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  ARGENTINA   



Mannheim 2012: France pip Argentina in Germany - by Eurobasket News

France U18-Argentina U18 70:68

France pip Argentina in Germany at the Albert Schweitzer Tournament opener. The European side grabbed 70:68 win at the very end.
Argentina started the game better and won the opening tip 10:9. The Latin American team increased to 23:18 and led 30:23 after 15 minutes. France however tied the game at 37:37 at the halftime. They also took 41:40 after 25 minutes and led 49:45 at the end of the third quarter. France had 61:54 with 5 minutes to go and managed to keep 2-point victory.
Boris Dallo (193-G-94) paced all the winners with 15 points and Kevin Harley (198-G-94) notched 12. Mouhamadou Jaiteh collected massive 12 points and 13 rebounds, while David Michineau posted 10. Martin Massone (187-F-94) replied with 21 points, while Matias Bernardini (180-G-94) and Gonzalo Torres (201-C-94) had 13 apiece. Pedro Barral (181-G-94) followed them with 10 points.

France U18: Boris Dallo 15, Kevin Harley 12, Mouhamadou Jaiteh 12+13 rebs, David Michineau 10
Argentina U18: Martin Massone 21, Matias Bernardini 13, Gonzalo Torres 13, Pedro Barral 10



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  ASEAN LEAGUE   

Standings

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

Regular Season: Round 15

Apr. 4: Saigon H. - Satria Muda 88-86
Apr. 4: Bangkok C. - Philip.Patriots 78-84
Apr. 7: Thailand S. - Saigon H. 56-58
Apr. 8: KL Dragons - Petron Blaze



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  AUSTRALIA   

Stats Leaders - NBL

Points Per Game
 Jamar WILSON
  Taipans
  (185-PG-84)
  Avg: 17.3
 1. Wilson, Taipans17.3 
 2. Lisch, Wildcats17.1 
 3. Deleon, Blaze16.6 
 4. Johnson, 36ers16.5 
 5. Khazzouh, Kings16.4 
 6. Tragardh, Tigers16.3 
 7. Wilkinson, Breakers16.2 
 8. Abercrombie, Break.15.5 
 9. Bose, Kings15.5 
 10. Crawford, Croco.14.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Julian KHAZZOUH
  Kings
  (209-C-86)
  Avg: 10.8
 1. Khazzouh, Kings10.8 
 2. Holmes, Crocodiles9.0 
 3. Simpsons, 36ers8.6 
 4. Grant, Kings8.1 
 5. Johnson, 36ers7.7 
 6. Crosswhite, Taipa.7.7 
 7. Bose, Kings6.7 
 8. Worthington, Blaze6.3 
 9. Vukona, Breakers6.2 
 10. Hudson, Blaze6.0 
Assists Per Game
 Cedric JACKSON
  Breakers
  (191-G-86)
  Avg: 6.1
 1. Jackson, Breakers6.1 
 2. Gibson, Blaze4.7 
 3. Bruce, Kings4.4 
 4. Gill, Crocodiles3.8 
 5. Martin, Hawks3.6 
 6. Martin, Wildcats3.4 
 7. Dillon, Tigers3.4 
 8. Ubaka, Tigers3.3 
 9. Deleon, Blaze3.2 
 10. Warren, 36ers3.2 
Steals Per Game
 Cedric JACKSON
  Breakers
  (191-G-86)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Jackson, Breakers2.3 
 2. Martin, Wildcats2.1 
 3. Deleon, Blaze1.6 
 4. Robbins, Wildcats1.5 
 5. Gill, Crocodiles1.4 
 6. Mims, Crocodiles1.3 
 7. Tovey, Wildcats1.2 
 8. Gibson, Blaze1.1 
 9. Crawford, Croco.1.1 
 10. Lisch, Wildcats1.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Julian KHAZZOUH
  Kings
  (209-C-86)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Khazzouh, Kings2.1 
 2. Simpsons, 36ers1.5 
 3. Grant, Kings1.4 
 4. Nevill, Wildcats1.2 
 5. Johnson, 36ers1.0 
 6. Abercrombie, Break.0.9 
 7. Crosswhite, Taipa.0.9 
 8. Martin, Wildcats0.9 
 9. Pledger, Breakers0.8 
 10. Forman, Hawks0.8 


Standings - SBL

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

Regular Season: Round 4

Apr. 7: Rockingham F. - Willetton T. 94-115
Apr. 7: Perry Lakes H. - Wanneroo W. 89-113
Apr. 7: Geraldton B. - Goldfield G. 86-92
Apr. 5: Willetton T. - Cockburn C. 84-85
Apr. 5: Stirling S. - Lakeside L. 83-116
Apr. 7: SW Slammers - Perth R. 77-110
Apr. 5: Mandurah M. - SW Slammers 105-87
Apr. 7: Kalamunda E.S. - East Perth E. 102-115

Regular Season: Round 5

Apr. 13: Perth R. - East Perth E.
Apr. 13: Lakeside L. - Perry Lakes H.
Apr. 13: Cockburn C. - SW Slammers
Apr. 14: East Perth E. - Geraldton B.
Apr. 14: Goldfield G. - Willetton T.
Apr. 14: SW Slammers - Kalamunda E.S.
Apr. 14: Mandurah M. - Rockingham F.
Apr. 14: Stirling S. - Wanneroo W.
Apr. 15: Rockingham F. - Geraldton B.


Breakers make NBL grand final - by Eurobasket News

The New Zealand Breakers will shoot for back-to-back NBL titles after downing the Townsville Crocodiles 97-80 in Auckland.

After the two teams both grabbed away victories in their semi-final series, the Breakers finally made home advantage count to close out a 2-1 result on Saturday.

In a contest that was tight for much of the night, the minor premiers established a break in the third quarter and kicked away in the fourth.

However, victory could come at a cost, with Thomas Abercrombie (198-F/G-87, agency: Priority Sports, college: Washington St.) limping off with 1min 36s to go after he was fouled by Peter Crawford (193-G/F-79) during an attempted dunk.

Before slumping to the court, an angry Abercrombie gestured his disgust to Crawford, who was called for an unsportsmanlike foul.

Crawford ended as the Crocodiles' top scorer with a game-high 24 points, while Luke Schenscher (216-C-82, agency: Priority Sports, college: Georgia Tech) grabbed 19 points and eight rebounds, and Jacob Holmes 10 rebounds.

CJ Bruton (188-G-75, college: Indian Hills CC) scored 20 points for the Breakers, while Abercrombie and Daryl Corletto (193-G-81) each had 19.

Townsville made the early play in front of 7500 fans at Vector Arena, with Schenscher showing his strong inside presence with the first three baskets for the visitors.

When Edward Gill (184-PG-78, agency: Priority Sports, college: Weber St.) drained a big three, the Crocodiles had opened out an 18-11 lead.

However, the Breakers clawed their way back.

An Abercrombie three-pointer tied the scores at 19-19 before a great move under the basket by Dillon Boucher (196-F-75) handed the Breakers a 21-20 lead at the first break.

The second quarter continued to be close with the Breakers struggling to find their range from distance and managing just four from 14 from beyond the arc in the opening half.

The Crocodiles were seven from 12 over the same period, with Crawford landing four of his five attempts on the way to 16 first-half points.

They closed out the quarter with a buzzer-beating three from Michael Cedar (190-G-86) to be just 44-42 behind.

The Breakers finally established some daylight late in the third quarter, with a deep three-pointer from Bruton and two in quick succession from Leon Henry helping them to a 73-62 lead at the final break.

With point guard Cedric Jackson getting more in the game despite his injured ankle - a dribble through an opponent's legs producing a basket for Bruton - the Breakers ensured there would be no late Townsville heroics.

Courtesy of www.skynews.com.au



Wildcats extinguish Blaze, Breakers next - by Eurobasket News

The Perth Wildcats defeated the Gold Coast Blaze 88-67 in Game 3 at Challenge Stadium on Saturday night to book an epic Grand Final against the New Zealand Breakers.

For much of the 2010/11 season, the Wildcats and Breakers battled for top spot before New Zealand prevailed in a semi-final series to remember.

The Breakers went on to win the championship and the Cats have been plotting revenge ever since.

First though, their other recent fierce rival was in the way, and the Wildcats were far too good for Gold Coast in the deciding game.

Co-captain Shawn Redhage (203-F-81, college: Arizona St.) top-scored with 19 points at 67 per cent, Kevin Lisch (188-G-86, college: St.Louis) had 16 and Jesse Wagstaff (203-F-86, college: Metro St.) 14, but it was the evenness of their performance that was the catalyst for the victory.

Adris Deleon (180-G-84, college: E.Washington) again led the scoring for Gold Coast with 20 points at 53 per cent, but had six turnovers. Mark Worthington (202-F-83, college: Metro St.) scored 11 points but no other Blaze player hit double-figures.

Perth shot at a blistering 80 per cent in the first quarter, Kevin Lisch and Shawn Redhage at their best to establish a 29-23 lead after 10 minutes.

Gold Coast's Will Hudson made a statement early by dunking over the top of 218cm Luke Nevill to spark his team's transition game.

The Cats then took control in the second quarter, a six-point cameo from reserve Greg Hire setting up an 11-point lead.

But the Blaze hung tough and a sweet Chris Goulding floater brought the score to 49-41 at half-time.

The Wildcats upped the intensity in the second half, holding Gold Coast to 13 points in each of the final two quarters as Jesse Wagstaff came to life offensively to keep Perth's score ticking over.

In the end the home team had too much firepower and too many contributors for the Blaze. Three Wildcats scored in double-figures and all 10 players registered on the scoresheet.

'We've always said that defence wins championships and we just played against one of the most prolific scoring teams. For us to hold them to 67 points is just an incredible effort,' Wildcats coach Rob Beveridge said.

'That's what I am really happy about. Offensively we scored 88 points as well so we are looking pretty good at the moment.'

Gold Coast veteran big man Stephen Hoare played the final game of his decorated NBL career and was understandably emotional afterwards.

'It's funny over the last few weeks I've tried not to think about the end, but I definitely shed a few tears just before. It's hard to believe that the siren goes and that's it and you are finished,' Hoare said.

'We had more shots than Perth, 14 offensive boards to their six and the effort things we did really well... Definitely last year the effort wasn't always there, but this season our effort has been really good.

'But we had 19 turnovers and shot at 37 per cent. It's just the execution. They executed better than we did and looked after the ball better than we did. That was the difference in the game.'

Game 1 of the grand final series will now be at New Zealand's Vector Arena on Thursday. Game 2 will be in Perth on Friday April 20 and if needed, a deciding Game 3 back in Auckland on Tuesday April 24.



Perth Wildcats 88 (Shawn Redhage 19, Kevin Lisch 16, Jesse Wagstaff 14)
Gold Coast Blaze 67 (Adris Deleon 20, Mark Worthington 11, Anthony Petrie (203-F/C-83) 9)

Crowd: About 4000 at Challenge Stadium, Perth

Courtesy of NBL



Mannheim 2012: Russia beat Australia at the Albert Schweitzer Tournament - by Eurobasket News

Australia U18-Russia U18 57:59

Russia beat Australia at the Albert Schweitzer Tournament in Germany. The European team grabbed 59:57 win.
It was a slow start in the game as the board showed only 6:4 for Russia in the opening tip. The European side added some more points in the rest of the period to take 11:7. Russia controlled the second period and grabbed 24:13 after 15 minutes in the court. Australia however reduced to 29:27 t the halftime. Russia increased to 5 more points in the third period taking 44:37 after three quarters. They led 54:47 with 5 minutes to go, while Australia reduced to 2 points at the end.
Mikhail Kulagin (188-G-94) top-scored for the winners with 22 points and Stanislav Ilnitskiy (200-F-94) netted 14. Pavel Krechetov (188-PG-94) poured in 10, while Igor Kanygin (204-F-94) collected 9 points and 13 rebounds. Emmett Naar ended up with 17 points in defeat and Dane Pineau poured in 13. Michael Rowley notched 7 and Joel Spear added 6.

Australia U18: Emmett Naar 17, Dane Pineau 13, Michael Rowley 7, Joel Spear 6
Russia U18: Mikhail Kulagin 22, Stanislav Ilnitskiy 14, Pavel Krechetov 10, Igor Kanygin 9+13 rebs



SBL: Magic beat Slammers in southern derby - by Eurobasket News

Mandurah Magic have maintained their unbeaten record at home this season and recorded their third victory of the men's SBL campaign with a convincing 105-88 win over the Collie Crane Hire South West Slammers.

The victory was especially sweet for Magic captain Ben Capron who was celebrating his 250th SBL game and his 200th with the Magic.

The Slammers set the pace of the game early, looking to imports Carlos White (202-F-80, college: Rhema Bible) and Senario Hillman (185-PG-88, college: Alabama) to provide the spark. Despite trailing by only one point at quarter time the Slammers looked sharp as White and Hillman led their scoring.

However the first half turned into the Tom Remmerswaal show as Mandurah outscored the Slammers 29-17 in the second quarter. Remmerswaal went on a scoring tear and ended the half with 25 points on 73% shooting.

The third quarter continued in similar fashion for the Magic as Remmerswaal carried the scoring load for the Magic. Taylor Land dominated the fast break for the Magic as they looked to run the Slammers off the floor.

White provided some resistance for the Slammers while youngster Anton Fimmano showed some great shooting touch off the bench. However it was Land who controlled the tempo of the game as he continued to dish the ball effectively to his teammates for numerous open shots and layups.

Magic coach Jason Chalk had the opportunity to insert some youth into the game in the last few minutes as the Magic ran away with the game. All players that stepped on the floor made it onto the scoresheet for the Magic. Mandurah dominated the points in the paint tally 60-28, and also had more rebounds and assists than the Slammers.

Remmerswaal ended the game with a career high 43 points on 73% shooting from the field. Land also had his best game of the season finishing with a triple double, having 12 points, ten rebounds and a massive 17 assists.

For the Slammers, Carlos White was their standout with 24 points and 13 rebounds. Senario Hillman was the next best with 15 points.

We came out a bit slow and they got the jump on us, and the Slammers have always done that really well, but we did good to peg it back, Remmerswaal said after the game.

I thought I had a great game. I started to force it a bit in the third but to come out with a career high is really pleasing.

In earlier WSBL action, the Slammers continued their unbeaten start to the season with a hard fought 70-61 victory over the Magic.

The Slammers overshadowed celebrations for 2011 WSBL MVP Casey Mihovilovich with a physical brand of basketball that saw numerous players on the floor after being fouled hard.

South West finished with five players in double figures as import Valerie Ogoke led the way with 16 points and 12 rebounds. Tarsha Fletcher and Gemma Thomas both had 13 points to lead the scoring for the Magic.

The Slammers head back to Eaton to host the Perth Redbacks this Saturday night while next Saturday night sees the Magic play host to the Rockingham Flames.

Article by Nathan Winch at Mandurah Aquatic and Recreation Centre
Courtesy of: SBL



SBL: Goldfields in giant-killing feat (Saturday night wrap) - by Eurobasket News

Goldfields Giants put a poor start to the men's State Basketball League season behind them with a surprising 92-86 win over country rivals Geraldton on Saturday.

The Giants entered the game outside the top eight after losing three of their first four games but overturned a 10 point deficit late in the third quarter to stun the Buccaneers on their home court.

Big man Michael Haney (198-F-82, college: E.Kentucky), who is only filling in while fellow import Darnell Dialls is injured, played a crucial role in handing Geraldton its second consecutive loss by scoring 27 points and dishing out six assists.

Wanneroo Wolves emphatically returned to form following their shock loss to Willetton a week earlier by smashing Perry Lakes Hawks 113-89 in a rematch of last season's Grand Final.

New recruit Jackson Hussey (188-G-92) was at his dominant best for the Wolves, scoring 40 points to lead the defending champions to their fifth win from six games.

South West Slammers' abysmal home form continued as they were annihilated 109-77 by Perth.

Ryan Neill top-scored with 36 points to help the Redbacks hand South West its third defeat by more than 30 points at home and earn their fifth win from six matches.

East Perth finally broke its drought with a comfortable 115-102 triumph against Kalamunda, led by Jarrod Balcombe's 27 points.

Willetton proved far too good for Rockingham in a 115-94 men's victory, with Rob Kampman (40 points and seven rebounds) leading the way, but had to battle harder in a 81-74 triumph in the women's competition.

West Coast Waves forward Jasmine Hooper scored an incredible 40 points and tallied 10 rebounds to help the defending champions to their fourth win from five games.

Elsewhere, Wanneroo's perfect start came to a surprising halt as it fell 62-61 in overtime to Perry Lakes but the Slammers remained undefeated thanks to their 54-44 triumph against Perth and Kalamunda knocked off struggling East Perth 77-69.

Article by Jacob Kagi
Courtesy of: SBL



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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 11-15 
 2. SBK Osipovichi 9-15 
 3. Sozh Gomel 0-26 
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 52-101

Second Stage: Round 2

Championship

Apr. 10: Minsk-2006 - Rubon
Apr. 10: Grodno-93 - Minsk-2006 II

Play-Out

Apr. 10: SBK Osipovichi - 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.13.8 
 7. Knox, Minsk-200613.8 
 8. Sugoniako, BG.13.4 
 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.8.8 
 4. Mishukov, SBK O.8.3 
 5. Krisevich, Minsk-.8.1 
 6. Ovsepian, Rubon6.6 
 7. Matyukevych, Grod.6.6 
 8. Drobyshevski., Soz.6.6 
 9. Kojenets, Minsk.6.5 
 10. Knox, Minsk-20065.7 
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.2.9 
 6. Ignatchik, Minsk-.2.8 
 7. Korzh, Grodno-932.7 
 8. Sitnik, SBK O.2.3 
 9. Vergun, Minsk-20062.2 
 10. Shestilovski., So.2.1 
Steals Per Game
 Genniadiy ZAKHAR
  BG.
  (198-F/G-92)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Zakhar, BG.2.4 
 2. Charykau, SBK O.2.4 
 3. Akulich, Rubon2.3 
 4. Ovsepian, Rubon2.1 
 5. Sitnik, SBK O.2.0 
 6. Papruha, BG.2.0 
 7. Sapegin, Rubon1.8 
 8. Yafremov, Grodn.1.7 
 9. Malkov, Rubon1.7 
 10. Patupchyk, Sozh1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Vadim MATYUKEVYCH
  Grodn.
  (208-C-80)
  Avg: 0
 1. Matyukevych, Grod.0.0 
 2. Akulich, Rubon0.0 
 3. Mastou, Grodno-930.0 
 4. Yafremov, Grodn.0.0 
 5. Malyavko, Minsk-20.0.0 
 6. Vergun, Minsk-20060.0 
 7. Malkov, Rubon0.0 
 8. Vasilevich, Grodno.0.0 
 9. Malakhau, Minsk-20.0.0 
 10. Trastsinetsk., Mi.0.0 


Premier League Round 1 (Second Stage) Grodno-93 edges Rubon by three points - by Eurobasket News

The Second Stage in Premier League just started. Coincidentally all visitors won their games.

Third-ranked Rubon (13-12) made lots of trouble for second ranked Grodno-93 (22-3) in Vitebsk on Friday. The visitors from Grodno managed to secure only three-point victory 72-69. However their fans expected easier game. The guests trailed by 8 points at the halftime before their 23-11 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. The former international forward Kanstantin Yafremov (202-86) fired 18 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Ukrainian center Vadim Matyukevych (208-80) chipped in 18 points and 9 rebounds. point guard Artem Malkov (185-88) produced 22 points for lost side. Grodno-93 maintains second place in League with 22-3 record having just two points less than leader Minsk-2006. Rubon at the other side keeps the third position with 12 games lost. Grodno-93 are looking forward to face Minsk-2006 II (#4) at home in the next round. Rubon will play against the league's leader Minsk-2006 and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Another exciting game was a derby match between two teams from Minsk: Minsk-2006 (#1) and Minsk-2006 II (#4). Minsk-2006 II was crushed at home by 37 points 83-120 and even the advantage of their own court did not help. Worth to mention a great performance of Lithuanian forward Justinas Sinica (203-85) who helped to win the game recording 22 points and 8 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Aliaksei Trastsinetski contributed with 17 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. The former international guard Maksim Shustau (184-86) answered with 20 points and 6 assists for Minsk-2006 II. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Defending champion maintains first place in League with 24-1 record. Newly promoted Minsk-2006 II keeps the fourth position with 16 games lost. They will play against Rubon (#3) in Vitebsk in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Minsk-2006 II will play on the road against the league's second-placed Grodno-93 and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
An exciting game was played in Gomel. First ranked BGUIR-RTI faced 3rd placed Sozh Gomel. Guests from Minsk (11-15) smashed host Sozh Gomel (0-26) 101-52. Yuriy Ignatiev stepped up and scored 25 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. BGUIR-RTI's coach Siarhei Varyvodau felt very confident that he used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the losing side Pavel Bliznets responded with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 13 rebounds. BGUIR-RTI maintains first place in League with 11-15 record. Loser Sozh Gomel still closes the standings with 26 games lost. BGUIR-RTI will meet league's second-placed SBK Osipovichi on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Sozh Gomel will have a break next round.
An exciting game was played in Gomel. First ranked BGUIR-RTI faced 3rd placed Sozh Gomel. Guests from Minsk (11-15) smashed host Sozh Gomel (0-26) 83-53. Aliaksandr Hrumiantsau nailed 15 points and 5 rebounds for the winning side. Coach Siarhei Varyvodau's team controlled all game and the coach could let to play all 12 players and allowed the starting five to rest. BGUIR-RTI maintains first place in League with 11-15 record. Sozh Gomel at the other side still closes the standings with 26 games lost. BGUIR-RTI's next round opponent will be league's second-placed SBK Osipovichi on the road and it will be for sure the game of the week.


Group Championship
Rubon - Grodno-93 69-72

Third-ranked Rubon (13-12) made lots of trouble for second ranked Grodno-93 (22-3) in Vitebsk on Friday. The visitors from Grodno managed to secure only three-point victory 72-69. However their fans expected easier game. The guests trailed by 8 points at the halftime before their 23-11 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. The former international forward Kanstantin Yafremov (202-86) fired 18 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Ukrainian center Vadim Matyukevych (208-80) chipped in 18 points and 9 rebounds. point guard Artem Malkov (185-88) produced 22 points and power forward Pavel Karasevich (201-89) added 7 points and 9 rebounds respectively for lost side. Grodno-93 maintains second place in League with 22-3 record having just two points less than leader Minsk-2006. Rubon at the other side keeps the third position with 12 games lost. Grodno-93 are looking forward to face Minsk-2006 II (#4) at home in the next round. Rubon will play against the league's leader Minsk-2006 and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Rubon: A.Malkov 22+3reb+3ast, M.Ovsepian 8+7reb, S.Sapegin 8+2reb+3ast, P.Karasevich 7+9reb, A.Kachan 6+1ast, D.Shilovich 5+5reb+1ast
Grodno-93: K.Yafremov 18+9reb+1ast, V.Matyukevych 18+9reb, I.Konuyshenko 13+2reb+3ast, V.Korzh 7+1ast, D.Kuzmin 6+5reb+6ast, E.Ivanov 5+4reb+1ast
gschID: 173748


Minsk-2006 II - Minsk-2006 83-120

Another exciting game was a derby match between two teams from Minsk: Minsk-2006 (#1) and Minsk-2006 II (#4). Minsk-2006 II was crushed at home by 37 points 83-120 and even the advantage of their own court did not help. The game without a history. Minsk-2006 led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 80 of its points in the paint compared to Minsk-2006 II's 42 and made 19-of-24 charity shots (79.2 percent) during the game. They outrebounded Minsk-2006 II 45-24 including a 33-18 advantage in defensive rebounds. Worth to mention a great performance of Lithuanian forward Justinas Sinica (203-85) who helped to win the game recording 22 points and 8 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). International forward Aliaksei Trastsinetski (200-86) contributed with 17 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. The former international guard Maksim Shustau (184-86) answered with 20 points and 6 assists and Lithuanian forward Ronaldas Rutkauskas (203-92) added 21 points in the effort for Minsk-2006 II. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Defending champion maintains first place in League with 24-1 record. Newly promoted Minsk-2006 II keeps the fourth position with 16 games lost. They will play against Rubon (#3) in Vitebsk in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Minsk-2006 II will play on the road against the league's second-placed Grodno-93 and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Minsk-2006 II: R.Rutkauskas 21+1reb+1ast, M.Shustau 20+3reb+6ast, A.Semianiuk 11+8reb, V.Nakic 11+2ast, Y.Kurapau 8+3reb, A.Vashkevich 4+1ast
Minsk-2006: J.Sinica 22+8reb+1ast, A.Kudrautsau 19+1reb+4ast, A.Trastsinetski 17+5reb+2ast, A.Lashkevich 16+6reb+2ast, A.Kojenets 14+4reb+1ast, J.Knox 14+4reb
gschID: 173747


Group Play-Out
Sozh Gomel - BGUIR-RTI 52-101

An exciting game was played in Gomel. First ranked BGUIR-RTI faced 3rd placed Sozh Gomel. Guests from Minsk (11-15) smashed host Sozh Gomel (0-26) 101-52. The game without a history. BGUIR-RTI led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. BGUIR-RTI forced 33 Sozh Gomel turnovers. Forward Yuriy Ignatiev (198-91) stepped up and scored 25 points and 6 rebounds for the winners and forward Evgeniy Sugoniako (198-92) chipped in 17 points and 4 assists. Five BGUIR-RTI players scored in double figures. BGUIR-RTI's coach Siarhei Varyvodau felt very confident that he used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the losing side center Pavel Bliznets (205-94) responded with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 13 rebounds and point guard Yahor Patupchyk (186-94) scored 9 points. BGUIR-RTI maintains first place in League with 11-15 record. Loser Sozh Gomel still closes the standings with 26 games lost. BGUIR-RTI will meet league's second-placed SBK Osipovichi on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Sozh Gomel will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Sozh Gomel: P.Bliznets 18+13reb+2ast, I.Drobyshevskiy 10+4reb, Y.Patupchyk 9+4reb+2ast, S.Bondar 6+3reb, D.Kasenkau 5+2reb+1ast, D.Fedorovskiy 2+5reb
BGUIR-RTI: Y.Ignatiev 25+6reb, E.Sugoniako 17+2reb+4ast, K.Volodkin 15+3reb+2ast, A.Papruha 12, A.Kuzmitski 10+6reb+3ast, N.Strukov 8+1reb+3ast
gschID: 173749


Sozh Gomel - BGUIR-RTI 53-83

An exciting game was played in Gomel. First ranked BGUIR-RTI faced 3rd placed Sozh Gomel. Guests from Minsk (11-15) smashed host Sozh Gomel (0-26) 83-53. The game without a history. BGUIR-RTI led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. BGUIR-RTI forced 24 Sozh Gomel turnovers. Forward Aliaksandr Hrumiantsau (205-91) nailed 15 points and 5 rebounds for the winning side and Kiril Volodkin accounted for 17 points. Four BGUIR-RTI players scored in double figures. Coach Siarhei Varyvodau's team controlled all game and the coach could let to play all 12 players and allowed the starting five to rest. Center Pavel Bliznets (205-94) came up with 7 points and 19 rebounds and forward Dmirtiy Fedorovskiy (196-93) added 15 points and 6 rebounds respectively for Sozh Gomel in the defeat. BGUIR-RTI maintains first place in League with 11-15 record. Sozh Gomel at the other side still closes the standings with 26 games lost. BGUIR-RTI's next round opponent will be league's second-placed SBK Osipovichi on the road and it will be for sure the game of the week.
Top scorers:
Sozh Gomel: D.Fedorovskiy 15+6reb, D.Kasenkau 10+5reb+1ast, Y.Patupchyk 8+6reb+2ast, P.Bliznets 7+19reb, S.Bondar 6+4reb+1ast, A.Shestilovskiy 4+2reb+4ast
BGUIR-RTI: K.Volodkin 17+1reb+1ast, A.Hrumiantsau 15+5reb+1ast, E.Sugoniako 10+6reb+1ast, G.Zakhar 10+4reb, N.Fokeev 8+4reb, Y.Ignatiev 6+9reb
gschID: 173746



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Standings - BIH League

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

Second Stage: Round 5

Apr. 7: Capljina - Mladost 81-69
Apr. 7: Siroki WWin - Igokea 75-65
Apr. 7: Bosna - Varda HE 59-71

Second Stage: Round 6

Apr. 10: Igokea - Mladost
Apr. 10: Capljina - Varda HE
Apr. 10: Bosna - Siroki WWin



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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 20-6 
 5. Unitri/Universo 18-10 
 6. Paulistano 17-11 
 7. Itabom/Bauru 15-11 
 8. Cia do Terno 14-14 
 9. Winner/Limeira 13-15 
 10. Vivo/Franca 13-15 
 11. Liga Sorocaba 11-17 
 12. Minas 9-18 
 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. 6: Uniceub/BRB - Minas 87-76
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: Liga Sorocaba - Itabom/Bauru 71-64
Apr. 7: S.Jose/Unimed - Pinheiros/Sky
Apr. 8: Itabom/Bauru - Minas
Apr. 10: Itabom/Bauru - Uniceub/BRB


Liga Sorocaba surprise Itabom/Bauru - by Eurobasket News

Liga Sorocaba earned the 11th win in NBB season as they held off visiting Itabom/Bauru. Cesar Araujo (201-F/C-81) came up with 15 points to lead the winners. Liga Sorocaba dominated throughout the first half. They registered a 34:23 halftime lead. Itabom/Bauru cut the distance to three points heading into the final frame but it was not enough. Liga Sorocaba unloaded 20 points in the fourth frame and sealed the winning outcome at the end. Fabricio Russo (196-F-85) added 13 points, while Paulo Nery (188-G-81) added 12 in the victory. Itabom/Bauru answered with 18 points from Jefferson Agba (209-F/C-80, college: Embry Riddle). Larry Taylor (185-G-80, college: Missouri Western) produced 12 points in the loss.
Uniceub/BRB gained the 20th win as they toppled Minas 87:76. The defending champions faced a three-point deficit at the interval 35:38. But they unleashed 52 points in the second half to run for the victory. Guilherme Giovannoni (202-F-80, agency: Interperformances) accounted for 25 points and 9 rebounds to lead the home team. Welington Dos Santos (185-PG-81) added 22 points in the win. Luciano Gonzales (185-G) answered with 23 points in defeat.



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Raptors re-sign Alan Anderson, Ben Uzoh to second 10-day contracts - by Eurobasket News

The Toronto Raptors announced Friday they have re-signed guard-forward Alan Anderson (6'6''-G/F-82, agency: Priority Sports, college: Michigan St.) and guard Ben Uzoh (6'3''-PG-88, college: Tulsa) to second 10-day contracts. The Raptors signed Anderson to his original 10-day March 26 and Uzoh on March 27.

Anderson, 6-foot-6, 220 pounds, has appeared in six games with Toronto, starting one contest. He has averaged 5.8 points, 2.0 rebounds and 16.0 minutes. He totaled 13 points (5-7 FG, 3-4 3FG) and four rebounds in Wednesdays win at Philadelphia. It was his first starting assignment since April 17, 2006 as a member of the Charlotte Bobcats.

Anderson came to the Raptors from the NBA D-Leagues Canton Charge, where he averaged 21.5 points and 4.6 rebounds in eight appearances.

Uzoh, 6-foot-3, 205 pounds, joined the Raptors from the NBA D-Leagues Rio Grande (Texas) Valley Vipers. He averaged 14.8 points, 5.8 rebounds, 3.9 assists and 30.8 minutes in 20 appearances.

Courtesy of www.insidehoops.com



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Mannheim 2012: Spain topple China in opener - by Eurobasket News

Spain U18 - China U18 88:56

Spanish U18 National Team celebrated the first win at the Albert Schweitzer Tournament in Germany. They toppled China in Group C opener. Guillermo Hernangomez (203-C-94) scored 15 points and grabbed 12 rebounds to pace the winners.
Spain and China opened the game cautiously. They European side enjoyed a narrow 16:14 lead after ten minutes of action. Spain increased the tempo in the second frame. They established a 38:26 halftime lead. The third quarter belonged to Spain. They limited China to just 7 points and earned a comfortable 28-point advantage. They never looked back afterwards cruising to the victory. Josep Perez (183-PG-94) posted 13 points, while Javier Marin (195-G-94) and Sergio Hernandez (197-C-94) added 9 points each in the victory. Yu Dehao (188-G-95) answered with 15 points for China. Zhou Qi (215-C-96) and Zou Yuchen (197-F-96) posted 12 points each in the loss.

Spain U18: Guillermo Hernangomez 15+12 boards, Josep Perez 13, Javier Marin 9, Sergio Hernandez 9
China U18: Yu Dehao 15, Zhou Qi 12, Zou Yuchen 12



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  CROATIA   

A1 Standings

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

Apr. 6: Cibona - KK Split 92-75
Apr. 7: Cedevita - Jolly 89-68
Apr. 6: Svjetlost - Zabok 74-73
Apr. 7: Zadar - KK Zagreb CO 69-62

Second Stage: Round 7

Championship

Apr. 10: KK Zagreb CO - Cibona
Apr. 11: Jolly - Zadar
Apr. 11: Zabok - Cedevita
Apr. 11: KK Split - Svjetlost

Play-Out

Apr. 11: Kvarner 2010 - Dubrovnik
Apr. 11: Darda - Krizevci
Apr. 11: Borik - Alkar Sinj


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, Jolly17.8 
 4. Vrbanc, Zadar15.8 
 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, Zadar7.3 
 4. Zupic, Alkar Sinj6.9 
 5. Sobin, KK Split6.8 
 6. Cinac, Kvarner 20106.6 
 7. Peraica, Darda6.6 
 8. Vrsaljko, Jolly5.8 
 9. Grgat, Krizevci5.7 
 10. Sarlija, Borik5.7 
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. Stimac, Svjetlost2.5 
Steals Per Game
 Ronald ROSS
  Jolly
  (188-G-83)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Ross, Jolly2.9 
 2. Bicvic, Darda2.1 
 3. Kostomaj, Svjet.2.1 
 4. Blajic, Kvarner1.7 
 5. Ceskovic, Kvarner1.6 
 6. Zadnik, Zadar1.6 
 7. Sarlija, Borik1.5 
 8. Stimac, Svjetlost1.5 
 9. Mimica, KK Split1.5 
 10. Sobin, KK Split1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Marino SARLIJA
  Borik
  (207-F/C-89)
  Avg: 1.4
 1. Sarlija, Borik1.4 
 2. Kraljevic, Zabok1.2 
 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. Cakarun, Borik0.5 
 10. Babic, KK Split0.5 


Croatian A1 round 6 (Second Stage) best performance: Miro Bilan - by Eurobasket News

Forward Miro Bilan (213-F-89) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for second-ranked Cedevita, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 6 (Second Stage).
The 22-year old player had a double-double of 22 points and 10 rebounds, while his team crushed Jolly (#7, 1-5) with 21-point margin 89-68. Cedevita maintains the 2nd position in Croatian A1. They are still close to the very top. Cedevita would have been even better if they kept winning the games like in the last round. They have a solid 5-1 record. Bilan turned to be Cedevita's top player in his first season with the team. Miro Bilan averages this season 16.7ppg and 7.3rpg.

The second best player in last round's games was 24-year old Slovenian Tadej Kostomaj (186-G-87) of Svjetlost. Kostomaj had a very good evening with 22 points, 3 rebounds and 6 assists. It was enough for Svjetlost to edge slightly higher-ranked Zabok (1-5) 74-73. Svjetlost's 8th position in the standings has not changed. 5 lost games are too many comparing to just one victory Svjetlost managed to get this Second Stage. Kostomaj is one of the most experienced players at Svjetlost and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third on the list of top players last round was Bosnia and Herzegovina Damir Markota (210-C/F-85, agency: World Sport Agency) of KK Zagreb CO (#5). Markota scored 20 points and grabbed thirteen rebounds (!!!). Despite Markota's great performance KK Zagreb CO lost 62-69 to Zadar (3-3). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The last thing KK Zagreb CO needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 3 victories and 3 lost games. Markota has a very solid season. In 6 games in Croatia he scored 19.3ppg. He also has 7.8rpg and FGP: 70.6%. Damir Markota has also Croatian passport and can play in the league with a status of domestic player.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Dontaye Draper (180-PG-84) of Cedevita - 18 points, 3 rebounds and 5 assists
5. Ljubo Samadan (208-C/F-83) of Svjetlost - 17 points and 10 rebounds
6. Stipe Rezic (201-G/F-89) of Jolly - 14 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists
7. Levour Warren (196-F-81) of Cedevita - 16 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Marin Rozic (201-F-83) of Cibona - 14 points and 6 rebounds
9. Josip Sobin (203-G/F-89) of KK Split - 16 points and 5 rebounds
10. Filip Kraljevic (214-F-89) of Zabok - 16 points and 6 rebounds

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



A1 Round 6: Svjetlost defeats Zabok in the closest game of the Round - by Eurobasket News

Coincidentally all hosts won their games.

Zadar - KK Zagreb CO 69-62
The game in Zadar was also quite interesting. One of their biggest challengers KK Zagreb CO (3-3) played at the court of fifth ranked Zadar (3-3). Zadar managed to secure a 7-point victory 69-62 on Saturday. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 20-15. But KK Zagreb CO won second period 19-16. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Zadar dominated down low during the game scoring 44 of its points in the paint compared to KK Zagreb CO's 24. They outrebounded KK Zagreb CO 42-31 including 28 on the defensive glass. The best player for the winners was the former international guard Goran Vrbanc (194-84) who scored 20 points and 7 rebounds. Center Ive Ivanov (201-85) chipped in 15 points and 5 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was the former international power forward Damir Markota (210-85, agency: World Sport Agency) who recorded a double-double by scoring 20 points and 13 rebounds and the former international forward Krunoslav Simon (197-85) added 15 points and 4 assists respectively. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Zadar moved-up to fourth place, which they share with defeated KK Zagreb CO. Zadar will meet Jolly (#7) in the next round. KK Zagreb CO's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Zagreb Cibona.
Top scorers:
Zadar: G.Vrbanc 20+7reb+1ast, I.Ivanov 15+5reb, A.Delas 7+4reb, F.Kastropil 6+2reb, A.Krapic 6+2reb, Z.Vrkic 4+1reb
KK Zagreb CO: D.Markota 20+13reb+1ast, K.Simon 15+3reb+4ast, A.Masic 9+8reb, D.Mulaomerovic 7+2reb+3ast, D.Rancic 6+1reb+1ast, S.Ozbolt 3+3reb
gschID: 171813


Cibona - KK Split 92-75
The game between Top Four teams took place in Zagreb. Top-ranked host Cibona (6-0) defeated 3rd ranked KK Split (4-2) 92-75. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of KK Split. The game was mostly controlled by Cibona. KK Split was better in third quarter 14-11. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Cibona forced 20 KK Split turnovers. The former international center Goran Suton (209-85, college: Michigan St.) notched 8 points and 10 rebounds to lead the effort and the former international forward Marin Rozic (201-83, agency: PEPI SPORT) supported him with 14 points and 6 rebounds. Even 15 points and 7 rebounds by the former international center Nikola Vujcic (211-78) did not help to save the game for KK Split. The former international guard Srdan Subotic (193-80) added 11 points and 7 assists. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Cibona have an impressive six-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 6-0 record. KK Split at the other side keeps the third place with two games lost. Cibona's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Zagreb to the arena KK Zagreb CO.
Top scorers:
Cibona: D.Rudez 15+4reb, M.Rozic 14+6reb+1ast, P.Marcinkovic 13+2reb+1ast, A.Zizic 13+5reb+1ast, Z.Wright 9+2reb+4ast, G.Suton 8+10reb+3ast
KK Split: J.Sobin 16+5reb+1ast, N.Vujcic 15+7reb+3ast, I.Mimica 12+5reb+1ast, S.Subotic 11+4reb+7ast, L.Babic 9+6reb+1ast, T.Dijan 9+4reb+3ast
gschID: 171810


Svjetlost - Zabok 74-73
The most exciting game of round 6 in the A1 took place in Slavonski Brod. This derby game ended with only one-point defeat on the road of 6th ranked Zabok (1-5) to eighth ranked Svjetlost (1-5) 74-73 in the game for the sixth place. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 21-17. But Zabok won second period 21-19. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Svjetlost won last quarter 13-13. 25 personal fouls committed by Zabok helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Slovenian guard Tadej Kostomaj (186-87) scored 22 points and 6 assists (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line) to lead the charge for the winners and the former international power forward Ljubo Samadan (208-83) chipped in 17 points and 10 rebounds during the contest. The best for the losing side was forward Filip Kraljevic (214-89, agency: PEPI SPORT) with 16 points and 6 rebounds and the former international guard Ivan Tomas (193-81) scored 13 points and 4 assists. Svjetlost left bottom position moving up to sixth place, which they share with Zabok and Jolly. It was Zabok's third loss in a row. Svjetlost is looking forward to face higher ranked KK Split (#3) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Zabok will play against the league's second-placed Cedevita in Zagreb and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Svjetlost: T.Kostomaj 22+3reb+6ast, L.Samadan 17+10reb+1ast, P.Barac 12+3reb+2ast, K.Gamma 7+4reb, A.Stimac 6+6reb+5ast, M.Batina 5+4reb
Zabok: F.Kraljevic 16+6reb, I.Tomas 13+3reb+4ast, D.Basic 11+1reb+2ast, L.Pesut 8+3reb, R.Lez 8+3reb+5ast, S.Jankovic 8+5reb
gschID: 171811


Cedevita - Jolly 89-68
Second ranked Cedevita (5-1) crushed at home 6th ranked Jolly (1-5) by 21 points 89-68, which is the biggest margin this round. The game without a history. Cedevita led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 21-of-26 charity shots (80.8 percent) during the game. 27 personal fouls committed by Jolly helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a good game for forward Miro Bilan (213-89) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 10 rebounds (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field). International point guard Dontaye Draper (180-84, college: Charleston) contributed with 18 points and 5 assists for the winners. Swingman Stipe Rezic (201-89) replied with 14 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists and forward Mate Mrva (195-83) added 17 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Jolly. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Cedevita have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 5-1 record behind leader Kvarner 2010. Jolly at the other side keeps the sixth place with five games lost. Cedevita's next round opponent will be Zabok (#6) in Zabok. Jolly will play at home against Zadar and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Cedevita: M.Bilan 22+10reb+1ast, D.Draper 18+3reb+5ast, L.Warren 16+6reb+2ast, M.Bazdaric 11+2reb+2ast, V.Vukusic 9+5reb, H.Owens 5+5reb+3ast
Jolly: M.Mrva 17+5reb, S.Rezic 14+5reb+4ast, R.Ross 10+7reb+5ast, L.Katura 10+4reb+1ast, I.Josipovic 9+5reb+1ast, D.Vrsaljko 8+7reb



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  CYPRUS   


Etha wins the championship! - by Dr. Nasios Orinos

At game 3 i wrote that even though Etha was behind by 18 was still in the game and that in no case could be underestimated. This is exactly what i meant.

Still, at game 4 while commenting the game on TV, with 3.25 minutes remaining and Keravnos being ahead by 10, I was asked whether the game could turn around and I said that even though there was time, this could only happen if Keravnos suicided. Well, Etha was amazing in those last 3 minutes and succeeded something that does not happen easily. Keravnos had indeed control of the game, but it let it slip through its fingers.'Where Amazing happens', might be the correct thing to say.

Congratulations to Etha

Firstly, i need to note that, including playoffs, Keravnos and Etha have exactly the same losses. Keravnos has lost only once in the regular season, indeed an amazing record, but a total of 5 games at the playoffs. Etha has lost 4 times at the regular season and only 2 at the playoffs. Both have a total of 6 losses.

Just before the playoffs I personally stressed that playoff games are completely different than regular season games. Teams advance to the next round in a best of 3 or best of 5 games. I highlighted that the previous 3 years teams with a home court disadvantage have reversed the series and won championships.

Three years ago, Apoel reversed the series twice. It beat Dragan Raca's Ael at the semi-final in Limassol and immediately after it reversed the series at the final, in Strovolos, against Frangiass Keravnos and won the championship.

Last year Etha reversed the series at the semi-final when it beat Apoel away (in Lefkotheo indoor arena) and advanced at the final where it met Ael which also reversed two series in a row, against Apollon at the quarter final and against Keravnos at the semi-final.


This year Etha has reversed the series twice, beating Apollon away at the semi-final and Keravnos away at the final. Even thought Etha had not beaten Keravnos for two years, it seems it has chosen the right time to do it.

Masamba, Cup, King, Tutt, Jackson, Anastasiades, Djikanovic, were all great during playoffs. My personal opinion though is that the champ was won by Darryl Watkins.

Personally, I have seen a different Darryl Watkins at the playoffs. I have mentioned quite a few times since October, and insisted that, had Tonis Constantinides changed the way Watkins was playing it should make him a very dangerous player. And indeed this is exactly what happened. Darryl Watkins can not shoot from outside, but he is unbeatable inside. He can rebound well and he is unstoppable when dunking the ball. Should you use him like this, you have yourself a winner.

Let's not forget George Anastasiadis whose experience and leadership qualities have injected the team with passion and determination. After all George has more titles than any other player on the island.


'this guy is amazing' Masamba stated about George just after the game, probably meaning that indeed George has pushed the team with his experience and winning personality.

The above becomes even more important considering that Keravnos's president stated after the game that his team lacks the winning personalities, in other words players who can step up in games like these and win the title.

Congratulations to Etha and Tonis Consantinides.

George Anastasiades - It never ends

Among the best Cypriot players ever played the game and one of Cyprus most charismatic players, in the twilight of a brilliant career, and after winning two unforgettable championships with APOEL, George Anastasiadis has moved to Etha two yeas ago.

Last year George has added 2 more titles to his brilliant career. He added a cup and a championship while at the same time winning the 'Domestic Player' of the year award.

This year he added one more 1 super cup and another championship.

So far he has won 5 cups, 7 championships and 3 super-cups.

A lot was written and said as to whether titles follow him around. Truth be told - none of iit s coincidental. History will always remember that George has won 5 championships in a row, with 3 different teams.

Last year in my article the night the championship ended, I wondered as to whether he could win another one.

Well, I dare to say it again, 'who Knows, maybe he will win another one'!

Panayiotis Giannaras

I would like to congratulate Panagiotis Giannaras. Panagiotis Giannaras has succeeded something that none of the last 3 coaches who sad on Keravnos's bench have succeeded. He built his roster methodically and carefully having two players in all positions. Cojadinovic, Chan, Dragicevic are some of the players who brought in the team. The most important is that he signed 3 very good American players who made the difference. All three of them gave Keravnos an average of around 40 pts per game.
Even though a bitter taste remains for not been able to win the champ, bottom line is that his effort is well respected.


Most important statistic of the season

I have been statistically examining all teams throughout the year. If was going to note one important statistic this would be the fact that, with only one exception, Keravnos has lost only when the 3 Americans together scored below their total average (39 pts). This shows that Keravnos's main strength was indeed these 3 very good players.



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Standings - NBL

NBL Standings
A1
 1. CEZ Nymburk 33-2 
 2. BK Prostejov 25-11 
 3. BK Decin 25-11 
 4. BK Pardubice 24-12 
 5. BC Kolin 22-24 
 6. USK Praha 16-19 
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 62-67
Apr. 10: USK Praha - CEZ Nymburk


Stats Leaders - NBL

Points Per Game
 Patrick POPE
  Chomutov
  (183-G-81)
  Avg: 19.6
 1. Pope, Chomutov19.6 
 2. Sedmak, USK Praha19.6 
 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: 8.9
 1. Votroubek, USK P.8.9 
 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. Vrubl, Plzen4.6 
 6. Wright, Chomutov4.6 
 7. Barnes, BC Kolin4.0 
 8. Sirina, B&W Opava4.0 
 9. Lawrence, CEZ N.3.9 
 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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  DENMARK   


Mannheim 2012: Serbia too good for Denmark - by Eurobasket News

Serbia U18 - Denmark U18 75:46

Serbia registered the initial win at the Albert Schweitzer Tournament in Mannheim, Germany. They overwhelmed their Danish counterparts. Nikola Milutinovic (206-C-94) posted 12 points and 6 boards to lead the charge.
Serbia stunned their opponents in the opening quarter. They held Denmark to just 8 points in the period to take a 15-point lead. Serbia maintained the advantage throughout the second quarter. The Balkan team secured a 39:22 halftime lead. Serbia stretched the margin in the third term. They arrived at the final intermission up by as many as 29 points. Denmark never recovered and had to surrender at the end. Dusan Ristic (210-C/F-95) and Mihajlo Andric (197-F-94) came up with 11 points each in the win. Peter Moeller (186-G-94) responded with 10 points for Denmark. RasmusG Larsen (212-C-94) netted 9 points in the loss.

Serbia U18: Nikola Milutinovic 12, Dusan Ristic 11, Mihajlo Andric 11
Denmark U18: Peter Moeller 10, RasmusG Larsen 9



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Standings

D-League Standings
East Conference
 1. Dakota W. 29-21 
 2. Springfield A. 29-21 
 3. Erie Bay H. 28-22 
 4. Canton C. 27-23 
 5. Iowa E. 25-25 
 6. Maine RC 21-29 
 7. Sioux Falls S. 15-35 
 8. Ft.Wayne MA 14-36 
West Conference
 1. Los Angeles D. 38-12 
 2. Austin T. 33-17 
 3. Bakersfield J. 28-22 
 4. Texas L. 24-26 
 5. Rio Grande VV 24-26 
 6. Tulsa 66ers 23-27 
 7. Idaho S. 21-29 
 8. Reno B. 21-29 

Regular Season: Round 74

Apr. 7: Ft.Wayne MA - Dakota W. 99-98
Apr. 7: Texas L. - Springfield A. 98-105
Apr. 7: Sioux Falls S. - Austin T. 98-103
Apr. 7: Idaho S. - Bakersfield J. 97-96
Apr. 7: Canton C. - Erie Bay H. 90-105
Apr. 7: Maine RC - Tulsa 66ers 84-82
Apr. 7: Iowa E. - Los Angeles D. 79-95
Apr. 7: Rio Grande VV - Reno B. 144-140


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. Butch, Bakersfi.9.7 
 5. Thomas, Los A.9.3 
 6. Williams, Texas L.8.9 
 7. Criswell-L., Austi.8.9 
 8. Foote, Springfield8.9 
 9. Reid, Tulsa 66ers8.6 
 10. Horner, Springfi.8.5 
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, Springfield6.3 
 6. Fortson, Los A.5.9 
 7. Stinson, Iowa E.5.9 
 8. Bailey, Idaho S.5.8 
 9. Baker, Dakota W.5.8 
 10. Johnson, Austin5.7 
Steals Per Game
 Stefhon HANNAH
  Dakota W.
  (185-G-85)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Hannah, Dakota W.2.2 
 2. Blakely, Sioux F.2.2 
 3. Coleman, Sioux F.2.2 
 4. Fortson, Los A.2.1 
 5. Smith, Springfield2.1 
 6. Owens, Tulsa 66ers1.9 
 7. Saunders, Rio G.1.9 
 8. Curry, Springfield1.9 
 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 


Friday's games review (8): Playoffs are set - by Eurobasket News

Texas L. - Los Angeles D. 100-104
The Los Angeles D-Fenders started the game off with hot shooting going up 25-16 by the end of the first quarter. The D-Fenders attack was led by Otis George (6'9''-C-82, agency: Beo Basket, college: Louisville) who collected 13 points and four rebounds in the frame. George finished with 20 points and 10 rebounds in 33 minutes of action tonight.
An 11-point, eight rebound second quarter performance by Dan Gadzuric brought the Legends within one point of the D-Fenders at the half. Gadzuric led the Legends in scoring and finished the night with 24 points and 17 rebounds in 37 minutes of action. Sean Williams scored 19 points. Jamario Moon logged 42 minutes of action and led the D-Fenders with 24 points. The Legends played hard on the glass, outrebounding the D-Fenders 53-44 on the night. Williams, Gadzuric, and Antonio Daniels all recorded double-doubles. Booker Woodfox (6'1''-PG-86, agency: Strategic Sports, college: Creighton) was hot from behind the arc, connecting on three of four attempts and finishing with 19 points. The Legends (24-25) face the Springfield Armor (28-21) Saturday at the Dr Pepper Arena. *Courtesy of D-League

Austin T. - Springfield A. 99-110
Jerry Smith (6'2''-G-87, college: Louisville) scored a game-high 27 points and the Springfield Armor defeated the Austin Toros 110-99 Friday night. Smith got plenty of offensive support from Jeff Foote (7'0''-C-88, college: Cornell) (20 points), L.D. Williams (20) and JamesOn Curry (19) to help the Armor end the Toros' nine-game home win streak. The Armor (28-21) have already locked up a berth in the NBA D-League playoffs, but remain in a dogfight with three other teams for the top four spots in the Eastern Conference. Springfield finishes the regular season at the Texas Legends on Saturday (8 p.m.). They trail first-place Dakota (29-20) by one game. Cory Joseph (20) led the Toros (32-17), who were one of the hottest teams in the league. Earlier this week they set a franchise-record with their 32nd win. *Courtesy of www.masslive.com

Idaho S. - Bakersfield J. 96-80
Paul Carter (6'9''-F-87, agency: Edge Sports, college: Ill.-Chicago) scored 18 and points and Derrick Caracter (6'9''-F-88, college: UTEP) had 11 points and 11 rebounds as the Idaho Stampede (20-29) beat the Bakersfield Jam 96-80 at CenturyLink Arena. David Bailey had five points, seven assists and just one turnover in the win, as the home team shot 50.7 percent from the floor and out-rebounded Bakersfield 53-36. Reggie Larry (11 points) and Mikki Moore each had seven rebounds, and Antoine Walker (nine points) and Carter both pulled down six. Willie Jenkins had 12 points off the bench, Seth Tarver added 13 and Chris Davis notched nine. The Jam (28-21) were held to just 11 points in the first quarter and 17 in the second, while the Stampede led by as many as 24 on the night. Trey Johnson led the way for Bakersfield, scoring 17 points. Derrick Byars had 12 points and Juan Pattillo had 10, with no Jam starters reaching double-figures. Idaho plays its final game of the 2011-12 season tomorrow night against Bakersfield at 7 p.m. (MST) at CenturyLink Arena. *Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com

Maine RC - Tulsa 66ers 100-99
Morris Almond (6'6''-F/G-85, college: Rice) has won his share of games with last-second shots. Friday night, he proved he can make a late-game difference on defense as well. Almond blocked a shot by Robert Vaden (6'5''-G/F-85, college: UAB) with two seconds left to save the Maine Red Claws' 100-99 victory over the Tulsa 66ers at the Portland Expo. The loss eliminated Tulsa from playoff contention. Maine (20-29) nearly blew a 15-point fourth-quarter lead, scoring just 15 points in the final period, but held on because of Almond's defensive play. 'The guy we rely on to score all the time makes a great defensive play to win it,' said Maine Coach Dave Leitao. 'Vaden tried to drive on Mo. Hands up, good block.' 'Mo is our best scorer,' said point guard Kenny Hayes, who led the Red Claws with 23 points. 'But a lot of people don't realize he's probably one of our best rebounders. And when he wants to play defense, Mo can lock you up.' The Red Claws appeared in control when Hayes hit two free throws for a 99-94 lead with 22.4 seconds left. But then Hayes knocked down Larry Owens as Owens threw in a 3-pointer from in front of the Red Claws' bench with 18 seconds left. Owens hit the foul shot and it was suddenly 99-98. Xavier Silas hit the second of two foul shots with 17.3 seconds left for a 100-98 lead. Then Hamady Ndiaye of Maine fouled Jerome Dyson, who had a game-high 26 points, with 13.5 seconds left. Dyson hit the first but missed the second. Tulsa's Marcus Lewis got the rebound and passed to Vaden, who missed a jumper. The ball was tipped around, back to Vaden on the right wing. 'My man set a screen so we switched and it was one-on-one,' said Almond, who finished with 18 points. 'He drove, I contested it and got a fingertip on it. That was enough. 'They had us on our heels a bit (after the four-point play by Owens). We just wanted to get out of here with a win.' This wasn't a pretty game for the most part. Tulsa's defense slowed it, forcing Maine to play at a much more deliberate pace than it wanted. But the Red Claws got untracked in the third quarter, moving from a 52-51 halftime lead to 85-73 entering the fourth. 'We're at our best when we play fast,' said forward Lawrence Hill, who had 14 points and eight rebounds. 'Then what we did in the third, I think we got away from it in the fourth.' Or as Leitao said, 'We flat-lined in the fourth.' A Silas reverse layup gave Maine a 91-76 lead with 7:47 left. Then Tulsa, fighting for its playoff life, regrouped and held Maine to nine points the rest of the way. But the Red Claws held on and, said Almond, that was important. 'We talked about this in practice, we wanted to finish these games strong,' said Almond. 'We didn't want to put in a poor effort, not in front of our home fans.' *Courtesy of www.pressherald.com

Ft.Wayne MA - Dakota W. 101-104
The Dakota Wizards used a late fourth quarter comeback to defeat the Fort Wayne Mad Ants 104-101 at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum. The Mad Ants started the game shooting 80% from the three point line in the first period to give them the 29-21 lead. The Wizards cooled the Mad Ants off a bit in the second but still trailed by 6 points going into the locker rooms at the half. The Wizards came out quickly in the second half and took an early third quarter lead by scoring the first 7 point of the period. The Mad Ants continued to play catch-up throughout the rest of the period and trailed 74-77 going into the final period. The fourth quarter was where things got fun for the fans in Fort Wayne. The lead went back and forth at the beginning of the fourth period before the Mad Ants took an 8 point lead with one minute left in the game. The Wizards stormed back however behind clutch threes by Stefhon Hannah and Leo Lyons that made it a 98-97 Mad Ants lead with 43.7 seconds to play in the game. Vernon Macklin pushed the lead back to three with a monster dunk off a nice feed from Cameron Jones, but the Wizards came right back and put the game away with a short jump hook by Marcus Dove (6'9''-F-85, college: Oklahoma St.) and a clutch steal and lay in by Edwin Ubiles (6'6''-G/F-86, college: Siena). The Mad Ants had one more shot to win the game, but a driving lay in by Ron Howard was blocked by Dove, and Maurice Baker hit two free throws to ice the game. Marcus Dove led all scorers with 27 points and 10 rebounds. Edwin Ubiles added 15 points, and Leo Lyons contributed 12 points off the bench. Detroit Piston assignee, Vernon Macklin led the way for the Mad Ants with another monster game of 25 points and 13 rebounds. Cameron Jones continued his strong play by adding 17 points off the bench, and Charles Garcia finished with 12 points and 10 rebounds. The Ants and Wizards will tip it off against tomorrow night in Fort Wayne as the Mad Ants wrap up their 2011-2012 season. *Courtesy of www.wane.com

Sioux Falls S. - Iowa E. 120-97
The Sioux Falls Skyforce defeated the Iowa Energy 120-97 Friday night at the Sioux Falls Arena. Sioux Falls snapped their four-game losing streak and did their best to play playoff spoiler in the last weekend of the regular season. Both teams got off to slow starts to begin the game, combining for 13 turnovers in the first quarter. It took Sioux Falls (15-34) nearly three minutes to get their first points of the game when Dominique Coleman knocked in a jumper from the wing to tie the game at two. Trailing Iowa 15-14, Sioux Falls finished the quarter on an 11-0 run to take a 25-15 lead after one. Sioux Falls continued to ride that momentum, turning the 11-0 run into a 24-4 run and took their largest lead yet (38-19) less than four minutes into the second quarter. In an attempt to get back in the game, Iowa (25-24) went on a 9-2 spurt to trim the lead to 11 (51-40) with less than two minutes left in the half. Sioux Falls stabilized the momentum and led 59-45 at the half. Curtis Withers had 13 of his 26 points in the second quarter. Marqus Blakely (6'5''-F-89, college: Vermont) began the second half with a driving dunk courtesy of Coleman's pass to him in transition and Sioux Falls continued to put the pressure on Iowa. Sioux Falls built their lead to as many as 28 in the third quarter thanks to six turnovers by Iowa that led to easy buckets in transition. After three quarters Sioux Falls was in complete control leading 95-69. Sioux Falls coasted to victory in the fourth quarter, never allowing Iowa to make any type of run. In spite of the loss, Iowa clinched a playoff berth due to Texas' loss to Los Angeles tonight. Anthony Mason, Jr. flirted with a triple-double, posting 23 points, eight rebounds and a season-high nine assists. Blakely had a solid all-around game with 23 points, eight rebounds, eight assists and four steals. Withers came off the bench to contribute 26 points and 10 rebounds. Mike Efevberha led Iowa in scoring with 22 points and Ravern Johnson added 16 off the bench. Both teams host their regular season finales tomorrow night. Sioux Falls hosts Austin tomorrow at 7 p.m. CT and Iowa returns home to play Los Angeles at 7 p.m. CT. *Courtesy of www.ksfy.com

Rio Grande VV - Reno B. 111-124
The Reno Bighorns used a solid team effort in their game against the Rio Grande Valley Vipers Friday night, seeing seven players score in double digits and overpowering the Vipers 124-111. Memphis Grizzlies assignee Josh Selby (6'2''-G-91, college: Kansas) was back with team and continued his dominating play with 27 points, seven rebounds, seven assists and three steals to lead the Bighorns. David Harrison (7'0''-C-82, college: Colorado) scored a season-high 24 points and added nine rebounds while Eric Devendorf continued his hot streak with 25 points. The Bighorns shot 51.1 percent from the field, led by Harrison's 10-of-12 shooting, and held the D-League's top scoring Vipers to 44.6 percent, including 27.3 percent on three-pointers. As a team, the Bighorns grabbed 47 rebounds, had 13 steals and blocked five Viper shot attempts for a solid performance against head coach Paul Mokeski's former team. Mo Charlo had 12 points, nine rebounds, seven assists, three steals and two blocks while Antoine Wright posted 13 points, eight rebounds, six assists and five steals for the Bighorns. Former Bighorn and current Houston Rocket assignee Courtney Fortson had 17 points and 13 assists for the Vipers. The Bighorns play their final game of the season in Hidalgo, Texas against the Vipers on Saturday, April 7 at the State Farm Arena. *Courtesy of www.kolotv.com

Erie Bay H. - Canton C. 103-114
Josh-Emmanuel Akognon (5'11''-G-86, college: CS Fullerton) is a player of Nigerian descent who spent the past two seasons playing in China. Before that he played in Estonia. Clearly, the skill of scoring travels, even to the NBA Development League. Akognon lit up Tullio Arena with 33 points off the bench as the Canton Charge clinched a berth in the D-League playoffs with a 114-103 win against the Erie BayHawks on Friday night. After a quiet Charge debut in which he scored five points during Wednesday's home loss to lowly Fort Wayne, Akognon showed off some of the skills that allowed him to score 28.2 points a game this season in China. Akognon made 12 of 19 shots from the field, including 5 of 7 from 3-point range, as the Charge (27-22) snapped a four-game losing streak. 'I don't want to sound cocky, but I've done it all year in China,' the 5-foot-11 Akognon said. 'Once you have a coach that gives you that type of confidence, it comes with it. From the defenses I faced, I had to learn how to shoot fadeaways and shoot over bigger players.' He went absolutely unconscious in the second quarter, hushing a fan appreciation night crowd of 4,384. From pullup jumpers in transition, to running scoop shots high off the glass, to quick-trigger 3-pointers, it was all going down for the Cal State-Fullerton product. 'Makes coaching easy,' Charge head coach Alex Jensen said. Akognon scored 25 first-half points, with 23 of them coming in the second quarter alone. He made his first six shots from the field and went to the half 9 of 12. *Courtesy of www.cantonrep.com



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Standings - LIDOBA

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

Regular Season: Round 11

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



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  DR CONGO   


Boulazac Basket Dordogne adds Morlende to their roster - by Eurobasket Center

Boulazac Basket Dordogne (ProB) agreed terms with 33-year old naturalized DR Congolese Kris Morlende (182-PG-79). In his first game he scored 3 points and added 3 assists helping his new team beat Quimper 80-56. Morlende played most recently at Hermine Nantes Atlantique (ProB). While playing 10 games for Nantes this season he averaged 2.0ppg. Morlende is a very experienced player.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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  FRANCE   

Standings - ProA

ProA Standings
 1. Gravelines 22-3 
 2. Chalon 20-5 
 3. Orleans 17-8 
 4. Nancy 16-9 
 5. Le Mans 16-9 
 6. Paris-Levallois 16-9 
 7. Roanne 13-12 
 8. Cholet 12-13 
 9. Strasbourg 11-14 
 10. Nanterre 11-14 
 11. ASVEL 11-14 
 12. Dijon 11-14 
 13. Poitiers 8-17 
 14. Le Havre 8-17 
 15. Pau-Lacq-Orthez 6-19 
 16. Hyeres-Toulon 2-23 

Regular Season: Round 25

Apr. 6: Chalon - Nanterre 99-109 OT
Apr. 6: ASVEL - Hyeres-Toulon 92-68
Apr. 7: Pau-Lacq-Orthez - Roanne 87-97 OT
Apr. 6: Gravelines - Nancy 83-61
Apr. 3: Orleans - Dijon 82-55
Apr. 7: Le Havre - Strasbourg 77-86
Apr. 7: Le Mans - Cholet 76-87
Apr. 7: Poitiers - Paris-Levallois 73-87

Regular Season: Round 26

Apr. 14: Cholet - Pau-Lacq-Orthez
Apr. 14: Gravelines - Le Havre
Apr. 14: Hyeres-Toulon - Orleans
Apr. 14: Dijon - ASVEL
Apr. 14: Strasbourg - Paris-Levallois
Apr. 14: Nanterre - Poitiers
Apr. 14: Roanne - Le Mans
Apr. 14: Nancy - Chalon


Stats Leaders - ProA

Points Per Game
 Eric CHATFIELD
  Paris-.
  (191-G-79)
  Avg: 20.5
 1. Chatfield, Paris-.20.5 
 2. Rochestie, Le Mans18.2 
 3. Hamilton, Paris-.17.1 
 4. Williams, Paris-.17.1 
 5. Gipson, Pau-Lacq.17.0 
 6. Causeur, Cholet16.2 
 7. Cox, Le Havre15.9 
 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.8.2 
 3. Greer, Strasbourg7.6 
 4. Akingbala, Nancy7.6 
 5. Armstrong, AS.7.0 
 6. Nsonwu-Amadi, Roa.7.0 
 7. Aminu, Chalon7.0 
 8. Vebobe, Cholet6.9 
 9. Falker, Cholet6.5 
 10. Labeyrie, Hyeres-.6.4 
Assists Per Game
 Kareem REID
  Hyeres-Toulon
  (178-PG-75)
  Avg: 7.6
 1. Reid, Hyeres-Toulon7.6 
 2. Rochestie, Le Mans6.3 
 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.4.7 
 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. Nelson, Cholet1.7 
 8. Mendy, Pau-Lacq.1.6 
 9. Fournier, Poitiers1.6 
 10. Dixon, Dijon1.6 
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. Hamilton, Paris-.1.1 
 5. Elonu, Pau-Lacq.1.1 
 6. Issa, Gravelines1.0 
 7. Williams, Paris-.1.0 
 8. Akpomedah, Grave.0.9 
 9. Samnick, Nancy0.8 
 10. Batista, Le Mans0.8 


Standings - ProB

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

Regular Season: Round 29

Apr. 7: St Vallier - Antibes 93-88
Apr. 6: Fos Ouest - Denain 88-64
Apr. 7: Rouen - Bordeaux 86-90
Apr. 6: Maurienne - Evreux 80-82
Apr. 7: Boulazac - Quimper 80-56
Apr. 7: Limoges - Chalons-Reims 77-82
Apr. 6: Bourg - Nantes 72-60
Apr. 7: Lille - Vichy 71-58
Apr. 7: Boulogne - Le Portel 65-54

Regular Season: Round 30

Apr. 13: Antibes - Boulazac
Apr. 13: Bordeaux - Bourg
Apr. 13: Evreux - Fos Ouest
Apr. 13: Le Portel - St Vallier
Apr. 13: Nantes - Rouen
Apr. 13: Chalons-Reims - Lille
Apr. 14: Quimper - Boulogne
Apr. 14: Vichy - Limoges
Apr. 13: Denain - St Vallier


Stats Leaders - ProB

Points Per Game
 Jason SIGGERS
  Rouen
  (189-SG-85)
  Avg: 18
 1. Siggers, Rouen18.0 
 2. Davis, Le Portel17.6 
 3. Brown, Maurienne17.0 
 4. McCray, Boulogne16.6 
 5. Wood, Evreux16.5 
 6. Denave, St Vallier16.1 
 7. Paelay, Quimper15.9 
 8. Osby, Maurienne15.7 
 9. Monroe, Boulazac15.6 
 10. Prowell, St Valli.15.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Christophe MASSIE
  Limoges
  (206-C/F-77)
  Avg: 11.7
 1. Massie, Limoges11.7 
 2. Wood, Evreux11.5 
 3. Monroe, Boulazac9.6 
 4. Rossiter, Denain9.6 
 5. Osby, Maurienne9.6 
 6. Barro, Bourg8.5 
 7. Daniels, Chalons-.8.5 
 8. Allen, Antibes8.3 
 9. Badiane, Nantes8.3 
 10. Brown, Maurienne7.8 
Assists Per Game
 Ronnie TAYLOR
  Le Portel
  (188-PG-81)
  Avg: 6.8
 1. Taylor, Le Portel6.8 
 2. Mullins, Chalons-.5.6 
 3. Rowland, Evreux5.5 
 4. Darnauzan, Mauri.5.3 
 5. Copeland, Bourg5.3 
 6. Darrigand, Bordeaux5.1 
 7. Patiejunas, Rouen5.0 
 8. Denave, St Vallier4.8 
 9. Mouillard, Quimper4.6 
 10. Sauret, Lille4.3 
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. Mullins, Chalons-.2.0 
 5. Rowland, Evreux1.9 
 6. Paelay, Quimper1.9 
 7. Allen, Antibes1.8 
 8. Craven, Vichy1.8 
 9. Eito, Vichy1.8 
 10. Stanley, Boulogne1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Moussa BADIANE
  Antibes
  (205-C-81)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Badiane, Antibes1.8 
 2. Gay, Fos Ouest1.8 
 3. Jefferson, Vichy1.6 
 4. Osby, Maurienne1.4 
 5. Fields, Nantes1.0 
 6. Ford, Bordeaux1.0 
 7. Massie, Limoges1.0 
 8. Prowell, St Vallier0.9 
 9. Daniels, Chalons-.0.9 
 10. McKenzie, Boulaz.0.9 


Standings - N1

NM1 Standings
 1. Charleville 23-7 
 2. St Quentin 23-7 
 3. Orchy 22-8 
 4. Souffel 22-8 
 5. Roche 21-9 
 6. Blois 20-10 
 7. Cognac 18-12 
 8. Sorgues 17-13 
 9. Brest 16-14 
 10. Lievin 14-16 
 11. Angers BC 49 14-16 
 12. Challans 14-16 
 13. Rueil 13-17 
 14. Chartres 12-18 
 15. Clermont 8-22 
 16. Montbrison 6-24 
 17. Le Puy 5-25 
 18. CFBB 2-28 

Regular Season: Round 30

Apr. 7: Charleville - Clermont 96-84 OT
Apr. 7: Brest - Challans 90-76
Apr. 7: Sorgues - CFBB 87-56
Apr. 7: Cognac - Orchy 81-91
Apr. 7: Souffel - Rueil 81-43
Apr. 7: Montbrison - St Quentin 78-99
Apr. 7: Angers BC 49 - Blois 77-90
Apr. 7: Chartres - Roche 69-72
Apr. 7: Lievin - Le Puy 65-74

Regular Season: Round 31

Apr. 14: CFBB - Chartres
Apr. 14: St Quentin - Charleville
Apr. 14: Blois - Montbrison
Apr. 14: Orchy - Angers BC 49
Apr. 14: Rueil - Le Puy
Apr. 14: Challans - Souffel
Apr. 14: Clermont - Sorgues
Apr. 13: Roche - Brest
Apr. 14: Cognac - Lievin


Stats Leaders - N1

Points Per Game
 Ville KAUNISTO
  Blois
  (204-F-82)
  Avg: 18.6
 1. Kaunisto, Blois18.6 
 2. Bigote, Cognac17.9 
 3. Pridotkas, Brest17.0 
 4. Petrovic, Orchy16.8 
 5. Pearson, Angers B.16.4 
 6. Almanson, Challans16.3 
 7. Thomas, Roche16.1 
 8. Belser, Charleville16.0 
 9. Bluntt, Orchy15.9 
 10. Herard, Challans15.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ville KAUNISTO
  Blois
  (204-F-82)
  Avg: 11.7
 1. Kaunisto, Blois11.7 
 2. Jaiteh, CFBB10.1 
 3. Caskill, Cognac9.7 
 4. Pearson, Angers B.8.7 
 5. Sanborn, Lievin8.1 
 6. Pridotkas, Brest7.9 
 7. Toney, Charleville7.9 
 8. Aubry, Montbrison7.9 
 9. Avramovic, Chart.7.8 
 10. Cabarkapa, Rueil7.7 
Assists Per Game
 Johan RATHIEUVILLE
  Brest
  (177-G-85)
  Avg: 6.7
 1. Rathieuville, Brest6.7 
 2. Calvez, Charleville5.2 
 3. Tillon, Montbrison5.0 
 4. Godin, Cognac5.0 
 5. Daube, Le Puy5.0 
 6. Brochard, Blois4.7 
 7. Ball, St Quentin4.6 
 8. Barbry, Orchy4.4 
 9. Dessart, Lievin4.3 
 10. Berquier, Chartres4.1 
Steals Per Game
 Aurelien TOTO N''KOTE
  Roche
  (194-F-79)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Toto N''Kote, Roche2.4 
 2. Calvez, Charleville2.2 
 3. Pistre, Charleville2.1 
 4. Ball, St Quentin1.8 
 5. Bichard, St Quentin1.8 
 6. Daube, Le Puy1.8 
 7. Dessart, Lievin1.7 
 8. Davis, Blois1.7 
 9. Merie, Chartres1.6 
 10. Godin, Cognac1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Jacques ALINGUE
  Souffel
  (201-F-88)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Alingue, Souffel1.7 
 2. N''Diaye, Souffel1.6 
 3. Caskill, Cognac1.4 
 4. Davis, Blois1.4 
 5. Sanborn, Lievin1.4 
 6. Morin, CFBB1.3 
 7. Traore, Angers B.1.2 
 8. Diame, Rueil1.2 
 9. Ipouck, Chartres1.0 
 10. Tornato, Blois1.0 


Boulazac Basket Dordogne adds Morlende to their roster - by Eurobasket Center

Boulazac Basket Dordogne (ProB) agreed terms with 33-year old naturalized DR Congolese Kris Morlende (182-PG-79). In his first game he scored 3 points and added 3 assists helping his new team beat Quimper 80-56. Morlende played most recently at Hermine Nantes Atlantique (ProB). While playing 10 games for Nantes this season he averaged 2.0ppg. Morlende is a very experienced player.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Mannheim 2012: France pip Argentina in Germany - by Eurobasket News

France U18-Argentina U18 70:68

France pip Argentina in Germany at the Albert Schweitzer Tournament opener. The European side grabbed 70:68 win at the very end.
Argentina started the game better and won the opening tip 10:9. The Latin American team increased to 23:18 and led 30:23 after 15 minutes. France however tied the game at 37:37 at the halftime. They also took 41:40 after 25 minutes and led 49:45 at the end of the third quarter. France had 61:54 with 5 minutes to go and managed to keep 2-point victory.
Boris Dallo (193-G-94) paced all the winners with 15 points and Kevin Harley (198-G-94) notched 12. Mouhamadou Jaiteh collected massive 12 points and 13 rebounds, while David Michineau posted 10. Martin Massone (187-F-94) replied with 21 points, while Matias Bernardini (180-G-94) and Gonzalo Torres (201-C-94) had 13 apiece. Pedro Barral (181-G-94) followed them with 10 points.

France U18: Boris Dallo 15, Kevin Harley 12, Mouhamadou Jaiteh 12+13 rebs, David Michineau 10
Argentina U18: Martin Massone 21, Matias Bernardini 13, Gonzalo Torres 13, Pedro Barral 10



ProA Round 25 of Regular Season - by Eurobasket News

Much higher ranked Chalon/Saor (20-5) fell to twelfth ranked JSF Nanterre (11-14) in overtime by ten points 99-109 on Friday night. The game took place in Chalon. But the guests from Nanterre were better at the end. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Chalon/Saor. American players dominated the game. Worth to mention a great performance of William Daniels (203-F-86, college: Rhode Island) who helped to win the game recording 31 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 blocks. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. JSF Nanterre have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to ninth place, which they share with 3 other teams. Chalon/Saor at the other side keeps the second position with five games lost. JSF Nanterre will face Poitiers (#13) at home in the next round. Chalon/Saor will play against Sluc Nancy (#4) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

Other games in round 25 were not that significant. Nancy was smashed by Gravelines on the road 83-61. Le Havre lost to Strasbourg on its own court 77-86. Dijon was outscored by Orleans in a road game 55-82. Poitiers recorded a loss to Paris-Levallois at home 73-87. Cholet defeated Le Mans on the opponent's court 87-76. ASVEL smashed Hyeres-Toulon in a home game 92-68.
The most impressive performance of 25th round was 30 points, 6 rebounds and 10 assists by Malcolm Delaney of Chalon.




Gravelines - Nancy 83-61
No shocking result in a game when first ranked Gravelines-Dunkerque (22-3) crushed at home 4th placed Sluc Nancy (16-9) 83-61 on Friday. The game without a history. Gravelines-Dunkerque led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Worth to mention a great performance of swingman Rudy Jomby (197-88) who helped to win the game recording 19 points. The former international center Ludovic Vaty (206-88, college: Moraine Valley CC) contributed with 13 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Four Gravelines-Dunkerque players scored in double figures. Naturalized Cameroonian forward Victor Samnick (203-79, college: Georgetown) answered with 12 points and 5 rebounds and American guard Jamal Shuler (191-86) added 13 points in the effort for Sluc Nancy. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Gravelines-Dunkerque have an impressive series of seven victories in a row. They maintain first place with 22-3 record. Defending champion Sluc Nancy keeps the fourth position with nine games lost. Gravelines-Dunkerque will face STB Le Havre (#14) at home in the next round which should be another easy win for them. Sluc Nancy will play against the league's second-placed Chalon/Saor (#2) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Gravelines: R.Jomby 19+4reb+2ast, J.Edwards 13+2reb+3ast, L.Vaty 13+9reb+1ast, D.Issa 12+6reb+1ast, J.Johnson 6+2ast, P.Sy 6+5reb
Nancy: J.Shuler 13+4reb+1ast, V.Samnick 12+5reb+2ast, P.Amagou 8+2reb+3ast, A.Akingbala 8+8reb, K.Grant 6+1reb, R.Kurz 5+4reb+1ast


gschID: 133688


Pau-Lacq-Orthez - Roanne 87-97 OT
Page was a key player in victory with 28 points and 5 rebounds. Ray responded with 26 points in defeat. Roanne 13-12, Pau-Orthez 6-19.
Top scorers:
Roanne: D.Page 28+5reb+1ast, R.Wright 17+4reb+3ast, U.Nsonwu-Amadi 16+2reb, M.Diabate 12+3reb+7ast, J.Holland 12+4reb+1ast, A.Tanghe 5+2reb
Pau-Lacq-Orthez: A.Ray 26+1reb+3ast, C.Marquis 19+9reb+2ast, T.Gipson 15+5reb+6ast, C.Elonu 11+7reb, S.Rimac 7+6reb+1ast, J.Morency 6+4reb+2ast
gschID: 133689


Chalon - Nanterre 99-109 OT
Much higher ranked Chalon/Saor (20-5) fell to twelfth ranked JSF Nanterre (11-14) in overtime by ten points 99-109 on Friday night. The game took place in Chalon. But the guests from Nanterre were better at the end. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Chalon/Saor. The guests trailed by 4 points at the halftime before their 20-15 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to tie the game at the end of regular time. They were better in overtime eventually winning that period 23-13. JSF Nanterre dominated down low during the game scoring 60 of its points in the paint compared to Chalon/Saor's 34. JSF Nanterre forced 20 Chalon/Saor turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. Chalon/Saor was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. American players dominated the game. Worth to mention a great performance of forward William Daniels (203-86, college: Rhode Island) who helped to win the game recording 31 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 blocks. Forward Mykal Riley (198-85, college: Alabama) contributed with 14 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals for the winners. Four JSF Nanterre players scored in double figures. Guard Malcolm Delaney (191-89, college: Virginia Tech) answered with a double-double by scoring 30 points, 6 rebounds and 10 assists and swingman Blake Schilb (200-83, college: Loyola, IL, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices) added 30 points, 8 assists and 5 steals in the effort for Chalon/Saor. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. JSF Nanterre have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to ninth place, which they share with 3 other teams. Chalon/Saor at the other side keeps the second position with five games lost. JSF Nanterre will face Poitiers (#13) at home in the next round. Chalon/Saor will play against Sluc Nancy (#4) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Nanterre: W.Daniels 31+6reb+4ast, M.Diarra 18+3reb+2ast, M.Riley 14+5reb+5ast, J.Passave-Ducteil 11+3reb+2ast, M.Judith 9+5reb+1ast, R.Covile 8+8reb+1ast
Chalon: B.Schilb 30+4reb+8ast, M.Delaney 30+6reb+10ast, I.Evtimov 16+6reb+2ast, A.Michel Jean-Baptiste 9+5reb+1ast, A.Aminu 8+6reb+1ast, S.Tchicamboud 3+2reb+3ast
gschID: 133683


Le Havre - Strasbourg 77-86
Rather expected game when 14th ranked STB Le Havre (8-17) lost at home to twelfth ranked Strasbourg IG (11-14) 86-77 on Saturday. STB Le Havre was trailing by 3 points at halftime but managed to get 2-point lead after three quarters before a 22-11 charge of Strasbourg IG, which allowed them to win the game. They dominated down low during the game scoring 64 of its points in the paint compared to STB Le Havre's 36. Strasbourg IG looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. It was a very good performance for American-Dominican swingman Ricardo Greer (197-78, college: Pittsburgh) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 15 points, 11 rebounds and 6 assists. The former international center Alexis Ajinca (215-88, agency: Priority Sports) contributed with 24 points, 5 rebounds and 4 blocks for the winners. Four Strasbourg IG players scored in double figures. Strasbourg IG's coach Vincent Collet used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American-Venezuelan guard John Cox (195-81, college: USF) answered with 19 points and 8 assists and American forward Brian Boddicker (204-81, college: Texas) added 19 points, 5 rebounds and 4 blocks (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field) in the effort for STB Le Havre. Strasbourg IG moved-up to ninth place, which they share with 3 other teams. Loser STB Le Havre dropped to the thirteenth position with 17 games lost. Strasbourg IG will face higher ranked Paris-Levallois (#6) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. STB Le Havre will play against the league's leader Gravelines-Dunkerque (#1) having rather not much hope for a victory.
Top scorers:
Strasbourg: A.Ajinca 24+5reb, R.Greer 15+11reb+6ast, A.M'Baye 11+3reb+5ast, C.Oliver 10+5reb+4ast, K.Anderson 8+3reb+4ast, N.de Jong 8+2reb+2ast
Le Havre: J.Cox 19+4reb+8ast, B.Boddicker 19+5reb+2ast, K.Houston 10+4reb+4ast, O.Camara 9+5reb, G.Jenkins 6+4reb, K.Souchu 5+1reb+2ast
gschID: 133684


Orleans - Dijon 82-55
Very predictable result when third ranked Entente Orleans 45 (17-8) rolled over at home 8th ranked JDA Dijon (11-14) 82-55 on Tuesday. The hosts trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 10-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 82-55. Entente Orleans 45 outrebounded JDA Dijon 36-22 including a 29-17 advantage in defensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. American players dominated also this game. It was a very good performance for forward Brian Greene (204-81, college: Colorado St.) who helped to win the game recording 17 points. Guard Cedrick Banks (190-81, college: Ill.-Chicago, agency: Higher Vision Sports) contributed with 13 points for the winners. point guard Bobby Dixon (178-83, college: Troy, agency: Beo Basket) answered with 12 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists and forward Zach Moss (201-81, college: Mountain St.) added 8 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for JDA Dijon. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Entente Orleans 45 maintains third place with 17-8 record having five points less than leader Gravelines. Newly promoted JDA Dijon dropped to the ninth position with 14 games lost. Entente Orleans 45 will face bottom-ranked Hyeres-Toulon (#16) on the road in the next round which should be another easy win for them. JDA Dijon will play against ASVEL (#11) in Villeurbanne and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Orleans: B.Greene 17+4reb+1ast, C.Banks 13+4reb+3ast, M.N'Doye 13+3reb, M.Lebrun 11, G.Joseph 8+6reb, D.Monds 6+8reb+1ast
Dijon: B.Dixon 12+5reb+4ast, D.Melody 10+3ast, A.Harris 10+3reb+1ast, Z.Moss 8+5reb+2ast, J.Leloup 7, S.Marshall 6+3reb+3ast
gschID: 133685


Poitiers - Paris-Levallois 73-87
Not a big story in a game when 13th ranked Poitiers (8-17) lost at home to sixth ranked Paris-Levallois (16-9) 87-73 on Saturday. The guests trailed by 5 points at the halftime before their 52-33 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Paris-Levallois shot the lights out from three sinking 14 long-distance shots on high 51.9 percentage. It was a very good performance for American guard Eric Chatfield (191-79, college: N.Mexico) who helped to win the game recording 23 points and 5 assists. His fellow American import power forward Lamont Hamilton (208-84, college: St.John's) contributed with 17 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Four Paris-Levallois players scored in double figures. The former international power forward Pape Badiane (207-80, college: Cleveland St.) answered with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 10 rebounds and American-Italian guard Anthony Dobbins (194-81, college: Richmond) added 8 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists in the effort for Poitiers. Poitiers' coach Rudy Nelhomme rotated ten players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Paris-Levallois moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Le Mans and Nancy. Loser Poitiers keeps the thirteenth position with 17 games lost. Paris-Levallois will face Strasbourg IG (#9) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Poitiers will play against JSF Nanterre (#10).
Top scorers:
Paris-Levallois: E.Chatfield 23+4reb+5ast, L.Hamilton 17+8reb+2ast, J.Williams 15+11reb+1ast, D.Noel 12+1reb+3ast, P.Da Silva 9+1reb+4ast, G.Oniangue 6+3reb
Poitiers: P.Badiane 20+10reb, A.Grant 12+3reb+2ast, E.Fournier 12+4reb+2ast, A.Dobbins 8+5reb+7ast, P.Guillard 6+6reb+1ast, R.Wright 6+3reb+3ast
gschID: 133686


Le Mans - Cholet 76-87
There was a surprise result when eighth ranked Cholet (12-13) defeated on the road 4th placed Le Mans (16-9) 87-76 on Saturday. The guests trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 4-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 87-76. It was a very good performance for American guard DeMarcus Nelson (191-85, college: Duke) who helped to win the game recording 27 points and 4 steals (on 12-of-15 shooting from the field). His fellow American import guard Patrick Christopher (196-88, college: California) contributed with 26 points for the winners. Brazilian power forward Joao Paulo Batista (207-81, college: Gonzaga) answered with a double-double by scoring 23 points and 12 rebounds and American point guard Taylor Rochestie (185-85, college: Washington St.) added 16 points in the effort for Le Mans. Cholet maintains eighth place with 12-13 record. Loser Le Mans keeps the fourth position with nine games lost. Cholet will face Pau-Lacq-Orthez (#15) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Le Mans will play against Chorale de Roanne (#7).
Top scorers:
Cholet: D.Nelson 27+2reb+2ast, P.Christopher 26+1reb+1ast, F.Causeur 18+3reb+2ast, R.Dozier 9+3reb+1ast, R.Gobert 4+3reb, L.Vebobe 3+13reb+3ast
Le Mans: J.Paulo Batista 23+12reb, T.Rochestie 16+4reb+3ast, M.Sommerville 12+7reb+1ast, A.Acker 9+4reb+3ast, A.Koffi 7+2reb+1ast, C.Kahudi 6+2reb+1ast
gschID: 133687


ASVEL - Hyeres-Toulon 92-68
There was no surprise when 16th ranked Hyeres-Toulon (2-23) was outleveled by twelfth ranked ASVEL (11-14) in Villeurbanne 92-68 on Friday. The game without a history. ASVEL led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 22-of-27 free shots (81.5 percent) during the game. ASVEL outrebounded Hyeres-Toulon 37-25 including 25 on the defensive glass. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. It was a very good performance for American power forward Hilton Armstrong (208-84, college: Connecticut) who helped to win the game recording 21 points and 8 rebounds. The former international forward Kim Tillie (210-88, college: Utah, agency: Priority Sports) contributed with 17 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Five ASVEL players scored in double figures. American power forward Rick Hughes (204-73, college: Thomas More, agency: Interperformances) answered with 22 points and 6 rebounds and the former international guard Paccelis Morlende (189-81) added 17 points in the effort for Hyeres-Toulon. ASVEL moved-up to ninth place, which they share with 3 other teams. Hyeres-Toulon lost seventeenth consecutive game. They stay dead last with 23 lost games. ASVEL will face JDA Dijon (#12) on the road in the next round. Hyeres-Toulon will play against Entente Orleans 45 (#3).
Top scorers:
ASVEL: H.Armstrong 21+8reb+2ast, D.Thompson 18+4reb+2ast, K.Tillie 17+6reb+2ast, E.Jackson 14+2reb+5ast, P.Lacombe 10+6reb+8ast, T.Leon 9+3reb+2ast
Hyeres-Toulon: R.Hughes 22+6reb, P.Morlende 17+3reb+2ast, F.Ateba 11+3reb, T.Terrell 9+2reb+2ast, M.Faye 5+4reb, L.Labeyrie 2+6reb



French ProB round 29 best performance: Florent Tortosa - by Eurobasket News

Florent Tortosa (196-SF-89) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for St Vallier, receiving a Eurobasket.com ProB Player of the Week award for round 29.
The 22-year old player was the main contributor (19 points, three rebounds and seven assists) to his team's victory, helping them to beat Antibes (#12, 13-16) 93-88. The game rather meaningless between the teams, which do not have any influence on the top of the standings. St Vallier is placed at 9th position in French ProB. St Vallier 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 14-15 record. It's Tortosa's second year at St Vallier and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Florent Tortosa averages this season 10.1ppg.

The second best player in last round's games was 34-year old American Christophe Massie (206-C/F-77, agency: Court Side) of league's second-best Limoges. Massie had a very good evening with a double-double of 23 points and 13 rebounds. Bad luck as Limoges lost that game 77-82 to slightly lower-ranked Chalons-Reims (#3, 20-9). It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the title. Limoges still maintains its place in the top 2 of the standings, even despite this loss. His team's 22-7 record is not bad at all. Massie is well-known at Limoges and is a proven leader in his second season with the team.

Third on the list of top players last round was American Bambale Osby (203-C/F-86) of Maurienne (#5). Osby scored 18 points and grabbed ten rebounds. Despite Osby's great performance Maurienne lost 80-82 to the lower-ranked Evreux (#11, 14-15). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The last thing Maurienne needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 18 victories and 11 lost games. Osby has a great season in France. After 29 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 15.7ppg (8th best) and rebounds with 9.6rpg (5th best). He also has 1.4bpg and FGP: 60.5%. Osby attended one of camps at Eurobasket Summer League on his way to pro basketball.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Drake Reed (192-F-87) of Evreux - 22 points and 11 rebounds
5. LaQuan Prowell (203-SF-84) of St Vallier - 21 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists
6. Steffon Bradford (199-F/C-78) of Lille - 17 points and 10 rebounds
7. Alex Dunn (210-C/F-82) of Rouen - 22 points and 2 rebounds
8. Benjamin Monclar (190-SG-88) of Antibes - 20 points, 3 rebounds and 6 assists
9. Darryl Monroe (202-C/F-86) of Boulazac - 12 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists
10. Ousmane Barro (207-C/F-84) of Bourg - 12 points and 12 rebounds

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



French NM1 round 30 best performance: Jacques Alingue - by Eurobasket News

Naturalized Chadian forward Jacques Alingue (201-F-88) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Souffel, receiving a Eurobasket.com NM1 Player of the Week award for round 30.
The 23-year old player was the main contributor (24 points, six rebounds) to his team's victory, helping them to outclass Rueil (#13, 13-17) with 38-point margin 81-43. Souffel maintains the 4th position in Chadian NM1. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Souffel will need more victories to improve their 22-8 record. Alingue has many years of experience at Souffel, through which he has constantly improved. Jacques Alingue averages this season 11.1ppg and 6.9rpg.

The second best player in last round's games was 25-year old Guillaume Sene (197-G/F-86) of Le Puy. Sene had a very good evening with 22 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists. Of course Le Puy cruised to a 74-65 relatively comfortable win over the higher-ranked Lievin (#10, 14-16). The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the title. Le Puy keeps 17th position. 25 lost games are too many comparing to just five victories Le Puy managed to get this year. Sene is well-known at Le Puy and is a proven leader in his second season with the team.

Third on the list of top players last round was American forward Daviin Davis (193-F-85) of Blois (#6). Davis scored 28 points. He was a key player of Blois, leading his team to a 90-77 easy win against the lower-ranked Angers BC 49 (#11, 14-16). Blois needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 20 victories and 10 lost games. Davis has a very solid season. In 16 games in France he scored 12.3ppg. He also has 1.4bpg, FGP: 53.1% and 3PT: 42.3%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Mathieu Bigote (187-G-84) of Cognac - 32 points and 2 rebounds
5. Tafari Toney (203-C/F-86) of Charleville - 15 points, 12 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Jimmal Ball (178-G-78) of St Quentin - 23 points, 3 rebounds and 5 assists
7. Corey Belser (200-F-82) of Charleville - 21 points and 11 rebounds
8. Kevin Bichard (192-F-86) of St Quentin - 33 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Lionel Bomayako (196-G-78) of Orchy - 29 points and 2 rebounds
10. Johan Rathieuville (177-G-85) of Brest - 11 points, 4 rebounds and 12 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)



Daniels' 31-point game gives him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

25-year old forward William Daniels (203-F-86) put on an amazing game in the last round for Nanterre and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 25.
He had the game-high 31 points adding six rebounds and four assists for Nanterre in his team's victory, helping them to beat Chalon (#2, 20-5) in overtime 109-99. Nanterre is placed at 10th position in French league. Nanterre 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 11-14 record. In the team's last game Daniels had a remarkable four three-pointers out of 7 attempts. It's his second year at Nanterre and it's hard to imagine this team without him. William Daniels averages this season 13.6ppg.

Second best performed player last round was Malcolm Delaney (191-G-89) of league's second-best Chalon. He is American guard in his first season at Chalon. In the last game Delaney recorded impressive double-double of 30 points and 10 assists. Bad luck as Chalon lost that overtime game 99-109 to the lower-ranked Nanterre (#10, 11-14). Chalon managed to keep the same second spot in the standings. It was just his team's 5th loss this season, while they won 20 other games. Delaney is a newcomer at Chalon and quickly became one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 15.8ppg (#8). He also recorded 3.4 assists per game.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Joao Paulo Batista (207-F/C-81) of Le Mans (#5). Batista scored 23 points and grabbed twelve rebounds (!!!). Despite Batista's great performance Le Mans lost 76-87 to the lower-ranked Cholet (#8, 12-13). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The last thing Le Mans needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 16 victories and 9 lost games. Batista has a very solid season. In 25 games in France he scored 14.6ppg. He also has 6.0rpg and FGP: 55.8%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Dylan Page (204-F-82) of Roanne - 28 points and 5 rebounds
5. Blake Schilb (200-F/G-83) of Chalon - 30 points, 4 rebounds and 8 assists
6. DeMarcus Nelson (191-G-85) of Cholet - 27 points, 2 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Pape Badiane (207-C/F-80) of Poitiers - 20 points and 10 rebounds
8. Brian Boddicker (204-F-81) of Le Havre - 19 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Hilton Armstrong (208-C/F-84) of ASVEL - 21 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Alexis Ajinca (215-C-88) of Strasbourg - 24 points and 5 rebounds

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



ProB Round 29: Boulazac Basket climbs to the leadership position - by Eurobasket News

The teams have now bigger motivation at this stage of Regular Season. Every game can be crucial and decide about teams' position at the end of Regular Season.

The game had a very big importance for second-ranked Boulazac Basket as it allowed them to take a leadership position. Boulazac Basket smashed 17th ranked Quimper UJAP at home 80-56. The game was mostly controlled by Boulazac Basket. Quimper UJAP managed to win third quarter 19-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Boulazac Basket made 25-of-32 free shots (78.1 percent) during the game. Boulazac Basket had a 28-17 advantage in offensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists comparing to just 10 passes made by Quimper UJAP's players. American power forward Darryl Monroe (202-86, college: George Mason, agency: Two Points) stepped up and scored 12 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line) for the winners and center Frederic Adjiwanou (204-80, college: St.Mary's, CA) chipped in 12 points and 6 rebounds. Boulazac Basket's coach Sylvain Lautie felt very confident that he used 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Liberian-American Pele Paelay (193-84, college: Co.Carolina, agency: Two Points) responded with 18 points and 4 assists. As mentioned above they are at the top of the standings, which they share with Limoges. Quimper UJAP at the other side keeps the seventeenth place with 21 games lost. Quimper UJAP will play next round against SO Maritime Boulogne trying to get back on the winning streak. Boulazac Basket will try to continue on its current victory against twelfth ranked Olympique Antibes on the road.
Leading Limoges CSP Elite (22-7) recorded its seventh loss at the home court. Hosts were defeated by third ranked Chalons-Reims (20-9) 82-77. American-Irish point guard Bryan Mullins (185-87, college: S.Illinois) nailed a double-double by scoring 11 points, 12 assists and 4 steals for the winning side and Rodrigue Mels accounted for 15 points. American power forward Christophe Massie (206-77, college: Memphis, agency: Court Side) came up with a double-double by scoring 23 points and 13 rebounds for Limoges CSP Elite in the defeat. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Chalons-Reims have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain third place with 20-9 record having just two points less than leader Boulazac. Limoges CSP Elite at the other side still keeps top position with seven games lost. They share it with Boulazac. Chalons-Reims will play against Lille Metropole (#6) at home in the next round. Limoges CSP Elite will play against JA Vichy (#18) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
A very close game took place in Aix-les-Bains between ALM Evreux and Aix-Maurienne. Twelfth ranked ALM Evreux (14-15) got a very close victory on the road over higher ranked Aix-Maurienne (18-11). ALM Evreux managed to escape with a 2-point win 82-80 on Friday evening. It was quite big embarassment for the home team. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Aix-Maurienne. The best player for the winners was Drake Reed who had a double-double by scoring 22 points and 11 rebounds. Wilbert Brown produced 25 points and 9 rebounds for the hosts. Aix-Maurienne's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. ALM Evreux moved-up to ninth place, which they share with Bourg and St Vallier. Loser Aix-Maurienne keeps the fifth position with 11 games lost. ALM Evreux will meet at home higher ranked Fos Ouest (#4) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Aix-Maurienne will have a break next round.
Fifth ranked Fos Ouest (19-10) crushed at home 15th ranked Denain Voltaire (10-19) by 24 points 88-64, which is the biggest margin this round. Sherman Gay orchestrated the victory by scoring 16 points (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Fos Ouest moved-up to fourth place. Denain Voltaire lost fifth consecutive game. Newly promoted team dropped to the fourteenth position with 19 games lost. Fos Ouest's next round opponent will be ALM Evreux (#11) on the road and are hoping to win another game. Denain Voltaire will play against Saint Vallier.

There were no shocking results in the rest of the games of round 29: Vichy lost to Lille on the opponent's court 58-71. Rouen unfortunately lost to Bordeaux in a home game 86-90. Antibes recorded a loss to St Vallier on the road 88-93. Boulogne defeated Le Portel on its own court 65-54. Nantes was beaten by Bourg in a road game 72-60.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 19 points and 7 assists by Florent Tortosa of St Vallier.


Lille - Vichy 71-58

Very expected game when 18th ranked JA Vichy (7-22) was defeated on the road by seventh ranked Lille Metropole (16-13) 71-58. The game was mostly controlled by Lille Metropole. JA Vichy was better in third quarter 13-6. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. American power forward Steffon Bradford (199-78, college: Nebraska, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 10 rebounds. point guard Aurelien Rigaux (178-88) contributed with 11 points and 9 assists for the winners. point guard Antoine Eito (186-88) answered with 16 points and American center Marvin Jefferson (206-86, college: Idaho) added 12 points in the effort for JA Vichy. Lille Metropole moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Bordeaux and Boulogne. JA Vichy lost third consecutive game. They keep the eighteenth position with 22 games lost. Lille Metropole's next round opponent will be higher ranked Chalons-Reims (#3) on the road and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. JA Vichy will play against the league's second-placed Limoges CSP Elite (#2) and be promoted back to the ProA just one year after relegation.
Top scorers:
Lille: S.Bradford 17+10reb+1ast, C.Marshall 14+5reb, A.Rigaux 11+2reb+9ast, M.Camara 8+1reb, N.Taccoen 6+7reb+1ast, B.Gillet 6+3reb
Vichy: A.Eito 16+3reb+2ast, E.Craven 12+4reb, M.Jefferson 12+4reb+2ast, S.Dondon 6+3reb+3ast, N.Faye Djobo 4+5reb+1ast, W.Aka 3+5reb+1ast
gschID: 140177


Limoges - Chalons-Reims 77-82

Leading Limoges CSP Elite (22-7) recorded its seventh loss at the home court. Hosts were defeated by third ranked Chalons-Reims (20-9) 82-77. It looked good early as Limoges CSP Elite took an 1-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Chalons-Reims had a 23-12 second period charge getting the lead and Limoges CSP Elite was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 77-82. Chalons-Reims forced 20 Limoges CSP Elite turnovers. They shot the lights out from three nailing 13 long-distance shots on high 59.1 percentage. Chalons-Reims players were unselfish on offense dishing 23 assists. American-Irish point guard Bryan Mullins (185-87, college: S.Illinois) nailed a double-double by scoring 11 points, 12 assists and 4 steals for the winning side and swingman Rodrigue Mels (188-85, college: CS Northridge, agency: Court Side) accounted for 15 points. Four Chalons-Reims players scored in double figures. American power forward Christophe Massie (206-77, college: Memphis, agency: Court Side) came up with a double-double by scoring 23 points and 13 rebounds and naturalized Congolese forward Nobel Boungou Colo (202-88) added 18 points and 6 rebounds respectively for Limoges CSP Elite in the defeat. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Chalons-Reims have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain third place with 20-9 record having just two points less than leader Boulazac. Limoges CSP Elite at the other side still keeps top position with seven games lost. They share it with Boulazac. Chalons-Reims will play against Lille Metropole (#6) at home in the next round. Limoges CSP Elite will play against JA Vichy (#18) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Chalons-Reims: R.Mels 15+2reb+3ast, G.Chathuant 13+5reb+1ast, B.Mullins 11+1reb+12ast, N.Carter 11+5reb+1ast, P.Beye 7, C.Daniels 7+7reb+2ast
Limoges: C.Massie 23+13reb+1ast, N.Boungou Colo 18+6reb+1ast, L.Milbourne 14+5reb+1ast, K.McAlarney 7+1reb+3ast, R.Desroses 6+3reb+2ast, A.Curti 6+3reb+4ast
gschID: 140178


Rouen - Bordeaux 86-90

Very predictable result when eighth ranked Bordeaux (16-13) defeated on the road 15th ranked SPO Rouen (10-19) 90-86. The guests were already 11 points ahead after 3 quarters before a 30-23 SPO Rouen's run in the last quarter cut the lead to 90-86 at the end of the game. Bordeaux made 23-of-27 charity shots (85.2 percent) during the game. Bordeaux outrebounded SPO Rouen 38-23 including a 29-16 advantage in defensive rebounds. They shot the lights out from three nailing 13 long-distance shots on high 52.0 percentage. Naturalized Tunisian swingman Sami Driss (194-82) orchestrated the victory by scoring 17 points and 7 rebounds. Naturalized Algerian Miloud Doubal (190-81) contributed with 17 points for the winners. American power forward Alex Dunn (210-82, college: Wyoming) answered with 22 points and guard Pierric Poupet (191-84) added 6 points, 5 rebounds and 11 assists in the effort for SPO Rouen. Five Bordeaux and four SPO Rouen players scored in double figures. Bordeaux moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Boulogne and Lille. SPO Rouen at the other side dropped to the fourteenth position with 19 games lost. Bordeaux's next round opponent will be JL Bourg (#10) at home. SPO Rouen will play against Nantes (#13) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Bordeaux: S.Driss 17+7reb+3ast, M.Doubal 17+4reb+1ast, K.Cunningham 12+7reb+3ast, G.Darrigand 12+4ast, J.Ford 12+3reb+3ast, O.Bassett 11+4reb+1ast
Rouen: A.Dunn 22+2reb+1ast, T.Maizeroi 17+3reb, S.Dia 15+2reb, L.Chelle 14+5reb, J.Siggers 9+3ast, P.Poupet 6+5reb+11ast
gschID: 140179


St Vallier - Antibes 93-88

Everything could happen at the game between two tied teams. Both eleventh ranked Saint Vallier and 12th ranked Olympique Antibes had identical 13-15 record. This time Saint Vallier used a home court advantage and won against the opponent from Antibes 93-88. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Olympique Antibes won third quarter 24-20. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Saint Vallier made 25-of-28 charity shots (89.3 percent) during the game. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 25 assists. 24 personal fouls committed by Olympique Antibes helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American LaQuan Prowell (203-84, college: Auburn, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices) orchestrated the victory by scoring 21 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists (was perfect 12-for-12 from the free throw line !!!). Florent Tortosa (196-89) contributed with 19 points and 7 assists for the winners. Benjamin Monclar (190-88) answered with 20 points and 6 assists and American Cecil Brown (193-83, college: UCSB) added 15 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Olympique Antibes. Four Saint Vallier and five Olympique Antibes players scored in double figures. Saint Vallier have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to ninth place, which they share with Evreux and Bourg. Olympique Antibes at the other side keeps the twelfth position with 16 games lost. Saint Vallier's next round opponent will be Denain Voltaire (#16) on the road and are hoping to win another game. Olympique Antibes will play against the league's leader Boulazac Basket (#1) and will have a slim chance for a victory.
Top scorers:
St Vallier: L.Prowell 21+7reb+5ast, F.Tortosa 19+3reb+7ast, K.Shiloh 15+8reb+3ast, H.Disy 13+2reb+1ast, S.Barrett 11+1reb+1ast, D.Denave 6+1reb+7ast
Antibes: B.Monclar 20+3reb+6ast, C.Brown 15+5reb+3ast, M.Badiane 13+6reb+1ast, L.Bengaber 11+7reb+5ast, M.Courby 10+4reb+1ast, F.Prenom 10+2reb
gschID: 140180


Fos Ouest - Denain 88-64

Fifth ranked Fos Ouest (19-10) crushed at home 15th ranked Denain Voltaire (10-19) by 24 points 88-64, which is the biggest margin this round. The game was mostly controlled by Fos Ouest. Denain Voltaire was better in fourth quarter 20-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Fos Ouest dominated down low during the game scoring 62 of its points in the paint compared to Denain Voltaire's 34. Fos Ouest brought some defensive toughness making 8 blocks. Jamaican-American Sherman Gay (201-82, college: Loyola Mary) orchestrated the victory by scoring 16 points (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). American Bill Clark (195-88, college: Duquesne) contributed with 15 points for the winners. American power forward Juwann James (198-87, college: JMU) answered with 12 points and 4 assists and the other American import power forward Ryan Rossiter (204-89, college: Siena) added 10 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Denain Voltaire. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Fos Ouest moved-up to fourth place. Denain Voltaire lost fifth consecutive game. Newly promoted team dropped to the fourteenth position with 19 games lost. Fos Ouest's next round opponent will be ALM Evreux (#11) on the road and are hoping to win another game. Denain Voltaire will play against Saint Vallier.
Top scorers:
Fos Ouest: E.Choquet 18+1reb+1ast, S.Gay 16+4reb+1ast, B.Clark 15+3reb+2ast, M.Dia 14+3reb, K.Atamna 9+2reb+4ast, S.Giffa 6+2reb+3ast
Denain: J.James 12+3reb+4ast, L.Kante 11+2reb, R.Rossiter 10+6reb+2ast, F.Minet 10, M.Mubarak 7+1reb, N.Rohnert 6+4reb+1ast
gschID: 151909


Boulazac - Quimper 80-56

The game had a very big importance for second-ranked Boulazac Basket as it allowed them to take a leadership position. Boulazac Basket smashed 17th ranked Quimper UJAP at home 80-56. The game was mostly controlled by Boulazac Basket. Quimper UJAP managed to win third quarter 19-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Boulazac Basket made 25-of-32 free shots (78.1 percent) during the game. Boulazac Basket had a 28-17 advantage in offensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists comparing to just 10 passes made by Quimper UJAP's players. American power forward Darryl Monroe (202-86, college: George Mason, agency: Two Points) stepped up and scored 12 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line) for the winners and center Frederic Adjiwanou (204-80, college: St.Mary's, CA) chipped in 12 points and 6 rebounds. Four Boulazac Basket players scored in double figures. Boulazac Basket's coach Sylvain Lautie felt very confident that he used 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Liberian-American Pele Paelay (193-84, college: Co.Carolina, agency: Two Points) responded with 18 points and 4 assists and center William Molas (206-88) produced a double-double by scoring 11 points and 11 rebounds. As mentioned above they are at the top of the standings, which they share with Limoges. Quimper UJAP at the other side keeps the seventeenth place with 21 games lost. Quimper UJAP will play next round against SO Maritime Boulogne trying to get back on the winning streak. Boulazac Basket will try to continue on its current victory against twelfth ranked Olympique Antibes on the road.
Top scorers:
Boulazac: M.Cheriet 13+1reb+2ast, D.Monroe 12+8reb+6ast, F.Adjiwanou 12+6reb+1ast, Y.Gaillou 10+1reb+2ast, A.McKenzie 9+7reb+2ast, I.Soumahoro 9+1ast
Quimper: P.Paelay 18+3reb+4ast, W.Molas 11+11reb, A.Salmon 9+3reb+1ast, G.Lessort 7+4reb, V.Mouillard 6+3ast, B.Doumbe 3+4reb+2ast
gschID: 140173


Boulogne - Le Portel 65-54

Everything went according to plan when sixth ranked SO Maritime Boulogne (16-13) beat at home 14th ranked Le Portel (10-19) 65-54. Le Portel was ahead by 3 points at the halftime before a 34-20 second half run of SO Maritime Boulogne. They also forced 19 Le Portel turnovers. American Corey Rouse (204-84, college: E.Carolina, agency: Court Side) orchestrated the victory by scoring 8 points and 10 rebounds. Naturalized Portuguese power forward Fernando Raposo Laurencio (206-89) contributed with 9 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. American power forward Nigel Wyatte (204-81, college: Wagner, agency: Court Side) answered with a double-double by scoring 10 points and 11 rebounds and guard Benoit Mangin (196-88) added 14 points in the effort for Le Portel. SO Maritime Boulogne have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain sixth place with 16-13 record, which they share with Bordeaux and Lille. Le Portel lost sixth consecutive game. They keep the fourteenth position with 19 games lost. SO Maritime Boulogne's next round opponent will be Quimper UJAP (#17) on the road which should be an easy win for them. Le Portel will play against Saint Vallier.
Top scorers:
Boulogne: T.Stanley 12+5reb, C.McCray 9+4reb+3ast, J.Mathis 9+4reb+1ast, F.Raposo Laurencio 9+10reb, J.Rousselle 8+2reb+1ast, C.Rouse 8+10reb+2ast
Le Portel: B.Mangin 14+1reb+3ast, I.Sy 11+3reb+2ast, N.Wyatte 10+11reb, R.Taylor 9+5reb+1ast, J.Ludon 6+5reb+1ast, M.N'Diaye 4+5reb
gschID: 140174


Bourg - Nantes 72-60

There was no surprise when 13th ranked Nantes (12-17) was defeated on the road by ninth ranked JL Bourg (14-15) 72-60. The game was mostly controlled by JL Bourg. Nantes was better in second period 24-11. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when JL Bourg won last quarter 19-9. Senegalese power forward Ousmane Barro (207-84, college: Marquette) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 12 rebounds. American guard Jimmy Baxter (198-80, college: S.Florida, agency: Court Side) contributed with 15 points and 4 assists for the winners. Four JL Bourg players scored in double figures. Forward Olivier Bardet (202-80) answered with 9 points and 7 rebounds and Senegalese forward Elson Mendy (200-85) added 10 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Nantes. Nantes' coach Guillaume Quintard tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. JL Bourg maintains ninth place with 14-15 record, which they share with Evreux and St Vallier. Nantes lost third consecutive game. They keep the thirteenth position with 17 games lost. JL Bourg's next round opponent will be higher ranked Bordeaux (#8) on the road and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Nantes will play against SPO Rouen (#14) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Bourg: J.Baxter 15+2reb+4ast, C.Ferchaud 13+3reb+3ast, O.Barro 12+12reb, O.Da Silveira 11+5reb+2ast, J.Delhomme 8+1reb+5ast, I.Koma 7+1reb+1ast
Nantes: E.Mendy 10+8reb, N.Gayon 9+1reb, O.Bardet 9+7reb+3ast, D.Fergerson 8+2reb+3ast, J.Fields 7+4reb+1ast, A.Charles 7+3reb+1ast
gschID: 140175


Maurienne - Evreux 80-82

A very close game took place in Aix-les-Bains between ALM Evreux and Aix-Maurienne. Twelfth ranked ALM Evreux (14-15) got a very close victory on the road over higher ranked Aix-Maurienne (18-11). ALM Evreux managed to escape with a 2-point win 82-80 on Friday evening. It was quite big embarassment for the home team. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Aix-Maurienne. The guests trailed by 2 points after three quarters before their 23-19 charge, which allowed them to win the game. ALM Evreux made 20-of-22 free shots (90.9 percent) during the game. The best player for the winners was American forward Drake Reed (192-87, college: Austin Peay St.) who had a double-double by scoring 22 points and 11 rebounds. His fellow American import power forward Jeremiah Wood (200-85, agency: Court Side) chipped in 18 points and 9 rebounds. Five ALM Evreux players scored in double figures. American Wilbert Brown (199-84, college: Niagara, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices) produced 25 points and 9 rebounds and American-DR Congolese power forward Bambale Osby (203-86, college: Maryland) added 18 points and 10 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Aix-Maurienne's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. ALM Evreux moved-up to ninth place, which they share with Bourg and St Vallier. Loser Aix-Maurienne keeps the fifth position with 11 games lost. ALM Evreux will meet at home higher ranked Fos Ouest (#4) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Aix-Maurienne will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Evreux: D.Reed 22+11reb+1ast, J.Wood 18+9reb+3ast, L.Konate 16+2reb+3ast, M.Correa 10+5reb+1ast, A.Rowland 10+3reb+4ast, S.Ho You Fat 6+3reb
Maurienne: W.Brown 25+9reb, B.Osby 18+10reb+3ast, D.Tucker 9+5reb+1ast, S.Darnauzan 9+4ast, J.Ekanga-Ehawa 9+2reb+2ast, M.Traore 4+2reb
gschID: 140176



NM1 Round 30 of Regular Season - by Eurobasket News

Fifteenth-ranked Stade Clermont (8-22) gave a tough game to first ranked Charleville-Mezieres (23-7) on Saturday. Charleville-Mezieres managed to secure only twelve-point victory 96-84. However their fans expected much easier game. Fabien Calvez (187-G-84, college: Evansville) scored 25 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists to lead the charge for the winners. Stade Clermont's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Charleville-Mezieres maintains first position with 23-7 record, which they share with St Quentin. Stade Clermont lost seventh consecutive game. They keep the fifteenth place with 22 games lost. Charleville-Mezieres will face league's second-placed Saint-Quentin on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Stade Clermont will play against Sorgues (#8) and be promoted back to the ProB just one year after relegation.

There were no shocking results in the other games in round 30: Blois won against Angers BC 49 on the opponent's court 90-77. Chartres unfortunately lost to Roche in a home game 69-72. Bottom-ranked CFBB was rolled over Sorgues on the road 56-87. Montbrison was crushed by St Quentin on its own court 78-99. Challans was beaten by Brest in a road game 90-76. Cognac lost to Orchy at home 81-91. Le Puy managed to outperform Lievin on the opponent's court 74-65. Souffel rolled over Rueil in a home game 81-43.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 28 points by Daviin Davis of Blois.




Angers BC 49 - Blois 77-90

Very expected game when 11th ranked Angers BC 49 (14-16) was defeated at home by sixth ranked Blois (20-10) 90-77 on Saturday. The game without a history. Blois led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They shot 66.0 percent from the field. Blois looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. American forward Daviin Davis (193-85, college: Weber St.) scored 28 points (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field) to lead the charge for the winners and Finnish forward Ville Kaunisto (204-82) chipped in 17 points and 9 rebounds during the contest. Four Blois players scored in double figures. Blois' coach Hugues Occansey used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The best for the losing side was swingman Pierre-Etienne Drouault (194-90) with 22 points and guard Thibaut Lonzieme (195-89) scored 4 points, 6 rebounds, 7 assists and 4 steals. Blois maintains sixth position with 20-10 record. Angers BC 49 at the other side dropped to the tenth place with 16 games lost. Blois will face Montbrison (#16) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Angers BC 49 will play against Orchesien BC (#3) in Orchies.
Top scorers:
Blois: D.Davis 28+4reb+3ast, V.Kaunisto 17+9reb+3ast, J.Tornato 17+5reb+3ast, B.Recoura 11+2reb, T.Sani 10+5reb+1ast, P.Brochard 3+2reb+11ast
Angers BC 49: P.Drouault 22+1reb+2ast, O.Sulpice 14+2ast, T.Pearson 10+2reb, T.Ramphort 9+1reb+1ast, S.Traore 9+5reb+3ast, J.Casseus 4


gschID: 147179


Chartres - Roche 69-72

Very predictable result when fifth ranked Roche (21-9) edged on the road 14th ranked Chartres (12-18) 72-69 on Saturday. Chartres was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. Roche made 21-of-25 free shots (84.0 percent) during the game. Chartres was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. Guard Roderick Pegon (199-77) scored 21 points and 5 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and guard Benjamin Thomas (181-82) chipped in 22 points during the contest. Four Roche players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was forward Guillaume Merie (198-83) with 21 points and 9 rebounds and Serbian center Ljubomir Avramovic (201-79) scored 20 points. Roche have an impressive six-game winning streak. They maintain fifth position with 21-9 record. Newly promoted Chartres keeps the fourteenth place with 18 games lost. Roche will face Etendard de Brest (#9) at home in the next round. Chartres will play against CFBB (#18) in Paris.
Top scorers:
Roche: B.Thomas 22+1reb+1ast, R.Pegon 21+5reb+2ast, L.Simmons 11+10reb+1ast, A.Toto N'Kote 10+7reb+1ast, M.Diallo 5+4reb+1ast, S.Hermenier 3+4reb+1ast
Chartres: G.Merie 21+9reb+1ast, L.Avramovic 20+3reb+3ast, Z.Bojovic 9+4reb+1ast, A.Razafindrabe 7+4reb+9ast, M.Ipouck 6+5reb+3ast, G.Lemon 4+1reb
gschID: 147180


Sorgues - CFBB 87-56

Not a big story in a game when 18th ranked CFBB (2-28) was rolled over on the road by eighth ranked Sorgues (17-13) 87-56 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Sorgues. CFBB was better in third quarter 22-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated down low during the game scoring 48 of its points in the paint compared to CFBB's 20 and made 21-of-25 free shots (84.0 percent) during the game. Sorgues forced 20 CFBB turnovers and outrebounded them 44-23 including a 17-5 advantage in offensive rebounds. Center Xavier Pasut (200-84) had a double-double by scoring 14 points and 10 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and Serbian forward Slobodan Ocokoljic (204-80, college: Weber St.) chipped in 12 points and 11 rebounds during the contest. Five Sorgues players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was forward Damien Inglis (198-95) with 13 points and point guard Charly Pontens (187-95) scored 8 points and 4 assists. CFBB's coach Jacques Commeres gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. Sorgues maintains eighth position with 17-13 record. CFBB lost thirteenth consecutive game. They stay dead last with 28 lost games. Sorgues will face Stade Clermont (#15) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. CFBB will play against Chartres.
Top scorers:
Sorgues: X.Pasut 14+10reb+1ast, S.Mekdad 14+6reb+3ast, S.Ocokoljic 12+11reb+2ast, A.Thinon 11+2reb+3ast, Y.Bassine 10+5reb+7ast, D.Griffin 9+5reb
CFBB: D.Inglis 13+2reb, L.Paoletti 10+4reb, O.Yao-Delon 10+2reb+2ast, Y.Morin 8+4reb, C.Pontens 8+2reb+4ast, P.Rigot 7+2reb+1ast
gschID: 147181


Montbrison - St Quentin 78-99

Everything went according to plan when second ranked Saint-Quentin (23-7) outscored on the road 16th ranked Montbrison (6-24) 99-78 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Saint-Quentin. Montbrison was better in third quarter 23-22. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Saint-Quentin forced 21 Montbrison turnovers. They shot the lights out from three sinking 19 long-distance shots on high 67.9 percentage. Saint-Quentin looked well-organized offensively handing out 30 assists. Forward Kevin Bichard (192-86) scored 33 points (!!!) to lead the charge for the winners and naturalized American guard Jimmal Ball (178-78, college: Akron, agency: ACMT) chipped in 23 points and 5 assists (perfect from downtown making all five shots) during the contest. The best for the losing side was forward Regis Aubry (199-82) with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 12 rebounds and guard Benjamin Tillon (189-85) produced a double-double by scoring 13 points and 12 assists. Four Montbrison players scored in double figures. Montbrison's coach Marc Berjoan gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. Saint-Quentin have an impressive five-game winning streak. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with Charleville. Newly promoted Montbrison keeps the sixteenth place with 24 games lost. Saint-Quentin will face league's leader Charleville-Mezieres at home in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Montbrison will play against Blois (#6).
Top scorers:
St Quentin: K.Bichard 33+4reb+3ast, J.Ball 23+3reb+5ast, G.Sylvain 13, O.Romain 9+2reb+10ast, D.Williams 8+6reb+1ast, A.Rambur 6+2reb+7ast
Montbrison: R.Aubry 17+12reb+2ast, J.St Robert 15+3reb+2ast, K.Mondesir 13+2reb+1ast, B.Tillon 13+3reb+12ast, F.Giraud 7+1reb+3ast, S.Salvis 6+2reb+2ast
gschID: 147175


Brest - Challans 90-76

There was no surprise when 12th ranked Vendee Challans (14-16) was defeated on the road by ninth ranked Etendard de Brest (16-14) 90-76 on Saturday. The hosts trailed by 9 points after first quarter, but they stormed back winning next two quarters and won the game by 14 points. Etendard de Brest outrebounded Vendee Challans 43-24 including a 29-17 advantage in defensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists. Vendee Challans was plagued by 27 personal fouls down the stretch. Guard Johan Rathieuville (177-85) had a double-double by scoring 11 points and 12 assists to lead the charge for the winners and Lithuanian forward Vaidotas Pridotkas (200-84) chipped in 17 points and 7 rebounds during the contest. The best for the losing side was center Nils Gouacide (208-84) with 16 points and point guard Sebastien Cherasse (184-84) scored 15 points and 4 assists. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Vendee Challans' coach rotated ten players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Etendard de Brest maintains ninth position with 16-14 record. Vendee Challans lost fourth consecutive game. They dropped to the tenth place with 16 games lost. Etendard de Brest will face higher ranked Roche (#5) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Vendee Challans will play against Souffelweyersheim (#4) in Souffel..
Top scorers:
Brest: V.Pridotkas 17+7reb+1ast, R.Lopez 15+8reb+2ast, J.Lupot 15+6reb+2ast, J.Rathieuville 11+4reb+12ast, J.Doreau 11+3reb+1ast, B.Vounang 11+10reb+1ast
Challans: N.Gouacide 16+4reb+2ast, S.Cherasse 15+1reb+4ast, J.Geay 14+3reb+3ast, F.Herard 11+6reb+3ast, J.Almanson 10+3reb+1ast, R.Boissie 5+3reb+1ast
gschID: 147176


Cognac - Orchy 81-91

No shocking result in a game when third ranked Orchesien BC (22-8) won against on the road 7th ranked Cognac (18-12) 91-81 on Saturday. Cognac was trailing by 1 point at halftime but managed to get 1-point lead after three quarters before a 22-11 charge of Orchesien BC, which allowed them to win the game. It was a great shooting night for Orchesien BC especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 52.6 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. Naturalized Central African guard Lionel Bomayako (196-78, college: Fair Dickinson) scored 29 points (on 10-of-12 shooting from the field) to lead the charge for the winners and Serbian forward Djordje Petrovic (202-84) chipped in 10 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists during the contest. Four Orchesien BC players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was guard Mathieu Bigote (187-84) with 32 points and guard Cedric Bertorelle (198-78) scored 8 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists. Orchesien BC have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain third position with 22-8 record behind leader Charleville, which they share with Souffel. Cognac lost third consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the seventh place with 12 games lost. Orchesien BC will face Angers BC 49 (#11) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Cognac will play against Lievin Basket (#10).
Top scorers:
Orchy: L.Bomayako 29+2reb, J.Bluntt 13+3reb+2ast, A.Gacko 13+5reb+1ast, D.Petrovic 10+10reb+5ast, A.Belkessa 9+1reb+5ast, D.Cilly 8+7reb+1ast
Cognac: M.Bigote 32+2reb, S.Doucoure 11+2reb+3ast, M.Buval 9+3reb, C.Bertorelle 8+6reb+7ast, I.Saounera 7+3reb+1ast, I.Caskill 7+6reb
gschID: 147177


Lievin - Le Puy 65-74

There was an upset when higher ranked Lievin Basket (14-16) was defeated at home by seventeenth ranked Le Puy ASMB (5-25) 74-65 on Saturday. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 24-18. But Lievin Basket won second period 21-18. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Swingman Guillaume Sene (197-86) scored 22 points to lead the charge for the winners and Central African forward Martial Gotagni (190-79) chipped in 17 points and 8 rebounds during the contest. Four Le Puy ASMB players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was American center Tyler Sanborn (209-88, college: Guilford, agency: Strategic Sports) with 10 points and 7 rebounds and naturalized Senegalese power forward Vincent Mendy (204-83) scored 10 points and 6 rebounds. Lievin Basket's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Le Puy ASMB maintains seventeenth position with 5-25 record. Lievin Basket lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the tenth place with 16 games lost. Le Puy ASMB will face higher ranked Rueil (#13) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game.
Top scorers:
Le Puy: G.Sene 22+4reb+3ast, Y.Smail 17+4reb, M.Gotagni 17+8reb+2ast, S.Borval 14+6reb+1ast, A.Daube 2+7reb+9ast, Y.Jacques 2
Lievin: A.Pierre-Joseph 12+2reb+1ast, T.Sanborn 10+7reb+1ast, V.Mendy 10+6reb, V.Lehut 9+3reb+3ast, A.Hoard 8+3reb+2ast, J.Dessart 5+3reb+6ast
gschID: 147178


Souffel - Rueil 81-43

Very predictable result in Souffel. where fourth ranked Souffelweyersheim (22-8) smashed 13th ranked Rueil (13-17) 81-43 on Saturday. The game without a history. Souffelweyersheim led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 60 of its points in the paint compared to Rueil's 32. Souffelweyersheim forced 21 Rueil turnovers. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Souffelweyersheim made 9 blocks. Naturalized Chadian forward Jacques Alingue (201-88) scored 24 points and 6 rebounds (on 12-of-14 shooting from the field) to lead the charge for the winners and Senegalese power forward Abdoulaye N'Diaye (210-84, college: USC) chipped in 9 points, 12 rebounds and 4 blocks during the contest. Souffelweyersheim's coach Stephane Eberlin felt very confident that he used 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The best for the losing side was center Moise Diame (206-86) with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 14 rebounds and guard Gilles Duro (190-88) scored 9 points and 5 rebounds. Souffelweyersheim have an impressive six-game winning streak. They moved-up to third place, which they share with Orchy. Newly promoted Rueil keeps the thirteenth position with 17 games lost. Souffelweyersheim will face Vendee Challans (#12) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Rueil will play against Le Puy ASMB in Le Puy en Velay.
Top scorers:
Souffel: J.Alingue 24+6reb, J.Tschamber 12+4reb+3ast, F.Broliron 11+2reb+2ast, A.N'Diaye 9+12reb+1ast, M.M'Bodji 9+6reb+5ast, J.Begarin 7+3ast
Rueil: M.Diame 12+14reb+1ast, G.Duro 9+5reb, C.Mansare 6+5reb+2ast, G.Mdivani 4+2reb+1ast, K.Gourari 3+3reb+1ast, E.Driss 3+1reb
gschID: 147174


Charleville - Clermont 96-84 OT

Fifteenth-ranked Stade Clermont (8-22) gave a tough game to first ranked Charleville-Mezieres (23-7) on Saturday. Charleville-Mezieres managed to secure only twelve-point victory 96-84. However their fans expected much easier game. The game was mostly controlled by Charleville-Mezieres. Stade Clermont was better in third quarter 22-21. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening, at least not yet. The game turned upside-down in the last quarter, where Stade Clermont used huge pressure winning it 30-13 getting a tie at the end of regular time. They lost eventually overtime period 3-15. Charleville-Mezieres dominated down low during the game scoring 60 of its points in the paint compared to Stade Clermont's 34. Charleville-Mezieres forced 24 Stade Clermont turnovers and outrebounded them 46-34 including 32 on the defensive glass. Charleville-Mezieres looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. Stade Clermont was plagued by 29 personal fouls down the stretch. Guard Fabien Calvez (187-84, college: Evansville) scored 25 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists to lead the charge for the winners and American forward Corey Belser (200-82, college: San Diego) chipped in 21 points and 11 rebounds during the contest. Four Charleville-Mezieres players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was Bulgarian swingman Simeon Naydenov (201-81, college: Louisville, agency: Global Sports Plaza) with 25 points and guard Bianco Matanga (188-87) scored 18 points. Stade Clermont's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Charleville-Mezieres maintains first position with 23-7 record, which they share with St Quentin. Stade Clermont lost seventh consecutive game. They keep the fifteenth place with 22 games lost. Charleville-Mezieres will face league's second-placed Saint-Quentin on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Stade Clermont will play against Sorgues (#8) and be promoted back to the ProB just one year after relegation.
Top scorers:
Charleville: F.Calvez 25+5reb+7ast, C.Belser 21+11reb+1ast, T.Toney 15+12reb+3ast, C.Guillarme 12+7reb+1ast, D.Pistre 9+2reb+2ast, N.Racon 8+5reb+5ast
Clermont: S.Naydenov 25+1reb, B.Matanga 18+4reb+3ast, J.Beugnot 11+2reb+1ast, M.Diakite 8+2reb, J.Cortey 8+4reb+2ast, X.Delarue 7+8reb+2ast
gschID: 147173



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  FYR MACEDONIA   

Stats Leaders - Superleague

Points Per Game
 Dime TASOVSKI
  Lirija
  (200-F-80)
  Avg: 19.2
 1. Tasovski, Lirija19.2 
 2. Radunovic, Lirija17.7 
 3. Tasovski, Rabotnic.17.7 
 4. Radulovic, Vardar17.5 
 5. Jelesijevic, Kuman.17.1 
 6. Gecevski, MZT S.16.3 
 7. Karadzovski, Torus16.1 
 8. Janjusevic, Kuman.15.3 
 9. Trajkovski, Torus15.1 
 10. Georgievski, Vard.15.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Dustin MITCHELL
  Lirija
  (206-F/C-)
  Avg: 8.2
 1. Mitchell, Lirija8.2 
 2. Reynolds, Torus S.7.7 
 3. Gecevski, MZT S.7.7 
 4. Radunovic, Lirija7.3 
 5. Cekovski, MZT S.7.2 
 6. Dahlman, MZT S.7.0 
 7. Nikolovski, Feni I.6.9 
 8. Mikic, Kumanovo6.6 
 9. Jelesijevic, Kuman.6.6 
 10. Trajkovski, Torus6.5 
Assists Per Game
 Carlos MORBAN
  Lirija
  (187-G-82)
  Avg: 4.4
 1. Morban, Lirija4.4 
 2. Karadzovski, Torus3.7 
 3. Petrovski, Rabotni.3.6 
 4. Mijajlovic, MZT S.3.6 
 5. Kostoski, Kumanovo3.4 
 6. Tasevski, Vardar3.2 
 7. Samardziev, Feni I.3.2 
 8. Frye, Feni Indistr.3.2 
 9. Dimitrovski, Kozuv3.0 
 10. Tomasevic, Kozuv2.8 
Steals Per Game
 Jarrid FRYE
  Feni Indistrija
  (194-G/F-85)
  Avg: 2
 1. Frye, Feni Indistr.2.0 
 2. Tasovski, Rabotnic.2.0 
 3. Radunovic, Lirija1.8 
 4. Tasovski, Lirija1.5 
 5. Morban, Lirija1.4 
 6. Dimitrovski, Kozuv1.3 
 7. Dimcevski, Torus S.1.3 
 8. Kostoski, Kumanovo1.2 
 9. Filipovic, Lirija1.2 
 10. Tasevski, Vardar1.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Nemanja JELESIJEVIC
  Kumanovo
  (210-C/F-79)
  Avg: 1.4
 1. Jelesijevic, Kuman.1.4 
 2. Chappell, ABA S.1.2 
 3. Kralevski, Vardar1.1 
 4. Trajkovski, Torus1.1 
 5. Avramovski, Lirija1.0 
 6. Cole, Rabotnicki0.9 
 7. Reynolds, Torus S.0.8 
 8. Gecevski, MZT S.0.7 
 9. Radunovic, Lirija0.7 
 10. Simic, Lirija0.7 


Jeremiah Massey's double-double lands him Player of the Week award among FYR Macedonians playing currently abroad - by Eurobasket Center

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

Jeremiah Massey
Jeremiah Massey
   #1. This week's number one is former international forward Jeremiah Massey (202-82, college: Kansas St.), who plays in the Russian PBL. He could not help Lokomotiv (9-7) in their last game. Despite Massey's very good performance Lokomotiv lost 87-96 on the road to the one of league's weakest teams (#9) Enisey Krasnoyarsk. He had a double-double by scoring 21 points and getting 11 rebounds. Massey also added 3 assists in 39 minutes on the court. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Massey belongs to league's top scorers (ranked #5) and also on the list of best rebounders (second place). He has very reliable stats this year: 14.8ppg, 8.3rpg, 1.9apg, 2.3spg, 2FGP: 57.6%(68-118), 3FGP: 31.6% and FT: 64.4% in the 16 games he played so far. Massey is a naturalized American. Despite he played previously for the USA national team, Massey played also for the FYR Macedonian national team in 2009. Strangely he has never played in FYR Macedonia.

Vojdan Stojanovski
Vojdan Stojanovski
   #2. Second place goes to an international guard Vojdan Stojanovski (193-87). Stojanovski led BC Donetsk to a victory against the 12th-ranked Mykolaiv (11-27) 86-75 in the Ukrainian Superleague last Saturday. He scored 13 points, had 5 rebounds and dished 4 assists. BC Donetsk (29-8) is placed second in the Superleague. It was his team's 11th consecutive victory in a row. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. Stojanovski has relatively good stats this season: 10.4ppg, 2.4rpg, 2.4apg, 2FGP: 44.6%, 3FGP: 46.4%(13-28) and FT: 94.7%(36-38). Despite he played previously for the USA national team, Stojanovski is currently a member of the FYR Macedonian senior national team.

Damjan Stojanovski
Damjan Stojanovski
   #3. The FYR Macedonian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international forward Damjan Stojanovski (197-87). He contributed to an easy victory against the sixth-ranked Rilski Sportist (5-19) crushing them 84-60 in the Bulgarian NBL on Sunday night. Stojanovski scored 12 points, had 4 boards, dished 3 assists and stole 4 balls in a mere 19 minutes. Lukoil Academik Sofia (22-2) is placed first in the NBL. It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be important. This year Stojanovski averages: 6.3ppg, 2.5rpg, 1.1spg, 2FGP: 59.5%(25-42), 3FGP: 40.7% and FT: 85.2% in the 22 games. Despite he played previously for the USA national team, Stojanovski is currently a member of the FYR Macedonian senior national team.

Predrag Samardziski
Predrag Samardziski
   #4. Center Predrag Samardziski (214-86, agency: Beo Basket) was not able to help one of league's weakest teams Lietuvos rytas (18-4) in their game against Zalgiris (20-1) in the Lithuanian LKL. He recorded 8 points. Lietuvos rytas was defeated 86-81 in Kaunas by the leading Zalgiris. Samardziski's team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And now that game is quite important. It's Samardziski's first season with the team. His overall stats this year are: 7.6ppg, 4.7rpg and 1.2apg. Despite Samardziski played previously for the USA national team, he is currently in the FYR Macedonian national team roster.

Pero Antic
Pero Antic
   #5. International forward Pero Antic (210-82, also represented by Beo Basket) managed to help Olympiakos S.F.P. Pireus in a victory against the sixth-ranked Kavala (12-11) crushing them 85-60 in the Greek A1 last Thursday. Antic recorded only 4 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 10 minutes. Olympiakos S.F.P. Pireus (22-1) is placed first in the A1. It was his team's 19th consecutive victory in a row. They will play only one more game in the Regular Season. This year Antic's overall stats are: 6.6ppg, 4.5rpg and 1.2apg in the 21 games. He has a dual citizenship: FYR Macedonian and Bulgarian. Antic plays currently for the FYR Macedonian national team.

Darius Washington
Darius Washington
   #6. Point guard Darius Washington (188-85, college: Memphis), who plays in the Turkish TBL was not able to secure a victory for Turk Telekom (11-15) in their last game on Friday. Despite his good performance Turk Telekom was defeated 82-74 at home by the leading Galatasaray. Washington was the second best scorer with 14 points. He also added 7 passes. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. Washington is ranked ninth on the list of the top scorers in the league and also on the list of best passers (seventh place). He has individually a very good season with high stats. Washington averages: 16.1ppg, 4.1rpg, 4.5apg and 1.2spg. He is a naturalized American. Despite Washington played previously for the USA national team, he is also an international player who is currently on the senior FYR Macedonian National Team roster. Apparently Washington has never played in FYR Macedonia.

Vlado Ilievski
Vlado Ilievski
   #7. International point guard Vlado Ilievski (189-80, agency: World Sport Agency) is a teammate of previously mentioned Jeremiah Massey and both played together in the last Russian PBL game. Ilievski couldn't help Lokomotiv (9-7) in their game against Enisey Krasnoyarsk (2-14). He scored 8 points and added 4 passes in 17 minutes. Lokomotiv lost 87-96 in Krasnoyarsk to the one of league's weakest teams (#9) Enisey. This year Ilievski's total stats are: 6.6ppg, 1.2rpg and 2.4apg in the five games. Despite he played previously for the Slovenian national team, Ilievski is currently in the FYR Macedonian national team roster.

Blagoj Janev
Blagoj Janev
   #8. Forward Blagoj Janev (203-84, college: New Hampshire) was the major contributor in a Thor Thorl's victory against the closely-ranked Snaefell (16-12) 72-65 in the Icelandic Express League last Thursday. He scored 19 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Thor Thorl (15-7) is placed third in the Express League. This season Janev has very high stats. He averages: 15.7ppg and 6.5rpg. Despite Janev played previously for the Australian U21 national team, he is currently in the FYR Macedonian national team roster.

Kiril Pavlovski
Kiril Pavlovski
   #9. Former international center Kiril Pavlovski (210-85, agency: Global Sports Plaza) contributed to a 1-point Chernomorets' victory against one of league's weakest teams Spartak Pleven (5-19) 77-76 in the Bulgarian NBL on Saturday night. Pavlovski had a double-double by scoring 17 points and getting 10 rebounds in 32 minutes. Chernomorets Burgas (3-21) is located at the very bottom in the NBL. But the situation may improve as they ended a series of thirteen consecutive loses. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. Pavlovski is currently sixth on the list of top scorers and also on the list of best rebounders (second place). He has very impressive stats this year: 15.7ppg, 10.1rpg and 1.2bpg in the 23 games. Despite Pavlovski played previously for the Australian national team, he is currently in the FYR Macedonian national team roster.

   #10. Center Milos Pejanovic couldn't help Mladost Cacak (14-10) in their game against Viva Basket (12-13) in the Serbian B League (second division). Despite his very good performance in Saturday night's game Pejanovic was the second best scorer with 15 points. He also added 5 rebounds and dished 3 assists. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. Pejanovic has averaged so far 9.8ppg, 2.7rpg and 2.4apg. Despite he played previously for the Australian national team, Pejanovic is also a former international player as seven years ago he still played for the FYR Macedonian senior national team.

   #11. Former international forward Jovan Zdravevski (197-80) couldn't help Stjarnan in their game against Keflavik in the Icelandic Express League, despite his good performance last Monday. He scored 11 points, grabbed 7 rebounds and dished 3 assists in 29 minutes. But his team lost 82-88. Zdravevski has averaged so far 9.4ppg, 3.4rpg and 1.6apg in the 16 games. Despite he played previously for the Australian national team, Zdravevski is currently in the FYR Macedonian national team roster.



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Changes in - by Darbaiseli

The authority of basketball club 'Sokhumi' made several changes in the coaching staff.

The official web-site of the club reports the following:On March 31, according to the contract expired work period for Rimvydas Samulenas, who was Sokhumis head coach from
2011 November. The President and owner of BC Sokhumi Mr. Mindia Gulua and Mr. R. Samulenas reached a mutual agreement about that from 1st April 2012 Mr. Samulenas stop
working as a head coach Sokhumi, because of the contracts expiration. R. Samulenas and the management of the club Sokhumi do not have any claims to each other.

The Clubs President Mr. M. Gulua send the thank you to R. Samulenas For the collaboration in the club and wished him success in his future coaching work. At his side, honoured
coach of Lithuania Rimvydas Samulenas expressed his impression to the management and the players of team for their cooperation, attention and a warm hospitality in Georgia and
wished good luck to the team Sokhumi.

From 2nd April as a head coach of BC Sokhumi runs Vaja Kvaratskhelia, the honoured coach of Georgia, who was a permanent mentor of this team in 1995-2010 and grown a
generation of famous basketball players, who were and are acting in different age group national team of Georgia still. Before April 2012 he was as a first assistant coach of the
club.

Sokhumi management decided that at this stage team mentor will be Vaja Kvaratskhelia, but it i9s possible that in future the head coach will be another person and V. Kvaratskhelia
will step back as a first assistant.



Zaza Pachulia's double-double lands him Player of the Week award among Georgians playing currently abroad - by Eurobasket Center

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

Zaza Pachulia
Zaza Pachulia
   #1. This week's number one is an international center Zaza Pachulia (212-84). He led Atlanta Hawks to an easy victory against the Charlotte Bobcats (7-46) crushing them 116-96 in the NBA in Saturday night's game. Pachulia had a double-double by scoring 12 points and getting 16 rebounds. He also added 3 assists and 2 blocks in 38 minutes on the court. The Atlanta Hawks have 33-23 record this season. Pachulia has relatively good stats this year: 7.7ppg, 7.8rpg, 1.3apg, 2FGP: 48.4% and FT: 74.8% in the 55 games he played so far. He is currently a member of the Georgian senior national team.

Nikoloz Tskitishvili
Nikoloz Tskitishvili
   #2. Second place goes to an international power forward Nikoloz Tskitishvili (212-83). Tskitishvili led his Iranian team Mahram to a victory over the closely-ranked Al Riyadi (7-46) 67-59 in the Superleague last Tuesday. He was MVP of the game. Tskitishvili recorded a double-double by scoring 25 points and getting 18 rebounds. He also added 2 blocks. Mahram Tehran (4-0) is placed sixth in the Superleague. So far his team won all four games in the Finals. It's Tskitishvili's first season with the team. This year Tskitishvili averages: 7.7ppg, 7.8rpg, 1.3apg, 2FGP: 48.4% and FT: 74.8%. He is in the roster of the Georgian senior national team.

Manuchar Markoishvili
Manuchar Markoishvili
   #3. The Georgian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international guard Manuchar Markoishvili (196-86). Markoishvili was the major contributor in a Bennet Cantu's victory against one of league's weakest teams Banca Tercas (8-18) 74-69 in the Italian SerieA on Sunday night. He scored 13 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 27 minutes. Bennet Cantu (16-9) is placed second in the SerieA. This year Markoishvili has relatively solid stats: 10.4ppg, 2.8rpg, 1.2apg, 2FGP: 49.2%, 3FGP: 39.3% and FT: 76.6% in the 25 games. He is also a member of the Georgian senior national team.

Viktor Sanikidze
Viktor Sanikidze
   #4. Forward Viktor Sanikidze (203-86, agency: World Sport Agency) contributed to a CS Bologna's victory against the 13th-ranked Angelico Biella (11-15) 62-53 in the Italian SerieA in Sunday night's game. Sanikidze recorded a double-double by scoring 12 points and getting 11 rebounds. Canadian Solar Bologna (15-10) is placed seventh in the SerieA. Sanikidze is the league's best rebounder. He has very reliable stats this season: 12.8ppg, 10.6rpg, 1.4apg and 1.3spg. Sanikidze is also Georgian national team player.

Giorgi Shermadini
Giorgi Shermadini
   #5. International center Giorgi Shermadini (216-89) is a teammate of previously mentioned Manuchar Markoishvili and both played together in the last Italian SerieA game. Shermadini helped Bennet Cantu win their game against one of league's weakest teams Banca Tercas (8-18) 74-69. He scored 9 points, had 4 rebounds and made 2 blocks in 23 minutes. Shermadini is ranked fourth on the list of the best blockers in the league with 1.0bpg. This year he also averages: 9.0ppg and 5.2rpg in the 22 games. Shermadini plays currently for the Georgian national team.

Melvin Sanders
Melvin Sanders
   #6. Swingman Melvin Sanders (196-81, college: Oklahoma St.) helped Hacettepe University win their game against the league outsider Bandirma Kirmizi (3-22) 74-58 in the Turkish TBL on Saturday night. He recorded a double-double by scoring 15 points and getting 11 rebounds. Hacettepe University (10-16) is placed 11th in the TBL. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Sanders belongs to league's best rebounders and is ranked #4. This season he has very good stats: 12.5ppg, 8.5rpg, 1.8apg and 1.2spg. Sanders is a naturalized American. Despite he played previously for the USA national team, Sanders is also an international player who is currently on the senior Georgian National Team roster. Strangely he has never played in Georgia.

Quinton Hosley
Quinton Hosley
   #7. International swingman Quinton Hosley (201-84, college: Fresno St.), who plays in the Italian SerieA could not help Banco di Sardegna Sassari (15-10) to beat Cimberio Varese (13-12). Hosley scored 9 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 25 minutes. But Banco di Sardegna Sassari lost 79-85 on the road to the lower-ranked (#8) Cimberio Varese. Hosley is currently fifth on the league's list of most steals with 2.3spg. He also averaged so far 15.1ppg, 4.8rpg and 2.1apg in the 25 games. Hosley is a naturalized American. Despite he played previously for the USA national team, Hosley is currently in the Georgian national team roster. Apparently he has never played in Georgia.

Tornike Shengelia
Tornike Shengelia
   #8. Forward Tornike Shengelia (207-91) helped Spirou Charleroi win their game against one of league's weakest teams Optima Gent (8-17) 68-50 in the Belgian D1 last Saturday. Shengelia scored 8 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Belgacom Spirou (17-7) is placed second in the D1. Shengelia's overall stats this season are: 7.6ppg and 4.6rpg. Despite he played previously for the USA national team, Shengelia is currently in the Georgian national team roster.

Tyrone Ellis
Tyrone Ellis
   #9. An experienced former international guard Tyrone Ellis (193-77, college: S.Nazarene) helped Meridiano Alicante edge the third-ranked Caja Laboral (19-8) 72-71 in the Spanish ACB on Sunday night. He scored 6 points in 19 minutes. Lucentum Alicante (15-12) is placed seventh in the ACB. This year Ellis' overall stats are: 9.9ppg, 1.9rpg, 1.1apg and 1.3spg in the 16 games. He is a naturalized American. Despite Ellis played previously for the USA national team, he is currently in the Georgian national team roster. Interesting that Ellis has never played in Georgia.

Georges Mdivani
Georges Mdivani
   #10. Center Georges Mdivani (205-85) was the main contributor in Rueil's victory against the ninth-ranked Etendard de Brest (16-14) 81-64 in the French NM1 (third division) in Tuesday night's game. He was the best player in that game. Mdivani scored 15 points and grabbed 9 rebounds. Rueil Athletic Club (13-17) is placed 13th in the NM1. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. Mdivani has reliable stats this season: 11.7ppg, 6.5rpg and 1.5apg. Despite he played previously for the USA national team, Mdivani is also a former international player as seven years ago he still played for the Georgian senior national team.



Ben Woodside claims Georgian Superleague weekly honour - by Eurobasket News

American Ben Woodside (180-PG-85, agency: Priority Sports) had an amazing evening in the last round for league's leader Armia and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 21.
The 26-year old playmaker got a double-double of 19 points and ten assists, while his team crushed Sokhumi (#6, 10-9) with 20-point margin 89-69. It allowed Armia to consolidate first place in the Georgian Superleague. They maintain perfect record without any lost game in the league. The season is already in a full swing and Armia still have not lost a single game, getting all 19 victories. In the team's last game Woodside had a remarkable 54.5% from 2-point range. He turned to be Armia's top player in his first season with the team. Ben Woodside averages this season 18.0ppg and 7.9apg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 27-year old Serbian center Milan Oluic (210-C-84) of Dinamo Tbilisi. Oluic impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 19 points and 18 rebounds. Of course he lead Dinamo Tbilisi to another comfortable win outscoring the lower-ranked STU Tbilisi (#9, 5-14) 102-81. This victory allowed Dinamo Tbilisi to move up to 5th position in the standings. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 10-9 record is not bad and everything may still change. Oluic is one of the most experienced players at Dinamo Tbilisi and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

The third best performed player last round was another Dinamo Tbilisi's star - American Keyon Carter (203-F-88). Carter got into 30-points club by scoring exactly 30 points in the last round. He went also for fifteen rebounds . He was another key player of Dinamo Tbilisi, helping his team with a 102-81 easy win against the lower-ranked STU Tbilisi (#9, 5-14). Dinamo Tbilisi needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 10 victories and 9 lost games. Carter has a great season in Georgia. After 16 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 22.6ppg (2nd best) and rebounds with 13.4rpg (#1 in league).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Lasha Keshelava (200-F-81) of Batumi - 23 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists
5. Luka Khmelidze (195-G-92) of Rustavi - 16 points, 9 rebounds and 10 assists
6. Ivo Hoger (225-C-82) of Olimpi - 16 points and 10 rebounds
7. Beqa Chikviladze (195-G-91) of TSU Tbilisi - 28 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists
8. Georgi Tsintsadze (192-G-86) of Olimpi - 14 points, 7 rebounds and 11 assists
9. Vakhtang Chkareuli (196-F-91) of TSU Tbilisi - 24 points and 3 rebounds
10. Giorgi Gamqrelidze (183-G-86) of Olimpi - 9 points, 5 rebounds and 12 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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Standings - 1. Bundesliga

BBL Standings
 1. Brose Baskets 27-3 
 2. Ratiopharm 24-6 
 3. ALBA 23-6 
 4. Art.Dragons 20-10 
 5. s.Oliver Baskets 19-11 
 6. B.Muenchen 18-12 
 7. NY Phantoms 16-13 
 8. Telekom Baskets 15-14 
 9. Fraport SKY 15-15 
 10. EWE Baskets 14-16 
 11. Bremerhaven 13-16 
 12. Walter Tigers 13-17 
 13. Bayreuth 11-18 
 14. TBB Trier 10-20 
 15. EnBW L'burg 9-21 
 16. LTi 46ers 8-21 
 17. Phoenix Hagen 8-22 
 18. Goettingen 4-26 

Regular Season: Round 30

Apr. 7: Ratiopharm - Walter Tigers 93-87
Apr. 7: NY Phantoms - Goettingen 92-65
Apr. 7: Phoenix Hagen - EnBW L'burg 90-96
Apr. 7: B.Muenchen - Telekom Baskets 87-69
Apr. 7: Art.Dragons - Brose Baskets 68-83
Apr. 7: EWE Baskets - Fraport SKY 67-75
Apr. 7: TBB Trier - s.Oliver Baskets 61-75
Apr. 8: ALBA - LTi 46ers
Apr. 8: Bremerhaven - Bayreuth


Stats Leaders - 1.Bundesliga

Points Per Game
 Bobby BROWN
  EWE Baskets
  (188-G-84)
  Avg: 17.1
 1. Brown, EWE Baskets17.1 
 2. Swann, Ratiopharm15.7 
 3. Carter, Phoenix15.6 
 4. Wood, ALBA15.3 
 5. Ensminger, Teleko.15.2 
 6. Holston, Art.Drag.15.0 
 7. Tucker, Brose B.14.9 
 8. Jonusas, Phoenix14.8 
 9. Bryant, Ratiopharm14.5 
 10. Peavy, Art.Dragons14.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 John BRYANT
  Ratiopharm
  (208-C-87)
  Avg: 9.7
 1. Bryant, Ratiopharm9.7 
 2. Chubb, EWE Baskets8.4 
 3. Ensminger, Teleko.7.9 
 4. Homan, B.Muenchen7.6 
 5. Zirbes, TBB Trier7.2 
 6. Evans, Goettingen6.9 
 7. Troutman, B.Mue.6.7 
 8. Ovcina, LTi 46ers6.7 
 9. Tucker, Brose B.6.7 
 10. Sykes, Goettingen6.6 
Assists Per Game
 Jared JORDAN
  Telekom .
  (188-PG-84)
  Avg: 8.4
 1. Jordan, Telekom8.4 
 2. Holston, Art.Drag.5.9 
 3. Brewer, Bremerha.5.1 
 4. Everett, Bremerha.4.8 
 5. Wood, ALBA4.8 
 6. Brown, EWE Baskets4.5 
 7. Joyce, TBB Trier4.5 
 8. Hamann, B.Muenchen4.4 
 9. Campbell, Walter T.4.1 
 10. Bauscher, Goett.4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Chris KRAMER
  s.Oliv.
  (191-G-88)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Kramer, s.Oliv.1.7 
 2. Linhart, TBB Trier1.7 
 3. Holston, Art.Drag.1.5 
 4. Dorris, EnBW L.1.4 
 5. Redding, Walter T.1.4 
 6. Gibson, Fraport SKY1.4 
 7. Bernard, LTi 46ers1.3 
 8. Trice, Ratiopharm1.3 
 9. Carter, Phoenix1.3 
 10. Gaffney, Teleko.1.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Tony GAFFNEY
  Teleko.
  (204-F-84)
  Avg: 2
 1. Gaffney, Teleko.2.0 
 2. Davidson, Fraport1.7 
 3. Ibekwe, Bayreuth1.7 
 4. Looby, EnBW L.1.6 
 5. Pleiss, Brose B.1.3 
 6. Homan, B.Muenchen1.3 
 7. King, Art.Dragons1.2 
 8. Bryant, Ratiopharm1.2 
 9. Slaughter, Brose B.1.2 
 10. Constantine, Phoe.1.1 


Stats Leaders - 2.Bundesliga

Points Per Game
 Martin SAMARCO
  Karlsruhe
  (191-G-85)
  Avg: 20.8
 1. Samarco, Karlsruhe20.8 
 2. McKiver, Braves20.2 
 3. Reese, Duesseldorf18.9 
 4. Alexander, ETB W.18.0 
 5. Reid, MBC17.7 
 6. Hassan, Leitersh.17.6 
 7. Roessler, Karlsruhe17.1 
 8. Mason, Webmoebel16.8 
 9. Stommes, Webmoebel16.7 
 10. Lipke, Leitershof.16.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Justin HOWARD
  Karlsruhe
  (208-C-81)
  Avg: 10.3
 1. Howard, Karlsruhe10.3 
 2. Alawoya, Braves8.5 
 3. Uskoski, Kirchheim8.4 
 4. Richardson, Leiter.7.9 
 5. Black, Jena7.8 
 6. Gerwig, Cuxhaven7.6 
 7. Shaw, Chemnitz7.6 
 8. Harris, Cuxhaven7.3 
 9. Webb, Crailsheim7.3 
 10. Moore, Karlsruhe7.1 
Assists Per Game
 Ahmad SMITH
  Kirchheim
  (194-G-84)
  Avg: 6.3
 1. Smith, Kirchheim6.3 
 2. Jeka, Braves5.2 
 3. Johnson, Chemnitz5.0 
 4. Rice, Cuxhaven4.9 
 5. Holcomb Faye, MBC4.3 
 6. Burgess, Heidelberg4.3 
 7. Chavis, NBC4.3 
 8. Reese, Duesseldorf4.1 
 9. Hill, Crailsheim4.0 
 10. Diggs, Webmoebel3.9 
Steals Per Game
 Gary JOHNSON
  Chemnitz
  (188-PG-82)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Johnson, Chemnitz2.2 
 2. Bowlin, Leitershof.2.0 
 3. Matthews, Ehingen1.9 
 4. Brooks, Kirchheim1.9 
 5. Rice, Cuxhaven1.8 
 6. Capel, Cuxhaven1.6 
 7. Smith, Kirchheim1.5 
 8. Diggs, Webmoebel1.4 
 9. Harris, NBC1.4 
 10. Williamson, Ehing.1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Dmitriy CHEREMNYKH
  Braves
  (213-C-78)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Cheremnykh, Braves1.6 
 2. De Michael, NBC1.4 
 3. Williamson, Ehingen1.2 
 4. Zipser, Heidelberg1.0 
 5. Harris, Cuxhaven0.9 
 6. Lawson, Chemnitz0.9 
 7. Howard, Karlsruhe0.9 
 8. Flomo, Duesseldorf0.9 
 9. Buechert, Ehingen0.8 
 10. Schoo, Heidelberg0.8 


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




#s#

Kevin Smit
Smit
Tyrone Lewis
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Michael Taylor
Taylor
Tomas Milinskas
Milinskas
Chris Heinrich
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#e#1

Player of the Year: Michael Taylor (193-G-87, college: Whitworth) of Oldenburg
Domestic Player of the Year: Kevin Smit (183-PG-91) of Oldenburg
Bosman Player of the Year: Tomas Milinskas (202-F-90) of Itzehoe
Defensive Player of the Year: Tyrone Lewis (180-PG-87) of Itzehoe
Most Improved Player of the Year: Kevin Smit (183-PG-91) of Oldenburg
Newcomer of the Year: /
Coach of the Year: Paul Larysz of Itzehoe

1st Team
G: Kevin Smit (183-PG-91)
of Oldenburg
G: Tyrone Lewis (180-PG-87) of Itzehoe
G/F: Michael Taylor (193-G-87)
of Oldenburg
F: Tomas Milinskas (202-F-90) of Itzehoe
C: Chris Heinrich (208-C-77)
of Oldenburg

2nd Team
G: Thomas Young (191-G-87, college: Indiana, PA) of Stade
G: Sven Hellmann (183-G-83) of Rostock
G/F: Andrew Jones (190-G/F-83, college: Miles) of Aschersleben
F: Vitalis Chikoko (207-F/C-91) of BG Goettingen
C: Vilius Sumskis (213-C-84, agency: Interperformances) of Itzehoe

Honorable Mention
Dirk Rhinehart (192-G-80, college: Kalamazoo) of Bramsche
Sebastian Born (195-G-90) of BG Goettingen
Matthias Moelle (199-F-87)
of Oldenburg
Sebastian Harke (203-F/C-81) of Magdeburg
Steffen Mueller (195-C-78) of Aschersleben
Erikas Kaupaitis (202-F/C-84, college: USC Upstate)
of Oldenburg
Paul Owusu-Frimpong (200-F-86) of Stade

All-Domestic Players Team
G: Kevin Smit (183-PG-91)
of Oldenburg
G: Sven Hellmann (183-G-83) of Rostock
F: Sebastian Harke (203-F/C-81) of Magdeburg
F/C: Paul Owusu-Frimpong (200-F-86) of Stade
C: Chris Heinrich (208-C-77)
of Oldenburg

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



Fabian Boeke Gets Contract Extension With SC Rist Wedel - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

PRO B team SC Rist Wedel announced today that Fabian Boeke (211-F-86, college: Washington St.) will also play with the team in the next season. Last season, the German belonged to the top players on the team with his outstanding play on offense and defense. Boecke is a 26 year old 211cm forward that averaged 27 minutes per game averaging 13,5ppg, 7,8rpg and 1,1bpg. He started his career in 2003-2004 for the BC Hamburg Tigers (Regionalliga). He then played for TSG Ehingen (2.Bundesliga) from 2004-2007. He then had a short stint in the NCAA for Washington St. (NCAA) before returning back to Erdgas Ehingen/Urspringschule (ProB) in 2010 playing 17 games: 5.9ppg, 5.0rpg, FGP: 56.9%, 3PT: 4.5%, FT: 75.0%.

Source: SC Rist Wedel





John Bynum (TBB Trier) We Have To Find A Way To Help Maik Zirbes On The Boards Against Wurzburg - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

John Bynum (191-G-78, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: Metro St.) is a 33 year old 191 cm guard from Visalia California that will commence his second season with TBB Trier. He is a good fighter, fast and good in offensive playing. He is great athlete who shoot the ball with consistency from 3 and finish with authority on the break. He is a tremendous defender on the ball. He played college basketball at College of the Sequoias Junior College:from 1996-1998 and then transferred to Metropolitan St. (NCAA2): and played there from 1998-2000. He started his professional basketball career in 2001 in the Uk for the Solent Stars (United Kingdom-NBLConf): 31 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assist. In 2002-2003, came his first tour of duty in Germany for BSG Grevenbroich (Germany-Regionalliga): 24.7ppg, 9.2rpg, 6.7apg, 3.5spg. In 2003-2004, he played for the Ulriken Eagles (Norway-BNLO): Regular Season: 14 games: 20,1ppg, 8,1rpg, 2,5apg, 2,9spg, 0,4bpg.In 2004-2005, he was back in Germany playing for BSG Grevenbroich (Germany-2. can Bundesliga): 30 games: Score-5 (26.0ppg), 7.7rpg, Ast-4 (5.4apg), 1.7spg, 2FGP: 55.5%, 3FGP: 33.3%, FT: 63.6%. In 2005-2006, he played for InterCollege Etha Engomis (Cyprus-A1): only pre-season, then joined COOCOON Baskets Weiden (Germany-2.Bundesliga, starting five): 8 games: 15.6ppg, 5.9rpg, 2.0apg, 1.6spg, 2FGP: 51%, left in Jan.'06 and later that month signed at Eisbaeren Bremerhaven (Germany-1.Bundesliga): 21 games: 7.8ppg, 2.6rpg, 1.8apg, 2FGP: 56.5%. In 2006-2007, he played for the Eisbaeren Bremerhaven (Germany-1.Bundesliga): 31 games: 5.7ppg, 2.0rpg, 2.2apg, 2FGP: 43.1%, 3FGP: 25.0%, FT: 55.9%. In 2007-2008, he played for USC Heidelberg (Germany-ProA, starting five): 14 games: 14.4ppg, 4.4rpg, Assists-5 (4.6apg), 2.3spg, 2FGP: 54%, 3FGP: 27.3%, FT: 58.5%, left in Jan.'08 due to shoulder injury, in Feb.'08 moved to Digibu Baskets Paderborn (Germany-1.Bundesliga, starting five): 13 games: 6.3ppg, 3.0rpg, 2.4apg, 2FGP: 51.8%, 3PT: 14.3%, FT: 70.0%. In 2009-2010, he played in the PRO A for Proveo Merlins Crailsheim (Germany-ProA, starting five): 27 games: 16.9ppg, 7.1rpg, Assists-3 (5.4apg), 1.1spg, FGP: 51.8%, 3PT: 25.0%, FT: 62.8%. Last season with TBB Trier, he played 35 games: 6.9ppg, 3.7rpg, 1.5apg, FGP: 47.9%, 3PT: 24.0%, FT: 64.3%. He sat down with eurobasket before the game against TBB Trier April 7th.

A tough 79-65 loss in Bonn last weekend. What is the most important thing the team gained out of this loss?


Yes we came out flat in the second half and they got on a run and we never recovered. We just have to find a way to stop repeating the same mistakes and hopefully play better at home this week.

The next game is against the s.Oliver Baskets Wurzburg. What memories do you have from the 74-67 loss at the start of the season?

Well it was the first game of the year and we struggled containing them on the glass last time. They had a lot of second chance points and they play very physical and come with a lot of pressure.

I am sure we will see a defensive minded grind out game. Will it be most key to contain the guard terror of Kramer, Frazier, Jacobson and Little?

I think we have to contain the guards and keep them out the lane for sure, but like I said before we have to find a way to help Maik Zirbes on the boards and battle on each play.

Who is the key Wurzburg player that a team needs to keep in check?

I think for us it's key to take care of the ball. As far as their weapons go, we just have to play good team defense and keep the guards from getting middle penetration and battle hard on the glass.


You will be revealing something this week in your blog. Could you elaborate a bit on what it is?

Well as far as my blog goes, I just think I just want to take a second and reflect on some things and just give thanks to people who have made a difference and give my opinion about certain things I have seen in Germany.

Kentucky potentially has three NBA lottery picks, five that could go in the first round. When they might enter the draft is still up in the air. Anthony Davis (6'10''-F-93), Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (6'7''-F-93), Darius Miller (6'8''-G-90), Doron Lamb (6'4''-G-91) and Terrence Jones were all noncommittal about their plans for next season after the Wildcats beat Kansas 67-59. Where would you place the strength of these 5 players with other top NCAA teams in the last 30 years?

Well as you saw they were a dominate team and anytime you have that much talent on one team it can difficult to play together but taking a look back there has been a better Kentucky team in my eyes with the Antoine Walker team.

What type of career will a Anthony Davis have in the NBA? Does he have the status in the making of a Kevin Durant?

Davis is a defensive minded player who will have the ability to change the game on that side if the ball. Anytime you have someone who can block shots then he will be a force at the next level.

What are your fondest childhood memories of easter?

All the candy that gave me some cavities...lol

Thanks John for the chat.



Dane Watts (ratiopharm Ulm) We Need A Win Against Tuebingen To Build For The Playoffs - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Dane Watts (203-F-86, agency: Pro One Sports) is a 25 year old 203cm forward from Warrensburg, Missouri. He is playing his first season for ratiopharm Ulm. He played at Creighton (NCAA) from 2004-2008 with NBA player Anthony Tolliver. In his senior year, he played 33 games: 11.3ppg, 6.4rpg, 1.0apg, FGP: 53.4%, 3Pts: 42.5%, FT: 71.8%. In 2008, he came to Germany and started his professional basketball career with EnBW Ludwigsburg (Germany-1.Bundesliga, starting five): 32 games: 8.9ppg, 3.8rpg, FGP-1 (68.4%), 3PT: 30.8%, FT: 68.7%. In 2009-2010, he came to The Walter Tigers Tuebingen playing 34 games: 10.2ppg, 5.4rpg, 1.5apg, FGP: 57.1%, 3PT: 37.6%, FT: 71.0%. Last season for Tuebingen, he played 33 games: 13.7ppg, Reb-4 (7.6rpg), 1.1apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 57.9%, 3PT: 36.7%, FT: 54.5%; in May'11 moved to Hyeres-Toulon Var Basket (France-ProA): 3 games: 7.0ppg, 6.3rpg, 1.7apg, 1.0spg. At Creighton, he won awards such as MVC Tournament Winner -05, 07, MVC All-Freshman Team -05, MVC Regular Season Runner-Up -07, and MVC Tournament Semifinals -08. He spoke to eurobasket before the next game against the Walter Tigers Tuebingen April 7th.

A tough 77-64 loss last weekend against the Fraport Sklyiners. ratiopharm Ulm has only lost 6 games this this. Where would you rank the Frankfurt defense with other defenses that you have seen this season?

They were physical the whole game, we did not make an adjustment early enough to get going. They played with more effort and we cannot let that happen again.

How relieved are you that the Tommy Mason Griffin operation went smoothly. What does the Ulm game miss most when he is absent from the court?

It is always good to hear that a surgery is successful, not only for our team but for Tommy and his career. He is a playmaker that can create for us out of 1-1 situations.

The next game is against the Walter TIgers Tuebingen. What do you remember most from the big 92-77 win in Tuebingen?

I remember them jumping out to a quick lead, we were able to come back and control the game from there.

Igor Perovic has done a fine job forming a very young team. How much credit does your ex head coach get for the success of Tuebingen this season?

Igor stays positive with the team and that is important especially for a young team that started off so bad. He gives players confidence to play and you can see how they have grown over the course of the season.

The Tigers were coming off a six game losing streak when they lost their 6th game in a row against ratiopharm Ulm. Both teams have gotten better. What will be key in getting the win?

It is a derby game so there will be a lot of emotion from the players and the fans. It will be a great atmosphere in the Ratiopharm Arena and we need to get a win to build toward the playoffs.

Kentucky potentially has three NBA lottery picks, five that could go in the first round. When they might enter the draft is still up in the air. Anthony Davis (6'10''-F-93), Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (6'7''-F-93), Darius Miller (6'8''-G-90), Doron Lamb (6'4''-G-91) and Terrence Jones were all noncommittal about their plans for next season after the Wildcats beat Kansas 67-59. Where would you place the strength of these 5 players with other top NCAA teams in the last 30 years?

I havent watched them that closely. You have to give coach Cal props for getting such a young team full of talented players to win a championship in less than a year together.

What type of career will a Anthony Davis have in the NBA? Does he have the status in the making of a Kevin Durant?

Not sure, he has the length and energy to play D, we will see how his body develops.

What are your fondest childhood memories of easter?

I remember the story of why we celebrate Easter, that Jesus was killed to pay the price for man's sin then resurrected on the 3rd day proving he was not just a normal man but divine.





BV Chemnitz Give Alexander Rosenthal Contract extension - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber


PRO A team BV Chemnitz have announced that forward Alexander Rosenthal (201-F/C-88) will continue to play for the team next season. This season he has averaged 5,6ppg and 2,4rpg and also shows his touch from outside as he is shooting 48,9%.'I feel very comfortable in Chemnitz and am also studyingpolitics at the University here which is why I wnated to stay another year here. The hartmann gym is like a second living room and it is great playing in front of these great fans', addressed Alexander Rosenthal (201-F/C-88). He will start his fourth season with BV Chemnitz after starting his career with VfB Hermsdorf Berlin (2.Regionalliga) in 2004. He then played for Hertener Lwen (2.Bundesliga) from 2007-2009.

Source: BV Chemnitz





Jason Boone (s.Oliver Baskets Wurzburg) It Is Always Better To Get An Ugly Win As Opposed To A Pretty win - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Jason Boone (198-F/C-85, college: New York U.) is a 26 year old 198cm power forward/center from Sugar Loaf, New York. He will be playing his first season with the s. Oliver Baskets Wurzburg and his fourth in the Beko BBL. He played three seasons for BG Goettingen. He played at New York University (NCAA 3) from 2003-2007. In his senior year, he played 28 games averaging 14.1ppg, 9.6rpg, 2.4bpg, 2.9apg, FG: 63.0%, FT: 64.3%. Three seasons ago, he played at Bernau (Regionalliga) before making the jump up three leagues to MEG Goettingen. In 2008-2009, he averaged 4.4ppg, 4.0rpg, FG: 53.7. In 2009-2010, he won the Eurochallenge playing EuroChallenge: 16 games: 10.7ppg, 6.8rpg, 1.0apg, FGP: 59.6%, FT: 53.8%; German League: 35 games: 9.1ppg, 6.1rpg, FGP: 60.3%, FT: 55.9%. Last season with BG Goettingen he played 37 games: 8.5ppg, 5.9rpg, FGP: 59.8%, FT: 34.9%; EuroCup: 14 games: 9.1ppg, 6.2rpg, Blocks-4 (1.1bpg), FGP: 59.8%, FT: 36.0%. Jason spoke to Eurobasket before the game against TBB Trier April 7t

Congrats on the OT 71-69 victory against the Eisbaeren Bremerhaven. In the pregame interview, you stated that the team needed to get their metal status up to 100%. Could one say that you did, since this game wasnt for weak nerves or was it?

I think the break really helped us focus on what we wanted to do. I don't think we executed that well against Bremerhaven, but that was also a result of not playing for 13 days. Luckily we won't have anymore breaks like that until the summer vacation. With that being said, our mindset is very clear going into the home stretch of the season and playoffs.

What was the most important thing that the s.Oliver Baskets Wurzburg could take out of this win?


It's always better to get an 'ugly win' as opposed to a 'pretty loss.' From here on out the season becomes about the teams that can grind out wins. And we're hoping this one keeps us going in the right direction.

The next game is against TBB Trier. What are your memories of the 74-67 win in the first game of the season?


That was the first game of the season. I don't remember what I had for dinner last night. I do know that both teams are very different at this point in the season.

TBB Trier has been kind of an enigma this season. A team that can beat you in a defensive battle, but couldnt always put together solid scoring games. Can we await a defensive grind out game?


Anytime you get two teams that focus on their defense, the game can get ugly. Being on the road, we know we are going to have to grind it out that much more. Hopefully we can find a way to get out of there with a win.

This may be the last time you see Maik Zirbes wearing the green. Is he ready to make the jump to a bigger market Beko BBL team?

I think Zirbes is one of the best young centers in the BBL. It's a hard call when you weigh loyalty against business, but if at the end of the day, he sees a chance to play for a team to better his career then all the power to him.

Kentucky potentially has three NBA lottery picks, five that could go in the first round. When they might enter the draft is still up in the air. Anthony Davis (6'10''-F-93), Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (6'7''-F-93), Darius Miller (6'8''-G-90), Doron Lamb (6'4''-G-91) and Terrence Jones were all noncommittal about their plans for next season after the Wildcats beat Kansas 67-59. Where would you place the strength of these 5 players with other top NCAA teams in the last 30 years?

I was never a big NCAA fan until I got to college so I can really only speak knowledgeably on the last 8 years or so. And I think this years Kentucky's team can compete with any team I've seen. That Carmelo Syracuse team and Horford Florida team are the only ones off the top of my head I think could play with them.

What type of career will a Anthony Davis have in the NBA? Could he become a Kevin Durant type player?

I don't think he can be a Kevin Durant, but he can definitely help any NBA team. He is a little skinny, but in time he can become a defensive force in that league and if he continues to develop, a perennial all-star.

What are your fondest childhood memories of Easter?

All the kids in my family used to go up to my uncle's house and have a huge Egg Hunt. He would spend the whole morning hiding them all over his property and the hunts could last what seemed like hours and hours.

Thanks Jason For The Chat



Jannik Freese (EWE Baskets Oldenburg) Every Game Won From Now On Is A Match Point - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Jannik Freese (211-F/C-86) is a 25 year old 211cm center that is playing his first seasin for the EWE Baskets Oldenburg. He spent a year in the States and went to Northwestern high school in Washington D.C. He came back to Germany and played for Oldenburger TB before going to SG FT/MTV Braunschweig where he played from 2005-2007. In 2007-2008, he played for Spot Up Medien Baskets Braunschweig (ProB) playing 26 games averaging 11.5ppg, 7.6rpg, 1.1spg, FGP: 48.8%, 3PT: 50.0%, FT: 63.9%, and played also at New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig (1.Bundesliga): 6 games: 0.5ppg. He played for the Lti Giessen 46ers from 2008-2011. In 2008-2009, he played 15 games for The Giessen 46ers averaging 2.4ppg, 2.3rpg; and also played at LTi Lich (ProA) playing 15 games and averaging 17.1ppg, 8.5rpg, FGP: 49.4%, 3PT: 34.6%, FT: 67.4%. In 2009-2010, he averaged 4,3ppg and 3,0rpg in 30 games. Last season, he averaged 4,1ppg and 2,7rpg in 31 matches. Eurobasket had a chat with the German before the game against the Fraport Skyliners April 7th.

Congrats on the 87-64 win. Is it still special going back to the Osthalle or is it now become like a normal game for you?

Thanks, well it was a special game for the team and me. First we had to get a tough road win to stay in the race for the last couple playoff seeds and second I was in Giessen for the last 3 seasons, the fans are great and the Osthalle might be old but still has a very good atmosphere. I am happy we got a win there on my first trip back.

How big was this win in Giessen after the three game losing streak?

Well like I said it was very big for us, Giessen needed the win to fight off relegation and we needed it to make sure we still compete for a playoff spot.

The next game is against the Fraport Skyliners pitting the 9th against the 10th in the standings. Is this the first match point of the season for both teams?

We started the season very good and Frankfurt started pretty badly, while Frankfurt worked their way out of the hole and is playing pretty good basketball, our season was an up and down. But we are making the right moves an improvements lately, so we are definitly on another upwards trend going into this last month of the regular season, therefore I see us having the upper hand in this game. Every game that is won from now on is a match point.

The Fraport Skyliners will have a lot of revenge after the embarrassing 72-53 loss in Frankfurt. What kind of game can we expect?

Frankfurt will come out focused from the start, and I am sure coach Katzurin has his guys well prepared.

Will the key matchup be Bobby Brown-Quantez Robertson?

Its will be a team effort and we all know Bobby can score against anybody but we have a whole team full of threats so I wouldnt just call it the key matchup

What will be key in getting the win?

Home crowd, energy and focus

What is your fondest Easter memory as a kid?

We used to go to my Grandmothers house and throw easter eggs in a sock. Whoever threw it the furthest won of course.

If the EWE Baskets Oldenburg had an Easter egg hunt which player would find the most egsgs and why? Lol

Kenny Hasbrouk because he is just out sprints everybody.


Thanks Jannik for the chat



Mannheim 2012: Germany dominate New Zealand in opener - by Eurobasket News

Germany U18 - New Zealand U18 86:57

Germany victoriously opened the home Albert Schweitzer Tournament in Mannheim. The hosts dismantled New Zealand in Group B. Paul Zipser (195-G-94) scored 20 points and pulled down 9 rebounds to lead the effort.
New Zealand jumped to an early lead. They caught the hosts off guard to take a 17:10 lead at the first break. But Germany struck right back in the second quarter. The Bundesteam unloaded 36 points in the period to ensure a 46:23 halftime lead. New Zealand recovered after a blow and took over again in the third term. The Kiwis cut the deficit to 15 points with one quarter remaining. But the fourth term belonged to the hosts once again. Germany fired 28 points and cruised to the victory at the end. Ismet Akpinar (188-PG-95, agency: Beo Basket) nailed 20 points, while Bryant, Diouf and Schilling added 8 points each for the hosts. Tai Jack Webster (95) responded with 22 points for New Zealand. Zachary Young and Reuben Te Rangi (201-F-94) had 9 points each in the loss.

Germany U18: Paul Zipser 20, Ismet Akpinar 20
New Zealand U18: Tai Jack Webster 22, Zachary Young 9, Reuben Te Rangi 9



Dirk Nowitzki's double-double lands him Player of the Week award among Germans playing currently abroad - by Eurobasket Center

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

Dirk Nowitzki
Dirk Nowitzki
   #1. This week's number one is an experienced international forward Dirk Nowitzki (213-78), who plays in the NBA. He could not help the Dallas Mavericks (31-25) in their last game. Despite Nowitzki's very good performance the Dallas Mavericks were edged in an overtime 99-97 on the road by the Portland Trail Blazers. He had a double-double by scoring 23 points and getting 14 rebounds in 43 minutes on the court. It's Nowitzki's 14th season with the team. Nowitzki has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 21.3ppg, 6.7rpg, 2.2apg, 2FGP: 48.7%, 3FGP: 35.3% and FT: 88.1% in the 52 games he played so far. Nowitzki is currently a member of the German senior national team.

Chris Kaman
Chris Kaman
   #2. Second place goes to an international center Chris Kaman (213-82, college: Cent.Michigan). He was the major contributor in a New Orleans Hornets' victory against the Minnesota Timberwolves (26-30) 99-90 in the NBA last Saturday. Kaman recorded a double-double by scoring 21 points and getting 10 rebounds. He also added 4 assists and 4 blocks. The New Orleans Hornets have not so impressive 14-41 record this season. This year Kaman has very high stats. He averages: 13.0ppg, 7.9rpg, 2.2apg, 1.5bpg, 2FGP: 43.6% and FT: 76.6%. Kaman is a naturalized American. Despite he played previously for the USA national team, Kaman is currently a member of the German senior national team. Strangely he has never played in Germany.

Julian Sensley
Julian Sensley
   #3. The German player who performed third best last week abroad was an international forward Julian Sensley (206-82, agency: VVG Sports, college: Hawaii). Sensley led Caciques to an overtime victory over the fourth-ranked Mets (9-8) 90-88 in the Puerto Rican BSN on Tuesday night. He was MVP of the game. Sensley had a double-double by scoring 39 points and getting 13 rebounds. He also added 2 blocks in 42 minutes. Caciques de Humacao (4-12) is located at the very bottom in the BSN. Sensley has very impressive stats this year: 22.8ppg, 9.1rpg, 1.1bpg, 1.3spg, 2FGP: 46.8%, 3FGP: 42.7% and FT: 74.0% in the nine games. He is a naturalized American. Despite Sensley played previously for the USA national team, he is currently a member of the German senior national team. Apparently Sensley has never played in Germany.

Urule Igbavboa
Urule Igbavboa
   #4. Center Urule Igbavboa (205-87, college: Valparaiso) led LF Basket to a victory against the closely-ranked Sundsvall Dragons (21-15) 88-79 in the Swedish Basketligan in Monday night's game. He scored 22 points and grabbed 7 rebounds; quite an impressive performance considering it's only Igbavboa's third season in pro basketball. LF Basket (20-16) is placed fifth in the Basketligan. Igbavboa has relatively good stats this season: 11.2ppg and 5.2rpg. He is a naturalized American. Despite Igbavboa played previously for the USA national team, he is currently in the German national team roster. Igbavboa used to play for MEG Goettingen in German league.

Nikita Khartchenkov
Nikita Khartchenkov
   #5. Former U20 international forward Nikita Khartchenkov (200-87), who plays in the Romanian Division A was not able to help CSU Sibiu (13-15) in their last game. Despite his very good performance CSU Sibiu was edged 89-87 at home by the much higher-ranked (#3) U-Mobitelco. Khartchenkov was the top scorer with 30 points. He also added 5 rebounds in 40 minutes. It was CSU Sibiu's sixth consecutive loss in a row. The Regular Season already ended. It's Khartchenkov's first season with the team. Khartchenkov has very impressive stats this year: 17.1ppg, 3.4rpg, 1.2apg and 1.3spg in the 27 games. He has a dual citizenship: Russian and German. Despite Khartchenkov played previously for the Russian national team, he is currently in the German U20 national team roster.

Konrad Wysocki
Konrad Wysocki
   #6. Forward Konrad Wysocki (201-82, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Princeton), who plays in the Polish PLK was not able to secure a victory for PGE Turow (2-6) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Wysocki's good performance the sixth-placed PGE Turow was defeated 87-83 in Zielona Gora by the higher-ranked Zastal ZG (#3) in the Group A. He scored 11 points. There are only two games left until the end of the Second Stage. So now every game will be critical. Wysocki's overall stats this season are: 9.1ppg and 3.7rpg. Despite he played previously for the Polish national team, Wysocki is also an international player who is currently on the senior German National Team roster.

Chad Toppert
Chad Toppert
   #7. Former international guard Chad Toppert (201-85, college: N.Mexico) couldn't help CAI Zaragoza (14-13) in their game against UCAM Murcia (9-18) in the Spanish ACB. He scored 6 points in only 13 minutes. CAI Zaragoza lost 62-76 in Murcia to the lower-ranked (#16) UCAM. This year Toppert's overall stats are: 3.9ppg and 1.6rpg in the 27 games. He is a naturalized American. Despite Toppert played previously for the USA national team, he is currently in the German national team roster. Interesting that Toppert has never played in Germany.

Joachim Thoss
Joachim Thoss
   #8. Center Joachim Thoss (203-81) contributed to an Alaska Aces' victory against the closely-ranked Barako Bull (4-5) 99-92 in the Filipino PBA last Wednesday. He scored 17 points, grabbed 8 rebounds and dished 4 assists. Alaska Aces (5-4) are placed fourth in the PBA. Thoss is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his eighth year in Alaska Aces' roster. This season Thoss has relatively solid stats: 11.2ppg, 8.7rpg, 2.2apg and 1.2bpg. Despite he played previously for the Filipino national team, Thoss is currently in the German national team roster.

Robert Sarovic
Robert Sarovic
   #9. Former international forward Robert Sarovic (205-78) contributed to Timisoara's victory against the closely-ranked Ploiesti (20-8) 99-92 in the Romanian Division A on Saturday night. He scored 8 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 17 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. BC Timisoara (21-7) is placed second in the Division A. Sarovic's team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And now that game is very crucial. This year Sarovic's total stats are: 7.5ppg, 4.8rpg and 1.6apg in the 10 games. Despite he played previously for the Serbian national team, Sarovic is currently in the German national team roster.

Mike Dejworek
Mike Dejworek
   #10. Center Mike Dejworek (210-87, college: Citadel) managed to help Bakken Bears to win against the closely-ranked Horsens IC (12-15) 93-85 in the Danish Ligaen in Monday night's game. He scored 5 points, had 4 rebounds and made 4 blocks. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Bakken Bears (25-2) is placed first in the Ligaen. Dejworek has averaged so far 6.2ppg and 4.7rpg. He is a former U18 international player as seven years ago he still played for the German national team.

   #11. Former international swingman Mario Stojic (198-80, agency: Interperformances) contributed to a 1-point Meridiano Alicante's victory against the third-ranked Caja Laboral 72-71 in the Spanish ACB last Sunday. Stojic scored only 2 points in 17 minutes. Stojic has averaged so far 4.3ppg and 2.1rpg in the 27 games. He used to play for the German national team seven years ago.

   #12. Former international power forward Keith Waleskowski (204-80, college: Dayton) couldn't help Tezenis Verona in their game against Enel Brindisi in the Italian Lega2 (second division). Waleskowski scored 6 points and grabbed 8 rebounds. His team was badly defeated by 17 points 77-60. Waleskowski has averaged so far 9.9ppg, 6.5rpg and 1.4spg. He is a naturalized American. Despite Waleskowski played previously for the USA national team, he is currently in the German national team roster. However Waleskowski has never played in Germany.

   #13. Former international forward Adam Waleskowski (204-82, agency: Court Side, college: Florida St.) couldn't help Levice in their game against BK Usti nad Labem in the Czech Republic NBL. He scored 7 points in only 8 minutes. His team lost 73-87. Waleskowski has reliable stats this year: 11.7ppg, 6.5rpg and 1.2spg in the six games. He is a naturalized American. Despite Waleskowski played previously for the USA national team, he is currently in the German national team roster. Waleskowski used to play for Erdgas Ehingen/Urspringschule in German league.

   #14. Former international guard Dorian Baclawski (189-86) couldn't help Inter Parts AZS UWM Olsztyn in their game against KPSW Astoria Bydgoszcz in the Polish 2Liga (third division). He cannot count Saturday's game as one of the best ones. Baclawski scored only 2 points and had 7 steals. His team was crushed by 30 points 92-62. Baclawski has averaged so far 5.6ppg, 2.5rpg, 2.0apg and 1.9spg. He used to play for the German national team back in 2009.



ProB Round 2 of Semi-Finals - by Eurobasket News

Vechta - Hannover 82-78

The hosts trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 2-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 82-78. SC Rasta Vechta dominated down low during the game scoring 50 of its points in the paint compared to Hannover Tigers' 24. American forward A.J. Rudowitz (198-88, college: Stonehill) had a double-double by scoring 18 points and 10 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) to lead the charge for the winners and guard Marvin Boadu (193-89) chipped in 8 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists during the contest. SC Rasta Vechta's coach Patrick Elzie used an eleven-player rotation in such tough game. American guard Richard Williams (178-87, college: San Diego St.) responded with 25 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists and naturalized Canadian guard Stephen Janzen (191-82) scored 31 points.
Top scorers:
Hannover: S.Janzen 31+2reb+1ast, R.Williams 25+7reb+5ast, J.Doerksen 8+5reb, M.Williams 8+3reb, J.Prasuhn 5+6reb+1ast, L.Oehlmann 1+8reb
Vechta: A.Rudowitz 18+10reb+1ast, M.Smallwood 10+7reb+2ast, D.Madrich 10+4reb, P.Heitzhausen 10+1reb, F.Stuckemann 10+6reb+3ast, D.Krause 8
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Herten - Gotha 72-92

It looked good early as Hertener Loewen took an 8-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Oettinger Rockets Gotha had a 29-13 second period charge getting the lead and Hertener Loewen was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 72-92. Oettinger Rockets Gotha forced 20 Hertener Loewen turnovers. American swingman Marcus Monk (198-86, college: Arkansas, agency: The House of Baller!Stars) notched a double-double by scoring 10 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists to lead the effort and the other American import forward Torvoris Baker (203-83, college: Detroit Mercy) supported him with 9 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists. Oettinger Rockets Gotha's coach Marko Simic allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Even a double-double of 18 points and 13 rebounds by power forward Christoph Hackenesch (204-86) did not help to save the game for Hertener Loewen. American guard Zamal Nixon (185-89, college: Houston) added 22 points and 5 assists for the hosts. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Herten: Z.Nixon 22+5ast, C.Hackenesch 18+13reb+1ast, J.Taylor 15+6reb, V.Kittmann 12+10reb, M.Berger 3+3reb+5ast, C.Marquardt 2
Gotha: K.Schaffartzik 21, K.Klein 16+1reb+6ast, L.Niebuhr 13+4reb+2ast, M.Monk 10+12reb+5ast, T.Baker 9+12reb+4ast, A.Kuppe 9+2reb+1ast
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Standings - A2

A2 Standings
 1. Panelefsiniakos 21-5 
 2. Apollon Patras 18-8 
 3. Nea Kifisia 16-10 
 4. AEK 16-10 
 5. Ikaroi Serron 16-10 
 6. OFI 14-12 
 7. Arkadikos 14-12 
 8. Lavrio 14-12 
 9. Doxa Lefkadas 13-13 
 10. Ermis Lagkada 12-14 
 11. Amyntas Dafnis 12-14 
 12. Periko/Arhelaos 11-15 
 13. Perama Ermis 11-15 
 14. Pagrati 10-16 
 15. Panerythraikos 10-16 
 16. AEK/Argous 0-26 

Regular Season: Round 26

Apr. 7: AEK - AEK/Argous 99-71
Apr. 7: Panelefsiniakos - Ermis Lagkada 93-78
Apr. 7: Periko/Arhelaos - Lavrio 87-72
Apr. 7: OFI - Doxa Lefkadas 75-64
Apr. 7: Perama Ermis - Arkadikos 75-64
Apr. 7: Ikaroi Serron - Apollon Patras 69-68
Apr. 7: Panerythraikos - Nea Kifisia 46-76
Apr. 7: Pagrati - Amyntas Dafnis 100-79

Regular Season: Round 27

Apr. 21: Doxa Lefkadas - Periko/Arhelaos
Apr. 21: Lavrio - AEK
Apr. 21: Ermis Lagkada - AEK/Argous
Apr. 21: Amyntas Dafnis - OFI
Apr. 21: Nea Kifisia - Pagrati
Apr. 21: Arkadikos - Panerythraikos
Apr. 21: Apollon Patras - Perama Ermis
Apr. 21: Panelefsiniakos - Ikaroi Serron


Stats Leaders - A2

Points Per Game
 Nikos ARGYROPOYLOS
  Apollo.
  (188-G-78)
  Avg: 19.2
 1. Argyropoylos, Apol.19.2 
 2. Iliadis, Ermis L.18.9 
 3. Stevovic, AE.18.7 
 4. Totsios, Ikaroi S.18.1 
 5. Gizogiannis, Arkad.17.3 
 6. Pettas, Doxa L.17.2 
 7. Psileas, Lavrio17.0 
 8. Vasilopoulos, AEK16.6 
 9. Kyriakopoulo., Pan.15.9 
 10. Nikitakis, Nea K.15.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Vladimir PETROVIC-STERGIOU
  Apollo.
  (198-F/G-77)
  Avg: 8.8
 1. Petrovic-S., Apoll.8.8 
 2. Gizogiannis, Arkad.8.6 
 3. Sklavos, AEK8.0 
 4. Toutziarakis, OFI7.6 
 5. Krolo, Apollon Pat.7.6 
 6. Lolas, Amyntas7.5 
 7. Nisiotis, Ermis L.7.4 
 8. Macheras, Panery.7.0 
 9. Simeonidis, Ikaroi6.9 
 10. Sigounas, Pagrati6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Miron PAPADAKIS
  Arkad.
  (183-G-88)
  Avg: 5.9
 1. Papadakis, Arkad.5.9 
 2. Zoupas, Amyntas5.8 
 3. Koronidis, Perama5.3 
 4. Nikou, Panelefs.5.2 
 5. Vasilopoulos, AEK5.0 
 6. Makris, Pagrati4.6 
 7. Kaberidis, Ikaroi4.5 
 8. Argyropoylos, Apol.4.4 
 9. Kekelis, Ermis L.4.0 
 10. Panagakis, OFI3.9 
Steals Per Game
 Darrel LEWIS
  OFI
  (192-G-76)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Lewis, OFI1.8 
 2. Vavatsikos, AEK/A.1.8 
 3. Pettas, Doxa L.1.8 
 4. Tsiotras, Arkadikos1.7 
 5. Nikitakis, Nea K.1.7 
 6. Margaritis, Ikaroi1.6 
 7. Magounis, Panele.1.6 
 8. Argyropoylos, Apol.1.5 
 9. Vasilopoulos, AEK1.5 
 10. Papadakis, Arkad.1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Sotiris KATOUFAS
  Panery.
  (206-F-79)
  Avg: 1.2
 1. Katoufas, Panery.1.2 
 2. Toutziarakis, OFI1.0 
 3. Libaris-P., Doxa L.1.0 
 4. Koutroulias, Pagra.0.9 
 5. Margaritis, Ikaroi0.8 
 6. Krolo, Apollon Pat.0.8 
 7. Foutsitzis, Periko.0.6 
 8. Despos, AEK0.6 
 9. Koukounias, Nea K.0.6 
 10. Anagnostopou., Er.0.6 


Ioannis Bourousis' double-double lands him Player of the Week award among Greeks playing currently abroad - by Eurobasket Center

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

Ioannis Bourousis
Ioannis Bourousis
   #1. This week's number one is an international center Ioannis Bourousis (212-83, agency: FCM). He led Armani Milano to a victory over the closely-ranked Umana Venezia (15-10) 79-70 in the Italian SerieA in Sunday night's game. Bourousis was MVP of the game. He had a double-double by scoring 27 points and getting 12 rebounds in 27 minutes on the court. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. EA7 Emporio Armani Milano (15-10) is placed third in the SerieA. Bourousis has relatively good stats this year: 11.3ppg, 6.5rpg, 2FGP: 62.4%(83-133), 3FGP: 44.7% and FT: 68.8% in the 24 games he played so far. He is currently a member of the Greek senior national team.

Sofoklis Schortsanitis
Sofoklis Schortsanitis
   #2. Second place goes to an international center Sofoklis Schortsanitis (206-85). Schortsanitis contributed to a Maccabi T-A's victory against the closely-ranked B.C. Habikaa (14-6) 88-76 in the Israeli Premier League last Saturday. He recorded 9 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Maccabi Electra Tel-Aviv (18-2) is placed first in the Premier League. It was his team's sixth consecutive victory in a row. This season Schortsanitis averages: 9.8ppg, 4.3rpg, 2FGP: 62.8%(27-43) and FT: 66.7%. He is in the roster of the Greek senior national team.

Kostas Koufos
Kostas Koufos
   #3. The Greek player who performed third best last week abroad was an international center Kostas Koufos (213-89, college: Ohio St.), who plays in the NBA. Koufos could not help the Denver Nuggets (30-25) in their last game. Despite his good performance the Denver Nuggets lost 97-112 on the road to the Golden State Warriors. Koufos scored 11 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in a mere 18 minutes. This year Koufos' overall stats are: 5.3ppg, 5.3rpg, 2FGP: 58.9%(86-146) and FT: 58.1% in the 37 games. He is a naturalized American. Despite Koufos played previously for the USA national team, he is currently a member of the Greek senior national team. Strangely Koufos has never played in Greece.

Kostas Vasiliadis
Kostas Vasiliadis
   #4. Swingman Kostas Vasiliadis (200-84, also represented by FCM) helped Gescrap BB win their game against the 13th-ranked Gran Canaria 2014 (11-16) 78-72 in the Spanish ACB in Sunday night's game. He scored 10 points. Gescrap Bizkaia Bilbao Basket (15-12) is placed sixth in the ACB. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. This season Vasiliadis has relatively solid stats: 11.1ppg and 2.4rpg. Despite he played previously for the USA national team, Vasiliadis is currently in the Greek national team roster.

Sten-Timmu Sokk
Sten-Timmu Sokk
   #5. International guard Sten-Timmu Sokk (181-89) was the main contributor in a 2-point Tartu Ulikool's victory against the closely-ranked Kalev/Cramo (23-5) 76-74 in the Estonian KML last Wednesday. He was the best player in that game. Sokk scored 20 points, had 4 rebounds and dished 4 assists (went 5 for 5 at the free throw line) in 33 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Tartu Ulikool (25-3) is placed first in the KML. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. The Regular Season already ended. It's Sokk's fourth season with the team. He is ranked third on the list of the best passers in the league with 3.9apg. This year Sokk also averages: 8.6ppg and 1.8rpg in the 17 games. He has a dual citizenship: Greek and Estonian. Despite Sokk played previously for the Estonian national team, he is currently in the Greek national team roster.

Dusan Sakota
Dusan Sakota
   #6. Small forward Dusan Sakota (209-86, agency: Beo Basket) helped Enisey Krasnoyarsk win their game against the fourth-ranked Lokomotiv (9-7) 96-87 in the Russian PBL on Monday night. Sakota was the top player that evening. He scored 23 points. Enisey Krasnoyarsk (2-14) is placed second from the bottom (#9) in the PBL. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Sakota has reliable stats this season: 10.1ppg and 3.1rpg. Despite he played previously for the Serbian national team, Sakota is also a former U20 international player as he played for the Greek team six years ago.

Dimitrios Mavroeidis
Dimitrios Mavroeidis
   #7. International center Dimitrios Mavroeidis (208-85, another player represented by FCM) is a teammate of previously mentioned Kostas Vasiliadis and both played together in the last Spanish ACB game. Mavroeidis helped Gescrap BB win their game against the 13th-ranked Gran Canaria 2014 (11-16) 78-72. He scored 7 points in 17 minutes. This year Mavroeidis' total stats are: 3.7ppg and 3.7rpg in the 22 games. Despite he played previously for the Serbian national team, Mavroeidis is currently in the Greek national team roster.

Antonis Fotsis
Antonis Fotsis
   #8. Forward Antonis Fotsis (210-81) is a teammate of previously mentioned Ioannis Bourousis and both played together in the last Italian SerieA game. Fotsis helped Armani Milano win their game against the closely-ranked Umana Venezia (15-10) 79-70. He scored 6 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. Fotsis has averaged so far 9.2ppg and 4.7rpg. Despite he played previously for the Serbian national team, Fotsis is currently in the Greek national team roster.

Nick Livas
Nick Livas
   #9. International guard Nick Livas (198-88, college: Ill.-Springfield) helped Prievidza win their game against the closely-ranked Nitra (21-11) 87-74 in the Slovakian Extraliga on Saturday night. He was the top player that evening. Livas recorded 19 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists in 29 minutes; quite an impressive performance considering it's only his third season in pro basketball. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. BC Prievidza (22-10) is placed second in the Extraliga. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. Livas has averaged so far 5.6ppg, 3.8rpg and 1.1spg in the 14 games. He is a naturalized American. Despite Livas played previously for the USA national team, he is currently in the Greek national team roster. Apparently Livas has never played in Greece.

Igor Milosevic
Igor Milosevic
   #10. Guard Igor Milosevic (193-86, another player represented by Beo Basket) helped New Yorker Phantoms win their game against the 15th-ranked EnBW Ludwigsburg (9-21) 87-73 in the German BBL in Saturday night's game. He scored 16 points. New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig (16-13) is placed seventh in the BBL. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. Milosevic has averaged so far 9.1ppg, 1.1rpg, 1.9apg and 1.5spg. Despite he played previously for the Serbian national team, Milosevic is also a former U20 international player as six years ago he still played for the Greek national team.

   #11. Former U16 international power forward Savvas Manousos (208-85) helped NH Ostrava win their game against the fourth-ranked Levharti Chomutov crushing them 84-57 in the Czech Republic NBL last Saturday. He was the top player that evening. Manousos scored 14 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in a mere 19 minutes. Manousos has averaged so far 9.2ppg and 6.3rpg in the 39 games. Despite he played previously for the Serbian national team, Manousos is currently in the Greek U16 national team roster.

   #12. Former international guard Emmanouil Papamakarios (192-80) helped Lagun Aro GBC win their game against the 11th-ranked Assignia Manresa 79-74 in the Spanish ACB on Sunday night. He scored 6 points. Papamakarios has averaged so far 3.5ppg and 1.4rpg. Despite he played previously for the Serbian national team, Papamakarios is currently in the Greek national team roster.

   #13. An experienced former international forward Nestoras Kommatos (203-77) was not able to help S.Antimo in their game against Fileni BPA in the Italian Lega2 (second division), despite his very good performance in Sunday night's game. He was the second best scorer with 16 points in 28 minutes. But his team lost 77-89. Kommatos' stats this year are: 12.6ppg and 6.2rpg in the five games. Despite he played previously for the Serbian national team, Kommatos is currently in the Greek national team roster.

   #14. Former international guard Giannis Kalambokis (195-78, another player represented by FCM) managed to help ALBA Berlin to win against the closely-ranked Bayern Muenchen crushing them 73-52 in the German BBL last Saturday. He scored only 3 points and added 3 assists. Kalambokis has averaged so far 3.3ppg, 2.0rpg and 2.2apg. He used to play for the Greek national team back in 2009.

   #15. Former international center Mihalis Kakiouzis (206-76, agency: Interperformances) helped Lottomatica Roma win their n overtime game against the closely-ranked Benetton Treviso 102-99 in the Italian SerieA on Sunday night. Kakiouzis scored 5 points in 15 minutes. Kakiouzis has averaged so far 8.7ppg and 4.5rpg in the 16 games. He used to play for the Greek national team five years ago.



Mannheim 2012: Darryl Hicks paces USA past Greece - by Eurobasket News

USA U18 - Greece U18 76:63

USA U18 National Team recorded the first win at the prestigious Albert Schweitzer Tournament in Germany. They held off Greek counterparts. Darryl Hicks scored 20 points to pace the winners.
The European side felt well in control throughout the opening quarter. The Greeks ensured a 24:14 lead ten minutes into the game. But the USA slowly adjusted their defence. They held Greece to 11 points in the second quarter to narrow the gap to 4 points 31:35. The Northern American team exploded with a 24:11 run in the third frame to take a comfortable 9-point lead. They kept Greece at safe distance throughout the fourth frame to secure a well-deserved win at the end. Austin Nichols (6'0''-G) posted 17 points and 7 rebounds, while Stevie Clark finished with 16 points in the victory. Dimitrios Agravanis (6'10''-F-94) answered with 15 points and 8 caroms for Greece. Eleftherios Bochoridis (6'5''-G-94) added 11 points in defeat.

USA U18: Darryl Hicks 20, Austin Nichols 17, Stevie Clark 16
Greece U18: Dimitrios Agravanis 15, Eleftherios Bochoridis 11



A2 Round 26: Ikaroi Serron beats Apollon Patras by one after a very close game - by Eurobasket News

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

The most exciting game of round 26 in the A2 took place in Serres. This derby game ended with only one-point defeat on the road of second-ranked Apollon Patras (18-8) to fifth ranked Ikaroi Serron (16-10) 69-68 on Saturday evening. Apollon Patras trailed by 11 points after 3 quarters before a 24-14 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 68-69 at the end of the game. Power forward Evaggelis Margaritis (202-F/C-82) saved the victory by scoring 22 points and 8 rebounds. Guard Savvas Kaberidis (187-78) contributed with 17 points for the winners. Naturalized Serbian swingman Vladimir Petrovic-Stergiou (198-77, agency: BeoExcell) replied with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 11 rebounds for Apollon Patras. Ikaroi Serron moved-up to third place, which they share with AEK and Nea Kifisia. Apollon Patras at the other side keeps the second position with eight games lost. Ikaroi Serron is looking forward to face league's leader Panelefsiniakos in Eleusina in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Apollon Patras will play at home against Perama Ermis and is hoping to win this game.
A2 top team - Panelefsiniakos (21-5) managed to deliver another win. This time they beat tenth ranked Ermis Lagkada (12-14) in Eleusina 93-78. Guard Giannis Kyriakopoulos (185-83) scored 24 points to lead the charge for the winners and Spyros Magounis chipped in 21 points and 7 rebounds during the contest. Forward Haris Plioukas (200-89) responded with 19 points and 5 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Panelefsiniakos have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 21-5 record. Ermis Lagkada lost third consecutive game. They keep the tenth place with 14 games lost. They share the position with Amyntas Dafnis. Panelefsiniakos will play against Ikaroi Serron (#5) in Serres in the next round. Ermis Lagkada will play at home against AEK/Argous (#16) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Bottom-ranked AEK/Argous is still unable to win any game. This time they lost on the road their 26th consecutive match to fourth ranked AEK (16-10) 99-71 on Saturday evening. Fotis Vasilopoulos notched 27 points and 7 assists to lead the effort. Even 25 points, 8 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals by Alex Stevovic did not help to save the game for AEK/Argous. AEK moved-up to third place, which they share with Ikaroi Serron and Nea Kifisia. Loser AEK/Argous still closes the standings. AEK will meet Lavrio (#8) on the road in the next round where they are favorite. AEK/Argous will play against Ermis Lagkada (#10) in Lagadas and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Worth to mention about the upset in a game between Arkadikos (14-12) and Perama Ermis (11-15), which took place in Perama. Higher ranked Arkadikos lost to fourteenth ranked Perama Ermis in a road game 64-75. The best player for the winners was Aristides Koronidis who had a double-double by scoring 11 points, 9 rebounds and 10 assists. Perama Ermis moved-up to twelfth place, which they share with Periko/Arhelaos. Arkadikos lost third consecutive game. They keep the sixth position with 12 games lost. Perama Ermis' next round opponent will be league's second-placed Apollon Patras on the road and they do not belong to the favorites in that game.
Another upset was a game between Lavrio (14-12) and Periko/Arhelaos (11-15), which took place in Perikos. Higher ranked Lavrio lost to twelfth ranked Periko/Arhelaos in a road game 72-87 on Saturday. Dimitrios Marmarinos orchestrated the victory by scoring 24 points and 5 rebounds. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Periko/Arhelaos have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain twelfth position with 11-15 record, which they share with Perama Ermis. Loser Lavrio dropped to the sixth place with 12 games lost. Periko/Arhelaos will face higher ranked Doxa Lefkadas (#9) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game.

There were no big surprises in other games of round 26: Amyntas Dafnis was smashed by Pagrati on the road 100-79. Panerythraikos was destroyed by Nea Kifisia on its own court 46-76. Doxa Lefkadas unfortunately lost to OFI in Heraklion 64-75.




Perama Ermis - Arkadikos 75-64

Worth to mention about the upset in a game between Arkadikos (14-12) and Perama Ermis (11-15), which took place in Perama. Higher ranked Arkadikos lost to fourteenth ranked Perama Ermis in a road game 64-75. It looked good early as Arkadikos took an 2-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Perama Ermis had a 20-10 second period charge getting the lead and Arkadikos was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 64-75. Perama Ermis had a 31-16 advantage in offensive rebounds. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 23 assists. The best player for the winners was naturalized Cypriot guard Aristides Koronidis (188-82) who had a double-double by scoring 11 points, 9 rebounds and 10 assists. Center Kostas Paschalis (208-75) chipped in 13 points and 6 rebounds. Five Perama Ermis players scored in double figures. Power forward Andronikos Gizogiannis (200-83, agency: FCM) produced 16 points and 6 rebounds and guard Giorgos Kopsaftis (192-83, agency: FCM) added 14 points respectively for the guests. Perama Ermis moved-up to twelfth place, which they share with Periko/Arhelaos. Arkadikos lost third consecutive game. They keep the sixth position with 12 games lost. Perama Ermis' next round opponent will be league's second-placed Apollon Patras on the road and they do not belong to the favorites in that game.
Top scorers:
Perama Ermis: D.Tsarouchas 14+3reb+2ast, K.Paschalis 13+6reb+2ast, A.Koronidis 11+9reb+10ast, M.Milicevic 11+2reb, D.Kapiniaris 10+4reb+3ast, P.Trafalis 7+2reb
Arkadikos: A.Gizogiannis 16+6reb+1ast, G.Kopsaftis 14+2reb+2ast, P.Ifantis 13+5reb, T.Tsiotras 8+2reb+2ast, S.Gizogiannis 6+4reb, P.Kosanovic 4+1reb


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Ikaroi Serron - Apollon Patras 69-68

The most exciting game of round 26 in the A2 took place in Serres. This derby game ended with only one-point defeat on the road of second-ranked Apollon Patras (18-8) to fifth ranked Ikaroi Serron (16-10) 69-68 on Saturday evening. Apollon Patras trailed by 11 points after 3 quarters before a 24-14 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 68-69 at the end of the game. Power forward Evaggelis Margaritis (202-82) saved the victory by scoring 22 points and 8 rebounds. Guard Savvas Kaberidis (187-78) contributed with 17 points for the winners. Naturalized Serbian swingman Vladimir Petrovic-Stergiou (198-77, agency: BeoExcell) replied with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 11 rebounds and guard Nikos Argyropoylos (188-78) added 15 points and 5 assists in the effort for Apollon Patras. Ikaroi Serron moved-up to third place, which they share with AEK and Nea Kifisia. Apollon Patras at the other side keeps the second position with eight games lost. Ikaroi Serron is looking forward to face league's leader Panelefsiniakos in Eleusina in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Apollon Patras will play at home against Perama Ermis and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Ikaroi Serron: E.Margaritis 22+8reb, S.Kaberidis 17+4reb+2ast, G.Theodorakos 14+5reb, K.Totsios 9+6reb+3ast, F.Simeonidis 4+5reb+3ast, S.Mourtos 3+1reb+1ast
Apollon Patras: V.Petrovic-Stergiou 21+11reb+1ast, N.Argyropoylos 15+4reb+5ast, I.Krolo 11+10reb, G.Petropoulos 7+3reb, S.Daniil 6+3reb, D.Lyberis 6+2reb
gschID: 138527


Periko/Arhelaos - Lavrio 87-72

Another upset was a game between Lavrio (14-12) and Periko/Arhelaos (11-15), which took place in Perikos. Higher ranked Lavrio lost to twelfth ranked Periko/Arhelaos in a road game 72-87 on Saturday. The game without a history. Periko/Arhelaos led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Periko/Arhelaos forced 22 Lavrio turnovers. Center Dimitrios Marmarinos (205-76, college: Nevada) orchestrated the victory by scoring 24 points and 5 rebounds. Forward Paraskeva Martzos (197-85, agency: FCM) contributed with 13 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Swingman Dionysios Giannakopoulos (195-82) replied with 12 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists and forward Nikos Psileas (200-80) added 17 points in the effort for Lavrio. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Periko/Arhelaos have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain twelfth position with 11-15 record, which they share with Perama Ermis. Loser Lavrio dropped to the sixth place with 12 games lost. Periko/Arhelaos will face higher ranked Doxa Lefkadas (#9) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game.
Top scorers:
Periko/Arhelaos: D.Marmarinos 24+5reb, P.Martzos 13+5reb, T.Panaras 12+1ast, G.Damalis 9+3reb, K.Bechlivanis 8+3reb+4ast, G.Foutsitzis 5+7reb+2ast
Lavrio: N.Psileas 17+4reb+3ast, G.Kakiouzis 12+5reb+1ast, D.Giannakopoulos 12+8reb+4ast, V.Kounas 7+1reb+1ast, P.Karvounis 6+2reb, G.Psomaderis 5
gschID: 138521


AEK - AEK/Argous 99-71

Bottom-ranked AEK/Argous is still unable to win any game. This time they lost on the road their 26th consecutive match to fourth ranked AEK (16-10) 99-71 on Saturday evening. The game was mostly controlled by AEK. AEK/Argous managed to win fourth quarter 26-21. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists comparing to just 9 passes made by AEK/Argous' players. Guard Fotis Vasilopoulos (187-86) notched 27 points and 7 assists to lead the effort and forward Petros Noeas (204-87) supported him with 15 points and 9 rebounds. Four AEK players scored in double figures. Even 25 points, 8 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals by naturalized Serbian guard Alex Stevovic (191-90) did not help to save the game for AEK/Argous. Forward Gianni Vavatsikos (201-90) added 16 points and 7 rebounds for the guests. AEK moved-up to third place, which they share with Ikaroi Serron and Nea Kifisia. Loser AEK/Argous still closes the standings. AEK will meet Lavrio (#8) on the road in the next round where they are favorite. AEK/Argous will play against Ermis Lagkada (#10) in Lagadas and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
AEK: F.Vasilopoulos 27+4reb+7ast, A.Mantzaris 16+2reb+2ast, P.Noeas 15+9reb+3ast, D.Despos 10+6reb+3ast, A.Falekas 9+2reb+2ast, N.Kourtis 6+1reb+2ast
AEK/Argous: A.Stevovic 25+8reb+5ast, G.Vavatsikos 16+7reb+1ast, G.Vourdoulas 10+4reb, G.Koukounias 8+7reb+2ast, P.Efstratiou 7+5reb+1ast, G.Flevaris 5+6reb
gschID: 138522


Panelefsiniakos - Ermis Lagkada 93-78

A2 top team - Panelefsiniakos (21-5) managed to deliver another win. This time they beat tenth ranked Ermis Lagkada (12-14) in Eleusina 93-78. The game without a history. Panelefsiniakos led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 17-of-19 charity shots (89.5 percent) during the game. It was a great shooting night for Panelefsiniakos especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 52.6 percentage. Guard Giannis Kyriakopoulos (185-83) scored 24 points to lead the charge for the winners and guard Spyros Magounis (200-85, agency: FCM) chipped in 21 points and 7 rebounds during the contest. Forward Haris Plioukas (200-89) responded with 19 points and 5 rebounds and forward Stratos Nisiotis (203-78) scored 11 points and 9 rebounds. Five Ermis Lagkada players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Panelefsiniakos have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 21-5 record. Ermis Lagkada lost third consecutive game. They keep the tenth place with 14 games lost. They share the position with Amyntas Dafnis. Panelefsiniakos will play against Ikaroi Serron (#5) in Serres in the next round. Ermis Lagkada will play at home against AEK/Argous (#16) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Panelefsiniakos: G.Kyriakopoulos 24+2reb+3ast, S.Magounis 21+7reb+1ast, C.Deligiannis 11+2reb+1ast, V.Koukouravas 9+2reb+3ast, V.Giannoulakos 8+5reb, N.Voulgaris 7+1reb
Ermis Lagkada: H.Plioukas 19+5reb+2ast, G.Anagnostopoulos 14+4reb+1ast, S.Kekelis 14+3ast, T.Onasoglou 11+2reb, S.Nisiotis 11+9reb+2ast, B.Paritsis 4+5reb+1ast
gschID: 138523


Pagrati - Amyntas Dafnis 100-79

There was a surprise result when fifteenth ranked Pagrati (10-16) crushed higher ranked Amyntas Dafnis (12-14) in Athens 100-79 on Saturday. The hosts were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Pagrati outrebounded Amyntas Dafnis 44-32 including a 37-26 advantage in defensive rebounds. Guard Giannis Dimakos (194-94) orchestrated the victory by scoring 28 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Guard Sakis Veskoukis (195-80) contributed with 22 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Center Savvas Tsougarakis (207-86, agency: FCM) replied with 16 points and swingman Fedonas Pagonis (197-85) added 13 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Amyntas Dafnis. Five Pagrati and four Amyntas Dafnis players scored in double figures. Pagrati moved-up to fourteenth place, which they share with Panerythraikos. Loser Amyntas Dafnis dropped to the tenth position with 14 games lost. Pagrati's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Athens to the arena Nea Kifisia.
Top scorers:
Pagrati: G.Dimakos 28+5reb+5ast, S.Veskoukis 22+9reb+2ast, A.Antonakis 20+7reb, A.Raptis 13+7reb+2ast, A.Koutroulias 11+13reb+4ast, T.Vasilopoulos 6+3reb+2ast
Amyntas Dafnis: S.Tsougarakis 16+4reb+1ast, F.Pagonis 13+6reb+1ast, B.Samothrakis 11+3reb+2ast, L.Zoupas 11+2reb+6ast, T.Vardianos 8+3reb, G.Sourlis 8+3reb+3ast
gschID: 138524


Panerythraikos - Nea Kifisia 46-76

Very expected game when 13th ranked Panerythraikos (10-16) was smashed by third ranked Nea Kifisia (16-10) in New Eritrea 76-46 on Saturday. The game without a history. Nea Kifisia led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Panerythraikos to just 7 points in third quarter. Nea Kifisia dominated down low during the game scoring 46 of its points in the paint compared to Panerythraikos' 22 and made 18-of-21 free shots (85.7 percent) during the game. Guard Savas Nikitakis (184-76) orchestrated the victory by scoring 18 points and 4 assists. Guard Dimitris Menoudakos (192-83) contributed with 6 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Forward Nikos Pritsos (197-82) replied with 8 points and 8 rebounds and guard Stelios Kontoudis (185-73) added 6 points and 5 assists in the effort for Panerythraikos. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Nea Kifisia have a solid four-game winning streak. Newly promoted Nea Kifisia maintains third position with 16-10 record having five points less than leader Panelefsiniakos, which they share with AEK and Ikaroi Serron. Panerythraikos lost fourth consecutive game. They dropped to the fourteenth place with 16 games lost. Nea Kifisia's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Athens Pagrati.
Top scorers:
Nea Kifisia: S.Nikitakis 18+2reb+4ast, C.Petrodimopoulos 13+3reb, M.Kolokas 9+5reb+2ast, N.Kokkalis 9+4reb, T.Sioutis 8+4reb, F.Moschovitis 6+4reb+4ast
Panerythraikos: N.Pritsos 8+8reb+2ast, G.Rodostoglou 7+2reb+2ast, K.Macheras 7+3reb, S.Kontoudis 6+3reb+5ast, C.Lakkas 5+3reb+2ast, G.Pappas 4+5reb
gschID: 138525


OFI - Doxa Lefkadas 75-64

Everything could happen in Heraklion at the game between two tied teams. Both ninth ranked OFI and 8th ranked Doxa Lefkadas had identical 13-12 record. This time OFI used a home court advantage and won against the opponent from Lefkadas 75-64 on Saturday night. The hosts trailed by 2 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 8-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 75-64. American-Icelandic guard Darrel Lewis (192-76, college: Lincoln, MO, agency: Two Points) orchestrated the victory by scoring 16 points. Cypriot guard Andreas Sizopoulos (189-83) contributed with 14 points for the winners. Guard Orestis Matenidis (190-87) replied with 13 points and 7 assists and guard Nikos Pettas (195-81) added 13 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Doxa Lefkadas. OFI (14-12) moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Arkadikos and Lavrio. Doxa Lefkadas at the other side, also newcomer in the league, dropped to the ninth position with 13 games lost. OFI will face Amyntas Dafnis (#11) in Athens in the next round where they are favorite. Doxa Lefkadas will play at home against Periko/Arhelaos in Perikos.
Top scorers:
OFI: D.Lewis 16+4reb, A.Sizopoulos 14+2reb+1ast, S.Panagakis 12+1reb+3ast, D.Karadolamis 8+4reb+1ast, D.Katiakos 8+6reb, K.Balafas 6+7reb+1ast
Doxa Lefkadas: A.Vournas 14+2reb+1ast, O.Matenidis 13+3reb+7ast, N.Pettas 13+7reb+2ast, N.Libaris-Psomas 8+5reb, K.Tsotsos 6+6reb, G.Skoufis 5+1reb+1ast
gschID: 138520



Vasilopoulos' 27 points and 7 assists give him A2 Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

25-year old guard Fotis Vasilopoulos (187-G-86) put on an amazing game in the last round for AEK and receives a Eurobasket.com A2 Player of the Week award for round 26.
He had the game-high 27 points adding four rebounds and seven assists for AEK in his team's victory, helping them to outclass, the league's bottom-ranked team AEK/Argous (#16, 0-26) with 28-point margin 99-71. AEK maintains the 4th position in Greek A2. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. AEK will need more victories to improve their 16-10 record. In the team's last game Vasilopoulos had a remarkable seven three-pointers out of 12 attempts. He turned to be AEK's top player in his first season with the team. Vasilopoulos has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in points (8th best: 16.6ppg), assists (5th best: 5.0apg) and averages solid 52.7% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Giannis Dimakos (194-G-94) of Pagrati. He is a guard in his second season at Pagrati. In the last game Dimakos recorded impressive 28 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Of course he lead Pagrati to another comfortable win outscoring the higher-ranked Amyntas Dafnis (#11, 12-14) 100-79. The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the title. But Pagrati managed to improve slightly their position in standings taking 14th place. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 10-16 record. Dimakos is well-known at Pagrati and he already established his position as one of the team's leaders.

Third place about best performers goes to another AEK's star - forward Petros Noeas (204-F-87). Noeas scored 15 points and grabbed nine rebounds. He was another key player of AEK, helping his team with a 99-71 easy win against AEK/Argous (#16, 0-26). AEK needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 16 victories and 10 lost games. Noeas has a very solid season. In 24 games in Greece he scored 4.4ppg. He also has 4.3rpg and FGP: 54.9%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Vladimir Petrovic-Stergiou (198-F/G-77) of Apollon Patras - 21 points and 11 rebounds
5. Aristides Koronidis (188-G-82) of Perama Ermis - 11 points, 9 rebounds and 10 assists
6. Alex Stevovic (191-G-90) of AEK/Argous - 25 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists
7. Spyros Magounis (200-G-85) of Panelefsiniakos - 21 points and 7 rebounds
8. Apostolos Koutroulias (206-C-76) of Pagrati - 11 points, 13 rebounds and 4 assists
9. Dimitrios Marmarinos (205-C-76) of Periko/Arhelaos - 24 points and 5 rebounds
10. Sakis Veskoukis (195-G-80) of Pagrati - 22 points, 9 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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Standings - Eredivisie

Eredivisie Standings
 1. Leiden 21-6 
 2. Groningen 20-6 
 3. Den Bosch 19-7 
 4. Nijmegen 16-10 
 5. Zwolle 11-16 
 6. Leeuwarden 9-17 
 7. Weert 5-21 
 8. Rotterdam 4-22 

Regular Season: Round 30

Apr. 7: Zwolle - Weert 86-67
Apr. 7: Leiden - Leeuwarden 81-71
Apr. 7: Den Bosch - Groningen 78-75

Regular Season: Round 31

Apr. 9: Leeuwarden - Rotterdam
Apr. 9: Nijmegen - Groningen
Apr. 10: Weert - Den Bosch


Standings - Promotie Divisie

Prom.Divisie Standings
 1. Binnenland 23-1 
 2. Amsterdam 19-5 
 3. De Hoppers 17-7 
 4. Cangeroes 17-7 
 5. Leiden 2 16-7 
 6. Red Giants 14-9 
 7. Goba 10-14 
 8. Almonte 9-15 
 9. Akrides 9-15 
 10. Punch 9-15 
 11. De Groene 8-14 
 12. Rotterdam 2 6-18 
 13. Hoofddorp 6-18 
 14. Jugglers 3-21 

Regular Season: Round 25

Apr. 1: Almonte - Leiden 2
Mar. 31: Akrides - Red Giants
Apr. 14: Red Giants - Cangeroes
Apr. 14: Amsterdam - Punch
Apr. 14: Almonte - Hoofddorp
Apr. 14: De Hoppers - Rotterdam 2
Apr. 14: Binnenland - Leiden 2
Apr. 14: Jugglers - Goba
Apr. 14: De Groene - Akrides


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

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

Kim Tillie
Kim Tillie
   #1. This week's number one is an international forward Kim Tillie (210-88, agency: Priority Sports, college: Utah). He led ASVEL to an easy victory against the league outsider Hyeres-Toulon (2-23) crushing them 92-68 in the French ProA last Friday. Tillie recorded 17 points and grabbed 6 rebounds; quite an impressive performance considering it's only his second season in pro basketball. ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket (11-14) is placed 11th in the ProA. It was his team's first victory after six consecutive loses. Tillie has relatively good stats this season: 11.2ppg, 4.8rpg, 1.4apg, 2FGP: 51.5%, 3FGP: 14.3% and FT: 74.6%. He has a dual citizenship: Dutch and French. Despite Tillie played previously for the French national team, he is currently a member of the Dutch senior national team.

Henk Norel
Henk Norel
   #2. Second place goes to former international power forward Henk Norel (212-87). Norel contributed to a FIATC Joventut's victory against the league outsider Blancos de Rueda (7-21) 83-73 in the Spanish ACB on Sunday night. He scored 7 points in 16 minutes. FIATC Joventut Badalona (12-16) is placed 12th in the ACB. It's Norel's fourth season with the team. This year Norel averages: 6.3ppg, 4.0rpg, 2FGP: 52.2% and FT: 71.4% in the 22 games he played so far. Despite he played previously for the French national team, Norel played also for the Dutch national team in 2010.

Robin Smeulders
Robin Smeulders
   #3. The Dutch player who performed third best last week abroad was an international forward Robin Smeulders (208-87, agency: Court Side, college: Portland). He managed to help EWE Baskets Oldenburg to win against the 16th-ranked LTi 46ers (8-21) 84-67 in the German BBL in Saturday night's game. Smeulders scored only 3 points and grabbed 8 rebounds. EWE Baskets Oldenburg (14-16) is placed tenth in the BBL. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Smeulders' overall stats this season are: 4.4ppg, 4.1rpg, 2FGP: 48.4% and FT: 66.0%. He is another player who holds two passports: Dutch and German. Smeulders is also a member of the Dutch senior national team.

Aaron Doornekamp
Aaron Doornekamp
   #4. Forward Aaron Doornekamp (198-85, agency: Interperformances), who plays in the Italian SerieA could not help Otto Caserta (10-15) to beat Vanoli-Braga (10-16). He did not have that impressive stats last Sunday. Doornekamp scored only 3 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 21 minutes. Otto Caserta was edged 77-74 at home by the lower-ranked (#15) Vanoli-Braga. It was Otto Caserta's fourth consecutive loss in a row. This year Doornekamp's overall stats are: 6.7ppg, 4.4rpg and 1.2spg in the 24 games. He has both Canadian and Dutch nationalities. Doornekamp is also Dutch national team player.

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

   #1. Daniel Kickert (208-C-83, college: St.Mary's, CA), who plays in the Polish PLK could not help PGE Turow (2-6) in their last game. Despite his very good performance the sixth-placed PGE Turow lost 83-87 on the road to the higher-ranked (#3) Zastal ZG in the Group A. Kickert was the top scorer with 21 points. He also added 4 rebounds in 27 minutes. There are only two games left until the end of the Second Stage. So now every game will be critical. It's Kickert's first season with the team. Kickert belongs to league's top scorers and is ranked #9 with 15.2ppg. He also averaged so far 4.1rpg in the 31 games he played so far. Kickert has a dual citizenship: Australian and Dutch. Despite his Dutch passport, Kickert currently plays for the Australian national team and is not eligible to play for the Dutch team.

Other top Dutch players, who play abroad:

Francisco Elson (212-C-76) plays for Philadelphia 76ers in the NBA
Travis Stel (202-F-71) plays for Antwerp Giants in Belgian D1
Kasper Averink (183-PG-93) plays for Prievidza in Slovakian Extraliga
Dewayne Johns (191-G-64) plays for BBC Bayreuth in German BBL
Roeland Schaftenaar (211-F/C-88) plays for UB La Palma in Spanish LEB Gold
Ewoud Kloos (185-G/F-89) plays for UB La Palma in Spanish LEB Gold
Devon Van Oostrum (190-G-93) plays for CB Tarragona 2017 in Spanish LEB Gold
Gijs Geerders (208-C-69) plays for Kapfenberg Bulls in Austrian A Bundesliga
Daniel Gemke (199-F-67) plays for Xion Dukes in Austrian A Bundesliga
Guys Geerdens (208-C-69) plays for Raiffeisen Wels in Austrian A Bundesliga

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



Saaka number one in Holland for round 30 - by Eurobasket News

American-Ghanian forward Amu Saaka (198-F-88, agency: Pro One Sports) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Zwolle, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 30.
The 23-year old player was the main contributor (25 points, seven rebounds) to his team's victory, helping them to crush Weert (#7, 5-21) with 19-point margin 86-67. Zwolle maintains the 5th position in Dutch Eredivisie. Zwolle 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 11-16 record. In the team's last game Saaka had a remarkable 80.0% from 2-point range. It was one of impressive evenings for him as usually he does not deliver so high stats. Former Furman University star has very solid stats this year. Saaka is in league's top in rebounds (6th best: 6.8rpg).

The second best player in last round's games was another Zwolle's star - 26-year old American Damon Huffman (187-G-85). Huffman had a very good evening with 16 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Of course together with Saaka he helped Zwolle with another comfortable win 86-67 over slightly lower-ranked Weert (#7, 5-21) being unquestionably team leader. Zwolle's 5th position in the standings has not changed. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 11-16 record. Huffman is a newcomer at Zwolle, but is already one of team's top players.

Third on the list of top players last round was American guard Frank Turner (178-PG-88, agency: Court Side) of Den Bosch (#3). Turner scored 16 points and passed four assists. He was a key player of Den Bosch, leading his team to a 78-75 win against #2 ranked Groningen in a game of the week. Den Bosch needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 19 victories and 7 lost games. Turner has a great season in Holland. After 25 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in assists with 4.8apg (best passer).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Brandon Rozzell (187-G-89) of Leeuwarden - 22 points and 4 rebounds
5. Yamene Coleman (206-C-86) of Weert - 9 points and 15 rebounds
6. Seamus Boxley (201-F-82) of Leiden - 18 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists
7. Avis Wyatt (211-F/C-84) of Groningen - 15 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Alex Wesby (196-G-80) of Groningen - 15 points and 6 rebounds
9. Worthy de Jong (194-SG-88) of Leiden - 12 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Nikki Hulzebos (206-F-86) of Zwolle - 10 points, 10 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)



Eredivisie Round 30: Groningen loses the game and top position - by Eurobasket News

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

There was a change at the Eredivisie leadership position after last games. Round 30 most important game was a defeat of league's leader Groningen (20-6). They were edged by third ranked Den Bosch (19-7) 78-75 on Saturday night. It ended at the same time the nine-game winning streak of Groningen. The hosts trailed by 11 points at the halftime before their 27-10 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. American point guard Frank Turner (178-88, college: Canisius, agency: Court Side) scored 16 points and 4 assists to lead the charge for the winners and the former international forward Kees Akerboom (200-83, agency: Court Side) chipped in 16 points and 5 rebounds during the contest. The best for the losing side was American guard David Bell (186-81) with 21 points and 5 rebounds. Den Bosch maintains third position with 19-7 record having just three points less than leader Leiden. Groningen at the other side dropped to the second place with six games lost. They were replaced at the leadership position by Leiden. Groningen will play next round against strong Nijmegen trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Den Bosch will try to continue on its current victory against seventh ranked Weert on the road.
The game had a very big importance for second-ranked Leiden as it allowed them to take a leadership position. Leiden defeated 6th ranked Leeuwarden at home 81-71. American forward Seamus Boxley (201-82, college: Portland St.) notched 18 points and 4 assists to lead the effort and Thomas Jackson supported him with 17 points. Leiden's coach Toon Van Helfteren allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Even 22 points (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) by American guard Brandon Rozzell (187-89, college: VCU) did not help to save the game for Leeuwarden. Leiden (21-6) have an impressive five-game winning streak. As mentioned above they took over a top position. Leeuwarden lost sixth consecutive game. They keep the sixth place with 17 games lost. Leeuwarden will play next round against Rotterdam trying to get back on the winning streak. Leiden will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game.
Fifth ranked Zwolle (11-16) crushed at home 7th ranked Weert (5-21) by 19 points 86-67, which is the biggest margin this round on Saturday night. The best player for the winners was Amu Saaka who scored 25 points and 7 rebounds (on 11-of-14 shooting from the field). Zwolle's coach Herman van den Belt used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the other side the best for losing team was Yamene Coleman who recorded 9 points and 15 rebounds. Zwolle maintains fifth position with 11-16 record. Loser Weert keeps the seventh place with 21 games lost. Zwolle will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Weert will play against Den Bosch (#3) and hope to secure a win.



Den Bosch - Groningen 78-75

There was a change at the Eredivisie leadership position after last games. Round 30 most important game was a defeat of league's leader Groningen (20-6). They were edged by third ranked Den Bosch (19-7) 78-75 on Saturday night. It ended at the same time the nine-game winning streak of Groningen. The hosts trailed by 11 points at the halftime before their 27-10 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. American point guard Frank Turner (178-88, college: Canisius, agency: Court Side) scored 16 points and 4 assists to lead the charge for the winners and the former international forward Kees Akerboom (200-83, agency: Court Side) chipped in 16 points and 5 rebounds during the contest. The best for the losing side was American guard David Bell (186-81) with 21 points and 5 rebounds and his fellow American import power forward Avis Wyatt (211-84, college: Virginia St.) scored 15 points, 7 rebounds and 4 blocks. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Den Bosch maintains third position with 19-7 record having just three points less than leader Leiden. Groningen at the other side dropped to the second place with six games lost. They were replaced at the leadership position by Leiden. Groningen will play next round against strong Nijmegen trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Den Bosch will try to continue on its current victory against seventh ranked Weert on the road.
Top scorers:
Den Bosch: K.Akerboom 16+5reb, F.Turner 16+3reb+4ast, S.Wessels 12+3reb, R.Jansen 10+4reb+6ast, P.Van Paassen 9+8reb+1ast, J.van der List 7+1reb
Groningen: D.Bell 21+5reb+2ast, A.Wyatt 15+7reb+2ast, A.Wesby 15+6reb, J.Dourisseau 10+6reb+6ast, J.Voorn 5, T.Koenis 3+3reb
gschID: 170051


Leiden - Leeuwarden 81-71

The game had a very big importance for second-ranked Leiden as it allowed them to take a leadership position. Leiden defeated 6th ranked Leeuwarden at home 81-71. The game without a history. Leiden led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 19-of-21 charity shots (90.5 percent) during the game. American forward Seamus Boxley (201-82, college: Portland St.) notched 18 points and 4 assists to lead the effort and the other American import point guard Thomas Jackson (175-80, college: Butler) supported him with 17 points. Leiden's coach Toon Van Helfteren allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Even 22 points (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) by American guard Brandon Rozzell (187-89, college: VCU) did not help to save the game for Leeuwarden. American-Mexican forward Mark Sanchez (201-87, college: Boise St., agency: Court Side) added 10 points and 6 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Leiden (21-6) have an impressive five-game winning streak. As mentioned above they took over a top position. Leeuwarden lost sixth consecutive game. They keep the sixth place with 17 games lost. Leeuwarden will play next round against Rotterdam trying to get back on the winning streak. Leiden will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game.
Top scorers:
Leiden: S.Boxley 18+4reb+4ast, T.Jackson 17+2reb+2ast, W.de Jong 12+5reb+2ast, J.Shepherd 10+2reb+2ast, T.Sas 9+1reb, G.Kennedy 4+5reb
Leeuwarden: B.Rozzell 22+4reb+1ast, M.Adako 13+3reb+1ast, L.Jeter 11+2ast, M.Sanchez 10+6reb+3ast, S.Poels 9+3reb+2ast, C.Chitwood 3+2reb+1ast
gschID: 170049


Zwolle - Weert 86-67

Fifth ranked Zwolle (11-16) crushed at home 7th ranked Weert (5-21) by 19 points 86-67, which is the biggest margin this round on Saturday night. The game without a history. Zwolle led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. The best player for the winners was American-Ghanian forward Amu Saaka (198-88, college: Furman, agency: Pro One Sports) who scored 25 points and 7 rebounds (on 11-of-14 shooting from the field). American guard Damon Huffman (187-85) chipped in 16 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists and 6 steals. Four Zwolle players scored in double figures. Zwolle's coach Herman van den Belt used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the other side the best for losing team was American center Yamene Coleman (206-86, college: Troy, agency: Court Side) who recorded 9 points and 15 rebounds and international center Kenneth van Kempen (208-87, college: Ohio, agency: Court Side) added 13 points and 8 rebounds respectively. Zwolle maintains fifth position with 11-16 record. Loser Weert keeps the seventh place with 21 games lost. Zwolle will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Weert will play against Den Bosch (#3) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Zwolle: A.Saaka 25+7reb, D.Huffman 16+5reb+5ast, G.Robinson 15+7reb+1ast, N.Hulzebos 10+10reb+2ast, C.Wells 9+3reb+4ast, A.Bunnig 6+2reb
Weert: M.Kouwijzer 16, K.van Kempen 13+8reb+1ast, R.Fletcher 11+2ast, Y.Coleman 9+15reb, N.Vorenhout 8+5reb+2ast, R.Harman 6+4reb+6ast
gschID: 170050



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  HUNGARY   


Cup Final Four - by Tamas Deri

This weekend the Final Four of the Hungarian Cup will be hold in Szolnok. Four of the best 5 teams of the regular season will attend the event, the winner of the regular season Falco KC Szombathely lost against Atomeromu SE in the quarterfinals.

The Program:

Sunday, 8th of April 2012
Semifinals:
Szolnoki Olaj - Fortress-Lami-Ved Kormend
Atomeromu SE - Albacomp

Monday, 9th of April 2012
3rd place game
Final



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  ICELAND   


Jon Stefansson selected the top Icelandic playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Jon Stefansson
Jon Stefansson
   #1. This week's number one is former international guard Jon Stefansson (196-82), who plays in the Spanish ACB. He could not help CAI Zaragoza (14-13) in their last game. Despite Stefansson's good performance CAI Zaragoza lost 62-76 on the road to the lower-ranked (#16) UCAM Murcia. He scored 10 points in 29 minutes on the court. This year Stefansson averages: 7.8ppg, 2.4rpg, 1.9apg, 2FGP: 47.5%, 3FGP: 33.3% and FT: 87.1% in the 27 games he played so far. He played for the Icelandic senior national team three years ago.

Jakob Sigurdarson
Jakob Sigurdarson
   #2. Second place goes to former international guard Jakob Sigurdarson (192-82, college: Birm.Southern), who plays in the Swedish Basketligan. Sigurdarson was not able to help one of league's weakest teams Sundsvall Dragons (21-15) in their last game on Monday. Despite his very good performance Sundsvall Dragons was defeated 88-79 in Lulea by the higher-ranked LF Basket (#5). Sigurdarson scored 15 points and added 3 assists. Sigurdarson belongs to league's top scorers and is ranked #3. He has individually a very good season with high stats. Sigurdarson averages: 19.2ppg, 2.8rpg, 2.8apg, 1.2spg, 2FGP: 48.3% and FT: 92.6%(125-135). He played for the Icelandic national team in 2009.

Hoerdur Vilhjalmsson
Hoerdur Vilhjalmsson
   #3. The Icelandic player who performed third best last week abroad was former international guard Hoerdur Vilhjalmsson (188-88). Vilhjalmsson was the major contributor in a Mitteldeutscher BC's victory against the eighth-ranked Science City Jena (14-14) 83-67 in the German ProA (second division) on Thursday night. He recorded 13 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists in 27 minutes. Mitteldeutscher BC Weissenfels (23-5) is placed first in the ProA. It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. Vilhjalmsson has relatively good stats this year: 11.2ppg, 2.6rpg, 3.2apg, 1.1spg, 2FGP: 52.1%, 3FGP: 42.1% and FT: 76.1% in the 30 games. He played for the Icelandic national team three years ago.

Darrel Lewis
Darrel Lewis
   #4. An experienced guard Darrel Lewis (192-76, agency: Two Points, college: Lincoln, MO), who plays in the Greek A2 (second division) was not able to secure a victory for OFI (14-12) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Lewis' very good performance OFI was edged in an overtime 91-89 on the opponent's court by the lower-ranked Lavrio (#8). He recorded a double-double by scoring 22 points and getting 10 rebounds. Lewis also added 2 blocks. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Lewis is currently first on the list of most steals. This season he has very high stats. Lewis averages: 15.2ppg, 4.7rpg, 1.1apg and 1.8spg. He is a naturalized American. Despite Lewis played previously for the USA national team, he is currently in the Icelandic national team roster. Lewis used to play for Reynir S. in Icelandic league.

Hlynur Baeringsson
Hlynur Baeringsson
   #5. Former international power forward Hlynur Baeringsson (200-82) is a teammate of previously mentioned Jakob Sigurdarson and both played together in the last Swedish Basketligan game. Baeringsson couldn't help one of league's weakest teams Sundsvall Dragons (21-15) in their game against LF Basket (20-16). He scored 6 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in 31 minutes. Sundsvall Dragons lost 79-88 in Lulea to the higher-ranked (#5) LF Basket. Baeringsson is currently second on the league's list of best rebounders with 10.1rpg. This year he also averages: 13.9ppg, 2.6apg and 1.3spg in the 38 games. Despite Baeringsson played previously for the USA national team, he is currently in the Icelandic national team roster.

Pavel Ermolinskij
Pavel Ermolinskij
   #6. Swingman Pavel Ermolinskij (202-87) is a teammate of previously mentioned Jakob Sigurdarson. He played also in the last Swedish Basketligan game facing Hlynur Baeringsson (above) in the other team. Ermolinskij couldn't help one of league's weakest teams one of league's weakest teams Sundsvall Dragons (21-15) in their game against LF Basket (20-16). He scored 5 points, grabbed 6 rebounds and dished 4 assists. Sundsvall Dragons was defeated 88-79 in Lulea by the higher-ranked LF Basket (#5). Ermolinskij belongs to league's best passers and is ranked #5. He has very reliable stats this season: 12.1ppg, 6.7rpg, 5.0apg and 1.8spg. Ermolinskij is a former international player as he played for the Icelandic senior team three years ago.

Other top Icelandic players, who play abroad:

Haukur Palsson (198-F-92) plays for Assignia Manresa in Spanish ACB
Helgi Magnusson (198-G/F-82) plays for 08 Stockholm in Swedish Basketligan
Logi Gunnarsson (190-G-81) plays for Solna Vikings in Swedish Basketligan
Brynjar Bjornsson (191-G-88) plays for KFUM Jamtland in Swedish Basketligan
Sigurdur Einarsson (187-G-82) plays for Horsens IC in Danish Ligaen
Axel Karason (193-F-83) plays for Vaerlose in Danish Ligaen
Aske Thorsteinsson (185-F-86) plays for Aalborg in Danish Ligaen
Olafur Sigurdsson (180-PG-82) plays for Aabyhoj in Danish Ligaen
Gudni Valentinusson (204-C-85) plays for Aabyhoj in Danish Ligaen

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



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  INDONESIA   

Standings - IBL

NBL Standings
 1. Satria Muda 27-5 
 2. Aspac 27-6 
 3. Garuda 26-7 
 4. Pelita Jaya 25-7 
 5. CLS Knights 22-10 
 6. Muba Hangtuah 18-14 
 7. Stadium Jak. 18-14 
 8. Bima Sakti 11-20 
 9. Pacific Caesar 9-24 
 10. Comfort Mobile 6-27 
 11. Satya Wacana 4-29 
 12. NSH GMC Riau 1-31 

Regular Season: Round 53

Apr. 7: Stadium Jak. - Satya Wacana 71-50
Apr. 7: Satria Muda - Pelita Jaya 66-67
Apr. 7: NSH GMC Riau - Aspac 40-63
Apr. 7: Comfort Mobile - Garuda 37-75

Regular Season: Round 54

Apr. 8: Muba Hangtuah - NSH GMC Riau
Apr. 8: Bima Sakti - Satria Muda
Apr. 8: Pelita Jaya - Stadium Jak.
Apr. 8: CLS Knights - Comfort Mobile


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.15.9 
 3. Wisnu, Satria Muda13.9 
 4. Nagata, Pacific13.7 
 5. Rizky Ardian., Bim.13.5 
 6. Sapto, Muba H.12.7 
 7. Chandra, Pelita J.12.2 
 8. Ahmad, Satria Muda12.1 
 9. Regowo, Aspac11.7 
 10. Pamungkas, Satya11.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Galank GUNAWAN
  Satria M.
  (194-PF-87)
  Avg: 10.4
 1. Gunawan, Satria M.10.4 
 2. Regowo, Aspac8.8 
 3. Thoyib, Aspac8.1 
 4. Heryadi, Muba H.7.8 
 5. Sitepu, Satria M.7.3 
 6. Yanto, NSH G.7.3 
 7. Rizky Ardian., Bim.7.2 
 8. Wuwungan, Satya W.6.6 
 9. Wisnu, Satria Muda6.6 
 10. Nasution, Satya6.6 
Assists Per Game
 Denny SARTIKA
  Bima Sakti
  (175-PG-80)
  Avg: 4.6
 1. Sartika, Bima Sakti4.6 
 2. Gerungan, Aspac3.8 
 3. Purwanto, Pelita J.3.5 
 4. Muharri, CLS K.3.5 
 5. Widyanto, Pacifi.3.3 
 6. Yusran, Stadium2.9 
 7. Husnuzan, NSH G.2.5 
 8. Ahmad, Satria Muda2.5 
 9. Uniputty, Comfor.2.4 
 10. Wilopo, Muba H.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.2.6 
 4. Sartika, Bima Sakti2.4 
 5. Ferdiansyah, Stadi.2.3 
 6. Wijaya, Garuda2.2 
 7. Uniputty, Comfor.2.1 
 8. Sapto, Muba H.2.0 
 9. Ahmad, Satria Muda2.0 
 10. Sunarya, 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. Damanik, NSH G.1.2 
 8. Indrawan, Pelita J.1.2 
 9. Listiyono, Pacifi.1.1 
 10. Sasmito, Pacific1.0 


Agustinus' 20 points and 7 rebounds give him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

29-year old center Hendrik Agustinus (203-C-82) put on an amazing game in the last round for Garuda and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 52.
He had the game-high 20 points adding seven rebounds and three assists for Garuda in his team's victory, helping them to beat Bima Sakti (#8, 11-20) 73-64. Garuda is placed at 3rd position in Indonesian league. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Garuda will need more victories to improve their 25-7 record. Agustinus has many years of experience at Garuda, through which he has constantly improved. Hendrik Agustinus averages this season 7.3ppg.

Second best performed player last round was Adhi Prasetyo (194-C-93) of Muba Hangtuah. He is a center in his first season at Muba Hangtuah. In the last game Prasetyo recorded impressive double-double of 21 points and 11 rebounds. Of course he lead Muba Hangtuah to another comfortable win outscoring the lower-ranked Pacific Caesar (#9, 9-24) 80-60. Muba Hangtuah's 6th position in the standings has not changed. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 18-14 record is not bad and everything may still change. Prasetyo is a newcomer at Muba Hangtuah 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 center Eko Sasmito (188-C-85) of Pacific Caesar (#9). Sasmito scored 17 points and grabbed five rebounds. Despite Sasmito's great performance Pacific Caesar lost 60-80 to the higher-ranked Muba Hangtuah (#6, 18-14). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. Pacific Caesar can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have rather bad season and 9-24 record places them close to the bottom of the standings. Too bad for Sasmito he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Sasmito has a very solid season. In 33 games in Indonesia he scored 9.5ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Ahmad Junaidi (188-F-90) of Muba Hangtuah - 8 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists
5. Andrie Ekayana (182-SG-82) of CLS Knights - 8 points, 3 rebounds and 4 assists
6. Agustinus Indrajaya (191-C-83) of CLS Knights - 13 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Dimaz Muharri (181-PG-85) of CLS Knights - 4 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists
8. Indra Budianto (181-SG-83) of Garuda - 15 points and 3 rebounds
9. Sandy Febiansyakh (190-SG-86) of CLS Knights - 11 points
10. Denny Sartika (175-PG-80) of Bima Sakti - 5 points, 5 rebounds and 9 assists

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



NBL Round 53: #1 Satria Muda is defeated by Pelita Jaya - by Eurobasket News

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

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of top-ranked Satria Muda (27-5) in Jakarta on Saturday night. Hosts were edged by fourth ranked Pelita Jaya (25-7) 67-66. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Satria Muda. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Satria Muda won fourth quarter 22-13. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Pelita Jaya made 7 blocks. The former international forward Andi Poedjakesuma (187-80) stepped up and scored 14 points and 7 rebounds for the winners and international forward Ary Chandra (182-84) chipped in 14 points. Pelita Jaya's coach Rastafari Horongbala used an eleven-player rotation in such tough game. Guard Arki Wisnu (187-88) responded with 18 points and 7 rebounds. Pelita Jaya have an impressive series of seven victories in a row. Defending champion maintains fourth place with 25-7 record. Satria Muda at the other side still keeps top position with five games lost. Pelita Jaya's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Jakarta Stadium Jakarta.
10th ranked Comfort Mobile (6-27) was outscored at home by third ranked Garuda (26-7) with the biggest margin this round 75-37. Octoviano Sura (190-84) nailed 14 points and 8 rebounds for the winning side and Christ Gideon accounted for 10 points and 11 rebounds. Guard Haritsa Herlusdityo (180-89) came up with 4 points and 4 assists for Comfort Mobile in the defeat. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. The victory was the fourth consecutive win for Garuda. They maintain third place with 26-7 record behind leader Satria Muda. Comfort Mobile lost their fifth game in a row. They keep the tenth position with 27 games lost. Garuda will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Comfort Mobile will play on the road against CLS Knights (#5) in Surabaya and hopes to get back on the winning track.

In the last two games of round 53 Satya Wacana was destroyed by Stadium Jak. on the opponent's court 71-50. Bottom-ranked NSH GMC Riau was outscored by Aspac in a home game 40-63.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 17 points, 7 rebounds and 4 blocks by R Ruslan of Stadium Jak..


Stadium Jak. - Satya Wacana 71-50

Very expected game when 11th ranked Satya Wacana (4-29) was crushed on the road by seventh ranked Stadium Jakarta (18-14) 71-50. Satya Wacana was ahead by 1 point at the halftime before a 45-23 second half run of Stadium Jakarta. They also forced 28 Satya Wacana turnovers. Merio Ferdiansyah (176-85) nailed 22 points and 7 rebounds for the winning side and center R Ruslan (197-89) accounted for 17 points, 7 rebounds and 4 blocks. Stadium Jakarta's coach Abdurrachman Padang felt very confident that he used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Center Firman Nugroho (201-90) came up with 11 points and 8 rebounds and guard Adheska Abraham (179-91) added 11 points respectively for Satya Wacana in the defeat. Stadium Jakarta moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Muba Hangtuah. Satya Wacana lost their ninth game in a row. They keep the eleventh position with 29 games lost. Stadium Jakarta's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Jakarta to the arena Pelita Jaya.
Top scorers:
Satya Wacana: A.Abraham 11+4reb+3ast, F.Nugroho 11+8reb+2ast, Y.Sua 8+3reb+1ast, M.Ramadhan 6+5reb+4ast, J.Hasoloan 6+7reb, M.Halim 4+2reb+1ast
Stadium Jak.: M.Ferdiansyah 22+7reb, R.Ruslan 17+7reb+1ast, A.Sujarwo 11+1reb+2ast, R.Ariestedes 7+2reb, F.Budianto 3+1reb+1ast, C.Nurhadi Yusran 3+4reb+7ast
gschID: 166203


NSH GMC Riau - Aspac 40-63

Very predictable result when second ranked Aspac (27-6) smashed on the road bottom-ranked NSH GMC Riau (1-31) 63-40. The game without a history. Aspac led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding NSH GMC Riau to just 6 points in third quarter. Aspac forced 23 NSH GMC Riau turnovers and had a 15-4 advantage in offensive rebounds. They brought some defensive toughness making 7 blocks. Guard Oki Wira Sanjaya (190-89) nailed 19 points and 7 rebounds for the winning side and Rizky Effendi (187-88) accounted for 9 points. Ryan Febriyan (194-87) came up with 10 points and 7 rebounds and center Max Yanto (215-83) added 6 points and 6 rebounds respectively for NSH GMC Riau in the defeat. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Aspac maintains second place with 27-6 record having just -1 point less than leader Satria Muda. NSH GMC Riau lost their twentieth eighth game in a row. They stay dead last with 31 lost games. Aspac's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Jakarta to the arena .
Top scorers:
NSH GMC Riau: R.Febriyan 10+7reb+1ast, R.Israelli 7+4reb, M.Yanto 6+6reb, I.Husnuzan 6+3reb+3ast, B.Damanik 4+5reb+1ast, A.Pamungkas 3+2reb+4ast
Aspac: O.Wira Sanjaya 19+7reb, R.Effendi 9+3reb+3ast, K.Akbar 7, X.Prawiro 6+2reb+1ast, H.Santosa 5+1reb+1ast, M.Irman 5+7reb
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Satria Muda - Pelita Jaya 66-67

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of top-ranked Satria Muda (27-5) in Jakarta on Saturday night. Hosts were edged by fourth ranked Pelita Jaya (25-7) 67-66. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Satria Muda. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Satria Muda won fourth quarter 22-13. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Pelita Jaya made 7 blocks. The former international forward Andi Poedjakesuma (187-80) stepped up and scored 14 points and 7 rebounds for the winners and international forward Ary Chandra (182-84) chipped in 14 points. Pelita Jaya's coach Rastafari Horongbala used an eleven-player rotation in such tough game. Guard Arki Wisnu (187-88) responded with 18 points and 7 rebounds and Bonanza Siregar (192-87) scored 11 points and 7 rebounds. Four Satria Muda players scored in double figures. Pelita Jaya have an impressive series of seven victories in a row. Defending champion maintains fourth place with 25-7 record. Satria Muda at the other side still keeps top position with five games lost. Pelita Jaya's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Jakarta Stadium Jakarta.
Top scorers:
Satria Muda: A.Wisnu 18+7reb+2ast, B.Siregar 11+7reb, F.Julius Ahmad 10+4reb+4ast, C.Ronaldo Sitepu 10+5reb, W.Situmorang 8+7reb, A.Sunarko 4+1reb+1ast
Pelita Jaya: A.Poedjakesuma 14+7reb+1ast, A.Chandra 14+2reb+2ast, F.Dini 10+4reb+1ast, D.Aryo Dewanto 9+4reb+2ast, E.Sebayang 6+1reb+1ast, S.Kurniahu 5+3reb+1ast
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Comfort Mobile - Garuda 37-75

10th ranked Comfort Mobile (6-27) was outscored at home by third ranked Garuda (26-7) with the biggest margin this round 75-37. The game without a history. Garuda led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Comfort Mobile to just 6 points in third quarter and to 14 points in second half. Garuda dominated down low during the game scoring 50 of its points in the paint compared to Comfort Mobile's 30. Garuda forced 19 Comfort Mobile turnovers and outrebounded them 46-17 including a 15-2 advantage in offensive rebounds. Octoviano Sura (190-84) nailed 14 points and 8 rebounds for the winning side and forward Christ Gideon (188-84) accounted for 10 points and 11 rebounds. Four Garuda players scored in double figures. Guard Haritsa Herlusdityo (180-89) came up with 4 points and 4 assists and point guard Richardo Orlando Uniputty (163-87) added 5 points and 4 assists respectively for Comfort Mobile in the defeat. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. The victory was the fourth consecutive win for Garuda. They maintain third place with 26-7 record behind leader Satria Muda. Comfort Mobile lost their fifth game in a row. They keep the tenth position with 27 games lost. Garuda will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Comfort Mobile will play on the road against CLS Knights (#5) in Surabaya and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Comfort Mobile: R.Ongkowijoyo 6+1reb+1ast, S.Afriatna 5+1reb, J.Ingutali 5+4reb, R.Orlando Uniputty 5+1reb+4ast, H.Kurniawan 4+2reb+1ast, R.Rudini 4+3reb+1ast
Garuda: F.Minallah 18+2reb+2ast, O.Sura 14+8reb+3ast, H.Ramli 14+5reb+1ast, C.Gideon 10+11reb+1ast, N.Fritzgerald 5+2reb+2ast, T.Febyanto 5+2reb+1ast
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  IRAN   


TERRENCE LEATHER moves to Iran - by Mohammad Amin Maghsoodlou

American power forward Leather Terrence (204-C-81, college: S.Florida) signs with Foolad Mahan Esfahan for Iran super league play-offs . Foolad Mahan Esfahan will face Haffari in first round.
Leather Terrence started 2011-12 season in Lebanon with Sagesse where he averaged 19.2 ppg in 30 mins , then he moved to Mobis Phoebus (Korea-KBL ) where he averaged 23.6 ppg.

Leather Terrence recent Awards/Achievements:
Asia-Basket.com All-Korean KBL 1st Team -08, 09
Asia-Basket.com Korean KBL All-Imports Team -08, 09
Korean KBL Finalist -08, 09, 10
Asia-Basket.com All-Korean KBL Player of the Year -09
Asia-Basket.com All-Korean KBL Center of the Year -09
Asia-Basket.com All-Korean KBL Import Player of the Year -09
Asia-Basket.com All-Korean KBL 2nd Team -10
Puerto Rican BSN Semifinals -11



Al Riyadi head to Tahran Ismail less - by Ahmad Kerdi

Both Asian and West Asian Champs of last year Al Riyadi Club are heading to Tehran to take on Iranian Champs and last years Asian runner up Mahram in two games Monday and Tuesday in what is so far the 'clash of the titans' in West Asian Basketball League this season.
Riyadi surprised everyone by excluding Egyptian Superstar Ismail Ahmad from the roster heading to Tehran, replacing him with his Lebanese-American teammate Joseph Vogel.
The team will most probably miss American Shooting Guard Deawrrick Spencer due to an injury he got in game 2 of WABL final in Beirut.
The Egyptian 'Pharaoh' would still be practicing in Lebanon with Team assistant Coach Jade Fattouh who won't be part of the committee either awaiting the arrival of the new American Small Forward of the team Andre Emmett who signed lately with the Lebanese Champs.
Coach Jade will supervise both Medical and Physical examination of Emmett before putting him on the right track in terms of team's offensive and defensive systems, his role with the team and his teammates, therefore Emmett won't participate in WABL this year and will wait for the final decision on whether he'll be in for the Lebanese League or other future championships.




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Levon Kendall selected the top Irish playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Levon Kendall
Levon Kendall
   #1. This week's number one is an international forward Levon Kendall (209-84, college: Pittsburgh). Kendall led Blusens Monbus to a victory over the closely-ranked Baloncesto Fuenlabrada (11-17) 82-63 in the Spanish ACB last Saturday. He was MVP of the game. Kendall scored 17 points, had 4 rebounds and dished 3 assists. Blusens Monbus Obradoiro CAB (10-17) is placed 15th in the ACB. This season Kendall averages: 8.8ppg, 5.8rpg, 2FGP: 50.3%, 3FGP: 40.7% and FT: 64.1%. He has a dual citizenship: Canadian and Irish. Despite Kendall played previously for the Canadian national team, he is currently a member of the Irish senior national team.

Bryan Mullins
Bryan Mullins
   #2. Second place goes to former international point guard Bryan Mullins (185-87, college: S.Illinois). Mullins contributed to Chalons-Reims' victory against the closely-ranked Limoges CSP Elite (22-7) 82-77 in the French ProB (second division) on Saturday night. He had a double-double by scoring 11 points and making 12 passes. Mullins also added and 4 steals in 33 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Chalons-Reims (20-9) is placed third in the ProB. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. Mullins is ranked second on the list of the best passers in the league and also on the list of most steals (fourth place). This year his overall stats are: 9.6ppg, 2.3rpg, 5.6apg, 2.0spg, 2FGP: 45.6%, 3FGP: 37.0% and FT: 71.2% in the 29 games he played so far. Mullins is a naturalized American. Despite he played previously for the USA national team, Mullins played also for the Irish national team in 2009. Strangely he has never played in Ireland.

Mihajlo Pesic
Mihajlo Pesic
   #3. The Irish player who performed third best last week abroad was former international power forward Mihajlo Pesic (206-81, agency: Court Side), who plays in the Czech Republic NBL. Pesic could not help Inter Bratislava (10-30) in their last game on Saturday. Despite his very good performance the sixth-placed Inter Bratislava was badly defeated 85-68 at home by the lower-ranked B&W Opava (#8) in the A2 group. Pesic recorded a double-double by scoring 15 points and getting 10 rebounds. The Second Stage already ended. It's Pesic's first season with the team. Pesic is ranked third on the list of the best rebounders in the league. He has very reliable stats this season: 11.6ppg, 8.1rpg, 2FGP: 47.4% and FT: 62.7%. Pesic is another player who holds two passports: Irish and Serbian. Despite he played previously for the Serbian national team, Pesic played also for the Irish national team in 2009.

Colin O'Reilly
Colin O'Reilly
   #4. Forward Colin O'Reilly (200-84, college: Post), who plays in the British BBL was not able to help Cheshire Jets (9-17) in their last game. Despite his very good performance Cheshire Jets lost 78-85 on the road to the higher-ranked (#4) Jelson Homes DMU Leicester City Riders. O'Reilly was the second best scorer with 16 points. He also added 7 rebounds and dished 4 assists in 40 minutes. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. O'Reilly has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 16.5ppg, 7.6rpg and 3.1apg in the 23 games. Despite O'Reilly played previously for the Serbian national team, he is currently in the Irish national team roster.

Conor Grace
Conor Grace
   #5. Former international forward Conor Grace (210-82, college: Davidson) was not able to secure a victory for one of league's weakest teams Uppsala Basket (21-15) in their game against Boras Basket (21-15) in the Swedish Basketligan. Grace scored 9 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. But Uppsala Basket was defeated 90-85 in Boras by the higher-ranked Basket (#3). Grace's total stats this season are: 3.6ppg and 2.9rpg. Despite he played previously for the Serbian national team, Grace is currently in the Irish national team roster.

Tony McCrory
Tony McCrory
   #6. An experienced swingman Tony McCrory (199-77, college: Simon Fraser), who plays in the Swiss LNA couldn't help Starwings (9-15) in their last game. Despite his very good performance Starwings was edged 70-67 in Geneve by the higher-ranked (#3) Lions. McCrory scored 15 points and added 3 passes in 31 minutes. McCrory is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fourth year in Starwings' roster. He has relatively good stats this season: 10.1ppg, 2.8rpg, 1.4apg and 1.2spg in the 20 games. Despite McCrory played previously for the Canadian national team, he is also a former international player as he played for the Irish senior team three years ago.

Donnie McGrath
Donnie McGrath
   #7. Former international guard Donnie McGrath (193-84, college: Providence) couldn't help Tezenis Verona (11-13) in their game against Enel Brindisi (16-9) in the Italian Lega2 (second division). McGrath scored only 4 points. Tezenis Verona was badly defeated 77-60 in Brindisi by the much higher-ranked Enel (#3). They ended the series of three consecutive victories. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. This season McGrath averages just 2.5ppg. He is a naturalized American. McGrath used to play for the Irish national team four years ago. Apparently he has never played in Ireland.

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

   #1. Andrew James Ogilvy (211-C-88, college: Vanderbilt), who plays in the Spanish ACB could not help Valencia Basket (16-12) to beat Regal FC Barcelona (22-5). He scored 8 points in only 14 minutes. Valencia Basket lost 72-76 on the road to the leading Regal FC Barcelona. This year Ogilvy averages: 5.4ppg and 2.1rpg in the 18 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Australian and Irish. Despite Ogilvy's Irish passport, he currently plays for the Australian national team and is not eligible to play for the Irish team.

Other top Irish players, who play abroad:

Steven Hale (200-F-75) plays for Chorale de Roanne in French ProA
Allen Conlan (196-F-74) plays for Xion Dukes in Austrian A Bundesliga
Ian O'Boyle (191-G-84) plays for Hub Jets in New Zealand NBL
James Kelly (183-G-87) plays for Killamarsh Derbyshire Arrows in British EBL2
Timothy Collins (171-G-85) plays for SW Slammers in Australian SBL
Marc Mulvey (180-G-75) plays for Fabriano in Italian B dilettanti
Damian Matacz (205-C-79) plays for Joondalup City Wanneroo Wolves in Australian SBL

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



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Mannheim 2012: Italy cruise past Israel - by Eurobasket News

Italy U18 - Israel U18 81:61

Italy U18 National Team opened win count at prestigious Albert Schweitzer Tournament in Germany. They outgunned Israel in Group A. Amedeo Tessitori (205-C-94) posted 17 points and 7 rebounds to lead the Azzurri.
Israel got to the better start. They ensured a 21:19 lead after ten minutes. But Italy changed the complexion of the encounter in the second quarter. They held their opponents to just 9 points in the frame to take a 41:30 halftime advantage. Italy maintained the lead throughout the third frame. They entered the fourth quarter up by 15 points 61:46. Israel failed to threaten the margin in the fourth quarter as Italy cruised to the win at the end. Simone Fontecchio (197-F-95) nailed 13 points, while Francesco Candussi (211-F/C-94) and Mirco Turel (192-G-94) contributed 10 points each in the victory. Daniel Sealine (183-G-94) scored 18 points for Israel. Eliav Ohanon chipped in 11 points in the loss.

Italy U18: Amedeo Tessitori 17, Simone Fontecchio 13, Francesco Candussi 10, Mirco Turel 10
Israel U18: Daniel Sealine 18, Eliav Ohanon 11



Yotam Halperin selected the top Israeli playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Yotam Halperin
Yotam Halperin
   #1. This week's number one is an international guard Yotam Halperin (196-84). He was the major contributor in a Spartak St.Petersburg's victory against the closely-ranked Unics Kazan (5-9) crushing them 89-65 in the Russian PBL in Sunday night's game. Halperin scored 20 points and added 3 passes in 27 minutes on the court. Spartak St.Petersburg (8-7) is placed fifth in the PBL. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. It's Halperin's first season with the team. Halperin belongs to league's best passers and is ranked #5 with 4.5apg. He also averaged so far 9.7ppg, 2.1rpg, 1.7spg, 3FGP: 42.4% and FT: 90.2%(37-41) in the 15 games he played so far. Halperin is currently a member of the Israeli senior national team.

Oded Brandwein
Oded Brandwein
   #2. Second place goes to former U20 international guard Oded Brandwein (188-88, agency: N.E.T.). He led Kotwica to a victory over the fourth-ranked Siarka Jezioro (16-20) 89-81 in the Polish PLK last Saturday. Brandwein was MVP of the game. He recorded a double-double by scoring 29 points and making 10 passes. Brandwein also added 4 rebounds. Kotwica Kolobrzeg (18-18) is placed third in Group B. There are only two games left until the end of the Second Stage. So now every game is very crucial. Brandwein has relatively good stats this season: 11.9ppg, 2.0rpg, 4.0apg, 2FGP: 40.8%, 3FGP: 36.4% and FT: 80.4%. He has a dual citizenship: Israeli and Polish. Despite Brandwein played previously for the Polish national team, he played also for the Israeli U20 national team in 2008.

Omri Casspi
Omri Casspi
   #3. The Israeli player who performed third best last week abroad was an international swingman Omri Casspi (204-88), who plays in the NBA. Casspi could not help the Cleveland Cavaliers (18-35) in their last game. Despite his good performance the Cleveland Cavaliers were crushed 125-90 on the road by the San Antonio Spurs. Casspi recorded 11 points in a mere 18 minutes. It was Cavaliers' ninth consecutive loss in a row. This year Casspi averages: 6.9ppg, 3.5rpg, 2FGP: 48.1%, 3FGP: 30.7% and FT: 64.8% in the 53 games. Despite he played previously for the Polish national team, Casspi is currently a member of the Israeli senior national team.

Afik Nissim
Afik Nissim
   #4. Point guard Afik Nissim (180-81, agency: Beo Basket) was not able to help Krka (2-2) in their game against Helios (4-1) in the Slovenian Telemach League. Despite his good performance in Wednesday night's game He recorded 11 points and added 3 passes. Nissim's overall stats this season are: 7.5ppg, 1.5rpg and 4.3apg. He is another player who holds two passports: Israeli and French. Despite Nissim played previously for the French national team, he is currently in the Israeli national team roster.

Jason Thomas
Jason Thomas
   #5. International guard Jason Thomas (191-82, college: American) contributed to a Boras Basket's victory against the closely-ranked Uppsala Basket (21-15) 90-85 in the Swedish Basketligan last Monday. Thomas scored 14 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 35 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Boras Basket (21-15) is placed third in the Basketligan. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. This year Thomas has relatively solid stats: 11.5ppg, 6.1rpg, 1.4apg and 1.5spg in the 42 games. He is a naturalized American. Despite Thomas played previously for the USA national team, he is currently in the Israeli national team roster. Thomas used to play for Ironi Kfar Hamaccabia Ramat Gan in Israeli league.

Chanan Colman
Chanan Colman
   #6. Guard Chanan Colman (191-84, college: Chipola) was not able to secure a victory for Svendborg (23-4) in their game against Naestved (17-10) in the Danish Ligaen. Despite his very good performance on Thursday night He was the second best scorer with 13 points. Colman also added 4 rebounds and 7 assists. Colman is currently fifth on the league's list of best passers. He has individually a very good season with high stats. Colman averages: 15.9ppg, 4.4rpg, 4.5apg and 1.2spg. Despite he played previously for the Danish national team, Colman is also an international player who is currently on the senior Israeli National Team roster.

Gal Mekel
Gal Mekel
   #7. International point guard Gal Mekel (192-88, college: Wichita St.) couldn't help Benetton Treviso (11-14) in their game against Lottomatica Roma (12-14) in the Italian SerieA. He scored 7 points and added 4 assists in 17 minutes. Benetton Treviso was edged in an overtime 102-99 in Roma by the higher-ranked (#10) Lottomatica. This year Mekel's overall stats are: 5.9ppg, 1.9rpg and 3.5apg in the 15 games. Despite he played previously for the Polish national team, Mekel is currently in the Israeli national team roster.

Robert Rothbart
Robert Rothbart
   #8. Center Robert Rothbart (217-86) managed to help Union Olimpija Ljubljana to win against the second-ranked Helios (4-1) 65-59 in the Slovenian Telemach League last Sunday. He scored only 1 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. It was the game of the round between two top 3 ranked teams in Group Championship. Union Olimpija Ljubljana (4-0) is placed first in Championship Group. So far his team won all four games in the Second Stage. Rothbart's total stats this season are: 2.5ppg and 2.0rpg. He used to play for the Israeli national team back in 2010.

Other top Israeli players, who play abroad:

Facundo Sucatzky (176-G-72) plays for Atenas in Argentinian LigaA
Yaniv Green (206-C/F-80) plays for Banca Tercas in Italian SerieA
Ram Elias-Pour (208-C-93) plays for Zwolle in Dutch Eredivisie
Guy Aud (182-G-89) plays for Licher Baeren in German ProB
Shawn Weinstein (186-G-85) plays for Barako Bull in Filipino PBA
Or Sela (180-G-84) plays for Charlottenburg in German Regionalliga
Aner Levron (192-G-84) plays for TuS Makkabi Frankfurt in German 2.Regionalliga

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



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Mannheim 2012: Italy cruise past Israel - by Eurobasket News

Italy U18 - Israel U18 81:61

Italy U18 National Team opened win count at prestigious Albert Schweitzer Tournament in Germany. They outgunned Israel in Group A. Amedeo Tessitori (205-C-94) posted 17 points and 7 rebounds to lead the Azzurri.
Israel got to the better start. They ensured a 21:19 lead after ten minutes. But Italy changed the complexion of the encounter in the second quarter. They held their opponents to just 9 points in the frame to take a 41:30 halftime advantage. Italy maintained the lead throughout the third frame. They entered the fourth quarter up by 15 points 61:46. Israel failed to threaten the margin in the fourth quarter as Italy cruised to the win at the end. Simone Fontecchio (197-F-95) nailed 13 points, while Francesco Candussi (211-F/C-94) and Mirco Turel (192-G-94) contributed 10 points each in the victory. Daniel Sealine (183-G-94) scored 18 points for Israel. Eliav Ohanon chipped in 11 points in the loss.

Italy U18: Amedeo Tessitori 17, Simone Fontecchio 13, Francesco Candussi 10, Mirco Turel 10
Israel U18: Daniel Sealine 18, Eliav Ohanon 11



Andrea Bargnani's 30 points make him top Italian player abroad of the week - by Eurobasket Center

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

Andrea Bargnani
Andrea Bargnani
   #1. This week's number one is an international power forward Andrea Bargnani (209-85). He led Toronto Raptors to a victory over the Charlotte Bobcats (7-46) 92-87 in the NBA in Tuesday night's game. Bargnani was MVP of the game. He recorded 30 points (!!!) (made all of his six free throws) in 34 minutes on the court. The Toronto Raptors have 20-36 record this season. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. It's Bargnani's sixth year with the team. Bargnani has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 19.9ppg, 5.6rpg, 2.0apg, 2FGP: 47.2%, 3FGP: 30.4% and FT: 87.4% in the 30 games he played so far. Bargnani is currently a member of the Italian senior national team.

Marcelinho Huertas
Marcelinho Huertas
   #2. Second place goes to an international point guard Marcelinho Huertas (191-83, agency: Edge Sports). He contributed to a Regal FC Barcelona's victory against the fifth-ranked Valencia Basket (16-12) 76-72 in the Spanish ACB last Sunday. Huertas scored 10 points. Regal FC Barcelona (22-5) is placed first in the ACB. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. Huertas' overall stats this season are: 8.1ppg, 2.5rpg, 3.4apg, 3FGP: 40.7% and FT: 79.5%. He has a dual citizenship: Brazilian and Italian. Despite Huertas played previously for the Brazilian national team, he is currently a member of the Italian senior national team.

Marco Belinelli
Marco Belinelli
   #3. The Italian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international guard Marco Belinelli (196-86), who plays in the NBA. Belinelli could not help the New Orleans Hornets (14-41) in their last game. Despite his good performance the New Orleans Hornets were badly defeated 92-75 on the road by the Phoenix Suns. Belinelli was the second best scorer with 14 points. He also added 7 rebounds in 34 minutes. Belinelli has very impressive stats this year: 11.7ppg, 2.7rpg, 1.4apg, 2FGP: 44.8%, 3FGP: 37.8% and FT: 77.5% in the 55 games. Despite he played previously for the Brazilian national team, Belinelli is currently a member of the Italian senior national team.

Mauricio Aguiar
Mauricio Aguiar
   #4. Forward Mauricio Aguiar (197-83, agency: Players Group) was not able to help Hebraica (9-1) in their game against Aguada (8-2) in the Uruguayan LUB. Despite his very good performance in Tuesday night's game He was the top scorer with 27 points. Aguiar also added 3 passes. It's Aguiar's first season with the team. This year he has very high stats. Aguiar averages: 17.7ppg, 3.0rpg and 2.8apg. He is another player who holds two passports: Italian and Uruguayan. Despite Aguiar played previously for the Uruguayan national team, he is currently in the Italian national team roster.

Ryan Zamroz
Ryan Zamroz
   #5. Former international guard Ryan Zamroz (191-87, agency: JEMsports, college: Master's) was the major contributor in a Boras Basket's victory against the closely-ranked Uppsala Basket (21-15) 90-85 in the Swedish Basketligan last Monday. Zamroz scored 21 points and added 3 assists in 36 minutes; quite an impressive performance considering it's only his third season in pro basketball. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Boras Basket (21-15) is placed third in the Basketligan. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. Zamroz has very impressive stats this year: 16.0ppg, 2.1rpg and 2.0apg in the 42 games. He is a naturalized American. Despite Zamroz played previously for the USA national team, he is currently in the Italian national team roster. Strangely Zamroz has never played in Italy.

Alejandro Muro
Alejandro Muro
   #6. An experienced guard Alejandro Muro (187-74, also represented by Players Group) faced previously mentioned Mauricio Aguiar in the Uruguayan LUB last game. Muro helped Aguada win their double overtime (!!!) game against the leader Hebraica (9-1) 95-89. He recorded 17 points, 4 rebounds, 7 assists and made 2 blocks. Muro is currently fifth on the league's list of best passers. He has very reliable stats this season: 13.1ppg, 2.8rpg, 5.0apg and 1.3spg. Despite Muro played previously for the Uruguayan national team, he is also a former international player as he played for the Italian senior team eleven years ago.

Anthony Dobbins
Anthony Dobbins
   #7. Former international guard Anthony Dobbins (194-81, college: Richmond) was not able to secure a victory for Poitiers (8-17) in their game against Paris-Levallois (16-9) in the French ProA. Dobbins recorded 8 points, 5 rebounds, 7 assists and 3 steals in 31 minutes. Poitiers lost 73-87 at home to the much higher-ranked (#6) Paris-Levallois. This year Dobbins' overall stats are: 7.5ppg, 5.6rpg, 3.7apg and 2.2spg in the 10 games. He is a naturalized American. Despite Dobbins played previously for the USA national team, he is currently in the Italian national team roster. Dobbins used to play for Banca Nuova Trapani in Italian league.

Jayson Granger
Jayson Granger
   #8. Guard Jayson Granger (186-89) couldn't help Asefa Estudiantes (7-20) in their game against Cajasol (14-13) in the Spanish ACB. Granger scored 6 points, had 5 rebounds and dished 3 assists. Asefa Estudiantes was defeated 77-64 in Sevilla by the much higher-ranked Cajasol (#8). It was Asefa Estudiantes' fourth consecutive loss in a row. Granger is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his sixth year in Asefa Estudiantes' roster. He belongs to league's best passers and is ranked #5. This season Granger has very good stats: 10.3ppg, 4.6rpg, 3.7apg and 1.4spg. Worth to mention he played also at Eurobasket Summer League, which helped him get the job in pro basketball. Despite he played previously for the Uruguayan national team, Granger is currently in the Italian national team roster.

Ryan Pettinella
Ryan Pettinella
   #9. Former international power forward Ryan Pettinella (206-84, college: Cincinnati) managed to help U.M.F. Grindavik in a victory against the closely-ranked Njardvik (20-8) 87-76 in the Icelandic Express League on Sunday night. He scored only 2 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 10 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. U.M.F. Grindavik (19-3) is placed first in the Express League. This year Pettinella's total stats are: 5.4ppg, 4.5rpg and 1.5apg in the 12 games. He is a naturalized American. Pettinella used to play for the Italian national team three years ago. He played also for Premiata Montegranaro in Italian league.



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Mouloukou Diabate selected the top Ivorian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Mouloukou Diabate
Mouloukou Diabate
   #1. This week's number one is an international point guard Mouloukou Diabate (183-87). Diabate led Chorale de Roanne to an overtime victory against one of league's weakest teams Pau-Lacq-Orthez (6-19) 97-87 in the French ProA last Saturday. He recorded 12 points and added 7 assists. Chorale de Roanne Basket (13-12) is placed seventh in the ProA. This season Diabate averages: 7.0ppg, 3.0rpg, 4.0apg, 1.3spg, 2FGP: 58.8%(47-80), 3FGP: 18.4% and FT: 89.7%. He has a dual citizenship: Ivorian and French. Despite Diabate played previously for the French national team, he is currently a member of the Ivorian senior national team.

Pape-Philippe Amagou
Pape-Philippe Amagou
   #2. Second place goes to former international guard Pape-Philippe Amagou (185-85, agency: Beo Basket). Amagou led Sluc Nancy to a victory against the eighth-ranked Cholet (12-13) 78-72 in the French ProA on Saturday night. He scored 12 points in 36 minutes. Sluc Nancy Basket Pro (16-9) is placed fourth in the ProA. It's Amagou's first season with the team. Amagou has relatively good stats this year: 10.4ppg, 2.0rpg, 2.2apg, 2FGP: 51.3%, 3FGP: 38.9% and FT: 82.4% in the 25 games he played so far. He is another player who holds two passports: Ivorian and French. Despite Amagou played previously for the French U20 national team, he played also for the Ivorian national team in 2010.

Mamadi Diane
Mamadi Diane
   #3. The Ivorian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international swingman Mamadi Diane (196-86, college: Virginia), who plays in Latvia. Diane could not help Ventspils (12-7) to beat Lietuvos rytas (0-0). He scored 9 points and blocked 3 shots. But the third-placed Ventspils was defeated 73-63 at home by the higher-ranked Lietuvos rytas in the group 1 of Baltic League. This season Diane has relatively solid stats: 11.1ppg, 2.5rpg, 1.3apg, 1.3spg, 2FGP: 51.0%, 3FGP: 14.3%. He has both Guinean and Ivorian nationalities. Despite Diane played previously for the Guinean national team, he is currently a member of the Ivorian senior national team.

Alain Koffi
Alain Koffi
   #4. Center Alain Koffi (207-83, also represented by Beo Basket) contributed to a Le Mans' victory against the 13th-ranked Poitiers (8-17) 83-75 in the French ProA last Saturday. Koffi scored 10 points in 18 minutes. Le Mans Sarthe Basket (16-9) is placed fifth in the ProA. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. This year Koffi's overall stats are: 7.0ppg and 3.4rpg in the 14 games. He also holds two passports: Ivorian and French. Despite Koffi played previously for the French national team, he is currently in the Ivorian national team roster.

Francis Koffi
Francis Koffi
   #5. Former international forward Francis Koffi (202-81, college: Fresno St.) led Ourense to a victory over the league outsider Plasencia Extremadura (5-16) 76-61 in the Spanish LEB Silver (third division) on Sunday night. Koffi was MVP of the game. He scored 26 points (!!!) and grabbed 8 rebounds. Aquas De Sousas Club Ourense Baloncesto (15-13) is placed in the LEB Silver. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Koffi has reliable stats this season: 12.7ppg, 6.0rpg and 1.2spg. He has French and Ivorian nationalities. Despite Koffi played previously for the French national team, he is currently in the Ivorian national team roster.

Mamadou Lamizana
Mamadou Lamizana
   #6. Power forward Mamadou Lamizana (207-81, agency: Top Notch Sports, college: Rutgers), who plays in the Puerto Rican BSN was not able to help Vaqueros (9-8) in their last game. Despite Lamizana's good performance Vaqueros lost 73-85 on the road to the leading Indios. He was the second best scorer with 14 points. Lamizana also added 7 rebounds and made 2 blocks in 30 minutes. It was Vaqueros' third consecutive loss in a row. Lamizana is currently first on the league's list of best blockers with 2.4bpg. He also averaged so far 10.9ppg, 5.1rpg, 2.0apg and 1.1spg in the 15 games. Despite Lamizana played previously for the French national team, he is also an international player who is currently on the senior Ivorian National Team roster.

Mohamed Kone
Mohamed Kone
   #7. International center Mohamed Kone (211-81, college: Valparaiso) managed to help Lucentum Alicante to win against the third-ranked Caja Laboral (19-8) 72-71 in the Spanish ACB last Sunday. Kone scored only 4 points. Lucentum Alicante (15-12) is placed seventh in the ACB. Kone's total stats this season are: 4.3ppg and 3.5rpg. He is also Ivorian national team player.

Errick Craven
Errick Craven
   #8. Guard Errick Craven (188-83, college: USC), who plays in the French ProB (second division) was not able to secure a victory for JA Vichy (7-22) in their last game. Despite Craven's good performance JA Vichy lost 58-71 in Lille to the much higher-ranked (#6) Metropole. He was the second best scorer with 12 points. Craven also added 4 rebounds in 27 minutes. It was JA Vichy's third consecutive loss in a row. Craven's stats this year are: 10.5ppg, 4.0rpg, 2.9apg and 1.8spg in the 13 games. He holds both American and Ivorian passports. Despite Craven played previously for the USA national team, he is currently in the Ivorian national team roster.

Mohamed Toure
Mohamed Toure
   #9. International guard Mohamed Toure (189-92) helped Omegna win their game against the second-ranked Recanati (17-16) 72-64 in the Italian Nazionale A (third division) in Sunday night's game. Toure scored 9 points. It was the game of the round between two top 3 ranked teams in Division North-West. Paffoni Omegna (29-4) is placed first in North-West Division. It was his team's sixth consecutive victory in a row. They will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And now that game is very crucial. Toure's total stats this season are: 4.8ppg, 1.3rpg and 1.1spg. Despite he played previously for the Italian national team, Toure is currently in the Ivorian national team roster.

Issife Soumahoro
Issife Soumahoro
   #10. Forward Issife Soumahoro (197-88) helped Boulazac Basket win their game against the 17th-ranked Quimper UJAP (8-21) crushing them 80-56 in the French ProB (second division) last Saturday. He scored 9 points in 19 minutes. Boulazac Basket Dordogne (22-7) is placed first in the ProB. This year Soumahoro's total stats are: 4.1ppg and 1.4rpg in the 27 games. Despite he played previously for the French national team, Soumahoro is also a former international player as two years ago he still played for the Ivorian senior national team.

   #11. Former international swingman Bryan Pamba-Juille (185-92) helped Entente Orleans 45 win their game against the 12th-ranked JDA Dijon crushing them 82-55 in the French ProA on Tuesday night. He recorded only 2 points. This season Pamba-Juille averages just 0.7ppg. He used to play for the Ivorian national team two years ago.

   #12. International forward Andre Oupoh (196-84, college: Abil.Christian) helped Caballeros de Culiacan win their game against the league outsider Coras de Tepic 91-86 in the Mexican CIBACOPA in Tuesday night's game. Oupoh scored 6 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 21 minutes. Oupoh has averaged so far 6.6ppg, 1.6rpg and 1.1apg in the 14 games. He holds both American and Ivorian passports. Despite Oupoh played previously for the USA national team, he is currently in the Ivorian national team roster.

   #13. International forward Ismael N'Diaye (197-82, college: FIU) helped Boncourt edge the second-ranked Monthey 76-74 in the Swiss LNA last Wednesday. N'Diaye scored 11 points, grabbed 4 rebounds and dished 4 assists. N'Diaye averaged so far 13.3ppg, 4.6rpg, 3.0apg and 1.8spg. Despite he played previously for the USA national team, N'Diaye is currently in the Ivorian national team roster.

   #14. An experienced former international swingman Wilfrid Aka (192-79) is a teammate of previously mentioned Errick Craven and both played together in the last French ProB game. Aka couldn't help JA Vichy in their game against Lille Metropole. He cannot count Saturday's game as one of the best ones. Aka scored only 3 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 25 minutes. His team lost 58-71. Aka has averaged so far 7.8ppg, 3.2rpg and 1.4apg in the 28 games. He used to play for the Ivorian national team back in 2009.

   #15. International point guard Mickael Toti (181-87) helped Saint Vallier win their game against the closely-ranked Olympique Antibes 93-88 in the French ProB (second division) in Saturday night's game. Toti scored only 3 points. Toti has averaged so far 2.8ppg, 1.1rpg and 1.7apg. He is also in the roster of the Ivorian national team.

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

   #1. Walter Hodge (183-PG-86, college: Florida) led Zastal ZG to a victory over the sixth-ranked PGE Turow (2-6) 87-83 in the Polish PLK in Saturday night's game. He was MVP of the game. Hodge scored 33 points (!!!) and added 4 passes in 38 minutes; quite an impressive performance considering it's only his third season in pro basketball. Zastal Zielona Gora (5-3) is placed third in Group A. There are only two games left until the end of the Second Stage. So now every game will be critical. It's Hodge's first year with the team. Hodge is the league's top scorer and also on the list of best passers (second place). He has individually a very good year with high stats. Hodge averages: 18.6ppg, 2.8rpg, 6.0apg and 1.3spg in the 32 games he played so far. He has also Puerto Rican passport.



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Roy Hibbert's double-double lands him Player of the Week award among Jamaicans playing currently abroad - by Eurobasket Center

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

Roy Hibbert
Roy Hibbert
   #1. This week's number one is former international center Roy Hibbert (218-86, college: Georgetown). He was the major contributor in an Indiana Pacers' victory against the Oklahoma City Thunder (40-15) 103-98 in the NBA in Friday night's game. Hibbert had a double-double by scoring 21 points and getting 12 rebounds. He also added 4 blocks in 32 minutes on the court. The Indiana Pacers have a solid 34-21 record this season. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. It's Hibbert's fourth year with the team. Hibbert has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 13.0ppg, 8.6rpg, 1.7apg, 2.0bpg and FT: 71.0% in the 55 games he played so far. Hibbert is a naturalized American. Despite he played previously for the USA national team, Hibbert played also for the Jamaican national team in 2010.

Maurice Bailey
Maurice Bailey
   #2. Second place goes to former international guard Maurice Bailey (183-81, college: Sacred Heart). He led VEF Riga to an easy victory against the league outsider U18 (1-15) crushing them 90-58 in a derby game in the Latvian LBL last Sunday. Bailey scored 12 points, made 5 passes and 4 steals. VEF Riga (15-1) is placed second in the LBL. It was his team's ninth consecutive victory in a row. The Regular Season already ended. Bailey's overall stats this season are: 8.8ppg, 3.0rpg, 3.5apg, 1.2spg, 2FGP: 55.0%, 3FGP: 53.8%(7-13) and FT: 71.4%. He is a naturalized American. Despite Bailey played previously for the USA national team, he played also for the Jamaican national team in 2007.

Samardo Samuels
Samardo Samuels
   #3. The Jamaican player who performed third best last week abroad was former international power forward Samardo Samuels (206-89, college: Louisville). Samuels contributed to a Cleveland Cavaliers' victory against the Toronto Raptors (20-36) 84-80 in the NBA on Friday night. He recorded 10 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 23 minutes. The Cleveland Cavaliers have rather weak 18-35 record this season. They ended the series of nine consecutive loses. It's Samuels' first year with the team. This season Samuels' overall stats are: 4.7ppg, 3.1rpg, 2FGP: 43.0% and FT: 65.5% in the 41 games. Despite he played previously for the USA national team, Samuels played also for the Jamaican national team in 2009.

Adrian Uter
Adrian Uter
   #4. Power forward Adrian Uter (201-84, agency: Gross Zeev ISA, college: Hofstra) led Maccabi Rishon to a victory against the closely-ranked Hapoel Holon (12-9) 90-84 in the Israeli Premier League in Monday night's game. He recorded a double-double by scoring 11 points and getting 13 rebounds. Uter also added 5 assists. Maccabi Rishon Le-Zion (13-8) is placed third in the Premier League. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Uter belongs to league's best blockers and is ranked #2. He has very reliable stats this season: 13.5ppg, 7.1rpg, 2.3apg, 1.8bpg and 1.6spg. Uter is a naturalized American. Despite he played previously for the USA national team, Uter is currently in the Jamaican national team roster.

Oritseweyinmi Efejuku
Oritseweyinmi Efejuku
   #5. Former international guard Oritseweyinmi Efejuku (196-86, college: Providence) helped Indios win their n overtime game against the closely-ranked Mets (9-8) 106-103 in the Puerto Rican BSN last Saturday. He scored 23 points and added 3 passes in 33 minutes; quite an impressive performance considering it's only Efejuku's third season in pro basketball. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Indios de Mayaguez (13-3) is placed first in the BSN. It was his team's eighth consecutive victory in a row. Efejuku has relatively good stats this year: 13.8ppg, 3.4rpg, 2.5apg and 1.1spg in the 10 games. He has a dual citizenship: Nigerian and Jamaican. Despite Efejuku played previously for the Nigerian national team, he is currently in the Jamaican national team roster.

Garry Gallimore
Garry Gallimore
   #6. Guard Garry Gallimore (192-84) led CSM Bucuresti to a victory over the closely-ranked CSU Sibiu (13-15) 95-83 in the Romanian Division A on Saturday night. Gallimore was MVP of the game. He scored 27 points (!!!) and grabbed 4 rebounds. CS Municipal Bucuresti (19-9) is placed seventh in the Division A. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. They will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And now that game is very crucial. Gallimore belongs to league's top scorers and is ranked #8. This season he has very high stats. Gallimore averages: 18.2ppg, 4.2rpg, 2.1apg and 1.2spg. Despite he played previously for the Canadian university national team, Gallimore is also a former international player as he played for the Jamaican senior team three years ago.

Sherman Gay
Sherman Gay
   #7. Former international power forward Sherman Gay (201-82, college: Loyola Mary) helped Fos Ouest win their game against the 16th-ranked Denain Voltaire (10-19) crushing them 88-64 in the French ProB (second division) in Friday night's game. He scored 16 points, grabbed 4 rebounds and made 2 blocks in 29 minutes. Fos Ouest Provence Basket (19-10) is placed fourth in the ProB. Gay is ranked second on the list of the best blockers in the league with 1.8bpg. He also averaged so far 15.3ppg, 6.0rpg and 1.2apg in the 29 games. Gay is a naturalized American. Despite he played previously for the USA national team, Gay is currently in the Jamaican national team roster.

Bryan Bailey
Bryan Bailey
   #8. Point guard Bryan Bailey (185-80, college: Bucknell), who plays in the German BBL could not help Artland Dragons (20-10) to beat Brose Baskets (27-3). He scored 7 points. Artland Dragons was defeated 83-68 on the road by the leading Brose Baskets. It was Artland Dragons' first loss after three consecutive victories. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be important. Bailey's total stats this season are: 6.0ppg and 2.1apg. He is a naturalized American. Despite Bailey played previously for the USA national team, he is currently in the Jamaican national team roster.

Jermaine Bucknor
Jermaine Bucknor
   #9. Former international forward Jermaine Bucknor (199-83, college: Richmond) helped s Oliver Baskets win their game against the 14th-ranked TBB Trier (10-20) 75-61 in the German BBL on Saturday night. Bucknor scored 8 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in only 13 minutes. s.Oliver Baskets Wuerzburg (19-11) is placed fifth in the BBL. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be extremely important. This year Bucknor's total stats are: 4.1ppg and 2.7rpg in the seven games. Despite he played previously for the Canadian national team, Bucknor is currently in the Jamaican national team roster.

Corey Muirhead
Corey Muirhead
   #10. Forward Corey Muirhead (198-83, college: W.Carolina) managed to help BK JIP Pardubice to win in overtime against the fifth-ranked BC Kolin (22-24) 79-73 in the Czech Republic NBL in Saturday night's game. He scored 5 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. BK JIP Pardubice (24-12) is placed fourth in A1 group. The Second Stage already ended. It's Muirhead's first season with the team. This year Muirhead has relatively solid stats: 10.8ppg, 5.9rpg, 2.0apg and 1.2spg. He is a former international player as seven years ago he still played for the Jamaican senior national team.

   #11. Former international forward Ronald Yates (201-83, college: St.Peter's) helped Fribourg win their game against the closely-ranked SAV Vacallo 71-63 in the Swiss LNA last Saturday. Yates recorded 10 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 34 minutes. Yates is ranked ninth on the list of the top scorers in the league with 16.3ppg. This year he also averages: 6.1rpg, 2.3apg and 1.4spg in the 24 games. Yates is a naturalized American. Despite he played previously for the USA national team, Yates is currently in the Jamaican national team roster.

   #12. Former international center Kevin Young (206-84, college: Missouri) helped Aishin Sea Horses win their game against the closely-ranked Panasonic Trians 79-69 in the Japanese JBL on Saturday night. He recorded 6 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. Young has averaged so far 8.8ppg and 6.8rpg. Despite he played previously for the USA national team, Young is currently in the Jamaican national team roster.

   #13. International point guard Akeem Scott (186-83, college: High Point) was not able to help Mornar Bar in their game against Feni Indistrija in the Balkan League. Scott cannot count Tuesday's game as one of the best ones. He scored only 3 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 30 minutes. His team was edged 83-82. Scott belongs to league's top scorers (ranked #6) and also on the list of most steals (first place). He has very impressive stats this year: 16.1ppg, 3.6rpg, 2.2apg and 2.4spg in the 12 games. Scott is a naturalized American. Worth to mention he played also at Eurobasket Summer League, which helped him get the job in pro basketball. He is also Jamaican national team player.

   #14. International power forward Shakir Johnson (205-87, college: Metro St.) was not able to secure a victory for Giurgiu in their game against Gaz Metan in the Romanian Division A. Johnson scored only 4 points. His team was defeated 101-86. He has averaged so far 4.0ppg and 3.4rpg. Johnson plays currently for the Jamaican national team.



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Stats Leaders - JBL Superleague

Points Per Game
 Takuya KAWAMURA
  Tochigi .
  (193-G-86)
  Avg: 20.4
 1. Kawamura, Tochigi20.4 
 2. Sakuragi, Aishin SH17.6 
 3. Hale, Mitsubis.17.3 
 4. Orimo, Hokkaido L.16.3 
 5. McFarlin, Tochigi15.6 
 6. Kanamaru, Panasoni.15.6 
 7. Lewis, Hokkaido L.14.2 
 8. Igarashi, Mitsubis.13.9 
 9. Gibbs, Toyota A.12.8 
 10. Moss, Toshiba BT12.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 J.R. SAKURAGI
  Aishin SH
  (206-F/C-76)
  Avg: 11.9
 1. Sakuragi, Aishin SH11.9 
 2. McFarlin, Tochigi9.7 
 3. Takeuchi, Hitac.9.5 
 4. Moss, Toshiba BT8.5 
 5. Diouf, Hokkaido L.8.4 
 6. Gibbs, Toyota A.8.3 
 7. Allen, Mitsubis.7.4 
 8. Hale, Mitsubis.7.2 
 9. Lewis, Hokkaido L.7.0 
 10. Ricci, Toyota Alv.6.9 
Assists Per Game
 Takuya KAWAMURA
  Tochigi .
  (193-G-86)
  Avg: 4.5
 1. Kawamura, Tochigi4.5 
 2. Igarashi, Mitsubis.4.0 
 3. Sakurai, Hokkaido.3.8 
 4. Sakuragi, Aishin SH3.5 
 5. Kashiwagi, Aishin3.2 
 6. Takeuchi, Hitac.2.9 
 7. Kashiwakura, Hitac.2.8 
 8. Watanabe, Panason.2.8 
 9. Tabuse, Tochigi2.5 
 10. Kinoshita, Panaso.2.5 
Steals Per Game
 Takuya KAWAMURA
  Tochigi .
  (193-G-86)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Kawamura, Tochigi1.8 
 2. Gibbs, Toyota A.1.7 
 3. Sato, Hitachi SR1.7 
 4. Hirose, Panasoni.1.6 
 5. Diouf, Hokkaido L.1.5 
 6. Hale, Mitsubis.1.5 
 7. Kashiwagi, Aishin1.5 
 8. Sakurai, Hokkaido.1.4 
 9. Sakuragi, Aishin SH1.3 
 10. Igarashi, Mitsubi.1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Joji TAKEUCHI
  Hitac.
  (206-F/C-85)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Takeuchi, Hitac.1.6 
 2. Richardson, Aishin1.3 
 3. Takeuchi, Toyota1.2 
 4. Ricci, Toyota Alva.1.1 
 5. Diouf, Hokkaido L.0.9 
 6. Hale, Mitsubis.0.8 
 7. McFarlin, Tochigi0.8 
 8. O''Bannon, Panason.0.8 
 9. Merritt, Toshi.0.8 
 10. Moss, Toshiba BT0.8 


Standings - BJ League

BJ Standings
Eastern
 1. Hamamatsu P. 30-14 
 2. Akita NH 27-20 
 3. Niigata Albirex 25-20 
 4. Sendai 89ers 24-21 
 5. Yokohama BC 23-21 
 6. Toyama Grouses 23-22 
 7. Shinshu BW 18-27 
 8. Chiba Jets 17-28 
 9. Iwate Big Bulls 14-32 
 10. Saitama Bron. 13-31 
Western
 1. Okinawa GK 35-12 
 2. Osaka Evessa 30-15 
 3. Shiga L-Stars 29-16 
 4. Kyoto Hannar. 29-16 
 5. Fukuoka Rizing 28-17 
 6. Shimane SM 24-22 
 7. Miyazaki SS 20-25 
 8. Oita H.Devils 18-26 
 9. Takamatsu FA 2-44 

Regular Season: Round 51

Apr. 7: Kyoto Hannar. - Miyazaki SS 98-91
Apr. 7: Shimane SM - Chiba Jets 87-91
Apr. 7: Shiga L-Stars - Fukuoka Rizing 87-77
Apr. 7: Takamatsu FA - Saitama Bron. 85-100
Apr. 7: Okinawa GK - Toyama Grouses 82-71
Apr. 7: Akita NH - Yokohama BC 78-80
Apr. 7: Osaka Evessa - Niigata Albirex 73-83
Apr. 7: Sendai 89ers - Hamamatsu P. 66-64
Apr. 7: Shinshu BW - Oita H.Devils 100-89

Regular Season: Round 52

Apr. 8: Akita NH - Yokohama BC
Apr. 8: Sendai 89ers - Hamamatsu P.
Apr. 8: Shinshu BW - Oita H.Devils
Apr. 8: Shiga L-Stars - Fukuoka Rizing
Apr. 8: Kyoto Hannar. - Miyazaki SS
Apr. 8: Osaka Evessa - Niigata Albirex
Apr. 8: Shimane SM - Chiba Jets
Apr. 8: Takamatsu FA - Saitama Bron.
Apr. 8: Okinawa GK - Toyama Grouses


BJ League Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Michael PARKER
  Shimane SM
  (202-F-81)
  Avg: 23.1
 1. Parker, Shimane SM23.1 
 2. Hargrow, Chiba J.21.7 
 3. Palmer, Fukuoka21.3 
 4. Staten, Chiba Jets21.2 
 5. Cummings, Oita H.20.9 
 6. Flowers, Saitama20.2 
 7. Mims, Sendai 89ers19.3 
 8. Fitzgerald, Sendai19.0 
 9. Raivio, Shinshu BW18.9 
 10. Woods, Akita NH18.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Chris HOLM
  Niigata Albirex
  (212-C/F-84)
  Avg: 14.7
 1. Holm, Niigata Albi.14.7 
 2. Hamilton, Fukuok.11.3 
 3. Rickert, Kyoto H.10.9 
 4. Staten, Chiba Jets10.9 
 5. Malloy, Iwate B.10.5 
 6. Mims, Sendai 89ers10.4 
 7. Searcy, Toyama G.10.3 
 8. Blackledge, Osaka10.0 
 9. Burrell, Yokohama.10.0 
 10. Roberts, Shins.9.9 
Assists Per Game
 Kenny SATTERFIELD
  Saitam.
  (188-PG-81)
  Avg: 6.7
 1. Satterfield, Saita.6.7 
 2. Gardener, Akita NH5.6 
 3. Shimura, Sendai5.5 
 4. Takushi, Oita H.5.5 
 5. Dixon, Hamamats.5.3 
 6. Yamamoto, Shima.5.0 
 7. Dukes, Sendai 89e.4.6 
 8. Yamamoto, Iwate B.4.4 
 9. Namizato, Okina.4.3 
 10. Staten, Chiba Je.4.2 
Steals Per Game
 Jamel STATEN
  Chiba Jets
  (198-G-83)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Staten, Chiba Jets2.8 
 2. Parker, Shimane SM2.5 
 3. Palmer, Fukuoka2.5 
 4. Smith, Takamats.2.1 
 5. Lyons, Miyazaki SS2.0 
 6. Humphrey, Saitama2.0 
 7. Klaiber, Iwate B.2.0 
 8. Joho, Toyama G.1.8 
 9. Dixon, Hamamats.1.8 
 10. Arnold, Hamamats.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Jeral DAVIS
  Shimane SM
  (216-C-84)
  Avg: 3.8
 1. Davis, Shimane SM3.8 
 2. Blackledge, Osaka3.0 
 3. Singleton, Sendai3.0 
 4. Broxsie, Chiba Jets2.6 
 5. Blackledge, Hamama.2.3 
 6. Hughes, Shinshu BW1.6 
 7. Mims, Sendai 89ers1.6 
 8. Marshall, Osaka E.1.5 
 9. Dukes, Sendai 89e.1.4 
 10. Moliva, Chiba Jets1.3 


BJ League Round 51: Leader Hamamatsu Phoenix loses to Sendai 89ers - by Eurobasket News

The Regular Season in BJ League is slowly approaching the end. But there may be still some important changes in the final standings in the last 7 rounds. The round was rather attractive and full of interesting results. The round ended with defeat of the leader and favorites losing the games.

Top ranked Hamamatsu Phoenix (30-14) recorded its fourteenth loss on the court of fifth ranked Sendai 89ers on Saturday night. Visitors were edged by Sendai 89ers 66-64. It ended at the same time the six-game winning streak of Hamamatsu Phoenix. The hosts trailed by 8 points after three quarters before their 24-14 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Sendai 89ers had a 31-19 advantage in offensive rebounds. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Sendai 89ers made 8 blocks. The game was dominated by American players. The best player for the winners was center Rashaad Singleton (213-87, college: Florida Southern) who had a double-double by scoring 25 points, 12 rebounds and 6 blocks (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Forward Johnny Dukes (203-84, college: San Bernardino CC) chipped in 19 points and 8 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was guard Jermaine Dixon (191-87, college: Pittsburgh, agency: VVG Sports) who recorded 19 points and 7 assists. Hamamatsu Phoenix's coach tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Sendai 89ers (24-21) moved-up to fourth place. Defending champion Hamamatsu Phoenix still keeps top position with 14 games lost. Sendai 89ers are again looking forward to face league's leader Hamamatsu Phoenix in Mikawa in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Hamamatsu Phoenix will have a break next round.
Important game to mention about took place in Akita. Sixth ranked Yokohama BC (23-21) saved a 2-point victory on the road edging second-best Akita Happinets (27-20) 80-78 on Saturday evening. It was a good game for American forward Justin Burrell (235-88, college: St.John's) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 11 rebounds. Draelon Burns contributed with 17 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. American swingman Ricky Woods (194-84, college: SE Louisiana) answered with 23 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists for Akita Happinets. Akita Happinets' coach let to play ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Yokohama BC moved-up to fifth place. Akita Happinets lost third consecutive game. They keep the second position with 20 games lost. Yokohama BC will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Akita Happinets will play again at home against Yokohama BC and hope to get back on the winning track.
An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Okinawa. First ranked Okinawa GK faced 4th placed Toyama Grouses. Host Okinawa GK (35-12) defeated guests from Toyama (23-22) 82-71. It was a great evening for David Palmer who led his team to a victory scoring 26 points and 5 rebounds. Okinawa GK's coach used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The best for the losing side was Devin Searcy with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 17 rebounds. Okinawa GK maintains first place with 35-12 record. Toyama Grouses at the other side dropped to the sixth position with 22 games lost. Okinawa GK will again meet at home Toyama Grouses (#6) in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Toyama Grouses will have a break next round.
An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Osaka. Third ranked Niigata Albirex faced second-best Osaka Evessa. Guests from Niigata (25-20) defeated host Osaka Evessa (30-15) 83-73. It was an exceptional evening for Nile Murry who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 10 rebounds. Niigata Albirex's coach Matt Garrison allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Niigata Albirex maintains third place with 25-20 record having four points less than leader Okinawa GK. Osaka Evessa at the other side keeps the second position with 15 games lost. Niigata Albirex will have a break next round. Osaka Evessa will play again at home against Niigata Albirex and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game with biggest result difference took place in Takamatsu. Local Takamatsu FA (2-44) lost to tenth ranked Saitama Broncos (13-31) 100-85 on Saturday night. The best player for the winners was James Porter who had a double-double by scoring 21 points and 11 rebounds (perfect from the field making all ten shots !!!). Saitama Broncos maintains tenth place with 13-31 record. Takamatsu FA lost twelfth consecutive game. They keep the ninth position with 44 games lost. Saitama Broncos will have a break next round.

Other games of round 51 were quite predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
Chiba Jets defeated Shimane SM in a road game 91-87. Shinshu BW beat Oita H.Devils at home 100-89. Fukuoka Rizing lost to Shiga L-Stars on the opponent's court 77-87. Kyoto Hannar. managed to outperform Miyazaki SS in a home game 98-91.
The best stats of 51th round was 26 points, 18 rebounds and 5 assists by Wendell White of Oita H.Devils.


Shimane SM - Chiba Jets 87-91

There was a minor upset when 6th ranked Shimane Magic (24-22) was defeated at home by eighth ranked Chiba Jets (17-28) 91-87 on Saturday. The guests trailed by 10 points after three quarters before their 27-13 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Chiba Jets made 20-of-25 free shots (80.0 percent) during the game. They also forced 19 Shimane Magic turnovers. The game was also dominated by American players. The best player for the winners was guard Jamel Staten (198-83, college: Minnesota St., agency: SDJ Sports) who had a double-double by scoring 38 points (!!!), 14 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals. Guard Maurice Hargrow (193-83, college: Minnesota, agency: SDJ Sports) chipped in 30 points and 6 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was forward Michael Parker (202-81, college: Evergreen St.) who recorded a double-double by scoring 26 points and 10 rebounds and center Jeral Davis (216-84) added 28 points, 7 rebounds and 5 blocks respectively. Chiba Jets maintains eighth place with 17-28 record. Loser Shimane Magic keeps the sixth position with 22 games lost. Chiba Jets will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Chiba Jets: J.Staten 38+14reb+4ast, M.Hargrow 30+6reb+3ast, T.Ishida 8+3reb, G.Moliva 6+2reb, T.Kensuke 3+3reb+3ast, R.Itakura 2+1reb
Shimane SM: J.Davis 28+7reb+2ast, M.Parker 26+10reb+2ast, R.Golson 15+3reb+3ast, B.Puckett 8+5reb+1ast, J.Nakama 5+2reb+2ast, T.Yokoo 3+4reb+1ast
gschID: 142272


Takamatsu FA - Saitama Bron. 85-100

The game with biggest result difference took place in Takamatsu. Local Takamatsu FA (2-44) lost to tenth ranked Saitama Broncos (13-31) 100-85 on Saturday night. The guests trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 35-15 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. The best player for the winners was American power forward James Porter (208-87, college: N.Carolina A&T, agency: SDJ Sports) who had a double-double by scoring 21 points and 11 rebounds (perfect from the field making all ten shots !!!). His fellow American import swingman John Humphrey (188-80, college: Middle Tenn.St., agency: Court Side) chipped in 22 points and 5 rebounds. Porter is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top summer league for players who want to play basketball overseas. At the other side the best for losing team was American power forward Paul Butorac (208-83, college: E.Washington) who recorded a double-double by scoring 30 points and 14 rebounds and swingman Hiroyuki Kikuchi (192-83) added 17 points and 5 rebounds respectively. Five Saitama Broncos and four Takamatsu FA players scored in double figures. Saitama Broncos maintains tenth place with 13-31 record. Takamatsu FA lost twelfth consecutive game. They keep the ninth position with 44 games lost. Saitama Broncos will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Saitama Bron.: J.Humphrey 22+5reb+2ast, J.Porter 21+11reb, J.Miller 15+8reb+1ast, Y.Kitamuki 14+2ast, D.Terashita 13+3reb+1ast, Y.Arai 9+3reb+4ast
Takamatsu FA: P.Butorac 30+14reb+2ast, H.Kikuchi 17+5reb+3ast, K.Tsutsumi 12+2reb+9ast, N.Williams 10+7reb, S.Takada 8+1reb+1ast, M.Suzuki 8+2reb
gschID: 142273


Okinawa GK - Toyama Grouses 82-71

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Okinawa. First ranked Okinawa GK faced 4th placed Toyama Grouses. Host Okinawa GK (35-12) defeated guests from Toyama (23-22) 82-71. The game was mostly controlled by Okinawa GK. Toyama Grouses managed to win fourth quarter 25-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Toyama Grouses to just 7 points in second quarter. It was a great evening for American forward David Palmer (201-82, college: S.Utah) who led his team to a victory scoring 26 points and 5 rebounds. Guard Naoto Kosuge (187-82) helped adding 18 points and 6 rebounds. Four Okinawa GK players scored in double figures. Okinawa GK's coach used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The best for the losing side was American power forward Devin Searcy (208-89, college: Dayton, agency: Pro One Sports) with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 17 rebounds and Masashi Joho (183-82) scored 16 points. Okinawa GK maintains first place with 35-12 record. Toyama Grouses at the other side dropped to the sixth position with 22 games lost. Okinawa GK will again meet at home Toyama Grouses (#6) in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Toyama Grouses will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Okinawa GK: D.Palmer 26+5reb, N.Kosuge 18+6reb+1ast, A.McHenry 11+12reb+1ast, D.Larkai 11+8reb+2ast, M.Yamauchi 8+3reb+1ast, T.Yonamine 6+3reb+7ast
Toyama Grouses: M.Joho 16+1reb+3ast, D.Searcy 15+17reb+2ast, T.Mito 14+4reb+1ast, I.Brown 8+2reb+1ast, L.Turner 8+7reb, B.Harper 5+4reb+1ast
gschID: 142274


Sendai 89ers - Hamamatsu P. 66-64

Top ranked Hamamatsu Phoenix (30-14) recorded its fourteenth loss on the court of fifth ranked Sendai 89ers on Saturday night. Visitors were edged by Sendai 89ers 66-64. It ended at the same time the six-game winning streak of Hamamatsu Phoenix. The hosts trailed by 8 points after three quarters before their 24-14 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Sendai 89ers had a 31-19 advantage in offensive rebounds. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Sendai 89ers made 8 blocks. The game was dominated by American players. The best player for the winners was center Rashaad Singleton (213-87, college: Florida Southern) who had a double-double by scoring 25 points, 12 rebounds and 6 blocks (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Forward Johnny Dukes (203-84, college: San Bernardino CC) chipped in 19 points and 8 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was guard Jermaine Dixon (191-87, college: Pittsburgh, agency: VVG Sports) who recorded 19 points and 7 assists and forward Lawrence Blackledge (206-86, college: Marquette) added 7 points and 7 rebounds respectively. Hamamatsu Phoenix's coach tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Sendai 89ers (24-21) moved-up to fourth place. Defending champion Hamamatsu Phoenix still keeps top position with 14 games lost. Sendai 89ers are again looking forward to face league's leader Hamamatsu Phoenix in Mikawa in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Hamamatsu Phoenix will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Sendai 89ers: R.Singleton 25+12reb, J.Dukes 19+8reb, F.Toncinic 11+5reb+1ast, T.Shimura 5+4reb+10ast, T.Komoda 4+6reb+3ast, K.Takahashi 2
Hamamatsu P.: J.Dixon 19+3reb+7ast, K.Tomori 10+1reb+1ast, J.Parmer 9+2reb+1ast, L.Blackledge 7+7reb+1ast, W.Arnold 7+5reb, L.Pomare 6+8reb
gschID: 142267


Shinshu BW - Oita H.Devils 100-89

The game between closely ranked teams ended with seventh ranked Shinshu BW's (18-27) home victory over 8th ranked Oita Heat Devils (18-26) 100-89 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Shinshu BW. Oita Heat Devils was better in third quarter 26-21. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Oita Heat Devils were plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. The game was also dominated by American players. The best player for the winners was power forward Lee Roberts (201-87, college: Findlay, OH) who had a double-double by scoring 26 points and 14 rebounds. Guard Derek Raivio (190-84, college: Gonzaga) chipped in 22 points and 7 assists. Four Shinshu BW players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was guard Wendell White (198-84, college: UNLV, agency: Top Notch Sports) who recorded a double-double by scoring 26 points, 18 rebounds and 5 assists and forward T.J. Cummings (205-81, college: UCLA, agency: Top Notch Sports) added 21 points and 14 rebounds respectively. Shinshu BW have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain seventh place with 18-27 record. Oita Heat Devils lost third consecutive game. They keep the eighth position with 26 games lost. Shinshu BW will face again Oita Heat Devils (#8) at home in the next round.
Top scorers:
Shinshu BW: L.Roberts 26+14reb, D.Raivio 22+3reb+7ast, E.Morris 15+6reb+1ast, T.Saito 15+3reb+4ast, S.Yosuke 10+4reb, T.Hughes 7+8reb+1ast
Oita H.Devils: W.White 26+18reb+5ast, M.Lottich 23+3reb+1ast, T.Cummings 21+14reb+1ast, M.Ohara 7+1reb, T.Finger 4+4reb, K.Mitomo 4+3ast
gschID: 142268


Shiga L-Stars - Fukuoka Rizing 87-77

Everything could happen at the game between two tied teams. Both third ranked Shiga L-Stars and 5th ranked Fukuoka Rizing had identical 28-16 record. This time Shiga L-Stars used a home court advantage and won against the opponent from Fukuoka 87-77 on Saturday night. The game was mostly controlled by Shiga L-Stars. Fukuoka Rizing was better in third quarter 22-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Shiga L-Stars won last quarter 37-28. They made 22-of-28 free shots (78.6 percent) during the game. The best player for the winners was guard Yu Okada (184-83) who scored 22 points and 4 assists (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line). American forward Ray Nixon (203-84, college: Wisconsin, agency: Top Notch Sports) chipped in 15 points and 8 rebounds. Four Shiga L-Stars players scored in double figures. Shiga L-Stars' coach Al Westover used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. At the other side the best for losing team was American swingman Kevin Palmer (198-87, college: Texas A&M-CC, agency: VVG Sports) who recorded 32 points and 7 rebounds and the other American import power forward Gary Hamilton (208-84, college: Miami, FL, agency: Top Notch Sports) added 11 points and 23 rebounds respectively. Shiga L-Stars (29-16) have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They maintain third place behind leader Okinawa GK, which they share with Kyoto Hannar. Loser Fukuoka Rizing keeps the fifth position with 17 games lost. Shiga L-Stars will face again Fukuoka Rizing (#5) at home in the next round.
Top scorers:
Shiga L-Stars: Y.Okada 22+3reb+4ast, J.Peppers 15+3reb, R.Nixon 15+8reb+3ast, D.Gomez Camargo 13+9reb+2ast, J.Ashby 8+7reb+1ast, S.Ogawa 6+2reb+4ast
Fukuoka Rizing: K.Palmer 32+7reb+1ast, G.Hamilton 11+23reb+1ast, J.Nakanishi 11+6reb+5ast, S.Ishitani 9, C.Dixon 7+3reb, A.Takeno 4+3reb+1ast
gschID: 142269


Kyoto Hannar. - Miyazaki SS 98-91

Rather predictable result when fourth ranked Kyoto Hannar. (29-16) beat at home 7th ranked Miyazaki Shining Suns (20-25) 98-91 on Saturday. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Miyazaki Shining Suns won fourth quarter 32-29. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Kyoto Hannar. dominated down low during the game scoring 58 of its points in the paint compared to Miyazaki Shining Suns' 36. They outrebounded Miyazaki Shining Suns 41-20 including a 15-2 advantage in offensive rebounds. Kyoto Hannar. looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. The best player for the winners was American forward Rick Rickert (211-83, college: Minnesota, agency: SportsTalent) who had a double-double by scoring 19 points, 12 rebounds and 6 assists. His fellow American import guard Jermaine Boyette (188-78, college: Weber St., agency: SportsTalent) chipped in 23 points and 4 assists. Kyoto Hannar.'s coach Honoo Hamaguchi used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. At the other side the best for losing team was guard Taishiro Shimizu (183-81) who recorded 24 points and 6 assists (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line) and American power forward Lewis Witcher (206-87, college: Virginia Tech) added 20 points and 5 rebounds respectively. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Kyoto Hannar. have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to third place, which they share with Shiga L-Stars. Loser Miyazaki Shining Suns keep the seventh position with 25 games lost. Kyoto Hannar. will face again Miyazaki Shining Suns (#7) at home in the next round.
Top scorers:
Kyoto Hannar.: J.Boyette 23+4reb+4ast, R.Rickert 19+12reb+6ast, B.Camara 16+7reb+2ast, T.Kawabe 15+1reb+1ast, N.Nakamura 10+1reb, L.Cummard 9+11reb+2ast
Miyazaki SS: T.Shimizu 24+4reb+6ast, L.Witcher 20+5reb+1ast, O.Shinnosuke 18+1reb+6ast, T.Ito 15+1ast, Y.Kojima 7+6reb+4ast, Y.Tsubasa 5+4reb
gschID: 142270


Osaka Evessa - Niigata Albirex 73-83

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Osaka. Third ranked Niigata Albirex faced second-best Osaka Evessa. Guests from Niigata (25-20) defeated host Osaka Evessa (30-15) 83-73. The guests were ahead by 4 points but lost the second period ending it with a 5-point deficit before their 27-12 run, which allowed them to win the game. Niigata Albirex dominated down low during the game scoring 64 of its points in the paint compared to Osaka Evessa's 40. They outrebounded Osaka Evessa 47-27 including a 17-4 advantage in offensive rebounds. It was an exceptional evening for American guard Nile Murry (193-83, college: TCU) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 10 rebounds. His fellow American import forward Erron Maxey (198-78, college: Providence) accounted for 12 points and 11 rebounds for the winning side. Niigata Albirex's coach Matt Garrison allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American forward Michael Bell (206-82, college: Florida Atlantic) came up with a double-double by scoring 13 points, 12 rebounds and 4 blocks and Haitian-American swingman Bobby St.Preux (196-80, college: N.Kentucky, agency: KMG Sports Management) added 15 points and 8 rebounds respectively for Osaka Evessa in the defeat. Niigata Albirex maintains third place with 25-20 record having four points less than leader Okinawa GK. Osaka Evessa at the other side keeps the second position with 15 games lost. Niigata Albirex will have a break next round. Osaka Evessa will play again at home against Niigata Albirex and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Niigata Albirex: C.Holm 19+7reb, N.Murry 15+10reb+1ast, E.Maxey 12+11reb+3ast, Y.Ikeda 9+5reb, K.Sato 6+1reb+2ast, H.Kondo 6+2reb+2ast
Osaka Evessa: S.Takeda 20, B.St.Preux 15+8reb+3ast, M.Bell 13+12reb+2ast, M.Obuchi 9+2reb+3ast, C.Aoki 8+1reb+1ast, K.Tyner 6+4reb+6ast
gschID: 142271


Akita NH - Yokohama BC 78-80

Important game to mention about took place in Akita. Sixth ranked Yokohama BC (23-21) saved a 2-point victory on the road edging second-best Akita Happinets (27-20) 80-78 on Saturday evening. The guests were already 16 points ahead after 3 quarters before a 34-20 Akita Happinets' run in the last quarter cut the lead to 80-78 at the end of the game. They outrebounded Akita Happinets 44-29 including a 35-22 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was a good game for American forward Justin Burrell (235-88, college: St.John's) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 11 rebounds. His fellow American import guard Draelon Burns (194-85, college: De Paul, agency: Top Notch Sports) contributed with 17 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. American swingman Ricky Woods (194-84, college: SE Louisiana) answered with 23 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists and American-Kittitian forward Kyle Swanston (201-86, college: JMU, agency: SDJ Sports) added 12 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Akita Happinets. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Akita Happinets' coach let to play ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Yokohama BC moved-up to fifth place. Akita Happinets lost third consecutive game. They keep the second position with 20 games lost. Yokohama BC will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Akita Happinets will play again at home against Yokohama BC and hope to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Yokohama BC: J.Burrell 20+11reb+1ast, M.Kabaya 17+3reb+2ast, D.Burns 17+8reb+3ast, C.McFarland 15+12reb, M.Simmons 5+3reb, K.Yamada 4+4reb+3ast
Akita NH: R.Woods 23+7reb+4ast, Y.Kikuchi 16+2reb+1ast, M.Kearse 14+2reb+2ast, K.Swanston 12+8reb+2ast, E.Drayton 8+8reb+4ast, R.Mizumachi 5+1ast
gschID: 142266



Aishin and Toyota won the Semi-Finals openers - by Eurobasket News

Aishin SH - Panasonic T. 79-69

The hosts trailed by 4 points at the halftime before their 42-28 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Aishin Sea Horses dominated down low during the game scoring 64 of its points in the paint compared to Panasonic Trians' 34. They outrebounded Panasonic Trians 40-29 including 29 on the defensive glass. The former international power forward J.R. Sakuragi (206-76, college: UCLA) fired a double-double by scoring 22 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. American forward Anthony Richardson (201-83, college: Florida St., agency: TSS Management) chipped in 21 points and 7 rebounds. Four Aishin Sea Horses players scored in double figures. American forward Ace Custis (202-74, college: Virginia Tech, agency: Higher Vision Sports) produced 23 points and international guard Kenta Hirose (193-85) added 13 points and 5 rebounds respectively for lost side. Panasonic Trians' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
Aishin SH: J.Sakuragi 22+11reb+2ast, A.Richardson 21+7reb+1ast, S.Kashiwagi 15+5reb+1ast, S.Asayama 10+2reb+1ast, K.Young 6+7reb+1ast, T.Furukawa 5+4reb+1ast
Panasonic T.: A.Custis 23+3reb+1ast, K.Hirose 13+5reb+2ast, K.Kanamaru 11+1reb+3ast, H.Watanabe 6+3reb+2ast, C.O'Bannon 6+6reb, F.Aono 4+7reb
gschID: 172061


Toyota Alvark - Hitachi SR 64-56

The hosts were already 11 points ahead after 3 quarters before a 21-18 Hitachi Sunrockers' run in the last quarter cut the lead to 64-56 at the end of the game. They outrebounded Hitachi Sunrockers 51-27 including a 20-7 advantage in offensive rebounds. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Jeff Gibbs (188-80, college: Otterbein) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 11 points and 17 rebounds. International power forward Kosuke Takeuchi (206-85) contributed with 7 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. American power forward Jamar Smith (206-80, college: Maryland) answered with 17 points and 9 rebounds and guard Daisuke Kobayashi (188-87) added 15 points in the effort for Hitachi Sunrockers. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Toyota Alvark: Y.Okada 14+1reb+3ast, J.Gibbs 11+17reb+1ast, T.Shonaka 10+1reb, K.Takeuchi 7+11reb+1ast, M.Takahashi 6+3reb+2ast, K.Tanaka 6+8reb+1ast
Hitachi SR: J.Smith 17+9reb+2ast, D.Kobayashi 15+2reb, F.Nishimura 13+1reb+3ast, C.Maraker 4+2reb+1ast, T.Iwaguma 3, J.Takeuchi 2+8reb
gschID: 172062



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Stats Leaders - Men

JPL 2012 Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1. Enver Soobzokov 17.9
2. Zaid Alkhas 14.6
3. Mousa Al-Awadi 14
4. Ah. Hamarsheh 13.7
5. Y. Abu-Wazneh 13.5
6. Ali Jamal 13.4
7. Moh. Hamdan 13.1
8. Mah. Abdeen 12.7
9. Issa Kamel 11.9
10. Wesam Alsous 11.6
Rebounds Per Game
1. Y. Abu-Wazneh 10.8
2. Ah. Hamarsheh 10.7
3. Zaid Alkhas 10.3
4. Ahmad Moghrabi 7.9
5. Ali Jamal 7.3

Assists Per Game
1. Wesam Alsous 3.0
2. Nidal Alshareef 2.9
2. Tamer Katami 2.9
4. Ahmad Shaker 2.8
5. Moh. Idais 2.6
Steals Per Game
1. Ali El-Zubi 2.5
2. Hani Alfaraj 2.3
3. Ammar Jabri 2.2
4. Ah. Hamarsheh
5. Tamer Katami 1.9
Blocks Per Game
1. Ali Jamal 1.4
2. Zaid Alkhas 1.3
3. Faisal Khair 1.1
4. Ahmad Dwairi 0.9
5. Abd. Abu-Qoura 0.9
3FGP
1. Enver Soobzokov 3.0
2. Wesam Alsous 2.5
3. Mahmoud Abdeen 2.2
4. Mousa Al-Awadi 1.8
5. Issa Kamel 1.6



U18 WABA Championship: Lebanon stay undefeated in Tripoli - by Eurobasket News

Lebanon U18 - Jordan U18 75:50

Lebanon recorded the second straight win at the start of U18 WABA Championship in Tripoli. The hosts shot down Jordan to improve at 2-0 record. The teams are fighting for three top places to advance into U18 Asia Championship in Mongolia in August. The top three teams will be decided on aggregate results from both last years and current WABA Championships. Wael Arakji scored 22 points to lead Lebanon.
Lebanon secured a 15:12 lead after ten minutes. They cleared off in the second quarter. The hosts established a 45:22 halftime lead. They maintained it throughout the third term. Lebanon ensured a 54:34 advantage with one quarter remaining. The margin grew at 28-point mark midway through the final term and Lebanon never looked back en route to the win. Elie Chamoun produced 15 points and 7 rebounds, while Jimmy Salem (190-G-95) had 10 points in the victory. Hazem Alqum answered with 15 points for Jordan. Sa'ad Al Momani finished with 11 points in defeat.

Lebanon U18: Wael Arakji 22, Elie Chamoun 15, Jimmy Salem 10
Jordan U18: Hazem Alqum 15, Sa'ad Al Momani 11



Amin Abuhawwas: Talented Jordanian Abroad - by Omar Shafaamri

Cave Spring School guard Amin Abuhawwas (195 cm- SG/SF)) has had a checkered basketball career at the Southwest County school. He didnt make the team as a ninth grader, and rarely came off the bench in the tenth but now the 6-foot-4 Abuhawwas the Son of Jordanian Ismail Abuhawwas is averaging 18.7 points, 7.2 rebounds and 2.1 steals per game while shooting 36 percent from 3-point range and 78 percent from the foul line. He was named River Ridge District and Region IV player of the year.

'He could always glide up and down the floor, which kind of makes you think sometimes he's not playing hard. He's one of those guys who's uniquely smooth. He's a high-flying 'two-guard' who's not only a slasher and a guy who can go to the hole and dunk, but he's a legitimate jump shooter. He can score the basketball against anybody.'

'I've coached a lot of players, and he is really good. He is a college player. Now at what level, I don't know.' said Billy Hicks, Coach of Cave Spring School. Amin has finished his Senior Year at the Southeast County School and has big Chances in making it to one of the National Colleges Divisions (NCAA).



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Dardan Berisha selected the top Kosovan playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Dardan Berisha
Dardan Berisha
   #1. This week's number one is former international guard Dardan Berisha (192-88, agency: INVICTUS Sports Group). Berisha contributed to Anwil's victory against the leader Asseco Prokom (6-2) 66-55 in the Polish PLK last Saturday. He scored 7 points. Anwil Wloclawek (3-5) is placed fourth in Group A. There are only two games left until the end of the Second Stage. So now every game will be critical. Berisha has relatively good stats this season: 11.6ppg, 2.9rpg, 2.1apg, 2FGP: 48.1%, 3FGP: 34.5% and FT: 82.8%. He has a dual citizenship: Kosovan and Polish. Despite Berisha played previously for the Polish national team, he played also for the Kosovan national team in 2006.

Kenan Sipahi
Kenan Sipahi
   #2. Second place goes to an international point guard Kenan Sipahi (192-95), who plays in the Turkish TBL. Sipahi could not help Tofas (12-14) to beat Antalya (8-18). He scored 8 points in 15 minutes. Tofas was edged 88-87 on the road by the lower-ranked (#13) Antalya. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. This year Sipahi averages: 3.8ppg, 1.5rpg, 2.4apg, 2FGP: 53.1%, 3FGP: 32.5% and FT: 61.3% in the 24 games he played so far. He is another player who holds two passports: Kosovan and Turkish. Despite Sipahi played previously for the Turkish U18 national team, he is currently a member of the Kosovan senior national team.

Dragan Pusic
Dragan Pusic
   #3. The Kosovan player who performed third best last week abroad was an international guard Dragan Pusic (193-84), who plays in the Slovenian D2 (second division). Pusic was not able to help Sencur CP (17-6) in their last game on Saturday. Despite his very good performance Sencur CP was defeated 82-77 on the opponent's court by the much lower-ranked Medvode (#10). Pusic was the second best scorer with 20 points. His team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And now that game is quite important. Pusic is currently first on the list of most steals. He has individually a very good season with high stats. Pusic averages: 16.2ppg, 2.6rpg, 2.4apg, 2.0spg, 2FGP: 53.3%, 3FGP: 39.1% and FT: 79.3%. Despite he played previously for the Turkish national team, Pusic is currently a member of the Kosovan senior national team.

Erjon Kastrati
Erjon Kastrati
   #4. Swingman Erjon Kastrati (197-94) was not able to secure a victory for LTHcast Mercator (4-20) in their game against Maribor Messer (14-10) in the Slovenian Telemach League. He scored 5 points in 22 minutes. The fifth-placed LTHcast Mercator lost 64-70 in Maribor to the second-ranked Messer in the Play-out group. There are only four games left until the end of the Second Stage. This year Kastrati's overall stats are: 4.8ppg and 2.0rpg in the 13 games. He has both Kosovan and Albanian nationalities. Kastrati is also Kosovan national team player.

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

   #1. Ulug Kacaniku (202-G/F-85), who plays in the Turkish TB2L (second division) could not help Istanbulspor (12-23) in their last game. Despite his very good performance Istanbulspor lost 78-83 at home to the second-ranked Optimum TED. Kacaniku was the top scorer with 24 points. He also added 8 rebounds in 35 minutes. It was Istanbulspor's third consecutive loss in a row. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Kacaniku has relatively good stats this year: 14.0ppg, 5.9rpg and 1.4apg in the 18 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Kosovan and Turkish. Despite Kacaniku's Kosovan passport, he previously played for the Turkish national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Kosovan team.

Other top Kosovan players, who play abroad:

Gazmend Sinani (203-F-91) plays for Malbas in Swedish Basketettan
Korab Ferizi (201-F/C-85) plays for Malbas in Swedish Basketettan
Rasim Beqiri (203-F/C-85) plays for Kristiansand in Norwegian 1Div.
Elio Sadiku (187-PG-91) plays for Saint Chamond in French NM2



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  LATVIA   

LBL Standing

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

Regular Season: Round 27

Apr. 7: Liepaja - LU 79-60
Apr. 4: VEF Riga - Jurmala 117-61
Apr. 10: Liepaja - Ventspils


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Ernests KALVE
  Valmiera
  (200-F-87)
  Avg: 18.8
 1. Kalve, Valmiera18.8 
 2. Peiners, LU18.1 
 3. Mayo, Liepaja17.8 
 4. Lucas, Valmiera17.1 
 5. Krumins, Jelgava16.5 
 6. Ozols, Jurmala16.4 
 7. Mediss, Turiba15.5 
 8. Young, Ventspils14.5 
 9. Kravcenko, Liepaja14.0 
 10. Dargais, LU13.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ervins JONATS
  Jurmala
  (199-F-91)
  Avg: 9.3
 1. Jonats, Jurmala9.3 
 2. Willard, Ventspils8.5 
 3. Rozitis, Valmiera8.0 
 4. Dargais, LU7.9 
 5. Berzins, VEF Riga7.6 
 6. Mednis, Turiba6.7 
 7. Kalve, Valmiera6.3 
 8. Nelson, Jelgava6.1 
 9. Butjankovs, Valmi.6.0 
 10. Timma, Liepaja5.9 
Assists Per Game
 Josh MAYO
  Liepaja
  (182-G-87)
  Avg: 5
 1. Mayo, Liepaja5.0 
 2. Lucas, Valmiera4.5 
 3. Kravcenko, Liepaja4.1 
 4. Coders, Jurmala3.6 
 5. Krumins, Jelgava3.2 
 6. Silavs, Jelgava3.1 
 7. Peiners, LU3.0 
 8. Gray, Ventspils3.0 
 9. Antrops, Turiba2.4 
 10. Vitols, LU2.3 
Steals Per Game
 Zanis PEINERS
  LU
  (203-G-90)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Peiners, LU1.9 
 2. Kanbergs, Jelgava1.8 
 3. Gray, Ventspils1.8 
 4. Timma, Liepaja1.7 
 5. Osins, LU1.7 
 6. Mayo, Liepaja1.6 
 7. Young, Ventspils1.5 
 8. Kosuskins, Jurmala1.4 
 9. Piternieks, Turiba1.4 
 10. Ozols, Jurmala1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Jekabs ROZITIS
  Valmiera
  (206-F/C-86)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Rozitis, Valmiera1.7 
 2. Berzins, VEF Riga1.2 
 3. Leiteris, Liepaja0.9 
 4. Ozols, Jurmala0.9 
 5. Jonats, Jurmala0.8 
 6. Plivda, LU0.7 
 7. Duselis, Jelgava0.6 
 8. Meiers, Ventspils0.6 
 9. Willard, Ventspils0.5 
 10. Berzins, Ventspils0.5 


Janis Blums selected the top Latvian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Janis Blums
Janis Blums
   #1. This week's number one is an international guard Janis Blums (190-82). He led Gescrap BB to a victory over the 13th-ranked Gran Canaria 2014 (11-16) 78-72 in the Spanish ACB in Sunday night's game. Blums was MVP of the game. He scored 13 points in 25 minutes on the court. Gescrap Bizkaia Bilbao Basket (15-12) is placed sixth in the ACB. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. It's Blums' fourth season with the team. This year Blums averages: 6.2ppg, 1.4rpg, 2FGP: 41.5%, 3FGP: 42.0% and FT: 59.1% in the 24 games he played so far. He is currently a member of the Latvian senior national team.

Kaspars Cipruss
Kaspars Cipruss
   #2. Second place goes to former international center Kaspars Cipruss (210-82, agency: Interperformances). Cipruss was the major contributor in a BC Rakvere's victory against the sixth-ranked Tln Kalev (12-16) 94-76 in the Estonian KML last Friday. He recorded a double-double by scoring 20 points and getting 14 rebounds. BC Rakvere Tarvas (19-9) is placed second in the KML. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. Cipruss belongs to league's top scorers (ranked #5) and also on the list of best rebounders (first place). He has individually a very good season with high stats. Cipruss averages: 16.9ppg, 10.3rpg, 2FGP: 65.6%(166-253), 3FGP: 25.0% and FT: 70.6%. He played for the Latvian national team in 2008.

Rinalds Sirsnins
Rinalds Sirsnins
   #3. The Latvian player who performed third best last week abroad was former international point guard Rinalds Sirsnins (186-85) is a teammate of previously mentioned Kaspars Cipruss and both played together in the last Estonian KML game. Sirsnins was the main contributor in a BC Rakvere's victory against the sixth-ranked Tln Kalev (12-16) 94-76. He was the best player in that game. Sirsnins recorded 20 points and added 9 assists in 35 minutes. Sirsnins has relatively good stats this year: 11.5ppg, 2.5rpg, 3.7apg, 1.6spg, 2FGP: 31.6%, 3FGP: 43.1% and FT: 87.5% in the 11 games. He played for the Latvian national team two years ago.

Martins Berkis
Martins Berkis
   #4. Forward Martins Berkis (198-85), who plays in the Slovakian Extraliga could not help Svit (17-15) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Berkis' very good performance Svit was defeated 97-88 at home by the leading Komarno. He was the top scorer with 32 points. Berkis also added 6 rebounds. It's Berkis' first season with the team. This year he has very high stats. Berkis averages: 15.6ppg, 5.0rpg, 1.9apg and 1.3spg. He used to play for the Latvian national team back in 2010.

Raitis Grafs
Raitis Grafs
   #5. Former international center Raitis Grafs (208-81, college: Valparaiso) contributed to Siauliai's victory against the league leader Zalgiris (20-1) 92-81 in the Lithuanian LKL last Monday. Grafs recorded 14 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 28 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. BC Siauliai (14-6) is placed fourth in the LKL. It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. This year Grafs has relatively solid stats: 11.5ppg and 6.0rpg in the two games. He used to play for the Latvian national team two years ago.

Kaspars Kambala
Kaspars Kambala
   #6. An experienced center Kaspars Kambala (206-78, agency: Alti Sport, college: UNLV), who plays in the Turkish TBL was not able to help Turk Telekom (11-15) in their last game on Sunday. Despite Kambala's very good performance Turk Telekom was defeated 82-76 on the road by the higher-ranked Banvit BK (#3). He was the second best scorer with 16 points. Kambala also added 8 rebounds. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. Kambala has reliable stats this season: 10.7ppg and 4.8rpg. He is a former international player as he played for the Latvian senior team three years ago.

Janis Strelnieks
Janis Strelnieks
   #7. International guard Janis Strelnieks (191-89) contributed to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Krasnie Krilya (7-9) crushing them 86-63 in the Russian PBL in Thursday night's game. Strelnieks recorded 11 points, 3 assists and 3 steals in 24 minutes. Spartak St.Petersburg (8-7) is placed fifth in the PBL. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be important. This year Strelnieks averages only 4.7ppg in the 12 games. He is also Latvian national team player.

Davis Bertans
Davis Bertans
   #8. Forward Davis Bertans (208-92) contributed to an easy victory against the sixth-ranked Radnicki Basket (2-2) crushing them 90-70 in a derby game in the Serbian A League last Sunday. Bertans scored 8 points and added 3 assists. BC Partizan MT:S Beograd (3-1) is placed third in SuperLiga group. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen. Bertans' overall stats this year are: 3.8ppg, 1.8rpg and 1.3apg. He plays currently for the Latvian national team.

Armands Skele
Armands Skele
   #9. Former international guard Armands Skele (192-83), who plays in the Estonian KML was not able to secure a victory for Kalev/Cramo (23-5) in their last game. Despite Skele's good performance Kalev/Cramo was edged 76-74 on their home court in Tallinn by the leading Tartu Ulikool. He was the top scorer with 14 points. Skele also added 7 rebounds and dished 6 assists in 32 minutes. It was Kalev/Cramo's third consecutive loss in a row. The Regular Season already ended. This year Skele's overall stats are: 8.1ppg, 3.6rpg, 2.8apg and 1.9spg in the 15 games. He used to play for the Latvian national team three years ago.

Juris Umbrasko
Juris Umbrasko
   #10. Swingman Juris Umbrasko (197-79) is a teammate of previously mentioned Kaspars Cipruss. He played also in the last Estonian KML game facing Rinalds Sirsnins (above) in the other team. Umbrasko contributed to an easy victory against the sixth-ranked Tln Kalev (12-16) 94-76. He recorded 17 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists. Umbrasko's stats this season are: 10.6ppg, 4.0rpg, 2.0apg and 1.3spg. He is a former international player as four years ago he still played for the Latvian senior national team.

   #11. Former international center Andris Biedrins (213-86) managed to help Golden State Warriors in a victory against the Denver Nuggets 112-97 in the NBA last Saturday. Biedrins scored only 4 points, grabbed 6 rebounds and made 2 blocks in 18 minutes. This year Biedrins' total stats are: 1.7ppg and 3.9rpg in the 42 games. He used to play for the Latvian national team three years ago.

   #12. International power forward Rolands Freimanis (207-88, agency: Players Group), who plays in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division) couldn't help Girona FC (18-8) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Freimanis' very good performance Girona FC was defeated 69-64 in Lugo by the lower-ranked Leche Rio Breogan (#8). He was the second best scorer with 19 points. Freimanis also added 9 rebounds (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line). Freimanis averaged so far 12.6ppg and 5.6rpg. He is also in the roster of the Latvian national team.

   #13. International swingman Mareks Jurevicus (197-85), who plays in the Italian Lega2 (second division) couldn't help Assi Ostuni (10-14) in their last game. Despite Jurevicus' very good performance Assi Ostuni was badly defeated 91-74 in Reggio Emilia by the leading Trenkwalder RE. He was the second best scorer with 18 points (was perfect 5-for-5 from the free throw line) in 35 minutes. Jurevicus averaged so far 13.6ppg, 4.2rpg and 1.9apg in the 24 games. He is also Latvian national team player.

   #14. International point guard Edgard Jeromanovs (186-86) contributed to a Norrkoping Dolphins' victory against the closely-ranked Boras Basket 88-76 in the Swedish Basketligan last Wednesday. Jeromanovs recorded 9 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists and 3 steals. Jeromanovs averaged so far 10.1ppg, 3.0rpg, 3.8apg and 1.5spg. He plays currently for the Latvian national team.

   #15. Former U20 international forward Maris Gulbis (202-85) helped Vitoria SC win their game against one of league's weakest teams Terceira Basket crushing them 95-72 in the Portuguese LPB on Saturday night. Gulbis recorded 20 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 25 minutes. Gulbis averaged so far 13.0ppg and 5.3rpg in the 22 games. He used to play for the Latvian U20 national team seven years ago.



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  LEBANON   


Al Riyadi head to Tahran Ismail less - by Ahmad Kerdi

Both Asian and West Asian Champs of last year Al Riyadi Club are heading to Tehran to take on Iranian Champs and last years Asian runner up Mahram in two games Monday and Tuesday in what is so far the 'clash of the titans' in West Asian Basketball League this season.
Riyadi surprised everyone by excluding Egyptian Superstar Ismail Ahmad from the roster heading to Tehran, replacing him with his Lebanese-American teammate Joseph Vogel.
The team will most probably miss American Shooting Guard Deawrrick Spencer due to an injury he got in game 2 of WABL final in Beirut.
The Egyptian 'Pharaoh' would still be practicing in Lebanon with Team assistant Coach Jade Fattouh who won't be part of the committee either awaiting the arrival of the new American Small Forward of the team Andre Emmett (196-G/F-82, college: Texas Tech) who signed lately with the Lebanese Champs.
Coach Jade will supervise both Medical and Physical examination of Emmett before putting him on the right track in terms of team's offensive and defensive systems, his role with the team and his teammates, therefore Emmett won't participate in WABL this year and will wait for the final decision on whether he'll be in for the Lebanese League or other future championships.

Dewarick Spencer (193-G-82, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: Arkansas St.)



WABA U18: Lebanons second win and Syrias first - by Maarouf Mawloud

TRIPOLI, Lebanon (13th WABA U18 Championship): Hosts Lebanon won 75-50 against Jordan for their second win in as many games, while Syria opened their account in this competition beating Yemen 80-47 on Day 3 of action in the 13th WABA U18 Championship on Friday.

A 9-2 run in the opening minutes of the game put Lebanon firmly in control and the hosts never let their rivals off the hook.

Syria took early control of their game opening the game with an 11-4 advantage against Yemen and never looked back.

The top three teams at the end of this competition, after taking into account the results of last Novembers 12th WABA U18 Championship will earn the right to represent WABA in the 22nd FIBA Asia U18 Championship to be held in Ulaanbaatar (Mongolia) from Aug 17-26.

Remaining games

Saturday: Iran Yemen; Syria Lebanon. Sunday: Jordan Syria; Lebanon Iran

FIBA Asia.
http://www.fibaasia.net/NewsDetails.aspx?id=2126



3rd consecutive win for Lebanon in the WABA U18 - by Asia-Basket Lebanon

In its 3rd game in the WABA U18 Championship Lebanon battled against Syria in a very exciting and intense game. The game saw the two teams battling to score a very important win. Lebanon finished 2nd in the first round last year in Iran. The game was very close one and the Syrians didnt allow the home team to impose their game, they led at the end of the first 3 quarters , 12-10,31-27,42-41 but Lebanon made a huge 13-0 run which gave Lebanon its 3rd consecutive win in the championship on the score of 62-48.

Lebanon will face tomorrow Iran in a battle for the first position , if Lebanon manage to win it will be the 2nd WABA U18 title in the previous 3 championships after the title in 2010 in Lebanon.

Wael Arakji from Lebanon led all scorers with 24 points , Lebanons Jimmy Salem had 14 points 7 rebounds and 4 steals and Johnny Nemr finished with 13 , as for the Syrians Ockba Baghjati led his team with 19 points.



U18 WABA Championship: Lebanon stay undefeated in Tripoli - by Eurobasket News

Lebanon U18 - Jordan U18 75:50

Lebanon recorded the second straight win at the start of U18 WABA Championship in Tripoli. The hosts shot down Jordan to improve at 2-0 record. The teams are fighting for three top places to advance into U18 Asia Championship in Mongolia in August. The top three teams will be decided on aggregate results from both last years and current WABA Championships. Wael Arakji scored 22 points to lead Lebanon.
Lebanon secured a 15:12 lead after ten minutes. They cleared off in the second quarter. The hosts established a 45:22 halftime lead. They maintained it throughout the third term. Lebanon ensured a 54:34 advantage with one quarter remaining. The margin grew at 28-point mark midway through the final term and Lebanon never looked back en route to the win. Elie Chamoun produced 15 points and 7 rebounds, while Jimmy Salem (190-G-95) had 10 points in the victory. Hazem Alqum answered with 15 points for Jordan. Sa'ad Al Momani finished with 11 points in defeat.

Lebanon U18: Wael Arakji 22, Elie Chamoun 15, Jimmy Salem 10
Jordan U18: Hazem Alqum 15, Sa'ad Al Momani 11



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Donatas Motiejunas' double-double lands him Player of the Week award among Lithuanians playing currently abroad - by Eurobasket Center

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

Donatas Motiejunas
Donatas Motiejunas
   #1. This week's number one is an international power forward Donatas Motiejunas (213-90, agency: Interperformances). He led Asseco Prokom to a victory over the third-ranked Zastal ZG (5-3) 77-69 in the Polish PLK in Wednesday night's game. Motiejunas was MVP of the game. He had a double-double by scoring 24 points and getting 13 rebounds in 30 minutes on the court. It was the game of the round between two top 3 ranked teams in Group A. Asseco Prokom Gdynia (6-2) is placed first. There are only two games left until the end of the Second Stage. So now every game will be critical. Motiejunas has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 17.3ppg, 5.9rpg, 1.1apg, 1.4spg, 2FGP: 50.6%, 3FGP: 36.8% and FT: 73.3% in the eight games he played so far. Motiejunas is currently a member of the Lithuanian senior national team.

Darjus Lavrinovic
Darjus Lavrinovic
   #2. Second place goes to an experienced international center Darjus Lavrinovic (212-79). He was the main contributor in a CSKA Moscow's victory against the league outsider BC Nizhny Novgorod (2-14) crushing them 97-53 in the Russian PBL last Sunday. Lavrinovic was the best player in that game. He scored 14 points, had 5 rebounds and made 2 blocks (went 5 for 5 at the free throw line). CSKA Moscow (13-1) is placed second in the PBL. It was his team's ninth consecutive victory in a row. It's Lavrinovic's first season with the team. Lavrinovic's overall stats this year are: 8.1ppg, 4.4rpg, 2FGP: 60.5%(23-38), 3FGP: 41.7% and FT: 82.4%. He is in the roster of the Lithuanian senior national team.

Sarunas Jasikevicius
Sarunas Jasikevicius
   #3. The Lithuanian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international guard Sarunas Jasikevicius (192-76, college: Maryland). Jasikevicius was the major contributor in Panathinaikos' victory against the closely-ranked Maccabi T-A (3-3) 86-85 in the Euroleague on Thursday night. He scored 13 points and added 3 assists in a mere 17 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 2 ranked teams in group G. Panathinaikos Athens (4-2) is placed first. This year Jasikevicius' overall stats are: 6.6ppg, 1.2rpg, 2.5apg, 2FGP: 57.7%(41-71), 3FGP: 36.4% and FT: 87.5% in the 20 games. He is also a member of the Lithuanian senior national team.

Linas Kleiza
Linas Kleiza
   #4. Forward Linas Kleiza (203-85, college: Missouri) contributed to a Toronto Raptors' victory against the Charlotte Bobcats (7-46) 92-87 in the NBA in Tuesday night's game. Kleiza recorded 18 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. The Toronto Raptors have 20-36 record this season. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. Kleiza has relatively good stats this season: 9.5ppg and 3.9rpg. He used to play for the Lithuanian national team back in 2010.

Antanas Kavaliauskas
Antanas Kavaliauskas
   #5. Former University international center Antanas Kavaliauskas (208-84, also represented by Interperformances, college: Texas A&M) helped his Latvian team VEF Riga win their game against the fourth-ranked Kalev/Cramo (12-7) 84-78 in the Baltic League last Saturday. Kavaliauskas scored 16 points (was perfect 6-for-6 from the free throw line) in 25 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. VEF Riga (0-0) is placed in the Baltic League. This year Kavaliauskas has relatively solid stats: 15.0ppg and 3.7rpg in the three games. He used to play for the Lithuanian university national team five years ago.

Justinas Sinica
Justinas Sinica
   #6. Forward Justinas Sinica (203-85) helped Minsk-2006 win their game against the fourth-ranked Minsk-2006 II (9-16) crushing them 120-83 in a derby game in the Belarusian Premier League on Friday night. Sinica was the top player that evening. He recorded 22 points and grabbed 8 rebounds. BK Minsk-2006 (24-1) is placed first in Championship group. Sinica has reliable stats this season: 10.4ppg, 3.8rpg and 1.5apg. He is a former university international player as he played for the Lithuanian team five years ago.

Donatas Zavackas
Donatas Zavackas
   #7. Former U20 international forward Donatas Zavackas (203-80, college: Pittsburgh) is a teammate of previously mentioned Antanas Kavaliauskas. But that was another game of his team in Latvian LBL which we would like to mention. Zavackas helped VEF Riga win their game against the seventh-ranked Jurmala (9-17) crushing them 117-61. He scored 12 points in only a mere 11 minutes. VEF Riga (15-1) is placed second in the LBL. It was his team's ninth consecutive victory in a row. Zavackas averaged so far 12.8ppg, 6.8rpg, 2.0apg and 1.3spg in the six games. He used to play for the Lithuanian U20 national team twelve years ago.

Ronaldas Rutkauskas
Ronaldas Rutkauskas
   #8. Forward Ronaldas Rutkauskas (203-92) is a teammate of previously mentioned Justinas Sinica and both played together in the last Belarusian Premier League game. Rutkauskas helped Minsk-2006 win their game against the fourth-ranked Minsk-2006 II (9-16) crushing them 120-83 in a derby game. He recorded 21 points. Rutkauskas is currently first on the list of top scorers and also on the list of best rebounders (second place). He has very reliable stats this season: 12.8ppg, 6.8rpg, 2.0apg and 1.3spg. Rutkauskas used to play for the Lithuanian U18 national team back in 2010.

Christopher Young
Christopher Young
   #9. Former international power forward Christopher Young (206-79, agency: Court Side, college: Michigan), who plays in the Belgian D1 could not help Okapi Aalstar (14-10) in their last game. Despite his very good performance Okapi Aalstar was edged 65-64 on the road by the one of league's weakest teams (#8) Optima Gent. Young was the top scorer with 15 points. He also added 9 rebounds in 25 minutes. Young is ranked fifth on the list of the best rebounders in the league and also on the list of best blockers (fifth place). This year he has very good stats: 10.7ppg, 6.9rpg and 1.1apg in the 23 games. Young is a naturalized American. Despite he played previously for the USA national team, Young is currently in the Lithuanian national team roster. Strangely he has never played in Lithuania.

Darius Songaila
Darius Songaila
   #10. Power forward