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  ALBANIA   



Tirana triumphs in the country - by Eurobasket News

Tirana triumphs in the country as they edged Basket Kamza in three games. The Winner of the Regular Season swept the Final series 3-0.
In Game 3 the favorites celebrated a 73:62 win. Tirana opened the game with 20-4 and never looked behind in the game. They had 34:17 midway through the second frame and led 11 points at the halftime. The difference remained the same after the first five minutes of the third quarter as well. Also after 16-16 in the frame the board showed 59:48 for the winning side. Basket Kamza managed to reduce to five points with 5 minutes to go, but failed to catch up. Tirana pushed the tempo for good and sealed the victory.
Bruno Daliu (202-C-85, college: Tusculum) top-scored for the winners with 23 points and 11 rebounds, while Endrit Hysenagolli (203-C-88) collected 20 points and 13 boards. Genti Lasku (194-G-85) notched 13 and Red Vogli had 10. Juxhin Talelli (194-G-86) ended up with 16 points in the losing effort, whilst Ardian Domi (199-F-84) posted 11. Algert Gjonaj (200-F-87) and Herion Faslija notched 10 points apiece in the losing case.



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  ALGERIA   


1B National Championships: Possible boycott in view - by Eurobasket News

The play-downs scheduled for June 1st might not hold if authorities of the National 1B confirm their boycott.
The direct integration of ES Belouizdad 1B national championship (Algerian second division) is creating confusion within the championship. A petition citing a possible boycott of the play-downs has been signed by five clubs is not making the already troubled Algerian basketball championship a favor. According to the petition, signed by the five club Presidents (OM Mda, MSMMH Hadjout, ASPTT of Alger, JIS Reghaa and ARBEE Alger-Centre) one team is being favored. ESB has not attained the various stages that can permit them to officially integrate the championship, which constitutes a transgression of laws set by the sports association. In the face of the passive reaction from the Federation and the various arms of the league, the authorities of the five clubs have decided to express their dissatisfaction in the local press.
Courtesy of: StarAfrica.com



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  ANGOLA   


Coach Alberto Babo Unaware of Reasons Behind His Dismissal - by Eurobasket News

Luanda The Portuguese coach Alberto Babo said last Tuesday to ANGOP, in Luanda, that he does not know the reasons behind his dismissal from managing the senior males basketball team of Petro de Luanda, but he assured that he leaves the club with no hard feelings.

According to him, the club's official in charge of basketball matters has communicated him the dismissal information without giving the reasons for this decision.

'I have been told that the chairman ordered my dismissal and it was stressed that it had to do with the result of the game with 1 de Agosto, without mentioned what I did wrong. As a professional man I accepted it, because they had the right to continue counting on me or not', he said, adding that he does not know the chairman of the club (Mateus de Brito).

The Portuguese coach, who won one national championship and one Compal Super Cup, said that he leaves the club with no hard feelings and with a sense of fulfilled duty, because he believes he satisfied the demands of the board.

'I am grateful for deserving the trust and giving me the opportunity to enrich my curriculum'.
Courtesy of: Angola Press



Petro De Luanda Defeat Interclube - by Eurobasket News

Luanda Petro de Luanda basketball team on Tuesday night defeated Interclube by 67-51, in the sixth round of the national senior males basketball championship, thus remaining in the third position of group A with 10 points.

With 16 points each, Carlos Morais (190-G-85) from Petro de Luanda and Eduardo Mingas (200-F-79) (Interclube) were the best scorers of the match.

In the next round, scheduled for Thursday, Petro de Luanda will receive Sporting de Cabinda in Cidadela Stadium, while Interclube will face Libolo in the main match.

1 de Agosto and ASA will complete the round.
Courtesy of: Angola Press



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  ARGENTINA   


Union Progresista is one win away from TNA title - by Eurobasket News

TNA Finals, Game 2: Union Progresista - Argentino 102-100

Union Progresista is 2-0 up in TNA Finals against Argentino. The hosts celebrated 102-100 victory last night coming just one win away from the title. The format is best-of-five and Argentino will be the host of Game Three. That meeting is scheduled for Friday. Greg Dilligard (203-F-85) stepped up for the winners with 22 points and 10 rebounds. Christian Schoppler (180-G-86) secured a nice help scoring 16 points and Osores added three less. In Argentino, Eduardo Spalla (197-F-89, agency: Dream Team Management) colleted 21 points and 8 rebs. Jonatan Slider (200-F-87) also had 21 points, and Chuck Robinson (201-F-72, agency: Dream Team Management, college: E.Carolina) posted 19 pts, plus 5 boards. It was a very exciting game and winner is decided in the finish. Union Progresista was 12-points up with ten minutes to go and visitors shined in the last period, but at the end were not able to take the victory. Quarters: 24-29, 24-22, 27-12, 27-37.

Union Progresista: Greg Dilligard 22+10 boards, Christian Schoppler 16, Osores 13
Argentino: Eduardo Spalla 21+8 boards, Jonatan Slider 21, Chuck Robinson 19+5 boards



9 de Julio extend Gaston Torre - by Eurobasket News

9 de Julio extended the contract with Gaston Torre (184-G-85). The guard will enter his third straight season with the team. Last season Gaston Torre averaged 5.7 points, 2.6 rebounds, 1.4 steals and 1.3 assists per game in LigaA. Previously Gaston Torre had stints with Central Enterriano, El Nacional Monte Hermoso, Union de Sunchales, Atenas.


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  ASEAN LEAGUE   

Standings

O Standings
 1. Petron Blaze 17-4 
 2. Philip.Patriots 15-5 
 3. Satria Muda 11-9 
 4. KL Dragons 11-10 
 5. Singapore S. 9-11 
 6. Saigon H. 7-13 
 7. Bangkok C. 6-14 
 8. Thailand S. 5-15 

Regular Season: Round 21

May. 9: KL Dragons - Singapore S. 88-105
May. 9: Saigon H. - Petron Blaze 68-83
May. 12: Thailand S. - Philip.Patriots
May. 13: Singapore S. - Satria Muda
May. 13: Bangkok C. - Saigon H.


CHRIS GARNETT EXPRIENCING A RE-SURGENCE! - by Ozell Wells

Evidence that the body can and will bounce back when given the right nutrients and care, Christopher Garnett (211-C-80, college: Indiana SE) is experiencing a resurgence of fortunes. now in the ASEAN basketball league for his second tour of duty. After a season filled with sickness and loads of medications, that limited his health and wellness, after being diagnosed with acute Bronchitis and Pneumonia, while in season in Japan with Toichi Brex, he is placed in the top 10 of 3 statistical categories in the ASEAN League with the Chang Thailand Slammers. Placed in the top 10 of points, rebounds and defense, he is proof positive of how ones fortunes can change in a flash when given the right treatment of body.
Best Swishes Chris!



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  AUSTRALIA   


Skytrans Cairns Taipans sign Clint Steindl - by Eurobasket News

The Skytrans Cairns Taipans have further bolstered its perimeter threat by signing Queensland product and former St Mary's College standout Clint Steindl (200-F-89).

Steindl has penned a multi-deal with the Skytrans Taipans, with the club believing the Mackay junior will have a long future in the NBL. Steindl graduated from the AIS program then accepted a scholarship to the NCAA Mid- Major powerhouse St Marys College. His former team mates include NBA star Patty Mills and Boomers Olympic hopeful Matt Dellavedova.
The 199cm shooting guard is known as an international three-point shooting specialist with NBA range and he has already gained Boomers experience by participating in the 2011 YouYI Games as well as being a key member of the Australian University Mens team coached by Skytrans Taipans assistant Mick Downer.

Clint has a reputation as being a world class shooter, but I think he will really surprise people with his versatility as a player, Downer said.

Skytrans Taipans head coach Aaron Fearne re-enforced these thoughts by saying Steindl was an exciting prospect.

Perimeter shooting is an area of the game that we felt we needed to improve on and Clints proven he is amongst the best in college basketball from behind the arc, Fearne said He has obviously had a taste of the Boomers program and will be highly motivated to continue his development towards future selections.

Steindl is excited about the opportunity to join the Taipans roster. He had previously visited short term and trained with the Taipans prior to going to the USA. Being a Queenslander and playing close to his home is also great benefit. It was however the ongoing recruiting by the Taipans staff and the opportunity for Steindl to continue to develop his game that excited him about the prospect of joining the 'Orange Army'.

We felt that Clint would be provided with the best opportunity to develop his game further and explained our plan for him at the Taipans and what we had to offer regarding his future. Clint felt really comfortable about this, Fearne stated.

Steindl endorsed his new coach's sentiments.

Im really excited about everything thats going on in Cairns, from the team that is being put together, to the club and the amazing support by the community.

Everyone I have spoken to has had nothing but positive things to say about the Taipans, and Im really glad that I will become a part of it.

When asked about his future aspirations, Steindl said making the Boomers was his ultimate goal.

Of course I would love to make the national team. I think thats every players ultimate dream to play at an Olympic Games and represent their country. I know I have a lot of hard work ahead of me so all Im focused on is finishing up here at school and getting to Cairns so I can start that process.

Steindl joins Cam Tragardh, Cam Gliddon, Dusty Rychart, Aaron Grabau and Jamar Wilson as contracted players for the 2012/13 season, with more player announcements expected in the near future.

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



NBL reintroduces All-Star Game - by Eurobasket News

The continuing resurgence of the National Basketball League will take another leap forward with the reintroduction of the popular All-Star Game as a pre-Christmas classic during season 2012/13 of the iiNet NBL Championship season, Basketball Australia has announced.

The 2012 NBL All-Star Game will be held on 23 December, with the iiNet NBL Championship draw featuring a bye for all clubs on the weekend between Rounds 11 and 12 to accommodate the event.

The last NBL All-Star Game was held in December 2007, when the Aussie All-Stars team defeated the World All-Stars, 146-141.

The reborn 2012 event will see 20 of the top players in the iiNet NBL Championship feature on two teams, with the full format of the NBL All-Star Game to be released at a later date.

Basketball Australia Chairman Kristina Keneally says the move to reintroduce the game is timed to capitalise on the recent growth in the NBL.

Over the past few seasons the NBL has been gathering momentum, as evidenced by our three years of consecutive growth in attendance, said Ms. Keneally. We believe the time is now right to re-introduce the All-Star Game to the NBL calendar and the groundswell of support from the fans has been overwhelming with 90% of fans in a recent poll wanting to see the All-Star game back.

This event has always been popular with the public and we see a myriad of ways that we can engage and interact with fans both in the lead-up and during the event, particularly in the social media space. Furthermore it provides another vehicle to build the profile of our best talent and helps us grow the public connection with these heroes in our league, as well as giving us additional commercial opportunities in terms of sponsorship and licensing revenues.

An All-Stars event is something that is synonymous with basketball internationally, and we are determined to develop the event into not just a single game but a total celebration of our great sport, added Ms. Keneally.

Whist the full calendar of events for All-Stars and the host venue will be revealed at a later date, it is anticipated that there will be a range of events which will span the three days from 21 to 23 December 2012. Fans will also be given the opportunity to have their say on the composition and make-up of the event.

The 2012/13 iiNet NBL Championship season is expected to tip-off in early October 2012.

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



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  BAHRAIN   


Al Hala power into final - by Yousef Ahmed


AL HALA took a major step towards winning their first-ever regional basketball competition, defeating compatriot Muharraq 75-69 in the 32nd GCC Clubs Basketball Championship last night. In an all-Bahraini semi-final clash, which took place at the Bahrain Basketball Association's gym in Um Al Hassam, Al Hala showed strength in defence and unstoppable attack for a six-point win and a place in the final.

Former NBA American Anthony Mason (201-F-87, college: St.John's) emerged hero for the victors, scoring a team-high 20 points besides making several offensive rebounds for the victors. Mason was supported by his compatriot Patrick Simpson (206-F-83, college: SMU), who managed eight points, besides local talents Ahmed Mirza, Mohammed Qurban and playmaker Hussain Taqi.

Muharaq were banking on C J Giles of the US and his countryman Era Clark, who made the bulk of scoring for their team with 28 and 18 points, respectively. Muharraq fought back bravely on several occasions, but were never able to catch up with their opponents in a match that featured tense moments among player of both parties. Al Hala will take on Qatar's Al Rayyan tomorrow in the final, set to tip off at 7pm at the same venue. Al Rayyan, the tournament's top favourites, defeated Al Wasl of the UAE 79-68 earlier yesterday and passed another crucial hurdle towards regaining the title they last won two years ago. American import Pony Harold stole the limelight with 38 points, 26 of which were scored before half-time. The Qataris, also comprising Omar Abdulqader, Mohammed Saleem, Yaasine Ismail, Irfan Ali and Tangy Alban, dominated the game from the beginning for a well-earned victory. Coached by Brian Bowsom of the US, Al Rayyan showed high level of performance in the first two quarters.

They went ahead 22-14 in the 10-minute first quarter and headed into half-time with a 48-37 advantage. Al Wasl, missing several key players like skipper Ebrahim Khalfan and giant Jassim Mohammed, either due to injury or suspensions, were struggling to challenge Al Rayyan players, who enjoyed physical strength and experience. In yesterday's third game, Al Fateh of Saudi Arabia secured fifth place with a 78-70 victory over Nizwa of Oman.

Tonight's final will be followed by the awarding ceremony, to be held under the patronage of Supreme Council for Youth and Sports chairman and Bahrain Olympic Committee president Shaikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa.

Source GDN

By RAMI HULAYYEL , Posted on Wednesday, May 09, 2012




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  BELGIUM   

Standings - Division I

D1 Standings
 1. Spirou 23-8 
 2. Antwerp 22-9 
 3. Oostende 22-10 
 4. Aalstar 17-14 
 5. M.Hainaut 15-16 
 6. Leuven 14-18 
 7. Gent 12-20 
 8. Liege 11-20 
 9. Verviers-Pep. 5-26 

Regular Season: Round 35

May. 9: M.Hainaut - Leuven 83-69
May. 9: Aalstar - Gent 75-70
May. 9: Verviers-Pep. - Liege 71-84
May. 9: Oostende - Antwerp 65-55

Round 10

May. 7: Leuven - Oostende 81-87 OT

Regular Season: Round 36

May. 11: Liege - Aalstar
May. 11: Spirou - Oostende
May. 12: Antwerp - M.Hainaut
May. 12: Leuven - Verviers-Pep.


Stats Leaders - Division I

Points Per Game
 Christopher COPELAND
  Aalstar
  (203-F-84)
  Avg: 21.2
 1. Copeland, Aalstar21.2 
 2. Bostic, Liege16.2 
 3. Mallet, Spirou14.9 
 4. Lojeski, Oostende14.8 
 5. Black, Antwerp14.3 
 6. Haynes, Gent14.1 
 7. Taylor, M.Hainaut13.9 
 8. Freeman, Leuven13.5 
 9. Love, Verviers-Pep.13.5 
 10. Broyles, Spirou13.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jason LOVE
  Verviers-Pep.
  (206-F/C-87)
  Avg: 8.3
 1. Love, Verviers-Pep.8.3 
 2. Brown, Gent7.9 
 3. Mejri, Antwerp7.6 
 4. Young, Aalstar7.3 
 5. Merriex, Verviers.6.9 
 6. Mukubu, Verviers.6.8 
 7. McLean, Leuven6.5 
 8. Jackson, Aalstar6.3 
 9. Booker, Oostende6.3 
 10. Bostic, Liege5.8 
Assists Per Game
 Dominic WATERS
  Liege
  (185-PG-86)
  Avg: 4.2
 1. Waters, Liege4.2 
 2. Djordjevic, Ooste.3.6 
 3. Bosco, Gent3.4 
 4. Marnegrave, Leuven3.3 
 5. Black, Antwerp3.1 
 6. Slaughter, M.Hai.2.9 
 7. Mallet, Spirou2.8 
 8. Steinbach, Aalstar2.8 
 9. Taylor, M.Hainaut2.7 
 10. Bostic, Liege2.6 
Steals Per Game
 Adeola DAGUNDURO
  Leuven
  (196-G-86)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Dagunduro, Leuven2.5 
 2. Mukubu, Verviers.2.2 
 3. Black, Antwerp2.1 
 4. Hopkins, Antwerp2.1 
 5. Bosco, Gent2.0 
 6. Mallet, Spirou1.9 
 7. Wilson, Antwerp1.8 
 8. Muya, Liege1.7 
 9. Cage, M.Hainaut1.6 
 10. Bostic, Liege1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Salah MEJRI
  Antwerp
  (216-C-86)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Mejri, Antwerp2.5 
 2. Riddick, Spirou1.7 
 3. Jennings, Liege1.5 
 4. Young, Aalstar0.9 
 5. Love, Verviers-Pep.0.9 
 6. Booker, Oostende0.8 
 7. Nivins, M.Hainaut0.6 
 8. Holiday, Aalstar0.5 
 9. De Zeeuw, Verviers.0.5 
 10. Vaughn, Antwerp0.5 


Belgium start EuroBasket preparations - by Eurobasket News

Belgian National Team will hold their first training camp this year. Head coach Eddy Casteels called up 22 players to start preparations for 2013 EuroBasket Qualifying Round. There are:
Christophe Beghin (207-F-80, agency: Court Side)
Maxime De Zeeuw (205-F-87)
Yannick Driesen (215-C-88)
Pierre-Antoine Gillet (202-F-91)
Justin Hamilton (190-G-80, college: Florida)
Axel Hervelle (205-F-83)
Geoffrey Hockins (188-G-88)
Ioannis Iarochevitch (207-C/F-89, agency: LBM Management)
Dimitri Lauwers (187-G-79)
Niels Marnegrave (191-G-87)
Sacha Massot (205-F/C-83, agency: LBM Management)
Roel Moors (190-G-78)
Wen Boss Mukubu (198-G/F-83, agency: SportsTalent, college: UAB)
Guy Muya (190-G-83)
Jean-Marc Mwema (195-F-89, agency: Court Side)
Maarten Rademakers (205-C/F-91)
Andre Riddick (208-C-73, college: Kentucky)
Quentin Serron (190-G-90)
Jorn Steinbach (181-PG-89, agency: Court Side)
Jonathan Tabu
Tomas Van Den Spiegel (214-C-78)
Sam Van Rossom (188-G-86).
The Lions will play in Qualifying Round Group E. Belgium will face Poland, Switzerland, Albania and Finland. They start their campaign against Poland on the road on August 15.



Brent Wright claims Belgian D1 weekly honour - by Eurobasket News

Experienced American Brent Wright (203-F/C-78) had a very impressive game in the last round for Oostende and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 35.
The 33-year old power forward had the game-high 21 points adding seven rebounds and three assists for Oostende in his team's victory, helping them to beat Leuven (#6, 14-18) in overtime 87-81. Oostende maintains the 3rd position in Belgian D1. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Oostende will need more victories to improve their 22-10 record. It was one of impressive evenings for Wright as usually he does not deliver so high stats. Brent Wright averages this season 11.3ppg and 5.5rpg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 27-year old Samoan power forward John Tofi (203-F/C-84) of Leuven. Tofi impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 22 points and 11 rebounds. Bad luck as Leuven lost that overtime game 81-87 to the higher-ranked Oostende (#3, 22-10). Leuven managed to keep the same 6th spot in Round 10. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 14-18 record. Tofi is well-known by Leuven fans and he already established his position as one of team's most reliable players.

The third best performed player last round was American Jason Love (206-F/C-87) of Verviers-Pep. (#9). Love scored 17 points and grabbed fourteen rebounds (!!!). Despite Love's great performance Verviers-Pep. lost 71-84 to slightly higher-ranked Liege (#8, 11-20). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. Verviers-Pep. can only dream about fighting for top spots in . They have extremely bad season and 5-26 record places them at the very bottom of the standings. Too bad for Love he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Love has individually a great season in Belgium. After 23 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 13.5ppg (9th best) and rebounds with 8.3rpg (#1 in league).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Salah Mejri (216-C-86) of Antwerp - 12 points and 9 rebounds
5. Stefon Jackson (196-G-85) of Aalstar - 15 points and 14 rebounds
6. Christopher Young (206-F/C-79) of Aalstar - 18 points and 7 rebounds
7. Ivan Maras (208-C/F-86) of M.Hainaut - 16 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Bingo Merriex (204-F-80) of Verviers-Pep. - 19 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Josh Bostic (196-F-87) of Liege - 22 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists
10. Brian Heinle (207-C-78) of Gent - 12 points and 11 rebounds

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



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  BRAZIL   


Uniceub/BRB advance into NBB semifinal - by Eurobasket News

Uniceub/BRB swept their quarterfinal series versus Itabom/Bauru. They defeated Itabom/Bauru 99:91 in the third game of the series to clinch the next round appearance. Alex Ribeiro (191-G-80, agency: Interperformances) and Guilherme Giovannoni (202-F-80, agency: Interperformances) scored 19 points each to pace the defending champions. Itabom/Bauru led by seven points 23:16 after ten minutes. But Uniceub/BRB unleashed 33 points in the second frame to build a 49:38 halftime lead. The teams stayed on fire in the third quarter. They teamed up for 59 points in the period as Uniceub/BRB remained in front by 10 points. Itabom/Bauru managed to cut the deficit in the final frame but never threatened the gap. Arthur Silva (199-F/G-82) and Marcio Cipriano (201-C-79) added 16 points each in the victory. Fernando Fischer (190-G-81) answered with 23 points for Itabom/Bauru. Jefferson Agba (209-F/C-80, college: Embry Riddle) had 22 points and 13 rebounds in the loss.
Uberlandia in the meantime tied things up against Flamengo. Uberlandia knocked down their opponents 87:78 at home court to level things up at 2-2. Lucas Cipolini (206-F/C-86, college: BYU-Hawaii) knocked down 22 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to pace the winners. Flamengo led by three points at halftime 46:43 but Uberlandia fired 44 points in the second half to seal the victory. Robert Day (197-F-82, college: W.Oregon) contributed 20 points for the winners. Marcelo Magalhaes (199-F/G-75, agency: Interperformances) answered with 19 points for Flamengo.
Pinheiros/Sky stayed alive in the series versus Joinville claiming the second straight win in the series. Pinheiros/Sky clinched 77:71 overtime win on the road to force decider. Shamell Stallworth (196-SG-80, agency: Interperformances, college: USF) poured in 27 points to lead the visitors. Olivinha Rodriguez (202-F-83) had 12 points and 10 rebounds in the victory. Kojo Mensah (185-PG-85, agency: Interperformances, college: Duquesne) provided 18 points for Joinville.



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  BULGARIA   

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Aaron HARPER
  Levski S.
  (199-G/F-81)
  Avg: 20.3
 1. Harper, Levski S.20.3 
 2. Durchev, Tundja Y.18.2 
 3. Yanev, Cherno More17.4 
 4. Stankov, Spartak17.2 
 5. Pavlovski, Chernom.16.1 
 6. Govedarov, Tundja15.6 
 7. Ofoegbu, Tundja Y.15.4 
 8. Mirkovic, Rilski S.15.0 
 9. Vukosavljevi., Ril.14.9 
 10. Dunovic, Chernomo.14.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Vasil EVTIMOV
  Levski Sofia
  (207-C/F-77)
  Avg: 10.4
 1. Evtimov, Levski So.10.4 
 2. Pavlovski, Chernom.9.8 
 3. Ofoegbu, Tundja Y.8.8 
 4. Yanev, Cherno More8.6 
 5. Gugino, Tundja Y.7.2 
 6. Todorov, Spartak6.8 
 7. Georgiev, Levski S.6.4 
 8. Petkov, Tundja Y.6.1 
 9. Marintchechk., Bal.5.9 
 10. Sundov, Lukoil A.5.9 
Assists Per Game
 Brandon HEATH
  Lukoil A.
  (193-G-84)
  Avg: 5.8
 1. Heath, Lukoil A.5.8 
 2. Dyakovski, Sparta.5.8 
 3. Radionov, Tundja Y.5.2 
 4. Mirkovic, Rilski S.4.8 
 5. Aleksiev, Cherno M.4.1 
 6. Howell, Levski Sof.3.9 
 7. Avramov, Lukoil A.3.4 
 8. Filipov, Balkan3.4 
 9. Hall, Levski Sofia3.4 
 10. Harper, Levski S.3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Brandon HEATH
  Lukoil A.
  (193-G-84)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Heath, Lukoil A.2.2 
 2. Radionov, Tundja Y.2.0 
 3. Harper, Levski S.2.0 
 4. Roshmanov, Cherno.1.9 
 5. Howell, Levski Sof.1.9 
 6. Dunovic, Chernomo.1.8 
 7. Zahariev, Rilski S.1.8 
 8. Marinov, Balkan1.7 
 9. Gugino, Tundja Y.1.7 
 10. Petkov, Tundja Y.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Tony GUGINO
  Tundja Y.
  (207-C-86)
  Avg: 1.3
 1. Gugino, Tundja Y.1.3 
 2. Pavlovski, Chernom.1.0 
 3. Banev, Lukoil A.1.0 
 4. Ofoegbu, Tundja Y.0.9 
 5. Petkov, Tundja Y.0.8 
 6. Sundov, Lukoil A.0.7 
 7. Martin, Balkan0.7 
 8. Iliev, Cherno More0.6 
 9. Aleksov, Chernomo.0.6 
 10. Yanev, Cherno Mo.0.6 


Levski beat Yambol in drama to grab the lead in semifinal series - by Valentin Anguelov

40 minutes not enough for Levski to break Yambol in the first semifinal match of the playoff series in National Basketball League. 'The Blues' needed five minutes of extra time to get a 103-95 victory and grabbed 1-0 lead in best of five series. with which they approached the final year for the National Basketball League. The match was filled with many lead changes, however at the end the big desire to succeed from the players of Levski prevailed in for this important victory. The second match of the series is once again in 'Universiada' hall on Friday (May 11th) starting at 18.00 local time.

Levski scored the first six point in the game, but the visitors made a series of 11 consecutive points and they grabbed the lead by 5. 'The Blues' tied up the score at 13-13, but again Yambol scored 8 points in a row. Then both teams exchanged a basket and the first part ended 23-15 in favor of Yambol. The visitors continued to lead in the second quarter, Levski made some run but at the half time break the score was 39-35 in favor of Yambol.

Levski started better the second half and after 5 straight points got the lead for the first time since the beginning of the match. In this part of the game both teams exchanged baskets and at the end of third quarter Levski was up by two 66-64.

The last quarter was interesting and with dramatic end. First 29 seconds before the end Levski went ahead by 2 points, but the visitors responded with three of Julian Radionov with 16 ticks on the clock remaining. Just 10 seconds before the final whistle Vasil Evtimov got fouled, but he scored only the first free throw to evened the score.

In overtime Yambol scored the first two points in it but Levski responded with 9 consecutive points to take control up to the end. They closed the game at 103-95 and got 1-0 lead in the series.

Incredible game for Chavdar Kostov (196-G-88, agency: Interperformances), who finished with 24 points and 7 rebounds. Aaron Harper added 18 points and 6 assists and Marcus Hall scored 15 points and 8 assists.

For the guests from Yambol Martin Durchev was top scorer with 25 points.



Assignia Manresa agrees with Alexander Yanev - by Eurobasket News

According to reports, Aleksandar Yanev (203-F-90, agency: Interperformances) will play next season in Spain. The Bulgarian prospect agreed a deal with Assignia Manresa. Yanev currently plays for Cherno More. He started the season there, but in March he moved to Greek Kavala and returned to Cherno More at the end of April. Yanev appeared 20 times for Cherno More this season (so far) averaging 18 points and 8.7 rebounds. They will meet Lukoil Akademik in the NBL Semifinals. In Greece, he had very limited playing time in three games. Aleksandar Yanev is a product of Cherno More where is started as a teenager. He is active member of the Bulgarian National Team. Yanev got a chance in Qualifications to European Championships 2011 averaging 6.3 points and 4.2 rebounds in six games. Before that, he very successfully played for Bulgarian U20, U18 and U16 National Teams.


NBL Semifinals: Levski and Lukoil Academik celebrate in Game One - by Eurobasket News

First games of the NBL Semifinals just ended. Home teams registered both wins. Levski had to work very hard to take 103-95 OT victory against Tundja Yambol, while Lukoil Academik destroyed Cherno More 89-57. The format is best-of-five and second games are scheduled for Friday. Same teams will be the hosts. Lucoil Academik is the defending champion in NBL. They were also regular season champs with 25-3 record.

Levski Sofia - Tundja Yambol 103-95 OT (1-0)
The hosts trailed by 4 points at the halftime before their 31-25 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 15-7. Levski Sofia forced 23 Tundja Yambol turnovers and outrebounded them 39-28 including 24 on the defensive glass. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. Tundja Yambol was plagued by 30 personal fouls down the stretch. International guard Chavdar Kostov (196-G-88, agency: Interperformances) fired 24 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. American guard Marcus Hall (185-85, college: Colorado) chipped in 15 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists. Guard Martin Durchev (200-87) produced 25 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists (made all of his eight free throws) and guard Stanislav Govedarov (185-80) added 24 points and 4 steals (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) respectively for lost side. Five Levski Sofia and four Tundja Yambol players scored in double figures. Tundja Yambol's coach Ivan Cholakov rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
Levski Sofia: C.Kostov 24+7reb+2ast, A.Harper 18+4reb+6ast, M.Hall 15+5reb+8ast, D.Anguelov 13+4reb+2ast, J.Howell 13+1reb+3ast, P.Ivanov 6+5reb
Tundja Yambol: M.Durchev 25+5reb+8ast, S.Govedarov 24+3reb+2ast, J.Ofoegbu 15+6reb, T.Gugino 11+6reb+3ast, J.Radionov 7+2reb+7ast, I.Marchev 5
gschID: 176118


Lukoil Academik - Cherno More 89-57 (1-0)
The game was mostly controlled by Lukoil Academik. Euroins Cherno More was better in third quarter 18-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Lukoil Academik forced 19 Euroins Cherno More turnovers. American guard Brandon Heath (193-84, college: San Diego St.) fired 16 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners. The former international guard Bozhidar Avramov (196-90, agency: Interperformances) chipped in 25 points and 5 steals. Four Lukoil Academik players scored in double figures. Power forward Nikolay Kolev (204-88) produced 11 points and 5 rebounds and the former international guard Plamen Aleksiev (180-87) added 10 points respectively for lost side. Euroins Cherno More's coach gave up on the game allowing to play twelve players seeing no chance for a win.
Top scorers:
Lukoil Academik: B.Avramov 25+1reb, B.Heath 16+5reb+6ast, L.Mack 14+3reb, B.Sundov 13+5reb+1ast, A.Owens 9+1reb+2ast, D.Stojanovski 5+5reb+1ast
Cherno More: N.Kolev 11+5reb+1ast, P.Aleksiev 10+3reb+3ast, V.Kyosev 10+3ast, J.Hunt 7+2ast, A.Yanev 6+7reb+1ast, G.Davidov 4+4reb



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  CANADA   


Steve Nash hired as Canada's GM - by Eurobasket News

Steve Nash (6'3''-PG-74, college: Santa Clara) has dreamed of managing the Canadian men's basketball team since he was a young point guard running its offense.

He didn't envision that day would come so soon.

Canada's biggest basketball star was hired as general manager of the Canadian men's senior team Tuesday, accepting the role despite the fact he still has a job in the NBA.

The point guard of the Phoenix Suns, who will be a coveted free agent this NBA offseason, said the opportunity to help what might be the most talented group of young players the country has ever produced was an opportunity he couldn't pass up.

''It really is a beautiful thing to see our kids and the game grow and the talent continue to reach new heights; it's amazing,'' Nash said at a news conference at Air Canada Centre. ''I have a lot of excitement generated for the young kids in this country, many of which are making a name for themselves already, and many of which are coming up behind them.''

Nash's former Canadian teammate Rowan Barrett was hired as assistant GM.

''We've talked about this since we played for the national team, of how we could impact the program, how we could improve it, how we could hopefully leave it in a better place than when we got involved,'' Nash said. ''I guess it was a long time coming, but I didn't foresee it being this early.''

The sport's national governing body has had the two-time NBA MVP in its sights for some time to lead a program that hasn't made an Olympic appearance since the 2000 Sydney Games.

''Steve's basketball IQ and background are unparalleled in the sport, and we are tremendously fortunate to have him,'' said Wayne Parrish, Canada Basketball's president and CEO. ''We have a perfect marriage here of incredible burgeoning talent within our men's program and we feel we have in place the right structure and leadership at this point.''

Nash, a 15-year NBA veteran with Phoenix and Dallas, helped Canada to a seventh-place finish - one win away from the medals round - at Sydney, with Jay Triano as coach.

''This program has meant so much to me,'' Nash said, a Canada-red pocket square tucked in his suit jacket. ''I owe a lot of my development to the program and feel that the success I've had in my career is in large part due to my time with the national team.''

The 38-year-old Nash, already a member of Canada Basketball's Council of Excellence, won't be paid for the position.

The men's team has been without a head coach since Leo Rautins resigned in September following Canada's disappointing performance at the Olympic qualifying tournament.

Hiring a coach will be one of Nash's first orders of business, and he said Triano will be on his list of candidates.

With no Olympics for Canada this summer, Nash and Barrett plan to gather 30 or so of Canada's best players to begin training toward the 2016 Games. Likely included in that group of young standouts: Tristan Thompson and Cory Joseph, both first-round picks in the 2011 NBA draft, Andrew Nicholson, Robert Sacre, Kevin Pangos, Myck Kabongo and high school sensation Andrew Wiggins.

''I'm really proud of the success we've seen from our players at all levels, and if I can use my experience and whatever wisdom I've accumulated in the game to help them, that's really exciting for me, and I'm passionate about it,'' said Nash.

Canadian program has long been hamstrung by a lack of money, said Parrish. A last-minute private donor had to me up with $50,000 for the team's insurance last summer.

Nash's stature among the basketball community, Parrish said, has already improved the program's bank balance.

The team has operated on a budget of between $400,000 and $500,000 a season, while top-10 countries have budgets of between $1 and $2 million. One team boasts a budget of almost $5 million.

Parrish said a group of private donors known as the ''6th Man'' has thrown financial support behind Nash. The goal is to raise $4 million over the next five years, and Parrish said they're already halfway there.

''It's amazing how powerful Steve getting on a conference call ... how galvanizing that is for these individuals,'' Parrish said.

Courtesy of http://sports.yahoo.com



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  CHINA   

Standings - NBL

NBL Standings
 1. Guangzhou L. 3-0 
 2. Hebei 3-0 
 3. Hong Kong 2-1 
 4. Jiangsu 2-1 
 5. Sichuan 1-2 
 6. Henan Jiyuan 1-2 
 7. Guangzhou FM 1-2 
 8. Changan Group 1-2 
 9. Heilongjiang 1-2 
 10. Nanjin Army 0-3 

Regular Season: Round 3

May. 8: Heilongjiang - Jiangsu 92-100
May. 8: Henan Jiyuan - Hebei 89-97
May. 8: Guangzhou FM - Changan Group 70-67
May. 8: Guangzhou L. - Sichuan 105-76
May. 8: Nanjin Army - Hong Kong 101-108

Regular Season: Round 4

May. 12: Jiangsu - Hong Kong
May. 12: Guangzhou FM - Sichuan
May. 12: Nanjin Army - Guangzhou L.
May. 12: Hebei - Heilongjiang
May. 12: Changan Group - Henan Jiyuan


U-18 Team to Play Top European Teams in Turkey - by Arthur Volbert

The Chinese Under-18 team has been invited to play in 2012 Nike Junior International Tournament from May 10 ~ 13 in Istanbul Turkey.

There they will face 7 of the top junior club teams in Europe.

GROUP A

Crvena Zvezda Belgrade (Serbia)
Anadolu Efes Istanbul (Turkey)
FC Barcelona Regal (Spain)
Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius (Lithuania)

GROUP B

China
KK Zagreb Croatia Osiguranje (Croatia)
Zalgiris Kaunas (Lithuania)
Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul (Turkey)

China's roster is as follows, except the team will be playing without Wang Zhelin, as he is training with the senior national team:

4 LI, Bin G 188 CHN 25/05/1995
5 WU, Qian G 190 CHN 07/07/1994
6 LUO, Hanchen G 188 CHN 23/08/1994
7 LIU, Zhenan G 192 CHN 29/03/1994
8 YANG, Jinmeng G 190 CHN 26/06/1995
10 HAN, Delong F 192 CHN 11/01/1995
12 GAO, Shang F 198 CHN 10/08/1994
13 LI, Qi F 198 CHN 21/03/1995
15 ZHANG, Han C 205 CHN 28/09/1994
16 SHAO, Yinglun F 200 CHN 27/01/1996
17 WANG, Zhelin C 215 CHN 20/01/1994
19 SUN, Mingyang C 210 CHN 23/01/1994

Head Coach: WANG, Huaiyu (China)

Gao Shang (197-G/F-94) appears to be the offensive star of the team. Gao has been around for a while, making his debut in a tournament in Australia a couple of years ago along with Li Muhao. Some lists have had Gao born in 1992 so questions of age continue to persist with Chinese players.

Luo Hanchen has also been around for a while, making his first known appearance at a Nike camp a few years ago along with Dong Hanlin. He played on the U-17 and U-18 teams last year. Wu Qian also made an appearance for the U-17 team. The remaining players are new to us.



Three Players Cut from National Team - by Arthur Volbert

Li XiaoXu (206-C-90), Xirelijiang and Duan Jiangpeng have been cut from the Chinese National Team. According to reports on www.yaomingmania.com . Coach Bob Donewald said that Li could not keep with the pace of the team in training, Xirelijiang could not play point guard and was too short for a shooting guard, and Duan, while a good pure shooter, had difficulty on defense and playing without the ball.

The remaining 19 candidates for the team are centers Wang Zhizhi, Han Dejun, Wang Zhelin, Zhang Xiaoxu and Su Wei, forwards Yi Jianlian, Sun Yue, Zhu Fangyu, Ding Jinhui, Zhou Peng, Zhai Xiaochuan, Zhu Yanxi, and Yi Li, and guards Wang Shipeng, Zhang Bo, Liu Wei, Guo Ailun, Yang Ming and Chen Jianghua.



NBL Round 3: Guangzhou and Hebei keep leadership positions - by Eurobasket News

It's still too early stage of the Regular Season in NBL, but even now we can clearly see the differece between stronger teams and outsiders.

The game had a very big importance for second-ranked Guangzhou L. as it allowed them to take a leadership position. Guangzhou L. smashed 5th ranked Sichuan at home 105-76. The game without a history. Guangzhou L. led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 70 of its points in the paint compared to Sichuan's 48. Guangzhou L. looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Guangzhou L. made 10 blocks. The best player for the winners was forward Jing Wang (197-78) who scored 18 points (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field). Senegalese center Hamady N'Diaye (213-87, college: Rutgers) chipped in 8 points, 14 rebounds and 10 blocks. At the other side the best for losing team was American power forward Jarrid Famous (210-88, college: S.Florida) who recorded a double-double by scoring 26 points and 23 rebounds. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Guangzhou L. have a solid series of three victories in a row. As mentioned above they are at the top of the standings, which they share with Hebei. Sichuan at the other side keeps the fifth place with two games lost. They share the position with 4 other teams. Sichuan will play next round against Guangzhou FM trying to get back on the winning streak. Guangzhou L. will try to continue on its current victory against tenth ranked Nanjin Army on the road.
Another exciting game was between third ranked Jiangsu and 8th ranked Heilongjiang where Jiangsu (2-1) beat Heilongjiang (1-2) on the road 100-92. It was a good game for Nigerian forward Ndudi Ebi (206-84, agency: Higher Vision Sports) who led his team to a victory with 32 points, 9 rebounds and 4 blocks. XianLing Sun contributed with 22 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. American power forward Rashaun Freeman (206-84, college: Massachusetts) answered with a double-double by scoring 40 points (!!!), 15 rebounds, 4 assists and 5 steals for Heilongjiang. Heilongjiang's coach Zhiwei Liu rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Jiangsu maintains third place with 2-1 record behind leader Guangzhou L., which they share with Hong Kong. Heilongjiang at the other side dropped to the fifth position with two games lost. They share it with 4 other teams. Jiangsu will play against Hong Kong (#3) in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Heilongjiang will play against the league's second-placed Hebei to get more than just one victory in their record.
The game in was also quite interesting. Leader Hebei (3-0) played at the court of 7th ranked Henan Jiyuan (1-2). Hebei managed to secure a 8-point victory 97-89 on Tuesday. It was a great evening for Bryan Davis who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 42 points (!!!) and 16 rebounds. The best for the losing side was Kenny Adeleke with a double-double by scoring 40 points (!!!) and 22 rebounds. Henan Jiyuan's coach Jianguo Wen tested eleven players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Hebei have a solid series of three victories in a row. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with Guangzhou L. Loser Henan Jiyuan dropped to the fifth place with two games lost. They share the position with 4 other teams. Hebei will meet at home Heilongjiang (#9) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Henan Jiyuan will play against Changan Group (#8).
Changan Group (1-2) lost to to ninth ranked Guangzhou FM (1-2) 70-67 in the fight for the fifth place. It was an exceptional evening for KaiFu Yao who led the winners and scored 19 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. Changan Group's coach MingZhu Pu tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Guangzhou FM left bottom position moving up to fifth place, which they share with 4 other teams including defeated Changan Group. Guangzhou FM's next round opponent will be Sichuan (#5). Changan Group will play against Henan Jiyuan and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

In the last game of round 3 Hong Kong defeated Nanjin Army in a road game 108-101.


Nanjin Army - Hong Kong 101-108

There was no surprise when bottom-ranked Nanjin Army (0-3) was defeated at home by fifth ranked Hong Kong (2-1) 108-101. Hong Kong outrebounded Nanjin Army 44-30 including a 31-20 advantage in defensive rebounds. 31 personal fouls committed by Nanjin Army helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was an exceptional evening for American center DeVon Hardin (211-86) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 32 points and 23 rebounds. Guard Zhou Feng (180-81) accounted for 25 points and 5 assists for the winning side. Forward ChengLin Fan (202-91) came up with 29 points and center ShouWei Wang (208-86) added 15 points and 8 rebounds respectively for Nanjin Army in the defeat. Five Hong Kong and four Nanjin Army players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Hong Kong moved-up to third place, which they share with Jiangsu. Nanjin Army at the other side still closes the standings with three games lost. Hong Kong's next round opponent will be Jiangsu (#4). Nanjin Army will play against the league's leader Guangzhou L. (#1) and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Hong Kong: H.DeVon 32+23reb+1ast, F.Zhou 25+3reb+5ast, Y.XiaoHang 19+2reb+1ast, Z.DongYang 12+2reb+1ast, G.JinLin 10+5reb+2ast, W.XiaoDong 6+1reb
Nanjin Army: F.ChengLin 29+3reb+2ast, W.ShouWei 15+8reb, A.LiPeng 11+1reb, F.Lei 10+2reb+1ast, S.Shengyue 8+1reb, Z.CaiBao 7+4reb+4ast
gschID: 176030


Heilongjiang - Jiangsu 92-100

Another exciting game was between third ranked Jiangsu and 8th ranked Heilongjiang where Jiangsu (2-1) beat Heilongjiang (1-2) on the road 100-92. It looked good early as Heilongjiang took an 3-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Jiangsu had a 30-24 second period charge getting the lead and Heilongjiang was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 92-100. Heilongjiang was plagued by 28 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a good game for Nigerian forward Ndudi Ebi (206-84, agency: Higher Vision Sports) who led his team to a victory with 32 points, 9 rebounds and 4 blocks. Guard XianLing Sun (190-89) contributed with 22 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. American power forward Rashaun Freeman (206-84, college: Massachusetts) answered with a double-double by scoring 40 points (!!!), 15 rebounds, 4 assists and 5 steals and point guard Ming Jin (185-90) added 15 points and 5 assists in the effort for Heilongjiang. Heilongjiang's coach Zhiwei Liu rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Jiangsu maintains third place with 2-1 record behind leader Guangzhou L., which they share with Hong Kong. Heilongjiang at the other side dropped to the fifth position with two games lost. They share it with 4 other teams. Jiangsu will play against Hong Kong (#3) in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Heilongjiang will play against the league's second-placed Hebei to get more than just one victory in their record.
Top scorers:
Jiangsu: E.Ndudi 32+9reb+2ast, S.XianLing 22+6reb+1ast, F.Xin 13+2reb+7ast, M.Zhuang 8+1ast, W.YanQing 6+3reb+2ast, F.Hui 6+8reb+3ast
Heilongjiang: F.Rashaun 40+15reb+4ast, J.Ming 15+1reb+5ast, L.XueSong 9+2reb+1ast, L.Xu 6+4reb+3ast, L.JinYang 4+2reb+1ast, Y.Gang 4
gschID: 176031


Guangzhou L. - Sichuan 105-76

The game had a very big importance for second-ranked Guangzhou L. as it allowed them to take a leadership position. Guangzhou L. smashed 5th ranked Sichuan at home 105-76. The game without a history. Guangzhou L. led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 70 of its points in the paint compared to Sichuan's 48. Guangzhou L. looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Guangzhou L. made 10 blocks. The best player for the winners was forward Jing Wang (197-78) who scored 18 points (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field). Senegalese center Hamady N'Diaye (213-87, college: Rutgers) chipped in 8 points, 14 rebounds and 10 blocks. Four Guangzhou L. players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was American power forward Jarrid Famous (210-88, college: S.Florida) who recorded a double-double by scoring 26 points and 23 rebounds and guard ChengLong Duan (192-88) added 21 points respectively. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Guangzhou L. have a solid series of three victories in a row. As mentioned above they are at the top of the standings, which they share with Hebei. Sichuan at the other side keeps the fifth place with two games lost. They share the position with 4 other teams. Sichuan will play next round against Guangzhou FM trying to get back on the winning streak. Guangzhou L. will try to continue on its current victory against tenth ranked Nanjin Army on the road.
Top scorers:
Guangzhou L.: W.Jing 18+4reb+3ast, J.Lei 18+5reb, L.XiangTao 17+3reb+3ast, T.Chao 14+4reb+4ast, N.Hamady 8+14reb+2ast, C.DaWei 7+5reb+4ast
Sichuan: F.Jarrid 26+23reb+1ast, D.ChengLong 21+2reb+1ast, Y.Hao 6+3reb, H.XiaoBin 5+4reb, G.YuZhang 5+2reb+4ast, L.Xin 4+2reb+1ast
gschID: 176027


Henan Jiyuan - Hebei 89-97

The game in was also quite interesting. Leader Hebei (3-0) played at the court of 7th ranked Henan Jiyuan (1-2). Hebei managed to secure a 8-point victory 97-89 on Tuesday. The guests trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 5-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 97-89. Hebei made 22-of-29 free shots (75.9 percent) during the game. They also forced 21 Henan Jiyuan turnovers. It was a great evening for American forward Bryan Davis (206-86, college: Texas A&M, agency: N.E.T.) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 42 points (!!!) and 16 rebounds. Forward ZhenHu Zhang (195-88) helped adding 12 points and 6 rebounds. The best for the losing side was Nigerian center Kenny Adeleke (205-83, college: Hartford) with a double-double by scoring 40 points (!!!) and 22 rebounds and point guard Bin Hu (188-82) scored 12 points. Henan Jiyuan's coach Jianguo Wen tested eleven players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Hebei have a solid series of three victories in a row. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with Guangzhou L. Loser Henan Jiyuan dropped to the fifth place with two games lost. They share the position with 4 other teams. Hebei will meet at home Heilongjiang (#9) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Henan Jiyuan will play against Changan Group (#8).
Top scorers:
Hebei: D.Bryan 42+16reb, Z.ZhenHu 12+6reb, L.YiDing 11+5reb, W.XinLei 8+2reb+1ast, W.Jian 8+1reb+1ast, S.ChunLei 6+5reb+3ast
Henan Jiyuan: A.Kenny 40+22reb+2ast, H.Bin 12+3reb+2ast, Z.Chao 10+4reb+2ast, W.ZhanYu 7+3reb+2ast, L.Chao 7+5reb, L.XiaoHu 5+1ast
gschID: 176028


Guangzhou FM - Changan Group 70-67

Changan Group (1-2) lost to to ninth ranked Guangzhou FM (1-2) 70-67 in the fight for the fifth place. The hosts were ahead by 5 points but lost the second period ending it with a 1-point deficit before their 16-12 run, which allowed them to win the game. Guangzhou FM brought some defensive toughness making 10 blocks. 24 personal fouls committed by Changan Group helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was an exceptional evening for guard KaiFu Yao (196-83) who led the winners and scored 19 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. American forward Walter Sharpe (206-86, college: UAB, agency: Two Points) accounted for 9 points, 16 rebounds and 7 blocks for the winning side. Center JunQi Jiang (202-90) came up with a double-double by scoring 25 points and 10 rebounds and American forward Joseph Taylor (203-85, college: Wyoming) added 11 points, 16 rebounds and 8 blocks respectively for Changan Group in the defeat. Changan Group's coach MingZhu Pu tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Guangzhou FM left bottom position moving up to fifth place, which they share with 4 other teams including defeated Changan Group. Guangzhou FM's next round opponent will be Sichuan (#5). Changan Group will play against Henan Jiyuan and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Guangzhou FM: Y.KaiFu 19+7reb+4ast, Y.Peng 13+2reb+1ast, S.Walter 9+16reb+1ast, D.JunJiang 8+1reb, Y.Liang 6+3reb, L.DaPeng 5+6reb+1ast
Changan Group: J.JunQi 25+10reb+2ast, F.Bo 11+2reb+1ast, T.Joseph 11+16reb+3ast, R.XiaTi 9+3reb, G.Yan 7+9reb+1ast, L.Peng 3+3reb+1ast
gschID: 176029



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  CONGO-BRAZAVILLE   


DR qualify for Afcon in Mozambique - by Eurobasket News

After twice defeating the Red Devils of Congo Brazzaville (65-69 and 63-43), the DR Congo have qualified for the U18 Afcon.
The Leopards picked up their ticket for the tournament in the mens category which would take place from July to August in Maputo, Mozambique.
Courtesy of: StarAfrica.com



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  CROATIA   

A1 Standings

A1 Standings
Championship Group
 1. Cibona 14-0 
 2. Cedevita 10-3 
 3. KK Split 9-4 
 4. Zadar 7-6 
 5. KK Zagreb CO 6-8 
 6. Svjetlost 3-10 
 7. Zabok 2-11 
 8. Jolly 2-11 
Play-Out
 1. Krizevci 12-7 
 2. Alkar Sinj 11-8 
 3. Kvarner 2010 10-9 
 4. Darda 9-10 
 5. Dubrovnik 8-11 
 6. Borik 7-12 
Stage One Standings

Second Stage: Round 13

May. 8: KK Zagreb CO - Zadar 89-90 OT
May. 9: Zabok - Svjetlost 88-82
May. 9: KK Split - Cibona 71-85
May. 8: Jolly - Cedevita 62-93

Second Stage: Round 14

Championship

May. 12: Zadar - Jolly
May. 11: Cedevita - Zabok
May. 11: Svjetlost - KK Split

Play-Out

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


Stats Leaders - A1

Points Per Game
 Ivan MIMICA
  KK Split
  (193-G-80)
  Avg: 18.8
 1. Mimica, KK Split18.8 
 2. Ross, Jolly18.2 
 3. Ceskovic, Kvarner17.9 
 4. Markota, KK.17.6 
 5. Bilan, Cedevita17.3 
 6. Stimac, Svjetlost16.1 
 7. Sobin, KK Split15.4 
 8. Vrbanc, Zadar15.1 
 9. Simovic, Kvarner15.0 
 10. Kruslin, Zabok14.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Damir MARKOTA
  KK.
  (210-C/F-85)
  Avg: 7.5
 1. Markota, KK.7.5 
 2. Ivanov, Zadar7.5 
 3. Stimac, Svjetlost7.2 
 4. Simovic, Kvarner7.0 
 5. Suton, Cibona6.9 
 6. Bilan, Cedevita6.9 
 7. Cinac, Kvarner 20106.9 
 8. Sobin, KK Split6.8 
 9. Zupic, Alkar Sinj6.6 
 10. Peraica, Darda6.6 
Assists Per Game
 Josip GLAVINIC
  Krizevci
  (192-G-82)
  Avg: 5.1
 1. Glavinic, Krizevci5.1 
 2. Vujcic, KK Split4.5 
 3. Ross, Jolly4.5 
 4. Blajic, Kvarner4.2 
 5. Subotic, KK Split4.2 
 6. Kostomaj, Svjet.3.7 
 7. Wright, Cibona3.6 
 8. Tomas, Zabok3.2 
 9. Ceskovic, Kvarner3.0 
 10. Bazdaric, Cedevita2.8 
Steals Per Game
 Ronald ROSS
  Jolly
  (188-G-83)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Ross, Jolly2.9 
 2. Rozic, Cibona2.1 
 3. Wright, Cibona1.9 
 4. Bicvic, Darda1.9 
 5. Kostomaj, Svjet.1.8 
 6. Blajic, Kvarner1.8 
 7. Sobin, KK Split1.6 
 8. Kruslin, Zabok1.6 
 9. Stimac, Svjetlost1.5 
 10. Barbour, Cibona1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Filip KRALJEVIC
  Zabok
  (214-F-89)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Kraljevic, Zabok1.8 
 2. Sarlija, Borik1.3 
 3. Bubalo, Zabok1.1 
 4. Zupic, Alkar Sinj1.1 
 5. Vujcic, KK Split0.9 
 6. Vukovic, KK Split0.8 
 7. Buva, Krizevci0.8 
 8. Owens, Cedevita0.8 
 9. Sobin, KK Split0.8 
 10. Bilan, Cedevita0.6 


Round 13 of Second Stage - by Eurobasket News

KK Zagreb CO - Zadar 89-90 OT
KK Zagreb CO (#5) forced the game against Zadar (#4) into an overtime, but lost by one point 89-90 on Tuesday night. The game took place in Zagreb. But the guests from Zadar were better at the end. The guests trailed by 5 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 1-point lead at the halftime then KK Zagreb CO managed to tie the game at the end of regular time. However that was Zadar who were better in overtime eventually winning that period 14-13. The former international guard Goran Vrbanc (194-G-84) stepped up and scored 27 points for the winners and Nigerian forward Abdullahi Kuso (206-84, college: Tallahassee CC) chipped in 9 points and 18 rebounds. At the losing side the former international power forward Damir Markota (210-85) responded with a double-double by scoring 25 points and 10 rebounds and power forward Dario Saric (208-94) produced a double-double by scoring 12 points and 16 rebounds. Four KK Zagreb CO players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Zadar maintains fourth place with 7-6 record. KK Zagreb CO lost fourth consecutive game. Defending champion keeps the fifth position with eight games lost. Zadar will face Jolly (#8) in Sibenik in the next round.
Top scorers:
KK Zagreb CO: D.Markota 25+10reb, D.Mulaomerovic 16+6ast, K.Simon 15+8reb+1ast, D.Saric 12+16reb+2ast, P.Babic 9+1reb+2ast, D.Rancic 7+2reb+2ast
Zadar: G.Vrbanc 27+3reb+1ast, A.Delas 11+5reb, I.Batur 11+2reb, A.Kuso 9+18reb+1ast, I.Ivanov 8+11reb+2ast, U.Zadnik 7+2reb+2ast
gschID: 171842


Zabok - Svjetlost 88-82
There was a minor upset when 6th ranked Svjetlost (3-10) was defeated on the road by eighth ranked Zabok (2-11) 88-82 on Wednesday. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 21-19. But Svjetlost won second period 23-22. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Zabok made 17-of-20 free shots (85.0 percent) during the game. Svjetlost was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. The former international guard Ivan Tomas (193-81) stepped up and scored 18 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners and guard Filip Kruslin (198-89, agency: Interperformances) chipped in 18 points and 4 assists. At the losing side power forward Andrej Stimac (204-79) responded with a double-double by scoring 23 points and 10 rebounds and guard Pankracije Barac (196-81, agency: Court Side) scored 25 points. Five Zabok and four Svjetlost players scored in double figures. Zabok moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Jolly. Svjetlost at the other side keeps the sixth position with ten games lost. Zabok will face league's second-placed Cedevita in Zagreb in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Svjetlost: P.Barac 25+2reb+2ast, A.Stimac 23+10reb+3ast, M.Batina 11+3reb, M.Kljaic 11+1ast, L.Samadan 5+3reb+1ast, M.Matasovic 5+7reb+2ast
Zabok: I.Tomas 18+5reb+5ast, F.Kruslin 18+3reb+4ast, D.Basic 14+1reb, F.Kraljevic 12+4reb+1ast, S.Jankovic 10+2reb+3ast, R.Lez 8
gschID: 171840


Jolly - Cedevita 62-93
Very predictable result in Sibenik where second ranked Cedevita (10-3) smashed 7th ranked Jolly (2-11) 93-62 on Tuesday. The game was mostly controlled by Cedevita. Jolly was better in third quarter 18-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to Jolly's 34. Cedevita forced 21 Jolly turnovers. Forward Miro Bilan (213-89) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 11 rebounds for the winners and forward Vedran Vukusic (206-82, college: Northwestern) chipped in 13 points and 6 rebounds. Four Cedevita players scored in double figures. At the losing side guard Hrvoje Puljko (193-83) responded with 14 points and 7 rebounds and center Denis Vrsaljko (212-82, agency: Global Sports Plaza) scored 14 points and 9 rebounds. Jolly's coach Hrvoje Vlasic gave up on the game allowing to play twelve players seeing no chance for a win. Cedevita have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain second place with 10-3 record having five points less than leader Krizevci. Jolly lost third consecutive game. They keep the seventh position with 11 games lost. Cedevita will face Zabok (#7) in Zabok in the next round which should be theoretically another easy game. Jolly will play on the road against Zadar.
Top scorers:
Jolly: H.Puljko 14+7reb+3ast, D.Vrsaljko 14+9reb, R.Ross 12+3reb+2ast, S.Rezic 9+6reb, I.Josipovic 7+2reb, M.Mrva 4+5reb+1ast
Cedevita: M.Bilan 22+11reb+1ast, I.Opacak 17+2reb+1ast, V.Vukusic 13+6reb+3ast, D.Bagaric 10+3reb+1ast, T.Petrovic 10+8reb+2ast, M.Car 8+2reb+5ast
gschID: 171841


KK Split - Cibona 71-85
Not a big story in a game when 3rd placed KK Split (9-4) was defeated at home by leader Cibona (14-0) 85-71 on Wednesday. The game was mostly controlled by Cibona. KK Split was better in second period 23-21. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 23-of-28 free shots (82.1 percent) during the game. Cibona forced 22 KK Split turnovers. The former international center Andrija Zizic (207-80, agency: Beo Basket) stepped up and scored 17 points for the winners and the former international center Goran Suton (209-85, college: Michigan St.) chipped in 13 points and 6 rebounds. At the losing side forward Luka Babic (200-91) responded with 20 points and 7 rebounds and guard Ivan Mimica (193-80) scored 11 points. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Cibona have an impressive series of fourteen victories in a row. They maintain first place with 14-0 record. KK Split at the other side keeps the third position with four games lost. KK Split will play on the road against Svjetlost in Slavonski Brod.
Top scorers:
KK Split: L.Babic 20+7reb+3ast, I.Mimica 11+4reb, B.Markulin 9+2reb+2ast, N.Vujcic 8+2reb+2ast, J.Sobin 7+5reb+1ast, F.Najev 7+4reb
Cibona: A.Zizic 17+4reb+1ast, G.Suton 13+6reb, K.El-Amin 12+1reb+2ast, M.Rozic 9+3reb, P.Marcinkovic 9+2reb+1ast, Z.Wright 7+5reb+3ast



Croatian A1 round 13 (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 13 (Second Stage).
The 22-year old player had a double-double of 22 points and 11 rebounds, while his team outclassed Jolly (#8, 2-11) with 31-point margin 93-62. Cedevita maintains the 2nd position in Croatian A1. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier in Second Stage. Cedevita will need more victories to improve their 10-3 record. Bilan turned to be Cedevita's top player in his first season with the team. Miro Bilan has solid league stats. He is in league's top in points (5th best: 17.3ppg), rebounds (6th best: 6.9rpg) and averages impressive 75.9% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 26-year old Bosnia and Herzegovina Damir Markota (210-C/F-85) of KK Zagreb CO. Markota had a very good evening with a double-double of 25 points and 10 rebounds. Bad luck as KK Zagreb CO was edged in overtime by slightly higher-ranked Zadar (#4, 7-6) 90-89. KK Zagreb CO managed to keep the same 5th spot in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 6-8 record. Markota is one of the most experienced players at KK Zagreb CO and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 17.6ppg (#4). He also registered 7.5 boards per game.

Third on the list of top players last round was forward Andrej Stimac (204-F/C-79) of Svjetlost (#6). Stimac scored 23 points and grabbed ten rebounds. Despite Stimac's great performance Svjetlost lost 82-88 to slightly lower-ranked Zabok (#7, 2-11). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. Svjetlost can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have rather bad season and 3-10 record places them close to the bottom of the standings. Too bad for Stimac he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Stimac has individually a great season in Croatia. After 20 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 16.1ppg (6th best) and rebounds with 7.2rpg (3rd best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Ivan Tomas (193-G-81) of Zabok - 18 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists
5. Dario Saric (208-F/C-94) of KK Zagreb CO - 12 points, 16 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Pankracije Barac (196-G-81) of Svjetlost - 25 points, 2 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Filip Kruslin (198-G-89) of Zabok - 18 points, 3 rebounds and 4 assists
8. Vedran Vukusic (206-F-82) of Cedevita - 13 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Luka Babic (200-F-91) of KK Split - 20 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Abdullahi Kuso (206-F-84) of Zadar - 9 points and 18 rebounds

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



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Stats Leaders - NBL

Points Per Game
 Peter SEDMAK
  USK Praha
  (207-C-85)
  Avg: 19.7
 1. Sedmak, USK Praha19.7 
 2. Pope, Chomutov19.6 
 3. McFadden, Usti n.18.2 
 4. Grant, Levice17.9 
 5. Lowery, Chomutov17.6 
 6. Hruban, USK Praha16.7 
 7. Houska, BK Decin15.4 
 8. Arnold, BK Pardu.14.9 
 9. Meno, Svitavy14.8 
 10. Smith, BK Prost.14.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Stanislav VOTROUBEK
  USK P.
  (212-C-81)
  Avg: 8.8
 1. Votroubek, USK P.8.8 
 2. Pesic, Inter B.8.6 
 3. Meno, Svitavy8.4 
 4. Gottselig, Usti n.8.0 
 5. Arnold, BK Pardu.7.9 
 6. Gadri-N., BK Prost.7.8 
 7. Naymick, CEZ N.7.7 
 8. Peterson, BK Prost.7.3 
 9. Modric, Levice7.2 
 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. Sotnar, USK Praha4.7 
 4. Wright, Chomutov4.6 
 5. Wright, NH Ostrava4.6 
 6. Vrubl, Plzen4.4 
 7. Lawrence, CEZ N.4.2 
 8. McFadden, Usti n.4.1 
 9. Sirina, B&W Opava4.1 
 10. George, Svitavy3.9 
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.2.3 
 5. Wright, NH Ostrava2.1 
 6. Lowery, Chomutov1.9 
 7. Klecka, B&W Opava1.9 
 8. Sirina, B&W Opava1.8 
 9. Pumprla, CEZ N.1.7 
 10. Abrams, CEZ N.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Andrew NAYMICK
  CEZ N.
  (211-C-85)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Naymick, CEZ N.1.5 
 2. Hughes, NH Ostrava1.3 
 3. Miklosik, B&W O.1.3 
 4. Gadri-N., BK Prost.1.2 
 5. Williams, BK Decin1.0 
 6. Reese, Usti n.0.9 
 7. Grant, Levice0.9 
 8. Arnold, BK Pardu.0.9 
 9. Meno, Svitavy0.8 
 10. Houska, BK Decin0.8 


CEZ Nymburk and BK Prostejov take 2-1 NBL Semi-Final leads - by Eurobasket News

CEZ Nymburk - BC Kolin 96-63 (2-1)

The game was mostly controlled by CEZ Nymburk. BC Kolin was better in fourth quarter 25-22. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. CEZ Nymburk dominated down low during the game scoring 50 of its points in the paint compared to BC Kolin's 30. CEZ Nymburk forced 19 BC Kolin turnovers. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 23 assists. It was a quality performance for American forward Lamayne Wilson (204-80, college: Troy) who led the winners and scored 18 points and 8 rebounds. His fellow American import guard Chester Simmons (198-82, college: Washington) accounted for 16 points and 7 rebounds for the winning side. The former international swingman Stefan Licartovsky (196-84) came up with 14 points and Slovakian guard Roman Marko (195-86) added 11 points respectively for BC Kolin in the defeat. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games.
Top scorers:
CEZ Nymburk: L.Wilson 18+8reb+2ast, P.Pumprla 16+6reb+1ast, C.Simmons 16+7reb+1ast, R.Necas 11+2reb+6ast, T.Vyoral 10+1reb, E.Lawrence 8+1reb+7ast
BC Kolin: S.Licartovsky 14+3ast, R.Marko 11+4reb+2ast, R.Ames 11+1reb+4ast, S.Zuzak 10+4reb+2ast, U.Benacek 5+4reb+2ast, D.Machac 5+3reb
gschID: 176185


BK Prostejov - BK Decin 75-74 (2-1)

The hosts trailed by 10 points after first quarter, but they rallied back getting tie in the second period and winning the second half and won the game by 1 point. It was a great evening for American center Bertengeh Gadri-Nicholson (208-83, college: Denver) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 15 rebounds. His fellow American import Jamar Smith (191-87, college: S.Indiana, agency: KMG Sports Management) helped adding 21 points. The best for the losing side was international power forward Pavel Houska (204-84) with 20 points and American guard Levell Sanders (189-75, college: Seton Hall, agency: Stanley International) scored 15 points. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. BK Decin's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
BK Prostejov: J.Smith 21+2reb+1ast, B.Gadri-Nicholson 15+15reb+1ast, T.Peterson 15+6reb+2ast, D.Pandula 12+5reb+1ast, K.Svrdlik 7+2reb, P.Slezak 3+1reb+1ast
BK Decin: P.Houska 20+3reb+2ast, L.Sanders 15+4reb+3ast, T.Pomikalek 13+6reb+1ast, L.Stria 12+1ast, D.Burke 9+11reb, A.Alic 3+2reb+2ast
gschID: 176184



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

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

Josh Asselin
Josh Asselin
   #1. This week's number one is an experienced former international power forward Josh Asselin (211-78, agency: Duran International, college: Michigan), who plays in the Spanish ACB. He could not help Assignia Manresa (15-19) in their last game on Sunday. Despite Asselin's very good performance Assignia Manresa was defeated 77-71 on the road by the leading Regal FC Barcelona. He was the top scorer with 18 points. Asselin also added 6 rebounds. The Regular Season already ended. It's Asselin's first season with the team. He has relatively good stats this year: 12.7ppg, 4.2rpg, 2FGP: 52.4%, 3FGP: 31.3% and FT: 69.2%. Asselin has a dual citizenship: Dominican Republic and American. Despite he played previously for the Dominican Rep. national team, Asselin played also for the Dominican Republic national team in 2006. He used to play for Naco in Dominican Republic league.

Damien McSwine
Damien McSwine
   #2. Second place goes to former international guard Damien McSwine (193-78, college: Loyola, IL), who plays in the Mexican CIBACOPA. McSwine was not able to help Garra Canera de Navolato (9-21) in their last game. Despite his very good performance Garra Canera de Navolato lost 89-101 in Guaymas to the second-ranked Ostioneros de. McSwine was the second best scorer with 23 points. He also added 5 rebounds and dished 4 assists in 40 minutes. It was Garra Canera de Navolato's fourth consecutive loss in a row. McSwine is currently seventh on the league's list of best passers with 3.5apg. This year he also averages: 17.0ppg, 4.0rpg, 2FGP: 57.3%(146-255), 3FGP: 22.9% and FT: 83.8% in the 26 games he played so far. McSwine is another player who holds two passports: Dominican Republic and American. Despite he played previously for the USA national team, McSwine played also for the Dominican Republic national team in 2006. He used to play for Reales de La Vega in Dominican Republic league.

Eulis Baez
Eulis Baez
   #3. The Dominican Republic player who performed third best last week abroad was former international forward Eulis Baez (201-82, college: W.Illinois). Baez led FIATC Joventut to a victory against the closely-ranked Meridiano Alicante (18-16) 74-63 in the Spanish ACB on Wednesday night. He scored 11 points. FIATC Joventut Badalona (16-18) is placed 11th in the ACB. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. The Regular Season already ended. Baez's overall stats this season are: 9.5ppg, 5.2rpg, 1.3apg, 2FGP: 45.6%, 3FGP: 38.2% and FT: 72.9%. Despite he played previously for the USA national team, Baez played also for the Dominican Republic national team in 2009.

Sean Ogirri
Sean Ogirri
   #4. Guard Sean Ogirri (188-86, college: Wyoming), who plays in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division) was not able to secure a victory for Leche Rio Breogan (19-15) in their last game. Despite his very good performance Leche Rio Breogan lost 69-80 in Mahon to the higher-ranked (#4) Menorca Basquet. Ogirri was the top scorer with 19 points in 26 minutes; quite an impressive performance considering it's only his third season in pro basketball. This year Ogirri has relatively solid stats: 12.0ppg, 2.2rpg and 2.4apg in the 36 games. He has both Nigerian and Dominican Republic nationalities. Despite Ogirri played previously for the Dominican Rep. national team, he is currently in the Dominican Republic national team roster.

James Feldeine
James Feldeine
   #5. Former international guard James Feldeine (193-88, college: Quinnipiac) is a teammate of previously mentioned Sean Ogirri. But that was another game of his team in Spanish LEB Gold which we would like to mention. Feldeine led Leche Rio Breogan to a victory over the closely-ranked Menorca Basquet (21-13) 69-64. He was MVP of the game. Feldeine recorded 15 points; not bad, considering it's only his second season in pro basketball. Leche Rio Breogan Lugo (19-15) is placed seventh in the LEB Gold. Feldeine is currently third on the list of top scorers. He has individually a very good season with high stats. Feldeine averages: 17.6ppg, 4.0rpg, 1.8apg and 1.4spg. He also holds two passports: Dominican Republic and American. Despite Feldeine played previously for the USA national team, he is currently in the Dominican Republic national team roster. Strangely Feldeine has never played in Dominican Republic.

Larry Turner
Larry Turner
   #6. Power forward Larry Turner (210-82, agency: Strategic Sports, college: Tennessee St.), who plays in the Japanese BJ League couldn't help Toyama Grouses (25-27) in their last game. Despite his good performance the fifth-placed Toyama Grouses were crushed 94-73 in Niigata by the higher-ranked (#4) Albirex in the Eastern group. Turner recorded 10 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 20 minutes. This year Turner's overall stats are: 6.4ppg, 6.6rpg and 1.1bpg in the 51 games. He holds both American and Dominican Republic passports. Despite Turner played previously for the Dominican Rep. national team, he is also a former international player as he played for the Dominican Republic senior team three years ago. Apparently Turner has never played in Dominican Republic.

Franklin Western
Franklin Western
   #7. Former international forward Franklin Western (200-72, college: Providence) managed to help Vaqueros de Bayamon to win against the sixth-ranked Mets (0-2) 85-67 in the Puerto Rican BSN in Wednesday night's game. He recorded only 2 points. Vaqueros de Bayamon (1-1) is placed third in Top 6 group. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. Western's total stats this season are: 2.0ppg and 1.1rpg. He used to play for the Dominican Republic national team three years ago.

Ruben Guillandeaux
Ruben Guillandeaux
   #8. Guard Ruben Guillandeaux (198-88, college: La Salle) contributed to Ourense's victory against the seventh-ranked Aurteneche Maquinaria Araberri (13-11) 69-59 in the Spanish LEB Silver (third division) last Friday. Guillandeaux recorded only 2 points in 12 minutes. Aquas De Sousas Club Ourense Baloncesto (15-13) is placed in the LEB Silver. This year Guillandeaux's total stats are: 8.1ppg, 1.8rpg and 1.6apg in the 28 games. He holds both American and Dominican Republic passports. Guillandeaux used to play for the Dominican Republic national team back in 2009. Interesting that he has never played in Dominican Republic.

The list of other players, who all have Dominican Republic passport but never been selected to any of Dominican Republic national teams:

   #1. Alfred Horford (208-F/C-86, college: Florida) led Atlanta Hawks to a 1-point victory over the Boston Celtics (39-27) 87-86 in the NBA in Tuesday night's game. He was MVP of the game. Horford had a double-double by scoring 19 points and getting 11 rebounds. He also added 3 assists, 3 blocks and 3 steals in 41 minutes. The Atlanta Hawks have a solid 40-26 record this season. It's Horford's fifth year with the team. Horford has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 12.8ppg, 7.2rpg, 2.2apg and 1.3bpg in the 13 games he played so far.

   #2. Luis Flores (188-G-81, college: Manhattan), who plays in the Ukrainian Superleague could not help Budivelnyk (30-9) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Flores' very good performance Budivelnyk was badly defeated 83-64 on the road by the lower-ranked Azovmash (#3). He was the top scorer with 21 points. Flores also added 6 rebounds and dished 7 assists. Flores has relatively good stats this season: 14.6ppg, 2.9rpg and 2.4apg.

   #3. Jack Michael Martinez (203-F/C-81, agency: Paris Global Sports), who plays in the Venezuelan LPB was not able to help Cocodrilos (2-4) in their last game. Despite his very good performance the third-placed Cocodrilos lost 73-78 in Porlamar to the leading Guaiqueries in the Group B. Martinez had a double-double by scoring 20 points and getting 12 rebounds. He also added 2 blocks in 32 minutes. It was Cocodrilos' third consecutive loss in a row. There are only two games left until the end of the Second Stage. So now every game will be critical. Martinez has very impressive stats this year: 16.3ppg, 9.0rpg and 1.2apg in the six games.



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DR qualify for Afcon in Mozambique - by Eurobasket News

After twice defeating the Red Devils of Congo Brazzaville (65-69 and 63-43), the DR Congo have qualified for the U18 Afcon.
The Leopards picked up their ticket for the tournament in the mens category which would take place from July to August in Maputo, Mozambique.
Courtesy of: StarAfrica.com



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  EBA   

Stats Leaders

EBA Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1. Wise, Madness 31.8
2. Board, Madness 30.4
3. Leon, HV. Hype 26.8
4. Perez, Jaguars 25.8
5. Roach, Storm 25.5
Rebounds Per Game
1. Coker, Wizards 13.2
2. Boone, Horizon 12.4
3. Lawley, Wizards 10
4. Palmer, Horizon 9.5
4. Poole, All-Stars 9.5
Assists Per Game
1. Flegler, Hawks 12.2
2. Scott, Wizards 7
3. Perez, Jaguars 6.6
4. Carter, HV. Hype 5.8
4. Labase, HV. Hype 5.8
Steals Per Game
1. Ferguson,Wizards 2.8
2. Carter, All-Stars 2.5
3. Scott, Wizards 2.3
4. Esonwune, Hype 2.2
4. Fawehinmi, Storm 2.2
4. Flegler, Hawks 2.2
4. Hernandez, Hawks 2.2
4. Labase, HV. Hype 2.2
4. Poole, All-Stars 2.2
Blocks Per Game
1. Boone, Horizon 5.2
2. Coker, Wizards 3.8
3. Harrington, Hawks 2.5
4. Onunaku, Storm 1.8
5. Williams, All-Stars 1.6



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  EGYPT   

Superleague Standings

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

Finals: Round 3

May. 8: Al Ittihad - Somouha 85-77
May. 8: Zamalek - Al Ahly 68-71
May. 8: Al Gezira - Sporting 68-66

Finals: Round 4

May. 10: Sporting - Al Ahly
May. 10: Somouha - Al Gezira
May. 10: Al Ittihad - Zamalek


Final play-offs round - by Eurobasket News

The final playoffs round of the Egyptian Basketball League started Sunday May 6th, 2012. In this Playoff round the top six teams of the league compete for the title: Al-Ahly, Al-Jazeera, Al-Ittehad, Smouha, Zamalek, and Sporting.

Due to the recent events in Egypt, the playoffs are taking place in Tanta Stadium without fans attendance. Each team will face the other teams once, where the winner gets 2 points and the loser gets 1 point.

With two rounds left to play, Al-Ahly comes in first place with 6 points gathered from 3 wins followed by Al-Jazeera, Al-Ittehad, and Sporting each with 5 points gathered from two wins and one loss. Smouha and Zamalek come in the last place with 3 points from three losses.

The playoffs are expected to end on May 11th, 2012 and the champion will crowned, unless two or more teams tie in points in that case an extension playoff will be held among those teams.

Can Al-Ahly keep its winning streak? Or will Al-Jazeera and Sporting succeed in forcing a tie? The truth shall be revealed in the next few days.



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  EUROBASKET SUMMER LEAGUE   


Top former ESL players currently in pro basketball based on last week's performance - by Eurobasket Center

Here is the weekly review of the top performing Eurobasket Summer League players, who play currently pro basketball.

   #1. Kyle Lamonte (191-G-84, college: William Carey) led Penarol to a victory over the closely-ranked Libertad Sunchales (20-10) 90-76 in the Argentinian LigaA in Wednesday night's game. Lamonte was MVP of the game. He scored 27 points (!!!) and grabbed 6 rebounds in 27 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Penarol Mar del Plata (21-9) is placed first in the LigaA. Lamonte has relatively good stats this year: 11.6ppg, 2.6rpg and 1.5apg in the 41 games he played so far. Worth to mention he played also at Eurobasket Summer League, which helped him get the job in pro basketball.

   #2. Emmanuel Little (196-F-85, college: N.Dakota) contributed to a double overtime (!!!) Rayos de Hermosillo's victory against the closely-ranked Tijuana Zonkeys (20-10) 108-105 in the Mexican CIBACOPA last Wednesday. He recorded a double-double by scoring 20 points and getting 12 rebounds. Little also added and 3 steals. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Rayos de Hermosillo (26-4) is placed first in the CIBACOPA. It was his team's 14th consecutive victory in a row. Little has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 15.2ppg, 7.0rpg and 2.9apg. Worth to mention he played also at Eurobasket Summer League, which helped him get the job in pro basketball. Four years ago Little took part in the ESL camp in Chicago playing for London.

   #3. William Funn (188-G-82, college: Portland St.) helped Pioneros Los Mochis win their game against the closely-ranked Fuerza Guinda Nogales (15-16) 107-99 in the Mexican CIBACOPA on Friday night. Funn scored 21 points, grabbed 8 rebounds and dished 9 assists in 37 minutes. Pioneros de Los Mochis (14-16) is placed seventh in the CIBACOPA. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. Funn has very impressive stats this year: 16.0ppg, 7.5rpg and 6.5apg in the four games. Funn is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top summer league for players who want to play basketball overseas. Three years ago he played at the ESL camp in Las Vegas playing for Team Dublin.

   #4. Kleon Penn (213-C-86, agency: Paris Global Sports, college: McNeese St.), who plays in the Puerto Rican BSN could not help Caciques (9-21) in their last game on Thursday. Despite his very good performance the first-placed Caciques was edged 87-85 on the road by the lower-ranked Vaqueros (#3) in the Places 7-8 group. Penn recorded a double-double by scoring 21 points and getting 12 rebounds. The Regular Season already ended. Penn is currently second on the list of best blockers. He has very reliable stats this season: 11.4ppg, 7.0rpg and 1.8bpg. He is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. In 2009 Penn attended the ESL camp in Las Vegas playing for Team Zurich.

   #5. Charles Moore (201-F-86, college: S.Arkansas), who plays in the Mexican CIBACOPA was not able to help Garra Canera de Navolato (9-21) in their last game. Despite his very good performance Garra Canera de Navolato lost 74-84 in Los Mochis to the higher-ranked (#7) Pioneros. Moore was the top scorer with 24 points. He also added 8 rebounds in 39 minutes; quite an impressive performance considering it's only Moore's third season in pro basketball. It was Garra Canera de Navolato's fourth consecutive loss in a row. Moore has very impressive stats this year: 18.0ppg and 6.7rpg in the six games. Moore played in 2011at the Eurobasket Summer League in Las Vegas for Team Monaco.

   #6. Kyndall Dykes (190-SG-87, agency: Edge Sports, college: New Orleans), who plays in the Romanian Division A was not able to secure a victory for one of league's weakest teams U-Mobitelco (20-8) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Dykes' good performance U-Mobitelco was defeated 70-65 on the opponent's court by the second-ranked Timisoara. He was the second best scorer with 13 points. Dykes also added 5 rebounds. Dykes is currently fifth on the list of top scorers. This season he has very high stats. Dykes averages: 19.9ppg, 5.8rpg, 2.9apg and 1.9spg. He attended three years ago the Eurobasket Summer League camp in Malaga, Spain.

   #7. Dwight Burke (202-C/F-86, college: Marquette) couldn't help BK Decin in their game against BK Prostejov in the Czech Republic NBL. Burke scored 9 points and grabbed 11 rebounds in 31 minutes. His team was edged 75-74. This year he averages: 7.4ppg and 6.2rpg in the 17 games. Worth to mention he played also for Team Prague at the ESL in New York in 2009.

   #8. John Little (180-PG-84, college: N.Iowa) couldn't help s Oliver Baskets in their game against ALBA Berlin in the German BBL. He recorded 8 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. His team was defeated 75-67. This season Little averages: 7.9ppg, 3.2rpg and 1.6apg. Little played four years ago at the ESL in Chicago for Athens.

   #9. Mychal Henderson (198-G/F-85, college: Ks Wesleyan), who plays in the Mexican CIBACOPA couldn't help Caballeros de Culiacan (10-20) in their last game. Despite Henderson's good performance Caballeros de Culiacan was crushed 91-66 in Hermosillo by the leading Rayos de. He was the second best scorer with 14 points. Henderson also added 9 rebounds and dished 3 assists in 25 minutes. He has relatively good stats this year: 11.9ppg, 4.3rpg and 1.4apg in the 14 games. He attended in 2009 the ESL camp in Las Vegas.

   #10. Jayson Granger (186-G-89) helped Asefa Estudiantes win their game against the league outsider Blancos de Rueda 79-68 in the Spanish ACB in Thursday night's game. He scored 10 points. Granger belongs to league's best passers and is ranked #6. He has very reliable stats this season: 10.4ppg, 4.3rpg, 3.8apg and 1.3spg. Granger has also Italian passport. Worth to mention Granger played also for Team Budapest at the ESL in New York two years ago.



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  EUROLEAGUE   

Standings

Euroleague Stage Two Standings
Group E
 1. CSKA 5-1 
 2. Olympiacos 3-3 
 3. Galatasaray 3-3 
 4. Anadolu Efes 1-5 
Group F
 1. Montepaschi 4-2 
 2. Gescrap BB 4-2 
 3. Real Madrid 4-2 
 4. Unicaja 0-6 
Group G
 1. Panathinaikos 4-2 
 2. Unics 3-3 
 3. Armani Mit 3-3 
 4. Fener.Ulker 2-4 
Group H
 1. FCB Regal 6-0 
 2. Maccabi T-A 3-3 
 3. Bennet Cantu 3-3 
 4. Zalgiris 0-6 
Stage One Standings

Semi-Finals: Round 1

May. 11: Olympiakos - FCB Regal
May. 11: CSKA - Panathinaikos


Efes extends its Euroleague sponsorship for another three years - by Eurobasket News

A constant supporter of sports, Efes' global brand Efes Pilsener extended its Euroleague Basketball sponsorship for another three years with the protocol signed on Wednesday, May 9. Euroleague CEO and President Jordi Bertomeu and Anadolu Efes Beer Group President Alejandro Jimenez were present at the press conference organized for the signing.

Efes' global brand Efes Pilsener announced that it extended its Euroleague sponsorship for another three years. Euroleague is a tournament that brings the continent's most distinguished teams together. Euroleague CEO and President Jordi Bertomeu and Anadolu Efes, Beer Group President Alejandro Jimenez attended the press conference on May 9th at Istanbul raan Palace Kempinsky.

Mentioning that Efes has been by their side for the past three years, Euroleague CEO and President Jordi Bertomeu said:

'Efes has been a kind, generous and creative partner for us for the past three years. I'm very happy that Efes' support will continue for another three years. With the support it provides, Efes proves its commitment to basketball and to the fans of the sport. As Euroleague, we seek to have long term partners. We believe that our relationship with Efes will be long standing. We will continue to work to add value to our partners in the Euroleague family.'

Stating that they always supported the development of basketball in Turkey, Anadolu Efes, Beer Group President Alejandro Jimenez said:

'Three years ago we started supporting basketball on an international level and we're determined to continue our support in the upcoming years. The protocol we signed today is a strong proof of this. We're happy to be supporting a distinguished event such as Euroleague. This tournament where Europe's best teams compete increases interest in basketball. I hope to see one or two Turkish teams in the Final Four at the next tournament. When I take into account the fact that the quality of Turkish basketball has increased in the last few years, I see that my wish is not a dream.'

Efes Pilsener is Euroleague Basketballs global sponsor

Supporting sports for years, starting with basketball, Efes' global brand Efes Pilsener became Euroleague's official sponsor within the scope of the sponsorship agreement signed with Euroleague Basketball on May 9. A constant supporter of sports, Efes signed the agreement which comprises the regular season, the Top 16, playoffs and Euroleague Basketball Final Four.

Final Four excitement in Istanbul

The Euroleague Final Four, which will determine the 2012 Euroleague champion, will take place between May 11 and 13 at Istanbul Sinan Erdem Dome. Panathinaikos, CSKA Moscow, FC Barcelona Regal and Olympiacos will battle for the title. Among them, CSKA and Panathinaikos have been Euroleague champions six times each; Regal Barcelona won the title twice and Olympiacos has done so on one occasion.

We are here to announce an extension for the next three years of Efes Beer Group as a Euroleague global sponsor, Anadolu Efes Beer Group President Alejandro Jimenez said Wednesday at Ciragan Palace. We are proud to be sponsor. Euroleague Basketball met the expectations we had three years ago and has surpassed them since. Basketball has become a more and more popular game. Efess relationship with basketball goes back to 1976 as a team. Each year since Efes has consistently supported basketball. We consider it our social responsibility. It is good for families, women and children. We have worked with Euroleague Basketball since 2000 and under Jordi Bertomeu basketball has been taken to new heights. We are proud to extend this partnership and to be able to announce it in Istanbul, our home. Over the next couple of days, you will be able to see some of the best basketball in the world. Its a shame that no Turkish team will be playing, but its still going to be amazing.

We are very happy to be here for this announcement, Euroleague CEO and President Jordi Bertomeu said at the media conference. We want to express our deepest gratitude to Efes for their longstanding commitment to the sport. It goes beyond these three years. Now its our turn to not disappoint Efess expectations. They have done their homework, now its our turn. Loyalty is important for us. We share a commitment to working together. We know that we can work together, grow and be better. Activities such as the gala dinner, the cheerleader contest and the Devotion Fan Zone are just examples of how that cooperation has flourished. We wish to express our gratitude for this. Over the next three years, we will be deepening relations and we hope in three years time we can announce yet another extension.

Courtesy of Euroleague



Rumors about Zisis and Gescrap BB.. - by Dimitris Katsionis

According to Tubasket.com, Nikos Zisis (1.95-G-83) has reach to a 2 year-agreement with Gescrap BB to join the club after the season's end. Zisis's contract (800.00 euros/year) with Montepaschi is on it's final year and Gescrap BB seems a very good choice for him. The Greek combo guard has won two Italian championships at Siena and his is on the way to the third. This year coach Pianigiani used him on both backourt spots for the first time, due to Rimantas Kaukenas injury, wanting to take advantage Zisis's clear mind and passing ability from '2' spot (the previous years Zisis played strictly at '1' under Pianigiani). If the rumor is true, Zisis will find a Greek core at his new home. Coach Katsikaris (Zisis's ex-coach at AEK Athens, where the Greek guard became famous and as a result David Blatt chose him to lead Benetton Treviso) and two teammates from Greek NT, Kostas Vasiliadis and Dimitrios Mavroeidis. According to Italian media, Montepaschi is searching for a replacement from the domestic league. But, let's wait until summer..


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  FIJI   


Rain halts finals - by Eurobasket News

THE finals of the Raiwaqa Basketball knockout tournament were cancelled due to the heavy rain in the capital city yesterday.

And University of the South Pacific (USP) Chosen created the upset of the day when they beat favourites Lady Birds in the women's semi-finals 35-29 at Eds courts.

USP Chosen will face defending Easter champions Sparks in the finals next Saturday while Warriors plays Boston White in the men's final.

Led by sisters Vika and Joyce Fifita, Chosen proved to be a force to reckon with Grace Taito on their side.

Lady Bird laced with experience players like Seini Dobui, Maria Tamani, Vuinadi Saketa and Aggie Sokosoko could not contain the fast and more fitter Chosen side.

Chosen's coach and Basketball Fiji's development officer Laisiasa Puamau was pleased with the result.

The victory was a sweet revenge for the minnows as Lady Birds always thrashed Puamau's side during the weekly games.

'This is the upset of this tournament.

'My team is a very young team and we often get thrashed by Lady Birds in our weekly competition.'

'I am happy with the performance of the girls, this is a wake up call for Lady Birds.

'Our team is improving and we are looking forward to the finals,' Puamau said.

He added they had to postpone the finals because of the heavy rain in Suva.
Courtesy of: fijitimes.com



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  FINLAND   

Stats Leaders - Korisliiga

Points Per Game
 Tim BLUE
  KTP
  (205-F-84)
  Avg: 23.2
 1. Blue, KTP23.2 
 2. Zeno, Nilan Bisons19.7 
 3. Crocker, KTP19.3 
 4. Beidler, Kauhajoki19.2 
 5. Durham, Salon Vilp.18.9 
 6. Brooks, Namika L.18.6 
 7. Holloway, Salon V.18.3 
 8. Hannah, Kauhajoki18.3 
 9. Hawkins, ToPo18.1 
 10. Newson, Kataja18.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 John FIELDS
  Salon Vilpas
  (205-F-88)
  Avg: 12.2
 1. Fields, Salon Vilp.12.2 
 2. Durham, Salon Vilp.11.2 
 3. Blue, KTP10.4 
 4. Williams, Pyrinto10.1 
 5. Beidler, Kauhajoki9.8 
 6. Newson, Kataja8.6 
 7. Zeno, Nilan Bisons8.4 
 8. McDade, Nilan B.8.2 
 9. Brown, Kouvot8.1 
 10. Hamm, LrNM.7.8 
Assists Per Game
 Malik MOORE
  Namika L.
  (192-G-77)
  Avg: 5.2
 1. Moore, Namika L.5.2 
 2. Ivey, Nilan Bisons4.9 
 3. Haynes, LrNM.4.8 
 4. Hannah, Kauhajoki4.5 
 5. Sarcevic, KTP4.3 
 6. Williams, Pyrinto4.1 
 7. Walker, Kataja3.8 
 8. Virtanen, Kataja3.6 
 9. Zeno, Nilan Bisons3.5 
 10. Nikkarinen, Kouvot3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Kelly BEIDLER
  Kauhajoki
  (199-F-88)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Beidler, Kauhajoki2.3 
 2. Moore, Korihait2.2 
 3. Williams, Pyrinto2.0 
 4. Williams, Pyrinto1.9 
 5. Holloway, Salon V.1.8 
 6. Haynes, LrNM.1.7 
 7. Sarcevic, KTP1.7 
 8. Jordan, Kouvot1.6 
 9. Newson, Kataja1.6 
 10. Moore, Namika L.1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Kelly BEIDLER
  Kauhajoki
  (199-F-88)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Beidler, Kauhajoki1.9 
 2. Fields, Salon Vilp.1.8 
 3. Blue, KTP1.4 
 4. Williams, Pyrinto1.0 
 5. Zeno, Nilan Bisons1.0 
 6. Lehtoranta, Kataja0.9 
 7. Mottola, ToPo0.8 
 8. Hamm, LrNM.0.8 
 9. Jones, Nilan Bisons0.7 
 10. Ahvenniemi, Pyrin.0.6 


KORISLIIGA: Panther Trophy for the Bisons - by Rauno Hurmalainen

Korisliiga, Finals, Game # 4: The season 2011-12 is over. Top League newcomer Bisons (Loimaa) playing first time ever in Top League and winning with the first try Finnish Championship. Tonight Bisons defeated Kataja (Joensuu) 83-66 (45-30) and winning by the same the Finals 3-1. Quarters: 16-15, 29-15, 17-22, 21-14. Bisons was better in everything: Better shooting, more rebounds, better defense and much better American players.
When Kataja had suffered a bitter OT loss at home on Monday, tonight's result is no surprise. Bisons was mentally and probably also physically much stronger. Bisons captain Jeb Ivey (190-G-80, college: Portland St.), winning his first championship in Finland after the third try, told the media two big reasons, why Bisons is # 1 in Finland: 'We are a TEAM and there is the real TRUST between all people in and around the Team'. No wonder, Ivey will continue his basketball career at least two more years at Loimaa.

Bisons American Head Coach Greg Gibson led Korikonkarit (Loimaa) last season from Division 1 into top level and now into Finnish Championship! Gibson, who almost lost his voice during the Finals, gave credits to his team and players: 'I'm so happy for these guys! They never missed a practise, they always pushed eachother!'

Petri Virtanen (183-G-80) was the only Kataja-player, who reached own level. Bisons had anyway five players in double digits, though Kataja's Head Coach Jukka Toijala pushed his players not to walk and defense harder on the court. Martin Zeno (196-G-85, college: Texas Tech) (Bisons) scored game high 22 points.
Ivey added 16 pts and Clifton Jones (201-F-78, college: Oregon St.) 14 pts. Jones finally won it all when playing his 12th season in Finland.

Bisons - Kataja 83-66 (45-30). (Martin Zeno 22/6a, Jeb Ivey 16/6a, Clifton Jones 14, Ville Makalainen 13/7, Mikko Koivisto 10. 1 - 70,8% (17/24), 2 - 63,6% (21/33), 3 - 34,7% (8/23). R: 33+4=37. TO: 14. - Petri Virtanen 20, Sami Lehtoranta 14, B.A.Walker 13. 1 - 61,5% (8/13), 2 - 48,5% (17/35), 3 - 28,5% (8/28). R: 24+8=32. TO: 14. A: 1300).



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

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

Petteri Koponen
Petteri Koponen
   #1. This week's number one is an international guard Petteri Koponen (194-88). He was the major contributor in a CS Bologna's victory against the league leader Montepaschi Siena (24-8) 78-69 in the Italian SerieA in Wednesday night's game. Koponen scored 19 points and grabbed 4 rebounds (went 5 for 5 at the free throw line) in 32 minutes on the court. Canadian Solar Bologna (20-12) is placed fifth in the SerieA. It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. They will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And that game will be critical. It's Koponen's fourth season with the team. He has relatively good stats this year: 13.8ppg, 3.0rpg, 2.6apg, 2FGP: 51.5%, 3FGP: 35.8% and FT: 77.1% in the 32 games he played so far. Koponen is currently a member of the Finnish senior national team.

Tuukka Kotti
Tuukka Kotti
   #2. Second place goes to an international power forward Tuukka Kotti (205-81, college: Providence), who plays in the Italian Lega2 (second division). He could not help Aget Imola (10-18) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Kotti's very good performance Aget Imola was defeated 88-81 at home by the higher-ranked S.Antimo (#12). He recorded a double-double by scoring 24 points and getting 10 rebounds. The Regular Season already ended. It's Kotti's first season with the team. This year Kotti averages: 9.6ppg, 6.9rpg, 1.4spg, 2FGP: 57.5%(115-200) and FT: 46.4%. He is in the roster of the Finnish senior national team.

Sasu Salin
Sasu Salin
   #3. The Finnish player who performed third best last week abroad was an international point guard Sasu Salin (190-91). Salin contributed to a 3-point Union Olimpija's victory against the third-ranked Helios (6-4) 74-71 in the Slovenian Telemach League on Tuesday night. He recorded 9 points in 25 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 3 ranked teams in Group Championship. Union Olimpija Ljubljana (7-3) is placed second in Championship Group. This year Salin's overall stats are: 9.9ppg, 2.7rpg, 2FGP: 62.1%(18-29), 3FGP: 32.7% and FT: 73.1% in the 11 games. He is also a member of the Finnish senior national team.

Shawn Huff
Shawn Huff
   #4. Swingman Shawn Huff (198-84, college: Valparaiso) led MarcoPoloShop.it to a victory against the league leader Trenkwalder RE (20-8) 81-68 in the Italian Lega2 (second division) in Saturday night's game. Huff scored 12 points and grabbed 8 rebounds. MarcoPoloShop.it Forli (9-19) closes the standings in the Lega2. The Regular Season already ended. Huff has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 15.5ppg and 6.8rpg. Huff is also Finnish national team player.

Gerald Lee
Gerald Lee
   #5. International forward Gerald Lee (208-87, college: ODU) contributed to a 3-point Prima Veroli's victory against the closely-ranked Fileni BPA (13-15) 76-73 in the Italian Lega2 (second division) last Saturday. He scored 11 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 27 minutes. Prima Veroli (13-15) is placed eighth in the Lega2. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. This year Lee has relatively solid stats: 12.6ppg, 6.0rpg and 1.1spg in the 27 games. He is a naturalized American. Despite Lee played previously for the USA national team, he is currently in the Finnish national team roster. Strangely Lee has never played in Finland.

Teemu Rannikko
Teemu Rannikko
   #6. Guard Teemu Rannikko (188-80) was not able to help Cimberio Varese (17-15) in their game against Air Avellino (15-17) in the Italian SerieA. He did not beat the league record on Wednesday evening. Rannikko scored only 2 points. Cimberio Varese was edged 78-77 on the road by the lower-ranked Air Avellino (#9). His team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And now that game is quite important. Rannikko's total stats this season are: 7.9ppg, 1.7rpg, 3.1apg and 1.4spg. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Finnish National Team roster.

Other top Finnish players, who play abroad:

Raymond Hinge plays for Galil Gilboa in Israeli Premier League
Kristjan Rinaldo (195-G/F-91) plays for BC Rakvere in Estonian KML
Joonas Caven (210-C/F-93) plays for FIATC Joventut in Spanish ACB
Mikko Riipinen (177-PG-87) plays for Norrkoping Dolphins in Swedish Basketligan
Roberto Alexander Mantovani (200-F-94) plays for AEK in Cypriot Division A
Ville Kaunisto (204-F-82) plays for Blois in French NM1
Rasmus Roslund (192-G-88) plays for Srbija in Swedish Basketettan
Antti Ranta (190-F-87) plays for Nottingham Hoods in British EBL3



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  FRANCE   

Standings - N1

NM1 Standings
 1. St Quentin 27-7 
 2. Souffel 26-8 
 3. Orchy 25-9 
 4. Charleville 24-10 
 5. Blois 23-11 
 6. Roche 23-11 
 7. Cognac 21-13 
 8. Sorgues 19-15 
 9. Brest 18-16 
 10. Challans 17-17 
 11. Angers BC 49 16-18 
 12. Lievin 15-19 
 13. Rueil 15-19 
 14. Chartres 15-19 
 15. Clermont 8-26 
 16. Montbrison 6-28 
 17. Le Puy 6-28 
 18. CFBB 2-32 

Quarter-Finals: Round 1

May. 19: Orchy - Sorgues
May. 19: Charleville - Cognac
May. 19: Blois - Roche


Stats Leaders - N1

Points Per Game
 Ville KAUNISTO
  Blois
  (204-F-82)
  Avg: 18.1
 1. Kaunisto, Blois18.1 
 2. Bigote, Cognac17.5 
 3. Bluntt, Orchy16.6 
 4. Petrovic, Orchy16.6 
 5. Thomas, Roche16.1 
 6. Pridotkas, Brest16.0 
 7. Herard, Challans16.0 
 8. Almanson, Challans15.9 
 9. Pearson, Angers B.15.8 
 10. Belser, Charlevil.15.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ville KAUNISTO
  Blois
  (204-F-82)
  Avg: 11.4
 1. Kaunisto, Blois11.4 
 2. Jaiteh, CFBB10.2 
 3. Jackson, Clermont9.6 
 4. Caskill, Cognac9.6 
 5. Pearson, Angers B.8.7 
 6. Aubry, Montbrison8.2 
 7. Sanborn, Lievin8.1 
 8. Lesieu, St Quentin7.9 
 9. Cabarkapa, Rueil7.6 
 10. Avramovic, Chart.7.6 
Assists Per Game
 Johan RATHIEUVILLE
  Brest
  (177-G-85)
  Avg: 6.5
 1. Rathieuville, Brest6.5 
 2. Calvez, Charleville5.3 
 3. Daube, Le Puy5.3 
 4. Tillon, Montbrison5.3 
 5. Godin, Cognac5.0 
 6. Brochard, Blois5.0 
 7. Ball, St Quentin4.5 
 8. Barbry, Orchy4.4 
 9. Cortey, Clermont4.3 
 10. Dessart, Lievin4.1 
Steals Per Game
 Aurelien TOTO N''KOTE
  Roche
  (194-F-79)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Toto N''Kote, Roche2.2 
 2. Calvez, Charleville2.1 
 3. Pistre, Charleville2.0 
 4. Bichard, St Quentin1.8 
 5. Godin, Cognac1.6 
 6. Ball, St Quentin1.6 
 7. Merie, Chartres1.6 
 8. Daube, Le Puy1.6 
 9. Davis, Blois1.6 
 10. Gourari, Rueil1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Abdoulaye N''DIAYE
  Souffel
  (210-C/F-84)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. N''Diaye, Souffel1.7 
 2. Alingue, Souffel1.7 
 3. Davis, Blois1.4 
 4. Sanborn, Lievin1.4 
 5. Diame, Rueil1.3 
 6. Caskill, Cognac1.3 
 7. Traore, Angers B.1.2 
 8. Morin, CFBB1.1 
 9. Tornato, Blois1.0 
 10. Jaiteh, CFBB1.0 


Tony Parker selected the top French playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Tony Parker
Tony Parker
   #1. This week's number one is an international point guard Tony Parker (183-82). He led San Antonio Spurs to a victory over the Utah Jazz (36-30) 102-90 in the NBA in Saturday night's game. Parker was MVP of the game. He scored 27 points (!!!) and added 6 assists in 40 minutes on the court. The San Antonio Spurs have quite an impressive 50-16 record this season. It was his team's tenth consecutive victory in a row. Parker has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 18.4ppg, 2.9rpg, 7.6apg, 2FGP: 49.7%, 3FGP: 24.6% and FT: 79.9% in the 64 games he played so far. Parker is currently a member of the French senior national team.

Joakim Noah
Joakim Noah
   #2. Second place goes to an international power forward Joakim Noah (211-85, college: Florida), who plays in the NBA. He could not help the Chicago Bulls (50-16) in their last game on Tuesday. Despite Noah's very good performance the Chicago Bulls were badly defeated 109-92 on the road by the Philadelphia 76ers. He was the top scorer with 21 points. Noah also added 8 rebounds and dished 5 assists. It's Noah's fifth season with the team. He has relatively good stats this year: 10.4ppg, 9.8rpg, 2.5apg, 1.4bpg, 2FGP: 52.1% and FT: 74.2%. Noah is a naturalized American. Despite he played previously for the USA national team, Noah is currently a member of the French senior national team. Strangely he has never played in France.

Nando De Colo
Nando De Colo
   #3. The French player who performed third best last week abroad was an international guard Nando De Colo (202-87). De Colo was the major contributor in a Valencia Basket's victory against the league outsider Blancos de Rueda (8-26) 76-59 in the Spanish ACB on Sunday night. He recorded 15 points, 8 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals in 32 minutes. Valencia Basket (20-14) is placed fourth in the ACB. De Colo's team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And that game will be critical. De Colo is currently second on the list of most steals with 1.7spg. This year his other stats are: 13.1ppg, 3.1rpg, 2.9apg, 2FGP: 46.6%, 3FGP: 35.5% and FT: 85.8% in the 34 games. Despite De Colo played previously for the USA national team, he is currently a member of the French senior national team.

Florent Pietrus
Florent Pietrus
   #4. Forward Florent Pietrus (202-81) is a teammate of previously mentioned Nando De Colo and both played together in the last Spanish ACB game. Pietrus was the main contributor in a Valencia Basket's victory against the league outsider Blancos de Rueda (8-26) 76-59. He was the best player in that game. Pietrus recorded 15 points, 5 rebounds and 3 blocks. Pietrus' overall stats this season are: 3.0ppg and 3.2rpg. Despite he played previously for the USA national team, Pietrus is currently in the French national team roster.

Boris Diaw
Boris Diaw
   #5. International power forward Boris Diaw (203-82) is a teammate of previously mentioned Tony Parker. But that was another game of his team in NBA which we would like to mention. Diaw contributed to an easy victory against the Utah Jazz (36-30) crushing them 114-83. He scored 11 points, grabbed 6 rebounds and dished 4 assists in 28 minutes. The San Antonio Spurs have a very good 50-16 record this season. It was his team's tenth consecutive victory in a row. This year Diaw's overall stats are: 4.8ppg, 4.3rpg and 2.3apg in the 24 games. Despite he played previously for the USA national team, Diaw is currently in the French national team roster.

Yakhouba Diawara
Yakhouba Diawara
   #6. Forward Yakhouba Diawara (201-82, college: Pepperdine) contributed to a Cimberio Varese's victory against the 14th-ranked Banca Tercas (12-20) 83-78 in the Italian SerieA on Sunday night. He was the top player that evening. Diawara recorded 21 points and added 3 passes. Cimberio Varese (17-15) is placed eighth in the SerieA. His team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And now that game is very crucial. It's Diawara's first season with the team. This year Diawara has very high stats. He averages: 15.1ppg, 5.2rpg, 1.6apg and 1.5spg. Despite Diawara played previously for the USA national team, he is also a former international player as he played for the French senior team four years ago.

Ian Mahinmi
Ian Mahinmi
   #7. International power forward Ian Mahinmi (206-86), who plays in the NBA was not able to help the Dallas Mavericks (36-30) in their last game. Despite Mahinmi's good performance the Dallas Mavericks lost 97-103 in Oklahoma City to the Thunder. He recorded 10 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in only 14 minutes. This year Mahinmi's total stats are: 5.9ppg and 4.7rpg in the 65 games. Despite he played previously for the USA national team, Mahinmi is currently in the French national team roster.

Thomas Heurtel
Thomas Heurtel
   #8. Guard Thomas Heurtel (188-89) helped Caja Laboral win their game against the closely-ranked Gescrap BB (19-15) crushing them 100-70 in the Spanish ACB last Sunday. He recorded 10 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Caja Laboral Vitoria (23-11) is placed third in the ACB. Heurtel's team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And now that game is quite important. Heurtel has averaged so far 4.4ppg, 1.4rpg and 1.9apg. Despite he played previously for the USA national team, Heurtel is currently in the French U20 national team roster.

Afik Nissim
Afik Nissim
   #9. Former international point guard Afik Nissim (180-81, agency: Beo Basket) helped Krka win their game against the fourth-ranked Zlatorog (5-5) crushing them 80-58 in the Slovenian Telemach League on Sunday night. He recorded 14 points and added 3 assists in 21 minutes. Krka Novo Mesto (8-2) is placed first in Championship Group. It was his team's sixth consecutive victory in a row. Nissim has averaged so far 8.6ppg, 1.8rpg, 3.7apg and 1.1spg in the 12 games. Despite he played previously for the Israeli national team, Nissim is currently in the French national team roster.

Vasil Evtimov
Vasil Evtimov
   #10. An experienced power forward Vasil Evtimov (207-77, agency: Interperformances, college: N.Carolina) helped Levski Sofia win their game against one of league's weakest teams Spartak Pleven (7-21) 92-76 in the Bulgarian NBL in Tuesday night's game. He recorded a double-double by scoring 15 points and getting 11 rebounds. Levski Sofia (23-5) is placed second in the NBL. It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. Evtimov is the league's best rebounder. He has averaged so far 9.7ppg, 10.4rpg and 1.7apg. Despite Evtimov played previously for the Bulgarian national team, he is also a former international player as ten years ago he still played for the French senior national team.

   #11. International forward Mickael Gelabale (201-83, agency: Court Side) managed to help BC Khimky Moscow Region in a victory against the closely-ranked Triumph Lyubertsy crushing them 102-76 in the Russian PBL last Thursday. Gelabale recorded 5 points and blocked 2 blocks in 24 minutes. He has averaged so far 4.5ppg and 2.6rpg in the 11 games. Gelabale plays currently for the French national team.

   #12. Former U20 international forward Aaron Cel (203-87) helped PGE Turow win their game against the second-ranked Trefl Sopot 98-94 in the Polish PLK on Monday night. He recorded 11 points. Cel has averaged so far 7.2ppg and 3.8rpg. Despite he played previously for the Polish national team, Cel is currently in the French U20 national team roster.

   #13. International center Ali Traore (207-85, also represented by Beo Basket, college: S.Idaho JC), who plays in Russia was not able to secure a victory for Lokomotiv (9-7) in their last game. Despite his good performance the fourth-placed Lokomotiv lost 83-91 in Vilnius to the higher-ranked (#3) Lietuvos rytas in the group B of VTB United League. Traore recorded 11 points in 25 minutes. This year he has relatively solid stats: 11.8ppg and 4.4rpg in the 21 games. Despite Traore played previously for the Polish national team, he is currently in the French national team roster.

   #14. International swingman Mickael Pietrus (198-82, another player represented by Court Side) helped Boston Celtics win their n overtime game against the Atlanta Hawks 90-84 in the NBA last Friday. Pietrus scored 6 points. He has averaged so far 6.3ppg and 2.9rpg. Despite Pietrus played previously for the Polish national team, he is currently in the French national team roster.

   #15. Former U20 international power forward Guillame Yango (205-82, college: Pacific) helped Biancoblu BO win their game against the fifth-ranked Sigma Barcellona 93-90 in the Italian Lega2 (second division) on Saturday night. Yango was the top player that evening. He had a double-double by scoring 19 points and getting 12 rebounds. Yango also added and 4 steals in 30 minutes. He has reliable stats this year: 11.5ppg, 6.3rpg and 1.6spg in the 13 games. Despite Yango played previously for the Polish national team, he is currently in the French U20 national team roster.



18 candidates for the 2012 Olympics named - by Eurobasket News

French Basketball Federation announced list of 18 candidates for the 2012 Olympic Games in London. They also named six reserves.

Point Guards: Andrew Albicy (178-PG-90), Rodrigue Beaubois (186-G-88, agency: Court Side), Tony Parker (183-PG-82), Steed Tchicamboud (193-G-81).
Guards: Yannick Bokolo (190-G-85), Fabien Causeur (193-G-87), Nando De Colo (202-G-87).

Small Fowards: Nicolas Batum (201-F-88), Yakhouba Diawara (201-F-82, college: Pepperdine), Mickael Gelabale (201-F-83, agency: Court Side), Charles Kahudi (197-F-86, agency: Beo Basket).

Power forwards: Boris Diaw (203-PF-82), Florent Pietrus (202-F-81).

Centers: Ali Traore (207-C-85, agency: Beo Basket, college: S.Idaho JC), Joakim Noah (211-F/C-85, college: Florida), Ian Mahinmi (206-F/C-86), Kevin Seraphin (205-F/C-89), Ronny Turiaf (208-C/F-83, agency: Priority Sports, college: Gonzaga).

Reserves: Alexis Ajinca (215-C-88, agency: Priority Sports) - Evan Fournier (199-G/F-92) - Thomas Heurtel (188-G-89) - Jackson - Mickael Pietrus (198-G/F-82, agency: Court Side) - Kim Tillie (210-F-88, agency: Priority Sports, college: Utah).

France won the Silver at the latest EuroBasket in Lithuania. They failed in the Final against Spain 85-98. In London, France is placed to Group A. Their rivals will be Argentina, Tunisia and USA. Two more countries will be added to this group, but their names will be known after the Qualifying Tournament. In the opener France will meet the USA (July 29).



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Geogian Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Larry BLAIR
  MIA Academy
  (183-G-84)
  Avg: 26
 1. Blair, MIA Academy26.0 
 2. Carter, Dinamo T.23.4 
 3. Parghalava, Sokhu.21.4 
 4. Patsatsia, Sokhumi19.0 
 5. Smith, MIA Academy17.8 
 6. Keshelava, Batumi17.3 
 7. Thomas, Armia17.1 
 8. Woodside, Armia16.9 
 9. Khmelidze, Rustavi16.7 
 10. Niniashvili, TSU16.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Keyon CARTER
  Dinamo T.
  (203-F-88)
  Avg: 13.9
 1. Carter, Dinamo T.13.9 
 2. Matiashvili, Kutai.9.9 
 3. Patsatsia, Sokhumi9.8 
 4. Hoger, Olimpi8.7 
 5. Keshelava, Batumi8.6 
 6. Smith, MIA Academy8.5 
 7. Machaladze, STU T.8.3 
 8. Niniashvili, TSU T.8.1 
 9. Milutinovic, Olimpi8.1 
 10. Atuashvili, Sokhu.7.5 
Assists Per Game
 Giorgi GAMQRELIDZE
  Olimpi
  (183-G-86)
  Avg: 7.9
 1. Gamqrelidze, Olimpi7.9 
 2. Woodside, Armia7.1 
 3. Blair, MIA Academy6.4 
 4. Chitashvili, TSU T.6.4 
 5. Mikeladze, Batumi5.5 
 6. Parghalava, Sokhu.5.0 
 7. Artsividze, Rustavi4.8 
 8. Tsekvava, Kutaisi4.7 
 9. Patsatsia, Sokhumi4.1 
 10. Pashayev, Kutaisi4.1 
Steals Per Game
 Larry BLAIR
  MIA Academy
  (183-G-84)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Blair, MIA Academy3.2 
 2. Woodside, Armia2.8 
 3. Ramishvili, Batumi2.5 
 4. Kokhreidze, TSU T.2.2 
 5. Machaladze, STU T.2.0 
 6. Chitashvili, TSU T.2.0 
 7. Antadze, STU T.1.9 
 8. Mikeladze, Batumi1.8 
 9. Patsatsia, Sokhumi1.8 
 10. Chachanidze, Rus.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Joakim KJELLBOM
  Armia
  (213-C/F-79)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Kjellbom, Armia1.7 
 2. Atuashvili, Sokhumi1.2 
 3. Matiashvili, Kutai.1.2 
 4. Milutinovic, Olimpi1.1 
 5. Hoger, Olimpi1.0 
 6. Machaladze, STU T.1.0 
 7. Eliashvili, Batumi0.8 
 8. Antadze, STU T.0.8 
 9. Smith, MIA Academy0.8 
 10. Kobidze, STU T.0.8 


Armia and Olimpi won the Superleague Semi-Finals first games - by Eurobasket News

Armia - Sokhumi 79-63 (1-0)

Armia dominated down low during the game scoring 62 of its points in the paint compared to Sokhumi's 38. American Will Thomas (203-86, agency: Two Points) stepped up and scored 30 points and 8 rebounds for the winners and Puerto Rican Guillermo Diaz (188-85, college: Miami, FL) chipped in 12 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. At the losing side Montenegrin center Stevan Milosevic (211-85, agency: Interperformances) responded with 15 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists and international guard Levan Patsatsia (198-88, college: Troy) scored 13 points and 7 rebounds. Five Armia and four Sokhumi players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Sokhumi: S.Milosevic 15+9reb+4ast, L.Patsatsia 13+7reb+2ast, J.Jackson 11+2reb+1ast, R.Richards 10+3reb, L.Parghalava 9+3reb+3ast, S.Atuashvili 2+2reb+1ast
Armia: W.Thomas 30+8reb+1ast, B.Woodside 14+6ast, G.Diaz 12+5reb+4ast, J.Richardson 11+2reb+1ast, J.Kjellbom 10+9reb+1ast, D.Ugrekhelidze 2+3reb+1ast
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Kutaisi - Olimpi 59-67 (0-1)

The guests started the game with a very strong first quarter 23-13. But Kutaisi won third quarter 25-19. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Montenegrin power forward Ivan Todorovic (214-84, agency: Interperformances) nailed a double-double by scoring 15 points and 12 rebounds for the winning side and international guard Georgi Tsintsadze (192-86) accounted for 14 points and 6 rebounds. Four Olimpi players scored in double figures. Center Richard Matiashvili (209-89) came up with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 13 rebounds and forward Rezo Didia (203-87) added 15 points respectively for Kutaisi in the defeat.
Top scorers:
Kutaisi: R.Didia 15+4reb+3ast, D.Cohadarevic 12+6reb+1ast, R.Matiashvili 12+13reb+1ast, G.Barbakadze 8+3reb+1ast, L.Tsekvava 8+6reb+7ast, T.Babunashvili 4+1reb+4ast
Olimpi: I.Todorovic 15+12reb+1ast, G.Tsintsadze 14+6reb+3ast, G.Gamqrelidze 12+3reb+5ast, M.Berishvili 12+4reb+4ast, N.Sljuka 5+2reb, I.Hoger 4+7reb
gschID: 176371



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

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

Tornike Shengelia
Tornike Shengelia
   #1. This week's number one is an international forward Tornike Shengelia (207-91). He was the major contributor in a Spirou Charleroi's victory against the sixth-ranked Leuven Bears (14-18) 93-87 in the Belgian D1 in Saturday night's game. Shengelia had a double-double by scoring 18 points and getting 11 rebounds. He also added and 4 steals in 28 minutes on the court. Belgacom Spirou (23-8) is placed first in the D1. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. They will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And that game will be critical. It's Shengelia's first season with the team. This year Shengelia averages: 8.9ppg, 5.3rpg, 1.1apg, 1.1spg, 2FGP: 47.0%, 3FGP: 28.1% and FT: 60.3% in the 19 games he played so far. He is currently a member of the Georgian senior national team.

Viktor Sanikidze
Viktor Sanikidze
   #2. Second place goes to an international forward Viktor Sanikidze (203-86). Sanikidze led CS Bologna to a victory against the league leader Montepaschi Siena (24-8) 78-69 in the Italian SerieA last Wednesday. He recorded a double-double by scoring 16 points and getting 15 rebounds. Sanikidze also added 3 blocks. Canadian Solar Bologna (20-12) is placed fifth in the SerieA. It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. They will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And now that game is very crucial. Sanikidze is the league's best rebounder. He has very reliable stats this season: 12.1ppg, 10.9rpg, 1.4apg, 1.2spg, 2FGP: 62.0%(93-150), 3FGP: 30.7% and FT: 63.7%. Sanikidze 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), who plays in the Italian SerieA. He could not help Bennet Cantu (21-11) in their last game. Despite Markoishvili's good performance Bennet Cantu was edged 66-65 on the road by the lower-ranked (#5) CS Bologna. He was the top scorer with 12 points. Markoishvili also added 6 rebounds and 3 assists in 22 minutes. They ended the series of three consecutive victories. His team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And now that game is quite important. Markoishvili has relatively good stats this year: 10.4ppg, 3.1rpg, 1.4apg, 2FGP: 48.5%, 3FGP: 38.2% and FT: 76.9% in the 32 games. He is also a member of the Georgian senior national team.

Quinton Hosley
Quinton Hosley
   #4. Swingman Quinton Hosley (201-84, college: Fresno St.) contributed to a Banco di Sardegna Sassari's victory against the closely-ranked Umana Venezia (17-15) 81-74 in the Italian SerieA in Wednesday night's game. Hosley scored 14 points, had 4 rebounds and dished 6 assists. Banco di Sardegna Sassari (20-12) is placed fourth in the SerieA. His team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And now that game is extremely important. Hosley is currently fifth on the list of most steals. This season he has very good stats: 15.0ppg, 4.8rpg, 2.4apg and 2.1spg. Hosley is a naturalized American. Despite he played previously for the USA national team, Hosley is currently in the Georgian national team roster. Strangely he has never played in Georgia.

Nika Metreveli
Nika Metreveli
   #5. International power forward Nika Metreveli (212-91, agency: Interperformances) is a teammate of previously mentioned Quinton Hosley. But that was another game of his team in Italian SerieA which we would like to mention. Metreveli helped Banco di Sardegna Sassari win their game against one of league's weakest teams Otto Caserta (12-20) crushing them 95-69. He recorded 14 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in a mere 15 minutes. Banco di Sardegna Sassari (20-12) is placed fourth in the SerieA. This year Metreveli's overall stats are: 4.2ppg and 1.9rpg in the 24 games. He has a dual citizenship: Georgian and Italian. Despite Metreveli played previously for the Italian national team, he is currently in the Georgian national team roster.

Tyrone Ellis
Tyrone Ellis
   #6. An experienced guard Tyrone Ellis (193-77, college: S.Nazarene) was not able to help Meridiano Alicante (18-16) in their game against FIATC Joventut (16-18) in the Spanish ACB. Ellis scored 9 points. But Meridiano Alicante was defeated 74-63 in Badalona by the lower-ranked FIATC Joventut (#11). It was Meridiano Alicante's third consecutive loss in a row. His team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. Ellis' total stats this season are: 9.7ppg, 1.7rpg and 1.1apg. He is a naturalized American. Despite Ellis played previously for the USA national team, he is also a former international player as he played for the Georgian senior team three years ago. Apparently Ellis has never played in Georgia.

Georges Mdivani
Georges Mdivani
   #7. Former international center Georges Mdivani (205-85, agency: Promotex) helped Rueil edge the fourth-ranked Roche (23-11) 75-73 in the French NM1 (third division) in Friday night's game. He recorded 11 points in a mere 19 minutes. Rueil Athletic Club (15-19) is placed 13th in the NM1. The Regular Season already ended. This year Mdivani has relatively solid stats: 11.5ppg, 6.5rpg and 1.5apg in the 34 games. Despite he played previously for the USA national team, Mdivani is currently in the Georgian national team roster.

Other top Georgian players, who play abroad:

Zaza Pachulia (212-C-84) plays for Atlanta Hawks in the NBA
Giorgi Shermadini (216-C-89) plays for Bennet Cantu in Italian SerieA
Vladimir Boisa (209-C/F-81) plays for Panionios in Greek A1
Nikoloz Tskitishvili (212-C/F-83) plays for Mahram in Iranian Superleague
Besik Lezhava (191-G-86) plays for Apollon in Cypriot Division A
Melvin Sanders (196-F/G-81) plays for Hacettepe University in Turkish TBL
Niko Chkhatarashvili (203-G/F-86) plays for ENAD in Cypriot Division A
Beka Burjanadze (201-F-94) plays for Cajasol Castilleja in Spanish EBA

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



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Pro B newcomer Recklinghausen hires Bill Paterno as head coach - by Moritz Korff

Bill Paterno has been introduced as the new head coach of City Basket Recklinghausen, that won the 2011-12 1. Regionalliga West championship and recently received the license to play in the Pro B next season.
57-year-old Paterno follows Georg Kleine, who will serve as the team's sport director in the future. Paterno is a native of Spring Lake, NJ, and a 1977 graduate of Notre Dame. Following his college career he spent several years as a professional basketball player in Europe and in 1989 started his coaching career at Herten. Through the years he worked as a coach in Italy, Austria and most recently Luxembourg. In 1999-2000 he already served as a head coach of the Recklinghausen team.
Meanwhile, four players of the 2011-12 championship team have been handed contract extension and will follow the City Basket organization to the Pro B: Stefan Fuerst (201-F-81), Felix Werner (198-G-88), Bastian Wolff (203-F/C-87) and team captain Mirko Bregulla (184-G-78).



Samy Picard leaves Trier, returns to Luxembourg - by Moritz Korff

Luxembourg international Samy Picard (195-F-88) is going to leave BBL squad TBB Trier and will continue his career at Amicale Steinsel in his native Luxembourg. The 23-year-old forward played for Trier since 2009. During the 2011-12 season he had 19 BBL appearances, averaging 1.2 points per contest. At Amicale Steinsel Picard hopes to receive much more playing time than in Trier. 'This past year hasn't been going well for me personally. I have been here for three years and I considered my first season as a learning experience to adjust to the higher level of play. In my second year I managed to really get into the team and found my role. In this season there has been a sort of stagnation I had great moments in Trier, but I want to play a bigger role, that's why I decided to transfer', Picard says.


Rich Melzer (New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig) We Want To Force ratiopharm Ulm To Make Adjustments As We Want To Be In The Drivers Seat At Home - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Rich Melzer (203-F/C-79, agency: Court Side, college: Wisc.-RiverFal.) is a 32 year old 203cm forward/center from Minneapolis, Minnesota that is playing his first season for the New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig. He played at : Wisconsim-River Falls (NCAA3) from 2000-2004. In his 8 year professional basketball career, he has played in countries like New Zealand, France, Israel and Australia. He had his first tour of duty in Germany in the 2007-2008 season with Artland Dragons Quakenbrueck (Germany-1.Bundesliga): ULEB Cup: 2 games: 5.5ppg, 2.0rpg; German League: 1 game: 11pts, 2reb, 1steal. In his rookie season, he took part at the Washington Wizards training camp. Last season he played for Hapoel Holon (Israel-Premier League, starting five): 30 games: 16.8ppg, 6.7rpg, 1.6apg, FGP: 48.6%, 3PT: 27.3%, FT: 75.3%. He spoke to Eurobasket after the 101-79 loss in Ulm.

A tough 101-79 loss in game one in Ulm. How much is the new arena in Ulm become a type of sixth man against opponents?

Its certainly a great venue to play in for not only them, but for the opposing teams as well. There's nothing quite like silencing a crowd of 6 thousand with a swoosh or a jaw-dropping play as an opponent to get things going on the road. Unfortunately for us, we weren't able to do it frequently enough and the momentum of the crowd continued to carry the Ulm team into a frenzy of difficult baskets and enthusiasm. Its obviously an advantage for Ulm, but it doesnt have to be if you match their intensity.

The New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig had the 21-16 lead after one quarter, but ratiopharm Ulm had a 31 point explosion in the second quarter. What type of adjustments did they seem to make?

I give them credit, make no mistakes about that. However, I don't think it was as much as what they did as it was how we executed ourselves. We made pivotal turnovers, committed foolish fouls, and when we made rotations, the readiness and the ability to commit to the speed and intensity of the game just wasnt there for some of us. Me, along with Visser spent most of the game being double-teamed and denied the ball inside for most of the game, which forced us to loft jumpshots for 40 minutes. It was a combination of all of these things that put them in the drivers seat. We have to adjust for Thursday to see to it that they're forced to match our speed and intensity and force them to make adjustments to us if we want to be in the drivers seat at home.

How tough is it in general to defend when you have a hot Per Guenther penetrating and scoring and Isaiah Swann doing his thing?

Per went 5 for 5 from the field, most of which were lay-ups and even an and-one on my part. This can't be allowed to the smallest guy on the court. Give him credit, he's very crafty and skilled and you can't take that away from Per. However, we have to make it more difficult on them. We're not considered a 'tough' team I believe and its unfortunate because we have 'tough' players and skilled veterans here. Maybe more so than any other team in the league. We're not going out to injure or harm anyone, that's not our scheme. But we do have to make a statement that it won't be easy to come into the paint and score, it won't be easy to make a contested shot, it won't be easy to just cut through the lane and get to where you want to go. Its going to be a team effort to stop those two...nothing more, nothing less.

A must win in game two. Are there any positives that the Phantoms can take out of game one and what will be key in getting the win at home?

For us its all upside and positive. We got a first hand look at exactly what Ulm is trying to do and take away from us in our first playoff meeting. There were several surprises for us and unfortunately we didn't make the appropriate adjustments quick enough. Nonetheless, we'll have almost a week to prepare and work on what's necessary for us to counter whatevers being thrown at us by them. The coaches here are making sure to put us in a position to succeed with our own protocols and schemes. After that, its up to us as players to perform at a high level with intensity and heart to turn the table and have Ulm try to match our eagerness and our readiness as they've done before us.

Rajon Rondo has seven play off triple doubles in his career. Do you think he could eclipse the NBA playoff record of 30 by Magic Johnson?

Its certainly possible. We've talked about him prior. There was no doubt in my mind he'd return with a lions fury after being suspended and he's done so thus far. With that said, even if he were to make the playoffs the next 5 years in a row which I'm sure he will, he'd have to have triple doubles almost every game in the post season from now on. Very unlikely, but I still think he's up to the challenge and falls into that category later on upon his own retirement should he continue making the progress he already has.

Is the 4-0 sweep of the Thunder against the Mavericks a real big surprise or did you await more resisitence from Nowitzki and co?

I was surprised to see Dirk call out his teammates in the press conference and state 'they don't have enough weapons.' I think he has a great rapport with his teammates and everything, but to say that really has to have some validity and honestly, I think it was unfair of him to some degree. Granted they've lost the best defensive player in the league in Chandler. I still think that despite that he could have carried them farther. Perhaps he should've taken more upon himself to continue encouraging his teammates to continue making plays as they've done during the regular season than to take the entire load within himself in the post-season. But what do I know? You have to give the Thunder credit as well. Probably the most athletic back-court in the league next to Miami, so naturally, they're going to give teams fits as well. I'm a big Dirk fan, so it would have been nice to see them make a series out of it.

What is your favorite food that you like to take in in a post game win at home?

Nothing says 'Victory' like a medium-well done steak. I'm a meat an potatoes type of man and throw a nice side salad in with that and the kid couldn't be happier. I'm hoping to enjoy that cusine several more times this season should everything go our way.


Thanks Rich for the chat



Tony Gaffney (Telekom Baskets Bonn) I Think It Is Quite Clear That Bamberg Dont Like Us And We Dont Like Them - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Tony Gaffney (204-F-84, college: Massachusetts) is a 27 year old 204cm forward from Berkely, Massachusetts that is playing for the Telekom Baskets Bonn. He is a forward who brings a high level of energy and athleticism to any teams he joins. He is a tenacious rebounder and great defender. He was the Atlantic 10 Conference defensive player of the year in 2008-09, and one of the nation's leading shot-blockers. He played at Boston University from 2004-2006 and then went to Massachusetts (NCAA) where he played from 2006-2009. In his senior year, he played 30 games: 11.5ppg, RebA10-2 (10.2rpg), 1.7apg, StealsA10-2 (2.0spg), BlocksNCAA-3 (3.8bpg), FGP: 54.2%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 64.6%: Finished career at UMass ranked seventh all-time in blocks (174). In 2009-2010, he played for Altshuler Saham Galil Gilboa (Israel-Premier League): 1 game: 2pts, 2reb, 1steal, 1block, but left next month, in Apr.'10 moved to Boston Celtics (NBA). Last season, he played for the Boston Celtics (NBA), in Oct.'10 moved to Turk Telekom Ankara (Turkey-TBL): Turkish League: 8 games: 6.0ppg, 2.4rpg, FGP: 63.0%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 80.0%; EuroChallenge: 3 games: 8.0ppg, 4.7rpg, 1.0spg; left in Jan.'11, same month acquired by Utah Flash (D-League): 38 games: 10.3ppg, 6.8rpg, 2.3apg, 1.4spg, Blocks-4 (2.3bpg), FGP: 55.9%, 3PT: 27.8%, FT: 66.7%. He spoke to eurobasket before game 2 against the Telekom Baskets Bonn.

A big 75-74 win against the Brose Baskets Bamberg in game one. How much did the big do or die game against the Fraport Skyliners fuel the Telekom Baskets Bonn to perform at a high level for 40 minutes?


The win over a very good, tough defensive team like the Fraport Skyliners prepared us for the first round series against Bamberg. All week after the win over Frankfurt our mentality was that, 'with 8 teams left playing, every one is 0-0'

From your experience playing in NCAA, Israel, Turkey and NBA how difficult is it to prepare for a top team like bamberg in a best of 5 series

Its very difficult preparing for any series, never mind when its against some of the leagues best teams. We are well aware of what we need to do to give ourselves the best shot at winning this series with Bamberg and coach is doing a great job at preparing us, and then once that ball is tipped, its up to us players to perform. The atmosphere in Bamberg was like that of in Kansas my senior year at Umass, where my team as the underdog also went in there and stopped a long home winning streak that the Kansas Jayhawks had strung together

The Brose Baskets Bambegr had the slim lead at halftime. What did head coach Michael Koch tell the team to do better in the second half?

At the half coach told us we were doing a good job and to keep shooting and shots would eventually start to fall. He also told us that if we were going to win that game it was going to be on the defensive end and that Bamberg is a tough team to beat when the score is in the upper 80s-90s. It was made very clear at what a good coach we have in Mike and the adjustments he made throughout the week as well as the in game adjustments.

In the third quarter, Bamberg got out to a 10 point lead. What adjustments did Bamberg seem to do to get the lead again?

When Bamberg got out to their 10 point lead midway through the 3rd quarter they simply made shots and we did not. Coach told us to relax, and to keep defending because shots will start to fall. Bamberg is a very deep team, if one player has an off night, they have 3 or 4 guys that can quickly come off the bench and get hot. During that run, they made some big plays, but we didn't panic and kept with coaches game plan.

The Telekom Baskets Bonn never gave up and cut the lead back down. What was key in crunch time for keeping the game close?

Having a veteran team like we do, we don't tend to panic when other teams go on runs. They went up big early on us and we stayed calm and were able to get a few easy buckets to get us going. In crunch time I don't think there were any real 'keys' to keeping the game close, we just played solid basketball and ran our sets, and were able to get the shots we wanted.


Describe the last play where Benas Vielakis won the game with a tip in?

We knew that if we spread the court, Jared, or Talor or Benas would be able to take their defender off the dribble, and draw help and possibly be able to kick to somebody for an open shot, luckily Talor beat the defense and got a point blank look that Marcus did a great job of altering, but with that said, it was crucial that Talor got the shot to the rim, because had it been blocked the game probably would have ended before there was time for Benas' tip. Benas is a warrior, one of our toughest guys we have, and he muscled his way to the offensive glass, and was able to tip it in, in traffic, with his left hand. It was very impressive.

Is Kevin Koch on the Bonn pay roll? He seems to be getting experience as an assistant coach? Lol


Haha Kev is a big part of our team, he is with us every game and has an amazing basketball mindlike father like son.

There seemed to be some trash talking going on on the court. Could this series get more heated up as the series progresses?

Yeah there was a lot of words exchanged throughout the game, I don't think there will be much love lost when this series is over. Besides Marcus being one of my boys, that all goes out the window when the ball is tipped. For the most part I think its quite clear, we don't like Bamberg and they don't like us, and that always leads to a heated and entertaining series for the fans.

It seems both teams dont like each other. But it cant be as forcefull as the Celtics and Lakers?


I don't think there will ever be a basketball rivalry quite like that of the Celtics/Lakers.

Describe how important Talor Battle is. Could one assume and say that Bonn would not have won with out him?

Talor has been one of the most important picks we had this season, bringing him in around Christmas was huge. He's our 6th man, and on nearly every other team in the league he could start, but he embraced that role and is instant offense off the bench. In game 1, he was able to easily penetrate their defense and get to the rim almost at will.

Is it more an advantage or disadvantage to have almost a week between games?

For our team it is definitely an advantage, gives our team all the time to rest and make adjustments and prepare for game 2.

I guess keeping Bamberg guessing about how Bonn will defend will continue to be key for getting by in this series?

Yes we will continue to make adjustments and try to keep them on their heels.

PJ Tucker makes it look so easy and that is why he has played in the NBA? Why is he so hard to guard?


He's a good player. I thought we did a very good job of making him shoot 7-16 from the field. A big part of this series will be trying to keep him in check. Not an easy task to say the least, but if we want to have a shot at winning this thing, thats going to be a big factor.

What is your prediction for the Alba Berlin/Wurzburg series?

I Feel Berlin is just too deep, but for a first round match up, you have to think that Berlin was not thrilled to see they had to play Wurzburg, they're defense is so pesky and can really annoy opposing teams.

What is your prediction for the Ulm/Braunschweig series?

Having buddies on both teams, this is a tough one, but I don't see Braunschweig having answers for Isaiah and JB, but then again, Braunschweigs depth could eventually wear down Ulm.

What is your prediction for the Artland/Munich series?

This is the most intriguing series to me, besides ours with Bamberg, because although Munich is the lower seed, they've been playing so well these last few months, wouldn't be surprised to see this series go 5 games.


Do the Boston Celtics have the series wrapped up against Atlanta?

Yes. When Paul, Ray, K, and Rondo are all playing at this level, they're so hard to beat.

What was the last DVD movie that you saw?

Gran Torinoman that movie is tough. Clint Eastwood is a G in it.

Thanks Tony for the chat.





German National Coach Svetislav Pesic Names Coaching Staff - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

With the 2013 European championships qualifying games starting up this summer, German national coach Svetislav Pesic has to slowly prepare and announced his coaching staff. Assisting him with be Frank Menz , Matthias Zollner, Emir Mutapcic and Marcus Linder. Menz who currently is also the A2 and U20 national coach has been working for the German basketball federation since 2006 as a national coach. After along basketball career where he played for Alba Berlin and in the second Bundesliga, the German started to coach in 1994. At the start, he coached womans basketball for BBC Berlin and mens team SSV Einheit Weissenfels. He led the team in 2000 to position 6 which was the best result for a team that moved up to the first league in the history of the Bundesliga. Recently the German coached the U17 team in Hamburg in 2010 and led the U20 team last year to a impressive fifth place at the European championships in Bilbao, Spain. Ex New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig coach Emir Mutapcic will take the place of Menz until the end of July 2012 until Menz returns after his tour of duty with the U20 team at the European championships in Slovenia. Matthias Zollner also joins the coaching crew as he is part of the coaching departmentat FIBA Europe in Munich. There he has been coach for the men and woman teams of Munchen Basket in the Regionaliga. Marcus Lindner also returns, since he has been athletic coach of the German team since 2009 and has the same function for the Brose Baskets Bamberg since 2010.

Source: DBB





Robin Christen Moves To The ETB Wohnbau Baskets Essen - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber


PRO A team ETB Wohnbau Baskets Essen are getting an early jump on the transfer market for next season and have signed Robin Christen (201-F-91). Christen is a 21 year old 210cm forward that got a two year deal. Last season, the German played for Licher Basket Baeren (ProB): 25 games: 6.8ppg, 3.5rpg, FGP: 42.2%, 3PT: 27.2%, FT: 78.6%. 'Robin is a very talented and versatile player. We are happy that we could bring him to Essen', stressed ETB Wohnbau manager Markus Horn. He started his career in 207 for BBLZ Mittelhessen. He also had played for the LTi Giessen 46ers (1.Bundesliga) during the 2009-2010 season playing 17 games: 2.9ppg, 1.1rpg, played mostly for junior team: 23.6ppg, 6.1rpg, in Nov.'09 moved to Licher Basket Baeren (ProB). He took part at the 2010 German NBBL All-Star Game.

Source: ETB Wohnbau Baskets



Sebastian Schroeder Remains With NBC - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber



After keeping American Cory Abercrombie, PRO A team NBC have announced that they will also keep Sebastian Schroeder (192-G-88). Schroeder is a 23 year old 192cm guard that will be playing his fourth season in Nurnberg. Last season, he played 111 minutes averaging 2,7ppg showing what he is capable of scoring 23 points in his last game of the season against Essen. 'Nurnberg is my home town. I study here, have my friends and just understand myself well with the club. I think that it will be a great year. I dont know if I will get more minutes under Martin Ides , but I know that he will give each player the chance to prove themselves. I really need to take advantage of that', added Sebastian Schroeder (192-G-88). 'I believe in him and know that he will make it. He practices very hard. Even though he hardly played last season, he never complained. I wnat to help him find his spot in the team', stressed NBC head coach Martin Ides .

Source: Nrnberger BC



BG Dorsten Haul In Christian Marquardt - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber


PRO B club BG Dorsten announced today the signing of Christian Marquardt (171-G-91)t. Marquardt is a 21 year old 171cm guard. Last season he played for Hertener Loewen (ProB): 29 games: 3.4ppg. He also started his basketball career there in 2009 who was invited to Dorsten for a try-out. ' I knew Christian well, but it is always good to see the guy play and see if it fits. I do this to see exactly what kind of an impression I get. The player also can see if it fits in the try-out. He fits well to us with his attitude and charachter. He has a lot of potential to develop with us and he will help us. I am happy that he is coming to us', stated BG Dorsten head coach Torsten Schierenbeck. 'I am looking forward to the season in Dorsten. The team has made a good impression on meand can hardly wait for the season to start', added Christian Marquardt (171-G-91)tt. Awards/Achievements in his basketball career have been German 2.Bundesliga Pro B Runner-Up -10, German 2.Bundesliga Pro B (Group North) Regular Season Runner-Up -11, 12, and German 2.Bundesliga Pro B Semifinals -12

Source: BG Dorsten



Dirk Nowitzki's 34 points make him top German player abroad of the week - 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 (36-30) in their last game. Despite Nowitzki's very good performance the Dallas Mavericks lost 97-103 on the road to the Oklahoma City Thunder. He was the top scorer with 34 points. Nowitzki also added 5 rebounds and 4 assists (made all of his thirteen free throws !!!) in 40 minutes on the court. It's Nowitzki's 14th season with the team. He has individually a very good year with high stats. Nowitzki averages: 22.0ppg, 6.7rpg, 2.2apg, 2FGP: 47.9%, 3FGP: 36.2% and FT: 89.7% in the 66 games he played so far. He is currently a member of the German senior national team.

Robert Sarovic
Robert Sarovic
   #2. Second place goes to an international forward Robert Sarovic (205-78). Sarovic led Timisoara to a victory against the closely-ranked U-Mobitelco (20-8) 70-65 in the Romanian Division A last Saturday. He recorded a double-double by scoring 12 points and getting 11 rebounds. Sarovic also added 3 assists. 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 has relatively good stats this season: 10.8ppg, 5.4rpg, 1.3apg, 2FGP: 53.3%, 3FGP: 38.1% and FT: 85.7%. He has a dual citizenship: Serbian and German. Despite Sarovic played previously for the Serbian national team, he is currently a member of the German senior national team.

Konrad Wysocki
Konrad Wysocki
   #3. The German player who performed third best last week abroad was an international forward Konrad Wysocki (201-82, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Princeton). Wysocki contributed to a PGE Turow's victory against the second-ranked Trefl Sopot (6-4) 98-94 in the Polish PLK on Monday night. He recorded 10 points and added 3 assists in 19 minutes. PGE Turow Zgorzelec (2-8) is placed sixth in Group A. This year Wysocki's overall stats are: 8.9ppg, 3.7rpg, 2FGP: 59.2%(87-147), 3FGP: 41.3% and FT: 71.7% in the 38 games. He is another player who holds two passports: German and Polish. Despite Wysocki played previously for the Polish national team, he is currently a member of the German senior national team.

Mario Stojic
Mario Stojic
   #4. Swingman Mario Stojic (198-80, agency: Interperformances) helped Meridiano Alicante win their game against the 16th-ranked Baloncesto Fuenlabrada (12-22) 66-55 in the Spanish ACB in Sunday night's game. Stojic recorded 11 points. Lucentum Alicante (18-16) is placed eighth in the ACB. They ended the series of three consecutive loses. His team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And that game will be critical. Stojic's total stats this season are: 4.2ppg and 2.2rpg. He has both Croatian and German nationalities. Despite Stojic played previously for the Croatian national team, he is currently in the German national team roster.

Julian Sensley
Julian Sensley
   #5. Former international forward Julian Sensley (206-82, agency: VVG Sports, college: Hawaii) was the major contributor in an overtime Gigantes' victory against the leader Marinos (5-2) 79-77 in the Venezuelan LPB last Thursday. Sensley recorded 20 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists in 42 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 3 ranked teams in Group A. Gigantes de Guayana (2-6) is placed third. The Second Stage already ended. Sensley has very impressive stats this year: 17.0ppg, 3.4rpg, 3.2apg and 1.2spg in the five games. He is a naturalized American. Despite Sensley played previously for the USA national team, he is currently in the German national team roster. Strangely Sensley has never played in Germany.

Alon Stein
Alon Stein
   #6. Guard Alon Stein (188-78) managed to help Maccabi Electra Tel-Aviv to win against the closely-ranked B.C. Habikaa (14-6) crushing them 99-76 in the Israeli Premier League on Wednesday night. He recorded only 3 points. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Maccabi Electra Tel-Aviv (23-2) is placed first in the Premier League. It was his team's 11th consecutive victory in a row. This season Stein averages just 0.3ppg. He is a former international player as he played for the German senior team three years ago.

Keith Waleskowski
Keith Waleskowski
   #7. Former international power forward Keith Waleskowski (204-80, college: Dayton), who plays in the Italian Lega2 (second division) was not able to help Tezenis Verona (12-16) in their last game. Despite Waleskowski's good performance Tezenis Verona lost 71-75 in Piacenza to the higher-ranked (#7) Morpho Basket. He was the second best scorer with 13 points. Waleskowski also added 7 rebounds in 25 minutes. It was Tezenis Verona's third consecutive loss in a row. The Regular Season already ended. Waleskowski is currently seventh on the list of best rebounders with 7.4rpg. He also averaged so far 10.3ppg and 1.4spg in the 19 games. Waleskowski is a naturalized American. Despite he played previously for the USA national team, Waleskowski is currently in the German national team roster. Apparently he has never played in Germany.

Chad Toppert
Chad Toppert
   #8. Guard Chad Toppert (201-85, college: N.Mexico) was not able to secure a victory for CAI Zaragoza (16-18) in their game against Blusens Monbus (13-21) in the Spanish ACB. Toppert recorded 9 points. But CAI Zaragoza was defeated in an overtime 89-84 in Santoago de Comp by the lower-ranked Blusens Monbus (#13). The Regular Season already ended. Toppert's total stats this season are: 4.4ppg and 1.7rpg. 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.

Kiril Wachsmann
Kiril Wachsmann
   #9. Former international power forward Kiril Wachsmann (203-83, agency: Edge Sports, college: Iona) helped Melilla Baloncesto win their game against the closely-ranked Lleida Basquet (20-14) 80-68 in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division) on Sunday night. He scored only 4 points, grabbed 8 rebounds and dished 3 assists in 17 minutes. Melilla Baloncesto (20-14) is placed fifth in the LEB Gold. It's Wachsmann's first season with the team. This year Wachsmann's total stats are: 5.1ppg and 6.2rpg in the 36 games. He used to play for the German national team two years ago.



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Stats Leaders - A1

Points Per Game
 Nestoras KOMMATOS
  Marousi
  (203-F-77)
  Avg: 20.4
 1. Kommatos, Marousi20.4 
 2. Christmas, AGOR18.6 
 3. Charalampidi., KAO.15.6 
 4. Gagaloudis, Marousi15.6 
 5. Beck, Ikaros14.8 
 6. Dikoudis, PAOK14.7 
 7. James, Aris14.5 
 8. Taylor, Kavala13.9 
 9. Baynes, Ikaros13.6 
 10. Wright, AGOR13.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Aron BAYNES
  Ikaros
  (208-C-86)
  Avg: 8.7
 1. Baynes, Ikaros8.7 
 2. Haritopoulos, Maro.7.6 
 3. NaNa, Ilysiakos7.5 
 4. Stepheson, Panio.7.3 
 5. Kommatos, Marousi6.6 
 6. Symtsak, Kavala6.4 
 7. O''Bryant, Kavala5.9 
 8. Tapoutos, Aris5.8 
 9. Ceranic, KAOD5.7 
 10. Dorsey, Olympiacos5.7 
Assists Per Game
 Yannis GAGALOUDIS
  Marousi
  (192-G-78)
  Avg: 6
 1. Gagaloudis, Marousi6.0 
 2. Spanoulis, Olympia.5.0 
 3. Diamantidis, Panat.4.5 
 4. Xanthopoulos, Pani.4.4 
 5. Charalampidi., KAO.4.3 
 6. James, Aris4.1 
 7. Wright, AGOR4.1 
 8. Thompson, Ilysi.3.5 
 9. Jasikevicius, Pana.3.1 
 10. Calathes, Panathi.3.1 
Steals Per Game
 Zack WRIGHT
  AGOR
  (188-G-85)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Wright, AGOR2.5 
 2. James, Aris1.9 
 3. Calathes, Panathin.1.7 
 4. Thompson, Ilysi.1.7 
 5. Christmas, AGOR1.6 
 6. Xanthopoulos, Pani.1.6 
 7. Dorsey, Olympiacos1.5 
 8. Logan, Panathin.1.5 
 9. Gagaloudis, Marousi1.5 
 10. Hatten, Kolossos1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Patrick O''BRYANT
  Kavala
  (213-C-86)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. O''Bryant, Kavala1.5 
 2. Petway, AGOR1.3 
 3. Muldrow, Aris1.3 
 4. Elegar, Marousi1.1 
 5. Vougioukas, Panat.1.0 
 6. Hines, Olympiacos1.0 
 7. Michel, KAOD0.9 
 8. Stepheson, Panio.0.9 
 9. Tsontzos, Marousi0.7 
 10. Dorsey, Olympiacos0.7 


Kostas Vasiliadis selected the top Greek playing abroad in last week's games - 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.

Kostas Vasiliadis
Kostas Vasiliadis
   #1. This week's number one is an international swingman Kostas Vasiliadis (200-84, agency: FCM), who plays in the Spanish ACB. He could not help Gescrap BB (19-15) in their last game. Despite Vasiliadis' very good performance Gescrap BB was edged 83-80 at home by the lower-ranked (#9) Unicaja Malaga. He was the top scorer with 23 points. Vasiliadis also added 4 rebounds and dished 3 assists (went 13 for 13 at the free throw line !!!) in 30 minutes on the court. His team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And that game will be critical. Vasiliadis has relatively good stats this year: 12.0ppg, 2.4rpg, 1.1apg, 2FGP: 61.1%(58-95), 3FGP: 29.5% and FT: 90.1%(127-141) in the 33 games he played so far. He is currently a member of the Greek senior national team.

Ioannis Bourousis
Ioannis Bourousis
   #2. Second place goes to an international center Ioannis Bourousis (212-83, also represented by FCM). Bourousis was the major contributor in a Armani Milano's victory against the 11th-ranked Benetton Treviso (13-19) 84-76 in the Italian SerieA last Wednesday. He scored 22 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. EA7 Emporio Armani Milano (22-10) is placed second in the SerieA. It was his team's eighth consecutive victory in a row. They will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And now that game is very crucial. This season Bourousis has relatively solid stats: 12.0ppg, 6.4rpg, 1.1apg, 2FGP: 60.8%(113-186), 3FGP: 38.2% and FT: 74.1%. He is in the roster of the Greek senior national team.

Michael Bramos
Michael Bramos
   #3. The Greek player who performed third best last week abroad was an international swingman Michael Bramos (196-87, college: Miami, OH). Bramos led Gran Canaria 2014 to a victory against the tenth-ranked CAI Zaragoza (16-18) 72-62 in the Spanish ACB on Thursday night. He scored 18 points, had 6 rebounds and dished 3 assists in 24 minutes; quite an impressive performance considering it's only Bramos' third season in pro basketball. C.B. Gran Canaria 2014 (13-21) is placed 14th in the ACB. The Regular Season already ended. This year Bramos averages: 9.3ppg, 2.7rpg, 1.3apg, 2FGP: 45.8%, 3FGP: 34.3% and FT: 84.9% in the 34 games. He is also a member of the Greek senior national team.

Nikolaos Zisis
Nikolaos Zisis
   #4. Guard Nikolaos Zisis (197-83) was not able to help Montepaschi Siena (24-8) in their game against CS Bologna (20-12) in the Italian SerieA. Zisis scored 6 points, had 4 rebounds and dished 3 assists. The league leader Montepaschi Siena was defeated 78-69 on the road by the lower-ranked CS Bologna (#5). His team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And now that game is quite important. Zisis' overall stats this season are: 5.8ppg, 2.1rpg and 2.6apg. He is also Greek national team player.

Alexey Savrasenko
Alexey Savrasenko
   #5. An experienced international center Alexey Savrasenko (215-79) contributed to an Unics Kazan's victory against the closely-ranked Spartak Primorie Vladivostok (8-10) 74-60 in the Russian PBL last Sunday. Savrasenko scored 7 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 25 minutes. Unics Kazan (8-10) is placed sixth in the PBL. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. This year Savrasenko's overall stats are: 5.9ppg and 4.4rpg in the 19 games. He has a dual citizenship: Greek and Russian. Despite Savrasenko played previously for the Russian national team, he is currently in the Greek national team roster.

Antonis Fotsis
Antonis Fotsis
   #6. Forward Antonis Fotsis (210-81) is a teammate of previously mentioned Ioannis Bourousis and both played together in the last Italian SerieA game. Fotsis contributed to a Armani Milano's victory against the 11th-ranked Benetton Treviso (13-19) 84-76. He scored 6 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. Fotsis' total stats this season are: 9.2ppg and 4.7rpg. Despite he played previously for the Russian national team, Fotsis is also an international player who is currently on the senior Greek National Team roster.

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 was not able to secure a victory for Gescrap BB (19-15) in their game against Unicaja Malaga (17-17). He scored only 4 points in 12 minutes. Gescrap BB was edged 83-80 on their home court in Bilbao by the lower-ranked (#9) Unicaja Malaga. This year Mavroeidis' total stats are: 3.6ppg and 3.5rpg in the 29 games. He is also Greek national team player.

Kostas Koufos
Kostas Koufos
   #8. Center Kostas Koufos (213-89, college: Ohio St.) couldn't help the Denver Nuggets (38-28) in their game against the Los Angeles Lakers (41-25) in the NBA. Koufos cannot count Tuesday's game as one of the best ones. He scored only 2 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. The Denver Nuggets were defeated 104-100 in Los Angeles by the Lakers. It's Koufos' first season with the team. Koufos has averaged so far 5.3ppg and 5.3rpg. He is a naturalized American. Koufos plays currently for the Greek national team. Strangely he has never played in Greece.

Emmanouil Papamakarios
Emmanouil Papamakarios
   #9. Former international guard Emmanouil Papamakarios (192-80) helped Lagun Aro GBC win their game against the closely-ranked Cajasol (18-16) 65-61 in the Spanish ACB on Thursday night. Papamakarios scored 6 points in 28 minutes. Lagun Aro Gipuzkoa BC (19-15) is placed fifth in the ACB. His team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And now that game is extremely important. Papamakarios has averaged so far 3.4ppg and 1.4rpg in the 33 games. Despite he played previously for the USA national team, Papamakarios is currently in the Greek national team roster.

Mihalis Kakiouzis
Mihalis Kakiouzis
   #10. Center Mihalis Kakiouzis (206-76, agency: Interperformances) couldn't help Lottomatica Roma (13-19) in their game against Scavolini Pesaro (19-13) in the Italian SerieA. He scored 8 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. Lottomatica Roma was defeated 82-75 in Pesaro by the much higher-ranked Scavolini (#6). It was Lottomatica Roma's fifth consecutive loss in a row. The Regular Season already ended. Kakiouzis has averaged so far 7.9ppg and 4.1rpg. Despite he played previously for the USA national team, Kakiouzis is also a former international player as five years ago he still played for the Greek senior national team.

   #11. Former U20 international guard Igor Milosevic (193-86, agency: Beo Basket) couldn't help New Yorker Phantoms in their game against ratiopharm Ulm in the German BBL. He recorded 9 points in 18 minutes. His team was crushed by 22 points 101-79. Milosevic has averaged so far 8.2ppg, 1.3rpg, 2.5apg and 1.1spg in the 13 games. Despite he played previously for the Serbian national team, Milosevic is currently in the Greek U20 national team roster.

   #12. Former international power forward Dimitris Haritopoulos (206-83, another player represented by Interperformances) couldn't help ASVEL in their game against Chalon/Saor in the French ProA. He scored 7 points. His team was defeated 76-61. Haritopoulos has averaged so far 7.7ppg, 2.8rpg and 1.2apg. Despite he played previously for the Serbian national team, Haritopoulos is currently in the Greek national team roster.

   #13. Former international forward Nestoras Kommatos (203-77) helped S.Antimo win their game against one of league's weakest teams Aget Imola 88-81 in the Italian Lega2 (second division) in Saturday night's game. He scored 8 points, had 10 rebounds and dished 3 assists in 32 minutes. Kommatos has reliable stats this year: 10.7ppg, 6.3rpg, 1.6apg and 1.2spg in the nine 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 s Oliver Baskets 75-67 in the German BBL last Sunday. He recorded only 3 points. Kalambokis has averaged so far 2.1ppg, 1.5rpg and 1.9apg. He used to play for the Greek national team back in 2009.



Rumors about Zisis and Gescrap BB.. - by Dimitris Katsionis

According to Tubasket.com, Nikos Zisis (1.95-G-83) has reach to a 2 year-agreement with Gescrap BB to join the club after the season's end. Zisis's contract (800.00 euros/year) with Montepaschi is on it's final year and Gescrap BB seems a very good choice for him. The Greek combo guard has won two Italian championships at Siena and his is on the way to the third. This year coach Pianigiani used him on both backourt spots for the first time, due to Rimantas Kaukenas injury, wanting to take advantage Zisis's clear mind and passing ability from '2' spot (the previous years Zisis played strictly at '1' under Pianigiani). If the rumor is true, Zisis will find a Greek core at his new home. Coach Katsikaris (Zisis's ex-coach at AEK Athens, where the Greek guard became famous and as a result David Blatt chose him to lead Benetton Treviso) and two teammates from Greek NT, Kostas Vasiliadis and Dimitrios Mavroeidis. According to Italian media, Montepaschi is searching for a replacement from the domestic league. But, let's wait until summer..


Interview with Ernest Scott - by Serafim Karaiskakis

Ernest Scott (201-F-82, college: Valdosta St.) former player of Peristeri, spoke to Eurobasket.com:

You are one more example that NCAA2 graduates can have a good career in Europe, how hard was for you to find a job in Europe for the first time?

It wasnt easy. i remember going on the eurobasket agency page and sending tapes until i got a response. i was blessed enough to get a chance in d2 Germany and go from there.

NBDL or playing in Europe? What you prefer and why?

For myself, i prefer playing in Europe, obviously for financial reasons. i feel like, if you're not on the NBA radar or on a team where you can get minutes, the dleague can be a difficult situation.

You played in Greece for two years, tell us your thoughts about the Greek league.

Greece wasn't always the easiest place to be. It was rough off the court at times for sure. However the league is still pretty strong. there is no doubt the top two teams are as strong as anyone in Europe, but there are other good clubs there and a lot of strong young talent.

Your future plans? Do you want to return in Greece?

Im pretty open when it comes to the future. What I will put value on, is finding a stable financial situation, in a competitive league. it would be nice to be somewhere i could play for multiple years. Greece isn't out of the question, however, the club would have to show financial stability.

Tell us your strong point and your weakness in your game.

The strengths of my game, are my ability to shoot the ball as well as my versatility. i can play on the wing and the 4 spot. i need to improve my back to the basket game. that will be a focus of mine this summer.

Which team in Europe and in USA you support?

Im rooting for PAO this weekend in Istanbul. My favorite team in the NBA is the Knicks.

If you could pick a player to be your teammate in any team you play who would it be?

if i could pick a player as a teammate, it would have to be Steve Nash. He makes everyone around him look really good. He has helped a lot of past and present teammates make a ton of money. You gotta love that about a guy.



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PromotieDivisie Playoffs: BC APOLLO Amsterdam 2012 Champions!!! - by Terry Cooper

The playoffs and championship was a fast pace affair as the Final Four came, went, and a new champion for 2012 has been crowned. BC APOLLO Amsterdam came in as a number 2 seed and proved why there were worthy of playing EreDivisie next season going 3-0 in the playoffs and holding up the crown as champions of the PromoiteDivisie. Amsterdam won both games convincinly against De Hoppers in the semifinal rounds 65-60 and 110-81 to reach the Championship game. 2011 Champions and number 1 seeded Binnenland had a little challenge with the Cangaroes but were able to prevail winning 64-48 but lost 85-80 in return game however it was enough to get them back into the championship game to possibly repeat as champions. Amsterdam was on a mission from the tip-off as they controlled the tempo and played the trademark physical basketball that gave Binnenland problems to win 64-52 over Binnenland and possibly/probably move back to top league since withdrawing from competition this past season. Thanks to the play of veterans Calvin Smith (200-G/F-86), Ramon Silade, and Aaron Roye, the high level experience of BC Amsterdam players was the key factor for the Amsterdamers taking the crown. The 2012 season had its ups and downs with some teams doing everything they could to make it to the 'ship' and other teams not really striving to their potiental to make moves. Congrats to the Final Four teams and those teams that were in the top 6 trying to get to the playoffs. As well as the others teams please take this message heart. Stop with all the youth on tough levels of play and get the players that are trying to hold up the trophy and wear the gold. Its been a pleasure writing PromoiteDivisie basketball and see you next season. Stay tuned and happy summer.

Semi-Finals Games:

BC APOLLO A'dam 110-81 De Hoppers

Binnenland 80-85 Cangeroes

Cangeroes 48-64 Binnenland

De Hoppers 60-65 BC APOLLO A'dam

Championship Game:

Binnenland 52-64 BC APOLLO A'dam



Eredivisie Semifinals: Zwolle surprises Leiden in Game Three, stays alive - by Eurobasket News

Third games of Eredivisie Semifinals were played last night. Zwolle surprised Leiden on the road 63-69 to stay alive in the series. The score is 2-1 for Leiden and they still need one more win for the Finals. However, Game Four will be played tomorrow in Zwolle. Also last night, Groningen destroyed Den Bosch with huge 72-49. Thanks to this victory Groningen jumped to 2-1 lead in this series. Den Bosh will be the host tomorrow.

Leiden - Zwolle 63-69 (2-1)
The guests trailed by 6 points after three quarters before their 20-8 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Zwolle made 19-of-24 free shots (79.2 percent) during the game. It was a good game for American-Ghanian forward Amu Saaka (198-88, college: Furman, agency: Pro One Sports) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 10 rebounds. International forward Gerald Robinson (204-84, college: Tenn-Martin, agency: Court Side) contributed with 15 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. American forward Seamus Boxley (201-82, college: Portland St., agency: Prossin Sports Management) answered with 23 points and Worthy de Jong (194-88, agency: R.H.Consultancy) added 12 points in the effort for Leiden.
Top scorers:
Zwolle: D.Huffman 22+1reb, G.Robinson 15+7reb+3ast, A.Saaka 15+10reb+2ast, C.Wells 8+4reb+4ast, N.Hulzebos 4+9reb+1ast, A.Bunnig 3+1reb
Leiden: S.Boxley 23+4reb+1ast, W.de Jong 12+4reb+3ast, G.Kennedy 10+3reb, S.Cunningham 4+2reb+4ast, P.Hilliman 4+5reb, M.Kherrazi 4+4reb
gschID: 175938


Groningen - Den Bosch 72-49 (2-1)
The game without a history. Groningen led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Groningen outrebounded Den Bosch 42-23 including a 30-17 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was a great evening for American guard David Bell (186-81) who led his team to a victory scoring 12 points. Surinamese forward Sergio de Randamie (201-84, college: Houston, agency: R.H.Consultancy) helped adding 9 points and 4 assists. The best for the losing side was American forward Tai Wesley (200-86, college: Utah St.) with 15 points and 7 rebounds and the other American import guard David Gonzalvez (193-87, college: Richmond) scored 4 points and 5 rebounds. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games.
Top scorers:
Groningen: D.Bell 12+3reb+1ast, T.Theeuwkens 11+2reb+2ast, A.Wesby 10+2reb+1ast, S.de Randamie 9+3reb+4ast, J.Dourisseau 7+7reb, J.Voorn 6+4reb+3ast
Den Bosch: T.Wesley 15+7reb, J.van der List 7+1reb, R.Jansen 6+1reb, S.Wessels 6+1reb+1ast, D.Gonzalvez 4+5reb+1ast, F.Turner 4+2reb+1ast



Four Players Suspended for One Game - by Fred Roggen

FOUR players have been suspended from their next DBL playoffs game after an on court incident during the game between
GasTerra Flames and EiffelTowers Den Bosch on Tuesday, May 8 at the Martini Plaza in Groningen.

Each player has received a one-match suspension today.

The suspended players are Tai Wesley (200-F-86, college: Utah St.), David Gonzalvez (193-G-87, college: Richmond) (EiffelTowers Den Bosch) along with Bryan Defares (192-PG-81, college: Boise St.) and Sergio de Randamie (201-F-84, agency: R.H.Consultancy, college: Houston) (GasTerra Flames).




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Standings

IBA Standings
 1. Gary Splash 9-3 
 2. Albany L. 8-2 
 3. Kankakee S. 8-2 
 4. Chicago R. 7-2 
 5. Lansing C. 5-6 
 6. Kenosha B. 5-8 
 7. Lake County S. 5-10 
 8. Battle Creek K. 2-7 
 9. Springfield E. 1-8 
 10. St.Louis T. 0-0 
 11. L.Angeles L. 0-0 
 12. Rockford RD 0-0 

Regular Season: Round 20

May. 11: Kankakee S. - Lake County S.
May. 12: L.Angeles L. - Battle Creek K.
May. 13: L.Angeles L. - Battle Creek K.



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Stats Leaders (Men)

Points Per Game
 Robert JARVIS
  IR
  (180-G-87)
  Avg: 24
 1. Jarvis, IR24.0 
 2. Govens, Thor Thorl23.5 
 3. Echols, Njardvik22.4 
 4. Walkup, Fjolnir22.2 
 5. Holmes, Njardvik21.9 
 6. Bullock, Grindavik21.4 
 7. Cole, Keflavik21.0 
 8. Sovic, IR20.5 
 9. O''Neil, Fjolnir20.2 
 10. Brown, KR20.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Quincy HANKINS-COLE
  Snaef.
  (203-F-90)
  Avg: 13
 1. Hankins-Cole, Snae.13.0 
 2. Hairston, Thor T.12.3 
 3. Echols, Njardvik11.1 
 4. Smith, Haukar10.7 
 5. Tratnik, Valur10.4 
 6. Cole, Keflavik10.3 
 7. Walkup, Fjolnir10.1 
 8. Bullock, Grindavik9.6 
 9. Lindmets, Stjarnan8.6 
 10. Magnusson, KR8.3 
Assists Per Game
 Giordan WATSON
  Grindavik
  (178-G-85)
  Avg: 7.2
 1. Watson, Grindavik7.2 
 2. Shouse, Stjarnan7.1 
 3. Miller, Tindastoll6.0 
 4. Hall, Snaefell5.5 
 5. Govens, Thor Thorl5.3 
 6. Brown, KR4.7 
 7. Fridriksson, Njard.4.5 
 8. O''Neil, Fjolnir4.5 
 9. Parker, Keflavik4.0 
 10. Gunnarsson, Kefla.3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Travis HOLMES
  Njardvik
  (193-G-86)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Holmes, Njardvik2.9 
 2. Allen, Tindastoll2.8 
 3. Cothran, Stjarnan2.7 
 4. Gunnarsson, Kefla.2.3 
 5. Miller, Tindastoll2.2 
 6. Hall, Snaefell2.2 
 7. Parker, Keflavik2.2 
 8. Govens, Thor Thorl2.1 
 9. Shouse, Stjarnan2.0 
 10. Brown, KR1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Junior HAIRSTON
  Thor T.
  (203-F-84)
  Avg: 3.7
 1. Hairston, Thor T.3.7 
 2. Smith, Haukar3.6 
 3. Tratnik, Valur2.2 
 4. Lindmets, Stjarnan1.3 
 5. Ferguson, KR1.1 
 6. Gudbrandsson, Kefl.1.0 
 7. Holmes, Njardvik1.0 
 8. Cole, Keflavik1.0 
 9. Thorsteinsso., Gri.1.0 
 10. Barja, Haukar0.9 



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THE GAMES HAVE BEGUN "39th National Basketball Championship" - by Eurobasket News

The 39th National Basketball Championship for sub-junior boys and girls got off to a rousing start in a colourful opening Ceremony on May 6th , 2012 at Agnel Ashram , Verna ,Goa, the main venue for the matches. The Championship spread over 7 days has 49 teams drawn from 26 states of India.

The championship was inaugurated by the Chief Minister of Goa, Shri. Manohar Parrikar. The opening ceremony featured traditional Goan dance Dekhni and Corridinho Dance.

With the hoisting of Basketball Federation Of India (BFI) flag, the games were formally declared open by the Chief Minister Shri. Manohar Parrikar. The opening ceremony featured march past by the competing teams in alphabetical order. The marching teams were cheered enthusiastically by the crowd.The loudest cheers were reserved for the team from Goa.


In his opening address Fr. Saturnino Almeida,Regional Superior, Agnel Ashram talked about the ubiquitiousness of sports culture in Goa and how it was synonymous with football. He expressed the hope that the Championship would bring about a generational change in the attitude of Goans to basket ball and make them take to it in a big way .

Fr. Tony Lopes while seeking divine blessings on this auspicious occasion asseverated that the Games be played in the spirit of fairness and goodness.

In his brief address the Chief Minister Mr. Manohar Parrikar promised greater assistance in improving the existing facilities at Agnel Ashram and basketball infrastructure in general, to give the game of basketball the much needed boost.

In her address, Mrs. Roopam Sharma, CEO BFI noted proudly that 39th edition of the game had the maximum participation. She exhorted the participating team to replicate the leadership skills of Late Mr. Harish Sharma, Ex-CEO of BFI. She concluded by expressing the hope that the tie-up between IMG Reliance would help Basketball to grow professionally in India.

The vote of thanks was proposed by Fr. Agnelo Gomes, Manager Agnel Technical Education Complex. He deemed the holding of the Championship by Agnel Ashram a veritable honour. He thanked the students, and staff for their tireless efforts to get the championship underway. He expressed the hope that the participating teams would take back pleasant memories of their visit to Goa.

The Inaugural Ceremony was witnessed by a distinguished gathering which included the Fathers of Pilar Society, Fr. Saturnino, Fr. Tony Lopes,, Superior General ,Pilar Society

Fr. Alfred Almeida, the Asst.Local superior Agnel Ashram and Fr. Agnelo Gomes,Manager, ATEC. Others present were, Mrs.Roopam Sharma CEO, Basketball federation of India (BFI) and Mr. Venkatesh Vice President Basketball Association Of India and Secretary of Maharashtra Basketball Association and Mr.Ajay Sood, Secretary of Basketball Association of India ,Mr. C.F .Vaz, President Goa Basketball Association .

Ms. Aarti Mehra,National Secretary BJP,Incharge of Goa and Mr. Alex Sequeira former Power Minister were also present on the occasion.

The inaugural event was well attended by the general public . After the inauguration the first two matches were played between Punjab V/s Kerala and Orissa V/s Karnataka both in the boys category , with Punjab and Orissa emerging as the winners of the matches that were held. Other matches played in the girls category were between Karnataka V/s West Bengal and Manipur v/s Rajasthan.
Courtesy of: indiabasketball.org



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U16 Iran Basketball Super league - by Mohammad Amin Maghsoodlou

Iran basketball federation forces super league teams to have teams with U16 players and participate in U16 basketball super league. Iran U16 basketball super league final four is going to start today in Gorgan. 4 team advanced to semi final are : Gorgan , Azad , Mahram , Mahan. Last year Azad won the championship , Gorgan stood in 2nd place and ZobAhan became 3rd.

Semi finals : ( 10 May 2012 )

Mahan - Maharam / 15:00 ( IRST )
Gorgan - Azad / 17:00 ( IRST )

Final : ( 11 May 2012 ) 17:00 ( IRST )



Petrochimi advanced to the Finals - by Eurobasket News

Petrochimi advanced to the Finals winning the Semifinal series 3-2 over Foolad Mahan. The decisive game brought 75:73 win for the third team of the Regular Season that will face Mahram in the Final series.


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Stats Leaders - Lega2

Points Per Game
 Troy BELL
  S.Antimo
  (186-PG-80)
  Avg: 23.2
 1. Bell, S.Antimo23.2 
 2. Hardy, Giorgio22.6 
 3. Marigney, Givova S.21.2 
 4. Freeman, MarcoPol.20.9 
 5. Maggioli, Fileni B.18.5 
 6. Voskuil, Morpho B.18.1 
 7. Robinson, Trenkwal.18.0 
 8. McConnell, Fileni17.6 
 9. Taylor, Trenkwal.17.1 
 10. Brooks, Fileni BPA17.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 James THOMAS
  Givova S.
  (203-F/C-80)
  Avg: 11.8
 1. Thomas, Givova S.11.8 
 2. Anderson, Morpho B.8.2 
 3. Jones, Giorgio8.0 
 4. Maggioli, Fileni B.7.7 
 5. Borovnjak, Enel B.7.7 
 6. Baldassarre, Bianc.7.5 
 7. Waleskowski, Tezen.7.4 
 8. Diliegro, Assi Ost.7.0 
 9. Kotti, Aget Imola6.9 
 10. Brooks, Fileni BPA6.9 
Assists Per Game
 Mike GREEN
  Sigma B.
  (185-PG-85)
  Avg: 5.2
 1. Green, Sigma B.5.2 
 2. Johnson, Assi O.4.6 
 3. Porta, Tezenis4.4 
 4. Kelley, Biancobl.3.5 
 5. McConnell, Fileni3.4 
 6. Whiting, Aget Imola3.4 
 7. Renfroe, Enel B.3.3 
 8. Marigney, Givova S.3.1 
 9. Goldwire, Centra.3.0 
 10. Blizzard, Biancob.3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Mario WEST
  Tezenis .
  (195-G-84)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. West, Tezenis3.1 
 2. Thompson, Centra.2.8 
 3. Radulovic, Givova2.7 
 4. Baldassarre, Bianc.2.4 
 5. Robinson, Trenkwal.2.4 
 6. Marigney, Givova S.2.3 
 7. Green, Sigma B.2.3 
 8. Porta, Tezenis2.3 
 9. Goldwire, Centra.2.2 
 10. Ghersetti, Centra.2.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Riccardo CERVI
  Trenkwalder
  (215-C-91)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Cervi, Trenkwalder2.2 
 2. Maggioli, Fileni B.1.7 
 3. Thomas, Givova S.0.9 
 4. Radulovic, Givova0.8 
 5. Brkic, Prima Veroli0.8 
 6. Da Ros, Sigma B.0.7 
 7. Chiacig, Trenkwald.0.7 
 8. Zerini, Enel Brind.0.6 
 9. Kotti, Aget Imola0.6 
 10. DiGiuliomari., Te.0.5 


stats leader

Points Per Game
 Bernardo MUSSO
  Napoli
  (192-G-86)
  Avg: 19.6
 1. Musso, Napoli19.6 
 2. Evangelisti, Recan.16.9 
 3. Portannese, Torino16.4 
 4. Poltroneri, Perugia16.2 
 5. Prandin, Casalp.15.2 
 6. Rugolo, San Severo15.1 
 7. Tagliabue, Ruvo14.9 
 8. Benevelli, Orlandi.14.8 
 9. Ferrarese, Castell.14.5 
 10. Carrizo, Ferentino14.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Emanuele ROSSI
  Chieti
  (208-C-82)
  Avg: 12.8
 1. Rossi, Chieti12.8 
 2. Iannilli, Napoli9.8 
 3. Tagliabue, Ruvo8.9 
 4. Baldi Rossi, Perug.8.1 
 5. Benevelli, Orlandi.8.0 
 6. Borra, Treviglio8.0 
 7. Gandini, Trieste7.8 
 8. Simeoli, Comsum.i.7.7 
 9. Raminelli, Castell.7.6 
 10. Tessitori, Comsum.7.4 
Assists Per Game
 Bernardo MUSSO
  Napoli
  (192-G-86)
  Avg: 4.4
 1. Musso, Napoli4.4 
 2. Bertolazzi, Omegna4.2 
 3. Marino, Treviglio4.1 
 4. Traini, Recanati3.9 
 5. Stanic, Fabriano3.6 
 6. Circosta, Anagni3.5 
 7. Guarino, Ferentino3.4 
 8. Santolamazza, Ana.3.2 
 9. Vico, Matera3.0 
 10. Ferrarese, Castel.2.9 
Steals Per Game
 Roberto MAGGIO
  Pavia
  (183-G-90)
  Avg: 3
 1. Maggio, Pavia3.0 
 2. Bertolazzi, Omegna2.9 
 3. Iardella, Fabriano2.9 
 4. Rossi, Chieti2.8 
 5. Rivali, Santarcang.2.8 
 6. Mei, Comsum.it SI2.8 
 7. Portannese, Torino2.7 
 8. Musso, Napoli2.7 
 9. Maiocco, Pavia2.7 
 10. Guarino, Ferentino2.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Andrea CAPITANELLI
  Firenze
  (203-C-86)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Capitanelli, Firen.2.1 
 2. Ancellotti, Santar.1.7 
 3. Borra, Treviglio1.5 
 4. Raminelli, Castell.1.1 
 5. Pascolo, Trento1.1 
 6. Cazzaniga, Pavia1.1 
 7. Candido, San Seve.1.1 
 8. Cotani, Castelletto1.0 
 9. Gandini, Trieste1.0 
 10. Tessitori, Comsum.0.9 


Garrett Temple Returns to NBA or Europe? - by David Pick

Garrett Temple is back in the United States but remains undecided about getting back in the NBA or taking his talents overseas yet again.

After signing with Italian
Novipiu Casale during the NBA lockout, Temple spent the duration of this season maturing not only personally, but also as a player. 'I learned a great deal overseas, not only about basketball but about being a person and dealing with adversity. I definitely made the right decision by coming overseas,' Temple told Eurobasket in a phone interview.

Temple's respectable season averages of 9.5 points, 2.4 rebounds and 1.4 dimes per game, failed to help Casale reach the Italian playoffs, coming in at rock bottom (8-24).

The former Louisiana State University guard, who played a total of 51 games on five different teams (Houston Rockets, Sacramento Kings, San Antonio Spurs, Milwaukee Bucks and Charlotte Bobcats) in the Association, isn't sure what the cards hold for his future. 'I'm going to work out and look to play in both the Las Vegas and Orlando Summer Leagues. Not sure yet with who though,' Temple stated. 'Next season for me depends mostly on the draft and which players teams pick up. I don't want to be on a team that drafted two guards or has several young guys in the backcourt, because I obviously want to play and showcase my skills.'

Standing 6-foot-6 with an impressive wingspan, Temple was able to work on and improve techniques that he didn't have time for in the US. 'I played the 1, 2, 3 and sometimes even the 4 position because I was the tallest guard on the court,' he said. 'Our coach tried different matchups to try and get us going, so it definitely helped me learn how to play the pick and roll situations better, read the different defenses and improve my decision making.'

Keeping his options open, Temple admits he's not ruling out returning to Europe, especially now, after gaining knowledge of the European hoops and its different levels of competition. Something he lacked when signing in Italy. 'At first, I had no idea what the Euroleague or Eurocup was, or the differences between the European leagues. Now, having more knowledge and with the contacts I've made, situations would be different and I'd actually know what I'm getting myself into, so there's a good chance I might come abroad next season.'

Temple endured some tough punches along his European journey. After the New Orleans Hornets and the Los Angeles Clippers agreed to a trade that sent Chris Paul to L.A., the Hornets looked for someone to backup Eric Gordon and Jarrett Jack, and reached out to Temple. 'The Hornets talked about giving me a look but I signed a contract with Casale without an out clause and I didn't want to make a messy situation of breaching a contract overseas,' Temple revealed. 'Also, I made a decision to stay here for the season, so it had to have been a hell of a situation in order for me to try to get out of the contract.'

If losing five consecutive games to start the season and passing on a potential job with the Hornets wasn't enough, Temple found himself wondering, 'With all the D-League call ups this season, would I have gotten a shot too?'

'I definitely look at Jeremy Lin's situation and think, should I have stayed in the U.S.?' he said. 'I was one of those guys on the edge; in-out-in-out and maybe this could have been the year that I would have gotten that opportunity.'

Examining the differences and difficulties he experienced in Italy, Temple says that playing abroad was a lot tougher than he imagined. 'Casale is a first class organization, but I didn't achieve the individual or team goals I set out to accomplish,' he commented. 'People in the US tend to think that players abroad aren't as good as those in the NBA, but I went there with the mindset that those guys play just as good. Since 2006, when Team USA took the bronze medal in the Olympics, I think people began to realize that European guys can play at a high level too.'




Playoffs overview : Siena - Varese - by Giovanni Bargna

Montepaschi Siena. The defending champs enter the post season as the most dangerous team for every opponent. They completed the regular season with a 24-8 record, the worst in their last five years reign, but they still seem to be the best team as we're getting to the playoffs. The team coached by Simone Pianigiani has been facing a tough season due to injury troubles, while the euroleague effort had a negative impact on league performances. Anyway it seems they're improving game by game now as some injured players are recovered and some additions strenghtened the roster. Rimantas Kaukenas got back in the last few rounds after undergoing surgery months ago due to a knee injury. Jonas Maciulis was signed a couple of weeks ago and will give his contribution in the upcoming games. Beside them Bo McCalebb and David Moss along with veteran Shaun Stonerook and the amazing duo David Andersen (212-C-80) - Lavrinovic make Siena a very talented and balanced team.
Scorer : David Andersen 14.8ppg, Rebounder : David Andersen 5.7rpg, Assist-Man : Bo McCalebb 3.5apg

Cimberio Varese. Veteran coach Carlo Recalcati gave the team a good system and a reliable chemistry. They deserved the ticket to the playoffs with a 17-15 record and battled hard against every opponent during the regular season. A month ago the team welcomed back Phil Goss to help at the point and at shooting guard. The combo-guard from the USA spent the first part of the season in France at Asvel Villeurbanne but knows most of his teammates very well and could become a factor in the next games. The team can also count on the contribution from slovenian point guard Rok Stipcevic and french power forward Yakhouba Diawara. Kangur and Janar Talts are other two important players for the team and finnish point guard Ranniko can add experience from the bench.
Scorer: Yakhouba Diawara 15.1ppg, Rebounder: Kristjan Kangur 5.6rpg, Assist-Man : Rok Stipcevic 3.4apg

Forecast. As the leader meets the lowest ranked team of the playoffs it seems that this will be something like a mission impossible for Varese, but, at least in a single game, a win for them couldnt be unlikely at all.




Lega A playoffs upcoming - by Giovanni Bargna

The Lega A regular season ended last week-end and with a week left to the playoffs here is the games list. Analysis and overviews of the upcoming playoffs to be posted game by game early.

Montepaschi Siena - Cimberio Varese (May 17, 19, 21, 23, 25)
Banco di Sardegna Sassari - Canadian Solar Bologna (May 17, 19, 21, 23, 25)
EA7 Emporio Armani Milano - Umana Venezia (May 18, 20, 22, 24, 26)
Bennet Cantu - Scavolini Siviglia Pesaro (May 18, 20, 22, 24, 26)

Best of five series, all of the games scheduled at 20:30. Better ranked teams to play game 1, 2 and 5 (if needed) at home.



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  JAPAN   


Addition of Burns has made difference for Yokohama - by Eurobasket News

The Yokohama B-Corsairs were a solid, hard-working team before guard Draelon Burns (194-G-85, agency: Top Notch Sports, college: De Paul) arrived in the port city and donned the team's colorful uniform for the first time.

But by signing Burns, the first-year franchise transformed itself into a very good basketball team.

Yokohama went 14-14 in its first 28 games. Since then, with Burns appearing in the final 24 games, the B-Corsairs are the league's most improved and hottest team, going 17-7 in that span, including nine straight wins to close out the regular season.

The B-Corsairs (31-21), who finished the regular season in second place in the 10-team Eastern Conference, will make their playoff debut on Thursday. The visiting Akita Northern Happinets, who eliminated the Sendai 89ers on Sunday in a wild first-round series, will meet Burns and his teammates in the Thursday-Friday series. Both games are scheduled to tip off at 7:30 p.m. at Yokohama Cultural Gymnasium.

If necessary, a mini-tiebreaker game will be played after Game 2 to determine which team will advance to the Final Four.

'I would say he's probably been the key player,' Sendai coach Bob Pierce said of Burns, analyzing Yokohama's great run to end the season.

'He's an outstanding 3-point shooter who usually does his best at the end of the game, and I would say the reason they are now in second place . . . because they've totally changed their team by having him come in. That was the one ingredient they were lacking.'

Burns, a 194-cm DePaul product, averaged 12.8 points in those 24 games, including starts in the final 18 contests. He dished out 64 assists against 38 turnovers and made 31 steals.

He also sank 38 3-pointers and shot 33.6 percent from beyond the arc. Burns scored 28 points on April 8 and a season-high 29 on March 25. What's more, he made an eye-popping 55.4 percent of his 2-point attempts (72-for-130).

'Draelon Burns has been our only addition this season,' said Yokohama bench boss Reggie Geary, the bj-league's 2011-12 Coach of the Year. 'I think we've very proud that we kept our nucleus together for the most part almost the entire season. We didn't change around a lot, we invested in our guys and (were) rewarded for that.

'Draelon's experience, first and foremost, has been a nice addition to our team. His ability to stretch the floor and make plays ... he just makes the game easier for our team to a degree, and that's something we've needed and was nice to get from him.'

The B-Corsairs didn't instantly thrive with Burns in the rotation. They went 5-5 over his first 10 games with the team, but really learned how to utilize his talents within the flow of the game. In addition, the B-Corsairs held foes to a league-low 72.8 points, while scoring a modest 75.8.

Burns, a 26-year-old Milwaukee native, has played professionally in Israel, Iceland and Germany. In college, his scoring average increased from 3.4 points as a freshman to 11.6, 11.6 and 17.6 over the next three seasons. His 17.6 points as a senior in 2007-08 placed him fourth overall in the ultra-talented Big East Conference.

Regular-season MVP Justin Burrell, a tough-as-nails power forward, averaged 18.7 points per game and B-Corsairs captain Masayuki Kabaya contributed 10.9 as Yokohama developed a balanced attack on offense.

Kabaya has 'a real sense for scoring,' Pierce said.

Burrell praised Kabaya for his all-around abilities and the way he's set the tone for the team since training camp.

' (Kabaya) leads by example,' Burrell said. 'He's definitely a vocal leader. . . . He's a tremendous player. He has one of the best fadeaway jumpers I've seen with my own eyes. Now I ran across some big-time players in the Big East, I've played summer leagues and things like that with a lot of pros, but his fadeaway jumper is one of the most deadly I've seen.'

Akita lost all four meetings with Yokohama this season by single digits: 72-69 on Jan. 28 and 79-72 on Jan. 29 at Yokohama International Swimming Pool; and 80-78 on April 7 and 92-89 on April 8 in Akita. But Happinets coach Kazuo Nakamura has had great success in the bj-league, leading the Hamamatsu Higashimikawa Phoenix to three Final Fours and back-to-back championships in 2009-10 and 2010-11 before he took over as Akita coach days after the Phoenix's second championship, a move first reported by The Japan Times.

After closing out the regular season with four straight wins over the 89ers, Geary looked back on that challenge facing a team with two 213-cm big men in Rashaad Singleton and Filip Toncinic as ideal preparation for the playoffs.

'Just the physicality of it, they are a good defensive team and they've shown that throughout the season,' Geary said. 'Size-wise, they are on par with Okinawa (Ryukyu Golden Kings) to a degree, so it's good for our guys to see them.
Courtesy of: http://www.japantimes.co.jp



Akita, Kyoto pull off tiebreaker wins; Niigata, Shiga earn sweeps - by Eurobasket News

The Kyoto Hannaryz, Shiga Lakestars, Akita Northern Happinets and Niigata Albirex BB have all advanced to the bj-league's conference semifinal round, and now shift their attention to their next opponents.

The Shimane Susanoo Magic, Rizing Fukuoka, Sendai 89ers and Toyama Grouses, meanwhile, are left to ponder what went wrong in the final day of their respective playoff series on Sunday.

Eight teams remain in the hunt for the 2011-12 championship, including the Eastern Conference's Nos. 1 and 2 seeds (Hamamatsu Higashimikawa Phoenix and Yokohama B-Corsairs) and the Western Conference's top two (Ryukyu Golden Kings and Osaka Evessa).

In the East semifinals, the B-Corsairs will play host to the third-seeded Happinets on Thursday and Friday at Yokohama Cultural Gymnasium. Both games will tip off at 7:30 p.m. The two-time defending champion Phoenix will take on the fourth-seeded Albirex on Saturday and Sunday, 6:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m., respectively.

In the West, the second-seeded Osaka Evessa will face the visiting Hannaryz, the third seed, on Saturday and Sunday (6 p.m. and 1 p.m. starting times). The first-place Golden Kings will play host to the fourth-seeded Lakestars on the same days, with both games slated to begin at 1 p.m.

The conference semifinal winners will move on to the Final Four at Ariake Colosseum on May 19-20.

But first, it's time to recap Sunday's playoff action.

Northern Happinets 72, 89ers 38

Northern Happinets 17, 89ers 14 (mini-game)


In Akita, the hosts raced out to a 20-2 lead after the first quarter of Game 2, and Sendai never recovered.

The Happinets dropped the series opener 79-77, with 89ers center Rashaad Singleton's game-ending dunk giving the visitors a dramatic victory in the series opener.

This one was never in doubt.

Lionel Green sank four 3-pointers en route to a team-high 14 points for Akita. Ricky Woods (194-F/G-84, college: SE Louisiana) netted 11 points and Yuki Kikuchi (192-F-80), Shigehiro Taguchi and E.J. Drayton each had nine points. Mychal Kearse dished out six assists and Kyle Swanston had five.

Sendai shot 12-for-47 from the field and committed 23 turnovers. Takuya Komoda led the 89ers with eight points, Johnny Dukes had seven points, nine rebounds and three steals and Filip Toncinic (212-F-84, college: Texas A&M-CC) scored six points.

The 89ers established a record for fewest points in a bj-league game, and then after a break they went back out on the court and played the Happinets in a 10-minute mini-tiebreaker game to determine which team would advance to the next round.

In the mini-game, Sendai held an 11-5 lead after the first five-minute period. Akita had the stronger offense over the final five minutes, outscoring the visitors 12-3 to eke out a three-point triumph.

Kearse scored nine of the Happinets' 17 points in the mini-game. Dukes had nine of the 89ers' 14 points in that span.

Sendai's outside shooting (1-for-10 on 3s) proved costly with the season on the line in the tiebreaker.

And so, when it was over, Akita coach Kazuo Nakamura is one step closer to another Final Four berth, after having previously guided Hamamatsu to Ariake Colosseum in each of the previous three seasons before replacing Bob Pierce, the current Sendai coach, in Akita after the 2010-11 campaign.

'Akita had a great crowd, and they certainly were a factor in the results, which is what home courts and playoff basketball are all about,' Pierce told The Japan Times. 'But I can't remember the last time I coached a game, and didn't try to win, especially when coming back and making these kinds of games close is what we've been doing all season. But because we had to immediately play the 10 minute mini-game, we had to decide pretty early whether to play to win, or rest starters and try to win the mini-game.

'Once it became clear that we weren't making shots, or getting to the line, nothing to do but wait for the 40 minutes to run out. And so we set the bj-league record for fewest points. ... That wasn't fun.'

Even so, the 89ers nearly ended the hosts' season in the mini-game.

'Our strategy almost worked as we had an 11-5 lead halfway through the mini-game, but some ill-advised shots and a turnover let Akita come back and we never regained our poise,' Pierce said. 'The fact that Akita shot 14 free throws in 10 minutes and we only shot three didn't help, so our season ended with that 10-minute, 17-14 loss.

'Sadly, this format favors the deeper team with more players, and that's certainly not us. We've spent the last month or so just hoping to have enough healthy bodies to practice or play the weekend games, and watching us limp through the last 5 minutes of the mini-game, it was obvious our time had run out.'

Albirex BB 84, Grouses 82

In Niigata, center Chris Holm (212-C/F-84, college: Vermont) scored 21 points and pulled down 14 rebounds as the hosts edged Toyama.

First-year Albirex coach Matt Garrison's club has made balanced scoring a priority all season, and that tactic worked to its advantage in the series finale. Yuichi Ikeda and Nile Murry each had 13-point efforts, Kimitake Sato scored 12 points and Erron Maxey finished with 10 points and eight rebounds. Bennett Davis chipped in with seven points for Niigata, which was 25-for-37 at the free-throw line. Dwight Gordon supplied five assists with zero turnovers.

Niigata took a 47-32 advantage into the third quarter.

Masashi Joho scored a game-high 24 points for the Grouses. Brian Harper added 17 points, Devin Searcy (208-F/C-89, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Dayton) had 16 points and 13 rebounds and Ira Brown scored 14 points and hauled in 14 rebounds.

'Rebounding was (the) key,' Garrison said after the game. 'We played good one-on-one defense. We also attacked the boards. They are such a big, strong team, so we needed everyone on the glass.

'We missed a lot of free throws so it was close,' he added. '...My Japanese players were great both days. They really fought hard for 80 minutes.'

Garrison expects the Grouses to be a rising force in the East next season.

'Toyama is a great team and are well coached (by Kazuaki Shimoji),' he said. 'They will be even better next year. They have great guards in Joho and (Takeshi) Mito.'

Lakestars 69, Rizing 62

In Otsu, Shiga Prefecture, Josh Peppers (201-F-85, agency: Court Side, college: Cent.Florida) scored 25 points on 8-for-13 shooting and Julius Ashby had 21 points, 13 rebounds and five assists as the Lakestars completed a series sweep over Fukuoka.

Ray Nixon contributed 10 points and six assists for Shiga, while Peppers had seven rebounds and four assists.

Kevin Palmer, named to the league's Best Five squad earlier in the week, paced the Rizing with 25 points, eight rebounds, three assists and three steals, and Jermaine Dearman and Jun Nakanishi both had 12-point afternoons. Gary Hamilton grabbed 10 rebounds in the loss.

Fukuoka's Carlos Dixon was held to six points on 3-for-13 shooting and Akitomo Takeno scored three points and was 1-for-10 from the field.

Susanoo Magic 86, Hannaryz 84

Hannaryz 24, Susanoo Magic 23 (mini-game)


In Kyoto, Michael Parker and B.J. Puckett had 20 points apiece and Shimane edged the Hannaryz to force the mini-game tiebreaker.

Edward Yamamoto (173-PG-86), Jumpei Nakama and Jeral Davis all had 13-point games in the heated 40-minute contest, with all four quarters decided by one point. Yamamoto also dished out six assists.

Kyoto missed 10 of its 20 free throws, including Rick Rickert's 2-for-9 effort.

Rickert, however, had a sensational outing: 28 points on 13-for-15 shooting from the field and 18 rebounds. Jermaine Boyette scored 16 points, Lance Allred contributed 12 points and six rebounds and Lee Cummard scored 10 points.

In the mini-game, Cummard netted 13 points and Taizo Kawabe scored six on 3-for-3 shooting. Davis put nine points on the board in the tiebreaker, Nakama contributed seven and Parker finished with five.
Courtesy of: http://www.japantimes.co.jp



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  KOSOVO   


Defense is the key - by Dren Shporta

When Bashkimi won the first match against Kolegji Univers, nobody thought that this team could lose the second game of quarterfinal tie. But something else was in Dritero Sefaja 's mind. With great strategy and good play from his team college boys did it.

Im ready! We need to play more aggressively in defense. I think that defense and not the offense is the key to get to the next round, said exclusively to eurobasket.com Rolando Little (206-F-86, college: Idaho St.), player of Bashkimi.

While on the other hand, Albatrit Berisha (197-G-90), of Kolegji Univers thinks that their collective game combined with good defense is their only hope for semifinals. He told today to eurobasket.com that they hope that could win the match.

Injured Fisnik Juniku (180-PG-89) of Bashkimi thinks that his team has underestimated college boys in the second match, but today something else will happen on the court. Its not sure that he will play tonight, but he is sure that his team will get to the semifinals where they will meet reigning champions, Sigal Prishtina.



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  LATVIA   

LBL Standing

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

Finals: Round 1

3rd place

May. 7: Liepaja - LU 97-80

FINAL

May. 6: VEF Riga - Ventspils 83-66


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Ernests KALVE
  Valmiera
  (200-F-87)
  Avg: 18.8
 1. Kalve, Valmiera18.8 
 2. Peiners, LU18.4 
 3. Mayo, Liepaja17.8 
 4. Lucas, Valmiera16.7 
 5. Ozols, Jurmala16.4 
 6. Krumins, Jelgava15.8 
 7. Mediss, Turiba15.5 
 8. Young, Ventspils14.6 
 9. Bankevics, Valmiera14.3 
 10. Timma, Liepaja13.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ervins JONATS
  Jurmala
  (199-F-91)
  Avg: 9.3
 1. Jonats, Jurmala9.3 
 2. Rozitis, Valmiera8.0 
 3. Dargais, LU7.7 
 4. Willard, Ventspils7.6 
 5. Berzins, VEF Riga7.1 
 6. Mednis, Turiba6.7 
 7. Kalve, Valmiera6.3 
 8. Timma, Liepaja6.1 
 9. Nelson, Jelgava5.8 
 10. Butjankovs, Valmi.5.8 
Assists Per Game
 Josh MAYO
  Liepaja
  (182-G-87)
  Avg: 4.9
 1. Mayo, Liepaja4.9 
 2. Lucas, Valmiera4.4 
 3. Abernethy, Vents.4.1 
 4. Kravcenko, Liepaja3.9 
 5. Coders, Jurmala3.6 
 6. Krumins, Jelgava3.3 
 7. Millage, VEF Riga3.3 
 8. Lejasmeiers, Vents.2.9 
 9. Silavs, Jelgava2.9 
 10. Peiners, LU2.8 
Steals Per Game
 Curtis MILLAGE
  VEF Riga
  (185-G-81)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Millage, VEF Riga2.9 
 2. Kanbergs, Jelgava1.9 
 3. Peiners, LU1.8 
 4. Mayo, Liepaja1.7 
 5. Osins, LU1.6 
 6. Timma, Liepaja1.6 
 7. Gray, Ventspils1.4 
 8. Cain, VEF Riga1.4 
 9. Piternieks, Turiba1.4 
 10. Ozols, Jurmala1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Jekabs ROZITIS
  Valmiera
  (206-F/C-86)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Rozitis, Valmiera1.5 
 2. Berzins, VEF Riga1.4 
 3. Leiteris, Liepaja1.0 
 4. Cain, VEF Riga0.9 
 5. Ozols, Jurmala0.9 
 6. Jonats, Jurmala0.8 
 7. Plivda, LU0.7 
 8. Kavaliauskas, VEF0.6 
 9. Meiers, Ventspils0.6 
 10. Duselis, Jelgava0.6 



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  LEBANON   

Stats Leaders - Men

Points Per Game
 Desmond PENIGAR
  Byblos
  (201-F-81)
  Avg: 28.5
 1. Penigar, Byblos28.5 
 2. Khatib, Champville26.2 
 3. Spencer, Al Riyadi26.0 
 4. Gray, Byblos24.6 
 5. Johnson, Sagesse22.6 
 6. Youngblood, Anibal22.4 
 7. Johnson, Moutahed21.3 
 8. Hoskin, Champville20.4 
 9. Souaid, Bejjeh18.9 
 10. Hurd, Anibal18.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Desmond PENIGAR
  Byblos
  (201-F-81)
  Avg: 12.1
 1. Penigar, Byblos12.1 
 2. Crump, Sagesse11.5 
 3. Ismail, Al Riyadi11.2 
 4. Thompson, Champvil.11.0 
 5. Hoskin, Champville10.8 
 6. Trim, Moutahed9.2 
 7. Hamdar, Hoops8.9 
 8. Bawji, Moutahed8.3 
 9. Bou Abboud, Bejjeh7.6 
 10. Johnson, Sagesse7.5 
Assists Per Game
 Rodrigue AKL
  Anibal
  (189-PG-88)
  Avg: 6.6
 1. Akl, Anibal6.6 
 2. Johnson, Moutahed5.8 
 3. Mahmoud, Al Riyadi5.7 
 4. Gray, Byblos5.5 
 5. Ismail, Al Riyadi5.5 
 6. Khatib, Champville5.1 
 7. Johnson, Sagesse4.5 
 8. Spencer, Al Riyadi4.4 
 9. Barada, Byblos4.3 
 10. Youngblood, Anibal3.7 
Steals Per Game
 Austin JOHNSON
  Moutahed
  (191-G-87)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Johnson, Moutahed2.7 
 2. Youngblood, Anibal2.7 
 3. Mahmoud, Al Riyadi2.4 
 4. Spencer, Al Riyadi2.1 
 5. Estephane, Champvi.2.0 
 6. Akl, Anibal1.7 
 7. Johnson, Sagesse1.7 
 8. Thompson, Champvil.1.6 
 9. Souaid, Bejjeh1.6 
 10. Bou Abboud, Bejj.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Ahmad ISMAIL
  Al Riyadi
  (205-F-76)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Ismail, Al Riyadi1.8 
 2. Hamdar, Hoops1.6 
 3. Crump, Sagesse1.5 
 4. Thompson, Champvil.1.5 
 5. Sabra, Byblos1.4 
 6. Vogel, Al Riyadi1.3 
 7. Tabet, Anibal1.1 
 8. Youngblood, Anibal1.1 
 9. Bou Abboud, Bejjeh1.0 
 10. Hoskin, Champville1.0 



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Samy Picard joins Amicale - by Eurobasket News

Samy Picard (195-F-88) will change the team next year. The forward will join Amicale. Samy Picard spent the last three seasons in Germany. He played for TBB Trier. Last season the forward notched 1.2 points per game in Bundesliga. Previously Samy Picard played for Musel Pikes. Eurobasket.com named him All-Luxembourg League Forward of the Year in 2009. He also participated at 2009 Diekirch League All-Star Game the same year. Samy Picard has been the member of Luxembourg National Team since 2007. Samy Picard tallied 15.0 points, 8.0 boards, 1.0 assist and 1.0 steal per game in 2011 European Championship in Division B.


T71 Dudelange agree on terms of contract with David Controguerra - by Eurobasket News

T71 Dudelange are strengthening their roster for the upcoming season. They agreed on terms of contract with David Controguerra (194-F/G-86). He will spend the next season with T71. The forward played for Soleuvre since 2003. Last season David Controguerra averaged 9.7 points, 3.0 rebounds per game in Diekirch League. He had a remarkable 2010/11 season. The forward posted 13.8 points, 4.5 boards, 1.9 assists and 1.0 steal per appearance then.


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ASEAN League: Slingers thrash Dragons on the road - by Eurobasket News

Westports Dragons - Singapore Slingers 88:105

Singapore Slingers ensured the 9th win in the ASEAN League season. They fired past Westports Dragons on the road to improve at 9-11 record. Graham Louis (205-F/C-84) came up with 32 points and 10 rebounds to lead the charge. The Dragons fell at 11-10 record in the fourth position in the ladder.
The Slingers started the game aggressively. They poured in 62 points in the first half to clear off. They piled up a 23-point halftime lead. The Slingers maintained the lead throughout the third term. The visitors ensured a 24-point lead at the final intermission. The Dragons went on a 27:20 run in the final term but it was too little to threaten the margin. Dulay Donald (173-G-80) accounted for 24 points, while Jeffers Kyle (207-C-85, college: Oregon St.) added 16 points and 9 rebounds in the win. Brian Williams (208-C-87, agency: VVG Sports, college: Tennessee) answered with 30 points and 13 rebounds for the Dragons. Tiras Wade (200-F-81, agency: Interperformances, college: La-Lafayette) notched 27 points and 8 rebounds in the loss.

Westports Dragons: Brian Williams 30+13 boards, Tiras Wade 27
Singapore Slingers: Graham Louis 32+10 boards, Dulay Donald 24, Jeffers Kyle 16



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Standings - CIBACOPA

CIBACOPA Standings
 1. Hermosillo 26-4 
 2. Guaymas 24-6 
 3. Tijuana 20-10 
 4. Cananea 16-14 
 5. Guasave 15-15 
 6. Nogales 15-16 
 7. Los Mochis 14-16 
 8. Culiacan 10-20 
 9. Navolato 9-21 
 10. Tepic 2-29 

Regular Season: Round 31

May. 8: Nogales - Tepic 80-77
May. 9: Los Mochis - Tijuana
May. 9: Hermosillo - Guaymas
May. 9: Guasave - Cananea
May. 9: Culiacan - Navolato


CIBACOPA Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Devon PEARSON
  Los M.
  (198-F-84)
  Avg: 25.9
 1. Pearson, Los M.25.9 
 2. Reese, Tepic25.3 
 3. Scott, Los Mochis24.4 
 4. McCullough, Nogales23.2 
 5. Robinson, Culiacan22.7 
 6. Thomas, Cananea22.0 
 7. Selleaze, Navolato21.1 
 8. Carter, Guasave20.7 
 9. Wiley, Los Mochis19.8 
 10. Young, Tepic19.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Devon PEARSON
  Los M.
  (198-F-84)
  Avg: 11.4
 1. Pearson, Los M.11.4 
 2. Riley, Tepic10.9 
 3. Scott, Los Mochis9.7 
 4. Sanders-F., Nogales8.9 
 5. Selleaze, Navolato8.7 
 6. Robinson, Culiacan7.8 
 7. Habel, Guaymas7.6 
 8. Lopez, Hermosillo7.5 
 9. Zamora, Culiacan7.5 
 10. Wiley, Los Mochis7.1 
Assists Per Game
 Tayloe TAYLOR
  Los Mochis
  (191-G-86)
  Avg: 5.8
 1. Taylor, Los Mochis5.8 
 2. Monreal, Hermosillo5.5 
 3. Nungaray, Guaymas5.4 
 4. Harris, Cananea4.6 
 5. Pulido, Culiacan4.1 
 6. Riley, Tepic3.7 
 7. McSwine, Navolato3.5 
 8. Quintero, Tijuana3.3 
 9. Reatiga, Navolato3.3 
 10. Reese, Tepic3.2 
Steals Per Game
 Matthew GIBSON
  Navolato
  (196-G-84)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Gibson, Navolato1.7 
 2. Thomas, Cananea1.6 
 3. Riley, Tepic1.5 
 4. Buelna, Guasave1.5 
 5. Giron, Guasave1.4 
 6. Toussaint, Los M.1.4 
 7. Reatiga, Navolato1.3 
 8. Monreal, Hermosillo1.3 
 9. Pulido, Culiacan1.3 
 10. Carter, Guasave1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Deangelo RILEY
  Tepic
  (205-C-)
  Avg: 3.6
 1. Riley, Tepic3.6 
 2. Habel, Guaymas1.3 
 3. Zamora, Culiacan1.2 
 4. Wiley, Los Mochis1.0 
 5. Young, Tepic1.0 
 6. Robinson, Culiacan0.9 
 7. McCullough, Nogales0.9 
 8. Scott, Los Mochis0.7 
 9. Johnson, Guaymas0.7 
 10. Tate, Tijuana0.7 



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Play-offs : Berkane compromise chances - by Eurobasket News

After conceding another defeat against Al Houceima (69-52), RS Berkane has compromised their chances of reaching the semis of the Moroccan play-offs.
Second in the league after the first phase and big favorites for this game, Renaissance Berkane surprisingly fell to Houceima Chabab Rif (69-52). With two defeats already, RSB are seeing the possibility of reaching the semis of the play-offs as impossible. In the other game of the weekend, AS Sal defeated Mas by 75 to 58 as they are now buoyed to face RSB on Saturday in the Throne Cup.

Results:
MAS-ASS: 58-75
CRA-RSB: 69-52



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Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Kobe BRYANT
  LA Lakers
  (198-G-78)
  Avg: 28.1
 1. Bryant, LA Lakers28.1 
 2. Durant, Oklah.Ci.27.9 
 3. James, Miami Heat27.2 
 4. Love, Minnesota T.26.0 
 5. Westbrook, Oklah..23.5 
 6. Anthony, New Y.23.1 
 7. Nowitzki, Dallas M.22.0 
 8. Wade, Miami Heat22.0 
 9. Ellis, Golde S.21.9 
 10. Rose, Chicago B.21.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Dwight HOWARD
  Orlando M.
  (211-C-85)
  Avg: 14.5
 1. Howard, Orlando M.14.5 
 2. Love, Minnesota T.13.4 
 3. Bynum, LA Lakers11.7 
 4. Cousins, Sacramen.11.0 
 5. Humphries, New J.11.0 
 6. Griffin, LA Clipp.10.6 
 7. Gasol, LA Lakers10.3 
 8. Gortat, Phoenix10.0 
 9. Smith, Atlanta H.9.9 
 10. Noah, Chicago B.9.8 
Assists Per Game
 Rajon RONDO
  Boston C.
  (185-PG-86)
  Avg: 11.8
 1. Rondo, Boston C.11.8 
 2. Nash, Phoenix Suns10.7 
 3. Paul, LA Clippers9.0 
 4. Calderon, Toron.8.8 
 5. Williams, New J.8.7 
 6. Rubio, Minnesot.8.2 
 7. Wall, Washington W.8.0 
 8. Rose, Chicago B.7.9 
 9. Parker, San A.7.6 
 10. Miller, Denver N.6.7 
Steals Per Game
 Chris PAUL
  LA Clippers
  (183-PG-85)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Paul, LA Clippers2.5 
 2. Rubio, Minnesot.2.2 
 3. Conley, Memphis G.2.1 
 4. James, Miami Heat1.9 
 5. Rondo, Boston C.1.9 
 6. Millsap, Utah Jazz1.8 
 7. Kidd, Dallas M.1.8 
 8. Iguodala, Philadel.1.8 
 9. Wade, Miami Heat1.8 
 10. Ariza, N.Orleans1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Serge IBAKA
  Oklah.Ci.
  (208-C/F-89)
  Avg: 3.6
 1. Ibaka, Oklah.Ci.3.6 
 2. McGee, Washingt.2.5 
 3. Howard, Orlando M.2.1 
 4. Hibbert, Indiana P.2.1 
 5. Bynum, LA Lakers2.1 
 6. Jordan, LA Clippers2.1 
 7. McGee, Denver N.1.9 
 8. Gasol, Memphis G.1.9 
 9. Biyombo, Charlott.1.8 
 10. Udoh, Golde S.1.7 


Garrett Temple Returns to NBA or Europe? - by David Pick

Garrett Temple is back in the United States but remains undecided about getting back in the NBA or taking his talents overseas yet again.

After signing with Italian
Novipiu Casale during the NBA lockout, Temple spent the duration of this season maturing not only personally, but also as a player. 'I learned a great deal overseas, not only about basketball but about being a person and dealing with adversity. I definitely made the right decision by coming overseas,' Temple told Eurobasket in a phone interview.

Temple's respectable season averages of 9.5 points, 2.4 rebounds and 1.4 dimes per game, failed to help Casale reach the Italian playoffs, coming in at rock bottom (8-24).

The former Louisiana State University guard, who played a total of 51 games on five different teams (Houston Rockets, Sacramento Kings, San Antonio Spurs, Milwaukee Bucks and Charlotte Bobcats) in the Association, isn't sure what the cards hold for his future. 'I'm going to work out and look to play in both the Las Vegas and Orlando Summer Leagues. Not sure yet with who though,' Temple stated. 'Next season for me depends mostly on the draft and which players teams pick up. I don't want to be on a team that drafted two guards or has several young guys in the backcourt, because I obviously want to play and showcase my skills.'

Standing 6-foot-6 with an impressive wingspan, Temple was able to work on and improve techniques that he didn't have time for in the US. 'I played the 1, 2, 3 and sometimes even the 4 position because I was the tallest guard on the court,' he said. 'Our coach tried different matchups to try and get us going, so it definitely helped me learn how to play the pick and roll situations better, read the different defenses and improve my decision making.'

Keeping his options open, Temple admits he's not ruling out returning to Europe, especially now, after gaining knowledge of the European hoops and its different levels of competition. Something he lacked when signing in Italy. 'At first, I had no idea what the Euroleague or Eurocup was, or the differences between the European leagues. Now, having more knowledge and with the contacts I've made, situations would be different and I'd actually know what I'm getting myself into, so there's a good chance I might come abroad next season.'

Temple endured some tough punches along his European journey. After the New Orleans Hornets and the Los Angeles Clippers agreed to a trade that sent Chris Paul to L.A., the Hornets looked for someone to backup Eric Gordon and Jarrett Jack, and reached out to Temple. 'The Hornets talked about giving me a look but I signed a contract with Casale without an out clause and I didn't want to make a messy situation of breaching a contract overseas,' Temple revealed. 'Also, I made a decision to stay here for the season, so it had to have been a hell of a situation in order for me to try to get out of the contract.'

If losing five consecutive games to start the season and passing on a potential job with the Hornets wasn't enough, Temple found himself wondering, 'With all the D-League call ups this season, would I have gotten a shot too?'

'I definitely look at Jeremy Lin's situation and think, should I have stayed in the U.S.?' he said. 'I was one of those guys on the edge; in-out-in-out and maybe this could have been the year that I would have gotten that opportunity.'

Examining the differences and difficulties he experienced in Italy, Temple says that playing abroad was a lot tougher than he imagined. 'Casale is a first class organization, but I didn't achieve the individual or team goals I set out to accomplish,' he commented. 'People in the US tend to think that players abroad aren't as good as those in the NBA, but I went there with the mindset that those guys play just as good. Since 2006, when Team USA took the bronze medal in the Olympics, I think people began to realize that European guys can play at a high level too.'




Jeremy Lin will not play in Knicks-Heat series - by Eurobasket News

Mike Woodson cleared up all the questions and speculation about Jeremy Lin's (6'3''-PG-88, college: Harvard) status Tuesday. The interim Knicks coach said Lin will not play in this series.

As the Knicks prepared for Game 5 on Wednesday night, Lin and team doctors told Woodson to go on without the point guard.

Hes just not ready, Woodson said. They will let me know when hes ready, and Im sure he will step up to the plate and say Hey, Im ready, when that time comes. But right now hes out. Hes not ready.

The Knicks already lost Iman Shumpert and Baron Davis in this series to devastating knee injuries. Mike Bibby will start Wednesday, and J.R. Smith and Carmelo Anthony will also handle some of the point guard duties.

Courtesy of The New York Newsday (via www.insidehoops.com)



East and West Quarterfinals: Fifth games review - by Eurobasket News

East
Miami Heat - New York K. 106-94
LeBron James (6'8''-F-84) decided not to play in New York two summers ago. He won't be playing there any more this season, either. The Knicks have been put away, and the Miami Heat are headed to the second round of the NBA playoffs. James had 29 points, eight rebounds and seven assists, Chris Bosh (6'11''-F-84, college: Georgia Tech) and Dwyane Wade (6'4''-G-82, college: Marquette) both scored 19 points and the Heat ousted the Knicks 106-94 in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference first-round series Wednesday night. Miami won the series 4-1, and will meet Indiana in the East semifinals starting Sunday in Miami. 'We will savor this win tonight,' James said. 'And then we get to work tomorrow and get ready for Indiana.' Carmelo Anthony (6'8''-F-84, college: Syracuse) scored 35 points for the Knicks, including a spinning jumper over James at the end of the third quarter that pulled New York within 81-67. It wasn't enough to stave off an all-too-familiar playoff result for Anthony, who was chosen two spots behind James and immediately ahead of Bosh and Wade in the 2003 NBA draft. Anthony has been in 11 postseason series, winning just two, the won-lost record of his teams in those games a mere 17-37. Amare Stoudemire (6'10''-F-82) scored 14 points before fouling out, Landry Fields (6'7''-G/F-88, college: Stanford) and J.R. Smith both scored 12 and Tyson Chandler grabbed 11 rebounds for New York. Stoudemire fouled out with 4:48 left, and the Knicks put together one more run with hopes of saving the season. New York cut the margin to 11 points four times in a 2-minute span, and Miami answered every time, the last of those a 3-pointer by Shane Battier with 54 seconds left. That sent the white seat covers flying in all corners of the arena, the fans knowing it was finally over. After the final horn, James and Anthony shared an embrace, like many other players. 'It was fun, man,' James said. 'He's one of the most competitive players I've ever played against in a playoff series.' The first game day salvo came eight hours before tipoff, when Wade sent a verbal jab toward former teammate Mike Bibby. 'I know Mike has made more shots in this series than he made all last year. I know that. Send that to Mike,' Wade said, laughing. Bibby averaged 0.5 points in first-quarter appearances this season. That was before scoring eight in the opening minutes of Game 5, including a jumper over Wade that gave New York a quick 14-8 lead. It was one of New York's few moments to enjoy. James had 13 points on only six field-goal attempts by halftime, Wade shook off a scoreless first quarter with 12 in the second, and Miami went into the break leading 55-44. The margin was less than 10 points for only 90 seconds of the third quarter. Stoudemire went to the bench with his fifth foul with 6:41 left in the third, and Miami went on an 11-2 spurt not long after that all but sealed the outcome. It was 67-58 when Fields made two free throws with 4:49 left in the quarter and then the Heat's 'Big Three' needed just 3 minutes to blow the game open. Bosh and Wade combined for six points in that flurry, James the other five, including a 21-footer with 1:29 left to put Miami up 78-60. For the Knicks, it was the 12th straight season without a playoff-series victory, extending the second-longest drought in franchise history. The last time New York advanced in the postseason came at Miami's expense in 2000 in the East semifinals. Of the now five Heat-Knicks playoff matchups, this was the first not to be decided in an ultimate game. New York's season started with great expectations. Not long after the lockout ended the Knicks acquired Chandler from Dallas, a move made possible by using the amnesty clause on Chauncey Billups. Those moves were expected. Just about everything else that happened was not. From the firing of coach Mike D'Antoni to the emergence of Jeremy Lin before he was sidelined after knee surgery, the Knicks had a roller-coaster ride. Interim coach Mike Woodson went 18-6 down the stretch of the regular season, giving the Knicks plenty of hope for pulling off a playoff upset. Didn't happen. The Knicks wound up ending what was an NBA-record 13-game playoff losing streak by taking Game 4, and that was about it. Rookie guard Iman Shumpert was lost in the third quarter of Game 1 to a torn knee ligament, Stoudemire sliced his left hand after taking out his frustrations on a metal-and-glass fire extinguisher case after a Game 2 loss, and Baron Davis shredded his knee so badly in Game 4 that he is expected to be out a year at least. Courtesy of http://abcnews.go.com

Chicago B. - Philadelph.76 77-69
The Chicago Bulls aren't quite finished after all. Luol Deng (6'9''-F-85, agency: Interperformances, college: Duke) scored 24 points, Carlos Boozer (6'10''-F/C-80, college: Duke) added 19 points and 13 rebounds, and Chicago beat the Philadelphia 76ers 77-69 on Tuesday night to avoid a first-round playoff exit. The top-seeded Bulls finally won without point guard Derrick Rose (6'3''-G-88, college: Memphis), building a nine-point halftime lead and staying in control down the stretch to pull within 3-2. Game 6 is Thursday in Philadelphia. It's been a brutal series for the Bulls, with Rose tearing the ACL in his left knee late in the opener and center Joakim Noah spraining his left ankle in Game 3. He sat out his second straight game, but Chicago refused to bow out quietly. Instead, the Bulls locked down the Sixers, holding them to a season-low 32.1 percent shooting. And with Boozer and Deng coming up big, Chicago kept its season going. Deng played more like an All-Star after averaging just eight points in the previous three games, hitting 4 of 5 3-point attempts - three in the fourth quarter. He also grabbed eight rebounds. Boozer tied a career-playoff high with six assists, and the Bulls came out on top just when their season appeared to be unraveling. They still have no room for error. A loss Thursday would make them the fifth No. 1 seed to lose to a No. 8 seed in the first round and the second in as many years, after San Antonio fell to Memphis last season. But if they continue to play like this, the Bulls just might have a shot. Jrue Holiday (6'3''-PG-90, college: UCLA) scored 16 points for Philadelphia but hit just 5 of 17 shots. Lou Williams scored 13 points and Andre Iguodala and Spencer Hawes both finished with 11. Hawes scored 21 and 22 the previous two games, although he did grab 14 rebounds, and the Sixers remained one win from their first series victory since 2003. The Bulls took a 57-48 lead into the fourth quarter after another injury scare late in the third. This time, Taj Gibson (6'9''-F-85, agency: Priority Sports, college: USC) came up clutching his right ankle and hit the court after fouling Lavoy Allen underneath with just over 2 minutes left in the quarter. He came back early in the fourth to loud cheers, and the crowd was really roaring when Deng nailed a 3 to make it 67-52, giving the Bulls their biggest lead. They had more to cheer when Gibson hit a jumper, pumping his fist, and two free throws to get the lead 71-58. And they were really screaming moments later when guard Ronnie Brewer blocked Elton Brand on a putback. Deng had it going early on, scoring 11 points in the first half. And the Bulls led 35-26 after closing it out on a 10-2 run in which things got heated. Boozer missed a jumper. Gibson and Brand wound up on the court near the Bulls bench in a scramble for the loose ball, and they kept going at it as players from both sides joined the scrum. Brewer and Evan Turner (6'7''-G/F-88, college: Ohio St.) appeared to exchange some heated words, but Gibson and Brand wound up getting technical fouls with 2:25 left. Boozer scored on a reverse layup and Brewer hit a runner to make it a nine-point game with a minute left, while the Sixers simply couldn't convert. They missed their final four shots of the half, including a tip and layup by Hawes, and were just 4 of 23 in the second quarter. Courtesy of www.miamiherald.com

Indiana P. - Orlando M. 105-87
Danny Granger (6'8''-F-83, agency: Priority Sports, college: N.Mexico) scored 25 points to help the Indiana Pacers defeat the Orlando Magic 105-87 on Tuesday night and clinch their first-round Eastern Conference playoff series 4-1. It was Indiana's first series win since 2005 and its first clincher on its home court since the first round of the 2000 playoffs. The Pacers will play Miami or New York in the second round. Darren Collison (6'0''-PG-87, college: UCLA) scored 15 of his 19 points in the fourth quarter and George Hill added 15 points for the Pacers, who trailed by two at the end of the third quarter but outscored the Magic 36-16 in the final 12 minutes. Jameer Nelson (6'0''-PG-82, college: St.Joseph's) led Orlando with 27 points and made 5 of 8 3-pointers. Glen Davis (6'9''-F-86, college: LSU), a thorn in Indiana's side throughout the series, scored 15 but made just 6 of 17 shots. The Magic made just 5 of 16 shots in the fourth quarter. Collison made a layup and hit a 3-pointer to give the Pacers a 78-73 lead with 9:33 to play. After Nelson drained another 3, Collison came back with a layup, then Leandro Barbosa's steal and layup pushed Indiana's lead to 87-80 with 6:49 to play and forced an Orlando timeout. A few minutes later, Indiana's Paul George stole an inbounds pass and found Granger under the hoop for a layup and a 91-80 lead. The Pacers dominated from there. Indiana led by as many as 15 points in the first half, but as was the case throughout the series, it didn't last. Orlando got hot late in the half, and a 3-pointer by Jason Richardson and a bucket by Davis cut Indiana's lead to 48-47. Indiana's Roy Hibbert made a hook shot to push the lead back to three at the break. A putback by Ryan Anderson (6'10''-F-88, college: California) gave Orlando a 51-50 lead early in the third quarter. A bucket by David West and a jumper and a 3-pointer by Hill pushed Indiana's lead to 57-51. Orlando rallied again and tied the game at 61 on a fadeaway by Davis before a three by Nelson gave Orlando a 66-64 lead. He hit another three in the closing seconds - he had 15 in the quarter - to give Orlando a 71-69 lead. Hill added nine points in the period to keep the Pacers in the game before Collison and Granger put it away. Courtesy of www.newsobserver.com

Atlanta H. - Boston C. 87-86
Welcome back, Alfred Horford (6'10''-F/C-86, college: Florida). In his first start since January, Horford scored 19 points, hit Atlanta's final two baskets and came up with a huge defensive play to make sure the Hawks kept their season going with a frenetic 87-86 victory over the Boston Celtics in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference playoffs Tuesday night. 'I wanted to bring that energy to the team,' Horford said. That he did, dribbling out at the head of fast breaks and diving fearlessly on the court for loose balls, not the least bit worried about reinjuring the pectoral muscle that kept him out most of the season. In addition to leading the Hawks in scoring, he grabbed 11 rebounds, dished out three assists, came up with three steals and blocked three shots - all while playing more than 31 minutes, far more than the Hawks intended. 'I didn't expect to play that many at all,' Horford said. 'We had an arrangement. It was going to be between 15 and 25.' With the season on the line, the Hawks couldn't worry about pre-game arrangements. The Celtics lead the series 3-2 heading back to Boston for Game 6 on Thursday. If the Hawks can steal one on the road, the deciding game would be Saturday in Atlanta. 'We can be nothing but confident,' Horford said. 'We know it's going to be a big challenge up there. ' Boston had a chance to clinch the series when Rajon Rondo (6'1''-PG-86, college: Kentucky) stole Josh Smith's inbounds pass with 10 seconds remaining and raced down the court, looking for the winner. But the point guard got hemmed in along the sideline when Horford jumped out to defend him, which caused Rondo to lose control and fling a desperation pass. Smith knocked it away, the ball rolling harmlessly out of bounds as the horn sounded. 'I cornered myself,' Rondo said. 'Give Al credit.' A relieved Smith collapsed on the scorer's table as glittery streamers fell from the rafters. 'I feel awful the game ended the way it ended, because I thought Rondo willed us back into the game,' Celtics coach Doc Rivers said. Paul Pierce (6'7''-F/G-77, college: Kansas) and Kevin Garnett (6'11''-F-76) led the Celtics with 16 points apiece. Rondo had 13 points and 12 assists, and the last of his five steals gave Boston a chance to end the series early and get some much-needed rest. But there's still work to do, and now the Celtics have to cope with an Atlanta player who spent most of the season rehabbing. Horford tore his left pectoral muscle in January, missing the rest of the regular season and the first three games of the playoffs. But he made a surprise return in Game 4, one of the few bright spots in an embarrassing 101-79 loss that gave the Celtics command of the series. 'We got everybody back at the right time,' Atlanta star Joe Johnson said. 'We have a chance to do something special.' Smith clearly looked hobbled by a sore knee that kept him out of Game 3, but still managed 13 points and 16 rebounds. Jeff Teague had 16 points, while Johnson and Marvin Williams had 15 apiece, giving Atlanta double-figure scoring from all five starters in a revamped lineup. 'This is the team they thought they were going to start the season with,' Rivers said. 'They now have it, and we have to deal with it.' In a back-and-forth game, the Celtics tied it at 83 on Ray Allen's 3-pointer from the corner, capping a quick 7-0 run. The Hawks called time out and set up a play that reclaimed the lead for good. Teague drove into the lane and dumped it off to Horford for an uncontested dunk. After Garnett missed a jumper in the lane, Johnson ran down the shot clock looking as though he had every intention of shooting. But, at the last possible second, he rifled a pass to Horford coming off the wing. The big center threw up a sort of pseudo-hook with Garnett and Brandon Bass all over him. The ball bounced around the rim before falling through with 1:34 left, giving the Hawks an 87-83 lead. With less than a minute to go, after misses by Pierce and Horford canceled each other out, Pierce was inexplicably left open for a 3-pointer. He swished it, pulling the Celtics within a point. They wouldn't get another, even with a couple of chances. Teague missed an open 3 for the Hawks, giving Pierce a look at the go-ahead shot. But his 18-foot jumper with Johnson in his face barely touched the bottom of the net, falling harmlessly out of bounds while Pierce looked around in disbelief, believing he must have been fouled. Rondo's steal gave the Celtics one more chance, but they never got a shot off. Boston appeared to have the momentum when it closed the third quarter on a Rondo-led 10-0 spurt that cut Atlanta's 12-point lead down to a mere basket. First, he flipped a brilliant lob pass to Ryan Hollins for a dunk. Then, Rondo soared through the lane for a putback after Allen missed a 3-pointer. When Smith followed with a lazy inbounds pass, Rondo stole it away and hit a jumper. The Hawks turned it over again when Horford doled out an illegal pick, and Rondo went right back to work. Even after missing a 3-pointer, he darted into the lane when Hollins snatched the offensive rebound, took a pass and laid it in. Finally, with the Hawks in total panic mode, Johnson dribbled too close to the sideline, got pinned and turned it over. The Celtics took off the other way, with Allen delivering a pass to Mickael Pietrus for a reverse layup with three-tenths of a second remaining. Just like that, Boston had sliced it to 66-64 heading to the fourth. The road team, cheered on by thousands of green-clad fans sprinkled around Philips Arena, kept it going early in the fourth, pushing out to a 73-69 lead on Allen's 3-pointer with 8 1-2 minutes remaining. But no lead was safe in this topsy-turvy game. The Hawks ripped off a 14-3 run. The Celtics called time out and scored seven straight of their own, capped by another 3 by Allen. Looking to spark his team and generate more offense, Atlanta coach Larry Drew juggled his lineup for Game 5. Horford's first start since his injury wasn't totally surprising, given the center had 12 points and five rebounds off the bench in Sunday's 22-point loss. Perhaps more significantly, the Hawks started Williams at small forward and shifted Johnson to shooting guard, hoping that would create mismatches and give Atlanta's top scorer more offensive chances. He took only eight shots in Game 4, a totally unacceptable number that left Johnson grumbling that Horford's return seemed to disrupt the offense more than it helped. No complaints now. 'To have a full deck, with everybody back,' Johnson said, 'it's a blessing.' Courtesy of www.ktvn.com

West
LA Lakers - Denver N. 99-102
Andre Miller (6'2''-PG-76, college: Utah) scored 24 points, including two free throws with 12.8 seconds left, and the Denver Nuggets survived Kobe Bryant's (6'6''-G-78) late scoring barrage in a 43-point performance, avoiding playoff elimination with a 102-99 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers in Game 5 on Tuesday night. Javale McGee (7'0''-C-88, college: Nevada) had 21 points and 14 rebounds for the sixth-seeded Nuggets, who trimmed the Lakers' series lead to 3-2, but only after a hair-raising finish. Denver had a 15-point lead midway through the fourth quarter against the lifeless Lakers, but Bryant engineered a stunning comeback before his final three shots missed. Bryant scored 12 points in the final 4:47, hitting four 3-pointers that trimmed the Nuggets' lead to 98-96 with 59 seconds left. 'Kobe was incredible,' Denver coach George Karl said. 'He scares the hell out of me every time we go up against him.' Bryant then missed a potential tying 5-footer and a 3-pointer, but Denver missed two free throws before Ramon Sessions (6'3''-PG-86, college: Nevada) hit a 3-pointer with 12.8 seconds left, trimming the Nuggets' lead to one point. Los Angeles had two more chances to tie after the veteran Miller's free throws, but Bryant and Sessions missed 3-pointers near the buzzer. Game 6 is Thursday night in Denver. Arron Afflalo (6'5''-G-85, college: UCLA) scored a career playoff-high 19 points and Danilo Gallinari added 14 for the Nuggets, while rookie Kenneth Faried had 10 points and nine rebounds. Miller scored 10 points in the fourth quarter and 17 in the second half, calmly leading his young teammates to the win. Andrew Bynum (7'0''-C-87) had 16 points and 11 rebounds for the Lakers, who lost a closeout playoff game at home for the first time since May 4, 2006, against Phoenix. Until Bryant's big finish, Los Angeles mustered little passion for the occasion, playing the second half under steady boos from their fans. Bynum indirectly tweaked the Nuggets on Monday when he proclaimed elimination games are 'actually kind of easy' because an opponent will sometimes give up quickly when facing adversity. Karl mentioned the quote to his Nuggets, and they played like a team that isn't going anywhere. 'I've been blessed to win a few series, and the hardest thing to win is that fourth game,' Karl said. 'His feeling on closeouts is a little different than mine.' The Nuggets still must win two games to advance to the second round for just the second time in nine years, but they have already accomplished something rare by winning Game 5. Los Angeles had closed out a playoff series on the first try in 11 of its previous 12 opportunities, and the Lakers won 12 of their last 13 closeout games under departed coach Phil Jackson. The Lakers never trailed in the first two games of the series, but they never led in Game 5 after their very first basket made it 2-0. 'They were daring us to take outside shots,' Brown said. 'We were getting shots we couldn't make. But to me, that's not the difference in the game. There were so many things we could have done to win this ballgame. ... I'm more disappointed in our defense and our lack of protecting the paint.' The Lakers thought they had taken control of the series with a final-minute rally to win a tight Game 4, but the Nuggets have outplayed the third-seeded Lakers for long stretches of the series. Denver was sharper and more determined from the opening tip in Game 5, while the Lakers played a disorganized, disinterested 3 quarters until the late rally. In the best game of his first career playoff series, McGee threw down a mind-boggling array of dunks and converted alley-oop passes while dominating the Lakers' superstar duo of 7-footers. McGee dunked on a 60-foot alley-oop pass from Miller early in the fourth quarter, and he stared down the Lakers' fans after dunking while getting fouled with 6:35 to play, putting the Nuggets ahead by 15. Pau Gasol had just nine points and 10 rebounds for the Lakers, while Matt Barnes scored 11 points. The Lakers failed to complete their first playoff series victory under coach Mike Brown exactly one year after Dallas swept the Lakers in the second round of last year's postseason, ending 11-time NBA champion coach Jackson's career for now, anyway. Los Angeles' loss means starting forward Metta World Peace will finish his seven-game suspension during the first round. World Peace was banned for viciously elbowing Oklahoma City's James Harden in the Lakers' penultimate regular-season game. The Lakers got off to a 3-for-12 start and fell behind after leading the first two home games of the series from start to finish. Neither team was particularly sharp in the first half, with the Lakers trailing 49-43 at the break after making just 15 of 45 shots despite 18 points from Bryant. Denver enforced its preferred speedy tempo on the walk-it-up Lakers for long stretches, repeatedly beating the Lakers back with fast breaks and sharp passes. Each time the Lakers managed to get close, the Nuggets responded with a rally, including a 10-2 surge to close the third quarter. Courtesy of www.foxnews.com

Memphis G. - LA Clippers 92-80
The Memphis Grizzlies believe they finally played their grinding, bruising style of basketball in the playoffs. Just in time too. Marc Gasol (7'0''-C-85, agency: Interperformances) scored 23 points and Zach Randolph (6'9''-C-81, college: Michigan St.) added 19 as the Grizzlies avoided elimination by beating the Los Angeles Clippers 92-80 on Wednesday night, forcing a Game 6 in the Western Conference first-round series. 'We've had our backs against the wall. We still have them,' said Gasol, who had his best game in this series. 'We haven't done anything yet, and we want to take it back to L.A. and give them another big battle.' With Gasol and Randolph scoring early, the Grizzlies looked like the team that knocked off top-seeded San Antonio last spring and took Oklahoma City to seven games in the conference semifinals as they pulled within 3-2 in this series. Game 6 is Friday night in Los Angeles. If the Grizzlies can win, Game 7 would be Sunday in Memphis. Not that the Clippers plan on returning to Tennessee again. 'Our Game 7's Friday,' Clippers guard Mo Williams said. The Grizzlies sound equally confident, feeling they should have won Games 1 and 3. 'There's no point leaving home if we don't know our way back,' Grizzlies guard O.J. Mayo said. ' We can't look at Sunday because we have to make sure we get back home after Friday night.' Rudy Gay added 14 points for Memphis. Williams had 20 points for the Clippers while Chris Paul scored 19 and Blake Griffin had 15 points and 11 rebounds. Paul and Griffin both missed time in the fourth quarter with injuries. The Clippers said Paul strained his right hip flexor, while the guard also appeared to jam a finger. Griffin hyperextended his left knee. Clippers coach Vinny Del Negro said both players were being further evaluated after the game. Paul almost singlehandedly gave the Clippers a chance to close out this series by scoring eight of his 27 points in overtime of Game 4. This time, the four-time All-Star guard had just five points by halftime and scored nothing in this fourth quarter. He was grimacing early in the fourth quarter and was on the bench with the injured right groin. An injured groin kept him out of the Clippers' regular season finale, a loss to New York that cost Los Angeles the No. 4 seed. The Clippers came in needing a win to clinch their first series since 2006 and advance to a second-round series against top-seeded San Antonio. But even though Paul has plenty of postseason experience, this was the first close-out game for the likes of Griffin, Randy Foye and DeAndre Jordan. Los Angeles last led at 17-16 before a fastbreak layup by Tony Allen that was set up by a long pass from Gasol put Memphis ahead to stay at 18-17 with 5:40 left in the first quarter. 'We've got to do a better job keeping our composure a little bit,' Del Negro said. The Clippers closed the third quarter with a 14-2 run and got within six twice to conjure up memories of Memphis blowing a 27-point lead in Game 1. Foye pulled the Clippers within 85-79 on a layup with 55.7 seconds left. 'You could hear the crowd getting quieter and quieter,' Foye said. With CP3 on the bench, that was as close as they would get. 'We made enough plays and got enough stops tonight that kept us ahead,' Memphis coach Lionel Hollins said. 'In the past, they kept making shots, and we haven't been able to stop them. So even though our offense wasn't perfect, we got enough stops.' Hollins didn't give his Grizzlies any credit for slowing down Paul. 'I thought he did a good job of containing himself when he got hurt and went to the bench,' Hollins said. In the arena nicknamed the Grindhouse in honor of the Grizzlies' blue-collar style, Memphis pounded the ball into the paint and banged on the Clippers all game long. The Grizzlies outscored Los Angeles 48-26 in the paint and had a 42-35 edge in rebounds. Jordan said they knew the Grizzlies would force the ball inside to Gasol and Randolph early. 'They got a lot of easy post touches at the beginning of the game,' Jordan said. 'Throughout, a lot of their shots were contested, but once you get a groove and get comfortable, the shots become comfortable.' Griffin twice limped to the bench, once late in the first quarter with what appeared to be a ripped shoe. Then he went down under the basket late in the third after his legs tangled with Gasol's, and Griffin kept rubbing and holding his left knee. He walked gingerly to the bench, but returned. It was the same knee that cost him his first season in the NBA. Del Negro said both Paul and Griffin said they could go back in the game, so they did until Paul started hobbling a bit at the end. Gasol scored 12 points in the first quarter. Randolph, who looked nothing like the double-double machine of last season's playoffs, hit his first six shots in scoring 15 points while grabbing five rebounds as Memphis led 36-22 at the end of the first quarter. The Grizzlies led 57-42 at halftime and led by as many as 24 before the Clippers tried to make it interesting again. This physical series went to a new level in the second quarter when Eric Bledsoe of the Clippers ran over to defend Quincy Pondexter and bumped him to the court. Bledsoe then heaved the ball up into the air, drawing a technical foul. That was the first of five for the Clippers with four coming in the third quarter as Paul, Williams and Del Negro let their frustration boil over. *Courtesy of www.ktvn.com



Report: Crawford to opt out of contract, become unrestriced free agent - by Eurobasket News

From HoopsWorld's Alex Kennedy:

'Jamal Crawford (6'5''-G-80, college: Michigan) will opt-out this summer, source confirms. Hell be an unrestricted free agent. Wolves, Nets, Suns among potential suitors.'

Crawford, the 2010 6th Man of the Year and the NBAs all-time leader in four-point plays, is a combo guard who can get hot at any time and pour in points at the drop of a hat, although hes never been a great passer or the most efficient scorer in the world. Last season, the 32-year old Michigan product scored 14 points per game on 38.4% shooting from the field and a disappointing 30.8% from beyond the arc.

The Blazers would pay Crawford 5.2 million dollars next season if he doesnt opt out of his contract, but the rebuilding Blazers have little use for a veteran scorer like Crawford, who clearly believes he can get more money on the open market. Teams are always willing to pay for scoring, and Crawford can certainly light up the scoreboard, so hell probably end up snagging a nice payday this summer if he does indeed decided to opt out.

Courtesy of http://probasketballtalk.nbcsports.com



Mike Woodson denies contract talks have taken place with Knicks - by Eurobasket News

New York Knicks interim coach Mike Woodson denied a report that he and the team have begun discussions on removing his interim tag and hiring him for next season.

'That's not true, not at all,' he said after practice Tuesday.

The New York Daily News reported Tuesday that Woodson and the team have had preliminary discussions to do just that.

When asked Tuesday if he was denying that conversations between either him or his representatives and the Knicks had taken place, Woodson said 'Absolutely. ... We have not.'

Woodson replaced Mike D'Antoni March 15 and led the Knicks to an 18-6 finish to the regular season. The team is down 3-1 to the Heat in the first round of the Eastern Conference playoffs.

The Daily News reported that Madison Square Garden chairman James Dolan met with Woodson for 45 minutes Sunday before the Knicks' Game 4 victory, but the coach denied that a conversation had taken place.

'Not at all, not at all, no, I have not,' he said.

Woodson, 53, has repeatedly said that he would 'love' the opportunity to coach the Knicks for a full season. He was asked if he felt he had done enough to earn the job.

'I don't look at it like that,' he said. 'I went 53-29 (in 2009-10) in Atlanta and was out of a job. So I don't look at it that way. What's going to happen will happen. Right now I do have a job and I'm coaching the New York Knicks. They gave me that opportunity and I'm just trying to make the most of it. Right now the job is not completed.'

On Tuesday, both Carmelo Anthony and Amare Stoudemire said they were in support of Woodson returning.

'Absolutely, absolutely,' Anthony said. 'If they're going to do it right now, or if they're going to wait until after the season, I would love to see him back.

'I support that. Everybody knows what he's done thus far since he's been here, the short period (of time) that he's had the head coaching job. There's no need to cut it off right now, we're kind of just getting started.'

Said Stoudemire: 'We had a great run so far. I think it's something that we can build on, for sure. I know as players, we all love his philosophy on both ends of the court. He has a good understanding and we all get along very well. So it would be great to build something solid, sooner than later.'

Among the names mentioned for the Knicks' job is former Knicks player and Bulls and Lakers coach Phil Jackson. But there is no indication the 66-year-old would come out of retirement.

Woodson coached the Hawks for six seasons from 2004-10, taking Atlanta to the playoffs three times.

Courtesy of ESPN



Evaluation process begins for Magic, including Dwight Howard and GM Otis Smith - by Eurobasket News

Dwight Howard's (6'11''-C-85) future with the Orlando Magic will again be in a question over the offseason, even though he picked up his player option to remain with the Magic for 2012-13.

The Magic's star center missed the opening round of the Playoffs against Indiana, and was not with the team while recovering from back surgery in Los Angeles to repair a herniated disc.

After Orlando's season game to a close in Tuesday night's loss to the Pacers in Game 5, Magic CEO Alex Martins sounded like there will not be a repeat of the drama the team went through for most of this season.

'If he decides not to sign an extension, then we're going to make decisions necessary so we don't go through a season like we went through this year,' Martins said.

When prodded if he meant he would trade Howard if he didn't sign a long-term deal, Martins added, 'We'll cross that bridge when we get there but our number one goal is to get him to sign an extension this summer.'

In the next few weeks, Magic general manager Otis Smith will also evaluate whether he wants to return to the team next season.

The Orlando Sentinel first reported Smith isn't sure he wants to return for the final year of his contract. 'There's nothing new about that,' Smith told Bright House Sports Network. 'I evaluate my own situation every year. I talk things over with my family and go from there.'

Smith said he and Stan Van Gundy always face an annual review by the front office. 'There's nothing new about that either. We do this every year.'

Orlando's win percentage has dropped in four straight seasons, playoffs included.

Van Gundy said shortly after the season came to an end, that he would like to remain on the bench at the Amway Center.

'Yeah, I want to come back, but thats not up to me, Van Gundy said.

'As far as the speculation, Id say the same thing Ive been saying all year who gives a damn. Theyll make a decision when they make a decision. Im not going to worry about it, Ill tell you that. As long as Im coaching Ill continue to do my work and Ill get ready for next year. If they want to make a change, make a change. Thats up to them.

Dan DeVos, the Orlando Magic Chairman, told BHSN that some slight changes will take place during the yearly review process.

'It will be a little different because Alex (Martins) will handle a lot of it,' DeVos said.

Alex Martins became CEO in December when Bob Vander Weide abruptly resigned. DeVos said he'll assist Martins with evaluations.

'I'll be there with Alex,' DeVos said.

No discussions have taken place with Smith about his future as GM. 'It's too early. It's still all about basketball at this point,' DeVos told BHSN before Tuesday's Game 5.

What's clear is that even though this season of off-the-court headlines will continue for the foreseeable future.

Courtesy of www.cfnews13.com



Report: Patrick Ewing to interview for Charlotte Bobcats head coaching position - by Eurobasket News

Patrick Ewing (7'0''-C-62, college: Georgetown) has been desperate for years to find a way into an NBA head coaching position, and he may finally have one: his friendship with Michael Jordan.

Yahoo Sports reports that Ewing will interview with the Charlotte Bobcats for their head coaching position, once the Magic's playoff run is over. The Magic, down 3-1, are on the road in Indianapolis on Tuesday against the Pacers in an elimination game.

Ewing is a long-time friend of Jordan's, despite their history playing against one another and the number of times Jordan sank Ewing's Knicks into the sea. Ewing has been a Magic assistant for years and has openly lobbied for positions including the Knicks gig when it came available.

The Bobcats interviewed well-regarded Golden State Warriors assistant Mike Malone this week and Yahoo also reports Nate McMillan is on the list as well, which CBSSports.com's Ken Berger has noted previously. McMillan stands as an outlier among the group being considered, as it appears the Bobcats are doing the smart thing and bringing in a well-considered assistant instead of a high-profile candidate.

This may come off as cost-cutting, but in reality, the Bobcats need a coach with few expectations who won't be frustrated by early losses, considering the shape they're in. Ewing, however, brings with him the friendship factor, which complicates things. Multiple people, including former coach Larry Brown and another Jordan associate, Charles Barkley, have noted that Jordan surrounds himself with 'yes men' too often. Bringing in a close friend to head coach might send the wrong message, despite Ewing's credentials and experience, which are considerable.

It's a delicate line Jordan has to walk as he continues to try and raise the NBA's Titanic from the depths.

Courtesy of www.cbssports.com



Steve Nash hired as Canada's GM - by Eurobasket News

Steve Nash (6'3''-PG-74, college: Santa Clara) has dreamed of managing the Canadian men's basketball team since he was a young point guard running its offense.

He didn't envision that day would come so soon.

Canada's biggest basketball star was hired as general manager of the Canadian men's senior team Tuesday, accepting the role despite the fact he still has a job in the NBA.

The point guard of the Phoenix Suns, who will be a coveted free agent this NBA offseason, said the opportunity to help what might be the most talented group of young players the country has ever produced was an opportunity he couldn't pass up.

''It really is a beautiful thing to see our kids and the game grow and the talent continue to reach new heights; it's amazing,'' Nash said at a news conference at Air Canada Centre. ''I have a lot of excitement generated for the young kids in this country, many of which are making a name for themselves already, and many of which are coming up behind them.''

Nash's former Canadian teammate Rowan Barrett was hired as assistant GM.

''We've talked about this since we played for the national team, of how we could impact the program, how we could improve it, how we could hopefully leave it in a better place than when we got involved,'' Nash said. ''I guess it was a long time coming, but I didn't foresee it being this early.''

The sport's national governing body has had the two-time NBA MVP in its sights for some time to lead a program that hasn't made an Olympic appearance since the 2000 Sydney Games.

''Steve's basketball IQ and background are unparalleled in the sport, and we are tremendously fortunate to have him,'' said Wayne Parrish, Canada Basketball's president and CEO. ''We have a perfect marriage here of incredible burgeoning talent within our men's program and we feel we have in place the right structure and leadership at this point.''

Nash, a 15-year NBA veteran with Phoenix and Dallas, helped Canada to a seventh-place finish - one win away from the medals round - at Sydney, with Jay Triano as coach.

''This program has meant so much to me,'' Nash said, a Canada-red pocket square tucked in his suit jacket. ''I owe a lot of my development to the program and feel that the success I've had in my career is in large part due to my time with the national team.''

The 38-year-old Nash, already a member of Canada Basketball's Council of Excellence, won't be paid for the position.

The men's team has been without a head coach since Leo Rautins resigned in September following Canada's disappointing performance at the Olympic qualifying tournament.

Hiring a coach will be one of Nash's first orders of business, and he said Triano will be on his list of candidates.

With no Olympics for Canada this summer, Nash and Barrett plan to gather 30 or so of Canada's best players to begin training toward the 2016 Games. Likely included in that group of young standouts: Tristan Thompson and Cory Joseph, both first-round picks in the 2011 NBA draft, Andrew Nicholson, Robert Sacre, Kevin Pangos, Myck Kabongo and high school sensation Andrew Wiggins.

''I'm really proud of the success we've seen from our players at all levels, and if I can use my experience and whatever wisdom I've accumulated in the game to help them, that's really exciting for me, and I'm passionate about it,'' said Nash.

Canadian program has long been hamstrung by a lack of money, said Parrish. A last-minute private donor had to me up with $50,000 for the team's insurance last summer.

Nash's stature among the basketball community, Parrish said, has already improved the program's bank balance.

The team has operated on a budget of between $400,000 and $500,000 a season, while top-10 countries have budgets of between $1 and $2 million. One team boasts a budget of almost $5 million.

Parrish said a group of private donors known as the ''6th Man'' has thrown financial support behind Nash. The goal is to raise $4 million over the next five years, and Parrish said they're already halfway there.

''It's amazing how powerful Steve getting on a conference call ... how galvanizing that is for these individuals,'' Parrish said.

Courtesy of http://sports.yahoo.com



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Elite Kentucky recruit attracts NCAA inquiry - by Eurobasket News

The N.C.A.A. sent two members of its enforcement staff to Massachusetts this week to inquire about Nerlens Noel (6'11''-C-94), who is the countrys top basketball recruit and has committed to play at Kentucky.

Cindi Merrill and Frank Smith, assistant directors of enforcement with the N.C.A.A., went to Everett High School on Tuesday to meet with school officials about the 6-foot-10 Noel, who spent his freshman and sophomore years there. Merrill and Smith specialize in basketball-related issues.

The Everett High School principal, Louis Baldi, said the meeting lasted an hour and 15 minutes and centered on concerns we had as adults for Noel. He said the conversation was similar to one he had with a reporter in February about Noels background and the people surrounding him.

I didnt get any sense, Baldi said when asked about the conversations tone. It was a conversation, very collegial. That was really it. They didnt ask me any investigative-type questions.

Baldi said the N.C.A.A. officials asked him not to reveal the specifics of the conversation, which is common practice.

The enforcement officials also called Leo Papile, Noels former coach with the Boston Amateur Basketball Club, but were unable to connect with him.

A person who has been briefed on the N.C.A.A.s inquiry said the topics officials were planning on inquiring about included Noels relationship with Chris Driscoll, a former Providence assistant who is close to Noel. Driscoll was barred this year from campus at the Tilton School, the New Hampshire boarding school where Noel has spent the past two years and is completing his final year of high school.

Tilton officials expressed concern earlier this year that Driscoll did not have Noels best interests at heart. Driscoll has denied the allegation, and he did not return a call seeking comment.

N.C.A.A. officials also planned to find out about Noels relationship with Errol Randolph, a former substitute teacher at Everett High School who is another of Noels advisers, according to the person briefed on the inquiry. Until recently, Randolph had a link on his LinkedIn page directing people to the Web site of the sports agency run by the prominent basketball agent Andy Miller. The link to Millers ASM Sports Web site has since been removed.

Randolph said that he had no formal affiliation with Miller and had never received money from him, and that the Web site ended up on his LinkedIn page because he was browsing it. Randolph said he knew Miller from another relationship more than 10 years ago.

N.C.A.A. officials also planned to inquire about Noels finances, according to the person briefed on the inquiry. He flew on unofficial visits this year to Kentucky and Louisville that were not paid for by the universities.

The Tilton headmaster, Jim Clements, said he had not heard from the N.C.A.A. but would cooperate if asked.

I wouldnt be surprised if they turned up, he said. Certain things that they ask us, wed be happy to answer. Some stuff, we dont know anything about. Im sure we would cooperate, though.

Clements said Noel was on track to graduate provided he completed the tasks required to reclassify changing from a junior to a senior in academic standing.

He added that Tilton teachers had Noels feet to the fire as he had to make up work and class time missed so he could take college visits and attend all-star games. Clements said he expected Noel to finish his work and graduate at the end of next week.

Clements said he was unsure whether Noel would qualify academically for a scholarship. An athlete must reach a specified number on a scale that balances a standardized test score and a grade-point average. Noel is expected to take course work after graduation to help him qualify.

Im sure there will be a little drama, and such is life, Clements said. He and family and others were well aware of it when he decided to reclassify. It will get played out, but it wont be here.

Courtesy of www.nytimes.com



Price named new coach at Grambling State - by Eurobasket News

Lamar assistant coach and former Notre Dame player Joseph Price has accepted his first head coaching job at Grambling State.

Grambling officials, who announced the hiring on Tuesday afternoon, have scheduled an introduction on Wednesday at the university's basketball stadium.

Price has been a college assistant since 2002, with stops at IUPUI, Ball State and Morehead State before joining Lamar's staff in May of 2011.

Price had a standout career for Notre Dame under then-coach Digger Phelps in the 1980s before playing professionally overseas for 13 seasons.

Price takes over for Bobby Washington, who was relieved of coaching duties and 'reassigned' by Grambling to another position in the university after the team went 4-24 last season.

Courtesy of www.fox28.com



UConn AD Manuel says no coach-in-waiting - by Eurobasket News

Connecticut Athletic Director Warde Manuel said Monday he has no plans to name Kevin Ollie or anyone else as a coach-in-waiting for the men's basketball program.

Coach Jim Calhoun , who turns 70 this month, is expected to return next season, but has not made his final plans public.

In a wide-ranging interview with The Associated Press, Manuel said he is operating under the assumption that the Hall of Fame coach will be back, noting that Calhoun has two years left on his contract.

'I don't sit here wondering on a day-to-day basis who is going to be my coach next year,' Manuel said. 'Unless something changes that I don't foresee ... Jim's our coach and I'm moving forward in that direction.'

He would not disclose the conversations he and Calhoun have had about the future of the program, but said the plans don't currently include naming a successor while Calhoun is still coaching.

A coach in waiting has been suggested as a way to bridge the gap between administrations, and assure potential recruits of continuity in the program. Ollie, who played at UConn and spent 13 seasons in the NBA, before being hired as an assistant in 2010, has been mentioned as a logical successor, and has said he would want the job.

'Jim's going to participate in the future direction of the program when he decides that he's not going to coach anymore,' Manuel said. 'But at this time, I haven't made a commitment to a coach in waiting. That doesn't mean that in the future I wouldn't change my position. But right now, I'm not naming a coach in waiting for men's basketball or any program.'

Calhoun said he's fine with that decision.

'Warde and I are on the same page,' he said in a telephone interview Monday evening. 'We're both working for the success of this basketball program.'

Asked if he had made a final decision to return or was leaning toward coming back, Calhoun said, 'I'm not leaning on anything right now, I'm working. I've got a recruit on campus right now and another one coming in this week and I think, quite frankly, we've had a pretty good 25-year run, and I'm working as hard as I can to make sure this school has another good 25 years.'

Manuel acknowledged that hiring a new basketball coach would likely be one of his biggest decisions as the school's athletic director. A former football player at Michigan, Manuel compared Calhoun to Bo Schembechler. He said as Schembechler did in Ann Arbor, Calhoun has earned the right to help shape the direction of UConn's basketball future.

'It's because he has a tremendous understanding of what it will take to have a program be successful and who the next person could be,' he said. 'That being said, I feel like we wouldn't be doing ourselves and our fans and this university a great deal of service if we did not open up that consideration and make sure whoever we are hiring is the best candidate to move us forward.'

Connecticut faces a ban from next year's NCAA tournament because it failed to meet academic standards put into place in October. Five underclassmen have left the Huskies since the NCAA last month denied the school's request for a waiver of those requirements.

Manuel argues the new rules were applied retroactively, which didn't give the school the opportunity to avoid a ban by improving its performance.

Under the new rules, a school must have a two-year average score of 930 or a four-year average of 900 on the NCAA's annual APR, which measures the academic performance of student athletes. But the NCAA plans to use data from 2009-10 and 2010-11 in determining eligibility.

Connecticut men's basketball scored 826 on the APR for 2009-10. School officials have said it will come in at 978 for 2010-11. The scores are expected to be about 975 for 2011-12, thought the grades are still coming in.

Manuel said the school could see the scores drop again because players left after learning UConn won't qualify for next year's tournament. But he said the school has worked hard to avoid falling into a vicious cycle.

'Even with the transfers and student athletes going pro, this should be a one-year issue for us,' he said.

Manuel also said that UConn will begin in the next week tearing town its old on-campus football stadium, Memorial Stadium, to make way for its new basketball practice facility. But he said the school is still working to raise the needed money (estimated at between $35-40 million) to fund the facility.

'We are hoping at some point this year to be in a financial position to put a shovel in the ground and break ground on the actual construction,' he said.

Courtesy of http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com



Great Alaska Shootout matchups set - by Eurobasket News

Belmont, which has been to the NCAA tournament five of the last seven years, will face host Alaska-Anchorage in the opening round of the 2012 Great Alaska Shootout.

UC Riverside will play Northeastern, Loyola Marymount faces Oral Roberts and Texas State meets Charlotte in the other first-round games of the tournament that runs Nov. 21-24.

Alaska-Anchorage athletic director Dr. Steve Cobb also announced Tuesday that the Shootout, which began in 1978 and is the longest-running regular-season tournament, has reached a multiyear agreement with CBS Sports Network. Seven games will be televised this year.

Murray State, which went on to be ranked in the top 10, beat Southern Mississippi 90-81 in double overtime to win last seasons Shootout.

Courtesy of www.washingtonpost.com



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Rodrigue Tetainanuarii continue with Aurore de Vitre - by Eurobasket News

Rodrigue Tetainanuarii continue with Aurore de Vitre for the fifth season. The New Caledonian player finished with his team having 16-10 record. It was the 4th place in Group C of NM2 (France).


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Standings Men

NBL Standings
 1. Auckland P. 11-2 
 2. Bay Hawks 10-3 
 3. Hub Jets 7-5 
 4. Wellington S. 7-6 
 5. Taranaki MA 7-8 
 6. Nelson G. 6-7 
 7. OceanaGold N. 4-9 
 8. Southland S. 4-9 
 9. Harbour H. 3-10 

Regular Season: Round 11

May. 9: Harbour H. - Wellington S. 64-81
May. 11: Wellington S. - OceanaGold N.
May. 12: Taranaki MA - OceanaGold N.
May. 12: Bay Hawks - Auckland P.
May. 12: Nelson G. - Wellington S.
May. 12: Southland S. - Hub Jets


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Antoine TISBY
  OceanaGo.
  (203-F/C-83)
  Avg: 22.7
 1. Tisby, OceanaGo.22.7 
 2. Jones, Nelson G.22.5 
 3. Braswell, Southlan.22.5 
 4. Wright, OceanaGo.22.4 
 5. Pace, Hub Jets22.4 
 6. Horvath, Hub Jets21.8 
 7. Leasure, Taranaki.21.6 
 8. Hudson, Taranaki.21.3 
 9. Tait, Auckland P.20.3 
 10. Bartlett, Bay H.19.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Nick HORVATH
  Hub Jets
  (208-F/C-81)
  Avg: 16
 1. Horvath, Hub Jets16.0 
 2. Tisby, OceanaGo.12.0 
 3. Atkinson, Harbo.10.2 
 4. Abney, Southland10.2 
 5. Frank, Wellington8.8 
 6. Wright, OceanaGo.8.8 
 7. Muhammad, Aucklan.8.7 
 8. Harrison, Nelson G.8.6 
 9. Johnson, Bay Hawks8.3 
 10. Pace, Hub Jets7.5 
Assists Per Game
 Jason CROWE
  Wellington S.
  (193-G-76)
  Avg: 8.9
 1. Crowe, Wellington8.9 
 2. Tait, Auckland P.7.8 
 3. Dickel, OceanaGo.6.4 
 4. Jones, Nelson G.5.4 
 5. Wright, OceanaGo.4.4 
 6. Pace, Hub Jets4.3 
 7. Braswell, Southlan.4.3 
 8. Hudson, Taranaki.4.2 
 9. Bailey, Harbour H.3.8 
 10. Kenny, Bay Hawks3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Kevin BRASWELL
  Southlan.
  (188-G-79)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Braswell, Southlan.2.6 
 2. Crowe, Wellington2.4 
 3. Muhammad, Aucklan.2.3 
 4. Wright, OceanaGo.2.2 
 5. Leasure, Taranaki.2.1 
 6. Dickel, OceanaGo.1.9 
 7. Bailey, Harbour H.1.8 
 8. Ross, OceanaGold1.7 
 9. Tait, Auckland P.1.7 
 10. Allen, Auckland P.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Michael HARRISON
  Nelson G.
  (206-F/C-84)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Harrison, Nelson G.2.1 
 2. Tisby, OceanaGo.1.5 
 3. Atkinson, Harbo.1.2 
 4. Trousdell, Wellin.1.2 
 5. Wright, OceanaGo.1.1 
 6. Abney, Southland1.0 
 7. Frank, Wellington0.8 
 8. Muhammad, Aucklan.0.8 
 9. Cartwright, Auckla.0.7 
 10. Prewster, Southla.0.6 



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Al-Fath clinched fifth place at 32nd GCC Clubs Basketball Championship - by Eurobasket News

Al-Fath from Saudi Arabia clinched fifth place at 32nd GCC Clubs Basketball Championship. In the game for the higher place they edged Nzwaa from Oman 78:70.
Al Rayyan and Al Hal will play in the Final tomorrow. Al Wasl meanwhile will take on ALMuharraq from Bahrain in the game for the third place.



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Jose Lloreda wins POW award in Puerto Rico - by Eurobasket News

Jose Lloreda (201-F/C-80, agency: Paris Global Sports, college: LSU) demonstrated great performance in Round Two of the Puerto Rican BSN (second stage). The Panamanian National Team member had a double-double of 25 points and ten rebounds, while his team Atleticos de San German edged out Bayamon (1-1) 89-88. Lloreda joined San German in April. He appeared 12 times for them so far averaging 11.4 points and 10.3 rebounds. San German currently has 1-1 record. Jose Lloreda started this season in Argentina. First he played for Ciclista Olimpico and later moved to Atenas. He was averaging 13.8 ppg and 8.8 rpg with Ciclista. Later his numbers dropped to 11.5 ppg and 5.3 rpg with Atenas. Jose Lloreda is active member of the Panamanian National Team since 2000. He had 15.9 ppg and 6.1 rpg for 7 games at the latest FIBA Americas in Mar del Plata.


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Souths basketball deferred by a month - by Eurobasket News

By YVONNE HAIP
THE National Souths Basketball League (NSBL) championships set for May 18-20 has been deferred to next month.
This was the decision by the organising committee after considering that the games would coincide with the issue of election writs.
The championships will now be held during the Queens Birthday weekend from June 8-11 in Mt Hagen, Western Highlands.
The venues will be the Queens Park and Holy Trinity basketball courts, and YC indoor stadium at Rebiamul.
This year will be the fifth consecutive year for the countrys biggest basketball tournament which gives Souths basketball teams a chance to meet and compete by uniting basketball players from Southern Highlands.
Mendi MP Pr Isaac Joseph is the patron and sponsor of the tournament along with the Mineral Resources Development Company.
Courtesy of: The National, Wednesday May 9th 2012



Butibam claim LABA honours - by Eurobasket News

BUTIBAM clinched their fourth consecutive premiership of the Lae Amateur Basketball Association (LABA) last Saturday with a 48-45 victory over arch-rivals NS Busu.
It was a field day for Butibam as their A reserve side, made up of teenagers, also walked away with the crown after defeating Exodus 51-48 in a close tie.
The youngsters had been drawn at 48-48 in regulation time before wrapping up the game in the extra time.
Their win was relished by coach Peter Kesu.
Im extremely happy ... the future looks good, he said.
We have the base in which to select from.
Busus Aaron brothers, Wayne and Percy, and team shut out Butibam for a 27-12 head start in the second quarter.
The fouls increased as Butibam were forced to play catch-up.
The foul situation was just the impetus Kesu needed to move his men into gear.
And captain Kila Giali, point guard Peter Buala, centre Russell Stafford, stepped up the intensity to even up 31-31 at the third quarter.
Three consecutive three-pointers from Butibams Dobbin Laka ripped back the momentum and put Busu under pressure to breach the gap.
The nine points from the Laka guaranteed Butibams stranglehold while Busu tried to inch back as coach Kesu feverishly looked on.
An exhausted Kesu said after the game: All that hard work didnt get washed away.
He is now looking forward to the national club championships in two weeks time at the Eriku Courts, Lae.
Courtesy of: http://www.thenational.com.pg



Tamaraws set to defend title - by Eurobasket News

JACK AMI
RD Tuna Tamaraws (men) continued their winning streaks to remain unbeaten in Port Moresbys Capital Basketball League A grade competition at Hohola Basketball Court over the weekend.
Both teams, who are defending champions, are unofficially leading the competition on 18 points each in respective divisions.
In the mens competition, Tamaraws thrashed Defence 97-65 and Saints outclassed Ex-Diwai 100-55 while Chariots held off a rejuvenated Jazz 54-48.
Chariots had a good game in three quarters on a scoring spree which helped them beat the younger Jazz side.
Ivan Pekaea top scored with 22 points and with Vele Rupa on eight, Charlie Pekaea and Waga Asiba five points each while for Jazz, Saiki Narua also hit 22 points.
Last up in Defence, Ex-Diwai and Jazz have will need to lift their games especially after the latest showing from the competition favourites.
Reigning premiers Tamaraws, NAS Saints, Chariots, Exodus and Titans are setting the pace to secure the final spot.
Courtesy of: http://www.thenational.com.pg



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ASEAN League: Petron Blaze fire past Heat in Saigon - by Eurobasket News

Saigon Heat - Petron Blaze 68:83

Petron Blaze improved at 17-4 record on top of the ASEAN League season. They claimed the 11th win in 12 last games played to remain on top of the standings. Nick Fazekas (211-F-85, college: Nevada) scored 24 points and grabbed 12 rebounds to lead the winners.
The teams stayed neck and neck throughout the first half. The scoreboard read 20:20 after ten minutes. Neither team was able to clear off in the second quarter. The Blaze and the Heat were tied at 41 at halftime. But the third quarter cleared things up. The Blaze went on a 23:10 run to ensure a comfortable lead. The Beermen maintained the lead throughout the final quarter to celebrate yet another victory. Avenido posted 15 points, while Duke Crews (203-F-88, college: Bowie St.) added 12 points in the win. Jonathan Jones (211-C-79, agency: TSS Management) answered with 25 points and 12 rebounds for the Heat. Jahmar Thorpe (198-F-84, college: Houston) and Robert Sanz (191-G/F-81) netted 11 points each in the loss.

Saigon Heat: Jonathan Jones 25+12 boards, Jahmar Thorpe 11, Robert Sanz 11
Petron Blaze: Nick Fazekas 24+12 boards, Avenido 15, Duke Crews 12



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DBE Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Walter HODGE
  Zastal ZG
  (183-PG-86)
  Avg: 19.3
 1. Hodge, Zastal ZG19.3 
 2. Motiejunas, Asseco16.3 
 3. Corbett, Siarka J.16.1 
 4. Miller, Siarka J.15.9 
 5. Dylewicz, Trefl So.15.9 
 6. Micic, PBG Basket15.7 
 7. Kulig, PBG Basket15.7 
 8. Burrell, Energa C.15.6 
 9. Koszarek, Trefl S.15.5 
 10. Weeden, Polpharma15.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Darrell HARRIS
  Kotwica
  (208-F/C-84)
  Avg: 11.6
 1. Harris, Kotwica11.6 
 2. Lawal, Zastal ZG10.2 
 3. Hrycaniuk, Asseco8.6 
 4. Dluski, LKS Lodz8.1 
 5. Burgess, Trefl S.8.0 
 6. Archibeque, Zastal7.9 
 7. Doaks, Siarka J.7.3 
 8. Turek, Trefl Sopot7.2 
 9. Simmons, Polpharma7.2 
 10. Bartosz, PBG Bas.7.1 
Assists Per Game
 Robert SKIBNIEWSKI
  Slask W.
  (182-G-83)
  Avg: 7.2
 1. Skibniewski, Slask7.2 
 2. Blassingame, Assec.6.5 
 3. Hodge, Zastal ZG5.8 
 4. Wilczek, AZS P.5.2 
 5. Koszarek, Trefl S.5.2 
 6. Milicic, AZS K.5.0 
 7. Burrell, Energa C.4.8 
 8. Miller, Siarka J.4.7 
 9. Micic, PBG Basket4.5 
 10. Moore, PGE Turow4.5 
Steals Per Game
 Krzysztof SZUBARGA
  Anwil
  (182-G-84)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Szubarga, Anwil1.7 
 2. Tiller, Siarka J.1.5 
 3. Motiejunas, Asseco1.5 
 4. Koszarek, Trefl S.1.5 
 5. Skibniewski, Slask1.5 
 6. Sapp, Kotwica1.5 
 7. Miller, Siarka J.1.4 
 8. Ponitka, AZS P.1.4 
 9. Hodge, Zastal ZG1.4 
 10. Dabrowski, Polph.1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Chris BURGESS
  Trefl S.
  (209-C-79)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Burgess, Trefl S.1.6 
 2. Eziukwu, AZS K.1.6 
 3. Harris, Kotwica1.6 
 4. Kesicki, Kotwica1.4 
 5. Morrison, Energa C.1.3 
 6. Karnowski, Siarka1.2 
 7. Mladenovic, Slask1.1 
 8. Lauderdale, PGE T.1.1 
 9. Lawal, Zastal ZG1.1 
 10. Doaks, Siarka J.1.0 


Stats Leaders - 1Liga

Points Per Game
 Lukasz PACOCHA
  AZS S.
  (182-G-82)
  Avg: 18.5
 1. Pacocha, AZS S.18.5 
 2. Woloszyn, MKS D.17.9 
 3. Niesobski, Sudety16.7 
 4. Kostrzewski, Start15.9 
 5. Jarecki, P.Cuk.15.3 
 6. Donigiewicz, Rosa14.8 
 7. Mazur, Polonia14.8 
 8. Lewandowski, P.Cuk.14.0 
 9. Wilczek, Sokol Lan.13.6 
 10. Kukielka, Sportino13.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Krzysztof MIELCZAREK
  AZS S.
  (198-G/F-81)
  Avg: 11.8
 1. Mielczarek, AZS S.11.8 
 2. Luszczewski, Start9.8 
 3. Wilczek, Sokol Lan.9.4 
 4. Mikolajko, Polonia7.9 
 5. Radke, Rosa Radom7.1 
 6. Wilusz, Sudety7.1 
 7. Malewski, Znicz B.7.0 
 8. Misiewicz, Znicz B.7.0 
 9. Grudzinski, Spojnia7.0 
 10. Klima, Sokol Lanc.6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Grzegorz GROCHOWSKI
  MKS D.
  (178-PG-93)
  Avg: 5.5
 1. Grochowski, MKS D.5.5 
 2. Musijowski, Polonia5.5 
 3. Basinski, SKK S.4.9 
 4. Zytko, P..4.6 
 5. Ochonko, Spojnia4.1 
 6. Michalski, Start L.4.1 
 7. Brek, AZS Kutno3.9 
 8. Kardas, Rosa Radom3.9 
 9. Wojcicki, SKK S.3.6 
 10. Szumelda-K., Znic.3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Lukasz ZYTKO
  P..
  (181-G-81)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Zytko, P..3.5 
 2. Mielczarek, AZS S.3.1 
 3. Szumelda-K., Znicz3.0 
 4. Niesobski, Sudety2.9 
 5. Lewandowski, P.Cuk.2.8 
 6. Sulinski, Znicz B.2.7 
 7. Pisarczyk, Sokol L.2.5 
 8. Basinski, SKK S.2.5 
 9. Szurlej, Sokol L.2.4 
 10. Czubek, Znicz B.2.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Artur DONIGIEWICZ
  Rosa R.
  (185-G-84)
  Avg: 2
 1. Donigiewicz, Rosa2.0 
 2. Klima, Sokol Lancut1.8 
 3. Zytko, P..1.8 
 4. Niesobski, Sudety1.8 
 5. Oczkowicz, MOSiR K.1.7 
 6. Zmarlak, MKS D.1.6 
 7. Wojcicki, SKK S.1.6 
 8. Aleksandrowi., Sta.1.6 
 9. Malecki, AZS Kutno1.6 
 10. Grochowski, MKS D.1.5 


2Liga Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Jakub KAROLAK
  Novum Lublin
  (196-G/F-93)
  Avg: 21.9
 1. Karolak, Novum Lub.21.9 
 2. Kowalewski, AZS U.21.4 
 3. Peciak, MKS L.19.9 
 4. Lapinski, Zyrardow.19.8 
 5. Sobilo, Pulaski Wa.19.7 
 6. Swiech, MKS S.19.4 
 7. Kuczynski, Tur B.18.8 
 8. Ejsmont, GKK G.18.6 
 9. Zurawski, Open F.18.6 
 10. Majewski, PWiK P.18.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Mateusz SZWED
  Zyrardow.
  (197-C-91)
  Avg: 12.8
 1. Szwed, Zyrardow.12.8 
 2. Zabielski, Tur B.11.8 
 3. Cygan, Unia Tarnow10.8 
 4. Niedzwiedzki, WKK10.4 
 5. Fras, Trefl I.9.8 
 6. Mis, Handlopex AZS9.8 
 7. Kwandrans, MKS L.9.8 
 8. Zurawski, Open F.9.7 
 9. Sobkowiak, AZS P.9.1 
 10. Kuczynski, Tur B.9.0 
Assists Per Game
 Marcin STOKLOSA
  Open F.
  (188-G-77)
  Avg: 10.7
 1. Stoklosa, Open F.10.7 
 2. Hybiak, AZS P.6.6 
 3. Paszkiewicz, PWiK6.6 
 4. Wluczynski, Ksieza.6.2 
 5. Jarosz, MKS S.5.8 
 6. Gospodarek, Novum5.5 
 7. Grzelinski, WKK O.5.4 
 8. Lewandowski, Astor.5.2 
 9. Kindlik, MKS L.5.2 
 10. Rapucha, Tur B.5.2 
Steals Per Game
 Marcin STOKLOSA
  Open F.
  (188-G-77)
  Avg: 5
 1. Stoklosa, Open F.5.0 
 2. Rapucha, Tur B.4.4 
 3. Bojko, Wilki Morsk.4.3 
 4. Jarosz, MKS S.4.2 
 5. Misztela, UMKS P.4.0 
 6. Zych, Unia Tarnow3.8 
 7. Adamczyk, Pulaski3.8 
 8. Chojecki, Zyrardow.3.8 
 9. Hybiak, AZS P.3.7 
 10. Wrobel, GTK G.3.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Tomasz ZYCH
  Unia Tarnow
  (188-G-87)
  Avg: 3
 1. Zych, Unia Tarnow3.0 
 2. Lewandowski, Astor.2.8 
 3. Szewczyk, Unia T.2.3 
 4. Misztela, UMKS P.2.2 
 5. Paszkiewicz, PWiK2.2 
 6. Platek, Slask I.2.2 
 7. Kunc, Staco M.2.2 
 8. Hybiak, AZS P.2.2 
 9. Fediuk, UKS S.2.2 
 10. Bojko, Wilki Mors.2.1 


Adam Hrycaniuk: Home court games will matter - by Eurobasket News

First two games of Tauron Basket League semifinal are scheduled for this Sunday and Tuesday. Asseco Prokom Gdynia hosts Zastal Zielona Gora. Our C, Adam Hrycaniuk (206-C-84, agency: Alti Sport, college: Cincinnati) on upcoming series.

Bartosz Pienkowski: Before we talk about semifinals I'd like to go back to series against AZS Koszalin. How would you evaluate this series and do you think it will influence the way you will play your next opponents?
Adam Hrycaniuk: After two wins in Gdynia we knew it will be difficult to win in Koszalin. We took Game 3 too lightly and this was the main reason the series went all the way down to five. Everybody including us underestimated Koszalin and we could see that this is really good team indeed. There is Igor Milicic, good front court players, Laczynski, Reese and many other. This is a solid roster with very good coaches. Long series helped us to stay in the rhythm. Game conditions cannot be matched by trainings. We are having three days off before the tip offs so we will be rested. We didn't want to play Game 5, but it didn't turn out that badly. We are in good game rhythm and I hope we will prove it on Sunday.

B. P.: In the battle against Uvalin team it will be very important to use home court advantage. Zielona Gora like Koszalin is very hot territory, where visitors always struggle.
A. H.: Exactly. Especially that semis are also best of five. Two home court games will be clutch. On Sunday we need to come out strong and win, to get the momentum going into Tuesday. We have been preparing for this series thoroughly. We will try to slow down Walter Hodge who is the main force of Zastal. We don't forget about the other players either. All five players that will be on court at given moment need to concentrate their efforts on defense to stop Zielona Gora's fast offense.

B. P.: In the series against Energa Czarni Slupsk Zastal proved that even without Walter Hodge they are dangerous team. Who else needs to be watched out for on Mihailo Uvalin roster?
A. H.: Kamil Chanas is surely experienced and good player who can keep his cool in difficult moments. Of course fighter Marcin Sroka and Kirk Archibeque are also important puzzles. On 4 there is Piotr Stelmach whose buzzer beater gave Zastal win in Game 4. This is good team with many players who can run offense. We need to limit Walter Hodge. Even if he gets his points we cannot allow him to distribute ball so easily.

B. P.: Thank you and good luck in the semis!
Courtesy of: http://www.asseco.prokom.pl



Jerel Blassingame: Everything is about defense - by Eurobasket News

12 points, 14 dimes, 7 boards, 3 steals and 1 blocked shot in less than w 30 minutes. Asseco Prokom Gdynia playmaker, Jerel Blassingame (175-G-81, college: UNLV) orchestrated Polish Champs to Game 2 of TBL semifinals victory.

Bartosz Pienkowski: It was truly amazing game for you. How do you feel after such good performance?
Jerel Blassingame: I feel good. Everybody plays well and everybody is happy. This is basketball, this is my job to make sure is to fed the guys with the ball. I can score some points but I am a point guard and this is my job to get the guys the ball.

B. P.: Do you recall a game in your career when after just 14 minutes of the ballgame you had double-double?
J. B.: I don't know... it's been a while (laughter). I was surprised that I got some assists but guys were making shots and we are very dangerous team when guys are making shots.

B. P.: Today you proved that you are in good shape going into Game 3. In Zielona Gora you have got a chance to close out.
J. B.: Yes it's very important. They are very good team and they have got MVP on their squad. You need to be on our toes and be focused all the time.

B. P.: What will be the key to win in Zielona Gora and close out the series?
J. B.: Everything is about defense. Our defense leads to our offense, if get into transition we are tough team to beat. Coach is constantly pinpointing the importance of defense. We just have to keep on going.

B. P.: Thank you and good luck in Zielona Gora!
Courtesy of: http://www.asseco.prokom.pl



2Liga Round 2 of Finals - by Eurobasket News

Group A
Astoria Bydg. - AZS PP Poznan 74-83

AZS Poznan levelled things up against Astoria Bydgoszcz. The guests were already 14 points ahead at halftime and as many as 16 after three quarters before a 23-16 last quarter charge of Astoria Bydg. cut the lead to 83-74 at the end of the game. AZS PP Poznan forced 19 Astoria Bydg. turnovers. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 23 assists. AZS PP Poznan brought some defensive toughness making 14 blocks. Point guard Pawel Hybiak (173-89) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 21 points, 14 assists and 4 steals. Center Marek Sobkowiak (200-86) contributed with 8 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Guard Mateusz Bierwagen (194-88) replied with 20 points and 5 steals and guard Pawel Lewandowski (186-83) added 9 points, 10 assists and 6 steals in the effort for Astoria Bydg.Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
AZS PP Poznan: P.Hybiak 21+3reb+14ast, T.Baszak 17, M.Rostalski 13+6reb+1ast, P.Stankiewicz 9+6reb+4ast, M.Sobkowiak 8+12reb+4ast, T.Gierwazik 7
Astoria Bydg.: M.Bierwagen 20+4reb+3ast, S.Laydych 16+4reb, D.Szyttenholm 9+4reb+3ast, P.Lewandowski 9+2reb+10ast, A.Barszczyk 6+3reb+3ast, W.Pagacz 5+5reb
gschID: 175902


Group B
Slask II W. - BM Wegiel Stal 67-64

Slask Wroclaw celebrated the second win in a row against Wegiel Stal. The hosts trailed by 11 points after three quarters before their 19-5 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Slask II W. dominated on the defensive end, holding BM Wegiel Stal to just 5 points in fourth quarter. Slask II W. forced 20 BM Wegiel Stal turnovers. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Slask II W. made 18 blocks. The best player for the winners was the former international forward Radoslaw Hyzy (203-77) who scored 23 points and 4 assists. Guard Adrian Mroczek-Truskowski (195-85) chipped in 8 points and 9 rebounds. Slask II W.'s coach Grzegorz Krzak used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Guard Marcin Kalowski (191-80) produced 18 points and guard Marcin Dymala (185-90) added 7 points, 7 rebounds, 8 assists and 6 steals respectively for the guests.
Top scorers:
Slask II W.: R.Hyzy 23+3reb+4ast, A.Grygiel 11+2reb+1ast, R.Glapinski 10+1reb+2ast, A.Mroczek-Truskowski 8+9reb+2ast, M.Lopatka 6+3reb, N.Kulon 5+2reb+1ast
BM Wegiel Stal: M.Kalowski 18+3reb+1ast, L.Olejnik 14+5reb, J.Dryjanski 9+9reb, T.Cielebak 7+8reb+1ast, M.Dymala 7+7reb+8ast, M.Zebski 5+5reb+1ast
gschID: 175901


Group C
PWiK Piaseczno - UMKS Kielce 90-76

PWiK Piaseczno rebounded after the starting loss to knock down UMKS Kielce. The hosts trailed by 2 points at the halftime before their 51-35 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. PWiK Piaseczno forced 27 UMKS Kielce turnovers. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when PWiK Piaseczno made 10 blocks. Guard Michal Wojtynski (192-89) scored 26 points and 5 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and forward Damian Zapert (196-84) chipped in 13 points and 6 rebounds during the contest. Guard Artur Busz (194-88) responded with 25 points, 9 rebounds and 4 blocks and swingman Marcin Wrobel (200-87) scored 14 points and 8 rebounds. Five PWiK Piaseczno and four UMKS Kielce players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
PWiK Piaseczno: M.Wojtynski 26+5reb+2ast, D.Majewski 15+3reb, D.Zapert 13+6reb+1ast, T.Borkowski 12+5reb, P.Andres 10+4reb+1ast, A.Paszkiewicz 9+3reb+3ast
UMKS Kielce: A.Busz 25+9reb+2ast, M.Wrobel 14+8reb+3ast, D.Wyka 12+5reb, P.Bacik 11+3reb+2ast, H.Makuch 7+2reb+4ast, J.Lewandowski 3
gschID: 175900



1Liga Round 5 of Semi-Finals. Rosa Radom advance into Final - by Eurobasket News

Rosa Radom - MKS DG 94-87

Rosa Radom advanced into 1Liga Final. They overcame MKS Dabrowa Gornicza in the decisive fifth game of the semifinal series. MMKS Dabrowa Gornicza trailed by 13 points after 3 quarters before a 29-23 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 87-94 at the end of the game. Rosa Radom dominated down low during the game scoring 44 of its points in the paint compared to MMKS Dabrowa Gornicza's 22 and had 35 for 51 from the free-throw line, while MMKS Dabrowa Gornicza only scored seventeen points from the stripe. Rosa Radom forced 32 MMKS Dabrowa Gornicza turnovers and outrebounded them 52-28 including a 39-25 advantage in defensive rebounds. Guard Artur Donigiewicz (185-84) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 31 points and 13 rebounds for the winners and the former international center Hubert Radke (208-80, college: Loyola, IL) chipped in 23 points and 12 rebounds. point guard Grzegorz Grochowski (178-93) responded with 25 points, 6 rebounds, 7 assists and 4 steals and guard Lukasz Grzegorzewski (192-84) scored 14 points and 5 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Rosa Radom: A.Donigiewicz 31+13reb+2ast, H.Radke 23+12reb+1ast, E.Podkowinski 14+6reb+3ast, M.Nikiel 10+5reb, P.Kardas 7+5reb+3ast, J.Zalewski 6+3reb+1ast
MKS DG: G.Grochowski 25+6reb+7ast, L.Grzegorzewski 14+5reb+2ast, L.Szczypka 13+1reb+1ast, M.Woloszyn 10+2reb+2ast, P.Zielinski 10, K.Morawiec 7+5reb
gschID: 176244



PLK Round 2 of Semi-Finals. Asseco Prokom record second victory - by Eurobasket News

Asseco Prokom - Zastal ZG 88-67

Asseco Prokom recorded the second straight win over Zastal Zielona Gora. The game was mostly controlled by Asseco Prokom. Zastal ZG managed to win third quarter 22-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Asseco Prokom looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists comparing to just 11 passes made by Zastal ZG's players. American guard Jerel Blassingame (175-81, college: UNLV) had a double-double by scoring 12 points, 7 rebounds and 14 assists to lead the charge for the winners and Lithuanian power forward Donatas Motiejunas (213-90, agency: Interperformances) chipped in 21 points and 7 rebounds during the contest. Four Asseco Prokom players scored in double figures. Ivorian-Puerto Rican point guard Walter Hodge (183-86, college: Florida) responded with 26 points and 5 assists (was perfect 10-for-10 from the free throw line !!!) and American center Kirk Archibeque (205-84, college: Fort Lewis, agency: Hart Sports Mngm) scored 9 points and 12 rebounds. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games.
Top scorers:
Asseco Prokom: D.Motiejunas 21+7reb+1ast, F.Dmitriev 13+2reb+1ast, J.Blassingame 12+7reb+14ast, A.Hrycaniuk 11+7reb, P.Frasunkiewicz 8+2reb+2ast, A.Lapeta 7+3reb
Zastal ZG: W.Hodge 26+3reb+5ast, T.Mobley 12+2reb+1ast, K.Archibeque 9+12reb+1ast, U.Mirkovic 7+8reb+1ast, M.Flieger 7+1reb+1ast, K.Chanas 3+1reb+1ast
gschID: 176124


Trefl Sopot - PGE Turow 77-71

Trefl Sopot drew things level against PGE Turow. The hosts trailed by 2 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 9-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 77-71. Trefl Sopot outrebounded PGE Turow 34-23 including 30 on the defensive glass. It was a great shooting night for Trefl Sopot especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 61.5 percentage. 28 personal fouls committed by PGE Turow helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The former international forward Filip Dylewicz (202-80) scored 25 points and 8 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and international forward Adam Waczynski (199-89, agency: Limelight Hoops) chipped in 17 points and 6 rebounds during the contest. American guard David Jackson (193-86, college: W.Illinois) responded with 15 points and 7 rebounds and the former international guard Michal Chylinski (199-86, agency: Interperformances) scored 17 points. PGE Turow's coach Jacek Winnicki rotated twelve players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
Trefl Sopot: F.Dylewicz 25+8reb+1ast, A.Waczynski 17+6reb+3ast, J.Turek 8+8reb+1ast, S.Kuzminskas 8+2reb+1ast, L.Wisniewski 7+3reb+3ast, V.Cummings 6+1ast
PGE Turow: M.Chylinski 17+3reb+2ast, D.Jackson 15+7reb+2ast, D.Kulig 8+1reb, R.Moore 7+2reb+3ast, G.Gustas 6+2ast, A.Mielczarek 6+1reb
gschID: 176125



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Standings - BSN

BSN Stage Two Standings
Top 6
 1. Mayaguez 2-0 
 2. Quebradillas 2-0 
 3. Bayamon 1-1 
 4. San German 1-1 
 5. Arecibo 0-2 
 6. Guaynabo 0-2 
Places 7-8
 1. Humacao 9-21 
 2. Guayama 8-22 
Stage One Standings

Second Stage: Round 2

May. 7: Bayamon - San German 88-89
May. 8: Mayaguez - Arecibo 88-83
May. 7: Quebradillas - Guaynabo 110-104

Second Stage: Round 3

May. 9: Mayaguez - San German
May. 9: Quebradillas - Arecibo
May. 10: Bayamon - Quebradillas
May. 10: San German - Guaynabo


Stats Leaders - BSN

Points Per Game
 Al THORNTON
  Guayama
  (203-F-83)
  Avg: 25.3
 1. Thornton, Guayama25.3 
 2. Harris, San German20.6 
 3. Randolph, Quebradi.19.9 
 4. Sensley, Humacao19.7 
 5. Dalmau, Bayamon18.8 
 6. Brown, Humacao18.0 
 7. Ramos, Quebradillas17.9 
 8. Ayuso, Arecibo17.4 
 9. Vassallo, Guaynabo16.4 
 10. Powell, Guayama16.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Shavlik RANDOLPH
  Quebradi.
  (208-F-83)
  Avg: 12.2
 1. Randolph, Quebradi.12.2 
 2. Harris, San German10.2 
 3. Ramos, Quebradillas9.2 
 4. Thornton, Guayama9.2 
 5. Powell, Guayama9.2 
 6. Sensley, Humacao9.0 
 7. Burgess, Guaynabo8.4 
 8. Sweetney, Bayamon8.4 
 9. Shannon, Quebradil.8.1 
 10. O''Bryant, Mayagu.7.8 
Assists Per Game
 Filiberto RIVERA
  San German
  (190-PG-82)
  Avg: 5.8
 1. Rivera, San German5.8 
 2. Guzman, Guaynabo5.7 
 3. Smith, Mayaguez5.6 
 4. Garcia, Humacao5.2 
 5. Pinnock, Arecibo5.1 
 6. Pagan, Guayama5.0 
 7. Butler, Quebradill.4.8 
 8. Dalmau, Bayamon4.0 
 9. Brown, Humacao3.4 
 10. Rivera, Mayaguez3.1 
Steals Per Game
 Donta SMITH
  Mayaguez
  (201-G-83)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Smith, Mayaguez2.3 
 2. Mojica, Bayamon1.6 
 3. Pinnock, Arecibo1.6 
 4. Dalmau, Bayamon1.4 
 5. Rivera, San German1.3 
 6. Figueroa, Guaynabo1.3 
 7. Ramirez, Mayaguez1.3 
 8. Thornton, Guayama1.3 
 9. Sensley, Humacao1.3 
 10. Pagan, Guayama1.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Mamadou LAMIZANA
  Bayamon
  (207-F/C-81)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Lamizana, Bayamon2.4 
 2. Penn, Humacao1.8 
 3. O''Bryant, Mayaguez1.7 
 4. Shannon, Quebradil.1.6 
 5. Thornton, Guayama1.6 
 6. Burgess, Guaynabo1.4 
 7. Aubry, Arecibo1.3 
 8. Powell, Guayama1.3 
 9. Ramos, Quebradillas1.3 
 10. Randolph, Quebrad.1.2 


Indios keep rolling, Capitanes won their first game: - by Luis Modestti

Indios de Mayaguez continue rolling in the BSN round robin stage with two wins in a row on Tuesday and Wednesday.

On Tuesday they visited Capitanes and won 88-83 as Donta Smith (201-G-83, college: SE Illinois JC) led the way with 23 points and Kevin Hamilton (193-G-84, agency: Limelight Hoops, college: Holy Cross) added 18. Their defensive intensity and good fundamentals on offense helped them get the win.

Andres Rodriguez (184-PG-81, college: American) made his debut for Arecibo by making 18 points and 6 assists. David Cortes (190-G/F-81) led Arecibo with 19.

On Wednesday Indios beat Atleticos de San German 81-73 led once again by Smith who had 18 and Florentino Valencia (198-F-85, agency: Paris Global Sports, college: Toledo) followed with 14.

Indios have a 3-0 record in this stage and need at least three more wins to be in the semifinals.

Capitanes recovered from their loss against Indios and beat Piratas de Quebradillas 86-79. Larry Ayuso (190-G-77, agency: Global Sports Plaza, college: USC) netted 24 and Ike Diogu (204-F/C-83, college: Arizona St.) 21 for the winners.



Jose Lloreda gets MVP of the Round award for Puerto Rican BSN (Second Stage) - by Eurobasket News

Experienced Panamanian Jose Lloreda (201-F/C-80, agency: Paris Global Sports) put on an amazing game in the last week for San German and that's him to receive a Latinbasket.com Player of the Round award for round 2 (Second Stage). The 31-year old power forward had a double-double of 25 points and ten rebounds, while his team edged out Bayamon (1-1) 89-88.

The second most remarkable performance in last week's games was 28-year old American guard Donta Smith (201-G-83) of Mayaguez. Smith impressed basketball fans with 23 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. It was enough for Mayaguez to edge Arecibo (0-2) by 5 points 88-83.

The third best performed player last week was American Gary Wilkinson (204-F/C-82) of Bayamon (#3). Wilkinson showcased his all-around game by recording 25 points, nine rebounds and four assists in the last week. Despite Wilkinson's great performance Bayamon lost 88-89 to San German.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Joey Graham (200-G/F-82) of Guaynabo - 23 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists
5. Shavlik Randolph (208-F-83) of Quebradillas - 19 points and 11 rebounds
6. Joel Jones (196-G/F-81) of Quebradillas - 24 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists
7. Carlos Escalera (190-G-79) of Guaynabo - 28 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Ansel Guzman (174-PG-84) of Guaynabo - 16 points, 7 rebounds and 10 assists
9. Andres Rodriguez (184-PG-81) of Arecibo - 18 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists
10. Ike Diogu (204-F/C-83) of Arecibo - 14 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists

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



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Al Rayyan edged Al Wasl to enter the Final - by Eurobasket News

Al Rayyan edged Al Wasl to enter the Final of the 32nd GCC Clubs Basketball Championship. The team from Qatar celebrated a 93:79 win to remain undefeated. Tomorrow they will face another unbeaten team Al Hala that defeated compatriot Muharraq 75:69. In an all-Bahraini semi-final clash, which took place at the Bahrain Basketball Association's gym in Um Al Hassam, Al Hala showed strength in defence and unstoppable attack for a six-point win and a place in the final.
Pony Harold was unstoppable in his side victory nailing 38 points. Twenty six of his points he poured in for the first 20 minutes. Al Rayyan started with 22:14 lead and then had 48:37 advantage. The winners from Qatar never looked behind in the game and rightfully advanced to the Final.
The Final game is scheduled for May 10th, 16.00 local time. Al Wasl meanwhile will take on ALMuharraq from Bahrain in the game for the third place.



Nothing more special than Emir Cup - by Eurobasket News

RAAJIV TRIPATHI

DOHA AL SADD Club captain Abdulrahman Saad (192-F/G-85) was thrilled to see his team ending the Emir Basketball Cup drought after eight years of gap.

In the final at Al Gharafa Club Indoor Hall on Friday, Sadd rampaged to 81-56 victory against mighty Al Rayyan, which had to be contented with third the runnerup finish in a row.

Since beating Rayyan Club in the 2003-04 final, Sadd was only once more able to reach the final. But after the defeat by Qatar Sports Club in the 2006-07 season final, it had been frustratingly waiting for its turn to taste the triumph in the prestigious event.

This season it finished runner- up to Rayyan in the League. But the team made changes in the Heir Apparent Cup and then in the Emir Cup to find a potent combination.

The arrival of American point guard Joson Fontenet provided it the chemistry that was missing earlier.

After the roaring victory, Emir Cup Most Valuable Player Abdulrahman commented he had not expected his team to win the final and that too so ruthlessly: Yeah..its an incredible win for us. The last time when we won the Cup was in 2004. For eight years, wed been trying to win this Cup again.

When you put in all the time and effort, it is very special and sweet. I want to thank all my teammates, the coaches, the team staff and the management for putting in their entire efforts.

Its been a long season.

But by Gods grace, we started to play good basketball at the right time. The team was peaking. Were proud to be playing the best basketball right now. We didnt have the same team that was in the League and the HA Cup (Heir Apparent). Everybody was new. So there was no needed chemistry in the team, continued Abdulrahman, with face covered in sweat beads.

The Sadd captain also said the team found its real rhythm and momentum after the Heir Apparent Cup, won by Al Arabi Club. We could not play well in the HA Cup.

But we began gelling after that. There is nothing more special and more important than the Emir Cup. It is great for the club and fans. Abdulrahman was expecting a close result in the final but his team surpassed the expectations. Nonot by such a big margin. Rayyan is a big team and has played and won many championships and titles. They were almost out of the Cup. Arabi beat El Jaish and Rayyan got a second chance to stay in the Cup.

Rayyan did not play the basketball it used to against Gharafa. Even though Gharafa was missing players, still it was squeezing out one or two victories against Rayyan, while we easily beat Arabi. So momentum wise, we are more gelled and fluent as a team.

We started the game strongly and as the game went along, we started to gain more confidence. At one time, we were ahead by more than 30 points and then we put the shutter down on them, cruising to the victory, added Abdulrahman, who had the most three-pointer of the final (four in five attempts).

Michael Benjamin, the American import of Rayyan who had a double double (16 points and 11 rebounds), was the first to cut the basket net to keep it as a souvenir. The 30-year-old 6-ft, 11-inch was happy to do his bit in the clubs win. Im just very excited with the victory against Rayyan. We worked very hard for this. Rayyan is a very good team as you know and Im just very happy.
Courtesy of: http://www.qatar-tribune.com



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Al-Fath clinched fifth place at 32nd GCC Clubs Basketball Championship - by Eurobasket News

Al-Fath from Saudi Arabia clinched fifth place at 32nd GCC Clubs Basketball Championship. In the game for the higher place they edged Nzwaa from Oman 78:70.
Al Rayyan and Al Hal will play in the Final tomorrow. Al Wasl meanwhile will take on ALMuharraq from Bahrain in the game for the third place.



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Standings - A Liga

A Standings
SuperLiga
 1. Radnicki K. 8-2 
 2. Partizan 8-2 
 3. Crvena Zvezda 7-4 
 4. Vojvodina 6-4 
 5. Radnicki Basket 5-5 
 6. BKK Radnicki 3-7 
 7. Mega Vizura 3-8 
 8. Hemofarm 1-9 
Places 9-18
 1. OKK Beograd 15-11 
 2. Tamis 15-11 
 3. Sloga 13-13 
 4. Borac 12-14 
 5. Smederevo 12-212 
 6. Sloboda Uzice 11-15 
 7. Metalac 10-16 
 8. Napredak 8-18 
 9. Zeleznicar 6-20 
 10. Proleter Naftagas 2-24 
Stage One Standings

Second Stage: Round 10

May. 8: Radnicki K. - Mega Vizura 99-92 OT
May. 8: Hemofarm - Vojvodina 95-100 OT
May. 9: Crvena Zvezda - BKK Radnicki 85-71
May. 8: Radnicki Basket - Partizan 66-82

Second Stage: Round 11

May. 2: Mega Vizura - Crvena Zvezda
May. 12: Radnicki Basket - Hemofarm
May. 12: Partizan - Radnicki K.
May. 12: BKK Radnicki - Vojvodina


Stats Leaders - 1A

Points Per Game
 Milos BOJOVIC
  Zeleznicar
  (198-G-81)
  Avg: 23.5
 1. Bojovic, Zeleznicar23.5 
 2. Milisavljevi., Meg.20.7 
 3. Zigeranovic, Borac20.5 
 4. Balaban, Smederevo20.0 
 5. Bozovic, Sloga17.1 
 6. Cupkovic, Napredak16.5 
 7. Dimic, Radnicki.16.3 
 8. Svilar, Smederevo15.5 
 9. Miljenovic, Mega V.15.4 
 10. Petrovic, BKK R.15.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Darko BALABAN
  Smederevo
  (211-C-89)
  Avg: 8.8
 1. Balaban, Smederevo8.8 
 2. Zigeranovic, Borac8.2 
 3. Cupkovic, Napredak7.6 
 4. Cantekin, Mega V.7.4 
 5. Majkic, Prolet.7.2 
 6. Petrovic, BKK R.7.0 
 7. Misanovic, OKK B.6.6 
 8. Canak, Zeleznicar6.0 
 9. Kuburovic, Slobod.6.0 
 10. Dramicanin, Borac5.9 
Assists Per Game
 Marko BOLTIC
  BKK R.
  (193-G-87)
  Avg: 5.8
 1. Boltic, BKK R.5.8 
 2. Osmokrovic, BKK R.4.8 
 3. Dundjerski, Vojvo.4.6 
 4. Jovic, Sloga4.3 
 5. Milisavljevi., Meg.4.1 
 6. Stefanovic, Smede.4.1 
 7. Miljenovic, Mega V.4.0 
 8. Rakic, Sloboda Uzi.3.8 
 9. Drca, OKK Beograd3.8 
 10. Mitrovic, OKK B.3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Negoslav GACIC
  BKK Radnicki
  (193-G-)
  Avg: 3
 1. Gacic, BKK Radnicki3.0 
 2. Jovic, Sloga2.6 
 3. Boltic, BKK R.2.3 
 4. Dundjerski, Vojvo.2.0 
 5. Bojovic, Zeleznicar2.0 
 6. Kuzeta, Vojvodina1.9 
 7. Vulin, Prolet.1.9 
 8. Majstorovic, Tamis1.8 
 9. Miljenovic, Mega V.1.8 
 10. Drca, OKK Beograd1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Nenad MISANOVIC
  OKK B.
  (217-C-84)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Misanovic, OKK B.1.5 
 2. Balaban, Smederevo1.2 
 3. Zigeranovic, Borac1.2 
 4. Cantekin, Mega V.0.9 
 5. Petronic, BKK R.0.8 
 6. Majkic, Prolet.0.8 
 7. Bojic, Mega Vizura0.8 
 8. Todorovic, Borac0.8 
 9. Jevtovic, Sloboda0.7 
 10. Dramicanin, Borac0.7 


Miljan Pavkovic wins Player of the Round award in Superleague - by Eurobasket News

Point guard Miljan Pavkovic (178-G-81, agency: Beo Basket) had a very impressive game in the last round for top-ranked Radnicki K., receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Round award (Superleague, Round 10). The 30-year old player had a double-double of 26 points and 11 assists, while his team beat Mega Vizura (#7, 3-8) in overtime 99-92. Radnicki K. improved to 8-2 record after this meeting. In the team's last game Pavkovic had a remarkable 57.1% from 2-point range and got six three-pointers out of 9 attempts. It was one of impressive evenings for him as usually he does not deliver so high stats. Miljan Pavkovic averages this season 11.3ppg and 7.8apg.

The second best player in last round's games was another Radnicki K.'s star - 29-year old American David Simon (207-C-82). Simon had a very good evening with 26 points and 5 rebounds. Of course Radnicki K. cruised to a 99-92 overtime win over the lower-ranked Mega Vizura (#7, 3-8).

Third on the list of top players last round was international center Milan Macvan (206-C-89, agency: INVICTUS Sports Group) of Partizan. Macvan scored 18 points and grabbed eight rebounds. He was a key player of Partizan, leading his team to a 82-66 easy win against Radnicki Basket (#5, 5-5). Partizan has 8-2 score and shares the first place with Radnicki Kragujevac. Macvan has a solid season. In 10 games in Serbia he scored 11.8ppg. He also has 5.3rpg and FGP: 64.5%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Dragan Zekovic (210-F/C-87) of Vojvodina - 22 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Dominic James (180-PG-86) of Partizan - 17 points, 3 rebounds and 4 assists
6. Nemanja Jaramaz (201-G-91) of Mega Vizura - 23 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists
7. Bojan Subotic (206-F/C-90) of Crvena Zvezda - 12 points and 12 rebounds
8. Vladimir Lucic (202-F-89) of Partizan - 16 points and 5 rebounds
9. Ivan Smiljanic (198-F-89) of Radnicki Basket - 19 points and 6 rebounds
10. Nenad Miljenovic (194-G-93) of Mega Vizura - 15 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists

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



Superleague: Round 10 review - by Eurobasket News

Radnicki K. - Mega Vizura 99-92 OT
Seventh-ranked Mega Vizura (3-8) gave a tough game to first ranked Radnicki K. (8-2) in Kragujevac. Radnicki K. managed to secure only seven-point victory 99-92. However their fans expected much easier game. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Mega Vizura won fourth quarter 29-19. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening, at least not yet. The game turned upside-down in the last quarter, where Mega Vizura used huge pressure winning it 29-19 getting a tie at the end of regular time. They lost eventually overtime period 9-16. Radnicki K. players were unselfish on offense dishing 23 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of Montenegrin guard Miljan Pavkovic (178-G-81, agency: Beo Basket) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 26 points and 11 assists. American center David Simon (207-82, college: IPFW) contributed with 26 points and 5 rebounds (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field) for the winners. Radnicki K.'s coach Miroslav Nikolic allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. Guard Nemanja Jaramaz (201-91, agency: Beo Basket) replied with 23 points and 5 assists and guard Nenad Miljenovic (194-93, agency: Beo Basket) added 15 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists in the effort for Mega Vizura. Four Mega Vizura players scored in double figures. Radnicki K. have an impressive five-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 8-2 record, which they share with Partizan. Mega Vizura at the other side keeps the seventh place with eight games lost. Radnicki K.'s next round opponent will be league's second-placed Partizan in Beograd and it will be for sure the game of the week. Mega Vizura will play at home against Zvezda (#3) in Beograd.
Top scorers:
Radnicki K.: M.Pavkovic 26+1reb+11ast, D.Simon 26+5reb+1ast, S.Bircevic 10+4reb, B.Marjanovic 9+3reb, S.Sinovec 9+9reb+2ast, S.Markovic 5+3reb+3ast
Mega Vizura: N.Jaramaz 23+4reb+5ast, N.Miljenovic 15+6reb+6ast, D.Cantekin 13+4reb+1ast, S.Matovic 12+5reb+1ast, M.Lukovic 10+2reb, D.Cvetkovic 9+7reb+3ast
gschID: 171745


Radnicki Basket - Partizan 66-82
Rather expected game in Beograd where 4th ranked Radnicki Basket (5-5) was defeated by second ranked Partizan (8-2) 82-66 on Tuesday. The guests trailed by 6 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 2-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 82-66. Partizan dominated down low during the game scoring 50 of its points in the paint compared to Radnicki Basket's 28 and made 23-of-27 free shots (85.2 percent) during the game. They outrebounded Radnicki Basket 30-19 including 23 on the defensive glass. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Partizan made 7 blocks. Radnicki Basket was plagued by 27 personal fouls down the stretch. International center Milan Macvan (206-89, agency: INVICTUS Sports Group) scored 18 points and 8 rebounds (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field) to lead the charge for the winners and American point guard Dominic James (180-86, college: Marquette) chipped in 17 points and 4 assists during the contest. At the losing side forward Ivan Smiljanic (198-89) responded with 19 points and 6 rebounds and guard Pedja Stamenkovic (190-88, agency: Interperformances) scored 10 points. 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. Partizan have a solid four-game winning streak. Defending champion keeps a position of league leader, which they share with Radnicki K. Newly promoted Radnicki Basket dropped to the fifth place with five games lost. Partizan will face league's leader Radnicki K. in Kragujevac in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Radnicki Basket will play at home against Hemofarm (#8) in Vrsac.
Top scorers:
Partizan: M.Macvan 18+8reb+2ast, D.James 17+3reb+4ast, V.Lucic 16+5reb, R.Katic 10+1reb+1ast, D.Milosavljevic 7+1reb+2ast, D.Andjusic 6+3reb+1ast
Radnicki Basket: I.Smiljanic 19+6reb+1ast, M.Milovanovic 11+1reb, D.Djokic 10+2ast, P.Stamenkovic 10+3ast, N.Siladji 7+2reb+1ast, D.Tubak 4+4reb
gschID: 171746


Hemofarm - Vojvodina 95-100 OT
Eighth-ranked Hemofarm (1-9) gave a tough game to fifth ranked Vojvodina (6-4) in Vrsac on Tuesday. The visitors from Novi Sad managed to secure only five-point victory 100-95. However their fans expected easier game. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 27-23. But Hemofarm won second period 18-17. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening, at least not yet. The game turned upside-down in the last quarter, where Hemofarm used huge pressure winning it 20-17 getting a tie at the end of regular time. They lost eventually overtime period 9-14. Vojvodina made 22-of-26 free shots (84.6 percent) during the game. Hemofarm was plagued by 31 personal fouls down the stretch. Power forward Dragan Zekovic (210-87, agency: Interperformances) scored 22 points to lead the charge for the winners and guard Radovan Markovic (194-82) chipped in 18 points during the contest. Vojvodina's coach used an eleven-player rotation in such tough game. At the losing side guard Marko Sutalo (194-83, agency: BeoExcell) responded with 16 points and 4 assists and power forward Luka Mitrovic (204-93) scored 12 points and 8 rebounds. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Vojvodina moved-up to fourth place. Hemofarm lost sixth consecutive game. They keep the eighth position with nine games lost. Vojvodina will face BKK Radnicki (#6) in Beograd in the next round. Hemofarm will play on the road against Radnicki Basket in Beograd.
Top scorers:
Vojvodina: D.Zekovic 22+4reb+2ast, R.Markovic 18, S.Dundjerski 13+4ast, N.Kalinic 11+3reb+1ast, S.Stojacic 11+1ast, R.Marojevic 7+4reb
Hemofarm: M.Jeremic 18+2reb+3ast, B.Lalovic 16+5reb, M.Sutalo 16+4reb+4ast, N.Otasevic 15+2reb+1ast, L.Mitrovic 12+8reb+3ast, N.Dangubic 7+2reb+2ast
gschID: 171743


Crvena Zvezda - BKK Radnicki 85-71
Rather predictable result in Beograd where third ranked Zvezda (7-4) defeated 6th ranked BKK Radnicki (3-7) 85-71 on Wednesday. The game was mostly controlled by Zvezda. BKK Radnicki was better in second period 21-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Zvezda dominated down low during the game scoring 48 of its points in the paint compared to BKK Radnicki's 26. They outrebounded BKK Radnicki 42-25 including a 26-14 advantage in defensive rebounds. BKK Radnicki was plagued by 27 personal fouls down the stretch. Montenegrin power forward Bojan Subotic (206-90) had a double-double by scoring 12 points and 12 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and American forward Omar Thomas (197-82, college: UTEP) chipped in 18 points during the contest. Four Zvezda players scored in double figures. At the losing side center Aleksandar Petrovic (204-87) responded with 22 points and 7 rebounds and guard Slobodan Lalic (197-86, agency: Beo Basket) scored 14 points. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Zvezda maintains third position with 7-4 record behind leader OKK Beograd. BKK Radnicki lost fifth consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the sixth place with seven games lost. Zvezda will face Mega Vizura (#7) on the road in the next round. BKK Radnicki will play against Vojvodina in Novi Sad and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Crvena Zvezda: O.Thomas 18+4reb+1ast, A.Milutinovic 16+6reb, B.Subotic 12+12reb, B.Lazic 11+4reb, M.Ilic 9+5reb, B.Popovic 6+2reb+3ast
BKK Radnicki: A.Petrovic 22+7reb, S.Lalic 14+4reb+1ast, D.Kitanovic 9+4reb+5ast, Z.Osmokrovic 7+2reb+5ast, N.Gacic 6+1reb+1ast, M.Ilic 6+3reb



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  SINGAPORE   


ASEAN League: Slingers thrash Dragons on the road - by Eurobasket News

Westports Dragons - Singapore Slingers 88:105

Singapore Slingers ensured the 9th win in the ASEAN League season. They fired past Westports Dragons on the road to improve at 9-11 record. Graham Louis (205-F/C-84) came up with 32 points and 10 rebounds to lead the charge. The Dragons fell at 11-10 record in the fourth position in the ladder.
The Slingers started the game aggressively. They poured in 62 points in the first half to clear off. They piled up a 23-point halftime lead. The Slingers maintained the lead throughout the third term. The visitors ensured a 24-point lead at the final intermission. The Dragons went on a 27:20 run in the final term but it was too little to threaten the margin. Dulay Donald (173-G-80) accounted for 24 points, while Jeffers Kyle (207-C-85, college: Oregon St.) added 16 points and 9 rebounds in the win. Brian Williams (208-C-87, agency: VVG Sports, college: Tennessee) answered with 30 points and 13 rebounds for the Dragons. Tiras Wade (200-F-81, agency: Interperformances, college: La-Lafayette) notched 27 points and 8 rebounds in the loss.

Westports Dragons: Brian Williams 30+13 boards, Tiras Wade 27
Singapore Slingers: Graham Louis 32+10 boards, Dulay Donald 24, Jeffers Kyle 16



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  SLOVENIA   


Vladimir Dasic lifts Union Olimpija to 1-0 lead against Helios in the Semifinals - by Eurobasket News

Semifinals, Game 1: Union Olimpija - Helios 74-71 (1-0)

Union Olimpija is 1-0 up against Helios in Telemach league Semifinals. The hosts registered 74-71 victory last night in Game One. The format is best-of-three, so Olimpija is one win away from the Finals. However, Helios will host Game Two tomorrow. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 25-17. But Helios won second period 14-13. Later Union Olimpija managed to register 3-point victory in exciting finish. Union Olimpija outrebounded Helios 41-28 including 26 on the defensive glass. 28 personal fouls committed by Helios helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Montenegrin forward Vladimir Dasic (206-F-88, agency: Beo Basket) fired a double-double by scoring 34 points (!!!) and 10 rebounds for the winners. Jaka Blazic (193-G-90) helped with 12 points. Guard Klemen Prepelic (195-92) produced 18 points and 4 assists and Croatian power forward Drago Pasalic (208-84) added 17 points and 7 rebounds respectively for lost side. Krka already booked a spot for the Finals with 2-0 win against Zlatorog. Olimpija reached Playoff Finals in 2010 and 2011, but failed both times against Krka. It is important to mention that Olimpija already won the Cup trophy earlier this season.

Union Olimpija: V.Dasic 34+10reb+2ast, J.Jaka Blazic 12+2reb, S.Salin 9+2reb, D.Muric 6+7reb+1ast, D.Thompson 4+3reb, G.Jagodnik 4+1reb
Helios: K.Prepelic 18+4reb+4ast, D.Pasalic 17+7reb, D.Bubnic 10+6reb+2ast, J.Besedic 9+2reb+1ast, D.Gay 7+2ast, V.Petrovic 6+3reb+2ast



Krka is the first finalist - by Eurobasket News

Semifinals, Game 2: Zlatorog - Krka 66-69 (0-2)

Second game of the Playoff Semifinals between Zlatorog and Krka was played last night. Visitors celebrated 66-69 victory closing the series with perfect 2-0. It means that Krka advanced to the Finals and now waits for the winner of Union Olimpija - Helios series. The score is 1-0 for Olimpija at this moment. Zlatorog was tied after three quarters against Krka but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. Krka dominated down low during the game scoring 48 of its points in the paint compared to Zlatorog's 26. 25 personal fouls committed by Zlatorog helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was forward Jure Balazic (204-80) who scored 19 points. Croatian center Jure Lalic (212-86) chipped in 11 points and 5 rebounds. Four Krka players scored in double figures. Guard Danijel Vujasinovic (180-89) produced 17 points and 8 assists and center Alen Omic (213-92) added 8 points and 10 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Krka is the defending champion in Slovenia. Actually, they won last two championship titles. Krka also was the regular season champ with 8-2 record.

Zlatorog: D.Vujasinovic 17+2reb+8ast, L.Lapornik 15+2reb+1ast, A.Omic 8+10reb+1ast, N.Strnad 7+2reb+1ast, V.Panic 7+2reb+2ast, S.Atanackovic 5+4reb
Krka: J.Balazic 19+4reb, S.Pavic 12+4reb, Z.Dragic 12+2reb+2ast, J.Lalic 11+5reb+2ast, B.Krivec 6+4ast, M.Abdul-Hamid 4+5reb



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Election for SIBF new office bearers this week - by Eurobasket News

The Solomon Islands Basketball Federation (SIBF) is set to usher in a new era this week when they stage elections for a new executive board.

The elections which will coincide with the 2012 SIBF congress will be hosted at the Star Events congress room on Monday March 26.
According to Uriel Matanani, SIBF president acting, the purpose of that Congress meeting is to elect new executives plus the election of a new president.

The previous SIBF president, Don Boykin resigned early this year as president, leaving the seat vacant for a while now, and other executive posts will also need to be filled.

Matanani said once the house is in order, basketball can then move on from there.

He highlighted that the SIBF is eyeing to shake up the sport of basketball and refocus its priorities and goals towards helping the development of basketball, both at the youth and rural level.

One of the key areas is to work towards engaging a full time Basketball Development officer, so to help drive this plan on youth and rural development of the code.

World basketball international body, FIBA will provide support in this area, but a local will have to take priority to fill this post.

The other area is to improve existing facilities of basketball.

FIBA Oceania has marked Vanuatu and Solomon Islands as countries in the Pacific this season, which will benefit from funding in this area.

By CARLOS ARUAFU
Courtesy of: solomonstarnews.com



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  SPAIN   

Stats Leaders-LEB Silver

Points Per Game
 Alfredo OTT
  Lan M.
  (193-G-83)
  Avg: 17.9
 1. Ott, Lan M.17.9 
 2. Monroe, Tenerife16.5 
 3. Todorovic, Prat J.16.4 
 4. Atoyebi, Lan M.16.4 
 5. Salson, Las Rozas16.3 
 6. Eriksson, Barca R.15.9 
 7. Balmon, Las Rozas14.0 
 8. Ortiz, Aurtenec.13.8 
 9. Ausina, Aurtenec.13.4 
 10. Oha, Gandia Basq.13.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Marko TODOROVIC
  Prat J.
  (203-F-92)
  Avg: 8.6
 1. Todorovic, Prat J.8.6 
 2. Balmon, Las Rozas8.3 
 3. Elias, Tenerife8.3 
 4. Atoyebi, Lan M.8.1 
 5. Thompson, Aurtene.8.1 
 6. Monroe, Tenerife7.7 
 7. Ausina, Aurtenec.7.7 
 8. Ortega, Oviedo CB7.2 
 9. Adams, Coruna6.9 
 10. Miller, Gandia B.6.9 
Assists Per Game
 Federico BAVOSI
  Andorra
  (184-PG-81)
  Avg: 5.8
 1. Bavosi, Andorra5.8 
 2. Ibargutxi, Lan M.4.4 
 3. Guigou, Tenerife4.1 
 4. Alvarado, Gandia B.3.5 
 5. Vilanova, Prat J.3.3 
 6. Llorente, Avila3.2 
 7. Ugrinoski, Las R.3.2 
 8. Faner, Plasencia3.1 
 9. Bassas, Prat J.3.0 
 10. Perez, Barca R.2.8 
Steals Per Game
 Alfredo OTT
  Lan M.
  (193-G-83)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Ott, Lan M.2.9 
 2. Faner, Plasencia2.9 
 3. Hill, Ourense1.8 
 4. Guigou, Tenerife1.7 
 5. Bavosi, Andorra1.7 
 6. Barcelo, Aurtenec.1.6 
 7. Arcelus, Aurtenec.1.6 
 8. Elias, Tenerife1.5 
 9. Balmon, Las Rozas1.5 
 10. Ros, Plasencia1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Marko TODOROVIC
  Prat J.
  (203-F-92)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Todorovic, Prat J.1.5 
 2. Marti, Prat J.1.5 
 3. Mbaye, Barca R.1.5 
 4. Thompson, Aurtene.1.2 
 5. Flis, Andorra1.0 
 6. Serrano, Lan M.1.0 
 7. Iglesias, Plasencia0.9 
 8. Miller, Gandia B.0.9 
 9. Olaizola, Lan M.0.8 
 10. Elias, Tenerife0.8 


Pau Gasol selected the top Spaniard playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Pau Gasol
Pau Gasol
   #1. This week's number one is an international power forward Pau Gasol (214-80), who plays in the NBA. He could not help the Los Angeles Lakers (41-25) in their last game. Despite Gasol's very good performance the Los Angeles Lakers lost 84-99 on the road to the Denver Nuggets. He scored 16 points, had 7 rebounds, passed 3 assists and added 4 blocks in 40 minutes on the court. It's Gasol's fourth season with the team. Gasol has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 17.0ppg, 10.3rpg, 3.7apg, 1.4bpg, 2FGP: 50.5% and FT: 77.8% in the 70 games he played so far. Gasol is currently a member of the Spanish senior national team.

Serge Ibaka
Serge Ibaka
   #2. Second place goes to an international power forward Serge Ibaka (208-89). He contributed to an easy victory against the Dallas Mavericks (36-30) 95-79 in the NBA last Thursday. Ibaka recorded a double-double by scoring 10 points and getting 11 rebounds. He also added 4 blocks. The Oklahoma City Thunder has a solid 47-19 record this season. Ibaka has relatively good stats this year: 9.2ppg, 7.5rpg, 3.6bpg, 2FGP: 54.3% and FT: 66.4%. He has a dual citizenship: Congolese and Spanish. Despite Ibaka played previously for the Congolese national team, he is currently a member of the Spanish senior national team.

Marc Gasol
Marc Gasol
   #3. The Spanish player who performed third best last week abroad was an international center Marc Gasol (212-85, agency: Interperformances), who plays in the NBA. Gasol was not able to help the Memphis Grizzlies (41-25) in their last game. Despite his good performance the Memphis Grizzlies were edged 87-86 in Los Angeles by the Clippers. Gasol had a double-double by scoring 11 points and getting 10 rebounds. He also added 3 blocks (went 5 for 5 at the free throw line) in 35 minutes. Gasol is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fourth year in Grizzlies' roster. Gasol has very impressive stats this season: 14.4ppg, 8.8rpg, 3.1apg, 1.9bpg, 2FGP: 48.8%, 3FGP: 8.3% and FT: 74.6% in the 69 games. Despite he played previously for the Congolese national team, Gasol is currently a member of the Spanish senior national team.

Tiago Splitter
Tiago Splitter
   #4. Power forward Tiago Splitter (211-85, also represented by Interperformances) contributed to a San Antonio Spurs' victory against the Utah Jazz (36-30) 102-90 in the NBA in Saturday night's game. He scored 10 points and grabbed 8 rebounds. The San Antonio Spurs have quite an impressive 50-16 record this season. It was his team's tenth consecutive victory in a row. This season Splitter has relatively solid stats: 9.2ppg, 5.1rpg and 1.1apg. He is another player who holds two passports: Brazilian and Spanish. Despite Splitter played previously for the Brazilian national team, he is currently in the Spanish national team roster.

Taquan Dean
Taquan Dean
   #5. International guard Taquan Dean (193-83, agency: Beo Basket, college: Louisville) was the major contributor in a 1-point Air Avellino's victory against the closely-ranked Cimberio Varese (17-15) 78-77 in the Italian SerieA last Wednesday. Dean scored 16 points (went 5 for 5 at the free throw line) in 22 minutes. Sidigas Avellino (15-17) is placed ninth in the SerieA. The Regular Season already ended. Dean is currently ninth on the league's list of top scorers with 16.0ppg. This year he also averages: 3.8rpg, 1.7apg and 2.0spg in the 22 games. Dean is a naturalized American. Despite he played previously for the USA national team, Dean is currently in the Spanish national team roster. He used to play for Polaris World Murcia in Spanish league.

Omar Quintero
Omar Quintero
   #6. Point guard Omar Quintero (183-81, college: S.Nazarene) led Tijuana Zonkeys to a victory against the closely-ranked Frayles de Guasave (15-15) 105-93 in the Mexican CIBACOPA on Sunday night. Quintero scored 19 points, made 6 passes and 4 steals. Zonkeys de Tijuana (20-10) is placed third in the CIBACOPA. They ended the series of five consecutive loses. This season Quintero has very high stats. He averages: 16.9ppg, 2.7rpg and 3.3apg. Despite Quintero played previously for the Mexican national team, he is also an international player who is currently on the senior Spanish National Team roster.

Angel Santana
Angel Santana
   #7. International forward Angel Santana (198-77, college: St.Francis, NY) helped Ploiesti win their game against the league leader Gaz Metan (22-5) 96-88 in the Romanian Division A in Saturday night's game. Santana scored 15 points in 30 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. CSU Asesoft Ploiesti (20-8) is placed fourth in the Division A. This year Santana's overall stats are: 4.8ppg and 1.8rpg in the 17 games. Despite he played previously for the Mexican national team, Santana is currently in the Spanish national team roster.

Albert Miralles
Albert Miralles
   #8. Center Albert Miralles (208-82, another player represented by Interperformances) helped Angelico Biella win their game against one of league's weakest teams Otto Caserta (12-20) 88-84 in the Italian SerieA last Wednesday. He scored 12 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. Angelico Biella (13-19) is placed 12th in the SerieA. The Regular Season already ended. Miralles has reliable stats this season: 10.8ppg, 6.9rpg and 1.1spg. Despite he played previously for the Mexican national team, Miralles is currently in the Spanish national team roster.

Rafael Lopez
Rafael Lopez
   #9. Former international center Rafael Lopez (204-86) was not able to secure a victory for Etendard de Brest (18-16) in their game against Saint-Quentin (27-7) in the French NM1 (third division). He recorded 5 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in 14 minutes. Etendard de Brest was badly defeated 90-72 on the opponent's court by the leading Saint-Quentin. The Regular Season already ended. This year Lopez's total stats are: 10.0ppg, 6.3rpg and 1.1apg in the 34 games. He used to play for the Spanish national team seven years ago.



Assignia Manresa agrees with Alexander Yanev - by Eurobasket News

According to reports, Aleksandar Yanev (203-F-90, agency: Interperformances) will play next season in Spain. The Bulgarian prospect agreed a deal with Assignia Manresa. Yanev currently plays for Cherno More. He started the season there, but in March he moved to Greek Kavala and returned to Cherno More at the end of April. Yanev appeared 20 times for Cherno More this season (so far) averaging 18 points and 8.7 rebounds. They will meet Lukoil Akademik in the NBL Semifinals. In Greece, he had very limited playing time in three games. Aleksandar Yanev is a product of Cherno More where is started as a teenager. He is active member of the Bulgarian National Team. Yanev got a chance in Qualifications to European Championships 2011 averaging 6.3 points and 4.2 rebounds in six games. Before that, he very successfully played for Bulgarian U20, U18 and U16 National Teams.


LEB Silver: Third games - by Eurobasket News

Third games of the LEB Silver Semifinals were played last night. Aurteneche managed to beat Ourense 75-61 and to stay alive in the series. The score is 1-2 for Ourense, who still needs just one more win for the Finals. In the other game, Prat Juventut handed 77-81 home loss to Barca Regal II. The series was tied at 1-1 before this meeting. Fourth games are scheduled for tomorrow and same teams will be the hosts.

Aurteneche M. - Ourense 75-61 (1-2)
The game was mostly controlled by Aurteneche M.. Ourense managed to win third quarter 14-13. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. It was a good game for forward Alex Arcelus (196-85) who led his team to a victory with 24 points and 8 rebounds (on 10-of-12 shooting from the field). point guard Ander Ortiz (185-80) contributed with 13 points and 6 assists for the winners. Aurteneche M.'s coach Inaki Merino used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Power forward Antonio Pantin (203-88) answered with 7 points and 10 rebounds and American forward Matthew Webster (203-84, college: Evansville) added 8 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Ourense.
Top scorers:
Ourense: F.Koffi 8+5reb, M.Webster 8+8reb, F.Cardenas 8+1reb+3ast, K.Hill 7+1ast, R.Guillandeaux 7+4reb+4ast, A.Pantin 7+10reb+1ast
Aurteneche M.: A.Arcelus 24+8reb+2ast, A.Ortiz 13+2reb+6ast, A.Arruti 10+4reb+1ast, A.Carrera 5+1reb+1ast, A.Thompson 5+6reb+1ast, J.Camilo Riveiro 5+7reb
gschID: 175846


Barca Regal II - Prat Juventud 77-81 (1-2)
The guests were tied after three quarters but managed to speed up in last quarter eventually winning the game. Prat Juventud brought some defensive toughness making 7 blocks. It was a great evening for Montenegrin forward Marko Todorovic (203-92) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 20 points, 17 rebounds and 4 blocks (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field). Power forward Gerbert Marti (203-91) helped adding 12 points and 8 rebounds. Prat Juventud's coach Carles Duran allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. The best for the losing side was point guard Joan Creus (185-92) with 18 points and 4 assists and Swedish swingman Marcus Eriksson (196-93) scored 17 points. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Barca Regal II: J.Creus 18+4reb+4ast, M.Eriksson 17+4reb, I.Garcia 15+5reb+1ast, C.Marzo 10+4reb+3ast, E.Riu 8+6reb+2ast, P.Mbaye 6+6reb
Prat Juventud: M.Todorovic 20+17reb+1ast, A.Barrera 15+3reb, G.Marti 12+8reb+3ast, R.Vilanova 10+2reb+3ast, A.Suarez 6+3reb, A.Ventura 6+2as

*Andorra won the regular season and promotion for LEB Gold.



Unicaja Malaga and coach Luis Casimiro part ways - by Eurobasket News

Luis Casimiro is no longer a Head Coach of Unicaja Malaga. Sports director of the team Manolo Rubia announced that Unicaja decided not to keep Casimiro for the next season. He took over Unicaja in March, but they were not able to reach the Liga Endesa Playoffs. The Malaga team finished as No.9 with 17-17 record. Luis Casimiro started last season with Valladolid. They parted ways in January and two moths later the coach got a job at Unicaja. From 2008 to 2011 he was coaching Estudiantes Madrid. They reached Eurocup Quarterfinals last season. Before the Students, Luis Casimiro worked with Fuenlabrada, Alicante, Pamesa, Caceres, Manresa and Gijon. He won the LEB1 title in 2005 with Fuenlabrada. 14 years ago Casimiro won the ACB title with Manresa.


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Miroslav Petkovic joins SAV Vacallo - by Luca Maffioli

SAV Vacallo Basket announced that Miroslav Petkovic (183-G-88) signed a two-year deal with the club. The 23-years old playmaker started his career in Regensdorf in 2004-2005, then he moved to Zurich Wildcats, Birstal Starwings Basel, BC Korac Zurich, Union Neuchatel Basket, Poly-Rapid Zurich Wildcats, Sdent BBC Nyon and he spent last two seasons in Starwings Basket Regio Basel. In 2011-2012 LNA regular season he averaged 10.1 points, 3.8 rebounds and 4.8 assist.


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Jeremy Lin will not play in Knicks-Heat series - by Eurobasket News

Mike Woodson cleared up all the questions and speculation about Jeremy Lin's (6'3''-PG-88, college: Harvard) status Tuesday. The interim Knicks coach said Lin will not play in this series.

As the Knicks prepared for Game 5 on Wednesday night, Lin and team doctors told Woodson to go on without the point guard.

Hes just not ready, Woodson said. They will let me know when hes ready, and Im sure he will step up to the plate and say Hey, Im ready, when that time comes. But right now hes out. Hes not ready.

The Knicks already lost Iman Shumpert and Baron Davis in this series to devastating knee injuries. Mike Bibby will start Wednesday, and J.R. Smith and Carmelo Anthony will also handle some of the point guard duties.

Courtesy of The New York Newsday (via www.insidehoops.com)



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Stats Leaders - D1

Points Per Game
 Jonathan GIBSON
  Trabzonspor
  (182-PG-87)
  Avg: 19.9
 1. Gibson, Trabzonspor19.9 
 2. Chatman, Karsiyaka18.3 
 3. Reynolds, Antalya18.3 
 4. Brown, Trabzonspor18.1 
 5. Scales, Mersin17.4 
 6. Toolson, Aliaga17.3 
 7. Fisher, Antalya17.2 
 8. Sneed, Mersin16.9 
 9. Grundy, Mersin16.9 
 10. Washington, Turk16.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Elton BROWN
  Trabzonspor
  (206-C-83)
  Avg: 12.2
 1. Brown, Trabzonspor12.2 
 2. Stimac, Olin Edirne9.9 
 3. Sanders, Hacett.8.9 
 4. Mensah-Bonsu, Bes.8.3 
 5. McGhee, Bandirma.7.8 
 6. Wesson, Erdemir7.6 
 7. Buckman, Tofas7.6 
 8. Sonkol, Aliaga7.3 
 9. Yucel, Turk T.7.0 
 10. Miller, Bandirma6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Mire CHATMAN
  Karsiyaka
  (187-PG-78)
  Avg: 6.4
 1. Chatman, Karsiyaka6.4 
 2. Ermis, Banvit BK6.1 
 3. Tunceri, Anadolu5.6 
 4. Ratkovica, Aliaga5.3 
 5. Senturk, Erdemir4.9 
 6. Gordon, Galatasaray4.7 
 7. Fisher, Antalya4.4 
 8. Washington, Turk T.4.4 
 9. Reynolds, Antalya4.4 
 10. Arroyo, Besiktas4.2 
Steals Per Game
 Vincent GRIER
  Mersin
  (195-G/F-83)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Grier, Mersin2.1 
 2. Robinson, Trabzons.2.1 
 3. Bryan-A., Hacett.2.0 
 4. Chatman, Karsiyaka1.9 
 5. Grundy, Mersin1.7 
 6. Gordon, Galatasaray1.6 
 7. Kinsey, Anadolu1.5 
 8. Guler, Turk T.1.4 
 9. Simmons, Banvit BK1.4 
 10. Scales, Mersin1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Matthew BRYAN-AMANING
  Hacett.
  (205-F-88)
  Avg: 1.3
 1. Bryan-A., Hacett.1.3 
 2. Davis, Banvit BK1.2 
 3. Robinson, Erdemir1.1 
 4. McGhee, Bandirma.1.0 
 5. Gist, Fener.Ulker0.9 
 6. Bayav, Karsiyaka0.9 
 7. Aldemir, Galatasar.0.9 
 8. Turkyilmaz, Banvit0.9 
 9. Karaman, Karsiyaka0.8 
 10. Qvale, Aliaga0.8 


TBL: Semifinals are set, defending champion is out - by Eurobasket News

Second games of the TBL Quarterfinals were played yesterday and today. Visitors grabbed all four wins and booked a spot for the Semifinals. There, Galatasaray will meet Besiktas, while Banvit will take on Anadolu Efes. Defending champion Fenerbahce Ulker is out of the competition. Semifinals format is best-of-five and games schedule will be announced soon. Galatasaray and Banvit will have the home court advantage in their series. Galata was the regular season champion and Banvit was No.2. Both teams had 25-5 record.

Karsiyaka - Anadolu Efes 73-84 (0-2)
The game without a history. Anadolu Efes led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They shot the lights out from three nailing 12 long-distance shots on high 52.2 percentage. The former international guard Kerem Tunceri (190-79) orchestrated the victory by scoring 19 points and 6 assists. American guard Tarence Kinsey (200-84, college: S.Carolina) contributed with 18 points for the winners. Four Anadolu Efes players scored in double figures. Anadolu Efes' coach Ilias Zouros allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American point guard Mire Chatman (187-78, college: UTPA, agency: Higher Vision Sports) replied with 28 points and 6 assists and Serbian center Jovo Stanojevic (208-77, agency: Beo Basket) added 17 points in the effort for Karsiyaka.
Top scorers:
Karsiyaka: M.Chatman 28+3reb+6ast, J.Stanojevic 17+3reb+1ast, B.Batuk 15+2reb+1ast, I.Karaman 8+4reb+3ast, C.Allen 5+1reb+1ast, O.Calban 0+1reb
Anadolu Efes: K.Tunceri 19+1reb+6ast, T.Kinsey 18+3reb+1ast, O.Lafayette 12+2ast, K.Gonlum 11+5reb, S.Guler 11+5reb+2ast, S.Vujacic 5+1reb+1ast
gschID: 175972


Fener.Ulker - Besiktas 74-77 (0-2)
The guests trailed by 7 points at the halftime before their 41-31 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. 28 personal fouls committed by Fenerbahce Ulker helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was American guard David Hawkins (194-82, college: Temple) who scored 21 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. Guard Serhat Cetin (197-86) chipped in 17 points. Bosnian-Croatian swingman Bojan Bogdanovic (203-89) produced 22 points and Croatian guard Roko-Leni Ukic (196-84) added 19 points respectively for the hosts.
Top scorers:
Fener.Ulker: B.Bogdanovic 22+3reb+2ast, R.Ukic 19+3reb+3ast, O.Onan 13+3ast, E.Preldzic 7+6reb+2ast, J.Gist 5+3reb+1ast, K.Peker 4+8reb+2ast
Besiktas: D.Hawkins 21+7reb+4ast, S.Cetin 17+3reb+2ast, C.Arroyo 12+3reb+1ast, P.Mensah-Bonsu 8+8reb+2ast, Z.Erceg 7+3reb, B.Hersek 6+2reb
gschID: 175973


Aliaga - Banvit BK 64-80 (0-2)
The guests trailed by 2 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 4-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 80-64. American-Azerbaijani forward Charles Davis (202-84, college: Alabama) scored 19 points and 5 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and the former international guard Serkan Erdogan (190-78, agency: 1x1 Sports) chipped in 16 points and 4 assists during the contest. Banvit BK's coach Orhun Ene used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The former international forward Ersin Goerkem (195-77) responded with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 10 rebounds and the former international forward Umit Sonkol (206-82) scored 10 points and 5 rebounds. Four Aliaga players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Aliaga: R.Toolson 13+2reb+2ast, E.Goerkem 12+10reb, O.Haciyeva 10+4reb+1ast, U.Sonkol 10+5reb+2ast, T.Plaisted 8+4reb, B.Qvale 4+6reb+1ast
Banvit BK: C.Davis 19+5reb+3ast, S.Erdogan 16+2reb+4ast, L.Williams 11+2reb+1ast, K.Bajramovic 10+3reb, K.Simmons 9+3reb+1ast, B.Ermis 6+1reb+6ast
gschID: 175970


Tofas - Galatasaray 73-79 (0-2)
Tofas was ahead by 8 points after three quarters before a 20-6 charge of Galatasaray, which allowed them to win the game. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Tofas to just 6 points in fourth quarter. 27 personal fouls committed by Tofas helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Bosnian forward Nihad Djedovic (196-90, agency: Beo Basket) notched 15 points and 5 rebounds to lead the effort and Slovenian guard Jaka Lakovic (186-78) supported him with 14 points. Even 19 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists by Croatian center Jurica Zuza (207-78, agency: Alti Sport) did not help to save the game for Tofas. Forward Inanc Koc (202-79) added 11 points for the hosts.
Top scorers:
Tofas: J.Zuza 19+5reb+4ast, A.Nichols 11+1reb, I.Koc 11+4reb+1ast, T.Ruzic 8+2reb+1ast, S.Geyik 7+4reb, R.Steele 5+4reb+3ast
Galatasaray: N.Djedovic 15+5reb+3ast, J.Lakovic 14+2reb+2ast, T.Acik 9+2reb+3ast, E.Arslan 9+1reb, J.Lukas Gordon 6+3reb, C.Ozer 6



Efes extends its Euroleague sponsorship for another three years - by Eurobasket News

A constant supporter of sports, Efes' global brand Efes Pilsener extended its Euroleague Basketball sponsorship for another three years with the protocol signed on Wednesday, May 9. Euroleague CEO and President Jordi Bertomeu and Anadolu Efes Beer Group President Alejandro Jimenez were present at the press conference organized for the signing.

Efes' global brand Efes Pilsener announced that it extended its Euroleague sponsorship for another three years. Euroleague is a tournament that brings the continent's most distinguished teams together. Euroleague CEO and President Jordi Bertomeu and Anadolu Efes, Beer Group President Alejandro Jimenez attended the press conference on May 9th at Istanbul raan Palace Kempinsky.

Mentioning that Efes has been by their side for the past three years, Euroleague CEO and President Jordi Bertomeu said:

'Efes has been a kind, generous and creative partner for us for the past three years. I'm very happy that Efes' support will continue for another three years. With the support it provides, Efes proves its commitment to basketball and to the fans of the sport. As Euroleague, we seek to have long term partners. We believe that our relationship with Efes will be long standing. We will continue to work to add value to our partners in the Euroleague family.'

Stating that they always supported the development of basketball in Turkey, Anadolu Efes, Beer Group President Alejandro Jimenez said:

'Three years ago we started supporting basketball on an international level and we're determined to continue our support in the upcoming years. The protocol we signed today is a strong proof of this. We're happy to be supporting a distinguished event such as Euroleague. This tournament where Europe's best teams compete increases interest in basketball. I hope to see one or two Turkish teams in the Final Four at the next tournament. When I take into account the fact that the quality of Turkish basketball has increased in the last few years, I see that my wish is not a dream.'

Efes Pilsener is Euroleague Basketballs global sponsor

Supporting sports for years, starting with basketball, Efes' global brand Efes Pilsener became Euroleague's official sponsor within the scope of the sponsorship agreement signed with Euroleague Basketball on May 9. A constant supporter of sports, Efes signed the agreement which comprises the regular season, the Top 16, playoffs and Euroleague Basketball Final Four.

Final Four excitement in Istanbul

The Euroleague Final Four, which will determine the 2012 Euroleague champion, will take place between May 11 and 13 at Istanbul Sinan Erdem Dome. Panathinaikos, CSKA Moscow, FC Barcelona Regal and Olympiacos will battle for the title. Among them, CSKA and Panathinaikos have been Euroleague champions six times each; Regal Barcelona won the title twice and Olympiacos has done so on one occasion.

We are here to announce an extension for the next three years of Efes Beer Group as a Euroleague global sponsor, Anadolu Efes Beer Group President Alejandro Jimenez said Wednesday at Ciragan Palace. We are proud to be sponsor. Euroleague Basketball met the expectations we had three years ago and has surpassed them since. Basketball has become a more and more popular game. Efess relationship with basketball goes back to 1976 as a team. Each year since Efes has consistently supported basketball. We consider it our social responsibility. It is good for families, women and children. We have worked with Euroleague Basketball since 2000 and under Jordi Bertomeu basketball has been taken to new heights. We are proud to extend this partnership and to be able to announce it in Istanbul, our home. Over the next couple of days, you will be able to see some of the best basketball in the world. Its a shame that no Turkish team will be playing, but its still going to be amazing.

We are very happy to be here for this announcement, Euroleague CEO and President Jordi Bertomeu said at the media conference. We want to express our deepest gratitude to Efes for their longstanding commitment to the sport. It goes beyond these three years. Now its our turn to not disappoint Efess expectations. They have done their homework, now its our turn. Loyalty is important for us. We share a commitment to working together. We know that we can work together, grow and be better. Activities such as the gala dinner, the cheerleader contest and the Devotion Fan Zone are just examples of how that cooperation has flourished. We wish to express our gratitude for this. Over the next three years, we will be deepening relations and we hope in three years time we can announce yet another extension.

Courtesy of Euroleague



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Jazz guard Raja Bell blasts coach - by David Edole

Associated Press
SALT LAKE CITY -- Guard Raja Bell (196-F/G-76, agency: Interperformances, college: FIU) cleaned out his locker Tuesday then pronounced his career with the Utah Jazz over, calling the damage 'irreparable' and ripping coach Tyrone Corbin as 'unprofessional' because of a lack of communication.

Bell, 35, said his relationship with Corbin is 'fractured.' Though he has one more year left on his contract that will pay him more than $3.4 million, he wants the team to work out an offseason trade.

'I think everyone understands the situation we're in now,' Bell said. 'When it gets to a point where there's absolutely no communication for months on end, we all know that that's irreparable damage.'

Bell opened the year as Utah's starting shooting guard but saw his playing time diminish. In March, he was sent home from a road trip after a verbal spat with Corbin.

Bell and Jazz brass sat down to air their differences and he started the next game. But another injury set him back, and though healthy, he did not play in Utah's first-round Western Conference series, which San Antonio swept.

The 12th-year pro averaged 6.4 points, 1.4 rebounds and 1.1 assists in 34 games during the regular season but missed 27 games because of injury.

Corbin declined to discuss the rift.

Jazz general manager Kevin O'Connor had only sarcastic comments.

'I would probably say, 'Gee, that's unexpected (to hear),' ' O'Connor said. 'I would have never thought that would have happened.'

More seriously, he said issues like Bell's would be dealt with behind closed doors.

'He's got a contract for next year and we expect him to honor it, and if we can make our team better, we will,' O'Connor said.

As for Corbin, O'Connor had only praise.

'Everyone should appreciate the professionalism he brought to the team, how he handled the shortened season, the roster changes and doing a terrific job of dragging the team to the playoffs with playing the young players and incorporating them into the scheme of things,' O'Connor said. 'After what we did to him last year.'

O'Connor referred specifically to the team's trade of Deron Williams and Corbin's abrupt elevation last season following Hall of Fame coach Jerry Sloan's departure.

'He responded pretty darn well to it,' O'Connor said.

Swingman C.J. Miles, who is a free agent next season, was careful with his words but echoed a few of Bell's thoughts and said it was difficult to understand Corbin's rotations at times and distribution of playing time.

Miles was a starter at one point but struggled with his shooting and with injuries.

Unlike Bell, he was hopeful of returning to the Jazz.



Duncan moves into third place on career playoff list - by David Edole

Tim Duncan (211-F/C-76, college: Wake Forest) passed another career milestone after notching three blocked shots in the Spurs series-clinching victory over Utah Monday night.

His final blocked shot of the night, a rejection of Gordon Hayward with 8:38 left in the third quqarter, pushed him past Shaquille ONeal into third place behind leader Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Hakeem Olajuwon.

Duncan notched three blocks in each of the Spurs two victories at Utah.

Olajuwons mark could be next as Duncan is only 13 rejections away from passing him. He's 17 blocks away from breaking the record and could get it this year with continued strong play and a long playoff run.

1. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar* 476
2. Hakeem Olajuwon* 472
3. Tim Duncan 460
4. Shaquille ONeal 459
5. David Robinson* 312
6. Robert Parish* 309
7. Patrick Ewing* 303
8. Kevin McHale* 281
9. Dikembe Mutombo 251
10. Ben Wallace 250
11. Julius Erving* 239
12. Rasheed Wallace 225
Robert Horry 225
14. Caldwell Jones 223
15. Elvin Hayes* 222

* Basketball Hall of Fame member

Source: Basketball-reference.com



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Afidra returns as Power land financial boost - by Eurobasket News

DMark Power captain Isaac Afidra joined the national basketball champions last evening in practice just hours after the team received new financial backing.
Yesterday, Powers quest for a record equaling sixth title got a Sh30m boost from Crown Beverages, under their 7UP brand.
The purse was enticing enough to get Afidra, currently inactive with a back problem, join his teammates. I am only here to shoot and gain rhythm, Afidra said at the unveiling of the one-year deal at YMCA court. He hasnt played since sinking the game-changing three-pointer in the decider as Power edged Warriors 4-3 in the finals last December. He will play in three months, Power coach Bernice Ankunda said. No, it will take a shorter time than that, maybe the second round. Bernadette Kizza, the 7UP brand manager, unveiled the deal. Power have another sponsorship deal will DMark Mobile.
Courtesy of: http://basket-in-africa.blogspot.com



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Olexiy Onufriyev and Leonid Iailo extend with Mykolaiv - by Eurobasket News

Olexiy Onufriyev and Leonid Iailo (206-F-73) will stay with MBC Mykolaiv in the next season. Both players extended their contracts with the team.
Olexiy Onufriyev started the last season in Kyiv. The forward played for Budivelnyk. He tallied 4.3 points, 1.7 rebounds per game in VTB League. In Superleague his stats read 4.5 points, 1.3 boards and 1.0 assist per appearance. Olexiy Onufriyev moved to Mykolaiv in December. The forward averaged 9.8 points, 3.9 rebounds, 1.2 assists and 1.1 steals per game in Superleague.
Leonid Iailo will enter the fifth straight season with MBC Mykolaiv. The forward tallied 6.1 points, 4.3 rebounds and 1.6 assists per game in Superleague last season. Previously Leonid Iailo had stints with Budivelnyk, Odessa, Samara, Reggio Calabria, Unics Kazan, Darussafaka, Azovmash and BC Kyiv.



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Al Rayyan edged Al Wasl to enter the Final - by Eurobasket News

Al Rayyan edged Al Wasl to enter the Final of the 32nd GCC Clubs Basketball Championship. The team from Qatar celebrated a 93:79 win to remain undefeated. Tomorrow they will face another unbeaten team Al Hala that defeated compatriot Muharraq 75:69. In an all-Bahraini semi-final clash, which took place at the Bahrain Basketball Association's gym in Um Al Hassam, Al Hala showed strength in defence and unstoppable attack for a six-point win and a place in the final.
Pony Harold was unstoppable in his side victory nailing 38 points. Twenty six of his points he poured in for the first 20 minutes. Al Rayyan started with 22:14 lead and then had 48:37 advantage. The winners from Qatar never looked behind in the game and rightfully advanced to the Final.
The Final game is scheduled for May 10th, 16.00 local time. Al Wasl meanwhile will take on ALMuharraq from Bahrain in the game for the third place.



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BBL Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Demarius BOLDS
  MK Lions
  (190-G-84)
  Avg: 24.3
 1. Bolds, MK Lions24.3 
 2. Chapman, Newcastl.20.4 
 3. Bell, Plymouth R.20.4 
 4. Brown, Cheshire.20.3 
 5. Freeman, Worceste.19.7 
 6. Rundles, Leiceste.19.5 
 7. Gordon, Worceste.18.7 
 8. Smith, Newcastl.18.7 
 9. Langhurst, Sheffie.18.5 
 10. Green, Glasgow18.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Daniel NORTHERN
  MK Lions
  (206-F/C-85)
  Avg: 12.1
 1. Northern, MK Lions12.1 
 2. Williams, Plymouth11.3 
 3. Tuck, Sheffield S.11.1 
 4. Schneck, Cheshire.10.7 
 5. Dobbins, Sheffield10.4 
 6. Gordon, Worceste.9.7 
 7. Thomson, Newcastl.9.0 
 8. Cricelli, Mersey T.9.0 
 9. Cole, Cheshire Jets8.7 
 10. Hardy, Leicester8.5 
Assists Per Game
 Ayron HARDY
  Leicester R.
  (195-F-88)
  Avg: 5.1
 1. Hardy, Leicester R.5.1 
 2. Brown, Cheshire.4.9 
 3. Bolds, MK Lions4.7 
 4. Prezzie-Blue, Worc.4.7 
 5. Green, Glasgow4.5 
 6. Bailey, Mersey Tig.4.3 
 7. Rundles, Leiceste.4.3 
 8. Patton, Sheffiel.4.2 
 9. Flournoy, Newcastl.4.1 
 10. Bucci, Durham W.3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Demarius BOLDS
  MK Lions
  (190-G-84)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Bolds, MK Lions2.9 
 2. Hardy, Leicester R.2.6 
 3. Brown, Cheshire.2.1 
 4. Capocci, Durham W.1.8 
 5. Gause, Newcastl.1.8 
 6. Smith, Newcastl.1.7 
 7. Cricelli, Mersey T.1.5 
 8. Elderkin, Durham W.1.5 
 9. Bell, Plymouth R.1.5 
 10. Babalola, Sheffie.1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Bill COLE
  Cheshire Jets
  (205-F-89)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Cole, Cheshire Jets2.4 
 2. Northern, MK Lions1.9 
 3. Dobbins, Sheffield1.5 
 4. Gordon, Worceste.1.2 
 5. Royster, Leiceste.1.1 
 6. Williams, Plymouth1.1 
 7. Hardy, Leicester R.1.0 
 8. Williams, Cheshire.0.8 
 9. Flournoy, Newcastl.0.7 
 10. Rowe, Plymouth R.0.7 


Luol Deng selected the top British players playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Luol Deng
Luol Deng
   #1. This week's number one is an international forward Luol Deng (206-85, agency: Interperformances, college: Duke). He led Chicago Bulls to a victory over the Philadelphia 76ers (35-31) 77-69 in the NBA in Tuesday night's game. Deng was MVP of the game. He scored 24 points, grabbed 8 rebounds and made 2 blocks in 43 minutes on the court. The Chicago Bulls have a very good 50-16 record this season. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. It's Deng's eighth year with the team. Deng has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 15.1ppg, 6.5rpg, 2.8apg, 2FGP: 42.8%, 3FGP: 38.2% and FT: 75.7% in the 59 games he played so far. Deng has a dual citizenship: British and Sudanese. Despite he played previously for the Sudanese national team, Deng is currently a member of the British senior national team.

Pops Mensah-Bonsu
Pops Mensah-Bonsu
   #2. Second place goes to former international forward Pops Mensah-Bonsu (206-83, agency: SportsTalent, college: G.Washington). He was the major contributor in an overtime Besiktas' victory against the closely-ranked Fenerbahce Ulker (21-9) 96-94 in a derby game in the Turkish TBL last Sunday. Mensah-Bonsu recorded a double-double by scoring 24 points and getting 11 rebounds. Besiktas Milangaz Istanbul (22-8) is placed fourth in the TBL. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. Mensah-Bonsu belongs to league's best rebounders and is ranked #4. He has very reliable stats this season: 14.7ppg, 8.3rpg, 2FGP: 61.9%(117-189) and FT: 68.0%. Despite Mensah-Bonsu played previously for the Sudanese national team, he played also for the British national team in 2010.

Joel Freeland
Joel Freeland
   #3. The British player who performed third best last week abroad was an international forward Joel Freeland (208-87). Freeland was the main contributor in a 3-point Unicaja Malaga's victory against the closely-ranked Gescrap BB (19-15) 83-80 in the Spanish ACB on Thursday night. He was the best player in that game. Freeland scored 19 points and grabbed 9 rebounds (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line) in 33 minutes. Unicaja Malaga (17-17) is placed ninth in the ACB. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. The Regular Season already ended. Freeland is ranked fourth on the list of the best rebounders in the league with 7.5rpg. This year his other stats are: 12.9ppg, 2FGP: 54.8%, 3FGP: 22.6% and FT: 73.5% in the 31 games. Despite Freeland played previously for the Sudanese national team, he is currently a member of the British senior national team.

Michael Lenzly
Michael Lenzly
   #4. Guard Michael Lenzly (189-81, college: Wofford), who plays in the Czech Republic NBL could not help CEZ Nymburk (34-2) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Lenzly's good performance the first-placed CEZ Nymburk was edged in an overtime 90-88 on the road by the lower-ranked BC Kolin (#5) in the A1 group. He scored 10 points and added 4 passes. Lenzly's overall stats this season are: 7.1ppg, 2.8rpg, 2.2apg and 1.3spg. He is a naturalized American. Despite Lenzly played previously for the USA national team, he is currently in the British national team roster. Strangely Lenzly has never played in United Kingdom.

Andrew Betts
Andrew Betts
   #5. An experienced former international center Andrew Betts (216-77, college: Long Beach St.) contributed to an easy victory against the 14th-ranked Gran Canaria 2014 (13-21) 93-78 in the Spanish ACB last Sunday. He recorded 10 points in 18 minutes. Lagun Aro Gipuzkoa BC (19-15) is placed fifth in the ACB. Betts' team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And that game will be critical. It's Betts' first season with the team. This year his overall stats are: 5.7ppg and 3.6rpg in the 34 games. Despite Betts played previously for the USA national team, he is currently in the British national team roster.

Dante Cunningham
Dante Cunningham
   #6. Forward Dante Cunningham (203-87, college: Villanova) was not able to help the Memphis Grizzlies (41-25) in their game against the Los Angeles Clippers (40-26) in the NBA. Cunningham recorded only 4 points. The Memphis Grizzlies were defeated in an overtime 101-97 in Los Angeles by the Clippers. Cunningham's total stats this season are: 5.0ppg and 3.7rpg. He is a naturalized American. Cunningham is a former international player as he played for the British senior team four years ago. Apparently he has never played in United Kingdom.

Ryan Richards
Ryan Richards
   #7. International power forward Ryan Richards (212-91) contributed to Sokhumi's victory against the closely-ranked MIA (12-8) 82-78 in a derby game in the Georgian Superleague in Thursday night's game. Richards had a double-double by scoring 18 points and getting 10 rebounds in 26 minutes. Sokhumi Tbilisi (11-9) is placed fifth in the Superleague. They ended the series of three consecutive loses. Richards has relatively good stats this year: 14.0ppg, 9.0rpg and 1.5apg in the two games. Despite he played previously for the USA national team, Richards is currently in the British national team roster.

Phill Jones
Phill Jones
   #8. Guard Phill Jones (196-74) contributed to a 3-point Fico Finance Nelson Giants' victory a