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  ADRIATIC LEAGUE   


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 David SIMON
  Radnicki K.
  (207-C-82)
  Avg: 19.4
 1. Simon, Radnicki K.19.4 
 2. Kasun, KK.17.9 
 3. Scott, Radnicki K.17.5 
 4. Simon, KK.15.0 
 5. Pilepic, Siroki W.14.8 
 6. Prepelic, Helios14.2 
 7. Pasalic, Helios14.0 
 8. Macvan, Partizan13.3 
 9. Pavkovic, Radnicki13.2 
 10. Savovic, Hemofarm12.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Boris SAVOVIC
  Hemofarm
  (206-F-87)
  Avg: 11.4
 1. Savovic, Hemofarm11.4 
 2. Macvan, Partizan8.5 
 3. Kasun, KK.8.3 
 4. Scott, Radnicki K.6.6 
 5. Pavic, Krka6.5 
 6. Simon, Radnicki K.6.5 
 7. Pasalic, Helios6.2 
 8. Omic, Zlatorog6.2 
 9. Bilan, Cedevita5.5 
 10. Popovic, Crvena Z.5.3 
Assists Per Game
 Steven MARKOVIC
  Radnicki K.
  (190-G-85)
  Avg: 7
 1. Markovic, Radnicki7.0 
 2. Pavkovic, Radnicki7.0 
 3. Vladovic, Siroki W.5.0 
 4. Vujasinovic, Zlato.4.7 
 5. Papaloukas, Macca.4.0 
 6. Mulaomerovic, KK Z.3.9 
 7. Simon, KK.3.8 
 8. Draper, Cedevita3.6 
 9. Popovic, Crvena Z.3.5 
 10. Gay, Helios3.3 
Steals Per Game
 D.J. GAY
  Helios
  (183-G-89)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Gay, Helios1.9 
 2. Markovic, Radnicki1.7 
 3. Dragic, Krka1.7 
 4. Simon, KK.1.6 
 5. Ramljak, Siroki W.1.5 
 6. Dasic, Union Olimp.1.5 
 7. Papaloukas, Macca.1.5 
 8. Draper, Cedevita1.5 
 9. Ohayon, Maccabi1.5 
 10. Scott, Radnicki K.1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 David SIMON
  Radnicki K.
  (207-C-82)
  Avg: 1.4
 1. Simon, Radnicki K.1.4 
 2. James, Maccabi T-A1.4 
 3. Savovic, Hemofarm1.0 
 4. Hendrix, Maccabi1.0 
 5. Ilic, Crvena Zvezda0.9 
 6. Thompson, Union O.0.9 
 7. Scott, Radnicki K.0.8 
 8. Omic, Zlatorog0.7 
 9. Collins, Siroki W.0.7 
 10. Bircevic, Radnick.0.7 



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  ALGERIA   


Algerian basketball Federation adjusts calendar - by Eurobasket News

Last months break forced the Algerian basketball federation to adjust its fixtures calendar in order not to affect GS Ptrolier (defending champions) who are expected to participate at the Arab Club Championships in Kuwait.

This adjustment has ensured seven Algerian internationals called up with the national team for a training camp in Serbia will be able to participate.
Courtesy of: StarAfrica.com



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  ARAB CLUB CHAMPIONSHIPS   


Arabic clubs championship postponed - by Eurobasket News

Initially scheduled between the 15th and the 27th of May in Kuwait, the 25th edition of the Arabic clubs basketball championship has been postponed to September.
The information has been released by the international basketball federation (FIBA) as Kuwait is banned from organizing or taking part in international competitions. During talks with the Arabic Basketball Union, it was decided that the championship will begin after sports regulations in Kuwait have been modified in relation with international rules.
Courtesy of: StarAfrica.com



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  ARGENTINA   


Emanuel Ginobili selected the top Argentinian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Emanuel Ginobili
Emanuel Ginobili
   #1. This week's number one is an experienced international guard Emanuel Ginobili (198-77, agency: Interperformances). He led San Antonio Spurs to a victory over the Utah Jazz (36-30) 87-81 in the NBA in Monday night's game. Ginobili was MVP of the game. He recorded 17 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 27 minutes on the court. The San Antonio Spurs have a very solid 50-16 record this season. It was his team's tenth consecutive victory in a row. It's Ginobili's tenth year with the team. Ginobili has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 12.5ppg, 3.4rpg, 4.4apg, 2FGP: 59.0%(108-183), 3FGP: 40.7% and FT: 85.3% in the 38 games he played so far. Ginobili has a dual citizenship: Argentinian and Italian. Despite he played previously for the Italian national team, Ginobili is currently a member of the Argentinian senior national team.

Hernan Jasen
Hernan Jasen
   #2. Second place goes to an international guard Hernan Jasen (199-78), who plays in the Spanish ACB. He could not help Cajasol (18-16) in their last game on Sunday. Despite Jasen's very good performance Cajasol was defeated 75-66 on the road by the lower-ranked Unicaja Malaga (#9). He was the top scorer with 17 points. Jasen also added 8 rebounds. His team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And that game will be critical. It's Jasen's first season with the team. Jasen's overall stats this year are: 5.9ppg, 3.4rpg, 1.1spg, 2FGP: 42.5%, 3FGP: 32.3% and FT: 82.4%. He is another player who holds two passports: Italian and Argentinian. Despite Jasen played previously for the Italian national team, he is currently a member of the Argentinian senior national team.

Andres Nocioni
Andres Nocioni
   #3. The Argentinian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international forward Andres Nocioni (199-79). Nocioni contributed to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Gescrap BB (19-15) crushing them 100-70 in the Spanish ACB on Sunday night. He recorded 9 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 21 minutes. Caja Laboral Vitoria (23-11) is placed third in the ACB. Nocioni's team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And now that game is very crucial. Nocioni has relatively good stats this year: 11.1ppg, 4.4rpg, 2FGP: 55.3%(26-47), 3FGP: 47.6%(10-21) and FT: 77.8% in the eight games. Similarly like Jasen and Ginobili above he has both Italian and Argentinian nationalities. Despite Nocioni played previously for the Italian national team, he is currently a member of the Argentinian senior national team.

Ariel Filloy
Ariel Filloy
   #4. Point guard Ariel Filloy (190-87, also represented by Interperformances) contributed to an easy victory against the 12th-ranked Angelico Biella (13-19) crushing them 97-77 in the Italian SerieA in Sunday night's game. Filloy recorded 9 points. EA7 Emporio Armani Milano (22-10) is placed second in the SerieA. It was his team's eighth consecutive victory in a row. They will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And now that game is quite important. Filloy's overall stats this season are: 2.8ppg and 1.5rpg. Similarly like three previous players above, he also holds two passports: Argentinian and Italian. Despite Filloy played previously for the Italian U20 national team, he is currently in the Argentinian national team roster.

Marcos Casini
Marcos Casini
   #5. Former international point guard Marcos Casini (188-80) was the major contributor in a Givova Scafati's victory against the closely-ranked Centrale Latte (15-13) 106-92 in the Italian Lega2 (second division) last Saturday. Casini scored 17 points and added 3 passes in 25 minutes. Givova Scafati Basket (17-11) is placed fourth in the Lega2. This year Casini's overall stats are: 8.3ppg, 2.5rpg, 1.3apg and 1.3spg in the 30 games. He holds both Argentinian and Italian passports. Despite Casini played previously for the Italian national team, he is currently in the Argentinian national team roster.

Sebastian Vico
Sebastian Vico
   #6. Guard Sebastian Vico (190-86, agency: Players Group) was the main contributor in Matera's victory against the sixth-ranked Ruvo (3-31) crushing them 90-69 in the Italian Nazionale A (third division) on Thursday night. Vico was the best player in that game. He recorded a double-double by scoring 19 points and making 11 passes. Vico also added 4 rebounds and 4 steals. Bawer Matera (15-19) is placed sixth in South-West Division. This season Vico has relatively solid stats: 13.8ppg, 3.8rpg, 3.2apg and 2.3spg. Despite he played previously for the Italian national team, Vico is also a former international player as he played for the Argentinian senior team five years ago.

Leonardo Mainoldi
Leonardo Mainoldi
   #7. International forward Leonardo Mainoldi (203-85) was not able to help Baloncesto Fuenlabrada (12-22) in their game against Meridiano Alicante (18-16) in the Spanish ACB. He recorded 7 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 20 minutes. Baloncesto Fuenlabrada lost 55-66 in Alicante to the much higher-ranked (#8) Meridiano. It was Baloncesto Fuenlabrada's third consecutive loss in a row. The Regular Season already ended. Mainoldi is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fourth year in Baloncesto Fuenlabrada's roster. Mainoldi has reliable stats this season: 10.4ppg and 5.8rpg in the 31 games. Despite he played previously for the Italian national team, Mainoldi is currently in the Argentinian national team roster.

Manuel Carrizo
Manuel Carrizo
   #8. Swingman Manuel Carrizo (198-80, another player represented by Players Group) contributed to a 1-point Ferentino's victory against the leader Omegna (30-4) 71-70 in the Italian Nazionale A (third division) last Sunday. He was the top player that evening. Carrizo recorded 20 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists. It was the game of the round between two top 3 ranked teams in Division South-West. FMC Ferentino (21-13) is placed second in South-West Division. Carrizo averaged so far 14.3ppg, 4.0rpg, 1.8apg and 1.3spg. Despite he played previously for the Italian national team, Carrizo is currently in the Argentinian national team roster.

Bernardo Musso
Bernardo Musso
   #9. International guard Bernardo Musso (192-86), who plays in the Italian Nazionale A (third division) was not able to secure a victory for Napoli (27-7) in their last game. Despite his good performance the first-placed Napoli lost 65-70 at home to the second-ranked Trento in the South-West Division. Musso recorded 12 points, 7 rebounds, 9 assists and 4 steals in 38 minutes. Musso is currently first on the league's list of top scorers and also on the list of best passers (second place). He has very impressive stats this year: 19.2ppg, 6.6rpg, 4.3apg and 2.7spg in the 36 games. Despite Musso played previously for the Italian national team, he is currently in the Argentinian national team roster.

Mario Jose Ghersetti
Mario Jose Ghersetti
   #10. Forward Mario Jose Ghersetti (201-81) faced previously mentioned Marcos Casini in the Italian Lega2 last game. Ghersetti couldn't help Centrale Latte (15-13) in their game against Givova Scafati (17-11). Despite his very good performance in Saturday night's game He was the second best scorer with 16 points. Ghersetti also added 4 rebounds. Ghersetti averaged so far 14.6ppg, 5.9rpg and 2.1spg. Despite he played previously for the Italian national team, Ghersetti is also international player as years ago he still played for the Argentinian senior national team.

   #11. International power forward Franco Prelazzi (205-79) faced previously mentioned Manuel Carrizo in the Italian Nazionale A last game. Prelazzi couldn't help Omegna in their game against Ferentino, despite his good performance last Sunday. He was the second best scorer with 11 points. Prelazzi also added 5 rebounds in 28 minutes. But his team was edged 71-70. Prelazzi averaged so far 10.3ppg and 4.7rpg in the 23 games. Despite he played previously for the Italian national team, Prelazzi is currently in the Argentinian national team roster.

   #12. International guard Federico Van Lacke (191-80) couldn't help FIATC Joventut in their game against Real Madrid in the Spanish ACB. He recorded 5 points. His team was defeated 95-82. Van Lacke's total stats this season are: 7.7ppg, 2.5rpg, 2.6apg and 1.1spg. He used to play for the Argentinian national team back in 2012.

   #13. Former international guard Diego Garcia (190-79) couldn't help Blancos de Rueda in their game against Valencia Basket in the Spanish ACB. Garcia recorded 7 points in 26 minutes. His team was badly defeated by 17 points 76-59. Garcia averaged so far 10.9ppg, 1.9rpg and 1.9apg in the 33 games. Despite he played previously for the Italian national team, Garcia is currently in the Argentinian national team roster.

   #14. Former international point guard Andres Forray (187-86) faced previously mentioned Bernardo Musso in the Italian Nazionale A last game. Forray contributed to Trento's victory against the leader Napoli 70-65. He recorded 11 points and had 3 steals. Forray averaged so far 10.7ppg, 4.4rpg, 2.8apg and 2.4spg. Despite he played previously for the Italian national team, Forray is currently in the Argentinian national team roster.

   #15. Former international guard Javier Bulfoni (192-76) managed to help Blusens Monbus Obradoiro CAB in a victory in overtime against the closely-ranked CAI Zaragoza 89-84 in the Spanish ACB on Sunday night. He recorded 5 points in 22 minutes. This year Bulfoni's total stats are: 7.4ppg and 1.3rpg in the 33 games. He used to play for the Argentinian national team four years ago.



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  AUSTRALIA   

Standings - ABA

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

Regular Season: Round 8

BIG V

May. 13: Waverley F. - Sherbrooke S. 85-71
May. 12: Hume City - Waverley F. 83-94
May. 12: Bulleen B. - Eltham W. 70-75
May. 12: Melbourne - Diamond V.E. 67-107
May. 13: Corio Bay - Ringwood H. 102-115

Central ABL

May. 12: N.Adelaide R. - W.Adelaide B. 94-74
May. 12: Eastern M. - S.Adelaide P. 82-85
May. 12: C.District L. - Forestville E. 76-110
May. 12: South.Tigers - Woodville W. 66-97
May. 12: Norwood F. - Sturt S. 60-81

QBL

May. 12: Bundaberg B. - Maroochydore 86-78
May. 12: SW Metro P. - Gold Coast R. 86-76
May. 12: Northside W. - Brisbane C. 85-74
May. 11: Townsville H. - Cairns M. 78-64
May. 12: Mackay M. - Cairns M. 72-62
May. 12: Gladstone P. - Rockhampton 68-91
May. 12: Toowoomba - Ipswich F. 62-72

SEABL

May. 12: NW Tasmania - Knox R. 94-82
May. 11: Hobart C. - Knox R. 92-82
May. 12: Brisbane S. - Nunawading S. 92-77
May. 12: Bendigo B. - Mt Gambier 80-60
May. 12: Ballarat M. - Dandenong 78-80
May. 12: Albury W.B. - Geelong S. 71-82
May. 12: Frankston B. - Kilsyth C. 71-62
May. 12: Canberra G. - Sandringham S. 64-97
May. 11: Mt Gambier - Frankston B. 115-116

WARATAH

May. 13: Cent.Coast C. - Illawarra H. 87-93
May. 12: Newcastle H. - Bankstown B. 85-71
May. 12: Manly Warr. - Parramatta W. 79-92
May. 12: Maitland M. - Illawarra H. 79-71
May. 12: Hills H. - Colonial Hotel 78-76
May. 12: Cent.Coast C. - Sydney C. 76-84
May. 12: Norths Bears - Sutherland S. 104-53

Regular Season: Round 9

BIG V

May. 19: Sherbrooke S. - Bulleen B.
May. 19: Diamond V.E. - Ringwood H.
May. 19: Eltham W. - Corio Bay
May. 20: Hume City - Eltham W.
May. 20: Waverley F. - Melbourne

Central ABL

May. 19: Sturt S. - Eastern M.
May. 19: W.Adelaide B. - South.Tigers
May. 19: Woodville W. - Norwood F.
May. 19: C.District L. - S.Adelaide P.
May. 19: Forestville E. - N.Adelaide R.

QBL

May. 18: Cairns M. - Brisbane C.
May. 18: Rockhampton - Toowoomba
May. 19: Ipswich F. - SW Metro P.
May. 19: Northside W. - Gladstone P.
May. 19: Mackay M. - Toowoomba
May. 19: Townsville H. - Brisbane C.
May. 20: Maroochydore - Gladstone P.
May. 20: Gold Coast R. - Bundaberg B.

SEABL

May. 18: Hobart C. - Dandenong
May. 18: Mt Gambier - Canberra G.
May. 18: Geelong S. - Knox R.
May. 19: Brisbane S. - Ballarat M.
May. 19: Frankston B. - Sandringham S.
May. 19: NW Tasmania - Dandenong
May. 19: Kilsyth C. - Canberra G.
May. 19: Nunawading S. - Geelong S.
May. 20: Bendigo B. - Nunawading S.
May. 20: Knox R. - Canberra G.
May. 20: Sandringham S. - Kilsyth C.

WARATAH

May. 19: Bankstown B. - Illawarra H.
May. 19: Sutherland S. - Parramatta W.
May. 19: Manly Warr. - Norths Bears
May. 19: Cent.Coast C. - Maitland M.
May. 19: Sydney C. - Newcastle H.
May. 20: Hills H. - Newcastle H.
May. 20: Colonial Hotel - Sydney C.


Standings - SBL

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

Regular Season: Round 9

May. 12: Geraldton B. - Stirling S. 96-87
May. 12: East Perth E. - Cockburn C. 96-76
May. 13: Perry Lakes H. - Goldfield G. 95-93
May. 12: Perth R. - Willetton T. 90-89
May. 11: Lakeside L. - Perth R. 90-84
May. 11: Willetton T. - Mandurah M. 83-85
May. 12: Kalamunda E.S. - Rockingham F. 127-95
May. 12: Wanneroo W. - SW Slammers 124-83
May. 12: Mandurah M. - Goldfield G. 114-100

Regular Season: Round 10

May. 18: SW Slammers - Lakeside L.
May. 18: Perry Lakes H. - Cockburn C.
May. 19: Lakeside L. - Geraldton B.
May. 19: Goldfield G. - Wanneroo W.
May. 19: Rockingham F. - Perth R.
May. 19: East Perth E. - Mandurah M.
May. 19: Cockburn C. - Kalamunda E.S.
May. 19: Stirling S. - Perry Lakes H.
May. 19: Willetton T. - SW Slammers
May. 20: Kalamunda E.S. - Geraldton B.


Ingles, Maric star in Europe - by Eurobasket News

Australian Boomers squad members Joe Ingles (203-G/F-87, agency: Priority Sports) and Aleks Maric (211-C-84, college: Nebraska) have starred for their respective European club teams in the third-fourth playoff of the Euroleague Final Four overnight in Istanbul, Turkey.

Whilst both players were disappointed after their clubs lost their respective Semi-Finals on Friday night, both Australians still came out firing in the consolation final.

Ingles, who played three seasons in the National Basketball League between 2006 and 2009, had 13 points as well as two assists, one rebound and one steal for his Spanish club FC Barcelona Regal as they defeated Marics Greek team Panathinaikos, 74-69 (click here to see boxscore), to clinch third place.

Despite his sides loss Maric was also impressive with 13 points, 11 rebounds, one steal and one assist.

After the match, which was played before a big crowd of 15,262 fans, Ingles said the game would now provide a springboard for his Spanish clubs domestic title bid.

'It is not ideal to play this (consolation) game - of course, we wish we could have played the final, but it is good to get to the Spanish League playoffs with a win under our belt, said Ingles. I am happy that we won and the number of points I scored is not really important as long as we win. Like I said, now we have to move on. We lost two games in the entire Euroleague season, but we lost at the wrong time. It has been a great experience, but I wish I could be getting ready to play the final out there.'

Maric was frank in his assessment of his clubs performance.

'There is no excuse in motivation, Maric said. We lost. We didn't come out and fight. Against a big team such as Barcelona, every game is like a final game. You lose and you move down one spot, so there is no excuse. We have amazing fans, there are more than 4,000 of them here in Istanbul, most of any team. A big thank you to them for sticking around for the third place game and being with us. We will need them for the (Greek domestic) championship series against Olympiacos.'

In the Euroleague Final, Greek team Olympiacos came from 19 down to stun Russian club CSKA Moscow 62-61 and clinch the title.

After the Australian pair finish their European club commitments, they are expected to join the Boomers as they prepare for London.

A critical part of that preparation will be The Farewell Series, which will see the Boomers take on Greece in a three-game series in Victoria in June. The series will commence with a double-header with the Jayco Australian Opals at Melbournes Hisense Arena on 24 June.

Courtesy of NBL



Big V: Weekend Wrap- Round 8 - by Eurobasket News

Ringwood goes Bowlin and skittle the Stingrays, the Falcons start to make their move, the Wildcats still hold top spot, while four teams are locked on six and three.
SCM ROUND UP
ROUND 8
A 45-35 purple patch during the middle quarters proved enough for Waverley to exit Broadmeadows with an 11pt win over the Broncos. The stats reveal a remarkably even game across most areas, though Waverley ability to put up 80 shots compared with Hume Citys 58 was a pivotal difference. More shots equals more opportunities to score and that was the key. Ivan Platenik finished with 23pts & 11rbs for the Falcons, Bennie Lewis chipped in with 22pts, while for the Broncos it was all about Jamal Brown (29pts & 12rbs).
Bulleen continues to be more competitive, yet the Boomers just cant claim that big scalp that would no doubt fill the squad with confidence. The Boomers matched the Wildcats every step of the way in round 8, but 11 trips to the foul line in the last quarter by the visitors gave them the edge in a five-point win. Corey Standerfer (23pts & 14rbs) and Trevor Latham (18pts & 12rbs) paced the Boomers, while Eltham relied heavily on Liam Norton (187-G-83) (24pts), Karl Beston (21pts) and Scott Cuffe (11pts, 13rbs) to get the job done.
A 29-12 opening quarter by the Eagles against the Tigers effectively sealed the deal 10 minutes in, but a 33-13 third quarter by the Eagles simply made it a whitewash. The Tigers are struggling and look out of their depth right now, a far cry from where they were a few weeks ago. The Ea-gles dominated every part of the contest, sharing the minutes and enjoying an easy outing. Warwick Straw netted 24pts, Harun Kansak scored 20pts and Sam Reyn-olds tipped in 17pts for the Eagles, while for the flat Tigers, Simon Bradbury (19pts & 13rbs) was the best.
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In a dramatic match-up against Corio Bay, Ringwood claimed their best win of the season and reminded all comers that they are far from a spent force. The amazing Sunday outing ended in a 115-102 double over-time game, the last extra period featuring a 21-8 blitz. The big news was the arrival of import Skyler Bowlin (190-G-89, college: Missouri So.), who to date had been serviceable, but was yet to deliver the 37pt knock-out punch he landed on the Singrays. Adrien Surt saddled up for the Hawks and dropped 24pts, while for the Stingrays it was once again Eric Williams (33pts, 17rbs) and Jason Reardon (33pts, 16rbs) getting the job done.
Completing a successful weekend, Waverley moved to second on the ladder with a 14pt win against Sherbrooke, a victory that was orchestrated with a 25-16 last quarter. Nathan Truman (16pts) was again the key figure for the Suns, while Bennie Lewis (26pts, 9rbs), Ivan Platenik (18pts, 14rbs) and Sedale Threatt (14pts, 6ass) led the way for the Falcons.
ROUND 8 RESULTS
Waverley 94 defeated Hume City 83 Eltham 75 defeated Bulleen 70 D Valley 107 defeated Melbourne 67 Ringwood 115defeated Corio Bay 102 Waverley 85 defeated Sherbrooke 71
Ringwood loves a shooter and having settled in to his new surrounds, shooting guard Skyler Bowlin picked the perfect time to show his wares, deliver-ing 37pts on 11/24 FG and 12/13 FT in a double OT win against the Stingrays. Now thats what we call a perfect strike!
With four teams locked on six wins and three losses, eve-ry result will play an important factor in determining this years playoffs. Hume City was the biggest loser in round 8, falling to Waverley by 11pts and dropping from se-cond place to fifth on the ladder as a result.
Courtesy of: bigv.com.au



Aleks Maric's double-double lands him Player of the Week award among Australians playing currently abroad - by Eurobasket Center

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

Aleks Maric
Aleks Maric
   #1. This week's number one is an international center Aleks Maric (211-84, college: Nebraska), who plays in Greece. He could not help Panathinaikos (4-2) in their last game. Despite Maric's good performance the first-placed Panathinaikos lost 69-74 at home to the leading Regal FC Barcelona in the group G of Euroleague. He had a double-double by scoring 13 points and getting 11 rebounds in a mere 15 minutes on the court. This year Maric averages: 3.8ppg, 2.6rpg, 2FGP: 67.3%(33-49) and FT: 56.0% in the 21 games he played so far. He is currently a member of the Australian senior national team.

Joe Ingles
Joe Ingles
   #2. Second place goes to an international swingman Joe Ingles (203-87, agency: Priority Sports). Ingles contributed to a Regal FC Barcelona's victory against the 12th-ranked Assignia Manresa (15-19) 77-71 in the Spanish ACB last Sunday. He recorded 10 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists. Regal FC Barcelona (29-5) is placed first in the ACB. It was his team's tenth consecutive victory in a row. They will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And that game will be critical. Ingles' overall stats this season are: 5.4ppg, 1.7rpg, 1.8apg, 2FGP: 54.1%, 3FGP: 41.0% and FT: 77.5%. He is in the roster of the Australian senior national team.

Daniel Kickert
Daniel Kickert
   #3. The Australian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international center Daniel Kickert (208-83, college: St.Mary's, CA). Kickert was the major contributor in a PGE Turow's victory against the second-ranked Trefl Sopot (6-4) 98-94 in the Polish PLK on Monday night. He recorded 19 points in 33 minutes. PGE Turow Zgorzelec (2-8) is placed sixth in Group A. Kickert has relatively good stats this year: 14.9ppg, 4.3rpg, 1.1apg, 2FGP: 61.3%(192-313), 3FGP: 35.7% and FT: 80.2% in the 40 games. He has a dual citizenship: Australian and Dutch. Despite Kickert played previously for the Dutch national team, he is currently a member of the Australian senior national team.

Brad Newley
Brad Newley
   #4. Forward Brad Newley (201-85, agency: Beo Basket) helped Valencia Basket win their game against the league outsider Blancos de Rueda (8-26) 76-59 in the Spanish ACB in Sunday night's game. Newley recorded 9 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Valencia Basket (20-14) is placed fourth in the ACB. His team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And now that game is very crucial. Newley's overall stats this season are: 6.1ppg and 1.9rpg. Despite he played previously for the Dutch national team, Newley is currently in the Australian national team roster.

Nathan Jawai
Nathan Jawai
   #5. Former international power forward Nathan Jawai (208-86, college: Midland CC) helped Unics Kazan win their game against the closely-ranked Spartak Primorie Vladivostok (8-10) 74-60 in the Russian PBL last Sunday. He scored 8 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in only 12 minutes. Unics Kazan (8-10) is placed sixth in the PBL. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. This year Jawai's overall stats are: 7.3ppg and 3.6rpg in the 14 games. Despite he played previously for the Dutch national team, Jawai is currently in the Australian national team roster.

David Barlow
David Barlow
   #6. Forward David Barlow (205-83, college: Metro St.) led UCAM Murcia to a victory against one of league's weakest teams Asefa Estudiantes (11-23) 86-80 in the Spanish ACB on Sunday night. He recorded 13 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. UCAM Murcia (24-6) is placed in the ACB. The Regular Season already ended. It's Barlow's first season with the team. Barlow's total stats this year are: 8.1ppg and 4.9rpg. Despite he played previously for the Dutch national team, Barlow is also an international player who is currently on the senior Australian National Team roster.

Andrew James Ogilvy
Andrew James Ogilvy
   #7. International center Andrew James Ogilvy (211-88, college: Vanderbilt) is a teammate of previously mentioned Brad Newley and both played together in the last Spanish ACB game. Ogilvy managed to help Valencia Basket in a victory against the league outsider Blancos de Rueda (8-26) 76-59. He recorded only 2 points in 14 minutes. This year Ogilvy's total stats are: 5.1ppg and 2.2rpg in the 20 games. He is also Australian national team player.

Steven Markovic
Steven Markovic
   #8. Guard Steven Markovic (190-85) was not able to help Radnicki Kragujevac (8-3) in their game against Partizan (0-0) in the Serbian A League. Markovic scored 6 points. Radnicki Kragujevac (#2) was defeated 82-76 on the road by the lower-ranked Partizan (#4) in the SuperLiga group. They ended the series of five consecutive victories. There are only three games left until the end of the Second Stage. So now every game will be important. Markovic has averaged so far 7.8ppg, 1.5rpg and 3.9apg. Despite he played previously for the Serbian national team, Markovic is currently in the Australian national team roster.

Zane Meehl
Zane Meehl
   #9. Former international point guard Zane Meehl (191-86, college: Mid-Continent) helped Hub Jets win their game against the closely-ranked Fico Finance Nelson Giants (6-9) crushing them 110-84 in the New Zealand NBL on Sunday night. He scored 14 points in 22 minutes; quite an impressive performance considering it's only Meehl's second season in pro basketball. Telecom Business Hub Jets (9-5) are placed third in the NBL. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be extremely important. Meehl has averaged so far 8.9ppg, 2.7rpg and 1.9apg in the 14 games. Despite he played previously for the New Zealand university national team, Meehl is currently in the Australian national team roster.

Zeke Meehl
Zeke Meehl
   #10. Guard Zeke Meehl (183-88) is a teammate of previously mentioned Zane Meehl and both played together in the last New Zealand NBL game. Meehl helped Hub Jets win their game against the closely-ranked Fico Finance Nelson Giants (6-9) crushing them 110-84. He scored only 3 points. This season Meehl averages just 4.4ppg. He is a former international player as five years ago he still played for the Australian senior national team.

   #11. Former international forward Jim Todd (197-87) was not able to secure a victory for Zero Fees Southland Sharks in their game against Hub Jets in the New Zealand NBL. Todd cannot count Saturday's game as one of the best ones. He scored only 3 points in 17 minutes. His team were crushed by 43 points 111-68. This year Todd averages just 1.2ppg in the 14 games. He used to play for the Australian national team five years ago.

   #12. Former University international center Martin Iti (213-83, college: N.Mexico St.) helped Wellington Exodus Saints win their game against the closely-ranked Otago OceanaGold Nuggets crushing them 104-74 in the New Zealand NBL on Friday night. Iti scored only 2 points. Iti has averaged so far 3.0ppg and 1.9rpg. He used to play for the Australian university national team back in 2007.

   #13. An experienced former international center Miles Pearce (205-78) is a teammate of previously mentioned Zane Meehl. He played also in the last New Zealand NBL game facing Jim Todd (above) in the other team. Pearce helped Hub Jets win their game against one of league's weakest teams Zero Fees Southland Sharks crushing them 111-68. He scored only 2 points in 7 minutes on the court. Pearce has averaged so far 1.4ppg and 1.7rpg in the 14 games. He used to play for the Australian national team five years ago.

   #14. Former international guard Lau Bik Ing (180-78) couldn't help KL Dragons in their game against Singapore Slingers in the ASEAN. Bik Ing scored 5 points. His team was badly defeated by 17 points 105-88. Bik Ing has averaged so far 1.4ppg and 1.7rpg. He used to play for the Australian national team back in 2003.



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Vladimir Veremeenko selected the top Belarusian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Vladimir Veremeenko
Vladimir Veremeenko
   #1. This week's number one is former international forward Vladimir Veremeenko (208-84, agency: RU-Basket Management). He was the major contributor in an Unics Kazan's victory against the closely-ranked Spartak Primorie Vladivostok (8-10) 74-60 in the Russian PBL in Sunday night's game. Veremeenko scored 15 points and grabbed 9 rebounds in 27 minutes on the court. Unics Kazan (8-10) is placed sixth in the PBL. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. It's Veremeenko's fourth season with the team. He is ranked sixth on the list of the best rebounders in the league with 6.2rpg. Veremeenko also averaged so far 9.5ppg, 2FGP: 58.3%(60-103) and FT: 75.0% in the 19 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Belarusian and Russian. Despite Veremeenko played previously for the Russian national team, he played also for the Belarusian national team in 2007.

Pavel Ulyanko
Pavel Ulyanko
   #2. Second place goes to an experienced former international power forward Pavel Ulyanko (204-79). Ulyanko led Kalev/Cramo to a victory over the league leader Tartu Ulikool (25-3) 84-66 in the Estonian KML last Saturday. He was MVP of the game. Ulyanko scored 19 points and grabbed 9 rebounds. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. BC Kalev/Cramo Tallinn (23-5) is placed second in the KML. It's Ulyanko's first season with the team. Ulyanko is ranked fifth on the list of the best blockers in the league. This season he averages: 9.7ppg, 4.2rpg, 1.2spg, 2FGP: 62.0%(49-79), 3FGP: 34.8% and FT: 70.7%. Despite Ulyanko played previously for the Russian national team, he played also for the Belarusian national team in 2008.

Artsiom Parakhouski
Artsiom Parakhouski
   #3. The Belarusian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international center Artsiom Parakhouski (211-87, college: Radford), who plays in the Ukrainian Superleague. Parakhouski could not help Budivelnyk (30-9) to beat Azovmash (26-13). He recorded 9 points, 4 rebounds and 2 blocks in 24 minutes. But Budivelnyk lost 86-98 on the road to the lower-ranked (#3) Azovmash. This year Parakhouski's overall stats are: 7.8ppg, 3.9rpg, 1.2bpg, 2FGP: 58.7%(111-189) and FT: 62.7% in the 38 games. Despite he played previously for the Russian national team, Parakhouski is currently a member of the Belarusian senior national team.

Heorhi Kandrusevich
Heorhi Kandrusevich
   #4. Forward Heorhi Kandrusevich (198-78, agency: New Trend Agency) contributed to an easy victory against the league leader BC Donetsk (31-8) 86-67 in the Ukrainian Superleague in Thursday night's game. He scored 9 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Ferro-ZNTU Zaporozhye (23-16) is placed fifth in the Superleague. Kandrusevich is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fourth year in Ferro-ZNTU's roster. Kandrusevich's total stats this season are: 8.6ppg, 3.5rpg and 1.3apg. Despite he played previously for the Russian national team, Kandrusevich is currently in the Belarusian national team roster.

Vitali Liutych
Vitali Liutych
   #5. U20 international swingman Vitali Liutych (198-92) was not able to help Siauliai (16-6) in their game against Rudupis (16-6) in the Lithuanian LKL. He scored only 4 points in 15 minutes. Siauliai was crushed 87-55 in Prienai by the lower-ranked (#4) Rudupis. This year Liutych's total stats are: 4.2ppg and 1.7rpg in the 25 games. He plays currently for the Belarusian U20 national team.

Other top Belarusian players, who play abroad:

Dante Stiggers (187-PG-82) plays for PAOK in Greek A1
Aliaksandr Pustahvar (201-F-85) plays for BC Nizhny Novgorod in Russian PBL
Valentin Yurchyk (207-F-87) plays for BC Nizhny Novgorod in Russian PBL
Dzianis Korshuk (202-F-78) plays for BC Odessa in Ukrainian Superleague
Mikalai Aliakseyeu (212-C-78) plays for Targu Mures in Romanian Division A
Siergiej Zeludok (207-C-63) plays for Sportino in Polish 1Liga
Valery Gandlin (191-G-86) plays for Kiryat Tivon in Israeli National League
Ivan Zhauniarovich (205-C/F-86) plays for L'Alfas in Spanish EBA
Sergey Karpov (200-F-80) plays for Sojuz Zaretchny in Russian Superlaegue
Vladi Yeremishin (201-F/C-84) plays for Lev Hasharon in Israeli National League

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



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Axel Hervelle selected the top Belgian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Axel Hervelle
Axel Hervelle
   #1. This week's number one is an international forward Axel Hervelle (205-83), who plays in the Spanish ACB. He could not help Gescrap BB (19-15) to beat Caja Laboral (23-11). Hervelle recorded 7 points in 24 minutes on the court. Gescrap BB was crushed 100-70 on the road by the higher-ranked (#3) Caja Laboral. His team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And that game will be critical. This year Hervelle averages: 4.9ppg, 3.5rpg, 2FGP: 46.7%, 3FGP: 26.7% and FT: 57.8% in the 28 games he played so far. He is currently a member of the Belgian senior national team.

Beye Tabu-Eboma
Beye Tabu-Eboma
   #2. Second place goes to an international point guard Beye Tabu-Eboma (190-85). Tabu-Eboma contributed to a 2-point Vanoli-Braga's victory against the closely-ranked Benetton Treviso (13-19) 84-82 in the Italian SerieA last Sunday. He recorded 9 points and added 3 passes. Vanoli-Braga Cremona (14-18) is placed tenth in the SerieA. The Regular Season already ended. It's Tabu-Eboma's first season with the team. Tabu-Eboma has relatively good stats this year: 10.3ppg, 3.4rpg, 2.8apg, 1.4spg, 2FGP: 51.9%, 3FGP: 38.9% and FT: 74.6%. He is in the roster of the Belgian senior national team.

Sam Van Rossom
Sam Van Rossom
   #3. The Belgian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international guard Sam Van Rossom (188-86). Van Rossom was not able to help CAI Zaragoza (16-18) in their game against Blusens Monbus (13-21) in the Spanish ACB. He recorded 7 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists in 25 minutes. CAI Zaragoza lost in an overtime 84-89 in Santoago de Comp to the lower-ranked (#13) Blusens Monbus. The Regular Season already ended. This year Van Rossom's overall stats are: 6.4ppg, 2.9rpg, 2.9apg, 2FGP: 54.4%, 3FGP: 31.2% and FT: 68.4% in the 34 games. He is also a member of the Belgian senior national team.

Thomas Dreesen
Thomas Dreesen
   #4. Forward Thomas Dreesen (199-88, agency: Court Side) was the major contributor in Sparta's victory against the leader Musel Pikes (23-5) 86-69 in the Luxembourg Diekirch League in Friday night's game. Dreesen recorded 25 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. It was the game of the round between two top 3 ranked teams in group 1-6 places. BBC Sparta Bertrange (22-6) is placed second. Dreesen has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 15.1ppg, 5.3rpg and 1.2apg. Dreesen used to play for the Belgian national team back in 2009.

Other top Belgian players, who play abroad:

Mark Acres (210-C-62) plays for Benfica in Portuguese LPB
Yannick Driesen (215-C-88) plays for Asefa Estudiantes in Spanish ACB
Sebastien Maio (190-G-78) plays for Plymouth Raiders in British BBL
Ryan Hoover (188-G-74) plays for Fileni BPA in Italian Lega2
Aleksander Lichodzijewski (202-C-84) plays for PBG Basket in Polish PLK
Marcus Faison (196-G-78) plays for Kryvbasbasket in Ukrainian Superleague
Kandi Mukole (203-F) plays for Guildford Heat in British BBL
Karim Nesba (188-G-86) plays for RSB Berkane in Moroccan D1
Steve Oelbrandt (200-C-80) plays for Helsingborg in Swedish Basketettan
Dimitri Jorssen (212-C/F-79) plays for Soleuvre in Luxembourg Diekirch League
Jari Leemans (199-F-94) plays for Swiss Central in Swiss LNB

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



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Milan Milosevic wins two trophies in Montenegro - by Eurobasket News

Milan Milosevic (205-F-85, agency: Beo Basket) joined Buducnost Voli during the 2011/12 pre-season and it was a great move for the player. The Bosnian forward and his team defended the Montenegrin league title and Cup. They blasted Sutjeska with perfect 3-0 in the Playoff Finals (best-of-five) and outplayed the same rival in the Cup Finals earlier this season. Buduncost reached EuroCup Quarterfinals and Adriatic league Semis. Milan Milosevic appeared 14 times in EuroCup this season averaging 2.8 points and 2.4 rebounds. He had slightly better numbers in 24 Adriatic league games. In Montenegrin championship, Milosevic had about 8 ppg and 4.5 rpg. Before Buducnost, Milan Milosevic was a member of Keravnos. Actually, they parted ways at the beginning of 2010/11 and Milosevic was without the job for rest of the season. In the past, he played for Bosna ASA BHT, Crvena Zvezda and Sloboda Tuzla.


Nihad Djedovic selected the top Bosnian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Nihad Djedovic
Nihad Djedovic
   #1. This week's number one is an international forward Nihad Djedovic (196-90, agency: Beo Basket). He led Galatasaray to a victory over the eighth-ranked Tofas (14-16) 79-73 in the Turkish TBL last Tuesday. Djedovic was MVP of the game. He scored 15 points, grabbed 5 rebounds and dished 3 assists. Galatasaray Medical Park Istanbul (25-5) is placed first in the TBL. Djedovic has relatively good stats this season: 11.9ppg, 2.6rpg, 2.4apg, 1.9spg, 2FGP: 56.3%(27-48), 3FGP: 33.3% and FT: 63.9%. Despite he played previously for the Croatian national team, Djedovic is currently a member of the Bosnia and Herzegovina senior national team.

Damir Markota
Damir Markota
   #2. Second place goes to an international power forward Damir Markota (210-85), who plays in the Croatian A1. He could not help KK Zagreb CO (6-8) in their last game. Despite Markota's very good performance the fifth-placed KK Zagreb CO was edged in an overtime 90-89 at home by the lower-ranked (#7) Zadar in the Championship Group. He had a double-double by scoring 25 points and getting 10 rebounds in 45 minutes. It was KK Zagreb CO's fourth consecutive loss in a row. The Second Stage already ended. Markota has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 17.6ppg, 7.5rpg, 1.6apg, 1.2spg, 2FGP: 63.9%(69-108), 3FGP: 34.1% and FT: 73.0% in the 13 games he played so far. Markota has a dual citizenship: Bosnia and Herzegovina and Croatian. Despite he played previously for the Croatian national team, Markota is currently a member of the Bosnia and Herzegovina senior national team.

Vanja Plisnic
Vanja Plisnic
   #3. The Bosnia and Herzegovina player who performed third best last week abroad was an international power forward Vanja Plisnic (205-80, also represented by Beo Basket). He was the major contributor in a Banco di Sardegna Sassari's victory against one of league's weakest teams Otto Caserta (12-20) crushing them 95-69 in the Italian SerieA in Sunday night's game. Plisnic recorded a double-double by scoring 18 points and getting 11 rebounds. He also added 3 assists. Banco di Sardegna Sassari (20-12) is placed fourth in the SerieA. Plisnic's team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And that game will be critical. It's Plisnic's first season with the team. His overall stats this year are: 8.6ppg, 4.2rpg, 1.5apg, 2FGP: 56.0%(61-109), 3FGP: 41.0% and FT: 61.1%. Plisnic is another player who holds two passports: Bosnia and Herzegovina and Serbian. Despite he played previously for the Serbian national team, Plisnic is currently a member of the Bosnia and Herzegovina senior national team.

Goran Ikonic
Goran Ikonic
   #4. Guard Goran Ikonic (196-80, another player represented by Beo Basket), who plays in the Turkish TBL was not able to help Karsiyaka (19-11) in their last game. Despite his good performance Karsiyaka was badly defeated 98-79 on the road by the higher-ranked (#3) Anadolu Efes. Ikonic was the second best scorer with 14 points. He also added 4 assists and 5 steals in 28 minutes. This year Ikonic has relatively solid stats: 12.1ppg, 2.5rpg, 2.0apg and 1.3spg in the 32 games. Despite he played previously for the Serbian national team, Ikonic is currently in the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team roster.

Ivan Opacak
Ivan Opacak
   #5. Former international shooting guard Ivan Opacak (201-80) contributed to an easy victory against the third-ranked Jolly (16-4) crushing them 93-62 in the Croatian A1 on Tuesday night. He recorded 17 points. It was the game of the round between two top 3 ranked teams in Group Championship. KK Cedevita Zagreb (11-3) is placed second in Championship Group. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. There are only two games left until the end of the Second Stage. So now every game is very crucial. Opacak's overall stats this season are: 7.9ppg and 1.6rpg. He has both Bosnia and Herzegovina and Croatian nationalities. Despite Opacak played previously for the Croatian national team, he is currently in the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team roster.

Goran Suton
Goran Suton
   #6. Center Goran Suton (209-85, college: Michigan St.) contributed to Cibona's victory against the third-ranked KK Split (10-4) 85-71 in the Croatian A1 in Wednesday night's game. Suton recorded 13 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in a mere 17 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 3 ranked teams in Group Championship. KK Cibona VIP Zagreb (14-0) is placed first in Championship Group. So far his team won all fourteen games in the Second Stage. There are only two games left until the end of the Second Stage. So now every game will be important. Suton is ranked sixth on the list of the best rebounders in the league with 6.9rpg. He also averaged so far 9.9ppg and 1.2spg in the 14 games. Despite Suton played previously for the Croatian national team, he is also a former international player as he played for the Bosnia and Herzegovina senior team three years ago.

Kenan Bajramovic
Kenan Bajramovic
   #7. International forward Kenan Bajramovic (206-81) contributed to an easy victory against the seventh-ranked Aliaga (14-16) 80-64 in the Turkish TBL last Tuesday. Bajramovic scored 10 points. Banvit Basketbol Kulubu (25-5) is placed second in the TBL. It was his team's eighth consecutive victory in a row. Bajramovic has reliable stats this season: 11.1ppg, 4.6rpg and 1.7apg. Despite he played previously for the Croatian national team, Bajramovic is currently in the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team roster.

Ramiz Suljanovic
Ramiz Suljanovic
   #8. An experienced power forward Ramiz Suljanovic (206-79) was the main contributor in a Xion Dukes' victory against the third-ranked Kapfenberg Bulls (21-9) 98-90 in the Austrian A Bundesliga on Sunday night. He was the best player in that game. Suljanovic recorded 26 points (!!!) and grabbed 6 rebounds in 32 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 3 ranked teams in Group A. Xion Dukes Klosterneuburg (21-9) is placed second. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. Suljanovic has very impressive stats this year: 16.4ppg and 6.6rpg in the 38 games. Despite he played previously for the Croatian national team, Suljanovic is currently in the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team roster.

Henry Domercant
Henry Domercant
   #9. International guard Henry Domercant (192-80, college: E.Illinois) contributed to an Unics Kazan's victory against the closely-ranked Spartak Primorie Vladivostok (8-10) 74-60 in the Russian PBL in Sunday night's game. He scored 8 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Unics Kazan (8-10) is placed sixth in the PBL. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. Domercant averaged so far 11.2ppg, 2.7rpg and 1.5apg. He is a naturalized American. Despite Domercant played previously for the USA national team, he is currently in the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team roster. Strangely Domercant has never played in Bosnia.

Mirza Teletovic
Mirza Teletovic
   #10. Forward Mirza Teletovic (206-85, another player represented by Beo Basket) contributed to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Gescrap BB (19-15) crushing them 100-70 in the Spanish ACB last Sunday. He recorded 7 points and added 3 passes in only 12 minutes. Caja Laboral Vitoria (23-11) is placed third in the ACB. Teletovic's team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And now that game is quite important. Teletovic is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his sixth year in Caja Laboral's roster. He is currently third on the list of top scorers and also on the list of best rebounders (seventh place). Teletovic has very impressive stats this year: 16.3ppg, 6.9rpg and 1.2apg in the 34 games. Despite he played previously for the USA national team, Teletovic is also an international player who is currently on the senior Bosnia and Herzegovina National Team roster.

   #11. International guard Damir Mulaomerovic (195-74, agency: FCM) is a teammate of previously mentioned Damir Markota and both played together in the last Croatian A1 game. Mulaomerovic was not able to secure a victory for KK Zagreb CO in their game against Zadar. Despite his very good performance on Tuesday night He was the second best scorer with 16 points. Mulaomerovic also added 6 assists. His overall stats this season are: 9.5ppg, 2.0rpg and 4.1apg. Despite Mulaomerovic played previously for the Croatian national team, he is currently in the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team roster.

   #12. Former international center Teo Simovic (205-84, agency: Interperformances) contributed to an easy victory against the fifth-ranked Dubrovnik 87-72 in the Croatian A1 in Saturday night's game. Simovic was the top player that evening. He scored 22 points and added 5 passes in 27 minutes. Simovic belongs to league's top scorers and is ranked #8 with 15.3ppg. He also averaged so far 6.8rpg in the 26 games. Despite Simovic played previously for the Croatian national team, he is currently in the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team roster.

   #13. Former international swingman Suad Sehovic (197-87) couldn't help Budivelnyk in their game against Azovmash in the Ukrainian Superleague. Despite his very good performance last Monday Sehovic recorded 13 points and had 3 steals. He averaged so far 10.7ppg, 5.6rpg and 1.3spg. Despite Sehovic played previously for the Montenegrin national team, he is currently in the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team roster.

   #14. Former international center Nedzad Sinanovic (221-83) contributed to an Unicaja Malaga's victory against the closely-ranked Cajasol 75-66 in the Spanish ACB on Sunday night. Sinanovic recorded 9 points, 5 rebounds and 2 blocks in 15 minutes. This year his overall stats are: 4.1ppg and 3.2rpg in the 24 games. Despite Sinanovic played previously for the Spanish national team, he is currently in the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team roster.

   #15. Former international center Mirza Begic (217-85) managed to help Real Madrid to win against the 11th-ranked FIATC Joventut 95-82 in the Spanish ACB in Sunday night's game. Begic recorded only 4 points. He is currently fourth on the league's list of best blockers. Begic's total stats this season are: 5.8ppg, 4.2rpg and 1.6bpg. He used to play for the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team five years ago.

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

   #1. Bojan Bogdanovic (203-G/F-89), who plays in the Turkish TBL could not help one of league's weakest teams Fenerbahce Ulker (21-9) in their last game. Despite his very good performance Fenerbahce Ulker was edged 77-74 in a derby game by the higher-ranked (#4) Besiktas. Bogdanovic was the top scorer with 22 points in 25 minutes. It's Bogdanovic's first season with the team. He has relatively good stats this year: 13.6ppg, 2.4rpg and 1.8apg in the 32 games he played so far. Bogdanovic has a dual citizenship: Bosnia and Herzegovina and Croatian. Despite his Bosnia and Herzegovina passport, Bogdanovic currently plays for the Croatian national team and is not eligible to play for the Bosnia and Herzegovina team.



KK SPARS LOSES IN OVERTIME TO KK KAKANJ 72-76! DOWN 0-1 IN FINALS! - by Chris Mathieu

KK SPARS LOSES IN OVERTIME TO KK KAKANJ 72-76! DOWN 0-1 IN FINALS!
KK Spars gave their best effort on the road in game one of the D2 finals but lost in overtime to rival Kakanj 72-76! The teams were tied 63-63 at the end of regulation but Kakanj proved to be tough to overcome on their home court in overtime. Game two is Wednesday in Sarajevo and it seems likely the home team have a good advantage as Spars has been well supported by the basketball loving Sarajevo crowd at Skenderija.
For Spars the team scoring was led by Adnan Vrabac with 17 points.
KK KAKANJ - OKK SPARS 76:72 ot 63:63 (14:14, 17:17, 13:18, 19:14 ; 13:09)

OKK SPARS: Salcin, Vukotic 5, Maksimovic 3, Vrabac 17, Buza 6, Begagic 4, Gliovic 18, Tuljkovic 8, Bulic 2, Hrncic 7, Glogovac 2, alic. Coach: Trbic Marko



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  BRAZIL   


Brasil NBA Playoff Watch - by Mel Devonne

While Anderson Varejao and Ne Ne have gone fishing for the season,
Leandro Barbosa, and Tiago Splitter are in the second round of the NBA playoffs.
Brasil is represented in the NBA playoffs this season and Barbosa scored 9pts
in game one of the Miami Heat/Indiana Pacers second round game this past weekend.
Miami defeated Indiana 95-86.
Tiago Splitter will be a key post player off the bench for the San Antonio Spurs who take on
the LA Clippers in the second round of the NBA playoffs.
In the playoff Tiago is averaging 8.0 pts and 3 rebound of the bench for the Spurs
and Leandro Barbosa is averaging 6.8 pts off the bench.



Marcelinho Huertas selected the top Brazilian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Marcelinho Huertas
Marcelinho Huertas
   #1. This week's number one is an international point guard Marcelinho Huertas (191-83, agency: Edge Sports). He led his Spanish team Regal FC Barcelona to a victory over the leader Panathinaikos (4-2) 74-69 in the Euroleague in Sunday night's game. Huertas was MVP of the game. He recorded 21 points and added 3 assists in 26 minutes on the court. It was the game of the round between two top 2 ranked teams in group H. Regal FC Barcelona (6-0) is placed first. So far his team won all six games in the Finals. Huertas is currently sixth on the league's list of best passers with 4.4apg. He also averaged so far 8.5ppg, 2.0rpg, 2FGP: 55.7%(39-70), 3FGP: 43.9% and FT: 86.7% in the 21 games he played so far. Huertas has a dual citizenship: Brazilian and Italian. Despite he played previously for the Italian national team, Huertas is currently a member of the Brazilian senior national team.

Tiago Splitter
Tiago Splitter
   #2. Second place goes to an international power forward Tiago Splitter (211-85, agency: Interperformances). He contributed to a San Antonio Spurs' victory against the Utah Jazz (36-30) 87-81 in the NBA last Monday. Splitter recorded 10 points and had 3 steals. The San Antonio Spurs have a very solid 50-16 record this season. It was his team's tenth consecutive victory in a row. It's Splitter's first year with the team. He has relatively good stats this season: 9.2ppg, 5.1rpg, 1.1apg, 2FGP: 61.0%(222-364) and FT: 67.9%. Splitter is another player who holds two passports: Brazilian and Spanish. Despite he played previously for the Spanish national team, Splitter is currently a member of the Brazilian senior national team.

Leandrinho Barbosa
Leandrinho Barbosa
   #3. The Brazilian player who performed third best last week abroad was former international point guard Leandrinho Barbosa (190-82). He helped Indiana Pacers win their game against the Orlando Magic (37-29) 105-87 in the NBA on Tuesday night. Barbosa scored 7 points, grabbed 6 rebounds and dished 3 assists in 20 minutes. The Indiana Pacers have a solid 42-24 record this season. This year Barbosa has relatively solid stats: 8.5ppg, 2.3rpg, 1.4apg, 2FGP: 40.8% and FT: 67.4% in the 28 games. Despite he played previously for the Spanish national team, Barbosa played also for the Brazilian national team in 2010.

Jonathan Tavernari
Jonathan Tavernari
   #4. Swingman Jonathan Tavernari (198-87, college: BYU), who plays in the Italian Lega2 (second division) could not help Tuscany Pistoia (18-10) in their last game on Saturday. Despite his good performance Tuscany Pistoia was edged 84-83 on the road by the lower-ranked Prima Veroli (#8). Tavernari scored 11 points and added 3 passes. This season Tavernari averages: 10.0ppg, 3.5rpg, 1.1apg and 1.6spg. He has both Brazilian and Italian nationalities. Despite Tavernari played previously for the Italian national team, he is currently in the Brazilian national team roster.

Carlos Cobos
Carlos Cobos
   #5. Former international guard Carlos Cobos (193-88) was not able to help Leche Rio Breogan (19-15) in their game against Menorca Basquet (21-13) in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division). Cobos recorded 8 points in 19 minutes. Leche Rio Breogan was crushed 93-67 in Mahon by the higher-ranked (#4) Menorca Basquet. This year Cobos' overall stats are: 4.4ppg, 2.4rpg, 2.2apg and 1.3spg in the 20 games. Despite he played previously for the Italian national team, Cobos is currently in the Brazilian national team roster.

Marcus Vinicius Toledo
Marcus Vinicius Toledo
   #6. Forward Marcus Vinicius Toledo (203-86) was not able to secure a victory for one of league's weakest teams Ford Burgos (22-12) in their game against Caceres 2016 (2-1) in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division). He recorded 6 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Ford Burgos was defeated 84-77 on the opponent's court by the leading Caceres_2016. They ended the series of five consecutive victories. Toledo is currently second on the league's list of most steals. His total stats this season are: 7.5ppg, 5.4rpg, 1.5apg and 2.1spg. Despite Toledo played previously for the Spanish national team, he is also a former international player as he played for the Brazilian senior team three years ago.

Kazuya Hatano
Kazuya Hatano
   #7. Former international forward Kazuya Hatano (192-82) couldn't help Shiga L-Stars (33-19) in their game against Okinawa GK (39-13) in the Japanese BJ League. Hatano scored 6 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 16 minutes. The fourth-placed Shiga L-Stars lost 66-74 in Okinawa to the leading Okinawa GK in the Western group. It was Shiga L-Stars' third consecutive loss in a row. It's Hatano's first season with the team. This year his total stats are: 3.0ppg and 2.8rpg in the 46 games. Despite Hatano played previously for the Japanese U22 national team, he is currently in the Brazilian national team roster.

Other top Brazilian players, who play abroad:

Fernando Andrade (206-C-95) plays for Regal FC Barcelona in Spanish ACB
Jeferson Froehlich (193-PG-91) plays for Real Madrid in Spanish ACB
Dimitris Sousa (196-G-94) plays for Montepaschi Siena in Italian SerieA
Vitor Faverani (211-C-88) plays for Valencia Basket in Spanish ACB
Anderson Varejao (205-C-82) plays for Cleveland Cavaliers in the NBA
Hilario Nene (207-C-82) plays for Washington Wizards in the NBA
Joao Paulo Batista (207-F/C-81) plays for Le Mans in French ProA
Raul Neto (186-PG-92) plays for Lagun Aro GBC in Spanish ACB
Rafael Freire (188-PG-92) plays for Meridiano Alicante in Spanish ACB
Paulo Prestes (210-C-88) plays for Pieno Zvaigzdes in Lithuanian LKL
Rafael Hettsheimer (206-C-86) plays for CAI Zaragoza in Spanish ACB
Sidnei De Santana (215-C-83) plays for Libolo in Angolan Division I

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



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Basketball Summer League opens! - by David Edole

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI With a March Pass at 3.30 p.m., yesterday Saturday May 12, 2012 and an Opening Ceremony at 4 p.m. in the Multi Purpose Sports Complex, the action in the 2012 Summer League got underway with Sea Cows Bay taking on East End.

After the first game, Another Level took on Hawks and the first night concluded with Easts against Young Legs.

The full list of registered teams is as follows:

Junior Division: The Hawks, Another Level, Skulls, ESHS Rams, Young Starz, Young Gunners, Junior Mystics, And One and Junior Pure Playaz.

Senior Division: Legs, Mega Mix, Easts, All Ah We, Bigga Moves, HLSCC, Pure Playaz, Rebels and Latinos.

In addition, there is also about 8-10 teams in the newly implemented 13-16 division. These games will be played on Sundays from 2 p.m., which according to BVIBF President Byron Hodge, is in an attempt to encourage parental support in something positive.

The BVIBF will be operating the 2012 League under the Rules and Regulations from the Governing body FIBA. Additionally, though, the BVIBF has added some extra rules to ensure discipline and good sportsmanship throughout the tournaments.
As Hodge pointed out though, if there is any doubt or dispute between the two afore mentioned entities the rules of the BVIBF shall take precedence.

The extra rules are
Eligibility of Players:
A. The age groups are as follows:
1.) Players must be between the ages of 13-16 years old.
2.) Players may not turn 17 years old before December 31st, 2012.
3.) Players must attend primary, secondary, or alternative school to participate in this league. Players that have quit school are not eligible.

B. Equipment:
1.) Players must wear suitable shoes.
2.) Teams must have matching numbered shirts

C. Technical Fouls:
1.) Any player receiving technical Fouls for unsportsmanlike conduct will be ejected from the game.
2.) Once a player is ejected he/she must leave the gym and if needed the Multi Purpose Complex property.
3.) A player that is ejected from two games will be suspended from playing the remainder of the season and/or the tournament.

D. Players:
1.) All players must be listed on a roster. Rosters may not exceed 15 players. It is the responsibility of the coach to complete the roster and turn it into the BVIBF before the first game.
2.) All Basketball rosters must be turned in before a team will be allowed to play.
3.) If a players age is in question, a birth certificate must be presented to the BVIBF.
4.) Rosters must be turned in to the BVIBF before the first game. No additions to the rosters are to be made after 28th May, 2012.
5.) Players may not change teams after league play begins.

E. Forfeits:
Games will be forfeited if:
1.) A team is not ready to play at game time.
2.) An illegal player is listed on the roster, or player plays without being listed on the roster.
3.) A team or coach receives (3) technical fouls in one game for unsportsmanlike conduct.
4.) Any team that forfeits (2) games, is dropped from the league.

F: Coaches:
1.) An adult coach must be present at all times. He/She must remain at the Multi Purpose Complex until their last team member is picked up.
2.) Unsportsmanlike conduct by coaches will not be tolerated. Any unsportsmanlike conduct will result in the coach being asked to immediately leave the facility, and possibly not return.
3.) Disputed calls will be discussed with the coaches only. It is recommended that you call a time out. Failure to discuss the matter in a calm manner will result in a technical foul.
4.) All coaches must attend a coaches meeting.
5.) It is the coachs job to control their fans.
6.) Each coach will be allowed (2) time-outs per half. Each time out is two minutes long.

G. Scoring:
1.) Dunking is not allowed. If a player does dunk, the basket will not count, the ball will be turned over to the opposing team, and a technical foul will be given to the violating team.

H. Full Court Press & Pressure Defense:
1.) May press or play pressure defense at any time during a game. With the exception being when a team is (20) points ahead, at which point the team must play 12 court defense.

I. Fans:
1.) Fans are expected to conduct themselves in a manner that will provide a positive experience for all youth present. Fans that cant will have to leave the facility immediately.

J. Technical Fouls & Fouls:
1.) Unsportsmanlike Conduct:
a.) Will resort in a player being removed from the game. A judgment call by officials will not be debated or overturned.
b.) A technical foul will be awarded when a player exhibits a lack of self-control. The following are examples: Cursing, slamming the ball, arguing with the officials, and flagrant fouling. (These are just some examples and will not be considered an all exclusive list.)
2.) Technical Infraction:
a.) A violation of the rules that results in a technical foul that does not demonstrate a lack of self control.
3.) The official will decide on the players status in the game after a technical foul or violation has been called.

K. Playoff:
Ties will be determined in the order that follows:
1.) 1st place team receives 1st round bye
2.) Head to Head Match-ups.
3.) Bye record against common opponents.
4.) Coin Toss.

The number of teams in the league will determine how many teams will participate in post season play. Byes during the post season will be given to the highest ranked team.

L. Rules Committee:
1.) Any appeal to these rules must be made in writing to the rules committee.
2.) Any protest or question of protest must be made known on the day of, or evening of the game in question.



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Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Aaron HARPER
  Levski S.
  (199-G/F-81)
  Avg: 20.1
 1. Harper, Levski S.20.1 
 2. Durchev, Tundja Y.18.1 
 3. Stankov, Spartak17.2 
 4. Yanev, Cherno More17.1 
 5. Pavlovski, Chernom.16.1 
 6. Ofoegbu, Tundja Y.15.8 
 7. Govedarov, Tundja15.6 
 8. Mirkovic, Rilski S.15.0 
 9. Vukosavljevi., Ril.14.9 
 10. Dunovic, Chernomo.14.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Vasil EVTIMOV
  Levski Sofia
  (207-C/F-77)
  Avg: 10
 1. Evtimov, Levski So.10.0 
 2. Pavlovski, Chernom.9.8 
 3. Ofoegbu, Tundja Y.8.8 
 4. Yanev, Cherno More8.6 
 5. Gugino, Tundja Y.7.6 
 6. Todorov, Spartak6.8 
 7. Petkov, Tundja Y.6.1 
 8. Georgiev, Levski S.6.1 
 9. Kolev, Cherno More5.9 
 10. Sundov, Lukoil A.5.9 
Assists Per Game
 Brandon HEATH
  Lukoil A.
  (193-G-84)
  Avg: 5.8
 1. Heath, Lukoil A.5.8 
 2. Dyakovski, Sparta.5.8 
 3. Radionov, Tundja Y.5.1 
 4. Mirkovic, Rilski S.4.8 
 5. Aleksiev, Cherno M.4.3 
 6. Howell, Levski Sof.3.6 
 7. Hall, Levski Sofia3.5 
 8. Avramov, Lukoil A.3.5 
 9. Filipov, Balkan3.4 
 10. Harper, Levski S.3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Brandon HEATH
  Lukoil A.
  (193-G-84)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Heath, Lukoil A.2.2 
 2. Radionov, Tundja Y.2.0 
 3. Howell, Levski Sof.1.9 
 4. Roshmanov, Cherno.1.9 
 5. Harper, Levski S.1.9 
 6. Zahariev, Rilski S.1.8 
 7. Dunovic, Chernomo.1.8 
 8. Gugino, Tundja Y.1.7 
 9. Marinov, Balkan1.7 
 10. Petkov, Tundja Y.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Tony GUGINO
  Tundja Y.
  (207-C-86)
  Avg: 1.2
 1. Gugino, Tundja Y.1.2 
 2. Pavlovski, Chernom.1.0 
 3. Banev, Lukoil A.1.0 
 4. Ofoegbu, Tundja Y.0.9 
 5. Petkov, Tundja Y.0.8 
 6. Martin, Balkan0.7 
 7. Sundov, Lukoil A.0.7 
 8. Iliev, Cherno More0.6 
 9. Aleksov, Chernomo.0.6 
 10. Gocevski, Tundja0.6 


Lukoil Academik is the first finalist - by Eurobasket News

Cherno More - Lukoil Academik 70-79 (0-3)
Lukoil Academik advanced to the NBL Finals with perfect 3-0 series win against Cherno More. It looked good early as Euroins Cherno More took an 16-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Lukoil Academik took control and eventually winning the game that evening by 9 points. It was a good game for American guard Brandon Heath (193-G-84, college: San Diego St.) who led his team to a victory with 21 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. The former international swingman Todor Stoykov (198-77, agency: Interperformances) contributed with 11 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Four Lukoil Academik players scored in double figures. Forward Simeon Iliev (202-89, agency: Interperformances) answered with 22 points and 7 rebounds and power forward Nikolay Kolev (204-88) added 16 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Euroins Cherno More. Euroins Cherno More's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
Cherno More: S.Iliev 22+7reb+1ast, N.Kolev 16+8reb+1ast, A.Yanev 12+8reb+2ast, G.Davidov 10+1reb, T.Zhelev 5+5reb+5ast, V.Kyosev 3+4reb+2ast
Lukoil Academik: B.Heath 21+7reb+4ast, D.Stojanovski 15+6reb, B.Sundov 12+4reb+1ast, T.Stoykov 11+9reb+3ast, A.Owens 9+3reb+6ast, B.Avramov 8+1reb+4ast
gschID: 176518


Tundja Yambol - Levski Sofia 96-85 (1-2)
The game was mostly controlled by Tundja Yambol. Levski Sofia managed to win second period 20-13. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Levski Sofia 46-27 including a 33-19 advantage in defensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was American center John Ofoegbu (206-84, college: Idaho St.) who had a double-double by scoring 24 points and 16 rebounds (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field). Guard Stanislav Govedarov (185-80) chipped in 25 points and 7 rebounds. Four Tundja Yambol players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was American swingman Aaron Harper (199-81, college: Mississippi, agency: Strategic Sports) who recorded 20 points and 9 rebounds and the other American import guard Marcus Hall (185-85, college: Colorado) added 16 points and 4 assists respectively. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Game Four is scheduled for Wednesday and Cherno More will be the host again. Levski still needs one more win for the Finals.
Top scorers:
Levski Sofia: A.Harper 20+9reb+3ast, M.Hall 16+2reb+4ast, H.Dimitrov 11+3reb+1ast, J.Howell 9+1reb+1ast, P.Ivanov 8, S.Georgiev 7+2reb
Tundja Yambol: S.Govedarov 25+7reb+1ast, J.Ofoegbu 24+16reb+3ast, M.Durchev 20+2reb+3ast, M.Jefferson 16+3reb+3ast, S.Cholakov 4+3reb+1ast, J.Radionov 4+1reb+5ast



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  CANADA   


Jermaine Anderson wins double crown in Montenegro - by Eurobasket News

Jermaine Anderson (188-G-83, college: Fordham) finished very successful season abroad. The Canadian National Team point guard won the championship title and Cup in Montenegro with his team Buducnost Voli. They smashed Sutjeska in the Finals with perfect 3-0 (best-of-five) and outplayed the same rival in the Cup Finals earlier this season. Jermaine Anderson joined Buducnost last summer from Panionios. He appeared 26 times in Adriatic league averaging 9.3 points, 3 assists and 1.8 rebounds. Buducnost reached Final Four Tournament, but lost in the Semis. In EuroCup, Anderson registered 10.4 ppg, 3 apg and 2.7 rpg in 14 games. In this competition Buducnost reached the Quarterfinals. Jermaine Anderson is active member of the Canadian NT since 2004. He had 8.3 ppg, 1.8 rpg and 1.6 apg for 8 games at the 2011 FIBA Americas in Mar del Plata.


No surprise Storm appears to be staying in Summerside - by Eurobasket News

All the rumours that the Summerside Storm pro basketball team was considering a move to Charlottetown appear to be over with this week's announcement that the team is closing in on a deal with the City of Summerside.

That is certainly the right move for the organization as everything that was so successful in their first year would be put in jeopardy with a move to our capital city. I take nothing away from Charlottetown, and there were probably a lot of reasons to consider a move, but why tinker with success?

The great following the Storm had this past year had a genuine good time going to games at EastLink Arena, and would that same following follow the Storm to the Charlottetown Civic Centre?

That had to be the big question on the minds of Storm owners Duncan Shaw and Darren MacKay while considering what to do next year.

EastLink Arena is by far the best Island facility to showcase pro basketball, and there is little doubt that this league has a better chance for success in Summerside and mainly because of the facility.

The Storm did so many things right last year, and built something from nothing. Starting over at the Civic Centre would not be a step forward, but a couple of steps back. That did not appear to be the right thing to do, and obviously Storm ownership knew that.



Moving forward

Moving forward with the National Basketball League of Canada, one hopes that the league is on solid footing, and that the other six teams are in at least as good of a position as Summerside appears to be in.

There is little doubt that the Summerside Storm lost money this past year, and ownership expected that. If the Storm lost money as one of the league's more successful teams fan-wise, what did the other teams lose?

One would think that other teams would have budgets similar or greater than Summerside, and pockets are only so deep. At some point, something has to give, and that is why that strong ownership is so critical for the success of this league.

There is little doubt that attendance has to increase greatly, and teams have to have success tapping into those corporate sponsorship dollars if the league is to survive long term.

The leagues ownership meetings are just around the corner, and there is little doubt that there will be a lot of questions that will need to be answered.

For now, it looks like local basketball fans can look forward to next year, and hopefully years to come.

Courtesy of www.journalpioneer.com



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  CENTROBASKET   

Standings (Men)

Standings
Group A
1. Bahamas0-0
2. Cuba0-0
3. Nicaragua0-0
4. Panama0-0
5. P.Rico0-0
Group B
1. Costa Rica0-0
2. Dominican R.0-0
3. US Virg.Isl0-0
4. Jamaica0-0
5. Mexico0-0


43 players invited for Centrobasket '12 - by Kristian Santiago

ADEMEBA invited 43 players to join the national-team camp in Cancun (starting May, 24th) for the Centrobasket in Puerto Rico.
The following players received invitations from which head-coach Pep Claros will be choosing the final 12 for San Juan later on:

Selection A

Christopher Hernandez (188-PG-83, college: Stanford), Pedro Meza Rogel (186-G-85, college: Arizona W. CC), Paul Stoll (178-PG-85) and Brody Angley (180-PG-86, agency: JEMsports, college: Santa Clara).
Orlando Mendez-Valdez (185-G-86, college: W.Kentucky), Jovan Harris (191-G/F-81, college: USF), Omar Quintero (183-PG-81, college: S.Nazarene) and Carlos M. Toussaint (190-G-91).
Victor Mariscal (198-F-72), Romel Beck (203-G/F-82, agency: Interperformances, college: UNLV), Andrew Gomez, Stephen Soriano (201-F-84, college: Colorado Mesa), Arim Solares (202-F/C-83), Noe Alonzo (200-F-83, college: Grand Canyon),
and Hector Hernandez (206-F-85, college: Fresno St.).
Gustavo Ayon (209-F/C-85, agency: Duran International, college: San Jose St.), Eduardo Najera (202-F-76, college: Oklahoma), Jesus Lopez (205-F-83, college: SW Baptist), Horacio Llamas (212-C-73), Real Mata (205-C-86), Adam Parada (213-C-81, college: Cal-Irvine), Rodrigo Zamora (206-C-86, college: Montana St.) and Michael Strobbe (201-F-85).

Selection B

Gabriel Giron (192-F-88), Jorge Gutierrez (190-G-88), Steve Monreal (180-PG-86, college: CS Monterey) and Jose Estrada (94).
Uriel Segura (190-G-88), Joel Reynoso (190-G-85), Jorge Casillas (196-F-90), Francisco Cruz (190-G-89, college: Wyoming) and Forrest Fisher (193-G-80)
Lonnie Ellis Vasquez (198-F, college: Mississippi Coll.), Alex Garcia (200-G-88), Jorge Chavez (198-G/F-87), Julio del Campo (195-G/F-87), Anthony Esparza (196-F-85, college: Pacific) and Miguel Ayala (198-F/G-82, college: UTEP).
Isaac Gutierrez (204-C-84), Hugo Carrillo (205-C/F-83), Joaquin Villanueva (207-C-86), Michael Lizarraga (200-F-89) and Fernando Benitez (204-F/C-89).



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  CHINA   


Bryan Davis claims Chinese NBL weekly honour - by Eurobasket News

American Bryan Davis (206-F-86, agency: N.E.T.) had a great game in the last round for league's leader Hebei and that's him to receive a Asia-basket.com NBL Player of the Week award for round 4.
The 25-year old forward had a double-double of 42 points and seventeen rebounds, while his team beat Heilongjiang (#8, 1-3) 117-107. It allowed Hebei to jump to the first place in the Chinese NBL. They maintain perfect record without any lost game in the league. The season is still on an early stage, but Hebei already had a very good start winning all 4 without losing a single one. Davis just recently signed at Hebei, being already a very valuable addition to the team. Texas A&M University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Davis is in league's top in points (2nd best: 36.3ppg), rebounds (2nd best: 18.0rpg) and averages solid 2.5bpg and 64.6% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 25-year old American forward Walter Sharpe (206-F-86, agency: Two Points) of Guangzhou FM. Sharpe impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 29 points and 21 rebounds. Of course he lead Guangzhou FM to another comfortable win 92-74 over slightly lower-ranked Sichuan (#7, 1-3) being unquestionably team leader. This victory allowed Guangzhou FM to move up to 5th position in the standings. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 2-2 record is not bad and everything may still change. Sharpe is one of the most experienced players at Guangzhou FM and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 26.0ppg (#6). He also registered 17.3 boards per game.

The third best performed player last round was American Rashaun Freeman (206-C/F-84) of Heilongjiang (#8). Freeman got into 30-points club by scoring 42 points in the last round. He went also for fifteen rebounds . Despite Freeman's great performance Heilongjiang lost 107-117 to the league's current leader Hebei (#1, 4-0). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. Heilongjiang can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have rather bad season and 1-3 record places them close to the bottom of the standings. Too bad for Freeman he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Freeman has individually a great season in China. After only 3 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 44.3ppg (best scorer) and rebounds with 15.7rpg (5th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Ndudi Ebi (206-F-84) of Jiangsu - 36 points, 14 rebounds and 5 assists
5. DeVon Hardin (211-C-86) of Hong Kong - 28 points and 21 rebounds
6. Hamady N'Diaye (213-C-87) of Guangzhou L. - 16 points and 18 rebounds
7. Lei Ji (203-C-83) of Guangzhou L. - 27 points and 3 rebounds
8. Jarrid Famous (210-C/F-88) of Sichuan - 17 points and 10 rebounds
9. Kenny Adeleke (205-C-83) of Henan Jiyuan - 26 points and 12 rebounds
10. Joseph Taylor (203-F-85) of Changan Group - 13 points, 16 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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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. Mallet, Spirou16.6 
 4. Weems, Zalgiris15.5 
 5. Domercant, Unics15.5 
 6. Carroll, Real Madr.14.2 
 7. Krstic, CSKA14.2 
 8. Kirilenko, CSKA14.1 
 9. Hairston, Armani M.13.9 
 10. Vujacic, Anadolu13.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Andrei KIRILENKO
  CSKA
  (205-F-81)
  Avg: 7.5
 1. Kirilenko, CSKA7.5 
 2. Freeland, Unicaja6.7 
 3. Bourousis, Armani6.4 
 4. Reyes, Real Madrid6.3 
 5. Andersen, Montepa.6.2 
 6. Zoric, Unicaja6.1 
 7. Veremeenko, Unics6.0 
 8. Fischer, Gescrap BB5.9 
 9. Savanovic, Anadolu5.6 
 10. Jankunas, Zalgiris5.6 
Assists Per Game
 Omar-Sharif COOK
  Armani Mit
  (186-PG-82)
  Avg: 5.7
 1. Cook, Armani Mit5.7 
 2. Rodriguez, Real M.5.4 
 3. Teodosic, CSKA5.0 
 4. Diamantidis, Panat.4.8 
 5. Tunceri, Anadolu4.5 
 6. Huertas, FCB Regal4.4 
 7. Spanoulis, Olympia.4.0 
 8. Jackson, Gescrap3.9 
 9. Kalnietis, Zalgiris3.7 
 10. Khryapa, CSKA3.3 
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. Calathes, Panathin.1.2 
 8. Green, Spirou1.2 
 9. Mallet, Spirou1.2 
 10. Eidson, FCB Regal1.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Andrei KIRILENKO
  CSKA
  (205-F-81)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Kirilenko, CSKA1.9 
 2. Begic, Real Madrid1.7 
 3. Riddick, Spirou1.6 
 4. Hendrix, Maccabi1.3 
 5. Ndong, FCB Regal1.1 
 6. Hines, Olympiacos1.1 
 7. Fischer, Gescrap BB1.1 
 8. Vazquez, FCB Regal1.0 
 9. Zoric, Unicaja0.9 
 10. Barac, Anadolu E.0.9 


Galatasaray keeps Head Coach Oktay Mahmudi - by Eurobasket News

Galatasaray officially announced signing of a 2+2 year contract extension with its Head Coach Oktay Mahmudi (agency: Beo Basket). It means that the Turkish specialist will stay with the club at least until the end of the 2013/14 season. They were regular season champions in TBL with 25-5 record. In the Playoff Quarterfinals Galatasaray eliminated Tofas with perfect 2-0 and will meet Besiktas in the Semis. In Euroleague, Galata was very close to reach the QFinals. That was the first Euroleague season in the club's history. Oktay Mahmudi took over Galatasaray in 2010. Before that he worked with Benetton Treviso two years. In 2009, he was named Eurocup Coach of the Year. In the past, Oktay Mahmudi coached Efes Pilsen for seven years. They won four Turkish league titles and four Cup trophies together.


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KORISLIIGA: European courts are possibly calling - by Rauno Hurmalainen

European basketball courts are possibly calling this spring finalists Bisons (Loimaa) and Kataja (Joensuu) already next season? Both Bisons and Kataja feel interest in international European basketball. That was one reason Finnish NT F Vesa Makalainen (200-F-86) left his team Karhu (Kauhajoki) and signed a 2+1 year contract with Kataja (Joensuu). Makalainen averaged passed season 10,3 ppg - 4,3 rpg. Henri Hirvikoski (191-G/F-86) (7,3 ppg - 2,4 rpg) and Jussi Eskola (189-G-87) (4,9 - 1,9) instead re-signed and stay at Kauhajoki. So does Juho Nenonen (202-F-87) (6,9 - 3,7), who will start his fifth year on Kataja (Joensuu) roster. And Pyry Rainamaa (194-G-90) (4,7 ppg), who will start his second year on Korihait (Uusikaupunki) roster.


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Pero Antic wins the Euroleague title with Olympiakos - by Eurobasket News

Pero Antic (210-F-82, agency: Beo Basket) won the 2011/12 Euroleague title with his team Olympiakos. They shocked CSKA Moscow last night in the Big Final 62-61 thanks to Printezis' floater with 0.7 seconds remaining. This is the biggest success for the club since their Euroleague title 15 years ago (1997). Antic helped his team with 7 points and 2 rebounds in the Final. In the Semis, Pero Antic had 4 points and 2 rebounds against Regal Barca. Olympiakos celebrated 68-64 victory in that game. Pero Antic joined Olympiakos last summer from Spartak St. Petersburg. He appeared in all 22 Euroleague games averaging 7.2 points and 4.3 rebounds. In Greece, Antic has 7.3 ppg and 4.7 rpg for 26 games. Olympiakos will play against Panathinaikos in the Greek league Finals.


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Maccabi Electra agrees 2-year deal with Giorgi Shermadini, according to reports - by Eurobasket News

According to reports, Giorgi Shermadini (216-C-89) will become a new member of Maccabi Electra soon. The Georgian big guy agreed a two-year deal with the Israeli powerhouse and will join them after the Italian league Playoffs. Shermadini currently plays for Bennet Cantu. He had 10.9 ppg and 5.5 rpg for 16 Euroleague games this season. He also has 9 ppg and 5.2 rpg for 22 games in Serie A. Giorgi Shermadini joined Bennet Cantu last summer from Union Olimpija, where he spent 2010/11 season on loan from Panathinaikos. He registered 7.4 ppg and 3.4 rpg for 16 Euroleague games. He helped Olimpija to win the Slovenian Cup and also to reach the championship Finals. In 2009/10, Shermadini had limited playing time with PAO averaging 4.5 ppg and 2.2 rpg in 12 Euroleague games. His numbers in Greece were just a little bit higher. Giorgi Shermadini joined PAO in 2008 from Maccabi Tbilisi.


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Igor Perovic (Walter Tigers Tuebingen) I Believe We Will Watch 5 Great Games in the Munich-Artland series - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Igor Perovic is in his third season as head coach for the Walter Tigers Tuebingen. He had a long playing career that lasted from 1991-2008. In this time, he played for teams like Partizan Beograd, Radnicki Beograd, Crvena Zvezda Beograd, Beopetrol Beograd, Gravelines (France), Hapoel Holon (Israel), Buducnost Podgorica, Elitzur Qiryat Ata/Motzkin (Israel-Premier L.), TSK Wurzburg (Germany-1.Bundesliga), Lavovi 063 Beograd and for the Walter Tigers Tuebingen (Germany-1.Bundesliga) from 2005-2008. He took some time to talk to eurobasket before the start of the 2012 quarterfinals of the Beko BBL playoffs.

The Walter Tigers finished in 12th place in the Beko BBL. How happy were you with the season?


I think we have to be happy with this season. We had a very tough schedule at the start and we lost some games that everybody expected but our goal was to prepare players for games, so we had more of a chance to win.

It seems like the team has developed each season since you have been coach. Will the team make the playoffs next season?

It's not possible to say today 'we will make a playoff ' next year but I think next season should be a little easier for us. I will do my best to prepare the team for next year.

The Tigers have kept 4 players from last season. How important is it keeping Lou Campbell? He told me the chances dont look good that he will stay?

For me as a coach was the most important thing to keep some players from this year. It is very dificult to start every season with new team. I am very happy because we resign 4 important players but I am sad that we couldnt keep Lou. He was a key player for us, real leader,' my right hand' and I can tell people only best things about him.


What are your summer plans?

That must be combination of everything, I have to rest first, than I have to look for two open spots for foreigners. German players I already know and I do not have to spend time to scout them. I hope I will find the best solutions for the Walter Tigers Tuebingen for next season.

What will be key for Bonn/Bamberg to win their series?

I think Bamberg has more quality players, deeper bench, more experienceand that should be enough to go to next round.

What is your prediction of this series? Will Bonn get swept?

I think Bonn will win one game so my prediction is 3-1 for Bamberg.

What will be key for Ulm/Braunschweig in getting to the next round?


I think Ulm is better team if they are complete. They play fantastic season. Their players play with a lot of confidence, but Ulm play without two very important players ( Griffin and Trice) so they have only one real point guard. That should be Braunschweigs big chance. Its and of the season and I think nobody got enough energy to play many games for short time with high quality. The benchcan be decided factor in playoffs.

What is your prediction of this series. Can the Phantoms make the upset?

Every result in this series is possible.

What will be key for Alba Berlin/Wurzburg in getting to the next round?

No doubt for me that Alba has better players but Wurzburg is strong team. They are not easy opponent for any team and they have great home court. People there live for basketball and will not be easy for Alba to win games there. I dont say its not possible but wont be easy.


What is your prediction can Wurzburg grind down Alba Berlin in a five game series?

I think 3-2 or 3-1 for Alba.

The most interesting series could be Artland/Munich. What does each team have to do to advance?

I think the quality of players between these two teams is equal. Both teams have great home court and will be very difficult to make a brake.


Will this series go five games and who will advance?

I believe we will watch 5 great games in this series.

Thanks Igor for the chat.





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  GREECE   

Div.B Standing

B Standings
 1. Aiolos Trikallon 27-2 
 2. Filathlitikos 24-5 
 3. Agia Paraskevis 20-9 
 4. Niki Volou 20-9 
 5. Koroivos 17-12 
 6. Irakleio 17-12 
 7. Diagoras 15-14 
 8. Egaleo 14-15 
 9. Near East 13-16 
 10. Doukas 13-16 
 11. Stratoni 12-17 
 12. MENT 12-17 
 13. Iraklis 10-19 
 14. Aias Evosmou 9-20 
 15. Anagennisi 8-21 
 16. Halkidona 1-28 

Regular Season: Round 29

May. 13: Egaleo - Near East 96-77
May. 12: Doukas - Stratoni 86-75
May. 13: Anagennisi - Iraklis 83-77
May. 13: MENT - Aias Evosmou 74-85
May. 13: Koroivos - Filathlitikos 68-67
May. 13: Niki Volou - Agia Paraskevis 67-84
May. 13: Irakleio - Aiolos Trikallon 59-85
May. 13: Halkidona - Diagoras 0-20

Regular Season: Round 30

May. 20: Near East - Doukas
May. 20: Filathlitikos - Egaleo
May. 20: Stratoni - Halkidona
May. 20: Diagoras - MENT
May. 20: Aias Evosmou - Anagennisi
May. 20: Iraklis - Irakleio
May. 20: Aiolos Trikallon - Niki Volou
May. 20: Agia Paraskevis - Koroivos


The triumph of Olympiakos keeps Greek basketball alive - by George Fragkos

Up to 13th May the most successful team in Greece was indisputably Panathinaikos Athens of Zelimir Obradovic. The 'Greens' were almost every year European champions and they also won the Greek championship every single season. Though the unbelievable win of their fierce rivals, Olympiacos S.F.P. Pireus against, CSKA which gave them the Euroleague trophy, changes the situation a lot. The 'Reds' conquered the top of European basketball and they have a great chance of also obtaining the Greek championship as they keep the home advantage.This means that unexpectedly they have drawn all the attention and more simply they have become the number one team in Greece.

However, this whole turn of things may benefit Panathinaikos too. The owners of the 'Greens', Giannakopoulos brothers, seem to have changed their mind and they are thinking very seriously to keep investing in the team. Especially Thanasis Giannakopoulos, who most of all is a very faithful fan of the team has taken this fact as a new challenge and he has already told the press that he and his brother will not give up and they are determined to bring the club to the top once again. For sure, if Panathinaikos wins the A1 league, this will be a big boost to the confidence of the everyone at the club, but still what the team of Dusan Ivkovic has achieved this year earns them all the applauses.

The most important thing for Greek basketball is the fact that two financially strong families seem ready to keep being involved in it. Aggelopoulos and Giannakopoulos brothers are going to invest for at least one more year and consequently basketball in Greece will stay alive. The financial situation of the country has caused a great damage to the stability of all the other clubs which struggle to keep rolling reducing their budgets more and more and for sure this lowers the level of the league a lot.Olympiacos and Panathinaikos have also cut their payrolls considerably but still the love of those two families for their teams and the sport as a whole keeps the prestige of Greek basketball and the A1 league as high as possible.



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A Division Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Justin INGRAM
  FS Debre.
  (185-PG-85)
  Avg: 24.6
 1. Ingram, FS Debre.24.6 
 2. Ciric, PVSK P.22.0 
 3. Timberlake, Falco-.21.1 
 4. Raivio, Kaposvari21.1 
 5. Austin, Jaszberenyi20.8 
 6. Ivosev, Szedeak20.4 
 7. Schachtner, FS Deb.20.1 
 8. Doyne, PVSK P.20.1 
 9. Levy, Szedeak19.1 
 10. Dramicanin, Jaszb.18.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Miklos SZABO
  FS Debrecen
  (206-F/C-86)
  Avg: 10.4
 1. Szabo, FS Debrecen10.4 
 2. Miskovic, Marso N.9.6 
 3. Pantelic, Falco-Sz.9.3 
 4. Fey, Kaposvari9.1 
 5. Raivio, Kaposvari8.7 
 6. Townes, Kormend8.7 
 7. Ivosev, Szedeak8.6 
 8. Austin, Jaszberenyi8.1 
 9. Bader, Szolnok8.1 
 10. Egemonye, Soproni8.1 
Assists Per Game
 Laszlo KALMAN
  Falco-Sz.
  (186-G-72)
  Avg: 6.3
 1. Kalman, Falco-Sz.6.3 
 2. Wilson, Kaposvari5.9 
 3. Simon, Albacomp5.8 
 4. Ingram, FS Debre.5.7 
 5. Trotter, Szolnok5.6 
 6. Williams, Atomeromu5.5 
 7. Fekete, Marso N.4.6 
 8. Thomas, Soproni4.5 
 9. Drahos, Szedeak4.3 
 10. Hodges, Jaszbere.4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Stefan FEKETE
  Marso N.
  (188-G-86)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Fekete, Marso N.2.7 
 2. Drahos, Szedeak2.6 
 3. Trotter, Szolnok2.5 
 4. Austin, Jaszberenyi2.5 
 5. Ingram, FS Debre.2.4 
 6. Raivio, Kaposvari2.3 
 7. Ivosev, Szedeak2.2 
 8. Perine, ZTE K.2.2 
 9. Toth, PVSK P.2.2 
 10. Wittmann, Kecsk.2.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Darian TOWNES
  Kormend
  (208-F/C-84)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Townes, Kormend1.9 
 2. Pantelic, Falco-Sz.1.6 
 3. Keller, Albacomp1.4 
 4. Egemonye, Soproni1.0 
 5. Levy, Szedeak1.0 
 6. Ivosev, Szedeak0.9 
 7. Morgen, Atomeromu0.9 
 8. Chism, Albacomp0.9 
 9. Miskovic, Marso N.0.8 
 10. Juhos, Albacomp0.8 


Finals!!!! - by Chad Timberlake

This season has been a great one. At the beginning of the season the goal for this team was to finish in the top 8. As most already know we finished in first place. We set a Falco record with wins in a season and consecutive wins. It's great to be part of a team with this kind of success. We won our third game against Kormend last night in a very difficult, very tiring game. The end of the game came down to a couple big shots from Tamas Will (196-G/F-87, agency: TSS Management) and Laszlo Kalman (186-G-72, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group). Laci's free throws sealed the win. The whole team contributed in big ways. It was such a relief when the final buzzer went off. It felt like it took me a few seconds to start to celebrate. I started running down the court and didn't know where to go. I just had to hug someone hahaa. It was a lot of pressue off our shoulders and we are all very happy to win that game. Winning that game allows us a little time to rest before the finals so the injuries that our team has collected and fought through can receive some treatments and rest. This is well needed. We have had some unfortunate luck as far as injuries in these playoffs. (Pantelic/sprained ankle, Harizin/foot, Kalman/elbow, myself/dislocated ankle) Still, we have made it to the finals. After the possibility of losing to Kis-Raba menti Takarek Soproni KC in the first round, due in part to the injuries we accumulated and also that Kis-Raba menti Takarek Soproni KC is a good team, to be where we are now is why when that final buzzer went off yesterday it was a release of pressure and it took me a few seconds to react. I'm very proud of my coach and team. We have worked hard all season to get here and now we are!!! We are going to go against a great team in Szolnoki Olajbanyasz. A team who has had a tremendous season themselves. They won the Hungarian Cup and as everyone should be aware of they went to the final four of the Eurochallenge and they were a few plays away from winning their first game against the champion Besiktas Milangaz Istanbul. So congratulations to them for the Eurochallenge. I'm looking forward to putting the whole season on the line against a team who has had such international success as them.

Today is a chill day! I started the day at 9:30 where I went to Derkovits Gyula ltalnos Iskola and spoke to students learning english. So I send a thank you to Veronika and Aletta for setting that up. It was a good time and I hope the kids enjoyed it as much as I did. They prepared some wonderful questions for me. Now that thats finished I'm going to relax at home before going to lift weights and then head over to Sarvar to relax at the spa and get a massage. You know, all that good stuff. Time to take care of my body today before we get into our clash with szolnok.

It's been a long time since I wrote a blog, largely due to the focus I was putting on the season. I have had a few interesting days in that time. I'll share one of them. I was going to lunch one day and there was police on every corner leading up to the restaurant. When I get to the street that the restaurants on it looks like secret service blocking the street off. They make me circle the block and park the next street over. I'm thinking, 'what, is Obama here?' I park the car and start walking to my restaurant where a secret service guy is standing like every bit of cliched security: black shades, suit, ear pieces, speaking in the cuff of his sleeve, the whole nine. As I get closer I see him speak into his sleeve as I get maybe 10 steps closer to him he squares up with me and holds his hand out obviously telling me to stop. I was laughing a little in my mind thinking, did this dude really just square me up?? While I'm thinking that, a rush of photographers are taking flashing pictures of a man walking right towards me. As he gets closer I recognize that it's not Obama but it's the Hungarian President Pal Schmitt. I was very shocked to see a President eating at the restaurant I eat my lunches at. Must be good quality food! I've never seen a president in person so I'm glad I got to see him when I did. If it had been a month later it wouldn't of counted as an active president because he stepped down from office a few weeks later because of a plagiarism scandal. I hope to have a few more interesting times here. Our team is planning to go paint balling at the end of the season. I'm also thinking of going horseback riding through some mountains. Interesting for me. I never thought I would ride a horse let alone get on one and take it through mountain trails. :) We'll see. I hope everyone enjoys my blog as much as I've enjoyed my season in Szombathely.

Today is my sisters Birthday and I have to say Happy Birthday to the most beautiful sister in the world and also send her an extremely proud congratulations for her graduating from Seton Hall University with her masters. I love you Britnee.

I'll talk to you again in a few weeks.

Your favorite blogger
Chad Timberlake (194-G-84, college: Fair Dickinson)



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Lathan tallies career-high 40 in 102-96 win - by Gianni Pascucci

Trayvon Lathan (6'7''-G-84, college: Chowan) poured in a career-best 40 points on Sunday night, leading the Los Angeles Lightning to a 102-96 pro basketball victory over the Battle Creek Knights at Cal Lutheran. Lathan hit 17-of-26 from the field. He had 21 in the first half, which ended with the Lightning trailing 51-50. L.A. outscored the visitors 28-19 in the third quarter. Chris Ayer (6'10''-C-83, college: Loyola Mary) had 18 points, 14 rebounds and three blocks in the ninth straight home win by the Lightning (2-0). Battle Creek (2-9) had five players in double figures, led by Jared Axon's 24. Odgra Bobo (6'6''-F-85, college: Oakland CC) and Joe Young (6'0''-G, college: Canisius) added 19 pts apiece, Courtney Smith (6'5''-F/C) had 14 points and 14 boards. Kamran Sufi (5'9''-G, college: St.Mary's, CA) had 12 assists for L.A., which won despite making just 2-18 from the 3-point arc. The Lightning won the rebound battle 58-47 and outscored the visitors 64-38 in the paint.
Los Angeles will host the Gary Splash in another three-game series at three local high schools. The first one is Friday at 7 p.m. at Calabasas High.



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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. Asbury, Elitzur7.6 
 7. Uter, Maccabi7.6 
 8. Dowell, B.C. H.7.3 
 9. Killingswort., Iro.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. Ben-Chimol, Maccab.1.8 
 4. Lifshitz, Elitzu.1.8 
 5. Yavzuri, Galil Gil.1.8 
 6. Robinson, B.C. H.1.8 
 7. Delaney, B.C. H.1.7 
 8. Uter, Maccabi1.7 
 9. Roth, Hapoel Holon1.7 
 10. Ohayon, Maccabi1.7 
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 


Maccabi Electra agrees 2-year deal with Giorgi Shermadini, according to reports - by Eurobasket News

According to reports, Giorgi Shermadini (216-C-89) will become a new member of Maccabi Electra soon. The Georgian big guy agreed a two-year deal with the Israeli powerhouse and will join them after the Italian league Playoffs. Shermadini currently plays for Bennet Cantu. He had 10.9 ppg and 5.5 rpg for 16 Euroleague games this season. He also has 9 ppg and 5.2 rpg for 22 games in Serie A. Giorgi Shermadini joined Bennet Cantu last summer from Union Olimpija, where he spent 2010/11 season on loan from Panathinaikos. He registered 7.4 ppg and 3.4 rpg for 16 Euroleague games. He helped Olimpija to win the Slovenian Cup and also to reach the championship Finals. In 2009/10, Shermadini had limited playing time with PAO averaging 4.5 ppg and 2.2 rpg in 12 Euroleague games. His numbers in Greece were just a little bit higher. Giorgi Shermadini joined PAO in 2008 from Maccabi Tbilisi.


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  ITALY   

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: 12.9
 1. Rossi, Chieti12.9 
 2. Iannilli, Napoli9.7 
 3. Tagliabue, Ruvo8.8 
 4. Borra, Treviglio8.4 
 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. Vico, Matera3.2 
 9. Santolamazza, Ana.3.2 
 10. Parente, Torino2.9 
Steals Per Game
 Roberto MAGGIO
  Pavia
  (183-G-90)
  Avg: 3
 1. Maggio, Pavia3.0 
 2. Rossi, Chieti2.9 
 3. Bertolazzi, Omegna2.9 
 4. Iardella, Fabriano2.9 
 5. Rivali, Santarcang.2.8 
 6. Mei, Comsum.it SI2.8 
 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 


Olimpia Milano interested in Keith Langford - by Andrea Centenari

As reported by italian site Sportando.net, seems that Keith Langford (193-G/F-83, college: Kansas) is the new EA7 Emporio Armani Milano target for the next season. Also Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul has made an offer for the american guard.
According to Sportando.net:

'Sportando was secretly informed via team sources that Maccabi Electra Tel-Avivs skeptic as to whether or not Langford will continue wearing the team's yellow-and-blue, simply because that on the table, Langford holds higher offers.

'We presented Keith with our best offer, but we're aware he has others we can't match,' executive team source told Sportando.

Midseason last year, when signing with Maccabi, the two parties included a clause in Langford's contract stating that if he would re-sign, his value would be $1.1m.

While Maccabi recently offered the player a 1+1 deal, worth $800k next season and $100k compensation if the two part ways next summer, Sportando reveals that Euroleague teams Armani Milano and Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul Ulker, are offering the former Jayhawks guard a guaranteed deal estimated at well over $1m.

Langford, who's been recovering from reputation problems, recently clinched Adriatic League Final Four MVP honors, and has emerged into one of the most desirable scorers across Europe.

Hence, striking a deal with Italian Milano makes most sense for Langford, who would rejoin his former coach Scariolo Sergio. While the two may have had their differences in the past, behind closed doors, Scariolo expressed how impressed his was with Langford improvement on the court this season.'



A talk with Doron Perkins - by Giovanni Bargna

After being out for ten months due to the injury suffered in the 2011 euroelague playoffs game 3 against Caja Laboral Doron Perkins (188-PG-83, college: Santa Clara) joined Bennet Cantu last February. That was a good opportunity both for the team, that needed to strengthen its roster on the perimeter, and for him who was looking for the chance to fully recover from his injury and keep on playing at a very high european level.
Three months have passed now and, as the italian playoffs are upcoming, it is time for a report of the current situation for him and the team.

I met Doron in the late afternoon after the team's practice and this is what we talked about...

- Hi Doron, regular season has just ended and the playoffs are upcoming. Tell me about your impressions about the post-season an the team situation
My impressions are very positive now. I know I haven't been playing my best getting into the playoffs but I know I will in the post-season. It will be a good challenge for the team and I think we can beat anybody if we play well and at the same time anybody can beat us if we are not fully focused. It's gonna be a good opportunity for us as a team and we're looking forward to get on the court.

- You've been out for months before coming here. How's your knee now?
It's good. One of my goals when coming to the team was making it to the playoffs. When you get back from an injury you try not to pace yourself, you don't want to go too much,
don't want to push yourself too much, but after three months I have full confidence now and I feel good.

- When you got here it was said your recovery process was at 60%. What about it now?
I feel it is completed. I'm good and I say 100%

- You live here since February. Do you like the town?
Yes, sure, I like it. Cantu is a small city and our fans are great. Half of our fans are not even from Cant, but from the area.
In the end the city is good and, being small, it is easy to go around and a very good city to play.

- Considering you're coming from Tel-Aviv it should be very different...
Well, obviously. Everything is easier here, there's no traffic, parking is easy. There's a big difference but i like it.

- There is one thing I am curious about. You use to wear your headband in a very particular way. It just covers only one of your ears and it doesn't seem accidental...
Well I don't know (laughing)... I've done it since primary high school. In college our coach didn't allow us to wear headbands so one time I had a scar, i got a cut right here (above the eyebrow) so i had to cover it and had my headband. It was covering over one ear a little bit and then I had a big game or something and kept on wearing it that way.

- When your deal was announced someone said 'he's a great player, but cantu has got a very tactical system and Doron does his best when using his individual skills. What do you think about this?
People have their opinions. People think that I'm an athletic player, a running player, but that's not really my game. That's why it's easier for me to come back from my injury because i do guard at a slow pace, I play at a slow pace. It's been easy coming into this system where you have players you know.
When you play in a team like this you know you have good shooters on the perimeter, you know you have big guys under the boards. It makes everything easier specially for a point guard.Then I can start running and play my style and I think it makes it easier for everybody else because everybody gets a lot of open shots and the game flows a little bit more.

- You're one of the best rebounder of the entire league and that is unusual for a point guard. Do you I think it is a skill a player can work on or it just depends on aggressivness?
I don't want to say it's a skill as half of it is determination, it is just going after the ball and the other half is just anticipation. People don't realize that it is easier for a guard to get rebounds because you don't get boxed-out. It's just about anticipation and that's how I play on defense trying to anticipate.

- In the very tough upcoming playoffs battle it is said that Milano, Siena and Cant could be the main actors. Do you agree?
I hope so, I hope we will get as further as we can. I know Siena is great team and I faced them when I was at Maccabi during the 2010 Euroleague TOP16. They have a lot of good players, but there is only five guys on the court and I think we have five good players too. You have to play well against them because even when they're playing a bad game they're still a top level team.
I played against Milano for the first time recently. They're a great team too, they got big guards on the court. It will be a great challange, we can be less talented but if we play as a team I think we can beat anybody.

- In a recent interview you said you like videogames. Have you ever played basketball on a videogame console?
Yes, I did. One of my good friends works for the development team of the game and five years ago they called me and then put sensors on my body and I did the moves needed to develop the game. That is why if you look in the credits I'm on the game, I love that game.

- Well, thanks, Doron. Next time we meet I challenge you to play with it
Great. Practice!



Nazionale A Round 3 of Quarter-Finals - by Eurobasket News

Play-off
Castelletto - Comsum.it SI 78-73 (2-1)

Comsum.it SI was trailing by 7 points at halftime but managed to get 2-point lead after three quarters before a 23-16 charge of Castelletto, which allowed them to win the game. They made 29-of-35 free shots (82.9 percent) during the game, while Comsum.it SI only scored eleven points from the stripe. Castelletto forced 19 Comsum.it SI turnovers and outrebounded them 43-27 including a 16-5 advantage in offensive rebounds. 30 personal fouls committed by Comsum.it SI helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was point guard Simone Ferrarese (182-87) who scored 23 points and 6 rebounds. Swingman Christian Villani (200-82) chipped in 20 points and 7 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was guard Gabriele Spizzichini (195-92) who recorded 20 points and 6 rebounds and forward Stefano Simeoli (200-86) added 13 points and 6 rebounds respectively. Four Comsum.it SI players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Castelletto: S.Ferrarese 23+6reb+1ast, C.Villani 20+7reb+1ast, J.Zacchetti 13+5reb, F.Dri 8+4reb+3ast, M.Raminelli 6+12reb, A.Piazza 4+2reb+2ast
Comsum.it SI: G.Spizzichini 20+6reb+3ast, A.Tessitori 14+5reb, S.Simeoli 13+6reb+1ast, N.Mei 11+3reb+4ast, M.Pascolo 6+2reb, S.Bonfiglio 5+3reb
gschID: 176507


Play-out
Chieti - Treviglio 72-58 (2-1)

Chieti made 16-of-19 free shots (84.2 percent) during the game. They also forced 19 Treviglio turnovers. The best player for the winners was the former international center Emanuele Rossi (208-82) who had a double-double by scoring 19 points and 16 rebounds. Naturalized San Marino swingman Andrea Raschi (200-79) chipped in 12 points. At the other side the best for losing team was center Jacopo Borra (212-90) who recorded a double-double by scoring 18 points and 12 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) and swingman Andrea Vitale (199-82, agency: Interperformances) added 13 points respectively. Treviglio's coach Adriano Vertemati rotated ten players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Chieti: E.Rossi 19+16reb+2ast, A.Raschi 12+2reb+3ast, A.Porfido 9+4reb+2ast, M.Diomede 9+2reb+4ast, F.Gialloreto 8+3ast, S.Rajola 7+3reb
Treviglio: J.Borra 18+12reb, A.Vitale 13+1reb+3ast, T.Marino 11+2reb+4ast, A.Fabi 9+3reb+3ast, M.Planezio 5+5reb, G.Zanella 2+4reb
gschID: 176508



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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. White, Oita H.18.6 
 9. Burrell, Yokohama.18.6 
 10. Raivio, Shinshu BW18.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Chris HOLM
  Niigata Albirex
  (212-C/F-84)
  Avg: 14.2
 1. Holm, Niigata Albi.14.2 
 2. Hamilton, Fukuok.11.4 
 3. Staten, Chiba Jets11.0 
 4. Rickert, Kyoto H.11.0 
 5. Searcy, Toyama G.10.8 
 6. Malloy, Iwate B.10.5 
 7. Mims, Sendai 89ers10.4 
 8. Roberts, Shins.10.2 
 9. Burrell, Yokohama.10.2 
 10. Bell, Osaka Eves.10.0 
Assists Per Game
 Kenny SATTERFIELD
  Saitam.
  (188-PG-81)
  Avg: 6.7
 1. Satterfield, Saita.6.7 
 2. Takushi, Oita H.5.9 
 3. Gardener, Akita NH5.6 
 4. Dixon, Hamamats.5.4 
 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.1.5 
 9. Dukes, Sendai 89e.1.3 
 10. Moliva, Chiba Jets1.3 


The End of the BJ League Quarter-Final Stage - by Eurobasket News

Okinawa GK - Shiga L-Stars 74-66 (2-0)

The hosts trailed by 2 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 7-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 74-66. American Anthony McHenry (202-83, college: Georgia Tech) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 12 rebounds. Guard Narito Namizato (175-89) contributed with 9 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners. Okinawa GK's coach used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Trinidad and Tobago power forward Julius Ashby (205-82, college: Colorado) replied with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 12 rebounds and American forward Josh Peppers (201-85, college: Cent.Florida, agency: Court Side) added 10 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Shiga L-Stars.
Top scorers:
Shiga L-Stars: J.Ashby 24+12reb+1ast, Y.Okada 12+1reb+2ast, J.Peppers 10+5reb+2ast, K.Hatano 6+4reb, B.Markson 6+4reb, D.Gomez Camargo 3+8reb+3ast
Okinawa GK: A.McHenry 13+12reb+1ast, J.Newton 10+7reb, N.Namizato 9+6reb+6ast, D.Sneed 9+10reb+1ast, N.Kosuge 9+1reb+2ast, Y.Takushi 6+1reb
gschID: 176271


Osaka Evessa - Kyoto Hannar. 76-68 (1-2 12-15 in extra time)

Kyoto Hannar. was ahead by 2 points at the halftime before a 46-36 second half run of Osaka Evessa. American forward Michael Bell (206-82, college: Florida Atlantic) scored 23 points to lead the charge for the winners and guard Masashi Obuchi (182-83) chipped in 14 points and 7 assists during the contest. Four Osaka Evessa players scored in double figures. American forward Rick Rickert (211-83, college: Minnesota, agency: SportsTalent) responded with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 14 rebounds and his fellow American import Lee Cummard (201-85, college: BYU, agency: Priority Sports) scored 11 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest.
Top scorers:
Kyoto Hannar.: R.Rickert 17+14reb+2ast, T.Kawabe 13+2reb+2ast, L.Cummard 11+5reb+7ast, J.Boyette 7+1reb+3ast, B.Camara 6+3reb+1ast, K.Setoyama 5+3reb+3ast
Osaka Evessa: M.Bell 23+4reb+2ast, W.Marshall 17+7reb+1ast, M.Obuchi 14+4reb+7ast, B.St.Preux 10+5reb, C.Aoki 5+1reb+2ast, S.Takeda 3+6reb+3ast
gschID: 176272


Hamamatsu P. - Niigata Albirex 97-85 (2-1 30-19 in extra time)

The hosts trailed by 3 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 7-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 97-85. Hamamatsu Phoenix dominated down low during the game scoring 52 of its points in the paint compared to Niigata Albirex's 30. Hamamatsu Phoenix looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists comparing to just 11 passes made by Niigata Albirex's players. American guard Jermaine Dixon (191-87, college: Pittsburgh, agency: VVG Sports) notched 19 points, 6 rebounds and 9 assists to lead the effort and forward Lawrence Blackledge (206-86, college: Marquette) supported him with 20 points and 7 rebounds. Blackledge is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Even 14 points and 9 rebounds by American guard Nile Murry (193-83, college: TCU) did not help to save the game for Niigata Albirex. His fellow American import power forward Chris Holm (212-84, college: Vermont) added 13 points and 6 rebounds for the guests. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players saving starting five for next games.
Top scorers:
Niigata Albirex: K.Sato 16+2ast, N.Murry 14+9reb+2ast, C.Holm 13+6reb+1ast, Y.Ikeda 12+3reb, S.Komatsu 8, A.Kaneko 6
Hamamatsu P.: L.Blackledge 20+7reb+2ast, J.Dixon 19+6reb+9ast, S.Nakanishi 11+3reb, W.Arnold 10+2reb+4ast, M.Ohguchi 9+2reb+3ast, S.Okada 9+2reb
gschID: 176273


Yokohama BC - Akita NH 69-82 (2-1 18-15 in extra time)

The game was mostly controlled by Akita Happinets. Yokohama BC was better in second period 19-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The best player for the winners was American swingman Ricky Woods (194-84, college: SE Louisiana) who scored 18 points and 9 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field). Guard Shigehiro Taguchi (184-90) chipped in 20 points. Four Akita Happinets players scored in double figures. Akita Happinets' coach allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American forward Justin Burrell (206-88, college: St.John's) produced a double-double by scoring 21 points and 17 rebounds and his fellow American import guard Draelon Burns (194-85, college: De Paul, agency: Top Notch Sports) added 12 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists respectively for the hosts.
Top scorers:
Yokohama BC: J.Burrell 21+17reb, M.Kabaya 13+1reb+1ast, D.Burns 12+8reb+6ast, T.Aoki 7, C.McFarland 6+5reb+1ast, K.Yamada 4+1reb+5ast
Akita NH: S.Taguchi 20+3reb, R.Woods 18+9reb+1ast, K.Swanston 11+3reb+1ast, M.Kearse 10+3reb+5ast, E.Drayton 7+3reb+2ast, R.Mizumachi 6+1reb+1ast
gschID: 176270



Phoenix, Golden Kings return to Final Four - by Eurobasket News

As expected, the Hamamatsu Higashimikawa Phoenix and Ryukyu Golden Kings, regular-season winners of the Eastern and Western Conference titles, respectively, will return to the bj-league's Final Four again this coming weekend with a shot at meeting in the title game for the second consecutive year.

The two-time defending champion Phoenix eliminated the Niigata Albirex BB to move one step closer to their goal of a three-peat, a feat only accomplished by one other team in bj-league history, the Osaka Evessa from 2005-08. The Golden Kings, meanwhile, took care of business against the Shiga Lakestars.

On May 19, Hamamatsu will face the Yokohama B-Corsairs in the East final at 2:10 p.m. at Tokyo's Ariake Colosseum, followed by the West final Ryukyu vs. the Kyoto Hannaryz at 6:10 p.m. All games will be televised by BS-Fuji. The winners will meet in the title game a day later at 5:10 p.m., preceded by the third-place game.

Here's a recap of Sunday's playoff action:

Phoenix 97, Albirex BB 85 (Game 2)

Phoenix 30, Albirex BB 19 (mini-game tiebreaker)


In Hamamatsu, the hosts handled the pressure of a must-win game and defeated Niigata to force the mini-game tiebreaker.

In the regularly scheduled contest, Lawrence Blackledge, a Marquette University product, put his stamp on the game in a big way: 20 points on 9-for-11 shooting, seven rebounds, three blocks and two steals. Jermaine Dixon contributed 19 points and nine assists, Shoji Nakanishi scored 11 points and Wayne Arnold poured in 10 for rookie coach Ryuji Kawai's team. Masahiro Oguchi and Shingo Okada both netted nine points.

Kimitake Sato buried 4 of 4 3-point shots en route to a team-high 16 points for Niigata (28-24 in the regular season), Nile Murry (193-G-83, college: TCU) added 14 points, Chris Holm scored 13, Yuichi Ikeda 12 and Shuhei Komatsu had eight. The Albirex, like their coach Matt Garrison, a standout outside shooter during his playing days, launched 24 attempts from 3-point range and canned 12 of them. But it wasn't enough to eliminate the playoff-tested Phoenix.

In the mini-game, 2010-11 regular-season and playoff MVP Jeffrey Parmer (203-F-85, agency: Dynamics Global Management, college: Florida Atlantic) carried Hamamatsu, scoring 12 points, including 6-for-8 at the foul line. Arnold had six points and unheralded star Oguchi, no stranger to the spotlight, was 4-for-4 at the line as the Phoenix survived a valiant fight from the talented Albirex.

Murry had nine of Niigata's 19 points in the tiebreaker.

'Final Four, here we come!' were the words Dixon used on Facebook to express his delight. 'Way to get it done, Phoenix!'

In an interview with The Japan Times, Parmer had this to say: 'We didn't give away a big lead in the fourth quarter like we did yesterday (in Game 1). We kept the pedal to the metal, and never let up. In the mini-game, we just wanted it more than Niigata wanted it.

'We most definitely showed the heart of a champion.'

Arnold said, 'I think experience played a role in our victory. But the biggest thing is, we just refused to lose no matter the circumstances. We left it all out on the court today. I think we have the best combination of heart, experience, and ability in the league. Not taking anything away from any other team, because the Final Four is loaded this season. But at the end of the day, with everything on the line, this group of guys will for sure show up for war guns loaded and aim steady.'

Golden Kings 74, Lakestars 66

In Ginowan, Okinawa Prefecture, Ryukyu's depth and defensive efficiency steered the hosts to a series-closing victory over Shiga.

Anthony McHenry finished with 13 points, 12 rebounds and two steals for the Kings and Jeff Newton, who earned a trip to his seventh consecutive Final Four, had 10 points and seven boards. Dillion Sneed, Naoto Kosuge and Narito Namizato all scored nine points apiece for Ryukyu. Namizato, still only 22, supplied six rebounds, six assists and three steals for the victors.

The Kings survived a 15-for-30 day at the charity stripe, but all those trips to the line stopped the clock and took away time for the Lakestars to run their offense.

Shiga's Julius Ashby had 24 points and 12 rebounds before fouling out. Yu Okada (184-G-83) added 12 points, Josh Peppers scored 10 and Ray Nixon hauled in nine rebounds.

Evessa 76, Hannaryz 68 (Game 2)

Hannaryz 15, Evessa 12 (mini-game tiebreaker)


In Osaka, the Evessa fell short of the Final Four for the first time in the franchise's proud seven-year history.

After dropping the series opener on Saturday, coach Ryan Blackwell's club bounced back with a typical hard-nosed defensive effort and a low-scoring contest, a pace that Blackwell favors.

Mike Bell paced Osaka with 23 points, big man Wayne Marshall had 17 points and seven boards and Masashi Obuchi provided 14 points and seven assists. Six-time All-Star Cohey Aoki scored 10 points.

Osaka put 46 points on the board in the second half, outscoring Kyoto by 14 points in that span.

Rick Rickert led the Hannaryz, a third-year franchise, with 17 points and 14 rebounds. His teammates also played at a high level, as evidenced by Kyoto's 21 assists on 27 field goals.

Taizo Kawabe poured in 13 points, Lee Cummard (201-SG-85, agency: Priority Sports, college: BYU) finished with 11 points and seven assists and Jermaine Boyette had a seven-point outing.

When the teams returned to the court for the tiebreaker after a short break, Kyoto won the grind-it-out affair. Cummard scored five points, Boyette had three and Naoto Nakamura canned a big 3-pointer.

For Osaka, Bell and Obuchi each scored five and Bobby St. Preux scored two.

The Evessa's narrow defeat ends a season that began with high hopes after the team added longtime Tokyo Apache star Aoki during the offseason to team up with frontcourt mainstays Marshall and Lynn Washington, a two-time MVP. The team's motto championship or bust has been the same since 2005.

Washington's March 13 arrest for alleged involvement in smuggling drugs into Japan (he was exonerated of all charges in April, but never played another game) created a situation the team never expected to deal with. But the Evessa's poise and skills kept them in the hunt for another title before falling to a Hannaryz squad that has been among the league's best and most consistent clubs the entire season.

'We had a great season but came up a little short,' Blackwell wrote on Facebook, 'Losing in a 10-minute overtime game doesn't negate all that Evessa has accomplished during this crazy season. Thank you to all of our fans, boosters, players, and staff. I need a vacation.'
Courtesy of: http://www.japantimes.co.jp



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  JORDAN   


Jordan National Team initial roster - by Mohammed Malas

Below you will find the initial roster of 18 players who will begin preperations with Jordan National Team for the next competitions.

Osama Daghles (198-G-79, college: Midwestern St.) of Orthodox Amman
Sinan Eid (193-G-91) of Orthodox Amman
Zaid Abbas (203-F-83) of Orthodox Amman
Enver Soobzokov (201-G/F-78, college: CS San Bernar.) of Orthodox Amman
Fares Saqf-AlHait (194-G/F-87, college: Calumet) of Orthodox Amman
Mahmoud Abdeen (189-PG-87) of ASU Sports Club
Mohammad Hadrab (202-PF-84) of ASU Sports Club
Mousa Alawadi (188-G-85) of ASU Sports Club
Mohammad Hussein (210-C-90) of ASU Sports Club
Abdallah AbuQoura (205-F/C-84) of ASU Sports Club
Fadel Al-Najjar (192-G-85) of Kofer Yoba Irbid
Khaldon Abu Ruqayah (200-F-83) of Kofer Yoba Irbid
Ahmed Al-Hamarsheh (200-F-86) of Kofer Yoba Irbid
Ibrahim Bassam (204-C-87) of Kofer Yoba Irbid
Hani AlFaraj (192-SG-87) of Kofer Yoba Irbid
Issa Kamel (194-F/G-83) of Al Riyadi Amman
Ahmad Al Dwairi (210-C-93) of Al Riyadi Amman
Mohammad Jamal Ali (195-PF-89) of Al Riyadi Amman
Ali Zaghab (204-F/C-88) of Al Riyadi Amman

Head Coach: Thomas Baldwin



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  KUWAIT   


Arabic clubs championship postponed - by Eurobasket News

Initially scheduled between the 15th and the 27th of May in Kuwait, the 25th edition of the Arabic clubs basketball championship has been postponed to September.
The information has been released by the international basketball federation (FIBA) as Kuwait is banned from organizing or taking part in international competitions. During talks with the Arabic Basketball Union, it was decided that the championship will begin after sports regulations in Kuwait have been modified in relation with international rules.
Courtesy of: StarAfrica.com



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  LATVIA   

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Ernests KALVE
  Valmiera
  (200-F-87)
  Avg: 18.8
 1. Kalve, Valmiera18.8 
 2. Peiners, LU18.2 
 3. Mayo, Liepaja18.1 
 4. Lucas, Valmiera16.7 
 5. Ozols, Jurmala16.4 
 6. Krumins, Jelgava15.8 
 7. Mediss, Turiba15.5 
 8. Young, Ventspils15.0 
 9. Bankevics, Valmiera14.3 
 10. Kravcenko, Liepaja13.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ervins JONATS
  Jurmala
  (199-F-91)
  Avg: 9.3
 1. Jonats, Jurmala9.3 
 2. Rozitis, Valmiera8.0 
 3. Dargais, LU7.9 
 4. Berzins, VEF Riga7.2 
 5. Willard, Ventspils7.2 
 6. Mednis, Turiba6.7 
 7. Kalve, Valmiera6.3 
 8. Timma, Liepaja5.9 
 9. Nelson, Jelgava5.8 
 10. Butjankovs, Valmi.5.8 
Assists Per Game
 Josh MAYO
  Liepaja
  (182-G-87)
  Avg: 5.1
 1. Mayo, Liepaja5.1 
 2. Lucas, Valmiera4.4 
 3. Abernethy, Vents.4.3 
 4. Kravcenko, Liepaja3.8 
 5. Coders, Jurmala3.6 
 6. Krumins, Jelgava3.3 
 7. Millage, VEF Riga3.2 
 8. Peiners, LU2.9 
 9. Silavs, Jelgava2.9 
 10. Lejasmeiers, Vent.2.8 
Steals Per Game
 Curtis MILLAGE
  VEF Riga
  (185-G-81)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Millage, VEF Riga2.7 
 2. Kanbergs, Jelgava1.9 
 3. Mayo, Liepaja1.8 
 4. Peiners, LU1.7 
 5. Timma, Liepaja1.6 
 6. Osins, LU1.6 
 7. Krumins, Jelgava1.4 
 8. Piternieks, Turiba1.4 
 9. Kosuskins, Jurmala1.4 
 10. Ozols, Jurmala1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Jekabs ROZITIS
  Valmiera
  (206-F/C-86)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Rozitis, Valmiera1.5 
 2. Berzins, VEF Riga1.4 
 3. Pastusena, Liepaja1.0 
 4. Leiteris, Liepaja1.0 
 5. Cain, VEF Riga0.9 
 6. Ozols, Jurmala0.9 
 7. Jonats, Jurmala0.8 
 8. Plivda, LU0.7 
 9. Meiers, Ventspils0.6 
 10. Kavaliauskas, VEF0.6 


VEF Riga needed overtime to take 3-0 Final lead - by Eurobasket News

3rd place
Liepaja - LU 93-92

Liepaja won Bronze! Latvijas Universitate was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. Liepaja made 20-of-23 free shots (87.0 percent) during the game. It was a good game for American guard Josh Mayo (182-87, college: Ill.-Chicago, agency: Ryzhov Stanislav) who saved his team from a defeat with 34 points (!!!), 7 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals (went 12 for 12 at the free throw line !!!). Guard Martins Kravcenko (192-85) contributed with 23 points for the winners. Guard Kristaps Dargais (195-90) answered with a double-double by scoring 30 points and 10 rebounds and forward Martins Dargis (199-91) added 25 points (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field) in the effort for Latvijas Universitate. Four Latvijas Universitate players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Liepaja: J.Mayo 34+7reb+5ast, M.Kravcenko 23+1reb+1ast, A.Bricis 9+5reb+1ast, J.Timma 9+1reb+1ast, A.Ate 7+1ast, T.Leiteris 6+2reb
LU: K.Dargais 30+10reb+3ast, M.Dargis 25+4reb+2ast, Z.Peiners 16+4reb+5ast, A.Kravalis 12+2reb, R.Zebergs 6+2reb+3ast, T.Straudovskis 3+3reb
gschID: 176505


FINAL
VEF Riga - Ventspils 107-102 OT

Ventspils trailed by 13 points after 3 quarters before a 27-14 run in the last quarter tied the game at the end of regular time, But then they lost eventually overtime period 11-16. VEF Riga made 32-of-39 free shots (82.1 percent) during the game. 28 personal fouls committed by Ventspils helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a good game for the former international forward Kristaps Janicenoks (196-83) who led his team to a victory with 24 points. American guard Curtis Millage (185-81, college: Arizona St.) contributed with 23 points and 5 rebounds (perfect from the field making all nine shots !!!) for the winners. American point guard Todd Abernethy (185-84, college: Mississippi) answered with 17 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists and Guinean-Ivorian swingman Mamadi Diane (196-86, college: Virginia) added 21 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists in the effort for Ventspils. Five VEF Riga and four Ventspils players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
VEF Riga: K.Janicenoks 24+3reb+3ast, C.Millage 23+5reb+1ast, S.Valters 15+3reb+2ast, D.Zavackas 13+7reb, K.Berzins 11+5reb+2ast, A.Kavaliauskas 8+5reb
Ventspils: J.Young 21+1reb+4ast, M.Diane 21+5reb+4ast, T.Abernethy 17+6reb+8ast, A.Berzins 15+5reb+2ast, S.Gray 10+1ast, M.Meiers 9+2reb
gschID: 176506



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  LBQ   

Standings

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

Regular Season: Round 6

May. 13: Revolution - Seigneurs 96-104
May. 12: Page-Dynamo - Monteregie 59-66

Regular Season: Round 7

May. 18: Revolution - Monteregie
May. 19: Jaguars - Seigneurs



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  LEBANON   

Stats Leaders - Men

Points Per Game
 Desmond PENIGAR
  Byblos
  (201-F-81)
  Avg: 28.5
 1. Penigar, Byblos28.5 
 2. Spencer, Al Riyadi26.0 
 3. Khatib, Champville26.0 
 4. Gray, Byblos24.6 
 5. Johnson, Sagesse22.6 
 6. Youngblood, Anibal22.0 
 7. Johnson, Moutahed21.3 
 8. Hoskin, Champville20.3 
 9. Souaid, Bejjeh18.9 
 10. Khoury, Sagesse18.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Desmond PENIGAR
  Byblos
  (201-F-81)
  Avg: 12.1
 1. Penigar, Byblos12.1 
 2. Crump, Sagesse11.5 
 3. Ismail, Al Riyadi11.2 
 4. Thompson, Champvil.11.0 
 5. Hoskin, Champville10.8 
 6. Trim, Moutahed9.2 
 7. Hamdar, Hoops8.9 
 8. Bawji, Moutahed8.3 
 9. Hurd, Anibal7.6 
 10. Bou Abboud, Bejj.7.6 
Assists Per Game
 Rodrigue AKL
  Anibal
  (189-PG-88)
  Avg: 6.4
 1. Akl, Anibal6.4 
 2. Johnson, Moutahed5.8 
 3. Mahmoud, Al Riyadi5.7 
 4. Gray, Byblos5.5 
 5. Ismail, Al Riyadi5.5 
 6. Khatib, Champville5.1 
 7. Johnson, Sagesse4.5 
 8. Spencer, Al Riyadi4.4 
 9. Barada, Byblos4.3 
 10. Youngblood, Anibal3.7 
Steals Per Game
 Austin JOHNSON
  Moutahed
  (191-G-87)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Johnson, Moutahed2.7 
 2. Youngblood, Anibal2.6 
 3. Mahmoud, Al Riyadi2.4 
 4. Spencer, Al Riyadi2.1 
 5. Estephane, Champvi.1.9 
 6. Akl, Anibal1.7 
 7. Johnson, Sagesse1.7 
 8. Thompson, Champvil.1.6 
 9. Souaid, Bejjeh1.6 
 10. Ismail, Al Riyadi1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Ahmad ISMAIL
  Al Riyadi
  (205-F-76)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Ismail, Al Riyadi1.8 
 2. Hamdar, Hoops1.6 
 3. Crump, Sagesse1.5 
 4. Thompson, Champvil.1.5 
 5. Sabra, Byblos1.4 
 6. Vogel, Al Riyadi1.3 
 7. Youngblood, Anibal1.1 
 8. Hoskin, Champville1.0 
 9. Tabet, Anibal1.0 
 10. Bou Abboud, Bejj.1.0 


Asia-Basket.com All-Lebanese League Awards 2011-12 - by Eurobasket

Asia-Basket.com All-Lebanese League 1st Team 2012
#s#
Fadi Khatib
Khatib
Austin Johnson
Johnson
Desmond Penigar
Penigar
Ahmad Ismail
Ismail
Samuel Hoskin
Hoskin
#e#5

Player of the Year: Fadi Khatib (199-F-79) of Champville
Guard of the Year: Austin Johnson (191-G-87) of Moutahed
Forward of the Year: Fadi Khatib (199-F-79) of Champville
Center of the Year: Samuel Hoskin (206-F/C-79) of Champville
Newcomer of the Year: Samuel Hoskin (206-F/C-79) of Champville
Import of the Year: Samuel Hoskin (206-F/C-79) of Champville
Domestic Player of the Year: Fadi Khatib (199-F-79) of Champville
Defensive Player of the Year: Ahmad Ismail (205-F-76) of Al Riyadi

1st Team
G: Austin Johnson (191-87) of Moutahed
F: Desmond Penigar (201-81) of Byblos
F: Fadi Khatib (199-79) of Champville
F: Ahmad Ismail (205-76) of Al Riyadi
F/C: Samuel Hoskin (206-79) of Champville

2nd Team
PG: Rodrigue Akl (189-88) of Anibal
G: Jasmon Youngblood (195-84) of Anibal
F/G: Jean Abdel Nour (198-83) of Al Riyadi
F/C: Bassel Bawji (203-89) of Moutahed
C: Joseph Vogel (211-73) of Al Riyadi

Honorable Mention
Elie Estephane (195-G-86) of Champville
Ali Mahmoud (185-G-83) of Al Riyadi
Charles Tabet (205-C-88) of Anibal
Samer Moucharef () of Byblos

All-Domestic Players Team
PG: Rodrigue Akl (189-88) of Anibal
G: Sabah Khoury (196-82) of Sagesse
F: Fadi Khatib (199-79) of Champville
F/C: Bassel Bawji (203-89) of Moutahed
C: Joseph Vogel (211-73) of Al Riyadi

All-Imports Team
G: Austin Johnson (191-87) of Moutahed
F/G: LeRoy Hurd (202-80) of Anibal
F: Desmond Penigar (201-81) of Byblos
F: Ahmad Ismail (205-76) of Al Riyadi
F/C: Samuel Hoskin (206-79) of Champville

All-Defensive Team
Austin Johnson (191-G-87) of Moutahed
Elie Estephane (195-G-86) of Champville
Ahmad Ismail (205-F-76) of Al Riyadi
Desmond Penigar (201-F-81) of Byblos
Samuel Hoskin (206-F/C-79) of Champville



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  LITHUANIA   


Eurobasket.com All-Lithuanian LKL Awards 2011-12 - by Eurobasket

Eurobasket.com All-Lithuanian LKL 1st Team 2012
#s#
Jonas Valanciunas
Valanciunas
Mantas Kalnietis
Kalnietis
Marko Popovic
Popovic
Renaldas Seibutis
Seibutis
Paulius Jankunas
Jankunas
#e#5

Player of the Year: Jonas Valanciunas (210-C-92) of Lietuvos rytas
Guard of the Year: Mantas Kalnietis (196-G-86) of Zalgiris
Forward of the Year: Paulius Jankunas (205-F-84) of Zalgiris
Center of the Year: Jonas Valanciunas (210-C-92) of Lietuvos rytas
Newcomer of the Year: Mindaugas Katelynas (206-F-83) of Lietuvos rytas
Most Improved Player of the Year: Jonas Valanciunas (210-C-92) of Lietuvos rytas
Bosman Player of the Year: Marko Popovic (185-G-82) of Zalgiris
Import Player of the Year: Cam Long (193-G-88) of Siauliai
Domestic Player of the Year: Jonas Valanciunas (210-C-92) of Lietuvos rytas
Defensive Player of the Year: TreVon Hughes (183-PG-87) of Pieno Zvaigzdes
Coach of the Year: Aleksandar Trifunovic of Zalgiris

1st Team
G: Mantas Kalnietis (196-86) of Zalgiris
G: Marko Popovic (185-82) of Zalgiris
G: Renaldas Seibutis (195-85) of Lietuvos rytas
F: Paulius Jankunas (205-84) of Zalgiris
C: Jonas Valanciunas (210-92) of Lietuvos rytas

2nd Team
PG: Tyrese Rice (185-87) of Lietuvos rytas
G: Cam Long (193-88) of Siauliai
F: Mindaugas Katelynas (206-83) of Lietuvos rytas
F: Valdas Vasylius (203-83) of Siauliai
F: Laurynas Mikalauskas (205-85) of Neptunas

Honorable Mention
TreVon Hughes (183-PG-87) of Pieno Zvaigzdes
Martynas Mazeika (193-G-85) of Neptunas
David McClure (200-F-86) of Kedainiai
Povilas Butkevicius (203-F-87) of Rudupis
Gediminas Orelikas (198-G/F-90) of Rudupis

All-Domestic Players Team
G: Mantas Kalnietis (196-86) of Zalgiris
G: Martynas Mazeika (193-85) of Neptunas
G: Renaldas Seibutis (195-85) of Lietuvos rytas
F: Paulius Jankunas (205-84) of Zalgiris
C: Jonas Valanciunas (210-92) of Lietuvos rytas

All-Defensive Team
TreVon Hughes (183-PG-87) of Pieno Zvaigzdes
Cam Long (193-G-88) of Siauliai
Martynas Mazeika (193-G-85) of Neptunas
Rashaun Broadus (183-PG-84) of Siauliai
Jonas Valanciunas (210-C-92) of Lietuvos rytas

All-Newcomers Team
Tyrese Rice (185-PG-87) of Lietuvos rytas
Cam Long (193-G-88) of Siauliai
Mindaugas Katelynas (206-F-83) of Lietuvos rytas
Lawrence Roberts (206-F/C-82) of Lietuvos rytas
Dane Johnson (208-C-86) of Naglis Palangos



Martynas Gecevicius wins first Euroleague title in his career - by Eurobasket News

Martynas Gecevicius (193-G-88) and his team Olympiakos made an incredible success last night in Istanbul. They shocked CSKA Moscow in the Big Final 62-61 thanks to Printezis' floater with 0.7 seconds to go. The Russian powerhouse had 19-point lead during the game, but Olympiakos players didn't give up and managed to take this amazing victory. Martynas Gecevicius didnt get a chance to play at the Final Four, but he did a great job for Olympiakos at earlier stages. He appeared 18 times in Euroleague this season averaging 6.2 points and 1.3 rebounds. His season-high was 14 points against CSKA Moscow on January 18. In Greece, Martynas Gecevicius averages 8.1 points, 1.4 rebounds and 1.2 assists. There, Olympiakos will meet Panathinaikos in the Finals. It will be another chance for Gecevicius and his teammates to win the title as they will have a home court advantage in this series. It starts on May 17.


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  LUXEMBOURG   

Scoring Leaders - DBBL

Points Per Game
 Lamonte ULMER
  Soleuvre
  (198-SF-86)
  Avg: 26.2
 1. Ulmer, Soleuvre26.2 
 2. Arre, BBC Nitia25.7 
 3. Raji, Etzella23.8 
 4. McNutt, Heffingen22.2 
 5. Kennedy, Residence22.0 
 6. Schumacher, T7122.0 
 7. Rajniak, Basket E.20.4 
 8. Muller, T7120.3 
 9. Ulin, Sparta19.8 
 10. Perre, Musel Pikes19.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Lamonte ULMER
  Soleuvre
  (198-SF-86)
  Avg: 12.5
 1. Ulmer, Soleuvre12.5 
 2. Gary, Musel Pikes12.2 
 3. McNutt, Heffingen12.0 
 4. Svitek, Basket Es.10.9 
 5. Stephens, T7110.9 
 6. Kennedy, Residence10.3 
 7. Poznaks, BBC Nitia10.1 
 8. Raji, Etzella10.1 
 9. Smith, Sparta9.5 
 10. Carvalho, Heffing.9.4 
Assists Per Game
 Kasey ULIN
  Sparta
  (184-PG-82)
  Avg: 5
 1. Ulin, Sparta5.0 
 2. Schartz, Amicale4.1 
 3. Schumacher, T713.8 
 4. Arre, BBC Nitia3.7 
 5. Rajniak, Basket E.3.6 
 6. Delgado, Etzella3.3 
 7. Biever, Basket Es.3.3 
 8. Koster, Residence2.9 
 9. Ruffato, T712.8 
 10. Jones, Amicale2.5 
Steals Per Game
 Christopher JONES
  Amicale
  (188-G-90)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Jones, Amicale2.5 
 2. Arre, BBC Nitia2.2 
 3. Kennedy, Residence2.1 
 4. Carvalho, Heffingen1.7 
 5. Ulmer, Soleuvre1.6 
 6. Perre, Musel Pikes1.4 
 7. Gary, Musel Pikes1.3 
 8. Smith, Sparta1.3 
 9. McNutt, Heffingen1.2 
 10. Schumacher, T711.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Brandon GARY
  Musel Pikes
  (202-F/C-83)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Gary, Musel Pikes2.1 
 2. McNutt, Heffingen1.5 
 3. Ulmer, Soleuvre1.3 
 4. Hoffmann, Sparta1.1 
 5. Carvalho, Heffingen0.9 
 6. Jorssen, Soleuvre0.9 
 7. Djerman, Amicale0.6 
 8. Poznaks, BBC Nitia0.5 
 9. Svitek, Basket Es.0.5 
 10. Horace, Etzella0.5 


Diekirch League Round 2 of Semi-Finals. T71 and Sparta reach Final - by Eurobasket News

Musel Pikes - Sparta 67-85

Sparta Bertrange sealed the spot in the Final. The game was mostly controlled by Sparta. Musel Pikes managed to win second period 23-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The best player for the winners was American point guard Kasey Ulin (184-82, college: Dickinson St.) who scored 32 points and 5 rebounds. The former international forward Larrie Smith (198-75, college: Tenn Tech) chipped in 14 points and 9 rebounds. Four Sparta players scored in double figures. American power forward Brandon Gary (202-83, college: Hutchinson CC) produced a double-double by scoring 27 points and 13 rebounds and American-British forward Philip Perre (198-79, college: N.Alabama) added 18 points and 13 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Sparta: K.Ulin 32+5reb+3ast, L.Smith 14+9reb, T.Dreesen 13+3reb, P.Arbaut 11+4reb+1ast, J.Hublart 9+6reb, B.Grandjean 3
Musel Pikes: B.Gary 27+13reb+1ast, P.Perre 18+13reb+1ast, G.Schmit 14+5reb, R.Dentzer 2+1reb+1ast, J.De Marchi 2, L.Schwartz 2+2reb+2ast
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T71 - Residence 91-72

T71 Dudelange rallied past Residence to advance into Final. T71 outrebounded Residence 42-24 including a 17-6 advantage in offensive rebounds. International guard Tom Schumacher (190-87, college: Cal.Baptist) orchestrated the victory by scoring 14 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. Power forward Christophe Laures (194-89) contributed with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. Four T71 players scored in double figures. American forward Marcus Kennedy (193-84, college: Montevallo, agency: Interperformances) replied with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 10 rebounds and international swingman Pitt Koster (178-89) added 17 points in the effort for Residence. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest.
Top scorers:
T71: C.Bemtgen 14+4reb+1ast, T.Schumacher 14+8reb+4ast, D.Stephens 12+10reb+1ast, C.Laures 12+12reb+1ast, J.Delgado 10+1reb+1ast, G.Ruffato 9+3reb+2ast
Residence: M.Kennedy 20+10reb, P.Koster 17+3reb+1ast, T.Abdiu 15+2reb+1ast, T.Becker 8+1reb, M.Schmit 8, J.Gumbs 2+7reb+2ast
gschID: 176220



Rene Wolzfeld will join Contern - by Eurobasket News

AB Contern will strengthen their backcourt for the next season. They have agreed on terms of contract with Rene Wolzfeld (190-F/G-91). The guard will join the team from the next season. Rene Wolzfeld started the season in Sparta Bertrange. He averaged 8.4 points and 2.8 rebounds per game in Diekirch League. However Rene Wolzfeld was suspended late in the season by Sparta coach. He was the member of Sparta since 2008. The guard participated at Luxembourg League All-Star Game this season. Last year Rene Wolzfeld played for Luxembourg at U20 European Championship. His stats read 16.7 points, 5.3 boards, 2.0 steals per game in Sarajevo.


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Making MaJic in Cibacopa - by Majic Dorsey

Whats good Latin world. It's been a minute since I blogged, but your boy back to update you on the wonderful life of basketball here in Mexico. Im just finishing off my season with Dorados of the Chihuahua league. Won MVP of the league and leader scorer averaging 32.4points and 2nd in assist with 7.6 per game. We made it to semi finals lost 3-2 in series. Lost to a great team with some good vets. Leroy Davis, Maryln 'Frog' Braynt, and Christopher Silver. I have a lot of respect for those 3 now. They guys can straight play Ball. Also much respect to the players and coaching staff from my team. We had a great season finishing 19-6 on the season, but fell 1 game short of going to the championship. Now I'm here playing for Guasave Frayles and I can honestly say I LOVE THIS CITY AND ORGANIZATION. Thanks Arturo for adding me to your team. Its a honor to be with a great squad. My team is good so that makes my job more easy at point guard. I don't have to score as much. I can just feed of them. 2 of the players on my team I always knew about. But never teamed with them is Gabriel and Alonzo. Alonzo is like a player coach. Knows the game so well and always step up with big plays when you need him. Gabriel does it all. He plays on both sides of the floor. He dribbles well, shoots well and see things on the court before it happen. Something you cant teach. You either have that gift or you dont, and he bless from God with that gift. This my first season in cibacopa and I'm happy to finally be here after winning 2011/2012 Player/Guard/Import of the Year this season in LNBP. Always had teams contact me to come. But played in Venezuela top league the 3 season I was ask to join. It's a few games left before playoffs start. So each game is important right now. I will keep you posted on what's going on at a later date. But for now God Bless and good luck to each team.


43 players invited for Centrobasket '12 - by Kristian Santiago

ADEMEBA invited 43 players to join the national-team camp in Cancun (starting May, 24th) for the Centrobasket in Puerto Rico.
The following players received invitations from which head-coach Pep Claros will be choosing the final 12 for San Juan later on:

Selection A

Christopher Hernandez (188-PG-83, college: Stanford), Pedro Meza Rogel (186-G-85, college: Arizona W. CC), Paul Stoll (178-PG-85) and Brody Angley (180-PG-86, agency: JEMsports, college: Santa Clara).
Orlando Mendez-Valdez (185-G-86, college: W.Kentucky), Jovan Harris (191-G/F-81, college: USF), Omar Quintero (183-PG-81, college: S.Nazarene) and Carlos M. Toussaint (190-G-91).
Victor Mariscal (198-F-72), Romel Beck (203-G/F-82, agency: Interperformances, college: UNLV), Andrew Gomez, Stephen Soriano (201-F-84, college: Colorado Mesa), Arim Solares (202-F/C-83), Noe Alonzo (200-F-83, college: Grand Canyon),
and Hector Hernandez (206-F-85, college: Fresno St.).
Gustavo Ayon (209-F/C-85, agency: Duran International, college: San Jose St.), Eduardo Najera (202-F-76, college: Oklahoma), Jesus Lopez (205-F-83, college: SW Baptist), Horacio Llamas (212-C-73), Real Mata (205-C-86), Adam Parada (213-C-81, college: Cal-Irvine), Rodrigo Zamora (206-C-86, college: Montana St.) and Michael Strobbe (201-F-85).

Selection B

Gabriel Giron (192-F-88), Jorge Gutierrez (190-G-88), Steve Monreal (180-PG-86, college: CS Monterey) and Jose Estrada (94).
Uriel Segura (190-G-88), Joel Reynoso (190-G-85), Jorge Casillas (196-F-90), Francisco Cruz (190-G-89, college: Wyoming) and Forrest Fisher (193-G-80)
Lonnie Ellis Vasquez (198-F, college: Mississippi Coll.), Alex Garcia (200-G-88), Jorge Chavez (198-G/F-87), Julio del Campo (195-G/F-87), Anthony Esparza (196-F-85, college: Pacific) and Miguel Ayala (198-F/G-82, college: UTEP).
Isaac Gutierrez (204-C-84), Hugo Carrillo (205-C/F-83), Joaquin Villanueva (207-C-86), Michael Lizarraga (200-F-89) and Fernando Benitez (204-F/C-89).



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AS Sale won for the 4th consecutive time - by Eurobasket News

AS Sale won for the 4th consecutive time after beating Renaissance Berkane 65-59. It is their 6th title after those of 2005, 2007, 2009, 2010 and 2011.

Tihad Sportif of Casablanca have won the 2011-2012 basketball cup of the throne in the ladies category after defeating Ittihad Tanger, 42-30 over the weekend at the Prince Moulay Abdellah sport complex of Rabat. It is their third title as they won the 2002 and 2011 editions.
Courtesy of: StarAfrica.com



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Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Kevin DURANT
  Oklah.Ci.
  (206-G/F-88)
  Avg: 27.9
 1. Durant, Oklah.Ci.27.9 
 2. Bryant, LA Lakers27.9 
 3. James, Miami Heat27.3 
 4. Love, Minnesota T.26.0 
 5. Westbrook, Oklah..23.6 
 6. Anthony, New Y.23.1 
 7. Wade, Miami Heat22.1 
 8. Nowitzki, Dallas M.22.0 
 9. Rose, Chicago B.21.9 
 10. Ellis, Golde S.21.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Dwight HOWARD
  Orlando M.
  (211-C-85)
  Avg: 14.5
 1. Howard, Orlando M.14.5 
 2. Love, Minnesota T.13.4 
 3. Bynum, LA Lakers11.9 
 4. Humphries, New J.11.0 
 5. Cousins, Sacramen.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. Wade, Miami Heat1.8 
 8. Kidd, Dallas M.1.8 
 9. Allen, Memphis G.1.7 
 10. Westbrook, Oklah..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 


Nelson to test free agency market. - by Bryan Floyd

Jameer Nelson (6'0''-PG-82, college: St.Joseph's) will most likely opt out of the final year of his contract, according to Hoopsworld's Alex Kennedy. Multiple reports are saying Nelson wants to test free agency and sign a long-term deal for security. The Magic will be more than busy with Dwight Howard this summer so Nelson may be moving on if he does indeed opt out. There's been some uncertainty to exactly when Nelson must decide if he's going to play next season for $8 million. Nelson has said he likes playing in Orlando, but wants to have financial security going forward.


CHICAGO BULLS SHOULD BLOW UP NEXT SEASON AND REBUILD: THREE SCENARIOS FOR THE FUTURE - by Chris Mathieu

CHICAGO BULLS SHOULD BLOW UP NEXT SEASON AND REBUILD: THREE SCENARIOS FOR THE FUTURE

The Bulls will have some decisions to make this offseason, to peruse Nikola Mirotic and his immense buyout held by his European club Real Madrid. The team has options on Ronnie Brewer and CJ Watson and a limited buyout on Kyle Korver. Free agents on the team also include Mike James, Brian Scalabrine and Omer Asik is a restricted free agent. Richard Hamilton has a player option, which it seems unlikely he would decline his option.
The team appears to likely to be over the salary cap as they already have over 60 million in commitments to 7 signed players. The problem with the new collective bargaining agreement is if you are over the cap two years in a row the punishment becomes nearly unbearable for the team.
The team will have to make decisions considering it is likely Rose wont play a competitive basketball game again until 2013. Also if Luol Deng has surgery after the Olympics it seems likely he would miss the first 2-3 months of the season. If that is the case then the team will have to weigh the short term goals vs. long term goals.
It seems very unlikely in any of these scenarios that the team would amnesty Carlos Boozer this season as the team will need his scoring and eating 45 million in his salary would make little sense as their isnt an adequate replacement on the open market. Regardless of any of the scenarios presented, ridding yourself of Boozer at this point doesnt really help the team unless it is done in a trade scenario were the team doesnt pick up long term contract commitments.
Derrick shouldnt be pushed to return regardless of the goals this season and the remote chance at winning a title. He needs to get 100% healthy before playing and will need some time getting back into basketball shape after being off the court for almost a year before his return. No basketball player can take that much time off and not go through a transition to getting yourself NBA ready. Also players get better through practice during the offseason and it appears likely that this progression will be stunted as well. The team would benefit from making it clear he will not be allowed to push himself to get back before he is 100% ready. Part of Derricks health issues is his stubbornness to admit injuries and pain; he needs to learn that pain is sometimes your body telling you there is something wrong that needs to be addressed. I dont think his series of injuries werent related, most likely one led to the next until a total catastrophic collapse happened in game one of the playoffs.

Blow up the team and rebuild and try to contend the following year This is the least likely scenario the team will peruse but the one that I think would have the most positive impact on Derricks career and the teams long term chances of competing for a title. It is similar scenario to what happened with the Spurs when David Robinson missed almost all of the 1997 season which resulted in the team getting Tim Duncan in the draft. This would be a similar hope for the Bulls if they blew it up. The scenario goes something like this; first tell Derrick that even if he comes back in the regular season he will be held out for an extra month to get himself 100% healthy. Then you limit his minutes when he does comeback to about 20 a game. If he is healthy and the team makes the playoffs then you make your move. You hold Deng out after surgery and are cautious with him as well before and after his return. This means you lose your two best players for basically the season and at least half the season respectively. You decline the options on Brewer, Watson and Korver and replace them with either internal candidates like Butler, Lucas/James and a pick or a street level free agent. Under this scenario you maybe resign Scalabrine for his work with Asik and fill out the roster with Rookies or NBDL types. You also look into a possible trade for Taj Gibson if the price is right or commit to making him you starter after the season when Boozer is let go. The team gets a high lottery pick, a possible lottery pick for Gibson and an infusion of talent. The fact that you get salary cap relief, multiple lottery picks plus Nikola Mirotic in a couple of years and the Bobcats pic makes the team formidable for years to come.
Outlook: Unlikely as Paxon in his career has shown no vision for looking long term big picture and shooting for the stars. He has modeled his management style more Detroit Pistons than San Antonio Spurs. Also coach Thibdeau doesnt seem inclined to throttle back and maybe would hesitate signing the extension if the team isnt all in for a title.
Try to hold steady and hope a repeat of last season until Derrick can return In this scenario you resign Watson and Korver, sign a guard like Jason Kidd or Andre Miller and shoot for a title after the team regains its health. This is a risk too, as the team has suffered serious injuries in coach Thibdeaus two seasons as coach, some were freak but clearly others were from how hard he pushes the players during the regular season all the time. The problem with this is it locks in a serious salary cap issue for the team and makes it very unlikely the team could resign Taj Gibson. Other players may have to be moved as well and the salary cap situation becomes daunting, made worse by the questions if the team is even capable of winning a title this season. Also bringing in a veteran like Kidd is not without risks as he has been known bristle under tough coaching, think back to when he was coached by Skiles in Phoenix, he has a reputation as a coach killer.
Outlook: This is the most likely scenario even if it is also the most risky and has the least chance at a great payoff. The team gets a year older and questions as to how hard Thibs pushes Derrick so soon after a serious injury makes this the most risky move even if it is likely what the team will do. The team has less talent than before, is older and coming off some serious injuries. It is unlikely Derrick will be back to form so soon after getting back on the court, expect less explosiveness, more turnovers and worse shooting from him. His competiveness and the amount of pressure he is under to carry the team makes this a risky proposition even if it the most likely one we will see. Gar/Pax Thibs trifecta all appear to be one the same page of overvaluing their own players and not making big picture moves or trades.
Make a talent upgrade and hope to improve the team and shoot for title This could take many forms, revisiting the Dwight Howard trade even though it doesnt appear he will change his mind about coming to Chicago. The team could dangle Deng, Boozer, Gibson and the Charlotte pic for a disgruntled player who wants to make a big move out of his situation (the Lakers if Kobe wants another shot at a title before he retires?) Or the team becomes a player in a three way trade offer involving some other teams. The team could make a push for Mirotic who could help minimize the loss in the frontcourt through a big time trade. It seems unlikely that the team would pull off a blockbuster trade with the Rockets or another struggling team for a big team changing trade. A trade talked about of Noah for Bosh seems unlikely as it would make the Heat much stronger even if it would help the Bulls in some ways. Noah on the Heat would be a perfect fit to what ails the Heat another long athletic runner who is also a very good defender and one of the best offensive rebounders in the NBA.
Outlook: Unlikely as Gar/Pax have pulled off zero big trades since running the team. They seem to lack the decisiveness and closing ability to make such a trade happen and also overvalue their own players like Noah, Asik and Gibson. This would be a likely hybrid of mortgaging the future without any real chance at a title and saddling yourself with salary cap issues. Unless the Bulls can make a trade on its terms, with a rental for one season for Howard, or Kobe forcing his way to the Bulls, this seems unlikely to be an option for the team.

What seems most likely to happen is a weaker bench, an overreliance on Derrick when he comes back and a very slight chance the team will be able to compete for a title during the 2012-13 season. The worst part is the fact the it appears the team will push Derrick once again to carry far more than he should, considering the circumstances of his injury and competitive nature of him and the coach.



Knicks hope J.R. Smith does not opt out - by Eurobasket News

J.R. Smith (6'6''-G-85) has until June 26, two days before the NBA Draft, to give the Knicks notice on opting out of the final year of his contract worth $2.5 million, according to an NBA source.

If he doesnt exercise the opt-out clause, Smith will be a Knick next season and could get a long-term deal with the club after next season. Because Steve Novak is a good bet to depart, the Knicks want Smith back as a sixth man - and possibly to play some point guard despite his wretched shotmaking in the Knicks five-game first-round knockout by the Heat.

Smith shot 3-of-15 in the elimination game and was 31.6 percent for the series - 17 percent from 3-point land (5-of-28).

Knicks general manager Glen Grunwald is hopeful Smith doesnt exercise the opt-out and a source said he is leaning toward staying put with the marketplace squeezed for the middle class of free agents in the new CBA.

Without a doubt, hands down, I wouldnt want to play anywhere else, Smith said on Trash-Bag Day Thursday. Its the greatest place to play. Its the greatest city in the world. This is my ultimate home.

Smith said he will sit down with his Creative Artists Agency agent Leon Rose and Grunwald, who said on the day he signed Smith he hoped the explosive guard would be here for the long term. Knicks director of personnel Mark Warkentien, who had Smith in Denver, pushed strongly for the Smith signing in February.

Warkentien is represented by CAA. as is Smith and Anthony. Now Mike Woodson is changing agents and likely will select CAA., which will advise Smith on whether to opt out.

Courtesy of www.nypost.com



Jeremy Lin will 'absolutely' be back with the NY Knicks, but Mike Woodson stops short of handing him starting job - by Eurobasket News

Mike Woodson all but guaranteed Jeremy Lin (6'3''-PG-88, college: Harvard) will return next season, but the coach stopped short of handing over the starting job.

'Jeremy's a big part of our team. Will he start? Only time will tell,' Woodson said. 'He has to recover from his knee and use the summer to work on his game to put himself in the best position possible for our ballclub.

'He has started for our team and he has played well for our basketball team. But this summer will be very pivotal for him in terms of his improvement and the future is very bright for him. Will he be back next year? Absolutely. He's a big part of our ballclub.'

Lin missed the final 17 games and the playoffs because of a torn meniscus, sitting as backups Iman Shumpert and Baron Davis suffered season-ending knee injuries.

The Knicks are over the cap and will likely have to use their mid-level exception (approximately $5 million) to re-sign Lin, leaving them with little else to persuade other free agents like Steve Nash and Jason Kidd.

Lin said he feels loyal to the Knicks for their role in 'Linsanity', but didn't share Woodson's confidence about re-signing.

Because he's a restricted free agent, the Knicks will have an opportunity to match any offer.

'There's always going to be uncertainty until the final contract is signed. Nothing is set is stone. That's what I've learned. We talked about it. I love the Knicks and the organization. But at the same time it's a business, so. Me personally, I think it would be great if I come back. But crazy things happen.'

Toney Douglas is the only point guard under contract next season.

'I have confidence in Jeremy,' Carmelo Anthony said. 'I believe in Jeremy.'

Courtesy of www.nydailynews.com



Nuggets' Andre Miller says he will keep options open - by Eurobasket News

Andre Miller (6'2''-PG-76, college: Utah) didn't ask to be thrust into the situation he found himself in for the first time in his career, coming off the bench. So yes, it took time to get used to. And yes, he eventually did, reluctantly.

But, maybe, just maybe, he'll agree to an encore with the Nuggets.

Now that the season has ended, Miller is one of three free agents the Nuggets have to make decisions on this summer, the first normal NBA calendar since 2010. It's likely the Nuggets will attempt to bring him back after his at-times spectacular playoff series against the Lakers. Miller is the only unrestricted free agent on the roster, so the decision to stay or leave is solely his.

'I'll keep my options open,' Miller said. 'At this point in my career, if I'm going to be a backup, I'm going to be a backup on a championship-caliber team. Obviously, this team is a good team that's going to get to the playoffs, but the thing is if they are committed to getting to that next level to compete for that championship.'

Miller teamed with point guard Ty Lawson to give the Nuggets a double-headed attack in this series, which most often was their most effective lineup. That pairing was on the floor when the Nuggets rallied from a 16-point deficit in the third quarter Saturday night to take the lead early in the fourth period.

Miller struggled throughout the game with his shooting, finishing with three points, but he had eight assists and 11 rebounds.

The Nuggets acquired Miller on draft night last season, a deal with Portland that sent Raymond Felton to the Blazers. While he played the fewest minutes of any season in his career (1,809), he still posted 6.7 assists per contest, only slightly under his career average of 7.2 and second-highest average since the 2006-07 season.

'I want to be on a team that's going to compete for a championship, and not use youth as a crutch or inexperience as a crutch,' Miller said. 'This team does have guys that can compete and can get out of the first round. It's just whether I can swallow my pride and deal with being a backup point guard. I have no problem with it, but at the same time I definitely still see myself as a starter in this league. Like I said, you have to swallow your pride sometimes. These young guys are coming in and they're working for it. So, that's just part of the business that I'm learning.'

Meanwhile, center JaVale McGee and swingman Rudy Fernandez are restricted free agents. McGee made a name for himself during the series against the Lakers with a couple of huge games that raised his profile nationally and his value right along with it, though with such a small sample size since being traded to the Nuggets in March it's unknown how much McGee's value actually is.

He's been largely noncommittal about his desire to return, but the Nuggets can match any offer, giving them a leg up. McGee called the Nuggets 'definitely a great organization,' but said his agent would handle everything else.

Fernandez, whose season ended with back surgery, expressed a desire to return, but also said he'd savor his first chance to be a free agent.

'My time here was perfect,' said Fernandez before leaving for Spain, where he is continuing to rehab. 'I'm so happy to be a part of this community and this team. I think I have a very good relationship with the coach. The dynamic from basketball to play, I think it's perfect for me, to run to play hard. When I was healthy and feeling good, I think I'm a good player for this team and I help this team win.

'If they offer a contract, I'll listen to stay here and play with the Nuggets.'

As it stands now, the Nuggets have a little over $51 million committed to contracts for next season, meaning they are in good standing in a salary cap that could go up from the $58.044 million cap this season.

Lawson is the wild card. He has one year left on his rookie contract, paying him $2.5 million next season. The Nuggets regard him as their franchise point guard and could look to sign him to a multi-year contract sooner rather than later.

Miller has been good for Lawson all season, but he admitted to struggling right off the bat even though he had been told what his new role would be.

'I think the struggling part was kind of the mental thing,' Miller said. 'I was prepared for it, but I think mentally I didn't want to accept it. So it took a little bit of time at first to get adjusted to it.

'You have to come out a little sharper off the bench. I have a whole new respect for guys that have to come off the bench and compete at that level. You have to come in ready, you have to come in clicking, and that's kind of what I tried to do, tried to keep everybody involved and not worry about my individual statistics. I think team-wise off the bench, our togetherness showed by being one of the best benches in the NBA.'

Courtesy of www.denverpost.com



Playoff star Ty Lawson in position to get contract extension from Nuggets - by Eurobasket News

Nuggets president Josh Kroenke walked by as Ty Lawson (5'11''-PG-87, college: N.Carolina), asked Saturday about summer plans, said he will be a spectator at the Las Vegas summer league to 'see what our young guys our doing.'

'Young guys?' Kroenke said with a grin. 'Aren't you a young guy?'

It was a funny little moment, but also symbolic. Indeed, Ty Lawson is now an NBA veteran.

Lawson made major strides this season his first as a full-time starter notably in the first-round playoff series against the Lakers. The Nuggets lost Game 7 at the Staples Center on Saturday.

Asked about possibly getting a contract extension from the Nuggets this summer, Lawson told The Denver Post: 'It's definitely a goal. I want to be here long term. I'm pretty sure my agent and Masai (Ujiri, the Nuggets' executive vice president of basketball operations) will talk this summer.'

Next season will be the fourth in the NBA for the 24-year-old guard from North Carolina, who averaged 19 points and six assists and shot 51.4 percent in the seven-game series against the Lakers.

Asked Sunday about Lawson, Ujiri said: 'He's going to be a big part of the Denver Nuggets. We're excited. Ty is going to grow even more. He made a little jump, and he'll continue to make jumps as he gets older.'

The Nuggets can negotiate with Lawson and his representatives in July. It's possible that he could get up to a five-year contract. Lawson has one more season on his current deal.

The Nuggets have made it abundantly clear they are building with young players. Denver locked up Danilo Gallinari and Wilson Chandler this season. Kenneth Faried, who averaged a double-double in his first playoff series, is still on his rookie contract. Arron Afflalo signed a long-term contract before this season began. And Ujiri previously said it's the Nuggets' goal to keep JaVale McGee, a restricted free-agent center. All are 26 or younger.

'I'm just excited to be part of a great organization,' said McGee, who averaged 9.6 rebounds, 8.6 points and 3.1 blocked shots in the series against the Lakers, his first postseason after playing for Washington. ' (Playing for the Nuggets) was the best experience I've ever had in basketball. It's just an honor to be a part of this team. This was a great team before I came, so I just tried to add to it. It's a great organization and coaching staff. They put me in more situations that were more suitable for my game.'

But Lawson is the motor of this team, arguably the fastest in the NBA. And when the Nuggets were facing elimination, beginning with Game 5, he ascended better than perhaps any of his teammates. He scored only nine points in Game 5, but he had eight assists and no turnovers and the Nuggets won.

Then he erupted in Game 6, scoring 32 points. He hit 5-of-6 shots from 3-point range and didn't commit a turnover. The Nuggets won again.

Back in L.A. for Game 7, he scored 24 points. He also had six assists and five rebounds. Yes, Kobe Bryant defended Lawson in the fourth quarter and kept him from taking over. Yes, the Lakers won the game and advanced. But Lawson clearly kept Denver in it.

'He was amazing all year long and when the playoffs came around, he got even better,' Afflalo said of his backcourt mate. 'I don't see any stop in his growth. He'll be much better next season.'

Lawson didn't become Denver's starting point guard until February of the previous season, after the Nuggets included veteran Chauncey Billups in the big Carmelo Anthony trade to the New York Knicks.

One hundred starts into his NBA career, Lawson has averaged 15.9 points and 6.6 assists in those games.

He's still learning the nuances of pro basketball. Nuggets coach George Karl often talks about Lawson's aggressiveness, which needs to be perpetual. There were games in which Lawson would defer too much, other games in which he wouldn't penetrate enough. And much has been made about his laid-back personality, which differs from that of Billups.

But all signs point to this point guard ascending even more next season, perhaps solidifying himself in the second echelon of Western Conference players at his position behind Chris Paul, Tony Parker and Russell Westbrook.

'Next year, we're going to be even better,' said Lawson, who also will spend much of the summer in Denver and Miami. 'We showed a lot of heart. I think we all grew together. We're a young team. We're growing and getting better. ... It's a learning curve. I don't want to compare us to Oklahoma City, but the first time they were all together in the playoffs, they took the Lakers to six games and the next year, they made that step.'

Courtesy of www.denverpost.com



Chris Bosh strains abdominal muscle - by Eurobasket News

The Miami Heat may be without Chris Bosh (6'11''-F-84, college: Georgia Tech) for a while depending on what an MRI on Monday shows about the severity of the lower abdominal strain he suffered in a 95-86 Game 1 victory over the Indiana Pacers on Sunday.

Bosh pulled the muscle on a dunk late in the first half, struggling to rise from his knees after being fouled by Pacers center Roy Hibbert on the play. His is currently day-to-day, though Monday's test results could change that. The Heat were without Bosh for nine games this season and went 4-5.

'You could see by the look on his face that something was wrong,' said Dwyane Wade, who had 29 points. 'Hopefully tomorrow we'll get good news ... our brother is going to see tomorrow if he can get back out there and play with us.'

Hibbert asked reporters how Bosh was doing after the game, and grimaced when he learned of the abdominal strain.

'I didn't really know what happened to him,' Hibbert said. 'I made a clean play. I had to foul him, and he got the [foul call]. My mindset was to just keep [defending] the basket, though.'

Bosh was expected to be a key player in the series as the primary defender against the All-Star Hibbert. He was off to a good start, scoring 13 points with five rebounds in 16 minutes. Hibbert, who battled foul trouble, had 17 points and 11 rebounds and scored just seven points after the Bosh injury.

Ronny Turiaf started the second half in Bosh's place and scored four points and grabbed three rebounds in 10 minutes. Joel Anthony picked up some of the slack, scoring nine points with seven rebounds off the bench.

LeBron James took on the biggest load. He scored 26 of his 32 points and got nine of his season-high 15 rebounds in the second half after Bosh went out, playing all 24 minutes.

Courtesy of http://espn.go.com



NBA fines Frank Vogel, Ivan Johnson, and Michael Gearon - by Eurobasket News

Indiana Pacers head coach Frank Vogel has been fined $15,000 for his comments about how the referees should officiate the Pacers upcoming series with the Heat, it was announced today by Stu Jackson, NBA Executive Vice President Basketball Operations. Vogels comments were made during a media session on Thursday, May 10.

Atlanta Hawks forward Ivan Johnson (6'8''-F/C-84, college: CS San Bernar.) has been fined $25,000 for directing an obscene gesture toward fans, it was announced today by Stu Jackson, NBA Executive Vice President Basketball Operations. The incident occurred following the conclusion of the Hawks 83-80 loss to the Boston Celtics on Thursday, May 10 at TD Garden.

Michael Gearon Jr, an owner of the Atlanta Hawks, has been fined $35,000 for publicly criticizing NBA officiating and making negative comments about an opposing player, it was announced today by Stu Jackson, NBA Executive Vice President Basketball Operations. Gearon made his comments on Wednesday, May 9 at a speaking engagement in the Atlanta area.

Courtesy of www.insidehoops.com



Game 2: 76ers even series with 82-81 win over Celts - by Eurobasket News

Evan Turner (6'7''-G/F-88, college: Ohio St.) made the go-ahead layup with 40.4 seconds left and Philadelphia held off Boston the rest of the way with six straight free throws as the 76ers evened the second-round Eastern Conference series with an 82-81 victory Monday night.

Turner finished with 10 points, including his layup that put the Sixers up 76-75. He added two free throws with 12 seconds to go.

Jrue Holiday (6'3''-PG-90, college: UCLA) scored 18 points and Andre Iguodala (6'6''-G-84, college: Arizona) added 13 points, seven assists and six rebounds for the Sixers, who blew a 10-point lead in the fourth quarter as the Celtics won Game 1.

Kevin Garnett (6'11''-F-76) had 15 points and 12 rebounds and Ray Allen scored 17 points for the Celtics.

Game 3 is Wednesday in Philadelphia.

Philadelphia won its first playoff game in Boston since 1982 despite committing a playoff-high 19 turnovers and getting outrebounded 47-36.

Spencer Hawes finished with eight points and 10 rebounds and Lavoy Allen scored 10 points for the Sixers.

Brandon Bass (6'8''-F-85, college: LSU) had 12 points for the Celtics, who couldn't quite repeat their comeback in the series opener. The Sixers led by 10 points early in the fourth quarter of Game 1 before the Celtics rallied for a 92-91 victory.

It was starting to look familiar for Philadelphia on Monday, but the Sixers were able to hold off the Celtics down the stretch in a tight finish.

Philadelphia led 57-49 entering the fourth, but Boston tied it twice before going up 72-71 on Avery Bradley's 3-pointer, setting off a series of shots from beyond the arc.

Holiday answered with a 3 for the Sixers, then Ray Allen got the lead right back for the Celtics on a 3-pointer with 1:40 left. The Celtics had a chance to extend the lead after forcing the Sixers into a 24-second shot clock violation, but Rondo missed a shot and Iguodala got the rebound, leading to Turner's layup to put the Sixers up 76-75 with 40.4 seconds to go.

Rondo and Allen both missed shots that would have put Boston ahead, then Rondo fouled Turner with 14.4 seconds left as the shot clock was winding down.

The Celtics fouled Turner again with 12 seconds and he hit both free throws to extend the lead to 78-76.

Fans grew restless as the second half opened with sloppy, choppy play by both teams. Boston led 38-36 at halftime and nearly 7 minutes into the third quarter the score was just 43-41 with the Celtics still ahead.

When the shots finally started falling, they were all for Philadelphia. The Sixers scored 14 straight points, turning a 47-43 deficit into a 57-47 lead in the final minute of the period. Boston went without a point for 4:40, finally scoring when Pierce made two free throws with 2.4 seconds left in the period.

The Celtics committed seven turnovers during the quarter and made just 4 of 17 shots.

Courtesy of www.ktvn.com



Thunder clobber Lakers 119-90 in Game 1 - by Eurobasket News

Russell Westbrook (6'3''-PG-88, college: UCLA) had 27 points and nine assists, Kevin Durant (6'9''-G/F-88, college: Texas) added 25 points and the Oklahoma City Thunder blasted the weary Los Angeles Lakers 119-90 on Monday night in the opening game of the Western Conference semifinals.

The Thunder took a 15-point halftime lead, then opened the third quarter with a 15-2 blitz filled with crowd-pleasing 3-pointers and dunks.

Oklahoma City led by as many as 35 points, getting a measure of vengeance for the elbow Metta World Peace (6'7''-G/F-79, college: St.John's) delivered to the head of the Thunder's James Harden (6'5''-G-89, college: Arizona St.) three weeks earlier and without needing dirty tactics to do it.

Thunder starting center Kendrick Perkins (6'10''-C-84) limped off after aggravating a hip injury from the first round.

Kobe Bryant (6'6''-G-78) and Andrew Bynum (7'0''-C-87) scored 20 points each for the Lakers and Bynum had 14 rebounds.

The Thunder committed a franchise-record four turnovers.

Two games after trailing by as many as 28 points in a blowout loss in Game 6 in Denver, it got even worse for the Lakers. They responded to that loss by beating the Nuggets 96-87 in a thrilling Game 7 on Saturday night.

They'll need another big bounce back for Game 2 in Oklahoma City on Wednesday night.

While the Lakers were making a quick turnaround less than 48 hours after ending the first round, the Thunder had eight full days off following their first-round sweep of defending NBA champion Dallas.

It got out of hand just after halftime, in highlight-reel fashion.

Durant lobbed the ball to Westbrook for a two-handed slam, then connected on a 3-pointer from the left wing to draw a timeout from Lakers coach Mike Brown.

That still didn't slow down Oklahoma City, which got what could have been a costly two-handed dunk from Perkins on its next trip and then another 3 from Durant before Thabo Sefolosha (6'7''-G-84, agency: ACMT) swiped the ball from Bryant and ran out for a layup that made it 74-46 with 8:39 left in the period.

Both coaches started going to their benches with 8 minutes left, and Los Angeles reserve Devin Ebanks ended up getting ejected with 2:18 to play after walking up to a scrum for the ball after the whistle. Official Greg Willard said at the scorer's table that he was ejected for 'what he said' in drawing a technical foul.

It ended up tying for the 12th-worst blowout in Lakers playoff history.

Perkins returned to the bench but did not come back into the game after getting hurt. He had missed most of the week of practice after straining a muscle in his right hip in the final game of the Dallas series.

The buildup to the game focused largely on it being the first meeting between the teams since World Peace gave Harden a concussion by elbowing him in the head three weeks ago, in the final stretch of the regular season.

World Peace got a seven-game suspension, returning just in time to help L.A. win Game 7 against Denver.

A sold-out crowd at Chesapeake Energy Arena wasn't nearly as happy to see him back, although World Peace who changed his name from Ron Artest was hardly fazed by the chorus of boos that greeted him during pregame introductions or again whenever the ball came his way.

World Peace knocked down a 3-pointer from the top of the key amid boos the first time he touched the ball, set up a two-handed jam by Bynum and drilled another 3 within the first 2 1/2 minutes.

The Thunder turned an early six-point deficit around with a 19-7 run punctuated by Harden's driving layup that led to a three-point play and a 25-19 lead, and they never trailed again.

If the Lakers' legs were weary, it showed most on the defensive end. Oklahoma City shot 53 percent and the league's most turnover-prone team committed only one Harden's failed alley-oop pass for Durant that banged off the glass and was grabbed by World Peace while building a 59-44 halftime lead.

Courtesy of http://abcnews.go.com



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No surprise Storm appears to be staying in Summerside - by Eurobasket News

All the rumours that the Summerside Storm pro basketball team was considering a move to Charlottetown appear to be over with this week's announcement that the team is closing in on a deal with the City of Summerside.

That is certainly the right move for the organization as everything that was so successful in their first year would be put in jeopardy with a move to our capital city. I take nothing away from Charlottetown, and there were probably a lot of reasons to consider a move, but why tinker with success?

The great following the Storm had this past year had a genuine good time going to games at EastLink Arena, and would that same following follow the Storm to the Charlottetown Civic Centre?

That had to be the big question on the minds of Storm owners Duncan Shaw and Darren MacKay while considering what to do next year.

EastLink Arena is by far the best Island facility to showcase pro basketball, and there is little doubt that this league has a better chance for success in Summerside and mainly because of the facility.

The Storm did so many things right last year, and built something from nothing. Starting over at the Civic Centre would not be a step forward, but a couple of steps back. That did not appear to be the right thing to do, and obviously Storm ownership knew that.



Moving forward

Moving forward with the National Basketball League of Canada, one hopes that the league is on solid footing, and that the other six teams are in at least as good of a position as Summerside appears to be in.

There is little doubt that the Summerside Storm lost money this past year, and ownership expected that. If the Storm lost money as one of the league's more successful teams fan-wise, what did the other teams lose?

One would think that other teams would have budgets similar or greater than Summerside, and pockets are only so deep. At some point, something has to give, and that is why that strong ownership is so critical for the success of this league.

There is little doubt that attendance has to increase greatly, and teams have to have success tapping into those corporate sponsorship dollars if the league is to survive long term.

The leagues ownership meetings are just around the corner, and there is little doubt that there will be a lot of questions that will need to be answered.

For now, it looks like local basketball fans can look forward to next year, and hopefully years to come.

Courtesy of www.journalpioneer.com



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Former Miami AD Paul Dee, 65, dies - by Eurobasket News

Paul Dee, who was Miami's athletic director from 1993 through 2008 and continued serving the school as a member of its faculty, has died, university officials said Sunday. He was 65.

During his tenure as athletic director Dee oversaw Miami's move from the Big East to the Atlantic Coast Conference, as well as the construction of the Hurricanes' on-campus basketball arena and other projects. The Hurricanes won national championships in football and baseball during Dee's time running the department.

The university said Dee died Saturday night.

''We lost a teacher, leader, friend and a truly loyal man today,'' Miami athletic director Shawn Eichorst said. ''Paul Dee devoted every ounce of energy and passion to the University of Miami over many, many years. The Hurricane family sends its condolences and grieves along with his family and friends.''

Before serving as its AD, Dee started work as Miami's general counsel in 1981.

''The entire University of Miami community is saddened by the loss of Paul Dee,'' Miami President Donna Shalala said. ''A proud alumnus, he will be remembered for his distinguished career and service to the University.''

Dee also was a member of the NCAA's committee on infractions, most notably when sanctions - including a bowl ban, scholarship reductions and forfeiture of games - came down against Southern California in 2010, all stemming from improper benefits given to then-Heisman Trophy winner Reggie Bush by sports marketers. Dee chaired the committee at the time, then saying ''higher-profile players require higher-profile monitoring.''

Those words were oft-repeated a year later, when Miami found itself dealing with another high-profile NCAA scandal.

Widespread claims came out in 2011 of extra benefits having been provided by rogue booster and convicted Ponzi scheme architect Nevin Shapiro during an eight-year span, much of which occurred during Dee's time as athletic director. That investigation is ongoing, with sanctions possible in the coming months.

''I don't think any of us had any idea what he was doing,'' Dee said last year.

Dee was a past recipient of the James W. McLamore Outstanding Service Award, something Miami established to recognize service to the university that went ''above and beyond the call of duty,'' plus earned the school's Faculty Senate Award of Merit and President's Medal in 2008. He was also a member of the University of Miami and Palm Beach County sports halls of fame, as well as the Orange Bowl committee.

Dee was remembered for a huge commitment for strengthening the Hurricanes' programs in women's sports.

''Paul Dee was as generous, kind and patient as anyone I've ever met in athletics,'' Miami women's basketball coach Katie Meier said. ''His vision for intercollegiate athletics was based on integrity and equality. I will miss my mentor, adviser and friend.''

Dee graduated from Florida in 1970 with a degree in political science before earning a master's degree from Miami in 1973 and a law degree there four years later.

''Ever since I came to Miami, I've loved Miami,'' Dee said in a 2007 interview with The Associated Press.

Dee was the former football conference chairman for the Big East, then held the same role for the ACC in 2006 and 2007. He also served on the ACC's finance, television and men's basketball committees. He was a member of the Florida Bar and was honored several times by the Boy Scouts of America and other civic organizations.

Funeral arrangements were not immediately announced.

Courtesy of http://sports.yahoo.com



Scott Martin granted 6th year of eligibility at Notre Dame - by Eurobasket News

Notre Dame mens basketball forward Scott Martin (6'8''-G-88), a native of Valparaiso, has been granted a sixth year of eligibility by the NCAA.

Martin, who averaged 9.5 points and 5.7 rebounds per game in helping lead the Irish to a 22-12 record, transferred to Notre Dame in June of 2008 following his freshman year at Purdue in 2007-08.

After sitting out the 2008-09 campaign due to the NCAA transfer rule, Martin missed the entire 2009-10 season with a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee.

'Were thrilled in the NCAAs decision to grant Scott a sixth year of eligibility,' Irish head coach Mike Brey said. Scott was our 'glue guy' this past season with our young team. He helped drive us with his experience and leadership.

'I was so proud of him in how he handled himself once Tim Abromaitis went down with his ACL injury. Scott is a great example for college basketball and were excited he gets an opportunity to play one more season in a Notre Dame uniform.'

Martin has started all 66 games he has played in for the Irish and scored 633 points for a 9.6 scoring average and grabbed 346 rebounds (5.2 per game).

Over the past two seasons, Notre Dame is 49-19 overall and 27-9 in Big East play.

Martin graduated in December 2011 from Notre Dame with a bachelors degree in history and computer applications and is currently enrolled in graduate school at the university.

Courtesy of www.nwitimes.com



Cincinnati basketball players allegedly involved in incident at downtown club - by Eurobasket News

Brian McLucas is the new Kenny Frease.

Allegedly, at least.

McLucas told Fox19 in Cincinnati on Sunday that he's a bouncer at PLAY nightclub downtown, and that he spent part of Saturday night getting beat up by undisclosed members from the same Cincinnati basketball program that famously fought with Xavier last season in a brawl that left Frease with a busted eye. McLucas' picture is on the Fox19 web site. His right eye is swollen shut because, he said, 'a dude' took 'three quick steps' and 'punched [him] in the eye' after McLucas asked some Bearcats to leave a woman's VIP section.

A police report was filed Sunday.

We'll see where this goes from here.

But there's no denying the alleged incident could turn into another black eye for the program. Either way, it's already a swollen eye for one bouncer and a headache UC coach Mick Cronin didn't need this offseason.

Courtesy of www.cbssports.com



Kentucky picks up Wright State one-year transfer Julius Mays - by Eurobasket News

Kentucky has added backcourt depth with one-year Wright State transfer Julius Mays (6'2''-G-89).

Mays told CBSSports.com earlier on Sunday night that he committed to the Wildcats and expects to be able to play this coming season.

This is a significant pickup for John Calipari, whose Wildcats will be young and appear to be thin after losing six of their top seven players from the national championship team.

Another ex-N.C. State guard, Ryan Harrow, will start at the point and highly touted freshman Archie Goodwin will likely start at shooting guard -- although Mays will certainly get time as there isn't much beyond that in terms of true perimeter guys. Jon Hood, who was injured and missed all of this season, will also likely push for minutes in the backcourt.

The 6-foot-2 Mays averaged 14.1 points this past season in the Horizon league and said he also took a visit to Purdue.

Mays told CBSSports.com that he's a combo guard comfortable playing either backcourt spot, and several coaches contacted said Mays' strength is his scoring ability.

Mays began his career at N.C. State, where he averaged a little less than five points per game in each of his two seasons in Raleigh before transferring to Wright State. He sat out one season and then averaged 14.1 points last season while shooting 42 percent from beyond the arc.

'He can shoot,' said one Horizon league coach. 'He's more of a two-guard than a point guard. He's good off the ball screen, good with his handle at keeping guys off-balance in halfcourt. He doesn't like physicality, doesn't like to work without the ball. The question for him will be handling that level of athlete every night.'

'He's talented offensively,' another Horizon coach told CBSSports.com. 'He can really score the ball and does a great job drawing fouls. He should be solid as a third or fourth option at Kentucky. He struggles to defend and isn't overly quick.'

'He's a solid slasher,' added another. 'He's be first-team preseason in our league next year. I think he'll be a rotation guy for Kentucky. He's not a great athlete.'

Courtesy of www.cbssports.com



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Standings Men

NBL Standings
 1. Auckland P. 12-3 
 2. Bay Hawks 11-3 
 3. Hub Jets 9-5 
 4. Wellington S. 9-6 
 5. Taranaki MA 7-9 
 6. Nelson G. 6-9 
 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. 13: Nelson G. - Hub Jets 84-110
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

Regular Season: Round 12

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


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Josh PACE
  Hub Jets
  (198-G/F-83)
  Avg: 23
 1. Pace, Hub Jets23.0 
 2. Wright, OceanaGo.22.6 
 3. Leasure, Taranaki.22.1 
 4. Tisby, OceanaGo.22.1 
 5. Hudson, Taranaki.21.3 
 6. Braswell, Southlan.21.2 
 7. Jones, Nelson G.21.2 
 8. Horvath, Hub Jets21.1 
 9. Tait, Auckland P.19.5 
 10. Abney, Southland19.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Nick HORVATH
  Hub Jets
  (208-F/C-81)
  Avg: 15.8
 1. Horvath, Hub Jets15.8 
 2. Tisby, OceanaGo.11.7 
 3. Atkinson, Harbo.10.2 
 4. Abney, Southland10.0 
 5. Wright, OceanaGo.9.1 
 6. Frank, Wellington8.7 
 7. Muhammad, Aucklan.8.6 
 8. Harrison, Nelson G.8.2 
 9. Johnson, Bay Hawks8.2 
 10. Abdelhamid, Taran.7.2 
Assists Per Game
 Jason CROWE
  Wellington S.
  (193-G-76)
  Avg: 8.7
 1. Crowe, Wellington8.7 
 2. Tait, Auckland P.7.6 
 3. Dickel, OceanaGo.6.4 
 4. Jones, Nelson G.5.1 
 5. Braswell, Southlan.4.6 
 6. Wright, OceanaGo.4.3 
 7. Kenny, Bay Hawks4.0 
 8. Hudson, Taranaki.4.0 
 9. Bailey, Harbour H.3.8 
 10. Pace, Hub Jets3.6 
Steals Per Game
 Jason CROWE
  Wellington S.
  (193-G-76)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Crowe, Wellington2.9 
 2. Braswell, Southlan.2.8 
 3. Wright, OceanaGo.2.2 
 4. Leasure, Taranaki.2.1 
 5. Muhammad, Aucklan.2.0 
 6. Dickel, OceanaGo.1.9 
 7. Bailey, Harbour H.1.8 
 8. Dorsey, Auckland P.1.8 
 9. Tait, Auckland P.1.7 
 10. Ross, OceanaGold1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Michael HARRISON
  Nelson G.
  (206-F/C-84)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Harrison, Nelson G.2.1 
 2. Tisby, OceanaGo.1.5 
 3. Wright, OceanaGo.1.2 
 4. Atkinson, Harbo.1.2 
 5. Trousdell, Wellin.1.2 
 6. Muhammad, Aucklan.1.0 
 7. Scott, Wellington1.0 
 8. Abney, Southland1.0 
 9. Cartwright, Auckla.0.8 
 10. Frank, Wellington0.7 


Wright number one in New Zealand for round 11 - by Eurobasket News

American swingman Akeem Wright (200-F/G-84) had an amazing evening in the last round for OceanaGold N., receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 11.
The 27-year old player was the main contributor (36 points, nine rebounds and four assists) to as his team OceanaGold N. maintains the 7th position in New Zealand NBL. OceanaGold N. is rather a weak team placed in lower part in the standings. But it was their 10th lost game this season out of 15 games. In the team's last game Wright had a remarkable 76.5% from 2-point range. He just recently signed at OceanaGold N., being already a very valuable addition to the team. Former Kansas State University star has very solid stats this year. Wright is in league's top in points (2nd best: 22.6ppg), rebounds (5th best: 9.1rpg), assists (6th best: 4.3apg) and averages impressive 1.2bpg,2.2spg and 50.9% FGP. Worth to mention Wright played also at Eurobasket Summer League, which helped him get the job in pro basketball.

The second best player in last round's games was 35-year old American Jason Crowe (193-G-76) of Wellington S.. Crowe had a very good evening with 25 points, 7 rebounds and 8 assists. Of course he lead Wellington S. to another comfortable win outscoring the lower-ranked OceanaGold N. (#7, 5-10) 104-74. Wellington S.'s 4th position in the standings has not changed. His team's 9-6 record is not bad at all. Crowe is one of the most experienced players at Wellington S. and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third on the list of top players last round was another OceanaGold N.'s star - former international swingman Leon Henry (200-F/G-85). Henry scored 26 points and grabbed eleven rebounds (!!!). He was another key player of OceanaGold N., helping his team with a 81-78 win against slightly higher-ranked Taranaki MA (#5, 7-9). The chances of OceanaGold N. not to end season at such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 10 games, recording just five victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Henry could try to bring OceanaGold N.'s a little bit higher in the standings. Henry has a very solid season. In 5 games in New Zealand he scored 13.6ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Zack Atkinson (206-F/C-86) of Harbour H. - 19 points, 13 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Chris Hagan (175-G-89) of Hub Jets - 25 points, 3 rebounds and 8 assists
6. Nick Horvath (208-F/C-81) of Hub Jets - 16 points and 19 rebounds
7. Jason Crowe (193-G-76) of Wellington S. - 21 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists
8. Lawrence Abney (203-F-77) of Southland S. - 20 points, 11 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Josh Pace (198-G/F-83) of Hub Jets - 27 points and 5 rebounds
10. Ismail Muhammad (198-F-83) of Auckland P. - 20 points and 9 rebounds

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



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DStv PBL Standings

DStv PBL Standings
Atlantic Conf.
1. D.Warriors 11-0
2. Royal Hoopers 9-2
3. Islanders 6-5
4. Customs 4-7
5. Comets 4-7
6. Police Baton 4-6
7.Union Bank 4-7
8. Chariots 1-9
Savannah Conf.
1. Kano Pillars 11-0
2. Yelwa Hawks 9-2
3. Niger Potters 6-5
4. Kada Stars 6-5
5. Bauchi Nets 4-7
6. Immigration 3-8
7. Rockets 3-8
8. Defenders 2-9

Regular Season: Round 11

Atlantic

May. 12: Comets - Customs 65-60
May. 13: Islanders - D.Warriors 55-76
May. 12: Police Baton - Union Bank 50-61
May. 13: Royal Hoopers - Chariots

Savannah

May. 13: Niger Potters - Kada Stars 76-71
May. 13: Bauchi Nets - Rockets 69-79
May. 12: Immigration - Kano Pillars 66-100
May. 12: Defenders - Yelwa Hawks 00-20



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DBE Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Walter HODGE
  Zastal ZG
  (183-PG-86)
  Avg: 19.3
 1. Hodge, Zastal ZG19.3 
 2. Motiejunas, Asseco16.2 
 3. Corbett, Siarka J.16.1 
 4. Miller, Siarka J.15.9 
 5. Dylewicz, Trefl So.15.7 
 6. Kulig, PBG Basket15.7 
 7. Micic, PBG Basket15.7 
 8. Burrell, Energa C.15.6 
 9. Koszarek, Trefl S.15.5 
 10. Weeden, Polpharma15.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Darrell HARRIS
  Kotwica
  (208-F/C-84)
  Avg: 11.6
 1. Harris, Kotwica11.6 
 2. Lawal, Zastal ZG10.2 
 3. Hrycaniuk, Asseco9.0 
 4. Dluski, LKS Lodz8.1 
 5. Archibeque, Zastal8.1 
 6. Burgess, Trefl S.8.0 
 7. Doaks, Siarka J.7.3 
 8. Simmons, Polpharma7.2 
 9. Turek, Trefl Sopot7.2 
 10. Bartosz, PBG Bas.7.1 
Assists Per Game
 Robert SKIBNIEWSKI
  Slask W.
  (182-G-83)
  Avg: 7.2
 1. Skibniewski, Slask7.2 
 2. Blassingame, Assec.6.9 
 3. Hodge, Zastal ZG5.8 
 4. Koszarek, Trefl S.5.2 
 5. Wilczek, AZS P.5.2 
 6. Milicic, AZS K.5.0 
 7. Burrell, Energa C.4.8 
 8. Miller, Siarka J.4.7 
 9. Micic, PBG Basket4.5 
 10. Moore, PGE Turow4.4 
Steals Per Game
 Krzysztof SZUBARGA
  Anwil
  (182-G-84)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Szubarga, Anwil1.7 
 2. Sapp, Kotwica1.5 
 3. Skibniewski, Slask1.5 
 4. Tiller, Siarka J.1.5 
 5. Ponitka, AZS P.1.4 
 6. Miller, Siarka J.1.4 
 7. Motiejunas, Asseco1.4 
 8. Hodge, Zastal ZG1.4 
 9. Koszarek, Trefl S.1.4 
 10. Dabrowski, Polph.1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Darrell HARRIS
  Kotwica
  (208-F/C-84)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Harris, Kotwica1.6 
 2. Eziukwu, AZS K.1.6 
 3. Burgess, Trefl S.1.6 
 4. Kesicki, Kotwica1.4 
 5. Morrison, Energa C.1.3 
 6. Karnowski, Siarka1.2 
 7. Lauderdale, PGE T.1.1 
 8. Mladenovic, Slask1.1 
 9. Lawal, Zastal ZG1.1 
 10. Doaks, Siarka J.1.0 


2Liga Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Jakub KAROLAK
  Novum Lublin
  (196-G/F-93)
  Avg: 21.9
 1. Karolak, Novum Lub.21.9 
 2. Kowalewski, AZS U.21.4 
 3. Peciak, MKS L.19.9 
 4. Lapinski, Zyrardow.19.8 
 5. Sobilo, Pulaski Wa.19.7 
 6. Swiech, MKS S.19.4 
 7. Kuczynski, Tur B.18.8 
 8. Ejsmont, GKK G.18.6 
 9. Zurawski, Open F.18.6 
 10. Majewski, PWiK P.17.8 
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. Kwandrans, MKS L.9.8 
 6. Fras, Trefl I.9.8 
 7. Mis, Handlopex AZS9.8 
 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. Rapucha, Tur B.5.2 
 9. Kindlik, MKS L.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. Chojecki, Zyrardow.3.8 
 9. Zych, Unia Tarnow3.8 
 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. Kunc, Staco M.2.2 
 6. Hybiak, AZS P.2.2 
 7. Fediuk, UKS S.2.2 
 8. Paszkiewicz, PWiK2.2 
 9. Bojko, Wilki Morsk.2.1 
 10. Szwed, Zyrardow.2.1 


Speculations about changes of coaches in Wloclawek and Zgorzelec - by Maciej Paszyn

Anwil Wloclawek lost quarter-final round and finished the season after all on the fifth place what in the club was recognised as the defeat. It triggered lot of speculations who will assume the job into the head coach in the new season. According to local press Wocawek management is considering the job opening of Elmedin Omanic who was head coach of women extra league team Energa Torun in this season. Supposedly next candidate is a legend of the Wocawek basketball - Igor Griszczuk which already ran the Anwils team for one and a half season taking second place with club in season 2009/10.
Anwils chairman Arkadiusz Lewandowski said: now a complete settlement of the previous season and simultaneously drawing budget up are most important on new. Beginning negotiations with anybody, we must know, what we can offer. And the new coach must also agree to conditions he will have to build the team in which and what work opportunities we will be able to offer him.

Speculations are coming also from the club from Zgorzelec which is still fighting in the semi-final play-off round. According to toppest polish basketball web portal, after the end of season PGE Turow Zgorzelec head coach of this team - Jacek Winnicki - is supposed to sign a contract with women extra league team CCC Polkowice . So far management board of the current club, didn't comment on these notifications




2Liga Round 4 of Finals - by Eurobasket News

Group A
AZS PP Poznan - Astoria Bydg. 60-77

Astoria forced the decisive fifth game in the series overcoming AZS PP Poznan on the road. It was a very close game until the last quarter, when Astoria Bydg.'s pressure prevailed and they won that period 27-12 extending their advantage to 17 points. They made 21-of-26 free shots (80.8 percent) during the game. Astoria Bydg. forced 21 AZS PP Poznan turnovers. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Astoria Bydg. made 14 blocks. Forward Dorian Szyttenholm (194-83) fired a double-double by scoring 21 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. Guard Mateusz Bierwagen (194-88) chipped in 16 points, 7 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 blocks. Four Astoria Bydg. players scored in double figures. Center Marek Sobkowiak (200-86) produced a double-double by scoring 10 points and 10 rebounds and forward Michal Szydlowski (198-87) added 9 points and 7 rebounds respectively for lost side. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
AZS PP Poznan: P.Stankiewicz 10+3reb+1ast, M.Sobkowiak 10+10reb+1ast, T.Baszak 9+3reb+2ast, M.Szydlowski 9+7reb+2ast, P.Hybiak 8+3reb+5ast, K.Tkacz 5+1reb
Astoria Bydg.: D.Szyttenholm 21+12reb+3ast, M.Bierwagen 16+7reb+5ast, S.Laydych 14+3reb+1ast, P.Lewandowski 11+5reb+4ast, A.Andryanczyk 6+2reb+1ast, A.Barszczyk 2+4reb+1ast
gschID: 176558


Group B
BM Wegiel Stal - Slask II W. 69-73 OT

Slask II Wroclaw nipped BM Wegiel Stal in overtime to clinch the title in Group B.
Top scorers:
BM Wegiel Stal: M.Matczak 30+2reb+2ast, L.Olejnik 16+8reb, J.Dryjanski 9+10reb+1ast, M.Dymala 4+5reb+3ast, M.Zebski 4+1reb, T.Cielebak 3+3reb+1ast
Slask II W.: M.Lopatka 18+17reb, N.Kulon 17+3reb+2ast, M.Kowalski 9+1reb, R.Hyzy 8+8reb+1ast, A.Mroczek-Truskowski 7+8reb, R.Glapinski 6+3reb+2ast
gschID: 176559


Group C
UMKS Kielce - PWiK Piaseczno 69-68

UMKS Kielce celebrated victory in Group C after they knocked down PWiK Piaseczno in the fourth game of the series. The hosts trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 6-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 69-68. UMKS Kielce forced 22 PWiK Piaseczno turnovers and outrebounded them 42-30 including 30 on the defensive glass. Swingman Marcin Wrobel (200-87) fired a double-double by scoring 18 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. Forward Lukasz Fafara (194-84) chipped in a double-double by scoring 10 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists. Guard Michal Wojtynski (192-89) produced 16 points and forward Damian Zapert (196-84) added 10 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists respectively for lost side. Four PWiK Piaseczno players scored in double figures. PWiK Piaseczno's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
PWiK Piaseczno: M.Wojtynski 16+4reb+3ast, A.Paszkiewicz 12+3reb+5ast, D.Majewski 12+2reb+2ast, D.Zapert 10+8reb+4ast, W.Bocianowski 6+6reb, R.Pietrzak 5+1reb
UMKS Kielce: M.Wrobel 18+11reb, P.Bacik 13+4reb+3ast, L.Fafara 10+11reb+4ast, H.Makuch 9+6reb+2ast, D.Wyka 8+5reb+1ast, A.Busz 5+2reb+2ast
gschID: 176560



PLK Round 4 of Semi-Finals. Trefl Sopot join Asseco Prokom in Final - by Eurobasket News

PGE Turow - Trefl Sopot 63-86

Trefl Sopot thumped PGE Turow on the road to seal the PLK Final appearance. The game without a history. Trefl Sopot led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They shot the lights out from three sinking 12 long-distance shots on high 66.7 percentage. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international guard Lukasz Koszarek (187-84) who helped to win the game recording 18 points and 7 assists and American power forward John Turek (205-83, college: Nebraska) who added 16 points and 6 rebounds during the contest. Four Trefl Sopot players scored in double figures. At the losing side Australian-Dutch center Daniel Kickert (208-83, college: St.Mary's, CA) responded with 18 points and 6 rebounds and the former international power forward Damian Kulig (205-87) scored 13 points. PGE Turow's coach Jacek Winnicki gave up on the game allowing to play eleven players seeing no chance for a win.
Top scorers:
PGE Turow: D.Kickert 18+6reb+1ast, D.Kulig 13+3reb, K.Wysocki 9+1ast, G.Gustas 6, M.Chylinski 5+7reb, M.Gabinski 4+5reb
Trefl Sopot: A.Waczynski 18+3reb+1ast, L.Koszarek 18+3reb+7ast, J.Turek 16+6reb, L.Wisniewski 15+4reb+3ast, F.Dylewicz 8+6reb+5ast, M.Stefanski 5+2reb+1ast
gschID: 176531



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Stats Leaders - UZO Liga

Points Per Game
 Nate BOWIE
  Terceira.
  (183-G-86)
  Avg: 19.1
 1. Bowie, Terceira.19.1 
 2. Murphy, Terceira.18.6 
 3. Addison, Sampaense18.2 
 4. Scott, Benfica17.5 
 5. Stempin, Porto F.17.2 
 6. Nevels, Terceira.16.9 
 7. Morris, Vitoria SC16.5 
 8. Franklin, Lusitania16.5 
 9. Balseiro, Sampa.15.5 
 10. Oruche, Academica15.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Brian MORRIS
  Vitoria SC
  (205-F-87)
  Avg: 11
 1. Morris, Vitoria SC11.0 
 2. Lee, Ovarense9.9 
 3. Nevels, Terceira.9.6 
 4. Fonseca, Vitoria SC9.2 
 5. Addison, Sampaense8.3 
 6. Djukic, Ginasio8.2 
 7. Gunter, CAB M.7.9 
 8. Cunha, Vitoria SC7.9 
 9. Momplasir, Lusitan.7.9 
 10. Coll, Barcelos7.5 
Assists Per Game
 Mario FERNANDES
  CAB M.
  (176-PG-82)
  Avg: 6.5
 1. Fernandes, CAB M.6.5 
 2. Sing, Sampaense5.9 
 3. Blanks, Vitoria SC5.4 
 4. Reveles, Sampaense5.3 
 5. Barbosa, Ovarense4.5 
 6. Ferreira, Ginasio4.4 
 7. Bowie, Terceira.4.1 
 8. Manarte, Ovarense4.1 
 9. Fechas, Barcelos4.1 
 10. Silva, CAB Madeira3.7 
Steals Per Game
 Jaime SILVA
  CAB Madeira
  (187-PG-80)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Silva, CAB Madeira3.2 
 2. Fernandes, CAB M.2.3 
 3. Balseiro, Sampa.2.3 
 4. Cunha, Vitoria SC2.0 
 5. Andrade, Porto F.2.0 
 6. Kenon, CAB Madeira1.9 
 7. Silva, Barcelos1.8 
 8. Bessa, Vitoria SC1.8 
 9. Jackson, CAB M.1.8 
 10. Blanks, Vitoria SC1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Durrell NEVELS
  Terceira.
  (198-F-86)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Nevels, Terceira.2.8 
 2. Momplasir, Lusitan.2.0 
 3. Johnson, Porto F.1.2 
 4. Silva, Barcelos1.0 
 5. Gunter, CAB M.1.0 
 6. Addison, Sampaense0.8 
 7. Ehiagwina, Ginasio0.8 
 8. Doliboa, Benfica0.8 
 9. Coelho, CAB M.0.8 
 10. Thomas, Academica0.7 


LPB Round 2 of Finals. Benfica draw first blood - by Eurobasket News

Porto Ferpinta - Benfica 80-82

Benfica bounced back after the starting loss to level the title series. The guests trailed by 9 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 8-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 82-80. Benfica made 18-of-22 free shots (81.8 percent) during the game. Benfica outrebounded FC Porto Ferpinta 36-24 including 23 on the defensive glass. The former international forward Heshimu Evans (198-75, college: Kentucky) orchestrated the victory by scoring 18 points and 8 rebounds. The former international forward Joao Gomes (199-85) contributed with 14 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Four Benfica players scored in double figures. The former international forward Miguel Miranda (205-78) replied with 19 points and 7 rebounds and American power forward Robert Johnson (203-81, college: Oregon) added 11 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for FC Porto Ferpinta. FC Porto Ferpinta's coach tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
Porto Ferpinta: M.Miranda 19+7reb+1ast, C.Andrade 15+2reb+2ast, R.Johnson 11+7reb+1ast, J.Costa 9+1reb+2ast, N.Marcal 9+1reb+2ast, J.Santos 7+3ast
Benfica: H.Evans 18+8reb+1ast, T.Scott 17+4reb, J.Gomes 14+7reb+1ast, E.Evora 12+7reb+1ast, D.Carreira 8+3reb+4ast, F.Gentry 7+4reb
gschID: 176351



Proliga Round 4 of Semi-Finals - by Eurobasket News

Oliveirense - Alges 101-91

Oliveirense fired past Alges to force the decisive fifth game in the series. The hosts trailed by 9 points after first quarter, but they rallied back and won the game by 10 points. Oliveirense made 22-of-28 free shots (78.6 percent) during the game. 25 personal fouls committed by Alges helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American forward Spencer Johnson (198-87, college: UMKC) fired a double-double by scoring 34 points (!!!) and 13 rebounds for the winners. Guard Joao Abreu (179-83) chipped in 14 points and 5 assists. Five Oliveirense players scored in double figures. American forward DeSean White (203-86, college: Northwood, FL) produced a double-double by scoring 33 points (!!!) and 15 rebounds and Angolan forward Sergio Correia (197-85) added 30 points and 6 rebounds respectively for lost side.
Top scorers:
Oliveirense: S.Johnson 34+13reb+1ast, N.Freitas 20+2ast, J.Abreu 14+4reb+5ast, R.Azevedo 11+3reb+3ast, M.Pinto 10+5ast, D.Jefferson 8+7reb
Alges: D.White 33+15reb+2ast, S.Correia 30+6reb+2ast, J.Manuel 10+2reb+3ast, A.Pires 9+1reb+3ast, D.Vieira 4+4reb+1ast, J.Torres 3
gschID: 176561



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  PUERTO RICO   


Puerto Rican NT to begin practices on Wednesday: - by Marcos Carlo

he Puerto Rican national team begins their practices on May 16 in Guaynabo. Puerto Rico prepares for the Centrobasket Tournament (18-24 June) and the FIBA Olympic Qualifier (2-8 July).

Some of the players who are available from day one include Renaldo Balkman and Edwin Ubiles who are already in Puerto Rico. Others like Alex Galindo and Tomas Vazquez from Guayama and some college players like Mike Rosario and Matt Lopez could also join the practices this week.

Puerto Rico has a tight schedule after BSN ends the first week of June. They have to play in Centrobasket, and then have a couple of games against Macedona at Coliseo de Puerto Rico in late June. After those games they fly to Caracas hoping to qualify for the Olympic Games.




Indios stay on top with a late rally: - by Luis Modestti

A 10-0 run in the final minutes gave Indios a 100-96 win over Mets de Guaynabo at Mario 'Quijote' Morales Coliseum.

After being down 85-83 with four minutes left, Indios made a 10-0 rally led by Kevin Hamilton (193-G-84, agency: Limelight Hoops, college: Holy Cross) to take the lead and secure another win.

The game was tightly contested from start to finish, as Guaynabo enjoyed a balanced offensive attack, but defensively could not stop Indios who had five players in double figures.

Oritseweyinmi Efejuku (196-G-86, college: Providence) had 23, Kevin Hamilton 22 and Donta Smith (201-G-83, college: SE Illinois JC) 16 for Indios who are now 5-1 and one step away from the semifinals.

Guaynabo is eliminated with a 0-6 record and had Joey Graham (200-G/F-82, college: Oklahoma St.) with 24, Will McDonald (211-C-79, college: S.Florida) and Ian Young (191-PG-81, college: Auburn) with 22 each.



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  ROMANIA   


New rule regarding the number of foreign players for next season - by Ana Dutu


The Romanian Basketball Federation decided during the General Meeting that took place last week, on the 7th of March , that starting with next season the presence of a romanian player throughout the whole game will not be mandatory anymore. It was also decided that starting with next season all Romanian teams will be allowed to have six foreigners on the game sheet instead of five, the number which was approved last season.
This new rule has generated a profound dissatisfaction among the Romanian players and coaches who perceive it as discouraging for the future of the Romanian basketball.
'Apparently, this rule will strengthen the championship, there will certainly be more foreign players in the first division but in the long run I do not know if these players will raise the level of the romanian basketball and help us have results in Europe. This rule wont affect the experienced players with a lot of minutes on the court, they will just have to work harder to maintain their place on the court but it will definitely affect the young players. (...) ' stated Mihai Silvasan (201-F-85, agency: Court Side) for the offcial site of U Mobitelco Cluj-Napoca.
Marcel Tenter, the coach of U Mobitelco Cluj , believes that this change will affect the players of the Romanian national team because they will have fewer minutes played. 'I consider that this decision does not reflect a coherent long-term strategy. Regulations change dramatically every year and because of this the Romanian basketball players cant achieve a sufficiently large number of minutes per game. Therefore, the national team will have a lot to suffer. (...)'
More than this, in order to express his disapproval of this rule one of the main players of the Romanian national team, Tudor Dumitrescu (195-G-79), has already announced his withdrawal from the lot.



Targu Mures to keep Head Coach Srecko Sekulovic - by Eurobasket News

According to Romanian media, Targu Mures will keep its Head Coach Srecko Sekulovic (agency: Beo Basket ) for the next season. Reportedly, they already agreed terms and new deal will be signed in June. The club budget and goals will be set until June as well. Sekulovic took over Targu Mures in December. They finished as No.6 in the regular season with 19-9 record. They failed in the Playoff Quarterfinals against U-Mobitelco. Srecko Sekulovic (agency: Beo Basket ) spent 2010/11 season with Hungarian PVSK. A year before that he coached Albacomp. From December of 2006 to 2009, Sekulovic coached Falco. They reached Cup Finals in 2009 and championship Semis in 2007 and 2009. In the past, Srecko Sekulovic (agency: Beo Basket ) worked with Swisslions Takovo, Atlas Banka, Ergonom and Spartak. He coached Falso also from 2000 to 2002.


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  RUSSIA   

Stats Leaders - Superleague A

Points Per Game
 Davon JEFFERSON
  Triumph
  (204-F-86)
  Avg: 20.3
 1. Jefferson, Triumph20.3 
 2. Rush, Krasnie Kril.16.7 
 3. McKee, Triumph15.6 
 4. Beverley, Spart.15.4 
 5. Thomas, Spartak-.14.9 
 6. Fridzon, Khimky14.5 
 7. Massey, Lokomotiv14.3 
 8. Planinic, Khimky13.4 
 9. Victor, Spartak-.13.4 
 10. Karasev, Triumph13.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jeremiah MASSEY
  Lokomotiv
  (202-F-82)
  Avg: 7.7
 1. Massey, Lokomotiv7.7 
 2. Jefferson, Triumph7.6 
 3. Victor, Spartak-.7.5 
 4. Landry, Triumph6.3 
 5. Kirilenko, CSKA6.2 
 6. Veremeenko, Unics6.2 
 7. Beverley, Spart.6.1 
 8. Baxter, Enisey6.0 
 9. Khryapa, CSKA5.8 
 10. Monya, Khimky5.8 
Assists Per Game
 Aaron MILES
  Krasnie Krilya
  (186-G-83)
  Avg: 6.1
 1. Miles, Krasnie Kri.6.1 
 2. Teodosic, CSKA5.4 
 3. Beverley, Spart.4.9 
 4. Thomas, Spartak-.4.7 
 5. Samoylenko, Unics4.6 
 6. Halperin, Spart.4.6 
 7. Planinic, Khimky4.4 
 8. McKee, Triumph4.1 
 9. Rush, Krasnie Kril.3.4 
 10. Khryapa, CSKA3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Patrick BEVERLEY
  Spart.
  (185-PG-88)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Beverley, Spart.2.5 
 2. Massey, Lokomotiv2.1 
 3. Baburin, Spartak-.2.0 
 4. Thomas, Spartak-.2.0 
 5. Halperin, Spart.1.7 
 6. Rush, Krasnie Kril.1.5 
 7. Chalmers, Lokom.1.5 
 8. Planinic, Khimky1.5 
 9. Jefferson, Triumph1.5 
 10. Victor, Spartak-.1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Davon JEFFERSON
  Triumph
  (204-F-86)
  Avg: 1.2
 1. Jefferson, Triumph1.2 
 2. Kirilenko, CSKA1.1 
 3. Likhodey, Spart.1.0 
 4. Lavrinovic, CSKA0.9 
 5. Vasiliev, Krasni.0.8 
 6. Savenkov, Spartak.0.8 
 7. Traore, Lokomotiv0.8 
 8. Kikanovic, Enisey0.8 
 9. Baxter, Enisey0.7 
 10. Krstic, CSKA0.6 


CSKA Denies any contact with Maccabi Coach Blatt - by Anton Zirkov

CSKA Moscow are denying any contact with Russian National team coach - David Blatt
Blatt,who is head coach of Euroleague powerhouse Maccabi Tel-Aviv has been linked with CSKA head coach role,according to report in Israel.
According to the report,yesterday,CSKA has made a contact with Blatt regarding to next season.The news came to CSKA top brass just couple of hours before the final in Istanbul,but they decisively denied any contact with Blatt:'We havent made any contact with Blatt regarding to anything,its just a false information who came from Israeli press' told associate to the club to Eurobasket.
Despite the disappointment of losing in the Euroleague final,CSKA still has to win the Russian championship in a series against Khimky Moscow.




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  SERBIA   


Dusan Ivkovic and Marko Keselj win Euroleague title with Olympiakos - by Eurobasket News

Dusan Ivkovic (agency: Beo Basket) and Marko Keselj (205-F-88, agency: Beo Basket) had a huge reason to celebrate last night. Their Olympiakos shocked CSKA Moscow with 62-61 victory in the Euroleague title game. It was a heartbreaking thriller and the Greek giant won thanks to Printezis' floater with 0.7 second left. Incredible success for Ivkovic and his guys. Last time Olympiakos was the Euroleague champion in 1997 and it was under coach Ivkovic as well. The Serbian specialist worked with the Reds from 1996 to 1999 and returned to the club in 2010. They won the Greek Cup last season and will meet PAO in the Greek league Finals this year.
Marko Keselj also signed with Olympiakos in 2010. He had 3.9 ppg and 2 rpg in 14 Euroleague games this season. In Greece, he averages 5.8 points and 2.7 rebounds for 21 games.
One of the assistant coaches in Olympiakos is Serbian Aleksandar Kesar (agency: Interperformances).



Targu Mures to keep Head Coach Srecko Sekulovic - by Eurobasket News

According to Romanian media, Targu Mures will keep its Head Coach Srecko Sekulovic (agency: Beo Basket ) for the next season. Reportedly, they already agreed terms and new deal will be signed in June. The club budget and goals will be set until June as well. Sekulovic took over Targu Mures in December. They finished as No.6 in the regular season with 19-9 record. They failed in the Playoff Quarterfinals against U-Mobitelco. Srecko Sekulovic (agency: Beo Basket ) spent 2010/11 season with Hungarian PVSK. A year before that he coached Albacomp. From December of 2006 to 2009, Sekulovic coached Falco. They reached Cup Finals in 2009 and championship Semis in 2007 and 2009. In the past, Srecko Sekulovic (agency: Beo Basket ) worked with Swisslions Takovo, Atlas Banka, Ergonom and Spartak. He coached Falso also from 2000 to 2002.


Krstovic and Vitkovac win the double in Montenegro - by Eurobasket News

Serbian players Bojan Krstovic (194-G-80, agency: Interperformances) and Cedomir Vitkovac (201-F-82, agency: Beo Basket) finished very successful season abroad. They won the Montenegrin league title and Cup with Buducnost Voli. They blasted Sutjeska with perfect 3-0 in the Playoff Finals and earlier won the Cup against the same rival. They also reached Adriatic league Final Four and EuroCup Quarterfinals.
Bojan Krstovic joined Buducnost last summer from Hemofarm. He had 8.3 ppg, 1.7 rpg and 1.5 apg for 26 Adriatic league games. In EuroCup, Krstovic added 8.2 ppg, 2 apg and 1.9 rpg for 13 games.
Cedomir Vitkovac also arrived to the club last summer. He appeared 26 times in the regional championship registering 10.3 points and 5.1 rebounds. In EuroCup he had 11 ppg, 4.1 rpg and 1.5 apg in 14 games.



Serbian coach's battle in Lithuanian championship - by Zoran Popovic

Aleksandar Trifunovic (agency: Alti Sport ) wins in Serbian coach battle in Lithuanian play off final serie. In final serie Trifunovic and his BC Zalgiris Kaunas beats Aleksandar Dzikic (agency: Beo Basket ) and his Lietuvos Rytas with score 3-0 in serie. After long season for both teams and coaches, Serbian coaches make great success with Lithuanian teams.

Aleksandar Trifunovic (agency: Alti Sport ) took the bench of BC Zalgiris Kaunas in November 2011 and with Lithuanian champion passed first round with scores 4 wins and 6 lost games and qualified in Euroleague Top 16, win Baltic league and win Lithuanian Championship. During the season coach Trifunovic had huge problems with injured players and one of the top players, Sonny Weems, leave the team before the end of the season. Aleksandar Trifunovic (agency: Alti Sport ) was head coach of Lietuvos Rytas two times, 2006-2008 and 2010-2011. Except coach Trifunovic in BC Zalgiris Kaunas play Serbian center Milovan Rakovic.

Aleksandar Dzikic (agency: Beo Basket ) took Lietuvos Rytas team in June 2011 and with Lithuanian team this season played Eurocup F4 and took 3rd place, played F4 of VTB league and also took 3rd place, 2nd place after lost final match against BC Zalgiris Kaunas and at the end 2nd place after lost final serie against BC Zalgiris Kaunas. In coach Dzikic team is Serbian guard Aleksandar Rasic.

Both Serbian coaches are from Belgrade, led Serbian basketball derby on the bench of Partizan and Crvena Zvezda, Aleksandar Trifunovic (agency: Alti Sport ) as a player, assistant coach and head coach in Crvena Zvezda and Aleksandar Dzikic (agency: Beo Basket ) as head coach of youth team and assistant coach of Partiazan. Also, very interesting information is that both coaches are from the same city, from the same neighborhood, from the same block in New Belgrade.

However, if we are look in the future, after basketball legends like Dusan Ikovic, Zeljko Obradovic and Svetislav Pesic, there is no doubt - this two coaches, with other young and prospect Serbian coaches, can continue their work and definitely are the future of Serbian basketball potential.



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  SOUTH AMERICAN CHAMPIONSHIPS   

Standings

Standings
Group A
1. Argentina0-0
2. Chile0-0
3. Colombia0-0
4. Venezuela0-0
Group B
1. Bolivia0-0
2. Brazil0-0
3. Paraguay0-0
4. Uruguay0-0

Preliminary Round: Round 1

Group A

Jun. 18: COL - ARG
Jun. 18: VEN - CHI

Group B

Jun. 18: PAR - BRA
Jun. 18: URU - BOL



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KBL Future in Limbo With Possible Sale of Incheon ET Land - by Jeff Liebsch

Speculation of the demise of the Incheon ET Land Elephants has hit the local press, raising concerns of possibly losing a team in the Korean Basketball League.

The Korea Times reported that the club, which was established in 1997 as the Incheon Daewoo Zeus, is for sale by its parent company, ET Land. Lotte and Emart, who are subisidiaries of local retail giant Shinsegae, are considered the top candidates to purchase ET Land, which could spell disaster for the KBL. Shinsegae recently disbanded the Shinsegae Coolcats of the Women's Korean Basketball League, which had been in existence since 1998. With the loss of that team, the women's league is down to five teams, and with the possible loss of ET Land, the men's would be down to nine.

'It would be better to avoid any assumptions about the current situation. Listening to what the team has to say should be the first step, An Jun-ho, director of basketball operations at the KBL,' said in a media interview. 'And then, we will prepare for whatever comes next.'

Incheon ET Land finished sixth in the standings last year with a 26-28 record, but were knocked out of the first round by KT. They have yet to win a championship in their 14-year history.



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Dolphins keep Jeromanovs, sign Pierre Hampton - by Eurobasket News

Norrkoping Dolphins announced signing of a 1+1 year contract extension with Edgard Jeromanovs (186-PG-86). The Swedish champion also landed Pierre Hampton (198-F-91) to a 1+1 year deal.
Edgars Jeromanovs joined Norrkoping last summer. He played 49 games in Basketligan collecting 9.7 points, 3.6 assists, 2.9 rebounds and 1.5 steals. In EuroChallenge he added 7.8 ppg, 3.8 apg and 1.8 rpg for 5 games. Jeromanovs spent 2010/11 season in Greece as a member of A2 team SFK Perikos/Arhelaos. Before that he played in Ukraine and Latvia. Jeromanovs played for the Latvian National Team at 2011 EuroBasket in Lithuania.
Pierre Hampton heads to Norrkoping from Eco Orebro, where he spent last three seasons. In the latest one he had 11.2 ppg, 3.4 rpg and 1.6 apg. Hampton played for the Swedish U20, U18 and U16 National Teams in the past.



Norrkoping Dolphins eye Rudy Mbemba - by Eurobasket News

According to Swedish media, Norrkoping Dolphins want to sign Rudy Mbemba (184-G-87) for the next season. The combo guard is a free agent after his contract with LF Basket expired earlier this month. Mbemba played 29 games for the club last season averaging 14.6 points, 6.3 assists, 3.6 rebounds and 2.2 steals. He got injured in January and missed almost two months. Rudy Mbemba was Eurobasket.com All-Swedish Basketligan Domestic Player of the Year in 2011. He had 16.3 ppg, 6.3 apg, 5.5 rpg and 2.9 spg in 44 games with LF Basket that season. In 2009/10, he played for the Solna Vikings, where he arrived from Peristeri Athens. Mbemba won the Basketligan title with the Vikings in 2008. A year after that he won the Italian LegaDue Playoffs with Vanoli Soresina. Mbemba also has experience from Frankfurt and La Palma. He played for the Swedish National Team in Qualifications to European Championships Division B.


Veteran Terrel Castle joins Eco Orebro - by Eurobasket News

Terell Castle (182-PG-72, agency: Court Side, college: Nicholls St.) will continue his career in Sweden. The veteran point guard signed a deal with Eco Orebro for the next season. The 39-year-old player started last season with White Eagles Stockholm, but left before the any official game with the club. In 2010/11, Castle was a member of AEK Athens. He played 26 games in Greek top division averaging 7.8 points, 2.7 rebounds and 2.7 assists. A year before that he was named Eurobasket.com All-Greek A2 Bosman Player of the Year -10 and also Eurobasket.com All-Greek A2 1st Team -10. He had 10.5 ppg, 2.5 apg and 1.9 rpg for 30 games in A2 with Iraklis. Castle helped Iraklis to win the promotion from A2 to A1 that season. In the past, Terell Castle played for Olimpia Larissa, Igokea, Unicaja Malaga and Aris, Thessaloniki, Oldenburg, Strasbourg, Maccabi Ranana and Sloboda Tuzla. He also played for the Bosnian National Team at 2003 EuroBasket in Sweden.


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  SWITZERLAND   

Stats Leaders LNA

Points Per Game
 Mohammed ABUKAR
  Lugano T.
  (208-F-85)
  Avg: 19.8
 1. Abukar, Lugano T.19.8 
 2. Sharper, Boncourt19.4 
 3. Burrows, Starwings18.2 
 4. Jenkins, Starwings17.8 
 5. Calasan, Boncourt17.7 
 6. Barnette, Geneve16.9 
 7. Jones, SAM M.16.8 
 8. Mitrovic, SAM M.16.3 
 9. Smith, Monthey16.2 
 10. Gibson, SAV Vacal.16.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Babacar TOURE
  Geneve Lions
  (205-F/C-85)
  Avg: 9.2
 1. Toure, Geneve Lio.9.2 
 2. Calasan, Boncourt9.1 
 3. Bing, Geneve Lions8.9 
 4. Knutson, BBC Nyon8.3 
 5. Burrows, Starwings8.1 
 6. Rakocevic, Lugano7.9 
 7. Esterkamp, Fribo.7.6 
 8. Finn, Monthey7.5 
 9. Molteni, SAM M.7.5 
 10. Jones, SAM M.7.3 
Assists Per Game
 Rickey GIBSON
  SAV Vacallo
  (191-G-84)
  Avg: 6.4
 1. Gibson, SAV Vacallo6.4 
 2. Brown, Lugano T.6.0 
 3. Jenkins, Starwings5.3 
 4. Dunn, Geneve Lions5.1 
 5. Petkovic, Starw.4.7 
 6. Boylan, Monthey4.5 
 7. Draughan, Lugano4.5 
 8. Bobetso, BBC Nyon4.0 
 9. Petkovic, Fribourg3.9 
 10. Parker, Monthey3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Miroslav PETKOVIC
  Starw.
  (183-G-88)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Petkovic, Starw.3.1 
 2. Gibson, SAV Vacallo2.7 
 3. Boylan, Monthey2.6 
 4. Jones, SAM M.2.2 
 5. Jenkins, Starwings2.1 
 6. N''Diaye, Boncourt1.8 
 7. Sloan, SAV Vacallo1.8 
 8. Smith, Monthey1.8 
 9. Dubas, Monthey1.7 
 10. Louissaint, Month.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Babacar TOURE
  Geneve Lions
  (205-F/C-85)
  Avg: 2
 1. Toure, Geneve Lio.2.0 
 2. Knutson, BBC Nyon1.7 
 3. Matter, Starwings1.2 
 4. Molteni, SAM M.1.2 
 5. Roberson, Boncourt1.1 
 6. Burrows, Starwings1.0 
 7. Rakocevic, Lugano1.0 
 8. Barnette, Geneve0.9 
 9. Albrecht, Starw.0.9 
 10. Dubas, Monthey0.9 


LNA Round 3 of Finals. Lugano Tigers step in front - by Eurobasket News

Geneve Lions - Lugano Tigers 90-94

Lugano Tigers outgunned Geneve Lions on the road to spur in front in the title series. The guests were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Lugano Tigers made 18-of-21 free shots (85.7 percent) during the game. The best player for the winners was American-British point guard Rod Brown (186-78, college: W.Michigan, agency: Two Points) who scored 18 points and 7 assists. American forward Mohammed Abukar (208-85, college: San Diego St., agency: Two Points) chipped in 18 points and 6 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was American guard Tony Brown (193-79, college: Arkansas St.) who recorded 25 points and 4 assists and the other American import guard Christopher Dunn (189-83, college: W.Virginia St., agency: Court Side) added 14 points and 9 assists respectively. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Geneve Lions: T.Brown 25+1reb+4ast, E.Bing 17+6reb+2ast, C.Dunn 14+2reb+9ast, J.Aw 14+5reb, S.Barnette 11+6reb+1ast, B.Toure 9+7reb
Lugano Tigers: D.Mladjan 19+3reb+4ast, M.Abukar 18+6reb+3ast, R.Brown 18+3reb+7ast, D.Stockalper 15+5reb, Z.Rakocevic 15+11reb, N.George 6
gschID: 176131



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  TURKEY   

Stats Leaders - D1

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


BBL: Ulker loses second straight game in the playoffs and is done for the season - by Pervin Elgin

Fenerbahce Ulkers 2011/2012 season is over. In the best of 3 playoff quarter finals, Fener just fell short to Besiktas Milangaz for the second time in a row, 74-77, and is eliminated. Bojan Bogdanovic scored 22 points, Roko Ukic added 19, Omer Onan 13.

Fenerbahce Ulker started the match with a score made by Roko Ukic, but Besiktas took the lead after 6 minutes: 11-13. Omer Onan and Bojan Bogdanovic were effective after that, but the guests still finished the first period with a 20-21 advantage.

Bogdanovic opened the score in the third period, and with contributions by Kaya Peker and Engin Atsur Fenerbahce managed to take the lead: 30-28. Ulker remained in control for the rest of the period, increased the gap and went to the locker room with a 43-36 lead.

The third period started with mutual ongoing baskets. After 25 minutes Fenerbahce was still superior with 49-45, but lead by David Hawkins, Besiktas reduced the gap after that regained the lead in the final seconds of the period: 52-54.

Bojan Bogdanovic balanced the scores again at the beginning of the fourth period, but Ulkr got into foul trouble and a number of free throws brought the guests back in the lead again with 5 minutes of playing time left: 64-68. A three-pointer by Bogdanovic reduced the difference to 1 point again, and Fenerbahce carried the score to 72-73 with two minutes left. David Hawkins was accurate from the free throw line, James Gist responded with a basket but another set of free throws for Besiktas closed the match and the season: 74-77.



Galatasaray keeps Head Coach Oktay Mahmudi - by Eurobasket News

Galatasaray officially announced signing of a 2+2 year contract extension with its Head Coach Oktay Mahmudi (agency: Beo Basket). It means that the Turkish specialist will stay with the club at least until the end of the 2013/14 season. They were regular season champions in TBL with 25-5 record. In the Playoff Quarterfinals Galatasaray eliminated Tofas with perfect 2-0 and will meet Besiktas in the Semis. In Euroleague, Galata was very close to reach the QFinals. That was the first Euroleague season in the club's history. Oktay Mahmudi took over Galatasaray in 2010. Before that he worked with Benetton Treviso two years. In 2009, he was named Eurocup Coach of the Year. In the past, Oktay Mahmudi coached Efes Pilsen for seven years. They won four Turkish league titles and four Cup trophies together.


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Jovica Arsic takes over Cherkasy - by Eurobasket News

Cherkasy made a change on the bridge. They agreed on terms of contract with Jovica Arsic . The Serbian specialist will replace Volodimir Kholopov at head coaching position. Volodimir Kholopov will not leave the team. He will become assistant coach in the team. Jovica Arsic lately worked in Bulgaria. The Serbian specialist worked with Lukoil Academik since 2009. He left the team in December 2011. Jovica Arsic led Lukoil to 2010 and 2011 Bulgarian League titles. He also won Bulgarian Cup in 2011. Previously Jovica Arsic worked with KK Zdravlje, Yugoslavian U20 National Team and FYR Macedonia National Team. He is also not new to Cherkasy. Jovica Arsic worked with the team back in 2008/09 season.


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Flournoy is just Fab - by Paul Nilsen

Newcastle Eagles' assistant coach Dave Forester paid tribute to coach Fabulous Flournoy after the north east side completed a clean sweep with a 71-62 victory against Jelson Homes DMU Leicester Riders in the play-off final.

Eagles' veteran Charles Smith collected the MVP award, but there was little doubt about the influence Flournoy had on the game as he locked down Cameron Rundles, and Forester was full of praise for the 38-year-old:

'It's a massive accomplishment to have achieved what we have' he said. 'The teams in the league are extremely competitive and we have had few, if any blow-out wins. Most of the other teams actually felt that they matched up well with us.

'That we were successful is testament to a great group of players and a fantastic leader in Fab. When we needed him to score at Cheshire he stepped up, when we needed him to play defence on Cameron Rundles he did that, when we needed a big rebound invariably he grabbed it. At 6'4' and primarily playing the point guard position he still came up with 13 rebounds in the final, more than anyone else on the court.

'Sometimes I think his effect on the game is overlooked by people who just look at him as a coach who is a hard worker and ultra demanding of his players. But he never asks them to do anything that he can't or won't do himself. The example he sets to others as a player is intoxicating.'

Flournoy and the Eagles have now won 17 trophies in the last eight seasons, and Saturday's win at the NIA saw the Eagles complete the fifth clean sweep of the four pieces of BBL silverware. They were the last team to do it, in 2006, while Cheshire Jets did it in 2002 and Kingston Kings achieved the feat in 1990 and 1992, missing out on a hat-trick in 1991 when the Eagles franchise - then based in Sunderland - won the Cup.



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  VENEZUELA   


Marinos part ways with Curtis Stinson - by Eurobasket News

Curtis Stinson (191-G-83, college: Iowa St.) is no longer a member of Marinos. The Venezuelans released American guard last week. Stinson appeared four times with the club registering 6 ppg, 4.5 apg and 1.5 rpg. However, that was not enough to keep the job. Curtis Stinson joined Marinos at the beginning of the month. He split 2011/12 season between Slovenian Krka and NBA D-League team Iowa Energy. With the Energy, Stinson had 11.7 ppg, 5.8 apg and 4.6 rpg for 30 games. Before that, he averaged 8.3 points, 4.5 assists and 3.3 rebounds in four games with Krka. They parted ways in November. Curtis Stinson had wonderful 2010/11 season with the Energy. At that time he exploded with 20.1 ppg, 9.7 apg and 5.9 rpg for 56 D-League games. He ended as top assistant of the league, Iowa won the title and Stinson was named USBasket.com All-D-League Player of the Year -11. That same year, and also in 2010, Curtis Stinson was USBasket.com All-D-League Guard of the Year.



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Women News


Spirit sign US college star for 2012/13 WNBL season - by Eurobasket News

The Bendigo Bank Spirit have secured the signing of US college forward Kathleen Scheer (6'2''-G/F).

The 188cm forward recently graduated from US basketball nursery Duke University.

Scheers signing helps offset the departures of Tess Madgen and Deanna Smith.

We think that Kathleen has the personal and playing qualities that will help us be a stronger team next season, Spirit coach Bernie Harrower said.

When we spoke with Kathleens coach at Duke, she was full of praise and described her as having an exceptional work ethic and great leadership skills.

She was also keen to point out that Kathleen was a far more talented scorer than her college numbers showed, primarily because shed been asked to be more of a role player behind some exceptionally talented players at Duke.

The task for us will be to work with Kathleen to re-establish her scoring mentality.

Shes keen to do that and were confident that she can be an effective scorer both in the post and all the way out to the three-point line.

In terms of recruiting college players, you couldnt ask for a better pedigree than to have spent four years in the Duke program.

Courtesy of www.bendigoadvertiser.com.au



Big V: Weekend Wrap- Round 8 - by Eurobasket News

Hume Citys winning streak extends to five, Ringwood cops a serve from the Cougars and drops to fifth,
the Wildcats keep winning, while we finally see the Eagles take flight with a quality scalp.
ROUND 8 SCW ROUND UP
Bulleens slump (five straight losses) continued with an 11pt loss to Eltham and right now its hard to see how the Boomers can possibly make the finals. The Wildcats jumped to an 18-7 lead and held firm the rest of the way,doing enough across the next three quarters to walk away
with a good win and improve to a 7-2 season. Sam Woosnam (16pts, 10rbs) was again the leading Wildcat with Jess Bearzatto and Olivia Bontempelli both adding 13pts each,while for the Boomers too much was left to Lauren Pearce (181-F-83) (13pts, 10rbs) and Steph Waite (12pts, 10rbs).
We did say three things wouldnt happen between Melbourne
and Sherbrooke and we ticked every box. Unlike
their previous encounter, this one didnt deliver 207pts,
double-overtime or a Sherbrooke victory, rather we saw
127pts, four quarters and a Tigers win. A blazing 26-13 first
quarter did the damage and the top-of-the-ladder Tigers
never looked back. Young Isabella Brancatisanos (17pts)
fledgling senior career continued to blossom, Caitlin Cunningham
added 15pts & 8rbs, while Nicole Zammit added
13pts, 7rbs & 5ass. Best for the Suns included Chelsea
Laing (13pts & 8rbs) and Rachael Waterhouse (12pts).
Theres no denying Ringwood hasnt been the model of
consistency this season. With two imports and plenty of
pre-season hype we expected better, but the likes of
McKinnon pack a punch when theyre up and firing and
thats exactly what occurred last week. The going was
tough, but a 21-15 last quarter edged the Cougars ahead,
as did a 45-32 rebound count. Laura Thomas (12pts &
14rbs) and Julie Brookhouse (15pts) ran hot for the Cougars,
while with Amanda Behnke (8pts & 9rbs) well held,
the Hawks relied on Tori Hansen (15pts) and Jacinta Scott
(14pts) to get them up and going.
www.bigv.com.au
ROUND 8 RESULTS
Eltham 69 defeated Bulleen 58 Melbourne 70 defeated Sherbrooke 57
McKinnon 62 defeated Ringwood 56 Hume City 73 defeated Waverley 72
D Valley 62 defeated Melbourne 55
An Antonia Edmondson made free throw with 27sec remaining
in the game was all that separated Hume City and Waverley
in a 73-72 thriller. The Broncos recorded their fifth
straight win, while the Falcons dipped to their seventh
straight loss but things could have been so much different
in this one. With Waverley shooting at 47% clip, the Broncos
had to dig in and rely heavily on their two guns Antonia
Edmondson (13pts, 10rbs) and Lisa Wallbutton (23pts), but
the real star of the night was Waverleys Melissa Moyle (184-F-87).
Hitting 14 of 22 shots at 64%, Moyle lit the court up with
31pts in a display that nearly returned what would have
been a memorable win for the young Falcons.
Finally, when the going got tough we saw Diamond Valley
stand and deliver. A team that has been very jittery when
the game gets tight down the stretch, there was no hiccups
against top team Melbourne in a Mothers Day ripper. The
Tigers came hard, but the Eagles kept their mettle and
grabbed a brilliant 62-55 victory, hopefully the spark that will
finally get them charging up the ladder.
Hume City survived a close call against Waverley and
with the win the Broncos have moved into the top four,
but it wasnt all doom and gloom for the Falcons in a 1pt
thriller with Melissa Moyle (31pts) giving her supporters
something to smile about.
They still have some work to do, but finally the Eagles
lived up to expectations and shook the bogey of close
games. A gutsy win against top-of-the-ladder Melbourne
has pushed the Eagles up to sixth and heading in
the right direction. Can they keep it up?
Courtesy of: bigv.com.au



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Goncalves and Santos finish a successful season in Portugal - by Eurobasket News

Lilian Goncalves (186-F-79) and Flavia Santos (187-C-82) finish a successful season in Portugal and won Silver medals. Their AD Vagos tried their best in the Finals but lost to Alges. The latter celebrated victory in Liga Feminina as they defeated AD Vagos 3-1 in the championship series. The decisive victory came on the road 61:59 in the fourth game of the series.
Alges held the hosts to just 10 points in the opening quarter to surge ahead. They posted a 6-point lead at the first intermission. AD Vagos slowly adjusted their game as they narrowed the deficit in the second quarter. The home team trailed by five points at the interval 28:33. The teams traded baskets throughout the third quarter as Alges ensured a 5-point lead heading into the fourth period. AD Vagos went on a desperate comeback rally in the final frame but came up just short of win at the end. Jennifer Risper knocked down 18 points, while Ana Oliveira added 10 in the victory. Flavia Santos responded with 22 points and 9 rebounds for AD Vagos. Joana Lopes netted 13 points in the loss.
Flavia Santos averaged 16.5 points per game and had 9.3 rebounds. Lilian Goncalves showed 14.5 points per game.



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Basket Parma keep Bulgarian Gergana Slavcheva - by Eurobasket News

Basket Parma keep Bulgarian Gergana Slavcheva (186-F-79) for the next season. Sportando announced the player staying with the team for 2012/2013 season.
Last year Acer ERG Priolo agreed terms with the Bulgarian international forward Gergana Slavcheva Slavcheva played earlier at Pool Comense (A1). While playing 28 games for Comense two seasons ago she recorded 9.8ppg, 4.5rpg, 1.4apg and 3.3spg. Slavcheva played also pro basketball in Bulgaria and France.
In 2011-2012 she moved to Basket Parma (Italy-A1) and in 24 games averaged 9.1ppg, 4.3rpg, 1.9spg, FGP: 43.5%, 3PT: 37.1%, FT: 80.4%. In her top game she recorded 19 points as her team beat Alcamo in Round 3. Basket Parma finished the Regular Season on the 7th place and in the Quarterfinals lost to Familia Schio. The second game saw a 73-83 loss. Gergana Slavcheva nailed 11 points in that game.



Radostina Dimitrova ends successful season in Spain - by Eurobasket News

Radostina Dimitrova (185-F-85) had a great season abroad. The Bulgarian forward helped her team Grupo Marsol Conquero Huelva to win the promotion for Spanish top division - LFB. Dimitrova and Conquero managed to beat Pais Vasco yesterday 76-66 in the last stage of LF2. Conquero dominated on the defensive end, holding Pais Vasco to just 7 points in third quarter. Dimitrova shined for the winners with 16 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. Radostina Dimitrova joined Conquero last summer. She appeared 31 times in the league averaging 14.5 points, 4.3 rebounds and 1.9 assists. She spent last season with Levski Sofia and reached NBL Finals with them. Dimitrova had 13.4 ppg, 4.6 rpg and 2.3 ap for 26 games. She won the NBL title, Adriatic league title and Bulgarian Cup in 2007 with CSKA-AD Sofia.


Vera Perostiyska moved to Saint Amand - by Eurobasket News

According to La Voix du Nord Vera Perostiyska (196-C-82, college: FIU) moved to Saint Amand. The French side added the Bulgarian International to their roster.
Last season she started for Beroe 07 Stara Zagora (Bulgaria-NBL, starting five), but in Nov.'11 moved to Sony Athinaikos (Greece-A1, starting five). In 16 games her stats read 9.6ppg, 5.8rpg, 1.1apg, Blocks-4 (1.1bpg), FGP: 52.3%, FT: 77.6%.
Earlier she played also in Poland. Vera Perostiyska played at Florida International University in the NCAA Collegiate league. She signed he first professional contract in 2004 Cankaya Univ. in Turkey. In her first season, she played in 24 League games and posted averages of 16.6 points and 7.3 rebounds. Following season she moved to Ceyhan Belediyespor and helped the team reach Playoff Semifinals as she averaged 9.6 points and 4.7 rebounds per game. In 2007 she returned to Cankaya Universitesi and in 24 games she averaged 10.5 points and 6.1 rebounds. Perostiyska also spent one season at Viktoria PCSP Kosice before signing with Montana in 2008. She guided Montana to Bulgarian Playoff Semifinals where her team lost to Lukoil Neftohimik which went on to win the title. Perostiyska was voted Eurobasket.com All-Bulgarian League Center of the Year as well as Eurobasket.com All-Bulgarian League Defensive Player of the Year in 2009.



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Standings

Standings
Group A
1. El Salvador0-0
2. Jamaica0-0
3. Mexico0-0
4. P.Rico0-0
Group B
1. Cuba0-0
2. Dominican R.0-0
3. US Virg.Isl0-0
4. Trinid/T.0-0



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  EUROCUP   


EuroCup champ Dynamo Kursk keeps its captain Natalia Vodopiyanova - by Eurobasket News

Dynamo Kursk announced important news today. The Russian squad penned a one-year contract extension with its captain Natalia Vodopiyanova (188-F-81). It will be her third season with the club. Vodopiyanova had 6.3 ppg, 6.6 rpg, 2.9 spg and 2 apg last season in Russia (25 games). She also added 6 ppg, 6.4 rpg, 2.7 apg and 2.2 spg in 14 EuroCup games. Vodopiyanova helped Dynamo to win the EuroCup title, plus to reach the Russian league and Cup Semifinals. Natalia Vodopiyanova joined Dynamo Kursk in 2010 from Dynamo Moscow. Before that she played for UMMC Ekaterinburg. Vodopiyanova played for the Russian National Team in 2004 and later from 2006 to 2008. They won the Silver at 2006 World Championships in Sao Paulo, Gold at 2007 EuroBasket in Italy and Bronze at 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing.


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Petra Stampalija also joins Wisla Can-Pack - by Eurobasket News

Wisla Can-Pack continues with signings for the next season. The Polish champs inked a deal with Petra Stampalija (189-C-80, agency: Josep and Nicolas) this morning. The Croatian center spent last season with Union Saint-Amand Porte du Hainaut and helped them reach the EuroCup Quarterfinals. She played 10 games in EuroCup registering 13.4 ppg, 8.7 rpg, 2.3 apg and was named Eurobasket.com All-EuroCup Honorable Mention. Stampalija averaged 13.6 ppg, 7.5 rpg and 1.5 apg for 17 games in France. She joined Union Hainaut last summer from Jolly JBS. With Sibenik team Petra Stampalija won the 2011 Adriatic league title. They also reached Croatian league and Cup Finals. Before Jolly KBS, Stampalija played for Girona and Perfumerias. She already has experience from Poland as a member of CCC Polkowice. That was in 2007/08 season.


Wisla Can-Pack lands American guard Katie Douglas - by Eurobasket News

Wisla Can-Pack got a new reinforcement for the next season. The Polish champions penned a deal with American guard Katie Douglas (185-G/F-79, college: Purdue). She arrives to the club from Nadezhda Orenburg. Douglas appeared in 13 Euroleague games last season averaging 15.2 points, 4.4 rebounds and 1.8 assists. She also added 12.5 ppg, 3 rpg, 2.5 apg and 2.1 spg for 23 games in Russia. Before Nadezhda Orenburg, Katie Douglas spent one season with Ros Casares and one with Galatasaray. She also has experience from CSKA Moscow and TEO Vilnius. Katie Douglas has more than ten years of the WNBA experience. She was a member of Orlando Miracle, Indiana Fever and Connecticut Sun. Last season with Indiana Douglas had 14.9 ppg, 4.1 rpg and 2.8 apg. She won many personal awards in her career so far and she also has championship titles from Lithuania, Baltic League, Spain, NCAA and Turkey (Cup).


Georgios Dikeoulakos remain with Fenerbahce - by Eurobasket News

Georgios Dikeoulakos (agency: FCM ) remain with Fenerbahce for the next season. According to lovewomensbasketball.com, the Greek head Coach as well as Nevin Nevlin (195-C-85, college: Stanford), Esmeral Tuncluer (176-G-80) and Kubra Siyahdemir (183-F-86) will stay with the team.
In 2006 he went to the States at the training camps of Chicago Bulls and Milwaukee Bucks from the N.B.A., and De Paul, Marquette, Northwestern, S. Francis from N.C.A.A. Dikaioulakos is the most successful coach in the history of Greek women basketball. After winning the double in 2009 with Athinaikos, he lead the club to the treble in 2010 by winning the FIBA Eurochallenge and doing the double in Greece again. He was then appointed as Head coach of Latvias National Team and in the summer of 2010 he lead them to qualification for the Eurobasket 2011. In January 2011 he took over Lotos Gdynia and in March he won the Polish Cup. Dikaioulakos has also won the gold medal in the Mens U18 European Championship with Greece as assistant coach to Kostas Missas.
Nevin Nevlin will enter her 5th season with the team. In 2011-2012 for Fenerbahce Spor Kulubu (Turkey-TKBL): she averaged 4.2ppg, 3.2rpg.
Esmeral Tuncluer started with the team in 2007 and last season averaged 4.1ppg, 1.2rpg, 1.5apg.
Kubra Siyahdemir meanwhile will played for the second season. In 2011-2012 for Fenerbahce Spor Kulubu she showed 2.4ppg.



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Vera Perostiyska moved to Saint Amand - by Eurobasket News

According to La Voix du Nord Vera Perostiyska (196-C-82, college: FIU) moved to Saint Amand. The French side added the Bulgarian International to their roster.
Last season she started for Beroe 07 Stara Zagora (Bulgaria-NBL, starting five), but in Nov.'11 moved to Sony Athinaikos (Greece-A1, starting five). In 16 games her stats read 9.6ppg, 5.8rpg, 1.1apg, Blocks-4 (1.1bpg), FGP: 52.3%, FT: 77.6%.
Earlier she played also in Poland. Vera Perostiyska played at Florida International University in the NCAA Collegiate league. She signed he first professional contract in 2004 Cankaya Univ. in Turkey. In her first season, she played in 24 League games and posted averages of 16.6 points and 7.3 rebounds. Following season she moved to Ceyhan Belediyespor and helped the team reach Playoff Semifinals as she averaged 9.6 points and 4.7 rebounds per game. In 2007 she returned to Cankaya Universitesi and in 24 games she averaged 10.5 points and 6.1 rebounds. Perostiyska also spent one season at Viktoria PCSP Kosice before signing with Montana in 2008. She guided Montana to Bulgarian Playoff Semifinals where her team lost to Lukoil Neftohimik which went on to win the title. Perostiyska was voted Eurobasket.com All-Bulgarian League Center of the Year as well as Eurobasket.com All-Bulgarian League Defensive Player of the Year in 2009.



Pays d'Aix Basket 13 Provence keep Corre Kelly and Gruszczynski Sylvie - by Eurobasket News

Pays d'Aix Basket 13 Provence keep Kelly Corre (180-F-91) and Sylvie Gruszczynski (171-G-86). The French side announced keeping the French players.
Sylvie Gruszczynski moved to the team last season. In 2011-2012 for Pays d'Aix Basket 13 Provence (France-LFB, starting five) she averaged 10.2ppg, 3.3rpg, 2.5apg, FGP: 52.0%, 3PT: 25.6%, FT: 82.8%. Earlier in 2008-2009 she played for Lattes Montpellier Agglomeration Basket (LFB, starting five) and in Euroleague had 4.3ppg, 2.6rpg, 3.0apg, 1.1spg. In French League her stats read 5.7ppg, 3.0rpg, 2.9apg, FGP: 54.2%, 3PT: 22.6%, FT: 70.8%. In 2009-2010 for Lattes Montpellier Agglomeration Basket (LFB, starting five) she played in EuroCup and showed 4.4ppg, 3.5rpg, 2.4apg, 1.2spg. The season 2010-2011Sylvie Gruszczynski was with Cote d'Opale Basket Calais (LFB) and in 23 games had 12.7ppg, 3.3rpg, 3.1apg, 1.5spg, FGP: 42.2%, 3PT: 29.7%, FT: 81.6%.
Kelly Corre will also start her second season with the team. In 2010-2011 she played for Pleyber Christ Basket Club (LF2) and averaged 7.9ppg, 3.4rpg, 1.1apg, 1.4spg, 2FGP: 43.4%, 3PT: 0.0%, FT: 62.7%. In 2011-2012 moved to Pays d'Aix Basket 13 Provence (LFB) and in 19 games had 1.9ppg, 1.4rpg. Kelly Corre is a member of the French U20 National Team -10-11.



Lenae Williams signs with Villeneuve dAscq - by Eurobasket News

Lenae Williams (182-G/F-79, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: De Paul) signs with Villeneuve dAscq for the next season. The American player will move from Reze Nantes Basket 44.
Lenae Williams appeared in France in 2007-2008 as she started for USO Mondeville (France-LFB, starting five). In Euroleague she averaged 14.5ppg, 3.4rpg, 2.6apg, FGP: 52.9%, 3PT: 38.3%, while in French League her stats read 15.6ppg, 3.3rpg, 2.1apg, Score-3 (1.4spg), 2FGP: 54.1%, 3PT: 42.0%, FT: 84.8%.
In her last season for USO Mondeville (France-LFB, starting five) she showed 14.4ppg, 2.4rpg, 1.6apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 47.3%, 3PT: 29.7% in EuroLeague and in French League had 12.7ppg, 2.0rpg, 2.0apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 35.1%, 3PT: 31.6%, FT: 80.6%.
In 2011-2012 moved to Reze Nantes Basket 44 (France-LFB, starting five) and played in EuroCup. Lenae showed 19.8ppg, 4.5rpg, 2.3apg, FGP: 41.2%, 3PT: 51.1%, FT: 90.5%, while in French League had 15.1ppg, 2.7rpg, 1.9apg, FGP: 42.3%, 3PT: 33.5%, FT: 88.9%.
In 2010 Phoenix Mercury announced the signing of Lenae Williams to a training camp contract. Williams, a 6-1 guard from DePaul University, was drafted by the Detroit Shock with the 18th pick (second round) of the 2002 WNBA Draft. She appeared in 27 games for the Shock that season, averaging 2.7 points per game. In 2003 she was a part of a trade that sent her to the Phoenix Mercury along with Edwina Brown, but never appeared in a game for the Mercury.



Pays dAix signs young prospect Adja Konteh - by Eurobasket News

Adja Konteh (173-G/F-92) is a new member of Pays dAix. The 20-year-old shooting guard/small forward signed a deal for the next season. She spent last two with Arras. In the latest one Konteh had 2.4 ppg and 1.4 rpg for 7 EuroCup games. In France, she had even lower numbers and her playing time was also very limited. Adja Konteh joined Arras in 2010 from CFBB. Arras reached EuroCup Quarterfinals last season and EuroCup Finals in 2011. Adja Konteh played for the French U19 National Team last summer. She had 10.1 ppg, 4.5 rpg and 1.4 apg for 8 games at U19 World Championship in Chile. She also played for France at U19 World Championship 2009 in Thailand. Adja Konteh led U18 France to Silver medal at U18 EuroBasket in Sodertalje. At this event she had 10/9 ppg, 1.9 rpg and 1.4 spg.


LF2: Helena Ciak is MVP of the Final Four Tournament - by Eurobasket News

Helena Ciak (195-C-89) and her team Perpignan outplayed Toulouse 75-71 to win the 2011/12 LF2 title. The French center was named MVP of the Final Four Tournament. She led Perpignan to victory in the Big Final with 21 points, 12 rebounds and 3 assists. Ciak reached valuation 37. In the Semifinals, Perpignan was better than Voiron 63-52. Helena Ciak had another impressive performance with 21 points and 16 rebounds. Her valuation in this game was 38. Perpignan won the title and also the promotion for LFB. Helena Ciak joined Perpignan last summer from Roche Vendee. She played for the French U20 National Team in the past.


Tarbes officially hires Cyril Sicsic as Head Coach - by Eurobasket News

As expected, Cyril Sicsic became a new Head Coach of Tarbes. Two sides verbally agreed a deal a month ago, but yesterday the transaction is officially confirmed. Sicsic spent last seven years with Cote d'Opale Basket Calais. They reached LF2 Final Tournament this season and finished third. In 2010/11, COB Calais faced with relegation from LFB. Before COB Calais, Cyril Sicsic worked with Nice. He spent five years there, from 2000 to 2005. In the past, the Sicsic was the Assistant Coach at Nice for two years.
Tarbes finished this season as the fifth ranked team in LFB. They registered 14 wins out of 26 games, but failed to reach the Playoffs.



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Basket Parma keep Bulgarian Gergana Slavcheva - by Eurobasket News

Basket Parma keep Bulgarian Gergana Slavcheva (186-F-79) for the next season. Sportando announced the player staying with the team for 2012/2013 season.
Last year Acer ERG Priolo agreed terms with the Bulgarian international forward Gergana Slavcheva Slavcheva played earlier at Pool Comense (A1). While playing 28 games for Comense two seasons ago she recorded 9.8ppg, 4.5rpg, 1.4apg and 3.3spg. Slavcheva played also pro basketball in Bulgaria and France.
In 2011-2012 she moved to Basket Parma (Italy-A1) and in 24 games averaged 9.1ppg, 4.3rpg, 1.9spg, FGP: 43.5%, 3PT: 37.1%, FT: 80.4%. In her top game she recorded 19 points as her team beat Alcamo in Round 3. Basket Parma finished the Regular Season on the 7th place and in the Quarterfinals lost to Familia Schio. The second game saw a 73-83 loss. Gergana Slavcheva nailed 11 points in that game.



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Stats Leaders - Women

Points Per Game
 Meghan GARDLER
  Amicale
  (183-F-88)
  Avg: 27.4
 1. Gardler, Amicale27.4 
 2. Yoerger, Racing26.4 
 3. Mosgrove, T71 D.23.2 
 4. Cumberbatch, Telst.22.6 
 5. Stowe, AB Contern22.6 
 6. Micir, Residence21.4 
 7. Augustine, Basket21.1 
 8. Fisher, Musel Pikes18.0 
 9. Hetting, Etzella16.5 
 10. Donovan, Basket16.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Bridget YOERGER
  Racing
  (180-F-87)
  Avg: 14.8
 1. Yoerger, Racing14.8 
 2. Gardler, Amicale14.3 
 3. Augustine, Basket13.9 
 4. Stowe, AB Contern13.7 
 5. Jones, Etzella12.7 
 6. Mosgrove, T71 D.12.0 
 7. Fisher, Musel Pikes11.4 
 8. Micir, Residence9.9 
 9. Adamczyk, T71 D.9.5 
 10. Donovan, Basket8.0 
Assists Per Game
 Romi MEINTZ
  Amicale
  (170-G-88)
  Avg: 5
 1. Meintz, Amicale5.0 
 2. Schmit, Musel Pikes4.4 
 3. Donovan, Basket E.4.1 
 4. Haris, Basket Esch3.9 
 5. Yoerger, Racing3.7 
 6. Wagener, T71 D.3.3 
 7. Wagener, T71 D.3.1 
 8. Cigrang, Musel Pik.2.6 
 9. Petrova, Etzella2.6 
 10. Fisher, Musel Pik.2.6 
Steals Per Game
 Bridget YOERGER
  Racing
  (180-F-87)
  Avg: 3.7
 1. Yoerger, Racing3.7 
 2. Schmit, Musel Pikes3.6 
 3. Wagener, T71 D.3.1 
 4. Gardler, Amicale2.9 
 5. Petrova, Etzella2.8 
 6. Adamczyk, T71 D.2.7 
 7. Fisher, Musel Pikes2.5 
 8. Hetting, Etzella2.5 
 9. Jones, Etzella2.2 
 10. Meintz, Amicale2.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Bridget YOERGER
  Racing
  (180-F-87)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Yoerger, Racing1.7 
 2. Augustine, Basket1.6 
 3. Gardler, Amicale1.1 
 4. Fisher, Musel Pikes1.0 
 5. Jones, Etzella0.9 
 6. Mazjoukhina, Musel0.8 
 7. Neiertz, Etzella0.7 
 8. Stowe, AB Contern0.6 
 9. Buzasi, Telstar0.5 
 10. Weynandt, Amicale0.5 


Diekirch League Round 2 of Semi-Finals - by Eurobasket News

Basket Esch - Etzella 80-72

Basket Esch rallied past Etzella to level the series. The hosts were already 13 points ahead after 3 quarters before a 20-15 Etzella's run in the last quarter cut the lead to 80-72 at the end of the game. Basket Esch made 24-of-30 charity shots (80.0 percent) during the game. Etzella was plagued by 28 personal fouls down the stretch. Canadian swingman Katie Donovan (182-82) orchestrated the victory by scoring 29 points and 8 rebounds. American forward Lamisha Augustine (186-82, college: San Jose St., agency: LBM Management) contributed with 19 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. The former international guard Lisy Hetting (173-90) replied with 26 points and 8 rebounds and American forward Ashley Jones (185, college: Michigan) added 10 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Etzella. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Basket Esch: K.Donovan 29+8reb+2ast, L.Augustine 19+9reb+3ast, A.Szaboova 18+8reb+2ast, A.Haris 14+2reb+3ast, J.Donnersbach 0, S.Michels 0
Etzella: L.Hetting 26+8reb, J.Schreiner 13+1reb, A.Neiertz 10+5reb, A.Jones 10+8reb+2ast, L.Schreiner 6, C.Braquet 5
gschID: 176225


T71 Dudelange - Musel Pikes 67-51

T71 Dudelange overcame Musel Pikes to force the decider. The game was mostly controlled by T71 Dudelange. Musel Pikes managed to win third quarter 15-11. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. T71 Dudelange forced 21 Musel Pikes turnovers. The best player for the winners was Polish-Canadian guard Renata Adamczyk (175) who scored 22 points and 6 rebounds. American guard Cerie Mosgrove (182-88, college: Massachusetts) chipped in a double-double by scoring 15 points and 12 rebounds. French Magaly Meynadier (170-91) produced 16 points and 6 rebounds and international guard Cathy Schmit (170-90) added 8 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists respectively for the guests.
Top scorers:
T71 Dudelange: R.Adamczyk 22+6reb+1ast, C.Mosgrove 15+12reb, K.Bruck 11+2reb+1ast, R.Wagener 9+4reb+2ast, A.Wagener 6+5reb+3ast, P.Hut 2+5reb+1ast
Musel Pikes: M.Meynadier 16+6reb, C.Cigrang 12, C.Schmit 8+7reb+6ast, M.Bozikov 6+5reb+1ast, I.Mazjoukhina 5+5reb, L.Diederich 4+4reb
gschID: 176224



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Luxol defend their title - by Eurobasket News

Luxol - Loyola 54:53

Luxol claimed the D1 title once again. They narrowly defeated Loyola to cap an exciting five-game title series. Robin Murphy (183-F, college: S.Mississippi) knocked down 18 points to lead the reigning champions to the victory in the decisive fifth game of the series.
Luxol started the game strongly. The hosts built an 18:13 lead ten minutes into the encounter. Luxol kept the pressure on Loyola in the second quarter. The gap kept on growing counting 11 points at halftime 33:22. Loyola however turned the tables in the third frame. The visitors held their opponents to just 9 points in the third term to narrow the distance to just 5 points. Loyola finally pulled in front 45:44 in the fourth stanza. Robin Murphy however pulled Luxol back in charge late in regulation. Mandi Sciortino provided 11 points, while Beverly Zammit (178-G/F-87) added 10 points in the victory. Christina Grima (168-PG-89) and Desarae Johnson (185-F-88, college: Jacksonville) answered with 16 points each in the loss.

Luxol: Robin Murphy 18, Mandi Sciortino 11, Beverly Zammit 10
Loyola: Christina Grima 16, Desarae Johnson 16



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TSC lifts Moroccan Cup - by Eurobasket News

Tihad Sportif of Casablanca have won the 2011-2012 basketball cup of the throne in the ladies category after defeating Ittihad Tanger, 42-30 over the weekend at the Prince Moulay Abdellah sport complex of Rabat. It is their third title as they won the 2002 and 2011 editions.

Courtesy of: StarAfrica.com






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WVU women's basketball: For Carey, new addition looks to continue trend - by Eurobasket News

Early last week, women's basketball Coach Mike Carey was aware that he was close to welcoming one of the country's best recruiting classes to West Virginia.

He then received even better news. Krystal Forthan (6'4''-F-92), a 6-foot-4 forward, transferred in from LSU late last week, extending Carey's string of top-tier recruiting classes and adding to the likelihood the WVU coach will continue his trend of successful transfers.

Before Forthan joined, Carey's five-player class was ranked No. 4 by Blue Star Basketball and No. 11 by ESPN.

Forthan, who was born in Oregon, grew up in Texas and played AAU basketball with former Mountaineers guard Sarah Miles, was one of the best players in the 2011 recruiting class.

'She is a very talented player who will add instant notoriety to WVU women's basketball,' Carey said.

Forthan is also the 26th transfer in Carey's 11 years with the Mountaineers. Nine of the 26 have been Division I transfers.

Since the start of the 2009 season, Carey has taken in 10 transfers. Six, including four of the past five, came from Division I schools.

'A lot of the players that we end up getting, a majority of the time we were recruiting them coming out of high school and for whatever reason we didn't get them,' Carey said. 'We weren't really in there at the end with Krystal, but we knew what type of player she was and we were fortunate we had the second opportunity to get her.'

Most of Carey's transfers have been junior college players. He's found talent at the juco level as recently as the 2011 team with Vanessa House and Madina Ali.

All but one of his Division I transfers have come from BCS football conferences and successful women's basketball programs. Forthan and senior forward Ayana Dunning played at LSU and junior Christal Caldwell played at Florida. Before then, Sparkle Davis was at Auburn, Takisha Granberry played at Virginia, Korinne Campbell was at Minnesota, Tonia Williams played at South Carolina and Melanie Small was on a Final Four team at Michigan State.

'We've been fortunate,' Carey said. 'We do our homework and try to figure out if it's a good fit and if there's a good feel. And we have to have a need. If we have a need for that position, then we want them to be good people and we want them to fit. We don't want a transfer in here that doesn't fit with the rest of the players and upsets the whole program.'

Dunning started 20 of 34 games last season. The Mountaineers came together and started their surge late in the regular season, through the Big East Tournament and into the NCAA Tournament, when Carey partnered the 6-3 Dunning with 6-4 Asya Bussie in the starting lineup. Dunning averaged 8.3 points and 8.4 rebounds and made half of her shot attempts.

Caldwell started 27 of 34 games and averaged 10.8 points and 5.7 rebounds despite being 5-9.

Davis averaged 7.4 points and more than a steal per game in her two years (2009-10). Granerry played just the 2009 season and started all 33 games. She averaged 16.9 points and 6.9 rebounds and shot 38 percent from 3-point range. Campbell started 65 of 69 games in 2010-11 and averaged 8.2 points and 6 rebounds.

Not everyone has been as successful. Small only scored 42 points in 42 games in 2008-09 and Williams played in just nine games in 2011, but Carey's been acquiring transfers for a long time. Some of his best teams as the men's coach at Salem from 1989-2001 had transfers.

'That was just something we had to do,' he said. 'At Salem, we weren't going to attract the top high school players in the country, so we had to live with that. And we did pretty well with that.'

He learned what to look for and what to avoid in transfers, but he also discovered how to appeal to someone looking for a fresh start. Forthan, who spoke with Miles about Carey and the Mountaineers, ended up impressed with WVU's academics.

'I'm pretty used to dealing with transfers and used to dealing with junior college transfers and I can spot what's a good fit for us and what's not,' he said. 'Not only that, but it's important, not just for us, but for the player, to make sure it's a good fit. You've got to find out what attracts a transfer and how you can get some of them to take a look.'

Forthan averaged 5.7 points and 3.2 rebounds at LSU and started two of her 28 games. She was also named the SEC Freshman of the Week twice. Coming in, though, she was held in much higher regard. ESPNU Hoop Gurlz ranked her No. 5 in her recruiting class. She was a finalist for the Naismith high school player of the year award and was named a McDonald's and WBCA All-American.

Carey already had one McDonald's All-American coming in next season in 6-1 guard Bria Holmes. The 6-5 Lanay Montgomery, 5-10 Darius Faulk, 6-foot Jennie Simms and Scott High's 5-10 Makenzie White were all considered top 75 players among various national rankings.

'The better the program has gotten the better the players we've been able to get,' Carey said. 'We're at the stage now where we're doing well, but we can get better and I think getting to the NCAA Tournament consistently with the addition of the practice facility and even going to the Big 12 will only help us. Girls and their families are impressed with those things. And with the Big 12, there were a lot of questions about the Big East, but now we have stability and it's really helped.'

Courtesy of www.dailymail.com



Spirit sign US college star for 2012/13 WNBL season - by Eurobasket News

The Bendigo Bank Spirit have secured the signing of US college forward Kathleen Scheer (6'2''-G/F).

The 188cm forward recently graduated from US basketball nursery Duke University.

Scheers signing helps offset the departures of Tess Madgen and Deanna Smith.

We think that Kathleen has the personal and playing qualities that will help us be a stronger team next season, Spirit coach Bernie Harrower said.

When we spoke with Kathleens coach at Duke, she was full of praise and described her as having an exceptional work ethic and great leadership skills.

She was also keen to point out that Kathleen was a far more talented scorer than her college numbers showed, primarily because shed been asked to be more of a role player behind some exceptionally talented players at Duke.

The task for us will be to work with Kathleen to re-establish her scoring mentality.

Shes keen to do that and were confident that she can be an effective scorer both in the post and all the way out to the three-point line.

In terms of recruiting college players, you couldnt ask for a better pedigree than to have spent four years in the Duke program.

Courtesy of www.bendigoadvertiser.com.au



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Black Hills' Izzy Campbell commits to Lewis and Clark College - by Eurobasket News

Black Hills' shooting guard Izzy Campbell has given a verbal commitment to play women's basketball at Lewis and Clark College, an NCAA Division III program, in Portland, Ore. The Pioneers, members of the Northwest Conference, went 25-4 during the 2011-12 season and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Division III tournament.

The 5-foot-6 Campbell is a 3-point specialist and averaged 15.4 points per game this past season, earning second-team all-2A Evergreen Conference honors. She topped 21 or more points in five games.

On Dec. 13 in the Wolves wild 95-92 overtime win at Aberdeen, Campbell, along with teammate Hope Mortensen, set school records for points in a game (35 points each). Black Hills went 12-10 overall, an eight-win improvement from the 2010-11 season.

Courtesy of www.theolympian.com



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Wisla Can-Pack lands American guard Katie Douglas - by Eurobasket News

Wisla Can-Pack got a new reinforcement for the next season. The Polish champions penned a deal with American guard Katie Douglas (185-G/F-79, college: Purdue). She arrives to the club from Nadezhda Orenburg. Douglas appeared in 13 Euroleague games last season averaging 15.2 points, 4.4 rebounds and 1.8 assists. She also added 12.5 ppg, 3 rpg, 2.5 apg and 2.1 spg for 23 games in Russia. Before Nadezhda Orenburg, Katie Douglas spent one season with Ros Casares and one with Galatasaray. She also has experience from CSKA Moscow and TEO Vilnius. Katie Douglas has more than ten years of the WNBA experience. She was a member of Orlando Miracle, Indiana Fever and Connecticut Sun. Last season with Indiana Douglas had 14.9 ppg, 4.1 rpg and 2.8 apg. She won many personal awards in her career so far and she also has championship titles from Lithuania, Baltic League, Spain, NCAA and Turkey (Cup).


Petra Stampalija also joins Wisla Can-Pack - by Eurobasket News

Wisla Can-Pack continues with signings for the next season. The Polish champs inked a deal with Petra Stampalija (189-C-80, agency: Josep and Nicolas) this morning. The Croatian center spent last season with Union Saint-Amand Porte du Hainaut and helped them reach the EuroCup Quarterfinals. She played 10 games in EuroCup registering 13.4 ppg, 8.7 rpg, 2.3 apg and was named Eurobasket.com All-EuroCup Honorable Mention. Stampalija averaged 13.6 ppg, 7.5 rpg and 1.5 apg for 17 games in France. She joined Union Hainaut last summer from Jolly JBS. With Sibenik team Petra Stampalija won the 2011 Adriatic league title. They also reached Croatian league and Cup Finals. Before Jolly KBS, Stampalija played for Girona and Perfumerias. She already has experience from Poland as a member of CCC Polkowice. That was in 2007/08 season.


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  PORTUGAL   


Alges clinch Liga Feminina Gold - by Eurobasket News

Alges celebrated victory in Liga Feminina. They defeated AD Vagos 3-1 in the championship series. The decisive victory came on the road 61:59 in the fourth game of the series. Christina Wirth (186-G/F-87, college: Vanderbilt) came up with 24 points and 8 rebounds to pace Alges to a tough victory at the end.
Alges held the hosts to just 10 points in the opening quarter to surge ahead. They posted a 6-point lead at the first intermission. AD Vagos slowly adjusted their game as they narrowed the deficit in the second quarter. The home team trailed by five points at the interval 28:33. The teams traded baskets throughout the third quarter as Alges ensured a 5-point lead heading into the fourth period. AD Vagos went on a desperate comeback rally in the final frame but came up just short of win at the end. Jennifer Risper (175-G-87, college: Vanderbilt) knocked down 18 points, while Ana Oliveira (176-F-83, college: UTSA) added 10 in the victory. Flavia Santos (187-C-82) responded with 22 points and 9 rebounds for AD Vagos. Joana Lopes (185-SF-86) netted 13 points in the loss.



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Paula Cristina Ciocan retires from pro basketball - by Eurobasket News

Paula Cristina Ciocan (183-F/G-82, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: S.Carolina) decided to retire from the professional basketball. The 30-year-player announced her decision via Facebook. Ciocan spent last season with CSM Targoviste. She had 7.3 ppg, 4.7 apg and 3.9 rpg for 28 Romanian league games. They won the championship title and Cup as well. Before Targoviste, she played for ICIM Arad, Satu Mare, Sf Gheorghe and Craiova. Ciocan also played for Perfumerias, Burgos, Maccabi Tel Kabil and Breogan. He graduated at the University of South Carolina in 2004. Paula Cristina Ciocan won three Romanian league titles in her career. She also grabbed two trophies in Romanian Cup. From 2004 to 2011, Ciocan played for the Romanian National Team. In 2007, Paula Cristina Ciocan was named Eurobasket.com All-Spanish LFB Guard of the Year. In 2011, she was Eurobasket.com All-Romanian League Player of the Year.


Dan Fleseriu takes over Romanian NT as Head Coach - by Eurobasket News

Dan Fleseriu is a new Head Coach of the Romanian National Team. He replaced Stacey Nolan. Fleseriu spent last four seasons with CSM Satu Mare. He led them to Romanian league Finals this year and in 2011 as well. In 2009, Fleseriu was named Eurobasket.com All-Romanian League Coach of the Year and he also coached three times at the Romanian All-Star Game. In 2010, he worked with Romanian U18 National Team and guided them to Gold medal at U18 EuroBasket Division B in Timisoara. Dan Fleseriu was named Best Coach of the championship.

National Team camp starts tomorrow in Bucharest. They prepare for the EuroBasket 2013 Qualifications. Romania's rivals in Group D are Spain, Germany, Bulgaria and Sweden.



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EuroCup champ Dynamo Kursk keeps its captain Natalia Vodopiyanova - by Eurobasket News

Dynamo Kursk announced important news today. The Russian squad penned a one-year contract extension with its captain Natalia Vodopiyanova (188-F-81). It will be her third season with the club. Vodopiyanova had 6.3 ppg, 6.6 rpg, 2.9 spg and 2 apg last season in Russia (25 games). She also added 6 ppg, 6.4 rpg, 2.7 apg and 2.2 spg in 14 EuroCup games. Vodopiyanova helped Dynamo to win the EuroCup title, plus to reach the Russian league and Cup Semifinals. Natalia Vodopiyanova joined Dynamo Kursk in 2010 from Dynamo Moscow. Before that she played for UMMC Ekaterinburg. Vodopiyanova played for the Russian National Team in 2004 and later from 2006 to 2008. They won the Silver at 2006 World Championships in Sao Paulo, Gold at 2007 EuroBasket in Italy and Bronze at 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing.


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Jovana Vukoje's 35 points make her top Serbian player abroad of the week - by Eurobasket Center

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

Jovana Vukoje
Jovana Vukoje
   #1. This week's number one is former international guard Jovana Vukoje (174-86), who plays in the Romanian Division A. She could not help Timisoara (21-7) in their last game. Despite Vukoje's very good performance Timisoara lost 77-83 at home to the lower-ranked (#3) Alba Iulia. She was the top scorer with 35 points. Vukoje also added 5 rebounds in 38 minutes on the court. It's Vukoje's first season with the team. She has relatively good stats this year: 14.1ppg, 3.3rpg, 3.6apg, 2.2spg, 2FGP: 58.7%(132-225), 3FGP: 30.6% and FT: 73.2% in the 34 games she played so far. Vukoje played for the Serbian senior national team two years ago.

Sanja Orozovic
Sanja Orozovic
   #2. Second place goes to an international guard Sanja Orozovic (184-90). She was the major contributor in a Athlete Celje's victory against the second-ranked Triglav (24-4) 71-56 in the Slovenian SKL last Monday. Orozovic scored 12 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. It was the game of the round between two top 3 ranked teams in group Places 1-6. ZKK Athlete Celje (27-1) is placed first. It was her team's tenth consecutive victory in a row. Orozovic is currently seventh on the list of top scorers. She has very reliable stats this season: 15.0ppg, 6.7rpg, 2.5apg, 1.6spg, 2FGP: 50.4%, 3FGP: 20.2% and FT: 74.2%. Orozovic is in the roster of the Serbian senior national team.

Minja Terzic
Minja Terzic
   #3. The Serbian player who performed third best last week abroad was an experienced international power forward Minja Terzic (188-79). She led Herner TC to a victory against the 18th-ranked Goettingen (4-30) 85-75 in the German 2.Bundesliga (12th division) on Sunday night. Terzic scored 20 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 38 minutes. Herner TC (19-1) is placed first in North group. It was her team's eighth consecutive victory in a row. Terzic is currently fifth on the list of top scorers with 18.0ppg. This year her other stats are: 8.6rpg, 1.9apg, 1.3spg, 2FGP: 52.4%, 3FGP: 39.6% and FT: 79.5% in the 23 games. Terzic is also a member of the Serbian senior national team.

Nina Bogicevic
Nina Bogicevic
   #4. Guard Nina Bogicevic (178-89), who plays in the French LF2 (12th division) was not able to help Toulouse (20-6) in their last game on Sunday. Despite her very good performance Toulouse was defeated in an overtime 75-71 on the road by the leading Perpignan. Bogicevic was the top scorer with 19 points. This season Bogicevic has relatively solid stats: 11.7ppg and 2.3rpg. She used to play for the Serbian U20 national team back in 2009.

Angela Delmis
Angela Delmis
   #5. Former international guard Angela Delmis (176-75) is a teammate of previously mentioned Minja Terzic and both played together in the last German 2.Bundesliga game. Delmis contributed to a Herner TC's victory against the 18th-ranked Goettingen (4-30) 85-75. She scored 16 points (was perfect 5-for-5 from the free throw line) in 20 minutes. This year Delmis' overall stats are: 6.7ppg, 1.5rpg and 2.4apg in the 21 games. She has a dual citizenship: Serbian and Hungarian. Despite Delmis played previously for the Hungarian national team, she is currently in the Serbian national team roster.

Dara Kovacevic
Dara Kovacevic
   #6. Center Dara Kovacevic (197-83) managed to help CSM Targoviste to win against the sixth-ranked Satu Mare (22-8) 69-59 in the Romanian Division A on Thursday night. Kovacevic scored only 4 points. CSM Targoviste (29-1) is placed first in the Division A. It was her team's 13th consecutive victory in a row. Kovacevic's total stats this season are: 3.9ppg and 2.6rpg. She is a former university international player as she played for the Serbian team five years ago.

Ivona Jerkovic
Ivona Jerkovic
   #7. Former international center Ivona Jerkovic (200-84, agency: Data Plus Group) was not able to secure a victory for Etoile de Voiron (15-11) in their game against COB Calais (20-6) in the French LF2 (12th division). Jerkovic recorded only 4 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 14 minutes. Etoile de Voiron lost 66-80 in Calais to the second-ranked COB Calais. This year Jerkovic's total stats are: 3.9ppg and 2.0rpg in the 25 games. She used to play for the Serbian national team five years ago.

Marjana Milenkovic
Marjana Milenkovic
   #8. Swingman Marjana Milenkovic (176-90) helped Fribourg win their game against the leader Helios (5-0) 77-71 in the Swiss LNA last Wednesday. Milenkovic scored 5 points. It was the game of the round between two top 3 ranked teams in group Places 1-6. BCF Elfic Fribourg Basket (4-1) is placed second. It was her team's sixth consecutive victory in a row. Milenkovic has averaged so far 7.3ppg, 1.9rpg, 1.1apg and 1.3spg. She used to play for the Serbian national team back in 2007.

Other top Serbian players, who play abroad:

Ivanka Matic (195-F/C-79) plays for Galatasaray in Turkish TKBL
Ivana Matovic (197-C-83) plays for Fenerbahce in Turkish TKBL
Sonja Petrovic (188-F-89) plays for Spartak Vidnoye in Russian PBL
Jelena Milovanovic (190-F-89) plays for Spartak Vidnoye in Russian PBL
Miljana Bojovic (181-G-87) plays for Good Angels in Slovakian Extraliga
Tijana Krivacevic (194-F-90) plays for Rivas Ecopolis in Spanish LFB
Sara Krnjic (193-C-91) plays for MKB Euroleasing in Hungarian A Division
Adrijana Knezevic (185-F-87) plays for Lotos Gdynia in Polish PLKK
Katarina Manic (181-PG-80) plays for Basket Landes in French LFB
Ines Ajanovic (195-C-80) plays for Comense in Italian A1
Maja Miljkovic (175-G-88) plays for Tarbes in French LFB
Ljubica Drljaca (190-F-78) plays for Tarbes in French LFB
Suzana Milovanovic (185-F-79) plays for ICIM Arad in Romanian Division A

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



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LFB2 Standings - by Eurobasket News

LF2 Stage Two Standings
Group A
 1. Conquero 2-1 
 2. Caceres 2-1 
 3. Ensino 1-2 
 4. Real Canoe 1-2 
Group B
 1. Bembibre 2-1 
 2. Pais Vasco 2-1 
 3. Cortegada 1-2 
 4. Casablanca 1-2 
Stage One Standings

Semi-Finals: Round 1

May. 13: Conquero - Pais Vasco 76-66
May. 13: Caceres - Bembibre 52-64


Conquero and Bembibre win promotion to LFB - by Eurobasket News

LF2 2011/12 season is over. Conquero and Bembibre outplayed their rivals last night and won the promotion to LFB.

Semifinals: Conquero - Pais Vasco 76-66
The hosts trailed by 3 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 1-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 76-66. Conquero dominated on the defensive end, holding Pais Vasco to just 7 points in third quarter. Worth to mention a great performance of Bulgarian forward Radostina Dimitrova (185-F-85) (185-85) who helped to win the game recording 16 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. Power forward Itziar German (184-86) contributed with 15 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Five Conquero players scored in double figures. point guard Maria Gomez (170-82) answered with 22 points and forward Iulene Olaberria (178-85) added 11 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists in the effort for Pais Vasco.
Top scorers:
Pais Vasco: M.Gomez 22+3reb+2ast, G.Campos 13+9reb, I.Olaberria 11+6reb+6ast, L.Arroyo 9+7reb+1ast, E.Casanovas 6+5reb+1ast, L.Diaz 3+1reb
Conquero: R.Dimitrova 16+8reb+4ast, K.Sowinski 15+6reb+1ast, I.German 15+8reb+1ast, L.Mirchandani 13+4reb+5ast, E.Lopez 12+4reb, A.Alonso 2+9reb
gschID: 176582


Semifinals: Caceres - Bembibre 52-64
It looked good early as Femenino Caceres took an 1-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Socinsa Bembibre had a 12-10 second period charge getting the lead and Femenino Caceres was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 52-64. American center LaNedra Brown (188-81, college: Seton Hall) stepped up and scored 17 points and 9 rebounds for the winners and swingman Marta Tudanca (182-90) chipped in 10 points and 10 rebounds. Four Socinsa Bembibre players scored in double figures. At the losing side American forward Kourtney Brown (182-88, college: Buffalo) responded with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 16 rebounds and Portuguese guard Carla Nascimento (171-86) scored 10 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists.
Top scorers:
Caceres: R.Buch 14+2reb, K.Brown 13+16reb+1ast, C.Nascimento 10+5reb+4ast, J.Salgado 8+3reb, A.De La Fuente 5+7reb, V.Sanchez 2+1reb
Bembibre: L.Brown 17+9reb, R.Montenegro 12+10reb, I.Salgado 10+1reb+3ast, M.Tudanca 10+10reb+3ast, C.Lopez 9+3reb+1ast, V.Alonso 4+4reb+1ast



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LNSA Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Celeste TRAHAN
  Fribourg
  (184-C-85)
  Avg: 29.1
 1. Trahan, Fribourg29.1 
 2. McCallum, Riva B.24.3 
 3. Villarroel, Fribou.23.8 
 4. Diouf, Pully23.5 
 5. Brown, Pully20.9 
 6. Griffith, Ovronn.18.3 
 7. Skouby, Basel17.6 
 8. Boddie, Helios15.7 
 9. Twehues, Helios14.5 
 10. Michaux, Helios12.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Celeste TRAHAN
  Fribourg
  (184-C-85)
  Avg: 15.5
 1. Trahan, Fribourg15.5 
 2. McKenzie, Riva B.10.7 
 3. Brown, Pully9.6 
 4. Griffith, Ovronn.8.7 
 5. Skouby, Basel8.3 
 6. Grobet, Hope-GBA8.3 
 7. Villarroel, Fribou.8.0 
 8. Szakacs, Ovronnaz.6.4 
 9. Moldovanyi, Basel6.3 
 10. Stojanovic, Hope-.6.2 
Assists Per Game
 Diodio DIOUF
  Pully
  (170-G-84)
  Avg: 6.2
 1. Diouf, Pully6.2 
 2. Boddie, Helios5.5 
 3. Villarroel, Fribou.3.5 
 4. Hart, Basel3.4 
 5. Miroci, Highflyers3.0 
 6. Gur, Nyon3.0 
 7. Heckendorn, Basel3.0 
 8. Turin, Helios2.5 
 9. Rol, Helios2.4 
 10. Sakica, Highflyers2.4 
Steals Per Game
 Diodio DIOUF
  Pully
  (170-G-84)
  Avg: 4.8
 1. Diouf, Pully4.8 
 2. Boddie, Helios4.4 
 3. McKenzie, Riva B.3.8 
 4. McCallum, Riva B.3.8 
 5. Villarroel, Fribou.3.7 
 6. Hart, Basel3.0 
 7. Trahan, Fribourg3.0 
 8. Michaux, Helios3.0 
 9. Heckendorn, Basel2.9 
 10. Rol, Helios2.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Megan SKOUBY
  Basel
  (193-C-86)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Skouby, Basel2.2 
 2. Trahan, Fribourg1.4 
 3. McCallum, Riva B.1.4 
 4. Brown, Pully1.3 
 5. Villarroel, Fribou.0.9 
 6. Grobet, Hope-GBA0.8 
 7. Favre, Nyon0.8 
 8. Griffith, Ovronn.0.7 
 9. Zali, Pully0.6 
 10. Twehues, Helios0.5 


LNA Round 3 of Finals: Helios taking the lead - by Melanie Nussbaumer

Another intense, closed and physical game in the finals between home team BCF Elfic Fribourg Basket and Swiss League leader and winning team, Sdent Helios VS Basket. It's a tough loss for Elfic Fribourg, who lost two players in this game, Marjana Milenkovic (176-G/F-90) after few minutes in the game had to leave the floor with a sprained ankle and Celeste Trahan (184-C-85, agency: LBM Management, college: Elizabeth City) with a back injury at the the 29th minute. She still finished best scorer of the game with 20pts and 16 rebounds. Elfic Fribourg was leading 38-34 when she left the floor and finished the third quarter with 3 point advantage: 44-41. In the last quarter, Elfic was not able to find solution to stop the attack of Helios and Renee Taylor (158-G-85, agency: Merit Sports, college: Miami, FL), who finished with 15 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Helios outscored Elfic in the last quarter 9-19 to pull out a second victory in the finals. . Maria Villarroel finished game with 20 points (with a perfect 10/10 at the free throw line), 6 rebounds. Dana Bozovic (180-F-93, agency: LBM Management) had 6 points, 5 rebounds for Fribourg. Mandisa Stevenson (191-C-82, college: Auburn) finished with a double-double 13 points - 10 rebounds. Best swiss player of the game is Caroline Turin (173-F-87), who finished with 12 points 2/2 at 2 points and 2/3 at the 3PTS, 6 rebounds, 3 steals and 2 assists. Final score 53-60. Helios is now leading the serie 2-1. Next game is scheduled on Wednesday May 16th in Fribourg.


LNA Round 3 of Finals. Helios gain advantage - by Eurobasket News

Fribourg - Helios 53-60

Helios overcame Fribourg to surge back in front in the Final. Fribourg was trailing by 5 points at halftime but managed to get 3-point lead after three quarters before a 19-9 charge of Helios, which allowed them to win the game. They held Fribourg to an opponent 25.0 percent shooting from the field compared to 37.1 percent accuracy of the winners. Helios forced 19 Fribourg turnovers. It was a great evening for American center Mandisa Stevenson (191-82, college: Auburn) who led her team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 10 rebounds. Her fellow American import guard Renee Taylor (158-85, college: Miami, FL, agency: Merit Sports) helped adding 15 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists and 5 steals. The best for the losing side was American center Celeste Trahan (184-85, college: Elizabeth City, agency: LBM Management) with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 16 rebounds and Venezuelan guard Maria Villarroel (174-78, college: Oklahoma, agency: LBM Management) scored 20 points and 6 rebounds (went 10 for 10 at the free throw line !!!).
Top scorers:
Fribourg: C.Trahan 20+16reb+1ast, M.Villarroel 20+6reb+1ast, D.Bozovic 6+5reb+2ast, L.Mazzocchi 5+4reb+1ast, L.Thalmann 2, C.Bruegger 0
Helios: R.Taylor 15+5reb+4ast, M.Stevenson 13+10reb+2ast, C.Turin 12+6reb+2ast, A.Rol 9+2reb+3ast, K.Twehues 7+1reb+1ast, K.Clement 2
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Georgios Dikeoulakos remain with Fenerbahce - by Eurobasket News

Georgios Dikeoulakos (agency: FCM ) remain with Fenerbahce for the next season. According to lovewomensbasketball.com, the Greek head Coach as well as Nevin Nevlin (195-C-85, college: Stanford), Esmeral Tuncluer (176-G-80) and Kubra Siyahdemir (183-F-86) will stay with the team.
In 2006 he went to the States at the training camps of Chicago Bulls and Milwaukee Bucks from the N.B.A., and De Paul, Marquette, Northwestern, S. Francis from N.C.A.A. Dikaioulakos is the most successful coach in the history of Greek women basketball. After winning the double in 2009 with Athinaikos, he lead the club to the treble in 2010 by winning the FIBA Eurochallenge and doing the double in Greece again. He was then appointed as Head coach of Latvias National Team and in the summer of 2010 he lead them to qualification for the Eurobasket 2011. In January 2011 he took over Lotos Gdynia and in March he won the Polish Cup. Dikaioulakos has also won the gold medal in the Mens U18 European Championship with Greece as assistant coach to Kostas Missas.
Nevin Nevlin will enter her 5th season with the team. In 2011-2012 for Fenerbahce Spor Kulubu (Turkey-TKBL): she averaged 4.2ppg, 3.2rpg.
Esmeral Tuncluer started with the team in 2007 and last season averaged 4.1ppg, 1.2rpg, 1.5apg.
Kubra Siyahdemir meanwhile will played for the second season. In 2011-2012 for Fenerbahce Spor Kulubu she showed 2.4ppg.



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Washington Mystics sign Lindsay Wisdom-Hylton and Jessica Breland - by Eurobasket News

Washington Mystics announced signing of Lindsay Wisdom-Hylton (6'2''-PF-86, agency: LBM Management, college: Purdue) and Jessica Breland (6'3''-F-88, college: N.Carolina) for the next season. Also the team waived two other forwards - Laura Harper (6'4''-F/C-86, college: Maryland) and Ashley Walker (6'1''-F/C-87, agency: Merit Sports, college: California).
Lindsay Wisdom-Hylton was recently waived by the Chicago Sky. Last season with the Sky she had 1.8 ppg and 1.8 rpg for 26 games. Wisdom-Hylton was selected by the Los Angeles Sparks 13th overall in the 2009 WNBA draft. She spent two seasons with the Sparks before joining the Chicago Sky for the 2011 season. Her career averages include 2.9 points and 2.3 rebounds per game. A standout at Purdue University, Wisdom-Hylton was named to the All-Big Ten First team and the All-Defensive Big Ten team.
Jessica Breland spent the 2011 season on the roster of the Connecticut Sun. She was drafted 13th overall in the 2011 WNBA draft by the Minnesota Lynx. Breland finished her collegiate career at the University of North Carolina where she was named to the 2010-11 ACC All-tournament team.
Laura Harper most recently played for the Sacramento Monarchs. It was in 2009 WNBA season. Of course, she spent last couple of years in Europe. Ashley Walker started last season with the San Antonio Silver Stars, but they parted ways before the any official appearance.



WNBA champion Minnesota Lynx welcome back McWilliams-Franklin, their motherly leader - by Eurobasket News

The Minnesota Lynx showed potential for years, with plenty of high draft picks for a success-starved franchise to build around. Pieces were always missing in the end.

Perhaps the most important area that needed to be shored up was team chemistry, and they finally found the right mix last season on their way to the WNBA championship.

Taj McWilliams-Franklin (6'3''-C-70, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: St.Edward's) led this bonding process like only a mother could. The 41-year-old, 6-foot-2 center with three daughters of her own has returned for another year with the Lynx. Her teammates couldn't be happier to have the lanky lady they call 'Mama Taj' back in the fold.

'I love having her back,' point guard Lindsay Whalen said.

The feeling is mutual. McWilliams-Franklin took advantage of a break with her professional team in Poland to visit Whalen for a bit in Prague earlier this year. Now she can catch up with the entire team, which starts the regular season May 20 with a home game against the Phoenix Mercury.

'She's always looking out for us,' said forward Maya Moore, who is coming off her rookie season.

Star shooting guard Seimone Augustus listed the ways McWilliams-Franklin has helped foster a family-like atmosphere.

'Let's have a barbecue. Let's get everybody together. Let's have movie night,' Augustus said, adding: 'We can't stand not being around each other. Let's go to the mall and shop. That helps us keep everything balanced.'

It was coach Cheryl Reeve who worked on her center over the winter, finally persuading her to put retirement on hold for another year. It means the Lynx will bring their top nine scorers back from the 2011 squad that went a league-best 27-7 during the regular season and surged to the title by only losing one of their eight playoff games. They also add Devereaux Peters, a former Notre Dame star in McWilliams-Franklin's mold who was the third pick in last month's draft.

This team has come a long way since those back-to-back 10-24 records in 2006 and 2007. Only two of the Lynx's first 12 years of existence led to winning marks, prior to the title they took last October.

'My rookie season, we didn't always have the best of times,' said shooting guard Candice Wiggins, who's entering her fifth year. 'Sometimes I wanted to literally strangle Seimone to death. But you see the good in everyone, and you start to grow. You don't know someone until you really get to know them. We actually take the time to get to know each other. I have to give a lot of credit to Taj. Taj really taught the whole team that in a way only a mother could probably teach.'

McWilliams-Franklin is about as unique of a professional athlete as can be found. She was an English writing and rhetoric major at Division II St. Edward's University in Austin, Texas, who married an Army sergeant she met while playing basketball in Italy. She's into professional wrestling and video games, and she has a dream of starting her own clothing line. She speaks Spanish and Italian.

The Lynx are her sixth WNBA team in 13 years and the fifth since leaving the Connecticut Sun after the 2006 season. With the Detroit Shock in 2008, she won her first WNBA championship. That year, and the one after, was when she forged her relationship with Reeve, who was an assistant coach there at the time.

McWilliams-Franklin was the free agent Reeve wanted before last season, seeing an obvious spot on the Lynx for this coach-like leader and slick-passing, rebounding and mid-range-jump-shooting center. So she put on the full-court press again this year to get the whole group back for another run.

McWilliams-Franklin agreed, though she sent her coach an email message right before the draft.

''Coach, I'm old,'' she told Reeve, pushing for the team to draft Peters as a replacement and a protegee.

Her lobbying paid off.

'I can't continue to play 36 minutes a game no matter how much I want to play,' McWilliams-Franklin said.

So they'll enjoy her while they can this year and see how far they can go.

'They really enjoy coming here together and being a part of this, and that's what makes us special,' Reeve said. 'I hope that's something we never lose. It gives you an edge.'

Courtesy of www.startribune.com



Lynx's Harris out two to three weeks with ankle sprain - by Eurobasket News

Amber Harris (6'5''-F-88, college: Xavier), a 6-5 Lynx forward, will be out two to three weeks because of a sprained left ankle suffered in Thursday's exhibition game against Connecticut. Harris averaged 3.3 points and 2.2 rebounds per game for the Lynx in 2011, coming off the bench to play about 10 minutes per game. She split 2011/12 European season between Turkey and Israel. In Israel she had 10.3 ppg and 7 rpg for 12 games with Elitzur Ramla. Harris also added 8.3 ppg and 5.7 rpg for Besiktas (Turkey), but she appeared only 3 times.



New York Liberty return to Madison Square Garden for 2012 home opener - by Eurobasket News

The New York Liberty will return to Madison Square Garden for their 2012 season home opener against the Connecticut Sun on Saturday, May 19 at 4 p.m. The game was moved from Prudential Center due to a scheduling conflict with the NHL's Eastern Conference Finals matchup between the New York Rangers and New Jersey Devils. The Liberty's 2012 season will mark the second of three seasons the team will call Prudential Center home court while Madison Square Garden continues a historic, top-to-bottom Transformation.

'We are pleased to be playing in the Eastern Conference Finals against the Rangers. However, we are sorry that we will not have the 2012 New York Liberty Home Opener at Prudential Center,' said Robert Sommer, president of Rock Entertainment Management. 'We are thrilled to have the Liberty back with us this summer and look forward to hosting the remainder of their 18-game home schedule at Prudential Center.'

'From the Garden State to The Garden and back again, this will be fun. The Rangers-Devils playoff series presents a great opportunity for the Liberty to play their home opener at The World's Most Famous Arena on May 19,' said Scott O'Neil, president of MSG Sports. 'The Rock has been a home away from home for the Liberty as The Garden is undergoing a historic Transformation that will continue through the team's 2013 season. We appreciate the partnership, their continued professionalism and cooperation, and the way we have been graciously welcomed. Saturday will be a great day with a Rangers playoff game at 1pm, then the 15 minute train ride to The Garden for the Liberty opener at 4pm.'

Added Kristin Bernert, Liberty vice president of marketing and operations: 'We will be in contact with all ticket holders to ensure the transition is smooth, and look forward to having Liberty fans experience the new amenities at The Garden that are part of the completed first phase of the Transformation.'

Liberty head coach and general manager, John Whisenant said: 'With a strong returning core and new additions that have created exceptional depth across our team, we are focused and ready to start the season. Getting to play the home opener at The Garden with our great fans cheering the team on will provide an additional boost to tip-off our season.'

Added Liberty guard, Cappie Pondexter: 'Our fans have been incredible at the Prudential Center, but there is nothing like playing at The Garden. This will be a great way to start our season and we hope all our loyal fans will be there to cheer us on from the first game to the last.'

Liberty fans can purchase individual tickets for the May 19 game at Madison Square Garden starting Monday, May 14 at 4:00 p.m. The team will host a free Fan Fest prior to the home opener beginning at 2:00 p.m. in front of Madison Square Garden featuring a sport court for fans to shoot hoops and appearances by Liberty mascot Maddie and team alumni. Every fan in attendance at the game will also receive a foam Liberty torch courtesy of Foxwoods and 2012 roster cards will also be given away at the door.

Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com



Storm cuts two players, heats up talks with Svetlana Abrosimova - by Eurobasket News

The Storm defeated Los Angeles 61-60 in an exhibition matchup on Sunday and promptly cut centers Ashley Gayle (6'4''-F/C-90, agency: LBM Management) and Taylor Lindsay (6'8''-C-81, college: UCSB) afterward. The posts performed well in training camp, Taylor improving greatly since her last Storm in Seattle in 2006. But with the arrival of Belgian C Ann Wauters and Polish C Ewelina Kobryn, there wasn't room.

The roster stands at 14 with 12 currently in camp. Spanish PG Silvia Dominguez continues to have trouble getting cleared for a visa while Australian F Lauren Jackson is training with her national team for the London Games. Storm coach Brian Agler, who's also general manager, believes he'll carry 10 players until Jackson returns after the league-wide Olympic break in August.

He said Sunday he's going to make a decision regarding Dominguez this week. She's won two consecutive EuroLeague titles, but the Storm would be the 25-year-old's first WNBA experience. Waiting when every regular-season game counts, especially since Seattle plays 12 on the road before the Olympic hiatus in July, is a big gamble.

'You don't really know what you never had,' Bird said of Dominguez possibly not playing in the league this summer. Bird played against her Ros Casares team, which also starred Jackson and Wauters. 'For me personally, having another point guard on the team, there is value to that. On an 11-man roster, that doesn't always get done. It would have been nice to see how she would have adjusted, if it would have worked.'

At 5-foot-6, Dominguez is said to use her quickness to compensate for her height.

'She's one of those point guards where she can do enough damage on offense where teams have to respect her three-point shot,' said Minnesota All-Star Maya Moore, who played with Dominguez in Spain this offseason. 'She can get in the paint and dish it off, hit a floater and she's tough. She's willing to communicate and make sure everybody knows what they're supposed to be doing. I enjoyed playing with her. She would compte in this league.'

Agler appeared to evaluate his guards more against LA in preparation for a Plan B. Returnee Allie Quigley saw 19 minutes against the Sparks, shooting 1-for-8 from the field for four points, three assists and three turnovers.

Prairie High alum Ashley Corral (USC) saw 13 minutes late, looking strong with the ball. She was 2-for-4 from the field, scoring the game-winning basket in her total five points one assist and no turnovers.

As a group, Agler said the newcomers 'responded better than we did Friday.' The Storm committed 39 turnovers in a 86-60 loss to Tulsa on the road in the exhibition opener.

'You don't have to talk about it, everyone knows what's going on,' said Quigley of how the Dominguez situation affects her chances with the Storm. 'It's this unspoken thing where you try not to think about it and play your best every day.'

In addition to Dominguez altering plans, Agler has a possible Svetlana Abrosimova (6'2''-F-80, college: Connecticut) signing in the balance. The Russian star was a reserve for Seattle's 2010 title team. She can add outside shooting, experience on the wing and can handle the ball for more versatility in the backcourt with Bird, Tanisha Wright, and Katie Smith.

A major issue with Abrosimova, however, is salary. She's a nine-year veteran and the league minimum is $54,000. The WNBA salary cap is $878,000 and $105,500 is portioned for Jackson, although she'll only be paid a prorated amount determined by games played once she returns.

'We're in conversations with her,' Agler said of Abrosimova. 'We're looking at a specific point where we could add her to the roster. And if we have more discussions with her and her agent, we'll just go from there. It depends on salary and those kind of things. She's got prior engagements, so she won't be part of our team the first game. I don't have the date, yet.'

Agler would like to have the roster set by Wednesday to prepare for Friday's opener against Los Angeles at KeyArena. The team was given a gift, of sorts, in that LA moved its home opener against Seattle to Tuesday instead of Sunday. That gives the Storm more time to patch it's scattered roster together before really getting into the WNBA schedule.

So, it'll be another busy week. I'll keep you posted with the latest. Until then, here's a tweaked video I took of Sunday's exhibition. There were 4,628 in attendance.

Courtesy of http://seattletimes.nwsource.com