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  ARGENTINA   



Argentina win to Angola again - by Facundo Iatzky

For second straight day, Argentina defeat Angola in a friendly match. this time Argentina could not count with Walter Herrmann, injurd and fabian Ramirez Barrios, who did not travel to Luanda due to problems with his passport.
This is the recap:
Angola (48): Morais 0, Fortes 11, I. Manuel 5, Gomes 2, Mutau 3 (fi); Ndoniema 11, Santos 1, Swingue 4, Joaquim 3, W. Manuel 2, Paulo 6, Ramos 0. coach. Manuel Silva.

Argentina (66): Nicolas Laprovittola (188-PG-90) 8, Luciano Gonzalez (196-F-90) 13, Nicolas Brussino 0, Matias Sandes (201-F/G-84) 7, Marcos Delia (206-C-92) 8 (St); Nicolas Richotti (181-PG-86) 9, Santiago Scala 3, Juan Emilio Fernandez Chavez 5, Juan Manuel Torres (208-C-84) 11, Nicolas Romano 2. coach. Nestor Garcia. Asisstant coach. Facundo Muller.



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  AUSTRALIA   

Standings - SBL

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

Regular Season: Round 10

May. 19: Rockingham F. - Perth R. 93-119
May. 19: Stirling S. - Perry Lakes H. 91-81
May. 19: Goldfield G. - Wanneroo W. 90-99
May. 19: Lakeside L. - Geraldton B. 84-69
May. 18: Perry Lakes H. - Cockburn C. 81-103
May. 18: SW Slammers - Lakeside L. 76-110
May. 19: Cockburn C. - Kalamunda E.S. 119-90
May. 19: East Perth E. - Mandurah M. 113-64
May. 19: Willetton T. - SW Slammers 108-90
May. 20: Kalamunda E.S. - Geraldton B. 106-88

Regular Season: Round 11

May. 25: Lakeside L. - Wanneroo W.
May. 25: East Perth E. - Perry Lakes H.
May. 26: Geraldton B. - Mandurah M.
May. 26: SW Slammers - Cockburn C.
May. 26: Wanneroo W. - Rockingham F.
May. 26: Goldfield G. - Stirling S.
May. 26: Kalamunda E.S. - Perth R.
May. 26: Perry Lakes H. - Willetton T.



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  AZERBAIJAN   


Gala clinch D1 title - by Eurobasket News

Gala clinched the title in Division I. They outscored Araz-NTD 82:75 in the fourth game of the series to celebrate 3-1 overall success. This is the fifth title for Gala in D1 history. They snapped six-year dominance of Araz in Azerbaijan basketball.


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  BRAZIL   


Uniceub/BRB and Sao Jose/Vinac post wins - by Eurobasket News

Uniceub/BRB registered the first win in the semifinal series versus Pinheiros/Sky. They toppled their opponents 90:77 at home court in the opener. Pinheiros/Sky ensured a confident start. They recorded an 18:16 lead after ten minutes. The defending champions bounced back posting a 41:38 halftime lead. Pinheiros/Sky erupted for 24 points in the third quarter to narrow the gap at just two points 62:64. But the hosts took over in the final frame. Uniceub/BRB unloaded 26 points in the fourth quarter and sealed a comfortable win at the end. Welington Dos Santos (185-PG-81) fired 22 points to lead the winners. Alex Ribeiro (191-G-80, agency: Interperformances) added 18 points in the victory. Olivinha Rodriguez (202-F-83) answered with 21 points and 12 rebounds for Pinheiros/Sky. Marquinhos Vieira (207-F-84) had 15 points in the loss.
Sao Jose/Vinac levelled the series against Flamengo. They enjoyed a 107:99 home win to tie things up at 1-1. Flamengo led by as many as 6 points at halftime 44:38. They bolstered the margin by two points at the third break 68:60. But Sao Jose/Vinac exploded with 28 points in the fourth stanza to force overtime. Sao Jose/Vinac grabbed the initiative in the extra period and rallied to an important win at the end. Fulvio de Assis (187-G-81) fired 29 points to lead the hosts. Andre Laws (186-G-80, agency: Global Sports Plaza, college: San Diego) added 25 points in the win. David Jackson (196-G-82, college: Penn St.) and Marcelo Magalhaes (199-F/G-75, agency: Interperformances) answered with 25 points each in defeat.



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  CANADA   


Volcanoes drop third straight - by Eurobasket News

The Vancouver Volcanoes losing streak reached three games Friday with a 133-124 International Basketball League loss to the Salem Soldiers at The Hoop in Salem.

Andre Murray (188-G-87, college: Portland St.) scored 29 points to lead Vancouver (4-3). Dominique Watson (178-G) had 22 points, and Alexander Hartman (201-F-85, college: Concordia, OR) 17. Calvin Hampton (208-F/C-86, college: Oregon St.) had a double-double with 12 points and 16 rebounds.

Salem (2-2) had a 63-59 lead at the half and outscored Vancouver 40-28 in the third quarter to pull away.

These same two teams meet again at 5 p.m. Sunday at Prairie High School.



SALEM SOLDIERS 133, VANCOUVER VOLCANOES 124

VANCOUVER (4-3) Tarver 0-0 0-0 0, Williams 4-7 0-0 9, Hartman 5-10 7-8 17, Watson 6-12 8-12 22, Murray 12-24 2-3 29, Uskoski 5-6 2-5 14, Tiefenthaler 5-10 0-0 15, Hampton 6-15 0-0 12, Christie 3-4 0-0 6, Moore 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 46-88 19-28 124.

SALEM (2-2) King 11-16 1-2 28, Largent 6-14 6-8 19, Skinner 6-12 1-2 13, Tapscott 10-19 0-0 21, Nelson 3-7 4-5 10, Dominguez 5-11 4-4 15, Johnson 2-7 1-2 6, Deweese 1-4 0-0 03, Lozeau 7-13 0-0 14, Wallace 2-6 0-0 4. Totals 53-109 17-23 133.

Vancouver 29 30 28 37 - 124
Salem 29 34 40 30 - 133

Courtesy of www.columbian.com



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  CHINA   

Standings - NBL

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

Regular Season: Round 6

May. 19: Henan Jiyuan - Sichuan 83-95
May. 19: Changan Group - Nanjin Army 81-64
May. 19: Jiangsu - Guangzhou FM 107-100
May. 19: Guangzhou L. - Hebei 103-76
May. 19: Hong Kong - Heilongjiang 101-93

Regular Season: Round 7

May. 22: Henan Jiyuan - Hong Kong
May. 22: Guangzhou L. - Heilongjiang
May. 22: Guangzhou FM - Hebei
May. 22: Changan Group - Jiangsu
May. 22: Sichuan - Nanjin Army


China record second win in Beijing - by Eurobasket News

China continued their Olympic Games preparations. They took on USA All-Star team for the second time in a row. The hosts celebrated the second straight victory. This time however USA All-Stars stayed close throughout the encounter and surrendered just at the end 76:78. Bob Donewald tested all of his players on the court. Chen Jianghua (188-PG-89) scored 15 points to lead the winners. He also added 8 rebounds to his tally. Wang ShiPeng (196-G/F-83) added 14 points and 4 assists for China. Yi Li (202-F/G-85) had 13 points, while Sun Yue (206-G/F-85) contributed 10 points in the winning effort. The teams will play again on Sunday.


NBL Round 6: Undefeated Hebei loses their first game against Guangzhou L. - by Eurobasket News

The most crucial game of the last round was the first loss of undefeated Hebei (5-1) on the court of third ranked Guangzhou L. on Saturday night. Visitors were rolled over by Guangzhou L. 103-76. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Hebei. The game without a history. Guangzhou L. led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 16-of-21 free shots (76.2 percent) during the game. Guangzhou L. forced 25 Hebei turnovers. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Guangzhou L. made 11 blocks. Senegalese center Hamady N'Diaye (213-87, college: Rutgers) had a triple-double by scoring 22 points, 14 rebounds, 5 assists and 10 blocks (on 9-of-10 shooting from the field) to lead the charge for the winners and forward DaWei Chen (203-85) chipped in 18 points and 8 rebounds during the contest. The best for the losing side was American forward Bryan Davis (206-86, college: Texas A&M, agency: N.E.T.) with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 19 rebounds. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Guangzhou L. maintains third position with 4-2 record behind leader Hebei, which they share with Changan Group. Hebei at the other side still keeps top place with one game lost. They share the position with Jiangsu. Guangzhou L. is looking forward to face Heilongjiang (#8) in the next round where they are favorite. Hebei will play against Guangzhou FM (#5) and is hoping to win this game.
The game in was also worth to mention about. 6th ranked Heilongjiang (2-4) played at the court of seventh ranked Hong Kong (3-3). Hong Kong managed to secure a 8-point victory 101-93. Forward MingHao Li (200-92) notched 31 points and 8 rebounds (went 9 for 9 at the free throw line !!!) to lead the effort and DeVon Hardin supported him with 18 points, 19 rebounds and 5 blocks. Hong Kong's coach DeGui Zhang allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Even a double-double of 32 points and 25 rebounds by American power forward Rashaun Freeman (206-84, college: Massachusetts) did not help to save the game for Heilongjiang. Hong Kong moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Guangzhou FM. Heilongjiang at the other side dropped to the seventh position with four games lost. They share it with Sichuan. Hong Kong will play against Henan Jiyuan (#9) in the next round. Heilongjiang will play against Guangzhou L. and hopes to get back on the winning track.

There were no shocking results in the other games in round 6: bottom-ranked Nanjin Army lost to Changan Group on the opponent's court 64-81. Henan Jiyuan unfortunately lost to Sichuan in a home game 83-95. Guangzhou FM recorded a loss to Jiangsu on the road 100-107.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 37 points (!!!) and 29 rebounds by Walter Sharpe of Guangzhou FM.


Guangzhou L. - Hebei 103-76

The most crucial game of the last round was the first loss of undefeated Hebei (5-1) on the court of third ranked Guangzhou L. on Saturday night. Visitors were rolled over by Guangzhou L. 103-76. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Hebei. The game without a history. Guangzhou L. led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 16-of-21 free shots (76.2 percent) during the game. Guangzhou L. forced 25 Hebei turnovers. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Guangzhou L. made 11 blocks. Senegalese center Hamady N'Diaye (213-87, college: Rutgers) had a triple-double by scoring 22 points, 14 rebounds, 5 assists and 10 blocks (on 9-of-10 shooting from the field) to lead the charge for the winners and forward DaWei Chen (203-85) chipped in 18 points and 8 rebounds during the contest. The best for the losing side was American forward Bryan Davis (206-86, college: Texas A&M, agency: N.E.T.) with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 19 rebounds and forward ZhenHu Zhang (195-88) scored 13 points. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Guangzhou L. maintains third position with 4-2 record behind leader Hebei, which they share with Changan Group. Hebei at the other side still keeps top place with one game lost. They share the position with Jiangsu. Guangzhou L. is looking forward to face Heilongjiang (#8) in the next round where they are favorite. Hebei will play against Guangzhou FM (#5) and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Guangzhou L.: N.Hamady 22+14reb+5ast, C.DaWei 18+8reb+1ast, W.Jing 17+2reb, J.Lei 11+3reb+3ast, L.XiangTao 10+1reb+3ast, T.Chao 8+5reb+2ast
Hebei: D.Bryan 17+19reb, Z.ZhenHu 13+2reb+1ast, Y.TingYu 11+5reb, L.YiDing 10+3reb, Y.ZhiTong 7+3reb+1ast, W.XinLei 6+2ast
gschID: 176044


Hong Kong - Heilongjiang 101-93

The game in was also worth to mention about. 6th ranked Heilongjiang (2-4) played at the court of seventh ranked Hong Kong (3-3). Hong Kong managed to secure a 8-point victory 101-93. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Heilongjiang won third quarter 21-20. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Hong Kong won last quarter 33-27. They also forced 22 Heilongjiang turnovers. Forward MingHao Li (200-92) notched 31 points and 8 rebounds (went 9 for 9 at the free throw line !!!) to lead the effort and American center DeVon Hardin (211-86) supported him with 18 points, 19 rebounds and 5 blocks. Hong Kong's coach DeGui Zhang allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Even a double-double of 32 points and 25 rebounds by American power forward Rashaun Freeman (206-84, college: Massachusetts) did not help to save the game for Heilongjiang. point guard Ming Jin (185-90) added 13 points, 7 rebounds and 8 assists. Five Heilongjiang players scored in double figures. Hong Kong moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Guangzhou FM. Heilongjiang at the other side dropped to the seventh position with four games lost. They share it with Sichuan. Hong Kong will play against Henan Jiyuan (#9) in the next round. Heilongjiang will play against Guangzhou L. and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Hong Kong: L.MingHao 31+8reb+2ast, F.Zhou 24+2reb+7ast, H.DeVon 18+19reb, G.JinLin 8+1reb+1ast, Y.XiaoHang 7+6reb+1ast, W.XiaoDong 5+3reb+1ast
Heilongjiang: F.Rashaun 32+25reb+1ast, Z.JunXiong 15+2ast, L.Xu 13+7reb, J.Ming 13+7reb+8ast, L.JinYang 10+4reb+2ast, H.Mengxin 8+6reb+1ast
gschID: 176045


Changan Group - Nanjin Army 81-64

Very expected game when 10th ranked Nanjin Army (1-5) was defeated on the road by fifth ranked Changan Group (4-2) 81-64. Changan Group forced 29 Nanjin Army turnovers. Nanjin Army was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. American forward Joseph Taylor (203-85, college: Wyoming) notched a double-double by scoring 16 points, 19 rebounds, 5 assists and 6 steals to lead the effort and center JunQi Jiang (202-90) supported him with 15 points and 7 rebounds. Four Changan Group players scored in double figures. Even 20 points and 5 rebounds by forward Shengyue Sun (198-89) did not help to save the game for Nanjin Army. point guard BoWen Zhang (188-92) added 9 points and 6 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Changan Group have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to third place, which they share with Guangzhou L. Nanjin Army at the other side stay at the bottom position with five games lost. They share it with Henan Jiyuan. Changan Group will play against league's second-placed Jiangsu in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Nanjin Army will play against Sichuan (#7) to get more than just one victory in their record.
Top scorers:
Changan Group: T.Joseph 16+19reb+5ast, G.Yan 16+4reb+4ast, J.JunQi 15+7reb+2ast, L.Peng 11+2reb, R.XiaTi 6+3reb+4ast, S.Jian 5
Nanjin Army: S.Shengyue 20+5reb, W.ShouWei 9+5reb, Z.BoWen 9+6reb, T.JiaFu 9+1reb, A.LiPeng 8+2reb, X.Jinlong 4+2reb
gschID: 176046


Henan Jiyuan - Sichuan 83-95

Everything could happen at the game between two tied teams. Both eighth ranked Sichuan and 9th ranked Henan Jiyuan had identical 1-4 record. But Henan Jiyuan was not able to use a home court advantage and lost to the opponent from 95-83. Sichuan made 22-of-27 charity shots (81.5 percent) during the game. It was a great shooting night for Sichuan especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 52.9 percentage. Henan Jiyuan was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. Center XiaoDong Chen (207-86) notched 25 points and 6 rebounds (went 9 for 9 at the free throw line !!!) to lead the effort and guard ChengLong Duan (192-88) supported him with 20 points. Four Sichuan players scored in double figures. Even a double-double of 37 points (!!!) and 18 rebounds by Nigerian center Kenny Adeleke (205-83, college: Hartford) did not help to save the game for Henan Jiyuan. ZhanYu Wang (196-86) added 11 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Henan Jiyuan's coach Jianguo Wen rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Sichuan (2-4) moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Heilongjiang. Henan Jiyuan lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the ninth position with five games lost. They share it with Nanjin Army. Sichuan will play against bottom-ranked Nanjin Army (#10) in the next round. Henan Jiyuan will play against Hong Kong to get more than just one victory in their record.
Top scorers:
Sichuan: C.XiaoDong 25+6reb+1ast, D.ChengLong 20+1reb+3ast, C.Ma 15+1reb+3ast, W.YingLiang 13+4reb+4ast, Z.Kun 9+1reb+2ast, F.Jarrid 7+14reb+2ast
Henan Jiyuan: A.Kenny 37+18reb, W.ZhanYu 11+6reb+4ast, Z.Chao 11+2reb, L.Chao 9+4reb+1ast, %PlayerNameFromUNbr% 5+2reb+4ast, H.Xin 4+2reb
gschID: 176042


Jiangsu - Guangzhou FM 107-100

Not a big story in a game when 5th ranked Guangzhou FM (3-3) was defeated on the road by second ranked Jiangsu (5-1) 107-100. Jiangsu forced 23 Guangzhou FM turnovers. Guangzhou FM was plagued by 27 personal fouls down the stretch. Nigerian forward Ndudi Ebi (206-84, agency: Higher Vision Sports) notched a double-double by scoring 41 points (!!!) and 27 rebounds to lead the effort and forward Hui Fang (198-82) supported him with 11 points and 6 rebounds. Even a double-double of 37 points (!!!) and 29 rebounds (went 9 for 9 at the free throw line !!!) by American forward Walter Sharpe (206-86, college: UAB, agency: Two Points) did not help to save the game for Guangzhou FM. Guard KaiFu Yao (196-83) added 20 points and 4 assists. Four Jiangsu and five Guangzhou FM players scored in double figures. Jiangsu have a solid four-game winning streak. They used an opportunity after Hebei lost their game and moved up joining them at the top position. Guangzhou FM at the other side keeps the fifth place with three games lost. They share the position with Hong Kong. Jiangsu will play against Changan Group (#4) in the next round. Guangzhou FM will play against the league's leader Hebei and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Jiangsu: E.Ndudi 41+27reb+3ast, S.XianLing 16+2reb, Z.HongWei 15+2ast, F.Hui 11+6reb+2ast, F.Xin 8+1reb+3ast, M.Zhuang 6+1reb+2ast
Guangzhou FM: S.Walter 37+29reb+3ast, Y.KaiFu 20+3reb+4ast, Y.Peng 12+1reb, L.DaPeng 11+3reb+2ast, Y.Liang 10+2reb, L.XueSong 7+1reb+1ast
gschID: 176043



Recent CBA Transactions - by Alex Yam

The 2012-13 Chinese Basketball season is still oer 6 months away, yet the successful teams have already started to sign foreign talent. Both Shanxi and Beijing have already locked up their players for the respective seasons. Beijing will bring back the combo that led them to their 1st CBA championship, Randolph Morris and Stephon Marbury, while the surprise of the league this past year , the CBA Semi-Finalist Shanxi Dragons have signed league MVP Marcus Williams and one of the top big men, in Charles Gaines.

As the months move on, teams will start to try out and sign the foreigners.



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  CROATIA   

Stats Leaders - A1

Points Per Game
 Ivan MIMICA
  KK Split
  (193-G-80)
  Avg: 18.9
 1. Mimica, KK Split18.9 
 2. Ceskovic, Kvarner18.0 
 3. Ross, Jolly17.9 
 4. Markota, KK.17.6 
 5. Stimac, Svjetlost16.7 
 6. Bilan, Cedevita16.4 
 7. Simovic, Kvarner15.3 
 8. Sobin, KK Split15.3 
 9. Kruslin, Zabok15.1 
 10. Vrbanc, Zadar14.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Damir MARKOTA
  KK.
  (210-C/F-85)
  Avg: 7.5
 1. Markota, KK.7.5 
 2. Ivanov, Zadar7.5 
 3. Stimac, Svjetlost7.0 
 4. Sobin, KK Split7.0 
 5. Simovic, Kvarner6.8 
 6. Bilan, Cedevita6.8 
 7. Cinac, Kvarner 20106.8 
 8. Suton, Cibona6.7 
 9. Peraica, Darda6.6 
 10. Zupic, Alkar Sinj6.4 
Assists Per Game
 Josip GLAVINIC
  Krizevci
  (192-G-82)
  Avg: 5.1
 1. Glavinic, Krizevci5.1 
 2. Ross, Jolly4.4 
 3. Vujcic, KK Split4.3 
 4. Subotic, KK Split4.2 
 5. Blajic, Kvarner4.2 
 6. Kostomaj, Svjet.3.7 
 7. Wright, Cibona3.6 
 8. Draper, Cedevita3.1 
 9. Bazdaric, Cedevita3.1 
 10. Tomas, Zabok3.1 
Steals Per Game
 Ronald ROSS
  Jolly
  (188-G-83)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Ross, Jolly2.9 
 2. Draper, Cedevita2.3 
 3. Wright, Cibona2.2 
 4. Rozic, Cibona2.0 
 5. Bicvic, Darda1.9 
 6. Blajic, Kvarner1.8 
 7. Kostomaj, Svjet.1.7 
 8. Kruslin, Zabok1.5 
 9. Stimac, Svjetlost1.5 
 10. Sobin, KK Split1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Filip KRALJEVIC
  Zabok
  (214-F-89)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Kraljevic, Zabok1.7 
 2. Sarlija, Borik1.2 
 3. Zupic, Alkar Sinj1.1 
 4. Bubalo, Zabok1.1 
 5. Buva, Krizevci0.8 
 6. Owens, Cedevita0.8 
 7. Vujcic, KK Split0.8 
 8. Bilan, Cedevita0.7 
 9. Sobin, KK Split0.7 
 10. Vukovic, KK Split0.7 


Split beats Cedevita in thriller 82-79, forces Game Three - by Eurobasket News

Semifinals, Game 2: KK Split - Cedevita 82-79 (1-1)

Second game of the Playoff Semifinals between Split and Cedevita just ended. It was a heartbreaking thriller and Split grabbed 82-79 victory at the end. The score is tied at 1-1 now and decisive Game Three will be played on Wednesday. Cedevita will be the host. Visitors were down by 14 points at the halftime, but they came to 78-77 in the finish. However, Ivan Mimica (193-G-80) and Srdan Subotic (193-G-80) had no mercy from the free throw line in the last 18 seconds to secure the victory for Split. Mimica orchestrated the win by scoring 26 points and 8 rebounds. Swingman Josip Sobin (203-G/F-89) contributed with 16 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Marino Bazdaric (197-G/F-78) replied with 14 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists and point guard Dontaye Draper (180-PG-84, college: Charleston) added 19 points in the effort for Cedevita. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game.
As mentioned above, Cedevita will host crucial Game Three on Wednesday.

Cedevita: D.Draper 19+2reb+1ast, I.Opacak 14+3reb+1ast, M.Bazdaric 14+6reb+5ast, V.Vukusic 10+8reb+2ast, H.Owens 7+1reb+2ast, M.Bilan 5+1reb
KK Split: I.Mimica 26+8reb+2ast, J.Sobin 16+8reb+2ast, N.Vujcic 13+6reb+4ast, S.Subotic 10+1reb+3ast, T.Dijan 7+1ast, L.Babic 4+2reb



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  DOMINICAN REPUBLIC   


Mejia Sammy won the title in Russia - by Eurobasket News

Sammy Mejia (198-G-83, college: De Paul) won the title in Russia as his CSKA continued to dominate in Russian basketball. The Moscow powerhouse clinched the 10th straight League title. They fired past Khimky on the road tonight to sweep the championship series. Shved accounted for 18 points to lead the charge.
CSKA took off early in this one. They accumulated a 26:19 lead at the first intermission. CSKA stayed in front throughout the second quarter. CSKA arrived at halftime up by 11 points 48:37. Khimky stepped on the gas in the third term. The hosts unloaded 28 points in the period to narrow the margin to just five points 65:70. But CSKA stunned the home team in the final frame. The visitors went on a 20:10 run to seal a comfortable victory. Nenad Krstic (213-C-83) scored 17 points, while Viktor Khryapa (204-F/G-82) contributed 14 points in the winning case. Vitaly Fridzon (195-G-85, agency: Alti Sport) answered with 20 points for Khimky. Kresimir Loncar (210-F-83, agency: Alti Sport) netted 17 points in the loss.
In 2011-2012 for CSKA Moscow (Russia-PBL, starting five) he averaged 5.4 points per game in PBL.



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  FRANCE   

Stats Leaders - N1

Points Per Game
 Ville KAUNISTO
  Blois
  (204-F-82)
  Avg: 18.1
 1. Kaunisto, Blois18.1 
 2. Bigote, Cognac17.4 
 3. Petrovic, Orchy16.5 
 4. Bluntt, Orchy16.2 
 5. Thomas, Roche16.1 
 6. Pridotkas, Brest16.0 
 7. Herard, Challans16.0 
 8. Almanson, Challans15.9 
 9. Pearson, Angers B.15.8 
 10. Belser, Charlevil.15.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ville KAUNISTO
  Blois
  (204-F-82)
  Avg: 11.3
 1. Kaunisto, Blois11.3 
 2. Jaiteh, CFBB10.2 
 3. Jackson, Clermont9.6 
 4. Caskill, Cognac9.4 
 5. Pearson, Angers B.8.7 
 6. Aubry, Montbrison8.2 
 7. Sanborn, Lievin8.1 
 8. Lesieu, St Quentin7.9 
 9. Avramovic, Chart.7.6 
 10. Toney, Charleville7.6 
Assists Per Game
 Johan RATHIEUVILLE
  Brest
  (177-G-85)
  Avg: 6.5
 1. Rathieuville, Brest6.5 
 2. Daube, Le Puy5.3 
 3. Tillon, Montbrison5.3 
 4. Calvez, Charleville5.2 
 5. Godin, Cognac5.1 
 6. Brochard, Blois5.0 
 7. Ball, St Quentin4.5 
 8. Barbry, Orchy4.5 
 9. Cortey, Clermont4.3 
 10. Berquier, Chartres4.1 
Steals Per Game
 Aurelien TOTO N''KOTE
  Roche
  (194-F-79)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Toto N''Kote, Roche2.2 
 2. Calvez, Charleville2.2 
 3. Pistre, Charleville2.0 
 4. Bichard, St Quentin1.8 
 5. Godin, Cognac1.6 
 6. Ball, St Quentin1.6 
 7. Davis, Blois1.6 
 8. Daube, Le Puy1.6 
 9. Merie, Chartres1.6 
 10. Dessart, Lievin1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Abdoulaye N''DIAYE
  Souffel
  (210-C/F-84)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. N''Diaye, Souffel1.7 
 2. Alingue, Souffel1.7 
 3. Sanborn, Lievin1.4 
 4. Caskill, Cognac1.3 
 5. Diame, Rueil1.3 
 6. Davis, Blois1.3 
 7. Traore, Angers B.1.2 
 8. Morin, CFBB1.1 
 9. Jaiteh, CFBB1.0 
 10. Tornato, Blois1.0 


Antibes keep Trevor Huffman for two seasons - by Eurobasket News

Antibes agreed on terms of new contract with Trevor Huffman (185-PG-79, agency: Interperformances, college: Kent St.). The guard signed a two-year deal with the French team. Trevor Huffman spent the bigger part of the season on loan. He played in Belgium with Spirou. His stats read 5.6 points, 1.8 rebounds and 1.3 assists per game. He also appeared in 8 games for Antibes. Trevor Huffman averaged 14.6 points, 4.5 assists, 2.6 rebounds and 1.6 steals per appearance. Previously the guard had stints in Belgium, Portugal, CBA, Poland and Germany. Eurobasket.com named Trevor Huffman into All-Portuguese League 2nd Team in 2006. In 2007 he was trumped All-Belgian League Guard of the Year.


Saint Vallier part ways with Kyle Shiloh, Sefton Barrett, Mickael Toti and Yann Zonnet - by Eurobasket News

Saint Vallier are reshaping the roster for the next season. They decided to part ways with Kyle Shiloh (191-PG-85, college: Nevada), Sefton Barrett (196-SF-83, agency: Limelight Hoops, college: Cent.Michigan), Mickael Toti (181-PG-87) and Yann Zonnet (197-PF-89).
Kyle Shiloh joined the team back in 2010. Last season the guard averaged 13.5 points, 5.1 rebounds, 3.9 assists and 1.9 steals per game in ProB. Previously Kyle Shiloh had stints in Finland and D-League.
Sefton Barrett joined Saint Vallier at the start of the season. He notched 11.1 points, 4.1 rebounds and 1.4 assists per game in ProB.
Mickael Toti was also spending his first season with Saint Vallier. The Ivorian guard averaged 3.5 points, 1.8 assists and 1.2 rebounds per appearance.
Yann Zonnet tallied 3.0 points and 2.9 rebounds per ProB game in his second season with Saint Vallier.



Angers tab Malik Sidibe - by Eurobasket News

Angers secured the services of Malik Sidibe (198-SF-93). The forward has agreed on terms of contract with NM1 team. The deal is meant for two seasons. Malik Sidibe spent the last season in Bourg. His season was however spoiled by an injury. The forward appeared in just 9 ProB games. His stats read 0.3 rebounds per game. Previously Malik Sidibe played for Nanterre U16 team.
Angers did not make it into NM1 playoffs this season. They finished at 16-18 record in the 11th position in the ladder.



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  GEORGIA   

Geogian Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Larry BLAIR
  MIA Academy
  (183-G-84)
  Avg: 26
 1. Blair, MIA Academy26.0 
 2. Carter, Dinamo T.23.4 
 3. Parghalava, Sokhu.20.6 
 4. Patsatsia, Sokhumi18.3 
 5. Smith, MIA Academy17.8 
 6. Keshelava, Batumi17.3 
 7. Woodside, Armia17.3 
 8. Khmelidze, Rustavi16.7 
 9. Niniashvili, TSU T.16.4 
 10. Thomas, Armia16.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Keyon CARTER
  Dinamo T.
  (203-F-88)
  Avg: 13.9
 1. Carter, Dinamo T.13.9 
 2. Matiashvili, Kutai.9.7 
 3. Patsatsia, Sokhumi9.5 
 4. Keshelava, Batumi8.6 
 5. Smith, MIA Academy8.5 
 6. Machaladze, STU T.8.3 
 7. Niniashvili, TSU T.8.1 
 8. Hoger, Olimpi8.0 
 9. Thomas, Armia7.6 
 10. Milutinovic, Olim.7.5 
Assists Per Game
 Giorgi GAMQRELIDZE
  Olimpi
  (183-G-86)
  Avg: 7.6
 1. Gamqrelidze, Olimpi7.6 
 2. Woodside, Armia6.9 
 3. Blair, MIA Academy6.4 
 4. Chitashvili, TSU T.6.4 
 5. Mikeladze, Batumi5.5 
 6. Artsividze, Rustavi4.8 
 7. Parghalava, Sokhu.4.8 
 8. Tsekvava, Kutaisi4.6 
 9. Patsatsia, Sokhumi3.9 
 10. Pashayev, Kutaisi3.9 
Steals Per Game
 Larry BLAIR
  MIA Academy
  (183-G-84)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Blair, MIA Academy3.2 
 2. Ramishvili, Batumi2.5 
 3. Woodside, Armia2.5 
 4. Kokhreidze, TSU T.2.2 
 5. Machaladze, STU T.2.0 
 6. Chitashvili, TSU T.2.0 
 7. Antadze, STU T.1.9 
 8. Mikeladze, Batumi1.8 
 9. Patsatsia, Sokhumi1.8 
 10. Carter, Dinamo T.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Joakim KJELLBOM
  Armia
  (213-C/F-79)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Kjellbom, Armia1.7 
 2. Atuashvili, Sokhumi1.1 
 3. Milutinovic, Olimpi1.1 
 4. Matiashvili, Kutai.1.1 
 5. Machaladze, STU T.1.0 
 6. Hoger, Olimpi0.9 
 7. Smith, MIA Academy0.8 
 8. Kobidze, STU T.0.8 
 9. Shermadini, TSU T.0.8 
 10. Antadze, STU T.0.8 


Armia wins the Final opener - by Eurobasket News

FINAL
Armia - Olimpi 72-66

Olimpi was trailing by 2 points at halftime but managed to get 3-point lead after three quarters before a 23-14 charge of Armia, which allowed them to win the game. They made 16-of-20 free shots (80.0 percent) during the game. Armia had a 33-22 advantage in offensive rebounds. 24 personal fouls committed by Olimpi helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American point guard Ben Woodside (180-85, college: N.Dakota St., agency: Priority Sports) stepped up and scored 22 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners and his fellow American import Will Thomas (203-86, agency: Two Points) chipped in 13 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists. At the losing side international guard Georgi Tsintsadze (192-86) responded with 24 points and 6 steals and the former international guard Giorgi Gamqrelidze (183-86, agency: Interperformances) scored 10 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists.
Top scorers:
Armia: B.Woodside 22+5reb+4ast, J.Richardson 20+4reb+2ast, W.Thomas 13+11reb+5ast, D.Ugrekhelidze 6+2reb, G.Diaz 6+1reb+2ast, A.Boisa 3+3reb
Olimpi: G.Tsintsadze 24+1reb+2ast, I.Todorovic 11+5reb, G.Gamqrelidze 10+8reb+4ast, N.Tutus 9+5reb, I.Hoger 7+3reb, N.Sljuka 3+3reb+1ast
gschID: 176569



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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.16.0 
 3. Holston, Art.Drag.15.5 
 4. Swann, Ratiopharm15.3 
 5. Wood, ALBA15.0 
 6. Ensminger, Teleko.14.8 
 7. Jonusas, Phoenix14.8 
 8. Bryant, Ratiopharm14.6 
 9. Homan, B.Muenchen14.5 
 10. Carter, Phoenix14.5 
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. Tucker, Brose B.7.1 
 6. Zirbes, TBB Trier7.1 
 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.5.7 
 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. Bernard, LTi 46ers1.4 
 4. Dorris, EnBW L.1.4 
 5. Trice, Ratiopharm1.4 
 6. Redding, Walter T.1.4 
 7. Holston, Art.Drag.1.4 
 8. Gibson, Fraport SKY1.4 
 9. Gaffney, Teleko.1.3 
 10. Carter, Phoenix1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Tony GAFFNEY
  Teleko.
  (204-F-84)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Gaffney, Teleko.1.8 
 2. Davidson, Fraport1.7 
 3. Looby, EnBW L.1.6 
 4. Ibekwe, Bayreuth1.6 
 5. Homan, B.Muenchen1.5 
 6. Bryant, Ratiopharm1.3 
 7. Pleiss, Brose B.1.3 
 8. King, Art.Dragons1.1 
 9. Slaughter, Brose B.1.1 
 10. Constantine, Phoe.0.9 


Jason Boone (s.Oliver Baskets Wurzburg) Playing With Confidence Was The Difference In The Alba Berlin Series - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Jason Boone (198-F/C-85, college: New York U.) is a 26 year old 198cm power forward/center from Sugar Loaf, New York. He will be playing his first season with the s. Oliver Baskets Wurzburg and his fourth in the Beko BBL. He played three seasons for BG Goettingen. He played at New York University (NCAA 3) from 2003-2007. In his senior year, he played 28 games averaging 14.1ppg, 9.6rpg, 2.4bpg, 2.9apg, FG: 63.0%, FT: 64.3%. Three seasons ago, he played at Bernau (Regionalliga) before making the jump up three leagues to MEG Goettingen. In 2008-2009, he averaged 4.4ppg, 4.0rpg, FG: 53.7. In 2009-2010, he won the Eurochallenge playing EuroChallenge: 16 games: 10.7ppg, 6.8rpg, 1.0apg, FGP: 59.6%, FT: 53.8%; German League: 35 games: 9.1ppg, 6.1rpg, FGP: 60.3%, FT: 55.9%. Last season with BG Goettingen he played 37 games: 8.5ppg, 5.9rpg, FGP: 59.8%, FT: 34.9%; EuroCup: 14 games: 9.1ppg, 6.2rpg, Blocks-4 (1.1bpg), FGP: 59.8%, FT: 36.0%. Jason spoke to Eurobasket after the 66-60 win against Alba Berlin in game 4.

Congrats on kicking out Alba Berlin and reaching the semi finals against ratiopharm Ulm. How was this win different than in Goettingen?


This is a very special feeling, because with BG Goettingen we never made it past the first round. We have come a long way as a team and I remember last summer when the Goettingen players were contemplating about coming to Wurzburg, we wanted to build on the success with Goettingen and make something in Wurzburg. We stayed together and got better as a team this season.

Alba Berlin got off to a strong start leading 23-11 after one quarter. What were the reasons for their quick start?


They had their backs to the wall in a do or die game and just played their butts off until their was zero on the clock.

In the second quarter, Alba Berlin wasnt scoring as much, but still kept the s.Oliver Baskets Wurzburg at bay on offense. Why couldnt Wurzburg get into a scoring groove?

They had more energy on defense than in the last three games. We had several god looks, but our shots just werent falling for us.

Alba Berlin had the 33-22 lead at halftime. What did head coach John Patrick tell the team to do better?

By the time John Patrick entered the locker room, our leaders Ben Jacobson and John Little had said al that had to be said. They told us that we just have to play our game. There were 20 minutes to play and we just had to do what we had our sights on and just play hard.

The words of Ben Jacobson and John Little must of done wonders since the s.Oliver Baskets Wurzburg turned the game around going on a 12-0 run to take the lead. What adjustments did the club make?

We just started to play Wurzburg basketball. We started to defend better and got easy buckets on transition. We started to play our tempo and got the fans behind us and something to cheer about. When we get the fans behind us, then our arena is a very dangerous place to play.

What was key in the fourth quarter for getting the win?

We did the little things that you cant draw up on the floor. We got loose balls, hustle plays and big offensive rebounds at the end. Ivan Elliot iced it with the free throw.

I call John Little the Wurzburg version of Dashaun Wood on account of his scoring power in this series. How important has he been for winning this series?

He has a lot of pride and showed it today. He watched ex teammate Taylor Rochestie and Dashaun Wood battle in the playoffs last season and was upset that he had been sent home. He wanted revenge and got it in this series. He played tough defense. We dont depend on him in scoring, but he was unstoppable in the last games. He hit big three pointers, shot through the zone or when they laid off him hit his shots. It is really good how he is performing at this level and it is good that he is going forward. He is very focused now as he will be a dad soon.

Which Wurzburg players were the unsung heros tonight?

Ivan Elliot and Ricky Harris gave the team a big lift off the bench tonight. They gave the team energy and spark when the starters were resting. Chris Kramer also stepped it up. All in all, it was a team effort.

What was the difference in the Alba Berlin series?

I think playing with confidence. We played Alba Berlin close on the road and then had a type of do or die game in game two and won the game convincingly which gave us added confidence. We relied on our defense in this series as we always do. Alba Berlin didnt score as much in the series, but still got their stops. We knew that we had to score at timmes to be successful.

What can we await from the ratiopharm Ulm series?

We feel very confident that we can win our home games so all we have to do is steal one on the road. If we can play like we did in the second half in game four against Alba Berlin, then I see us having good chances. We beat Ulm at home controlling the tempo with a last second shot, but got killed in Ulm. Ratiopharm Ulm sent a message by getting past Braunschweig easily. They will be tough, but anytime that we face a big time team, we will be very motivated. We will give all the chips and we will just have to see how they fall.

Who will advance in the Celtics-76ers series?

Since I am from New York, I can never root for Boston. If the 76ers can play their game then they may be able to hit them. However the Celtics have too many weapons and Rajon Rondo is the x factor.

Who will advance in the Lakers-Thunders series?

I dont really like to go against Kobe, but I feel that the Thunder will be too strong for the Lakers. The Thunder will advance and play the Miami Heat.

Did Lebron James deserve the MVP award?

I think that Lebron James deserved it. Kevin Durant scores more and is more fun to watch, but Lebron just did more with his rebounding and defense. He usually had to guard the opponents best player.

I asked you after game two, what you would ask if you saw Dirk Nowitzki at game four. Well the German didnt seem to be in the arena. Do you know where he was?

I didnt see Dirk. Maybe his heart was unable to handle the intensity here. Dirk is a public figure and the interest in him also has sparked the interest of basketball in Wurzburg. His Mavericks didnt get it done, but we are looking to get it done.

Thanks Jason for the chat.



Arvydas Siksnius Moves To BBC Bayreuth - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Beko BBL team BBCBayreuth have already bolstered their team for next season by signing Arvydas Siksnius (196-F-87, college: Weatherford JC) Arvydas Siksnius iy a 24 year old 196cm forward from Lithuvania. Last season, he played for BC Siauliai (LKL): Lithuanian League: 31 games: 7.4ppg, 2.7rpg, 1.1apg, FGP: 58.2%, 3PT: 25.6%, FT: 75.9%; Baltic League: 22 games: 9.2ppg, 2.8rpg, 1.0apg, FGP: 65.2%, 3PT: 38.0%, FT: 77.8%. 'Siksnius is a very strong player for the position three and very quick. He likes to penetrate, can defend and rebound. Like players from the baltic school, he is well trained and is a team player. Players coming from Lithuvania dont come to play for their own stats', warned BBC Bayreuth head coach Marco van den Berg

Arvydas Siksnius started his basketball career in 2002 for Klaipeda BS. He then played for : Nafta/Univer./Laivite Klaipeda (LKAL) from 2004-2006. He then got a year experience in the states playing college ball for Weatherford JC (JUCO). He then returned back to Europe and played for SK Dextera Jonavos. In 2008-2009, he played for Sakalai Vilnius (LKL, starting five): Lithuanian League: 22 games: 13.0ppg, 3.3rpg, 2.6apg, FGP: 46.8%, 3PT: 38.5%, FT: 73.6%; Baltic League (Challenge Cup): 24 games: 12.2ppg, 3.3rpg, 2.5apg, 1.4spg, FGP: 50.0%, 3PT: 30.9%, FT: 75.2%. In 2009-2010, he was Loaned to BC Siauliai (LKL): Baltic League: 22 games: 11.4ppg, 3.4rpg, 2.1apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 50.6%, 3PT: 40.8%, FT: 81.3%; EuroCup: 6 games: 17.0ppg, 2.3rpg, 2.5apg, FGP: 52.0%, 3PT: 48.6%, FT: 81.5%; Lithuanian League: 26 games: 11.0ppg, 3.7rpg, 2.7apg, FGP: 56.8%, 3PT: 33.9%, FT: 69.1%. In 2010-2011, he played for top European club Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius (LKL): 7 games: 5.0ppg, 1.9rpg, 1.1apg; Euroleague: 4 games: 1.0ppg; VTB League: 5 games: 2.4ppg, 1.2apg; in Jan.'11 loaned to Perlas Vilnius (LKL, starting five): Lithuanian League: 12 games: 11.0ppg, 3.4rpg, 1.3apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 65.8%, 3PT: 34.5%, FT: 71.4%; Baltic League: 7 games: 10.4ppg, 3.4rpg, 1.0apg, FGP: 59.3%, 3PT: 35.0%, FT: 74.1%. 'I am looking forward to better myself and develop. I think Germany is a very good country for me and have heard much good things about the country and beko BBL. I didnt know too much about BBC Bayreuth since they dont play international. But I checked the team and found out that they have a very long tradition and have been German champion once. I want to show that I am a good team player and help them make a step forward in this strong league. With hard work and heart, much is capable and I want to do that', stressed Arvydas Siksnius Awards/Achievements in his basketball career have been Lithuanian U16 National Team -03, European Championships U16 in Spain -03, Lithuanian U18 National Team -05, European Championships U18 in Belgrade -05: 3 games: 2.7ppgLithuanian NKL Regular Season Champion -06, Lithuanian NKL Finalist -06, Lithuanian NKL Semifinals -08, Lithuanian League All-Star Game -09 (Slam Dunk Contest Winner), 10, 11Baltic League (Challenge Cup) Regular Season Champion -09, Baltic League (Challenge Cup) Champion -09, Eurobasket.com All-Lithuanian LKL Honorable Mention -09, 10Baltic League Regular Season Runner-Up -10, Baltic League Finalist -10, Baltic League Semifinals -10, 12, Lithuanian League Semifinals -10, 12, and Baltic League Elite Division Champion -12

Source: BBC Bayreuth



Sebastian Schroter signs two year-deal with Schwelmer Baskets - by Moritz Korff

2. Bundesliga Pro B team Schwelmer Baskets has confirmed the signing of power forward Sebastian Schroter (207-F/C-83). The 28-year-old inked a two year-contract with the Schwelm team earlier this week. Schroter played for ETB Essen since 2007 and averaged 6.9 points, 3.3 boards a game for the Pro A side in the 2011-12 season. Before moving to Essen he won the 1. Regionalliga West championship with Hertener Loewen in 2005 and was named to the 2006 Eurobasket.com German 2.Bundesliga All-Newcomers Team following his single campaign at Phoenix Hagen.


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  GREECE   

Stats Leaders - A1

Points Per Game
 Nestoras KOMMATOS
  Marousi
  (203-F-77)
  Avg: 20.4
 1. Kommatos, Marousi20.4 
 2. Christmas, AGOR18.6 
 3. Gagaloudis, Marousi15.6 
 4. Charalampidi., KAO.15.6 
 5. Beck, Ikaros14.8 
 6. Dikoudis, PAOK14.7 
 7. James, Aris14.5 
 8. Taylor, Kavala13.9 
 9. Baynes, Ikaros13.6 
 10. Wright, AGOR13.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Aron BAYNES
  Ikaros
  (208-C-86)
  Avg: 8.7
 1. Baynes, Ikaros8.7 
 2. Haritopoulos, Maro.7.6 
 3. NaNa, Ilysiakos7.5 
 4. Stepheson, Panio.7.3 
 5. Kommatos, Marousi6.6 
 6. Symtsak, Kavala6.4 
 7. O''Bryant, Kavala5.9 
 8. Tapoutos, Aris5.8 
 9. Dorsey, Olympiacos5.7 
 10. Scott, Peristeri5.7 
Assists Per Game
 Yannis GAGALOUDIS
  Marousi
  (192-G-78)
  Avg: 6
 1. Gagaloudis, Marousi6.0 
 2. Spanoulis, Olympia.5.0 
 3. Xanthopoulos, Pani.4.5 
 4. Diamantidis, Panat.4.5 
 5. Charalampidi., KAO.4.3 
 6. James, Aris4.1 
 7. Wright, AGOR4.1 
 8. Thompson, Ilysi.3.5 
 9. Jasikevicius, Pana.3.1 
 10. Mocnik, Perister.3.1 
Steals Per Game
 Zack WRIGHT
  AGOR
  (188-G-85)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Wright, AGOR2.5 
 2. James, Aris1.9 
 3. Thompson, Ilysi.1.7 
 4. Calathes, Panathin.1.7 
 5. Xanthopoulos, Pani.1.6 
 6. Christmas, AGOR1.6 
 7. Dorsey, Olympiacos1.5 
 8. Gagaloudis, Marousi1.5 
 9. Hatten, Kolossos1.5 
 10. Logan, Panathin.1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Patrick O''BRYANT
  Kavala
  (213-C-86)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. O''Bryant, Kavala1.5 
 2. Petway, AGOR1.3 
 3. Muldrow, Aris1.3 
 4. Elegar, Marousi1.1 
 5. Hines, Olympiacos1.0 
 6. Vougioukas, Panat.1.0 
 7. Michel, KAOD0.9 
 8. Stepheson, Panio.0.9 
 9. Tsontzos, Marousi0.7 
 10. Dorsey, Olympiacos0.7 


Standings - A2

A2 Standings
 1. Panelefsiniakos 22-8 
 2. Apollon Patras 20-10 
 3. Ikaroi Serron 20-10 
 4. AEK 20-10 
 5. Nea Kifisia 17-13 
 6. Arkadikos 16-14 
 7. OFI 16-14 
 8. Lavrio 16-14 
 9. Doxa Lefkadas 15-15 
 10. Ermis Lagkada 14-16 
 11. Pagrati 14-16 
 12. Amyntas Dafnis 14-16 
 13. Periko/Arhelaos 13-17 
 14. Perama Ermis 12-18 
 15. Panerythraikos 11-19 
 16. AEK/Argous 0-30 

Regular Season: Round 30

May. 19: OFI - Apollon Patras 94-85
May. 19: Periko/Arhelaos - Arkadikos 86-73
May. 19: Perama Ermis - Ermis Lagkada 81-72
May. 19: AEK - Nea Kifisia 80-78
May. 19: AEK/Argous - Amyntas Dafnis 78-97
May. 19: Lavrio - Doxa Lefkadas 73-72
May. 19: Panerythraikos - Ikaroi Serron 69-85
May. 19: Pagrati - Panelefsiniakos 102-82


Stats Leaders - A2

Points Per Game
 Alex STEVOVIC
  AE.
  (191-G-90)
  Avg: 20.3
 1. Stevovic, AE.20.3 
 2. Argyropoylos, Apol.19.6 
 3. Totsios, Ikaroi S.18.3 
 4. Pettas, Doxa L.17.2 
 5. Iliadis, Ermis L.17.1 
 6. Gizogiannis, Arkad.16.9 
 7. Psileas, Lavrio16.8 
 8. Kyriakopoulo., Pan.16.3 
 9. Vasilopoulos, AEK16.2 
 10. Dimakos, Pagrati16.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Vladimir PETROVIC-STERGIOU
  Apollo.
  (198-F/G-77)
  Avg: 8.6
 1. Petrovic-S., Apoll.8.6 
 2. Gizogiannis, Arkad.8.4 
 3. Sklavos, AEK7.7 
 4. Toutziarakis, OFI7.6 
 5. Krolo, Apollon Pat.7.6 
 6. Lolas, Amyntas7.3 
 7. Simeonidis, Ikaroi7.2 
 8. Nisiotis, Ermis L.7.2 
 9. Macheras, Panery.7.0 
 10. Sigounas, Pagrati6.7 
Assists Per Game
 Leonidas ZOUPAS
  Amyntas .
  (182-G-82)
  Avg: 6
 1. Zoupas, Amyntas6.0 
 2. Papadakis, Arkad.5.6 
 3. Vasilopoulos, AEK5.4 
 4. Nikou, Panelefs.5.2 
 5. Koronidis, Perama5.2 
 6. Kaberidis, Ikaroi4.8 
 7. Argyropoylos, Apol.4.7 
 8. Makris, Pagrati4.6 
 9. Kekelis, Ermis L.4.0 
 10. Panagakis, OFI4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Gianni VAVATSIKOS
  AEK/A.
  (201-F-90)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Vavatsikos, AEK/A.1.9 
 2. Pettas, Doxa L.1.8 
 3. Tsiotras, Arkadikos1.8 
 4. Lewis, OFI1.8 
 5. Nikitakis, Nea K.1.7 
 6. Magounis, Panele.1.6 
 7. Stevovic, AE.1.6 
 8. Totsios, Ikaroi S.1.5 
 9. Argyropoylos, Apol.1.5 
 10. Kallianotis, Pane.1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Sotiris KATOUFAS
  Panery.
  (206-F-79)
  Avg: 1.2
 1. Katoufas, Panery.1.2 
 2. Karadolamis, OFI1.1 
 3. Libaris-P., Doxa L.1.1 
 4. Koutroulias, Pagra.1.0 
 5. Toutziarakis, OFI1.0 
 6. Margaritis, Ikaroi0.8 
 7. Krolo, Apollon Pat.0.7 
 8. Foutsitzis, Periko.0.6 
 9. Noeas, AEK0.6 
 10. Anagnostopou., Er.0.6 


A1, Third place: Panionios forces decisive Game Five against Kolossos - by Eurobasket News

Third place
Game 4: Panionios - Kolossos 88-71 (2-2)

Fourth game between Panionios and Kolossos just ended. The hosts celebrated 88-71 win tying the score to 2-2 in the series. The format is best-of-five and Kolossos will be the host in crucial Game Five. That meeting is scheduled for Tuesday and winner will end as No.3 for season 2011/12.
The game without a history. Panionios led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. 26 personal fouls committed by Kolossos helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Forward Vasileios Kavvadas (202-F-91) orchestrated the victory by scoring 14 points and 7 rebounds. Serbian forward Stevan Nadjfeji (202-79, agency: FCM) contributed with 15 points and 4 assists for the winners. Four Panionios players scored in double figures. Guard Nikos Liakopoulos (191-83, agency: FCM) replied with 19 points (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) and American guard Marcus Hatten (186-80, college: St.John's) added 14 points in the effort for Kolossos. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next game.
Kolossos finished regular season as No.3 with 16-8 record. Panionios was No.5 with 14-10 score, but they eliminated AGOR with perfect 2-0 in the QFinals. Thanks to that victory Panionios got a chance to fight for third place in the league.

Panionios: S.Nadjfeji 15+3reb+4ast, V.Kavvadas 14+7reb+1ast, N.Barlos 11+8reb+3ast, J.Diebler 11+4reb+3ast, Z.Sarikopoulos 10+1reb, M.Batis 9+3reb+2ast
Kolossos: N.Liakopoulos 19+2reb+1ast, S.Hopson 14+4reb+2ast, M.Hatten 14+4reb+2ast, R.Boykin 7+7reb+2ast, A.Tsamis 6+5reb+2ast, K.Charissis 4+6reb+3ast



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Standings

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

Regular Season: Round 21

May. 17: Kankakee S. - Battle Creek K. 125-120
May. 18: Albany L. - Chicago R.
May. 18: L.Angeles L. - Gary Splash


Albany and Chicago take a win each - by Gianni Pascucci

On friday, May 18 night, the Albany Legends rallied from a 20-point first half deficit to knock off the Chicago Redline 143-137 at Christian Brothers Academy
Chicago came out on fire scoring 43 first quarter points to take a 14 point lead into the second quarter. The Redline would take a 20 point lead at 53-33 with 9:52 to go in the first half. The Legends would then go on a 26-6 run to tie the game at 59. They would gain the lead at the 3:02 mark and never look back.
Leading the Legends was Lloyd Johnson (5'11''-G-85) who took home his second triple-double of the season tonight with 36 points, 13 rebounds, and 12 assists. Johnson also became the first Albany Legend to surpass 1,000 career points in tonights win. Emanuel Mayben (6'2''-G-87, college: Binghamton) scored a team high 39 points going 6-7 from behind the 3-point arc, while Ernest-Joseph Gallup (6'4''-G-81, college: Co.Carolina) chipped in 19 points in the win. For Chicago Tony Bennett (6'1''-G-84, college: Bradley) led all scorers with a game high 43 points and Antwan Ware (6'5''-F, college: Tuskegee) would finish with 27 points and 15 rebounds for the double-double.
The night after, the Redline overcame a double digit fourth quarter deficit and rally for a 133-132 win over the Albany Legends. Both teams were knotted at 132 with 3.1 seconds remaining when Antwan Ware was fouled and given two shots. Ware would miss the first, but knocked down the second to give the Redline the one point advantage. Albany would immediately call for a timeout and would advance the ball to the front court for one last chance. Emanuel Mayben was able to attempt a last minute three point shot but was blocked as time expired. The Albany bench and those in attendance jumped out of their seats in protest of the lack of a foul call but were left to watch Chicago celebrate the victory.
For Chicago five players scored in double digits, while three surpassed the 20 point mark. Leading the Redline was Tony Bennett with 33 points. Antwan Ware would finish with 29 points and 20 rebounds, while Andre Tyler (6'1''-G, college: Kennedy-King CC) put in 24 points in the win.
Albany was led again by Lloyd Johnson who scored a game high 42 pts on the strength of eight three point baskets, to go along with 5 rebounds, and 5 assists. Emanuel Mayben wasnt far behind as he put in 36 points, 8 rebounds, and 7 assists in the loss.
The Legends will now take to the road for the remainder of the season. They will travel to Lansing, Michigan for one game on June 18th, followed by a two game series in Battle Creek, Michigan on June 19th, and June 20th.



Williams sparks Lightning with 28 points - by Gianni Pascucci

Tarron Williams (6'7''-F-76, college: CS San Bernar.) scored 20 of his career-high 28 points in the second half on Friday, May 18 night, leading the Los Angeles Lightning to a 119-101 win over the Gary Splash. It was the third straight win for the Lightning
Williams hit 10-14 from the field and also grabbed eight rebounds. He scored 15 in the fourth quarter on 6-7 shooting, guiding the Lightning to a 39-31 advantage. Tarron had a big game and we needed it, said coach Ron Quarterman . Hes a handful inside.
Billy Knight (6'5''-G, college: UCLA) had 20 points, eight rebounds and six assists. Chris Ayer (6'10''-C-83, college: Loyola Mary) posted his third straight double-double with 15 points and 11 boards, helping Los Angeles to a 61-51 rebound advantage.
Andre Muse (6'5''-G-86, college: Quincy) topped the Splash with 27 points and Marcus Jackson (6'5''-G/F-81, college: Benedictine, KS) had 22 points and seven rebounds. Pete Dunbar (6'2''-G-83, college: Glenville St.) added 18 points for Gary and Christopher Wesby (6'8''-F-83, college: Indiana-S.Bend) had a double-double with 11 points and 11 rebounds.
The Lightning got off to a fast start, leading 29-15 after one quarter. Their bench outscored the Splash 48-14. Jerry Dupree (6'7''-F-81, college: USC) had 12 points and seven rebounds, Hassan Stephens (6'5''-F-89) had 12 points and five boards and Jeffrey Bonds (6'7''-F-82, college: Cal Poly Pomona) added 10 points in his Lightning debut.
Trayvon Lathan (6'7''-G-84, college: Chowan), the Lightnings top scorer at 33.5 per game, suffered a groin injury in the first quarter and finished with six points and five rebounds in eight minutes.



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Standings

IBL Standings
Branding
 1. Jersey G-F 3-3 
 2. Orlando V. 2-6 
 3. Yamhill H. 0-0 
Continental
 1. Bellingham S. 6-1 
 2. Vancouver V. 4-2 
 3. Olympia R. 2-5 
International
 1. Edmonton E. 3-2 
 2. Portland C. 2-3 
 3. Nippon T. 0-0 
Travel Team
 1. S. Soldiers 2-2 
 2. Los Angeles 0-0 
 3. W.Coast H. 0-0 

Regular Season: Round 7

May. 18: S. Soldiers - Vancouver V. 133-124
May. 18: Portland C. - Olympia R. 126-118
May. 18: Bellingham S. - Edmonton E. 112-107
May. 18: Orlando V. - Jersey G-F 101-125

Regular Season: Round 8

May. 19: S. Soldiers - Edmonton E.
May. 19: Orlando V. - Jersey G-F
May. 20: Vancouver V. - S. Soldiers
May. 20: Portland C. - Edmonton E.



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

Hamamatsu P. - Yokohama BC 87-78

The hosts trailed by 6 points after three quarters before their 31-16 charge, which allowed them to win the game. 24 personal fouls committed by Yokohama BC helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Jermaine Dixon (191-87, college: Pittsburgh, agency: VVG Sports) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 19 points, 6 rebounds and 10 assists. American-Panamanian forward Leonardo Pomare (203-86, college: San Diego, agency: Top Notch Sports) contributed with 20 points (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field) for the winners. Four Hamamatsu Phoenix players scored in double figures. American forward Justin Burrell (206-88, college: St.John's) answered with 19 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists and the other American import guard Draelon Burns (194-85, college: De Paul, agency: Top Notch Sports) added 12 points, 7 rebounds and 9 assists in the effort for Yokohama BC. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Hamamatsu P.: L.Pomare 20+2reb, J.Dixon 19+6reb+10ast, W.Arnold 12+2reb+1ast, M.Ohguchi 11+4reb+2ast, J.Parmer 7+4reb+3ast, L.Blackledge 7+10reb
Yokohama BC: J.Burrell 19+9reb+5ast, M.Simmons 12+3reb, D.Burns 12+7reb+9ast, C.McFarland 9+5reb, M.Kabaya 8+5reb+5ast, K.Yamada 7+2reb+1ast
gschID: 176593


Okinawa GK - Kyoto Hannar. 79-74

The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 21-12. But Kyoto Hannar. won third quarter 20-17. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Okinawa GK made 27-of-35 charity shots (77.1 percent) during the game. Kyoto Hannar. was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. American players dominated the game. Anthony McHenry (202-83, college: Georgia Tech) stepped up and scored 16 points and 8 rebounds for the winners and center Jeff Newton (205-81, college: Indiana) chipped in 10 points and 11 rebounds. Five Okinawa GK players scored in double figures. At the losing side guard Jermaine Boyette (188-78, college: Weber St., agency: SportsTalent) responded with 24 points and 8 rebounds and center Lance Allred (211-81, college: Weber St., agency: SportsTalent) scored 7 points and 7 rebounds. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game.
Top scorers:
Okinawa GK: D.Palmer 17+3reb, A.McHenry 16+8reb+2ast, N.Namizato 11+6reb+3ast, J.Newton 10+11reb+2ast, M.Yamauchi 10+1reb+1ast, D.Sneed 7+4reb
Kyoto Hannar.: J.Boyette 24+8reb+3ast, T.Kawabe 12+2reb, L.Cummard 8+1reb+2ast, L.Allred 7+7reb+2ast, R.Rickert 7+7reb+2ast, K.Setoyama 7+6reb+1ast
gschID: 176594



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Daghlas to play in the Lebanese Cup final - by Mohammed Malas

According to the Lebanese Sports Website, Sportkello, Jordan National Team and Orthodox Amman club point guard Osama Daghles (198-G-79, college: Midwestern St.) agreed terms two days ago with Hoops Club of Lebanon to play with them in the final game of Lebanon Cup next Monday.

Hoops Club which is coached by Omar Hassino will meet the winner between Champville and Anibal Zahle in the other side of the Cup semi-final.

Daghlas will be the 2nd import who signed for that game after the Syrian center Abd Al Wahab Hamowi (217-C-90).



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Daghlas to play in the Lebanese Cup final - by Mohammed Malas

According to the Lebanese Sports Website, Sportkello, Jordan National Team and Orthodox Amman club point guard Osama Daghles (198-G-79, college: Midwestern St.) agreed terms two days ago with Hoops Club of Lebanon to play with them in the final game of Lebanon Cup next Monday.

Hoops Club which is coached by Omar Hassino will meet the winner between Champville and Anibal Zahle in the other side of the Cup semi-final.

Daghlas will be the 2nd import who signed for that game after the Syrian center Abd Al Wahab Hamowi (217-C-90).



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Siskauskas and Lavrinovic celebrate another success - by Eurobasket News

Ramunas Siskauskas (197-G-78) and Darjus Lavrinovic (212-C-79) celebrate another success as their CSKA continued to dominate in Russian basketball. The Moscow powerhouse clinched the 10th straight League title. They fired past Khimky on the road tonight to sweep the championship series. Shved accounted for 18 points to lead the charge.
CSKA took off early in this one. They accumulated a 26:19 lead at the first intermission. CSKA stayed in front throughout the second quarter. CSKA arrived at halftime up by 11 points 48:37. Khimky stepped on the gas in the third term. The hosts unloaded 28 points in the period to narrow the margin to just five points 65:70. But CSKA stunned the home team in the final frame. The visitors went on a 20:10 run to seal a comfortable victory. Nenad Krstic scored 17 points, while Viktor Khryapa contributed 14 points in the winning case. Vitaly Fridzon answered with 20 points for Khimky. Kresimir Loncar netted 17 points in the loss.
In 2011-2012 for CSKA Moscow (Russia-PBL, starting five) Darjus Lavrinovic averaged 7.8 points per game. Ramunas Siskauskas showed 6.9 points per game.



Arvydas Siksnius signs in Germany - by Eurobasket News

Arvydas Siksnius (196-F-87, college: Weatherford JC) will continue his career in Germany. The Lithuanian forward penned a one-year deal with BBC Bayreuth. Siksnius heads to Bayreuth from Lietuvos Rytas. He appeared 22 times for them in Baltic league averaging 9.2 points and 2.8 rebounds. The forward also added 7.4 ppg and 2.7 rpg for 31 games in LKL. Arvydas Siksnius joined Rytas in 2010. Before that, he played for Siauliai, Sakali Vilnius and SK Dextera Jonavos. In the past, he played for Lithuanian U18 and U16 National Team.

'Siksnius is a very strong player for the position three and very quick. He likes to penetrate, can defend and rebound. Like players from the baltic school, he is well trained and is a team player. Players coming from Lithuania dont come to play for their own stats', warned BBC Bayreuth head coach Marco van den Berg for the clubs official web site.



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Standings - CIBACOPA

CIBACOPA Standings
 1. Hermosillo 33-4 
 2. Guaymas 27-10 
 3. Tijuana 25-12 
 4. Guasave 19-18 
 5. Cananea 18-19 
 6. Los Mochis 18-19 
 7. Nogales 17-20 
 8. Navolato 13-24 
 9. Culiacan 13-24 
 10. Tepic 2-35 

Regular Season: Round 37

May. 18: Cananea - Guaymas 97-105
May. 18: Guasave - Los Mochis 90-89
May. 18: Tijuana - Culiacan 85-88
May. 18: Nogales - Hermosillo 82-89
May. 18: Navolato - Tepic 110-73


CIBACOPA Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Devon PEARSON
  Los M.
  (198-F-84)
  Avg: 27
 1. Pearson, Los M.27.0 
 2. Reese, Tepic24.4 
 3. Scott, Los Mochis23.3 
 4. Thomas, Cananea22.6 
 5. McCullough, Nogales22.5 
 6. Robinson, Culiacan21.9 
 7. Carter, Guasave20.7 
 8. Selleaze, Navolato20.3 
 9. Wiley, Los Mochis19.8 
 10. Riley, Tepic19.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Deangelo RILEY
  Tepic
  (205-C-)
  Avg: 11.2
 1. Riley, Tepic11.2 
 2. Pearson, Los M.10.7 
 3. Sanders-F., Nogales8.9 
 4. Scott, Los Mochis8.8 
 5. Selleaze, Navolato8.4 
 6. Habel, Guaymas7.7 
 7. Robinson, Culiacan7.7 
 8. Moore, Navolato7.6 
 9. Zamora, Culiacan7.3 
 10. Lopez, Hermosillo7.2 
Assists Per Game
 Myron ALLEN
  Guaymas
  (182-PG-79)
  Avg: 7.5
 1. Allen, Guaymas7.5 
 2. Monreal, Hermosillo5.9 
 3. Taylor, Los Mochis5.8 
 4. Nungaray, Guaymas5.0 
 5. Harris, Cananea4.3 
 6. Riley, Tepic4.1 
 7. Pulido, Culiacan3.9 
 8. Quintero, Tijuana3.5 
 9. Reatiga, Navolato3.4 
 10. Reese, Tepic3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Brian HAMILTON
  Hermosillo
  (198-F-82)
  Avg: 2
 1. Hamilton, Hermosil.2.0 
 2. Gibson, Navolato1.7 
 3. Thomas, Cananea1.6 
 4. Riley, Tepic1.5 
 5. Buelna, Guasave1.4 
 6. Gale, Nogales1.3 
 7. Carter, Guasave1.3 
 8. Giron, Guasave1.3 
 9. Monreal, Hermosillo1.3 
 10. Toussaint, Los M.1.2 
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. Young, Tepic0.9 
 6. Scott, Los Mochis0.8 
 7. McCullough, Nogales0.8 
 8. Tate, Tijuana0.8 
 9. Robinson, Culiacan0.8 
 10. Davis, Nogales0.8 


CIBACOPA Round 37: Frayles de Guasave beats Pioneros Los Mochis by one after a very close game - by Eurobasket News

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

The most exciting game of round 37 in the CIBACOPA took place in Guasave. This derby game ended with only one-point defeat on the road of 6th ranked Pioneros Los Mochis (18-19) to fifth ranked Frayles de Guasave (19-18) 90-89 in the game for the fourth place. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Pioneros Los Mochis. Pioneros Los Mochis were trailing by 1 point at halftime but managed to get 2-point lead after three quarters before a 19-16 charge of Frayles de Guasave, which allowed them to win the game. Worth to mention a great performance of American-Libyan center Hiram Fuller (206-81, college: Fresno St.) who helped to win the game recording 24 points and 8 rebounds. Naturalized Panamanian forward Gabriel Giron (192-88) contributed with 26 points and 4 assists (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field) for the winners. American forward Devon Pearson (198-84, college: SMU) answered with a double-double by scoring 29 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists for Pioneros Los Mochis. Frayles de Guasave moved-up to fourth place. Pioneros Los Mochis at the other side dropped to the fifth position with 19 games lost. They share it with Cananea. Frayles de Guasave are again looking forward to face Pioneros Los Mochis (#6) at home in the next round. Pioneros Los Mochis will have a break next round.
Very important is a home loss of third ranked Tijuana Zonkeys (25-12) against ninth ranked Caballeros de Culiacan (13-24) on Friday night. Host Tijuana Zonkeys were edged by Caballeros de Culiacan in a tough game in Tijuana 85-88. It ended at the same time the six-game winning streak of Tijuana Zonkeys. The former international forward Jesus Gonzalez (195-86) stepped up and scored 28 points and 5 rebounds for the winners and Rene Rougeau chipped in 10 points, 10 rebounds and 7 assists. At the losing side American power forward Robert Hornsby (196-82, college: Troy) responded with 23 points and 4 assists. Tijuana Zonkeys' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Caballeros de Culiacan have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to eighth place, which they share with Navolato. Tijuana Zonkeys at the other side keep the third position with 12 games lost. Caballeros de Culiacan will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Tijuana Zonkeys will play again at home against Caballeros de Culiacan and hope to get back on the winning track.
An interesting game for Ostioneros de Guaymas (27-10) which played road game in Cananea against 4th placed Mineros de Cananea (18-19). Second ranked Ostioneros de Guaymas managed to get a 8-point victory 105-97. American players dominated the game. Haakim Johnson nailed 25 points for the winning side. Rodney Alexander came up with a double-double by scoring 28 points and 10 rebounds (on 11-of-14 shooting from the field) for Mineros de Cananea in the defeat. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Ostioneros de Guaymas maintains second place with 27-10 record having six points less than leader Hermosillo. Mineros de Cananea lost fifth consecutive game. Defending champion dropped to the fifth position with 19 games lost. They share it with Los Mochis. Ostioneros de Guaymas will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Mineros de Cananea will play again against the league's second-placed Ostioneros de Guaymas (#2) and hope to secure a win.
CIBACOPA top team - Rayos de Hermosillo (33-4) added another victory to their record. This time they beat seventh ranked Fuerza Guinda Nogales (17-20) 89-82. Patrick Sanders fired 28 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Rayos de Hermosillo have an impressive series of twenty victories in a row. They maintain first place with 33-4 record. Fuerza Guinda Nogales at the other side keep the seventh position with 20 games lost. Rayos de Hermosillo will have a break next round. Fuerza Guinda Nogales will play again at home against the league's leader Rayos de Hermosillo (#1).
The game between eighth ranked Garra Canera de Navolato (13-24) and 10th ranked Coras de Tepic (2-35) in Navolato on Friday ended with biggest points difference. Garra Canera de Navolato outscored guests from Tepic 110-73. It was a very good performance for Matthew Gibson who helped to win the game recording 35 points (!!!) and 7 assists (on 14-of-18 shooting from the field). Garra Canera de Navolato's coach felt very confident that he used entire bench and allowed the starting five to rest. Garra Canera de Navolato maintains eighth place with 13-24 record, which they share with Culiacan. Coras de Tepic lost their eleventh game in a row. They stay dead last with 35 lost games. Garra Canera de Navolato will face again bottom-ranked Coras de Tepic (#10) at home in the next round.



Navolato - Tepic 110-73

The game between eighth ranked Garra Canera de Navolato (13-24) and 10th ranked Coras de Tepic (2-35) in Navolato on Friday ended with biggest points difference. Garra Canera de Navolato outscored guests from Tepic 110-73. The game without a history. Garra Canera de Navolato led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 74 of its points in the paint compared to Coras de Tepic's 40. They outrebounded Coras de Tepic 49-21 including a 37-15 advantage in defensive rebounds. Garra Canera de Navolato looked well-organized offensively handing out 38 assists comparing to just 6 passes made by Coras de Tepic's players. It was a very good performance for American guard Matthew Gibson (196-84) who helped to win the game recording 35 points (!!!) and 7 assists (on 14-of-18 shooting from the field). His fellow American import forward Ronald Selleaze (197-76, college: CSU Bakersfield, agency: Dream Team Management) contributed with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 13 rebounds for the winners. Garra Canera de Navolato's coach felt very confident that he used entire bench and allowed the starting five to rest. Kavin Young answered with 14 points and 5 rebounds and American point guard Victor Purnell (178-83, college: Albertus Magnus) added 13 points in the effort for Coras de Tepic. Five Garra Canera de Navolato and four Coras de Tepic players scored in double figures. Garra Canera de Navolato maintains eighth place with 13-24 record, which they share with Culiacan. Coras de Tepic lost their eleventh game in a row. They stay dead last with 35 lost games. Garra Canera de Navolato will face again bottom-ranked Coras de Tepic (#10) at home in the next round.
Top scorers:
Navolato: M.Gibson 35+3reb+7ast, R.Selleaze 14+13reb+2ast, H.Munguia 12+5reb, C.Moore 11+10reb+1ast, F.Verdugo 10+4reb+5ast, E.Torres 8+1reb+2ast
Tepic: K.Young 14+5reb+1ast, A.Velarde 14+1ast, V.Purnell 13+4reb+1ast, R.Reese 12+4reb+1ast, J.Orduno 9+4reb, E.Swanson 6+1reb+2ast
gschID: 171258


Cananea - Guaymas 97-105

An interesting game for Ostioneros de Guaymas (27-10) which played road game in Cananea against 4th placed Mineros de Cananea (18-19). Second ranked Ostioneros de Guaymas managed to get a 8-point victory 105-97. Mineros de Cananea was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. Ostioneros de Guaymas dominated down low during the game scoring 62 of its points in the paint compared to Mineros de Cananea's 40. It was a great shooting night for Ostioneros de Guaymas especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 55.6 percentage. American players dominated the game. Guard Haakim Johnson (201-87, college: Pikeville) nailed 25 points for the winning side and forward Jerome Habel (208-85, college: San Diego St.) accounted for 15 points and 7 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field). Four Ostioneros de Guaymas players scored in double figures. Forward Rodney Alexander (201-87, college: Oklahoma City) came up with a double-double by scoring 28 points and 10 rebounds (on 11-of-14 shooting from the field) and guard Davin White (186-81, college: CS Northridge) added 30 points respectively for Mineros de Cananea in the defeat. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Ostioneros de Guaymas maintains second place with 27-10 record having six points less than leader Hermosillo. Mineros de Cananea lost fifth consecutive game. Defending champion dropped to the fifth position with 19 games lost. They share it with Los Mochis. Ostioneros de Guaymas will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Mineros de Cananea will play again against the league's second-placed Ostioneros de Guaymas (#2) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Guaymas: H.Johnson 25+2reb+2ast, A.Pedroza 18+1reb, J.Habel 15+7reb+2ast, H.Carrillo 13+5reb, J.Sanchez 9, F.Benitez 9+3reb
Cananea: D.White 30+1reb+2ast, R.Alexander 28+10reb, D.Thomas 18+5reb, F.Harris 7+5ast, J.Arturo Farrera Chantiri 4+1reb, A.Mojardin 4
gschID: 171256


Guasave - Los Mochis 90-89

The most exciting game of round 37 in the CIBACOPA took place in Guasave. This derby game ended with only one-point defeat on the road of 6th ranked Pioneros Los Mochis (18-19) to fifth ranked Frayles de Guasave (19-18) 90-89 in the game for the fourth place. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Pioneros Los Mochis. Pioneros Los Mochis were trailing by 1 point at halftime but managed to get 2-point lead after three quarters before a 19-16 charge of Frayles de Guasave, which allowed them to win the game. Worth to mention a great performance of American-Libyan center Hiram Fuller (206-81, college: Fresno St.) who helped to win the game recording 24 points and 8 rebounds. Naturalized Panamanian forward Gabriel Giron (192-88) contributed with 26 points and 4 assists (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field) for the winners. Four Frayles de Guasave players scored in double figures. American forward Devon Pearson (198-84, college: SMU) answered with a double-double by scoring 29 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists and the other American import forward Seth Scott (208-81, college: Portland St.) added 24 points in the effort for Pioneros Los Mochis. Frayles de Guasave moved-up to fourth place. Pioneros Los Mochis at the other side dropped to the fifth position with 19 games lost. They share it with Cananea. Frayles de Guasave are again looking forward to face Pioneros Los Mochis (#6) at home in the next round. Pioneros Los Mochis will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Guasave: G.Giron 26+3reb+4ast, H.Fuller 24+8reb+2ast, M.Dorsey 17+1reb+5ast, D.Green 13+5reb+1ast, A.Izaguirre 8+14reb+3ast, V.Buelna 2+3reb+4ast
Los Mochis: D.Pearson 29+10reb+5ast, S.Scott 24+4reb+3ast, E.Cuen 13+3reb, E.Hare 8+3reb, C.M. Toussaint 7+4reb+1ast, P.Torres 4
gschID: 171257


Tijuana - Culiacan 85-88

Very important is a home loss of third ranked Tijuana Zonkeys (25-12) against ninth ranked Caballeros de Culiacan (13-24) on Friday night. Host Tijuana Zonkeys were edged by Caballeros de Culiacan in a tough game in Tijuana 85-88. It ended at the same time the six-game winning streak of Tijuana Zonkeys. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 30-23. But Tijuana Zonkeys won second period 20-19. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Caballeros de Culiacan players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists. The former international forward Jesus Gonzalez (195-86) stepped up and scored 28 points and 5 rebounds for the winners and American swingman Rene Rougeau (198-86, college: UNLV, agency: ProSportsCareers) chipped in 10 points, 10 rebounds and 7 assists. At the losing side American power forward Robert Hornsby (196-82, college: Troy) responded with 23 points and 4 assists and the other American import swingman Marcus Morrison (198-84, college: Middle Tenn.St.) scored 19 points and 8 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Tijuana Zonkeys' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Caballeros de Culiacan have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to eighth place, which they share with Navolato. Tijuana Zonkeys at the other side keep the third position with 12 games lost. Caballeros de Culiacan will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Tijuana Zonkeys will play again at home against Caballeros de Culiacan and hope to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Culiacan: J.Gonzalez 28+5reb+2ast, R.Robinson 16+5reb+3ast, V.Avila 12+7reb, R.Rougeau 10+10reb+7ast, R.Zamora 8+3reb+3ast, L.Lopez 6+2reb+1ast
Tijuana: R.Hornsby 23+4reb+4ast, M.Morrison 19+8reb+3ast, L.Ramirez 14+2ast, C.Tate 11+9reb+2ast, O.Quintero 6+3reb+7ast, L.Rodriguez Sainz 5+4reb
gschID: 171254


Nogales - Hermosillo 82-89

CIBACOPA top team - Rayos de Hermosillo (33-4) added another victory to their record. This time they beat seventh ranked Fuerza Guinda Nogales (17-20) 89-82. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 33-26. But Fuerza Guinda Nogales won second period 24-18. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Rayos de Hermosillo had a 23-12 advantage in offensive rebounds. It was a great shooting night for Rayos de Hermosillo especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 52.9 percentage. American forward Patrick Sanders (198-85, college: Cal-Irvine) fired 28 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. The former international forward Jesus Lopez (205-83, college: SW Baptist) chipped in 16 points and 7 rebounds. American swingman O'Louis McCullough (198-82, college: Francis Marion) produced 25 points and 6 rebounds and forward Jorge Mercado (200-80) added 12 points and 7 rebounds respectively for lost side. Four Rayos de Hermosillo and five Fuerza Guinda Nogales players scored in double figures. Rayos de Hermosillo have an impressive series of twenty victories in a row. They maintain first place with 33-4 record. Fuerza Guinda Nogales at the other side keep the seventh position with 20 games lost. Rayos de Hermosillo will have a break next round. Fuerza Guinda Nogales will play again at home against the league's leader Rayos de Hermosillo (#1).
Top scorers:
Hermosillo: P.Sanders 28+5reb, J.Lopez 16+7reb+1ast, E.Little 15+7reb, J.Camacho 10+2reb+1ast, S.Monreal 9+4reb+9ast, B.Hamilton 3+3reb+5ast
Nogales: O.McCullough 25+6reb+2ast, K.Davis 14+4reb+1ast, J.Mercado 12+7reb+1ast, B.Heredia 11+1reb+4ast, M.Strobbe 10+6reb+1ast, M.Gale 7+1ast
gschID: 171255



Gibson's 35-point game gives him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

27-year old guard Matthew Gibson (196-G-84) put on an amazing game in the last round for Navolato and receives a Latinbasket.com Player of the Week award for round 37.
He had the game-high 35 points adding three rebounds and seven assists for Navolato in his team's victory, helping them to outclass Tepic (#10, 2-35) with 37-point margin 110-73. Navolato maintains the 8th position in Mexican league. Navolato is rather a weak team placed in lower part in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 13-24 record. In the team's last game Gibson had a remarkable 100.0% from 2-point range. He just recently signed at Navolato, being already a very valuable addition to the team. Matthew Gibson averages this season 17.5ppg.

Second best performed player last round was Rodney Alexander (201-F-87) of Cananea. He is American forward in his first season at Cananea. In the last game Alexander recorded impressive double-double of 28 points and 10 rebounds. Bad luck as Cananea lost that game 97-105 to the higher-ranked Guaymas (#2, 27-10). This loss caused Cananea to drop to 5th position in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 18-19 record. Alexander is one of the most experienced players at Cananea and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Devon Pearson (198-F-84) of Los Mochis (#6). Pearson showcased his all-around game by recording 29 points, ten rebounds and five assists in the last round. Despite Pearson's great performance Los Mochis lost 89-90 to slightly higher-ranked Guasave (#4, 19-18). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of Los Mochis ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 19 games, recording just eighteen victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Pearson could help Los Mochis to bring them higher in the standings. Pearson has a great season in Mexico. After 20 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 27.0ppg (best scorer) and rebounds with 10.7rpg (2nd best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Gabriel Giron (192-F-88) of Guasave - 26 points, 3 rebounds and 4 assists
5. Haakim Johnson (201-G-87) of Guaymas - 25 points, 2 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Ronald Selleaze (197-F-76) of Navolato - 14 points, 13 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Patrick Sanders (198-F-85) of Hermosillo - 28 points and 5 rebounds
8. Hiram Fuller (206-C-81) of Guasave - 24 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Jesus Gonzalez (195-F-86) of Culiacan - 28 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Marcus Morrison (198-G/F-84) of Tijuana - 19 points, 8 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)



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Rakocevic Zarko wins the title the Tigers - by Eurobasket News

Zarko Rakocevic (204-F-84) wins the title the Tigers as his Lugano Tigers remain LNA title holder. They overcame Geneve Lions 92:81 in the fifth decisive game of the championship series tonight to clinch the third LNA title in a row. Mohammed Abukar stepped up with 31 points to pace the winners.
Lugano controlled the pace right from the start. The Tigers built a 23:18 lead ten minutes into the encounter. They maintained the lead throughout the second quarter. Lugano established a 47:37 halftime advantage. The Lions slowed the hosts down in the third term. The visitors managed to get within 9 points at the final break. But Lugano fired 27 points in the fourth stanza and rallied to a well-deserved win at the end. Zarko Rakocevic finished with 14 points, while Rod Brown added 13 in the victory. Christopher Dunn answered with 18 points for Geneve Lions. Erroyl Bing had 16 points in the loss.
This season Zarko Rakocevic averaged 11.9 points per game.



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Recent CBA Transactions - by Alex Yam

The 2012-13 Chinese Basketball season is still oer 6 months away, yet the successful teams have already started to sign foreign talent. Both Shanxi and Beijing have already locked up their players for the respective seasons. Beijing will bring back the combo that led them to their 1st CBA championship, Randolph Morris and Stephon Marbury, while the surprise of the league this past year , the CBA Semi-Finalist Shanxi Dragons have signed league MVP Marcus Williams and one of the top big men, in Charles Gaines.

As the months move on, teams will start to try out and sign the foreigners.



Boston Celtics' Big 3 muses on end of the era - by Eurobasket News

Not for the first time, Paul Pierce (6'7''-F/G-77, college: Kansas) acknowledged following the Celtics Game 3 win in Philadelphia Wednesday night that the new Big 3 may be on their last run.

Today at the team hotel, Pierce, Ray Allen (6'5''-G-75, college: Connecticut) and Kevin Garnett (6'11''-F-76) were all asked about whether that thought is driving them now. Here's a comment from each on the subject.

Pierce: 'We don't know what the future is going to hold for all of us, with KG in the last year of his contract, Ray in the last year of his contract. Trade speculations have been going on, theres talk about rebuilding, so there is a sense of urgency with us.'

Allen: 'I have no idea. I dont play it up, I can tell you that. This is this year. I dont know whats going to go on two months from now and I dont even want to think about it. Take care of tomorrow. We have to watch film today, and then take care of tomorrow. Then its the next game, and thats how its got to be for us. Weve been forced into that stuff with all of the injuries and what weve gone through. Weve become a single game team, and thats what we have to stay.'

Garnett: 'The focus right now is the playoffs. I havent given it that much thought, to be honest. We're definitely aware of it all of the things Paul eluded to and the possibilities. Weve given it some type of thought, but right now its the playoffs nothing more or less than that'.

Courtesy of www.bostonherald.com



Heat cancel practice after Pacers blowout - by Eurobasket News

The Miami Heat cancelled practice and their media availability one day after a blowout loss in Game 3 to the Pacers.

The team gave no immediate reason for Friday's decision, which was announced on the Heats media telephone hotline.

The Heat lost 94-75 on Thursday night and trail Indiana 2-1 in the Eastern Conference semi-finals.

Miamis latest defeat was magnified by a sideline confrontation between star guard Dwyane Wade (6'4''-G-82, college: Marquette) and coach Erik Spoelstra. The two exchanged words during one of the worst playoff games of Wade's career. He scored just 5 points on 2-of-13 shooting and refused to discuss what happened with Spolestra.

Wade has been slowed by injuries. The Heat are also without power forward Chris Bosh (6'11''-F-84, college: Georgia Tech), who has an abdominal strain.

Courtesy of http://sports.nationalpost.com



Hawks exercise contract option for Head Coach Larry Drew - by Eurobasket News

The Atlanta Hawks have exercised head coach Larry Drew's contract option for the 2012-13 season.

Drew led the Hawks to a 40-26 record this season, but the club lost to Boston in the first round of the playoffs.

The 54-year-old Drew has guided Atlanta to consecutive playoff appearances and an 84-64 record in two seasons on the bench.

'Larry did an outstanding job this season in guiding our team to the fourth- best record in the Eastern Conference, despite a condensed schedule and unfortunate injuries,' said executive vice president/general manager Rick Sund. 'The Hawks have reached the postseason in each of his years on the bench, and we feel Larry's experience, expertise and dedication to the game were a key ingredient to our success.'

Drew took over for Mike Woodson in 2010 after spending six years as an assistant coach for the Hawks.

He had also been an assistant with the Lakers, Pistons, Wizards and Nets since retiring as a player in 1991.

Courtesy of www.foxnews.com



Ronnie Brewer hopes he - and Korver - return to Bulls - by Eurobasket News

Ronnie Brewer (6'7''-G-85, college: Arkansas) has played with Kyle Korver (6'7''-F/G-81, college: Creighton) for the past five seasons, but with the Chicago Bulls holding options on both players for next season, the run likely will end.

'It's part of the business,' Brewer said Thursday on 'The Waddle & Silvy Show' on ESPN 1000. 'You take the good with the bad. Sometimes you're faced with tough situations, and to me, I think we'd both like to be on the roster. We both feel like we can make contributions to the team in different ways. I think management agrees and so does coach (Tom Thibodeau). In the ideal situation hopefully they can bring us both back, but if not I'm pretty sure it won't be the last time we're on the court.'

Brewer and Korver played almost three seasons together with the Utah Jazz before signing with the Bulls as free agents before the 2010-11 season.

With Jimmy Butler a more affordable option, Brewer figures to be the odd man out, but he hopes his run in Chicago doesn't end after two seasons.

'I liked the situation I was in with the Bulls,' Brewer said. 'I feel like we have a great team. The chemistry was bar none compared to the other teams I've been on. We've had a lot of success, we've won a lot of games in the regular season and had some kind of success in the playoffs. I think everybody's goal is to win a championship, and the Bulls, if we didn't have injuries this year, could have been right in the mix for that. I'd love to stay with the Bulls. The fans have treated me great, the city has treated me well, and it's a first-class organization so I'd like to stay there.'

With Richard Hamilton injured for most of the regular season, Brewer was in and out of the starting lineup. He started 43 games after starting just once in his first season with the Bulls.

Brewer's role was reduced in the Bulls' first-round series against the Philadelphia 76ers. He played 13 minutes in each of the first two games and didn't make it off the bench for Game 3. But he re-emerged in the final three games, including a big performance in a Game 5 victory when he had six points and eight rebounds in 29 minutes.

'It's tough. I talked with Thibs and the management, and it came to a point where Rip was playing pretty well and they wanted to extend his minutes,' Brewer said. 'Luol (Deng) had a couple of good games in there where they extended his minutes. When Kyle is in there knocking down shots they tend to play him more. Thibs always told me you've always got to be ready when your name is called, and you never know when your name is going to be called.

'When I didn't go into the game it just goes with the territory. I couldn't get down on myself and whenever he called my name I had to be ready to go in and play as hard as I possibly could.'

Courtesy of http://espn.go.com



Sources: UK's Davis to be added as finalist for U.S. Olympic roster - by Eurobasket News

With injuries decimating Team USA's roster of Olympic finalists, Kentucky big man and projected No. 1 pick Anthony Davis (6'10''-F-93) has been selected as a replacement candidate to compete in the London Games this summer, according to sources.

USA Basketball chairman Jerry Colangelo and the coaching staff headed by Mike Krzyzewski will be adding one other player, with both picks expected to be announced later this week. Pistons center Greg Monroe, Jazz center Al Jefferson and Kings center DeMarcus Cousins were among the players under consideration, according to sources.

But Cousins, sources said, has been invited to the Select team -- which will train with Team USA before the Olympics -- and is not the other candidate. And a source close to Jefferson said he is not a finalist either.

Team USA announced 20 finalists in January, but four of those players are now out because of injuries: Bulls point guard Derrick Rose (knee), Magic center Dwight Howard (back), Clippers point guard Chauncey Billups (Achilles) and Trail Blazers power forward LaMarcus Aldridge (hip). It was Rose's ACL tear in Chicago's playoff opener on Saturday that prompted Colangelo to say he would explore the possibility of expanding the roster and re-examine the team's identity.

'We've said that the strength of the team is going to be athleticism, wing players, the backcourt, but we'll see,' Colangelo told SI.com on Saturday. 'We're going to have to consider a lot of things. The good news is that so many people wish and desire to play that we will be very deep regardless of what happens here -- unless there's another rash of things happening here. I pray that it's over.'

There's a chance that Colangelo could make even more additions, especially if the injuries continue to mount. It was believed that there were five vacancies in all, but it appears there are four after Colangelo told reporters in Las Vegas on Tuesday that Mavericks forward Lamar Odom is still under consideration. Odom, one of the original finalists, was thought to be out of contention after a tumultuous season in which Dallas deactivated him. Still, sources said it's unlikely that Odom will be on the final roster of 12.

The current Team USA finalists are Carmelo Anthony, Chris Bosh, Kobe Bryant, Tyson Chandler, Kevin Durant, Rudy Gay, Eric Gordon, Blake Griffin, Andre Iguodala, LeBron James, Kevin Love, Odom, Chris Paul, Dwyane Wade, Russell Westbrook and Deron Williams.

Davis is set to join this group after leading Kentucky to a national championship last month. The 19-year-old freshman averaged 14.2 points (on 62.3 percent shooting), 10.4 rebounds, 4.7 blocks and 1.4 steals last season.

The U.S. team must submit its final roster by June 18. Colangelo said he had planned to announce the team on June 1, but that is no longer the case.

'I think now we're going to wait until the very last moment to pick the team, because it seems ridiculous with a lot of playoff games to play that we would select a team,' Colangelo said. 'We might as well keep the options open as long as we can, and continue to monitor [the situation].'

Courtesy of http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com



San Antonio getting better with age - by Eurobasket News

For those of you who like to track these sorts of milestones, here is your update from the land of wildly successful 30-somethings:

Tony Parker (6'0''-PG-82) has officially moved into the same age bracket as championship compadres Tim Duncan (6'11''-F/C-76, college: Wake Forest) and Emanuel Ginobili (6'6''-G-77, agency: Interperformances), Duncan swears that he feels younger at 36 than he did at 31 and their San Antonio Spurs haven't tasted defeat for 37 days and counting.

Looks like it might be a few more days, too, given the battered state of Chris Paul and Blake Griffin on the other side.

On the occasion of his 30th birthday, Tony Parker took advantage of a hobbled and smothered CP3 to score a game-high 22 points and spark the Spurs' second-half eruption, leading their now-standard array of five double-digit scorers in a 105-88 Game 2 trouncing of the Los Angeles Clippers that stretched San Antonio's playoff winning streak to six games. And a tidy 16 games overall.

Which only leads us to more housekeeping: San Antonio hasn't lost a game since April 11 and just became only the fourth team in NBA history to win its first four home playoff games by 15 points or better.

Duncan, meanwhile, added 18 points on a mere 14 shots, estimated that it's been 'four or five years' since his body was responding like this with June approaching, proclaimed the state of his overall health to be 'unbelievable' and basically continued to let the world know why the whispered belief in Spurs circles is that their beloved Timmy is likely to re-sign for years -- yes, plural -- when his contract runs out at season's end.

'Vintage Timmy' is how Parker described Duncan's latest down-low (and face-up) clinic against Griffin and DeAndre Jordan.

Yet you needn't feel sorry for the Clippers. For starters: Paul and Griffin, to their credit, are still refusing repeated invitations from ever-helpful media types hovering at their lockers to blame their current plight on the injuries they're carrying, even though it's fairly obvious that both are missing some of their usual explosion thanks to their respective hip and knee woes.

There's also no shame in saying that Griffin and Jordan are getting a playoff education from the rejuvenated Duncan. For all the over-the-top criticism Griffin in particular gets from those fixated on what he can't do offensively at a mere 23, his employers and fans should be able to accept what's happening against the closest thing to a juggernaut in today's NBA. After the Clips managed to get out of their grueling first-round series with the Memphis Grizzlies, winning twice on the road in that series in a building that last season's Spurs exited in defeat after all three visits, Griffin surely deserves some slack.

When Paul has almost as many turnovers (a career-playoff-high eight) as points (10), something's clearly wrong. When Griffin makes his free throws (6-for-8) on a 20-point night but snares only a career-low one rebound, he's obviously not right. Griffin, in particular, kept battling in the face of several hard hits and a frustrating late flagrant-foul call for a swipe down on Parker, on which replays showed he got a lot of ball first. But both are finding airspace tough to come by, even on a night when L.A. sank 9 of 13 attempts from 3-point range.

'There's two people on me every time I do something,' Paul said.

Of course, when you suggest that he doesn't have the legs to counter the swarms, Paul waves the questions away, saying: 'No excuses, man.'

Pressed further about his left hip and a corresponding groin issue and whether his body, in its current state, can even allow him to do the things he wants to do, Paul said: 'My body is gonna let me. My body is going to be just fine.

'We can't put our heads down,' Paul continued. 'We're not playing a bunch of scrubs.'

That's for sure. The Spurs used their peerless ball movement to build an early 15-point lead, uncharacteristically let it all slip away, then mixed in some clutch contributions from two of their home-run bargain signings -- Danny Green (four 3-pointers) and Boris Diaw (16 points on 7-for-7 shooting) -- in support of the Tony-and-Timmy Show to pull away again. When it was over, San Antonio had shot a ridiculous 13-for-17 from the field in the third quarter, forced 18 turnovers and rung up a monstrous 50-18 edge in points in the paint for a 2-0 series lead.

Games 3 and 4 come back-to-back at Staples Center on Saturday afternoon and Sunday, but it suddenly looks like that'll help the Spurs far more than the younger Clips, based on where the teams are health- and depth-wise.

'We just had like two months off,' Parker joked, referring to the weeklong layoff San Antonio enjoyed after completing its first-round sweep of Utah. 'We can handle three games in four days.'

Parker insists that he can likewise finally stomach what his birth certificate says. He normally bristles when the press tries to lump him into the same generation with Duncan and the 34-year-old Ginobili, but the Frenchman saved all his contempt on this night for the visitors, reacting with more emotion than usual after scoring on a late reverse layup that (A) pumped the lead up to 96-79 and (B) elicited an unusually spirited low-five from Gregg Popovich, his famously hard-to-please coach.

'He's been like this ever since he came back from his national team,' Popovich said, describing Parker as 'just driven.

'He made some commitments,' Popovich added, 'and has followed through on those commitments. You can see it.'

Said Parker: 'I can't be mad at y'all now. I [fought being called 'old'] the whole season. Just have to let it go now.'

Courtesy of http://espn.go.com



Pau Gasol wins 2011-12 J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award - by Eurobasket News

Pau Gasol (7'0''-F/C-80) of the Los Angeles Lakers has been voted the 2011-12 winner of the J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award, named after the second commissioner of the NBA and presented annually by the Professional Basketball Writers Association and given annually to the player, coach or trainer who shows outstanding service and dedication to the community.

Gasol has been a tireless worker worldwide on behalf of various UNICEF causes. He has been a UNICEF Ambassador for seven years and traveled the globe working with programs aimed at nutrition and education for children.

Paus work epitomizes all that is good about NBA players and their charitable works not only in their own communities but around the world, said Doug Smith of the Toronto Star and the president of the Professional Basketball Writers Association. Working to help children realize their potential and to provide them with opportunities they might not otherwise get truly characterizes outstanding service and dedication.

The PBWA comprises approximately 150 writers for newspapers, Internet services and magazines, who cover the NBA on a regular basis. Its members nominate finalists for the award; the other finalists this year were Josh Smith of the Atlanta Hawks, Jason Terry of the Dallas Mavericks, and J.J. Redick of the Orlando Magic.

Courtesy of www.insidehoops.com



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  NCAA1   


Cincinnati dismisses freshman F Octavius Ellis - by Eurobasket News

Freshman forward Octavius Ellis (6'9''-F-93) was dismissed from Cincinnati's basketball team on Friday because of an incident at a downtown nightclub the previous weekend.

The university said it is punishing Ellis even though no charges will be filed by police. A bouncer said he intervened in a confrontation between a Cincinnati basketball player and another patron at the bar and got hit.

Police investigated the bouncer's complaint. When it learned of the incident, the university also investigated.

Ellis will complete the spring quarter at Cincinnati, but won't be allowed to have any contact with the team.

'Octavius didn't adhere to the standard of conduct I expect from members of our team,' coach Mick Cronin said. 'I will work to help him find a fresh start at a new program because I do care very much for him as a person. I believe he can benefit from being in a new environment. That's likely what will help him the best to learn and mature from this.'

Ellis played in three games last season, when the Bearcats reached the round of 16 in the NCAA tournament. He was one of four Bearcats suspended for a brawl with crosstown rival Xavier in December, getting a four-game punishment.

Courtesy of http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com



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Ohio Division 2 Signings & Classes Information! - by Lucius Jones

Ohio has traditionally been a hotbed in recruiting circles for D2 basketball and the 2012 Class of recruits is expected to carry on the rich tradition. Ohio Dominican and Head Coach Artie Taylor look to rebound from a tough season with a stellar 4 man group. Wheeling Jesuit reeled in Ohio's own Mr.Basketball himself along with a couple other quality catches. Coach Chad Dickman seems to be pleased with the haul. Glenville State looks to further improve their own new-wave movement under Head Coach Stephen Dye and Columbus connection Rob Summers. Malone set out to grab a couple of shooters and did just that with 2 quality choices. Lake Erie's Kyle Conley said he was very happy with their Class of 3. Length, athleticism, and versatility are all great things to add in the GLIAC. Maryville grabbed 2 amazing D2 gets that seem to fly under the radar, but will be heard from soon. Many upcoming programs grabbed singular recruiting pieces that should assist the program and some very established, Nationally ranked teams also grabbed that 1 piece that could possibly complete their pie. Here's the individual breakdown:

OHIO DIVISION 2 SIGNING LIST:

Jordan Cowgill - Ohio Dominican
Mark Minch - Ohio Dominican
Chad Nelson - Ohio Dominican
Trent Weaver - Ohio Dominican

Justin Fritts - Wheeling Jesuit
Darrin Harris - Wheeling Jesuit
Eric Seifert - Wheeling Jesuit

Joe Ballard - Glenville State
David 'DJ' Blanks - Glenville State
Kai Turner - Glenville State
Adam McCall - Glenville State

Steven O'Daniel - Malone University
Christian Graves - Malone University

Steve Walczak - Lake Erie
Roy Alexander - Lake Erie
Andy Bosley - Lake Erie

Max Mischkulnig - Maryville
Drew Hall - Maryville

Carter Smith - Stonehill
Dylan Kaufman - Findlay
Kechaun Lewis - Fairmont St
Seger Bonifant - West Liberty
Paul Woodson - Lincoln Memorial
Eric Roby - Tiffin
Ben Galemmo - Wayne State
Chris Connell - Indianapolis
Ben Gency - Ashland
Matt Rhodes - Walsh
Nick Archer - Hillsdale
Jake Bischoff - Concord
Mark Lieberman - Mt. Vernon Nazarene
Tyree Gaiter - Notre Dame College
Mike Newton - Northwood University



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Standings Men

NBL Standings
 1. Bay Hawks 13-3 
 2. Auckland P. 13-3 
 3. Hub Jets 10-6 
 4. Wellington S. 9-7 
 5. Taranaki MA 7-9 
 6. Nelson G. 6-10 
 7. OceanaGold N. 6-10 
 8. Southland S. 5-11 
 9. Harbour H. 3-13 

Regular Season: Round 12

May. 18: Southland S. - Harbour H. 96-81
May. 18: Wellington S. - Auckland P. 91-94
May. 16: Harbour H. - Bay Hawks 90-96
May. 19: Nelson G. - Auckland P. 88-120
May. 19: OceanaGold N. - Harbour H. 87-71
May. 20: Hub Jets - Bay Hawks 71-80
May. 18: Hub Jets - Taranaki MA 104-77

Semi-Finals: Round 1

May. 26: Bay Hawks - Wellington S.
May. 26: Auckland P. - Hub Jets


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Josh PACE
  Hub Jets
  (198-G/F-83)
  Avg: 23
 1. Pace, Hub Jets23.0 
 2. Wright, OceanaGo.22.4 
 3. Tisby, OceanaGo.22.0 
 4. Leasure, Taranaki.21.3 
 5. Hudson, Taranaki.20.9 
 6. Jones, Nelson G.20.9 
 7. Braswell, Southlan.20.6 
 8. Horvath, Hub Jets20.0 
 9. Tait, Auckland P.19.9 
 10. Abney, Southland19.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Nick HORVATH
  Hub Jets
  (208-F/C-81)
  Avg: 15.8
 1. Horvath, Hub Jets15.8 
 2. Tisby, OceanaGo.12.1 
 3. Abney, Southland10.3 
 4. Atkinson, Harbo.10.2 
 5. Wright, OceanaGo.9.3 
 6. Frank, Wellington8.8 
 7. Johnson, Bay Hawks8.3 
 8. Muhammad, Aucklan.8.3 
 9. Harrison, Nelson G.8.0 
 10. Pace, Hub Jets7.3 
Assists Per Game
 Jason CROWE
  Wellington S.
  (193-G-76)
  Avg: 8.8
 1. Crowe, Wellington8.8 
 2. Tait, Auckland P.7.6 
 3. Braswell, Southlan.5.1 
 4. Jones, Nelson G.5.0 
 5. Wright, OceanaGo.4.6 
 6. Kenny, Bay Hawks4.4 
 7. Bailey, Harbour H.3.9 
 8. Hudson, Taranaki.3.8 
 9. Pace, Hub Jets3.7 
 10. Young, Bay Hawks3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Kevin BRASWELL
  Southlan.
  (188-G-79)
  Avg: 3
 1. Braswell, Southlan.3.0 
 2. Crowe, Wellington2.8 
 3. Wright, OceanaGo.2.2 
 4. Bailey, Harbour H.2.1 
 5. Leasure, Taranaki.2.0 
 6. Muhammad, Aucklan.1.8 
 7. Ross, OceanaGold1.6 
 8. Tait, Auckland P.1.6 
 9. Dorsey, Auckland P.1.6 
 10. Scott, Wellington1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Michael HARRISON
  Nelson G.
  (206-F/C-84)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Harrison, Nelson G.2.1 
 2. Tisby, OceanaGo.1.6 
 3. Atkinson, Harbo.1.3 
 4. Trousdell, Wellin.1.3 
 5. Wright, OceanaGo.1.2 
 6. Abney, Southland1.0 
 7. Scott, Wellington1.0 
 8. Muhammad, Aucklan.0.9 
 9. Frank, Wellington0.7 
 10. Prewster, Southla.0.7 


Kirk Penney withdraws from Tall Blacks Olympic Qualifying campaign - by Eurobasket News

Kirk Penney (196-G-80, agency: Duran International, college: Wisconsin) announced his withdrawal from Tall Blacks Olympic Qualifying campaign. The renowned Kiwi guard decided to recover from an injury during the summer. Kirk Penney sustained a calf muscle tore playing for Fuenlabrada in ACB late in the season. His rehabilitation period will not allow him to join New Zealand in Caracas for the Olympic Qualifying Tournament. Kirk Penney has been the captain of Tall Blacks since 2009. He led the team into two Olympic appearances and three World Championships births. Kirk Penney averaged impressive 24.7 points per game at 2010 World Championship in Turkey. Kirk Penney also has a remarkable career on a club level. He won the championships in NBDL, Israel, Lithuania and Australia.
Tall Blacks are slated to start their Olympic Qualifying campaign on July 4 in Caracas. They will face Angola.



NBL Round 12: Bay Hawks win regular season - by Eurobasket News

The Regular Season in NBL just ended.

The most exciting game of round 12 in the NBL took place in Wellington. This derby game ended with only three-point home defeat of 4th ranked Wellington S. (9-7) to second ranked Auckland P. (13-3) 94-91 on Friday evening. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Wellington S.. The guests trailed by 2 points after three quarters before their 29-24 charge, which allowed them to win the game. The best player for the winners was international guard Lindsay Tait (192-82) who had a double-double by scoring 24 points, 7 rebounds and 10 assists. Guard Hayden Allen (190-79) chipped in 26 points. Auckland P.'s coach Judd Flavell used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. At the other side the best for losing team was American guard Jason Crowe (193-76, college: CS Northridge) who recorded 19 points, 9 rebounds and 9 assists. Auckland P. have a solid three-game winning streak. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with Bay Hawks. Defending champion Wellington S. keeps the fourth place with seven games lost.
An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Palmerston North. Second ranked Bay Hawks faced 3rd ranked Hub Jets. Guests from Tamatea (13-3) defeated host Hub Jets (10-6) 80-71. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Hub Jets. It was a good game for American center Kareem Johnson (205-80, college: Cincinnati) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 10 rebounds. Galen Young contributed with 13 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. American forward Marcel Jones (203-85, college: Oregon St.) replied with 25 points and 9 rebounds for Hub Jets. Bay Hawks have a solid three-game winning streak. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with Auckland P. Hub Jets at the other side keep the third place with six games lost.
The game in Stoke supposed to be also quite interesting. Second ranked Auckland P. (13-3) played at the court of 6th ranked Nelson G. (6-10). Auckland P. smashed Nelson G. 120-88 on Saturday. Worth to mention a great performance of Hayden Allen who helped to win the game recording 26 points and 5 rebounds. The best for the losing side was Michael Harrison with 19 points and 6 rebounds. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Auckland P. have a solid three-game winning streak. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with Bay Hawks. Nelson G. lost third consecutive game. They keep the sixth place with ten games lost. They share the position with OceanaGold N..

Rest of the games of round 12 were quite predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
bottom-ranked Harbour H. was defeated by OceanaGold N. in Dunedin 87-71. Hub Jets smashed Taranaki MA at home 104-77. Bottom-ranked Harbour H. lost to Southland S. on the opponent's court 81-96. Bottom-ranked Harbour H. unfortunately lost to Bay Hawks in a home game 90-96.
The best stats of 12th round was 28 points and 15 rebounds by Lawrence Abney of Southland S..


Hub Jets - Bay Hawks 71-80

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Palmerston North. Second ranked Bay Hawks faced 3rd ranked Hub Jets. Guests from Tamatea (13-3) defeated host Hub Jets (10-6) 80-71. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Hub Jets. The guests started the game with a very strong first quarter 29-19. But Hub Jets won third quarter 22-11. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. It was a good game for American center Kareem Johnson (205-80, college: Cincinnati) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 10 rebounds. Canadian-American forward Galen Young (198-75, college: Charlotte) contributed with a double-double by scoring 13 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. American forward Marcel Jones (203-85, college: Oregon St.) replied with 25 points and 9 rebounds and the former international power forward Nick Horvath (208-81, college: Duke) added 12 points and 16 rebounds in the effort for Hub Jets. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Bay Hawks have a solid three-game winning streak. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with Auckland P. Hub Jets at the other side keep the third place with six games lost.
Top scorers:
Hub Jets: M.Jones 25+9reb+2ast, M.Te Huna 13+1reb, J.Trueman 13+6reb+1ast, N.Horvath 12+16reb+1ast, S.Hansen 2+1reb, Z.Meehl 2+7reb+5ast
Bay Hawks: E.Bartlett 21+4reb+3ast, K.Johnson 20+10reb+1ast, G.Young 13+12reb+4ast, J.Kenny 11+6reb+7ast, M.Natanahira 4+7reb+1ast, B.Hill 3+1reb
gschID: 168149


Nelson G. - Auckland P. 88-120

The game in Stoke supposed to be also quite interesting. Second ranked Auckland P. (13-3) played at the court of 6th ranked Nelson G. (6-10). Auckland P. smashed Nelson G. 120-88 on Saturday. The guests trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 7-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 120-88. Auckland P. made 16-of-21 free shots (76.2 percent) during the game. They shot the lights out from three sinking 14 long-distance shots on high 51.9 percentage. Worth to mention a great performance of guard Hayden Allen (190-79) who helped to win the game recording 26 points and 5 rebounds and American swingman Ronald Dorsey (197-83, college: McNeese St.) who added 28 points (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field) during the contest. The best for the losing side was American power forward Michael Harrison (206-84, agency: Interperformances) with 19 points and 6 rebounds and international forward Mika Vukona (198-82) scored 17 points and 4 assists. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Auckland P. have a solid three-game winning streak. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with Bay Hawks. Nelson G. lost third consecutive game. They keep the sixth place with ten games lost. They share the position with OceanaGold N..
Top scorers:
Nelson G.: M.Harrison 19+6reb+1ast, M.Vukona 17+4reb+4ast, P.Jones 16+3reb+3ast, S.Dempster 12+3reb, J.Bloxham 10+3reb+3ast, P.Campbell 7+5reb+1ast
Auckland P.: R.Dorsey 28+3reb+2ast, H.Allen 26+5reb+3ast, L.Tait 21+6reb+4ast, I.Muhammad 16+5reb+1ast, A.Pledger 16+7reb, B.Ruscoe 6+2reb+1ast
gschID: 168147


OceanaGold N. - Harbour H. 87-71

There was no surprise in Dunedin where 9th ranked Harbour H. (3-13) was defeated by seventh ranked OceanaGold N. (6-10) 87-71 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by OceanaGold N.. Harbour H. managed to win second period 19-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. OceanaGold N. dominated down low during the game scoring 64 of its points in the paint compared to Harbour H.'s 38. They outrebounded Harbour H. 64-36 including a 23-11 advantage in offensive rebounds. Worth to mention a great performance of American swingman Akeem Wright (200-84, college: Kansas St.) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 20 points, 13 rebounds and 9 assists and the other American import power forward Antoine Tisby (203-83, college: S.Carolina) who added 20 points, 18 rebounds and 4 blocks during the contest. Wright is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. The best for the losing side was American guard Justin Bailey (188-77, college: Hartford) with 22 points and 4 steals (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line) and forward Charlie Piho (195-87, college: Brewton Parker) produced a double-double by scoring 10 points and 10 rebounds. Four Harbour H. players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. OceanaGold N. moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Nelson G. Harbour H. lost fifth consecutive game. They stay at the bottom position with 13 games lost.
Top scorers:
Harbour H.: J.Bailey 22+2ast, M.Alexander 14+5reb+1ast, C.Piho 10+10reb+1ast, K.Smith 10+6reb+1ast, Z.Atkinson 8+9reb+1ast, M.Davidson 7+3reb+4ast
OceanaGold N.: A.Tisby 20+18reb, A.Wright 20+13reb+9ast, S.King 19+6reb, L.Henry 9+9reb+2ast, J.Ross 5+4reb+2ast, M.Trueman 4+6reb+2ast
gschID: 168148


Hub Jets - Taranaki MA 104-77

No shocking result in a game in Palmerston North where third ranked Hub Jets (10-6) smashed 5th ranked Taranaki MA (7-9) 104-77 on Friday. The game was mostly controlled by Hub Jets. Taranaki MA managed to win third quarter 23-22. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Taranaki MA 56-37 including a 35-21 advantage in defensive rebounds. Hub Jets looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists comparing to just 8 passes made by Taranaki MA's players. Worth to mention a great performance of American swingman Josh Pace (198-83, college: Syracuse) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 23 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists and the other American import guard Chris Hagan (175-89, college: Midwestern St.) who added 19 points and 11 assists during the contest. Five Hub Jets players scored in double figures. Hub Jets' coach felt very confident that he used 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The best for the losing side was naturalized American forward Link Abrams (195-73) with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 10 rebounds and swingman Aaron Bailey-Nowell (196-81) scored 16 points and 9 rebounds. Hub Jets have an impressive five-game winning streak. They maintain third position with 10-6 record having just three points less than leader Bay Hawks. Taranaki MA lost third consecutive game. They keep the fifth place with nine games lost.
Top scorers:
Taranaki MA: L.Abrams 19+10reb+1ast, A.Bailey-Nowell 16+9reb+2ast, D.Hudson 14+3reb, J.Leasure 9+3reb+1ast, B.Anderson 7+1reb, C.Daniel 5+3reb+1ast
Hub Jets: J.Pace 23+12reb+5ast, C.Hagan 19+3reb+11ast, Z.Meehl 14+2ast, J.Trueman 14+14reb+1ast, N.Horvath 13+16reb, M.Te Huna 13+3reb
gschID: 168144


Southland S. - Harbour H. 96-81

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 9th ranked Harbour H.'s (3-13) road loss to eighth ranked Southland S. (5-11) 81-96 on Friday. The hosts trailed by 6 points after three quarters before their 35-14 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Southland S. made 26-of-34 free shots (76.5 percent) during the game, while Harbour H. only scored six points from the stripe. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Lawrence Abney (203-77, college: Fresno St., agency: Dream Team Management) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 28 points and 15 rebounds and the former international power forward Craig Bradshaw (208-83, college: Winthrop) who added 25 points and 9 rebounds during the contest. The best for the losing side was American power forward Zack Atkinson (206-86, college: Cal-Irvine, agency: Top Notch Sports) with a double-double by scoring 23 points and 17 rebounds and his fellow American import guard Justin Bailey (188-77, college: Hartford) scored 22 points, 7 rebounds and 8 assists. Five Southland S. and four Harbour H. players scored in double figures. Harbour H.'s coach Alex Stojkovic rotated ten players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Southland S. maintains eighth position with 5-11 record. Harbour H. lost fifth consecutive game. They stay at the bottom place with 13 games lost.
Top scorers:
Harbour H.: Z.Atkinson 23+17reb+2ast, J.Bailey 22+7reb+8ast, K.Smith 18+7reb, M.Alexander 11+3reb+2ast, M.Davidson 3+3reb+1ast, R.Te Rangi 2+2reb+1ast
Southland S.: L.Abney 28+15reb+2ast, C.Bradshaw 25+9reb, D.Peck 20+4reb+2ast, K.Braswell 12+5reb+12ast, J.Paringatai 11+4reb, R.Smolenski 0
gschID: 168145


Wellington S. - Auckland P. 91-94

The most exciting game of round 12 in the NBL took place in Wellington. This derby game ended with only three-point home defeat of 4th ranked Wellington S. (9-7) to second ranked Auckland P. (13-3) 94-91 on Friday evening. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Wellington S.. The guests trailed by 2 points after three quarters before their 29-24 charge, which allowed them to win the game. The best player for the winners was international guard Lindsay Tait (192-82) who had a double-double by scoring 24 points, 7 rebounds and 10 assists. Guard Hayden Allen (190-79) chipped in 26 points. Auckland P.'s coach Judd Flavell used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. At the other side the best for losing team was American guard Jason Crowe (193-76, college: CS Northridge) who recorded 19 points, 9 rebounds and 9 assists and the former international forward Casey Frank (203-77, college: N.Arizona) added 11 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists respectively. Four Auckland P. and five Wellington S. players scored in double figures. Auckland P. have a solid three-game winning streak. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with Bay Hawks. Defending champion Wellington S. keeps the fourth place with seven games lost.
Top scorers:
Wellington S.: J.Crowe 19+9reb+9ast, E.Scott 16+5reb+1ast, T.McLean 14+1reb, J.Kench 13+2reb+4ast, C.Frank 11+10reb+5ast, A.Trousdell 10+6reb+2ast
Auckland P.: H.Allen 26+2reb+1ast, L.Tait 24+7reb+10ast, A.Pledger 17+11reb, R.Dorsey 13+5reb+1ast, I.Muhammad 9+6reb+4ast, B.Ruscoe 3+1ast
gschID: 168146


Harbour H. - Bay Hawks 90-96

Very predictable result in Auckland where second ranked Bay Hawks (13-3) beat bottom-ranked Harbour H. (3-13) 96-90 on Wednesday. Harbour H. trailed by 11 points after 3 quarters before a 30-25 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 90-96 at the end of the game. They outrebounded Harbour H. 38-27 including a 31-20 advantage in defensive rebounds. Bay Hawks looked well-organized offensively handing out 27 assists comparing to just 12 passes made by Harbour H.'s players. Worth to mention a great performance of American center Kareem Johnson (205-80, college: Cincinnati) who helped to win the game recording 21 points and 8 rebounds and the former international guard Paora Winitana (196-76) who added 14 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists during the contest. Bay Hawks' coach Paul Henare allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. The best for the losing side was naturalized American forward Kevin Smith (196-79, college: Lee) with 25 points and 6 rebounds and American guard Justin Bailey (188-77, college: Hartford) scored 21 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line). Four Harbour H. players scored in double figures. Bay Hawks have a solid three-game winning streak. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with Auckland P. Harbour H. lost fifth consecutive game. They stay at the bottom place with 13 games lost.
Top scorers:
Harbour H.: K.Smith 25+6reb+1ast, J.Bailey 21+5reb+4ast, M.Alexander 20+2reb+1ast, M.Davidson 11+1reb+2ast, R.Te Rangi 7+2reb, C.Piho 4+5reb+1ast
Bay Hawks: K.Johnson 21+8reb, G.Young 17+7reb+3ast, P.Winitana 14+7reb+7ast, E.Bartlett 9+2reb+5ast, M.Natanahira 9+5reb, J.Kenny 8+4reb+8ast
gschID: 168143



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  NIGERIA   

DStv PBL Standings

DStv PBL Standings
Atlantic Conf.
1. D.Warriors 11-0
2. Royal Hoopers 10-2
3. Islanders 6-5
4. Customs 4-7
5. Comets 4-7
6. Police Baton 4-6
7. Union Bank 4-7
8. Chariots 1-10
Savannah Conf.
1. Kano Pillars 11-0
2. Yelwa Hawks 9-2
3. Niger Potters 6-5
4. Kada Stars 6-5
5. Bauchi Nets 4-7
6. Immigration 3-8
7. Rockets 3-8
8. Defenders 2-9

Regular Season: Round 12

Atlantic

May. 19: Chariots - Islanders
May. 19: Comets - Union Bank
May. 20: Police Baton - Customs
May. 20: Chariots - D.Warriors

Savannah

May. 19: Rockets - Yelwa Hawks
May. 19: Defenders - Bauchi Nets
May. 20: Niger Potters - Immigration
May. 20: Kano Pillars - Kada Stars



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  POLAND   

Stats Leaders - 1Liga

Points Per Game
 Lukasz PACOCHA
  AZS S.
  (182-G-82)
  Avg: 18.5
 1. Pacocha, AZS S.18.5 
 2. Woloszyn, MKS D.17.9 
 3. Niesobski, Sudety16.7 
 4. Kostrzewski, Start15.7 
 5. Jarecki, P.Cuk.15.3 
 6. Donigiewicz, Rosa15.3 
 7. Mazur, Polonia14.8 
 8. Lewandowski, P.Cuk.14.0 
 9. Pluta, MOSiR K.13.6 
 10. Wilczek, Sokol La.13.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Krzysztof MIELCZAREK
  AZS S.
  (198-G/F-81)
  Avg: 11.8
 1. Mielczarek, AZS S.11.8 
 2. Luszczewski, Start9.8 
 3. Wilczek, Sokol Lan.9.4 
 4. Mikolajko, Polonia7.9 
 5. Wilusz, Sudety7.1 
 6. Misiewicz, Znicz B.7.1 
 7. Malewski, Znicz B.7.0 
 8. Grudzinski, Spojnia7.0 
 9. Radke, Rosa Radom7.0 
 10. Klima, Sokol Lanc.6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Grzegorz GROCHOWSKI
  MKS D.
  (178-PG-93)
  Avg: 5.6
 1. Grochowski, MKS D.5.6 
 2. Musijowski, Polonia5.5 
 3. Basinski, SKK S.4.9 
 4. Zytko, P..4.6 
 5. Michalski, Start L.4.1 
 6. Ochonko, Spojnia4.1 
 7. Kardas, Rosa Radom3.9 
 8. Brek, AZS Kutno3.9 
 9. Wojcicki, SKK S.3.6 
 10. Szumelda-K., Znic.3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Lukasz ZYTKO
  P..
  (181-G-81)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Zytko, P..3.5 
 2. Mielczarek, AZS S.3.1 
 3. Szumelda-K., Znicz3.0 
 4. Niesobski, Sudety2.9 
 5. Lewandowski, P.Cuk.2.8 
 6. Sulinski, Znicz B.2.7 
 7. Basinski, SKK S.2.5 
 8. Pisarczyk, Sokol L.2.5 
 9. Ratajczak, SKK S.2.4 
 10. Klima, Sokol Lanc.2.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Artur DONIGIEWICZ
  Rosa R.
  (185-G-84)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Donigiewicz, Rosa1.9 
 2. Klima, Sokol Lancut1.8 
 3. Zytko, P..1.8 
 4. Niesobski, Sudety1.8 
 5. Oczkowicz, MOSiR K.1.7 
 6. Zmarlak, MKS D.1.7 
 7. Wojcicki, SKK S.1.6 
 8. Malecki, AZS Kutno1.6 
 9. Aleksandrowi., Sta.1.6 
 10. Mazur, Polonia1.5 


1Liga Round 3 of Finals. Start Gdynia post second win - by Eurobasket News

Rosa Radom - Start Gdynia 81-86 OT

Start Gdynia registered the second win in the title series. They are now one step away from the title. The guests trailed by 7 points after three quarters before their 22-15 charge, which allowed them to tie the game at the end of regular time and get a 5-point victory in overtime. Start Gdynia forced 28 Rosa Radom turnovers. It was a great evening for the former international swingman Mateusz Kostrzewski (201-89) who led his team to a victory scoring 16 points and 6 rebounds. Guard Piotr Smigielski (190-89) helped adding 17 points. Start Gdynia's coach Pawel Turkiewicz used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. The best for the losing side was guard Artur Donigiewicz (185-84) with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 15 rebounds and Marcin Kosinski scored 22 points and 5 rebounds. Four Rosa Radom players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Rosa Radom: M.Kosinski 22+5reb, A.Donigiewicz 17+15reb+1ast, P.Kardas 12+5reb+2ast, H.Radke 10+6reb+1ast, J.Zalewski 9+4reb+2ast, M.Nikiel 6+8reb
Start Gdynia: P.Smigielski 17+3reb+3ast, M.Kostrzewski 16+6reb+3ast, T.Wojdyla 12+7reb, M.Malczyk 8+6reb+1ast, K.Krajniewski 8+5reb, T.Andrzejewski 8+4reb
gschID: 176606



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

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

David Logan
David Logan
   #1. This week's number one is former international guard David Logan (184-82, college: Indianapolis), who plays in Greece. He could not help Panathinaikos (4-2) in their last game. Despite Logan's good performance the first-placed Panathinaikos lost 69-74 at home to the leading Regal FC Barcelona in the group G of Euroleague. He recorded 11 points and had 3 steals in 29 minutes on the court. This year Logan averages: 6.9ppg, 1.1apg, 1.1spg, 2FGP: 49.4%, 3FGP: 31.7% and FT: 70.6% in the 20 games he played so far. He is a naturalized American. Despite Logan played previously for the USA national team, he played also for the Polish national team in 2009. Logan used to play for WTK Anwil Wloclawek in Polish league.

Maciej Lampe
Maciej Lampe
   #2. Second place goes to an international center Maciej Lampe (210-85). He contributed to a Caja Laboral's victory against the closely-ranked Gescrap BB (19-15) 77-73 in the Spanish ACB last Thursday. Lampe recorded 10 points. Caja Laboral Vitoria (23-11) is placed third in the ACB. Lampe has relatively good stats this season: 12.6ppg, 4.7rpg, 2FGP: 55.8%(72-129), 3FGP: 38.1% and FT: 65.6%. He has a dual citizenship: Polish and Swedish. Despite Lampe played previously for the Swedish national team, he is currently a member of the Polish senior national team.

Thomas Kelati
Thomas Kelati
   #3. The Polish player who performed third best last week abroad was an international swingman Thomas Kelati (195-82, agency: Beo Basket, college: Washington St.). Kelati was not able to help one of league's weakest teams Khimky (15-3) in their game against CSKA Moscow (17-1) in the Russian PBL. He scored 5 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 21 minutes. Khimky was badly defeated 79-61 on the road by the leading CSKA Moscow. They ended the series of ten consecutive victories. This year Kelati's overall stats are: 4.9ppg, 2.1rpg, 2FGP: 32.6%, 3FGP: 38.0% and FT: 88.9% in the 19 games. He is another player who holds two passports: Eritrean and Polish. Ex-BOT Turow Zgorzelec player is also a member of the Polish senior national team.

Robert Tomaszek
Robert Tomaszek
   #4. Forward Robert Tomaszek (204-81, agency: Limelight Hoops, college: Texas Tech) led s Oliver Baskets to a victory against the closely-ranked ALBA Berlin (26-8) 91-84 in the German BBL in Saturday night's game. Tomaszek scored 12 points. s.Oliver Baskets Wuerzburg (20-14) is placed sixth in the BBL. Tomaszek's total stats this season are: 3.5ppg and 2.4rpg. He has both Polish and German nationalities. Despite Tomaszek played previously for the German national team, he is currently in the Polish national team roster.

Szymon Szewczyk
Szymon Szewczyk
   #5. International center Szymon Szewczyk (209-82) was not able to secure a victory for Umana Venezia (17-15) in their game against Armani Milano (22-10) in the Italian SerieA. Szewczyk recorded only 4 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 16 minutes. Umana Venezia was crushed 92-63 in Milano by the second-ranked Armani. It was Umana Venezia's fourth consecutive loss in a row. Szewczyk is currently fifth on the league's list of best blockers with 1.2bpg. This year he also averages: 12.3ppg, 5.8rpg and 1.1apg in the 33 games. Szewczyk plays currently for the Polish national team.

Other top Polish players, who play abroad:

Marcin Gortat (213-C-84) plays for Phoenix Suns in the NBA
Vitaliy Kovalenko (203-F-84) plays for BC Donetsk in Ukrainian Superleague
Michal Ignerski (207-F-80) plays for Lokomotiv in Russian PBL
Jakub Parzenski (212-F/C-91) plays for CS Bologna in Italian SerieA
Chris Thomas (186-PG-82) plays for Galil Gilboa in Israeli Premier League
Gal Mekel (192-PG-88) plays for Benetton Treviso in Italian SerieA
Bradd Wierzbicki (191-G-85) plays for Jelson Homes DMU Leicester City Riders in British BBL
Sandro Listwon (202-F/C-93) plays for Banca Tercas in Italian SerieA
Jakub Wojciechowski (213-C/F-90) plays for Enel Brindisi in Italian Lega2
Daniel Swindowsky (202-C-72) plays for Phoenix Hagen in German BBL

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



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Stats Leaders - UZO Liga

Points Per Game
 Nate BOWIE
  Terceira.
  (183-G-86)
  Avg: 19.1
 1. Bowie, Terceira.19.1 
 2. Murphy, Terceira.18.6 
 3. Addison, Sampaense18.2 
 4. Scott, Benfica17.3 
 5. Nevels, Terceira.16.9 
 6. Stempin, Porto F.16.8 
 7. Morris, Vitoria SC16.5 
 8. Franklin, Lusitania16.5 
 9. Balseiro, Sampa.15.5 
 10. Oruche, Academica15.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Brian MORRIS
  Vitoria SC
  (205-F-87)
  Avg: 11
 1. Morris, Vitoria SC11.0 
 2. Lee, Ovarense9.9 
 3. Nevels, Terceira.9.6 
 4. Fonseca, Vitoria SC9.2 
 5. Addison, Sampaense8.3 
 6. Djukic, Ginasio8.2 
 7. Cunha, Vitoria SC7.9 
 8. Gunter, CAB M.7.9 
 9. Momplasir, Lusitan.7.9 
 10. Coll, Barcelos7.5 
Assists Per Game
 Mario FERNANDES
  CAB M.
  (176-PG-82)
  Avg: 6.5
 1. Fernandes, CAB M.6.5 
 2. Sing, Sampaense5.9 
 3. Blanks, Vitoria SC5.4 
 4. Reveles, Sampaense5.3 
 5. Barbosa, Ovarense4.5 
 6. Ferreira, Ginasio4.4 
 7. Bowie, Terceira.4.1 
 8. Manarte, Ovarense4.1 
 9. Fechas, Barcelos4.1 
 10. Silva, CAB Madeira3.7 
Steals Per Game
 Jaime SILVA
  CAB Madeira
  (187-PG-80)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Silva, CAB Madeira3.2 
 2. Balseiro, Sampa.2.3 
 3. Fernandes, CAB M.2.3 
 4. Cunha, Vitoria SC2.0 
 5. Kenon, CAB Madeira1.9 
 6. Andrade, Porto F.1.9 
 7. Silva, Barcelos1.8 
 8. Bessa, Vitoria SC1.8 
 9. Jackson, CAB M.1.8 
 10. Blanks, Vitoria SC1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Durrell NEVELS
  Terceira.
  (198-F-86)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Nevels, Terceira.2.8 
 2. Momplasir, Lusitan.2.0 
 3. Johnson, Porto F.1.2 
 4. Silva, Barcelos1.0 
 5. Gunter, CAB M.1.0 
 6. Addison, Sampaense0.8 
 7. Ehiagwina, Ginasio0.8 
 8. Doliboa, Benfica0.8 
 9. Coelho, CAB M.0.8 
 10. Stempin, Porto F.0.7 


LPB Round 3 of Finals. Benfica snatch narrow victory - by Eurobasket News

Benfica - Porto Ferpinta 67-66

Benfica eked out a narrow home win over Porto Ferpinta to take 2-1 lead in the title series. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But FC Porto Ferpinta won third quarter 15-14. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. 30 personal fouls committed by FC Porto Ferpinta helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a good game for the former international forward Heshimu Evans (198-75, college: Kentucky) who saved his team from a defeat with 16 points and 8 rebounds. American-Croatian guard Marcus Norris (185-74, college: Ball St., agency: SportsTalent) contributed with 15 points for the winners. The former international forward Carlos Andrade (197-78, college: Queens, NC) answered with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 11 rebounds and forward Joao Soares (195-90) added 8 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for FC Porto Ferpinta. FC Porto Ferpinta's coach tried various players' combinations and tested in total twelve players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
Benfica: H.Evans 16+8reb+1ast, M.Norris 15+2reb+3ast, T.Scott 14+1reb+1ast, S.Doliboa 7+8reb, J.Gomes 7+6reb, E.Evora 5+3reb+1ast
Porto Ferpinta: C.Andrade 14+11reb, J.Soares 8+6reb+2ast, M.Miranda 7+5reb+1ast, D.Correia 6+1reb, R.Jackson 6+1reb+1ast, J.Costa 6+3ast
gschID: 176352



Imortal Champion - CNB1 - by Hugo Carvalho

Imortal of Algarve is the new champion of CNB1. Beat the team Leca from Porto, by 66-57. The meeting held in Torres Vedras was marked by great sportsmanship among all participants, as well as the quality of the show. This is a dream come true for a historic team like this. Imortal will play next season in Proliga. This amazing club just wrote another page in its long history. Coach Luis Modesto was the man who led the team to the title. 'A great pleasure to win another title for the club of my heart. My 11 players did an excellent job all season and above all in the play-offs'.
Now it's time to celebrate!
Congratulations CHAMPION IMORTAL!



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Standings - BSN

BSN Standings
Top 6
 1. San German 6-3 
 2. Mayaguez 6-3 
 3. Bayamon 5-3 
 4. Arecibo 4-4 
 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. 18: Mayaguez - Bayamon 79-82
May. 18: Arecibo - San German 75-76
May. 17: Quebradillas - Mayaguez 68-76
May. 17: San German - Guaynabo 107-95

Second Stage: Round 8

May. 19: Arecibo - Guaynabo
May. 19: Quebradillas - Bayamon
May. 20: San German - Mayaguez
May. 21: Arecibo - Quebradillas
May. 21: Guaynabo - Bayamon


Stats Leaders - BSN

Points Per Game
 Al THORNTON
  Guayama
  (203-F-83)
  Avg: 25.3
 1. Thornton, Guayama25.3 
 2. Harris, San German20.1 
 3. Sensley, Humacao19.7 
 4. Randolph, Quebradi.19.2 
 5. Diogu, Arecibo18.1 
 6. Brown, Humacao18.0 
 7. Dalmau, Bayamon18.0 
 8. Ayuso, Arecibo17.3 
 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 German10.5 
 3. Diogu, Arecibo9.9 
 4. Lloreda, San G.9.4 
 5. Thornton, Guayama9.2 
 6. Powell, Guayama9.2 
 7. Sensley, Humacao9.0 
 8. Ramos, Quebradillas8.8 
 9. Burgess, Guaynabo8.4 
 10. Sweetney, Bayamon8.3 
Assists Per Game
 Filiberto RIVERA
  San German
  (190-PG-82)
  Avg: 5.8
 1. Rivera, San German5.8 
 2. Guzman, Guaynabo5.3 
 3. Smith, Mayaguez5.3 
 4. Garcia, Humacao5.2 
 5. Pagan, Guayama5.0 
 6. Butler, Quebradill.4.8 
 7. Pinnock, Arecibo4.6 
 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. Rivera, San German1.4 
 6. Sensley, Humacao1.3 
 7. Figueroa, Guaynabo1.3 
 8. Thornton, Guayama1.3 
 9. Pagan, Guayama1.2 
 10. Ramirez, Mayaguez1.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Mamadou LAMIZANA
  Bayamon
  (207-F/C-81)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Lamizana, Bayamon2.4 
 2. Penn, Humacao1.8 
 3. 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 


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

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

Carlos Arroyo
Carlos Arroyo
   #1. This week's number one is an experienced international guard Carlos Arroyo (188-79, college: FIU). He led Besiktas to a victory against the league leader Galatasaray (25-5) 81-72 in a derby game in the Turkish TBL in Thursday night's game. Arroyo scored 13 points, made 6 passes and 3 steals in 36 minutes on the court. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Besiktas Milangaz Istanbul (22-8) is placed fourth in the TBL. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. It's Arroyo's first season with the team. He has relatively good stats this year: 13.8ppg, 2.2rpg, 4.3apg, 2FGP: 32.6%, 3FGP: 45.1%(32-71) and FT: 86.5% in the 19 games he played so far. Arroyo is currently a member of the Puerto Rican senior national team.

Guillermo Diaz
Guillermo Diaz
   #2. Second place goes to former international shooting guard Guillermo Diaz (188-85, college: Miami, FL). He led Armia to a victory over the fifth-ranked Sokhumi (11-9) crushing them 92-66 in a derby game in the Georgian Superleague last Saturday. Diaz was MVP of the game. He scored 23 points. BC Armia Tbilisi (20-0) is placed first in the Superleague. So far his team won all twenty games in the Semi-Finals. This season Diaz has relatively solid stats: 12.9ppg, 3.4rpg, 2.6apg, 1.7spg, 2FGP: 56.2%(68-121), 3FGP: 34.2% and FT: 80.4%. He played for the Puerto Rican national team in 2010.

Nathan Peavy
Nathan Peavy
   #3. The Puerto Rican player who performed third best last week abroad was former international forward Nathan Peavy (203-85, college: Miami, OH), who plays in the German BBL. Peavy could not help Artland Dragons (24-10) in their last game. Despite his very good performance Artland Dragons lost 71-82 on the road to the lower-ranked (#5) Bayern Muenchen. Peavy was the top scorer with 17 points. He also added 6 rebounds in 29 minutes. Peavy has reliable stats this year: 14.0ppg, 6.4rpg, 1.7apg, 2FGP: 57.3%(121-211), 3FGP: 43.0% and FT: 75.4% in the 37 games. He has a dual citizenship: Puerto Rican and American. Despite Peavy played previously for the USA national team, he played also for the Puerto Rican national team in 2010. Peavy used to play for Vaqueros de Bayamon in Puerto Rican league.

Walter Hodge
Walter Hodge
   #4. Point guard Walter Hodge (183-86, college: Florida), who plays in the Polish PLK was not able to help Zastal ZG (6-4) in their last game on Friday. Despite his very good performance the third-placed Zastal ZG was defeated 90-77 at home by the leading Asseco Prokom in the Group A. Hodge was the second best scorer with 19 points. He also added 5 rebounds and dished 3 assists. Hodge is the league's top scorer and also on the list of best passers (third place). He has individually a very good season with high stats. Hodge averages: 19.3ppg, 2.9rpg, 5.8apg and 1.4spg. He is another player who holds two passports: Ivorian and Puerto Rican. Despite Hodge played previously for the Ivorian national team, he is currently in the Puerto Rican national team roster.

Rafael Perez
Rafael Perez
   #5. Former international swingman Rafael Perez (193-82, agency: Paris Global Sports) contributed to an overtime Trotamundos' victory against the leader Guaiqueries (5-3) 94-91 in the Venezuelan LPB last Tuesday. Perez scored 19 points in 36 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 3 ranked teams in Group A. Trotamundos de Carabobo (4-4) is placed second. Perez's stats this year are: 14.2ppg, 2.3rpg, 1.7apg and 1.5spg in the 29 games. He has both Puerto Rican and Venezuelan nationalities. Despite Perez played previously for the Venezuelan national team, he is currently in the Puerto Rican national team roster.

Other top Puerto Rican players, who play abroad:

Alfred Lee (185-G-56) plays for Los Angeles Lakers in the NBA
Renaldo Balkman (201-F-84) plays for New York Knicks in the NBA
Jose Juan Barea (181-PG-84) plays for Minnesota Timberwolves in the NBA
TreVon Hughes (183-PG-87) plays for Pieno Zvaigzdes in Lithuanian LKL
Darnell Hinson (186-PG-80) plays for Energa Czarni in Polish PLK
Denis Clemente (185-PG-86) plays for Nitra in Slovakian Extraliga
Angel Caballero (192-G-70) plays for Palencia Baloncesto in Spanish LEB Gold
Emanuel Ubilla (188-G-86) plays for Inter Bratislava in Czech Republic NBL
Angel Garcia (209-C/F-88) plays for CB Granada in Spanish LEB Gold
Francis Jonathan Han (185-G-87) plays for Sportino in Polish 1Liga

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



Capitanes and Piratas won on Saturday night: - by Luis Modestti

Capitanes de Arecibo and Piratas de Quebradillas won on Saturday night and will have a due or die game on Monday to finish the Round Robin stage.

Capitanes crushed Mets de Guaynabo 110-81 as Rick Apodaca (193-G-80, agency: 360 Sports Management, college: Hofstra) netted 30 points in just 17:21 played. Arecibo won the first quarter 32-9 and just rolled over their opponent.

Piratas defeated Vaqueros de Bayamon 81-72 led by Shavlik Randolph (208-F-83, college: Duke) who had 22 points while Peter John Ramos (222-C-85) added 18.

Vaqueros dominated most of the first quarter but a 12-0 run gave Piratas the lead and finished the first ten minutes up 18-16.

Piratas stayed in control in the second quarter but Bayamon took the lead with a big run and finished the half up 35-33.

In the second half Piratas dominated with more defensive intensity and better execution on offense.

Michael Sweetney (203-F-82, college: Georgetown) had 23 points and Gary Wilkinson (204-F/C-82, college: Utah St.) netted 18. Christian Dalmau (194-G-77, agency: Paris Global Sports, college: Daytona Beach CC) missed the game due to some inflammation in his right knee.

Now Capitanes, Piratas and Vaqueros are tied in third place with a 5-4 record. All of them will finish the Round Robin on Monday. Piratas visit Capitanes and the winner qualifies to the semifinals. The loser of the Capitanes-Piratas game will be eliminated unless Vaqueros lose. If Vaqueros lose to the Mets then there will be a decisive game for the final spot in the semifinals against the loser of the Capitanes-Piratas game.



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

International point guard Filiberto Rivera (190-PG-82) put on an amazing game in the last week for top-ranked San German, receiving a Latinbasket.com Player of the Round 7 award (Second Stage).
The 29-year old player recorded a triple-double of 28 points addeding also 11 rebounds and 11 assists, while his team beat Guaynabo (#6, 0-8), Second Stage botton-ranked team 107-95. It allowed San German to take over top position in the Puerto Rican BSN. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier in Second Stage. San German has a very solid 6-3 record, but they cannot be too comfortable about keeping top position. In the team's last game Rivera had a remarkable 66.7% from 2-point range. He turned to be San German's top player in his first season with the team. Former The Univ.of Texas at El Paso star has very solid stats this year. Rivera is league's best passer with 5.9apg. Rivera is in league's top in and averages impressive 53.7% FGP.

The second best player in last week's games was 29-year old American Michael Sweetney (203-F-82) of Bayamon. Sweetney had a very good evening with a double-double of 32 points and 17 rebounds. It was enough for Bayamon to edge slightly higher-ranked Mayaguez (#2, 6-3) 82-79. It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the title. Bayamon consolidated its place in top 3 of the standings. His team's 5-3 record is not bad at all. Sweetney is one of the most experienced players at Bayamon and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third on the list of top players last week was another San German's star - American forward Mike Harris (198-F-83). Harris scored 17 points and grabbed thirteen rebounds (!!!). He was another key player of San German, helping his team with a 76-75 win against #4 ranked Arecibo. San German confirms their top position in the standings. Their record at this point is 6 victories and 3 lost games. Harris has a great season in Puerto Rico. After 29 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 20.2ppg (2nd best) and rebounds with 10.4rpg (2nd best). He also has 1.1bpg and FGP: 55.6%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Angel Rosa-Clemente (206-F/C-84) of Arecibo - 12 points and 13 rebounds
5. Ian Young (191-PG-81) of Guaynabo - 24 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists
6. Mike Harris (198-F-83) of San German - 16 points and 8 rebounds
7. Andres Rodriguez (184-PG-81) of Arecibo - 8 points, 4 rebounds and 11 assists
8. Donta Smith (201-G-83) of Mayaguez - 18 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Joey Graham (200-G/F-82) of Guaynabo - 21 points and 5 rebounds
10. Ansel Guzman (174-PG-84) of Guaynabo - 12 points, 9 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)



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Stats Leaders - Superleague A

Points Per Game
 Davon JEFFERSON
  Triumph
  (204-F-86)
  Avg: 20.3
 1. Jefferson, Triumph20.3 
 2. Rush, Krasnie Kril.16.7 
 3. Thomas, Spartak-.15.3 
 4. Beverley, Spart.15.0 
 5. McKee, Triumph14.9 
 6. Fridzon, Khimky14.7 
 7. Karasev, Triumph14.1 
 8. Massey, Lokomotiv13.5 
 9. Planinic, Khimky13.2 
 10. Bykov, Lokomotiv13.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Davon JEFFERSON
  Triumph
  (204-F-86)
  Avg: 7.9
 1. Jefferson, Triumph7.9 
 2. Victor, Spartak-.7.5 
 3. Massey, Lokomotiv7.5 
 4. Veremeenko, Unics6.6 
 5. Landry, Triumph6.2 
 6. Kirilenko, CSKA6.1 
 7. Baxter, Enisey6.0 
 8. Beverley, Spart.5.8 
 9. Savenkov, Spartak.5.7 
 10. Khryapa, CSKA5.7 
Assists Per Game
 Aaron MILES
  Krasnie Krilya
  (186-G-83)
  Avg: 6.3
 1. Miles, Krasnie Kri.6.3 
 2. Samoylenko, Unics5.0 
 3. Teodosic, CSKA5.0 
 4. Beverley, Spart.4.9 
 5. Halperin, Spart.4.6 
 6. Thomas, Spartak-.4.5 
 7. Planinic, Khimky4.4 
 8. McKee, Triumph4.3 
 9. Rush, Krasnie Kril.3.4 
 10. Bykov, Lokomotiv3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Patrick BEVERLEY
  Spart.
  (185-PG-88)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Beverley, Spart.2.3 
 2. Massey, Lokomotiv2.0 
 3. Baburin, Spartak-.1.9 
 4. Thomas, Spartak-.1.8 
 5. Halperin, Spart.1.7 
 6. Jefferson, Triumph1.5 
 7. Rush, Krasnie Kril.1.5 
 8. Chalmers, Lokom.1.5 
 9. Victor, Spartak-.1.5 
 10. Lyday, Unics1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Davon JEFFERSON
  Triumph
  (204-F-86)
  Avg: 1
 1. Jefferson, Triumph1.0 
 2. Kirilenko, CSKA1.0 
 3. Likhodey, Spart.0.9 
 4. Lavrinovic, CSKA0.9 
 5. Kikanovic, Enisey0.8 
 6. Vasiliev, Krasni.0.8 
 7. Savenkov, Spartak.0.8 
 8. Gelabale, Khimky0.7 
 9. Traore, Lokomotiv0.7 
 10. Baxter, Enisey0.7 


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

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

Aleksandr Fomin
Aleksandr Fomin
   #1. This week's number one is University international forward Aleksandr Fomin (207-86, agency: Interperformances). He was the major contributor in Minsk-2006's victory against the fourth-ranked Minsk-2006 II (10-20) 87-76 in a derby game in the Belarusian Premier League in Saturday night's game. Fomin recorded 14 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists in 23 minutes on the court. BK Minsk-2006 (29-1) is placed first in Championship group. It was his team's sixth consecutive victory in a row. Fomin has relatively good stats this year: 10.7ppg, 3.7rpg, 2FGP: 56.4%(62-110), 3FGP: 13.3% and FT: 83.3% in the 15 games he played so far. He is currently a member of the Russian university national team.

Fedor Dmitriev
Fedor Dmitriev
   #2. Second place goes to former international forward Fedor Dmitriev (205-84, agency: Alti Sport). Dmitriev led Asseco Prokom to a victory against the third-ranked Zastal ZG (6-4) 90-77 in the Polish PLK last Friday. He scored 11 points. It was the game of the round between two top 3 ranked teams in Group A. Asseco Prokom Gdynia (8-2) is placed first. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. This season Dmitriev averages: 5.9ppg, 1.8rpg, 2FGP: 42.9%, 3FGP: 39.5% and FT: 63.6%. He played for the Russian national team in 2006.

Timofey Mozgov
Timofey Mozgov
   #3. The Russian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international center Timofey Mozgov (216-86, agency: Ryzhov Stanislav), who plays in the NBA. Mozgov could not help the Denver Nuggets (38-28) to beat the Los Angeles Lakers (41-25). It was not his best game last Saturday. Mozgov recorded only 2 points, 4 rebounds and 2 blocks in 15 minutes. The Denver Nuggets lost 87-96 on the road to the Lakers. This year Mozgov's overall stats are: 5.2ppg, 4.0rpg, 2FGP: 52.1% and FT: 66.2% in the 51 games. Former BC Khimky Moscow starter played for the Russian national team years ago.

Teymuraz Babunashvili
Teymuraz Babunashvili
   #4. Guard Teymuraz Babunashvili (185-90) was not able to help Kutaisi (0-0) in their game against Olimpi (16-4) in the Georgian Superleague. He scored 8 points. Kutaisi was defeated 73-69 in Tbilisi by the lower-ranked Olimpi (#3). Babunashvili's total stats this season are: 7.7ppg, 3.0rpg and 2.9apg. He has a dual citizenship: Russian and Georgian. Despite Babunashvili played previously for the Georgian national team, he is currently in the Russian U18 national team roster.

Igor Simin
Igor Simin
   #5. Former international guard Igor Simin (197-84), who plays in the Israeli National League (second division) was not able to secure a victory for Beer Yaakov (20-6) in their last game. Despite Simin's good performance the second-placed Beer Yaakov was badly defeated 85-65 in Tel-Aviv by the leading Hapoel in the Play-Off group. He scored 12 points in 32 minutes. This year Simin has relatively solid stats: 10.6ppg, 3.7rpg, 2.0apg and 1.1spg in the 33 games. He is another player who holds two passports: Russian and Israeli. Despite Simin played previously for the Israeli U21 national team, he is currently in the Russian national team roster.

Other top Russian players, who play abroad:

Lazaros Papadopoulos (210-C-80) plays for Olympiacos in Greek A1
Raul Lopez (183-G-80) plays for Gescrap BB in Spanish ACB
Yaroslav Korolev (206-G/F-87) plays for Lagun Aro GBC in Spanish ACB
Stanislav Dikiy (201-F-88) plays for Ferro-ZNTU in Ukrainian Superleague
Aleksei Subbotin (209-C-72) plays for Grodno-93 in Belarusian Premier League
Kirill Kuznetsov (187-G-90) plays for Apollon in Cypriot Division A
Mikhail Omelchenko (200-F-88) plays for Apollon in Cypriot Division A
Cyrille Makanda (195-G-80) plays for AEK in Cypriot Division A
Nikita Barinov (200-F-91) plays for Naglis Palangos in Lithuanian LKL
Dmitri Minaev (209-C-67) plays for Jiangsu Dragons in Chinese CBA
Andrei Olbrecht (202-G/F-71) plays for SBK Osipovichi in Belarusian Premier League

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



CSKA claim 10th straight title - by Eurobasket News

Khimky - CSKA 75:90

CSKA continued to dominate in Russian basketball. The Moscow powerhouse clinched the 10th straight League title. They fired past Khimky on the road tonight to sweep the championship series. Shved accounted for 18 points to lead the charge.
CSKA took off early in this one. They accumulated a 26:19 lead at the first intermission. CSKA stayed in front throughout the second quarter. CSKA arrived at halftime up by 11 points 48:37. Khimky stepped on the gas in the third term. The hosts unloaded 28 points in the period to narrow the margin to just five points 65:70. But CSKA stunned the home team in the final frame. The visitors went on a 20:10 run to seal a comfortable victory. Nenad Krstic (213-C-83) scored 17 points, while Viktor Khryapa (204-F/G-82) contributed 14 points in the winning case. Vitaly Fridzon (195-G-85, agency: Alti Sport) answered with 20 points for Khimky. Kresimir Loncar (210-F-83, agency: Alti Sport) netted 17 points in the loss.

Khimky: Vitaly Fridzon 20, Kresimir Loncar 17
CSKA: Shved 18, Nenad Krstic 17, Viktor Khryapa 14



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

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

Boniface Ndong
Boniface Ndong
   #1. This week's number one is an experienced former international center Boniface Ndong (213-77), who plays in Spain. He could not help Regal FC Barcelona (6-0) in their last game. Despite Ndong's good performance the first-placed Regal FC Barcelona lost 64-68 on the road to the second-ranked Olympiacos in the group H of Euroleague. He was the second best scorer with 10 points. Ndong also added 5 rebounds in 15 minutes on the court. Ndong is currently fifth on the league's list of best blockers with 1.1bpg. He also averaged so far 5.9ppg, 3.5rpg, 2FGP: 46.5% and FT: 72.7% in the 21 games he played so far. Ndong played for the Senegalese senior national team three years ago.

Bamba Fall
Bamba Fall
   #2. Second place goes to former international center Bamba Fall (216-86, college: SMU). He led Kalev/Cramo to a victory over the league leader Tartu Ulikool (25-3) 72-65 in the Estonian KML last Thursday. Fall was MVP of the game. He recorded a double-double by scoring 18 points and getting 19 rebounds. Fall also added 4 blocks; 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. BC Kalev/Cramo Tallinn (23-5) is placed second in the KML. It's Fall's first year with the team. Fall is currently fifth on the league's list of best rebounders and also on the list of best blockers (first place). This season he averages: 9.1ppg, 7.6rpg, 2.1bpg, 2FGP: 63.2%(91-144) and FT: 57.3%. Fall played for the Senegalese national team in 2007.

Hamady N'Diaye
Hamady N'Diaye
   #3. The Senegalese player who performed third best last week abroad was former international center Hamady N'Diaye (213-87, college: Rutgers), who plays in the Chinese NBL (second division). He was not able to help one of league's weakest teams Guangzhou Liu Sui Whampoa (4-2) in their last game. Despite N'Diaye's very good performance Guangzhou Liu Sui Whampoa was badly defeated 95-77 by the second-ranked Jiangsu. He had a double-double by scoring 23 points and getting 20 rebounds. N'Diaye also added 6 blocks in 48 minutes; not bad, considering it's only his second season in pro basketball. But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen. N'Diaye is ranked ninth on the list of the top scorers in the league and also on the list of best blockers (first place). He has individually a very good year with high stats. N'Diaye averages: 17.5ppg, 15.0rpg, 1.3apg, 6.2bpg, 2FGP: 70.5%(43-61) and FT: 63.3% in the six games. He played for the Senegalese national team five years ago.

Jules Aw
Jules Aw
   #4. Forward Jules Aw (200-86) contributed to a Geneve Lions' victory against the league leader Lugano Tigers (20-4) 100-86 in the Swiss LNA in Wednesday night's game. Aw recorded 20 points, 9 rebounds and 2 blocks. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Lions de Geneve (18-6) is placed third in the LNA. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. It's Aw's first season with the team. His overall stats this year are: 10.0ppg, 6.5rpg and 1.2apg. Aw has a dual citizenship: Senegalese and Swiss. Despite he played previously for the Swiss national team, Aw is currently in the Senegalese national team roster.

Mouhammad Faye
Mouhammad Faye
   #5. International forward Mouhammad Faye (208-85, college: SMU), who plays in the French ProA was not able to secure a victory for one of league's weakest teams one of league's weakest teams Hyeres-Toulon (3-27) in their last game. Despite his very good performance the bottom-ranked Hyeres-Toulon lost 80-87 on the opponent's court to the one of league's weakest teams (#15) Pau-Lacq-Orthez. Faye was the top scorer with 20 points. He also added 9 rebounds in 40 minutes. The Regular Season already ended. Faye has relatively good stats this year: 12.0ppg, 5.0rpg and 1.3apg in the 28 games. Despite he played previously for the Swiss national team, Faye is currently in the Senegalese national team roster.

Malick Badiane
Malick Badiane
   #6. Power forward Malick Badiane (211-84), who plays in the French ProB (second division) couldn't help Nantes (13-13) in their last game on Wednesday. Despite his very good performance Nantes was defeated 78-72 in Limoges by the leading CSP Elite. Badiane was the top scorer with 20 points. He also added 9 rebounds. The Regular Season already ended. This season Badiane has relatively solid stats: 12.9ppg, 7.9rpg and 1.3apg. Despite he played previously for the Swiss national team, Badiane is also an international player who is currently on the senior Senegalese National Team roster.

Moussa Badiane
Moussa Badiane
   #7. International center Moussa Badiane (205-81, college: E.Carolina) helped Olympique Antibes win their game against the 17th-ranked Quimper UJAP (9-25) crushing them 99-77 in the French ProB (second division) in Wednesday night's game. He had a double-double by scoring 15 points and getting 11 rebounds. Badiane also added 2 blocks in 29 minutes. Olympique Antibes (16-18) is placed 11th in the ProB. The Regular Season already ended. Badiane is currently first on the list of best blockers with 1.7bpg. He also averaged so far 11.7ppg, 6.3rpg, 1.4apg and 1.6spg in the 18 games. Despite Badiane played previously for the French national team, he is currently in the Senegalese national team roster.

Babacar Toure
Babacar Toure
   #8. Power forward Babacar Toure (205-85) is a teammate of previously mentioned Jules Aw and both played together in the last Swiss LNA game. Toure helped Geneve Lions win their game against the league leader Lugano Tigers (20-4) 100-86. He recorded 13 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. Toure is ranked second on the list of the best rebounders in the league and also on the list of best blockers (first place). He has very reliable stats this season: 10.6ppg, 9.1rpg, 1.4apg, 2.0bpg and 1.4spg. Despite Toure played previously for the French national team, he is currently in the Senegalese national team roster.

Ousmane Barro
Ousmane Barro
   #9. Former U18 international power forward Ousmane Barro (207-84, college: Marquette) helped JL Bourg win their game against the fourth-ranked Aix-Maurienne (22-12) 79-72 in the French ProB (second division) on Wednesday night. Barro recorded 13 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in a mere 18 minutes. JL Bourg Basket (16-18) is placed ninth in the ProB. The Regular Season already ended. Barro belongs to league's best rebounders and is ranked #7 with 8.5rpg. This year his other stats are: 14.9ppg, 1.3apg and 1.4spg in the 33 games. Despite Barro played previously for the French national team, he is currently in the Senegalese U18 national team roster.

Moustapha N'Diaye
Moustapha N'Diaye
   #10. Power forward Moustapha N'Diaye (202-84), who plays in the French ProB (second division) couldn't help Le Portel (12-22) in their last game on Wednesday. Despite N'Diaye's good performance Le Portel was defeated 86-79 at home by the second-ranked Boulazac Basket. He recorded 13 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. The Regular Season already ended. N'Diaye's overall stats this season are: 5.7ppg and 3.4rpg. Despite he played previously for the French national team, N'Diaye is also a former U18 international player as ten years ago he still played for the Senegalese national team.

   #11. Former international forward Elson Mendy (200-85) is a teammate of previously mentioned Malick Badiane and both played together in the last French ProB game. Mendy, who plays in the French ProB (second division) couldn't help Nantes (13-13) in their last game. Despite his good performance Nantes lost 72-78 in Limoges to the leading CSP Elite. Mendy recorded 10 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists in 24 minutes. Mendy has reliable stats this year: 11.0ppg, 4.9rpg, 1.4apg and 1.2spg in the nine games. Despite he played previously for the French national team, Mendy is currently in the Senegalese national team roster.

   #12. Former international power forward Mamadou Dia (202-78) helped Fos Ouest win their game against the tenth-ranked Lille Metropole 75-66 in the French ProB (second division) on Wednesday night. He recorded 9 points. Dia's overall stats this season are: 8.2ppg and 3.9rpg. Despite he played previously for the French national team, Dia is currently in the Senegalese national team roster.

   #13. International guard Ousmane Gueye (188-82) managed to help Givova Scafati Basket in a victory against the closely-ranked Centrale Latte 106-92 in the Italian Lega2 (second division) in Saturday night's game. He scored only 4 points and had 5 steals in 19 minutes. This year Gueye averages just 4.4ppg in the 32 games. He is also Senegalese national team player.

   #14. International power forward Pape Amadou (205-93) couldn't help Barca Regal II in their game against Prat Juventud in the Spanish LEB Silver (third division). Amadou recorded 8 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. His team was defeated 83-79. Amadou's overall stats this season are: 2.4ppg and 2.9rpg. Despite he played previously for the Italian national team, Amadou is currently in the Senegalese national team roster.

   #15. Former international center Babacar Camara (211-81, college: CS Fullerton) couldn't help Kyoto Hannaryz in their game against Osaka Evessa in the Japanese BJ League. He scored 6 points in only 14 minutes. His team lost 68-76. This year Camara's overall stats are: 8.1ppg and 5.1rpg in the 37 games. Despite he played previously for the Italian national team, Camara is currently in the Senegalese national team roster.



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Standings - A Liga

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

Second Stage: Round 13

May. 19: Radnicki K. - Hemofarm 92-89
May. 19: Partizan - Vojvodina 91-54
May. 19: Radnicki Basket - Crvena Zvezda 61-87
May. 20: Mega Vizura - BKK Radnicki


Stats Leaders - 1A

Points Per Game
 Milos BOJOVIC
  Zeleznicar
  (198-G-81)
  Avg: 23.5
 1. Bojovic, Zeleznicar23.5 
 2. Milisavljevi., Meg.20.7 
 3. Zigeranovic, Borac20.5 
 4. Balaban, Smederevo20.0 
 5. Bozovic, Sloga17.1 
 6. Dimic, Radnicki.16.5 
 7. Cupkovic, Napredak16.5 
 8. Miljenovic, Mega V.15.6 
 9. Jeremic, Hemofarm15.6 
 10. Svilar, Smederevo15.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Darko BALABAN
  Smederevo
  (211-C-89)
  Avg: 8.8
 1. Balaban, Smederevo8.8 
 2. Zigeranovic, Borac8.2 
 3. Cupkovic, Napredak7.6 
 4. Cantekin, Mega V.7.3 
 5. Majkic, Prolet.7.2 
 6. Petrovic, BKK R.7.1 
 7. Misanovic, OKK B.6.6 
 8. Gagic, Hemofarm6.1 
 9. Canak, Zeleznicar6.0 
 10. Simon, Radnicki K.6.0 
Assists Per Game
 Miljan PAVKOVIC
  Radnicki K.
  (178-G-81)
  Avg: 7.5
 1. Pavkovic, Radnicki7.5 
 2. Boltic, BKK R.5.7 
 3. Osmokrovic, BKK R.5.1 
 4. Popovic, Crvena Z.5.1 
 5. Dundjerski, Vojvo.4.7 
 6. Markovic, Radnicki4.5 
 7. Jovic, Sloga4.3 
 8. Milisavljevi., Meg.4.1 
 9. Stefanovic, Smede.4.1 
 10. Miljenovic, Mega4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Negoslav GACIC
  BKK Radnicki
  (193-G-)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Gacic, BKK Radnicki2.9 
 2. Jovic, Sloga2.6 
 3. Boltic, BKK R.2.3 
 4. Bojovic, Zeleznicar2.0 
 5. Dundjerski, Vojvo.2.0 
 6. Vulin, Prolet.1.9 
 7. James, Partizan1.8 
 8. Kuzeta, Vojvodina1.8 
 9. Miljenovic, Mega V.1.8 
 10. Majstorovic, Tamis1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Nenad MISANOVIC
  OKK B.
  (217-C-84)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Misanovic, OKK B.1.5 
 2. Simon, Radnicki K.1.4 
 3. Zigeranovic, Borac1.2 
 4. Balaban, Smederevo1.2 
 5. Cantekin, Mega V.0.9 
 6. Todorovic, Borac0.8 
 7. Bojic, Mega Vizura0.8 
 8. Majkic, Prolet.0.8 
 9. Petronic, BKK R.0.8 
 10. Dramicanin, Borac0.7 


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

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

Nenad Krstic
Nenad Krstic
   #1. This week's number one is an international center Nenad Krstic (213-83). He led CSKA Moscow to a victory over the closely-ranked Khimky (15-3) 79-61 in the Russian PBL in Thursday night's game. Krstic was MVP of the game. He scored 21 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 24 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. It's Krstic's first season with the team. Krstic has relatively good stats this year: 11.2ppg, 4.2rpg, 2FGP: 58.7%(71-121) and FT: 68.7% in the 17 games he played so far. He is currently a member of the Serbian senior national team.

Milos Teodosic
Milos Teodosic
   #2. Second place goes to an international guard Milos Teodosic (195-87) is a teammate of previously mentioned Nenad Krstic. But that was another game of his team in Euroleague which we would like to mention. Teodosic, who plays in Russia. He could not help CSKA Moscow (5-1) in their last game on Sunday. Despite Teodosic's very good performance the first-placed CSKA Moscow was edged 62-61 on the road by the second-ranked Olympiacos in the group E of Euroleague. He was the top scorer with 15 points. Teodosic also added 4 rebounds and 3 assists. Teodosic belongs to league's best passers and is ranked #3. He has very reliable stats this season: 10.4ppg, 2.7rpg, 5.0apg, 2FGP: 55.7%(34-61), 3FGP: 36.1% and FT: 82.7%. Teodosic is in the roster of the Serbian senior national team.

Zoran Erceg
Zoran Erceg
   #3. The Serbian player who performed third best last week abroad was former international power forward Zoran Erceg (210-85), who plays in the Turkish TBL. He was not able to help Besiktas (22-8) in their last game. Despite Erceg's very good performance Besiktas was edged 75-74 in a derby game by the leading Galatasaray. He was the top scorer with 23 points. Erceg also added 6 rebounds (made all of his seven free throws) in 22 minutes. They ended the series of four consecutive victories. This year Erceg has relatively solid stats: 14.6ppg, 4.5rpg, 1.2apg, 2FGP: 55.7%(97-174), 3FGP: 46.6%(62-133) and FT: 82.8% in the 33 games. He played for the Serbian national team three years ago.

Boris Savovic
Boris Savovic
   #4. Forward Boris Savovic (206-87, agency: Beo Basket), who plays in the Turkish TBL was not able to secure a victory for Galatasaray (25-5) in their last game on Thursday. Despite Savovic's very good performance the league leader Galatasaray was defeated 81-72 in a derby game by the lower-ranked Besiktas (#4). He was the top scorer with 17 points. Savovic also added 7 rebounds. This season Savovic averages: 6.1ppg and 2.5rpg. He used to play for the Serbian national team back in 2009.

Ivan Radenovic
Ivan Radenovic
   #5. Former international forward Ivan Radenovic (208-84, college: Arizona) contributed to a 2-point BC Donetsk's victory against the fifth-ranked Ferro-ZNTU (23-16) 75-73 in the Ukrainian Superleague last Saturday. Radenovic had a double-double by scoring 15 points and getting 13 rebounds. He also added 4 assists in 34 minutes. BC Donetsk (31-8) is placed first in the Superleague. It was his team's 13th consecutive victory in a row. Radenovic has reliable stats this year: 12.6ppg, 6.3rpg and 2.3apg in the 43 games. He used to play for the Serbian national team two years ago.

Dusko Savanovic
Dusko Savanovic
   #6. Power forward Dusko Savanovic (204-83, also represented by Beo Basket) was the major contributor in an Anadolu Efes' victory against the closely-ranked Banvit BK (25-5) 81-75 in the Turkish TBL on Friday night. Savanovic scored 15 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Anadolu Efes Istanbul (24-6) is placed third in the TBL. Savanovic's stats this season are: 12.2ppg, 5.4rpg and 1.3apg. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Serbian National Team roster.

Novica Velickovic
Novica Velickovic
   #7. Former international forward Novica Velickovic (205-86) contributed to a Real Madrid's victory against the seventh-ranked Cajasol (18-16) 82-68 in the Spanish ACB in Friday night's game. Velickovic recorded 10 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 22 minutes. Real Madrid (26-8) is placed second in the ACB. This year Velickovic's overall stats are: 5.1ppg and 3.1rpg in the 19 games. He used to play for the Serbian national team two years ago.

Dragan Labovic
Dragan Labovic
   #8. Power forward Dragan Labovic (207-87, agency: Alti Sport) was the main contributor in a Krasnie Krilya's victory against the closely-ranked Spartak Primorie Vladivostok (8-10) 85-74 in the Russian PBL last Tuesday. Labovic was the best player in that game. He recorded 22 points. Krasnie Krilya Samara (7-11) is placed eighth in the PBL. Labovic averaged so far 12.7ppg and 4.9rpg. He used to play for the Serbian national team back in 2007.

Aleksandar Vlahovic
Aleksandar Vlahovic
   #9. Former U20 international guard Aleksandar Vlahovic (190-90) helped Ploiesti win their game against the eighth-ranked Timisoara (17-13) 104-89 in the Romanian Division A on Wednesday night. Vlahovic was the top player that evening. He recorded 26 points (!!!), 3 assists and 3 steals (made all of his eleven free throws !!!) in 28 minutes. CSU Asesoft Ploiesti (20-8) is placed fourth in the Division A. Vlahovic is currently fifth on the league's list of best passers with 5.4apg. This year his other stats are: 13.1ppg, 2.9rpg and 1.5spg in the 33 games. Vlahovic used to play for the Serbian U20 national team two years ago.

Vule Avdalovic
Vule Avdalovic
   #10. Point guard Vule Avdalovic (189-81, another player represented by Beo Basket) is a teammate of previously mentioned Ivan Radenovic. However that was another game of his team in Ukrainian Superleague which brought him to that list. Avdalovic helped BC Donetsk win their game against the closely-ranked Azovmash (26-13) 83-66. He recorded 10 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. BC Donetsk (31-8) is placed first in the Superleague. It was his team's 13th consecutive victory in a row. Avdalovic averaged so far 11.5ppg, 3.5rpg, 4.2apg and 1.2spg. He is a former international player as two years ago he still played for the Serbian senior national team.

   #11. An experienced former international forward Stevan Nadjfeji (202-79, agency: FCM) helped Panionios win their game against the closely-ranked Kolossos 88-71 in the Greek A1 last Saturday. Nadjfeji was the top player that evening. He scored 15 points and added 4 passes in a mere 18 minutes. This year Nadjfeji's total stats are: 7.8ppg, 3.0rpg and 1.2apg in the 33 games. He used to play for the Serbian national team seven years ago.

   #12. University international forward Nikola Dragovic (206-87, college: UCLA), who plays in the Russian PBL couldn't help Spartak St.Petersburg (9-9) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Dragovic's good performance Spartak St.Petersburg was defeated 73-62 in Kazan by the lower-ranked Unics (#6). He scored 12 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. Dragovic has averaged so far 3.1ppg and 1.5rpg. Despite he played previously for the Montenegrin national team, Dragovic is currently in the Serbian university national team roster.

   #13. International power forward Nemanja Bjelica (209-88, agency: Interperformances) helped Caja Laboral win their game against the closely-ranked Gescrap BB 77-73 in the Spanish ACB in Thursday night's game. He recorded 7 points, 6 rebounds and 2 blocks in 25 minutes. Bjelica has averaged so far 5.4ppg and 3.6rpg in the 34 games. Despite he played previously for the Montenegrin national team, Bjelica is currently in the Serbian national team roster.

   #14. International forward Predrag Suput (200-77, another player represented by Beo Basket) helped Brose Baskets win their game against the closely-ranked Artland Dragons crushing them 103-70 in the German BBL last Saturday. He recorded 11 points, 5 rebounds and 2 blocks. Suput has averaged so far 8.3ppg, 2.9rpg and 1.8apg. Despite he played previously for the Montenegrin national team, Suput is currently in the Serbian national team roster.

   #15. International forward Darko Cohadarevic (206-86, college: Texas Tech), who plays in the Georgian Superleague couldn't help Kutaisi (0-0) in their last game. Despite his very good performance Kutaisi lost 69-73 in Tbilisi to the lower-ranked (#3) Olimpi. Cohadarevic had a double-double by scoring 23 points and getting 11 rebounds. He also added and 3 steals in 32 minutes. Cohadarevic's stats this year are: 12.8ppg, 8.7rpg, 2.2apg and 1.3bpg in the six games. Despite he played previously for the Montenegrin national team, Cohadarevic is currently in the Serbian national team roster.



Krstic and Teodosic won the title in Russia - by Eurobasket News

Nenad Krstic (213-C-83) and Milos Teodosic (195-G-87) won the title in Russia. Their CSKA continued to dominate in Russian basketball. The Moscow powerhouse clinched the 10th straight League title. They fired past Khimky on the road tonight to sweep the championship series. Shved accounted for 18 points to lead the charge.
CSKA took off early in this one. They accumulated a 26:19 lead at the first intermission. CSKA stayed in front throughout the second quarter. CSKA arrived at halftime up by 11 points 48:37. Khimky stepped on the gas in the third term. The hosts unloaded 28 points in the period to narrow the margin to just five points 65:70. But CSKA stunned the home team in the final frame. The visitors went on a 20:10 run to seal a comfortable victory. Nenad Krstic scored 17 points, while Viktor Khryapa contributed 14 points in the winning case. Vitaly Fridzon answered with 20 points for Khimky. Kresimir Loncar netted 17 points in the loss.
This season Nenad Krstic averaged 11.2 points per game in Russian PBL League. Milos Teodosic showed 8.6 points per game.



Superleague Round 13, Easy win for Crvena zvezda Beograd - by Ivan Milenkovic

Crvena zvezda Beograd Diva didn't have any problems against their second team Radnicki FMP in only Saturday's game of Round 13.
In front of only 300 people in Zeleznik, hosts were competitive in first half only - it was 11-14 after first quarter and 25-28 after 17 minutes of play. However, ''red and whites'' finished first half with 2-12 run and had 13-point lead at halftime. Second half was only training for Crvena zvezda against their 'younger brother'. It was +22 after third quarter and game finished 61-87.
Best player of Radnicki FMP, Milos Dimic, had poor game and missed all 4 field goals. He scored all of his 7 points (in 27 minutes) from free throw line. Ivan Smiljanic was disappointing too, shot 1/7 and finished with only 3 points. Milan Milovanovic (205-C/F-91) was only in form player of home team - 14 points and 5 rebounds. Crvena zvezda Diva had three players with 12 points - Sava Lesic (205-C/F-88) (6 rebs), Bojan Popovic (191-G-83) (7 rebs) and Andreja Milutinovic (199-G-90). Omar Thomas (197-F-82, college: UTEP) added 11 and Petar Popovic (211-C-79) had 10 points and 7 rebs. Interestingly, Branko Lazic managed to finish game with performance index rating of -8.

Radnicki FMP - Crvena zvezda Beograd Diva 61-87 (11-14, 16-26, 11-20, 23-27)



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  SLOVENIA   


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

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

Erazem Lorbek
Erazem Lorbek
   #1. This week's number one is an international power forward Erazem Lorbek (209-84, college: Michigan St.), who plays in Spain. He could not help Regal FC Barcelona (6-0) to beat Olympiacos (3-3). Lorbek recorded 9 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 29 minutes on the court. But the first-placed Regal FC Barcelona lost 64-68 on the road to the second-ranked Olympiacos in the group H of Euroleague. Lorbek has relatively good stats this year: 13.0ppg, 4.6rpg, 1.3apg, 2FGP: 58.7%(84-143), 3FGP: 38.3% and FT: 76.1% in the 21 games he played so far. He is currently a member of the Slovenian senior national team.

Mirza Begic
Mirza Begic
   #2. Second place goes to an international center Mirza Begic (217-85). Begic contributed to a Real Madrid's victory against the seventh-ranked Cajasol (18-16) 82-68 in the Spanish ACB last Friday. He recorded 9 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. Real Madrid (26-8) is placed second in the ACB. Begic belongs to league's best blockers and is ranked #4. This season he averages: 5.9ppg, 4.2rpg, 1.5bpg, 2FGP: 65.1%(84-129) and FT: 64.3%. Begic has a dual citizenship: Bosnia and Herzegovina and Slovenian. Despite he played previously for the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team, Begic is currently a member of the Slovenian senior national team.

Jaka Lakovic
Jaka Lakovic
   #3. The Slovenian player who performed third best last week abroad was an experienced international guard Jaka Lakovic (186-78). He helped Galatasaray edge the closely-ranked Besiktas (22-8) 75-74 in a derby game in the Turkish TBL on Tuesday night. Lakovic recorded 6 points and added 4 assists in 21 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Galatasaray Medical Park Istanbul (25-5) is placed first in the TBL. This year Lakovic has relatively solid stats: 10.8ppg, 1.8rpg, 3.0apg, 2FGP: 44.3%, 3FGP: 45.0% and FT: 90.6%(87-96) in the 33 games. Despite he played previously for the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team, Lakovic is currently a member of the Slovenian senior national team.

Matej Venta
Matej Venta
   #4. Point guard Matej Venta (187-84), who plays in the Czech Republic NBL was not able to help BK Prostejov (25-11) in their last game on Friday. Despite his very good performance BK Prostejov (#2) was defeated 76-66 in Decin by the lower-ranked BK Decin (#3) in the A1 group. Venta was the second best scorer with 16 points. He also added 6 rebounds and 3 assists. It's Venta's first season with the team. Venta's overall stats this year are: 7.4ppg, 3.4rpg and 2.0apg. Despite he played previously for the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team, Venta is currently in the Slovenian U21 national team roster.

Miha Zupan
Miha Zupan
   #5. International power forward Miha Zupan (205-82) was not able to secure a victory for Spartak St.Petersburg (9-9) in their game against Unics Kazan (8-10) in the Russian PBL. He scored 5 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 19 minutes. Spartak St.Petersburg lost 75-81 in Kazan to the lower-ranked (#6) Unics. This year Zupan's overall stats are: 6.1ppg and 2.5rpg in the 22 games. He plays currently for the Slovenian national team.

Sasha Vujacic
Sasha Vujacic
   #6. Guard Sasha Vujacic (200-84) couldn't help one of league's weakest teams Anadolu Efes (24-6) in their game against Banvit BK (25-5) in the Turkish TBL. Vujacic recorded 6 points. Anadolu Efes was edged 68-66 in Balikesir by the second-ranked Banvit BK. Vujacic has reliable stats this season: 12.1ppg, 2.7rpg, 2.0apg and 1.1spg. Despite he played previously for the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team, Vujacic is also a former international player as he played for the Slovenian senior team three years ago.

Marko Maravic
Marko Maravic
   #7. Former international forward Marko Maravic (201-79) led Pau-Lacq-Orthez to a victory against the league outsider Hyeres-Toulon (3-27) 87-80 in the French ProA in Wednesday night's game. He scored 14 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in 28 minutes. Elan Bearnais Pau-Lacq-Orthez (7-23) is placed second from the bottom (#15) in the ProA. They ended the series of nine consecutive loses. The Regular Season already ended. This year Maravic's total stats are: 9.6ppg, 4.7rpg and 2.2apg in the 23 games. Despite he played previously for the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team, Maravic is currently in the Slovenian national team roster.

Tadej Kostomaj
Tadej Kostomaj
   #8. Guard Tadej Kostomaj (186-87), who plays in the Croatian A1 couldn't help Svjetlost (3-11) in their last game on Friday. Despite his good performance Svjetlost (#6) was defeated 84-77 at home by the higher-ranked KK Split (#3) in the Championship Group. Kostomaj scored 13 points, grabbed 6 rebounds and dished 3 assists. The Second Stage already ended. Kostomaj is currently sixth on the league's list of best passers. He has very reliable stats this season: 11.3ppg, 3.8rpg, 3.7apg and 1.7spg. Despite Kostomaj played previously for the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team, he is currently in the Slovenian U20 national team roster.

Damir Zeleznik
Damir Zeleznik
   #9. Former international guard Damir Zeleznik (188-80) managed to help Xion Dukes Klosterneuburg in a 1-point victoryagainst the leader Gmunden Swans (23-7) 78-77 in the Austrian A Bundesliga on Saturday night. Zeleznik recorded 5 points, 6 rebounds, 9 assists and 3 steals in 26 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 3 ranked teams in Group A. Xion Dukes Klosterneuburg (21-9) is placed second. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. Zeleznik has averaged so far 8.0ppg, 2.0rpg and 2.6apg in the 40 games. He used to play for the Slovenian national team five years ago.

Dragisa Drobnjak
Dragisa Drobnjak
   #10. Forward Dragisa Drobnjak (200-77, agency: Beo Basket) helped Base Oostende win their game against the closely-ranked Spirou Charleroi (23-9) 68-63 in the Belgian Ethias League in Friday night's game. Drobnjak scored only 4 points. 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. Drobnjak has averaged so far 8.0ppg and 3.3rpg. He is a former international player as four years ago he still played for the Slovenian senior national team.

   #11. Former international point guard Klemensas Patiejunas (186-77) helped SPO Rouen win their game against one of league's weakest teams JA Vichy 80-77 in the French ProB (second division) last Wednesday. Patiejunas recorded 5 points, 5 rebounds, 8 assists and 5 steals in 28 minutes. Patiejunas is currently seventh on the list of best passers with 4.9apg. This year he also averages: 6.5ppg, 2.4rpg and 1.4spg in the 34 games. Patiejunas used to play for the Slovenian national team four years ago.

   #12. Former international guard Jaka Klobucar (198-87) couldn't help Assi Ostuni in their game against Enel Brindisi in the Italian Lega2 (second division). He scored 6 points and had 3 steals. His team was badly defeated by 18 points 77-59. Klobucar's stats this season are: 13.0ppg, 3.1rpg, 1.1apg and 1.8spg. Despite he played previously for the Lithuanian national team, Klobucar is currently in the Slovenian national team roster.

   #13. Former international forward Marko Milicevic (204-82) helped Perama Ermis win their game against the tenth-ranked Ermis Lagkada 81-72 in the Greek A2 (second division) in Saturday night's game. He scored 12 points, had 6 rebounds and dished 3 assists in 20 minutes. Milicevic has averaged so far 9.4ppg and 4.4rpg in the 25 games. Despite he played previously for the Serbian national team, Milicevic is currently in the Slovenian national team roster.



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Standings - ACB

ACB Standings
 1. FCB Regal 29-5 
 2. Real Madrid 26-8 
 3. Caja Laboral 23-11 
 4. Valencia 20-14 
 5. Lagun Aro GBC 19-15 
 6. Gescrap BB 19-15 
 7. Cajasol 18-16 
 8. Lucentum 18-16 
 9. Unicaja 17-17 
 10. CAI Zaragoza 16-18 
 11. FIATC Joventut 16-18 
 12. Assignia M. 15-19 
 13. Blusens M. 13-21 
 14. GC 2014 13-21 
 15. UCAM Murcia 13-21 
 16. Fuenlabrada 12-22 
 17. Asefa Estudian. 11-23 
 18. B.de Rueda V. 8-26 

Quarter-Finals: Round 1

May. 18: Real Madrid - Cajasol 82-68
May. 17: Valencia - Lagun Aro GBC 82-60
May. 17: Caja Laboral - Gescrap BB 77-73
May. 17: FCB Regal - Lucentum 73-43

Quarter-Finals: Round 2

May. 20: Lucentum - FCB Regal
May. 20: Gescrap BB - Caja Laboral
May. 20: Lagun Aro GBC - Valencia
May. 20: Cajasol - Real Madrid


Stats Leaders - LEB Gold

Points Per Game
 Troy DEVRIES
  Melilla
  (193-G-82)
  Avg: 19.1
 1. DeVries, Melilla19.1 
 2. Witt, Knet Clavijo18.2 
 3. Feldeine, Breogan17.7 
 4. Quezada, Leon16.5 
 5. Franklin, Huesca16.2 
 6. Bivia, Mallorca16.0 
 7. Fernandez, Granada15.7 
 8. Moss, Palencia15.4 
 9. Leonavicius, Hues.14.7 
 10. Antelo, Caceres14.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Olaseni LAWAL
  Knet Clavijo
  (208-F/C-86)
  Avg: 10.6
 1. Lawal, Knet Clavijo10.6 
 2. Donaldson, Canarias8.8 
 3. Diouf, Palencia8.8 
 4. Kuzmin, Clinicas.8.6 
 5. Starosta, Navarra8.1 
 6. Sikma, La Palma7.7 
 7. Mortellaro, Leon7.7 
 8. Antelo, Caceres7.7 
 9. Williams, Caceres7.7 
 10. Fernandez, Grana.7.6 
Assists Per Game
 Oscar ALVARADO
  La Palma
  (184-PG-91)
  Avg: 6.1
 1. Alvarado, La Palma6.1 
 2. Bivia, Mallorca5.1 
 3. Witt, Knet Clavijo4.5 
 4. Norris, Lleida4.3 
 5. Lopez, Burgos4.0 
 6. Perez, Menorca3.8 
 7. Bernabe, Leon3.7 
 8. Sabat, Canarias3.6 
 9. DeVries, Melilla3.4 
 10. Quezada, Leon3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Alexander FRANKLIN
  Huesca
  (196-PF-88)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Franklin, Huesca2.5 
 2. Toledo, Burgos2.1 
 3. Bernabe, Leon2.0 
 4. Xavier, Palencia2.0 
 5. Norris, Lleida1.9 
 6. Alonso, Mallorca1.8 
 7. Abrines, Clinic.1.8 
 8. Green, Mallorca1.8 
 9. Rost, Canarias1.7 
 10. Guerra, Granada1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Ognen KUZMIN
  Clinicas.
  (215-C-90)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Kuzmin, Clinicas.2.1 
 2. Lawal, Knet Clavijo1.7 
 3. Diouf, Palencia1.6 
 4. Olmos, Caceres1.3 
 5. Green, Mallorca1.3 
 6. Odiakosa, Melilla1.2 
 7. Coleman, Girona1.1 
 8. Samb, Granada1.1 
 9. Donaldson, Canarias0.9 
 10. Antelo, Caceres0.9 


Pau Gasol wins 2011-12 J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award - by Eurobasket News

Pau Gasol (7'0''-F/C-80) of the Los Angeles Lakers has been voted the 2011-12 winner of the J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award, named after the second commissioner of the NBA and presented annually by the Professional Basketball Writers Association and given annually to the player, coach or trainer who shows outstanding service and dedication to the community.

Gasol has been a tireless worker worldwide on behalf of various UNICEF causes. He has been a UNICEF Ambassador for seven years and traveled the globe working with programs aimed at nutrition and education for children.

Paus work epitomizes all that is good about NBA players and their charitable works not only in their own communities but around the world, said Doug Smith of the Toronto Star and the president of the Professional Basketball Writers Association. Working to help children realize their potential and to provide them with opportunities they might not otherwise get truly characterizes outstanding service and dedication.

The PBWA comprises approximately 150 writers for newspapers, Internet services and magazines, who cover the NBA on a regular basis. Its members nominate finalists for the award; the other finalists this year were Josh Smith of the Atlanta Hawks, Jason Terry of the Dallas Mavericks, and J.J. Redick of the Orlando Magic.

Courtesy of www.insidehoops.com



Unicaja trying to agree financial terms with Jesus Mateo as the search for a new coach still on - by Antonio Carlo

Former Unicaja coach Jesus Mateo is trying to reach a financial package agreement with the club to terminate his contract. Mateo was fired in March and was replaced by Luis Casimiro who took over the team until the end of this season.
With Jesus Mateo and Luis Casimiro, Unicaja completed an appalling season finishing ninth and out of the ACB Endesa League playoff.
According to reports in Malaga, Jesus Mateos agent was negotiating a pay off this week with the club but an agreement was not reached as he has an extra year in his contract.
Unicaja is still searching for a new coach for next season. Croatian Jasmin Repesa is the top favourite to take over the job but the names of Veljko Mrsic, Manolo Povea, Paco Aurioles and Zan Tabak have been linked with the Andalucian club for next season.



Unicaja begins to rebuild their roster for next season - by Antonio Carlo

After completing a disastrous season, Unicaja Malaga has started to work for next season rebuilding their roster.

The technical staff of the club has started putting a plan in place and rumours are linking two players from the Balkans. The first name linked with a move to Malaga is Croatian playmaker Roko-Leni Ukic (196-G-84) who is currently playing from Turkish giants Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul.

Roko-Leni Ukic has already played in ACB for Caja Laboral Vitoria and Regal FC Barcelona. The Andalucian club are aware they have to prepare their cheque book and pay up 1 million euro transfer fee to Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul to secure the service of the player.

Unicaja are dreaming of pairing the Croatian playmaker who averaged 11.1 ppg, 2.8 rpg and 2.1 assist with Spanish Carlos Cabezas (186-PG-80) who is very close to return to Malaga after his spell in CAI Zaragoza this season.

Another player who Malaga has put their eyes on is Serbian power forward Dragan Labovic (207-C/F-87, agency: Alti Sport) who is playing in Russia for Krasnie Krilya Samara.

Labovic is an experience player who could resolve Unicaja's problems near the paint. He has averaged 13.6ppg, 5.5rpg, 1.1spg in the Russian league.




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  SWEDEN   


National Team players announced - by Andreas Eriksson

The first group of players for the Swedish National Team have been announced by coach Brad Dean.
The list includes 27 players, who will be cut to 24 players that will be registered to FIBA for the European Qualifiers roster, and eventually they will be cut down to the 12 players that will represent Sweden in the actual games. The list includes alot of young interesting players, that probably will not make a final roster but that coach Dean wants to take a closer look at, such as Markus Eriksson, Charles Barton Jr and Tobias Borg.

The entire 27-man group;

Charles Barton Jr (Oregon State, USA)
Tobias Borg (Sdertlje)
Carl Engstrom (Univ. of Alabama, USA)
Marcus Eriksson (Barcelona, Spanien)
Anton Gaddefors (Okapi Aalstar, Belgien)
Viktor Gaddefors (Avellino, Italien)
Kenny Grant (Nancy, Frankrike)
Mattias Goransson (Bors)
Serkan Inan (Solna)
Johan Jeansson (Uppsala Basket)
Joakim Kjellbom (Armia Tbilisi, Georgien)
Alexander Lindqvist (Sdertlje)
Mikael Lindqvist (Norrkping)
Christian Maraker (Hoikkaido, Japan)
Brice Massamba (UNLV, USA)
Thomas Massamba (Etha Engomis, Cypern)
Rudy Mbemba (LF Basket)
Martin Pahlmblad (LF Basket)
Andreas Person (LF Basket)
Dino Pita (Sdertlje)
Martin Ringstrom (Norrkping)
Erik Rush (Apollon, Cypern)
Christoffer Ryan (LF Basket)
Anton Saks (Norrkping)
Andreas Schreiber (Tarragona, Spanien)
Jonathan Skjoldebrand (Hapoel Tel-Aviv, Israel)
Johan Akesson (LF Basket)

Jeffrey Taylor (Preparing for NBA-draft), Jonas Jerebko (Detroits Pistons, injury rehab) and Chris Czerapowics (Davidson College, college studies) have had to turn down the National Team this summer but are all in the long term plans and hope to represent Sweden next year, that would be three very welcomed additions as Taylor and Jerebko undoubetly is the two stars of Swedish basektball at the moment ,and Czerapowics is one on the rising.



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Syrian National Team initial roster - by Tarek Burhan

Below you will find the initial roster of 17 players who will begin preperations with Syrian National Team for WABA chmapion in June

Watche Nalabandian (185-PG-83) of Jeish
Hakam Abdullah (197-F-82) of Jeish
Abd Al Wahab Hamowi (217-C-90) of Jeish
Shadi Labes (203-C/F-86) of Jeish
Sharif El Sharif (188-G-78) of Wehda
Tofy Saleh (205-F/C-90) of Wehda
Tarek Ali Moussa (208-C-82) of Wehda
William Haddad of Thawra
Michel Maadanly (195-G-81) of Ittihad Jeddah (Saudia Arabia)
Mahmoud Osfira (203-F-91) of Ittihad
Wael Jlilati (199-G/F-90) of Ittihad
Ahmad Ishak (194-F-86) of Jalaa
Wissam Yaqqub (212-C-82) of Jalaa
Tarek Sibaai (198-G/F-89) of Jalaa
Azmi Abdullnoor of Ittihad
Mahmoud Tarrab of Ittihad
Joseph Abboud (189-G-89) ( (Didnot play in any club))

Head Coach : Imad Othman of Jeish
Assistant coach : Haytham Jmiel, Robert Bachayani



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  TRBL   

TRBL standings

TRBL Standings
 1. PT Players 6-1 
 2. Cary Invasion 6-2 
 3. Wilmington SD 6-3 
 4. Fayetteville C. 3-5 
 5. Big Texas 2-3 
 6. Carolina G. 1-8 
 7. Queen City E. 0-2 

Regular Season: Round 12

May. 18: Fayetteville C. - Wilmington SD 82-92
May. 19: Carolina G. - Cary Invasion
May. 19: Queen City E. - PT Players
May. 20: Wilmington SD - Fayetteville C.


Wilmington goes inside for a 92-82 win - by Eurobasket News

Wilmington, NC: Solid interior defense, including 4 blocks from 'Big' Mike Gibbs brought the Sea Dawgs to a 92-82 vicory over the Fayetteville Crossover. The Sea Dawgs were led by Nealy with 31 and J.J. Cook (6'4''-F) with 18. DeShawn McClean with 23 and Brandon Streeter (5'11''-G-84, college: Fayetteville St.) with 22 led the Crossover.

The Fayetteville squad was as hot from outside as the Sea Dawgs were cold in the first quarter. However, as has been the case throughout the year, the Sea Dawgs turned up the defensive intensity to close the early Crossover advantage to just six, 21-15.

The Sea Dawgs outside shooting struggles and defensive intensity continued into the second quarter. For Wilmington though, the best offense has been a good defense. And with strong rebounding and points off turnovers, the Dawgs eventually pushed out to a 37-30 lead at the half.

The third quarter saw the Dawgs stick with rebounding and inside shots, but increased defensive pressure by Fayetteville and timely outside shots, including a three by former Sea Dawg Raheim Murphy, had the Sea Dawg lead stalled at 67-62.

Play in the fourth quarter was marred by fouls to both teams, including an eyepoke that sent Wilmington's James Rhodes to the locker room.

The Sea Dawgs are back in action at the Schwartz Center next Friday at 7:00PM to host the Queen City Express.

Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com



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  TURKEY   

TB2L Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Tyrone NELSON
  Akhisar Bld
  (206-F-85)
  Avg: 21.7
 1. Nelson, Akhisar Bld21.7 
 2. Jackson, Balikesir19.4 
 3. Gray, Baskent18.9 
 4. Waller, Gaziantep18.4 
 5. Carter, Tire Gucu18.4 
 6. Delic, Genc Telekom18.2 
 7. Pilgrim, Pamukkale17.8 
 8. Taggart, TED I.16.4 
 9. Dobie, Selcuk Univ.16.0 
 10. Senol, Pamukkale15.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Charles JACKSON
  Balikesir
  (203-F-87)
  Avg: 11.6
 1. Jackson, Balikesir11.6 
 2. Nelson, Akhisar Bld11.5 
 3. Pilgrim, Pamukkale10.3 
 4. Kolaric, Istanbul.10.0 
 5. Gray, Baskent9.7 
 6. Pasco, Vestel8.9 
 7. Can, Pertevniyal8.4 
 8. Taggart, TED I.8.2 
 9. Ozseven, TED I.8.0 
 10. Ozdemir, Vestel7.8 
Assists Per Game
 Admir KAN
  Istanbulspor
  (185-G-83)
  Avg: 6.4
 1. Kan, Istanbulspor6.4 
 2. Eryuz, Gaziantep5.3 
 3. Sinanoglu, Final G.5.2 
 4. Rizvanoglu, Genc T.5.1 
 5. Eris, Istanbul B.B.5.0 
 6. Bayraktar, Tire G.4.8 
 7. Bayrak, Usak4.6 
 8. Yikilmaz, Pertevni.4.5 
 9. Kavaklioglu, Optim.4.4 
 10. Ogut, Genc Telek.4.4 
Steals Per Game
 Matthew PILGRIM
  Pamukkale
  (203-F-87)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Pilgrim, Pamukkale2.8 
 2. Yavuklu, Basken.2.5 
 3. Akcay, Balikesir2.0 
 4. Nelson, Akhisar Bld1.9 
 5. Carter, Tire Gucu1.7 
 6. Waller, Gaziantep1.7 
 7. Okkali, Final Genc.1.6 
 8. Mentese, Gelisim1.6 
 9. Rizvanoglu, Genc T.1.5 
 10. Ogut, Genc Telek.1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Ersan OZSEVEN
  TED I.
  (205-F-83)
  Avg: 1.3
 1. Ozseven, TED I.1.3 
 2. Washington, Gelisim1.3 
 3. Gray, Baskent1.3 
 4. Cevik, Selcuk Univ.1.3 
 5. Pasco, Vestel1.2 
 6. Tekin, Pertevniyal1.2 
 7. Brown, TED I.1.1 
 8. Pilgrim, Pamukkale1.1 
 9. Kaplan, Gaziantep1.0 
 10. Boswell, Tire Gucu0.9 



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  UKRAINE   

Stats Leaders - Men

Points Per Game
 Randy CULPEPPER
  Fe.
  (182-G-89)
  Avg: 22.2
 1. Culpepper, Fe.22.2 
 2. Solomon, Cherkasy22.1 
 3. Burtt, Dnipro18.9 
 4. Deane, BC Odessa18.4 
 5. Vukosavljevi., Hal.17.9 
 6. King, BC Odessa17.3 
 7. Mitchell, Khimik16.9 
 8. Guinn, Fe.16.9 
 9. Green, Mykolaiv16.9 
 10. Harris, Halychyna16.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Vladan VUKOSAVLJEVIC
  Halych.
  (206-F/C-84)
  Avg: 10.9
 1. Vukosavljevi., Hal.10.9 
 2. King, BC Odessa10.2 
 3. Dunigan, DniproAzot8.9 
 4. Davis, Fe.8.4 
 5. Odufuwa, Halychyna8.1 
 6. Goodridge, BC Kyiv8.0 
 7. Drozdov, Azovmash7.6 
 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, Azovmash4.8 
 8. Ewing, Azovmash4.8 
 9. Walsh, Azovmash4.7 
 10. Pringle, DniproAz.4.6 
Steals Per Game
 James FLORENCE
  Kryvbasb.
  (185-G-88)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Florence, Kryvbasb.1.9 
 2. House, Dnipro1.9 
 3. Chappell, Fe.1.9 
 4. Solomon, Cherkasy1.7 
 5. Minard, Azovmash1.7 
 6. Mitchell, Khimik1.7 
 7. Ewing, Azovmash1.7 
 8. Sirsnins, DniproAz.1.6 
 9. Culpepper, Fe.1.6 
 10. Tiggs, Hoverla1.6 
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. Rizvic, Azovmash1.5 
 7. Korniyenko, Dnipro1.5 
 8. Davis, Kryvbasb.1.5 
 9. Hunter, Mykolaiv1.4 
 10. Hunter, Fe.1.3 



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  URUGUAY   


Results for the Metro 1st round - by Hector Lopez

The Metropolitan Tournament started last nigth with 11 teams playing for two promotions to the Uruguayan League 2013. The resuls were:
Urunday Universitario 75 - Howard Wilkerson (198-F-84, agency: Two Points, college: Wofford) 22 points 9 rebounds 3 blocks, Pablo Peralta (176-G-88) 14 points 4 rebounds 3 assists
Capitol 60 - Brad Kanis (218-C-84, college: Grand Canyon) 19 points 13 rebounds 3 blocks, Santiago Moglia (196-F-89) 14 points 3 rebounds
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Marne 85 - Nicolas Catala (195-F-91) 31 points, incluiding 7/7 three points shots and 15 rebounds, Darrin Williams (205-C/F-86, college: Loyola, IL) 16 points 18 rebounds
Romis Nelimar 64 - Rogelio De De Leon (205-C-89) 20 points 5 rebounds Jose Moure (185-G-89) 13 points 7 rebounds




Argentina and Uruguay will play the U 15 final game - by Hector Lopez

Argentina and Uruguay will play the final game for the U15 South American Championship played in Maldonado (Uruguay), while Brazil and Chile will play for the third place and the last spot for the pre world Americas Torunament. Argentina reached the final game after crushed Brazil 73-30, while Uruguay defeated Chile 61-35. Venezuela finished in the 5th position after beating Colombia 66-61 and Paraguay was 7th defeating Peru 57-49.


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  VENEZUELA   

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, Marinos19.5 
 5. Adams, Guaiqueries18.9 
 6. Hickerson, Bucan.18.6 
 7. Stoll, Gigantes17.6 
 8. Edwin, Gaiteros17.5 
 9. Romero, Trotamun.17.4 
 10. Millsap, Guaros16.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jack Michael MARTINEZ
  Cocodrilos
  (203-F/C-81)
  Avg: 10.5
 1. Martinez, Cocodril.10.5 
 2. Pruitt, Trotamun.9.4 
 3. Braggs, Gaiteros9.3 
 4. Fuller, Panteras9.2 
 5. Urbina, Toros8.5 
 6. Allen, Marinos7.7 
 7. Gransberry, Cocod.7.7 
 8. Sucre, Marinos7.4 
 9. Jackson, Guaiquer.7.3 
 10. Warner, Bucaneros7.1 
Assists Per Game
 Paul STOLL
  Gigantes
  (178-PG-85)
  Avg: 6.8
 1. Stoll, Gigantes6.8 
 2. Vargas, Marinos5.7 
 3. Cubillan, Trotamun.5.3 
 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. Pena, Toros2.8 
 3. Vargas, Marinos2.8 
 4. Guillent, Bucaneros2.8 
 5. Adams, Guaiqueries2.5 
 6. Sims, Gaiteros2.5 
 7. Elliott, Cocodrilos2.5 
 8. Horton, Panteras2.3 
 9. Cubillan, Trotamun.1.9 
 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.1.3 
 7. Warner, Bucaneros1.1 
 8. Romero, Trotamun.1.0 
 9. Pruitt, Trotamun.1.0 
 10. Marriaga, Marinos0.9 


LPB Semifinals: Guaiqueries beat Trotamundos in Game Five 97-88 (2-3) - by Eurobasket News

LPB Semifinals, Game 5: Guaiqueries - Trotamundos 97-88 (2-3)

Guaiqueries registered second straight win against Trotamundos in LPB Semifinals. They celebrated 97-88 on Thursday coming to 2-3 in the series. The format is best-of-seven and Trotamundos still need one more win for the Finals. Game Six is scheduled for today and Trotamundos will be the host. It will be a nice chance for them to reach the Finals in the front of their fans. At the other side, Guaiqueries hope to get another victory and to force decisive Game Seven. The hosts were already 11 points ahead after 3 quarters and managed to stay in charge for rest of the game. Trotamundos were plagued by 27 personal fouls down the stretch. American center Christopher Jackson (208-C-81, college: N.Mexico St.) nailed a double-double by scoring 18 points and 12 rebounds for the winning side and his fellow American import swingman Antoine Wright (201-84, college: Texas A&M) accounted for 20 points and 5 assists. The former international power forward Hector Romero (202-80, college: New Orleans) came up with 21 points and American forward Trey Gilder (206-85, college: Northwestern St.) added 14 points and 9 rebounds respectively for Trotamundos in the defeat. Four Guaiqueries and five Trotamundos players scored in double figures. Trotamundos' coach Julio Toro rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help.

Guaiqueries: A.Wright 20+3reb+5ast, C.Jackson 18+12reb+2ast, D.Guevara 15+1reb+1ast, C.Silva 12+3reb, R.Lugo 8+3reb+2ast, M.Freije 7+4reb
Trotamundos: H.Romero 21+4reb, T.Gilder 14+9reb, D.Cubillan 13+2reb+4ast, R.Glenn 13+5reb+1ast, R.Perez 10+5reb, S.Pruitt 7+8reb




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Women News


Seattle Storm: Hard times ahead without Lauren Jackson - by Eurobasket News

In the final 12 minutes, when it looked as if this season's opener was going to be another celebration of the women's game in this Storm-crazy city, the Seattle Storm wasn't tough enough.

At winning time, when all it needed to secure the game was to secure the ball, the Storm got sloppy. It got soft. And it got beat. Seattle was outscored 30-10 in the fourth quarter and lost 72-66 Friday night to the Los Angeles Sparks.

'Never say never, but I can't imagine that now that we've experienced this, that we'll get punked like that again,' said perennial All-Star Sue Bird. 'It just seemed like things were just going so well for us those first three quarters that when they did (rally) it put us back on our heels. I'm not saying that's excusable, but that's what happened.'

This is how hard it's going to be for the Seattle Storm for this first half of the season. This is how much it is going to miss its three-time MVP center Lauren Jackson (196-F/C-81), while she prepares for the London Olympics.

Even before Ann Wauters won the first jump ball of the new year, the Seattle Storm season felt as if it were in crisis.

The team will play half a season without Jackson, the best post player in the game. The sadistic early schedule has it playing seven of its first nine games on the road.

Seattle plays its Western Conference rival Los Angeles Sparks four times without Jackson and Friday's meeting was the only home game in that bunch.

The full team has been together for all of three days of practice. When the Storm talks about pregame player introductions, it's talking about introductions to each other.

Even two hours before the game, Storm coach Brian Agler said his staff still was working out substitution rotations. Still looking at what combinations work best.

'We're still a work-in-progress right now,' Agler said.

Welcome to the season of great unknowns.

'We're just going to focus on what we can do each day,' Agler said, 'and make the best of it.'

This was a rotten start.

The Storm led 54-33 with 2:48 to go in the third quarter. The Storm was winning the transition game and draining jump shots from all angles. Normally it would have kept pressuring the Sparks. Seattle would have kept pushing the ball up the floor. But this isn't a normal season. And this isn't the same Seattle Storm.

This night was the best of times - it led 24-10 after the first quarter - that turned into the worst of times for this team.

'I think we're going to be a team that gets better as the season goes on,' Agler said. 'Whether it's because we get a chance to practice or because we get additional players on our roster. I think we can be (good) at some point. There's a lot of questions to be answered including tonight. How we play together and what's our identity going to be.'

This game posed even more questions. It answered none.

After their sprinter's start, the Storm played erratically. Seattle over-dribbled and it resulted in shot-clock violations. The Storm committed 27 turnovers, and in the fourth quarter the home team couldn't get into its offense.

'I think that's the product of a new team,' said Bird. 'When your backs are against the wall and there's pressure and it's late in the game, you're not always thinking straight. If you were to watch our practices, our offense clicks. It flows. There's no problems.

'We just got a little out of sorts. Their pressure obviously had an effect on that. And we're still a new team with new players. None of this is an excuse. It's just the reality of it.'

Jackson thrived in hard-nosed games like this. She would have responded to the Sparks fire. She would have fought. Her physical presence was missed against L.A. and will be missed all the way to the Olympic break.

'We've got a lot of work to do,' Agler said. 'We've got to keep ourselves in contention for the first half of the season. We feel like we can, but we play a lot of road games. But if you're going to win championships, you've got to win road games.'

First you have to win home games. And you can't, you can't, get soft and blow late 20-point leads in your own building.

Courtesy of http://seattletimes.nwsource.com



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  FRANCE   


Stefanie Murphy joins Hainaut Basket - by Eurobasket News

Stefanie Lynn Murphy (193-F-89, college: Boston Coll.) is a new member of Hainaut Basket. The American forward signed a deal for the next season. She spent the last one with Hungarian Pecs 2010. For 27 games in the league Murphy averaged 15.6 points and 8 rebounds. She ended as the fifth best scorer and third rebounder of the competition. For her performance Murphy was awarded with Eurobasket.com All-Hungarian League 2nd Team -12 and Eurobasket.com Hungarian League All-Imports Team -12. Pecs reached Hungarian league and Cup Semifinals. Stefanie Lynn Murphy graduated at the Boston College a year ago. She had 15.6 ppg and 8 rpg for her school in their last season together. Murphy participated at the Connecticut Sun training camp, but was waived erectly.


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  JAPAN   


Japan defeat Slovakia in Oyama - by Eurobasket News

Japan - Slovakia 65:62

Japan and Slovakia clashed in Oyama in the first game of the test series. Japan claimed a narrow 65:62 victory. The teams will now move to Shibuya. The next games are scheduled for Monday and Tuesday.
Slovakia started the game strongly. They ensured a 23:17 lead after ten minutes of action. But Japan adjusted their defence in the second frame. They cut the deficit to just a single point 31:32 at halftime. Japan stayed aggressive defensively in the third term. They held the European counterparts to 11 points to surge ahead for a 47:43. Japan remained in front throughout the fourth quarter and sealed a narrow win at the end. Yoko Nagi (175-F-82) posted 23 points to lead the effort. Yuka Mamiya (184-C/F-90) added 17 points, while Rika Tanaka (173-G/F-82) had 10 points in the victory. Ivana Jalcova (182-G-83) answered with 16 points for Slovakia. Klaudia Lukacovicova (193-C-90) delivered 12 points in the loss.

Japan: Yoko Nagi 23, Yuka Mamiya 17, Rika Tanaka 10
Slovakia: Ivana Jalcova 16, Klaudia Lukacovicova 12



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  LUXEMBOURG   

Stats Leaders - Women

Points Per Game
 Meghan GARDLER
  Amicale
  (183-F-88)
  Avg: 27.4
 1. Gardler, Amicale27.4 
 2. Yoerger, Racing26.4 
 3. Mosgrove, T71 D.23.0 
 4. Stowe, AB Contern22.6 
 5. Cumberbatch, Telst.22.6 
 6. Micir, Residence21.4 
 7. Augustine, Basket21.1 
 8. Fisher, Musel Pikes18.0 
 9. Donovan, Basket E.16.0 
 10. Hetting, Etzella15.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Bridget YOERGER
  Racing
  (180-F-87)
  Avg: 14.8
 1. Yoerger, Racing14.8 
 2. Gardler, Amicale14.3 
 3. Augustine, Basket13.9 
 4. Stowe, AB Contern13.7 
 5. Jones, Etzella12.8 
 6. Mosgrove, T71 D.12.4 
 7. Fisher, Musel Pikes11.4 
 8. Micir, Residence9.9 
 9. Adamczyk, T71 D.9.3 
 10. Donovan, Basket7.9 
Assists Per Game
 Romi MEINTZ
  Amicale
  (170-G-88)
  Avg: 5
 1. Meintz, Amicale5.0 
 2. Schmit, Musel Pikes4.3 
 3. Donovan, Basket E.4.2 
 4. Haris, Basket Esch3.8 
 5. Yoerger, Racing3.7 
 6. Wagener, T71 D.3.1 
 7. Wagener, T71 D.3.0 
 8. Fisher, Musel Pikes2.6 
 9. Augustine, Basket2.5 
 10. Cigrang, Musel Pi.2.5 
Steals Per Game
 Bridget YOERGER
  Racing
  (180-F-87)
  Avg: 3.7
 1. Yoerger, Racing3.7 
 2. Schmit, Musel Pikes3.5 
 3. Petrova, Etzella3.0 
 4. Gardler, Amicale2.9 
 5. Wagener, T71 D.2.9 
 6. Fisher, Musel Pikes2.5 
 7. Adamczyk, T71 D.2.5 
 8. Hetting, Etzella2.4 
 9. Putz, Heffingen2.2 
 10. Cumberbatch, Tels.2.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Bridget YOERGER
  Racing
  (180-F-87)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Yoerger, Racing1.7 
 2. Augustine, Basket1.6 
 3. Gardler, Amicale1.1 
 4. Fisher, Musel Pikes1.0 
 5. Jones, Etzella0.9 
 6. Mazjoukhina, Musel0.9 
 7. Stowe, AB Contern0.6 
 8. Neiertz, Etzella0.6 
 9. Buzasi, Telstar0.5 
 10. Weynandt, Amicale0.5 


Diekirch League Round 1 of Finals. Basket Esch celebrate victory - by Eurobasket News

T71 Dudelange - Basket Esch 61-79

Basket Esch jumped to 1-0 lead in the title series following a road win over T71 Dudelange. The game was mostly controlled by Basket Esch. T71 Dudelange managed to win fourth quarter 18-8. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. American forward Lamisha Augustine (186-82, college: San Jose St., agency: LBM Management) fired a double-double by scoring 24 points and 18 rebounds for the winners. The former international point guard Andrea Haris (169-78) chipped in 25 points. Four Basket Esch players scored in double figures. Basket Esch's coach Jean-Francois Manti used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American guard Cerie Mosgrove (182-88, college: Massachusetts) produced a double-double by scoring 22 points and 18 rebounds and international swingman Kim Bruck (171-87) added 12 points respectively for lost side.
Top scorers:
T71 Dudelange: C.Mosgrove 22+18reb, K.Bruck 12+1reb, R.Wagener 8+3reb+2ast, R.Adamczyk 8+3reb, L.Schmit 6+1reb+2ast, A.Wagener 3+5reb+1ast
Basket Esch: A.Haris 25+1reb+2ast, L.Augustine 24+18reb+2ast, K.Donovan 11+8reb+8ast, A.Szaboova 10+9reb, A.Leonard 6, B.Schulte 2+2reb
gschID: 176745



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  NCAA1   


Saginaw Valley State women's basketball lands Division 1 transfer Briana Graham - by Eurobasket News

Forward Briana Graham (6'0''-F) will transfer from Division 1 Iona College to the Saginaw Valley State women's basketball program, SVSU athletics announced Friday.

The former Detroit Martin Luther King standout will be eligible immediately and have three years of eligibility. Graham was a 2011 McDonald's All-American nominee and ranked the 58th-best forward nationally by Hoopgurlz.

'I wanted to come home and find a good place where I can be a part of a program where I can do special things,' Graham said in a press release. 'I just want to win and I see that the SVSU program is on the rise. Coach Pewinski is turning things around and I want to help her reach new heights.'

Graham is one of a seven-player 2012 recruiting class, along with Danielle and Katelyn Carriere (London, Ont.), Alex Green (East Lansing, Mich.), Mikayla Silm (St. John's, Mich.), Emily Wendling (Flushing, Mich.) and Paige Wright (Fort Wayne, Ind.)

Courtesy of www.mlive.com



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  NCAA2   


Saginaw Valley State women's basketball lands Division 1 transfer Briana Graham - by Eurobasket News

Forward Briana Graham (6'0''-F) will transfer from Division 1 Iona College to the Saginaw Valley State women's basketball program, SVSU athletics announced Friday.

The former Detroit Martin Luther King standout will be eligible immediately and have three years of eligibility. Graham was a 2011 McDonald's All-American nominee and ranked the 58th-best forward nationally by Hoopgurlz.

'I wanted to come home and find a good place where I can be a part of a program where I can do special things,' Graham said in a press release. 'I just want to win and I see that the SVSU program is on the rise. Coach Pewinski is turning things around and I want to help her reach new heights.'

Graham is one of a seven-player 2012 recruiting class, along with Danielle and Katelyn Carriere (London, Ont.), Alex Green (East Lansing, Mich.), Mikayla Silm (St. John's, Mich.), Emily Wendling (Flushing, Mich.) and Paige Wright (Fort Wayne, Ind.)

Courtesy of www.mlive.com



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  SLOVAKIA   


Japan defeat Slovakia in Oyama - by Eurobasket News

Japan - Slovakia 65:62

Japan and Slovakia clashed in Oyama in the first game of the test series. Japan claimed a narrow 65:62 victory. The teams will now move to Shibuya. The next games are scheduled for Monday and Tuesday.
Slovakia started the game strongly. They ensured a 23:17 lead after ten minutes of action. But Japan adjusted their defence in the second frame. They cut the deficit to just a single point 31:32 at halftime. Japan stayed aggressive defensively in the third term. They held the European counterparts to 11 points to surge ahead for a 47:43. Japan remained in front throughout the fourth quarter and sealed a narrow win at the end. Yoko Nagi (175-F-82) posted 23 points to lead the effort. Yuka Mamiya (184-C/F-90) added 17 points, while Rika Tanaka (173-G/F-82) had 10 points in the victory. Ivana Jalcova (182-G-83) answered with 16 points for Slovakia. Klaudia Lukacovicova (193-C-90) delivered 12 points in the loss.

Japan: Yoko Nagi 23, Yuka Mamiya 17, Rika Tanaka 10
Slovakia: Ivana Jalcova 16, Klaudia Lukacovicova 12



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  TURKEY   


Edremit lands American PG Constance Jinks - by Eurobasket News

Edremit Belediyesi is very active these days. Their latest signing is American point guard Constance Jinks (170-PG-81, agency: Merit Sports, college: UNLV), who penned a deal for the next season. She is not a new face in Turkey as she already played there in 2010/11. Jinks was a member of Mersin, where she averaged 13.7 points, 4.6 rebounds and 1.9 assists in 24 games. Last season Constance Jinks split between Elitzur Netanya and Lotos Gdynia. With the Polish squad Jinks had 10.7 ppg, 2.8 rpg and 2.1 apg for 22 PLKK games. Before that she registered 10 ppg, 3.7 rpg and 3.3 rpg for Netanya, but appeared only three times for the club. In the past, Jinks played in France and Croatia. In 2006/07 season she was a member of Migrosspor and was named Eurobasket.com All-Turkish TBBL 2nd Team -07. In 2009 with Sibenik Jinks won Adriatic league title and was named Player of the Year.


Ekin Bas: 'I have belived from the beginning of the year that can beat every team' - by Mustafa Bozkurt

Ekin Bas is the one of most succesfull coach of Turkish TKB2L this year while he brought Gure Belediyesi to Final Four and lost the top division chance in the last game. He just parted ways with Gure Belediyesi and he evaluates the offers now for next season. Here is a short interview with Coach Ekin Bas.

1-What was your goal before the beginning of season ?

I have belived from the beginning of the year that can beat every team. When you belive your players and let them to show their abilities on court, you can built a team which is creative and winner .

2-Whats your secret ? We know that your butget is low and you played final four and your team your team won 23 in a row ?

Obviously care my players and i want them to be the best player they can be as basketball player as indivicual as a team and every time i belive that hard work. I want to make sure I get them to the next level to respect us and win the championships.

3-You developed many young players during this season like Aysu Keskin, Asena Yalcin what do u think about them ?

Final four games was very important and many important player played in final four. You need experience. Both of my players had a lot of experience at youth levels and they give us lots of energy in the games and in the practice. They are great kids who have improved thier game also they learned how to play under pressure this is very important for them I belive that they will be very important players for the Turkish National Team next couple of years

4- What is your plan on your career ?

I have some job offers, not only the second division also from first division. I am gonna decide next couple of days . Team names is not important for me. I am thinking about it. And my biggest aim for the future, i want to work in Europe. I want to share my basketball belief with Europen players .




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Taurasi juggles Mercury duties, Olympic quest - by Eurobasket News

Every four years, the WNBA season offers a fun variable that really can affect a team.

Well, unless it doesn't.

We're referring to the Olympic break, a month-long (give or take) intermission that divides the WNBA summer into two potentially distinct parts.

'It's like two seasons,' said Phoenix Mercury coach Corey Gaines, whose first campaign as the team's head coach included an Olympic break in 2008. 'It may hurt you ... it may help you.'

Right, depending on how the Mercury perform from Sunday's season opener through the final pre-break game on July 13, Gaines will have to wait and see what impact having 34 days between games might have on his team. Such a lengthy interlude has the potential to wreck momentum. It also could provide a struggling team with a period of renewal.

But what eventually occurs in Phoenix should have a lot to do with how Mercury guard -- and Team USA Olympian -- Diana Taurasi (6'0''-F/G-82, college: Connecticut) performs both before and after.

Entering her ninth WNBA season, the five-team All-Star and 2009 MVP will add a third consecutive Olympic run with Team USA. Taurasi, who collected a gold in Athens (2004) and another in Beijing (2008), helped lead the Mercury to WNBA championships in 2007 and 2009.

After spending another winter playing in Europe, Taurasi recently participated in the pre-Olympic camp before joining the Mercury on Monday.

'It's a grind,' Taurasi said. 'It's a lot of basketball in a short amount of time, but we get to play basketball, so you can't complain too much.'

A certified gym rat, Taurasi was able to slip in a couple weeks off between her season in Europe and the Team USA camp.

'It's not ideal,' she said, 'because you do need time to recover mentally and physically. I don't like staying away from the gym for two weeks, but you have to kind of force yourself. It's more mental ... the grind of having to get up for every practice and every game. So for those two weeks, you try to step away from everything and hopefully try to take your mind off of basketball.'

That's not exactly a breeze, because basketball is what she does, and she still does it very well.

During the 2011 WNBA season, Taurasi's scoring average dipped by one point (to 21.6) from 2010, but her shooting efficiency was bumped up by two percentage points, both from three-point range and overall. With Mercury teammate -- and Australian Olympian -- Penny Taylor lost for the 2012 season with a knee injury, Gaines will be counting on Taurasi to continue her high level of production.

To help maintain an elite focus, Taurasi can embrace a recommendation given by Geno Auriemma -- her coach at Connecticut and on Team USA -- shortly before breaking camp in Seattle.

'He said, 'Prove that you're an Olympian when you go back to your team,'' Taurasi said.

Taurasi will have 19 games to demonstrate her on-court value before she and her Olympic teammates leave for London and the quest for more gold. In 2008, the Olympic break spanned most of August, leaving the Mercury with only seven games remaining in the regular season.

They were 12-15 before the '08 break and won four of those last seven. It also should be noted that instead of cramming 34 games into the same time frame as last season, the WNBA regular season will start a couple of weeks earlier and end two weeks later.

'It's a different dynamic when you have the Olympics,' Taurasi said. 'Obviously, the hiatus when July hits ... you just have to stay focused and stay in the moment.

'When I'm in Phoenix, all I'm thinking about is Phoenix. There's nothing I can do or think that's going to affect London.'

And what she's thinking about in Phoenix is the challenge of striving to be as close to perfect as she and the Mercury can be each game. Losing Taylor and adding several new teammates with the potential to thrive presents Taurasi with enough to consider before shifting her focus to London.

'Every little play, every minute on the court is going to determine the outcome of the game,' she said.

Courtesy of www.foxsportsarizona.com