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  AUSTRALIA   



Blog #3.. Ron Dorsey..Back to them winning ways..The road to the playoff/grand final game! (NzNBL) - by Ronald Dorsey

Feels GREAT getting back on a winning track over here in New Zealand playing for the Auckland Pirates. After finishing up a roller coaster season in Melbourne and falling short of our goal of making the playoffs. I decided to follow Gods path and capitalize on the opportunity to continue playing for another 2 months here in Auckland before heading back home to Detroit. I believe it was a great decision for me to come into the NzNBL to redeem myself and help this 2nd year team make there way back into the league here. With saying that, we finished up our regular season last night with double wins on the road, ending the season 13-3 in 2nd place (averaging 16pts, 4rebs in 10 games). Which is a major turn around from the team achievements last season. We got a special group of great guys that get along very well with each other and that's always a plus in any league you play in!
So, that brings us here into our last week of practice going into the Playoff/Grand Final game May 26th-27th. (one game elimination) Its going to be a great weekend in Wellington, NZ. Time to lay it all on the line and bring home this CHAMPIONSHIP!!
'Go HARD or Go HOME baby.. Lets GO!!
Ron D.
Stay Blessed & Humble!




Tigers sign Ballinger - by Hugh McAuliffe

The Melbourne Tigers are pleased to confirm their first official signing of the 2012/13 iiNet NBL Championship Season is Adam Ballinger (205-F/C-79, college: Michigan St.).

Ballinger, a 205cm power forward/centre born in Indiana (USA), became an Australia citizen in 2009 and last season captained the Adelaide 36ers. He won the 36ers Club Most Valuable Player award in four consecutive seasons from 2007-2011, however his run for a fifth MVP award was halted when his 2011/12 season ended abruptly after rupturing a tendon in his left ankle in Round 11.

It is great to be coming back to Melbourne. My wife and her family are from there and it was where I got my first job! The club, with their new management, has exciting times ahead and I am really looking forward to joining my teammates and playing for the Tigers, Ballinger said.

Signed players so far:
Tommy Greer (200-F-83, college: Nova SE)
Liam Rush (202-F-82)
Ronald Dorsey (197-F/G-83, college: McNeese St.)
Lucas Walker (203-F-84, college: St.Mary's, CA)
Adam Ballinger

Tigers Director of Basketball Chris Anstey was thrilled with the addition of Ballinger.

Adam was a top priority target of ours and we are very pleased he chose us. Both on and off the court he is a great fit for the Melbourne Tigers and the type of person we want around the club. He has a great personality and has proven his ability in this league with his resume of club MVPs and high league MVP polling, Anstey said.

Adam joins the club with something to prove coming off injury, however we believe he has plenty of basketball left in him. We do not look at him as a short term fix, we believe he will provide great value for an extended period of time, Anstey added.



SBL: Lightning on top, Eagles surprise Magic (Saturday night wrap) - by Eurobasket News

The Lakeside Lightning struck again taking down the Geraldton Buccaneers 84-69.

The Lightning storm continues as they secured their 12th win of the season with 13 three pointers and 26 points from turnovers.

The Lightning are an all-round impenetrable force, Luke Payne (17 points) and Brad Jackson (185-G-83) (14 points) dominating offensively while Jarrad Prue (199-C-82) (13 points, 25 rebounds) with 17 defensive rebounds controlled the boards.

The Wanneroo Wolves are hungry for the top spot after securing their fourth consecutive win defeating the Goldfields Giants 99-90.

The Wolves tenth win of the season came on the back of stellar performances from Sebastion Salinas (25 points) and double-doubles from Jordan Wild (22 points, 11 rebounds) and Damian Matacz (205-C-79, college: N.Michigan) (30 points, 11 rebounds).

The tenth place East Perth Eagles continue to soar after annihilating the third place Mandurah Magic 121-69.

Eagles Drew Williamson (28 points) and Jarrod Balcombe (23 points) too much for the Magic, despite an impressive fight from Taylor Mullenax (30 points).

The Cockburn Cougars have taken down the Kalamunda Eastern Suns 119-90 with an incredible performance from Cougars Jeremiah Wilson with 37 points, 13 rebounds and five assists.

Willetton Tigers were happy to get a strong win over the South West Slammers, prevailing 108-84 after two last minute losses last weekend.

The Perth Redbacks have defeated the Rockingham Flames 119-93 while the Stirling Senators got over the top of the Perry Lakes Hawks 91-81.

The dark horses triumphed with some big upsets in the women's league last night, the Tigers taking down the second placed Slammers 86-77.

The Flames securing a top eight position after defeating the third place Redbacks 55-51, thanks to a big game from Flames star Emma Cannon (23 points, eight rebounds).

Bottom team Cockburn have ended the Suns five game winning streak 84-74.

Cougars forward Stephanie Jones put in a stellar performance, finishing with an incredible 31 points and 11 rebounds.

The Hawks smashed the Senators 77-45 while a bottom four clash saw the Eagles take down the Magic 92-63.

Article by Hannah Coleman
Courtesy of: SBL



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  AUSTRIA   

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Stjepan STAZIC
  BC Vienna
  (199-G-78)
  Avg: 26.3
 1. Stazic, BC Vienna26.3 
 2. Drenovac, Arkadia23.0 
 3. Reed, Oberwart19.9 
 4. Shaw, Oberwart18.3 
 5. Shavies, Furstenf.18.1 
 6. Curry, Gmunden18.0 
 7. Djuric, Gussing17.2 
 8. Matthews, BC Vi.17.2 
 9. Grum, UBSC G.17.1 
 10. Fears, Kapfenberg17.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Joe WERNER
  Wels
  (201-C-84)
  Avg: 9.3
 1. Werner, Wels9.3 
 2. Oppland, Gmunden8.6 
 3. Gordon, Kapfenberg8.4 
 4. Reed, Oberwart7.8 
 5. Skurdauskas, Arkad.7.2 
 6. Ware, Furstenfeld7.2 
 7. Moric, UBSC G.7.1 
 8. Chappell, Klostern.6.9 
 9. Robinson, Furstenf.6.8 
 10. Nelson, Kapfenbe.6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Benedikt DANEK
  Arkadia
  (176-PG-86)
  Avg: 6.9
 1. Danek, Arkadia6.9 
 2. Fears, Kapfenberg6.5 
 3. Shavies, Furstenf.5.9 
 4. Schreiner, Kapfe.5.4 
 5. Klepeisz, Gussing5.1 
 6. Curry, Gmunden5.0 
 7. Stazic, BC Vienna4.7 
 8. Schaal, UBSC G.4.4 
 9. Grum, UBSC G.3.9 
 10. Milosevic, St.Pol.3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Jeremy FEARS
  Kapfenberg
  (196-G-85)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Fears, Kapfenberg2.5 
 2. Shavies, Furstenf.2.3 
 3. Matthews, BC Vi.2.0 
 4. Pryor, Wels1.9 
 5. Toroman, BC Vienna1.9 
 6. Brown, Wels1.9 
 7. Schreiner, Kapfe.1.9 
 8. O''Neal, Furstenfeld1.5 
 9. Mayer, Gmunden1.5 
 10. Danek, Arkadia1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Gary WARE
  Furstenfeld
  (205-F/C-83)
  Avg: 1.1
 1. Ware, Furstenfeld1.1 
 2. Scott, Gussing0.9 
 3. Skurdauskas, Arkad.0.8 
 4. Koch, Gussing0.7 
 5. Brown, Wels0.7 
 6. Arnold, Gmunden0.7 
 7. Moric, UBSC G.0.6 
 8. Nelson, Kapfenberg0.6 
 9. Rizvic, Oberwart0.6 
 10. Kohlmaier, Wels0.6 



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  BELGIUM   

Stats Leaders - Division I

Points Per Game
 Christopher COPELAND
  Aalstar
  (203-F-84)
  Avg: 21.8
 1. Copeland, Aalstar21.8 
 2. Bostic, Liege16.7 
 3. Lojeski, Oostende14.8 
 4. Mallet, Spirou14.5 
 5. Black, Antwerp14.2 
 6. Haynes, Gent14.1 
 7. Taylor, M.Hainaut13.9 
 8. Love, Verviers-Pep.13.3 
 9. Broyles, Spirou13.2 
 10. Jenkins, Gent13.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jason LOVE
  Verviers-Pep.
  (206-F/C-87)
  Avg: 8.7
 1. Love, Verviers-Pep.8.7 
 2. Brown, Gent7.9 
 3. Mejri, Antwerp7.5 
 4. Merriex, Verviers.7.1 
 5. Young, Aalstar7.1 
 6. Mukubu, Verviers.6.8 
 7. McLean, Leuven6.8 
 8. Booker, Oostende6.3 
 9. Jackson, Aalstar6.3 
 10. Bostic, Liege5.7 
Assists Per Game
 Dominic WATERS
  Liege
  (185-PG-86)
  Avg: 4.1
 1. Waters, Liege4.1 
 2. Djordjevic, Ooste.3.6 
 3. Bosco, Gent3.4 
 4. Marnegrave, Leuven3.4 
 5. Black, Antwerp3.1 
 6. Slaughter, M.Hai.3.0 
 7. Steinbach, Aalstar2.9 
 8. Mallet, Spirou2.8 
 9. Taylor, M.Hainaut2.6 
 10. Bostic, Liege2.6 
Steals Per Game
 Adeola DAGUNDURO
  Leuven
  (196-G-86)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Dagunduro, Leuven2.5 
 2. Mukubu, Verviers.2.2 
 3. Black, Antwerp2.1 
 4. Hopkins, Antwerp2.0 
 5. Bosco, Gent2.0 
 6. Mallet, Spirou1.9 
 7. Wilson, Antwerp1.8 
 8. Maras, M.Hainaut1.7 
 9. Muya, Liege1.7 
 10. Cage, M.Hainaut1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Salah MEJRI
  Antwerp
  (216-C-86)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Mejri, Antwerp2.5 
 2. Riddick, Spirou1.8 
 3. Jennings, Liege1.5 
 4. Love, Verviers-Pep.0.9 
 5. Booker, Oostende0.8 
 6. Young, Aalstar0.8 
 7. Nivins, M.Hainaut0.6 
 8. Holiday, Aalstar0.5 
 9. De Zeeuw, Verviers.0.5 
 10. Copeland, Aalstar0.5 


Charleroi completes Semifinals picture - by Eurobasket News

Quarterfinals, Game 3: Spirou Charleroi - Leuven 89-68 (2-1)

Spirou Charleroi advanced to Belgian league Semifinals. They blasted Leuven on Saturday night 89-68 winning the series with 2-1. In the Semis, Charleroi will meet Antwerp. It will be another best-of-three series and first game is scheduled for Tuesday. Antwerp will have a home court advantage. The other Semifinals pair is Oostende - Mons-Hainaut. They will meet tomorrow in Game One.
The game was mostly controlled by Spirou Charleroi. Leuven Bears managed to win third quarter 27-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. 26 personal fouls committed by Leuven Bears helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a good game for American guard Demond Mallet (186-78, college: McNeese St., agency: Higher Vision Sports) who led his team to a victory with 27 points. Czech forward Jiri Welsch (201-80) contributed with 17 points and 5 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) for the winners. Four Spirou Charleroi players scored in double figures. Naturalized American forward Ian Hanavan (202-80, college: Evansville, agency: Interperformances) answered with 19 points and 5 rebounds (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line) and American forward Jamel McLean (203-88, college: Xavier) added 8 points and 12 rebounds in the effort for Leuven Bears.
It is important to mention that Oostende and Antwerp went directly to the Semis from the regular season. Both teams will have home court advantage in their series.

Spirou: D.Mallet 27+1reb+1ast, J.Welsch 17+5reb+3ast, C.Hill 12+4reb+1ast, C.Beghin 12+7reb+5ast, D.Broyles 7+7reb+1ast, C.Green 6+7reb+2ast
Leuven: I.Hanavan 19+5reb+2ast, A.Dagunduro 11+3reb, N.Marnegrave 10+3reb+2ast, B.Freeman 10+2reb+1ast, M.McGhee 9+5reb+3ast, J.McLean 8+12reb+1ast



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ESHS Houses 3 & 2 dominate in Bball championship - by David Edole

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI House 3 clung on to win the ESHS Junior Inter House Championship, on Wednesday May 16, 2012, beating House 2, 32-28 despite being outscored 12-1 in the final quarter. House 2 had a far easier time in securing the Senior Championship 51-30 against House 3.

A 7-point half time lead for House 3 Juniors had increased to 15 points at the end of the third, but then House 2 went on all out offense in an attempt to steal victory from the jaws of defeat. Jacoy Walwyn top scored for House 3 with 9 points, JMoi Liburd added 8 and MVP Franklyn Penn 7 with 5 rebounds, 2 steals and 4 assists. House 2s charge was led by Romain Minotts 9 points, 8 rebounds, 1 block, 3 steals and 3 assists. Tyler Cameron scored 8 whilst Chris Andre Stevens contributed 6.

In the Senior Championship Game, House 2 raced into a 24-14 half time lead and strode away to a 25 point advantage by the end of the third. House 3 pulled back some respectability with a 16 point 4th, but it was too little too late. Kevon Shaq Lettsome, the left handed Mumba, led the way with 15 points, 4 rebounds, 5 steals and 3 assists for House 2. Ashfield Frett added 12 points and 8 rebounds and Kevin Bodkin scored 11 points with 4 rebounds, 1 block and 3 steals. For House 2 NKosane Stapleton and Mackebo Fahie both scored 8 and Mickey Joseph 6.

The last round of group play saw House 2 secure its place in both the Junior and Senior Finals with wins over House 4. In the Juniors Romain Minotts 9 points led his team to a tight 14-11 victory as House 2 overcame a 7-9 half time deficit to outscore their opponents 7-2 in the second half for the win. Minott added 4 blocks, 2 rebounds and 1 assist, whilst House 4s points were shared by Terrique Wattley Jnr. with 5 and Makeem Hastings with 4. Hastings also picked up 9 rebounds.

In the Senior Game House 2 romped to a double digit win over House 4 35-21. Ashfield Frett was the stand out performer with 12 points and 7 rebounds. Kevon Lettsome added 9 and Kevin Bodkin 5. Lettsome also had 4 assists and 5 rebounds. For House 4, Shakoy George scored 10 with 5 rebounds, 2 blocks and 4 steals, DMoi Matthew added 5 rebounds to his 8 point return.

The Championship began on May 1, with House 1, juniors beating House 4, 20-19 thanks to a large 4th quarter in which they outscored House 4, 10-4 to take the win. Rasheele Roberts top scored with 7 points, Vincent Wattley added 4 along with 2 rebounds and 2 assists, whilst Paul Mourillon also scored 4 points. For House 4, Akeem Nibbs scored 10 points, Rolondo Rogers added 5 with 8 rebounds and Thomas Richardson scored 3.

In the senior match up, House 4 extracted some revenge by coming out 32-30 winners over House 1, thanks to Shaqueil Prescotts 8 point contribution. Stefan Richardson scored 7 with 3 rebounds and 2 assists and Shakoy George had 6 points and 6 rebounds. For House 1, Kishawn Fahie scored 8 points with 2 rebounds, Vincent Wattle 8 points with 5 rebounds and Kemuel Gumbs 6 points and 5 rebounds.

House 3 made their debut in the Championship with a tense 19-17 win over House 2, on the back of Joash Victors 5 points and 4 point contributions from Tahj Malone and Franklyn Penn. For house 2 Albert Hatchett got 9 points and 6 rebounds whilst Romain Minott scored 8 points, 3 rebounds, 2 steals and 1 assist.

In the senior game, House 2 beat House 3 29-27 with Ashfield fret scoring 15 points with 6 rebounds and 3 steals. Kevon Shaq the left handed Mumba Lettsome added 10 points, 4 rebounds, 3 steals and one assist. For house 3 Hasani Halbert scored 14 points, Mickey Joseph 6 and Nkosane Stapleton 5.

As the Elmore Stout High School Inter House Tournament continued on the court at long bush House 2 secured wins over House 1 in both the junior and senior division. Both games featured turning point 3rd quarters with House 2 juniors breaking an 8 point half time by taking the 3rd 8-2 and going on to secure a 21-16 victory. Romain Minott top scored with 8 points, 2 rebounds, 1 block, 3 steals and 1 assist. Chris Andre Stevens added 6 points, 4 rebounds, 3 steals, and 1 assist.

For House 1, Rasheele Roberts scored 8 points, 5 rebounds, 1 block, 4 steals and one assist, whilst Vincent Wattley contributed 6 points, 8 rebounds and 2 steals.

In the senior game, House 2 ran away in the 3rd quarter, outscoring house 1 by 18-7 to take a 32-17 lead into the final quarter. House 1 fought back right to the final buzzer scoring 14 points to their opponents 4, but it wasnt quite enough as house 2 held on to win 38-31. For House 2, Ashfield Frett scored 14 points and added 6 rebounds and 1 block. Kevon Shaq the left handed Mumba finished with 8 points. For House 1, Kishawn Fahie scored 14 points with 5 rebounds, 3 steals and 3 assists, whilst Kevin Jones had 4 points, 3 rebounds, 2 steals and 2 assists.

House 3 Juniors beat House 4 21-16, with Franklyn Penn getting 8 points, 6 steals, 1 rebound, 1 block and 1 assist. He was aided by 5 points from Joash Victor and 4 from JMoi Liburd. Victor also added 6 steals whilst Liburd picked up 3 rebounds and 3 steals. For house 4, Akeem Nibbs scored 6 points and Terrique Wattley 5 with 6 rebounds.

In the senior division, House 3 beat house 4, 32-21. Elvette Dore scored 8 with 2 rebounds and one assist. Nkosane Stapleton scored 6 with 4 steals and Mikey Jospeh 2 points and 7 rebounds. House 4 were led by Shaquiel Prescotts 8 points and 2 steals along with Shakoy George who scored 6 with 6 rebounds.



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  BULGARIA   


Chalon defends the Cup in France, Ilian Evtimov MVP - by Vladi Lazarova

Ilian Evtimov (201-F-83, agency: Interperformances, college: N.Carolina St.) played a fantastic game and his team Chalon won the Cup of France for the second consecutive season. In front of 5000 thousand people at 'Bercy' in Paris, 201 cm tall forward of Chalon was the best player on the court against Limoges and his team won the final by 83:75. Evtimov was on fire tonight and scored 28 points, including 8 three-pointers in 16 attempts. He added 7 rebounds and at the end nobody was surprised when Ilian was voted for MVP.

'I want to thank to all my teammates
. They did a great job tonight finding me in open positions to shoot the ball. My job is exactly this - to shoot and score points for my team. Tonight I did it and I am very happy. There are a lot of emotions in our heads, but we must calm down and focuse on our 1/4-final against Roanne in three days', said Evtimov.









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  CZECH REPUBLIC   

Stats Leaders - NBL

Points Per Game
 Peter SEDMAK
  USK Praha
  (207-C-85)
  Avg: 19.7
 1. Sedmak, USK Praha19.7 
 2. Pope, Chomutov19.6 
 3. McFadden, Usti n.18.2 
 4. Grant, Levice17.9 
 5. Lowery, Chomutov17.6 
 6. Hruban, USK Praha16.7 
 7. Houska, BK Decin15.0 
 8. Arnold, BK Pardu.14.9 
 9. Meno, Svitavy14.8 
 10. Smith, BK Prost.14.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Stanislav VOTROUBEK
  USK P.
  (212-C-81)
  Avg: 8.8
 1. Votroubek, USK P.8.8 
 2. Pesic, Inter B.8.6 
 3. Meno, Svitavy8.4 
 4. Gottselig, Usti n.8.0 
 5. Gadri-N., BK Prost.7.9 
 6. Arnold, BK Pardu.7.9 
 7. Naymick, CEZ N.7.7 
 8. Peterson, BK Prost.7.2 
 9. Modric, Levice7.2 
 10. Houska, BK Decin6.9 
Assists Per Game
 Emanuel UBILLA
  Inter B.
  (188-G-86)
  Avg: 5.3
 1. Ubilla, Inter B.5.3 
 2. Deloach, Svitavy5.1 
 3. Sotnar, USK Praha4.7 
 4. Wright, Chomutov4.6 
 5. Wright, NH Ostrava4.6 
 6. Vrubl, Plzen4.4 
 7. Lawrence, CEZ N.4.2 
 8. Sirina, B&W Opava4.1 
 9. McFadden, Usti n.4.1 
 10. George, Svitavy3.9 
Steals Per Game
 Rashaan AMES
  BC Kolin
  (184-PG-78)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Ames, BC Kolin2.6 
 2. Ubilla, Inter B.2.5 
 3. Wright, Chomutov2.4 
 4. McFadden, Usti n.2.3 
 5. Wright, NH Ostrava2.1 
 6. Lowery, Chomutov1.9 
 7. Klecka, B&W Opava1.9 
 8. Sirina, B&W Opava1.8 
 9. Pumprla, CEZ N.1.7 
 10. Deloach, Svitavy1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Andrew NAYMICK
  CEZ N.
  (211-C-85)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Naymick, CEZ N.1.5 
 2. Hughes, NH Ostrava1.3 
 3. Miklosik, B&W O.1.3 
 4. Gadri-N., BK Prost.1.2 
 5. Williams, BK Decin1.0 
 6. Reese, Usti n.0.9 
 7. Grant, Levice0.9 
 8. Arnold, BK Pardu.0.9 
 9. Meno, Svitavy0.8 
 10. Houska, BK Decin0.8 


CEZ Nymburk wins NBL Final opener - by Eurobasket News

CEZ Nymburk - BK Prostejov 75-66 (1-0)

The hosts trailed by 9 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 2-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 75-66. CEZ Nymburk dominated down low during the game scoring 58 of its points in the paint compared to BK Prostejov's 38. The former international power forward Petr Benda (203-82, agency: Court Side) stepped up and scored 12 points and 7 rebounds for the winners and the former international forward Pavel Pumprla (200-86) chipped in 10 points and 7 rebounds. CEZ Nymburk's coach used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the losing side American center Bertengeh Gadri-Nicholson (208-83, college: Denver) responded with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 12 rebounds and the other American import Jamar Smith (191-87, college: S.Indiana, agency: KMG Sports Management) scored 12 points and 7 rebounds.
Top scorers:
CEZ Nymburk: C.Simmons 13+5reb, P.Benda 12+7reb+1ast, P.Pumprla 10+7reb+2ast, R.Necas 8+5reb+5ast, L.Wilson 8+5reb, M.Kremen 8+3reb+1ast
BK Prostejov: B.Gadri-Nicholson 15+12reb, J.Smith 12+7reb+2ast, D.Pandula 10+5reb+3ast, V.Bratcenkov 9+2reb, T.Peterson 8+10reb, P.Slezak 7+2reb+1ast
gschID: 176700



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  EGYPT   


Ettahad the champ - by Khaled El Saied

Ettahad grabbed the title of the Egyptian cup final game against Ahly club 83 \ 75 who refused to come back ,at the first quarter Ettahad took the lead 23/17 also the second quarter with 52/34 , the third quarter 63/47 it was obvious that the green team (Ettahad) was dominating the game while the red team tried to come back in the last quarter but with no use Ettahad finished the game with 5 points lead ,Ahly club dream to grab the second title this season for the first time in their history was vanished.congratulations Green team for the cup and also the red team for the premium league.


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  EUROBASKET SUMMER LEAGUE   


Eurobasket Summer League Charlotte first day - by ESL News

Registration, drills and player evaluation is over. The time was 11:30 p.m. when we ended the first day or evening session. Registration started at 6:00 p.m. with individual interviews followed by fundamental drills. After the drills teams were put together for player and team evaluation. The guys really worked hard in drills and played their buts off in the games. I am sure that everyone was exhausted from traveling and the workout, but they finished strong. The games were close and the defensive intensity was high. The coaches just ended their meeting at a quarter after midnight and everyone agreed that the guys played well and there were fifteen guys who made a mark on the first day of competition. Tomorrow we begin the real games with 3 games for each team. We will share the highlights with everyone after the days events.


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  EUROLEAGUE   


Vladimir Jankovic in discussions with Olympiakos while Panathinaikos answers with Nikos Pappas.. (?) - by Dimitris Katsionis

According to Greek media Vladimir Jankovic (202-F-90) is in discussions with Olympiakos BC to sign a contract with European champs. Jankovic, one of the most talented players in the Greek league, ignore Panionios's administration order (to wait until the end of season and then make surgery) and went to Thesalonika to solve his problem with his own doctor. It's obvious that Panionios president is very disappointed with Jankovic's decision and doesn't plan to discuss with him a possible renewal. The 22-year old forward had a good season averaging 8.7 pt.-4.8 reb in 19.3'. Coach Bartzokas gave him, for the first time, playing time at '4' spot too, while Jankovic used to play as a swingman until now. However, he will be a perfect fit for Olympiakos taking into consideration the way that the administration and coach Ivkovic run the project this year. Don't forget that the Reds have already some very talented players from the same generation (born at 1990) like Mantzaris, Papanikolaou, Sloukas and Katsivelis (1991) and they aspire to add another piece to their young and super talented roster. Jankovic signed a 4 year contract with Panionios at the summer of 2008 and he will be a free agent this summer.. He is a great shooter, something that Olympiakos will look for, this summer. He declared to media, some months ago, that he targets to play in the highest level for one of the two top coaches, Zelimir Obradovic or Dusan Ivkovic.

On the other side Greek champ Panathinaikos will try to answer by signing Nikos Pappas (195-G-90), who played this year for PAOK Thesalonika. Pappas, a 1990 born player too, was one of the top players of this golden generation for Greek basketball. The Greens expect a very hot summer while they have administrative problems, but is sure that they will try to low the average age of their roster in order to be competitive against a younger and hungrier Olympiakos team. Pappas is famous for not being so discipline but this can easily change under coach Obradovic. He plays both guard positions and has a great scoring ability, something that proved against Panathinaikos this year with a very convincing performance. Pappas is a free agent too..



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  FRANCE   


Chalon defends 'Coupe de France' trophy - by Eurobasket News

Chalon - Limoges 83-75

Chalon won the second trophy this season. After victory at 'Semaine des As' in February, Chalon celebrated also in 'Coupe de France'. They outplayed Limoges last night 83-75 and actually defended the French Cup trophy which they won last year. Ilian Evtimov (201-F-83, agency: Interperformances, college: N.Carolina St.) was the leading player in victory with 28 points and 7 rebounds. He was MVP of the Big Final. Blake Schilb (200-F/G-83, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices, college: Loyola, IL) secured a great help with 24 points and 5 assists, while Malcolm Delaney (191-G-89, college: Virginia Tech) added 13 points and 6 rebs. In the loosing squad, Raphael Desroses (199-SF-80) answered with 13 points and 6 boards. Christophe Massie (206-C/F-77, agency: Court Side, college: Memphis) had double-double of 12 points and 11 rebs, and Joseph Gomis (180-G-78) netted 11 pts. Third quarter was the crucial one last night. Chalon was up by 6 at the halftime and totally took control on Limoges after that to create 26-14 in Q3 for 70-52 lead. That was too much for Limoges, who only cut the margin to 8 points for rest of the game. Ends of periods: 28-21, 44-38, 70-52, 83-75. Same teams met a year ago in the French Cup Finals and Chalon was better than Limoges 79-71.

Chalon: Ilian Evtimov 28+7 boards, Blake Schilb 24+5 as, Malcolm Delaney 13+6 boards
Limoges: Raphael Desroses 13+6 boards, Christophe Massie 12+11 boards, Joseph Gomis 11



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  GABON   


Gabon / Libreville / League of Basketball of the Estuary, the sixth day, in super league - by Rodrigue Olivier Kassa

Gabon / Libreville / League of Basketball of the Estuary, the sixth day, in super league

The championship Libreville will soon enter the phase of 'playoffs' ... BB clubs Rangers (1st), Don Bosco BB (2nd) in Group A clubs AS and the estuary (1), Galaxy BB (2nd) of group B are well positioned to enter the second round and play well the semi-finals ...

On June 10, 2012 will play the final of the capital Libreville and unveil its season champion



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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. Khmelidze, Rustavi16.7 
 8. Woodside, Armia16.7 
 9. Niniashvili, TSU T.16.4 
 10. Thomas, Armia16.2 
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, Olimpi7.9 
 9. Thomas, Armia7.5 
 10. Milutinovic, Olim.7.4 
Assists Per Game
 Giorgi GAMQRELIDZE
  Olimpi
  (183-G-86)
  Avg: 7.4
 1. Gamqrelidze, Olimpi7.4 
 2. Woodside, Armia7.1 
 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. Pashayev, Kutaisi3.9 
 10. Patsatsia, Sokhu.3.9 
Steals Per Game
 Larry BLAIR
  MIA Academy
  (183-G-84)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Blair, MIA Academy3.2 
 2. Woodside, Armia2.5 
 3. Ramishvili, Batumi2.5 
 4. Kokhreidze, TSU T.2.2 
 5. Machaladze, STU T.2.0 
 6. Chitashvili, TSU T.2.0 
 7. Antadze, STU T.1.9 
 8. Patsatsia, Sokhumi1.8 
 9. Mikeladze, Batumi1.8 
 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. Matiashvili, Kutai.1.1 
 4. Machaladze, STU T.1.0 
 5. Milutinovic, Olimpi1.0 
 6. Hoger, Olimpi0.9 
 7. Antadze, STU T.0.8 
 8. Smith, MIA Academy0.8 
 9. Kobidze, STU T.0.8 
 10. Shermadini, TSU T.0.8 


Olimpi shock Armia in Game 2 to tie the series at 1-1 - by Eurobasket News

Armia - Olimpi 67-69 (1-1)

Olimpi shock Armia in Game 2 to tie the series at 1-1. The guests started the game with a very strong first quarter 18-8. But Armia won second period 25-16. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. International guard Georgi Tsintsadze (192-86) scored 24 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists to lead the charge for the winners and the former international guard Giorgi Gamqrelidze (183-86, agency: Interperformances) chipped in 8 points during the contest. American point guard Ben Woodside (180-85, college: N.Dakota St., agency: Priority Sports) responded with 7 points, 5 rebounds and 9 assists and his fellow American import swingman Jeremy Richardson (200-84, college: Delta St.) scored 15 points and 5 rebounds. Four Armia players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Armia: J.Richardson 15+5reb, W.Thomas 13+5reb, A.Boisa 12+3reb+1ast, G.Diaz 12+2reb+4ast, B.Woodside 7+5reb+9ast, J.Kjellbom 4+3reb
Olimpi: G.Tsintsadze 24+8reb+6ast, N.Tutus 10+1reb, N.Sljuka 9+3reb, G.Gamqrelidze 8+3reb+3ast, M.Berishvili 7+3reb+3ast, I.Hoger 6+5reb+1ast
gschID: 176760



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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. Homan, B.Muenchen14.5 
 9. Carter, Phoenix14.5 
 10. Bryant, Ratiopharm14.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 John BRYANT
  Ratiopharm
  (208-C-87)
  Avg: 9.1
 1. Bryant, Ratiopharm9.1 
 2. Chubb, EWE Baskets8.5 
 3. Homan, B.Muenchen7.8 
 4. Ensminger, Teleko.7.3 
 5. Zirbes, TBB Trier7.1 
 6. Tucker, Brose B.7.1 
 7. Troutman, B.Mue.7.0 
 8. Evans, Goettingen6.6 
 9. Ovcina, LTi 46ers6.5 
 10. Watts, Ratiopharm6.5 
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. Bernard, LTi 46ers1.4 
 3. Dorris, EnBW L.1.4 
 4. Holston, Art.Drag.1.4 
 5. Trice, Ratiopharm1.4 
 6. Redding, Walter T.1.4 
 7. Kramer, s.Oliv.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. Chubb, EWE Baske.0.9 


Jason Boone (s.Oliver Baskets Wurzburg) Hard Work Beats Talent If Talent Doesn't Work Hard. - 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 before game one against ratiopharm Ulm.

Congrats on kicking out Alba Berlin 3-1 and reaching the Beko BBL semi finals. If someone had told you before the season started that Alba Berlin would go empty handed this season without a title what would you have said?

Alba has a rich history and always seems to be in contention for a title, but far too often, it comes down to how teams are playing at that point in the season. Preseason predictions don't mean anything and I would have told that person that they just have to wait and see.

I think a big key in the Wurzburg-Alba Berlin series was that Wurzburg simply got a better team performance than Alba Berlin did and had more guys stepping up. Does this prove once again that one doesnt always need the most talent to be able to overcome the odds?


The only thing it proves is that 'hard work beats talent if talent doesn't work hard.' It was clear throughout the course of the series that we were the team that wanted it more. I would go to battle with this group of guys before anyone else.


Long after game 4 had ended, you went into the lobby of the s.Oliver arena to celebrate with fans. How is celebrating Wurzburg style different than Goettingen style?


Both sets of fans are great. The Wurzburg fans are just so used to winning. It's a great culture here and I'm just happy that they opened up the clubs on a Tuesday for us to celebrate a little.

The s.Oliver Baskets Wurzburg now face ratiopharm Ulm in a best of five series. What can we expect from this series?

Ulm is the hottest team in the league right now, they have the MVP and the Coach of the Year. They have to feel like this is their year to win a championship. I don't think they'll make the mistake of underestimating us, and it should be a tough physical series.

I dont see you play as much as Wurzburg fans, but I was shocked to hear some say that Ulm should win the series because John Bryant will hurt Wurzburg down low. How much extra motivation will this give you on the court?

How 'many' people said that? If the motivation isn't already there in the semifinals of the playoffs than something is wrong. Granted, anytime you get to match up against the most valuable player in the league it's exciting, but I plan on doing my job, having my teammates do theirs and seeing what happens.

The s.Oliver Baskets Wurzburg won a nail bitter at home, but got killed in Ulm. This series could come down to the team stealing one on the road. Both arenas have an amazing atmosphere. What else will be key for getting to the final?


Ulm is such a high-powered offense and we really rely on our defense, but over the course of the series I think it may actually come down to us putting the ball in the basket vs. them coming up with key stops.

If you and Robert Tomazek had to survive in the wilderness, what would each guy do to survive and help each other survive? Skyliner Joe Herber would build the hut while Jacob Burtschi would hunt and get the food. Lol


Just when I thought your questions couldn't get any worse...you go and out due yourself. Haha. Umm since I'm the brain and he's the brawn, I'd devise a plan to have us found while he was responsible for doing all the manual labor. I spent four years in the Boy Scouts of America earning numerous badges from Orienteering to Fire Safety. We'd be good.


What is your prediction for the Miami Heat-Indiana Pacers series?


Ben was trying to convince me that without Bosh, the Heat couldn't beat them. I wasn't so quick to agree until I actually watched Game 3. LeBron and Wade have to carry too much of the load and as we've seen in the BBL, sometimes hard work gets you further than talent.


What is your prediction for the Spurs-Clippers series. Will the Spurs sweep?


Hard to say at this point. They are the hottest team in the NBA but I don't think they'll sweep them. I like San Antonio in 5

Thanks Jason for the chat.



Dane Watts (ratiopharm Ulm) It Will Be A Physical And Intense Series With Wurzburg - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Dane Watts (203-F-86, agency: Pro One Sports) is a 25 year old 203cm forward from Warrensburg, Missouri. He is playing his first season for ratiopharm Ulm. He played at Creighton (NCAA) from 2004-2008 with NBA player Anthony Tolliver. In his senior year, he played 33 games: 11.3ppg, 6.4rpg, 1.0apg, FGP: 53.4%, 3Pts: 42.5%, FT: 71.8%. In 2008, he came to Germany and started his professional basketball career with EnBW Ludwigsburg (Germany-1.Bundesliga, starting five): 32 games: 8.9ppg, 3.8rpg, FGP-1 (68.4%), 3PT: 30.8%, FT: 68.7%. In 2009-2010, he came to The Walter Tigers Tuebingen playing 34 games: 10.2ppg, 5.4rpg, 1.5apg, FGP: 57.1%, 3PT: 37.6%, FT: 71.0%. Last season for Tuebingen, he played 33 games: 13.7ppg, Reb-4 (7.6rpg), 1.1apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 57.9%, 3PT: 36.7%, FT: 54.5%; in May'11 moved to Hyeres-Toulon Var Basket (France-ProA): 3 games: 7.0ppg, 6.3rpg, 1.7apg, 1.0spg. At Creighton, he won awards such as MVC Tournament Winner -05, 07, MVC All-Freshman Team -05, MVC Regular Season Runner-Up -07, and MVC Tournament Semifinals -08. He spoke to eurobasket before the 2012 Beko BBL semi final series against the s.Oliver Baskets Wurzburg.

Congrats on the 85-76 win against the New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig. Has the term 3 down and 6 more to go entered your mind at anytime after this win?

We are taking things 1 game at a time, not looking ahead to anything until we take care of the task at hand.

You swept the New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig. Did you think prior to the series that a sweep could be possible?

It helps having the home-court advantage. It is hard to beat someone 6 times in a season though, there are adjustments being made, plays getting scouted, etc. We knew after we won in Braunschweig that we wanted to close out at home and not go back for a game 4.

What was key for sweeping the New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig in three games?

Keeping our composure. They are a deep and talented team that made their runs during the series, we were able to weather those storms and continue to execute our game-plan.

The s.Oliver Baskets Wurzburg won at home on a last second shot and got killed in Ulm. What kind of series can we await?

Those games don't mean much at this point, it is going to be a physical and intense series.

There isnt a real go to guy for Wurzburg, but any guy can step up on any given night, they play incredible annoying defense and are almost unstoppable at home. What will be key to winning series?

We have to match their intensity and take care of the ball. They feed off of their pressure and we have to handle that and still execute.

Who will win the Celtics-76ers series?

The Sixers have played well but Pierce and KG have been carrying Boston, I think Boston's leadership and experience will get them past this series.


Who will win the Lakers-Thunder series?

OKC, they are hungry and playing with confidence.

Can the Spurs sweep the Clippers?

They can, the Spurs will not get rattled with the hype in LA. I hope that LA can play well at home and not get swept.


Thanks Dane for the chat.



Ratiopharm and Brose Baskets celebrate the first victories - by Eurobasket News

Ratiopharm - s.Oliver Baskets 77-65 (1-0)

The game was mostly controlled by ratiopharm Ulm. s Oliver Baskets managed to win second period 22-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. American forward Steven Esterkamp (198-81, college: Ohio, agency: Limelight Hoops) fired 15 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. International guard Per Guenther (185-88) chipped in 16 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. American guard Chris Kramer (191-88, college: Purdue) produced 22 points and 7 rebounds and the other American import guard Chester Frazier (188-86, college: Illinois) added 14 points and 5 rebounds respectively for lost side. Five ratiopharm Ulm and four s Oliver Baskets players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Ratiopharm: P.Guenther 16+5reb+4ast, S.Esterkamp 15+8reb+2ast, I.Swann 13+4reb, T.Mason-Griffin 12+1reb+4ast, J.Bryant 10+7reb+1ast, D.Watts 5+5reb+2ast
s.Oliver Baskets: C.Kramer 22+7reb+3ast, C.Frazier 14+5reb+1ast, A.King 12+3reb+1ast, B.Jacobson 10+5reb+2ast, J.Boone 3+3reb+1ast, J.Little 2+1reb+1ast
gschID: 176736


Brose Baskets - Art.Dragons 103-70 (1-0)

The game was mostly controlled by Brose Baskets. Artland Dragons managed to win third quarter 25-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Brose Baskets looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. 27 personal fouls committed by Artland Dragons helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American forward Anthony Leon Tucker (198-85, college: Texas) fired 21 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Slovakian guard Anton Gavel (189-84, agency: Pro One Sports) chipped in 12 points and 7 assists. American power forward Anthony King (206-85, college: Miami, FL, agency: Interperformances) produced 14 points and 6 rebounds and the other American import center Darren Fenn (208-80, college: Canisius, agency: Limelight Hoops) added 10 points and 9 rebounds respectively for lost side. Five Brose Baskets and four Artland Dragons players scored in double figures. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games.
Top scorers:
Brose Baskets: A.Leon Tucker 21+8reb+1ast, J.Jenkins 12+1reb, A.Gavel 12+7ast, M.Slaughter 11+4reb+3ast, B.Roberts 11+1reb+2ast, T.Pleiss 11+7reb
Art.Dragons: A.King 14+6reb+1ast, D.Holston 13+1reb+2ast, B.Bailey 11+2reb+2ast, D.Fenn 10+9reb, A.Hilliard 9+3reb+1ast, B.Thomas 7
gschID: 176735



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Vladimir Jankovic in discussions with Olympiakos while Panathinaikos answers with Nikos Pappas.. (?) - by Dimitris Katsionis

According to Greek media Vladimir Jankovic (202-F-90) is in discussions with Olympiakos BC to sign a contract with European champs. Jankovic, one of the most talented players in the Greek league, ignore Panionios's administration order (to wait until the end of season and then make surgery) and went to Thesalonika to solve his problem with his own doctor. It's obvious that Panionios president is very disappointed with Jankovic's decision and doesn't plan to discuss with him a possible renewal. The 22-year old forward had a good season averaging 8.7 pt.-4.8 reb in 19.3'. Coach Bartzokas gave him, for the first time, playing time at '4' spot too, while Jankovic used to play as a swingman until now. However, he will be a perfect fit for Olympiakos taking into consideration the way that the administration and coach Ivkovic run the project this year. Don't forget that the Reds have already some very talented players from the same generation (born at 1990) like Mantzaris, Papanikolaou, Sloukas and Katsivelis (1991) and they aspire to add another piece to their young and super talented roster. Jankovic signed a 4 year contract with Panionios at the summer of 2008 and he will be a free agent this summer.. He is a great shooter, something that Olympiakos will look for, this summer. He declared to media, some months ago, that he targets to play in the highest level for one of the two top coaches, Zelimir Obradovic or Dusan Ivkovic.

On the other side Greek champ Panathinaikos will try to answer by signing Nikos Pappas (195-G-90), who played this year for PAOK Thesalonika. Pappas, a 1990 born player too, was one of the top players of this golden generation for Greek basketball. The Greens expect a very hot summer while they have administrative problems, but is sure that they will try to low the average age of their roster in order to be competitive against a younger and hungrier Olympiakos team. Pappas is famous for not being so discipline but this can easily change under coach Obradovic. He plays both guard positions and has a great scoring ability, something that proved against Panathinaikos this year with a very convincing performance. Pappas is a free agent too..



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Den Bosch is one win away from Eredivisie title - by Eurobasket News

Finals, Game 3: Leiden - Den Bosch 74-77 (0-3)

Den Bosch was too strong for Leiden once again. Visitors celebrated 74-77 victory on Saturday night for 3-0 lead in Eredivisie Finals. The format is best-of-seven and Den Bosch is now just one win away from the title. The first chance to take it Den Bosch will have next Thursday, when they will host Game Four.
The guests started the game with a very strong first quarter 28-15. But Leiden won second period 24-16. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Den Bosch made 23-of-29 free shots (79.3 percent) during the game. It was a good game for international forward Stefan Wessels (203-F-84, agency: R.H.Consultancy) who led his team to a victory with 13 points, 8 rebounds and 4 blocks. American point guard Frank Turner (178-88, college: Canisius, agency: Court Side) contributed with 12 points and 4 assists for the winners. Five Den Bosch players scored in double figures. Canadian forward Jevohn Shepherd (196-86, college: Michigan) answered with 21 points and 7 rebounds and American forward Seamus Boxley (201-82, college: Portland St., agency: Prossin Sports Management) added 13 points and 10 rebounds in the effort for Leiden.
Leiden is the defending champion, but they are in very difficult situation now. They failed twice at home in the Finals and will need to win four straight games to defend the title. Den Bosch was Dutch champion last time in 2007.

Leiden: J.Shepherd 21+7reb+1ast, S.Boxley 13+10reb+3ast, M.Kherrazi 12+5reb, A.Slagter 8+2reb+1ast, W.de Jong 8+4reb, S.Cunningham 5+1reb
Den Bosch: R.Jansen 13+2ast, S.Wessels 13+8reb, F.Turner 12+3reb+4ast, K.Akerboom 12+1reb, T.Wesley 10+2reb+4ast, D.Gonzalvez 8+2reb+3ast



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  IBA   

Standings

IBA Standings
 1. Kankakee S. 10-2 
 2. Albany L. 9-3 
 3. Gary Splash 9-7 
 4. Chicago R. 8-3 
 5. L.Angeles L. 5-0 
 6. Lansing C. 5-6 
 7. Kenosha B. 5-8 
 8. Lake County S. 5-10 
 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 24

May. 26: Lansing C. - Springfield E.


Two other wins for LA Lightning - by Gianni Pascucci

On Saturday, May 19, the Los Angeles Lighting and the Gary Splash met again, and LA took another win, this time 115-92. Eight players reached double figures for the Lightning, and Billy Knight (6'5''-G, college: UCLA) led the team with 19 points and eight rebounds. Chris Ayer (6'10''-C-83, college: Loyola Mary) recorded his fourth straight double-double with 15 points, 13 rebounds and six blocks. Rolando Nunez (6'3''-G-86) hit 5-9 from 3-point range on his way to a season-high 18 points. LA top scorer, Trayvon Lathan (6'7''-G-84, college: Chowan), was sidelined by a hamstring injury.
Guard Andre Muse (6'5''-G-86, college: Quincy) led all scorers with 21 and Reynaldo Howard (6'0''-PG-87) and Derrell Conner (6'0''-G-90, college: Emporia St.) had 18 apiece for Gary
The night after, in the third consecutive meeting, the Lightning won again, this time 116-96, behind a 26-point, 23-rebound night by Chris Ayer. Ayer, whose had five straight double-doubles, missed the team record for rebounds by one.
Billy Knight hit 4-6 from 3-point country and led all scorers with 29 points. He also had six rebounds and six assists. Hassan Stephens (6'5''-F-89) added a season-high 19 points on 8-10 shooting and Tarron Williams (6'7''-F-76, college: CS San Bernar.) had a double-double with 10 points and 13 rebounds.
Andre Muse had 17 points and 10 rebounds, leading six players in double-figure scoring for the Splash. Marcus Jackson (6'5''-G/F-81, college: Benedictine, KS) had 14 points and 13 boards while Christopher Wesby (6'8''-F-83, college: Indiana-S.Bend) had 12 rebounds and 11 points.



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  ITALY   

Stats Leaders - SerieA

Points Per Game
 Andre SMITH
  Otto C.
  (203-F-85)
  Avg: 18.4
 1. Smith, Otto C.18.4 
 2. Coleman, Angelico.18.2 
 3. Diener, Banco d.17.3 
 4. White, Scavolin.17.2 
 5. Green, Sidigas AV16.1 
 6. Hickman, Scavolin.16.1 
 7. Pullen, Angelico BI16.0 
 8. Shakur, Novipiu CM16.0 
 9. Dean, Sidigas AV16.0 
 10. Tucker, Acea Roma15.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Viktor SANIKIDZE
  CS Bo.
  (203-F-86)
  Avg: 11
 1. Sanikidze, CS Bo.11.0 
 2. Johnson, Sidigas10.1 
 3. Ivanov, Fabi Shoes8.2 
 4. Smith, Otto C.7.7 
 5. Brunner, Fabi Shoes7.6 
 6. Gigli, CS Bologna7.3 
 7. Jones, Scavolini PS7.2 
 8. Chiotti, Novip.7.0 
 9. Miralles, Angelico.6.9 
 10. Easley, Banco d.6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Marques GREEN
  Sidigas AV
  (167-PG-82)
  Avg: 6.5
 1. Green, Sidigas AV6.5 
 2. Diener, Banco d.5.7 
 3. Collins, Otto Case.5.2 
 4. Cook, Armani Mit5.1 
 5. Shakur, Novipiu CM4.3 
 6. Poeta, CS Bologna3.7 
 7. Mekel, Benetton TV3.7 
 8. Perkins, Bennet C.3.6 
 9. McCalebb, Montepa.3.4 
 10. Diener, Banco d.3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Aubrey COLEMAN
  Angelico.
  (193-G-87)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Coleman, Angelico.3.3 
 2. Kirksay, Fabi Shoes2.6 
 3. Green, Sidigas AV2.5 
 4. Hackett, Scavolin.2.3 
 5. Hosley, Banco d.2.2 
 6. Dean, Sidigas AV2.0 
 7. Di Bella, Fabi S.1.9 
 8. Rich, Vanoli CR1.9 
 9. Pullen, Angelico BI1.8 
 10. Poeta, CS Bologna1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Jarvis VARNADO
  Acea Roma
  (206-F-88)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Varnado, Acea Roma1.9 
 2. Cusin, Scavolini PS1.5 
 3. Easley, Banco d.1.3 
 4. Johnson, Sidigas1.3 
 5. Szewczyk, Umana V.1.2 
 6. Shermadini, Bennet1.0 
 7. Sanikidze, CS Bo.0.9 
 8. Slokar, Acea Roma0.8 
 9. Brunner, Bennet C.0.8 
 10. Crosariol, Acea R.0.8 


stats leader

Points Per Game
 Bernardo MUSSO
  Napoli
  (192-G-86)
  Avg: 19.2
 1. Musso, Napoli19.2 
 2. Evangelisti, Recan.16.7 
 3. Portannese, Torino16.4 
 4. Poltroneri, Perugia16.2 
 5. Prandin, Casalp.15.2 
 6. Rugolo, San Severo15.1 
 7. Benevelli, Orlandi.14.8 
 8. Tagliabue, Ruvo14.7 
 9. Ferrarese, Castell.14.5 
 10. Carrizo, Ferentino14.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Emanuele ROSSI
  Chieti
  (208-C-82)
  Avg: 12.6
 1. Rossi, Chieti12.6 
 2. Iannilli, Napoli9.7 
 3. Tagliabue, Ruvo8.8 
 4. Borra, Treviglio8.4 
 5. Baldi Rossi, Perug.8.1 
 6. Benevelli, Orlandi.8.0 
 7. Gandini, Trieste7.9 
 8. Raminelli, Castell.7.7 
 9. Simeoli, Comsum.i.7.6 
 10. Tessitori, Comsum.7.5 
Assists Per Game
 Bernardo MUSSO
  Napoli
  (192-G-86)
  Avg: 4.3
 1. Musso, Napoli4.3 
 2. Marino, Treviglio4.3 
 3. Bertolazzi, Omegna4.1 
 4. Traini, Recanati3.8 
 5. Stanic, Fabriano3.6 
 6. Circosta, Anagni3.5 
 7. Guarino, Ferentino3.3 
 8. Santolamazza, Ana.3.2 
 9. Vico, Matera3.2 
 10. Parente, Torino2.9 
Steals Per Game
 Roberto MAGGIO
  Pavia
  (183-G-90)
  Avg: 3
 1. Maggio, Pavia3.0 
 2. Iardella, Fabriano2.9 
 3. Bertolazzi, Omegna2.9 
 4. Mei, Comsum.it SI2.8 
 5. Rivali, Santarcang.2.8 
 6. Rossi, Chieti2.8 
 7. Portannese, Torino2.7 
 8. Maiocco, Pavia2.7 
 9. Guarino, Ferentino2.7 
 10. Musso, Napoli2.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Andrea CAPITANELLI
  Firenze
  (203-C-86)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Capitanelli, Firen.2.1 
 2. Ancellotti, Santar.1.7 
 3. Borra, Treviglio1.5 
 4. Cazzaniga, Pavia1.1 
 5. Pascolo, Trento1.1 
 6. Gandini, Trieste1.1 
 7. Candido, San Seve.1.1 
 8. Raminelli, Castell.1.0 
 9. Cotani, Castelletto0.9 
 10. Tessitori, Comsum.0.9 


Nazionale A Round 1 of Semi-Finals - by Eurobasket News

Trieste - Ferentino 58-72

The guests were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Ferentino forced 27 Trieste turnovers. Naturalized Argentinian swingman Manuel Carrizo (198-80, agency: Players Group) fired 18 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Guard Francesco Guarino (182-79) chipped in 18 points and 4 steals. Guard Daniele Mastrangelo (187-91) produced 18 points and 4 steals and the former international Leonardo Zaccariello (190-82, agency: Players Group) added 14 points respectively for lost side. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Ferentino: F.Guarino 18+1reb+3ast, M.Carrizo 18+6reb, F.Ihedioha 10+3reb+2ast, L.Panzini 8+3reb, A.Iannuzzi 6+6reb, F.Marcante 6+5reb+1ast
Trieste: D.Mastrangelo 18+3reb+1ast, L.Zaccariello 14+3reb, A.Moruzzi 11+2reb, M.Carra 4+1reb+2ast, I.Ferraro 4+6reb, M.Ruzzier 4+2reb+1ast
gschID: 176672


Trento - Chieti 85-60

The game without a history. Trento led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Trento outrebounded Chieti 37-21 including a 27-15 advantage in defensive rebounds. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international guard Luca Conte (193-80) who helped to win the game recording 21 points. The former international forward Walter Santarossa (200-78) contributed with 9 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Four Trento players scored in double figures. Trento's coach Maurizio Buscaglia felt very confident that he used 10 players and allowed the starting five to rest. Naturalized San Marino swingman Andrea Raschi (200-79) answered with 15 points and 5 assists and swingman Antonio Porfido (190-90) added 14 points in the effort for Chieti.
Top scorers:
Trento: L.Conte 21+1reb+3ast, S.Fiorito 12+3reb+1ast, M.Spanghero 11+1reb+5ast, D.Pascolo 10+13reb+1ast, M.Pazzi 10+4reb+3ast, W.Santarossa 9+10reb+5ast
Chieti: A.Raschi 15+2reb+5ast, A.Porfido 14+4reb+1ast, F.Gialloreto 10+1reb+1ast, S.Rajola 7+4reb+3ast, E.Rossi 7+5reb, M.Diomede 4+3reb+2ast
gschID: 176671



SerieA Round 2 of Quarter-Finals - by Eurobasket News

Banco di Sard. - CS Bologna 88-86 OT

Sassari posted the second win in a row against CS Bologna. The hosts trailed by 7 points after three quarters before their 25-18 charge, which allowed them to tie the game at the end of regular time and get a 2-point victory in overtime. American guard Drake Diener (196-G-81, agency: Priority Sports, college: De Paul) scored 28 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists to lead the charge for the winners and the other American import forward Tony Easley (206-87, college: Murray St., agency: Pro One Sports) chipped in 20 points and 11 rebounds during the contest. Banco di Sard.'s coach Romeo Sacchetti used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Finnish guard Petteri Koponen (194-88) responded with 19 points and 5 assists and Georgian forward Viktor Sanikidze (203-86) produced a double-double by scoring 12 points and 12 rebounds. Four Banco di Sard. and five CS Bologna players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Banco di Sard.: D.Diener 28+5reb+5ast, T.Easley 20+11reb, Q.Hosley 14+7reb+2ast, T.Diener 13+2reb+9ast, M.Vanuzzo 8+4reb, M.Pinton 3+1reb
CS Bologna: P.Koponen 19+2reb+5ast, G.Poeta 13+1reb, C.Douglas-Roberts 12+8reb, V.Sanikidze 12+12reb+1ast, A.Gigli 10+8reb, K.Lang 10+5reb
gschID: 176791


Bennet Cantu - Scavolini PS 74-47

Bennet Cantu eased past Scavolini Pesaro for the second straight win. The game without a history. Bennet Cantu led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Americans were the main players on the court. Forward Maarten Leunen (206-85, college: Oregon) scored 13 points and 5 assists to lead the charge for the winners and point guard Doron Perkins (188-83, college: Santa Clara) chipped in 13 points and 6 rebounds during the contest. point guard Ricky Hickman (189-85, college: NC-Greensboro) responded with 18 points and guard James White (199-84, college: Cincinnati, agency: Court Side) scored 14 points and 5 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.
Top scorers:
Bennet Cantu: M.Leunen 13+3reb+5ast, D.Perkins 13+6reb, N.Mazzarino 10+5ast, G.Brunner 8+6reb, A.Cinciarini 7+5reb+2ast, D.Marconato 6+6reb+2ast
Scavolini PS: R.Hickman 18+4reb+1ast, J.White 14+5reb+2ast, J.Jones 8+6reb+2ast, D.Hackett 3+1reb+1ast, M.Cusin 2, T.Lydeka 2+7reb
gschID: 176792


Armani Mit - Umana Venezia 89-83

Emporio Armani registered the second win over Umana Venezia. Umana Venezia was trailing by 5 points at halftime but managed to get 2-point lead after three quarters before a 24-16 charge of Armani Milano, which allowed them to win the game. They made 30-of-36 free shots (83.3 percent) during the game, while Umana Venezia only scored eight points from the stripe. They outrebounded Umana Venezia 37-23 including 24 on the defensive glass. Umana Venezia was plagued by 27 personal fouls down the stretch. Greek forward Antonis Fotsis (210-81) had a double-double by scoring 19 points and 12 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and Greek center Ioannis Bourousis (212-83, agency: FCM) chipped in 20 points during the contest. American point guard Alvin Young (188-75, college: Niagara) responded with 21 points and his fellow American import guard Timothy Bowers (188-82, college: Mississippi St.) scored 14 points and 5 assists. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Armani Mit: I.Bourousis 20+3reb, A.Fotsis 19+12reb+1ast, M.Hairston 15+1reb+2ast, A.Gentile 13+7reb+1ast, S.Mancinelli 7+3reb+4ast, M.Rocca 7+2reb+2ast
Umana Venezia: A.Young 21+2reb+1ast, K.Kee Clark 17+2reb+3ast, T.Bowers 14+4reb+5ast, T.Slay 11+5reb+2ast, S.Szewczyk 6+1reb, G.Rosselli 6+2reb+3ast
gschID: 176793


Montepaschi - Cimberio VA 88-72

Montepaschi grabbed 2-0 lead against Cimberio Varese. The game was mostly controlled by Montepaschi Siena. Cimberio Varese was better in fourth quarter 20-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Montepaschi Siena dominated down low during the game scoring 56 of its points in the paint compared to Cimberio Varese's 36. Lithuanian center Ksistof Lavrinovic (210-79) scored 19 points and 5 rebounds (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field) to lead the charge for the winners and the former international Pietro Aradori (194-88) chipped in 15 points and 4 assists during the contest. French forward Yakhouba Diawara (201-82, college: Pepperdine) responded with 16 points and 5 rebounds and Croatian point guard Rok Stipcevic (185-86) scored 15 points and 4 assists. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Montepaschi: K.Lavrinovic 19+5reb, P.Aradori 15+2reb+4ast, B.McCalebb 13+2reb+2ast, M.Thornton 10+1reb+2ast, D.Andersen 9, T.Ress 7+4reb+1ast
Cimberio VA: Y.Diawara 16+5reb+1ast, R.Stipcevic 15+2reb+4ast, G.Ganeto 11+2reb, D.Fajardo 10+6reb+1ast, K.Kangur 9+1ast, P.Goss 5+4reb+2ast
gschID: 176790



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  JAPAN   

BJ League Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Michael PARKER
  Shimane SM
  (202-F-81)
  Avg: 22.9
 1. Parker, Shimane SM22.9 
 2. Palmer, Fukuoka21.9 
 3. Hargrow, Chiba J.21.6 
 4. Staten, Chiba Jets21.2 
 5. Cummings, Oita H.21.1 
 6. Woods, Akita NH20.4 
 7. Flowers, Saitama19.4 
 8. White, Oita H.18.6 
 9. Burrell, Yokohama.18.6 
 10. Fitzgerald, Sendai18.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Chris HOLM
  Niigata Albirex
  (212-C/F-84)
  Avg: 14.2
 1. Holm, Niigata Albi.14.2 
 2. Hamilton, Fukuok.11.4 
 3. Staten, Chiba Jets11.0 
 4. Rickert, Kyoto H.10.9 
 5. Searcy, Toyama G.10.8 
 6. Malloy, Iwate B.10.5 
 7. Mims, Sendai 89ers10.4 
 8. Roberts, Shins.10.2 
 9. Burrell, Yokohama.10.2 
 10. Bell, Osaka Eves.10.0 
Assists Per Game
 Kenny SATTERFIELD
  Saitam.
  (188-PG-81)
  Avg: 6.7
 1. Satterfield, Saita.6.7 
 2. Takushi, Oita H.5.9 
 3. Gardener, Akita NH5.6 
 4. Dixon, Hamamats.5.5 
 5. Shimura, Sendai5.2 
 6. Yamamoto, Shima.4.8 
 7. Dukes, Sendai 89e.4.6 
 8. Yamamoto, Iwate B.4.5 
 9. Staten, Chiba Jets4.4 
 10. Namizato, Okina.4.2 
Steals Per Game
 Jamel STATEN
  Chiba Jets
  (198-G-83)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Staten, Chiba Jets2.8 
 2. Palmer, Fukuoka2.7 
 3. Parker, Shimane SM2.3 
 4. Smith, Takamats.2.1 
 5. Lyons, Miyazaki SS2.0 
 6. Humphrey, Saitama2.0 
 7. Klaiber, Iwate B.1.8 
 8. Dixon, Hamamats.1.8 
 9. Arnold, Hamamats.1.7 
 10. Joho, Toyama G.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Jeral DAVIS
  Shimane SM
  (216-C-84)
  Avg: 3.8
 1. Davis, Shimane SM3.8 
 2. Blackledge, Osaka3.0 
 3. Singleton, Sendai2.9 
 4. Broxsie, Chiba Jets2.5 
 5. Blackledge, Hamama.2.1 
 6. Mims, Sendai 89ers1.6 
 7. Hughes, Shinshu BW1.6 
 8. Marshall, Osaka E.1.5 
 9. Dukes, Sendai 89e.1.3 
 10. Moliva, Chiba Jets1.3 



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  JORDAN   


Olympics Qualificaions Campaign begins - by Omar Shafaamri

National Team Coach Thomas Baldwin decided on an Initial Roster of 18 Player to begin the Preparations Campaign of 2012 FIBA World Olympic Qualifying Tournament which will be held in Venezuela from 2-8 July 2012 with the Participation of 12 Countries competing for the last 3 spots in London Olympics 2012.

The line-up misses the name of the Naturalized Player Rasheim Wright whose situation is under discussion as some sources says that Coach Baldwin is against calling Rasheim to the line-up from the point of view that Rasheim does not suit the team's new system, while Veterans Ayman Idais & Zaid Alkhas are also not included as both declared their Retiremnt from the NT.

National Team Campaign started few days ago before heading next week to Turkey for 3-4 Friendly Games against turkish local clubs preparing for their first challenge of WABA Cup in Amman starting from the 10th of June with the Participation of Lebanon, Iran, Syria & Yemen. The last stop before Olympics Qualification will be in Venezuela and Dominican Republic for two short friendly tournament in late June.

Olympic Qualifying Tournament (OQT)
Jordan will play Greece and Puerto Rico in Group A where two teams from each group qualifies to the Knock-Out round which will witness the qualification of three teams to London 2012.

Jordan Games Schedule:
vs. Greece 2. July 21:00*
vs. Puerto Rico 4. July 00:30*
*Amman Time



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Trepca in the final - by Dren Shporta

The green team from Mitrovica has registered the victory in the final play-off semifinal match against Peja, 73-63. With this victory they won the series 2-1 against Peja. Now they will face their arch rivals Sigal Prishtina in the play-off finals.

Trepcas captan, Drilon Hajrizi, was the main scorer, again, of the team with 19 points. He was helped from Gazmend Asllani (200-F-86) with 14 points and Jaleel Nelson with 10 poins. The team from Mitrovica made the difference in the second quarter of the match when they achieved the +5 difference.

In the end, with only Blerim Mazreku and Mario Edwards fighting for more, Peja couldnt stop Trepca to create a ten points difference in the match, that appeared to be the last one of the season for yellows of Ivica Maric.




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  LATVIA   

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Ernests KALVE
  Valmiera
  (200-F-87)
  Avg: 18.8
 1. Kalve, Valmiera18.8 
 2. Peiners, LU18.2 
 3. Mayo, Liepaja18.1 
 4. Lucas, Valmiera16.7 
 5. Ozols, Jurmala16.4 
 6. Krumins, Jelgava15.8 
 7. Mediss, Turiba15.5 
 8. Young, Ventspils15.3 
 9. Bankevics, Valmiera14.3 
 10. Kravcenko, Liepaja13.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ervins JONATS
  Jurmala
  (199-F-91)
  Avg: 9.3
 1. Jonats, Jurmala9.3 
 2. Rozitis, Valmiera8.0 
 3. Dargais, LU7.9 
 4. Berzins, VEF Riga7.1 
 5. Willard, Ventspils7.0 
 6. Mednis, Turiba6.7 
 7. Kalve, Valmiera6.3 
 8. Zavackas, VEF Riga6.0 
 9. Timma, Liepaja5.9 
 10. Nelson, Jelgava5.8 
Assists Per Game
 Josh MAYO
  Liepaja
  (182-G-87)
  Avg: 5.1
 1. Mayo, Liepaja5.1 
 2. Lucas, Valmiera4.4 
 3. Abernethy, Vents.4.2 
 4. Kravcenko, Liepaja3.8 
 5. Coders, Jurmala3.6 
 6. Janicenoks, VEF R.3.6 
 7. Bailey, VEF Riga3.4 
 8. Krumins, Jelgava3.3 
 9. Millage, VEF Riga3.2 
 10. Silavs, Jelgava2.9 
Steals Per Game
 Curtis MILLAGE
  VEF Riga
  (185-G-81)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Millage, VEF Riga2.6 
 2. Kanbergs, Jelgava1.9 
 3. Mayo, Liepaja1.8 
 4. Janicenoks, VEF R.1.7 
 5. Peiners, LU1.7 
 6. Osins, LU1.6 
 7. Timma, Liepaja1.6 
 8. Zavackas, VEF Riga1.4 
 9. Ozols, Jurmala1.4 
 10. Piternieks, Turiba1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Jekabs ROZITIS
  Valmiera
  (206-F/C-86)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Rozitis, Valmiera1.5 
 2. Berzins, VEF Riga1.5 
 3. Pastusena, Liepaja1.0 
 4. Leiteris, Liepaja1.0 
 5. Cain, VEF Riga0.9 
 6. Ozols, Jurmala0.9 
 7. Jonats, Jurmala0.8 
 8. Plivda, LU0.7 
 9. Duselis, Jelgava0.6 
 10. Meiers, Ventspils0.6 


VEF Riga won the Finals over Ventspils 4-1 - by Eurobasket News

VEF Riga-Ventspils 100:70 (4-1)

VEF Riga won the Finals over Ventspils 4-1 after an easy win in Game 5. The winner of the Regular Season clinched the 2011/2012 title.
VEF Riga led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They started with 28-14 and never looked behind in the game. Moreover after 24-17 surge in the second frame the hosts reached 52:31 advantage at the halftime. VEF Riga also won the third and the last quarters to triumph not only in the game but in the Finals.
They shot the lights out from three sinking 14 long-distance shots on high 63.6 percentage. 28 personal fouls committed by Ventspils helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The former international forward Gatis Gatis Jahovics (200-F-84) orchestrated the victory by scoring 18 points and 5 rebounds. Antanas Antanas Kavaliauskas (208-C-84, agency: Interperformances, college: Texas A&M) contributed with 13 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Five VEF Riga players scored in double figures. Mamadi Mamadi Diane (196-G/F-86, college: Virginia) answered with 14 points and Martins Meiers added 9 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Ventspils.

VEF Riga: Gatis Jahovics 18, Kaspars Berzins (213-F/C-85) 14, Kristaps Janicenoks (196-F-83) 14, Curtis Millage (185-G-81, college: Arizona St.) 13, Antanas Kavaliauskas 13
Ventspils: Mamadi Diane 14, Arturs Strelnieks (196-SG-85) 10, Jahmar Young (196-G-86, agency: Two Points, college: N.Mexico St.) 10



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  LITHUANIA   


Zavackas and Kavaliauskas won the title abroad - by Eurobasket News

Donatas Zavackas (203-F-80, college: Pittsburgh) and Antanas Kavaliauskas (208-C-84, agency: Interperformances, college: Texas A&M) won the title abroad as their VEF Riga won the Finals over Ventspils 4-1 after an easy win in Game 5. The winner of the Regular Season clinched the 2011/2012 title.
VEF Riga led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They started with 28-14 and never looked behind in the game. Moreover after 24-17 surge in the second frame the hosts reached 52:31 advantage at the halftime. VEF Riga also won the third and the last quarters to triumph not only in the game but in the Finals.
They shot the lights out from three sinking 14 long-distance shots on high 63.6 percentage. 28 personal fouls committed by Ventspils helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The former international forward Gatis Jahovics orchestrated the victory by scoring 18 points and 5 rebounds. Antanas Kavaliauskas contributed with 13 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Five VEF Riga players scored in double figures. Mamadi Diane answered with 14 points and Martins Meiers added 9 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Ventspils.
Donatas Zavackas averaged 12.3 points per game during this season for the Latvian Champions. Antanas Kavaliauskas showed 11.5 points per game in LBL.



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  NBA   

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Kobe BRYANT
  LA Lakers
  (198-G-78)
  Avg: 28
 1. Bryant, LA Lakers28.0 
 2. Durant, Oklah.Ci.27.9 
 3. James, Miami Heat27.4 
 4. Love, Minnesota T.26.0 
 5. Westbrook, Oklah..23.6 
 6. Anthony, New Y.23.1 
 7. Nowitzki, Dallas M.22.0 
 8. Wade, Miami Heat22.0 
 9. Rose, Chicago B.21.9 
 10. Aldridge, Portlan.21.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Dwight HOWARD
  Orlando M.
  (211-C-85)
  Avg: 14.5
 1. Howard, Orlando M.14.5 
 2. Love, Minnesota T.13.4 
 3. Bynum, LA Lakers11.8 
 4. Cousins, Sacramen.11.0 
 5. Humphries, New J.11.0 
 6. Griffin, LA Clipp.10.3 
 7. Gasol, LA Lakers10.2 
 8. Gortat, Phoenix10.0 
 9. Smith, Atlanta H.9.9 
 10. Noah, Chicago B.9.8 
Assists Per Game
 Rajon RONDO
  Boston C.
  (185-PG-86)
  Avg: 11.9
 1. Rondo, Boston C.11.9 
 2. Nash, Phoenix Suns10.7 
 3. Paul, LA Clippers8.9 
 4. Calderon, Toron.8.8 
 5. Williams, New J.8.7 
 6. Rubio, Minnesot.8.2 
 7. Wall, Washington W.8.0 
 8. Rose, Chicago B.7.9 
 9. Parker, San A.7.6 
 10. Conley, Memphis G.6.7 
Steals Per Game
 Chris PAUL
  LA Clippers
  (183-PG-85)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Paul, LA Clippers2.5 
 2. Rubio, Minnesot.2.2 
 3. Conley, Memphis G.2.1 
 4. Rondo, Boston C.1.9 
 5. James, Miami Heat1.9 
 6. Kidd, Dallas M.1.8 
 7. Millsap, Utah Jazz1.8 
 8. Ariza, N.Orleans H.1.7 
 9. Westbrook, Oklah..1.7 
 10. Shumpert, New Y.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Serge IBAKA
  Oklah.Ci.
  (208-C/F-89)
  Avg: 3.7
 1. Ibaka, Oklah.Ci.3.7 
 2. McGee, Washingt.2.5 
 3. Bynum, LA Lakers2.2 
 4. Hibbert, Indiana P.2.2 
 5. Howard, Orlando M.2.1 
 6. Jordan, LA Clippers2.0 
 7. McGee, Denver N.2.0 
 8. Gasol, Memphis G.1.9 
 9. Biyombo, Charlott.1.8 
 10. Udoh, Golde S.1.7 


Thunder rally past Lakers, take 3-1 series lead - by Eurobasket News

Kevin Durant (6'9''-G/F-88, college: Texas) stood above the 3-point line and watched the shot clock dwindle in the final seconds of Game 4. When Metta World Peace (6'7''-G/F-79, college: St.John's) backed up slightly on defense, Durant hesitated only an instant before launching a 26-footer.

'It left my hand, (and) I was thinking, 'If this doesn't go in, it's going to be a terrible shot,'' Durant said.

The three-time scoring champ trusts his instincts and his silky-smooth jumper. Neither let him down while he and Russell Westbrook engineered yet another late comeback that pushed a frustrated Kobe Bryant (6'6''-G-78) to the brink.

Westbrook scored 10 of his 37 points during a stirring fourth-quarter rally, Durant added 31 points and hit that tiebreaking 3-pointer with 13.7 seconds left, and the Thunder seized control of their second-round series with a 103-100 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers on Saturday night.

Serge Ibaka scored 14 points and the second-seeded Thunder took a 3-1 series lead with a rally from a 13-point deficit in the final 8 minutes, moving one win away from their second straight trip to the Western Conference finals.

'Everybody kept fighting,' Westbrook said. 'We all believed in each other. It's the playoffs. You can't afford to sit back and wonder about it.'

Game 5 is Monday night in Oklahoma City.

Oklahoma City improved to 7-1 in the postseason with a tenacious rally on the second night of back-to-back games against the Lakers and Bryant, who scored 38 points but struggled in the fourth quarter of Los Angeles' fifth loss in seven games. After Durant put the Thunder ahead with his shot-clock-draining 3-pointer, Kobe couldn't match it with 10 seconds left.

With a surge that seemed inevitable to the Lakers' worried crowd, Durant and Westbrook led the Thunder back with teamwork throughout a 32-point fourth quarter. Bryant was left lamenting the help he didn't get - particularly from four-time All-Star Pau Gasol (7'0''-F/C-80), who made the unforced turnover that led to Durant's decisive 3.

'Pau has got to be more aggressive,' Bryant said of Gasol, who managed just 10 points and five rebounds while committing three turnovers. 'He's got to be aggressive, got to shoot the ball, drive to the basket, and he will next game. ... (The turnover was) just a bad read on Pau's part. It happens.'

The Thunder finished Game 4 on a 22-8 run, punctuated by Durant's dramatic 3-pointer and two late free throws from James Harden (6'5''-G-89, college: Arizona St.), who had 12 points. After sweeping Dallas in the first round, the Thunder are one win away from sending home the NBA's last two champions - and in perhaps the greatest measure of the Thunder's growth over the two years since the Lakers ushered them out of the first round on the way to their second straight title, nobody seems surprised.

'We know no game is over,' Durant said. 'We've witnessed that before. We play hard every possession and live with the results, and we came out on top.'

Andrew Bynum had 18 points and nine rebounds for the Lakers, who led 92-81 with 7:45 to play before Westbrook went to work with a furious series of drives to the hoop. The UCLA product scored nine points in just over 2 minutes, and Kendrick Perkins capped the 17-4 run on a putback layup with 1:16 left, putting Oklahoma City up 98-96 with its first lead since the first quarter.

After Bryant evened it with two free throws, Westbrook and Pau Gasol then traded turnovers, with Durant swiping Gasol's careless pass before burying a straightaway 3-pointer that silenced Staples Center. The Thunder made 10 of their 15 shots in the final period.

'I wish I could sit up here and say how that happened,' Oklahoma City coach Scott Brooks said. 'It just happened.'

World Peace had 14 points in the second game of the Lakers' first back-to-back playoff games in 13 years. A night after the Lakers got back in the series with a late comeback for a 99-96 victory in Game 3, Los Angeles led for most of the night, but couldn't execute on offense late, struggling for even difficult shots.

'We can talk about us offensively, because we had some struggles,' Lakers coach Mike Brown said. 'But it comes down to those guys scoring 32 points in the fourth quarter, and I thought they did that very easily. That's the most disappointing thing.'

The game was the third NBA playoff contest in 27 hours at Staples Center, which will host six playoff games in hockey and basketball over a four-day stretch this weekend. With the Los Angeles Kings' ice just below the Lakers' court, several players appeared to slip and slide on the floor during the game, and Westbrook nearly did the splits at the halftime buzzer when his right foot slipped.

'I was a little stiff, but we needed this win,' Westbrook said.

Oklahoma City appeared to be unhappy with the floor's condition, but Staples Center did nothing different in its changeover, and the referees deemed the floor safe for play. The San Antonio Spurs, on course to meet the Thunder in the conference finals, didn't appear worried about the floor during their win over the Clippers.

Bryant shot poorly in the first three games of the series, but went 10 for 18 in the first three quarters of Game 4 before managing only a 2-of-10 effort in the fourth, including a meaningless bucket at the buzzer.

'We're all upset and extremely frustrated, (but) I don't think anybody is worried about going into Oklahoma City and getting a win,' Bryant said. 'We don't think about winning three in a row.'

Jordan Hill's offensive rebound and layup put the Lakers up 91-78 with 8 minutes left, but longtime Lakers guard Derek Fisher kick-started Oklahoma City's comeback with a 3-pointer.

After Oklahoma City defended its home court with a blowout win in the opener and a comeback from a seven-point deficit in the final 2 minutes of Game 2, the Lakers finally answered Friday night with their own late rally. Los Angeles took control of Game 4 early on while the Thunder struggled with their shots and their footing.

Westbrook slipped near midcourt at the halftime buzzer, his right foot sliding forward when he attempted to stop. He stayed down on the court for an uncomfortably long moment before walking gingerly to the locker room with his hand on his left hip, but got treatment at halftime and returned for the third quarter.

The game was Chapter 4 in the four-day extravaganza at Staples Center. The Kings play Game 4 of the Western Conference finals against Phoenix on Sunday afternoon, followed by the Clippers' fourth game against San Antonio - all while tens of thousands of fans gather outside to watch the Tour of California, the nation's largest cycling race, which finishes on the street outside shortly before the Kings' opening faceoff.

Courtesy of www.ktvn.com



Spurs beat Clippers 96-86 to take 3-0 series lead - by Eurobasket News

Nothing was going to rattle the calm, cool and collected Spurs. Not even a 24-point deficit.

Tim Duncan (6'11''-F/C-76, college: Wake Forest) scored 19 points, helping engineer a defining 24-0 run in the third quarter, and San Antonio defeated the Los Angeles Clippers 96-86 on Saturday to take a commanding 3-0 lead in their second-round playoff series.

'We didn't plan on being down that much,' said Duncan, who at 36 is hungry to win the team's fifth NBA championship and first since 2006-07. 'We stuck with it.'

Led by Tony Parker's (6'0''-PG-82) 23 points and his defense on an ailing Chris Paul, the Spurs kept running their plays even as Blake Griffin's (6'10''-F-89, college: Oklahoma) early offensive assault buried them in a huge hole. Griffin missed three shots in the first half, when he scored 20 points and carried his team to a 24-point lead despite a left hip injury and a sprained right knee.

'They came out like we expected, very strong. Blake was making crazy shots,' Parker said. 'We just took our time. It's a long game, a very long game. At halftime, we were very calm.'

Griffin had 28 points and 16 rebounds, and reserve Maurice Williams (6'1''-PG-82, agency: Priority Sports, college: Alabama) added 19 points for the Clippers, who face some daunting NBA history heading into Game 4 on Sunday at Staples Center. No team has rallied from a 3-0 deficit to win a series.

'If we don't play with that sense of urgency, it's not going to be pretty,' Griffin said.

The Clippers played a must-win Game 7 in the opening round on the road at Memphis and succeeded.

'We have to keep fighting,' Paul said.

Rookie Kawhi Leonard (6'7''-F-91, college: San Diego St.) added 14 points and Manu Ginobili 13 to help the top-seeded Spurs win their 17th in a row and improve to 7-0 in the playoffs.

'We all struggled in the first quarter. We didn't feel right out there,' said Duncan, who like his teammates, looked to Parker to pick the team up.

'We follow his lead. He stuck with it, made some big shots down the stretch and continued to attack,' Duncan said. 'He was playing defense really hard and got up into Chris.'

Besides Parker, the Spurs threw two other defenders at Paul. He finished with 12 points and 11 assists after two previous sub-par efforts in the series.

'Tony really ran the show well,' Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said. 'I'd say, 'Let's do this' and he said, 'No, let's do this,' and we'd do it.'

After a quiet first half in which he scored eight points, Duncan helped the Spurs control the third quarter when they outscored Los Angeles 26-8.

The Spurs took their first lead during the 24-0 run on a fadeaway jumper by Duncan, who scored nine points in the outburst that put them ahead for good. Danny Green added seven and Leonard five.

'We kept telling Kawhi and Danny to stay calm,' Parker said.

The Clippers' defense completely faltered and they piled up miss after miss on the offensive end.

'When they spread the floor and Tim Duncan runs a high pick-and-roll, it's trouble for a lot of teams,' Griffin said. 'That's basically what killed us in the third. This is what they do best.'

The Clippers scored the final four points of the third, which ended with a turnover by Williams, to trail 69-61 heading into the fourth.

'You knew they were going to make a run. It was just a matter of trying to withstand it,' Griffin said. 'In the second half, especially the third quarter, we did a poor job of responding.

'I missed some shots I hit in the first half, easy shots.'

San Antonio led by 11 points early in the fourth before the Clippers got within seven on consecutive baskets by Williams. Gary Neal hit a 3-pointer to launch a 13-9 spurt, capped by Parker's 3-pointer, that extended the Spurs' lead to 89-78. Paul, so dominant in the final period during the regular season, was limited to four points.

'I felt like we were playing good, but if you know anything about the Spurs, you know they are not going to let up,' Paul said. 'Everybody knows how explosive the Spurs are, but we just could not get a stop.'

Reggie Evans, a defensive spark for the Clippers off the bench, missed 6 of 8 free throws in the final 3:42.

'They play the same whether they're up 20 or down 20,' Griffin said of the veteran Spurs. 'Their communication and rotations are so good. Offensively, they know exactly what they're going to do in every situation.'

The Spurs were 9 of 22 from 3-point range, with Leonard hitting three.

Los Angeles came in 2-1 at home in the playoffs and 24-9 during the regular season. With their red-clad sellout crowd on its feet, the Clippers were still shooting 63 percent midway through the second quarter, when Griffin's one-handed dunk kept them ahead by 20 points.

The Spurs closed the half on a 15-5 spurt, with Parker and Ginobili scoring five each, to trail 53-43 at the break. Griffin missed just three of his 13 shots in the first half, when the Clippers controlled the boards and the paint.

The Clippers opened the game with a rush, outscoring the Spurs 33-11 while shooting 64 percent. Los Angeles ended the first quarter on a 20-2 run, including 14 in a row. Griffin scored 12 points in the spurt, hitting eight straight while the Spurs committed six turnovers and made just five of 20 field goals.

Courtesy of www.myfoxaustin.com



Spurs rally to beat Clippers 102-99 to win series 4-0 and advance to Western Conference finals - by Eurobasket News

Tim Duncan (6'11''-F/C-76, college: Wake Forest) scored 21 points, Tony Parker (6'0''-PG-82) added 17 and the San Antonio Spurs rallied in the final minutes to beat the Los Angeles Clippers 102-99 on Sunday night, closing out the series 4-0 and advancing to the Western Conference finals.

The Spurs extended their winning streak to 18 games and their playoff record to 8-0, tying the third-best postseason streak in franchise history.

Danny Green (6'6''-G/F-87, college: N.Carolina) and Gary Neal (6'4''-G-84, college: Towson) added 14 points each, and Manu Ginobili and Thiago Splitter had 11 each for the Spurs.

San Antonio could find out as soon as Monday night who it will play next. Oklahoma City leads the Lakers 3-1 in their series, with Game 5 on Monday.

Chris Paul (6'0''-PG-85, college: Wake Forest) had 23 points and 11 assists, Blake Griffin added 21 points, and Eric Bledsoe had 17 for the Clippers, who blew a six-point lead in the fourth quarter.

Courtesy of www.washingtonpost.com



Miami Heat rally to beat Indiana Pacers 101-93 in Game 4 - by Eurobasket News

Miami's season, the one thats supposed to end in an NBA championship and vindication, was slipping away.

LeBron James (6'8''-F-84) brought it back.

And this time, Dwyane Wade (6'4''-G-82, college: Marquette) helped him.

James scored 40 points, Wade added 30 - 22 in the second half - and Miami's dynamic duo took over after halftime to get the Heat even in the series with a 101-93 win over the Indiana Pacers in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference semifinals Sunday.

With Chris Bosh (6'11''-F-84, college: Georgia Tech) injured and back in Florida, the James-Wade tandem saved the Heat, who will host Game 5 on Tuesday night in Miami.

Just survival, Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. This is what the playoffs are about.

James was at his MVP best, adding 18 rebounds and nine assists and refusing to let Miamis season slip away.

It's still going to be a dogfight, James said. It's a three-game series now.

Wade rebounded from the worst playoff game of his career, shaking off a 1-of-8 shooting start and adding nine rebounds and six assists.

Danny Granger (6'8''-F-83, agency: Priority Sports, college: N.Mexico) scored 20 to lead the Pacers, who had the Heat down but couldnt put the defending conference champions away.

Down by 10 points in the third quarter, the Heat were in danger of having their championship dreams obliterated by an Indiana team outworking them at both ends and backed by a sea of towel-waving fans.

James would have none of it.

Nor would Wade.

Wade, who scored five points in Game 3 and yelled at Spoelstra on the sideline during a third-quarter timeout in Miamis 19-point loss, came alive in the third when he made all six shots and scored 14 points.

Ive been doubted before. Ill be doubted again, Wade said.

James added 14 as well in the period as the pair landed a 1-2 punch on the Pacers chin.

We had a terrible performance in Game 3, James said. We wanted to redeem ourselves.

Grangers three-pointer had given Indiana a 61-51 and the Pacers, outhustling the Heat to loose balls, appeared poised to take a commanding lead in the series.

But thats when James and Wade put on a jaw-dropping spectacle, combining for all but two points in a 25-5 run that put Miami up 76-66.

During one sequence, Wade lost his balance and fell and was lucky to push the ball toward James near the top of the key. As Wade scrambled to his feet, James alertly passed him the ball and he calmly knocked down a three-pointer to give the Heat a 64-63 lead. The pair made easy shots, tough ones and did everything in their power to steer Miami away from a 3-1 hole.

Only eight teams in league history have overcome a 3-1 deficit to win a best-of-seven series. Thats what the Heat were staring at with a loss in Game 4.

The Heat took a 76-70 lead into the fourth, and every time Indiana got close, either Wade or James responded.

Miami also got a huge lift down the stretch from Udonis Haslem, who hasnt been a factor in the series but made four big jumpers in the final six minutes despite playing with a large bandage over his right eye after being elbowed by Indianas Tyler Hansbrough.

Grangers three-pointer got the Pacers within 96-91 with 1:33 left, but Haslem hit another short shot and James closed the Pacers out with three free throws in the last 16 seconds.

Leandro Barbosa dropped a layup just before the horn to give the Pacers a 54-46 lead at halftime, closing a second quarter that included another altercation involving Granger.

Wade was fouled hard on a drive with 12.6 seconds left by Hibbert. After the whistle, Miamis frustrated star slapped off the Indiana centres arm after the two got tangled. Granger didnt like that and he confronted Wade nose-to-nose in the foul lane.

Wade turned to one official and pleaded to get him out of my face.

Granger was slapped with a technical foul for the second straight game, and as Wade lined up to shoot his free throw, Indianas forward kept jawing at him.

Im right here, Granger said, standing near mid-court.

Wade got the message, and he and James returned one of their own in the third.

His teams dynamic disrupted without Bosh, Spoelstra changed his starting lineup for the fourth time in four games, putting Ronny Turiaf at centre and starting Shane Battier up front with James for the second straight game. The switch did nothing to stop the Pacers from getting off to another strong start.

Indiana was up 9-0 in a blink and led 19-11 after Granger dropped a three-pointer.

James, though, got things going for the Heat and had them within 25-18 after one, a deficit that could have been much worse if not for the Pacers missing several wide-open three-pointers.

Courtesy of www.thestar.com



LeBron James Domination: Game 4 - by Daniel Gibson

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.---LeBron James probably felt like he was a member of the Cleveland Cavaliers again during game 3 and the first half of game 4. The defense sagged off of his struggling teammates in an attempt to keep him out of the lane and multiple defenders were sent in his direction to force the ball out of his hands.

It wasn't enough to slow him down and eventually his help showed up in the form of Dwyane Wade and Udonis Haslem.

LeBron's stat line of 40, 18 and 9 was one that has only been done seven other times in post season history. He had 22 points in the first half but the biggest play of the half may have been one he made for Wade.

LeBron had the ball at the three-point line and was looking at Wade off in the corner. Wade faked up and cut back baseline towards the rim. LeBron threw a pinpoint bounce pass that hit Wade in stride while Paul George, who was defending him, had his head turned away from the ball. Wade caught it and threw down a two handed dunk around Lou Amundson. In the post game press conference Wade said that he thanked LeBron for that play at the half because it got him going offensively. Wade finished with 30 points of his own.

Coming out of the halftime break with the Heat down and the momentum was clearly favoring the Indiana Pacers.

And then Wade joined LeBron and the two took over. Each player scored 14 points in the third quarter on an impressive and entertaining series of dunks, layups and jump shots. The offensive attack got going because the defense tightened up. Steals, blocks and defensive rebounds were quickly converted to baskets at the other end.

In the fourth quarter the offense went through LeBron and Wade again as they took turns creating off of the dribble for one another and also Udonis Haslem who scored 14 huge points for the game, a number of those baskets came on mid-range jumpers in the fourth quarter off of passes from the two super stars. These were shots that Haslem has been knocking down all throughout his career but struggled with since returning from injury last season. It was huge for Miami to get a big man to convert on those plays that Chris Bosh would normally finish (Bosh is out for the series with an abdominal injury).

While the Pacers have a deeper team with a strong second unit to back up a strong and talented first unit, they don't have a player that can create shots for himself and others at will like LeBron and James. Now with the series tied at 2-2 and heading back to Miami, the pressure is on the Pacers who have to win two more games with two out of three games to be played in Miami.

If LeBron James continues to play the way he did this afternoon it won't matter where the games are played because the Heat will be too tough to beat.



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  NIGERIA   

DStv PBL Standings

DStv PBL Standings
Atlantic Conf.
1. D.Warriors 12-0
2. Royal Hoopers 10-2
3. Islanders 7-5
4. Comets 5-7
5. Customs 4-8
6. Police Baton 5-6
7. Union Bank 4-8
8. Chariots 1-12
Savannah Conf.
1. Kano Pillars 12-0
2. Yelwa Hawks 10-2
3. Niger Potters 7-5
4. Kada Stars 6-6
5. Bauchi Nets 4-8
6. Immigration 3-9
7. Rockets 3-9
8. Defenders 3-9

Regular Season: Round 12

Atlantic

May. 19: Comets - Union Bank 75-73
May. 20: Police Baton - Customs 72-66
May. 19: Chariots - Islanders 59-64
May. 20: Chariots - D.Warriors 45-79

Savannah

May. 19: Rockets - Yelwa Hawks 88-91
May. 20: Kano Pillars - Kada Stars 81-66
May. 20: Niger Potters - Immigration 80-67
May. 19: Defenders - Bauchi Nets 63-60

Regular Season: Round 13

Atlantic

May. 26: Police Baton - Royal Hoopers
May. 26: D.Warriors - Comets
May. 27: Islanders - Customs
May. 27: Union Bank - Royal Hoopers

Savannah

May. 26: Immigration - Bauchi Nets
May. 26: Niger Potters - Defenders
May. 27: Kada Stars - Yelwa Hawks
May. 27: Kano Pillars - Rockets



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  PALESTINE   

Standings - Men

PBBA Standings
 1. Ibdaa D. 10-1 
 2. Beit Sahour 9-2 
 3. De La Salle 9-2 
 4. Sarriyet 7-4 
 5. Berzeit Club 6-5 
 6. Hiteen 6-6 
 7. Orthodox R. 5-6 
 8. Beit Jala 5-6 
 9. Bethlehem 5-6 
 10. Al Ahli 2-9 
 11. Rameen 2-9 
 12. Ebal 0-11 


Ibdaa Superleague Champs and Orthodox Beit Sahour in 2nd place - by Tamara Awartani

The superleague title went to Ibdaa Dheisheh Camp Club this year 2012 after tough games throughout the league while the rising team was Orthodox Beit Sahour who earned the 2nd place.

The superleague for 2012 consisted of 12 teams, 4 of which will go down to Division 1 in 2013 which are Orthodox Bethlehem, Ahli AlQuds, Rameen and Eibal. While 2 teams from Division 1 will rise to Superleague in 2013 making it 10 teams allowing for Home/Away games.

Ibdaa Dheisheh played 11 games, won 10 and lost 1 earning 142 points, led by the well-known Palestinian National Team player Yahya AlKhatib (190-G-77) along with the shooting guards and small forwards: Abdalla Jaber, Khaled Khmayes, Husam Obeid, Firas Shalan, Ramzi Jaffal and the new addition Ahmad Kandil while the forwards and centers were Thaer Jaffal, Iyad Abdallah, Yousef Adawi, Nader Glassy and the new addition Ahmad Okab.

Orthodox Beit Sahour played 11 games, won 9 and lost 2 earning 91 points, led by Coach Paul Guerroro (an Ex-Beit Sahour player when imports were
allowed), giving his team an international experience in practices, drills and team plays. The team was led by the talented young player Ibrahim Habash who has great potential ahead of him, along with Maher Kassis, Oday Hilal (who was injured for a few weeks), Samer Abu Aitah, Issa Salsa, Rami Salsa, and the new addition Osama Abu Jaber, along with Rafat Bannoura and Husam Kokaly.

Here is the rest of the results for the superleague:
De La Salle 3rd place 127points
Sarriyet Ramallah- 4th place - 33 points
Birzeit 5th place - -13points
Hiteen 6th place - -2 points
Orthodox Ramallah 7th place - -4
Orthodox Beit Jala 8th place - -7

Division One games also started, with 14 teams taking part, divided into North and South cities.
At the moment, Huwara and Samaritans are in the lead for the North Part, while Islami Bethlehem and Qalandia are in the lead for the South Part.


The Palestinian National Team is also getting ready for the West Asian Games which will take place in Jordan Mid June, more details to follow soon.



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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, Start15.6 
 5. Donigiewicz, Rosa15.5 
 6. Jarecki, P.Cuk.15.3 
 7. Mazur, Polonia14.8 
 8. Lewandowski, P.Cuk.14.0 
 9. Pluta, MOSiR K.13.6 
 10. Zytko, P..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 Radom6.9 
 10. Perka, AZS Kutno6.8 
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. Ochonko, Spojnia4.1 
 6. Michalski, Start L.4.1 
 7. Brek, AZS Kutno3.9 
 8. Kardas, Rosa Radom3.8 
 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. Kosinski, Rosa R.2.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Artur DONIGIEWICZ
  Rosa R.
  (185-G-84)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Donigiewicz, Rosa1.9 
 2. Zytko, P..1.8 
 3. Klima, Sokol Lancut1.8 
 4. Niesobski, Sudety1.8 
 5. Zmarlak, MKS D.1.7 
 6. Oczkowicz, MOSiR K.1.7 
 7. Malecki, AZS Kutno1.6 
 8. Aleksandrowi., Sta.1.6 
 9. Wojcicki, SKK S.1.6 
 10. Marciniak, AZS K.1.5 



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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, Benfica17.1 
 5. Nevels, Terceira.16.9 
 6. Franklin, Lusitania16.5 
 7. Morris, Vitoria SC16.5 
 8. Stempin, Porto F.16.3 
 9. Balseiro, Sampa.15.5 
 10. Oruche, Academica15.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Brian MORRIS
  Vitoria SC
  (205-F-87)
  Avg: 11
 1. Morris, Vitoria SC11.0 
 2. Lee, Ovarense9.9 
 3. Nevels, Terceira.9.6 
 4. Fonseca, Vitoria SC9.2 
 5. Addison, Sampaense8.3 
 6. Djukic, Ginasio8.2 
 7. Gunter, CAB M.7.9 
 8. Momplasir, Lusitan.7.9 
 9. Cunha, Vitoria SC7.9 
 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. Minhava, Benfica3.7 
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. Andrade, Porto F.1.9 
 6. Kenon, CAB Madeira1.9 
 7. Silva, Barcelos1.8 
 8. Bessa, Vitoria SC1.8 
 9. Jackson, CAB M.1.8 
 10. Franklin, Lusitan.1.7 
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. Gunter, CAB M.1.0 
 5. Silva, Barcelos1.0 
 6. Coelho, CAB M.0.8 
 7. Addison, Sampaense0.8 
 8. Ehiagwina, Ginasio0.8 
 9. Doliboa, Benfica0.8 
 10. Howell, Academica0.7 


Proliga Round 2 of Finals. Alges claim second victory - by Eurobasket News

Alges - Fisica 79-77

Alges snatched a tough win in the second game of the championship series. Fisica was trailing by 19 points at halftime but managed to get 4-point lead after three quarters before a 24-18 charge of Alges, which allowed them to win the game. The best player for the winners was American forward DeSean White (203-86, college: Northwood, FL) who had a double-double by scoring 38 points (!!!) and 14 rebounds. Angolan forward Sergio Correia (197-85) chipped in 10 points and 6 rebounds. Naturalized Mozambican guard Ricardo Rodrigues (185-81) produced 22 points and 7 rebounds and naturalized Guinea-Bissau forward Josimar Cardoso (201-87) added 22 points and 6 rebounds respectively for the guests. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Alges: D.White 38+14reb+2ast, A.Pires 12+1reb+4ast, J.Manuel 10+5reb+2ast, S.Correia 10+6reb+2ast, D.Vieira 5+2reb+2ast, F.Mendonca 2+3reb
Fisica: J.Cardoso 22+6reb+1ast, R.Rodrigues 22+7reb+3ast, B.Freire 13+5reb+2ast, C.Dias 13+5reb+5ast, E.Rosario 5+2reb+1ast, M.Salvador 2
gschID: 176714



LPB Round 4 of Finals. Porto force decider - by Eurobasket News

Benfica - Porto Ferpinta 65-74

Porto Ferpinta levelled the title series. The Dragons surprised Benfica on the road in the fourth game of the series. The guests trailed by 2 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 2-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 74-65. FC Porto Ferpinta dominated down low during the game scoring 38 of its points in the paint compared to Benfica's 16 and made 21-of-24 free shots (87.5 percent) during the game. Worth to mention a great performance of American power forward Robert Johnson (203-81, college: Oregon) who helped to win the game recording 18 points and 6 rebounds. The former international forward Miguel Miranda (205-78) contributed with 14 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. FC Porto Ferpinta's coach Moncho Lopez used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American-Croatian guard Marcus Norris (185-74, college: Ball St., agency: SportsTalent) replied with 18 points and 7 rebounds and American forward Seth Doliboa (203-80, college: Wright St., agency: Hart Sports Mngm) added 15 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Benfica.
Top scorers:
Benfica: M.Norris 18+7reb+2ast, S.Doliboa 15+8reb+3ast, J.Gomes 10+6reb+1ast, H.Evans 9+4reb+2ast, T.Scott 8+5reb+1ast, D.Carreira 3+1ast
Porto Ferpinta: R.Johnson 18+6reb+1ast, M.Miranda 14+9reb, J.Santos 11+4reb+3ast, C.Andrade 9+7reb+5ast, J.Costa 7+2reb+3ast, J.Soares 7+5reb
gschID: 176750



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Standings - BSN

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

Second Stage: Round 8

May. 19: Guaynabo - Arecibo 81-110
May. 19: Bayamon - Quebradillas 72-81
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.19.3 
 5. Diogu, Arecibo18.1 
 6. Brown, Humacao18.0 
 7. Dalmau, Bayamon18.0 
 8. Ramos, Quebradillas17.2 
 9. Ayuso, Arecibo17.1 
 10. Vassallo, Guayna.16.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Shavlik RANDOLPH
  Quebradi.
  (208-F-83)
  Avg: 11.8
 1. Randolph, Quebradi.11.8 
 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, Guaynabo5.4 
 3. Smith, Mayaguez5.3 
 4. Garcia, Humacao5.2 
 5. Pagan, Guayama5.0 
 6. Butler, Quebradill.4.8 
 7. Pinnock, Arecibo4.5 
 8. Dalmau, Bayamon4.1 
 9. Brown, Humacao3.4 
 10. Young, Guaynabo3.1 
Steals Per Game
 Donta SMITH
  Mayaguez
  (201-G-83)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Smith, Mayaguez2.1 
 2. Mojica, Bayamon1.7 
 3. Pinnock, Arecibo1.6 
 4. Dalmau, Bayamon1.5 
 5. Rivera, San German1.4 
 6. Figueroa, Guaynabo1.3 
 7. Sensley, Humacao1.3 
 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. Shannon, Quebradil.1.6 
 4. Aubry, Arecibo1.6 
 5. Thornton, Guayama1.6 
 6. O''Bryant, Mayaguez1.6 
 7. Burgess, Guaynabo1.4 
 8. Powell, Guayama1.3 
 9. Ramos, Quebradillas1.2 
 10. Randolph, Quebrad.1.1 


Atleticos finish first by dominating Indios: - by Luis Modestti

Atleticos de San German finished in first place in the 2012 Round Robin by dominating Indios de Mayaguez 94-81.

Mike Harris (198-F-83, college: Rice) had 22 points and Richard Chaney (196-G-84, college: Troy) 17 for San German who finished with a 7-3 record.

Now San German will wait for the team that finishes in fourth place. San German doesnt have home court advantage for the rest of the playoffs since the finished fifth during the regular season.

San German came out more intense, ready to make a statement and won the first quarter up 25-14. At halftime their lead got trimmed to three points but in the second half San German made some key adjustments and never looked back.

Weyinmi Efejuku had 13 points and Andres Ortiz 11 for Mayaguez who will enjoy home court advantage for the rest of the playoffs.

The games for Monday are Piratas de Quebradillas and Capitanes de Arecibo and Vaqueros de Bayamon at Mets de Guaynabo.

The winner of Piratas-Capitanes enter the semifinals, the loser has a chance to qualify only if Bayamon loses to Guaynabo since it will force a decisive game on Tuesday. Semifinals begin on Wednesday.



Indios bring in Gransberry: - by Luis Modestti

Indios de Mayaguez finally made an import change at the center position by adding Kentrell Gransberry (206-C-85, college: S.Florida) and releasing Patrick O'Bryant (213-C-86, college: Bradley).

O'Bryant averaged 7.33 points and 4.9 rebounds in nine games. Team management gave him a trial period in the last two games but they preferred to make the change for the final game of the Round Robin stage and the semifinals.

Gransberry played for Cocodrilos de Caracas in Venezuela, averaging 11.5 points and 7.7 rebounds in 36 games. He is expected to make his debut tonight against San German.



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Standings - A Liga

A 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. Mega Vizura 5-8 
 7. BKK Radnicki 4-9 
 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. 20: Mega Vizura - BKK Radnicki 92-85 OT
May. 19: Partizan - Vojvodina 91-54
May. 19: Radnicki Basket - Crvena Zvezda 61-87

Second Stage: Round 14

May. 23: Hemofarm - Mega Vizura
May. 23: BKK Radnicki - Partizan
May. 23: Vojvodina - Radnicki Basket
May. 23: Crvena Zvezda - Radnicki K.


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.15.9 
 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. Majkic, Prolet.7.2 
 5. Cantekin, Mega V.7.2 
 6. Petrovic, BKK R.7.1 
 7. Misanovic, OKK B.6.6 
 8. Gagic, Hemofarm6.1 
 9. Canak, Zeleznicar6.0 
 10. Kuburovic, Slobod.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.5.2 
 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. Dundjerski, Vojvo.2.0 
 5. Bojovic, Zeleznicar2.0 
 6. Vulin, Prolet.1.9 
 7. James, Partizan1.8 
 8. Kuzeta, Vojvodina1.8 
 9. Majstorovic, Tamis1.8 
 10. Drca, OKK Beograd1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Nenad MISANOVIC
  OKK B.
  (217-C-84)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Misanovic, OKK B.1.5 
 2. 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 


Superleague: Round 13 review - by Eurobasket News

Partizan - Vojvodina 91-54
Rather expected game in Beograd where 4th placed Vojvodina (6-7) was crushed by first ranked Partizan (11-2) 91-54 on Saturday. The game without a history. Partizan led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 17-of-19 free shots (89.5 percent) during the game. Partizan outrebounded Vojvodina 34-22 including 26 on the defensive glass. The former international center Miroslav Raduljica (213-88) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 13 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) for the winners and international guard Dragan Milosavljevic (198-89) chipped in 15 points. At the losing side forward Strahinja Milosevic (203-85) responded with 8 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists and center Dusko Bunic (207-89) scored 14 points. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Partizan have an impressive series of eight victories in a row. Defending champion maintains first place with 11-2 record. Vojvodina lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the fourth position with seven games lost. Partizan's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Beograd to the arena BKK Radnicki.
Top scorers:
Vojvodina: D.Bunic 14+3reb, D.Zekovic 12+2reb, S.Milosevic 8+6reb+5ast, R.Markovic 5, B.Vujosevic 4+1reb+1ast, N.Kalinic 4+2reb
Partizan: M.Raduljica 21+13reb+1ast, D.Milosavljevic 15+2reb+2ast, D.Bertans 9+1reb+2ast, V.Lucic 9+6reb+1ast, M.Macvan 9+4reb+3ast, D.James 7+1reb+4ast
gschID: 171757


Mega Vizura - BKK Radnicki 92-85 OT
Mega Vizura (5-8) outlasted BKK Radnicki (4-9) in overtime by seven points 92-85 on Sunday night. The hosts trailed by 4 points after three quarters before their 27-23 charge, which allowed them to tie the game at the end of regular time and get a 7-point victory in overtime. Mega Vizura made 26-of-29 free shots (89.7 percent) during the game. BKK Radnicki was plagued by 30 personal fouls down the stretch. Guard Nenad Miljenovic (194-93, agency: Beo Basket) stepped up and scored 24 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners and guard Nemanja Jaramaz (201-91, agency: Beo Basket) chipped in 19 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists (made all of his eight free throws). Four Mega Vizura players scored in double figures. Mega Vizura's coach Vlada Vukoicic used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. At the losing side center Miroslav Tomic (205-84) responded with 13 points and 4 assists and guard Zoran Osmokrovic (189-81, agency: BeoExcell) scored 7 points and 8 assists. Mega Vizura moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Radnicki Basket. Newly promoted BKK Radnicki dropped to the seventh position with nine games lost. Mega Vizura will face Hemofarm (#8) in Vrsac in the next round. BKK Radnicki's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Beograd Partizan.
Top scorers:
BKK Radnicki: S.Micovic 15+2reb, M.Tomic 13+4reb+4ast, S.Lalic 10+5reb+2ast, M.Mijovic 10+2reb, A.Petrovic 10+5reb, M.Boltic 8+4reb+5ast
Mega Vizura: N.Miljenovic 24+5reb+4ast, N.Jaramaz 19+9reb+4ast, M.Lukovic 16+5reb+1ast, D.Musli 10+2reb+3ast, D.Cantekin 9+6reb+2ast, S.Avramovic 7+1reb+1ast
gschID: 171758


Radnicki K. - Hemofarm 92-89
Very predictable result in Kragujevac where second ranked Radnicki K. (10-3) edged 8th ranked Hemofarm (3-10) 92-89 on Saturday. However just three-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. Radnicki K. looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists comparing to just 12 passes made by Hemofarm's players. American forward Mike Scott (203-86, college: Kent St.) stepped up and scored 19 points and 7 rebounds for the winners and Montenegrin guard Miljan Pavkovic (178-81, agency: Beo Basket) chipped in 11 points and 7 assists. Four Radnicki K. players scored in double figures. At the losing side guard Mladen Jeremic (196-88, agency: Interperformances) responded with 20 points and Montenegrin guard Bojan Bakic (197-83, agency: Alti Sport) scored 18 points and 6 assists. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Radnicki K. have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain second place with 10-3 record behind leader OKK Beograd. Hemofarm at the other side keeps the eighth position with ten games lost. Radnicki K. will face Zvezda (#3) in Beograd in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Hemofarm will play at home against Mega Vizura (#6) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Hemofarm: M.Jeremic 20+4reb+3ast, B.Bakic 18+2reb+6ast, B.Lalovic 17+6reb, N.Otasevic 10+1reb+1ast, M.Sutalo 8+3reb+2ast, L.Mitrovic 8+8reb
Radnicki K.: M.Scott 19+7reb+1ast, D.Simon 13+3reb+1ast, V.Vuksanovic 12+3ast, M.Pavkovic 11+3reb+7ast, B.Marjanovic 10+1reb, B.Bakic 10+4reb+2ast
gschID: 171755


Radnicki Basket - Crvena Zvezda 61-87
Not a big story in a game in Beograd where 5th ranked Radnicki Basket (5-8) was rolled over by third ranked Zvezda (8-5) 87-61 on Saturday. The game without a history. Zvezda led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They also forced 20 Radnicki Basket turnovers and outrebounded them 42-26 including a 31-20 advantage in defensive rebounds. Radnicki Basket was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. The former international guard Bojan Popovic (191-83) stepped up and scored 12 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals for the winners and power forward Sava Lesic (205-88) chipped in 12 points and 6 rebounds. Four Zvezda players scored in double figures. At the losing side power forward Milan Milovanovic (205-91) responded with 14 points and 5 rebounds and guard Milos Dimic (195-89) scored 7 points. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Zvezda maintains third place with 8-5 record having just three points less than leader OKK Beograd. Radnicki Basket lost fifth consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the fifth position with eight games lost. Zvezda will face league's second-placed Radnicki K. in Kragujevac in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Radnicki Basket will play on the road against Vojvodina in Novi Sad and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Radnicki Basket: M.Milovanovic 14+5reb+1ast, M.Dimic 7+1reb+3ast, M.Vasilic 7+2reb, D.Djokic 7+2reb+1ast, P.Stamenkovic 6+1reb+3ast, A.Dzakovic 5+1ast
Crvena Zvezda: S.Lesic 12+6reb+2ast, B.Popovic 12+7reb+4ast, A.Milutinovic 12+1reb, O.Thomas 11+4reb+1ast, P.Popovic 10+7reb+1ast, B.Subotic 8+5reb



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

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

Anton Gavel
Anton Gavel
   #1. This week's number one is an international guard Anton Gavel (189-84, agency: Pro One Sports). He led Brose Baskets to a victory against the seventh-ranked Telekom Baskets (18-15) 102-92 in the German BBL in Saturday night's game. Gavel scored 14 points and added 5 assists in 23 minutes on the court. Brose Baskets Bamberg (30-4) is placed first in the BBL. Gavel has relatively good stats this year: 10.4ppg, 1.9rpg, 3.7apg, 2FGP: 52.2%, 3FGP: 43.3% and FT: 78.6% in the 37 games he played so far. He is currently a member of the Slovakian senior national team.

Radoslav Rancik
Radoslav Rancik
   #2. Second place goes to an experienced former international power forward Radoslav Rancik (207-79, agency: Beo Basket, college: St.Cloud St.), who plays in the Ukrainian Superleague. Rancik could not help Azovmash (26-13) to beat BC Donetsk (31-8). He recorded 7 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. Azovmash was badly defeated 83-66 on the road by the leading BC Donetsk. This season Rancik averages: 8.2ppg, 4.2rpg, 1.1apg, 2FGP: 43.7%, 3FGP: 29.4% and FT: 84.7%. He played for the Slovakian national team in 2010.

Dusan Pandula
Dusan Pandula
   #3. The Slovakian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international forward Dusan Pandula (196-84). Pandula contributed to a BK Prostejov's victory against the third-ranked BK Decin (25-11) 73-69 in the Czech Republic NBL on Wednesday night. He scored 8 points, grabbed 9 rebounds and dished 3 assists in 24 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 3 ranked teams in group A1. BK Prostejov (25-11) is placed second. This year Pandula's overall stats are: 7.4ppg, 3.9rpg, 1.2apg, 2FGP: 49.7%, 3FGP: 32.4% and FT: 63.7% in the 43 games. He is also a member of the Slovakian senior national team.

Roman Marko
Roman Marko
   #4. Guard Roman Marko (195-86), who plays in the Czech Republic NBL was not able to help BC Kolin (22-24) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Marko's good performance the fifth-placed BC Kolin was crushed 104-59 at home by the leading CEZ Nymburk in the A1 group. He recorded 10 points. Marko's total stats this season are: 8.8ppg, 2.5rpg and 2.4apg. He is also Slovakian national team player.

Justin Sedlak
Justin Sedlak
   #5. Former international power forward Justin Sedlak (205-87, college: Florida Tech) helped Caceres 2016 win their game against the fifth-ranked Melilla Baloncesto (20-14) 79-63 in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division) last Friday. Sedlak recorded 7 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 27 minutes. Caceres 2016 C.B. (2-1) is placed first in the LEB Gold. It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. This year Sedlak's total stats are: 4.6ppg and 2.7rpg in the 38 games. He used to play for the Slovakian national team two years ago.

Other top Slovakian players, who play abroad:

Mihail Cehovski (208-F-94) plays for Partizan in Serbian A League
Patrick Boloz (211-C-96) plays for Brose Baskets in German BBL
Jozef Vojtek (203-F/C-85) plays for Levice in Czech Republic NBL
Martin Sykora (190-G/F-81) plays for Levice in Czech Republic NBL
Richard Klein (198-F-77) plays for Levice in Czech Republic NBL
Peter Seman (191-F-77) plays for Levice in Czech Republic NBL
Ladislav Lutovsky (201-F-75) plays for Levice in Czech Republic NBL
Ladislav Stojanov (194-F-88) plays for Levice in Czech Republic NBL
Andrej Cervenka (197-G/F-84) plays for Levice in Czech Republic NBL
Marek Stec (193-G-80) plays for Levice in Czech Republic NBL

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



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  SLOVENIA   

Stats Leaders - 1A

Points Per Game
 Travis NELSON
  Sentjur
  (211-C-87)
  Avg: 17.5
 1. Nelson, Sentjur17.5 
 2. Prepelic, Helios16.7 
 3. Tomic, Rogaska15.8 
 4. Dragic, Krka14.0 
 5. Hohler, Polzela14.0 
 6. Pajic, Geoplin Slo.14.0 
 7. Mahkovic, LTHcas.13.9 
 8. Maric, Sentjur13.9 
 9. Rupnik, Geoplin13.3 
 10. Panic, Zlatorog13.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Milos MILJKOVIC
  Rogaska
  (204-F/C-84)
  Avg: 8.6
 1. Miljkovic, Rogaska8.6 
 2. Djugum, Geoplin8.2 
 3. Pajic, Geoplin Slo.7.4 
 4. Omic, Zlatorog7.1 
 5. Nuhanovic, Elektra6.9 
 6. Sviridov, Polzela6.8 
 7. Nelson, Sentjur6.8 
 8. Mucic, Maribor6.7 
 9. Soldo, LTHcast6.6 
 10. Maric, Sentjur6.0 
Assists Per Game
 Luka RUPNIK
  Geoplin .
  (184-PG-93)
  Avg: 5.3
 1. Rupnik, Geoplin5.3 
 2. Rembert, Sentjur5.1 
 3. Hohler, Polzela4.4 
 4. Tomic, Rogaska4.1 
 5. Vujasinovic, Zlato.3.9 
 6. Fon, Geoplin Slovan3.8 
 7. Prepelic, Helios3.8 
 8. Jovanovic, Maribo.3.8 
 9. Nissim, Krka3.6 
 10. Gay, Helios3.1 
Steals Per Game
 Boban TOMIC
  Rogaska
  (190-G-88)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Tomic, Rogaska1.9 
 2. Vasl, Polzela1.8 
 3. Fon, Geoplin Slovan1.7 
 4. Rupnik, Geoplin1.6 
 5. Gay, Helios1.6 
 6. Dragic, Krka1.6 
 7. Mahkovic, LTHcas.1.5 
 8. Panic, Zlatorog1.5 
 9. Urbas, Parklji1.5 
 10. Lelic, Elektra1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Salih NUHANOVIC
  Elektra
  (209-C-82)
  Avg: 1.4
 1. Nuhanovic, Elektra1.4 
 2. Nelson, Sentjur1.3 
 3. Omic, Zlatorog1.2 
 4. Sviridov, Polzela1.0 
 5. Thompson, Union O.1.0 
 6. Djugum, Geoplin0.9 
 7. Hannibal, Polzela0.8 
 8. Cresnar, Helios0.7 
 9. Buda, Geoplin Slov.0.6 
 10. Miljkovic, Rogaska0.6 


Krka wins in Ljubljana, ties the score to 1-1 in the Finals - by Eurobasket News

Finals, Game 2: Union Olimpija - Krka 65-75 (1-1)

Second game of the Slovenian league Finals just ended. Krka recovered from the home loss in Game One and managed to win tonight in Ljubljana 65-75 tying the score to 1-1 in the series. The format is best-of-five and Krka will be the host of Game Three. That meeting is scheduled for Tuesday.
The game without a history. Krka 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. The best player for the winners was international swingman Zoran Dragic (196-F/G-89) who scored 15 points and 8 rebounds. Forward Jure Balazic (204-80) chipped in 14 points. Finnish point guard Sasu Salin (190-91) produced 18 points and 6 rebounds and guard Jaka Blazic (193-90) added 20 points and 5 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.

Thanks to tonight's win, Krka again has a home court advantage in this series. The Novo Mesto team is the defending champion and it also was the regular season champ. Krka had 8-2 record in Telemach league. .

Union Olimpija: J.Blazic 20+5reb+2ast, S.Salin 18+6reb+3ast, V.Dasic 7+8reb+1ast, G.Jeretin 7, D.Thompson 4+4reb, G.Jagodnik 4+2reb+1ast
Krka: Z.Dragic 15+8reb+3ast, J.Balazic 14+3reb+2ast, A.Nissim 13+1reb+3ast, J.Lalic 8+6reb, U.Lucic 7+1reb, M.Abdul-Hamid 7+3reb+2ast



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  SPAIN   

Stats Leaders - ACB

Points Per Game
 Andy PANKO
  Lagun A.
  (204-F-77)
  Avg: 18.6
 1. Panko, Lagun A.18.6 
 2. Doellman, Assignia16.8 
 3. Teletovic, Caja L.16.3 
 4. Wright, CAI Z.14.5 
 5. Penney, Fuenlabra.14.4 
 6. Davis, Cajasol14.1 
 7. Navarro, FCB Regal13.7 
 8. De Colo, Valencia13.4 
 9. Caner-Medley, Vale.13.3 
 10. Hettsheimer, CAI13.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 James AUGUSTINE
  UCAM M.
  (208-F-84)
  Avg: 8.3
 1. Augustine, UCAM M.8.3 
 2. Ivanov, Lucentum7.9 
 3. Borchardt, B.de R.7.7 
 4. Freeland, Unicaja7.5 
 5. Davis, Cajasol7.3 
 6. Williams, FIATC J.7.1 
 7. Caner-Medley, Vale.6.9 
 8. Teletovic, Caja L.6.8 
 9. Gabriel, Asefa E.6.5 
 10. Hettsheimer, CAI6.4 
Assists Per Game
 Javier RODRIGUEZ
  Assignia.
  (189-G-79)
  Avg: 6.5
 1. Rodriguez, Assigni.6.5 
 2. Salgado, Lagun A.4.3 
 3. Llull, Real Madrid4.1 
 4. Rodriguez, Bluse.3.8 
 5. Granger, Asefa E.3.8 
 6. Rodriguez, Real M.3.8 
 7. Dumas, B.de R.3.7 
 8. Prigioni, Caja L.3.6 
 9. Llompart, Lucentum3.4 
 10. Uriz, B.de Rueda3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Pablo PRIGIONI
  Caja L.
  (191-G-77)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Prigioni, Caja L.1.8 
 2. De Colo, Valencia1.6 
 3. Vidal, Lagun A.1.5 
 4. Doellman, Assignia1.5 
 5. Uriz, B.de Rueda V.1.4 
 6. Udoka, UCAM M.1.4 
 7. Hanga, Assignia M.1.4 
 8. Calloway, Cajasol1.4 
 9. Granger, Asefa E.1.3 
 10. Garbajosa, Unicaja1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Stephane LASME
  Blusens M.
  (203-F-82)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Lasme, Blusens M.1.9 
 2. Fischer, Gescrap BB1.9 
 3. Sene, Fuenlabrada1.7 
 4. Begic, Real Madrid1.5 
 5. Toure, B.de R.1.4 
 6. Ndong, FCB Regal1.1 
 7. Vazquez, FCB Regal1.0 
 8. Barnes, Lucentum1.0 
 9. Augustine, UCAM M.0.9 
 10. Asselin, Assignia0.9 


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, Navarra8.2 
 6. Mortellaro, Leon7.7 
 7. Antelo, Caceres7.7 
 8. Sikma, La Palma7.7 
 9. Fernandez, Granada7.6 
 10. Williams, Caceres7.5 
Assists Per Game
 Oscar ALVARADO
  La Palma
  (184-PG-91)
  Avg: 6.1
 1. Alvarado, La Palma6.1 
 2. Bivia, Mallorca5.1 
 3. Witt, Knet Clavijo4.5 
 4. Norris, Lleida4.3 
 5. Lopez, Burgos4.0 
 6. Perez, Menorca3.8 
 7. Bernabe, Leon3.7 
 8. Sabat, Canarias3.6 
 9. DeVries, Melilla3.4 
 10. Quezada, Leon3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Alexander FRANKLIN
  Huesca
  (196-PF-88)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Franklin, Huesca2.5 
 2. Toledo, Burgos2.1 
 3. Xavier, Palencia2.0 
 4. Bernabe, Leon2.0 
 5. Norris, Lleida1.9 
 6. Abrines, Clinic.1.8 
 7. Green, Mallorca1.8 
 8. Alonso, Mallorca1.8 
 9. Rost, Canarias1.7 
 10. Guerra, Granada1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Ognen KUZMIN
  Clinicas.
  (215-C-90)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Kuzmin, Clinicas.2.1 
 2. Lawal, Knet Clavijo1.7 
 3. Diouf, Palencia1.6 
 4. Green, Mallorca1.3 
 5. Olmos, Caceres1.2 
 6. Coleman, Girona1.1 
 7. Samb, Granada1.1 
 8. Odiakosa, Melilla1.1 
 9. Donaldson, Canarias0.9 
 10. Antelo, Caceres0.9 


Stats Leaders-LEB Silver

Points Per Game
 Alfredo OTT
  Lan M.
  (193-G-83)
  Avg: 17.9
 1. Ott, Lan M.17.9 
 2. Monroe, Tenerife16.5 
 3. Atoyebi, Lan M.16.4 
 4. Salson, Las Rozas16.3 
 5. Todorovic, Prat J.16.1 
 6. Eriksson, Barca R.15.8 
 7. Ortiz, Aurtenec.14.3 
 8. Balmon, Las Rozas14.0 
 9. Oha, Gandia Basqu.13.1 
 10. Elias, Tenerife13.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Marko TODOROVIC
  Prat J.
  (203-F-92)
  Avg: 8.5
 1. Todorovic, Prat J.8.5 
 2. Elias, Tenerife8.3 
 3. Balmon, Las Rozas8.3 
 4. Atoyebi, Lan M.8.1 
 5. Thompson, Aurtene.8.0 
 6. Monroe, Tenerife7.7 
 7. Ausina, Aurtenec.7.3 
 8. Ortega, Oviedo CB7.2 
 9. Adams, Coruna6.9 
 10. Miller, Gandia B.6.9 
Assists Per Game
 Federico BAVOSI
  Andorra
  (184-PG-81)
  Avg: 5.8
 1. Bavosi, Andorra5.8 
 2. Ibargutxi, Lan M.4.4 
 3. Guigou, Tenerife4.1 
 4. Alvarado, Gandia B.3.5 
 5. Llorente, Avila3.2 
 6. Ugrinoski, Las R.3.2 
 7. Faner, Plasencia3.1 
 8. Vilanova, Prat J.3.1 
 9. Bassas, Prat J.3.0 
 10. Ortiz, Aurtenec.2.8 
Steals Per Game
 Alfredo OTT
  Lan M.
  (193-G-83)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Ott, Lan M.2.9 
 2. Faner, Plasencia2.9 
 3. Hill, Ourense1.8 
 4. Bavosi, Andorra1.7 
 5. Guigou, Tenerife1.7 
 6. Barcelo, Aurtenec.1.6 
 7. Balmon, Las Rozas1.5 
 8. Ros, Plasencia1.5 
 9. Elias, Tenerife1.5 
 10. Ventura, Prat J.1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Papa MBAYE
  Barca R.
  (209-C-90)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Mbaye, Barca R.1.6 
 2. Marti, Prat J.1.4 
 3. Todorovic, Prat J.1.4 
 4. Thompson, Aurtene.1.2 
 5. Flis, Andorra1.0 
 6. Serrano, Lan M.1.0 
 7. Iglesias, Plasencia0.9 
 8. Miller, Gandia B.0.9 
 9. Elias, Tenerife0.8 
 10. Olaizola, Lan M.0.8 


Regal Barca, Real Madrid and Caja Laboral advance to Liga Endesa Semifinals - by Eurobasket News

Second games of Liga Endesa Quarterfinals just ended. Regal Barca, Real Madrid and Caja Laboral eliminated their rivals and booked a spot for the Semis. There, Real Madrid and Caja Laboral will meet each other. The format is best-of-five and first game is scheduled for May 24. Barca will play against the winner of Lagun Aro GBC - Valencia series, which is currently tied at 1-1. They will meet in decisive Game Three on Tuesday. Valencia will be the host.

Lucentum - FCB Regal 57-84 (0-2)
The game was mostly controlled by Regal FC Barcelona. Meridiano Alicante was better in second period 21-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Regal FC Barcelona made 23-of-28 free shots (82.1 percent) during the game. Senegalese center Boniface Ndong (213-77) scored 14 points (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) to lead the charge for the winners and American swingman Chuck Eidson (202-80, college: S.Carolina, agency: Court Side) chipped in 13 points during the contest. Regal FC Barcelona's coach Xavier Pascual felt very confident that he used 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest. Bulgarian forward Kaloyan Ivanov (205-86) responded with 9 points and 10 rebounds and guard Pedro Llompart (190-82) scored 16 points.
Top scorers:
Lucentum: P.Llompart 16+3reb, M.Kone 9+2reb, K.Ivanov 9+10reb+2ast, R.Freire 8+2reb+1ast, L.Barnes 6+2reb+1ast, A.Urtasun 6+2reb+2ast
FCB Regal: B.Ndong 14+3reb, C.Eidson 13+2reb+2ast, J.Wallace 11+2reb+1ast, F.Vazquez 10+2reb+1ast, M.Huertas 9+4reb+2ast, P.Mickeal 9+6reb+1as.

Gescrap BB - Caja Laboral 88-90 OT (0-2)
Gescrap BB was ahead by 3 points at the halftime before a 21-17 third quarter run of Caja Laboral. They tied the game at the end of regular time. Then they were better in overtime eventually winning that period 9-7. Caja Laboral made 18-of-22 charity shots (81.8 percent) during the game. 24 personal fouls committed by Gescrap BB helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Italian-Argentinian guard Pablo Prigioni (191-77) orchestrated the victory by scoring 13 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists. International swingman Fernando San Emeterio (198-F/G-84) contributed with 17 points and 6 rebounds (was perfect 10-for-10 from the free throw line !!!) for the winners. American guard Aaron Jackson (193-86, college: Duquesne) replied with 20 points and 4 assists and the former international forward Alex Mumbru (202-79) added 10 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Gescrap BB. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game.
Top scorers:
Gescrap BB: A.Jackson 20+3reb+4ast, M.Banic 13+3reb, D.Fischer 11+7reb, K.Vasiliadis 10+1reb+1ast, A.Mumbru 10+8reb+3ast, R.Grimau 8+3reb
Caja Laboral: F.San Emeterio 17+6reb+1ast, P.Prigioni 13+6reb+6ast, N.Bjelica 13+6reb+1ast, B.Oleson 12+1ast, M.Teletovic 12+4reb+1ast, M.Lampe 10
gschID: 176718


Lagun Aro GBC - Valencia 86-82 OT (1-1)
The hosts trailed by 10 points after three quarters before their 19-9 charge, which allowed them to tie the game at the end of regular time and get a 4-point victory in overtime. Valencia Basket was plagued by 27 personal fouls down the stretch. Center David Doblas (206-81) scored 21 points and 9 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and Brazilian point guard Raul Neto (186-92) chipped in 12 points and 5 assists (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) during the contest. Serbian guard Stefan Markovic (194-88) responded with 17 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists and French guard Nando De Colo (202-87) scored 13 points and 6 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Valencia Basket's coach tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
Valencia: S.Markovic 17+5reb+4ast, N.De Colo 13+6reb+3ast, T.Dean 11+2reb+1ast, N.Caner-Medley 11+5reb+1ast, F.Pietrus 7+1reb, V.Faverani 7+7reb
Lagun Aro GBC: D.Doblas 21+9reb, J.Baron 14+3reb, A.Panko 13+5reb, R.Neto 12+2reb+5ast, J.Salgado 10+2reb+3ast, E.Papamakarios 6+1reb
gschID: 176719


Cajasol - Real Madrid 55-82 (0-2)
The game was mostly controlled by Real Madrid. Cajasol was better in third quarter 16-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Real Madrid had a 29-15 advantage in offensive rebounds. It was a great shooting night for Real Madrid especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 58.8 percentage. American-Azerbaijani point guard Jaycee Carroll (188-83, agency: Priority Sports) scored 20 points (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) to lead the charge for the winners and international point guard Sergio Llull (190-87) chipped in 13 points and 5 rebounds during the contest. Guard Txemi Urtasun (193-84, agency: Interperformances) responded with 16 points and American-Bulgarian guard Earl Calloway (191-83, college: Indiana) scored 12 points. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players.
Top scorers:
Cajasol: T.Urtasun 16+1reb+1ast, E.Calloway 12+2reb+3ast, J.Triguero 7+4reb, C.English 7+1reb+1ast, P.Davis 6+6reb, H.Jasen 5+5reb
Real Madrid: J.Carroll 20+1reb+1ast, S.Llull 13+5reb+1ast, N.Velickovic 8+6reb+3ast, F.Reyes 8+8reb, A.Tomic 8+4reb, K.Singler 7+1reb+1ast



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  SWEDEN   


Kenny Grant selected the top Swedish players playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Kenny Grant
Kenny Grant
   #1. This week's number one is former international guard Kenny Grant (188-82, college: Davidson). Grant managed to help Sluc Nancy Basket Pro to win against the tenth-ranked JDA Dijon (14-16) 79-68 in the French ProA last Wednesday. He scored 5 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. Sluc Nancy Basket Pro (18-12) is placed fifth in the ProA. Grant's team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And that game will be critical. This season Grant averages: 3.3ppg, 1.3rpg, 1.1apg, 2FGP: 46.4%, 3FGP: 35.7% and FT: 58.3%. He played for the Swedish senior national team two years ago.

Jonathan Skjoldebrand
Jonathan Skjoldebrand
   #2. Second place goes to former international power forward Jonathan Skjoldebrand (204-83, agency: Ronsport). Skjoldebrand was the major contributor in a Hapoel Tel-Aviv's victory against the second-ranked Beer Yaakov (20-6) crushing them 85-65 in the Israeli National League (second division) on Sunday night. He scored 18 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 26 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 3 ranked teams in group Play-Off. Hapoel Tel-Aviv (22-4) is placed first. This year Skjoldebrand's overall stats are: 8.7ppg, 3.9rpg, 2FGP: 57.8%(100-173), 3FGP: 21.4% and FT: 81.2% in the 34 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Swedish and Israeli. Despite Skjoldebrand played previously for the Israeli national team, he played also for the Swedish national team in 2010.

Joakim Kjellbom
Joakim Kjellbom
   #3. The Swedish player who performed third best last week abroad was an experienced former international power forward Joakim Kjellbom (213-79, college: N.Arizona). Kjellbom contributed to an easy victory against the fifth-ranked Sokhumi (11-9) crushing them 92-66 in a derby game in the Georgian Superleague in Saturday night's game. He scored 6 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. BC Armia Tbilisi (20-0) is placed first in the Superleague. So far his team won all twenty games in the Semi-Finals. Kjellbom is the league's best blocker. His total stats this season are: 9.2ppg, 7.1rpg, 1.2apg, 1.7bpg, 1.1spg, 2FGP: 67.6%(92-136) and FT: 55.4%. Despite Kjellbom played previously for the Israeli national team, he played also for the Swedish national team in 2010.

Mats Levin
Mats Levin
   #4. Point guard Mats Levin (188-77) led Givova Scafati to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Centrale Latte (15-13) 100-84 in the Italian Lega2 (second division) last Thursday. Levin recorded 13 points and added 3 passes in 26 minutes. Givova Scafati Basket (17-11) is placed fourth in the Lega2. This year Levin's total stats are: 7.9ppg, 2.1rpg, 2.9apg and 1.2spg in the 32 games. Despite he played previously for the Israeli national team, Levin is currently in the Swedish national team roster.

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

   #1. Maciej Lampe (210-C-85) contributed to a Caja Laboral's victory against the closely-ranked Gescrap BB (19-15) 77-73 in the Spanish ACB in Thursday night's game. He recorded 10 points in only 14 minutes. Caja Laboral Vitoria (23-11) is placed third in the ACB. Lampe has relatively good stats this year: 12.6ppg and 4.7rpg in the 15 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Polish and Swedish. Despite Lampe's Swedish passport, he currently plays for the Polish national team and is not eligible to play for the Swedish team.

Other top Swedish players, who play abroad:

Ludvig Hakanson (190-PG-96) plays for Regal FC Barcelona in Spanish ACB
Marcus Eriksson (196-G/F-93) plays for Regal FC Barcelona in Spanish ACB
Jonas Jerebko (206-F-87) plays for Detroit Pistons in the NBA
Jonathan Person (190-PG-93) plays for CS Bologna in Italian SerieA
Aleksandar Damjanovic (206-C/F-73) plays for Kavala in Greek A1
Anton Gaddefors (200-F-89) plays for Okapi Aalstar in Belgian Ethias League
Thomas Massamba (185-PG-85) plays for Etha in Cypriot Division A
Hussein Tawbeh (198-F-82) plays for Al Riyadi in Lebanese Division A
Viktor Gaddefors (201-F-92) plays for Air Avellino in Italian SerieA
William Magarity (209-F-93) plays for Angelico Biella in Italian SerieA
Erik Rush (197-G-88) plays for Apollon in Cypriot Division A
Serkan Inan (198-G-86) plays for Hacettepe University in Turkish TBL

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



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Stats Leaders - D1

Points Per Game
 Jonathan GIBSON
  Trabzonspor
  (182-PG-87)
  Avg: 19.9
 1. Gibson, Trabzonspor19.9 
 2. Chatman, Karsiyaka18.3 
 3. Reynolds, Antalya18.3 
 4. Brown, Trabzonspor18.1 
 5. Scales, Mersin17.4 
 6. Toolson, Aliaga17.3 
 7. Fisher, Antalya17.2 
 8. Grundy, Mersin16.9 
 9. Sneed, Mersin16.9 
 10. Washington, Turk16.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Elton BROWN
  Trabzonspor
  (206-C-83)
  Avg: 12.2
 1. Brown, Trabzonspor12.2 
 2. Stimac, Olin Edirne9.9 
 3. Sanders, Hacett.8.9 
 4. Mensah-Bonsu, Bes.8.0 
 5. McGhee, Bandirma.7.8 
 6. Wesson, Erdemir7.6 
 7. Buckman, Tofas7.6 
 8. Sonkol, Aliaga7.3 
 9. Yucel, Turk T.7.0 
 10. Miller, Bandirma6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Mire CHATMAN
  Karsiyaka
  (187-PG-78)
  Avg: 6.4
 1. Chatman, Karsiyaka6.4 
 2. Ermis, Banvit BK6.0 
 3. Tunceri, Anadolu5.3 
 4. Ratkovica, Aliaga5.3 
 5. Senturk, Erdemir4.9 
 6. Gordon, Galatasaray4.5 
 7. Reynolds, Antalya4.4 
 8. Fisher, Antalya4.4 
 9. Washington, Turk T.4.4 
 10. Arroyo, Besiktas4.3 
Steals Per Game
 Russell ROBINSON
  Trabzons.
  (185-G-86)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Robinson, Trabzons.2.1 
 2. Grier, Mersin2.1 
 3. Bryan-A., Hacett.2.0 
 4. Chatman, Karsiyaka1.9 
 5. Grundy, Mersin1.7 
 6. Gordon, Galatasaray1.7 
 7. Kinsey, Anadolu1.4 
 8. Guler, Turk T.1.4 
 9. Scales, Mersin1.4 
 10. Ikonic, Karsiyaka1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Matthew BRYAN-AMANING
  Hacett.
  (205-F-88)
  Avg: 1.3
 1. Bryan-A., Hacett.1.3 
 2. Davis, Banvit BK1.2 
 3. Robinson, Erdemir1.1 
 4. McGhee, Bandirma.1.0 
 5. Bayav, Karsiyaka0.9 
 6. Turkyilmaz, Banvit0.9 
 7. Gist, Fener.Ulker0.9 
 8. Karaman, Karsiyaka0.8 
 9. Aldemir, Galatasar.0.8 
 10. Qvale, Aliaga0.8 


Besiktas takes 2-1 lead against Galatasaray in the Semis - by Eurobasket News

Besiktas - Galatasaray 74-65

Game Three of TBL Semifinals between Besiktas and Galatasaray just ended. The hosts celebrated 74-65 victory for 2-1 lead in the series. The format is best-of-five and Besiktas is now one win away from the Finals. Game Four is scheduled for Tuesday and Besiktas will be the host again. Besiktas had 11-point lead after 3 quarters, what was too much for Galatasaray for rest of the way. The hosts made 18-of-23 free shots (78.3 percent) during the game. Besiktas outrebounded Galatasaray 36-25 including 24 on the defensive glass. 24 personal fouls committed by Galatasaray helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was American guard David Hawkins (194-82, college: Temple) who scored 21 points and 7 rebounds. Ersin Dagli (203-81, college: Alabama, agency: Interperformances) chipped in 16 points and 6 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was Serbian forward Boris Savovic (206-87, agency: Beo Basket) who recorded 16 points and 7 rebounds and Bosnian forward Nihad Djedovic (196-90, agency: Beo Basket) added 16 points and 6 rebounds respectively. Galatasaray's coach Oktay Mahmudi rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Galatasaray was the regular season champion in TBL with 25-5 record. Besiktas was No.4 with 22-8. If Galatasaray wins on Tuesday, they will host Game Five on Friday. If Besiktas wins, they will advance to the Finals.

Besiktas: D.Hawkins 21+7reb+2ast, C.Arroyo 16+1reb+3ast, E.Dagli 16+6reb, P.Mensah-Bonsu 8+8reb, M.Yagmur 7+4reb+2ast, Z.Erceg 4+6reb+2ast
Galatasaray: N.Djedovic 16+6reb+1ast, B.Savovic 16+7reb+1ast, J.Lakovic 9+1reb+3ast, L.Andric 7+3reb, C.Ozer 6+2reb, E.Arslan 5+3ast



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The True Legacy of Tim Duncan - by David Edole

Written by Russell Banton

We all know the contributions of Tim Duncan to basketball history:

Honored as a college player by the House of Representatives
ACC Male Athlete of the Year
Naismith College Player of the Year
USBWA College Player of the Year
John R. Wooden Award
ACC 50th Anniversary men's basketball team
NBA Rookie of the Year
Four NBA championships
13 All-NBA Team selections
13 NBA All-Defensive Team selections
Three NBA Finals MVPs
Two NBA MVPs
Youngest APBR '100 Greatest Professional Basketball Players of The 20th Century'
One of only four players to receive All-NBA First Team honors in each of his first eight seasons
Third player to ever win the NBA MVP, IBM Player and TSN Player Awards in the same season
Sports Illustrated NBA Player of the Decade
Only player in NBA history to receive All-NBA and All-Defensive honors in his first 13 seasons
3rd all time in playoff blocked shots
5th all time in playoff rebounds
7th all time in playoff games played
7th all time in playoff free throws attempted
9th all time in regular season blocked shots
18th all time in regular season rebounds
26th all time in regular season free throws attempted
26th all time in regular season points
48th all time in regular season games played

These are unimaginable achievements even for the highly touted #1 pick in the NBA draft. Even these will be surpassed as Duncan continues to play. The recognition he receives from his peers is usually reserved for retired players at a banquet. Yet, Duncan is fielding this respect while still on the court and competing at the highest of levels.

Shaquille ONeil recently said, The Spurs won because of Tim Duncan, a guy I could never break. I could talk trash to Patrick Ewing, get in David Robinsons face, get a rise out of Alonzo Mourning, but when I went at Tim hed look at me like he was bored and then say, Hey, Shaq, watch this shot right here off the glass. Shaq penned the name The Big Fundamental for Duncan years ago. A punch in the face and compliment rolled into one. He might have said instead, a great player but no flash.

Shaq knows all too well the truth in one time teammate Byron Scotts comments on Duncan, He's not throwing behind-the-back passes, he's not doing tomahawk jams, he's not doing anything that's very flashy. He's just a very unassuming guy who goes about his job, and the next thing you know he's got 23 points and 20 rebounds.

There have been notable quotes about the wisdom, character, and player Tim Duncan. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar referred to his wisdom when he said about his staying in college, Subjecting himself to learning and maturing in a college atmosphere was wiser than entering the NBA early. On his character his coach Greg Popovich said, Tim has been a joy, and player Raef LaFrenz complimented, 'Some great players will take a possession or two off. Tim never does.' As a player many have commented such as Lamar Odom, 'His hoop IQ is extraordinary, and Jerry West, He sees the court as well or better than a lot of guards. When I look at him I see nothing but greatness, or former Dallas Mavericks coach Avery Johnson, 'If Tim starts making threes, we can all go home.' No one said it better though than Joe Smith, Dont be fooled. Hes much more vicious than he looks.

Can you imagine the chest pumping and self-proclaiming that would be spread across the sports airwaves if a Dennis Rodman type character had achieved such bragging rights? I dont even want to think how I would describe how that would make me feel. Even today the arguably best player in the game, Lebron James, has stamped himself with such lofty accolades that he will spend the rest of his playing days and perhaps his life trying to live up to them. All in the shadow of true greatness. The King would be well served to take head to a great philosopher who once said, He who controls others may be powerful, but he who has mastered himself is mightier still. No wonder Duncan has also been labeled stone Buddha. He just doesnt care about all that stuff that grows others weary or dominates others motivations.

This is the essence of Tim Duncan. A man that has mastered himself.

Even amongst all these kudos for himself and recognition given to the high flying chest pumping athlete it seems to be of no consequence for Duncan when you hear him say, Paper doesn't mean anything to us. It's about going out there and playing together. It's about chemistry and people accepting roles. More talent doesn't always mean you're a better team. Did you hear that wisdom ESPN?

It seems the credo of Tim Duncan is found in this quote of his, The time when there is no one there to feel sorry for you or to cheer for you is when a player is made. Isnt that true for the athlete and for the individual in life itself?

Good, better, best. Never let it rest. Until your good is better and your better is best. This Duncan lives by as taught to him by his mother. This principal was carried from his life to his life in basketball. And no doubt will be carried from his life in basketball to his life after hes done playing.

How many in life love our self? This is not a question of arrogance but of self-assurance. Duncan is the epitome of one self-assured. To the point that it can be taken as a coolness or a snobby personality. But take into account his description of himself, if I were to psychoanalyze myself, I'd have to say I am a clown, cleverly disguised as a regular person. Humble, open and amusing.

In 2000, Legislature of the Virgin Islands President Vargrave Richards of St. Croix said of Duncan as he awarded him the Virgin Islands Medal of Honor : 'He is a quiet giant. His laid-back attitude is the embodiment of the people of St. Croix, doing things without fanfare and hoopla.

The man and character that is Tim Duncan was shown in one of his responses in the recent article in Sports Illustrated. He was asked doesnt he care how hes viewed, how he is remembered? Even in the manner in which he responds we see the deep introspection of the man. He hesitates in cerebral contemplation and than says, Why? I cant manipulate how people see me. But, even that does not show the depth of the man. When prodded again with thats not true Duncan again pauses in intense deliberation and answers with a defining statement, 'I mean, I guess I could. I could be more accessible and be the darling for everybody. I could open up my life and get more endorsements and be out there and be a fan favorite. But why would that help?'

He pauses again for a moment and says, 'Why should it?'

Did you listen to what he said? He didnt close his thought with why would it or why does it. He said, Why should it. End of interview.

The answer is that it shouldn't.

Unfortunately, for way too many it does. TD is secure in his own identity and that's not a basketball player.

He needs no outside source to determine how special he is. We should all be this secure in ourselves. We all have talents and are special.

This question transcends sports. Which I believe TD intended. He does.

I have written many articles through the years and even one defending Tim when his father was ill during the playoffs. My dream is to sit down and have a conversation with this man.

Time will reveal Tim Duncan is not a sports figure. He is a philosopher of life that happens to have a sport as his occupation and passion. I would cherish the opportunity to make the world aware of his greatest contribution, his mind not his game.



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Barnes' 30 points lead Disciples past Havok in UBA Semi Finals - by David Walls


Jermaine Barnes (6'5''-G/F-82, agency: Gamble Sports Management, college: Point, GA) perfection at the offensive end was big for the GIE Morrow Disciples. His poise in the third quarter was even bigger, and it got the Disciples back into the UBA Finals with Georgia Lions.

Barnes scored 20 of his 30 points in the first half, and the Disciples roll pass the Havok 91-70 victory in the UBA Semi Finals on Saturday night. He was also honored before the game with his 3rd MVP award.

Despite the great play of Barnes; James Justice (5'10''-G-89, college: Martin Methodist) dominated the Havok guard scoring 22 points, 6 assists and two showtime dunks for the fans.

'We just wanted to come out and make a statement, said Barnes. The Cleveland Havok are a young team and will be a UBA power soon just like OKC (Thunder) was in the NBA, but it's Disciples time right now

Will Morning (6'8''-F-88, agency: Gamble Sports Management, college: McNeese St.) was the high man for the Havok with 20 points and 11 rebounds. Raymond Canady Jr. (6'7''-G/F-84, college: Valdosta St.) added 17 points and 7 rebounds in the loss.

The Havok were named Western Conference champions after winning there last 6 games and upsetting the Central Texas Cyclones and Conference favorite Houston Express. Kevin Franklin was today award Owner of the Year based on the work of a new franchise and advancing to the UBA Semi Finals are an expansion team.

The Lakers said the 41-of-42 performance at the line was the second-best in NBA playoff hist

Michael Sloan (6'5''-G/F-84, college: Clayton St.) and Freddie Williams (6'2''-G-87, agency: Gamble Sports Management, college: Clayton St.) sat out the Semi Finals due to ankle injuries but will be ready for tip of today at Morris Brown College.



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Stats Leaders - Men

Points Per Game
 Willie SOLOMON
  Cherkasy
  (187-G-78)
  Avg: 22.1
 1. Solomon, Cherkasy22.1 
 2. Culpepper, Fe.22.1 
 3. Burtt, Dnipro18.9 
 4. Deane, BC Odessa18.4 
 5. Vukosavljevi., Hal.17.9 
 6. King, BC Odessa17.3 
 7. Green, Mykolaiv16.9 
 8. Mitchell, Khimik16.9 
 9. Guinn, Fe.16.8 
 10. Harris, Halychyna16.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Vladan VUKOSAVLJEVIC
  Halych.
  (206-F/C-84)
  Avg: 10.9
 1. Vukosavljevi., Hal.10.9 
 2. King, BC Odessa10.2 
 3. Dunigan, DniproAzot8.9 
 4. Davis, Fe.8.4 
 5. Odufuwa, Halychyna8.1 
 6. Goodridge, BC Kyiv8.0 
 7. Drozdov, Azovmash7.6 
 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. Chappell, Fe.1.9 
 3. House, Dnipro1.9 
 4. Minard, Azovmash1.7 
 5. Culpepper, Fe.1.7 
 6. Solomon, Cherkasy1.7 
 7. Mitchell, Khimik1.7 
 8. Ewing, Azovmash1.7 
 9. Sirsnins, DniproAz.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. Davis, Kryvbasb.1.5 
 7. Rizvic, Azovmash1.5 
 8. Korniyenko, Dnipro1.5 
 9. Hunter, Mykolaiv1.4 
 10. Hunter, Fe.1.3 


Superleague Round 2 of Finals. BC Donetsk extend their lead - by Eurobasket News

FINAL
BC Donetsk - Azovmash 79-66

BC Donetsk fired past Azovmash to gain a comfortable 2-0 lead in the Final. The game was mostly controlled by BC Donetsk. Azovmash managed to win fourth quarter 22-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. BC Donetsk had a 26-15 advantage in offensive rebounds. It was a great shooting night for BC Donetsk especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 61.1 percentage. The best player for the winners was American guard Ramel Curry (192-80, college: CSU Bakersfield) who scored 17 points. Serbian point guard Vule Avdalovic (189-81, agency: Beo Basket) chipped in 13 points. Four BC Donetsk players scored in double figures. BC Donetsk's coach Sasa Obradovic used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American swingman Matt Walsh (197-82, college: Florida) produced 15 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists and his fellow American import point guard Jerome Randle (178-87, college: California) added 20 points respectively for the guests.
Top scorers:
BC Donetsk: R.Curry 17+4reb+2ast, V.Stojanovski 15+1ast, I.Radenovic 14+2reb+2ast, V.Avdalovic 13+3reb+3ast, V.Kravtsov 8+9reb, M.Lee 6+5reb+3ast
Azovmash: J.Randle 20+1ast, M.Walsh 15+5reb+4ast, D.Ewing 7+4reb+3ast, A.Drozdov 7+2reb+1ast, O.Pecherov 6+2reb+1ast, O.Hunter 6+7reb
gschID: 176528

3rd Place
Budivelnyk - Ferro-ZNTU 82-72

Budivelnyk bounced back after the starting loss to level the consolation final series. The game was mostly controlled by Budivelnyk. Ferro-ZNTU managed to win third quarter 20-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 18-of-23 free shots (78.3 percent) during the game. Budivelnyk outrebounded Ferro-ZNTU 43-24 including a 27-14 advantage in defensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. The best player for the winners was Dominican guard Luis Flores (188-81, college: Manhattan) who scored 17 points and 7 rebounds (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line). American point guard Jack McClinton (185-85, college: Miami, FL, agency: Alti Sport) chipped in 20 points (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Budivelnyk's coach Zvezdan Mitrovic used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American guard Randy Culpepper (182-89, college: UTEP) produced 19 points and 4 steals and the former international point guard Artem Butskyy (185-81, agency: New Trend Agency) added 9 points and 6 assists respectively for the guests.
Top scorers:
Budivelnyk: J.McClinton 20+3reb+3ast, L.Flores 17+7reb+3ast, A.Agafonov 10+10reb+3ast, S.Sehovic 9+7reb+3ast, A.Parakhouski 8+3reb, Z.Morley 8+6reb+4ast
Ferro-ZNTU: R.Culpepper 19+1ast, R.Guinn 11+3reb, H.Kandrusevich 11+5reb+1ast, A.Butskyy 9+3reb+6ast, J.Chappell 9+4reb+1ast, S.Dikiy 6+2reb
gschID: 176633



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Nicholas George wins the title with the Tigers - by Eurobasket News

Nicholas George (199-F-82, agency: Two Points, college: VCU) wins the title with the Tigers in Switzerland. His Lugano Tigers remain LNA title holder. They overcame Geneve Lions 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.
The season 2011-2012 he started for Ass.Pallacanestro Sant' Antimo (Italy-Lega2, starting five), but was released in Jan.'12. In Mar.'12 moved to Lugano Tigers (Switzerland-LNA) and averaged 6.7 points per game.



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Results for the Metro League - by Hector Lopez

Results for the Metro league 1st. round
Atenas 79 - Anthony Johnson (203-F-88, college: Fairfield) 32 points 15 rebounds, 2 blocks 2 assists. Johnny Rodriguez (197-F-83) 23 points 12 rebounds 1 assist
Yale - 69 - Tabare Martinez (185-G-83) 17 points 3 rebounds, Gregg Thondique (201-F-87, college: Virginia Union) 12 points 13 rebounds 2 block
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Cader 79 - Reggie Okosa (208-F/C-80, agency: Top Notch Sports, college: La Salle) 23 point5s 16 rebounds 2 assists, Leonardo Vacca (177-PG-77) 16 points
Guruyu Waston 66 - Martavius Adams 21 points 13 rebounds, Sebastian Martinez (PG-76) 14 points




Argentinawon the U15 South American Championship - by Hector Lopez

Argentina won the U15 South American Championship beating Uruguay 63-64, while Chile finished in the third position after defeating Brazil 64-61. For Argentina Jorge Mas netted 15 points, while Ayan Nunez added 14 and Christian Boudet grabbed 13 rebounds. For Uruguay Facundo Grolla scored 12 points withh seven rebounds. The HC of the eigth teams voted the All Star team for the championship: Hansel Atencia (Colombia) Guard, Baltasar Ramos (Uruguay) Guard, Chrsitian Boudet (Argentina) Forward, Martin Fernandez (Argentina) Forward, Facundo Grolla (Uruguay) Center. Argentina, Uruguay and Chile will play the Tournament of the Americas U16.


Nicolas Mazzarino selected the top Uruguayan playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Nicolas Mazzarino
Nicolas Mazzarino
   #1. This week's number one is an experienced former international point guard Nicolas Mazzarino (181-75, agency: Players Group). He was the major contributor in a Bennet Cantu's victory against the closely-ranked Scavolini Pesaro (19-13) 78-72 in the Italian SerieA in Friday night's game. Mazzarino recorded 15 points and added 3 assists in 29 minutes on the court. Bennet Cantu (21-11) is placed third in the SerieA. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. It's Mazzarino's seventh season with the team. This year he averages: 10.0ppg, 2.0rpg, 2.1apg, 2FGP: 53.7%, 3FGP: 44.4% and FT: 87.5% in the 33 games he played so far. Mazzarino has a dual citizenship: Uruguayan and Italian. Despite he played previously for the Italian national team, Mazzarino played also for the Uruguayan national team in 2008.

Esteban Batista
Esteban Batista
   #2. Second place goes to an international power forward Esteban Batista (208-83, agency: Duran International), who plays in the Turkish TBL. He could not help one of league's weakest teams Anadolu Efes (24-6) in their last game on Wednesday. Despite Batista's good performance Anadolu Efes was edged 68-66 on the road by the second-ranked Banvit BK. He was the second best scorer with 10 points. Batista also added 7 rebounds and 2 blocks. Batista's overall stats this season are: 8.3ppg, 5.1rpg, 2FGP: 68.1%(96-141) and FT: 72.3%. Despite he played previously for the Italian national team, Batista played also for the Uruguayan national team in 2012.

Leandro Garcia Morales
Leandro Garcia Morales
   #3. The Uruguayan player who performed third best last week abroad was an international guard Leandro Garcia Morales (186-80, college: Texas A&M), who plays in the Venezuelan LPB. He was not able to help Cocodrilos (4-4) in their last game. Despite Garcia Morales' very good performance the second-placed Cocodrilos lost 74-83 in Puerto La Cruz to the leading Marinos in the Group B. He was the top scorer with 26 points. Garcia Morales also added 3 steals in 39 minutes. Garcia Morales has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 15.4ppg, 2.0rpg, 3.1apg, 1.4spg in the 14 games. Garcia Morales is another player who holds two passports: Italian and Uruguayan. Despite he played previously for the Italian national team, Garcia Morales played also for the Uruguayan national team in 2012.

Martin Osimani
Martin Osimani
   #4. Guard Martin Osimani (194-81, college: Duquesne) was not able to secure a victory for Obras (20-10) in their game against Penarol (21-9) in the Argentinian LigaA. He scored 6 points, grabbed 5 rebounds and dished 3 assists. Obras was defeated 89-76 at home by the leading Penarol. It was Obras' third consecutive loss in a row. It's Osimani's first season with the team. Osimani's overall stats this year are: 8.2ppg, 2.3rpg, 3.5apg and 1.1spg. Despite he played previously for the Italian national team, Osimani is currently in the Uruguayan national team roster.

Juan Camilo Riveiro
Juan Camilo Riveiro
   #5. International forward Juan Camilo Riveiro (199-77), who plays in the Spanish LEB Silver (third division) couldn't help Aurteneche Maquinaria Araberri (13-11) in their last game. Despite his good performance Aurteneche Maquinaria Araberri lost 65-79 on the opponent's court to the second-ranked Ourense. Riveiro scored 10 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 18 minutes. It was Aurteneche Maquinaria Araberri's fourth consecutive loss in a row. This year Riveiro's overall stats are: 5.4ppg and 4.8rpg in the 13 games. He has both Uruguayan and Spanish nationalities. Despite Riveiro played previously for the Spanish national team, he is currently in the Uruguayan national team roster.

Other top Uruguayan players, who play abroad:

Emilio Taboada (191-F-82) plays for Bucaneros in Venezuelan LPB
Jayson Granger (186-G-89) plays for Asefa Estudiantes in Spanish ACB
Julio Miglionico (202-F/C-91) plays for Gaiteros in Venezuelan LPB
Federico Bavosi (184-PG-81) plays for River Andorra in Spanish LEB Silver
Phillip Holm (175-G-80) plays for USC Leipzig in German ProB
Pablo Ibon (201-C-76) plays for Real Canoe Madrid in Spanish EBA
Ismael Onetto (195-F-73) plays for Corato in Italian Nazionale B
Fabian Liperman (191-G-75) plays for Maccabi Rehovot in Israeli Artzit
Nicolas Godoy (185-F) plays for San Martin de Junin in Argentinian Torneo Federal
Martin Alonso (193-C) plays for Municipal Bordo in Argentinian Torneo Federal

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



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Stats Leaders - LPB

Points Per Game
 Donald SIMS
  Gaiteros
  (185-PG-87)
  Avg: 24.1
 1. Sims, Gaiteros24.1 
 2. Holland, Toros23.1 
 3. Pena, Toros21.4 
 4. Rodgers, Marinos19.5 
 5. Adams, Guaiqueries18.9 
 6. Hickerson, Bucan.18.6 
 7. Stoll, Gigantes17.6 
 8. Edwin, Gaiteros17.5 
 9. Romero, Trotamun.17.1 
 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.9.5 
 3. Braggs, Gaiteros9.3 
 4. Fuller, Panteras9.2 
 5. Urbina, Toros8.5 
 6. Jackson, Guaiquer.7.8 
 7. Allen, Marinos7.7 
 8. Gransberry, Cocod.7.7 
 9. Sucre, Marinos7.4 
 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.5.4 
 4. Guillent, Bucaneros4.6 
 5. Guillent, Guaros4.3 
 6. Elliott, Cocodrilos4.2 
 7. Pena, Toros4.1 
 8. Braggs, Gaiteros4.1 
 9. Sims, Gaiteros3.5 
 10. Centeno, Cocodril.3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Paul STOLL
  Gigantes
  (178-PG-85)
  Avg: 4.3
 1. Stoll, Gigantes4.3 
 2. 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 


Guaiqueries shine again, force decisive Game Seven against Trotamundos - by Eurobasket News

LPB Semifinals, Game 6: Trotamundos - Guaiqueries 88-96 (3-3)

After three defeats, Guaiqueries registered third straight win against Trotamundos. Guaiqueries celebrated yesterday on the road 88-96 and tied the score to 3-3 in the series. The format is best-of-seven, so the Semifinals went down to a single game. Guaiqueries will be the host today and the winner will join Marinos in the Finals.
The guests trailed by 6 points at the halftime before their 60-46 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. 26 personal fouls committed by Trotamundos helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was American center Christopher Jackson (208-C-81, college: N.Mexico St.) (208-81, college: N.Mexico St.) who had a double-double by scoring 14 points and 18 rebounds. The other American import swingman Antoine Wright (201-84, college: Texas A&M) chipped in 20 points and 5 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was American center Shaun Pruitt (208-85, college: Illinois, agency: Edge Sports) who recorded a double-double by scoring 25 points and 14 rebounds and the former international swingman Rafael Perez (193-82, agency: Paris Global Sports) added 16 points respectively. Five Guaiqueries and four Trotamundos players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next game.
Trotamundos opened this series in style with 3-0 lead and they were already seen in the Finals. However, Guaiqueries didn't give up. They quickly recovered and outplayed their rival in three straight games, plus they will play crucial Game Seven at home.

Trotamundos: S.Pruitt 25+14reb, R.Perez 16+4reb+1ast, D.Lewis 11+2ast, R.Glenn 11+4reb+2ast, T.Gilder 10+5reb+2ast, D.Cubillan 9+4reb+6ast
Guaiqueries: A.Wright 20+5reb+3ast, A.Torcatt 17+1reb+6ast, H.Salcedo 15+3reb+1ast, C.Jackson 14+18reb, M.Freije 13+5reb, C.Silva 12+5reb



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  WCBL   

Standings

WCBL Standings
 1. Santa Barbara 9-1 
 2. Long Beach R. 3-1 
 3. Hollywood 2-1 
 4. Santa Monica J. 2-4 
 5. Nationwide A. 1-1 
 6. West LA A. 1-2 
 7. Central Coast S. 0-0 
 8. High Desert 0-3 


Breakers earn fourth WCBL Crown - by Gianni Pascucci

The Santa Barbara Breakers survived to win their fourth West Coast Pro Basketball League Championship on Saturday, May 19. Santa Barbara overcome a 5-point deficit entering the final quarter of play to beat the Santa Monica Jump 118-109 to take home the trophy.
It was Santa Barbara's fourth WCBL championship in five years, but Santa Monica put the pressure on in crunch time. The Jump ended the third quarter and began the fourth quarter on an 8-0 run, putting Santa Barbara in a seven-point hole early in the final period. With the game on the line, Stan Fletcher (6'4''-G-80, college: Moorpark CC) stepped up and tallied five consecutive points to get his team back into the game. Fletcher finished with 17 points on 7-9 shooting, with 10 points in the fourth quarter.
Just minutes later, Breakers guard Tim Taylor knocked down a 3 to tie the game at 92. Fletcher followed up with a basket to give Santa Barbara its first lead of the final quarter. But Santa Monica wasnt going down easily. With just six minutes remaining, forward Tyquan Brown (6'7''-F, college: Cal Poly Pomona) completed a three point play to retake the lead, 101-100. The Jumps lead was short-lived, though, as Breakers point guard Chris Reaves (6'3''-G-84, college: Chaminade) and Fletcher hit back to back 3s. Reeves, who was playing in his first game with Santa Barbara this season, then completed a three-point play with two minutes remaining to put the Breakers up 111-104 and ensure victory. Santa Barbara finishes the season with a 9-1 record.
Reeves led all scorers with 33 points, but balanced scoring was actually the key for the Breakers. Besides Reeves and Fletcher, Greg Somogyi (7'3''-C-89, college: UCSB) tallied a double-double with 17 points, 11 rebounds and 8 blocks.
Guard D'Andre Bell (6'6''-G/F-87, college: Georgia Tech) led the Jump offensively with 24 points and four assists. Tyquan Brown finished with 22 points, six boards and three blocks.
After it's all said and done, Santa Barbara walks away with the trophy looking ahead to future tournaments, next season and possibly some professional careers for several of the Breakers players.




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Women News


2012 French Cup: Arras explodes in Q4 to win the trophy - by Eurobasket News

Bourges Basket - Arras 58-64

2012 French Cup trophy belongs to Arras. They outplayed Bourges Basket last night 58-64 in the Big Final and also booked a spot for the 2012/13 Euroleague season. Arras was down by 11 points with ten minutes remaining in the game, but they exploded when it mattered most ending the last quarter with impressive 6-23, what was enough for the final victory. It is important to mention that Bourges had 18-point lead during the game and plus 17 with one minute to go in Q3. Sabrina Reghaissia (188-F-83) was a key player in victory with 19 points. She scored 11 points in the last 11 minutes of the game. Gabriela Marginean (182-F-87, college: Drexel) helped her team with 11 points and 6 rebounds, while Alexandra Tchangoue (180-F-85, college: Wake Forest) (9 rebs) and Nadezhda Grishaeva (195-PF-89) (5 rebs) followed with 10 and 9 points respectively. In the loosing squad: Nwal-Endene Miyem (188-PF-88) (7 rebs) and Catherine Joens (180-G-82) (6 rebs) scored 12 points each. Celine Dumerc (169-G-82) collected 10 points, 9 assists and 6 rebounds. Ends of periods: 26-13, 33-24, 52-41, 58-64. Bourges played this game without Leilani Mitchell, whose contract expired at the end of the LFB season.

Bourges: Nwal-Endene Miyem 12+7 boards, Catherine Joens 12+6 boards, Celine Dumerc 10+9 as+6 boards
Arras: Sabrina Reghaissia 19, Gabriela Marginean 11+6 boards, Alexandra Tchangoue 10+9 boards, Nadezhda Grishaeva 9+5 boards



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Edremit adds point guard Laine Selwyn - by Eurobasket News

Another signing is officially announced by Erdemit. The team brought in Israeli National Team point guard Laine Selwyn (172-PG-81, agency: Data Plus Group, college: Pittsburgh). The 31-year-old player arrives to the club from Elitzur Ramla, where she spent last two seasons. In the latest one she had 8.2 ppg, 5.7 rpg and 4.9 apg for 25 games in Israeli league. In EuroCup, Selwyn added 6.2 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 3.7 apg and 2.5 spg for 6 games. Laine Selwyn won the EuroCup title in 2011 with Elitzur Ramla. They also celebrated in Israeli championship. Before Elitzur Ramla, Selwyn played for Ramat Hasharon, Dynamo Moscow and Besiktas. She played for Ramla also from 2006-2008. Selwyn so far won six league titles in Israel and four Cup trophies. She is active member of the Israeli National Team since 2004.


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Svetlana Abrosimova joins Dynamo Moscow - by Eurobasket News

Dynamo Moscow seriously bolstered their roster. They landed Svetlana Abrosimova (187-F-80, college: Connecticut). The forward has recently parted ways with UMMC. The forward joined UMMC in 2007 from Spartak Moscow Region. Last season she had 2.8 ppg, 2.3 rpg and 1.9 apg for 20 games in Russian league and UMMC won the PBL title. Abrosimova had slightly better numbers for 13 Euroleague games. She had limited playing time with UMMC also in 2010/11 season. Svetlana Abrosimova also had stints in WNBA, Italy and Czech Republic. She has been the member of Russian National Team since 1997. She won the European Championship with Russia in Poland in 2011. Her stats read 5.9 points, 3.8 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 1.4 steals per game at the event.


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Edremit adds point guard Laine Selwyn - by Eurobasket News

Another signing is officially announced by Erdemit. The team brought in Israeli National Team point guard Laine Selwyn (172-PG-81, agency: Data Plus Group, college: Pittsburgh). The 31-year-old player arrives to the club from Elitzur Ramla, where she spent last two seasons. In the latest one she had 8.2 ppg, 5.7 rpg and 4.9 apg for 25 games in Israeli league. In EuroCup, Selwyn added 6.2 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 3.7 apg and 2.5 spg for 6 games. Laine Selwyn won the EuroCup title in 2011 with Elitzur Ramla. They also celebrated in Israeli championship. Before Elitzur Ramla, Selwyn played for Ramat Hasharon, Dynamo Moscow and Besiktas. She played for Ramla also from 2006-2008. Selwyn so far won six league titles in Israel and four Cup trophies. She is active member of the Israeli National Team since 2004.


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Hartman's 30 points lead Disciples past Dragons in UBA Semi Finals - by David Walls

David Walls Reports
April 23, 2012
Atlanta, GA

Patechia Hartman (5'7''-G-83, agency: Gamble Sports Management, college: Georgia St.) scored 30 points, 5 rebounds and 9 assists as the GIE Lady Disciples beat the Sparks 78-55 on Saturday night. Sherida Triggs (6'1''-F/C-85, agency: Gamble Sports Management, college: ODU) scored 14 points and a game high 16 rebounds. Latonda Bruce (5'8''-G-89, college: Clayton St.) added had 11 points, 5 rebounds and 4 steals for the Lady Disciples. Shanrika Hardeman (5'9''-F-87, college: Clayton St.) had 10 points and 11 rebounds for the Dragons in a losing effort.

The Lady Disciples will now moving into the WUBA Championship to face the power Generals.

In order for the Disciples to win this game they need the same effort from Hartman who was named co-MVP of the league last night.

Although the Lady Disciples cruised to a victory; Hartman was the story. She scored 15 of her 30 points in the first half. On top of great scoring she continues to dominate the game with her passing abilities and ranks in the top 1 in assists in the league.



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  WNBA   

Standings

WNBA Standings
Eastern
 1. Connecticut S. 2-0 
 2. Chicago S. 1-0 
 3. Indiana F. 1-0 
 4. Atlanta D. 0-1 
 5. Washington M. 0-1 
 6. New York L. 0-2 
Western
 1. Minnesota L. 1-0 
 2. S.Antonio SS 1-0 
 3. Seattle S. 1-0 
 4. L.Angeles S. 0-1 
 5. Phoenix M. 0-1 
 6. Tulsa S. 0-1 

Regular Season: Round 3

May. 20: Connecticut S. - New York L. 92-77
May. 20: Minnesota L. - Phoenix M. 105-83

Regular Season: Round 4

May. 22: New York L. - Minnesota L.
May. 22: Tulsa S. - Phoenix M.
May. 22: L.Angeles S. - Seattle S.


Saturday's games review - by Eurobasket News

Tulsa S. - S.Antonio SS 79-88
Sophia Young (6'1''-F-83, college: Baylor) poured in 20 points and ripped down 13 rebounds as the San Antonio Silver Stars topped the Tulsa Shock, 88-79, in the season opener for both teams. Becky Hammon (5'6''-PG-77, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: Colorado St.) netted 17 points and dished out nine assists, while Shameka Christon added 16 points off the bench for San Antonio, which finished fourth in the Western Conference last season at 18-16 and lost in the semifinals to the eventual champion Minnesota Lynx. Danielle Robinson chipped in with 11 points in the victory. Temeka Johnson dropped in a game-high 21 points and handed out nine assists and Ivory Lotta added 14 points in just over 20 minutes off the bench for Tulsa, which finished last season with a league-worst 3-31 mark. Riquna Williams chipped in with 12 points and Glory Johnson donated 11 points in defeat. *Courtesy of www.foxnews.com

New York L. - Connecticut S. 73-78
Every time New York went ahead and stretched its lead, Connecticut came back and tied it. Then the Sun went ahead in the final minute and spoiled the Liberty's one-game homecoming to Madison Square Garden. Asjha Jones (6'2''-F-80, college: Connecticut) made a tiebreaking jumper with 31 seconds remaining and the Sun went on to a 78-73 victory over the Liberty in the season opener for both teams Saturday. Tina Charles (6'4''-C-88, agency: LBM Management, college: Connecticut) had 19 points and 13 rebounds to lead Connecticut. Allison Hightower scored 13 points, Jones finished with 12 and Renee Montgomery added 11. *Courtesy of http://online.wsj.com

Washington M. - Chicago S. 57-69
Sylvia Fowles (6'6''-C-85, college: LSU) scored 23 points and pulled down 12 rebounds to help the Chicago Sky to a 69-57 season-opening win over the Washington Mystics. Fowles, who went 10-of-14 from the field, scored 11 points in the last quarter, when the Sky shot 64.3 percent. Epiphanny Prince (5'9''-G-88, college: Rutgers) added 16 points and Swin Cash chipped in 14 points for Chicago, which went 14-20 last season. Cash, who was acquired from Seattle in a blockbuster offseason trade, also had seven rebounds. Crystal Langhorne had 16 points and Monique Currie added 14 for the Mystics, who were an Eastern Conference-worst 6-28 last year. Washington committed 23 turnovers, leading to 25 Chicago points. The Mystics also shot just 40.7 percent, compared to 51.9 for the Sky. *Courtesy of www.foxnews.com

Indiana F. - Atlanta D. 92-84
Katie Douglas (6'1''-G/F-79, college: Purdue) scored 21 points, Tamika Catchings (6'1''-F-79, college: Tennessee) added 16 and the Indiana Fever beat the Atlanta Dream 92-84 on Saturday night in the season opener for both teams. Jessica Davenport had 12 points and 10 rebounds, and Shavonte Zellous and Briann January each scored 11 points for the Fever. Indiana made 12 of 21 3-pointers and 20 of 24 free throws. Angel McCoughtry led Atlanta with 26 points. Sancho Lyttle had 18 points and 10 rebounds, and Lindsey Harding added 16 points. Atlanta never led. Indiana led by 17 points in the fourth quarter, but had to make free throws in the final minute to hold on. It was a rematch of last year's Eastern Conference finals, which Atlanta won 2-1. *Courtesy of www.azfamily.com