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  ACPBL   



Beltway Bombers Are ACPBL Champs! - by Justin Moore


Beltway Bombers defeat Palmieri Jeans Destroyers 127-118 to win ACPBL Championship

With about 6 minutes left in the ACPBL championship game, with the Bombers up 10 points, Beltway Bombers CEO and Head Coach Chaz Dudley was heard telling his players that '2nd place sucks...you don't want that feeling. What are you prepared to do to win this chip?! Every possession now down the stretch is critical...we're playing as much the clock as we are them. Let's be brilliant on the basics, execute our sets, gang rebound, and finish.' The Beltway Bombers listened and closed out Palmieri Jeans Destroyers (Destroyers), 127-118, to win the 2011-2012 ACPBL Championship. The 'Bad Boys' Bombers trademark relentless pressure blitzing defense, multiple scoring options, and unselfish execution, enabled them to pull away in the 4th quarter.

Bombers had six of their nine players who scored in double figures, led by Cavell Johnson (6'8''-F-85, college: UMBC). The 6-8 F had 26 points, 15 rebounds, 6 blocks; and 3 steals, earning him championship game MVP honors. PG Joseph Flegler (6'0''-G-85, college: Savannah St.) added 29 points with 7 assists and 7 rebounds; 6-7 F Antonio Haymon (6'7''-F-88, college: Lee) dropped 25 points; 6-3 G Steven Miles (6'3''-G-81, college: American) added 11 points; and 6-5 SGBaby Shaq Hugh Jones (6'5''-G/F-80) had 10 points, 7 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 steals. 6-4 SG Rogers Barnes (6'4''-G/F-86, college: Morgan St.) 6-3 G Myron Howe (6'1''-G-74) and 6-7 F Stacey Daniels (6'7''-F) were all very aggressive and productive on both ends as well. Bombers played with only nine players (missing PG Evan Martin (6'0''-PG-83, college: Wesley) and PF David Bailey (6'9''-F-83, college: Prince George CC)).

The championship game was what we expected, with two talented teams going at it...physical, competitive and hard-fought. With the Bombers trailing by as much as 15 points in the 2nd quarter, Coach Chaz had one of the most important time-outs all season. His message was clear and firm...'it's a marathon, not a sprint. Every team makes runs; this is theirs. Stay poised, extend our defense to force them to shoot contested jumpers, rebound and then attack the rim. Let's chip away and get their lead to single digits by the half'. Within a six minute window, the Bombers did much better than that, and had the game tied at the half, gaining all the momentum. With an evenly played 3rd quarter, the 4th quarter however belonged to the Bombers. Every timely steal, rebound, block shot, foul shot, bucket, and defensive stop was done by assorted Bombers players, to eventually secure the win.

Bombers PG Joseph Flegler said 'it was satisfying to sacrifice for one goal and then achieve it'. F Jamaal Wise knows that his team's strong chemistry had a lot to do with it's success 'the fact that we all are very cool with each other, and it carries over with us being unselfish on the court.'

The #2 seeded Bombers impressive playoff run began on April 29th when they defeated the Toms River Shooters by 31 points...117-86, led by Baby Shaq's triple-double of 27 points, 14 rebs and 10 assists. The Bombers then traveled to Hartford, Connecticut on May 4th (venue of ACPBL Final Four-Chip) to face the #3 seeded Hartford Lightning on Saturday evening. In a back & forth battle until the 4th quarter, the Bombers behind Hugh Jones, Joseph Flegler, Jamaal Wise, and Cavell Johnson, pushed their lead up to 10 points, and never let the Lightning come close again, winning, 130-122. 'The Lightning are a talented team. We wanted to get them in a catch-up mode in the 4th quarter, which would result in quick shots by them. Once we contested, boxed out, and rebounded, it would force them to foul us. We then had to make free throws down the stretch, which we did for the most part'.

With Palmieri Jeans Destroyers (Destroyers) defeating the Hudson Valley Kingz in the earlier semi-final, 134-122, it set the stage for the top two seeds to match-up in the chip. The Bombers had defeated Palmieri Jeans Destroyers three weeks back in the regular season by 15 points; 113-98 behind a dominant performance by Hugh Jones's triple-double. 'We knew that if we matched up with them in the championship game, that it was going to be a major battle'. Coach Chaz added, 'they have one of the best coaches in the league, and four proven 20 point scorers (Fahreed, Sherm, Anis and Keyes). You can't focus on one guy because they can attack you with assorted players'.

Coach Chaz and his Bombers players executed their defensive game plan neutralizing both Anis Taylor (9 points) and Sherman Brittingham (6'5''-F-83, college: California, PA) (13 points). Fahreed Cheatham (6'5''-F-79, college: Lincoln, PA) finished with 27 points and Mike Keyes added 20 points. Bombers then exploited designated match-ups offensively en-route to a well deserved championship victory. 'We have a great group of guys with the right attitude and determination' says F Antonio Haymon. Bombers co-captain Rogers Barnes added, 'winning the chip is great considering the road we took and the adversity we overcame...very rewarding'. Co-captain Steven Miles was happy to be a part of the team again after tearing his achilles heel in the summer; 'it was amazing to win the chip because I didn't think I would be able to come back in time to play. It's great to be a piece of the puzzle.'

Myron Howe stated that 'it's an honor and a pleasure to be a part of a championship team that is being coached and run by a classy leader.' Co-captian Baby Shaq simply put 'playing for the Bombers was the best move I made in years.'

Hugh Jones, Joseph Flegler and Cavell Johnson from the Bombers; and Fahreed Cheatham and Sherman Brittingham from Palmieri Jeans Destroyers, all made the ACPBL All Final-Four Tournament Team.

Congratulations to Bombers CEO and Head Coach Chaz Dudley in winning his 45th team championship over 18 years. Bad Boy Bombers are Beasts of the ACPBL !



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  ANGUILLA   

AABA Standings

AABA Standings
 1. Shottaz 16-0 
 2. Hoyas 12-4 
 3. Raiders 11-5 
 4. New Breed 9-7 
 5. Youngsters 9-7 
 6. Hard Knox 7-9 
 7. Outlaws 5-11 
 8. Spartans 2-14 
 9. SJSM 1-15 



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  ANTIGUA   

Standings

ABBA Standings
 1. Big Banana E. 7-1 
 2. Roots 7-1 
 3. Ahkimo R. 5-2 
 4. Hancook F. 5-3 
 5. Coast Outlaws 4-2 
 6. BT Hawks 4-3 
 7. Newf.Tapers 4-4 
 8. BS Braves 3-4 
 9. DC D.Stars 1-7 
 10. Blizzard 0-0 
 11. MF Gunners 0-0 
 12. West Five 0-0 
 13. Yogi Warriors 0-8 



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  AUSTRALIA   


Adelaide 36ers keep Mitch Creek - by Eurobasket News

Adelaide 36ers announced signing of a two-year contract extension with Mitchell Creek (197-F/G-92). The young swingman arrived to the club in 2010 from AIS. He appeared 28 times in the latest NBL season averaging 5.4 points and 3 rebounds. He was named Adelaide 36ers Best Defensive Player for 2011/12. Having recently been named in the Australian Boomers squad, Creek brings raw talent and athleticism to the team. Head Coach Marty Clarke said that Creek has thrived in his past two seasons with the club.

'Mitch is one of those players that has great athletic ability and will do everything needed to help the team', said Clarke for the NBL web site.

Mitchell Creek played for the Australian U19 National Team last year. He had 14.4 ppg, 6.9 rpg and 2.3 apg for 9 games at the World Championships U19 in Latvia. He was awarded with Eurobasket.com All-World Championships U19 Honorable Mention -11.



Hello World - by Curtis Scipio

Hello World,

I'm going to blogging about my experience playing basketball abroad.. Filling people in on whats been going on with me since I finished playing college ball in America. I started off playing in the minor leagues of America. I was selected to play in the UBA where I played for a team in San Antonio, TX. It was a very different experience for me. I moved from there to the United Kingdom which was my first international playing experience. I stayed for a short time and was forced to leave because of visa issues. Which brought me back to America where I competed in a very good minor league International Basketball League. I had very solid season. Leading my team in assist and steals. Great experience for me. I played against some of the top guards in the country some had been at the NBA level and stars in college and on the International level. This is just to let people know how I got started. I will update more of my playing experience and my travelling in the next blog..
Peace and Blessings.



NBL statement on Blaze - by Eurobasket News

The National Basketball League has released the following statement from Basketball Australia interim Chief Executive Officer Scott Derwin in response to today's announcement by the Gold Coast Blaze that the club had been placed into voluntary administration.

'The ownership group of the Gold Coast Blaze advised me late yesterday that they had placed the club into voluntary administration, and had appointed Roland Robson from Aggs Robson as Administrator', said Mr. Derwin. 'The League understands that the Blaze took this difficult decision in order to act in a responsible, legal and ethical manner to try and find an appropriate way past their present financial difficulties.'

Basketball Australia's priority is to find an appropriate solution quickly to the clubs current situation that allows the Blaze to continue to play in the NBL and we will explore all reasonable options in our power to assist them in this process.

'The NBL is now seeking to meet with the Administrator as a matter of urgency in order to gather more information so we can formulate an appropriate position on the matter. Once we have reached this position we will communicate it publicly in due course.'

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



Crocs extend Chris and Michael Cedar - by Eurobasket News

Brothers Chris Cedar (185-G-88) and Michael Cedar (190-G-86) will stay with the Townsville McDonalds Crocodiles. Both players agreed to one year deals yesterday.
Chris Cedar played 31 games for the club last season averaging 4.6 points, 1.3 rebounds and 1.2 assists. He currently plays for the Townsville Heat of ABA.
Michael Cedar had better numbers than his brother last season. For 31 games Michale registered 7.4 ppg, 2.4 rpg and 1.6 apg. In 2010/11, he averaged 10.8 points, 3.1 rebounds and 2 assists.
The Crocs still work on their roster for the next season. They now have eight players under the contract. They are Ben Allen, Mitch Norton, Todd Blanchfield, Jacob Holmes, Peter Crawford, Russell Hinder, Chris Cedar and Michael Cedar.



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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.



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  BOSNIA   


Sodertalje Kings keep Head Coach Vedran Bosnic - by Eurobasket News

Sodertalje Kings announced signing of a 3-year contract extension with their Head Coach Vedran Bosnic. The coach has a clause to leave at the end of each season. Bosnic started his coaching career with the Kings in 2008. First he was an Assistant Coach and in May of 2010 he was promoted to HC. This season Sodertalje Kings reached Basketligan Finals, but failed against Norrkoping. They also were regular season runners-up. Vedran Bosnic was named Eurobasket.com All-Swedish Basketligan Coach of the Year -11, 12. He also coach at Basketligan All-Star Game. In 2009 and 2010, Bosnic worked with U16 Swedish National Team. The Bosnian played for Sodertalje in 2007/08 and it was his last season as a professional basketball player. He had 4.2 ppg, 1.2 rpg and 1.1 apg for 19 games.


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  CANADA   


Nash keeping free agency options open - by Eurobasket News

Steve Nash (6'3''-PG-74, college: Santa Clara) a Raptor?

Team Canadas new general manager and one of the NBAs top free agents this summer wasnt ruling anything out on Tuesday.

The 38-year-old, two-time league MVP is coming off of another sublime season (he was second in the league in assists per game and shot 53.2% from the field), but is an unrestricted free agent for the first time since 2004 when he returned to Phoenix after six years in Dallas.

Nash said he has not had much time to think about his next NBA destination - but indicated he is keeping his options open. That includes the Raptors, who are expected to aggressively pursue him.

How will Nash pick a team?

Im going to have to do my research, dig in and see what opportunities fit me best, but at the same time, when the deadline comes it could be really simple, or it could be really complicated, Nash said.

Well evaluate strongly every single opportunity that I have.

(Ill) just dig into rosters and situations, even cities, see what fits me best and what situation Id fit best. But I havent even started, he admitted.

Raptors president/general manager Bryan Colangelo drafted Nash back in 1996 and lured him back to Arizona with a considerable contract offer.

Courtesy of http://www.torontosun.com



Pro hoops league eyes St. Catharines - by Eurobasket News

The National Basketball League of Canada is contemplating a potential expansion into St. Catharines.

Last Thursday, St. Catharines Mayor Brian McMullan met with NBL co-founders Andre Levingston and Ian McCarthy to discuss the possibility of having the city join the seven-team league that completed its inaugural season this spring.

We are scouting out potential markets that we think could embrace a professional basketball team and would support it, Levingston said Tuesday. The mayor there gave us a bit of his time to have that discussion and we left with a positive feeling.

St. Catharines was one of several cities visited last week. Levingston didnt want to say which other cities he visited.

We have several cities weve been talking to for a while, but there are some cities that we are excited about and theyre in the same process as St. Catharines.

That process is a quick one.

Theyre asking for a decision by early June of this year as to whether were interested in a team that would start playing here in November, McMullan said.

He was encouraged by the talks.

We had a good meeting. It was a very positive meeting.

The citys interest in the team, which would play 18 home games, excluding playoffs, is obvious.

Its another opportunity for a national sports franchise to come to St. Catharines and were looking for events for the new spectator facility, McMullan said. And I understand the league has been very successful.

The talks with the City of St. Catharines were initiated by the league.

We have an ownership group that has interest in St. Catharines, Levingston said. Usually when that occurs, we do our due diligence first. We want to make sure its a city that would support professional basketball. And we would like to know if theres a possibility that there could be a lease agreement in place for that group to have success there.

McMullan feels the city could come up with a favourable lease for the franchise.

Its up to city council, but the potential is there, he said. What I like is they have an owner who is very interested in St. Catharines and having a team here.

Levingston didnt want to reveal the identity of the ownership group that is interested in St. Catharines.

At this time, we would like to keep that private, he said.

This past season, half the teams in the league were owned by local groups. The owners own the league.

The NBL is not waiting for a new spectator facility in St. Catharines and would be more than happy to play out of the aging Jack Gatecliff Arena.

I like the old building, Levingston said. Its small, its a 3,100-seater and the fans are right up on you. I would like to see it go in this year to actually build a fan base, sell it out and grow into a new building.

City staff are now dealing with NBL representatives and McMullan expects the group to come to city council soon to make a presentation.

Hopefully, we will get some support from council to send it back to staff for a formal report, he said.

The NBLs first season had franchises located in Saint John, N.B., Halifax, Quebec, London, Ont., Moncton, Oshawa and Summerside, P.E.I.

It was an overwhelming success, Levingston said. We had a fantastic year and we blew all our numbers off the charts. The basketball was very competitive and attendance averaged almost 3,000 across the league. Thats paid people, not papered.

Attendance at the championship game in London drew more than 5,500 at the John Labatt Centre. The break-even mark for the teams in the league is between 2,500 and 2,700 fans, Levingston said.

Its a business model that works, for sure, he said. We impressed a lot of people who didnt think we would get the support that early.

London Lightning owner Vito Frijia told the London Free Press in April that his team had exceeded its expectations of 2,000-2,500 fans per game and had broken even in its first year.

The league as a whole will do much better the second year, Frijia said. Basketball is a fantastic game. I cant tell you the number of people who werent basketball fans before the season, bought tickets to support us and they just became huge basketball fans.

Frijia said his start-up costs were about $800,000. The league had a salary cap of $150,000 for a roster that must have a minimum of 10 players.

In the 2011-12 season, each team had to have at least two Canadians on the roster. The league is looking for that number to rise this season given the success the Canadian players had in the league.

We want to do our part in developing players in this country and by seasons end, the majority of teams in the league had three or more Canadians, Levingston said.

As for the calibre of play, he said its top-notch.

When people get an opportunity to see our product, theyre blown away. These guys are high Division 1 and/or players who have played in the NBA or have had basketball experience overseas.

Ticket prices in London ranged to $70 for first-row court-side seats to $18 for adults, $14 for seniors and $12 for children under 17 in lower-bowl, non-premium seats.

Our motto is we want you to take a family of four to the game (for) cheaper than going to a movie, Levingston said. Its a very affordable. You can take a family of four to a game for under $100.

The last time professional basketball was played in the city was when the Niagara DareDevils of the American Basketball Association folded after four games of the 2005-06 season. It was owned by Al Howell.

Dont mention that name and dont mention those three letters man, please, Levingston said.

The NBL is certainly not the ABA, but that doesnt mean the city didnt learn lessons from its experience with the DareDevils.

Thats why we want to do our due diligence, McMullan said. It sounds great, theyve been successful in other communities, they believe theres a strong market here in St. Catharines/Niagara for a team, but we want to make sure its a good deal for our residents and the City of St. Catharines as well.

Courtesy of www.brantfordexpositor.ca



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  CHINA   

Standings - CBA

CBA Standings
 1. Guandong ST 27-5 
 2. Beijing Ducks 21-11 
 3. Shanxi Zh. 20-12 
 4. Xinjiang F.T. 19-13 
 5. DongGuan L. 19-13 
 6. Shanghai S. 19-14 
 7. Guangsha L. 18-14 
 8. Fujian XX 17-15 
 9. Qingdao DS 16-16 
 10. Liaoning H. 15-17 
 11. Zhejiang C. 15-17 
 12. Jilin NE T. 14-18 
 13. Shandong FB 14-18 
 14. Bayi Fubang 10-22 
 15. TianJin R. 10-22 
 16. Foshan 10-22 
 17. Jiangsu D. 9-23 


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



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  CROATIA   

A1 Standings

A1 Stage Two 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



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  D-LEAGUE   


Mad Ants 'finalizing' contract to hire new head coach - by Eurobasket News

Duane Ticknor, a minor-league coaching veteran who led the Dakota Wizards to back-to-back playoff appearances from 2007 to 09, will be the next head coach of the Mad Ants.

A contract has not been signed between Ticknor, 57, and the Ants.

Were kind of finalizing things, said Ticknor by phone. I think weve progressed to the point where were getting real close to finalizing the deal. I guess thats a good way to put it. Weve got to go through the proper channels not only through the Mad Ants organization, but also through NBA channels.

In his only two seasons with Dakota, Ticknor led the Wizards to the postseason. Dakota won the Central Division title with a 29-21 record during the 2007-08 season, and the following year, the Wizards defeated Central Division champion Iowa in the first round of the playoffs before falling in the league semifinals.

To be close to his home in Vermillion, S.D., Ticknor took an assistant coaching job with the Sioux Falls Skyforce for two seasons, beginning in 2009.

Last year he coached in Korea.

Ticknor was the coach of the CBA Gary Steelheads from 2002 to 05 and was an assistant with the Rapid City Thrillers from 1989 to 92. He was also the head coach for three IBA teams: Black Hills (1995-99), Dakota (1999-2000) and Siouxland Bombers (2000-01). During his IBA tenure, he was the leagues coach of the year four times and won the championship in 1997.

Ticknor will replace Steve Gansey as the Mad Ants coach.

Gansey was named interim coach last season after Joey Meyer was released in January after Meyer won five of his first 15 games of the 2011-12 season. Gansey was elevated from his assistant job and led the Ants the remainder of the season, going 9-26. The 14-36 record was the worst in the D-League and the franchises worst.

Obviously the talent level needs to get a lot better, Ticknor said of future Ants teams. Thats the bottom line in pro basketball. Talent usually wins. Then youve got to develop chemistry within the team and within the coaching staff. Its not just all about the players having chemistry. Youve got to build relationships with players, and youve got to have mutual respect in both directions. Thats been one of my strong suits, is to be able to build those relationships with mutual respect.

Gansey has been asked to return to the team as an assistant but isnt sure whether he will accept.

My status is I got to be asked as the assistant, but nothings been signed yet or anything. Im thinking about it. Gansey said.

Courtesy of www.journalgazette.net



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  EBA   


Jamar Board Crowned EBA Scoring King - by EBA Media

Jamar Board twice scored 43 points for the Washington Madness on his way to blitzing the EBA scoring title for 2012. He amassed 332 points in 11 games to finish 57 points ahead of Roman Perez (NYC Jaguars). Board's 30.2 average was second only to teammate Jamal Wise's league-best 31.8.

In keeping with his high-scoring numbers, Board proved most proficient from the 3-point arc, winning both the total and average titles in those divisions. To add to his two 43-point games, he had games of 7, 6, and 5 3-pointers during his banner season.

Roman Perez, point guard for the first-year NYC Jaguars, led all players in assists with 73 in 11 games. Joe Flegler of the NoVa Hawks had the league's best assist average of 10.7 for 6 games.

EBA rebound king with 90 in 9 games was New York Wizards' Brandon Lawley. His teammate Tim Zephyr had 78 to finish second. Rob Diggs, of the Washington Madness, edged-out the Wizards' Dele Coker by 3 tenths of a point to claim the rebound average title with 13.5.

Harrisburg Horizon rookie, Cody Boone took the #1 position in blocks total despite having played in only 5 games. Boone had 26 blocks and hauled down the average title for good measure with 5.2 per game.

Most proficient in steals was New York Wizards' Eric Ferguson with 25 in 9 games. He was followed by Metropolitan All-Stars' Terrance Carter with 23 in 10 starts. Ferguson also won the average stat title with 2.8 per game.

EBA Stat Leaders



Points Total Jamar Board 332 Washington Madness
Points Average Jamal Wise 31.8 Washington Madness
Assists Total Roman Perez 73 NYC Jaguars
Assists Average Joe Flegler 10.7 NoVa Hawks
Rebound Total Brandon Lawley 90 New York Wizards
Rebound Avereage Rob Diggs 13.5 Washington Madness
Blocks Total Cody Boone 26 Harrisburg Horizon
Blocks Average Cody Boone 5.2 Harrisburg Horizon
Steals Total Eric Ferguson 25 New York Wizards
Steals Average Eric Ferguson 2.8 New York Wizards
Three Point Total Jamar Board 43 Washington Madness
Most 3-Pointers in One Game Jamar Board 7 Washington Madness

Randy Gill 7 Washington Madness

Chris Matthews 7 Washington Madness


Catch up with all your favorite players and teams by visiting the Eastern Basketball Alliance website.




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  ESTONIA   

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Reinis STRUPOVICS
  Valga
  (192-G-87)
  Avg: 20.9
 1. Strupovics, Valga20.9 
 2. Raadik, Parnu18.1 
 3. Raley-Ross, Tln K.17.3 
 4. Soo, Rapla16.8 
 5. Cipruss, Tarvas16.7 
 6. Raap, Parnu16.2 
 7. Veideman, Tartu U.15.6 
 8. Pilk, TTU15.3 
 9. Hallik, Tarvas14.4 
 10. Akenparg, TTU14.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kaspars CIPRUSS
  Tarvas
  (210-C-82)
  Avg: 10
 1. Cipruss, Tarvas10.0 
 2. Cricelli, Valga8.4 
 3. Fedortchuk, Tln K.8.2 
 4. Raadik, Parnu7.8 
 5. Arnold, TTU7.6 
 6. Shaw, Tln Kalev7.4 
 7. Fall, Kalev/Cramo6.8 
 8. Ringmets, Rapla6.8 
 9. Pilk, TTU6.6 
 10. Allingu, Tartu U.6.4 
Assists Per Game
 Edgars CUNDA
  Valga
  (195-G-84)
  Avg: 4.5
 1. Cunda, Valga4.5 
 2. Laane, Rapla4.2 
 3. Sokk, Tartu Ulikool4.0 
 4. Sirsnins, Tarvas3.8 
 5. Pilk, TTU3.6 
 6. Kriisa, Tarvas3.6 
 7. Dorbek, Tarvas3.4 
 8. Kriisa, Tartu Ulik.3.4 
 9. Raap, Parnu3.3 
 10. Sokk, Kalev/Cramo3.1 
Steals Per Game
 Edgars CUNDA
  Valga
  (195-G-84)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Cunda, Valga2.5 
 2. Raley-Ross, Tln K.2.2 
 3. Veideman, Tartu U.2.1 
 4. Laane, Rapla2.0 
 5. Leppik, Tartu Ulik.2.0 
 6. Dorbek, Tarvas1.9 
 7. Kaldre, Rapla1.9 
 8. Raap, Parnu1.8 
 9. Skele, Kalev/Cramo1.7 
 10. Cricelli, Valga1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Bamba FALL
  Kalev/Cramo
  (216-C-86)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Fall, Kalev/Cramo1.9 
 2. Raadik, Parnu1.4 
 3. Amis, Tartu Ulikool1.1 
 4. Fedortchuk, Tln K.1.0 
 5. Ulyanko, Kalev/Cr.0.7 
 6. Toome, Kalev/Cramo0.6 
 7. Hallik, Tarvas0.5 
 8. Veski, Tarvas0.5 
 9. Makke, TTU0.4 
 10. Keedus, TTU0.4 


KML Round 1 of Finals. Kalev/Cramo enjoy first victory - by Eurobasket News

FINAL
Tartu Ulikool - Kalev/Cramo 63-75

Kalev/Cramo surprised Tartu Ulikool on the road to take the lead in the title series. The game without a history. Kalev/Cramo led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 16-of-21 free shots (76.2 percent) during the game. International swingman Gregor Arbet (194-83) fired 13 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Senegalese center Bamba Fall (216-86, college: SMU) chipped in a double-double by scoring 10 points, 11 rebounds and 5 blocks. Four Kalev/Cramo players scored in double figures. The former international swingman Marek Doronin (200-83) produced 11 points and 6 rebounds and international guard Sten-Timmu Sokk (181-89) added 12 points respectively for lost side.
Top scorers:
Tartu Ulikool: S.Sokk 12+3reb+1ast, M.Doronin 11+6reb+1ast, B.Amis 8+7reb+1ast, V.Allingu 7+6reb+1ast, K.Saage 6+1reb+1ast, V.Kriisa 6+2reb+4ast
Kalev/Cramo: T.Sokk 13+1reb+4ast, G.Arbet 13+9reb+1ast, G.Dorbek 12+5reb+1ast, P.Ulyanko 11+1reb, B.Fall 10+11reb, J.Toome 9+3reb+2ast
gschID: 175921
3rd Place
Rapla - Tarvas 66-105

Tarvas eased past Rapla in the first game of the Bronze medals series. The game without a history. BC Rakvere led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 28-of-37 charity shots (75.7 percent) during the game, while Rapla only scored six points from the stripe. BC Rakvere forced 21 Rapla turnovers and outrebounded them 40-23 including 19 on the offensive glass. Rapla was plagued by 30 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a great performance of Latvian center Kaspars Cipruss (210-82, agency: Interperformances) who helped to win the game recording 27 points and 7 rebounds. Latvian swingman Juris Umbrasko (197-79) contributed with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. Four BC Rakvere players scored in double figures. The former international forward Andre Parn (200-77) answered with 16 points and 6 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field) and forward Indrek Kajupank (200-88) added 12 points in the effort for Rapla. 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:
Rapla: A.Parn 16+6reb, S.Kaldre 14+1reb, I.Kajupank 12+4reb+1ast, R.Nurger 6+3reb, R.Laane 5+1reb+3ast, K.Poldoja 4+1reb+2ast
Tarvas: K.Cipruss 27+7reb+1ast, J.Umbrasko 18+12reb+1ast, M.Dorbek 12+1reb+2ast, R.Hallik 11+3reb+1ast, R.Sirsnins 11+5ast, T.Oja 11+6reb+1ast
gschID: 175920



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  EUROCHALLENGE   


Besiktas Milangaz on the way for another title - by Diamadis Farmakis

After allready winning this season's Turkish cup and the Eurochallenge, Besiktas Milangaz players want's more successes to come for them. Next goal for them is to be the next champions of the Turkish Basketball League. They are in the semifinals of the playoffs, by beating the previous champs.

Besiktas won Game 2 of their first-round series on Wednesday night at Fenerbahce Arena, 77-74, reached the crusial number of two wins and will now go up against Galatasaray - the side that finished first in the regular season in the Turkish league (Beko Basketbol Ligi).

Besiktas easily swept Fener, who was the champion of the league the last two years

Top scorers for Ergin Ataman's team were, David Hawkins (194-G-82, college: Temple) with 21 points and Serhat Cetin (197-G-86) with 17. Cetin also buried three of his six shots from behind the arc.

***The other semi-final of the play-offs will pit Banvit against Anadolu Efes




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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


David Logan Reveals Season Frustrations & Future With PAO - by David Pick

After a stellar Senior year at the University of Indianapolis, graduating as the all-time leading scorer in Indianapolis with 2,352 points and earning the NCAA II Player of the Year Award, David Logan tested European waters.

Logan signed for the 2005-06 season with a small Division II Italian team, but left shortly after for Israel's Ramat Hasharon, an even smaller club. That said, by the end of the year, Logan found himself relegated to the Israeli minor leagues and returned to the United States. 'It took me some time to adjust to the European basketball,' Logan told Eurobasket in a phone interview. 'During the years, I think I progressed as a player and was fortunate to play for some good teams.'

Logan, who developed into a forceful scoring guard in Poland and Spain, has yet to find his rhythm in Zeljko Obradovic system with Panathinaikos, Greece experiencing a
roller coaster like season. 'I knew Coach Obradovic was one of the best in Europe, but things have been pretty much up and down the whole season,' Logan said. 'A lot of players told me that with Obradovic things would be like that, and that it takes him time to trust players. How do I deal with it? I just try to stay positive and be ready for my opportunity.'

Earlier last summer, Logan's backcourt teammate, Marcelinho Huertas, left Spanish Caja Laboral for Barcelona, leaving the reigns to Logan. Nonetheless, Logan too, wanted out and Maccabi Tel Aviv came knocking. 'I tried to go to Israel and join Maccabi,' Logan said. 'They wanted to sign me but Caja wouldn't release me, so I thought I was going back to Spain.'

Recently, rumors are circulating in Europe and the U.S. that Logan, who becomes a free agent this summer, will join Tel Aviv. 'I didn't talk to Coach Blatt yet,' Logan revealed, 'but we will talk during the summer. I think I can be a good contributor to his [Blatt's] system. I like how Blatt runs his team, but I'm currently focusing on the Final Four and not worrying about next year.'

Logan's efforts to leave Spain continued during August 2011. 'Most of the Euroleague teams were already closed but Panathinaikos showed interest, so I tried one more push to get out and go to Greece,' Logan said, shedding light on his decision to join an already heavily armed Greek backcourt.

In March 2012, Logan's time to shine arrived during Game 1 of the Euroleague Quarterfinal series versus Maccabi. His poise and control of the game resulted in 11 points and 3 dimes in 22 minutes, en route to a 93-73 beat down.

However, in Game 2, Logan's playing time was mysteriously cut down and Maccabi rallied back to even the series at 1-1. During Games 3 and 4, Logan suffered an 80 minute romance with the team's bench, helplessly watching the Israelis take control.

With the Euroleague series approaching its deciding Game 5, Logan was clueless if he would play. Regardless, he came prepared. 'I knew Game 5 would be big and even though I didn't know if I was going to play or not, I just wanted to be ready,' Logan said.

Down the stretch, Logan was involved in eight Greek points, making 'some key plays,' and doing 'whatever I could to help us win,' as
Panathinaikos inked Game 5 and Logan's first career Euroleague Final Four.

Tomorrow in Istanbul, Logan and
Panathinaikos face favorites CSKA Moscow in the Semifinals. Despite dropping both season games to the Russians, Logan points out the key factors to win. 'We played them twice and learned from both losses. Now, the main thing comes down to who wants it more. Everyone's hungry. The question is who takes advantage of their opportunities and executes better.'



Interview with Lynn Greer - by Serafim Karaiskakis

Lynn Greer (186-PG-79, college: Temple) former Olympiacos player spoke to Eurobasket.com:

Euroleague F4 is coming and you are not there, do you miss the atmosphere and what are your predictions?

Yes, I am not happy that my Unics team won't be participating in this years Final 4. We worked very hard and tried to do all we could to get there but we ran into a tough opponent in Barcelona. My prediction is that Barcelona will win it all.

Do you keep connection with your former teammates from Temple, where they are playing now?

I try to keep in contact with all my former teammates. As of now David Hawkins is playing in Turkey, Alex Wesby is playing in Holland, Lamont Barnes is playing in Spain and Pepe Sanchez is now retired.

Your first team in Europe was Near East from Greece, what you remember most from the period?

I learned a lot playing in Near East. Both good and bad. It was my first taste of Europe and it let me know from the beginning that it wasn't going to be easy. We had a bad record and weren't getting paid so it was a recipe for disaster. Luckily I was living in Athens so it made my time a little easier.

Do you want to return and play in NBA or you prefer playing in Europe?

My dream was always to play in the NBA and I was able to accomplish that in 2007. It was a great year for me and I would love to stay there. But it seems that I get more love from teams in Europe. And you always want to be where you are loved!

Do you want to return in Olympiacos and are you open to play for Panathinaikos if they make offer to sign you?

I would definitely like to play for Olympiacos again. My 2 years there were great. Also if Panathinikos made an offer to me that I liked I would love to be there as well.

You played in Greece, Italy, Russia and Turkey. Which country you prefer to live in and which league you prefer to play.

I have played in all these countries and loved living in all of them. I have enjoyed the opportunity to meet people and learn languages (parts of them) from each place.
Its hard to pick a place where I would rather play. But playing with a team who wants to win and has passionate fans sounds like a great place to me!

Tell us about an offer you rejected it and then you regret about that decision.

My agents have done a good job in finding me good teams and situations for me to play in. I only have one time in my career where I wished I could rewind and live over again. After I finished my 2 years with Olympiacos I had an offer from the Detroit Pistons for a 1yr deal. The only problem was that they wanted to wait a few weeks to be 100%. Well in those weeks I was getting good European offers. I tried waiting as long as I could without losing the European offers but time was running out....fast! In the end I chose to sign with Fenerbahce and the rest is history. Who knows, if I would have waited I may still be in the NBA today! Oh well!!!!



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  FIBA   


Secretary General Nar Zanolin out in FIBA Europe coup - by Eurobasket

FIBA Europe Secretary General Nar Zanolin has been sacked by the organisations executive committee, currently headed by president Olafur Rafnsson.
The shock move, confirmed to MVP by senior sources at FE, comes amid a political battle between the European governing body and its counterparts at FIBA over the future of international basketball.

While the Geneva-based FIBA had recent published proposals to move its own World Cup to the year before each Olympics to avoid a clash with its footballing counterpart, Zanolin had led resistance to the idea which would have forced its own EuroBasket one of its main financial earners to move to a four-yearly cycle rather than the current two.

However it is understood that the Canadian was removed from his post following a meeting of FEs executive on Monday, ending his decade-long stint at the helm.

During his tenure, Zanolin vastly expanded FIBA Europe, growing the organisation out from just four employees while moving out from under FIBAs umbrella and shifting its base to Munich.

A relative peace has also broken out with European clubs body ULEB despite a failure to streamline the structure of the secondary competitions sitting under the Euroleague.

FIBA Europe is expected to issue a statement later.

Courtesy of www.mvp247.com



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  FINLAND   


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 (37-15) was better in everything: Better shooting, more rebounds, better defense and much better American players.
When Kataja (38-13) 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, 43, 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, 40 yo today, 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).



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  FRANCE   


Boulogne test Mickael Var - by Eurobasket News

Boulogne are testing Mickael Var (205-F/C-90). The centre joined the team for tryouts yesterday. Michael Var started the season with Pau-Lacq-Orthez. He averaged 2.0 points and 2.6 rebounds per game in EuroChallenge. In ProA Mickael Var notched 1.3 points and 0.7 rebounds per appearance. Mickael Var used to play for French U20 National Team back in 2010.


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  GEORGIA   

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.21.0 
 4. Patsatsia, Sokhumi18.9 
 5. Smith, MIA Academy17.8 
 6. Keshelava, Batumi17.3 
 7. Thomas, Armia16.8 
 8. Khmelidze, Rustavi16.7 
 9. Woodside, Armia16.6 
 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, Sokhumi9.7 
 4. Keshelava, Batumi8.6 
 5. Smith, MIA Academy8.5 
 6. Hoger, Olimpi8.4 
 7. Machaladze, STU T.8.3 
 8. Niniashvili, TSU T.8.1 
 9. Milutinovic, Olimpi7.9 
 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, Kutaisi4.6 
 9. Patsatsia, Sokhumi4.0 
 10. Pashayev, Kutaisi4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Larry BLAIR
  MIA Academy
  (183-G-84)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Blair, MIA Academy3.2 
 2. Woodside, Armia2.6 
 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. Carter, Dinamo T.1.7 
 10. Patsatsia, Sokhu.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. Machaladze, STU T.1.0 
 6. Hoger, Olimpi0.9 
 7. Kobidze, STU T.0.8 
 8. Smith, MIA Academy0.8 
 9. Antadze, STU T.0.8 
 10. Shermadini, TSU T.0.8 


Armia and Olimpi take 2-0 Semifinals lead - by Eurobasket News

Armia - Sokhumi 89-62 (2-0)

The game was mostly controlled by Armia. Sokhumi managed to win third quarter 23-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated down low during the game scoring 68 of its points in the paint compared to Sokhumi's 34. American swingman Jeremy Richardson (200-84, college: Delta St.) scored 29 points to lead the charge for the winners and the other American import point guard Ben Woodside (180-85, college: N.Dakota St., agency: Priority Sports) chipped in 13 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists during the contest. International guard Levan Patsatsia (198-88, college: Troy) responded with 17 points and 6 rebounds and international guard Lasha Parghalava (191-87, college: Montana St. - Billin, agency: Alti Sport) scored 14 points. Five Armia and four Sokhumi players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Sokhumi: L.Patsatsia 17+6reb, L.Parghalava 14+4reb+3ast, S.Milosevic 13+6reb+1ast, R.Richards 11+7reb+1ast, J.Jackson 5+3reb+2ast, G.Jgerenaia 2+3reb
Armia: J.Richardson 29+3reb+1ast, J.Kjellbom 15+5reb, B.Woodside 13+8reb+7ast, G.Diaz 13+1reb+5ast, W.Thomas 12+10reb+2ast, B.Kvimsadze 3+1reb
gschID: 176390


Kutaisi - Olimpi 67-76 (0-2)

It looked good early as Kutaisi took an 3-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Olimpi had a 19-12 second period charge getting the lead and Kutaisi was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 67-76. The former international guard Giorgi Gamqrelidze (183-86, agency: Interperformances) notched 22 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists to lead the effort and Montenegrin power forward Ivan Todorovic (214-84, agency: Interperformances) supported him with 13 points and 11 rebounds. Even 14 points and 9 rebounds by center Richard Matiashvili (209-89) did not help to save the game for Kutaisi. Forward Rezo Didia (203-87) added 16 points and 7 rebounds for the hosts.
Top scorers:
Kutaisi: R.Didia 16+7reb+1ast, G.Barbakadze 14+5reb, R.Matiashvili 14+9reb+3ast, Z.Pashayev 7+3reb+2ast, L.Tsekvava 7+5reb+4ast, T.Babunashvili 4+2ast
Olimpi: G.Gamqrelidze 22+9reb+6ast, I.Todorovic 13+11reb+2ast, G.Tsintsadze 12+3reb+6ast, N.Sljuka 8+1reb+1ast, I.Hoger 8+2reb, N.Tutus 6+1reb
gschID: 176391



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  GERMANY   

Stats Leaders - 1.Bundesliga

Points Per Game
 Bobby BROWN
  EWE Baskets
  (188-G-84)
  Avg: 16.9
 1. Brown, EWE Baskets16.9 
 2. Holston, Art.Drag.15.8 
 3. Tucker, Brose B.15.5 
 4. Swann, Ratiopharm15.4 
 5. Wood, ALBA15.1 
 6. Jonusas, Phoenix14.8 
 7. Bryant, Ratiopharm14.6 
 8. Ensminger, Teleko.14.6 
 9. Carter, Phoenix14.5 
 10. Peavy, Art.Dragons14.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 John BRYANT
  Ratiopharm
  (208-C-87)
  Avg: 9.2
 1. Bryant, Ratiopharm9.2 
 2. Chubb, EWE Baskets8.5 
 3. Homan, B.Muenchen7.6 
 4. Ensminger, Teleko.7.5 
 5. Troutman, B.Mue.7.3 
 6. Zirbes, TBB Trier7.1 
 7. Tucker, Brose B.7.1 
 8. Evans, Goettingen6.6 
 9. Ovcina, LTi 46ers6.5 
 10. Watts, Ratiopharm6.5 
Assists Per Game
 Jared JORDAN
  Telekom .
  (188-PG-84)
  Avg: 8
 1. Jordan, Telekom8.0 
 2. Holston, Art.Drag.5.9 
 3. Brewer, Bremerha.5.1 
 4. Everett, Bremerha.4.9 
 5. Brown, EWE Baskets4.7 
 6. Wood, ALBA4.7 
 7. Hamann, B.Muenchen4.5 
 8. Joyce, TBB Trier4.4 
 9. Campbell, Walter T.4.1 
 10. Bauscher, Goett.3.9 
Steals Per Game
 Nate LINHART
  TBB Trier
  (201-F-86)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Linhart, TBB Trier1.7 
 2. Kramer, s.Oliv.1.5 
 3. Dorris, EnBW L.1.4 
 4. Gibson, Fraport SKY1.4 
 5. Trice, Ratiopharm1.4 
 6. Bernard, LTi 46ers1.4 
 7. Holston, Art.Drag.1.4 
 8. Redding, Walter T.1.4 
 9. Gaffney, Teleko.1.3 
 10. Tucker, Brose B.1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Tony GAFFNEY
  Teleko.
  (204-F-84)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Gaffney, Teleko.1.8 
 2. Davidson, Fraport1.7 
 3. Ibekwe, Bayreuth1.6 
 4. Looby, EnBW L.1.6 
 5. Homan, B.Muenchen1.5 
 6. Pleiss, Brose B.1.3 
 7. Slaughter, Brose B.1.2 
 8. Bryant, Ratiopharm1.2 
 9. King, Art.Dragons1.2 
 10. Constantine, Phoe.0.9 


Standings - Pro B

ProB Standings
Group North
 1. Hannover 19-5 
 2. Herten 17-7 
 3. Vechta 17-7 
 4. SU Medien 16-8 
 5. Schwelm 15-9 
 6. Dorsten 14-10 
 7. Rist Wedel 11-13 
 8. Stahnsdorf 11-13 
 9. Wulfen 10-14 
 10. Wolfenbuettel 10-14 
 11. Bayer Giants 8-16 
 12. ALBA Berlin II 6-18 
 13. Bernau 2-22 
Group South
 1. Gotha 17-5 
 2. Noerdlingen 15-7 
 3. Leipzig 15-7 
 4. BSW Sixers 14-8 
 5. Dragons 13-9 
 6. Hanau 13-9 
 7. Langen 12-10 
 8. TSV Troester 11-11 
 9. Licher Baeren 11-11 
 10. Fraport SKY II 6-16 
 11. BG Illertal 3-19 
 12. Giessen 2-20 


BBL Round 2 of Quarter-Finals - by Eurobasket News

s.Oliver Baskets - ALBA 79-66

The game was mostly controlled by s Oliver Baskets. ALBA Berlin was better in fourth quarter 26-21. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. American guard Ben Jacobson (188-83, college: N.Iowa) orchestrated the victory by scoring 14 points. The other American import point guard John Little (180-84, college: N.Iowa) contributed with 15 points for the winners. Little is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. International guard Heiko Schaffartzik (182-84) replied with 17 points and 5 assists (was perfect 9-for-9 from the free throw line !!!) and American guard Kyle Weaver (198-86, college: Washington St., agency: Interperformances) added 9 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for ALBA Berlin. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
ALBA: H.Schaffartzik 17+2reb+5ast, K.Weaver 9+8reb+3ast, S.Schultze 7, Y.Idbihi 7+4reb, L.Staiger 6, D.Wood 5+1reb+3ast
s.Oliver Baskets: J.Little 15+2reb+1ast, B.Jacobson 14+2reb+3ast, C.Kramer 10+4reb+3ast, R.Tomaszek 9+5reb+1ast, I.Elliott 9+1reb+1ast, J.Boone 8+8reb
gschID: 176214


Telekom Baskets - Brose Baskets 53-67

The game was mostly controlled by Brose Baskets. Telekom Baskets managed to win fourth quarter 15-10. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. American forward Anthony Leon Tucker (198-85, college: Texas) scored 15 points and 9 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and Slovakian guard Anton Gavel (189-84, agency: Pro One Sports) chipped in 14 points during the contest. Brose Baskets' coach Chris Fleming used an eleven-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. American point guard Jared Jordan (188-84, college: Marist) responded with 12 points and 5 rebounds and his fellow American import forward Tony Gaffney (204-84, college: Massachusetts) scored 3 points and 12 rebounds.
Top scorers:
Telekom Baskets: J.Jordan 12+5reb+3ast, B.Veikalas 12+1reb+1ast, S.Serapinas 10+5reb, C.Ensminger 6+7reb, A.Mangold 4+2reb+1ast, T.Battle 4+3reb+3ast
Brose Baskets: A.Leon Tucker 15+9reb+2ast, A.Gavel 14+4reb+2ast, B.Roberts 14+4ast, C.Jacobsen 6+3reb+1ast, P.Suput 4+4reb+1ast, J.Jenkins 4+1reb
gschID: 176215


NY Phantoms - Ratiopharm 94-96

The guests trailed by 4 points at the halftime before their 29-20 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. ratiopharm Ulm shot 62.5 percent from the field. Strangely New Yorker Phantoms outrebounded ratiopharm Ulm 41-21 including a 16-3 advantage in offensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. The best player for the winners was American center John Bryant (208-87, college: Santa Clara) who scored 20 points and 8 rebounds (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field). The other American import guard Isaiah Swann (188-85, college: Florida St.) chipped in 12 points and 6 assists. American power forward Rich Melzer (203-79, college: Wisc.-RiverFal., agency: Court Side) produced 19 points and Serbian forward Branko Jorovic (205-81, agency: Beo Basket) added 12 points and 7 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Five ratiopharm Ulm and four New Yorker Phantoms players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
NY Phantoms: R.Melzer 19+4reb+2ast, L.Greer 16+2ast, M.Umeh 14+3reb, B.Jorovic 12+7reb+2ast, K.Visser 12+8reb+1ast, N.Schneiders 9+5reb+1ast
Ratiopharm: J.Bryant 20+8reb+1ast, S.Esterkamp 16+2reb+1ast, K.Nankivil 14+1reb, T.Mason-Griffin 13+1reb+4ast, I.Swann 12+3reb+6ast, D.Watts 10+3reb+3ast
gschID: 176216


B.Muenchen - Art.Dragons 84-92

The guests were already 15 points ahead after 3 quarters before a 32-25 Bayern Muenchen's run in the last quarter cut the lead to 92-84 at the end of the game. 25 personal fouls committed by Bayern Muenchen helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American guard David Holston (170-86, college: Chicago St.) notched 21 points and 5 assists to lead the effort and the other American import power forward Anthony King (206-85, college: Miami, FL, agency: Interperformances) supported him with 13 points and 12 rebounds. Even a double-double of 17 points and 12 rebounds by American-Bulgarian center Jared Homan (206-83, college: Iowa St.) did not help to save the game for Bayern Muenchen. American forward Chevon Troutman (202-81, college: Pittsburgh) added 15 points and 13 rebounds (perfect from the field making all six shots) for the hosts. Five Artland Dragons and four Bayern Muenchen players scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players saving starting five for next games.
Top scorers:
B.Muenchen: J.Homan 17+12reb+1ast, J.Foster 16+4reb+4ast, C.Troutman 15+13reb+1ast, R.Benzing 10+3reb+1ast, S.Hamann 7+7ast, B.Doreth 5+3reb+2ast
Art.Dragons: D.Holston 21+2reb+5ast, A.King 13+12reb+1ast, B.Bailey 12+5reb+5ast, D.Fenn 12+3reb+1ast, B.Thomas 11+2reb, N.Peavy 10+2reb
gschID: 176213



Benjamin Travnizek Remains Coach With Wolfenbuettel - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

PRO B team Herzoege Wolfenbuettel announced yesterday that head coach Benjamin Travnizek will remain on board for another season. Despite Wolfenbuettel not having a good enough record to statistically remain in the PRO B, the team has continued to have faith in the German coach. The German has a special talent with working with young players and if the club remains in the PRO B or has to go to the Regionaliga, the team is confident that the German can do the job. 'We are looking forward to an added season with Benni as coach. He fits very well to us and has a good ability of developing young players from the region', stressed Wolfenbuettel president Junger.

Source: Herzge Wolfenbttel



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  GREECE   


Euroleague Final 4 Press Conference: Panathinaikos - by Diamadis Farmakis

We are almost 24 hours before the big opening of the 2012 Turkish Airlines Euroleague Final Four, in Istanbul. All the four teams (CSKA Moscow, Panathinaikos, Olympiacos, Barcelona) are there and ready for great basketball battles, as Panathinaikos faces CSKA Moscow in the semifinal.

Let's see what Zeljko Obradovic and Dimitris Diamantidis (196-G-80), had to say in the press conference of the Final Four.

Panathinaikos head coach Zeljko Obradovic:

''I am sure it will be a very good Final Four. We have a great four teams here. We at Panathinaikos will try to do our best''.


''Everybody is talking about the problems in Greece, but I believe that many countries have similar problems. I believe for Olympiacos and us it is a great result to be here.

''We know that there are always people that support us and this is always important for the team. We play against a great team like CSKA and will try to do our best''.

Panathinaikos guard Dimitris Diamantidis:


''We are facing a formidable opponent in CSKA. I believe we will put 100 percent effort into winning''.

''We played Fenerbahce Ulker [earlier this season in Istanbul]. The stadium was great and the fans were really supportive of their team. At the Final Four, the situation is a little different. We are glad we had the experience of playing here''.

''We lost the regular season games [against CSKA]. It didnt work out well for us, but that is in the past and we wont repeat the mistakes of the past. We will try hard to advance''.



Euroleague Final 4 Press conference: Olympiacos - by Diamadis Farmakis

We are almost 24 hours before the big opening of the 2012 Turkish Airlines Euroleague Final Four, in Istanbul. All the four teams (CSKA Moscow, Panathinaikos, Olympiacos, Barcelona) are there and ready for great basketball battles, as Olympiacos faces FC Barcelona Regal in the semifinal.

Let's see what Dusan Ivkovic and Vassilis Spanoulis (193-G-82, agency: Beo Basket), had to say in the press conference of the Final Four

Olympiacos Piraeus head coach Dusan Ivkovic:


''I want first to congratulate the Turkish Airlines Euroleague for a great season. All the teams that were a part of this league and of course I want to wish good luck to all players, coaches and fans at the Final Four. As for my team and myself, it is a great pleasure to be here in Istanbul. We have to do our best. We have a great opponent in FC Barcelona. They have experience. I expect a great semifinal game''.

''I think this season the best teams are here and my team is very talented with players that grew up very much this season. I remember our first game in Bilbao and until now I am very satisfied with how we have grown. I enjoyed very much my job with these players. The semifinals all of the Final Four games there are so many details that are important. We have to forget about all that has happened until now. I expect my team to play more than great basketball''.

''There are so many details in this game. It is very difficult to speak about the key points. I think in general Barcelona has great experience. On the other side, Olympiacos is younger, has more energy. I expect a great game. The main thing for my young players is not to be under pressure''.

Olympiacos Piraeus guard Vassilis Spanoulis:

''Its great pleasure to be here. It was a tough road just to get here. This season I think we proved we belong here. Our goal is to play well against a great team, Barcelona, that has all our respect, and to do our best to get to the final''.

''Its one more Final Four, but a different team and a totally different situation. I have to say for my team that we will do everything to win. A lot of guys dont believe in us or give us possibilities to win. We will try to prove on the court that we can do it''.

''For us its fifth time we have been here. We came for preparation games against Fenerbahce Ulker and Efes and then played Galatasaray. It was a great experience. The arenas were full and it is always great to play in front of full arenas''.



Interview with Lynn Greer - by Serafim Karaiskakis

Lynn Greer (186-PG-79, college: Temple) former Olympiacos player spoke to Eurobasket.com:

Euroleague F4 is coming and you are not there, do you miss the atmosphere and what are your predictions?

Yes, I am not happy that my Unics team won't be participating in this years Final 4. We worked very hard and tried to do all we could to get there but we ran into a tough opponent in Barcelona. My prediction is that Barcelona will win it all.

Do you keep connection with your former teammates from Temple, where they are playing now?

I try to keep in contact with all my former teammates. As of now David Hawkins is playing in Turkey, Alex Wesby is playing in Holland, Lamont Barnes is playing in Spain and Pepe Sanchez is now retired.

Your first team in Europe was Near East from Greece, what you remember most from the period?

I learned a lot playing in Near East. Both good and bad. It was my first taste of Europe and it let me know from the beginning that it wasn't going to be easy. We had a bad record and weren't getting paid so it was a recipe for disaster. Luckily I was living in Athens so it made my time a little easier.

Do you want to return and play in NBA or you prefer playing in Europe?

My dream was always to play in the NBA and I was able to accomplish that in 2007. It was a great year for me and I would love to stay there. But it seems that I get more love from teams in Europe. And you always want to be where you are loved!

Do you want to return in Olympiacos and are you open to play for Panathinaikos if they make offer to sign you?

I would definitely like to play for Olympiacos again. My 2 years there were great. Also if Panathinikos made an offer to me that I liked I would love to be there as well.

You played in Greece, Italy, Russia and Turkey. Which country you prefer to live in and which league you prefer to play.

I have played in all these countries and loved living in all of them. I have enjoyed the opportunity to meet people and learn languages (parts of them) from each place.
Its hard to pick a place where I would rather play. But playing with a team who wants to win and has passionate fans sounds like a great place to me!

Tell us about an offer you rejected it and then you regret about that decision.

My agents have done a good job in finding me good teams and situations for me to play in. I only have one time in my career where I wished I could rewind and live over again. After I finished my 2 years with Olympiacos I had an offer from the Detroit Pistons for a 1yr deal. The only problem was that they wanted to wait a few weeks to be 100%. Well in those weeks I was getting good European offers. I tried waiting as long as I could without losing the European offers but time was running out....fast! In the end I chose to sign with Fenerbahce and the rest is history. Who knows, if I would have waited I may still be in the NBA today! Oh well!!!!



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  HOLLAND   


Red Giants adds talented forward Rolf Willigenburg for the 2012-13 season - by Fred Roggen

Coach Patrick Koning from Red Giants Meppel announced the addition of Rolf Willigenburg to the Red Giants Meppel roster for the 2012-13 season
Rolf Willigenburg is a 20 year old 1.97cm small forward. The 1.97, talented forward played in the past two seasons for Landstede Zwolle 'U20-team' in the U-20 premier league.
Before he was attracted by Landstede Zwolle, Rolf Willigenburg played at the age of 16 already for the U20-team of Matrix Nijmegen.



Leiden eliminates Zwolle, advances to Eredivisie Finals - by Eurobasket News

Fourth games of Eredivisie Semifinals were played last night. Leiden registered 43-62 road victory against Zwolle closing the series with almost perfect 3-1. It means that Leiden advanced to the Finals and now waits for the winner of Den Bosch - Groningen series. The score is currently 2-2. Den Bosch won at home last night 81-74 and forced decisive Game Five in Groningen. That meeting is scheduled for Sunday and winner will join Leiden in the Finals. There, Leiden will have a home court advantage.

Den Bosch - Groningen 81-74 (2-2)
The hosts trailed by 3 points after three quarters before their 24-14 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Den Bosch made 23-of-27 free shots (85.2 percent) during the game. 26 personal fouls committed by Groningen helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international guard Rogier Jansen (188-84, agency: Court Side) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 15 points and 10 assists. American point guard Frank Turner (178-88, college: Canisius, agency: Court Side) contributed with 14 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Five Den Bosch players scored in double figures. American guard David Bell (186-81) replied with 23 points and 4 assists and his fellow American import power forward Avis Wyatt (211-84, college: Virginia St.) added 15 points, 7 rebounds and 4 blocks (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) in the effort for Groningen.
Top scorers:
Groningen: D.Bell 23+3reb+4ast, A.Wyatt 15+7reb+1ast, J.Dourisseau 12+8reb+2ast, T.Theeuwkens 9+2reb+2ast, A.Wesby 8+6reb+1ast, J.Voorn 7+1reb+3ast
Den Bosch: S.Wessels 18+5reb, R.Jansen 15+1reb+10ast, F.Turner 14+7reb+2ast, P.Van Paassen 14+7reb+1ast, K.Akerboom 13+7reb, J.van der List 7+6reb+1ast
gschID: 176380


Zwolle - Leiden 43-62 (1-3)
Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Seamus Boxley (201-F-82, agency: Prossin Sports Management, college: Portland St.) who helped to win the game recording 16 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists and the former international power forward Patrick Hilliman (206-82, college: High Point, agency: R.H.Consultancy) who added 14 points and 9 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side American-Ghanian forward Amu Saaka (198-88, college: Furman, agency: Pro One Sports) responded with 17 points and 8 rebounds and power forward Kenrick Zondervan (206-85, college: Cent.Florida, agency: Court Side) scored 6 points and 9 rebounds.
Top scorers:
Zwolle: A.Saaka 17+8reb, N.Hulzebos 8+7reb, K.Zondervan 6+9reb+1ast, C.Wells 6+2reb+2ast, D.Huffman 3+2reb, G.Robinson 3+3reb
Leiden: S.Boxley 16+8reb+5ast, T.Jackson 14+5reb, P.Hilliman 14+9reb, T.Sas 6, G.Kennedy 4+3reb+1ast, S.Cunningham 3+4reb+2ast



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  IBL   


Poole named IBL Player of the Week - by Eurobasket News

After helping lead the Bellingham Slam to a pair of road victories against the Orlando Venom, center Blake Poole (6'5''-C-88, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: St.Martin's) was named as the International Basketball League's Player of the Week for the fourth week of the 2012 season.

Poole is the Slam's leading scorer and rebounder through the team's first five games. His averages are 20.2 points and 13.2 rebounds per game.

In Orlando, Poole came up big to preserve the Slam's perfect road record early on this year, posting totals of 17 points and 14 rebounds and three steals in a 135-125 win on Friday, May 4. Then he upped those numbers with 27 points, 15 boards and four steals in a 123-100 victory on Saturday, May 5.

Courtesy of www.bellinghamherald.com



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  IRELAND   


Colin O'Reilly's double-double lands him Player of the Week award among Irish playing currently abroad - by Eurobasket Center

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

Colin O'Reilly
Colin O'Reilly
   #1. This week's number one is former international forward Colin O'Reilly (200-84, college: Post). He led Cheshire Jets to a victory against the league leader Newcastle Eagles (23-7) 99-89 in the British BBL in Friday night's game. O'Reilly had a double-double by scoring 16 points and getting 12 rebounds. He also added 4 assists in 40 minutes on the court. Cheshire Jets (13-17) is placed sixth in the BBL. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. O'Reilly has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 17.2ppg, 7.8rpg, 3.6apg, 2FGP: 50.2%, 3FGP: 38.4% and FT: 75.4% in the 31 games he played so far. O'Reilly played for the Irish senior national team three years ago.

Levon Kendall
Levon Kendall
   #2. Second place goes to former international forward Levon Kendall (209-84, college: Pittsburgh). He contributed to an overtime Blusens Monbus' victory against the closely-ranked CAI Zaragoza (16-18) 89-84 in the Spanish ACB last Sunday. Kendall recorded 11 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. Blusens Monbus Obradoiro CAB (13-21) is placed 13th in the ACB. The Regular Season already ended. Kendall's overall stats this season are: 9.3ppg, 5.9rpg, 2FGP: 51.0% and FT: 65.0%. He has a dual citizenship: Canadian and Irish. Despite Kendall played previously for the Canadian national team, he played also for the Irish national team in 2009.

Andrew James Ogilvy
Andrew James Ogilvy
   #3. The Irish player who performed third best last week abroad was an international center Andrew James Ogilvy (211-88, college: Vanderbilt). Ogilvy managed to help Valencia Basket in a victory against the league outsider Blancos de Rueda (8-26) 76-59 in the Spanish ACB on Sunday night. He recorded only 2 points in 14 minutes. Valencia Basket (20-14) is placed fourth in the ACB. Ogilvy's team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And that game will be critical. It's Ogilvy's first season with the team. This year his overall stats are: 5.1ppg, 2.2rpg, 2FGP: 62.9%(44-70) and FT: 87.5% in the 20 games. Ogilvy is another player who holds two passports: Australian and Irish. He is also a member of the Irish senior national team.

Bryan Mullins
Bryan Mullins
   #4. Point guard Bryan Mullins (185-87, college: S.Illinois) contributed to an easy victory against the 15th-ranked Le Portel (12-21) crushing them 98-59 in the French ProB (second division) in Friday night's game. Mullins scored 7 points and added 13 assists. Chalons-Reims (23-10) is placed third in the ProB. His team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And now that game is very crucial. Mullins is currently second on the list of best passers and also on the list of most steals (fifth place). His total stats this season are: 9.7ppg, 2.2rpg, 5.9apg and 1.9spg. Mullins is a naturalized American. Despite he played previously for the USA national team, Mullins is currently in the Irish national team roster. Strangely he has never played in Ireland.

Other top Irish players, who play abroad:

Steven Hale (200-F-75) plays for Chorale de Roanne in French ProA
Conor Grace (210-F-82) plays for Uppsala Basket in Swedish Basketligan
Donnie McGrath (193-G-84) plays for Tezenis Verona in Italian Lega2
Allen Conlan (196-F-74) plays for Xion Dukes in Austrian A Bundesliga
Mihajlo Pesic (206-F/C-81) plays for Inter Bratislava in Czech Republic NBL
Ian O'Boyle (191-G-84) plays for Hub Jets in New Zealand NBL
Tony McCrory (199-G/F-77) plays for Starwings in Swiss LNA
James Kelly (183-G-87) plays for Killamarsh Derbyshire Arrows in British EBL2
Marc Mulvey (180-G-75) plays for Fabriano in Italian B dilettanti
Jamie Mastaglio (193-G/F-75) plays for Montecatini in Italian D dilettanti
Tom Sheehey (204-F-65) plays for Fabriano in Italian B dilettanti

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



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Loto League Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Adrian BANKS
  Elitzur .
  (191-G-86)
  Avg: 21.5
 1. Banks, Elitzur21.5 
 2. Carter, Bnei H.20.7 
 3. Landesberg, Macca.20.7 
 4. Crawford, Maccab.19.6 
 5. Lewis, Hapoel Holon19.0 
 6. Dunn, Bnei Hashar.18.2 
 7. Asbury, Elitzur18.0 
 8. Travis, Galil Gilb.17.9 
 9. Carter, Maccabi17.2 
 10. Freeman, B.C. H.16.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Bryant DUNSTON
  Hapoel H.
  (202-F/C-86)
  Avg: 9.3
 1. Dunston, Hapoel H.9.3 
 2. Rosefelt, Bnei H.9.3 
 3. Tyus, Maccabi8.4 
 4. Duncan, Maccabi8.2 
 5. Bowman, Maccabi8.0 
 6. Asbury, Elitzur7.6 
 7. Uter, Maccabi7.4 
 8. Dowell, B.C. H.7.2 
 9. Killingswort., Iro.7.2 
 10. Kitchen, Maccabi7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Meir TAPIRO
  Maccabi .
  (192-PG-75)
  Avg: 7.6
 1. Tapiro, Maccabi7.6 
 2. Roth, Hapoel Holon7.6 
 3. Carter, Bnei H.7.1 
 4. Ohayon, Maccabi4.9 
 5. Mitchell, Ironi A.4.8 
 6. Thomas, Galil Gilb.4.8 
 7. Lifshitz, Elitzu.4.7 
 8. Delaney, B.C. H.4.3 
 9. Naimy, Hapoel J-M4.3 
 10. Limonad, Ironi A.4.1 
Steals Per Game
 Eric CAMPBELL
  Elitzu.
  (199-F-76)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Campbell, Elitzu.1.9 
 2. Yavzuri, Galil Gil.1.9 
 3. Kitchen, Maccabi1.9 
 4. Ben-Chimol, Maccab.1.8 
 5. Limonad, Ironi A.1.8 
 6. Lifshitz, Elitzu.1.8 
 7. Mitchell, Ironi A.1.7 
 8. Ohayon, Maccabi1.7 
 9. Robinson, B.C. H.1.7 
 10. Skinn, Ironi Ashk.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Shawn JAMES
  Maccabi T-A
  (208-C-83)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. James, Maccabi T-A2.1 
 2. Dunston, Hapoel H.1.8 
 3. Uter, Maccabi1.5 
 4. Tyus, Maccabi1.4 
 5. Randle, Hapoel J-M1.3 
 6. Hendrix, Maccabi1.3 
 7. Rosefelt, Bnei H.1.0 
 8. Campbell, Elitzu.1.0 
 9. Bowman, Maccabi0.9 
 10. Sullivan, Hapoel0.9 


Maccabi T-A swept the Quarterfinal series - by Eurobasket News

Hapoel J-M - Hapoel Holon 65-70 (1-2)

The guests trailed by 9 points at the halftime before their 39-25 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Hapoel Holon made 16-of-21 free shots (76.2 percent) during the game. They also forced 21 Hapoel J-M turnovers and outrebounded them 39-28 including 16 on the offensive glass. It was a great evening for American guard Ron Lewis (193-84, college: Ohio St.) who led his team to a victory scoring 16 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists. His fellow American import forward Tasmin Mitchell (201-86, college: LSU) helped adding 17 points and 9 rebounds. Five Hapoel Holon players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was international forward Uri Kokia (202-81) with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 12 rebounds (perfect from the field making all seven shots !!!) and American power forward John Thomas (206-75, college: Minnesota) scored 12 points.
Top scorers:
Hapoel Holon: T.Mitchell 17+9reb, R.Lewis 16+8reb+6ast, P.Sullivan 12+8reb+2ast, M.Roth 11+3reb+4ast, B.Dunston 10+8reb+2ast, S.Daniel 2+3reb
Hapoel J-M: U.Kokia 14+12reb+1ast, J.Thomas 12+2reb+3ast, R.Bradley 9+2reb+3ast, Y.Naimy 8+3reb+2ast, D.Strawberry 8+3reb, B.Randle 7+2reb+2ast
gschID: 176323


Galil Gilboa - Maccabi Ashdod 74-60 (1-2)

It was a very close game until the last quarter, when Galil Gilboa's pressure prevailed and they won that period 25-12 extending their advantage to 14 points. Galil Gilboa forced 19 Maccabi Ashdod turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. It was a great evening for American Romeo Travis (200-84, college: Akron) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 23 points and 11 rebounds. His fellow American import power forward Joseph Jones (204-86, college: Texas A&M) helped adding 13 points and 8 rebounds. Four Galil Gilboa players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was the former international point guard Meir Tapiro (192-75) with 11 points, 8 rebounds and 9 assists and American forward Alex Tyus (203-88, college: Florida) scored 10 points and 8 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Galil Gilboa: R.Travis 23+11reb, C.Fells 15+3reb+2ast, J.Jones 13+8reb+2ast, D.Yavzuri 11+4reb+5ast, A.Gordon 6+2reb+3ast, W.Hatcher 5+1reb+4ast
Maccabi Ashdod: M.Tapiro 11+8reb+9ast, J.Carter 10+4reb, A.Tyus 10+8reb+1ast, D.Hagag 9+2reb+1ast, I.Iram 7+3reb+1ast, J.Duncan 6+5reb+2ast
gschID: 176320


Maccabi T-A - B.C. Habikaa 86-59 (3-0)

The game without a history. Maccabi T-A led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 56 of its points in the paint compared to B.C. Habikaa's 30. They outrebounded B.C. Habikaa 42-31 including a 35-23 advantage in defensive rebounds. Maccabi T-A looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. It was a great evening for American power forward Richard Hendrix (203-86, college: Alabama) who led his team to a victory scoring 16 points and 9 rebounds. International swingman Guy Pnini (200-83) helped adding 14 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Four Maccabi T-A players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was American swingman Dion Dowell (200-85, college: Houston) with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 10 rebounds and point guard Ezequiel Skverer (188-89) scored 7 points and 6 rebounds. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games.
Top scorers:
Maccabi T-A: R.Hendrix 16+9reb+2ast, D.Smith 14+4reb+2ast, G.Pnini 14+5reb+4ast, L.Eliyahu 13+8reb+2ast, T.Papaloukas 8+2reb+4ast, S.James 6+6reb+1ast
B.C. Habikaa: D.Dowell 13+10reb+2ast, N.Cohen 10+4reb+1ast, T.Gillenwater 9+3reb, F.Robinson 9+2reb, T.Chaimovic 9+1reb+2ast, E.Skverer 7+6reb+3ast
gschID: 176321


Maccabi Rishon - Ironi Ashkelon 88-73 (1-2)

The game was mostly controlled by Maccabi Rishon. Ironi Ashkelon managed to win third quarter 16-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Maccabi Rishon shot 61.1 percent from the field. It was a great evening for American guard Derwin Kitchen (193-86, college: Florida St., agency: VVG Sports) who led his team to a victory scoring 23 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field). His fellow American import swingman Joe Crawford (196-86, college: Kentucky, agency: Priority Sports) helped adding 21 points and 9 rebounds. The best for the losing side was American forward Jamie Skeen (205-88, college: VCU) with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 12 rebounds (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field) and American-Nigerian guard Tony Skinn (185-83, college: George Mason) scored 17 points and 5 rebounds. Five Maccabi Rishon and four Ironi Ashkelon players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Maccabi Rishon: D.Kitchen 23+8reb+6ast, J.Crawford 21+9reb+3ast, O.Solomon 12+3reb, A.Uter 12+3reb+1ast, B.Bowman 10+4reb+3ast, N.Hanochi 7+1reb+3ast
Ironi Ashkelon: J.Skeen 18+12reb+1ast, T.Skinn 17+5reb+2ast, D.Mitchell 15+3reb+3ast, M.Killingsworth 12+4reb+1ast, R.Limonad 6+1reb+1ast, A.Simhon 3+2ast
gschID: 176322



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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, Giorgio22.8 
 3. Marigney, Givova S.21.1 
 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, Giorgio7.9 
 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. Brkic, Prima Veroli6.9 
 10. Kotti, Aget Imola6.9 
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.3.2 
 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.2.7 
 3. Radulovic, Givova2.7 
 4. Robinson, Trenkwal.2.4 
 5. Baldassarre, Bianc.2.4 
 6. Marigney, Givova S.2.3 
 7. Green, Sigma B.2.3 
 8. Porta, Tezenis2.3 
 9. Goldwire, Centra.2.2 
 10. Campbell, S.Antimo2.1 
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 


Danilo Gallinari selected the top Italian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Danilo Gallinari
Danilo Gallinari
   #1. This week's number one is an international forward Danilo Gallinari (208-88, agency: Players Group), who plays in the NBA. He could not help the Denver Nuggets (38-28) in their last game. Despite Gallinari's very good performance the Denver Nuggets lost 88-92 on the road to the Los Angeles Lakers. He was the top scorer with 20 points. Gallinari also added 6 rebounds in 35 minutes on the court. It's Gallinari's first season with the team. He has individually a very good year with high stats. Gallinari averages: 14.7ppg, 4.8rpg, 2.6apg, 2FGP: 46.9%, 3FGP: 31.0% and FT: 87.6% in the 48 games he played so far. He is currently a member of the Italian senior national team.

Leandro Garcia Morales
Leandro Garcia Morales
   #2. Second place goes to an international guard Leandro Garcia Morales (186-80, college: Texas A&M), who plays in the Venezuelan LPB. Garcia Morales was not able to help Cocodrilos (3-4) in their last game on Friday. Despite his very good performance the second-placed Cocodrilos was defeated 78-73 in Porlamar by the leading Guaiqueries in the Group B. Garcia Morales was the top scorer with 22 points. He also added 4 passes. Garcia Morales' team will play only one more game in the Second Stage. And that game will be critical. This season Garcia Morales has very high stats. He averages: 15.9ppg, 2.0rpg, 3.5apg, 1.6spg. Garcia Morales has a dual citizenship: Italian and Uruguayan. Despite he played previously for the Uruguayan national team, Garcia Morales is currently a member of the Italian senior national team.

Marcelinho Huertas
Marcelinho Huertas
   #3. The Italian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international point guard Marcelinho Huertas (191-83, agency: Edge Sports). He contributed to a 3-point Regal FC Barcelona's victory against the closely-ranked Real Madrid (26-8) 86-83 in the Spanish ACB on Thursday night. Huertas scored 6 points in only 14 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Regal FC Barcelona (29-5) is placed first in the ACB. It was his team's tenth consecutive victory in a row. They will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And now that game is very crucial. This year Huertas' overall stats are: 8.0ppg, 2.7rpg, 3.3apg, 1.1spg, 3FGP: 41.0% and FT: 83.7% in the 34 games. He is another player who holds two passports: Brazilian and Italian. Despite Huertas played previously for the Brazilian national team, he is currently a member of the Italian senior national team.

Dimitri Lauwers
Dimitri Lauwers
   #4. An experienced guard Dimitri Lauwers (187-79) was the major contributor in an overtime Base Oostende's victory against the closely-ranked Leuven Bears (14-18) 87-81 in the Belgian D1 in Monday night's game. Lauwers scored 16 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. Telenet Oostende (22-10) is placed third 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 now that game is quite important. Lauwers' total stats this season are: 6.0ppg, 2.7rpg and 2.0apg. He has both Italian and Belgian nationalities. Despite Lauwers played previously for the Belgian national team, he is currently in the Italian national team roster.

Dennis Dadezzio
Dennis Dadezzio
   #5. International guard Dennis Dadezzio (191-81), who plays in the Venezuelan LPB was not able to secure a victory for Trotamundos (4-4) in their last game. Despite Dadezzio's very good performance Trotamundos (#2) was badly defeated 103-86 in Puerto La Cruz by the leading Marinos in the Group A. He was the top scorer with 18 points in 26 minutes. The Second Stage already ended. This year Dadezzio averages only 4.5ppg in the 33 games. He also holds two passports: Italian and Venezuelan. Despite Dadezzio played previously for the Venezuelan U21 national team, he is currently in the Italian national team roster.

Jayson Granger
Jayson Granger
   #6. Guard Jayson Granger (186-89) contributed to an Asefa Estudiantes' victory against the league outsider Blancos de Rueda (8-26) 79-68 in the Spanish ACB on Thursday night. He scored 10 points. Asefa Estudiantes Madrid (11-23) is placed second from the bottom (#17) in the ACB. The Regular Season already ended. Granger is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his sixth year in Asefa Estudiantes' roster. 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. Worth to mention Granger played also at Eurobasket Summer League, which helped him get the job in pro basketball. Despite Granger played previously for the Uruguayan national team, he is also a former international player as he played for the Italian senior team twelve years ago.

Anthony Dobbins
Anthony Dobbins
   #7. Former international guard Anthony Dobbins (194-81, college: Richmond), who plays in the French ProA couldn't help Poitiers (9-20) in their last game. Despite Dobbins' good performance Poitiers lost 60-68 at home to the much higher-ranked (#5) Sluc Nancy. He was the second best scorer with 12 points in 29 minutes. Dobbins' team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And now that game is extremely important. Dobbins is ranked second on the list of the most steals in the league with 2.1spg. He also averaged so far 7.7ppg, 5.9rpg and 3.8apg in the 14 games. Dobbins is a naturalized American. Despite he played previously for the USA national team, Dobbins is currently in the Italian national team roster. He used to play for Banca Nuova Trapani in Italian league.

Steve Dagostino
Steve Dagostino
   #8. Point guard Steve Dagostino (180-85, agency: Duran International, college: St.Rose, NY) contributed to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Melilla Baloncesto (20-14) 71-53 in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division) last Friday. Dagostino recorded 8 points. CE CIP Lleida Basquetbol (20-14) is placed sixth in the LEB Gold. Dagostino's total stats this season are: 5.4ppg, 1.5rpg, 2.5apg and 1.3spg. He is a naturalized American. Despite Dagostino played previously for the USA national team, he is currently in the Italian national team roster. Dagostino used to play for Edimes Pavia in Italian league.

Ryan Pettinella
Ryan Pettinella
   #9. Former international power forward Ryan Pettinella (206-84, college: Cincinnati) contributed to Grindavik's victory against the closely-ranked Thor Thorl (15-7) 78-72 in the Icelandic Express League on Wednesday night. He recorded 6 points in only 13 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. U.M.F. Grindavik (19-3) is placed first in the Express League. This year Pettinella's total stats are: 5.6ppg, 4.5rpg and 1.3apg in the 20 games. He is a naturalized American. Despite Pettinella played previously for the USA national team, he is currently in the Italian national team roster. Pettinella used to play for Premiata Montegranaro in Italian league.

Ross Schraeder
Ross Schraeder
   #10. Swingman Ross Schraeder (196-83, college: Cal-Irvine) couldn't help one of league's weakest teams Ford Burgos (22-12) in their game against Caceres 2016 (22-4) in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division). He scored 5 points. Ford Burgos was defeated 74-68 on the opponent's court by the leading Caceres_2016. They ended the series of five consecutive victories. Schraeder has averaged so far 6.6ppg and 1.3rpg. He is a naturalized American. Schraeder is a former international player as three years ago he still played for the Italian senior national team. He used to play for 86.4%, in March '06 signed a 3 year contract with Bipop-Carire Reggio Emilia in Italian league.



Bo McCalebb named Serie A MVP of the season, Polonara Best Under 22 - by Andrea Centenari

Bo McCalebb (183-PG-85, college: New Orleans) has been named Italian Serie A MVP for the season 2011-12. McCalebb is averaging 13,9 points and 3,5 assists per game in this season. On the second spot another Montepaschi's player, David Andersen (212-C-80), third is Canadian Solar Bologna's Viktor Sanikidze (203-F-86)

Romeo Sacchetti is the Coach of the Year. He coached Banco di Sardegna Sassari finishing the regular season in a historic fourth position. Second is Andrea Mazzon (Reyer Umana Venezia), third is Alessandro Ramagli (agency: Players Group ) (Banca Tercas Teramo).

Achille Polonara (203-F-91) was named Best Under 22 of the tournament in front of Alessandro Gentile (197-G/F-92) and Nicolo Melli (205-F-91)

Federico Casarin (Reyer Umana Venezia) is the executive of the year. In second position Bruno Arrigoni, third Federico Pasquini.


source: Legabasket.it via Sportando.net



Donell Taylor to stay in Reggio Emilia? - by Andrea Centenari

Good news for Trenkwalder Reggio Emilia fans. It seems that Donell Taylor (198-G-82, college: UAB) is close to extending his contract with Trenkwalder for one more year. The american guard was one of the best player of the legadue italian team in this season ended with the promotion in Serie A.
Taylor, in this season, averaged 17.1 points and 4.6 boards per game forming a great backcourt with Dawan Robinson (189-G-82, college: Rhode Island) who is gonna stay too in Reggio in the next season.



Tre Kelley signs in Venezuela - by Eurobasket News

Tre Kelley (183-PG-85, college: S.Carolina) is back to Venezuela. The American point guard signed a deal with his former team Marinos for rest of the LPB season. Kelley arrives to Marinos from the Italian squad Biancoblu Conad Bologna. He had 14.8 ppg, 3.5 apg and 2.1 rpg for 28 games in LegaDue. Tre Kelley already was a member of Marinos and it was last season. He shined with 16.8 ppg and 2.5 rpg for 8 games in elimination round. Later in the Playoffs Kelley had even better numbers. Before Marinos, the point guard played in NBA D-League and China. He also has experience from Belgium, Lebanon, Israel, Greece and Croatia. Tre Kelley graduated at the South Carolina University in 2007. He had 18.9 ppg, 5.1 apg and 2.6 rpg as a senior.


Enel Brindisi release Jimmy Hunter - by Eurobasket News

Enel Brindisi agreed on terms of contract termination with Jimmy Hunter (197-G-77, agency: Two Points, college: Life). The guard suffered a season-ending injury and the team decided to release the player. Jimmy Hunter joined Enel Brindisi at the start of the season. He tallied 15.4 points, 2.9 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 2.0 steals per game in LegaDue. Last season Jimmy Hunter spent with Scafati Basket. His stats read 15.5 points, 2.9 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 2.3 steals per LegaDue appearance. Eurobasket.com gave Jimmu Hunter All-Italian LegaDue Honourable Mention. Earlier the guard had spells in Spain, CBA, Italy, USBL, NBDL and ABA. He was CBA All-Star Game Three Point Shootout winner back in 2004. Jimmy Hunter also earned NBDL Honourable Mention in 2002.


Lega2 Round 1 of Quarter-Finals - by Eurobasket News

Givova Scafati - Centrale Latte 91-73

Givova Scafati grabbed the opening win against Central Latte. It was a very close game until the last quarter, when Givova Scafati's pressure prevailed and they won that period 23-12 extending their advantage to 18 points. They made 22-of-26 charity shots (84.6 percent) during the game. Givova Scafati players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists comparing to just 8 passes made by Centrale Latte's players. American guard Paul Marigney (192-82, college: St.Mary's, CA) nailed 19 points and 5 assists for the winning side and his fellow American import power forward James Thomas (203-80, college: Texas) accounted for 10 points and 13 rebounds. The former international guard Rodolfo Rombaldoni (192-77, agency: Players Group) came up with 22 points (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) and American point guard Leemire Goldwire (182-85, college: Charlotte, agency: Interperformances) added 14 points and 5 rebounds respectively for Centrale Latte in the defeat. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Givova Scafati: P.Marigney 19+3reb+5ast, A.Ghiacci 13+4reb+3ast, O.Gueye 10+1reb+1ast, J.Thomas 10+13reb+1ast, M.Levin 9+1reb+2ast, D.Rosignoli 9+5reb+1ast
Centrale Latte: R.Rombaldoni 22+3reb, L.Goldwire 14+5reb+2ast, M.Jose Ghersetti 10+6reb+1ast, R.Thompson 9+3reb, D.Busma 6+5reb, M.Farioli 4+2reb+1ast
gschID: 176356


Enel Brindisi - Assi Ostuni 80-66

Enel Brindisi surged ahead in the series versus Assi Ostuni. The game was mostly controlled by Enel Brindisi. Assi Ostuni was better in third quarter 17-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. American point guard Jonathan Gibson (182-87, college: N.Mexico St.) nailed 25 points and 5 assists for the winning side and Serbian power forward Dejan Borovnjak (207-86, agency: Beo Basket) accounted for 17 points and 7 rebounds. American point guard Aaron Johnson (172-88, college: UAB, agency: Two Points) came up with 18 points and the former international power forward Tommaso Rinaldi (206-85) added 11 points and 7 rebounds respectively for Assi Ostuni in the defeat. Assi Ostuni's coach Franco Marcelletti tested eleven players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Enel Brindisi: J.Gibson 25+5ast, D.Borovnjak 17+7reb, A.Renfroe 15+6reb+2ast, M.Maestrello 7+2reb, C.Callahan 6+3reb+1ast, M.Formenti 5+1reb
Assi Ostuni: A.Johnson 18+1reb+3ast, T.Rinaldi 11+7reb, J.Klobucar 10+1reb, S.Berti 8+2reb+1ast, D.Diliegro 7+6reb, F.Basei 5+7reb
gschID: 176353


Sigma Barcel. - Morpho Basket 95-61

Sigma Barcellona cruised past Morpho Basket in the opener. The game was mostly controlled by Sigma Barcellona. Morpho Basket was better in second period 19-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Morpho Basket 50-21 including a 17-1 advantage in offensive rebounds. Morpho Basket was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. Lithuanian guard Mindaugas Lukauskis (198-79) nailed 22 points and 6 rebounds for the winning side and the former international forward Luigi Dordei (202-81) accounted for 18 points and 7 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field). Four Sigma Barcellona players scored in double figures. American-Danish guard Alan Voskuil (191-86, college: Texas Tech) came up with 13 points and American guard Clint Cotis Harrison (194-76, college: N.Carolina St., agency: Court Side) added 11 points respectively for Morpho Basket in the defeat. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games.
Top scorers:
Sigma Barcel.: M.Lukauskis 22+6reb+2ast, L.Dordei 18+7reb+1ast, M.Hicks 15+2reb+1ast, R.Bucci 10+3reb+3ast, P.Martin 9+5reb, M.Da Ros 9+8reb+3ast
Morpho Basket: A.Voskuil 13+3reb+1ast, C.Cotis Harrison 11+4reb+1ast, R.Perego 10, L.Infante 7+1reb, A.Casella 7+2reb, D.Anderson 6+6reb
gschID: 176354


Giorgio Tesi PT - Prima Veroli 86-84

Giorgio Tesi held off Prima Veroli for the first win. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Prima Veroli won third quarter 19-17. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. 26 personal fouls committed by Prima Veroli helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American point guard Dwight Hardy (188-87, college: St.John's) stepped up and scored 27 points for the winners and the former international power forward Giacomo Galanda (211-75) chipped in 17 points and 6 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). At the losing side Finnish-American forward Gerald Lee (208-87, college: ODU) responded with 21 points and 8 rebounds (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field) and the former international forward David Brkic (210-82, agency: Interperformances) scored 10 points and 8 rebounds. Five Tuscany Pistoia and four Prima Veroli players scored in double figures. Prima Veroli's coach Fernando Gentile rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
Giorgio Tesi PT: D.Hardy 27+3reb+3ast, G.Galanda 17+6reb+2ast, G.Gurini 13+2reb+1ast, J.Tavernari 11+3reb+1ast, B.Jones 10+4reb, L.Saccaggi 8+4reb+2ast
Prima Veroli: G.Lee 21+8reb+1ast, C.Tommasini 11+3reb+1ast, R.Cortese 10+3reb+1ast, D.Brkic 10+8reb+1ast, J.Jackson 8+5reb+3ast, I.Gatto 7+5reb+1ast
gschID: 176355



Avellino is still alive. The wolf roars again - by Antonello Varallo

Despite too many rumors of last weeks, Scandone Avellino will continue to take part regularly in Italian Serie A. After hectic negotiations, the owners of the club have found new partners. So, in Avellino the show will go on. Avellino has played 13 seasons in Italian Serie A and 5 in A2 (now Legadue), with 222 games won. During last years, Avellino has proven to be one the best reality of italian basketball, winning Coppa Italia 2008 and reaching playoff in 2008 and 2011.


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Pape-Philippe Amagou selected the top Ivorian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Pape-Philippe Amagou
Pape-Philippe Amagou
   #1. This week's number one is former international guard Pape-Philippe Amagou (185-85, agency: Beo Basket). Amagou led Sluc Nancy to a victory against the 13th-ranked Poitiers (9-20) 68-60 in the French ProA last Saturday. He scored 11 points and added 8 assists (was perfect 6-for-6 from the free throw line). Sluc Nancy Basket Pro (17-12) is placed fifth in the ProA. It was his team's first victory after four consecutive loses. They will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And that game will be critical. Amagou has relatively good stats this season: 10.7ppg, 1.9rpg, 2.5apg, 2FGP: 47.1%, 3FGP: 37.5% and FT: 83.7%. He has a dual citizenship: Ivorian and French. Despite Amagou played previously for the French U20 national team, he played also for the Ivorian national team in 2010.

Mouloukou Diabate
Mouloukou Diabate
   #2. Second place goes to an international point guard Mouloukou Diabate (183-87). Diabate contributed to a Chorale de Roanne's victory against the closely-ranked JSF Nanterre (14-15) 83-76 in the French ProA on Saturday night. He scored 10 points in 20 minutes. Chorale de Roanne Basket (16-13) is placed seventh in the ProA. Diabate's team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And now that game is very crucial. This year Diabate averages: 7.1ppg, 2.9rpg, 3.9apg, 1.3spg, 2FGP: 58.3%(56-96), 3FGP: 19.2% and FT: 90.6%(29-32) in the 24 games he played so far. He is another player who holds two passports: Ivorian and French. Despite Diabate played previously for the French national team, he is currently a member of the Ivorian senior national team.

Mohamed Kone
Mohamed Kone
   #3. The Ivorian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international center Mohamed Kone (211-81, college: Valparaiso), who plays in the Spanish ACB. Kone could not help Meridiano Alicante (18-16) to beat FIATC Joventut (16-18). He scored 7 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. Meridiano Alicante was defeated 74-63 on the road by the lower-ranked FIATC Joventut (#11). It was Meridiano Alicante's third consecutive loss in a row. Kone's team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And now that game is quite important. Kone's overall stats this season are: 4.6ppg, 3.5rpg, 2FGP: 37.7% and FT: 66.0%. Similarly like Diabate and Amagou above he has both Ivorian and French nationalities. Despite Kone played previously for the French national team, he is currently a member of the Ivorian senior national team.

Alain Koffi
Alain Koffi
   #4. Center Alain Koffi (207-83, also represented by Beo Basket) managed to help Le Mans Sarthe Basket in a victory against one of league's weakest teams Pau-Lacq-Orthez (6-23) 89-77 in the French ProA last Saturday. Koffi scored 5 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 17 minutes. Le Mans Sarthe Basket (18-11) is placed fourth in the ProA. His team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And now that game is extremely important. This year Koffi's overall stats are: 6.9ppg and 3.4rpg in the 17 games. Similarly like three previous players above, he also holds two passports: Ivorian and French. Koffi is also Ivorian national team player.

Mamadi Diane
Mamadi Diane
   #5. International swingman Mamadi Diane (196-86, college: Virginia) was not able to help one of league's weakest teams Ventspils (15-1) in their game against VEF Riga (15-1) in the Latvian LBL. He recorded only 4 points. Ventspils was badly defeated 83-66 in Riga by the second-ranked VEF Riga. Diane's total stats this season are: 8.3ppg, 1.9rpg, 1.3apg and 1.1spg. He has Guinean and Ivorian nationalities. Diane plays currently for the Ivorian national team.

Mickael Toti
Mickael Toti
   #6. Point guard Mickael Toti (181-87), who plays in the French ProB (second division) was not able to secure a victory for Saint Vallier (15-18) in their last game. Despite his very good performance Saint Vallier was badly defeated 98-81 in Boulogne by the higher-ranked (#7) SO Maritime. Toti was the second best scorer with 15 points. He also added 5 assists in 33 minutes. Toti's team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. This year Toti's total stats are: 3.6ppg, 1.2rpg and 1.8apg in the 31 games. Despite he played previously for the French U18 national team, Toti is also an international player who is currently on the senior Ivorian National Team roster.

Mamadou Lamizana
Mamadou Lamizana
   #7. International power forward Mamadou Lamizana (207-81, agency: Top Notch Sports, college: Rutgers) helped Vaqueros win their game against the sixth-ranked Mets (0-2) 85-67 in the Puerto Rican BSN last Wednesday. He recorded 9 points and blocked 4 shots. Vaqueros de Bayamon (1-1) is placed third in Top 6 group. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. Lamizana is ranked first on the list of the best blockers in the league. He has very reliable stats this season: 10.8ppg, 5.6rpg, 1.9apg and 2.4bpg. Despite Lamizana played previously for the French national team, he is currently in the Ivorian national team roster.

Jonathan Kale
Jonathan Kale
   #8. Forward Jonathan Kale (203-85, college: Providence) helped Lleida Basquet win their game against the closely-ranked Melilla Baloncesto (20-14) 71-53 in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division) on Friday night. Kale recorded 8 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in 29 minutes. CE CIP Lleida Basquetbol (20-14) is placed sixth in the LEB Gold. This year Kale has relatively solid stats: 11.2ppg and 5.6rpg in the 36 games. He holds both American and Ivorian passports. Despite Kale played previously for the USA national team, he is currently in the Ivorian national team roster.

Errick Craven
Errick Craven
   #9. International guard Errick Craven (188-83, college: USC), who plays in the French ProB (second division) couldn't help JA Vichy (7-26) in their last game on Friday. Despite Craven's good performance JA Vichy was crushed 76-53 on the opponent's court by the much higher-ranked Fos_Ouest (#5). He was the second best scorer with 13 points. Craven also added 7 rebounds. His team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. Craven has reliable stats this season: 10.7ppg, 4.5rpg, 2.7apg and 1.8spg. He holds both American and Ivorian passports. Despite Craven played previously for the USA national team, he is currently in the Ivorian national team roster.

Francis Koffi
Francis Koffi
   #10. Forward Francis Koffi (202-81, college: Fresno St.) helped Ourense win their game against the seventh-ranked Aurteneche Maquinaria Araberri (13-11) 69-59 in the Spanish LEB Silver (third division) last Friday. Koffi recorded 10 points in 16 minutes. Aquas De Sousas Club Ourense Baloncesto (15-13) is placed in the LEB Silver. Koffi's stats this year are: 12.1ppg and 5.4rpg in the 30 games. Despite he played previously for the French national team, Koffi is also a former international player as two years ago he still played for the Ivorian senior national team.

   #11. Former international center Frejus Zerbo (205-89) couldn't help Limoges CSP Elite in their game against Aix-Maurienne in the French ProB (second division). He cannot count Saturday's game as one of the best ones. Zerbo scored only 2 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. His team was defeated 71-65. Zerbo has averaged so far 2.3ppg and 3.0rpg. He used to play for the Ivorian national team two years ago.

   #12. Former international forward Issife Soumahoro (197-88) helped Boulazac Basket win their game against the eighth-ranked ALM Evreux crushing them 87-62 in the French ProB (second division) in Saturday night's game. Soumahoro scored only 2 points in 14 minutes. Soumahoro has averaged so far 3.9ppg and 1.3rpg in the 31 games. He used to play for the Ivorian national team back in 2010.

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

   #1. Walter Hodge (183-PG-86, college: Florida), who plays in the Polish PLK could not help Zastal ZG (6-4) in their last game. Despite his very good performance the third-placed Zastal ZG was crushed 88-67 on the road by the leading Asseco Prokom in the Group A. Hodge was the top scorer with 26 points. He also added 5 passes (was perfect 10-for-10 from the free throw line !!!) in 34 minutes; quite an impressive performance considering it's only Hodge's third season in pro basketball. It's Hodge's first year with the team. Hodge is the league's top scorer and also on the list of best passers (third place). He has individually a very good year with high stats. Hodge averages: 19.3ppg, 2.8rpg, 5.8apg and 1.4spg in the 41 games he played so far. He has also Puerto Rican passport.



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

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

Roy Hibbert
Roy Hibbert
   #1. This week's number one is former international center Roy Hibbert (218-86, college: Georgetown). He was the major contributor in an Indiana Pacers' victory against the Orlando Magic (37-29) crushing them 97-74 in the NBA in Wednesday night's game. Hibbert had a double-double by scoring 18 points and getting 10 rebounds. He also added 3 blocks in 28 minutes on the court. The Indiana Pacers have a solid 42-24 record this season. It's Hibbert's fourth year with the team. Hibbert is ranked fourth on the list of the best blockers in the league with 2.1bpg. He also averaged so far 12.7ppg, 8.9rpg, 1.6apg and FT: 70.8% in the 70 games he played so far. Hibbert is a naturalized American. Despite he played previously for the USA national team, Hibbert played also for the Jamaican national team in 2010.

Bryan Bailey
Bryan Bailey
   #2. Second place goes to former international point guard Bryan Bailey (185-80, college: Bucknell). He led Artland Dragons to a victory against the closely-ranked Bayern Muenchen (22-12) 92-84 in the German BBL last Tuesday. Bailey scored 12 points, grabbed 5 boards, dished 5 assists and stole 3 balls. Artland Dragons Quakenbrueck (24-10) is placed fourth in the BBL. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. This season Bailey averages: 6.5ppg, 1.1rpg, 2.3apg, 2FGP: 47.8%, 3FGP: 20.7% and FT: 74.3%. He is a naturalized American. Despite Bailey played previously for the USA national team, he played also for the Jamaican national team in 2007.

Maurice Bailey
Maurice Bailey
   #3. The Jamaican player who performed third best last week abroad was former international guard Maurice Bailey (183-81, college: Sacred Heart). Bailey contributed to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Ventspils (15-1) 83-66 in the Latvian LBL on Sunday night. He recorded 7 points and added 4 assists in 19 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. VEF Riga (15-1) is placed second in the LBL. It was his team's ninth consecutive victory in a row. This year Bailey's overall stats are: 7.8ppg, 2.5rpg, 3.9apg, 1.3spg, 2FGP: 58.8%(20-34), 3FGP: 43.8% and FT: 70.8% in the 10 games. He is a naturalized American. Despite Bailey played previously for the USA national team, he played also for the Jamaican national team in 2007.

Adrian Uter
Adrian Uter
   #4. Power forward Adrian Uter (201-84, agency: Gross Zeev ISA, college: Hofstra), who plays in the Israeli Premier League could not help Maccabi Rishon (15-10) in their last game on Sunday. Despite Uter's good performance Maccabi Rishon was edged 81-80 on the road by the lower-ranked Ironi Ashkelon (#8). He recorded a double-double by scoring 12 points and getting 11 rebounds. Uter also added 3 assists. It's Uter's first season with the team. Uter is currently seventh on the league's list of best rebounders and also on the list of best blockers (third place). He has very reliable stats this season: 13.4ppg, 7.4rpg, 2.4apg, 1.5bpg and 1.6spg. Uter is a naturalized American. Despite he played previously for the USA national team, Uter is currently in the Jamaican national team roster.

Kimany Ffriend
Kimany Ffriend
   #5. An experienced former international center Kimany Ffriend (211-77, agency: Court Side, college: Nebraska) was not able to help Baloncesto Fuenlabrada (12-22) in their game against Caja Laboral (23-11) in the Spanish ACB. He scored 9 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 21 minutes. But Baloncesto Fuenlabrada lost 87-92 in Vitoria to the much higher-ranked (#3) Caja Laboral. It was Baloncesto Fuenlabrada's third consecutive loss in a row. The Regular Season already ended. This year Ffriend's total stats are: 9.6ppg, 4.6rpg and 1.2spg in the five games. Despite he played previously for the USA national team, Ffriend is currently in the Jamaican national team roster.

Ronald Yates
Ronald Yates
   #6. Forward Ronald Yates (201-83, college: St.Peter's), who plays in the Swiss LNA was not able to secure a victory for one of league's weakest teams Fribourg (4-1) in their last game on Thursday. Despite his very good performance Fribourg was defeated 69-64 in Lugano by the leading Tigers. Yates was the top scorer with 17 points. He also added 8 rebounds and dished 3 assists. Yates has relatively good stats this season: 15.0ppg, 6.0rpg, 2.2apg and 1.2spg. He is a naturalized American. Despite Yates played previously for the USA national team, he is also a former international player as he played for the Jamaican senior team two years ago.

Sherman Gay
Sherman Gay
   #7. Former international power forward Sherman Gay (201-82, college: Loyola Mary) contributed to an easy victory against one of league's weakest teams JA Vichy (7-26) crushing them 76-53 in the French ProB (second division) in Friday night's game. Gay had a double-double by scoring 10 points and getting the same number of rebounds. He also added 4 assists and 2 blocks in 32 minutes. Fos Ouest Provence Basket (21-12) is placed fifth in the ProB. Gay's team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And that game will be critical. Gay is ranked first on the list of the best blockers in the league with 1.8bpg. He also averaged so far 15.2ppg, 6.3rpg, 1.2apg and 1.1spg in the 33 games. Gay is a naturalized American. Despite he played previously for the USA national team, Gay is currently in the Jamaican national team roster.

Oritseweyinmi Efejuku
Oritseweyinmi Efejuku
   #8. Guard Oritseweyinmi Efejuku (196-86, college: Providence) contributed to Indios' victory against the sixth-ranked Mets (0-2) 78-70 in the Puerto Rican BSN last Sunday. He recorded 9 points. Indios de Mayaguez (3-0) is placed first in Top 6 group. So far his team won all three games in the Second Stage. This season Efejuku has relatively solid stats: 12.7ppg, 3.2rpg, 2.4apg and 1.2spg. Despite he played previously for the Nigerian national team, Efejuku is currently in the Jamaican national team roster.

Other top Jamaican players, who play abroad:

Jerome Jordan (213-C-86) plays for New York Knicks in the NBA
Samardo Samuels (206-F/C-89) plays for Cleveland Cavaliers in the NBA
Jermaine Bucknor (199-F-83) plays for s Oliver Baskets in German BBL
Corey Muirhead (198-F-83) plays for BK Pardubice in Czech Republic NBL
Akeem Scott (186-PG-83) plays for Mornar Bar in Montenegrin 1A
Omar Barlett (203-F-80) plays for AEK in Cypriot Division A
Garry Gallimore (192-G-84) plays for CSM Bucuresti in Romanian Div.A
Corey Williams (191-G-77) plays for Quebradillas in Puerto Rican BSN
Ricky Johns (193-G-85) plays for San Martin Corrientes in Argentinian LigaA

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



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  JAPAN   


Kimikazu Suzuki takes over Japanese National Team - by Eurobasket News

Kimikazu Suzuki is back at helm of Japanese National Team. The specialist will prepare Japan for 2013 Fiba Asia Championship. Kimikazu Suzuki will start his coaching campaign at the 2012 Fiba Asia Cup in Tokyo in September. The winner of the tournament will gain the direct ticket into 2013 Fiba Asia Championship. Kimikazu Suzuki is not new to the position. He guided the Japanese National Team back in 2006/07 season. Kimikazu Suzuki works as head coach of Aushin Sea Horses since 2000. Asia-Basket.com named All-Japanese JBL Superleague Coach of the Year in 2008 and 2011.
Japanese Basketball Federation also named Torsten Loibl as National Team associate head coach.
20 players have been named into the provisional squad. They are:
J.R. Sakuragi (206-F/C-76, college: UCLA), Takatoshi Furukawa (190-G/F-87), Fumihiko Aono (210-C-78), Hironori Watanabe (180-G-88), Kosuke Kanamaru (193-F/G-89), Ryota Sakurai (194-G-83), Atsuya Ota (206-C-84), Takumi Ishizaki (188-PG-84), Kosuke Takeuchi (206-C/F-85), Joji Takeuchi (206-F/C-85, agency: N.E.T.), Takuya Kawamura (193-G-86), Sean Hinkley (197-F-91), Takahiro Kurihara (192-G/F-87), Makoto Hiejima (189-G-90), Yuya Nagayoshi (198-C-91), Tenketsu Harimoto (196-C/F-92), Daiki Tanaka (191-F-91), Kosuke Hashimoto (201-F-93), Yuta Watanabe (195-G-94), Ryogo Sumino.



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  JORDAN   


3x3 tourney tips off this Weekend - by Omar Shafaamri

Al Riyadi, in cooperation with Umniah and with the support of the Jordan Basketball Federation, will organise its 5th annual 3x3 basketball Championship on May 11.

The clubs secretary general, Fadi Sabbah , was quoted in a press release as saying that players representing clubs and schools will vie for six titles: U-13, U-15, U-17, free throw, dunk, 3-point shooting.

Sabbah, who is also the 3x3 committee head at the JBF, noted the event will help choose the national youth line-up for the sport.

The 2nd edition of the 3x3 Youth World Championship will be held in Seville, Spain, from September 27-30.

Last year, Jordan took part in the First Invitational Youth World Championship in Rimini, Italy. Sabbah said having strong teams will enable Jordan to take a leading role in hosting and organising 3x3 tournaments which are important in the development of the game and gaining added interest from FIBA.

Jordan Times



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Bashkimi goes to Semis - by Dren Shporta

Players of Rejhan Palamar got to the semifinals of BKT Superliga play-off after winning the third match against Kolegji Univers 77-71. It was Elvan Iljazi (204-SF-93) that made the difference in the
match.

Kolegji Univers started the game well. After two periods, the team of Dritero Sefaja was in advantage. The college boys were near the greatest achievement in their history, but in
the third period Elvan Iljazi of Bashkimi has made a much needed difference for the oranges.

The 19 year old Iljazi scored two three pointers and dunked three times in a row to create the difference for Bashkimi. Kolegji Univers had its chance in the end, but Hekuran Binxhia
lost two free throws to close the gap and on the other hand Kreshnik Hyda scored for Bashkimi to win the game.

Bashkimi will play Sigal Prishtina in the play-off semifinals.





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  LATVIA   


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

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

Kaspars Cipruss
Kaspars Cipruss
   #1. This week's number one is former international center Kaspars Cipruss (210-82, agency: Interperformances). He led BC Rakvere to a victory over the closely-ranked Rapla (14-14) crushing them 105-66 in the Estonian KML in Saturday night's game. Cipruss was MVP of the game. He recorded 27 points (!!!) and grabbed 7 rebounds in 29 minutes on the court. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. BC Rakvere Tarvas (19-9) is placed second in the KML. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. Cipruss is currently fifth on the league's list of top scorers and also on the list of best rebounders (first place). He has individually a very good year with high stats. Cipruss averages: 16.7ppg, 10.0rpg, 2FGP: 63.4%(204-322), 3FGP: 25.0% and FT: 71.5% in the 34 games he played so far. He played for the Latvian senior national team four years ago.

Juris Umbrasko
Juris Umbrasko
   #2. Second place goes to an experienced former international swingman Juris Umbrasko (197-79) is a teammate of previously mentioned Kaspars Cipruss. But that was another game of his team in Estonian KML which we would like to mention. Umbrasko was the main contributor in a BC Rakvere's victory against the closely-ranked Rapla (14-14) 69-58. He was the best player in that game. Umbrasko recorded a double-double by scoring 22 points and getting 10 rebounds. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. BC Rakvere Tarvas (19-9) is placed second in the KML. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. It's Umbrasko's first season with the team. He has relatively good stats this year: 11.6ppg, 4.9rpg, 1.7apg, 1.2spg, 2FGP: 43.2%, 3FGP: 35.9% and FT: 83.3%. Umbrasko played for the Latvian national team in 2008.

Raitis Grafs
Raitis Grafs
   #3. The Latvian player who performed third best last week abroad was former international center Raitis Grafs (208-81, college: Valparaiso). He contributed to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Rudupis (16-6) crushing them 81-61 in the Lithuanian LKL on Wednesday night. Grafs scored 11 points, had 5 rebounds and dished 4 assists in 21 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. BC Siauliai (16-6) is placed third in the LKL. It was his team's seventh consecutive victory in a row. This year Grafs' overall stats are: 7.7ppg, 3.8rpg, 2FGP: 52.2% and FT: 75.9% in the 12 games. He played for the Latvian national team two years ago.

Kristaps Valters
Kristaps Valters
   #4. Guard Kristaps Valters (190-81) was the major contributor in an Unicaja Malaga's victory against the closely-ranked Cajasol (18-16) 75-66 in the Spanish ACB in Sunday night's game. Valters recorded 11 points. 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. Valters' total stats this season are: 9.4ppg, 1.6rpg and 2.4apg. He used to play for the Latvian national team back in 2009.

Mareks Jurevicus
Mareks Jurevicus
   #5. International swingman Mareks Jurevicus (197-85) contributed to a 3-point Assi Ostuni's victory against the closely-ranked Centrale Latte (15-13) 75-72 in the Italian Lega2 (second division) last Saturday. Jurevicus scored 21 points, had 8 rebounds and dished 3 assists in 33 minutes. Assi Basket Ostuni (13-15) is placed ninth in the Lega2. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. This year Jurevicus has relatively solid stats: 13.6ppg, 4.2rpg, 1.7apg and 1.1spg in the 29 games. He plays currently for the Latvian national team.

Janis Strelnieks
Janis Strelnieks
   #6. Guard Janis Strelnieks (191-89) contributed to a 3-point Spartak St.Petersburg's victory against the closely-ranked Krasnie Krilya (7-11) 78-75 in the Russian PBL on Monday night. Strelnieks scored 7 points. Spartak St.Petersburg (9-9) is placed fifth in the PBL. This season Strelnieks averages only 4.8ppg. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Latvian National Team roster.

Janis Blums
Janis Blums
   #7. International guard Janis Blums (190-82), who plays in the Spanish ACB could not help Gescrap BB (19-15) to beat Unicaja Malaga (17-17). Blums scored 5 points in 16 minutes. Gescrap BB was edged 83-80 at home by the lower-ranked (#9) Unicaja Malaga. His team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And now that game is very crucial. Blums has been at the team for four years. This season Blums' total stats are: 5.7ppg and 1.3rpg in the 31 games. He is also Latvian national team player.

Rinalds Sirsnins
Rinalds Sirsnins
   #8. Point guard Rinalds Sirsnins (186-85, agency: Promotex) is a teammate of previously mentioned Kaspars Cipruss and both played together in the last Estonian KML game. Sirsnins contributed to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Rapla (14-14) crushing them 105-66. He recorded 11 points, 5 assists and 3 steals. Sirsnins is currently fourth on the list of best passers. He has very reliable stats this season: 13.3ppg, 2.8rpg, 3.8apg and 1.5spg. Sirsnins used to play for the Latvian national team back in 2010.

Rihards Kuksiks
Rihards Kuksiks
   #9. International swingman Rihards Kuksiks (198-88, agency: Two Points, college: Arizona St.) was not able to help Valencia Basket (20-14) in their game against Blusens Monbus (13-21) in the Spanish ACB. He cannot count Wednesday's game as one of the best ones. Kuksiks scored only 3 points in 2 minutes on the court. Valencia Basket lost 62-76 on the road to the much lower-ranked (#13) Blusens Monbus. His team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And now that game is quite important. This year Kuksiks averages just 2.4ppg in the 17 games. He is also in the roster of the Latvian national team.

Davis Bertans
Davis Bertans
   #10. Forward Davis Bertans (208-92) managed to help BC Partizan MT:S Beograd to win against the fifth-ranked Radnicki Basket (5-5) 82-66 in a derby game in the Serbian A League in Tuesday night's game. Bertans recorded only 2 points. BC Partizan MT:S Beograd (8-2) is placed second in SuperLiga group. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. There are only four games left until the end of the Second Stage. So now every game will be important. Bertans has averaged so far 3.6ppg and 1.4rpg. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Latvian National Team roster.



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Revolution is No.1 in the league after five rounds - by Eurobasket News

Five rounds of the LBQ inaugural season are already played. In the latest games, which were played on Sunday, Revolution celebrated 70-97 road victory against Monteregie. Thanks to this win Revolution improved to 4-0 staying alone on top of the LQB standings. Seigneurs follow them with 3-0. There was one more game played on Sunday, when Jaguars handed 77-67 loss to Page-Dynamo. This is the second win for Jaguars out of four games. At the same time, Page-Dynamo dropped to 0-5. The above mentioned Monteregie has 1-3 score. Next games in LBQ are scheduled for May 12 and 13. Revolution will meet Seigneurs, while Page-Dynamo will take on Monteregie.


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NEWS - by Aaron Mitchell

Hello basketball fans , alot of new in the professional world . The finals are in Lebanon and two quality teams are competing for there first titles. Although it was a lot of controversy , the final is proving to worthy of watching. The NBA is flying a all - time high. The two teams i have picked to go the finals are still alive and playing well. I am in Austria preparing for the my basketball camp. It will be a very good camp this year full of excitement and new training drills. To reflect on my last 2 years in Lebanon , i can honestly say i have met some quality people who i hope and look forward to seeing again. In this business there is no good byes only see you later. Coach A


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Stats Leaders - LKL

Points Per Game
 Laurynas MIKALAUSKAS
  Neptu.
  (205-F-85)
  Avg: 18
 1. Mikalauskas, Neptu.18.0 
 2. Mazeika, Neptunas15.2 
 3. Hughes, Pieno Z.15.0 
 4. Johnson, Naglis P.14.6 
 5. Valanciunas, Lietu.14.3 
 6. Cepukaitis, Lietka.13.9 
 7. Long, Siauliai13.4 
 8. Urbonas, Juventus13.3 
 9. Reminas, Naglis P.13.0 
 10. Seibutis, Lietuv.13.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Dane JOHNSON
  Naglis P.
  (208-C-86)
  Avg: 10.3
 1. Johnson, Naglis P.10.3 
 2. Valanciunas, Lietu.7.6 
 3. Mikalauskas, Neptu.7.1 
 4. McClure, Kedainiai7.0 
 5. Cepukaitis, Lietka.6.5 
 6. Petrukonis, Juven.6.4 
 7. Butkevicius, Rudup.6.4 
 8. Valeika, Neptunas6.0 
 9. Adomaitis, Kedaini.5.8 
 10. Katelynas, Lietuv.5.6 
Assists Per Game
 Mantas KALNIETIS
  Zalgiris
  (196-G-86)
  Avg: 5.4
 1. Kalnietis, Zalgiris5.4 
 2. Dainys, Neptunas5.3 
 3. Rice, Lietuvos.4.2 
 4. Peciukeviciu., Sak.4.0 
 5. Kadziulis, Rudupis3.8 
 6. Popovic, Zalgiris3.7 
 7. Maceina, Juventus3.6 
 8. Ezerskis, Lietkabe.3.5 
 9. Broadus, Siauliai3.5 
 10. Janavicius, Balta.3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Cam LONG
  Siauliai
  (193-G-88)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Long, Siauliai2.1 
 2. Hughes, Pieno Z.2.1 
 3. Broadus, Siauliai1.7 
 4. Vasiliauskas, Liet.1.6 
 5. Ginevicius, Kedain.1.6 
 6. Dainys, Neptunas1.5 
 7. Seibutis, Lietuv.1.5 
 8. Weems, Zalgiris1.4 
 9. Juskevicius, Rudup.1.4 
 10. Salenga, Zalgiris1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Jonas VALANCIUNAS
  Lietuv.
  (210-C-92)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Valanciunas, Lietu.1.9 
 2. Johnson, Naglis P.1.8 
 3. Petrukonis, Juven.1.2 
 4. Staniulis, Lietkab.1.0 
 5. McClure, Kedainiai0.9 
 6. Morgan, Pieno Z.0.9 
 7. Cepukaitis, Lietka.0.9 
 8. Samardziski, Lietu.0.9 
 9. Javtokas, Zalgiris0.8 
 10. Zelionis, Rudupis0.8 


Jonas Maciulis selected the top Lithuanian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Jonas Maciulis
Jonas Maciulis
   #1. This week's number one is former international swingman Jonas Maciulis (198-85). He led Montepaschi Siena to a victory over the 15th-ranked Fabi Shoes Montegranaro (12-20) crushing them 113-57 in the Italian SerieA in Sunday night's game. Maciulis was MVP of the game. He recorded 20 points, 3 assists and 3 steals in a mere 15 minutes on the court. Montepaschi Siena (24-8) is placed first in the SerieA. Maciulis' team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And that game will be critical. This year Maciulis averages: 7.3ppg, 1.5rpg, 1.8apg, 1.3spg in the four games he played so far. He played for the Lithuanian senior national team two years ago.

Darjus Lavrinovic
Darjus Lavrinovic
   #2. Second place goes to an experienced international center Darjus Lavrinovic (212-79). Lavrinovic was the main contributor in a CSKA Moscow's victory against the leader Unics Kazan (14-2) 74-62 in the VTB United League last Thursday. He was the best player in that game. Lavrinovic recorded 15 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. It was the game of the round between two top 2 ranked teams in group B. CSKA Moscow (14-2) is placed first. Lavrinovic's overall stats this season are: 8.6ppg, 3.7rpg, 2FGP: 67.6%(23-34), 3FGP: 38.7% and FT: 81.1%. He is in the roster of the Lithuanian senior national team.

Donatas Motiejunas
Donatas Motiejunas
   #3. The Lithuanian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international power forward Donatas Motiejunas (213-90, agency: Interperformances). Motiejunas contributed to an easy victory against the third-ranked Zastal ZG (6-4) crushing them 88-67 in the Polish PLK on Tuesday night. He was the top player that evening. Motiejunas scored 21 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 25 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 3 ranked teams in Group A. Asseco Prokom Gdynia (8-2) is placed first. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. It's Motiejunas' first season with the team. Motiejunas is currently second on the list of top scorers and also on the list of most steals (third place). He has individually a very good year with high stats. Motiejunas averages: 16.3ppg, 6.1rpg, 1.5apg, 1.5spg, 2FGP: 51.5%, 3FGP: 30.2% and FT: 69.4% in the 17 games. He is also a member of the Lithuanian senior national team.

Ramunas Siskauskas
Ramunas Siskauskas
   #4. Guard Ramunas Siskauskas (197-78) is a teammate of previously mentioned Darjus Lavrinovic and both played together in the last VTB United League game. Siskauskas was the major contributor in a CSKA Moscow's victory against the leader Unics Kazan (14-2) 74-62. He recorded 12 points and grabbed 4 rebounds (made all of his six free throws). Siskauskas has been at the team for five years. Siskauskas' overall stats this season are: 6.7ppg, 2.3rpg, 1.3apg and 1.1spg. He used to play for the Lithuanian national team back in 2010.

Ksistof Lavrinovic
Ksistof Lavrinovic
   #5. International center Ksistof Lavrinovic (210-79) is a teammate of previously mentioned Jonas Maciulis and both played together in the last Italian SerieA game. Lavrinovic contributed to an easy victory against the 15th-ranked Fabi Shoes Montegranaro (12-20) crushing them 113-57. He recorded 16 points in only a mere 14 minutes. Lavrinovic is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fifth year in Montepaschi Siena's roster. Lavrinovic has relatively good stats this season: 11.3ppg and 5.3rpg in the 17 games. He plays currently for the Lithuanian national team.

Donatas Zavackas
Donatas Zavackas
   #6. Forward Donatas Zavackas (203-80, college: Pittsburgh) contributed to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Ventspils (15-1) 83-66 in the Latvian LBL on Sunday night. Zavackas was the top player that evening. He recorded 15 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. VEF Riga (15-1) is placed second in the LBL. It was his team's ninth consecutive victory in a row. This season Zavackas has relatively solid stats: 12.7ppg, 6.3rpg, 2.0apg and 1.6spg. He is a former U20 international player as he played for the Lithuanian team twelve years ago.

Giedrius Gustas
Giedrius Gustas
   #7. Former international guard Giedrius Gustas (190-80, also represented by Interperformances) contributed to a PGE Turow's victory against the second-ranked Trefl Sopot (6-4) 98-94 in the Polish PLK in Monday night's game. Gustas was the top player that evening. He recorded 20 points and added 4 assists in 22 minutes. PGE Turow Zgorzelec (2-8) is placed sixth in Group A. This year Gustas' overall stats are: 7.5ppg, 1.4rpg and 1.6apg in the 39 games. He used to play for the Lithuanian national team two years ago.

Antanas Kavaliauskas
Antanas Kavaliauskas
   #8. Center Antanas Kavaliauskas (208-84, another player represented by Interperformances, college: Texas A&M) is a teammate of previously mentioned Donatas Zavackas and both played together in the last Latvian LBL game. Kavaliauskas helped VEF Riga win their game against the closely-ranked Ventspils (15-1) 83-66. He recorded 12 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Kavaliauskas has reliable stats this season: 12.2ppg, 5.2rpg and 1.2apg. He used to play for the Lithuanian university national team back in 2007.

Simonas Serapinas
Simonas Serapinas
   #9. Former international forward Simonas Serapinas (197-82) helped Telekom Baskets edge the league leader Brose Baskets (30-4) 75-74 in the German BBL on Thursday night. Serapinas was the top player that evening. He recorded 17 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 34 minutes. Telekom Baskets Bonn (18-15) is placed seventh in the BBL. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. This year Serapinas' total stats are: 10.0ppg and 3.0rpg in the 35 games. He used to play for the Lithuanian national team eight years ago.

Christopher Young
Christopher Young
   #10. Power forward Christopher Young (206-79, college: Michigan) helped Okapi Aalstar win their game against the closely-ranked Optima Gent (12-20) 75-70 in the Belgian D1 in Wednesday night's game. Young was the top player that evening. He scored 18 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. Generali Okapi Aalstar (17-14) is placed fourth in the D1. Young's team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And now that game is very crucial. Young is currently fourth on the list of best rebounders and also on the list of best blockers (fourth place). He has very reliable stats this season: 10.4ppg and 7.3rpg. Young is a naturalized American. Despite he played previously for the USA national team, Young is also a former international player as eight years ago he still played for the Lithuanian senior national team. Strangely he has never played in Lithuania.

   #11. International guard Martynas Pocius (196-86, another player represented by Interperformances, college: Duke) helped Real Madrid win their game against the 11th-ranked FIATC Joventut 95-82 in the Spanish ACB last Sunday. Pocius recorded 6 points in 19 minutes. He has averaged so far 5.9ppg and 1.9rpg in the 31 games. Despite Pocius played previously for the USA national team, he is currently in the Lithuanian national team roster.

   #12. International guard Rimantas Kaukenas (192-77, college: Seton Hall) is a teammate of previously mentioned Jonas Maciulis. He played also in the last Italian SerieA game facing Ksistof Lavrinovic (above) in the other team. Kaukenas managed to help Montepaschi Siena to win against the 15th-ranked Fabi Shoes Montegranaro crushing them 113-57. He recorded only 3 points and added 6 passes. Kaukenas averaged so far 10.4ppg, 1.7rpg and 1.8apg. He is also in the roster of the Lithuanian national team.

   #13. International guard Mindaugas Lukauskis (198-79) helped Sigma Barcellona win their game against the closely-ranked Morpho Basket crushing them 95-61 in the Italian Lega2 (second division) in Wednesday night's game. Lukauskis was the top player that evening. He recorded 22 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 30 minutes. Lukauskis' stats this year are: 11.6ppg, 4.1rpg, 1.7apg and 1.8spg in the 26 games. Despite he played previously for the USA national team, Lukauskis is currently in the Lithuanian national team roster.

   #14. International guard Benas Veikalas (192-83, college: Metro St.) is a teammate of previously mentioned Simonas Serapinas. But that was another game of his team in German BBL which we would like to mention. Veikalas, who plays in the German BBL could not help Telekom Baskets (18-15) in their last game on Wednesday. Despite his good performance Telekom Baskets was defeated 67-53 at home by the leading Brose Baskets. Veikalas was the top scorer with 12 points. He averaged so far 13.0ppg, 3.4rpg and 1.8apg. Despite Veikalas played previously for the USA national team, he is currently in the Lithuanian national team roster.

   #15. Former international power forward Tautvydas Lydeka (208-83) was not able to help Scavolini Pesaro in their game against Novipiu CM in the Italian SerieA. Lydeka recorded 8 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 25 minutes. His team lost 77-82. He has averaged so far 7.9ppg and 5.0rpg in the 32 games. Despite Lydeka played previously for the USA national team, he is currently in the Lithuanian national team roster.



LKL Round 2 of Finals. Zalgiris step closer to the title - by Eurobasket News

FINAL
Lietuvos rytas - Zalgiris 76-86

Zalgiris shot down Lietuvos Rytas on the road to step closer to the title. The game was mostly controlled by Zalgiris. Lietuvos rytas was better in fourth quarter 24-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The former international guard Mantas Kalnietis (196-G-86, agency: Interperformances) notched a double-double by scoring 17 points and 11 assists to lead the effort and the former international guard Tomas Delininkaitis (192-82, agency: Interperformances) supported him with 22 points (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Even 17 points and 4 assists by American point guard Tyrese Rice (185-87, college: Boston Coll., agency: Priority Sports) did not help to save the game for Lietuvos rytas. The former international guard Renaldas Seibutis (195-85) added 15 points for the hosts. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Lietuvos rytas: T.Rice 17+2reb+4ast, R.Seibutis 15+2reb+3ast, S.Babrauskas 13+1reb, M.Katelynas 9+3reb, J.Valanciunas 8+10reb, A.Jomantas 6+2reb
Zalgiris: T.Delininkaitis 22+2reb+1ast, M.Kalnietis 17+1reb+11ast, M.Popovic 12+2reb+3ast, D.Salenga 9+2reb, P.Jankunas 9+6reb+1ast, R.Javtokas 8+6reb+1ast
gschID: 175965
3rd Place
Rudupis - Siauliai 87-55

Rudupis earned 2-0 lead in the Bronze medals series. The game without a history. Rudupis led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Siauliai to just 6 points in third quarter. They outrebounded Siauliai 37-23 including a 26-14 advantage in defensive rebounds. Guard Arturas Milaknis (195-86) scored 27 points to lead the charge for the winners and center Edgaras Zelionis (207-89) chipped in 12 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists during the contest. Four Rudupis players scored in double figures. Latvian center Raitis Grafs (208-81, college: Valparaiso) responded with 9 points and the former international forward Marius Prekevicius (195-84, college: S.Florida, agency: Interperformances) scored 8 points. 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:
Siauliai: R.Grafs 9+4reb, M.Prekevicius 8+2reb+1ast, R.Broadus 8+2reb, C.Long 6+4reb, V.Sarakauskas 5+3reb, D.Gvezdauskas 5+1reb
Rudupis: A.Milaknis 27+3reb, A.Labuckas 14+4reb+1ast, E.Zelionis 12+10reb+4ast, A.Juskevicius 11+1reb+2ast, S.Buterlevicius 9+1reb, G.Orelikas 6+4reb+4ast
gschID: 175964



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Standings - CIBACOPA

CIBACOPA Standings
 1. Hermosillo 27-4 
 2. Guaymas 24-7 
 3. Tijuana 20-11 
 4. Cananea 17-14 
 5. Los Mochis 15-16 
 6. Nogales 15-16 
 7. Guasave 15-16 
 8. Navolato 10-21 
 9. Culiacan 10-21 
 10. Tepic 2-29 

Regular Season: Round 31

May. 9: Guasave - Cananea 93-94
May. 9: Hermosillo - Guaymas 93-83
May. 9: Los Mochis - Tijuana 89-84
May. 9: Culiacan - Navolato 82-87
May. 8: Nogales - Tepic 80-77

Regular Season: Round 33

May. 11: Tepic - Hermosillo
May. 11: Navolato - Tijuana
May. 11: Los Mochis - Guaymas
May. 11: Cananea - Nogales
May. 11: Culiacan - Guasave


CIBACOPA Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Devon PEARSON
  Los M.
  (198-F-84)
  Avg: 25.7
 1. Pearson, Los M.25.7 
 2. Reese, Tepic25.3 
 3. Scott, Los Mochis24.5 
 4. McCullough, Nogales23.2 
 5. Robinson, Culiacan22.2 
 6. Thomas, Cananea22.0 
 7. Selleaze, Navolato21.3 
 8. Carter, Guasave20.7 
 9. Wiley, Los Mochis19.8 
 10. Young, Tepic19.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Devon PEARSON
  Los M.
  (198-F-84)
  Avg: 10.9
 1. Pearson, Los M.10.9 
 2. Riley, Tepic10.9 
 3. Scott, Los Mochis9.1 
 4. Sanders-F., Nogales8.9 
 5. Selleaze, Navolato8.7 
 6. Robinson, Culiacan7.7 
 7. Habel, Guaymas7.6 
 8. Lopez, Hermosillo7.5 
 9. Zamora, Culiacan7.5 
 10. Wiley, Los Mochis7.1 
Assists Per Game
 Myron ALLEN
  Guaymas
  (182-PG-79)
  Avg: 7.8
 1. Allen, Guaymas7.8 
 2. Taylor, Los Mochis5.8 
 3. Monreal, Hermosillo5.6 
 4. Nungaray, Guaymas5.2 
 5. Harris, Cananea4.6 
 6. Pulido, Culiacan4.0 
 7. Riley, Tepic3.7 
 8. McSwine, Navolato3.3 
 9. Quintero, Tijuana3.3 
 10. Heredia, Nogales3.2 
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. Allen, Guaymas1.3 
 7. Monreal, Hermosillo1.3 
 8. Toussaint, Los M.1.3 
 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, Guaymas1.2 
 3. Zamora, Culiacan1.2 
 4. Wiley, Los Mochis1.0 
 5. Young, Tepic1.0 
 6. McCullough, Nogales0.9 
 7. Robinson, Culiacan0.9 
 8. Scott, Los Mochis0.7 
 9. Tate, Tijuana0.7 
 10. Johnson, Guaymas0.7 


CIBACOPA Round 31: Mineros de Cananea beats Frayles de Guasave by one after a very close game - by Eurobasket News

The games at this stage are more interesting as they can be crucial for the final standings in Regular Season. Despite we already know who is stronger and who is weaker, there may be still last minute susprises and upsets.

The most exciting game of round 31 in the CIBACOPA took place in Guasave. This derby game ended with only one-point home defeat of 5th ranked Frayles de Guasave (15-16) to fourth ranked Mineros de Cananea (17-14) 94-93 in the game for the fourth place. Mineros de Cananea have an impressive series of seven victories in a row. Defending champion maintains fourth place with 17-14 record. Frayles de Guasave at the other side keeps the fifth position with 16 games lost. They share it with Los Mochis and Nogales. Mineros de Cananea will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Frayles de Guasave will play again at home against Mineros de Cananea (#4) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Very important is a road loss of third ranked Tijuana Zonkeys (20-11) against seventh ranked Pioneros Los Mochis (15-16) on Wednesday night. Visiting Tijuana Zonkeys were defeated by Pioneros Los Mochis in a tough game in Los Mochis 84-89. It was a great evening for American forward Seth Scott (208-81, college: Portland St.) who led his team to a victory scoring 25 points. Devon Pearson helped adding 23 points. At the losing side American power forward Robert Hornsby (196-82, college: Troy) responded with 20 points and 4 assists. Pioneros Los Mochis moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Guasave and Nogales. Tijuana Zonkeys at the other side keep the third position with 11 games lost. Pioneros Los Mochis will again play against higher ranked Tijuana Zonkeys (#3) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Tijuana Zonkeys will have a break next round.
An interesting game for Rayos de Hermosillo (27-4) which hosted in Hermosillo their biggest opponent Ostioneros de Guaymas (24-7). First ranked Rayos de Hermosillo managed to get a 10-point victory 93-83. It ended at the same time the seven-game winning streak of Ostioneros de Guaymas. It was an exceptional evening for Steve Monreal (180-PG-86, college: CS Monterey) who led the winners and scored 33 points (!!!) and 8 assists. Jerome Habel came up with 17 points and 7 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field) for Ostioneros de Guaymas in the defeat. Ostioneros de Guaymas' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. The victory was the fifteenth consecutive win for Rayos de Hermosillo. They maintain first place with 27-4 record. Loser Ostioneros de Guaymas keep the second position with seven games lost. Rayos de Hermosillo will again meet at home league's second-placed Ostioneros de Guaymas in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Ostioneros de Guaymas will have a break next round.
Tenth-ranked Coras de Tepic (2-29) was very close to win a game against seventh ranked Fuerza Guinda Nogales (15-16). Fuerza Guinda Nogales managed to secure only three-point victory 80-77. However their fans expected easier game. O'Louis McCullough fired 26 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Fuerza Guinda Nogales' coach John Saintignon allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. Fuerza Guinda Nogales moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Los Mochis and Guasave. Coras de Tepic lost their sixth game in a row. They stay dead last with 29 lost games. Fuerza Guinda Nogales' next round opponent will be again bottom-ranked Coras de Tepic (#10) on the road which should be theoretically an easy game.

In the last game of round 31 Navolato beat Culiacan on the road 87-82.


Guasave - Cananea 93-94
The most exciting game of round 31 in the CIBACOPA took place in Guasave. This derby game ended with only one-point home defeat of 5th ranked Frayles de Guasave (15-16) to fourth ranked Mineros de Cananea (17-14) 94-93 in the game for the fourth place. Mineros de Cananea have an impressive series of seven victories in a row. Defending champion maintains fourth place with 17-14 record. Frayles de Guasave at the other side keeps the fifth position with 16 games lost. They share it with Los Mochis and Nogales. Mineros de Cananea will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Frayles de Guasave will play again at home against Mineros de Cananea (#4) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 171227


Culiacan - Navolato 82-87
We could consider it a predictable result in the game between close teams when ninth ranked Garra Canera de Navolato (10-21) beat on the road 8th ranked Caballeros de Culiacan (10-21) 87-82. The guests were ahead by 4 points but lost the second period ending it with a 1-point deficit before their 20-14 run, which allowed them to win the game. Garra Canera de Navolato made 25-of-30 charity shots (83.3 percent) during the game. Strangely Caballeros de Culiacan outrebounded Garra Canera de Navolato 48-35 including a 18-6 advantage in offensive rebounds. American forward Ronald Selleaze (197-76, college: CSU Bakersfield, agency: Dream Team Management) fired 27 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists (made all of his nine free throws !!!) for the winners. His fellow American import forward Charles Moore (201-86, college: S.Arkansas) chipped in a double-double by scoring 17 points and 11 rebounds. Moore is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Four Garra Canera de Navolato players scored in double figures. The former international center Victor Avila (210-77, college: Oklahoma) produced a double-double by scoring 23 points and 17 rebounds and American swingman Rene Rougeau (198-86, college: UNLV, agency: ProSportsCareers) added 25 points and 10 rebounds respectively for lost side. Garra Canera de Navolato moved-up to eighth place, which they share with Culiacan. Caballeros de Culiacan lost their fifth game in a row. Garra Canera de Navolato will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Navolato: R.Selleaze 27+9reb+5ast, C.Moore 17+11reb, J.Angel Reatiga 15+8reb+1ast, D.McSwine 15+2reb, F.Verdugo 9+2reb, M.Godoy 4+1reb
Culiacan: R.Rougeau 25+10reb+3ast, V.Avila 23+17reb+1ast, R.Zamora 9+8reb+3ast, J.Gonzalez 7+4reb, R.Robinson 6+3reb+1ast, R.Lopez 5
gschID: 171228


Nogales - Tepic 80-77
Tenth-ranked Coras de Tepic (2-29) was very close to win a game against seventh ranked Fuerza Guinda Nogales (15-16). Fuerza Guinda Nogales managed to secure only three-point victory 80-77. However their fans expected easier game. It looked good early as Coras de Tepic took an 10-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Fuerza Guinda Nogales took control and eventually winning the game that evening by 3 points. American swingman O'Louis McCullough (198-82, college: Francis Marion) fired 26 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. International forward Michael Strobbe (201-85) chipped in 16 points and 7 rebounds. Fuerza Guinda Nogales' coach John Saintignon allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. American forward Ray Reese (196-87, college: Tulsa) produced a double-double by scoring 32 points and 11 rebounds and Kavin Young added 18 points and 8 rebounds respectively for lost side. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Fuerza Guinda Nogales moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Los Mochis and Guasave. Coras de Tepic lost their sixth game in a row. They stay dead last with 29 lost games. Fuerza Guinda Nogales' next round opponent will be again bottom-ranked Coras de Tepic (#10) on the road which should be theoretically an easy game.
Top scorers:
Nogales: O.McCullough 26+6reb, M.Strobbe 16+7reb+3ast, K.Davis 16+4reb, M.Gale 12+3reb+3ast, J.Mercado 8+5reb+1ast, C.Estrada 2+2reb
Tepic: R.Reese 32+11reb+3ast, K.Young 18+8reb+3ast, D.Riley 14+10reb+3ast, E.Swanson 10+4reb+4ast, A.Velarde 3+1ast, J.Orduno 0+4reb
gschID: 171224


Los Mochis - Tijuana 89-84
Very important is a road loss of third ranked Tijuana Zonkeys (20-11) against seventh ranked Pioneros Los Mochis (15-16) on Wednesday night. Visiting Tijuana Zonkeys were defeated by Pioneros Los Mochis in a tough game in Los Mochis 84-89. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 26-21. But Tijuana Zonkeys won second period 20-18. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. It was a great evening for American forward Seth Scott (208-81, college: Portland St.) who led his team to a victory scoring 25 points. His fellow American import forward Devon Pearson (198-84, college: SMU) helped adding 23 points. At the losing side American power forward Robert Hornsby (196-82, college: Troy) responded with 20 points and 4 assists and the former international point guard Omar Quintero (183-81, college: S.Nazarene) scored 17 points and 4 assists (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field). Four Pioneros Los Mochis and five Tijuana Zonkeys players scored in double figures. Pioneros Los Mochis moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Guasave and Nogales. Tijuana Zonkeys at the other side keep the third position with 11 games lost. Pioneros Los Mochis will again play against higher ranked Tijuana Zonkeys (#3) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Tijuana Zonkeys will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Los Mochis: S.Scott 25+1reb+1ast, D.Pearson 23+3reb+1ast, W.Funn 16+1reb+7ast, L.Felipe Diaz 12+1reb+1ast, E.Rios 9+2reb+5ast, P.Torres 4+1reb+1ast
Tijuana: R.Hornsby 20+2reb+4ast, O.Quintero 17+1reb+4ast, C.Tate 16+1reb+2ast, D.Ramirez 13+2reb+1ast, M.Morrison 13+1reb+3ast, G.Lira 3+1ast
gschID: 171225


Hermosillo - Guaymas 93-83
An interesting game for Rayos de Hermosillo (27-4) which hosted in Hermosillo their biggest opponent Ostioneros de Guaymas (24-7). First ranked Rayos de Hermosillo managed to get a 10-point victory 93-83. It ended at the same time the seven-game winning streak of Ostioneros de Guaymas. The game was mostly controlled by Rayos de Hermosillo. Ostioneros de Guaymas managed to win fourth quarter 29-21. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. It was an exceptional evening for naturalized American point guard Steve Monreal (180-86, college: CS Monterey) who led the winners and scored 33 points (!!!) and 8 assists. The former international forward Jesus Lopez (205-83, college: SW Baptist) accounted for 16 points and 9 rebounds for the winning side. American forward Jerome Habel (208-85, college: San Diego St.) came up with 17 points and 7 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field) and the other American import point guard Myron Allen (182-79, college: Lee JC) added 15 points and 5 assists (made all of his nine free throws !!!) respectively for Ostioneros de Guaymas in the defeat. Four Rayos de Hermosillo and five Ostioneros de Guaymas players scored in double figures. Ostioneros de Guaymas' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. The victory was the fifteenth consecutive win for Rayos de Hermosillo. They maintain first place with 27-4 record. Loser Ostioneros de Guaymas keep the second position with seven games lost. Rayos de Hermosillo will again meet at home league's second-placed Ostioneros de Guaymas in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Ostioneros de Guaymas will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Hermosillo: S.Monreal 33+3reb+8ast, J.Lopez 16+9reb+3ast, P.Sanders 15+3reb+1ast, B.Hamilton 11+3reb, J.Manuel Esteva 8+1reb+2ast, E.Little 5+7reb+4ast
Guaymas: J.Habel 17+7reb+1ast, H.Carrillo 16+2reb+1ast, H.Johnson 16+2reb+1ast, M.Allen 15+4reb+5ast, A.Pedroza 11+4reb+2ast, F.Benitez 8+6reb+1ast
gschID: 171226



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MNE Play-Off Final game No 2 : Buducnost win second game - by Dragan Scepanovic

Sutjeska - Buducnost 57:80 (12:23, 18:19, 12:21, 15:17)
Nisic City SC. Spect: 1.500. Reff: Rutesic (Niksic), Dragojevic (Podgorica), Koljensic (Podgorica).
Sutjeska: Kovac 2, Zarubica, Vranjes 16, Jovanovic, Zarko Dragicevic (188-G-81) 2, Grabovica 3, Popovic 2, Kuveljic, Krivokapic, Gajovic 10, Pejovic 5, Jocovic 17.
Buducnost: Mihailovic , M. Popovic, Milosevic 7, Krstovic, Radovic, Vitkovac 10, Dubljevic 9, Aleksa Popovic (201-G/F-87) 31, Ivanovic 7, Anderson 14, Nikolic, Mugosa 2.



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  NBA   

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Kobe BRYANT
  LA Lakers
  (198-G-78)
  Avg: 28.2
 1. Bryant, LA Lakers28.2 
 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. Wade, Miami Heat22.0 
 8. Nowitzki, Dallas M.22.0 
 9. Rose, Chicago B.21.9 
 10. Ellis, Golde S.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 Lakers11.8 
 4. Humphries, New J.11.0 
 5. Cousins, Sacramen.11.0 
 6. Griffin, LA Clipp.10.6 
 7. Gasol, LA Lakers10.2 
 8. Gortat, Phoenix10.0 
 9. Smith, Atlanta H.9.9 
 10. Chandler, New Y.9.8 
Assists Per Game
 Rajon RONDO
  Boston C.
  (185-PG-86)
  Avg: 11.7
 1. Rondo, Boston C.11.7 
 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. Conley, Memphis G.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. Rondo, Boston C.1.9 
 5. James, Miami Heat1.9 
 6. Kidd, Dallas M.1.8 
 7. Wade, Miami Heat1.8 
 8. Millsap, Utah Jazz1.8 
 9. Shumpert, New Y.1.7 
 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. Jordan, LA Clippers2.1 
 5. Bynum, LA Lakers2.1 
 6. Hibbert, Indiana P.2.1 
 7. McGee, Denver N.1.9 
 8. Gasol, Memphis G.1.9 
 9. Biyombo, Charlott.1.8 
 10. Udoh, Golde S.1.7 


Blazers trying to stall before re-signing Nicolas Batum - by Eurobasket News

The Portland Trail Blazers have let a lot of good ones get away in recent years, through free agency and through trades. It's a bit of a sore spot among Blazers fans, in fact, although not as much as the injury bug that's bitten -- and gobbled up and spit out -- some of the team's best players.

But in the interest of keeping and developing young talent, Portland needs to make sure another one doesn't slip away. It needs to re-sign Nicolas Batum (6'7''-F-88).

Barring an offseason surprise or two, the Blazers are likely to do just that. They're just trying to stall, that's all.

Batum, who hails from Lisieux, France, told L'Equipe TV recently that he's interested in testing the market, pointing to the San Antonio Spurs as one enticing possible landing place (Batum's friend and former Portland teammate, Patty Mills, is currently on the Spurs' roster).

Batum's quotes to L'Equipe TV, as translated by OregonLive.com:

'San Antonio is an option for me. There are 30 NBA teams, so I'm going to look at everything and see who's best. But it's clear that San Antonio is not a bad option. I don't want to leave Portland, but I'm going to look at everything and see what's best for me.

If I can't find something better elsewhere, I'll stay in Portland. But if I find something better elsewhere, I'll leave. The market opens July 1, so I really have the time to take my time and look at everything out there. I have about 10 teams in mind already (as possible destinations) but we'll have to see what happens.'

Batum rejected the Blazers' offer when the two sides were negotiating a contract extension back in January. He -- or, more accurately, his agent -- felt he wasn't being offered enough money at the time, and now agent and player will get a chance to see what other teams might be offering. Considering all that's happened with the team since those contract talks broke down, I have to believe that Portland will be willing to pay now -- possibly in the neighborhood of $10 million per season -- to keep Batum around for the team's current rebuilding/reloading phase.

But the Blazers are hoping to wait a while before addressing Batum's contract, hoping they can keep juggling long enough to work out all of their goals.

I'll try to avoid diving too deep into the contract and financial specifics here, but in essence, the Blazers are hoping to keep Batum by waiting until after they've used the bulk of their free salary cap space (which will be somewhere between $12 million and $20 million) to sign other free agents.

It's a tricky situation that involves the so-called 'Larry Bird rights,' which more or less mean the Blazers can exceed their salary cap space to re-sign Batum. Because Batum is a restricted free agent, the Blazers have the right to match any offer other teams make to him.

Here's where Portland is trying to juggle: in order to maintain rights to Batum, the team has to reserve roughly $5 million of its available salary cap space; that's Batum's salary cap hold amount. However, Batum will, no doubt, command a larger contract than that.

If the Blazers try to sign him now to, say, a one-year, $10 million contract, then that's $10 million less they have in cap space to sign other free agents.

But, if they're able to wait until they've used the bulk of their available cap space, then they can sign Batum and, under the Bird rights, exceed the salary cap to keep him.

It's a game of timing, and the Blazers are just hoping that another team doesn't hand Batum a rich offer sheet before they've had a chance to add a free agent or two. Because once Batum starts receiving offers, Portland will be on the clock to match them if the team wants to keep Batum.

And why should they try so hard to keep him in town? If you've seen him play, you've seen the talent. He's only 23 years old, and although streaky at times, his upside is tremendous. He's 6-foot-8, can shoot from long range (as evidenced by the team-record nine 3-pointers he hit against the Denver Nuggets in February) and can get to the hoop off the dribble. Plus, it's a common perception that former Blazers coach Nate McMillan is not exactly the best developer of young talent. With McMillan gone, and a new coach taking over, it'd be nice to see just how much better Batum might get.

At 23, Batum is the same age as another player the Blazers really ought to re-sign this summer -- J.J. Hickson. But that's another story.

For now, keep an eye on Batum's situation, and if San Antonio, or anyone else, makes him an offer before the Blazers have added their first free agent of this offseason, you'll know there are some unhappy executives in Rip City.

Courtesy of http://sports.yahoo.com



76ers beat Bulls 79-78 and advance to 2nd round - by Eurobasket News

Andre Iguodala (6'6''-G-84, college: Arizona) and Evan Turner (6'7''-G/F-88, college: Ohio St.) hopped on the scorer's table and played to the crowd as the catchy 76ers theme song blared in the arena.

Eight years of going home empty was over. The Sixers were ready for a long overdue postseason celebration.

Iguodala made the go-ahead free throws with 2.2 seconds left and Philadelphia rallied for a 79-78 victory over the top-seeded Chicago Bulls in Game 6 on Thursday night, advancing to the second round of the Eastern Conference playoffs for the first time since 2003.

The 76ers will face Boston, which beat Atlanta in six games, in the conference semifinals.

Omer Asik (7'0''-C-86) missed two free throws that would have given the Bulls a three-point lead in the final seconds. Iguodala grabbed the second miss, sprinted the length of the court, and was fouled by Asik on the driving layup. He made both and 20,362 fans went absolutely wild.

The Sixers are the fifth No. 8 seed to win a first-round series against a No. 1 seed. Memphis eliminated San Antonio last season, while Golden State (2007), New York (1999) and Denver (1994) also pulled off the rare feat.

In his second season, coach Doug Collins had already led the Sixers to their first winning season in seven years. Now, it's on to the second round for the first time Allen Iverson was an All-Star.

'I don't know how we won this game,' Collins said.

The Sixers were smiling and mobbed each other as they dashed to the locker room to keep the party going.

The Sixers were 2.2 seconds from playing Game 7 in Chicago.

Now, they will pack their bags for the second round.

Iguodala scored 20 points, and Jrue Holiday (6'3''-PG-90, college: UCLA) and Louis Williams (6'3''-PG-86) each scored 14. The Sixers won even though the Bulls crushed them 56-33 on the boards.

Iguodala snagged the one that mattered.

'We win on a rebound. Something we don't get all night,' a smiling Collins said.

Iguodala made nine of 10 free throws in the fourth quarter in this series after shooting 45 percent (23 of 51) from the line in the period this season.

'I just wanted it for Dre so badly,' Collins said.

Luol Deng had 19 points and 17 rebounds for the Bulls. Richard Hamilton scored 19 points and Carlos Boozer grabbed 13 rebounds.

The Sixers started 20-9 and led the Atlantic Division for the first half of the season until a late fade sent them tumbling toward eighth place.

None of that matters now.

Not even the fact that the series win comes with a bit of an asterisk. The Bulls lost star guard Derrick Rose to a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee late in their series-opening victory. Center Joakim Noah was on the bench Thursday but failed to play in his third straight game with a sprained left ankle.

Without their stars, the Bulls found it tough to gut one out against the Sixers.

'I thought we had more than enough to win with,' Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau said. 'I'm disappointed in the loss but I'm not disappointed in our team.'

Williams, second in the NBA's Sixth Man of the Year Award voting, buried a 3-pointer for a 73-72 lead with 4 minutes left.

The jubilation was short lived.

The Sixers were whistled for goaltending and Taj Gibson later made two free throws for a 76-73 lead.

Spencer Hawes tried to draw the foul but settled for a basket underneath to shrink the deficit to one. Asik scored to push the lead back to three with 25.8 seconds left and Philadelphia's Thaddeus Young made it 78-77 to set the stage for the dramatic finish.

The Bulls had the lock-down defensive effort to nearly pull off the win.

The signature series came in the fourth quarter when the Sixers wasted a forced turnover on the other end with a brutal offensive possession.

Hawes missed a shot, Young missed two straight in the paint, and Hawes missed again against hands-up defense that sent the bench into a frenzy. Noah was the first one up pumping his fist and screaming encouragement for the fantastic defensive effort.

Hawes fired an airball next time down and there was a collective groan from the crowd.

Iguodala made up for a string of Sixers misses with a tying 3 that made it 70-all.

The Sixers tried to get a laugh by showing the Bulls bench on 'Kiss Cam.' Noah popped his warmup jacket toward the camera and the crowd booed the oversized 'Chicago' on the big screen.

Noah was one of the top offensive rebounders in the league and the Bulls figured on missing his presence in the middle. Led by Deng and Boozer, the Bulls instead went out and controlled the boards, holding a 49-29 edge early in the fourth.

'We have to use this as motivation to move forward,' Thibodeau said.

Courtesy of www.miamiherald.com



Nuggets rout Lakers 113-96 to force Game 7 - by Eurobasket News

Ty Lawson (5'11''-PG-87, college: N.Carolina) scored 32 points, fellow spark plug Corey Brewer (6'9''-G/F-86, college: Florida) added 18 and the Denver Nuggets forced a Game 7 in their first-round playoff series with a dominating 113-96 win over the Los Angeles Lakers on Thursday night.

The free-wheeling Nuggets are one win from running the lumbering Lakers right out of the playoffs. Game 7 in the Western Conference series is Saturday night at the Staples Center.

This will be the Nuggets' first all-or-nothing playoff game since losing to Utah in Game 7 of the 1994 conference semifinals.

Kobe Bryant (6'6''-G-78) followed his 43-point outburst in Game 5 with 31 points in 3 quarters despite a sour stomach that prevented him from attending the Lakers' morning shootaround and forced him to take intravenous fluids all day. He took a seat for good with Los Angeles down 101-73 with 7:52 remaining.

The younger but deeper Nuggets have won three of four since dropping the first two games in Los Angeles, and they did it by once again outrunning and outgunning their star-studded counterparts who prefer a half-court game and not the frenetic pace and pickup-game style employed by the Nuggets.

Lawson's 32 points were a career-playoff high, besting his old mark of 27 set last year.

Andrew Bynum (7'0''-C-87) pulled down 16 rebounds but made just 4 of 11 shots for 11 points, for the Lakers and Pau Gasol (7'0''-F/C-80) was just 1 of 10 from the field, finishing with three points and three rebounds.

The Nuggets got another great game from rookie Kenneth Faried, who provided even more energy with 15 points and 11 rebounds. Danilo Gallinari and Andre Miller both had 12 points for Denver, which led 90-68 heading into the fourth quarter.

Brewer iced this one by scoring 11 straight points for Denver to start the fourth quarter, an array of dunks and jumpers that gave the Nuggets their biggest lead at 101-73 and forced the Lakers to throw in the towel and try to rest up Bryant, Bynum and Gasol for Game 7.

Bryant finished the first half with 19 points but he started out slowly and so did the Lakers, who fell behind 13-0 before Bryant scored more than 3 minutes into the game.

While the Lakers missed their first six shots, the Nuggets quickly set the tone. Lawson hit all four of his 3-pointers as the Nuggets raced to a 23-8 lead.

Lawson also scored 19 points in the first half, including half of the Nuggets' 30 first-quarter points matching his per-game scoring average in the playoffs. His basket at the halftime buzzer gave Denver a 54-45 lead after their 15-point cushion had been trimmed to four on Gasol's only basket, a hook shot that brought he Lakers within 47-43.

Bryant has a history of playing through pain in the playoffs and this season he toughed it out through several injuries, missing minimal time with a concussion, ankle and wrist ailments. Lakers coach Mike Brown said he is 'amazed at his mental and physical toughness.'

Bryant was lumbering a bit on defense, though, where he got away with several grabs in the first half. In the opening minutes of the third quarter, however, he was whistled for a flagrant foul after smacking Faried in the head while trying to prevent a fast-break basket.

That was during Denver's 9-0 run to start the second half, a spurt that doubled their nine-point halftime lead in less than 3 minutes and all but sapped whatever energy the Lakers had left.

Before long, the Pepsi Center was rocking in a blowout as Lawson scored basket after acrobatic basket and the 'Beat L.A.!' chants grew ever louder.

Lawson's 3-pointer from the top of the circle at 1:22 made it 90-65.

Bynum, who irked the Nuggets by saying on the eve of Game 5 that 'close-out games are actually kind of easy,' was mum before this one, but the Nuggets were getting more mileage out of his insult with Lawson suggesting, 'we'll probably just put that up again and pretend like we never heard it before.'

Actually, the Nuggets found more motivation in something written in the Lakers' locker room after the game Tuesday night. Scribbled on the grease board was this message: 'Flight. 3 pm. Pack for 3 games.'

The next round will start in Oklahoma City, where the Thunder have the home court to open the conference semifinals. Now the Lakers need to return to L.A. and figure out a way to slow down the Nuggets to order to make it to the matchup that seemingly everybody expected before the Nuggets turned this series into a dogfight.

Earlier Thursday, Nuggets reserve center Chris 'Birdman' Andersen was excused indefinitely from all team-related activities after Douglas County sheriff's deputies searched his home as part of an investigation by the department's Internet Crimes Against Children unit.

The 10-year pro hadn't played in the postseason after averaging 5.3 points and 4.6 rebounds during the regular season, when his playing time dropped dramatically as young players gobbled up more minutes.

Coutesy of www.npr.org



Celtics beat Hawks, 8380, wrap up series - by Eurobasket News

The Boston Celtics fought off a fourth quarter slump to escape with an 8380 Game 6 win that catapulted them into the second round of the playoffs where they'll face seventh-seeded Philadelphia.

Kevin Garnett (6'11''-F-76) led the way with 28 points and 14 rebounds.

Boston also got a big game from Paul Pierce (6'7''-F/G-77, college: Kansas) (18 points) who sealed the victory with a pair of free throws with 1.3 seconds to play.

After seeing their nine-point lead (7465) in the fourth disappear completely, Garnett put the C's ahead 8079 with 30 seconds to play. After Josh Smith (6'9''-F-85) took an ill-timed jumper a shocker, I know it was rebounded by the Celtics.

Ray Allen (6'5''-G-75, college: Connecticut), one of the greatest free throw shooters ever, split one of two free throws.

Following an Atlanta time-out, Joe Johnson drove into the lane but had his shot blocked out of bounds with 3.1 seconds to play.

The Hawks called another time-out.

Before the ball could be in-bounded, officials called a foul on Marquis Daniels.

Atlanta got the ball into Al Horford's hands, and as he went to gather himself for a shot, Daniels fouled him and sent him to the line.

Horford missed the first free throw, but made the second.

Atlanta fouled Paul Pierce with 1.3 seconds to play, and the Captain put the game away for the C's.

After cutting Boston's double digit lead down near the end of the second quarter, the Hawks continued to stay within striking distant throughout the third quarter. Joe Johnson was huge for Atlanta with 10 points in the third which included a 3-pointer that cut Boston's lead to just two points.

However, a Celtics miss was tracked down by C's big man Ryan Hollins (6'11''-C-84, college: UCLA) who immediately got the ball into the hands of Garnett. He soon swung the ball to Rondo, who drilled a buzzer-beating 22-footer that put the C's ahead 6763 going into the fourth quarter.

Boston pulled ahead 7465 and seemingly had the firm command on the game.

And then, it all fell apart.

The Hawks went on an 112 run, capped off by a lob dunk by Horford to bring the Hawks within a point at 7675 with less than four minutes to play.

Celtics coach Doc Rivers had seen enough and called a time-out, knowing he had no choice but to get the man who had carried the C's most of the night Garnett back on the floor.

The close finish was not all that surprising, although things didn't get off to the best of starts for Boston.

The Celtics got off to a slow start and spent the bulk of the first quarter trying to cut into Atlanta's slim lead. A pair of free throws by Ray Allen put the Celtics ahead 2019 late in the quarter, but jumpers by Hawks reserves Tracy McGrady and Kirk Hinrich gave Atlanta a 2320 lead after the first.

Boston fell behind by as many as eight points in the second, but a 160 run put them in control of the quarter which ended with the C's ahead, 4741.

Garnett was in the role of difference-maker in Game 6, dismantling the Hawks defense with his back-to-the-basket game in addition to providing a steady dose of in-your-grill defense.

It all added up to a 13-point, 7-rebound effort in the first half. In addition to Garnett's strong all-around game, Boston also got a strong half out of Rajon Rondo, who had 10 points and six assists.

Keeping the Hawks in the hunt were Marvin Willliams and Josh Smith, who had 11 and 12 points, respectively, in the first half. Williams finished with 16 points while Smith had 18 points and nine rebounds.

Boston continued to control the action in the third quarter, but the Hawks made things interesting with back-to-back 3-pointers by Jeff Teague and Williams that cut the C's lead to 5351 with 7:02 to play in the third.

The Celtics will host the Sixers in Games 1 and 2 on Saturday and Monday, respectively.

Courtesy of www.csnne.com



Greg Oden says he will miss entire 2012-13 NBA season - by Eurobasket News

Greg Oden (7'0''-C-88, college: Ohio St.) has no plans to play in the NBA during 2012-13 season, and its an absolute shame what has become of his once promising career. However, this doesnt mean the center is hanging it up for good.

In an interview with Grantland columnist (and former Ohio State Buckeyes teammate) Mark Titus, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2007 draft opened up about his future in basketball.

Over the course of Titus piece, Oden mentions that he does not mind being an enigma. He also reveals very personal tidbits of information like how Portland was not good for him as a young African American with lots of money, and how the death of a close friend after the draft contributed to self-destructive habits including drinking.

One of the few things we already knew about Oden prior to this interview is that nothing has been more detrimental to his career than injuries.

Titus inquired about how Oden attempts to make a come back to the NBA after being cut by the Trail Blazers.

Here is his summary:

Right now, his plan is to take off the entire 2012-13 season, move back to Columbus, take all the time he needs to rehab his knee back to full strength, and continue working toward the degree that he abandoned after one year at Ohio State. Once he feels ready, he plans to sign with an NBA team in 2013 and (hopefully) string together a few years of injury-free basketball.

This may actually be what the beleaguered big man needs most. His chronic injury problems have been thrust into the limelight every season in which he's sat on a bench in street clothes with crutches near him.

Privacy and rest may be the best way for the young man to rehabilitate his body and mind.

When Oden was pressed on what he would do if doctors told him he could never play again, he did not sound too concerned:

I'd just have to accept it. I'm at peace with everything. I want more than anything to be able to play again. But if I can't, I'll still have a decent life. Getting cut (by Portland) kind of put everything into perspective. There's more to life than basketball, and at some point it's going to end anyway. I'm going to do what I can to get back on the court, but if it doesn't work out, I'll find something else to do and have a normal life.

Its good to know that Oden has come to grips with his life and understands that risking his quality of life to play a few basketball games isnt worth it. Hes made plenty of money over his admittedly disappointing career, and he should be grateful for what the game has given him.

Teams should still be interested in Oden when he is fully rehabilitated. If he is fully cleared by doctors and feels ready to come back to the NBA, he will find a home sometime in the summer of 2013.

Courtesy of http://bleacherreport.com



Former Blazers G Brandon Roy talks possible NBA comeback - by Eurobasket News

Earlier Tuesday, we noted that former Portland Trail Blazers guard Brandon Roy (6'6''-G-84, college: Washington) attended an A+ Youth Foundation breakfast in Seattle. At the event, Roy was asked about a possible comeback to the NBA. Roy was waived by the Blazers in December 2011 using the amnesty clause and announced his medical retirement due to chronic knee problems.

Here's what Roy said on Tuesday via a story via KGW.

'The thing about the situation that I'm in is that I can always come back if I choose to. Having that option is always a good thing for me. I've been in the gym working out with Tony Wroten and you just find out how fast you miss the game.

'In the back of my mind, maybe this is something I may do again. But who knows? It's something right now where I'm enjoying playing and not playing with the pain I had last year after going through two knee surgeries. I was never the fastest or the highest leaper but being smart -- those are all little things I have up my sleeve if I do decide to play, those are all positives I do have going for me.'

Blazers guard Jamal Crawford, a close friend of Roy, discussed a possible NBA comeback with Softy on KJR radio in Seattle. Here's an audio link. Here's a partial transcrit.

'Like I said last summer heading into the season, if you had not known anything with his knee injuries, and he just walked in the gym and you saw him play, you would say, 'OK, I see why he's a three-time All-Star, Rookie of the Year and all that.' I think even now we've been playing. He's got me in the gym earlier than I want to be in the gym. I wanted to take some time off. But he's back playing so I'm like, 'Alright i'm out there with you.' We've been playing and he's looked just as good as he did before the season started last summer. Actually I think he's in better shape now than he was. It's amazing how things work out. I think he's just enjoying it right now and seeing the potential of possibilities of what can happen in the future.

'I think he leans on his family and friends, people who he's known his whole life. For anybody, for us as athletes, those 2-3 hours away from everything is your escape. You don't think about what's going on off the court, you can deal with that afterwards. For him, that was taken away a little bit with having to retire. I couldn't imagine doing that. But Brandon is very, very mature and very wise beyond his years. He always handles things with his head held high and it inspires people when you do that. For him, getting on the court is therapeutic and I'm excited for the possibility of it even happening.'

Courtesy of www.blazersedge.com



Allen says Blazers not for sale in letter to fans - by Eurobasket News

Paul Allen insists he's not going to sell the Portland Trail Blazers, but says this season is the most disappointing he's had in 24 years as the team's owner.

The billionaire co-founder of Microsoft Corp. posted an open letter to fans on the Blazers' team website on Tuesday evening. In it, he reiterated what he's said all season long, that the team is not for sale.

'I'm working hard to get this team back on track,' he wrote. 'No offers have been made to buy the team and none have been solicited.'

The Blazers wrapped up the lockout-shortened season 28-38 and out of the playoffs. Portland is operating with an interim general manager and is looking for a head coach but the team has also collected up to four picks in the upcoming NBA draft and has freed up considerable cap space for free agency.

Allen said he will be financially sensible with the moves the team makes.

'One thing we are not going to do is to spend money like there is no tomorrow, and calls to do so just don't make sense,' Allen said. 'I've tried that path before it doesn't work and is not sustainable. We will follow a judicious and sustainable path going forward.'

When the Blazers opened training camp in December, they were hit with bad news. All-Star guard Brandon Roy announced his retirement because of ongoing issues with his knees, former No. 1 draft pick Greg Oden had suffered another setback with his knees, and forward LaMarcus Aldridge needed a procedure to treat a heart condition.

Portland answered by signing free agent Jamal Crawford and making some other moves before Aldridge returned and the team got off to a fast start. But soon losses started to mount, and at the trade deadline the Blazers dismissed respected head coach Nate McMillan. The Blazers also traded starters Marcus Camby and Gerald Wallace, and waived Oden after five disappointing seasons.

'These things happen in sports. Injuries are part of the game. Sometimes you have bad luck. But as the 2011-2012 season played out, I was asking myself the same question I know a lot of you were asking: What happened to a season that had such promise?' Allen wrote. 'There are no easy answers for that.'

Allen confirmed he has interviewed one candidate for the general manager's position personally. President Larry Miller said recently that acting GM Chad Buchanan would be considered.

'We're moving forward thoughtfully because we must ensure we have the right fit,' Allen said. 'Ideally, we'd like to have someone in place before the draft and before we decide on a permanent coach, but finding the right executive may take time.'

Courtesy of www.cbsnews.com



Nash keeping free agency options open - by Eurobasket News

Steve Nash (6'3''-PG-74, college: Santa Clara) a Raptor?

Team Canadas new general manager and one of the NBAs top free agents this summer wasnt ruling anything out on Tuesday.

The 38-year-old, two-time league MVP is coming off of another sublime season (he was second in the league in assists per game and shot 53.2% from the field), but is an unrestricted free agent for the first time since 2004 when he returned to Phoenix after six years in Dallas.

Nash said he has not had much time to think about his next NBA destination - but indicated he is keeping his options open. That includes the Raptors, who are expected to aggressively pursue him.

How will Nash pick a team?

Im going to have to do my research, dig in and see what opportunities fit me best, but at the same time, when the deadline comes it could be really simple, or it could be really complicated, Nash said.

Well evaluate strongly every single opportunity that I have.

(Ill) just dig into rosters and situations, even cities, see what fits me best and what situation Id fit best. But I havent even started, he admitted.

Raptors president/general manager Bryan Colangelo drafted Nash back in 1996 and lured him back to Arizona with a considerable contract offer.

Courtesy of http://www.torontosun.com



Detroit Pistons hope to keep Jason Maxiell - by Eurobasket News

Pistons president of basketball operations Joe Dumars would like to have power forward Jason Maxiell (6'7''-F-83, college: Cincinnati) return next season.

But as he put it at his season-ending media availability last month, the decision is up to Maxiell, who has until June 30 to let the team know whether he will pick up his option of $5 million.

'It's a player option so that's totally in his hands', Dumars said. 'Obviously we'd love to have Max back.'

'I think clearly this was his best year. He was in the best shape of his life. He looked great.'

Courtesy of Detroit Free Press (via www.insidehoops.com)



Long rest is helpful to Perkins, Thunder - by Eurobasket News

Perhaps the best part of the time between games has been added recovery time for starting center Kendrick Perkins (6'10''-C-84), who left in the first quarter of Saturdays game with a strained muscle in his right hip. He has missed both practice sessions while getting treatment and is still considered day to day.

Brooks planned a lighter session Thursday to let his players recover.

Its always good to get some time off because you can rest and everybody has aches and pains when you go through a season - any season, not just this short season this year, Brooks said. Just any season, its always a physical grind on your body.

Its not just keeping his teams bodies in the right shape, though. Brooks also wants to keep his players mentally engaged, and hes figured out a simple way to get the most out of them.

Any time we put a scoreboard into the game, it raises up the competition. We do that with a lot of things, he said, listing off everything from full scrimmages to free throws.

Courtesy of The Associated Press



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Pro hoops league eyes St. Catharines - by Eurobasket News

The National Basketball League of Canada is contemplating a potential expansion into St. Catharines.

Last Thursday, St. Catharines Mayor Brian McMullan met with NBL co-founders Andre Levingston and Ian McCarthy to discuss the possibility of having the city join the seven-team league that completed its inaugural season this spring.

We are scouting out potential markets that we think could embrace a professional basketball team and would support it, Levingston said Tuesday. The mayor there gave us a bit of his time to have that discussion and we left with a positive feeling.

St. Catharines was one of several cities visited last week. Levingston didnt want to say which other cities he visited.

We have several cities weve been talking to for a while, but there are some cities that we are excited about and theyre in the same process as St. Catharines.

That process is a quick one.

Theyre asking for a decision by early June of this year as to whether were interested in a team that would start playing here in November, McMullan said.

He was encouraged by the talks.

We had a good meeting. It was a very positive meeting.

The citys interest in the team, which would play 18 home games, excluding playoffs, is obvious.

Its another opportunity for a national sports franchise to come to St. Catharines and were looking for events for the new spectator facility, McMullan said. And I understand the league has been very successful.

The talks with the City of St. Catharines were initiated by the league.

We have an ownership group that has interest in St. Catharines, Levingston said. Usually when that occurs, we do our due diligence first. We want to make sure its a city that would support professional basketball. And we would like to know if theres a possibility that there could be a lease agreement in place for that group to have success there.

McMullan feels the city could come up with a favourable lease for the franchise.

Its up to city council, but the potential is there, he said. What I like is they have an owner who is very interested in St. Catharines and having a team here.

Levingston didnt want to reveal the identity of the ownership group that is interested in St. Catharines.

At this time, we would like to keep that private, he said.

This past season, half the teams in the league were owned by local groups. The owners own the league.

The NBL is not waiting for a new spectator facility in St. Catharines and would be more than happy to play out of the aging Jack Gatecliff Arena.

I like the old building, Levingston said. Its small, its a 3,100-seater and the fans are right up on you. I would like to see it go in this year to actually build a fan base, sell it out and grow into a new building.

City staff are now dealing with NBL representatives and McMullan expects the group to come to city council soon to make a presentation.

Hopefully, we will get some support from council to send it back to staff for a formal report, he said.

The NBLs first season had franchises located in Saint John, N.B., Halifax, Quebec, London, Ont., Moncton, Oshawa and Summerside, P.E.I.

It was an overwhelming success, Levingston said. We had a fantastic year and we blew all our numbers off the charts. The basketball was very competitive and attendance averaged almost 3,000 across the league. Thats paid people, not papered.

Attendance at the championship game in London drew more than 5,500 at the John Labatt Centre. The break-even mark for the teams in the league is between 2,500 and 2,700 fans, Levingston said.

Its a business model that works, for sure, he said. We impressed a lot of people who didnt think we would get the support that early.

London Lightning owner Vito Frijia told the London Free Press in April that his team had exceeded its expectations of 2,000-2,500 fans per game and had broken even in its first year.

The league as a whole will do much better the second year, Frijia said. Basketball is a fantastic game. I cant tell you the number of people who werent basketball fans before the season, bought tickets to support us and they just became huge basketball fans.

Frijia said his start-up costs were about $800,000. The league had a salary cap of $150,000 for a roster that must have a minimum of 10 players.

In the 2011-12 season, each team had to have at least two Canadians on the roster. The league is looking for that number to rise this season given the success the Canadian players had in the league.

We want to do our part in developing players in this country and by seasons end, the majority of teams in the league had three or more Canadians, Levingston said.

As for the calibre of play, he said its top-notch.

When people get an opportunity to see our product, theyre blown away. These guys are high Division 1 and/or players who have played in the NBA or have had basketball experience overseas.

Ticket prices in London ranged to $70 for first-row court-side seats to $18 for adults, $14 for seniors and $12 for children under 17 in lower-bowl, non-premium seats.

Our motto is we want you to take a family of four to the game (for) cheaper than going to a movie, Levingston said. Its a very affordable. You can take a family of four to a game for under $100.

The last time professional basketball was played in the city was when the Niagara DareDevils of the American Basketball Association folded after four games of the 2005-06 season. It was owned by Al Howell.

Dont mention that name and dont mention those three letters man, please, Levingston said.

The NBL is certainly not the ABA, but that doesnt mean the city didnt learn lessons from its experience with the DareDevils.

Thats why we want to do our due diligence, McMullan said. It sounds great, theyve been successful in other communities, they believe theres a strong market here in St. Catharines/Niagara for a team, but we want to make sure its a good deal for our residents and the City of St. Catharines as well.

Courtesy of www.brantfordexpositor.ca



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Turner gets release from LSU, will explore options - by Eurobasket News

New LSU coach Johnny Jones says forward Ralston Turner (6'6''-G-91) has been granted a release that would allow him to transfer to a school outside the Southeastern Conference if he chooses to do so.

Jones, who announced the decision to grant Turner's conditional release on Wednesday, says Turner still could remain at LSU as long as he assures coaches that he is '100 percent' committed to the Tigers.

Jones says Turner's request to explore a transfer dated back to last season, when Trent Johnson was LSU's coach.

Turner says in a statement released by LSU that while he plans to explore his options, he is not certain that he will transfer.

Turner, who would be a junior next season, averaged 12.3 points as a freshman and 9.1 points last season.

Courtesy of http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com



ACC, ESPN agree to extension through 2026-27 season - by Eurobasket News

For the Atlantic Coast Conference, more teams and more games means a lot more TV money.

The ACC and ESPN have extended their television deal through the 2026-27 season. A person familiar with the agreement told The Associated Press that it's worth $3.6 billion over the 15 years. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because financial terms weren't released when the two sides announced the deal Wednesday.

The deal comes ahead of the planned additions of Pittsburgh and Syracuse from the Big East and would represent a 33-percent increase in TV money for each league school from the previous deal unveiled nearly two years ago.

ACC Commissioner John Swofford said the deal was 'another step forward' for the league and 'certainly bodes well in terms of our future.'

'One of the things you try to do at the league level is help give the schools as many resources, tangible and intangible, as is possible to help them reach their competitive goals,' Swofford said in a phone interview, 'and certainly this is a major step in doing that.'

The deal gives ESPN title sponsorship rights beyond football to the ACC's other championships, including men's and women's basketball. Those sponsorship deals are subject to the ACC's approval.

The extension comes eight months after the ACC announced it would add Pitt and Syracuse, though it remains unclear exactly when those schools will leave the Big East and begin play in the ACC. It also comes as the league moves to an 18-game schedule in men's and women's basketball despite having just 12 teams next season.

Burke Magnus, ESPN senior vice president, said the network liked the combination of more teams and more league games instead of lower-profile nonconference matchups.

Adding Syracuse and Pittsburgh will 'help bolster ACC basketball, which is already at the top of the food chain,' Magnus said. 'They get more out of basketball in terms of value than most conferences do.'

The extension offers a significant increase in TV money for each ACC school from the previous deal announced in July 2010 for the 12-team league. That 12-year deal was worth $1.86 billion with an average of more than $12.9 million for league schools annually.

The extension ups that amount to an average of about $17.1 million for each of the 14 schools annually.

The agreement also gives ESPN the right to televise three Friday night football games per season. That includes a commitment from Boston College and Syracuse to each host one game, plus an afternoon or evening game on the Friday after Thanksgiving.

Magnus said the network was going to 'dip our toe in the water' with the Friday ACC football games, but added, 'We have no intention of dragging people kicking and screaming into Friday.'

The deal includes televising the ACC football championship game as well as regular-season and tournament or championship games in men's and women's basketball, and Olympic sports. The network would continue to carry content across its broadcast and online platforms, as well as through its partnership with ABC.

ESPN would continue its syndication partnership with Raycom Sports, maintaining Raycom's long-running regional broadcasting relationship with the league.

Courtesy of http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com



New deal for St. Bonaventure coach - by Eurobasket News

St. Bonaventure coach Mark Schmidt signed a contract extension Wednesday with the school that will keep him in the fold through 2018-19.

Schmidt led the Bonnies in March to their first Atlantic 10 tournament title and their first NCAA tournament berth since 2000.

'Mark and his staff have done a terrific job with the program on the court, in the classroom, on campus and in the community,' athletic director Steve Watson said. 'We look forward to their continued success.'

St. Bonaventure defeated Xavier, 67-56, in the Atlantic 10 final in Atlantic City, N.J., before losing to Florida State in the second round the of NCAA tournament, 66-63, in Nashville, Tenn. The Bonnies finished 20-12.

Courtesy of www.foxnews.com



Indiana coach defends decision to end Kentucky series over flap on game sites - by Eurobasket News

Tom Crean is content playing one game a season in Indianapolis -- just not two.

One week after Indiana announced it would not renew its contract with Kentucky because of a dispute over where the rivals should play, Crean explained the reason for the split: The games belong on campus.

First off, someone asked me do you not want to play neutral sites? We have neutral sites, Crean told reporters Tuesday night before meeting with fans at Lucas Oil Stadium. When the Crossroads Classic came in, that became something that was going to be locked in every year. Even though its in Indianapolis, its a neutral site. Its not a home site. You always want to have the ability to play in exempt tournaments. Weve done that in the past. We have it this year, playing in New York. So theres three right there.

The ending of a series between the two border state rivals and two of college basketballs most prestigious programs has been a hot topic around the state since Indiana athletic director Fred Glass announced the decision.

Indiana and Kentucky have met annually since 1969, almost always in December. The series started at campus sites before moving exclusively to Freedom Hall in Louisville and the Hoosier/RCA Dome in Indianapolis from 1991 through 2005. In 2006, the games moved back to campus and were played at Kentuckys Rupp Arena and Indianas Assembly Hall.

But after the top-ranked Wildcats lost on a buzzer-beating 3-pointer in Bloomington, Ind., in December, fans rushed the court as some players for both teams were lying on the floor. It was Kentuckys only loss during the regular-season. While the Wildcats beat Indiana in an NCAA tournament game en route to their eighth national title, they had been negotiating to move the series back to neutral sites.

Both teams are expected to be ranked in the top five when next fall, which would have made the game one of next seasons feature attractions.

As recently as last week, it seemed possible and, in fact, Wildcats athletic director Mitch Barnhart said he thought the schools had agreed to a new contract.

After the NCAA championships, both schools verbally agreed in principle to play for two years at neutral sites (December 8, 2012 and December 7 or 14, 2013) and agreed to revisit campus sites upon completion of the two-year deal, he said in a statement released by the athletic department. The public comments by Indiana prior to (last week) led us to believe that our previous verbal agreement could be in jeopardy, but at no point did we ever have any mutual discussions with Indiana to end the series.

Glass has left the door open slightly, saying he would negotiate a new deal if Kentucky agreed to play the games on campus.

Crean doesnt want to go to neutral sites because of the schedule the Hoosiers already play.

The Crossroads Classic is a doubleheader between the states four biggest basketball schools -- Indiana, Notre Dame, Purdue and Butler. They also play on the road every other year in the annual ACC-Big Ten Challenge. And with hopes of playing exempt tourneys in Hawaii or Alaska, Crean says another neutral site game would cost the Hoosiers too many home games.

We want to make sure were always having enough home games that you can schedule for each year, he said. If something works out for us to be on the road, great. Its as simple as that for us. It wasnt a complicated process.

How the Hoosiers fill future schedules is unclear, too.

Louisville coach Rick Pitino has already expressed interest in playing the Hoosiers, and there have been murmurs that Indiana and Kansas could begin a series.

Crean declined to discuss such possibilities.

Courtesy of www.washingtonpost.com



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DStv PBL Standings

DStv PBL Standings
Atlantic Conf.
1. D.Warriors 10-0
2. Royal Hoopers 9-2
3. Islanders 6-4
4. Customs 4-6
5. Police Baton 4-5
6. Comets 3-7
7. Union Bank 3-7
8. Chariots 1-9
Savannah Conf.
1. Kano Pillars 10-0
2. Yelwa Hawks 8-2
3. Kada Stars 6-4
4. Niger Potters 5-5
5. Bauchi Nets 4-6
6. Immigration 3-7
7. Rockets 2-8
8.Defenders 2-8

Regular Season: Round 11

Atlantic

May. 12: Police Baton - Union Bank
May. 12: Comets - Customs
May. 13: Royal Hoopers - Chariots
May. 13: Islanders - D.Warriors

Savannah

May. 12: Defenders - Yelwa Hawks
May. 12: Niger Potters - Kano Pillars
May. 13: Bauchi Nets - Rockets
May. 13: Niger Potters - Kada Stars


DStv PBL: Defenders battle against relegation host Yelwa in Abuja - by Olusegun Ikuesan

The hope of new entrant into the Nigeria Basketball Federation (NBBF) run DStv Premier Basketball League Civil Defenders basketball club of Abuja of staying afloat in the top flight league rested on their week-11 pairing against Yelwa Hawks basketball club of Bauchi this weekend at the Abuja National Stadium. Defenders who are at the bottom of the Savannah conference of the league must up it game to subdue the red-hot Hawks from Bauchi.

Defenders assistant coach and former Nigeria international Monday Paul told our correspondent on phone that the players has been motivated against the Coach Oche Omuh tutored Hawks.

The former Comets basketball club of Lagos centre turn coach says the survival of the young side depend so much on the week-11 pairing as the regular season is nearing the buzzer.

We are not things to chance as we host Yelwa Hawks come Saturday and nothing short of victory will be good for our team as we are prepared to survive relegation, Coach Monday Paul reiterated.

Other pairing for the weekend; Nigeria Immigration basketball club of Kano will host three-time champion Kano Pillars basketball club in a derby at the gymnasium of the Sani Abacha stadium, Kofa mata Kano; Bauchi Nets basketball club will be at home to relegation threatened Tapgun Rockets basketball club in Bauchi while two final-8 contestants Niger Potters basketball club of Minna and Kada Stars basketball club of Kaduna will tango at the court of the Minna Township stadium on Sunday.

In the Atlantic conference Police Baton basketball club of Lagos will attempt to do a second victory over last season runners-up Union Bank basketball club of Lagos when both sides clash on Saturday in a titanic battle at the sports hall of the national stadium, Lagos; former Nigerian league champion Comets basketball club of Lagos will be up against rejuvenated Nigeria Customs Service basketball club of Lagos with revenge on the Comets side mind, Customs won the first leg of the regular season by 68-58 points; defending champion Royal Hoopers basketball club of Port Harcourt will be at home to relegation bound Chariots basketball club of Lagos at the Civic Centre on Sunday while third placed Islanders basketball club Lagos will host conference leader Dodan Warriors basketball club of Lagos at the national stadium Lagos on Sunday.



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Adam Wojcik announces retirement - by Eurobasket News

Adam Wojcik (207-F-70, agency: Beo Basket) announced his retirement as a professional basketball player. The 42-year-old Wojcik spent his last season as a pro with Slask Wroclaw. He had 8.9 ppg and 2.3 rpg for 22 PLK games. Adam Wojcik joined Slask in December.

Adam Wojcik played for many teams in his career. Except of Wroclaw, he was a member of Turow Zgorzelec, Capo d'Orlando, Prokom Trefl Sopot, Unicaja Malaga, Peristeri Athens, Charleroi, Oostende and Pruszkow. He participated 10 times at the Polish League All-Star Game and was the MVP in 1999. Wojcik won eight championship titles in the country. Adam Wojcik played for the Polish National Team from 1998 to 2009. He missed out only few years.



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Standings - BSN

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

Second Stage: Round 3

May. 9: Arecibo - Quebradillas 86-79
May. 9: San German - Mayaguez 73-81
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 German20.3 
 3. Sensley, Humacao19.7 
 4. Randolph, Quebradi.19.6 
 5. Dalmau, Bayamon18.8 
 6. Diogu, Arecibo18.3 
 7. Brown, Humacao18.0 
 8. Ramos, Quebradillas17.7 
 9. Ayuso, Arecibo17.6 
 10. Vassallo, Guayna.16.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Shavlik RANDOLPH
  Quebradi.
  (208-F-83)
  Avg: 12
 1. Randolph, Quebradi.12.0 
 2. Harris, San German10.0 
 3. Lloreda, San G.9.8 
 4. Diogu, Arecibo9.8 
 5. Ramos, Quebradillas9.2 
 6. Powell, Guayama9.2 
 7. Thornton, Guayama9.2 
 8. Sensley, Humacao9.0 
 9. Burgess, Guaynabo8.4 
 10. Sweetney, Bayamon8.4 
Assists Per Game
 Filiberto RIVERA
  San German
  (190-PG-82)
  Avg: 5.9
 1. Rivera, San German5.9 
 2. Guzman, Guaynabo5.7 
 3. Smith, Mayaguez5.5 
 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. Alvarado, Humacao3.1 
Steals Per Game
 Donta SMITH
  Mayaguez
  (201-G-83)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Smith, Mayaguez2.2 
 2. Pinnock, Arecibo1.7 
 3. Mojica, Bayamon1.6 
 4. Dalmau, Bayamon1.4 
 5. Thornton, Guayama1.3 
 6. Sensley, Humacao1.3 
 7. Figueroa, Guaynabo1.3 
 8. Ramirez, Mayaguez1.3 
 9. Chaney, San German1.2 
 10. Strong, San Germ.1.2 
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. Ramos, Quebradillas1.3 
 9. Powell, Guayama1.3 
 10. Randolph, Quebrad.1.1 



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Standings

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

Finals: Round 1

3rd place

May. 12: Gaz Metan - U.Mobitel.CN

FINAL

May. 16: Timisoara - Ploiesti


Standings - D2

Div.B Standings
Seria 1
 1. Steaua Turabo II 13-2 
 2. Ploiesti II 10-5 
 3. Rapid B. 10-5 
 4. BCM U 2 Pitesti 9-6 
 5. A.Vlaicu Buc. 3-12 
 6. CS Amicii 0-15 
Seria 2
 1. CSU Galati 12-2 
 2. Farul Const. 12-3 
 3. CS Concordia 11-4 
 4. BT Bucuresti 4-10 
 5. Ph. Galati 4-11 
 6. CSM Focsani 1-13 
Seria 3
 1. Gaz Metan II 11-0 
 2. Ph. Brasov 7-4 
 3. CS Vabova 6-5 
 4. T.Mures II 3-8 
 5. Brasov 1-11 
Seria 4
 1. Timba Timis. 11-1 
 2. MP Timisoara 6-6 
 3. U.Mobitel II 5-7 
 4. CSM 2 Oradea 5-7 
 5. West Olympia 3-9 



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Igor Mijajlovic wins the double in FYROM - by Eurobasket News

Igor Mijajlovic (193-G-84, agency: Global Sports Plaza) finished very successful season in FYROM. The Serbian guard and his team MZT Skopje won the Superleague title and at the same time dethroned defending champion Feni Industrija. MZT celebrated 4-1 in the Playoff Finals. Igor Mijajlovic joined the club at the beginning of the season. He appeared 32 times in the league averaging 10.6 points, 3.6 assists and 2.2 rebounds. The player was named Eurobasket.com All-Macedonian League Honorable Mention -12. Mijajlovic and MZT also won the Macedonian Cup earlier this season. Before MZT Skopje, Igor Mijajlovic spent half of the season with Hopsi Polzela. He had 12.2 ppg, 4.7 apg and 2.5 rpg for 19 games in Slovenia. In 2009/10, he played for Romanian Otopeni and reached Cup Semifinals. Mijajlovic also has experience from Radnicki Kragujevac, Mega Vizura and Masinac.


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Stats Leaders - 1A

Points Per Game
 Travis NELSON
  Sentjur
  (211-C-87)
  Avg: 17.5
 1. Nelson, Sentjur17.5 
 2. Prepelic, Helios16.7 
 3. Tomic, Rogaska15.8 
 4. Hohler, Polzela14.0 
 5. Pajic, Geoplin Slo.14.0 
 6. Mahkovic, LTHcas.13.9 
 7. Maric, Sentjur13.9 
 8. Rupnik, Geoplin13.3 
 9. Panic, Zlatorog13.1 
 10. Pasalic, Helios12.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Milos MILJKOVIC
  Rogaska
  (204-F/C-84)
  Avg: 8.6
 1. Miljkovic, Rogaska8.6 
 2. Djugum, Geoplin8.2 
 3. Pajic, Geoplin Slo.7.4 
 4. Omic, Zlatorog7.1 
 5. Nuhanovic, Elektra6.9 
 6. Nelson, Sentjur6.8 
 7. Sviridov, Polzela6.8 
 8. Mucic, Maribor6.7 
 9. Soldo, LTHcast6.6 
 10. Maric, Sentjur6.0 
Assists Per Game
 Luka RUPNIK
  Geoplin .
  (184-PG-93)
  Avg: 5.3
 1. Rupnik, Geoplin5.3 
 2. Rembert, Sentjur5.1 
 3. Hohler, Polzela4.4 
 4. Tomic, Rogaska4.1 
 5. Vujasinovic, Zlato.3.9 
 6. Fon, Geoplin Slovan3.8 
 7. Jovanovic, Maribo.3.8 
 8. Prepelic, Helios3.8 
 9. Gay, Helios3.1 
 10. Zagorc, Elektra3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Boban TOMIC
  Rogaska
  (190-G-88)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Tomic, Rogaska1.9 
 2. Vasl, Polzela1.8 
 3. Fon, Geoplin Slovan1.7 
 4. Gay, Helios1.6 
 5. Rupnik, Geoplin1.6 
 6. Mahkovic, LTHcas.1.5 
 7. Panic, Zlatorog1.5 
 8. Urbas, Parklji1.5 
 9. Lelic, Elektra1.4 
 10. Maric, Sentjur1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Salih NUHANOVIC
  Elektra
  (209-C-82)
  Avg: 1.4
 1. Nuhanovic, Elektra1.4 
 2. Nelson, Sentjur1.3 
 3. Omic, Zlatorog1.2 
 4. Sviridov, Polzela1.0 
 5. Djugum, Geoplin0.9 
 6. Hannibal, Polzela0.8 
 7. Cresnar, Helios0.7 
 8. Primorac, Sentjur0.6 
 9. Miljkovic, Rogaska0.6 
 10. Sebic, Sentjur0.6 


Union Olimpija joins Krka in the Finals - by Eurobasket News

Semifinals, Game 2: Helios - Union Olimpija 78-81 OT (0-2)

Union Olimpija grabbed 78-81 road win against Helios closing the series with perfect 2-0. It means that Olimpija advanced to the Finals, where they will meet Krka (again). The format is best-of-five and first game is scheduled for May 17. Krka was the regular season champ and will have a home court advantage in this series.
The guests trailed by 1 point after three quarters before their 22-21 charge, which allowed them to tie the game at the end of regular time and get a 3-point victory in overtime. Union Olimpija forced 19 Helios turnovers. Helios was plagued by 30 personal fouls down the stretch. The best player for the winners was Montenegrin forward Vladimir Dasic (206-F-88, agency: Beo Basket) who had a double-double by scoring 21 points and 10 rebounds. Finnish point guard Sasu Salin (190-PG-91) chipped in 23 points. Union Olimpija's coach Saso Filipovski used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Guard Klemen Prepelic (195-G-92) produced 22 points and Croatian forward Drazen Bubnic (205-F-86) added 16 points and 6 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Krka is the defending champion in Slovenia. Actually, they won last two championship titles. Union Olimpija already grabbed one trophy this season - Slovenian National Cup.

Helios: K.Prepelic 22+4reb+3ast, D.Pasalic 19+5reb, D.Bubnic 16+6reb+3ast, B.Cresnar 9+4reb, D.Gay 5+2reb+5ast, V.Petrovic 3+8reb+2ast
Union Olimpija: S.Salin 23+3reb+2ast, V.Dasic 21+10reb, D.Thompson 12+7reb, D.Muric 7+3reb+1ast, C.Mitchell 7, J.Blazic 7+3reb



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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. Oha, Gandia Basqu.13.1 
 10. Barrera, Prat J.13.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Marko TODOROVIC
  Prat J.
  (203-F-92)
  Avg: 8.6
 1. Todorovic, Prat J.8.6 
 2. Elias, Tenerife8.3 
 3. Balmon, Las Rozas8.3 
 4. Thompson, Aurtene.8.1 
 5. Atoyebi, Lan M.8.1 
 6. Monroe, Tenerife7.7 
 7. Ausina, Aurtenec.7.6 
 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. Bavosi, Andorra1.7 
 4. Guigou, Tenerife1.7 
 5. Hill, Ourense1.7 
 6. Barcelo, Aurtenec.1.6 
 7. Elias, Tenerife1.5 
 8. Creus, Barca R.1.5 
 9. Arcelus, Aurtenec.1.5 
 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.1.1 
 5. Flis, Andorra1.0 
 6. Serrano, Lan M.1.0 
 7. Iglesias, Plasencia0.9 
 8. Miller, Gandia B.0.9 
 9. Elias, Tenerife0.8 
 10. Olaizola, Lan M.0.8 


Play offs EBA - by Mariano Galindo

This weekend will start Play Offs of EBA League with this games: ABP Badajoz- Platja de Palma; CC Meridiano Santa Cruz- Girona FC B; AB Castello-CB Cimbis;CD Estela-CB Santfeiuenc; Festival de Cine L'Aflas-Real Canoe; Opentach Basquet Pla-Establecimientos Otero and Sabadell Sant Nicolau-Euroconsult Alcobendas. After this round, the final round, with eight teams and four places to play next season in Plata.


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  SWEDEN   


Dolphins and Petras Balocka part ways - by Eurobasket News

Petras Balocka (205-C-86, college: Hawaii) is no longer a member of Norrkoping Dolphins. His contract with the team expired and will not be extended, according to Head Coach Paul Burke. Balocka appeared 48 times in Basketligan this season averaging 9.1 points and 4.9 rebounds. Norrkoping Dolphins won the title. The player also added 9.4 ppg, 7.2 rpg and 2.4 apg for 5 games in EuroChallenge. Petras Balocka joined Norrkping last summer from the French team Lievin (NM1). Before that, he played for Sokhumi Tbilisi and Perlas Vilnius. Balocka graduated at the University of Hawai in 2010.
Petras Balocka is not the first player who leaves Norrkoping in the off-season. The team also parted ways with Andrew Mitchell this week.



Sodertalje Kings keep Head Coach Vedran Bosnic - by Eurobasket News

Sodertalje Kings announced signing of a 3-year contract extension with their Head Coach Vedran Bosnic. The coach has a clause to leave at the end of each season. Bosnic started his coaching career with the Kings in 2008. First he was an Assistant Coach and in May of 2010 he was promoted to HC. This season Sodertalje Kings reached Basketligan Finals, but failed against Norrkoping. They also were regular season runners-up. Vedran Bosnic was named Eurobasket.com All-Swedish Basketligan Coach of the Year -11, 12. He also coach at Basketligan All-Star Game. In 2009 and 2010, Bosnic worked with U16 Swedish National Team. The Bosnian played for Sodertalje in 2007/08 and it was his last season as a professional basketball player. He had 4.2 ppg, 1.2 rpg and 1.1 apg for 19 games.


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  SWITZERLAND   

Stats Leaders LNA

Points Per Game
 Mohammed ABUKAR
  Lugano T.
  (208-F-85)
  Avg: 19.9
 1. Abukar, Lugano T.19.9 
 2. Sharper, Boncourt19.4 
 3. Burrows, Starwings18.2 
 4. Jenkins, Starwings17.8 
 5. Calasan, Boncourt17.7 
 6. Barnette, Geneve17.1 
 7. Jones, SAM M.16.8 
 8. Mitrovic, SAM M.16.3 
 9. Smith, Monthey16.2 
 10. Gibson, SAV Vacal.16.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Babacar TOURE
  Geneve Lions
  (205-F/C-85)
  Avg: 9.3
 1. Toure, Geneve Lio.9.3 
 2. Calasan, Boncourt9.1 
 3. Bing, Geneve Lions9.0 
 4. Knutson, BBC Nyon8.3 
 5. Burrows, Starwings8.1 
 6. Rakocevic, Lugano7.7 
 7. Esterkamp, Fribo.7.6 
 8. Finn, Monthey7.5 
 9. Molteni, SAM M.7.5 
 10. Jones, SAM M.7.3 
Assists Per Game
 Rickey GIBSON
  SAV Vacallo
  (191-G-84)
  Avg: 6.4
 1. Gibson, SAV Vacallo6.4 
 2. Brown, Lugano T.5.9 
 3. Jenkins, Starwings5.3 
 4. Petkovic, Starw.4.7 
 5. Draughan, Lugano4.6 
 6. Boylan, Monthey4.5 
 7. Bobetso, BBC Nyon4.0 
 8. Petkovic, Fribourg3.9 
 9. Parker, Monthey3.4 
 10. Buscaglia, Geneve3.2 
Steals Per Game
 Miroslav PETKOVIC
  Starw.
  (183-G-88)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Petkovic, Starw.3.1 
 2. Gibson, SAV Vacallo2.7 
 3. Boylan, Monthey2.6 
 4. Jones, SAM M.2.2 
 5. Jenkins, Starwings2.1 
 6. N''Diaye, Boncourt1.8 
 7. Sloan, SAV Vacallo1.8 
 8. Smith, Monthey1.8 
 9. Dubas, Monthey1.7 
 10. Mitrovic, SAM M.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Babacar TOURE
  Geneve Lions
  (205-F/C-85)
  Avg: 2
 1. Toure, Geneve Lio.2.0 
 2. Knutson, BBC Nyon1.7 
 3. Matter, Starwings1.2 
 4. Molteni, SAM M.1.2 
 5. Roberson, Boncourt1.1 
 6. Burrows, Starwings1.0 
 7. Barnette, Geneve0.9 
 8. Albrecht, Starw.0.9 
 9. Dubas, Monthey0.9 
 10. Bing, Geneve Lio.0.8 


LNA Round 2 of Finals. Geneve Lions shock Lugano - by Eurobasket News

Lugano Tigers - Geneve Lions 79-100

Geneve Lions overcame Lugano Tigers in the second game of the title series to level things up at 1-1. The game was mostly controlled by Geneve Lions. Lugano Tigers managed to win third quarter 24-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Geneve Lions dominated down low during the game scoring 64 of its points in the paint compared to Lugano Tigers' 42. They outrebounded Lugano Tigers 38-26 including 30 on the defensive glass. Geneve Lions looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. The game was dominated by American players. The best player for the winners was power forward Erroyl Bing (198-82, college: E.Carolina) who had a double-double by scoring 23 points, 18 rebounds and 4 assists. Guard Tony Brown (193-79, college: Arkansas St.) chipped in 20 points and 5 assists. Five Geneve Lions players scored in double figures. Forward Mohammed Abukar (208-85, college: San Diego St., agency: Two Points) produced 20 points and 8 rebounds and swingman Edwin Draughan (196-82, college: Yale) added 9 points and 7 assists respectively for the hosts.
Top scorers:
Lugano Tigers: M.Abukar 20+8reb+2ast, D.Stockalper 12+4reb+1ast, Z.Rakocevic 12+6reb, N.George 9+2reb+2ast, E.Draughan 9+4reb+7ast, D.Mladjan 9+1ast
Geneve Lions: E.Bing 23+18reb+4ast, T.Brown 20+4reb+5ast, J.Aw 17+5reb+1ast, S.Barnette 15+2reb+4ast, C.Dunn 12+3reb+7ast, B.Toure 8+5reb+1ast
gschID: 176130



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  TAIWAN   

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Ryan WRIGHT
  Taiwan Mobile
  (206-C/F-87)
  Avg: 19.3
 1. Wright, Taiwan Mob.19.3 
 2. Davis, Pure Youth17.7 
 3. Trim, Taiwan Beer17.5 
 4. Hsu, Bank o.17.0 
 5. Yang, Taiwan Beer16.6 
 6. Johnson, Yulon L.15.9 
 7. Fuqua, KKL15.4 
 8. Felix, Dacin Tigers15.3 
 9. Tien, Dacin Tigers14.7 
 10. Lu, Yulon Luxgen14.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kevin JOHNSON
  Yulon L.
  (201-F-84)
  Avg: 15
 1. Johnson, Yulon L.15.0 
 2. Wright, Taiwan Mob.12.9 
 3. Fuqua, KKL12.7 
 4. Davis, Pure Youth12.3 
 5. Trim, Taiwan Beer11.4 
 6. Vaudreuil, Bank o.11.3 
 7. Felix, Dacin Tigers8.3 
 8. Hsu, Bank o.7.6 
 9. Tien, Dacin Tigers6.9 
 10. Chou, Yulon Luxg.6.7 
Assists Per Game
 Yi-Chieh SU
  Taiwan Mobile
  (181-PG-87)
  Avg: 5.7
 1. Su, Taiwan Mobile5.7 
 2. Chen, Yulon Luxgen4.2 
 3. Ke, Pure Youth3.4 
 4. Chou, KKL3.3 
 5. Lin, Yulon Luxgen3.0 
 6. Chen, Taiwan Beer3.0 
 7. Chen, Bank o.2.9 
 8. Hsu, Dacin Tigers2.9 
 9. Lin, Bank o.2.8 
 10. Chen, Pure Youth2.8 
Steals Per Game
 Cheng LIU
  KKL
  (192-F-90)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Liu, KKL2.2 
 2. Lin, Bank o.1.9 
 3. Johnson, Yulon L.1.6 
 4. Su, Taiwan Mobile1.6 
 5. Yang, Taiwan Beer1.6 
 6. Vaudreuil, Bank o.1.5 
 7. Felix, Dacin Tigers1.5 
 8. Ke, Pure Youth1.5 
 9. Wright, Taiwan Mob.1.5 
 10. Creighton, Pure Y.1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Quincy DAVIS
  Pure Youth
  (206-F/C-83)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Davis, Pure Youth2.7 
 2. Felix, Dacin Tigers2.3 
 3. Fuqua, KKL2.1 
 4. Johnson, Yulon L.1.6 
 5. Vaudreuil, Bank o.1.1 
 6. Cheng, Taiwan Beer1.1 
 7. Wright, Taiwan Mob.1.0 
 8. Chou, Yulon Luxgen1.0 
 9. Tien, Dacin Tigers0.8 
 10. Chen, Taiwan Mobi.0.6 


Pure Youth clinch SBL title - by Eurobasket News

Dacin Tigers - Pure Youth 71:81

Pure Youth registered the fourth win in the championship series and conquered the SBL title. Davis Quincy (206-F/C-83, college: Tulane) and Chien Chia-Hung (197-F-87) scored 16 points each to lead the effort.
Dacin Tigers started strong having their backs against the wall. The hosts jumped to a 21:15 lead after ten minutes. Pure Youth however erased the deficit in the second quarter. The visitors ensured a 39:36 halftime lead. Pure Youth stretched the margin in the third quarter. The visitors piled up an 8-point advantage with one quarter remaining. Pure Youth kept the hosts at bay in the final period and sealed the victory at the end. Chen Shih-Chieh (176-G-84) accounted for 12 points and 12 rebounds for Pure Youth. Felix Noel (205-C/F-81, college: Fresno St.) answered with 19 points for Dacin Tigers. Tien Lei (203-F-83) netted 17 points in the loss.

Dacin Tigers: Felix Noel 19, Tien Lei 17
Pure Youth: Davis Quincy 19, Chien Chia-Hung 19, Chen Shih-Chieh 12+12 boards



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  U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS   


Cuthbert Victor selected the top Virgin Islander playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Cuthbert Victor
Cuthbert Victor
   #1. This week's number one is an international forward Cuthbert Victor (197-83, college: Murray St.), who plays in the Russian PBL. He could not help one of league's weakest teams Spartak Primorie Vladivostok (8-10) in their last game on Sunday. Despite Victor's very good performance Spartak Primorie Vladivostok was defeated 74-60 on the road by the higher-ranked Unics Kazan (#6). He was the top scorer with 15 points. Victor also added 4 rebounds. Victor is currently eighth on the list of top scorers and also on the list of best rebounders (second place). He has very reliable stats this season: 13.4ppg, 7.5rpg, 1.1apg, 1.4spg, 2FGP: 54.6%, 3FGP: 26.8% and FT: 60.7%. Despite Victor played previously for the USA national team, he is currently a member of the U.S. Virgin Islands senior national team.

Frank Elegar
Frank Elegar
   #2. Second place goes to former international center Frank Elegar (206-86, college: Drexel). Elegar contributed to Antalya's surprising victory against the fourth-ranked Besiktas (22-8) 100-99 in the Turkish TBL on Wednesday night. He scored 6 points in only 12 minutes. Antalya Buyuksehir Belediye (10-20) is placed 13th in the TBL. The Regular Season already ended. Elegar has relatively good stats this year: 10.8ppg, 7.3rpg, 1.4bpg, 1.3spg, 2FGP: 73.2%(52-71) and FT: 58.1% in the 12 games he played so far. Despite he played previously for the USA national team, Elegar played also for the U.S. Virgin Islands national team in 2010.

Jerome Gumbs
Jerome Gumbs
   #3. The U.S. Virgin Islands player who performed third best last week abroad was an international forward Jerome Gumbs (194-82, college: USF), who plays in the Luxembourg Diekirch League. He was not able to help Residence (13-15) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Gumbs' very good performance the fourth-placed Residence was edged 70-67 at home by the leading T71 in the 1-6 places group. He recorded 17 points and grabbed 8 rebounds. There are only two games left until the end of the Second Stage. So now every game will be critical. It's Gumbs' first season with the team. Gumbs is currently ninth on the league's list of top scorers. He has individually a very good season with high stats. Gumbs averages: 20.2ppg, 7.4rpg, 1.7apg, 2FGP: 57.8%(204-353), 3FGP: 20.6% and FT: 68.6%. Despite he played previously for the USA national team, Gumbs is currently a member of the U.S. Virgin Islands senior national team.

Phillip Michael Jones
Phillip Michael Jones
   #4. Power forward Phillip Michael Jones (209-85, college: Charlotte) was not able to secure a victory for one of league's weakest teams U-Mobitelco (20-8) in their game against Timisoara (21-7) in the Romanian Division A. Jones did not have that impressive stats last Saturday. He scored only 2 points in 1 minutes on the court. U-Mobitelco lost 65-70 on the opponent's court to the second-ranked Timisoara. This year Jones' overall stats are: 4.7ppg and 3.0rpg in the seven games. Worth to mention he played also at Eurobasket Summer League, which helped him get the job in pro basketball. He is also U.S. Virgin Islands national team player.

One more player who has never been selected to any of national teams, but has U.S. Virgin Islands passport:

   #1. Experienced Tim Duncan (211-F/C-76, college: Wake Forest) was the major contributor in a San Antonio Spurs' victory against the Utah Jazz (36-30) 102-90 in the NBA in Saturday night's game. He scored 17 points, had 6 rebounds, passed 3 assists and added 3 blocks in 35 minutes. The San Antonio Spurs have quite an impressive 50-16 record this season. It was his team's tenth consecutive victory in a row. It's Duncan's 15th year with the team. Duncan has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 15.4ppg, 9.0rpg, 2.3apg and 1.5bpg in the 62 games he played so far. Duncan has a dual citizenship: U.S. Virgin Islands and American. Despite his U.S. Virgin Islands passport, Duncan previously played for the USA national team and is probably not eligible to play for the U.S. Virgin Islands team.

Other top U.S. Virgin Islands players, who play abroad:

Raja Bell (196-F/G-76) plays for Utah Jazz in the NBA
Julius Hodge (201-G-83) plays for Vaqueros in Puerto Rican BSN
Jason Edwin (197-G/F-81) plays for Gaiteros in Venezuelan LPB
Kitwana Rhymer (208-C-78) plays for Brujos in Puerto Rican BSN
JaJa Richards (207-C-75) plays for Barreteros in Mexican LNBP
Rashaan Griffin (95) plays for Raiffeisen Wels in Austrian A Bundesliga
Carl Krauser (185-G-81) plays for Quebec Kebs in the NBL Canada
Devon Peltier (180-PG-87) plays for Feve Oviedo in Spanish LEB Silver
Charles Vanderpool (203-F/C-87) plays for Lakers in Barbados Premier League



2012 centrobasket - by David Edole

The draw for the 2012 Centrobasket was held Wednesday afternoon and the Virgin Islands senior women and men were placed in the toughest pools. The VI women drew CBCs gold medal winner Cuba, CBCs silver medalist Trinidad and Tobago and Dominican Republic. Centrobasket for women will be held 12-16th of June in Morovis, Puerto Rico.
The VI men were placed in the pool of no return. In their first game a strong Mexico team awaits followed by NBA player Roy Hibbert and Jamaica. They then take on Costa Rica and close out the pool play versus rival Dominican Republic. The Centrobasket for men is scheduled for June 18-24 at the Coliseum Jos Miguel Agrelot Choliseo en San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Women
Grupo A Jamaica (JAM), Mexico (MEX), El Salvador (ESV), Puerto Rico (PUR)
Grupo B Republica Dominicana (DOM), Trinidad & Tobago (TRI), Islas Virgenes (ISV), Cuba (CUB)
http://www.fibaamericas.com/torneos_cal.asp?t=ENLIEBMOAO&xtab=2

Men
Grupo A Cuba (CUB), Bahamas (BAH), Puerto Rico (PUR), Panama (PAN), Nicaragua (NCA)
Grupo B Jamaica (JAM), Costa Rica (CRC), Mexico (MEX), Islas Virgenes (ISV), Republica Dominicana (DOM)
http://www.fibaamericas.com/torneos_cal.asp?t=BZVTHUAMME&xtab=2



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  UKRAINE   

Stats Leaders - Men

Points Per Game
 Willie SOLOMON
  Cherkasy
  (187-G-78)
  Avg: 22.1
 1. Solomon, Cherkasy22.1 
 2. Culpepper, Fe.21.8 
 3. Burtt, Dnipro18.9 
 4. Deane, BC Odessa18.4 
 5. Vukosavljevi., Hal.17.9 
 6. King, BC Odessa17.3 
 7. Guinn, Fe.17.0 
 8. Mitchell, Khimik16.9 
 9. Green, Mykolaiv16.9 
 10. Harris, Halychyna16.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Vladan VUKOSAVLJEVIC
  Halych.
  (206-F/C-84)
  Avg: 10.9
 1. Vukosavljevi., Hal.10.9 
 2. King, BC Odessa10.2 
 3. Dunigan, DniproAzot8.9 
 4. Davis, Fe.8.4 
 5. Odufuwa, Halychyna8.1 
 6. Goodridge, BC Kyiv8.0 
 7. Drozdov, Azovmash7.7 
 8. Davis, Kryvbasb.7.6 
 9. Todic, Halychyna7.4 
 10. Pupovic, Cherkasy7.3 
Assists Per Game
 Darrel MITCHELL
  Khimik
  (181-PG-84)
  Avg: 5.9
 1. Mitchell, Khimik5.9 
 2. Deane, BC Odessa5.8 
 3. Zimmerman, BC Kyiv5.6 
 4. Rowe, BC Odessa5.2 
 5. Florence, Kryvbasb.5.1 
 6. Burtt, Dnipro5.1 
 7. Walsh, Azovmash5.1 
 8. Randle, Azovmash5.0 
 9. Ewing, Azovmash4.9 
 10. Pringle, DniproAz.4.6 
Steals Per Game
 Jeremy CHAPPELL
  Fe.
  (191-G-87)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Chappell, Fe.1.9 
 2. Florence, Kryvbasb.1.9 
 3. House, Dnipro1.9 
 4. Minard, Azovmash1.7 
 5. Solomon, Cherkasy1.7 
 6. Mitchell, Khimik1.7 
 7. Culpepper, Fe.1.6 
 8. Ewing, Azovmash1.6 
 9. Tiggs, Hoverla1.6 
 10. Sirsnins, DniproA.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Vernon GOODRIDGE
  BC Kyiv
  (206-F-84)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Goodridge, BC Kyiv2.6 
 2. King, BC Odessa2.4 
 3. McClintock, Mykola.1.8 
 4. Kravtsov, BC Do.1.7 
 5. Dunigan, DniproAzot1.7 
 6. Davis, Kryvbasb.1.5 
 7. Korniyenko, Dnipro1.5 
 8. Rizvic, Azovmash1.5 
 9. Hunter, Mykolaiv1.4 
 10. Hunter, Fe.1.2 


Superleague Round 5 of Semi-Finals. Ferro-ZNTU force sixth game - by Eurobasket News

BC Donetsk - Ferro-ZNTU 67-86

Ferro-ZNTU relied on Randy Culpepper performance and unbelievable three-pointers accuracy to shock BC Donetsk on the road forcing the sixth game in the series. The guests trailed by 6 points at the halftime before their 58-33 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Ferro-ZNTU made 19-of-22 free shots (86.4 percent) during the game. The best player for the winners was American guard Randy Culpepper (182-89, college: UTEP) who scored 34 points (!!!). His fellow American import center R.T. Guinn (208-81, college: Baylor) chipped in 16 points and 8 rebounds. American forward Michael Lee (207-86) produced 17 points and 8 rebounds and the former international forward Dmytro Gliebov (198-88, agency: Beo Basket) added 18 points and 8 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
BC Donetsk: D.Gliebov 18+8reb, M.Lee 17+8reb+2ast, R.Curry 9+2reb, V.Kravtsov 7+10reb+3ast, V.Stojanovski 5+4reb+6ast, M.Pustozvonov 5+2reb
Ferro-ZNTU: R.Culpepper 34+2reb+3ast, R.Guinn 16+8reb+1ast, J.Chappell 16+5reb+1ast, H.Kandrusevich 9+4reb+2ast, V.Hunter 6+6reb+1ast, A.Rybalko 5+2reb+4ast
gschID: 176307



Odessa keeps veteran PG Evgeni Annenkov - by Eurobasket News

BC Odessa announced signing of a one-year contract extension with Evgeni Annenkov (186-PG-77, agency: Interperformances). It will be the second season for the veteran PG with Odessa. He appeared 43 times in this one averaging 4.3 points, 1.8 assists and 1.3 rebounds. Annenkov joined Odessa last summer from Kryvbasbasket-Lux Kryvyi Rih. With them he had 6.5 ppg, 3 apg and 2.2 rpg in 34 games. Evgeni Annenkov started last season with Donetsk, but they parted ways in November and the player immediately returned to Kryvyi Rih, where he spent 2009/10. Before that, Annenkov was a member of Cherkassy, Lvov and Kyiv. He played for Odessa also from 2004 to 2006. Odessa and Annenkov won the Ukrainian league title in 2001. The player won another one with Azovmash two years later.


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  UNITED KINGDOM   


Manchester, London set to join BBL - by Eurobasket News

Manchester Giants and London Leopards are set to join the British Basketball League next season, MVP can exclusively reveal.

The two clubs are understood to have impressed the BBL's franchise committee who could rubber stamp their entry for 2012-13 as soon as this week.

League sources have confirmed that a further two applications, from Reading Rockets and London Nassa, have been rejected.

Neither of the two failed bids are thought to have made a persuasive case.

Essex-based Leopards, albeit in a renewed form, would be returning to the top flight after an eightyear absence. Despite initial opposition to the EBL teams bid for promotion, the addition of extra backers, combined with existing expertise, look to have swung matters in their favour.

While Manchester, long considered favourites to win a franchise, will be back in the BBL 11 years after the old Giants folded mid-season.

'Leopards and Manchester just had good presentations', a source told MVP. Leopards now have good people involved and Manchester have Jeff Jones whos been around the league.

'But the other two don't have good venues and their presentations were weak.'

The two victors could be confirmed in the league ahead of next weekends play-off final.

However it could still be addition by subtraction for next season.

There remain concerns with in the league over the health of Mersey Tigers amid ongoing difficulties within the Liverpool club.

While Sheffield will be asked to confirm their financial stability following a season in which the collapse of planned investments into the Sharks saw the current regime fail to make their required payments into the BBLs TV fund.

Courtesy of www.mvp247.com



Chapman Ready For Rundles - by Paul Nilsen

Newcastle Eagles' guard Joe Chapman (193-G-84, agency: I.D.S. Law, college: Marquette) is looking for his side to continue the form that saw them come from behind to beat Cheshire Jets and qualify for Saturday's BBL Championship final at the NIA.

'I'm definitely looking forward to it,' said Chapman, who won the Molten BBL Most Valuable Player award this season.

'If you ask me the semi final felt like a final. We had to show a lot of heart to go to Chester and win. We were ten down going into the game and still seven down at the end of the third. It was an unbelievable performance and as a team we now feel that we are meant to win the play-offs. We'll need the same type of defence, though.'

Chapman was relieved to get through the semi-final with Jets, especially as injury problems saw both sides down to five players: 'It really was five on five, and it was a battle of wills. You could see they were as tired as we were, that's when you have to continue to play as hard as you can.'

The 6' 4' shooting guard sees his match-up with Cameron Rundles (185-PG-88, college: Wofford) as key as the sides meet in the climax to the season: 'Obviously Rundles is a guy that controls the team. He has the ball in his hands a lot and is scoring a lot right now. He's the guy I guard, and he guards me. It's a good match-up and I know I have to be at my best when we're up against each other. Ayron Hardy and Andrew Sullivan are both playing well, but Rundles is playing at a really high level, and we have to keep an eye on him.

'We know everything about them played them as we've played them fives time in the league and Cup I don't think there's anything either side can do to really mix it up, but we've both got some great players and it'll be a great final.

With the other three pieces of BBL silverware already in the Eagles' trophy cabinet, Chapman is keen to record a clean sweep, and also has some good news for the Newcastle fans: 'From a club standpoint it'd mean a great deal to win it all as only two other clubs have done it. For me personally it's about winning everything you can. You're judged by you last game, if you win your last one you go into the summer happy. I'm still upset that we never won in the tournament in Holland as I couldn't play due to a hamstring injury. We are in a position to win it all but we have to execute our game-plan.

'Yeah, I'd like to come back for one more year. I'm still not physically where I want to be after my injury. In my second year here I was in the best shape of my life, I need to get my body back to that level.'



Paternostro reflects on career change - by Paul Nilsen

As he prepares to lead his team out in Saturday's BBL Championship play-off final at the NIA, Jelson Homes DMU Leicester Riders' coach Rob Paternostro revealed that he never thought he would be a coach.

After six years as a player in the BBL, including a season with the Riders, Paternostro became Leicester coach in 2008, but his career plans had been very different:

'I never really thought about being a coach, my college coach said I should give it a try, but I certainly never dreamed about it. I wanted to go into broadcasting and my dream job was to commentate on the New York Yankees [baseball team]. But it's been a great four years at Riders, and I'd like to thank them for the opportunity.'

Paternostro led Riders to their highest ever regular season position - second - this year, and his side will now look to emulate the 2001 Riders team who won the play-offs. The Riders' coach has praise for his players: 'This year's team has been a special group, not just talent-wise, but as individuals as well. Our message was to give the fans something special, we've done a lot of good things this year and deserve to be in the final.

'Our guys have taken care of themselves well, and although we lost Brett Royster for a while, we've had six players play in all 30 league games. We understand as a coaching that that it's a long season and we need to avoid burn-out. We've gone a good job keeping them fresh and ready for the end of season push. We play eight games in 23 days at the end of the season and we were in good condition for that.'

Paternostro also had praise for his assistant coaches, Phil Gleadell and former player LaTaryl Williams who was ruled out for the season with a knee injury: 'Phil has been with me since I started coaching, and it's like having a family member on the bench.

'LaTaryl made a big impact this year. We were number one in points allowed and he did a fantastic job as a defensive coach. He definitely has a bright future as a coach, we spend hours studying film and preparing scouting reports. I'm glad he's with us, he was my first signing as coach and he did a great job in the three seasons he played for me. He sets the tone for the guys around him, he's a true professional and has been a big part in what we've achieved.'

Riders were forced to play their two home play-off games at Loughborough University due to the unavailability of the John Sandford Sports Centre, and Paternostro admitted that his early misgivings about he change of venue proved to be unfounded:

'Early on it was a concern for us. We felt that with a 15-3 home record, we knew how to win in our gym. But we talked about it and it doesn't matter if we're outside in park, we still have a chance to win. We saw how nice it was when we walked in. Russell and the volunteers had set it up really well. The way we shot ball in there shows that we got comfortable quickly. Credit to our fans, it didn't matter where we were they travelled in numbers and have been and have been fantastic. Loughborough looked great on Sky and it was a really intimate place to play.'



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  VENEZUELA   

Standings - LPB

LPB Stage Two Standings
Group A
 1. Marinos 6-2 
 2. Trotamundos 4-4 
 3. Gigantes 2-6 
Group B
 1. Guaiqueries 5-3 
 2. Cocodrilos 3-4 
 3. Bucaneros 3-4 
Places 7-10
 1. Guaros 17-19 
 2. Gaiteros 14-22 
 3. Panteras 9-27 
 4. Toros 6-30 
Stage One Standings

Second Stage: Round 6

May. 9: Marinos - Trotamundos 110-99
May. 8: Marinos - Trotamundos 103-86
May. 9: Cocodrilos - Bucaneros 100-87
May. 10: Cocodrilos - Bucaneros


Stats Leaders - LPB

Points Per Game
 Donald SIMS
  Gaiteros
  (185-PG-87)
  Avg: 24.1
 1. Sims, Gaiteros24.1 
 2. Holland, Toros23.1 
 3. Pena, Toros21.4 
 4. Rodgers, Marinos19.9 
 5. Adams, Guaiqueries18.9 
 6. Hickerson, Bucan.18.2 
 7. Romero, Trotamun.18.1 
 8. Stoll, Gigantes17.6 
 9. Edwin, Gaiteros17.5 
 10. Millsap, Guaros16.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Torraye BRAGGS
  Gaiteros
  (203-F/C-76)
  Avg: 9.3
 1. Braggs, Gaiteros9.3 
 2. Pruitt, Trotamun.9.3 
 3. Fuller, Panteras9.2 
 4. Urbina, Toros8.5 
 5. Gransberry, Cocod.7.7 
 6. Allen, Marinos7.7 
 7. Sucre, Marinos7.6 
 8. Lugo, Guaiqueries7.4 
 9. Jackson, Guaiquer.7.2 
 10. Warner, Bucaneros7.1 
Assists Per Game
 Paul STOLL
  Gigantes
  (178-PG-85)
  Avg: 6.8
 1. Stoll, Gigantes6.8 
 2. Vargas, Marinos5.7 
 3. Cubillan, Trotamun.5.1 
 4. Guillent, Bucaneros4.6 
 5. Guillent, Guaros4.3 
 6. Elliott, Cocodrilos4.3 
 7. Pena, Toros4.1 
 8. Braggs, Gaiteros4.1 
 9. Sims, Gaiteros3.5 
 10. Centeno, Cocodril.3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Paul STOLL
  Gigantes
  (178-PG-85)
  Avg: 4.3
 1. Stoll, Gigantes4.3 
 2. Pena, Toros2.8 
 3. Guillent, Bucaneros2.8 
 4. Vargas, Marinos2.6 
 5. Elliott, Cocodrilos2.6 
 6. Sims, Gaiteros2.5 
 7. Adams, Guaiqueries2.5 
 8. Horton, Panteras2.3 
 9. Cubillan, Trotamun.2.0 
 10. Edwin, Gaiteros1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Rammel ALLEN
  Marinos
  (210-C-79)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Allen, Marinos2.3 
 2. Moss, Marinos2.0 
 3. Lugo, Guaiqueries1.6 
 4. Osorio, Panteras1.5 
 5. Graterol, Cocodril.1.5 
 6. Hardin, Marinos1.4 
 7. Warner, Bucaneros1.1 
 8. Romero, Trotamun.1.1 
 9. Pruitt, Trotamun.1.0 
 10. Gransberry, Cocod.0.8 


LPB 2012 News - Marinos announces signing of Will Graves - by Francisco Vega

Barquisimeto, Venezuela.- Marinos de Anzoategui announced the signing of SG-SF Will Graves (198-F/G-88) for the remainder of the LPB 2012 playoffs.

Graves,a 23 year-old, 1.98m tall former player of North Carolina in the NCAA, split his season in Argentina's LNB between Boca Juniors and Libertad de Sunchales, averaging 10.4 points and 6.1 rebounds per game in 38 contests for Boca and then adding 15.8 points and 8.6 rebounds per game for Sunchales in 12 games.

It will be Graves's first stint in Venezuela. He's only played under pro contracts in Japan and Argentina.

Marinos decided to bring in Graves due to the injury of SF Leon Rodgers (199-F-80), who'll not be available for the first two games of the Semifinals series next weekend.

Marinos also signed Tre Kelley (183-PG-85) a couple of days ago and made room for him by releasing Ryan Moss (200-F/C-74), who had no chance to continue with the team since coach Jorge Arrieta has decided to play Rammel Allen (210-C-79) and recently signed Jameel Watkins (211-C/F-77) in the paint. Curtis Stinson (191-G-83) is also with the team, as he replaced Gregory Grays (185-PG-79), also released.



Marinos land Tre Kelley - by Eurobasket News

Marinos de Anzoategui strengthened their backcourt. They added Tre Kelley (183-PG-85, college: S.Carolina) to the roster. The point guard started the season in Italy. Tre Kelley played for Biancoblu Conad Bologna. He averaged 14.8 points, 2.1 rebounds and 3.5 assists per game in LegaDue. Tre Kelley is not new to Marinos de Anzoategui. He played for the team back in 2011 season. The guard notched almost 20 points per appearance. Tre Kelley also had stints in China, D-League, Belgium, Lebanon, Israel, Greece, Croatia. He played in Greek Cup semifinals as well as Adriatic League quarterfinals.



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Women News


Eurobasket.com All-Belarusian League Awards 2011-12 - by Eurobasket

Eurobasket.com All-Belarusian League 1st Team 2012
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Aleksandra Khomenchuk
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Natalia Anufryienka
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Megan Shoniker
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Anna Pokoiova
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Maryia Papova
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Player of the Year: Aleksandra Khomenchuk (200-C-89) of Gorizont
Guard of the Year: Natalia Anufryienka (174-G-85) of Gorizont
Forward of the Year: Maryia Papova (183-PF-94) of Olimpia
Center of the Year: Aleksandra Khomenchuk (200-C-89) of Gorizont
Bosman Player of the Year: Aleksandra Khomenchuk (200-C-89) of Gorizont
Domestic Player of the Year: Natalia Anufryienka (174-G-85) of Gorizont
Coach of the Year: Anatoly Buyalskiy of Gorizont

1st Team
G: Natalia Anufryienka (174-85) of Gorizont
G: Megan Shoniker (175-89) of Olimpia
F: Anna Pokoiova (188-87) of Olimpia
PF: Maryia Papova (183-94) of Olimpia
C: Aleksandra Khomenchuk (200-89) of Gorizont

2nd Team
G: Victoria Shmatova (170-87) of Olimpia
F: Viktoryia Pantsiukh (185-87) of Minsk-2006
F/C: Volha Istseliatsova (189-88) of Minsk-2006
C: Viktoriya Hasper (193-88) of Gorizont
C: Hanna Kalenta (187-94) of Berezina

Honorable Mention
Zhanna Horodetskaya (180-G-79) of Minsk-2006
Julia Avdeythuk (185-F-88) of BrGU
Veronika Sovtsa (183-C-83) of Sozh Gomel
Lyubov Alyoshkina (203-C-81) of Olimpia

All-Domestic Players Team
G: Natalia Anufryienka (174-85) of Gorizont
G: Zhanna Horodetskaya (180-79) of Minsk-2006
PF: Maryia Papova (183-94) of Olimpia
F/C: Volha Istseliatsova (189-88) of Minsk-2006
C: Hanna Kalenta (187-94) of Berezina

All-Imports Team* includes also Bosman players
G: Megan Shoniker (175-89) of Olimpia
G: Victoria Shmatova (170-87) of Olimpia
F: Anna Pokoiova (188-87) of Olimpia
C: Lyubov Alyoshkina (203-81) of Olimpia
C: Aleksandra Khomenchuk (200-89) of Gorizont



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  CHINA   

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Katie MATTERA
  Zhejiang
  (202-C-82)
  Avg: 25.5
 1. Mattera, Zhejiang25.5 
 2. Miao, Shenyang25.2 
 3. Ji, Heilongjiang24.8 
 4. Little, Shanghai24.8 
 5. Taylor, Yunnan23.5 
 6. Ji, Shandong23.2 
 7. Shi, Shanghai19.9 
 8. Sun, Henan19.5 
 9. Bian, Zhejiang19.0 
 10. Cash, Guangdong18.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Katie MATTERA
  Zhejiang
  (202-C-82)
  Avg: 14.7
 1. Mattera, Zhejiang14.7 
 2. Black, Shandong12.4 
 3. Junaid, Heilongjia.12.2 
 4. Ruili, Liaoning11.0 
 5. Cash, Guangdong10.6 
 6. Jaeschke, Jiangsu10.2 
 7. Little, Shanghai10.1 
 8. Taylor, Yunnan9.5 
 9. Anosike, Beijing9.1 
 10. Chen, Bayi6.7 
Assists Per Game
 Lan BIAN
  Zhejiang
  (185-G/F-86)
  Avg: 5.2
 1. Bian, Zhejiang5.2 
 2. Chen, Jiangsu5.2 
 3. Miao, Shenyang5.0 
 4. Ji, Heilongjiang4.2 
 5. Wang, Shanghai3.6 
 6. Cash, Guangdong3.6 
 7. Wen, Bayi3.3 
 8. Kim, Beijing3.3 
 9. Zhang, Heilongjiang3.1 
 10. Li, Jiangsu3.1 
Steals Per Game
 Zhao SHUANG
  Shenyang
  (188-F-90)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Shuang, Shenyang2.7 
 2. Anosike, Beijing2.4 
 3. Wang, Shanghai2.4 
 4. Little, Shanghai2.3 
 5. Bian, Zhejiang2.2 
 6. Miao, Shenyang2.2 
 7. Liu, Yunnan2.1 
 8. Zhang, Beijing2.1 
 9. Li, Jiangsu2.0 
 10. Zhai, Yunnan1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Lindsay TAYLOR
  Yunnan
  (203-C-81)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Taylor, Yunnan2.4 
 2. Black, Shandong1.9 
 3. Ruili, Liaoning1.9 
 4. Mattera, Zhejiang1.6 
 5. Anosike, Beijing1.5 
 6. Cash, Guangdong1.4 
 7. Wei, Guangdong1.3 
 8. Jaeschke, Jiangsu1.3 
 9. Junaid, Heilongjia.1.0 
 10. Nuo, Jiangsu1.0 



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  EUROLEAGUE   

Standings (Women)

Euroleague Stage Two Standings
Group A
 1. Rivas Ecopolis 3-0 
 2. Fenerbahce 2-1 
 3. Galatasaray 1-2 
 4. Familia Schio 0-3 
Group B
 1. Ros Casares 3-0 
 2. UMMC 2-1 
 3. Spartak V MR 1-2 
 4. Wisla Can-Pak 0-3 
Stage One Standings



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Stats Leaders Div.A (Women)

Points Per Game
 Iva PEROVANOVIC
  MNT
  (189-C/F-83)
  Avg: 16.4
 1. Perovanovic, MNT16.4 
 2. Kobryn, POL14.7 
 3. Fegyverneky, HUN14.7 
 4. Babkina, LAT14.4 
 5. Mandir, CRO14.3 
 6. Elhotova, CZE14.2 
 7. Dubljevic, MNT13.9 
 8. Danilochkina, RUS13.9 
 9. Torrens, ESP13.8 
 10. Yilmaz, TUR13.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Zane TAMANE
  LAT
  (200-C-83)
  Avg: 9.1
 1. Tamane, LAT9.1 
 2. Stepanova, RUS8.9 
 3. Bar, GER8.8 
 4. Leuchanka, BLR8.2 
 5. Perovanovic, MNT7.8 
 6. Kobryn, POL7.7 
 7. Page, ENG7.5 
 8. Dubljevic, MNT7.1 
 9. Linkeviciene, LTU6.9 
 10. Osipova, RUS6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Elina BABKINA
  LAT
  (173-G-89)
  Avg: 4.2
 1. Babkina, LAT4.2 
 2. Bortelova, CZE4.1 
 3. Vardarli, TUR4.0 
 4. Mandir, CRO3.8 
 5. Dumerc, FRA3.8 
 6. Marchanka, BLR3.8 
 7. Dubljevic, MNT3.6 
 8. Pawlak, POL3.5 
 9. Bar, GER3.3 
 10. Skerovic, MNT3.1 
Steals Per Game
 Sancho LYTTLE
  VIN
  (192-C-83)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Lyttle, ESP2.5 
 2. Palau, ESP2.5 
 3. Linkeviciene, LTU2.4 
 4. Bimbaite, LTU2.3 
 5. Bar, GER2.3 
 6. Skerovic, MNT2.3 
 7. Honti, HUN2.2 
 8. Ivezic, CRO2.2 
 9. Vardarli, TUR2.0 
 10. Alben, TUR1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Ewelina KOBRYN
  POL
  (193-C-82)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Kobryn, POL1.7 
 2. Gruda, FRA1.7 
 3. Tamane, LAT1.4 
 4. Veremeenko, BLR1.4 
 5. Burgrova, CZE1.2 
 6. Popovic, MNT1.1 
 7. Kulichova, CZE1.0 
 8. Vajda, HUN1.0 
 9. Stepanova, RUS0.9 
 10. Kuzina, RUS0.8 



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  GREECE   

Standings -A2 Women - by Eurobasket News

A2 Standings
Group North
 1. Olympiakos 20-2 
 2. Panathlitikos 20-2 
 3. Anagenisi 17-5 
 4. Titanes Dramas 16-6 
 5. Pylaia 14-8 
 6. Komotini 12-10 
 7. AO Serron 10-12 
 8. MENT 9-13 
 9. M.Aleksandros 8-14 
 10. Prasini Gonia 4-18 
 11. Olympiada L. 1-21 
 12. PAOK D.Mak. 1-21 
Group South
 1. AO Ellinikou 18-2 
 2. Proteas 18-2 
 3. Terpsithea 18-2 
 4. Ippokratis 12-8 
 5. Sporting 10-10 
 6. Agia Paraskevis 9-11 
 7. Nea Kifisia 9-11 
 8. Niki Lefkadas 8-12 
 9. PAS Giannina 6-14 
 10. Halkida 2-18 
 11. Apollon Patras 0-20 



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  NCAA1   


Baylor's Brittney Griner breaks wrist in longboard accident - by Eurobasket News

Two-time All-America center Brittney Griner (6'8''-C-90) is recovering from a broken right wrist suffered in a longboard accident.

Coach Kim Mulkey said Griner will be in a cast for four weeks. The school released no other details about the injury on the longboard, an elongated skateboard.

The injury comes only weeks after Griner finished her junior season and the Bears ended the first 40-win season in NCAA history with their second national championship.

Griner averaged 23.2 points, 9.5 rebounds and 5.2 blocks and won the John R. Wooden Award.

Courtesy of http://seattletimes.nwsource.com



Wake hires Jen Hoover to coach women's hoops - by Eurobasket News

Wake Forest has hired former star player Jennifer Hoover as its women's basketball coach.

The school announced Hoover's hiring Wednesday.

Hoover starred for the Demon Deacons from 1987-91 and holds the program's career records with 1,728 points and 1,006 rebounds.

In her only season as the head coach at nearby High Point, she guided the Panthers to a 20-13 record, a berth in the Big South title game and an appearance in the WNIT.

Before taking over at High Point, she spent three seasons as the top assistant to Joanne Boyle at California. Boyle is now at ACC rival Virginia.

She replaces Mike Petersen, who spent eight years at Wake Forest before resigning last month to take the North Texas job.

Courtesy of http://sports.sportsillustrated.cnn.com



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  POLAND   


Justyna Zurowska comes back to PLKK! - by Lukasz Lukaszewski

TS Wisla Can-Pack Krakow is completing clubs roster. On Thursday club announced that they agreed terms of contract with domestic forward Justyna Zurowska (188-F-85). Club lost two polish post players and had to hire some replace for them. Wisla Can-Pack Krakow already signed contracts with 7 players.

Justyna Zurowska is 27 years old forward. She started her professional career in KSSSE AZS PWSZ Gorzow Wlkp.. She had been playing for this team for 7 seasons. Justyna Zurowska was very connected with this town, but last year she changed the club. She signed the contract with Lotos Gdynia, where she was playing in 24 games. She averaged 9,5 points and 3,9 rebounds in 14 league games and 7 points and 3,4 rebounds in 10 Euroleague Women games.

Justyna Zurowska spend only half a season in Gdynia. In January she moved to Basket Landes (French league) . That was her first club abroad. She had played in 16 league games and 2 matches in EuroCup. In the French league she averaged 9,4 points and 7,1 rebounds.

TS Wisla Can-Pack Krakow 2012/2013 roster: Cristina Ouvina (174-G-90), Paulina Pawlak (170-PG-84, agency: Data Plus Group), Anke De Mondt (180-F/G-79), Katarzyna Krezel (184-F/G-85, college: UTEP), Justyna Zurowska, Dora Horti (195-C-87, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group), Tina Charles (193-C-88, agency: LBM Management, college: Connecticut)
Head coach: Jose Ignacio Hernandez
Coach assistant: Jordi Aragones




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  ROMANIA   

Standings - Women

D1 Standings
 1. Targoviste 29-1 
 2. ICIM Arad 27-3 
 3. Alba Iulia 25-5 
 4. Targu Mures 23-7 
 5. Alexandria 22-8 
 6. Satu Mare 22-8 
 7. Craiova 18-12 
 8. Timisoara 17-13 
 9. Sp.Studentesc 15-15 
 10. Brasov 12-18 
 11. Rapid 9-21 
 12. Cluj Napoca 8-22 
 13. Olimpia 6-24 
 14. Oradea 4-26 
 15. Iasi 3-27 
 16. Sf.Gheorghe 0-30 

Finals: Round 3

Final

May. 10: Satu Mare - Targoviste 59-69

Play-out

May. 9: Olimpia - Oradea 63-70
May. 8: Iasi - Sf.Gheorghe 62-45
May. 9: Sf.Gheorghe - Iasi 33-50


Stats Leaders - Women

Points Per Game
 Brandie HOSKINS
  Craiova
  (175-G-85)
  Avg: 25.4
 1. Hoskins, Craiova25.4 
 2. Werema, Sp.Stude.18.5 
 3. Ardeleanu, Oradea17.4 
 4. Pesovic, Timisoara17.2 
 5. Cazac, Brasov16.6 
 6. Keith, Sp.Stude.16.4 
 7. Bartee, Craiova16.3 
 8. Vrdoljak, Sp.Stude.15.9 
 9. Coker, Targoviste15.8 
 10. Nikolic, Brasov15.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Judit KAJDACSI
  Brasov
  (192-C-79)
  Avg: 14
 1. Kajdacsi, Brasov14.0 
 2. Bartee, Craiova13.2 
 3. Johnson, Iasi12.0 
 4. Greer, Craiova11.0 
 5. Freeman, Satu Mare10.5 
 6. Laplante, Alexandr.9.7 
 7. Williams, Oradea9.6 
 8. Vulic, Targu Mures8.7 
 9. Parker, Alba Iulia8.5 
 10. Kovacevic, Sp.Stu.8.5 
Assists Per Game
 Marija PRLJA
  Alexandria
  (163-G-87)
  Avg: 5.2
 1. Prlja, Alexandria5.2 
 2. Boriga, ICIM A.5.1 
 3. Mehmedic, Satu M.4.9 
 4. Ciocan, Targoviste4.7 
 5. Ferenczi, Cluj N.4.3 
 6. Hoskins, Craiova4.2 
 7. Nicolaescu, Rapid4.1 
 8. Cursaru, Brasov3.9 
 9. Salley, Alba Iulia3.8 
 10. Hicks, Targu Mures3.6 
Steals Per Game
 Florentina ARDELEANU
  Oradea
  (171-G-83)
  Avg: 3
 1. Ardeleanu, Oradea3.0 
 2. Diaconu, Targoviste3.0 
 3. Abramzon, Alba Iul.3.0 
 4. Prlja, Alexandria2.8 
 5. Hicks, Targu Mures2.8 
 6. Givens, Targoviste2.7 
 7. Filip, Olimpia2.6 
 8. Brown, Timisoara2.5 
 9. Green, ICIM A.2.5 
 10. Nicolaescu, Rapid2.5 
Blocks Per Game
 El Sara GREER
  Craiova
  (188-C/F-)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Greer, Craiova2.2 
 2. Chelariu, Olimpia1.6 
 3. Whittington, Satu1.3 
 4. Zherzherunov., Tar.1.2 
 5. Toma, ICIM A.1.0 
 6. Parker, Alba Iulia1.0 
 7. Tobin, Alba Iulia1.0 
 8. Cutas, Targu Mures0.8 
 9. Meszaros, Cluj N.0.8 
 10. Ionescu, Rapid0.8 


D2 Standings - by Eurobasket

D2 Top 4 Standings
 1. CSU 2 8-0 
 2. BBALL6 6-2 
 3. McSport 3-5 
 4. Targu Secuiesc 2-6 
 5. CSS 1-7 
 6. Baia Mare 0-0 


CSM Targoviste won 2012/2012 Finals - by Eurobasket News

CSM Targoviste won 2012/2012 Finals leaving no chances to Satu Mare. The Winner of the Regular Season won the third game 69:59 and triumphed in the league.
The last game was the game of four different quarters. CS Municipal Satu Mare managed to win the opening period 27:17, but then failed with 4-12 in the second frame. Satu Mare needed 23-17 in the third period to take the bigger lead. The guests trailed by 8 points after three quarters before their 23-5 charge, which allowed them to win the game. CSM Targoviste dominated on the defensive end, holding Satu Mare to just 4 points in second quarter. Olena Zherzherunova (191-C/F-78, agency: LBM Management) had a double-double by scoring 20 points and 12 rebounds. Chrissy Givens (180-F-85, college: Middle Tenn.St.) chipped in 18 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was American power forward Shanika Freeman (183-F/C-83, college: Jacksonville St.) who recorded a double-double by scoring 18 points, 12 rebounds and 4 blocks and Khadijah Whittington (186-F-86, college: N.Carolina St.) added 14 points and 10 rebounds respectively.



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Maljkovic cuts four players from the NT - by Eurobasket News

List of candidates for the Serbian National Team became shorter. Head Coach Marina Maljkovic thanked Biljana Stjepanovic (189-C-87), Natasa Djordjevic (178-G-85) and Jefimija Karakasevic (191-C-89). Also, Sasa Cadjo (178-G-89) is out of the team due to injury. Cadjo suffered serious knee injury (torn ACL) during the practice.
National Team training camp moves to Montenegro now (Tivat), where they will stay until May 18. Fifteen players will continue at this stage: Tijana Ajdukovic, Milica Dabovic, Milica Ivanovic, Nevena Jovanovic, Milica Micovic, Dunja Prcic, Tamara Radocaj, Iva Roglic, Nevena Saponjic, Maja Skoric, Natasa Krnjetin, Kristina Baltic, Sara Krnjic, Marina Mandic and Ivanka Matic. Jelena Maksimovic and Ana Dabovic will join their teammates soon, while Dajana Butulija and Jelena Milovanovic still recover from injuries.
Serbia's rivals in EuroBasket Qualifications are Poland, Montenegro, Switzerland and Estonia. Two best teams will book a spot for the final tournament. The qualifications start on June 13 and last game is scheduled for July 14. Serbia will play against Montenegro in Round One. After that, Serbia will take on Switzerland, Poland and Estonia respectively.



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Stats Leaders - Women

Points Per Game
 Timea SUJOVA
  Samorin
  (173-G-84)
  Avg: 16.4
 1. Sujova, Samorin16.4 
 2. Young, Poprad16.0 
 3. Simova, Poprad15.1 
 4. Vieru, Good Angels14.9 
 5. McCray, Good A.14.6 
 6. Libicova, Roznava13.2 
 7. Sverrisdotti., Goo.12.6 
 8. Andersson, MBK R.12.3 
 9. Guzman, MBK R.12.2 
 10. Wickett, Samorin12.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Tonya YOUNG
  Poprad
  (187-F/C-)
  Avg: 9.1
 1. Young, Poprad9.1 
 2. Wickett, Samorin8.8 
 3. Vieru, Good Angels7.7 
 4. Libicova, Roznava7.4 
 5. Janosickova, Dann.7.3 
 6. Simova, Poprad6.9 
 7. Hruscakova, Danna.5.9 
 8. Stepanova, MBK R.5.8 
 9. Tetemondova, MBK5.6 
 10. Jurcenkova, Good5.0 
Assists Per Game
 Miljana BOJOVIC
  Good A.
  (181-G-87)
  Avg: 6.2
 1. Bojovic, Good A.6.2 
 2. Sujova, Samorin5.6 
 3. Vackova, Poprad4.3 
 4. Giacintova, Rozna.4.0 
 5. Guzman, MBK R.4.0 
 6. Frniakova-B., MBK3.0 
 7. Sverrisdotti., Goo.3.0 
 8. Timkova, Cassovia.3.0 
 9. Slamova, Samorin2.4 
 10. Chlebovcova, Pop.2.4 
Steals Per Game
 Carmen GUZMAN
  MBK R.
  (172-SG-85)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Guzman, MBK R.3.2 
 2. Sujova, Samorin3.2 
 3. Giacintova, Rozna.3.2 
 4. Timkova, Cassovia.3.0 
 5. Oravcova, Cassovia.2.9 
 6. McCray, Good A.2.8 
 7. Bojovic, Good A.2.7 
 8. Simova, Poprad2.6 
 9. Kupcikova, Good A.2.4 
 10. Wickett, Samorin2.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Natalia VIERU
  Good Angels
  (197-C-89)
  Avg: 1.4
 1. Vieru, Good Angels1.4 
 2. Young, Poprad1.2 
 3. Kupcikova, Good A.1.0 
 4. Tetemondova, MBK0.9 
 5. Kissova, Dannax S.0.8 
 6. Stepanova, MBK R.0.8 
 7. Wickett, Samorin0.7 
 8. Jurcenkova, Good0.7 
 9. Janosickova, Dann.0.7 
 10. McCray, Good A.0.6 



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  SWEDEN   


Northland extends Allis Nystrom until 2015 - by Eurobasket News

Northland Basket made a move for the future. The Swedish squad penned a 3-year contract extension with Allis Nystrom (183-F-93). The 18-year-old forward played 14 games with the club this season averaging 4.9 points and 3.4 rebounds. Last time she officially appeared in December. Allis Nystrom is a member of the Swedish U18 National Team. She played for them at U18 EuroBasket 2011 in Oradea averaging 8.1 points and 4.2 rebounds. A year before, they competed at U18 EuroBasket in Slovakia. Nystrom had 4.9 ppg, 5 rpg and 1.6 spg for 9 games at this event. She also played for U16 Sweden in the past. Allis Nystrom originally from Lulea.


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LNSA Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Celeste TRAHAN
  Fribourg
  (184-C-85)
  Avg: 29.5
 1. Trahan, Fribourg29.5 
 2. McCallum, Riva B.24.3 
 3. Villarroel, Fribou.24.1 
 4. Diouf, Pully23.5 
 5. Brown, Pully20.9 
 6. Griffith, Ovronn.18.3 
 7. Skouby, Basel17.6 
 8. Boddie, Helios15.7 
 9. Twehues, Helios15.1 
 10. Michaux, Helios13.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Celeste TRAHAN
  Fribourg
  (184-C-85)
  Avg: 15.4
 1. Trahan, Fribourg15.4 
 2. McKenzie, Riva B.10.7 
 3. Brown, Pully9.6 
 4. Griffith, Ovronn.8.7 
 5. Skouby, Basel8.3 
 6. Grobet, Hope-GBA8.3 
 7. Villarroel, Fribou.8.1 
 8. Szakacs, Ovronnaz.6.4 
 9. Moldovanyi, Basel6.3 
 10. Stojanovic, Hope-.6.2 
Assists Per Game
 Diodio DIOUF
  Pully
  (170-G-84)
  Avg: 6.2
 1. Diouf, Pully6.2 
 2. Boddie, Helios5.5 
 3. Villarroel, Fribou.3.7 
 4. Hart, Basel3.4 
 5. Miroci, Highflyers3.0 
 6. Heckendorn, Basel3.0 
 7. Gur, Nyon3.0 
 8. Turin, Helios2.5 
 9. Sakica, Highflyers2.4 
 10. Szakacs, Ovronna.2.4 
Steals Per Game
 Diodio DIOUF
  Pully
  (170-G-84)
  Avg: 4.8
 1. Diouf, Pully4.8 
 2. Boddie, Helios4.4 
 3. McCallum, Riva B.3.8 
 4. McKenzie, Riva B.3.8 
 5. Villarroel, Fribou.3.7 
 6. Trahan, Fribourg3.1 
 7. Michaux, Helios3.1 
 8. Hart, Basel3.0 
 9. Heckendorn, Basel2.9 
 10. Twehues, Helios2.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Megan SKOUBY
  Basel
  (193-C-86)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Skouby, Basel2.2 
 2. Trahan, Fribourg1.4 
 3. McCallum, Riva B.1.4 
 4. Brown, Pully1.3 
 5. Villarroel, Fribou.1.0 
 6. Grobet, Hope-GBA0.8 
 7. Favre, Nyon0.8 
 8. Griffith, Ovronn.0.7 
 9. Zali, Pully0.6 
 10. Twehues, Helios0.5 


LNA Round 2 of Finals. Fribourg level the series - by Eurobasket News

Helios - Fribourg 71-77

Fribourg needed overtime to tame Helios in the second game of the championship series. The guests trailed by 1 point after three quarters before their 16-15 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Fribourg made 26-of-28 free shots (92.9 percent) during the game. Venezuelan guard Maria Villarroel (174-78, college: Oklahoma, agency: LBM Management) orchestrated the victory by scoring 36 points (!!!) and 9 rebounds. American center Celeste Trahan (184-85, college: Elizabeth City, agency: LBM Management) contributed with a double-double by scoring 26 points, 17 rebounds and 4 blocks for the winners. International guard Karen Twehues (182-83, college: Cincinnati) replied with 19 points and 6 rebounds and American center Mandisa Stevenson (191-82, college: Auburn) added 15 points and 9 rebounds in the effort for Helios. Five Helios players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Helios: K.Twehues 19+6reb+2ast, M.Stevenson 15+9reb+2ast, C.Turin 13+3reb, R.Taylor 11+4reb+4ast, A.Rol 10+1ast, L.Volpe 2
Fribourg: M.Villarroel 36+9reb+1ast, C.Trahan 26+17reb+2ast, D.Bozovic 5+4reb+5ast, M.Milenkovic 5+1reb, B.Mueller 3+1reb+3ast, L.Mazzocchi 2+1reb+1ast
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LNA Round 2 of Finals: Helios defeated by Fribourg - by Melanie Nussbaumer

After a first home game dominated by Sdent Helios VS Basket from end to end (93-67), BCF Elfic Fribourg Basket reacted in the Act 2 to tight the serie to 1-1. Sdent Helios VS Basket dominated the first minutes of the game with a 19-9 whose 12 points scored by Karen Twehues (182-G-83, college: Cincinnati) in 6 minutes.
The solution in Fribourg came first from an aggressive defense and from the duo Trahan-Villarroel who added 62 points. The advantage kept going from one side to another: 19-20 after 10min; 28-33 at 16min; 38-37 at the half; 51-50 at the end of the third quarter and 66-66 at the end that forces the game to go overtime. The decisive player in the money time was Maria Villarroel (174-G-78, agency: LBM Management, college: Oklahoma) who played aggressive and scoring important points. She provoked 10 fouls in the game and finished almost perfect at the free throw line with 17/18 and 36 points. Celeste Trahan (184-C-85, agency: LBM Management, college: Elizabeth City) dominated the board with 17 rebounds (14 defensive rebounds), blocked 4 shots and scored 26 points. Dana Bozovic (180-F-93, agency: LBM Management) had 5 points 5 assists and 4 rebounds. For Sdent Helios VS Basket, the best scorer is Karen Twehues, who finishes with 19 points, 6 rebounds, 2 assists. Mandisa Stevenson (191-C-82, college: Auburn) scored 15 points and 9 rebounds and Caroline Turin (173-F-87) added 13 points. Renee Taylor (158-G-85, agency: Merit Sports, college: Miami, FL) had 11 points and 4 assists.
After 36 undefeated games, Helios records its first loss in game 2 of the finals against Fribourg that even the serie to 1-1. The next game is Saturday May 12th in Fribourg.



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  TURKEY   

TBB2L Standings - by Eurobasket News

TKB2L Final Stage Standings
 1. Edremit 4-2 
 2. Canik Bld 3-3 
 3. Cankaya 3-3 
 4. Gure 2-4 
Stage One Standings


Eurobasket.com All-Turkish TKB2L Awards 2011-12 - by Eurobasket Center

Eurobasket.com All-Turkish TKB2L 1st Team 2012
#s#
Aysegul Gunay
Gunay
Aysu Keskin
Keskin
Arzu Akay
Akay
Gulcin Cantekin
Cantekin
Aisha Mohammed
Mohammed
#e#5

Player of the Year: Aysegul Gunay (172-PG-92) of Cankaya
Guard of the Year: Aysu Keskin (90) of Gure
Forward of the Year: Jacinta Monroe (193-F/C-88) of Cankaya
Center of the Year: Kelley Cain (198-C-89) of Gure
Defensive Player of the Year: Kelley Cain (198-C-89) of Gure
Domestic Player of the Year: Damla Gezgin (172-G-90) of Cankaya
Import of the Year: Jacinta Monroe (193-F/C-88) of Cankaya
Coach of the Year: Caner Yillar of Samsun

1st Team
: Aysu Keskin (90) of Gure
PG: Aysegul Gunay (172-92) of Cankaya
PF: Arzu Akay (186-76) of Edremit
C: Gulcin Cantekin (187-84) of Cankaya
C: Aisha Mohammed (191-85) of Istanbul Univ.

2nd Team
: Munevver Basak (86) of Canik Bld
G: Nebahat Emre (172-85) of Edremit
: Seda Atli (80) of Edremit
F: Burcu Tasbas (178-89) of Edremit
G: Crystal Smith (168-84) of Antakya

Honorable Mention
Gizem Basaran (193-C-92) of Burhaniye Bld
Nihan Demirkol (172-G-92) of Gure
Rana Derin (175-G/F-92) of Gure
Ayesha Barkley (188-C-87) of Gure
Oya Salter (170-G-76) of Zeytinli
Balim Akbulak (184-G/F-93) of Izmir BSB
Gulnur Sandallioglu (187-F-87) of Gure
Susan Lester (188-F/C-88) of Mersin Univ.
Arzu Ozyigit (190-C-72) of Canik Bld
Moniquee Alexander (198-C-87) of Orduspor



Erdemit wins TKB2L tile - by Eurobasket News

Erdemit is TKB2L winner for season 2011/12. They registered 4-2 record in the second stage, what was enough for the trophy. Of course, Erdemit will compete next season in TKBL. In the last round of the season Erdemir hosted Gure Belediyesi. The home squad celebrated 60-48 victory to finish the season in style. Aisha Mohammed (191-C-85, agency: LBM Management, college: Virginia) had amazing game for the winners. She scored 19 points and pulled down 22 rebounds. Seda Atli (80) helped with 14 points and 10 rebs.
The second ranked team of TKB2L is Cankaya Universitesi. They ended with 3-3 record. The same number also has Canik Belediye, but they finished as No.3, while the last ranked team of the second stage is Gure Belediyesi with 2-4.



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  UKRAINE   


Zherzherunova and Samburska bring Gold from Romania - by Eurobasket News

Olena Zherzherunova (191-C/F-78, agency: LBM Management) and Olena Samburska (172-G/F-89, agency: LBM Management) and their CSM Targoviste won 2012/2012 Finals leaving no chances to Satu Mare. The Winner of the Regular Season won the third game 69:59 and triumphed in the league.
The last game was the game of four different quarters. CS Municipal Satu Mare managed to win the opening period 27:17, but then failed with 4-12 in the second frame. Satu Mare needed 23-17 in the third period to take the bigger lead. The guests trailed by 8 points after three quarters before their 23-5 charge, which allowed them to win the game. CSM Targoviste dominated on the defensive end, holding Satu Mare to just 4 points in second quarter. Olena Zherzherunova had a double-double by scoring 20 points and 12 rebounds. Chrissy Givens chipped in 18 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was American power forward Shanika Freeman who recorded a double-double by scoring 18 points, 12 rebounds and 4 blocks and Khadijah Whittington added 14 points and 10 rebounds respectively.
Olena Zherzherunova averaged 11.7 points per game and had 7.8 rebounds. Olena Samburska averaged 9.4 points per game.



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  WNBA   


Sun waive Murphy and Breland - by Eurobasket News

The Connecticut Sun has trimmed its pre-season roster to 13 players by cutting two players, including former North Carolina star Jessica Breland (6'3''-F-88, college: N.Carolina).

The 6-foot-3 Breland was picked up by the Sun last July after being waived by New York, but saw action in just one game.

Breland was the first pick in the second round of the 2011 draft, despite having to sit out a year in college while undergoing treatment for Hodgkins lymphoma. She returned for her senior season, before being drafted last year by Minnesota and then dealt to New York.

She had six points in the Suns preseason win over the Liberty on Monday.

The Sun also cut Stefanie Lynn Murphy (6'4''-F-89, college: Boston Coll.), who came to camp as an undrafted free agent.

Courtesy of http://articles.boston.com



Fever top Silver Stars again in preseason action - by Eurobasket News

Roneeka Hodges (5'11''-G-82, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: Florida St.) scored 10 points Wednesday afternoon to pace the Indiana Fever to a 78-69 preseason win over the San Antonio Silver Stars. It was the Fever's second victory over the Silver Stars in five days, having beaten San Antonio in a preseason opener last Saturday. Hodges, recently acquired from San Antonio, was the leading scorer against her old team in that game, too.

Wednesday, a balanced lineup with 12 players all scored for Indiana. Katie Douglas (6'1''-G/F-79, college: Purdue), Briann January (5'8''-G-87, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: Arizona St.) and Erlana Larkins all had nine points, while Jeanette Pohlen contributed eight. Jessica Davenport had a game-high five rebounds.

In a see-saw battle in which neither team led by more than seven points through three quarters, Indiana opened a double-digit margin by scoring the first 10 points of the final period. Rookie Sasha Goodlett scored her only bucket to post Indiana to a 58-52 advantage to begin the fourth, before Hodges and Pohlen combined for the game's next eight points as the Feverpushed its lead to 14. A Pohlen free throw with 5:16 to play commanded the Fever's largest lead of the game, 15.

Shenise Johnson (5'11''-G-90) and Danielle Adams (6'1''-F/C-89, college: Texas A&M) paced the Silver Stars with 15 and 14 points, respectively.

Indiana opens the regular season on Saturday, May 19 by hosting the Atlanta Dream in a rematch of the 2011 Eastern Conference Finals. San Antonio opens the season on May 19 against the Tulsa Shock.

Courtesy of wwwoursportscentral.com