EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 5/18/2012 1:04:00 AM

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  ARGENTINA   



Penarol is 2-0 up against Obras - by Eurobasket News

LigaA Finals, Game 2: Obras - Penarol 76-89 (0-2)

Second game of LigaA Finals was played last night. Penarol registered another road win 76-89 for 2-0 lead in the series. The format is best-of-seven and next two games will be played in Mar del Plata. Kyle Lamonte (191-G-84, college: William Carey) shined for Penarol in this victory with 24 points. Leonardo Gutierrez (200-F-78) followed him with 19 points and Facundo Campazzo (179-PG-91) added 13 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists. In Obras, Tony Washam (200-F-82, college: St.Vincent) was better than the others with 23 points and 7 rebounds. Alejandro Konsztatd (191-G-89) was the last one with double-digits in scoring, 11 pts. Quarters: 25-20, 19-25, 12-14, 20-30. Game Three is scheduled for next Monday and teams will meet on Wednesday as well. Penarol has 2-0 lead and a chance to close this series at its home court.

Obras: Tony Washam 23+7 boards, Alejandro Konsztatd 11
Penarol: Kyle Lamonte 24, Leonardo Gutierrez 19, Facundo Campazzo 13+8 boards+6 as



Club 9 land Enzo Ruiz - by Eurobasket News

Club 9 are building the roster for the next season. They agreed on terms of contract with Enzo Ruiz (193-F-88, agency: Dream Team Management). The forward started the season with Libertad Sunchales. He averaged 6.9 points, 3.1 rebounds and 1.0 steal per game in LigaA. Later Enzo Ruiz moved to Wuber Estudiantes de Bahia Blanca. His stats read 4.3 points, 1.8 rebounds per game there. Previously Enzo Ruiz had stints with Junin, Ciclista, Union de Sunchales, Quimsa. He played for U17, U18 and U19 Argentinean National Teams.
Club 9 are also pursuing contracts with Jazwin Cowan (204-F/C-83, agency: Dream Team Management, college: Hampton) and Edward Nelson (203-F-82, agency: Dream Team Management, college: Connecticut). Jazwin Cowan played for the team last season. He tallied 14.8 points, 7.0 rebounds and 1.0 assist per appearance.
Edward Nelson was last seen in Gimnasia-Indalo Comodoro Rivadavia. The forward posted 15.6 points, 6.8 rebounds in LigaA.



Juventud Sionista land Jerome Meyinsse - by Eurobasket News

Juventud Sionista strengthened their roster. They signed deal with Jerome Meyinsse (206-F/C-88, agency: Dream Team Management, college: Virginia). The contract is meant through 2012/13 season. The centre spent the last season with Estudiantes de Bahia Blanca. He averaged 15.3 points, 6.5 rebounds and 1.2 blocks per game in LigaA. The centre participated at LigaA All-Star Game. Previously the centre played for Club 9. His stats read 16.6 points, 6.7 rebounds, 1.6 steals and 1.3 blocks in his first pro season. Latinbasket.com gave Jerome Meyinsse All-Argentinean League Honourable Mention in 2011. The centre was also All-ACC Scholar Athlete of the Year in 2010 while playing for the University of Virginia.


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  AUSTRALIA   


36ers bid Ballinger farewell - by Hugh McAuliffe

The Adelaide 36ers have today said that Adam Ballinger (205-F/C-79, college: Michigan St.) will not be returning to the Club for 2012/13.

Throughout his time in Adelaide, Adam played 120 games shooting field goals at 49%, averaged 6.3 rebounds a game, averaged 16.3 points per game, was the Club MVP four times and was Captain for the past three seasons.

Adelaide 36ers Chief Executive Officer Leeanne Grantham said that Adam had made a significant contribution to the Club and the basketball community in South Australia.

The Club has been in negotiations with his agent and I have personally been in touch with Adam and let him know how keen we were to retain his services.

Adam was a wonderful leader for this Club and I am sure that his move to Melbourne will be a successful one for himself and his family.

We know that Adam had a hard decision to make and of course we are extremely disappointed to see him leave.

We respect Adams decision and we wish Adam, Bianca and their children all the best.

The Adelaide 36ers squad so far:
Daniel Johnson (212-C-88, college: Pepperdine)
Luke Schenscher (216-C-82, agency: Priority Sports, college: Georgia Tech)
Jason Cadee (186-G-91)
Mitch Creek (197-F/G-92)
Nathan Crosswell (190-G-79)
Stephen Weigh (198-F/G-87)

The Adelaide 36ers are working hard to secure players for our roster and look forward to announcing further signings in the coming months.



Perth Wildcats part ways with Drew Williamson and Luke Nevill - by Eurobasket News

Drew Williamson (196-G/F-83, college: Metro St.) and Luke Nevill (218-C-86, college: Utah) are no longer members of the Perth Wildcats. The team regrettably announced they will not be re-signed by the club for the 2012/13 NBL season.
Drew Williamson appeared in 34 games last season averaging 4.1 points and 1.6 rebounds. He had almost the same numbers in 2010/11. Williamson joined the club in 2010 from the Sydney Spirit.
Luke Nevill had 9.5 ppg, 4.9 rpg, 1.5 apg and 1.1 bpg in 34 games last season. He leaves the club after only one year. Nevill split 2010/11 season between the Melbourne Tigers and Russian Triumph Lyubertsy.
Perth Wildcats have seven players under the contract from the team that made Grand Final last season. They are Damian Martin, Brad Robbins, Kevin Lisch, Cam Tovey, Jesse Wagstaff, Shawn Redhage and Matt Knight. The Wildcats have just three spots left on the roster for the 2012/13 season.



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  BELARUS   


Gold and Bronze - by Timur Tolokh

Semifinal bouts didn't brought sensations. In Minsk, 'get-together' Victoria won the senior in rank and experience, and confidently beat BC Grodno-93 'Rubon Vitebsk.' Taking into account the errors of previous visits to the northerners, '93rd' on the move took the bull by the horns - already in the quarter driven home the gap in the account to double-digit.
Much more interesting to have developed the Sunday duel. Game for the bronze medal became the symbol of the triumph of character and morale of the younger 'residents.' In the first half, they have very little worked. Gave way to outright Rubon Vitebsk shield, attack with a terrible percentage of hits, rare - never went to the free throw line. The best sniper championship Rutkauskas had satisfied only two scores. Intermission brought a drastic change in the game. Minsk players started the second half spurt incendiary - 12:3. And now the unpleasant role of catch-up went to the 'Rubon Vitebsk.' His mentor Ruslan Boydakov his voice, calling for charges to become more active - in vain. The hosts of the hall caught courage and resist it was extremely difficult. Brilliantly acted Pasha. At crucial moments he had five times the besieged guests '3-pont's' but in the end of the game when 'Rubon Vitebsk' grasped at straws tactics quick fouls, it is most often played Max penalty - and flawlessly.
In the main match of the season came together the most deserving. But, alas, is equal to the fight did not happen. 'BC Grodno-93-93', though started with a daring bombing (4:0), was quickly put an opponent in place (0:11). As admitted with regret after the final siren coach Andrew Vasilevko BC Grodno-93, if allowed to do Aliaksandr Kudrautsau (190-G-80) in the opening few good shots, then it is virtually impossible to contain. Although the leader of 'Minsk' was assigned an experienced Ovdeenko, enhanced care that does not seem to notice. And as Alexander scored! Impeccable look of its passage in the middle of the second quarter: at high speed defender raced between rivals, technically beat insured Matyukevich partners and, falling, just managed to send the ball into the basket.
It should be noted that the citizens of Minsk, in spite of the extremely principled fight, allow yourself to play on the audience. Naturally, the main instigators of this was the Maze. His crafty hooks, clever 'parachutes' and hidden passes repeatedly responded with applause in the stands. And, perhaps, have become the decisive argument in determining the MVP 'final four'. Although the author of these notes was convinced that the main individual prize will get Kudryavtsev.
And then ... the champions with a boyish ingenuousness to celebrate the victory. Champagne flowed freely at their happy heads, Andrew Krivonos fly under the arches of the hall, Kudryavtsev, standing on the shoulders and Aleh Kojenets (208-C-77, college: NC-Wilmington) Lashkevich, cut down on memory mesh with the ring, the team captain Vladimir Sharko threw Cup over his head, and the Americans Knox and Mays, attach to fizzy drinks of the trophy, tried to capture the precious moments, shooting each other and having fun posing for photo correspondents ...
'Minsk-2006' under the command of Andrew Krivonosa four years out of reach for the opponents. Longer series of triumphal owned by Alexander Borisov, who 'BC Grodno-93-93' for six consecutive years won the gold medal. There is an incentive to beat teachers?



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  BELGIUM   

Stats Leaders - Division I

Points Per Game
 Christopher COPELAND
  Aalstar
  (203-F-84)
  Avg: 21.8
 1. Copeland, Aalstar21.8 
 2. Bostic, Liege16.7 
 3. Lojeski, Oostende14.8 
 4. Black, Antwerp14.2 
 5. Haynes, Gent14.1 
 6. Taylor, M.Hainaut13.9 
 7. Mallet, Spirou13.8 
 8. Broyles, Spirou13.4 
 9. Love, Verviers-Pep.13.3 
 10. Jenkins, Gent13.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jason LOVE
  Verviers-Pep.
  (206-F/C-87)
  Avg: 8.7
 1. Love, Verviers-Pep.8.7 
 2. Brown, Gent7.9 
 3. Mejri, Antwerp7.5 
 4. Merriex, Verviers.7.1 
 5. Young, Aalstar7.1 
 6. Mukubu, Verviers.6.8 
 7. McLean, Leuven6.6 
 8. Booker, Oostende6.3 
 9. Jackson, Aalstar6.3 
 10. Bostic, Liege5.7 
Assists Per Game
 Dominic WATERS
  Liege
  (185-PG-86)
  Avg: 4.1
 1. Waters, Liege4.1 
 2. Djordjevic, Ooste.3.6 
 3. Marnegrave, Leuven3.5 
 4. Bosco, Gent3.4 
 5. Black, Antwerp3.1 
 6. Slaughter, M.Hai.3.0 
 7. Mallet, Spirou2.9 
 8. Steinbach, Aalstar2.9 
 9. Taylor, M.Hainaut2.6 
 10. Bostic, Liege2.6 
Steals Per Game
 Adeola DAGUNDURO
  Leuven
  (196-G-86)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Dagunduro, Leuven2.5 
 2. Mukubu, Verviers.2.2 
 3. Black, Antwerp2.1 
 4. Hopkins, Antwerp2.0 
 5. Bosco, Gent2.0 
 6. Mallet, Spirou1.9 
 7. Wilson, Antwerp1.8 
 8. Maras, M.Hainaut1.7 
 9. Muya, Liege1.7 
 10. Cage, M.Hainaut1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Salah MEJRI
  Antwerp
  (216-C-86)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Mejri, Antwerp2.5 
 2. Riddick, Spirou1.8 
 3. Jennings, Liege1.5 
 4. Love, Verviers-Pep.0.9 
 5. Booker, Oostende0.8 
 6. Young, Aalstar0.8 
 7. Nivins, M.Hainaut0.6 
 8. Holiday, Aalstar0.5 
 9. De Zeeuw, Verviers.0.5 
 10. Tofi, Leuven0.5 


Quarterfinals: Leuven forces decisive Game Three against Charleroi - by Eurobasket News

Quarterfinals, Game 2: Leuven - Spirou 88-73 (1-1)

Game Two of the Belgian league Quarterfinals between Leuven and Spirou Charleroi was played last night. The hosts celebrated comfortable 88-73 victory and forced decisive Game Three. That meeting is scheduled for tomorrow in Charleroi. The winner will play against Antwerp in the Semifinals.
The game was mostly controlled by Leuven Bears. Spirou Charleroi managed to win third quarter 21-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Leuven Bears made 22-of-26 free shots (84.6 percent) during the game, while Spirou Charleroi only scored four points from the stripe. 27 personal fouls committed by Spirou Charleroi helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Ian Hanavan (202-80, college: Evansville, agency: Interperformances) orchestrated the victory by scoring 18 points and 7 rebounds. John Tofi (203-84, college: UTEP) contributed with 14 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Four Leuven Bears players scored in double figures. Dwayne Broyles (196-82, college: JMU, agency: Higher Vision Sports) replied with 22 points and his fellow American import guard Demond Mallet (186-78, college: McNeese St., agency: Higher Vision Sports) added 8 points and 4 assists in the effort for Spirou Charleroi.
On Wednesday, Mons-Hainaut eliminated Aalstar with perfect 2-0 in the series. Mons-Hainaut will meet Oostende in the Semis.

Leuven: A.Dagunduro 20+1reb, I.Hanavan 18+7reb+1ast, J.Tofi 14+8reb+1ast, N.Marnegrave 11+2reb+8ast, M.McGhee 9+1ast, J.Davis 6+2reb+4ast
Spirou: D.Broyles 22+4reb+1ast, C.Beghin 12+2reb+2ast, D.Mallet 8+4reb+4ast, J.Welsch 8+2reb+1ast, C.Hill 7+2reb+1ast, J.Hamilton 5+2reb



Mons-Hainaut explodes in Q4 (28-4) to eliminate Aalstar - by Eurobasket News

Quarterfinals, Game 2: Belfius Mons-Hainaut - Generali Okapi Aalstar 86-74 (2-0)

Second game of the Belgian league Quarterfinals between Belfius Mons-Hainaut and Generali Okapi Aalstar was played last night. The hosts celebrated 86-74 victory closing the series with perfect 2-0. It means that Mons-Hainaut advanced to the Semifinals, where they will meet Oostende. First game is scheduled for May 21.
The hosts trailed by 12 points after three quarters before their impressive 28-4 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Belfius Mons-Hainaut dominated on the defensive end, holding Okapi Aalstar to just 4 points in fourth quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 56 of its points in the paint compared to Okapi Aalstar's 36. American players dominated the game. Guard Quincy Taylor (196-G-82, college: UAB) orchestrated the victory by scoring 21 points and 5 rebounds. Swingman Shan Foster (198-G/F-86, college: Vanderbilt) contributed with 16 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Four Belfius Mons-Hainaut players scored in double figures. Forward Christopher Copeland (203-F-84, college: Colorado) replied with 31 points and 8 rebounds and guard Stefon Jackson (196-G-85, college: UTEP) added 7 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Okapi Aalstar.
As mentioned above, Mons-Hainaut will meet Oostende in the Semifinals. Oostende was the regular season champion and will have a home court advantage in this series. Mons-Hainaut was the fifth ranked team in regular season with 15-17 record. They celebrated 72-77 road victory in Game One of the QFinals against Aalstar.

M.Hainaut: Q.Taylor 21+5reb+2ast, S.Foster 16+5reb+2ast, A.Nivins 14+4reb+1ast, A.Slaughter 13+5reb+4ast, J.Cage 9+3reb+2ast, A.Libert 9+3reb+1ast
Aalstar: C.Copeland 31+8reb+1ast, K.Kruger 15+2reb, C.Young 10+2reb+2ast, J.Steinbach 9+1reb+3ast, S.Jackson 7+8reb+3ast, J.Holiday 2+3reb+1ast



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

Eurobasket.com All-Belgian League 1st Team 2011-12
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Christopher Copeland
Copeland
Matt Lojeski
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Timothy Black
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Salah Mejri
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Josh Bostic
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Player of the Year: Christopher Copeland (203-F-84) of Aalstar
Guard of the Year: Timothy Black (178-PG-81) of Antwerp
Forward of the Year: Christopher Copeland (203-F-84) of Aalstar
Center of the Year: Salah Mejri (216-C-86) of Antwerp
Most Improved Player of the Year: Jorn Steinbach (181-PG-89) of Aalstar
Bosman Player of the Year: Christopher Young (206-F/C-79) of Aalstar
Import Player of the Year: Christopher Copeland (203-F-84) of Aalstar
Domestic Player of the Year: Jorn Steinbach (181-PG-89) of Aalstar
Defensive Player of the Year: Salah Mejri (216-C-86) of Antwerp
Coach of the Year: Brad Dean of Aalstar

1st Team
G: Matt Lojeski (198-85) of Oostende
PG: Timothy Black (178-81) of Antwerp
F: Christopher Copeland (203-84) of Aalstar
C: Salah Mejri (216-86) of Antwerp
F: Josh Bostic (196-87) of Liege

2nd Team
G: Demond Mallet (186-78) of Spirou
G: Michael Roll (196-87) of Antwerp
F/G: Dwayne Broyles (196-82) of Spirou
F: Tornike Shengelia (207-91) of Spirou
F/C: Christopher Young (206-79) of Aalstar

Honorable Mention
Stefon Jackson (196-G-85) of Aalstar
Jason Love (206-F/C-87) of Verviers-Pep.
Christopher Booker (208-F/C-81) of Oostende
Caleb Green (203-F-85) of Spirou
Darnell Wilson (198-F-85) of Antwerp
Brent Wright (203-F/C-78) of Oostende
Jorn Steinbach (181-PG-89) of Aalstar
Quincy Taylor (196-G-82) of M.Hainaut
Graham Brown (205-C-84) of Gent

All-Domestic Players Team
PG: Jorn Steinbach (181-89) of Aalstar
F: Christophe Beghin (207-80) of Spirou
PF: Maxime De Zeeuw (205-87) of Verviers-Pep.
G: Roel Moors (190-78) of Antwerp
PG: Lionel Bosco (176-81) of Gent

All-Imports Team
G: Matt Lojeski (198-85) of Oostende
G: Demond Mallet (186-78) of Spirou
F: Christopher Copeland (203-84) of Aalstar
F: Josh Bostic (196-87) of Liege
C: Salah Mejri (216-86) of Antwerp

All-Bosmans Team
F/C: Christopher Young (206-79) of Aalstar
G: Dusan Djordjevic (195-83) of Oostende
C/F: Ivan Maras (208-86) of M.Hainaut
F: Tornike Shengelia (207-91) of Spirou
G/F: Veselin Petrovic (196-77) of Oostende



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KK KAKANJ WINS IN SARAJEVO 79-63 OVER KK SPARS EARNS PROMOTION TO D1! - by Chris Mathieu

KK KAKANJ WINS IN SARAJEVO 79-63 OVER KK SPARS EARNS PROMOTION TO D1!
KK Kakanj won in decisive fashion beating upstart KK Spars in game two of the finals winning on Spars home court and sweeping the series 2-0. Kakanj was more poised and professional under pressure in the finals and responded like a champion that wanted it more.
Only 300 spectators turned out on their home court, hardly the home court advantage Spars was hoping for to help get them over the top. Kakanj went 19-1 in the regular season and 4-0 in the playoffs proving they were the best team in D2 this season and earning their promotion.
Jakup Genjac proved his worth as a coach in the finals outmatching Marko Trbic in both games in the finals and proving himself to be one of the better young coaches in Bosnia in the process this season.
KK Kakanj will have to reinforce their roster before next season if they hope to stay in D1 for longer than one season.
KK Spars will continue to work to be the best run, organized team in Sarajevo and in the process win the hearts of the basketball loving fans in the city.

Held in the small hall Skenderija, attendance 1200.Officials: Zurapovic, Kunosic and Noinovic (all from Tuzla).

SPARS: Salcin, Nikolic 5, Vukotic 1, Maksimovic, Vrabac 10, Buza 5, Begagic 1, Gliovic 10, Tuljkovic 6, Bulic, Hrncic 12, Glogovac 13, alic. Trener Marko Trbic.

KAKANJ: Muinbegovic, Aldin Dedic 5, Hadic 3, Muflizovic 4, Ashar Dedic 3, M. Suljic, Peljto 16, E.Suljic 14, Herceglija, Begovac 26, Suljagic 8, Caluk. Trener: Jakub Genjac. (Miro Petrovic, Mato Komo)



Darda signs 5-year contract extension with Head Coach Muminovic - by Eurobasket News

Vrijednosnice OS Darda announced signing of a 5-year contract extension with its Head Coach Coach Senad Muminovic. The team managed to survive in A1 league this season and the coach is immediately awarded with extension. According to a new deal, he will stay with the club until the end of the 2016/17 season. Muminovic took over Darda in March of 2011. Before that he worked five years with Sloboda Dita Tuzla. Muminovic also has experience from Konjic. In 2007, Muminovic was named Eurobasket.com All-Bosnia and Herzegovina League Coach of the Year. With Sloboda, he reached Bosnian league Semifinals three times and they also reached Cup Finals once. In 2007, Senad Muminovic worked with Bosnian U18 National Team. In 2008, he served as Assistant Coach of the Bosnian senior NT.


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  CANADA   


Deadline nears for NBL expansion - by Eurobasket News

With an important deadline just two weeks off, it appears any new entries in the National Basketball League of Canada fold for the 2012-13 campaign will come from Ontario.

The NBL, which played its inaugural season with seven teams, has set May 31 as the deadline for prospective ownership groups to formally apply for membership for the upcoming year.

Groups in six Ontario cities - St. Catharines, Kingston, Mississauga, Ottawa, Windsor and Kitchener - are the only ones that have expressed interest and ... are actively pursuing (membership), NBL president and CEO Andre Levingston said Tuesday.

Weve got some really good things on the go right now, Levingston said as he and NBL chief operating officer Ian McCarthy were heading to Ontario for more meetings this week.

How many teams were gonna have, we dont know, because we still have a lot of due diligence to do on our part.

Levingston, the owner of the Halifax Rainmen, and McCarthy, the president and general manager of the Saint John Mill Rats, helped create the NBL a year ago after both teams had stints in two U.S.-based loops.

The two founders have been on the go since the season ended in late March, meeting with prospective ownership groups and municipal officials in an effort to expand the league.

But Levingston said theres no ideal number hes looking for in terms of new teams.

I just want a solid ownership group, so if that number is one, its one, he said.

I dont wanna put teams in just for the sake of saying weve got more teams. Weve been a part of leagues like that. We just wanna make sure that we get the right individuals to be a part of what were doing, which is to grow our league on solid ground.

The NBL had also kicked the tires in Hamilton and Sydney, among other cities, but Levingston said no ownership groups had come forward in those areas.

Potential ownership groups have to include a refundable deposit of $50,000 double last years required amount with their application.

Levingston and McCarthy are also trying to help the Quebec Kebs find a new home. The Kebs, the third original NBL franchise, had to vacate their tiny venue at Laval University and havent been able to reach an agreement with the city on another location.

The Kebs are now in discussions with another facility within the province, Levingston said, and there are no plans to relocate the franchise to one of the Ontario cities under consideration for an expansion team.

He said, though, that it appears the club wont be back in Quebec City.

The franchise has to have support from the city and if the city is not going to support it, there are other cities that would love to have professional basketball. So its their loss.

Courtesy of http://thechronicleherald.ca



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  CHINA   


China begins Olympic Games preparations - by Eurobasket News

China played the first exhibition game in the preparation for the 2012 Olympic Games. China faced USA All Star team in Beijing. China dominated from start to finish posting a 106:78 victory. The teams will meet again on Friday. Zhu FangYu (201-F-83) scored 20 points to lead the effort. Sun Yue (206-G/F-85) contributed 15 points, while Wang ShiPeng (196-G/F-83) added 14 points in the victory. Yi Li (202-F/G-85) and Wang ZhiZhi (214-C-77) provided 11 points each for a balanced effort from the hosts.
China will play in Group B at the Olympic Games. They will face Australia, Brazil, Great Britain, Spain and one of the qualifiers. China open their campaign on July 29th. They will face Spain.



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  COSTA RICA   


Sanatura upsets Barva in Game 1 of Final Series - by Gianni Pascucci

After that Sanatura and Barva had advanced to Apertura Final Series, eliminating in Semifinals USJ-Arba and Cartago respectively, Game 1 of the Final Series was played on yesterday night, May 16 at the Gimnasio Nacional.
And the final score was a surprising 81-80 for Sanatura Desamparados, thanks to a basket hit by Henry Martinez (188-G/F-75) with 29 seconds to go. Isaac St.Rose (190-G/F-83, college: John Brown) was unsuccesful in a 3 pointer just before the buzzer, and the game ended in this unexpected way, even because Barva had ended ahead in the score all the three first quartes (22-21, 43--37 and 60-58).
But the game has been close all time long, the best performers have been Michael Jackson (195-F/G-87) with 22 pts and 10 rebounds in Sanatura Desamparados, well assisted by Henry Martinez with 17 pts and Dave Milliner (197-C-81) with 14 pts and 8 rebs.
Clifford Smith (193-G-80, college: Barry) scored 19 points to lead Ferreterias Brenes Barva, and Isaac St.Rose added 15 pts.
Game 2 will be played on wednesday, May 23



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  CROATIA   


Semifinals, Game 1: Cedevita grabs 87-84 win against Split - by Eurobasket News

Cedevita - Split 87-84

Cedevita and Split met last night in Game One of the Croatian league Semifinals. The hosts had to work very hard to celebrate 87-84 win for 1-0 lead in the series. Split was up by 13 points (45-58) at the halfway of Q3, but Cedevita cut the margin to 57-65 until the end of the period. The hosts came to minus 4 at the beginning of the last quarter, but were not able to make a turn and actually Split was 70-75 up with five minutes remaining. Than Cedevita created 7-0 run for the first lead in the second half and there was 3:30 to go. Split called a time-out and jumped to 77-80 after it, but Cedevita tied the score to 81-81 quickly. Vedran Vukusic (206-F-82, college: Northwestern) drained a triple for Cedevita with 75 seconds to go and Split committed a turnover at the other side, Dontaye Draper (180-PG-84, college: Charleston) had no mercy from the line twice and secured victory for his team. Miro Bilan (213-F-89) was the leading player in Cedevita with 19 points and 9 rebounds. Dontaye Draper scored 16 points and Marko Car (188-SG-85) helped with 13. In the loosing squad, Nikola Vujcic (211-C-78) nailed 19 points and Ivan Mimica (193-G-80) had 16. Josip Sobin (203-G/F-89) collected 15 points and 8 boards. Game Two is scheduled for Saturday in Split. The format is best-of-three.

Cedevita: Miro Bilan 19+9 boards, Dontaye Draper 16, Marko Car 13
Split: Nikola Vujcic 19, Ivan Mimica 16, Josip Sobin 15+8 boards



Slaven Rimac retires - by Eurobasket News

Slaven Rimac (195-G-74) announced his retirement today and his team Pau-Orthez confirmed the news. The 27-year-old Croatian played 28 games for the club this season registering 4.4 ppg, 1.6 rpg and 1.4 apg. Unfortunately, Pau-Orthez faced with relegation from ProA and will compete next season in ProB. Rimac had much better numbers in EuroChallenge averaging 10.3 points and 1.5 rebounds for six games. He joined Pau-Orthez in February of 2009 from Le Havre. In the past, he also played for Cedevita, Azovmash, Makedonikos, Paris Basket Racing, Milano, Joventut, Tofas and Cibona. He won eight Croatian league titles, all with Cibona Zagreb. Rimac also won two championship titles in Turkey and one Cup trophy. In 2010, he was ProB champion with Pau-Orthez. Slaven Rimac played for the Croatian National Team from 1996 to 2000.


Darda signs 5-year contract extension with Head Coach Muminovic - by Eurobasket News

Vrijednosnice OS Darda announced signing of a 5-year contract extension with its Head Coach Coach Senad Muminovic. The team managed to survive in A1 league this season and the coach is immediately awarded with extension. According to a new deal, he will stay with the club until the end of the 2016/17 season. Muminovic took over Darda in March of 2011. Before that he worked five years with Sloboda Dita Tuzla. Muminovic also has experience from Konjic. In 2007, Muminovic was named Eurobasket.com All-Bosnia and Herzegovina League Coach of the Year. With Sloboda, he reached Bosnian league Semifinals three times and they also reached Cup Finals once. In 2007, Senad Muminovic worked with Bosnian U18 National Team. In 2008, he served as Assistant Coach of the Bosnian senior NT.


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  CZECH REPUBLIC   

Stats Leaders - NBL

Points Per Game
 Peter SEDMAK
  USK Praha
  (207-C-85)
  Avg: 19.7
 1. Sedmak, USK Praha19.7 
 2. Pope, Chomutov19.6 
 3. McFadden, Usti n.18.2 
 4. Grant, Levice17.9 
 5. Lowery, Chomutov17.6 
 6. Hruban, USK Praha16.7 
 7. Houska, BK Decin15.0 
 8. Smith, BK Prost.14.9 
 9. Arnold, BK Pardu.14.9 
 10. Meno, Svitavy14.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Stanislav VOTROUBEK
  USK P.
  (212-C-81)
  Avg: 8.8
 1. Votroubek, USK P.8.8 
 2. Pesic, Inter B.8.6 
 3. Meno, Svitavy8.4 
 4. Gottselig, Usti n.8.0 
 5. Arnold, BK Pardu.7.9 
 6. Gadri-N., BK Prost.7.8 
 7. Naymick, CEZ N.7.7 
 8. Modric, Levice7.2 
 9. Peterson, BK Prost.7.1 
 10. Houska, BK Decin6.9 
Assists Per Game
 Emanuel UBILLA
  Inter B.
  (188-G-86)
  Avg: 5.3
 1. Ubilla, Inter B.5.3 
 2. Deloach, Svitavy5.1 
 3. Sotnar, USK Praha4.7 
 4. Wright, Chomutov4.6 
 5. Wright, NH Ostrava4.6 
 6. Vrubl, Plzen4.4 
 7. Lawrence, CEZ N.4.2 
 8. McFadden, Usti n.4.1 
 9. Sirina, B&W Opava4.1 
 10. George, Svitavy3.9 
Steals Per Game
 Rashaan AMES
  BC Kolin
  (184-PG-78)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Ames, BC Kolin2.6 
 2. Ubilla, Inter B.2.5 
 3. Wright, Chomutov2.4 
 4. McFadden, Usti n.2.3 
 5. Wright, NH Ostrava2.1 
 6. Lowery, Chomutov1.9 
 7. Klecka, B&W Opava1.9 
 8. Sirina, B&W Opava1.8 
 9. Pumprla, CEZ N.1.7 
 10. Abrams, CEZ N.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Andrew NAYMICK
  CEZ N.
  (211-C-85)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Naymick, CEZ N.1.5 
 2. Hughes, NH Ostrava1.3 
 3. Miklosik, B&W O.1.3 
 4. Gadri-N., BK Prost.1.2 
 5. Williams, BK Decin1.0 
 6. Reese, Usti n.0.9 
 7. Grant, Levice0.9 
 8. Arnold, BK Pardu.0.9 
 9. Meno, Svitavy0.8 
 10. Houska, BK Decin0.8 



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  ESTONIA   

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Reinis STRUPOVICS
  Valga
  (192-G-87)
  Avg: 20.9
 1. Strupovics, Valga20.9 
 2. Raadik, Parnu18.1 
 3. Raley-Ross, Tln K.17.3 
 4. Soo, Rapla16.8 
 5. Cipruss, Tarvas16.7 
 6. Raap, Parnu16.2 
 7. Veideman, Tartu U.15.6 
 8. Pilk, TTU15.3 
 9. Hallik, Tarvas14.4 
 10. Akenparg, TTU14.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kaspars CIPRUSS
  Tarvas
  (210-C-82)
  Avg: 10
 1. Cipruss, Tarvas10.0 
 2. Cricelli, Valga8.4 
 3. Fedortchuk, Tln K.8.2 
 4. Raadik, Parnu7.8 
 5. Fall, Kalev/Cramo7.6 
 6. Arnold, TTU7.6 
 7. Shaw, Tln Kalev7.4 
 8. Ringmets, Rapla6.8 
 9. Pilk, TTU6.6 
 10. Allingu, Tartu U.6.4 
Assists Per Game
 Edgars CUNDA
  Valga
  (195-G-84)
  Avg: 4.5
 1. Cunda, Valga4.5 
 2. Laane, Rapla4.2 
 3. Sokk, Tartu Ulikool4.1 
 4. Sirsnins, Tarvas3.8 
 5. Kriisa, Tarvas3.6 
 6. Pilk, TTU3.6 
 7. Dorbek, Tarvas3.4 
 8. Raap, Parnu3.3 
 9. Kriisa, Tartu Ulik.3.1 
 10. Keedus, TTU3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Edgars CUNDA
  Valga
  (195-G-84)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Cunda, Valga2.5 
 2. Raley-Ross, Tln K.2.2 
 3. Veideman, Tartu U.2.1 
 4. Laane, Rapla2.0 
 5. Dorbek, Tarvas1.9 
 6. Kaldre, Rapla1.9 
 7. Leppik, Tartu Ulik.1.8 
 8. Raap, Parnu1.8 
 9. Cricelli, Valga1.7 
 10. Skele, Kalev/Cramo1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Bamba FALL
  Kalev/Cramo
  (216-C-86)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Fall, Kalev/Cramo2.1 
 2. Raadik, Parnu1.4 
 3. Amis, Tartu Ulikool1.1 
 4. Fedortchuk, Tln K.1.0 
 5. Toome, Kalev/Cramo0.6 
 6. Ulyanko, Kalev/Cr.0.6 
 7. Veski, Tarvas0.5 
 8. Hallik, Tarvas0.5 
 9. Keedus, TTU0.4 
 10. Makke, TTU0.4 


BC Kalev/Cramo is the champion! - by Janar

BC Kalev/Cramo Tallinn is the Estonian champion after beating Tartu University 72:65 (30:31) and winning the series 4:0. Kalev/Cramo paved the way to the victory with a 11:2 run in the 4th quarter, giving them 64:54 lead with less than two minutes to play. Tartu fought hard in closing seconds but they couldnt get closer than within 5 points.
Tartu led 37:30 with 17 minutes to play but Kalev/Cramo won the next 6 minutes 20:6 (Fall 8, Toome 6) to go up 50:43. TU never took the lead again.

Bamba Fall (216-C-86, college: SMU) led the winners with a huge 18pts, 19 rebounds and 4 blocks. Gregor Arbet (194-F/G-83) added 13 and Joosep Toome (202-F-85) 10 pts. Bill Amis (205-F-87, college: Hawaii) led TU with 19 points. Tanel Sokk (184-G-85) was named the MVP of the final series.

It was the third Estonian title as a coach for former legendary player Aivar Kuusmaa. Kalev/Cramo had won all 14 play-off games in last two seasons (they won 3:0 against Tarvas in semis both last season and this season and repeated last year's 4:0 sweep against TU).



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  EUROBASKET SUMMER LEAGUE   


Eurobasket Summer League Charlotte, May 20th-22nd - by ESL News

The first of the Eurobasket Summer League's is ready to go beginning on Sunday, May 20th, 2012. ESL is very excited with the level of players and the amount of the participants. Eurobasket is the basically the Wall Street Journal of basketball news and is explored every morning by coaches, gms, scouts, agents and players before they start their day. There is not a web-site in basketball that can compete with Eurobasket for news, exposure and promoting you as a pro basketball player. So, please remember to enroll early in any of our ESL's to ensure that you will have spot on a roster. Please keep in mind that Eurobasket Summer League is a showcase that is like no other in the United States and has the marketing power to give your career the exposure it needs. Final roster spots will be filled by Saturday, May 19th, so if you still wish to attend, please do so immediately. Please remember that all players will be expected to arrive at the tryout location at 7210 Stinson Hartis Road, Indian Trail, NC 28079 on or before 6:00 p.m. on Sunday the 20th of May (for men) in order to go through final registration. Remember, this event is a almost a 3 day event and plan accordingly with your gear and any other necessatity that you may need.


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  EUROCUP   


Rasic, Rice and Valanciunas Could Leave Rytas - by Uygar Karaca

According to lithuaniabasketball.com, Lietuvos Rytas will not try to use the option for Tyrese Rice and possibly part the ways with US based player. Rice, came from A. Dragons, had a good season with Vilnius club where they reached Final Four in Eurocup&VTB United league and lost to Zalgris in Lithuanian League Finals. They started to season with Euroleague ambition, however Rice got injured in the Final match against Galatasaray and concidentally, he was injured again during Eurocup semifinal against Valencia.
Along with Rice, there is a strong possibility that Jonas Valanciunas will leave for Toronto Rapters and Aleksander Rasic, whose contract has been expired will not stay as well.



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  EUROLEAGUE   


CSKA Moscow's touch of class - by Eurobasket News

To a weekend that will go down as one of the best in basketball history, an extra touch of class was added by the Turkish Airlines Euroleague Final Four team that had the most to be disappointed about. A day after losing the final in the most shocking manner possible, CSKA Moscow president Andrey Vatutin proved that his club honors the spirt of fair play with a congratulatory letter to newly crowned Euroleague champion, Olympiacos Piraeus, published on the latter's website Wednesday.

'Dear friends, we congratulate you on winning the Euroleague title after a dramatic final,' Vatutin wrote. 'Your team has shown great progress during the season and deserved victory. It was an honor to play this decisive game against such honest opponents and great friends. Please accept one more time our warmest congratulations!'

Of course, CSKA had every reason to be crushed by its last-second defeat, especially after having led in the final by 19 points with 12 minutes to play. But CSKA also has every reason to be proud of its own spectacular season. A year after its record eight-year streak in the Final Four was snapped unexpectedly, CSKA bounced back this year with one of its best seasons ever. While its stated goal and every ambition was to win the Euroleague title, not even losing the trophy in the season's last second was able to alter CSKA's sense of sportsmanship.

The definition of sportsmanship - that it's not whether you win or lose, but how you play the game - already applied to CSKA. Now, so does the maxim that true character in sports is not measured in how well you win, but in how courageously you accept even the most stinging defeat. Congratulations to CSKA Moscow, too.

Courtesy of Euroleague



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  EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS   

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Luol DENG
  ENG
  (206-F-85)
  Avg: 24.6
 1. Deng, ENG24.6 
 2. Bargnani, ITA22.8 
 3. Parker, FRA22.1 
 4. McCalebb, MKD21.4 
 5. Gasol, ESP20.1 
 6. Nowitzki, GER19.5 
 7. Navarro, ESP18.7 
 8. Rowland, BUL18.0 
 9. Tomic, CRO16.6 
 10. Eliyahu, ISR16.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Chris KAMAN
  GER
  (213-C-82)
  Avg: 10
 1. Kaman, GER10.0 
 2. Deng, ENG9.4 
 3. Antic, MKD8.5 
 4. Asik, TUR8.5 
 5. Gasol, ESP8.3 
 6. Noah, FRA8.0 
 7. Sanikidze, GEO8.0 
 8. Dasic, MNT7.6 
 9. Bargnani, ITA7.4 
 10. Gasol, ESP7.3 
Assists Per Game
 Dontaye DRAPER
  USA
  (180-PG-84)
  Avg: 7
 1. Draper, CRO7.0 
 2. Teodosic, SRB5.7 
 3. Vasiljevic, BIH5.4 
 4. Khryapa, RUS5.1 
 5. Bertt, UKR4.8 
 6. Jasikevicius, LTU4.6 
 7. Koszarek, POL4.4 
 8. Parker, FRA4.4 
 9. Cook, MNT4.2 
 10. Blums, LAT4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Andrei KIRILENKO
  USA
  (205-F-81)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Kirilenko, RUS2.6 
 2. Kotti, FIN2.1 
 3. McCalebb, MKD2.1 
 4. Kelati, POL2.0 
 5. Batum, FRA2.0 
 6. Andrade, POR1.8 
 7. Stojanovski, MKD1.7 
 8. Deng, ENG1.6 
 9. Halperin, ISR1.6 
 10. Parker, FRA1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Mirza BEGIC
  BIH
  (217-C-85)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Begic, SLO1.9 
 2. Kaman, GER1.8 
 3. Gasol, ESP1.7 
 4. Bargnani, ITA1.6 
 5. Kravtsov, UKR1.6 
 6. Asik, TUR1.5 
 7. Mozgov, RUS1.5 
 8. Ibaka, ESP1.2 
 9. Mbenga, BEL1.2 
 10. Koufos, GRE1.1 



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  FRANCE   


David Denave will join Pau-Orthez - by Eurobasket News

David Denave (195-SG-85) will play next season for Pau-Orthez. The 26-year-old scoring guard just finished this one with Saint Vallier Basket Drome. He appeared 32 times in ProB averaging 14.9 points, 4.8 assists and 3.5 rebounds. Saint Vallier finished the season as No.12 with 15-19 record. Denave will play in ProB again as Pau-Orthez faced with relegation from ProA. David Denave arrived to Saint Vallier in 2009 and was named Eurobasket.com French ProB All-Newcomers Team -10. Before that he spent four years with Saint Chamond Basket. The team competed in NM1 all that time and Denave participated at NM1 All-Star Game in 2008. That same year he was also named Eurobasket.com All-French N1 2nd Team.
Pau-Orthez finished this season as 15th ranked team of ProA with 7-23 record.



Antibes hires Alain Weisz as new Head Coach - by Eurobasket News

Alain Weisz is the new Head Coach of Antibes. The 59-year-old French specialist signed a contract for the next season. Weisz arrives to Antibes from Hyeres-Toulon, where he worked last five years. The team finished this season at the bottom of ProA standings with only 3 wins in 30 games. Alain Weisz took over Hyeres-Toulon in 2007 and before that he spent two years with Aix en Provence women team. In the past, he coached Strasbourg, Le Mans and Montpellier. From 2000 to 2003, Alain Weisz was a Head Coach of the French National Team. They reached Semifinals at 2003 EuroBasket in Sweden. Last summer Weisz coached Senegalese NT. Antibes will compete next season in ProB. They finished this one as No.11 with 16-18 record.


Wilbert Brown remain with Aix-Maurienne - by Eurobasket News

Wilbert Brown (199-PF-84, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices, college: Niagara) remain with Aix-Maurienne for another two seasons. The American player will enter his another season in France next year.
At the end of April American power forward Wilbert Brown put on an amazing game in the last round for Maurienne, receiving a Eurobasket.com ProB Player of the Week award for round 32.
The 27-year old player had a double-double of 38 points and 10 rebounds, while his team edged out Lille (#9, 16-16) 86-82. Maurienne maintains the 4th position in French ProB. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Maurienne will need more victories to improve their 21-11 record. In the team's last game Brown had a remarkable 62.5% from 2-point range. He turned to be Maurienne's top player in his first season with the team. Former Niagara University star has very solid stats this year. Brown is in league's top in points (2nd best: 17.7ppg) and averages impressive 54.4% FGP.
In 2002-2003 he started first for Kent St. (NCAA): and then moved to Niagara (NCAA). In 2007-2008 moved to Hapoel Galil Elyon (Israel-Premier League) and then played for MEG Goettingen. In 2009-2010 he appeared for Toyota Alvark , then headed to Derby Ace Llamados (Philippines-PBA, starting five) and later played for Leche Rio Breogan Lugo (Spain-LEB Gold, starting five): 41 games: 9.9ppg, 4.8rpg, FGP: 46.2%, 3PT: 21.6%, FT: 71.7%.



Jonathan Aka extends with Paris-Levallois - by Eurobasket News

Jonathan Aka (203-PF-86) extends with Paris-Levallois until May 31st. The French Power Forward will continue with Por A team.
In April Paris-Levallois brought in Jonathan Aka. First the power forward signed a short-term deal with the team. He was meant to replace Vincent Masingue on the roster. Jonathan Aka started the season with Vichy. He tallied 3.5 points, 2.5 rebounds, 1.5 steals and 1.0 block per game in ProB. In January Jonathan Aka joined Poitiers Basket. His stats read 3.8 points and 2.5 rebounds per appearance. Previously the forward had stints with ASVEL, Pau-Orthez, Dijon, Boulazac. Jonathan Aka was the member of French U18 and U20 National Teams.
In Jan.'12 he moved to Union Poitiers Basket 86 (ProA) from JA Vichy Val d'Allier Auvergne basket. In his top games he recorded 12 points twice. In the last one Poitiers outlasted Cholet in overtime by eight points 85-77. In 2005 Jonathan Aka was a French U20 National Team member. He participated at the European Championships U20 in Moscow -05 and averaged 2.0ppg, 1.6rpg.



Chalon tab LaQuan Prowell - by Eurobasket News

Chalon have strengthened their roster prior to the start of LNA playoffs. They agreed on terms of contract with LaQuan Prowell (203-SF-84, college: Auburn). He is meant to replace injured Joffrey Lauvergne (210-F-91). LaQuan Prowell started the season in ProB. The USA player had a stint with Saint Vallier. He averaged 15.1 points, 6.5 rebounds, 1.2 steals and 1.0 assist per appearance. Previously LaQuan Prowell had spells with Evreux, Orleans, Strasbourg, Ilysiakos, Paris-Levallois, TED Kolejiler Ankara. The forward was drafted by the CBA's Pittsburgh Xplosion in 2008.
Chalon start their playoff campaign on May 22. They face Roanne at home court.



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  GEORGIA   


Tskitishvili Plays Well and without Substitution - by Darbaiseli

Nikoloz Tskitishvili of Mahram celebrated the first victory in final serie of Iranian basketball championship. Forward of Georgian national team was distinguished and even was named as the player of the match.
Mahram held the first match against Petrochimi at Shahrak Besat Andrish Arena and in front of 3 000 spectators gained victory 81:73. Tskitishvili was in start five and as well as teammate Bahram Nikhan played without substitutions for 40 minutes.
Nikoloz scored 8 two-point from11, 1 three-point kicks from 6 and 3 penalty kicks from 8. As a result he gathered 22 points, 8 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal and 2 block-shot.
Georgian basketball player lost the ball once, gained three personal fouls, opponents committed fouls against him five times. Efficient coefficient of Tskitishvili is 26. According to this result, he was the best in both teams.
On May 16 is held the second match of final serie.
Nikoloz Tskitishvili (212-C/F-83, agency: Regeneracom Sports)



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  GERMANY   

Stats Leaders - 1.Bundesliga

Points Per Game
 Bobby BROWN
  EWE Baskets
  (188-G-84)
  Avg: 16.9
 1. Brown, EWE Baskets16.9 
 2. Tucker, Brose B.15.8 
 3. Holston, Art.Drag.15.6 
 4. Swann, Ratiopharm15.3 
 5. Wood, ALBA15.0 
 6. Ensminger, Teleko.14.8 
 7. Jonusas, Phoenix14.8 
 8. Bryant, Ratiopharm14.6 
 9. Carter, Phoenix14.5 
 10. Homan, B.Muenchen14.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 John BRYANT
  Ratiopharm
  (208-C-87)
  Avg: 9.1
 1. Bryant, Ratiopharm9.1 
 2. Chubb, EWE Baskets8.5 
 3. Homan, B.Muenchen7.8 
 4. Ensminger, Teleko.7.3 
 5. Zirbes, TBB Trier7.1 
 6. Tucker, Brose B.7.1 
 7. Troutman, B.Mue.7.0 
 8. Watts, Ratiopharm6.6 
 9. Evans, Goettingen6.6 
 10. Ovcina, LTi 46ers6.5 
Assists Per Game
 Jared JORDAN
  Telekom .
  (188-PG-84)
  Avg: 8.2
 1. Jordan, Telekom8.2 
 2. Holston, Art.Drag.5.8 
 3. Brewer, Bremerha.5.1 
 4. Everett, Bremerha.4.9 
 5. Wood, ALBA4.8 
 6. Brown, EWE Baskets4.7 
 7. Hamann, B.Muenchen4.5 
 8. Joyce, TBB Trier4.4 
 9. Campbell, Walter T.4.1 
 10. Bauscher, Goett.3.9 
Steals Per Game
 Nate LINHART
  TBB Trier
  (201-F-86)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Linhart, TBB Trier1.7 
 2. Kramer, s.Oliv.1.5 
 3. Dorris, EnBW L.1.4 
 4. Holston, Art.Drag.1.4 
 5. Gibson, Fraport SKY1.4 
 6. Redding, Walter T.1.4 
 7. Trice, Ratiopharm1.4 
 8. Bernard, LTi 46ers1.4 
 9. Gaffney, Teleko.1.3 
 10. Carter, Phoenix1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Tony GAFFNEY
  Teleko.
  (204-F-84)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Gaffney, Teleko.1.8 
 2. Davidson, Fraport1.7 
 3. Looby, EnBW L.1.6 
 4. Ibekwe, Bayreuth1.6 
 5. Homan, B.Muenchen1.5 
 6. Bryant, Ratiopharm1.3 
 7. Pleiss, Brose B.1.3 
 8. King, Art.Dragons1.2 
 9. Slaughter, Brose B.1.2 
 10. Chubb, EWE Baske.0.9 


AJ Rudowitz Remains With SC Rasta Vechta - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber


PRO B team SC Rasta Vechta have announced that A.J. Rudowitz (198-F-88, college: Stonehill) will remain on board for another season. A.J. Rudowitz is a 24 year old 198cm forward from Monroe Township, New Jersey that will be playing his third season in Germany. Last season for SC Rasta Vechta (Germany-ProB) he played 33 games: 14.4ppg, 6.7rpg, 1.1apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 58.0%, 3PT: 29.3%, FT: 76.7%. After playing with ASC Theresianum Mainz (Germany-Regionalliga) as a rookie, the American who played at Stonehill (NCAA2) has made a good development and will play in the PRO A this season for SC Rasta Vechta. At the moment, the American is in the States and will return back to Vechta in August for training camp.

Source: SC RASTA Vechta



Demetrius Jemison (I Really Want To Take My Game To Another Level This Summer) - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber


Demetrius Jemison (203-F-87, agency: Interperformances, college: Manhattan) is a 24 year old 203cm forward from Birmingham, Alabama that just completed his first season with the Fraport Skyliners PRO B team. He played at Alabama from 2006-2010 playing a total of 93 NCAA games. He had a serious injury his senior year and transferred to Manhatten in 2010 playing 22 games: 10.4ppg, 8.6rpg, 1.4apg, FGP: 42.9%, 3PT: 50.0%, FT: 76.1%. Currently for Frankfurt he is averaging 16,8ppg and 9,0 rpg. He spoke to eurobasket about his season in Frankfurt.

Congrats on the 95-75 win against Alba Berlin 2 to keep the Fraport Skyliners juniors in the PRO B. How good of a feeling was that?

It feels great to be able to stay in the Pro B league and to get such a big win over ALBA .

You have played in many big NCAA games in your career. Did you feel a lot of pressure before the game being that you are one of the go too guys?

I didn't feel any pressure before the game but I knew it was very important for us to get the win.

This was the biggest game of your professional career. Even though the 235 people in attendance wasnt the same kind of atmosphere like 12,000 at an NCAA game, how were you effected by the positive atmosphere in game 3?

The fans provided us with alot of energy. The way they cheered us on made us want to win even more.

At halftime the game was tied at 40-40. What did Klaus Mewes tell the team to do better in the second half?

Coach Klause told us to to play better defense and to move the ball more on offense.


Something he said must of worked since the team came out flying having a 29-9 third quarter. What was key in the third quarter for getting the big lead?

.We got such a big lead because we really focused on getting stops on defense and taking great shots on offense.

Was a big reason for the win that the Skyliners were able to contain the Berlin role players while allowing only Joey Ney and Lucca Staiger to have big games while the Skyliners had 5 players in double figures?

Yes, in game 2 of the series we allowed too many guys to make big plays throughout the game. In game 3 we really wanted to keep ALBA from shooting so many threes and not allow their role players to score and effect the game the way they did in game 2.

What was your play of the game that you will remember for a long time from this game?



The play I will remember is when I jumped over one of ALBA's players for a dunk. After the dunk the crowed was cheering and my teammates seemed very motivated to win.

How has American Larry Wright improved the most this season and what will you always remember from him on the floor and in general?


Larry's shooting improved throughout the year. he could already shoot t he ball well but towards the end of the season he started shooting lights out from the three point line he went 6/8 from the three point line against ALBA. He just taught me to always believe the ball is going in every time I shoot the ball. I'm happy I was able to play along side Larry this season.

In the short time where you could practice with German national player Tim Ohlbrecht, what things were you able to pick up from his game for your game?

Tim Ohlberechtn taught me to always play big and to finish high on my shots in the paint. Tim is a great player and I'm happy I had the chance to play with him.

You averaged 15,4ppg, and 8,1rpg and 1,4apg in 24 games this season. How happy were you with your season?

I had a really solid season I didn't realize I shot 60% percent from the floor. I'm happy with the season I had but this summer I'm looking to get better and have an even better season next year.

Where do you see your future? Will you return to Frankfurt or try to land on a team at a higher level?

I'm very thankful for the Skyliners allowing me to start my career in Frankfurt. However, I see myself playing in first league next season. I feel I have skills and the abilty to play at the first league level. So this summer I'm really trying to get an opportunity on a first division team.

What are your summer plans? On what things will you be working on this summer to improve your game?

My plans for the summer is to get bigger, stronger, and more comfortable shooting three pointers so that I can stretch defenses. I really want to take my game to another level this summer so I'm going to work very hard to improve my game.

What was the last DVD that you saw?

The last DVD I saw was The Sitter

Thanks Demetrius for the chat



Artland Dragons complete the Semifinal picture - by Eurobasket News

Art.Dragons - B.Muenchen 79-73 (3-2)

Artland Dragons complete the Semifinal picture winning the series 3-2 over Munchen. The hosts trailed by 3 points at the halftime before their 24-8 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. Artland Dragons made 22-of-28 free shots (78.6 percent) during the game. 25 personal fouls committed by Bayern Muenchen helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was American guard David Holston (170-86, college: Chicago St.) who scored 18 points and 5 assists (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line). American-Puerto Rican forward Nathan Peavy (203-85, college: Miami, OH) chipped in 10 points and 8 rebounds. Four Artland Dragons players scored in double figures. American-Bulgarian center Jared Homan (206-83, college: Iowa St.) produced a double-double by scoring 25 points and 10 rebounds and American guard Je'Kel Foster (191-83, college: Ohio St.) added 20 points and 9 rebounds respectively for the guests. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Art.Dragons: D.Holston 18+5ast, B.Thomas 14+3reb+1ast, B.Bailey 14+2ast, N.Peavy 10+8reb+1ast, D.Fenn 7+10reb+1ast, A.Hilliard 7+5reb
B.Muenchen: J.Homan 25+10reb+3ast, J.Foster 20+9reb+3ast, C.Troutman 7+1reb, J.Jagla 6+6reb+1ast, D.Greene 6+1reb+1ast, J.Wallace 3+2reb+1ast
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Game One of the Finals postponed, PAO's bus attacked - by Eurobasket News

Game One of the Greek league Finals, which supposed to be played last night, is postponed. According to various sources, the Panathinaikos bus was attacked with stones and one window is broken. The Greek police and HEBA officials agreed to postpone the game. After the incident, Stratos Perperoglou (203-F-84) and Steven Smith (203-F-83, college: La Salle) went immediately to the hospital due to eye injuries. Fortunately, examinations showed no serious damage for the players. It is not known at this moment when the game will be played.

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GasTerra Flames re-sign Jason Dourisseau for two seasons - by Fred Roggen

The small forward Jason Dourisseau (196-G-83, college: Nebraska) has signed on for two more years with the GasTerra Flames. The 29-year-old American and player of the year 2011, confirmed today he had inked a new deal with the club that would see him finish his career in Groningen.
This is Dourisseau's third year as a Flames and he has been a principal figure in helping transform the Northern based club into one of the elite in the Dutch competition.
He won with the Flames the championship in 2010 and the Dutch Cup in 2011. Dourisseau averaged 12.2 points, 6.4 rebounds and 1.3 steals in the DBL this season.




Eredivisie Finals: Den Bosch jumps to 2-0 lead (best-of-seven) - by Eurobasket News

Den Bosch - Leiden 85-70 (2-0)

Den Bosch celebrated tonight for 2-0 lead in the series (best-of-seven). The hosts trailed by 8 points after first quarter, but they stormed back and won the game by 15 points. 26 personal fouls committed by Leiden helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American point guard Frank Turner (178-88, college: Canisius, agency: Court Side) orchestrated the victory by scoring 22 points and 6 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field). The former international guard Rogier Jansen (188-84, agency: Court Side) contributed with 19 points and 4 assists for the winners. Four Den Bosch players scored in double figures. American forward Seamus Boxley (201-82, college: Portland St., agency: Prossin Sports Management) replied with 19 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists and international guard Arvin Slagter (190-85, agency: Court Side) added 12 points in the effort for Leiden. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Teams will meet again on Saturday.

Top scorers:
Den Bosch: F.Turner 22+6reb+3ast, R.Jansen 19+4ast, T.Wesley 14+4reb+1ast, P.Van Paassen 12+3reb, K.Akerboom 10+3reb, J.van der List 5+7reb+3ast
Leiden: S.Boxley 19+6reb+4ast, A.Slagter 12+4reb+3ast, W.de Jong 10, T.Sas 8+1reb, G.Kennedy 6, T.Jackson 5+5reb+4as



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Somogyi will be eligible for NBA draft - by Balazs Radics

After last year's major success that San Antonio Spurs drafted Adam Hanga, an other big hungarian prospect entered the NBA draft. 222cm tall, Gergely Somogyi (218-C-89) tries to achieve similar sensation as Hanga did last year, as he graduated from UCSB and just about to start his professional carrier. The Center averaged 3.1 ppg, 3.3 rpg and 1.7 bpg in 11.8 minutes per game of his final season 3.5 ppg, 2.9 rpg, 1.6 bpg, 12.2 mpg, 0.492 FG in 122 games 14 starts in the TOTAL of his college carrier. Eurobaket Hungary wishes Gergely good luck!


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David Seagers named IBL Player of the Week - by Kip Leonetti

Guard David Seagers (6'2''-G, college: Dowling) is off to an impressive start for the Jersey G-Force in their first season as a branding team in the International Basketball League, and he has now been rewarded for his efforts by being named as the leagues Player of the Week for the fifth week of the regular season.

A Bronx native, Seagers played a key role in helping the G-Force earn a split against the Orlando Venom in two home games played at Bergen Community College last weekend. On Friday, Seagers was among the games leading scorers with 31 points in a 126-121 loss to the Venom, and then helped his team rebound with a 127-105 victory on Saturday. He finished with 23 points in the win on 10-of-14 shooting from the floor on a variety of mid-range shots and driving lay-ins.

Seagers' big weekend came on the heels of a couple solid outings in Edmonton two weeks ago as the G-Force traveled north and came away with a split on the Energys home court at the Saville Centre.

Seagers played his college basketball at Dowling College and made an immediate impression once arriving on campus. In just his freshman season, he led the team with 395 points, 45 steals and 73 assists. He also pulled down 130 rebounds. He continued that run over his last three college seasons as well, again leading Dowling in scoring and receiving All-Conference and NCAA Division-II First Team All-America accolades.

Seagers will look to keep up his notable play as the G-Force conclude their branding season schedule this weekend with a pair of road games in Winter Park, Florida against the Orlando Venom.

For more information on Seagers and the Jersey G-Force, visit www.ibl.com/jersey_g-force.



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BASKETBALL IRELAND 2012 ANNUAL AWARD WINNERS - by Patrick Maher

BASKETBALL IRELAND 2012 ANNUAL AWARD WINNERS

UL Eagles and UL Basketball Club are heavily featured in the 2012 Basketball Ireland Annual Awards winners list.

Both Limerick clubs have enjoyed perfect seasons with Eagles claiming the double for the first time in their history following success in the Mens National Cup and Nivea For Mens SuperLeague, while UL Basketball Club enjoyed a clean sweep of trophies in the Nivea Womens SuperLeague and National Cup.

Mark Keenan has been named Nivea For Mens SuperLeague Coach of the Year after an amazing first season in charge of the club, while Limerick native Jason Killeen is the Player of the Year.

In the womens section, UL Head Coach James Weldon has been named Nivea Womens SuperLeague Coach of the Year for the second year running after a flawless campaign, while Great Britain star and potential Olympian prospect Rachael Vanderwal has retained the Nivea Womens SuperLeague Player of the Year award. The Young Player of the Year awards went to Brunells Megan OLeary and DCU Saints Keith Anderson.

UL Eagles have earned the Club of the Year tag, while progressive Cork club Fr Matthews will collect the Irish Daily Star Special Merit Award.

In the Schools section, St Josephs The Bish Galway have been named the Boys School of the Year, while Christ the King (Cork) are the Girls School of the Year.

Maciej Nazimek has been named referee of the year following a memorable year for officials in this country. Maciej was recently awarded his FIBA Referee Licence following the FIBA Clinic for International Referee Candidate in Mannheim, Germany.

Another notable recipient is Edel Thornton, who plays for Cork side Brunell. On top of being named Female U16 Player of the Year for her exploits with her school St Vincents, Cork, she was also named Female U16 International Player of the Year and AICC Under 16 Girls Player of the Year.

Ballons dramatic season which saw them crowned the 2011-12 Division One champions sees Mindaugas Tamusauskas named Male Senior Player of the Year, while Audrius Jonusas is Mens Senior Coach of the Year. Galway club Maree enjoyed a superb season which is reflected in this years awards. Rian Maher was named AICC Under 14 Boys Player of the Year, Kenneth Hansberry is the Male Young Player of the Year, while John Finn is the Mens Underage Coach of the Year.

The 2011 Basketball Ireland Annual Awards ceremony will take place at the National Basketball Arena on Sunday, May 27th and will also include the presentation of caps for this years international teams.

A full list of award winners are available below.

National Awards for season 2011/2012

Table officials

Table Official of the Year; Marion Meany

Young Table Official of the Year; Jennifer Taaffe

Referees

Referee of the Year; Maciej Nazimek

Junior Referee of the Year; Sarah ONeill

Post Primary Schools

Tom Collins Award; Joe Shields

Boys School of the Year; St Josephs The Bish Galway

Girls School of the Year; Christ the King (Cork)

Male U19 Player of the Year; Lorcan Murphy (Presentation Bray)

Female U19 Player of the Year; Cliona Mairtin (Colaiste Iosagain)

Male U16 Player of the Year; Jack OMahoney (Douglas Community School)

Female U16 Player of the Year; Edel Thornton (St Vincents Cork)

Wheelchair Basketball

Player of the Year Division 1; Barry Cooke (Killester Basketball Club)

National Area Boards

AICC Under 14 Boys Player of the Year; Rian Maher (Maree)

AICC Under 14 Girls Player of the Year; Aoife Maguire (Killenkere B.C.)

AICC Under 16 Boys Player of the Year; Charlie Coombes (St Vincents B.C.)

AICC Under 16 Girls Player of the Year; Edel Thornton (Brunell B.C.)

Colleges

Male Collegiate Player of the Year; Darryl Shazier (UUJ)

Female Collegiate Player of the Year; Aoife McDermott (UL)

International



2011 Male U16 International Player of the Year; Jason Carr (Donegal Town)

2011 Female U16 International Player of the Year; Lorna McNamee (Oblate Dynamos, Dublin)

Male U16 International Player of the Year; Gary Barron (Kubs, Dublin)

Female U16 International Player of the Year; Edel Thornton (Brunell B.C.)

Male U16 Development Player of the Year; Shane McCann (Kubs, Dublin)

Female U16 Development Player of the Year; Kelly Diggin (St. Angela's College, Cork)

National League

Male Senior Player of the Year; Mindaugas Tamusauskas (Ballon B.C.)

Female Senior Player of the Year; Eileen OConnor (Team Tom McCarthys St Marys)

Male Young Player of the Year; Kenneth Hansberry (Maree B.C.)

Female Young Player of the Year; Sinead Mackessy (Tralee Imperials)

Coaches

Mens Senior Coach of the Year; Audrius Jonusas (Ballon)

Womens Senior Coach of the Year; Liam Culloty (Tralee)

Mens Underage Coach of the Year; John Finn (Maree)

Womens Underage Coach of the Year; Mark Ingle (DCU)

Nivea Superleagues

Mens Coach of the Year; Mark Keenan (UL Eagles)

Womens Coach of the Year; James Weldon (UL)

Mens Player of the Year; Jason Killeen (UL Eagles)

Womens Player of the Year; Rachel Vanderwal (UL)

Mens Young Player of the Year; Keith Anderson (DCU Saints)

Womens Young Player of the Year; Megan OLeary (Brunell)

Special Merit Award of the Year; Fr.Matthews B.C., Cork

Club of the Year; UL Eagles

Presidents Award; The Grennell family

Courtesy .... Shane Whelan www.basketballireland.ie


Jason Killeen (211-C-85, agency: JEMsports, college: Augusta St.)



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Stats Leaders - SerieA

Points Per Game
 Andre SMITH
  Otto C.
  (203-F-85)
  Avg: 18.4
 1. Smith, Otto C.18.4 
 2. Coleman, Angelico.18.2 
 3. White, Scavolin.17.4 
 4. Diener, Banco d.16.9 
 5. Green, Sidigas AV16.1 
 6. Hickman, Scavolin.16.1 
 7. Shakur, Novipiu CM16.0 
 8. Pullen, Angelico BI16.0 
 9. Dean, Sidigas AV16.0 
 10. Tucker, Acea Roma15.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Viktor SANIKIDZE
  CS Bo.
  (203-F-86)
  Avg: 10.9
 1. Sanikidze, CS Bo.10.9 
 2. Johnson, Sidigas10.1 
 3. Ivanov, Fabi Shoes8.2 
 4. Smith, Otto C.7.7 
 5. Brunner, Fabi Shoes7.6 
 6. Jones, Scavolini PS7.3 
 7. Gigli, CS Bologna7.2 
 8. Chiotti, Novip.7.0 
 9. Miralles, Angelico.6.9 
 10. Easley, Banco d.6.6 
Assists Per Game
 Marques GREEN
  Sidigas AV
  (167-PG-82)
  Avg: 6.5
 1. Green, Sidigas AV6.5 
 2. Diener, Banco d.5.6 
 3. Collins, Otto Case.5.2 
 4. Cook, Armani Mit5.1 
 5. Shakur, Novipiu CM4.3 
 6. Perkins, Bennet C.3.9 
 7. Poeta, CS Bologna3.8 
 8. Mekel, Benetton TV3.7 
 9. McCalebb, Montepa.3.4 
 10. Brown, Banca T.3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Aubrey COLEMAN
  Angelico.
  (193-G-87)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Coleman, Angelico.3.3 
 2. Kirksay, Fabi Shoes2.6 
 3. Green, Sidigas AV2.5 
 4. Hackett, Scavolin.2.4 
 5. Hosley, Banco d.2.1 
 6. Dean, Sidigas AV2.0 
 7. Di Bella, Fabi S.1.9 
 8. Rich, Vanoli CR1.9 
 9. Pullen, Angelico BI1.8 
 10. Hickman, Scavolin.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Jarvis VARNADO
  Acea Roma
  (206-F-88)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Varnado, Acea Roma1.9 
 2. Cusin, Scavolini PS1.5 
 3. Szewczyk, Umana V.1.3 
 4. Johnson, Sidigas1.3 
 5. Easley, Banco d.1.2 
 6. Shermadini, Bennet1.0 
 7. Sanikidze, CS Bo.0.9 
 8. Viggiano, Benetton.0.8 
 9. Slokar, Acea Roma0.8 
 10. Crosariol, Acea R.0.8 


Stats Leaders - Lega2

Points Per Game
 Troy BELL
  S.Antimo
  (186-PG-80)
  Avg: 23.2
 1. Bell, S.Antimo23.2 
 2. Hardy, Giorgio22.6 
 3. Marigney, Givova S.21.4 
 4. Freeman, MarcoPol.20.9 
 5. Voskuil, Morpho B.18.8 
 6. Maggioli, Fileni B.18.5 
 7. Robinson, Trenkwal.18.0 
 8. McConnell, Fileni17.6 
 9. Taylor, Trenkwal.17.1 
 10. Brooks, Fileni BPA17.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 James THOMAS
  Givova S.
  (203-F/C-80)
  Avg: 11.8
 1. Thomas, Givova S.11.8 
 2. Anderson, Morpho B.8.2 
 3. Jones, Giorgio7.9 
 4. Maggioli, Fileni B.7.7 
 5. Baldassarre, Bianc.7.5 
 6. Borovnjak, Enel B.7.5 
 7. Waleskowski, Tezen.7.4 
 8. Diliegro, Assi Ost.7.1 
 9. Kotti, Aget Imola6.9 
 10. Brooks, Fileni BPA6.9 
Assists Per Game
 Mike GREEN
  Sigma B.
  (185-PG-85)
  Avg: 5.1
 1. Green, Sigma B.5.1 
 2. Johnson, Assi O.4.5 
 3. Porta, Tezenis4.4 
 4. Kelley, Biancobl.3.5 
 5. McConnell, Fileni3.4 
 6. Renfroe, Enel B.3.4 
 7. Whiting, Aget Imola3.4 
 8. Marigney, Givova S.3.3 
 9. Goldwire, Centra.3.0 
 10. Blizzard, Biancob.3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Mario WEST
  Tezenis .
  (195-G-84)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. West, Tezenis3.1 
 2. Thompson, Centra.2.6 
 3. Radulovic, Givova2.5 
 4. Green, Sigma B.2.5 
 5. Marigney, Givova S.2.4 
 6. Baldassarre, Bianc.2.4 
 7. Robinson, Trenkwal.2.4 
 8. Porta, Tezenis2.3 
 9. Goldwire, Centra.2.2 
 10. Taylor, Trenkwal.2.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Riccardo CERVI
  Trenkwalder
  (215-C-91)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Cervi, Trenkwalder2.2 
 2. Maggioli, Fileni B.1.7 
 3. Brkic, Prima Veroli0.8 
 4. Thomas, Givova S.0.8 
 5. Radulovic, Givova0.8 
 6. Chiacig, Trenkwald.0.7 
 7. Zerini, Enel Brind.0.6 
 8. Kotti, Aget Imola0.6 
 9. Da Ros, Sigma B.0.6 
 10. Galanda, Giorgi.0.6 


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

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

Danilo Gallinari
Danilo Gallinari
   #1. This week's number one is an international forward Danilo Gallinari (208-88, agency: Players Group). He led Denver Nuggets to an easy victory against the Los Angeles Lakers (41-25) 113-96 in the NBA last Thursday. Gallinari scored 12 points, had 4 rebounds and dished 7 assists. The Denver Nuggets have 38-28 record this season. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. It's Gallinari's first year with the team. He has individually a very good season with high stats. Gallinari averages: 14.4ppg, 4.8rpg, 2.7apg, 2FGP: 46.0%, 3FGP: 31.1% and FT: 87.6%. Despite he played previously for the Brazilian national team, Gallinari is currently a member of the Italian senior national team.

Leandro Garcia Morales
Leandro Garcia Morales
   #2. Second place goes to an international guard Leandro Garcia Morales (186-80, college: Texas A&M), who plays in the Venezuelan LPB. He could not help Cocodrilos (4-4) in their last game. Despite Garcia Morales' very good performance the second-placed Cocodrilos lost 74-83 on the road to the leading Marinos in the Group B. He was the top scorer with 26 points. Garcia Morales also added 3 steals in 39 minutes. Garcia Morales has very impressive stats this year: 16.2ppg, 1.9rpg, 3.2apg, 1.5spg in the 13 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Italian and Uruguayan. Despite Garcia Morales played previously for the Uruguayan national team, he is currently a member of the Italian senior national team.

Anthony Dobbins
Anthony Dobbins
   #3. The Italian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international guard Anthony Dobbins (194-81, college: Richmond), who plays in the French ProA. Dobbins was not able to help Poitiers (9-21) in their last game on Wednesday. Despite his good performance Poitiers was badly defeated 83-67 in Orleans by the much higher-ranked Entente 45 (#3). Dobbins was the top scorer with 14 points. He also added 7 boards, dished 3 assists and stole 4 balls. The Regular Season already ended. Dobbins is currently second on the league's list of most steals. His overall stats this season are: 8.1ppg, 6.0rpg, 3.7apg, 2.3spg, 2FGP: 40.4%, 3FGP: 23.8% and FT: 68.6%. Dobbins is a naturalized American. Despite he played previously for the USA national team, Dobbins played also for the Italian national team in 2012. He used to play for Banca Nuova Trapani in Italian league.

Dimitri Lauwers
Dimitri Lauwers
   #4. An experienced guard Dimitri Lauwers (187-79) contributed to a Base Oostende's victory against the closely-ranked Spirou Charleroi (23-9) 68-63 in the Belgian Ethias League last Friday. Lauwers scored 6 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 23 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Telenet Oostende (23-9) is placed first in the Ethias League. It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. They will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And that game will be critical. This year Lauwers' overall stats are: 6.0ppg, 3.0rpg, 1.7apg and 1.1spg in the seven games. He is another player who holds two passports: Italian and Belgian. Despite Lauwers played previously for the Belgian national team, he is currently in the Italian national team roster.

Dennis Dadezzio
Dennis Dadezzio
   #5. International guard Dennis Dadezzio (191-81) was not able to secure a victory for Trotamundos (4-4) in their game against Marinos (6-2) in the Venezuelan LPB. Despite his very good performance on Wednesday night Dadezzio was the second best scorer with 14 points. He also added 4 passes. Dadezzio's team will play only one more game in the Second Stage. And now that game is very crucial. This season Dadezzio averages only 4.3ppg. He has both Italian and Venezuelan nationalities. Despite Dadezzio played previously for the Venezuelan U21 national team, he is currently in the Italian national team roster.

Ross Schraeder
Ross Schraeder
   #6. Swingman Ross Schraeder (196-83, college: Cal-Irvine) was the major contributor in a 2-point Ford Burgos' victory against the league leader Caceres 2016 (2-1) 68-66 in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division) in Friday night's game. Schraeder scored 13 points in 26 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Autocid Ford Burgos (22-12) is placed second in the LEB Gold. It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. This year Schraeder's total stats are: 6.8ppg and 1.3rpg in the 39 games. He is a naturalized American. Despite Schraeder played previously for the USA national team, he is also a former international player as he played for the Italian senior team twelve years ago. Schraeder used to play for 86.4%, in March '06 signed a 3 year contract with Bipop-Carire Reggio Emilia in Italian league.

Steve Dagostino
Steve Dagostino
   #7. Former international point guard Steve Dagostino (180-85, agency: Duran International, college: St.Rose, NY) couldn't help one of league's weakest teams Lleida Basquet (20-14) in their game against Melilla Baloncesto (20-14) in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division). He scored 5 points. Lleida Basquet was edged 71-69 on the opponent's court by the higher-ranked Melilla_Baloncesto (#5). Dagostino has averaged so far 4.8ppg, 1.5rpg, 2.3apg and 1.2spg. He is a naturalized American. Dagostino used to play for the Italian national team twelve years ago. He played also for Edimes Pavia in Italian league.

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

   #1. Marcelinho Huertas (191-PG-83, agency: Edge Sports) 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. He was MVP of the game. Huertas recorded 21 points and added 3 assists in 26 minutes. 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 and 2.0rpg in the 21 games he played so far. Huertas has a dual citizenship: Brazilian and Italian. Despite his Italian passport, Huertas currently plays for the Brazilian national team and is not eligible to play for the Italian team.

Other top Italian players, who play abroad:

Emanuel Ginobili (198-G-77) plays for San Antonio Spurs in the NBA
Pablo Prigioni (191-G-77) plays for Caja Laboral in Spanish ACB
Andres Nocioni (199-F-79) plays for Caja Laboral in Spanish ACB
Carlos Delfino (198-G-82) plays for Milwaukee Bucks in the NBA
Andrea Bargnani (209-F/C-85) plays for Toronto Raptors in the NBA
Marco Belinelli (196-G-86) plays for New Orleans Hornets in the NBA
Hernan Jasen (199-G-78) plays for Cajasol in Spanish ACB
Leonardo Mainoldi (203-F-85) plays for Baloncesto Fuenlabrada in Spanish ACB
Paulinho Boracini (183-G-84) plays for Pinheiros/Sky in Brazilian NBB
Bruno Fiorotto (208-C-84) plays for Pinheiros/Sky in Brazilian NBB
Guilherme Giovannoni (202-F-80) plays for Uniceub/BRB in Brazilian NBB
Juan Gutierrez (205-F/C-83) plays for Obras in Argentinian LigaA

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



Lega2 Round 4 of Quarter-Finals - by Eurobasket News

Prima Veroli - Giorgio Tesi PT 78-80

Pistoia sneaked past Prima Veroli on the road to seal the semifinal appearance. Prima Veroli was trailing by 1 point at halftime but managed to get 2-point lead after three quarters before a 20-16 charge of Tuscany Pistoia, which allowed them to win the game. They made 18-of-22 free shots (81.8 percent) during the game. Americans were the main players on the court. Forward Bobby Jones (201-84, college: Washington) fired 27 points and 9 rebounds (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field) for the winners. point guard Dwight Hardy (188-87, college: St.John's) chipped in 18 points. Guard Jarrius Jackson (188-85, college: Texas Tech) produced 21 points and guard Barry Elder (193-82, college: Georgia Tech) added 13 points and 4 assists respectively for lost side. Four Tuscany Pistoia and five Prima Veroli players scored in double figures. Prima Veroli's coach Fernando Gentile rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
Prima Veroli: J.Jackson 21+3reb+2ast, B.Elder 13+3reb+4ast, A.Giovacchini 12+4reb+4ast, D.Brkic 11+3reb+1ast, G.Lee 11+6reb+2ast, R.Cortese 3+1reb
Giorgio Tesi PT: B.Jones 27+9reb+2ast, D.Hardy 18+3reb+1ast, L.Saccaggi 11+2reb+2ast, J.Tavernari 10+7reb+1ast, F.Toppo 8+3reb+2ast, G.Galanda 6+2reb
gschID: 176725


Morpho Basket - Sigma Barcel. 96-100

Sigma Barcellona toppled Morpho Basket in an exciting battle to advance into the semis. The guests trailed by 10 points after first quarter, but they rallied back and won the game by 4 points. Sigma Barcellona dominated down low during the game scoring 60 of its points in the paint compared to Morpho Basket's 34 and made 19-of-23 free shots (82.6 percent) during the game. They outrebounded Morpho Basket 40-27 including 25 on the defensive glass. 24 personal fouls committed by Morpho Basket helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of American point guard Mike Green (185-85, college: Butler) who helped to win the game recording 16 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists and Lithuanian guard Mindaugas Lukauskis (198-79) who added 19 points during the contest. Sigma Barcellona's coach Stefano Vanoncini used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. At the losing side American-Danish guard Alan Voskuil (191-86, college: Texas Tech) responded with 26 points and 5 rebounds and American forward Dwayne Anderson (198-86, college: Villanova) scored 21 points. Four Sigma Barcellona and five Morpho Basket players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Morpho Basket: A.Voskuil 26+5reb, D.Anderson 21+4reb+1ast, C.Cotis Harrison 15+4reb+4ast, M.Passera 11+3reb+4ast, A.Casella 11+1reb, R.Amoroso 6+6reb
Sigma Barcel.: M.Lukauskis 19+4reb, M.Green 16+5reb+5ast, M.Mocavero 12+3reb+1ast, R.Bucci 12+4reb, M.Da Ros 11+3reb, L.Dordei 8+7reb+2ast
gschID: 176723


Centrale Latte - Givova Scafati 84-100

Givova Scafati cruised past Brescia to secure next round birth. The game was mostly controlled by Givova Scafati. Centrale Latte was better in fourth quarter 32-25. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Givova Scafati shot 61.8 percent from the field and made 18-of-22 charity shots (81.8 percent) during the game. Givova Scafati had a 31-18 advantage in offensive rebounds. They shot the lights out from three nailing 14 long-distance shots on high 60.9 percentage. Centrale Latte was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. The winners were led by American guard Paul Marigney (192-82, college: St.Mary's, CA) who scored that evening 28 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists and the other American import power forward James Thomas (203-80, college: Texas) supported him with 13 points and 13 rebounds. Five Givova Scafati players scored in double figures. Even 18 points by American point guard Leemire Goldwire (182-85, college: Charlotte, agency: Interperformances) did not help to save the game for Centrale Latte. Naturalized Albanian guard Franko Bushati (188-85, agency: Two Points) added 13 points and 6 assists for lost side.
Top scorers:
Centrale Latte: L.Goldwire 18+3reb+1ast, F.Bushati 13+2reb+6ast, R.Thompson 11+4reb+2ast, R.Rombaldoni 9+2reb+4ast, A.Scanzi 8, M.Jose Ghersetti 8+6reb
Givova Scafati: P.Marigney 28+6reb+4ast, M.Casini 17+3reb+2ast, J.Thomas 13+13reb+2ast, M.Levin 13+2reb+3ast, N.Radulovic 10+4reb+1ast, A.Ghiacci 10+4reb+3ast
gschID: 176724



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Mamadi Diane selected the top Ivorian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Mamadi Diane
Mamadi Diane
   #1. This week's number one is an international swingman Mamadi Diane (196-86, college: Virginia). He was the major contributor in Ventspils' victory against the closely-ranked VEF Riga (15-1) 97-90 in the Latvian LBL in Thursday night's game. Diane recorded 21 points, 4 rebounds and 3 blocks in 36 minutes on the court; quite an impressive performance considering it's only his third season in pro basketball. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. BK Ventspils (15-1) is placed third in the LBL. It's Diane's first year with the team. Diane has relatively good stats this season: 10.5ppg, 2.2rpg, 1.5apg, 1.3spg, 2FGP: 51.4%, 3FGP: 42.9% and FT: 74.3% in the 11 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Guinean and Ivorian. Despite Diane played previously for the Guinean national team, he is currently a member of the Ivorian senior national team.

Pape-Philippe Amagou
Pape-Philippe Amagou
   #2. Second place goes to former international guard Pape-Philippe Amagou (185-85, agency: Beo Basket). Amagou led Sluc Nancy to a victory against the tenth-ranked JDA Dijon (14-16) 79-68 in the French ProA last Wednesday. He scored 17 points and added 5 passes. Sluc Nancy Basket Pro (18-12) is placed fifth in the ProA. Amagou's team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And that game will be critical. It's Amagou's first season with the team. This year he has relatively solid stats: 10.9ppg, 1.8rpg, 2.6apg, 2FGP: 47.7%, 3FGP: 38.5% and FT: 82.4%. Amagou is another player who holds two passports: Ivorian and French. Despite he played previously for the French U20 national team, Amagou played also for the Ivorian national team in 2010.

Walter Hodge
Walter Hodge
   #3. The Ivorian player who performed third best last week abroad was former international point guard Walter Hodge (183-86, college: Florida), who plays in the Polish PLK. He could not help Zastal ZG (6-4) in their last game. Despite Hodge's very good performance the third-placed Zastal ZG lost 77-90 at home to the leading Asseco Prokom in the Group A. He was the second best scorer with 19 points. Hodge also added 5 rebounds and dished 3 assists in 26 minutes; not bad, considering it's only his third season in pro basketball. Hodge is currently first on the league's list of top scorers and also on the list of best passers (third place). He has individually a very good year with high stats. Hodge averages: 19.3ppg, 2.9rpg, 5.8apg, 1.4spg, 2FGP: 47.6%, 3FGP: 31.4% and FT: 87.1% in the 42 games. He has both Ivorian and Puerto Rican nationalities. Despite Hodge played previously for the Puerto Rican national team, he played also for the Ivorian national team in 2005.

Alain Koffi
Alain Koffi
   #4. Center Alain Koffi (207-83, also represented by Beo Basket) contributed to a Le Mans' victory against the 11th-ranked JSF Nanterre (14-16) 79-72 in the French ProA in Wednesday night's game. Koffi scored 7 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. Le Mans Sarthe Basket (19-11) is placed fourth in the ProA. His team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And now that game is very crucial. Koffi's overall stats this season are: 6.9ppg and 3.5rpg. He also holds two passports: Ivorian and French. Despite Koffi played previously for the French national team, he is currently in the Ivorian national team roster.

Mohamed Kone
Mohamed Kone
   #5. International center Mohamed Kone (211-81, college: Valparaiso) was not able to help Meridiano Alicante (18-16) in their game against Regal FC Barcelona (29-5) in the Spanish ACB. Kone was the second best scorer with 8 points in 18 minutes. Meridiano Alicante was crushed 73-43 on the road by the leading Regal FC Barcelona. It was Meridiano Alicante's third consecutive loss in a row. This year Kone's overall stats are: 4.7ppg and 3.5rpg in the 33 games. He holds both Ivorian and French passports. Despite Kone played previously for the French national team, he is currently in the Ivorian national team roster.

Francis Koffi
Francis Koffi
   #6. Forward Francis Koffi (202-81, college: Fresno St.), who plays in the Spanish LEB Silver (third division) was not able to secure a victory for Ourense (15-13) in their last game on Friday. Despite Koffi's very good performance Ourense was defeated 70-63 in Vitoria-Gasteiz by the lower-ranked Aurteneche Maquinaria Araberri (#6). He recorded a double-double by scoring 16 points and getting 11 rebounds. Koffi has reliable stats this season: 12.2ppg and 5.6rpg. Despite he played previously for the French national team, Koffi is also a former international player as he played for the Ivorian senior team two years ago.

Jonathan Kale
Jonathan Kale
   #7. International forward Jonathan Kale (203-85, college: Providence), who plays in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division) couldn't help one of league's weakest teams Lleida Basquet (20-14) in their last game. Despite his good performance Lleida Basquet was edged 71-69 on the opponent's court by the higher-ranked (#5) Melilla_Baloncesto. Kale was the second best scorer with 10 points. He also added 5 rebounds in 27 minutes. Kale's stats this year are: 10.8ppg and 5.7rpg in the 39 games. He holds both American and Ivorian passports. Despite Kale played previously for the USA national team, he is currently in the Ivorian national team roster.

Wilfrid Aka
Wilfrid Aka
   #8. An experienced swingman Wilfrid Aka (192-79) couldn't help JA Vichy (7-27) in their game against SPO Rouen (14-20) in the French ProB (second division). Despite his very good performance last Wednesday Aka was the second best scorer with 14 points. He also added 4 rebounds. The Regular Season already ended. Aka's total stats this season are: 7.5ppg, 3.0rpg and 1.4apg. Despite he played previously for the French national team, Aka is currently in the Ivorian national team roster.

Frejus Zerbo
Frejus Zerbo
   #9. Former international center Frejus Zerbo (205-89) helped Limoges CSP Elite win their game against the 13th-ranked Nantes (14-20) 78-72 in the French ProB (second division) on Wednesday night. He recorded 6 points in 16 minutes. Limoges CSP Elite (27-7) is placed first in the ProB. Zerbo's team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And now that game is quite important. This year Zerbo's total stats are: 2.4ppg and 3.0rpg in the 27 games. Despite he played previously for the Burkinabe national team, Zerbo is currently in the Ivorian national team roster.

Mohamed Toure
Mohamed Toure
   #10. Guard Mohamed Toure (189-92) couldn't help Omegna (30-4) in their game against Ferentino (21-13) in the Italian Nazionale A (third division). He scored only 4 points. Omegna was defeated 78-71 on the opponent's court by the second-ranked Ferentino in the North-West Division. Toure has averaged so far 4.7ppg and 1.5rpg. He is a former international player as two years ago he still played for the Ivorian senior national team.

   #11. Former international forward Issife Soumahoro (197-88) managed to help Boulazac Basket Dordogne in a victory against the 15th-ranked Le Portel 86-79 in the French ProB (second division) last Wednesday. Soumahoro recorded only 2 points in 12 minutes. Soumahoro has averaged so far 3.8ppg and 1.3rpg in the 32 games. He used to play for the Ivorian national team two years ago.



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

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

Roy Hibbert
Roy Hibbert
   #1. This week's number one is former international center Roy Hibbert (218-86, college: Georgetown), who plays in the NBA. He could not help the Indiana Pacers (42-24) in their last game. Despite Hibbert's very good performance the Indiana Pacers lost 86-95 on the road to the Miami Heat. He had a double-double by scoring 17 points and getting 11 rebounds in 29 minutes on the court. It's Hibbert's fourth season with the team. Hibbert is currently fifth on the league's list of best blockers with 2.1bpg. He also averaged so far 12.7ppg, 9.0rpg, 1.6apg, 2FGP: 49.9% and FT: 70.9% in the 72 games he played so far. Hibbert is a naturalized American. Despite he played previously for the USA national team, Hibbert played also for the Jamaican national team in 2010.

Adrian Uter
Adrian Uter
   #2. Second place goes to former international power forward Adrian Uter (201-84, agency: Gross Zeev ISA, college: Hofstra). He was the major contributor in a Maccabi Rishon's victory against the eighth-ranked Ironi Ashkelon (10-15) 85-81 in the Israeli Premier League last Sunday. Uter recorded a double-double by scoring 20 points and getting 12 rebounds. He also added and 3 steals. Maccabi Rishon Le-Zion (15-10) is placed third in the Premier League. It's Uter's first season with the team. Uter is currently seventh on the league's list of best rebounders and also on the list of best blockers (third place). He has very reliable stats this season: 13.5ppg, 7.5rpg, 2.4apg, 1.5bpg, 1.7spg, 2FGP: 51.6% and FT: 61.4%. Uter is a naturalized American. Despite he played previously for the USA national team, Uter played also for the Jamaican national team in 2007.

Bryan Bailey
Bryan Bailey
   #3. The Jamaican player who performed third best last week abroad was former international point guard Bryan Bailey (185-80, college: Bucknell). He led Artland Dragons to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Bayern Muenchen (22-12) 83-67 in the German BBL on Saturday night. Bailey scored 14 points and added 5 assists in 25 minutes. Artland Dragons Quakenbrueck (24-10) is placed fourth in the BBL. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. This year Bailey averages: 6.9ppg, 1.1rpg, 2.3apg, 2FGP: 46.8%, 3FGP: 20.6% and FT: 76.4% in the 24 games. He is a naturalized American. Despite Bailey played previously for the USA national team, he played also for the Jamaican national team in 2007.

Oritseweyinmi Efejuku
Oritseweyinmi Efejuku
   #4. Guard Oritseweyinmi Efejuku (196-86, college: Providence) led Indios to a victory over the sixth-ranked Mets (0-7) 100-96 in the Puerto Rican BSN in Monday night's game. Efejuku was MVP of the game. He scored 23 points; quite an impressive performance considering it's only Efejuku's third season in pro basketball. Indios de Mayaguez (5-2) is placed first in Top 6 group. There are only three games left until the end of the Second Stage. So now every game will be critical. Efejuku has relatively good stats this season: 12.3ppg, 3.1rpg, 2.4apg and 1.1spg. He has a dual citizenship: Nigerian and Jamaican. Despite Efejuku played previously for the Nigerian national team, he is currently in the Jamaican national team roster.

Maurice Bailey
Maurice Bailey
   #5. Former international guard Maurice Bailey (183-81, college: Sacred Heart) managed to help VEF Riga in a victory in overtime against the closely-ranked Ventspils (15-1) 107-102 in the Latvian LBL last Monday. Bailey scored 5 points and added 4 assists in 18 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. VEF Riga (15-1) is placed second in the LBL. It was his team's ninth consecutive victory in a row. Bailey is ranked sixth on the list of the best passers in the league with 3.5apg. This year he also averages: 6.7ppg, 2.1rpg and 1.1spg in the 13 games. Bailey is a naturalized American. He used to play for the Jamaican national team three years ago.

Sherman Gay
Sherman Gay
   #6. Power forward Sherman Gay (201-82, college: Loyola Mary) was the main contributor in a Fos Ouest's victory against the tenth-ranked Lille Metropole (16-18) 75-66 in the French ProB (second division) on Wednesday night. Gay was the best player in that game. He recorded 16 points and grabbed 9 rebounds. Fos Ouest Provence Basket (22-12) is placed fifth in the ProB. Gay's team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And now that game is very crucial. Gay is ranked ninth on the list of the top scorers in the league and also on the list of best blockers (second place). He has individually a very good season with high stats. Gay averages: 15.2ppg, 6.4rpg, 1.2apg, 1.7bpg and 1.1spg. He is a naturalized American. Despite Gay played previously for the USA national team, he is also a former international player as he played for the Jamaican senior team three years ago.

Other top Jamaican players, who play abroad:

Jerome Jordan (213-C-86) plays for New York Knicks in the NBA
Samardo Samuels (206-F/C-89) plays for Cleveland Cavaliers in the NBA
Kimany Ffriend (211-C-77) plays for Baloncesto Fuenlabrada in Spanish ACB
Jermaine Bucknor (199-F-83) plays for s Oliver Baskets in German BBL
Corey Muirhead (198-F-83) plays for BK Pardubice in Czech Republic NBL
Akeem Scott (186-PG-83) plays for Mornar Bar in Montenegrin 1A
Omar Barlett (203-F-80) plays for AEK in Cypriot Division A
Garry Gallimore (192-G-84) plays for CSM Bucuresti in Romanian Division A
Corey Williams (191-G-77) plays for Quebradillas in Puerto Rican BSN
Ricky Johns (193-G-85) plays for San Martin Corrientes in Argentinian LigaA

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



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1st Team Juco All American Brendan Cooper Lakeland CC (Mentor, Oh) signs with Fairmount State - by Vance Marbury

Fairmont State signs JC basketball All-American
New Fairmont State basketball coach Jared Calhoun has signed a first-team junior college All-America selection in forward Brendan Cooper of Lakeland Community College in Kirtland, Ohio.
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New Fairmont State basketball coach Jared Calhoun has signed a first-team junior college All-America selection in forward Brendan Cooper of Lakeland Community College in Kirtland, Ohio.

Cooper, 6-foot-7, led the Lakers to their second straight Region 12, District 10 championship and an appearance in the NJCAA national tournament, where they advanced to the Final Four.

Cooper averaged 17.7 points and 9.6 rebounds this season and recorded 17 double-doubles. He had 886 career points and 511 rebounds in helping Lakeland to a 47-19 two-year record.



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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. Young, Ventspils15.5 
 8. Mediss, Turiba15.5 
 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, Ventspils7.1 
 6. Mednis, Turiba6.7 
 7. Kalve, Valmiera6.3 
 8. Zavackas, VEF Riga6.2 
 9. Timma, Liepaja5.9 
 10. Nelson, Jelgava5.8 
Assists Per Game
 Josh MAYO
  Liepaja
  (182-G-87)
  Avg: 5.1
 1. Mayo, Liepaja5.1 
 2. Lucas, Valmiera4.4 
 3. Abernethy, Vents.4.1 
 4. Kravcenko, Liepaja3.8 
 5. Coders, Jurmala3.6 
 6. Bailey, VEF Riga3.5 
 7. Janicenoks, VEF R.3.5 
 8. Krumins, Jelgava3.3 
 9. Millage, VEF Riga3.2 
 10. Peiners, LU2.9 
Steals Per Game
 Curtis MILLAGE
  VEF Riga
  (185-G-81)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Millage, VEF Riga2.7 
 2. Kanbergs, Jelgava1.9 
 3. Janicenoks, VEF R.1.8 
 4. Mayo, Liepaja1.8 
 5. Peiners, LU1.7 
 6. Osins, LU1.6 
 7. Timma, Liepaja1.6 
 8. Kosuskins, Jurmala1.4 
 9. Krumins, Jelgava1.4 
 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 


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

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

Armands Skele
Armands Skele
   #1. This week's number one is former international guard Armands Skele (192-83). He led Kalev/Cramo to an overtime victory over the league leader Tartu Ulikool (25-3) 87-76 in the Estonian KML in Tuesday night's game. Skele was MVP of the game. He scored 17 points, had 5 rebounds and dished 3 assists in 24 minutes on the court. 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. This year Skele averages: 9.2ppg, 3.9rpg, 2.6apg, 1.6spg, 2FGP: 54.2%, 3FGP: 39.5% and FT: 44.8% in the 21 games he played so far. He played for the Latvian senior national team three years ago.

Raitis Grafs
Raitis Grafs
   #2. Second place goes to former international center Raitis Grafs (208-81, college: Valparaiso). Grafs led Siauliai to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Rudupis (16-6) crushing them 81-61 in the Lithuanian LKL last Wednesday. He scored 11 points, had 5 rebounds and dished 4 assists. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. BC Siauliai (16-6) is placed third in the LKL. It was his team's seventh consecutive victory in a row. Grafs' overall stats this season are: 7.6ppg, 3.7rpg, 2FGP: 51.4% and FT: 74.2%. He played for the Latvian national team in 2010.

Davis Bertans
Davis Bertans
   #3. The Latvian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international forward Davis Bertans (208-92). Bertans contributed to Partizan's victory against the second-ranked Radnicki Kragujevac (9-3) 82-76 in the Serbian A League on Saturday night. He scored 10 points in 15 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 3 ranked teams in group SuperLiga. BC Partizan MT:S Beograd (10-2) is placed first. It was his team's sixth consecutive victory in a row. There are only two games left until the end of the Second Stage. So now every game will be critical. This year Bertans' overall stats are: 4.2ppg, 1.7rpg, 3FGP: 41.2% in the 10 games. He is also a member of the Latvian senior national team.

Janis Strelnieks
Janis Strelnieks
   #4. Guard Janis Strelnieks (191-89), who plays in the Russian PBL could not help Spartak St.Petersburg (9-9) to beat Unics Kazan (8-10). Strelnieks scored 7 points and added 3 passes. Spartak St.Petersburg was defeated 81-75 on the road by the lower-ranked Unics Kazan (#6). It's Strelnieks' first season with the team. His total stats this year are: 5.0ppg and 1.1apg. Strelnieks is also Latvian national team player.

Janis Blums
Janis Blums
   #5. International guard Janis Blums (190-82) was not able to help Gescrap BB (19-15) in their game against Caja Laboral (23-11) in the Spanish ACB. He recorded 5 points in 21 minutes. Gescrap BB lost 73-77 in Vitoria to the higher-ranked (#3) Caja Laboral. Blums has been at the team for four years. This season Blums' total stats are: 5.7ppg and 1.3rpg in the 32 games. He plays currently for the Latvian national team.

Mareks Jurevicus
Mareks Jurevicus
   #6. Swingman Mareks Jurevicus (197-85) was not able to secure a victory for Assi Ostuni (13-15) in their game against Enel Brindisi (18-10) in the Italian Lega2 (second division). Jurevicus did not beat the league record on Wednesday evening. He recorded only 2 points. Assi Ostuni was defeated 80-66 in Brindisi by the higher-ranked Enel (#3). Jurevicus has relatively good stats this season: 13.6ppg, 4.2rpg, 1.7apg and 1.1spg. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Latvian National Team roster.

Other top Latvian players, who play abroad:

Rihards Kuksiks (198-G/F-88) plays for Valencia Basket in Spanish ACB
Andris Biedrins (213-C-86) plays for Golden State Warriors in the NBA
Andris Misters (192-G-92) plays for Toronto Raptors in the NBA
Kristaps Valters (190-G-81) plays for Unicaja Malaga in Spanish ACB
Kristaps Porzingis (210-C-95) plays for Cajasol in Spanish ACB
Akselis Vairogs (195-F-85) plays for Slask Wroclaw in Polish PLK
Pavels Veselovs (207-F/C-83) plays for Keravnos in Cypriot Division A
Juris Umbrasko (197-G/F-79) plays for BC Rakvere in Estonian KML
Rinalds Sirsnins (186-PG-85) plays for BC Rakvere in Estonian KML
Arturs Brunins (198-F-82) plays for Neptunas in Lithuanian LKL

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



Ventspils wins the initial Final game - by Eurobasket News

Ventspils - VEF Riga 97-90 (1-3)

Ventspils wins the initial Final game to reduce 1-3 in the series. VEF Riga trailed by 11 points at halftime and as many as 21 after three quarters before a 35-21 last quarter charge cut the deficit to 90-97 at the end of the game. Ventspils made 33-of-41 free shots (80.5 percent) during the game. 32 personal fouls committed by VEF Riga helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Jahmar Young (196-86, college: N.Mexico St., agency: Two Points) who helped to win the game recording 26 points. Guinean-Ivorian swingman Mamadi Diane (196-86, college: Virginia) contributed with 21 points for the winners. American guard Curtis Millage (185-81, college: Arizona St.) replied with 19 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists and the former international forward Kristaps Janicenoks (196-83) added 20 points in the effort for VEF Riga. Four Ventspils and five VEF Riga players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Ventspils: J.Young 26+2reb+1ast, M.Diane 21+4reb+2ast, M.Meiers 11+1reb, T.Abernethy 11+3reb+2ast, S.Willard 11+5reb, A.Strelnieks 10+6reb+1ast
VEF Riga: K.Janicenoks 20+2reb+3ast, C.Millage 19+7reb+4ast, K.Berzins 14+9reb, G.Jahovics 12+6reb+4ast, D.Zavackas 11+6reb, S.Valters 8+1reb+1ast
gschID: 176639



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  LEBANON   


Riyadi invest 1.6 million dollars to get El Khatib - by Rabih Khoury

BEIRUT: Champville's supporters received the news they had been dreading this morning, as head coach Ghassan Sarkis announced that the Lebanese Basketball League champions are on the verge of accepting a $400,000 bid for star Fadi Khatib (199-F-79) by rival club Riyadi.

Although the deal hasnt been rubber-stamped yet, the transfer is set to make Khatib the most expensive player in the history of Lebanese basketball. The record deal is expected to be finalized in the next 48 hours, as confirmed by sources in the Riyadi camp. 'The Tiger' will sign a contract of $1.2m for four years, returning to the club he led to the 2011 Asian Champions Cup when on loan from Champville.

Sarkis will turn now his attention to finding a replacement for Khatib. Champville, which won the league championship last week ending the era of Riyadi's domination, could follow up their informal approach for Elie Rustom of Mouttahed Tripoli as well as act on their interest in Jean Abdel-Nour of Riyadi. Though Abdel-Nours name will be grist for the rumor mill, Riyadi president Hicham Jaroudi has stated that the Beirut-based side are not keen to lose the Lebanese shooting guard.

It is understood that Khatib will earn a salary of $300,000 per year, knowing his deal with Champville ends in the summer of 2013 and the club showed no interest in extending his contract.

Meanwhile, despite the fact Champville will lose one of their key players, they will gain around $400,000 from the deal, which will allow them to attract a few players.

Khatib is yet to comment but the Lebanon international is set to join Egyptian veteran Ismael Ahmad and American center Loren Woods, who is also in negotiations with the club, while the destiny of players such as Joe Vogel and Ali Mahmoud remains unknown as both players' contracts expires this summer.

Head coach Fouad Abou Chacra, who was not available for comment, is rumored to be leaving Riyadi after failing to win the league championship for the first time in seven years.

Jaroudi has already revealed that the club are keen to keep Abou Chacra for at least one more year.

By Dany Abboud
The Daily Star
Read more: http://www.dailystar.com.lb/Sports/Basketball/2012/May-17/173730-khatib-to-leave-champville-return-to-riyadi.ashx#ixzz1vA2arpWQ
(The Daily Star :: Lebanon News :: http://www.dailystar.com.lb)



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

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

Darjus Lavrinovic
Darjus Lavrinovic
   #1. This week's number one is an experienced international center Darjus Lavrinovic (212-79). He was the major contributor in a CSKA Moscow's victory against the closely-ranked Khimky (15-3) 81-62 in the Russian PBL in Wednesday night's game. Lavrinovic recorded 14 points, 4 rebounds and 3 blocks in 22 minutes on the court. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. CSKA Moscow (17-1) is placed first in the PBL. It was his team's 13th consecutive victory in a row. Lavrinovic is currently third on the league's list of best blockers with 0.9bpg. He also averaged so far 7.8ppg, 3.7rpg, 2FGP: 60.9%(39-64), 3FGP: 47.8%(11-23) and FT: 80.9% in the 19 games he played so far. Lavrinovic is currently a member of the Lithuanian senior national team.

Sarunas Jasikevicius
Sarunas Jasikevicius
   #2. Second place goes to an international guard Sarunas Jasikevicius (192-76, college: Maryland), who plays in Greece. He could not help Panathinaikos (4-2) in their last game on Friday. Despite Jasikevicius' very good performance the first-placed Panathinaikos was edged 66-64 on the road by the leading CSKA Moscow in the group G of Euroleague. He was the top scorer with 19 points. This season Jasikevicius averages: 7.2ppg, 1.3rpg, 2.5apg, 2FGP: 58.2%(46-79), 3FGP: 38.5% and FT: 87.5%. He is in the roster of the Lithuanian senior national team.

Ramunas Siskauskas
Ramunas Siskauskas
   #3. The Lithuanian player who performed third best last week abroad was former international guard Ramunas Siskauskas (197-78) is a teammate of previously mentioned Darjus Lavrinovic. But that was another game of his team in Russian PBL which we would like to mention. Siskauskas led CSKA Moscow to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Khimky (15-3) 79-61. He scored 12 points in 23 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. CSKA Moscow (17-1) is placed first in the PBL. It was his team's 13th consecutive victory in a row. It's Siskauskas' fifth season with the team. This year Siskauskas' overall stats are: 7.0ppg, 1.9rpg, 1.4apg, 3FGP: 35.3% and FT: 90.3%(28-31) in the 16 games. He played for the Lithuanian national team two years ago.

Donatas Motiejunas
Donatas Motiejunas
   #4. Power forward Donatas Motiejunas (213-90, agency: Interperformances) led Asseco Prokom to a victory against the third-ranked Zastal ZG (6-4) 90-77 in the Polish PLK in Friday night's game. Motiejunas scored 14 points, had 9 rebounds and made 2 blocks. It was the game of the round between two top 3 ranked teams in Group A. Asseco Prokom Gdynia (8-2) is placed first. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. Motiejunas belongs to league's top scorers and is ranked #2. He has individually a very good season with high stats. Motiejunas averages: 16.2ppg, 6.3rpg, 1.4apg and 1.4spg. He is also Lithuanian national team player.

Antanas Kavaliauskas
Antanas Kavaliauskas
   #5. Former University international center Antanas Kavaliauskas (208-84, also represented by Interperformances, college: Texas A&M) contributed to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Ventspils (15-1) 85-67 in the Latvian LBL last Thursday. Kavaliauskas scored 15 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 27 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. VEF Riga (15-1) is placed second in the LBL. It was his team's ninth consecutive victory in a row. It's Kavaliauskas' first season with the team. He has relatively good stats this year: 11.4ppg and 5.1rpg in the 16 games. Kavaliauskas used to play for the Lithuanian university national team five years ago.

Rimantas Kaukenas
Rimantas Kaukenas
   #6. Guard Rimantas Kaukenas (192-77, college: Seton Hall) contributed to an easy victory against the eighth-ranked Cimberio Varese (17-15) crushing them 92-57 in the Italian SerieA on Thursday night. He recorded 14 points (made all of his five free throws). Montepaschi Siena (24-8) is placed first in the SerieA. This season Kaukenas has relatively solid stats: 10.7ppg, 1.6rpg and 1.8apg. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Lithuanian National Team roster.

Donatas Zavackas
Donatas Zavackas
   #7. Former U20 international forward Donatas Zavackas (203-80, college: Pittsburgh) is a teammate of previously mentioned Antanas Kavaliauskas. However that was another game of his team in Latvian LBL which brought him to that list. Zavackas contributed to an overtime VEF Riga's victory against the closely-ranked Ventspils (15-1) 107-102. He scored 13 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 28 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. VEF Riga (15-1) is placed second in the LBL. It was his team's ninth consecutive victory in a row. Zavackas has reliable stats this year: 12.4ppg, 6.2rpg, 1.5apg and 1.4spg in the 13 games. He used to play for the Lithuanian U20 national team twelve years ago.

Ksistof Lavrinovic
Ksistof Lavrinovic
   #8. Center Ksistof Lavrinovic (210-79) is a teammate of previously mentioned Rimantas Kaukenas and both played together in the last Italian SerieA game. Lavrinovic contributed to an easy victory against the eighth-ranked Cimberio Varese (17-15) crushing them 92-57. He recorded 12 points (made all of his six free throws). Lavrinovic is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fifth year in Montepaschi Siena's roster. Lavrinovic's stats this season are: 11.3ppg and 5.2rpg. He plays currently for the Lithuanian national team.

Benas Veikalas
Benas Veikalas
   #9. International guard Benas Veikalas (192-83, college: Metro St.), who plays in the German BBL was not able to help Telekom Baskets (18-15) in their last game. Despite Veikalas' very good performance Telekom Baskets lost 92-102 in Bamberg to the leading Brose Baskets. He was the second best scorer with 21 points. Veikalas also added 4 rebounds in 34 minutes. Veikalas' stats this year are: 13.5ppg, 3.4rpg and 1.8apg in the 35 games. He is also in the roster of the Lithuanian national team.

Arvydas Cepulis
Arvydas Cepulis
   #10. Guard Arvydas Cepulis (196-79) led Ploiesti to a victory over the eighth-ranked Timisoara (17-13) 79-65 in the Romanian Division A in Thursday night's game. Cepulis was MVP of the game. He scored 23 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. CSU Asesoft Ploiesti (20-8) is placed fourth in the Division A. Cepulis averaged so far 12.8ppg, 2.9rpg and 1.5apg. He is a former university international player as seven years ago he still played for the Lithuanian national team.

   #11. Former University international forward Justinas Sinica (203-85) contributed to an easy victory against the second-ranked Grodno-93 crushing them 97-74 in the Belarusian Premier League last Sunday. Sinica recorded 16 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists in a mere 18 minutes. Sinica averaged so far 10.6ppg, 3.6rpg and 2.0apg in the 17 games. He used to play for the Lithuanian university national team five years ago.

   #12. Former international forward Simonas Serapinas (197-82) is a teammate of previously mentioned Benas Veikalas and both played together in the last German BBL game. Serapinas, who plays in the German BBL was not able to secure a victory for Telekom Baskets (18-15) in their last game on Saturday. Despite his very good performance Telekom Baskets was defeated 102-92 in Bamberg by the leading Brose Baskets. Serapinas scored 19 points. Serapinas' total stats this season are: 9.9ppg and 3.0rpg. He used to play for the Lithuanian national team back in 2004.

   #13. Former U18 international forward Ronaldas Rutkauskas (203-92) is a teammate of previously mentioned Justinas Sinica. But that was another game of his team in Belarusian Premier League we would like to talk about. Rutkauskas contributed to Minsk-2006's victory against the fourth-ranked Minsk-2006 II 87-76 in a derby game. He recorded 17 points in 20 minutes. Rutkauskas is currently first on the league's list of top scorers and also on the list of best rebounders (second place). This year his total stats are: 9.9ppg and 3.0rpg in the 37 games. Rutkauskas used to play for the Lithuanian U18 national team two years ago.

   #14. Former University international guard Rolandas Alijevas (192-85, agency: Ryzhov Stanislav) contributed to a Krasnie Krilya's victory against the closely-ranked Spartak Primorie Vladivostok 85-74 in the Russian PBL last Tuesday. He recorded 14 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Alijevas has averaged so far 5.0ppg, 2.6rpg and 1.7apg. Despite he played previously for the Swiss national team, Alijevas is currently in the Lithuanian university national team roster.

   #15. Former international guard Giedrius Gustas (190-80, another player represented by Interperformances), who plays in the Polish PLK couldn't help PGE Turow (2-8) in their last game. Despite his good performance PGE Turow (#6) lost 69-74 at home to the second-ranked Trefl Sopot in the Group A. Gustas was the second best scorer with 14 points in 26 minutes. He has averaged so far 7.6ppg, 1.4rpg and 1.6apg in the 41 games. Despite Gustas played previously for the Swiss national team, he is currently in the Lithuanian national team roster.



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  LUXEMBOURG   


Season's over.. - by Philip Perre

The season is finally over, a season of ups and downs, wins and loses. But all in all a good season and a season to remember. My first season in the diekirch league, I came in not knowing what to expect and needed to adjust to the game style and play of the league. Its weird but seems every league ive played in has a different style of play, and a different way the refs call the games, not only do ball players have to adjust to their new teammates, playing style, reffing styles but mainly the way of living in a new country. I first touched down in Luxembourg the Pikes were ranked 9th out of 10 teams in the league, we improved, got better and set our goals high. At the end of the season we finished 3rd in the league, reached the semi finals of the cup, and reached the final four of the championship. All in all I would say it was a really good season. Being a globetrotter has its high and lows, good and bads, but the best definatly is all the great people you meet and the new friends you make. My true friends will always stay my friends forever. Basketball brings people together, but mainly individuals together for a common goal, a championship, Being the last team standing, always a great feeling. I guess thats why we all work so hard, being the champion is the ultimate goal.
Its now the end of the season, time for some needed recovery, rest, and a vacation. Then its back to the lab, to get better, to improve, and work on my craft. Sorry Ive taken to long to post my latest blog, been a tough last month, but il keep everyone posted on my next move in the summer. God Bless and Keep Moving Forward.

Hard work beats talent, if talent doesnt work hard.


Philip Perre (198-F-79, college: N.Alabama)



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  MEXICO   

Standings - CIBACOPA

CIBACOPA Standings
 1. Hermosillo 32-4 
 2. Guaymas 26-10 
 3. Tijuana 25-11 
 4. Cananea 18-18 
 5. Guasave 18-18 
 6. Los Mochis 18-18 
 7. Nogales 17-19 
 8. Navolato 12-24 
 9. Culiacan 12-24 
 10. Tepic 2-34 

Regular Season: Round 36

May. 16: Tijuana - Cananea 95-88 OT
May. 16: Culiacan - Nogales 83-77
May. 16: Guaymas - Guasave 77-97
May. 16: Hermosillo - Navolato 108-85
May. 16: Los Mochis - Tepic 104-68

Regular Season: Round 37

May. 18: Tijuana - Culiacan
May. 18: Nogales - Hermosillo
May. 18: Cananea - Guaymas
May. 18: Guasave - Los Mochis
May. 18: Navolato - Tepic


CIBACOPA Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Devon PEARSON
  Los M.
  (198-F-84)
  Avg: 27
 1. Pearson, Los M.27.0 
 2. Reese, Tepic25.0 
 3. Scott, Los Mochis23.3 
 4. Thomas, Cananea22.7 
 5. McCullough, Nogales22.4 
 6. Robinson, Culiacan22.1 
 7. Carter, Guasave20.7 
 8. Selleaze, Navolato20.4 
 9. Wiley, Los Mochis19.8 
 10. Young, Tepic19.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Deangelo RILEY
  Tepic
  (205-C-)
  Avg: 11.2
 1. Riley, Tepic11.2 
 2. Pearson, Los M.10.7 
 3. Scott, Los Mochis9.1 
 4. Sanders-F., Nogales8.9 
 5. Selleaze, Navolato8.3 
 6. Robinson, Culiacan7.8 
 7. Habel, Guaymas7.7 
 8. Zamora, Culiacan7.4 
 9. Strobbe, Nogales7.2 
 10. Lopez, Hermosillo7.2 
Assists Per Game
 Myron ALLEN
  Guaymas
  (182-PG-79)
  Avg: 7.7
 1. Allen, Guaymas7.7 
 2. Monreal, Hermosillo5.8 
 3. Taylor, Los Mochis5.8 
 4. Nungaray, Guaymas5.0 
 5. Harris, Cananea4.3 
 6. Riley, Tepic4.1 
 7. Pulido, Culiacan4.0 
 8. Quintero, Tijuana3.4 
 9. Gale, Nogales3.4 
 10. Reese, Tepic3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Brian HAMILTON
  Hermosillo
  (198-F-82)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Hamilton, Hermosil.2.1 
 2. Gibson, Navolato1.7 
 3. Thomas, Cananea1.6 
 4. Riley, Tepic1.5 
 5. Buelna, Guasave1.4 
 6. Toussaint, Los M.1.3 
 7. Giron, Guasave1.3 
 8. Carter, Guasave1.3 
 9. Gale, Nogales1.3 
 10. Reatiga, Navolato1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Deangelo RILEY
  Tepic
  (205-C-)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Riley, Tepic3.5 
 2. Zamora, Culiacan1.3 
 3. Habel, Guaymas1.3 
 4. Wiley, Los Mochis1.0 
 5. Scott, Los Mochis0.9 
 6. McCullough, Nogales0.9 
 7. Young, Tepic0.9 
 8. Robinson, Culiacan0.8 
 9. Tate, Tijuana0.8 
 10. Johnson, Guaymas0.7 


Kevin Green Signs with Tuzos de la UAZ Zacatecas - by Surujh Roopnarine

27-year old forward Kevin Green (198-F-84, college: Martin Methodist) has inked a deal with Tuzos de la UAZ Zacatecas of Mexicos CIBANE. UAZ Zacatecas finished 12-8 last season and will kick off the 2012 campaign in June, continuing on thru August.
Green, a Georgia native, is coming off of a successful stint in Chile, where in 16 games he averaged 22.0 points, 8.0 rebounds and 2.0 assists for Club Deportes Las Animas.
He was also with Indios de Mayaguez for training camp prior to the Puerto Rican BSN season. In his fourth professional season, the 6-6 Green has played in several US minor leagues in addition to his time overseas.



Best players of Mexican CIBACOPA round 36 - by Eurobasket News

American Devon Pearson (198-F-84) had an amazing evening in the last round for Los Mochis and that's him to receive a Latinbasket.com Player of the Week award for round 36.
The 27-year old forward had a double-double of 26 points and twelve rebounds, while his team outclassed Tepic (#10, 2-34) with 36-point margin 104-68. Los Mochis is placed at 6th position in Mexican CIBACOPA. Los Mochis is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 18-18 record. In the team's last game Pearson had a remarkable 80.0% from 2-point range. He just recently signed at Los Mochis, being already a very valuable addition to the team. Southern Methodist University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Pearson is league's best scorer averaging so far 27.0ppg. Pearson is in league's top in rebounds (2nd best: 10.6rpg) and averages solid 52.8% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 27-year old American forward Derek Thomas (193-F-84) of Cananea. Thomas impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 41 points and 10 rebounds. Bad luck as Cananea lost that overtime game 88-95 to slightly higher-ranked Tijuana (#3, 25-11). It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the title. Cananea still maintains its place in the top 4 of the standings, even despite this loss. His team's 18-18 record is not bad at all. Thomas is a newcomer at Cananea and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 22.1ppg (#6). He also registered 5.3 boards per game.

The third best performed player last round was American Ray Reese (196-F-87) of Tepic (#10). Reese showcased his all-around game by recording 25 points, sixteen rebounds (!!!) and four assists in the last round. Despite Reese's great performance Tepic lost 68-104 to the higher-ranked Los Mochis (#6, 18-18). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. Tepic can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have extremely bad season and 2-34 record places them at the very bottom of the standings. Too bad for Reese he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Reese has individually a great season in Mexico. After 20 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 25.0ppg (2nd best). He also has FGP: 52.2% and 3PT: 42.8%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Seth Scott (208-F-81) of Los Mochis - 11 points, 14 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Rob Robinson (203-F-87) of Culiacan - 23 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Robert Hornsby (196-F/C-82) of Tijuana - 16 points, 14 rebounds and 5 assists
7. Marcus Morrison (198-G/F-84) of Tijuana - 25 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists
8. O'Louis McCullough (198-G/F-82) of Nogales - 25 points, 10 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Myron Allen (182-PG-79) of Guaymas - 21 points, 6 rebounds and 10 assists
10. Emmanuel Little (196-F-85) of Hermosillo - 18 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists

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



CIBACOPA Round 36 of Regular Season - by Eurobasket News

Sixth-ranked Mineros de Cananea (18-18) made lots of trouble for third ranked Tijuana Zonkeys (25-11) on Wednesday. Tijuana Zonkeys managed to secure only seven-point victory 95-88. However their fans expected easier game. The game was dominated by American players. The best player for the winners was Marcus Morrison (198-G/F-84, college: Middle Tenn.St.) who scored 25 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Tijuana Zonkeys have an impressive six-game winning streak. They maintain third position with 25-11 record having seven points less than leader Hermosillo. Mineros de Cananea lost fourth consecutive game. Defending champion dropped to the fourth place with 18 games lost. Tijuana Zonkeys will face Caballeros de Culiacan (#9) at home in the next round where they are favorite. Mineros de Cananea will play against the league's second-placed Ostioneros de Guaymas (#2) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

The best stats of 36th round was 26 points and 12 rebounds by Devon Pearson of Los Mochis.


Los Mochis - Tepic 104-68
There was no surprise when 10th ranked Coras de Tepic (2-34) was crushed on the road by seventh ranked Pioneros Los Mochis (18-18) 104-68 on Wednesday. Pioneros Los Mochis dominated down low during the game scoring 84 of its points in the paint compared to Coras de Tepic's 46. Pioneros Los Mochis had a 38-16 advantage in offensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists. The best player for the winners was American forward Devon Pearson (198-84, college: SMU) who had a double-double by scoring 26 points and 12 rebounds (on 11-of-14 shooting from the field). The other American import forward Seth Scott (208-81, college: Portland St.) chipped in a double-double by scoring 11 points and 14 rebounds. Four Pioneros Los Mochis players scored in double figures. Pioneros Los Mochis' coach Jorge Toussaint felt very confident that he used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the other side the best for losing team was American forward Ray Reese (196-87, college: Tulsa) who recorded a double-double by scoring 25 points, 16 rebounds and 4 assists and center Jesus Orduno (197) added 16 points and 7 rebounds respectively. Pioneros Los Mochis have a solid four-game winning streak. They moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Guasave and Cananea. Coras de Tepic lost tenth consecutive game. They stay dead last with 34 lost games. Pioneros Los Mochis will face Frayles de Guasave (#5) on the road in the next round. Coras de Tepic will play against Garra Canera de Navolato (#8) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Los Mochis: D.Pearson 26+12reb+1ast, C.M. Toussaint 16+4ast, W.Funn 12+3reb+9ast, S.Scott 11+14reb+3ast, P.Torres 8+2reb, E.Rios 8+4reb+1ast
Tepic: R.Reese 25+16reb+4ast, J.Orduno 16+7reb+1ast, K.Young 15+4reb+2ast, D.Gonzalez 4+2reb+1ast, E.Swanson 4+3reb+5ast, V.Purnell 2+4reb+6ast
gschID: 171253


Culiacan - Nogales 83-77
There was a small surprise when eighth ranked Caballeros de Culiacan (12-24) defeated at home 5th ranked Fuerza Guinda Nogales (17-19) 83-77 on Wednesday. The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 25-14. But Fuerza Guinda Nogales won second period 23-18. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was dominated by American players. The best player for the winners was forward Rob Robinson (203-87, college: Robert Morris, agency: SDJ Sports) who had a double-double by scoring 23 points and 10 rebounds. Swingman Rene Rougeau (198-86, college: UNLV, agency: ProSportsCareers) chipped in 15 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists. Four Caballeros de Culiacan players scored in double figures. Caballeros de Culiacan's coach Jonathan Meza used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the other side the best for losing team was swingman O'Louis McCullough (198-82, college: Francis Marion) who recorded a double-double by scoring 25 points and 10 rebounds and forward Keith Davis (198-82) added 21 points respectively. Caballeros de Culiacan maintains eighth position with 12-24 record, which they share with Navolato. Fuerza Guinda Nogales at the other side dropped to the seventh place with 19 games lost. Caballeros de Culiacan will face higher ranked Tijuana Zonkeys (#3) on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game.
Top scorers:
Culiacan: R.Robinson 23+10reb+2ast, R.Zamora 17+3reb+1ast, R.Rougeau 15+9reb+5ast, R.Lopez 10+4reb+3ast, J.Gonzalez 6+1reb, L.Ochoa 4+2reb
Nogales: O.McCullough 25+10reb+3ast, K.Davis 21+4reb+1ast, J.Mercado 10, M.Strobbe 7+10reb+1ast, M.Gale 7+4reb+3ast, V.Rojo 5+1reb
gschID: 171251


Hermosillo - Navolato 108-85
Very expected game when 9th ranked Garra Canera de Navolato (12-24) was rolled over on the road by first ranked Rayos de Hermosillo (32-4) 108-85 on Wednesday. The game was mostly controlled by Rayos de Hermosillo. Garra Canera de Navolato was better in second period 23-22. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Rayos de Hermosillo looked well-organized offensively handing out 30 assists comparing to just 7 passes made by Garra Canera de Navolato's players. The game was dominated by American players. The best player for the winners was forward Emmanuel Little (196-85, college: N.Dakota) who scored 18 points and 6 rebounds. Forward Patrick Sanders (198-85, college: Cal-Irvine) chipped in 16 points and 6 rebounds. Little is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Rayos de Hermosillo's coach Dan Tacheny felt very confident that he used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the other side the best for losing team was forward Charles Moore (201-86, college: S.Arkansas) who recorded 13 points and 9 rebounds and forward Ronald Selleaze (197-76, college: CSU Bakersfield, agency: Dream Team Management) added 16 points respectively. Four Rayos de Hermosillo and five Garra Canera de Navolato players scored in double figures. Rayos de Hermosillo have an impressive 19-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 32-4 record. Garra Canera de Navolato lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the eighth place with 24 games lost. Rayos de Hermosillo will face Fuerza Guinda Nogales (#7) on the road in the next round where they are favorite. Garra Canera de Navolato will play against Coras de Tepic and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Hermosillo: J.Camacho 19+4reb, E.Little 18+6reb+3ast, P.Sanders 16+6reb+3ast, B.Hamilton 14+2reb+6ast, J.Lopez 12+5reb+1ast, J.Durazo 9+4reb+2ast
Navolato: R.Selleaze 16+4reb+1ast, J.Angel Reatiga 15+2reb+1ast, C.Moore 13+9reb, D.McSwine 12+2reb, C.Uribe 10+6reb, J.Inzunza 9+2reb+3ast
gschID: 171252


Guaymas - Guasave 77-97
There was a small surprise when fourth ranked Frayles de Guasave (18-18) outscored on the road second-best Ostioneros de Guaymas (26-10) 97-77 on Wednesday. The game was mostly controlled by Frayles de Guasave. Ostioneros de Guaymas was better in second period 19-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Ostioneros de Guaymas were plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. The best player for the winners was American point guard MaJic Dorsey (185-81, college: S.Indiana, agency: Court Side) who scored 26 points and 5 assists. American-Libyan center Hiram Fuller (206-81, college: Fresno St.) chipped in 18 points and 9 rebounds. Five Frayles de Guasave players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was American point guard Myron Allen (182-79, college: Lee JC) who recorded a double-double by scoring 21 points, 6 rebounds and 10 assists and his fellow American import forward Jerome Habel (208-85, college: San Diego St.) added 15 points and 7 rebounds respectively. Ostioneros de Guaymas' coach rotated eleven players seeing no chance for a win. Frayles de Guasave maintains fourth position with 18-18 record, which they share with Los Mochis and Cananea. Ostioneros de Guaymas at the other side keep the second place with ten games lost. Frayles de Guasave will face Pioneros Los Mochis (#6) at home in the next round. Ostioneros de Guaymas will play against Mineros de Cananea (#4) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Guasave: M.Dorsey 26+2reb+5ast, G.Giron 19+4reb+3ast, H.Fuller 18+9reb+3ast, A.Izaguirre 16+8reb+4ast, D.Green 15+6reb, V.Buelna 2+4reb+1ast
Guaymas: M.Allen 21+6reb+10ast, J.Habel 15+7reb, H.Johnson 10+4reb+2ast, H.Nungaray 7+2reb+2ast, H.Carrillo 6+4reb+1ast, J.Sanchez 5+1ast
gschID: 171249


Tijuana - Cananea 95-88 OT
Sixth-ranked Mineros de Cananea (18-18) made lots of trouble for third ranked Tijuana Zonkeys (25-11) on Wednesday. Tijuana Zonkeys managed to secure only seven-point victory 95-88. However their fans expected easier game. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Mineros de Cananea won third quarter 21-18. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening, at least not yet. The game turned upside-down in the last quarter, where Mineros de Cananea used huge pressure winning it 26-20 getting a tie at the end of regular time. They lost eventually overtime period 5-12. Tijuana Zonkeys had a 40-25 advantage in offensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. The game was dominated by American players. The best player for the winners was swingman Marcus Morrison (198-84, college: Middle Tenn.St.) who scored 25 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. Power forward Robert Hornsby (196-82, college: Troy) chipped in a double-double by scoring 16 points, 14 rebounds and 5 assists. Four Tijuana Zonkeys players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was forward Derek Thomas (193-84, college: Appalachian St.) who recorded a double-double by scoring 41 points (!!!) and 10 rebounds and forward Rodney Alexander (201-87, college: Oklahoma City) added 14 points and 13 rebounds respectively. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Tijuana Zonkeys have an impressive six-game winning streak. They maintain third position with 25-11 record having seven points less than leader Hermosillo. Mineros de Cananea lost fourth consecutive game. Defending champion dropped to the fourth place with 18 games lost. Tijuana Zonkeys will face Caballeros de Culiacan (#9) at home in the next round where they are favorite. Mineros de Cananea will play against the league's second-placed Ostioneros de Guaymas (#2) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Tijuana: M.Morrison 25+7reb+4ast, R.Hornsby 16+14reb+5ast, L.Ramirez 15+2reb+2ast, A.Solares 12+15reb+1ast, L.Rodriguez Sainz 8+6reb+2ast, C.Tate 8
Cananea: D.Thomas 41+10reb+2ast, J.Arturo Farrera Chantiri 17+9reb, R.Alexander 14+13reb, J.Casillas 9+4reb+2ast, F.Harris 3+4reb+1ast, M.Valenzuela 2
gschID: 171250



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Stojan Ivkovic joins Montenegro NT coaching staff - by Darko Pekic

Stojan Ivkovic , the former head coach of Hungary NT joined the National Team of Montenegro coaching staff and will cover the role of assistant coach in Luka Pavicevic (agency: Beo Basket )'s era. It was announced by the Basketball Federation of Montenegro yesterday. Ivkovic is an experienced coach and he is expected to help the National Team to qualify for the European Championship in Slovenia. Besides Ivkovic and Pavicevic, Montenegro will have Petar Mijovic , head coach of KK Podgorica, Igor Jovovic , assistant coach in KK Buducnost.

The National Team will start preparations in June and Podgorica, Zlatibor (Serbia) and Bar will be their hosts.



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Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Kevin DURANT
  Oklah.Ci.
  (206-G/F-88)
  Avg: 27.8
 1. Durant, Oklah.Ci.27.8 
 2. Bryant, LA Lakers27.8 
 3. James, Miami Heat27.2 
 4. Love, Minnesota T.26.0 
 5. Westbrook, Oklah..23.5 
 6. Anthony, New Y.23.1 
 7. Nowitzki, Dallas M.22.0 
 8. Rose, Chicago B.21.9 
 9. Wade, Miami Heat21.8 
 10. Aldridge, Portlan.21.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Dwight HOWARD
  Orlando M.
  (211-C-85)
  Avg: 14.5
 1. Howard, Orlando M.14.5 
 2. Love, Minnesota T.13.4 
 3. Bynum, LA Lakers11.9 
 4. Cousins, Sacramen.11.0 
 5. Humphries, New J.11.0 
 6. Gasol, LA Lakers10.3 
 7. Griffin, LA Clipp.10.3 
 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: 11.9
 1. Rondo, Boston C.11.9 
 2. Nash, Phoenix Suns10.7 
 3. Calderon, Toron.8.8 
 4. Paul, LA Clippers8.8 
 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.7.7 
 10. Conley, Memphis G.6.7 
Steals Per Game
 Chris PAUL
  LA Clippers
  (183-PG-85)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Paul, LA Clippers2.6 
 2. Rubio, Minnesot.2.2 
 3. Conley, Memphis G.2.1 
 4. Rondo, Boston C.1.9 
 5. James, Miami Heat1.9 
 6. Millsap, Utah Jazz1.8 
 7. Kidd, Dallas M.1.8 
 8. Ariza, N.Orleans H.1.7 
 9. Westbrook, Oklah..1.7 
 10. Wade, Miami Heat1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Serge IBAKA
  Oklah.Ci.
  (208-C/F-89)
  Avg: 3.7
 1. Ibaka, Oklah.Ci.3.7 
 2. McGee, Washingt.2.5 
 3. Hibbert, Indiana P.2.2 
 4. Howard, Orlando M.2.1 
 5. Bynum, LA Lakers2.1 
 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 


Bobcats continue coach search - by Eurobasket News

The Charlotte Bobcats' coaching search will continue this week when owner Michael Jordan's club interviews Hall of Famer Patrick Ewing on Thursday and Memphis Grizzlies assistant Dave Joerger on Friday, according to sources.

The Bobcats, whose top priority is to find a coach capable of developing young players, are interviewing Mike Dunlap on Wednesday. Dunlap, a well-respected basketball mind in both college and pro circles, is the associate head coach to Steve Lavin at St. John's University.

Ewing, a close friend of Jordan's and an assistant coach for the Orlando Magic, will be the biggest name yet to speak with the Bobcats. The club already has interviewed Golden State assistant Michael Malone and Cleveland assistant Nate Tibbetts.

Joerger has quickly developed a reputation as one of the hot young assistant coaches in the league. He just completed his third year in Memphis working with coach Lionel Hollins. Joerger has won five minor league championships as a head coach in the NBA Developmental League, the International Basketball Association and the Continental Basketball Association.

The Bobcats are not expected to make a hire for several weeks. They also have interest in Indiana assistant Brian Shaw , former Portland and Seattle coach Nate McMillan, and former Utah coach Jerry Sloan, sources said. Bobcats assistant Stephen Silas, son of recently released coach Paul Silas, also will be interviewed, according to sources.

Courtesy of ESPN



Pacers president Bird named NBA Executive of Year - by Eurobasket News

Indiana Pacers president Larry Bird was voted the NBA's Executive of the Year on Wednesday, becoming the first person to be named the league's top executive, coach and Most Valuable Player.

'It was a long journey, it was a painful journey,' Bird said of his job rebuilding the Pacers, who are the No. 3 seed in the Eastern Conference and are tied with the Miami Heat in their second-round playoff series. 'But now we think it's going to pay dividends.'

The three-time MVP and Hall of Famer received 12 first-place votes and 88 total points from a panel of team executives throughout the NBA. San Antonio's R.C. Buford (56 points) finished a distant second, followed by Los Angeles Clippers GM Neil Olshey (55).

Bird coached his home-state Pacers to a 147-67 record in three seasons and their only NBA Finals appearance in 2000. He was the Coach of the Year in 1998, following his first season.

Courtesy of www.lvrj.com



Spurs take 2-0 series lead on Clippers with 105-88 win - by Eurobasket News

The Spurs are making it look too easy. San Antonio won its 16th straight game on Thursday, handling the Clippers 105-88 to take a 2-0 lead in their Western Conference semifinal series.

Tony Parker (6'0''-PG-82) led the Spurs balanced attack with 22 points. Teammate Tim Duncan (6'11''-F/C-76, college: Wake Forest) contributed 18 points and Boris Diaw (6'8''-PF-82) added 16.

Blake Griffin (6'10''-F-89, college: Oklahoma) led the Clippers with 20 points while Chris Paul (6'0''-PG-85, college: Wake Forest) was held to 10 points and five assists. Paul committed eight of his team's 17 turnovers, just three less than the Spurs had as a team (11).

The Spurs shot 53.2 percent from the field, led by Duncan's 9-of-14 shooting.

San Antonio pulled away in the first quarter, scoring 13 straight points to take a 23-10 lead. Emanuel Ginobili (6'6''-G-77, agency: Interperformances) capped the run with a 3-pointer.

L.A. climbed back to within two points, and trailed by four at halftime, but never got the lead.

Duncan said the Spurs were not pleased at the break after giving up the lead.

'There was a refocus on energy at halftime,' Duncan said.

San Antonio, which hasn't lost a game since April 11, led by as many as 19 points in the fourth quarter.

The Spurs have won their first two games against the Clippers by an average of 16.5 points.

Game 3 is Saturday starting at 3:30 p.m. in L.A.

Courtesy of http://aol.sportingnews.com



Magic CEO: No decisions have been made about Smith, Van Gundy - by Eurobasket News

Orlando Magic CEO Alex Martins said Tuesday night that his evaluation process of the teams basketball operations department is still ongoing.

'No decisions have been reached', Martins told the Orlando Sentinel via text message.

Martins and Chairman Dan DeVos have said team officials evaluate the performance of the basketball-operations department and other areas within the organization after every season.

But the status of Otis Smith, the teams president of basketball operations and general manager, and coach Stan Van Gundy are in doubt.

Smith reportedly will meet with team officials Wednesday.

Smith has told the Sentinel he was not sure whether he wants to return for the 2012-13 season, the final season of his contract. Smith did not return a phone call from the Sentinel on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, Dwight Howards long-term plans remain unclear - at least to the public. Smith visited with Howard in the Los Angeles area between Games 2 and 3 of the Magics postseason series against the Indiana Pacers, and both Smith and Martins said Howard had not made a trade request.

Martins said team officials have been in touch with Howards camp recently.

Dan Fegan, Howards agent, has not returned messages from the Sentinel in recent days.

Courtesy of http://blogs.orlandosentinel.com



Don't expect Bulls to amnesty Carlos Boozer - by Eurobasket News

When the Bulls missed out on key free agents LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh during the free agency frenzy of 2010, the team had no choice but to offer big money to Carlos Boozer (6'10''-F/C-80, college: Duke).

Boozer agreed to a five-year deal worth $80 million. Two years into that deal, fans are calling for the Bulls to use the amnesty clause on Boozer's contract, which would allow them to pay the remaining money on the contract without that money affecting the salary cap.

Bulls general manager Gar Forman told The Mully and Hanley Show that he expects Boozer to remain on the team.

'I think Carlos had a very productive year', Forman said. 'You look back, he's the only guy on our team that played every game and practiced every day on a team that won more games than anybody in the NBA. He was our second leading scorer and our second leading rebounder. Were looking forward to Carlos continuing to make progress. I know the last game clouds it a little bit, but he was very productive in the games before that. Even in that last game, in 27 minutes, he had 13 boards. I anticipate Carlos being with us and having another productive year next season.'

Were happy Carlos Boozer is here and we like the core of the team that we have under contract.

Courtesy of http://chicago.cbslocal.com



Real Madrid tries to lure Rudy Fernandez to Spain with lucrative deal - by Eurobasket News

Rudy Fernandez (6'6''-G/F-85), who was traded from the Portland Trail Blazers to the Dallas Mavericks on draft night, has been offered a six-year contract from Real Madrid worth about $4.35 million per year, which would make him the highest paid player in the history of the Spanish basketball league, Spanish sports newspaper Mundo Deportivo reports (via ESPNDallas.com).

Fernandez was slated to make $2.2 million next season, at least under the previous collective bargaining agreement. He could become a restricted free agent after next season with a $3.2 million qualifying offer, ESPN.com notes. The new labor deal, however, is expected to be more restrictive on player salaries.

Fernandez is from Spain, and last offseason spoke of homesickness and wanting to return to his native country. Real Madrid sees acquiring Fernandez as one way to provide a boost to the struggling franchise, according to the report.

Should Fernandez accept the Real Madrid deal, he would return to Dallas whenever the 2011-12 NBA season begins, but would go back to Spain once the season is over, Mundo Deportivo reported.

Courtesy of http://aol.sportingnews.com



Nuggets forward Harrington has knee surgery - by Eurobasket News

Denver Nuggets forward Al Harrington (6'9''-F-80) had knee surgery on Wednesday and is expected to be fit for training camp in October, the National Basketball Association team said.

The 32-year-old Harrington, who averaged 14.2 points and 6.1 rebounds in 64 games for the Nuggets this season, had a torn meniscus in his right knee.

He suffered the injury early last month but postponed the surgery until Denver's playoff run ended with a 4-3 series loss to the Los Angeles Lakers in the first round of the playoffs.

Harrington missed only two of his team's final 13 games and played in all of their playoff encounters, scoring 24 points in Denver's 96-87 defeat by the Lakers in Game Seven on Saturday.

Courtesy of www.reuters.com



Pacers pound Heat 94-75 in Game 3 - by Eurobasket News

LeBron James (6'8''-F-84) grabbed a seat on Miami's bench, lowered his head and stared down at the floor.

Way down.

The Heat are in a hole.

Roy Hibbert (7'2''-C-86, college: Georgetown) had 19 points and 18 rebounds, George Hill (6'2''-PG-86, college: IUPUI) scored 20 and Danny Granger (6'8''-F-83, agency: Priority Sports, college: N.Mexico) 17 as the Pacers, showing more balance, toughness and togetherness than favored Miami, throttled the malfunctioning Heat 94-75 on Thursday night in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference semifinals.

Overlooked during the regular season and given little chance to upset the reigning East champions, the Pacers took a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven series.

Game 4 is Sunday at raucous Bankers Life Fieldhouse.

James scored 22 - 16 in the first half before wearing down - and Mario Chalmers (6'1''-PG-86, college: Kansas) added 25 for Miami. However, Dwyane Wade (6'4''-G-82, college: Marquette), banged up and possibly slowed by a more serious injury, scored only 5 on 2-of-13 shooting for the Heat, already missing forward Chris Bosh because of a strained abdominal muscle and not expected to return for this series.

'It's obvious he wasn't himself.' James said of Wade. 'Does he want to play better? Of course. He's one of the best players in the world.'

Wade didn't play like one and he also had an angry exchange during a timeout in the third quarter with coach Erik Spoelstra, who dismissed it as a heat-of-battle incident.

'That happens,' Spoelstra said. 'Anybody that has been part of a team or has been a coach or been a player, you have no idea how often things like that happen. That was during a very emotional part of the game. We were getting our butt kicked. Those exchanges happen all the time during the course of an NBA season.

'There's going to be a lot of times where guys say something, you don't like it. You get over it and you move on. We're all connected. Dwyane and I have been together for a long time, a long time. We've been through basically everything. A lot of different roles, a lot of different teams. That really is nothing. That is the least of our concern. That type of fire, shoot, that's good. That's the least of our concerns. Our concern is getting for Sunday.'

Wade wouldn't discuss his dispute with Spoelstra.

Indiana outscored Miami 51-32 in the second half, when the Pacers could do no wrong.

They made big shots, challenged everything the Heat tossed in the air and didn't back down from a Miami team that appeared poised to make an easy run to the NBA finals after top-seeded Chicago lost Derrick Rose and was eliminated in the first round.

The Pacers, though, have other plans.

In the second half, Indiana forward David West flung James to the floor in the lane, and Granger later got in the superstar's face after a foul on a breakaway. After winning Game 2 in South Florida by three points, the Pacers wanted to show that win was no fluke and that they're for real.

Believe it.

They're two wins from tilting the balance of power in the East.

'We're certainly happy with the win,' said Pacers coach Frank Vogel. 'But we've got a lot of work to do.'

Vogel's pregame message to his team: 'Keep your edge, and enhance your edge.'

Enhance, they did.

Hibbert controlled the glass, roaming the lane on both ends and finishing with five blocks.

'My primary focus is defense, defense, defense,' he said. 'I embrace that role and let the offense come to me. Them being one and done, that's what we talked about in the huddle,' he said. 'One shot and they're done.'

Two more losses and the Heat are done.

With his team down 20 in the closing minutes, Spoelstra waved the white flag and pulled out first Wade, then James, who quickly removed his headband as he got to the bench and then pulled out the mouthpiece inscrited with XVI the Roman numeral for 16 or the number of wins it takes to get a championship.

When the final horn sounded, the three-time MVP quickly exited the floor.

'When you lose a game like that, all you try to take it away and move on to the next one,' James said. 'They're playing some good basketball. We're playing pretty good defense on them. We're not scoring the ball.'

Indiana busted open a grind-it-out game with a 17-3 run in the third quarter, doing it with an inside-outside attack that had the Heat wondering what was coming next.

Pushed by a rocking home crowd wearing 'Gold Swagger' T-shirts and chanting 'Beat The Heat' every chance they could, the Pacers pushed their lead to 69-55 after three and then held off one brief run by the Heat in the fourth quarter.

Behind Miami's bench, owner Micky Arison and team president Pat Riley looked on in disbelief.

Despite playing almost 21 minutes and exerting himself on defense, James had enough energy to throw down a vicious left-handed dunk in the final minute of the first half, pulling the Heat even at 43-all. He looked back at the Miami bench as if to say, 'How about a little help out here?'

He was doing it all.

Wade, on the other hand, was lost.

He missed all five field-goal attempts, made two turnovers and ran around like a first-time rookie and not a superstar playing in his 95th career postseason game.

Wade finally made his first field goal with 10:22 left in the third to put Miami up 47-45, but the Pacers went on a 10-1 run with Granger dropping a 3-pointer in front of the Heat bench to make it 55-48 and then playfully skipping down the sideline as Miami called a timeout.

With Bosh out, rehabbing in Florida and doubtful to be back at any point in this series, Spoelstra said 'everything is out on the table. Everyone has to be ready.'

He wasn't kidding.

Spoelstra made a dramatic change to his starting lineup, putting Shane Battier at power forward and using bench-riding center Dexter Pittman in place of Udonis Haslem and Ronny Turiaf in the first five along with James, Wade and Chalmers a group he played together for just nine minutes during the regular season.

The moves smelled of desperation and maybe Spoelstra sensed his team was in more trouble than he wanted to admit.

And when the Pacers jumped to an 11-2 lead, amping up an already frenzied Indiana crowd, it appeared Miami was indeed in danger of dropping a second straight game.

However, with James leading the charge, the Heat responded by closing the first quarter on a 24-6 tear.

James and Wade were relaxed following the Heat's morning shootaround. There wasn't a hint of panic in either of their voices and they exuded been-here-done-that attitudes.

James downplayed the idea that he and his teammates would need to maintain some kind of 'edge' to be best prepared for a pivotal Game 3 many felt would tilt the series.

'It's the postseason,' said James, playing in his 100th postseason game. 'There's no secrets about an edge or not having an edge. It's the postseason. You have to be ready and approach every possession as if it's the last. I'm always going to have an edge, so that's not going to change.'

Well, things have changed.

Courtesy of http://abcnews.go.com



THREE PLAYERS THE BUCKS SHOULD FOCUS ON THIS OFFSEASON - by Chris Mathieu

THREE PLAYERS THE BUCKS SHOULD FOCUS ON THIS OFFSEASON
Besides trying to find a buyer for Brandon Jennings services this offseason three players the Bucks should pursue to upgrade their team and talent this offseason are Steve Novak, Omer Asik and Ronnie Brewer. The three are expected to roughly make what Carlos Delfino and Ersan Ilyasova are going to get on the open market this offseason.
The team would benefit from not over valuing their own talent and overpaying Ersan for his 28 game stretch as he neared free agency this offseason. If you pay him 8-9 million a year you are banking on him producing over the next four years like he did during his free agency push, an unlikely outcome for him to be able to replicate in the future.
The money would be better spent on a three point sharp shooting specialist like Steve Novak who can consistently knock down the three and a combination of hard working defenders in Brewer and Asik. The added benefit of trying to add the two Bulls is you also weaken a close rival just south of the border at the same time strengthening your own roster. A breakdown of the three
Steve Novak grew up in Milwaukee, went to college there and would have no problem settling back into the Midwest lifestyle which hasnt suited a lot of NBA free agents in the past. The chance of him continuing his career arch is likely and his size and shooting ability appear to help to make him slump proof. His ability to stretch the floor and knock down open shots is a great asset to any NBA team. He has proven to be one of the best three point shooters in the NBA over the last two seasons.
Ronnie Brewer is a Scott Skiles type of player who would help to buy in on the coachs defense first philosophy. He could step right in and start at small forward for a team or be a great 6th man off the bench for the team. Moving 90 miles north wouldnt be much of a transition for him as some players. A trade could be worked out were the Bulls pick up his option and then trade him to the Bucks for a second round pick.
Omer Asik is the most unlikely addition of the three as it is likely the Bulls pick match any offer for Omer. The way the Bucks can structure their offer can make a matching offer by the Bulls more difficult. Omer is one of the best defensive centers in the NBA and could change the defensive makeup and toughness of the Bucks by himself. His defense against the best centers in the NBA has been as good as anybody in the league. In the Bulls playoffs when Noah went out with injury, Omer stepped up and helped out tremendously and kept the Bulls competing on many possessions. He isnt an offensive scoring threat, but does some good things on that side of the court as he is a very good offensive rebounder, an underrated passer and sets some of the best screens and picks in the NBA.
The addition of Brewer and Asik would weaken the Bulls at the same time reinforcing Skiles defensive philosophy, two players with the team first mentality of Brewer and Asik would help to make the Bucks a more competitive, tough defensive minded team in the mold of the Bulls and Indiana.



Lakers' Andrew Bynum, Devin Ebanks fined by NBA - by Milord Nikolic

Lakers center Andrew Bynum has been fined $15,000 by the NBA for skipping an interview session with reporters after Tuesday's practice. Players are supposed to make themselves available to media members after practices and games. Also, Lakers forward Devin Ebanks was fined $25,000 by the NBA for his actions Monday after getting ejected late in Game 1 of the Western Conference semifinals against Oklahoma City. Ebanks kicked a chair on the Lakers' bench and yanked off his jersey as he disappeared into a tunnel toward the locker room. Bynum took the rare step of talking to reporters after the team's Wednesday morning shoot-around, when player interviews aren't mandatory, but it wasn't enough to save a financial hit. 'As soon as the coach said we could go [Tuesday], I bonked out on you guys,' Bynum told The Times on Wednesday, suggesting that he simply forgot to talk to reporters. Bynum had 20 points and 14 rebounds in the Lakers' 119-90 loss in Game 1. The Lakers are set to play Game 2 on Wednesday night at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Bynum was fined about $7,500 by the Lakers in March for events stemming from an ill-advised three-point attempt early in the third quarter of a close game against Golden State.


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Deadline nears for NBL expansion - by Eurobasket News

With an important deadline just two weeks off, it appears any new entries in the National Basketball League of Canada fold for the 2012-13 campaign will come from Ontario.

The NBL, which played its inaugural season with seven teams, has set May 31 as the deadline for prospective ownership groups to formally apply for membership for the upcoming year.

Groups in six Ontario cities - St. Catharines, Kingston, Mississauga, Ottawa, Windsor and Kitchener - are the only ones that have expressed interest and ... are actively pursuing (membership), NBL president and CEO Andre Levingston said Tuesday.

Weve got some really good things on the go right now, Levingston said as he and NBL chief operating officer Ian McCarthy were heading to Ontario for more meetings this week.

How many teams were gonna have, we dont know, because we still have a lot of due diligence to do on our part.

Levingston, the owner of the Halifax Rainmen, and McCarthy, the president and general manager of the Saint John Mill Rats, helped create the NBL a year ago after both teams had stints in two U.S.-based loops.

The two founders have been on the go since the season ended in late March, meeting with prospective ownership groups and municipal officials in an effort to expand the league.

But Levingston said theres no ideal number hes looking for in terms of new teams.

I just want a solid ownership group, so if that number is one, its one, he said.

I dont wanna put teams in just for the sake of saying weve got more teams. Weve been a part of leagues like that. We just wanna make sure that we get the right individuals to be a part of what were doing, which is to grow our league on solid ground.

The NBL had also kicked the tires in Hamilton and Sydney, among other cities, but Levingston said no ownership groups had come forward in those areas.

Potential ownership groups have to include a refundable deposit of $50,000 double last years required amount with their application.

Levingston and McCarthy are also trying to help the Quebec Kebs find a new home. The Kebs, the third original NBL franchise, had to vacate their tiny venue at Laval University and havent been able to reach an agreement with the city on another location.

The Kebs are now in discussions with another facility within the province, Levingston said, and there are no plans to relocate the franchise to one of the Ontario cities under consideration for an expansion team.

He said, though, that it appears the club wont be back in Quebec City.

The franchise has to have support from the city and if the city is not going to support it, there are other cities that would love to have professional basketball. So its their loss.

Courtesy of http://thechronicleherald.ca



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A-10, CAA focus on scheduling decisions - by Milord Nikolic

The Atlantic 10 and Colonial Athletic Association will have major scheduling decisions at their respective conference meetings in two weeks, brought about by VCU's sudden move to join the A-10 for this fall rather than waiting a year. The Rams felt they essentially had no choice because of the CAA policy that a school leaving cannot compete for a conference championship in any sport. Georgia State, which is leaving for the Sun Belt, chose to stay in the conference next season rather than bolt early. A-10 commissioner Bernadette McGlade said Wednesday that the league will likely stick with 16 league games for the 2012-13 season, despite having 15 teams for one season. Charlotte and Temple will be playing in the A-10 next season before they depart for Conference USA and the Big East, respectively. Butler will join the conference from the Horizon League as the 14th team in 2013-14. McGlade said the league will discuss going to 18 games when Butler joins in 2013-14 in two weeks at the league meetings in Naples, Fla. McGlade said how the league schedules the 16-game schedule with 15 teams next season will be discussed, with the most likely scenario playing two teams twice and everyone else once (six home and six away). McGlade said the A-10 is in the final year of its television deal and will meet with its TV partners -- ESPN and CBS. The A-10 is in a much stronger position to craft a new, higher-rights deal with the additions of VCU and Butler. The league is losing the Charlotte market but will gain Indianapolis. And losing the Temple/Philly market won't matter since the league already had Philadelphia schools La Salle and Saint Joseph's. 'We really want to compete and be the best basketball-only conference,' McGlade said. 'We want to be really good at what we're good at. We'll start negotiating in the summer. Now we know who's in and who's out.' McGlade said she fully expects VCU to be a strong traveling team, including to Brooklyn for the A-10 tournament at the Barclays Center. There are a few scheduling hiccups for VCU, however, as the Rams have to pick up an additional four games on the schedule. The CAA schedule was 18 games, while the A-10 will be 16. And the Rams also have to find two new nonconference games since they are dropping previously scheduled games against now A-10 members Richmond (road) and George Washington (home). Those schools will also have to find replacements. VCU coach Shaka Smart said he will speak more on the matter Friday, but the Rams' addition has been welcomed. The only surprise was the timing. 'I was shocked,' Xavier coach Chris Mack said. 'I was fully anticipating VCU coming, but didn't know [it would be] for next season. It's really exciting. It's a huge challenge for us all, not just VCU next year but then adding [Butler] the following year. We're a basketball-driven league, and this only strengthens us more.' Mack said it was logical to go with the scheduling plan mentioned above, but he's going to express his opposition to an 18-game schedule during the meetings. 'I'm not a fan, I'm just not,' Mack said. 'I know other conferences do it. But we want to continue to show Xavier will go out and play anybody. And if you have 18 games, then that's two less games you schedule on your own.' The good news for Xavier and the A-10 is that the addition of Butler and VCU means higher RPI games for the league, too. Meanwhile, the CAA has to scramble with its scheduling issues. Georgia State is still in the league. VCU is gone. Towson and UNC Wilmington aren't eligible for the conference tournament (like Georgia State) due to a poor APR score. But Towson coach Pat Skerry said the school is appealing the penalty and hopes to have a resolution soon. Towson is also putting together a proposal to move the conference tournament from Richmond to Baltimore. CAA commissioner Tom Yeager said the league has a deal with Richmond (VCU's home) through 2014. George Mason athletic director Tom O'Connor said scheduling shouldn't be an issue with 11 teams for 2012-13. He said the league will continue with the 18-game schedule. Yeager said on Wednesday that is the plan. He added that if there are only eight teams in the conference tournament (no Towson, UNC Wilmington and Georgia State), the league would just play quarterfinals and move on from there. 'All we're doing is replacing one game on the schedule,' O'Connor said. 'Richmond has been good to us with ticket sales. We'll discuss where the best place to hold it will be.' Expansion will also come up at the CAA meetings in two weeks in Hilton Head, S.C. Charleston and Davidson, from the Southern Conference, are expected to be at the top of the list, but there could be some buzz for Boston University and/or Stony Brook to tie in the Northeast teams in Hofstra and Northeastern, according to multiple sources. O'Connor said the geographic footprint from Boston to Atlanta wasn't a defining issue. It's about finding the right fit. The CAA took a body blow by losing VCU. Old Dominion is still weighing a possible move to C-USA if it wants to bump up football, but that's hardly a lock. But adding teams like Charleston or Davidson is a must to keep basketball at a high level.


Report: Bernie Fine's wife suing ESPN - by Eurobasket News

The wife of former Syracuse assistant basketball coach Bernie Fine has launched a libel lawsuit against ESPN for its reporting of the child sex abuse allegations leveled at her husband, The Post-Standard reported Wednesday.

The suit claims the network, reporter Mark Schwarz and producer Arty Berko 'spitefully destroyed Laurie Fine's reputation in an attempt to capitalize financially in the wake of the Penn State sex abuse scandal.'

Laurie Fine claims the network published defamatory information, including that she created 'a space in which children could be sexually molested in secret,' and that she was fully aware her husband was molesting children and did nothing to stop it.

Fine has scheduled a news conference Wednesday to publicly announce the lawsuit.

ESPN reported in November that two former Syracuse ball boys had alleged Bernie Fine sexually abused them during the 1980s. The report came within weeks of the Jerry Sandusky child molestation scandal at Penn State.

Though the claims of molestation by Bobby Davis and his stepbrother Mike Lang were deemed credible by a New York state district attorney, Fine was not prosecuted due to the statute of limitations.

Bernie Fine, who has denied any wrongdoing, was fired in the aftermath of the accusations.

Davis, 40, reportedly first approached ESPN in 2003 with the abuse allegations, but it was not until after he presented the network with a recorded phone conversation with Laurie Fine in the wake of the Sandusky scandal that the network decided to air the report.

Excerpts of the call used by ESPN not only revealed Fine failing to deny Davis' claims that her husband abused him, but also implied she was having sex with Davis as well.

Laurie Fine's lawsuit claims the network took her comments out of context to cast her in a false light, according to The Post-Standard.

Courtesy of http://msn.foxsports.com



ACC to include all 14 teams in expanded basketball tournament - by Eurobasket News

The ACC tournament will be two games, and one day, longer when Syracuse and Pittsburgh finally arrive from the Big East.

The conference athletic directors and basketball coaches settled on a format for the expanded, 14-team tournament as their spring meetings at Amelia Island, Fla., concluded Wednesday.

The conferences leadership also sorted out the format for its nine-game ACC football schedule.

Syracuse and Pittsburgh are expected to join the ACC for the 2013 football season and the 2013-14 basketball season. The ACC tournament, for both mens and womens basketball, will include all 14 teams, commissioner John Swofford told the media on Wednesday.

The format for the tournament will expand to include two games on Wednesday, between the bottom four teams from the regular-season standings, in what amounts to two play-in games to the current, 12-team bracket.

The No. 12 and 13 seeds will play on Wednesday, with the winner moving into the first round against the No. 5 seed. The winner between the No. 11 and 14 seeds will play the No. 6 seed on Thursday. There will still be four games on Thursday.

Just as in the current, 12-team format, the top four seeds will receive a bye into Fridays quarterfinals.

The football schedule will expand to nine conference games, one more than the current format, when Syracuse and Pittsburgh join the league. Syracuse will play in the Atlantic Division and Pitt will be in the Coastal Division.

In odd-numbered years, each of the seven teams in the Atlantic Division will play five ACC home games, compared to four for the Coastal Division. In even-numbered years, each of the Coastal Division teams will play five ACC home games, with four for the Atlantic.

The expanded conference schedule eliminates one of the four nonconference games on the schedule.

Courtesy of www.newsobserver.com



Four-star junior Stan Robinson commits to Indiana - by Eurobasket News

When Indiana hired Towson assistant coach Johnson Kenny in late April, one had to assume the pipeline from the DMV to Tom Crean's program would get going at some point. After all, Johnson is a former coach with the Team Takeover AAU program and Paul VI High School (Va.).

This quickly, though?

On Wednesday night, four-star junior guard Stan Robinson announced his pledge to Indiana.

'What everyone has been waiting for. Today I made my decision. I have committed to Indiana!', Robinson tweeted.

He confirmed the news to CBSSports.com via text message.

Robinson is a 6-foot-4 shooting guard from Paul VI (Va.) who plays with Takeover on the AAU circuit. He is ranked No. 54 in the CBSSports.com Top 100.

He is a very good playmaker who can create shots for himself, but is also comfortable dishing off to his teammates on the offensive end. Robinson has a strong body and is an effective finisher in the lane, while also possessing the ability to step outside and knock down jumpers.

He should be a very good scorer for Johnson, Crean and the Hoosiers.

'Me and coach Johnson could be brothers,' Robinson told Scout.com about the Indiana assistant. 'He was the one that recruited me to Paul VI in 8th grade. Ever since then we have been close. I just trust him 100 percent.'

Robinson chose the Hoosiers over Texas, Rutgers, Maryland and Villanova. Marquette, North Carolina State, Virginia Tech, Miami (Fl.), South Florida and Xavier had also offered him. Robinson joins Devin Davis, Luke Fischer and Collin Hartman in a very solid 2013 recruiting class for Indiana.

Courtesy of www.cbssports.com



Washington, D.C., to host NCAA East Regional - by Eurobasket News

The Division I Men's Basketball Committee has selected Washington, D.C. to host the 2013 East Regional.

The committee announced Wednesday that the games will be played March 28 and 30 at the Verizon Center. Georgetown will be the host institution as the tournament returns to the nation's capital for the sixth time since 1998.

The other regional sites - Indianapolis, Los Angeles and Arlington, Texas - had already been selected.

The second and third rounds will be played at Dayton, which will again host the First Four; Auburn Hills, Mich.; Austin, Texas; Kansas City, Mo.; Lexington, Ky.; Philadelphia; Salt Lake City; and San Jose, Calif.

The Final Four will be held April 6 and 8 in Atlanta.

Courtesy of http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com



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American Tim Shea hired as Nigerian national team coach - by Antonio Carlo

ANTONIO CARLO

American coach Shea Tim has been hired as the Nigerian national coach for the Olympic qualifying tournament in Caracas.
New Yorker Shea has been based in Spain for many years after coaching OAR Ferrol, Breogan Lugo, Atletico Madrid and Ourense Basket. He had a stint in Portugal with giants Benfica and another one in the Korean KBL league with Seoul Samsung before working for NBA franchises New York Knicks, Phoenix Suns and Charlotte Bobcats working as an international scout.
Nigeria who finished third in the AfroBasket tournament has won the possibility to earn a passport to the Olympics Games in London.
The Olympic qualifying tournament will take place in the Venezuelan capital city of Caracas between the 2nd and the 8th of July. Angola, Dominican Republic, Macedonia, Greece, Jordan, South Korea, Lithuania, New Zealand, Puerto Rico, Russia and Nigeria are the participants. The top three teams will earn the possibility to play this summer in London in the Olympics.
Shea Tim hopes to make a good tournament with Nigeria in Caracas with key players such as Ike Diogu (204-F/C-83, college: Arizona St.), Solomon Alabi (216-C-88, college: Florida St.), Al Farouq, Ime Udoka (198-F-77, agency: Priority Sports, college: Portland St.), Michael Umeh (188-PG-84, agency: Two Points, college: UNLV) and Oyedeji Olumide (208-C/F-81).



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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. Zurawski, Open F.18.6 
 9. Ejsmont, GKK G.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. Fras, Trefl I.9.8 
 6. Kwandrans, MKS L.9.8 
 7. Mis, Handlopex AZS9.8 
 8. Zurawski, Open F.9.7 
 9. Sobkowiak, AZS P.9.3 
 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. Chojecki, Zyrardow.3.8 
 7. Zych, Unia Tarnow3.8 
 8. Hybiak, AZS P.3.8 
 9. Adamczyk, Pulaski3.8 
 10. Gospodarek, Novu.3.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Tomasz ZYCH
  Unia Tarnow
  (188-G-87)
  Avg: 3
 1. Zych, Unia Tarnow3.0 
 2. Lewandowski, Astor.2.8 
 3. Szewczyk, Unia T.2.3 
 4. Hybiak, AZS P.2.3 
 5. Misztela, UMKS P.2.2 
 6. Kunc, Staco M.2.2 
 7. Fediuk, UKS S.2.2 
 8. Paszkiewicz, PWiK2.2 
 9. Bojko, Wilki Morsk.2.1 
 10. Szwed, Zyrardow.2.1 


2Liga Round 5 of Finals - by Eurobasket News

Group A
Astoria Bydg. - AZS PP Poznan 74-77

AZS Poznan clinched the top position in Group A after beating Astoria in Bydgoszcz in the decisive fifth game of the series. The guests trailed by 8 points after three quarters before their 26-15 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when AZS PP Poznan made 8 blocks. The best player for the winners was forward Michal Szydlowski (198-87) who scored 17 points and 9 rebounds. point guard Pawel Hybiak (173-89) chipped in 11 points and 6 assists. AZS PP Poznan's coach Waldemar Mendel used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Guard Pawel Lewandowski (186-83) produced 16 points, 5 rebounds, 7 assists and 4 steals and guard Mateusz Bierwagen (194-88) added 15 points and 7 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Astoria Bydg.: P.Lewandowski 16+5reb+7ast, M.Bierwagen 15+7reb+1ast, A.Andryanczyk 13+2reb, S.Laydych 11+5reb+3ast, A.Barszczyk 7+1reb+4ast, D.Szyttenholm 6+7reb+3ast
AZS PP Poznan: M.Szydlowski 17+9reb+1ast, P.Stankiewicz 16+3reb+1ast, T.Baszak 14+5reb+1ast, P.Hybiak 11+4reb+6ast, M.Rostalski 6+5reb, M.Sobkowiak 5+7reb
gschID: 176627



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Proliga Round 5 of Semi-Finals. Alges join Fisica in Final - by Eurobasket News

Alges - Oliveirense 83-72

Alges toppled Oliveirense to seal the birth in the Final. The game was mostly controlled by Alges. Oliveirense managed to win fourth quarter 24-13. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Alges had a 27-14 advantage in offensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was American forward DeSean White (203-86, college: Northwood, FL) who had a double-double by scoring 28 points and 18 rebounds. The former international swingman Joao Manuel (192-79) chipped in 21 points. American forward Deantre Jefferson (203-88, college: Chattanooga) produced a double-double by scoring 25 points and 16 rebounds and guard Joao Abreu (179-83) added 16 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists respectively for the guests.
Top scorers:
Alges: D.White 28+18reb+1ast, J.Manuel 21+3reb+2ast, D.Vieira 10+11reb+2ast, F.Mendonca 9+3reb, A.Pires 5+5reb+7ast, S.Correia 5+4reb
Oliveirense: D.Jefferson 25+16reb+2ast, R.Azevedo 21+3reb, J.Abreu 16+5reb+4ast, S.Johnson 8+4reb+2ast, N.Freitas 2+2reb+1ast, M.Pinto 0+4reb+2ast
gschID: 176626



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Standings - BSN

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

Second Stage: Round 7

May. 17: Quebradillas - Mayaguez 68-76
May. 17: San German - Guaynabo 107-95
May. 18: San German - Arecibo
May. 18: Bayamon - Mayaguez


Stats Leaders - BSN

Points Per Game
 Al THORNTON
  Guayama
  (203-F-83)
  Avg: 25.3
 1. Thornton, Guayama25.3 
 2. Harris, San German20.2 
 3. Sensley, Humacao19.7 
 4. Randolph, Quebradi.19.2 
 5. Dalmau, Bayamon18.3 
 6. Diogu, Arecibo18.1 
 7. Brown, Humacao18.0 
 8. Ayuso, Arecibo17.5 
 9. Ramos, Quebradillas17.2 
 10. Vassallo, Guayna.16.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Shavlik RANDOLPH
  Quebradi.
  (208-F-83)
  Avg: 12.1
 1. Randolph, Quebradi.12.1 
 2. Harris, San German10.4 
 3. Diogu, Arecibo9.9 
 4. Lloreda, San G.9.5 
 5. Thornton, Guayama9.2 
 6. Powell, Guayama9.2 
 7. Sensley, Humacao9.0 
 8. Ramos, Quebradillas8.8 
 9. Burgess, Guaynabo8.4 
 10. Shannon, Quebradi.8.1 
Assists Per Game
 Filiberto RIVERA
  San German
  (190-PG-82)
  Avg: 5.9
 1. Rivera, San German5.9 
 2. Smith, Mayaguez5.3 
 3. Guzman, Guaynabo5.3 
 4. Garcia, Humacao5.2 
 5. Pagan, Guayama5.0 
 6. Butler, Quebradill.4.8 
 7. Pinnock, Arecibo4.7 
 8. Dalmau, Bayamon4.1 
 9. Brown, Humacao3.4 
 10. Alvarado, Humacao3.1 
Steals Per Game
 Donta SMITH
  Mayaguez
  (201-G-83)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Smith, Mayaguez2.1 
 2. Mojica, Bayamon1.8 
 3. Pinnock, Arecibo1.6 
 4. Dalmau, Bayamon1.5 
 5. Thornton, Guayama1.3 
 6. Rivera, San German1.3 
 7. Figueroa, Guaynabo1.3 
 8. Sensley, Humacao1.3 
 9. Rivera, Mayaguez1.2 
 10. Strong, San Germ.1.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Mamadou LAMIZANA
  Bayamon
  (207-F/C-81)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Lamizana, Bayamon2.4 
 2. Penn, Humacao1.8 
 3. O''Bryant, Mayaguez1.6 
 4. Shannon, Quebradil.1.6 
 5. Thornton, Guayama1.6 
 6. Aubry, Arecibo1.5 
 7. Burgess, Guaynabo1.4 
 8. Powell, Guayama1.3 
 9. Ramos, Quebradillas1.2 
 10. Randolph, Quebrad.1.2 


O'Bryant stays for now: - by Luis Modestti

After Indios de Mayaguez announced the signing of Kentrell Gransberry (206-C-85, college: S.Florida), the team decided to stay for at least one more game with Patrick O'Bryant (213-C-86, college: Bradley)..

O'Bryant responded on Thursday with 10 points and 6 rebounds in 16:13 played. The former NBA center is suffering from asthma symptoms but said that he can still play at a high level.

Team management will make a decision later this week to see if they stay with OBryant. Gransberry is already in Puerto Rico.



A triple-double by Rivera puts San German closer to semifinals: - by Luis Modestti

A triple-double by Filiberto Rivera (190-PG-82, college: UTEP) gave San German a 107-95 win over Mets de Guaynabo on Thursday night.

Rivera had 28 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists for Atleticos who are in second place with a 5-3 record.

Atleticos dominated the whole way led by Rivera and Mike Harris (198-F-83, college: Rice) who added 16 points.

Mets are 0-8 and had Ian Young (191-PG-81, college: Auburn) with 24 and Joey Graham (200-G/F-82, college: Oklahoma St.) netted 21.

Indios stayed in first place by defeating Piratas de Quebradillas 76-68. Donta Smith (201-G-83, college: SE Illinois JC) had 18 points and Andres Ortiz (188-G-86) 12 for the winners who are 6-2.

On Friday Indios visit Vaqueros and San German hosts Capitanes de Arecibo.



Randolph's double-double lands him (Second Stage) Player of the Round award - by Eurobasket News

28-year old forward Shavlik Randolph (208-F-83) had an amazing evening in the last week for Quebradillas and receives a Latinbasket.com Player of the Week award for Round 6 (Second Stage).
He had a double-double of 27 points and 16 rebounds, while his team edged out Guaynabo (#6, 0-7), Second Stage botton-ranked team 89-85. Quebradillas is placed at 3rd position in Puerto Rican league. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier in Second Stage. Quebradillas will need more victories to improve their 4-3 record. In the team's last game Randolph had a remarkable 69.2% from 2-point range. He just recently signed at Quebradillas, being already a very valuable addition to the team. Duke University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Randolph. Randolph is in league's top in points (4th best: 19.3ppg) and averages solid 1.1bpg and 50.8% FGP.

Second best performed player last week was Christian Dalmau (194-G-77, agency: Paris Global Sports) of league's second-best Bayamon. He is former international guard in his first season at Bayamon. In the last game Dalmau recorded impressive 29 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists. Of course he lead Bayamon toovertime win 98-84 over the lower-ranked San German (4-3) being unquestionably team leader. Bayamon's second position in the standings has not changed. His team's 4-3 record is not bad at all. Dalmau is one of the most experienced players at Bayamon and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 18.8ppg (#5). He also recorded 4.2 assists per game.

Third place about best performers goes to guard Danilo Pinnock (196-G-83) of Arecibo (#4). Pinnock scored 24 points and grabbed ten rebounds. He was a key player of Arecibo, leading his team to a 75-68 win against #1 ranked Mayaguez in a game of the week. Arecibo needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 4 victories and 3 lost games. Pinnock has a great season in Puerto Rico. After 36 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in assists with 4.8apg (7th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Gary Wilkinson (204-F/C-82) of Bayamon - 23 points and 12 rebounds
5. Ian Young (191-PG-81) of Guaynabo - 24 points and 6 assists
6. Mike Harris (198-F-83) of San German - 16 points and 18 rebounds
7. Michael Sweetney (203-F-82) of Bayamon - 16 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Joey Graham (200-G/F-82) of Guaynabo - 20 points, 11 rebounds and 6 assists
9. Peter John Ramos (222-C-85) of Quebradillas - 20 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Javier Mojica (190-G-84) of Bayamon - 16 points and 7 rebounds

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



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Stats Leaders - Men

Points Per Game
 Jaytonah WISSEH
  CSU Sibiu
  (185-G-88)
  Avg: 23.5
 1. Wisseh, CSU Sibiu23.5 
 2. Durham, Dinamo B.23.3 
 3. Martinic, CSM B.23.0 
 4. Krstanovic, U.Mobi.20.9 
 5. Dykes, U.Mobite.19.8 
 6. Mitchell, Gaz Metan18.5 
 7. Sims, Giurgiu18.3 
 8. Ross, Craiova18.0 
 9. Gallimore, CSM B.17.9 
 10. Haymon, Dinamo B.17.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Allen DURHAM
  Dinamo B.
  (198-F-88)
  Avg: 13.7
 1. Durham, Dinamo B.13.7 
 2. Kinloch, Pitesti9.3 
 3. McKenzie, CSM B.8.6 
 4. Carutasu, CSM B.8.6 
 5. Dies, Perla Harghi.8.4 
 6. Krstanovic, U.Mobi.8.4 
 7. Steffel, Rovinari8.3 
 8. Nicoara, Gaz Metan8.1 
 9. Riley, CSU Sibiu8.1 
 10. Vlaicu, Giurgiu7.7 
Assists Per Game
 Jaytonah WISSEH
  CSU Sibiu
  (185-G-88)
  Avg: 7.3
 1. Wisseh, CSU Sibiu7.3 
 2. Cooley, Targu M.6.2 
 3. Maric, Oradea6.1 
 4. Sims, Giurgiu5.5 
 5. Vlahovic, Ploiesti5.4 
 6. Nikolic, Rovinari5.4 
 7. Howell, Gaz Metan5.3 
 8. Martinic, CSM B.5.3 
 9. Long, Perla Harghi.5.0 
 10. Jovanovic, Timiso.4.8 
Steals Per Game
 Jaytonah WISSEH
  CSU Sibiu
  (185-G-88)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Wisseh, CSU Sibiu2.9 
 2. Cooley, Targu M.2.6 
 3. Howell, Gaz Metan2.1 
 4. Tucker, Perla H.2.1 
 5. Hargrove, Ploiesti1.9 
 6. Mitchell, Gaz Metan1.9 
 7. Dykes, U.Mobite.1.8 
 8. Nicolae, Politehni.1.8 
 9. Archie, Timisoara1.8 
 10. Hurjui, Politehni.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Kaylone RILEY
  CSU Sibiu
  (203-C-88)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Riley, CSU Sibiu1.8 
 2. Tibirna, Otopeni1.7 
 3. McKenzie, CSM B.1.7 
 4. Dies, Perla Harghi.1.5 
 5. Kinloch, Pitesti1.4 
 6. Archie, Timisoara1.1 
 7. Durham, Dinamo B.1.1 
 8. Mijovic, U.Mobite.1.1 
 9. Dragusin, Gaz M.0.9 
 10. McCulloch, Dinamo0.9 


Ploiesti take 2-0 Final lead - by Eurobasket News

3rd place
U.Mobitel.CN - Gaz Metan 75-77

Montenegrin-Serbian forward Ivan Ivanovic (206-80, agency: Beo Basket) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 20 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists. The former international forward Titus Nicoara (203-88, agency: Interperformances) contributed with 13 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. American Kyndall Dykes (190-87, college: New Orleans, agency: Edge Sports) replied with a double-double by scoring 20 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists and Serbian center Zoran Krstanovic (204-82) added 16 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for U-Mobitelco.
Top scorers:
U.Mobitel.CN: K.Dykes 20+11reb+5ast, Z.Krstanovic 16+8reb, P.Chetreanu 11+2reb+4ast, M.Paul 9+5reb+6ast, M.Silvasan 9+2reb+3ast, V.Mijovic 6+2reb+1ast
Gaz Metan: I.Ivanovic 20+11reb+4ast, T.Nicoara 13+6reb+2ast, T.Dumitrescu 11+2reb, I.Dragusin 9+1reb, I.Tomeljak 9+2reb+5ast, C.Moore 6+7reb+4ast
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FINAL
Timisoara - Ploiesti 65-79 (0-2)

The game was mostly controlled by Ploiesti. Timisoara was better in fourth quarter 21-12. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. American guard Darius Hargrove (193-82, college: Virginia Union, agency: Strategic Sports) scored 18 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists to lead the charge for the winners and Lithuanian guard Arvydas Cepulis (196-79) chipped in 23 points during the contest. American forward Dominique Archie (200-87, college: S.Carolina) responded with 14 points and 9 rebounds and Serbian-German forward Robert Sarovic (205-78) produced a double-double by scoring 13 points and 10 rebounds.
Top scorers:
Timisoara: Z.Jovanovic 16+3reb+1ast, D.Archie 14+9reb+1ast, R.Sarovic 13+10reb+1ast, B.Popescu 8+5reb, I.Siriscevic 7+1reb, D.Paltinisanu 4+1reb
Ploiesti: A.Cepulis 23+4reb+1ast, D.Hargrove 18+7reb+4ast, A.Vlahovic 12+3reb+4ast, C.Burlacu 9+8reb+2ast, A.Capusan 8+5reb+1ast, V.Tica 7+9reb+2ast
gschID: 176378



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Stats Leaders - Superleague A

Points Per Game
 Davon JEFFERSON
  Triumph
  (204-F-86)
  Avg: 20.4
 1. Jefferson, Triumph20.4 
 2. Rush, Krasnie Kril.16.7 
 3. McKee, Triumph15.2 
 4. Thomas, Spartak-.15.1 
 5. Beverley, Spart.15.0 
 6. Fridzon, Khimky14.4 
 7. Massey, Lokomotiv13.9 
 8. Karasev, Triumph13.6 
 9. Planinic, Khimky13.4 
 10. Bykov, Lokomotiv13.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Davon JEFFERSON
  Triumph
  (204-F-86)
  Avg: 7.9
 1. Jefferson, Triumph7.9 
 2. Massey, Lokomotiv7.6 
 3. Victor, Spartak-.7.4 
 4. Landry, Triumph6.3 
 5. Veremeenko, Unics6.2 
 6. Kirilenko, CSKA6.1 
 7. Baxter, Enisey6.0 
 8. Beverley, Spart.5.9 
 9. Khryapa, CSKA5.7 
 10. Savenkov, Sparta.5.7 
Assists Per Game
 Aaron MILES
  Krasnie Krilya
  (186-G-83)
  Avg: 6.3
 1. Miles, Krasnie Kri.6.3 
 2. Teodosic, CSKA5.2 
 3. Beverley, Spart.5.0 
 4. Samoylenko, Unics4.8 
 5. Halperin, Spart.4.6 
 6. Thomas, Spartak-.4.5 
 7. Planinic, Khimky4.4 
 8. McKee, Triumph4.1 
 9. Bykov, Lokomotiv3.4 
 10. Rush, Krasnie Kri.3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Patrick BEVERLEY
  Spart.
  (185-PG-88)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Beverley, Spart.2.4 
 2. Baburin, Spartak-.2.0 
 3. Massey, Lokomotiv2.0 
 4. Thomas, Spartak-.1.9 
 5. Halperin, Spart.1.7 
 6. Chalmers, Lokom.1.6 
 7. Lyday, Unics1.5 
 8. Rush, Krasnie Kril.1.5 
 9. Victor, Spartak-.1.5 
 10. Planinic, Khimky1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Davon JEFFERSON
  Triumph
  (204-F-86)
  Avg: 1.1
 1. Jefferson, Triumph1.1 
 2. Kirilenko, CSKA1.0 
 3. Lavrinovic, CSKA0.9 
 4. Likhodey, Spart.0.9 
 5. Kikanovic, Enisey0.8 
 6. Vasiliev, Krasni.0.8 
 7. Savenkov, Spartak.0.8 
 8. Baxter, Enisey0.7 
 9. Traore, Lokomotiv0.7 
 10. Gelabale, Khimky0.7 


CSKA Moscow's touch of class - by Eurobasket News

To a weekend that will go down as one of the best in basketball history, an extra touch of class was added by the Turkish Airlines Euroleague Final Four team that had the most to be disappointed about. A day after losing the final in the most shocking manner possible, CSKA Moscow president Andrey Vatutin proved that his club honors the spirt of fair play with a congratulatory letter to newly crowned Euroleague champion, Olympiacos Piraeus, published on the latter's website Wednesday.

'Dear friends, we congratulate you on winning the Euroleague title after a dramatic final,' Vatutin wrote. 'Your team has shown great progress during the season and deserved victory. It was an honor to play this decisive game against such honest opponents and great friends. Please accept one more time our warmest congratulations!'

Of course, CSKA had every reason to be crushed by its last-second defeat, especially after having led in the final by 19 points with 12 minutes to play. But CSKA also has every reason to be proud of its own spectacular season. A year after its record eight-year streak in the Final Four was snapped unexpectedly, CSKA bounced back this year with one of its best seasons ever. While its stated goal and every ambition was to win the Euroleague title, not even losing the trophy in the season's last second was able to alter CSKA's sense of sportsmanship.

The definition of sportsmanship - that it's not whether you win or lose, but how you play the game - already applied to CSKA. Now, so does the maxim that true character in sports is not measured in how well you win, but in how courageously you accept even the most stinging defeat. Congratulations to CSKA Moscow, too.

Courtesy of Euroleague



CSKA takes 2-0 Final lead - by Eurobasket News

FINAL

CSKA - Khimky 79-61 (2-0)

The game was mostly controlled by CSKA Moscow. Khimky managed to win third quarter 21-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Khimky to just 5 points in first quarter. CSKA Moscow made 19-of-22 free shots (86.4 percent) during the game. Serbian center Nenad Krstic (213-83) scored 21 points and 5 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and the former international guard Alexey Shved (196-88, agency: Alti Sport) chipped in 12 points and 6 assists during the contest. Four CSKA Moscow players scored in double figures. American forward Jeff Adrien (201-86, college: Connecticut, agency: Priority Sports) responded with 16 points and 8 rebounds and Croatian-Bosnian guard Zoran Planinic (199-82) scored 9 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
CSKA: N.Krstic 21+5reb, A.Shved 12+4reb+6ast, R.Siskauskas 12, M.Teodosic 11+3reb+3ast, E.Voronov 7+3reb+1ast, A.Vorontsevich 5+4reb+3ast
Khimky: J.Adrien 16+8reb+1ast, K.Loncar 10+2reb+1ast, Z.Planinic 9+5reb+6ast, E.Vyaltsev 6+4reb+2ast, S.Monya 5+6reb+3ast, T.Kelati 5+4reb+1ast

5th place
Spartak SP - Unics 75-81

The guests trailed by 4 points at the halftime before their 48-38 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Unics Kazan made 25-of-30 free shots (83.3 percent) during the game. Naturalized Belarusian forward Vladimir Veremeenko (208-84, agency: RU-Basket Management) scored 20 points and 6 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) to lead the charge for the winners and the former international point guard Petr Samoylenko (185-77) chipped in 14 points and 9 assists during the contest. Four Unics Kazan players scored in double figures. Forward Valery Likhodey (205-86) responded with 20 points and 5 rebounds and American point guard Patrick Beverley (185-88, college: Arkansas) scored 9 points and 7 assists.
Top scorers:
Unics: V.Veremeenko 20+6reb+1ast, K.McCarty 15+6reb, H.Domercant 15+4reb+2ast, P.Samoylenko 14+3reb+9ast, T.Lyday 6+4reb+3ast, A.Savrasenko 4+4reb
Spartak SP: V.Likhodey 20+5reb, A.Kashirov 14+1reb+1ast, P.Beverley 9+2reb+7ast, J.Strelnieks 7+1reb+3ast, P.Sergeev 6+1reb, N.Dragovic 6+4reb+2ast


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Khmiki interested in Schortsanitis - by Anton Zirkov

Khimki Moscow are reportedly interested in Greek Center - Sofoklis Schortsanitis (206-C-85).
The Greek giant who played for Maccabi Tel-Aviv for the last two seasons will be a free agent this summer,as Maccabi are not offering a new deal.
The ex Olympiacos had a great first season with the yellows (2010-2011) leading Maccabi to the double in Israel and the final of the Euroleague and also voted to the All Euroleague starting five.
This season,Sofo suffered from a niggling injury in his knee which effected his game and numbers,and will undergo a surgery when the season ends in Israel,next week.
Khimki are looking for reinforcement as they will play in the Euroleague next season and its reported that Sofo is in the team radar.




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Serbian U16 NT staff announced list for practices in May - by Nenad Ilijev

Serbian Basketball Federation published list of players called for three days preparation with U16 National Team from May 16th to May 20th. Below is list of players called up:

Jovan Starincevic - Hemofarm Vrsac
Nikola Pavlovic - Hemofarm Vrsac
Stefan Simic - OKK Sabac
Stefan Nikolic - Crvena zvezda Beograd
Ivan Daskalovic - Crvena zvezda Beograd
Stefan Lazarevic - Crvena zvezda Beograd
Slobodan Jovanovic - Zemun Zemun
Vukan Stojanovic - Nibac Nis
Vuk Karadzic - Mega vizura Beograd
Radovan Djokovic - Mega vizura Beograd
Andrija Matic - Mega vizura Beograd
Marko Radovanovic - Mladost Cacak
Aleksa Koracin - Flash Beograd
Djordje Savkovic - Flash Beograd
Jovan Grujic - Partizan mts Beograd
Bojan Nesic - Kris kros Pancevo
Borisa Simanic - Buducnost Bijeljina (BIH)
Milos Glisic - Ofy basket Beograd
Luka Radovic - Borac Cacak



Young Nemanja Jaramaz, Mega Vizura crush Vojvodina in thriller - by Eurobasket News

Round 12 of the Superleague is completed. Mega Vizura surprised Vojvodina as a guest celebrating 83-85 victory in thriller. Nemanja Jaramaz (201-G-91, agency: Beo Basket) was a key player for the winners with 21 points and 7 rebounds. The 20-year-old prospect was almost perfect for FG2 making 8 of 9 attempts and he also had 5 of 5 from the free throw line. Jaramaz made the winning basket for Mega Vizura in the last second and was the MVP of this game with valuation 29. Another top prospect Nenad Miljenovic (194-G-93, agency: Beo Basket) helped his team with 19 points and 6 rebounds, while center Dejan Musli (213-C-91, agency: Beo Basket) registered double-double of 12 points and 11 rebounds. Thanks to this victory, Mega Vizura improved to 4-8 record and joined BK Radnicki at sixth place. Vojvodina dropped to 6-6 score, but stays No.4 in the league. However, this defeat is a huge step back for Vojvodina on their way to third place in the league, which provides free ticket for Adriatic league 2012/13. Their best player in this game was Stefan Stojacic (194-F-89, agency: Interperformances) with 22 points and 5 rebounds. Dragan Zekovic (210-F/C-87, agency: Interperformances) followed with 19 pts.
There are two more rounds left before the Playoffs.

Round 13
May. 18, Radnicki K.-Hemofarm
May. 18, Partizan-Vojvodina
May. 19, Radnicki Basket-Crvena Zvezda
May. 20, Mega Vizura-BKK Radnicki



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Stats Leaders - 1A

Points Per Game
 Travis NELSON
  Sentjur
  (211-C-87)
  Avg: 17.5
 1. Nelson, Sentjur17.5 
 2. Prepelic, Helios16.7 
 3. Tomic, Rogaska15.8 
 4. Hohler, Polzela14.0 
 5. Pajic, Geoplin Slo.14.0 
 6. Mahkovic, LTHcas.13.9 
 7. Dragic, Krka13.9 
 8. Maric, Sentjur13.9 
 9. Rupnik, Geoplin13.3 
 10. Panic, Zlatorog13.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Milos MILJKOVIC
  Rogaska
  (204-F/C-84)
  Avg: 8.6
 1. Miljkovic, Rogaska8.6 
 2. Djugum, Geoplin8.2 
 3. Pajic, Geoplin Slo.7.4 
 4. Omic, Zlatorog7.1 
 5. Nuhanovic, Elektra6.9 
 6. Nelson, Sentjur6.8 
 7. Sviridov, Polzela6.8 
 8. Mucic, Maribor6.7 
 9. Soldo, LTHcast6.6 
 10. Maric, Sentjur6.0 
Assists Per Game
 Luka RUPNIK
  Geoplin .
  (184-PG-93)
  Avg: 5.3
 1. Rupnik, Geoplin5.3 
 2. Rembert, Sentjur5.1 
 3. Hohler, Polzela4.4 
 4. Tomic, Rogaska4.1 
 5. Vujasinovic, Zlato.3.9 
 6. Fon, Geoplin Slovan3.8 
 7. Jovanovic, Maribo.3.8 
 8. Prepelic, Helios3.8 
 9. Nissim, Krka3.6 
 10. Gay, Helios3.1 
Steals Per Game
 Boban TOMIC
  Rogaska
  (190-G-88)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Tomic, Rogaska1.9 
 2. Vasl, Polzela1.8 
 3. Fon, Geoplin Slovan1.7 
 4. Dragic, Krka1.7 
 5. Rupnik, Geoplin1.6 
 6. Gay, Helios1.6 
 7. Panic, Zlatorog1.5 
 8. Mahkovic, LTHcas.1.5 
 9. Urbas, Parklji1.5 
 10. Maric, Sentjur1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Salih NUHANOVIC
  Elektra
  (209-C-82)
  Avg: 1.4
 1. Nuhanovic, Elektra1.4 
 2. Nelson, Sentjur1.3 
 3. Omic, Zlatorog1.2 
 4. Sviridov, Polzela1.0 
 5. Thompson, Union O.1.0 
 6. Djugum, Geoplin0.9 
 7. Hannibal, Polzela0.8 
 8. Cresnar, Helios0.7 
 9. Miljkovic, Rogaska0.6 
 10. Buda, Geoplin Slo.0.6 


Finals: Union Olimpija wins in Novo Mesto for 1-0 lead - by Eurobasket News

Krka - Union Olimpija 65-76 (0-1)

First game of the Slovenian league Finals just ended. Union Olimpija did a great job in Novo Mesto celebrating 65-76 victory for 1-0 lead in the series. The format is best-of-five and second game is scheduled for Sunday. Olimpija will be the host.
The game was mostly controlled by Union Olimpija. Krka managed to win second period 18-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 18-of-23 free shots (78.3 percent) during the game. 26 personal fouls committed by Krka helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Guard Jaka Blazic (193-90) fired 15 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Montenegrin forward Vladimir Dasic (206-88, agency: Beo Basket) chipped in 8 points and 8 rebounds. Croatian center Jure Lalic (212-86) produced a double-double by scoring 13 points and 10 rebounds and power forward Smiljan Pavic (210-80) added 11 points and 7 rebounds respectively for lost side. Four Krka players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Krka was the regular season champion, but they lost the home court advantage tonight. The Novo Mesto team is the defending champ from the last season. As mentioned above, the second game is scheduled for Sunday and teams will meet again on Tuesday. If necessary, two more games will be played on May 24 and 26.

Krka: J.Lalic 13+10reb, S.Pavic 11+7reb+2ast, E.Muric 11+2reb+3ast, U.Lucic 11+6reb, A.Nissim 9+3reb+3ast, Z.Dragic 5+2reb
Union Olimpija: J.Blazic 15+8reb+2ast, S.Salin 14+1reb+1ast, D.Thompson 12+4reb+1ast, J.Mocnik 8+3reb+4ast, V.Dasic 8+8reb+2ast, C.Mitchell 6+2reb



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Stats Leaders - ACB

Points Per Game
 Andy PANKO
  Lagun A.
  (204-F-77)
  Avg: 18.7
 1. Panko, Lagun A.18.7 
 2. Doellman, Assignia16.8 
 3. Teletovic, Caja L.16.4 
 4. Davis, Cajasol14.6 
 5. Wright, CAI Z.14.5 
 6. Penney, Fuenlabra.14.4 
 7. Navarro, FCB Regal13.7 
 8. De Colo, Valencia13.4 
 9. Hettsheimer, CAI Z.13.3 
 10. Caner-Medley, Val.13.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 James AUGUSTINE
  UCAM M.
  (208-F-84)
  Avg: 8.3
 1. Augustine, UCAM M.8.3 
 2. Ivanov, Lucentum7.8 
 3. Borchardt, B.de R.7.7 
 4. Freeland, Unicaja7.5 
 5. Davis, Cajasol7.4 
 6. Williams, FIATC J.7.1 
 7. Caner-Medley, Vale.6.9 
 8. Teletovic, Caja L.6.9 
 9. Gabriel, Asefa E.6.5 
 10. Hettsheimer, CAI6.4 
Assists Per Game
 Javier RODRIGUEZ
  Assignia.
  (189-G-79)
  Avg: 6.5
 1. Rodriguez, Assigni.6.5 
 2. Salgado, Lagun A.4.3 
 3. Llull, Real Madrid4.2 
 4. Granger, Asefa E.3.8 
 5. Rodriguez, Real M.3.8 
 6. Rodriguez, Bluse.3.8 
 7. Dumas, B.de R.3.7 
 8. Prigioni, Caja L.3.5 
 9. Llompart, Lucentum3.5 
 10. Uriz, B.de Rueda3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Pablo PRIGIONI
  Caja L.
  (191-G-77)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Prigioni, Caja L.1.9 
 2. De Colo, Valencia1.6 
 3. Doellman, Assignia1.5 
 4. Vidal, Lagun A.1.5 
 5. Uriz, B.de Rueda V.1.4 
 6. Lofton, Asefa E.1.4 
 7. Hanga, Assignia M.1.4 
 8. Udoka, UCAM M.1.4 
 9. Williams, FIATC J.1.3 
 10. Eidson, FCB Regal1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Stephane LASME
  Blusens M.
  (203-F-82)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Lasme, Blusens M.1.9 
 2. Fischer, Gescrap BB1.9 
 3. Sene, Fuenlabrada1.7 
 4. Begic, Real Madrid1.6 
 5. Toure, B.de R.1.4 
 6. Ndong, FCB Regal1.1 
 7. Vazquez, FCB Regal1.0 
 8. Barnes, Lucentum1.0 
 9. Augustine, UCAM M.0.9 
 10. Asselin, Assignia0.9 


Causeur to replace De Colo in Valencia? - by Antonio Carlo

According to reports in Spain, Valencia Basket is weighing up their options to sign Cholet guard Fabien Causeur (193-G-87) to replace his countryman Nando De Colo.
Frenchman De Colo could be on his way out Valencia Basket team to join the NBA's San Antonio Spurs who is the team who has the first pick on him or moving to a bigger club in Europe.
The 24 years old guard Causeur who has been monitored by Valencia Basket almost has gave up any chance to keep De Colo who has been a key player for coach Velimir Perasovic (agency: Interperformances ) this season.
Fabien Causeur has averaged 16 points per game for his team Cholet and has been preselected by French national coach Vicent Collet for the Olympics games in London this summer.



Canarias Iberostar in the ACB - by Antonio Carlo

Newly promoted ACB team Canarias Iberostar have already guaranteed 60% of the entry fee to enable them play in the top Basketball league in Spain.
Canarias who is a team located in Tenerife (Canary Islands) won direct promotion to the ACB league as they undisputedly won the regular season in the LEB Gold.
Canarias Iberostar board members Felix Hernandez and Santiago Cacho had different meetings with high rank politicians from the Canary Islands government to secure financial assurances to negotiate a bank loan to pay the 4,5 million euro as a entry fee to participate in Spains elite basketball league.
EUROBASKET.COM understands that the Canarian club have already struck a deal with the local municipalities of Santa Cruz de Tenerife and La Laguna and is waiting to finalise a deal with the president of the Canarian Regional government Paulino Rivero to complete the financial conditions stipulated by the hierarchy of the ACB.
Canarias has a deadline of up to the 14 June to complete a financial package to embark themselves in a new ACB adventure after 21 years in a exile between LEB and EBA divisions.
Relegated club to LEB Gold Estudiantes from Madrid is desperately hoping that Canarias Iberostar will not be able to pay the ACB fee entry so they will avoid relegation after completing a disastrous season.



Dave Moss to Real Madrid? - by Antonio Carlo

MONTESPACHI SIENA American combo guard David Moss (196-F-83, agency: SportsTalent, college: Indiana St.) has been linked with a move to Spanish giants Real Madrid.
According to reports from the Spanish media, Moss has been offered to Real Madrid as it is very well documented that the Spanish club is scouting the whole market to weigh their options to strengthen their roster for next season.
Moss averaged 8.2 ppp y 2.6 rpp with the Italian oufit in his second season in the Serie A



Nikola Mirotic will miss playoff series against Cajasol Banca Civica - by Antonio Carlo

Real Madrid's Nikola Mirotic (207-F/C-91) is out of the quarterfinal playoff series against Cajasol Banca Civica.
The Montenegrin power forward who holds a Spanish passport sprained his ankle during the week and is an important miss for coach Pablo Laso .
According the Real Madrids doctors the recovery time for the Montenegrin origin player is estimated around 10 days which will force him to miss the entire playoff series against Cajasol Banca Civica.
However, there is not only bad news for Real Madrid. American forward Kyle Singler (203-F-88, college: Duke) and Bosnian center Mirza Begic (217-C-85) are fit in time to face the Andalucian team who finished seventh in the regular season of the Endesa league.



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Jonathan Skjoldebrand wins the title abroad - by Eurobasket News

Jonathan Skjoldebrand (204-F/C-83, agency: Ronsport) wins the title abroad as his Hapoel Tel-Aviv won the Finals over Yaakov. The Winner of the Regular Season won the series 3-1.
In the last game Hapoel Tel-Aviv celebrated a 83:56 win. They led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 58 of its points in the paint compared to Beer Yaakov's 34. Hapoel Tel-Aviv looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists comparing to just 7 passes made by Beer Yaakov's players. Worth to mention a great performance of American Curtis Kelly who helped to win the game recording 19 points (on 9-of-10 shooting from the field). The other American import point guard Demontez Stitt contributed with 15 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Jonathan Skjoldebrand collected 11 points and 9 rebounds. The former international power forward Chris Watson replied with 14 points and American guard Nate Miller added 10 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Beer Yaakov.
In 2011-2012 he started for Hapoel Tel-Aviv (Israel-National League, starting five) and in Balkan League averaged 9.0ppg, 3.8rpg, 1.1apg, FGP: 52.6%, 3PT: 16.7%, FT: 82.6%. In the National league his stats read 8.7 points per game.



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Stats Leaders LNA

Points Per Game
 Mohammed ABUKAR
  Lugano T.
  (208-F-85)
  Avg: 19.9
 1. Abukar, Lugano T.19.9 
 2. Sharper, Boncourt19.4 
 3. Burrows, Starwings18.2 
 4. Jenkins, Starwings17.8 
 5. Calasan, Boncourt17.7 
 6. Barnette, Geneve17.1 
 7. Jones, SAM M.16.8 
 8. Mitrovic, SAM M.16.3 
 9. Smith, Monthey16.2 
 10. Gibson, SAV Vacal.16.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Erroyl BING
  Geneve Lions
  (198-F/C-82)
  Avg: 9.1
 1. Bing, Geneve Lions9.1 
 2. Toure, Geneve Lio.9.1 
 3. Calasan, Boncourt9.1 
 4. Knutson, BBC Nyon8.3 
 5. Burrows, Starwings8.1 
 6. Rakocevic, Lugano7.7 
 7. Esterkamp, Fribo.7.6 
 8. Finn, Monthey7.5 
 9. Molteni, SAM M.7.5 
 10. Jones, SAM M.7.3 
Assists Per Game
 Rickey GIBSON
  SAV Vacallo
  (191-G-84)
  Avg: 6.4
 1. Gibson, SAV Vacallo6.4 
 2. Brown, Lugano T.5.9 
 3. Jenkins, Starwings5.3 
 4. Dunn, Geneve Lions5.1 
 5. Petkovic, Starw.4.7 
 6. Boylan, Monthey4.5 
 7. Draughan, Lugano4.4 
 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. Mitrovic, SAM M.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Babacar TOURE
  Geneve Lions
  (205-F/C-85)
  Avg: 2
 1. Toure, Geneve Lio.2.0 
 2. Knutson, BBC Nyon1.7 
 3. Molteni, SAM M.1.2 
 4. Matter, Starwings1.2 
 5. Roberson, Boncourt1.1 
 6. Rakocevic, Lugano1.0 
 7. Burrows, Starwings1.0 
 8. Dubas, Monthey0.9 
 9. Barnette, Geneve0.9 
 10. Albrecht, Starw.0.9 


LNA Round 4 of Finals. Geneve Lions force decider - by Eurobasket News

Geneve Lions - Lugano Tigers 100-86

Geneve Lions fired past Lugano Tigers to ensure the decisive fifth game in the series. The game was mostly controlled by Geneve Lions. Lugano Tigers managed to win third quarter 23-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Geneve Lions dominated down low during the game scoring 70 of its points in the paint compared to Lugano Tigers' 42. They outrebounded Lugano Tigers 43-29 including 29 on the defensive glass. Geneve Lions looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. American guard Tony Brown (193-79, college: Arkansas St.) fired 30 points and 5 assists for the winners. The other American import forward Sean Barnette (195-86, college: Wingate) chipped in 21 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. Geneve Lions' coach Nebojsa Lazarevic used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The former international guard Dusan Mladjan (199-86, agency: Interperformances) produced 20 points and 5 rebounds (perfect from downtown making all five shots) and American forward Mohammed Abukar (208-85, college: San Diego St., agency: Two Points) added 24 points respectively for lost side. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Geneve Lions: T.Brown 30+3reb+5ast, S.Barnette 21+7reb+5ast, J.Aw 20+9reb, B.Toure 13+6reb+1ast, V.Buscaglia 9+2reb+5ast, J.Jaunin 3+1reb+1ast
Lugano Tigers: M.Abukar 24+2reb+2ast, D.Mladjan 20+5reb+3ast, E.Draughan 17+2reb+2ast, D.Stockalper 13+8reb+2ast, R.Brown 8+2reb+4ast, Z.Rakocevic 4+5reb+1ast
gschID: 176532



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Stats Leaders - D1

Points Per Game
 Jonathan GIBSON
  Trabzonspor
  (182-PG-87)
  Avg: 19.9
 1. Gibson, Trabzonspor19.9 
 2. Reynolds, Antalya18.3 
 3. Chatman, Karsiyaka18.3 
 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.8.0 
 5. McGhee, Bandirma.7.8 
 6. Buckman, Tofas7.6 
 7. Wesson, Erdemir7.6 
 8. Sonkol, Aliaga7.3 
 9. Yucel, Turk T.7.0 
 10. Dagli, Besiktas6.9 
Assists Per Game
 Mire CHATMAN
  Karsiyaka
  (187-PG-78)
  Avg: 6.4
 1. Chatman, Karsiyaka6.4 
 2. Ermis, Banvit BK6.0 
 3. Tunceri, Anadolu5.4 
 4. Ratkovica, Aliaga5.3 
 5. Senturk, Erdemir4.9 
 6. Gordon, Galatasaray4.6 
 7. Reynolds, Antalya4.4 
 8. Fisher, Antalya4.4 
 9. Washington, Turk T.4.4 
 10. Arroyo, Besiktas4.3 
Steals Per Game
 Russell ROBINSON
  Trabzons.
  (185-G-86)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Robinson, Trabzons.2.1 
 2. Grier, Mersin2.1 
 3. Bryan-A., Hacett.2.0 
 4. Chatman, Karsiyaka1.9 
 5. Gordon, Galatasaray1.7 
 6. Grundy, Mersin1.7 
 7. Hawkins, Besiktas1.4 
 8. Kinsey, Anadolu1.4 
 9. Scales, Mersin1.4 
 10. Simmons, Banvit1.4 
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. Bayav, Karsiyaka0.9 
 6. Aldemir, Galatasar.0.9 
 7. Gist, Fener.Ulker0.9 
 8. Turkyilmaz, Banvit0.9 
 9. Karaman, Karsiyaka0.8 
 10. Qvale, Aliaga0.8 


Anadolu Efes eyes Simone Pianigiani - by Eurobasket News

According to NTV Spor, Anadolu Efes is interested in Simone Pianigiani. Reportedly, the former Turkish champion would like to hire the Italian specialist as a new Head Coach. Pianigiani has one year left in his contract with Montepaschi, but he already said earlier that he will decide his future at the end of the season. According to various sources, Montepaschi will have complete different and younger team next season and it could be a reason for Pianigiani to leave. At the same time, Anadolu Efes looks for the coach who can start the new project with them. However, it is important to mention that Anadolu Efes still competes in TBL Semifinals, so theoretically they have a chance to win one trophy this season. Simone Pianigiani took over Montepaschi as Head Coach in 2006 and won five Italian league titles with them. They also won four Cup trophies. They reached Euroleague Semifinals together in 2008 and 2011. In 2008, Piangiani was named Eurobasket.com All-Euroleague Coach of the Year.


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Tourists Donate Nets for Decrepit Pine Peace Basketball Court Thanks to Ferry Dock Guard - by David Edole

Written by Jaime Elliott

With first hand knowledge of how local youth spend their time, Mariano Amaro is armed to make a difference.
As a security guard at Cruz Bays ferry dock, Amaro sees students return from school in St. Thomas and knows there arent many activities to keep them busy.

We need things for these kids to do, said Amaro. If these kids are busy playing basketball or football, then they will have less time to do stupid things and theyll stay out of trouble. The way I see it, if you have something positive to do, then you wont do something damaging or negative.

Fixing the woeful state of the Pine Peace basketball court the sole full basketball court on island has been a rallying cry for Amaro for years, he explained.

Im always on the senators and everyones cases about fixing that basketball court, said Amaro. If the kids could play basketball there, it could keep them out of trouble. We need to keep these kids on the right track and here is one simple thing we could do.

Amaro isnt shy about his desire to fix the often flooded and usually moldy basketball court in Cruz Bay and recently he was surprised by the generosity of visitors who shared his feelings.

I work on the ferry dock and I always talk to the tourists, said Amaro. I was talking to a couple last month who were on vacation and were heading home. I was telling them about the basketball court.

They said they had been to the court hoping to watch some kids playing basketball, but they saw there were no nets, he said.

The couple took Amaros address and promised to send some equipment his way for the court.

They asked me if I would put the nets up for them and they sent me to two nets in the mail, Amaro said.

The Cruz Bay ferry dock security guard plans to recruit a few basketball players to help him install the new nets this week.

I want to get some kids to help me put them up and Ill take some pictures, Amaro said. Well send some thank you notes to the couple to make sure they know that the kids appreciate this.

While the gift is a welcome upgrade to the facility, much more needs to be done to ensure that local youth have a usable court, Amaro explained.

The court needs to be painted and there is a flooding problem there, he said. They could bring the level of the court up higher or they could build a drainage system. All they would have to do is get a big pipe and pour concrete around the perimeter so water doesnt settle on the court.

St. John youth deserve to know that the government and citizens care about their sports facilities, Amaro added.

This is the only full basketball court on the island and the kids cant even use it, he said. Tim Duncan is from the Virgin Islands; we have talent here. We need to have the activities for these kids to get the chance to shine.



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UBA Breaking News - Michael Davis to Coach New Expansion Team next season - by Travis McAvene


Michael Davis proved you can almost do it all. Davis, 2011-2012 UBA Commissioner, was introduced as the head coach/GM for the expansion Georgia PRIME of the Universal Basketball Association during a news conference yesterday.

Davis, who is by far the most famous coach in the minor league circuit decided to return to coaching after just one year off.

'I miss the game', said Davis. The UBA has given us all a great opportunity but it's time for me to get back in the war.

Davis was a 2-time UBA Champion with the GIE Morrow Disciples. He was named UBA coach of the year 3 times along with being honored as Usbasket.com Minor League Coach of the Year in 2010. Not only does Davis fill up the awards but became the youngest coach in minor league history in 07' and has the best winning percentage among professional coaches with (86.5%).

'Watching a guy like Michael Davis sit in front office just didn't seem right', stated former player Jermaine Barnes (6'5''-G/F-82, agency: Gamble Sports Management, college: Point, GA). Mike loves to compete, so I'm not surprised he will be returning to the court.

The Georgia PRIME will be introduced in the UBA in the fall of 2012. It will be a difficult task for Davis seeing that he will be competing in the UBA powered Southern Conference. The South has won every UBA title since 2009, something that Davis is very aware of.

'It was be a challenge', said Davis. But I'm bringing in some great talent like Roscoe Davis (6'11''-F-88, agency: Strategic Sports, college: Midland CC) and Jeremy Caldwell (6'8''-F/C-87, agency: Strategic Sports, college: Jackson St.). They will be great pieces to build on.

Below is Davis' coaching achievements

Head Coach:
2006-2007: Richmond Ballerz (ABA): team folded in Feb.'07
2008-2009: Proline Kinks (Japan): All-Japan Final Four
2009: Dallas-Ft. Worth (URBL): Championship
2010: GIE Morrow Disciples (UBA): Championship
2010-2011: GIE Morrow Disciples (UBA)
2011: Tokyo (Eurobasket Summer League in Houston)
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2011-2012: UBA Commissioner
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Coaching Record/ Percentage:
2006-2010: 55-5 (91.6%)
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Awards/Achievements:
JABBA Aichi Club League Champions -08
JABBA All-Japan Finalist -08
USBasket.com All-URBL Coach of the Year -09
USBasket.com All-Star Selected Coach -09
URBL Regular Season National Division Champion -09
URBL Champion -09
Georgia Pro Basket Coach of the Year -09,10
Head Coach: Southern Classic Roundball (UBA Selection Team) -10
USBasket.com All-Minor League Coach of the Year -10
UBA Classic Champion -10
USBasket.com Coach of the Classic -10
UBA All-Star Selection -11
USBasket.com All-UBA Coach of the Year -10, 11
UBA Quarterfinals -11



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  UKRAINE   

Stats Leaders - Men

Points Per Game
 Willie SOLOMON
  Cherkasy
  (187-G-78)
  Avg: 22.1
 1. Solomon, Cherkasy22.1 
 2. Culpepper, Fe.21.7 
 3. Burtt, Dnipro18.9 
 4. Deane, BC Odessa18.4 
 5. Vukosavljevi., Hal.17.9 
 6. King, BC Odessa17.3 
 7. Mitchell, Khimik16.9 
 8. Green, Mykolaiv16.9 
 9. Guinn, Fe.16.8 
 10. Harris, Halychyna16.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Vladan VUKOSAVLJEVIC
  Halych.
  (206-F/C-84)
  Avg: 10.9
 1. Vukosavljevi., Hal.10.9 
 2. King, BC Odessa10.2 
 3. Dunigan, DniproAzot8.9 
 4. Davis, Fe.8.4 
 5. Odufuwa, Halychyna8.1 
 6. Goodridge, BC Kyiv8.0 
 7. Drozdov, Azovmash7.8 
 8. Davis, Kryvbasb.7.6 
 9. Todic, Halychyna7.4 
 10. Pupovic, Cherkasy7.3 
Assists Per Game
 Darrel MITCHELL
  Khimik
  (181-PG-84)
  Avg: 5.9
 1. Mitchell, Khimik5.9 
 2. Deane, BC Odessa5.8 
 3. Zimmerman, BC Kyiv5.6 
 4. Rowe, BC Odessa5.2 
 5. Burtt, Dnipro5.1 
 6. Florence, Kryvbasb.5.1 
 7. Randle, Azovmash5.0 
 8. Ewing, Azovmash4.9 
 9. Walsh, Azovmash4.8 
 10. Pringle, DniproAz.4.6 
Steals Per Game
 James FLORENCE
  Kryvbasb.
  (185-G-88)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Florence, Kryvbasb.1.9 
 2. Chappell, Fe.1.9 
 3. House, Dnipro1.9 
 4. Solomon, Cherkasy1.7 
 5. Mitchell, Khimik1.7 
 6. Minard, Azovmash1.7 
 7. Culpepper, Fe.1.6 
 8. Tiggs, Hoverla1.6 
 9. Sirsnins, DniproAz.1.6 
 10. Ewing, Azovmash1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Vernon GOODRIDGE
  BC Kyiv
  (206-F-84)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Goodridge, BC Kyiv2.6 
 2. King, BC Odessa2.4 
 3. McClintock, Mykola.1.8 
 4. Dunigan, DniproAzot1.7 
 5. Kravtsov, BC Do.1.6 
 6. Davis, Kryvbasb.1.5 
 7. Rizvic, Azovmash1.5 
 8. Korniyenko, Dnipro1.5 
 9. Hunter, Mykolaiv1.4 
 10. Hunter, Fe.1.3 


Sergei Alferov extends with Halychyna - by Eurobasket News

Politekhnika-Halychyna keeps Sergei Alferov (189-PG-84, agency: New Trend Agency). The player has agreed on terms of one-year extension with the Lviv team. Sergei Alferov joined Halychyna at the start of the season. He tallied 4.0 points, 2.2 assists and 1.9 rebounds per game in Superleague. Last season Sergei Alferov started in Kazakhstan. The guard notched 1.0 point, 1.4 assists per game for Barsy Atyrau in Baltic League. Later the guard moved to Ferro-ZNTU. His stats read 2.4 points, 1.1 assists and 1.1 boards per appearance. The guard also had stints with Cherkasy, SK Azoty, BASCO-Dinamo, Khimik-2 and Sumihimprom. He played in UBL Cup semis as well as Superleague semifinals.


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Standings - BBL

BBL Standings
 1. Newcastle E. 23-7 
 2. Leicester R. 22-8 
 3. Worcester W. 22-8 
 4. Plymouth R. 21-9 
 5. Glasgow Rocks 16-14 
 6. Cheshire Jets 13-17 
 7. Sheffield S. 13-17 
 8. Guildford Heat 12-18 
 9. MK Lions 10-20 
 10. Mersey Tigers 10-20 
 11. Durham W. 3-27 


BBL Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Demarius BOLDS
  MK Lions
  (190-G-84)
  Avg: 24.3
 1. Bolds, MK Lions24.3 
 2. Chapman, Newcastl.20.4 
 3. Bell, Plymouth R.20.3 
 4. Rundles, Leiceste.19.7 
 5. Brown, Cheshire.19.7 
 6. Freeman, Worceste.19.4 
 7. Smith, Newcastl.18.7 
 8. Gordon, Worceste.18.5 
 9. Langhurst, Sheffie.18.2 
 10. Green, Glasgow17.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Daniel NORTHERN
  MK Lions
  (206-F/C-85)
  Avg: 12.1
 1. Northern, MK Lions12.1 
 2. Williams, Plymouth11.2 
 3. Tuck, Sheffield S.11.0 
 4. Schneck, Cheshire.10.7 
 5. Dobbins, Sheffield10.2 
 6. Gordon, Worceste.9.5 
 7. Cricelli, Mersey T.9.0 
 8. Thomson, Newcastl.9.0 
 9. Cole, Cheshire Jets8.9 
 10. Hardy, Leicester8.3 
Assists Per Game
 Adam BROWN
  Cheshire.
  (193-G-88)
  Avg: 5
 1. Brown, Cheshire.5.0 
 2. Hardy, Leicester R.5.0 
 3. Bolds, MK Lions4.7 
 4. Prezzie-Blue, Worc.4.7 
 5. Patton, Sheffiel.4.4 
 6. Green, Glasgow4.4 
 7. Bailey, Mersey Tig.4.4 
 8. Rundles, Leiceste.4.3 
 9. Flournoy, Newcastl.4.1 
 10. Bucci, Durham W.3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Demarius BOLDS
  MK Lions
  (190-G-84)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Bolds, MK Lions2.9 
 2. Hardy, Leicester R.2.6 
 3. Brown, Cheshire.2.1 
 4. Gause, Newcastl.1.8 
 5. Capocci, Durham W.1.7 
 6. Smith, Newcastl.1.7 
 7. Bell, Plymouth R.1.5 
 8. Cricelli, Mersey T.1.5 
 9. Green, Glasgow1.4 
 10. Lasker, Guildfor.1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Bill COLE
  Cheshire Jets
  (205-F-89)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Cole, Cheshire Jets2.3 
 2. Northern, MK Lions1.9 
 3. Dobbins, Sheffield1.4 
 4. Gordon, Worceste.1.2 
 5. Williams, Plymouth1.1 
 6. Royster, Leiceste.1.1 
 7. Hardy, Leicester R.1.0 
 8. Hesson, Mersey T.0.7 
 9. Williams, Cheshire.0.7 
 10. Flournoy, Newcast.0.7 


Eurobasket.com All-British BBL Awards 2011-12 - by Eurobasket

Eurobasket.com All-British BBL 1st Team 2012
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Joe Chapman
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Cameron Rundles
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Ayron Hardy
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Richie Gordon
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Paul Williams
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Player of the Year : Joe Chapman (193-G-84) of Newcastle E.
Guard of the Year : Joe Chapman (193-G-84) of Newcastle E.
Forward of the Year : Ayron Hardy (195-F-88) of Leicester R.
Center of the Year : Paul Williams (208-F/C-83) of Plymouth R.
Bosman Player of the Year : Arnas Kazlauskas (204-C/F-76) of Worcester W.
Import Player of the Year: Joe Chapman (193-G-84) of Newcastle E.
Domestic Player of the Year: Andrew Thomson (205-F-84) of Newcastle E.
Naturalised Player of the Year : Charles Smith (198-F-75) of Newcastle E.
Defensive Player of the Year : Ayron Hardy (195-F-88) of Leicester R.
Coach of the Year : Fabulous Flournoy of Newcastle E.

1st Team
PG: Cameron Rundles (185-88) of Leicester R.
G: Joe Chapman (193-84) of Newcastle E.
F: Ayron Hardy (195-88) of Leicester R.
F: Richie Gordon (203) of Worcester W.
F/C: Paul Williams (208-83) of Plymouth R.

2nd Team
G: Sherrad Prezzie-Blue (180-86) of Worcester W.
G: Mychal Green (193-83) of Glasgow Rocks
F: Charles Smith (198-75) of Newcastle E.
F: Drew Sullivan (203-80) of Leicester R.
F/C: Daniel Northern (206-85) of MK Lions

3rd Team
G: Paul Gause (180-86) of Newcastle E.
F: Tommy Freeman (195-88) of Worcester W.
F: Lehmon Colbert (198-88) of Plymouth R.
F: Andrew Thomson (205-84) of Newcastle E.
F: Bill Cole (205-89) of Cheshire Jets

Honorable Mention
Jimmy Langhurst (180-PG-88) of Sheffield S.
Demarius Bolds (190-G-84) of MK Lions
Mario Flaherty (206-C-88) of Durham W.
Jeremy Bell (183-G-83) of Plymouth R.
Tayo Ogedegebe (196-F-87) of Guildford Heat

All-Domestic Players Team
G: Devan Bailey (187-89) of Mersey Tigers
G: Danny Huffor (193) of Glasgow Rocks
F: Drew Sullivan (203-80) of Leicester R.
F: Andrew Thomson (205-84) of Newcastle E.
F: Darrius Defoe (204-84) of Newcastle E.

All-Imports Team
PG: Cameron Rundles (185-88) of Leicester R.
G: Joe Chapman (193-84) of Newcastle E.
F: Ayron Hardy (195-88) of Leicester R.
F: Richie Gordon (203) of Worcester W.
F/C: Paul Williams (208-83) of Plymouth R.

All-Bosmans Team
G: Nuno Pedroso (187-79) of MK Lions
G: Bradd Wierzbicki (191-85) of Leicester R.
F: Colin O'Reilly (200-84) of Cheshire Jets
F: Carlos Fernandez (197-87) of Worcester W.
C/F: Arnas Kazlauskas (204-76) of Worcester W.

All-Defensive Team
Fabulous Flournoy (192-G/F-73) of Newcastle E.
Danny Huffor (193-G) of Glasgow Rocks
Ayron Hardy (195-F-88) of Leicester R.
Drew Sullivan (203-F-80) of Leicester R.
Richie Gordon (203-F) of Worcester W.



Clean Sweep Still Sinking In For Chapman - by Paul Nilsen

Newcastle Eagles guard Joe Chapman (193-G-84, agency: I.D.S. Law, college: Marquette)dmitted that his side's clean sweep still hasnt truly sunk in.

The Eagles 91-62 victory against Jelson Homes DMU Leicester Riders in the play-off final on Saturday saw them complete a sweep of all four pieces of BBL silverware, and Chapman was clearly delighted:

Im still in shock and amazement said the regular season Most Valuable Player. I thought it was a good game, both teams went and had a good defensive battle. Thats what we were prepared for.

I thought we all played well as a team, and no one was spectacular. Charles [Smith] got us over the edge a bit with his 21 points, but we won it with team defence. I cant say enough about Fabs [Flournoy] defence, he played all five positions, but everyone chipped in. Darius [Defoe] and Andy [Thomson] controlled the glass and the guards did their bit

Having missed out on playing due to injury last summer, Chapman is now looking forward to competing in the Chicago pro-am summer league before returning to Eagles next season: My teams won it for the last four or five years, and its great competing at a high level. its taken really seriously in Chicago, and its like winning the NBA if you win it! Some of the NBA players play and really try to woo the crowd.




Flournoy is just Fab - by Paul Nilsen

Newcastle Eagles' assistant coach Dave Forrester 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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Stats Leaders - LPB

Points Per Game
 Donald SIMS
  Gaiteros
  (185-PG-87)
  Avg: 24.1
 1. Sims, Gaiteros24.1 
 2. Holland, Toros23.1 
 3. Pena, Toros21.4 
 4. Rodgers, Marinos19.9 
 5. Adams, Guaiqueries18.9 
 6. Hickerson, Bucan.18.6 
 7. Stoll, Gigantes17.6 
 8. Edwin, Gaiteros17.5 
 9. Romero, Trotamun.17.3 
 10. Millsap, Guaros16.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Shaun PRUITT
  Trotamun.
  (208-C-85)
  Avg: 9.4
 1. Pruitt, Trotamun.9.4 
 2. Braggs, Gaiteros9.3 
 3. Fuller, Panteras9.2 
 4. Urbina, Toros8.5 
 5. Allen, Marinos7.7 
 6. Gransberry, Cocod.7.7 
 7. Sucre, Marinos7.4 
 8. Warner, Bucaneros7.1 
 9. Lugo, Guaiqueries7.1 
 10. Jackson, Guaiquer.7.1 
Assists Per Game
 Paul STOLL
  Gigantes
  (178-PG-85)
  Avg: 6.8
 1. Stoll, Gigantes6.8 
 2. Vargas, Marinos5.7 
 3. Cubillan, Trotamun.5.4 
 4. Guillent, Bucaneros4.6 
 5. Guillent, Guaros4.3 
 6. Elliott, Cocodrilos4.2 
 7. Pena, Toros4.1 
 8. Braggs, Gaiteros4.1 
 9. Sims, Gaiteros3.5 
 10. Centeno, Cocodril.3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Paul STOLL
  Gigantes
  (178-PG-85)
  Avg: 4.3
 1. Stoll, Gigantes4.3 
 2. Guillent, Bucaneros2.8 
 3. Vargas, Marinos2.8 
 4. Pena, Toros2.8 
 5. Adams, Guaiqueries2.5 
 6. Elliott, Cocodrilos2.5 
 7. Sims, Gaiteros2.5 
 8. Horton, Panteras2.3 
 9. Cubillan, Trotamun.2.0 
 10. Edwin, Gaiteros1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Rammel ALLEN
  Marinos
  (210-C-79)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Allen, Marinos2.3 
 2. Moss, Marinos2.0 
 3. Lugo, Guaiqueries1.7 
 4. Osorio, Panteras1.5 
 5. Hardin, Marinos1.4 
 6. Graterol, Cocodril.1.4 
 7. Warner, Bucaneros1.1 
 8. Romero, Trotamun.1.1 
 9. Pruitt, Trotamun.1.0 
 10. Warren, Guaiquer.0.8 


Guaiqueries and Cocodrilos are alive in LPB Semifinals - by Eurobasket News

Fourth games of the LPB Semifinals were played last night. Guaiqueries and Cocodrilos celebrated first wins and managed to stay alive in their series. The format is best-of-seven and fifth games are scheduled for today. Same teams will be the hosts. Trotamundos and Marinos have 3-1 lead against Guaiqueries and Cocodrilos, so they still need one more win for the Finals.

Guaiqueries - Trotamundos 87-73 (1-3)
The game was mostly controlled by Guaiqueries. Trotamundos was better in second period 23-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Trotamundos were plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. The winners were led by American center Christopher Jackson (208-81, college: N.Mexico St.) who scored that evening 24 points and 6 rebounds and the other American import swingman Antoine Wright (201-84, college: Texas A&M) supported him with 16 points and 4 assists. Even 14 points and 4 assists by the former international point guard David Cubillan (183-87, college: Marquette) did not help to save the game for Trotamundos. American center Shaun Pruitt (208-85, college: Illinois, agency: Edge Sports) added 8 points and 8 rebounds for lost side. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next game.
Top scorers:
Guaiqueries: C.Jackson 24+6reb, H.Salcedo 16+3reb+3ast, A.Wright 16+3reb+4ast, M.Freije 9+3reb+2ast, R.Lugo 6+1ast, D.Guevara 5
Trotamundos: D.Cubillan 14+1reb+4ast, R.Perez 13, D.Lewis 10+6reb, K.Hayes 8+2reb, T.Gilder 8+3reb+1ast, S.Pruitt 8+8reb+1ast
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Cocodrilos - Marinos 87-86 (1-3)
The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 21-15. But Marinos won second period 27-25. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Cocodrilos won last quarter 19-20. Worth to mention a great performance of Dominican power forward Jack Michael Martinez (203-81, agency: Paris Global Sports) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 19 points and 12 rebounds and the former international guard Jesus Centeno (190-85) who added 16 points during the contest. At the losing side the former international point guard Gregory Vargas (182-86) responded with 15 points, 7 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 steals and American power forward Jameel Watkins (211-77, college: Georgetown) scored 16 points and 7 rebounds. Four Cocodrilos and five Marinos players scored in double figures. Marinos' coach Jorge Arrieta rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
Cocodrilos: J.Michael Martinez 19+12reb+2ast, J.Centeno 16+2reb+3ast, N.Colmenares 13+2reb, L.Garcia Morales 12+2reb+3ast, W.Graterol 8+2reb+1ast, J.Herrera 8+1reb
Marinos: J.Watkins 16+7reb, G.Vargas 15+7reb+6ast, J.Vargas 14+2reb, T.Kelley 13+2ast, M.Marriaga 10+4reb, A.Sucre 10+5reb+1ast



Semi-Finals - 1
May. 12, 2012 Trotamundos-Guaiqueries 96-87
May. 12, 2012 Marinos-Cocodrilos 74-65


Semi-Finals - 2
May. 13, 2012 Marinos-Cocodrilos 83-74
May. 13, 2012 Trotamundos-Guaiqueries 80-79


Semi-Finals - 3
May. 15, 2012 Cocodrilos-Marinos 91-93
May. 15, 2012 Guaiqueries-Trotamundos 91-94 OT


Semi-Finals - 4
May. 16, 2012 Cocodrilos-Marinos 87-86
May. 16, 2012 Guaiqueries-Trotamundos 87-73


Semi-Finals - 5
May. 17, 2012 Cocodrilos-Marinos
May. 17, 2012 Guaiqueries-Trotamundos




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Women News


Smith has 20 points as Canada tops China in Olympic qualifier tuneup - by Eurobasket News

The Canadian womens national basketball took a promising step forward heading into an Olympic qualifier next month.

Kimberley Smith (187-F-84, college: Utah) of Mission, B.C., had 20 points and eight rebounds as Canada opened up a three-game series with China with a 78-66 win Wednesday.
It was the opening game of the annual Jack Donohue International Classic, which this year features a three-game set versus the visiting Chinese team.

While showcasing the national program to fans from the B.C. Lower Mainland, the main purpose of the exhibition is to prepare the team for an Olympic qualifying tournament in Turkey next, beginning June 25.

Any time you play someone other than yourselves you learn a lot, said head coach Allison McNeill. One thing we found out is what weve been working on doesnt always show up here. We had moments of greatness and moments of whose team is that so we have to be more consistent in our execution.

Miranda Ayim (191-F/C-88, college: Pepperdine) of London, Ont., who was the player of the game for the Canadians, added 12 points, six rebounds and three assists.

Kimberley Smith played very well, said McNeill, before rattling off the 28-year-olds scoring line. She played well and so did Miranda Ayim. Natalie Achonwa (190-F-92) came off the bench and did a couple things for us. Krista Phillips, up against the big girl (China's Wei Wei (207-C-89)), had some really good passes. And Teresa Gabriele was a steady influence for us and has been for 14 years.

Phillips was defending six-foot-nine Wei most of the game, holding her to 6-of-10 shooting, and also picked up 13 points.

Achonwa, who joined the team just 10 days ago because of university commitments, also scored 12 points.

Gao Song (190-PF-92) was named player of the game for the visitors with 12 points, two rebounds and three assists.

Wei led China with 17 points and added five blocks.

Canada opened the game on a 12-4 run but only led 36-35 at the half when China clawed back, including back-to-back three-pointers.

Our focus has been executing offensively and limiting score-backs, which is us scoring them coming back and scoring on us, said Gabriele, also of Mission, B.C., just a 30-minute drive from the Langley Events Centre. We knew they were going to be one of the top teams in the world, but its not so much about them right now but about us improving.

After the third quarter Canada had opened a 56-47 lead on the back of rebounding and a string of three-pointers. Canada outrebounded China 34-13.

Canada women built a 14-point lead with seven minutes to go and held on for the win.

China got back within nine points with just under five minutes to play but Chelsea Aubrys field goal just as the shot clock expired seemed to end any Chinese comeback attempt.

The Chinese were coming off a pair of games in the United States last week against the Los Angeles Sparks in Pasadena, Calif., and versus the U.S. national team in Seattle.

No. 7 China, fourth at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, has already booked its ticket to the London Olympics and is using the three-game series on B.C.s lower mainland as a tune-up for the Games.

Canada, meanwhile, failed to qualify through the FIBA Americas championships in September, but earned a spot in the last-chance qualifier.

We played with poise and I think thats important, said Phillips. This is great practice going into Turkey.

The Canadians must finish top-five in the second-chance tournament to earn a spot in London. Canada is the fourth-ranked team in the tournament at No. 11.

Following the China series, the team will hold a brief camp in Toronto before travelling to France to play the host team, plus Great Britain, Croatia and Czech Republic, before heading to Turkey.

Theyre gunning for their first Olympic appearance since the 2000 Games in Sydney.

The second match against China is Thursday at the Richmond Oval and it concludes Friday in Abbotsford at the University of the Fraser Valley.

Maybe theyre tired from travel so theyre going to come out tougher, said Gabriele of the Chinese team, who was seen being put through the paces after the game by head coach Fengwu Sun.

Despite the convincing victory on the scoreboard, there is room for improvement for the Canadians.

We shot it extremely well tonight, McNeill said. Im not sure we can do that for three nights. And China is a very big team. I felt we let their bigs have a lot of looks and open shots so we have to be more aggressive on the ball.

Courtesy of www.theglobeandmail.com



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Smith has 20 points as Canada tops China in Olympic qualifier tuneup - by Eurobasket News

The Canadian womens national basketball took a promising step forward heading into an Olympic qualifier next month.

Kimberley Smith (187-F-84, college: Utah) of Mission, B.C., had 20 points and eight rebounds as Canada opened up a three-game series with China with a 78-66 win Wednesday.
It was the opening game of the annual Jack Donohue International Classic, which this year features a three-game set versus the visiting Chinese team.

While showcasing the national program to fans from the B.C. Lower Mainland, the main purpose of the exhibition is to prepare the team for an Olympic qualifying tournament in Turkey next, beginning June 25.

Any time you play someone other than yourselves you learn a lot, said head coach Allison McNeill. One thing we found out is what weve been working on doesnt always show up here. We had moments of greatness and moments of whose team is that so we have to be more consistent in our execution.

Miranda Ayim (191-F/C-88, college: Pepperdine) of London, Ont., who was the player of the game for the Canadians, added 12 points, six rebounds and three assists.

Kimberley Smith played very well, said McNeill, before rattling off the 28-year-olds scoring line. She played well and so did Miranda Ayim. Natalie Achonwa (190-F-92) came off the bench and did a couple things for us. Krista Phillips, up against the big girl (China's Wei Wei (207-C-89)), had some really good passes. And Teresa Gabriele was a steady influence for us and has been for 14 years.

Phillips was defending six-foot-nine Wei most of the game, holding her to 6-of-10 shooting, and also picked up 13 points.

Achonwa, who joined the team just 10 days ago because of university commitments, also scored 12 points.

Gao Song (190-PF-92) was named player of the game for the visitors with 12 points, two rebounds and three assists.

Wei led China with 17 points and added five blocks.

Canada opened the game on a 12-4 run but only led 36-35 at the half when China clawed back, including back-to-back three-pointers.

Our focus has been executing offensively and limiting score-backs, which is us scoring them coming back and scoring on us, said Gabriele, also of Mission, B.C., just a 30-minute drive from the Langley Events Centre. We knew they were going to be one of the top teams in the world, but its not so much about them right now but about us improving.

After the third quarter Canada had opened a 56-47 lead on the back of rebounding and a string of three-pointers. Canada outrebounded China 34-13.

Canada women built a 14-point lead with seven minutes to go and held on for the win.

China got back within nine points with just under five minutes to play but Chelsea Aubrys field goal just as the shot clock expired seemed to end any Chinese comeback attempt.

The Chinese were coming off a pair of games in the United States last week against the Los Angeles Sparks in Pasadena, Calif., and versus the U.S. national team in Seattle.

No. 7 China, fourth at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, has already booked its ticket to the London Olympics and is using the three-game series on B.C.s lower mainland as a tune-up for the Games.

Canada, meanwhile, failed to qualify through the FIBA Americas championships in September, but earned a spot in the last-chance qualifier.

We played with poise and I think thats important, said Phillips. This is great practice going into Turkey.

The Canadians must finish top-five in the second-chance tournament to earn a spot in London. Canada is the fourth-ranked team in the tournament at No. 11.

Following the China series, the team will hold a brief camp in Toronto before travelling to France to play the host team, plus Great Britain, Croatia and Czech Republic, before heading to Turkey.

Theyre gunning for their first Olympic appearance since the 2000 Games in Sydney.

The second match against China is Thursday at the Richmond Oval and it concludes Friday in Abbotsford at the University of the Fraser Valley.

Maybe theyre tired from travel so theyre going to come out tougher, said Gabriele of the Chinese team, who was seen being put through the paces after the game by head coach Fengwu Sun.

Despite the convincing victory on the scoreboard, there is room for improvement for the Canadians.

We shot it extremely well tonight, McNeill said. Im not sure we can do that for three nights. And China is a very big team. I felt we let their bigs have a lot of looks and open shots so we have to be more aggressive on the ball.

Courtesy of www.theglobeandmail.com



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USK Praha lands Rebekkah Brunson - by Eurobasket News

ZVVZ USK Praha announced another signing for the next season. After Kia Vaughn (193-C-87, college: Rutgers) and Jelena Skerovic (176-G-80, agency: Josep and Nicolas), the Czech champions landed American Rebekkah Brunson (191-F/C-81, agency: LBM Management, college: Georgetown). She arrives to the club from the Russian team Nadezhda Orenburg. Brunson appeared 14 times with them in Euroleague last season averaging impressive 15.5 points and 9.2 rebounds. She also added 16.3 ppg and 8.5 rpg in 24 Russian league games. Rebekkah Brunson spent 2010/11 season with Ros Casares. There, she also was one of the best players in Euroleague with 15.5 ppg and 9.2 rpg. In Spain, Brunson was the second scorer of LFB with 16.6 ppg and second rebounder with 8.7 rpg. Before Ros Casares, Brunson played for Taranto and Dynamo Moscow. She also played in WNBA every summer. Actually, Brunson helped Minnesota Lynx to win the WNBA title last season and they will try to defend it in this one.


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USK Praha lands Rebekkah Brunson - by Eurobasket News

ZVVZ USK Praha announced another signing for the next season. After Kia Vaughn (193-C-87, college: Rutgers) and Jelena Skerovic (176-G-80, agency: Josep and Nicolas), the Czech champions landed American Rebekkah Brunson (191-F/C-81, agency: LBM Management, college: Georgetown). She arrives to the club from the Russian team Nadezhda Orenburg. Brunson appeared 14 times with them in Euroleague last season averaging impressive 15.5 points and 9.2 rebounds. She also added 16.3 ppg and 8.5 rpg in 24 Russian league games. Rebekkah Brunson spent 2010/11 season with Ros Casares. There, she also was one of the best players in Euroleague with 15.5 ppg and 9.2 rpg. In Spain, Brunson was the second scorer of LFB with 16.6 ppg and second rebounder with 8.7 rpg. Before Ros Casares, Brunson played for Taranto and Dynamo Moscow. She also played in WNBA every summer. Actually, Brunson helped Minnesota Lynx to win the WNBA title last season and they will try to defend it in this one.


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Dutch announce roster for Training Camp in Hungary - by Bas Hendriks

Dutch Headcoach Meindert van Veen has announced the squad that he'll bring into training camp in Hungary this weekend.

The team features three players that make their debuts in the national team: Loyce Bettonvil, Richelle van der Keijl and Kirsten Daamen (190-C). All three are solid frontcourt players who are at the start of what appears to be a solid international career. No less than eight out of the 14 player roster have made their 2011-2012 campaign with foreign teams, and if it wasn't for the ankle injury or pointguard Francis Donders it would have been nine.

The total roster :
Myrthe Beld, Marianne van der Hoek, Tanya Brring, Leonie Kooij, Loyce Bettonvil, Fieke Ligthart, Marlou de Kleijn, Rianne de Roos, Maaike Klein, Kirsten Daamen, Rachel Roubehie-Fissa, Naomi Halman, Natalie van den Adel en Richelle van der Keijl



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Eshaya Murphy to join NT camp on June 4 - by Eurobasket News

Good news for the Montenegrin National Team. Scorer Eshaya Murphy (182-G/F-85, college: USC) will join the training camp on June 4. Montenegro prepares for the 2013 EuroBasket Qualifications, which start on June 13. The Team Montenegro will play all of their games until July 11, when Murphy will return to the USA. She is currently a member of the WNBA team Chicago Sky and will play for them this summer. Due to obligations with Montenegrin NT, Eshaya Murphy will miss something more than 10 WNBA games this season. It is also important to mention that Murphy will not fight for the spot in Montenegro this summer, as Anna de Forge will not be part of the team this year, so Murphy will be the only naturalized player. Eshaya Murphy won the Euroleague and Spanish league titles with Ros Casares last season. She had 10.8 ppg and 3.4 rpg for 20 Euroleague games. Murphy also added 13.4 ppg, 4.6 rpg and 1.9 spg for 30 games in Spanish LFB.


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Tall Ferns preliminary roster announced - by Eurobasket News

Tall Ferns announced the roster for the Olympic Games Qualifying Tournament. Kennedy Hamilton-Kereama named 16 players who would prepare for the tournament in Turkey. The player will assemble later in May. Later on twelve players will be chosen to represent New Zealand at the Olympic Qualifying Tournament. The event is scheduled to take place on June 25-July 1. New Zealand will face Czech Republic and Argentina at group stage.

Micaela Cocks (173-G-86, college: Oregon), Rebecca Dew (193-C), Toni Edmondson (182-G-87), Natasha Hall, Jillian Harmon (185-F-87, college: Stanford), Hunter Jordan, Karlene Kingi (188-C-85), Casey Lockwood, Patrice Mackenzie, Kate McMeeken-Ruscoe (170-G-79, college: Buffalo), Charmain Mellars, Erin Rooney (172-G), Natalie Taylor (182-F-84, college: SE Missouri St.), Jelena Vucinic (175-G), Lisa Wallbutton (183-C/F-86) and Noni Wharemate (171-G-82, college: UTEP).

Casey Lockwood will be the only debutant on the roster. All other players have donned Tall Ferns jersey before. Micaela Cocks, Kate McMeeken-Ruscoe, Noni Wharemate, Jillian Harmon, Charmain Mellars, Natalie Taylor and Lisa Wallbutton participated at 2008 Beijing Olympics.



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Wojta, Casas cut as Lynx trim roster to final 11 players - by Eurobasket News

The Lynx have finalized their opening game roster for the 2012 season. The defending WNBA champions cut guard/forward Julie Wojta (6'0''-G/F-89, agency: LBM Management, college: Wisc.-Green Bay) of Wisconsin-Green Bay and forward Queralt Casas (5'11''-G-92) of Spain to reduce their roster from 13 to 11.

Wojta was a second round draft pick, taken No. 19 overall. Casas was signed as a free agent. Both made good impressions on coach Cheryl Reeve and her staff, but the team opted to retain nine players from last year's team and keep only two new players.

The additions are veteran guard Erin Thorn (5'10''-G-81, college: BYU) and 6-2 rookie forward Devereaux Peters (6'2''-F-89, college: Notre Dame), the No. 3 overall pick in the WNBA draft last month.

Courtesy of www.startribune.com



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Helios celebrate LNA title - by Eurobasket News

Fribourg - Helios 47:74

Helios clinched LNA title. They overcame Fribourg in the fourth game of the title series to claim the trophy. Helios thus completed the triple winning League Cup, Swiss Cup and LNA titles. Renee Taylor (158-G-85, agency: Merit Sports, college: Miami, FL) stepped up with 22 points to pace the winners.
Helios left the hosts far behind in the opening quarter. The visitors gained a 27:11 lead after ten minutes. Fribourg stopped the bleeding in the second term. The home team managed to narrow the deficit cutting the deficit at 10-point mark 29:39. But the third term belonged to Helios. They fired past the home side to accumulate a 56:39 advantage. Helios demolished their opponents with an 18:8 run in the fourth term to celebrate the title. Mandisa Stevenson (191-C-82, college: Auburn) had 16 points, while Karen Twehues (182-G-83, college: Cincinnati) added 12 points in the victory. Maria Villarroel (174-G-78, agency: LBM Management, college: Oklahoma) answered with 18 points for Fribourg. Lisa Mazzocchi (170-G/F-90) had 10 points in the losing effort.

Fribourg: Maria Villarroel 18, Lisa Mazzocchi 10
Helios: Renee Taylor 22, Mandisa Stevenson 16, Karen Twehues 12



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Erdemit brings in C Devran Tanacan - by Eurobasket News

Edremit Belediyespor announced first signing for the next season. The TKBL newcomer penned a deal with center Devran Tanacan (193-C-86, college: Colorado St.). The 25-year-old Tanacan arrives to Erdemit from the reigning Turkish champions Fenerbahce, where she had limited playing time last season. She appeared in just 8 Turkish and 5 Euroleague games, before they parted ways in February this year. Devran Tanacan joined Fenerbahce in 2009. That same year she graduated at the Colorado State University. Devran Tanacan started her collegiate career with Albany University, but moved to Colorado State in 2007. In the past, Tanacan played for Turkish University and U20 National Teams. At U20 EuroBasket 2006 in Sopron she had 2.4 ppg and 2.6 rpg. She also played for U20 Turkey at U20 EuroBasket 2005 in Brno. In 2009, Tanacan played at the World University Games in Belgrade (Serbia).


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Standard Life GB U20 Women head coach announced - by Eurobasket News

The new head coach for the GB U20 Women is experienced basketball coach, Frans Griffioen .

Frans has been head coach to the U20 Women's national team in the Netherlands for the last three years. They finished tenth in the 2011 U20 European Championship Women Division A.

Head of Performance at British Basketball, Warwick Cann commented on the new appointment: 'Finding a suitable replacement coach to follow Damian Jennings has been a difficult task. However, I am pleased that we have found an experienced Division A European coach in Frans. His experience will help GB compete with the top table of competition from across Europe and will continue the important development of our U20 players into senior GB team members.'

Frans commented on the task ahead: 'I am excited by the challenge of coaching GB and continuing the great work the team put in when they finished eighth in Division A of the European Championships 2011.'

Damian Jennings will continue as assistant coach for the GB Senior Women.
Courtesy of: http://www.englandbasketball.co.uk



Eurobasket.com All-English EBL Awards 2011-12 - by Eurobasket

Eurobasket.com All-English EBL 1st Team 2012
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Stephanie Gandy
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Stefanie Collins
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Meagan Hoffman
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Sarah McKay
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Player of the Year: Stephanie Gandy (178-F-82) of Sheffield Hatters
Guard of the Year: Stefanie Collins (174-G-82) of UWIC Archers
Forward of the Year: Stephanie Gandy (178-F-82) of Sheffield Hatters
Center of the Year: Sarah McKay (201-C-85) of Barking Abbey
Bosman Player of the Year: Greta Luksyte (177-G-87) of Leeds Carnegie
Import Player of the Year: Sarah McKay (201-C-85) of Barking Abbey
Domestic Player of the Year: Stephanie Gandy (178-F-82) of Sheffield Hatters
Coach of the Year: Vanessa Ellis of Sheffield Hatters

1st Team
G: Stefanie Collins (174-82) of UWIC Archers
G: Ta'Yani Clark (173-86) of Northumbria
F: Meagan Hoffman (183-82) of UWIC Archers
F: Stephanie Gandy (178-82) of Sheffield Hatters
C: Sarah McKay (201-85) of Barking Abbey

2nd Team
G: Abby Wentworth (175-89) of Nottingham
G/F: Harriett Yea (180-89) of Barking Abbey
F: Kate Butters (178-86) of UWIC Archers
F: Catherine Carr (183) of Northumbria
F: Sarah Naylor (183-83) of Sheffield Hatters

Honorable Mention
Rachel Baker (182-G) of Durham W.
Lakeisha Wright (180-G/F) of Leeds Carnegie
Rosalee Mason (180-F/G-79) of Sevenoaks Suns
Greta Luksyte (177-G-87) of Leeds Carnegie
Caitlin Flood (180-F-86) of Nottingham

All-Domestic Players Team
G: Stefanie Collins (174-82) of UWIC Archers
G/F: Harriett Yea (180-89) of Barking Abbey
F: Kate Butters (178-86) of UWIC Archers
F: Stephanie Gandy (178-82) of Sheffield Hatters
F: Sarah Naylor (183-83) of Sheffield Hatters



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Phoenix Mercury release Reed, Simon and Johnson; Sun waive Spencer - by Eurobasket News

Phoenix Mercury announced that Chastity Reed (6'1''-F-89, college: UALR), Dymond Simon (5'5''-PG-89, college: Arizona St.) and Amanda Johnson (6'2''-F-90, agency: LBM Management, college: Oregon) are no longer members of the team. They are released yesterday by the club. Reed played last season for Tulsa Shock averaging 3.8 points and 2.1 rebounds for 10 games. She graduated at UALR a year ago. Simon most recently played in Australia, but appeared only once with the West Coast Waves Perth. She is a product of the Arizona State University. Johnson is a rookie who was selected as 33rd overall pick recently. Phoenix acquired Johnson in a trade from the Connecticut Sun. Johnson graduated at University of Oregon.

Also yesterday, Connecticut Sun parted ways with Sidney Spencer (6'3''-F-85, agency: LBM Management, college: Tennessee). She split last season between New York Liberty and Phoenix Mercury. Spencer had 1.7 ppg in 9 games with the Mercury, plus 2.9 ppg in 14 games with NY last season.



Silver Stars part ways with Moore and Phillips; Sky release Chester - by Eurobasket News

WNBA teams made more cuts yesterday.

San Antonio Silver Stars parted ways with Loree Moore (5'9''-G-83, college: Tennessee) and Porsha Phillips (6'2''-F-88, college: Georgia). Moore spent last two seasons in Russia. She played for the New York Liberty from 2005 to 2009. In their last season together Moore averaged 6.3 points, 3.9 assists and 3.7 rebounds in 34 games. Phillips appeared in 32 games for the Silver Stars last season, but with limited playing time. She had 1.8 ppg and 1.9 rpg. Phillips graduated at the University of Georgia a year ago.

Chicago Sky waived Felicia Chester (6'3''-F-88, college: De Paul) in another move yesterday. The forward played two games for the New York Liberty last season and it was her rookie year. She graduated at DePaul University something more than a year ago. Minnesota Lynx selected her in the second round of the 2011 WNBA draft.



Lost Penny could be costly for Mercury - by Eurobasket News

Now that he's multi-tasking as general manager, Phoenix Mercury coach Corey Gaines is responsible for finding out if three or four of his players can achieve the collective value of one Penny Taylor (6'1''-F-81).

When that Penny's last name is Taylor, that's the only way similar productivity can add up.

Having lost his elite forward for the entire season due to a knee injury suffered in Turkey, Gaines didn't have a mechanism available that enabled the Mercury to pick up the phone and hire someone of Taylor's caliber.

'That's really tough, because Penny's an extraordinary player,' said Gaines, whose fifth season as the Mercury coach begins Sunday in Minnesota. 'She's not a player you just go out and find. She's probably top 10 in the world, and they don't come around too often.'

Fortunately, the Mercury still have superstar guard Diana Taurasi, who probably remains somewhere even higher in that top-10 pecking order and provides Gaines with an on-court constant. Attempting to mitigate the loss of Taylor, however, falls under the assembled purview of Mercury veterans Candice Dupree, DeWanna Bonner and anyone else who steps forward to assume greater responsibility.

'Maybe by committee, we can replace some of the things that Penny does,' Gaines said, suggesting that forwards Dupree and Bonner supply some relief by doing even more damage. 'DeWanna Bonner ... she is a star already. She can become an even bigger star.'

Now that Taylor's per-game averages 16.7 points, 4.9 rebounds and 4.7 assists have been removed, this team's margin for error -- a common theme of this past season's Phoenix Suns -- has been whittled to a tricky level. At full strength last season, the Mercury finished 19-15, good for third in the WNBA's Western Conference. They managed to knock off Seattle in the postseason and reached the conference finals -- a scorched-earth encounter with the eventual league-champion Minnesota Lynx -- for the third year in a row.

Under Gaines, a committed disciple of Paul Westhead, the Mercury continued setting a fast tempo, leading the WNBA in points per game and field-goal percentage. Playing at pace contributed to Phoenix checking in last in opponent points per game, but the more sinister defensive rank was ninth -- out of 12 teams -- in field-goal percentage allowed.

So, with that skinny margin for error factored in, Gaines has put a greater training-camp focus on stopping the other team.

'Of course, when you start working on your defense,' Gaines said, 'what suffers is your offense. People say, 'You can do both,' but something's going to give.'

But that hasn't prevented Gaines and first-year assistant coach Earl Cureton from making alterations in scheme and focus.

Taurasi, who arrived Monday after spending time at the Team USA Olympic camp in Seattle, has noticed the difference this week.

'Without a doubt,' Taurasi said of Gaines' attention to defensive detail. 'That's probably something we hadn't focused on the last couple of years because we were so good.

'He's emphasizing a lot of concepts that I think will help us a lot. We have to play both sides of the ball as a team.'

The Mercury also hope to widen that margin for error through the infusion of new employees. The list of newcomers includes veteran point guard Andrea Riley, rookie point guard Samantha Prahalis and former Lynx reserves Alexis Hornbuckle and Charde Houston.

Gaines is looking forward to the added depth represented by the Hornbuckle and Houston.

'They give us scoring and defense,' he said.

And Prahalis, the Big Ten Player of the Year at Ohio State, should provide unique playmaking ability. Perhaps she can help ease the loss of Penny by dropping some dimes.

'She has a little ways to go,' Gaines said of his rookie. 'She'll be a good player in this league. It's going to take some time, though. It's a learning experience.'

With most of his rotation set, Gaines said the point-guard hierarchy has yet to be determined.

'We're going to do that by committee, too,' he said. 'It's an open spot.'

While waiting to see which newcomers step forward, Taurasi likes the vibe they've provided in camp.

'They (the front office) did a really good job of putting new faces around old faces,' she said. 'It's nice to bring in those new faces. There's good energy in the gym.

'Now, it's going to be on our shoulders, along with the coaching staff, to get them to do the things we need them for do for us to be successful.'

Courtesy of www.foxsportsarizona.com



Wojta, Casas cut as Lynx trim roster to final 11 players - by Eurobasket News

The Lynx have finalized their opening game roster for the 2012 season. The defending WNBA champions cut guard/forward Julie Wojta (6'0''-G/F-89, agency: LBM Management, college: Wisc.-Green Bay) of Wisconsin-Green Bay and forward Queralt Casas (5'11''-G-92) of Spain to reduce their roster from 13 to 11.

Wojta was a second round draft pick, taken No. 19 overall. Casas was signed as a free agent. Both made good impressions on coach Cheryl Reeve and her staff, but the team opted to retain nine players from last year's team and keep only two new players.

The additions are veteran guard Erin Thorn (5'10''-G-81, college: BYU) and 6-2 rookie forward Devereaux Peters (6'2''-F-89, college: Notre Dame), the No. 3 overall pick in the WNBA draft last month.

Courtesy of www.startribune.com



Minnesota Lynx overwhelming favorites to repeat, WNBA GMs say - by Eurobasket News

The Minnesota Lynx will win another title with star forward Seimone Augustus (6'2''-G-84, college: LSU), according to a survey of participating WNBA general managers, and Augustus and Los Angeles' Candace Parker (6'4''-F/C-86, college: Tennessee) are the top choices for MVP.

The Lynx were picked to repeat by 83 percent of the respondents in the 10th annual WNBA.com GM survey, which was released Wednesday, May 16.

Parker, the 2008 rookie of the year and MVP who has been limited to 27 games the last two seasons, and Augustus each received 25 percent of the MVP vote. Indiana's Tamika Catchings, who won the award last year, received 17 percent.

The Sparks' Nnemkadi Ogwumike, the No. 1 pick in this year's draft, was the overwhelming favorite for Rookie of the Year, claiming 92 percent.

Courtesy of www.twincities.com