. 5: Trepca - Kosova 107-51

Regular Season: Round 25

Apr. 8: Drita - Bashkimi
Apr. 8: Peja - Futura
Apr. 8: Sigal Prishtina - Trepca
Apr. 8: Kosova - Kolegji Univer.



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Standings - LBAL

LBL2 Standings
 1. Barons kvartals 28-2 
 2. BK VEF 27-3 
 3. Liepaja-2 26-4 
 4. Saldus 21-8 
 5. VEF Kadeti 18-12 
 6. RSU 17-11 
 7. DSN 16-14 
 8. VA 16-14 
 9. BS Riga 14-14 
 10. Livani 9-19 
 11. Ogres 8-20 
 12. Jelgava/LLU 8-21 
 13. Cesis 8-22 
 14. Valmiera BSS 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. 5: RSU - Valmiera BSS 66-47
Apr. 3: Valmiera BSS - VEF Kadeti 62-84
Apr. 6: Liepaja-2 - DSN 58-56
Apr. 4: DSN - Ridzene 104-58

Semi-Finals: Round 1

Apr. 9: Barons kvartals - Saldus
Apr. 12: BK VEF - Liepaja-2


LBL2 Round 36: Liepaja-2 beats DSN by two after a very close game - by Eurobasket News

The Regular Season in LBL2 just ended.

Seventh-ranked DSN (16-14) was very close to win a game against third ranked Liepaja-2 (26-4) on Friday. Liepaja-2 managed to secure only two-point victory 58-56. However their fans expected much easier game. It ended at the same time the six-game winning streak of DSN. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But DSN won third quarter 21-16. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Liepaja-2 dominated on the defensive end, holding DSN to just 7 points in second quarter. Liepaja-2 have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain third position with 26-4 record having just two points less than leader Barons kvartals. Newly promoted DSN keeps the seventh place with 14 games lost. They share the position with VA.
LBL2 top team - Barons kvartals (28-2) had no problems winning another game. This time they beat ninth ranked BS Riga (14-14) 100-83. Barons kvartals have an impressive 16-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 28-2 record. BS Riga lost third consecutive game. They keep the ninth place with 14 games lost.
Worth to mention about the upset in a game between BS Riga (14-14) and Gulbene (7-23), which took place in . Higher ranked BS Riga lost to fifteenth ranked Gulbene in a road game 78-85 on Wednesday. Newly promoted Gulbene maintains fifteenth position with 7-23 record. BS Riga lost third consecutive game. They keep the ninth place with 14 games lost.
The game between seventh ranked DSN (16-14) and 16th ranked Ridzene (4-26) in Riga ended with biggest points difference. DSN outscored guests from Riga 104-58. DSN have an impressive six-game winning streak. Newly promoted DSN maintains seventh position with 16-14 record, which they share with VA. Ridzene lost fourth consecutive game. They stay dead last with 26 lost games.

There were no big surprises in other games of round 36: Valmiera BSS was smashed by RSU on the road 66-47. Valmiera BSS was destroyed by VEF Kadeti on its own court 62-84. Ogres unfortunately lost to BK VEF in Riga 62-76.


RSU - Valmiera BSS 66-47

No shocking result in a game when sixth ranked RSU (17-11) crushed 12th ranked Valmiera BSS (8-22) in Riga 66-47. The game without a history. RSU led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Newly promoted RSU maintains sixth position with 17-11 record. Valmiera BSS lost fifth consecutive game. Valmiera BSS at the other side, also newcomer in the league, dropped to the thirteenth place with 22 games lost.
gschID: 165489


Liepaja-2 - DSN 58-56

Seventh-ranked DSN (16-14) was very close to win a game against third ranked Liepaja-2 (26-4) on Friday. Liepaja-2 managed to secure only two-point victory 58-56. However their fans expected much easier game. It ended at the same time the six-game winning streak of DSN. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But DSN won third quarter 21-16. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Liepaja-2 dominated on the defensive end, holding DSN to just 7 points in second quarter. Liepaja-2 have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain third position with 26-4 record having just two points less than leader Barons kvartals. Newly promoted DSN keeps the seventh place with 14 games lost. They share the position with VA.
gschID: 165490


Valmiera BSS - VEF Kadeti 62-84

Very expected game when 12th ranked Valmiera BSS (8-22) was smashed at home by fifth ranked VEF Kadeti (18-12) 84-62. VEF Kadeti maintains fifth position with 18-12 record. Valmiera BSS lost fifth consecutive game. Newly promoted team dropped to the thirteenth place with 22 games lost.
gschID: 173591


DSN - Ridzene 104-58

The game between seventh ranked DSN (16-14) and 16th ranked Ridzene (4-26) in Riga ended with biggest points difference. DSN outscored guests from Riga 104-58. The game without a history. DSN led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. DSN have an impressive six-game winning streak. Newly promoted DSN maintains seventh position with 16-14 record, which they share with VA. Ridzene lost fourth consecutive game. They stay dead last with 26 lost games.
gschID: 165487


BK VEF - Ogres 76-62

Very predictable result when second ranked VEF Riga junior (27-3) won against at home 11th ranked BS Ogre (8-20) 76-62. VEF Riga junior have an impressive five-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 27-3 record behind leader Barons kvartals. BS Ogre lost sixth consecutive game. They keep the eleventh place with 20 games lost.
gschID: 165485


Gulbene - BS Riga 85-78

Worth to mention about the upset in a game between BS Riga (14-14) and Gulbene (7-23), which took place in . Higher ranked BS Riga lost to fifteenth ranked Gulbene in a road game 78-85 on Wednesday. The hosts trailed by 2 points after three quarters before their 27-18 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Newly promoted Gulbene maintains fifteenth position with 7-23 record. BS Riga lost third consecutive game. They keep the ninth place with 14 games lost.
gschID: 165486


BS Riga - Barons kvartals 83-100

LBL2 top team - Barons kvartals (28-2) had no problems winning another game. This time they beat ninth ranked BS Riga (14-14) 100-83. The game was mostly controlled by Barons kvartals. BS Riga was better in fourth quarter 31-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Barons kvartals have an impressive 16-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 28-2 record. BS Riga lost third consecutive game. They keep the ninth place with 14 games lost.
gschID: 165484



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Standings - Division A

Div.A Standings
 1. Champville 24-2 
 2. Al Riyadi 24-3 
 3. Anibal 17-9 
 4. Sagesse 13-14 
 5. Moutahed 10-16 
 6. Byblos 10-16 
 7. Bejjeh 8-18 
 8. Hoops 6-20 

Second Stage: Round 11

Apr. 4: Anibal - Champville 94-95
Apr. 4: Hoops - Sagesse 66-78
Apr. 4: Bejjeh - Moutahed 141-173
Apr. 5: Al Riyadi - Byblos 113-88


Stats Leaders - Men

Points Per Game
 Desmond PENIGAR
  Byblos
  (201-F-81)
  Avg: 28.5
 1. Penigar, Byblos28.5 
 2. Khatib, Champville26.9 
 3. Spencer, Al Riyadi25.4 
 4. Gray, Byblos24.6 
 5. Johnson, Sagesse22.7 
 6. Youngblood, Anibal21.9 
 7. Johnson, Moutahed20.8 
 8. Hoskin, Champville19.6 
 9. Souaid, Bejjeh18.9 
 10. Thompson, Champvi.17.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Desmond PENIGAR
  Byblos
  (201-F-81)
  Avg: 12.1
 1. Penigar, Byblos12.1 
 2. Crump, Sagesse11.4 
 3. Ismail, Al Riyadi11.4 
 4. Thompson, Champvil.11.1 
 5. Hoskin, Champville10.0 
 6. Trim, Moutahed9.2 
 7. Hamdar, Hoops9.0 
 8. Bawji, Moutahed8.5 
 9. Bou Abboud, Bejjeh7.6 
 10. Fakhreddine, Hoo.7.4 
Assists Per Game
 Ali MAHMOUD
  Al Riyadi
  (185-G-83)
  Avg: 6.5
 1. Mahmoud, Al Riyadi6.5 
 2. Akl, Anibal6.3 
 3. Gray, Byblos5.6 
 4. Ismail, Al Riyadi5.5 
 5. Johnson, Moutahed5.4 
 6. Khatib, Champville5.4 
 7. Johnson, Sagesse4.8 
 8. Spencer, Al Riyadi4.4 
 9. Barada, Byblos4.1 
 10. Youngblood, Anibal3.7 
Steals Per Game
 Jasmon YOUNGBLOOD
  Anibal
  (195-G-84)
  Avg: 3
 1. Youngblood, Anibal3.0 
 2. Mahmoud, Al Riyadi2.5 
 3. Johnson, Moutahed2.4 
 4. Estephane, Champvi.2.2 
 5. Spencer, Al Riyadi2.1 
 6. Akl, Anibal1.7 
 7. Bou Abboud, Bejjeh1.6 
 8. Johnson, Sagesse1.6 
 9. Barada, Byblos1.6 
 10. Souaid, Bejjeh1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Ahmad ISMAIL
  Al Riyadi
  (205-F-76)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Ismail, Al Riyadi1.9 
 2. Hamdar, Hoops1.7 
 3. Vogel, Al Riyadi1.6 
 4. Crump, Sagesse1.5 
 5. Thompson, Champvil.1.5 
 6. Sabra, Byblos1.4 
 7. Youngblood, Anibal1.2 
 8. Tabet, Anibal1.1 
 9. Hoskin, Champville1.1 
 10. Bou Abboud, Bejj.1.0 



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Standings - LKL

LKL Standings
 1. Zalgiris 20-1
 2. Lietuvos rytas 18-4
 3. Rudupis 15-6
 4. Siauliai 14-6
 5. Pieno Zvaigzdes 11-8
 6. Baltai Kaunas 9-11
 7. Neptunas 8-12
 8. Kedainiai 8-12
 9. Juventus 6-15
 10. Sakalai 5-15
 11. Lietkabelis 4-16
 12. Naglis Palangos 4-16

Regular Season: Round 22

Apr. 2: Siauliai - Zalgiris 92-81
Apr. 5: Zalgiris - Lietuvos rytas 86-81
Apr. 10: Pieno Zvaigzdes - Sakalai
Apr. 10: Neptunas - Naglis Palangos
Apr. 10: Lietkabelis - Baltai Kaunas
Apr. 10: Siauliai - Kedainiai


Stats Leaders - LKL

Points Per Game
 Laurynas MIKALAUSKAS
  Neptu.
  (205-F-85)
  Avg: 16.4
 1. Mikalauskas, Neptu.16.4 
 2. Valanciunas, Lietu.14.7 
 3. Mazeika, Neptunas14.3 
 4. Hughes, Pieno Z.14.1 
 5. Johnson, Naglis P.14.1 
 6. Cepukaitis, Lietka.14.1 
 7. Urbonas, Juventus13.7 
 8. Seibutis, Lietuv.13.5 
 9. Butkevicius, Rudup.13.3 
 10. Vasylius, Siauliai13.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Dane JOHNSON
  Naglis P.
  (208-C-86)
  Avg: 10.3
 1. Johnson, Naglis P.10.3 
 2. Valanciunas, Lietu.7.7 
 3. McClure, Kedainiai7.2 
 4. Mikalauskas, Neptu.6.9 
 5. Butkevicius, Rudup.6.9 
 6. Petrukonis, Juven.6.6 
 7. Bowles, Siauliai6.4 
 8. Valeika, Neptunas6.3 
 9. Cepukaitis, Lietka.6.2 
 10. Adomaitis, Kedain.5.9 
Assists Per Game
 Evaldas DAINYS
  Neptunas
  (180-PG-82)
  Avg: 5.7
 1. Dainys, Neptunas5.7 
 2. Kalnietis, Zalgiris4.9 
 3. Rice, Lietuvos.4.5 
 4. Peciukeviciu., Sak.4.4 
 5. Broadus, Siauliai4.3 
 6. Kadziulis, Rudupis3.9 
 7. Popovic, Zalgiris3.8 
 8. Maceina, Juventus3.7 
 9. Ezerskis, Lietkabe.3.7 
 10. Vasiliauskas, Lie.3.4 
Steals Per Game
 TreVon HUGHES
  Pieno Z.
  (183-PG-87)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Hughes, Pieno Z.2.3 
 2. Broadus, Siauliai1.8 
 3. Long, Siauliai1.7 
 4. Vasiliauskas, Liet.1.7 
 5. Roberts, Lietuvos.1.6 
 6. Ginevicius, Kedain.1.6 
 7. Seibutis, Lietuv.1.6 
 8. Juskevicius, Rudup.1.4 
 9. Urbonas, Juventus1.4 
 10. Weems, Zalgiris1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Jonas VALANCIUNAS
  Lietuv.
  (210-C-92)
  Avg: 2
 1. Valanciunas, Lietu.2.0 
 2. Johnson, Naglis P.1.9 
 3. Petrukonis, Juven.1.2 
 4. Staniulis, Lietkab.1.1 
 5. Morgan, Pieno Z.1.1 
 6. Zelionis, Rudupis0.9 
 7. Samardziski, Lietu.0.9 
 8. Joneliunas, Sakalai0.8 
 9. Javtokas, Zalgiris0.8 
 10. McClure, Kedainiai0.8 


Lithuania U17 exchange victories with Jazz-Diremta - by Eurobasket News

Lithuania U17 exchange victories with Jazz-Diremta in the test games. At first the juniors celebrated a 67:60 victory, while in Game 2 Jazz-Diremta took 83:69 win.
In Game 1 Lithuania U17 started with 19-9 in the opening period and had 10-point advantage at the halftime. Both teams nailed 16 points apiece in the third quarter, while Jazz-Diremta produced a 15-12 in the last stanza. Zydrunas Jurgutis (178-PG-95) and Tautvydas Kliucinykas top-scored for the winners with 10 points each. Robertas Ruzgaitis (198-F-93) ended up with 15 points in the losing effort.
In Game 2 Jazz-Diremta started strong and enjoyed 28-15 after the first 10 minutes. They erupted with 27-14 in the third stanza and won the last period 17-15. Paulius Petrilevicius top-scored for the winners with 27 points and 8 boards, while Karolis Kokoska (194-F-92) notched 20. Robertas Ruzgaitis posted 14 and Tomas Mickevicius (186-G-90) netted 13. Karolis Razukas and Norbertas Giga (204-C-95) scored 12 points apiece in the losing effort.



Baltic League Challenge Cup: Sakalai clinch Bronze - by Eurobasket News

Sakalai - Naglis Palangos 71:64

Sakalai celebrated the Bronze medals at Baltic League Challenge Cup. They overcame Naglis Palangos at home court to climb on the pedestal. Paulius Joneliunas (211-C-84, college: American) stepped up with 14 points and 10 rebounds to lead the effort.
Sakalai enjoyed a 16-point lead after a road game. They boosted it to 19 points after the opening period of the home clash. Sakalai arrived at halftime up by 7 points 36:29. Naglis Palangos managed to surge ahead in the third frame. The visitors accumulated a narrow 2-point advantage 53:51 heading into the fourth stanza. But it was not enough as Sakalai quickly gained back control and rallied to a confident win at the end. Arnas Butkevicius (199-F-92) scored 12 points, while Laurynas Samenas (192-G-88) added 9 points for the winners. Rico Pickett (192-G-89, college: Manhattan) responded with 17 points and 7 rebounds for Palanga. Mindaugas Reminas (190-G-86) and Antanas Montrimavicius (199-F-87) finished with 14 points each in the loss.

Sakalai: Paulius Joneliunas 14+10 boards, Arnas Butkevicius 12, Laurynas Samenas 9
Naglis Palangos: Rico Pickett 17, Mindaugas Reminas 14, Antanas Montrimavicius 14



Zalgiris beat Lietuvos Rytas in Kaunas - by Eurobasket News

Zalgiris - Lietuvos Rytas 86:81

Zalgiris held off Lietuvos Rytas in the key clash in LKL Round 22. The victory brought Zalgiris to 20-1 record on top of the standings. Lietuvos Rytas suffered the fourth defeat in the season. Mantas Kalnietis (196-G-86, agency: Interperformances) stepped up with 22 points to lead the charge.
Lietuvos Rytas stormed into this one. The Vilnius team gained a 24:12 lead after ten minutes of action. The teams traded baskets throughout the second frame. Lietuvos Rytas managed to secure a 48:36 halftime advantage. But the Kaunas team cut the distance to just three points at the final intermission. Zalgiris pulled ahead in the fourth term. Mantas Kalnietis sparked then a 9:0 run and Zalgiris ran away with the win at the end. Marko Popovic (185-G-82, agency: Alti Sport, college: S.Idaho JC) and Dainius Salenga (197-F-77) added 17 points each in the victory. Tyrese Rice (185-PG-87, agency: Priority Sports, college: Boston Coll.) responded with 22 points for Lietuvos Rytas. Mindaugas Katelynas (206-F-83, college: Chattanooga) netted 14 points in the loss.

Zalgiris: Mantas Kalnietis 22, Marko Popovic 17, Dainius Salenga 17
Lietuvos Rytas: Tyrese Rice 22, Mindaugas Katelynas 14



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  MEXICO   


New Orleans set to keep Gustavo Ayon - by Eurobasket News

New Orleans Hornets are set to extend the contract with Gustavo Ayon (6'10''-F/C-85, agency: Duran International, college: San Jose St.) for another season. The Mexican forward joined the Hornets in December. He averages 6.3 points, 4.8 rebounds, 1.4 assists and 1.1 steals per game in NBA. Gustavo Ayon started the season in Spain. He played for Baloncesto Fuenlabrada. The forward tallied 6.8 points, 2.3 rebounds and 1.8 assists per game in EuroChallenge. In ACB his stats read 15.9 points, 8.1 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 1.6 steals per appearance. Previously Gustavo Ayon had stints in Mexico, Venezuela and Spain. Latinbasket.com named Gustavo Ayon LNBP Domestic Player of the Year in 2009. He was also trumped All-Spanish ACB Newcomer of the Year in 2011. Gustavo Ayon has been the member of Mexican National Team since 2007.


Best players of Mexican CIBACOPA round 16 - by Eurobasket News

American Rob Robinson (203-F-87, agency: SDJ Sports) had an amazing evening in the last round for Culiacan and that's him to receive a Latinbasket.com Player of the Week award for round 16.
The 24-year old forward had a double-double of 26 points and twelve rebounds, while his team crushed, the league's bottom-ranked team Tepic (#10, 0-15) with 16-point margin 81-65. Culiacan is placed at 5th position in Mexican CIBACOPA. Culiacan 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 7-9 record. Robinson just recently signed at Culiacan, being already a very valuable addition to the team. Robert Morris University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Robinson is in league's top in points (2nd best: 20.4ppg), rebounds (5th best: 8.9rpg) and averages solid 59.2% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 25-year old American forward Sylvester Spicer (198-F-86) of Guasave. Spicer impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 18 points and 12 rebounds. It was enough for Guasave to edge the higher-ranked Hermosillo (#2, 12-4) by 4 points 90-86. Guasave's 7th position in the standings has not changed. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 7-9 record. Spicer is one of the most experienced players at Guasave and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

The third best performed player last round was American Brandon Wiley (198-F-88) of Los Mochis (#9). Wiley scored 20 points and grabbed eleven rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of Los Mochis, leading his team to a 97-95overtime win against the higher-ranked Cananea (#6, 7-9). 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 six 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 16 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 19.8ppg (4th best) and rebounds with 7.1rpg (9th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Rashad Moss (203-F-86) of Los Mochis - 24 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Roburt Sallie (196-G-86) of Cananea - 23 points and 10 rebounds
6. Jesus Lopez (205-F-83) of Hermosillo - 20 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists
7. Deangelo Riley (205-C) of Tepic - 13 points, 14 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Cyrus Tate (203-F/C-85) of Tijuana - 22 points, 11 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Charles Moore (201-F-86) of Guasave - 17 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Mychal Henderson (198-G/F-85) of Tepic - 19 points, 12 rebounds and 2 assists

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



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Interview with Marko Calic, player of Teodo Tivat and former member of Serbia & Montenegro U18 National Team - by Darko Pekic

Marko Calic (195-G/F-86), the sharp shooter born and raised in Niksic, is talking to Eurobasket.com about his ups and downs, this season and expectations for the future. Take a look...

Marko, you began your career in the youth team of BC Niksic and then spent some time in the youth selections of strong teams such as Red Star Belgrade and Buducnost. Who helped you the most at the beginning of your career? Who were your first coaches?

People who introduced me to the world of basketball and made me fall in love with the game under the rims are Vladimir Tausan and Dejan Drljevic. I am also very grateful to Miodrag Baletic . As for the coaches from Buducnost and Red Star, Dimitrije Jovanovic, Dragan Vascanin and Mihailo Uvalin believed in me the most and gave me the chance to prove myself on the floor.

In the youth categories you were known as a great scorer and you were expected to have a bright future under the rims, even at the international level. Can you recall some of these moments and some of the success you have achieved in junior competitions?

With the youth teams of different clubs I won almost everything there was to win at the former state level (Montenegro and Serbia). As the greatest success in the younger categories I remember the call for the U18 National Team of Serbia & Montenegro from the coach Vinko Bakic .

The first season among the seniors was very successful. At the age of 18 you debuted in the Federal B League for Mogren and were the third best scorer of the Championships (22.1 points per game). How important was that season for the further progress of your career since you you got a chance at a very young age?

Mogren had no expectations in that season and that was our advantage. I had a great desire to prove myself at the senior level, and the coach Zdenko Grbavcevic gave me a great freedom which, in my opinion, I took in the best way. It turned out that i had not made a mistake in choosing my first club because next year I got several offers from bigger clubs in Montenegro and the region.

In 2006/2007 season you played for Ulcinj in the newly formed First Montenegrin league. The club had a strong team with Ranko Carapic (185-G-70, agency: Beo Basket), Milosav Susic (203-C-68) , Boris Lalovic (206-C-81) and other experienced players and you arrived together to the League and Cup semifinals. Did you learn something from more experienced teammates? Did you get enough playing time?

Exactly, I have decided that the best thing for me at that time would be to join a team that had experienced and proven senior players, to help me to mature as a player. There were a lot of good things to learn on and off the court from Ranko, Milisav and Boris. We were the third team in the country, right beside Buducnost and Lovcen and it was the greatest success in the history of BC Ulcinj. I was very satisfied with my performances on the court and I must admit that I spent some nice time there.

After a season in Ulcinj you joined an ambitious project called KK Mogren. However, due to lack of payment you left theclub after just one season. Do you feel now that the transfer to Mogren was a mistake?

KK Mogren and the season 2007/2008 is the only bad memory and the first step back in my career so far, although that season was most successful in their history. Most of my teammates, including myself, were extremely dissatisfied with the clubs management and the way they treated us.

At that point of your career you decided to return to Ulcinj, but it did not take you long to pack your bags and move to Lovcen ,one of the clubs with the longest tradition in Montenegro. However, you stayed there until the season end. What was the reason to change 3 teams in 2 season? People in these clubs did not recognize your potential, or something else that we dont know?

As far as Ulcinj is concerned, I accepted the call from Ranko Carapic, then the first team coach and my ex teammates and Pavle Pepdjonovic, former director of the club with. I was honored to collaborate with them once again. However, due to personal reasons, unknown to me, both of them resigned before the league started. I moved to Cetinje, and signed the contract until the end of the season with Lovcen.

In the 2009-2010 season you continued your Montenegro Tour and signed with Primorje from Herceg Novi, where you played maybe the best season of your career so far.
You were chosen by Eurobasket.com in All-Montenegrin League 2nd Team and Montenegrin League All-Domestic Players Team. How did you transform from the player who was used to change clubs every season to one of the best players in the league? Who helped you?

The insistence of Marinko Kovacevic , experienced Montenegro's coach, brought me to Primorje. Kovacevic gave me big space in his plans and everybody agree that I took that opportunity in the best possible way. It was not easy to get all the awards I got. Personally, I was extremely pleased with my performances in that season.

A year later you joined a team from the neighborhood- BC Teodo Tivat, ambitious club led by a hard worker such as Misko Lucic . You were one of the most interesting potential signing in that transfer window, why did you decide to join a small club from the Tivat bay?

I have already known the coach, Milan Rondovic , with whom I have had excellent cooperation. During our first conversation I realized that in Tivat something really serious would be created soon. Then I met the president and Misko Lucic , a man who truly loves basketball and whose ambitions have coincided with my ambitions. Our cooperation immediately showed results and we made the best placement in Teodo's history, with the qualification to the Superleague.

Its true, last year you achieved the greatest success in the history of the club and this season you repeated the success. Do you feel that you have matured in Teodo as a player? What are your ambitions in the Super League?

I had no reason to change the club since I was very pleased in Tivat. The relations between players and coaches areexcellent, with the management also. The teams chemistry is great , the best team chemistry I have ever seen in my career probably. Currently in the Super League we do not have much luck because several important players are injured but we hope to make a surprise and qualify for the play-offs. I think Teodo is becoming a very serious club and its name will be heard in the near future certainly beyond the borders of Montenegro.

Do you think you're ready to test your skills abroad after this season? What are your personal ambitions?

I will try I believe in myself, in my qualities and I hope that after this season I will get a chance in some ambitious club abroad.

Thank you Marko for the interview. Eurobasket.com would like to wish a good Super League appearance and best of luck in your career.

Thank you for offering me the space on your pages. I appeciate it and I wish you a lot of success in your further work.



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  NBA   

Standings

NBA Standings
Eastern Conference
Atlantic Div.
 1. Boston C. 30-24 
 2. Philadelph.76 29-25 
 3. New York K. 28-27 
 4. Toronto R. 20-36 
 5. New Jersey N. 20-37 
Central Div.
 1. Chicago B. 43-13 
 2. Indiana P. 34-21 
 3. Milwaukee B. 27-28 
 4. Detroit P. 21-34 
 5. Cleveland C. 18-35 
Southeast Div.
 1. Miami Heat 39-15 
 2. Atlanta H. 33-23 
 3. Orlando M. 32-23 
 4. Washington W. 12-44 
 5. Charlotte B. 7-46 
Western Conference
Northwest Div.
 1. Oklah.City T. 40-15 
 2. Denver N. 30-25 
 3. Utah Jazz 29-27 
 4. Minnesota T. 26-30 
 5. Portland TB 26-30 
Pacific Div.
 1. LA Lakers 35-21 
 2. LA Clippers 33-22 
 3. Phoenix Suns 28-27 
 4. Golde State W. 21-33 
 5. Sacramento K. 19-36 
Southwest Div.
 1. San Antonio S. 39-14 
 2. Memphis G. 31-23 
 3. Dallas M. 31-25 
 4. Houston R. 30-25 
 5. N.Orleans H. 14-41 

Regular Season: Round 100

Apr. 6: Dallas M. - Portland TB 97-99 OT
Apr. 6: Milwaukee B. - Charlotte B. 95-90
Apr. 6: Miami Heat - Memphis G. 82-97
Apr. 6: Toronto R. - Cleveland C. 80-84
Apr. 6: San Antonio S. - N.Orleans H. 128-103
Apr. 6: New Jersey N. - Washington W. 110-98
Apr. 6: LA Lakers - Houston R. 107-112
Apr. 6: Denver N. - Phoenix Suns 105-99
Apr. 6: Utah Jazz - Golde State W. 104-98
Apr. 6: Indiana P. - Oklah.City T. 103-98
Apr. 6: Atlanta H. - Detroit P. 101-96

Regular Season: Round 101

Apr. 7: Indiana P. - Boston C.
Apr. 7: N.Orleans H. - Minnesota T.
Apr. 7: Memphis G. - Dallas M.
Apr. 7: Phoenix Suns - LA Lakers
Apr. 7: LA Clippers - Sacramento K.
Apr. 7: Charlotte B. - Atlanta H.
Apr. 7: Philadelph.76 - Orlando M.
Apr. 7: Milwaukee B. - Portland TB
Apr. 7: Golde State W. - Denver N.


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Kobe BRYANT
  LA Lakers
  (198-G-78)
  Avg: 28.1
 1. Bryant, LA Lakers28.1 
 2. Durant, Oklah.Ci.27.9 
 3. James, Miami Heat26.8 
 4. Love, Minnesota T.26.5 
 5. Westbrook, Oklah..24.4 
 6. Rose, Chicago B.22.8 
 7. Wade, Miami Heat22.6 
 8. Ellis, Golde S.21.9 
 9. Aldridge, Portland.21.7 
 10. Williams, New J.21.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Dwight HOWARD
  Orlando M.
  (211-C-85)
  Avg: 14.4
 1. Howard, Orlando M.14.4 
 2. Love, Minnesota T.13.6 
 3. Bynum, LA Lakers11.8 
 4. Varejao, Clevelan.11.5 
 5. Humphries, New J.11.0 
 6. Griffin, LA Clipp.10.9 
 7. Cousins, Sacramen.10.9 
 8. Gasol, LA Lakers10.4 
 9. Gortat, Phoenix9.9 
 10. Monroe, Detroit P.9.8 
Assists Per Game
 Steve NASH
  Phoenix Suns
  (190-PG-74)
  Avg: 11.2
 1. Nash, Phoenix Suns11.2 
 2. Rondo, Boston C.11.1 
 3. Paul, LA Clippers9.0 
 4. Calderon, Toron.8.9 
 5. Williams, New J.8.7 
 6. Rubio, Minnesot.8.2 
 7. Rose, Chicago B.8.0 
 8. Parker, San A.7.7 
 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 Clippers2.4 
 3. Rubio, Minnesot.2.2 
 4. James, Miami Heat2.0 
 5. Shumpert, New Y.1.8 
 6. Lowry, Houston R.1.8 
 7. Millsap, Utah Jazz1.8 
 8. Rondo, Boston C.1.8 
 9. Kidd, Dallas M.1.7 
 10. George, Indiana P.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Serge IBAKA
  Oklah.Ci.
  (208-C/F-89)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Ibaka, Oklah.Ci.3.5 
 2. McGee, Washingt.2.5 
 3. Howard, Orlando M.2.2 
 4. Jordan, LA Clippers2.1 
 5. Bynum, LA Lakers2.0 
 6. Hibbert, Indiana P.2.0 
 7. Gasol, Memphis G.1.9 
 8. Dalembert, Houst.1.8 
 9. Smith, Atlanta H.1.8 
 10. Brand, Philadelph.1.7 


Raptors sign Dentmon to 10 day contract. - by Bryan Floyd

The Toronto Raptors signed Justin Dentmon (6'0''-G-85, college: Washington) to a 10-day contract. ESPN's Marc Stein had previously reported the move was coming, and this makes it official. He was averaging 22.8 points per game in the D-League and will get a look in Toronto. Dentmon was a standout at the University of Washington and will get another crack at the NBA for at least the next couple of games. He did have a brief stint previously with the Spurs where he saw action in only two games.


New Orleans set to keep Gustavo Ayon - by Eurobasket News

New Orleans Hornets are set to extend the contract with Gustavo Ayon (6'10''-F/C-85, agency: Duran International, college: San Jose St.) for another season. The Mexican forward joined the Hornets in December. He averages 6.3 points, 4.8 rebounds, 1.4 assists and 1.1 steals per game in NBA. Gustavo Ayon started the season in Spain. He played for Baloncesto Fuenlabrada. The forward tallied 6.8 points, 2.3 rebounds and 1.8 assists per game in EuroChallenge. In ACB his stats read 15.9 points, 8.1 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 1.6 steals per appearance. Previously Gustavo Ayon had stints in Mexico, Venezuela and Spain. Latinbasket.com named Gustavo Ayon LNBP Domestic Player of the Year in 2009. He was also trumped All-Spanish ACB Newcomer of the Year in 2011. Gustavo Ayon has been the member of Mexican National Team since 2007.


Like Garnett, Duncan thriving in different role - by Eurobasket News

Tim Duncan (6'11''-F/C-76, college: Wake Forest) fielded questions at his locker after the Spurs' 87-86 win over the Celtics the same way he has for the last 15 seasons.

But unlike most of those years, the once spry Duncan is now - at least in the eyes of some - old. The white hairs that now sprout from his black beard make that apparent. But instead of going into denial about his age and shaving the beard, Duncan accepts it. After all, the soon-to-be 36-year-old and future Hall of Famer has never been one to go against the grain.

And that certainly holds true with his role on the Spurs. No longer the centerpiece of the Spurs success, Duncan has embraced his role on the team as his game has changed, and the Spurs are seeing positive results.

But while Duncan may make this change seem easy, he's quick to say that's not the case.

'I'm a competitor just like everybody else and you don't like to see your role change,' Duncan told CelticsBlog. 'But honestly, if things are affected and things are working, I'm happy to be a part of whatever we come up with.'

Duncan, who realized he was no longer Option No. 1 'years ago', was unsure what type of player it takes to put the ego behind and let others step in, but his message rings true in all facets of life - 'At some point you have to be realistic and accept it.'

That doesn't mean rolling over and dying. It just means accepting change for what it is and making the best of it. New role, same give-it-your-all attitude.

Sound familiar? The Celtics' Kevin Garnett (6'11''-F-76), now in his 17th season, made that we-before-me transformation when he joined the Celtics. The result? A championship in his first season with the team. Garnett, who peaked at just under 20 shots per game with the Timberwolves during the 2003-04 season, is now averaging under 13 shots per game this season with the Celtics (although he took 19 Wednesday night).

Compared to the rest of the NBA, his numbers won't wow you. But Garnett has transcended his game this season, proving to everybody - everybody - that he's still got 'it', whatever that 'it' is for him now.

It's easy for Spurs coach Greg Popovich to see.

'He's like Timmy [Duncan], you know? Fine wine,' Popovich said of Garnett. 'They figure out what they need to do, they know what they do well, they know what they possibly don't do as well as they used to. So they figure out new ways to do things. They both have high basketball IQ's, and you see them both having very good seasons.'

Better with age is a bit of a stretch, but the appreciation of each player grows with each game. Garnett currently ranks 18th all-time in scoring, Duncan 25th. In terms of total rebounds, Garnett 12th, Duncan 18th. There are no active players ahead of them, and there are no active players even close to behind them.

That's due to their attitudes and work not only on the court, but off.

'They're so different in the way they play, but they're very similar in the way they approach the game,' Celtics coach Doc Rivers said. 'I think they're as professional as we've seen for stars maybe ever at the same time. You rarely get two superstars at their level that are as coachable, and are as team-oriented as those two guys. Again, they do it completely different ways. Tim never talks - he talks more than you think, but you don't see it. Kevin on the floor, you see all his stuff, yet they still do it for the same reason.'

Could last night's game have been the very last matchup between the two players? Garnett and Duncan are both unrestricted free agents after this season, and their futures in the NBA are uncertain. Retirement is an option, although both have shown they still have plenty of basketball left in them.

Garnett went for 16 points, seven rebounds, and five assists Wednesday night, and Duncan scored 10 points, ripped down 16 boards, and blocked three shots. The two went at it much like they have since Duncan joined the league a couple years after Garnett.

'It's been difficult,' says Duncan of matching up with Garnett over the years. 'We've always had some great battles. It always seems to turn into a war at some point in the game. But it's a lot of fun. I think we bring a lot out of each other.'

Garnett's words were more to the point - as usual.

'It's been tough but fun at the same time,' he said. 'Competitive. There's never a dull moment.'

Primarily power forwards throughout their respective careers, both players have made the transition to center as of late.

'I mean we are both older,' Duncan admitted, 'we're not the go-to guys so we are kind of matched up more and we're both kind of playing more center, so it just happened that way and as usual it's tough playing against him.'

Mid-thirties or not, both Garnett and Duncan still have championships on the brain. The Spurs (38-14) are the hottest team in the NBA right now, and the Celtics (30-23) have started to click in the second half. For both guys, another ring is the only thing - and adapting to their roles for the betterment of the team is an integral part of achieving that goal.

'It's important for me to get another four championships,' said Duncan when asked of the importance of winning another championship. 'But is it going to happen? I don't know. Probably not. I'm going to play it out and play as well as I can, and luckily I'm on teams that have the ability to push for championships. And that's what you want year-in and year-out. Nothing's guaranteed and nothing's promised. I'm just here to play as much as I can.'

There is one guarantee though. Whenever Garnett and Duncan do decide to hang em up, the mark they've made on the game will remain forever.

But as for now, enjoy it. They seem to be.

Courtesy of www.celticsblog.com



Magic CEO: Stan Van Gundy and Otis Smith will be evaluated after season ends - by Eurobasket News

Orlando Magic CEO Alex Martins said the franchise will stick with its longstanding policy of waiting until the end of the season to evaluate the performance of coach Stan Van Gundy and General Manager Otis Smith.

But Martins added that coaches and players have done an 'incredibly commendable job' dealing with the rumors and speculation that have hovered over the team this season.

Asked if he would consider extending the contracts of Van Gundy or Smith before the season ends, Martins responded, 'We're all evaluated at the end of the season. It's consistent. It's happened every year that we've been here.

'I'm evaluated at the end of the season. Our general manager is evaluated at the end of the season. Our coaches are evaluated at the end of the season. And we don't deal with that during the course of a season, and we make our decisions about the future of everyone and, in particular, the DeVoses make the decisions about the future of everyone after the season's over.'

For the first 3 months of the regular season, the speculation about the Magic centered around whether the team would be able to retain Dwight Howard and what moves, if any, the team would make to keep him.

Now that Howard has waived his early-termination option, ensuring he remains under contract with the Magic for the 2012-13 season, the media speculation is centering around the futures of Van Gundy and Smith. Specifically, will Howard use his uncertain long-term future as leverage to exert influence on the DeVos family's decision-making process?

Both Van Gundy and Smith are under contract through 2012-13.

Martins insists that he did not make any specific promises to Howard to convince Howard to waive his early-termination option.

'Nothing specific has been pledged,' Martins said. 'The conversations all centered around wanting the same thing, and that's to win a championship, and the only pledge made is that we will do what it takes to win a championship.

'Rumors happen in our league every single day, and coaches and players work through those rumors. I think, as I've said several times, that our coaches and our players have done an incredibly commendable job working through every rumor that we've had this season, every speculation that we've had this season, every concern about whether a specific player would be traded or not traded. For us to have the fifth-best record in the NBA [at the trade deadline] with all that swirling around, to me, is a great testament to our coaches and our players.'

Courtesy of http://articles.orlandosentinel.com



Bulls ink veteran guard James for rest of season - by Eurobasket News

The Chicago Bulls signed guard Michael James (6'1''-G-75, college: Duquesne) for the remainder of the season.

This will be the fourth stint in Chicago this year for the 36-year-old James. He originally signed with the team on January 11.

James has averages of 5.4 points and 3.1 assists. He appeared in eight games for the Bulls this season.

Courtesy of ww.tsn.ca



Oden's agent explains client's behavior during last days as a Blazer - by Eurobasket News

The Greg Oden (7'0''-C-88, college: Ohio St.) era may be over in Portland but Oden's agent, Mike Conley, Sr., says don't be too quick to consider Oden's career to be over.

Everyone is quick to talk bust, but put themselves in his shoes, Conley told CSNNW.com. He has gone through a lot as a young man and he is continuing to work to get back. For him to come back is going to be a remarkable perseverance on his behalf.

Having gone through five major knee operations, Conley says Oden's spirits are high and he's looking forward to getting back on the court and proving that he can still be a force in this league.

Which means, he's not thinking about calling it quits.

No he's not retiring. The only way that would happen is if he was forced to and I don't see that happening, Conley said. He's dedicated to making sure he's back on the court as soon as possible.

It's been quite a while since Oden spoke to members of the media. When Oden was rehabbing at the Trail Blazers' practice facility, he would dodge the media and quickly head to the weight room where media members are prohibited.

Conley gives an explanation for Oden's avoidance.

Greg didn't want to be a distraction, Conley said. He didn't want all the attention to be on him during the season. That was his way of assisting the team.

Besides the fact that Oden wasn't available to media, he seldom attended games. In fact, he was rarely in town.

Before Oden was waived by the Trail Blazers, CSNNW.com had learned in Indiana that Oden was putting his condo up for sale.

Conley spoke on that matter.

I don't know for sure but it makes sense, Conley said. His place in Portland is on the tenth floor and he would have go up two flights up stairs to get there. That just wasn't conducive to the condition he's in on two crutches. It just was a better situation for him to be home.

In four seasons, Oden has played in only 82 career games. He's back in his hometown of Indiana and is still immobile on crutches. If rehabilitation goes as planned, he could be ready to play by early next year.

The Miami Heat and Indiana Pacers to name a few have been rumored to have interest in the unrestricted free agent big man.

When asked if Oden would consider resigning with the Trail Blazers if an offer was presented, Conley said, There's a possibility. Obviously, that decision is up to the Blazers, but my job as his agent is to find him the best offer out there on the market. Absolutely, no way in the world is the answer no.

Conley did say that he hasn't heard anything from the Trail Blazers indicating that they're interested in his client's services.

Whatever or however you may feel about how Oden's career has played out thus far, you have to have some level of sympathy for the kid. He's a great guy with a huge heart who happened to have some of the worst luck physically possible.

At 24, he's young enough to turn his career around and I personally hope he does for himself and for those who still believe in him.

Courtesy of www.csnnw.com



Shelden Williams probable to return to Nets, but Jordan Farmar lost for season - by Eurobasket News

Jordan Farmar (6'2''-PG-86, college: UCLA) is done for the year with a groin injury, but Shelden Williams (6'9''-F-83, college: Duke), who missed the entire West Coast trip with a right eye injury, is expected to play Friday when the Nets host the Washington Wizards at Prudential Center.

Farmar, the team's backup point guard and its leading 3-point shooter, finished the season playing in 39 games, starting five. He averaged 10.4 points and 3.3 assists, and shot 44 percent from 3-point range. He last played March 24 in the 102-89 win over Charlotte, when he scored seven points, with two assists and two rebounds, in 15 minutes.

Williams, who was signed in training camp to be a backup big man, ended up being the starting center after Brook Lopez suffered a broken foot in the final preseason game and Mehmet Okur, acquired in a trade from Utah to replace Lopez, succumbed to back problems. Williams was the only Net to appear in the team's first 52 games, starting 30 of them, and averaged 4.9 points and 6.3 rebounds. He was injured in the 100-84 win over Indiana on Mar. 28 when he was hit in the eye by Pacers forward Tyler Hansbrough.

Williams did not travel with the team on its four-game West Coast trip, though on Monday, coach Avery Johnson said there was a 'long shot'' possibility Williams, if he got good news from the eye doctor, might fly out and join the team for the final two games of the trip. He did not, however.

The team did not issue any update on Lopez, who has been shut down for the past two weeks after a CT scan revealed the broken bone in his foot still had healed completely. According to the official injury report, which the team emailed out this afternoon, Lopez's status will be updated Friday. Lopez has played just five games this season, averaging 19.2 points per game.

Courtesy of www.nj.com



Stan Van Gundy: 'Yes, Dwight Howard wants me fired' - by Eurobasket News

Orlando Magic coach Stan Van Gundy said Thursday that he knows that superstar center Dwight Howard (6'11''-C-85) asked team management to fire him, an allegation that Howard denies.

'I know he has,' Van Gundy told reporters after the Magic completed their shootaround. 'Thats just the way it is. Again, I've been dealing with that all year. It's not anything real bothersome. You go out and do your job.'

Asked if it makes it harder to coach given that he thinks Howard is not committed to him, Van Gundy responded, 'Its not a matter of being committed to me. Its a matter of being committed to the team and trying to do everything you can to help the team win games. Thats all Im concerned with. As far as the other stuff, I dont think that matters. I dont need love and support here at my job. Ill turn to my family for that. I dont need these guys giving me hugs and pats on the back.'

Asked how he knows Howard asked for his dismissal, Van Gundy said, 'I was told it was true by people in our management right from the top.'

Then, in a supremely awkward moment, Howard, not realizing that Van Gundy had said what he had said, walked over to Van Gundy as Van Gundy still was talking to the media. Howard put his right arm around Van Gundy and started to dispute a WKMG report that Howard wants Van Gundy gone. Howard also tried to shift attention onto Thursday nights game against the New York Knicks.

A few seconds later, Van Gundy asked reporters if he could go and then walked away.

Howard told reporters he had previously denied the story to ESPN.

When Howard was asked point blank if he asked to have Van Gundy fired, Howard responded, 'What did I just say yesterday? I know you guys watch ESPN.'

Later, Howard said: 'Whatever happens at the end of the season is not under my control. I am a player for the Magic. I am not the GM. I am not (team owner) Rich DeVos. I am not (CEO) Alex Martins. So thats not my job. So you guys should stop with every other week its trying to find something, because theres nothing. Theres nothing. I havent said anything to anybody about anything. Our main concern is winning. So all the other stuff should stop.'

Team officials have said the ultimate decision on Van Gundys long-term status and general manager Otis Smiths long-term status will be made by the DeVos family.

Smith said he didnt know if Van Gundys allegation was true. Smith said Howard didnt say anything to him about it.

In the meantime, Smith said he doesnt envision making any changes to the coaching staff for the Magics 12 remaining regular-season games.

'The alternative is go this way and change, but what are you changing into?' Smith said. 'I think the coach has done a very good job. The team really has. Were not playing very good basketball right now, so he (Van Gundy) gets a little frustrated and the players get a little frustrated and we are where we are.'

Martins was unavailable to comment Thursday afternoon. Martins and his family recently went on a previously scheduled family vacation, and a team spokesman said Martins could not be reached immediately.

Courtesy of www.canada.com



Wizards sign James Singleton to a 10-day contract - by Eurobasket News

The Wizards are all about reunions these days. After recently bringing back Cartier Martin (6'7''-G/F-84, college: Kansas St.), they have also now signed James Singleton (6'8''-F-81, college: Murray St.) to a 10-day contract.

Singleton, 30, was part of the Wizards trade deadline deal in February 2010 that shipped Caron Butler, Brendan Haywood and DeShawn Stevenson to Dallas and also yielded Josh Howard. He averaged 6.1 points and 6.9 rebounds and was a vocal locker room presence in 32 games with the team. He has spent the past two seasons in China.

With Nene and Trevor Booker out with injuries to their left feet and Rashard Lewis and Andray Blatche both not traveling with the team as they recover from other injuries, the Wizards were limited to just three big men in Kevin Seraphin, Jan Vesely and Brian Cook. Chris Singleton has been forced to spend some time at power forward the past three games.

They only had 14 roster spots, so they had room for a veteran like Singleton, who averaged 17.8 points & 11.9 rebounds for Guandong Southern Tigers. Singleton has only been back in the United States for four days and is with the team in Detroit, where the Wizards will play the second of three games in three nights against the Pistons. Singleton has career averages of 3.7 points and 3.6 points in a four-year career in which he has also played for the Los Angeles Clippers.

Courtesy of www.washingtonpost.com



Rockets re-sign G Boykins to 10-day contract - by Eurobasket News

The Houston Rockets have signed point guard Earl Boykins (5'6''-PG-76, college: E.Michigan) to a second 10-day contract with Kyle Lowry's status still uncertain.

The Rockets initially signed the 5-foot-5 Boykins on March 26. He's averaged 6.4 points and three assists in five games for the Rockets, who currently hold the No. 7 spot in the Western Conference.

Lowry, the starter for 38 games, has been out since early March with a bacterial infection. Goran Dragic has started in Lowry's place, and Boykins has averaged 16 minutes in the backup role.

The Rockets play the Lakers in Los Angeles on Friday night.

Courtesy of www.chron.com



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UNC: McAdoo to return for 2012-13 season - by Eurobasket News

University of North Carolina freshman forward James Michael McAdoo (6'9''-F-93) will return to school to play for the Tar Heels next season.

'I've had several discussions about my future plans with my family and Coach Williams and have decided to return to UNC to continue playing for the Tar Heels and continue my education,' says McAdoo. 'I love being at Carolina and really enjoy competing with and being around my teammates and am excited about what we can do together next season.

'Every young basketball player wants to have as much information about his future and understand what others in the game think about him. It's been interesting to learn the information that Coach Williams has gathered, but I am ready to continue as a Tar Heel. I'm enjoying my time in Chapel Hill and am excited about the future for my team and me.'

McAdoo averaged 6.1 points and 3.9 rebounds in 38 games. The Norfolk, Va., native started three games (twice in the ACC Tournament and once in the NCAA Tournament) and averaged 10.6 points in his last seven contests. He scored a season-high 15 points against Kansas in the Midwest Regional final.

Courtesy of www.tarheelblue.com



Official: Syracuse's Fab Melo to enter NBA draft - by Eurobasket News

Syracuse center Fabricio Melo (7'0''-C-90) is entering the NBA draft after a breakout season in which he twice was held out because of eligibility issues.

The 7-foot sophomore from Brazil made the announcement Thursday. He averaged 7.8 points and 5.8 rebounds for Syracuse (34-3) this past season. He led the Big East in blocks per game and was named the conference's defensive player of the year.

'Being able to play professional basketball has been my dream since I first starting playing this game and now I have the opportunity to accomplish that dream,' Melo said in a statement. 'Coach (Jim) Boeheim and the rest of the Syracuse staff have helped me develop as a player and as a man, and I will always be appreciative for what they've done for me.'

Melo missed three games in late January due to an academic issue, was reinstated, and just before the start of the NCAA tournament was ruled ineligible again and did not play another game.

The Orange, the East's top seed, still advanced to the round of eight before a loss to Ohio State deprived them of a berth in the Final Four.

Melo had 88 blocks this season for Syracuse, which was ranked No. 1 for six weeks. The Orange opened the season with 20 straight wins before losing 67-58 at Notre Dame without Melo. Syracuse then won 11 in a row.

Melo was just one of several storylines in an Orange season that won't soon be forgotten. It began with the dismissal of associate head coach Bernie Fine after two former ballboys accused him of sexually molesting them in the 1980s. While charges have yet to be filed against Fine, he was fired in late November. Boeheim and the university are also facing a defamation suit filed by the ballboys - Bobby Davis and stepbrother Mike Lang.

Despite the issues, the Orange finished 17-1 in conference play.

Courtesy of http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com



Freshman guard Derrick Gordon leaving Western Kentucky - by Eurobasket News

After an improbable run through the Sun Belt tournament resulted in an NCAA tournament bid, many felt that Western Kentucky would have a lot to build on in 2012-13.

But even with a number of key contributors from Ray Harpers team due back, the WKU program took a hit with freshman guard Derrick Gordon (6'2''-G) deciding to transfer.

According to multiple outlets, the Plainfield, NJ native has decided to transfer with the intention of attending a school closer to home.

Gordon was a Third Team All-Sun Belt selection last season, averaging a team-best 11.8 points and 6.7 rebounds per game.

Recruited by BCS-level programs in high school, Gordon will likely be pursued by a number of schools.

Courtesy of http://collegebasketballtalk.nbcsports.com



Murray State star Isaiah Canaan returning to school - by Eurobasket News

Murray State point guard Isaiah Canaan (6'0''-G-91) is returning to the Racers.

The 6-foot junior, who led Murray State to a 31-2 record, told Jeff Goodman on SiriusXM's Inside College Basketball that he was coming back to college.

The Racers lost to Marquette in the round of 32. Canaan averaged 19 points, 3.6 assists and 3.5 rebounds per game while shooting 46 percent from beyond the arc.

NBA executives told CBSSports that Canaan would likely go early in the second round of the NBA.

To understand more on Canaan's background, you've gotta watch this four-minute video on his upbringing and survival after Hurricane Katrina.

Courtesy of www.cbssports.com



NCAA turns down UConn appeal of academic sanctions - by Eurobasket News

The NCAA has turned down the University of Connecticut's final appeal on behalf of its men's basketball team for a waiver of recently instituted academic requirements - a decision that likely will keep the Huskies out of next year's postseason.

UConn doesn't qualify for the NCAA tournament because of several years of below-standard Academic Progress Rate scores. It had requested the waiver, arguing that recently instituted reforms have led to improved scores over the past two seasons.

On Thursday, UConn said its appeal failed, though the school is still hoping to become eligible for the 2013 postseason by having the rules changed again to allow it to submit the more recent test scores.

'While we as a university and coaching staff clearly should have done a better job academically with our men's basketball student-athletes in the past, the changes we have implemented have already had a significant impact and have helped us achieve the success we expect in the classroom,' basketball coach Jim Calhoun said in a statement. 'We will continue to strive to maintain that success as we move forward.'

The Big East also plans to implement a rule next that would bar any team that fails to academically qualify for the NCAA tournament from the conference postseason as well.

Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy told the Associated Press that he had stayed out of the fight until now, but finds the decision to reject the waiver request 'absolutely outrageous.' He is calling on the NCAA to allow UConn and any other schools facing sanctions a chance to show that their current student athletes qualify for the tournament.

'It's as if they've decided to get UConn, one way or the other,' he said. 'UConn should have done a better job. But in point of fact, they are doing a better job. The results are already there. You know, grade the test.'

Under rules approved in October, a school must have a two-year average score of 930 or a four-year average of 900 on the NCAA's annual Academic Progress Rate, which measures the academic performance of student athletes.

Connecticut's men's basketball scored 826 for the 2009-10 school year. UConn's score for the 2010-11 school year was 978.

That would not be high enough. It would give Connecticut a two-year score of 902 and a four-year score of below 890.

But if more recent scores were used, UConn could be part of March Madness in 2013.

'Given where we are now, I'm not completely confident,' Athletic Director Warde Manuel said in a conference call with reporters. 'I'm hopeful, I guess would be the best word, that the committee will continue to discuss the timing of the implementation and whether or not they'll use the most current two years to determine the APR for postseason play.'

Manuel said UConn supports tougher academic standards, but does not support applying them retroactively to scores that had been recorded before the rule was in effect.

Walter Harrison, the chairman of the NCAA's Committee on Academic Performance, has said that the body will consider in April or July whether to adjust reporting dates to allow schools to use scores from the 2010-11 and 2011-12 academic year.

UConn would qualify for the tournament under that scenario. During the fall 2011 semester, the team had a perfect APR score, Manuel said.

'The approach to APR marks the first time in the history of the NCAA that it has ever implemented an academic rule significantly impacting current student-athletes without allowing the members time to adjust to the adoption of the legislation,' Manuel said Thursday.

In seeking the waiver, the school had proposed alternate penalties, including playing a shorter schedule next season, forfeiting the revenue awarded to the Big East for participating in the 2013 tournament and barring Calhoun from meeting off-campus with prospective recruits during the fall 2012 contact period.

NCAA staff rejected the appeal in February, and its Committee of Academic Performance followed suit, and a third appeal was rejected for a third time by the committee's vice chairman this week.

NCAA spokesman Erik Christianson said schools have known since 2006 that APRs below 900 could result in penalties.

'The same standards are applied to each institution; to ensure all data are comparable for each team, there is a necessary lag time in calculating all the scores at a national level,' he said in an email. 'Also, in UConn's first waiver denial, NCAA staff noted the men's basketball team's overall lack of academic achievement and minimal academic progress over several years.'

Manuel would not discuss how the decision might impact Calhoun's tenure at UConn. The coach has said he will announce a decision soon about whether he will return for his 27th season at the school.

'Obviously Jim is not happy about it, about where we find ourselves in the men's basketball program,' Manuel said. 'Beyond that, Jim and I have not talked about any impact of this on his decision or my decision or any part of the conversation around whether or not he will be here.

'Jim is our coach and Jim is committed to working to ensure that the student-athletes continue to do what they're doing now.'

Courtesy of www.usatoday.com



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Rohde Earns Another Honor - by Sanjey Noriega

From: gnacsports.com

Taylor Rohde of Alaska Anchorage collected his third All-America honor this season when the NABC unveiled its 2012 NCAA Division II team Thursday.

After receiving first-team honors from Basketball Times on Monday and Daktronics (sports information directors) second-team honors on Tuesday, Rohde was one of 16 choices on the coaches' team, which does not differentiate between first, second or third teams.

The only other West Region selection was Reggie Jones of Cal State Stanislaus.

Rohde led the GNAC in scoring (19.8), field-goal percentage (.627) and double-doubles (9), and finished in a virtual three-way tie for the rebounding lead with 8.0 per game.

Rohde, who was the only GNAC players selected to the three All-American teams, will represent UAA one more time on the court when he plays in Friday's NCAA Division II All-Star game.
Taylor Rohde (6'9''-F/C-90)



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Standings Men

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

Regular Season: Round 6

Apr. 6: Wellington S. - Taranaki MA 85-80
Apr. 5: Taranaki MA - Nelson G. 76-69
Apr. 4: Southland S. - OceanaGold N. 74-85
Apr. 4: Auckland P. - Nelson G. 101-93

Regular Season: Round 7

Apr. 9: Bay Hawks - OceanaGold N.
Apr. 11: Auckland P. - Hub Jets
Apr. 13: OceanaGold N. - Bay Hawks
Apr. 13: Wellington S. - Nelson G.
Apr. 14: Southland S. - Bay Hawks
Apr. 14: Hub Jets - Nelson G.


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Phill JONES
  Nelson G.
  (196-G-74)
  Avg: 25.7
 1. Jones, Nelson G.25.7 
 2. Wright, OceanaGo.24.7 
 3. Gurley, Wellington24.0 
 4. Hudson, Taranaki.22.7 
 5. Braswell, Southlan.21.1 
 6. Tisby, OceanaGo.20.8 
 7. Bradshaw, Southlan.19.3 
 8. Leasure, Taranaki.19.1 
 9. Tait, Auckland P.19.0 
 10. Abney, Southland18.4 
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. Muhammad, Aucklan.9.3 
 6. Wright, OceanaGo.9.2 
 7. Frank, Wellington8.5 
 8. Young, Bay Hawks7.6 
 9. Crowe, Wellington7.0 
 10. Abrams, Taranaki.7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Jason CROWE
  Wellington S.
  (193-G-76)
  Avg: 9.2
 1. Crowe, Wellington9.2 
 2. Tait, Auckland P.7.3 
 3. Dickel, OceanaGo.7.0 
 4. Jones, Nelson G.5.2 
 5. Bailey, Harbour H.4.9 
 6. Kenny, Bay Hawks4.6 
 7. Wright, OceanaGo.4.5 
 8. Young, Bay Hawks4.4 
 9. Hudson, Taranaki.4.1 
 10. Braswell, Southla.3.9 
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.2.1 
 5. Bailey, Harbour H.2.1 
 6. Muhammad, Aucklan.2.1 
 7. Gurley, Wellington2.0 
 8. Dickel, OceanaGo.1.8 
 9. Tisby, OceanaGo.1.8 
 10. Leasure, Taranaki.1.6 
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.0.9 
 7. Trousdell, Wellin.0.8 
 8. Prewster, Southlan.0.7 
 9. Dempster, Nelson G.0.7 
 10. Newbold, Auckland.0.6 


Saints show Gurley exit after standout game - by Hugh McAuliffe

Rookie Saints American guard Anthony Gurley (190-G-88, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management, college: Massachusetts) must have thought he'd helped his new club turn the corner as he poured in a season's best performance in a vital National Basketball League (NBL) victory last Thursday.

Instead the former University of Massachusetts stand-out was rewarded with a plane ticket home and 'thanks for coming' as the defending NBL champions decided to replace him for the remainder of the season. In comes former Saint Ernest Scott (201-F-82, agency: VVG Sports, college: Valdosta St.), out goes the NBL's reigning Player of the Week.

Welcome to the world of professional basketball - where the highs and lows often follow each other in close succession.

In Gurley's case it was a mere matter of minutes. He was still soaking in a 33-point, six-rebound effort in the Saints' 121-84 victory over the Harbour Heat last Thursday night when coach Pero Cameron tapped him on the shoulder.

The 23-year-old who'd just knocked in 10 of his 15 shots, and five of his seven three-pointers, was told that the Saints needed to upsize in the import spot, and that as happy as they were with his play, he was the one to make way.

It was like a slap in the face for a young man who was feeling rather good about himself.

Saints General Manager Nick Mills Jnr said it was the toughest thing he's had to do in the job. He described Gurley as a 'good kid' and 'model professional' but coach Pero Cameron had simply come to the realisation that he had to beef up his front line which had hitherto consisted of Casey Frank, Arthur Trousdell and not much else.

'Over the past month or so we've been out-rebounded by everyone. We'd been monstered on the boards and we needed some more big guys,' said Mills.

When Scott became available, Cameron pondered the situation long and hard. The 6'7' forward had been a standout for the Saints in 2008 when they lost to Cameron's Waikato Pistons in the final series. Scott averaged 21.3 points and 6.7 rebounds and shot 53.8 percent from the field and 47.1 from deep. Good numbers in anyone's book.

'We decided if we were going to compete with the Auckland Pirates and the Hawks and so forth we needed size to match up,' added Mills.

'Pero made the decision we needed a small forward who could play the four spot and could shoot. Ernest fitted that bill and he was available.

'But [letting Gurley go] has been one of the toughest weeks I've had. He's a great kid, he had a great attitude, it was his first pro gig and he stepped up to the plate.'

Circumstances also didn't play out in Gurley's favour. The Saints had been hoping to add a Kiwi small forward from the US collegiate system - understood to be former Junior Tall Black Richie Edwards - but had not been able to get that over the line.

Mills said Gurley took the news well and understood the Saints' predicament.

'He knows it's business and even said he would be willing to come back if an injury happened to one of our imports. That's a mark of the young man.'

Mills said it was hoped Scott, who has been playing most recently in the NBA's D-League and in Greece, would provide a better balance in the squad.

'He made the All-Star Five in 2008 and we think he's going to help us out a lot.'

Also joining the Saints this week is 2.13m big man Martin Iti (213-C-83, college: N.Mexico St.) from the Sydney Kings to further beef up the front line.

Suddenly the Wellington club's height problems have vanished in a flash. Mills just hopes the pain of letting a good young player go will prove worth it.



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Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Keith RADCLIFF
  Indiana D.
  (186-G-86)
  Avg: 23.8
 1. Radcliff, Indiana23.8 
 2. Favors, Sauk V.20.9 
 3. Simpson, Scranton.19.9 
 4. Commons, Scranton.19.8 
 5. Inabnit, Indiana D.19.3 
 6. Love, Chicago M.19.2 
 7. Robinson, Scranton.18.8 
 8. Hill, St. Louis P.18.3 
 9. Harris, Dayton A.S.17.5 
 10. Fay, Sauk Valley17.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Billy PETTIFORD
  India.
  (201-F-)
  Avg: 12.5
 1. Pettiford, India.12.5 
 2. Robinson, Scranton.11.4 
 3. Hill, Chicago M.10.8 
 4. Fay, Sauk Valley P.8.3 
 5. Davis, Rochester R.8.2 
 6. Slack, Cent.Ill.7.7 
 7. Harris, Sauk V.7.2 
 8. Hill, St. Louis P.6.9 
 9. Harris, Dayton A.S.6.8 
 10. Gorman, Scranton.6.7 
Assists Per Game
 Herman FAVORS
  Sauk V.
  (174-G-84)
  Avg: 8.5
 1. Favors, Sauk V.8.5 
 2. Simpson, Scranton.6.9 
 3. Snow, Lake M.5.4 
 4. Crouch, Rocheste.5.1 
 5. Ruffin, Cent.I.4.8 
 6. Petty, Cent.Ill.4.8 
 7. Council, Rocheste.4.2 
 8. Smith, Dayton A.S.4.1 
 9. Anderson, Chica.4.0 
 10. Polk, St. Louis P.3.9 
Steals Per Game
 Marcel ANDERSON
  Chica.
  (175-PG-86)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Anderson, Chica.1.9 
 2. Rose, Sauk V.1.7 
 3. Polk, St. Louis P.1.5 
 4. Pettiford, India.1.5 
 5. Crouch, Rocheste.1.4 
 6. Favors, Sauk V.1.4 
 7. Robinson, Scranton.1.3 
 8. Snow, Lake M.1.3 
 9. Ruffin, Cent.I.1.3 
 10. Smith, Dayton A.S.1.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Shagari ALLEYNE
  Lake M.
  (221-C-84)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Alleyne, Lake M.2.5 
 2. Commons, Scranton.2.0 
 3. Slack, Cent.Ill.1.8 
 4. Webster, Rocheste.1.3 
 5. Robinson, Scranton.1.1 
 6. Pettiford, India.1.1 
 7. Hill, Chicago M.0.9 
 8. Davis, Rochester R.0.8 
 9. Hipp, Sauk V.0.8 
 10. Robbins, Scranton.0.7 


Slack, Drive win PBL playoff opener - by Eurobasket News

The Central Illinois Drive opened the Premier Basketball League playoffs on Thursday much the same way as they cruised through the regular season with a lopsided victory.

After winning 18 of 19 regular-season games, the Drive led by 16 at halftime and put away Scranton Wilkes-Barre in the third quarter en route to a 132-103 win.

Central Illinois takes a 1-0 lead in the best-of-three PBL semifinal series and will shoot for a spot in the championship series on Saturday at 7:05 p.m. in game two at U.S. Cellular Coliseum.

We definitely played well the third quarter, Drive coach A.J. Guyton (agency: Scenic Sports Group, LLC. ) said. We got a few stops in a row and hit a lot of open shots.

Central Illinois enjoyed a 63-47 halftime advantage and ballooned that margin to 101-71 through three quarters.

Former Illinois State player Anthony Slack (6'8''-F/C-84, college: Illinois St.) paced the Drive with 25 points and 11 rebounds. Todd Peterson (6'8''-F-84, college: N.Illinois) tossed in six 3-pointers and added 24 points.

Daniel Ruffin (5'10''-G-84, agency: Scenic Sports Group, LLC., college: Bradley) chipped in 15 and Jemal Farmer (6'5''-G/F-89, college: Arkansas) and Mike Malat (6'2''-G, college: Missouri S&T) had 12 each for Central Illinois, which shot 49 percent from the field.

Everybody contributed, said Guyton. They were unselfish. They played off each other and hit the open man.

Courtesy of www.pantagraph.com



Rochester Razorsharks take lead in series - by Eurobasket News

Trips to the free-throw line have been anything but gratuitious for Rochester over the last two games. The RazorSharks made just enough down the stretch to prevent them from being very costly.

Jamaal Davis (6'10''-F-79, college: Cincinnati) scored a team-high 18 points to lead seven players in double figures as Rochester held off Sauk Valley 107-104 to go up 1-0 in its best-of-three series in the Premier Basketball League semifinals on Friday at Sterling, Ill. The RazorSharks, eyeing their fourth title in the PBLs five-year history, can advance to the finals with a victory in Saturdays 7:05 matchup at Blue Cross Arena at the Rochester Community War Memorial.

Tasheed Carr (6'4''-G-85, college: St.Joseph's) finished with 15 points and eight assists and Todd McCoy (6'4''-F-84, agency: 22ft, college: Indiana St.) scored 11 of his 14 points in the first half for Rochester (18-2), which trailed 46-45 at halftime but wrested control at the end of the third quarter. The Predators (13-7) went ahead 70-68 on basket by Antwon Harris (6'3''-G, agency: SDJ Sports, college: Winthrop) before Rochester closed the third quarter on a 9-0 spurt. Five of them came from Davis as Rochester made a concerted effort to pound the ball inside.

Rochester, which shot 59-percent from the free-throw line in its loss to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Sunday and connected on just 5 of 13 to start the game on Friday, went 8-for-12 in the final 1:43 to hang on. Mike Rose made a 3 with four seconds left to cut the Sauk Valley deficit to 106-103. Jerice Crouch made 1 of 2 free throws and Sauk Valley missed a deep 3 at the buzzer.

Were a better free throw shooting team than weve demonstrated the last two games,' Rochester coach Rod Baker said. But we made the ones that count. We have to make enough plays to win. We did that tonight and will do that Saturday.

Courtesy of www.democratandchronicle.com



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Motiejunas' double-double lands him (Second Stage) Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

21-year old power forward Donatas Motiejunas (213-F/C-90, agency: Interperformances) put on an amazing game in the last round for league's best team Asseco Prokom and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 7 (Second Stage).
He had a double-double of 24 points and 13 rebounds, while his team beat Zastal ZG (#3, 4-3) 77-69. It allowed Asseco Prokom to consolidate first place in the Polish league. They would have been even better if they did not have these two lost games earlier in Second Stage. Asseco Prokom has a very solid 5-2 record, but they cannot be too comfortable about keeping top position. Motiejunas turned to be Asseco Prokom's top player in his first season with the team. Donatas Motiejunas averages this season 16.7ppg and 6.0rpg.

Second best performed player last round was Mateusz Bartosz (203-F-87) of PBG Basket. He is a forward in his first season at PBG Basket. In the last game Bartosz recorded impressive double-double of 20 points and 14 rebounds. Of course he lead PBG Basket to another comfortable win 89-72 over slightly lower-ranked AZS PW (#1, 10-24) being unquestionably team leader. This victory allowed PBG Basket to move up to 0th position in Group B. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 11-24 record. Bartosz is a newcomer at PBG Basket and despite he is not a team leader yet, every game he becomes more reliable player. Hopefully performances like the last one will happen more often.

Third place about best performers goes to guard Paul Graham (196-G-85, agency: Beo Basket) of Slask Wroclaw (#-5). Graham showcased his all-around game by recording 19 points, six rebounds and seven assists in the last round. He was a key player of Slask Wroclaw, leading his team to a 95-68 easy win against #-3 ranked Kotwica in a game of the week. Slask Wroclaw needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams in Group B. Their record at this point is 22 victories and 13 lost games. Graham has a very solid season. In 34 games in Poland he scored 13.4ppg. He also has FGP: 50.6% and 3PT: 42.7%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. John Turek (205-F/C-83) of Trefl Sopot - 20 points and 11 rebounds
5. Marcin Dutkiewicz (196-G-86) of AZS Koszalin - 26 points and 5 rebounds
6. Nicchaeus Doaks (202-F-87) of Siarka Jezioro - 15 points and 11 rebounds
7. Robert Skibniewski (182-G-83) of Slask Wroclaw - 23 points, 3 rebounds and 7 assists
8. Brandon Hazzard (188-G-87) of Polpharma - 28 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Zarko Comagic (201-F-85) of PBG Basket - 23 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Przemyslaw Karnowski (214-C-93) of Siarka Jezioro - 12 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists

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



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  PORTUGAL   

Standings - Proliga

Proliga Standings
 1. Alges 19-2 
 2. Illiabum 14-6 
 3. Angra 13-8 
 4. Electrico FC 12-9 
 5. Oliveirense 12-9 
 6. Sangalhos 11-10 
 7. Maia Basket 10-10 
 8. Fisica 10-11 
 9. Galitos-Tley 9-11 
 10. Guifoes 6-14 
 11. Povoa 5-16 
 12. Gaeirense 3-18 

Regular Season: Round 21

Apr. 6: Povoa - Gaeirense 79-64
Apr. 6: Fisica - Oliveirense 75-81
Apr. 6: Electrico FC - Alges 73-76
Apr. 6: Angra - Sangalhos 68-65
Apr. 6: Maia Basket - Guifoes
Apr. 6: Galitos-Tley - Illiabum



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Al Ahli Inks Nate Bowie for Remainder of Cup Season - by Surujh Roopnarine

Nate Bowie (183-G-86, college: Cent.Arkansas) has landed on his feet with Al Ahli Sports Club Doha of Qatar for the remainder of the season. The 25-year old Bowie arrived in the middle of March and his contract will run thru the end of April, which coincides with the QBF Emir Cup. Nate Bowie began this season with Forum Terceira Basket of Portugals LPB before leaving the team at the beginning of March due the clubs financial problems. In 15 games he averaged 19.1 points, 3.5 rebounds, 4.1 assists and 1.7 steals while shooting 43.4% on two-point field goals, 24.5% from three and 79.2% from the free-throw line.
During the 2010-11 season, again with Terceira Basket, but in the Proliga, the former Central Arkansas star burst onto the international scene, leading the league in scoring (25.6ppg) while leading Terceira to the Championship and promotion to the LPB. For his efforts Bowie was named Eurobasket.com All-Proliga Player of the Year, Guard of the Year, Newcomer of the Year, and Import of the Year. Al Ahli finished 3-9 during the Qatari regular season but hope to turn their fortunes around during Cup play. Bowie, a Kansas City, Kansas native, has professional experience in the International Basketball League (USA) and Spain in addition to his time in Portugal.



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  ROMANIA   


Enrico Tucker has terminated the collaboration with Perla Harghitei - by Eurobasket News

Enrico Tucker (183-PG-86, college: San Diego) has terminated the collaboration with Perla Harghitei. The USA-Mexican player spent two seasons with the Romanian team.
Enrico Tucker did not play in the final regular season, as his team lost to CSS Giurgiu 89:96.
In 2010-2011 he joined the fortes of BC Perla Harghitei Miercurea Ciuc (Romania-Div.A, starting five) and in 35 games averaged 16.6ppg, 2.8rpg, 3.1apg, 1.7spg, FGP: 52.0%, 3PT: 37.8%, FT: 79.8%. In 2011-2012 for BC Perla Harghitei Miercurea Ciuc (Romania-Div.A, starting five) his stats read 16.0 points per game. He recorded 29 points in the game versus Targu Mures as the latter won 95:83 in Round 20.
In August 2010 CSS BC Miercurea Ciuc strengthened their roster with addition of American-Mexican guard Enrico Tucker. Tucker played most recently at Coras de Tepic (Mexico). While playing 3 games for Tepic last season he averaged 20.0ppg, 2.0rpg, 6.3apg and 2.0spg. Tucker is a very explosive athlete. He has a 46 inch vertical leap.



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  RUSSIA   

Standings - Superleague A

PBL Standings
 1. Khimky 14-2 
 2. CSKA 13-1 
 3. Triumph 9-5 
 4. Lokomotiv 9-7 
 5. Spartak SP 8-7 
 6. Spartak-Prim. 7-8 
 7. Krasnie Krilya 7-9 
 8. Unics 5-9 
 9. Enisey 2-14 
 10. N.Novgorod 2-14 

Regular Season: Round 19

Apr. 5: Spartak-Prim. - N.Novgorod 91-80
Apr. 5: Spartak SP - Krasnie Krilya 86-63
Apr. 6: Enisey - Triumph 73-91
Apr. 5: Unics - Khimky 65-73
Apr. 8: Spartak SP - CSKA
Apr. 11: Triumph - Spartak SP
Apr. 17: Spartak-Prim. - CSKA
Apr. 19: N.Novgorod - Triumph


Stats Leaders - Superleague A

Points Per Game
 Davon JEFFERSON
  Triumph
  (204-F-86)
  Avg: 20.2
 1. Jefferson, Triumph20.2 
 2. Rush, Krasnie Kril.17.2 
 3. Beverley, Spart.16.5 
 4. Thomas, Spartak-.16.3 
 5. Massey, Lokomotiv14.8 
 6. Victor, Spartak-.14.5 
 7. McKee, Triumph14.4 
 8. Karasev, Triumph14.1 
 9. Fridzon, Khimky14.0 
 10. Bykov, Lokomotiv13.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Cuthbert VICTOR
  Spartak-.
  (197-F-83)
  Avg: 8.6
 1. Victor, Spartak-.8.6 
 2. Massey, Lokomotiv8.3 
 3. Jefferson, Triumph7.7 
 4. Landry, Triumph6.7 
 5. Savenkov, Spartak.6.1 
 6. Baxter, Enisey6.0 
 7. Khryapa, CSKA5.9 
 8. Beverley, Spart.5.9 
 9. Monya, Khimky5.9 
 10. Kirilenko, CSKA5.7 
Assists Per Game
 Aaron MILES
  Krasnie Krilya
  (186-G-83)
  Avg: 6
 1. Miles, Krasnie Kri.6.0 
 2. Thomas, Spartak-.5.0 
 3. Beverley, Spart.5.0 
 4. Teodosic, CSKA4.5 
 5. Halperin, Spart.4.5 
 6. McKee, Triumph4.5 
 7. Planinic, Khimky4.5 
 8. Samoylenko, Unics4.1 
 9. Rush, Krasnie Kril.3.6 
 10. Bykov, Lokomotiv3.2 
Steals Per Game
 Patrick BEVERLEY
  Spart.
  (185-PG-88)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Beverley, Spart.2.5 
 2. Massey, Lokomotiv2.3 
 3. Baburin, Spartak-.2.1 
 4. Thomas, Spartak-.2.0 
 5. Jefferson, Triumph1.9 
 6. Halperin, Spart.1.7 
 7. Planinic, Khimky1.6 
 8. Rush, Krasnie Kril.1.5 
 9. Victor, Spartak-.1.5 
 10. Khryapa, CSKA1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Davon JEFFERSON
  Triumph
  (204-F-86)
  Avg: 1.4
 1. Jefferson, Triumph1.4 
 2. Kirilenko, CSKA1.3 
 3. Likhodey, Spart.1.1 
 4. Vasiliev, Krasni.0.9 
 5. Savenkov, Spartak.0.9 
 6. Traore, Lokomotiv0.8 
 7. Lavrinovic, CSKA0.7 
 8. Balashov, Krasni.0.7 
 9. Baxter, Enisey0.7 
 10. Khryapa, CSKA0.6 


PBL: Khimky improve to 14-2 record - by Eurobasket News

Khimky improve to 14-2 record after the game in Kazan. Khimky managed to secure a 8-point victory 73:65 over Unics on Thursday. They also forced 20 Unics Kazan turnovers. Strangely Unics Kazan outrebounded Khimky 41-29 including an 18-7 advantage in defensive rebounds. Zoran Planinic (199-G-82) fired 12 points and 5 assists for the winners. Thomas Kelati chipped in 12 points. Artem Yakovenko (205-F/C-88, agency: RU-Basket Management) produced 16 points and 9 rebounds and Nathan Jawai added 12 points and 11 rebounds respectively for lost side.
There was no surprise in Vladivostok where BC Nizhny Novgorod was defeated by seventh ranked Spartak-Primorye 91-80. It was a very good performance for the former international guard Nikolay Padius (197-G-80) who helped to win the game recording 21 points. Torey Thomas (180-PG-85, agency: Interperformances, college: Holy Cross) contributed with 6 points, 9 rebounds and 11 assists for the winners.
The game with biggest result difference took place in St.Petersburg. Local Spartak St.Petersburg outscored Krasnie Krilya 86-63. Worth to mention a great performance of Patrick Beverley who helped to win the game recording 17 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. Valery Likhodey (205-F-86) contributed with 19 points for the winners.
Tonight Triumph Lyubertsy defeated on the road Enisey Krasnoyarsk 91-73. It was a very good performance for Tywain McKee who helped to win the game recording 20 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists. Davon Jefferson (204-F-86, college: USC) contributed with 25 points and 8 rebounds for the winners.



Andrey Kirilenko is the MVP of VTB United League regular season - by Eurobasket News

CSKA forward Andrei Kirilenko (205-F-81) added another title to his multiple titles the MVP of VTB United League regular season.

Most valuable player of the regular season was determined due to poll on the League's web-site, players efficiency rate (sum of statistic rates), MVP of the month titles and being in months symbolic five during current season and VTB United League council experts and Sport-Express newspaper opinion.

As a result, Kirilenko scored 18 points leaving behind in the top for one point Khimki forward Kresimir Loncar (210-F-83, agency: Alti Sport) and for two the center of Lietuvos Rytas Jonas Valanciunas (210-C-92).

This season, Kirilenko played in nine matches made 10.8 points, 5.8 rebounds, 1.3 block-shots and 2.0 assists per game, largely contributed to the successful performance of his team - CSKA won the first place in the group and got to the VTB United League Final Four. We remind that 30-year-old Russian forward during the regular season four times got to the symbolic five of best players of the month.

Into symbolic top five of the regular season determined by VTB United League and Sport-Express newspaper along with Kirilenko are included forward Kresimir Loncar (Khimki), center Jonas Valanciunas (Lietuvos Rytas), guards Patrick Beverley (185-PG-88, college: Arkansas) (Spartak) and Henry Domercant (192-G-80, college: E.Illinois) (UNICS).


How was the MVP of regular season determined

Fans' version*:
1. Jonas Valanciunas (Lietuvos Rytas) - 8 points (36%)
2. Kresimir Loncar (Khimki) - 7 points (22%)
3. Andrei Kirilenko (CSKA) - 6 points (14%)
4. Paulius Jankunas (205-F-84, agency: Interperformances) (Zalgiris) - 5 points (12%)
5. Semen Antonov (202-PF-89, agency: RU-Basket Management) (Nizhniy Novgorod) - 4 points (6%)
6. Jeremiah Massey (202-F-82, college: Kansas St.) (Lokomotiv-Kuban) - 3 points (5%)
7. Patrick Beverley (Spartak) - 2 points (4%)
8. Henry Domercant (UNICS) - 1 point (1%)

* - For the players selected by the expert council of the League from eight clubs which made their way to the playoffs of the championship.

Rating of effectiveness*:
1. Kresimir Loncar (Khimki) - 5 points (efficacy per game - 18.1)
2. Jonas Valanciunas (Lietuvos Rytas) - 4 points (16.5)
3. Patrick Beverley (Spartak) - 3 points (15.6)
4. Andrei Kirilenko (CSKA) - 2 points (15.1)
5. Jeremiah Massey (Lokomotiv-Kuban) - 1 point (14.8)

*- For players whose clubs made their way to the playoffs of the championship.

MVP and symbolic five of the month*:
1. Andrei Kirilenko (CSKA) - 4 points (4 times in the top five)
2. Chester Simmons (198-G-82, college: Washington) (Nymburk) - 3 points (MVP 1 time + 1 in the top five)
3. Jonas Valanciunas (Lietuvos Rytas), Patrick Beverley (Spartak), Rawle Marshall (Astana), Michal Ignerski (Nizhniy Novgorod), Vladimir Veremeenko (UNICS) - 2 points (MVP 1 time), Kresimir Loncar (Khimki), Vitaliy Fridzon (Khimki) - 2 points (2 times in the top five).
4. Paulius Jankunas (Zalgiris), Jeremiah Massey (Lokomotiv-Kuban), Henry Domercant (UNICS), Adrian Abrams (Nymburk), Sandis Valters (VEF), Andrey Vorontsevich (CSKA), Yotam Halperin (Spartak), Lynn Greer (UNICS), Nenad Krstic (CSKA), Jack McClinton (Budivelnik), Oleksiy Pecherov (Azovmash), Lonniel Rush (Krasnye Krylia), Petr Samoilenko (UNICS), Courtney Sims (VEF) , Kristaps Janicenoks (VEF) - 1 point (1 in the top five).

*- For the title of MVP player gets 2 points, for getting into the symbolic five - 1 point.

Experts of VTB United League:
1. Andrei Kirilenko (CSKA) - 3 points
2. Jonas Valanciunas (Lietuvos Rytas) - 2 points
3. Kresimir Loncar (Khimki) - 1 point

Experts of Sport-Express:
1. Andrei Kirilenko (CSKA) - 3 points
2. Kresimir Loncar (Khimki) - 2 points
3. Patrick Beverley (Spartak) - 1 point

Results:
1. Andrei Kirilenko (CSKA) - 18 points
2. Kresimir Loncar (Khimki) - 17 points
3. Jonas Valanciunas (Lietuvos Rytas) - 16 points
4. Patrick Beverley (Spartak) - 8 points
5. Paulius Jankunas (Zalgiris) - 6 points
6. Jeremiah Massey (Lokomotiv-Kuban) - 5 points
7. Semen Antonov (Nizhniy Novgorod) - 4 points
8. Chester Simmons (Nymburk) - 3 points
9-13. Henry Domercant (UNICS), Vladimir Veremeenko (UNICS), Michal Ignerski (Nizhniy Novgorod/Lokomotiv-Kuban), Rawle Marshall (Astana), Vitaliy Fridzon (Khimki) - 2 points.
14-25. Adrian Abrams (Nymburk), Sandis Valters (VEF), Andrey Vorontsevich (CSKA), Yotam Halperin (Spartak), Lynn Greer (UNICS), Nenad Krstic (CSKA), Jack McClinton (Budivelnik), Oleksiy Pecherov (Azovmash), Lonniel Rush (Krasnye Krylia), Petr Samoilenko (UNICS), Courtney Sims (VEF) , Kristaps Janicenoks (VEF) - 1 point.

- This year the situation is that I am not interested - in what tournament we play, at what stage ... - said the MVP of VTB United League-2011/12 Andrei Kirilenko. - I go to the court and enjoy every minute. Perhaps that's what comes with my age. At the same time I feel a great responsibility for the results of CSKA. We have to win every game - regardless of the strength of the opponent, the match status and other factors. So I do not distinguish games and tournaments between important and not very important. The same is about the individual titles. Any appreciation of professional merit is pleasant.

Courtesy of VTB United League



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  SAINT KITTS   


Ghetto Roots Registers 4 Teams - 1st OECS Club Champions to Stage 25th Anniversary Celebrations - by Eurobasket News

The Horsfords Ghetto Roots once again are the only club in SKABA with 4 registered teams including2 Premier Division Teams, a Junior Team and a Girls Team. Only one other clubhas featuredtwo Premier Division teams in the same season and that was McKnight Trotters sometime back in the 90s .

This year the club the club intends to commemorate their historic OECS Club Championship. In 1987 the Ghetto Roots became the first ever OECS Club Champions when they won the inaugural tournament in Dominica defeating well known OECS Club teams like the Domnica Cardinals , Antiguan Skillville and the Grenada Sparklers.

According to Manager of the Ghetto Roots Club Wallis Wilkin the idea of the 25thanniversary commemoration came from club treasurer Clive Naba Collins who has been a member of the club since those glory days . No official date or activities have been discussed or finalized for the celebration as Wilkin indicated that a committee will be put in place to recommend , plan and implement the various activities. However one event that has been suggested to commemorate the 25thAnniversary is a revival of sorts of the tournament with a OECS Club Invitational Tourney.

The OECS Club Championship was last held in the early 1990s . Only Ghetto Roots and Hitters have participated in the tournament.

The last time a sub-regional club tournament of this kind was held was right here in St.Kitts in 2006 with the Caribbean Club Basketball Invitational. That tournament featured some 8 teams from throughout the region including the Trinidad and Tobago Moriah Topshotters, The Antigua Defense Force Warriors and the Antigua Kings in addition to the Champion teams from Dominica and St. Maarten. That tournament was won by the St.Kitts Champions the Fig Tree Dirt Revellers.

The Ghetto Roots are one of the most successful franchises in local basketball having one 7 SKABA National Championship Titles along with numerous Junior Division and A division titles. The Ghetto Roots last won the National Title in 2009 and has been to at least the final four each of the last 3 seasons.

The 2012 SKABA League begins on Sunday April 1st
Courtesy of: caribbeanbasketball.com



SKABA Opening to feature INFAMUS - by Eurobasket News

SKABA is certainly making a statement for this season as they are taking the league and basketball to a higher level in all aspects. It was announced that past SKABA personalities, players, administrators will be honoured at the opening. Also the unveiling of a brand new state of the art 6feet by 6feet clock are all much antinicpated activites scheduled for this Sundays opening. However an opening of a new and improved SKABA League could not be complete without a performance and a performer equal to the stature of a SKABA 2012 Opening. That is why the SKABA Executive was elated to finalise negotiations with and book St.Kitts-Nevis biggest superstar, Infamus.

Infamus will be a special guest performer at the opening during the halftime of the 2nd game between Figg Tree and defending Champions Ghaut Bucs. Infamus gave a brief comment about what to expect on Sunday with his performance.

As usual my fans and the fans of SKABA basketball can expect a spectacular performance on Sunday, said Infamus. I guarantee after I take that SKABA stage on Sunday SKABA Basketball will never be the same again, he continued.

A member of SKABAs management indicated that entertainment will be an integral part of this years league as the management strives to bring back more fans to basketball and this time keep them coming.

Although we can all agree that watching a good game of basketball is more than entertainment enough we must still strive to enhance the experience of our fans. Thus we will be making an extra effort this year to incorporate much more entertainment into the league through more halftime shows by a number of established as well as up and coming artistes, said a SKABA Official.

SKABA s official opening takes place this coming Sunday 4pm at Basketball City with the march pass . inspections of teams and two exciting games. Admission to the event is just $5.
Courtesy of: caribbeanbasketball.com



Old School Fruta Falcons crush Any Thin Cun Happn - by Eurobasket News

BASSETERRE ST. KITTS (March 20, 2012) -- Fig Tree and Playz basketball teams maintained their winning streak into the third week of the Development Bank/Sandy Point Basketball League.

However, the highlight was when Old School Fruta Falcons crushed Any Thin Cun Happn 101-54 on Sunday night March 18 at the Sandy Point Hard Courts.

When play resumed on Saturday March 17, The Alley Showtime scored a narrow 67-63 win over Alley Construction Half Way Tree in the first game. Showtimes Clayton Powell (180-G) returned 29 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists, with Otis Daniel (17 points, 6 rebounds, and 4 assists), and Peddy Warde (8 points, 7 rebounds, and 2 steals) being the other top scorers on the winning side.

For the losing side, Alley Construction Half Way Tree, Kestbo Hanley managed 18 points, 18 rebounds and 3 steals. Other high scorers on his side were Benjamin Thomas (16 points, 10 rebounds, and 2 steals), and Jason Clarke (12 points, 5 rebounds, and 5 assists). MVP for the game was Clayton Powell of the Alley Showtime.

In the second and feature game on Saturday night, Fig Tree beat Running Suns 86-66. High scorers for the winning team were Nashorn Maynard (196-F-86, college: Alaska-Fairb.) (28 points, 28 rebounds, and 7 blocks), Ray Liddie (16 points, 4 assists, and 3 steals), and George Gaton (22 points, 9 assists, and 4 steals).

Putting in great effort on the Running Suns side were K. Hicks (16 points, 11 rebounds, and 2 blocks), L. Fyfield (14 points, 7 rebounds, and 6 assists), and G. Browne (12, points, 9 rebounds, and 3 assists). Fig Trees Nashorn Maynard was the games MVP.

Ansel Revan of Old School Fruta Falcons electrified the crowds with a great dunk on Sunday night in the first game where his team beat Any Thin Cun Happn 101-54. Revans teammate Taslyn Belboda was the games MVP.

High scores returned in the game were by Taslyn Belboda (24 points, 4 steals, and 7 assists), Sheno Liddie (22 points, 7 rebounds, and 2 steals), and Ansel Revans (18 points, 12 rebounds, and 8 steals) for the winning team, and Kaiyton Blake (19 points, 8 rebounds, and 4 steals), Oakland Connor (16 points, 6 assists, and 3 steals), and Dalton Jeffers (11 points, 10 rebounds, and 7 steals) for Any Thin Cun Happn.

In the second and feature game on Sunday night, Playz marinated their unbeaten run when they shut out Prime Builders Construction Wha-Do-U 98-77. With 27 points, 22 rebounds, and 3 assists, Kemo Duncan of Playz was the games MVP.

Other top scorers in the game were Calbert Gift (22 points, 10 rebounds, and 3 steals), and Mel Rawlins (17 points, 14 rebounds, and 2 assists) for the winning team. For Prime Builders Construction Wha-Do-U, top scorers were T. Caines (31 points, 9 rebounds, and 7 steals), G. Lewis (24 points, 3 steals, and 2 assists), and N. Prentice (8 points, 5 rebounds, and 2 steals).

At the end of the third week in the Development Bank/Sandy Point Basketball League, Fig Tree and Playz have three wins each, but Fig Tree is in the first position due to its superior points score of 259 at an average of 86.33. Playz is in the second position with 251 points at an average of 83.66.

Junior Fruta Falcons who have so far played and won one game are in the third position based on the average 83 points scored in their winning match. The other teams, in order, are The Alley Showtime (198 points, 66 average) from two wins and one loss, Old School Fruta Falcons (165 points, 82.5 average) from one win and one loss, and Alley Construction Half Way Tree (140 points, 70 average) also from one win and one loss.

Teams that have lost all their games are Running Suns with 120 points and 60 average (two games), Prime Builders Construction Wha-Do-U with 207 points and 69 average (three games), and Anything Cun Happn with 201 points and 67 average (three games). One game between Running Suns and Alley Construction Half Way Tree was rained off on Sunday March 11.
Courtesy of: skninews.com



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  SOUTH KOREA   


KGC's Oh became the new king of KBL - by JungHwan Seo

Anyang KGC got their first championship in the franchise history.

Anyang KGC beat Dongbu Promy to 66-64 on Friday at game 6 in Wonju. They took the series to 4-2. It was the first championship of Anyang KGC for last 16 KBL seasons.

Rookie Center Oh Sek-Eun (200-C-87) named Finals MVP. He became the first rookie who got Finals MVP in KBL history. Oh dominated the post averaging 17.5 points, 5.3 rebounds and 56% from the field against one of the best Korean big man Kim Joo-Sung (205-F/C-79).

'I am so glad to get a championship this year. When I heard the final buzzer, I just cried. It is pretty great feeling now' Oh cried.

'It was so lucky to play with so many great players. I am feeling sorry to get a MVP trophy. I am just a rookie now. I still have many weaknesses to improve. I very appreciate to Kim Joo-Sung too' Oh added.

There is another superhero. Yang Hee-Jong (194-F-84) made a final score at 9.6 seconds remaining on 4th quarter. He scored just six points today. But, that was so huge for Anyang KGC's championship.

'I just feel like it is a dream now. I didn't know it was a final shot. When my teammates are running toward to me, then I realized that we won the championship' Yang said.

Yang averaged 11.7 points, 4.2 boards and 1.7 steals during the series. He made a great rivalry against Yoon Ho-Young (198-F-84) who scored 13.2 points per game.

'Yoon is a great player. He got a skill and confidence. He was definitely the go to guy of Dongbu Promy. He never lost his control at final moments' Yang praised Yoon.

Anyang KGC Coach Lee Sang-Bum also got his first championship ring as a coach.

'I prepared a lot and I was so lucky. My guys were doing very well. I thought that the championship never comes to me. But, now I can look back old days when we rebuild the team for last two years. I really wanted to have a championship' Coach smiled.

Dongbu Promy's dynasty was over. Kim Joo-Sung is not the best player anymore. Yoon will take a military duty for next two years.

'Our players did their best today. We have to accept the result. I want to celebrate coach Lee's success this year. We have to rebuild this team. We still have a chance to get a championship for next season. I am feeling very sorry to our fans' Kang Dong Hae , Head coach of Dongbu Promy, said.



Anyang KGC Win 2012 KBL Title - by Kevin Campigotto

Anyang KGC are the 2012 KBL Champions after defeating the Wonju Dongbu Promy 66-64 in Game 6 of the finals. For the second game in a row Wonju squandered a double-digit lead late, opening the door for KGC to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat. Chris Daniels (211-C-84) led Anyang with 15 points and 16 rebounds while Yoon Ho-Young (198-F-84) led the Promy with 19. Rod Benson (207-F/C-84, college: California) contributed 15 points and 14 rebounds.

Offensive rebounding was again a huge factor as KGC had 9 to Wonju's 1, but the only thing that really matters in the game is that Wonju choked away a 17 point lead and only managed 11 points in the 4th quarter. KGC took the lead with 9 seconds left in the game. Lee Kwang-Jae pushed the ball up the floor and found Benson with space to move in the pain. Benson drove to the basket and was probably fouled by at least one of the two defenders who met him in the air but there was no whistle. While Benson should have been given the chance to tie the game at the line, Wonju shouldn't have choked away their seemingly commanding lead in the last two games.



KBL Round 6 of Finals - by Eurobasket News

Dongbu Promy - Anyang KGC 64-66

The guests trailed by 11 points after three quarters before their 24-11 charge, which allowed them to win the game. American center Chris Daniels (211-84) had a double-double by scoring 15 points and 16 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and guard Tae-Sool Kim (180-84) chipped in 9 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists during the contest. The best for the losing side was American power forward Rodrique Benson (207-84, college: California) with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 14 rebounds and forward Ho-Young Yoon (198-84) scored 19 points (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field).
Top scorers:
Dongbu Promy: H.Yoon 19+4reb+2ast, R.Benson 15+14reb+1ast, J.Park 11+3reb+5ast, J.Kim 8+6reb+2ast, J.Hwang 7+3ast, K.Lee 4+1ast
Anyang KGC: C.Daniels 15+16reb+3ast, J.Lee 14+2reb+1ast, S.Oh 12+2reb+2ast, T.Kim 9+6reb+5ast, H.Yang 6+3reb+1ast, S.Kim 6+1ast
gschID: 173782



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  SPAIN   


Fuenlabrada's Mike Hall two weeks out - by Eurobasket News

Mad-Croc Fuenlabrada will not be able to count on Mike Hall (203-F-84, agency: SportsTalent, college: G.Washington) for the next two weeks. The American is out due to injury (patellar tendonitis). Hall joined Fuenlabrada in January. He appeared 12 times in Liga Endesa averaging 8 points and 5 rebounds. He also added 10 ppg and 8.1 rpg for 8 games in EuroChallenge. Mike Hall changed three teams last season. He started with Italian Teramo, where he had 10.8 ppg, 8.2 rpg and 1.8 apg for 5 five games. They parted ways in November and Hall moved to NBA D-League team Dakota Wizards, where he averaged 9.9 ppg and 7.8 rpg for 17 games. Finally, in January he penned a deal with Erdemir registering 13.4 ppg, 8.4 rpg and 2.1 apg for 10 games in Turkey. In the past, Hall played for Armani Jeans Milano, Scavolini Pesaro and Tulsa 66ers.


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  SWEDEN   

Stats Leaders - Basketligan

Points Per Game
 Evaldas ZABAS
  Jamtland
  (188-PG-88)
  Avg: 21.9
 1. Zabas, Jamtland21.9 
 2. Relphorde, LF Ba.19.3 
 3. Sigurdarson, Sunds.19.2 
 4. Flowers, Solna19.0 
 5. Krayem, Boras18.9 
 6. Smith, Sodertalje18.7 
 7. Palm, Boras17.3 
 8. McKnight, Boras16.8 
 9. Watt, Eco Orebro16.6 
 10. Jeansson, Uppsala16.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Delvon JOHNSON
  Uppsala
  (206-F/C-89)
  Avg: 10.2
 1. Johnson, Uppsala10.2 
 2. Baeringsson, Sunds.10.1 
 3. Palm, Boras10.0 
 4. Toombs, Eco Orebro9.6 
 5. Ramsey, LF Basket9.0 
 6. Simms, Sodertalje8.9 
 7. Watt, Eco Orebro8.5 
 8. Lalugba, Jamtland8.4 
 9. Stamper, Jamtland8.0 
 10. McKnight, Boras7.9 
Assists Per Game
 Rudy MBEMBA
  LF Basket
  (184-G-87)
  Avg: 6.5
 1. Mbemba, LF Basket6.5 
 2. Pleick, Eco Orebro6.4 
 3. Krayem, Boras6.1 
 4. Carter, Uppsala5.7 
 5. Ermolinskij, Sunds.5.0 
 6. Zabas, Jamtland4.6 
 7. Beck, Solna4.6 
 8. Chuk, Sodertalje4.6 
 9. Mitchell, Norrkopi.4.1 
 10. Jeromanovs, Norrk.3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Johnell SMITH
  Sodertalje
  (185-PG-80)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Smith, Sodertalje2.9 
 2. Flowers, Solna2.8 
 3. Carter, Uppsala2.5 
 4. Tyndale, Sundsvall2.2 
 5. Mbemba, LF Basket2.2 
 6. Ramsey, LF Basket2.0 
 7. Mitchell, Norrkopi.1.9 
 8. Krayem, Boras1.9 
 9. Ermolinskij, Sunds.1.8 
 10. Johnson, Sundsva.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Kenneth SIMMS
  Sodertalje
  (203-C-86)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Simms, Sodertalje1.6 
 2. Gregory, Sundsvall1.5 
 3. Ramsey, LF Basket1.5 
 4. Johnson, Uppsala1.5 
 5. Toombs, Eco Orebro1.3 
 6. Lalugba, Jamtland1.1 
 7. Watt, Eco Orebro1.0 
 8. Palm, Boras1.0 
 9. Doychinov, Solna1.0 
 10. Nystrom, 080.7 


Basketligan Semifinals, second games: Both series are tied - by Eurobasket News

Second games of the Basketligan Semifinals just ended. Once again home teams registered two wins. This time Boras and LF Basket played at their home courts and tied the score against their rivals to 1-1. The format is best-of-five and third games are scheduled for April 10. After that, teams will meet again on April 13 and if necessary April 15. Norrkoping and Sodertalje will host Game Three.

Boras - Norrkoping
96-85 (1-1)

The game was mostly controlled by Boras Basket. Norrkoping Dolphins managed to win third quarter 25-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Boras Basket made 21-of-24 free shots (87.5 percent) during the game. Strangely Norrkoping Dolphins outrebounded Boras Basket 45-32 including 18 on the offensive glass. 24 personal fouls committed by Norrkoping Dolphins helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American guard Omar Krayem (185-86, college: Cal.Baptist, agency: Pro One Sports) orchestrated the victory by scoring 33 points (!!!) and 6 assists. The former international center Michael Palm (208-79, college: W.Washington, agency: R.H.Consultancy) contributed with 15 points for the winners. Four Boras Basket players scored in double figures. The former international forward Martin Ringstrom (206-81) replied with 18 points and 9 rebounds and international guard Anton Saks (200-89) added 19 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Norrkoping Dolphins.
Top scorers:
Boras: O.Krayem 33+4reb+6ast, M.Palm 15+4reb+1ast, R.Zamroz 14+3reb+2ast, C.McKnight 12+7reb, M.Goransson 11+3reb+1ast, J.Thomas 7+8reb+2ast
Norrkoping: A.Saks 19+7reb, M.Ringstrom 18+9reb+2ast, A.Mitchell 15+3reb+4ast, P.Balocka 9+8reb, M.Lindquist 8+1reb, G.Watt 7+6reb
gschID: 173818


LF Basket - Sodertalje 91-79 (1-1)
The game was mostly controlled by LF Basket. Sodertalje Kings was better in fourth quarter 26-23. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Sodertalje Kings were plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. American forward Keith Ramsey (205-87, college: Missouri, agency: Hart Sports Mngm) had a double-double by scoring 17 points, 14 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals (perfect from the field making all six shots) to lead the charge for the winners and the former international guard Rudy Mbemba (184-87) chipped in 17 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists during the contest. American point guard Johnell Smith (185-80, college: New Orleans, agency: Global Sports Plaza) responded with 12 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists and Lithuanian forward Mantas Griskenas (200-85, college: Wichita St.) scored 20 points. Five LF Basket and four Sodertalje Kings players scored in double figures. Sodertalje Kings' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
LF Basket: M.Relphorde 19+1reb, K.Ramsey 17+14reb+5ast, U.Igbavboa 17+7reb+1ast, R.Mbemba 17+5reb+6ast, A.Person 13+4reb+1ast, M.Pahlmblad 4+1reb
Sodertalje: M.Griskenas 20+4reb, D.Pita 16+2reb+2ast, K.Simms 12+8reb, J.Smith 12+9reb+5ast, J.Andersson 7+3reb+1ast, A.Chuk 6+1reb+3ast



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  SYRIA   


U18 WABA Championship: Iran claim second straight win in Tripoli - by Eurobasket News

Iran U18 - Syria U18 64:56

Iranian U18 National Team celebrated the second win in a row at the start of 13th WABA Championship in Tripoli. They overcame Syria to stay undefeated. Five teams are fighting for the top three places to qualify for U18 Asia Championship to be held in Mongolia in August. Top three teams will be decided on the aggregate result from both 12th and 13th WABA Championships.
Iran and Syria stayed neck and neck throughout the first half. Iran ensured a narrow 30:28 lead at the big break. The teams stayed close throughout the third term. They entered the final stanza tied at 49. Iran however managed to clear off late in regulation. They capped it on an 11:4 run to seal the victory.
Iran will have a bye on Friday, while Syria will look for their first win taking on Yemen.



Micho Maadanly on his way to join in Ittihad Jeddah - by Ahmad Madwar

Maadanly Michel (195-G-81) the former Syrian National team player .. on his way to join in Ittihad Jeddah in Saudia Arabia .. thats what we heard from many news papers ..
Micho refused the same offer last season when he was undercontract with Jalaa club ..
he finished his first experience overseas 2 months ago when he played with Foshan in China CBA league his average 21.6ppg, 6.5rpg, 3.6apg, 1.5spg

good luck for micho in his new expirience in Saudia Arabia



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  TAIWAN   

Standings - SBL

SBL Standings
 1. Pure Youth 21-6 
 2. Taiwan Beer 16-11 
 3. Dacin Tigers 16-12 
 4. Yulon Luxgen 15-12 
 5. KKL 12-15 
 6. Taiwan Mobile 10-17 
 7. Bank of Taiwan 5-22 

Regular Season: Round 13

Apr. 6: Taiwan Mobile - Dacin Tigers 72-84
Apr. 6: Bank of Taiwan - KKL 59-68
Apr. 7: Yulon Luxgen - Taiwan Mobile
Apr. 7: Taiwan Beer - Pure Youth
Apr. 7: Dacin Tigers - Bank of Taiwan
Apr. 8: Taiwan Mobile - Taiwan Beer
Apr. 8: Pure Youth - KKL
Apr. 8: Bank of Taiwan - Yulon Luxgen


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Ryan WRIGHT
  Taiwan Mobile
  (206-C/F-87)
  Avg: 19.5
 1. Wright, Taiwan Mob.19.5 
 2. Davis, Pure Youth18.8 
 3. Trim, Taiwan Beer17.8 
 4. Johnson, Yulon L.17.4 
 5. Yang, Taiwan Beer16.6 
 6. Hsu, Bank o.15.7 
 7. Felix, Dacin Tigers15.5 
 8. Lu, Yulon Luxgen15.5 
 9. Fuqua, KKL15.4 
 10. Tien, Dacin Tigers13.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kevin JOHNSON
  Yulon L.
  (201-F-84)
  Avg: 15.6
 1. Johnson, Yulon L.15.6 
 2. Wright, Taiwan Mob.12.7 
 3. Davis, Pure Youth12.6 
 4. Fuqua, KKL12.2 
 5. Trim, Taiwan Beer11.7 
 6. Vaudreuil, Bank o.11.3 
 7. Felix, Dacin Tigers8.7 
 8. Hsu, Bank o.7.7 
 9. Tien, Dacin Tigers7.2 
 10. Chou, Yulon Luxg.6.9 
Assists Per Game
 Yi-Chieh SU
  Taiwan Mobile
  (181-PG-87)
  Avg: 5.9
 1. Su, Taiwan Mobile5.9 
 2. Chen, Yulon Luxgen4.6 
 3. Ke, Pure Youth3.4 
 4. Chen, Taiwan Beer3.2 
 5. Chen, Pure Youth3.2 
 6. Chou, KKL3.2 
 7. Lin, Yulon Luxgen2.9 
 8. Chen, Bank o.2.8 
 9. Yang, Taiwan Beer2.6 
 10. Peng, Pure Youth2.6 
Steals Per Game
 Cheng LIU
  KKL
  (192-F-90)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Liu, KKL2.2 
 2. Yang, Taiwan Beer1.9 
 3. Lin, Bank o.1.8 
 4. Johnson, Yulon L.1.7 
 5. Su, Taiwan Mobile1.7 
 6. Wright, Taiwan Mob.1.6 
 7. Ke, Pure Youth1.5 
 8. Felix, Dacin Tigers1.5 
 9. Vaudreuil, Bank o.1.5 
 10. Tien, Dacin Tigers1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Quincy DAVIS
  Pure Youth
  (206-F/C-83)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Davis, Pure Youth2.8 
 2. Felix, Dacin Tigers2.5 
 3. Fuqua, KKL2.2 
 4. Johnson, Yulon L.1.8 
 5. Wright, Taiwan Mob.1.2 
 6. Chou, Yulon Luxgen1.1 
 7. Vaudreuil, Bank o.1.1 
 8. Cheng, Taiwan Beer1.0 
 9. Tien, Dacin Tigers1.0 
 10. Liu, KKL0.6 



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  TURKEY   

Standings - TBL

TBL Standings
 1. Galatasaray 22-4 
 2. Anadolu Efes 21-4 
 3. Banvit BK 20-5 
 4. Fener.Ulker 19-6 
 5. Besiktas 18-7 
 6. Karsiyaka 15-10 
 7. Aliaga 12-13 
 8. Tofas 12-13 
 9. Turk Telekom 11-15 
 10. Erdemir 10-15 
 11. Hacettepe Univ. 10-15 
 12. Mersin 9-16 
 13. Olin Edirne 7-18 
 14. Antalya 7-18 
 15. Trabzonspor 5-20 
 16. Bandirma Kir. 3-22 

Regular Season: Round 26

Apr. 6: Turk Telekom - Galatasaray 74-82
Apr. 7: Erdemir - Aliaga
Apr. 8: Bandirma Kir. - Anadolu Efes
Apr. 7: Mersin - Olin Edirne
Apr. 7: Fener.Ulker - Banvit BK
Apr. 7: Karsiyaka - Trabzonspor
Apr. 7: Besiktas - Hacettepe Univ.
Apr. 7: Antalya - Tofas


Stats Leaders - D1

Points Per Game
 Mire CHATMAN
  Karsiyaka
  (187-PG-78)
  Avg: 19.3
 1. Chatman, Karsiyaka19.3 
 2. Gibson, Trabzonspor19.1 
 3. Brown, Trabzonspor18.1 
 4. Fisher, Antalya17.6 
 5. Grundy, Mersin17.0 
 6. Karadeniz, Turk T.16.6 
 7. Kemp, Besiktas16.3 
 8. Toolson, Aliaga16.1 
 9. Washington, Turk T.16.1 
 10. Stanojevic, Karsi.14.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Elton BROWN
  Trabzonspor
  (206-C-83)
  Avg: 11.8
 1. Brown, Trabzonspor11.8 
 2. Stimac, Olin Edirne9.7 
 3. Mensah-Bonsu, Bes.9.2 
 4. Sanders, Hacett.8.5 
 5. Buckman, Tofas7.7 
 6. Wesson, Erdemir7.6 
 7. Sonkol, Aliaga7.6 
 8. McGhee, Bandirma.7.5 
 9. Miller, Bandirma K.7.1 
 10. Grier, Mersin6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Baris ERMIS
  Banvit BK
  (194-G-85)
  Avg: 6.5
 1. Ermis, Banvit BK6.5 
 2. Chatman, Karsiyaka6.2 
 3. Tunceri, Anadolu5.4 
 4. Senturk, Erdemir5.4 
 5. Ratkovica, Aliaga5.2 
 6. Gordon, Galatasaray5.0 
 7. Washington, Turk T.4.5 
 8. Fisher, Antalya4.2 
 9. Wright, Olin Edirne4.1 
 10. Ukic, Fener.Ulker4.1 
Steals Per Game
 Vincent GRIER
  Mersin
  (195-G/F-83)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Grier, Mersin2.1 
 2. Chatman, Karsiyaka2.0 
 3. Bryan-A., Hacett.1.8 
 4. Robinson, Trabzons.1.8 
 5. Ermis, Banvit BK1.6 
 6. Grundy, Mersin1.6 
 7. Gordon, Galatasaray1.6 
 8. Kinsey, Anadolu1.5 
 9. Hawkins, Besiktas1.5 
 10. Guler, Turk T.1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Matthew BRYAN-AMANING
  Hacett.
  (205-F-88)
  Avg: 1.3
 1. Bryan-A., Hacett.1.3 
 2. Davis, Banvit BK1.2 
 3. Turkyilmaz, Banvit1.1 
 4. Robinson, Erdemir1.0 
 5. Bayav, Karsiyaka0.9 
 6. Aldemir, Galatasar.0.9 
 7. Gist, Fener.Ulker0.9 
 8. Qvale, Aliaga0.9 
 9. Barac, Anadolu Ef.0.8 
 10. Karaman, Karsiyaka0.8 


Standings - TB2L

TB2L Standings
 1. Optimum TED 27-6 
 2. Selcuk Univ. 27-7 
 3. Genc Telekom 25-9 
 4. Vestel 23-11 
 5. Maliye Milli 23-11 
 6. Final Genclik 23-11 
 7. Gaziantep 22-12 
 8. Akhisar Bld 20-14 
 9. Istanbul B.B. 15-19 
 10. Gelisim 15-19 
 11. Darussafaka 14-20 
 12. Balikesir 14-20 
 13. Pertevniyal 14-21 
 14. Tire Gucu 12-22 
 15. Usak 12-22 
 16. Pamukkale 12-22 
 17. Istanbulspor 12-22 
 18. Orman Genc 12-23 
 19. Baskent Genclik 11-23 
 20. TED Istanbul 8-27 

Regular Season: Round 36

Apr. 6: Pertevniyal - Orman Genc 76-71
Apr. 7: Gelisim - Istanbulspor
Apr. 7: Balikesir - TED Istanbul
Apr. 7: Optimum TED - Selcuk Univ.
Apr. 7: Pamukkale - Genc Telekom
Apr. 7: Baskent Genclik - Gaziantep
Apr. 7: Maliye Milli - Istanbul B.B.
Apr. 7: Akhisar Bld - Final Genclik
Apr. 8: Usak - Vestel
Apr. 8: Darussafaka - Tire Gucu


TB2L Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Tyrone NELSON
  Akhisar Bld
  (206-F-85)
  Avg: 22
 1. Nelson, Akhisar Bld22.0 
 2. Gray, Baskent19.1 
 3. Jackson, Balikesir19.0 
 4. Waller, Gaziantep18.6 
 5. Carter, Tire Gucu18.3 
 6. Delic, Genc Telekom18.2 
 7. Pilgrim, Pamukkale18.1 
 8. Taggart, TED I.17.1 
 9. Senol, Pamukkale15.9 
 10. Dobie, Selcuk Uni.15.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Tyrone NELSON
  Akhisar Bld
  (206-F-85)
  Avg: 11.6
 1. Nelson, Akhisar Bld11.6 
 2. Jackson, Balikesir11.4 
 3. Kolaric, Istanbul.10.3 
 4. Pilgrim, Pamukkale10.2 
 5. Gray, Baskent9.7 
 6. Can, Pertevniyal8.7 
 7. Taggart, TED I.8.7 
 8. Ozseven, TED I.8.2 
 9. Ozdemir, Vestel8.1 
 10. Caudle, Pamukkale8.1 
Assists Per Game
 Admir KAN
  Istanbulspor
  (185-G-83)
  Avg: 6.2
 1. Kan, Istanbulspor6.2 
 2. Eryuz, Gaziantep5.5 
 3. Sinanoglu, Final G.5.2 
 4. Rizvanoglu, Genc T.5.0 
 5. Eris, Istanbul B.B.4.9 
 6. Bayraktar, Tire G.4.8 
 7. Senol, Pamukkale4.6 
 8. Dobie, Selcuk Univ.4.5 
 9. Kavaklioglu, Optim.4.5 
 10. Yikilmaz, Pertevn.4.4 
Steals Per Game
 Matthew PILGRIM
  Pamukkale
  (203-F-87)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Pilgrim, Pamukkale2.7 
 2. Yavuklu, Basken.2.4 
 3. Akcay, Balikesir2.0 
 4. Nelson, Akhisar Bld1.8 
 5. Carter, Tire Gucu1.7 
 6. Okkali, Final Genc.1.7 
 7. Dobie, Selcuk Univ.1.6 
 8. Jackson, Balikesir1.6 
 9. Waller, Gaziantep1.5 
 10. Mentese, Gelisim1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Ismail CEVIK
  Selcuk Univ.
  (206-F-81)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Cevik, Selcuk Univ.1.5 
 2. Washington, Gelisim1.3 
 3. Ozseven, TED I.1.3 
 4. Tekin, Pertevniyal1.2 
 5. Pilgrim, Pamukkale1.2 
 6. Gray, Baskent1.2 
 7. Brown, TED I.1.1 
 8. Kaplan, Gaziantep1.0 
 9. Delic, Genc Telekom0.9 
 10. Johnson, Maliye M.0.8 



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  UGANDA   


Team By Team Guide to New Basketball Season - by Eurobasket News

Ahead of the 2012 basketball season that rolls off this evening, Felix Eupal analyses the potential of each of the twelve teams in the men's topflight division, of which eight will make the playoffs.

Dmark Power: The champions open the defence of their crown against UCU Canons but things don't look rosy. They lost Boniface Okello to the Canons and are yet to tie up senior players, a factor that has brought friction in the squad. Jimmy Enabu is courted by Mountain Dew Falcons while skipper Isaac Afridra has not yet committed.

On the other hand, Power has bolstered their squad with Derrick Katumba from Heaters, Paul Mwaka from Ndejje and Collins Mukiza from Miracle Eagles. Barnes Ankunda, the coach, is confident they will go all the way: 'Everything will work out, and we are going to make history and defend the title.e'

Kyambogo Warriors: After last season's nail-biting loss to Power, the Kyambogo side have left nothing to chance. They have acquired the services of three-time MVP Norman Blick and his brother Donald Blick as well as Brian Ssentongo. With Eric Malinga assuring the club of his services this season despite links to Rwandan side APR, Warriors have the most formidable squad. That's why Manday Juruni, the coach, should not have any excuse.

Miracle: The Rubaga-based side made the playoffs for the first time last season but going by the current look of things, they will need divine intervention to survive relegation. This follows a mass player exodus that includes the Blick brothers, Edward Kateregga, Douglas Uwizera, Albert Aciko, Mukisa, Ssentongo, Yahaya Kalyesubula and Francis Tumusiime. Clearly, Stephen Omony will need a miracle to carry all the baggage alongside a bunch of young inexperienced players just fresh from high school.

'I'm waiting on management to show me what they have and that is what I will work with,' says Joe Burua, the coach.

UCU Canons: Last season, the University side made history when they reached the playoffs having played an entire season with just nine players. They even stretched Warriors to five games in the best-of-five series. However, Jake Whetstone's departure [he went back to the US] and skipper Jeff Omondi is a huge blow. To fill that void, they got Brian Mamake from Kenya's Coop Bank, Innocent Odhour from KPA, Kalyesubula, and Okello.

'We are used to losing players but the players I have can handle the pressure and the opening game will show how far we can go,' says Nick Natuhereza, the coach.

Mountain Dew Falcons: For the first time in their history, Falcons missed the playoffs last season but this time round, club supremo Dennis Mbidde shouldn't be worried, despite losing star player Richard Omondi. Prodigal son Francis Tumusiime is back and coupled with the acqusition of Jeff Omondi, Kateregga, Uwizera and the towering Sam Gombya, they are a good bet to go all the way. Mbidde has also brought on former player Tony Oluka as the new coach.

Ndejje Angels: After finishing sixth last season, the Angels have set a target to finish third. However, it's more of wishful thinking for Walker Obedi, the coach, after losing star point guard Cyrus Kiviri, Mwaka and Donald Ssali. Jonathan Otim from MBC Rocks is the only significant buy.

'Our fans don't need to worry - we are going to have a good season,' Obedi says.

KIU Titans: In the past two seasons, the Titans struggled in the first round because the league fixtures coincided with the students' holidays. However, having Omondi is not the only thing bringing a smile to coach Nimrod Kaboha's face.

'I have had issues with consistency but this season I have a squad of 15 players that will be around all season.'

Nkumba Marines: Having dominated the game in the mid 2000s - winning the 2005 and 2006 titles - Marines have struggled since. Indeed, coach Timothy Odeke has avoided the temptation of talking big:

'We are still in a building process and it would be unrealistic to dream of winning a championship this season,' he says.

Nonetheless, the team signed the Kenyan trio of Brian Sivachi, Emmanuel Nyabuto and Cyprus Matata to improve their fortunes.

Heaters: They would have been relegated if it wasn't for Fuba's expansion of the topflight to twelve teams. That's why their main goal will be to avoid the drop and Denis Osikol, the club boss, has held onto all his former players and also added Aciko, Okot and former Coop Bank skipper Brian Busu. This is a team with potential to make several upsets and a playoff berth is not a long shot.

Vegetarians: After eight years of waiting, the Luzira-based side will feature in the topflight but right from the get go, this will be a learning process.

'We don't have too much expectation but we have belief in our selves,' David Jurua, the club skipper, says.

To keep up that expectation, they signed Abel Emudu from Livingstone and youngster Mark Ongomu fresh from high school.

Giant Stormers: They had a terrific season last year but that was in the Second Division. However, they have already started showing signs of distress and it will come as no surprise when they turn out to be the league's whipping boys.

'There is not much to believe in and we have not yet confirmed many of our new signings,' says John Omondi, the club coach. So far they have only signed Rogers Serunyingo.

Rez Life: They punched above their weight to make the topflight. So far, they have no new players but are content they will survive with that.

'Players are expensive these days; so, we are sticking together and will just go with what we have and hope to make the playoffs,' says Andrew Muhise, the club skipper.
Courtesy of: The Observer (Kampala)



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  UKRAINE   

Standings - Superleague

Superleague Standings
 1. Budivelnyk 29-7 
 2. BC Donetsk 29-8 
 3. Azovmash 24-13 
 4. Khimik 22-15 
 5. Ferro-ZNTU 22-15 
 6. BC Odessa 22-15 
 7. Hoverla 20-17 
 8. Dnipro 20-17 
 9. BC Kyiv 18-18 
 10. Kryvbasbasket 14-23 
 11. DniproAzot 11-26 
 12. Mykolaiv 11-26 
 13. Cherkasy 8-29 
 14. Halychyna 8-29 

Regular Season: Round 38

Apr. 5: BC Donetsk - Azovmash 90-81
Apr. 5: Budivelnyk - Mykolaiv 87-83
Apr. 5: Cherkasy - Halychyna 71-102
Apr. 6: DniproAzot - Khimik 64-96
Apr. 7: Budivelnyk - Halychyna
Apr. 7: BC Kyiv - Mykolaiv


Stats Leaders - Men

Points Per Game
 Willie SOLOMON
  Cherkasy
  (187-G-78)
  Avg: 22.1
 1. Solomon, Cherkasy22.1 
 2. Culpepper, Fe.20.6 
 3. Burtt, Dnipro19.3 
 4. Deane, BC Odessa18.4 
 5. Vukosavljevi., Hal.17.9 
 6. King, BC Odessa17.8 
 7. Mitchell, Khimik17.5 
 8. Guinn, Fe.17.1 
 9. Green, Mykolaiv17.1 
 10. Harris, Halychyna16.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Vladan VUKOSAVLJEVIC
  Halych.
  (206-F/C-84)
  Avg: 10.9
 1. Vukosavljevi., Hal.10.9 
 2. King, BC Odessa10.8 
 3. Dunigan, DniproAzot9.0 
 4. Davis, Fe.8.4 
 5. Odufuwa, Halychyna8.1 
 6. Drozdov, Azovmash8.1 
 7. Goodridge, BC Kyiv7.8 
 8. Todic, Halychyna7.7 
 9. Davis, Kryvbasb.7.6 
 10. Korniyenko, Dnipro7.3 
Assists Per Game
 Darrel MITCHELL
  Khimik
  (181-PG-84)
  Avg: 6.1
 1. Mitchell, Khimik6.1 
 2. Deane, BC Odessa5.8 
 3. Zimmerman, BC Kyiv5.7 
 4. Ewing, Azovmash5.2 
 5. Florence, Kryvbasb.5.1 
 6. Burtt, Dnipro5.0 
 7. Pringle, DniproAzot4.6 
 8. Vaughn, Mykolaiv4.5 
 9. Swanson, Hoverla4.5 
 10. Solomon, Cherkasy4.5 
Steals Per Game
 James FLORENCE
  Kryvbasb.
  (185-G-88)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Florence, Kryvbasb.1.9 
 2. Chappell, Fe.1.9 
 3. House, Dnipro1.9 
 4. Solomon, Cherkasy1.7 
 5. Mitchell, Khimik1.7 
 6. Minard, Azovmash1.7 
 7. Sirsnins, DniproAz.1.6 
 8. Culpepper, Fe.1.6 
 9. Ewing, Azovmash1.6 
 10. Curry, BC Donetsk1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Vernon GOODRIDGE
  BC Kyiv
  (206-F-84)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Goodridge, BC Kyiv2.6 
 2. King, BC Odessa2.4 
 3. Kravtsov, BC Do.1.9 
 4. McClintock, Mykola.1.9 
 5. Dunigan, DniproAzot1.7 
 6. Korniyenko, Dnipro1.6 
 7. Davis, Kryvbasb.1.5 
 8. Rizvic, Azovmash1.5 
 9. Hunter, Mykolaiv1.4 
 10. Pecherov, Azovma.1.3 



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  UNITED KINGDOM   

Standings - BBL

BBL Standings
 1. Newcastle E. 23-3 
 2. Plymouth R. 20-5 
 3. Worcester W. 20-7 
 4. Leicester R. 18-7 
 5. Glasgow Rocks 13-13 
 6. Sheffield S. 12-15 
 7. Guildford Heat 10-15 
 8. Cheshire Jets 9-17 
 9. MK Lions 8-18 
 10. Mersey Tigers 8-18 
 11. Durham W. 2-25 

Regular Season: Round 26

Apr. 6: MK Lions - Plymouth R. 93-100
Apr. 6: Newcastle E. - Worcester W. 85-84
Apr. 4: Leicester R. - Cheshire Jets 85-78
Apr. 6: Sheffield S. - Durham W. 79-73
Apr. 7: Worcester W. - Guildford Heat
Apr. 8: Guildford Heat - Plymouth R.
Apr. 8: Mersey Tigers - Leicester R.
Apr. 8: MK Lions - Sheffield S.


BBL Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Demarius BOLDS
  MK Lions
  (190-G-84)
  Avg: 24
 1. Bolds, MK Lions24.0 
 2. Bell, Plymouth R.21.0 
 3. Chapman, Newcastl.20.5 
 4. Brown, Cheshire.19.9 
 5. Freeman, Worceste.19.7 
 6. Langhurst, Sheffie.19.5 
 7. Smith, Newcastl.19.3 
 8. Gordon, Worceste.19.1 
 9. Rundles, Leiceste.18.7 
 10. Green, Glasgow18.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Daniel NORTHERN
  MK Lions
  (206-F/C-85)
  Avg: 12.3
 1. Northern, MK Lions12.3 
 2. Williams, Plymouth11.4 
 3. Schneck, Cheshire.11.1 
 4. Tuck, Sheffield S.11.0 
 5. Dobbins, Sheffield10.4 
 6. Gordon, Worceste.10.1 
 7. Thomson, Newcastl.9.1 
 8. Cole, Cheshire Jets8.7 
 9. Hardy, Leicester R.8.5 
 10. Flaherty, Durham8.0 
Assists Per Game
 Ayron HARDY
  Leicester R.
  (195-F-88)
  Avg: 4.9
 1. Hardy, Leicester R.4.9 
 2. Prezzie-Blue, Worc.4.8 
 3. Brown, Cheshire.4.7 
 4. Green, Glasgow4.7 
 5. Bolds, MK Lions4.6 
 6. Flournoy, Newcastl.4.3 
 7. Rundles, Leiceste.4.2 
 8. Gause, Newcastl.3.8 
 9. Chapman, Newcastl.3.7 
 10. Bailey, Mersey Ti.3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Demarius BOLDS
  MK Lions
  (190-G-84)
  Avg: 3
 1. Bolds, MK Lions3.0 
 2. Hardy, Leicester R.2.5 
 3. Brown, Cheshire.2.1 
 4. Gause, Newcastl.1.9 
 5. Capocci, Durham W.1.8 
 6. Smith, Newcastl.1.7 
 7. Bell, Plymouth R.1.5 
 8. Elderkin, Durham W.1.5 
 9. Huffor, Glasgow1.4 
 10. McLemore, Guildf.1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Bill COLE
  Cheshire Jets
  (205-F-89)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Cole, Cheshire Jets2.4 
 2. Northern, MK Lions1.8 
 3. Dobbins, Sheffield1.5 
 4. Royster, Leiceste.1.3 
 5. Williams, Plymouth1.2 
 6. Gordon, Worceste.1.1 
 7. Hardy, Leicester R.1.0 
 8. Flournoy, Newcastl.0.6 
 9. Hesson, Mersey T.0.6 
 10. Sullivan, Leicest.0.6 


Green For Go For Rocks - by Jeff King

Last Sunday night in Glasgow in front of a packed Kelvin Hall the home-town Rocks produced a great effort to stop the Newcastle Eagles march to the BBL Title with an exciting 85 77 win.

One of the main contributors to that win, as he has been all season long for Glasgow, was star combo guard Mychal Green (193-G-83, college: Ohio) who has had injury problems recently but is slowly getting back to his best.

I thought I did ok coming of the knee injury. I still want to come back and get in the swing of things. I had two weeks off with no activity and its all about getting timing back and it helped us get a good win.

Greens double-double of 13 points and 12 rebounds was crucial but with the likes of EJ Harrison (186-PG-76, college: Connecticut) hitting 14 points, Andrew Wedemire (198-G/F) 13 and big-man Deaundre Cranston (206-F-88, college: Mississippi) 25 it was a great all-round effort from The Rocks.

'I missed a lot of shots I'd normally make but today was about a total team effort. We got E J back and we finally have our full team back. It seems like we've just had one thing after another but obviously that's no excuse because nobody's going to wait for you, you just have to play with what you have. It just feels really good to have everyone back now and we can start our play-off push.'

An often maligned figure this season has been power forward Cranston who himself has suffered from injuries and foul trouble on occasions but there's no doubting his on-court presence when it all comes together.

'The big fella had a great game. We practise together every day and we all know how good Deaundre is and indeed all of our players, even the ones that dont get in. But with Aundre we just need him to continue to play big. He's one of the bigger players in the league with his size. We need him to keep wanting the ball, ask for the ball, give it to him and see what happens.'

Rocks have done something that not many teams do to Newcastle and that's beaten them twice in the same season which says a lot about their spirit, character and ability.

'It definitely gives us confidence. We did beat them earlier in the season in a Trophy game which didn't mean a lot but tonight definitely did. We know we can beat them, we know what kind of team we have and we know that when we're at full strength we can beat anybody. We just want to start this last month of April, get on our play-off push and start clicking.'

So, Green and his team-mates are ready and focused for the fast approaching play-offs and they certainly approach them knowing an injury-free run could be significant for them in the final analysis. For Mychal Green it would be a great way toe end a personal successful season that hes enjoyed.

'I'm enjoying the BBL, I enjoy it a lot. After being in Germany the past few years its pretty comparable. I think the BBL has better big guys than the Pro-B did that I played in. Its pretty comparable though and perhaps a little easier for me to score in, I think! But overall it's another great experience for me'.



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  VTB UNITED LEAGUE   


Andrey Kirilenko is the MVP of VTB United League regular season - by Eurobasket News

CSKA forward Andrei Kirilenko (205-F-81) added another title to his multiple titles the MVP of VTB United League regular season.

Most valuable player of the regular season was determined due to poll on the League's web-site, players efficiency rate (sum of statistic rates), MVP of the month titles and being in months symbolic five during current season and VTB United League council experts and Sport-Express newspaper opinion.

As a result, Kirilenko scored 18 points leaving behind in the top for one point Khimki forward Kresimir Loncar (210-F-83, agency: Alti Sport) and for two the center of Lietuvos Rytas Jonas Valanciunas (210-C-92).

This season, Kirilenko played in nine matches made 10.8 points, 5.8 rebounds, 1.3 block-shots and 2.0 assists per game, largely contributed to the successful performance of his team - CSKA won the first place in the group and got to the VTB United League Final Four. We remind that 30-year-old Russian forward during the regular season four times got to the symbolic five of best players of the month.

Into symbolic top five of the regular season determined by VTB United League and Sport-Express newspaper along with Kirilenko are included forward Kresimir Loncar (Khimki), center Jonas Valanciunas (Lietuvos Rytas), guards Patrick Beverley (185-PG-88, college: Arkansas) (Spartak) and Henry Domercant (192-G-80, college: E.Illinois) (UNICS).


How was the MVP of regular season determined

Fans' version*:
1. Jonas Valanciunas (Lietuvos Rytas) - 8 points (36%)
2. Kresimir Loncar (Khimki) - 7 points (22%)
3. Andrei Kirilenko (CSKA) - 6 points (14%)
4. Paulius Jankunas (205-F-84, agency: Interperformances) (Zalgiris) - 5 points (12%)
5. Semen Antonov (202-PF-89, agency: RU-Basket Management) (Nizhniy Novgorod) - 4 points (6%)
6. Jeremiah Massey (202-F-82, college: Kansas St.) (Lokomotiv-Kuban) - 3 points (5%)
7. Patrick Beverley (Spartak) - 2 points (4%)
8. Henry Domercant (UNICS) - 1 point (1%)

* - For the players selected by the expert council of the League from eight clubs which made their way to the playoffs of the championship.

Rating of effectiveness*:
1. Kresimir Loncar (Khimki) - 5 points (efficacy per game - 18.1)
2. Jonas Valanciunas (Lietuvos Rytas) - 4 points (16.5)
3. Patrick Beverley (Spartak) - 3 points (15.6)
4. Andrei Kirilenko (CSKA) - 2 points (15.1)
5. Jeremiah Massey (Lokomotiv-Kuban) - 1 point (14.8)

*- For players whose clubs made their way to the playoffs of the championship.

MVP and symbolic five of the month*:
1. Andrei Kirilenko (CSKA) - 4 points (4 times in the top five)
2. Chester Simmons (198-G-82, college: Washington) (Nymburk) - 3 points (MVP 1 time + 1 in the top five)
3. Jonas Valanciunas (Lietuvos Rytas), Patrick Beverley (Spartak), Rawle Marshall (Astana), Michal Ignerski (Nizhniy Novgorod), Vladimir Veremeenko (UNICS) - 2 points (MVP 1 time), Kresimir Loncar (Khimki), Vitaliy Fridzon (Khimki) - 2 points (2 times in the top five).
4. Paulius Jankunas (Zalgiris), Jeremiah Massey (Lokomotiv-Kuban), Henry Domercant (UNICS), Adrian Abrams (Nymburk), Sandis Valters (VEF), Andrey Vorontsevich (CSKA), Yotam Halperin (Spartak), Lynn Greer (UNICS), Nenad Krstic (CSKA), Jack McClinton (Budivelnik), Oleksiy Pecherov (Azovmash), Lonniel Rush (Krasnye Krylia), Petr Samoilenko (UNICS), Courtney Sims (VEF) , Kristaps Janicenoks (VEF) - 1 point (1 in the top five).

*- For the title of MVP player gets 2 points, for getting into the symbolic five - 1 point.

Experts of VTB United League:
1. Andrei Kirilenko (CSKA) - 3 points
2. Jonas Valanciunas (Lietuvos Rytas) - 2 points
3. Kresimir Loncar (Khimki) - 1 point

Experts of Sport-Express:
1. Andrei Kirilenko (CSKA) - 3 points
2. Kresimir Loncar (Khimki) - 2 points
3. Patrick Beverley (Spartak) - 1 point

Results:
1. Andrei Kirilenko (CSKA) - 18 points
2. Kresimir Loncar (Khimki) - 17 points
3. Jonas Valanciunas (Lietuvos Rytas) - 16 points
4. Patrick Beverley (Spartak) - 8 points
5. Paulius Jankunas (Zalgiris) - 6 points
6. Jeremiah Massey (Lokomotiv-Kuban) - 5 points
7. Semen Antonov (Nizhniy Novgorod) - 4 points
8. Chester Simmons (Nymburk) - 3 points
9-13. Henry Domercant (UNICS), Vladimir Veremeenko (UNICS), Michal Ignerski (Nizhniy Novgorod/Lokomotiv-Kuban), Rawle Marshall (Astana), Vitaliy Fridzon (Khimki) - 2 points.
14-25. Adrian Abrams (Nymburk), Sandis Valters (VEF), Andrey Vorontsevich (CSKA), Yotam Halperin (Spartak), Lynn Greer (UNICS), Nenad Krstic (CSKA), Jack McClinton (Budivelnik), Oleksiy Pecherov (Azovmash), Lonniel Rush (Krasnye Krylia), Petr Samoilenko (UNICS), Courtney Sims (VEF) , Kristaps Janicenoks (VEF) - 1 point.

- This year the situation is that I am not interested - in what tournament we play, at what stage ... - said the MVP of VTB United League-2011/12 Andrei Kirilenko. - I go to the court and enjoy every minute. Perhaps that's what comes with my age. At the same time I feel a great responsibility for the results of CSKA. We have to win every game - regardless of the strength of the opponent, the match status and other factors. So I do not distinguish games and tournaments between important and not very important. The same is about the individual titles. Any appreciation of professional merit is pleasant.

Courtesy of VTB United League



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  WABA   


U18 WABA Championship: Iran and Yemen claim victories in Tripoli - by Eurobasket News

Iran U18 - Syria U18 64:56
Iranian U18 National Team celebrated the second win in a row at the start of 13th WABA Championship in Tripoli. They overcame Syria to stay undefeated. Five teams are fighting for the top three places to qualify for U18 Asia Championship to be held in Mongolia in August. Top three teams will be decided on the aggregate result from both 12th and 13th WABA Championships.
Iran and Syria stayed neck and neck throughout the first half. Iran ensured a narrow 30:28 lead at the big break. The teams stayed close throughout the third term. They entered the final stanza tied at 49. Iran however managed to clear off late in regulation. They capped it on an 11:4 run to seal the victory.
Iran will have a bye on Friday, while Syria will look for their first win taking on Yemen.

Yemen U18 - Jordan U18 61:55
Yemen posted the first win at the 13th WABA Championship in Tripoli. They overcame Jordan to improve at 1-1 record. Five teams are fighting for the top three places to qualify for U18 Asia Championship to be held in Mongolia in August. Top three teams will be decided on the aggregate result from both 12th and 13th WABA Championships.
Yemen started the game strongly. They accumulated a 23:9 lead ten minutes into the game. Yemen maintained the lead throughout the second quarter. They registered a 40:29 halftime lead. Jordan adjusted their defence in the third term. They managed to narrow the deficit to a single point 47:48 at the final intermission. Jordan pulled in front for a 51:48 lead midway through the final stanza. But Yemen bounced back late in regulation and escaped with a tough win at the end. Hani Al-Debashi posted 17 points for Yemen. Aiman Sadakah (186-F-94) contributed 15 points and 9 rebounds in the victory. Bader Khatib responded with 17 points for Jordan. Sa'ad Al Momani finished with 12 points in the loss.

Yemen U18: Hani Al-Debashi 17, Aiman Sadakah 15, Mohammed Al-Sahuli 8
Jordan U18: Bader Khatib 17, Sa'ad Al Momani 12



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  YEMEN   


U18 WABA Championship: Yemen gain first win in Tripoli - by Eurobasket News

Yemen U18 - Jordan U18 61:55

Yemen posted the first win at the 13th WABA Championship in Tripoli. They overcame Jordan to improve at 1-1 record. Five teams are fighting for the top three places to qualify for U18 Asia Championship to be held in Mongolia in August. Top three teams will be decided on the aggregate result from both 12th and 13th WABA Championships.
Yemen started the game strongly. They accumulated a 23:9 lead ten minutes into the game. Yemen maintained the lead throughout the second quarter. They registered a 40:29 halftime lead. Jordan adjusted their defence in the third term. They managed to narrow the deficit to a single point 47:48 at the final intermission. Jordan pulled in front for a 51:48 lead midway through the final stanza. But Yemen bounced back late in regulation and escaped with a tough win at the end. Hani Al-Debashi posted 17 points for Yemen. Aiman Sadakah (186-F-94) contributed 15 points and 9 rebounds in the victory. Bader Khatib responded with 17 points for Jordan. Sa'ad Al Momani finished with 12 points in the loss.

Yemen U18: Hani Al-Debashi 17, Aiman Sadakah 15, Mohammed Al-Sahuli 8
Jordan U18: Bader Khatib 17, Sa'ad Al Momani 12




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Women News

Standings - Women

D1 Standings
Liga 6
 1. Celik 5-0 
 2. Mladi Krajisnik 4-1 
 3. Sloboda 3-2 
 4. Zeljeznicar 2-3 
 5. Rudar Sport 1-4 
 6. Jedinstvo 0-5 
Places 7-10
 1. Borac ML-IEFK 7-5 
 2. RMU Banovici 6-6 
 3. Mladost 4-8 
 4. Igokea 0-12 
Stage One Standings

Second Stage: Round 5

Apr. 4: Mladi Krajisnik - Zeljeznicar 89-68
Apr. 3: Rudar Sport - Jedinstvo 78-72
Apr. 4: Sloboda - Celik 48-95

Second Stage: Round 6

Apr. 7: Jedinstvo - Celik
Apr. 7: Sloboda - Zeljeznicar
Apr. 7: Mladi Krajisnik - Rudar Sport



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  BULGARIA   

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Adrienne JOHNSON
  Dunav 8806
  (182-F-89)
  Avg: 25.1
 1. Johnson, Dunav 88.25.1 
 2. Ward, Levski24.1 
 3. Dorogobuzova, Nef.21.8 
 4. Topalova-S., Monta.19.1 
 5. Pasheva, Slavia18.8 
 6. Dubrovina, Neftoch.15.8 
 7. Allen, Dunav 880615.6 
 8. Makarieva, Montana15.6 
 9. Zhelyazkova, Neft.15.4 
 10. Farrell, Rilski S.15.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Katerina DOROGOBUZOVA
  Neftoc.
  (187-F-90)
  Avg: 10
 1. Dorogobuzova, Nef.10.0 
 2. Farrell, Rilski S.9.6 
 3. Johnson, Dunav 88.8.9 
 4. Topalova-S., Monta.8.6 
 5. Makarieva, Montana8.3 
 6. Doychinova, Levski8.3 
 7. Ward, Levski8.1 
 8. Delcheva, Slavia7.3 
 9. Voynova, Dunav 88.6.9 
 10. Kaloferova, Beroe6.1 
Assists Per Game
 Diana NAYDENOVA
  Levski
  (171-G-73)
  Avg: 5.2
 1. Naydenova, Levski5.2 
 2. Vrancheva, Montana5.1 
 3. Dubrovina, Neftoch.4.9 
 4. Pasheva, Slavia4.6 
 5. Peeva, Neftochimic4.6 
 6. Djikova, Rilski S.3.6 
 7. Djambazka, Levski3.4 
 8. Kostova, Dunav 88.3.4 
 9. Stanoeva, Beroe 073.0 
 10. Nesheva, Montana2.8 
Steals Per Game
 Olga DUBROVINA
  Neftochi.
  (170-G-87)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Dubrovina, Neftoch.2.8 
 2. Naydenova, Levski2.0 
 3. Vrancheva, Montana1.9 
 4. Kostova, Dunav 88.1.8 
 5. Johnson, Dunav 88.1.8 
 6. Allen, Dunav 88061.7 
 7. Djikova, Rilski S.1.7 
 8. Koeva, Beroe 071.7 
 9. Rudeva, Rilski S.1.7 
 10. Nikolova, Slavia1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Natalia TOPALOVA-SHOPOVA
  Montan.
  (186-F-80)
  Avg: 0.9
 1. Topalova-S., Monta.0.9 
 2. Makarieva, Montana0.8 
 3. Dorogobuzova, Nef.0.8 
 4. Ivanova, Levski0.6 
 5. Asenova, Slavia0.6 
 6. Johnson, Dunav 88.0.5 
 7. Kaloferova, Beroe0.5 
 8. Voynova, Dunav 88.0.5 
 9. Zhelyova, Montana0.4 
 10. Mihalkova, Monta.0.4 



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  CROATIA   


Pleter victoriously from Zagreb, Medvescak lost home court adventage - by Vladimir Ivankovic


Medvescak lost home court advantage against Pleter. Pleter played extremely well, and win with 12 points margin 71-59. Medvescak is playing really bad in last few weeks. But, this is what usually happens to Medvescak in last part of the season in past few years. Probably, the problem is in number of practices during the week. Most of Medvescak players are schoolgirls, they have chance to practice only once a day. So, in the weeks when they are playing 2 games per week, they are losing opportunity to practice. Most of top Croatian teams practicing 2 times per day, at least 8 times per week. But, the team who have such a great talented players like Tikvic, Begic, Majstorovic and Packovski (all of them are members of Croatian U-18 NT last year European B champion, 2 years ago 2nd placed A U-16 in Europe), cant afford itself to lose a game against team from Rijeka. Pleter is a good team, with few very good players like Iriskic, Mikic and Mrcela, but all of other players played A2 division last year and didnt have any A1 experience. But, it looks like they have a big heart.


So, big congrats to Pleter, it was a big day for Rijeka's women's basketball, but also for Croatian women's basketball in general. To get another team to fight for final four (besides Gospic, Novi Zagreb, Jolly, Medvescak and Omis) - priceless.


Will the brave 'Pleter's' heart be enough to win at home court, or will Medvescak's talents return the series to Zagreb - we shall see next Thursday.

MEDVESCAK - PLETER 59:71 (0:1)
(16:15, 10:18, 14:15, 19;23)
Referees: Jelena Tomic, Tomislav Prpic i Luka Kardum (all from Zagreb ). Gledatelja: 50
MEDVESCAK: Begic 8, Peric 13 (2-2), Packovski, Tikvic 8, Borovic 8, Seda 9, Todoric 2, Kalebic, Majstorovic 9 (7-8), Rados 2, Jurjevic, Saric. Coach: Braslav Turic
PLETER: Iriskic 18 (2-2), Tomic 3, Mrcela 16 (1-1), Gasparovic 7 (2-2), Masic, Serdar 6 (0-1), Hajdin, Jazic 9 (3-4), Barac, Mikic 12 (4-4). Coach: Goran Sucurovic

Other games played on April 4th:


JOLLY JBS - STUDENAC OMIS 87:63 (1:0)
(24:11, 26:15, 22:12, 15:25)
Referees: Martin Vulic, Mario Petani i Ante Cankovic (all from Zadar). Gledatelja: 100
JOLLY JBS: Cigic 8, Stojanovic, Mihaljevic, Chiabov 6 (2-4), Denic 7, Misura 12 (2-2),
Semren 8 (0-1), Smolic 2, Di Maulo 9 (1-3), Ivankovic 20 (2-2) Dujic 2, Vrsaljko 13. Coach: E.Dzelalija
STUDENAC OMIS: Puljic, Vrvilo 3 (3-4), Kalajdzic 2, Seric 28 (11-14), Buzov 9 (5-8), Pezo, Dincic 2,
Vrkic 9, Vlahov 2, Dilber 8. Coach: I.Kalajdzic

GOSPIC CO - CROATIA 2006 103: 34 (1:0)
(26:13, 15:6, 30:12, 32:3)
Referees: Susanj, Terlevic i Zagar (all from Rijeka). Gledatelja: 200
GOSPIC CO: Ivezic 12 (4-4), Mandir 15 (2-2), Devcic, Dover 5 (3-4), Jurcevic 15, McBride 11 (2-2), Komplet 12 (1-2), Badanjak 5, Vrsaljko 8, Pavetic 20 (4-4). Coach: S.Bralic
CROATIA 2006: Cubric 2, Butina 4, Vukadin, Giljanovic 5, Ilijanic 9 (3-4), Mamic 3 (1-2), Dzankic 6, Kovac 5 (1-2), Divcic. Coach: B.Augustic



Quarterfinals: Gospic CO and Jolly JBS too strong for their rivals in Game One - by Eurobasket News

Ex expected, Gospic CO and Jolly JBS celebrated easy home wins in their first games of the Playoff Quarterfinals.
Gospic destroyed Croatia 2006 with huge 103-34. Sena Pavetic (198-C-86) top-scored for the hosts with 20 points, while Sandra Mandir (177-G-77) and Ivana Jurcevic (174-G-81) netted 15 points each. In the loosing squad, Ilijanic stopped to 9 points. Quarters: 26-13, 15-6, 30-12, 32-3.
Jolly JBS handed 87-63 loss to Studenac. Luca Ivankovic (199-C-87) led the home squad with 20 points and Ana Vrsaljko (188-F/C-84) had 13. Studenac got 28 points from Ivana Seric (187-F-88, college: NJIT). Quarters: 24-11, 26-15, 22-12, 15-25.
Earlier, Novi Zagreb took 1-0 lead against Zadar. It was a 91-39 home win for Novi Zagreb. Second games are scheduled for April 11.



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  CYPRUS   


AEL grabs OT win in Nicosia, forces crucial Game Five in Limassol - by Eurobasket News

Keravnos - AEL Limassol 44-49 OT

AEL Limassol survived in Nicosia on Thursday evening. The defending champion grabbed 44-49 overtime win tying the score to 2-2 in the Finals. It means that AEL forced crucial Game Five, which will be played at their home court in Limassol. That game is scheduled for Monday, April 9. Monika Gavriloska (190-F/C-76, agency: Global Sports Plaza) was a key player in AEL with 16 points. Kalia Papadopoulou (166-G-80) and Asimina Koutsounouri (190-C) delivered 11 points each. For the home squad, Biljana Pavicevic (191-F-80, agency: LBM Management) shined with 20 points and she was the only one with double digits in scoring. Marija Boskovic (173-G-81) stopped to 8 points in this meeting. Keravnos was 7 points up after 30 minutes, but AEL managed to win the last period with 9-17 and to force the overtime. Quarters: 11-7, 18-17, 31-23, 40-40, 44-49 OT.

Keravnos: Biljana Pavicevic 20, Marija Boskovic 8
AEL: Monika Gavriloska 16, Kalia Papadopoulou 11, Asimina Koutsounouri 11



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  FRANCE   


Valery Demory extends with Lattes Montpellier - by Eurobasket News

Valery Demory extends with Lattes Montpellier for another season. The French specialist will continue with the team.
As a Head Coach he started in 2005-2006 with Mourenx Basket Club (LFB) women team. After another season there he moved to Lattes Montpellier Agglomeration Basket (LFB) women team in 2007. Valery Demory proves the ambitions that he is the one to stay with the team.
This season Lattes Montpellier is on top with 20-4 record sharing it with Bourges. In the latest game they edged Tarbes 88:65. It was the sixth straight victory for the Valery Demory s team after the loss from the rivals Bourges. On February 4th Lattes Montpellier recorded its fourth loss at the home court. Hosts were edged by third ranked Bourges (13-4) 72-70. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Lattes Montpellier. Lattes Montpellier was ahead by 9 points after three quarters before a 25-14 charge of Bourges, which allowed them to win the game.



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  ISRAEL   


Ramat Hasharon tie the Semifinal series against Ramla - by Eurobasket News

Group Elimination
Elitzur Netanya - Hapoel T-A 74-77

The guests took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 23-17. But Elitzur Netanya won second period 23-22. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Elitzur Netanya 48-34 including 16 on the offensive glass. Hapoel Tel-Aviv looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. American guard Sherill Baker (174-82, college: Georgia) notched 24 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists to lead the effort and the other American import forward Deanna Jackson (188-79, college: UAB, agency: Two Points) supported her with 13 points and 10 rebounds. Four Hapoel Tel-Aviv players scored in double figures. Hapoel Tel-Aviv's coach Roy Izenberg used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Even a double-double of 30 points, 11 rebounds and 6 assists by American forward Ambrosia Anderson (186-84, college: BYU) did not help to save the game for Elitzur Netanya. Guard Roni Ben Nun (172-89, agency: Data Plus Group) added 19 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists for the hosts.
Top scorers:
Elitzur Netanya: A.Anderson 30+11reb+6ast, R.Ben Nun 19+5reb+5ast, N.Ganor 8+7reb+4ast, S.Shabtai 7+5reb+3ast, D.Bliberg 6+5reb+2ast, N.Frish 2
Hapoel T-A: S.Baker 24+6reb+6ast, T.Washington 14+10reb, D.Jackson 13+10reb+2ast, J.Gosschalk 10+8reb+4ast, B.Levi 6+5reb+3ast, Y.Katz 6+1reb+1ast
gschID: 173872


SEMIFINALS
Elitzur Ramla - Ramat Hasharon 69-81 (1-1)

It looked good early as Elitzur Ramla took an 7-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Ramat Hasharon had a 26-10 second period charge getting the lead and Elitzur Ramla was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 69-81. American guard Jia Perkins (173-82, college: Texas Tech, agency: Merit Sports) scored 24 points and 4 assists to lead the charge for the winners and Jamaican-American guard Maurita Reid (173-85, college: Miami, FL) chipped in 14 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists during the contest. American Tanisha Wright (180-83, college: Penn St., agency: LBM Management) responded with 20 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists and her fellow American import center Le'Coe Willingham (183-81, college: Auburn, agency: Josep and Nicolas) produced a double-double by scoring 13 points and 11 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Elitzur Ramla: T.Wright 20+9reb+4ast, A.Beard 18+2reb+2ast, L.Willingham 13+11reb, L.Selwyn 10+4reb+1ast, A.Harris 4+4reb, M.Epstein 4+3reb+2ast
Ramat Hasharon: J.Perkins 24+3reb+4ast, M.Reid 14+5reb+7ast, A.Cohen 12+1reb+3ast, A.Holt 12+7reb+2ast, A.Clark 8+4reb, J.Fleisher 6+4reb
gschID: 173873


B.C. Habikaa - Maccabi Ashdod 51-63 (0-2)

The guests trailed by 2 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 11-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 63-51. Maccabi Ashdod dominated on the defensive end, holding B.C. Habikaa to just 4 points in second quarter. They made 19-of-23 free shots (82.6 percent) during the game. Maccabi Ashdod forced 19 B.C. Habikaa turnovers and outrebounded them 44-33 including 17 on the offensive glass. American players dominated the game. Plenette Pierson (188-81, college: Texas Tech) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 17 points, 14 rebounds and 4 assists. Guard Tamera Young (188-86, college: JMU) contributed with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Four Maccabi Ashdod players scored in double figures. Forward Amanda Thompson (183-87, college: Oklahoma) replied with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 10 rebounds and center Jenna Smith (191-88, college: Illinois) added 6 points and 12 rebounds in the effort for B.C. Habikaa.
Top scorers:
B.C. Habikaa: A.Thompson 24+10reb+3ast, N.Stevenson 10+7reb, C.Degraffenreid 9+2reb+3ast, J.Smith 6+12reb, L.Buchris 2+1reb, S.Levin 0
Maccabi Ashdod: P.Pierson 17+14reb+4ast, T.Young 16+10reb+3ast, A.Shields 15+4reb+1ast, B.Denson 11+5reb+1ast, M.Dori 2, B.Elohim 2+5reb
gschID: 173874



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  ITALY   

Standings A2 Women - by Eurobasket News

A2 Standings
North
 1. Bologna 20-4 
 2. Vigarano 20-4 
 3. San Martino 18-6