EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 5/23/2012 1:04:01 AM

Copyright 1997-2012 Eurobasket
WARNING:
Do not copy, redistribute, publish or otherwise exploit information that you download from the site!
Do not encumber, license, modify, publish, sell, transfer or transmit, or in any way exploit, any of the
content of the report, nor will you attempt to do so.
More info:www.eurobasket.com


Men News

*****************************************************
  ADRIATIC LEAGUE   



Andreja Milutinovic extends with Crvena Zvezda - by Eurobasket News

Crvena Zvezda kept Andreja Milutinovic (199-G-90) for another season. The team has agreed on terms of 1+1 contract extension with the guard. Andreja Milutinovic joined Crvena Zvezda at the start of the last season. He tallied 9.5 points, 3.6 rebounds, 1.2 assists and 1.2 steals per game in Adriatic League. In Serbian League the guard notched 8.5 points, 3.4 rebounds and 1.2 steals per appearance. Previously Andreja Milutinovic played for FMP and FMP II Beograd. He was the member of Serbian U18 and U20 National Teams. He also played for Serbia at 2011 World University Games. Last year Andreja Milutinovic participated at Adidas EuroCamp in Treviso. He was Nike Euroleague Junior Tournament winner back in 2008.


*****************************************************
  ANGOLA   


Angola lose two against Argentina - by Eurobasket News

Angola played two friendly versus Argentina in Luanda recently. The Latin American powerhouse clinched back-to-back victories.
The first game ended with Argentina celebrating a 71:69 victory. Angola enjoyed a 37:35 halftime lead. They stretched the gap to three points 52:49 at the final break. But Argentina pulled from behind to seal the victory at the end. Walter Herrmann (207-F-79) stepped up with 26 points to pace the winners. Santiago Scala (187-G-91) contributed 14 points for the visitors. Silvio Manuel answered with 14 points for Angola. Joaquim Gomes (200-C/F-80, college: Valparaiso) had 12 points in defeat.
The next game was much more dominated by Argentina. The Latin American team ensured a 33:21 halftime advantage. They boosted the gap to 15 points with ten minutes remaining and cruised to the victory 66:48 at the end. Luciano Gonzalez (196-F-90) accounted for 13 points, while Juan Silvio Manuel Torres (208-C-84) added 11 points for the winning side. Roberto Fortes (193-G-84, college: Illinois St.) and Edson Ndoniema (191-G-91) came up with 11 points each for Angola.



*****************************************************
  ARGENTINA   

Stats Leaders - LigaA

Points Per Game
 Joe SMITH
  La Union
  (193-G-77)
  Avg: 17.3
 1. Smith, La Union17.3 
 2. Gutierrez, Obras16.7 
 3. Villegas, Sionista16.6 
 4. McHopson, Quilm.16.3 
 5. OBannon, Boca Jrs16.1 
 6. DeGroat, Olimpico.15.8 
 7. Quinteros, Regat.15.6 
 8. Martinez, San M.15.6 
 9. Pittman, Libertad.15.3 
 10. Meyinsse, Wuber-.15.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jack Michael MARTINEZ
  San M.
  (203-F/C-81)
  Avg: 12.4
 1. Martinez, San M.12.4 
 2. Battle, Libertad S.9.9 
 3. Davis, GECR I.9.5 
 4. Sandes, Sionista9.1 
 5. Lloreda, Olimpico.8.8 
 6. Gutierrez, Obras8.6 
 7. Williams, Quimsa7.6 
 8. DeGroat, Olimpico.7.5 
 9. Truscott, Quilm.7.3 
 10. Matthews, Quilm.7.1 
Assists Per Game
 Facundo CAMPAZZO
  Penarol
  (179-PG-91)
  Avg: 6
 1. Campazzo, Penarol6.0 
 2. Sanchez, Wuber-.5.5 
 3. Stanic, Boca Jrs5.5 
 4. Cequeira, Sionista4.8 
 5. Martinez, Regat.4.7 
 6. Laprovittola, Lanus3.8 
 7. Victoriano, San M.3.7 
 8. Sucatzky, Atenas3.7 
 9. Osimani, Obras3.5 
 10. Ciorciari, GECR I.3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Matias LESCANO
  Atenas
  (196-G/F-79)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Lescano, Atenas2.3 
 2. Campazzo, Penarol2.2 
 3. Quinteros, Regat.1.8 
 4. Moldu, Olimpico LB1.7 
 5. McHopson, Quilm.1.6 
 6. Ciorciari, GECR I.1.5 
 7. Sanchez, Wuber-.1.5 
 8. Treise, Libertad S.1.4 
 9. Torre, Club 91.4 
 10. DeGroat, Olimpico.1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Robert BATTLE
  Libertad S.
  (204-C-81)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Battle, Libertad S.1.5 
 2. Rollins, Sionista1.2 
 3. Clancy, Club 91.2 
 4. Meyinsse, Wuber-.1.2 
 5. Gutierrez, Obras1.1 
 6. Matthews, Quilm.1.0 
 7. Roe, Regatas C.1.0 
 8. Rollins, San M.0.9 
 9. Humphrey, Atenas0.9 
 10. Garces, Atenas0.9 


Joshua Pittman joins Juventud Sionista - by Eurobasket News

Juventud Sionista tabbed another player. They agreed on terms of contract with Joshua Pittman (197-F-76, agency: Dream Team Management, college: NC-Asheville). The forward will join already confirmed Alejandro Zilli, Luis Cequeira, Matias Sandes, Luciano Gonzalez, Daniel Hure and Jerome Meynisse on the squad.
Joshua Pittman spent the last season with Libertad Sunchales. He averaged 15.3 points, 3.2 rebounds and 1.2 assists per game in LigaA. The forward participated at LigaA All-Star Game for the second season in a row. Previously Joshiua Pittman had stints in Argentina, Mexico, Venezuela, NBDL and Italy. He made it into All-Argentinean LigaA 2nd Team in 2004 and 1st Team in 2007. Joshua Pittman was also named Argentiean All-Star Game MVP in 2004. The forward also earned All-Mexican LNBP Honourable Mention in 2009.



*****************************************************
  AUSTRALIA   


Changes ahead as Hawks recruitment looks east - by Eurobasket News

Given the New Zealand Breakers' dominance in the last two NBL seasons, it's no wonder Wollongong Hawks coach Gordie McLeod has been scouting out players across the Tasman.

After a difficult 2011/2012 season that saw the Hawks finish second-last on the ladder, the team is now looking at their player contracts for the coming season.

'We have a budget to work within and like all teams we're trying to improve from when we finished last year - we have to make some changes but you have to make sure those changes are better for your group,' McLeod said.

Which is a very polite way of saying that some players won't be invited back - something that the coach says is a delicate part of the job.

'When you're dealing with people's income streams it's very difficult and it's a difficult time for the recruitment committee.'

So far, Rhys Martin, Tim Coenraad, Larry Davidson and Oscar Foreman are signed on for the coming season which starts in October.

Yet that leaves eight other vacant positions, including the all-important international players.

Chicago forward Joevan Catron is not expected to return to the team after mixed performances last season, while staff are still considering whether to push for mid-season signing Ayinde Ubaka.

It's understood the Hawks are seriously considering bringing Sydney-born guard Lindsay Tait back to Wollongong after he was injured in the 2009 season and has since been playing in New Zealand.

'We as a club follow the New Zealand season closely and monitor their imports and I spend time over there coaching as well,' McLeod said.

'We'll sign all the Australian guys first then look at the imports to complement that.'

It's expected 17-season veteran Glen Saville will sign on for another year, and potentially his last.

The common criticism of the Hawks' 2011 roster was that they lacked youth - something the coaching staff is trying to address.

'We've already tried to recruit some athleticism and future stars of the NBL but we haven't been able to secure those players,' McLeod said.

'We're conducting a session down at the Snake Pit [Wollongong basketball centre] today with some young players from Australian Institute of Sport, Adelaide, Brisbane and Sydney so we're looking for those diamonds in the rough.'

Courtesy of www.abc.net.au



Abercrombie has NBA in his sights - by Eurobasket News

New Zealand Breakers jumping jack Thomas Abercrombie (198-F/G-87, agency: Priority Sports, college: Washington St.) has the NBA summer leagues lined up in August if the Tall Blacks do not make the London Olympics.

Abercrombie, 24, was in Christchurch yesterday for a fundraising lunch and last night spoke at the Mid-Canterbury sportsman of the year awards in Ashburton.

He will look to pursue his NBA dream this northern summer showcasing his skills in the American summer leagues where players can get picked up by clubs for a shot at the big time.

However, Abercrombie would be more than happy pressing his claims before talent scouts at the Olympics should the New Zealand team qualify for the Games.

The squad gets together next month to prepare for the 12-nation elimination tournament in Venezuela in July when the top three sides earn spots for London where nine teams have already qualified.

'It's going to be tough for the boys but I know we are capable of competing. One of the things about Tall Black teams is that they never go away,' Abercrombie said.

New Zealand must beat either rising European force Macedonia and/or athletic African champion Angola to advance to the second round where they could face the powerful Russian team.

'Its a tough draw for sure and we have to keep on winning.'

Abercrombie has experience of being on the losing end against Russia before when they eliminated the Kiwis in the knockout phase at the 2010 world championship in Turkey.

'They will have all their big name players and NBA guys because everyone wants to play at the Olympics.'

He hopes the Kiwis will have more bigger bodies in their ranks this time around with Alex Pledger, Rob Loe and possibly rising star Steven Adams available.

If not in England, Abercrombie expects to be in America trying to show the NBA scouts he has the game as a shooting guard-cum-small forward to get a contract.

'I think I could fill a role there as a spot shooter, who can play good defence. It's just whether somebody is looking for that type of player.'

Abercrombie has a get-out clause in his Breakers contract if the NBA comes calling.

'I want to make it there and am not worried if it takes a few years. Time is on my side.'

Abercrombie is still recovering from a nasty ankle sprain he sustained during the Breakers' ultimately successful push for a second successive Australian NBL title.

He is confident further rest and treatment will have him ready for the Tall Blacks' campaign.

Courtesy of http://tvnz.co.nz



*****************************************************
  AZERBAIJAN   


Davit Barbakadze and Zaur Pashayev finished successful season in Georgia - by Eurobasket News

Davit Barbakadze (203-F-82) and Zaur Pashayev (186-G-83) finished successful season in Georgia bringing third place from abroad as their Kutaisi defeated Sokhumi with score 71-64 and won bronze medals.
The hosts 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 71-64. Serbian forward Darko Cohadarevic stepped up and scored 17 points and 9 rebounds for the winners and Azerbaijani guard Zaur Pashayev chipped in 16 points and 6 rebounds. At the losing side Sergo Atuashvili responded with 21 points and 9 rebounds and George Jgerenaia scored 14 points and 9 rebounds.
Zaur Pashayev started the season 2011-2012 for Kutaisi Kutaisi (Georgia-Superleague, starting five) and averaged 6.1 points per game. At the Qualifications to European Championships Division B 2011 his stats read 11.7ppg, 5.0rpg, Assists-3 (5.0apg), Steals-5 (2.0spg), FGP: 54.5%, 3PT: 54.5%, FT: 55.6%.
Davit Barbakadze moved to Kutaisi Kutaisi (Georgia-Superleague) from Ministry of Internal Affairs Tbilisi. Last year his stats read 11.3ppg, 6.5rpg, 1.4apg, FGP: 58.8%, 3PT-3 (39.7%), FT: 57.4%. This season he averaged 11.1 points per game.



*****************************************************
  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.Hainaut13.8 
 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. McLean, Leuven6.8 
 7. Mukubu, Verviers.6.8 
 8. Jackson, Aalstar6.3 
 9. Booker, Oostende6.2 
 10. Maras, M.Hainaut5.9 
Assists Per Game
 Dominic WATERS
  Liege
  (185-PG-86)
  Avg: 4.1
 1. Waters, Liege4.1 
 2. Djordjevic, Ooste.3.5 
 3. Marnegrave, Leuven3.4 
 4. Bosco, Gent3.4 
 5. Black, Antwerp3.1 
 6. Steinbach, Aalstar2.9 
 7. Slaughter, M.Hai.2.9 
 8. Mallet, Spirou2.8 
 9. Taylor, M.Hainaut2.6 
 10. Thompson, Vervier.2.6 
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. Bostic, Liege1.5 
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 



*****************************************************
  BOSNIA   


KK BOSNA STEERING COMMITTEE RESIGNS! - by Chris Mathieu

KK BOSNA STEERING COMMITTEE RESIGNS!
More signs of imminent danger for the once glorious franchise of KK BOSNA as the steering committee resigned today.
After forcing out Coach Hamdo Fraljak after a positive regular season but an implosion in the playoffs, this appears to be the next step in the crisis for this once storied team.
From getting locked out of Skenderija due to unpaid debts, conflicts and resignation of team leader Dzenan Rahimic to millions in debt the team has accumulated. The chance of the team ending up like Sloboda Dita Tuzla, dissolved into history appears more likely day by day.



*****************************************************
  BRAZIL   


Uniceub/BRB take lead against Pinheiros/Sky - by Eurobasket News

Uniceub/BRB surged ahead in the semifinal series versus Pinheiros/Sky. The defending champions stole a 76:74 road win in Game 3. Guilherme Giovannoni (202-F-80, agency: Interperformances) stepped up with 21 points and 8 rebounds to pace the visitors.
Pinheiros/Sky led by three points after ten minutes 24:21. But Uniceub/BRB denied the deficit in the second frame. They pulled ahead for a 40:36 halftime advantage. The visitors extended the lead in the third term. They established a 9-point buffer heading into the fourth stanza. But Pinheiros/Sky cut the distance to a single point in the fourth quarter. Uniceub/BRB had to use all of their experience to stay in charge coming away with the victory. Alex Ribeiro (191-G-80, agency: Interperformances) and Marcio Cipriano (201-C-79) contributed 12 points each for the winners. Marquinhos Vieira (207-F-84) answered with 21 points for Pinheiros/Sky. Bruno Fiorotto (208-C-84) netted 14 points in defeat.



*****************************************************
  BULGARIA   

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Aaron HARPER
  Levski S.
  (199-G/F-81)
  Avg: 20.6
 1. Harper, Levski S.20.6 
 2. Durchev, Tundja Y.18.4 
 3. Stankov, Spartak17.2 
 4. Yanev, Cherno More17.1 
 5. Pavlovski, Chernom.16.1 
 6. Govedarov, Tundja15.9 
 7. Ofoegbu, Tundja Y.15.9 
 8. Mirkovic, Rilski S.15.0 
 9. Vukosavljevi., Ril.14.9 
 10. Dunovic, Chernomo.14.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kiril PAVLOVSKI
  Chernomo.
  (210-C-85)
  Avg: 9.8
 1. Pavlovski, Chernom.9.8 
 2. Evtimov, Levski So.9.8 
 3. Ofoegbu, Tundja Y.8.9 
 4. Yanev, Cherno More8.6 
 5. Gugino, Tundja Y.7.6 
 6. Todorov, Spartak6.8 
 7. Petkov, Tundja Y.6.1 
 8. Georgiev, Levski S.6.0 
 9. Sundov, Lukoil A.5.9 
 10. Kolev, Cherno More5.9 
Assists Per Game
 Brandon HEATH
  Lukoil A.
  (193-G-84)
  Avg: 5.8
 1. Heath, Lukoil A.5.8 
 2. Dyakovski, Sparta.5.8 
 3. Radionov, Tundja Y.5.0 
 4. Mirkovic, Rilski S.4.8 
 5. Aleksiev, Cherno M.4.3 
 6. Hall, Levski Sofia3.5 
 7. Howell, Levski Sof.3.5 
 8. Avramov, Lukoil A.3.4 
 9. Filipov, Balkan3.4 
 10. Durchev, Tundja Y.3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Brandon HEATH
  Lukoil A.
  (193-G-84)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Heath, Lukoil A.2.2 
 2. Radionov, Tundja Y.2.0 
 3. Roshmanov, Cherno.1.9 
 4. Dunovic, Chernomo.1.8 
 5. Harper, Levski S.1.8 
 6. Gugino, Tundja Y.1.8 
 7. Zahariev, Rilski S.1.8 
 8. Howell, Levski Sof.1.7 
 9. Marinov, Balkan1.7 
 10. Petkov, Tundja Y.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Tony GUGINO
  Tundja Y.
  (207-C-86)
  Avg: 1.3
 1. Gugino, Tundja Y.1.3 
 2. Pavlovski, Chernom.1.0 
 3. Ofoegbu, Tundja Y.0.9 
 4. Banev, Lukoil A.0.9 
 5. Petkov, Tundja Y.0.8 
 6. Sundov, Lukoil A.0.8 
 7. Martin, Balkan0.7 
 8. Iliev, Cherno More0.6 
 9. Aleksov, Chernomo.0.6 
 10. Gocevski, Tundja0.6 


Jared Homan's double-double lands him Player of the Week award among Bulgarians playing currently abroad - by Eurobasket Center

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

Jared Homan
Jared Homan
   #1. This week's number one is former international center Jared Homan (206-83, college: Iowa St.), who plays in the German BBL. He could not help one of league's weakest teams Bayern Muenchen (22-12) in their last game. Despite Homan's very good performance Bayern Muenchen lost 73-79 on the road to the higher-ranked (#4) Artland Dragons. He had a double-double by scoring 25 points and getting 10 rebounds. Homan also added 3 assists in 37 minutes on the court. Homan is currently eighth on the league's list of top scorers and also on the list of best rebounders (third place). He has very reliable stats this year: 14.5ppg, 7.8rpg, 1.9apg, 1.5bpg, 2FGP: 46.3% and FT: 49.7% in the 30 games he played so far. Homan is a naturalized American. Despite he played previously for the USA national team, Homan played also for the Bulgarian national team in 2010. Strangely he has never played in Bulgaria.

Pero Antic
Pero Antic
   #2. Second place goes to former international forward Pero Antic (210-82, agency: Beo Basket). Antic contributed to Olympiacos' victory against the closely-ranked Panathinaikos (22-2) 84-78 in a derby game in the Greek A1 last Monday. He recorded 9 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Olympiacos S.F.P. Pireus (23-1) is placed first in the A1. It was his team's 20th consecutive victory in a row. This season Antic averages: 7.4ppg, 4.7rpg, 2FGP: 55.6%(45-81), 3FGP: 31.8% and FT: 74.6%. He has a dual citizenship: FYR Macedonian and Bulgarian. Despite Antic played previously for the FYR Macedonian national team, he played also for the Bulgarian national team in 2010.

Kee Kee Clark
Kee Kee Clark
   #3. The Bulgarian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international point guard Kee Kee Clark (180-84, college: St.Peter's), who plays in the Italian SerieA. Clark was not able to help Umana Venezia (17-15) in their last game. Despite his very good performance Umana Venezia lost 83-89 in Milano to the second-ranked Armani. Clark was the second best scorer with 17 points. He also added 3 passes in 32 minutes. It was Umana Venezia's fourth consecutive loss in a row. Clark has relatively good stats this year: 14.8ppg, 2.3rpg, 2.9apg, 1.3spg, 2FGP: 48.3%, 3FGP: 40.1% and FT: 76.0% in the 33 games. He is a naturalized American. Despite Clark played previously for the USA national team, he is currently a member of the Bulgarian senior national team. Apparently Clark has never played in Bulgaria.

Kaloyan Ivanov
Kaloyan Ivanov
   #4. Forward Kaloyan Ivanov (205-86) was not able to secure a victory for Meridiano Alicante (18-16) in their game against Regal FC Barcelona (29-5) in the Spanish ACB. He scored 9 points and grabbed 10 rebounds. But Meridiano Alicante was crushed 84-57 in Barcelona by the leading Regal FC. It was Meridiano Alicante's third consecutive loss in a row. It's Ivanov's first season with the team. Ivanov is currently second on the league's list of best rebounders. This season he has very good stats: 11.9ppg, 7.9rpg and 1.6apg. Despite Ivanov played previously for the USA national team, he is currently in the Bulgarian national team roster.

Earl Calloway
Earl Calloway
   #5. Former international guard Earl Calloway (191-83, college: Indiana), who plays in the Spanish ACB couldn't help Cajasol (18-16) in their last game. Despite Calloway's good performance Cajasol was crushed 82-55 at home by the second-ranked Real Madrid. He was the second best scorer with 12 points. Calloway also added made 3 passes and 3 steals in 26 minutes. It was Cajasol's third consecutive loss in a row. This year Calloway's overall stats are: 7.6ppg, 2.2rpg, 3.1apg and 1.4spg in the 36 games. He is a naturalized American. Despite Calloway played previously for the USA national team, he is currently in the Bulgarian national team roster. Interesting that Calloway has never played in Bulgaria.

Ilian Evtimov
Ilian Evtimov
   #6. Forward Ilian Evtimov (201-83, agency: Interperformances, college: N.Carolina St.) couldn't help one of league's weakest teams Chalon/Saor (23-7) in their game against Gravelines-Dunkerque (27-3) in the French ProA. He scored 6 points and grabbed 9 rebounds. Chalon/Saor was edged 81-78 on the opponent's court by the leading Gravelines-Dunkerque. Evtimov's team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And that game will be critical. This season Evtimov has relatively solid stats: 10.1ppg, 3.8rpg, 1.8apg and 1.2spg. Despite he played previously for the French national team, Evtimov is also a former international player as he played for the Bulgarian senior team two years ago.

Roderick Blakney
Roderick Blakney
   #7. An experienced former international guard Roderick Blakney (184-76, college: S.Carolina St.) couldn't help one of league's weakest teams one of league's weakest teams Lokomotiv (9-9) in their game against Triumph Lyubertsy (12-6) in the Russian PBL. He recorded 7 points in 29 minutes. Lokomotiv lost 86-91 in Lubertsy to the higher-ranked (#3) Triumph Lyubertsy. It was Lokomotiv's third consecutive loss in a row. This year Blakney's total stats are: 5.5ppg, 1.2rpg and 1.4apg in the 19 games. He is a naturalized American. Despite Blakney played previously for the USA national team, he is currently in the Bulgarian national team roster. However Blakney has never played in Bulgaria.

Hristo Nikolov
Hristo Nikolov
   #8. Forward Hristo Nikolov (200-85, agency: Global Sports Plaza) contributed to Szolnok's victory against the league leader Falco-Szova (23-3) 78-65 in the Hungarian A Division last Friday. He recorded 8 points. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Szolnoki Olajbanyasz (21-5) is placed third in the A Division. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. Nikolov has reliable stats this season: 13.2ppg, 5.1rpg, 1.9apg and 1.4spg. Despite he played previously for the USA national team, Nikolov is currently in the Bulgarian national team roster.

Other top Bulgarian players, who play abroad:

Earl Rowland (188-G-83) plays for Unicaja Malaga in Spanish ACB
Alexandros Vezenkov (204-F/G-95) plays for Aris in Greek A1
Nikolay Varbanov (209-C-85) plays for Kalev/Cramo in Estonian KML
Pavlin Ivanov (195-G-93) plays for Benetton Treviso in Italian SerieA
Filip Videnov (196-F/G-80) plays for Olin Edirne in Turkish TBL
Willie Deane (188-PG-80) plays for Asefa Estudiantes in Spanish ACB
Cedric Simmons (206-F/C-86) plays for Asefa Estudiantes in Spanish ACB

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



NBL Finals: Lukoil Academik beats Levski in Game One, 87-80 - by Eurobasket News

NBL Finals, Game 1: Lukoil Academik - Levski Sofia 87-80 (1-0)

First game of the Bulgarian NBL Finals just ended. Lukoil Academik outplayed Levski 87-80 for 1-0 lead in the series. The format is best-of-five and second game is scheduled for Thursday. Lukoil will be the host again.
The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 23-11. But Levski Sofia won second period 27-21. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Lukoil Academik made 18-of-23 free shots (78.3 percent) during the game. 24 personal fouls committed by Levski Sofia helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American guard Brandon Heath (193-84, college: San Diego St.) fired 24 points and 6 assists for the winners. His fellow American import forward Lamont Mack (201-87, college: Charlotte) chipped in 17 points and 5 rebounds. American swingman Aaron Harper (199-81, college: Mississippi, agency: Strategic Sports) produced 20 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists (made all of his seven free throws) and international power forward Stefan Georgiev (206-78) added 14 points and 5 rebounds respectively for lost side. Levski Sofia's coach Konstantin Papazov rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help.
Lukoil is the NBL defending champion. They also were regular season champs with 25-3 record. Lukoil eliminated Cherno More with 3-0 in the Semifinals, while Levski edged Tundja with 3-1.

Lukoil Academik: B.Heath 24+3reb+6ast, L.Mack 17+5reb, B.Sundov 14+3reb+1ast, B.Avramov 9+3reb+1ast, A.Owens 9+3reb+5ast, D.Stojanovski 7+2reb
Levski Sofia: A.Harper 20+8reb+4ast, S.Georgiev 14+5reb, P.Ivanov 11+3reb, D.Anguelov 11, C.Kostov 6+5reb+2ast, M.Hall 6+3reb+3ast



*****************************************************
  CAMEROON   

Standings

D1 First Round Standings
 1. Injs 9-3 
 2. Condor 9-3 
 3. Fap 8-4 
 4. Montagne 7-5 
 5. BEAC 6-6 
 6. Universite de Dou.. 5-7 
 7. Volcanic W. 4-8 
 8. Phoenix Ebwa 0-12 


Victor Samnick selected the top Cameroonian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Victor Samnick
Victor Samnick
   #1. This week's number one is an experienced international forward Victor Samnick (203-79, college: Georgetown). Samnick 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 only 2 points. Sluc Nancy Basket Pro (18-12) is placed fifth in the ProA. Samnick's team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And that game will be critical. This season Samnick averages: 9.6ppg, 3.9rpg, 1.2apg, 2FGP: 55.6%(95-171), 3FGP: 33.3% and FT: 66.1%. He has a dual citizenship: Cameroonian and French. Samnick is currently a member of the Cameroonian senior national team.

Joachim Ekanga-Ehawa
Joachim Ekanga-Ehawa
   #2. Second place goes to an international shooting guard Joachim Ekanga-Ehawa (188-77), who plays in the French ProB (second division). He could not help Aix-Maurienne (22-12) to beat JL Bourg (16-18). Ekanga-Ehawa recorded 9 points in 26 minutes. But Aix-Maurienne lost 72-79 on the road to the lower-ranked (#9) JL Bourg. They ended the series of four consecutive victories. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. Ekanga-Ehawa has relatively good stats this year: 12.2ppg, 3.1rpg, 2.1apg, 2FGP: 43.0%, 3FGP: 44.5% and FT: 87.1% in the 34 games he played so far. He is another player who holds two passports: Cameroonian and French. Despite Ekanga-Ehawa played previously for the French national team, he is currently a member of the Cameroonian senior national team.

Aldo Curti
Aldo Curti
   #3. The Cameroonian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international point guard Aldo Curti (180-87). Curti contributed to a Limoges CSP Elite's victory against the 13th-ranked Nantes (14-20) 78-72 in the French ProB (second division) in Wednesday night's game. He recorded 7 points and had 3 steals. Limoges CSP Elite (27-7) is placed first in the ProB. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be important. It's Curti's first season with the team. Curti's overall stats this year are: 5.2ppg, 1.2rpg, 2.9apg, 1.2spg, 2FGP: 40.4%, 3FGP: 39.0% and FT: 71.9%. Similarly like Ekanga-Ehawa and Samnick above he has both Cameroonian and French nationalities. Despite Curti played previously for the French national team, he is currently a member of the Cameroonian senior national team.

Junior MBida
Junior MBida
   #4. Center Junior MBida (206-90) was not able to help Lille Metropole (16-18) in their game against Fos Ouest (22-12) in the French ProB (second division). MBida recorded 8 points in 16 minutes. Lille Metropole lost 66-75 on the opponent's court to the higher-ranked (#5) Fos_Ouest. It was Lille Metropole's fifth consecutive loss in a row. The Regular Season already ended. This year MBida's overall stats are: 3.6ppg and 2.0rpg in the 30 games. Despite he played previously for the French national team, MBida is currently in the Cameroonian national team roster.

Jacques Wampfler
Jacques Wampfler
   #5. Former international forward Jacques Wampfler (194-83) helped SPO Rouen win their game against one of league's weakest teams JA Vichy (7-27) 80-77 in the French ProB (second division) on Wednesday night. He recorded 5 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. SPO Rouen Basket (14-20) is placed 14th in the ProB. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. The Regular Season already ended. Wampfler's total stats this season are: 2.0ppg and 2.0rpg. He also holds two passports: Cameroonian and French. Wampfler used to play for the Cameroonian national team two years ago.

Yann Zonnet
Yann Zonnet
   #6. Power forward Yann Zonnet (197-89) was not able to secure a victory for Saint Vallier (15-19) in their game against Chalons-Reims (24-10) in the French ProB (second division). He recorded only 4 points in 12 minutes. Saint Vallier was crushed 83-54 on the opponent's court by the much higher-ranked (#3) Chalons-Reims. It was Saint Vallier's third consecutive loss in a row. The Regular Season already ended. This year Zonnet's total stats are: 3.0ppg and 2.9rpg in the 31 games. He is a former international player as he played for the Cameroonian senior team two years ago.

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

   #1. Gedeon Pitard (188-G-89), who plays in the French ProA could not help STB Le Havre (7-19) to beat Paris-Levallois (17-13). He scored 8 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in only 13 minutes. STB Le Havre lost 89-94 on the road to the much higher-ranked (#6) Paris-Levallois. It was STB Le Havre's third consecutive loss in a row. The Regular Season already ended. It's Pitard's fifth season with the team. This year Pitard averages: 1.6ppg and 1.6rpg in the 27 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Cameroonian and French. Despite Pitard's Cameroonian passport, he previously played for the French U18 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Cameroonian team.

Other top Cameroonian players, who play abroad:

Francis Djoumbi (206-C/F-78) plays for Spartak St.Petersburg in Russian PBL
Edson Ndehu (184-G-78) plays for Spartak St.Petersburg in Russian PBL
Luc Mbah a Moute (200-G/F-86) plays for Milwaukee Bucks in the NBA
Johan Kody (207-C-93) plays for Assignia Manresa in Spanish ACB
Harding NaNa (203-F-81) plays for Ilysiakos in Greek A1
Cyrille Makanda (195-G-80) plays for AEK in Cypriot Division A
Sergio Nkonga Nolla (190-PG-92) plays for Limoges CSP Elite in French ProB
Saidou Njoya (186-PG-89) plays for Boulazac Basket in French ProB
Giyoh Shey (193-G/F-88) plays for Yokohama BC in Japanese BJ League
Jean Pierre Ellong (193-G-85) plays for Islanders in Nigerian DStv PBL
Plaside Rodumta (212-C-76) plays for Dinamo Tbilisi in Georgian Superleague

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



*****************************************************
  CANADA   


Volcanoes snap skid - by Eurobasket News

The Vancouver Volcanoes ended a three-game losing streak with a 111-101 victory over the Salem Soldiers in International Basketball League action Sunday.

Andre Murray (188-G-87, college: Portland St.) scored 28 points for Vancouver (5-3), while Dominique Watson (178-G) and Devin Uskoski (198-F-85, college: Rocky Mountain) scored 18 apiece. J.R. Moore (203-F, college: Portland St.) had 18 rebounds.

The game was a homecoming of sorts for Prairie High School graduates Uskoski and Kevan West. The game was played at Prairie as part of alumni festivities for the school.

The Volcanoes return to Clark College for their next game when they host the Portland Chinooks on Friday.

Courtesy of www.columbian.com



Kyle Landry selected the top Canadian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Kyle Landry
Kyle Landry
   #1. This week's number one is former international power forward Kyle Landry (207-86, college: N.Arizona), who plays in the Russian PBL. He could not help Triumph Lyubertsy (12-6) in their last game. Despite Landry's good performance Triumph Lyubertsy lost 79-91 on the road to the lower-ranked (#4) Lokomotiv. He scored 13 points, had 5 rebounds and dished 3 assists in 32 minutes on the court. It was Triumph Lyubertsy's first loss after five consecutive victories. Landry is ranked fifth on the list of the best rebounders in the league with 6.2rpg. He also averaged so far 10.1ppg, 1.5apg, 2FGP: 48.8%, 3FGP: 31.7% in the 21 games he played so far. Landry played for the Canadian senior national team three years ago.

Jevohn Shepherd
Jevohn Shepherd
   #2. Second place goes to an international forward Jevohn Shepherd (196-86, college: Michigan), who plays in the Dutch Eredivisie. He was not able to help Leiden (3-1) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Shepherd's very good performance the first-placed Leiden was edged 77-74 at home by the second-ranked Den Bosch in the Group A. He was the top scorer with 21 points. Shepherd also added 7 rebounds. Shepherd has relatively good stats this season: 13.2ppg, 5.0rpg, 1.1apg, 2FGP: 50.4%, 3FGP: 18.4% and FT: 73.8%. He is in the roster of the Canadian senior national team.

Joel Anthony
Joel Anthony
   #3. The Canadian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international center Joel Anthony (206-82, college: UNLV), who plays in the NBA. Anthony was not able to secure a victory for the Miami Heat (46-20) in their last game. Despite his good performance the Miami Heat was badly defeated 94-75 in Indianapolis by the Indiana Pacers. Anthony scored 10 points (went 6 for 6 at the free throw line) in 27 minutes. It's Anthony's fourth season with the team. This year he averages: 3.4ppg, 3.9rpg, 1.2bpg, 2FGP: 55.6%(94-169) and FT: 72.9% in the 73 games. Anthony is also a member of the Canadian senior national team.

Matt Bonner
Matt Bonner
   #4. Forward Matt Bonner (206-80, college: Florida) managed to help San Antonio Spurs to win against the Los Angeles Clippers (40-26) 102-99 in the NBA in Sunday night's game. He recorded 5 points. The San Antonio Spurs have a very solid 50-16 record this season. It was his team's tenth consecutive victory in a row. Bonner has been at the team for six years. Bonner's overall stats this season are: 6.3ppg and 3.2rpg. He is a naturalized American. Bonner is also Canadian national team player.

Sean Denison
Sean Denison
   #5. Former international power forward Sean Denison (211-85, agency: Interperformances, college: Santa Clara) contributed to a Spartak Primorie Vladivostok's victory against the closely-ranked Krasnie Krilya (7-11) 66-62 in the Russian PBL last Saturday. He scored only 4 points, had 9 rebounds and made 5 blocks in 20 minutes. Spartak Primorie Vladivostok (8-10) is placed seventh in the PBL. This year Denison's overall stats are: 8.9ppg and 4.7rpg in the 13 games. He used to play for the Canadian national team five years ago.

Carl English
Carl English
   #6. Guard Carl English (192-81, college: Hawaii) couldn't help Cajasol (18-16) in their game against Real Madrid (26-8) in the Spanish ACB. English scored 7 points. Cajasol was crushed 82-55 on their home court in Sevilla by the second-ranked Real Madrid. It was Cajasol's third consecutive loss in a row. It's English's first season with the team. His total stats this year are: 7.6ppg, 2.2rpg and 1.2apg. Despite English played previously for the USA national team, he is also an international player who is currently on the senior Canadian National Team roster.

Olumuyiwa Famutimi
Olumuyiwa Famutimi
   #7. Former international swingman Olumuyiwa Famutimi (198-84, college: Arkansas) led Optimum TED to a victory over the closely-ranked Genc Telekom (28-10) crushing them 81-54 in a derby game in the Turkish TB2L (second division) in Wednesday night's game. Famutimi was MVP of the game. He scored 17 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 24 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Optimum TED Kolejliler Ankara (30-8) is placed second in the TB2L. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. This year Famutimi has relatively solid stats: 10.7ppg, 5.2rpg, 1.1apg and 1.2spg in the 38 games. Despite he played previously for the Nigerian national team, Famutimi is currently in the Canadian national team roster.

Galen Young
Galen Young
   #8. An experienced forward Galen Young (198-75, college: Charlotte) was the major contributor in a Bay Hawks' victory against the league outsider Harbour Heat (3-13) 96-90 in the New Zealand NBL last Wednesday. He scored 17 points, had 7 rebounds and dished 3 assists. HSB Bay Hawks (13-3) are placed first in the NBL. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. They will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And that game will be critical. Young has reliable stats this season: 11.3ppg, 6.9rpg and 3.5apg. He is a naturalized American. Despite Young played previously for the USA national team, he is currently in the Canadian national team roster.

Sefton Barrett
Sefton Barrett
   #9. Former international small forward Sefton Barrett (196-83, agency: Limelight Hoops, college: Cent.Michigan) couldn't help Saint Vallier (15-19) in their game against Chalons-Reims (24-10) in the French ProB (second division), despite his good performance on Wednesday night. Barrett had a double-double by scoring 11 points and getting 12 rebounds in 33 minutes. But Saint Vallier was crushed 83-54 on the opponent's court by the much higher-ranked (#3) Chalons-Reims. It was Saint Vallier's third consecutive loss in a row. The Regular Season already ended. Barrett averaged so far 11.1ppg, 4.1rpg and 1.4apg in the 34 games. Despite he played previously for the USA national team, Barrett is currently in the Canadian national team roster.

Philip Martin
Philip Martin
   #10. Forward Philip Martin (202-80, college: Hawaii) helped Sigma Barcellona win their game against the closely-ranked Morpho Basket (14-14) 100-96 in the Italian Lega2 (second division) in Wednesday night's game. He recorded 6 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. Sigma Barcellona (16-12) is placed fifth in the Lega2. Martin's total stats this season are: 7.9ppg, 4.3rpg and 1.2spg. Despite he played previously for the Italian national team, Martin is also a former international player as three years ago he still played for the Canadian senior national team.

   #11. Former international forward Matthew Rachar (201-86) couldn't help Xion Dukes in their game against Gmunden Swans in the Austrian A Bundesliga. He cannot count Wednesday's game as one of the best ones. Rachar scored only 2 points in 9 minutes on the court. His team lost 68-77. This year Rachar's total stats are: 2.5ppg and 2.4rpg in the 41 games. He used to play for the Canadian national team three years ago.



*****************************************************
  CBL   


Flight avenge early-season loss, throttle Titans 119-67 - by Eurobasket News

Looking to avenge a five-point loss in their season opener, the Florida Flight played with a vengeance and soundly defeated the Palm Beach Titans 119-67.

The Flight (1-1) quickly seized control of the game and never looked back, as they led 29-14 after one quarter. By halftime, the lead swelled to 65-29.

The Flight's defense was especially impressive. They limited the Titans to 37% shooting for the game and the Titans never scored more than 20 points in any quarter.

'We were very fired up for this game,' said Flight Owner and Coach Mark King. 'I was proud of our defensive effort. We were able to take turnovers and create excellent transitional opportunities, and we took advantage of them. This was a big win for us!'

Peter Joyner (6'6''-C), playing in his first Flight game, led the team with 22 points, pacing seven Flight players in double figures.

Kamar Russell (6'5''-G/F) scored 16, while Ernest Jones (5'11''-G-81, college: Florida St.) and Corey Williams (6'4''-G, college: Allen) each scored 14 (with Williams a perfect 6-for-6 from the floor).

Point guards Jones and Marcus Patterson had nine assists each for the Flight, while Russell and Adam Waldo led the team with nine rebounds apiece.

Neal Morton scored 19 and Andy Stoute scored 18 for the Titans, who dropped to 1-2 on the season.

The Flight have a bye week upcoming, followed by a double header the following weekend. They face off against the Rebels in Tampa on June 2nd, and return home the following day to take on the Heartland Prowl in Avalon Park (Orlando).

The mission of the Florida Flight is to utilize the platform of professional basketball to invest in the lives of others. The 2012 season is dedicated to the 'Bithlo Needs a Bus' Campaign.

For more information on the Florida Flight, please visit www.flighthoops.com. For more information about the Florida Basketball Association, please visit www.thefba.com.

Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com



*****************************************************
  CENTRAL AFRICA   


Romain Sato selected the top Central African playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Romain Sato
Romain Sato
   #1. This week's number one is an international swingman Romain Sato (194-81, college: Xavier), who plays in the Greek A1. He could not help one of league's weakest teams Panathinaikos (22-2) to beat Olympiacos (23-1). Sato cannot count Monday's game as one of the best ones. He recorded only 3 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 18 minutes on the court. Panathinaikos lost 78-84 in a derby game to the leading Olympiacos. This year Sato averages: 6.2ppg, 3.9rpg, 2FGP: 57.6%(49-85) and FT: 60.3% in the 30 games he played so far. He is currently a member of the Central African senior national team.

Max Kouguere
Max Kouguere
   #2. Second place goes to an international forward Max Kouguere (198-87). Kouguere contributed to a Le Mans' victory against the 11th-ranked JSF Nanterre (14-16) 79-72 in the French ProA last Wednesday. He scored 6 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. Le Mans Sarthe Basket (19-11) is placed fourth in the ProA. Kouguere's team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And that game will be critical. It's Kouguere's first season with the team. His overall stats this year are: 3.8ppg, 1.4rpg, 2FGP: 70.4%(19-27), 3FGP: 33.3% and FT: 57.1%. Kouguere has a dual citizenship: Congolese and Central African. Despite he played previously for the Congolese national team, Kouguere is currently a member of the Central African senior national team.

James Mays
James Mays
   #3. The Central African player who performed third best last week abroad was an international forward James Mays (206-86, college: Clemson). He helped Capitanes win their game against the sixth-ranked Mets (0-10) crushing them 110-81 in the Puerto Rican BSN on Saturday night. Mays had a double-double by scoring 10 points and getting the same number of rebounds in 19 minutes. Capitanes de Arecibo (6-4) is placed third in Top 6 group. There are only four games left until the end of the Second Stage. So now every game is very crucial. This year Mays' overall stats are: 3.3ppg, 4.7rpg, 2FGP: 35.7% in the three games. He is a naturalized American. Despite Mays played previously for the USA national team, he is currently a member of the Central African senior national team. Strangely Mays has never played in Central Africa.

Michael Mokongo
Michael Mokongo
   #4. Point guard Michael Mokongo (180-86) was not able to help Chorale de Roanne (16-14) in their game against ASVEL (13-17) in the French ProA. He scored only 4 points. Chorale de Roanne was edged 69-68 on the road by the lower-ranked ASVEL (#12). Mokongo's team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And now that game is quite important. Mokongo's total stats this season are: 2.9ppg and 1.4apg. He is another player who holds two passports: Central African and French. Mokongo is also Central African national team player.

Stephane Dondon
Stephane Dondon
   #5. An experienced former international forward Stephane Dondon (203-77, college: Virginia) was not able to secure a victory for JA Vichy (7-27) in their game against SPO Rouen (14-20) in the French ProB (second division). He recorded 7 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 26 minutes. JA Vichy was edged 80-77 in Rouen by the higher-ranked (#14) SPO Rouen. It was JA Vichy's eighth consecutive loss in a row. The Regular Season already ended. This year Dondon's total stats are: 4.7ppg and 3.8rpg in the 31 games. He has both Central African and French nationalities. Despite Dondon played previously for the French national team, he is currently in the Central African national team roster.

Lionel Bomayako
Lionel Bomayako
   #6. Guard Lionel Bomayako (196-78, college: Fair Dickinson) managed to help Orchesien BC to win against the eighth-ranked Sorgues (19-15) 82-79 in the French NM1 (third division) on Saturday night. Bomayako recorded only 2 points. Orchesien BC (25-9) is placed third in the NM1. It was his team's sixth consecutive victory in a row. Bomayako has averaged so far 7.2ppg and 1.3rpg. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Central African National Team roster.

Other top Central African players, who play abroad:

Maxime Zianveni (198-F-79) plays for Strasbourg IG in French ProA
Anicet Lavodrama (203-F-63) plays for Blancos de Rueda in Spanish ACB
Jimmy Djimrabaye (203-F/C-92) plays for JA Vichy in French ProB
Regis Koundjia-Sindo (203-F-83) plays for Le Puy ASMB in French NM1
Martial Gotagni (190-F-79) plays for Le Puy ASMB in French NM1
Francois Pehoua-Tara-Ngoyi (196-F-83) plays for Marmande in French NM2
Benjamin M'Boli (199-F-88) plays for Ouest Lyonnais in French NM2
Guy Joseph Kodjo-Sitchi (191-F-85) plays for Pornic in French NM2
Kezza Kolombet Bangiba (190-F-85) plays for Nord Ardeche in French NM2

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



*****************************************************
  CHINA   

Standings - NBL

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

Regular Season: Round 7

May. 22: Sichuan - Nanjin Army 99-86
May. 22: Changan Group - Jiangsu 89-81
May. 22: Henan Jiyuan - Hong Kong 73-86
May. 22: Guangzhou FM - Hebei 105-95
May. 22: Guangzhou L. - Heilongjiang 105-84

Regular Season: Round 8

May. 26: Guangzhou FM - Heilongjiang
May. 26: Nanjin Army - Henan Jiyuan
May. 26: Hebei - Changan Group
May. 26: Hong Kong - Guangzhou L.
May. 26: Sichuan - Jiangsu


Yang Ming, Zhu Yanxi Dropped from National Team - by Arthur Volbert

After the series of practice games against an American team, two players were dropped from the Chinese National Team.

Yang Ming (193-G-85), who is probably China's best point guard at the moment, was dropped because he had not yet recovered from an injury. Yang has been very injury-prone his whole career and this has held him back from attaining his true potential. This likely means that both Chen Jianghua and Guo Ailun will make the Olympic team as backups to Liu Wei.

Zhu Yanxi, of the champion Beijing team, was also dropped and sent to the development team. Zhu, listed as born in 1990, is not quite ready for this level of international competition. This increases the probability that his Beijing teammate, Zhai Xiaochuan, will make the Olympic squad. Wang Zhelin's chances of inclusion also increase.



*****************************************************
  COLOMBIA   


COLOMBIA MEN U-15 FINISHED 6TH IN THE SOUTHAMERICAN - by Victor Garcia

Colombia finished in the 6th place of the 2012 Southamerican U-15 Championship, the National team finished with 2-3 record, defeating Paraguay and Peru and falling against Brazil , Uruguay and Venezuela.
Colombia had a good chance to finish among the top 4 teams of the competition , Colombia leaded the game against Brazil most of the time but fall in the overtime.
In the fight for the 5th place the Colombians lost agains Venezuela also at the end of the game.
According to part of the attendance the National team had a very good technical level and was a strong rival.

RESULTS:
Colombia 85
Brazil 89

Colombia 52
Uruguay 78

Colombia 62
Peru 39

Colombia 78
Paraguay 60

Colombia 61
Venezuela 66

The Colombians had many players with achievements in the Championship:

Jainer Atencia Suarez (PG Liga de Santander), 18,00 PPG finished tied in the top of the scorers , was first in steals with 3,4 SPG, and second in assits with 4,00 APG, also was included in the 1st team of the tournament.

Andrs Deluque (F- Liga de Magdalena), 18,00 PPG also finshed tied in the top of the scorers.

Cristian Londono (65 C- Liga del Valle), 13,2 RPG was the top rebounder of the tornament.

Santiago Perez, Daniel Garcia and Cristian Londono was among the top 10 shot blockers

The project is to develop this team for future competitions.





NATIONAL INTERLEAGUES FINAL STANDINGS - by Victor Garcia

Antioquia got its 6th National Championship in the last 7 Tournaments, the green team defeated San Andres in the final game 83 67, Antioquia had a team made by most of the young players of the league like Diego Cuervo and Divier Perez and with the strong complement of Stalin Ortiz, San Andres had a good performance in a team leaded by the island idol Joe Manuel and the well known pivot Jhon Hernandez
Bogot Capitals finished in the third position after defeat Fama Valle 82 80.

Final Standings:
1-Antioquia A
2-San Andres
3-Bogota Capitals
4-Fama Valle
5-Antioquia B
6-Guajira
7-Sucre
Stalin Ortiz was the MVP.




*****************************************************
  CROATIA   


Kresimir Loncar selected the top Croatian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Kresimir Loncar
Kresimir Loncar
   #1. This week's number one is former international forward Kresimir Loncar (210-83, agency: Alti Sport), who plays in the Russian PBL. He could not help one of league's weakest teams Khimky (15-3) in their last game. Despite Loncar's very good performance Khimky lost 75-90 at home to the leading CSKA Moscow. He was the second best scorer with 17 points. Loncar also added 6 rebounds in 25 minutes on the court. It was Khimky's first loss after ten consecutive victories. Loncar has relatively good stats this year: 10.8ppg, 3.3rpg, 1.2apg, 2FGP: 63.8%(97-152) and FT: 68.4% in the 23 games he played so far. He played for the Croatian senior national team two years ago.

Leon Radosevic
Leon Radosevic
   #2. Second place goes to former U20 international center Leon Radosevic (206-90). Radosevic led Armani Milano to a victory over the seventh-ranked Umana Venezia (17-15) crushing them 92-63 in the Italian SerieA last Friday. He was MVP of the game. Radosevic recorded 18 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. EA7 Emporio Armani Milano (22-10) is placed second in the SerieA. It was his team's eighth consecutive victory in a row. This season Radosevic averages: 4.1ppg, 2.0rpg, 2FGP: 62.0%(49-79). He played for the Croatian U20 national team in 2010.

Luksa Andric
Luksa Andric
   #3. The Croatian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international center Luksa Andric (210-85, agency: Beo Basket). Andric was the major contributor in Galatasaray's victory against the closely-ranked Besiktas (22-8) 75-74 in a derby game in the Turkish TBL on Tuesday night. He recorded 15 points in a mere 16 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Galatasaray Medical Park Istanbul (25-5) is placed first in the TBL. This year Andric's overall stats are: 8.0ppg, 3.7rpg, 2FGP: 61.1%(116-190) and FT: 68.8% in the 36 games. He is also a member of the Croatian senior national team.

Jure Lalic
Jure Lalic
   #4. Center Jure Lalic (212-86), who plays in the Slovenian Telemach League was not able to help Krka (8-2) in their last game on Thursday. Despite Lalic's good performance the first-placed Krka was defeated 76-65 on their home court in Novo Mesto by the second-ranked Union Olimpija in the Championship Group. He recorded a double-double by scoring 13 points and getting 10 rebounds. Lalic's total stats this season are: 8.3ppg and 4.2rpg. He used to play for the Croatian U20 national team back in 2006.

Rok Stipcevic
Rok Stipcevic
   #5. International point guard Rok Stipcevic (185-86) was the main contributor in a Cimberio Varese's surprising victory against the league leader Montepaschi Siena (24-8) 73-70 in the Italian SerieA last Monday. Stipcevic was the best player in that game. He scored 19 points, had 4 boards, passed 3 assists and added 3 steals in 32 minutes. Cimberio Varese (17-15) is placed eighth in the SerieA. This year Stipcevic has relatively solid stats: 11.8ppg, 2.7rpg, 3.3apg and 1.3spg in the 35 games. He plays currently for the Croatian national team.

Marko Banic
Marko Banic
   #6. Forward Marko Banic (205-84), who plays in the Spanish ACB was not able to secure a victory for Gescrap BB (19-15) in their last game on Sunday. Despite Banic's good performance Gescrap BB was edged in an overtime 90-88 on their home court in Bilbao by the higher-ranked Caja Laboral (#3). He was the second best scorer with 13 points. It's Banic's sixth season with the team. Banic has reliable stats this year: 11.5ppg and 4.3rpg. He is a former international player as he played for the Croatian senior team two years ago.

Ante Tomic
Ante Tomic
   #7. International center Ante Tomic (217-87) contributed to an easy victory against the seventh-ranked Cajasol (18-16) crushing them 82-55 in the Spanish ACB in Sunday night's game. Tomic scored 8 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 17 minutes. Real Madrid (26-8) is placed second in the ACB. This year Tomic's total stats are: 8.3ppg and 4.4rpg in the 34 games. He is also Croatian national team player.

Bruno Sundov
Bruno Sundov
   #8. Center Bruno Sundov (221-80, also represented by Alti Sport) contributed to a Lukoil Academik's victory against the closely-ranked Levski Sofia (23-5) 87-80 in a derby game in the Bulgarian NBL last Tuesday. Sundov recorded 14 points and blocked 2 blocks. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Lukoil Academik Sofia (25-3) is placed first in the NBL. Sundov averaged so far 12.8ppg and 5.9rpg. He used to play for the Croatian U21 national team back in 2000.

Marcus Norris
Marcus Norris
   #9. An experienced former international guard Marcus Norris (185-74, agency: SportsTalent, college: Ball St.), who plays in the Portuguese LPB couldn't help one of league's weakest teams Benfica (19-3) in their last game. Despite Norris' very good performance Benfica lost 65-74 on their home court in Benfica to the leading FC Porto_Ferpinta. He was the top scorer with 18 points. Norris also added 7 rebounds in 31 minutes. Norris has averaged so far 7.7ppg, 3.3rpg, 3.3apg and 1.4spg in the 17 games. He is a naturalized American. Despite Norris played previously for the USA national team, he is currently in the Croatian national team roster. Strangely Norris has never played in Croatia.

Mario Stojic
Mario Stojic
   #10. Swingman Mario Stojic (198-80, agency: Interperformances) couldn't help Meridiano Alicante (18-16) in their game against Regal FC Barcelona (29-5) in the Spanish ACB. He was the top scorer with 9 points. Stojic also added 3 steals. But Meridiano Alicante was crushed 73-43 on the road by the leading Regal FC Barcelona. It was Meridiano Alicante's third consecutive loss in a row. Stojic has averaged so far 4.3ppg and 2.2rpg. Despite he played previously for the German national team, Stojic is also a former international player as three years ago he still played for the Croatian senior national team.

   #11. Former international guard Ivan Tomeljak (194-79) helped Gaz Metan edge the closely-ranked U-Mobitelco 77-75 in the Romanian Division A last Wednesday. He scored 9 points and added 5 passes in 32 minutes. Tomeljak has averaged so far 9.0ppg, 2.1rpg, 4.6apg and 1.5spg in the 23 games. Despite he played previously for the German national team, Tomeljak is currently in the Croatian national team roster.

   #12. Former international guard Nikica Sljuka (187-87) helped Olimpi edge the league leader Armia 69-67 in a derby game in the Georgian Superleague on Sunday night. He scored 9 points. Sljuka averaged so far 11.0ppg, 2.5rpg and 1.7apg. Despite he played previously for the German national team, Sljuka is currently in the Croatian national team roster.

   #13. Former U21 international power forward Nenad Delic (210-84, agency: TSS Management), who plays in the Turkish TB2L (second division) couldn't help one of league's weakest teams Genc Telekom (28-10) in their last game. Despite his good performance Genc Telekom was crushed 81-54 in a derby game by the second-ranked Optimum TED. Delic was the top scorer with 14 points. He also added 9 rebounds in 31 minutes. Delic belongs to league's top scorers and is ranked #6 with 18.2ppg. He also averaged so far 7.3rpg and 1.7apg in the 40 games. Despite Delic played previously for the German national team, he is currently in the Croatian U21 national team roster.

   #14. Former U20 international swingman Ivan Siriscevic (198-87) couldn't help Timisoara in their game against Ploiesti in the Romanian Division A. Siriscevic recorded 9 points. His team was defeated 104-89. He averaged so far 10.2ppg and 3.3rpg. Despite Siriscevic played previously for the German national team, he is currently in the Croatian U20 national team roster.

   #15. Former international forward Nikola Radulovic (207-73) helped Givova Scafati win their game against the closely-ranked Centrale Latte 100-84 in the Italian Lega2 (second division) on Thursday night. Radulovic recorded 10 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 29 minutes. Radulovic belongs to league's best blockers (ranked #5) and also on the list of most steals (third place). He has very reliable stats this year: 11.1ppg, 4.9rpg, 1.8apg and 2.5spg in the 32 games. Despite Radulovic played previously for the Italian national team, he is currently in the Croatian national team roster.



*****************************************************
  CZECH REPUBLIC   


Jiri Welsch selected the top Czech playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Jiri Welsch
Jiri Welsch
   #1. This week's number one is former international forward Jiri Welsch (201-80). He was the major contributor in a Spirou Charleroi's victory against the closely-ranked Leuven Bears (14-18) crushing them 89-68 in the Belgian Ethias League in Saturday night's game. Welsch scored 17 points, had 5 rebounds and dished 3 assists in 25 minutes on the court. Belgacom Spirou (23-9) is placed third in the Ethias League. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. This year Welsch averages: 8.1ppg, 3.6rpg, 2.3apg, 2FGP: 47.3%, 3FGP: 27.6% and FT: 68.8% in the 34 games he played so far. He played for the Czech Republic senior national team two years ago.

Ondrej Starosta
Ondrej Starosta
   #2. Second place goes to an experienced former international center Ondrej Starosta (215-79), who plays in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division). Starosta could not help Grupo Iruna Navarra (5-21) in their last game on Friday. Despite his very good performance the league leader Grupo Iruna Navarra was defeated 75-68 on the road by the lower-ranked Menorca Basquet (#4). Starosta recorded a double-double by scoring 17 points and getting 10 rebounds. Starosta belongs to league's best rebounders and is ranked #5. He has very reliable stats this season: 12.7ppg, 8.2rpg, 1.1apg, 2FGP: 55.6%(225-405) and FT: 42.7%. Starosta played for the Czech Republic national team in 2008.

Tomas Satoransky
Tomas Satoransky
   #3. The Czech Republic player who performed third best last week abroad was former international guard Tomas Satoransky (200-91). He was not able to help Cajasol (18-16) in their game against Real Madrid (26-8) in the Spanish ACB. Satoransky was the second best scorer with 8 points in 15 minutes. Cajasol lost 68-82 in Madrid to the second-ranked Real. It was Cajasol's third consecutive loss in a row. This year Satoransky's overall stats are: 4.8ppg, 2.1rpg, 1.3apg, 2FGP: 49.5%, 3FGP: 27.3% and FT: 70.2% in the 36 games. He played for the Czech Republic national team two years ago.

Ivo Hoger
Ivo Hoger
   #4. Center Ivo Hoger (225-82, agency: Global Sports Plaza) contributed to a 2-point Olimpi's victory against the league leader Armia (20-0) 69-67 in a derby game in the Georgian Superleague in Sunday night's game. Hoger scored 6 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Olimpi Tbilisi (16-4) is placed third in the Superleague. It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. It's Hoger's first season with the team. He has relatively good stats this year: 11.3ppg and 7.7rpg. Hoger used to play for the Czech Republic national team back in 2010.

Tomas Hampl
Tomas Hampl
   #5. International center Tomas Hampl (215-88) managed to help KK Cibona VIP Zagreb in a victory against the seventh-ranked Zadar (8-12) crushing them 85-62 in the Croatian A1 last Friday. He scored only 2 points in 2 minutes on the court. KK Cibona VIP Zagreb (14-0) is placed first in Championship Group. So far his team won all fourteen games in the Semi-Finals. This year Hampl's total stats are: 1.2ppg and 1.7rpg in the 10 games. He plays currently for the Czech Republic national team.

Other top Czech Republic players, who play abroad:

Jan Vesely (211-F-90) plays for Washington Wizards in the NBA
Ondrej Balvin (216-C-92) plays for Cajasol in Spanish ACB
Adam Pechacek (205-C-95) plays for CS Bologna in Italian SerieA
Radovan Kouril (183-PG-95) plays for Meridiano Alicante in Spanish ACB
Ales Chan (216-C-80) plays for Keravnos in Cypriot Division A
Pavel Englicky (210-F/C-83) plays for Etha in Cypriot Division A
David Jelinek (196-G-90) plays for FIATC Joventut in Spanish ACB
Lubos Barton (202-F/G-80) plays for FIATC Joventut in Spanish ACB
Jakub Kudlacek (193-G-90) plays for Otto Caserta in Italian SerieA
Tomas Voslajer (212-C-90) plays for Prievidza in Slovakian Extraliga
Jan Kratochvil (200-F-82) plays for Komarno in Slovakian Extraliga

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



*****************************************************
  EBA   


Metro All-stars Making Moves - by Justin Moore

The 1st annual peru tour for the Metropolitan All-Stars was a complete success!! 'We are able to do thing no semi pro team has been able to do and we got players signed to play overseas at the same time' says metropolitan big man and owner Calvin Brown (6'9''-C-83, college: Norfolk St.) jr. Playing the game getting footage is only one part of why I started this team (who is now on his third year of existence and 1 championship under his belt) the second part is to get my players seen by coaches, and team owners that can start their pro career off and i am happy to say we are going at a faster pace than I have ever dreamed.

(The tour was sold out in 7 of the 9 cities that we visit included ica, arequipa,tacna, cuzco, lima, piura, chiclayo, trujillo, iquitos, and inca. The fans loved the show and the players did a great job of giving the fans what they want. players were thrown in the fire having to travel 9 cities in 15 days, it's rough on the body not mention press releases, promotion for the event and the actual events itself, it all took a toll on the players.

We still made time for the players visiting the amazon river and taking a boat ride to Meeting a local tribe, 'I felt like I was on the nature channel I would have never thought I would see this in person in my life time says marquee singleton' and then machu picchu (which is one of the 7 wonders of the world). 'Who gets to do this says jo jo (joseph flegler). 'Man I get to travel the world and do something I love to do play basketball, and get exposure Not only that I get to see things and places that I have only read about'

6 players are currently signed from the tour
Kamron Alborz (5'10''-G-82, college: Hawaii-Pacific)
Earl Jackson (6'6''-C, college: Johnson C. Smith)
Devin Mooring (6'3''-G-85, college: Elizabeth City)
Darnell Evans (6'3''-G, college: Queens, NC)
Joe Posey (6'5''-G-85, college: JMU)
Elyon Bush (6'7''-F-85, college: Delaware St.)

From the tour Calvin Brown and elyon bush have received 1st team honors in the EBA. Both were runner ups for the mvp of the league being player of the week more than 3 times each.

Joseph Flegler (6'0''-G-85, college: Savannah St.) with only being home 2 days after the tour went on the court and received player of the week scoring 40 points and over 20 assist in first game back in the states. That was followed up by winning 1st team all acpbl in the play-offs and helping his team to their first championship this season

Metropolitan all-stars tour 2012:

Calvin Brown
Elyon Bush
Curtis Crews (6'5''-G/F-84, college: Montgomery CC)
Earl Jackson
Naurice Mullings (6'9''-C/F-85, college: Cecil CC)
Joe Posey
Joseph Flegler
Cedrick Stewart
Kamron Alborz
Justin Hamilton (6'0''-G)
Darnell Evans
Kevin Sumner (6'3''-G)
Marques Singleton (6'2''-G-85, agency: Athlete Management Group, college: Delaware CCC)
Devin Mooring
Oludele Doherty (6'8''-F/C, college: Norfolk St.)
Michael chamblain
Micheal mcllwain
Nnamdi nnabili



*****************************************************
  EUROBASKET SUMMER LEAGUE   


ESL Charlotte Official Games Completed - by ESL News

Second day of ESL Charlotte was very successful and as expected all the games were very competitive. Several players seperated themselves from the rest of the field, however today their could be others who do the same.

Here is the list of scores from May 21, 2012 ESL Charlotte:

Game 1:

Treviso 55

Benjamin Fuller, 8 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists
Brandon Thomas, 9 points, 8 rebounds, 2 assists
Leon Frazier, 16 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists
Gaither Hendrix, 10 points, 4 rebounds, 4 assists
Laurice Ellison, 2 points, 6 rebounds, 1 assists
Miguel Starkey, 10 points, 3 rebounds, 5 assists

Solna 50

Martin Barrett, 10 points, 6 rebounds, 2 assists
Joeseph Curley, 0 points, 3 rebounds, 3 assists
DeMarcus Mathis, 7 points, 9 rebounds, 2 assists
Trent Morgan-Washington, 3 points, 3 rebounds, 4 assists
Lamar Howard, 10 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists
Vincent Parnell, 14 points, 4 rebounds, 4 assists
Jontae Sherrod, 6 points, 4 rebounds, 5 assists



ESL Charlotte Official Games - by ESL News

Game 2:

Poitiers 63

Jeremee Davis, 12 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists
Jamaal Blaylock, 7 points, 3 rebounds, 4 assists
Terrell Bell, 11 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists
Devon McBride, 15 points, 4 rebounds, 2 assists
Richard Green, 10 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists
Marques Damon, 2 points, 2 rebounds, assists
Brad Byerson, 6 points, 10 rebounds, 3 assists

Asker 58

Chris Moore, 24 points, 3 rebounds, 6 assists
Jamaar Hardy, 19 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists
Terrell Reid, 2 points, 2 rebounds, 1 assist
Rob Fields, 7 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists
Marcus Connor, 0 points, 10 rebounds, 4 blocks
Anthony Crowder, 6 points, 2 rebounds, 2 assists

Game 3:

Treviso 70

Benjamin Fuller, 4 points, 2 rebounds, 2 assists
Leon Frazier, 18 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists
Laurice Ellison, 9 points, 4 rebounds, 2 assists
Brandon Thomas, 14 points, 7 rebounds, 3 assists
Gaither Hendrix, 11 points, 4 rebounds, 5 assists
Miguel Starkey, 14 points, 4 rebounds, 7 assists

Poitiers 69

Marques Damon, 6 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists
Devon McBride, 18 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists
Terell Bell, 17 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists
Brad Byerson, 11 points, 11 rebounds, 4 assists
Jamaal Blaylock, 2 points, 1 rebounds, 1 assists
Jeremee Davis, 5 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists
Richard Green, 10 points, 4 rebounds, 5 assists

Game 4:

Solna 79

DeMarcus Mathis, 13 points, 8 rebounds, 3 assists
Joseph Curley, 11 points, 3 rebounds, 3 assists
Trent Morgan-Washington, 4 points, 2 rebounds, 3 assists
Lamar Howard, 8 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists
Martin Berrett, 12 points, 7 rebounds 3 assists
Vincent Parnell, 8 points, 3 rebounds, 4 assists
Jonte Sherrod, 23 points, 4 rebonds, 5 assists

Asker 71

Anthony Crowder, 16 points, 3 rebounds, 4 assists
Marcus Conner, 3 points, 9 rebounds, 5 blocks
Terrell Reid, 6 points, 3 rebounds, 1 assist
Chris Moore, 18 points, 3 rebounds, 5 assists
Rob Fields, 16 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists
Jamar Hardy, 12 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists



*****************************************************
  EUROLEAGUE   


Evgeny Pashutin leaves Kazan, heads to Krasnodar - by Eurobasket News

Evgeny Pashutin is no longer head coach of Unics Kazan. The specialist has decided to leave the team. Evgeny Pashutin took over Unics back in 2010. He spent two seasons with the team. Unics triumphed in EuroCup in 2011. Evgeny Pashutin was named All-EuroCup Coach of the Year. He also led Unics to the PBL regular season crown in 2011. In 2012 Unics reached VTB League Final. Evgeny Pashutin was trumped All-VTB League Coach of the Year. Evgeny Pashutin also worked with Spartak Saint Petersburg and CSKA Moscow during his career. The specialist also had stints as assistant coach with Russian National Team in 2006/11. He guided Russian University National Team in 2011.
Evgeny Pashutin has been reported to take over Lokomotiv-Kuban next.



Victor Khryapa stays with CSKA - by Eurobasket News

Forward Viktor Khryapa (204-F/G-82) (29 years, 203 cm) signed new contract with CSKA. The club announced the 3-year agreement during the press-conference today.

Andrey Vatutin, CSKA President:
Over the years with us Victor has shown he is a real army man, a man of iron. Without going into details, I can say that Victor had a difficult disease just before the Euroleague Final Four, and the fact that he found the strength to play, and he played well, is not even a surprise. Once again, you can take your hat off to him, though, of course, I should also thank the doctors who did everything possible to help him recover. I am very pleased that we continue to work together.

Viktor Khryapa, CSKA forward:
I would like to thank everyone in CSKA for four great years here. I believe that the cooperation has been successful for both the club and for me, so we decided to sign a new agreement. I am very pleased to be a part of the future of CSKA. I think it is an honor that must be earned.

Courtesy of CSKA Moscow



*****************************************************
  FRANCE   

Stats Leaders - ProA

Points Per Game
 Eric CHATFIELD
  Paris-.
  (191-G-79)
  Avg: 19.6
 1. Chatfield, Paris-.19.6 
 2. Hughes, Hyeres-T.17.2 
 3. Gipson, Pau-Lacq.17.1 
 4. Rochestie, Le Mans17.1 
 5. Hamilton, Paris-.16.9 
 6. Williams, Paris-.16.8 
 7. Schilb, Chalon16.4 
 8. Causeur, Cholet16.2 
 9. Cox, Le Havre15.8 
 10. Delaney, Chalon15.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Lamont HAMILTON
  Paris-.
  (208-C/F-84)
  Avg: 8.3
 1. Hamilton, Paris-.8.3 
 2. Elonu, Pau-Lacq.8.3 
 3. Akingbala, Nancy7.8 
 4. Armstrong, AS.7.2 
 5. Nsonwu-Amadi, Roa.7.0 
 6. Greer, Strasbourg7.0 
 7. Vebobe, Cholet6.9 
 8. Aminu, Chalon6.8 
 9. Labeyrie, Hyeres-T.6.5 
 10. Moerman, Nancy6.4 
Assists Per Game
 Kareem REID
  Hyeres-Toulon
  (178-PG-75)
  Avg: 7.6
 1. Reid, Hyeres-Toulon7.6 
 2. Rochestie, Le Mans6.4 
 3. Wise, Le Havre5.6 
 4. Pellin, Orleans5.2 
 5. Linehan, Nancy5.2 
 6. Dixon, Dijon5.1 
 7. Barrett, Roanne4.9 
 8. Schilb, Chalon4.6 
 9. Tchicamboud, Cha.4.6 
 10. Gipson, Pau-Lacq.4.5 
Steals Per Game
 Andrew ALBICY
  Gravelines
  (178-PG-90)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Albicy, Gravelines2.5 
 2. Dobbins, Poitiers2.3 
 3. Riley, Nanterre2.1 
 4. Wise, Le Havre2.0 
 5. Linehan, Nancy1.9 
 6. Pellin, Orleans1.9 
 7. Melody, Dijon1.7 
 8. Shuler, Nancy1.7 
 9. Dixon, Dijon1.6 
 10. Acker, Le Mans1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Alexis AJINCA
  Strasbourg
  (215-C-88)
  Avg: 2
 1. Ajinca, Strasbourg2.0 
 2. Falker, Cholet1.4 
 3. Gobert, Cholet1.3 
 4. Akingbala, Nancy1.2 
 5. Hamilton, Paris-.1.2 
 6. Elonu, Pau-Lacq.1.1 
 7. Akpomedah, Grave.1.0 
 8. Issa, Gravelines1.0 
 9. Armstrong, AS.0.9 
 10. Williams, Paris-.0.9 


Stats Leaders - ProB

Points Per Game
 Jason SIGGERS
  Rouen
  (189-SG-85)
  Avg: 18.5
 1. Siggers, Rouen18.5 
 2. Brown, Maurienne17.1 
 3. Davis, Le Portel17.0 
 4. McCray, Boulogne16.5 
 5. Wood, Evreux16.4 
 6. Paelay, Quimper15.8 
 7. Monroe, Boulazac15.5 
 8. Carter, Chalons-.15.2 
 9. Prowell, St Vallier15.1 
 10. Gay, Fos Ouest15.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Christophe MASSIE
  Limoges
  (206-C/F-77)
  Avg: 11.4
 1. Massie, Limoges11.4 
 2. Wood, Evreux10.9 
 3. Osby, Maurienne9.6 
 4. Monroe, Boulazac9.6 
 5. Rossiter, Denain9.6 
 6. Daniels, Chalons-.8.7 
 7. Barro, Bourg8.5 
 8. Allen, Antibes8.2 
 9. Badiane, Nantes7.9 
 10. Brown, Maurienne7.8 
Assists Per Game
 Ronnie TAYLOR
  Le Portel
  (188-PG-81)
  Avg: 6.6
 1. Taylor, Le Portel6.6 
 2. Mullins, Chalons-.5.8 
 3. Rowland, Evreux5.4 
 4. Copeland, Bourg5.3 
 5. Darnauzan, Mauri.5.2 
 6. Darrigand, Bordeaux4.9 
 7. Patiejunas, Rouen4.9 
 8. Denave, St Vallier4.8 
 9. Poupet, Rouen4.4 
 10. Eito, Vichy4.4 
Steals Per Game
 Armand CHARLES
  Nantes
  (193-SF-83)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Charles, Nantes2.5 
 2. McCray, Boulogne2.5 
 3. Eito, Vichy1.9 
 4. Mullins, Chalons-.1.9 
 5. Driss, Bordeaux1.9 
 6. Paelay, Quimper1.9 
 7. Shiloh, St Vallier1.9 
 8. Allen, Antibes1.8 
 9. Mels, Chalons-Reims1.7 
 10. Rowland, Evreux1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Sherman GAY
  Fos Ouest
  (201-PF-82)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Gay, Fos Ouest1.7 
 2. Badiane, Antibes1.7 
 3. Jefferson, Vichy1.6 
 4. Osby, Maurienne1.5 
 5. Ford, Bordeaux1.1 
 6. Massie, Limoges1.1 
 7. Fields, Nantes0.9 
 8. McKenzie, Boulazac0.9 
 9. Rossiter, Denain0.8 
 10. Barro, Bourg0.8 


SIG Strasbourg extends deal with Vincent Collet - by Eurobasket News

SIG Strasbourg announced signing of a one-year contract extension with its Head Coach Vincent Collet. The new contract will expire at the end of the 2013/14 season. Collet took over the club last summer and they finished the season as No.9 with 14-16 record. Before Strasbourg, Vincent Collet spent almost two and a half years with ASVEL. He took them over during the summer of 2008 and they parted ways in November of 2010. Collet was a Head Coach of Le Mans from 2000 to 2008 and before that he served there as assistant. The coach won two ProA titles in his career so far. He also won Semaine des As and Coupe de France. In 2001 and 2006, Collet was named Eurobasket.com All-French ProA Coach of the Year. He works with the French National Team since 2009. They won the Silver last summer at EuroBasket in Lithuania and booked a spot for the 2012 Olympic Games in London.


Rasheed Wright leaves Poitiers - by Eurobasket News

Rasheed Wright (196-F/G-80, college: ODU) announced his decision to leave Poitiers. The forward joined the team back in 2008. He was among the top scorers for the team in the following four seasons. Last season Rasheed Wright notched 7.3 points, 2.1 rebounds per game in ProA. Rasheed Wright helped Poitiers win ProB title back in 2009. Previously the forward had spells for Levallois, Vichy, Saint Vallier.


Le Portel bring in Armand Charles - by Eurobasket News

Le Portel bolstered their frontcourt. They agreed on terms of contract with Armand Charles (193-SF-83). The deal is meant for two seasons. Armand Charles spent the last season with Nantes. He tallied 10.0 points, 4.1 rebounds, 2.5 steals and 2.0 assists per game in ProB. Previously Armand Charles had stints with Brest, Nanterre and Cholet U21 team.


Charly Maraux joins Gravelines - by Eurobasket News

Charly Maraux (185-G-94) has joined Gravelines for trainings. The youngster spent the last three seasons with Centre Federal du Basket-Ball. Charly Maraux was the member of U16 French National Team. He participated at 2009 and 2010 U16 European Championships. Eurobasket.com named him into All-European Championship 3rd Team in 2010. Last year Charly Maraux participated at Belgrade International Junior Tournament as well as Nike Euroleague Junior Tournament.


*****************************************************
  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, Armia16.6 
 9. Thomas, Armia16.6 
 10. Niniashvili, TSU16.4 
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, Olimpi7.7 
 9. Thomas, Armia7.6 
 10. Atuashvili, Sokhu.7.4 
Assists Per Game
 Giorgi GAMQRELIDZE
  Olimpi
  (183-G-86)
  Avg: 7.1
 1. Gamqrelidze, Olimpi7.1 
 2. Woodside, Armia6.9 
 3. Blair, MIA Academy6.4 
 4. Chitashvili, TSU T.6.4 
 5. Mikeladze, Batumi5.5 
 6. Artsividze, Rustavi4.8 
 7. Parghalava, Sokhu.4.8 
 8. Tsekvava, Kutaisi4.6 
 9. Patsatsia, Sokhumi3.9 
 10. Pashayev, Kutaisi3.9 
Steals Per Game
 Larry BLAIR
  MIA Academy
  (183-G-84)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Blair, MIA Academy3.2 
 2. Ramishvili, Batumi2.5 
 3. Woodside, Armia2.4 
 4. Kokhreidze, TSU T.2.2 
 5. Chitashvili, TSU T.2.0 
 6. Machaladze, STU T.2.0 
 7. Antadze, STU T.1.9 
 8. Mikeladze, Batumi1.8 
 9. Patsatsia, Sokhumi1.8 
 10. Chachanidze, Rus.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. Todorovic, Olimpi0.9 
 8. Kobidze, STU T.0.8 
 9. Smith, MIA Academy0.8 
 10. Eliashvili, Batumi0.8 


Kutaisi ranked third place in Superleague 2012 - by Eurobasket News

Kutaisi and Sokhumi fought for the third place in Superleague 2012. Kutaisi defeated opponent team with score 71-64 and won bronze medals.

Game was very tense from the first minutes till the lat seconds. Both teams fought hard, Sokhumi won first quarter 17-15. Second period was for locals, Kutaisi ended first half of match with 2 point difference 34-32. Kutaisi raised difference to 12 points in third quarter; they were leading during fourth period as far, but 1:03 minutes before the end of game time Sokhumi shortened difference to 7 points 62-69. Kutaisi mobilized powers and finally won this match with score 71-62.

High Scores:

Kutaisi Darko Cohadarevic (206-F-86, college: Texas Tech) 17 points, Zaur Pashayev (186-G-83) 16 points

Sokhumi Sergo Atuashvili (223-C-85, agency: Kotnik Sports Agency) scored 21 points and 9 rebounds, Giorgi Jgerenaia scored 14 points and 9 rebounds.

Match Comments:

Davit Ustiashvili (Kutaisi coach): This match was very tough. 2 leading players of Sokhumi missed this match because of health issues Levan Patsatsia and Lasha Fargalava, but Sokhumi still showed a very good game. First quarter of match was very interesting, but in third period we mobilized and made big difference in score, this was most important moment in match and it brought us victory. About matches of final series I am very glad that we have such a good and interesting games, both teams are very strong.

Teimuraz Kankia (Sokhumi assistant coach): Lasha Fargalava and Levan Patsatsia have health problems, they are sick so they missed this game. Our coach Vaja Kvaratskhelia also was absent today on match, again because of health problems, even though our boys fought hard and played on a high level. We failed in third quarter when our opponent made big difference in score, we tried to improve this mistake in fourth quarter but unfortunately we were very tired and had not enough power to change final result.
Courtesy of: http://superleague.ge



Armia takes Superleague 2-1 Final lead - by Eurobasket News

Olimpi - Armia 52-87 (1-2)

Armia takes Superleague 2-1 Final lead after 87:52 road win. Armia led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 48 of its points in the paint compared to Olimpi's 28. Armia forced 22 Olimpi turnovers and outrebounded them 41-30 including 28 on the defensive glass. It was a great evening for American Will Thomas (203-86, agency: Two Points) who led his team to a victory scoring 26 points and 9 rebounds. His fellow American import point guard Ben Woodside (180-85, college: N.Dakota St., agency: Priority Sports) helped adding 15 points and 4 assists. Four Armia players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was Serbian center Ilija Milutinovic (211-88, college: Oakland, agency: Global Sports Plaza) with 11 points and international guard Georgi Tsintsadze (192-86) scored 10 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.
Top scorers:
Olimpi: I.Milutinovic 11+4reb, G.Tsintsadze 10+3reb+2ast, N.Tutus 6+1reb+1ast, T.Tavartkiladze 5+2ast, N.Sljuka 5+2reb, M.Berishvili 4+7reb+2ast
Armia: W.Thomas 26+9reb, J.Richardson 16+5reb, B.Woodside 15+3reb+4ast, G.Diaz 14+3reb+3ast, Z.Babiashvili 8+6reb, J.Kjellbom 3+3reb+1ast
gschID: 176789



*****************************************************
  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 


Fabian Bleck stays with Phoenix Hagen and NOMA Iserlohn - by Daniel Poerschke

German youth national team player and 2012 NBBL All-Star Fabian Bleck (196-F-93) will stay with the BBL club Phoenix Hagen for another season. The talented youngster, who led his U-19 NBBL Phoenix Hagen team to a 3rd place finish in the national NBBL championship this past weekend, was already on the Hagen roster last season, but saw no action in any games. Now with the new 6+6 rule he will get the chance to earn playing time in every game. Fabian Bleck will also get a double-licence, so that he can continue to also play with 1. Regionalliga club NOMA Iserlohn Kangaroos which is Hagen's cooperation team.


Berger and Guenther join BSV Wulfen - by Moritz Korff

Maik Berger (175-G-84) and Philip Guenther (178-G-85) have put pen to paper on deals with Pro B team BSV Wulfen. The two Germans will do the playmaking for the Wolves in the 2012-13 season. Hence, Wulfen's new coach Heimo Foerster does not plan to bring in an import player for that position, which had been filled by Steve Briggs (178-G-85, college: Okla.Wesleyan) over these past two years.
Berger left Herten after three years to transfer to Wulfen. He had 30 Pro B appearances for the Lions in this past season, averaging 8.9 points and 3.9 assists per outing. Meanwhile, Guenther comes off a stint at UBC Muenster. He had 9.7 points and 3.1 assists a contest in the 1. Regionalliga West. Earlier in his career the older brother of German international Per Guenther (185-G-88) played for Hagen and Osnabrueck in the 2. Bundesliga.



Davin White comes back to Hagen - by Moritz Korff

Davin White (186-G-81, college: CS Northridge) will return to Phoenix Hagen after the summer break, the BBL club announced today. The 31-year-old guard joined Hagen for the stretch run of the 2011-12 season and helped to keep Phoenix in the BBL. The 2005 graduate of Cal. State-Northridge scored, on average, 17.3 points through 11 games and dished out 5 assists a game.
Following his Hagen stint White headed to Mexico, where he is currently playing for CIBACOPA side Mineros de Cananea.
According to the club's press release Phoenix hopes to sign White for the next two years. A decision regarding the contract duration however is yet to be made. 'I'm happy that we were able to keep our best guard of this past season. That's something we weren't able to achieve the year before. With Zygimantas Jonusas and Davin White we have signed two very important players at this early stage. We want to build on that', Hagen head coach Ingo Freyer stated.



Svetislav Pesic Names German National Team Squad For Short Seminar Course - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber


Svetislav Pesic (agency: Interperformances ) new head coach of the German national team has named his squad for a short seminar course at Kienbaum from June 19-21. 'We have two goals this summer. We want to qualify for the European championships in Slowenia in 2013, but also to bring along players with persprective for the German national team. This short seminar is a good chance to get to know the players even better. We will learn the physical state of the players and give them an individual program that they can follow until the training camp which begins on JUly 11, 2012. The U-20 players have the first priority at the moment. We dont have many days to find ourselves, so we have to work intensively and concentrated', stressed Svetislav Pesic (agency: Interperformances )

German roster:

Robin Benzing (FC Bayern Munchen), Bastian Doreth (FC Bayern Mnchen), Niels Giffey (University of Connecticut), Per Gunther (ratiopharm Ulm), Steffen Hamann (FC Bayern Munchen), Elias Harris (Gonzaga University), Patrick Heckmann (Boston College), Yassin Idbihi (ALBA Berlin), Jan-Hendrik Jagla (FC Bayern Munchen), Maximilian Kleber (s.Oliver Baskets), Mathis Monninghoff (Gonzaga University), Philipp Neumann (Brose Baskets Bamberg), Tim Ohlbrecht (Fraport Skyliners Frankfurt), Tibor Pleiss (Brose Baskets Bamberg), Heiko Schaffartzik (ALBA Berlin), Philipp Schwethelm (FC Bayern Munchen), Lucca Staiger (ALBA Berlin), Karsten Tadda (Brose Baskets Bamberg), Daniel Theis (Spot Up Braunschweig / New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig), Maik Zirbes (TBB Trier), Philip Zwiener (TBB Trier).

Source: DBB



Michael Mai Remains With The UBC Tigers Hannover - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

PRO B club UBC Tigers Hannover have announced today that American head coach Michael Mai will stay on for another season there. The 37 year old led the team to a 19-5 record last season in the PRO B north and will be starting his third season as head coach this season. He came in 2010 to the team as assistant coach and was named head coach a few monts later. 'It is great news that he will remain as coach. He was the main reason together with co trainer Christoph Weber for our success last season. We are happy that this successfull duo will remain this season', added sport director Michael Goch. Mai started his coacing career at Damascus Christian High School in Portland and then coached at BG Magdeburg (Germany-Regionalliga) from 2007-2010. Awards/Achievements in his career have been All-State Coach of the Year -06, German 2.Bundesliga Pro B (Group North)
Regular Season Champion -12, and German 2.Bundesliga Pro B Semifinals -12

Source: UBC Tigers Hannover



German U-16, U-20 and A-2 teams Announced - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

German U-16 national coach Harald Stein has announced the German U-16 team that will take part in a training course in Paderborn from May 25-28. The following players were named.

Mahir Agva (SV 03 Tbingen), Kevin Casper (TuS Lichterfelde), Constantin Ebert (Wrzburg Baskets), Joschka Ferner (TSV Nrdlingen), Jonas Grof (Basketball Boele-Kabel), Lars Kamp (Paderborn Baskets), Niklas Kiel (BBG Herford / Paderborn Baskets), Yannik Kneesch (BIS Baskets Speyer), Leon Kratzer (BBC Bayreuth), Jakob Merz (MTV Kronberg) , Armin Musovic (Eintracht Frankfurt), Andreas Obst (TSV Breitengbach), Lennart Okeke (Eintracht Frankfurt), Max Pfannmller (BBLZ Mittelhessen), Sebastian Schmitt (FC Bayern Mnchen), Tim van der Velde (SG Kln 99ers), Jan-Niklas Wimberg (Oldenburger TB) und Daniel Woltering (UBC Mnster).

German U-20 national coach Frank Menz has named the German U-20 team and A-2 team for this summer. The U-20 team will come togeter on May 30th. On June 5th, the team will assemble in Kienbuam for a training course and two friendlies against Poland. The A-2 national team will meet from June 25th until July 2 for a training course.

U-20 roster:

Besnik Bekteshi (Foto, EnBW Ludwigsburg/VfL Kirchheim Knights), Mario Blessing (University of South Carolina Upstate), Kevin Bright (TuS Urspringschule), Sebastian Flle (ALBA Berlin), Stephan Haukohl (Science City Jena), Patrick Heckmann (Boston College), Florian Koch (Telekom Baskets Bonn), Mathis Mnninghoff (Gonzaga University), Jarelle Reischel (Rice University), Johannes Richter (TSV Breitengbach), Dennis Schrder (Sport Up Braunschweig / New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig), Daniel Theis (Spot Up Braunschweig / New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig), Leon Tolksdorf (ALBA Berlin), Johannes Voigtmann (Science City Jena), Ole Wendt (webmoebel Baskets).

On call:

Joey Ney (ALBA Berlin), Till-Joscha Jnke (Bayer Giants Leverkusen), Jonathan Maier (EnBW Ludwigsburg / VfL Kirchheim Knights), Maurice Pluskota (Cuxhaven BasCats), Tim Unterluggauer (Science City Jena / BIG Gotha), Lars Wendt (webmoebel Baskets).

A-2 national team

Danilo Barthel (207-F-91, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) (Fraport Skyliners), Anthony Canty (Eisbren Bremerhaven), Oskar Faler (TBB Trier), Johannes Lischka (EnBW Ludwigsburg), Stefan Schmidt (BBC Bayreuth), Andreas Seiferth (TBB Trier), Nicolai Simon (Walter Tigers Tbingen), Maurice Stuckey (Brose Baskets Bamberg), Jonas Wohlfahrt-Bottermann (Telekom Baskets Bonn), Enosch Wolf (University of Connecticut).

Source: DBB





Dominik Bahiense De Mello Stays With The EWE Baskets Oldenburg - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber



The EWE Baskets Oldenburg announced today that Dominik Bahiense de Mello (190-G-85, agency: Pro One Sports) will stay for a second season in Oldenburg. De Mello is a 27 year old 190cm German shooting guard that follows Adam Chubb, Rickey Paulding und Ronnie Burrell as the fourth player to remain from last years team. Last season he played 34 Beko BBL games averaging 4,2ppg and 1,5rpg. He also played EuroChallenge: 12 games: 7.3ppg, 1.0rpg, FGP: 47.1%, 3PT: 43.1%, FT: 83.3%. 'I am happy that Dominik will play for us. He is a committed defender and also on offense not only with his three point shooting. He will have to take over more responsibility in the future', warned Oldenburg head coach Sebastian Machowski. 'I like Oldenburg a lot and am happy that I can stay. I am looking forward to the new season and new coach Sebastian Machowski', stressed Dominik Bahiense de Mello.

Source: EWE Baskets Oldenburg





*****************************************************
  GREECE   

Stats Leaders - A1

Points Per Game
 Nestoras KOMMATOS
  Marousi
  (203-F-77)
  Avg: 20.4
 1. Kommatos, Marousi20.4 
 2. Christmas, AGOR18.6 
 3. Gagaloudis, Marousi15.6 
 4. Charalampidi., KAO.15.6 
 5. Beck, Ikaros14.8 
 6. Dikoudis, PAOK14.7 
 7. James, Aris14.5 
 8. Taylor, Kavala13.9 
 9. Baynes, Ikaros13.6 
 10. Wright, AGOR13.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Aron BAYNES
  Ikaros
  (208-C-86)
  Avg: 8.7
 1. Baynes, Ikaros8.7 
 2. Haritopoulos, Maro.7.6 
 3. NaNa, Ilysiakos7.5 
 4. Stepheson, Panio.7.3 
 5. Kommatos, Marousi6.6 
 6. Symtsak, Kavala6.4 
 7. O''Bryant, Kavala5.9 
 8. Tapoutos, Aris5.8 
 9. Ceranic, KAOD5.7 
 10. Scott, Peristeri5.7 
Assists Per Game
 Yannis GAGALOUDIS
  Marousi
  (192-G-78)
  Avg: 6
 1. Gagaloudis, Marousi6.0 
 2. Spanoulis, Olympia.5.0 
 3. Xanthopoulos, Pani.4.6 
 4. Diamantidis, Panat.4.6 
 5. Charalampidi., KAO.4.3 
 6. James, Aris4.1 
 7. Wright, AGOR4.1 
 8. Thompson, Ilysi.3.5 
 9. Mocnik, Perister.3.1 
 10. Jasikevicius, Pan.3.1 
Steals Per Game
 Zack WRIGHT
  AGOR
  (188-G-85)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Wright, AGOR2.5 
 2. James, Aris1.9 
 3. Thompson, Ilysi.1.7 
 4. Xanthopoulos, Pani.1.7 
 5. Christmas, AGOR1.6 
 6. Calathes, Panathin.1.6 
 7. Dorsey, Olympiacos1.5 
 8. Logan, Panathin.1.5 
 9. Gagaloudis, Marousi1.5 
 10. Hatten, Kolossos1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Patrick O''BRYANT
  Kavala
  (213-C-86)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. O''Bryant, Kavala1.5 
 2. Petway, AGOR1.3 
 3. Muldrow, Aris1.3 
 4. Elegar, Marousi1.1 
 5. Hines, Olympiacos1.1 
 6. Vougioukas, Panat.0.9 
 7. Michel, KAOD0.9 
 8. Stepheson, Panio.0.9 
 9. Tsontzos, Marousi0.7 
 10. Baynes, Ikaros0.7 


A1: Panionios beats Kolossos in Game Five, wins third place in the league - by Eurobasket News

Third place
Kolossos - Panionios 63-73

Decisive Game Five of the series for third place just ended. Panionios outplayed Kolossos on the road 63-73 winning the third place in the league. Panionios made 25-of-29 free shots (86.2 percent) during the game. 28 personal fouls committed by Kolossos helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a good game for American guard Jon Diebler (198-88, college: Ohio St.) who led his team to a victory with 20 points. Forward Vasileios Kavvadas (202-91) contributed with 15 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Antonis Asimakopoulos (204-76) answered with 16 points and 6 rebounds and the former international guard Georgios Kalaitzis (195-76) added 11 points (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line) in the effort for Kolossos.

Kolossos: A.Asimakopoulos 16+6reb, G.Kalaitzis 11+3reb+3ast, S.Hopson 10+1reb+2ast, M.Hatten 7+4reb+2ast, N.Liakopoulos 7+2reb+5ast, A.Tsamis 5+3reb
Panionios: J.Diebler 20+4reb+1ast, V.Kavvadas 15+7reb, W.Keys 9+3reb, S.Nadjfeji 9+1reb+2ast, N.Barlos 8+2reb+1ast, M.Paragios 6+4reb



*****************************************************
  HOLLAND   


Stepco BS Weert extends the contract of head coach Jim Meil - by Fred Roggen

Stepco BS Weert has extended the contract of basketball coach Jim Meil by one year. Despite the disappointing performances last season with a seventh place in the Dutch league,
the management of Stepco BSW is convinced that it is okay to continue on this path. The team played well under Jim Meil and the organization around the team was greatly improved.
Financial terms were not released Tuesday when Stepco BSW announced the extension.




*****************************************************
  HUNGARY   

A Division Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Justin INGRAM
  FS Debre.
  (185-PG-85)
  Avg: 24.6
 1. Ingram, FS Debre.24.6 
 2. Ciric, PVSK P.22.0 
 3. Timberlake, Falco-.21.1 
 4. Raivio, Kaposvari21.1 
 5. Austin, Jaszberenyi20.8 
 6. Ivosev, Szedeak20.4 
 7. Schachtner, FS Deb.20.1 
 8. Doyne, PVSK P.20.1 
 9. Levy, Szedeak19.1 
 10. Dramicanin, Jaszb.18.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Miklos SZABO
  FS Debrecen
  (206-F/C-86)
  Avg: 10.4
 1. Szabo, FS Debrecen10.4 
 2. Miskovic, Marso N.9.6 
 3. Fey, Kaposvari9.1 
 4. Pantelic, Falco-Sz.9.1 
 5. Raivio, Kaposvari8.7 
 6. Townes, Kormend8.7 
 7. Ivosev, Szedeak8.6 
 8. Bader, Szolnok8.5 
 9. Austin, Jaszberenyi8.1 
 10. Egemonye, Soproni8.1 
Assists Per Game
 Laszlo KALMAN
  Falco-Sz.
  (186-G-72)
  Avg: 6.2
 1. Kalman, Falco-Sz.6.2 
 2. Wilson, Kaposvari5.9 
 3. Simon, Albacomp5.8 
 4. Ingram, FS Debre.5.7 
 5. Trotter, Szolnok5.6 
 6. Williams, Atomeromu5.5 
 7. Fekete, Marso N.4.6 
 8. Thomas, Soproni4.5 
 9. Drahos, Szedeak4.3 
 10. Hodges, Jaszbere.4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Stefan FEKETE
  Marso N.
  (188-G-86)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Fekete, Marso N.2.7 
 2. Drahos, Szedeak2.6 
 3. Austin, Jaszberenyi2.5 
 4. Trotter, Szolnok2.4 
 5. Ingram, FS Debre.2.4 
 6. Raivio, Kaposvari2.3 
 7. Ivosev, Szedeak2.2 
 8. Perine, ZTE K.2.2 
 9. Wittmann, Kecsk.2.2 
 10. Toth, PVSK P.2.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Darian TOWNES
  Kormend
  (208-F/C-84)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Townes, Kormend1.9 
 2. Pantelic, Falco-Sz.1.6 
 3. Keller, Albacomp1.4 
 4. Egemonye, Soproni1.0 
 5. Levy, Szedeak1.0 
 6. Ivosev, Szedeak0.9 
 7. Morgen, Atomeromu0.9 
 8. Chism, Albacomp0.9 
 9. Miskovic, Marso N.0.8 
 10. Fey, Kaposvari0.8 



*****************************************************
  IRAN   


Iran NT camp - by Mohammad Amin Maghsoodlou

25 players invited to Iran senior NT camp. Iran team preparing for WABA championship that will take placed in Jordan next month.

Roster :
1- Hamed Haddadi (218-C-85)
2- Amir Sedighi (203-F-93)
3- Samad Nik Khahbahrami (198-F-83)
4- Hamed Afagh (190-G-83)
5- Mahdi Kamrani (185-PG-82)
6- Farid Aslani (183-PG-88)
7- Mousa Nabipour (213-C-83)
8- Rouzbeh Arghavan (213-F/C-88)
9- Reza Lotfi (191-G/F-83)
10- Mohammad Hassanzadeh (202-F-90)
11- Ali Baheran (186-G-86)
12- Hamed Sohrabnejad (205-C/F-83)
13- Mohammad Khabazan (190-G-85)
14- Arsalan Kazemi (200-F-90)
15- Mohammad Reza Akbari Bisheh (196-F/G-86)
16- Asghar Kardoust (212-C-86)
17- Javad Davari (185-G-83)
18- Mohammad Salehi
19- Majid GhasemZadeh (188-G-89)
20- Saeid Davarpanah (191-G/F-87)
21- Saman Veisi (189-G-82)
22- Mehrad Atashi (190-G-86)
23- Mohammad Jamshidi (198-F-91)
24- Oshin Sahakian (200-F-86)
25- Aren Davoudichegani (185-PG-86)


Head Coach : Mehmed Becirovic

Assistants : Slobodan Mitev (agency: Promotex ) - Safa Ali Kamalian



*****************************************************
  ISRAEL   

Loto League Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Adrian BANKS
  Elitzur .
  (191-G-86)
  Avg: 21.5
 1. Banks, Elitzur21.5 
 2. Landesberg, Macca.20.7 
 3. Carter, Bnei H.20.7 
 4. Crawford, Maccab.19.3 
 5. Lewis, Hapoel Holon18.8 
 6. Dunn, Bnei Hashar.18.2 
 7. Asbury, Elitzur18.0 
 8. Travis, Galil Gilb.17.9 
 9. Carter, Maccabi17.6 
 10. Freeman, B.C. H.16.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Isaac ROSEFELT
  Bnei H.
  (205-C/F-85)
  Avg: 9.3
 1. Rosefelt, Bnei H.9.3 
 2. Dunston, Hapoel H.9.2 
 3. Tyus, Maccabi8.5 
 4. Duncan, Maccabi8.1 
 5. Bowman, Maccabi8.0 
 6. Asbury, Elitzur7.6 
 7. Uter, Maccabi7.4 
 8. Dowell, B.C. H.7.3 
 9. Killingswort., Iro.7.3 
 10. Hendrix, Maccabi7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Moran ROTH
  Hapoel Holon
  (183-PG-82)
  Avg: 7.5
 1. Roth, Hapoel Holon7.5 
 2. Tapiro, Maccabi7.3 
 3. Carter, Bnei H.7.1 
 4. Ohayon, Maccabi4.9 
 5. Thomas, Galil Gilb.4.8 
 6. Lifshitz, Elitzu.4.7 
 7. Mitchell, Ironi A.4.7 
 8. Delaney, B.C. H.4.3 
 9. Naimy, Hapoel J-M4.1 
 10. Limonad, Ironi A.4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Eric CAMPBELL
  Elitzu.
  (199-F-76)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Campbell, Elitzu.1.9 
 2. Uter, Maccabi1.9 
 3. Ben-Chimol, Maccab.1.8 
 4. Yavzuri, Galil Gil.1.8 
 5. Lifshitz, Elitzu.1.8 
 6. Robinson, B.C. H.1.8 
 7. Kitchen, Maccabi1.8 
 8. Roth, Hapoel Holon1.7 
 9. Limonad, Ironi A.1.7 
 10. Ohayon, Maccabi1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Shawn JAMES
  Maccabi T-A
  (208-C-83)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. James, Maccabi T-A2.1 
 2. Dunston, Hapoel H.1.8 
 3. Uter, Maccabi1.5 
 4. Randle, Hapoel J-M1.4 
 5. Tyus, Maccabi1.4 
 6. Hendrix, Maccabi1.3 
 7. Rosefelt, Bnei H.1.0 
 8. Campbell, Elitzu.1.0 
 9. Sullivan, Hapoel H.0.9 
 10. Bowman, Maccabi0.9 


Maccabi Ashdod and Maccabi T-A won the Semifinals - by Eurobasket News

Maccabi Ashdod - Maccabi Rishon 75-68

The hosts trailed by 2 points at the halftime before their 28-17 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. Maccabi Ashdod made 18-of-20 free shots (90.0 percent) during the game. Maccabi Ashdod outrebounded Maccabi Rishon 42-22 including a 37-12 advantage in defensive rebounds. Guard Inan Iram (194-88) stepped up and scored 16 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners and American forward Alex Tyus (203-88, college: Florida) chipped in 8 points and 15 rebounds. Four Maccabi Ashdod players scored in double figures. At the losing side American guard Derwin Kitchen (193-86, college: Florida St., agency: VVG Sports) responded with 26 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists and guard Nizan Hanochi (194-86, agency: Ronsport) scored 13 points.
Top scorers:
Maccabi Ashdod: I.Iram 16+6reb+4ast, J.Carter 16+6reb+2ast, J.Duncan 15+6reb+2ast, M.Tapiro 10+5reb+3ast, A.Tyus 8+15reb+1ast, G.Karni 5+2reb
Maccabi Rishon: D.Kitchen 26+6reb+5ast, N.Hanochi 13+3reb+1ast, B.Bowman 9+6reb+2ast, A.Uter 6+4reb+1ast, E.Shulman 5+1reb+1ast, O.Solomon 5+1reb
gschID: 176709


Maccabi T-A - Hapoel Holon 102-73

Maccabi T-A dominated down low during the game scoring 60 of its points in the paint compared to Hapoel Holon's 26. They outrebounded Hapoel Holon 37-23 including 22 on the defensive glass. American swingman Devin Smith (196-83, college: Virginia) nailed 19 points and 8 rebounds for the winning side and international guard Yogev Ohayon (189-87) accounted for 18 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Five Maccabi T-A players scored in double figures. American forward Tasmin Mitchell (201-86, college: LSU) came up with 16 points and 6 rebounds and the former international point guard Moran Roth (183-82) added 13 points and 6 assists respectively for Hapoel Holon in the defeat. 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:
Maccabi T-A: D.Smith 19+8reb+2ast, Y.Ohayon 18+6reb+4ast, K.Langford 17+5reb+4ast, R.Hendrix 13+7reb+1ast, L.Eliyahu 10+4reb+3ast, D.Blu 10+1ast
Hapoel Holon: S.Daniel 19+2reb, T.Mitchell 16+6reb+2ast, M.Roth 13+3reb+6ast, B.Dunston 7+4reb+1ast, R.Lewis 6+3reb+5ast, S.Harush 6+2reb+1ast
gschID: 176708



*****************************************************
  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. White, Scavolin.17.3 
 4. Diener, Banco d.17.1 
 5. Hickman, Scavolin.16.2 
 6. Green, Sidigas AV16.1 
 7. Shakur, Novipiu CM16.0 
 8. Dean, Sidigas AV16.0 
 9. Pullen, Angelico BI16.0 
 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 Bologna7.4 
 7. Jones, Scavolini PS7.2 
 8. Chiotti, Novip.7.0 
 9. Miralles, Angelico.6.9 
 10. Easley, Banco d.6.9 
Assists Per Game
 Marques GREEN
  Sidigas AV
  (167-PG-82)
  Avg: 6.5
 1. Green, Sidigas AV6.5 
 2. Diener, Banco d.5.6 
 3. Collins, Otto Case.5.2 
 4. Cook, Armani Mit5.1 
 5. Shakur, Novipiu CM4.3 
 6. Mekel, Benetton TV3.7 
 7. Poeta, CS Bologna3.6 
 8. Perkins, Bennet C.3.4 
 9. McCalebb, Montepa.3.4 
 10. Brown, Banca T.3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Aubrey COLEMAN
  Angelico.
  (193-G-87)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Coleman, Angelico.3.3 
 2. Kirksay, Fabi Shoes2.6 
 3. Green, Sidigas AV2.5 
 4. Hackett, Scavolin.2.3 
 5. Hosley, Banco d.2.1 
 6. Dean, Sidigas AV2.0 
 7. Di Bella, Fabi S.1.9 
 8. Pullen, Angelico BI1.8 
 9. Johnson, Sidigas1.7 
 10. Hickman, Scavolin.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Jarvis VARNADO
  Acea Roma
  (206-F-88)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Varnado, Acea Roma1.9 
 2. Cusin, Scavolini PS1.4 
 3. Johnson, Sidigas1.3 
 4. Easley, Banco d.1.2 
 5. Szewczyk, Umana V.1.1 
 6. Shermadini, Bennet1.0 
 7. Brunner, Bennet C.0.9 
 8. Sanikidze, CS Bo.0.9 
 9. Viggiano, Benetton.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: 12.8
 1. Rossi, Chieti12.8 
 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. Bertolazzi, Omegna2.9 
 3. Rossi, Chieti2.9 
 4. Iardella, Fabriano2.9 
 5. Rivali, Santarcang.2.8 
 6. Mei, Comsum.it SI2.8 
 7. Musso, Napoli2.7 
 8. Guarino, Ferentino2.7 
 9. Maiocco, Pavia2.7 
 10. Portannese, Torino2.7 
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. Candido, San Seve.1.1 
 7. Gandini, Trieste1.1 
 8. Raminelli, Castell.1.0 
 9. Benevelli, Orlandi.0.9 
 10. Tardito, Matera0.9 


DNB Round 1 of Semi-Finals - by Armando Caporaso

Group A
So.Ge.Ma Bologna 66 ArcAnthea Lucca 76
Thanks a great last quarter (12-27) Lucca wins the first game of the semifinals at Paladozza. Bologna resists 30 minutes but, conditioned by fouls (5 players out), collapses in the last 10 minutes. For the visitors 23 points of Andrea Barsanti (189-G-86) (6/9 by 3), double-double of Diego Zivic (198-F/C-76) with 22 points and 12 rebounds (5 offensive) and 9 points + 8 assist for Davide Parente (187-PG-83). Top scorer of the hosts is Matteo Imbro (190-PG-94) with 12 points, 9 points for Gabriele Fin (195-G-90) (with 5 steals) and Alessandro Poti (193-G-91). Before the end of the third quarter the game has been suspended for more or less 30 minutes due to an invasion of the field caused by a clash of play between Zivic and Imbro. The player of the So.Ge.Ma (on loan from the Virtus Bologna), after a nudge, was taken to hospital for tests. The PalaDozza was suspended for 2 games.

Royal Castellanza vs Dinamica Generale Mirandola (23/5)

Playout
Vivigas Costa Volpino 73 Coopsette Castelnovo 55
Costa Volpino wins in the first round without problems against Castelnovo that concluded the game with a very bad percentage at shoot (19/59, 32%). Andrea Tracchi (175-G-86) is the mvp of the game with 25 points (7/10), 15 points for Marco Guerci (205-F/C-73) with 2 blocks and good job also for Guglielmo Furlanis (188-G-86) with 7 points, 9 rebounds and 3 steals. For the Coopsette 17 points of Alessio Bartoccetti (188-G-80), 12 points and 10 rebounds (starting by bench) for Gianni Grobberio (202-F/C-75) and 10 points of Stefano Maioli (206-F/C-82).

Group B
Calligaris Corno di Rosazzo 79 Acmar Ravenna 73
After a very bad start for the hosts (50-61 after 30 minutes) Corno di Rosazzo comeback and reaches the victory in the last 10 minutes with a partial of 29-12! Patrick Nanut (193-G-78) led the team with 28 points, 9/15 at shoot and 6 rebounds helped by the 23 points of Federico Vidani (182-G-90) (7/13) that adds 5 steals. From the bench great match of Adriano Pigato (196-G-81) with 13 points in 20 minutes. For the Acmar not enough the 18 points of Valerio Sanlorenzo (200-F-83), the 15 points with 10 rebounds for Francesco Amoni (201-F/C-84) and the 10 points of Alberto Barbieri (205-C-76) & Massimiliano Bosio (194-G-89).

Mobyt Ferrara vs Goldengas Senigallia (postponed due to earthquake)

Playout
Pall. Rovereto 74 GraphiStudio Spilimbergo 71

Group C
Moncada Solar Agrigento 96 Mec Energy Roseto 57
Agrigento destroys Roseto and obtained the first victory in the series. Game closes already after 20 minutes thanks the perfect percentage (17/26 by 3, 36/60 total), Vincenzo Di Viccaro (191-G-84) is the top scorer with 28 points in 24 minutes and 9/14 at shoot (8/10 by 3). For the others there are 19 points of Albano Chiarastella (196-F-85) (8/9 by 2), 18 points for Paolo Mossi (193-G-76) and 14 points with 6 assist for Santiago Paparella (189-G-80, agency: Players Group). For the visitors just 2 players in double digit: 12 points for Danilo Gallerini (185-PG-80) and 10 points of Martin Caruso (201-F-78, agency: Players Group).

Due Esse Martina Franca 67 Liomatic Viola Reggio Calabria 63
With the double-double of the Argentinian Marcelo Dip (205-C-84, agency: Players Group) Martina Franca exceeds Reggio Calabria in the first match of the second semifinal. The center with Italian passport closed with 12 points + 11 rebounds but isn't the top scorer of the team: Mauro Torresi Lelli (189-G-84, agency: Two Points) scores 16 points with 6 steals and moreover there are 15 point for Andrea Maggi (185-G/F-80) with 7/12 at shoot. For the visitors 20 points of the leader Emiliano Paparella (187-G-83, agency: Players Group) (4/7 by 3 and 4 steals) and 14 points for Marco Caprari (195-G-76) and Sebastiano Grasso (196-G/F-78) (that catches 10 rebounds).

Playout
Cestistica Bernalda 81 ITOP Palestrina 72

Daniele Ricciardi (185-G-81) tried to save Palestrina but is not enough... the guard closed with the best offensive performance of the first round: 31 points, 9/15 at shoot and 12/17 in the free throws thanks the 10 fouls suffered. For the ITOP Precious Omoregie (195-F/C-91) is near to the double-double (11 points and 8 rebounds with 4 steals), Nello Lorenzetti (200-F/C-84) and Alessandro Angeli (183-G-69) are the other 2 players in double digit with respectively 13 and 12 points. For the winners Antonio Giuffrida (185-G-74) is the top scorer with 21 points (but inaccurate by 3 with 1/7), 19 points for Roberto Russo (186-G/F-81), 12 points of the ex Sassari Matteo Samoggia (196-F-90) and 10 points for Simone Ginefra (185-PG-83). Only 2 points for the young Antonio Serpentino (202-F/C-90) but decisive under the boards with 12 rebounds.



Marko Milic leaves Vanoli Cremona - by Eurobasket News

Marko Milic (201-F-77) will not play for Vanoli Cremona next season. In interview for Slovenian media (Kosarka.si), Milic said that he leaves the club after two and a half years. The veteran forward appeared 32 times in SerieA this season averaging 12.8 points and 6.3 rebounds. Cremona finished as tenth ranked team of the regular season with 14-18 record. It is not a secret that the club's financial situation not good and it is still unknown will they compete in SerieA next season. Marko Milic joined Cremona in February of 2010. He had 14 ppg and 7.3 rpg for the club in their first season together. In 2010/11, Milic registered almost the same numbers. Before Cremona, the former Slovenian NT member played for Orleans, Union Olimpija, Real Madrid, Virtus Bologna, Scavolini Pesaro and Roseto. In the same interview, Milic stated that he would like to return to Union Olimpija if they will have good Slovenian players next season. He said that the club should try to sign Bostjan Nachbar, Primoz Brezec, Klemen Prepelic and Zoran Dragic.


Nazionale A Round 2 of Semi-Finals - by Eurobasket News

Trento - Chieti 66-64

The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 17-12. But Chieti won second period 14-11. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The best player for the winners was center Marco Pazzi (203-79) who scored 20 points and 7 rebounds. The former international guard Luca Conte (193-80) chipped in 16 points. The former international center Emanuele Rossi (208-82) produced a double-double by scoring 18 points and 18 rebounds and naturalized San Marino swingman Andrea Raschi (200-79) added 21 points and 9 rebounds respectively for the guests.
Top scorers:
Trento: M.Pazzi 20+7reb, L.Conte 16+1reb+2ast, W.Santarossa 9+4reb+2ast, A.Forray 7+7reb+1ast, M.Negri 6+5reb, D.Pascolo 4+6reb+3ast
Chieti: A.Raschi 21+9reb+3ast, E.Rossi 18+18reb+1ast, F.Gialloreto 15+3ast, M.Diomede 4+1ast, A.Iannone 3+1reb, A.Porfido 2+1reb
gschID: 176787


Trieste - Ferentino 87-64

The game was mostly controlled by Trieste. Ferentino was better in third quarter 24-23. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Trieste forced 21 Ferentino turnovers and outrebounded them 37-24 including a 29-18 advantage in defensive rebounds. Ferentino was plagued by 32 personal fouls down the stretch. Innocenzo Ferraro (200-82) orchestrated the victory by scoring 20 points and 8 rebounds. Alfredo Moruzzi (193-80) contributed with 18 points and 8 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) for the winners. Five Trieste players scored in double figures. Trieste's coach Eugenio Dalmasson felt very confident that he used 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Guard Francesco Guarino (182-79) replied with 26 points and 8 steals and power forward Antonio Iannuzzi (207-91, agency: Two Points) added 8 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Ferentino.
Top scorers:
Trieste: I.Ferraro 20+8reb+1ast, A.Moruzzi 18+8reb+1ast, M.Ruzzier 11+1reb+3ast, M.Carra 11+4reb+3ast, L.Zaccariello 10+3reb+1ast, M.Maganza 6+4reb
Ferentino: F.Guarino 26+3reb, A.Iannuzzi 8+7reb+1ast, S.Parrillo 8+1ast, L.Panzini 8+1reb, F.Ihedioha 6+4reb, L.Pongetti 6+4reb
gschID: 176786



SerieA Round 3 of Quarter-Finals. Sassari and Emporio Armani advance - by Eurobasket News

Umana Venezia - Armani Mit 80-82

Emporio Armani advanced into the semifinal stage posting the third straight win over Umana Venezia. The guests trailed by 7 points after three quarters before their 27-18 charge, which allowed them to win the game. The best player for the winners was American guard Malik Hairston (198-87, college: Oregon) who scored 20 points. American-Montenegrin point guard Omar-Sharif Cook (186-82, college: St.John's, agency: Beo Basket) chipped in 12 points and 6 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was American-Bulgarian point guard Kee Kee Clark (180-84, college: St.Peter's) who recorded 20 points and 6 assists and the former international guard Guido Rosselli (198-83) added 13 points, 8 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals respectively. Four Umana Venezia players scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game.
Top scorers:
Armani Mit: M.Hairston 20+2reb+1ast, S.Mancinelli 12+2reb+2ast, O.Cook 12+3reb+6ast, A.Gentile 11+2reb, J.Giachetti 10+3reb+2ast, A.Fotsis 8+7reb+2ast
Umana Venezia: K.Kee Clark 20+1reb+6ast, T.Slay 15+5reb, G.Rosselli 13+8reb+5ast, A.Young 11+1reb+1ast, S.Szewczyk 9+5reb, T.Bowers 6+2reb+1ast
gschID: 176797


CS Bologna - Banco di Sard. 71-72

Banco di Sardegna stole a narrow road win over CS Bologna to clinch the next round birth. CS Bologna was ahead by 1 point after three quarters before a 18-16 charge of Banco di Sard., which allowed them to win the game. It was an exceptional evening for American-Georgian swingman Quinton Hosley (201-84, college: Fresno St.) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 14 rebounds. American point guard Travis Diener (184-82, college: Marquette) accounted for 16 points for the winning side. Finnish guard Petteri Koponen (194-88) came up with 21 points and the former international power forward Angelo Gigli (209-83) added 14 points and 13 rebounds respectively for CS Bologna in the defeat. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game.
Top scorers:
Banco di Sard.: Q.Hosley 18+14reb+2ast, T.Diener 16+4reb+2ast, D.Diener 12+3reb+1ast, T.Easley 8+9reb, M.Vanuzzo 7+4reb, V.Plisnic 7+8reb
CS Bologna: P.Koponen 21+4reb+3ast, A.Gigli 14+13reb, G.Poeta 10+3reb, V.Sanikidze 8+11reb+2ast, I.Paunic 6, C.Douglas-Roberts 5+1reb
gschID: 176795


Scavolini PS - Bennet Cantu 91-78

Scavolini Pesaro held off Bennet Cantu to cut the deficit in the series. It was a very close game until the last quarter, when Scavolini Pesaro's pressure prevailed and they won that period 21-13 extending their advantage to 13 points. They shot 62.0 percent from the field and made 19-of-20 charity shots (95.0 percent) during the game. Scavolini Pesaro outrebounded Bennet Cantu 28-15 including 23 on the defensive glass. It was a great shooting night for Scavolini Pesaro especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 62.5 percentage. 25 personal fouls committed by Bennet Cantu helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a good game for American guard James White (199-84, college: Cincinnati, agency: Court Side) who led his team to a victory with 21 points and 7 rebounds. His fellow American import forward Jumaine Jones (203-79, college: Georgia) contributed with 22 points and 8 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) for the winners. American-Swiss power forward Greg Brunner (201-83, college: Iowa) answered with 18 points and 8 rebounds (on 9-of-10 shooting from the field) and naturalized Uruguayan point guard Nicolas Mazzarino (181-75, agency: Players Group) added 14 points in the effort for Bennet Cantu. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Scavolini PS: J.Jones 22+8reb+1ast, J.White 21+7reb+3ast, R.Hickman 18+4reb+4ast, M.Cusin 10+3reb, D.Hackett 9+2reb+3ast, T.Lydeka 7+1reb
Bennet Cantu: G.Brunner 18+8reb+1ast, N.Mazzarino 14+2ast, M.Markoishvili 11+3ast, D.Perkins 10+3reb+1ast, M.Leunen 6+1ast, G.Basile 6
gschID: 176796


Cimberio VA - Montepaschi 73-70

Cimberio Varese surprised Montepaschi at home court to take the first win. The hosts trailed by 11 points at the halftime before their 26-11 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. It was a great evening for Croatian point guard Rok Stipcevic (185-86) who led his team to a victory scoring 19 points. Center Diego Fajardo (208-76, agency: Players Group) helped adding 6 points and 12 rebounds. The best for the losing side was Lithuanian guard Rimantas Kaukenas (192-77, college: Seton Hall) with 16 points and 7 rebounds and Lithuanian center Ksistof Lavrinovic (210-79) scored 12 points and 8 rebounds. Montepaschi Siena's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
Cimberio VA: R.Stipcevic 19+4reb+3ast, Y.Diawara 12+1reb, P.Goss 9+2reb+2ast, J.Talts 7+6reb, D.Fajardo 6+12reb+1ast, T.Rannikko 6+1reb+3ast
Montepaschi: R.Kaukenas 16+7reb+1ast, K.Lavrinovic 12+8reb+2ast, B.McCalebb 11+3reb+5ast, N.Zisis 7+1reb+3ast, S.Stonerook 6+4reb+2ast, D.Andersen 6
gschID: 176794



*****************************************************
  LEBANON   


Abou Chakra in Sagesse for 4 years, and El-Khatib staying in Champville.... - by Rabih Khoury

The off season is really hot in the Lebanese market... and for the first time since years, the off season started really early... In a surprising and big move, Sagesse signed coach Fuad Abou Chakra for a 4 years contract with an unknown amount yet, but still some sources told asia-basket that the contract worth more than 600 000 dollars.... The Lebanese coach, who had a brilliant 7 years in Riyadi from 2005 till 2012, will start a new career now with the green castle... Also his assistant coach Tigran Gyokchyan signed the deal with Sagesse.... On the other hand, and after nearly finalizing the contract, Riyadi management received a shock news this morning saying that Fadi El-Khatib buy out from Champville is hard to achieve for many reasons in his contract.... So Fadi is staying in Champville next season, and Coach Fuad is going to Sagesse.... How Riyadi will act ?? Who will be the new coach?? and which players will sign ??? The off season just started....!!!


*****************************************************
  MEXICO   


Nogales and Guasve make roster changes - by Alejandro Martinez

Frayles de Guasave (6th seed) and Fuerza Guinda de Nogales (7th seed) made roster changes before the start of the CIBACOPA playoffs. Nogales reactivated both C Markhuri Sanders-Frison (200-C-88, agency: VVG Sports, college: California)and G Ravone George . Both started the season with the team and were inactivated. Sanders-Frison was the league's rebounding leader before he came down with a hand injury. Both are healthy and ready to make a run with Nogales. Frayles de Guasave reactivated G Russell Carter (196-G-85, college: Notre Dame). Carter was also part of the team for most of the season but was deactivated due to an undisclosed injury. CIBACOPA playoffs start tonight with the following matchups: (1) Hermosillo vs. (8) Culiacan, (2) Guaymas vs. (7) Nogales, (3)Tijuana vs. (6) Guasave and (4) Los Mochis vs. (5) Cananea.


*****************************************************
  MOROCCO   


As de Sale Secure Spot In Final 4 - Saturday, May 19, 2012 - ASS (84) vs. Sports Plaza Casablanca (69) - by Adam Prossin

As de Sale Secured a spot In the Final 4 with a 84-69 victory over Plazza Casablanca Sport on Saturday May 19, 2012.

As De Sale entered this game shortly after their win in the Morocco Throne Cup Championship game. Both ASS and their opponent, Plazza Casablanca Sport, had strong reasons for winning this game. ASS would clinch their appearance in the Final 4 with a victory and Sports Plaza would take a major step to securing their own berth in the Semi-Finals.

ASS opened the game strong in the 1st quarter and quickly took a 10 point lead. However the Sports Plazza players came back strong and by the end of the 2nd quarter Sports Plaza held a 4 point lead. Sports Plaza was actually up by 7 but ASS longtime player and their captain, Zakaria El Masbahi (191-G-79) (191-G-79), scored a 3-pointer at the buzzer from the half court line to cut 3 points off the lead and to end the half down by 4 at 37-33. For ASS this was the shot of the year!!

In the 3rd Quarter Sports Plaza continued to press strong offensively and they jumped out to a 13 point lead at 52-39. The ASS starters looked worn down at this point as 3 of their 5 starters, Three key players for ASS, Abdelhakim Zouita (201-F-86), Zakaria El Masbahi & Younes Idrissi (204-C/F-84, college: Iona), were all battling to overcome injuries they sustained in the previous cup play. However their hard work, showing big heart and professional approach to the game helped change the pace of the game and turn the momentum in favor of ASS.

ASS quickly turned the tables on Sports Plaza with more aggressive play and a faster paced attack spearheaded by strong performances by their starting point guard, Parfait Bitee (188-G-85, agency: Interperformances, college: Rhode Island), team captain Zakaria El Masbahi and young bigman,Soufiane Kourodu (211-C-85) (211-C-85) who stepped up and played one of his strongest games of the season at the time when it was needed most by the ASS squad. In less than a 3 minute span on the clock ASS cut the Sports Plaza lead down to only 2 points.

ASS continued their spirited offensive attack down the stretched and gained complete control of the game holding a 10-16 point lead throughout the final few minutes. In the end ASS secured their place in the Final 4 as the winner of Group A with a 15 point lead and a final score of 84-69. Sports Plaza is now in a position where they have to win against MAF Fez and hope the tiebreakers fall in their favor in order to be able to advance to the Final 4. Ass will face the 2nd place team in Gorup B in the Final 4.

After being down by 13 points at 52-39 to Sports Plaza in the 3rd quarter, the ASS squad overpowered and outscored their opponents 45-17 during the remainder of the game.

As de Sale was led by Cameroonian import player Parfait Bitee with 21 points including 12 in the 2nd half on a strong shooting performance to go along with 6 assists. Bitee was 6/8 on 2 point Field Goal attempts, 2-4 form 3-Point range and was 3/3 from the foul line. Soufiane Kourodu played a very strong games and contributed 19 points on 7/8 shooting on the evening while also leading the game with 16 rebounds. Zakaria El Masbahi had 14 points and Younes Idrissi added 13 including 11 in the 2nd half to go with his 8 boards and 4 blocked shots. Abdelhakim Zouita had 7 points to go with 7 rebounds for the ASS squad as well.

Plazza Casablanca Sports American Import player, Christopher Rodgers (196-G-84, college: Arizona), paced the team with 20 points and also led the team with 9 rebounds on 6/10 FG shooting, 2/5 from the 3-Point lineand 2/2 from the foul line as well as 2 blocked shots. M. Bouhlal had 15 points, to go with 6 rebounds and also had 6 drawn fouls. M Mottalibi also had a strong game with 15 points. M Khalfi added 7 points for Sports Plaza.

As de Sale (84): Bitee 21, Kourdou 19, El Mesbahi 14, Idrissi 13, Zouita 7, Bougach 6, Selam 2, Jaddi 2, Joubid 0, Belhaddar 0, Bourouisse DNP, Mouhamed DNP


Plazza Casablanca Sport (69): Rodgers 20, Bouhlal 15, Mottalibi 15, Khalfi 7, Fath 5, Gherch 4, Lechtef 2, Elhassani 1, Mambay 0, Siwane DNP, Eredouan DNP, Lhamraoui DNP,



*****************************************************
  NBA   

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Kobe BRYANT
  LA Lakers
  (198-G-78)
  Avg: 28.2
 1. Bryant, LA Lakers28.2 
 2. Durant, Oklah.Ci.27.9 
 3. James, Miami Heat27.4 
 4. Love, Minnesota T.26.0 
 5. Westbrook, Oklah..23.7 
 6. Anthony, New Y.23.1 
 7. Wade, Miami Heat22.1 
 8. Nowitzki, Dallas M.22.0 
 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 Lakers11.7 
 4. Humphries, New J.11.0 
 5. Cousins, Sacramen.11.0 
 6. Griffin, LA Clipp.10.3 
 7. Gasol, LA Lakers10.3 
 8. Gortat, Phoenix10.0 
 9. Smith, Atlanta H.9.9 
 10. Chandler, New Y.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. Wade, Miami Heat1.7 
 9. Shumpert, New Y.1.7 
 10. Iguodala, Philade.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. Howard, Orlando M.2.1 
 4. Bynum, LA Lakers2.1 
 5. Hibbert, Indiana P.2.1 
 6. Jordan, LA Clippers2.0 
 7. McGee, Denver N.2.0 
 8. Gasol, Memphis G.1.9 
 9. Biyombo, Charlott.1.8 
 10. Udoh, Golde S.1.7 


Report: Chauncey Billups will return next season, maybe with Clippers - by Eurobasket News

Los Angeles Clippers guard Chauncey Billups (6'3''-PG-76, college: Colorado) vowed shortly after tearing his Achilles tendon in early February that he would be back; hes not backing down now. Billups tells Broderick Turner of the Los Angeles Times that he wants to play next season.

Whether its with the Clippers is another question, however.

'I'm definitely going to give this a huge amount of consideration this summer. I feel like we've got some unfinished business a little bit', Billups said. 'You never know what direction the team is going, if they even want me back. I've learned not to really assume nothing.'

'I don't know if this is going to be my last time here. But if it is, I had a good time. But if not, Im looking forward to continuing. I'm definitely going to be back playing next year. For sure and you can believe that. Believe it.'

Billups turns 36 in September. He was the teams starting shooting guard alongside point guard Chris Paul, averaging 15 points and 4.0 assists per game before he went down.

The Clippers were eliminated in the second round of the Western Conference playoffs, as the San Antonio Spurs completed a four-game sweep in Los Angeles last night.

Courtesy of http://tracking.si.com



Andrew Bynum unsure of future - by Eurobasket News

After the most successful season of his seven-year career ended with yet another disappointing second-round playoff exit, Los Angeles Lakers center Andrew Bynum (7'0''-C-87, agency: David Lee services) doesn't know what the future holds for him.

'I'm not sure,' Bynum said after a lackluster, foul-plagued performance in the Lakers' 106-90 loss in Game 5 of the Western Conference semifinals against the Oklahoma City Thunder on Monday. 'It really doesn't matter to me. I'll play anywhere. I think for the most part I had a pretty decent season and an OK postseason, so we'll see.'

Bynum, 24, averaged career highs with 18.7 points and 11.8 rebounds to go along with 1.9 blocks per game during the regular season while being named an All-Star for the first time.

He maintained those averages in the postseason, averaging 17.3 points, 11.7 rebounds and 3.4 blocks coming into Monday, but struggled in Game 5, finishing with just 10 points and 4 rebounds while going 4-for-10 from the field.

'Obviously we need more from him,' Lakers coach Mike Brown said after the game. He pointed out that Bynum had zero offensive rebounds in nearly 35 minutes of playing time.

Bynum has an option for the 2012-13 season worth $16.1 million that the Lakers must exercise by June 30 to retain him. Jim Buss, the Lakers' vice president of player personnel, told ESPNLosAngeles.com last month that the team intends to pick up the center's option.

The question remains whether the Lakers will also pursue a long-term contract extension with Bynum in the offseason.

'It's going to depend on what the team wants to do,' Bynum said of the extension. 'I would definitely want to be a Laker. It's going to be up to the team.'

Bynum's agent, David Lee, said the Lakers control when and if those contract extension conversations will occur.

'Their call,' Lee said in a text message to ESPNLosAngeles.com last month. 'Ball's in their court.'

Courtesy of http://espn.go.com/los-angeles



Nate McMillan to interview with Charlotte Bobcats today - by Eurobasket News

The Charlotte Bobcats coaching search hasn't featured a ton of prominent names to this point, but it looks like things are about to heat up. The team is expected to interview current assistant coach Stephen Silas on Monday and then former Portland Trail Blazers head coach Nate McMillan on Tuesday.

Stephen Silas is the son of last year's head coach Paul Silas, whereas McMillan is a native son of North Carolina as the Charlotte Observer's Rick Bonnell explained in his column on Monday morning.

Probably the most prominent name attached to the Charlotte Bobcats' coaching search - former N.C. State star Nate McMillan - will be in Charlotte tonight and Tuesday to interview with Bobcats management, a source familiar with the situation confirmed to the Observer.

The Bobcats were also set to interview assistant coach Stephen Silas Monday. Silas served as lead assistant to his father, Paul, whose contract was not renewed last month.


McMillan is by far the biggest name included in the search thus far, at least as far as coaching acumen goes (Patrick Ewing might be more well-known), but it probably wouldn't be a bad thing for a young up-and-comer -- like those the Bobcats have already interviewed -- to grow along with this team.

Courtesy of www.sbnation.com



Cops: Gunshots fired near OKC arena, 8 hurt - by Eurobasket News

Oklahoma City police say at least eight people were shot late Monday blocks from Chesapeake Energy Arena after the NBA playoff game between the Thunder and the Los Angeles Lakers.

Capt. Dexter Nelson said some scuffles broke out in a crowd of people walking east toward the Bricktown district, a popular nightlife area.

'Some girls got into it with a group of guys, and the guys opened fire on the women,' Nelson said.

He said the shooting occurred at 11:35 p.m. Police know of at least eight people wounded in the incident, but Nelson did not have information on their ages or genders. He said one victim was in critical condition while the others sustained nonlife-threatening injuries.

Nelson said earlier reports of two suspects being arrested were not accurate. He said police stopped one vehicle near the incident and had detained and questioned the occupants. However, he said it was unclear how or even if the vehicle's occupants were involved in the shooting. Nelson said the investigation was ongoing.

Courtesy of http://espn.go.com



Game 5: James, Wade lead Heat to 115-83 win over Pacers - by Eurobasket News

Suddenly, the road back to the Eastern Conference finals no longer looks daunting for Miami.

Not after the Heat left the Pacers beat up and banged up.

LeBron James (6'8''-F-84) scored 30 points, Dwyane Wade (6'4''-G-82, college: Marquette) added 28, and the Heat moved a win away from the NBA's final four with a 115-83 victory over the hurting Pacers on Tuesday night, a game where three flagrant fouls added more chapters to an already-physical series and Indiana watched starting forwards Danny Granger (6'8''-F-83, agency: Priority Sports, college: N.Mexico) and David West leave with injuries.

''This is our challenge right now, to leave it behind us,'' Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. ''A lot of good things tonight, but we have to focus on the next one.''

That would be Game 6 in Indiana on Thursday night. The Heat lead the best-of-seven East semifinals 3-2.

James added 10 rebounds and eight assists. Shane Battier scored 13 points, Mario Chalmers had eight points and 11 rebounds, and Udonis Haslem (6'8''-F-80, college: Florida) finished with 10 points for Miami, which never trailed, held a 22-2 edge in fast-break points and shot a franchise playoff-record 61 percent - best of any team in the playoffs this season.

Paul George scored 11 points for Indiana, with Granger and West adding 10 points apiece. Granger left with a sprained left ankle in the third quarter and departed the arena in a walking boot, while West departed with what the Pacers called a left knee sprain at the end of that period - something that West thought was born of a cheap shot.

Replays showed Shane Battier boxed out West on the play where he fell backward, but it did not appear any Heat player hit West below the waist.

It was an 11-point game when Granger departed early in the third quarter, and the Heat outscored the Pacers by 21 the rest of the way.

''We learned early in this series, you don't get two wins for a blowout,'' Pacers coach Frank Vogel said.

A series marked by ugly moments had perhaps its worst with 19.4 seconds remaining when Miami reserve center Dexter Pittman went across the lane to send a forearm into the chin area of Indiana's Lance Stephenson (6'5''-F-90, college: Cincinnati) - who was caught on camera making a choke sign toward James during the Pacers' Game 3 win, drawing the ire of the Miami locker room.

Pittman was caught on camera winking after the foul.

''I don't know if that was retaliation. ... I'm sure the NBA will and do what they have to do,'' Granger said, adding that Stephenson was getting X-rays for a possible collarbone problem. Physicians were examining Stephenson after the game.

Miami, which had gotten into quick deficits in each of the first four games, was the team that started hot in Game 5, running out to a 19-8 lead on the strength of three 3-pointers from Battier - who had been 2 for 19 from the field in the first four games of the series. Battier left his mark in many ways, even stopping a 3-on-1 Indiana break to set up a score by Wade at the other end.

But much like the Heat did in Game 4 when Indiana threatened to turn things into an early runaway, the Pacers settled down in a hurry.

The Pacers made Wade see blood early on, a couple of early flagrant fouls reminding everyone that these teams don't seem to like each other much.

Tyler Hansbrough struck first, hitting Wade on a play where the 2006 NBA finals MVP wound up with a cut over his right eye, similar to what Haslem received at Indiana in Game 4. So Haslem retaliated against Hansbrough not long afterward, earning a flagrant-1 foul that left the Pacers saying it should merit a flagrant-2 and automatic ejection.

''Referee's call,'' Vogel said.

Said Haslem: ''I've seen worse in this league in nine years. Nobody wants to give an inch and everybody's going hard.''

Even after facing the big deficit, Indiana even had two shots to tie or take the lead late in the first half, the second of those a 3-point try from Granger with 3:03 remaining.

It didn't go down. He did.

Granger landed on James' foot after the shot, spraining his left ankle and leaving the game. The Heat outscored Indiana 8-2 the rest of the half, with James - who had been guarded by Granger for much of the series - scoring seven of them.

He opened the burst with a 3-pointer, stole the ball from West and dunked for a seven-point lead with 26 seconds left, then capped the half by coming up with a defensive rebound, passing to Wade, getting the ball back just before the halftime horn sounded and laying it in to send Miami into the break with a 49-40 edge.

''They played at their tempo,'' West said. ''We weren't able to get enough stops. You can't allow a team to shoot 60, 60-plus, whatever from the field.''

Granger tried to play in the second half, lasting about 3 minutes before realizing his ankle wasn't going to let him continue. X-rays were negative, which was about the only piece of good news for Indiana.

By then, Indiana was ailing, and Miami was rolling.

James leaned back to catch a slightly wayward pass from Chalmers near the Miami bench, then firing it in one motion to Wade for an easy score as the reigning MVP toppled atop Heat assistant coach Ron Rothstein. Mike Miller even made the crowd roar for defending Leandro Barbosa and forcing a missed 3-pointer late in the quarter - the highlight there being Miller played for about a minute while missing one sneaker.

When Granger left, it was 56-45. By the end of the quarter, Miami's lead was 76-57, and the Pacers were down another starting forward as well. West left at the end of the period and also headed to the locker room, diagnosed shortly afterward with a sprained left knee.

''I'm fine,'' West said, adding that he thinks Granger could be ready to play Thursday. Granger wasn't so sure, though added that his foot would ''have to fall off'' for him to miss the game.

So now the Heat are one win from the East finals, after a series filled with twists and turns.

There was Vogel's accusation before the series started that the Heat were floppers, Chris Bosh's lower abdominal strain that sidelined him midway through Game 1, James and Wade missing key chances late in the Game 2 loss, Stephenson's gesture toward James and the 40-point, 18-rebound, nine-assist effort from James in Game 4.

And now a blowout - followed by a chance for a Heat close out on Thursday.

''When we defend and we rebound, we're a very good team,'' James said.

Courtesy of http://sports.yahoo.com



BMO Harris buys naming rights to Bradley Center - by Eurobasket News

The Bradley Center has a new name and, perhaps, a more specific expiration date.

BMO Harris Bank announced Monday that it bought naming rights to the home of the Milwaukee Bucks and Marquette men's basketball, which will now be known as the BMO Harris Bradley Center.

It's part of a six-year, approximately $18 million partnership with several businesses, including Harley-Davidson, Kohl's, Northwestern Mutual and Rockwell Automation. Specific contract lengths and contributions were not disclosed.

The deal comes as Milwaukee Bucks owner Sen. Herb Kohl is pushing for a new arena. And if a new building isn't in place by the time the new sponsorship deals run out, the Bucks' future in Milwaukee will be in doubt.

'That would not be a good place to get to,' Kohl said. 'I can't anticipate what would happen, but that would not be a good place to get to.'

Kohl acknowledged that Monday's announcement was a step toward establishing a more firm timeline to put a new arena in place.

'Yes, there is a timeline here,' Kohl said. 'We're talking about five years, an extension for five years here, and there is a recognition on the part of all parties that by then, something positive is going to happen.'

The Bradley Center opened in 1988, making it one of the NBA's older arenas.

The 77-year old Kohl, who is retiring from the Senate, has pledged a 'significant' contribution toward the construction of a new arena out of his own pocket, but has said he believes the project probably would need contributions from the public and the local business community.

And while he is confident it will happen, he knows that won't be an easy sell.

'It's a heavy lift,' Kohl said.

The Bucks have made the playoffs once in the past six seasons. Their average attendance last season was 14,718, fifth-lowest in the league.

'It's always better if you're winning,' Kohl said. 'We understand that. It drives attendance, it drives revenue, it drives success.'

The Bradley Center was funded by a $93 million contribution from philanthropist Jane Bradley Pettit, who named it in honor of her father. Her children, David and Lynde Uihlein, issued a statement of support; the family previously had opposed selling naming rights to the arena.

Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce president Tim Sheehy called Monday's announcement a 'bridge' to a new facility.

'All good things have a lifespan, and at some point, the Bradley Center is not going to be able to support the economics of the games that are played here,' Sheehy said. 'So we're going to have to look to the future. So by a bridge, we're talking about a six-year bridge that gets this community in a position to discuss the future of NBA basketball and other events. The clock is ticking. And this is a great milestone, but it's one brick in the road toward our future, and our future is going to include a new facility at some point.'

The deal also establishes a special seating section for Bucks games and other events that will be available to not-for-profit organizations.

Courtesy of www.thenorthwestern.com



Chris Bosh ruled out for Game 5 and 6 - by Eurobasket News

The injury woes for the Miami Heat are continuing as reports say that forward Chris Bosh (6'11''-F-84, college: Georgia Tech) has been ruled out for Game 5 and Game 6 of the Heats series against the Indiana Pacers with an abdominal strain. Erik Spoelstra also said that it is still too early to tell if Bosh will miss Game 7 against the Pacers if the series goes that long.

Although Bosh has been considered the weakest link of the big three between Dwyane Wade and LeBron James, the Heat could certainly use him to matchup against Roy Hibbert who has been hurting the Heat on the interior since Bosh wetn down with the injury.

It took a monster performance from James in Game 4 to lift the Heat over Pacers. The Heat also need Bosh back to help the Heat in case Wade slips up like he did in Game 3 although Wade did put up 30 points in Game 4.

The Heat are definitely now in a battle in the second round of the playoffs and they will need consistency from James and Wade in the games to come with the series tied up 2-2. They will some how need to muster up some confidence and be able to stop players like Hibbert and Danny Granger who have both been tearing the Heat up in this series.

James scored 40 points, grabbed 18 rebounds and dished out nine assists. Hes the new superman in Florida for the Heat at this juncture of the playoffs, but everyone else around him need to start pulling their own weight if the Heat want to have any shot at being the Pacers.

Courtesy of www.rantsports.com



Heat Too Much for Pacers, 115-83 - by Daniel Gibson

MIAMI---In a game that felt more like a heavy weight fight at times than a Playoff basketball game, the Miami Heat landed the knockout blow. Both literally and figuratively.

Miami was able to get out in transition at will against the Indiana Pacers in the second half which helped them pull away for an big win, 115-83.

Unfortunately, the win was somewhat overshadowed by some flagrant fouls, injuries and possible suspensions coming up for game six. Tyler Hansbrough really got things going when Dwyane Wade attacked the basket and Hansbrough came in and delivered an aggressive foul that left Wade bloodied. A few possessions later Hansbrough caught a pass on the baseline and looked to go up for a shot only to whacked and sent pummeling to the ground by Udonis Haslem. It was immediately viewed by most as retaliation for a series of physical antics the Pacers have been doing all throughout the series.

Tempers flared but nothing more came about. The Pacers lost Danny Granger to a sprained ankle before halftime and he unsuccessfully tried to come back to play in the third quarter. Guarding LeBron James when at 100 percent is difficult but attempting to defend him on one leg is impossible. Granger was forced to bench and he wouldn't return. Later, the Pacers lost David West to a knee injury after Shane Battier and he collided while battling for a rebound. He left and didn't return also, but by that point the game was out of reach.

The most controversial incident took place during 'garbage time' when seldom used backup center, Dexter Pittman, delivered an elbow into the chin and neck are of Lance Stepenson. Stephenson had drawn attention to himself earlier in the season when he made the choking symbol in the direction of James after he missed some free-throws in a tightly contested game. Then, he and the veteran Juwan Howard got into it before game 4 in Indiana after Howard had been looking for Stephenson during shoot around. Pittman's elbow looked similar to the one Andrew Bynum hit JJ Barrea with last season when the Mavericks swept the Lakers. Pittman sealed his own fate when television cameras clearly caught him winking with a smirk on his face after the play.

Pittman will be suspended without a doubt but it'll be interesting to see what the league decides to do with Haslem and even Hansbrough. Will West be good to play in game six for the Pacers? Danny Granger has already vowed to give it a go unless 'his foot comes off.'

Besides the rough stuff, the Miami Heat were able to dominate the Pacers because they got contributions from others not named Wade or James. James finished with 30 points, 10 rebounds and 8 assists and Wade had 28 points, three rebounds and two assists. Battier got the Heat going early by knocking down two three-pointers to start the game, he finished with 13 points on 4-of-5 shooting from downtown. Udonis Haslem had 10 points and 11 players scored for the Heat.

Paul George led the Pacers in scoring with 11 points with most of it coming when the game was out of reach in the fourth quarter. The Pacers are backed up against the wall now and face elimination this Thursday. If they are able to force a game seven it will be back in Miami on Saturday night.



Jeremy Lin's agent says Knicks deal no slam dunk - by Eurobasket News

Free agency is 5 1/2 weeks away, but Jeremy Lin's (6'3''-PG-88, college: Harvard) agent already is setting the groundwork for what could be a complicated negotiation.

Roger Montgomery, in a rare interview, told The Post nothing is assured regarding Lins Knicks future, despite interim coach Mike Woodsons declaration the global phenom - who becomes a restricted free agent on July 1 - would absolutely return.

When asked if he expects the Knicks negotiation to be cut-and-dried, Montgomery forewarned: I dont expect that. Were not anticipating thats going to happen. We dont have assurances of anything. I know history shows most restricted free agents go back to their team, but Im not going to assume anything. Were waiting to see what happens.

Montgomerys emphatic remarks - coupled with Lins nothings set in stone comment on Trash Bag Day - seem to be strategic messaging.

There is a possibility the Knicks will force Lin, 24, and his reps to find the point guards market value by first signing an offer sheet from another team, which must project Lins potential from a 26-game window when he played starters minutes.

Lin, who made $762,000 this season, also must find a club that feels the Knicks wont match the offer. The good news for Montgomery is in the new collective bargaining agreement, teams have just three days to match an offer, less than the prior seven-day window that hamstrung teams.

Montgomery must create the impression the Knicks are not locks to retain Lin to spur teams to present an offer sheet. A source confirmed Toronto, which has a large Chinese population, will be one suitor.

The Knicks ultimately control Lins destiny because they cannot be outbid. And if the Players Association wins its arbitration hearing and restores Lins early Bird rights, it is a virtual certainty the Knicks will match any offer because the Bird exception means teams can exceed the salary cap to re-sign players.

That would allow the Knicks to keep their $5 million mid-level exception to sign a solid, veteran point guard from a list that starts with Steve Nash but also includes Jameer Nelson, Andre Miller, Ramon Sessions, Lou Williams and Raymond Felton.

A source said the arbitration hearing date will be set this week. If the union loses and the Knicks need their $5M mid-level exception to re-sign Lin, it could get trickier.

Under the CBA, teams under the cap - such as Toronto - can offer Lin the leagues average salary of about $5M for the first two years, then jack the third and fourth years to the maximum of $15 million. The club is permitted to do so only if it is far enough below the cap to take in the average wage of Lins four-year offer. Such a back-loaded offer causes concerns for the Knicks, who by the third year of Lins contract would be well over the luxury-tax apron of $74 million, costing them a heavy tax and their full mid-level exception as a taxpayer.

However, the financial boon of having Lin as a Knick for the next four years may be too sweet to consider future luxury-tax penalties. The Knicks merchandising in the U.S. and Asia may go through the roof as owner James Dolan looks to recoup the $850 million he invested into the Garden transformation. Lins No. 17 jersey was the second-biggest seller in the NBA for the year despite only being available from February on.

On the basketball side, Lin plays the position at which the Knicks are neediest. If they are comfortable his rehab from a torn meniscus finishes well, it will be tough for them not to match, even for their entire $5M mid-level exception.

Montgomery said Lin is in the final stages of his rehab and will head to his native Northern California soon.

Hes doing well, trying still [to] get stronger and heal, Montgomery said.

The hope is for Lin to participate in Julys Olympic training camp as a member of the U.S. Select Team that practices against Team USA. However, if he is still unsigned, that could be curtailed.

It hasnt been settled, but hed be excited to do it, Montgomery said.

Courtesy of www.nypost.com



*****************************************************
  NCAA1   


Ex-Syracuse assistant's wife sues ESPN for libel - by Eurobasket News

The wife of fired Syracuse University assistant basketball coach Bernie Fine filed a libel lawsuit Monday against ESPN, saying the network ruined her life by broadcasting salacious reports that she knew her husband abused boys and that she had sex with one of the boys.

In the 48-page lawsuit, Laurie Fine accuses ESPN of reporting the allegations against her husband in a bid to boost ratings as the Penn State sex-abuse scandal was unfolding. She notes the network had already done extensive reporting into claims made by ball boy Bobby Davis in 2003 and decided not to broadcast anything then because it couldn't find any evidence to back up his claims.

ESPN in November broke the story of two former Syracuse ball boys, Davis and his stepbrother, Michael Lang, who claimed they were molested by Bernie Fine decades ago. The lawsuit said the network had serious doubts about the story Davis was telling them but broadcast it anyway.

Key to the suit is a 47-minute audiotape of a phone conversation with Laurie Fine that Davis said he made in 2002 in which she says she 'knew everything' that went on. Her lawyer, Pittsburgh-based Lawrence Fisher, said the recording was doctored, selectively edited, reported out of context and did not definitively contain Laurie Fine's voice.

In the lawsuit, which seeks unspecified damages, Fisher says the network knew from its earlier reporting that the tape was 'entirely speculative' and 'unreliable' but broadcast it anyway.

In the ESPN report, Davis told the network that Laurie Fine had witnessed Bernie abusing him and also said he had sex with her. On the tape, she says she was 'with' him because she wanted to be but her lawsuit says 'with' meant allowing Davis to live in the Fine household and continue to be a part of their lives for decades.

Josh Krulewitz, a spokesman for ESPN, said the lawsuit is without merit and the network stands by its reporting.

Laurie Fine broke her six-month silence last week at a news conference to announce the suit.

'I'm here today as a wife and a mother who has had to endure the trauma of being smeared in the public as a monster,' she said then. 'My life has been destroyed.'

She says she has been forced into seclusion, had to sell her house and has been the target of widespread ridicule as a result of the ESPN reports.

Bernie Fine has denied wrongdoing and hasn't been charged. Federal authorities opened an investigation into him following the allegations of a third man, 23-year-old Zach Tomaselli of Lewiston, Maine, who has since said he lied. The local prosecutor has called Davis and Lang credible but said the alleged crimes occurred too long ago to pursue.

The accusations from Davis and Lang, quickly picked up by other national media, roiled the Syracuse team's then-perfect season and brought criticism to Hall of Fame head coach Jim Boeheim. Boeheim initially called Davis a liar out for money, but soon softened his stance.

Courtesy of http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com



Notre Dame has 'contingency plans' if it leaves Big East - by Eurobasket News

Notre Dame basketball coach Mike Brey said the Fighting Irish's objective is to remain in the Big East, but admitted the school has 'contingency plans' if it needs to join another conference.

'I know right now we're focused 100 percent on [rebuilding the Big East] but there's no question contingency plans [about joining another conference] on those pay grades higher than me have been discussed and will be discussed,' Brey told CBSSports.com at Monday's Big East spring meetings.

When Notre Dame joined the Big East in all sports except football in 1995, the Big East consisted of 13 basketball members: Notre Dame, Boston College, UConn, Georgetown, Providence, St. John's, Seton Hall, Syracuse, Villanova, Pittsburgh, Miami, Rutgers and West Virginia.

Since then Boston College, Syracuse, Pittsburgh, Miami, West Virginia and Virginia Tech have been replaced by DePaul, South Florida, Marquette, Cincinnati, Louisville, Memphis, Houston, UCF, SMU and Temple.

'We lost some quality programs,' Brey said.

The Big East is a radically different league than when Notre Dame joined nearly 20 years ago and there still could be more changes ahead.

There is the very real possibility if the Big 12 decides to expand to 12 schools, the Big East could lose two more members -- 'big names,' Brey said -- either to the Big 12 or to the ACC.

'I'll say this: if it doesn't work out [in the Big East], everybody's got a spot for us [in another league],' Brey said. 'I hope we keep our spot here and keep moving forward and massaging that. But whatever happens, we're going to land on our feet. I guarantee that.'

Notre Dame is considered the most valuable property as far as any future conference realignment. The Irish would be targeted by virtually every major conference as a full member and also is highly sought after if the Irish decide to move their Olympic sports from the Big East.

'We are closely monitoring this landscape as my AD [Jack Swarbrick] and I spoke about many times during the winter and especially in the last month,' Brey said. 'But our major objective here is we've been a part of the rebuilding of the Big East before and to be a part of it again. The Big East has been really good to the rest of our sports and certainly preserves our independency in football.

'We now have an identity in the Big East after being an also ran when we first got in the league. You invest years in that and playing in the [Madison Square] Garden. I don't want to lose that.'

Courtesy of www.cbssports.com



While the Big East continues to change, league officials stress unity - by Eurobasket News

Almost exactly one year ago, Connecticut basketball coach Jim Calhoun emerged from the Big East's spring meetings at the Ponte Vedra Inn and Club and promptly predicted the league's demise.

Not immediately, but in the very near future.

'My own personal opinion -- and I won't probably see this -- in the next couple of years, four or five years down the road, I think you'll see a separation [of the football and non-football membership],' Calhoun said last year. 'I think it's inevitable.'

Since Calhoun's statement the following has happened to the Big East:

TCU and West Virginia have left the league. TCU never competed in the league but football coach Gary Patterson actually attended last year's Big East meetings with his right ring finger displaying a giant Rose Bowl championship ring.

Syracuse and Pittsburgh, without the knowledge of any Big East official or member school, had discussions with the ACC before announcing they were leaving to the ACC. League officials first found out the Orange and Panthers were leaving from CBSSports.com.

Because of the secrecy involving the moves of Pitt and Syracuse, Louisville athletic director Tom Jurich is upfront with other league representatives and tells them if the Cardinals get an invite to the Big 12, the Cardinals will accept.

Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy admitted that UConn is interested in joining the ACC.

After West Virginia announced it was leaving, Rutgers released a statement from athletic director Tim Pernetti about Rutgers' worth in conference realignment. In the 109-word statement, 'Big East' wasn't mentioned once.

The Big East was forced to bring back Temple, a school that was kicked out of the league for not being competitive, to insure the league had eight football members this fall.

And then on Monday, Calhoun, who didn't attend this year's meetings, missed Notre Dame basketball coach Mike Brey admitting the Fighting Irish have 'contingency plans' if they leave the Big East and Mountain West commissioner Craig Thompson confirmed Boise State had talks with the league because the Broncos were reconsidering joining the Big East.

If the Big East really wants to increase the value of its upcoming media rights deal, they should include a weekly reality show: 'Athletic Directors of the Big East.' Talk about must see TV!

'This is the world we live in,' Big East interim commissioner Joe Bailey said. 'Change is the new normal.'

Bailey, by the way, is heading this year's meetings because former commissioner John Marinatto was forced to resign.

Still on Monday, every Big East coach, athletic director and league official all made sure to stress in interviews the same message: the future is positive and the league is more together, more connected.

UConn women's basketball coach Geno Auriemma admitted that Sunday's Big East reception, attended by more than 100 individuals from the large contingent of member schools, was, uh, unique.

'You've got people who are here, but they don't really vote,' Auriemma said. 'Then you've got people who aren't here who are going to be playing this year. It's just the most unusual situation I've ever been a part of. It's the normal now. This is what we have, this is who we are. This is our brand.'

What's happening with the Big East -- schools bolting for other leagues -- has become commonplace across the country. In the past two years, all 11 FBS conferences have added new members and only four leagues -- the SEC, Big Ten, Pac-12 and ACC -- have not lost any members in that time.

'You read all these reports that come out,' Auriemma said. 'Every week some rumor about some school talking to some conference and because of that everyone up in Connecticut goes 'What's that mean for us?'

'That never happened before. Somebody in the Big 12 decides this is what I want to do and everyone in the Big East goes 'Holy [crap]! What's this mean for us?' How did that happen? It's the craziest thing.'

Crazy is a school located in San Diego leaving a regional conference and joining a different one with its headquarters all the way across the country to improve the financial situation of its athletic department.

'It can happen anywhere,' San Diego State athletic director Jim Sterk said about all of the uncertainty in the college landscape. 'It can happen in the Mountain West, it happened there. I think you have to make the best decisions at the time and of the circumstances that you know and what we're doing is in the best decision for our university.'

Bailey called it 'a dynamic situation, it's not static.'

'What may look to be appealing one day may not necessarily be as appealing the next day,' Bailey said. 'You have to sort of think in terms of the landscape and everything probably will change a little bit in terms as what the Big East projects as an image is concerned.

'I would say rather than to worry about whether you're going to keep people, you want them to want to stay with you because, guess what, at the end this is better for you, your institutions, your consumers.'

Auriemma said it can be awkward sitting in a meeting with other individuals whose schools would prefer to be in another league -- or are trying to get in another league.

'It's a shame,' Auriemma said. 'That's why when these people make these moves, you don't want to come out as being critical and say anything publicly or [suggest] they turned their back because your president could do the same thing tomorrow.'

Courtesy of www.cbssports.com



*****************************************************
  NEW ZEALAND   


Abercrombie has NBA in his sights - by Eurobasket News

New Zealand Breakers jumping jack Thomas Abercrombie (198-F/G-87, agency: Priority Sports, college: Washington St.) has the NBA summer leagues lined up in August if the Tall Blacks do not make the London Olympics.

Abercrombie, 24, was in Christchurch yesterday for a fundraising lunch and last night spoke at the Mid-Canterbury sportsman of the year awards in Ashburton.

He will look to pursue his NBA dream this northern summer showcasing his skills in the American summer leagues where players can get picked up by clubs for a shot at the big time.

However, Abercrombie would be more than happy pressing his claims before talent scouts at the Olympics should the New Zealand team qualify for the Games.

The squad gets together next month to prepare for the 12-nation elimination tournament in Venezuela in July when the top three sides earn spots for London where nine teams have already qualified.

'It's going to be tough for the boys but I know we are capable of competing. One of the things about Tall Black teams is that they never go away,' Abercrombie said.

New Zealand must beat either rising European force Macedonia and/or athletic African champion Angola to advance to the second round where they could face the powerful Russian team.

'Its a tough draw for sure and we have to keep on winning.'

Abercrombie has experience of being on the losing end against Russia before when they eliminated the Kiwis in the knockout phase at the 2010 world championship in Turkey.

'They will have all their big name players and NBA guys because everyone wants to play at the Olympics.'

He hopes the Kiwis will have more bigger bodies in their ranks this time around with Alex Pledger, Rob Loe and possibly rising star Steven Adams available.

If not in England, Abercrombie expects to be in America trying to show the NBA scouts he has the game as a shooting guard-cum-small forward to get a contract.

'I think I could fill a role there as a spot shooter, who can play good defence. It's just whether somebody is looking for that type of player.'

Abercrombie has a get-out clause in his Breakers contract if the NBA comes calling.

'I want to make it there and am not worried if it takes a few years. Time is on my side.'

Abercrombie is still recovering from a nasty ankle sprain he sustained during the Breakers' ultimately successful push for a second successive Australian NBL title.

He is confident further rest and treatment will have him ready for the Tall Blacks' campaign.

Courtesy of http://tvnz.co.nz



*****************************************************
  PANAMA   


Leonardo Pomare finished the season with Hamamatsu - by Eurobasket News

Leonardo Pomare (203-F-86, agency: Top Notch Sports, college: San Diego) finished the season with Hamamatsu and brought Silver from abroad. His team won the Semifinals game, but lost to Okinawa GK in the Final.
Okinawa GK trailed by 4 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 9-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 89-73. Okinawa GK dominated on the defensive end, holding Hamamatsu Phoenix to just 6 points in second quarter. They made 22-of-26 free shots (84.6 percent) during the game. Okinawa GK had a 35-23 advantage in offensive rebounds. Worth to mention a great performance of Anthony McHenry who helped to win the game recording 25 points. His fellow American import center Jeff Newton contributed with 9 points and 19 rebounds for the winners, while Larkai Dzaflo collected 2 points and 3 rebounds. Jermaine Dixon answered with 20 points, 8 rebounds and 9 assists and forward Lawrence Blackledge added 13 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists in the effort for Hamamatsu Phoenix.
Leonardo Pomare averaged 7.1 points per game this season. He nailed 9 points in the last Final game, but erupted with 20 points in the Semifinal.



*****************************************************
  PHILIPPINES   

Standings - PBA Fiesta Conference

PBA Governor's Cup Standings
 1. Air21 Express 0-0 
 2. Alaska Aces 0-0 
 3. B-Meg Llam. 0-0 
 4. Barako Bull 0-0 
 5. Ginebra Kings 0-0 
 6. Meralco Bolts 0-0 
 7. Petron Blaze 0-0 
 8. Powerade T. 0-0 
 9. Rain or Shine 0-0 
 10. Talk N Text 0-0 

Regular Season: Round 2

May. 23: Ginebra Kings - Air21 Express
May. 23: Talk N Text - Meralco Bolts


PBA Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Anthony GRUNDY
  Petron B.
  (189-G-79)
  Avg: 20.5
20.5 
17.8 
16.0 
15.3 
13.3 
12.8 
12.5 
11.5 
10.3 
9.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Arwind SANTOS
  Petron B.
  (193-F-81)
  Avg: 10.5
10.5 
8.0 
7.3 
6.5 
6.0 
5.8 
5.3 
4.5 
4.3 
4.3 
Assists Per Game
 Anthony GRUNDY
  Petron B.
  (189-G-79)
  Avg: 8
8.0 
5.8 
5.5 
4.8 
4.3 
3.3 
2.5 
2.0 
1.8 
1.8 
Steals Per Game
 Ryan REYES
  Talk N Text
  (188-G-83)
  Avg: 2.3
2.3 
2.0 
2.0 
1.5 
1.3 
1.0 
0.8 
0.5 
0.5 
0.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Arwind SANTOS
  Petron B.
  (193-F-81)
  Avg: 1.5
1.5 
0.8 
0.8 
0.5 
0.5 
0.5 
0.5 
0.3 
0.3 
0.0 


Texters back to play with crippled roster - by Eurobasket News

If they would have their way, the Talk n Text Tropang Texters would still rest awhile.

With no less than six players still nursing injuries sustained in the previous conference, coach Vincent Reyes said they're not yet ready to plunge back into action.

With a severely short-handed roster, the Texters are likely to rely much on comebacking import Paul Harris as they take on the Meralco Bolts to start their campaign in the PBA Governors Cup at the Smart Araneta Coliseum Wednesday.

'We will try out best to battle and find a way to win, but honestly were not ready at all', said Vincent Reyes.

Coming off only three days of practice and with several injured players, we have very little expectations, Vincent Reyes also said.

Jimmy Alapag, Jason Castro, Kelly Williams and Ryan Vincent Reyes are definitely out. Doubtful are Harvey Carey, Ranidel de Ocampo and Jarred Dillinger.

All together, the Texters are still smarting from their heart-rending defeat in the recent Commissioners Cup finals.

Thus, Harris has a job cut out for him.

Harris was a tireless worker with a huge contribution in Talk n Texts Commissioners Cup title conquest last season.

Talk n Text then had a dominating 15-3 showing with Harris, a former Syracuse U Orangeman, averaging 25.7 points and 11.3 points.

But minus Alapag, Castro, Williams and Vincent Reyes around him, Harris faces a daunting task at least in their early games in this tourney.

Meralco, in particular, is raring to pull one over Talk n Text.

Talk n Text is the only team that we have not beaten in the league. That is surely an added motivation for us, said Meralco coach Ryan Gregorio.

The Bolts have just got a big relief with old import Champ Oguchi agreeing to come over on a short notice.

Meralco settled with Oguchi after Devin Green and Juan Patillo both measured above the 6-foot-5 ceiling for imports.

Champ Oguchi is known as a shooter and a good floor spacer. I expect him to complement Macmac Cardona, Sol Mercado and Chris Ross who are comfortable attacking the basket, said Gregorio.

Curiously, both Talk n Text and Meralco suffered numbing losses at the hands of B-Meg in their last game in the Commissioners Cup.

The Texters blew a won game in the deciding Game Seven of the finals while the Bolts squandered a 1-0 lead in the best-of-three quarterfinals. (SB)

Courtesy of www.pba.ph



Mark Caguioa returns for Kings - by Eurobasket News

Expect a masked avenger to take the the floor for Barangay Ginebra Wednesday.

Mark Caguioa (188-G-79, college: Glendale CC (AZ)) has been deemed fit enough to play and will be suiting up when the Kings square off with the Air21 Express at the start of their PBA Governors Cup campaign at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

'He's been cleared by the doctors,' was Ginebra coach Siot Tanquingcen's simple reply to a query regarding the prolific guard sorely missed in the perennial crowd favorites' futile Commissioner's Cup semifinals stint.

Caguioa averaged close to 17 points and more than six rebounds per game in the mid-season tourney before being sidelined by an eye injury last March 30. His absence clearly told on Ginebra's bid as it bowed to eventual champion B-Meg in five games.

His figures were good enough for Caguioa to get voted as Best Player of the Conference, but he said in the post-awards interview he would have readily traded the software for a shot at helping Ginebra.

He now has his chance.

Caguioa is going to wear a protective mask and is expected to see limited action, but his presence alone should be a big enough morale- and confidence-booster for the Kings.

Throw in the fact there is import Cedric Bozeman, who management thinks is the right fit for the Kings.

'He is long, agile and has a wide wingspan,' related Ginebra's representative to the PBA Board, Robert Non, of the well-traveled Bozeman who has seen action from Europe to the NBA D-League. 'He can go strong to the basket but also has a good range.'

Also getting to show their wares in a Ginebra uniform are Rico Maierhofer and Allein Maliksi, who were acquired from B-Meg and Barako Bull, respectively, last November despite their injuries. Maliksi was sidelined by a strained lateral cruciate ligament and Maierhofer by a torn anterior cruciate ligament.

For its part, Air21 is parading Zach Graham, Bozeman's most recent teammate in the Reno Bighorns. Also barely making the tourney's 6-foot-5 height limit for imports, He should provide the scoring punch the Express need to offset their relatively low ceiling.

'We are still an undersized team,' admitted Air21 coach Franz Pumaren. 'Hopefully, our import can compensate for it in terms of scoring.'

With a frontline that also boasts of Billy Mamaril, Kerby Raymundo,Rudy Hatfield, Rico Villanueva and Willy Wilson, Ginebra appears to have a decisive advantage. But Tanquingcen does not want any complacency setting in.

'It is crucial to get a good start. so we need to focus and not take anything for granted,' said Tanquingcen.

Courtesy of www.pba.ph



*****************************************************
  PUERTO RICO   

Standings - BSN

BSN Stage Two Standings
Top 6
 1. San German 7-3 
 2. Arecibo 6-4 
 3. Mayaguez 6-4 
 4. Bayamon 6-4 
 5. Quebradillas 5-5 
 6. Guaynabo 0-10 
Places 7-8
 1. Humacao 9-21 
 2. Guayama 8-22 
Stage One Standings

Second Stage: Round 8

May. 20: Mayaguez - San German 81-94
May. 19: Guaynabo - Arecibo 81-110
May. 21: Quebradillas - Arecibo 77-85
May. 19: Bayamon - Quebradillas 72-81
May. 21: Bayamon - Guaynabo 108-83

Semi-Finals: Round 1

May. 23: San German - Arecibo
May. 23: Bayamon - Mayaguez


Stats Leaders - BSN

Points Per Game
 Al THORNTON
  Guayama
  (203-F-83)
  Avg: 25.3
 1. Thornton, Guayama25.3 
 2. Harris, San German20.1 
 3. Sensley, Humacao19.7 
 4. Randolph, Quebradi.19.4 
 5. Diogu, Arecibo18.1 
 6. Dalmau, Bayamon18.0 
 7. Brown, Humacao18.0 
 8. Ramos, Quebradillas17.1 
 9. Ayuso, Arecibo17.1 
 10. Vassallo, Guayna.16.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Shavlik RANDOLPH
  Quebradi.
  (208-F-83)
  Avg: 11.5
 1. Randolph, Quebradi.11.5 
 2. Harris, San German10.4 
 3. Diogu, Arecibo9.9 
 4. Lloreda, San G.9.5 
 5. Powell, Guayama9.2 
 6. Thornton, Guayama9.2 
 7. Sensley, Humacao9.0 
 8. Ramos, Quebradillas8.8 
 9. Burgess, Guaynabo8.4 
 10. Sweetney, Bayamon8.2 
Assists Per Game
 Filiberto RIVERA
  San German
  (190-PG-82)
  Avg: 5.7
 1. Rivera, San German5.7 
 2. Guzman, Guaynabo5.4 
 3. Garcia, Humacao5.2 
 4. Smith, Mayaguez5.2 
 5. Pagan, Guayama5.0 
 6. Butler, Quebradill.4.8 
 7. Pinnock, Arecibo4.4 
 8. Dalmau, Bayamon4.1 
 9. Brown, Humacao3.4 
 10. Alvarado, Humacao3.1 
Steals Per Game
 Donta SMITH
  Mayaguez
  (201-G-83)
  Avg: 2
 1. Smith, Mayaguez2.0 
 2. Mojica, Bayamon1.7 
 3. Pinnock, Arecibo1.6 
 4. Dalmau, Bayamon1.5 
 5. Rivera, San German1.4 
 6. Figueroa, Guaynabo1.3 
 7. Thornton, Guayama1.3 
 8. Sensley, Humacao1.3 
 9. Pagan, Guayama1.2 
 10. Rivera, Mayaguez1.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Mamadou LAMIZANA
  Bayamon
  (207-F/C-81)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Lamizana, Bayamon2.4 
 2. Penn, Humacao1.8 
 3. Thornton, Guayama1.6 
 4. O''Bryant, Mayaguez1.6 
 5. Shannon, Quebradil.1.6 
 6. Aubry, Arecibo1.6 
 7. Burgess, Guaynabo1.4 
 8. Randolph, Quebradi.1.3 
 9. Powell, Guayama1.3 
 10. Ramos, Quebradill.1.2 


Danilo Pinnock gets MVP of the Round award for Puerto Rican BSN (Second Stage) - by Eurobasket News

American-Panamanian Danilo Pinnock (196-G-83) put on an extraordinary performance in the last week for Arecibo and that's him to receive a Latinbasket.com Player of the Round 8 award (Second Stage). The 28-year old guard had the game-high 25 points adding nine rebounds for Arecibo in his team's victory, helping them to beat Quebradillas (#5, 5-5) 85-77. Arecibo finished regular season as No.2 with 6-4 record and advanced to Playoff Semifinals. Pinnock just recently signed at Arecibo, being already a very valuable addition to the team. The George Washington University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Pinnock is in league's top in assists (7th best: 4.5apg) and averages solid 50.8% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 29-year old American forward Michael Sweetney (203-F-82) of Bayamon. Sweetney impressed basketball fans with 23 points and 8 rebounds. Bad luck as Bayamon lost that game 72-81 to slightly lower-ranked Quebradillas (#5, 5-5). Bayamon ended as No.4 with 6-4 record and booked a spot for the Semis. Sweetney is one of the most experienced players at Bayamon and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

The third best performed player last week was Xavier Zambrana (193-G/F-91) of Guaynabo (#6). Zambrana scored 25 points and grabbed ten rebounds. Despite Zambrana's great performance Guaynabo lost 81-110 to the higher-ranked Arecibo (#3, 6-4). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. Guaynabo finished as the last ranked team of Stage Two with 0-10 score. Zambrana had a solid season. In 8 games in Puerto Rico he scored 4.9ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Ansel Guzman (174-PG-84) of Guaynabo - 22 points, 3 rebounds and 7 assists
5. Rick Apodaca (193-G-80) of Arecibo - 30 points and 2 rebounds
6. Peter John Ramos (222-C-85) of Quebradillas - 18 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Mike Harris (198-F-83) of San German - 22 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Shavlik Randolph (208-F-83) of Quebradillas - 22 points and 8 rebounds
9. Luis Hernandez (198-F-88) of Guaynabo - 11 points and 12 rebounds
10. Rick Apodaca (193-G-80) of Arecibo - 23 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists

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



Capitanes de Arecibo tab Guillermo Diaz and Walter Hodge - by Eurobasket News

Capitanes de Arecibo strengthened their roster prior to the start of BSN semifinals. They agreed on terms of contract with Guillermo Diaz (188-SG-85, college: Miami, FL) and Walter Hodge (183-PG-86, college: Florida).
Guillermo Diaz started the season in Georgia. The guard played for BC Armia. He averaged 9.0 points, 4.5 assists, 2.0 rebounds and 1.5 steals per game in EuroChallenge. Last season he finished with Capitanes de Arecibo. Guillermo Diaz notched 12.8 points, 3.8 assists, 3.7 rebounds and 1.0 steal per game. He was named All-Puerto Rican BSN Finals MVP. Guillermo Diaz is the member of Puerto Rican National Team.
Walter Hodge played in Poland most recently. He notched impressive 19.4 points, 5.7 assists, 2.9 rebounds and 1.4 steals per game for Zastal Zielona Gora in PLK. Last season he had a stint with Cangrejeros de Santurce in BSN.



*****************************************************
  RUSSIA   

Stats Leaders - Superleague B

Points Per Game
 Nikola LEPOJEVIC
  Ural E.
  (199-F-82)
  Avg: 18.9
 1. Lepojevic, Ural E.18.9 
 2. Gordon, Ural E.15.8 
 3. Kuznetsov, Ruskon.15.0 
 4. Ageev, Ruskon-M.14.8 
 5. Lekavicius, Univ.S.13.9 
 6. Vzdykhalkin, Rjazan13.9 
 7. Sotnikov, TE.13.7 
 8. Pushkin, Sojuz Z.13.1 
 9. Kirjanov, TE.12.4 
 10. Zibirov, Ataman12.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Dmitriy PONOSOV
  Sojuz Z.
  (220-C-84)
  Avg: 8
 1. Ponosov, Sojuz Z.8.0 
 2. Ivlev, Rjazan7.4 
 3. Zaykin, TE.7.2 
 4. Petukhov, Spart.7.2 
 5. Gordon, Ural E.6.2 
 6. Semerninov, Ruskon.6.2 
 7. Nikolaev, Ural E.6.1 
 8. Trushkin, Spart.6.0 
 9. Kuznetsov, Ruskon.5.8 
 10. Goritskov, Sever.5.6 
Assists Per Game
 Anton GLAZUNOV
  Ural E.
  (182-G-86)
  Avg: 5.4
 1. Glazunov, Ural E.5.4 
 2. Lekavicius, Univ.S.5.1 
 3. Aleksandrov, Sojuz4.0 
 4. Zibirov, Ataman4.0 
 5. Tokarev, TE.3.8 
 6. Mateyunas, Rjazan3.8 
 7. Zelenskiy, Univ.Su.3.7 
 8. Bartunov, Rjazan3.5 
 9. Slepukha, Sojuz Z.3.1 
 10. Vokhmianine, TEMP.3.1 
Steals Per Game
 Linas LEKAVICIUS
  Univ.Sur.
  (186-G-84)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Lekavicius, Univ.S.2.4 
 2. Zibirov, Ataman2.1 
 3. Aleksandrov, Sojuz1.7 
 4. Glazunov, Ural E.1.7 
 5. Bartunov, Rjazan1.6 
 6. Mateyunas, Rjazan1.5 
 7. Zelenskiy, Univ.Su.1.5 
 8. Semerninov, Ruskon.1.5 
 9. Ageev, Ruskon-M.1.4 
 10. Vzdykhalkin, Rjaz.1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Dmitriy PONOSOV
  Sojuz Z.
  (220-C-84)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Ponosov, Sojuz Z.1.6 
 2. Gresev, Ataman1.1 
 3. Rindin, Univ.Surgut0.9 
 4. Varlamov, Ural E.0.9 
 5. Goritskov, Sever.0.9 
 6. Tsvetkov, Severst.0.9 
 7. Polyakov, Severstal0.8 
 8. Petukhov, Spart.0.8 
 9. Trushkin, Spart.0.7 
 10. Kuznetsov, Rusko.0.7 


Victor Khryapa stays with CSKA - by Eurobasket News

Forward Viktor Khryapa (204-F/G-82) (29 years, 203 cm) signed new contract with CSKA. The club announced the 3-year agreement during the press-conference today.

Andrey Vatutin, CSKA President:
Over the years with us Victor has shown he is a real army man, a man of iron. Without going into details, I can say that Victor had a difficult disease just before the Euroleague Final Four, and the fact that he found the strength to play, and he played well, is not even a surprise. Once again, you can take your hat off to him, though, of course, I should also thank the doctors who did everything possible to help him recover. I am very pleased that we continue to work together.

Viktor Khryapa, CSKA forward:
I would like to thank everyone in CSKA for four great years here. I believe that the cooperation has been successful for both the club and for me, so we decided to sign a new agreement. I am very pleased to be a part of the future of CSKA. I think it is an honor that must be earned.

Courtesy of CSKA Moscow



Surgut tied Superleague Finals - by Eurobasket News

FINAL
Univ.Surgut - Ural Ekaterinb. 72-65 (1-1)

Ural Ekaterinburg was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. 24 personal fouls committed by Ural Ekaterinburg helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Lithuanian guard Linas Lekavicius (186-84, college: American) orchestrated the victory by scoring 22 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals. Forward Denis Hloponin (206-81) contributed with 15 points for the winners. American forward Lorenzo Gordon (201-83, college: Oklahoma City, agency: Hart Sports Mngm) replied with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 11 rebounds and Serbian forward Nikola Lepojevic (199-82, agency: BeoExcell) added 18 points in the effort for Ural Ekaterinburg. Four Ural Ekaterinburg players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Univ.Surgut: L.Lekavicius 22+5reb+4ast, D.Hloponin 15+3reb+2ast, I.Aleksandrov 13+2reb+1ast, V.Shevel 7+2reb+1ast, G.Zelenskiy 6+2reb+3ast, V.Dyachok 3+5reb+2ast
Ural Ekaterinb.: N.Lepojevic 18+3reb+2ast, S.Shashkov 16+3reb+1ast, L.Gordon 14+11reb+2ast, D.Nikolaev 10+2reb+1ast, A.Glazunov 4+3reb+3ast, A.Fedyushin 2
3rd place
Rjazan - Severstal 80-72 (2-0)

The hosts were already 14 points ahead after 3 quarters before a 21-15 Severstal's run in the last quarter cut the lead to 80-72 at the end of the game. Rjazan dominated down low during the game scoring 50 of its points in the paint compared to Severstal's 30. They outrebounded Severstal 40-25 including 24 on the offensive glass. Guard Aleksei Vzdykhalkin (190-85, agency: Interperformances) had a double-double by scoring 12 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists to lead the charge for the winners and forward Vladimir Kazakov (198-82) chipped in 17 points and 6 rebounds during the contest. Power forward Aleksey Tsvetkov (207-84) responded with 13 points and 6 rebounds and point guard Yaroslav Grebelnyy (185-86, agency: Ryzhov Stanislav) scored 13 points. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest.
Top scorers:
Rjazan: V.Kazakov 17+6reb, A.Mateyunas 17+1reb, A.Vzdykhalkin 12+11reb+5ast, A.Kirdyachkin 8+2reb, V.Ivlev 8+7reb+2ast, P.Shavkunov 7+1reb+3ast
Severstal: A.Tsvetkov 13+6reb, Y.Grebelnyy 13+2reb+3ast, M.Polyakov 12+4reb, A.Kuzemkin 9+1reb+3ast, S.Toropov 8+6reb+3ast, S.Zakharov 6+1reb
gschID: 176739
gschID: 176738



Evgeny Pashutin leaves Kazan, heads to Krasnodar - by Eurobasket News

Evgeny Pashutin is no longer head coach of Unics Kazan. The specialist has decided to leave the team. Evgeny Pashutin took over Unics back in 2010. He spent two seasons with the team. Unics triumphed in EuroCup in 2011. Evgeny Pashutin was named All-EuroCup Coach of the Year. He also led Unics to the PBL regular season crown in 2011. In 2012 Unics reached VTB League Final. Evgeny Pashutin was trumped All-VTB League Coach of the Year. Evgeny Pashutin also worked with Spartak Saint Petersburg and CSKA Moscow during his career. The specialist also had stints as assistant coach with Russian National Team in 2006/11. He guided Russian University National Team in 2011.
Evgeny Pashutin has been reported to take over Lokomotiv-Kuban next.



*****************************************************
  SERBIA   


Serbian forward Darko Cohadarevic brings bronze from abroad - by Eurobasket News

Serbian forward Darko Cohadarevic (206-F-86, college: Texas Tech) brings third place from abroad as his Kutaisi defeated Sokhumi with score 71-64 and won bronze medals.
The hosts 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 71-64. Serbian forward Darko Cohadarevic stepped up and scored 17 points and 9 rebounds for the winners and Azerbaijani guard Zaur Pashayev chipped in 16 points and 6 rebounds. At the losing side Sergo Atuashvili responded with 21 points and 9 rebounds and George Jgerenaia scored 14 points and 9 rebounds.
Darko Cohadarevic started the season 2011-2012 for Zlatorog Lasko (Slovenia-Telemach League) and in Adriatic League averaged 5.8ppg, 3.3rpg, 1.1apg, FGP: 55.9%, FT: 56.3%. In January 2012 he signed at Ilysiakos Athens (Greece-A1), but in Apr.'12 moved to Kutaisi Kutaisi (Georgia-Superleague). In Georgia he averaged 13.4 points per game.



Andreja Milutinovic extends with Crvena Zvezda - by Eurobasket News

Crvena Zvezda kept Andreja Milutinovic (199-G-90) for another season. The team has agreed on terms of 1+1 contract extension with the guard. Andreja Milutinovic joined Crvena Zvezda at the start of the last season. He tallied 9.5 points, 3.6 rebounds, 1.2 assists and 1.2 steals per game in Adriatic League. In Serbian League the guard notched 8.5 points, 3.4 rebounds and 1.2 steals per appearance. Previously Andreja Milutinovic played for FMP and FMP II Beograd. He was the member of Serbian U18 and U20 National Teams. He also played for Serbia at 2011 World University Games. Last year Andreja Milutinovic participated at Adidas EuroCamp in Treviso. He was Nike Euroleague Junior Tournament winner back in 2008.


Serbian U16 National Team 2012 - by Eurobasket

Starting five
#s#
Jovan Starincevic
Starincevic
Nikola Pavlovic
Pavlovic
Stefan Nikolic
Nikolic
Ivan Daskalovic
Daskalovic
Stefan Lazarevic
Lazarevic
#e#5
Jovan Starincevic 188-PG-96
Nikola Pavlovic 204-PF-96 Hemofarm Serbia
Stefan Simic Sabac Serbia
Stefan Nikolic 192-G-87 Rovinari Romania
Ivan Daskalovic 199-SG-96 Crvena Zvezda Serbia
Stefan Lazarevic 193-SG-96 Crvena Zvezda Serbia
Slobodan Jovanovic 195-C Regis Univ. USA
Vukan Stojanovic KK Nis Serbia
Vuk Karadzic 192-G-97 Mega Vizura Serbia
Radovan Dokovic 193-G-97 Mega Vizura Serbia
Andrija Matic 202-F-97 Mega Vizura Serbia
Marko Radovanovic Mladost Cacak Serbia
Aleksa Koracin
Djordje Savkovic
Jovan Grujic 205-C-97 Partizan Serbia
Bojan Nesic Pancevo Serbia
Borisa Simanic Buducnost BN Bosnia
Milos Glisic
Luka Radovic Borac Serbia



*****************************************************
  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. Pajic, Geoplin Slo.14.0 
 5. Hohler, Polzela14.0 
 6. Mahkovic, LTHcas.13.9 
 7. Maric, Sentjur13.9 
 8. Rupnik, Geoplin13.3 
 9. Dragic, Krka13.3 
 10. Panic, Zlatorog13.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Milos MILJKOVIC
  Rogaska
  (204-F/C-84)
  Avg: 8.6
 1. Miljkovic, Rogaska8.6 
 2. Djugum, Geoplin8.2 
 3. Pajic, Geoplin Slo.7.4 
 4. Omic, Zlatorog7.1 
 5. Nuhanovic, Elektra6.9 
 6. Nelson, Sentjur6.8 
 7. Sviridov, Polzela6.8 
 8. Mucic, Maribor6.7 
 9. Soldo, LTHcast6.6 
 10. Zolotic, Maribor6.0 
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. Jovanovic, Maribo.3.8 
 7. Prepelic, Helios3.8 
 8. Fon, Geoplin Slovan3.8 
 9. Nissim, Krka3.7 
 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. Dasic, Union Olimp.1.8 
 4. Fon, Geoplin Slovan1.7 
 5. Rupnik, Geoplin1.6 
 6. Gay, Helios1.6 
 7. Panic, Zlatorog1.5 
 8. Dragic, Krka1.5 
 9. Mahkovic, LTHcas.1.5 
 10. Urbas, Parklji1.5 
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.0.9 
 6. Djugum, Geoplin0.9 
 7. Hannibal, Polzela0.8 
 8. Cresnar, Helios0.7 
 9. Sebic, Sentjur0.6 
 10. Miljkovic, Rogaska0.6 


Krka takes 2-1 lead in the Finals - by Eurobasket News

Finals, Game 3: Krka - Union Olimpija 72-63 (2-1)

Third game of the Slovenian league Finals just ended. Krka celebrated 72-63 home victory for 2-1 lead in the series. The format is best-of-five and Krka is now one win away from the title. The Novo Mesto team will have a first chance to defend the title on Thursday, but Union Olimpija will be the host. Olimpija will try to win and to force decisive Game Five.
The hosts trailed by 4 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 6-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 72-63. Krka made 27-of-31 free shots (87.1 percent) during the game. 26 personal fouls committed by Union Olimpija helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was Israeli point guard Afik Nissim (180-81, agency: Beo Basket) who scored 17 points and 6 assists. International forward Edo Muric (202-91) chipped in 16 points and 7 rebounds. Krka's coach Aleksandar Sekulic used a ten-player rotation in this game. At the other side the best for losing team was American forward Deon Thompson (203-88, college: N.Carolina) who recorded 22 points and Montenegrin forward Vladimir Dasic (206-88, agency: Beo Basket) added 14 points and 5 rebounds respectively.
Krka won last two championship titles in Slovenia. They were also the regular season champs this season. If Union Olimpija wins on Thursday, Krka will host decisive Game Five on Saturday.

Krka: A.Nissim 17+4reb+6ast, E.Muric 16+7reb+1ast, M.Abdul-Hamid 9+2ast, J.Balazic 9+5reb+1ast, U.Lucic 7+1reb, S.Pavic 6+9reb+1ast
Union Olimpija: D.Thompson 22+3reb+1ast, V.Dasic 14+5reb+2ast, J.Blazic 8+5reb+1ast, G.Jagodnik 5+7reb+2ast, G.Jeretin 4+2reb+3ast, S.Salin 4+1reb+5ast



Marko Milic leaves Vanoli Cremona - by Eurobasket News

Marko Milic (201-F-77) will not play for Vanoli Cremona next season. In interview for Slovenian media (Kosarka.si), Milic said that he leaves the club after two and a half years. The veteran forward appeared 32 times in SerieA this season averaging 12.8 points and 6.3 rebounds. Cremona finished as tenth ranked team of the regular season with 14-18 record. It is not a secret that the club's financial situation not good and it is still unknown will they compete in SerieA next season. Marko Milic joined Cremona in February of 2010. He had 14 ppg and 7.3 rpg for the club in their first season together. In 2010/11, Milic registered almost the same numbers. Before Cremona, the former Slovenian NT member played for Orleans, Union Olimpija, Real Madrid, Virtus Bologna, Scavolini Pesaro and Roseto. In the same interview, Milic stated that he would like to return to Union Olimpija if they will have good Slovenian players next season. He said that the club should try to sign Bostjan Nachbar, Primoz Brezec, Klemen Prepelic and Zoran Dragic.


*****************************************************
  SOUTH AMERICAN CHAMPIONSHIPS   


COLOMBIA MEN U-15 FINISHED 6TH IN THE SOUTHAMERICAN - by Victor Garcia

Colombia finished in the 6th place of the 2012 Southamerican U-15 Championship, the National team finished with 2-3 record, defeating Paraguay and Peru and falling against Brazil , Uruguay and Venezuela.
Colombia had a good chance to finish among the top 4 teams of the competition , Colombia leaded the game against Brazil most of the time but fall in the overtime.
In the fight for the 5th place the Colombians lost agains Venezuela also at the end of the game.
According to part of the attendance the National team had a very good technical level and was a strong rival.

RESULTS:
Colombia 85
Brazil 89

Colombia 52
Uruguay 78

Colombia 62
Peru 39

Colombia 78
Paraguay 60

Colombia 61
Venezuela 66

The Colombians had many players with achievements in the Championship:

Jainer Atencia Suarez (PG Liga de Santander), 18,00 PPG finished tied in the top of the scorers , was first in steals with 3,4 SPG, and second in assits with 4,00 APG, also was included in the 1st team of the tournament.

Andrs Deluque (F- Liga de Magdalena), 18,00 PPG also finshed tied in the top of the scorers.

Cristian Londono (65 C- Liga del Valle), 13,2 RPG was the top rebounder of the tornament.

Santiago Perez, Daniel Garcia and Cristian Londono was among the top 10 shot blockers

The project is to develop this team for future competitions.





*****************************************************
  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. Hettsheimer, CAI Z.13.3 
 10. Caner-Medley, Val.13.2 
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. Teletovic, Caja L.6.8 
 8. Caner-Medley, Vale.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. Doellman, Assignia1.5 
 4. Vidal, Lagun A.1.5 
 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. Markovic, Valencia1.3 
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 


Liga Endesa: Valencia completes Semifinals picture - by Eurobasket News

Quarterfinals, Game 3: Valencia - Lagun Aro GBC 75-67 (2-1)

Valencia grabbed the last ticket for Liga Endesa Semifinals. They handed 75-67 loss to Lagun Aro GBC tonight in decisive Game Three of the QFinals. Valencia's rival in the Semis will be Regal Barca. The format is best-of-five and first game is scheduled for Thursday. Barca was the regular season champion, so they will have a home court advantage in this series.
The hosts trailed by 2 points at the halftime before their 20-7 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. Valencia Basket dominated on the defensive end, holding Lagun Aro GBC to just 7 points in third quarter. 25 personal fouls committed by Lagun Aro GBC helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a quality performance of Australian forward Brad Newley (201-85, agency: Beo Basket) who helped to win the game recording 17 points and 5 rebounds. French guard Nando De Colo (202-87) helped adding 13 points. Valencia Basket's coach Velimir Perasovic used an eleven-player rotation in this game. The best for the losing side was center David Doblas (206-81) with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 11 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) and point guard Javier Salgado (180-80) scored 21 points.
The other pair in Liga Endesa Semifinals is Real Madrid - Caja Laboral. As mentioned above, first games will be played on Thursday. After that, teams will meet on Saturday and Tuesday. If necessary, they will play again on May 31 and June 2.

Valencia: B.Newley 17+5reb, N.De Colo 13+3reb+1ast, N.Caner-Medley 10+3reb, R.San Miguel 8+1reb+2ast, F.Pietrus 7+7reb, V.Faverani 5+3reb
Lagun Aro GBC: J.Salgado 21+1reb+3ast, D.Doblas 16+11reb+2ast, P.Lorant 7+2reb, S.Vidal 6+6reb+2ast, R.Neto 5+1reb+4ast, J.Baron 4+4reb+2ast



*****************************************************
  SWEDEN   


Eagles and Nassjo will play in Basketligan next season - by Eurobasket News

Eagles and Nassjo will compete in Basketligan next season. Their status is officially confirmed yesterday.
Eagles won the Basketettan title last season. They defeated Hoganas 80-78 in the Big Final. Before that, Eagles eliminated Nassjo in the Semis. It was the perfect year for Eagles as they also were regular season champions in Group North with impressive 22-0 record.
Nassjo was No.2 in Group South regular season with 20-2 score. They eliminated LF Future in the Quarterfinals, but failed against Eagles in the Semis. Later Nassjo won third place in Basketettan. They outplayed Malbas 102-84.
Twelve teams will participate in Basketligan next season. We had 10 in the latest one.



*****************************************************
  SWITZERLAND   


Roman Albrecht joins SAV Vacallo - by Luca Maffioli

SAV Vacallo Basket announced that Roman Albrecht (208-C-90) signed a two-year deal (+1 year) with the club. The 22-years old center started his career in Boncourt in 2006-2007, then he moved to Zurich Wildcats. In 2009 Albrecht signed a deal with Starwings then he spent three season in Basel. In 2011-2012 LNA regular season he averaged 3.9 points, 4.0 rebounds and 0.9 blocks. He's also a member of Swiss NT.


*****************************************************
  TAIWAN   


Jeremy Lin's agent says Knicks deal no slam dunk - by Eurobasket News

Free agency is 5 1/2 weeks away, but Jeremy Lin's (6'3''-PG-88, college: Harvard) agent already is setting the groundwork for what could be a complicated negotiation.

Roger Montgomery, in a rare interview, told The Post nothing is assured regarding Lins Knicks future, despite interim coach Mike Woodsons declaration the global phenom - who becomes a restricted free agent on July 1 - would absolutely return.

When asked if he expects the Knicks negotiation to be cut-and-dried, Montgomery forewarned: I dont expect that. Were not anticipating thats going to happen. We dont have assurances of anything. I know history shows most restricted free agents go back to their team, but Im not going to assume anything. Were waiting to see what happens.

Montgomerys emphatic remarks - coupled with Lins nothings set in stone comment on Trash Bag Day - seem to be strategic messaging.

There is a possibility the Knicks will force Lin, 24, and his reps to find the point guards market value by first signing an offer sheet from another team, which must project Lins potential from a 26-game window when he played starters minutes.

Lin, who made $762,000 this season, also must find a club that feels the Knicks wont match the offer. The good news for Montgomery is in the new collective bargaining agreement, teams have just three days to match an offer, less than the prior seven-day window that hamstrung teams.

Montgomery must create the impression the Knicks are not locks to retain Lin to spur teams to present an offer sheet. A source confirmed Toronto, which has a large Chinese population, will be one suitor.

The Knicks ultimately control Lins destiny because they cannot be outbid. And if the Players Association wins its arbitration hearing and restores Lins early Bird rights, it is a virtual certainty the Knicks will match any offer because the Bird exception means teams can exceed the salary cap to re-sign players.

That would allow the Knicks to keep their $5 million mid-level exception to sign a solid, veteran point guard from a list that starts with Steve Nash but also includes Jameer Nelson, Andre Miller, Ramon Sessions, Lou Williams and Raymond Felton.

A source said the arbitration hearing date will be set this week. If the union loses and the Knicks need their $5M mid-level exception to re-sign Lin, it could get trickier.

Under the CBA, teams under the cap - such as Toronto - can offer Lin the leagues average salary of about $5M for the first two years, then jack the third and fourth years to the maximum of $15 million. The club is permitted to do so only if it is far enough below the cap to take in the average wage of Lins four-year offer. Such a back-loaded offer causes concerns for the Knicks, who by the third year of Lins contract would be well over the luxury-tax apron of $74 million, costing them a heavy tax and their full mid-level exception as a taxpayer.

However, the financial boon of having Lin as a Knick for the next four years may be too sweet to consider future luxury-tax penalties. The Knicks merchandising in the U.S. and Asia may go through the roof as owner James Dolan looks to recoup the $850 million he invested into the Garden transformation. Lins No. 17 jersey was the second-biggest seller in the NBA for the year despite only being available from February on.

On the basketball side, Lin plays the position at which the Knicks are neediest. If they are comfortable his rehab from a torn meniscus finishes well, it will be tough for them not to match, even for their entire $5M mid-level exception.

Montgomery said Lin is in the final stages of his rehab and will head to his native Northern California soon.

Hes doing well, trying still [to] get stronger and heal, Montgomery said.

The hope is for Lin to participate in Julys Olympic training camp as a member of the U.S. Select Team that practices against Team USA. However, if he is still unsigned, that could be curtailed.

It hasnt been settled, but hed be excited to do it, Montgomery said.

Courtesy of www.nypost.com



*****************************************************
  TRBL   


Fayetteville bites back, beats Wilmington 115-103 - by Eurobasket News

Coming off a bitter road loss to the Sea Dawgs just two days earlier, the Fayetteville Crossover wanted revenge on its home court on Sunday. The home fans were not disappointed.

The Crossover jumped out to a 29-12 lead in the first quarter through outside shooting from Jamel Carpenter (6'2''-G/F, college: Fayetteville St.) (28 points) and newly acquired player and former And 1 star John 'The Helicopter' Humphreys (23 points).

But, as expected, the Sea Dawgs came clawing back in the 3rd quarter and tied the score at 52 - 52 with about 7 minutes left in the period. The Crossover answered the run by punching it inside to forward Brandon Streeter (5'11''-G-84, college: Fayetteville St.) who finished the game with 24 points. The Crossover held on to win 115-103. Five players scored in double figures for the Crossover.

With the win, Fayetteville secures the fourth and final TRBL playoff spot. The league's remaining 8 games will determine playoff seeding. The Crossover play a week-end home double-header against the Carolina Gladiators on Friday, May 25th and against the Cary Invasion on Saturday, May 26th.

Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com



*****************************************************
  TUNISIA   


As de Sale Secure Spot In Final 4 - Saturday, May 19, 2012 - ASS (84) vs. Sports Plaza Casablanca (69) - by Adam Prossin

As de Sale Secured a spot In the Final 4 with a 84-69 victory over Plazza Casablanca Sport on Saturday May 19, 2012.

As De Sale entered this game shortly after their win in the Morocco Throne Cup Championship game. Both ASS and their opponent, Plazza Casablanca Sport, had strong reasons for winning this game. ASS would clinch their appearance in the Final 4 with a victory and Sports Plaza would take a major step to securing their own berth in the Semi-Finals.

ASS opened the game strong in the 1st quarter and quickly took a 10 point lead. However the Sports Plazza players came back strong and by the end of the 2nd quarter Sports Plaza held a 4 point lead. Sports Plaza was actually up by 7 but ASS longtime player and their captain, Zakaria El Masbahi (191-G-79) (191-G-79), scored a 3-pointer at the buzzer from the half court line to cut 3 points off the lead and to end the half down by 4 at 37-33. For ASS this was the shot of the year!!

In the 3rd Quarter Sports Plaza continued to press strong offensively and they jumped out to a 13 point lead at 52-39. The ASS starters looked worn down at this point as 3 of their 5 starters, Three key players for ASS, Abdelhakim Zouita (201-F-86), Zakaria El Masbahi & Younes Idrissi (204-C/F-84, college: Iona), were all battling to overcome injuries they sustained in the previous cup play. However their hard work, showing big heart and professional approach to the game helped change the pace of the game and turn the momentum in favor of ASS.

ASS quickly turned the tables on Sports Plaza with more aggressive play and a faster paced attack spearheaded by strong performances by their starting point guard, Parfait Bitee (188-G-85, agency: Interperformances, college: Rhode Island), team captain Zakaria El Masbahi and young bigman,Soufiane Kourodu (211-C-85) (211-C-85) who stepped up and played one of his strongest games of the season at the time when it was needed most by the ASS squad. In less than a 3 minute span on the clock ASS cut the Sports Plaza lead down to only 2 points.

ASS continued their spirited offensive attack down the stretched and gained complete control of the game holding a 10-16 point lead throughout the final few minutes. In the end ASS secured their place in the Final 4 as the winner of Group A with a 15 point lead and a final score of 84-69. Sports Plaza is now in a position where they have to win against MAF Fez and hope the tiebreakers fall in their favor in order to be able to advance to the Final 4. Ass will face the 2nd place team in Gorup B in the Final 4.

After being down by 13 points at 52-39 to Sports Plaza in the 3rd quarter, the ASS squad overpowered and outscored their opponents 45-17 during the remainder of the game.

As de Sale was led by Cameroonian import player Parfait Bitee with 21 points including 12 in the 2nd half on a strong shooting performance to go along with 6 assists. Bitee was 6/8 on 2 point Field Goal attempts, 2-4 form 3-Point range and was 3/3 from the foul line. Soufiane Kourodu played a very strong games and contributed 19 points on 7/8 shooting on the evening while also leading the game with 16 rebounds. Zakaria El Masbahi had 14 points and Younes Idrissi added 13 including 11 in the 2nd half to go with his 8 boards and 4 blocked shots. Abdelhakim Zouita had 7 points to go with 7 rebounds for the ASS squad as well.

Plazza Casablanca Sports American Import player, Christopher Rodgers (196-G-84, college: Arizona), paced the team with 20 points and also led the team with 9 rebounds on 6/10 FG shooting, 2/5 from the 3-Point lineand 2/2 from the foul line as well as 2 blocked shots. M. Bouhlal had 15 points, to go with 6 rebounds and also had 6 drawn fouls. M Mottalibi also had a strong game with 15 points. M Khalfi added 7 points for Sports Plaza.

As de Sale (84): Bitee 21, Kourdou 19, El Mesbahi 14, Idrissi 13, Zouita 7, Bougach 6, Selam 2, Jaddi 2, Joubid 0, Belhaddar 0, Bourouisse DNP, Mouhamed DNP


Plazza Casablanca Sport (69): Rodgers 20, Bouhlal 15, Mottalibi 15, Khalfi 7, Fath 5, Gherch 4, Lechtef 2, Elhassani 1, Mambay 0, Siwane DNP, Eredouan DNP, Lhamraoui DNP,



*****************************************************
  TURKEY   

Stats Leaders - D1

Points Per Game
 Jonathan GIBSON
  Trabzonspor
  (182-PG-87)
  Avg: 19.9
 1. Gibson, Trabzonspor19.9 
 2. Chatman, Karsiyaka18.3 
 3. Reynolds, Antalya18.3 
 4. Brown, Trabzonspor18.1 
 5. Scales, Mersin17.4 
 6. Toolson, Aliaga17.3 
 7. Fisher, Antalya17.2 
 8. 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.7.9 
 5. McGhee, Bandirma.7.8 
 6. Wesson, Erdemir7.6 
 7. Buckman, Tofas7.6 
 8. Sonkol, Aliaga7.3 
 9. Yucel, Turk T.7.0 
 10. Grier, Mersin6.8 
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, Galatasaray1.6 
 7. Scales, Mersin1.4 
 8. Guler, Turk T.1.4 
 9. Kinsey, Anadolu1.3 
 10. Ermis, Banvit BK1.3 
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. Gist, Fener.Ulker0.9 
 6. Turkyilmaz, Banvit0.9 
 7. Aldemir, Galatasar.0.9 
 8. Bayav, Karsiyaka0.9 
 9. Karaman, Karsiyaka0.8 
 10. Qvale, Aliaga0.8 


Besiktas eliminates Galatasaray, advances to TBL Finals - by Eurobasket News

TBL Semis, Game 4: Besiktas - Galatasaray 84-73 (3-1)

TBL got the first finalist. Besiktas was better than Galatasaray tonight 84-73 winning the series with almost perfect 3-1. Besiktas now waits for the winner of Anadolu Efes - Banvit series. Efes currently has 2-1 lead.
The hosts trailed by 1 point after three quarters before their 26-14 charge, which allowed them to win the game. 24 personal fouls committed by Galatasaray helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Puerto Rican guard Carlos Arroyo (188-79, college: FIU) fired 23 points and 6 assists for the winners. American guard David Hawkins (194-82, college: Temple) chipped in 24 points and 6 rebounds. Bosnian forward Nihad Djedovic (196-90, agency: Beo Basket) produced 19 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists and American guard Jamon Lukas Gordon (191-84, college: Virginia Tech) added 14 points respectively for lost side. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures.
Galatasaray was the regular season champion in TBL with 25-5 record. They had a home court advantage in this series, but it didn't help. Besiktas was No.4 in regular season with 22-8 score. They eliminated defending champion Fenerbahce Ulker with perfect 2-0 in the Quarterfinals.

Besiktas: D.Hawkins 24+6reb, C.Arroyo 23+4reb+6ast, P.Mensah-Bonsu 13+5reb, Z.Erceg 12+4reb, E.Dagli 4+3reb, S.Cetin 3+6reb+2ast
Galatasaray: N.Djedovic 19+5reb+4ast, J.Lukas Gordon 14+2reb+2ast, H.Koeksal 13+3reb, L.Andric 12+3reb, F.Aldemir 6+10reb+1ast, C.Ozer 5+3reb+1ast



*****************************************************
  UBA   


USBasket.com All-UBA Awards 2011-2012 - by Eurobasket

USBasket.com All-UBA 1st Team 2012
#s#
James Justice
Justice
Freddie Williams
Williams
Jonathon Avery
Avery
Jermaine Barnes
Barnes
DeAndre Bray
Bray
#e#5

Co-Finals MVP: James Justice (5'10''-G-89) of GIE Morrow D.
Co-Finals MVP: Jermaine Barnes (6'5''-G/F-82) of GIE Morrow D.
Player of the Year: Jermaine Barnes (6'5''-G/F-82) of GIE Morrow D.
Point Guard of the Year: DeAndre Bray (5'6''-G-85) of S.Generals
Shooting Guard of the Year: Freddie Williams (6'2''-G-87) of GIE Morrow D.
Small Forward of the Year: Jermaine Barnes (6'5''-G/F-82) of GIE Morrow D.
Power Forward of the Year: Jonathon Avery (6'7''-F-88) of Cincinnati S.
Center of the Year: Al'Lonzo Coleman (6'7''-F-89) of Georgia L.
Rookie of the Year: John Cantrell (6'2''-G) of GIE Morrow D
Defensive Player of the Year: Chris Moore (6'8''-F-88) of S.Generals
Import Player of the Year: Tony Omotayo (6'4''-F-85) of GIE Morrow D.
Six-Man of the Year: Brent Ragsdale (6'4''-G-86) of GIE Morrow D
Most Improved Player of the Year: James Williams (6'3''-G/F-85) of GIE Morrow D.
International Player of the Year: Chris Miller-Williams (6'6''-F/G-87) of Georgia L.
Owner/GM of the Year: Kevin Franklin of Cleveland H.
Coach of the Year: Travis McAvene of Cincinnati S.

Co-Western Conference Player of the Year: Will Morning (6'8''-F-88) of C.Texas C.
Co-Western Conference Player of the Year: Brayon Brown (6'3''-G-86) of Houston E.
Southern Conference Player of the Year: Jermaine Barnes (6'5''-G/F-82) of GIE Morrow D.
Eastern Conference Player of the Year: Jonathon Avery (6'7''-F-88) of Cincinnati S.

1st Team
G: Freddie Williams (6'2''-87) of GIE Morrow D.
F: Jonathon Avery (6'7''-88) of Cincinnati S.
G/F: Jermaine Barnes (6'5''-82) of GIE Morrow D.
G: DeAndre Bray (5'6''-85) of S.Generals
F: Al'Lonzo Coleman (6'7''-89) of Georgia L.

2nd Team
F: Jermaine Dailey (6'8''-86) of Georgia L.
G/F: James Williams (6'3''-85) of GIE Morrow D.
F: Will Morning (6'8''-88) of C.Texas C.
C: Desmond Blue (6'11''-88) of Atlanta Assult
G: John Cantrell (6'2'') of GIE Morrow D.

3rd Team
G: Brayon Brown (6'3''-86) of Houston E.
F: Mike Corpening (6'8''-87) of S.Generals
F: Chris Moore (6'8''-88) of S.Generals
F: Jamarkus Holt (6'9'') of Texas C.
F/C: Anthony Joseph (6'8''-82) of S.Generals

Honorable Mention
Iman Walcott (6'6''-F/G-88) of Atlanta Assault
Paul Mills (6'7''-F-83) of Ohio Kings
Anthony Allison (6'7''-F-86) of Houston E.
Joshua Walker (6'4''-F-84) of Tennessee D.
Edward Horton (6'4''-G-85) of Texas Cyclones
David Palmer (6'9''-F/C-86) of Tennessee D.
Sam Brown (6'4''-G-87) of Cleveland H.
Effran Bryant (5'6''-PG-88) of Austin K.
Ethan Bradshaw (6'1''-G-87) of S.Ohio K.
Ervin Williams (6'9''-F/C-88) of Cincinnati S.
Delvin Franklin (6'2''-G) of Austin K.
Cordaryl Ballard (6'5''-G/F-87) of Cincinnati S.
Brent Ragsdale (6'4''-G-86) of GIE Morrow D.
Antonio Webb (5'10''-G-84) of Tennessee D.
Kevin Sims (5'10''-G-88) of Austin K.
Dante Curry (6'4''-G-88) of Southern G.
Marques Johnson (6'5''-G) of S.Generals
Paul Mills (6'7''-F-83) of Ohio K.

All-Imports Team
F: Tony Omotayo (6'4''-85) of Georgia L.
F/C: Timir Patel (6'11'') of Cleveland H.
PG: Daniel Bolick (5'10''-89) of Atlanta Assault
G: Will De La Cruz (6'2''-80) of Georgia L.
F: George Akpele (6'10''-88) of GIE Morrow D.

All-Defensive Team
Jermaine Dailey (6'8''-F-86) of Georgia L.
Chris Moore (6'8''-F-88) of GIE Morrow D.
Joshua Walker (6'4''-F-84) of Tennessee D.
Jonathon Avery (6'7''-F-88) of Cincinnati S.
Freddie Williams (6'2''-G-87) of GIE Morrow D.
Cordaryl Ballard (6'5''-G/F-87) of Cincinnati S.
Ransom Antoine (6'4''-F-82) of Atlanta Assault
DeAndre Bray (5'6''-G-85) of S.Generals

All-Rookie 1st Team
G: John Cantrell (6'2'') of GIE Morrow D.
G: Delvin Franklin (6'2'') of Austin K.
G: Sam Brown (6'4''-87) of Cleveland H.
F: Joshua Walker (6'4''-84) of Tennessee D.
G: Marques Johnson (6'5'') of S.Generals
F/C: Ervin Williams (6'9''-88) of Cincinnati S.
G: Tremayne Russell (6'1''-88) of Georgia L.

All-Rookie 2nd Team
G: Dante Curry (6'4''-G-88) of Southern G.
G: Krayleon Winston (6'1''-88) of Georgia L.
G: Justin Taylor (6'3''-85) of Cincinnati S.
PG: Daniel Bolick (5'10''-89) of Atlanta Assault
PG: Effran Bryant (5'6''-88) of Austin K.
F/G: Will Richard (6'5''-84) of Cincinnati S.

All-Playoffs Team
Jermaine Barnes (6'5''-G/F-82)
David Palmer (6'9''-F/C-86)
James Justice (5'10''-G-89)
Al'Lonzo Coleman (6'7''-F-89)
DeAndre Bray (5'6''-G-85)
Brandon Robinson (6'6''-F-89)
Mike Corpening (6'8''-F-87)



*****************************************************
  UBL   


UBL ALLSTAR WEEKEND - by Ozzie Denson

PRESS RELEASE FOR (UBL) ALLSTAR GAME 5/19/2012
United Basketball League

Beautiful day in Addison Texas , (UBL) played its 5th AllStar game before a crowd of great basketball fans.

Supporters came from all over from every (UBL) State to support their AllStar Players. The game was well played

considering it was a game just for fun for the players. It went back and forth for 4quarter with no one getting

more than a 8 point edge. Finally the (South Division) pull out a close one with a 132-130 victory.

Greg Baker UBL MVP 44 points (Wranglers)

Writer: Eugene Udell Sr



*****************************************************
  UGANDA   


Newly promoted Ndejje University stun UCU Canons - by Joel Nature

Weekend results (Men)
Ndejje 89-77 UCU Canons
MBC Rocks 88-95 Stone MUK
Heaters 56-55 St Michael
Crane High 83-85 Vegetarian
Rhino 99-90 Berkley
Gulu 105-47 Bush Court
Sky Jammers 67-76 UCU JV
TLC 56-71 Diamonds
Gulu (walkover) Crane High
Women:
Nabisunsa 59-99 L. Canons
KCC Leopards 139-31 Mak Cubs
KIU 97-56 Stormers

Newly promoted Ndejje University Angels coach Walker Obedi continued to keep his promise of challenging the status quo in the MTN-Fuba National Basketball by defeating regular play-off campaigners UCU Canons 89-77 at Lugogo Indoor Stadium on Sunday. Ndejjes fourth win in seven games so far was set up by a sparkling all-round team performance as four players led by Andrew Ikungura (18 points) reached double figures. My team is getting used to playing at this level. We have only lost to the big three DMark Power, Mogas Falcons and Kyambogo Warriors which will change in the second round, Obedi said after the game. UCU struggled throughout despite Robert Ogweno scoring a game high 19 points and Steven Mwesigye adding 14. There was also victory for champions UCU Lady Canons.\



Sunday 20th May 2012 Results - by Joel Nature

SUNDAY RESULTS - FUBA LEAGUE
M: KIU80-51Eagles
M: Power76-69Ndejje
M: Crane52-54Nkumba
W: UCU52-37A1 Challenge


Division II
Rhino 58-60 Shooters
Diamonds 57-62 Riders


Division III.
B. Jackets52-51Phenoms
Emperor70-58St. Michael YMCA47-57UPDF


DMark Power showed KIU Titans how to close out regular season games without breaking much sweat.

On Sunday, the latter, who have a roster capable of delivering a maiden Fuba League title, copied fast beating Miracle Eagles 80-51. Their victory came just after champions Power held off a late rally to defeat Ndejje University Angels 76-69. Ndejje stunned KIU 55-50 a fortnight ago.

Something similar was on cards as Power only edged the first two quarters 13-11 and 17-12. They dominated the third 29-22 and looked comfortable from then on.
Isaac Luggudde was on fire with 16 points and nine rebounds




UCU Canons can still play without star guard Suudi Ulanga - by Joel Nature

UCU Canons are making the presumed dependency on Sudi Ulanga look like a myth. The university side have won two games on the bounce without the star guard.
On Saturday, Ulanga sat out for a second successive Fuba League game as UCU beat Heaters 60-50 at YMCA court.
In his absence, Boniface Okello, signed from champions DMark Power, is clogging the gaps superbly, at least for now. The forward scored a game-high 17 points and six rebounds to add to the 15 he managed in the 97-63 victory over Giant Stormers three days prior.
There is nothing wrong with Sudi. He was injured earlier in the season so we decided to give him a rest, UCU coach Nicholas Natuhereza said. All the older players will get the same rest at intervals.



*****************************************************
  UKRAINE   

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, Azovmash7.7 
 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. Walsh, Azovmash4.8 
 8. Randle, Azovmash4.8 
 9. Ewing, Azovmash4.8 
 10. Pringle, DniproAz.4.6 
Steals Per Game
 Frederick HOUSE
  Dnipro
  (195-F-78)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. House, Dnipro1.9 
 2. Chappell, Fe.1.9 
 3. Florence, Kryvbasb.1.9 
 4. Minard, Azovmash1.7 
 5. Ewing, Azovmash1.7 
 6. Mitchell, Khimik1.7 
 7. Solomon, Cherkasy1.7 
 8. Culpepper, Fe.1.7 
 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 


Jerome Randle out for rest of the season - by Eurobasket News

Bad news for Jerome Randle (178-PG-87, college: California) and his team Azovmash. The American point guard will not be able to help his teammates for rest of the Finals series due to knee injury. Randle got injured during the Semifinals series against Budivelnyk. The American played first two games of the Finals in pain and actually was one of the best Azovmash players in the second meeting. He scored 20 points for 26 minutes on the court. Azovmash failed in both games and they are 0-2 down, plus they cannot count on Randle for rest of the series. Game Three is scheduled for today and Azovmash will be the host.
Jerome Randle joined Azovmash in February from the Maine Red Claws (NBA D-League). He appeared 22 times in Superleague averaging 15.7 points, 4.8 assists and 2.1 rebounds. Ranlde started the season with Israeli Elitzur Netanya.



Oleg Yushkin remains at helm of BC Odessa - by Eurobasket News

Oleg Yushkin will stay at head coaching position at BC Odessa. The specialist has signed a new five-year contract with the team. Oleg Yushkin took over BC Odessa back in 2010. Previously he worked as coach assistant with the team for two seasons. Last season Oleg Yushkin led BC Odessa into Superleague quarterfinals. The team also played in Superleague Cup Final Four.


*****************************************************
  UNITED KINGDOM   

BBL Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Demarius BOLDS
  MK Lions
  (190-G-84)
  Avg: 24.3
 1. Bolds, MK Lions24.3 
 2. Bell, Plymouth R.20.3 
 3. Chapman, Newcastl.20.2 
 4. Brown, Cheshire.19.7 
 5. Freeman, Worceste.19.4 
 6. Rundles, Leiceste.19.3 
 7. Smith, Newcastl.18.8 
 8. Gordon, Worceste.18.5 
 9. Langhurst, Sheffie.18.2 
 10. Green, Glasgow17.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Daniel NORTHERN
  MK Lions
  (206-F/C-85)
  Avg: 12.1
 1. Northern, MK Lions12.1 
 2. Williams, Plymouth11.2 
 3. Tuck, Sheffield S.11.0 
 4. Schneck, Cheshire.10.7 
 5. Dobbins, Sheffield10.2 
 6. Gordon, Worceste.9.5 
 7. Cricelli, Mersey T.9.0 
 8. Thomson, Newcastl.9.0 
 9. Cole, Cheshire Jets8.9 
 10. Hardy, Leicester8.4 
Assists Per Game
 Ayron HARDY
  Leicester R.
  (195-F-88)
  Avg: 5.1
 1. Hardy, Leicester R.5.1 
 2. Brown, Cheshire.5.0 
 3. Bolds, MK Lions4.7 
 4. Prezzie-Blue, Worc.4.7 
 5. Bailey, Mersey Tig.4.4 
 6. Patton, Sheffiel.4.4 
 7. Green, Glasgow4.4 
 8. Rundles, Leiceste.4.3 
 9. Flournoy, Newcastl.4.1 
 10. Bucci, Durham W.3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Demarius BOLDS
  MK Lions
  (190-G-84)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Bolds, MK Lions2.9 
 2. Hardy, Leicester R.2.5 
 3. Brown, Cheshire.2.1 
 4. Gause, Newcastl.1.8 
 5. Smith, Newcastl.1.8 
 6. Capocci, Durham W.1.7 
 7. Cricelli, Mersey T.1.5 
 8. Bell, Plymouth R.1.5 
 9. Lasker, Guildfor.1.4 
 10. Elderkin, Durham1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Bill COLE
  Cheshire Jets
  (205-F-89)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Cole, Cheshire Jets2.3 
 2. Northern, MK Lions1.9 
 3. Dobbins, Sheffield1.4 
 4. Gordon, Worceste.1.2 
 5. Royster, Leiceste.1.1 
 6. Williams, Plymouth1.1 
 7. Hardy, Leicester R.1.0 
 8. Smith, Newcastl.0.7 
 9. Flournoy, Newcastl.0.7 
 10. Hesson, Mersey T.0.7 


NBA ace Ben Gordon excited about Manchester visit - by Eurobasket News

NBA star Ben Gordon (188-G-83, college: Connecticut) admits he endured a frustrating time before finally being able to team up with Great Britain.

The Detroit Pistons shooting guard is set to be a key component of coach Chris Finch's national team set-up for London 2012 and the historic game against the USA in Manchester this summer.

British Basketball chiefs have worked doggedly to find a way to get the London-born New York-raised ace into a Great Britain jersey for the last few years.

And some fans, desperate to see another NBA talent playing along side the teams talisman Luol Deng, were beginning to doubt that the day would come after Great Britain went to Eurobaskets 2009 and 2011 without him.

But Gordon who starred with Deng at the Chicago Bulls before switching to Detroit three years ago insists he remains committed to the cause and that it was just a matter of time before he suited up for a competitive game as a Brit.



Thrilled

It was frustrating, said Gordon, 29. I have been involved for a few years but I have had to wait to be able to make the trip over. This summer was all about working to make sure I could be there.

It is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. The Olympics is the biggest stage and it is great to be involved.

Weve got a very good team and Im looking forward to meeting up with the guys.

Obviously, there will be a lot of good teams at the Olympics but with the players weve got I dont see why we cant go far.

Weve just got to make sure we work hard together and play for each other. Weve just got to go out and try and win as many games as possible.

Gordon has been a prolific NBA scorer from the No2 spot, but, with the point guard position arguably where Great Britain are weakest, he is set to operate more in the number one role.

I think Ill be playing more point, he added. It is different than what I play at Detroit but it should be good fun.

Itll give me the chance to set up the offence as well as do some scoring. So Ill bring that and obviously hard work.

Gordon is thrilled at the prospect of playing alongside Deng again, adding: I played with Lu for years in Chicago so I know all about him. Hes a great defender, one of the best in the league at what he does.

Hes an All Star! It is going to be like old times playing with him again. Quite a few of the others have played in the NBA or have NBA experience so Ive come up against them before and I came over to watch the side play a couple of years ago which was really good.

Weve got a lot of good players and I am really looking forward to playing with them.

Manchester basketball fans will get the opportunity to see Gordon, Deng and Co take on the might of the USA when Great Britain take on the worlds No1 team at the Manchester Arena on July 19.

And the Pistons ace knows it wont be an easy test for Finchs men ahead of the Games.

That is going to be a tough game but it will be exciting, he added.

They are the Dream Team they have so many good players. It makes it difficult to pin-point one as a real threat as you may try and stop one but another one will score.

They have so many athletic players that scoring on them is tough and they will be deadly in transition but well just have to make our shots and, hopefully, the crowd will get behind us. It will be exciting to watch and to play in.

Courtesy of http://menmedia.co.uk



Larkai Dzaflo wins the title with Okinawa GK - by Eurobasket News

Dzaflo Larkai (203-F/C-81, agency: Top Notch Sports, college: Bellarmine) wins the title with Okinawa GK in Japan. His team overcame Hamamatsu 89:73 to triumph in BJ League.
Okinawa GK trailed by 4 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 9-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 89-73. Okinawa GK dominated on the defensive end, holding Hamamatsu Phoenix to just 6 points in second quarter. They made 22-of-26 free shots (84.6 percent) during the game. Okinawa GK had a 35-23 advantage in offensive rebounds. Worth to mention a great performance of Anthony McHenry who helped to win the game recording 25 points. His fellow American import center Jeff Newton contributed with 9 points and 19 rebounds for the winners, while Dzaflo Larkai collected 2 points and 3 rebounds. Jermaine Dixon answered with 20 points, 8 rebounds and 9 assists and forward Lawrence Blackledge added 13 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists in the effort for Hamamatsu Phoenix.
Dzaflo Larkai averaged 9.0 points per game this season.



*****************************************************
  URUGUAY   

Standings - Metropolitan League

Metropolitan Standings
 1. Urunday Univ. 2-0 
 2. Atenas 1-0 
 3. Cader 1-0 
 4. Verdirrojo 1-0 
 5. Capitol 1-1 
 6. Marne 1-1 
 7. Larranaga 0-0 
 8. Goes 0-1 
 9. Guruyu Waston 0-1 
 10. Yale 0-1 
 11. Romis N. 0-2 

Regular Season: Round 2

May. 21: Capitol - Romis N. 79-67
May. 21: Urunday Univ. - Goes 77-74
May. 21: Verdirrojo - Marne 69-66
May. 22: Atenas - Cader
May. 22: Guruyu Waston - Yale


Results for the Metro 2nd. round - by Hector Lopez

Results for the Metro 2nd. round
Urunday Universitario 77 - Howard Wilkerson (198-F-84, agency: Two Points, college: Wofford) 17 points 16 rebounds 2 blocks 7 assists. Diego Olivera (197-G-84) 12 points 3 rebounds 8 assists
Goes 74 - Jimmy Boston (201-F-77, college: N.C.Central)n 10 points 6 rebounds 1 block 4 assists, Ivan Loriente (186-G-92) 22 points 6 rebounds 2 assists
- - -
Verdirrojo 69 - Kevin Nelson (192-G-84, college: Park) 25 points 6 rebounds 6 assists, Nicolas Delgado (198-F/C-87) 16 points 9 rebounds
Marne 66 - Nicolas Catala (195-F-91) 18 points 10 rebounds, 3 blocks, Darrin Williams (205-C/F-86, college: Loyola, IL) 6 points 4 rebounds
- - -
Capitol 79 - Santiago Moglia (196-F-89) 36 points 5 rebounds 3 assists, Brad Kanis (218-C-84, college: Grand Canyon) 16 points 16 rebounds
Romis 67 - Jose Moure (185-G-89) 18 points 6 assists



*****************************************************
  VENEZUELA   

Stats Leaders - LPB

Points Per Game
 Donald SIMS
  Gaiteros
  (185-PG-87)
  Avg: 24.1
 1. Sims, Gaiteros24.1 
 2. Holland, Toros23.1 
 3. Pena, Toros21.4 
 4. Rodgers, Marinos19.5 
 5. Adams, Guaiqueries18.9 
 6. Hickerson, Bucan.18.6 
 7. Stoll, Gigantes17.6 
 8. Edwin, Gaiteros17.5 
 9. Romero, Trotamun.17.0 
 10. Millsap, Guaros16.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jack Michael MARTINEZ
  Cocodrilos
  (203-F/C-81)
  Avg: 10.5
 1. Martinez, Cocodril.10.5 
 2. Braggs, Gaiteros9.3 
 3. Pruitt, Trotamun.9.3 
 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.5.3 
 4. Guillent, Bucaneros4.6 
 5. Guillent, Guaros4.3 
 6. Elliott, Cocodrilos4.2 
 7. Braggs, Gaiteros4.1 
 8. Pena, Toros4.1 
 9. Sims, Gaiteros3.5 
 10. Centeno, Cocodril.3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Paul STOLL
  Gigantes
  (178-PG-85)
  Avg: 4.3
 1. Stoll, Gigantes4.3 
 2. Guillent, Bucaneros2.8 
 3. Vargas, Marinos2.8 
 4. Pena, Toros2.8 
 5. Adams, Guaiqueries2.5 
 6. Elliott, Cocodrilos2.5 
 7. Sims, Gaiteros2.5 
 8. Horton, Panteras2.3 
 9. Edwin, Gaiteros1.9 
 10. Cubillan, Trotamu.1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Rammel ALLEN
  Marinos
  (210-C-79)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Allen, Marinos2.3 
 2. Moss, Marinos2.0 
 3. Lugo, Guaiqueries1.8 
 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 




*****************************************************

Women News


League expands to 12 teams from six countries - by Zeljko Zule

Adriatic League will be extended from 10 to 12 teams form six countries next season, with the introduction of Croatian sides Novi Zagreb and Hungarian team Pecs 2010, so each team will play 22 games. The top four teams will again take part in Final Four in March 2013.
Adriatic League 2012/13:
BOSNIA (2): Celik. Mladi Krajisnik.
CROATIA (1): Novi Zagreb.
HUNGARY (1): Pecs 2010.
MONTENEGRO (1): Buducnost.
SERBIA (5): Hemofarm, Partizan, Radivoj Korac, Vojvodina, Vozdovac.
SLOVENIA (2): Celje, Ilirija.



*****************************************************
  AUSTRALIA   


Maher steps up London preparations for GB - by Eurobasket News

Bulleen Boomers Coach Tom Maher is closing in on announcing his final squad as preparations for London swing into full gear for Great Britain.

Maher, who coached the Jayco Opals to their first Olympic Medal in 1996, took on the head coaching role for the host nation in 2009 with the aim of moulding a competitive team for London.

The squad was reduced to 16 with a WNBL flavour as Bulleens English star Jo Leedham survived the chop.

Leedham played under Maher in the 2011/12 WNBL season, helping the Boomers reach the WNBL Grand Final.

Maher has an impressive CV at the international level since taking the Jayco Opals to Bronze in 1996 and Silver in 2000 before coaching New Zealand (2004) and China (2006-2008).

The Bulleen squad for the 2012/13 WNBL season is beginning to take shape with Tess Madgen, Elyse Penaluna and Emma Randall joining the likes of the re-signed Rachel Jarry, making for an imposing roster.

Courtesy of WNBL Australia



*****************************************************
  CANADA   


Canada 'B' fails to Montenegro twice - by Eurobasket News

Canadian 'B' National played their first game of the exhibition summer schedule. They lost it 58-75 to Montenegro National Team. Justine Colley (175-G-91) scored 12 points for Canada in this game. Korrissa Williams had 10 points and 3 steals. Head Coach of the team Fabian McKenzie said that he is very pleased with the effort considering this is their first game as a team. They had a weak first half but turned that around to a strong second half.
Meanwhile, Canada B and Montenegro played another friendly game on Sunday. It was held in Cetinje town and home team celebrated 63-52. Milica Jovanovic (189-F/C-89) scored 15 points for Montenegro.
Canadian 'B' National Team will continue with friendly games and their next rival will be Belgium. They will meet in three friendly games from May 25 to 27.



*****************************************************
  JAPAN   


Japan sweep exhibition series against Slovakia - by Eurobasket News

Japan - Slovakia 66:64 (OT)

Japan earned the third straight win over Slovakia in the exhibition series. The hosts claimed a narrow win in Tokyo in Game 3. Maki Takada (183-C-89) delivered 13 points to lead the winners.
Slovakia started strong this time. The visitors built a 16:8 lead after ten minutes. But Japan reacted immediately stiffening their defence in the second frame. The Asian powerhouse held Slovakia to 8 points in the period to narrow the gap to just two points. Japan got within one in the third term. They finally erased the deficit in the fourth stanza and sent the game into overtime. Asami Yoshida (165-PG-87) stepped up for the home team in the extra period as her layup brought win for Japan. Arisa Fujiwara (87) nailed 10 points for the winners. Lucia Kupcikova (184-F-84) answered with game-high 21 points for Slovakia. Ivana Jalcova (182-G-83) netted 12 points in the loss.



Japan register second win over Slovakia - by Eurobasket News

Japan - Slovakia 80:74

Japan celebrated the second straight victory over Slovakia in their friendly series. The game was held in Shibuya and the hosts earned a 6-point win. Ryoko Ono knocked down 15 points to lead the charge.
Japan and Slovakia stayed close throughout the opening frame. The Asian team eked out an 18:16 lead ten minutes into the game. The sides traded baskets throughout the second quarter. The hosts arrived at halftime up by two points 41:39. Japan stretched the lead in the third frame. They ensured a 10-point cushion before the final stanza 63:53. Slovakia outgunned their opponents in the final frame but came up short of win at the end. Maya Kawahara (167-G-87) delivered 13 points, while Yuka Mamiya (184-C/F-90) added 12 points in the winning case. Ivana Jalcova (182-G-83) answered with 19 points for Slovakia. Romana Vynuchalova (192-C/F-86, college: Penn St.) produced 12 points in defeat.

Japan: Ryoko Ono 15, Maya Kawahara 13, Yuka Mamiya 12
Slovakia: Ivana Jalcova 19, Romana Vynuchalova 12



*****************************************************
  NCAA1   


Williams named women's basketball coach at CSU - by Eurobasket News

Colorado State has hired Ryun Williams as the new coach of the women's basketball team.

Williams most recently coached at South Dakota, where he spent four seasons. He coached the Coyotes to a 23-8 record and a WNIT berth last season.

Former Colorado State women's basketball coach Kristen Holt resigned earlier this spring after four seasons in charge. Assistant coach Dick Lien was filling in on an interim basis while the school looked for Holt's replacement.

Courtesy of http://sports.yahoo.com



Injuries force pair of Hawkeyes to end careers - by Eurobasket News

Iowa sophomore Jade Rogers (6'0''-F) and freshman Virginia Johnson (6'2''-F) are ending their college careers because of chronic injuries.

Rogers played in just 13 games in 2010-11 because of a left knee injury and later had surgery to help realign her knee. Rogers missed the 2011-12 season, and coach Lisa Bluder says her decision to walk away was a tough one.

Johnson battled concussions in high school and during her first year at Iowa. She was only able to play in 13 games.

Bluder says that while Johnson would have competed for a starting spot in 2012-13, the risk of further concussions couldn't be dismissed.

Courtesy of http://sports.yahoo.com



*****************************************************
  SERBIA   


National Team to start with friendly games - by Eurobasket News

First phase of preparations for the EuroBasket 2013 Qualifications is over and Serbian National Team is set to play its first friendly games. Yesterday the NT went to Slovenia, where they will play three friendly games against the home squad. Sixteen traveled yesterday: Tijana Ajdukovic, Milica Dabovic, Milica Ivanovic, Nevena Jovanovic, Dunja Prcic, Tamara Radocaj, Iva Roglic, Nevena Saponjic, Maja Skoric, Natasa Krnjetin, Kristina Baltic, Sara Krnjic, Marina Mandic, Ivanka Matic, Jelena Maksimovic and Ana Dabovic. Head Coach: Marina Maljkovic.

The preparations started in Kovilovo at the beginning of the month. After that, the NT moved to Tivat (Montenegro), where they completed the first phase. Serbia's rivals in EuroBasket Qualifications are Poland, Montenegro, Switzerland and Estonia. Two best teams will book a spot for the final tournament. The qualifications start on June 13 and last game is scheduled for July 14. Serbia will play against Montenegro in Round One. After that, Serbia will take on Switzerland, Poland and Estonia respectively.



*****************************************************
  SLOVAKIA   


Japan register second win over Slovakia - by Eurobasket News

Japan - Slovakia 80:74

Japan celebrated the second straight victory over Slovakia in their friendly series. The game was held in Shibuya and the hosts earned a 6-point win. Ryoko Ono knocked down 15 points to lead the charge.
Japan and Slovakia stayed close throughout the opening frame. The Asian team eked out an 18:16 lead ten minutes into the game. The sides traded baskets throughout the second quarter. The hosts arrived at halftime up by two points 41:39. Japan stretched the lead in the third frame. They ensured a 10-point cushion before the final stanza 63:53. Slovakia outgunned their opponents in the final frame but came up short of win at the end. Maya Kawahara (167-G-87) delivered 13 points, while Yuka Mamiya (184-C/F-90) added 12 points in the winning case. Ivana Jalcova (182-G-83) answered with 19 points for Slovakia. Romana Vynuchalova (192-C/F-86, college: Penn St.) produced 12 points in defeat.

Japan: Ryoko Ono 15, Maya Kawahara 13, Yuka Mamiya 12
Slovakia: Ivana Jalcova 19, Romana Vynuchalova 12



Japan sweep exhibition series against Slovakia - by Eurobasket News

Japan - Slovakia 66:64 (OT)

Japan earned the third straight win over Slovakia in the exhibition series. The hosts claimed a narrow win in Tokyo in Game 3. Maki Takada (183-C-89) delivered 13 points to lead the winners.
Slovakia started strong this time. The visitors built a 16:8 lead after ten minutes. But Japan reacted immediately stiffening their defence in the second frame. The Asian powerhouse held Slovakia to 8 points in the period to narrow the gap to just two points. Japan got within one in the third term. They finally erased the deficit in the fourth stanza and sent the game into overtime. Asami Yoshida (165-PG-87) stepped up for the home team in the extra period as her layup brought win for Japan. Arisa Fujiwara (87) nailed 10 points for the winners. Lucia Kupcikova (184-F-84) answered with game-high 21 points for Slovakia. Ivana Jalcova (182-G-83) netted 12 points in the loss.



*****************************************************
  SLOVENIA   


Serbia upset Slovenia by 20 - by Zeljko Zule

Slovenia lost their first warm-up match, 59-79, against Serbia in Zrece tonight. Eva Komplet (182-F/C-86) led all scorers with 17 points and Sandra Pirsic added 12 points for Slovenia who commited 25 turnovers. Serbia had five scorers in double figures. Ana Dabovic came off the bench for 16 points, Tamara Radocaj scored 14, Milica Dabovic added 12 and Sara Krnjic and Ivanka Matic both posted 10 points. Slovenia palyed without Nika Baric, Maja Erkic and Teja Oblak who all are resting because of minor injuries.
SLOVENIA 50 (15+19+15+10): Zdolsek 6, Panic 1, Dover 3, Komplet 17, Zalar, Jagodic, Osterman 2, Trebec 8, Pirsic 12, Jakovina, Gortnar 6, Rupnik 4. Coach: Zrinski.
SERBIA 79 (21+22+18+18): Radocaj 14, Mandic 1, Jovanovic 4, Roglic 1, Ivanovic, Krnjic 10, Matic 1, Prcic, M.Dabovic 12, Baltic 2, A.Dabovic 16, Skoric 2. Coach: Maljkovic



*****************************************************
  TURKEY   


Istanbul Universitesi in talks with Irina Osipova - by Eurobasket News

According to Turkish media (Sporrss), Istanbul Universitesi wants to sign Irina Osipova (196-C/F-81) for the next season. Reportedly, two sides are already in talks. Osipova spent last seven years with Spartak Vidnoe Moscow Region. She had 7.1 ppg, 5.7 rpg and 1.3 bpg for 15 games in Russia last season. Osipova also added 6.4 ppg and 5.9 rpg for 17 Euroleague games. She had almost the same numbers in 2010/11. Irina Osipova won many titles and personal awards with Spartak. They were Euroleague champions four straight times from 2007 to 2010. Osipova is active member of the Russian National Team since 2001. With them she also won big number of medals, including the Gold at 2011 EuroBasket in Poland. For 9 games at this even Irina Osipova averaged 5.7 points, 6.8 rebounds and 2.3 assists.


*****************************************************
  UBA   


USBasket.com All-WUBA Awards 2011-2012 - by Eurobasket

USBasket.com All-WUBA 1st Team 2011-2012
#s#
Armelie Lumanu
Lumanu
Patechia Hartman
Hartman
Shantel Ragin
Ragin
Phebe Smith
Smith
Christina Dewitt
Dewitt
#e#5

Finals MVP: Patechia Hartman (5'7''-G-83) of GIE Lady Disciples
Co-Player of the Year: Armelie Lumanu (5'9''-G/F-88) of S.Generals
Co-Player of the Year: Patechia Hartman (5'7''-G-83) of GIE Lady Disciples
Point Guard of the Year: Patechia Hartman (5'7''-G-83) of GIE Lady Disciples
Shooting Guard of the Year: Armelie Lumanu (5'9''-G/F-88) of S.Generals
Small Forward of the Year: Shantel Ragin (5'10''-F/G-86) of GIE Morrow D.
Power Forward of the Year: Phebe Smith (6'0''-F) of Southern G.
Center of the Year: Christina Dewitt (6'3''-F-88) of S.Generals
Rookie of the Year: Patechia Hartman (5'7''-G-83) of GIE Lady Disciples
Defensive Player of the Year: Armelie Lumanu (5'9''-G/F-88) of S.Generals
Import Player of the Year: Armelie Lumanu (5'9''-G/F-88) of S.Generals
Most Improved Player of the Year: Azzie Knox (5'11''-G/F-85) of S.Generals
Southern Conference Co-Player of the Year: Armelie Lumanu (5'9''-G/F-88) of S.Generals
Southern Conference Co-Player of the Year: Patechia Hartman (5'7''-G-83) of GIE Lady Disciples
Coach of the Year: Jared Johnson of Southern G.

1st Team
G: Patechia Hartman (5'7''-83) of GIE Lady Disciples
F/G: Shantel Ragin (5'10''-86) of GIE Morrow D.
F: Phebe Smith (6'0'') of Southern G.
G/F: Armelie Lumanu (5'9''-88) of S.Generals
F: Christina Dewitt (6'3''-88) of S.Generals

2nd Team
F: Angelique Burtts (6'0''-88) of Middle Tenn.St.
G: Stacy Booker (5'8''-85) of Southern G.
F/C: Sherida Triggs (6'1''-85) of GIE Lady Disciples
G/F: Azzie Knox (5'11''-85) of Atlanta A
G: Lakeia Stokes (6'0''-82) of Metro Atlanta S.

3rd Team
G: Chimere Jordan (5'8''-89) of S.Generals
F/G: Teshymia Tillman (5'9''-86) of Tennesee D.
G: Lauren Falohun (5'9''-88) of Metro Atlanta S.
G/F: Ashley Haynes (5'9''-84) of Atlanta A.

All-Defensive Team
Patechia Hartman (5'7''-G-83) of GIE Lady Disciples
Phebe Smith (6'0''-F) of Southern G.
Armelie Lumanu (5'9''-G/F-88) of S.Generals
Sherida Triggs (6'1''-F/C-85) of GIE Lady Disciples
Shanrika Hardeman (5'9''-F-87) of Tennessee D.

All-PlayoffsTeam
G: Patechia Hartman (5'7''-83) of GIE Lady Disciples
F: Phebe Smith (6'0'') of Southern G.
G/F: Armelie Lumanu (5'9''-88) of S.Generals
F/C: Sherida Triggs (6'1''-85) of GIE Lady Disciples
G: Latonda Bruce (5'8''-89) of GIE Lady Disciples



*****************************************************
  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. 0-3 
Western
 1. Minnesota L. 2-0 
 2. S.Antonio SS 1-0 
 3. L.Angeles S. 1-1 
 4. Phoenix M. 1-1 
 5. Seattle S. 1-1 
 6. Tulsa S. 0-2 

Regular Season: Round 4

May. 22: Tulsa S. - Phoenix M. 87-89
May. 22: L.Angeles S. - Seattle S. 74-61
May. 22: New York L. - Minnesota L. 62-80

Regular Season: Round 5

May. 24: Minnesota L. - L.Angeles S.
May. 25: Connecticut S. - S.Antonio SS
May. 25: Atlanta D. - New York L.
May. 25: Chicago S. - Indiana F.


More questions with Bob Sansevere: Lynx coach Cheryl Reeve - by Eurobasket News

The defending WNBA champion Lynx opened the regular season with a 22-point rout of Phoenix on Sunday, May 20. It seemed like the right time to check in with Lynx coach Cheryl Reeve and ask her the most pertinent question of all.

BS: So can you do it?
CR: I have the same answer: Time will tell. Obviously, our health is our greatest challenge. Time will tell what our fate will be.


BS: Are you sure you know what the question is?
CR: What was the question: Can you do it? I assume it's the same thing everybody else is asking. Can we repeat?

BS: No, that's not the question. Many of us figure you'll repeat. The question is: Can you go through the season undefeated?
CR: Oh. I'm doomed either way with how I answer that one. (Laughs.)

BS: So what's your answer?
CR: Anything is possible.

BS: Good answer.
CR: (Laughs.)

BS: Now, is it safe to assume you're feeling even better about your team at this early stage of the season than you did last year at the same time?
CR: I felt better last year at this time. I know that sounds crazy.

BS: It does.
CR: I felt better because our training camp was better. I had everybody there. I came out of training camp feeling really good.

BS: Why didn't you feel as good this season?
CR: The late arrivals. The first week and a half, players were new. We were trying to maximize the moments we did have. It was choppy, the time we had. I certainly think we're mature enough coming out of this thing (to be fine).

BS: Being the defending league champion, what's it like to have a target on your back?
CR: We play at Target Center so there's no other way we'd like to have it. We shouldn't miss this opportunity. We should wear the Target logo.

Courtesy of www.twincities.com



Mercury hope for Taurasi return vs. Shock - by Eurobasket News

Already without Penny Taylor (6'1''-F-81), the Phoenix Mercury opened the season without Diana Taurasi (6'0''-F/G-82, college: Connecticut) as well.

Taurasi's status is unclear going into Tuesday night's game in Tulsa as the Mercury try for a ninth straight victory over the Shock.

Phoenix learned it would be without Taylor for the year after she suffered a torn ACL in April. She was second on the team with 16.7 points per game last season while helping to facilitate the WNBA's highest-scoring offense.

The Mercury, however, didn't anticipate opening 2012 without Taurasi, who was a late scratch Sunday with a strained hip flexor. Without its leaders, Phoenix lost 105-83 to Minnesota.

Taurasi is day to day, with the Mercury's official website saying the decision to sit her was precautionary. Taurasi missed two games last season with back spasms but led the league with 21.6 points per game.

'When she's in, it's kind of like she just settles everyone down a little bit. She's kind of like a safety valve,' said rookie Samantha Prahalis, who had 12 points and six assists but also four turnovers in her debut.

Coach Corey Gaines said in the preseason that his team hoped to improve defensively after giving up a league-high 86.0 points per game last year, but the Lynx shot 57.1 percent and outrebounded the Mercury 40-28.

Phoenix lost its first three games last season and is trying to avoid another early deficit in the Western Conference. A matchup against Tulsa should help that cause.

After going a league-worst 3-31 last season, the Shock opened 2012 with an 88-79 loss to San Antonio on Saturday.

Tulsa, which lost its final six games last year, was without two of its top three scorers from 2011. Tiffany Jones (formerly Jackson), who averaged a team-high 12.4 points, is pregnant and will miss the season, while Elizabeth Cambage (11.5 ppg) won't join the team until after the London Olympics.

Former Mercury guard Temeka Johnson scored 21 points Saturday and Ivory Latta added 14 off the bench, but the Shock allowed the Silver Stars to go on a 15-2 run over the final 2:33.

'We have a young team and it's going to be a work in progress,' coach Gary Kloppenburg said. 'Our kids played extremely hard and gave themselves a chance to win. We just couldn't execute at both ends in the last 10 minutes.'

Tulsa was the lowest-scoring team in the WNBA in 2011 with 69.2 points per game while giving up the second-most at 82.1.

Phoenix has won eight in a row against Tulsa since a loss in 2009 when the Shock franchise was in Detroit. Taurasi averaged 18.3 points in the season series in 2011, never playing more than 26 minutes as the Mercury won the four meetings by an average of 21.0 points.

Courtesy of www.foxsportsarizona.com