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  ARGENTINA   



Union Progresista wins TNA title and promotion to LigaA - by Eurobasket News

Argentino - Union Progresista 67-70

Union Progresista is the champion of 2011/12 TNA season. They grabbed 67-70 road victory against Argentino last night closing the series with perfect 3-0. Union Progresista will compete in LigaA next season. Victor Hugo Cajal (179-G-80, agency: Dream Team Management) was the leading scorer in victory with 15 points. Greg Dilligard (203-F-85) shined with 14 points and 15 rebounds, while Lisandro Rasio (197-F/C-90) also scored 14 pts and pulled down 13 rebs. Gonzalo Laphitzborde (188-G-75) was another player with 14 points in victory. At the other side, Chuck Robinson (201-F-72, agency: Dream Team Management, college: E.Carolina) was better than the others with 21 points and 6 rebs. Luciano Tantos (185-G-88) and Eduardo Spalla (197-F-89, agency: Dream Team Management) (5 rebs) scored 14 and 11 points respectively. Quarters: 18-24, 20-8, 19-22, 10-16. Union Progresista eliminated Monte Hermoso Basket in TNA Semifinals. Before that, they edged San Isidro in the Quarterfinals and Atletico Echague in 1/8 Finals.

Argentino: Chuck Robinson 21+6 boards, Luciano Tantos 14, Eduardo Spalla 11+5 rebs
Union Progresista: Victor Hugo Cajal 15, Greg Dilligard 14+15 boards, Lisandro Rasio 14+13 boards, Gonzalo Laphitzborde 14



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  ASEAN LEAGUE   

Standings

O Standings
 1. Petron Blaze 17-4 
 2. Philip.Patriots 16-5 
 3. Satria Muda 11-9 
 4. KL Dragons 11-10 
 5. Singapore S. 9-11 
 6. Saigon H. 7-13 
 7. Bangkok C. 6-14 
 8. Thailand S. 5-16 

Regular Season: Round 21

May. 9: KL Dragons - Singapore S. 88-105
May. 12: Thailand S. - Philip.Patriots 74-80
May. 9: Saigon H. - Petron Blaze 68-83
May. 13: Singapore S. - Satria Muda
May. 13: Bangkok C. - Saigon H.



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  AUSTRALIA   

Standings - ABA

ABA Standings
Big V
 1. Eltham W. 6-1 
 2. Hume City 6-2 
 3. Diamond V.E. 5-3 
 4. Ringwood H. 5-3 
 5. Waverley F. 4-3 
 6. Corio Bay 4-4 
 7. Sherbrooke S. 3-6 
 8. Melbourne 1-6 
 9. Bulleen B. 1-7 
Central ABL
 1. W.Adelaide B. 4-1 
 2. N.Adelaide R. 3-1 
 3. Woodville W. 3-1 
 4. S.Adelaide P. 3-2 
 5. Sturt S. 3-2 
 6. Norwood F. 3-2 
 7. Forestville E. 2-3 
 8. South.Tigers 2-3 
 9. C.District L. 1-4 
 10. Eastern M. 0-5 
QBL
 1. Townsville H. 1-0 
 2. Brisbane C. 0-0 
 3. Bundaberg B. 0-0 
 4. Gladstone P. 0-0 
 5. Gold Coast R. 0-0 
 6. Ipswich F. 0-0 
 7. Mackay M. 0-0 
 8. Maroochydore 0-0 
 9. Northside W. 0-0 
 10. Rockhampton 0-0 
 11. SW Metro P. 0-0 
 12. Toowoomba 0-0 
 13. Cairns M. 0-1 
SEABL-East
 1. Geelong S. 9-1 
 2. Dandenong 7-2 
 3. Sandringham S. 7-4 
 4. Frankston B. 6-4 
 5. Bendigo B. 5-4 
 6. Brisbane S. 4-4 
 7. Canberra G. 1-8 
SEABL-South
 1. Nunawading S. 6-3 
 2. Knox R. 6-4 
 3. Albury W.B. 6-4 
 4. Hobart C. 5-6 
 5. Kilsyth C. 4-5 
 6. Ballarat M. 3-5 
 7. Mt Gambier 2-9 
 8. NW Tasmania 1-9 
WARATAH
 1. Norths Bears 6-1 
 2. Newcastle H. 5-1 
 3. Maitland M. 4-2 
 4. Cent.Coast C. 4-3 
 5. Hills H. 4-4 
 6. Sydney C. 3-3 
 7. Colonial Hotel 3-3 
 8. Bankstown B. 3-3 
 9. Manly Warr. 3-4 
 10. Illawarra H. 2-5 
 11. Sutherland S. 2-5 
 12. Parramatta W. 1-6 

Regular Season: Round 8

BIG V

May. 12: Hume City - Waverley F.
May. 12: Bulleen B. - Eltham W.
May. 12: Melbourne - Diamond V.E.
May. 13: Corio Bay - Ringwood H.
May. 13: Waverley F. - Sherbrooke S.

Central ABL

May. 12: Eastern M. - S.Adelaide P.
May. 12: N.Adelaide R. - W.Adelaide B.
May. 12: Norwood F. - Sturt S.
May. 12: South.Tigers - Woodville W.
May. 12: C.District L. - Forestville E.

QBL

May. 11: Townsville H. - Cairns M. 78-64
May. 12: SW Metro P. - Gold Coast R.
May. 12: Toowoomba - Ipswich F.
May. 12: Northside W. - Brisbane C.
May. 12: Gladstone P. - Rockhampton
May. 12: Mackay M. - Cairns M.
May. 12: Bundaberg B. - Maroochydore

SEABL

May. 11: Hobart C. - Knox R. 92-82
May. 11: Mt Gambier - Frankston B. 115-116
May. 12: Brisbane S. - Nunawading S.
May. 12: Canberra G. - Sandringham S.
May. 12: Bendigo B. - Mt Gambier
May. 12: Frankston B. - Kilsyth C.
May. 12: NW Tasmania - Knox R.
May. 12: Ballarat M. - Dandenong
May. 12: Albury W.B. - Geelong S.

WARATAH

May. 12: Hills H. - Colonial Hotel
May. 12: Manly Warr. - Parramatta W.
May. 12: Cent.Coast C. - Sydney C.
May. 12: Maitland M. - Illawarra H.
May. 12: Newcastle H. - Bankstown B.
May. 12: Norths Bears - Sutherland S.
May. 13: Cent.Coast C. - Illawarra H.


Standings - SBL

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

Regular Season: Round 9

May. 12: Geraldton B. - Stirling S. 96-87
May. 12: East Perth E. - Cockburn C. 96-76
May. 12: Perth R. - Willetton T. 90-89
May. 11: Lakeside L. - Perth R. 90-84
May. 11: Willetton T. - Mandurah M. 83-85
May. 12: Kalamunda E.S. - Rockingham F. 127-95
May. 12: Wanneroo W. - SW Slammers 124-83
May. 12: Mandurah M. - Goldfield G. 114-100
May. 13: Perry Lakes H. - Goldfield G.


QBL Round 1 Previews - by Eurobasket News

Townsville Heat vs Cairns Marlins
The old northern foes go head-to-head in the season opener, and with both sides sporting impressive rosters this season, Game 1 is likely to attract a lot of attention. Cairns are boasting a stellar squad this season, with Taipans Kerry Williams, James Mitchell and stars Dusty Rychart (201-F-79, agency: Priority Sports, college: Minnesota) and Aaron Grabau as early big-name signings, and the announcement of Boomer Aron Baynes on the season roster, the Marlins will be a force to be reckoned with this season. Theyve gained the talents of Matthew Edmonds from SEABLs Southern Districts Spartans, Mark Smith from the Warratah League, and Justin Soleimani from Victoria who has previously played for the Under 18 Vic Metro Mens side. The mix of professional and international experience, existing club dynamics and young blood is set to make the Marlins a powerful product this season.
Townsville have retained the bulk of their young but experienced squad, but are this season without veterans Dan Egan and Kelvin Robertson. Instead, the side features Townsville Crocodiles Todd Blanchfield (200-F-91), Mitch Norton, Chris Cedar and Crocs development player Keegan Tudehope in the captains role. The largely-local Heat have picked up a number of players from other teams, including Brady Rutland from Mackay and Luke Cann (188-G-86) from Ipswich, but with no imports on the roster the Heat may come under pressure from other teams boasting overseas talent.

South West Metro Pirates vs. Gold Coast Rollers
With a largely-unchanged core squad for 2012 despite the loss and inside presence of Steve Broom, the Pirates are pinning their hopes on club dynamics and experience going into the season, but have increased their import quota with two US players coming into the side. Coach Peter Pollock says former Los Angeles Lakers Development player Kenneth Barnes and Robert Lippman from Northwest Nazarene University will add excitement and increased presence in the paint, and should complement the existing leadership group of local players in the side. Brendan Teys suits up for the Pirates following a solid season with the Gold Coast Blaze and should boost the team defensively, alongside fellow stalwarts Nate Neisler, Troy Thomson (195-F-84) and Verle Williams.
The Rollers also have a familiar line-up with the majority of the 2011 team on this years roster. Of notable absence is Blaze player and Australian Boomer Adam Gibson. Rollers coach Mick Conlon admits Gibsons shoes have been hard to fill, but has signed up the talents of six-foot-eight Boston import Willard Billy Johnson, whose defensive skills and presence should assist in filling out the depth in the team. Roller veterans Scott McGregor, Jason Aucoin and Adam Darragh (182-PG-79, college: Martin Methodist) again suit up for the side, while Jackson Parr returns to the side following a stint in the US college system.
With both South West Metro and the Gold Coast spending a considerable amount of time on the court in preseason matches, expect both teams to hit the floor ready to roll.

Toowoomba Mountaineers vs Ipswich Force
The biggest boost to Ipswichs season preparation has come in the form of coach Shane Heal, the NBL legend and former Australian Boomer securing the services of Townsville Croc Ben Allen and the Blazes Shaun Gleeson to the Forces roster. With a number of changes to the side, including Tim Behrendorff not returning to Ipswich due to his commitments with the Woollongong Hawks, Heal has helped to fill the gap with Allen and Gleeson, as well as Ryan Jefferies who comes back to the Force from Rockhampton, while Daniel Richards and Lachlan Swindells come in from Seahawks GC, along with Robert Manson from the Gold Coast. Force stalwart Ryan Stolberg is set to provide the bulk of the leadership during a season in which Ipswich are likely to make a bigger impact than last years quarter finals bow-out.
The Mountaineers head into Season 2012 with two imports on their books, with James Legan returning to Toowoomba, bringing with him college-mate Chad Wynn from East Carolina University. The pair join team veterans Anthony Tribe, Charles Dickerson (198-G/F-92) and Stephen Kluck, following the departure of Matthew Wainwright and import Michael McDaniels. The Mountaineers will be out to improve on their standings from last season after finishing 12th, and with two wins in the preseason they might surprise a few teams with the new line-up.

Brisbane Capitals vs Northside Wizards
The Capitals have lost seven of their players from the 2011 roster, most notably Tom Garlepp who took out the QBL MVP award last season. Coach Dale Ryan says the loss of players to US colleges and other leagues has complicated season preparation, but allowed for a complete shake-up of the side and its dynamics. The addition of import Joel Ryman from Northwest Nazarene University in the point guard role alongside returning Capital Simon Taylor and veteran Matt Roberts should create a solid leadership group. New Zealand veteran Matt Gillan, Paiwa Baldwin from Caboolture and Jeremy Kelly from Southern Districts also join the side, in what could be a tough start to the season for the Caps, wholl spend most of the first half of the season away from home.
Northside also have a changed roster and a new coach with 2010 QBL Coach of the Year Leonard King joining the Wizards. Coach King has brought in point guard Louis Hurd from Memphis, Tennessee, alongside the duo of Zac Carter and Steven Broom (205-F/C-87), both from South West Metro Pirates and Gold Coast Blaze Development players, while sharp-shooter Chris Goulding returns for the Wizards. Northside are heading into the season with injury concerns so how theyll match up against the new-look Capitals will be interesting to see.

Gladstone Port City Power vs Rockhampton Rockets
With a number of big-name signings in the preseason, the Rockets are set to be fired up in their opening match against local rivals Gladstone. Big man Travis Reed is returning to Rocky and is set to have a bigger impact on the team than last year, when he had a slow start to the season due to injury. Former Townsville Crocodile Brad Williamson head into the Rockets side from a season with Ipswich, and is likely to team up with Reed and Mitch Philp to get points on the board. Another big boost to the Rockets lineup will be Cameron Tragardh, who makes the move north on his way to the Cairns Taipans for the 2012/2013 NBL Season from the Victorian league. Last years championship bridesmaids will likely be looking to secure early wins in a bid to take the title in 2012.
Gladstone are bringing five new players into their rotation this season, including two American imports in an effort to improve on their QBL records from past seasons. Theyll have Zach Silverman from Iowa Wesleyan College and Kevin Gaines from Houston at their disposal, in addition to Todd Meyerding from Bundaberg, local product Hamish Bowden and Illiwa Baldwin whos returning to the QBL from college in Nevada. The remainder of the team of local regulars such as Daniel Green and Troy Robinson will help gel the team together in their 2012 campaign, with coach Dale Iwanicki positive about the season ahead.

Mackay Meteors vs Cairns Marlins
The Marlins again suit up as the only team to go back-to-back in this round, taking on reigning champions Mackay. Cairns will be relying on their core group of Vale, Williams, Grabau and Baynes to back up and get them over the line following their clash with Townsville. Mackay have lost some of their star players from last season in Tim Coenraad to the Ballarat Miners, Deba George to Hobart and Rhys Martin wholl be staying in Woollongong, but are still packing a strong side this season with a number of current and former NBL players in Greg Vanderjagt, Michael Kingma, Michael Cedar (190-G-86) and player/coach Grant Kruger. Mackay have had a fair amount of preseason court-time with wins over Gladstone and Rockhampton helping to work out systems on-court team dynamics. With the talented Cairns outfit on the back of a tough roadtrip to start the season, can the defending champions continue from their preseason form and get their 2012 campaign off to a winning start?

Bundaberg Bulls vs Maroochydore Clippers
After just missing out on the playoffs last season, the Bulls have regrouped and reshaped their side in an effort to be in finals contention in 2012. The signing of US import Rodrick Stewart should be a significant boost to the team, given his experience playing college ball for Kansas State and Southern California as well as playing in Finland and Kosovo over the past two years. He joins fellow import Willie Shackleford, with guard Shane Davis (193-G-80) also returning to the team, with the group looking to cover the loss of Matthew Hanson who averaged 22 points and 10 rebounds per game in last season.
The Clippers have also lost key go-to players Zane and Zeke Meehl, with the brothers now playing in the New Zealand League. However, with the absence of Caboolture in this years competition, Maroochy have picked up the services of Suns players Matt McGlynn, Daniel Gubesh, Gianni Costantiello and Sean Murphy, giving the Clippers a fresh start for the season after finishing 2011 in second-last place. Theyll have to work hard to fight the might of the Bulls who have had time to refine their game in the preseason.
Courtesy of: basketballqld.net.au



SBL: Wolves keep pressure on Lightning (Saturday SBL wrap) - by Eurobasket News

The Wanneroo Wolves are one step closer to the top spot after smashing the South West Slammers 124-83.

The Wolves controlled the score board throughout the game showing no signs of weakness as they secured the 41 point victory.

Wolves import Jordan Wild (203-F, college: Fresno Pacific) (23 points) going head to head with Slammers Senario Hillman with 29 points and eight rebounds.

The Mandurah Magic have secured their place in the top four after taking down the Goldfields Giants 114-100.

The Magic's victory came down to superior shooting combined with dominant court presence from Thomas Remmerswaal (31 points, seven rebounds) and import Taylor Mullenax with 29 points and 13 rebounds.

The East Perth Eagles have put an end to the Cockburn Cougars three game winning streak defeating them 96-76.

The 20 point victory a reflection of the Eagles overall offensive game, shooting 44 percent more accurately from the three point line.

After Friday nights loss the Perth Redbacks bounced back to take down the Willetton Tigers 90-89.

After a neck and neck game the Redbacks snuck over the line with greater consistency from the field and the free throw line.

The Geraldton Buccaneers have finally ended their four game losing streak defeating the Stirling Senators 96-87.

A double-double from Senators import Michael Jones (26 points, 15 rebounds) taking on Geraldton guard Daniel Thomas (176-G-85, agency: Global Sports Plaza) with 30 points, five rebounds and eight assists.

In the women's league a top of the ladder clash saw current leaders the Wolves take down the Slammers 80-75.

Despite an incredible performance from Slammers Kim Sitzmann (178-G-88, college: UALR) (33 points, eight rebounds) the Wolves dominant first quarter was enough to get them over the line.

In a battle for a top four position the Redbacks took down the Tigers 50-46 while the Eagles defeated the Cougars 84-64.

Article by Hannah Coleman
Courtesy of: SBL



Ryan Neill celebrates 450 games - by Eurobasket News

Perth Redbacks guard Ryan Neill (190-G-76) will hit the SBL court for the 450th time tonight as the Redbacks take on the Southlands Boulevarde Willetton Tigers at Belmont Oasis Leisure Centre.

The guard is in his eleventh season with the Redbacks and his nineteenth season overall.

Neill first stepped on the court in 1994 with the Cockburn Cougars were he spent eight seasons and played 181 games.

In 2002 he joined the Redbacks where he has now played 268 games as of last night against Lakeside.

The 2004 league MVP has played in only one grand final in 19 seasons, back in 1998 when the Cougars went down to the South West Slammers 105-96.

Neill joins Greg Brown on 450 games and is now tied in second place on the all time games played list with only Troy Clarke (512) having played more.

There are few signs of Neill slowing down either, Neill averaged 20 points per game in 2010 & 2011 which he has only bettered in 2003 (21ppg) & 2004 (22ppg).

Over 448 games until this weekend Neill averages 15.96 points & 3.3 assists per game while shooting 43% from the field and 37% from the three point arc.

The State Basketball League congratulates Neill on his career so far and wishes him the best of luck in his milestone game.
Courtesy of: SBL



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  AUSTRIA   

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Stjepan STAZIC
  BC Vienna
  (199-G-78)
  Avg: 26.3
 1. Stazic, BC Vienna26.3 
 2. Drenovac, Arkadia23.0 
 3. Reed, Oberwart19.9 
 4. Shaw, Oberwart18.3 
 5. Shavies, Furstenf.18.1 
 6. Curry, Gmunden17.7 
 7. Matthews, BC Vi.17.2 
 8. Djuric, Gussing17.2 
 9. Grum, UBSC G.17.1 
 10. Fears, Kapfenberg17.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Joe WERNER
  Wels
  (201-C-84)
  Avg: 9.3
 1. Werner, Wels9.3 
 2. Gordon, Kapfenberg8.4 
 3. Oppland, Gmunden8.3 
 4. Reed, Oberwart7.8 
 5. Ware, Furstenfeld7.2 
 6. Skurdauskas, Arkad.7.2 
 7. Moric, UBSC G.7.1 
 8. Robinson, Furstenf.6.8 
 9. Chappell, Klostern.6.8 
 10. Nelson, Kapfenbe.6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Benedikt DANEK
  Arkadia
  (176-PG-86)
  Avg: 6.9
 1. Danek, Arkadia6.9 
 2. Fears, Kapfenberg6.5 
 3. Shavies, Furstenf.5.9 
 4. Schreiner, Kapfe.5.4 
 5. Klepeisz, Gussing5.1 
 6. Curry, Gmunden5.1 
 7. Stazic, BC Vienna4.7 
 8. Schaal, UBSC G.4.4 
 9. Grum, UBSC G.3.9 
 10. Milosevic, St.Pol.3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Jeremy FEARS
  Kapfenberg
  (196-G-85)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Fears, Kapfenberg2.5 
 2. Shavies, Furstenf.2.3 
 3. Matthews, BC Vi.2.0 
 4. Toroman, BC Vienna1.9 
 5. Brown, Wels1.9 
 6. Pryor, Wels1.9 
 7. Schreiner, Kapfe.1.9 
 8. O''Neal, Furstenfeld1.5 
 9. Mayer, Gmunden1.5 
 10. Milosevic, St.Pol.1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Gary WARE
  Furstenfeld
  (205-F/C-83)
  Avg: 1.1
 1. Ware, Furstenfeld1.1 
 2. Scott, Gussing0.9 
 3. Skurdauskas, Arkad.0.8 
 4. Koch, Gussing0.7 
 5. Arnold, Gmunden0.7 
 6. Brown, Wels0.7 
 7. Kohlmaier, Wels0.6 
 8. Nelson, Kapfenberg0.6 
 9. Rizvic, Oberwart0.6 
 10. Moric, UBSC G.0.6 


Klosterneuburg grabs 1-0 lead in A Bundesliga Finals - by Eurobasket News

Finals, Game 1: Gmunden - Klosterneuburg 77-78 (0-1)

First game of the A Bundesliga Finals just ended. Klosterneuburg grabbed very valuable 77-78 road victory for 1-0 lead in the series. The format is best-of-five and teams will meet again on Wednesday. Gmunden will be the host. The guests trailed by 7 points after three quarters before their 24-16 charge, which allowed them to win the game. The former international guard Christoph Nagler (196-84) fired 22 points and 7 rebounds (made all of his eight free throws) for the winners. American swingman Curtis Bobb (198-78, college: Utah St.) chipped in 17 points and 6 rebounds. American forward Dan Oppland (203-84, college: Valparaiso, agency: SportsTalent) produced a double-double by scoring 22 points and 20 rebounds and the former international power forward Matthias Mayer (204-81) added 15 points and 7 rebounds respectively for lost side. Four Gmunden Swans players scored in double figures. Gmunden was the regular season champion with 23-7 record. Klosterneuburg was No.2 with 21-9. Klosterneuburg will host Game Three on May 20 and if necessary Game Four on May 24. If there is a need Game Five will be played at Gmunden's home court on May 27.

Gmunden: D.Oppland 22+20reb+3ast, E.Murati 18+1reb+5ast, M.Mayer 15+7reb+3ast, M.Curry 10+2reb+10ast, T.Stelzer 5+2reb, F.Schoeninger 3+4reb+2ast
Klosterneuburg: C.Nagler 22+7reb+3ast, R.Suljanovic 18+2reb+1ast, C.Bobb 17+6reb+2ast, J.Chappell 9+3reb+3ast, D.Zeleznik 5+6reb+9ast, D.Hamidovic 3



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  BELARUS   

Stats Leaders - Premier League

Points Per Game
 Ronaldas RUTKAUSKAS
  Minsk-.
  (203-F-92)
  Avg: 19.8
 1. Rutkauskas, Minsk.19.8 
 2. Sitnik, SBK O.16.8 
 3. Matyukevych, Grod.15.5 
 4. Ignatchik, Minsk-.14.3 
 5. Mishukov, SBK O.14.2 
 6. Maze, Minsk-200614.2 
 7. Sugoniako, BG.14.0 
 8. Charykau, SBK O.13.8 
 9. Knox, Minsk-200613.8 
 10. Patupchyk, Sozh13.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Pavel BLIZNETS
  Sozh Gomel
  (205-C-94)
  Avg: 11.3
 1. Bliznets, Sozh Gom.11.3 
 2. Rutkauskas, Minsk.9.4 
 3. Zakhar, BG.8.8 
 4. Mishukov, SBK O.7.6 
 5. Krisevich, Minsk-.7.6 
 6. Semianiuk, Minsk-.7.2 
 7. Drobyshevski., Soz.6.7 
 8. Ovsepian, Rubon6.6 
 9. Sharipov, SBK O.6.4 
 10. Kojenets, Minsk.6.4 
Assists Per Game
 Siarhei CHARYKAU
  SBK O.
  (184-PG-82)
  Avg: 6.8
 1. Charykau, SBK O.6.8 
 2. Shustau, Minsk-20.5.4 
 3. Akulich, Rubon5.2 
 4. Kuzmin, Grodno-935.1 
 5. Maze, Minsk-20064.5 
 6. Kudrautsau, Minsk.4.0 
 7. Papruha, BG.3.0 
 8. Korzh, Grodno-932.7 
 9. Sitnik, SBK O.2.5 
 10. Ignatchik, Minsk-.2.5 
Steals Per Game
 Genniadiy ZAKHAR
  BG.
  (198-F/G-92)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Zakhar, BG.2.5 
 2. Charykau, SBK O.2.5 
 3. Akulich, Rubon2.3 
 4. Ovsepian, Rubon2.1 
 5. Papruha, BG.1.9 
 6. Patupchyk, Sozh G.1.8 
 7. Sitnik, SBK O.1.8 
 8. Sapegin, Rubon1.7 
 9. Malkov, Rubon1.6 
 10. Ovdeenko, Grodno.1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Artem MALYAVKO
  Minsk-20.
  (203-F-92)
  Avg: 0
 1. Malyavko, Minsk-20.0.0 
 2. Akulich, Rubon0.0 
 3. Malkov, Rubon0.0 
 4. Sugoniako, BG.0.0 
 5. Malakhau, Minsk-20.0.0 
 6. Stankevich, Sozh0.0 
 7. Lashkevich, Minsk.0.0 
 8. Skidan, SBK O.0.0 
 9. Kuzmitski, BG.0.0 
 10. Sitnik, SBK O.0.0 


Minsk-2006 and Grodno-93 advanced to the Final - by Eurobasket News

Play-out
BGUIR-RTI - Sozh Gomel 72-65

The hosts were tied after three quarters but managed to speed up in last quarter eventually winning the game. BGUIR-RTI forced 29 Sozh Gomel turnovers. Sozh Gomel was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. Forward Aliaksandr Hrumiantsau (205-91) nailed 18 points and 8 rebounds for the winning side and swingman Genniadiy Zakhar (198-92) accounted for 11 points and 11 rebounds. BGUIR-RTI's coach Siarhei Varyvodau allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Center Pavel Bliznets (205-94) came up with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 12 rebounds and point guard Yahor Patupchyk (186-94) added 15 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals respectively for Sozh Gomel in the defeat.
Top scorers:
BGUIR-RTI: A.Hrumiantsau 18+8reb+2ast, A.Papruha 15+2reb+3ast, G.Zakhar 11+11reb+2ast, N.Fokeev 7+1reb, N.Strukov 7+4reb, A.Kuzmitski 5+8reb+1ast
Sozh Gomel: P.Bliznets 22+12reb, Y.Patupchyk 15+6reb+4ast, I.Drobyshevskiy 12+8reb, A.Shestilovskiy 6+1reb+4ast, D.Fedorovskiy 4+7reb+1ast, D.Kasenkau 4+7reb
gschID: 176372


SEMIFINAL
Grodno-93 - Rubon 98-76

The game was mostly controlled by Grodno-93. Rubon managed to win fourth quarter 25-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 23-of-28 free shots (82.1 percent) during the game. Grodno-93 outrebounded Rubon 42-28 including 29 on the defensive glass. Ukrainian center Vadim Matyukevych (208-80) fired 18 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. The former international guard Dzmitry Kuzmin (196-75) chipped in 12 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. Five Grodno-93 players scored in double figures. The former international guard Dmitri Akulich (192-86) produced 9 points and 6 assists and forward Dimitri Sivalko (199-85) added 14 points respectively for lost side. 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:
Grodno-93: V.Matyukevych 18+7reb+1ast, I.Konuyshenko 17+3reb+1ast, S.Ovdeenko 14+3reb, D.Kuzmin 12+7reb+5ast, E.Ivanov 10+6reb, K.Yafremov 9+3reb+1ast
Rubon: D.Sivalko 14+3reb, S.Sapegin 13+2reb+1ast, D.Akulich 9+4reb+6ast, A.Kachan 8+1reb, A.Dziarzhautsau 7+5reb, M.Ovsepian 6+3reb
gschID: 176373


Minsk-2006 - Minsk-2006 II 87-76

The game was mostly controlled by Minsk-2006. Minsk-2006 II managed to win second period 16-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists comparing to just 12 passes made by Minsk-2006 II's players. Russian forward Aleksandr Fomin (207-86, agency: Interperformances) stepped up and scored 14 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners and American forward Justin Knox (205-89, college: N.Carolina) chipped in 18 points (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field). Knox is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. At the losing side center Vladimir Krisevich (210) responded with a double-double by scoring 10 points and 11 rebounds and Lithuanian forward Ronaldas Rutkauskas (203-92) scored 17 points. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Minsk-2006: J.Knox 18+4reb+1ast, A.Fomin 14+5reb+4ast, A.Kojenets 14+7reb+1ast, A.Lashkevich 11+2reb, A.Kudrautsau 9+1reb+3ast, B.Maze 9+5reb+9ast
Minsk-2006 II: R.Rutkauskas 17+2reb, V.Ignatchik 12+3reb+2ast, V.Krisevich 10+11reb, M.Shustau 6+3reb+5ast, A.Semianiuk 6+5reb, L.Malakhau 6+1reb+2ast
gschID: 176374



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  BELGIUM   

Standings - Division I

D1 Standings
 1. Oostende 23-9 
 2. Antwerp 23-9 
 3. Spirou 23-9 
 4. Aalstar 18-14 
 5. M.Hainaut 15-17 
 6. Leuven 14-18 
 7. Gent 12-20 
 8. Liege 11-21 
 9. Verviers-Pep. 5-27 

Regular Season: Round 36

May. 12: Leuven - Verviers-Pep. 88-64
May. 11: Liege - Aalstar 82-89
May. 12: Antwerp - M.Hainaut 78-55
May. 11: Spirou - Oostende 63-68

Quarter-Finals: Round 1

May. 14: Aalstar - M.Hainaut
May. 15: Spirou - Leuven


Stats Leaders - Division I

Points Per Game
 Christopher COPELAND
  Aalstar
  (203-F-84)
  Avg: 21.7
 1. Copeland, Aalstar21.7 
 2. Bostic, Liege16.7 
 3. Mallet, Spirou14.8 
 4. Lojeski, Oostende14.8 
 5. Black, Antwerp14.2 
 6. Haynes, Gent14.1 
 7. Taylor, M.Hainaut13.8 
 8. Love, Verviers-Pep.13.3 
 9. Broyles, Spirou13.2 
 10. Freeman, Leuven13.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jason LOVE
  Verviers-Pep.
  (206-F/C-87)
  Avg: 8.7
 1. Love, Verviers-Pep.8.7 
 2. Brown, Gent7.9 
 3. Mejri, Antwerp7.5 
 4. Young, Aalstar7.2 
 5. Merriex, Verviers.7.1 
 6. Mukubu, Verviers.6.8 
 7. McLean, Leuven6.6 
 8. Booker, Oostende6.3 
 9. Jackson, Aalstar6.1 
 10. Maras, M.Hainaut5.8 
Assists Per Game
 Dominic WATERS
  Liege
  (185-PG-86)
  Avg: 4.1
 1. Waters, Liege4.1 
 2. Djordjevic, Ooste.3.6 
 3. Bosco, Gent3.4 
 4. Marnegrave, Leuven3.3 
 5. Black, Antwerp3.1 
 6. Mallet, Spirou2.9 
 7. Slaughter, M.Hai.2.8 
 8. Steinbach, Aalstar2.8 
 9. Taylor, M.Hainaut2.7 
 10. Thompson, Vervier.2.6 
Steals Per Game
 Adeola DAGUNDURO
  Leuven
  (196-G-86)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Dagunduro, Leuven2.6 
 2. Mukubu, Verviers.2.2 
 3. Black, Antwerp2.1 
 4. Hopkins, Antwerp2.0 
 5. Bosco, Gent2.0 
 6. Mallet, Spirou1.9 
 7. Maras, M.Hainaut1.8 
 8. Wilson, Antwerp1.8 
 9. Muya, Liege1.7 
 10. Cage, M.Hainaut1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Salah MEJRI
  Antwerp
  (216-C-86)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Mejri, Antwerp2.5 
 2. Riddick, Spirou1.8 
 3. Jennings, Liege1.5 
 4. Young, Aalstar0.9 
 5. Love, Verviers-Pep.0.9 
 6. Booker, Oostende0.8 
 7. Nivins, M.Hainaut0.6 
 8. Holiday, Aalstar0.5 
 9. Copeland, Aalstar0.5 
 10. Vaughn, Antwerp0.5 


D1, Round 36: Oostende is the regular season champion - by Eurobasket News

The Regular Season in D1 just ended. Oostende is No.1 with 23-9 record, while the second and third ranked Antwerp and Spirou have the same numbers. Oostende and Antwerp advanced directly to the Semifinals, while Spirou, Aalstar, Mons-Hainaut and Leuven will play in the Quarterfinals. The format is best-of-three and first games are scheduled for Monday and Tuesday. QFinals pairs are Spirou - Aalstar and M.Hainaut - Leuven.

D1 Standings
1. Oostende 23-9
2. Antwerp 23-9
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3. Spirou 23-9
4. Aalstar 18-14
5. M.Hainaut 15-17
6. Leuven 14-18
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7. Gent 12-20
8. Liege 11-21
9. Verviers-Pep. 5-27



Leuven - Verviers-Pep. 88-64
The game between sixth ranked Leuven Bears (14-18) and 9th ranked VOO Verviers-Pepinster (5-27) in Leuven on Saturday ended with biggest points difference. Leuven Bears outscored guests from Verviers 88-64. The hosts trailed by 3 points at the halftime before their 55-28 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Leuven Bears dominated down low during the game scoring 50 of its points in the paint compared to VOO Verviers-Pepinster's 26. Leuven Bears forced 23 VOO Verviers-Pepinster turnovers. The winners were led by Nigerian guard Adeola Dagunduro (196-86, college: Nebraska) who scored that evening 19 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists and 5 steals and naturalized American forward Ian Hanavan (202-80, college: Evansville, agency: Interperformances) supported him with 16 points. Leuven Bears' coach Jurgen Van Meerbeeck felt very confident that he used 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Even a double-double of 14 points, 15 rebounds and 4 assists by American forward Bingo Merriex (204-80, college: TCU) did not help to save the game for VOO Verviers-Pepinster. Power forward Stephane Moris (207-86, agency: Promotex) added 21 points and 6 rebounds.
Top scorers:
Leuven: A.Dagunduro 19+5reb+4ast, I.Hanavan 16+4reb, N.Marnegrave 10+1reb+4ast, J.McLean 8+11reb+1ast, J.Davis 8+3reb+2ast, T.Creppy 7
Verviers-Pep.: S.Moris 21+6reb+2ast, B.Merriex 14+15reb+4ast, J.Beal 10+2reb+3ast, J.Love 9+18reb, G.Hulsen 4+1ast, T.Nyssen 0


gschID: 132481


Liege - Aalstar 82-89
The game in Liege was also worth to mention about. Fourth ranked Okapi Aalstar (18-14) played at the court of 8th ranked Belgacom Liege (11-21). Okapi Aalstar managed to secure a 7-point victory 89-82. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Belgacom Liege. Belgacom Liege was ahead by 1 point at the halftime before a 29-19 third quarter run of Okapi Aalstar. They made 24-of-28 charity shots (85.7 percent) during the game, while Belgacom Liege only scored seven points from the stripe. Belgacom Liege was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. American players dominated the game. Worth to mention a great performance of forward Christopher Copeland (203-84, college: Colorado) who helped to win the game recording 38 points (!!!) and 5 rebounds and guard Kevin Kruger (186-83, college: UNLV) who added 15 points during the contest. Okapi Aalstar's coach Brad Dean allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. The best for the losing side was forward Josh Bostic (196-87, college: Findlay, OH) with 31 points and forward Terrence Jennings (205-88, college: Louisville) scored 11 points and 6 rebounds.
Top scorers:
Aalstar: C.Copeland 38+5reb+1ast, K.Kruger 15+3ast, J.Holiday 10+4reb+4ast, C.Young 9+4reb, R.Luyten 5+3reb+2ast, J.Steinbach 4+3reb+3ast
Liege: J.Bostic 31+4reb+2ast, T.Jennings 11+6reb+2ast, D.Waters 9+1reb+2ast, G.Muya 8+3reb+2ast, G.Hockins 6+3reb+3ast, P.Gillet 5+5reb+1ast
gschID: 132478


Spirou - Oostende 63-68
It was a key game for the top position in the league. The guests trailed by 8 points after first quarter, but they rallied back and won the game by 5 points. Base Oostende dominated on the defensive end, holding Spirou Charleroi to just 6 points in third and fourth quarters. 25 personal fouls committed by Spirou Charleroi helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a good game for American forward Kennedy Winston (198-84, college: Alabama) who led his team to a victory with 19 points and 5 rebounds. Serbian-Montenegrin guard Dusan Djordjevic (195-83, agency: Beo Basket) contributed with 13 points for the winners. Base Oostende's coach Dario Gjergja used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. American swingman Dwayne Broyles (196-82, college: JMU, agency: Higher Vision Sports) replied with 15 points and 6 rebounds and his fellow American import guard Demond Mallet (186-78, college: McNeese St., agency: Higher Vision Sports) added 13 points and 4 assists in the effort for Spirou Charleroi.
Top scorers:
Oostende: K.Winston 19+5reb+1ast, D.Djordjevic 13+2reb+3ast, B.Wright 9+6reb+1ast, T.Van Den Spiegel 7+2reb, D.Lauwers 6+5reb, V.Petrovic 5+5reb+1ast
Spirou: D.Broyles 15+6reb+2ast, D.Mallet 13+4reb+4ast, A.Riddick 10+4reb, T.Shengelia 7+3reb+1ast, C.Green 6+8reb, C.Beghin 6+5reb
gschID: 132479


Antwerp - M.Hainaut 78-55
The game without a history. Antwerp Giants led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Antwerp Giants outrebounded Belfius Mons-Hainaut 30-16 including a 24-13 advantage in defensive rebounds. The winners were led by naturalized American forward Ralph Biggs (199-76, college: Towson, agency: Court Side) who scored that evening 17 points and the former international guard Roel Moors (190-78) supported him with 14 points and 7 rebounds. Five Antwerp Giants players scored in double figures. Even 11 points and 6 rebounds by Montenegrin power forward Ivan Maras (208-86, agency: Beo Basket) did not help to save the game for Belfius Mons-Hainaut. American guard Quincy Taylor (196-82, college: UAB) added 11 points.
Top scorers:
Antwerp: R.Biggs 17+4reb+2ast, B.Hopkins 16+4reb+1ast, R.Moors 14+7reb, T.Black 11+1reb+4ast, D.Wilson 10+3reb, S.Mejri 6+4reb+1ast
M.Hainaut: Q.Taylor 11+2reb+1ast, I.Maras 11+6reb+1ast, A.Nivins 9+3reb, S.Foster 8+2reb+1ast, A.Slaughter 5+2ast, A.Libert 4+1ast



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  BOTSWANA   

Standings

D1 Standings
 1. Spartans 10-1 
 2. Cadets 7-3 
 3. Police 6-3 
 4. Troopers 6-3 
 5. Flames 4-2 
 6. Dolphins 4-3 
 7. BDF V 3-6 
 8. Bullets 1-7 
 9. Splinters 1-8 
 10. Saints 0-6 

Regular Season: Round 10

May. 12: Troopers - Splinters 76-53
May. 12: Police - Saints 72-48
May. 12: BDF V - Flames 67-65
May. 11: Dolphins - Spartans 60-78
May. 12: Bullets - Cadets 58-65
May. 12: Dolphins - Flames 56-65
May. 12: Troopers - Splinters 55-41
May. 9: Cadets - Dolphins 53-75
May. 12: Bullets - Cadets 48-49

Regular Season: Round 11

May. 18: Cadets - Police
May. 18: Spartans - Troopers
May. 19: Flames - Dolphins
May. 19: Saints - Bullets
May. 19: Splinters - Dolphins
May. 19: Spartans - Bullets



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  BRAZIL   


Flamengo and Pinheiros/Sky complete NBB semifinal picture - by Eurobasket News

Flamengo advanced into NBB semifinals. They shot down Uberlandia in the decisive fifth game of the quarterfinal series. Flamengo registered a 77:62 victory. Uberlandia enjoyed a 19:18 lead after ten minutes but Flamengo used a 20:9 run in the second quarter to build a 38:28 halftime lead. The hosts unleashed 29 points in the third term to pile up an 18-point lead and never looked back en route to the win. Caio Silveira (211-C-87, agency: Interperformances) stepped up with 22 points and 9 rebounds for the home team. Marcelo Magalhaes (199-F/G-75, agency: Interperformances) added 19 points for the winners. Uberlandia answered with 17 points from Robert Day. Cipoloni and Robby Collum (185-G-81, college: W.Michigan) delivered 12 points each in the loss.
Pinheiros/Sky earned the third straight win against Joinville and reached the next stage of the tournament. Shamell Stallworth (196-SG-80, agency: Interperformances, college: USF) accounted for 17 points to pace Pinheiros/Sky to a 73:63 win. Pinheiros/Sky outscored their opponents in every quarter along the way to celebrate a well-deserved victory at the end. Olivinha Rodriguez (202-F-83) contributed 15 points, while Marquinhos Vieira (207-F-84) added 14 points and 10 rebounds in the win. Shilton Santos (198-F/C-82) chipped in 16 points and pulled down 8 boards for Joinville.



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NBL Semifinals: Lukoil Academik and Levski jump to 2-0 - by Eurobasket News

Levski Sofia - Tundja Yambol 78-75 (2-0)
Another victory for Levski. The Sophia team is now 2-0 up in the series and needs just one more win for the Finals. The format is best-of-five and teams will meet tomorrow in Game Four. Tundja will be the host. Levski took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Tundja Yambol won third quarter 25-19. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The best player for the winners was international guard Chavdar Kostov (196-88, agency: Interperformances) who scored 25 points and 6 rebounds. The former international Dimitar Anguelov (203-79, agency: Interperformances) chipped in 12 points and 9 rebounds. Levski Sofia's coach Konstantin Papazov used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. The former international guard Julian Radionov (188-79) produced 19 points and 5 rebounds and American center John Ofoegbu (206-84, college: Idaho St.) added 21 points respectively for the guests. Four Tundja Yambol players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Levski Sofia: C.Kostov 25+6reb+2ast, A.Harper 14+2reb+3ast, D.Anguelov 12+9reb+3ast, M.Hall 6+2reb+4ast, J.Howell 6+1ast, P.Ivanov 5+2reb
Tundja Yambol: J.Ofoegbu 21+3reb, J.Radionov 19+5reb+1ast, M.Durchev 12+1reb+5ast, M.Jefferson 10+1reb+3ast, S.Govedarov 5+2reb+3ast, T.Gugino 4+10reb+3ast
gschID: 176400


Lukoil Academik - Cherno More 100-83 (2-0)
Easy 17-point win for the reigning champions. They celebrated in Game One as well, so Lukoil jumped to 2-0 lead in the series. The first chance to reach the Finals Lukoil will have on Monday. Cherno more will host that one. Lukoil Academik led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. Croatian center Bruno Sundov (221-80, agency: Alti Sport) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 10 rebounds. The former international swingman Todor Stoykov (198-77, agency: Interperformances) contributed with 21 points (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field) for the winners. International forward Aleksandar Yanev (203-90, agency: Interperformances) replied with 16 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists and power forward Nikolay Kolev (204-88) added 15 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Euroins Cherno More. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Euroins Cherno More's coach rotated eleven players seeing no chance for a win.
Top scorers:
Lukoil Academik: T.Stoykov 21+4reb+3ast, B.Sundov 19+10reb+1ast, L.Mack 15+1reb+1ast, D.Stojanovski 13+1ast, B.Heath 13+3reb+9ast, A.Owens 11+4reb
Cherno More: A.Yanev 16+8reb+4ast, N.Kolev 15+7reb+1ast, T.Zhelev 13+4ast, J.Hunt 12+2reb+4ast, G.Davidov 10+7reb+2ast, S.Iliev 10+3reb+2ast

If necessary fourth games will be played on Wednesday.



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  CHINA   

Standings - NBL

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

Regular Season: Round 4

May. 12: Changan Group - Henan Jiyuan 96-69
May. 12: Guangzhou FM - Sichuan 92-74
May. 12: Hebei - Heilongjiang 117-107
May. 12: Jiangsu - Hong Kong 102-82
May. 12: Nanjin Army - Guangzhou L.


China Finishes 1-2 in Junior Tourney - by Arthur Volbert

China finished 1-2 in the 2012 Nike Junior International Tournament from May 10 ~ 13 in Istanbul Turkey, where it was playing some of Europe's top junior club teams.

It was playing without its two most experienced U-18 international players -- center Wang Zhelin and guard Luo Hanchen. Wang is competing for a spot on the senior national team and Luo was absent for unkown reasons. China lost to Zalgris 107-76, defeated KK Zagreb 75-70 and lost to Fenerbahce Ulker 97-81.

Gao Shang, a 198 cm forward listed as born in August 1994, was clearly the star of this junior squad. He scored 32 points in the first game, 35 points in the second game and 32 points in the third. Han Delong, a 192 cm shooting guard listed as born in January 1995, was the second most effective player with games of 9 points, 21 points and 17 points,

Wu Qian, a 190 cm guard listed as born in July 1994 who has made one previous international appearance, was the starting point guard. Two other players who made impressions were Dai Huaibo, a 205 cm big man assertedly born in February 1994 and Shao Yinglun, a 200 cm forward with a January 1996 birth date.



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  CROATIA   

A1 Standings

A1 Stage Two Standings
Championship Group
 1. Cibona 14-0 
 2. Cedevita 11-3 
 3. KK Split 10-4 
 4. Zadar 8-6 
 5. KK Zagreb CO 6-8 
 6. Svjetlost 3-11 
 7. Jolly 2-12 
 8. Zabok 2-12 
Play-Out
 1. Krizevci 13-7 
 2. Alkar Sinj 11-9 
 3. Kvarner 2010 11-9 
 4. Darda 9-11 
 5. Dubrovnik 8-12 
 6. Borik 8-12 
Stage One Standings

Second Stage: Round 14

Championship

May. 11: Cedevita - Zabok 96-73
May. 11: Svjetlost - KK Split 77-84
May. 12: Zadar - Jolly 66-58

Play-Out

May. 12: Alkar Sinj - Borik 81-88
May. 12: Dubrovnik - Kvarner 2010 72-87
May. 12: Krizevci - Darda 36-35 HT

Semi-Finals: Round 1

May. 15: Cibona - Zadar
May. 16: Cedevita - KK Split


Stats Leaders - A1

Points Per Game
 Ivan MIMICA
  KK Split
  (193-G-80)
  Avg: 18.8
 1. Mimica, KK Split18.8 
 2. Ceskovic, Kvarner18.0 
 3. Ross, Jolly17.9 
 4. Markota, KK.17.6 
 5. Bilan, Cedevita17.1 
 6. Stimac, Svjetlost16.7 
 7. Simovic, Kvarner15.3 
 8. Sobin, KK Split15.3 
 9. Kruslin, Zabok15.1 
 10. Vrbanc, Zadar14.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ive IVANOV
  Zadar
  (201-C-85)
  Avg: 7.6
 1. Ivanov, Zadar7.6 
 2. Markota, KK.7.5 
 3. Bilan, Cedevita7.0 
 4. Stimac, Svjetlost7.0 
 5. Suton, Cibona6.9 
 6. Sobin, KK Split6.9 
 7. Cinac, Kvarner 20106.8 
 8. Simovic, Kvarner6.8 
 9. Peraica, Darda6.6 
 10. Zupic, Alkar Sinj6.4 
Assists Per Game
 Josip GLAVINIC
  Krizevci
  (192-G-82)
  Avg: 5.1
 1. Glavinic, Krizevci5.1 
 2. Vujcic, KK Split4.5 
 3. Ross, Jolly4.4 
 4. Subotic, KK Split4.2 
 5. Blajic, Kvarner4.2 
 6. Kostomaj, Svjet.3.7 
 7. Wright, Cibona3.6 
 8. Tomas, Zabok3.1 
 9. Ceskovic, Kvarner2.9 
 10. Bazdaric, Cedevita2.9 
Steals Per Game
 Ronald ROSS
  Jolly
  (188-G-83)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Ross, Jolly2.9 
 2. Rozic, Cibona2.1 
 3. Bicvic, Darda1.9 
 4. Wright, Cibona1.9 
 5. Blajic, Kvarner1.8 
 6. Kostomaj, Svjet.1.7 
 7. Sobin, KK Split1.6 
 8. Kruslin, Zabok1.5 
 9. Sarlija, Borik1.5 
 10. Stimac, Svjetlost1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Filip KRALJEVIC
  Zabok
  (214-F-89)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Kraljevic, Zabok1.7 
 2. Sarlija, Borik1.2 
 3. Zupic, Alkar Sinj1.1 
 4. Bubalo, Zabok1.1 
 5. Vujcic, KK Split0.9 
 6. Buva, Krizevci0.8 
 7. Sobin, KK Split0.8 
 8. Owens, Cedevita0.8 
 9. Vukovic, KK Split0.7 
 10. Kastropil, Zadar0.6 


A1, Round 14: Second stage is over, Semifinals set - by Eurobasket News

The Second Stage in A1 just ended. Cibona is No.1 with perfect 14-0 record. Cedevita, Split and Zadar also advanced to the Semifinals. The format is best-of-three and first games are scheduled for May 15 and 16. Pairs are Cibona - Zadar and Cedevita - Split. Second games will be played on May 18 and 19.

Standings
1. Cibona 14-0
2. Cedevita 11-3
3. KK Split 10-4
4. Zadar 8-6
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5. KK Zagreb CO 6-8
6. Svjetlost 3-11
7. Jolly 2-12
8. Zabok 2-12



Cedevita - Zabok 96-73
The game without a history. Cedevita led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 66 of its points in the paint compared to Zabok's 44. The former international center Dalibor Bagaric (217-C-80, agency: INVICTUS Sports Group) notched 17 points and 6 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field) to lead the effort and forward Vedran Vukusic (206-82, college: Northwestern) supported him with 16 points and 5 rebounds. Five Cedevita players scored in double figures. Even 24 points by guard Filip Kruslin (198-89, agency: Interperformances) did not help to save the game for Zabok. Forward Filip Kraljevic (214-89) added 18 points and 6 rebounds (perfect from the field making all seven shots) for the guests.
Top scorers:
Zabok: F.Kruslin 24+3reb+3ast, F.Kraljevic 18+6reb, I.Tomas 16+3reb+2ast, D.Basic 6, A.Crnjevic 5+7reb, S.Zadravec 2+3reb
Cedevita: D.Bagaric 17+6reb+1ast, V.Vukusic 16+5reb+1ast, M.Bilan 14+8reb, I.Opacak 13+5reb+2ast, T.Petrovic 12+4reb+1ast, M.Car 11+3reb+3ast


gschID: 171844


Svjetlost - KK Split 77-84
KK Split managed to secure a 7-point victory 84-77 on Friday. The guests trailed by 3 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 3-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 84-77. KK Split outrebounded Svjetlost 36-21 including 25 on the defensive glass. Forward Luka Babic (200-91) scored 24 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists to lead the charge for the winners and swingman Josip Sobin (203-89) chipped in 12 points, 13 rebounds and 7 assists during the contest. Four KK Split players scored in double figures. Power forward Andrej Stimac (204-79) responded with 30 points and the former international power forward Ljubo Samadan (208-83) scored 15 points and 4 assists.
Top scorers:
Svjetlost: A.Stimac 30+4reb+3ast, L.Samadan 15+3reb+4ast, T.Kostomaj 13+6reb+3ast, M.Batina 9+4reb+2ast, M.Matasovic 8+2reb+1ast, M.Kljaic 2+1reb
KK Split: L.Babic 24+8reb+4ast, J.Sobin 12+13reb+7ast, A.Grgurevic 11+6reb+1ast, B.Markulin 10+2reb+1ast, M.Filipovic 9+2ast, J.Matic 8+5reb
gschID: 171845


Zadar - Jolly 66-58
The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Jolly won third quarter 20-12. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Swingman Ante Delas (201-88) notched 21 points to lead the effort and center Ive Ivanov (201-85) supported him with 8 points and 11 rebounds. Even 11 points by forward Ivo Josipovic (205-75, agency: Court Side) did not help to save the game for Jolly. Forward Mate Mrva (195-83) added 9 points and 5 rebounds for the guests.
Top scorers:
Jolly: I.Josipovic 11+4reb+1ast, M.Mrva 9+5reb, P.Vrlika 9+4reb, R.Ross 8+4reb+2ast, L.Katura 6+4reb, H.Puljko 5+1reb+2ast
Zadar: A.Delas 21+3reb+1ast, A.Kuso 10+8reb, I.Batur 10+4reb+1ast, I.Ivanov 8+11reb+1ast, K.Vragovic 7+1reb+2ast, M.Ramljak 4+1reb+1ast

Cibona - Zagreb 100-85 (played on April 29)



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Superleague Standings

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

Finals: Round 5

May. 11: Somouha - Zamalek 74-62
May. 11: Sporting - Al Ittihad 71-84
May. 11: Al Gezira - Al Ahly 70-75


El Ahly wins Egyptian Basketball Premier League 2011/2012 - by Eurobasket News

El Ahly wins Egyptian Basketball Premier League 2011/2012 as they won all five games at the Combined cycle final. The winners finished the tournament with the win over El Gezira 75:70. El Ettehad El Sakandary finished second with 4-1 record, while El Gezira is third with 3-2. Sporting managed to win two games to end up on the fourth position, while Smouha is 5th with 1-5. El Zamalek could not win any of the games at the Final stage.


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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. Ringmets, Rapla6.8 
 8. Fall, Kalev/Cramo6.8 
 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. Kriisa, Tarvas3.6 
 6. Pilk, TTU3.6 
 7. Dorbek, Tarvas3.4 
 8. Raap, Parnu3.3 
 9. Kriisa, Tartu Ulik.3.3 
 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. Dorbek, Tarvas1.9 
 6. Leppik, Tartu Ulik.1.9 
 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: 2
 1. Fall, Kalev/Cramo2.0 
 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. Keedus, TTU0.4 
 10. Makke, TTU0.4 


KML Round 2 of Finals. Kalev/Cramo post second win in a row - by Eurobasket News

FINAL
Tartu Ulikool - Kalev/Cramo 66-84

Kalev/Cramo overcame Tartu Ulikool for the second straight time to head to the home games 2-0 up in the series. The game was mostly controlled by Kalev/Cramo. Tartu Ulikool managed to win second period 16-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. 26 personal fouls committed by Tartu Ulikool helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was Belarusian power forward Pavel Ulyanko (204-79) who scored 19 points and 9 rebounds. The former international guard Tanel Sokk (184-85) chipped in 15 points. The former international center Vallo Allingu (206-78) produced 17 points and 7 rebounds and American forward Bill Amis (205-87, college: Hawaii) added 11 points and 5 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Kalev/Cramo: P.Ulyanko 19+9reb+2ast, T.Sokk 15+3reb+3ast, B.Fall 11+5reb, A.Skele 10+2ast, G.Dorbek 10+3reb+3ast, G.Arbet 8+3reb
Tartu Ulikool: V.Allingu 17+7reb+2ast, T.Kurbas 14+2reb+2ast, M.Doronin 12+2reb+1ast, B.Amis 11+5reb+3ast, S.Sokk 3+1reb+3ast, K.Saage 3+2reb
gschID: 175923
3rd Place
Tarvas - Rapla 69-58

Tarvas registered the second straight win over Rapla and earned the Bronze medals. Rapla was tied at the half but could not keep up in last two quarters eventually losing the game. Rapla was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. Latvian swingman Juris Umbrasko (197-79) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 10 rebounds. Center Reinar Hallik (208-84) contributed with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Power forward Raido Ringmets (206-83) replied with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 15 rebounds and point guard Rait-Riivo Laane (179-93) added 10 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists in the effort for Rapla. Four Rapla players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Tarvas: J.Umbrasko 22+10reb+1ast, R.Hallik 21+10reb, K.Cipruss 12+8reb+1ast, J.Vahter 6+3reb+2ast, M.Dorbek 4+2reb+6ast, T.Oja 4+9reb+2ast
Rapla: I.Kajupank 15+5reb, R.Ringmets 13+15reb+1ast, A.Parn 11+6reb+1ast, R.Laane 10+6reb+5ast, S.Kaldre 6+3reb, M.Jurtom 3+1reb
gschID: 175922



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Valencia extends Mulero - by Uygar Karaca

Announced by acb.com, the assistant coach of Valencia Basket, Jesus Mulero renewed his contract with the club and now, he will stay until the end of 2014 season. It was now, his 8th year with Valencia and he intends to reach 10 years. 'That's what I want. I was comfortable and happy here and so integrated to the club.' Mulero worked 17 years at Valladolid, coaching younger age groups, became the asistant coach in 1994 and eventually, became the head coach at 2002-2003 season.


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Lietuvos Rytas and Fenerbahce Ulker to fight for 2012 NIJT title - by Eurobasket News

A new champion will be crowned in the 10th Nike International Junior Tournament after Day 3 decided the two groups as Lietuvos Rytas won Group A and Fenerbahce Ulker won Group B. The two teams will meet tomorrow at 12:30 in the Sinan Erden Arena to fight for the gold medal. This will be the first ever performance of FB-Ulker in the final while Rytas will get a second chance to win its first title after losing the 2009 Berlin top spot to FMP. Day 3 of the games at the Abdi Ipekci arena in Istanbul, Turkey saw Rytas eliminate Crvena Zvezda with a 105-69 unexpected one-sided game to win Group A. In the second game in the group FC Barcelona Regal grabbed its first win and third spot with an 87-63 victory over Anadolu Efes. In Group B the four-way tie split to two ties as FB-Ulker beat Team China 97-81 and Zalgiris Kaunas won over KK Zagreb 95-70. FB-Ulker had the tiebreaker over Zalgiris to win the top place while Team China finish third with a tie breaker advantage of Zagreb.

GROUP A
Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius 3-0, +64
Crvena Zvezda Belgrade 2-1, -6
FC Barcelona Regal 1-2, -4
Anadolu Efes Istanbul 0-3, -54

GROUP B
Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul 2-1, +19
Zalgiris Kaunas 2-1, +50
Team China 1-2, -42
KK Zagreb Croatia Osiguranje 1-2, -27

Check the results/stats HERE.

Courtesy of Euroleague



2011-12 All-Euroleague First, Second teams announced - by Eurobasket News

The stars of the Turkish Airlines Euroleague were honored at a ceremony fit for a king on Saturday night at the annual EFES Euroleague Awards Ceremony held at Ciragan Palace in Istanbul. On the eve of the coronation of a new champion, the best players from both finalists took part in the celebrations together with the rest of the global basketball elite attending the 2012 Turkish Airlines Euroleague Final Four. CSKA Moscows Andrei Kirilenko (205-F-81) walked away with the biggest haul. The star forward was named the 2011-12 Euroleague MVP and also trotted up to the podium to pick up his trophies as the Best Defender Award winner and a member of the All-Euroleague First Team. In all the championship game will feature three-fifth of the All-Euroleague First Team with Kirilenko's CSKA teammate Nenad Krstic (213-C-83) and their opponent, Vassilis Spanoulis (193-G-82, agency: Beo Basket) of Olympiacos, also getting called up. Panathinaikoss Dimitris Diamantidis (196-G-80), the 2011 MVP and until Kirilenko the only player to take home three end-of-the-season awards, and Erazem Lorbek (209-F/C-84, college: Michigan St.) of FC Barcelona Regal, rounded out the first team. It was the first such honor for Kirilenko and Krstic. Diamantidis was named to the First Team for the third time, while Spanoulis received First Team honors for the first time after three previous Second Team selections. Lorbek was named to the First Team after two previous Second Team selections. The All-Euroleague Second Team for 2011-12 consists of Bo McCalebb (183-PG-85, college: New Orleans) of Montepaschi, Milos Teodosic (195-G-87) of CSKA, Henry Domercant (192-G-80, college: E.Illinois) of Unics Kazan, Juan Carlos Navarro (192-G-80) of FC Barcelona Regal and Mike Batiste (203-F-77, college: Arizona St.) of Panathinaikos. Navarro is a member of the All-Euroleague team for a record sixth time, though this is his first time on the Second Team. Batiste, McCalebb and Teodosic are all named for the second time. Both Teodosic and Batiste were previous First Team members Batiste as recently as last season. McCalebb also took home the Alphonso Ford Top Scorer Trophy and Real Madrid forward Nikola Mirotic nabbed the Rising Star Award.


FIRST TEAM

MVP - Andrei Kirilenko, CSKA Moscow
It took him 11 years to return to the Turkish Airlines Euroleague but small forward Andrei Kirilenko has proved to be instrumental in CSKA Moscow's comeback season. Kirilenko had a sudden impact in the competition, earning regular season Games 1 and 4 MVP honors and being chosen as the bwin MVP for October. He also leads the 2011-12 Euroleague in performance index ranking (24.1 per game), rebounds (7.2 rpg.) and blocks (1.87 bpg.). Kirilenko is second in steals (1.53 spg.) and was the Euroleague's only player to rank among the 10 best in scoring, rebounding, steals and blocks. His intensity, energy and quickness allowed Kirilenko to become the 2011-12 Best Defender Trophy winner, but he was a decisive factor on offense, too. Kirilenko was the playoffs best scorer (17.5 ppg.), ranked fourth in fouls drawn (5.1 per game) and second in free throws made (4.6 per game). A EuroBasket winner with Russia in 2007 and a bronze medalist in 2011, Kirilenko's last trip to a Final Four was at age 20, back in 2001, when CSKA played the SuproLeague. A world-class player nowadays, Kirilenko is hungrier than anyone to win his first Euroleague title, dominating at both ends of the floor.

Dimitris Diamantidis, Panathinaikos
Coming off a dream Turkish Airlines Euroleague season, Dimitris Diamantidis hopes to lead Panathinaikos to consecutive continental crowns for the first time in club history. Last season, Dimitris Diamantidis was Turkish Airlines Euroleague MVP, the All-Euroleague First team point guard, the Best Defender and the Final Four MVP, winning his third title in five years. Far from being done, Diamantidis has kept leading Panathinaikos, shining when it matters most. Diamantidis was chosen as the bwin MVP for March and April, leading the playoffs in performance index ranking (24 per game) and fouls drawn (7.4 per game). He also earned playoffs Games 1 and 5 MVP honors, leading Panathinaikos to two critical wins to its tough way to the Final Four. Diamantidis leads Panathinaikos in scoring (11.3 ppg.), assists (4.9 apg.), steals (1.5 spg.) and index (17 per game), which says enough about how important he is for the Greens. In his eighth Euroleague season, Diamantidis led Panathinaikos to Euroleague titles in 2007, 2009 and 2011, lifted eighth consecutive Greek League trophies, is a six-time Best Defender Trophy winner and now is in the All-Euroleague first team for the third time.

Nenad Krstic, CSKA Moscow
A well-rounded veteran right at the prime of his career makes his first appearance in the All-Euroleague teams. Nenad Krstic has been CSKA Moscow's main reference under the baskets, changing games with his solid post skills, effective jumpers and winning character. Chosen as the bwin MVP for November, Krstic had a stellar start, leading the regular season in total index ranking (217) and keeping CSKA undefeated to get its comeback season going. Krstic also earned Top 16 Game 3 MVP honors and is among the 10 best players in several different stats categories. Krstic ranks second overall in index (19.6 per game), fifth in scoring (14.7 ppg.), ninth in rebounds (5.9 rpg.), fifth in foul drawns (4.9 per game) and sixth in two-point percentage (63.9%) despite hitting more shots inside the arch (166) than anyone else in the competition. It all explains how solid he has been until now in his first Euroleague season since 2003-04. Krstic averaged 14.5 points on 22-of-30 two-pointers (73.3%) in the playoffs, showing that he is made for big games. He helped Serbia to win a silver medal at EuroBasket 2009 but with a long contract with CSKA and at age 28, the best is yet to come for him.

Erazem Lorbek, FC Barcelona Regal
One of the most talented big men in European basketball returns to the All-Euroleague teams in a great season for him and his team. Erazem Lorbek has been all the over place until now, leading FC Barcelona Regal in scoring (13.8 ppg.), rebounding (4.7 rpg.), index (16.3 per game) and true shooting percentage (54.2%). Lorbek has helped Barcelona to get to the Final Four with the best record in the competition, losing just one of its 19 Euroleague games until now. He has also worked hard to help Barcelona become the best defensive team (61.5 ppg.) since the competition started in 2000 and earned regular season Game 7 co-MVP honors. Despite playing for a defensive-minded team, Lorbek is 10th in scoring and fifth in index this season. In his third season with Barcelona, Lorbek won the Euroleague title with his current club in 2010 and reached the title game with Fortitudo Bologna (2004) and CSKA Moscow (2009). It is Lorbek's third appearance in the All-Euroleague teams in the last two years - he was named to the 2008-09 and 2009-10 All-Euroleague Second Team. Lorbek was also the first player to win the Euroleague Rising Star trophy in 2004-05.

Vassilis Spanoulis, Olympiacos Piraeus
Perhaps no other player has been more important to his own team than Vassilis Spanoulis has been to Olympiacos. A Turkish Ailines Euroleague champion and Final Four MVP with Panathinaikos in 2009, Spanoulis is in his second season with the Reds and ready to keep making headlines. Simply put, Spanoulis has been the Reds' heart and soul throughout his Euroleague season, leading Olympiacos in scoring, assists and index ranking. He is the competition's second-best scorer (16.5 ppg.) and ranks fifth in index (16.4 per game), leading the 2011-12 Euroleague in fouls drawn (5.9 per game) and free throws made (102 of 122, 83.6%). Spanoulis was chosen as the bwin MVP for February, making Olympiacos come back to a 0-2 start in the Top 16 to clinch a playoffs spot. Spanoulis was chosen to the All-Euroleague second team in 2006 and 2011. He is a regular with the Greek national team and has won a gold medal at EuroBasket 2005, reached the finak at the World Championships in 2006 and got bronze at EuroBasket 2009. Always ambitious and ready, Spanoulis faces the challenge of winning the Euroleague with both Greek powerhouses. Only Dimitris Papanikolaou won it with Panathinaikos and Olympiacos in the past.


SECOND TEAM

Mike Batiste, Panathinaikos
An All-Euroleague first team member last season, Mike Batiste is an institution for all Panathinaikos fans. In his ninth consecutive season with the club - a great accomplishment for a foreign player in such a demanding club -, Batiste stays as the Greens' main pillar in the paint, leading Panathinaikos in offensive rebounds (2 orpg.) and being second in performance index ranking (10.6 per game). Batiste has been taking care of business in the paint since he joined Panathinaikos in 2003. The Greens have won the Greek League in every season he has been at the club and been a perennial threat to win the Euroleague, too, lifting the trophy in 2007, 2009 and 2011. Batiste leads the Euroleague in all-time two-pointers made (861) with great effectiveness (60.1%), showing how steady and relentless his work has been over the years. He is one of only three active players to be on the Euroleague Basketball career top 10 for both scoring and rebounding. Batiste has helped Panathinaikos to record seven consecutive Final Four games since 2005 until the semifinal.

Henry Domercant, Unics Kazan
Unbridled scorer Henry Domercant was the leader of one of this seasons best Turkish Airlines Euroleague stories. Domercant filled nets around Europe in bunches all season long in guiding rookie Euroleague team Unics Kazan all the way to the playoffs. The 31-year-old shooting guard finished the season as the league leader in three-pointers made (48), ranked fifth in three-point accuracy (49.48 %), fourth in scoring (15.5 ppg.) and seventh in performance index rating (16.3). At one point Domercant compiled a streak of 21 straight free throws made. He also captured bwin MVP for January honors after leading Unics to a 2-0 start in the Top 16. Domercant established himself as Unicss go-to guy with a 30-point performance on opening night, even though his team lost to Siena. From that point on Domercant emerged as the team leader and played a prominent role in a number of memorable come-from-behind wins. Domercant averaged double figures in points in each of his five previous Euroleague seasons with Efes Pilsen, Olympiacos and Montepaschi Siena. Over the course of nine professional seasons with seven teams in four countries, he has celebrated three domestic championships and four cups.

Bo McCalebb, Montepaschi Siena
Bo McCalebb, who is also the 2012 Alphonso Ford Top Scorer Trophy winner, makes his second appearance on an All-Euroleague team in just his third season in the competition. The Montepaschi Siena playmaker proved himself as an elite game changer by taking two teams to the Final Four in his first two Euroleague seasons Partizan in 2010 and Siena in 2011. Perhaps the fastest player with the ball in the league, McCalebb combined that weapon with his passing ability and uncanny shooting to lead the Montepaschi attack. He scored in double figures in every game he played for a 16.9 points per game average in leading his team to the playoffs and an overall 13-7 record. McCalebb was also tied for the league lead in three-point accuracy (52.63 %), ranked third in performance index rating (17.3), sixth in steals (1.3 spg.), ninth in fouls drawn (4.2 pg.) and led all guards in two-point shooting (63.7%) and true shooting percentage (63.5%). McCalebb, 27, was previously an All-Euroleague Second Team selection for the 2009-10 season. In three professional seasons, he has won three league titles and three cups. McCalebb also holds a FYROM passport and led that countrys national team to the EuroBasket 2011 semifinals in remarkable fashion.

Juan Carlos Navarro, FC Barcelona Regal
By becoming the Turkish Airlines Euroleague's all-time top scorer this season, FC Barcelona Regal superstar Juan Carlos Navarro added another milestone to his already legendary career. Navarro is a two-time Euroleague champion and was the 2008-09 Euroleague MVP and the 2010 Euroleague Final Four MVP. All told Navarro will play in his sixth Euroleague Final Four and been named to the All-Euroleague First Team a record five times. Navarro shined when his team needed its most, becoming the second-best scorer in the playoffs (17.3 ppg.) and helping Barcelona to be the team team to sweep its five-game series. Despite battling injuries earlier this season, Navarro scored 12 points or more in his last six games, making Barcelona reach the Final Four with an open, 10-game winning streak. Complementing his Euroleague accomplishments, Navarro boasts several medals with Spanish national team, highlighted by winning the title at the 2006 World Championships, being chosen as the EuroBasket 2011 MVP and leading Spain to gold medal also in EuroBasket 2009. An Olympic medal in 2008 - and a fourth appearance in London 2012 - turn Navarro into a living legend!

Milos Teodosic, CSKA Moscow
Mercurial playmaker Milos Teodosic fueled the leagues most dominant attack in his first season with CSKA Moscow. Teodosic, 25, recorded more assists than any player in the league entering the Final Four and ranked third in assists per game (5.2 apg.). Moreover, he was the only player in the league to record multiple double-digit assist games and did so in back-to-back weeks to finish the regular season. The former Euroleague MVP dished a league-best 5.9 assists per game in helping CSKA to an undefeated regular season. He was again best in the league in the playoffs with 6.5 dished per game. All the while, Teodosic continued to score (10.1 ppg.) and was never afraid to take big shots as evidenced by his buzzer-beating three-pointer to beat Brose Baskets on the road in Week 7. Teodosic arrived at CSKA this season after spending the previous four with Greek club Olympiacos, during which he reached back-to-back Euroleague Final Fours, won a pair of Greek Cups and was named Euroleague MVP and All-Euroleague First Team for the 2009-10 season. A native of Serbia, he also helped his countrys national team win the silver medal at EuroBasket 2009 and reach the semifinals at the 2010 World Championships.

Courtesy of Euroleague



The O2 in London to host the 2013 Turkish Airlines Euroleague Final Four - by Eurobasket News

Euroleague Basketball and AEG will team together to bring the Turkish Airlines Euroleague Final Four to a new home in 2013. After hosting the 2012 Olympic Games, Londons spectacular The O2 will remain the focus of international sporting attention as it turns its eyes to Europes premier basketball event. The O2s 20,000-seat indoor arena is already in a class by itself in terms of quality and visitors and crowning a Euroleague champion will prove another historic event to take place at the stunning locale. The agreement to bring the Turkish Airlines Euroleague Final Four to London includes a mutual option to play the 2014 edition at The O2 as well. WATCH VIDEO

Already among the very elite arenas in the world, The O2 was opened in 2007 and has since received the International Venue of the Year honor at the prestigious Pollstar Awards five years running. This summer it will be among the centerpieces at the 2012 Olympics with the gymnastic competition joining basketball as its host events. The O2 was built on the site of the former Millennium Dome to create a modern arena with state-of-the-art acoustics for concerts and the capability to host a bevy of sporting events. In the years since, it has become the most popular venue in the world with a whos who of athletes and musicians clamoring to perform there. The O2 has hosted tenniss ATP World Tour Finals, the National Hockey League and championship events in boxing, mixed martial arts and gymnastics and featured the worlds top musical acts, including Bon Jovi, The Rolling Stones, a Led Zeppelin reunion, Elton John, Jay-Z, Kanye West, Lady Gaga and the Spice Girls. With some 8.5 million visitors and nearly two million tickets sold in 2011 alone, The O2 stands alone.

This marks the first time that a European basketball title game will take place in the United Kingdom. London joins a list of European capitals and storied sites that have partnered with Euroleague Basketball to host the Final Four, which includes Istanbul this season, Barcelona in 2010, Berlin 2009, Madrid 2008, Athens 2007, Prague 2006, Moscow 2005, Tel Aviv 2004, Barcelona 2003 and Bologna 2002. In addition to the games themselves, which bring the best four teams from the Turkish Airlines Euroleague season together to decide a champion, the Final Four also features the annual Nike International Junior Tournament and other parallel events.
Courtesy of EuroLeague



The conclusion made of the Greek teams in the semis @ a glance. - by Chris Mammides

The up until yesterday afternoon European champion team of Panathinaikos is no longer a champion as after a heroic fight against the Goliath of Euroleague this season, CSKA Moscow lost in details a game which had the control for more than 39 and a half minutes proved to be a really tough nut for the Russians. On the contrary the other outsider of the Semis, team of Olympiakos knocked down the super house of Barcelona which is showing that the Catalonian Empire could be at its end. Olympiakos with an amazing passion, a VSpan from the old (when was playing under the jersey of his rival team of Panathinaikos) and a lot of Greek talent (Kostas Papanikolaou (204-F-90), Konstantinos Sloukas (197-G-90), Georgios Printezis (206-F-85 and Evangelos Mantzaris (196-G-90)) was much better than the Great Barcelona took the ticket for the finals and will play against the almighty CSKA in a do or die game!

Panathinaikos was much better than CSKA in the first period where it took them (Russians and Kazlauskas) by surprise with the last basket in 4.4 seconds but David Logan (his only basket in the game) to make the score 15-29 in an amazing first quarter for the ex European champions. The second period though was a total nightmare for the Greens as Kirilenko (mostly) and his team-mates closed all their gaps and with tough defense outscored the Greens with 5-17, with the Greens scoring just 5 points in 10 minutes which is a new negative record in the Euroleague Semis, since the very beginning. Everybody was thought that the Greens would have been finishing as the momentum was totally Russian, but Panathinaikos with the Lithuanian Sarunas Jasikevicius (192-G-76, college: Maryland) at his 36 proving once more his qualities and his amazing temperament in the big and serious games came back in the third quarter and with great offence and wise defense took a small lead and kept it until the end of the third period even though the Russians were able once or twice not only to balance the game but to take a lead of 1-2 points. The 4 points lead of the period was obvious not enough for the Greens who were giving their best in the defense but were facing a serious problem in the offence with Kostas Kaimakoglou (206-C/F-83) being the only real thread as Dimitris Diamantidis (196-G-80) and Mike Batiste (203-F-77, college: Arizona St.) were very well guarded. Panathinaikos against all odds was leading a little bit before the end with a three pointer from the MVP of the greens Sarunas Jasikevicius. Panathinaikos leads 60-64 with 2:12 to go and Saras has done it again. Its worth mentioned that the men in gray started to pinpoint the winner when some minutes before the specific moment started the recital and especially the Spaniard Jose Martin who was the referee who slaughter the Greens in Tel Aviv too, so in no time two offensive fouls against Mike Batiste, at least two block shots which were clear fouls from Viktor Khryapa (204-F/G-82) against the same player and most of all a tough un-sportsmanship foul over Tsartsaris who was given just a foul, changed the momentum and the last two minutes Panathinaikos was blocked, Milos Teodosic (195-G-87) scored an easy lay-up against Calathes who still is in a medium performances this season, and a crucial missed lay-up by Mike Batiste against Ramunas Siskauskas (197-G-78), gave the victory to the Russians even though Milos Teodosic gave the chance to the Greens with his two missed free throws at the end to get the last shot but 3D missed the chance as he had a false ball. Panathinaikos may lost but for sure the Russians of CSKA never believed that with so bad game could have been playing in the Sundays final. Men in Gray decided.

The team of Coach Ivkovic as mentioned before was more prepared and much better than the tired team of Barcelona, with Vassilis Spanoulis (193-G-82) and Georgios Printezis in the leading roles kept the safety deficit from the early beginning and with great defense by Antic and Joey Dorsey (206-C/F-83, college: Memphis) and even though both head-coaches used nine players in the first eight minutes of the game, trying to keep a high energy level, the 17-11 after the first 10 minutes was the pre-taste of the game in general. Even though Navaro gave some points to his team and actually gave the leading role for some seconds (26-27) to Barcelona, Vassilis Spanoulis and Joey Dorsey found their way to the basket to give Olympiacos another 4-point advantage. Barcelona kept the pressure on the offensive boards to stay within a possession of its opponents. Boniface Ndong (213-C-77) tipped-in Lorbeks miss, but Olympiacos had the last word in the half when Vassilis Spanoulis assisted Joey Dorsey for a stunning slam dunk that gave the Reds a 33-29 lead at the break. The momentum was totally on the Reds even though the score was not proving so.

The 3rd period started with a rain of three pointers from the Reds with Vassilis Spanoulis and Georgios Printezis increasing the lead to 8 points and at the same time Evangelos Mantzaris was performing a great defense over Navaro (the brains of Barcelona). Georgios Printezis scored inside and Lorbek made a hook-shot from close range, only to see Kostas Papanikolaou hit a crucial three-pointer and Law sink a long jump shot to make it 50-43. Before the end of the period Navarro and Lorbek made sure Olympiacos would go into the last 10 minutes trailing with the leas feasible deficit as the 3 points 50-47 were not so safe for Olympiakos. Ivkovic's troops had the momentum the upper hand and the passion three elements which were lacking from the Catalonians, so the 4th and decisive period started with Antic and Vassilis Spanoulis giving a +7 to Olympiakos . Barcelona countered with Navarro's trademark La Bomba shot, but Georgios Printezis hit a big three-pointer to make it 61-56 with four-and-a-half minutes to go. The epilogue was great for the Reds, after an offensive foul by Law, Navarro calmly sank a pair of free throws but Vassilis Spanoulis had an answer hitting a three over Huertas to give his team 66-61 advantage. In the next 20 seconds, though, Boniface Ndong drew couple of fouls and hit three of four free throws to make it a 66-64. After that one miss, Olympiacos did not manage to control the rebound but Huertas missed a three-pointer that would put Barca in the lead with 35 seconds left. Instead, Joey Dorsey fought in the paint making a layup while being fouled. He missed the free throw leaving the score 68-64 with 16.1 seconds to go. It was all over when Boniface Ndong missed a hook-shot on the next possession. Evangelos Mantzaris grabbed the rebound and an army of Olympiacos fans were celebrating all night long...

And the history says Olympiakos Piraeus CSKA Moscow in the finals, another great night for the Greek Basketball which against all odds and in the most crucial phase of the country is founding the strength needed and the gats to overcome all the other problems and to be present to another European Final!!!
Congratulations to Olympiakos!!



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  FINLAND   


Summertime, new challenges - by Pekka Salminen

Ladies and gents, its (The Finnish club basketball season ) over. And we have a new champion, Nilan Bisons (AKA Loimaan KoriKonkarit or LoKoKo). The team was lead by one of the best players I have coached in my entire career: Jeb Ivey. The sharpshooting guard had an enormous season at every aspect of the game. Congratulations to everybody in the team, nut especially to guys I have coached at some point : Mikko Koivisto, Ville 'Moscow' Mklinen and Jeb Ivey. And have to say this much also: If somebody deserved this it was coach Gibson, what a gentleman!

My ToPo ended up 3rd, beating the former champion, Pyrint, in the Bronze medal game. We ended the season with a W, but still.... we felt we could have done more, so much more. Have to be thankful though, worked with a lot of good people during the season and learned so much from them. Well, thats history, back to present and future.

Right now I am at the Finnish institute of Sports (Vierumki).
Assisting the U16 NT as a consultant before the team will be taken over by Coach Pieti Poikola in the beginning of June. As long as Coach Poikola is absent, the team will be coached by Ville Tuominen. Ville was my captain at ToPo 2005-07 seasons...I am getting old.. all these 'young' guys and former players of mine being headcoaches and.. life smiles!

I will be traveling with U16 team to Nordic Championships in Sweden next week. The tournament will take place in my beloved city of Solna (was the HC there for five years).
We will compete agains some good teams, but we have some talent also. Especially our back court can really do some damage.

At the beginning of June I will start my job as the HC of our U20 national team, we will be extremely competitive with some great players, lets see if we have a new Sasu Salin or Petteri Koponen in the team... I will be assisted by Coach Ilpo Rantanen. Rantanen is really experienced and I am really looking forward to working with him.

We will be assisted by Finlands own Pistol Pete, Petri Virtanen, who takes first steps into coaching profession. A GREAT shooter that has played like billions of national team games (OK 130). His firepower has been seen on many occasions at the international level. He has had some huge games in Euro Qualifications. His latest heroics at the national team level took place at the Eurobasket 2011. We were down by eight against Montenegro in the second half and were really out of sync. Coach Dettmann took a look at the bench and told 'the Pistol' to get in to do his thing. Three possessions later the game was tied with the tiny PG running a show. He also nailed the decisive foul shots at the end of the game. 'Cause of this win we were able to make it into next round, which was huge for Finnish Basketball. Coach Virtanen can tell my guys something about scoring and I know, after coaching him for so many years, that he can help all of us in many aspect of the game. Like mentioned before, these are first steps into coaching life for Virtanen, hopefully he will play many more years, for he is a lot of fun to watch (I am a basketball FAN also)

After the U20 program I will move into my traditional summerjob: assistant coach in the national team. It will be, again, an exciting summer, more about that later.

My club address is also clear now. Everybody in basketball circles in Finland seems to know what I am up to, but unfortunately cannot tell it right now right here (my contract says that, sorry). Anyway: Will have a job for two years and an exciting one.
Feeling real motivated!



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  FRANCE   

Standings - ProA

ProA Standings
 1. Gravelines 26-3 
 2. Chalon 23-6 
 3. Orleans 20-9 
 4. Le Mans 18-11 
 5. Nancy 17-12 
 6. Roanne 16-13 
 7. Paris-Levallois 16-13 
 8. Cholet 16-13 
 9. Nanterre 14-15 
 10. Dijon 14-15 
 11. Strasbourg 13-16 
 12. ASVEL 12-17 
 13. Poitiers 9-20 
 14. Le Havre 9-20 
 15. Pau-Lacq-Orthez 6-23 
 16. Hyeres-Toulon 3-26 

Regular Season: Round 30

May. 16: Gravelines - Chalon
May. 16: ASVEL - Roanne
May. 16: Cholet - Strasbourg
May. 16: Le Havre - Paris-Levallois
May. 16: Nancy - Dijon
May. 16: Orleans - Poitiers
May. 16: Pau-Lacq-Orthez - Hyeres-Toulon
May. 16: Nanterre - Le Mans

Round 28

May. 12: Cholet - Chalon 101-97


Stats Leaders - ProA

Points Per Game
 Eric CHATFIELD
  Paris-.
  (191-G-79)
  Avg: 19.6
 1. Chatfield, Paris-.19.6 
 2. Rochestie, Le Mans17.5 
 3. Hughes, Hyeres-T.17.2 
 4. Gipson, Pau-Lacq.17.1 
 5. Williams, Paris-.17.1 
 6. Hamilton, Paris-.16.7 
 7. Schilb, Chalon16.3 
 8. Causeur, Cholet16.3 
 9. Cox, Le Havre15.7 
 10. Delaney, Chalon15.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Chinemelu ELONU
  Pau-Lacq.
  (206-F/C-87)
  Avg: 8.2
 1. Elonu, Pau-Lacq.8.2 
 2. Hamilton, Paris-.8.0 
 3. Akingbala, Nancy7.9 
 4. Armstrong, AS.7.2 
 5. Nsonwu-Amadi, Roa.7.0 
 6. Greer, Strasbourg6.9 
 7. Vebobe, Cholet6.9 
 8. Aminu, Chalon6.8 
 9. Falker, Cholet6.5 
 10. Camara, Le Havre6.3 
Assists Per Game
 Kareem REID
  Hyeres-Toulon
  (178-PG-75)
  Avg: 7.6
 1. Reid, Hyeres-Toulon7.6 
 2. Rochestie, Le Mans6.4 
 3. Wise, Le Havre5.6 
 4. Pellin, Orleans5.2 
 5. Linehan, Nancy5.2 
 6. Dixon, Dijon5.1 
 7. Barrett, Roanne4.9 
 8. Schilb, Chalon4.7 
 9. Gipson, Pau-Lacq.4.6 
 10. Tchicamboud, Cha.4.5 
Steals Per Game
 Andrew ALBICY
  Gravelines
  (178-PG-90)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Albicy, Gravelines2.5 
 2. Dobbins, Poitiers2.1 
 3. Wise, Le Havre2.0 
 4. Riley, Nanterre2.0 
 5. Pellin, Orleans1.9 
 6. Linehan, Nancy1.9 
 7. Shuler, Nancy1.8 
 8. Melody, Dijon1.7 
 9. Acker, Le Mans1.6 
 10. Dixon, Dijon1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Alexis AJINCA
  Strasbourg
  (215-C-88)
  Avg: 2
 1. Ajinca, Strasbourg2.0 
 2. Falker, Cholet1.4 
 3. Gobert, Cholet1.3 
 4. Akingbala, Nancy1.2 
 5. Hamilton, Paris-.1.1 
 6. Elonu, Pau-Lacq.1.1 
 7. Akpomedah, Grave.1.0 
 8. Issa, Gravelines1.0 
 9. Armstrong, AS.0.9 
 10. Williams, Paris-.0.9 


Poitiers lock Pape Badiane for another two seasons - by Eurobasket News

Poitiers lock Pape Badiane (207-C/F-80, college: Cleveland St.) for another two seasons. The French Big Man will stay in the team until 2014 year for sure.
Pape Badiane brings excellent athletic ability and explosiveness to the pivot position. Badiane combines good height (6'11'), good agility and unusual speed to become one of the top defensive players in the league. His quickness and leaping ability enable him to be a devastating shot-blocker while his strength gains will enhance his rebounding effectiveness.
Pape Badiane joined the team in 2009-2010 and for Union Poitiers Basket 86 (ProA, starting five) averaged 9.9ppg, 6.4rpg, 1.3apg, Blocks-4 (1.6bpg), FGP: 47.3%, FT: 67.9%. In 2010-2011 his stats read 7.7ppg, 5.6rpg, FGP: 48.2%, FT: 76.4%. The season 2011-2012 for Union Poitiers Basket 86 (ProA, starting five) Pape Badiane averages 9.0 points per game. In his top game he recorded 20 points and 10 rebounds versus Paris-Levallois. The latter however stole a 87:73 road win in Round 25.



St-Vallier keep Diarra Dramane and Disy Harry - by Eurobasket News

St-Vallier keep Dramane Diarra (203-F/C-80, college: Kansas St.) and Harry Disy (201-C/F-84, college: Louisiana Tech) for 2012/2013 season. The French side will remain the Mali National Team player and the French Power Forward / Center.
Dramane Diarra is a member of the Mali National Team. In 2011-2012 he joined Saint Vallier Basket Drome (ProB, starting five) and averaged 5.8 points per game. In his top game he recorded 18 points when his team overcame Denain 82:81 in Round 28.
Harry Disy also joined the team last season. Early in 2000-2001 he started for INSEP (N1) and in 2005-2006 moved to Louisiana Tech (NCAA). In 2007-2008 he played for JL Bourg Basket (ProB) and averaged 2.3ppg, 2.3rpg. After another seasons with Worcester Wolves and Besancon Basket Comte Doubs, he moved to AL Roche-la-Moliere (France-NM1, starting five). In 30 games his stats read 16.1ppg, 5.8rpg, 1.6apg, FGP: 49.4%, 3PT: 10.0%, FT: 63.5%.



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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.20.6 
 4. Patsatsia, Sokhumi18.3 
 5. Smith, MIA Academy17.8 
 6. Keshelava, Batumi17.3 
 7. Woodside, Armia17.0 
 8. Khmelidze, Rustavi16.7 
 9. Thomas, Armia16.5 
 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.9.7 
 3. Patsatsia, Sokhumi9.5 
 4. Keshelava, Batumi8.6 
 5. Smith, MIA Academy8.5 
 6. Machaladze, STU T.8.3 
 7. Hoger, Olimpi8.2 
 8. Niniashvili, TSU T.8.1 
 9. Milutinovic, Olimpi7.7 
 10. Thomas, Armia7.5 
Assists Per Game
 Giorgi GAMQRELIDZE
  Olimpi
  (183-G-86)
  Avg: 7.8
 1. Gamqrelidze, Olimpi7.8 
 2. Woodside, Armia7.1 
 3. Chitashvili, TSU T.6.4 
 4. Blair, MIA Academy6.4 
 5. Mikeladze, Batumi5.5 
 6. Artsividze, Rustavi4.8 
 7. Parghalava, Sokhu.4.8 
 8. Tsekvava, Kutaisi4.6 
 9. Pashayev, Kutaisi3.9 
 10. Patsatsia, Sokhu.3.9 
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. Patsatsia, Sokhumi1.8 
 10. Carter, Dinamo T.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Joakim KJELLBOM
  Armia
  (213-C/F-79)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Kjellbom, Armia1.7 
 2. Atuashvili, Sokhumi1.1 
 3. Milutinovic, Olimpi1.1 
 4. Matiashvili, Kutai.1.1 
 5. Machaladze, STU T.1.0 
 6. Hoger, Olimpi0.9 
 7. Kobidze, STU T.0.8 
 8. Shermadini, TSU T.0.8 
 9. Antadze, STU T.0.8 
 10. Eliashvili, Batumi0.8 


Olimpi and Armia swept the Semi-Finals, reached the Big Final - by Eurobasket News

Sokhumi - Armia 66-92 (0-3)

Armia dominated down low during the game scoring 60 of its points in the paint compared to Sokhumi's 38. It was a great evening for American point guard Ben Woodside (180-85, college: N.Dakota St., agency: Priority Sports) who led his team to a victory scoring 23 points and 7 assists. Puerto Rican Guillermo Diaz (188-85, college: Miami, FL) helped adding 23 points. The best for the losing side was Montenegrin center Stevan Milosevic (211-85, agency: Interperformances) with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 12 rebounds and Maltese-American Joshua Jackson (189-85, college: Warner Pacific, agency: Interperformances) scored 15 points. Four Sokhumi players scored in double figures. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games.
Top scorers:
Armia: B.Woodside 23+2reb+7ast, G.Diaz 23+3reb+2ast, W.Thomas 10+12reb+2ast, B.Kvimsadze 7+2ast, Z.Babiashvili 6+2reb, J.Richardson 6+5reb+1ast
Sokhumi: J.Jackson 15+3reb+3ast, R.Richards 12+1reb, S.Milosevic 12+12reb+1ast, L.Parghalava 10+4reb+2ast, G.Jgerenaia 6+2reb, L.Patsatsia 4+6reb+3ast
gschID: 176484


Olimpi - Kutaisi 73-69 (3-0)

It looked good early as Kutaisi took an 1-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Olimpi had a 18-12 second period charge getting the lead and Kutaisi was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 69-73. It was an exceptional evening for international guard Georgi Tsintsadze (192-86) who led the winners and scored 20 points and 9 rebounds. The former international guard Giorgi Gamqrelidze (183-86, agency: Interperformances) accounted for 10 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists for the winning side. Four Olimpi players scored in double figures. Serbian forward Darko Cohadarevic (206-86, college: Texas Tech) came up with a double-double by scoring 23 points and 11 rebounds and Azerbaijani guard Zaur Pashayev (186-83) added 12 points respectively for Kutaisi in the defeat.
Top scorers:
Olimpi: G.Tsintsadze 20+9reb+3ast, G.Gamqrelidze 10+5reb+6ast, N.Sljuka 10+3reb+1ast, M.Berishvili 10+7reb, I.Todorovic 9+7reb+1ast, I.Milutinovic 7+2reb+2ast
Kutaisi: D.Cohadarevic 23+11reb+2ast, Z.Pashayev 12+3reb+2ast, D.Barbakadze 9+1ast, T.Babunashvili 8+2reb+2ast, R.Didia 7+8reb, G.Barbakadze 4+4reb+2ast
gschID: 176485



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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.15.6 
 4. Swann, Ratiopharm15.4 
 5. Wood, ALBA15.3 
 6. Jonusas, Phoenix14.8 
 7. Bryant, Ratiopharm14.6 
 8. Ensminger, Teleko.14.6 
 9. Carter, Phoenix14.5 
 10. Peavy, Art.Dragons14.0 
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.7.4 
 5. Troutman, B.Mue.7.3 
 6. Zirbes, TBB Trier7.1 
 7. Tucker, Brose B.7.0 
 8. Evans, Goettingen6.6 
 9. Watts, Ratiopharm6.5 
 10. Ovcina, LTi 46ers6.5 
Assists Per Game
 Jared JORDAN
  Telekom .
  (188-PG-84)
  Avg: 8.1
 1. Jordan, Telekom8.1 
 2. Holston, Art.Drag.5.9 
 3. Brewer, Bremerha.5.1 
 4. Everett, Bremerha.4.9 
 5. Wood, ALBA4.8 
 6. Brown, EWE Baskets4.7 
 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. Trice, Ratiopharm1.4 
 5. Redding, Walter T.1.4 
 6. Bernard, LTi 46ers1.4 
 7. Holston, Art.Drag.1.4 
 8. Gibson, Fraport SKY1.4 
 9. Gaffney, Teleko.1.3 
 10. Carter, Phoenix1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Tony GAFFNEY
  Teleko.
  (204-F-84)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Gaffney, Teleko.1.8 
 2. Davidson, Fraport1.7 
 3. Looby, EnBW L.1.6 
 4. Ibekwe, Bayreuth1.6 
 5. Homan, B.Muenchen1.5 
 6. Pleiss, Brose B.1.2 
 7. Slaughter, Brose B.1.2 
 8. Bryant, Ratiopharm1.2 
 9. King, Art.Dragons1.1 
 10. Chubb, EWE Baske.0.9 


Kevin Hamilton Stays Until 2014 With BBC Bayreuth - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

What better way to start a weekend for BBC Bayreuth fans then hearing that top Beko BBL point guard Kevin Hamilton (193-G-84, agency: Limelight Hoops, college: Holy Cross) will remain with the Bavarian team until 2014. Despite playing only four Beko BBL games last season despite having a foot injury, the team showed unending trust in wanting the team to be led by the friendly New York native. Last season, Hamilton averaged 8,8ppg, 3,3rpg and 4,0apg. And if there should be any cause for doubt just how well he was able to recover from his injury, there shouldnt be, because he is already playing again like every summer to keep in shape in Puerto Rico for Indios de Mayaguez (Puerto Rico-BSN) where he is averaging 8,7ppg, 3,0rpg and 4,7apg. 'My injury is completly healed and I am very happy that I could play for the last two games for BBC Bayreuth. I am looking forward to the new season and hope I can show the fans what I am capable of doing when Im healthy', stressed Kevin Hamilton (193-G-84, agency: Limelight Hoops, college: Holy Cross). 'It is great that Kevin can remain with us for the next two years and prove that he is a leader. Not only with us, but in the whole league', warned BBC Bayreuth head coach Marco van den Berg .




Jason Boone (s.Oliver Baskets Wurzburg) If John Little and Chester Frazier Take Turns Picking You Up Full Court, It's Going To Wear You Down. - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber


Jason Boone (198-F/C-85, college: New York U.) is a 26 year old 198cm power forward/center from Sugar Loaf, New York. He is playing his first season with the s. Oliver Baskets Wurzburg and his fourth in the Beko BBL. He played three seasons for BG Goettingen. He played at New York University (NCAA 3) from 2003-2007. In his senior year, he played 28 games averaging 14.1ppg, 9.6rpg, 2.4bpg, 2.9apg, FG: 63.0%, FT: 64.3%. Three seasons ago, he played at Bernau (Regionalliga) before making the jump up three leagues to MEG Goettingen. In 2008-2009, he averaged 4.4ppg, 4.0rpg, FG: 53.7. In 2009-2010, he won the Eurochallenge playing EuroChallenge: 16 games: 10.7ppg, 6.8rpg, 1.0apg, FGP: 59.6%, FT: 53.8%; German League: 35 games: 9.1ppg, 6.1rpg, FGP: 60.3%, FT: 55.9%. Last season with BG Goettingen he played 37 games: 8.5ppg, 5.9rpg, FGP: 59.8%, FT: 34.9%; EuroCup: 14 games: 9.1ppg, 6.2rpg, Blocks-4 (1.1bpg), FGP: 59.8%, FT: 36.0%. Jason spoke to Eurobasket before game three in Berlin May 12th.

Congrats on the 79-66 win against Alba Berlin. For those that didnt see the 40 minutes live will not know that the 13 point difference didnt really reflect really what happened on the court?

Yeah we had a great day shooting the ball and getting stops. But the amount of points we won by doesn't mean anything. At the end of the day it's 1-1 and we're all on our way back to Berlin.

The s.Oliver Baskets Wurzburg had a 15-3 home record going into game 2. Even though there was a sense of urgency to win, how well does the overall confidence of the team be able to block out pressure of having to win?


The pressure was all on us to win that game, no doubt about it. You can't go down 2-0 to Berlin in a 5 Game series. But the s.Oliver arena has been our 'sixth man' all season. It's a great atmosphere and a tough place for teams to come in and get wins.


The s.Oliver Baskets Wurzburg led 41-26 at halftime. Was that a normal good first half at the office defensively or was it a top effort in your mind?


We felt that if we kept the game in the 60's it would be to our advantage. At halftime we were halfway there and we felt pretty good about it.

The s.Oliver Baskets Wurzburg did a super job on help defense displaying their quickness as well as often having Alba Berlin first start their offensive sets with 10 seconds to remain on the shot clock. How key were these two factors in the win?


That's what we pride ourselves on. Not taking anything away from Anton Gavel, I feel like John Little and Chester Frazier are the two best defenders in the league. And if they take turns picking you up full court, it's going to wear you down.

The s.Oliver Baskets Wurzburg also won the points in the paint easily. How much will especialy that bolster your confidence for game three?

We were able to get them in foul trouble early. Rob Tomaszek picked us up off the bench and really gave us a huge lift. The refs let us play physical down there and I think it was to our advantage.

How confident is the team that it can win game three in Berlin?


We haven't won in Berlin this season, it's not an easy place to play, but I think we have all the momentum going in. We just are going to try to stick to what works for us and play as hard as we can.

You are a fan favorite in Wurzburg. Where did this Touch of Boone idea come from?


Shaquille O'Neal set out to prove that big men were as marketable, if not more marketable, than guards. I'm just following in his big footsteps. I can get you a good deal on a shirt if you'd like one.

I observed your teammate Chris Kramer in post game celebration dancing. Could he be a candidate for Dancing with the stars?


Absolutely not. The kid can hustle and run the fast break like no other, but let's not get carried away Miles. Dancing with the Stars? No chance. Now Ricky Harris...that's another story.

If Dirk Nowitzki would pop into the s.Oliver arena for game 4. What one question would you want to ask him?

I would ask him if he's jealous that they took down his picture in the club and replaced it with one of mine. But of course I'd ask him in German.

What was the last DVD movie that you saw?

Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story. There is nothing like a good Underdog Story.

Thanks Jason for the chat



Dashaun Wood (Alba Berlin) Sucking Up This Loss Against Wurzburg Will Make Us More Hungry In Game 3. - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

DaShaun Wood (185-G-85, college: Wright St.)s a 26 year old 185cm point guard from Detroit, Michigan that is playing his second season in Germany and first for Alba Berlin. He is a young point guard with natural leadership abilities, who directs teammates on the floor and takes the ball in clutch moments. Loves to go inside to score, challenging the big guys, but has also shooting range from behind the 3pts arch. Despite lack of size, he can be effective even at the defensive side. He played at Wright state from 2003-2007. In his senior year, he played 33 games averaging 19.6ppg, 5.1rpg, 4.0apg, 1.9spg, FGP: 43.5%, 3Pts: 37.3%, FT: 88.3%. In 2007-2008, he played his rookie season for Tisettanta Cantu (Italy-SerieA, starting five): 38 games: Score-5 (16.9ppg), 3.0rpg, Assists-4 (3.3apg), 2.7spg, 2FGP:52.1%, 3PT-2 (42.8%), FT:77.4%. In 2008-2009, he played for : Benetton Treviso (Italy-SerieA), injured in Oct.'08 and was off for 2 months: Eurocup: 12 games: 5.3ppg, 2.0rpg, 3.3apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 40.0%, 3PT: 25.0%, FT: 87.5%; Italian League: 17 games: 7.2ppg, 2.9rpg, 3.2apg, 1.4spg, FGP: 43.1%, 3PT: 35.6%, FT: 70.4%. Last season, he was the Beko BBL MVP with The Deutsche Bank Skyliners playing EuroCup Qualifying Round: 2 games: 13.5ppg, 2.5rpg, 5.0apg; EuroChallenge: 6 games: 16.3ppg, 3.8rpg, 5.2apg, 1.7spg, FGP: 46.9%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 73.7%; German League: 42 games: Score-1 (19.0ppg), 4.6rpg, Assists-2 (5.9apg), 1.2spg, FGP: 50.0%, 3PT: 33.2%, FT: 80.3%. He spoke to Eurobasket after the 79-66 loss in game two against the s.Oliver Baskets Wurzburg

A tough 79-66 loss in game two in Wurzburg. What is your summary for this loss?


We were outplayed tonight. We came in and were unable to play with confidence and the way that we normally know that we can. We were unable to step up to the challenge and after being wide awake after the win in game one just didnt know what to do today.

The s.Oliver Baskets seemed to set the tone in the first quarter and got the crowd going right away.


They hit some tough shots and when that happens can get their crowd going fast. On top of that they also hit some crazy shots which got the energy of the crowd even more into the game and gave them added energy as well.

Alba Berlin didnt seem to be able to start anything against the usual aggressive pressure style. Why were you unable to get a rhythm against their defense?


I thought that we did a pretty good job in the last two games against their defense. We have to do a better job in game three and just be able to find a rhythm against them, because they will always attack you for 40 minutes.

The s.Oliver Baskets were able to extend their lead in the second half. Why was Alba Berlin unable to find a way back into the game?


We continued to be unable to find our rhythm.

Alba Berlin badly lost the points in the paint battle. How disappointed are you about not being able to do a better job inside?


It was very disappointing. We were just outworked in the paint.

The atmosphere was amazing and one could almost say that s. Oliver arena could compete in loudness with the Stechert arena in Bamberg. How big a part does the atmosphere play against Alba Berlin?


The atmosphere is very intense and with every added good defensive and hustle play, the crowd gets more involved. We just need to learn to be able to start controlling the game right from the start.

You stated in the last interview that the s.Oliver Baskets Wurzburg dont play dirty. Somewhere it was stated that they play like butchers. How did you see their physical play tonight?


They dont play like butchers, but play hard and physical for 40 minutes. We have to play more physical in the next game.

Who is it tougher to go against John Little or Chester Frazier?

The whole team gives a team effort. They are both the same. Both are tough to go against.

Was there any positive thing to take from the game 2 loss?


The most positive thing today was that we got our behind kicked and now we can all look at our selves and suck up this feeling. Sucking up this loss against Wurzburg will make us more hungry in game 3.

How confident are you about winning game 3 at home on Saturday?


We are going back home where we know how to win. All I can say to Wurzburg is good luck.

Thanks Dashaun for the chat.



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Stats Leaders - A1

Points Per Game
 Nestoras KOMMATOS
  Marousi
  (203-F-77)
  Avg: 20.4
 1. Kommatos, Marousi20.4 
 2. Christmas, AGOR18.6 
 3. Gagaloudis, Marousi15.6 
 4. Charalampidi., KAO.15.6 
 5. Beck, Ikaros14.8 
 6. Dikoudis, PAOK14.7 
 7. James, Aris14.5 
 8. Taylor, Kavala13.9 
 9. Baynes, Ikaros13.6 
 10. Wright, AGOR13.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Aron BAYNES
  Ikaros
  (208-C-86)
  Avg: 8.7
 1. Baynes, Ikaros8.7 
 2. Haritopoulos, Maro.7.6 
 3. NaNa, Ilysiakos7.5 
 4. Stepheson, Panio.7.3 
 5. Kommatos, Marousi6.6 
 6. Symtsak, Kavala6.4 
 7. O''Bryant, Kavala5.9 
 8. Tapoutos, Aris5.8 
 9. Scott, Peristeri GS5.7 
 10. Ceranic, KAOD5.7 
Assists Per Game
 Yannis GAGALOUDIS
  Marousi
  (192-G-78)
  Avg: 6
 1. Gagaloudis, Marousi6.0 
 2. Spanoulis, Olympia.5.0 
 3. Diamantidis, Panat.4.5 
 4. Xanthopoulos, Pani.4.4 
 5. Charalampidi., KAO.4.3 
 6. Wright, AGOR4.1 
 7. James, Aris4.1 
 8. Thompson, Ilysi.3.5 
 9. Mocnik, Perister.3.1 
 10. Jasikevicius, Pan.3.1 
Steals Per Game
 Zack WRIGHT
  AGOR
  (188-G-85)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Wright, AGOR2.5 
 2. James, Aris1.9 
 3. Calathes, Panathin.1.7 
 4. Thompson, Ilysi.1.7 
 5. Christmas, AGOR1.6 
 6. Xanthopoulos, Pani.1.6 
 7. Dorsey, Olympiacos1.5 
 8. Logan, Panathin.1.5 
 9. Gagaloudis, Marousi1.5 
 10. Hatten, Kolossos1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Patrick O''BRYANT
  Kavala
  (213-C-86)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. O''Bryant, Kavala1.5 
 2. Petway, AGOR1.3 
 3. Muldrow, Aris1.3 
 4. Elegar, Marousi1.1 
 5. Vougioukas, Panat.1.0 
 6. Hines, Olympiacos1.0 
 7. Michel, KAOD0.9 
 8. Stepheson, Panio.0.9 
 9. Tsontzos, Marousi0.7 
 10. Dorsey, Olympiacos0.7 


Standings - A2

A2 Standings
 1. Panelefsiniakos 22-7 
 2. Apollon Patras 20-9 
 3. AEK 19-10 
 4. Ikaroi Serron 19-10 
 5. Nea Kifisia 17-12 
 6. Arkadikos 16-13 
 7. OFI 15-14 
 8. Doxa Lefkadas 15-14 
 9. Lavrio 15-14 
 10. Ermis Lagkada 14-15 
 11. Pagrati 13-16 
 12. Amyntas Dafnis 13-16 
 13. Periko/Arhelaos 12-17 
 14. Perama Ermis 11-18 
 15. Panerythraikos 11-18 
 16. AEK/Argous 0-29 

Regular Season: Round 29

May. 12: Doxa Lefkadas - AEK/Argous 94-66
May. 12: Ikaroi Serron - Perama Ermis 89-84
May. 12: Ermis Lagkada - Lavrio 84-81
May. 12: Apollon Patras - Pagrati 81-95
May. 12: Amyntas Dafnis - AEK 74-75
May. 12: Nea Kifisia - Periko/Arhelaos 65-62
May. 12: Arkadikos - OFI 105-97 OT
May. 12: Panelefsiniakos - Panerythraikos 100-103

Regular Season: Round 30

May. 19: Lavrio - Doxa Lefkadas
May. 19: Perama Ermis - Ermis Lagkada
May. 19: AEK/Argous - Amyntas Dafnis
May. 19: AEK - Nea Kifisia
May. 19: Periko/Arhelaos - Arkadikos
May. 19: OFI - Apollon Patras
May. 19: Pagrati - Panelefsiniakos
May. 19: Panerythraikos - Ikaroi Serron


Stats Leaders - A2

Points Per Game
 Alex STEVOVIC
  AE.
  (191-G-90)
  Avg: 19.9
 1. Stevovic, AE.19.9 
 2. Argyropoylos, Apol.19.4 
 3. Totsios, Ikaroi S.18.4 
 4. Iliadis, Ermis L.17.7 
 5. Pettas, Doxa L.17.2 
 6. Psileas, Lavrio17.1 
 7. Gizogiannis, Arkad.17.1 
 8. Kyriakopoulo., Pan.16.2 
 9. Vasilopoulos, AEK16.2 
 10. Dimakos, Pagrati16.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Vladimir PETROVIC-STERGIOU
  Apollo.
  (198-F/G-77)
  Avg: 8.5
 1. Petrovic-S., Apoll.8.5 
 2. Gizogiannis, Arkad.8.4 
 3. Sklavos, AEK7.9 
 4. Toutziarakis, OFI7.6 
 5. Krolo, Apollon Pat.7.6 
 6. Nisiotis, Ermis L.7.2 
 7. Simeonidis, Ikaroi7.1 
 8. Lolas, Amyntas7.1 
 9. Macheras, Panery.7.0 
 10. Stevovic, AE.6.6 
Assists Per Game
 Leonidas ZOUPAS
  Amyntas .
  (182-G-82)
  Avg: 5.9
 1. Zoupas, Amyntas5.9 
 2. Papadakis, Arkad.5.6 
 3. Vasilopoulos, AEK5.3 
 4. Nikou, Panelefs.5.2 
 5. Koronidis, Perama5.2 
 6. Kaberidis, Ikaroi4.8 
 7. Makris, Pagrati4.6 
 8. Argyropoylos, Apol.4.5 
 9. Kekelis, Ermis L.4.1 
 10. Panagakis, OFI3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Gianni VAVATSIKOS
  AEK/A.
  (201-F-90)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Vavatsikos, AEK/A.1.8 
 2. Lewis, OFI1.8 
 3. Tsiotras, Arkadikos1.8 
 4. Pettas, Doxa L.1.8 
 5. Nikitakis, Nea K.1.7 
 6. Magounis, Panele.1.6 
 7. Petrovic-S., Apoll.1.6 
 8. Kallianotis, Paner.1.5 
 9. Argyropoylos, Apol.1.5 
 10. Stevovic, AE.1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Sotiris KATOUFAS
  Panery.
  (206-F-79)
  Avg: 1.2
 1. Katoufas, Panery.1.2 
 2. Libaris-P., Doxa L.1.2 
 3. Karadolamis, OFI1.1 
 4. Toutziarakis, OFI1.0 
 5. Koutroulias, Pagra.1.0 
 6. Krolo, Apollon Pat.0.8 
 7. Margaritis, Ikaroi0.8 
 8. Noeas, AEK0.6 
 9. Anagnostopou., Erm.0.6 
 10. Koukounias, Nea0.6 


The conclusion made of the Greek teams in the semis @ a glance. - by Chris Mammides

The up until yesterday afternoon European champion team of Panathinaikos is no longer a champion as after a heroic fight against the Goliath of Euroleague this season, CSKA Moscow lost in details a game which had the control for more than 39 and a half minutes proved to be a really tough nut for the Russians. On the contrary the other outsider of the Semis, team of Olympiakos knocked down the super house of Barcelona which is showing that the Catalonian Empire could be at its end. Olympiakos with an amazing passion, a VSpan from the old (when was playing under the jersey of his rival team of Panathinaikos) and a lot of Greek talent (Kostas Papanikolaou (204-F-90), Konstantinos Sloukas (197-G-90), Georgios Printezis (206-F-85 and Evangelos Mantzaris (196-G-90)) was much better than the Great Barcelona took the ticket for the finals and will play against the almighty CSKA in a do or die game!

Panathinaikos was much better than CSKA in the first period where it took them (Russians and Kazlauskas) by surprise with the last basket in 4.4 seconds but David Logan (his only basket in the game) to make the score 15-29 in an amazing first quarter for the ex European champions. The second period though was a total nightmare for the Greens as Kirilenko (mostly) and his team-mates closed all their gaps and with tough defense outscored the Greens with 5-17, with the Greens scoring just 5 points in 10 minutes which is a new negative record in the Euroleague Semis, since the very beginning. Everybody was thought that the Greens would have been finishing as the momentum was totally Russian, but Panathinaikos with the Lithuanian Sarunas Jasikevicius (192-G-76, college: Maryland) at his 36 proving once more his qualities and his amazing temperament in the big and serious games came back in the third quarter and with great offence and wise defense took a small lead and kept it until the end of the third period even though the Russians were able once or twice not only to balance the game but to take a lead of 1-2 points. The 4 points lead of the period was obvious not enough for the Greens who were giving their best in the defense but were facing a serious problem in the offence with Kostas Kaimakoglou (206-C/F-83) being the only real thread as Dimitris Diamantidis (196-G-80) and Mike Batiste (203-F-77, college: Arizona St.) were very well guarded. Panathinaikos against all odds was leading a little bit before the end with a three pointer from the MVP of the greens Sarunas Jasikevicius. Panathinaikos leads 60-64 with 2:12 to go and Saras has done it again. Its worth mentioned that the men in gray started to pinpoint the winner when some minutes before the specific moment started the recital and especially the Spaniard Jose Martin who was the referee who slaughter the Greens in Tel Aviv too, so in no time two offensive fouls against Mike Batiste, at least two block shots which were clear fouls from Viktor Khryapa (204-F/G-82) against the same player and most of all a tough un-sportsmanship foul over Tsartsaris who was given just a foul, changed the momentum and the last two minutes Panathinaikos was blocked, Milos Teodosic (195-G-87) scored an easy lay-up against Calathes who still is in a medium performances this season, and a crucial missed lay-up by Mike Batiste against Ramunas Siskauskas (197-G-78), gave the victory to the Russians even though Milos Teodosic gave the chance to the Greens with his two missed free throws at the end to get the last shot but 3D missed the chance as he had a false ball. Panathinaikos may lost but for sure the Russians of CSKA never believed that with so bad game could have been playing in the Sundays final. Men in Gray decided.

The team of Coach Ivkovic as mentioned before was more prepared and much better than the tired team of Barcelona, with Vassilis Spanoulis (193-G-82) and Georgios Printezis in the leading roles kept the safety deficit from the early beginning and with great defense by Antic and Joey Dorsey (206-C/F-83, college: Memphis) and even though both head-coaches used nine players in the first eight minutes of the game, trying to keep a high energy level, the 17-11 after the first 10 minutes was the pre-taste of the game in general. Even though Navaro gave some points to his team and actually gave the leading role for some seconds (26-27) to Barcelona, Vassilis Spanoulis and Joey Dorsey found their way to the basket to give Olympiacos another 4-point advantage. Barcelona kept the pressure on the offensive boards to stay within a possession of its opponents. Boniface Ndong (213-C-77) tipped-in Lorbeks miss, but Olympiacos had the last word in the half when Vassilis Spanoulis assisted Joey Dorsey for a stunning slam dunk that gave the Reds a 33-29 lead at the break. The momentum was totally on the Reds even though the score was not proving so.

The 3rd period started with a rain of three pointers from the Reds with Vassilis Spanoulis and Georgios Printezis increasing the lead to 8 points and at the same time Evangelos Mantzaris was performing a great defense over Navaro (the brains of Barcelona). Georgios Printezis scored inside and Lorbek made a hook-shot from close range, only to see Kostas Papanikolaou hit a crucial three-pointer and Law sink a long jump shot to make it 50-43. Before the end of the period Navarro and Lorbek made sure Olympiacos would go into the last 10 minutes trailing with the leas feasible deficit as the 3 points 50-47 were not so safe for Olympiakos. Ivkovic's troops had the momentum the upper hand and the passion three elements which were lacking from the Catalonians, so the 4th and decisive period started with Antic and Vassilis Spanoulis giving a +7 to Olympiakos . Barcelona countered with Navarro's trademark La Bomba shot, but Georgios Printezis hit a big three-pointer to make it 61-56 with four-and-a-half minutes to go. The epilogue was great for the Reds, after an offensive foul by Law, Navarro calmly sank a pair of free throws but Vassilis Spanoulis had an answer hitting a three over Huertas to give his team 66-61 advantage. In the next 20 seconds, though, Boniface Ndong drew couple of fouls and hit three of four free throws to make it a 66-64. After that one miss, Olympiacos did not manage to control the rebound but Huertas missed a three-pointer that would put Barca in the lead with 35 seconds left. Instead, Joey Dorsey fought in the paint making a layup while being fouled. He missed the free throw leaving the score 68-64 with 16.1 seconds to go. It was all over when Boniface Ndong missed a hook-shot on the next possession. Evangelos Mantzaris grabbed the rebound and an army of Olympiacos fans were celebrating all night long...

And the history says Olympiakos Piraeus CSKA Moscow in the finals, another great night for the Greek Basketball which against all odds and in the most crucial phase of the country is founding the strength needed and the gats to overcome all the other problems and to be present to another European Final!!!
Congratulations to Olympiakos!!



A1, Third place: Panionios beats Kolossos in Game Two, 81-64 (1-1) - by Eurobasket News

Panionios was better than Kolossos tonight 81-64 tying the score to 1-1 in the series. The format is best-of-five and teams fight for third place in Greek A1 league. The game was mostly controlled by Panionios. Kolossos was better in fourth quarter 20-11. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 19-of-25 charity shots (76.0 percent) during the game. American point guard William Keys (188-PG-77, college: N.Mexico St.) stepped up and scored 16 points for the winners and his fellow American guard Jon Diebler (198-G-88, college: Ohio St.) chipped in 15 points. Four Panionios players scored in double figures. Panionios' coach Giorgos Bartzokas allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. At the losing side guard Angelos Tsamis (192-G-81) responded with 9 points.

In the first meeting, Kolossos celebrated 71-68 home win. The hosts trailed by 8 points after three quarters before their 22-11 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Kolossos outrebounded Panionios 39-28 including a 29-15 advantage in defensive rebounds. 28 personal fouls committed by Panionios helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Marcus Hatten (186-G-80, college: St.John's) who helped to win the game recording 15 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. Guard Angelos Tsamis contributed with 11 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Four Kolossos players scored in double figures. The former international forward Nikos Barlos (202-F-79) answered with 19 points and American guard Jon Diebler 11 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Panionios. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game.

As mentioned above, the format is best-of-five. Teams will meet on Wednesday again and Kolossos will be the host.



A2 Round 29: Panerythraikos defeat leader Panelefsiniakos - by Eurobasket News

There will be only one (last) round of the Regular Season in A2. The round was exceptionally exciting as four games ended with a tiny margin. The fans could enjoy quite many interesting games in the last round. The round ended with defeat of the leader, extra overtimes, derby games, favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

The most surprising game was a loss of top-ranked Panelefsiniakos (22-7) in Eleusina on Saturday night. Hosts were edged by fifteenth ranked Panerythraikos (11-18) 103-100. Panerythraikos moved-up to fourteenth place, which they share with Perama Ermis. Panelefsiniakos at the other side still keeps top position with seven games lost. Panerythraikos is looking forward to face higher ranked Ikaroi Serron (#4) in Serres in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Panelefsiniakos will play on the road against Pagrati in Athens and is hoping to win this game.

There were no big surprises in other games of round 29: Periko/Arhelaos was beaten by Nea Kifisia on the road 65-62. Apollon Patras lost to Pagrati on its own court 81-95. Perama Ermis unfortunately lost to Ikaroi Serron in Serres 84-89. Doxa Lefkadas rolled over AEK/Argous at home 94-66. Lavrio was defeated by Ermis Lagkada on the opponent's court 84-81. Amyntas Dafnis was beaten by AEK in a home game 74-75.
The most impressive performance of 29th round was 17 points, 11 rebounds and 6 assists by Anastasios Antonakis of Pagrati.


Nea Kifisia - Periko/Arhelaos 65-62
No shocking result in a game when fifth ranked Nea Kifisia (17-12) edged 13th ranked Periko/Arhelaos (12-17) in Athens 65-62 on Saturday. However just three-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Periko/Arhelaos won third quarter 17-14. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Nea Kifisia forced 22 Periko/Arhelaos turnovers. Periko/Arhelaos was plagued by 28 personal fouls down the stretch. The former international guard Filippos Moschovitis (190-G-78) (190-78) orchestrated the victory by scoring 13 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Forward Thodoris Sioutis (200-80) contributed with 10 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Center Dimitrios Marmarinos (205-76, college: Nevada) answered with 17 points and 7 rebounds and guard Kostas Bechlivanis (180-74) added 14 points in the effort for Periko/Arhelaos. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Newly promoted Nea Kifisia maintains fifth place with 17-12 record. Loser Periko/Arhelaos keeps the thirteenth position with 17 games lost. Nea Kifisia's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Athens to the arena AEK.
Top scorers:
Periko/Arhelaos: D.Marmarinos 17+7reb+2ast, K.Bechlivanis 14+3reb+2ast, S.Ioakimidis 7+6reb+1ast, G.Maltesios 6+1reb+1ast, T.Panaras 4+5reb+4ast, N.Bochoridis 4
Nea Kifisia: F.Moschovitis 13+5reb+5ast, T.Sioutis 10+5reb+3ast, D.Menoudakos 9, C.Petrodimopoulos 6+5reb+1ast, S.Diamantopoulos 6+1reb, M.Kolokas 5+8reb+2ast
gschID: 138547


Arkadikos - OFI 105-97 OT
Top scorers:
OFI: A.Sizopoulos 23+5reb+4ast, D.Lewis 15+4reb+2ast, G.Kerasovitis 15+2reb+3ast, S.Panagakis 13+1reb+3ast, D.Katiakos 10+12reb+1ast, K.Balafas 10+2ast
Arkadikos: S.Gizogiannis 27+9reb+2ast, A.Gizogiannis 24+7reb+3ast, M.Papadakis 13+4reb+4ast, T.Tsiotras 13+6reb+3ast, G.Kopsaftis 12+4reb+3ast, P.Kosanovic 9+2reb+1ast
gschID: 138548


Apollon Patras - Pagrati 81-95
There was an upset when second-ranked Apollon Patras (20-9) lost at home to twelfth ranked Pagrati (13-16) 95-81 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Pagrati. Apollon Patras was better in second period 23-22. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 21-of-25 free shots (84.0 percent) during the game. Apollon Patras was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. Guard Giannis Dimakos (194-94) orchestrated the victory by scoring 33 points (!!!). Center Apostolos Koutroulias (206-76) contributed with 24 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Naturalized Serbian swingman Vladimir Petrovic-Stergiou (198-77, agency: BeoExcell) answered with 19 points, 8 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) and forward Ioannis Lianos (201-85) added 23 points in the effort for Apollon Patras. Four Apollon Patras players scored in double figures. Apollon Patras' coach rotated twelve players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Pagrati have a solid series of four victories in a row. They moved-up to eleventh place, which they share with Amyntas Dafnis. Loser Apollon Patras keeps the second position with nine games lost. Pagrati will face league's leader Panelefsiniakos in Eleusina in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Apollon Patras will play on the road against OFI in Heraklion.
Top scorers:
Apollon Patras: I.Lianos 23+2reb+3ast, N.Argyropoylos 21+2reb+4ast, V.Petrovic-Stergiou 19+8reb+4ast, I.Krolo 11+6reb, S.Daniil 3+2reb, G.Petropoulos 2+1ast
Pagrati: G.Dimakos 33+2reb, A.Koutroulias 24+7reb+3ast, A.Antonakis 17+11reb+6ast, S.Veskoukis 9+3reb+4ast, A.Raptis 7+9reb+2ast, T.Vasilopoulos 5+2reb
gschID: 138549


Panelefsiniakos - Panerythraikos 100-103
The most surprising game was a loss of top-ranked Panelefsiniakos (22-7) in Eleusina on Saturday night. Hosts were edged by fifteenth ranked Panerythraikos (11-18) 103-100. Panerythraikos moved-up to fourteenth place, which they share with Perama Ermis. Panelefsiniakos at the other side still keeps top position with seven games lost. Panerythraikos is looking forward to face higher ranked Ikaroi Serron (#4) in Serres in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Panelefsiniakos will play on the road against Pagrati in Athens and is hoping to win this game.
gschID: 138550


Ikaroi Serron - Perama Ermis 89-84
Very predictable result when fourth ranked Ikaroi Serron (19-10) won against 14th ranked Perama Ermis (11-18) in Serres 89-84 on Saturday. However just five-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Perama Ermis won third quarter 23-20. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Ikaroi Serron made 19-of-24 free shots (79.2 percent) during the game. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. Perama Ermis was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. Forward Kostas Pehlivanis (192-79) orchestrated the victory by scoring 29 points. Forward Filipp Simeonidis (204-80, agency: Court Side) contributed with 14 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists and 5 steals for the winners. Five Ikaroi Serron players scored in double figures. Ikaroi Serron's coach Stathis Kamarakis used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Guard Dionisios Kapiniaris (185-91) answered with 19 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists and Serbian-Slovenian forward Marko Milicevic (204-82) added 10 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Perama Ermis. Ikaroi Serron have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They moved-up to third place, which they share with AEK. Perama Ermis lost third consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the fourteenth position with 18 games lost. Ikaroi Serron will face Panerythraikos (#15) in New Eritrea in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Perama Ermis will play at home against Ermis Lagkada in Lagadas.
Top scorers:
Perama Ermis: D.Kapiniaris 19+6reb+8ast, V.Delis 11+5reb+1ast, M.Milicevic 10+7reb+1ast, D.Tsarouchas 10, D.Karabatsos 9+2ast, L.Skoutaris 9+3reb+2ast
Ikaroi Serron: K.Pehlivanis 29+3reb+2ast, K.Totsios 15+3reb+2ast, F.Simeonidis 14+7reb+4ast, E.Margaritis 11+3reb+1ast, S.Kaberidis 11+4reb+8ast, H.Voivatopoulos 7+5reb
gschID: 138551


Doxa Lefkadas - AEK/Argous 94-66
Not a big story in a game when bottom-ranked AEK/Argous (0-29) was outscored on the road by ninth ranked Doxa Lefkadas (15-14) 94-66 on Saturday. The game without a history. Doxa Lefkadas led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 62 of its points in the paint compared to AEK/Argous' 36. They outrebounded AEK/Argous 45-33 including 31 on the defensive glass. Forward Vasilis Vagenas (202-80) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 13 rebounds. Center Nikos Libaris-Psomas (210-84) contributed with 13 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Five Doxa Lefkadas players scored in double figures. Doxa Lefkadas' coach felt very confident that he used 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Naturalized Serbian guard Alex Stevovic (191-90) answered with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 12 rebounds and forward Gianni Vavatsikos (201-90) added 17 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for AEK/Argous. Doxa Lefkadas moved-up to seventh place, which they share with OFI and Lavrio. Loser AEK/Argous still closes the standings. Doxa Lefkadas will face Lavrio (#9) on the road in the next round. AEK/Argous will play against Amyntas Dafnis (#12) in Athens and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
AEK/Argous: A.Stevovic 24+12reb+3ast, G.Vavatsikos 17+8reb+1ast, G.Vourdoulas 10+7reb+2ast, G.Flevaris 8+2reb, V.Stateras 4+1reb, A.Mitropappas 3+3reb
Doxa Lefkadas: N.Marousits 14+2reb+2ast, M.Pekovic 14+4reb+1ast, N.Libaris-Psomas 13+9reb+1ast, V.Vagenas 12+13reb+1ast, A.Vournas 12+5reb+5ast, O.Matenidis 8+2reb+3ast
gschID: 138544


Ermis Lagkada - Lavrio 84-81
There was a small surprise when tenth ranked Ermis Lagkada (14-15) edged 8th ranked Lavrio (15-14) in Lagadas 84-81 on Saturday. The hosts trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 11-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 84-81. Lavrio was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. Forward Nikos Gamouras (202-86) orchestrated the victory by scoring 16 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. Center Giorgos Anagnostopoulos (207-80) contributed with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Forward Giannis Kakiouzis (205-78) answered with 14 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists and forward Nikos Psileas (200-80) added 16 points in the effort for Lavrio. Five Ermis Lagkada and four Lavrio players scored in double figures. Ermis Lagkada maintains tenth place with 14-15 record. Loser Lavrio dropped to the seventh position with 14 games lost. Ermis Lagkada will face Perama Ermis (#14) on the road in the next round.
Top scorers:
Lavrio: N.Psileas 16+4reb+1ast, G.Kakiouzis 14+8reb+5ast, M.Perakis 14+4reb+1ast, G.Tirlas 13+5reb+1ast, G.Psomaderis 11+3reb+1ast, V.Kounas 9+6reb+3ast
Ermis Lagkada: S.Kekelis 21+3ast, N.Gamouras 16+8reb+4ast, H.Plioukas 15+4reb+1ast, G.Anagnostopoulos 14+10reb+3ast, S.Iliadis 13+3reb+5ast, G.Kaiklis 3+1reb+1ast
gschID: 138545


Amyntas Dafnis - AEK 74-75
There was no surprise when 11th ranked Amyntas Dafnis (13-16) was edged by third ranked AEK (19-10) in Athens 75-74 on Saturday. The guests trailed by 4 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 5-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 75-74. Amyntas Dafnis was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. Forward Vaggelis Sklavos (202-77) saved the victory by scoring 22 points and 9 rebounds. Guard Fotis Vasilopoulos (187-86) contributed with 15 points and 7 assists for the winners. Guard Leonidas Zoupas (182-82) answered with 19 points and 4 assists and guard Kostas Vardavas (193-81) added 18 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Amyntas Dafnis. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. AEK have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They maintain third place with 19-10 record having just three points less than leader Panelefsiniakos, which they share with Ikaroi Serron. Loser Amyntas Dafnis keeps the eleventh position with 16 games lost. AEK's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Athens Nea Kifisia.
Top scorers:
Amyntas Dafnis: L.Zoupas 19+1reb+4ast, K.Vardavas 18+5reb, D.Chilaris 13+9reb, B.Samothrakis 11+5reb+1ast, T.Vardianos 4+5reb+3ast, F.Pagonis 4+1reb+2ast
AEK: V.Sklavos 22+9reb+1ast, A.Mantzaris 16+2reb+3ast, F.Vasilopoulos 15+2reb+7ast, N.Kourtis 10+10reb, A.Falekas 6+4reb+1ast, D.Despos 4+2reb+1ast



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Standings

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

Regular Season: Round 20

May. 11: Kankakee S. - Lake County S. 127-120
May. 12: L.Angeles L. - Battle Creek K.
May. 13: L.Angeles L. - Battle Creek K.


Lightning open IBA season with a win - by Gianni Pascucci

Chris Ayer scored 24 of his game-high 29 points in the second half on Saturday night as the Los Angeles Lightning opened their 2012 pro basketball season with a 118-100 victory over the Battle Creek Knights at the Gilbert Sports Arena in Thousand Oaks.
After trailing by six late in the third quarter, the Lightning went on a 19-6 run to take a 96-87 lead with 7:43 to play. Minutes later, they enjoyed their biggest lead at 112-98 after a 3-pointer by Ayer and a jumper by Billy Knight. Ayer hit 13 of 19 shots and finished with 29 points and 11 rebounds. The 6-11 forward was a perfect 3-3 on 3-pointers. Ayer, Trayvon Lathan and Knight -- all Lightning veterans -- combined for 80 points and 32 rebounds.
The Lightning won the board battle 61-48 and collected 27 assists en route to their eighth straight home victory. Kamran Sufi handed out 13 assists but also had nine turnovers. Lathan scored 21 of his 27 points in the first half, which ended with the Knights (2-8) ahead 54-51. Lathan also had 14 rebounds. Knight added 24 points, seven boards and five assists.
The Lightning outrebounded the visitors from Michigan 61-48 and outshot them in the second half 52 to 41.2 percent.
Manny Richardson had 20 points and nine boards for the Knights and Marcus Lancaster scored 20 in 25 minutes but was hampered by an ankle injury in the second half.
The same teams will meet tonight, Sunday 12, in a 6 p.m. game at Cal Lutheran.



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Standings

IBL Standings
Branding
 1. Jersey G-F 1-2 
 2. Orlando V. 1-4 
 3. Yamhill H. 0-0 
Continental
 1. Bellingham S. 5-1 
 2. Vancouver V. 4-1 
 3. Olympia R. 2-4 
International
 1. Edmonton E. 3-1 
 2. Portland C. 1-3 
 3. Nippon T. 0-0 
Travel Team
 1. S. Soldiers 1-2 
 2. Los Angeles 0-0 
 3. W.Coast H. 0-0 

Regular Season: Round 5

May. 11: Bellingham S. - Vancouver V. 127-120
May. 11: Jersey G-F - Orlando V. 121-126
May. 11: Olympia R. - S. Soldiers 121-118

Regular Season: Round 7

May. 18: Portland C. - Olympia R.
May. 18: Bellingham S. - Edmonton E.
May. 18: S. Soldiers - Vancouver V.
May. 18: Orlando V. - Jersey G-F



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  ITALY   

Stats Leaders - Lega2

Points Per Game
 Troy BELL
  S.Antimo
  (186-PG-80)
  Avg: 23.2
 1. Bell, S.Antimo23.2 
 2. Hardy, Giorgio22.9 
 3. Marigney, Givova S.21.2 
 4. Freeman, MarcoPol.20.9 
 5. Maggioli, Fileni B.18.5 
 6. Voskuil, Morpho B.18.2 
 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: 11.7
 1. Thomas, Givova S.11.7 
 2. Anderson, Morpho B.8.2 
 3. Maggioli, Fileni B.7.7 
 4. Jones, Giorgio7.7 
 5. Borovnjak, Enel B.7.6 
 6. Baldassarre, Bianc.7.5 
 7. Waleskowski, Tezen.7.4 
 8. Diliegro, Assi Ost.7.1 
 9. Kotti, Aget Imola6.9 
 10. Brooks, Fileni BPA6.9 
Assists Per Game
 Mike GREEN
  Sigma B.
  (185-PG-85)
  Avg: 5.1
 1. Green, Sigma B.5.1 
 2. Johnson, Assi O.4.5 
 3. Porta, Tezenis4.4 
 4. Kelley, Biancobl.3.5 
 5. Whiting, Aget Imola3.4 
 6. McConnell, Fileni3.4 
 7. Renfroe, Enel B.3.3 
 8. Marigney, Givova S.3.3 
 9. Goldwire, Centra.3.0 
 10. Blizzard, Biancob.3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Mario WEST
  Tezenis .
  (195-G-84)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. West, Tezenis3.1 
 2. Thompson, Centra.2.8 
 3. Radulovic, Givova2.6 
 4. Marigney, Givova S.2.5 
 5. Baldassarre, Bianc.2.4 
 6. Green, Sigma B.2.4 
 7. Robinson, Trenkwal.2.4 
 8. Porta, Tezenis2.3 
 9. Campbell, S.Antimo2.1 
 10. Taylor, Trenkwal.2.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Riccardo CERVI
  Trenkwalder
  (215-C-91)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Cervi, Trenkwalder2.2 
 2. Maggioli, Fileni B.1.7 
 3. Radulovic, Givova0.8 
 4. Thomas, Givova S.0.8 
 5. Brkic, Prima Veroli0.8 
 6. Chiacig, Trenkwald.0.7 
 7. Zerini, Enel Brind.0.7 
 8. Kotti, Aget Imola0.6 
 9. Da Ros, Sigma B.0.6 
 10. Galanda, Giorgi.0.6 


Lega2 Round 2 of Quarter-Finals - by Eurobasket News

Giorgio Tesi PT - Prima Veroli 83-84

Pistoia narrowly lost to Prima Veroli at home court. Tuscany Pistoia was trailing by 1 point at halftime but managed to get 7-point lead after three quarters before a 21-13 charge of Prima Veroli, which allowed them to win the game. American guard Jarrius Jackson (188-85, college: Texas Tech) scored 29 points and 4 assists to lead the charge for the winners and the former international power forward Ivan Gatto (207-78) chipped in 12 points and 7 rebounds during the contest. Four Prima Veroli players scored in double figures. American point guard Dwight Hardy (188-87, college: St.John's) responded with 25 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line) and guard Giacomo Gurini (192-84, agency: Two Points) scored 17 points.
Top scorers:
Prima Veroli: J.Jackson 29+3reb+4ast, B.Elder 13+3reb+1ast, I.Gatto 12+7reb, D.Brkic 10+6reb, A.Giovacchini 8+7reb+2ast, G.Lee 4+4reb+2ast
Giorgio Tesi PT: D.Hardy 25+8reb+4ast, G.Gurini 17+4reb, L.Saccaggi 12+1reb+1ast, J.Tavernari 11+3reb+3ast, B.Jones 9+4reb+1ast, F.Toppo 8+5reb+1ast
gschID: 176359


Givova Scafati - Centrale Latte 106-92

Givova Scafati grabbed 2-0 lead against Central Latte. It looked good early as Centrale Latte took an 8-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Givova Scafati had a 33-22 second period charge getting the lead and Centrale Latte was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 92-106. Givova Scafati forced 21 Centrale Latte turnovers. American guard Paul Marigney (192-82, college: St.Mary's, CA) notched 23 points, 7 assists and 8 steals to lead the effort and the former international swingman Andrea Ghiacci (200-81) supported him with 14 points and 8 rebounds. Givova Scafati's coach Giulio Griccioli allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Even a double-double of 17 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists by American guard Ryan Thompson (198-89, college: Rider) did not help to save the game for Centrale Latte. Naturalized Argentinian forward Mario Jose Ghersetti (201-81) added 16 points for the guests. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Givova Scafati: P.Marigney 23+3reb+7ast, M.Casini 17+2reb+3ast, N.Radulovic 16+3reb+2ast, J.Thomas 14+8reb, A.Ghiacci 14+8reb+2ast, G.Sorrentino 9+2reb+1ast
Centrale Latte: R.Thompson 17+11reb+4ast, M.Jose Ghersetti 16+4reb+1ast, M.Rezzano 15+1reb, L.Goldwire 13+2reb+3ast, D.Busma 10+4reb, F.Bushati 8+3reb+1ast
gschID: 176360


Enel Brindisi - Assi Ostuni 77-59

Enel Brindisi eased past Assi Ostuni for the second win in a row. The game was mostly controlled by Enel Brindisi. Assi Ostuni was better in second period 14-13. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Enel Brindisi forced 21 Assi Ostuni turnovers. Serbian power forward Dejan Borovnjak (207-86, agency: Beo Basket) notched 15 points and 7 rebounds to lead the effort and naturalized Albanian swingman Klaudio Ndoja (200-85) supported him with 14 points and 7 rebounds. Even 13 points and 9 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) by naturalized American center Dane Diliegro (204-88, college: New Hampshire) did not help to save the game for Assi Ostuni. The former international power forward Tommaso Rinaldi (206-85) added 12 points and 7 rebounds for the guests.
Top scorers:
Enel Brindisi: D.Borovnjak 15+7reb+2ast, M.Formenti 14+2reb+1ast, K.Ndoja 14+7reb, J.Gibson 12+1reb+1ast, A.Renfroe 9+9reb+3ast, C.Callahan 8+5reb+2ast
Assi Ostuni: A.Johnson 16+1ast, D.Diliegro 13+9reb, T.Rinaldi 12+7reb, S.Berti 9+5reb+2ast, J.Klobucar 6+1reb+2ast, G.Sirakov 3+1ast
gschID: 176357


Sigma Barcel. - Morpho Basket 79-65

Sigma Barcellona earned 2-0 lead against Morpho Basket. Morpho Basket was tied at the half but could not keep up in last two quarters eventually losing the game. Sigma Barcellona forced 20 Morpho Basket turnovers. Lithuanian guard Mindaugas Lukauskis (198-79) notched a double-double by scoring 10 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists to lead the effort and American point guard Mike Green (185-85, college: Butler) supported him with 17 points and 4 steals. Four Sigma Barcellona players scored in double figures. Sigma Barcellona's coach Stefano Vanoncini allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Even 18 points and 8 rebounds by American forward Dwayne Anderson (198-86, college: Villanova) did not help to save the game for Morpho Basket. American-Danish guard Alan Voskuil (191-86, college: Texas Tech) added 21 points for the guests.
Top scorers:
Sigma Barcel.: M.Green 17+4reb+2ast, M.Lukauskis 10+10reb+5ast, M.Mocavero 10+4reb, R.Bucci 10, M.Da Ros 10+5reb, P.Martin 8+2reb+1ast
Morpho Basket: A.Voskuil 21+2reb, D.Anderson 18+8reb, L.Infante 10+8reb, C.Cotis Harrison 6+4reb, R.Perego 4+2reb+2ast, M.Passera 4+2reb+2ast
gschID: 176358



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BJ League Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Michael PARKER
  Shimane SM
  (202-F-81)
  Avg: 22.9
 1. Parker, Shimane SM22.9 
 2. Palmer, Fukuoka21.9 
 3. Hargrow, Chiba J.21.6 
 4. Staten, Chiba Jets21.2 
 5. Cummings, Oita H.21.1 
 6. Woods, Akita NH20.4 
 7. Flowers, Saitama19.4 
 8. White, Oita H.18.6 
 9. Burrell, Yokohama.18.6 
 10. Fitzgerald, Sendai18.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Chris HOLM
  Niigata Albirex
  (212-C/F-84)
  Avg: 14.4
 1. Holm, Niigata Albi.14.4 
 2. Hamilton, Fukuok.11.4 
 3. Rickert, Kyoto H.11.0 
 4. Staten, Chiba Jets11.0 
 5. Searcy, Toyama G.10.8 
 6. Malloy, Iwate B.10.5 
 7. Mims, Sendai 89ers10.4 
 8. Roberts, Shins.10.2 
 9. Burrell, Yokohama.10.2 
 10. Blackledge, Osaka10.0 
Assists Per Game
 Kenny SATTERFIELD
  Saitam.
  (188-PG-81)
  Avg: 6.7
 1. Satterfield, Saita.6.7 
 2. Takushi, Oita H.5.9 
 3. Gardener, Akita NH5.6 
 4. Dixon, Hamamats.5.2 
 5. Shimura, Sendai5.2 
 6. Yamamoto, Shima.4.8 
 7. Dukes, Sendai 89e.4.6 
 8. Yamamoto, Iwate B.4.5 
 9. Staten, Chiba Jets4.4 
 10. Namizato, Okina.4.2 
Steals Per Game
 Jamel STATEN
  Chiba Jets
  (198-G-83)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Staten, Chiba Jets2.8 
 2. Palmer, Fukuoka2.7 
 3. Parker, Shimane SM2.3 
 4. Smith, Takamats.2.1 
 5. Lyons, Miyazaki SS2.0 
 6. Humphrey, Saitama2.0 
 7. Klaiber, Iwate B.1.8 
 8. Dixon, Hamamats.1.8 
 9. Arnold, Hamamats.1.8 
 10. Joho, Toyama G.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Jeral DAVIS
  Shimane SM
  (216-C-84)
  Avg: 3.8
 1. Davis, Shimane SM3.8 
 2. Blackledge, Osaka3.0 
 3. Singleton, Sendai2.9 
 4. Broxsie, Chiba Jets2.5 
 5. Blackledge, Hamama.2.1 
 6. Marshall, Osaka E.1.6 
 7. Mims, Sendai 89ers1.6 
 8. Hughes, Shinshu BW1.6 
 9. Moliva, Chiba Jets1.3 
 10. Dukes, Sendai 89.1.3 


Burrell powers B-Corsairs into Final Four - by Eurobasket News

By ED ODEVEN

Staff writer

Yokohama With a trip to the Final Four on the line, the Yokohama B-Corsairs and Akita Northern Happinets knew nothing would be easy in Friday's high-stakes contest. And both teams displayed a sense of urgency from start to finish in Game 2 of the bj-league's Eastern Conference semifinal series at Yokohama Cultural Gymnasium.

But the Happinets, pushed to the brink of exhaustion, by inimitable bench boss Kazuo Nakamura , played a better, smarter game than they did in the series opener.

The result? Akita defeated Yokohama 82-69.

It was the second-year Happinets' first victory over the expansion B-Corsairs in six meetings this season, and it snapped Yokohama's 10-game winning streak.

That forced a 10-minute mini-game tiebreaker, the league's quirky winner-take-all format for the first-round and conference semifinal rounds, 20 minutes after Game 2 concluded.

In the mini-game, Yokohama topped Akita 18-15 behind 12 points from regular-season MVP Justin Burrell (206-F-88, college: St.John's).

Yokohama's Reggie Geary, the bj-league coach the year, said, 'We knew this was going to be a battle. We take our hats off to coach (Kazuo) Nakamura and the Akita team. That's an outstanding team over thre.'

'Thank you for coming out,' Geary told fans.

'Please come out to Ariake Colosseum (next weekend),' he added. 'We're going to need you next week.'

In the first 5-minute stanza of bonus play, Justin Burrell, a first-year pro out of St. John's in New York City who, scored Yokohama's first seven points, staking the club to a 7-3 lead. But then Kazuhiro Shoji buried a 3 to pull Akita within 7-5. The Happinets missed several shots in a row after that before a break in the action with 16.7 ticks left on the clock.

The B-Corsairs never trailed in the first 7:56 of the 10-minute tiebreaker, and that form held up, but it was dramatic until the finish. For instance, they took an 11-7 lead into a timeout before Chas McFarland (213-C-86, college: Wake Forest) stepped to the free-throw line with 3:04 remaining. He made the first of two shots to raise the lead to five points. Akita guard Mychal Kearse's pIull-up J cut it to 12-9, and then Justin Burrell made a layup and went to the charity stripe with 2:19 left for a shot at an old-school three-point play. The shot was good, and it was 15-9 before the Happinets' Lionel Green made a 3-pointer. Shoji missed a 3 on the next Akita possession and McFarland was whistled for an offensive foul.

Akita then attempted three shots in rapid succession before losing possession with 19.7 seconds remaining.

After Kenji Yamada the first of two free throws, Akita's Kyle Swanston grabbed the defensive rebound after the second shot, raced down court and canned a 3 to pull the visitors within 16-15 with just under 12 seconds left in the second mini-game period.

Draelon Burns sank two free throws with 8.6 seconds left to make it 18-15.

Swanston missed a potential game-tying 3 at the buzzer. McFarland grabbed the 3 and tossed the ball in the air, a symbolic exclamation point to end the hard-earned victory.

Said Justin Burrell: 'Yesterday I thanked a lot of people behind the scenes . . . these guys (trainer Daisuke Goto) and (manager Aya Miyauchi) without them nothing would function properly,' including getting guys treatment for injuries.

Justin Burrell praised the fans for their never-wavering support, saying, 'You guys pushed us. and without your support we couldn't do it.

Basketball is a game played with your heart and soul and you pushed us through.'

Yokohama advances to face the Hamamatsu Higashimikawa Phoenix-Niigata Albirex BB series winner next Saturday at Ariake Colossuem in the Final Four.

Simply put, better offensive execution carried Akita to victory in Game 2, as evidenced by its 17-for-30 effort from inside the arc. The hosts, on the other hand, were just a little flat, a little too tentative in shooting, defending and overall play.

Yokohama defeated Akita 86-74 in Thursday's Game 1, and held the visitors to 10-for-39 3-point shooting. Akita was 10-for-23 on 3s in the first three quarters on Friday.

Justin Burrell led all players with 21 points in Game 2 and also hauled in 17 rebounds. Yokohama captain Masayuki Kabaya had 13 points and Burns scored 12.

The Happinets, playing loose and with ample confidence, were led by 22-year-old Shigehiro Taguchi's 20-point outburst, four 3s and 8-for-14 shooting from the field. Akita star Ricky Woods had 18 points and nine rebounds.

Justin Burrell's second 3-pointer of the game made it 39-39 early in the third. Kabaya buried a 3 on the hosts' next trip down the floor, then Swanston followed suit for Akita to tie it at 42-42.

Near the midway point of the third, Taguchi sank a baseline 3 to give the Happinets a 49-44 lead. He replicated that feat from the opposite corner seconds later as the Tohoku-based club increased its advantage to eight as part of a 14-5 spurt.

The hot-shooting Northern Happinets quickly flushed two more 3s Kearse and Taguchi in succession and took a 58-46 advantage.

Justin Burrell, who attempted just 15 3s in the regular season, sank his fourth of the game to bring the hosts within 60-54 late in the third quarter with the enthusiastic crowd clapping and chanting loudly.

Woods' driving layup beat the buzzer, and Akita took a 64-54 advantage into the fourth quarter.

The Happinets took their then-biggest lead of the game, 67-54, on a Ryosuke Mizumachi 3 in the opening seconds of the fourth quarter. Then Taguchi, the best pure shooter on the floor for most of the game, canned a mid-range J as the hosts fell behind 69-54 before a timeout at the 7:56 mark.

The B-Corsairs fought back to within 71-61 before Swanston's back-door cut and throwdown made it 73-61. Yokohama, scrapping and clawing, cut it to nine on two occasions in the next few minutes. Then, after a Justin Burrell block, Burns missed a 3 at the other end.

Woods' clutch layup with 58.1 seconds remaining, which gave Akita a 78-67 lead, appeared to seal the win for the Happinets.

How intense was the game from the get-go? Nakamura, the league's oldest coach at 71, took off his pink suit jacket less than 90 seconds into the game and began barking instructions to his players.

In the first quarter, Akita, looking to replicate its 18-0 start in Game 2 of the first-round series against the Sendai 89ers, took a 5-2 lead before Yokohama got its offensive rolling. The B-Corsairs pulled within 8-7 on Justin Burrell's baseline drive-and-spin layup and grabbed the lead on a Kabaya jumper. Then Kearse nailed a jumper as Akita regained the advantage near the midway point at 10-9.

Woods' first bucket of the game extended the Happinets' lead to 16-9.

Woods, who had held the league's single-game scoring record of 52 points while playing for the Oita HeatDevils in 2009-10 (Michael Parker, then with the Rizing Fukuoka, set the new standard with 53 points last season against the Takamatsu Five Arrows), had his left knee heavily taped, which slowed down his typical explosive mobility.

A Satoshi Hisayama 3 and a Kenji Yamada teardrop J in traffic cut it to 18-14. And then, as part of a quarter-closing 7-2 spurt, a Burns floater brought the B-Corsairs within 18-16.

Justin Burrell canned a straight-away 3-pointer for the first scoring play of the second stanza, pulling the hosts ahead 19-18. Sharp around-the-perimeter passing created open space for Taketo Aoki to bury a 3. And it flew effortlessly through the rim.

Taguchi's back-to-back 3s put Akita in front 26-22. The B-Corsairs called a timeout with 5:12 remaining until halftime after Yuki Kikuchi knocked down a 3. That came after a series of breakdowns on Yokohama's offensive end.

The short breather was good for the B-Corsairs, who faced tenacious traps and matchup zone tactics by the hustling Happinets. Seconds later, Aoki, who roams the baseline as frequently as birds soar in the sky, released a picture-perfect midrange jumper, and the lead was down to 29-26.

Burns knotted the score at 29-29, slicing past a pair of defenders with a layup.

With 7.1 left on the second-quarter game clock, Woods' up-and-under bucket tied it at 35-35, and he sank the subsequent free throw to put Akita ahead by one before the teams took a 20-minute break.

Woods was the leading scorer in the first half (11 points), shooting 3-for-3 from the field and 5-for-5 at the charity stripe. Justin Burrell led the hosts with eight points in that span, and Burns and Aoki each had seven. The B-Corsairs were 13-for-33 from the field and 6-for-12 at the line; the Happinets were 12-for-30 and 8-for-9, respectively.
Courtesy of: http://www.japantimes.co.jp



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  LEBANON   

Stats Leaders - Men

Points Per Game
 Desmond PENIGAR
  Byblos
  (201-F-81)
  Avg: 28.5
 1. Penigar, Byblos28.5 
 2. Khatib, Champville26.2 
 3. Spencer, Al Riyadi26.0 
 4. Gray, Byblos24.6 
 5. Johnson, Sagesse22.6 
 6. Youngblood, Anibal22.1 
 7. Johnson, Moutahed21.3 
 8. Hoskin, Champville20.3 
 9. Souaid, Bejjeh18.9 
 10. Khoury, Sagesse18.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Desmond PENIGAR
  Byblos
  (201-F-81)
  Avg: 12.1
 1. Penigar, Byblos12.1 
 2. Crump, Sagesse11.5 
 3. Ismail, Al Riyadi11.2 
 4. Thompson, Champvil.11.0 
 5. Hoskin, Champville10.9 
 6. Trim, Moutahed9.2 
 7. Hamdar, Hoops8.9 
 8. Bawji, Moutahed8.3 
 9. Bou Abboud, Bejjeh7.6 
 10. Tabet, Anibal7.5 
Assists Per Game
 Rodrigue AKL
  Anibal
  (189-PG-88)
  Avg: 6.5
 1. Akl, Anibal6.5 
 2. Johnson, Moutahed5.8 
 3. Mahmoud, Al Riyadi5.7 
 4. Gray, Byblos5.5 
 5. Ismail, Al Riyadi5.5 
 6. Khatib, Champville5.1 
 7. Johnson, Sagesse4.5 
 8. Spencer, Al Riyadi4.4 
 9. Barada, Byblos4.3 
 10. Youngblood, Anibal3.7 
Steals Per Game
 Austin JOHNSON
  Moutahed
  (191-G-87)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Johnson, Moutahed2.7 
 2. Youngblood, Anibal2.7 
 3. Mahmoud, Al Riyadi2.4 
 4. Spencer, Al Riyadi2.1 
 5. Estephane, Champvi.1.9 
 6. Akl, Anibal1.7 
 7. Johnson, Sagesse1.7 
 8. Thompson, Champvil.1.6 
 9. Souaid, Bejjeh1.6 
 10. Ismail, Al Riyadi1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Ahmad ISMAIL
  Al Riyadi
  (205-F-76)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Ismail, Al Riyadi1.8 
 2. Hamdar, Hoops1.6 
 3. Thompson, Champvil.1.5 
 4. Crump, Sagesse1.5 
 5. Sabra, Byblos1.4 
 6. Vogel, Al Riyadi1.3 
 7. Youngblood, Anibal1.1 
 8. Bou Abboud, Bejjeh1.0 
 9. Tabet, Anibal1.0 
 10. Fakhreddine, Hoo.0.9 


Champville beats Anibal in Game Three, takes 2-1 lead in the Finals - by Eurobasket News

Finals, Game 3: Champville - Anibal 103-79 (2-1)

Game Three of the Lebanese league Finals was played last night. Champville registered 103-79 home victory for 2-1 lead in the series. Teams will meet tomorrow again and Anibal will be the host. Yesterday, Champville led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 18-of-22 free shots (81.8 percent) during the game. Champville shot the lights out from three sinking 15 long-distance shots on high 62.5 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. It was a great evening for the former international forward Fadi Khatib (199-79) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 26 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists. International power forward Samuel Hoskin (206-79, college: De Paul, agency: Higher Vision Sports) helped adding 17 points and 12 rebounds. Four Champville players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was international center Charles Tabet (205-88, college: S.Alabama) with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 13 rebounds and the former international guard Ghaleb Rida (192-81) scored 20 points and 4 assists. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next game. Champville outplayed Anibal in Game Two. It was 81-90 road victory. Before that, Anibal handed 69-84 home loss to Champville in Game One. Champville was the regular season champion with 27-3 record.

Champville: F.Khatib 26+10reb+6ast, M.Haislip 21+5reb+3ast, S.Hoskin 17+12reb+2ast, M.Ibrahim 11+2reb+7ast, E.Estephane 9, C.Sarkis 6+2reb+1ast
Anibal: G.Rida 20+1reb+4ast, C.Tabet 17+13reb+1ast, J.Youngblood 14+4reb+2ast, R.Samaha 9+8reb, M.Mneimneh 7+1reb, L.Hurd 6+9reb+2ast



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  LUXEMBOURG   

Scoring Leaders - DBBL

Points Per Game
 Lamonte ULMER
  Soleuvre
  (198-SF-86)
  Avg: 26.2
 1. Ulmer, Soleuvre26.2 
 2. Arre, BBC Nitia25.7 
 3. Raji, Etzella23.8 
 4. Schumacher, T7122.3 
 5. McNutt, Heffingen22.2 
 6. Kennedy, Residence22.1 
 7. Rajniak, Basket E.20.4 
 8. Muller, T7120.3 
 9. Gumbs, Residence19.8 
 10. Perre, Musel Pikes19.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Lamonte ULMER
  Soleuvre
  (198-SF-86)
  Avg: 12.5
 1. Ulmer, Soleuvre12.5 
 2. Gary, Musel Pikes12.2 
 3. McNutt, Heffingen12.0 
 4. Stephens, T7110.9 
 5. Svitek, Basket Es.10.9 
 6. Kennedy, Residence10.4 
 7. Poznaks, BBC Nitia10.1 
 8. Raji, Etzella10.1 
 9. Smith, Sparta9.5 
 10. Carvalho, Heffing.9.4 
Assists Per Game
 Kasey ULIN
  Sparta
  (184-PG-82)
  Avg: 5.1
 1. Ulin, Sparta5.1 
 2. Schartz, Amicale4.1 
 3. Schumacher, T713.8 
 4. Arre, BBC Nitia3.7 
 5. Rajniak, Basket E.3.6 
 6. Delgado, Etzella3.3 
 7. Biever, Basket Es.3.3 
 8. Ruffato, T712.9 
 9. Koster, Residence2.9 
 10. Jones, Amicale2.5 
Steals Per Game
 Christopher JONES
  Amicale
  (188-G-90)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Jones, Amicale2.5 
 2. Arre, BBC Nitia2.2 
 3. Kennedy, Residence2.1 
 4. Carvalho, Heffingen1.7 
 5. Ulmer, Soleuvre1.6 
 6. Perre, Musel Pikes1.4 
 7. Smith, Sparta1.3 
 8. McNutt, Heffingen1.2 
 9. Gary, Musel Pikes1.2 
 10. Schumacher, T711.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Brandon GARY
  Musel Pikes
  (202-F/C-83)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Gary, Musel Pikes2.2 
 2. McNutt, Heffingen1.5 
 3. Ulmer, Soleuvre1.3 
 4. Hoffmann, Sparta1.2 
 5. Carvalho, Heffingen0.9 
 6. Jorssen, Soleuvre0.9 
 7. Djerman, Amicale0.6 
 8. Poznaks, BBC Nitia0.5 
 9. Svitek, Basket Es.0.5 
 10. Horace, Etzella0.5 


Diekirch League Round 1 of Semi-Finals. Sparta and T71 post wins - by Eurobasket News

Residence - T71 57-88

Residence surrendered against T71 Dudelange at home court in the semifinal series opener. The game was mostly controlled by T71. Residence managed to win fourth quarter 17-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Residence to just 7 points in first quarter. They outrebounded Residence 59-27 including a 23-6 advantage in offensive rebounds. The former international power forward Frank Muller (194-88, college: Cuesta JC) fired a double-double by scoring 13 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. International swingman Jairo Delgado (190-85) chipped in a double-double by scoring 13 points and 12 rebounds. Five T71 players scored in double figures. American forward Marcus Kennedy (193-84, college: Montevallo, agency: Interperformances) produced 13 points and 9 rebounds and U.S. Virgin Islands forward Jerome Gumbs (194-82, college: USF) added 8 points and 9 rebounds respectively for lost side. 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:
T71: T.Schumacher 20+3reb+1ast, G.Ruffato 18+6reb+1ast, J.Delgado 13+12reb+2ast, F.Muller 13+12reb+3ast, C.Laures 11+9reb+1ast, D.Stephens 6+4reb
Residence: M.Kennedy 13+9reb+1ast, M.Schmit 12+1reb, P.Koster 11+5reb, J.Gumbs 8+9reb+2ast, T.Abdiu 6+2reb, B.Melcher 6+1ast
gschID: 176218


Sparta - Musel Pikes 86-69

Sparta gained a valuable home win over Musel Pikes in the first game of the semifinal series. The game without a history. Sparta led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Worth to mention a great performance of American point guard Kasey Ulin (184-82, college: Dickinson St.) who helped to win the game recording a triple-double by scoring 12 points, 11 rebounds and 14 assists. Belgian forward Thomas Dreesen (199-88, agency: Court Side) contributed with 25 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Four Sparta players scored in double figures. American power forward Brandon Gary (202-83, college: Hutchinson CC) answered with a double-double by scoring 24 points, 12 rebounds and 4 blocks and American-British forward Philip Perre (198-79, college: N.Alabama) added 17 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Musel Pikes. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Sparta: T.Dreesen 25+7reb, J.Hublart 25+6reb+1ast, L.Smith 19+7reb, K.Ulin 12+11reb+14ast, P.Arbaut 5+1reb+1ast, X.Engel 0
Musel Pikes: B.Gary 24+12reb, P.Perre 17+6reb+1ast, G.Schmit 15+3reb+5ast, J.Kox 4+2reb, L.Schwartz 3+4ast, J.De Marchi 2+4reb
gschID: 176219



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  MALI   


Diarra Dramane remain in France for the next season - by Eurobasket News

Dramane Diarra (203-F/C-80, college: Kansas St.) remain in France for the next season. St-Vallier will keep Dramane Diarra for 2012/2013 season. Dramane Diarra is a member of the Mali National Team. In 2011-2012 he joined Saint Vallier Basket Drome (ProB, starting five) and averaged 5.8 points per game. In his top game he recorded 18 points when his team overcame Denain 82:81 in Round 28.


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  MEXICO   

Standings - CIBACOPA

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

Regular Season: Round 33

May. 11: Nogales - Cananea 92-83
May. 11: Tijuana - Navolato 88-75
May. 11: Tepic - Hermosillo 83-95
May. 11: Los Mochis - Guaymas 105-108
May. 11: Culiacan - Guasave 103-94

Regular Season: Round 35

May. 15: Guaymas - Guasave
May. 15: Tijuana - Cananea
May. 15: Culiacan - Nogales
May. 15: Hermosillo - Navolato
May. 15: Los Mochis - Tepic


CIBACOPA Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Devon PEARSON
  Los M.
  (198-F-84)
  Avg: 26.5
 1. Pearson, Los M.26.5 
 2. Reese, Tepic24.6 
 3. Scott, Los Mochis24.3 
 4. McCullough, Nogales23.0 
 5. Robinson, Culiacan22.1 
 6. Thomas, Cananea22.0 
 7. Selleaze, Navolato21.1 
 8. Carter, Guasave20.7 
 9. Wiley, Los Mochis19.8 
 10. Young, Tepic19.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Deangelo RILEY
  Tepic
  (205-C-)
  Avg: 11.1
 1. Riley, Tepic11.1 
 2. Pearson, Los M.10.5 
 3. Sanders-F., Nogales8.9 
 4. Selleaze, Navolato8.8 
 5. Scott, Los Mochis8.7 
 6. Robinson, Culiacan7.7 
 7. Habel, Guaymas7.5 
 8. Zamora, Culiacan7.4 
 9. Lopez, Hermosillo7.3 
 10. Strobbe, Nogales7.1 
Assists Per Game
 Myron ALLEN
  Guaymas
  (182-PG-79)
  Avg: 7.4
 1. Allen, Guaymas7.4 
 2. Monreal, Hermosillo5.8 
 3. Taylor, Los Mochis5.8 
 4. Nungaray, Guaymas4.9 
 5. Harris, Cananea4.4 
 6. Pulido, Culiacan4.1 
 7. Riley, Tepic3.8 
 8. Quintero, Tijuana3.5 
 9. Reatiga, Navolato3.3 
 10. Reese, Tepic3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Brian HAMILTON
  Hermosillo
  (198-F-82)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Hamilton, Hermosil.2.2 
 2. Gibson, Navolato1.7 
 3. Riley, Tepic1.6 
 4. Thomas, Cananea1.6 
 5. Buelna, Guasave1.5 
 6. Toussaint, Los M.1.4 
 7. Giron, Guasave1.4 
 8. Reatiga, Navolato1.3 
 9. Carter, Guasave1.3 
 10. Monreal, Hermosil.1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Deangelo RILEY
  Tepic
  (205-C-)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Riley, Tepic3.5 
 2. Habel, Guaymas1.2 
 3. Zamora, Culiacan1.2 
 4. Wiley, Los Mochis1.0 
 5. McCullough, Nogales0.9 
 6. Young, Tepic0.9 
 7. Robinson, Culiacan0.9 
 8. Tate, Tijuana0.8 
 9. Johnson, Guaymas0.7 
 10. Scott, Los Mochis0.7 


Robinson's double-double lands him Player of the Round award - by Eurobasket News

24-year old forward Rob Robinson (203-F-87, agency: SDJ Sports) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Culiacan and receives a Latinbasket.com Player of the Round 33.
He had a double-double of 23 points and 12 rebounds, while his team beat Guasave (#6, 16-15) 103-94. Thanks to this victory Culiacan moved-up to the 9th position in the Mexican league. Culiacan is currently ranked second from the bottom. They need more victories to improve their 10-21 record. Robinson just recently signed at Culiacan, being already a very valuable addition to the team. Robert Morris University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Robinson is in league's top in points (5th best: 22.2ppg), rebounds (6th best: 7.8rpg) and averages solid 59.5% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Devon Pearson (198-F-84) of Los Mochis. He is American forward in his first season at Los Mochis. In the last game Pearson recorded impressive double-double of 37 points and 15 rebounds. Bad luck as Los Mochis was edged by the higher-ranked Guaymas (#2, 24-7) 108-105. This loss caused Los Mochis to drop to 7th position in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 14-17 record. Pearson is one of the most experienced players at Los Mochis and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 26.4ppg (#1). He also registered 11.1 boards per game.

Third place about best performers goes to center Deangelo Riley (205-C) of Tepic (#10). Riley showcased his all-around game by recording 23 points, twelve rebounds (!!!) and six assists in the last round. Despite Riley's great performance Tepic lost 83-95 to the higher-ranked Hermosillo (#1, 27-4). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. Tepic can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have extremely bad season and 2-29 record places them at the very bottom of the standings. Too bad for Riley he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Riley has individually a great season in Mexico. After 24 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 11.1rpg (2nd best) and assists with 3.8apg (7th best). He also has 3.5bpg and FGP: 53.7%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Rodney Alexander (201-F-87) of Cananea - 28 points and 11 rebounds
5. William Funn (188-G-82) of Los Mochis - 19 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists
6. O'Louis McCullough (198-G/F-82) of Nogales - 24 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists
7. Michael Strobbe (201-F-85) of Nogales - 17 points and 13 rebounds
8. Marcus Morrison (198-G/F-84) of Tijuana - 23 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists
9. Kavin Young) of Tepic - 29 points and 6 rebounds
10. Steve Monreal (180-PG-86) of Hermosillo - 16 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists

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



CIBACOPA Round 33: Ostioneros de Guaymas beat Pioneros Los Mochis by three 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.

Sixth-ranked Pioneros Los Mochis (14-17) used its home court advantage to challenge second ranked Ostioneros de Guaymas (24-7) on Friday. The visitors from Guaymas managed to secure only three-point victory 108-105. However their fans expected much easier game. The guests trailed by 3 points after three quarters before their 28-22 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Ostioneros de Guaymas made 20-of-26 free shots (76.9 percent) during the game. They shot the lights out from three sinking 16 long-distance shots on high 55.2 percentage. American players dominated the game. It was a good game for point guard Myron Allen (182-79, college: Lee JC) who led his team to a victory with 16 points and 5 assists. Guard Haakim Johnson (201-87, college: Pikeville) contributed with 16 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Ostioneros de Guaymas' coach LaSelle Taylor used an eleven-player rotation in such tough game. Forward Devon Pearson (198-84, college: SMU) answered with a double-double by scoring 37 points (!!!) and 15 rebounds for Pioneros Los Mochis. Ostioneros de Guaymas maintains second place with 24-7 record having just three points less than leader Hermosillo. Pioneros Los Mochis at the other side dropped to the seventh position with 17 games lost. Ostioneros de Guaymas will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Pioneros Los Mochis will play again at home against the league's second-placed Ostioneros de Guaymas (#2) and are hoping to prove to their supporters that this time they can win.
CIBACOPA top team - Rayos de Hermosillo (27-4) managed to deliver another win. This time they beat tenth ranked Coras de Tepic (2-29) 95-83. Naturalized American point guard Steve Monreal (180-86, college: CS Monterey) stepped up and scored 16 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners and Brian Hamilton chipped in 14 points and 6 rebounds. Rayos de Hermosillo's coach Dan Tacheny allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. The best for the losing side was American center Deangelo Riley (205, college: Azusa Pacific) with a double-double by scoring 23 points, 12 rebounds and 6 assists. Rayos de Hermosillo have an impressive series of seventeen victories in a row. They maintain first place with 27-4 record. Coras de Tepic lost eighth consecutive game. They stay dead last with 29 lost games. Rayos de Hermosillo will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Coras de Tepic will play again at home against the league's leader Rayos de Hermosillo (#1) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
The game in Nogales was also quite interesting. 4th placed Mineros de Cananea (16-15) played at the court of fifth ranked Fuerza Guinda Nogales (15-16). Fuerza Guinda Nogales managed to secure a 9-point victory 92-83 on Friday. O'Louis McCullough nailed 24 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists for the winning side. Rodney Alexander came up with a double-double by scoring 28 points and 11 rebounds for Mineros de Cananea in the defeat. Mineros de Cananea's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. The victory was the fourth consecutive win for Fuerza Guinda Nogales. They moved-up to fourth place. Defending champion Mineros de Cananea dropped to the fifth position with 15 games lost. They share it with Guasave. Fuerza Guinda Nogales will again meet at home Mineros de Cananea (#5) in the next round. Mineros de Cananea will have a break next round.
The game in Culiacan was also worth to mention about. 7th ranked Frayles de Guasave (16-15) played at the court of eighth ranked Caballeros de Culiacan (10-21). Caballeros de Culiacan managed to secure a 9-point victory 103-94. The best player for the winners was Rob Robinson who had a double-double by scoring 23 points, 12 rebounds and 9 assists. Caballeros de Culiacan's coach Jonathan Meza allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Caballeros de Culiacan maintains eighth place with 10-21 record, which they share with Navolato. Frayles de Guasave lost their third game in a row. They dropped to the fifth position with 15 games lost. Caballeros de Culiacan's next round opponent will be again higher ranked Frayles de Guasave (#6) at home and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
The game between third ranked Tijuana Zonkeys (21-10) and 9th ranked Garra Canera de Navolato (10-21) in Tijuana on Friday ended with biggest points difference. Tijuana Zonkeys beat guests from Navolato 88-75. It was a good game for Marcus Morrison who led his team to a victory with 23 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists. Tijuana Zonkeys' coach Luis Lopez used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Tijuana Zonkeys maintains third place with 21-10 record having six points less than leader Hermosillo. Loser Garra Canera de Navolato dropped to the eighth position with 21 games lost. Tijuana Zonkeys will face again Garra Canera de Navolato (#8) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game.


Los Mochis - Guaymas 105-108
Sixth-ranked Pioneros Los Mochis (14-17) used its home court advantage to challenge second ranked Ostioneros de Guaymas (24-7) on Friday. The visitors from Guaymas managed to secure only three-point victory 108-105. However their fans expected much easier game. The guests trailed by 3 points after three quarters before their 28-22 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Ostioneros de Guaymas made 20-of-26 free shots (76.9 percent) during the game. They shot the lights out from three sinking 16 long-distance shots on high 55.2 percentage. American players dominated the game. It was a good game for point guard Myron Allen (182-79, college: Lee JC) who led his team to a victory with 16 points and 5 assists. Guard Haakim Johnson (201-87, college: Pikeville) contributed with 16 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Ostioneros de Guaymas' coach LaSelle Taylor used an eleven-player rotation in such tough game. Forward Devon Pearson (198-84, college: SMU) answered with a double-double by scoring 37 points (!!!) and 15 rebounds and forward Seth Scott (208-81, college: Portland St.) added 30 points and 11 rebounds in the effort for Pioneros Los Mochis. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Ostioneros de Guaymas maintains second place with 24-7 record having just three points less than leader Hermosillo. Pioneros Los Mochis at the other side dropped to the seventh position with 17 games lost. Ostioneros de Guaymas will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Pioneros Los Mochis will play again at home against the league's second-placed Ostioneros de Guaymas (#2) and are hoping to prove to their supporters that this time they can win.
Top scorers:
Guaymas: A.Pedroza 18+1reb, M.Allen 16+3reb+5ast, H.Johnson 16+5reb, H.Nungaray 12+3reb+1ast, J.Sanchez 11, F.Benitez 10+5reb+1ast
Los Mochis: D.Pearson 37+15reb+1ast, S.Scott 30+11reb+1ast, W.Funn 19+9reb+6ast, C.M. Toussaint 15+1reb+8ast, E.Hare 4+2reb+1ast, L.Felipe Diaz 0
gschID: 171236


Nogales - Cananea 92-83
The game in Nogales was also quite interesting. 4th placed Mineros de Cananea (16-15) played at the court of fifth ranked Fuerza Guinda Nogales (15-16). Fuerza Guinda Nogales managed to secure a 9-point victory 92-83 on Friday. Mineros de Cananea was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. They outrebounded Mineros de Cananea 41-23 including a 31-19 advantage in defensive rebounds. American swingman O'Louis McCullough (198-82, college: Francis Marion) nailed 24 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists for the winning side and international forward Michael Strobbe (201-85) accounted for 17 points and 13 rebounds. American forward Rodney Alexander (201-87, college: Oklahoma City) came up with a double-double by scoring 28 points and 11 rebounds and the other American import guard Davin White (186-81, college: CS Northridge) added 16 points and 7 assists respectively for Mineros de Cananea in the defeat. Five Fuerza Guinda Nogales and four Mineros de Cananea players scored in double figures. Mineros de Cananea's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. The victory was the fourth consecutive win for Fuerza Guinda Nogales. They moved-up to fourth place. Defending champion Mineros de Cananea dropped to the fifth position with 15 games lost. They share it with Guasave. Fuerza Guinda Nogales will again meet at home Mineros de Cananea (#5) in the next round. Mineros de Cananea will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Nogales: O.McCullough 24+9reb+4ast, M.Gale 19+4reb+6ast, M.Strobbe 17+13reb+1ast, B.Heredia 12+5reb+3ast, K.Davis 12+5reb+3ast, V.Rojo 4+4reb
Cananea: R.Alexander 28+11reb, D.White 16+3reb+7ast, J.Arturo Farrera Chantiri 14+2reb, C.Moore 12+5reb+3ast, F.Harris 7+1reb+3ast, A.Vasquez 2
gschID: 171237


Culiacan - Guasave 103-94
The game in Culiacan was also worth to mention about. 7th ranked Frayles de Guasave (16-15) played at the court of eighth ranked Caballeros de Culiacan (10-21). Caballeros de Culiacan managed to secure a 9-point victory 103-94. The hosts were already 19 points ahead after 3 quarters before a 34-24 Frayles de Guasave's run in the last quarter cut the lead to 103-94 at the end of the game. Caballeros de Culiacan shot the lights out from three nailing 12 long-distance shots on high 52.2 percentage. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 28 assists comparing to just 8 passes made by Frayles de Guasave's players. The best player for the winners was American forward Rob Robinson (203-87, college: Robert Morris, agency: SDJ Sports) who had a double-double by scoring 23 points, 12 rebounds and 9 assists. His fellow American import swingman Rene Rougeau (198-86, college: UNLV, agency: ProSportsCareers) chipped in 16 points, 5 assists and 6 steals. Caballeros de Culiacan's coach Jonathan Meza allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. At the other side the best for losing team was American-Libyan center Hiram Fuller (206-81, college: Fresno St.) who recorded 21 points and 8 rebounds and American forward Dallas Green (203-88, college: Robert Morris) added 21 points respectively. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Caballeros de Culiacan maintains eighth place with 10-21 record, which they share with Navolato. Frayles de Guasave lost their third game in a row. They dropped to the fifth position with 15 games lost. Caballeros de Culiacan's next round opponent will be again higher ranked Frayles de Guasave (#6) at home and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Culiacan: R.Robinson 23+12reb+9ast, R.Rougeau 16+3reb+5ast, R.Lopez 15+2ast, R.Zamora 13+7reb, L.Pulido 10+6reb+4ast, L.Lopez 9+1reb
Guasave: D.Green 21+4reb+2ast, H.Fuller 21+8reb+2ast, M.Dorsey 20+3reb+1ast, A.Izaguirre 16+7reb+1ast, G.Giron 12+4reb+2ast, V.Buelna 4+2reb
gschID: 171238


Tepic - Hermosillo 83-95
CIBACOPA top team - Rayos de Hermosillo (27-4) managed to deliver another win. This time they beat tenth ranked Coras de Tepic (2-29) 95-83. Rayos de Hermosillo made 17-of-22 charity shots (77.3 percent) during the game. Naturalized American point guard Steve Monreal (180-86, college: CS Monterey) stepped up and scored 16 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners and American forward Brian Hamilton (198-82, college: La-Lafayette) chipped in 14 points and 6 rebounds. Four Rayos de Hermosillo players scored in double figures. Rayos de Hermosillo's coach Dan Tacheny allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. The best for the losing side was American center Deangelo Riley (205, college: Azusa Pacific) with a double-double by scoring 23 points, 12 rebounds and 6 assists and Kavin Young scored 29 points and 6 rebounds. Rayos de Hermosillo have an impressive series of seventeen victories in a row. They maintain first place with 27-4 record. Coras de Tepic lost eighth consecutive game. They stay dead last with 29 lost games. Rayos de Hermosillo will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Coras de Tepic will play again at home against the league's leader Rayos de Hermosillo (#1) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Hermosillo: P.Sanders 18+1reb, S.Monreal 16+9reb+6ast, B.Hamilton 14+6reb+2ast, E.Little 13+3reb+3ast, J.Lopez 11+1reb+2ast, J.Camacho 9+5reb+1ast
Tepic: K.Young 29+6reb+1ast, D.Riley 23+12reb+6ast, R.Reese 19+10reb+5ast, E.Swanson 8+7ast, J.Orduno 2+1reb, R.Aguilar Nery 2
gschID: 171234


Tijuana - Navolato 88-75
The game between third ranked Tijuana Zonkeys (21-10) and 9th ranked Garra Canera de Navolato (10-21) in Tijuana on Friday ended with biggest points difference. Tijuana Zonkeys beat guests from Navolato 88-75. The game was mostly controlled by Tijuana Zonkeys. Garra Canera de Navolato was better in third quarter 28-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Tijuana Zonkeys shot 63.3 percent from the field. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 29 assists comparing to just 16 passes made by Garra Canera de Navolato's players. It was a good game for American swingman Marcus Morrison (198-84, college: Middle Tenn.St.) who led his team to a victory with 23 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists. His fellow American import power forward Robert Hornsby (196-82, college: Troy) contributed with 22 points and 7 assists (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field) for the winners. Tijuana Zonkeys' coach Luis Lopez used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American forward Ronald Selleaze (197-76, college: CSU Bakersfield, agency: Dream Team Management) answered with 13 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists and point guard Javier Inzunza (172-87) added 22 points and 4 steals in the effort for Garra Canera de Navolato. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Tijuana Zonkeys maintains third place with 21-10 record having six points less than leader Hermosillo. Loser Garra Canera de Navolato dropped to the eighth position with 21 games lost. Tijuana Zonkeys will face again Garra Canera de Navolato (#8) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game.
Top scorers:
Tijuana: M.Morrison 23+5reb+6ast, R.Hornsby 22+3reb+7ast, A.Solares 12+4reb+1ast, C.Tate 10+6reb+1ast, G.Lira 6+1reb, L.Ramirez 5+1reb+1ast
Navolato: J.Inzunza 22+1reb+2ast, D.McSwine 15+4reb+2ast, C.Moore 13+5reb+1ast, R.Selleaze 13+8reb+6ast, F.Verdugo 8+3reb+1ast, M.Godoy 2+2reb



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Buducnost wins sixth straight title in Montenegro - by Eurobasket News

Finals, Game 3: Buducnost - Sutjeska 99-44 (3-0)

Buducnost continues its domination in Montenegro. The Podgorica team destroyed Sutjeska tonight 99-44 in Game Three of the Finals winning the series with perfect 3-0. This is the sixth straight title for Buducnost in Montenegrin league. Actually, Buducnost is the only winner since the country independence in 2006. Buducnost also won three tiles in Yugoslavia (1999, 2000, 2001). Tonight's game was played in Bar. Buducnost took control on Sutjeska in the finish of Q1 and never looked back after that. Quarters: 20-14, 22-9, 27-9, 30-12. Earlier this season Buducnost also defended the Cup trophy.
Buducnost was the Superleague regular season champion with 9-1 record. They eliminated Lovcen with 2-0 in the Semifinals.

List with the scorers of Game Three will be available soon.



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  NBA   

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Kobe BRYANT
  LA Lakers
  (198-G-78)
  Avg: 28
 1. Bryant, LA Lakers28.0 
 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 Lakers11.9 
 4. Cousins, Sacramen.11.0 
 5. Humphries, New J.11.0 
 6. Griffin, LA Clipp.10.5 
 7. Gasol, LA Lakers10.3 
 8. Gortat, Phoenix10.0 
 9. Smith, Atlanta H.9.9 
 10. Noah, Chicago B.9.8 
Assists Per Game
 Rajon RONDO
  Boston C.
  (185-PG-86)
  Avg: 11.8
 1. Rondo, Boston C.11.8 
 2. Nash, Phoenix Suns10.7 
 3. Paul, LA Clippers8.9 
 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.2.0 
 5. James, Miami Heat1.9 
 6. Millsap, Utah Jazz1.8 
 7. Kidd, Dallas M.1.8 
 8. Iguodala, Philadel.1.8 
 9. Wade, Miami Heat1.8 
 10. Shumpert, New Y.1.7 
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.2.0 
 8. Gasol, Memphis G.1.8 
 9. Biyombo, Charlott.1.8 
 10. Udoh, Golde S.1.7 


Derrick Rose ACL surgery successful - by Eurobasket News

In the first stage of what is sure to be a long road back to the basketball court, Chicago Bulls guard Derrick Rose (6'3''-G-88, college: Memphis) had surgery on his torn ACL on Saturday.

The surgery was conducted at Rush University Medical Center by team physician Dr. Brian Cole. The surgery was a success, according to Rose's brother, Reggie Rose.

'The surgery went fine,' Reggie Rose told Chicago's ABC 7. 'He came out, I feel, 100 percent. I talked to Dr. Cole. Dr. Cole said the surgery 'went great.' So right now, everything is on the up-and-up.

'He's in a little bit of pain, but the surgery went great. My mom, my other brothers, the whole family's over there at Rush supporting him.'

Rose suffered the injury in Chicago's first playoff game against the Philadelphia 76ers on April 28.

The 23-year-old Rose played in just 39 of the Bulls' 66 regular-season games because of turf toe, back spasms, a pulled groin and foot injuries.

Reggie Rose believes the hectic pace of the NBA's lockout-shortened season, which consisted of 66 games in 120 days, put extra stress on Derrick's body.

'I worried about (the schedule) a lot, cause they were going back-to-back-to-back games,' Reggie Rose told ABC 7. 'Even though everybody said he's young, it's still a human body. There's so much a human body can take. He was getting little nicks and knacks and all that, so I was just wondering when something was going to really happen. I didn't think something of this magnitude was gonna happen, but it did. As the Rose family, we just gotta push on.'

Playing without the one-time MVP, the Bulls' season came to an early end as Chicago lost to Philadelphia in six games. In addition to Rose, center Joakim Noah missed the series' final three games with an ankle injury.

The Chicago Sun-Times first reported the news.

Courtesy of http://espn.go.com



Lakers outlast Nuggets 96-87 in thrilling Game 7 - by Eurobasket News

Stretched to the limit in the series and in Game 7, Pau Gasol (7'0''-F/C-80) and Metta World Peace (6'7''-G/F-79, college: St.John's) Peace led the Los Angeles Lakers off the brink of collapse and into the second round.
Gasol had 23 points, 17 rebounds and six assists, World Peace scored 15 points in his return from a seven-game suspension, and the Lakers outlasted the Denver Nuggets for a thrilling 96-87 victory Saturday night to win their first-round series.

Steve Blake (6'3''-PG-80, college: Maryland) scored a playoff career-high 19 points and Kobe Bryant (6'6''-G-78) had 17 points and eight assists for the Lakers, who blew a 16-point lead in the second half before surviving a finale with wild momentum swings and furious physical play. With Gasol leading the Lakers' emotional effortexemplified when he got five offensive rebounds on a single, unbelievable tip play with 7:10 leftthe Lakers narrowly avoided becoming the ninth team in NBA history to blow a 3-1 series lead.

'We were aggressive,' Gasol said. 'We attacked the paint better. We pounded the boards as hard as we could, every single time. ... Our backs against the wall also had something to do with it.'

Andrew Bynum (7'0''-C-87) had 16 points and a career playoff-high 18 rebounds for Los Angeles, which will open the second round Monday night in Oklahoma City against the second-seeded Thunder.

Ty Lawson (5'11''-PG-87, college: N.Carolina) and Al Harrington (6'9''-F-80) scored 24 points apiece for the sixth-seeded Nuggets, who committed 19 turnovers and managed just 7-of-27 shooting in the fourth quarter. Arron Afflalo scored 15 points in just the third Game 7 in franchise history for the Nuggets, who have lost in the first round in eight of the last nine postseasonsbut never with this much excitement.

'Tomorrow or the next day, when the funk gets out of your body, you're going to be proud of them,' Denver coach George Karl said. 'I've never been in a locker room at the end of a season where I'm proud of every guy. ... The game was so physical. I think their size won over our speed, barely. We made enough shots to win, but we just didn't rebound the ball.'

The Lakers appeared to be in control of the series after a narrow victory in Game 4 last weekend, but the Nuggets rallied for two straight dominant victories. Game 7 was a barn-burner, with both teams blowing significant leads in the final minutes.

World Peace hit four 3-pointers and energized Los Angeles with tough defense in his return. The former Ron Artest missed Los Angeles' regular-season finale and the first six games against Denver for viciously elbowing Oklahoma City's James Harden, the NBA's Sixth Man of the Year and one of his probable defensive assignments in the next round.

World Peace helped shut down Danilo Gallinari and Andre Miller, holding them to a combined 2-for-19 shooting.

'He made plays tonight that won't show up in the stat sheet that was absolutely ... amazing,' said Mike Brown, who shrugged off Magic Johnson's pregame pronouncement that the first-year coach's job would be in jeopardy with a loss. 'He was monstrous for us tonight.'

Gasol was the Lakers' emotional leader, playing with renewed passion after a poor Game 6. Bryant didn't dominate with scoring, but his playmaking helped Blake hit five 3-pointers in a row before missing his sixth attempt.

Gasol put the Lakers ahead for good with a tiebreaking tip-in with 6:30 to play, kicking off an 11-2 Lakers run. Afflalo's 3-pointer cut the lead to 89-84 with 1:09 to play, but Bryant hit a dramatic 3-pointer before Gasol hit two free throws with 31 seconds left, punctuating his phenomenal game with a sweeping punch of his fist.

The Lakers improved to 15-1 in a Game 7 at home, winning 11 straight since the 1969 NBA finals. They've won three straight Game 7s since losing a first-rounder at Phoenix in 2006, also the last time an NBA team blew a 3-1 series lead.

The Lakers narrowly avoided becoming the ninth team to waste a 3-1 lead after losing two closeout games in the previous four days. Los Angeles had been 12-1 in closeout games since acquiring Gasol in 2008 before stumbling twice against the Nuggets, who led for almost every possession of the past two contests.

Gasol's determination was obvious from the opening tip. The four-time All-Star had just three points and three rebounds in Game 6, but he played the finale with emotion and aggression, hustling for loose balls and rebounds while demonstratively celebrating baskets and playing to the crowd.

The Nuggets fell behind 62-46 midway through the third quarter, but erased the entire Lakers lead in a furious 6 1/2-minute stretch led by Lawson, who scored 13 points in the period. Denver took a lead on the first shot of the fourth, but the Lakers never trailed after Blake's 3-pointer with 9:03 left.

Courtesy of www.mercurynews.com



Garnett (29, 11) leads Celtics past 76ers, 92-91 - by Eurobasket News

Rajon Rondo (6'1''-PG-86, college: Kentucky) has made dozens of last-second dashes to the basket.

This time, he went in the opposite direction.

The Celtics point guard ran into the backcourt, grabbing the inbounds pass in stride, avoiding a foul and dribbling out the final 3.4 seconds to clinch Boston's 92-91 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers on Saturday night in the opener of their Eastern Conference semifinal series.

'I feel like I could out-quick him. That's what I did,' Rondo said. 'We knew they had a foul to give. I told Doc (Rivers) to get me the ball and I could use my speed.'

Rondo had 17 assists, 13 points and 12 rebounds for his eighth career playoff triple-double. He had six points, five assists and four rebounds in the fourth quarter, when the Celtics went on a 23-7 run to turn a double-digit deficit into a six-point lead with 78 seconds to play.

'He's an amazing player. He really is,' Sixers coach Doug Collins said. 'He takes that ball wherever he wants to take it on the floor.'

Kevin Garnett (6'11''-F-76) scored 29 points - his most in the regular- or postseason this year - and added 11 rebounds to help Boston maintain home-court advantage in the best-of-seven, second-round series. Game 2 is Monday night in Boston before the series shifts to Philadelphia for Games 3 and 4.

'If you've watched us all season, we're not going to drop our heads,' Collins said. 'We live to come back and fight just as hard in Game 2, at least as long as I'm the coach.'

Andre Iguodala scored 19 points and Evan Turner (6'7''-G/F-88, college: Ohio St.) had 16 with 10 rebounds for Philadelphia, which advanced to the second round for the first time since 2003 by beating East No. 1 seed Chicago. But Turner couldn't catch Rondo in the final seconds when Philadelphia had a foul to give.

'Rondo just leaps out. That's the last thing on your mind: him going into our side of the court,' Iguodala said. 'You could have a turnover down there. It's a gamble, but it's a good play. ... We could have done a better job scoping it out.'

The Sixers led 77-67 with 11 minutes to play before Boston scored 23 of the next 30 points, with Rondo making a jumper to cut it to 80-79, then another two minutes later to give Boston an 83-82 lead with 3:47 to play.

After Spencer Hawes' basket from the right baseline put the Sixers up 84-83, Rondo drove to the basket and, with his path blocked, turned and handed the ball to Garnett. He banked one in and drew the foul to give Boston a two-point lead, then added another jumper.

After misses by Turner and Lou Williams, Paul Pierce (6'7''-F/G-77, college: Kansas) hit a fall-away jumper with 78 seconds left to make it a six-point lead - the Celtics' biggest of the night.

Boston still led by five when Jrue Holiday made a jumper, then Rondo fouled him with 3.4 seconds left and he made both foul shots. Boston inbounded the ball from between the benches, and Rondo sprinted back into the backcourt and outran Turner to the wrong basket as the time expired.

Pierce, who had a sprained MCL in his left knee, scored 14 points on 3-for-11 shooting. Rondo was only 6 for 15 from the floor, but he was 3 for 6 in the fourth quarter, adding five rebounds and four assists.

Hawes scored 13 of his 15 points in the second half.

Both teams advanced by winning their first-round series in six games: Boston beat Atlanta, and Philadelphia eliminated the Bulls to become the fifth No. 8 seed to eliminate a No. 1. They got only one day off before beginning the second round in Boston, where the Celtics earned their only victory against the Sixers this year.

The Sixers scored the first seven points of the game and led by 10 at the end of the first quarter, when Boston shot 30 percent. It was 45-32 when Boston scored 10 of the last 12 points in the half, with Rondo picking up four assists and a steal in the final 3 minutes before the break.

A little more than two minutes into the third, Avery Bradley outraced Rondo to a long rebound and took it in, splitting defenders Iguodala and Holiday for the reverse layup that made it 48-47 - Boston's first lead of the game. Philadelphia quickly retook the lead and extended it to eight points.

Courtesy of www.ktvn.com



LeBron James wins third NBA MVP award - by Eurobasket News

LeBron James (6'8''-F-84) third NBA most valuable player award puts him on a list alongside seven of the game's absolute greats.

The NBA announced James as the winner of the league's top individual honor on Saturday. He will be presented with the trophy by Commissioner David Stern on Sunday before his Miami Heat face the Indiana Pacers in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinals.

James won the award for the third time in four seasons. Only Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Michael Jordan, Bill Russell, Wilt Chamberlain, Larry Bird, Magic Johnson and Moses Malone have won at least that many MVP trophies.

Abdul-Jabbar won six times, Jordan and Russell five times each, Chamberlain four times. Now, they're the only players with more than James.

'I think LeBron is an MVP candidate every year,' Boston Celtics coach Doc Rivers said last month. 'It's just who he is. He only does everything. So I don't know what more you can ask from him.

'LeBron, to me, is the favorite every year. The years he doesn't win it, it'll usually be because people are just tired of voting for him. Statistically, if you go all-around game, I don't know how you don't vote for him every year.'

James said last week that while another MVP award 'would be amazing and would be humbling,' it's not what drives him. In his ninth season, James still has not won an NBA title and it's clear that, although he wanted to reclaim the MVP trophy, winning a championship is far and away his top basketball priority.

'I think he's probably as committed as he's ever been in his career,' Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said this week, asked to summarize James' season. 'And he's always been committed. We all respond to his energy on the court.'

James averaged 27.1 points, 7.9 rebounds and 6.2 assists making him only the fourth player with those totals in at least two seasons, according to STATS LLC, joining Oscar Robertson (five times), John Havlicek (twice) and Bird (twice).

Add James' 53 percent shooting and 1.9 steals per game into the mix, and the club gets even more exclusive. Only Jordan had a season with numbers exceeding what James did this season in those categories 1988-89, when he averaged 32.5 points, eight rebounds, eight assists and 2.9 steals on 54 percent shooting.

James' teammates also lobbied for him to be defensive player of the year this season, noting that probably no one else in the league routinely plays four positions on offense while sometimes being asked to guard anyone from a point guard to a center on defense. James was fourth in that balloting.

'LeBron has been unbelievable,' Heat guard Dwyane Wade said before the playoffs. 'He's done it at both ends, every night, offensively and defensively.'

Courtesy of www.usatoday.com



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  NCAA1   


Crean defends decision to end Kentucky series - by Rick Ross

Courtesy Of CNNSI.com

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- 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 it's in Indianapolis, it's a neutral site. It's not a home site. You always want to have the ability to play in exempt tournaments. We've done that in the past. We have it this year, playing in New York. So there's three right there.

The ending of a series between the two border state rivals and two of college basketball's 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 Kentucky's Rupp Arena and Indiana's 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 Kentucky's 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 season's 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 doesn't want to go to neutral sites because of the schedule the Hoosiers already play.

The Crossroads Classic is a doubleheader between the state's 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 we're 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. It's as simple as that for us. It wasn't 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.



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Standings Men

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

Regular Season: Round 11

May. 12: Bay Hawks - Auckland P. 86-83
May. 12: Taranaki MA - OceanaGold N. 78-81
May. 12: Nelson G. - Wellington S. 71-88
May. 12: Southland S. - Hub Jets 68-111
May. 9: Harbour H. - Wellington S. 64-81
May. 11: Wellington S. - OceanaGold N. 104-74

Regular Season: Round 12

May. 16: Harbour H. - Bay Hawks
May. 18: Hub Jets - Taranaki MA
May. 18: Southland S. - Harbour H.
May. 18: Wellington S. - Auckland P.
May. 19: Nelson G. - Auckland P.
May. 19: OceanaGold N. - Harbour H.
May. 19: Hub Jets - Bay Hawks


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Josh PACE
  Hub Jets
  (198-G/F-83)
  Avg: 22.8
 1. Pace, Hub Jets22.8 
 2. Wright, OceanaGo.22.6 
 3. Leasure, Taranaki.22.1 
 4. Tisby, OceanaGo.22.1 
 5. Braswell, Southlan.22.0 
 6. Jones, Nelson G.21.4 
 7. Hudson, Taranaki.21.3 
 8. Horvath, Hub Jets21.3 
 9. Tait, Auckland P.20.2 
 10. Abney, Southland18.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Nick HORVATH
  Hub Jets
  (208-F/C-81)
  Avg: 16.2
 1. Horvath, Hub Jets16.2 
 2. Tisby, OceanaGo.11.7 
 3. Atkinson, Harbo.10.2 
 4. Abney, Southland9.9 
 5. Wright, OceanaGo.9.1 
 6. Frank, Wellington8.7 
 7. Muhammad, Aucklan.8.6 
 8. Harrison, Nelson G.8.5 
 9. Johnson, Bay Hawks8.2 
 10. Pace, Hub Jets7.3 
Assists Per Game
 Jason CROWE
  Wellington S.
  (193-G-76)
  Avg: 8.7
 1. Crowe, Wellington8.7 
 2. Tait, Auckland P.7.7 
 3. Dickel, OceanaGo.6.4 
 4. Jones, Nelson G.5.3 
 5. Braswell, Southlan.4.4 
 6. Wright, OceanaGo.4.3 
 7. Kenny, Bay Hawks4.0 
 8. Hudson, Taranaki.4.0 
 9. Pace, Hub Jets3.9 
 10. Bailey, Harbour H.3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Jason CROWE
  Wellington S.
  (193-G-76)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Crowe, Wellington2.9 
 2. Braswell, Southlan.2.6 
 3. Wright, OceanaGo.2.2 
 4. Muhammad, Aucklan.2.1 
 5. Leasure, Taranaki.2.1 
 6. Dickel, OceanaGo.1.9 
 7. Bailey, Harbour H.1.8 
 8. Ross, OceanaGold1.7 
 9. Tait, Auckland P.1.6 
 10. Kenny, Bay Hawks1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Michael HARRISON
  Nelson G.
  (206-F/C-84)
  Avg: 2
 1. Harrison, Nelson G.2.0 
 2. Tisby, OceanaGo.1.5 
 3. Wright, OceanaGo.1.2 
 4. Trousdell, Wellin.1.2 
 5. Atkinson, Harbo.1.2 
 6. Scott, Wellington1.0 
 7. Abney, Southland0.9 
 8. Muhammad, Aucklan.0.8 
 9. Frank, Wellington0.7 
 10. Cartwright, Auckl.0.6 


NBL Round 11: Auckland P. loses the game and top position - by Eurobasket News

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

There was a change at the NBL leadership position after last games. Round 11 most important game was a defeat of league's leader Auckland P. (11-3). They were edged by second ranked Bay Hawks (11-3) 86-83 on Saturday night. It ended at the same time the seven-game winning streak of Auckland P.. It was a key game for the top position in the league. The hosts trailed by 10 points at the halftime before their 46-33 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Bay Hawks made 17-of-22 free shots (77.3 percent) during the game. It was a great evening for the former international guard Paora Winitana (196-76) who led his team to a victory scoring 26 points and 6 assists (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line). American center Kareem Johnson (205-80, college: Cincinnati) helped adding 17 points and 7 rebounds. International guard Lindsay Tait (192-82) responded with 19 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Bay Hawks keep a position of league leader, which they share with defeated Auckland P. Auckland P. will play next round against Nelson G. trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Bay Hawks will try to continue on its current victory against ninth ranked Harbour H. in Auckland.
Important game to mention about took place in New Plymouth. Seventh ranked OceanaGold N. (5-10) saved a 3-point victory on the road edging 5th ranked Taranaki MA (7-9) 81-78 on Saturday evening. It was an exceptional evening for the former international swingman Leon Henry (200-85, college: S.Idaho JC) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 26 points and 11 rebounds. Antoine Tisby accounted for 19 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists. American guard Jack Leasure (191-86, college: Co.Carolina) came up with 28 points for Taranaki MA in the defeat. Taranaki MA's coach Dave Bublitz rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. OceanaGold N. maintains seventh place with 5-10 record. Taranaki MA at the other side keeps the fifth position with nine games lost. OceanaGold N. will play against bottom-ranked Harbour H. (#9) in Auckland in the next round. Taranaki MA will play on the road against Hub Jets (#4) in Palmerston North and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game in Southland supposed to be also quite interesting. Third ranked Hub Jets (8-5) played at the court of 8th ranked Southland S. (4-10). Hub Jets smashed Southland S. 111-68 on Saturday. The best player for the winners was Nick Horvath who had a double-double by scoring 16 points and 19 rebounds. Hub Jets' coach felt very confident that he used 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Kevin Braswell produced 16 points and 5 assists for the hosts. Hub Jets have a solid series of three victories in a row. Despite that victory Hub Jets went down to fourth position due to points difference. Southland S. lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the eighth place with ten games lost. Hub Jets will meet at home Taranaki MA (#5) in the next round. Southland S. will play against Harbour H. in Auckland and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game in Stoke was also worth to mention about. Fourth ranked Wellington S. (9-6) played at the court of 6th ranked Nelson G. (6-8). Wellington S. did not have too big problems and got a relatively easy victory 88-71. Jason Crowe orchestrated the victory by scoring 21 points, 5 rebounds, 7 assists and 4 steals. Defending champion moved-up to third place. Nelson G. at the other side keeps the sixth position with eight games lost. Wellington S.'s next round opponent will be league's second-placed Auckland P. at home and it will be for sure the game of the week. Nelson G. will play against the league's second-placed Auckland P. (#2).

In the last two games of round 11 Wellington S. won against Harbour H. on the opponent's court 81-64. Wellington S. outscored OceanaGold N. in a home game 104-74.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 36 points (!!!), 9 rebounds and 4 assists by Akeem Wright of OceanaGold N..


Southland S. - Hub Jets 68-111

The game in Southland supposed to be also quite interesting. Third ranked Hub Jets (8-5) played at the court of 8th ranked Southland S. (4-10). Hub Jets smashed Southland S. 111-68 on Saturday. Hub Jets dominated down low during the game scoring 72 of its points in the paint compared to Southland S.'s 44. They outrebounded Southland S. 48-24 including a 33-11 advantage in defensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was the former international power forward Nick Horvath (208-81, college: Duke) who had a double-double by scoring 16 points and 19 rebounds. American guard Chris Hagan (175-89, college: Midwestern St.) chipped in 25 points, 8 assists and 4 steals. Hub Jets' coach felt very confident that he used 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American guard Kevin Braswell (188-79, college: Georgetown, agency: Priority Sports) produced 16 points and 5 assists and the other American import forward Lawrence Abney (203-77, college: Fresno St., agency: Dream Team Management) added 12 points and 6 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Hub Jets have a solid series of three victories in a row. Despite that victory Hub Jets went down to fourth position due to points difference. Southland S. lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the eighth place with ten games lost. Hub Jets will meet at home Taranaki MA (#5) in the next round. Southland S. will play against Harbour H. in Auckland and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Hub Jets: J.Pace 27+5reb, C.Hagan 25+3reb+8ast, N.Horvath 16+19reb+1ast, M.Te Huna 15+6reb+1ast, Z.Meehl 11+1reb+2ast, J.Trueman 9+10reb+1ast
Southland S.: K.Braswell 16+4reb+5ast, C.Bradshaw 14+2reb, L.Abney 12+6reb, J.Paringatai 11+3reb+2ast, P.McLeod 6+1reb, E.Rusbatch 4+2reb+3ast
gschID: 168142


Taranaki MA - OceanaGold N. 78-81

Important game to mention about took place in New Plymouth. Seventh ranked OceanaGold N. (5-10) saved a 3-point victory on the road edging 5th ranked Taranaki MA (7-9) 81-78 on Saturday evening. The guests were tied after three quarters but managed to speed up in last quarter eventually winning the game. It was an exceptional evening for the former international swingman Leon Henry (200-85, college: S.Idaho JC) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 26 points and 11 rebounds. American power forward Antoine Tisby (203-83, college: S.Carolina) accounted for 19 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists for the winning side. American guard Jack Leasure (191-86, college: Co.Carolina) came up with 28 points and the other American import guard Darryl Hudson (196-85, college: Howard, agency: Strategic Sports) added 22 points and 9 rebounds respectively for Taranaki MA in the defeat. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Taranaki MA's coach Dave Bublitz rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. OceanaGold N. maintains seventh place with 5-10 record. Taranaki MA at the other side keeps the fifth position with nine games lost. OceanaGold N. will play against bottom-ranked Harbour H. (#9) in Auckland in the next round. Taranaki MA will play on the road against Hub Jets (#4) in Palmerston North and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
OceanaGold N.: L.Henry 26+11reb+1ast, A.Tisby 19+12reb+4ast, R.Buckrell 16+2reb+1ast, A.Wright 12+12reb+4ast, J.Ross 5+1reb, M.Fitchett 3+2ast
Taranaki MA: J.Leasure 28+3reb+3ast, D.Hudson 22+9reb+1ast, L.Abrams 12+9reb+1ast, M.Abdelhamid 10+6reb, A.Bailey-Nowell 6+5reb+4ast, D.Rampton 0+6reb+1ast
gschID: 168139


Bay Hawks - Auckland P. 86-83

There was a change at the NBL leadership position after last games. Round 11 most important game was a defeat of league's leader Auckland P. (11-3). They were edged by second ranked Bay Hawks (11-3) 86-83 on Saturday night. It ended at the same time the seven-game winning streak of Auckland P.. It was a key game for the top position in the league. The hosts trailed by 10 points at the halftime before their 46-33 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Bay Hawks made 17-of-22 free shots (77.3 percent) during the game. It was a great evening for the former international guard Paora Winitana (196-76) who led his team to a victory scoring 26 points and 6 assists (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line). American center Kareem Johnson (205-80, college: Cincinnati) helped adding 17 points and 7 rebounds. International guard Lindsay Tait (192-82) responded with 19 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists and American forward Ismail Muhammad (198-83, college: Georgia Tech) scored 12 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. Four Auckland P. players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Bay Hawks keep a position of league leader, which they share with defeated Auckland P. Auckland P. will play next round against Nelson G. trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Bay Hawks will try to continue on its current victory against ninth ranked Harbour H. in Auckland.
Top scorers:
Bay Hawks: P.Winitana 26+4reb+6ast, K.Johnson 17+7reb, G.Young 11+8reb+2ast, B.Hill 10+2reb, J.Kenny 9+3reb+6ast, E.Bartlett 9+5reb+4ast
Auckland P.: L.Tait 19+7reb+6ast, A.Pledger 14+9reb, I.Muhammad 12+8reb+4ast, R.Dorsey 10+6reb, H.Allen 9+2reb+1ast, D.Boucher 8+4reb
gschID: 168140


Nelson G. - Wellington S. 71-88

The game in Stoke was also worth to mention about. Fourth ranked Wellington S. (9-6) played at the court of 6th ranked Nelson G. (6-8). Wellington S. did not have too big problems and got a relatively easy victory 88-71. Nelson G. was ahead by 6 points at the halftime before a 53-30 second half run of Wellington S.. American guard Jason Crowe (193-76, college: CS Northridge) orchestrated the victory by scoring 21 points, 5 rebounds, 7 assists and 4 steals. The former international forward Casey Frank (203-77, college: N.Arizona) contributed with 19 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. International forward Mika Vukona (198-82) answered with 16 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists and American power forward Michael Harrison (206-84, agency: Interperformances) added 14 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Nelson G.Five Wellington S. and four Nelson G. players scored in double figures. Defending champion moved-up to third place. Nelson G. at the other side keeps the sixth position with eight games lost. Wellington S.'s next round opponent will be league's second-placed Auckland P. at home and it will be for sure the game of the week. Nelson G. will play against the league's second-placed Auckland P. (#2).
Top scorers:
Wellington S.: J.Crowe 21+5reb+7ast, C.Frank 19+9reb+3ast, T.McLean 15+1reb+1ast, J.Kench 14+8reb+2ast, E.Scott 13+5reb+1ast, A.Trousdell 4
Nelson G.: M.Vukona 16+7reb+4ast, M.Harrison 14+7reb+2ast, J.Bloxham 13+2reb+2ast, D.Jones 13+2reb+1ast, P.Jones 7+6reb+4ast, G.Dawson 6+7reb
gschID: 168141


Harbour H. - Wellington S. 64-81

Very expected game in Auckland where 9th ranked Harbour H. (3-10) was defeated by fourth ranked Wellington S. (9-6) 81-64. The game without a history. Wellington S. led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 23 assists comparing to just 8 passes made by Harbour H.'s players. Wellington S. brought some defensive toughness making 7 blocks. The former international forward Casey Frank (203-77, college: N.Arizona) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 15 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists. American forward Ernest Scott (201-82, college: Valdosta St., agency: VVG Sports) contributed with 19 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 blocks for the winners. Wellington S.'s coach allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American power forward Zack Atkinson (206-86, college: Cal-Irvine, agency: Top Notch Sports) answered with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 13 rebounds and naturalized American forward Kevin Smith (196-79, college: Lee) added 17 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Harbour H.Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Defending champion moved-up to third place. Harbour H. at the other side stay at the bottom position with ten games lost. Wellington S.'s next round opponent will be league's second-placed Auckland P. at home and it will be for sure the game of the week. Harbour H. will play against Southland S. (#8) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Wellington S.: T.McLean 21+5reb+2ast, E.Scott 19+5reb+4ast, C.Frank 15+12reb+5ast, A.Trousdell 10+4reb, J.Crowe 6+8reb+8ast, J.Mills 3+1reb+1ast
Harbour H.: Z.Atkinson 19+13reb+2ast, K.Smith 17+7reb+1ast, M.Davidson 14+6reb+1ast, M.Alexander 10+2reb+2ast, J.Bailey 3+1ast, C.Piho 1+8reb+1ast
gschID: 168137


Wellington S. - OceanaGold N. 104-74

Rather predictable result when fourth ranked Wellington S. (9-6) smashed at home 7th ranked OceanaGold N. (5-10) 104-74. OceanaGold N. was ahead by 8 points at the halftime before a 64-26 second half run of Wellington S.. They also forced 26 OceanaGold N. turnovers. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists. American guard Jason Crowe (193-76, college: CS Northridge) orchestrated the victory by scoring 25 points, 7 rebounds, 8 assists and 8 steals. The former international guard Jeremy Kench (186-84) contributed with 19 points and 5 assists (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) for the winners. Four Wellington S. players scored in double figures. Wellington S.'s coach felt very confident that he used entire bench and allowed the starting five to rest. American swingman Akeem Wright (200-84, college: Kansas St.) answered with 36 points (!!!), 9 rebounds and 4 assists and the other American import power forward Antoine Tisby (203-83, college: S.Carolina) added 18 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for OceanaGold N.Defending champion moved-up to third place. OceanaGold N. at the other side keeps the seventh position with ten games lost. Wellington S.'s next round opponent will be league's second-placed Auckland P. at home and it will be for sure the game of the week. OceanaGold N. will play against Harbour H. (#9) in Auckland and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Wellington S.: J.Crowe 25+7reb+8ast, J.Kench 19+4reb+5ast, A.Trousdell 14+4reb+1ast, C.Frank 13+7reb+4ast, T.McLean 11+1reb, E.Scott 9+4reb+1ast
OceanaGold N.: A.Wright 36+9reb+4ast, A.Tisby 18+8reb+2ast, R.Buckrell 14+4reb+1ast, J.Ross 4, S.King 2, L.Henry 0+9reb+1ast
gschID: 168138



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  PHILIPPINES   


ASEAN League: Patriots shoot down Slammers - by Eurobasket News

Thailand Slammers - Philippine Patriots 74:80

Philippine Patriots finished the regular season on a high note. They shot down the Thailand Slammers on the road to improve at 16-5 record. Anthony Johnson (197-G/F-79, agency: Interperformances, college: La-Lafayette) knocked down 15 points to lead the charge.
The Patriots got to a quick start. They established a 20:13 lead after ten minutes of action. The margin grew in the second term. The Patriots stretched the gap to as many as 13 points at halftime 36:23. The Slammers increased the tempo in the third stanza. The home team cut the deficit to 8 points at the final intermission. The Slammers unloaded 25 points in the fourth frame but it was not enough to threaten the margin. Nakiea Miller (204-C-79, college: Iona), Robert Wainwright (196-F-73, college: Solano CC) and Marcelino Arellano (178-G-86) added 11 points each for the visitors. Calvin Williams (206-F-87, college: SE Missouri St.) answered with game-high 21 points for the Slammers. Rexander Leynes had 15 points in the loss.

Thailand Slammers: Calvin Williams 21, Rexander Leynes 15
Philippine Patriots: Anthony Johnson 15, Nakiea Miller 11, Robert Wainwright 11, Marcelino Arellano 11



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  POLAND   

DBE Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Walter HODGE
  Zastal ZG
  (183-PG-86)
  Avg: 19.3
 1. Hodge, Zastal ZG19.3 
 2. Motiejunas, Asseco16.2 
 3. Corbett, Siarka J.16.1 
 4. Dylewicz, Trefl So.15.9 
 5. Miller, Siarka J.15.9 
 6. Micic, PBG Basket15.7 
 7. Kulig, PBG Basket15.7 
 8. Burrell, Energa C.15.6 
 9. Koszarek, Trefl S.15.5 
 10. Weeden, Polpharma15.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Darrell HARRIS
  Kotwica
  (208-F/C-84)
  Avg: 11.6
 1. Harris, Kotwica11.6 
 2. Lawal, Zastal ZG10.2 
 3. Hrycaniuk, Asseco9.0 
 4. Archibeque, Zastal8.1 
 5. Dluski, LKS Lodz8.1 
 6. Burgess, Trefl S.8.0 
 7. Doaks, Siarka J.7.3 
 8. Turek, Trefl Sopot7.2 
 9. Simmons, Polpharma7.2 
 10. Bartosz, PBG Bas.7.1 
Assists Per Game
 Robert SKIBNIEWSKI
  Slask W.
  (182-G-83)
  Avg: 7.2
 1. Skibniewski, Slask7.2 
 2. Blassingame, Assec.6.9 
 3. Hodge, Zastal ZG5.8 
 4. Wilczek, AZS P.5.2 
 5. Koszarek, Trefl S.5.1 
 6. Milicic, AZS K.5.0 
 7. Burrell, Energa C.4.8 
 8. Miller, Siarka J.4.7 
 9. Micic, PBG Basket4.5 
 10. Moore, PGE Turow4.4 
Steals Per Game
 Krzysztof SZUBARGA
  Anwil
  (182-G-84)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Szubarga, Anwil1.7 
 2. Sapp, Kotwica1.5 
 3. Skibniewski, Slask1.5 
 4. Tiller, Siarka J.1.5 
 5. Ponitka, AZS P.1.4 
 6. Miller, Siarka J.1.4 
 7. Motiejunas, Asseco1.4 
 8. Koszarek, Trefl S.1.4 
 9. Hodge, Zastal ZG1.4 
 10. Dabrowski, Polph.1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Darrell HARRIS
  Kotwica
  (208-F/C-84)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Harris, Kotwica1.6 
 2. Burgess, Trefl S.1.6 
 3. Eziukwu, AZS K.1.6 
 4. Kesicki, Kotwica1.4 
 5. Morrison, Energa C.1.3 
 6. Karnowski, Siarka1.2 
 7. Lauderdale, PGE T.1.1 
 8. Lawal, Zastal ZG1.1 
 9. Mladenovic, Slask1.1 
 10. Turek, Trefl Sopot1.0 


2Liga Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Jakub KAROLAK
  Novum Lublin
  (196-G/F-93)
  Avg: 21.9
 1. Karolak, Novum Lub.21.9 
 2. Kowalewski, AZS U.21.4 
 3. Peciak, MKS L.19.9 
 4. Lapinski, Zyrardow.19.8 
 5. Sobilo, Pulaski Wa.19.7 
 6. Swiech, MKS S.19.4 
 7. Kuczynski, Tur B.18.8 
 8. Ejsmont, GKK G.18.6 
 9. Zurawski, Open F.18.6 
 10. Majewski, PWiK P.18.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Mateusz SZWED
  Zyrardow.
  (197-C-91)
  Avg: 12.8
 1. Szwed, Zyrardow.12.8 
 2. Zabielski, Tur B.11.8 
 3. Cygan, Unia Tarnow10.8 
 4. Niedzwiedzki, WKK10.4 
 5. Fras, Trefl I.9.8 
 6. Mis, Handlopex AZS9.8 
 7. Kwandrans, MKS L.9.8 
 8. Zurawski, Open F.9.7 
 9. Sobkowiak, AZS P.9.4 
 10. Kuczynski, Tur B.9.0 
Assists Per Game
 Marcin STOKLOSA
  Open F.
  (188-G-77)
  Avg: 10.7
 1. Stoklosa, Open F.10.7 
 2. Hybiak, AZS P.6.7 
 3. Paszkiewicz, PWiK6.5 
 4. Wluczynski, Ksieza.6.2 
 5. Jarosz, MKS S.5.8 
 6. Gospodarek, Novum5.5 
 7. Grzelinski, WKK O.5.4 
 8. Kindlik, MKS L.5.2 
 9. Rapucha, Tur B.5.2 
 10. Lewandowski, Asto.5.1 
Steals Per Game
 Marcin STOKLOSA
  Open F.
  (188-G-77)
  Avg: 5
 1. Stoklosa, Open F.5.0 
 2. Rapucha, Tur B.4.4 
 3. Bojko, Wilki Morsk.4.3 
 4. Jarosz, MKS S.4.2 
 5. Misztela, UMKS P.4.0 
 6. Zych, Unia Tarnow3.8 
 7. Adamczyk, Pulaski3.8 
 8. Chojecki, Zyrardow.3.8 
 9. Hybiak, AZS P.3.7 
 10. Wrobel, GTK G.3.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Tomasz ZYCH
  Unia Tarnow
  (188-G-87)
  Avg: 3
 1. Zych, Unia Tarnow3.0 
 2. Lewandowski, Astor.2.8 
 3. Szewczyk, Unia T.2.3 
 4. Misztela, UMKS P.2.2 
 5. Paszkiewicz, PWiK2.2 
 6. Platek, Slask I.2.2 
 7. Kunc, Staco M.2.2 
 8. Hybiak, AZS P.2.2 
 9. Fediuk, UKS S.2.2 
 10. Bojko, Wilki Mors.2.1 


Maciej Lampe selected the top Polish players playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Maciej Lampe
Maciej Lampe
   #1. This week's number one is an international center Maciej Lampe (210-85). He led Caja Laboral to a victory over the closely-ranked Gescrap BB (19-15) crushing them 100-70 in the Spanish ACB in Sunday night's game. Lampe was MVP of the game. He recorded 20 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 21 minutes on the court. Caja Laboral Vitoria (23-11) is placed third in the ACB. Lampe's team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And that game will be critical. It's Lampe's first season with the team. He has relatively good stats this year: 12.8ppg, 4.9rpg, 2FGP: 56.1%(69-123), 3FGP: 36.8% and FT: 64.5% in the 14 games he played so far. Lampe has a dual citizenship: Polish and Swedish. Despite he played previously for the Swedish national team, Lampe is currently a member of the Polish senior national team.

Gal Mekel
Gal Mekel
   #2. Second place goes to an international point guard Gal Mekel (192-88, college: Wichita St.), who plays in the Italian SerieA. He could not help one of league's weakest teams Benetton Treviso (13-19) to beat Vanoli-Braga (14-18). Mekel recorded 8 points and added 5 passes. Benetton Treviso was edged 84-82 on the road by the higher-ranked Vanoli-Braga (#10). The Regular Season already ended. This season Mekel averages: 6.3ppg, 2.2rpg, 3.7apg, 2FGP: 55.2%(48-87), 3FGP: 24.2% and FT: 65.5%. He is another player who holds two passports: Israeli and Polish. Despite Mekel played previously for the Israeli national team, he is currently a member of the Polish senior national team.

Robert Tomaszek
Robert Tomaszek
   #3. The Polish player who performed third best last week abroad was former international forward Robert Tomaszek (204-81, agency: Limelight Hoops, college: Texas Tech). Tomaszek contributed to a s Oliver Baskets' victory against the closely-ranked ALBA Berlin (26-8) 79-66 in the German BBL on Wednesday night. He scored 9 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 19 minutes. s.Oliver Baskets Wuerzburg (20-14) is placed sixth in the BBL. This year Tomaszek's overall stats are: 3.3ppg, 2.4rpg, 2FGP: 45.3% and FT: 68.1% in the 36 games. He has both Polish and German nationalities. Despite Tomaszek played previously for the German national team, he played also for the Polish national team in 2004.

Bradd Wierzbicki
Bradd Wierzbicki
   #4. Guard Bradd Wierzbicki (191-85, college: Queens, NY) helped Jelson Homes DMU Leicester City Riders win their game against the closely-ranked Glasgow Rocks (16-14) crushing them 97-72 in the British BBL in Sunday night's game. Wierzbicki scored 14 points. Jelson Homes DMU Leicester City Riders (22-8) is placed second in the BBL. Wierzbicki has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 16.9ppg, 2.5rpg, 2.8apg and 1.1spg. Wierzbicki is a naturalized American. Despite he played previously for the USA national team, Wierzbicki is currently in the Polish national team roster.

Szymon Szewczyk
Szymon Szewczyk
   #5. International center Szymon Szewczyk (209-82) was not able to help Umana Venezia (17-15) in their game against Air Avellino (15-17) in the Italian SerieA. He recorded 5 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 21 minutes. Umana Venezia lost 90-95 at home to the lower-ranked (#9) Air Avellino. It was Umana Venezia's fourth consecutive loss in a row. Szewczyk's team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And now that game is very crucial. Szewczyk belongs to league's best blockers and is ranked #3 with 1.3bpg. This year he also averages: 12.6ppg, 5.9rpg and 1.1apg in the 32 games. Szewczyk plays currently for the Polish national team.

David Logan
David Logan
   #6. Guard David Logan (184-82, college: Indianapolis) was not able to secure a victory for Panathinaikos (4-2) in their game against CSKA Moscow (5-1) in the Euroleague. He did not beat the league record on Friday evening. Logan recorded only 2 points. The first-placed Panathinaikos was edged 66-64 in Moscow by the leading CSKA in the group G of Euroleague. Logan's total stats this season are: 6.6ppg and 1.1apg. He is a naturalized American. Logan is a former international player as he played for the Polish senior team three years ago. He used to play for WTK Anwil Wloclawek in Polish league.

Jakub Wojciechowski
Jakub Wojciechowski
   #7. International power forward Jakub Wojciechowski (213-90) managed to help Enel Brindisi in a 2-point victoryagainst the closely-ranked Givova Scafati (17-11) 97-95 in the Italian Lega2 (second division) in Saturday night's game. Wojciechowski scored only 2 points in 4 minutes on the court. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Enel Brindisi (18-10) is placed third in the Lega2. His team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And now that game is quite important. This year Wojciechowski's total stats are: 1.9ppg and 1.3rpg in the eight games. He is also Polish national team player.

Other top Polish players, who play abroad:

Thomas Kelati (195-G/F-82) plays for Khimky in Russian PBL
Marcin Gortat (213-C-84) plays for Phoenix Suns in the NBA
Vitaliy Kovalenko (203-F-84) plays for BC Donetsk in Ukrainian Superleague
Michal Ignerski (207-F-80) plays for Lokomotiv in Russian PBL
Jakub Parzenski (212-F/C-91) plays for CS Bologna in Italian SerieA
Chris Thomas (186-PG-82) plays for Galil Gilboa in Israeli Premier League
Sandro Listwon (202-F/C-93) plays for Banca Tercas in Italian SerieA
Daniel Swindowsky (202-C-72) plays for Phoenix Hagen in German BBL

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



PLK Round 3 of Semi-Finals. Asseco Prokom reach Final - by Eurobasket News

Zastal ZG - Asseco Prokom 77-90

Asseco Prokom fired past Zastal Zielona Gora on the road to complete the sweep of the semifinal series. It was a great evening for American guard Jerel Blassingame (175-81, college: UNLV) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 23 points and 14 assists. International center Adam Hrycaniuk (206-84, college: Cincinnati, agency: Alti Sport) helped adding 10 points and 15 rebounds. Five Asseco Prokom players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was American center Kirk Archibeque (205-84, college: Fort Lewis, agency: Hart Sports Mngm) with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 13 rebounds and Ivorian-Puerto Rican point guard Walter Hodge (183-86, college: Florida) scored 19 points and 5 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Zastal ZG: K.Archibeque 20+13reb+1ast, W.Hodge 19+5reb+3ast, K.Chanas 12+1reb+1ast, U.Mirkovic 6+4reb+1ast, F.Matczak 6+2reb+2ast, M.Sroka 4+5reb
Asseco Prokom: J.Blassingame 23+2reb+14ast, D.Motiejunas 14+9reb, M.Kuebler 13+1reb+1ast, F.Dmitriev 11+2reb, P.Szczotka 10+4reb, A.Hrycaniuk 10+15reb+1ast
gschID: 176126


PGE Turow - Trefl Sopot 69-74

Trefl Sopot earned the second win in a row against PGE Turow to surge ahead in the series. The guests were already 11 points ahead after 3 quarters before a 14-8 PGE Turow's run in the last quarter cut the lead to 74-69 at the end of the game. It was an exceptional evening for the former international forward Filip Dylewicz (202-80) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 12 rebounds. The former international guard Lukasz Koszarek (187-84) accounted for 15 points and 5 rebounds for the winning side. American guard David Jackson (193-86, college: W.Illinois) came up with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 10 rebounds and Australian-Dutch center Daniel Kickert (208-83, college: St.Mary's, CA) added 15 points and 7 rebounds respectively for PGE Turow in the defeat. Five Trefl Sopot and four PGE Turow players scored in double figures. PGE Turow's coach Jacek Winnicki rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
PGE Turow: D.Kickert 15+7reb+2ast, M.Chylinski 14+3reb+1ast, G.Gustas 14+2reb+1ast, D.Jackson 14+10reb+3ast, K.Wysocki 5+1reb, D.Kulig 5+5reb+1ast
Trefl Sopot: F.Dylewicz 17+12reb+3ast, L.Koszarek 15+5reb+2ast, L.Wisniewski 12+1reb+2ast, J.Turek 10+7reb, A.Waczynski 10+5reb+4ast, S.Kuzminskas 6+3reb
gschID: 176127



2Liga Round 3 of Finals - by Eurobasket News

Group A
AZS PP Poznan - Astoria Bydg. 75-71

AZS Poznan surged ahead against Astoria. The hosts were ahead by 4 points but lost the second period ending it with a 3-point deficit before their 23-16 run, which allowed them to win the game. AZS PP Poznan made 21-of-24 charity shots (87.5 percent) during the game. They also forced 22 Astoria Bydg. turnovers. They brought some defensive toughness making 12 blocks. It was a good game for guard Tomasz Baszak (182-82) who led his team to a victory with 22 points (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line). Center Marek Sobkowiak (200-86) contributed with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 14 rebounds for the winners. Four AZS PP Poznan players scored in double figures. AZS PP Poznan's coach Waldemar Mendel allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. Guard Mateusz Bierwagen (194-88) answered with 26 points and 8 rebounds and power forward Sebastian Laydych (203-87) added 14 points and 9 rebounds in the effort for Astoria Bydg.
Top scorers:
AZS PP Poznan: T.Baszak 22+4reb+2ast, M.Sobkowiak 14+14reb, P.Stankiewicz 13+5reb+4ast, M.Szydlowski 13+4reb, P.Hybiak 6+2reb+10ast, M.Rostalski 6+5reb+1ast
Astoria Bydg.: M.Bierwagen 26+8reb+2ast, S.Laydych 14+9reb+1ast, A.Andryanczyk 10+4reb, D.Szyttenholm 8+8reb+2ast, A.Barszczyk 6+3reb+6ast, W.Pagacz 4+1reb
gschID: 175903


Group B
BM Wegiel Stal - Slask II W. 78-65

BM Wegiel Stal celebrated the second win in the series versus Slask II Wroclaw. The game was mostly controlled by BM Wegiel Stal. Slask II W. managed to win second period 23-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. BM Wegiel Stal forced 23 Slask II W. turnovers. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when BM Wegiel Stal made 7 blocks. The best player for the winners was guard Marcin Dymala (185-90) who scored 17 points, 8 rebounds and 8 assists. Forward Jakub Dryjanski (201-82) chipped in a double-double by scoring 13 points and 10 rebounds. Four BM Wegiel Stal players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was the former international power forward Miroslaw Lopatka (213-77, agency: Promotex) who recorded 11 points and 5 rebounds and guard Adrian Mroczek-Truskowski (195-85) added 6 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists respectively. Slask II W.'s coach Grzegorz Krzak rotated twelve players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
BM Wegiel Stal: M.Matczak 17+3reb+3ast, M.Dymala 17+8reb+8ast, M.Kalowski 13+2reb+1ast, J.Dryjanski 13+10reb, T.Cielebak 9+3reb+1ast, L.Olejnik 7+5reb+2ast
Slask II W.: M.Lopatka 11+5reb, R.Glapinski 10+2reb+3ast, R.Hyzy 8+2ast, T.Bodzinski 8+2reb, A.Grygiel 7+1reb, A.Mroczek-Truskowski 6+5reb+5ast
gschID: 175904


Group C
UMKS Kielce - PWiK Piaseczno 90-74

UMKS Kielce held off PWiK Piaseczno for 2-1 lead. The game without a history. UMKS Kielce led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. UMKS Kielce forced 26 PWiK Piaseczno turnovers. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when UMKS Kielce made 9 blocks. It was a great evening for point guard Hubert Makuch (179-85) who led his team to a victory scoring 20 points, 7 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 blocks. Guard Pawel Bacik (187-88) helped adding 16 points, 7 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals. The best for the losing side was guard Dominik Majewski (185-83) with 14 points and 5 rebounds and forward Damian Zapert (196-84) scored 11 points and 7 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
UMKS Kielce: A.Busz 23+2reb, H.Makuch 20+7reb+6ast, P.Bacik 16+7reb+5ast, D.Wyka 13+9reb+2ast, G.Kij 7+5reb+2ast, M.Wrobel 7+3reb
PWiK Piaseczno: D.Majewski 14+5reb+2ast, T.Borkowski 13+4reb, D.Zapert 11+7reb+1ast, W.Bocianowski 10+5reb, M.Wojtynski 10+3reb+1ast, A.Paszkiewicz 6+1reb+5ast
gschID: 175905



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  PORTUGAL   

Stats Leaders - UZO Liga

Points Per Game
 Nate BOWIE
  Terceira.
  (183-G-86)
  Avg: 19.1
 1. Bowie, Terceira.19.1 
 2. Murphy, Terceira.18.6 
 3. Addison, Sampaense18.2 
 4. Stempin, Porto F.17.9 
 5. Scott, Benfica17.5 
 6. Nevels, Terceira.16.9 
 7. Franklin, Lusitania16.5 
 8. Morris, Vitoria SC16.5 
 9. Balseiro, Sampa.15.5 
 10. Oruche, Academica15.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Brian MORRIS
  Vitoria SC
  (205-F-87)
  Avg: 11
 1. Morris, Vitoria SC11.0 
 2. Lee, Ovarense9.9 
 3. Nevels, Terceira.9.6 
 4. Fonseca, Vitoria SC9.2 
 5. Addison, Sampaense8.3 
 6. Djukic, Ginasio8.2 
 7. Momplasir, Lusitan.7.9 
 8. Cunha, Vitoria SC7.9 
 9. Gunter, CAB M.7.9 
 10. Stempin, Porto F.7.5 
Assists Per Game
 Mario FERNANDES
  CAB M.
  (176-PG-82)
  Avg: 6.5
 1. Fernandes, CAB M.6.5 
 2. Sing, Sampaense5.9 
 3. Blanks, Vitoria SC5.4 
 4. Reveles, Sampaense5.3 
 5. Barbosa, Ovarense4.5 
 6. Ferreira, Ginasio4.4 
 7. Bowie, Terceira.4.1 
 8. Fechas, Barcelos4.1 
 9. Manarte, Ovarense4.1 
 10. Minhava, Benfica3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Jaime SILVA
  CAB Madeira
  (187-PG-80)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Silva, CAB Madeira3.2 
 2. Fernandes, CAB M.2.3 
 3. Balseiro, Sampa.2.3 
 4. Cunha, Vitoria SC2.0 
 5. Kenon, CAB Madeira1.9 
 6. Andrade, Porto F.1.9 
 7. Silva, Barcelos1.8 
 8. Bessa, Vitoria SC1.8 
 9. Jackson, CAB M.1.8 
 10. Blanks, Vitoria SC1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Durrell NEVELS
  Terceira.
  (198-F-86)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Nevels, Terceira.2.8 
 2. Momplasir, Lusitan.2.0 
 3. Johnson, Porto F.1.2 
 4. Silva, Barcelos1.0 
 5. Gunter, CAB M.1.0 
 6. Coelho, CAB M.0.8 
 7. Ehiagwina, Ginasio0.8 
 8. Addison, Sampaense0.8 
 9. Doliboa, Benfica0.8 
 10. Lee, Ovarense0.7 


LPB Round 1 of Finals. Porto Ferpinta claim first victory - by Eurobasket News

Porto Ferpinta - Benfica 77-71

Porto Ferpinta pulled ahead in the championship series. They defeated Benfica at home court in the opener. The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 21-12. But Benfica won second period 22-18. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. 26 personal fouls committed by Benfica helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Gregory Stempin (203-79, college: Toledo, agency: Duran International) who helped to win the game recording 26 points and 5 rebounds. The former international center Joao Santos (205-79, college: Nevada) contributed with 16 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Four FC Porto Ferpinta players scored in double figures. American guard Ted Scott (188-85, college: W.Virginia St., agency: Hart Sports Mngm) answered with 26 points and 6 rebounds and the former international forward Joao Gomes (199-85) added 14 points and 9 rebounds in the effort for Benfica. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Porto Ferpinta: G.Stempin 26+5reb+1ast, J.Santos 16+5reb+5ast, C.Andrade 10+4reb+1ast, R.Johnson 10+7reb, M.Miranda 6+7reb+3ast, R.Jackson 5+1reb+4ast
Benfica: T.Scott 26+6reb+2ast, J.Gomes 14+9reb+1ast, H.Evans 10+8reb+1ast, D.Carreira 8+2reb, M.Norris 6+2reb+4ast, F.Gentry 4+8reb+2ast
gschID: 176350



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Standings - BSN

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

Second Stage: Round 4

May. 11: Arecibo - Guaynabo 79-72
May. 11: Bayamon - Mayaguez 77-90
May. 12: Quebradillas - Mayaguez
May. 12: Arecibo - San German


Stats Leaders - BSN

Points Per Game
 Al THORNTON
  Guayama
  (203-F-83)
  Avg: 25.3
 1. Thornton, Guayama25.3 
 2. Harris, San German20.7 
 3. Sensley, Humacao19.7 
 4. Randolph, Quebradi.19.3 
 5. Dalmau, Bayamon18.5 
 6. Diogu, Arecibo18.5 
 7. Brown, Humacao18.0 
 8. Ayuso, Arecibo18.0 
 9. Ramos, Quebradillas17.8 
 10. Vassallo, Guayna.16.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Shavlik RANDOLPH
  Quebradi.
  (208-F-83)
  Avg: 11.9
 1. Randolph, Quebradi.11.9 
 2. Harris, San German10.3 
 3. Diogu, Arecibo10.1 
 4. Lloreda, San G.9.5 
 5. Powell, Guayama9.2 
 6. Thornton, Guayama9.2 
 7. Ramos, Quebradillas9.1 
 8. Sensley, Humacao9.0 
 9. Burgess, Guaynabo8.4 
 10. Sweetney, Bayamon8.2 
Assists Per Game
 Filiberto RIVERA
  San German
  (190-PG-82)
  Avg: 6
 1. Rivera, San German6.0 
 2. Guzman, Guaynabo5.4 
 3. Smith, Mayaguez5.4 
 4. Garcia, Humacao5.2 
 5. Pagan, Guayama5.0 
 6. Pinnock, Arecibo5.0 
 7. Butler, Quebradill.4.8 
 8. Dalmau, Bayamon4.1 
 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. Dalmau, Bayamon1.6 
 4. Mojica, Bayamon1.6 
 5. Thornton, Guayama1.3 
 6. Sensley, Humacao1.3 
 7. Rivera, San German1.3 
 8. Figueroa, Guaynabo1.3 
 9. Chaney, San German1.2 
 10. Ramirez, Mayaguez1.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Mamadou LAMIZANA
  Bayamon
  (207-F/C-81)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Lamizana, Bayamon2.4 
 2. Penn, Humacao1.8 
 3. Shannon, Quebradil.1.6 
 4. Thornton, Guayama1.6 
 5. O''Bryant, Mayaguez1.6 
 6. Aubry, Arecibo1.5 
 7. Burgess, Guaynabo1.4 
 8. Ramos, Quebradillas1.3 
 9. Powell, Guayama1.3 
 10. Randolph, Quebrad.1.1 


Carlos Arroyo selected the top Puerto Rican playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Carlos Arroyo
Carlos Arroyo
   #1. This week's number one is an experienced international guard Carlos Arroyo (188-79, college: FIU). He led Besiktas to an overtime victory against the closely-ranked Fenerbahce Ulker (21-9) 96-94 in a derby game in the Turkish TBL in Sunday night's game. Arroyo recorded 20 points and added 4 assists in 36 minutes on the court. Besiktas Milangaz Istanbul (22-8) is placed fourth in the TBL. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. Arroyo has relatively good stats this year: 14.2ppg, 2.4rpg, 4.2apg, 2FGP: 33.1%, 3FGP: 45.3%(29-64) and FT: 85.9% in the 17 games he played so far. He is currently a member of the Puerto Rican senior national team.

Walter Hodge
Walter Hodge
   #2. Second place goes to an international point guard Walter Hodge (183-86, college: Florida), who plays in the Polish PLK. Hodge could not help Zastal ZG (6-4) in their last game on Tuesday. 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 !!!). It's Hodge's first season with the team. Hodge is ranked first on the list of the top scorers in the league and also on the list of best passers (third place). He has individually a very good season with high stats. Hodge averages: 19.3ppg, 2.9rpg, 5.8apg, 1.4spg, 2FGP: 47.6%, 3FGP: 31.4% and FT: 87.1%. He has a dual citizenship: Ivorian and Puerto Rican. Despite Hodge played previously for the Ivorian national team, he is currently a member of the Puerto Rican senior national team.

Nathan Peavy
Nathan Peavy
   #3. The Puerto Rican player who performed third best last week abroad was former international forward Nathan Peavy (203-85, college: Miami, OH). Peavy was not able to help Artland Dragons (24-10) in their game against Bayern Muenchen (22-12) in the German BBL. He recorded 9 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists in 29 minutes. But Artland Dragons lost 68-82 in Muenchen to the lower-ranked (#5) Bayern. This year Peavy has relatively solid stats: 14.3ppg, 6.2rpg, 1.8apg, 2FGP: 58.5%(117-200), 3FGP: 44.2% and FT: 74.3% in the 34 games. He is another player who holds two passports: Puerto Rican and American. Despite Peavy played previously for the USA national team, he played also for the Puerto Rican national team in 2010. Peavy used to play for Vaqueros de Bayamon in Puerto Rican league.

Guillermo Diaz
Guillermo Diaz
   #4. Shooting guard Guillermo Diaz (188-85, college: Miami, FL) led Armia to an easy victory against the fifth-ranked Sokhumi (11-9) crushing them 89-62 in a derby game in the Georgian Superleague in Thursday night's game. He scored 13 points and added 5 passes. BC Armia Tbilisi (20-0) is placed first in the Superleague. So far his team won all twenty games in the Semi-Finals. Diaz has reliable stats this season: 12.4ppg, 3.4rpg, 2.6apg and 1.7spg. Despite he played previously for the USA national team, Diaz is currently in the Puerto Rican national team roster.

Rafael Perez
Rafael Perez
   #5. Former international swingman Rafael Perez (193-82, agency: Paris Global Sports) was the major contributor in Trotamundos' victory against the third-ranked Gigantes (2-6) 95-81 in the Venezuelan LPB last Sunday. He scored 19 points and added 6 assists in 38 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 3 ranked teams in Group A. Trotamundos de Carabobo (4-4) is placed second. Perez's team will play only one more game in the Second Stage. And that game will be critical. Perez's stats this year are: 14.5ppg, 2.2rpg, 2.0apg and 1.8spg in the 24 games. He has both Puerto Rican and Venezuelan nationalities. Despite Perez played previously for the Venezuelan national team, he is currently in the Puerto Rican national team roster.

Other top Puerto Rican players, who play abroad:

Alfred Lee (185-G-56) plays for Los Angeles Lakers in the NBA
Renaldo Balkman (201-F-84) plays for New York Knicks in the NBA
Jose Juan Barea (181-PG-84) plays for Minnesota Timberwolves in the NBA
TreVon Hughes (183-PG-87) plays for Pieno Zvaigzdes in Lithuanian LKL
Paul Graham (196-G-85) plays for Slask Wroclaw in Polish PLK
Darnell Hinson (186-PG-80) plays for Energa Czarni in Polish PLK
Denis Clemente (185-PG-86) plays for Nitra in Slovakian Extraliga
Angel Caballero (192-G-70) plays for Palencia Baloncesto in Spanish LEB Gold
Emanuel Ubilla (188-G-86) plays for Inter Bratislava in Czech Republic NBL
Angel Garcia (209-C/F-88) plays for CB Granada in Spanish LEB Gold

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



Piratas stop Indios in overtime: - by Luis Modestti

Piratas de Quebradillas defeated Indios de Mayaguez 84-83 in overtime to stop their winning streak at the 2012 BSN Round Robin.

A couple of free throws by Milt Palacio with a minute left gave Piratas a one-point lead and held Mayaguez. Kevin Hamilton of Mayaguez missed two free throws with 23 seconds and after an offensive rebound turned the ball over.

Mayaguez dominated the first half with great team basketball on both sides of the court. The first twenty minutes ended 35-23 in favor of Indios.

In the second half Piratas reacted with their perimeter shooting and even had a five point lead with three minutes left. Mayaguez kept their cool and tied it at 76 thanks to a basket by Carlos Rivera with 20 seconds left.

In overtime Mayaguez only managed to get the lead once and Piratas sentenced the game from the line.

Joel Jones (196-G/F-81, college: Sacramento St.) had 21 and David Huertas 19 for Piratas who are now 3-2.

In the other game Atleticos de San German had a great second half and dominated Capitanes de Arecibo 80-71. Jesse Pellot had 21 and Cheyne Gadson 16 for Atleticos.



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Stats Leaders - Men

Points Per Game
 Jaytonah WISSEH
  CSU Sibiu
  (185-G-88)
  Avg: 23.5
 1. Wisseh, CSU Sibiu23.5 
 2. Durham, Dinamo B.23.3 
 3. Martinic, CSM B.23.0 
 4. Krstanovic, U.Mobi.21.0 
 5. Dykes, U.Mobite.19.8 
 6. Mitchell, Gaz Metan19.0 
 7. Sims, Giurgiu18.3 
 8. Ross, Craiova18.0 
 9. Gallimore, CSM B.17.9 
 10. Haymon, Dinamo B.17.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Allen DURHAM
  Dinamo B.
  (198-F-88)
  Avg: 13.7
 1. Durham, Dinamo B.13.7 
 2. Kinloch, Pitesti9.3 
 3. Carutasu, CSM B.8.6 
 4. McKenzie, CSM B.8.6 
 5. Krstanovic, U.Mobi.8.4 
 6. Dies, Perla Harghi.8.4 
 7. Steffel, Rovinari8.3 
 8. Nicoara, Gaz Metan8.1 
 9. Riley, CSU Sibiu8.1 
 10. Vlaicu, Giurgiu7.7 
Assists Per Game
 Jaytonah WISSEH
  CSU Sibiu
  (185-G-88)
  Avg: 7.3
 1. Wisseh, CSU Sibiu7.3 
 2. Cooley, Targu M.6.2 
 3. Maric, Oradea6.1 
 4. Vlahovic, Ploiesti5.5 
 5. Sims, Giurgiu5.5 
 6. Nikolic, Rovinari5.4 
 7. Martinic, CSM B.5.3 
 8. Howell, Gaz Metan5.3 
 9. Long, Perla Harghi.5.0 
 10. Jovanovic, Timiso.4.9 
Steals Per Game
 Jaytonah WISSEH
  CSU Sibiu
  (185-G-88)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Wisseh, CSU Sibiu2.9 
 2. Cooley, Targu M.2.6 
 3. Howell, Gaz Metan2.1 
 4. Tucker, Perla H.2.1 
 5. Hargrove, Ploiesti1.9 
 6. Mitchell, Gaz Metan1.9 
 7. Archie, Timisoara1.8 
 8. Nicolae, Politehni.1.8 
 9. Dykes, U.Mobite.1.8 
 10. Hurjui, Politehni.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Kaylone RILEY
  CSU Sibiu
  (203-C-88)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Riley, CSU Sibiu1.8 
 2. Tibirna, Otopeni1.7 
 3. McKenzie, CSM B.1.7 
 4. Dies, Perla Harghi.1.5 
 5. Kinloch, Pitesti1.4 
 6. Mijovic, U.Mobite.1.1 
 7. Durham, Dinamo B.1.1 
 8. Archie, Timisoara1.1 
 9. Lazar, Oradea0.9 
 10. McCulloch, Dinamo0.9 


Virgil Carutasu stays with CS Municipal Bucuresti - by Eurobasket News

Virgil Carutasu (203-C-76) stays with CS Municipal Bucuresti for the next season. Being injured during the year, the player will come back to the court.
Virgil Carutasu is a 1976 year born player. He became Romanian League Champion -98, 03, 06, 07, 08, 09, 10 and Romanian League Regular Season Champion -04, 06, 07, 08, 09. In 2010-2011 he played for BC Steaua Turabo Bucuresti (Div.A, starting five) and in EuroChallenge had 3.0ppg, 5.8rpg. In Romanian League after 34 games his stats read 8.0ppg, 7.8rpg, 1.3apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 51.9%, FT: 72.7%.
The season 2011-2012 started for CS Municipal Bucuresti (Div.A), but was injured during the season. In 22 games he averaged 7.6 points per game. In his top game Virgil Carutasu recorded 15 points and 9 rebounds. His CSM Bucuresti lost to Targu Mures 75:79 at the Regular Season 2.



David Lawrence and U-Mobitelco BT split ways - by Eurobasket News

David Lawrence (200-F-85, agency: TSS Management, college: Charleston) and U-Mobitelco BT split ways as the player moves home. David Lawrence came to a positive doping test for the second time in the last two years and risks a suspension of two years, like Damien Kinloch and Matt Gibson .
David Lawrence joined the team in 2009. In his first year with the team he averaged high 17.0ppg, 5.1rpg, 2.9apg, 1.5spg, FGP: 62.9%, 3PT: 32.7%, FT: 74.4%. In 2010-2011 for CS U-Mobitelco Cluj Napoca (Romania-Div.A) after 15 games he showed only 4.3ppg, 2.3rpg, 2.0apg, 1.0spg. In 2011-2012 for U-Mobitelco BT Cluj Napoca (Romania-Div.A, starting five) he had 6 games: 9.2ppg, 5.2rpg, 2.2apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 57.1%, 3PT: 22.2%, FT: 76.0% in EuroChallenge. In local league his stats read 9.3 points per game. In his top game he scored 17 points as his team beat Craiova 76:63.
Last year David Lawrence became Romanian League Champion -11 and Romanian League Regular Season Runner-Up -11.



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Fedor Dmitriev selected the top Russian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Fedor Dmitriev
Fedor Dmitriev
   #1. This week's number one is former international forward Fedor Dmitriev (205-84, agency: Alti Sport). He was the major contributor in an Asseco Prokom's victory against the third-ranked Zastal ZG (6-4) crushing them 88-67 in the Polish PLK last Tuesday. Dmitriev scored 13 points. 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 Dmitriev's first season with the team. This year he averages: 5.9ppg, 1.8rpg, 2FGP: 42.9%, 3FGP: 39.5% and FT: 63.6%. Dmitriev played for the Russian senior national team six years ago.

Timofey Mozgov
Timofey Mozgov
   #2. Second place goes to an international center Timofey Mozgov (216-86, agency: Ryzhov Stanislav). He contributed to an easy victory against the Los Angeles Lakers (41-25) 113-96 in the NBA on Thursday night. Mozgov scored 8 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 24 minutes. The Denver Nuggets have 38-28 record this season. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. This year Mozgov's overall stats are: 5.3ppg, 4.0rpg, 2FGP: 51.9% and FT: 66.2% in the 50 games he played so far. Former BC Khimky Moscow starter played for the Russian national team in 2012.

Igor Simin
Igor Simin
   #3. The Russian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international guard Igor Simin (197-84), who plays in the Israeli National League (second division). He could not help Beer Yaakov (20-6) in their last game on Monday. Despite Simin's good performance the second-placed Beer Yaakov was defeated 84-78 on the road by the leading Hapoel Tel-Aviv in the Play-Off group. He recorded 12 points and grabbed 8 rebounds. Simin has relatively good stats this season: 10.7ppg, 3.7rpg, 2.1apg, 1.1spg, 2FGP: 45.5%, 3FGP: 35.6% and FT: 66.7%. He has a dual citizenship: Russian and Israeli. Despite Simin played previously for the Israeli U21 national team, he played also for the Russian national team in 2012.

Yaroslav Korolev
Yaroslav Korolev
   #4. Swingman Yaroslav Korolev (206-87) managed to help Lagun Aro Gipuzkoa BC in a victory against the 14th-ranked Gran Canaria 2014 (13-21) 93-78 in the Spanish ACB last Sunday. Korolev recorded only 3 points in 1 minutes on the court. Lagun Aro Gipuzkoa BC (19-15) is placed fifth in the ACB. His team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And that game will be critical. This year Korolev's total stats are: 0.8ppg and 1.3rpg in the four games. He used to play for the Russian national team back in 2006.

Teymuraz Babunashvili
Teymuraz Babunashvili
   #5. Former U18 international guard Teymuraz Babunashvili (185-90) was not able to help Kutaisi (0-0) in their game against Olimpi (16-4) in the Georgian Superleague. Babunashvili recorded only 4 points and added 4 assists. Kutaisi was defeated 67-59 at home by the lower-ranked Olimpi (#3). Babunashvili has averaged so far 7.7ppg, 3.1rpg and 2.9apg. He is another player who holds two passports: Russian and Georgian. Babunashvili used to play for the Russian U18 national team four years ago.

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

   #1. Raul Lopez (183-G-80), who plays in the Spanish ACB could not help Gescrap BB (19-15) in their last game. Despite his very good performance Gescrap BB was crushed 100-70 on the road by the higher-ranked (#3) Caja Laboral. Lopez was the top scorer with 17 points in a mere 18 minutes. His team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And that game will be critical. It's Lopez's first season with the team. This year Lopez averages: 6.6ppg, 1.4rpg and 1.5apg in the 33 games he played so far.

Other top Russian players, who play abroad:

Lazaros Papadopoulos (210-C-80) plays for Olympiacos in Greek A1
Stanislav Dikiy (201-F-88) plays for Ferro-ZNTU in Ukrainian Superleague
Aleksandr Fomin (207-F-86) plays for Minsk-2006 in Belarusian Premier League
Kirill Kuznetsov (187-G-90) plays for Apollon in Cypriot Division A
Mikhail Omelchenko (200-F-88) plays for Apollon in Cypriot Division A
Aleksei Subbotin (209-C-72) plays for Grodno-93 in Belarusian Premier League
Cyrille Makanda (195-G-80) plays for AEK in Cypriot Division A
Nikita Barinov (200-F-91) plays for Naglis Palangos in Lithuanian LKL
Dmitri Minaev (209-C-67) plays for Jiangsu Dragons in Chinese CBA
Vladimir Abdrakhmanov (197-G-90) plays for DniproAzot in Ukrainian Superleague

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



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Boniface Ndong selected the top Senegalese players playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Boniface Ndong
Boniface Ndong
   #1. This week's number one is an experienced former international center Boniface Ndong (213-77). He led Regal FC Barcelona to a victory over the 12th-ranked Assignia Manresa (15-19) 77-71 in the Spanish ACB in Sunday night's game. Ndong was MVP of the game. He recorded 17 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists and made 2 blocks in 25 minutes on the court. 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 that game will be critical. This year Ndong averages: 9.9ppg, 6.4rpg, 2FGP: 60.8%(124-204) and FT: 64.5% in the 29 games he played so far. He played for the Senegalese senior national team three years ago.

Bamba Fall
Bamba Fall
   #2. Second place goes to former international center Bamba Fall (216-86, college: SMU). Fall contributed to Kalev/Cramo's victory against the league leader Tartu Ulikool (25-3) 75-63 in the Estonian KML last Thursday. He recorded a double-double by scoring 10 points and getting 11 rebounds. Fall also added 5 blocks. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. BC Kalev/Cramo Tallinn (23-5) is placed third in the KML. Fall is the league's best blocker. His overall stats this season are: 8.7ppg, 6.8rpg, 2.0bpg, 2FGP: 65.0%(80-123) and FT: 58.3%. Fall played for the Senegalese national team in 2007.

Maleye N'Doye
Maleye N'Doye
   #3. The Senegalese player who performed third best last week abroad was an international forward Maleye N'Doye (203-80, college: Furman). He contributed to an easy victory against the 11th-ranked Strasbourg IG (13-16) 88-71 in the French ProA on Saturday night. N'Doye scored 12 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 25 minutes. Entente Orleans 45 (20-9) is placed third in the ProA. His team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And now that game is very crucial. This year N'Doye's overall stats are: 9.0ppg, 2.5rpg, 1.2apg, 2FGP: 55.3%(47-85) and FT: 82.4% in the 29 games. He is also a member of the Senegalese senior national team.

Mouhammad Faye
Mouhammad Faye
   #4. Forward Mouhammad Faye (208-85, college: SMU) was the major contributor in Hyeres-Toulon's victory against the closely-ranked STB Le Havre (7-19) 97-84 in the French ProA in Tuesday night's game. Faye scored 22 points and grabbed 7 rebounds; quite an impressive performance considering it's only his second season in pro basketball. Hyeres-Toulon Var Basket (3-26) closes the standings in the ProA. But the situation may improve as they ended a series of twenty consecutive loses. Faye's team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And now that game is quite important. Faye has relatively good stats this season: 11.7ppg, 4.9rpg and 1.4apg. He is also Senegalese national team player.

Ousmane Barro
Ousmane Barro
   #5. Former U18 international power forward Ousmane Barro (207-84, college: Marquette), who plays in the French ProB (second division) could not help JL Bourg (15-18) in their last game. Despite Barro's very good performance JL Bourg was edged in an overtime 92-91 on the road by the lower-ranked (#12) Olympique Antibes. He scored 20 points, had 9 rebounds and made 2 blocks in 29 minutes. Barro's team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And now that game is extremely important. Barro is currently seventh on the league's list of best rebounders with 8.5rpg. This year he also averages: 14.9ppg, 1.3apg and 1.4spg in the 32 games. Barro used to play for the Senegalese U18 national team ten years ago.

Jules Aw
Jules Aw
   #6. Forward Jules Aw (200-86) contributed to an easy victory against the league leader Lugano Tigers (20-4) crushing them 100-79 in the Swiss LNA on Wednesday night. He scored 17 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Lions de Geneve (18-6) is placed third in the LNA. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. It's Aw's first season with the team. Aw's total stats this year are: 9.5ppg, 6.5rpg and 1.3apg. Despite he played previously for the Swiss national team, Aw is also a former international player as he played for the Senegalese senior team five years ago.

Hamady N'Diaye
Hamady N'Diaye
   #7. Former international center Hamady N'Diaye (213-87, college: Rutgers) contributed to an easy victory against the seventh-ranked Sichuan (1-3) crushing them 105-76 in the Chinese NBL (second division) in Tuesday night's game. He scored 8 points, had 14 rebounds and made 10 blocks in 44 minutes. Guangzhou Liu Sui Whampoa (3-0) is placed second in the NBL. So far his team won all three games in the Regular Season. But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen. N'Diaye is currently first on the league's list of best blockers with 5.0bpg. He also averaged so far 14.7ppg and 12.7rpg in the three games. Despite N'Diaye played previously for the Swiss national team, he is currently in the Senegalese national team roster.

Sitapha Savane
Sitapha Savane
   #8. Forward Sitapha Savane (202-78, college: Navy) was not able to help Gran Canaria 2014 (13-21) in their game against Lagun Aro GBC (19-15) in the Spanish ACB. Savane recorded 8 points. Gran Canaria 2014 was defeated 93-78 in San Sebastian by the much higher-ranked Lagun Aro GBC (#5). The Regular Season already ended. Savane has been at the team for eight years. His total stats this season are: 5.0ppg and 2.4rpg. Despite Savane played previously for the Spanish national team, he is currently in the Senegalese national team roster.

Moussa Badiane
Moussa Badiane
   #9. Former international center Moussa Badiane (205-81, college: E.Carolina) faced previously mentioned Ousmane Barro in the French ProB last game. Badiane contributed to an overtime Olympique Antibes' victory against the closely-ranked JL Bourg (15-18) 92-91. He scored 16 points, had 7 rebounds, passed 4 assists and added 3 blocks in 38 minutes. Badiane's team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. Badiane is currently second on the league's list of best blockers with 1.7bpg. This year his other stats are: 11.5ppg, 6.0rpg, 1.4apg and 1.5spg in the 17 games. Despite Badiane played previously for the French national team, he is currently in the Senegalese national team roster.

Elson Mendy
Elson Mendy
   #10. Forward Elson Mendy (200-85) was the main contributor in Nantes' victory against the 17th-ranked Quimper UJAP (9-24) 82-66 in the French ProB (second division) in Saturday night's game. Mendy was the best player in that game. He scored 18 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Hermine Nantes Atlantique (13-13) is placed eighth in the ProB. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. They will play only one more game in the Regular Season. This season Mendy has relatively solid stats: 11.1ppg, 5.0rpg, 1.3apg and 1.1spg. Despite he played previously for the French national team, Mendy is also a former international player as three years ago he still played for the Senegalese senior national team.

   #11. International guard Ousmane Gueye (188-82) contributed to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Centrale Latte 91-73 in the Italian Lega2 (second division) last Thursday. He recorded 10 points and had 5 steals in 20 minutes. This year Gueye averages only 4.5ppg in the 30 games. Despite he played previously for the Italian national team, Gueye is currently in the Senegalese national team roster.

   #12. International forward Papa Dia (212-87, college: SMU) contributed to a Leche Rio Breogan's victory against the closely-ranked Menorca Basquet 69-64 in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division) on Friday night. He recorded 12 points, 5 rebounds and 2 blocks. Dia's total stats this season are: 8.4ppg and 4.9rpg. Despite he played previously for the Italian national team, Dia is currently in the Senegalese national team roster.

   #13. Former international power forward Abdoulaye N'Diaye (210-84, college: USC) helped Souffelweyersheim win their game against the 15th-ranked Stade Clermont crushing them 86-64 in the French NM1 (third division) in Saturday night's game. He recorded 16 points, 6 rebounds and 3 blocks in 28 minutes. N'Diaye is the league's best blocker with 1.7bpg. He also averaged so far 9.7ppg, 6.6rpg and 1.3apg in the 34 games. Despite N'Diaye played previously for the Italian national team, he is currently in the Senegalese national team roster.

   #14. International power forward Malick Badiane (211-84) is a teammate of previously mentioned Elson Mendy and both played together in the last French ProB game. Badiane helped Nantes win their game against the 17th-ranked Quimper UJAP 82-66. He scored 12 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. Badiane has reliable stats this season: 12.5ppg, 7.8rpg and 1.2apg. Despite he played previously for the Italian national team, Badiane is currently in the Senegalese national team roster.

   #15. International power forward Babacar Toure (205-85) is a teammate of previously mentioned Jules Aw and both played together in the last Swiss LNA game. Toure helped Geneve Lions win their game against the league leader Lugano Tigers crushing them 100-79. He scored 8 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in only 14 minutes. Toure is currently first on the list of best rebounders and also on the list of best blockers (first place). He has very reliable stats this year: 10.6ppg, 9.3rpg, 1.4apg, 2.0bpg and 1.4spg in the 26 games. Despite Toure played previously for the Italian national team, he is currently in the Senegalese national team roster.



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Standings - A Liga

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

Second Stage: Round 11

May. 12: Partizan - Radnicki K. 82-76
May. 12: BKK Radnicki - Vojvodina 81-80
May. 2: Mega Vizura - Crvena Zvezda 75-79
May. 12: Radnicki Basket - Hemofarm 72-85

Second Stage: Round 12

May. 16: Hemofarm - BKK Radnicki
May. 16: Vojvodina - Mega Vizura
May. 16: Crvena Zvezda - Partizan
May. 16: Radnicki K. - Radnicki Basket


Stats Leaders - 1A

Points Per Game
 Milos BOJOVIC
  Zeleznicar
  (198-G-81)
  Avg: 23.5
 1. Bojovic, Zeleznicar23.5 
 2. Milisavljevi., Meg.20.7 
 3. Zigeranovic, Borac20.5 
 4. Balaban, Smederevo20.0 
 5. Bozovic, Sloga17.1 
 6. Dimic, Radnicki.16.5 
 7. Cupkovic, Napredak16.5 
 8. Svilar, Smederevo15.5 
 9. Miljenovic, Mega V.15.4 
 10. Petrovic, BKK R.15.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Darko BALABAN
  Smederevo
  (211-C-89)
  Avg: 8.8
 1. Balaban, Smederevo8.8 
 2. Zigeranovic, Borac8.2 
 3. Cupkovic, Napredak7.6 
 4. Cantekin, Mega V.7.4 
 5. Majkic, Prolet.7.2 
 6. Petrovic, BKK R.7.0 
 7. Misanovic, OKK B.6.6 
 8. Canak, Zeleznicar6.0 
 9. Kuburovic, Slobod.6.0 
 10. Dramicanin, Borac5.9 
Assists Per Game
 Marko BOLTIC
  BKK R.
  (193-G-87)
  Avg: 5.7
 1. Boltic, BKK R.5.7 
 2. Osmokrovic, BKK R.4.9 
 3. Dundjerski, Vojvo.4.8 
 4. Jovic, Sloga4.3 
 5. Milisavljevi., Meg.4.1 
 6. Stefanovic, Smede.4.1 
 7. Miljenovic, Mega V.4.0 
 8. Mitrovic, OKK B.3.8 
 9. Drca, OKK Beograd3.8 
 10. Rakic, Sloboda Uz.3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Negoslav GACIC
  BKK Radnicki
  (193-G-)
  Avg: 3
 1. Gacic, BKK Radnicki3.0 
 2. Jovic, Sloga2.6 
 3. Boltic, BKK R.2.3 
 4. Dundjerski, Vojvo.2.1 
 5. Bojovic, Zeleznicar2.0 
 6. Vulin, Prolet.1.9 
 7. Kuzeta, Vojvodina1.9 
 8. Miljenovic, Mega V.1.8 
 9. Majstorovic, Tamis1.8 
 10. Drca, OKK Beograd1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Nenad MISANOVIC
  OKK B.
  (217-C-84)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Misanovic, OKK B.1.5 
 2. Balaban, Smederevo1.2 
 3. Zigeranovic, Borac1.2 
 4. Cantekin, Mega V.0.9 
 5. Petronic, BKK R.0.8 
 6. Majkic, Prolet.0.8 
 7. Bojic, Mega Vizura0.8 
 8. Todorovic, Borac0.8 
 9. Jevtovic, Sloboda0.7 
 10. Dramicanin, Borac0.7 


Ivan Radenovic selected the top Serbian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Ivan Radenovic
Ivan Radenovic
   #1. This week's number one is former international forward Ivan Radenovic (208-84, college: Arizona). He led BC Donetsk to a victory over the closely-ranked Ferro-ZNTU (23-16) 79-69 in the Ukrainian Superleague in Saturday night's game. Radenovic was MVP of the game. He scored 25 points and grabbed 9 rebounds in 27 minutes on the court. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. BC Donetsk (31-8) is placed first in the Superleague. It was his team's 13th consecutive victory in a row. Radenovic has relatively good stats this year: 12.7ppg, 6.5rpg, 2.2apg, 2FGP: 50.9%, 3FGP: 27.4% and FT: 75.5% in the 41 games he played so far. He played for the Serbian senior national team two years ago.

Milos Teodosic
Milos Teodosic
   #2. Second place goes to an international guard Milos Teodosic (195-87). Teodosic contributed to a 2-point CSKA Moscow's victory against the leader Panathinaikos (4-2) 66-64 in the Euroleague last Friday. He recorded 12 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists. It was the game of the round between two top 2 ranked teams in group E. CSKA Moscow (5-1) is placed first. Teodosic belongs to league's best passers and is ranked #2. He has very reliable stats this season: 10.1ppg, 2.6rpg, 5.1apg, 2FGP: 57.9%(33-57), 3FGP: 35.4% and FT: 84.0%. Teodosic is in the roster of the Serbian senior national team.

Nemanja Bjelica
Nemanja Bjelica
   #3. The Serbian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international power forward Nemanja Bjelica (209-88, agency: Interperformances). He was the major contributor in a Caja Laboral's victory against the closely-ranked Gescrap BB (19-15) crushing them 100-70 in the Spanish ACB on Sunday night. Bjelica recorded 17 points, 9 rebounds and 2 blocks in 22 minutes. Caja Laboral Vitoria (23-11) is placed third in the ACB. His team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And that game will be critical. This year Bjelica averages: 5.3ppg, 3.5rpg, 2FGP: 49.4%, 3FGP: 24.1% and FT: 68.3% in the 33 games. He is also a member of the Serbian senior national team.

Igor Rakocevic
Igor Rakocevic
   #4. An experienced guard Igor Rakocevic (193-78) contributed to an easy victory against the 15th-ranked Fabi Shoes Montegranaro (12-20) crushing them 113-57 in the Italian SerieA in Sunday night's game. Rakocevic recorded 14 points. Montepaschi Siena (24-8) is placed first in the SerieA. His team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And now that game is very crucial. It's Rakocevic's first season with the team. This year Rakocevic has relatively solid stats: 11.1ppg, 2.1rpg and 1.6apg. He used to play for the Serbian national team back in 2009.

Stefan Markovic
Stefan Markovic
   #5. International guard Stefan Markovic (194-88) contributed to an easy victory against the league outsider Blancos de Rueda (8-26) 76-59 in the Spanish ACB last Sunday. Markovic recorded 11 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists in 34 minutes. Valencia Basket (20-14) is placed fourth in the ACB. His team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And now that game is quite important. This year Markovic's overall stats are: 5.0ppg, 2.8rpg, 3.4apg and 1.3spg in the 27 games. He plays currently for the Serbian national team.

Nenad Krstic
Nenad Krstic
   #6. Center Nenad Krstic (213-83) is a teammate of previously mentioned Milos Teodosic and both played together in the last Euroleague game. Krstic contributed to a 2-point CSKA Moscow's victory against the leader Panathinaikos (4-2) 66-64. He recorded 8 points and blocked 3 blocks. Krstic belongs to league's top scorers and is ranked #5. This season he has very good stats: 14.3ppg and 5.7rpg. Krstic is an international player who is currently on the senior Serbian National Team roster.

Djordje Pantelic
Djordje Pantelic
   #7. International forward Djordje Pantelic (204-84) was the main contributor in Falco-Szova's victory against the closely-ranked Kormend (19-7) 76-71 in the Hungarian A Division in Friday night's game. He was the best player in that game. Pantelic had a double-double by scoring 22 points and getting 19 rebounds (made all of his nine free throws !!!) in 37 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Falco-Szova KC-Szombathely (23-3) is placed first in the A Division. It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. Pantelic is ranked third on the list of the best rebounders in the league and also on the list of best blockers (second place). He has very solid stats this year: 12.8ppg, 9.2rpg, 1.9apg, 1.6bpg and 1.8spg in the 33 games. Pantelic is also Serbian national team player.

Vule Avdalovic
Vule Avdalovic
   #8. Point guard Vule Avdalovic (189-81, agency: Beo Basket) is a teammate of previously mentioned Ivan Radenovic and both played together in the last Ukrainian Superleague game. Avdalovic contributed to a BC Donetsk's victory against the closely-ranked Ferro-ZNTU (23-16) 79-69. He scored 12 points and added 5 assists. Avdalovic has reliable stats this season: 11.5ppg, 3.5rpg, 4.2apg and 1.1spg. He plays currently for the Serbian national team.

Jovo Stanojevic
Jovo Stanojevic
   #9. Former international center Jovo Stanojevic (208-77, also represented by Beo Basket), who plays in the Turkish TBL could not help Karsiyaka (19-11) in their last game. Despite Stanojevic's very good performance Karsiyaka lost 73-84 at home to the higher-ranked (#3) Anadolu Efes. He was the second best scorer with 17 points in 31 minutes. Stanojevic's stats this year are: 15.0ppg, 5.8rpg and 2.1apg in the 32 games. He used to play for the Serbian national team seven years ago.

Milovan Rakovic
Milovan Rakovic
   #10. Center Milovan Rakovic (208-85) helped Zalgiris win their game against the closely-ranked Lietuvos rytas (18-4) 71-56 in the Lithuanian LKL in Sunday night's game. Rakovic recorded 10 points. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. B.C. Zalgiris Kaunas (21-1) is placed first in the LKL. It was his team's 21st consecutive victory in a row. Rakovic's stats this season are: 10.1ppg and 2.5rpg. He is a former international player as ten years ago he still played for the Serbian senior national team.

   #11. Former international center Uros Lucic (207-83) helped Krka win their game against the fourth-ranked Zlatorog crushing them 80-58 in the Slovenian Telemach League last Sunday. Lucic recorded 13 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in 21 minutes. This year Lucic's total stats are: 7.1ppg and 4.7rpg in the 12 games. He used to play for the Serbian national team eleven years ago.

   #12. International center Kosta Perovic (217-85) helped Regal FC Barcelona win their game against the 12th-ranked Assignia Manresa 77-71 in the Spanish ACB on Sunday night. Perovic recorded 6 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Perovic has averaged so far 5.3ppg and 2.7rpg. He is also in the roster of the Serbian national team.

   #13. International forward Predrag Suput (200-77, another player represented by Beo Basket) helped Brose Baskets win their game against the seventh-ranked Telekom Baskets 102-92 in the German BBL in Saturday night's game. Suput scored 12 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 20 minutes. Suput has averaged so far 8.3ppg, 2.8rpg and 1.8apg in the 33 games. He is also Serbian national team player.

   #14. International forward Darko Cohadarevic (206-86, college: Texas Tech), who plays in the Georgian Superleague was not able to help Kutaisi (0-0) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Cohadarevic's very good performance Kutaisi was defeated 73-69 on the road by the lower-ranked Olimpi (#3). He recorded a double-double by scoring 23 points and getting 11 rebounds. Cohadarevic also added and 3 steals. Cohadarevic averaged so far 12.8ppg, 8.7rpg, 2.2apg and 1.3bpg. He plays currently for the Serbian national team.

   #15. International center Zoran Krstanovic (204-82), who plays in the Romanian Division A was not able to secure a victory for U-Mobitelco (20-8) in their last game. Despite Krstanovic's very good performance U-Mobitelco was badly defeated 95-75 in Medias by the leading Gaz Metan. He was the top scorer with 24 points. Krstanovic also added 7 rebounds (made all of his eight free throws) in 26 minutes. Krstanovic is ranked fourth on the list of the top scorers in the league and also on the list of best rebounders (fifth place). He has individually a very good year with high stats. Krstanovic averages: 21.0ppg, 8.4rpg, 1.3apg and 1.1spg in the 35 games. He is also in the roster of the Serbian national team.



Crvena zvezda juniors eliminated in Istanbul - by Ivan Milenkovic

Juniors of Crvena zvezda Beograd Diva will not play in the final of Nike International Junior Tournament after finishing 2nd in Group A. 'Red and whites' defeated Barcelona and Anadolu Efes in first two games, but Lietuvos Rytas thrashed them in final round of group stage 105-69 (29-11, 29-27, 28-11, 19-20). Lithuanians will play against Fenerbahce Ulker in the final.
Crvena zvezda didn't have a chance in this game. Lietuvos Rytas shot 64.4% (29/45) for 2 and 50% (9/18) for 3 points. They were led by Augustinas Jankaitis (204-F/C-94) who scored 30 points (12/15 FG) and added 11 rebounds. Tautvydas Jodelis scored 4 three-pointers and finished with 17, while Alvydas Zarskus had 16 (7/7 FG). Only Dusan Ristic (210-C/F-95) had good game for Serbian team - 21 points and 10 rebounds. Nikola Rebic scored 14 points, but missed all 6 three-point shots. Performance Index Rating shows everything - 134-35 in favour of Lietuvos Rytas.



Superleague, Round 11: Partizan beats Radnicki Kragujevac - by Eurobasket News

BKK Radnicki - Vojvodina 81-80
Important game to mention about took place in Beograd. Sixth ranked BKK Radnicki (4-7) saved a 1-point victory at home edging 4th placed Vojvodina (6-5) 81-80 on Saturday evening. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Vojvodina. Vojvodina was ahead by 5 points after three quarters before a 23-17 charge of BKK Radnicki, which allowed them to win the game. They made 17-of-22 charity shots (77.3 percent) during the game. Vojvodina was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. Guard Zoran Osmokrovic (189-81, agency: BeoExcell) saved the victory by scoring 14 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists. Center Aleksandar Petrovic (204-87) contributed with 16 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Four BKK Radnicki players scored in double figures. Forward Strahinja Milosevic (203-85) answered with 9 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists and center Dusko Bunic (207-89) added 15 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Vojvodina. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. Newly promoted BKK Radnicki maintains sixth place with 4-7 record. Vojvodina at the other side keeps the fourth position with five games lost. BKK Radnicki will play against Hemofarm (#8) in Vrsac in the next round. Vojvodina will play at home against Mega Vizura (#7) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Vojvodina: D.Bunic 15+6reb, S.Stojacic 11+2reb, O.Kuzeta 9+5reb+2ast, N.Kalinic 9+2reb+1ast, V.Ivelja 9+1reb+1ast, S.Milosevic 9+7reb+5ast
BKK Radnicki: D.Kitanovic 17+4reb, A.Petrovic 16+7reb+3ast, Z.Osmokrovic 14+5reb+7ast, M.Boltic 12+2reb+3ast, M.Tomic 6+3reb, S.Lalic 5+4reb
gschID: 171750


Radnicki Basket - Hemofarm 72-85
An interesting game was played in Beograd where Hemofarm (#8) won against host Radnicki Basket (#5) 85-72 on Saturday evening. The game was mostly controlled by Hemofarm. Radnicki Basket managed to win fourth quarter 20-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Hemofarm dominated down low during the game scoring 56 of its points in the paint compared to Radnicki Basket's 24. They outrebounded Radnicki Basket 49-29 including a 36-23 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was a great evening for power forward Luka Mitrovic (204-93) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 25 points and 19 rebounds. Guard Mladen Jeremic (196-88, agency: Interperformances) helped adding 28 points and 4 assists. Guard Milos Dimic (195-89) responded with 24 points and guard Dejan Djokic (187-89) scored 15 points. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Hemofarm maintains eighth place with 2-9 record. Radnicki Basket lost their third game in a row. Newly promoted team keeps the fifth position with six games lost. Hemofarm will meet at home higher ranked BKK Radnicki (#6) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Radnicki Basket will play against the league's second-placed Radnicki K. and will have a slim chance for a victory.
Top scorers:
Radnicki Basket: M.Dimic 24+4reb, D.Djokic 15+3reb+2ast, I.Smiljanic 9+2reb+1ast, M.Vasilic 8+4reb, M.Milovanovic 8+7reb, P.Stamenkovic 4+1reb+4ast
Hemofarm: M.Jeremic 28+4reb+4ast, L.Mitrovic 25+19reb, M.Sutalo 13+8reb+4ast, B.Lalovic 6+1reb+1ast, N.Otasevic 4+1reb+4ast, N.Dangubic 4+8reb
gschID: 171747


Partizan - Radnicki K. 82-76
Round 11 in A League means a new league leader. The game took place in Beograd where host Partizan (9-2) beat Radnicki K. (8-3) 82-76 on Saturday evening. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Radnicki K.. It was a key game for the top position in the league. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 23-19. But Radnicki K. won second period 23-20. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Partizan won last quarter 25-21. They made 25-of-33 free shots (75.8 percent) during the game. Partizan outrebounded Radnicki K. 44-28 including 30 on the defensive glass. 30 personal fouls committed by Radnicki K. helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was international center Milan Macvan (206-89, agency: INVICTUS Sports Group) who scored 17 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists. International guard Dragan Milosavljevic (198-89) chipped in 14 points and 5 rebounds. American forward Mike Scott (203-86, college: Kent St.) produced 15 points and 5 assists and guard Stefan Sinovec (195-88) added 16 points respectively for the guests. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Partizan have an impressive series of five victories in a row. Defending champion keeps a position of league leader. Radnicki K. at the other side dropped to the second place with three games lost. They were replaced at the leadership position by OKK Beograd. Radnicki K. will play next round against Radnicki Basket trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Partizan will try to continue on its current victory against third ranked Zvezda. It will be extra interesting game as Zvezda is their local rival from Beograd.
Top scorers:
Radnicki K.: S.Sinovec 16+2reb, M.Scott 15+3reb+5ast, M.Pavkovic 8+2reb+7ast, B.Bakic 8+3reb, B.Marjanovic 7+2reb, S.Bircevic 6+1reb
Partizan: M.Macvan 17+8reb+5ast, D.Milosavljevic 14+5reb+3ast, M.Raduljica 11+5reb, D.Bertans 10+3reb+1ast, R.Katic 8+4reb, V.Lucic 8+10reb
gschID: 171748


Mega Vizura - Crvena Zvezda 75-79
The game in Vizura was also worth to mention about. Third ranked Zvezda (7-4) played at the court of 7th ranked Mega Vizura (3-8). Zvezda managed to secure a 4-point victory 79-75. Zvezda forced 20 Mega Vizura turnovers. It was an exceptional evening for center Petar Popovic (211-79) who led the winners and scored 26 points. Power forward Sava Lesic (205-88) accounted for 11 points and 8 rebounds for the winning side. Center Dejan Musli (213-91, agency: Beo Basket) came up with a double-double by scoring 11 points and 18 rebounds and guard Nenad Miljenovic (194-93, agency: Beo Basket) added 11 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists respectively for Mega Vizura in the defeat. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches allowed to play bench players in such tough game. Zvezda maintains third place with 7-4 record having just two points less than leader OKK Beograd. Mega Vizura at the other side keeps the seventh position with eight games lost. Zvezda's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Beograd Partizan.
Top scorers:
Mega Vizura: D.Musli 11+18reb+3ast, B.Milisavljevic 11+1reb+1ast, N.Miljenovic 11+6reb+4ast, S.Matovic 10+6reb+4ast, D.Cantekin 8+4reb+1ast, A.Bojic 7+2ast
Crvena Zvezda: P.Popovic 26+4reb, O.Thomas 15+4reb, S.Lesic 11+8reb+1ast, A.Milutinovic 10+5reb+3ast, N.Nedovic 5+2reb+2ast, F.Covic 4+2ast



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Sasha Vujacic selected the top Slovenian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Sasha Vujacic
Sasha Vujacic
   #1. This week's number one is former international guard Sasha Vujacic (200-84). He led Anadolu Efes to a victory over the closely-ranked Karsiyaka (19-11) 98-79 in the Turkish TBL in Sunday night's game. Vujacic was MVP of the game. He recorded 17 points in only a mere 14 minutes on the court. Anadolu Efes Istanbul (24-6) is placed third in the TBL. Vujacic has relatively good stats this year: 12.3ppg, 2.8rpg, 2.1apg, 1.1spg, 2FGP: 48.6%, 3FGP: 38.5% and FT: 81.8% in the 28 games he played so far. He played for the Slovenian senior national team three years ago.

Jaka Lakovic
Jaka Lakovic
   #2. Second place goes to an experienced international guard Jaka Lakovic (186-78). Lakovic was the major contributor in Galatasaray's victory against the eighth-ranked Tofas (14-16) 79-73 in the Turkish TBL last Tuesday. He scored 14 points (was perfect 6-for-6 from the free throw line). Galatasaray Medical Park Istanbul (25-5) is placed first in the TBL. It's Lakovic's first season with the team. This year Lakovic has relatively solid stats: 11.1ppg, 1.8rpg, 3.0apg, 2FGP: 44.3%, 3FGP: 45.7%(69-151) and FT: 91.3%(84-92). He is in the roster of the Slovenian senior national team.

Erazem Lorbek
Erazem Lorbek
   #3. The Slovenian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international power forward Erazem Lorbek (209-84, college: Michigan St.), who plays in Spain. Lorbek could not help Regal FC Barcelona (6-0) to beat Olympiacos (3-3). He recorded 9 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 29 minutes. But the first-placed Regal FC Barcelona lost 64-68 on the road to the second-ranked Olympiacos in the group H of Euroleague. Lorbek has reliable stats this year: 13.6ppg, 4.7rpg, 1.4apg, 2FGP: 59.2%(84-142), 3FGP: 38.3% and FT: 76.1% in the 20 games. He is also a member of the Slovenian senior national team.

Emir Preldzic
Emir Preldzic
   #4. Forward Emir Preldzic (205-87, agency: Beo Basket), who plays in the Turkish TBL was not able to help one of league's weakest teams Fenerbahce Ulker (21-9) in their last game on Sunday. Despite Preldzic's good performance Fenerbahce Ulker was edged in an overtime 96-94 in a derby game by the higher-ranked Besiktas (#4). He recorded 10 points, 4 rebounds and 6 assists. Preldzic is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fifth year in Fenerbahce Ulker's roster. Preldzic's stats this season are: 10.4ppg, 4.6rpg and 3.9apg. He has a dual citizenship: Slovenian and Turkish. Despite Preldzic played previously for the Turkish national team, he is currently in the Slovenian national team roster.

Miha Zupan
Miha Zupan
   #5. International power forward Miha Zupan (205-82) contributed to a 3-point Spartak St.Petersburg's victory against the closely-ranked Krasnie Krilya (7-11) 78-75 in the Russian PBL last Monday. Zupan scored 11 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 22 minutes. Spartak St.Petersburg (9-9) is placed fifth in the PBL. This year Zupan's overall stats are: 6.4ppg and 2.3rpg in the 20 games. Despite he played previously for the Turkish national team, Zupan is currently in the Slovenian national team roster.

Dragisa Drobnjak
Dragisa Drobnjak
   #6. Forward Dragisa Drobnjak (200-77, also represented by Beo Basket) contributed to an overtime Base Oostende's victory against the sixth-ranked Leuven Bears (14-18) 87-81 in the Belgian D1 on Monday night. He scored 12 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Telenet Oostende (23-9) is placed first in the D1. It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. The Regular Season already ended. This season Drobnjak averages: 8.0ppg and 3.3rpg. Despite he played previously for the Turkish national team, Drobnjak is also a former international player as he played for the Slovenian senior team four years ago.

Mirza Begic
Mirza Begic
   #7. International center Mirza Begic (217-85) managed to help Real Madrid in a victory against the 11th-ranked FIATC Joventut (16-18) 95-82 in the Spanish ACB in Sunday night's game. He recorded only 4 points in 8 minutes on the court. Real Madrid (26-8) is placed second in the ACB. Begic's team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And that game will be critical. Begic is currently fourth on the list of best blockers with 1.6bpg. He also averaged so far 5.8ppg and 4.2rpg in the 32 games. Begic is also Slovenian national team player.

Marko Milic
Marko Milic
   #8. Forward Marko Milic (201-77) contributed to a 2-point Vanoli-Braga's victory against the closely-ranked Benetton Treviso (13-19) 84-82 in the Italian SerieA last Sunday. He recorded a double-double by scoring 15 points and getting 11 rebounds. Vanoli-Braga Cremona (14-18) is placed tenth in the SerieA. The Regular Season already ended. Milic averaged so far 12.8ppg, 6.3rpg, 1.1apg and 1.3spg. Despite he played previously for the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team, Milic is currently in the Slovenian national team roster.

Goran Jurak
Goran Jurak
   #9. Former international power forward Goran Jurak (203-77), who plays in the Italian SerieA was not able to secure a victory for Angelico Biella (13-19) in their last game. Despite his good performance Angelico Biella was badly defeated 97-77 in Milano by the second-ranked Armani. Jurak was the second best scorer with 14 points. He also added 6 rebounds in 36 minutes. The Regular Season already ended. This year Jurak's total stats are: 7.8ppg, 4.5rpg, 1.1apg and 1.2spg in the 32 games. Despite he played previously for the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team, Jurak is currently in the Slovenian national team roster.

Marko Tusek
Marko Tusek
   #10. Forward Marko Tusek (204-75, agency: Alti Sport) is a teammate of previously mentioned Marko Milic and both played together in the last Italian SerieA game. Tusek contributed to a 2-point Vanoli-Braga's victory against the closely-ranked Benetton Treviso (13-19) 84-82. He recorded 11 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Tusek has averaged so far 6.6ppg and 3.4rpg. Despite he played previously for the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team, Tusek is also a former international player as three years ago he still played for the Slovenian senior national team.

   #11. Former U20 international guard Tadej Kostomaj (186-87) couldn't help Svjetlost in their game against KK Split in the Croatian A1, despite his very good performance last Friday. He scored 13 points, grabbed 6 rebounds and dished 3 assists in 31 minutes. But his team lost 77-84. Kostomaj is currently sixth on the list of best passers with 3.7apg. This year he also averages: 11.3ppg, 3.8rpg and 1.7spg in the 23 games. Despite Kostomaj played previously for the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team, he is currently in the Slovenian U20 national team roster.

   #12. Former international power forward Gasper Vidmar (211-87) is a teammate of previously mentioned Emir Preldzic and both played together in the last Turkish TBL game. Vidmar couldn't help one of league's weakest teams Fenerbahce Ulker in their game against Besiktas. He cannot count Sunday's game as one of the best ones. Vidmar recorded only 2 points. His team was edged in an overtime 96-94. He has averaged so far 3.7ppg and 2.4rpg. Vidmar used to play for the Slovenian national team back in 2010.

   #13. Former U20 international point guard Uros Zadnik (187-90) contributed to an overtime Zadar's victory against the fifth-ranked KK Zagreb CO 90-89 in the Croatian A1 in Tuesday night's game. He recorded 7 points in only 14 minutes. Zadnik has averaged so far 4.0ppg, 1.5rpg, 1.8apg and 1.3spg in the 34 games. Despite he played previously for the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team, Zadnik is currently in the Slovenian U20 national team roster.

   #14. Former international guard Damir Zeleznik (188-80) contributed to a 1-point Xion Dukes' victory against the leader Gmunden Swans 78-77 in the Austrian A Bundesliga last Saturday. He recorded 5 points, 6 rebounds, 9 assists and 3 steals. Zeleznik has averaged so far 7.9ppg, 2.0rpg and 2.6apg. He used to play for the Slovenian national team back in 2010.

   #15. Former U21 international point guard Matej Venta (187-84) couldn't help BK Prostejov in their game against BK Decin in the Czech Republic NBL. Venta scored only 4 points in 26 minutes. His team lost 74-78. He has averaged so far 7.1ppg, 3.2rpg and 2.0apg in the 37 games. Venta used to play for the Slovenian U21 national team seven years ago.



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Stats Leaders - LEB Gold

Points Per Game
 Troy DEVRIES
  Melilla
  (193-G-82)
  Avg: 19.1
 1. DeVries, Melilla19.1 
 2. Witt, Knet Clavijo18.2 
 3. Feldeine, Breogan17.6 
 4. Quezada, Leon16.5 
 5. Franklin, Huesca16.2 
 6. Bivia, Mallorca16.0 
 7. Fernandez, Granada15.7 
 8. Moss, Palencia15.4 
 9. Leonavicius, Hues.14.7 
 10. Narros, Navarra14.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Olaseni LAWAL
  Knet Clavijo
  (208-F/C-86)
  Avg: 10.6
 1. Lawal, Knet Clavijo10.6 
 2. Diouf, Palencia8.8 
 3. Donaldson, Canarias8.8 
 4. Kuzmin, Clinicas.8.6 
 5. Starosta, Navarra8.1 
 6. Sikma, La Palma7.8 
 7. Mortellaro, Leon7.7 
 8. Antelo, Caceres7.7 
 9. Fernandez, Granada7.6 
 10. Williams, Caceres7.5 
Assists Per Game
 Oscar ALVARADO
  La Palma
  (184-PG-91)
  Avg: 6.1
 1. Alvarado, La Palma6.1 
 2. Bivia, Mallorca5.1 
 3. Witt, Knet Clavijo4.5 
 4. Norris, Lleida4.3 
 5. Lopez, Burgos4.0 
 6. Perez, Menorca3.8 
 7. Bernabe, Leon3.7 
 8. Sabat, Canarias3.6 
 9. Quezada, Leon3.4 
 10. DeVries, Melilla3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Alexander FRANKLIN
  Huesca
  (196-PF-88)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Franklin, Huesca2.5 
 2. Toledo, Burgos2.1 
 3. Bernabe, Leon2.0 
 4. Xavier, Palencia2.0 
 5. Norris, Lleida1.9 
 6. Abrines, Clinic.1.8 
 7. Green, Mallorca1.8 
 8. Alonso, Mallorca1.8 
 9. Rost, Canarias1.7 
 10. Guerra, Granada1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Ognen KUZMIN
  Clinicas.
  (215-C-90)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Kuzmin, Clinicas.2.1 
 2. Lawal, Knet Clavijo1.7 
 3. Diouf, Palencia1.6 
 4. Olmos, Caceres1.3 
 5. Green, Mallorca1.3 
 6. Odiakosa, Melilla1.1 
 7. Samb, Granada1.1 
 8. Coleman, Girona1.1 
 9. Antelo, Caceres1.0 
 10. Donaldson, Canari.0.9 


LEB Silver: Prat Juventud eliminates Barca Regal II in the Semis - by Eurobasket News

Fourth games of the LEB Silver Semifinals were played last night. Prat Juventud was better than Barca Regal II as a guest 79-83 winning the series with almost perfect 3-1. Barca failed twice at its home court. Prat advanced to the Finals and now waits for the winner of Aurteneche - Ourense series. Aurteneche celebrated 70-63 last night and forced decisive Game Five. That meeting is scheduled for Sunday and Ourense will be the host. The winner of LEB Silver Playoffs will advance to LEB Gold. Andorra already won the promotion as they were No.1 in the regular season.

Aurteneche M. - Ourense 70-63 (2-2)
Aurteneche M. dominated on the defensive end, holding Ourense to just 7 points in second and fourth quarters. Aurteneche M. forced 23 Ourense turnovers. Worth to mention a great performance of point guard Ander Ortiz (185-80) who helped to win the game recording 25 points and 4 assists. American forward Alex Thompson (208-85, college: Iowa St.) contributed with 11 points, 5 rebounds and 4 blocks for the winners. French-Ivorian forward Francis Koffi (202-81, college: Fresno St.) replied with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 11 rebounds and American guard Kyle Hill (188-79, college: E.Illinois) added 15 points in the effort for Ourense. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next game.
Top scorers:
Ourense: F.Koffi 16+11reb, K.Hill 15+1reb+2ast, M.Webster 8+4reb+1ast, J.Fernandez 8+4reb+5ast, A.Miguel 8+1reb, A.Jaume Vicens 6+6reb
Aurteneche M.: A.Ortiz 25+3reb+4ast, A.Thompson 11+5reb+3ast, A.Ausina 6+6reb+1ast, A.Arruti 6+3reb+1ast, A.Arcelus 6+5reb+4ast, J.Uriarte 5+2ast
gschID: 176402


Barca Regal II - Prat Juventud 79-83 (1-3)
Barca Regal II was ahead by 6 points after three quarters before a 30-20 charge of Prat Juventud, which allowed them to win the game. They made 21-of-26 charity shots (80.8 percent) during the game. Prat Juventud outrebounded Barca Regal II 45-32 including 16 on the offensive glass. Worth to mention a great performance of forward Albert Ventura (196-F-92) who helped to win the game recording 28 points and power forward Gerbert Marti (203-91) who added 13 points and 10 rebounds during the contest. Prat Juventud's coach Carles Duran allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. At the losing side point guard Joan Creus (185-92) responded with 20 points and center Eduard Riu (202-82) scored 11 points and 8 rebounds.
Top scorers:
Barca Regal II: J.Creus 20+4reb+3ast, M.Eriksson 13, E.Riu 11+8reb+1ast, C.Marzo 9+2reb+3ast, P.Mbaye 8+6reb, P.Amadou 8+4reb
Prat Juventud: A.Ventura 28+1reb+1ast, G.Marti 13+10reb, F.Bassas 10+4reb+6ast, M.Todorovic 9+11reb+2ast, J.Tomas 7+1reb, B.Brigman 6+11reb



LEB Gold Quarterfinals: Third games - by Eurobasket News

Third games of the LEB Gold Quarterfinals were played last night. Visitors were almost perfect, but we still don't have a semifinalist. Menorca, Navarra and Burgos took 2-1 lead and now they need one more win to reach the next stage. They will play on the road in Game Four as well. The only team who celebrated at home yesterday was Lleida. They are also 2-1 up in the series. All teams will meet tomorrow again.

Breogan - Menorca 67-70 (1-2)
Leche Rio Breogan was ahead by 9 points at the halftime before a 25-11 third quarter run of Menorca Basquet. Leche Rio Breogan was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a great evening for point guard Daniel Perez (188-90) who led his team to a victory scoring 15 points and 4 assists. American forward Taylor Coppenrath (205-81, college: Vermont) helped adding 10 points and 7 rebounds. The best for the losing side was American power forward Brooks Sales (208-80, college: Villanova) with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 10 rebounds and Dominican-American guard James Feldeine (193-88, college: Quinnipiac) scored 19 points. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game.
Top scorers:
Breogan: J.Feldeine 19+3reb+1ast, S.Ogirri 13+2reb+1ast, B.Sales 12+10reb+2ast, M.Gomez 6+5reb, A.Navajas 5+2reb, J.Krabbenhoft 5+2reb
Menorca: D.Perez 15+2reb+4ast, R.Bas 12+2reb+2ast, T.Coppenrath 10+7reb+3ast, D.Navarro 8+1ast, O.Arteaga 6+9reb+2ast, A.Matali 6+3reb
gschID: 175859


La Palma - Navarra 60-72 (1-2)
The guests were tied after three quarters but managed to speed up in last quarter eventually winning the game. The best player for the winners was power forward Jorge Garcia (203-77) who scored 14 points and 5 rebounds. Czech center Ondrej Starosta (215-79) chipped in 11 points and 6 rebounds. Four Grupo Iruna Navarra players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was American forward Lucas Sikma (203-89, college: Portland) who recorded a double-double by scoring 20 points and 11 rebounds and Dutch power forward Roeland Schaftenaar (211-88, college: Oregon St.) added 10 points respectively. UB La Palma's coach rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
La Palma: L.Sikma 20+11reb+3ast, R.Schaftenaar 10+3reb+3ast, S.Arrocha 7+1ast, J.Bonhome 6+1reb+1ast, C.Diaz 5+1reb+3ast, R.Martinez 4+1reb+1ast
Navarra: J.Garcia 14+5reb, M.Uriz 11+4reb+1ast, O.Starosta 11+6reb+2ast, I.Narros 10+4reb+1ast, N.Rakocevic 10+2reb+2ast, I.Sanz 9+5reb+1ast
gschID: 175858


Caceres - Burgos 66-68 (1-2)
The guests trailed by 3 points after three quarters before their 16-11 charge, which allowed them to win the game. It was a good game for guard Jesus Castro (191-83) who led his team to a victory with 19 points. Guard Juan Aguilar (188-88) contributed with 8 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners. The former international forward Francisco Sanchez (201-79) answered with 23 points and 6 rebounds and power forward Jose Angel Antelo (203-87) added 9 points, 12 rebounds and 4 blocks in the effort for Caceres 2016.
Top scorers:
Caceres: F.Sanchez 23+6reb+1ast, L.Williams 10+4reb, C.Cherry 9+1reb+2ast, J.Angel Antelo 9+12reb+2ast, D.Rodriguez 6+2reb+4ast, S.Olmos 4+2reb
Burgos: J.Castro 19+2reb, R.Schraeder 13+1reb+1ast, J.Tillman 8+3reb, J.Aguilar 8+6reb+6ast, R.Huertas 7+3reb+2ast, J.Ortega 5+11reb+3ast
gschID: 175856


Lleida - Melilla 64-61 (2-1)
Melilla Baloncesto was trailing by 3 points at halftime but managed to get 5-point lead after three quarters before a 23-15 charge of Lleida Basquet, which allowed them to win the game. It was an exceptional evening for forward Miguel Feliu (200-85) who led the winners and scored 18 points and 8 rebounds. American-Madagascar power forward Charles Ramsdell (208-85, college: Tulsa, agency: Court Side) accounted for 15 points and 5 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) for the winning side. American forward Ridge McKeither (198-88, college: Angelo St.) came up with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 10 rebounds and Nigerian power forward Chukwudinma Odiakosa (203-85, college: Illinois St., agency: N.E.T.) added 9 points and 8 rebounds respectively for Melilla Baloncesto in the defeat. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game.
Top scorers:
Melilla: R.McKeither 16+10reb, J.Salvador Arco 11+3reb+1ast, C.Odiakosa 9+8reb+1ast, M.Suka-Umu 6+2reb+3ast, J.Riera 6+3reb+3ast, H.Manzano 4+4reb+1ast
Lleida: M.Feliu 18+8reb+1ast, C.Ramsdell 15+5reb+2ast, J.Simeon 7+3reb+4ast, J.Detrick 6+3reb+3ast, A.Alzamora 6+4reb+1ast, M.Rubio 6+3reb+1ast



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William Gutenius re-signed with Sundsvall Dragons - by Eurobasket News

William Gutenius (205-F/C-92) re-signed with Sundsvall Dragons for 2012/2013 season. The Swedish Big man will enter his second season with the squad.
In 2008-2009 he started for Sanda Basket (Basketettan) and in 18 games averaged 3.0ppg, 1.9rpg.
In 2009-2010 for Sanda Basket (Basketettan, starting five) he improved to 10.0ppg, 6.3rpg, 1.2apg, 2FGP: 51.4%, 3PT: 25.0%, FT: 60.0%. In his last season for the team his stats read 11.7ppg, 5.4rpg, 2FGP: 57.4%, 3PT: 51.7%, FT: 76.5%.
In 2011-2012 William Gutenius moved to Sundsvall Dragons (Basketligan), and in Swedish League averaged 1.4ppg. He played also at Orongo Dragons (Basketettan, starting five): and after 20 games had massive 15.5ppg, 8.0rpg, 1.4apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 56.9%, 3PT: 27.1%, FT: 73.0%. William Gutenius was named Eurobasket.com All-Swedish BasketEttan Honorable Mention -12.
He was a member also of the Swedish U18 National Team -09-10. In 2011 he participated at the Swedish U20 Championships -11 (Finalist) being a member of the Swedish U20 National Team -11.



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Thabo Sefolosha selected the top Swiss players playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Thabo Sefolosha
Thabo Sefolosha
   #1. This week's number one is an international guard Thabo Sefolosha (199-84, agency: ACMT). He managed to help Oklahoma City Thunder in a victory against the Dallas Mavericks (36-30) 103-97 in the NBA in Saturday night's game. Sefolosha recorded 5 points in 17 minutes on the court. The Oklahoma City Thunder has a solid 47-19 record this season. It's Sefolosha's first year with the team. This year he averages: 4.7ppg, 2.9rpg, 1.1apg, 2FGP: 41.3%, 3FGP: 44.7% and FT: 88.4% in the 46 games he played so far. Sefolosha is currently a member of the Swiss senior national team.

Greg Brunner
Greg Brunner
   #2. Second place goes to an international power forward Greg Brunner (201-83, college: Iowa), who plays in the Italian SerieA. He could not help Bennet Cantu (21-11) to beat CS Bologna (20-12). Brunner recorded 5 points. Bennet Cantu was edged 66-65 on the road by the lower-ranked CS Bologna (#5). They ended the series of three consecutive victories. His team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And that game will be critical. Brunner's overall stats this season are: 8.9ppg, 6.4rpg, 2FGP: 58.2%(64-110) and FT: 51.4%. He is a naturalized American. Brunner is in the roster of the Swiss senior national team. Strangely he has never played in Switzerland.

Rolandas Alijevas
Rolandas Alijevas
   #3. The Swiss player who performed third best last week abroad was former international guard Rolandas Alijevas (192-85, agency: Ryzhov Stanislav). Alijevas was not able to help Krasnie Krilya (7-11) in their game against Spartak St.Petersburg (9-9) in the Russian PBL. It was not his best game last Monday. Alijevas scored only 1 points in 5 minutes on the court. Krasnie Krilya was edged 78-75 in St.Petersburg by the higher-ranked (#5) Spartak. It was Krasnie Krilya's sixth consecutive loss in a row. This year Alijevas' overall stats are: 4.2ppg, 2.5rpg, 1.7apg, 3FGP: 22.2% in the 11 games. He has a dual citizenship: Swiss and Lithuanian. Former 2-years contract with BC Boncourt starter played for the Swiss national team seven years ago.

Hugo Ronneskog
Hugo Ronneskog
   #4. Power forward Hugo Ronneskog (206-86, college: Lynn) was not able to secure a victory for Etzella (22-6) in their game against Sparta (22-6) in the Luxembourg Diekirch League. Ronneskog's contribution was not very remarkable in Saturday's game. He recorded only 1 points. It was his first game for Etzella this season. The third-placed Etzella was crushed 97-72 in Bertrange by the second-ranked Sparta in the 1-6 places group. The Second Stage already ended. It's Ronneskog's first year with the team. Ronneskog used to play for the Swiss national team back in 2007.

Other top Swiss players, who play abroad:

Albert Ngoy (178-G-93) plays for Kapfenberg Bulls in Austrian A Bundesliga
David Ramseyer (200-F/C-87) plays for Nantes in French ProB
Mike Burtscher (198-F-85) plays for B-Meg Llamados in Filipino PBA
Brian Savoy (192-G-92) plays for Zamora in Spanish EBA
Westher Molteni (200-F-87) plays for CDP in Dominican Rep. SRT
Dario Sisljagic (186-G/F-83) plays for BV Villingen-Schwenningen in German Regionalliga
David Lazarevic (195-G-91) plays for Urspring in German 2.Regionalliga
Pavle Baresic (195-F-74) plays for Danube City in Austrian 2.Bundesliga
Luka Uzelac (190-G-84) plays for Sveti DZ in Serbian 2Srpska
Philippe Papadimitriou (196-F-77) plays for Ethnikos in Greek D
Michael Jacobsen (197-G/F-88) plays for Hapoel Hevel Ayalot in Israeli Artzit

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



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ASEAN League: Patriots shoot down Slammers - by Eurobasket News

Thailand Slammers - Philippine Patriots 74:80

Philippine Patriots finished the regular season on a high note. They shot down the Thailand Slammers on the road to improve at 16-5 record. Anthony Johnson (197-G/F-79, agency: Interperformances, college: La-Lafayette) knocked down 15 points to lead the charge.
The Patriots got to a quick start. They established a 20:13 lead after ten minutes of action. The margin grew in the second term. The Patriots stretched the gap to as many as 13 points at halftime 36:23. The Slammers increased the tempo in the third stanza. The home team cut the deficit to 8 points at the final intermission. The Slammers unloaded 25 points in the fourth frame but it was not enough to threaten the margin. Nakiea Miller (204-C-79, college: Iona), Robert Wainwright (196-F-73, college: Solano CC) and Marcelino Arellano (178-G-86) added 11 points each for the visitors. Calvin Williams (206-F-87, college: SE Missouri St.) answered with game-high 21 points for the Slammers. Rexander Leynes had 15 points in the loss.

Thailand Slammers: Calvin Williams 21, Rexander Leynes 15
Philippine Patriots: Anthony Johnson 15, Nakiea Miller 11, Robert Wainwright 11, Marcelino Arellano 11



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  TRBL   

TRBL standings

TRBL Standings
 1. PT Players 5-1 
 2. Cary Invasion 5-2 
 3. Wilmington SD 5-3 
 4. Fayetteville C. 3-3 
 5. Big Texas 2-3 
 6. Carolina G. 1-7 
 7. Queen City E. 0-2 

Regular Season: Round 10

May. 11: Big Texas - Wilmington SD 98-103
May. 11: Fayetteville C. - Cary Invasion 127-136 OT
May. 10: Queen City E. - PT Players 106-116

Regular Season: Round 12

May. 18: Fayetteville C. - Wilmington SD
May. 19: Carolina G. - Cary Invasion
May. 19: Queen City E. - PT Players
May. 20: Wilmington SD - Fayetteville C.



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TB2L Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Tyrone NELSON
  Akhisar Bld
  (206-F-85)
  Avg: 21.7
 1. Nelson, Akhisar Bld21.7 
 2. Jackson, Balikesir19.4 
 3. Gray, Baskent18.9 
 4. Waller, Gaziantep18.6 
 5. Carter, Tire Gucu18.4 
 6. Delic, Genc Telekom18.3 
 7. Pilgrim, Pamukkale17.8 
 8. Taggart, TED I.16.4 
 9. Dobie, Selcuk Univ.15.7 
 10. Senol, Pamukkale15.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Charles JACKSON
  Balikesir
  (203-F-87)
  Avg: 11.6
 1. Jackson, Balikesir11.6 
 2. Nelson, Akhisar Bld11.5 
 3. Pilgrim, Pamukkale10.3 
 4. Kolaric, Istanbul.10.0 
 5. Gray, Baskent9.7 
 6. Pasco, Vestel8.9 
 7. Can, Pertevniyal8.4 
 8. Taggart, TED I.8.2 
 9. Ozseven, TED I.8.0 
 10. Ozdemir, Vestel7.8 
Assists Per Game
 Admir KAN
  Istanbulspor
  (185-G-83)
  Avg: 6.4
 1. Kan, Istanbulspor6.4 
 2. Eryuz, Gaziantep5.3 
 3. Sinanoglu, Final G.5.2 
 4. Rizvanoglu, Genc T.5.1 
 5. Eris, Istanbul B.B.5.0 
 6. Bayraktar, Tire G.4.8 
 7. Bayrak, Usak4.6 
 8. Yikilmaz, Pertevni.4.5 
 9. Ogut, Genc Telekom4.4 
 10. Kavaklioglu, Opti.4.3 
Steals Per Game
 Matthew PILGRIM
  Pamukkale
  (203-F-87)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Pilgrim, Pamukkale2.8 
 2. Yavuklu, Basken.2.5 
 3. Akcay, Balikesir2.0 
 4. Nelson, Akhisar Bld1.9 
 5. Carter, Tire Gucu1.7 
 6. Mentese, Gelisim1.6 
 7. Waller, Gaziantep1.6 
 8. Okkali, Final Genc.1.6 
 9. Dobie, Selcuk Univ.1.6 
 10. Yapar, Optimum T.1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Ismail CEVIK
  Selcuk Univ.
  (206-F-81)
  Avg: 1.4
 1. Cevik, Selcuk Univ.1.4 
 2. Ozseven, TED I.1.3 
 3. Washington, Gelisim1.3 
 4. Gray, Baskent1.3 
 5. Pasco, Vestel1.2 
 6. Tekin, Pertevniyal1.2 
 7. Pilgrim, Pamukkale1.1 
 8. Brown, TED I.1.1 
 9. Kaplan, Gaziantep1.0 
 10. Boswell, Tire Gucu0.9 


TB2L Semifinals: First games (best-of-three) - by Eurobasket News

Selcuk Univ. - Gaziantep 73-72 (1-0)
The hosts trailed by 5 points after three quarters before their 16-10 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Forward Erdem Turetken (199-F-79, agency: Interperformances) (199-79, agency: Interperformances) stepped up and scored 15 points and 7 rebounds for the winners and American forward Lamar Johnson (206-81, college: Rider) chipped in 13 points and 5 rebounds. Five Selcuk Universitesi players scored in double figures. At the losing side American guard Antabia Waller (188-88, college: Auburn) responded with 22 points and 8 rebounds and power forward Ahmet Kaplan (206-79, agency: 1x1 Sports) scored 13 points. Gaziantep's coach Dogan Deniz rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
Selcuk Univ.: E.Turetken 15+7reb, L.Johnson 13+5reb, M.Ufuk Kacar 11+5reb, H.Antwan Dobie 10+4reb+4ast, M.Gucyetmez 10+4reb+2ast, O.Unver 5+6reb+1ast
Gaziantep: A.Waller 22+8reb+1ast, A.Kaplan 13+4reb+1ast, G.Karamahmut 8, T.Ford 7+5reb, M.Goektas 6+5reb, S.Ugur 5+5ast
gschID: 176464


Optimum TED - Genc Telekom 80-57 (1-0)
The game without a history. Optimum TED led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 50 of its points in the paint compared to Genc Telekom's 18. Optimum TED forced 20 Genc Telekom turnovers. Guard Osman Orcun Gollu (190-77) nailed 13 points and 6 rebounds (perfect from the field making all six shots) for the winning side and guard Ali Kavaklioglu (186-86) accounted for 16 points and 4 steals. Croatian power forward Nenad Delic (210-84, agency: TSS Management) came up with 19 points and 5 rebounds and forward Hazer Avci (206-87, agency: Court Side) added 14 points and 6 rebounds (made all of his seven free throws) respectively for Genc Telekom 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:
Optimum TED: A.Kavaklioglu 16+1ast, O.Orcun Gollu 13+6reb+2ast, D.Downey 12+1reb+1ast, H.Yapar 9+2reb+2ast, G.Orcun Tunca 9+4reb+1ast, O.Famutimi 6+2reb
Genc Telekom: N.Delic 19+5reb+2ast, H.Avci 14+6reb+1ast, D.Can Cevik 9+1reb+1ast, S.Ekmen 6+1reb+2ast, M.Goerur 4+6reb, C.Ugur Ogut 2+3reb+4ast


Second games are scheduled for Wednesday.



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Stats Leaders - Men

Points Per Game
 Willie SOLOMON
  Cherkasy
  (187-G-78)
  Avg: 22.1
 1. Solomon, Cherkasy22.1 
 2. Culpepper, Fe.21.7 
 3. Burtt, Dnipro18.9 
 4. Deane, BC Odessa18.4 
 5. Vukosavljevi., Hal.17.9 
 6. King, BC Odessa17.3 
 7. Mitchell, Khimik16.9 
 8. Green, Mykolaiv16.9 
 9. Guinn, Fe.16.8 
 10. Harris, Halychyna16.3