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  ALBANIA   


Standings - A1

A1 Standings
Group A
 1. SK Tirana 14-0 
 2. Kamza Basket 11-3 
 3. Vllaznia Shk. 6-8 
 4. Teuta Durres 6-8 
 5. Flamurtari 5-9 
 6. U.A.T. 0-14 
Group B
 1. Apolonia 3-0 
 2. Partizani Tirana 2-2 
 3. Pogradeci 0-3 



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  ASEAN LEAGUE   

Standings

O Standings
 1. Petron Blaze 17-4 
 2. Philip.Patriots 16-5 
 3. Satria Muda 12-9 
 4. KL Dragons 11-10 
 5. Singapore S. 9-12 
 6. Saigon H. 8-13 
 7. Bangkok C. 6-15 
 8. Thailand S. 5-16 

Regular Season: Round 21

May. 9: KL Dragons - Singapore S. 88-105
May. 13: Singapore S. - Satria Muda 85-92
May. 12: Thailand S. - Philip.Patriots 74-80
May. 9: Saigon H. - Petron Blaze 68-83
May. 13: Bangkok C. - Saigon H. 66-68


Regular season is over. Petron Blaze clinch the top position - by Eurobasket News

The Regular Season in ASEAN League just ended. What a coincidence that all visitors won their games.

The most exciting game of round 21 in the ASEAN League took place in Bangkok. This derby game ended with only two-point home defeat of 7th ranked Thailand Bangkok Cobras (6-15) to sixth ranked Vietnamese Saigon Heat (8-13) 68-66 in the game for the sixth place. The guests trailed by 13 points after first quarter, but they rallied back and won the game by 2 points. American center Jonathan Jones (211-79, agency: TSS Management) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 32 points and 16 rebounds for the winners and his fellow American import forward Jahmar Thorpe (198-84, college: Houston) chipped in 22 points and 5 rebounds. The best for the losing side was American-Guyanese Travis George (206-85) with 19 points and 8 rebounds. Bangkok Cobras' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Saigon Heat maintains sixth place with 8-13 record. Bangkok Cobras lost sixth consecutive game. They keep the seventh position with 15 games lost.
ASEAN League top team - Filipino Petron Blaze (17-4) managed to deliver another win. This time they beat sixth ranked Vietnamese Saigon Heat (8-13) 83-68. American forward Nick Fazekas (211-85, college: Nevada) nailed a double-double by scoring 24 points, 12 rebounds and 4 blocks for the winning side and Roger Yap accounted for 10 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists. Petron Blaze's coach Ato Agustin used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American center Jonathan Jones (211-79, agency: TSS Management) came up with a double-double by scoring 25 points and 12 rebounds for Saigon Heat in the defeat. Petron Blaze have an impressive series of eight victories in a row. They maintain first place with 17-4 record. Saigon Heat at the other side keeps the sixth position with 13 games lost.
The game in Bangkok was also quite interesting. Second ranked Filipino Philippine Patriots (16-5) played at the court of 8th ranked Thailand Thailand Slammers (5-16). Philippine Patriots managed to secure a 6-point victory 80-74 on Saturday. Americans were the main players on the court. The best player for the winners was Anthony Johnson who scored 15 points and 9 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was Calvin Williams who recorded 21 points and 7 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Philippine Patriots maintains second place with 16-5 record behind leader Petron Blaze. Thailand Slammers lost their eighth game in a row. They stay at the bottom position with 16 games lost.
The game in Singapore was also worth to mention about. Third ranked Indonesian Satria Muda (12-9) played at the court of 5th ranked Singapore Singapore Slingers (9-12). Satria Muda managed to secure a 7-point victory 92-85. It was a good game for Evan Brock who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 22 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists. The victory was the sixth consecutive win for Satria Muda. They maintain third place with 12-9 record having five points less than leader Petron Blaze. Singapore Slingers at the other side keep the fifth position with 12 games lost.
4th placed Malaysian KL Dragons (11-10) were outscored at home by fifth ranked Singapore Singapore Slingers (9-12) with the biggest margin this round 105-88 on Wednesday night. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of KL Dragons. Louis Graham stepped up with a double-double by scoring 32 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Both coaches tested many bench players saving starting five for next games. Singapore Slingers maintains fifth place with 9-12 record. Loser KL Dragons keep the fourth position with ten games lost.


Bangkok C. - Saigon H. 66-68

The most exciting game of round 21 in the ASEAN League took place in Bangkok. This derby game ended with only two-point home defeat of 7th ranked Thailand Bangkok Cobras (6-15) to sixth ranked Vietnamese Saigon Heat (8-13) 68-66 in the game for the sixth place. The guests trailed by 13 points after first quarter, but they rallied back and won the game by 2 points. American center Jonathan Jones (211-79, agency: TSS Management) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 32 points and 16 rebounds for the winners and his fellow American import forward Jahmar Thorpe (198-84, college: Houston) chipped in 22 points and 5 rebounds. The best for the losing side was American-Guyanese Travis George (206-85) with 19 points and 8 rebounds and Filipino guard Marvin Cruz (173-84) scored 13 points. Bangkok Cobras' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Saigon Heat maintains sixth place with 8-13 record. Bangkok Cobras lost sixth consecutive game. They keep the seventh position with 15 games lost.
Top scorers:
Bangkok C.: T.George 19+8reb+2ast, M.Cruz 13+2reb+1ast, D.Kongkum 9+1reb+2ast, C.Klahan 6+6reb, R.Kruatiwa 6+1reb, K.Wanna 5+3ast
Saigon H.: J.Jones 32+16reb+1ast, J.Thorpe 22+5reb+3ast, R.Sanz 7+5reb, J.Smith 5+4reb+1ast, M.Trieu 2+1reb+1ast, T.Pham 0
gschID: 166985


Saigon H. - Petron Blaze 68-83

ASEAN League top team - Filipino Petron Blaze (17-4) managed to deliver another win. This time they beat sixth ranked Vietnamese Saigon Heat (8-13) 83-68. Saigon Heat was tied at the half but could not keep up in last two quarters eventually losing the game. Petron Blaze dominated down low during the game scoring 58 of its points in the paint compared to Saigon Heat's 34. They brought some defensive toughness making 8 blocks. American forward Nick Fazekas (211-85, college: Nevada) nailed a double-double by scoring 24 points, 12 rebounds and 4 blocks for the winning side and guard Roger Yap (186-77) accounted for 10 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists. Four Petron Blaze players scored in double figures. Petron Blaze's coach Ato Agustin used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American center Jonathan Jones (211-79, agency: TSS Management) came up with a double-double by scoring 25 points and 12 rebounds and the other American import forward Jahmar Thorpe (198-84, college: Houston) added 11 points and 6 rebounds respectively for Saigon Heat in the defeat. Petron Blaze have an impressive series of eight victories in a row. They maintain first place with 17-4 record. Saigon Heat at the other side keeps the sixth position with 13 games lost.
Top scorers:
Saigon H.: J.Jones 25+12reb+2ast, R.Sanz 11+3reb+2ast, J.Thorpe 11+6reb+3ast, M.Trieu 9+6reb+1ast, J.Smith 7+6reb+2ast, D.Nguyen 5
Petron Blaze: N.Fazekas 24+12reb, L.Avenido 15+3reb, D.Crews 12+7reb+3ast, R.Yap 10+6reb+6ast, F.Baguion 7+4reb+3ast, C.Banchero 5+2reb+2ast
gschID: 176228


Thailand S. - Philip.Patriots 74-80

The game in Bangkok was also quite interesting. Second ranked Filipino Philippine Patriots (16-5) played at the court of 8th ranked Thailand Thailand Slammers (5-16). Philippine Patriots managed to secure a 6-point victory 80-74 on Saturday. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Thailand Slammers won third quarter 26-21. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Thailand Slammers 35-20 including a 25-12 advantage in defensive rebounds. Americans were the main players on the court. The best player for the winners was swingman Anthony Johnson (197-79, college: La-Lafayette, agency: Interperformances) who scored 15 points and 9 rebounds. Center Nakiea Miller (204-79, college: Iona) chipped in 11 points, 9 rebounds and 4 blocks. At the other side the best for losing team was forward Calvin Williams (206-87, college: SE Missouri St.) who recorded 21 points and 7 rebounds and center Christopher Garnett (211-80, college: Indiana SE) added 13 points and 5 assists respectively. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Philippine Patriots maintains second place with 16-5 record behind leader Petron Blaze. Thailand Slammers lost their eighth game in a row. They stay at the bottom position with 16 games lost.
Top scorers:
Thailand S.: C.Williams 21+7reb, R.Leynes 15+2ast, C.Garnett 13+2reb+5ast, S.Pinitpatcharalert 11+1reb, D.Apiromvilaichai 7+2reb, A.Lertmalaiporn 4+3reb+1ast
Philip.Patriots: A.Johnson 15+9reb+3ast, R.Wainwright 11+2reb+2ast, N.Miller 11+9reb+2ast, M.Arellano 11+5reb+5ast, A.Larong 8+2ast, A.Vergara 7+3reb+5ast
gschID: 166983


Singapore S. - Satria Muda 85-92

The game in Singapore was also worth to mention about. Third ranked Indonesian Satria Muda (12-9) played at the court of 5th ranked Singapore Singapore Slingers (9-12). Satria Muda managed to secure a 7-point victory 92-85. Singapore Slingers were ahead by 3 points at the halftime before a 47-37 second half run of Satria Muda. It was a great shooting night for Satria Muda especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 56.3 percentage. It was a good game for American forward Evan Brock (204-84, college: Alabama) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 22 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists. Filipino-American point guard Stanley Pringle (184-87, college: Penn St.) contributed with 21 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists for the winners. Four Satria Muda players scored in double figures. American power forward Louis Graham (205-84) answered with 34 points (!!!) and 7 rebounds and the other American import center Kyle Jeffers (207-85, college: Oregon St.) added 17 points and 12 rebounds in the effort for Singapore Slingers. The victory was the sixth consecutive win for Satria Muda. They maintain third place with 12-9 record having five points less than leader Petron Blaze. Singapore Slingers at the other side keep the fifth position with 12 games lost.
Top scorers:
Singapore S.: L.Graham 34+7reb+2ast, K.Jeffers 17+12reb+3ast, D.Dulay 12+3reb+7ast, V.Canta 9+2reb+2ast, S.Yu Lim 6+3reb+1ast, W.Long Wong 4+4reb+2ast
Satria Muda: E.Brock 22+11reb+4ast, S.Pringle 21+5reb+8ast, S.Thomas 20+12reb+2ast, A.Prihantono 11+1reb, C.Ronaldo Sitepu 6+2reb+1ast, M.Wuysang 6+1reb+2ast
gschID: 166984


KL Dragons - Singapore S. 88-105

4th placed Malaysian KL Dragons (11-10) were outscored at home by fifth ranked Singapore Singapore Slingers (9-12) with the biggest margin this round 105-88 on Wednesday night. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of KL Dragons. The game was mostly controlled by Singapore Slingers. KL Dragons was better in fourth quarter 27-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. American power forward Louis Graham (205-84) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 32 points and 10 rebounds for the winners and Filipino guard Donald Dulay (173-80) chipped in 24 points and 7 rebounds. Five Singapore Slingers players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was American center Brian Williams (208-87, college: Tennessee, agency: VVG Sports) with a double-double by scoring 30 points and 13 rebounds and the other American import forward Tiras Wade (200-81, college: La-Lafayette, agency: Interperformances) scored 27 points and 8 rebounds. Both coaches tested many bench players saving starting five for next games. Singapore Slingers maintains fifth place with 9-12 record. Loser KL Dragons keep the fourth position with ten games lost.
Top scorers:
KL Dragons: B.Williams 30+13reb+2ast, T.Wade 27+8reb+3ast, S.Fai Loh 10+1reb, C.Pacana 5+4reb+1ast, L.Bik Ing 5, P.Cabahug 4+2reb+1ast
Singapore S.: L.Graham 32+10reb+3ast, D.Dulay 24+7reb+2ast, K.Jeffers 16+9reb, V.Canta 12+3reb+3ast, W.Long Wong 10+1reb+1ast, W.Jie Oh Desmond 5+2reb+2ast
gschID: 166982



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  AUSTRALIA   


Lisch not taking it easy - by Eurobasket News

Three years into his NBL career with the Perth Wildcats has seen Kevin Lisch (188-G-86, college: St.Louis) achieve enough already to put him right up there in the discussion of being one of the best guards in the club's history, but there's no signs of him taking it easy as he looks to improve even further ahead of 2012/13.

Lisch arrived in Perth fresh out of his college career at Saint Louis University and three years later he has already created for himself a tremendous list of accomplishments.

He was a championship player in 2009/10 in his rookie season and also claimed the Grand Final MVP that season for his 29-point effort in the deciding Game 3 against the Wollongong Hawks.

Click here to listen to Kevin Lisch speaking on his club MVP award, looking back on the 2011/12 season and looking ahead to 2012/13

Then in 2010/11, he consolidated his position as a star on the team and in the league by earning himself his first Gordon Ellis Medal as the Wildcats' Most Valuable Player that he shared with co-captain Shawn Redhage.

Then in 2011/12 he took his game to a whole other level and finished it as the NBL's MVP, the club's MVP and cemented himself as a great of the Perth Wildcats just three seasons into his professional career.

Lisch was tremendously proud to win the Gordon Ellis Medal last Saturday night at the Perth Wildcats' MVP Ball to cap off an amazing season.

'It really does mean a lot especially with the team that we have. From a personal standpoint it really does mean a lot when you look at the look at the great players that have won the award before. I think Shawn has won it about 20 years in-a-row and for him to be back on court this season was amazing, but it's definitely an honour to receive the award from the Ellis family,' Lisch said.

'Last year it was definitely a surprise after a bit of an up and down season, but the thing with our team is that we have so many guys who could rightfully get it. That makes the voting so close and that's what we found last season, but obviously by winning the league MVP this year it's probably not as much of a surprise. It's just a great honour all the more though.'

The Wildcats were jostling with New Zealand virtually the whole season over first place and then after beating Gold Coast in the semi-final series, the Grand Final could have gone either way in all three games.

To go so close in one of the all-time great Grand Final series means the season must be deemed a success despite just falling short of a championship, but Lisch has no doubt they can go one step better in 2012/13.

'Looking back on the season I always firstly look back to it from a team's perspective and kind of put my awards to the backburner. They will be something more that I probably look to when my playing days are over,' Lisch said.

'It's tough especially knowing that we were one shot or one minute away from winning another championship. With that being said, it comes down to looking at myself and the rest of the team doing the same, and looking at how we can improve. We were right there and it was a great season, but hopefully there's even better to come.'

With Lisch, Damian Martin, Brad Robbins, Cam Tovey, Jesse Wagstaff, Matt Knight and Shawn Redhage all still contracted for next season from the 2011/12 team, and the chance of others to return also whose contracts are up, Lisch knows there is a real hunger there to go one step better.

'I think we all share that same hunger and desire knowing that really the last two years we have been so close,' he said.

'We don't want to be in years to come looking back and thinking that we kept going so close. Hopefully we can take those opportunities if they come again, but this season was extremely successful even though we didnt win the championship.'

Lisch has immensely enjoyed his three years in Perth to date and he will be here for one more year at least as he's contracted for the 2012/13 campaign. Before he prepares for that next season, though, he has another big moment in his life to take care of alongside Rachel Watman.

'More than anything it has just been an enjoyable three years. I can't even believe I have been out here for three years already and coming up I have the most important thing in my life coming along which is getting married. Everything has just been amazing and it's gone by so fast,' Lisch said.

'I will be a married man by the time it's next season and I'm really looking forward to it. I'm extremely blessed and fortunate to be in the situation I am with Rachel and just with everyone surrounding me, and us. It's a big off-season obviously and on the court I'm looking to improve and off it to move to a different chapter of my life.'

Courtesy of NBL



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  AUSTRIA   

Standings - 2.Bundesliga

2.Bundesliga Standings
 1. Mistelbach 15-1 
 2. Mattersb.R. 14-3 
 3. Dornbirn 11-4 
 4. BC Vienna jrs 11-5 
 5. Falcons 7-8 
 6. Danube City 7-9 
 7. Schwaz 7-9 
 8. Klagenfurt 5-11 
 9. Salzburg 3-13 
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 1. Fighters 0-16 


Gmunden Swans sign Carlos Novas Mateo for the upcoming season! - by Stefan Prager

While reachin the ABL Finals for the fourth consecutive season the Gmunden Swans are already working on next seasons roster. The Austrian powerhouse signed U20 national team player Carlos Novas (197-F-92) these days. Mateo spent the last season at Cran Canaria Basketball Academy but is now coming back to Austria. Mateo started his career in Vienna before going to Germany to play for Nuenrberger Basketball Club in 2009. Mateo came back in 2010 and played for the Traiskirchen Lions as well but went abroad again. The 20 year old forward was a member of the Austria U20 national team which played at the European Championships in Bilbao last summer. In 9 appearances for the team he averaged 5.3 ppg along with 1.6 rpg.


Gmunden Swans sign Daniel Friedrich - by Stefan Prager

The Gmunden Swans reacted on the retirement announcements of veteran guards Florian Schoeninger and Thomas Stelzer. After signing Carlos Novas Mateo a few days ago the club announced the they have inked with point guard Daniel Friedrich (180-G-92). Like Mateo Friedrich started his career in Vienna where they played together in 2008/09. Friedrich also played for Traiskirchen and is now coming from UBC St. Poelten. This season Friedrich saw a lot of minutes on a very young St. Poelten team. He appeared in 25 games sixteen of them where starts. Friedrich averaged 10.7 ppg along with 2.6 apg while shooting 57% from the field. As well as Mateo Friedrich is a member of the Austrian U20 national team.


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  BELARUS   

Stats Leaders - Premier League

Points Per Game
 Ronaldas RUTKAUSKAS
  Minsk-.
  (203-F-92)
  Avg: 19.4
 1. Rutkauskas, Minsk.19.4 
 2. Sitnik, SBK O.16.8 
 3. Matyukevych, Grod.15.4 
 4. Mishukov, SBK O.14.5 
 5. Ignatchik, Minsk-.14.4 
 6. Maze, Minsk-200614.1 
 7. Sugoniako, BG.13.8 
 8. Charykau, SBK O.13.8 
 9. Knox, Minsk-200613.7 
 10. Shustau, Minsk-2.13.6 
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-.7.5 
 6. Semianiuk, Minsk-.7.1 
 7. Drobyshevski., Soz.6.7 
 8. Ovsepian, Rubon6.6 
 9. Sharipov, SBK O.6.5 
 10. Kojenets, Minsk.6.3 
Assists Per Game
 Siarhei CHARYKAU
  SBK O.
  (184-PG-82)
  Avg: 6.8
 1. Charykau, SBK O.6.8 
 2. Shustau, Minsk-20.5.3 
 3. Kuzmin, Grodno-935.1 
 4. Akulich, Rubon5.1 
 5. Maze, Minsk-20064.7 
 6. Kudrautsau, Minsk.4.0 
 7. Papruha, BG.3.0 
 8. Korzh, Grodno-932.6 
 9. Sitnik, SBK O.2.6 
 10. Ignatchik, Minsk-.2.6 
Steals Per Game
 Siarhei CHARYKAU
  SBK O.
  (184-PG-82)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Charykau, SBK O.2.5 
 2. Zakhar, BG.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. Kudrautsau, Minsk.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. Strukov, BG.0.0 
 5. Malakhau, Minsk-20.0.0 
 6. Solianikov, Sozh G.0.0 
 7. Lashkevich, Minsk.0.0 
 8. Sivalko, Rubon0.0 
 9. Kuzmitski, BG.0.0 
 10. Sinica, Minsk-20060.0 


Minsk-2006 clinched 2011/2012 title - by Eurobasket News

FINAL
Grodno-93 - Minsk-2006 74:97


Minsk-2006 proved the ambitions of the favorite of the season and won the Final over Grodno-93 97:74. Minsk-2006 led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Minsk-2006 forced 26 Grodno-93 turnovers. Strangely Grodno-93 outrebounded Minsk-2006 43-31 including 29 on the defensive glass. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. Aliaksandr Kudrautsau (190-G-80) fired 21 points and 5 assists for the winners. Bobby Maze chipped in 13 points, 5 rebounds, 8 assists and 5 steals. Evgeni Ivanov (202-G/F-84) produced 17 points and 7 rebounds and the Kanstantin Yafremov (202-F-86, agency: Promotex) added 15 points and 8 rebounds respectively for lost side.
Minsk-2006 II meanwhile clinched the third place as they beat Rubon 84:75. Rubon was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. Minsk-2006 II made 16-of-18 free shots (88.9 percent) during the game. Maksim Shustau (184-PG-86) stepped up and scored 25 points and 4 assists for the winners and Valentin Ignatchik (192-G) chipped in 19 points and 5 assists. At the losing side point guard Artem Malkov (185-PG-88) responded with 20 points and guard Siarhei Sapegin (195-G-84) scored 15 points.



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  BELGIUM   

Standings - Division II

D2 Standings
 1. Waregem 20-6 
 2. Gembo 19-7 
 3. Kangar.-Boom 19-7 
 4. Fleurus 19-7 
 5. Excelsior 16-10 
 6. St-Niklase 15-11 
 7. Sprimont 14-12 
 8. Essor Charleroi 13-13 
 9. Sint-Jan Ant. 13-13 
 10. M.Hainaut II 11-14 
 11. Liege II 10-15 
 12. De Westhoek 4-22 
 13. Gistel 4-22 
 14. Melsele 4-22 



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  BOSNIA   

Standings - D2 Leagues

D2 Standings
1. Liga RS
 1. Radnik B. 18-0 
 2. Plus Gradanski 16-2 
 3. Rudar 12-6 
 4. Bratunac 10-8 
 5. Prijedor 9-9 
 6. Drina 7-11 
 7. Feniks 6-12 
 8. Wolf Security 5-13 
 9. Borac 4-14 
 10. Sutjeska 3-15 
A1 Liga
 1. Kakanj 19-1 
 2. Spars Sarajevo 16-4 
 3. Gradina 15-5 
 4. Play Off 12-8 
 5. Bosnjak 9-11 
 6. Student 9-11 
 7. Brcko 7-13 
 8. Orlovik 7-13 
 9. Donji Vakuf 6-14 
 10. Limometal 6-14 
 11. Igman 4-16 
Liga Herceg-Bosne
 1. Vitez 11-0 
 2. Posusje 8-4 
 3. Grude 6-5 
 4. Livno 6-5 
 5. Siroki II 5-6 
 6. Kiseljak 5-7 
 7. Busovaca 4-7 
 8. Rama 4-7 


Siroki WWin blasts Igokea in Game One of the Finals, 85-61 - by Eurobasket News

Siroki WWin - Igokea 85-61

Game One of the Bosnian league Finals was played last night. Siroki WWin had no mercy for Igokea celebrated huge 85-61 home victory. The format is best-of-five and teams will meet again on Tuesday. Igokea will be the host. Jakov Vladovic (186-PG-83) was the leading player in victory with 20 points. Darko Planinic (211-C-90) secured a great help with 16 points and 5 rebounds, while Zeljko Sakic (201-F-88, agency: Beo Basket) added 8 points, 11 boards and 5 assists. In the loosing squad, Milos Komatina (205-FC-84) and Nebojsa Joksimovic (191-SF-81) delivered 14 and 13 points respectively. Marko Brkic (206-FC-82, agency: Beo Basket) stopped to 8 points and 7 rebs. Siroki took control on its rival from the very beginning and later had no troubles to keep the comfortable lead. Quarters: 30-9, 17-20, 23-9, 15-23. Siroki is the defending champion and they already won the Cup earlier this season.

Siroki WWin: Jakov Vladovic 20, Darko Planinic 16+5 boards, Zeljko Sakic 8+11 boards+5 as
Igokea: Milos Komatina 14, Nebojsa Joksimovic 13, Marko Brkic 8+7 boards



U18 NT looking for teams who want to play friendlies in Sarajevo - by Nedzad Kladusak

KSBIH has made a big so far by rallying the biggest Bosnian talents from all over the world. All coaches had the opprtunity to test candidates for the different selections and the U16 and U18 played the tournament '6th April' which gave the recently inaugurated coaches a first impression of the things that they will have to work on.

However the organisational changes within KSBIH and lacking financial fundings caused problems regarding the preparations. The U18 NT is still looking for suitable teams who want to play friendly games either form 22.07-25.07 or from 30.07-04.08 in Sarajevo.
The Bosnian NT is very ambitious and names like Jusuf Nurkic (210-C-94), Emir Sulejmanovic (203-C/F-95), Dejan Ivkovic (197-F-95), Nedim Buza (201-F-95) or Adin Vrabac (203-F/G-94) will guarantee a interesting matches even for some U20 NT, college teams or European PRO teams.

Interested teams can contact Chris Mathieu, Nedzad Kladusak per mail or general secretary of KSBIH

Mr. Harun Mahmutovic
Telephone: +387 (033) 566 130
Fax: +387 (033) 566 131
Email: mahmutovic@basket.ba



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  BULGARIA   

Standings A2

Division A Standings
 1. Beroe 18-0 
 2. Overgas 12-6 
 3. Academik BL 12-6 
 4. Academik PL 12-6 
 5. Cherno More U18 9-9 
 6. Dunav 2007 8-10 
 7. Vidabasket 7-11 
 8. Chavdar 6-12 
 9. Shumen 3-15 
 10. Balkan 2 3-15 



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  CBL   


Florida Flight announce 2012 roster - by Eurobasket News

The Florida Flight have announced their opening day roster, it was announced today by Flight General Manager Rabon Smith.

The Flight will return 7 players from last year's championship- contending team, which will also include 2 mainstays from the Flight's inaugural 2010 season roster: Ernest Jones (5'11''-G-81, college: Florida St.) and Garvin Gordon. Jacob Carver (5'11''-G), also a member of the inaugural team, could possibly join the team after recovering from off-season ankle surgery.



The 2012 roster will include:

10 Ernest Jones G 6-0 190 Florida State (NCAA I)

22 Gregory St. Remy G 6-3 200 Webber International (NAIA I)

33 Jonathan Adamson G/F 6-4 210 Elmira College (NCAA III)

23 Garvin Gordon G/F 6-6 230 University of Hartford (NCAA I)

13 Adam Waldo F/C 6-8 250 Belmont University (NCAA I)

34 Ron Peterson F/C 6-7 250 Apopka* (HS)

5 Marcus Patterson G 6-3 200 Livingstone College (NCAA II)

20 Corey Williams G 6-4 190 Allen University (NAIA I)

07 Jonathan Castaneda G 6-0 170 Warner Southern (NAIA II)

02 Jason Oileke G/F 6-4 200 Lakeshore* (HS)

32 Shannon Diamond F/C 6-8 240 Flagler College (NCAA II)

25 Kene Anusionwu (6'8''-F/C, college: Beth.-Cookman) F/C 6-8 215 Bethune-Cookman (NCAA I)

'We are returning the core group that finished very strong last season,' said Smith. 'Our goal is to give Avalon Park their first ever professional sports championship this year.'

The Florida Flight regular season starts Saturday, May 12th, with the Flight hosting the Palm Beach Titans. The game will take place at Avalon Middle School, nestled in the Avalon Park community in east Orlando.

Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com



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  CENTROBASKET   


Centrobasket Championships draw results - by Eurobasket News

San Juan, Puerto Rico - The draws of the Centrobasket Championships 2012, female and male were performed yesterday in the Basketball Federation of Puerto Rico (FBPUR) in the Olympic House in San Juan, under the leadership of Sports Director FIBA Americas, Anbal Garcia, and the results were:

Male

Group A
- Cuba (CUB), Bahamas (BAH), Puerto Rico (PUR), Panama (PAN), Nicaragua (NCA)

Group B - Jamaica (JAM), Costa Rica (CRC), Mexico (MEX), Virgin Islands (ISV), Dominican Republic (DOM)

Puerto Rico, in the figure of Omar Gonzlez, National Team coach women, selected to play in Group A and schedule it their encounters to face Jamaica, Mexico and El Salvador.

While, the figure of Flor Melndez, National Team coach male, chose to play in Group A and schedule it their encounters to face Cuba, Bahamas and Panama.
Courtesy of: http://www.caribbeanbasketball.com



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  CHILE   


Robert Lagos: from Cancun to conquer Americas - by Cristian Quiroga

In an environment like Chilean with few sports achievements internationally, especially in our beloved basketball we must emphasize news as obtaining Liga Americas title by Pioneros de Quintana Roo-Cancun in Formosa (Argentina), which had the presence of a Chilean known by the followers of basket in our country.
Robert Lagos had a long career in Chile playing in Colo Colo, Liceo Mixto, Osorno, Llanquihue, Universidad Autonoma, Castro, Universidad Catolica, Petrox, UDE Temuco and Universidad de Concepcion. In each team gave their contribution as forward who always had a good shot, physical and character that made him to be respected. That same character and leadership qualities are those that serve to a player to be a coach later, which is precisely the way that Robert runs today and is at the top of Latinamerica taking part of technical staff of Spanish Pep Claros like assistant coach.
And is not little the present of Lagos in Mexico, because in addition to the achieving of Pioneros and their work with junior teams, he will be part of the Mexican NT staff, starting in the next days to prepare participation in Centrobasket in next June in Puerto Rico, which is the first step in the trial to reach the Olympics for Brazil in 2016.
For many people is a mystery how a Chilean arrives to Mexico to make himself a name, Lagos clarifies how there was a perfect fit between his retirement as a player and his beginnings as a coach: 'I planned my retirement from obtaining a degree at the Universidad Autonoma (studying and playing). And my departure abroad came with a job as Marketing Director and Sales in a company that provides furniture to hotels and restaurants in Riviera Maya'.

And the link with the basket in Mexico: 'one day my wife Monica invited me to a Mexican National Team game, where we known to Pioneros player. He invited me to train with the team and that's how i began my realationship with Pioneros people, until one day arrived Daniel Jaule as head coach, who made me the invitation to be his assistant coach. After that, Pioneros president proposed me to coach youth divisions to deploy an overcrowding and early talent detection project, and a brand positioning for Pioneros, which produced very good dividends. Imagine!.. Is satisfactory work and evolve this way, coaching junior teams, being part of Pioneros technical staff and soon in Mexican NT'.

Regarding to his present and future as coach, highlights how important has been working with renowned names and how much benefit his stage of growth and learning in his career: 'Currently i am in a great professional learning process, had the privilege of working with great coaches as well you mentioned, the Argentine Daniel Jaule, Uruguayan Alberto Espasandin, the Puerto Rican Julio Toro and now with the Catalan known globally, Pep Claros.
And my perspective is increase projecting myself in elite basketball. Precisely the second half of May we will start the process of Mexican NT with the objective to reach Olympics in Brazil 2016, and first we will compete in the Central American and Caribbean Games qualifier for the next World Championship. And regarding to be a head coach, there's no doubt that it's possible not only in Mexico, but also in other countries, with all the experience you can win and get to take the elite basketball, powering possibility of becoming one'.

Knowing his present, now we must ask him about differences between Mexico and Chile: some years ago, see american players come to Chile after played in Mexican league were usual, today that reality is quite far because budgets are more restricted. Which differences can you see between both countries? What needs Chile to reach the level of Mexico?
'Differences between Chile and Mexico are many and i feel that isn't the point because both realities are completely different. I do believe undoubtedly important and fundamental, is that Chilean basketball urgently needs a generational change in its structure and all those who are in front at various levels of the organization must be competent persons with high professional standards, which are constantly trained in that learning process. I am sure that is the way we must follow. Today more than ever, we need professionals who live for basketball and not living of it. All that I mentioned is what Chile needs to have a better quality both in the league, as in NT to project itself internationally first in South America and then in other latitudes'.

Talking about Chile NT, recently were delivered a new roster to face Southamerican Championship in Argentina: What is your opinion of the change that is leading?
'I think it's great that exists renovation in the National Team with new generations. Is always good to project young players. I remember seeing very good elements in the Fiba Americas U-16 tournament here in Cancun, which left me a very good taste.
I also believe is essential that Federation involved with a national plan that work from Arica to Punta Arenas and decentralize our sport, to develop a recruitment program to continue early identifying players with potential in the Chilean basketball. I'm sure that in many corners of our geography, there are talented players who need a chance, so we must invest resources in that'.

Interesting position frankly expresses Lagos, and coincides in some aspects with what we live today in our country especially with the NT with an almost total replacement in the adult squad.

Finally, our countryman understands and appreciates the attention that has reached his milestone in our land to people linked to basket: 'I have only thankful words for all the people who have been important in my sporting and personal growth. Give my love and hugs to all my family and friends. Also best regards to all those of one or another way I met through basketball'.

And finally, it sends a message: 'I do not believe in luck, then in the success achieved with sacrifice, hard work and dedication to work every day, is the key to grow and evolve, there are no limits, and the only limit be the sky'.



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  CHINA   

Standings - NBL

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

Regular Season: Round 4

May. 12: Changan Group - Henan Jiyuan 96-69
May. 12: Guangzhou FM - Sichuan 92-74
May. 12: Nanjin Army - Guangzhou L. 87-85
May. 12: Hebei - Heilongjiang 117-107
May. 12: Jiangsu - Hong Kong 102-82

Regular Season: Round 5

May. 15: Jiangsu - Guangzhou L.
May. 15: Nanjin Army - Guangzhou FM
May. 15: Hong Kong - Hebei
May. 15: Sichuan - Changan Group
May. 15: Heilongjiang - Henan Jiyuan


NBL Round 4 results and stats - by Eurobasket News

Host teams show no mercy winning all games.

The game had a very big importance for second-ranked Hebei as it allowed them to take a leadership position. Hebei defeated 9th ranked Heilongjiang at home 117-107. The hosts trailed by 4 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 3-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 117-107. 30 personal fouls committed by Heilongjiang helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American forward Bryan Davis (206-86, college: Texas A&M, agency: N.E.T.) fired a double-double by scoring 42 points (!!!), 17 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 blocks for the winners. Forward ZhenHu Zhang (195-88) chipped in 21 points and 5 rebounds. American power forward Rashaun Freeman (206-84, college: Massachusetts) produced a double-double by scoring 42 points (!!!) and 15 rebounds for lost side. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Hebei have a solid four-game winning streak. As mentioned above they are alone now at the top position. Heilongjiang at the other side dropped to the seventh place with three games lost. They share the position with 3 other teams. Heilongjiang will play next round against Henan Jiyuan trying to get back on the winning streak. Hebei will try to continue on its current victory against sixth ranked Hong Kong on the road.
Undefeated Guangzhou L. (3-1) recorded its first loss on the court of tenth ranked Nanjin Army. Visitors were edged by Nanjin Army 87-85. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Guangzhou L.. Worth to mention a great performance of point guard CaiBao Zhang (185-90) who helped to win the game recording 18 points. Shengyue Sun contributed with 11 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Nanjin Army's coach Yuenan Ma used entire bench in such tough game. Senegalese center Hamady N'Diaye (213-87, college: Rutgers) replied with a double-double by scoring 16 points, 18 rebounds and 6 blocks for Guangzhou L.Nanjin Army (1-3) left bottom position moving up to seventh place, which they share with 3 other teams. Guangzhou L. at the other side keeps the second position with one game lost. They share it with Jiangsu. Nanjin Army will play against higher ranked Guangzhou FM (#5) in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Guangzhou L. will play against Jiangsu and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Very important is a road loss of third ranked Hong Kong (2-2) against fourth ranked Jiangsu (3-1) on Saturday night. Visiting Hong Kong was crushed by Jiangsu in 102-82. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Hong Kong. It was a key game for the second position in the league. Worth to mention a great performance of Ndudi Ebi who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 36 points (!!!), 14 rebounds, 5 assists and 5 blocks. At the losing side DeVon Hardin responded with a double-double by scoring 28 points and 21 rebounds. Hong Kong's coach DeGui Zhang rotated ten players seeing no chance for a win. Jiangsu moved-up to second place, which they share with Guangzhou L. Loser Hong Kong dropped to the fourth position with two games lost. They share it with Changan Group and Guangzhou FM. Jiangsu will meet at home league's second-placed Guangzhou L. in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Hong Kong will play against the league's leader Hebei and hope to secure a win.
6th ranked Henan Jiyuan (1-3) played at the court of eighth ranked Changan Group (2-2). Changan Group smashed Henan Jiyuan 96-69. The winners were led by Joseph Taylor who had that evening a double-double by scoring 13 points and 16 rebounds. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Changan Group moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Hong Kong and Guangzhou FM. Henan Jiyuan at the other side dropped to the seventh position with three games lost. Changan Group's next round opponent will be Sichuan (#7). Henan Jiyuan will play against Heilongjiang and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game in was also quite interesting. 5th ranked Sichuan (1-3) played at the court of seventh ranked Guangzhou FM (2-2). Guangzhou FM did not have too big problems and got a relatively easy victory 92-74 on Saturday. Walter Sharpe fired a double-double by scoring 29 points, 21 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 blocks for the winners. Guangzhou FM's coach Dragan Raca let to play all 12 players and allowed the starting five to rest. Guangzhou FM moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Changan Group and Hong Kong. Sichuan lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the seventh position with three games lost. Guangzhou FM will face bottom-ranked Nanjin Army (#10) in the next round where they are favorite. Sichuan will play against Changan Group.


Changan Group - Henan Jiyuan 96-69
6th ranked Henan Jiyuan (1-3) played at the court of eighth ranked Changan Group (2-2). Changan Group smashed Henan Jiyuan 96-69. The game was mostly controlled by Changan Group. Henan Jiyuan was better in third quarter 18-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Changan Group forced 22 Henan Jiyuan turnovers. The winners were led by American forward Joseph Taylor (203-85, college: Wyoming) who had that evening a double-double by scoring 13 points and 16 rebounds and center JunQi Jiang (202-90) supported him with 18 points and 6 rebounds. Even a double-double of 26 points and 12 rebounds (made all of his ten free throws !!!) by Nigerian center Kenny Adeleke (205-83, college: Hartford) did not help to save the game for Henan Jiyuan. Forward Chao Lu (200-90) added 15 points and 9 rebounds 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. Changan Group moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Hong Kong and Guangzhou FM. Henan Jiyuan at the other side dropped to the seventh position with three games lost. Changan Group's next round opponent will be Sichuan (#7). Henan Jiyuan will play against Heilongjiang and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Changan Group: L.Yang 19+1reb+3ast, J.JunQi 18+6reb, T.Joseph 13+16reb+2ast, J.Cheng 9+7reb+1ast, S.Jian 8+1reb, Y.BoWen 7+3reb+2ast
Henan Jiyuan: A.Kenny 26+12reb, L.Chao 15+9reb, W.ZhanYu 10+2reb+2ast, L.Shuai 7+3reb+1ast, F.LiuJia 7+2reb, C.Peng 4+1reb+1ast
gschID: 176036


Nanjin Army - Guangzhou L. 87-85

Undefeated Guangzhou L. (3-1) recorded its first loss on the court of tenth ranked Nanjin Army. Visitors were edged by Nanjin Army 87-85. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Guangzhou L.. The hosts were ahead by 2 points but lost the second period ending it with a 5-point deficit before their 16-9 run, which allowed them to win the game. Nanjin Army forced 22 Guangzhou L. turnovers. Guangzhou L. was plagued by 27 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a great performance of point guard CaiBao Zhang (185-90) who helped to win the game recording 18 points. Forward Shengyue Sun (198-89) contributed with 11 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Nanjin Army's coach Yuenan Ma used entire bench in such tough game. Senegalese center Hamady N'Diaye (213-87, college: Rutgers) replied with a double-double by scoring 16 points, 18 rebounds and 6 blocks and center Lei Ji (203-83) added 27 points in the effort for Guangzhou L.Nanjin Army (1-3) left bottom position moving up to seventh place, which they share with 3 other teams. Guangzhou L. at the other side keeps the second position with one game lost. They share it with Jiangsu. Nanjin Army will play against higher ranked Guangzhou FM (#5) in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Guangzhou L. will play against Jiangsu and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Nanjin Army: Z.CaiBao 18+2reb+3ast, W.ShouWei 13+4reb+1ast, S.Shengyue 11+8reb, T.JiaFu 9+3reb, X.Jinlong 8+7reb, D.QinShuo 7+2reb
Guangzhou L.: J.Lei 27+3reb, N.Hamady 16+18reb, W.Jing 16+2reb+2ast, C.DaWei 9+2reb, L.XiangTao 9+5reb+1ast, Z.ChaoLong 5+2ast
gschID: 176034


Hebei - Heilongjiang 117-107

The game had a very big importance for second-ranked Hebei as it allowed them to take a leadership position. Hebei defeated 9th ranked Heilongjiang at home 117-107. The hosts trailed by 4 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 3-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 117-107. 30 personal fouls committed by Heilongjiang helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American forward Bryan Davis (206-86, college: Texas A&M, agency: N.E.T.) fired a double-double by scoring 42 points (!!!), 17 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 blocks for the winners. Forward ZhenHu Zhang (195-88) chipped in 21 points and 5 rebounds. American power forward Rashaun Freeman (206-84, college: Massachusetts) produced a double-double by scoring 42 points (!!!) and 15 rebounds and forward Mengxin He (200-90) added 16 points (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) respectively for lost side. Four Heilongjiang players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Hebei have a solid four-game winning streak. As mentioned above they are alone now at the top position. Heilongjiang at the other side dropped to the seventh place with three games lost. They share the position with 3 other teams. Heilongjiang will play next round against Henan Jiyuan trying to get back on the winning streak. Hebei will try to continue on its current victory against sixth ranked Hong Kong on the road.
Top scorers:
Hebei: D.Bryan 42+17reb+4ast, Z.ZhenHu 21+5reb, Y.ZhiTong 21+1reb+3ast, L.YiDing 9+8reb+1ast, W.Tong 9+2reb+5ast, W.XinLei 7+2reb
Heilongjiang: F.Rashaun 42+15reb+2ast, H.Mengxin 16+4reb+1ast, L.Xu 13+3ast, Z.JunXiong 10+2reb, J.Ming 8+8reb+3ast, L.XueSong 6+3ast
gschID: 176035


Jiangsu - Hong Kong 102-82

Very important is a road loss of third ranked Hong Kong (2-2) against fourth ranked Jiangsu (3-1) on Saturday night. Visiting Hong Kong was crushed by Jiangsu in 102-82. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Hong Kong. It was a key game for the second position in the league. The hosts trailed by 3 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 10-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 102-82. Jiangsu dominated down low during the game scoring 78 of its points in the paint compared to Hong Kong's 44. Worth to mention a great performance of Nigerian forward Ndudi Ebi (206-84, agency: Higher Vision Sports) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 36 points (!!!), 14 rebounds, 5 assists and 5 blocks and guard XianLing Sun (190-89) who added 19 points during the contest. At the losing side American center DeVon Hardin (211-86) responded with a double-double by scoring 28 points and 21 rebounds and guard Zhou Feng (180-81) scored 14 points. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Hong Kong's coach DeGui Zhang rotated ten players seeing no chance for a win. Jiangsu moved-up to second place, which they share with Guangzhou L. Loser Hong Kong dropped to the fourth position with two games lost. They share it with Changan Group and Guangzhou FM. Jiangsu will meet at home league's second-placed Guangzhou L. in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Hong Kong will play against the league's leader Hebei and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Jiangsu: E.Ndudi 36+14reb+5ast, S.XianLing 19+3reb+2ast, F.Xin 12+5reb+2ast, Z.HongWei 10+2reb+2ast, F.Hui 8+4reb, M.Zhuang 7+3reb
Hong Kong: H.DeVon 28+21reb, F.Zhou 14+3reb+1ast, L.Yang 13, Y.XiaoHang 12+4reb, L.MingHao 8+2reb, Z.DongYang 4+2ast
gschID: 176032


Guangzhou FM - Sichuan 92-74

5th ranked Sichuan (1-3) played at the court of seventh ranked Guangzhou FM (2-2). Guangzhou FM did not have too big problems and got a relatively easy victory 92-74 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Guangzhou FM. Sichuan was better in third quarter 19-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. American forward Walter Sharpe (206-86, college: UAB, agency: Two Points) fired a double-double by scoring 29 points, 21 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 blocks for the winners. Guard KaiFu Yao (196-83) chipped in 22 points and 5 rebounds. Guangzhou FM's coach Dragan Raca let to play all 12 players and allowed the starting five to rest. American power forward Jarrid Famous (210-88, college: S.Florida) produced a double-double by scoring 17 points and 10 rebounds and forward Ma Chao (196-86) added 19 points respectively for lost side. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Guangzhou FM moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Changan Group and Hong Kong. Sichuan lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the seventh position with three games lost. Guangzhou FM will face bottom-ranked Nanjin Army (#10) in the next round where they are favorite. Sichuan will play against Changan Group.
Top scorers:
Guangzhou FM: S.Walter 29+21reb+5ast, Y.KaiFu 22+5reb+2ast, Y.Peng 10+5reb, L.DaPeng 10+3reb+2ast, L.XueSong 6+1reb+2ast, W.SongWei 5+2ast
Sichuan: C.Ma 19+3reb+2ast, F.Jarrid 17+10reb+1ast, W.YingLiang 16+1reb+4ast, D.ChengLong 10+5reb+3ast, C.XiaoDong 6+9reb+1ast, Y.ZhaoLei 4+10reb+2ast
gschID: 176033



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  CROATIA   

A1 Standings

A1 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 12-8 
 2. Alkar Sinj 11-9 
 3. Kvarner 2010 11-9 
 4. Darda 10-10 
 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 69-75

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. Sobin, KK Split15.3 
 8. Simovic, Kvarner15.3 
 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. Sobin, KK Split6.9 
 6. Suton, Cibona6.9 
 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. Bazdaric, Cedevita2.9 
 10. Ceskovic, Kvarner2.9 
Steals Per Game
 Ronald ROSS
  Jolly
  (188-G-83)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Ross, Jolly2.9 
 2. Rozic, Cibona2.1 
 3. Wright, Cibona1.9 
 4. Bicvic, Darda1.9 
 5. Blajic, Kvarner1.8 
 6. Kostomaj, Svjet.1.7 
 7. Sobin, KK Split1.6 
 8. Stimac, Svjetlost1.5 
 9. Sarlija, Borik1.5 
 10. Kruslin, Zabok1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Filip KRALJEVIC
  Zabok
  (214-F-89)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Kraljevic, Zabok1.7 
 2. Sarlija, Borik1.2 
 3. Bubalo, Zabok1.1 
 4. Zupic, Alkar Sinj1.1 
 5. Vujcic, KK Split0.9 
 6. Owens, Cedevita0.8 
 7. Buva, Krizevci0.8 
 8. Sobin, KK Split0.8 
 9. Vukovic, KK Split0.7 
 10. Kastropil, Zadar0.6 


Standings - A2 League

A2 Standings
Group Center
 1. Dubrava 17-5 
 2. Kaptol 14-8 
 3. Sanac Karl. 14-8 
 4. Gorica 13-9 
 5. Bosco 12-10 
 6. Samobor 11-11 
 7. Mladost Z. 11-11 
 8. Sus.-Moslavina 11-11 
 9. Hermes Anal. 10-12 
 10. Rudes 9-13 
 11. Zrinjevac 9-13 
 12. Novska 1-21 
Group East
 1. Osjecki Sokol 21-1 
 2. Mladost C. 15-4 
 3. Belisce 15-7 
 4. Vinkovci 15-7 
 5. Zupanja 12-9 
 6. Virovitica 11-11 
 7. Meteor D. 9-13 
 8. Vukovar 8-14 
 9. Vrijednosnice 6-13 
 10. Klasije 5-14 
 11. Olimp Inspekt 5-16 
 12. Valpovo 4-17 
Group North
 1. Medjimurje C. 22-0 
 2. Vindija V. 16-6 
 3. Podravac Virje 14-8 
 4. Cakovec 13-8 
 5. Petar Zrinski 13-9 
 6. Mladost D. 12-10 
 7. Ivancica 11-11 
 8. Radnik 10-12 
 9. Rudar-Cimper 9-13 
 10. Bjelovar 6-15 
 11. Koprivnica 5-17 
 12. Graficar 0-22 
Group South
 1. Policnik 15-3 
 2. GKK Sibenik 12-6 
 3. Jazine 11-7 
 4. Metkovic 11-7 
 5. Trogir 10-8 
 6. Kastela 9-9 
 7. Cetina 7-11 
 8. Omis Galeb 7-11 
 9. Solin 6-12 
 10. DOSK 2-16 
 11. Vostarnica 0-0 
 12. Drazen Petrovic 0-0 
Group West
 1. Crikvenica 20-2 
 2. Kraljevica 19-3 
 3. Skrljevo 18-4 
 4. Stoja Pula 13-9 
 5. Otocac 13-9 
 6. Pula 1981 10-12 
 7. Jadran 10-12 
 8. Rovinj 8-14 
 9. Zamet 8-14 
 10. Ghia Staff 6-16 
 11. Kastav 6-16 
 12. Fazana 1-21 


Popovic Marko and Delas Mario won the title in Lithuania - by Eurobasket News

Marko Popovic (185-G-82, agency: Alti Sport, college: S.Idaho JC) and Mario Delas (207-F/C-90) won the title in Lithuania together with Zalgiris. The latter claim LKL title and defended their status from the previous year. The Winner of the Regular Season overcame their rivals Lietuvos Rytas 90:84 to sweep the series.
The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 25-20. But Lietuvos rytas won second period 24-22. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Lietuvos rytas 35-21 including a 17-3 advantage in offensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was Marko Popovic who scored 20 points and 6 assists. Tomas Delininkaitis chipped in 19 points (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). At the other side the best for losing team was the former international guard Renaldas Seibutis who recorded 24 points and 8 rebounds (went 9 for 9 at the free throw line !!!) and the former international swingman Steponas Babrauskas added 14 points respectively.
Marko Popovic averaged 10.3 points per game. Mario Delas meanwhile had 4.0 points per game for Zalgiris and before that 11.6 for Baltai Kaunas.



Luka Babic claims Croatian A1 weekly honour - by Eurobasket News

Talented Luka Babic (200-F-91) had a great game in the last round for KK Split and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 14 (Second Stage). The 20-year old forward had the game-high 24 points adding eight rebounds and four assists for KK Split in his team's victory, helping them to beat Svjetlost (#6, 3-11) 84-77. KK Split advanced to Playoff Semifinals as No.3 (10-4 record). Luka Babic averages this season 9.4ppg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 27-year old Bosnia and Herzegovina center Teo Simovic (205-C-84, agency: Interperformances) of Kvarner 2010 (PLAY-OUT). Simovic impressed basketball fans with 22 points, 3 rebounds and 5 assists. Of course he lead Kvarner 2010 to another comfortable win 87-72 over slightly lower-ranked Dubrovnik (#-3, 8-12) being unquestionably team leader. Kvarner 2010 ended as No.3 in Play-Out Group with 11-9 record. Simovic is a newcomer at Kvarner 2010 and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 15.3ppg (#7). He also registered 6.8 boards per game.

The third best performed player last round was Andrej Stimac (204-F/C-79) of Svjetlost (#6). Stimac got into 30-points club by scoring exactly 30 points in the last round. Despite Stimac's great performance Svjetlost lost 77-84 to the higher-ranked KK Split (#3, 10-4). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. Svjetlost finished as No.6 in the league with 3-11 score. Stimac has individually a great season in Croatia. After 21 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 16.7ppg (6th best) and rebounds with 7.0rpg (4th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Antonio Bicvic (199-F-82) of Darda - 27 points and 4 rebounds
5. Josip Sobin (203-G/F-89) of KK Split - 12 points, 13 rebounds and 7 assists
6. Mario Pesut (G-90) of Borik - 18 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists
7. Ante Delas (201-G/F-88) of Zadar - 21 points and 3 rebounds
8. Marino Sarlija (207-F/C-89) of Borik - 18 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Dalibor Bagaric (217-C-80) of Cedevita - 17 points and 6 rebounds
10. Marijan Cakarun (90) of Borik - 22 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists

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



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Standings - Division A

Division A Standings
 1. Keravnos 15-1 
 2. Apollon 13-3 
 3. Etha 12-4 
 4. AEK 9-7 
 5. APOEL 9-7 
 6. Omonia 7-9 
 7. ENAD 5-11 
 8. AEL 2-14 


Standings - Division B

Division B First Round Standings
Group One
 1. Anagennises 10-0 
 2. Asteras 8-2 
 3. APOP Paphou 6-4 
 4. Athanasiou 4-6 
 5. Achilleas Agrou 1-9 
 6. Argonaftes 1-9 
 7. Athl.Aradippou 0-0 
Group Two
 1. Olympos 9-1 
 2. Paralimni 9-1 
 3. Enosis 4-6 
 4. Onisilos 4-6 
 5. Zinon 4-6 
 6. Doxa 0-10 


North League Standings

North League Standings
 1. E.Mediterenian 0-0 
 2. Genclik Merkezi 0-0 
 3. Gonyeli Osan 0-0 
 4. Karaoglawoglu 0-0 
 5. Koopspor 0-0 
 6. Lefke 0-0 
 7. Near East Un. 0-0 
 8. Soyer Sport 0-0 



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Dominican Republic may not participate in Centrobasket 2012 - by Eurobasket News

San Juan, Puerto Rico - In yesteardays afternoon, Garcia attended the Centrobasket Championships Draw, both male and female, that will be played in june in Puerto Rico, and spoke to fibaamericas.com on the importance of these tournaments.

FA (fibaamericas.com) - Today in your message at the draw for the Centrobasket championships, you emphasized the importance that this tournament has taken in the zone.

AG (Alberto Garcia) - The tournament has always been a landmark of great basketball being played in Central America and the Caribbean. We see countries like Puerto Rico, Mexico, Cuba, Dominican Republic and Panama, among others, who bring a high level and make this a competitive and very professional championship.

In recent years, what has happened is, that the Centrobasket, has been growing. The sporting rivalry between the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico is very attractive in terms of commercial and television value, and this year's championship will take place in a world-class arena.

FA - How important is that the tournament is made at the Coliseo Jose Miguel Agrelot ('Choliseo')?

AG It is one of the best showcases coliseums that America has, no doubt. It is a theater with a capacity of 17,000 spectators, with facilities that have nothing to envy to any NBA arena, and an incredible commercial potential. On the other hand, the tickets can be more economical and can ensure a good public presence, which will give you a really important asset.

According to data provided in the press conference launching the Centrobasket, the Coliseum in comparison with the U.S., for example, is in third place, just behind the Madison Square Garden in New York and the Staples Center in Los Angeles, in box office sales. It's great that we play a CONCENCABA and FIBA Americas tournament in this great space.

FA - And what are your expectations as to the competitiveness of the event?

AG - You can expect great basketball with a group of national teams with fighting spirit who will come to give their best on the court. We have a host team preparing to compete in the Olympic Qualifiers, so it is expected to be with its complete roster. And they have opponents who will come to test their growth, as is Mexico for example that comes from doing a great job in the Panamerican Games. Also, do not forget that this event qualifies the top four teams to the 2013 FIBA Americas Championship (Qualifier for the 2014 FIBA World Championship in Spain).

FA - Dominican Republic is also in position to prepare for the Olympic Qualifier...

AG - Of course, they must also prepare to Caracas. With the Dominican Republic we have an unfortunate situation. Their Basketball Federation, the Fedombal, owes a debt to FIBA Americas that is threatening their participation in the Centrobasket and even in the OQTs.

This is a debt that goes back with the Federation since its last administration, but unfortunately it's up to the current administration to cover the debt for the national team to compete internationally.

I am confident that they will pay, because I was in the Dominican Republic on March 17 and spoke with both the Minister of Sport and the Olympic Committee President and request them to help with this and they promised me that they will help Fedombal to remedy the situation.

However, if the debt is not paid, they will unfortunately not be eligible.

Source: FIBA Americas



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  ESTONIA   

Standings - KML

KML Standings
 1. Tartu Ulikool 25-3 
 2. Kalev/Cramo 23-5 
 3. Tarvas 19-9 
 4. Rapla 14-14 
 5. TTU 12-16 
 6. Tln Kalev 12-16 
 7. Parnu 4-24 
 8. Valga 3-25 

Finals: Round 2

3rd Place

May. 7: Tarvas - Rapla 69-58

FINAL

May. 12: Tartu Ulikool - Kalev/Cramo 66-84

Finals: Round 3

May. 15: Kalev/Cramo - Tartu Ulikool


Standings - 1.Liiga

1.Liiga Stage Two Standings
Places 1-9
 1. Hito/Johvi 13-3 
 2. Balteco 13-3 
 3. Kohila SK 11-5 
 4. Rapina 8-8 
 5. Rapla KK 7-9 
 6. BC Kalev II 6-10 
 7. Tamsalu 6-10 
 8. Marcus 5-11 
 9. Tartu Ulikool II 3-13 
Places 10-18
 1. Kures. SWE-7 14-2 
 2. Scanweld/EN 12-4 
 3. Parnu II 10-6 
 4. Voru KK 9-7 
 5. Elion/Corle 7-9 
 6. Audentese/N. 7-9 
 7. TTU SK 7-9 
 8. Ambla 6-10 
 9. Paide VW 0-16 
Stage One Standings



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Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Bo MCCALEBB
  Montepas.
  (183-PG-85)
  Avg: 16.9
 1. McCalebb, Montepa.16.9 
 2. Spanoulis, Olympia.16.7 
 3. Weems, Zalgiris15.5 
 4. Domercant, Unics15.5 
 5. Carroll, Real Madr.14.2 
 6. Krstic, CSKA14.2 
 7. Kirilenko, CSKA14.1 
 8. Vujacic, Anadolu13.9 
 9. Navarro, FCB Regal13.6 
 10. Banic, Gescrap BB13.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Andrei KIRILENKO
  CSKA
  (205-F-81)
  Avg: 7.5
 1. Kirilenko, CSKA7.5 
 2. Freeland, Unicaja6.7 
 3. Reyes, Real Madrid6.3 
 4. Andersen, Montepa.6.2 
 5. Zoric, Unicaja6.1 
 6. Veremeenko, Unics6.0 
 7. Fischer, Gescrap BB5.9 
 8. Savanovic, Anadolu5.6 
 9. Jankunas, Zalgiris5.6 
 10. Krstic, CSKA5.5 
Assists Per Game
 Sergio RODRIGUEZ
  Real M.
  (191-G-86)
  Avg: 5.4
 1. Rodriguez, Real M.5.4 
 2. Teodosic, CSKA5.0 
 3. Diamantidis, Panat.4.8 
 4. Tunceri, Anadolu4.5 
 5. Huertas, FCB Regal4.4 
 6. Spanoulis, Olympia.4.0 
 7. Jackson, Gescrap3.9 
 8. Kalnietis, Zalgiris3.7 
 9. Khryapa, CSKA3.3 
 10. Llull, Real Madrid3.2 
Steals Per Game
 Jamon Lukas GORDON
  Galatasaray
  (191-G-84)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Gordon, Galatasaray1.9 
 2. Kirilenko, CSKA1.5 
 3. Diamantidis, Panat.1.5 
 4. Ohayon, Maccabi1.4 
 5. Gist, Fener.Ulker1.3 
 6. McCalebb, Montepa.1.3 
 7. Eidson, FCB Regal1.2 
 8. Shipp, Galatasaray1.2 
 9. Fitch, Unicaja1.2 
 10. Calathes, Panathi.1.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Andrei KIRILENKO
  CSKA
  (205-F-81)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Kirilenko, CSKA1.9 
 2. Begic, Real Madrid1.7 
 3. Hendrix, Maccabi1.3 
 4. Ndong, FCB Regal1.1 
 5. Fischer, Gescrap BB1.1 
 6. Hines, Olympiacos1.1 
 7. Vazquez, FCB Regal1.0 
 8. Zoric, Unicaja0.9 
 9. Barac, Anadolu Ef.0.9 
 10. Perovic, FCB Regal0.9 


Lietuvos Rytas wins 2012 NIJT title - by Eurobasket News

Lietuvos Rytas - Fenerbahce Ulker 88-70

Lietuvos Rytas is the winner of 2012 Nike International Junior Tournament. That is a new name on the NIJT list of champions. They outplayed Fenerbahce Ulker 88-70 in the title game on Sunday afternoon at Sinan Erdem Arena in Istanbul, Turkey. Edvinas Seskus (192-G/F-95) was the leading player in victory with 17 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Augustinas Jankaitis (204-F/C-94) helped Rytas with 15 and 4 rebounds, while Tautvydas Jodelis (194-F/G-94) added 12 points and also 4 rebs. In Fenerbahce Ulker, Metecan Birsen (205-G/F-95) was better than the others with 20 points and 5 rebounds. Umar Atin (199-F-94) scored 13 points and Mehmet Sanli (204-F-95) had double-double of 11 points, plus 14 rebounds. Lietuvos Rytas took control on its rival in the second period, when they jumped to double digit lead. The Lithuanians won all four quarters today (22-20, 20-11, 20-16, 26-23). Edvinas Seskus was the MVP of this meeting with PIR 22 (Performance Index Rating).

Lietuvos Rytas: Edvinas Seskus 17+6 boards+4 as, Augustinas Jankaitis 15+4 boards, Tautvydas Jodelis 12+4 boards
Fenerbahce Ulker: Metecan Birsen 20+5 boards, Umar Atin 13, Mehmet Sanli 11+14 boards



FC Barcelona Regal beats Panathinaikos 74-69, wins third place - by Eurobasket News

FC Barcelona Regal finished the Turkish Airlines Euroleague season in third place after holding off outgoing champion Panathinaikos 69-74 in the third-place game on Sunday afternoon at Sinan Erdem Arena in Istanbul. Marcelinho Huertas (191-PG-83, agency: Edge Sports) dominated early with 19 first-half points and then netted a pair of free throws in the final minute to seal the win. He finished with 21 2 points shy of his career high. The victory gives Barcelona a 19-2 record for the season. Joe Ingles matched his season high with 13 for the victors, and Judson Wallace (205-F/C-82, college: Princeton) took advantage of extended minutes to score 12 and block 2 shots. Dimitris Diamantidis (196-G-80) paced the Greens with 17 points, Aleks Maric (211-C-84, college: Nebraska) was strong inside with 13 points and 11 rebounds and David Logan (184-G-82, college: Indianapolis) netted 11.

In the first three minutes of the game Nick Calathes (198-G-89, college: Florida) and Logan both scored layups and an additional free throw for Panathinaikos, while Huertas made a jumper and a three-pointer on the other side. With Xavier Rabasedas first basket of the 2012 Final Four, and with another two triples by Huertas, Barcelona went up 9-14 after six minutes. Logan and Mike Batiste (203-F-77, college: Arizona St.) scored a pair of free throws each as Panathinaikos tried with zone-pressing, but more effective was Barcelonas dominance on the offensive glass. Wallace scored a tip-in and Ingles followed it up with a three to make it a 6-point game. Nick Calathes answered with a steal for an easy layup, but Fran Vasquez made 2 free throws after another offensive rebound. Panathinaikos did manage to catch up before the end of the first quarter, as a Diamantidis layup and three-pointer made it 20-21.

Victor Sada (192-G-84) put first 4 points on scoreboard at the beginning of the second quarter, and Kostas Tsartsaris made a three from the corner to keep Greens close, 23-25. Rabasedas free-throws and Wallace three-pointer put Barcelona up by 7, but Logan drove to the basket and dunked in a transition while Diamantidis hit a runner to cut it back to 29-32. Barcelona kept the lead through Wallace and Pete Mickeal, and Huertas scored in transition to make it 31-38 with little less than three minutes to go in the half. Vasquez twice made it a 9-point lead with a jumper and a tip-in, but Nick Calathes and Logan answered back to prevent Barcelona from extending the lead. However the Spanish champions reached a double-digit advantage with an easy dunk by Kosta Perovic and 2 free throws by Huertas that gave them 37-48 halftime lead.

Both teams struggled offensively to start the second half and Panathinaikoss defense raised its level of intensity to keep Barcelona without a field goal for more than 6 minutes. On the other side, three dunks by Aleks Maric two of them as follow-ups to his teammates misses made it 43-49. The Greens failed to fully capitalize on their defensive dominance as Maric and Tsartsaris made only 2 of 6 free throws over the next two minutes to make it a 4-point game. Wallaces triple ended Barcelonas drought and Ingless basket-plus-foul made it 47-55 with minute and a half left in the quarter, but Diamantidis cut the deficit to 52-58 with a pair of free throws and a three-pointer that ended the third quarter.

Ingles returned the favor by hitting a triple on the first possession of the fourth quarter, and an easy layup by Wallace got Barcelona again to a double-digit advantage with seven minutes to go, 52-63. Kostas Kaimakoglou and Diamantidis made back-to-back threes that pulled Panathinaikos very quickly within 5. Ingles then made couple of free throws and Diamantidis banked one shot to make it 60-65. Panathinaikos held Barcelona without a field goal for more than four minutes, but Chuck Eidson put an end to that with a three that gave his team once again 8-point lead. After a timeout Eidson hit a long jumper, but Kaimakoglou hit a three-pointer to make it 65-70. The same player had a chance to cut the deficit even more, but he missed both free throws. Marics put-back dunk did bring Panathinaikos closer however Diamantidis and Kaimakoglou each missed three-pointers that would have made it a 1-point game. In the last 30 seconds of the game Huertas made no mistake from the charity stripe. Maric tipped in a miss by Diamantidis to leave his team with a chance of a comeback, but time ran out on the Greens hopes and Barcelona went home with the win.

Courtesy of Euroleague



Eurobasket.com All-Euroleague Awards 2011-12 - by Eurobasket

Russian forward Andrei Kirilenko had incredible season after coming back from the NBA and joining Russian powerhouse CSKA Moscow. He was voted the best European Small Forward in 2011. Then led CSKA to the championship title in a very string VTB League (was voted Final Four MVP, alongside with all-VTB 1st team). Now was the main player of CSKA and barely lost the final game to Olympiacos. But was definitely the best performer over euntire Euroleague season. Kirilenko scored 14.1ppg, was thirs best rebounder (7.5rpg), fifth on the list of steals (1.5spg) and best blocker in Euroleague with almost 2 blocks per game.

Eurobasket.com All-Euroleague 1st Team 2011-12
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Andrei Kirilenko
Kirilenko
Vassilis Spanoulis
Spanoulis
Dimitris Diamantidis
Diamantidis
Erazem Lorbek
Lorbek
Nenad Krstic
Krstic
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Player of the Year: Andrei Kirilenko (205-F-81) of CSKA Russia
Finals MVP: Vassilis Spanoulis (193-G-82) of Olympiacos Greece
Guard of the Year: Vassilis Spanoulis (193-G-82) of Olympiacos Greece
Forward of the Year: Andrei Kirilenko (205-F-81) of CSKA Russia
Center of the Year: Nenad Krstic (213-C-83) of CSKA Russia
European Player of the Year: Andrei Kirilenko (205-F-81) of CSKA Russia
Import of the Year: D'or Fischer (211-C-81) of Gescrap BB Spain
Defensive Player of the Year: Andrei Kirilenko (205-F-81) of CSKA Russia
Coach of the Year: Dusan Ivkovic of Olympiacos Greece

1st Team
G: Vassilis Spanoulis (193-82) of Olympiacos Greece
G: Dimitris Diamantidis (196-80) of Panathinaikos Greece
F: Andrei Kirilenko (205-81) of CSKA Russia
F/C: Erazem Lorbek (209-84) of FCB Regal Spain
C: Nenad Krstic (213-83) of CSKA Russia

2nd Team
PG: Bo McCalebb (183-85) of Montepaschi Italy
G: Henry Domercant (192-80) of Unics Russia
G: Milos Teodosic (195-87) of CSKA Russia
F: Georgios Printezis (206-85) of Olympiacos Greece
F/C: Nikola Mirotic (207-91) of Real Madrid Spain

3rd Team
G: Juan Carlos Navarro (192-80) of FCB Regal Spain
F: Mike Batiste (203-77) of Panathinaikos Greece
F: Marko Banic (205-84) of Gescrap BB Spain
F/C: Richard Hendrix (203-86) of Maccabi T-A Israel
C: D'or Fischer (211-81) of Gescrap BB Spain

Honorable Mention
David Andersen (212-C-80) of Montepaschi Italy
Alexey Shved (196-G-88) of CSKA Russia
Jaycee Carroll (188-PG-83) of Real Madrid Spain
Danilo Gallinari (208-F-88) of Denver N. USA
Giorgi Shermadini (216-C-89) of Bennet Cantu Italy
Luka Zoric (211-C/F-84) of Unicaja Spain
Joel Freeland (208-F-87) of Unicaja Spain
Joshua Shipp (196-G/F-86) of Galatasaray Turkey

All-Europeans Team
G: Vassilis Spanoulis (193-82) of Olympiacos Greece
G: Dimitris Diamantidis (196-80) of Panathinaikos Greece
F: Andrei Kirilenko (205-81) of CSKA Russia
F/C: Erazem Lorbek (209-84) of FCB Regal Spain
C: Nenad Krstic (213-83) of CSKA Russia

All-Imports Team
G: Jamon Lukas Gordon (191-84) of Galatasaray Turkey
G/F: Sonny Weems (198-86) of Zalgiris Lithuania
C: D'or Fischer (211-81) of Gescrap BB Spain
C: David Andersen (212-80) of Montepaschi Italy
F/C: Richard Hendrix (203-86) of Maccabi T-A Israel


* The top awards were dominated this year by European players. Lots of originally American players have European passports, so are not considered imports.
The voting was only for the players from teams, which made it to the Top 16 stage of the Euroleague.



2012 Euroleague Final Four: Semifinals analysis - by Dimitris Katsionis

After two very tight games CSKA Moscow and Olympiakos will battle for the big trophy today. Let's see the semifinals key points..

Lethal bite..

-Olympiakos went out to play intensity basketball. Spanoulis was very aggressive. Coach Pasqual had a different approach to Spanoulis defence in compare to Montepaschi's Simone Pianigiani, who tried to 'straggle' him by denying the ball and cut Spanoulis's drives with lots of helps from every player. Barcelona defend Greek star isolating him and his screener on 2 against 2 situations. As a result Spanoulis found a lot of room to score and create.

-Dusan Ivkovic used a lot pick 'n roll offence from the top of his offence with Spanoulis as main creator, defend Barcelona's offence with switches (as Pasqual's froncourt has the same body type with Andersen and Lavrinovic) and played 'under' when Huertas and Sada were asking for a screen, risking their 3 point shot.

-Barcelona was sluggish, without passion and true willingness. Collecting 10 more boards (including 8 more offensives rebounds) in 65-70 point game is a big advantage and you have to play really bad to lose. Pete Michael and Chuck Eidson combined for 1/12 FG with Michael seeing on his personal opponent, Kostas Papanikolaou, the power and the energy the American used to have himself the good old days..

-Barcelona's had a big offensives problem against a team that kept at least one defender in front of the ball for 24'' at every possession. As a result, the injured Juan Carlos Navarro was the only one who try to put really pressure on Olympiakos's defence.

-I was impressed by the fact that the Spanish team didn't risk to foul Joy Dorsey on purpose, the last couple of minutes.. Both Dorsey and Kyle Hines have low percentages from the charity line..

Downfall..

In front of big changes in the club's administration, Zeliko Obradovic's Panathinaikos maybe played it's last final four on the competition. However, today president Thanasis Giannakopoulos claimed that he is really mad and wants to keep the team's management for at least another year to return on the top..

-Dimitris Diamantidis is proven one of Euroleague's best clutch players but with 1/9 3PT's all night, he hesitated to take the winning shot. The truth is that 3D tried to run Obradovic's last play all the way targeting a Saras's shot from the corner. That was the order..

-Coach Obradovic proved why is the master of the tactic in European basketball and clearly the best coach today, controlling the tempo of the game but he was ''betrayed'' from his own ''stable'', players that never make mistakes on those close games. Read this..

DETAIL: Driven by the statistical, Obradovic's Panathinaikos is the team with the most successful plays right after a time out. That means, concentration and a lot of work on practice. Obradovic took 3 time outs on the game's last 90''. After the first, his players won two straight fouls and a few seconds later Mike Batiste took the ball in the center of the paint with Siskaouska on his back but he didn't manage to score..

-Panathinaikos manage to cut Milos Teodosic (and the other Russians creators, Shved and Khryapa) from CSKA's team offence. Obradovic start the game with his two main creators (Diamantidis & Saras) in the same lineup, hitting the opponent straight in the heart, with Maric and Batiste scoring in the center of the paint. Coach Kazlauskas changed his defence at the second quarter by using ''switches'' against the Greens's pick'n roll offence. As a result Panathinaikos scored only 5 points on this period. The second half was a true battle. Zots didn't used stagger or cross screens for Diamantidis and put him on the wing to run a side pick'n roll offence. The Russians found solutions from the offensive boards and Andrey Kirilenko, who was every were on the court. Although AK-47 was the catalyst of the win, Alexey Shved was CSKA's most poisonous player. From the other side Sarunas Jasikevicious was amazing, putting another legendary performance on the final four's books.




Vassilis Spanoulis of Olympiacos Piraeus, Final Four MVP - by Eurobasket News

Vassilis Spanoulis (193-G-82, agency: Beo Basket), the man who led the Reds throughout the season and was elected as a member of the All-Euroleague First Team on Saturday, added a new accolade to his collection with the Final Four MVP trophy, his second after 2009.

CSKA Moscow, Olympiacos combine for defensive mark
The intensity of the start of the 2012 Turkish Airlines Euroleague championship game was evidenced by the great play of both defenses. And when the opening quarter finished with CSKA Moscow leading Olympiacos 10-7, a new record had been established for the lowest point total in a single quarter in Final Four history. The previous record was barely 48 hours old. CSKA teamed with Panathinaikos for just 22 points in the second quarter of their semifinal game on Friday.

Courtesy of Euroleague



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  FRANCE   

Standings - N1

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

Quarter-Finals: Round 1

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



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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. Wood, ALBA15.3 
 5. Swann, Ratiopharm15.3 
 6. Jonusas, Phoenix14.8 
 7. Ensminger, Teleko.14.6 
 8. Bryant, Ratiopharm14.6 
 9. Carter, Phoenix14.5 
 10. Peavy, Art.Dragons14.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 John BRYANT
  Ratiopharm
  (208-C-87)
  Avg: 9.1
 1. Bryant, Ratiopharm9.1 
 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, Ratiopharm6.6 
 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. Gibson, Fraport SKY1.4 
 6. Bernard, LTi 46ers1.4 
 7. Holston, Art.Drag.1.4 
 8. Redding, Walter T.1.4 
 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. Bryant, Ratiopharm1.3 
 7. Slaughter, Brose B.1.2 
 8. Pleiss, Brose B.1.2 
 9. King, Art.Dragons1.1 
 10. Chubb, EWE Baske.0.9 


Dane Watts (ratiopharm Ulm) We Are Not Comfortable Until We Reach The Next Round - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

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

A big 96-94 win in Braunschweig. Is the difference between 1-1 and 2-0 like night and day for a professional basketball player?

We are happy to be 2-0 instead of 1-1, it was a tough win in Braunschweig but we got it done. Knowing that all our energy and effort on Sunday can advance us to the next round is a big motivator.

The first half was high scoring but no team could really escape out on a run as the Phantoms had a 51-47 lead. What did thorsten Leibenath tell the team to do better in the third quarter?

That our defensive intensity needed to pick up, they were out-rebounding us and getting all the loose balls.

His words must have done wonders since the team pounded the Phantoms with 29 points. What was key for getting the lead?

We had been sharing the ball well all game but we got the lead because we were able to put a few stops together.

German national player Per Guenther was the hero drawing a foul with 5 seconds to win the game. Describe the last play and the steel of nerves that ratiopharm Ulm had?

It was a big play in crunch-time, he did a good job of sliding his feet and cutting in front of Greer to get the stop.

ratiopharm have the comfortable 2-0 series lead and a home game in game three. How easily will the team be able to block out the 2-0 lead and win the series?

We are not comfortable until we are moving to the next round. It is nice that we are at home and know that this game can advance us to the 2nd round.

Has there been any NBA basketball player with more bad luck then Greg Oden? He says that he will miss the 2012-213 season?

He has had a tough go, but can't be too mad because he has made millions without logging many minutes.

Were you surprised that the Indiana Pacers got past the Orlando Magic?

No, Indiana is a good team and without Dwight the Magic were out-matched.

Would Patrick Ewing be a fine fit as coach with the Bobcats?

I don't think they could get much worse than this season, there aren't too many opportunities for post players turned coaches in the NBA so we will see if he gets a shot.

Thanks Dane for the chat.





Ratiopharm became the first Semifinalist - by Eurobasket News

Ratiopharm - NY Phantoms 85-76 (3-0)

The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 28-15. But New Yorker Phantoms won third quarter 24-18. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. ratiopharm Ulm made 22-of-27 free shots (81.5 percent) during the game, while New Yorker Phantoms only scored six points from the stripe. It was a great evening for American center John Bryant (208-87, college: Santa Clara) who led his team to a victory scoring 15 points and 7 rebounds. His fellow American import forward Dane Watts (203-86, agency: Pro One Sports) helped adding 13 points and 9 rebounds. Five ratiopharm Ulm players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was Nigerian-American point guard Michael Umeh (188-84, college: UNLV, agency: Two Points) with 23 points and 5 rebounds and American guard Immanuel McElroy (193-80, college: Cincinnati) scored 9 points and 6 assists. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest.
Top scorers:
Ratiopharm: P.Guenther 18+5ast, J.Bryant 15+7reb+1ast, I.Swann 13+4reb+3ast, D.Watts 13+9reb+1ast, S.Esterkamp 11+7reb, K.Nankivil 10+2reb+1ast
NY Phantoms: M.Umeh 23+5reb+1ast, B.Jorovic 11+6reb+2ast, L.Greer 10+2reb+2ast, I.McElroy 9+4reb+6ast, K.Visser 8+1reb, N.Schneiders 6+6reb+1ast
gschID: 176492


Art.Dragons - B.Muenchen 83-67 (2-1)

The game was mostly controlled by Artland Dragons. Bayern Muenchen managed to win fourth quarter 25-21. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Artland Dragons made 19-of-25 free shots (76.0 percent) during the game. Artland Dragons outrebounded Bayern Muenchen 42-29 including a 31-20 advantage in defensive rebounds. Worth to mention a quality performance of American swingman Anthony Hilliard (193-86, college: Elizabeth City) who helped to win the game recording 20 points and 6 rebounds. His fellow American import center Darren Fenn (208-80, college: Canisius, agency: Limelight Hoops) helped adding 18 points and 7 rebounds. Four Artland Dragons players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was American-Bulgarian center Jared Homan (206-83, college: Iowa St.) with 10 points and 8 rebounds and American guard Je'Kel Foster (191-83, college: Ohio St.) scored 15 points and 5 rebounds. Bayern Muenchen's coach rotated ten players seeing no chance for a win.
Top scorers:
Art.Dragons: A.Hilliard 20+6reb+1ast, D.Fenn 18+7reb, B.Bailey 14+1reb+5ast, B.Thomas 10+2reb+3ast, A.Hess 9+3reb, J.Strasser 6+2reb+2ast
B.Muenchen: J.Foster 15+5reb+1ast, J.Homan 10+8reb+3ast, J.Jagla 10+4reb, B.Doreth 9+1reb, S.Hamann 8+3ast, C.Troutman 7+8reb+1ast
gschID: 176489


ALBA - s.Oliver Baskets 84-91 (1-2)

The guests trailed by 2 points at the halftime before their 48-39 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. s Oliver Baskets made 32-of-40 free shots (80.0 percent) during the game. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. 27 personal fouls committed by ALBA Berlin helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was American point guard John Little (180-84, college: N.Iowa) who scored 20 points and 8 rebounds. The former international swingman Alex King (200-85, agency: Pro One Sports) chipped in 17 points. Little is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. s Oliver Baskets' coach John Patrick used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the other side the best for losing team was American guard DaShaun Wood (185-85, college: Wright St.) who recorded 20 points and 7 assists and the other American import forward Derrick Allen (203-80, college: Mississippi, agency: Pro One Sports) added 19 points (perfect from the field making all seven shots !!!) respectively. Five s Oliver Baskets and four ALBA Berlin players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
s.Oliver Baskets: J.Little 20+8reb+2ast, A.King 17+4reb+1ast, C.Kramer 13+4reb+5ast, R.Tomaszek 12+3reb+2ast, J.Boone 11+7reb+1ast, M.Kleber 5+1reb
ALBA: D.Wood 20+4reb+7ast, D.Allen 19+2reb+1ast, Y.Idbihi 17+2reb+2ast, B.Taylor 14+6reb, H.Schaffartzik 8+1reb+4ast, T.Francis 4+1reb
gschID: 176490


Brose Baskets - Telekom Baskets 102-92 (2-1)

The game was mostly controlled by Brose Baskets. Telekom Baskets was better in fourth quarter 29-27. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Brose Baskets shot 60.4 percent from the field. They shot the lights out from three nailing 15 long-distance shots on high 75.0 percentage. Brose Baskets players were unselfish on offense dishing 23 assists. Telekom Baskets were plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a good game for international power forward Tibor Pleiss (214-89) who led his team to a victory with 18 points and 8 rebounds (perfect from the field making all six shots). American forward Anthony Leon Tucker (198-85, college: Texas) contributed with 18 points for the winners. Brose Baskets' coach Chris Fleming allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American forward Tony Gaffney (204-84, college: Massachusetts) answered with 22 points and 6 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) and Lithuanian guard Benas Veikalas (192-83, college: Metro St.) added 21 points in the effort for Telekom Baskets. Five Brose Baskets and four Telekom Baskets players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Brose Baskets: A.Leon Tucker 18+3reb+3ast, T.Pleiss 18+8reb+1ast, J.Jenkins 17, A.Gavel 14+2reb+5ast, P.Suput 12+6reb+2ast, K.Tadda 10+1reb+1ast
Telekom Baskets: T.Gaffney 22+6reb+2ast, B.Veikalas 21+4reb+2ast, S.Serapinas 19+3reb+1ast, C.Ensminger 16+4reb+1ast, T.Battle 7+2ast, J.Jordan 6+5reb+12ast
gschID: 176491



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  GREECE   

Standings - A1

A1 Standings
 1. Olympiacos 23-1 
 2. Panathinaikos 22-2 
 3. Kolossos 16-8 
 4. AGOR 15-9 
 5. Panionios 14-10 
 6. Kavala 13-11 
 7. Aris 11-13 
 8. PAOK 10-14 
 9. KAOD 9-15 
 10. Ikaros 8-16 
 11. Ilysiakos 7-17 
 12. Peristeri GS 7-17 
 13. Marousi 1-23 

Finals: Round 1

FINALS

May. 17: Olympiacos - Panathinaikos

Third place

May. 12: Panionios - Kolossos 81-64
May. 9: Kolossos - Panionios 71-68
May. 16: Kolossos - Panionios


2012 Euroleague Awards Ceremony - by Diamadis Farmakis

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. Two Greek players were members of the All-Euroleague First Team and a player of a Greek team, in the All-Euroleague Second Team.

Dimitris Diamantidis (196-G-80) and Vassilis Spanoulis (193-G-82, agency: Beo Basket) were honored in the All-Euroleague First Team, while Mike Batiste (Panathinaikos) was selected in the Best Second Team.

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 with Panathinaikos..

Spanoulis, is a Turkish Ailines Euroleague champion and Final Four MVP with Panathinaikos in 2009 and he is curently in his second season with the ''Reds'' of Olympiacos.

The other three members of the First Team were, Nenad Krstic, Andrei Kirilenko and Erazem Lorbek.

***CSKA Moscows Andrei Kirilenko 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



Beware of Greeks - Short report on the outcome of CSKA vs Greeks the last 7 years. - by Chris Mammides

The Russians of the CSKA Moscow have become the best clients for the Greek teams in the Euroleague session. The last seven years the Russians have been losing all the games of the final four in Euroleague, wether for Semi Finals, Finals of even the 3rd and 4th position.
All these started back in the period 2004-2005 on the 8th of May, and in a game which took place in Moscow, in a run and gun game, Panathinaikos beat the team of CSKA in a not so importnat (other than prestige) game with 94-91. The Russians ended at the 4th position in theri home court. Mike Batiste was the Top scorer with his 28 points and 10 rebounds followed by Ibrahim Kutluay with 19 points.

Two years after, at the finals in Athens, on the 6th of May, 2007 the same pair of teams (CSKA and Panathinaikos) played against each other for the big trophy, the result was 93-91 for the Greens with Siskauskas being the top scorer with 20 points followed by Tomasevic who scored 16 while from CSKA the amazing game by Theodoros Papaloukas (23 points and 8 assists) was not enough for the Russians to beat the Greeks.

Two years after, this time in Berlin on the 3rd of May, 2009 in another European Final, the two teams, Panathinaikos vs CSKA are playing against each other with the Greens beating another one time and in another one final the Russians with 73-71 with Top scorers being Antonis Fotsis and Vassilis Spanoulis with 13 points per head, while from the CSKA J.R. Holden was the top scorer with 14 followed by the ex Green Siskauskas with 13 points.

Today, the 13th of May, 2012 CSKA Moscow lost another one European final, after beating its bad Demon Panathinaikos lost against the theoretically weakest team of four, Olympiakos Piraeus with 62-61 and becomes the second team after Panathinaikos to cut the dreams of the Russians for the European trophy. Kostas Papanikolaou (204-F-90) is the top scorer with 18 points followed by Spanoulis with 15 points,


And the Greek nightmare for CSKA Moscow continues.......



2012 Euroleague Final Four: Semifinals analysis - by Dimitris Katsionis

After two very tight games CSKA Moscow and Olympiakos will battle for the big trophy today. Let's see the semifinals key points..

Lethal bite..

-Olympiakos went out to play intensity basketball. Spanoulis was very aggressive. Coach Pasqual had a different approach to Spanoulis defence in compare to Montepaschi's Simone Pianigiani, who tried to 'straggle' him by denying the ball and cut Spanoulis's drives with lots of helps from every player. Barcelona defend Greek star isolating him and his screener on 2 against 2 situations. As a result Spanoulis found a lot of room to score and create.

-Dusan Ivkovic used a lot pick 'n roll offence from the top of his offence with Spanoulis as main creator, defend Barcelona's offence with switches (as Pasqual's froncourt has the same body type with Andersen and Lavrinovic) and played 'under' when Huertas and Sada were asking for a screen, risking their 3 point shot.

-Barcelona was sluggish, without passion and true willingness. Collecting 10 more boards (including 8 more offensives rebounds) in 65-70 point game is a big advantage and you have to play really bad to lose. Pete Michael and Chuck Eidson combined for 1/12 FG with Michael seeing on his personal opponent, Kostas Papanikolaou, the power and the energy the American used to have himself the good old days..

-Barcelona's had a big offensives problem against a team that kept at least one defender in front of the ball for 24'' at every possession. As a result, the injured Juan Carlos Navarro was the only one who try to put really pressure on Olympiakos's defence.

-I was impressed by the fact that the Spanish team didn't risk to foul Joy Dorsey on purpose, the last couple of minutes.. Both Dorsey and Kyle Hines have low percentages from the charity line..

Downfall..

In front of big changes in the club's administration, Zeliko Obradovic's Panathinaikos maybe played it's last final four on the competition. However, today president Thanasis Giannakopoulos claimed that he is really mad and wants to keep the team's management for at least another year to return on the top..

-Dimitris Diamantidis is proven one of Euroleague's best clutch players but with 1/9 3PT's all night, he hesitated to take the winning shot. The truth is that 3D tried to run Obradovic's last play all the way targeting a Saras's shot from the corner. That was the order..

-Coach Obradovic proved why is the master of the tactic in European basketball and clearly the best coach today, controlling the tempo of the game but he was ''betrayed'' from his own ''stable'', players that never make mistakes on those close games. Read this..

DETAIL: Driven by the statistical, Obradovic's Panathinaikos is the team with the most successful plays right after a time out. That means, concentration and a lot of work on practice. Obradovic took 3 time outs on the game's last 90''. After the first, his players won two straight fouls and a few seconds later Mike Batiste took the ball in the center of the paint with Siskaouska on his back but he didn't manage to score..

-Panathinaikos manage to cut Milos Teodosic (and the other Russians creators, Shved and Khryapa) from CSKA's team offence. Obradovic start the game with his two main creators (Diamantidis & Saras) in the same lineup, hitting the opponent straight in the heart, with Maric and Batiste scoring in the center of the paint. Coach Kazlauskas changed his defence at the second quarter by using ''switches'' against the Greens's pick'n roll offence. As a result Panathinaikos scored only 5 points on this period. The second half was a true battle. Zots didn't used stagger or cross screens for Diamantidis and put him on the wing to run a side pick'n roll offence. The Russians found solutions from the offensive boards and Andrey Kirilenko, who was every were on the court. Although AK-47 was the catalyst of the win, Alexey Shved was CSKA's most poisonous player. From the other side Sarunas Jasikevicious was amazing, putting another legendary performance on the final four's books.




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  GUYANA   


NCBL to storm Guyana - by Eurobasket News

In an effort to create more awareness and regenerate interest in local basketball, the minds that are responsible for the super-successful Inter-Ward Basketball Championships, will be launching the National Community Basketball League (NCBL).


Speaking to Kaieteur Sport yesterday, the Coordinators, Kwame Mentore and Robert Bobby Cadogan, indicated that the League will be launched soon with the aim of concluding around June month end with a mega superstar basketball event featuring NBA players.


We have teamed up with GuyEnterprise to embrace what Bobby has been doing with basketball. We are taking it to a next level because we have an objective and a passion for basketball. We want to give back to the communities, Mentore said.


The whole objective is to develop the sport at a community level and the infrastructure of basketball in Guyana. We are looking to start working on a court in Albouystown. All that we are doing is in an effort to raise the revenue to start working on that court, he added.


Mentore said that each community will benefit from the League with the goal of resuscitating basketball at that level while unearthing new talent. He believes that going back to communities is the right way to have a fixed development programme for the sport.


He noted that upon the completion of the NCBL, there will be a gala event with NBA players coming to conduct clinics and camps within the communities. According to Mentore, who has LinkUp Media, the aim is to re-energise local basketball in a major way.


NBA players coming to Guyana for the first time will inspire some of the youngsters.Its to revive the sport where the talent really is. LinkUp Media and GuyEnterprise is adding their stamp on it in such a way that it will be of a high standard, Mentore continued.


He said that there will be All-Star Dancers, TV programmes, live games and other facets to add an international image to the event. He committed to hosting an impressive event and is optimistic that the inaugural NCBL will create history in Guyana.


Cadogan, who is responsible for hosting the Inter-Ward tournament, indicated that the first NCBL will feature teams from the East Bank, East Coast, Georgetown, Linden and Berbice with the top two teams from each community advancing to the quarter-finals.


According to Cadogan, the knockout round begins at the quarterfinal stage. With this being the first season of this League, we went for the more established basketball-playing areas to create the awareness. We will expand our reach in the future, he said.


Cadogan indicated that the NCBL will be a breath of fresh air for basketball in Guyana and will create the right impetus for players to become more active in the sport. He is of the view that the NCBL is what basketball really needs to aid its development.
Courtesy of: http://www.caribbeanbasketball.com



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  HOLLAND   

Standings - Promotie Divisie

Prom.Divisie Standings
 1. Binnenland 24-2 
 2. Amsterdam 21-5 
 3. De Hoppers 19-7 
 4. Cangeroes 19-7 
 5. Leiden 2 17-9 
 6. Red Giants 15-11 
 7. De Groene 12-14 
 8. Goba 11-15 
 9. Punch 10-16 
 10. Almonte 10-16 
 11. Akrides 9-17 
 12. Rotterdam 2 6-20 
 13. Hoofddorp 6-20 
 14. Jugglers 3-23 


Den Bosch wins in Groningen, joins Leiden in Eredivisie Finals - by Eurobasket News

Semifinals, Game 5: Groningen - Den Bosch 73-74 (2-3)

Decisive Game Seven of Eredivisie Semifinals between Groningen and Den Bocsh just ended. Visitors grabbed 73-74 victory booking a spot for the Finals. There, Den Bosch will meet Leiden. The format is best-of-seven and first game is scheduled for Tuesday. Leiden will have a home court advantage in this series. Groningen was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. The former international guard Rogier Jansen (188-G-84, agency: Court Side) saved the victory by scoring 24 points. American point guard Frank Turner (178-88, college: Canisius, agency: Court Side) contributed with 13 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. American guard Jason Dourisseau (196-83, college: Nebraska) answered with 26 points and 8 rebounds and the other American import power forward Avis Wyatt (211-84, college: Virginia St.) added 12 points, 12 rebounds and 4 blocks in the effort for Groningen. Leiden eliminated Zwolle in the Semis with almost perfect 3-1. They are also the defending champions from the last season. Leiden already won Dutch Cup this year.

Groningen: J.Dourisseau 26+8reb+3ast, A.Wesby 12+4reb+2ast, A.Wyatt 12+12reb+1ast, D.Bell 7+4reb, J.Voorn 7, B.Defares 5+4reb+6ast
Den Bosch: R.Jansen 24+1reb+3ast, F.Turner 13+5reb+1ast, T.Wesley 9+8reb+2ast, S.Wessels 9+6reb+1ast, K.Akerboom 9+4reb, J.van der List 6



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  HUNGARY   

Standings - B Division

B Division Standings
East
 1. Salgotarjani 17-3 
 2. EKF Hesz Gep. 16-4 
 3. MTK Torokbalint 15-5 
 4. Bajai FKE 13-7 
 5. Kecskemeti Foi. 11-9 
 6. EnterNet Vas. 9-11 
 7. Nagykorosi 9-11 
 8. Phoenix KK 7-13 
 9. DEAC 6-14 
 10. Obudai 6-14 
 11. Szerencs 1-19 
West
 1. Kanizsa 17-5 
 2. Bonyhadi 16-6 
 3. PTE-PEAC PVSK 15-7 
 4. SMAFC-NYME 15-7 
 5. Gyorszol 14-8 
 6. Veszpremi 14-8 
 7. Bp. Honved 12-10 
 8. TF Budapest 11-11 
 9. MAFC 8-14 
 10. Ceragem 5-17 
 11. Treff 4-18 
 12. FKSZC-Sarvar 1-21 


Falco-Szova eliminates Kormend, advances to Playoff Finals - by Eurobasket News

MJUS-Fortress Kormend - Falco-Szova KC Szombathely 60-63

Falco-Szova did a great job tonight against Kormend. They grabbed 60-63 road victory closing the series with almost perfect 3-1. It means that Falco advanced to the Finals, where they will meet Szolnok. The format is best-of-five and first game is scheduled for Wednesday. Falco was the regular season champion and will have a home court advantage in this series. Szolnok is the defending champ. Chad Timberlake (194-G-84, college: Fair Dickinson) top-scored for Falco tonight with 18 points. Djordje Pantelic (204-F-84) had 12 points and Laszlo Kalman (186-G-72, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group) helped with one less. Rashad Bell (201-F-82, college: Boston U.) responded with 16 points for the hosts and Csaba Ferencz (194-G-85, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group) had 15. Darian Townes (208-F/C-84) stopped to 11 pts. Falco exploded in the last ten minutes to take this crucial victory. Quarters: 13-7, 14-22, 19-12, 14-22. Before Kormend, Falco eliminated Soproni with 3-2 in the Quarterfinals.

Kormend: Rujak 2, Nemeth 6, Csaba Ferencz 15, Rashad Bell 16, Darian Townes 11, Cseh 2, Fodor G. 5, Mladenovic, Eilingsfeld.
Falco: Laszlo Kalman 11, Simon L. 9, Chad Timberlake 18, Szabo Zs. 5, Djordje Pantelic 12, Harazin, Will 5, Szanati.



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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. 2-8 
 9. L.Angeles L. 1-0 
 10. Springfield E. 1-8 
 11. St.Louis T. 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.



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Standings

IBL Standings
Branding
 1. Jersey G-F 2-3 
 2. Orlando V. 2-5 
 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 6

May. 12: Jersey G-F - Orlando V. 127-105
May. 12: Vancouver V. - Portland C. 119-122
May. 12: Olympia R. - Bellingham S. 101-130

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


1-1 for Jersey G-Force in first home games - by Gianni Pascucci

The Jersey G-Force hosted the first home game of its young history on Friday 11 night, falling to the Orlando Venom, 126-121 at Bergen Community College. Two guards led the G-Force in losing effort: Devon Young (6'3''-G/F-89, college: Felician) with 32 points and David Seagers (6'2''-G) with 31.
Orlando claimed its biggest lead of the contest after swingman David Wood (6'2''-G-86, college: Palm Beach Atl.) banged a triple at the start of the final frame, extending its advantage to nine points, 92-83. The G-Force then responded by picking up the pace on defense and riding the offensive momentum of Young. Following back-to-back steals on the inbound pass by Seagers and Boone, accompanied by some clutch free throws from center Sam Wallace (6'10''-C-85, college: Elizabeth City), the home team reclaimed the edge on the scoreboard, 96-95.
The momentum continued to swing back-and-forth as the fourth frame passed, but the visiting side would eventually get the better of the exchange. After Orlando retook the lead with two minutes to go, the G-Force battled to close the gap, but time would expire before it could accomplish that feat. When the final seconds ticked off the clock, a tally of 126-121 in favor of the Venom showed on the scoreboard.
The night after, the Jersey G-Force took the revenge, taking a 127-105 victory over the Orlando Venom, again at Bergen Community College.
Guard David Seagers led the way for the hosts with 27 points, but the entire G-Force squad put together a great collective team effort in the win. The other best perforemrs were for the home team big men Lawrence Felder (6'9''-F/C-76, college: Salem Intern.) and Cody Boone (6'9''-F/C, college: Seton Hill) and D-League veteran Delroy James (6'8''-F-87, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices, college: Rhode Island)



Green's big night gives Olympia the blues - by Kip Leonetti

Rookie forward Jeremy Green (6'6''-F, college: St.Martin's) had a breakout effort for the Bellingham Slam as they defeated the Olympia Reign, 130-101, in International Basketball League play at the Little Creek Casino Events Center on Saturday.

The Slam, building off their solid finish at home against Vancouver on Friday, came out strong and built up an 11-point lead after the first quarter, at 29-18, thanks in part to three late buckets by Green.

The Slam didn't waver in the second quarter, and with a 58-45 halftime lead the Slam looked well on their way to victory until Olympia scored the third quarter's first eight points to trim the deficit to five. But the Reign's defense collapsed after that, allowing 33 points from the Slam in the final six minutes of the period as they stretched the lead to 30, at 102-72.

Bellingham was able to further the lead to 39 midway through the fourth quarter before Olympia reined the margin back into the twenties, but they never seriously contended the rest of the way.

Bellingham was paced by game and season highs from Green, who finished with 28 points and 12 rebounds. Guard Paul Hafford (6'4''-G-84, college: Portland St.) posted 25 points on the strength of seven three-pointers, while forward Zach Henifin (6'5''-F-88, college: W.Washington) and guard Morris Anderson (6'3''-G, college: W.Washington) each had 19.

Olympia was unable to ride the momentum generated from an overtime victory over Salem on Friday night. Six players scored in double figures for the Reign, led by 17 points from forward Nicholas Moore (6'7''-F/C, college: Evergreen St.), who also led his team with 11 rebounds.

The Slam return to Bellingham on Friday, May 18 for a match-up with the Edmonton Energy. A 7 p.m. tip-off is set for Whatcom Pavilion.



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Standings - 1 Division

D1 Standings
 1. KFI 17-1 
 2. Hamar 12-5 
 3. Skallagrimur 12-5 
 4. Hottur 11-7 
 5. IA 9-9 
 6. Breidablik 9-9 
 7. Thor AK 7-11 
 8. FSU 7-11 
 9. IG 4-14 
 10. Armann 2-16 



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ASEAN League: Warriors overcome Slingers - by Eurobasket News

Singapore Slingers - Indonesia Warriors 85:92

Indonesia Warriors completed the ASEAN League regular season on a high note. They defeated Singapore Slingers on the road to improve at 12-9 record in the third position in the ladder. The Slingers fell at 9-12 record outside playoff zone.
The hosts opened the game strongly. They stayed ahead throughout the first half. The Slingers piled up a 48:45 halftime lead. The Warriors however took over after the big break. They cut the deficit and eventually surged ahead for a 2-point advantage. The visitors knocked down 25 points in the fourth stanza to celebrate the victory. Evan Brock (204-F-84, college: Alabama) came up with 22 points and 11 rebounds for the Warriors. Stanley Pringle (184-PG-87, college: Penn St.) added 21 points in the victory. Graham Louis (205-F/C-84) answered with 34 points for the Slingers. Jeffers Kyle (207-C-85, college: Oregon St.) posted 17 points and 12 rebounds in the loss.

Singapore Slingers: Graham Louis 34, Jeffers Kyle 17+12 boards
Indonesia Warriors: Evan Brock 22+11 boards, Stanley Pringle 21, Steve Thomas (204-C/F-81, college: Middle Tenn.St.) 20



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Standings - EBS Division I

Division 1 Standings
Group A
 1. Ballon 14-1 
 2. Titans BC 11-4 
 3. Maree 9-5 
 4. Ballina 4-9 
 5. Portlaoise 3-10 
Group B
 1. St.Mary's 11-3 
 2. Blue Demons 6-7 
 3. Kilkenny 6-7 
 4. Neptune 3-10 
 5. St.Brendan 1-12 



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Loto League Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Adrian BANKS
  Elitzur .
  (191-G-86)
  Avg: 21.5
 1. Banks, Elitzur21.5 
 2. Landesberg, Macca.20.7 
 3. Carter, Bnei H.20.7 
 4. Crawford, Maccab.19.3 
 5. Lewis, Hapoel Holon18.8 
 6. Dunn, Bnei Hashar.18.2 
 7. Asbury, Elitzur18.0 
 8. Travis, Galil Gilb.17.9 
 9. Carter, Maccabi17.6 
 10. Freeman, B.C. H.16.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Isaac ROSEFELT
  Bnei H.
  (205-C/F-85)
  Avg: 9.3
 1. Rosefelt, Bnei H.9.3 
 2. Dunston, Hapoel H.9.2 
 3. Tyus, Maccabi8.3 
 4. Duncan, Maccabi8.2 
 5. Bowman, Maccabi7.9 
 6. Uter, Maccabi7.6 
 7. Asbury, Elitzur7.6 
 8. Killingswort., Iro.7.2 
 9. Dowell, B.C. H.7.2 
 10. Kitchen, Maccabi7.1 
Assists Per Game
 Meir TAPIRO
  Maccabi .
  (192-PG-75)
  Avg: 7.5
 1. Tapiro, Maccabi7.5 
 2. Roth, Hapoel Holon7.5 
 3. Carter, Bnei H.7.1 
 4. Ohayon, Maccabi4.9 
 5. Mitchell, Ironi A.4.8 
 6. Thomas, Galil Gilb.4.8 
 7. Lifshitz, Elitzu.4.7 
 8. Delaney, B.C. H.4.3 
 9. Naimy, Hapoel J-M4.1 
 10. Limonad, Ironi A.3.9 
Steals Per Game
 Eric CAMPBELL
  Elitzu.
  (199-F-76)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Campbell, Elitzu.1.9 
 2. Kitchen, Maccabi1.9 
 3. Lifshitz, Elitzu.1.8 
 4. Ben-Chimol, Maccab.1.8 
 5. Yavzuri, Galil Gil.1.8 
 6. Delaney, B.C. H.1.7 
 7. Ohayon, Maccabi1.7 
 8. Robinson, B.C. H.1.7 
 9. Roth, Hapoel Holon1.7 
 10. Limonad, Ironi A.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Shawn JAMES
  Maccabi T-A
  (208-C-83)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. James, Maccabi T-A2.1 
 2. Dunston, Hapoel H.1.8 
 3. Uter, Maccabi1.5 
 4. Randle, Hapoel J-M1.4 
 5. Hendrix, Maccabi1.3 
 6. Tyus, Maccabi1.3 
 7. Rosefelt, Bnei H.1.0 
 8. Campbell, Elitzu.1.0 
 9. Bowman, Maccabi0.9 
 10. Sullivan, Hapoel0.9 


Standings - National League

National League Stage Two Standings
Play-Off
 1. Hapoel T-A 22-4 
 2. Macc.B.Yaakov 20-6 
 3. Elitzur Yavne 18-8 
 4. Ironi Nes-Ziona 15-11 
 5. Hapoel Afula 14-12 
 6. Kiryat Tivon 13-13 
 7. Hod Hasharon 13-13 
 8. Ironi Ramat Gan 12-14 
Relegation Group
 1. Elitzur Ramla 11-13 
 2. Ironi Nahariya 11-16 
 3. Ironi K-A 11-16 
 4. Hapoel K/S 10-17 
 5. Hapoel Y/M 8-19 
 6. Lev Hasharon 7-20 
Stage One Standings

Finals: Round 3

May. 13: Hapoel T-A - Macc.B.Yaakov 85-65


Stats Leaders - National League

Points Per Game
 Errick MCCOLLUM
  Hapoel K.
  (185-G-88)
  Avg: 24.3
 1. McCollum, Hapoel K.24.3 
 2. Sanders, Hapoel Y.23.1 
 3. Miller, Macc.B.Y.22.8 
 4. Clinch, Lev H.22.7 
 5. Daniel, Ironi K-A22.7 
 6. Hall, Macc.B.Y.21.2 
 7. Ginyard, Ironi N.21.2 
 8. Laing, Elitzur Yav.21.1 
 9. Clemente, Kiryat T.21.0 
 10. Bet-Yosef, Macc..20.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ramon CLEMENTE
  Kiryat T.
  (200-PF-85)
  Avg: 14.6
 1. Clemente, Kiryat T.14.6 
 2. Thondique, Hapoel13.2 
 3. Reynolds, Lev H.12.1 
 4. Turner, Hapoel Y/M11.1 
 5. Moses, Hapoel K/S10.3 
 6. Webb, Ironi R.9.3 
 7. Blair, Ironi N.9.3 
 8. Bacon, Elitzur Ram.9.2 
 9. Daniel, Ironi K-A8.9 
 10. Traimel, Ironi N.8.9 
Assists Per Game
 Ilan NANIKASHVILI
  Ironi K.
  (187-G-79)
  Avg: 7.9
 1. Nanikashvili, Iron.7.9 
 2. Berkowitz, Elitzu.7.1 
 3. Bannister, Ironi R.6.7 
 4. Sukar, Hod Hashar.6.6 
 5. Eliyahu, Ironi N.6.3 
 6. Assaf, Ironi N.5.2 
 7. Bet-Yosef, Macc.B.5.2 
 8. Rub, Lev Hasharon5.1 
 9. Gonzalez, Hod H.4.9 
 10. Golan, Elitzur Ya.3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Nate MILLER
  Macc.B.Y.
  (193-G-87)
  Avg: 3
 1. Miller, Macc.B.Y.3.0 
 2. Hofman, Elitzur2.8 
 3. Bet-Yosef, Macc.B.2.8 
 4. Benn, Ironi N.2.6 
 5. Sanders, Hapoel Y.2.4 
 6. Eliyahu, Ironi N.2.3 
 7. Gonzalez, Hod H.2.3 
 8. McCollum, Hapoel K.2.2 
 9. Berkowitz, Elitzu.2.0 
 10. Davidi, Ironi R.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Lenny DANIEL
  Ironi K-A
  (203-F-87)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Daniel, Ironi K-A2.3 
 2. Kelly, Hapoel T-A2.2 
 3. Johnson, Hod H.2.0 
 4. Blair, Ironi N.1.8 
 5. Reynolds, Lev H.1.5 
 6. Webb, Ironi R.1.4 
 7. Thondique, Hapoel1.4 
 8. Clemente, Kiryat T.1.4 
 9. Bacon, Elitzur Ram.1.3 
 10. Naor, Hapoel T-A1.0 


Standings - Artzit (D3)

Artzit Standings
Group North
 1. Maccabi K/B 20-3 
 2. Hap.Kazrin 20-3 
 3. Maccabi Raanana 18-5 
 4. Macc.Hadera 14-10 
 5. Elitzur Yair 14-10 
 6. Maccabi K/M 13-10 
 7. Hapoel Tiberias 11-13 
 8. Wingate Acad. 10-13 
 9. Maccabi R/H 10-13 
 10. Maccabi Haifa 2 9-15 
 11. Hapoel Migd.H. 7-16 
 12. Hapoel Miilia 5-18 
 13. Hapoel E/I 1-22 
Group South
 1. Maccabi K/G 20-1 
 2. R.Hasharon 18-3 
 3. Hapoel Eilat 16-5 
 4. Maccabi Ged. 13-8 
 5. Hapoel B/T 11-10 
 6. Macc.Rehovot 9-11 
 7. Ironi Ashk. 2 9-12 
 8. Maccabi P/T 7-14 
 9. Hapoel H/A 7-14 
 10. Maccabi Modiin 6-15 
 11. Hap.FL Jerus. 6-15 
 12. Hapoel Lod 3-17 


Can we bring history to Ashkelon? Final Four? #playoffs - by Tony Skinn


Whats up everybody? I am finally feeling motivated to write a new blog. Although the season is nearing its end, the current moment is what it's all about. When the season starts, you go to practice after practice, run sprint after sprint, play game after game just to arrive to the playoffs with the hopes of accomplishing a chip. Back in October when our record was 6-1,if you would have asked me would we be a top 4 team or would we be in the final four (semis), I would have told you 'of course', and you would have agreed. Now add a couple injuries, a few losses and a record that has drastically changed, but still top 6, I am grateful to be in this position. We all knew going into the first round of playoffs against a team like Maccabi Rishon would not be easy, and had we taken a vote critics may say we would be done in the first round. Now fastforward to Game 4 which is exactly 36 hours away from this moment and we hold the key to send the favorite packing. The series is best out of 5, and we managed to take the first 2 games before failing to sweep them Thursday night on thier home court. Now at 2-1, we have a chance to bring the final four to Ashkelon for the first time in the history of them playing in the Premier league. I'll be the 1st to admit it's been a long season and for a stretch a very frustrating season for me individually. However, as a pro you learn from your ups and you learn from your downs. I've definetly learned from my downs and i know its made me a much better player. Every Basketball situation is never gonna be the same and how you handle it makes or breaks you. In this case it made me, and like I've said my whole life, I wouldn't change a thing. Ironically, I'm now in a situation to turn my nightmare into a great thing, we are one win away from fighting for a championship and the feeling is great! Winning never gets old, no matter what happens in the game, once that buzzer goes off and your victorious the feeling is indescribable. It's May and I do miss my family and the perks of being stateside, but for just 2 more weeks they will have to wait and my stomach will have to as well. Playing for what you work so hard for is why we love the game so much. Hope I don't leave anyone reading this with any suspense....but then again if I'm eager to play you gotta be eager to know the outcome...until Sunday night.....keep it cool my peoples.....and Go OKC!!!
Tony Skinn (185-G-83, college: George Mason)



Hapoel Holon and Maccabi Ashdod reach the semis - by Eurobasket News

Maccabi Rishon - Ironi Ashkelon 85-81 (2-2)

Ironi Ashkelon was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. The winners were led by American guard Derwin Kitchen (193-86, college: Florida St., agency: VVG Sports) who scored that evening 21 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) and Jamaican-American power forward Adrian Uter (201-84, college: Hofstra, agency: Gross Zeev ISA) supported him with 20 points and 12 rebounds. Even a double-double of 19 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists by American swingman Dwayne Mitchell (196-82, college: La-Lafayette, agency: Interperformances) did not help to save the game for Ironi Ashkelon. His fellow American import power forward Marco Killingsworth (202-82, college: Indiana, agency: Interperformances) added 13 points and 8 rebounds for lost side. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Ironi Ashkelon: D.Mitchell 19+11reb+5ast, M.Killingsworth 13+8reb, T.Skinn 11+3reb+4ast, R.Limonad 11+4reb, N.Berkowitz 10+5reb+3ast, J.Skeen 9+7reb
Maccabi Rishon: D.Kitchen 21+8reb+5ast, A.Uter 20+12reb+1ast, B.Bowman 12+6reb+1ast, J.Crawford 12+1reb+1ast, N.Hanochi 8+4reb+6ast, A.Ben David 7+2reb+2ast
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Hapoel J-M - Hapoel Holon 64-70 (1-3)

Hapoel J-M was ahead by 1 point at the halftime before a 25-15 third quarter run of Hapoel Holon. Hapoel J-M was plagued by 27 personal fouls down the stretch. Americans were the main players on the court. The winners were led by guard Ron Lewis (193-84, college: Ohio St.) who scored that evening 15 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists and forward Tasmin Mitchell (201-86, college: LSU) supported him with 20 points. Four Hapoel Holon players scored in double figures. Even a double-double of 20 points and 10 rebounds by forward Brian Randle (203-85) did not help to save the game for Hapoel J-M. Guard D.J. Strawberry (196-85, college: Maryland) added 11 points and 6 rebounds for lost side.
Top scorers:
Hapoel J-M: B.Randle 20+10reb+2ast, D.Strawberry 11+6reb, Y.Naimy 10+1reb, R.Bradley 9+5reb, M.Mizrahi 6+1reb, J.Thomas 4+6reb
Hapoel Holon: T.Mitchell 20+4reb, R.Lewis 15+6reb+5ast, P.Sullivan 12+5reb+2ast, M.Roth 11+4reb+6ast, B.Dunston 8+8reb+3ast, O.Shaashoua 2+2ast
gschID: 176498


Galil Gilboa - Maccabi Ashdod 80-82 (1-3)

Galil Gilboa was trailing by 4 points at halftime but managed to get 3-point lead after three quarters before a 23-18 charge of Maccabi Ashdod, which allowed them to win the game. They made 25-of-31 free shots (80.6 percent) during the game. Worth to mention a great performance of American swingman Josh Carter (201-88, college: Texas A&M) who helped to win the game recording 29 points and 7 rebounds and the former international point guard Meir Tapiro (192-75) who added 16 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists (made all of his seven free throws) during the contest. At the losing side American Romeo Travis (200-84, college: Akron) responded with 18 points and his fellow American import point guard Wiliam Hatcher (188-84, college: Miami, OH) scored 16 points and 4 assists. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Galil Gilboa: R.Travis 18+4reb+2ast, W.Hatcher 16+3reb+4ast, D.Yavzuri 14+6reb, C.Fells 13+2reb+4ast, A.Gordon 9+3reb+3ast, I.Kozikaro 6+5reb
Maccabi Ashdod: J.Carter 29+7reb+2ast, M.Tapiro 16+8reb+4ast, I.Iram 16+4reb+1ast, J.Duncan 13+7reb, A.Tyus 5+5reb, D.Hagag 3+2ast
gschID: 176496



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Stats Leaders - Lega2

Points Per Game
 Troy BELL
  S.Antimo
  (186-PG-80)
  Avg: 23.2
 1. Bell, S.Antimo23.2 
 2. Hardy, Giorgio22.9 
 3. Marigney, Givova S.21.2 
 4. Freeman, MarcoPol.20.9 
 5. Voskuil, Morpho B.18.6 
 6. Maggioli, Fileni B.18.5 
 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.8.3 
 3. Jones, Giorgio7.7 
 4. Maggioli, Fileni B.7.7 
 5. Borovnjak, Enel B.7.5 
 6. Baldassarre, Bianc.7.5 
 7. Waleskowski, Tezen.7.4 
 8. Diliegro, Assi Ost.7.1 
 9. Brooks, Fileni BPA6.9 
 10. Brkic, Prima Vero.6.9 
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. McConnell, Fileni3.4 
 6. Whiting, Aget Imola3.4 
 7. Renfroe, Enel B.3.4 
 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. Green, Sigma B.2.5 
 6. Baldassarre, Bianc.2.4 
 7. Robinson, Trenkwal.2.4 
 8. Porta, Tezenis2.3 
 9. Blizzard, Biancobl.2.1 
 10. Campbell, S.Antimo2.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Riccardo CERVI
  Trenkwalder
  (215-C-91)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Cervi, Trenkwalder2.2 
 2. Maggioli, Fileni B.1.7 
 3. Radulovic, Givova0.8 
 4. Thomas, Givova S.0.8 
 5. Brkic, Prima Veroli0.8 
 6. Chiacig, Trenkwald.0.7 
 7. Kotti, Aget Imola0.6 
 8. Zerini, Enel Brind.0.6 
 9. Da Ros, Sigma B.0.6 
 10. Galanda, Giorgi.0.6 


stats leader

Points Per Game
 Bernardo MUSSO
  Napoli
  (192-G-86)
  Avg: 19.2
 1. Musso, Napoli19.2 
 2. Evangelisti, Recan.16.7 
 3. Portannese, Torino16.4 
 4. Poltroneri, Perugia16.2 
 5. Prandin, Casalp.15.2 
 6. Rugolo, San Severo15.1 
 7. Benevelli, Orlandi.14.8 
 8. Tagliabue, Ruvo14.7 
 9. Ferrarese, Castell.14.5 
 10. Mei, Comsum.it SI14.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Emanuele ROSSI
  Chieti
  (208-C-82)
  Avg: 12.8
 1. Rossi, Chieti12.8 
 2. Iannilli, Napoli9.7 
 3. Tagliabue, Ruvo8.8 
 4. Borra, Treviglio8.3 
 5. Baldi Rossi, Perug.8.1 
 6. Benevelli, Orlandi.8.0 
 7. Gandini, Trieste7.9 
 8. Raminelli, Castell.7.7 
 9. Simeoli, Comsum.i.7.6 
 10. Tessitori, Comsum.7.5 
Assists Per Game
 Tommaso MARINO
  Treviglio
  (190-G-86)
  Avg: 4.3
 1. Marino, Treviglio4.3 
 2. Musso, Napoli4.3 
 3. Bertolazzi, Omegna4.1 
 4. Traini, Recanati3.8 
 5. Stanic, Fabriano3.6 
 6. Circosta, Anagni3.5 
 7. Guarino, Ferentino3.4 
 8. Santolamazza, Ana.3.2 
 9. Vico, Matera3.2 
 10. Parente, Torino2.9 
Steals Per Game
 Roberto MAGGIO
  Pavia
  (183-G-90)
  Avg: 3
 1. Maggio, Pavia3.0 
 2. Iardella, Fabriano2.9 
 3. Bertolazzi, Omegna2.9 
 4. Mei, Comsum.it SI2.8 
 5. Rivali, Santarcang.2.8 
 6. Rossi, Chieti2.8 
 7. Portannese, Torino2.7 
 8. Musso, Napoli2.7 
 9. Maiocco, Pavia2.7 
 10. Stanic, Fabriano2.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Andrea CAPITANELLI
  Firenze
  (203-C-86)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Capitanelli, Firen.2.1 
 2. Ancellotti, Santar.1.7 
 3. Borra, Treviglio1.5 
 4. Cazzaniga, Pavia1.1 
 5. Candido, San Seve.1.1 
 6. Pascolo, Trento1.1 
 7. Gandini, Trieste1.0 
 8. Raminelli, Castell.1.0 
 9. Tessitori, Comsum..0.9 
 10. Rossi, Chieti0.9 



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  JAPAN   

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. Burrell, Yokohama.18.6 
 9. White, Oita H.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. Staten, Chiba Jets11.0 
 4. Rickert, Kyoto H.10.9 
 5. Searcy, Toyama G.10.8 
 6. Malloy, Iwate B.10.5 
 7. Mims, Sendai 89ers10.4 
 8. Bell, Osaka Evessa10.2 
 9. Roberts, Shins.10.2 
 10. Burrell, Yokohama.10.2 
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.5.3 
 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. Humphrey, Saitama2.0 
 6. Lyons, Miyazaki SS2.0 
 7. Dixon, Hamamats.1.8 
 8. Klaiber, Iwate B.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. Mims, Sendai 89ers1.6 
 7. Hughes, Shinshu BW1.6 
 8. Marshall, Osaka E.1.6 
 9. McHenry, Okina.1.3 
 10. Moliva, Chiba Jets1.3 


Surging Yokohama continues amazing season, advances to Final Four - by Eurobasket News

By ED ODEVEN
YOKOHAMA Self-assurance has been a recurring theme for the Yokohama B-Corsairs throughout their inaugural season.

They fought the two-time defending champion Hamamatsu Higashimikawa Phoenix to a season-opening loss in overtime back in October, and came back the next day and earned a series split.

They hovered around the .500 mark for several weeks before finding their stride, getting a big boost from key acquisition Draelon Burns and closing the regular season with 22 wins in their last 30 games to post a 31-21 record and earn the Eastern Conference's No. 2 seed for the bj-league playoffs.

And, after outlasting the Akita Northern Happinets on Friday night, they have advanced to next weekend's Final Four at Ariake Colosseum.

It's a stunning accomplishment for a first-year franchise in the 19-team league.

Now they await the winner of the Hamamatsu-Niigata Albirex BB series, which was scheduled to begin on Saturday.

'I am confident in my team, and we are preparing to give ourselves a fighting chance at winning a championship,' Yokohama coach Reggie Geary said recently.

'Obviously, we are very happy,' Geary said in a crammed press room. 'This is a historic day for the B-Corsairs organization.'

Akita defeated Yokohama 82-69 in Game 2 of the high-stakes series before a rowdy crowd of 2,120 at Yokohama Cultural Gymnasium to force a mini-game tiebreaker: two 5-minute periods after a 20-minute intermission. The mini-game ended this way: Yokohama 18, Akita 15.

In Game 2, the Happinets, playing fierce and focused, were led by 22-year-old shooting guard Shigehiro Taguchi's 20-point outburst, four 3s and 8-for-14 shooting from the field. Akita star Ricky Woods (194-F/G-84, college: SE Louisiana) had 18 points and nine rebounds as Yokohama's 10-game winning streak ended.

Power forward Justin Burrell, the 2011-12 MVP as a rookie, paced the B-Corsairs with 21 points and 17 rebounds.

Like he had done a week earlier after a two-point loss to the Sendai 89ers in the series opener, the Northern Happinets' wily bench boss, Kazuo Nakamura, got his players to bounce back in a must-win rematch the next day.

(Akita blitzed Sendai, using an 18-0 run to start the second game and force the tiebreaker.)

Against Yokohama, Akita led 18-16 after one quarter, and held a one-point edge at halftime. The hot-shooting Happinets erupted for 28 third-quarter points, running disciplined sets and moving the offense with precision. Despite trimming the deficit to single digits on a couple occasions late, the hosts fell short.

Burrell, the team's go-to player all season, wouldn't let it happen again. He scored the team's first nine points of the mini-game. In a signature moment highlighting the team's trust in its top scorer, center Chas McFarland (213-C-86, college: Wake Forest)'s lob to his frontcourt mate earned Burrell a trip to the foul line, and he calmly sank two free throws to make it 9-5.

'From day one, when we started practice, I knew JB was an excellent player,' Chas McFarland said, citing what he had learned about Burrell's college career at St. John's. 'He's really led by example and worked hard every day in practice.'

More important, Chas McFarland noted, 'he doesn't let (success) go to his head.'

But as always, the rapid-fire Happinets still had a shot. A Woods layup cut it to 9-7, but B-Corsairs captain Masayuki Kabaya's runner pushed the lead back to four, and moments later Burrell completed a layup-and-one to give Yokohama a 15-9.

Happinets forward Lionel Green's 3-pointer pulled them within 15-12 before Kenji Yamada and Burns sank free throws down the stretch for the hosts, the latter's two foul shots coming after gunner Kyle Swanston's 3-ball pulled Akita within one in the closing seconds.

Burns' free throws represented the final points of the series, with Green's 3 off the mark at the buzzer.

Yokohama secured the mini-game win at the charity stripe, taking 15 free throws (making 10, including Burrell's 6-for-9) to Akita's zero.

'Sometimes the ball just doesn't go in for us,' Burrell said, describing his team's somewhat tense demeanor in Game 2. 'But you have just got to keep doing the other things defense. . .'

This included Burns' 4-for-13 shooting, Burrell's 7-for-16, Marcus Simmons' 1-for-6 and Kenji Yamada's 2-for-6.

'I'm so proud of this group of players. They fought through adversity,' added Burrell, with Chas McFarland, Kabaya and Kenji Yamada sitting beside him in the interview area.

Lumping Game 2 and the mini-game together, Burrell described it as 'the most physical and exhausting game we've played all year.'

Before the mini-game, Geary kept his message simple as his team returned to the court to face the pesky Happinets, who were 0-4 against the B-Corsairs in the regular season.

He penciled in the names of Burns, Kabaya and Yamada in the backcourt and Burrell and Chas McFarland for the mini-game lineup, sticking with the starting five that has worked so effectively during the team's improbable run to the Final Four.

'I just relied on these guys to get the job done,' Geary said.

It worked. And Yokohama's season resumes next weekend with a golden opportunity for the team to establish a greater fan base throughout Kanagawa Prefecture.

'Japanese fans are very loyal and supportive, and once the people of Yokohama and Japan become more exposed to the sport, it will only grow,' Geary said.

'Our very first road game we had a traveling party of one fan. In the final regular-season games of the year that were on the road, we had a traveling party of 40 vociferous fans. . . . We still have some work to go to get more fans, but the future is bright.'
Courtesy of: http://www.japantimes.co.jp



BJ League Round 1 of Quarter-Finals - by Eurobasket News

Osaka Evessa - Kyoto Hannar. 59-64

It looked good early as Osaka Evessa took an 3-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Kyoto Hannar. had a 15-11 second period charge getting the lead and Osaka Evessa was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 59-64. Kyoto Hannar. made 16-of-17 charity shots (94.1 percent) during the game. American players dominated the game. Lee Cummard (201-85, college: BYU, agency: Priority Sports) stepped up and scored 16 points and 7 rebounds for the winners and guard Jermaine Boyette (188-78, college: Weber St., agency: SportsTalent) chipped in 17 points. At the losing side forward Michael Bell (206-82, college: Florida Atlantic) responded with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 15 rebounds and center Wayne Marshall (211-86, college: Temple) scored 12 points and 8 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game.
Top scorers:
Kyoto Hannar.: J.Boyette 17+2reb+3ast, L.Cummard 16+7reb+3ast, T.Kawabe 8+1reb+1ast, L.Allred 8+10reb+1ast, B.Camara 4+4reb+1ast, K.Setoyama 4+2reb+1ast
Osaka Evessa: M.Bell 21+15reb+2ast, C.Aoki 13+1reb, W.Marshall 12+8reb+2ast, S.Takeda 5+3reb, M.Obuchi 4+3reb+2ast, B.St.Preux 4+7reb+4ast
gschID: 176268


Hamamatsu P. - Niigata Albirex 80-89

The guests trailed by 6 points after three quarters before their 26-11 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Niigata Albirex shot 24 for 33 from the free-throw line, while Hamamatsu Phoenix only scored eight points from the stripe. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Nile Murry (193-83, college: TCU) who helped to win the game recording 16 points and 9 rebounds. His fellow American import power forward Chris Holm (212-84, college: Vermont) contributed with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 14 rebounds for the winners. American guard Jermaine Dixon (191-87, college: Pittsburgh, agency: VVG Sports) answered with 23 points and 9 assists and American-Panamanian forward Leonardo Pomare (203-86, college: San Diego, agency: Top Notch Sports) added 12 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Hamamatsu Phoenix. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Hamamatsu Phoenix's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
Niigata Albirex: E.Maxey 18+6reb+1ast, N.Murry 16+9reb+3ast, C.Holm 14+14reb, B.Davis 13+9reb+1ast, S.Komatsu 12+1reb+1ast, K.Sato 11+1ast
Hamamatsu P.: J.Dixon 23+1reb+9ast, L.Pomare 12+8reb+1ast, L.Blackledge 11+4reb, S.Nakanishi 11+1ast, J.Parmer 10+6reb, K.Tomori 8+2reb+1ast
gschID: 176269


Yokohama BC - Akita NH 86-74

The game was mostly controlled by Yokohama BC. Akita Happinets managed to win fourth quarter 32-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Akita Happinets 44-27 including a 37-18 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was a great shooting night for Yokohama BC especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 58.8 percentage. American center Chas McFarland (213-86, college: Wake Forest) nailed a double-double by scoring 18 points and 13 rebounds for the winning side and his fellow American import guard Draelon Burns (194-85, college: De Paul, agency: Top Notch Sports) accounted for 19 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists. American swingman Ricky Woods (194-84, college: SE Louisiana) came up with 16 points and 5 rebounds and American-Kittitian forward Kyle Swanston (201-86, college: JMU, agency: SDJ Sports) added 17 points and 5 rebounds respectively for Akita Happinets in the defeat. Five Yokohama BC and four Akita Happinets players scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Yokohama BC: D.Burns 19+6reb+6ast, K.Yamada 18+3reb+6ast, C.McFarland 18+13reb+2ast, S.Hisayama 11, J.Burrell 11+18reb, M.Kabaya 6+1ast
Akita NH: K.Swanston 17+5reb+1ast, R.Woods 16+5reb+3ast, L.Green 13+1reb+2ast, S.Taguchi 10+5reb+1ast, E.Drayton 7+3reb+1ast, Y.Kikuchi 6+1ast
gschID: 176265


Okinawa GK - Shiga L-Stars 71-61

Shiga L-Stars were ahead by 2 points at the halftime before a 35-23 second half run of Okinawa GK. They made 17-of-22 charity shots (77.3 percent) during the game. Guard Narito Namizato (175-89) fired 17 points and 5 assists for the winners. American center Dillion Sneed (203-84, college: E.Tenn.St., agency: Top Notch Sports) chipped in 16 points and 6 rebounds. Okinawa GK's coach allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Guard Yu Okada (184-83) produced 19 points and Trinidad and Tobago power forward Julius Ashby (205-82, college: Colorado) added 11 points and 9 rebounds respectively for lost side.
Top scorers:
Okinawa GK: N.Namizato 17+3reb+5ast, D.Sneed 16+6reb+1ast, A.McHenry 13+10reb, D.Palmer 8+8reb, N.Kosuge 6+5reb+1ast, J.Newton 4+8reb+1ast
Shiga L-Stars: Y.Okada 19+4reb, J.Ashby 11+9reb, S.Ogawa 8+1reb+1ast, K.Hatano 7+2reb, B.Markson 7+4reb+1ast, J.Peppers 5+6reb+1ast
gschID: 176267



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  JORDAN   


Latest News - by Mohammed Malas

- Jordan Basketball Federation (JBF) decided to ban both ASU Sports Club players Islam Abbaas (203-C-80) and Wesam Al-Sous (183-PG-83) in the last meeting of JBF last week following their reaction in the last game of the JPL's Finals series against Orthodox Amman.

Abbas will be suspended from playing for one year after his behaviour after the title loss against Orthodox Amman, While Wesam will be out for 6 months only due to his speech against the JBF on a local TV Station on the same day.

Both players admitted that their nerve was the reason of what happened and they're hoping for a solution to reduce the suspensions.

JBF will pass their final decision concerning the issue to FIBA in the next few days.

- Rasheim Wright (192-G-81, college: District of Col.) will join the trainings of Jordan National Team directly after the end of his contract with the Iranian Superleague Club Melli Haffari Ahvaz, The US/Jordanian guard was called up latley to the initial roster of the National Team coached by The American head coach Tab Baldwin.

- JPL titleholders Orthodox Amman Club is looking to keep the team's head coach Imad Al Saeed in the coaching staff for the next season following his success in leading the last success after 10 years of abcense.

Meanwhile, Orthodox Amman club management will begin discussion with several local players in the addition of some members in the current team to build the roster of next season.

- ASU Sports Club's Chairman, Dr. Haitham Abu Khadija, Announced that he will sign a high level forgien coach to take over the team for next season, The bosnian head coach Alen Abaz who coached several teams in Lebanon is one of the candidates for the poistion.

- Forgien players are on the way to be back to the Jordanian Basketball atmosphere from the begining of next season as a decision concerning that may be announced in the next few weeks.



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  JUCO   


Coty Clarke commits to Arkansas - by Vance Marbury

Coty Clarke of Lawson State CC gave Arkansas a commitment after taking his visit on Tuesday. Clarke, a 6-7/225 pound forward, rebounds the ball extremely well and is skilled on the offensive end. He has the ability drag bigger defenders out on the perimeter and get by them and can post up smaller defenders and score with his back to the basket. He will be a very good fit in Arkansas system. He runs well, can score in transition and can defend multiple positions. Clarke has steadily improved and added new pieces to his game with the guidance of head coach Phil Shumpert during his time at Lawson State.Clarke averaged 16 points and 13.7 rebounds per game this season. He was second in the NJCAA in rebounds per game this season.


Collin Borchert commits to Mississippi State - by Vance Marbury

Colin Borchert of East Mississippi CC signed with Mississippi State after taking a visit. Borchert, a 6-8 forward, is very skilled on the perimeter and has range out to 22+ feet. He is at his best when facing the basket and attacking off the dribble. Borchert, who played for Mark White at EMCC, was able to help lead East Mississippi to an NJCAA National Tournament berth and a 23-6 record.

Borchert averaged 15.5 points, 7.7 rebounds and 1.5 blocks this season. Mark White of EMCC spoke on why Borchert had so much interest. The skill level with Colin is what attracted so many people, White said. Colin is very excited to be joining the program, and thats what is important. He likes Coach Ray a lot, and it looks like its going to be a really good fit for him and Mississippi State. He liked everything at Mississippi State and felt really comfortable on his visit.

Borchert chose Mississippi State over Georgetown, Xavier, Cal, Nebraska and UNLV. New Mississippi State coach Rick Ray talked about his latest addition. I am really excited about Colin deciding to become a part of the Bulldog family, Ray said. I put a premium on having a skilled four that can shoot the basketball and stretch the defense. Colin has that ability. I am impressed with the way Coach White utilized him with the offense and how they won and advanced in the national tournament. I think his ability to shoot will make everybody on our team better players because they will have room to go make plays.



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  KOSOVO   

Standings - Superleague

SuperLeague Standings
 1. Sigal Prishtina 25-3 
 2. Trepca 25-3 
 3. Peja 18-10 
 4. Bashkimi 16-12 
 5. Kolegji Univer. 9-19 
 6. Kosova 8-20 
 7. Futura 6-22 
 8. Drita 5-23 

Semi-Finals: Round 1

May. 12: Sigal Prishtina - Bashkimi 95-69
May. 12: Trepca - Peja 82-77 OT

Semi-Finals: Round 2

May. 16: Bashkimi - Sigal Prishtina
May. 16: Peja - Trepca


Standings - A1

Liga e pare Standings
 1. Vellaznimi 12-0 
 2. RTV 21 9-3 
 3. Kastrioti 8-4 
 4. Lypjan 7-5 
 5. Fushe 3-9 
 6. Skenderaj 2-10 
 7. Llapi Podujeve 0-12 



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  LBQ   

Standings

LBQ Standings
 1. Revolution 4-0 
 2. Seigneurs 3-0 
 3. Jaguars 2-2 
 4. Monteregie 2-3 
 5. Page-Dynamo 0-6 

Regular Season: Round 6

May. 12: Page-Dynamo - Monteregie 59-66
May. 13: Revolution - Seigneurs



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  LEBANON   


Champville wins Lebanese Championship for the first time - by Eurobasket News

The Champville won the 2011-2012 Lebanese Championship for the first time in its history, upsetting Anibal with a score of 57-63.

A large part of the Anibal audience was absent from the game in Zahle after online appeals were posted on the Lebanese Forces website calling on March 14 supporters to boycott the game and to follow it from the Martyrs' Square in Zahle.

This move came after the surfacing of information that businessman Wadih Al-Abssi, the sponsor of the Anibal team, bought 1000 passes, which was considered an attempt to keep supporters from Zahle out of the game.

Contrary to information given by the Anibal Vice-president Michel Zarzour who asserted that the passes would be sold just before the game at the entrance of the stadium, special information from the Lebanese Basketball Association made available to LBCI revealed that 1,200 passes were sold two days ago and no passes were sold at the entrance of the stadium.

The Lebanese Forces and the Kataeb had earlier accused the FPM of withholding the passes from the Zahle residents.

300 Champville supporters attended the game, which was considered a violation of a decision made by the LBA which called for the presence of one unified group of spectators in the stadium.

Courtesy of www.lbcgroup.tv



Guaiqueries brings in Matt Freije, releases Marcus Elliott - by Eurobasket News

Matthew Freije (207-F-81, agency: Priority Sports, college: Vanderbilt) will continue his career in Venezuela. The Lebanese forward signed a deal with Guaiqueries for rest of the LPB season. Most recently he played for the Uruguayan squad Hebraica Macabi. For 31 games in LUB Freije averaged 14.1 points and 5.5 rebounds. He helped Hebraica to win the LUB title for 2011/12 season. Matthew Freije played for the same team also in 2010/11. Meanwhile, he was a member of the Georgian team Armia Tbilisi and Puerto Rican Maratonistas de Coamo. Matthew Freije played for the Lebanese National Team at the World Championship 2010 in Turkey. He had 6.8 ppg and 3.8 rpg in 4 games. He shined at the Asian Championships 2009 in Tianjin averaging 15.7 ppg and 4.6 rpg, while Lebanon reached Semifinals.

Guaiqueries also announced that Marcus Elliott (191-G-84, college: Louisiana Tech) is no longer a member of the team. He had 12.9 ppg and 4.9 rpg for 9 games.



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  LITHUANIA   

Stats Leaders - LKL

Points Per Game
 Laurynas MIKALAUSKAS
  Neptu.
  (205-F-85)
  Avg: 18
 1. Mikalauskas, Neptu.18.0 
 2. Mazeika, Neptunas15.2 
 3. Hughes, Pieno Z.15.0 
 4. Johnson, Naglis P.14.6 
 5. Valanciunas, Lietu.14.2 
 6. Cepukaitis, Lietka.13.9 
 7. Long, Siauliai13.8 
 8. Seibutis, Lietuv.13.5 
 9. Urbonas, Juventus13.3 
 10. Reminas, Naglis P.13.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Dane JOHNSON
  Naglis P.
  (208-C-86)
  Avg: 10.3
 1. Johnson, Naglis P.10.3 
 2. Valanciunas, Lietu.7.4 
 3. Mikalauskas, Neptu.7.1 
 4. McClure, Kedainiai7.0 
 5. Cepukaitis, Lietka.6.5 
 6. Butkevicius, Rudup.6.5 
 7. Petrukonis, Juven.6.4 
 8. Valeika, Neptunas6.0 
 9. Adomaitis, Kedaini.5.8 
 10. Jankunas, Zalgiris5.5 
Assists Per Game
 Mantas KALNIETIS
  Zalgiris
  (196-G-86)
  Avg: 5.3
 1. Kalnietis, Zalgiris5.3 
 2. Dainys, Neptunas5.3 
 3. Rice, Lietuvos.4.4 
 4. Peciukeviciu., Sak.4.0 
 5. Popovic, Zalgiris3.8 
 6. Kadziulis, Rudupis3.7 
 7. Maceina, Juventus3.6 
 8. Ezerskis, Lietkabe.3.5 
 9. Janavicius, Baltai3.4 
 10. Broadus, Siauliai3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Cam LONG
  Siauliai
  (193-G-88)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Long, Siauliai2.1 
 2. Hughes, Pieno Z.2.1 
 3. Ginevicius, Kedain.1.6 
 4. Vasiliauskas, Liet.1.6 
 5. Broadus, Siauliai1.6 
 6. Dainys, Neptunas1.5 
 7. Seibutis, Lietuv.1.5 
 8. Weems, Zalgiris1.4 
 9. Roberts, Lietuvos.1.3 
 10. Urbonas, Juventus1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Jonas VALANCIUNAS
  Lietuv.
  (210-C-92)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Valanciunas, Lietu.1.9 
 2. Johnson, Naglis P.1.8 
 3. Petrukonis, Juven.1.2 
 4. Staniulis, Lietkab.1.0 
 5. McClure, Kedainiai0.9 
 6. Morgan, Pieno Z.0.9 
 7. Zelionis, Rudupis0.9 
 8. Cepukaitis, Lietka.0.9 
 9. Samardziski, Lietu.0.9 
 10. Javtokas, Zalgiris0.7 


RKL Standings

RKL Standings
 1. Sakiu 22-4 
 2. Taurages 22-4 
 3. Plunges SM 21-5 
 4. Birstono 17-9 
 5. Klaipedos LCC 14-12 
 6. Raseiniai 13-13 
 7. Siauliu raj. 13-13 
 8. Telsiu 13-13 
 9. Siauliu S-A 12-14 
 10. Panevezio B-A 12-14 
 11. Neringos 10-16 
 12. Birzu 9-17 
 13. Kretinga 3-23 
 14. Gargzdu 1-25 
East
 1. Traku 16-2 
 2. Alytus 15-3 
 3. Elektrenu 14-4 
 4. Zalgiris-Sabonio 2 13-5 
 5. Prienu 7-11 
 6. Liet.kur.rinktine 7-11 
 7. Ignalinos 6-12 
 8. M.Kadis 5-13 
 9. Vilniaus k.m. 1-17 
West
 1. Kauno Radijas 14-4 
 2. KM Tornado 14-4 
 3. Akmenes 13-5 
 4. Pasvalio 11-7 
 5. Kupiskio 10-8 
 6. Kauno 10-8 
 7. Panevezio O-K 7-11 
 8. Anyksciu 6-12 
 9. Jonavos 4-14 
 10. Panevezio 1-17 


Panevezys brings Kaspars Cipruss - by Evaldas Ceilytkas

As this season goes to the end Panevezys Lietkabelis team already began to build team for next season. First player to sign is Kaspars Cipruss (210-C-82, agency: Interperformances). This season he has played for Estonian team BC Rakvere Tarvas and was best player in BBL second division with 18.3ppg and 9.8rpg. Cipruss played in all ages of Latvian junior teams and Latvian national team. He also played for Trieste team in Italy, Union Olimpia in Slovenia, Sevillia and Lugo teams in Spain and lots of Latvian teams.


Zalgiris claim LKL title - by Eurobasket News

Zalgiris - Lietuvos Rytas 90:84

Zalgiris claim LKL title and defended their status from the previous year. The Winner of the Regular Season overcame their rivals Lietuvos Rytas 90:84 to sweep the series.
The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 25-20. But Lietuvos rytas won second period 24-22. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Lietuvos rytas 35-21 including a 17-3 advantage in offensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was Marko Popovic (185-G-82, agency: Alti Sport, college: S.Idaho JC) who scored 20 points and 6 assists. Tomas Delininkaitis (192-G-82, agency: Interperformances) chipped in 19 points (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). At the other side the best for losing team was the former international guard Renaldas Seibutis (195-G-85) who recorded 24 points and 8 rebounds (went 9 for 9 at the free throw line !!!) and the former international swingman Steponas Babrauskas (197-G/F-84) added 14 points respectively.
Rudupis meanwhile won the Bronze medals of the Play-offs. The team overcame Siauliai 79:64 last night to win the series. Rudupis led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Buterlevicius and Labuckas top-scored for the winners with 12 points each, while Adas Juskevicius (194-G/F-89) netted 10. Povilas Butkevicius added 9 points and 9 rebounds. Gediminas Orelikas (198-G/F-90) helped with 9 points and 5 rebounds. The best for the losing side was American guard Cam Long (193-G-88, agency: KMG Sports Management, college: George Mason) with 25 points, 5 assists and 4 steals.



Lietuvos Rytas wins 2012 NIJT title - by Eurobasket News

Lietuvos Rytas - Fenerbahce Ulker 88-70

Lietuvos Rytas is the winner of 2012 Nike International Junior Tournament. That is a new name on the NIJT list of champions. They outplayed Fenerbahce Ulker 88-70 in the title game on Sunday afternoon at Sinan Erdem Arena in Istanbul, Turkey. Edvinas Seskus (192-G/F-95) was the leading player in victory with 17 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Augustinas Jankaitis (204-F/C-94) helped Rytas with 15 and 4 rebounds, while Tautvydas Jodelis (194-F/G-94) added 12 points and also 4 rebs. In Fenerbahce Ulker, Metecan Birsen (205-G/F-95) was better than the others with 20 points and 5 rebounds. Umar Atin (199-F-94) scored 13 points and Mehmet Sanli (204-F-95) had double-double of 11 points, plus 14 rebounds. Lietuvos Rytas took control on its rival in the second period, when they jumped to double digit lead. The Lithuanians won all four quarters today (22-20, 20-11, 20-16, 26-23). Edvinas Seskus was the MVP of this meeting with PIR 22 (Performance Index Rating).

Lietuvos Rytas: Edvinas Seskus 17+6 boards+4 as, Augustinas Jankaitis 15+4 boards, Tautvydas Jodelis 12+4 boards
Fenerbahce Ulker: Metecan Birsen 20+5 boards, Umar Atin 13, Mehmet Sanli 11+14 boards



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Standings - Nationale 2

N2 Stage Two Standings
Play-offs
 1. Contern 23-2 
 2. Black Star 20-5 
 3. Bascharage 15-10 
 4. BC Mess 14-11 
 5. Grengewald 13-12 
 6. Racing 10-15 
Play-out
 1. Mondorf 12-12 
 2. Red Miners 10-14 
 3. Kordall Steelers 3-21 
 4. Pall Aren 3-21 
Stage One Standings



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Standings - CIBACOPA

CIBACOPA Standings
 1. Hermosillo 28-4 
 2. Guaymas 24-8 
 3. Tijuana 22-10 
 4. Guasave 17-15 
 5. Nogales 16-16 
 6. Cananea 16-16 
 7. Los Mochis 15-17 
 8. Navolato 10-22 
 9. Culiacan 10-22 
 10. Tepic 2-30 

Regular Season: Round 34

May. 12: Tepic - Hermosillo 95-101
May. 12: Guasave - Culiacan 94-93
May. 12: Los Mochis - Guaymas 94-85
May. 12: Tijuana - Navolato 71-62
May. 12: Nogales - Cananea 105-90

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: 26.9
 1. Pearson, Los M.26.9 
 2. Scott, Los Mochis24.4 
 3. Reese, Tepic24.4 
 4. McCullough, Nogales23.0 
 5. Thomas, Cananea22.0 
 6. Robinson, Culiacan21.8 
 7. Carter, Guasave20.7 
 8. Selleaze, Navolato20.6 
 9. Wiley, Los Mochis19.8 
 10. Young, Tepic19.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Deangelo RILEY
  Tepic
  (205-C-)
  Avg: 11.2
 1. Riley, Tepic11.2 
 2. Pearson, Los M.10.4 
 3. Sanders-F., Nogales8.9 
 4. Scott, Los Mochis8.9 
 5. Selleaze, Navolato8.6 
 6. Zamora, Culiacan7.6 
 7. Robinson, Culiacan7.6 
 8. Habel, Guaymas7.5 
 9. Lopez, Hermosillo7.3 
 10. Strobbe, Nogales7.1 
Assists Per Game
 Myron ALLEN
  Guaymas
  (182-PG-79)
  Avg: 7.3
 1. Allen, Guaymas7.3 
 2. Taylor, Los Mochis5.8 
 3. Monreal, Hermosillo5.7 
 4. Nungaray, Guaymas5.0 
 5. Harris, Cananea4.4 
 6. Riley, Tepic4.1 
 7. Pulido, Culiacan4.0 
 8. Reese, Tepic3.4 
 9. Quintero, Tijuana3.4 
 10. Reatiga, Navolato3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Brian HAMILTON
  Hermosillo
  (198-F-82)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Hamilton, Hermosil.2.1 
 2. Gibson, Navolato1.7 
 3. Thomas, Cananea1.6 
 4. Buelna, Guasave1.5 
 5. Riley, Tepic1.5 
 6. Giron, Guasave1.4 
 7. Carter, Guasave1.3 
 8. Toussaint, Los M.1.3 
 9. Reatiga, Navolato1.3 
 10. Monreal, Hermosil.1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Deangelo RILEY
  Tepic
  (205-C-)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Riley, Tepic3.5 
 2. Habel, Guaymas1.3 
 3. Zamora, Culiacan1.2 
 4. Wiley, Los Mochis1.0 
 5. McCullough, Nogales0.9 
 6. Robinson, Culiacan0.9 
 7. Young, Tepic0.9 
 8. Tate, Tijuana0.8 
 9. Scott, Los Mochis0.8 
 10. Mercado, Nogales0.6 


CIBACOPA Round 34: Ostioneros de Guaymas are defeated by Pioneros Los Mochis - by Eurobasket News

The games are now more important than at the beginning of the Regular Season. We may still expect few shocking results in upcoming 4 rounds.

The most important game in the last round took place in Los Mochis between second ranked Ostioneros de Guaymas (24-8) and seventh ranked Pioneros Los Mochis (15-17) on Saturday night. Ostioneros de Guaymas were defeated by Pioneros Los Mochis in a tough game on the road 85-94. Ostioneros de Guaymas trailed by 11 points after 3 quarters before a 23-21 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 85-94 at the end of the game. They outrebounded Ostioneros de Guaymas 42-30 including 30 on the defensive glass. Americans were the main players on the court. Forward Devon Pearson (198-F-84, college: SMU) scored 34 points (!!!) and 9 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and forward Seth Scott (208-81, college: Portland St.) chipped in 27 points and 13 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side forward Jerome Habel (208-85, college: San Diego St.) responded with 19 points and 7 rebounds. Ostioneros de Guaymas' coach rotated twelve players in this game, but that didn't help. Pioneros Los Mochis maintains seventh position with 15-17 record. Ostioneros de Guaymas at the other side keep the second place with eight games lost. Pioneros Los Mochis are looking forward to face bottom-ranked Coras de Tepic (#10) at home in the next round. Ostioneros de Guaymas will play against Frayles de Guasave (#4) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
CIBACOPA top team - Rayos de Hermosillo (28-4) added another victory to their record. This time they beat tenth ranked Coras de Tepic (2-30) 101-95. American forward Patrick Sanders (198-85, college: Cal-Irvine) notched a double-double by scoring 20 points and 10 rebounds to lead the effort and Steve Monreal supported him with 18 points (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Even a triple-double of 33 points (!!!), 13 rebounds and 10 assists by American center Deangelo Riley (205, college: Azusa Pacific) did not help to save the game for Coras de Tepic. Rayos de Hermosillo have an impressive 18-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 28-4 record. Coras de Tepic lost ninth consecutive game. They stay dead last with 30 lost games. Rayos de Hermosillo will play against Garra Canera de Navolato (#8) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Coras de Tepic will play against Pioneros Los Mochis and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Ninth-ranked Caballeros de Culiacan (10-22) gave a tough game to sixth ranked Frayles de Guasave (17-15) on Saturday. Frayles de Guasave managed to secure only one-point victory 94-93. However their fans expected easier game. Hiram Fuller fired 24 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Frayles de Guasave's coach Jose Dilone used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Rene Rougeau produced 19 points and 4 assists for lost side. Frayles de Guasave moved-up to fourth place. Loser Caballeros de Culiacan dropped to the eighth position with 22 games lost. They share it with Navolato. Frayles de Guasave will meet league's second-placed Ostioneros de Guaymas on the road in the next round and it may be the game of the week. Caballeros de Culiacan will play against Fuerza Guinda Nogales (#5) and hope to secure a win.
Fourth ranked Fuerza Guinda Nogales (16-16) beat at home 5th ranked Mineros de Cananea (16-16) by 15 points 105-90, which is the biggest margin this round. Fuerza Guinda Nogales have an impressive five-game winning streak. Despite that victory Fuerza Guinda Nogales went down to fifth position due to points difference, which they share with Cananea. Mineros de Cananea lost third consecutive game. Fuerza Guinda Nogales' next round opponent will be Caballeros de Culiacan (#9) on the road. Mineros de Cananea will play against Tijuana Zonkeys (#3) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

In the last game of round 34 Navolato lost to Tijuana on the opponent's court 62-71.


Guasave - Culiacan 94-93
Ninth-ranked Caballeros de Culiacan (10-22) gave a tough game to sixth ranked Frayles de Guasave (17-15) on Saturday. Frayles de Guasave managed to secure only one-point victory 94-93. However their fans expected easier game. Caballeros de Culiacan was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. Frayles de Guasave dominated down low during the game scoring 70 of its points in the paint compared to Caballeros de Culiacan's 48. Frayles de Guasave forced 20 Caballeros de Culiacan turnovers. Strangely Caballeros de Culiacan outrebounded Frayles de Guasave 37-22 including a 31-17 advantage in defensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists. American-Libyan center Hiram Fuller (206-81, college: Fresno St.) fired 24 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. The former international swingman Alonso Izaguirre (200-76) chipped in 13 points, 6 rebounds and 9 assists. Frayles de Guasave's coach Jose Dilone used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. American swingman Rene Rougeau (198-86, college: UNLV, agency: ProSportsCareers) produced 19 points and 4 assists and Ricardo Lopez added 16 points and 6 assists respectively for lost side. Five Frayles de Guasave and four Caballeros de Culiacan players scored in double figures. Frayles de Guasave moved-up to fourth place. Loser Caballeros de Culiacan dropped to the eighth position with 22 games lost. They share it with Navolato. Frayles de Guasave will meet league's second-placed Ostioneros de Guaymas on the road in the next round and it may be the game of the week. Caballeros de Culiacan will play against Fuerza Guinda Nogales (#5) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Guasave: H.Fuller 24+6reb+3ast, M.Dorsey 18+1reb+4ast, G.Giron 18+1reb+3ast, A.Izaguirre 13+6reb+9ast, V.Buelna 12+3reb+3ast, D.Green 5+3reb+2ast
Culiacan: R.Rougeau 19+4reb+4ast, R.Lopez 16+3reb+6ast, R.Robinson 14+5reb+3ast, V.Avila 13+4reb+3ast, J.Gonzalez 10+2reb+2ast, R.Navarro 8+3reb+3ast
gschID: 171243


Los Mochis - Guaymas 94-85
The most important game in the last round took place in Los Mochis between second ranked Ostioneros de Guaymas (24-8) and seventh ranked Pioneros Los Mochis (15-17) on Saturday night. Ostioneros de Guaymas were defeated by Pioneros Los Mochis in a tough game on the road 85-94. Ostioneros de Guaymas trailed by 11 points after 3 quarters before a 23-21 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 85-94 at the end of the game. They outrebounded Ostioneros de Guaymas 42-30 including 30 on the defensive glass. Americans were the main players on the court. Forward Devon Pearson (198-84, college: SMU) scored 34 points (!!!) and 9 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and forward Seth Scott (208-81, college: Portland St.) chipped in 27 points and 13 rebounds during the contest. Four Pioneros Los Mochis players scored in double figures. At the losing side forward Jerome Habel (208-85, college: San Diego St.) responded with 19 points and 7 rebounds and point guard Myron Allen (182-79, college: Lee JC) scored 20 points and 5 assists. Ostioneros de Guaymas' coach rotated twelve players in this game, but that didn't help. Pioneros Los Mochis maintains seventh position with 15-17 record. Ostioneros de Guaymas at the other side keep the second place with eight games lost. Pioneros Los Mochis are looking forward to face bottom-ranked Coras de Tepic (#10) at home in the next round. Ostioneros de Guaymas will play against Frayles de Guasave (#4) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Los Mochis: D.Pearson 34+9reb+2ast, S.Scott 27+13reb+1ast, C.M. Toussaint 17+7reb+4ast, W.Funn 12+8reb+8ast, P.Torres 2, E.Hare 2+5reb
Guaymas: M.Allen 20+2reb+5ast, J.Habel 19+7reb+3ast, A.Pedroza 13+4reb+1ast, H.Carrillo 8+4reb+2ast, H.Johnson 8+5reb, H.Nungaray 8+2reb+7ast
gschID: 171241


Nogales - Cananea 105-90
Fourth ranked Fuerza Guinda Nogales (16-16) beat at home 5th ranked Mineros de Cananea (16-16) by 15 points 105-90, which is the biggest margin this round. Fuerza Guinda Nogales have an impressive five-game winning streak. Despite that victory Fuerza Guinda Nogales went down to fifth position due to points difference, which they share with Cananea. Mineros de Cananea lost third consecutive game. Fuerza Guinda Nogales' next round opponent will be Caballeros de Culiacan (#9) on the road. Mineros de Cananea will play against Tijuana Zonkeys (#3) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 171242


Tepic - Hermosillo 95-101
CIBACOPA top team - Rayos de Hermosillo (28-4) added another victory to their record. This time they beat tenth ranked Coras de Tepic (2-30) 101-95. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Coras de Tepic won fourth quarter 27-24. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. American forward Patrick Sanders (198-85, college: Cal-Irvine) notched a double-double by scoring 20 points and 10 rebounds to lead the effort and naturalized American point guard Steve Monreal (180-86, college: CS Monterey) supported him with 18 points (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Even a triple-double of 33 points (!!!), 13 rebounds and 10 assists by American center Deangelo Riley (205, college: Azusa Pacific) did not help to save the game for Coras de Tepic. His fellow American import forward Ray Reese (196-87, college: Tulsa) added 22 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists for lost side. Five Rayos de Hermosillo and four Coras de Tepic players scored in double figures. Rayos de Hermosillo have an impressive 18-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 28-4 record. Coras de Tepic lost ninth consecutive game. They stay dead last with 30 lost games. Rayos de Hermosillo will play against Garra Canera de Navolato (#8) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Coras de Tepic will play against Pioneros Los Mochis and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Hermosillo: P.Sanders 20+10reb+1ast, S.Monreal 18+2reb+3ast, B.Hamilton 13+2reb+3ast, E.Little 11+2reb+3ast, J.Camacho 11+6reb+1ast, J.Lopez 11+5reb+3ast
Tepic: D.Riley 33+13reb+10ast, K.Young 23+3reb+2ast, R.Reese 22+8reb+4ast, E.Swanson 15+3reb+3ast, R.Aguilar Nery 2, A.Velarde 0+2reb+2ast
gschID: 171239


Tijuana - Navolato 71-62
Very expected game when 8th ranked Garra Canera de Navolato (10-22) was defeated on the road by third ranked Tijuana Zonkeys (22-10) 71-62. It looked good early as Garra Canera de Navolato took an 2-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Tijuana Zonkeys had a 24-7 second period charge getting the lead and Garra Canera de Navolato was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 62-71. Tijuana Zonkeys dominated on the defensive end, holding Garra Canera de Navolato to just 7 points in second quarter. They shot 62.0 percent from the field. Tijuana Zonkeys had a 24-13 advantage in offensive rebounds. Worth to mention a great performance of American power forward Cyrus Tate (203-85, college: Iowa, agency: Edge Sports) who helped to win the game recording 17 points (perfect from the field making all eight shots !!!). The former international power forward Arim Solares (202-83) contributed with 11 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Four Tijuana Zonkeys players scored in double figures. Tijuana Zonkeys' coach Luis Lopez used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American forward Charles Moore (201-86, college: S.Arkansas) replied with 13 points and 9 rebounds and forward Froylan Verdugo (196-79) added 13 points in the effort for Garra Canera de Navolato. Tijuana Zonkeys have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain third position with 22-10 record having six points less than leader Hermosillo. Garra Canera de Navolato at the other side keeps the eighth place with 22 games lost. Tijuana Zonkeys' next round opponent will be Mineros de Cananea (#6) at home. Garra Canera de Navolato will play against the league's leader Rayos de Hermosillo.
Top scorers:
Tijuana: C.Tate 17+4reb+1ast, L.Ramirez 13+1reb+3ast, M.Morrison 11+4reb+1ast, A.Solares 11+6reb+3ast, R.Hornsby 7+3reb+3ast, A.Sandoval 6+2reb
Navolato: C.Moore 13+9reb+2ast, F.Verdugo 13+3reb+2ast, J.Inzunza 11+1reb, D.McSwine 8+4reb+2ast, C.Uribe 6+3reb+5ast, R.Selleaze 6+4reb+4ast



Cananea returns '2011 CIBACOPA Player of the Year' Davin White - by Eurobasket News

Davin White (186-G-81, college: CS Northridge) is back to Mexico. The '2011 CIBACOPA Player of the Year' penned a deal with his former team Mineros de Cananea. White returns to the club after one season. In 2011 he exploded with 28 ppg, 5.4 apg, 3.4 rpg and 2.3 spg. He led Cananea to CIBACOPA title and grabbed many personal awards. Davin White started 2011/12 season with Halcones UV Xalapa. He had 12.9 ppg, 4.6 apg and 3.3 rpg for 39 games in LNBP. In March he moved to the German team Phoenix Hagen. There White averaged 17.3 points, 5 rebounds and 2.2 assists for 11 games. Davin White already appeared twice for Cananea this season. He had 13 points, 13 assists and 5 rebounds against Guasave, plus 16 points and 7 assists against Nogales. Cananea lost both games.


Robert Hornsby has a great start at Tijuana - by Eurobasket News

Robert Hornsby (196-F/C-82, college: Troy) signed a deal with Tijuana at the beginning of this week. It was a nice move for the Mexican squad as Hornsby already showed he can lead the team. He appeared three times for the club averaging 19.7 points and 4 assists. Tijuana won two out of three games. Robert Hornsby joined Tijuana from Pioneros de Quintana Roo-Cancun. He helped them win Liga Americas title two weeks ago. For 9 games Hornsby registered 15.1 ppg, 4 rpg and 1.3 apg. He was named Latinbasket.com All-Liga Americas 2nd Team -12. Before Pioneros, Hornsby played for Huracanes. He had 16.5 ppg, 4.8 rpg and 3.2 apg in 48 LNBP games. In 2010, Robert Hornsby won the CIBACOPA title with Culiacan.


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Standings - 1A

1A Stage Two Standings
S-League
 1. Buducnost 9-1 
 2. Mornar Bar 7-3 
 3. Sutjeska 6-4 
 4. Lovcen 4-6 
 5. Ulcinj 2-8 
 6. Teodo Tivat 2-8 
Play-Out
 1. ABS Primorje 8-2 
 2. KK Podgorica 7-3 
 3. Jedinstvo 6-4 
 4. Danilovgrad 5-5 
 5. Centar BP 4-6 
 6. Mogren 0-10 
Erste Basketball League Standings

Finals: Round 3

May. 12: Buducnost - Sutjeska 99-44


Standings - 1B

1B First B League Standings
 1. Ibar Rozaje 14-4 
 2. Centar BP 13-5 
 3. Un.Mediteran 12-6 
 4. S.Centar 12-6 
 5. Rudar 9-9 
 6. Gorstak 8-10 
 7. Berane 2010 7-11 
 8. Kotor 7-11 
 9. Zeta 6-12 
 10. Pljevlja 2-16 


MNE Play-Off Final game No 3 : Buducnost win in third game +55 - by Dragan Scepanovic

Buducnost Voli - Sutjeska 99:44 (20:14, 22:9, 27:9, 30:12)
Bar -SC: Topolica. Spect: 200. Reff: Lepetic (Herceg Novi), Sundic (Podgorica), Kaludjerovcc (Niksic).
Buducnost Voli: Vladimir Mihailovic (193-G-90) 16, Milosevic 4, Krstovic 5, Radovic 11, Vitkovac 9, Dubljevic 6, Aleksa Popovic (201-G/F-87) 15, Ivanovic 2, Anderson 5, Nikolic 6, Marko Mugosa (197-F-93) 13, Boldin 7.
Sutjeska: Kovac, Zarubica, Vranjes 6, Jovanovic, Grabovica, Popovic, Zarko Dragicevic (188-G-81) 2, Jocovic 20, Gajovic 8, Kuveljic, Pejovic 8, Krivokapic.



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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 Heat27.3 
 4. Love, Minnesota T.26.0 
 5. Westbrook, Oklah..23.5 
 6. Anthony, New Y.23.1 
 7. Wade, Miami Heat22.1 
 8. Nowitzki, Dallas M.22.0 
 9. Ellis, Golde S.21.9 
 10. Rose, Chicago B.21.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Dwight HOWARD
  Orlando M.
  (211-C-85)
  Avg: 14.5
 1. Howard, Orlando M.14.5 
 2. Love, Minnesota T.13.4 
 3. Bynum, LA Lakers11.9 
 4. Cousins, Sacramen.11.0 
 5. Humphries, New J.11.0 
 6. Griffin, LA Clipp.10.4 
 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. Bynum, LA Lakers2.1 
 5. Hibbert, Indiana P.2.1 
 6. Jordan, LA Clippers2.0 
 7. McGee, Denver N.2.0 
 8. Gasol, Memphis G.1.9 
 9. Biyombo, Charlott.1.8 
 10. Udoh, Golde S.1.7 


Kyrie Irving to be named NBA Rookie of the Year - by Eurobasket News

Kyrie Irving (6'3''-G-92, college: Duke) began his first pro season as the top pick and ended it as the top rookie.

Cleveland's smooth, playmaking point guard has been chosen as the NBAs Rookie of the Year, a person familiar with the voting told the Associated Press on Sunday.

Irving's selection is hardly a surprise since the 20-year-old led all first-year players in scoring - 18.5 points per game - and renewed hope for Cleveland's franchise. He'll receive the award on Tuesday, said the person who spoke on condition of anonymity because the league has not yet announced the winner.

ESPN.com and The Cleveland Plain Dealer first reported Irving's win.

Results of the voting won't be available until Tuesday, but it's safe to assume Irving's victory will be lopsided. After Minnesota guard Ricky Rubio suffered a season-ending knee injury, Irving was far and away the best all-around player in the rookie class.

The Cavs used the No. 1 overall pick in last year's draft to select Irving, who played in just 11 games as a freshman at Duke because of a toe injury. However, it didn't take long for the 6-foot-3 Irving to establish himself as one of the game's rising stars.

With a fearlessness on the floor, Irving made clutch shots, orchestrated fourth-quarter comebacks and managed to keep the Cavs competitive and in the playoff picture for several months before they traded guard Ramon Sessions in March and injuries took their toll.

Irving is the second Cavaliers player to win the award, joining LeBron James in 2004.

Irving's is the final postseason award to be announced by the league. On Saturday, James, who spent seven seasons in Cleveland before signing with Miami, won his third MVP award in four seasons.

Irving recently treated himself to a postseason vacation in the Bahamas. In June, he's expected to play on the Cavs summer league team in Las Vegas and will be part of a U.S. Select Team which will train against the American Olympic team going to the London Games.

Courtesy of www.theglobeandmail.com



Clippers advance with 82-72 win over Grizzlies - by Eurobasket News

Kenyon Martin (6'9''-F-77, college: Cincinnati) scored seven of his 11 points in the fourth quarter, and the Los Angeles Clippers advanced to the Western Conference semifinals with an 82-72 win Sunday over the Memphis Grizzlies in Game 7.

The Clippers won only their third postseason series in 41 years and just their second since relocating to Los Angeles. They also avoided becoming the ninth NBA team to blow a 3-1 lead in a best-of-seven series. The Clippers move on to play the top-seeded Spurs starting Tuesday night in San Antonio.

Chris Paul (6'0''-PG-85, college: Wake Forest) scored 19 points despite playing with a strained right hip flexor. Nick Young (6'6''-G/F-85, agency: Priority Sports, college: USC) added 13 off the bench as the Clippers finished off the series with their biggest margin of victory.

Rudy Gay (6'9''-F/G-86, college: Connecticut) and Marc Gasol (7'0''-C-85, agency: Interperformances) each had 19 for Memphis. Zach Randolph (6'9''-C-81, college: Michigan St.) had a game-high 12 rebounds.

A year ago, the Grizzlies lost a Game 7 at Oklahoma City in the second round of the playoffs.

The Clippers, who trailed 56-55 after three quarters, took control by opening the fourth with an 11-2 run started by a jumper by Martin. He tipped in a shot for a 66-58 lead with 8:41 left. Mo Williams matched the Clippers' biggest lead to that point at 10 with a 3-pointer pushing it to 71-61 with 7:04 left in a 16-5 spurt to open the quarter.

Los Angeles finished off the win by hitting 9 of 10 free throws in the final 3:26. The Clippers also managed to outrebound the Grizzlies 46-44.

The home-court advantage that didn't help the Grizzlies when they blew a 27-point lead in Game 1 didn't help again Sunday as they went cold from the floor. Gasol's one-handed dunk with 3:09 left was Memphis' last field goal down the stretch as the Grizzlies hit only 4 of 18 in the fourth quarter and finished the game missing all 13 3-pointers.

This series has been physical and grinding from the opening tip, and neither team backed down in a winner-take-all game.

The Clippers and Grizzlies scrapped and fought for every ball with each possession feeling like a knockdown, drag-out fight. Memphis should have had an advantage against the hobbled Clippers tipping off when they usually eat breakfast on the West Coast. Blake Griffin scored only eight points and looked tentative most of the game with a sprained left knee.

The Grizzlies even brought out wrestler Jerry Lawler to help stoke up the sold-out crowd, but both teams started out showing the fatigue of a quick turnaround from Game 6 on Friday night in Los Angeles. The Clippers missed nine of their first 10 shots, while the Grizzlies missed seven of their first nine. Memphis had won two straight with strong first quarters from Gasol and Randolph, and the duo had just a bucket apiece in the first 12 minutes Sunday.

The Clippers shook off the exhaustion and got plenty of help from the bench again, which outscored Memphis 41-11.

The Grizzlies managed to pull within 39-38 at halftime even though they kept struggling to find the basket. Mike Conley missed his first seven shots with his drought stretching to the free throw line where he missed his first attempt. Conley didn't hit his first bucket until a jumper in the early seconds of the third quarter. Conley finished with seven points on 2 of 13 shooting.

Courtesy of http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com



MVP James gets 32, Heat top Pacers 95-86 in Game 1 - by Eurobasket News

LeBron James (6'8''-F-84) was promised some rest. It never came.

The MVP didn't care, not after he and the Miami Heat struck the first blow against the Indiana Pacers.

James accepted his third MVP trophy from Commissioner David Stern before the game, then scored 26 of his game-high 32 points while playing every second of the second half - adding a season-high 15 rebounds as well - as the Heat survived some rough stretches to beat the Pacers 95-86 on Sunday in Game 1 of their Eastern Conference semifinal series.

''I just looked at him straight in the eyes and said, 'You can flat-out not get tired, period,''' Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. ''And he made MVP plays on both ends of the court.''

Dwyane Wade (6'4''-G-82, college: Marquette) scored 29 points for the Heat, who won the game but lost Chris Bosh for the second half and possibly longer. Bosh scored 13 points before leaving late in the first half with a lower abdominal strain, with the team saying he was being scheduled for an MRI exam to determine the severity.

''Hopefully (Monday) we get good news,'' Wade said. ''We all just want to make sure Chris is healthy. So that's all we know right now. Our brother is going to go (Monday) to see if he can get back out there and play with us. If not, then we've got to have someone step up very big. You can't fill Chris Bosh's shoes, but you can have a few guys step up. So we'll see.''

David West (6'8''-F-80, college: Xavier) and Roy Hibbert (7'2''-C-86, college: Georgetown) each scored 17 points and combined for 23 rebounds for the Pacers, who got 10 points each from Darren Collison (6'0''-PG-87, college: UCLA) and George Hill. Indiana controlled long stretches of the first half and didn't trail by more than two points at any time until the fourth quarter, when it was outscored 25-16.

Indiana shot 50 percent in the first half, 30 percent in the second.

''We started to get defensive stops,'' James said. ''We started getting things rolling.''

Game 2 is Tuesday in Miami.

''We're not just here to play. We're here to win,'' Hibbert said. ''We need to win Game 2 and come back strong.''

Playing one star down, James and Wade raised their games accordingly after halftime. They combined for 42 points in the third and fourth quarters, four more than the entire Indiana roster. The Pacers scored 16 in the fourth, and James had that many alone.

''We definitely let this one get away,'' Indiana's Paul George said. ''It seemed like we weren't supposed to win this one. Everybody in this room knew we had this game.''

Everything was undecided until the final moments. Hill made a 3-pointer with 4:51 left, getting Indiana within 86-85. But the Pacers missed their final nine shots of the game, James had a dunk in transition to make it 90-85 with 4:10 left, and his jumper with 31.8 seconds remaining wrapped up the Heat win.

''It's a battle and we know, regardless of being at home, being away, who we're playing, what round, it's tough to win in the playoffs and you have to fight for every single possession,'' Spoelstra said. ''And that's what it was.''

From his seat a few rows above the court, it was like Stern knew what was coming long before it happened.

Stern was on hand to present James with his MVP trophy in a pregame ceremony. Later, in a televised in-game interview, Stern told ABC that James is just ''warming up'' with three MVPs, a total that only seven other players have reached.

''He's a great player,'' Stern said. ''He is so strong and so athletic and so determined when he decides to take over a game, he's extraordinary to watch.''

Before Sunday, the last time someone had as many as 32 points, 15 rebounds, five assists and two steals in a playoff game was Vince Carter in May 2006, according to STATS LLC. Plus, James played a big role in something that didn't show up on his personal stat line - Danny Granger shot 1 for 10 for Indiana, scoring only seven points.

''I don't know if he's going to have a huge offensive series,'' Indiana coach Frank Vogel said. ''When you have to guard the MVP for 38 minutes, it takes a lot out of your offensive game.''

Wade shot only 8 for 23 from the field, and the Heat missed all six of their attempts from 3-point range - a first in team playoff history. But the Heat held a 45-38 rebounding edge, and allowed Indiana to make only 11 of 37 shots after halftime.

''Definitely not our best game,'' Vogel said. ''We didn't shoot it very well. ... It came down to execution in the fourth quarter and you've got to give credit to Miami's defense.''

In the pregame MVP ceremony, James told fans how ''electricity'' was going to be important throughout the playoffs.

One team came out electrified - and it wasn't Miami.

The Pacers trailed for only 56 seconds in the first half, never down by more than a basket. Indiana opened the game with an 11-4 run, held Miami to 37 percent shooting in the first two quarters, and rode the strength of a 19-6 edge in bench scoring to take a 48-42 lead going into halftime - surviving some foul trouble as well.

Of the 10 players Vogel used in the first half, seven had at least two fouls, and Hill had three.

But by then, Miami had a bigger problem to address, that being Bosh's injury. He got hurt with 1:06 left in the half on a dunk while getting fouled by Hibbert. Bosh remained down for a few moments, then got up slowly and made his free throw.

While going back down to the defensive end, Bosh started limping and grabbing at his midsection. He eventually fell to his knees in pain, and was replaced by Ronny Turiaf with 43.6 seconds left. Bosh was grimacing as he headed to the Heat locker room for evaluation, as his wife covered an anguished look on her face while watching from courtside.

''It's unfortunate Chris went down,'' Wade said. ''But we told him, 'Be healthy. We got 'em.''

Courtesy of http://sports.yahoo.com



Raptors expected to make bids for Steve Nash, Jeremy Lin - by Eurobasket News

The Toronto Raptors have an ambitious offseason plan, which includes signing either Steve Nash (6'3''-PG-74, college: Santa Clara) or Jeremy Lin (6'3''-PG-88, college: Harvard), two point guards also coveted by the New York Knicks.

While Nash is from Canada, him signing with the Raptors seems unlikely. Toronto will be in direct competition with the Knicks for Nash, the New York Daily News reports, but Nash wants to join a contender - and the Raptors are far from that.

Meanwhile, under the Arenas Rule in the new collective bargaining agreement, the most a team can offer Lin is the $5 million mid-level exception and the Knicks can match any offer. The Knicks are the heavy favorite to retain Lin, but Toronto is nevertheless a potential landing spot for the second-year point guard, according to the Daily News. The Raptors would have to 'back-load' an offer to Lin and hope the Knicks would not match. Should they not be able to land Nash, thats exactly what Toronto might do, sources tell the Daily News.

While most league observers see Lin returning to New York as fait accompli, Lin said, per the Daily News, Nothing is set in stone. Thats what Ive learned. We talked about (my free agency). I love the Knicks and the organization. But at the same time, its a business. Me, personally, I think it would be great if I come back. But crazy things happen, and I dont really know whats going to happen.

Courtesy of http://aol.sportingnews.com



Phil who? Knicks will probably play it safe - by Eurobasket News

For a decade, the Knicks conducted business like a crazed QVC addict with a stack of limitless credit cards - lunging at every shiny object, no matter the price or the consequences.

Instant gratification came in the form of Isiah Thomas and Larry Brown, Stephon Marbury and Eddy Curry, Amare Stoudemire and Carmelo Anthony. If the name could light up a marquee, the Knicks were buying, whatever the cost.

Yet suddenly, with the franchise at a crossroads, Madison Square Garden has gone inexplicably conservative.

Sometime soon (possibly this week), the Knicks are expected to remove Mike Woodson's interim title and make him the permanent head coach.

They will do so without making a single bid for the shiniest object on the market: Phil Jackson, with his 11 sparkly championship rings.

The Knicks had not contacted Jackson as of last week, according to people close to the Hall of Fame coach. There is no guarantee that he would take the job, but he would listen, one said.

Yet James L. Dolan, the Garden chairman, apparently does not intend to call. He has already begun preliminary talks with Woodson on a multiyear extension, according to people with ties to the Garden.

Woodson, a passionate teacher and motivator, is a perfectly reasonable choice.

The Knicks rallied under his leadership, going 18-6 to finish the season before getting crushed by the Miami Heat in the first round of the playoffs. He has the strong support of Anthony, Stoudemire and Tyson Chandler, the Knicks three stars.

He has a solid rsum, having previously molded a young and impetuous Atlanta Hawks roster into a stout playoff team. He is well liked and respected around the league. No one will fault the Knicks for hiring him.

Woodson is the safe, conventional choice. Jackson, though infinitely more successful, might be the riskier option, which could explain Dolans sudden conservative streak.

Jackson is an iconoclast, a force of nature who marches to the beat of his own bongos. He would clash spectacularly with the Gardens staid corporate culture, which is reason enough for Dolan to hesitate and for Jackson (if he were offered the job) to balk.

Jackson can be brutally candid, a trait that is frowned upon at the Garden, where see no evil, speak no evil is official policy. On any given day, Jackson might publicly upbraid his players, needle opponents, insult a city or tweak the commissioners office. He would violate the Gardens infamous news media rules within 32 seconds of his first news conference. He would eventually write a book exposing the internal politics and hypocrisy.

And Jackson would learn, as Donnie Walsh did, that promises of autonomy whether in choosing personnel or choosing what to say will ultimately ring hollow.

There will apparently be no such tension with Woodson. He withheld any criticism of his players throughout the five-game thrashing by the Heat. On Thursday, when asked his parting message to the players, Woodson responded as if reading from an MSG employee manual. Nothing negative, he said. Its all positive.

That same day, word leaked that Woodson had fired his longtime agent at Dolans urging. The agent, Joe Glass, also represents Brown, who won an $18.5 million settlement after Dolan fired him in 2006.

Keith Glass, the agents son, who has worked with his father in representing Brown and Woodson, was stunned.

I received a phone call from him, basically saying that he had to make a change, Keith Glass said, adding: Mike deserves the job. Im trying to take the high road here. And I certainly wont be asking anyone at the Garden for directions.

Although Woodson has yet to hire a new agent, word is already circulating that he will choose Creative Artists Agency, the same group that represents two team executives (Mark Warkentien and Allan Houston), as well as Anthony.

It is hard to imagine anyone telling Jackson who should represent him. It is hard to imagine Jackson being told what to do, period. That strong will and outsize personality are precisely what the Knicks need right now.

Michael Jordan was once a swaggering, single-minded scorer like Anthony. Jackson persuaded him to embrace a team-oriented game, and the Chicago Bulls won six championships. Jackson coaxed Kobe Bryant, another headstrong star, into trusting his teammates. They won five titles together in Los Angeles.

Anthony, who had more turnovers (14) than assists (11) in the playoffs, is overdue for an epiphany. And no one manages egos better than Jackson.

There is near-universal agreement around the N.B.A. that Anthony needs to become a more dedicated passer, but no one around the Knicks will say so.

Woodson made his mark by demanding accountability, and he forged the Knicks into a superior defensive team. But he never imposed the same standards on offense, as Anthony, J. R. Smith and Baron Davis were permitted to dominate the ball, burn the shot clock and fling contested jumpers sometimes from 28 feet without consequence.

Lacking job security, Woodson let Anthony indulge his worst habits. He withheld public criticism after Stoudemire recklessly smashed a fire-extinguisher door, slicing open his hand. He called out Smith for his sagging pants but never for his shot selection, which was abominable.

With a contract in hand, perhaps Woodson will tighten the reins and demand more from his stars. With the luxury of a training camp, perhaps he will find a way to blend Stoudemires and Anthonys talents. He has earned the opportunity to try.

Meanwhile, an unemployed coach with 11 championship rings, a crate of incense and a fondness for Zen teachings is relaxing in Playa Del Rey, waiting for the phone to ring. Or not.

Courtesy of www.nytimes.com



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  NCAA1   


Judge tosses defamation suit v. Syracuse, Boeheim - by Eurobasket News

A judge on Friday threw out a defamation lawsuit brought against Syracuse University and men's basketball coach Jim Boeheim by two men who said the Hall of Fame coach slandered them when he said their accusations of sexual abuse against former associate head coach Bernie Fine were driven by greed.

Two former team ball boys, Bobby Davis and Michael Lang, accused Fine of sexually abusing them more than 20 years ago.

When the allegations surfaced in November, Boeheim vehemently supported Fine, a friend for more than 40 years and his assistant for 35-plus seasons. Boeheim told ESPN that Davis was telling 'a bunch of a thousand lies' and called him an opportunist looking to cash in on the publicity surrounding the Penn State sex-abuse scandal.

Supreme Court Justice Brian DeJoseph, a graduate of Syracuse University and its law school, ruled Friday that Boeheim's comments were not statements of fact but were opinions that are protected from defamation suits.

'The content, tone and purpose of Boeheim's statements would clearly signal to the reasonable reader that what was being said in the articles published in the days after the initial ESPN report were likely to be an opinion a biased, passionate, and defensive point of view of a basketball coach rather than objective fact,' DeJoseph wrote in his 30-page decision. 'It is clear to this court that Boeheim provided a factual basis for his opinion. He provided a ... reasonably accurate version of those facts.'

Davis, 40, and Lang, 45, hired high-profile attorney Gloria Allred and filed the lawsuit in late December. Late Friday, Allred vowed to appeal the ruling

'When Bobby Davis came forward years ago and complained about sexual abuse he was ignored,' Allred said in an email statement. 'When the allegations were made public he was attacked. It is difficult enough for victims of childhood sexual abuse to come forward. This decision sends the message that you can attack the alleged victim and call him a liar with impunity. It makes it even harder for victims to come forward.'

A call seeking comment from Davis was not immediately returned.

'We are gratified by the court's decision dismissing this lawsuit,' university spokesman Kevin Quinn said.

Boeheim, who was out of town attending meetings in Indianapolis, declined to comment through the university's sports information office. A call to his attorney, Timothy Murphy, was not immediately returned.

Victims advocates reacted angrily to Boeheim's initial comments and called for him to resign or be fired. He apologized twice within a week of Fine's firing on Nov. 27, saying he was wrong to question the motives of the accusers. He said he based his initial comments on a 2005 university investigation that failed to corroborate Davis' claims.

The claims by Davis and his stepbrother happened too long ago to be investigated because the statute of limitations has expired. The U.S. attorney's office began an investigation after a third man, 23-year-old Zachary Tomaselli of Lewiston, Maine, came forward and said he had been abused by Fine. Tomaselli has since admitted he was lying and been jailed on his own sexual abuse conviction. There has been no announcement about the status of that investigation.

Fine, 66, hasn't been charged and has denied wrongdoing. He was hired two weeks ago as a U.S.-based consultant for a team in the Israeli Basketball Super League.

The lawsuit was originally filed in New York City because Davis and Lang didn't believe they could get a fair trial given Boeheim's high standing in the Syracuse community. But DeJoseph said the two men didn't provide sufficient proof that jurors here would be biased.

Courtesy of http://abcnews.go.com



George Mason elects to stay in the CAA - by Eurobasket News

George Mason will remain in the Colonial Athletic Association, Athletic Director Tom 'OConnor said Friday.

In a telephone interview, OConnor said the Fairfax school had discussions with the Atlantic 10 about joining that conference but in the end decided to stay in the CAA, the Patriots conference home since 1985.

We felt it was in our best interests to stay, OConnor said, citing the conferences history and geographic strength.

The 12-member CAA has faced recent uncertainty about its membership. Georgia State, a conference member since 2005, announced last month that it will join the Sun Belt Conference in 2013. Virginia Commonwealth is reportedly weighing a move to the Atlantic 10. Old Dominion, which in 2009 restarted a football team that competes in the second-tier Football Championship Subdivision, reportedly is considering a move to join Conference USA so its football program can make the jump to the Football Bowl Subdivision.

OConnor said the moves being weighed by VCU and ODU had no bearing on George Masons decision to remain in the CAA. He added that George Mason was never offered Atlantic 10 membership, nor did it apply, but that the school did meet with Atlantic 10 representatives.

Through this process weve engaged in open communication with senior executives at George Mason University, CAA Commissioner Tom Yeager said in a statement. We respected the process George Mason University went through and are pleased it decided that continued membership in the CAA is in the best interest of the university and its athletic programs.

Last week, Butler announced that it was leaving the Horizon League for the Atlantic 10, which will lose Temple to the Big East and Charlotte to Conference USA in 2013-14.

The CAA has achieved notable mens basketball success in recent years, with George Mason advancing to the Final Four in 2006 and VCU making the national semifinals in 2011. But it is not considered as strong a basketball conference as the Atlantic 10 from top to bottom. In the past 20 years, the Atlantic 10 has produced 41 at-large bids to the NCAA tournament, the most of any conference outside of the six major conferences. Since 1987, CAA teams have received only four at-large berths.

Courtesy of www.washingtonpost.com



Michigan State center Nix gets community service - by Eurobasket News

Michigan State center Derrick Nix (6'9''-C-90) has been fined and ordered to perform community service for an impaired driving case that stemmed from an April traffic stop.

Nix was sentenced Thursday in an East Lansing courtroom to 24 hours of community service and $853 in fines and costs. He also must attend classes on substance abuse and a panel on the impact of drunken driving on victims. He earlier pleaded guilty to impaired driving. A marijuana possession charge was dropped.

Nix averaged 8.1 points this past season. He would be the lone senior returning to the Spartans next season.

Nix was suspended from the basketball team after his arrest April 3. Nix was apologetic afterward, calling the situation embarrassing.

Michigan coach Tom Izzo reinstated him following his plea.

Courtesy of http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com



New Nebraska coach Tim Miles signs 7-year contract paying $1.4M to start, $2.15M in 2018-19 - by Eurobasket News

New basketball coach Tim Miles signed the longest coachs contract in Nebraska history with his seven-year deal that pays a starting salary of $1.4 million and increases to $2.15 million by 2018-19.

Miles signed the contract May 4 and the university made it public Friday, seven weeks after he was hired away from Colorado State.

I had a great job where I was, and we were looking for something that shows commitment back and forth, Miles said. It was a good term for both parties and a term that showed me that Nebraska is serious about getting this going on the right track.

The longest previous contract for a Nebraska coach was the six-year deal signed by former football coach Bill Callahan in 2004.

Miles took over a program that hasnt won a share of a conference championship since 1950 or played in the NCAA tournament since 1998. The Huskers have never won a game in six NCAA appearances.

There was some perception that somehow we werent committed to basketball here, not so much on Tims part but among some of the people we interviewed, athletic director Tom Osborne said. We wanted to send a pretty strong message that were in this for the long haul. We thought Tim was a good fit.

Miles salary ranks eighth among Big Ten coaches, according to published reports.

His contract includes incentives that pay him bonuses of $75,000 if the Cornhuskers win 20 games in a season, $100,000 if they win a Big Ten regular-season or tournament title and $150,000 if they make the NCAA tournament.

Hes guaranteed a minimum raise of $125,000 each year, two vehicles for personal use and a country-club membership. Miles wife, Kari, is allowed to travel at athletic-department expense to away games and conventions. The athletic department also will pay for the travel of the immediate families of Miles and his assistant coaches to NCAA tournament games in which Nebraska participates.

Miles is promised a pool of $720,000 to pay three assistant coaches, and each is guaranteed a two-year contract.

The 45-year-old Miles, who replaced Doc Sadler, coached Colorado State to a 20-12 record last season and their first NCAA tournament appearance since 2003.

Nebraska paid the $350,000 buyout for Miles Colorado State contract and will pay his familys expenses for moving to Lincoln from Fort Collins, Colo.

If Miles resigns to take another job in college or pro basketball, Nebraska will be owed damages in decreasing amounts over the contract term. The amount goes down $100,000 a year, starting from $1 million if Miles leaves before March 31, 2013.

If Miles is fired without cause, hell be owed $75,000 a month for each month left on his contract. Those payments would stop if he finds a job that pays $900,000 or more. The amount owed by the university would be prorated if his next job pays less than $900,000.

Tim had a good situation at Colorado State, with an excellent team returning, and the administration there made a strong push to keep him, Osborne said. He probably could have finished his career at Colorado State, but I think he recognized the potential to build a strong program at Nebraska. Tim has already built momentum in our program in the short time he has been here.

Courtesy of www.washingtonpost.com



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Standings Men

NBL Standings
 1. Auckland P. 12-3 
 2. Bay Hawks 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. 4-11 
 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. 10: Auckland P. - Southland S. 107-89
May. 11: Wellington S. - OceanaGold N. 104-74
May. 13: Nelson G. - Hub Jets



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  POLAND   

Standings - 1 Liga

1Liga Standings
 1. Start Gdynia 21-7 
 2. Rosa Radom 18-10 
 3. SKK Siedlce 18-10 
 4. Sokol Lancut 17-11 
 5. Spojnia 17-11 
 6. Znicz Basket 17-11 
 7. MKS DG 16-12 
 8. AZS Kutno 15-13 
 9. Polonia 14-14 
 10. P.Cukier SIDEn 14-14 
 11. AZS Szczecin 14-14 
 12. Start Lublin 11-17 
 13. MOSiR Krosno 9-19 
 14. Sportino 6-22 
 15. Sudety 3-25 

Finals: Round 2

May. 13: Start Gdynia - Rosa Radom 73-56

Finals: Round 3

May. 19: Rosa Radom - Start Gdynia


Stats Leaders - 1Liga

Points Per Game
 Lukasz PACOCHA
  AZS S.
  (182-G-82)
  Avg: 18.5
 1. Pacocha, AZS S.18.5 
 2. Woloszyn, MKS D.17.9 
 3. Niesobski, Sudety16.7 
 4. Kostrzewski, Start15.7 
 5. Jarecki, P.Cuk.15.3 
 6. Donigiewicz, Rosa15.2 
 7. Mazur, Polonia14.8 
 8. Lewandowski, P.Cuk.14.0 
 9. Wilczek, Sokol Lan.13.6 
 10. Pluta, MOSiR K.13.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Krzysztof MIELCZAREK
  AZS S.
  (198-G/F-81)
  Avg: 11.8
 1. Mielczarek, AZS S.11.8 
 2. Luszczewski, Start9.8 
 3. Wilczek, Sokol Lan.9.4 
 4. Mikolajko, Polonia7.9 
 5. Wilusz, Sudety7.1 
 6. Radke, Rosa Radom7.1 
 7. Misiewicz, Znicz B.7.1 
 8. Grudzinski, Spojnia7.0 
 9. Malewski, Znicz B.7.0 
 10. Klima, Sokol Lanc.6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Grzegorz GROCHOWSKI
  MKS D.
  (178-PG-93)
  Avg: 5.6
 1. Grochowski, MKS D.5.6 
 2. Musijowski, Polonia5.5 
 3. Basinski, SKK S.4.9 
 4. Zytko, P..4.6 
 5. Michalski, Start L.4.1 
 6. Ochonko, Spojnia4.1 
 7. Brek, AZS Kutno3.9 
 8. Kardas, Rosa Radom3.9 
 9. Wojcicki, SKK S.3.6 
 10. Szumelda-K., Znic.3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Lukasz ZYTKO
  P..
  (181-G-81)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Zytko, P..3.5 
 2. Mielczarek, AZS S.3.1 
 3. Szumelda-K., Znicz3.0 
 4. Niesobski, Sudety2.9 
 5. Lewandowski, P.Cuk.2.8 
 6. Sulinski, Znicz B.2.7 
 7. Pisarczyk, Sokol L.2.5 
 8. Basinski, SKK S.2.5 
 9. Kosinski, Rosa R.2.4 
 10. Czubek, Znicz B.2.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Artur DONIGIEWICZ
  Rosa R.
  (185-G-84)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Donigiewicz, Rosa1.9 
 2. Zytko, P..1.8 
 3. Niesobski, Sudety1.8 
 4. Klima, Sokol Lancut1.8 
 5. Oczkowicz, MOSiR K.1.7 
 6. Zmarlak, MKS D.1.7 
 7. Wojcicki, SKK S.1.6 
 8. Aleksandrowi., Sta.1.6 
 9. Malecki, AZS Kutno1.6 
 10. Wojdyla, Start G.1.5 


Standings - 2 Liga

2Liga Standings
Group A
 1. Open Florentyna 24-0 
 2. Astoria Bydg. 19-5 
 3. Ksiezak Lowicz 18-6 
 4. AZS PP Poznan 16-8 
 5. Korsarz Gdansk 13-11 
 6. AZS UWM Olsz. 12-12 
 7. Zuraw Gniewno 12-12 
 8. KK Swiecie 11-13 
 9. Trefl II Sopot 9-15 
 10. Wilki Morskie 8-16 
 11. GKK Gorzow 6-18 
 12. Zyrardowianka 5-19 
 13. SMS PZKosz 3-21 
Group B
 1. Slask II W. 23-3 
 2. BM Wegiel Stal 19-7 
 3. AZS AWF K-ce 19-7 
 4. Pogon Prudnik 17-9 
 5. WKK Obiekty 16-10 
 6. Alba Chorzow 14-12 
 7. AZS AGH Alstom 14-12 
 8. GTK Gliwice 13-13 
 9. MKS Skierniew. 12-14 
 10. HK Zory 10-16 
 11. Nysa Klodzko 8-18 
 12. MCKiS Jaworz. 8-18 
 13. Mickiewicz 6-20 
 14. UMKS Piotrc. 3-23 
Group C
 1. PWiK Piaseczno 22-2 
 2. UMKS Kielce 19-5 
 3. Tur Bielsk Pdl. 15-9 
 4. Handlopex AZS 14-10 
 5. MKS Limbach 14-10 
 6. Novum Lublin 12-12 
 7. Wisla AWF Kr. 11-13 
 8. Rosa II Radom 11-13 
 9. Staco MNLK 11-13 
 10. Unia Tarnow 10-14 
 11. UKS Siemaszka 8-16 
 12. Pulaski Warka 6-18 
 13. AZS II Polit.W-wa 3-21 

Finals: Round 4

A

May. 13: AZS PP Poznan - Astoria Bydg. 60-77

B

May. 13: BM Wegiel Stal - Slask II W.

C

May. 13: UMKS Kielce - PWiK Piaseczno


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. Mis, Handlopex AZS9.8 
 6. Fras, Trefl I.9.8 
 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. Lipinski, Nysa K.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. Adamczyk, Pulaski3.8 
 7. Hybiak, AZS P.3.8 
 8. Zych, Unia Tarnow3.8 
 9. Chojecki, Zyrardow.3.8 
 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.2.9 
 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 


1Liga Round 1 of Finals: Rosa Radom won the opener - by Eurobasket News

3rd place
MKS DG - Znicz Basket 70-78

The guests started the game with a very strong first quarter 28-19. But MMKS Dabrowa Gornicza won second period 19-14. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. MKS Znicz Basket brought some defensive toughness making 10 blocks. Forward Andrzej Misiewicz (201-84, college: Daytona Beach CC) nailed a double-double by scoring 20 points and 10 rebounds for the winning side and point guard Marek Szumelda-Krzycki (193-91, agency: Promotex) accounted for 14 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. Forward Pawel Zmarlak (195-82) came up with 12 points and 9 rebounds and point guard Grzegorz Grochowski (178-93) added 7 points, 5 rebounds, 8 assists and 6 steals respectively for MMKS Dabrowa Gornicza in the defeat. Five MKS Znicz Basket and four MMKS Dabrowa Gornicza players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
MKS DG: M.Woloszyn 18+1reb, L.Szczypka 15+2ast, P.Zmarlak 12+9reb+2ast, L.Grzegorzewski 10+6reb+1ast, K.Morawiec 7+1reb+1ast, G.Grochowski 7+5reb+8ast
Znicz Basket: A.Misiewicz 20+10reb, M.Szumelda-Krzycki 14+6reb+5ast, A.Sulinski 14+4reb+2ast, P.Szymanski 14+4reb+2ast, D.Czubek 11+2reb+1ast, A.Czujkowski 3+3reb+2ast
gschID: 176591


FINAL
Start Gdynia - Rosa Radom 67-82

The guests trailed by 10 points after first quarter, but they stormed back and won the game by 15 points. Rosa Radom made 17-of-19 free shots (89.5 percent) during the game. They also forced 22 Start Gdynia turnovers. Guard Artur Donigiewicz (185-84) stepped up and scored 28 points and 9 rebounds for the winners and guard Piotr Kardas (182-78) chipped in 13 points and 7 assists. At the losing side guard Piotr Smigielski (190-89) responded with 18 points, 5 assists and 4 steals and forward Tomasz Wojdyla (201-77) scored 10 points and 7 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Start Gdynia's coach Pawel Turkiewicz rotated eleven players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Start Gdynia: P.Smigielski 18+4reb+5ast, K.Szpyrka 11+4reb+1ast, M.Kostrzewski 11+4reb, T.Wojdyla 10+7reb, G.Mordzak 4+2reb+2ast, T.Andrzejewski 3+5reb
Rosa Radom: A.Donigiewicz 28+9reb+2ast, M.Kosinski 16+3reb+3ast, H.Radke 14+8reb, P.Kardas 13+4reb+7ast, M.Nikiel 6+2reb, J.Zalewski 5+3reb+1ast
gschID: 176590



Start Gdynia tied 1Liga Finals - by Eurobasket News

Start Gdynia - Rosa Radom 73-56 (1-1)

The game was mostly controlled by Start Gdynia. Rosa Radom managed to win fourth quarter 18-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Start Gdynia forced 20 Rosa Radom turnovers and outrebounded them 45-34 including 19 on the offensive glass. Guard Piotr Smigielski (190-89) had a double-double by scoring 13 points, 10 rebounds, 6 assists and 6 steals to lead the charge for the winners and forward Tomasz Wojdyla (201-77) chipped in 16 points and 9 rebounds during the contest. Four Start Gdynia players scored in double figures. Guard Artur Donigiewicz (185-84) responded with 17 points and 8 rebounds and Marcin Kosinski scored 16 points. Rosa Radom's coach Piotr Ignatowicz rotated eleven players seeing no chance for a win.
Top scorers:
Start Gdynia: T.Wojdyla 16+9reb+1ast, G.Mordzak 14+4reb+2ast, P.Smigielski 13+10reb+6ast, M.Kostrzewski 12+7reb, T.Andrzejewski 7+5reb+1ast, A.Lisewski 6+8reb
Rosa Radom: A.Donigiewicz 17+8reb+1ast, M.Kosinski 16+4reb+2ast, P.Kardas 13+4reb+2ast, J.Zalewski 6+2reb, H.Radke 2+5reb, M.Nikiel 2+4reb
gschID: 176592



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Standings - BSN

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

Second Stage: Round 5

May. 13: Quebradillas - San German 89-99
May. 13: Guaynabo - Bayamon 73-82
May. 14: Mayaguez - Guaynabo


Stats Leaders - BSN

Points Per Game
 Al THORNTON
  Guayama
  (203-F-83)
  Avg: 25.3
 1. Thornton, Guayama25.3 
 2. Harris, San German20.5 
 3. Sensley, Humacao19.7 
 4. Randolph, Quebradi.19.3 
 5. Dalmau, Bayamon18.5 
 6. Diogu, Arecibo18.1 
 7. Brown, Humacao18.0 
 8. Ayuso, Arecibo17.9 
 9. Ramos, Quebradillas17.4 
 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 German10.2 
 3. Diogu, Arecibo9.9 
 4. Lloreda, San G.9.3 
 5. Thornton, Guayama9.2 
 6. Powell, Guayama9.2 
 7. Ramos, Quebradillas9.1 
 8. Sensley, Humacao9.0 
 9. Burgess, Guaynabo8.4 
 10. Shannon, Quebradi.8.1 
Assists Per Game
 Filiberto RIVERA
  San German
  (190-PG-82)
  Avg: 5.9
 1. Rivera, San German5.9 
 2. Smith, Mayaguez5.5 
 3. Guzman, Guaynabo5.3 
 4. Garcia, Humacao5.2 
 5. Pagan, Guayama5.0 
 6. Pinnock, Arecibo4.9 
 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. Mojica, Bayamon1.7 
 3. Pinnock, Arecibo1.6 
 4. Dalmau, Bayamon1.5 
 5. Rivera, San German1.4 
 6. Sensley, Humacao1.3 
 7. Figueroa, Guaynabo1.3 
 8. Thornton, Guayama1.3 
 9. Strong, 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. Powell, Guayama1.3 
 9. Ramos, Quebradillas1.2 
 10. Harris, San German1.1 


Atleticos and Vaqueros move to solid position in standings: - by Luis Modestti

Atleticos de San German and Vaqueros de Bayamon moved to second and third place, respectively, after winning on Sunday.

San German dominated Piratas de Quebradillas 99-89 to climb into second place with a 4-2 record.

The hosts started the game attacking the paint since Shavlik Randolph is still injured and hasn't played since Thursday. Jose Lloreda (201-F/C-80, agency: Paris Global Sports, college: LSU) and Mike Harris (198-F-83, college: Rice) dominated and San German had a 54-33 halftime lead.

Quebradillas came back in the final quarter but was never a threat.

Lloreda ended with 22 points and Harris 21 for Atleticos.

Vaqueros dominated Mets 82-73 as Christian Dalmau (194-G-77, agency: Paris Global Sports, college: Daytona Beach CC) had 18 points and Gary Wilkinson (204-F/C-82, college: Utah St.) 16.

Both Bayamon and San German will face each other on Tuesday.



National Team preparations start soon - by Eurobasket News

SAN JUAN (FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament) - Puerto Rico will launch their preparations for the FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament (OQT) on 18 May though some players wont be able to start on time due to club commitments.

Forward Renaldo Balkman (201-F-84, college: S.Carolina) was due to arrive on Sunday while Edwin Ubiles, the NBDL Rookie of the Year of the Iowa Energy, is expected on Tuesday. Minnesota Timberwolves guard Jose Juan Barea (181-PG-84, college: Northeastern) is due 10 May.

Several players competing in the American college ranks, including guard Shabbaz Napier (Connecticut), shooting guard Mike Rosario (Florida), centers Matt Lpez (Utah State) and Jorge Bryan Daz (Nebraska) and forward Devon Collier (200-F) (Oregon State), Carlos Yao Lpez (UNLV), Vctor Dvila (Virginia Tech) and Kevin Young Morales (Kansas) should arrive between 12-15 May.

'There are other players that are still competing in the play-offs in Europe and (Puerto Rican) BSN but there will be sufficient players available so the national team can start training on May 18,' Beltran said.

'We have a great responsibility towards the country and we have to go with our best team and with the best possible preparation.

Puerto Rico will be involved in the Centrobasket tournament from 18-24 June and will play against The Former Yugoslavian Republic of Macedonia on 27-28 June.

The team will then travel to Caracas, Venezuela, for the OQT, in the hope of claiming one of three places for the London Games.

Puerto Rico played at the 2004 Olympics in Greece and shocked the United States on the opening day before reaching the Quarter-Finals, but they missed out on the Beijing Games after losing to Germany in the battle for the last remaining spot at the OQT in Athens.
Courtesy FIBA



Ayuso number one in Puerto Rico for Round 4 (second stage) - by Eurobasket News

Larry Ayuso (190-G-77, agency: Global Sports Plaza) had a great game in the last round for Arecibo, receiving a Latinbasket.com Player of the Round 4 award (Second Stage).
The 34-year old player was the main contributor (30 points, three rebounds and three assists) to his team's victory, helping them to beat Guaynabo (#6, 0-4), Second Stage botton-ranked team 79-72. Thanks to this victory Arecibo moved-up to the 5th position in the American BSN. Arecibo is rather a weak team placed in lower part in the standings. But it was their 3rd lost game this season out of 5 games. In the team's last game Ayuso had a remarkable 62.5% from 2-point range and got five three-pointers out of 9 attempts. It's his second year at Arecibo and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Former University of Southern California star has very solid stats this year. Ayuso is in league's top in points (8th best: 18.0ppg).

The second best player in last week's games was another Arecibo's star - 28-year old American Ike Diogu (204-F/C-83). Diogu had a very good evening with a double-double of 21 points and 15 rebounds. Of course Arecibo cruised to a 79-72 relatively comfortable win over Guaynabo (#6, 0-4). Despite this victory Arecibo slide down in the standings to 5th position. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 2-3 record. Diogu is one of the most experienced players at Arecibo and similarly like Larry Ayuso has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 18.5ppg (#6). He also registered 10.1 boards per game.

Third on the list of top players last week was another Arecibo's star - international guard Andres Rodriguez (184-PG-81). Rodriguez showcased his all-around game by recording 16 points, eight rebounds and seven assists in the last week. Despite Rodriguez's great performance Arecibo lost 71-80 to slightly higher-ranked San German (#3, 3-2). But his team cannot count on just these two top stars as they also need help of the other teammates. The chances of Arecibo ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 3 games, recording just two victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Rodriguez could help Arecibo to bring them higher in the standings. Rodriguez has a very solid season. In 3 games in Puerto Rico he scored 10.7ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Jesse Pellot-Rosa (193-G-84) of San German - 21 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Mike Harris (198-F-83) of San German - 14 points, 10 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Donta Smith (201-G-83) of Mayaguez - 20 points, 3 rebounds and 4 assists
7. Michael Sweetney (203-F-82) of Bayamon - 14 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Kevin Hamilton (193-G-84) of Mayaguez - 15 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Joel Jones (196-G/F-81) of Quebradillas - 21 points and 5 rebounds
10. Gabriel Colon (200-G/F-84) of Guaynabo - 14 points and 4 rebounds

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



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Standings - Superleague B

Superleague Standings
 1. Ural Ekaterinb. 24-8 
 2. Ataman 20-12 
 3. Univ.Surgut 19-13 
 4. TEMP-SUMZ 18-14 
 5. Severstal 17-15 
 6. Ruskon-Mord. 15-17 
 7. Rjazan 13-19 
 8. Spartak V. 11-21 
 9. Sojuz Zaretchny 7-25 

Finals: Round 1

3rd place

May. 18: Severstal - Rjazan

FINAL

May. 18: Ural Ekaterinb. - Univ.Surgut


Standings - Higher League

Higher League Standings
Group A
 1. AltajBasket 21-7 
 2. Novosybirsk 20-8 
 3. Kamit-Univ. 19-9 
 4. Dynamo Mo. 16-12 
 5. Planeta-Univ. 11-17 
 6. Rodniki Izh. 9-19 
 7. Stary Sobol NT 9-19 
 8. Neftekhimik T. 7-21 
Group B
 1. Avtodor S. 28-4 
 2. Sogdiana-Skif 23-9 
 3. Dynamo Kursk 21-11 
 4. Dynamo-MGTU 19-13 
 5. Elbrus Cherk. 16-16 
 6. Dynamo-Stavr. 14-18 
 7. BK Tambov 12-20 
 8. Volzhan.-GES 7-25 
 9. Desna Bryansk 4-28 


Ilievski to miss the end of the season - by Anton Zirkov

Lokomotiv Kuban point guard - Vlado Ilievski (189-PG-80, agency: Beo Basket) who was injured in the VTB semifinals against UNICS is out for the rest of the season with a tear in his thigh.
The Macedonian who came from Turkish giants Anadolu Efes in the middle of the season will be out for three or four weeks according to Lokomotiv Kuban Team doctor Konstantin Shubin,and that means that he will miss the 3rd place series against Triumph.



Krasnie Krilya won Russian 2011/2012 Cup - by Eurobasket News

Krasnie Krilya- Spartak-Primorje 84:62

Krasnie Krilya won Russian 2011/2012 Cup as they left no chances to Spartak-Primorje in the Final game. Samara saw a 84:62 comfortable win of the hosts to celebrate with them last night.
Krasnie Krilya easily took control of the game and reached 24-12 in the end of the period. They added 22-19 in the second frame and enjoyed 15-point lead at the halftime. Moreover the hosts won the third quarter 25-13 and did not mind 13-18 in the last stanza.
Brion Rush (186-G-84, agency: Beo Basket, college: Grambling St.) top-scored for the winners with 17 points and Aaron Miles (186-G-83, college: Kansas) netted 14. Dragan Labovic (207-C/F-87, agency: Alti Sport) poured in 13, while ALIEVAS Rolandas and Nikita Balashov (206-F-91) added 10 apiece. Cuthbert Victor (197-F-83, college: Murray St.) ended up with 16 points in defeat and Torey Thomas (180-PG-85, agency: Interperformances, college: Holy Cross) scored 15. GOLYAKHOV Aleksey delivered 8 and Ivan Pavlov (200-C-89) nailed 7.
In the game for the third place Spartak St Petersburg overcame Ural 68:67.
Brion Rush was named MVP of the Final Four. Torey Thomas became the best Point Guard and Valery Likhodey (205-F-86) was awarded Small Forward nomination. Nikita Balashov became the best Power Forward, while Lorenzo Gordon (201-F-83, agency: Hart Sports Mngm, college: Oklahoma City) the best Center.

Krasnie Krilya: Brion Rush 17, Aaron Miles 14, Dragan Labovic 13, ALIEVAS Rolandas 10, Nikita Balashov 10
Spartak-Primorje: Cuthbert Victor 16, Torey Thomas 15, GOLYAKHOV Aleksey 8, Ivan Pavlov 7



Planeta-Universitet Ukhta won Russian Higher League - by Eurobasket News

Planeta-Universitet Ukhta won Russian Higher League. The team finished the Regular Season with 11-17 record, but managed to surprise the teams in the Play-offs.
In the Semifinal they edged Novosybirsk 75:73 to enter the Final game. In the Final game Planeta-Universitet Ukhta overcame AltayBasket Barnaul 70:68. The latter won the opening period 21-20 and then added 17-11 in the second frame. The second half however belonged to the team from Ukhta. The latter celebrated a 23-15 surge in the third quarter and added 16-15 for the final success. Aleksandr Amelin (184-G-88) top-scored for the winners with 17 points, while Anton Dudukin (209-F/C-86) nailed 15. SUKHININ Igor posted 12 and Sergei Dubinin (206-C-85) had 9. Aleksandr Diatchkov (191-G-81) ended up with 16 points in the losing effort. Vladimir Pronin (204-F-75) delivered 13, whilst Vasili Gladyshev (188-G-83) added 12.



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Standings

National League Standings
 1. Edinburgh K. 17-1 
 2. C.Eriksson F. 16-2 
 3. St.Mirren S. 14-4 
 4. Troon Tornadoes 10-8 
 5. Glasgow Univ. 9-9 
 6. Stirling Knights 7-11 
 7. Boroughmuir 7-11 
 8. Glasgow Storm 7-11 
 9. Glasgow R. II 2-16 
 10. Dunfermline R. 1-17 



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Luka Mitrovic gets MVP of the Round award in Superleague - by Eurobasket News

Talented Luka Mitrovic (204-F/C-93) had an amazing evening in the last round for Hemofarm and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 11 (Superleague). The 18-year old power forward had a double-double of 25 points and nineteen rebounds, while his team beat Radnicki Basket (#5, 5-6) 85-72. Hemofarm improved to 2-9, but stays at the bottom of the standings.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was another Hemofarm's star - 23-year old guard Mladen Jeremic (196-G-88, agency: Interperformances). Jeremic impressed basketball fans with 28 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists. Of course together with Mitrovic he helped Hemofarm with comfortable win 85-72 over the higher-ranked Radnicki Basket (#5, 5-6) being unquestionably team leader.

The third best performed player last round was Dejan Musli (213-C-91, agency: Beo Basket) of Mega Vizura (#7). Musli scored 11 points and grabbed eighteen rebounds (!!!). Despite Musli's great performance Mega Vizura lost 75-79 to the higher-ranked Crvena Zvezda (#3, 7-4). Mega Vizura dropped to 3-8 record. Musli has a very solid season. In 10 games in Serbia he scored 8.4ppg. He also has 6.5rpg and FGP: 52.5%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Milan Macvan (206-C-89) of Partizan - 17 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists
5. Zoran Osmokrovic (189-G-81) of BKK Radnicki - 14 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists
6. Milos Dimic (195-G-89) of Radnicki Basket - 24 points and 4 rebounds
7. Slobodan Dundjerski (190-G-88) of Vojvodina - 2 points, 4 rebounds and 11 assists
8. Dragan Milosavljevic (198-G-89) of Partizan - 14 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Petar Popovic (211-C-79) of Crvena Zvezda - 26 points and 4 rebounds
10. Dejan Djokic (187-G-89) of Radnicki Basket - 15 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists

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



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ASEAN League: Warriors overcome Slingers - by Eurobasket News

Singapore Slingers - Indonesia Warriors 85:92

Indonesia Warriors completed the ASEAN League regular season on a high note. They defeated Singapore Slingers on the road to improve at 12-9 record in the third position in the ladder. The Slingers fell at 9-12 record outside playoff zone.
The hosts opened the game strongly. They stayed ahead throughout the first half. The Slingers piled up a 48:45 halftime lead. The Warriors however took over after the big break. They cut the deficit and eventually surged ahead for a 2-point advantage. The visitors knocked down 25 points in the fourth stanza to celebrate the victory. Evan Brock (204-F-84, college: Alabama) came up with 22 points and 11 rebounds for the Warriors. Stanley Pringle (184-PG-87, college: Penn St.) added 21 points in the victory. Graham Louis (205-F/C-84) answered with 34 points for the Slingers. Jeffers Kyle (207-C-85, college: Oregon St.) posted 17 points and 12 rebounds in the loss.

Singapore Slingers: Graham Louis 34, Jeffers Kyle 17+12 boards
Indonesia Warriors: Evan Brock 22+11 boards, Stanley Pringle 21, Steve Thomas (204-C/F-81, college: Middle Tenn.St.) 20



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D2 - Standings

League One Stage Two Standings
Places 1-8
 1. Inter B 8-2 
 2. Petrzalka 8-2 
 3. Slavia Kosice 7-3 
 4. Nova Ves B 5-5 
 5. Karlovka 5-5 
 6. Trnava 4-6 
 7. Ziar/Hronom 3-7 
 8. Sabinov 0-10 
Places 9-16
 1. BSC Bratislava 8-2 
 2. SKP Filozof 7-3 
 3. Holic 5-4 
 4. BKM Svit 5-5 
 5. Roznava 5-5 
 6. Sered 4-6 
 7. Liptovsky M. 3-7 
 8. Lucenec 2-8 
Stage One Standings


Anton Gavel selected the top Slovakian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Anton Gavel
Anton Gavel
   #1. This week's number one is an international guard Anton Gavel (189-84, agency: Pro One Sports). He led Brose Baskets to a victory against the seventh-ranked Telekom Baskets (18-15) 102-92 in the German BBL in Saturday night's game. Gavel scored 14 points and added 5 assists in 23 minutes on the court. Brose Baskets Bamberg (30-4) is placed first in the BBL. Gavel has relatively good stats this year: 10.5ppg, 2.0rpg, 3.6apg, 2FGP: 51.9%, 3FGP: 42.5% and FT: 79.6% in the 35 games he played so far. He is currently a member of the Slovakian senior national team.

Dusan Pandula
Dusan Pandula
   #2. Second place goes to an international forward Dusan Pandula (196-84). Pandula contributed to a 1-point BK Prostejov's victory against the third-ranked BK Decin (25-11) 75-74 in the Czech Republic NBL last Tuesday. He scored 12 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. It was the game of the round between two top 3 ranked teams in group A1. BK Prostejov (25-11) is placed second. This season Pandula averages: 7.4ppg, 3.8rpg, 1.1apg, 2FGP: 51.0%, 3FGP: 32.3% and FT: 67.1%. He is in the roster of the Slovakian senior national team.

Radoslav Rancik
Radoslav Rancik
   #3. The Slovakian player who performed third best last week abroad was an experienced former international power forward Radoslav Rancik (207-79, agency: Beo Basket, college: St.Cloud St.). Rancik contributed to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Budivelnyk (30-9) 83-64 in the Ukrainian Superleague on Saturday night. He scored 8 points in only 14 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Azovmash Mariupol (26-13) is placed third in the Superleague. This year Rancik's overall stats are: 8.5ppg, 4.2rpg, 1.1apg, 2FGP: 43.9%, 3FGP: 30.8% and FT: 84.5% in the 39 games. He played for the Slovakian national team two years ago.

Roman Marko
Roman Marko
   #4. Guard Roman Marko (195-86), who plays in the Czech Republic NBL could not help BC Kolin (22-24) in their last game on Wednesday. Despite Marko's good performance the fifth-placed BC Kolin was crushed 96-63 on the road by the leading CEZ Nymburk in the A1 group. He scored 11 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Marko's total stats this season are: 8.8ppg, 2.5rpg and 2.4apg. He is also Slovakian national team player.

Justin Sedlak
Justin Sedlak
   #5. Former international power forward Justin Sedlak (205-87, college: Florida Tech) was not able to help Caceres 2016 (22-4) in their game against Ford Burgos (22-12) in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division). Sedlak did not have that impressive stats last Friday. He scored only 3 points in 4 minutes on the court. The league leader Caceres 2016 was edged 68-66 on the opponent's court by the second-ranked Ford_Burgos. This year Sedlak's total stats are: 4.6ppg and 2.6rpg in the 35 games. He used to play for the Slovakian national team two years ago.

Other top Slovakian players, who play abroad:

Mihail Cehovski (208-F-94) plays for Partizan in Serbian A League
Patrick Boloz (211-C-96) plays for Brose Baskets in German BBL
Ladislav Stojanov (194-F-88) plays for Levice in Czech Republic NBL
Andrej Cervenka (197-G/F-84) plays for Levice in Czech Republic NBL
Richard Urland (195-F-84) plays for Levice in Czech Republic NBL
Jozef Vojtek (203-F/C-85) plays for Levice in Czech Republic NBL
Daniel Ilavsky (G-87) plays for Levice in Czech Republic NBL
Marek Stec (193-G-80) plays for Levice in Czech Republic NBL
Martin Sykora (190-G/F-81) plays for Levice in Czech Republic NBL
Ladislav Lutovsky (201-F-75) plays for Levice in Czech Republic NBL

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



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1B Stats Leaders

D2 Standings
 1. Grosuplje 21-5 
 2. Sencur CP 20-6 
 3. Postojna 19-7 
 4. Splosna plovba 17-9 
 5. Triglav Strazisce 17-9 
 6. Branik 15-11 
 7. Terme Olimia 13-13 
 8. Hrastnik 11-15 
 9. Medvode 11-15 
 10. Konjice 11-15 
 11. Radenska 10-16 
 12. Jance Prit 9-17 
 13. Litija 8-18 
 14. Nova Gorica 0-26 


Standings - D2

D3 Standings
East
 1. Crnomelj 16-4 
 2. Lastovka 16-4 
 3. Bistrica 14-6 
 4. Krka II 12-8 
 5. Nazarje 10-10 
 6. Vrani Vransko 10-10 
 7. Calcit Kamnik 9-11 
 8. Posavje Krsko 8-12 
 9. Lenart 7-13 
 10. Hram Gorjan 5-15 
 11. Union Olim. II 3-17 
West
 1. Koper 17-3 
 2. Plama Pur 17-3 
 3. Ajdovscina 14-6 
 4. Jesenice 10-10 
 5. Fenomeni 9-11 
 6. Jezica 9-11 
 7. Logatec 9-11 
 8. Pingvini S. 8-12 
 9. Tolmin 7-13 
 10. Javor Pivka 6-14 
 11. Globus 4-16 



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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, Breogan17.7 
 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. Antelo, Caceres14.6 
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. Mortellaro, Leon7.7 
 7. Antelo, Caceres7.7 
 8. Sikma, La Palma7.7 
 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. DeVries, Melilla3.4 
 10. Quezada, Leon3.4 
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 


Standings - LEB Silver

LEB Silver Standings
 1. Andorra 19-5 
 2. Ourense 17-7 
 3. Prat Juventud 15-9 
 4. Las Rozas 15-9 
 5. Coruna 13-11 
 6. Aurteneche M. 13-11 
 7. Barca Regal II 12-12 
 8. Lan Mobel ISB 12-12 
 9. Avila 12-12 
 10. Oviedo CB 8-16 
 11. Plasencia 8-16 
 12. Tenerife 7-17 
 13. Gandia Basquet 5-19 

Semi-Finals: Round 5

May. 13: Ourense - Aurteneche M. 79-65


Stats Leaders-LEB Silver

Points Per Game
 Alfredo OTT
  Lan M.
  (193-G-83)
  Avg: 17.9
 1. Ott, Lan M.17.9 
 2. Monroe, Tenerife16.5 
 3. Atoyebi, Lan M.16.4 
 4. Salson, Las Rozas16.3 
 5. Todorovic, Prat J.16.1 
 6. Eriksson, Barca R.15.8 
 7. Ortiz, Aurtenec.14.3 
 8. Balmon, Las Rozas14.0 
 9. Oha, Gandia Basqu.13.1 
 10. Elias, Tenerife13.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Marko TODOROVIC
  Prat J.
  (203-F-92)
  Avg: 8.7
 1. Todorovic, Prat J.8.7 
 2. Balmon, Las Rozas8.3 
 3. Elias, Tenerife8.3 
 4. Atoyebi, Lan M.8.1 
 5. Thompson, Aurtene.8.0 
 6. Monroe, Tenerife7.7 
 7. Ausina, Aurtenec.7.3 
 8. Ortega, Oviedo CB7.2 
 9. Miller, Gandia B.6.9 
 10. Adams, Coruna6.9 
Assists Per Game
 Federico BAVOSI
  Andorra
  (184-PG-81)
  Avg: 5.8
 1. Bavosi, Andorra5.8 
 2. Ibargutxi, Lan M.4.4 
 3. Guigou, Tenerife4.1 
 4. Alvarado, Gandia B.3.5 
 5. Llorente, Avila3.2 
 6. Bassas, Prat J.3.2 
 7. Vilanova, Prat J.3.2 
 8. Ugrinoski, Las R.3.2 
 9. Faner, Plasencia3.1 
 10. Salson, Las Rozas2.8 
Steals Per Game
 Alfredo OTT
  Lan M.
  (193-G-83)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Ott, Lan M.2.9 
 2. Faner, Plasencia2.9 
 3. Hill, Ourense1.8 
 4. Bavosi, Andorra1.7 
 5. Guigou, Tenerife1.7 
 6. Barcelo, Aurtenec.1.6 
 7. Arcelus, Aurtenec.1.5 
 8. Elias, Tenerife1.5 
 9. Creus, Barca R.1.5 
 10. Ros, Plasencia1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Papa MBAYE
  Barca R.
  (209-C-90)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Mbaye, Barca R.1.6 
 2. Todorovic, Prat J.1.5 
 3. Marti, Prat J.1.5 
 4. Thompson, Aurtene.1.2 
 5. Flis, Andorra1.0 
 6. Serrano, Lan M.1.0 
 7. Iglesias, Plasencia0.9 
 8. Miller, Gandia B.0.9 
 9. Elias, Tenerife0.8 
 10. Olaizola, Lan M.0.8 


Navarra and Menorca advance to LEB Gold Semifinals - by Eurobasket News

Fourth games of the LEB Gold Quarterfinals just ended. Visitors were almost perfect as they registered 3 wins out of 4 games. Navarra and Menorca outplayed their rivals on the road winning their series with 3-1. It means that they advanced to the Semifinals, while La Palma and Breogan are out of the competition. Two other series are tied at 2-2 after tonight's games. Their winners will be decided in Game Five on Tuesday. Melilla and Burgos will be the hosts.

La Palma - Navarra 72-78 OT (1-3)
The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But UB La Palma won third quarter 16-10. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening, at least not yet. The game turned upside-down in the last quarter, where UB La Palma used huge pressure winning it 25-17 getting a tie at the end of regular time. They lost eventually overtime period 5-11. Grupo Iruna Navarra made 22-of-29 free shots (75.9 percent) during the game. UB La Palma was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a great performance of Czech center Ondrej Starosta (215-C-79) who helped to win the game recording 20 points and 6 rebounds. American power forward Kevin Langford (204-85, college: TCU, agency: Dynamics Global Management) contributed with 14 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Four Grupo Iruna Navarra players scored in double figures. Dutch power forward Roeland Schaftenaar (211-88, college: Oregon St.) replied with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 11 rebounds and American forward Lucas Sikma (203-89, college: Portland) added 17 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for UB La Palma. UB La Palma's coach rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
La Palma: R.Martinez 19+4reb+2ast, L.Sikma 17+7reb+1ast, R.Schaftenaar 14+11reb+1ast, C.Diaz 7+3reb+4ast, W.Tavares 6+5reb, E.Kloos 4+1ast
Navarra: O.Starosta 20+6reb, K.Langford 14+5reb+2ast, J.Garcia 11+5reb+1ast, M.Uriz 10+2reb+1ast, N.Rakocevic 10+1reb, I.Sanz 8+5reb+3ast
gschID: 176534


Caceres - Burgos 84-77 (2-2)
Ford Burgos trailed by 12 points at halftime and as many as 15 after three quarters before a 33-25 last quarter charge cut the deficit to 77-84 at the end of the game. Caceres 2016 made 24-of-29 free shots (82.8 percent) during the game. Caceres 2016 outrebounded Ford Burgos 38-24 including a 17-4 advantage in offensive rebounds. It was a very good performance for point guard Daniel Rodriguez (180-84) who helped to win the game recording 20 points (made all of his seven free throws). Power forward Jose Angel Antelo (203-87) contributed with 16 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Croatian power forward Mateo Kedzo (206-84) replied with 18 points (perfect from the field making all seven shots !!!) and American power forward Jerome Tillman (198-87, college: Ohio) added 10 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Ford Burgos. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Burgos: M.Kedzo 18+4reb+2ast, J.Aguilar 13+2reb+2ast, J.Castro 11+1reb+5ast, J.Tillman 10+6reb+2ast, J.Ortega 8, R.Schraeder 6+2reb
Caceres: D.Rodriguez 20+3reb+3ast, J.Angel Antelo 16+6reb, C.Cherry 13+1ast, F.Sanchez 11+3reb+2ast, L.Williams 9+9reb, J.Sedlak 6+4reb
gschID: 176535


Breogan - Menorca 67-93 (1-3)
The game without a history. Menorca Basquet led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 46 of its points in the paint compared to Leche Rio Breogan's 26 and made 29-of-37 free shots (78.4 percent) during the game. Menorca Basquet forced 24 Leche Rio Breogan turnovers. Leche Rio Breogan was plagued by 31 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a very good performance for swingman David Navarro (192-83) who helped to win the game recording 12 points and 4 assists. American forward Taylor Coppenrath (205-81, college: Vermont) contributed with 8 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Four Menorca Basquet players scored in double figures. Dominican-American guard James Feldeine (193-88, college: Quinnipiac) replied with 21 points and 7 rebounds and Nigerian-Dominican guard Sean Ogirri (188-86, college: Wyoming) added 10 points in the effort for Leche Rio Breogan.
Top scorers:
Breogan: J.Feldeine 21+7reb, S.Ogirri 10+2reb+3ast, C.Cobos 8+2reb+1ast, M.Gomez 7+4reb, A.Bortolussi 6, J.Krabbenhoft 5+3reb
Menorca: M.Blanch 13, D.Navarro 12+3reb+4ast, R.Morentin 12, A.Matali 11+3reb+1ast, O.Arteaga 10+4reb, J.Jimenez 10+1reb+4ast
gschID: 176536


Lleida - Melilla 57-66 (2-2)
The guests trailed by 2 points at the halftime before their 31-20 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. It was a very good performance for Nigerian power forward Chukwudinma Odiakosa (203-85, college: Illinois St., agency: N.E.T.) who helped to win the game recording 15 points and 9 rebounds. Guard Jose Salvador Arco (194-85) contributed with 15 points for the winners. Four Melilla Baloncesto players scored in double figures. The former international power forward Alfonso Alzamora (206-79) replied with 8 points and 9 rebounds and American-Austrian guard Jason Detrick (198-80, college: Oklahoma, agency: Court Side) added 11 points in the effort for Lleida Basquet.
Top scorers:
Lleida: C.Ramsdell 15+2reb, J.Detrick 11+4reb+3ast, A.Alzamora 8+9reb+3ast, J.Kale 7+6reb+1ast, M.Feliu 6+4reb+1ast, J.Simeon 4+2reb+2ast
Melilla: C.Odiakosa 15+9reb+2ast, J.Salvador Arco 15+2reb+2ast, J.Riera 12+2reb+3ast, H.Manzano 10+6reb+3ast, M.Suka-Umu 7+1reb+3ast, J.Ignacio Romero 3



Ourense and Prat Joventut to fight for LEB Silver Playoffs title - by Eurobasket News

Semifinals, Game 5: Ourense - Aurteneche M. 79-65 (3-2)

Fifth decisive game of the LEB Silver Semifinals between Ourense and Aurteneche M. just ended. The hosts celebrated 79-65 victory and booked a spot for the Finals. There, Ourense will meet Prat Joventut. It will be another best-of-five series and schedule will be announced soon. The winner will compete next season in LEB Gold. Ourense trailed by 2 points at the halftime before their 49-33 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Ourense outrebounded Aurteneche M. 35-22 including 24 on the defensive glass. It was a great shooting night for Ourense especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 58.8 percentage. American forward Matthew Webster (203-F-84, college: Evansville) orchestrated the victory by scoring 22 points and 7 rebounds (perfect from the field making all six shots). Guard Alberto Miguel (188-77) contributed with 24 points (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field) for the winners. American forward Alex Thompson (208-85, college: Iowa St.) answered with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 10 rebounds and point guard Ander Ortiz (185-80) added 14 points in the effort for Aurteneche M. Andorra is the team who won the regular season with 19-5 record. They already won the promotion for LEB Gold. One more ticket is available.

Ourense: A.Miguel 24+2reb, M.Webster 22+7reb, F.Koffi 13+6reb+2ast, A.Pantin 6+8reb, K.Hill 4+2reb, P.Movilla 3+2reb
Aurteneche M.: A.Thompson 16+10reb+1ast, A.Ortiz 14+2reb+1ast, J.Camilo Riveiro 10+5reb+1ast, A.Ausina 9, J.Uriarte 6+2reb, A.Arruti 3



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  SWEDEN   

Standings - Basketligan

Basketligan Standings
 1. Norrkoping 23-13 
 2. Sodertalje 23-13 
 3. Sundsvall 21-15 
 4. Boras 21-15 
 5. Uppsala 21-15 
 6. LF Basket 20-16 
 7. Solna 17-19 
 8. 08 17-19 
 9. Jamtland 13-23 
 10. Eco Orebro 4-32 


Standings - BasketEttan

Basketettan Standings
North
 1. Eagles 22-0